Milford's HamletHub Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:45:34 -0500 Discovery Museum holds first Maker Day on President's Day

On Monday, February 19 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Discovery Museum will be hosting its first Maker Day, a day to celebrate making and maker culture, filled with workshops to challenge your inner inventor. Come explore, design and produce using legos, geometric shapes and more! And, throughout the day there will be DIY (Do It Yourself) LIVE science demonstrations, as well as, DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself) experiments only to be performed by science experts right in the Discovery Museum’s own Energize CT Theater.

For a preview of the event, click here 

The Discovery Museum is located at 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.

]]> (Brett Brosder) Places Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:13:28 -0500
Milford Subway Robbery Arrest

On, February 15, 2018, at approximately 10am, an armed robbery was reported at Subway Restaurant, 1 River Street, Milford.

A male suspect walked into Subway and demanded cash from the store owner, implying that he had a weapon. The suspect took money from the register and then left the building on foot. The male suspect, Kamil Zawisza (W/M, 31) 31 Cindy Circle, Milford, was located in Milford at approximately 1:30pm, and was taken into custody.

Zawisza is also accused of being in possession of Heroin which was found on him when taken into custody.

Zawisza is charged with the following:

  • Robbery 3 rd
  • Larceny 6 th
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance

Zawisza was held on $25,000 bond to appear in Milford Court on February 16, 2018.

]]> (Milford Police) Public safety Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:49:19 -0500
The Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend

Every February, count for as little as 15 minutes in your own backyard to help expand our understanding of birds. The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun way for locals to unite with bird watchers of all ages, all over the world, in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.

According to the National Audubon Society, Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

Please visit the official website at for more information. 

*Image art by Charlie Harper. Image courtesy GBBC.

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:06:10 -0500
New Haven Symphony joins forces with Beardsley Zoo for The Tortoise and the Hare

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra joins forces with Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo for an afternoon of animals and music this Saturday, February 17 at 2pm at Davis Street School (35 Davis St in New Haven).

The Tortoise and the Hare is a lively and interactive chamber concert, perfect for introducing your 3 – 9 year old to the instruments of the orchestra. There will be a petting zoo before the concert and a healthy snack afterward!

Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saens (arr. Dave Taylor)
Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Brandon Ridenour)
The Race, Gwyneth Walker

The Beardsley Zoo
Rich Clymer, trumpet
Mike Flynt, trumpet
Brian Nichols, horn
Scott Cranston, trombone
Adam Crowe, tuba

Click here for more information.

]]> ( New Haven Symphony Orchestra) Events Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:24:28 -0500
Milford Mayor Ben Blake Proclaims February the Month of Compassion and Kindness

Milford Mayor Ben Blake declares February the Month of Compassion and Kindness in Milford. In this installment of Minute with the Mayor, Blake talks with Gary Caulfield from Bobette's about kindness and introduces you to the restaurant's "Soups for Compassion".

Every February Bobette's features the Butternut Buddies fundraising program to support Milford's Beth-El Shelter.

Learn more by watching this video.





]]> (Tara Daly) Places Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:29:44 -0500
Troopers Seize Narcotics and Cash Following Motor Vehicle Stop in Orange


Connecticut State Troopers seize over one pound of marijuana, over one-half kilogram of powder cocaine and approximately $2500.00 in cash during the motor vehicle stop.

On February 13, 2018, at approximately 12:30 a.m., troopers from Troop G-Bridgeport were conducting motor vehicle enforcement when they observed a 2004 Acura TSX conduct a motor vehicle violation. Troopers stopped the Acura on Route 114 near New Haven Ave. in Orange.

Upon speaking with the Acura occupants, troopers immediately detected the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle and determined that marijuana may still be contained in the vehicle.

Troopers initiated an investigation and with the assistance of State Police narcotic detection dog, K9 Silver, troopers located and seized over one pound of marijuana, over one-half kilogram of powder cocaine and approximately $2500.00 in cash.

Both the operator, Jocelyn Serrano-Rivera and passenger, Jonathan Brito, were taken into custody and transported to Troop G. 

