Milford's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/milford Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:33:42 -0400 HamletHub.com Milford Artist Variety Show, Opening Reception on August 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46082-variety-show46082-variety-show https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46082-variety-show46082-variety-show

Please join us for our 3rd Art Exhibit of the season "Variety Show" featuring Milford, CT Pop Artist Allan Dudek.

Opening Reception and Meet Allan on Saturday, August 3rd from 2 - 6. The exhibit runs through September 3.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more info call 203-878-7007 or visit our website www.gildedlilygallery.com.

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gildedlily1@prodigy.net (barry gordon) Events Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:54:38 -0400
Special Pop-Up Pantry Thursday Evening at Connecticut Food Bank Bridgeport Warehouse https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/charities/46085-special-pop-up-pantry-thursday-evening-at-connecticut-food-bank-bridgeport-warehouse46085-special-pop-up-pantry-thursday-evening-at-connecticut-food-bank-bridgeport-warehouse https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/charities/46085-special-pop-up-pantry-thursday-evening-at-connecticut-food-bank-bridgeport-warehouse46085-special-pop-up-pantry-thursday-evening-at-connecticut-food-bank-bridgeport-warehouse

The Connecticut Food Bank will open its Bridgeport warehouse for a Warehouse Pop-Up Pantry food distribution on Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM. The Connecticut Food Bank Bridgeport warehouse is located at 229 Mountain Grove Street, Bridgeport. The Pop-Up Pantry is open to all in need of food assistance.

Connecticut Food Bank CEO Valarie Shultz-Wilson said the Connecticut Food Bank, which normally distributes food through a network of member agencies and regularly scheduled Mobile Pantries, wants to provide additional ways for people to access healthy, nutritious food. “In a city struggling with a 21% food insecurity rate, there is a significant demand we must help meet in the community. Summer is a difficult time for many families when school is out and many children no longer have access to free or reduced-price meals they receive during the school year.”

The Warehouse Pop-Up Pantry will operate in the same manner as the Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry. The distribution will be open to anyone in need of food assistance. The Pop-Up Pantry will offer a variety of nutritious food, such as fresh and frozen produce, frozen meats, fresh dairy products, breads, and an array of nonperishable foods.

The Connecticut Food Bank Warehouse Pop-Up Pantry is Thursday, July 25, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM, at 229 Mountain Grove Street, Bridgeport. People are encouraged to bring shopping bags to carry home items they receive. All who need food assistance are welcome.

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kerry@ducey.org (Stephanie Decker) Charities Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:52:33 -0400
SHU Receives $2.4 Million Grant to Help Combat Opioid Crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46083-shu-receives-2-4-million-grant-to-help-combat-opioid-crisis46083-shu-receives-2-4-million-grant-to-help-combat-opioid-crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46083-shu-receives-2-4-million-grant-to-help-combat-opioid-crisis46083-shu-receives-2-4-million-grant-to-help-combat-opioid-crisis

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has received a $2.4-million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for the College of Nursing’s new project called Alternatives to Opioids for Pain (ALTOP). ALTOP is being funded under the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program that supports academic clinical partnerships to prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives for work in rural and underserved communities.

Opioid misuse is resulting in staggering rates of death in the United States today. Between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths nationwide more than tripled (CDC 2017). Of the 47,055 drug overdose deaths in 2014 in the U.S., 60.9 percent involved an opioid (Rudd, 2016). The problem is particularly acute in Connecticut, which has one of the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths in the country. Connecticut’s Department of Public Health has reported that Connecticut residents are more likely to die from unintentional drug overdose—mostly from prescription opioid pain killers—than from a motor vehicle accident. Drug misuse is also closely related to the prevalence and diagnoses of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in the state.

ALTOP was proposed to help combat this epidemic. Through the creation and support of academic clinical partnerships at two federally qualified health centers, family nurse practitioner (FNP) students will gain long-term clinical experience and training in the appropriate use of opioids, as well as alternative pain treatments and modalities, in primary care settings. This will especially benefit medically underserved areas in Bridgeport.

