Milford's HamletHub Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:42:09 -0500 Milford Police CALEA Accreditation

The Milford Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment (November 18 – November 20, 2019) as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets certain professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports, and participate in annual remote web-based assessments attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

As part of the on-site assessment, employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at the Milford Police Department on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm. The Milford Police Department is located at 430 Boston Post Road.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 203-783-4881 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards.

A copy of the standards is available at the Milford Police Department. For questions regarding the call-in session or public hearing, you may contact Sergeant Thomas Wardowski via email at

Persons willing to offer written comments about the Milford Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Healthcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

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St. Mary School, Milford, Celebrates Halloween 2019!

Halloween at St. Mary School
Halloween was celebrated with many events at St. Mary School in Milford.  There was the Annual Family Halloween Party & the Inaugural Weekend Trick or Trunk and the traditional school time parade and parties!
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St. Mary School, Milford, Collaborates with Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University and St. Mary School Team Up
St. Mary School in Milford welcomed special guest visitors to their fourth grade! Dr. Deirdre Yeater, her colleague Dr. Pierce, and a group of her students from Sacred Heart University did a presentation about the importance of bees. Students learned all about bees, made their own bee habitats to bring home, were given honey to take home to taste and even allowed to take home “bee slime.”
This is the 3rd year this collaboration has brought the 2 schools together and each time exploring an important and current science lesson!   
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City of Milford Inauguration 2019 on November 18

You are cordially invited to the Inauguration of Benjamin G. Blake as Mayor, Karen Fortunati as City Clerk and the Elected Officials of the City of Milford at 7pm Monday, November 18 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium is located at Parsons Government Center, 70 West River Street in Milford.

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There’s a New Club in Town - Rotaract Invites You to the Theatre!

There’s a new club in town! The CT Shoreline Rotaract Club is a Rotary-sponsored, volunteer-run club of young professionals between the ages of 18-30 who believe in providing service to others both in their local communities and around the world.

Just in time for the holidays, the local club will be hosting their first fundraising event on Thursday, December 12th at 7pm, “A Night at the Cabaret”. The event will feature a live theatrical performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat produced and hosted at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre (263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT). In the true spirit of the cabaret, guests are welcomed to BYOB and picnic.

“Theatre has a way of bringing people together,” says Ashley Volkens, Director of Fundraising of the CT Shoreline Rotaract Club. “We look forward to bringing people together while raising funds and club awareness to local businesses, professionals, and community leaders.”

Tickets are currently on sale to the general public for $35 and can be purchased online by visiting the CT Shoreline Rotaract Clubs Facebook event or visiting Proceeds from the evening will go towards the club’s Interact Scholarship fund and Farm Aid - a nonprofit focused on supporting local farmers.

“CT Shoreline Rotaract has brought together an incredible group of people who are focused on giving back to the community.” says Morgan Kuehnle, President of the CT Shoreline Rotaract Club. “Starting this club has been one of the most humbling experiences and we are excited for the club to continue to grow and make a difference.”

Past community volunteer opportunities the CT Shoreline Rotaract Club has participated in include: Walnut Beach Clean-Up, Devon Rotary's Oktoberfest, Ice Cream Social with local Interact Clubs, serving meals at the Milford Beth-El Shelter, Stratford Arts and Culture Festival, Walnut Beach Creamery 5k,13th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and many more.

The CT Shoreline Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Devon Rotary, Milford Rotary, and Stratford Rotary. If you are interested in learning more about or joining the club please email

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Milford Resident, Gymnast, Dies in Training Accident