Jocelyn Nyas Serrano-Rivera of Hamden was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Sell (WITS), Possession of Cocaine WITS within 1500 Feet of a School/Daycare, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana WITS within 1500 feet of a School, Possession of Marijuana, two counts of Possession of Untaxed Marijuana/controlled substance and Speeding. Serrano-Rivera was held on $150,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear at Derby Superior Court on February 13, 2018.

Jonathan Brito of Derby was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Sell (WITS), Possession of Cocaine WITS within 1500 Feet of a School/Daycare, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana WITS within 1500 feet of a School, Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Possession of Untaxed Marijuana/controlled substance. Brito was held on $250,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear at Derby Superior Court on February 13, 2018.


]]> (CT State Police) Public safety Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:04:24 -0500
Unexpected, Unusual, and True Facts About Our Presidents at Milford Library on Feb. 21

On Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm, join us at Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave. as Stephen Spignesi explores a whole other side of our nation’s leaders. From George Washington to Barack Obama, this collection of weird and wild—but true!—facts will shed light on the little-known quirkiness of our presidents. Just a sampling:

  • Andrew Jackson married a bigamist.
  • Martin Van Buren wore pistols in the Senate chamber in case things got too rowdy.
  • Franklin Pierce ran over a woman with his horse while in office and was arrested, but police released him once they realized he was the president.
  • James Garfield could simultaneously write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower’s nickname for his staff driver was “Private Parts.”
  • Barack Obama can bench press 200 pounds.

All attendees will receive a free, tri-fold, color, signed brochure about the presidents.

Stephen Spignesi is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about historical biography, popular culture, television, film, American and world history, and contemporary fiction. He is also a professor of English at the University of New Haven, a poet, screenwriter, musician, and novelist. He has written more than 50 books. His website is

]]> (Nancy Abbey) Events Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:02:26 -0500
Learn Excel Basics at Milford Library on Feb. 22

Milford Public Library is offering an overview of Microsoft Excel at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 22 to get people started using Excel. Basic functions such as formatting cells, summing columns, and sorting data will be demonstrated.

Milford Public Library is located at 57 New Haven Ave. in Milford, CT.

To contact the Library, call 203-783-3290 or visit

]]> (Nancy Abbey) Events Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:57:02 -0500
Downtown Cabaret Theatre Presents "Goldilocks"

Bridgeport, CT - Bridgeport’s Award-Winning Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) Children’s Company continues its 2017/18 season by putting the Cabaret twist on the beloved story Goldilocks written by Phill Hill.

Opening Weekend: February 24 & 25, Saturday at 12noon & Sunday at 1:00pm

March 3 – March 25, Saturdays at 12noon & 2:30pm & Sundays at 1:00pm & 3:30pm

March 31st, Saturday at 12noon and 2:30 pm

A brand new twist on the classic tale of a mischievous little girl and her encounter with the bear family. This topsy-turvy new adaptation is full of fun and adventure that is not too big, not too small, but just right.

The professional cast includes Lance Anthony (Bridgeport), Cassie Carroll (Fairfield), Corinne Marshall (Hamden), Andrea Pane (Fairfield), and Myles Tripp (New Haven).  The production’s creative team is led by Director and Choreographer Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Musical Director Eli Newsom, Set Designer Rosalind Isquith, Costume Designer Lesley Neilson Bowman, Lighting Designer Axel Hammerman, Sound Designer Chris Gensur, and Production Stage Manager Jennie Davies.  

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre will also be holding a Teddy Bear Drive for the entire run of Goldilocks. At each performance, patrons can purchase a teddy bear at our merchandise stand for $5.00. Teddy bears will be donated to children at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut.

For tickets and information visit or call the box office Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm, (203) 576-1636 Opt. 0.

]]> (Gisela Wong) Places Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:55:00 -0500
Domestic Violence Safe House Gets a Bob’s Discount Furniture Makeover

Bridgeport, Ct – Residents of a local safe house which provides shelter and support to victims of domestic violence have been treated to a home makeover thanks to a generous donation from Bob’s Discount Furniture and its charitable foundation.

Kathie’s Place, the 15-bed safe house operated by The Center for Family Justice, which serves victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in six local communities, recently received a grant for $30,000 worth of new furniture from Manchester-based Bob’s Discount Furniture chain.

