Milford's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/milford Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:55:05 -0400 HamletHub.com The Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth Kicks Off August 29 with $25,000 Grand Prize! https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46570-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize46570-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46570-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize46570-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize

On Saturday, August 29 The Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth will kick off at 12:01am throughout Long Island Sound.

The perfect sport for social distancing is fishing so the famous Greatest Bluefish Tournament is HAPPENING! The Tournament offers anglers up to $40,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize of $25,000 goes to the heaviest bluefish, 2nd place takes home $7,500 and 3rd place gets $2,500. In addition, there are cash prizes for 4th through 20th place.

The Tournament also offers a ‘port prize’ for the heaviest fish at each participating weigh-in station in Connecticut and New York. Tournament Director Jill Dotlo said, “The 2020 Greatest Bluefish Tournament is a Go!” She continued, “we are excited to bring this exciting tournament back to Long Island Sound and believe people are ready to go out and win some money this summer!” Registration is $36 which has been reduced from previous years--anglers can register by calling 203-366-BLUE or apply in person at any one of the 21 registration stations around the sound in CT and NY. Registration is also offered online and includes a unique 2020 Greatest Bluefish Tournament t-shirt.

To get a complete list of registration/weigh-in stations, FAQ’s, rules on the Tournament or to register visit bluefishtournament.com. Registration locations include: CONNECTICUT- - AW Marina New London, Bobby J’s Milford, Captain’s Cove Seaport Bridgeport, Dee’s Bait & Tackle New Haven, Fisherman’s Paradise Milford, Fisherman’s World East Norwalk, Fishin Factory Milldale, J&B Niantic, Pete’s Place Bait & Tackle Stamford, River’s End Bait & Tackle Old Saybrook, Shoreline Bait Runners Bait and Tackle, Sportman’s Den Cos Cob, and Ted’s Bait & Tackle Old Saybrook. NEW YORK--Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle Northport, Duffy’s Bait & Tackle Glenwood Landing, East Coast Fishing Supplies Little Neck, Harbour Bait & Tackle Huntington, Jack’s Bait & Tackle City Island, Miller Place Bait & Tackle Miller Place, and Warren’s Tackle Center Aquebogue.

The fishing tournament is open to all and kids are encouraged to fish as well! WICC600am broadcasts hourly update results all weekend long.

The most up to date information can also be found at www.bluefishtournament.com or @bluefishtournament on Facebook.

Deadline to register for the Tournament is Friday, August 28th. Registration is required to participate. The Tournament begins Saturday, August 29 th at 12:01am and ends Sunday, August 30th at 5pm.

The first-place winner will be interviewed live on WICC600, and all winners are announced immediately after the Tournament.

The Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth is back!

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kerry@ducey.org (WICC 600) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:07:21 -0400
Creativity Connects Milford: Meet Richard Stephen https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46564-creativity-connects-milford-meet-richard-stephen46564-creativity-connects-milford-meet-richard-stephen https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46564-creativity-connects-milford-meet-richard-stephen46564-creativity-connects-milford-meet-richard-stephen

Creativity Connects Milford

What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Milford?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Milford. 

Meet Milford resident, artist and community supporter, Richard Stephen

How does creativity connect you to Milford?

Personally, as a painter, I am able to find inspiration from the many art exhibits at the Milford Arts Council (MAC). I’m able to connect with fellow Milford citizens who are also artists or who appreciate art. In addition to being inspiring, MAC gives individuals in our community a place to grow their creativity.  

Is there a person or organization using creativity to provoke change in Milford?

The Milford Arts Council is the center, both figuratively and literally, of creativity in Milford.  All forms of music, visual arts, theatre, writing and dance are presented for our community by this small nonprofit, which hopefully will grow exponentially each year. 

 Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?

In addition to MAC, Pantochino Productions puts on feel-good original musicals that always entertain and put a smile on your face. They provide 100% original musical theatre for family audiences in Downtown Milford. 

Creativity Connects Milford is made possible by LIFEWTR.

