Milford's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/milford Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:17:28 -0500 HamletHub.com SHU Continues Thanksgiving Food-Giving to Bridgeport Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46768-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents46768-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46768-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents46768-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents

The pandemic prevented Sacred Heart University students from conducting its large-scale turkey drive this season, but they were committed to a decade-old tradition: providing Bridgeport residents with all the ingredients for a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

SHU’s student government, volunteer programs & service learning (VPSL) office, campus ministry and other groups and sports teams donated 450 turkeys and hundreds of non-perishable food items to the Bridgeport community for Thanksgiving and continues to raise funds to feed the hungry in the local area this holiday season.

In past years, the student government conducted numerous campus-based fundraisers and ran a crowdfunding campaign to broaden the support for the turkey drive. An energetic student volunteer dressed in a turkey costume would make stops around campus encouraging staff, faculty and students to donate to the cause. Funds were collected, turkeys were purchased and then members of the student government, as well as many student organizations, would visit St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bridgeport to distribute the goods. The pandemic forced changes for 2020’s drive.

“With the remainder of donated funds from previous years, we were able to donate 450 turkeys to St. Charles this year,” said a written statement from student government. “Delivering the turkeys and fundraising is always a great experience for all student government members involved in assisting and distributing the turkeys to the community. This year, Shop Rite in Milford delivered the turkeys to the church and the church did a drive-by system to hand out the food to the community.”

Shop Rite in Milford is owned by alumnus Harry Garofalo ’80. This is the second year he partnered with SHU’s student government.

“This is an event that everyone on campus loves so much, and it was really hard to come to the understanding that it would not be happening as grand as years prior, but we are grateful to still be able to contribute to this tradition,” the statement continued. “We would like to thank all the generous donors who have contributed over the past few years, as without their donations, we would not be able to continue this student government initiative to help our local community.”

Arlete Perez Paez, VPSL office and program manager, said that without the food and the turkey drives, people would go hungry. “Our community depends on our fundraiser,” she added. “It means a lot to them.”

The community can continue to donate to the turkey drive and help families throughout the holiday season by visiting the drive’s fundraising page.

During the University’s annual interfaith service (which was virtual this year), Annie Wendel, assistant director of VPSL, said that in the midst of an economically challenging year, the food gifts significantly affect SHU’s neighbors. “This year looks really different, but our commitment remains unchanged,” Wendel said. “For those looking to get involved in the community, it’s not too late. Please consider reaching out to local food pantries who may be looking for donations to fulfill a need this holiday season.”

At the service, University chaplains echoed statements that life this year is certainly altered. “Whatever you are doing this Thanksgiving, it will be different,” said Imam Gazmend Aga. “It still remains a unifying and reflective holiday, and it’s a time where we as Americans come together, we reflect, we see each other, we build memories which we hope will last forever.”

Aga said happiness is gratitude. He told viewers watching from their computer screens that, while they may be alone for the holiday, they should feel happy that they have their health during the pandemic. “Absence of COVID will lead to gratitude,” he said. “If you have COVID, you know you have people who love and support you.”

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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, R.N., & 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 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2020 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) Life Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:40:28 -0500
Dr. Melanie Lynch Joins Norma Pfriem Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46767-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital46767-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46767-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital46767-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital

Norma Pfriem Breast Center, part of Smilow Cancer Hospital, is pleased to welcome Melanie Lynch, MD, a surgical oncologist and breast surgeon, to its staff. An Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Dr. Lynch will lead the breast care teams at the Bridgeport, Fairfield and Trumbull offices.

Dr. Lynch comes to us as a leader in breast cancer care from Northeast Ohio. She has served as Medical Director of the Summa Health System Breast Program since 2013, and was Section Chief of General Surgery at Cleveland VA Medical Center. She served as Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Director of General Surgery Residency Program at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Lynch was awarded a Crain’s Cleveland Business Physician Innovator Award 2018 for the implementation of an access program that ensures next day appointments and expedited biopsies for women with a cancer concern.

She implemented a comprehensive breast program at Summa Health earning accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). She was recognized for developing other innovative clinical programs including: multidisciplinary clinics for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer, screening and management of women at increased risk of breast cancer or with genetic susceptibility to breast cancer, survivorship care and use of integrative medicine for management of symptoms associated with breast cancer treatment. 

“Dr. Lynch has demonstrated a commitment to the values of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital of providing comprehensive and coordinated breast care to all women in our community,” says Donna Twist, PhD, executive director of the Breast Center, and Vice President, Bridgeport Hospital Foundation.