The grant from the Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation made it possible for CFJ to replace the furniture in every room at Kathie’s Place, marking the first time in a decade that the safe house, which is located in an undisclosed location to protect the safety of its residents, had received new furnishings.

“This incredibly generous gift from Bob’s Discount Furniture has been an extraordinary one for both our clients and staff,” said Debra A. Greenwood, CFJ’s President & CEO. “Our clients come to us seeking safety, shelter and support for themselves and their children as they work to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence. Being able to live in beautiful surroundings thanks to the incredible generosity of the Bob’s Discount Furniture chain has already had an incredible impact on their sense of well-being.” 

“We are honored to be able to contribute to improving the living conditions for these deserving women and children,” said Cathy Poulin, Director of Public Relations and Outreach for Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Supporting our local community is one of the many focuses of Bob’s Outreach team and we’re happy to be able to help Kathie’s Place.” 

Greenwood noted the gift was a significant one because Kathie’s Place, like other domestic violence shelters around the state, has been operating over capacity for the past several years. Last year, safe houses around the state were at 122 percent of capacity, according to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

Domestic violence is known to be the leading cause of homelessness for women and children across the United States. 

“We see so many clients during a typical year, that our furniture gets a tremendous amount of use,” explains Greenwood. “As a nonprofit, budgeting for beautiful new furnishings is a luxury we typically cannot afford, but our clients deserve to live in attractive, comfortable surroundings. So that makes this donation so meaningful and appreciated.” 

Greenwood recently met with staff at the Bob’s Discount Furniture store in Bridgeport to thank them for the support and generosity they have shown toward CFJ and its Kathie’s Place residents. “Working with the entire team at Bob’s Discount Furniture to make this happen for our clients has been a wonderful experience,” said Greenwood. “We’ve been impressed with their professionalism as well as the care and concern they have shown for our clients throughout the process.” 


The Center for Family Justice Inc. brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services – crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling – under one roof, in our headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. Together, we work to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although our name has changed, we continue with the work we have provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency. 

Within the past year, CFJ answered more than 1000 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assisted with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 2,500 survivors of domestic violence; responded to more than 500 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provided a safe home for more than 150  women and children fleeing domestic abuse; coordinated the investigations of more than 283  cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families; and provided psycho-educational support to more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence, planning for their safety and promoting self-sufficiency.

As part of our mission, CFJ educates approximately 4,600 members of the community about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to prevent future violence and spread the word that about the services we offer at The Center for Family Justice. 

For more information, visit


]]> (Beth Fitzpatrick) Places Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:36:26 -0500
Career Coach at Milford Library

The internet has made it easy for people to search out and apply for many job opportunities. But sending out more applications doesn’t increase your chances of getting hired. Sending out better applications does!

If you are frustrated with finding a great job, then visit the experts at the American Job Center Southwest Career Coach. The Career Coach is a One-Stop resource on wheels with a mobile classroom which brings career services and computer training to you!

The American Job Center Career coach makes stops at libraries in the area. When you step aboard the Career Coach, you are greeted by expert staff! The Coach offers the latest technology, including 10 workstations.

The wheels are in motion for you to connect with your next job thanks to the Career Coach. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to confer with experts in career and job searching.

Call the Reference desk at (203) 783-3292 to register. The services are free and open to all.

]]> (Nancy Abbey) Places Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:57:35 -0500
St. Mary School, Milford, Hosts Annual Father Daughter Dance

St. Mary School Annual Father-Daughter Dance
The Annual St. Mary School Milford Father Daughter Dance was held recently in the school gym which was magically transformed into a beautiful space to celebrate the bond between the young ladies and their fathers and those special in their lives.  The girls donned beautiful dresses & corsages and the dads their best suits and all enjoyed dancing, prizes, a photo booth and refreshments - good old fashioned fun. 
]]> (SMS Milford) Neighbors Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:53:24 -0500
Minute with the Mayor: Milford Mayor Ben Blake's mini-apprentices

Milford Mayor Ben Blake gets some on-the-job help in this week's Minute with the Mayor

Meet mini-mayors (for the day) Madison and Michaela, who are reporting to you from Milford City Hall!