If you are interested in being featured in our series, please email localmatters@hamlethub.com

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 

 *Image courtesy Milford Arts Council Facebook

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 06:02:49 -0400
SHU Intros Virtual Theater as Reno on Track for Fall Opening https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46569-shu-intros-virtual-theater-as-reno-on-track-for-fall-opening46569-shu-intros-virtual-theater-as-reno-on-track-for-fall-opening https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46569-shu-intros-virtual-theater-as-reno-on-track-for-fall-opening46569-shu-intros-virtual-theater-as-reno-on-track-for-fall-opening

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has reaffirmed that the renovation of the landmark, century-old community theater is continuing apace to meet the original goal of opening this fall, despite current challenges of the coronavirus crisis. And, in the meantime, SHU is whetting theater-lovers’ appetites with a steady stream of free online content.

The theater’s restoration includes installation of a new marquee that will replicate the iconic style of the original, beloved fixture in the heart of downtown Fairfield.

“While the implications of the pandemic have challenged everyone, we’re even more committed to fulfill our promise to bring great film, performing arts and educational events back to the town square,” says Bill Harris, director of the new SHU Community Theater. “In fact, we’re advancing our community outreach and engagement efforts even before we officially open the doors, with the launch of a new SHU Community Virtual Theater online, with free, exclusive SHU programming all summer.” (https://shucommunitytheater.org/)

With a wide collection of independent films, educational content and special live events that will be part of the regular theater schedule, the new SHU Virtual Theater will serve as an ongoing digital streaming service to promote events and engage audiences everywhere.

“We have some great movies of all kinds that you can’t see anywhere else. Many come from independent filmmakers and studios, including those from the new Fairfield Film Festival and other cinema programs from SHU’s film masters and media communications departments. And, of course, we will offer classic and new films. There will be theater arts performances, live music, comedy, animation, children’s activities and community events. We even have a virtual magic act and fireworks for the Fourth of July,” says Harris. “We are excited to give everyone a sneak peek over the next few months, and we hope people will get even more involved as we’re completing construction and getting ready to unveil and light up the new marquee and open our doors again.”

Shuttered for nearly 10 years, the theater was purchased by Kleban Properties, a real estate development company headquartered in Fairfield, which is overseeing restoration of the historic venue on the Post Road. Sacred Heart has leased the theater and will operate it as an independent, nonprofit business. The original theater first opened in the 1920s, in the aftermath of the last great global pandemic, and many in the community hope the venue’s rebirth at this time will mark downtown Fairfield’s broad reopening.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Sacred Heart to save and restore this incredible historic centerpiece to our town, especially at this time” says Al Kleban, chairman of Kleban Properties. “I, like many residents, can’t wait until we’re safely past these current health-care concerns, so we can all go out for a night on the town, do a little shopping, have bite to eat and take in a great movie or live show at the new SHU Community Theater.”

A full list of new events and programs available to stream online will be updated weekly, and visitors can sign up for more updates and membership information, which also can be found on the SHU Community Theater Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SHUCommunityTheater/

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About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

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kerry@ducey.org (Kim Swartz) Places Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:43:26 -0400
Milford's Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate Announces Upcoming Blood Drive https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/charities/46568-milford-s-connecticut-epilepsy-advocate-announces-upcoming-blood-drive46568-milford-s-connecticut-epilepsy-advocate-announces-upcoming-blood-drive https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/charities/46568-milford-s-connecticut-epilepsy-advocate-announces-upcoming-blood-drive46568-milford-s-connecticut-epilepsy-advocate-announces-upcoming-blood-drive

Milford-based Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate is hosting several blood drives in 2020! Mark your calendars and consider donating and giving the gift of life.

Blood Drives take place at St. Agnes Church on 400 Merwin Avenue in Milford. No walk-ins allowed.

  • Friday, August 14, 2020 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday, September 4, 2020 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday, November 6, 2020 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

According to Bob Fiore, the founder of Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate, the nonprofit began hosting Blood Drives on November 22, 2013. "Our 31 Blood Drives has collected 1,387 units/pints of Blood." That equates to over 173 gallons! "So, 4,161 people received The Gift of Life," says Fiore.

