Milford's HamletHub Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:09:54 -0500 Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance.

In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.

Read More: Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown.

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Google Tech Training Tour Brings Seminars to 500+ Connecticut Job Seekers, Small Businesses and Nonprofits


February Trip Will Make Stops in Hartford, New Haven, and New London, open to all residents of Milford

Google announced today that it will host three day long digital skills training sessions in Connecticut during the week of February 11, making stops in Hartford, New Haven and New London. The effort put on by Grow with Google (the company’s economic opportunity initiative) is part of a national tour of libraries in all 50 U.S. states to equip people with requisite skills to thrive in the digital economy. Each stop will consist of free hands-on courses in an array of tech topics, aimed at job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs to improve their digital skills.

“Connecticut is one of our country’s most historic centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Constitution State’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.

Each event will include Google staff leading interactive workshops about issues ranging from search engine optimization and online marketing to coding and email basics. Attendees can also sign up for one-on-one training with Google staff, and tour demo booths to learn more about Google’s free products for learners and small businesses. Google is officially partnering with Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Hartford Public Library, New Haven Free Public Library, and Public Library of New London as well as the American Library Association for the trip, and will explore partnership opportunities with area organizations to help with job training and developing digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, visit Space will be limited; so please register in advance.

In its 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google found that 14,000 Connecticut businesses generated $4.13 billion in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools.


February 11th: Hartford

  • 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Hartford Public Library -- Albany Library
  • 1250 Albany Avenue,  Hartford, CT 06112

February 13th: New Haven

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • New Haven Free Public Library
  • 133 Elm Street,  New Haven, CT 06510

February 15th: New London

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • Public Library of New London
  • 63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

For more information, click here.

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Pantochino Productions Awarded by Broadway World

Pantochino Productions awarded as part of BroadwayWorld’s 2018 Theater Awards chosen by chosen by you - the local theater goers!

BroadwayWorld explains, “Regional productions, touring shows, and more were all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are bigger and better than ever, including over 100 cities across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia!”

Congratulations to Pantochino Productions for winning Best Connecticut Playwright for Bert Bernardi - "Italian Wedding Soup", Best Costume Design (Non-Equity) for Jimmy Johansmeyer - "Italian Wedding Soup", Best Direction of a Musical or Revue (Non-Equity) for Bert Bernardi - "Italian Wedding Soup", Best Ensemble Performance in a Musical (Non-Equity) for "School For Elves", Best Lighting Design (Non-Equity) for Jeff Carr - "Italian Wedding Soup", Best Musical (Non-Equity) for "Italian Wedding Soup", Best Musical Direction (Non-Equity) for Justin Rugg - "School For Elves", Best Original/New Work/New Adaptation for "Italian Wedding Soup", Best Scenic Design (Non-Equity) for Von Del Mar - "Italian Wedding Soup", Best Sound Design (Non-Equity) for Sara Brown - "Italian Wedding Soup".

]]> (Broadway World) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:37:01 -0500
Snow predicted for Milford by week’s end, stronger storm Saturday night into Sunday

A quick moving but weak low pressure system will bring a light accumulating snowfall to Milford Thursday night, January 17 into Friday morning, January 18, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A more significant storm system will impact the region over the weekend, bringing the potential for snow and heavy rain Saturday night, January 19  into Sunday evening, January 20. Strong winds will bring an arctic blast Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches for interior portions of northeastern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and Southwest Connecticut and one inch for NYC/NJ metro and surroundings before a changeover to rain. Less than one inch is predicted for Southeastern LI and CT before a changeover to rain.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to poor visibility and snow covered roads, particularly across the Interior, for the Friday morning commute.

In the wake of this system, a blast of arctic air is expected to rush into the region Sunday afternoon into Sunday Night, with the coldest air of the winter season expected into early next week.