The grant will help in the development of clinical preceptors at Optimus Health Care and Southwest Community Health Center. It will provide for training and support with the goal of recruiting, retaining and evaluating preceptors to educate the next generation of FNP students in the use of best practices when treating patients with chronic pain, specifically in impoverished areas. The grant will also help reduce the educational debt for FNP student candidates from underrepresented, disadvantaged and/or minority backgrounds and veterans who commit to working in medically underserved areas upon graduation. 

“Pain is one of the most common reasons for patient visits to a primary care provider. This project will prepare the next generation of nurse practitioners with safe and effective prescribing patterns yet will be poised to integrate alternative pain treatment modalities to enhance patients’ quality of life,” said Professor Susan DeNisco, principal investigator and director of the project.

Professor Julie G. Stewart, who recently passed away, helped apply for the grant and was set to co-direct the project with DeNisco. Professor Kerry Milner will serve as director of quality improvement initiatives and will work to improve the overall quality of care the FQHCs deliver to patients at risk for misuse of opioids in the management of pain, as well as to their families. Milner will also coordinate key quality-improvement activities and projects, engaging FNP/DNP students in the process.

“By educating future FNPs to work in collaboration with other members of the health care team to combat the opioid crisis, the ALTOP program will lead quality improvement and safety initiatives for all patients at risk for opiate use disorders,” Stewart said.

For more information on ALTOP, contact DeNisco at /Users/deniscos/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/AL5AY2PC/deniscos@sacredheart.edu

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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 eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; 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 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. Sacred Heart has 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 Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:59:07 -0400
CT's Beardsley Zoo Hosts Photo Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46084-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-hosts-photo-exhibit46084-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-hosts-photo-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46084-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-hosts-photo-exhibit46084-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-hosts-photo-exhibit

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to announce its first non-juried photography exhibition, with nearly 200 photos submitted from the Zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers for public viewing. Photos will be exhibited on Thursday, July 25 in the Zoo’s Hanson Building from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

The festive evening will include an introduction of the judges, announcements of first, second, third place winners as well as a People’s Choice Award, and a raffle for a Tamron Zoom lens with a value of $600. Winners will be announced that evening. The public is invited. 

Photographers were invited to submit up to three photos of animals from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, from current or previous years. Judges are Patrick Comins, executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society; Jesse Thompson, co-owner of Milford Photo; and Roger Salls, owner of Roger Salls Photography. 

Photography Exhibition sponsor Milford Photo is providing the first, second, and third prizes in the form of gift certificates to the store. First prize is $200, second prize is $100, and third prize is $50.

In addition to the judged photos, a People’s Choice will be selected. The general public can vote on their favorite that evening by making a one-dollar donation for each vote. Photos can be purchased that evening, or from the Zoo Gift Shop following the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Zoo. 

 “Art is a natural way for people to express their love of animals and appreciation of nature,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “The Photography Goes Wild Exhibit will help to showcase the stunning diversity of species at the zoo, and we hope, encourage people to focus on preserving wild habitats and animal conservation in new ways.”

Milford Photo Co-Owner Jesse Thompson said, “It’s been great partnering with the Zoo by providing area photographers with a fun venue to shoot and display their work. And also kudos to our friends at Tamron Lenses for providing loaner lenses and an 18-400mm zoom for a raffle prize giveaway at the opening. Milford Photo looks forward to more events at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.”   

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let Your Curiosity Run Wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 97thanniversary, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, Mexican and Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarin. Other highlights include the new Spider Monkey Habitat, the Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plain with maned wolves, Chacoan peccaries and Giant anteaters. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.com

About Milford Photo

Since its founding in 1995, Milford Photo continues to be the go-to location for the photo enthusiast in Connecticut. From selling the top lines in cameras, lenses and accessories to providing reprint, enlargement, graphic imagery or photo instruction for photographers of all levels, the crew at Milford Photo works hard to provide the best in product and service to their clients. www.milfordphoto.com

