Milford's HamletHub Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:12:40 -0400 Bigelow Introduces New Probiotic Teas

Fairfield, CT – With so many of us looking to nurture our bodies in ways that make us more resilient to the stresses of today’s demanding lifestyles, and with digestive health being one of the top functional benefits driving growth in marketplace, Bigelow Tea is excited to announce the expansion of its Probiotic line of teas that support everyday digestion in uncommonly delicious ways.

To satisfy demand, over the weeks and months ahead, Bigelow Tea will be adding two new delightful additions to its wildly popular Lemon Ginger Plus Probiotics Herbal Tea already on grocery store shelves.

NEW! Bigelow Green Tea with Ginger Plus Probiotics combining probiotics with our delicate green tea, zesty hint of ginger and sweet spices.

NEW! Bigelow Lavender Chamomile Plus Probiotics Herbal Tea combining probiotics with the relaxing Lavender, soothing Chamomile and subtle notes of honey.

ORIGINAL Bigelow Lemon Ginger Plus Probiotics Herbal Tea combining probiotics with a gentle mingling of lemongrass, lemon verbena and warm ginger.

In 2009, Bigelow Tea was the first to overcome the challenge of finding a strain of probiotics hearty enough to survive the high heat of boiling water and deliver beneficial probiotics to the digestive tract – exactly where they are needed.

“The idea of adding probiotics to hot tea seemed counter intuitive at first,” recalls Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea. “It had never been done. But based on consumer interest in probiotics and our passion for tea, we were determined to create a flavorful and delicious product that would deliver enough active probiotics -- in a tea bag!”

It took patience and determination but the cutting-edge idea paid off. Responding to growing consumer demand for calorie-free ways to effectively add probiotics to their daily lifestyle, master tea blenders at Bigelow Tea have developed additional flavorful blends that combine Ganeden BC30 Probiotics (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), with premium quality, all-natural ingredients you know and trust.

Today, sales continue to grow, making Bigelow’s Lemon Ginger Plus Probiotics Tea the #1 Probiotic tea in America.

Designed to support and add value every day to a regular healthy lifestyle, these delectably soothing teas can be enjoyed anytime throughout the day, morning, noon and night.

“While all tea is inherently healthy, with today’s growing awareness for mindful eating and the need to live as healthy a lifestyle as we can, we created these beautiful and flavorful products to support our bodies naturally, in gentle ways with ingredients you know and trust,” says Cindi Bigelow. “Like all Bigelow teas, they are made with exceptional care by Bigelow family tea blenders right here in the USA. Just one sip and I believe you’ll want to make our Probiotics teas part of an everyday routine that helps you define the life you want to live!”

Teas, in 18-count boxes, are available in grocery stores nationwide and online at The average suggested SRP is $3.19.

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Bridgeport Celebrates Pride, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bridgeport Pride Celebration on Thursday, July 19 with the 8th Same-Sex Art Exhibit Reception, BPT Pride Walk 

City Lights, WPKN radio and the Bijou Theatre host the 3rd Annual Bridgeport Pride Celebration on Thursday, July 19.  Enjoy food, drink and DJ at a Happy Hour art exhibit reception and patio party at City Lights, sponsored by the Triangle Community Center and Dave Ivanko and John Brannelly. Gather at the Broad St Steps for the Bridgeport Pride Walk beginning at 8pm, circling McLevy Green and ending at the Bijou Theatre where Delores Degage hosts a spectacular variety show-fundraiser. Proceeds benefit City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail, WPKN and the Bijou Theatre.

For more info and purchase tickets, click here

Learn more on Facebook here



Bridgeport Pride celebration begins with art exhibit reception hosted at City Lights Gallery, followed by a Pride Walk to McLevy Green and then a Variety Show at the Bijou Theatre CT.


Triangle Community Center, Dave Ivanko and John Brannelly


Patio Party hosted by City Lights Gallery 265 Golden Hill St, Bpt CT 06604
Variety Show at Bijou Theatre at 275 Fairfield Ave. Bpt, CT 06604

5:30-8 pm

SameSex Exhibit Art Reception, Patio Party- Admission: $10- Includes light fare, drink, and D.J. under the tent on the patio,

8 pm  
Pride Walk to McLevy Green, FREE Admission, We step off at 8 pm from the Broad St. Steps. FREE.

Doors open at the Bijou Theatre, grab a cocktail and enjoy the Variety Show fundraiser. Admission $25

$30 Combo for the Art Party & Variety Show. Proceeds support City Lights & WPKN Radio.

City Lights & Company is nonprofit organization that serves the community through art and lead organizer of the Bridgeport Art Trail and Make Music Day-Bpt.

