Milford's HamletHub Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:41:44 -0400 Singing the Blues in Milford

Zip a Dee Doo Dah, Zip a Dee Dah.  My oh, my what a wonderful day…Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder. It’s the truth, it’s actual,  everything is satisfactual. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, wonderful feeling, wonderful day (Song of the South, 1946).

With patches of snow still covering the thawing ground, the Eastern Bluebird appears, waking all living creatures and breaking the cold spell of winter with his melodious songs. The bluebirds are not the only ones singing. This docile little animal has the natural ability to make people happy. In the words of renowned poet Henry David Thoreau, “The bluebird is like a speck of clear blue sky seen near the end of a storm, reminding us of an ethereal region and a haven which we had forgotten.”

A radiant color blue with a warm reddish breast, the male bluebird is as beautiful as he is charming. According to Tom Meyer, a trained bluebird rehabilitator referred to as “Mr. Bluebird” in his hometown of Bedford, NY the male arrives in the northeast in late February, ahead of his mate, and searches for a home worthy to present to her. Once he finds it, he beckons her with joyful chirps to come and approve one of the nest boxes he has selected to raise their family. “He will sit on top of the house fluttering and may show her 3 or 4 spots, just like a real estate agent,” chuckles Meyer. The female, who has lighter blue wings and tail, a brownish throat and breast and grey crown, gets busy creating a nest and promptly lays 4-5 eggs. She diligently incubates her eggs for two weeks. Once hatched, mom and dad share the responsibility of feeding the brood insects. “They kind of alternate, you’ll see the female go in and then the male and as the babies grow, the insects get bigger and bigger,” explains Meyer. It’s the glory and awe of nature at work-  a beautiful story of cohabitation, parenting and shared responsibility.

Believe it or not, if not for the effort and intervention of Eastern Bluebird loving humans, today, spring would arrive without the beauty and promise of the bluebird. There were several decades spanning the years from 1900-1970 when it was not easy for the kind spirited bluebird to find a natural nesting cavity.  Melodee Benoit, administrative assistant to the grounds department and bluebird monitor at the private GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, is dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Bluebird. She explains that urbanization caused the Eastern Bluebird to compete with other cavity nesters for a place to raise their young. The submissive bluebird lost out to more aggressive birds such as The House Sparrow and the European Starling.  

”Back in the 70’s, a huge part of increasing the bluebird population was making people aware of the bluebird and their plight and how they weren’t thriving. ‘Backyard blue birders’ started putting up bluebird boxes,” explains Benoit. “I’ve put up more than 2,000 bluebird boxes,” Meyer humbly adds.  On his list: Bedford friend and neighbor, actress Glen Close. “About 20 years ago, Glen called me to put up some boxes. I remember taking her daughter, Annie on my shoulders so she could see the bluebirds, she said, “Oh, they look like pencil erasers,” chuckles Mayer. In addition, after Christopher Reeve’s horseback riding accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down, Meyer received a call from Reeve’s wife. “Dana asked me to put up a box on their back lawn,” says Meyer.

Benoit credits Meyer for making it possible for GlenArbor Golf Club to launch a successful bluebird program. Working in tandem with Benoit, Meyer put up 22 boxes at GlenArbor. “We have an environmental program at the club and the bluebird program is part of that,” explains Benoit.  Once a week, Benoit and Meyer travel the course in a golf-cart checking on each bluebird box. The club recently won an award from the North American Bluebird society for environmental stewardship. “They claim that there are more bluebirds coming out of nest boxes that people put up than natural cavities,” says Meyer.

As a bluebird rehabilitator, Meyer is often called upon when a bluebird is in danger. Benoit recalls a time when bluebird babies were left alone in a nest. “Usually once a year we have to orphan a bluebird.  I can remember calling Tom for help. I put the baby birds in my hands and blew warm air on them. Tom got a heating pad and we put them into a box.” Benoit cared for them until she could add them to a nest box with other bluebirds about the same age. A fascinating trait of the Eastern Bluebird is their willingness to care for another bluebird’s young. “Those parents will then take over as adoptive parents,” explains Benoit.