Southern Connecticut State University Athletics is saddened to learn of the passing of gymnastics student-athlete Melanie Coleman, 20, of Milford, Conn. Coleman passed on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 after sustaining an injury during training on Friday, Nov. 8.
"At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with Melanie's family," Director of Athletics Jay Moran said. "This has been devastating to her coaches and teammates and we hope to support them in this very difficult time. Melanie was a very bright student, an excellent athlete and involved member of the Southern Connecticut community. The entire Southern athletics family is greatly saddened by her loss."
Coleman came to Southern Connecticut from Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., whereas a team captain she was the program's most valuable player and all-state selection. As a freshman at SCSU for the 2017-18 season, she joined her sister, Tiffany, who was a sophomore at the time. The two competed together until Tiffany's graduation last year.
"We are heartbroken and stunned by Melanie's passing," head coach Mary Fredericks said. "She was an incredibly hard worker and a sweet-spirited young woman. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to her family at this time. The SCSU Gymnastics team will miss her greatly though she will always be with us."
Coleman showed great leadership with the program during competition and also in the classroom. Last year, she was honored by USA Gymnastics as an All-America Scholar-Athlete, and was also recognized by Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WGCA) as a Scholastic All-American. She was pursuing a degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut.  
"Melanie was an extraordinary young lady that positively touched all that knew her," former head coach Jerry Nelson said. "Melanie was a true team player, a hard worker and a true pleasure to coach. I'm extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to coach her."
Coleman also volunteered as a youth instructor at New Era Gymnastics in Hamden.
Melanie's family has set up a page, as well as a page that coordinates meal donations to the family at Melanie was recently profiled in the Southern News in an article by Sam Tapper that highlights Southern Connecticut student-athletes that compete with their siblings. Melanie and her sister Tiffany were featured throughout the article.
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Free Tai Chi Class for Veterans at VA Hospital in West Haven

Free Tai Chi Class for Veterans at VA Hospital in West Haven 

In remembrance of Veterans Day, Aiping Tai Chi Center, southern Connecticut’s largest Tai Chi school based in Orange, will be offering a free Tai Chi demonstration and class for US military veterans.  The class will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 2:00 -3:00pm at the Veterans Hospital, 950 Campbell Ave. in West Haven (Building 2/Patient and Family Education Room) and is open to all. No registration required.

"As a Marine Veteran I have always sought a way to cope with my issues on my own terms. This journey led me to martial arts where I discovered the practice and philosophy of Taijiquan. Practicing Taiji over the years has helped me to find a place of peace and balance,” says Mike Johnson, Aiping Tai Chi Center student.  “It has helped me to understand myself on a deeper level, giving me more tools to deal with life and the additional stress of being a combat vet."

Aiping Tai Chi Center co-director and instructor Shirley Chock offers the free class for veterans every year as a way to pay respect and show appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

According to Chock, “My grandparents raised me in Taiwan when I was a child. My grandfather fought two wars in China: first against the Japanese invasion and then against the communist revolution. My sense of discipline and respect was greatly shaped by my grandfather's military background.”

Research shows that Tai Chi can have beneficial impact on both physical and mental health. For more information about the class or Tai Chi, visit


The Aiping Tai Chi Center based at 518 Boston Post Road in Orange, uses traditional teaching methods to provide students with the deepest understanding of tai chi. Founded in 1996, hundreds of students have trained at the Center in both traditional and contemporary Chinese martial arts. Learn more at our website:


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Meet Milford Prevention Council's Hero of the Month

Milford Prevention Council (MPC) is pleased to announce the Hero of the Month for November 2019, Emily Nolan, St. Mary School.

Emily Nolan has been a part of the St. Mary School staff for just over 9 years and in that time has made an undeniable positive impact on the lives of the students, their families and the staff of the school. 

Whether teaching music, preschool, second grade, fourth grade, helping with any event, or all the after-hours face-time and participation, she goes above and beyond and gives her all every day. With the love of her vocation, patience, work ethic, creativity, drive and sweet voice, there is a lot to admire.  In her years as second grade teacher, she genuinely shared the joy and excitement of her students and their families as the second graders make the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. 

She is a member of many teaching groups sharing ideas to keep lessons and teaching current and fresh, she serves on almost any committee the school offers such as safety, uniform, Catholic Schools Week, reaccreditation, and also leads many after school enrichment programs such as STEAM, Preschool Sing-a-long, and Book Clubs. 

She is also a religious education teacher for the parish!  During summers she works in a number of capacities, but her favorite may be a counselor at Camp Happiness -a summer camp for children with special needs.   Her students, past and present, love her as she brings school spirit, kindness, creativity and a love of teaching to St. Mary School every single day. 

Thank you Emily!

(submission from April Bryant, St. Mary School)

MPC is looking for our next hero! MPC accepts submissions throughout the year!
Please email us at or follow this link for more information

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Seven Hallmark and Lifetime Holiday Movies Filmed in Connecticut Towns

Holiday movies are on the horizon and, according to CT Visit, many of the season's Hallmark and Lifetime movies have recently been filmed in small Connecticut towns! 

Please click on the links below to be taken to the official movie website to view showtimes and watch movie clips.

Kicking off tonight, Friday, November 8 beginning at 9pm is Hallmark's "Holiday for Heroes" starring Melissa Claire Egan and Marc Blucas. Stonington, Mystic, Colchester, and Norwich provided the backdrop for this romantic film.