Learn more on NWS website: NWS New York Website:

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LIttle Naturalist Classes in Milford

Explore the colors of winter and learn how animals and plants survive the winter months at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Little Naturalist classes at the Coastal Center in Milford. Starting January 22, join us on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 10:45 a.m., for a different colorful adventure every week. From blue jays to purple urchins and more, each class includes a story, hands-on activities, and a craft for child and adult to do together.

Little Naturalist classes are for children ages 2-4 years accompanied by an actively participating adult. Class fee includes one child and one adult. Members $8/class; Non-members $13/class. Pre-registration required. Please call 203-878-7440 to sign up.

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center is located at 1 Milford Point Road. Learn about all our upcoming programs at

]]> (Liza Hickey) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:41:48 -0500
Boys & Girls Village receives $1-million grant to support Life Skills Training Center for at-risk young adults

BBoys & Girls Village, a statewide leader in providing mental health treatment, permanency planning and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, will receive a $1,000,001 grant from the state of Connecticut to create a Life Skills Training Center to serve at-risk youth entering early adulthood. The award comes as part of the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program.

The planned 5,000 square-foot training center will reside on the organization’s Milford campus and provide programs that will seek to prepare at-risk adolescents and young adults to meet the demands of adulthood. Instruction in the areas of employment readiness, financial literacy, nutrition, health and wellness, and housing will take place.

“For most kids, life after high school offers an exciting range of opportunities, but for vulnerable at-risk youth, independent living and economic self-sufficiency are often out of reach,” said Dr. Steven Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “There is a scarcity of available services to help these kids transition into early adulthood, and we want to help solve this problem.”

Eligibility for many government services that youth receive during childhood and adolescence ends between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one. The need, however, often continues.

“For this vulnerable group of kids, terminating support can lead to chronic unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, and involvement in the justice system. Rather than have kids fall prey to these issues, we’re going to help prepare them for their next step in life. We know that achieving economic self-sufficiency in early adulthood is one of, if not the biggest predictor for future success.”

The Life Skills Training Center is a natural progression from the organization’s existing Work-to-Learn Program, offering innovative vocational programs that include both coaching and real-world services through three youth-run businesses: Meatball Heaven, Do Me a Favor, and Design IQ & Print, all located in Bridgeport’s historic Arcade Mall.

The grant was part of approximately $30.8 million in state grants awarded to 92 nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut. The state’s Nonprofit Grant Program assists organizations with the costs associated with one-time infrastructure improvements that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by the organizations.

“We’re extremely grateful for these funds, they will allow Boys & Girls Village to continue to provide innovative solutions for strengthening at-risk children and families’ ability to succeed in life,” said Kant. “We thank former Governor Malloy and the State of Connecticut for this continued support.”

]]> (Laura Roberts) Charities Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:21:51 -0500
Gas Prices in Connecticut Inch Down

Connecticut gas prices continued to decline this week, according to AAA Northeast. Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular gas in Connecticut averages $2.55, 3 cents lower than this time last week. Compared to last year, prices are 12 cents lower.

On the national level, a gallon averages $2.25, 1 cent higher than last week – the first increase since October. Compared to last year, prices are 28 cents lower.

“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country, the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Adelle Zocher, Outreach Specialist for AAA Northeast.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

  • Greater Bridgeport $2.66
  • Lower Fairfield County: $2.62
  • New Haven/Meriden: $2.57
  • Greater Hartford $2.45    
  • New London/Norwich $2.58
  • Windham/Middlesex $2.52

Statewide Average:$2.55

Today, Missouri and Arkansas both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.89 and $1.90, respectively. California and Hawaii continue to lead the pack with the highest prices at $3.28 and 3.26, respectively. Connecticut holds the 9th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:27:44 -0500
CT Author Pens CT Guidebook to Adventure - available for purchase near Milford

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

The locations within 10 miles of Milford where the book can be purchased are:

Place Address
West Haven Historical Society West Haven Historical Society, West Haven, CT
Orange Historical Society Orange Historical Society, Orange, CT
Milford Historical Society Milford Historical Society, Milford, CT
Milford Historical Society Milford Historical Society, Milford, CT

To purchase the CT 169 Club 8.5 x 11 hardcover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages directly from the author, please send a check for $26.53 (that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax with free USPS shipping!) to:

Marty Podskoch, 43 O’Neill Lane, East Hampton, CT 06424

The CT 169 Club Book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide.