Please visit the Red Cross online here to make your appointment.

Learn more about Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate here.

Learn more about the Red Cross in Connecticut here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:42:46 -0400
Milford's Hoops by the Harbor Summer Basketball League Registration OPEN https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46567-milford-s-hoops-by-the-harbor-summer-basketball-league-registration-open46567-milford-s-hoops-by-the-harbor-summer-basketball-league-registration-open https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46567-milford-s-hoops-by-the-harbor-summer-basketball-league-registration-open46567-milford-s-hoops-by-the-harbor-summer-basketball-league-registration-open

 

The ever so popular Milford Recreation Hoops by the Harbor Outdoor Summer Basketball League registration is open.
 
Register HERE.
 
DEADLINE TO REGISTER is July 8, 2020 for Boys U10, U12, U14, High School, Girls U12, U14, and the 18+ League.
 
This registration deadline includes needing to know T-shirt size and team name (or free agent) during the registration process. Due to demand, Registration will NOT be accepted after July 8th.
 

Below is a list of changes to the league for the upcoming season:

  • Teams can have no more than 10 players.
  • (2) 20-minute halves.
  • Every 5 minutes the horn will blow and the new set of 5 players on each team will enter the game.
  • Along with the new players a sanitized ball will enter the game.
  • We will have 8 game balls for the game.
  • Staff, coaches & players must conduct daily symptoms (self-evaluation) amendment prior to play.
  • We will have 1 referee, scorekeeper and Ball Cleaner.
  • The scorekeeper and Ball Cleaner will be social distanced away from the other athletes in court number 1 as players play on court 2.
  • Team will have no more than 1 coach per team. The coach needs to stay in the middle of the blue paint on sidelines.
  • Athletes need to bring own chairs to sit in when not in game. - Athletes cannot share chairs.
  • Athletes not in the game will need to social distance themselves in their own chairs on court 1 in designated spots.
  • Per REOPEN CT sports guidelines teams will not be allowed to huddle.
  • Spectators shall maintain social distance outside the fenced in court and enjoy the game wearing a mask. We will have a staff member on the outside to ensure people are social distancing.
  • Parents will not be allowed to come onto the courts.
  • Per REOPEN CT: Games will be scheduled with at least a 30 minute buffer to prevent overlap of participants.
  • Each player need to fill out Waiver and Consent form.
 
 
Any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rich Minnix at rminnix@milfordct.gov
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kerry@ducey.org (City of Milford) Events Thu, 02 Jul 2020 07:28:13 -0400
Minute with Mayor: Milford Mayor Ben Blake Talks with Health Director Deepa Joseph about COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46566-minute-with-mayor-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-with-health-director-deepa-joseph-about-covid-1946566-minute-with-mayor-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-with-health-director-deepa-joseph-about-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46566-minute-with-mayor-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-with-health-director-deepa-joseph-about-covid-1946566-minute-with-mayor-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-with-health-director-deepa-joseph-about-covid-19

In this week's installment of Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor Ben Blake talks with Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph about COVID-19.

Joseph explains Phase 2 of Reopening Connecticut and its impact on the City of Milford and says that about 95% of businesses and activities are now reopened in Milford. She stresses the necessity of wearing face masks and self-distancing as a means of keeping Milford and Connecticut on track to health and wellness. 

Watch Minute with the Mayor HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:16:37 -0400
To protect young birds, Coastal Center lot closed for the weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46565-to-protect-young-birds-coastal-center-lot-closed-for-the-weekend46565-to-protect-young-birds-coastal-center-lot-closed-for-the-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46565-to-protect-young-birds-coastal-center-lot-closed-for-the-weekend46565-to-protect-young-birds-coastal-center-lot-closed-for-the-weekend

To protect beach birds, the Coastal Center parking lot will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend. The gates will be locked from 4 p.m. Thursday, July 2, until 9 a.m. Monday, July 6
 
Life for Connecticut’s beach-nesting birds gets a lot tougher over the Fourth of July weekend.
 
