Milford's HamletHub Fri, 07 May 2021 20:18:11 -0400 Live Music: Badboy at Milford Sports Pub & Grill

Enjoy great food, drinks & live music from Badboy on Friday, May 14 at Milford Sports Pub & Grill.

**All State of CT and Town of Milford health department rules strictly adhered to.**

Get your tickets!

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Message from Mayor Ben Blake Regarding 2021-2022 City of Milford Budget

For the sixth consecutive year, Milford taxpayers will see a decrease in the amount of local taxes due. On Wednesday night, the Board of Aldermen adopted the Mayor’s budget reducing taxes for fiscal year 2021-2022. Milford’s mill rate, already lower than our neighboring communities, will be reduced even further to 27.65 mills - cutting taxes for all residents and businesses.

After a very long, strange, socially distant year, our City is now battle-tested by the unknown and ready for new challenges that lie ahead. Milford’s attention remains the well-being of our families and the health of our community.

While we continue to focus on what is safest, soundest, and best for our residents, we should all be comforted knowing that we have such an exceptional group of dedicated individuals who serve. Milford’s essential employees have a long history of going the extra mile and doing whatever it takes to ensure municipal government delivers the highest level of services. These local heroes have maintained the critical functions necessary to support our citizens’ needs throughout the pandemic - our community remains stable with a renewed commitment to keeping everyone safe. 

While new Covid-19 challenges reverberate, Milford has been able to prudently streamline its operations. This focus on efficiency has paid dividends with Milford realizing tax cuts for residents and businesses for each of the past six consecutive years. Milford taxpayers have experienced back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back decreases in the amount of local taxes due since 2016 – an unprecedented achievement, never-before-seen in Connecticut.

This 2021-2022 budget builds on past successes and establishes a solid framework for yet another responsible fiscal year. This financial plan holds spending increases to a minimum while fully funding core municipal functions like Education Operations.

Moreover, the Sewer User Fee, that funds the City’s wastewater utility, experienced yet another significant reduction. The annual fee decreased by $14.40 and now stands at $302.16.

Overall, this 2021-2022 budget reflects a strong foundation for Milford's future as we care for the health of each Milford citizen in the Small City with a Big Healthy Heart. Mask-up. Space-out. Wash-up. Stay safe!

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Milford Library Presents Jazz Concert via Zoom on May 19

Milford Library Presents Jazz Concert via Zoom May 19 at 7pm

The Milford Public Library presents a special Zoom concert with New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett and Koko Bermejo (drums/keyboard) on Wednesday, May 19th at 7pm. The Boston Globe describes Bennett's music as "a mix of jazz, folk, and minimalism." Timeout New York chronicled Daniel Bennett's pioneering spirit during COVID-19, highlighting Bennett's leadership during the global pandemic. Sammy Stein, international editor for the Jazz Journalists Association, called Bennett, "an outspoken voice of hope." The Daniel Bennett Group played over 100 outdoor concerts during the pandemic. Bennett continues to play a weekly livestream concert with Koko Bermejo on drums and keyboard. Florida Today called the weekly livestream a "welcome treat" for the global jazz community. 

The Daniel Bennett Group's 2021 album release, 'New York Nerve,' is available worldwide. "The album was conceived outside under snow-covered heat lamps at New York City jazz clubs. “Outdoor music was our thing this year. The earth was our stage," says Daniel Bennett. The Daniel Bennett Group has toured the world, performing regularly at the Blue Note (NYC), Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (London) and Herb Alpert's Vibrato Club in Los Angeles. The Daniel Bennett Group was recently voted 'Best New Jazz Group' in Hot House Magazine. 

Daniel Bennett is a touring clinician and associate director of the New York Jazz Academy in Times Square.  He also performs in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater productions in New York City. He arranged the musical score for 'Whitman at the Whitney,' a multimedia theater production at the Whitney Museum in New York City. Bennett recently played woodwinds in 'Blank! The Musical,' the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage. The New York Times called the show, "Witty, Likable and Ludicrous!" Daniel Bennett's theatrical works have strongly influenced his eclectic sound and musical storytelling abilities as a bandleader.  

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Milford Garden Club May Market on May 15

The Milford Garden Club will hold its annual May Market on Saturday, May 15th, from 8:30 to 11:30 at Fowler Field behind the Milford Library. 

We welcome gardeners of all experience to come check out our array of perennials from members' gardens, annuals, slighted used treasures and raffle items and baskets.

For more information, visit the Milford Garden Club on Facebook.  

