Milford's HamletHub Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:14:12 -0500 The Milford Center for the Arts presents Duchess Trio, Harmonious Holidays on December 9

The Milford Center for the Arts presents Duchess Trio, “Harmonious Holidays” on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 pm.  Doors open at 7:15 pm.  

Milford Arts Council, in association with Pantochino Productions Inc., announce the next show of their third season of the Nite Spot Nights series of cabaret entertainment, Duchess Trio, “Harmonious Holidays” on Saturday, December 9th at 8 pm, at the Milford Center for the Arts in downtown Milford.  

Ring in the holiday season with sparkling three-part vocal harmony.  From traditional favorites (Silver Bells, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve) to playful holiday novelties (Santa Baby, Mele Kalikimaka), DUCHESS will set hearts aglow and toes a-tapping.

Sure-footed swing, sweet-toned harmony and ever-insouciant charm are embodied in the new jazz vocal trio Duchess, featuring notable New York singers Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou.  Blending the classic and the contemporary DUCHESS has quickly earned a reputation for beautiful singing and big fun at the group’s shows of “girl-on-girl harmony,” as the three so saucily put it. The New York-based threesome made its debut on record with the eponymous Duchess, released by Anzic Records in February 2015. The album channels the 1930s inspiration of the virtuosic Boswell Sisters into a wonderfully entertaining package.

The New Yorker says, “Three fine singers...join together in swinging harmony to whip up music that traffics in delight…this fresh-voiced triumvirate plays it straight from the heart, leaving any trace of camp or post-modern irony at the door.”

Nite Spot Nights offers six ‘nightclub’ style evenings of entertainment. Evoking the feeling of New York City cabaret rooms, the series is a varied collection of musical performances by some of the city’s hottest acts. To enhance the experience, the Center for the Arts will be set with tables and chairs inviting patrons to bring along the food and drink of their choice.

Tickets for Nite Spot Nights are $30.00 and available online at or by calling 203-878-6647, Tuesdays- Fridays 10- 5 pm.  For more information about Duchess Trio, visit  

]]> (Richard) Events Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:29:48 -0500
School Refusal Workshop for Parents at Woodhouse Academy in Milford

Special Education Law Attorney Lawrence W. Berliner, and Kate Healey, a school psychologist, will be the featured speakers at a workshop for parents titled Special Education Law and Your Childs Rights: Navigating Parents Through the Process of Obtaining an Appropriate Education.

 The FREE workshop, open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Woodhouse Academy, which is located at 4 Oxford Road, Building, F., in Milford, Conn.  

This workshop will be hosted by Woodhouse Academy, a private therapeutic day school for students in grades seven through twelve located in Milford, Conn.

This workshop is devoted to helping parents acquire the knowledge, understanding, tools and strategies they need to impact their child’s educational experience and how a therapeutic placement can support a student with anxiety, depression, or school refusal.  

The Focus of the workshop will include:

  •        Top 10 Checklist: Strategies for parents during the school year and beyond
  •         Your child’s basic educational rights
  •        IEP: Understanding the Framework for Goals and Objectives
  •        Turning Point: The road ahead for parents when their child’s rights are denied by the school and their child is struggling
  •         School Refusal: How to overcome the hurdles and overwhelming effects 
  •        Finding a supportive learning environment to address: anxiety, depression, learning disabilities and social issues
  •        The Woodhouse therapeutic school model: using a collaborative approach with a nurturing, structured environment to problem solving, academic and emotional growth, always focusing on the individual child.


Attorney Lawrence Berliner is a special education law attorney with offices in Westport and Guilford. He has devoted his practice to the field of special education law and disability law for 34 years.  Kate Healey will talk about how the Woodhouse Model helps students.  

Woodhouse Academy provides students with a learning environment that is safe, nurturing, community based, predictable and structured. The program focuses on providing each student with a solid educational experience while developing the necessary social skills they require.

To register for the workshop please contact David Feldman, Co-Owner at Woodhouse Academy or (203)-877-9121.


]]> (Rachel Berliner) Events Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:25:36 -0500
HamletHub wishes our readers a joyful Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! On this celebratory day of gratitude, we want to thank YOU, our readers, for providing us the honor of being a part of your daily lives.

Our mission, to make towns better by sharing local stories, is achieved because of you - your contributions and comments truly put the unity in our community

May you have a Thanksgiving filled with the joy of family and friends. 