Beaches tend to be gathering places for fireworks users and bigger crowds than usual on holidays. That's incredibly disruptive to adult birds and their chicks.
 
We’re going to try to minimize the harm where we can — by closing the parking lot at the Milford Point Coastal Center for the weekend.
 
Milford Point is of course a nature preserve and not appropriate for typical beach recreational activities.
 
The gates will be locked from 4 p.m. Thursday, July 2, until 9 a.m. Monday, July 6.
 
You may remember that we’ve done this before. We know it might be an inconvenience — thank you for understanding.
 
Piping Plovers are federally-threatened. Least Terns and American Oystercatchers are threatened in the state, and Common Terns are a species of special concern. They all nest at Milford Point and as it is 2020 is already a tough year for them.
 
Concerns for the safety of staff and volunteers has meant that the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds has spent less time putting up the fencing that helps keep animal predators away and warns visitors to keep their distance.
 
After several years when near-record numbers of Piping Plovers hatched, this year might not be as successful.
 
Keeping people off the beach for the Fourth of July weekend will help those birds survive.
 
P.S. Even when you're not visiting Milford Point you can enjoy some of the birds. Click here for live-streaming of a Purple Martin nest full of babies. And click here for the Osprey Cam (and two rapidly-growing young Ospreys).
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kerry@ducey.org (Shari Greenblatt Coastal Center at Milford Point) Places Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:09:00 -0400
Let's #MentionPrevention in Milford: Help keep alcohol out of the hands of minors https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/publicsafety/46561-let-s-mentionprevention-in-milford-help-keep-alcohol-out-of-the-hands-of-minors46561-let-s-mentionprevention-in-milford-help-keep-alcohol-out-of-the-hands-of-minors https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/publicsafety/46561-let-s-mentionprevention-in-milford-help-keep-alcohol-out-of-the-hands-of-minors46561-let-s-mentionprevention-in-milford-help-keep-alcohol-out-of-the-hands-of-minors

Let's #MentionPrevention is a partnership between Milford Prevention Council, Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS), Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families, TPAUD - Trumbull's Prevention Partnership and Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) Coalition.

Let's #MentionPrevention is a campaign designed to assist retail and dining locations as they adjust to this unusual time, do their part in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors. Our communities have committed to taking lead in this initiative.

MPC is looking to partner with our local restaurants, breweries and liquor establishments to help #MentionPrevention when offering to-go alcohol purchases in store, curbside, or delivery. We'll provide the materials free of charge!

Learn more HERE.

Get more tips & resources on how you can help reduce underage drinking at MilfordPrevention.org/StartTalking

Questions?  Please contact info@milfordprevention.org

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kerry@ducey.org (MPC) Public safety Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:12:34 -0400
Lamont Expands State's Youth Employment Program https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46562-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program46562-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46562-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program46562-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is authorizing the state to release $2 million from the Coronavirus Relief Funds to expand the Connecticut Youth Employment Program, an ongoing initiative that provides year-round employment opportunities with community-based agencies throughout the state. The expanded program will help community health agencies respond to the pandemic by providing critical support and education to marginalized populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

“Not only will this help more youths gain employment during this difficult time, but it will also enhance the critical efforts of community health agencies in their response to the pandemic,” Governor Lamont said. “Connecticut has persistent health equity gaps that impact communities of color – this virus and its impact on health and the economy is no different. Increasing our investment in youth employment programs not only helps our young people, but will also make a difference for community health,”

The investment comes from Connecticut’s portion of the federal CARES Act funding. It will be added to the $4.5 million the state previously allocated for the program, which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL), as well as $637,600 from the Youth Employment and Training Collaboration, a collaborative of the Department of Children and Families and CTDOL, giving the program a total of $7.1 million this year.

The Connecticut Youth Employment Program runs year-round and is implemented by the state’s five workforce development boards to increase youth leadership, improve job readiness, and improve economic stability. In 2019, it was funded at just over $5.6 million and served more than 1,700 young people.