About Tamron 
A leading manufacturer in optical class for interchangeable lens cameras, Tamron is committed to the enjoyment of the photographic experience for camera users of all levels. www.tamron.com.usa 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Events Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:25:24 -0400
Milford's Beaverbrook Boardwalk Reconstruction in this Week's Minute with the Mayor https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46081-milford-s-beaverbrook-boardwalk-reconstruction-in-this-week-s-minute-with-the-mayor46081-milford-s-beaverbrook-boardwalk-reconstruction-in-this-week-s-minute-with-the-mayor https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46081-milford-s-beaverbrook-boardwalk-reconstruction-in-this-week-s-minute-with-the-mayor46081-milford-s-beaverbrook-boardwalk-reconstruction-in-this-week-s-minute-with-the-mayor

Minute with the Mayor - Beaverbrook Trail

The Beaverbrook Boardwalk, which burnt down several years ago, is in the process of being reconstructed. "It's going to be a great place to walk, hike, or stroll," Blake says.

Blake says that the City was able to secure a state grant for what he calls a "critical asset". 

 Here, Mayor Ben Blake talks to Steve Johnson, Open Space and Natural Resource Agent, about the opening of Beaverbrook Trail and Boardwalk.

Minute with the Mayor - Beaverbrook Trail

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:40:34 -0400
Network of Executive Women's Business Luncheon and Speaker in Stratford on August 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46077-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker46077-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/46077-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker46077-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker

The Network of Executive Women’s monthly luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 6th 2019 at Riverview Bistro 946 Ferry Blvd in Stratford at 12:15pm. Speaker Kim Kasparian will present Network Your Way to Success One Relationship at a Time. Open to all.

Please register in advance at https://networkofexecutivewomen.org/new-lunch-registration. Cost is $24.99 for members and $29.99 for non-members and walk-ins.

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jocelynm@marketing-er.com (Jocelyn Murray) Events Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:34:33 -0400
CT Audubon Strongly Supports the Recovering America's Wildlife Act https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46080-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act46080-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46080-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act46080-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced in the House of Representatives today, would be a game-changer for wildlife in Connecticut, bringing an estimated $12.6 million a year to be used to help at-risk birds and other animals.

Nationwide, it would send $1.3 billion in existing federal revenues to the states to implement their Wildlife Action Plans.

The bill has bi-partisan support and was introduced by Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).

Wildlife protection in Connecticut has improved in many ways in recent years but bird populations are declining in general and many species are vulnerable.

Federally-threatened Piping Plovers, for example, increased from 26 nests in 1977 to 36 in 2007 to 66 in 2017. Purple Martins have been removed in recent years from the state’s list of threatened species. Both populations however are still small enough to be highly vulnerable to any number of risks. And other species are not faring nearly as well.

As Prof. Chris Elphick of the University of Connecticut has documented, Saltmarsh Sparrows seem to be on a trajectory to extinction in the next 50 years because of sea level rise.

Prof. Robert Askins of Connecticut College has documented that Blue-winged Warblers have declined by nearly 80 percent over 50 years because of loss of habitat. The frosted elfin butterfly, spotted turtles, grassland birds such as Bobolinks, and beach-nesting birds such as Least Terns are all vulnerable for similar reasons.

Most wildlife conservation money now comes from license fees and taxes paid by hunters and anglers. That money is spent on game programs. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would provide money that originates in federal resource extraction leases to protect non-game wildlife, including Connecticut’s birds.

State Wildlife Action Plans are mandated by Congress. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection developed the current plan in 2015 during a long public process that involved local conservationists from around the state – the very people who know the most about the state’s animals and plants.

Connecticut Audubon strongly supports the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and we urge all Connecticut residents to do the same. As the legislative process moves along over the next several months, we’ll be reaching out to you at the appropriate time to contact your representatives in Washington.