Thanks to Norman Rockwell for the timeless work of Thanksgiving art.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:43:29 -0500
Art On Every Bottle: LIFEWTR Holiday Style!

Our friends at LIFEWTR have just announced a limited-edition holiday bottle design and gift set designed by Series 1 Design & Art duo, Craig & Karl.

Each gift set includes a Holiday-themed bottle and embossed notebook designed by Craig & Karl, Le Pen™ drawing pens, and a keepsake booklet providing a behind the scenes look at LIFEWTR artists.

Just as LIFEWTR is a canvas for our emerging artists, this gift set is a canvas to fill all your inspiration this holiday season.

Watch this video and quench your thirst for holiday inspiration.

Purchase your LIFEWTR holiday gift set here.

LIFEWTR #FashionIsArt Ghaza

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:25:47 -0500
Milford Police Department Citizens Police Academy

The Milford Police Citizens Academy offers 30 hours of information and instruction designed to provide the public with knowledge and understanding of the police department’s personnel, policies, and practices. The program is comprehensive, covering different areas of the police department services each week. Officers and supervisors conduct each informational session.

Topic Areas

 General Introduction

 Patrol Procedures

 Criminal & Drug Investigations

 CPR Training

 Criminal Justice System

 DARE Program

 Specialized Units

 Crime Prevention

 Firearm Safety

 Ride Along Program

Requirements to Apply

 Age: 21 years of age

 Residence: Milford residents, taxpayers and business owners may apply.

 Citizenship: Must be US citizen.

 Qualification: Must be of good moral character. Be in good physical condition. Have not been convicted of a felony, class A or class B misdemeanor.

 Class: The class will be limited to 25 students.

 Application deadline is January 5, 2018

The sessions will be held Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, January 17, 2018 through April 18, 2018 at Police Headquarters & Milford Police Training Facility 59 Devonshire Road Milford, CT.


]]> (Milford Police) Public safety Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:17:16 -0500
St. Mary School, Milford, 5th Grade Visits Yale Art Museum

St. Mary School Visits Yale University Art Gallery
St. Mary School in Milford's fifth grade enjoyed a fun and informative field trip to the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven!  They explored how artists tell a story and determined the point-of-view and setting of two art pieces. They also described objects from colonial times in a room that was recreated from a New England colonial house within the museum.  So nice to be so close to such museums.
]]> (SMS Milford) Neighbors Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:10:12 -0500
The DMBA to Host 16th Annual Lamplight Stroll

The Downtown Milford Business Association is hosting their 16th annual Lamplight Stroll and invites families, friends, and children of all ages to come enjoy a nostalgic holiday event.

Scheduled for Friday, December 1, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., the Lamplight Stroll is designed to bring members of the community together for an evening of festive yuletide fun. This unique holiday shopping experience features horse and buggy rides, carolers, a performance from the Cornerstone Christian Adult and Youth Choirs, and a visit from Santa himself. The 25 stops at participating business along the way will greet visitors enthusiastically with refreshments and holiday shopping specials.

“Downtown Milford is a storybook setting during the holidays,” said DMBA president Tracy Bonosconi. “We are proud to create an event that makes wonderful memories for members of our community and promotes the unique products and services our businesses offer.”

The DMBA’s mission is to bring attention to the downtown landscape and all the unique amenities it has to offer both residents and day visitors. Downtown Milford has enjoyed a resurgence of new shops, salons, and restaurants along with established local favorites. Located right on the harbor, the historic downtown is a destination long known by locals and surrounding communities for its New England charm and easy access to area beaches.

The Lamplight Stroll is scheduled from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday, December 1 and takes place across the downtown Milford business district. Participants can pick up a Lamplight Passport at the tree lighting in Milford this week, or at the hospitality tent located at 58 River Street on the day of the event. For more information, visit

]]> (Emily Kate Swet) Events Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:40:50 -0500
Minute with the Mayor: Keeping Milford Warm

In this week's installment of Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor Ben Blake talks with Kevin McGrath of "Keeping Milford Warm".

"Keeping Milford Warm is a terrific Milford based organization that helps locals who are struggling financially to keep their home heated in the winter," says Blake. 

Watch the video HERE.

]]> (HH) Life Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:59:05 -0500
St. Mary School, Milford, Preschool Applications Available!