Learn more about the author and the book here

]]> (Martin Podskoch) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:07:50 -0500
Milford Library offers presentation on glaucoma on January 17

Learn about Glaucoma at Milford Public Library on January 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm 

The Milford Public Library in collaboration with Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Milford, will present a program on glaucoma. Dr. Omar Faridi, a specialist on this disease, will present the program.

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States. Known as the “sneak thief of sight”, many people affected with glaucoma do not experience symptoms and may not be aware that they have the disease until they have lost a significant amount of vision.   With early detection and treatment, eyes can be protected against the serious loss of vision or blindness.

The program is free and open to the public. Come and learn about this condition and options for treatment.

]]> (Nancy Abbey) Events Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:39:27 -0500
Learn About Backyard Birding at Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center in Milford

Not all birds fly south for the winter--at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center in Milford, the windows of the observation room are the perfect portal for exploring the world of winter birds.

Join us Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for a teacher-naturalist led program to learn the field marks that help identify the birds that could be visiting your own backyard during the winter season. Discover which birds are at our feeders, what they like to eat and their unique behaviors. Get tips on how to create a bird-friendly backyard, and what bird seed and feeders to use.

Connecticut Audubon’s Coastal Center is located at 1 Milford Point Rd. The program fee is: CAS members $5/person; non-members $8/person. Pre-registration required. Sign up at:; call 203-878-7440 for more information.

]]> (Liza Hickey) Events Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:40:34 -0500
Open Call Auditions for THE SECRET GARDEN and VOWS


An open call audition for performers (singers/actors/dancers) of all ages, type and experience levels will be held on Feb 10 & 11 for a production of the popular family musical THE SECRET GARDEN. Artistic Director/Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom; Music Director: Clay Zambo; Choreographer: Jessica Rahrig; Executive Producer: Eli Newsom. This audition will also serve as the open call for our presentation of a world premiere musical, VOWS, written by Clay Zambo.

WHERE: Auditions will take place at Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Rd Fairfield CT 06824 (free parking lot).


Adults: Auditions for adult actors (age 16+) will take place on Sunday Feb 10th from 2:30-4pm (sign in begins 2pm, sign-in ends 3pm), and Monday Feb 11th, from 6:15pm-7pm (sign in begins 5:45pm). Actors will audition in order of arrival, except those who have reserved a timeslot (scroll down this page for info)

Kids: Auditions for younger actors (ages 7-15) will take place on Sunday Feb 10th from 1-2:30pm (sign in begins 12:30pm), and Monday Feb 11th, from 5:30-6:15pm (sign in begins 5pm).  Actors will audition in order of arrival, except those who have reserved a timeslot (scroll down this page for info)

WHAT TO PREPARE: Please bring a headshot (or recent photo) and resume of any stage or performing experience. Please prepare a short selection from a musical in the style of the show (singing from The Secret Garden is ok), around 1 minute in length or less please. Bring sheet music in the correct key, a capella singing (meaning singing without sheet music) is discouraged.

CALLBACKS: Callbacks for The Secret Garden will be held Monday February 11th at 7pm. Auditionees who are asked to attend callbacks may be asked to participate in a movement/dance call. Callbacks for VOWS will be held at a later date by invitation.


THE SECRET GARDEN will rehearse in approximately five weeks, with two weekends of performances. The general rehearsal schedule for THE SECRET GARDEN is weeknights after 6:30pm and Sunday evenings, beginning around April 7th. Performances: May 9th @ 8pm (preview), May 10th @ 7:30pm (opening), May 11th @ 2pm (matinee) and 7pm, May 12th @ 7pm, May 17th @ 7:30pm, May 18th @ 2pm (matinee) and 7pm, and May 19th @ 2pm (closing.)  Rehearsals will take place at a combination of Tomlinson Middle School and Sturges Ridges, and performances will take place at Pequot Library.