“Dr. Lynch was selected from among a national pool of candidates. We are pleased to welcome a compassionate surgeon to our team,” said Mehra Golshan, MD, MBA, FACS, inaugural Deputy Chief Medical Officer for surgical services at Smilow Cancer Hospital, of which the Breast Center is a part. 

Dr. Lynch will begin seeing patients in late January.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the breast center at 203-254-2381.

Norma Pfriem Breast Center, a part of Smilow Cancer Hospital, provides nearly 1,500 uninsured and underinsured women with financial assistance for patient care annually. One of only 500 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital, Fairfield and Trumbull locations. Services provided through Smilow Cancer Hospital include medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, genetic risk assessment, clinical trial participation as well as wellness services like yoga, nutrition counseling and massage.

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital). Both Bridgeport Hospital and the Milford Campus of Bridgeport Hospital serve patients throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.  www.bridgeporthospital.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Jackie Keren) Places Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:26:09 -0500
A Soulful Holiday: Milford Public Library Zoom program on Dec. 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46764-a-soulful-holiday46764-a-soulful-holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46764-a-soulful-holiday46764-a-soulful-holiday

Have a Soulful Holiday on December 2 at 7pm 

Milford Public Library welcomes back the extraordinary vocal talents of Rhonda Denét as she fills our hearts (and ears) with joy and soul in this holiday season. On her visits, Denét has rocked the house! We invite you to experience a holiday program like no other – right in your own home.

Denét is hailed as a virtuoso who lends her flair to every song she sings. When she performs, she invites her audience to surrender to the groove and experience the music fully. With a Bachelor’s Degree in music and a Graduate Degree in Arts Administration, she has been lucky enough to become a full-time performer, appearing (before this year) at concert halls, theaters, clubs, resorts and museums in the New York area and across the country.

For registration information, please visit www.milfordlibrary.org

Any questions can be addressed to nabbey@milfordct.gov.

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nabbey@ci.milford.ct.us (Nancy Abbey) Events Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:36:34 -0500
LifeBridge Distributes Hundreds of Turkeys to Clients and Area Churches this Thanksgiving https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46765-development-manager46765-development-manager https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46765-development-manager46765-development-manager

 

LifeBridge Distributes Hundreds of Turkeys to Clients and

Area Churches this Thanksgiving

LifeBridge Community Services, a community based non-profit, whose mission is to partner with Bridgeport’s youth and families to build resilience and help people reach their full potential in life, distributed 200 turkeys yesterday to clients and four churches in the West End, including Bethel AME, New Vision International Ministries, Black Rock’s Neighborhood Community Church and Ebenezer Gospel Academy to help those who may face food insecurity this Thanksgiving. COVID has placed added burdens on many people, especially due to job loss. LifeBridge extended a helping hand by distributing turkeys to the churches to share with their members along with gift cards for those families with younger members in juvenile detention.

“We want to let our community, especially those who live in the West End, know that LifeBridge is there for them,” said Alan Mathis, President & CEO of LifeBridge. “These churches serve many of the same people that are our clients and we want to be sure no one goes without during a time when we all should find reason to give thanks. It’s been a hard year and this is our way of bringing a little happiness into our neighbor’s homes.”

“Bethel AME Church, Bridgeport’s eldest African American church in the city, stands upon the faith of six who made a sacrifice 202 years ago, to make a difference. This Thanksgiving, in the overwhelm of death and sickness, we speak life as we join LifeBridge Community Services, New Vision Ministries, Ebenezer and Straight Ahead Ministries to make a difference for countless numbers of families and individuals in our communities who will enjoy the right now with their families and give thanks for this meal,” said Reverend A. Iona Smith Nze.

“Our message is one of resiliency,” said Mathis. “Many of our friends and neighbors are going through tough times, dark times--but we will get through this and LifeBridge is here to make sure those we serve have the promise of a brighter future within a stronger community.”

 

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kerry@ducey.org (LifeBridge Community Services) Neighbors Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:35:21 -0500
Lamont’s 2020 Thanksgiving message: people have come forward from all corners to help and volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46766-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer46766-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46766-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer46766-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Governor Ned Lamont delivered the following message to the residents of Connecticut:
 

This year, our family’s table will have fewer people gathered around it than we’re used to. It’s tempting to see that as another sign of the times, but I choose to see it as a reminder of the inspiring efforts made by the everyday people of Connecticut to make this meal possible for us all. Words cannot express how grateful I am to live in a state where its residents look after one another, respect one another, and offer help when someone is in need. For that I thank you.