St. Mary Preschool Applications Available
St. Mary School in Milford will soon begin accepting applications for Preschool for the 2018-19 school year.  On December 1st current families, siblings, and parishioners (Precious Blood Parish; St. Mary Church & St. Agnes Church, St. Raphael Parish; St. Gabriel Church & St. Ann Church, Christ the Redeemer and Holy Infant) can applications, and all others on January 1st.  The non-refundable application fee of $50 must be submitted with the application.  The application will be posted on the school website or can be picked up in the school office. Submissions will be accepted on a 1st come 1st served basis.  Want to see the school?  Call (203) 878-6539 to schedule a tour!  72 Gulf Street in Milford.
]]> (SMS Milford) Places Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:09:26 -0500
Milford Kiwanis Club Annual Poinsettia Sale

Milford, CT—November 21,  2017—The Milford Kiwanis Foundation Annual Poinsettia Fundraising Event is being held now through December 8.  All proceeds are used in the community for the needs of children, struggling families, student scholarships and senior citizens.

 Cost per poinsettia plant/wreath is $20, colors available include: red, white and pink. Delivery will be available for all orders on December 1 and December 8 during business hours. 

 As the Holiday season approaches The Milford Kiwanis Club is excited to host their Annual Kiwanis Poinsettia and Wreath Sale,” noted Richard Goulart, Kiwanis Club President. “This event raises funds that will benefit the children of our community through various programs including scholarships.”

To order or for information, contact -Bill Richards 203-671-6661

 2017 Kiwanis Poinsettia Plant Sale Order Forms Available -

 The Kiwanis Club of Milford runs a variety of fundraising programs integral to the community, including the: Flower Sale, Milford Oyster Festival, Kiwanis Golf Tournament, and Poinsettia Sale.

About The Milford Kiwanis Club
Milford Kiwanis is a group of approximately 50 men and women who are dedicated to making the world and the Milford community a better place for children and young adults to live. For more information, attend a weekly Milford Kiwanis Club Meeting. The Milford Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30PM in the downstairs banquet room at Gusto’s restaurant in Milford.

 About The Milford Kiwanis Foundation
Milford Kiwanis Foundation was created by The Milford Kiwanis Club as the dedicated source and area for fundraising and charitable contributions. This allows 100% off the profits raised to go directly back into the community.

About The Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more. No problem is too big or too small. Why? Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen! For more information, visit:  

]]> (Drod) Events Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:06:55 -0500
St. Mary School, Milford, Tree and Wreath Sale Starts This Saturday, November 25!

St. Mary School Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale
St. Mary School in Milford is once again getting ready for their annual Christmas tree sale.   Over the years, this fundraiser has grown into an annual family tradition.  Starting November 25th, freshly cut Christmas trees, wreaths and cemetery pieces will be available to purchase at St. Mary School, 72 Gulf Street, Milford.
Hours are Mon-Fri 5:30pm – 9:00pm and Sat. & Sun. 9:00am – 9:00pm.  All proceeds benefit St. Mary School.
]]> (SMS Milford) Events Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:06:03 -0500
Tweet Along with CT State Police on Busiest Travel Day of the Year

There will be a Thanksgiving eve tweet along with Troop G-Bridgeport on Wednesday, November 22nd.

"I will ride along with a Troop G trooper on one of the busiest travel days of the year from 4pm-11pm. This tweet along is, in part, to show what troopers and motorists experience with the (expected) heavy traffic, crashes, broken down vehicles and DUI’s, and the importance of following motor vehicle laws and having patience during this hectic travel day," explains Trooper First Class Kelly Grant.

The tweet along will be conducted on Twitter @CT_STATE_POLICE with real-time pictures, videos and traffic information being posted allowing Twitter followers to go call-to-call with Troop G.

]]> (HH) Public safety Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:37:14 -0500
Thanksgiving Travel Safety: Click It or Ticket

With the 2017 holiday travel period fast approaching, the Milford Police Department will be participating in wave 53 of the Connecticut Department of Transportation High Visibility Safety Belt/Child Safety Seat “Click it or Ticket” Campaign.

This statewide campaign will begin on November 20, 2017 and continue through November 27, 2017. Milford Police will be continuing their high visibility enforcement efforts regarding children restrained in child safety seats and seat belt usage among vehicle occupants. Police efforts will include safety checkpoints in various locations of the city, as well as educational material being available through the department’s Crime Prevention Unit.