VOWS will be presented on April 13th at the Fairfield Museum. Rehearsals will start around March 31st.

For both shows: Seeking singer/actors of all types/ages; full breakdown below. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Non-Equity, no pay.

APPOINTMENTS: For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Visit to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.



THE SECRET GARDEN: The season will close with the family and literary classic, “The Secret Garden,” presented at the beautiful Pequot Library May 10-19, 2019. The story revolves around young Mary Lennox, who is shuttled to England to live in her Uncle’s secluded and seemingly haunted mansion after her parents die in India. Once she finds the key to a secret garden, Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”

VOWS: Our New Works program shines the spotlight on new original work of some of our own local talent. This season we are proud to present a reading of the brand new musical "Vows" by award-winning composer Clay Zambo, featuring real-life stories of how couples meet.


MARY LENNOX (10-12) Raised in colonial India, Mary is an orphan whose parents have died of cholera. She has no close relatives and has been sent to live with Archibald Craven, her late mother’s sister’s husband. A spoilt child, now bewildered and alone, she is initially petulant and rude, but at heart is a warm girl. Voice type: Mezzo (B-E)



NEVILLE CRAVEN (30-40) Archie’s younger brother, who is resentful of his position as the younger brother. A humourless, bitter man, who, as a doctor, has responsibility for Colin, Archie’s invalid son. Voice type: Baritone (C-F#)

MARTHA (teens-20s) Housemaid. An extremely warm, good-hearted girl, feisty and courageous. Needs a belt vocal quality as well as vocal warmth. Requires Yorkshire accent. Needs to be able to inspire Mary when she is at her lowest. Low mezzo (low F – D)

DICKON (teens-20s) Martha’s younger brother. A mystical lad, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle. A music theatre vocal style. Requires a Yorkshire accent. High baritone (C-G)

COLIN CRAVEN (10-12) Archie’s invalid son who is bed-ridden and has no company other than his dour uncle and servants. Capable of being very rude and petulant,but essentially sweet-natured. Boy soprano (A-Eb)

MRS MEDLOCK (35-50) Housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor. A very competent and business-like woman who is very severe and shows little warmth.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF (45-65) Gardener at Misselthwaite. Loyal servant of many years standing who dearly loved the late Lily. Can be crotchety, but essentially very gentle. Requires Yorkshire accent. Voice type: Baritone (F-D)

MRS WINTHROP/MRS SHELLY (40s-50s)  A school headmistress who believes in strong discipline. (Will double as a servant).

MAJOR SHELLEY (35+) An army officer who escorts the orphaned Mary to England. (Will double as a servant).

The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals and as a “Greek chorus”, commenting on events for the living,and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX (30-40) An army officer, Mary’s father. A warm and loving father. Voice type: Tenor (Bb-G)

ROSE LENNOX (30-35) Mary’s mother, Lily’s sister. Beautiful, vain and spoilt. In life, lacking in maternal qualities. Can be quite petulant – rather a “princess”, but nevertheless very appealing. Sings in a glorious Quartet in Act Two. Voice type: Mezzo / soprano (Bb-G: optional B)

THE FAKIR (20s-40s) Indian mystic / servant. Voice type: High tenor (G-B)

AYAH (20s-40s) Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver. Voice type: Mezzo (low G-G)

LIEUTENANT IAN SHAW (25-35) Army officer. Voice type: Tenor / baritone (Bb-F)

LIEUTENANT PETER WRIGHT (20s-40s) Army officer. Voice type: Baritone (Bb-F)

MAJOR HOLMES (30s-50s) Army officer. Voice type: Bass (low F#-F)

CLAIRE HOLMES (30s-40s) Major Holmes’ wife – a well-to-do lady. Voice type: Soprano (A-G)

ALICE (20s-30s) Rose’s friend – a well-to-do lady. Voice type: Soprano (Eb-B)

Additional roles for chorus and children available 

Seeking real-life couples for this new, original musical by Clay Zambo. Please inform us if you are in a relationship with another performer (or one with performing experience) for this musical inspired by real-life stories of how married couples meet. Couples can be hetero, same-sex, domestic/live-in, married, and otherwise!