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kerry@ducey.org (CT Audubon ) Politics Sat, 13 Jul 2019 07:04:33 -0400
Eli's Restaurant Group to Open Elicit Brewing Co. Sept. 2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46079-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-201946079-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/places/46079-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-201946079-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-2019

Manchester, CT - Do you love craft beer? In that case, there's a new kid in town that we just have to introduce you to. Meet Elicit Brewing Co, the younger, laid back, and ever so slightly edgier sister restaurant of the Eli's Restaurant Group family (with existing locations in Hamden, Milford, Orange and Branford and another new sister restaurant, Roost, also located in Hamden). Launching in Manchester, CT, in September of this year, Elicit promises all of the fun and none of the fuss: quick service style food with the same commitment to taste, quality, and customer experience as a fine dining restaurant, an on-site brewery, a staggering list of local and semi-local craft beer heavy hitters, a wine and cocktail bar, a retro arcade, a beer garden - and last but not least - a game selection ranging from giant jenga to ping pong. Come as you are and roam around the converted historic 19th century brick building which used to house a paper mill and was, up until recently, the site of the Adams Mill Restaurant.

“We are putting together a concept focused on bringing the community together in an events driven space and thought that centering it around beer, something we have enjoyed for years, which has become so prevalent now in CT, would be a great way to tie it all together,” said Ellis Reilly, Director of Operations for Eli’s Restaurant Group. “Opening in Manchester was a fairly easy decision because we like the community that the town has already managed to build; and throughout our building process they have already proven to be terrific.”

Elicit Brewing Co. will be an American-style beer garden featuring a range of food from pizzas and sandwiches to smaller style plates including wings and pretzels. The brewery is expected to be open Monday through Friday late afternoon through late night, with more hours on the weekends.

To learn more about Elicit Brewing Co., follow us on Instagram (@ElicitBrewing), visit their website: elicitbrewing.com , and email kat@birdsocialmedia.com for updates and passes to press events.

About: Eli’s Restaurant Group was founded in 1994 with the opening of its flagship restaurant, Eli’s on Whitney in Hamden. All five locations are American fair themed and feature our signature Horseshoe Bar, which allows for easy access to sports games on the big screen televisions framing the bar. Along with a variety of other items, we serve a combination of specialty cocktails, craft beers, and burgers. Straying slightly from the other locations, Eli’s Brick Oven Pizza location serves authentic Italian cuisine. Eli’s catering division offers the option for weddings, corporate events, etc. Eli’s restaurants also have private rooms and conference rooms available to be rented out for events. Other locations include Branford, Milford, and Orange. For more information about Eli’s Restaurant Group, please visit us at https://elisrg.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Katharine Ortiz ) Places Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:47:43 -0400
Milford’s Ben James Takes the 78th Connecticut Junior Amateur https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46078-milford-s-ben-james-takes-the-78th-connecticut-junior-amateur46078-milford-s-ben-james-takes-the-78th-connecticut-junior-amateur https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46078-milford-s-ben-james-takes-the-78th-connecticut-junior-amateur46078-milford-s-ben-james-takes-the-78th-connecticut-junior-amateur

It was inevitable, we’ll say from now on. But even for Ben James, the inevitable has to be earned.

James did that Thursday morning, winning the 78th Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship, his first CSGA Championship, 6 and 5 over Gunnar Granito, the New Canaan High School graduate from Woodway CC who had made the 2019 Junior his coming-out party.

James stayed close to par and close to the game plan he’d employed all week, laying back 40 or 50 yards at times from the long-hitting Granito, but hitting almost every green and always keeping his approaches below the hole on Watertown Golf Club’s befuddling but perfect greens. There are only two holes that have vexed James at Watertown, the 14th and 15th, which he lost in yesterday’s semi-final and recalled that he’d lost to bring on elimination in 2018. By winning with a birdie on the par-4 13th, he didn’t have to face his nemeses.

“I’m proud of the way I managed my game today,” said the 16-year-old champion from Milford and Great River GC, who last week won the AJGA Killington Junior with a 13-under total score. “I had a game plan all week, and I never varied from it. No matter what my opponent did.”

James, 16, a sophomore at Hamden Hall, has played the Junior since he was 11, never making the finals. “This is really great,” he said, “to win the Junior in my home state. I’m very excited.” He shared that excitement with dad Don, his coach, and mom Gretchen Thursday, on hand for the presentation of the William A. Salvatore trophy.

For Granito, who won the FCIAC individual championship in June, it was disappointing, but nevertheless marked a breakthrough in a golf career that may someday rival his first love, hockey. He’ll play both at Berkshire School come fall and with one college golf offer can expect several more now.