“This program offers meaningful job opportunities to young people, helping them build networks, gain experience, and improve their resumes,” Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said. “It is our hope that this program will also introduce young people to the important work being done on the ground by our community health partners, and open new career opportunities for them. I applaud Governor Lamont for expanding funding at a time during a vital time.”

Some opportunities anticipated to be incorporated in the expanded program include:

  • Virtual outreach through social media to promote safer health practices
  • Delivery of educational materials to community and other organizations
  • Outreach and assistance to homebound families
  • Fostering youth-to-youth connections and acting as social distancing ambassadors

Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact their nearest regional workforce development board for more information.

Joseph Carbone, president and CEO of The WorkPlace, said, “We look forward to helping local youth explore career opportunities in the high growth, health care industry. I would like to thank Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Labor for facilitating this opportunity to employ youth in positions that respond to the COVID epidemic.”

William Villano, president and CEO of Workforce Alliance, the workforce development board for South Central Connecticut, said, “Providing work experience at an early age sets people up for success throughout their lives. Any work experience at an early age is an advantage, and health care is one of the better options overall.”

Catherine N. Awwad , executive director of the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to promote employment opportunities for our youth and young adults in raising public awareness of the COVID-19 crisis. These employment opportunities will serve as the foundation for career awareness and opportunities in the fields of health care and public health. We look forward to collaborating with our regional health care partners to provide a meaningful work experience while raising awareness about COVID-19 testing and risk mitigation.”

Mark W. Hill, interim CEO and president of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, said, “The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board is very excited and fully supports the Governor’s COVID-19 Response Youth Employment Initiative. The program will provide meaningful employment opportunities for the youth in our region and state. For many participants, this initiative will be their first employment experience and become a foundation from which to develop future careers in the workforce. We are grateful to the governor and his administration for this investment in our community and our youth.”

Mark Masselli, founder, president, and CEO of Community Health Center, Inc., said, “This employment initiative focused on jobs and support for community-based organizations provides young people the opportunity to learn valuable skills while helping low income communities during the pandemic. It’s a creative approach by the governor to micro target Connecticut’s resources.”

Dr. Bruce E. Gould, director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Program, said, “Expanding the Connecticut Youth Employment Program at this critical juncture in Connecticut’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow young people from at-risk neighborhoods and communities to be trained to provide essential services in collaboration with federally qualified health centers, Area Health Education Centers, and other community agencies to address whatever challenges remain ahead of us.  We look forward to being part of this important effort.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:00:14 -0400
Connecticut Audubon Society Centers Are Open! https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46563-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open46563-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46563-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open46563-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open

Bird walks and nature hikes are back.at the Connecticut Audubon Society's centers throughout the state. They are once again  offering guided excursions into the woods, meadows and onto the beaches and mudflats of Connecticut and beyond. 
 
All of these were curtailed in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic but as the state reopens, they are finding ways to offer you the best of Connecticut's natural world, led by the people who know it best.
 
For safety, group sizes are limited and please practice social distancing. Masks are mandatory.
 
Click these buttons to find out the where and the when.
 
Outdoor programs are back as well but this week's webinar happens to be a beauty too.
 
Flycatchers of Connecticut — phoebes, kingbirds, pewees, and the always challenging Empidonax complex. Click this link for more information.
 
The Purple Martin colony at the Milford Point Coastal Center is thriving. 100 eggs have hatched already.
 
Each week a team led by Coastal Center Regional Board member Frank Mantlik checks and maintains the nests.
 
If you click Purple Martins you'll learn how the birds are doing, with great photos by Mr. Mantlik, and a live-stream from inside one of the nest gourds.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Connecticut Audubon Society) Places Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:29:06 -0400
Connecticut's Comprehensive Plan for Returning to In-School, Full-Time Instruction for the 2020-21 Academic Year https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46560-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year46560-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46560-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year46560-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year

State Department of Education Releases Comprehensive Plan for Returning to In-School, Full-Time Instruction for the 2020-21 Academic Year

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) today released “Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together”, a comprehensive plan that will serve as a roadmap for districts as they plan to reopen schools at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. This document follows the announcement last week of a framework to allow all students – in all school districts statewide – the opportunity to have access to in-school, full-time instruction in the fall as long as public health data continues to support this model.