The cast is comprised of 4 men and 4 women. Each plays multiple roles over the course of the evening: one as part of a couple, the others as supporting characters in another story.

STEVE - 30s, a junior executive and single father; cute and awkward. Baritone

KENNETH - 50ish, an engineer. Ebullient, cheerful. Higher legit baritone

TOM - 50ish, a college administrator. Baritone

TERRY -  50ish, event planner, former actor. Tenor

LAURA - late 20s, a violist working as a grocery clerk. Light mix mezzo

SARA - 40s, a college astronomy professor. Soprano

EVVY - 30s, a preacher. Folksy light soprano

ABBI - 30s, a high school Latin teacher. Feisty as the day is long. Belter 


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:37:29 -0500
Red Cross Issue Urgent Need for Blood, Milford Donation Times Listed Below

Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected some 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

Milford residents can donate blood at these times:

Date Place Address
1/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Mount Aery Baptist Church 73 Frank Street, Bridgeport
1/31/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 4070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
2/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Congregation B'nai Israel 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
2/15/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. University of Bridgeport Student Center 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport
1/18/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Shelton Community Center 41 Church Street, Shelton
2/1/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Shelton Community Center 41 Church Street, Shelton
2/8/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Dianon Systems 1 Forest Parkway, Shelton
2/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. R.D.Scinto 2 Corporate Drive, Shelton
1/24/2019: 1:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church 2000 Main Street, Stratford
2/8/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fright Haven 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford
1/14/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church 5958 Main Street, Trumbull
2/12/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Maefair Health Care Center 21 Maefair Ct, Trumbull

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

]]> (CT Red Cross) Events Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:33:56 -0500
Happiness is a well trained dog, Milford can participate in National Train Your Dog Month

If you are a new dog owner, or a seasoned owner who is yearning to teach your old dog new tricks, now is the time! Not only is it a new year, but January is National Train Your Dog Month!

The certified professional dog trainers within 15 miles of Milford according to the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) are:

Trainer Location
Bryony Aviles Branford, CT 06405
Michelle L. Douglas West Haven, CT 06516
Jade Giuggio East Haven, CT 06513
Sandra L. House Hamden, CT 06514
Dawn M Lowery Ansonia, CT 06401
Lise J. Polard Trumbull, CT 06611
Evelia Veronica Rivera Bridgeport, CT 06610
Caitlin E. Sancimino Monroe, CT 06468
Kathleen M. Shea Hamden, CT 06514
Leigh A. Sylvester Shelton, CT 06484
Brian G. Tippy Branford, CT 06405
Stephanie L. Williams Hamden, CT 06517

For a complete list please visit

There is a video series by Connecticut’s own Peace of Mind Canine available here.

We checked in with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and found out that they are promoting training the family dog with everyday manners – the behaviors found in the APDT's Canine Life and Social Skills program!

What’s more, throughout the month, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers is providing dog owners with free webinars that boast tips and tricks for teaching the basic commands including sit, down, stay, wait, coming when called and walking on a loose leash.

Visit Train Your Dog Month for a host of training videos and resources.

Dogs are the most popular pet by far according to AVMA. They report that 50% of Connecticut residents have a pet which places it 43rd on the list of pet ownership by state according to a 2018 study by AVMA. The national average is 57%.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Life Mon, 14 Jan 2019 06:30:34 -0500
Stratford's Historic Shakespeare Theatre Burns In Tragic Fire

Early this morning, Sunday, January 12, a fire engulfed and destroyed the historic Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

According to Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick, who released a formal statement earlier today, the Stratford Fire Department responded to several calls shortly before 1:00 am Sunday of a fire at the location of the American Shakespeare Theater. Stratford Fire, Police and EMS crews responded to the scene. They were aided by the Milford and Bridgeport Fire Departments. A large fire soon engulfed the entire building, and despite the quick actions of first responders, the building is a total loss.