“I just wasn’t getting up and down the way I have all week today,” said Granito, who has never reached this level in match play, save country club matches. “And I wasn’t putting myself in very good positions. I try to hit the ball on drives and approaches better than I did today, but still my chips were not good, short a lot. I just couldn’t get that feel until it was pretty much over.”

The turning point came early, mid-way through the front nine. Settling down from what appeared to be early jitters, Granito hit the fifth fairway (after missing the previous two to the right) hit the green and tied James with par to keep things at 3 down. He appeared to have the advantage on the downhill par-4 6th when James uncharacteristically missed the fairway and was blocked by trees. Alas, after James and hit his approach far right of the green Granito rocketed an approach over the green into a flower bed. Both made six. Still three down. Then, on the par-5 7th, where he outdrove James, and watched James hit just short of the green in two, Granito skulled an iron into the penalty area 50 yards in front of him and wound up conceding a birdie to his double.

Still, it was the short game, not the long game, that Granito felt let him down. “Really, what’s got me here this week is just getting up and down everywhere,” said the 18-year-old. “I just couldn’t find that today. I felt like I was hitting some good putts, but they were so long, the make percentage wasn’t very high.”

To watch James and Granito go at it on the 6600-yard Watertown layout was to witness a teenage, Connecticut version of a Dustin Johnson/Brooks Koepka pairing, with James playing the lanky golf-centric Johnson, and Granito, the powerful, all-around-athlete Koepka. Like a budding Koepka, he transformed himself to an elite golfer this week. Having never reached match play in three previous tries, Granito had eliminated some of the strongest players in the field, including No. 1 seed and CIAC Division I champion Chris Fosdick as well as Division II champion Matt Doyle. (Granito comes from an athletic family. His three brothers all played college sports and his sister, Catherine, is a lacrosse player at Michigan.)

Make no mistake, James can hit it as powerfully as Granito when he wants to, having gained both several inches and tens of miles an hour in club head speed since his first junior. James used his length when he hit the par-5 first and came up just shy of the 542-yard, par-5 7th, where his birdie was conceded. But when it didn’t pay to risk trouble, he didn’t. Using three-wood and laying back to 150 yards or more on tight holes such as the par 4 11th. Nevertheless James made four birdies: the first, the third, the seventh and the last hole, the 13th.

“What worked was I was pretty steady,” said James. “And my start was big. I made a nice birdie at one and halved the hole. Then made a great up-and-down on two. And then chipped in on No. 3. That was huge for me. Then I kind of got lucky at No. 6.”

James said after several imprecise chip shots early in the week he went to his home club, Great River, on Wednesday after two matches and worked on that part of his game. “I wasn’t managing the run-out of the chip shots,” said James. “So I worked on that. I did much better today.” James also works with TPC Sawgrass teaching professional Todd Anderson, who he sees two or three times a year for intensive, 5-day work sessions.

By winning Thursday, James earns a spot in next week’s Connecticut Open, July 19-21, at Torrington Country Club. He is exempt from qualifying for the 2020 Russell C. Palmer Cup, and the 2020 Connecticut Amateur. He has also earned a spot on the CSGA’s New England Junior Team, where one of his teammates will be his opponent today, Granito.

“It will be difficult to choose the rest of the team,” said CSGA Executive Director Mike Moraghan. “This field of juniors is perhaps the strongest in the history of this event. The present crop of young players is outstanding, and deep.” With James as medalist last year, the CSGA team dominated the 6-state competition, winning by 17 shots.

James, who has received more interest from college scouts than any other state junior, joins such Connecticut greats as Dick Siderowf, 2018 Connecticut Open Champion John VanDerLaan and Mike Ballo, Jr. in winning the Junior Amateur.

Host professional Ian Marshall is also a past winner. Moraghan thanked Marshall, Superintendent Paul Bonini and the entire membership of Watertown for hosting the event again and praised the condition of the course, including what James and several other juniors called the best greens they’ve played this season.

About the Junior Amateur

This was the 78th playing of the Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship. The championship is open to all juniors who have not reached their 19th birthday by the start of the championship. A single round of stroke play identified 32 players to participated in matches. There were two matches Tuesday and Wednesday to set up today’s 18-hole final.