In addition to Connecticut’s successful COVID-19 containment efforts, this operating model was selected based on feedback from a wide range of educational stakeholders and public health officials in support of the effectiveness of in-school instruction. The benefits include structure in place to ensure safety protocols, providing for students’ social-emotional well-being, and mitigating any barriers to accessing equitable opportunities that increased during the pandemic. This model will be supported with more intensive mitigation strategies and specific monitoring, containment, and class cancellation plans.

“Healthy schools translate to healthy communities, and the safety of our students, educators and school personnel remains the primary focus as we implement this plan. Balancing the reopening of schools will require us to be flexible and prepare to adjust as needed,” said Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona.  “After consulting extensively with public health officials and our school communities, the evidence is clear that having students physically present in school greatly improves outcomes and our ability to provide for their academic and non-academic needs. When COVID-19 first hit, we were all called on to rise to the challenge and, after witnessing the herculean efforts of teachers, school personnel and families over the past two months, I am confident we will come together stronger than ever to lead the evolution of education in Connecticut. ‘Adapt, Advance, Achieve’ is the first step.”

“Adapt, Advance, Achieve” was created with input from students, teachers, parents, principals, superintendents and other educational stakeholders, including consideration of a broad range of feedback via public survey. Public health officials and state and national data and guidance were closely consulted throughout the development of the plan which included a review of nationally and globally published school reopening models for the 2020-21 school year. Ultimately, CSDE determined that there is strong evidence suggesting PK-12 priorities, such as access to opportunities for equitable education, is best achieved with in-person schooling for all ages. The in-school model also allows for the provision of a wide range of sup­ports for students and is fundamental to their development, safety, and social-emotional well-being. Recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports the effectiveness of having students physically present in school given that they have consistent access to “academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits”.

The guidance and considerations outlined in “Adapt, Advance, Achieve” are grounded in six guiding principles:

  1. Safeguarding the health and safety of students and staff;
  2. Allowing all students the opportunity to return into the classrooms full time starting in the fall;
  3. Monitoring the school populations and, when necessary, potentially cancelling classes in the future to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread;
  4. Emphasizing equity, access, and support to the students and communities who are emerging from this historic disruption;
  5. Fostering strong two-way communication with partners such as families, educators and staff; and
  6. Factoring into decisions about reopening the challenges to the physical safety and social-emotional well-being of our students when they are not in school.

While districts retain discretion in implementing approaches to reopening given unique local considerations, these guiding principles require all districts to develop their plans with a certain level of regional consistency. Understanding that health developments may influence decisions to transition to a different instructional model, districts are asked to be flexible in balancing their planning with contingency plans to provide robust, blended learning or remote learning for all grades in the event that a school, district, or region has to cancel or limit in-person classes due to health precautions.

As this plan is implemented, CSDE will continue working collaboratively with public health and educational stakeholders in order to provide support and guidance to assist districts with planning at the local level and providing education to all students in a way that is accessible, equitable and meaningful.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CSDE) Politics Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:06:26 -0400
City of Milford Announces Garbage and Recycling Schedule for the 4th of July Holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46558-city-of-milford-announces-garbage-and-recycling-schedule-for-the-4th-of-july-holiday46558-city-of-milford-announces-garbage-and-recycling-schedule-for-the-4th-of-july-holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46558-city-of-milford-announces-garbage-and-recycling-schedule-for-the-4th-of-july-holiday46558-city-of-milford-announces-garbage-and-recycling-schedule-for-the-4th-of-july-holiday

 The City of Milford will maintain the regular schedule of garbage/recycling pickups for the week of June 29, 2020, including Friday, July 3, 2020.

On July 4, 2020, the Milford Transfer Station will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

Mayor Benjamin G. Blake wishes everyone a safe, happy, and healthy Fourth!