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Downtown Milford Gets Glamorous with an Afternoon of Fashion & Fun on May 16

Spring Soiree in Downtown Milford

The Downtown Milford Business Association is hosting a “Spring Soirée,” a new, fashion-focused outdoor event in Downtown Milford on Sunday, May 16. The Soirée includes an outdoor fashion show featuring the latest styles from local boutiques along Harbor Walk, refreshments and charcuterie boxes from Nate’s Plates, desert from Micalizzi’s Italian Ice, and mini-experiences in each participating business, such as tarot readings, mini-facial LED treatments, organic airbrush face tans, and more. 

“We are so excited to bring this fresh, fun event to Downtown Milford,” said Makayla Silva, DMBA Event Director. “The Spring Soirée showcases the best our boutiques have to offer in a fun and glamorous atmosphere. Everyone is truly excited to get dressed up, do a little shopping, enjoy some special treats, and most importantly, socialize safely."

The Spring Soirée is a ticketed event—one which organizers hope to bring back year after year. “The timing is perfect,” said Tracy Bonosconi, DMBA President. “After the year we’ve had, it’s a wonderful way for the community to enjoy a little glamour and support small businesses at the same time. We hope to make the Spring Soirée a yearly signature event, like Pirate’s Day and Wine Trail, and to see our downtown retail district continue to grow stronger.”

Tickets for the Spring Soirée cost $25 and participating businesses in the Soirée include E’LAN by Dominique Renee, Island Time, Inside Living Style, The Lovet Shop, Makeup Makeup by Kristina Foreman, Sophie Claire’s, SunSpray Tans, S.V. Decker Jewelry, Your CBD Store Milford, and Whispers. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, go to:

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Live Music at Milford Sports Pub & Grill: Suck'R Punch on Sunday, May 16

Enjoy great food, drinks & live music from the Suck'R Punch at Milford Sports Pub & Grill on Sunday, May 16.

Get your tickets here

**All State of CT and Town of Milford health department rules strictly adhered to.**

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Milford Public Library Offers Introduction to Babysitting Courses May 12 and May 19


Introduction to Babysitting Course (Two Parts) on Wednesday, May 12 & Wednesday, May 19 from 4:30-6pm with Milford Public Library on Zoom

 Babysitters have the responsibility of caring for children and making important decisions while they are in charge to keep not only the child safe, but themselves as well! Parents entrust their child with the babysitter, therefore it is critical he or she knows the basics of childcare. In this two-part virtual Introduction to Babysitting Course, participants in grades 5-12 will learn interviewing tips, communication skills, ages and stages of young babies and toddlers, safety and first aid tips, and feeding and caring for children, including diaper changing. In addition, with heightened precautions due to COVID-19, babysitters will learn steps they can take to decrease the spread of the virus as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The instructor has taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade and is currently a 1st grade teacher. She holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education, and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy. A certificate of participation will be emailed to you upon completion of the course (must attend both sessions)!

Visit the Young Adult page at to register for the Zoom information. For questions regarding the Introduction to Babysitting course on Wednesday, May 12 and May 19 from 4:30-6:00pm, email

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Milford Prevention Council Announces 9th Annual Ride For Hope on June 13

Ride for Hope on June 13 

Enjoy a 70-mile scenic ride beginning and ending at the Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford, with a rest stop at Hollow Park in Woodbury.  The ride will last roughly 2 ½ hours and end with a take-out lunch catered by Lasse's Restaurant.

Register HERE.

Your ticket includes:

  • one (1) to-go bagged lunch from Lasse’s Restaurant
  • one (1) entry into a grab bag giveaway

2021 Event Patch to first 100 riders!

$40 per bike

Proceeds to benefit Milford Prevention Council's underage drinking, vaping and substance use prevention programs. 

 Learn more at

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Milford Library Presents: The Vietnam Era, Breaking into the Home of Every Citizen

Milford Library Presents “The Vietnam Era” – a Zoom series starting April 13 at 7pm

Our favorite historian, Hamish Lutris, takes us back 50 years or more to the Vietnam Era, a tumultuous time in American history. Divisions in our society were forged during this time, and they remain today.

The last in the series “Breaking Into the Home of Every Citizen”.

Vietnam was transformative: the war was the first conflict in the United States history to be visible every night on the televisions of the nation. For the first time, the United States fielded majority-minority forces, an army drafted and uncertain of its mission. Friction between those who supported the government and those who protested the war began to be seen on the streets of American cities.

Colleges trained future officers even as they held anti-war activities, which clashed with tragic results. More than any war in recent history, Vietnam lingers in the memories of many, even those not directly involved in it. This presentation will center on the Vietnam War’s effect on American society and on the relationship between the government and its people, which was irretrievably altered by the war. 