Lifetime's Rediscovering Christmas will air on December 15 at 8pm and was filmed in Wethersfield and Hartford.

Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane, a Hallmark movie, was filmed in Wethersfield.

A Very Nutty Christmas, Lifetime movie, was filmed in Mystic and Centerbrook. 

Christmas at Pemberly Manor, a Hallmark movie,  was filmed in Essex at the legendary Griswold Inn as well as a private residence in Old Lyme.

Hallmark's Romance at Reindeer Lodge was filmed in North Haven and Branford.

A Very Merry Toy Store, a Hallmark movie, was filmed in New Britain at Amato's Toy and Hobby and Miss Washington Diner.

 While many of the movies' premiere in the next few days, lucky for us, they will be repeated throughout the holiday season!

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Victorian Carolers Sing Holiday Favorites at Milford Library on Nov. 30

Milford Library loves being a part of our small city with the big heart!

On Saturday, November 30, we’ll be celebrating Small Business Saturday by bringing Victorian carolers to sing all the holiday favorites. Take a break from shopping and visit Milford Library at 2pm, where we’ll have coffee and comfy chairs.

You’ll be serenaded from 2 – 3pm by a cappella carolers. Just the right touch to put you in the holiday spirit!

Free and open to all.

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Beth-El Center Receives Donation from Subway World Headquarters to Subsidize No Freeze Winter Shelter Breakfast Program

Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford received a $2000 donation plus $2000 in food gift cards from Subway World Headquarters. The donations will allow Beth-El Center to launch a new breakfast meal program for unsheltered individuals, families, youth and veterans who stay in their No Freeze winter shelter.                                        

“Giving back to those in need is at the core of our brand and we understand that to build stronger communities, we must take care of our neighbors. We take great pride in being a committed partner to local organizations,” says Victor Lamberti, Subway’s Manager of Community Engagement. “Through our partnership with the Beth-El Center, Subway remains fully dedicated in our efforts to raise awareness and fight against hunger and homelessness. No person should be without food or a place to stay.”

Beth-El Center’s No Freeze shelter program, a lifesaving temporary winter shelter, is open nightly from 9 pm to 7am during the coldest months. The No Freeze Shelter Program provides warm shelter, cots and blankets as well as access to case management services to anyone experiencing unsheltered homelessness through the winter season. In response to last year’s 70% increase in need at the No Freeze shelter, Beth-El is expanding the program which includes the addition of the new breakfast meal offering.            

According to Jenn Paradis, Beth-El Center Executive Director, “The generosity of Subway’s donation goes far beyond the impact of a breakfast program, although serving breakfast will fulfill a great need. This investment provides us with an opportunity to engage the vulnerable individuals and families who utilize our No Freeze program with the case management and support services necessary to relieve their housing and food needs and ensure they are connected to the resources necessary for long term success. We are so thankful to Subway for making this program a reality.”

Subway’s generous donation will support the cost of breakfast food and beverages plus associated food supplies for the 2019-2020 No Freeze shelter program. For more information about Beth-El Center and its services, visit or call 203.876.0747.

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Join Sierra Club and Milford Public Library for a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh on Nov. 21

Join Sierra Club and Milford Public Library for a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies -- narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act. Learn about their incredible stories in Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in your own community!

We are excited to be hosting a screening of this incredible film at Fowler Memorial Building, 35 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460 on November 21 at 6:30pm. There will also be a guest speaker who will share the latest information related to heat pumps. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Diane at

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Free Tai Chi and Qigong Presentation and Class in Milford

Discover the ancient Chinese wellness practices of Tai Chi and Qigong at a free presentation and class on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 4:00- 5:30pm at Wave Integrative Medical Center, 326 Main St. Suite 108 in Milford.

Shifu Shirley Chock, co-owner of Aiping Tai Chi Center, will give demonstrations of Tai Chi and Health Qigong and discuss the physical and mental health benefits of the two practices. She will also lead participants through Tai Chi and Health Qigong exercises.

For more information or to register, visit

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Chamber mourns loss of a true Champion of Milford, Robert Kapusta


July 1, 1931 – October 29, 2019

With sadness and a profound sense of loss it is our duty to announce the passing of Robert Kapusta.

Bob served consecutive terms as President of the Chamber when his elected successor, Edward Meinket passed prematurely.  In memory of Ed, Bob founded the Meinket Scholarship Fund, overseeing drafting the Fund’s By-Laws.