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Milford) Life Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:37:37 -0400
Parsons Government Center Operations July Tax Payments https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46557-parsons-government-center-operations-july-tax-payments46557-parsons-government-center-operations-july-tax-payments https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46557-parsons-government-center-operations-july-tax-payments46557-parsons-government-center-operations-july-tax-payments

As the City responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage residents to take advantage of the contactless options available for making July 2020 tax payments. Tax payments post-marked and mailed on or before August 3, 2020 will be considered timely.

Taxpayers may also pay by electronic check, credit card or debit cards online or by calling the secure payment phone number below. Two drop boxes are available at the Parsons Government Center located in the hallway adjacent to Door #2 (accessed via the handicapped ramp near the Gymnasium parking lot) and in the Parson’s courtyard (adjacent to the Gymnasium parking lot).

Residents with extenuating circumstances may pay in person at the Parsons Government Center between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Seniors 65 years of age and over may visit the Tax Office between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. A face mask/covering is required for entry into any City of Milford building.  Guests are kindly asked to enter using Door #2 and exit as instructed.

Tax Payment Options:

  • Online Payments:
  • www.ci.milford.ct.us/tax-collector
  • Select “View and Pay Tax Bills,” service fees may apply
  • Payments via US Post:
  • Check payable to: “Milford Tax Collector”
  • Addressed to:        Milford Tax Collector

70 West River Street

PO Box 3025

Milford, CT 06460-0825

  • USPS Postmark no later than 8/3/2020 to be considered on-time
  • Do not send cash through the mail
  • Drop Box:
  • Interior Drop Box by Door #2, handicap accessible entrance
  • Available 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Do NOT deposit cash payments in any drop box
  • Exterior Dropbox (located adjacent to the Gymnasium parking lot)
  • Available 24 hours a day
  • Do NOT deposit cash payments in any drop box
  • Pay-By-Phone:
  • Via Point & Pay 844-738-4030, service fees apply

For those with extenuating circumstances who would like to pay in person, please make note of the following times for Tax Office operations: 

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Senior/Age 65+
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: General Public
  • Enter through Door # 2 (handicap entrance)
  • Face mask or covering is required and social distancing (at least six feet) will be enforced
  • No more than three customers may be permitted inside the Tax Collector’s Office at a time (1 at each register); additional customers will line-up in the hallway, keeping a social distance
  • Exit through Door #3 (former entrance to Tax Collector’s hallway)
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kerry@ducey.org (City of Milford) Politics Fri, 26 Jun 2020 07:51:31 -0400
Minute with Milford Mayor, Ben Blake: the Arts in Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46556-minute-with-milford-mayor-ben-blake-the-arts-in-connecticut46556-minute-with-milford-mayor-ben-blake-the-arts-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46556-minute-with-milford-mayor-ben-blake-the-arts-in-connecticut46556-minute-with-milford-mayor-ben-blake-the-arts-in-connecticut

During this time of social distancing, we have the arts to bring Milford together! Here, Barbara Alexander, founder of Arts in Connecticut, talks about how her nonprofit is creating opportunities for children in Connecticut of all socio-academic backgrounds. 

Thank you to Barbara and Arts in Connecticut for all you do for Connecticut residents!Minute with the Mayor - Arts in CT

Minute with the Mayor - Arts in CT

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Fri, 26 Jun 2020 06:42:58 -0400
Lamont Announces Plans for the 2020-21 School Year Amid the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46555-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic46555-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46555-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic46555-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic

Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona today announced details of the framework to allow all students – in all school districts statewide – the opportunity to have access to in-school, full-time instruction at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year, as long as public health data continues to support this model.

While Connecticut has determined reopening schools for in-person instruction can be achieved based upon the state’s successful COVID-19 containment efforts, this model will be supported with more intensive mitigation strategies and specific monitoring, containment, and class cancellation plans.

“While we’ve made good strides to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Connecticut, the virus hasn’t gone away and we need to do what we can to keep students and staff safe while also doing our best to provide our young people with access to an education that prepares them for the future,” Governor Lamont said. “Working with public health and medical experts, and with the support of our educators, we are preparing a number of steps that protect the health and safety of everyone who makes contact with our school system.”