Lutris has lectured in libraries throughout the state, and his talks are well researched, lively and engaging. His knowledge of history is more than impressive.

To register for this Zoom program, please contact:

Questions may be addressed to:

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City of Milford Memorial Day Events

The Milford Veterans Ceremony and Parade Commission (VCPC) announced that the City of Milford will host a wreath laying ceremony and Memorial Day event on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

The Memorial Day event will take place at 2:00pm on the steps of City Hall and will be preceded by a patriotic-themed performance by The Milford Concert Band at 1:00 pm. Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner, Tom Saadi, will serve as the keynote speaker.  The ceremony will be live streamed for viewing via the Milford Government Access Television channel:

Click here to view the ceremony

At 10:00am on Sunday, May 30, 2021, Milford's Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) along with dedicated volunteers, will hold a wreath laying ceremony beginning at the WW1 monument in front of City Hall and proceeding to the other veterans' monuments on the Milford green. A wreath will be placed at each monument to honor those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy in the United States of America.


Milford Memorial Day Ceremony

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Milford Library Presents Shoes Through the Decades

Milford Library Presents “Shoes Through the Decades” via Zoom May 4 at 7pm

Are you curious about the footwear of years gone by?  If so, join us as we explore the evolution of shoes from the reign of Queen Victoria through the decades of the 20th Century.  We will discover the changes that occurred in footwear for women and men of the 19th and 20th centuries, emphasizing the influences that precipitated these changes. This presentation will be given by Karen Antonowicz, a specialist in historical fashion.

Karen (Ren) Antonowicz has her Master’s Degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, & Design with a concentration in Historic Costume & Textiles.  She taught History of Fashion and other courses full time at the college level for 13 years.  Ren and her husband, Mike, opened Nostalgia Antiques & Collectibles, a 3-floor co-op located on historic Wickenden St. in Providence, RI and ran the business for five years. Ren continues to follow her passion for historic costume by conducting fashion era presentations at libraries, senior centers, schools, historical societies, and historic homes. ​​​Ren and Mike moved to Quechee, VT in May 2019 and opened Nostalgia Café at Quechee Gorge in December 2020.

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Precious Blood Parish Ladies Guild Hosts Pop's Restaurant Fundraiser

Pop's Family Restaurant Hosts Ladies Guild Fundraiser
Support Precious Blood Parish's Ladies Guild by enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner (DINE IN OR TAKE OUT) at Pop’s Family Restaurant on Thursday, May 6th. Be sure to mention Precious Blood Ladies Guild and 20% of your check will be donated to the Guild. Funds raised that day will support their various children’s events and annual scholarships.
Pop's Restaurant is located at 134 Old Gate Lane in Milford.  Hope to see you there! 
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St. Mary School, Milford, Holds 27th Annual Golf Tournament on June 7

27th Annual St. Mary School Annual Golf Tournament
Enjoy a day of golf, raffles, contests, breakfast, lunch, and much more on June 7, 2021 at The Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane in Woodbridge.
Registration starts at 8:45am with a 10:00 shotgun start. There are many sponsor opportunities of all levels available for this popular event.
Your participation supports the St. Mary School Home & School Association. You can find all the details, register to play, purchase a sponsorship or contact a committee member via
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Live Music at Milford Sports Pub & Grill: Bits of Fingers, Black Sabbath Tribute

Enjoy great food, drinks & live music from Bits of Fingers with a tribute to Black Sabbath on Saturday, May 22 from 7-11 pm at Milford Sports Pub & Grill.

**All State of CT and Town of Milford health department rules strictly adhered to.**

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Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor and Deepa Joseph Discuss Lifting of COVID Restrictions Beginning Tomorrow

In this week's episode of Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor Ben Blake talks with Deepa Joseph, Milford's Health Director, about the lifting of COVID restrictions by the State of Connecticut. 

As the rate of infection of COVID-19 continues to fall, Governor Lamont has begun a phase-out of most restrictions, beginning tomorrow, May 1st. A second phase of easing will remove most remaining restrictions on May 19th. However, the indoor mask rule will remain in effect until further notice. Details are as follows:

Effective Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • The curfew for restaurants, entertainment venues, recreation venues, and theaters will be moved back one hour to 12:00 am midnight.
  • Bars that do not serve food can open for service - OUTDOOR ONLY. Food is still required when serving alcohol indoors.
  • The 8-person per table limit will be lifted - OUTDOOR ONLY. The limit remains in effect for indoor dining.

Effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021

  • All remaining business restrictions will end.
  • Indoor mask requirement will continue.
  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will issue recommendations for indoor and large outdoor events (e.g., concerts).

Visit the City of Milford online here.

Minute with the Mayor - COVID-19 Update

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