Watch this video, enjoy a tour of City Hall and meet the Mayors for the Day and learn about their missions: be kind and support the city schools.


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:11:20 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC The Fitzpatrick Agency, Inc. of Bridgeport

Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire The Fitzpatrick Agency, Inc. of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The Fitzpatrick Agency, Inc. is an independent insurance agency serving the needs of personal and commercial insurance clients since 1919. The agency specializes in yacht insurance and has been servicing boaters since their founding. The Fitzpatrick Agency will operate under both names, and all employees will stay under the management of the President, Paul R. Fitzpatrick.

The acquisition provided Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC an immediate, experienced boating and marine insurance presence along the coastline of Fairfield County. While operating as a fully functional stand-alone office, The Fitzpatrick Agency offers the ability to share resources and solutions with Fairfield County Bank Insurance Servics, LLC in providing existing clients and prospects with enhanced insurance solutions.

“We are very pleased to have Paul R. Fitzpatrick, and his employees Joanne Martone, Laura Komaromi, Leslie Allaire, and Gretchen Schwarz join us,” said Mark Connelly, President and CEO of Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC. “Their expertise in boat and yacht insurance will help us continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.”

Headquartered in Ridgefield, CT, Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC is an independent agency that takes pride in providing clients with the security and confidence of having the right insurance coverage.  To learn more about Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC visit 

]]> (Ryan Arconti) Places Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:56:51 -0500
SHU Hosts Jenna Bush Hager

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Author, journalist and former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager focused on leadership, her new book and balancing a career and motherhood recently for Sacred Heart University’s Distinguished Leaders Series.

Hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and community members filled the atrium at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center to hear Hager, a reporter for NBC, discuss her life experiences with University Trustee Katie Burke, senior strategist and chief of staff at Edelman, a communications marketing firm.

Burke first asked Hager what inspired her and her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, to co-author their book, Sisters First.

“Barbara and I have always been aware of how lucky we were to have each other,” Hager said. They were present for each other during the good and bad times, she continued, and having her twin by her side helped when they were 18 years old and heading to college just as their father, George W. Bush, was entering the White House. “We didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. We were lucky to have that connection,” she said.

The duo bonded even more when they relived past experiences together as they wrote their book.

Burke next asked Hager to define leadership. “A good leader knows when you’re using your voice to make a difference,” Hager answered, adding that she was raised knowing that having opinions that differed from others was okay. Even she doesn’t see eye-to-eye with her sister on everything, she said.

Being a good listener is another trait of a good leader, Hager said. “A good leader listens,” she said, with a reference to her father, someone she admires. Hager said when her sister experienced great heartache, President Bush talked with her daily afterward. “He listened and he would advise, but he mostly listened,” she said.

When the topic turned to Hager’s time as a teacher, she said, “I think teaching is the most important career out there. I don’t think people appreciate teachers enough.”

Hager said she believes speaking on live TV is easier than teaching in America’s inner cities, where she once taught and, if the country as a whole valued teachers, many education problems would be solved. “I’m not sure how we change that way of thinking,” she said, but she encouraged young adults in the audience who are studying education to stick with the “dynamic job” and help make a difference.

Regarding raising her two daughters, Hager said she and her husband, Henry Chase Hager, make sure to be present in the girls’ lives. They also don’t use a lot of technology, and they read to their children often. She said she is aware of the negative aspects of social media and technology, and she puts her phone away around her children and looks at them.

While most would say balancing work and motherhood is no easy task, Hager said she doesn’t put pressure on herself to be perfect. “Being perfect is boring,” she asserted.

Hager answered questions from audience members, responding to one about working with Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb, who she said is just as friendly in person as on television. Hager also touched on her internship for the nonprofit organization UNICEF, explaining that she used her experiences there to inspire other young people.

Hager told students considering journalism careers to put themselves out there, apply to everything, intern wherever possible and be passionate about it.

One student asked how to be a good author. “Write constantly; write all the time,” said Hager, adding that she writes in her journal every morning. “And read; read all the time. If you study good books, you’ll learn to write like that. Also, find out who the best and hardest teachers are and take those courses,” she advised.

]]> (Kim Primicerio Swartz) Places Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:09:16 -0500