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kerry@ducey.org (Bob Carney) Neighbors Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:59:49 -0400
State Lawmakers Applaud Sikorsky Groundbreaking on Route 110 Realignment https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46076-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment46076-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/politics/46076-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment46076-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment

Local state lawmakers joined together with town officials and Sikorsky executives to break ground on the long-awaited Main Street realignment and expansion project on Monday, July 8.

The Route 110 project will realign Sikorsky’s South entrance with Oronoque Lane, widen the roadway, add turning lanes, and add a crosswalk. The project seeks to alleviate traffic problems in the area and support growth at Sikorsky.

“This project is a great example of how well public private partnerships can work when we have a common goal,” said Senator Kevin Kelly. “By easing the flow of traffic, we can help reduce commute times. Less time on the road means more productivity at work and more time at home with your family. This will also help Sikorsky prepare for growth in both production and jobs. This will help move cars more efficiently off the Merritt Parkway to avoid traffic backup on the Sikorsky Bridge. This is a very exciting and crucial project to help our entire community over the long term.”

“I am excited and I am sure the local residents and employees are excited to see this project moving forward,” said Representative Ben McGorty. “We have thousands of commuters using Route 110 daily and the current alignment of Route 110 has caused headaches for everyone for far too long. The realignment of Route 110 is greatly needed and I can’t wait to see the project completed.”

“This is a problem that reflects good things happening in our local economy,” said Representative Joe Gresko. “More employees at Sikorsky means more traffic during shift changes. This project will streamline the traffic pattern and alleviate some of the daily traffic headaches.”

“I’m glad to see this project move forward,” said Representative Phil Young. “Traffic at a standstill is bad for tempers and bad for the economy.  We want to keep things moving forward.”

PICTURED: Members of the Stratford legislative delegation attended the groundbreaking of the Route 110 realignment project, a collaboration with Sikorsky, on July 8, 2019. Pictured from left to right: Representative Phil Young, Representative Joe Gresko, Representative Ben McGorty, Senator Kevin Kelly

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Politics Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:18:15 -0400
Open Call Auditions for Matilda https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46073-open-call-auditions-for-matilda46073-open-call-auditions-for-matilda https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46073-open-call-auditions-for-matilda46073-open-call-auditions-for-matilda

Fairfield Center Stage (Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Artistic Director; Eli Newsom, Executive Producer) is holding OPEN AUDITIONS for their upcoming production of MATILDA on Sunday July 28th from 12pm-3pm and Monday July 29th from 6-9pm, at The Fairfield Museum and History Center (see below for address info). Seeking actors and singers of all ages, types, ethnicities, etc. FCS is a community theater group, non-equity, no pay.  

The staff for MATILDA includes Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Choreographer: Jessica Rahrig, and Music Director: Brian Crook. The show will run Oct 11-20. In the theme of our environmental theatre season, the show will run at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. Rehearsals are generally Sun-Thurs evenings and children will not be needed every day until we get closer to opening, except for the child playing the title role. Rehearsals will start in late August/early September. 

When: Sunday July 28th from 12pm-2pm for younger actors (ages 15 and under); and 2-3pm for adult actors (ages 16+)  (open call sign-up begins at 10:30am, sign-up ends at 2:30pm)

Monday July 29th from 6-7:30pm for younger actors (ages 15 and under); and 7:30-9pm for adult actors (ages 16+)  (open call sign-up begins at 5:30pm, sign-up ends at 8pm)

Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (see below for info on how to reserve a timeslot).  

Where: Fairfield Museum and History Center370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT 06824

What to prepare:
All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1-page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.

Please prepare a selection/short song (around 1 min.) from a musical or pop song in the style of the show (singing from the show is ok). Bring sheet music in the appropriate key. Acapella singing is highly discouraged, please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. If you would like to be considered for multiple shows you may prepare two songs (you may only be asked for one).   

Appointments:  For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots.  Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment.