“No Excuses, it’s the Law, and its Enforced. Click it or Ticket”

]]> (Milford Police) Public safety Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:29:06 -0500
State Senator Joan Hartley on Ms President US Panel: Women and Girls Making Things Happen in Connecticut

The girls' civic leadership program, Ms President US, held its third monthly session on Friday, November 17th at the Ridgefield Library with a focus on state issues.  Aptly named, Women and Girls Making Things Happen in Connecticut, the session featured a lively multi-generational panel comprised of State Senators Toni Boucher and Joan Hartley; Miss Connecticut Teen, Ananya Kachru; and the current Connecticut Kid Governor, Jessica Brocksom.  

Liz Fleuette, founder of Ms President US, led with an overview of Connecticut state government and noted that women occupy fewer than 28% of seats in the state legislature, which is only slightly better than the 19% of women who occupy seats in the US Congress.  

Kicking off the session was Communications Expert, Amanda Bergen, who led the girls in an activity designed to help them feel more comfortable speaking in public.  Ms Bergen attended the first sessions of the program and noticed, "As I listened to the girls speak and ask questions, I was struck by the weak voices."  So, she offered to provide some fun exercises to help the girls feel more comfortable speaking up.  It was a big hit among all the participants as they enjoyed greeting each other with enthusiastic handshakes.  

The session concluded with the participants creating their own "Dream Board," an activity led by Ananya Kachru which she describes as "combining goal setting with crafts, helping each girl describe her own unique talents".  The girls used magazine images, photos, stickers, and their own artwork to depict their aspirations for their future.  

Brenda McKinley, Director of Ridgefield Library, is on the Advisory Committee of the program and says: "The Ridgefield Library is thrilled to partnering with Ms. President US. Public libraries have always been a hallmark of our democracy and encouraging the next generation toward civic engagement is critical to our future." 

For more information, visit the website,, or find "Ms President US" on Facebook.  

]]> (Liz Fleuette) Politics Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:25:39 -0500
AVANGRID Provides $2 Million Grant To Continue CT Zero-Emission Vehicle Rebates

ORANGE, Connecticut — Nov. 17, 2017 — AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a diversified U.S. energy company, today announced a $2 million grant that will allow the State of Connecticut to continue offering a popular rebate program for zero-emissions vehicles.

The initiative, known as the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program, provides direct financial incentives up to $5,000 for state residents who purchase or lease a new zero-emission vehicle. It was launched in 2015 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Commissioner Rob Klee of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced the funding Friday, at the opening of the Connecticut International Auto Show in Hartford, where non-polluting electric and hydrogen vehicles were on prominent display.

“CHEAPR reduces the cost of electric vehicles at the point of sale, directly benefiting Connecticut consumers who may not have otherwise considered this technology,” Klee said. “It will also help Connecticut meet its goals as part of an eight-state effort to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 — driving down harmful carbon emissions linked to climate change, reducing conventional pollutants that threaten public health, and helping cut costs for motorists.”

Orange, Connecticut-based AVANGRID provided the funding as part of a broader commitment to support energy efficiency, renewable generation, energy storage, alternative transportation and other clean technologies in Connecticut. In addition to its regulated electric and gas companies in the Northeast, its Avangrid Renewables business owns and operates renewable generation facilities — primarily wind and solar — in 22 U.S. states, and is one of the top U.S. wind generation companies.

“As a new kind of energy company, AVANGRID is helping to build the clean energy infrastructure that will bring the benefits of transformative technologies, such as electric vehicles, to our customers’ homes and businesses,” said Anthony Marone III, president, and CEO of Connecticut operations for Avangrid Networks. “We’re pleased to support programs, such as CHEAPR, that help make these technologies affordable and available to Connecticut residents.”

Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles, among others.

Since Gov. Malloy launched CHEAPR in May 2015, nearly $4.6 million in rebates have been issued or reserved for the purchase or lease of 2,135 electric vehicles in Connecticut.

Consumers purchasing EVs have the option to receive a reduction in the price of their vehicles under the CHEAPR initiative at the point-of-sale. This up-front cost reduction is critical because EVs may cost more than their conventional counterparts, and their residual value can be lower because of their rapidly evolving technology.

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AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $31 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates more than 6 gigawatts of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,800 people. For more information, visit

]]> (Ed Crowder) Neighbors Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:46:56 -0500