WPKN radio, 89.5 FM is a community-based, listener supported radio station. Studios are on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, CT.

8TH Annual SAME-SEX Art Exhibit:

Exhibit annually reflects the current zeitgeist of the LGBTQ community, their friends, family, neighbors and allies. Artists need not be gay to participate. 

Exhibiting Artists: Mario Baez, Nate Bass, Marieta Capobianco, Darron Copeland, Erica Czerwinski, Daniel Eugene, Andrew Graham, Eliska Greenspoon, Don Houston, Maxwell Kale, Alison Margo, Marla Mcleod, Cassandra Mendoza, Ricky Mestre, Thomas Mythos, Jon Puozzoli, Aly Maderson Quinlog, Colleen Reilly Rees, Barbara Ruger, Ellen Schinderman, Shilarts, Richard Taddei, Francesca Winfield


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Minute with the Mayor: Connecticut Burns Care Foundation

In this installment of Minute with Mayor, Kathlene Gerrity of the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation talks with Milford Mayor, Ben Blake.

"The Burns Care Foundation helps provide healing and fun to children in need," explains Blake.

Connecticut Burns Care Foundation is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2018!

"This Sunday, we will begin our 27th year of operation as a summer camp for kids age 8 to 18, all have been severely burned. We give them a chance to come to summer camp and forget about their scars and trauma and just be a kid again," says Kathlene Gerrity. 

Learn more about Connecticut Burns Care Foundation and find out how you can support this nonprofit here.



Minute with the Mayor - Connecticut Burns Care Fou...

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Bridgeport Rescue Mission Thanks Local Churches and Organizations Partnering To Provide Summer Meals to Hungry Children

Bridgeport Rescue Mission is teaming up with local churches to provide meals for children from Norwalk’s poorest neighborhoods.

The Mission, in conjunction with the Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) and Norwalk Grassroots Tennis (NGT), will distribute approximately 230 daily meals to children taking part in summer programs. The meals will be served for eight weeks at NGT and five NHA learning centers located in low-income housing sites throughout Norwalk.

“During the summer break, the children and their families who depend on nutritious meals provided at school are confronted with a huge problem,” said Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox. “These breakfasts and lunches are critical to the well-being and health of the children in these programs.”

According to the NHA, it is estimated that approximately 12 percent of Norwalk’s school-age youth live in housing overseen by their organization. The unemployment rate among low-income families is greater than 15 percent and most children from these families qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school.

“The NHA Learning Centers know how much these meals mean to their students,” states Wendy Gerbier, Director of Learning Centers. “We are grateful for this partnership and excited for another year to receive nutritious breakfasts and lunches for NHA children who attend our summer program.” 

The Mission thanks Wilton Congregational; Grace Community Church, New Canaan; St. Matthew’s Episcopal, Wilton; St. Mark’s Episcopal, New Canaan; Calvary Church, Trumbull; Trumbull Helps; Ridgefield Baptist; Hope Church, Wilton; Southport Congregational; and for their support preparing 1,000 sandwiches respectively.

The Mission is also partnering with NGT again in providing meals to children attending their Summer Enrichment Program that teaches tennis to disadvantaged children with the help of volunteer coaches.

“We are so grateful to Bridgeport Rescue Mission for providing meals to the children participating in this summer’s Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Summer Enrichment Program. This food ensures the children participating are healthy enough to have fun and play tennis,” said Chris Hulse, Executive Director of NGT. 

The Bridgeport Rescue Mission celebrates 25 years of serving the coastal Fairfield County community. For information on the Mission’s full range of programs and services for homeless and hurting families and individuals, contact Donna Romano, director of communications, at (203) 333-4087, ext. 111, or visit

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Milford Police Seek to ID Burglary Suspect

On July 9, 2018, at approximately 12:00am Milford Police responded to a burglar alarm at Mobil Mart, 300 Bridgeport Avenue. Upon arrival officers found the glass on the front door to be broken. When reviewing the surveillance cameras it was found an older model Audi sedan (pictured below) pulled into the Mobil Mart, the front seat passenger exited the vehicle dressed in all black wearing a black ski mask and gloves.

The video showed he has curly black hair hanging out from the back of the ski mask. The male used a large yellow crowbar to gain entry to the business and steal the ATM machine. The male put the ATM machine in the back seat of the vehicle, the driver stayed in the vehicle and is believed to be a white or Hispanic male.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mahoney at 203-783-4727 or Reference case #3504-18.

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Sacred Heart, Hearst Media Host Gubernatorial Candidate Debates

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Sacred Heart University (SHU) and WSHU Public Radio are collaborating on gubernatorial candidate debates prior to the Aug. 14 primaries, as well as in advance of November’s general election.