At this time of year it’s traditional to take time to reflect on what’s most important in our lives and express gratitude. Like so many things during this past year, it’s hard to find comfort in this familiar custom when there are reminders of the strangeness of the times all around us.

There’s no way to put on a cheerful face and pretend that everything is whole when we’ve lost so much. The virus has cost the lives of over 250,000 Americans, the jobs and livelihoods of countless more, and robbed us all of our everyday reality.

And yet there’s hope and plenty to be grateful for.

The adversity of this moment has reminded us how inspiring and courageous our fellow citizens are who have made sacrifices on our behalf. Connecticut’s doctors, nurses, and other public health workers have worked tirelessly through unthinkably long hours while putting their own safety at risk. Medical professionals have come out of retirement to provide assistance to hospitals and nursing homes, where the help is sorely needed. Our state has seen an outpouring of support from nonprofit partners who’ve stepped up to the plate to provide aid and services to those suffering.

Connecticut’s teachers, some of the best in the country, have risen to the challenge of educating our children – a challenge in the best of times, as many of us found out first hand – while adapting to a remote environment.

All that is to say nothing of the ordinary Connecticut folks who have volunteered their time. People have come forward from all corners to man testing sites, deliver food to those in quarantine, and facilitate voting to ensure our democracy continues to thrive. Many have cared for their neighbors who are most at risk by delivering supplies to spare them from danger.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

At this moment, we also have hope in the form of a number of promising vaccines on the horizon. With this hope, despite the fatigue we all feel at having been deprived of even the most basic human interaction, it’s more important than ever that we honor the efforts and sacrifice of our fellow Connecticut residents by staying vigilant. It’s not easy, but the more we express our collective thanks by keeping each other safe when there are treatments so close at hand, the sooner we can get back to the life that we so dearly miss.

In the meantime, despite the impact COVID has had on volunteerism, there are still countless ways to step up and give back throughout this holiday season and beyond. Connecticut charities need your help more than ever – so consider donating time safely or supporting them however you can. We’re still one big family and in this together.

From my family to yours, I wish each of you a warm and happy Thanksgiving.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:32:41 -0500
Ready-to-Catch Fish Stocked in Select CT Lakes and Ponds! https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46763-ready-to-catch-fish-stocked-in-select-ct-lakes-and-ponds-including-squantz46763-ready-to-catch-fish-stocked-in-select-ct-lakes-and-ponds-including-squantz https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46763-ready-to-catch-fish-stocked-in-select-ct-lakes-and-ponds-including-squantz46763-ready-to-catch-fish-stocked-in-select-ct-lakes-and-ponds-including-squantz

DEEP Announces Special Bonus Fishery of Lake Trout

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is pleased to announce a surprise “bonus fishery,” recently stocking close to 500 Lake Trout in select waters around the state!

Averaging between 24-36 inches in length, and weighing between 5-7 pounds, these fish are ready to catch in the following waterbodies, stocked last week: Winchester Lake, Coventry Lake, Tyler Lake, Squantz Pond, and Bigelow Pond. There is no expectation that these fish will holdover for an extended period of time (years) or that they will reproduce. The intent in stocking them is strictly to provide Connecticut anglers with a specialty fishery, enhancing late season and winter fishing opportunities.

The fish come from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Berkshire National Fish Hatchery out of New Marlborough, Massachusetts, where they raise Lake Trout for restoration efforts in the Lower Great Lakes. 

Historically, Lake Trout used to be reared by the state of Connecticut and stocked into a handful of lakes around the state; stocking ceased in 1967 and was likely attributed to poor survival in the wild.  The current harvest state record dates back to 1918, for a fish caught out of Lake Wononskopomuc that weighed a whopping 29 lbs. 13 oz.! 

While these recently stocked fish won’t break the state record in the harvest category (the largest fish by weight), they should provide the catch of a lifetime for many, and for the possibility of filling the state record in the “Catch & Release” (the largest fish by length) category created just this year. For more information on state record fish and the Trophy Fish Award program, please click here.

As Lake Trout are considered trout along with brooks, browns, rainbows, and tigers, there will be no special rules or regulations applied with this specialty stocking; therefore, the standard statewide regulation of 5 trout per day applies to all stocked Lake Trout as well. The lone exception is in Squantz Pond during the month of March, when there is a 16” minimum length daily creel limit of 1 trout.