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.
Questions?
christy@fairfieldcenterstage.org

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Fairfield Center Stage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization launching its inaugural season. For more info about FCS or our upcoming 2019/20 season visit www.FairfieldCenterStage.org

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

MATILDA: The title character of the story. Though she is SMALL, she is MIGHTY. Enigmatic, serious, intense, VERY STRONG acting ability, clear voice with strong pitch and clarity. She carries the entire show. May double cast. Any ethnicity.

MISS AGATHA TRUNCHBULL: THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST.

MISS HONEY: Matilda's kind-hearted teacher. Soft spoken and kind. She befriends Matilda. While she is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull, she struggles to find the courage to stand up to her. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: F3. Any ethnicity.

MR. WORMWOOD: Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Strong comedic acting needed. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D3. Any ethnicity.

MRS. WORMWOOD: Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. Strong singer & dancer needed. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3. Any ethnicity.

MRS. PHELPS: The kind Librarian who takes a liking to Matilda. Strong actress. Lovable and warm. Any ethnicity.

MICHAEL WORMWOOD: Matilda's older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents. Comedic actor. Any ethnicity.

THE “LITTLE KIDS”:
BRUCE: Essential Vocal ability for “Revolting Children”. Acting ability. Comic. As part of the action on stage this role is required to eat chocolate cake, cream & icing. Must not be allergic to cake/icing ingredients. Any ethnicity.

LAVENDER: Essential Good dance. Strong singing and acting. Loud and kooky - likes to have fun - big personality. Any ethnicity.

AMANDA: Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

ALICE: Strong and Bold. Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

HORTENSIA: Feisty. Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

ERIC: Small as possible. Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

NIGEL: Requires vocal stamina for spoken dialogue. Strong dance ability. Strong vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

TOMMY: Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

THE "BIG KIDS":
Older Middle School and High School students who are excellent singers, dancers and actors.

ENSEMBLE: A very STRONG group of dancers and singers. Featured roles include THE ESCAPOLOGIST & THE ACROBAT (They are characters in Matilda’s story. Both must be strong singers and dancers. They are in several numbers),  RUDOLPHO (Mrs. Wormwoods Latin dance partner. Strong singer & dancer), DOCTOR, PARENTS, CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER, PARENTS, COOK, HENCHMAN, SCHOOL CHILDREN and Other featured parts with solos & lines. These characters will play numerous roles in the show. Acting, singing AND dance needed for these roles. Adults and Children.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:06:04 -0400
Cheer on the 13u Milford Babe Ruth all star team TONIGHT! https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/15-todays-events/46075-cheer-on-the-13u-milford-babe-ruth-all-star-team-tonight46075-cheer-on-the-13u-milford-babe-ruth-all-star-team-tonight https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/events/15-todays-events/46075-cheer-on-the-13u-milford-babe-ruth-all-star-team-tonight46075-cheer-on-the-13u-milford-babe-ruth-all-star-team-tonight

The 13u Milford Babe Ruth all-star team plays in the State Championship game tonight, 7pm at Unity Park in Trumbull, CT. They face off against Danbury who will need to beat Milford twice because Milford is undefeated in this double elimination tournament.   

The winner moves on to represent CT in the Regional Babe Ruth tournament where CT will play New England states such as Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and others. Connecticut is the host for the regional tournament this year and will be played at Scalzi Field in Stamford, CT.

All are welcome tonight for Milford vs Danbury 7pm at Unity Park in Trumbull.

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kerry@ducey.org (Mark Kaminski) Todays events Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:05:34 -0400
New Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services At Boys & Girls Village https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46074-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village46074-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46074-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village46074-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village

Boys & Girls Village Inc., a statewide leader in providing mental health treatment, permanency planning and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel French, Ph.D. as Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services. In his new role, Dr. French will lead a multi-disciplinary education team of professionals with a common goal of student success.

Dr. French joins Boys & Girls Village Inc. following an almost 30 year career with Cooperative Education Services in Trumbull, Ct., and as the Director of the Emotional Disabilities Unit for 20 of those years. There, he was the chief architect of the school program for students with emotional disabilities which serves approximately 200 students a year.

Dr. French is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and has mental health experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings. He has published several journal articles pertaining to the education and treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and has been on the editorial review boards of several psychology journals.