Separate primary debates are planned for both the Democratic and Republican candidates, with each taking place at the Martire Business & Communications Center on the campus of Sacred Heart University at 5401 Park Avenue, Fairfield.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate debate is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, beginning at 2 p.m.  Republican candidates who have confirmed their attendance are Mark Boughton, David Stemerman, Tim Herbst and Steve Obsitnik. Bob Stefanowski has been invited but has not committed to participating in the debate.

Both Ned Lamont and Joe Ganim have confirmed their participation in the Democratic gubernatorial candidate debate onThursday, July 26, also beginning at 2 p.m.

The date for the debate prior to the general election has yet to be finalized, but that debate will take place at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at SHU.

Moderating the debates will be Ken Dixon, Hearst Connecticut Media Group political editor and columnist.

Panelists questioning the candidates will be Gary Rose, professor and chair of the Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies at SHU; Ebong Udoma, senior political reporter at WSHU Public Radio; and Hearst Connecticut Media Group political reporter Kaitlyn Krasselt.

This is the first such collaboration for the three organizations. 

“We view this as a great opportunity to work with well-regarded partners such as Sacred Heart University and WSHU Public Radio,” said Paul Barbetta, president and group publisher of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group. “These events will serve the public interest by promoting critical debate prior to November’s gubernatorial election.”

“Part of our role as a University is to present programs that serve our local friends and neighbors as well as the SHU community. These debates definitely fall into this category. We are excited to collaborate with Hearst on this project and hope it will lead to future collaborations,” said SHU President John J. Petillo.

“It is our mission to provide our community with programming that contributes to informed public discourse,” said Tom Kuser, program director for WSHU Public Radio. “We are pleased at this opportunity to partner with Hearst Connecticut Media Group and Sacred Heart University in bringing important gubernatorial debates to Connecticut residents.”

The public is welcome to attend the primary debates, although seating is limited. The debates will be live-streamed on Hearst Connecticut’s multiple news websites, and available for viewing as video following the debates. WSHU Public Radio will air both debates live on 89.9FM and will re-broadcast them at 7 p.m. on all frequencies including 91.1FM and

]]> (Tracey Deer-Mirek) Politics Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:02:10 -0400
Young at Heart Bell and Chime Chorus in Milford

Join us at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., on July 12 at 2 pm for a lively performance by the Young at Heart Bell and Chime Chorus.

These seniors from Black Rock Congregational Church perform with handbells and chimes, and the group offers a varied repertoire of hymns and old standards. Pastor Jim Marshall has coordinated this group as a Minister of Music for 30 years. They will definitely have you tapping your toes and singing along!

This program is free and open to the public.

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Art Blakey Jazz Tribute at Bijou, Aug. 5

Bridgeport, CT - Greg Wall, co-founder of JazzFC, brings together a talented and accomplished group of local and regional musicians to pay tribute to the great Art Blakey. The performance benefits Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, a Bridgeport-based community school of the arts for children and teens. The group will feature: Steeplechase recording artist Michael Cochrane, piano; Phil Bowler, bass; Steve Johns, drums; Steve Davis, trombone; and Andy Gravish, trumpet. Leading the group is the "Jazz Rabbi", Greg Wall, a celebrated musician and recording artist whose innovative downtown blend of jazz and world music has filled the halls of top venues from Carnegie Hall to stages throughout North America, Europe and Israel.

Art Blakey’s legacy as leader of the Jazz Messengers endured over five decades. The Messengers was one of the seminal groups in the second half of the 20th century. Many Messenger alumni went on to become jazz stars in their own right, such as: Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard among many others.

Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County offers high quality art, music, theatre, and dance instruction to children ages 3-18 regardless of ability, background or finances. The organization’s mission is to transform the lives of Bridgeport youth through arts education, and empowers them to make a difference in their community. To schedule a visit, email Frank Derico, Executive Director, at or go to

JazzFC (The Jazz Society of Fairfield County) is a nonprofit with a mission to enrich the cultural life of Fairfield County by promoting the performance and appreciation of Jazz music.  For more information, visit their website:

The evening will be at The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, downtown Bridgeport, on Sunday evening, August 5. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Show will begin at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are $25-$50 and may be purchased on the Bijou Theatre website:

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How to Test Circuits with a Multimeter on July 7 at Milford Library

Milford Public Library is presenting a demonstration of the proper use of a multimeter to test circuits for continuity, voltage, and resistance on Saturday, July 7 from 2:30-3:00pm.