Please share photos of the Lake Trout you catch with us on Facebook! Also, please complete this survey after each Lake Trout fishing trip. Results from surveys like this help us better manage our fisheries and provide you with the opportunity to provide data/comments that factor into our decision-making process. Good luck, and please continue to practice social distancing if venturing out for a fishing trip. Tight lines!

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Life Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:55:33 -0500
Milford Police Arrest Juvenile in Connection with Vehicle Break-ins https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/publicsafety/46762-milford-police-arrest-juvenile-in-connection-with-vehicle-break-ins46762-milford-police-arrest-juvenile-in-connection-with-vehicle-break-ins https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/publicsafety/46762-milford-police-arrest-juvenile-in-connection-with-vehicle-break-ins46762-milford-police-arrest-juvenile-in-connection-with-vehicle-break-ins

On March 27, 2020 there were numerous unlocked vehicles entered during the overnight hours and a handgun was stolen from a locked glove box.

A lengthy investigation was conducted by Det. Warwick involving several search warrants and evidence processing. The investigation lead to a juvenile arrest warrant being issued for larceny and burglary charges.

The juvenile was charged with:

  • Larceny 3rd Degree Conspiracy to Commit
  • Larceny 3rd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 3rd Degree

The juvenile was released and given a juvenile court date.

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kerry@ducey.org (Milford Police) Public safety Tue, 24 Nov 2020 06:05:09 -0500
Black Lives Matter Virtual Series at Housatonic Community College https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46761-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college46761-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46761-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college46761-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college

Last week, Housatonic Community College (HCC) hosted a virtual Black Lives Matter discussion that focused on protective and risk factors. The event was the first in a series of three virtual conversations that will concentrate on racial injustice and what can be done to heal. The next events in the series take place on November 30 and December 14 on HCC’s Facebook page.

Carlton Gill, project coordinator for HCC’s Success Center and Men’s Center, invited two of the area’s top community activists, Chaquanzha Stephenson, CEO and founder of D.O.P.E., Inc., and Wilner Joseph, CEO and founder of Young Athletes 4 Change, for a frank discussion about challenges in black and brown communities, and what changes can be made to advance justice and healing.

“Coming from where I grew up, you want to get out and become something in life. You want to be able to get educated, get the resources that you can get from any circumstances and be able to understand the value of life. As teens growing up in my community, we’re not taught in school about life skills, we’re not taught how to become an entrepreneur, so organizations like mine and Chaquanzha’s are resources where they can get information and grow as leaders,” said Joseph.

The panelists talked about what the Black Lives Matter movement means to them.

Black Lives Matter is imperative for anybody watching because it’s not really just a race thing, it’s a human thing,” explained Stephenson. “If you’re a human, you have feelings. How can you watch [racial injustice] and not see disparity, not feel bad about it, and think it’s okay?”

“It’s time for the world to really start shedding light on the importance of what black men and black women go through in America,” said Joseph. “It’s time for us to start really focusing on education and economics in our community.”

A dialogue about the systematic institutional structures that disadvantage black and brown communities was held, and looking to the future, the panelists hope the new presidential administration tackles prison reform and places more resources into black and brown communities.

“Having open dialogues is a critical part of reckoning social, racial and economic injustices. At Housatonic, we are hosting these virtual events to do our part in helping to transform the country into one that is more just for all its citizens. I invite everyone to tune in, listen and learn from each other,” said Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., HCC Chief Executive Officer.

The next event in HCC’s Black Lives Matter Virtual Series is entitled ‘Trigger Happy’ and will be held on Monday, November 30th at 6 PM to discuss gun violence. The final event in the series, ‘UJIMA’, will be held on Monday, December 14th at 6 PM to discuss our collective work and responsibilities. Both events are Facebook Live events and can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/HCCBridgeport/.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:44:34 -0500
Milford Mayor Ben Blake Talks COVID Safety with Health Director Deepa Joseph https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46760-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-covid-safety-with-health-director-deepa-joseph46760-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-covid-safety-with-health-director-deepa-joseph https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46760-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-covid-safety-with-health-director-deepa-joseph46760-milford-mayor-ben-blake-talks-covid-safety-with-health-director-deepa-joseph

In this week's installment of Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor Ben Blake is joined by Health Director Deepa Joseph to discuss the importance of staying socially distant, washing hands, wearing a mask, and limiting social gatherings.

Watch it HERE.

Minute with the Mayor - COVID-19 Update with Healt...