In assessing the approach to a required operating model, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) considered input from school representatives, educators, families, students, educational stakeholders, advocacy organizations, and union representatives. The department conducted a review of nationally and globally published school reopening plans. The importance of access to in-person schooling rose as a priority related to educational opportunities, safety, wellbeing, and social-emotional learning.

“This pandemic represents more than a virus, it represents an historic disruption to our school communities and created barriers to how we best deliver academic and non-academic supports in a way that is accessible, equitable, and meaningful,” Commissioner Cardona said. “Addressing the educational setbacks and the social-emotional toll caused by COVID-19 is best addressed by maximizing in-person instructional time. In developing this plan, we worked in close consultation with public health officials to prioritize the safety of our school communities and, just as intensively, engaged students, parents, and educators for their critical input. We stand with our districts, educators and families as we commit to making 2020-21 a year devoted to creativity, innovation, courage, and reimagining education together.”

In addition to the framework released today, SDE plans to release a more detailed guidance document next week that will provide more comprehensive information for school districts.

**DownloadExecutive summary of Connecticut’s 2020-21 school planning
**DownloadPresentation on Connecticut’s 2020-21 school planning

Framework for Connecticut Schools During the 2020-21 Academic Year

Guiding Principles

As Connecticut schools plan to reopen, the guidance and considerations outlined in this framework are grounded in six guiding principles:

  1. Safeguarding the health and safety of students and staff;
  2. Allowing all students the opportunity to return into the classrooms full time starting in the fall;
  3. Monitoring the school populations and, when necessary, potentially cancelling classes in the future to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread;
  4. Emphasizing equity, access, and support to the students and communities who are emerging from this historic disruption;
  5. Developing strong two-way communication with partners such as families, educators and staff; and
  6. Factoring into decisions about reopening the challenges to the physical safety and social-emotional well-being of our students when they are not in school.

These guiding principles require all districts to develop their plans with a certain level of consistency, however they retain wide discretion in implementing approaches to reopening given unique local considerations. School districts must balance their planning with contingency plans to provide robust, blended learning or remote learning for all grades in the event that a school, district, or region has to cancel or limit in-person classes due to health precautions.

Main Operational Considerations

Cohorting

  • Districts should emphasize grouping students by the same class/group of students and teacher (into a cohort) so each team functions independently as much as possible. Consider this methodology by grade levels.
  • Placing students in cohorts is strongly encouraged for grades K-8, and encouraged where feasible for grades 9-12.

Social Distancing and Facilities

  • Review building space and reconfigure available classroom space, such as gymnasiums and auditoriums, to maximize social distancing, consistent with public health guidelines in place at that time.

Transportation

  • Districts should plan for buses to operate close to capacity with heightened health and safety protocols, including requiring all students and operators wear face coverings.
  • Transportation operators will need to activate increased social distancing protocols based upon community spread.

Face Coverings

  • All staff and students will be expected to wear a protective face covering or face mask that completely covers the nose and mouth when inside the school building, except for certain exceptions including when teachers are providing instruction.

Ensuring Equity and Access

  • Equitable access to education is a top priority that supports a full-time in-school model by mitigating any barriers to education or opportunity gaps that increased during the pandemic. Efforts to support equity, close the opportunity gap, and provide a wide range of support for students in the state is best achieved with in-person schooling opportunities for all ages.
  • Districts should identify gaps and develop action plans for reopening that specifically address inclusion, equity, and access for all learners with strategies and clearly defined action steps.

Monitoring, Containment, and Class Cancellations Plan

  • Develop robust monitoring and containment protocols, and class cancellation plans, in the event there are public health indicators that may require temporary closure of the building, such as evidence of community transmission in the school.
  • If public health data requires partial reopening, or if schools containment efforts require partial closure, LEAS must prioritize the return of vulnerable learner groups, with specific protocols to increase the in-school population over time until full in person instruction is achieved.
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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Neighbors Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:41:47 -0400