Multimeters are useful for any kind of electronics work, or if you’re thinking about doing electrical work in your home such as replacing receptacles or installing ceiling fans. Milford Public Library is located at 57 New Haven Ave. in Milford, CT. To contact the Library, call 203-783-3290 or visit

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Community Pickleball Lessons in Milford on Monday, July 9

Community Pickleball Lessons at Eisenhower Park - Monday, July 9 noon to 4 p.m.

For pickleball beginners, an educational session is planned at Eisenhower Park for Monday, July 9 from noon to 4 p.m. to give new players the necessary introduction to the game.

Certified pickleball coaches will be on location with equipment for the public to come out and give it a try.

Learn more here.

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Teen retro mash-up at Milford Public Library on July 10

Teens are invited to join us Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30am at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave. The Young Adult Department will be hosting a morning of retro crafts, games and snacks. Bring a friend or meet a new one!

This special event is only for students entering grades 6 through 12 as part of the lineup of “Libraries Rock!” events for summer reading. Call the Reference Desk at 203-783-3292 with any questions.

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Barnes & Noble Best Beach Read Picks

Thrillers, Award-Winning Novels, and Bestselling Kids Books Are among the Top Picks for Vacation and Summer Beach Reading for the Whole Family

Barnes & Noble has selected some of the hottest books for 4th of July break and into the summer. From thrillers to humor to heartwarming stories, Barnes & Noble’s expert book buyers have chosen great beach reads for the whole family.

“July and August is a time for the best new books that you can throw into a beach bag or carry-on,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandise at Barnes & Noble. “The titles we’ve chosen are a mix of nail-biting thrillers, hilarious and quirky novels, and character-driven stories that will be just what you and your family need to truly escape this summer.”

The list below includes some of the biggest new books of the year, bestselling paperbacks that are perfect for the beach, as well as the hottest YA and kids reads. To give customers even more to be excited about, Barnes & Noble is offering 50% off some of the biggest summer hardcovers both in-store and online through Sunday, July 8.

Barnes & Noble’s Best Beach Reads are:
New Adult Hardcovers (50% off, thru 7/8)
The Fallen, David Baldacci
The President is Missing, Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand
The Pharaoh Key, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Calypso, David Sedaris
The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware (B&N Exclusive Edition)
New Adult Paperbacks
Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Eagan
Same Beach, Next Year, Dorothea Benton Frank
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osaga Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann
Less, Andrew Sean Greer
Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz
Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
The Lying Game, Ruth Ware
YA Bestsellers
War Storm, Victoria Aveyard (B&N Exclusive Edition)
Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
Leah on the Offbeat, Becky Albertalli
A Reaper at the Gates, Sabaa Tahir
Love & Luck, Jenna Evans Welch (B&N Exclusive Edition)
Young Reader Bestsellers
The Wild Robot Escapes, Peter Brown
Aru Shah and the End of Time, Roshani Chokshi
PopularMMOs, Pat + Jen (Signed First Edition)
The Burning Maze, Rick Riordan (B&N Exclusive Edition)
Waste of Space, Stuart Gibbs (B&N Exclusive Edition)
Customers can find their perfect summer reading list by age and interest at their local Barnes & Noble, and online at
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Romance Book Discussion at Milford Library on July 12

Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave. in Milford, will host a romance book discussion on July 12 at 10am.

In Good Company by Jen Turano will be discussed.

Copies of the book are available in advance at the Reference Desk.

All are welcome.

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Evening Book Discussion at Milford Library

Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., will be hosting two sessions of our evening book discussion during the month of July.

On July 10 at 7pm, The Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke will be discussed.

On July 24 at 7pm, The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson will be discussed.

Copies of the books will be available in advance at the Reference Desk.

All are welcome - and did we mention the world-famous brownies?

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Make a SPLASH in Milford on July 4th!

Splash Pad at Eisenhower Park in Milford Open on July 4th

Mayor Blake is thrilled to announce the splash pad at Eisenhower Park will be open to the public on July 4, 2018 at noon.  The splash pad is the latest upgrade to the park, following the recent addition of eight pickleball courts. The park is filled with recreational amenities such as walking trails, tennis courts, a playground, softball fields and more.

“It’s a great addition to a park where there are all kinds of activities,” says Mayor Blake, who also adds that these enhancements “would not be possible without the hard-working team at Public Works along with various others. “Eisenhower is truly a community centerpiece of which we can all be proud.”  

For pickleball beginners, an educational session is planned for Monday, July 9th from 12PM-4PM to give new players the necessary introduction to the game. Certified pickleball coaches will be on location with equipment for the public to come out and give it a try.

Minute with the Mayor - Eisenhower Splash Pad

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