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:33:45 -0500
St. Mary School, Milford, Holds Annual Christmas Tree Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46759-st-mary-school-milford-holds-annual-christmas-tree-sale46759-st-mary-school-milford-holds-annual-christmas-tree-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46759-st-mary-school-milford-holds-annual-christmas-tree-sale46759-st-mary-school-milford-holds-annual-christmas-tree-sale

St. Mary School Christmas Tree Sale
 
A Milford Christmas tradition carries on!  With social distancing, masks and procedures to keep everyone comfortable and safe, come get into the Christmas spirit and pick out your special tree. There will still be lots of cheer starting November 27th, when freshly cut premium balsam & fraser fir Christmas trees, wreaths and cemetery pieces arrive from Canada.
 
Get in the Christmas spirit and support St. Mary School! The stand will be open weekdays 5:00pm–9:00pm and weekends 9:00am–9:00pm.
We sell out quickly, so don't wait too long! St. Mary School is located at 72 Gulf Street in Milford  www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org.  
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rbryant1@optonline.net (SMS Milford) Events Wed, 18 Nov 2020 05:47:44 -0500
Precious Blood Parish, Milford, Holds Drive-Through Food Collection THIS Saturday, 11/21 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/charities/46758-precious-blood-parish-milford-holds-drive-through-food-collection-this-saturday-11-2146758-precious-blood-parish-milford-holds-drive-through-food-collection-this-saturday-11-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/charities/46758-precious-blood-parish-milford-holds-drive-through-food-collection-this-saturday-11-2146758-precious-blood-parish-milford-holds-drive-through-food-collection-this-saturday-11-21

Food & Faith Drive Through Food Collection and Blessing on Saturday, November 21st 8:00AM - 12:00PM, St. Mary Church 70 Gulf Street, Milford

The John Rigely Food Pantry of Precious Blood Parish is ready to replenish its shelves and continue helping our neighbors in need. Items most needed at this time are soup, hot or cold cereal, coffee, hot chocolate, tuna, mac & cheese, cookies, crackers, granola bars, canned chicken, and mayonnaise. Always welcome are monetary donations, gift cards, and checks (made out to Precious Blood Parish - memo line: John Rigely Food Pantry).

In order to stay socially distanced, follow the signs and cones behind St. Mary Church hall, STAY IN YOUR CAR, open your trunk, and a volunteer will remove your donation. Then, if you like, you can drive to a blessing station to have your car and everyone in it blessed by the clergy (please you stay in your car.)
 
You can also support the food pantry by giving online at www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org/giving 
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preciousbloodparishpress@gmail.com (PBP Milford) Charities Tue, 17 Nov 2020 07:58:19 -0500
Good News in Action Network of Executive Women Scholarship Awards Luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46756-public-invited-to-share-in-good-news46756-public-invited-to-share-in-good-news https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46756-public-invited-to-share-in-good-news46756-public-invited-to-share-in-good-news

 

Good News in Action from the Network of Executive Women

The Network of Executive Women invites the local community to attend their annual scholarship awards luncheon.  

For those who love to witness good news in action, the Network of Executive Women (NEW) is proud to invite local residents and business people to join them for an inspiring scholarship awards (virtual) luncheon.

For over 40 years, the Network of Executive Women (NEW) has been dedicated to helping support the educational goals of women, in order to assist them in improving their lives and their financial security. On December 1st, 2020, at noon, NEW will award scholarships to 11 inspiring women whose life circumstances caused a break in their educational goals. These women are now committed to continuing their education or professional training, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

Tickets are $10 for guests and $5 for members. All monies go directly toward funding future scholarships. Register at https://networkofexecutivewomen.org.

“This is one of our biggest and most important events each year,” said President Beth Stoller. “It is always a joyous and uplifting luncheon. Our scholarships change lives, and this year more than ever, we want to invite others to

share in this good news. There’s no need to leave home or office, because it’s a virtual event on Zoom.”

A great example of the success of NEW’s scholarship mission is a story from one of the many scholarship recipients.

At the age of 37, and at the height of her accounting career, Deanah O’Donnell made the difficult choice to leave work to focus on family. Two years later, Deanah, then mother of an infant and a two-year-old, enrolled in the University of New Haven’s Bachelor’s Degree program. She attended school at night because it was less expensive, and waitressed for money and the flexible schedule is offered, so she could continue to care for her children. Balancing school, financial obligations, and taking care of her two boys was difficult.

“I had some lean times, and did everything possible to make dollars stretch,” said Deanah. “I looked for grants and applied for all of them, but there weren’t many scholarships for part-time, adult students, or so I thought.