“The loss of this iconic and historic theater that holds a special place in the hearts of Stratford residents is devastating,” said Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick. “Our first concern is ensuring safety, making sure the site is secured and that there is no further threat to public safety. This fire continues to be under investigation to determine the exact cause of this fire, and we will be working in concert with state officials in that effort.

“I want to thank the dedicated personnel of our Fire, Police and EMS Departments as well as those from neighboring Milford and Bridgeport for their quick actions to keep our residents safe in response to this emergency, and I would also like to extend my thanks to the emergency responders in Fairfield, Shelton and Bridgeport who assisted with town-wide coverage in Stratford while our assets were deployed,” she added.

Hoydick said that state Fire Marshal’s office deployed a canine unit this morning to the site to search for any accelerants that may have contributed to the fire.

*Image courtesy Shakespeare Academy who tweeted, "So sad to say our beloved Shakespeare Theater burned tonight. Our Academy building was not harmed."



]]> (HH) Neighbors Sun, 13 Jan 2019 10:22:19 -0500
CT BBB Offers Milford Residents Tips for Joining a Gym

The Connecticut BBB Offers “Tips for Joining a Gym”.

With the New Year comes determination and resolutions for many that involve a healthier lifestyle. This usually includes better eating habits and more exercise.

Joining a gym can be a big decision and before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. There are many things to take into consideration before signing a contract for a gym membership.

Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut and Milford wants consumers to get the most out of their new gym membership. Consider these tips before making your final decision:

Determine your fitness goals. Determining your goals first will help you select a facility that is most appropriate for you. It’s also a good idea to check with your physician before embarking on a new fitness regiment, especially if you have a medical condition.

Figure out your priorities. What amenities are you looking for in a gym? Do you want a gym that offers personal training? Access to a pool or hot tub? Is a sauna on your must list? If you travel for work, maybe a chain with numerous locations is best? These are all questions to ask yourself before finding the gym that is right for you.

Research. Find gyms that are at a convenient location for you or that have extended hours. Ask your friends or colleagues what gyms they belong to or look for customer reviews online. is a great resource that can help you narrow down the list of gyms you want to tour in person.

Take a tour. Make sure the gym has the equipment, classes, and trainers you need or expect. Pay attention to things that are important to you, whether it’s the cleanliness of the locker room or the availability of Wi-Fi. Ask questions and make sure you understand all the rules. Ask about busy times, wait times for equipment, if classes require pre-registration, and availability or cost of trainers.

Ask about free trials. Gyms often give a one-week free pass for potential members; this is a great way to see if the gym is a good fit for you. Try the gym at different times to see how crowded it is and whether there is a wait for certain equipment. Check out classes if they are offered.

Calculate the true costs. Gyms often use special introductory offers to encourage new members, but the price could go up more than you budgeted once the initial period is over. Make sure you understand what the regular monthly fees will be and what they include.

Understand the terms. Read the contract carefully before signing. Make sure that all verbal promises made by the salesperson are in writing. What matters is the document you sign, so don’t just take a salesperson’s word for it. What happens if you move or the gym goes out of business? Will your membership renew automatically at the end of the term? Can you get out of the contract altogether and under what circumstances?

Don’t feel coerced. Don't give in to high-pressure sales tactics to join right away. A reputable gym will give you enough time to read the contract thoroughly, tour the facilities, do some research, and make an informed decision.

Have you seen or heard a gym advertisement that seemed confusing or misleading? You can always report a bad ad to BBB AdTruth.

Remember to use BBB to look up a business before signing any contracts. Discover all that Better Business Bureau has to offer at

]]> (CT BBB) Public safety Sat, 12 Jan 2019 05:44:52 -0500