For 30 years, he personally sponsored the Summer Concert Series in furtherance of his love for music, first given life as a saxophonist in a dance band.

Bob was born in Ansonia, went to high school at Fairfield Prep, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at UCONN and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law School.

He was a Congressional Aide from 1955-1957.

He served in the Air Force JAG, 6900th Security Wing retiring as a Major.

After the service, he returned to the Valley practicing law with Bill Bennett.  In 1963, he opened the firm’s Milford office at 75 Broad Street.

Bob was Seymour Democratic Chair from 1960-1962.

Upon moving to Milford in 1963, Bob was a City Attorney from 1963 through 1969.In the City Attorney’s office, during the administration of Alan Jepson, Bob took on an activist role.

On North Street, Bob negotiated the purchase of 126 acres from the Asgrow Seed Company which became, Eisenhower Park.

Jepson’s administration purchased an additional 9 acres of land for recreational purposes from United Illuminating, engineered a federal open space grant by which 26 acres of land was purchased for Foran High School, purchased from Reliable Steel Drum Company property on Ford Street, moving and consolidating the Public Works Department there.  Bob negotiated and closed all these transactions.

What is now the Chamber of Commerce offices was the Taylor Library.  The building was held by the Taylor Family Trust which limited the use of the facility as a library.  Bob Kapusta drafted a statute abolishing the trust. The property then reverted to the city.

As Chair of the Milford Redevelopment Agency

Wildemere Beach and Walnut Beach were combined with a large parking lot built to service the park,

Silver Sands beach was cleared and cleaned and the access road was approved and built, Heritage Sound and Senior Housing were constructed.  Roads were widened and large swaths of open space dedicated  Bob negotiated the easements, conveyances and deed restrictions.

Bob was recognized by his fellow city attorneys when he was chosen President of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys.

Professionally, Bob has been a member and officer in numerous the important legal organizations.

As for his community service, he was President of the Milford Lions Club, two term President of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, President of Milford Progress, Inc. and Chair of the Economic Development, created Milford Progress, Inc.,  then served as President and administered federal block grant funds to rehabilitate Downtown Milford.

The Connecticut Legal Assistance Association (Legal Aid) recognized his many years as Director and a life of volunteering for the unrepresented by recognizing him for lifelong Pro Bon Service.

Robert Kapusta will be missed by the community he so loved.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Catherine (Reidy) Kapusta.  He is survived by children, Robert, Jr. and wife, Kathy, Caroline Sikorske and husband, Jeff, Mark Kapusta and wife, Rhonda, Kevin Kapusta and wife, Patricia.  He is memorably survived by 11 grandchildren, Will, Carson, Brett, Julia, Kara, Delaney, Annelise, Abigail, Katelyn, Alexandria and Caden.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Smith Funeral Home from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. A brief commemorative service will follow at the funeral home at 5:30 pm.  Friends wishing to pay respects are welcome.

Learn more about the services on Smith Funeral Home website here.

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The Milford Concert Band Kicks Off Holiday Season at Tree Lighting on November 25

The Milford Concert Band is beginning its 28th season as the Official Band of the City of Milford, CT. On Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 pm, the Band, along with the Mayor’s Office, will present our annual “Milford Salute to Vets” concert at Milford City Hall.  Admission to all band performances is free and the public is invited.  The public meeting room at Milford City Hall has outstanding acoustics for live music and is real treat to perform in.  The concert will feature soundtrack music from the classic NBC miniseries “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rodgers.

The Band begins our holiday season shows at the Milford Tree Lighting on Friday, November 25 at 5:00 pm at the Town Gazebo. The Milford Concert Band will ring out with Christmas and Holiday cheer at Milford City Hall on Saturday, December 21 at 7:00 pm with our annual holiday concert, “A Milford Christmas."  A musical reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be featured.   On Sunday, December 22 we bring the sounds of the holidays to the Milford Senior Center at 1:30 pm.  Come meet our local seniors and help bring our community musical happiness this holiday season.

The Milford Concert Band is a thirty-piece band made up of local musicians of various talents, from student players, area semiprofessionals, to retirees and performs around twenty shows a year for the public.  We are always looking for new musical talent to join us on Monday evenings at the Fowler Memorial Building for our weekly rehearsal.  Go to our Facebook page for concert updates.  A wonderful concert experience will be had by one and all.

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