Prior to my third semester, I discovered that I would be $1400 short on tuition. I had very few options, and feared I would have to drop out of school. Then, I learned of Network of Executive Women’s scholarships. I applied and won! The funds I received helped me through the next three semesters. And ultimately, the scholarship was vital in helping me graduate Cum Laude, and continue on to a Master’s Program. I am so grateful to Network of Executive Women.

Having attained my Bachelor’s degree, I am now a Sr. Staff Accountant and EA (licensed tax preparer for the IRS) for a local accounting firm. I will complete my Master’s Degree in Accounting in 2021. And, because I found so many great relationships at NEW, I am a member and serve on its Board of Directors.”

Also on sale now are tickets for NEW’s Comedy Night fundraiser on Saturday, May 1st 2021. It is a major fundraiser and one activity that supports the scholarship fund. NEW is always grateful for the support of our current and future sponsors, most especially our Gold level sponsors: Executive Cleaners and Wanda Carlson - State Farm Insurance. Our Silver Sponsors: Milford Bank and Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Orange. Sponsorship details and tickets for all events can be found on: https://networkofexecutivewomen.org/

NEW welcomes professional women to attend two events as guests before applying for membership. Luncheon meetings are held virtually on the first Tuesday of each month, and there are several Network at Night events throughout the year.

 

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tanya@tanyadetrik.com (Tanya Detrik) Events Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:47:16 -0500
Precious Blood Parish, Milford, to Hold Drive-Through Food Collection and Blessing https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46755-precious-blood-parish-milford-to-hold-drive-through-food-collection-and-blessing46755-precious-blood-parish-milford-to-hold-drive-through-food-collection-and-blessing https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46755-precious-blood-parish-milford-to-hold-drive-through-food-collection-and-blessing46755-precious-blood-parish-milford-to-hold-drive-through-food-collection-and-blessing

Food & Faith Drive ThruFood Collection and Blessing on Saturday, November 21 from 8:00AM - 12:00PM at St. Mary Church 70 Gulf Street, Milford

The John Rigely Food Pantry of Precious Blood Parish is ready to replenish its shelves and continue helping our neighbors in need. Items most needed at this time are soup, hot or cold cereal, coffee, hot chocolate, tuna, mac & cheese, cookies, crackers, granola bars, canned chicken, and mayonnaise. Always welcome are monetary donations, gift cards, and checks (made out to Precious Blood Parish - memo line: John Rigely Food Pantry).

In order to stay socially distanced, follow the signs and cones behind St. Mary Church hall, STAY IN YOUR CAR, open your trunk, and a volunteer will remove your donation. Then, if you like, you can drive to a blessing station to have your car and everyone in it blessed by the clergy (please you stay in your car.)  You can also support the food pantry by giving online at www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org/giving 
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preciousbloodparishpress@gmail.com (PBP Milford) Events Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:45:43 -0500
Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 4,639 Cases, 49 Hospitalizations, 22 Deaths Since Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46757-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday46757-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46757-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday46757-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday

 

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Friday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)

93,284

+4,639

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

2,787,086

+86,210

Daily Test Positivity

 

5.38%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

757

+98

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

4,759

+22

County-by-county breakdown:

County

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Confirmed

Probable

Confirmed

Probable

Fairfield County

28,814

2,398

1,137

322

230

Hartford County

21,972

1,294

1,208

330

165

Litchfield County

2,986

236

129

21

11

Middlesex County

2,652

152

158

39

18

New Haven County

21,564

1,549

998

169

285

New London County

4,766

140

120

35

37

Tolland County

2,169

220

54

15

2

Windham County

1,915

36

23

1

9

Pending address validation

380

41

0

0

0

Total

87,218

6,066

3,827

932

757

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Life Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:37:43 -0500
Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph Explains Phase 2.1 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46754-milford-health-director-deepa-joseph-explains-phase-2-146754-milford-health-director-deepa-joseph-explains-phase-2-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/life/46754-milford-health-director-deepa-joseph-explains-phase-2-146754-milford-health-director-deepa-joseph-explains-phase-2-1

In this week's installment of Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor meets with Health Director Deepa Joseph who provides a community COVID update.

Joseph says, "Due to the rise in cases across the state and in Milford, the State is rolling back to Phase 2.1."

Read the sector rules for Phase 2.1 HERE.

Watch Minute with the Mayor HERE.

Minute with the Mayor - COVID-19 with Health Direc...

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:59:50 -0500