“Daniel’s strong professional background will continue the growth of our Charles F. Hayden School, and our robust vocational programming” said Dr. Stephen Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “His leadership will enable our students to realize their fullest intellectual and personal potential. We look forward to seeing his impact both on campus and as our students interact with the community in vocational and volunteer opportunities.”

Dr. French received his M.A. from Boston College and his Ph. D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. In addition, he is certified by the State of Connecticut Department of Education as a school psychologist and a school administrator. He is a Milford resident, married with 2 children, and is an avid UCONN basketball fan.      

“Having spent the past 30 years working in southwestern Connecticut, I am well aware of the outstanding services provided by Boys and Girls Village for children and adolescents in our state,” said French. “I am delighted to be joining the team and very much looking forward to the work that lies ahead.”

Boys & Girls Village Charles F Hayden School is a K-12 state-approved, special education school that helps children to grow academically while also learning how to handle their own emotional and behavioral challenges. The school uses the most up-to-date technology and curriculum, a comprehensive treatment team for each child, and diverse experiential activities to ensure individual success. Vocational programming is offered to young adults to provide knowledge and training to develop the life skills, job skills, and financial literacy they will need to secure gainful employment and obtain self-sufficiency as they begin their adult life.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:03:42 -0400
Milford Police Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to Arrest of 6 Juveniles https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/publicsafety/46072-milford-police-motor-vehicle-stop-leads-to-arrest-of-6-juveniles46072-milford-police-motor-vehicle-stop-leads-to-arrest-of-6-juveniles https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/publicsafety/46072-milford-police-motor-vehicle-stop-leads-to-arrest-of-6-juveniles46072-milford-police-motor-vehicle-stop-leads-to-arrest-of-6-juveniles

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at approximately 3am, Officer Justin Eddy observed an occupied suspicious vehicle in a neighborhood off of West Avenue, and through investigation, learned that the vehicle was stolen.

Officer Eddy initiated a Motor Vehicle stop on the car and as he approached, six juveniles (13y/o, 13y/o, 14y/o, 14y/o, 15y/o, 15y/o, from Hamden and New Haven) fled on foot through backyards in the Innsbruck Street area.

A perimeter was established and, utilizing MPD K9 Diesel, all six were tracked down and taken into custody without incident. Milford, as well as other surrounding communities, has experienced a rash of unlocked vehicles being gone through and stolen during the overnight hours.

Milford Police Department urges residents to please lock your vehicles and bring your valuables inside at night.

Together, we can help reduce crime!

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kerry@ducey.org (Milford Police) Public safety Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:48:00 -0400
University of New Haven Earns Historic Grant to Educate the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46071-university-of-new-haven-earns-historic-grant-to-educate-the-next-generation-of-cybersecurity-professionals46071-university-of-new-haven-earns-historic-grant-to-educate-the-next-generation-of-cybersecurity-professionals https://news.hamlethub.com/milford/neighbors/46071-university-of-new-haven-earns-historic-grant-to-educate-the-next-generation-of-cybersecurity-professionals46071-university-of-new-haven-earns-historic-grant-to-educate-the-next-generation-of-cybersecurity-professionals

University of New Haven Earns Historic Grant to Educate the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals

The University of New Haven has received a $4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant – the largest federal grant in the University’s history – to create Connecticut’s first CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service program, which will educate the next generation of professionals charged with protecting the nation from cyberattacks.

The Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is designed to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to meet the needs of federal, state, local, and tribal government organizations. The program provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying cybersecurity and computer science. Scholarship recipients will then pursue employment with a government entity in a cybersecurity-related position.

Applications to the program are being accepted until July 22.

“This grant recognizes the national reputation of our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in cybersecurity and computer science and the potential value our graduates could bring to the federal government, as well as state and local governments,” said Ron Harichandran, Ph.D., dean of the University of New Haven’s Tagliatela College of Engineering and vice provost of research. “The SFS program will provide a steady supply of University of New Haven graduates to the government over the next several years.”

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kerry@ducey.org (press release ) Neighbors Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:19:01 -0400