While having a backyard nest-box is a fantastic way to assure the population of bluebirds continues to increase, Benoit says, ”It’s a commitment, if someone wants to have a bluebird box, they’ve got to monitor it, that’s part of the success. You need to know what’s going on inside the box. You need to check on the babies,” explains Benoit. The Eastern Bluebird can nest up to three times a season. “When they’re done nesting, you need to clean it out right away because they need to get back in there and do their thing again.”

The preservation and recovery of the Eastern Bluebird continues in backyards, parks and golf courses throughout the northeast. “It’s hard not to love this little bird,” says Benoit. “If I could use one word to describe the bluebird, I’d say magical,” adds Meyer. What’s more, the bluebird is the state bird of New York. That’s one more thing to sing about.

*This story appeared in Ridgefield Magazine

]]> (Kerry Ducey) Life Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
UPS Honors Kevin McMurray of Milford for 25 Years of Safe Driving with induction into the Circle of Honor

UPS has announced that 23 elite drivers from Connecticut are among 1,436 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Among the awardees is Milford resident Kevin McMurray.

Connecticut boasts 147 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,251 years of accident-free driving. Walter Beasley of Woodbridge is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 46 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,229 total full-time UPS drivers in Connecticut.

“My thanks goes out to my entire team for their dedication and focus. They have saved so many lives,” said Ivy Brown, president, UPS Northeast District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 56 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 50 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 125,000 small package drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging close to 4 billion miles a year and delivering 5.2 billion packages annually.

Collectively, these drivers have achieved more than 298,957 years of safe driving throughout their careers. That’s enough time behind the wheel to drive non-stop from Miami to San Diego – 68 million times. And they’ve done it while helping to deliver 3 percent of the world’s GDP – 20 million packages a day.

Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923.  In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.

]]> (UPS) Events Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:00:00 -0400
Housatonic Community College Announces One Book, One College Events

Housatonic Community College (HCC) is proud to announce a series of events associated with the third annual HCC One Book, One College program. The book, Never Look An American In the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American, is by Connecticut author and past Connecticut Book Award winner, Okey Ndibe, and details his transition into becoming an African-American from Nigeria.

“We are thrilled to offer an incredible line-up of events relating to the topics explored in this book. All events are free and open to the public with free parking,” said Jennifer Lutris, HCC Librarian. “Additionally, HCC is offering a book-a-day-giveaway, with daily drawings prior to the author’s visit on March 28th. All are welcome to enter, just visit the library, located on the HCC Campus at 900 Lafayette Blvd., in Bridgeport.”

The One Book, One College events are as follows:

Start Here, Go Further: Using Community Colleges to Springboard into Your Ideal Life

A Panel discussion on March 25, at 12:30pm in the Beacon Hall Events Center. In his memoir, Okey Ndibe discusses his experiences in higher education and the value it brought to his life and career. At this event, HCC staff and faculty panelists share their personal education and life stories, and students will share their visions for their best future lives.

Live Painting

Visual Artist Antony Zito will work with HCC art students in a “Live Painting” event, in which participants will paint spontaneously from the theme of Immigration and the individual pieces will be assembled into a single, larger artistic piece. March 25, at 5pm in the Lafayette Hall Performing Arts Center.

Globalization of Immigration

Lecture by Saulo Colon, Assistant Professor of Sociology at HCC. March 26, at 12:30pm in Beacon Hall Events Center.

InterACTive Poetry

Poet Mark Sheridan will work with participants to create a spontaneously created, interactive poem inspired by the theme of Immigration. March 26, at 11am in the Lafayette Hall Performing Arts Center.

Aullo performance

A solo performance by poet Antonio Lopez of his original poem “Aullo” (translation: a cry of horror or distress; howl), giving a very human perspective on Immigration. March 26, at 2pm in the Lafayette Hall Performing Arts Center.

What’s Up, Doc? Trickster Folklore Around the World

Lecture by Hamish Lutris, Associate Professor of History at Capital Community College on March 27, at 5:30pm in Beacon Hall Events Center. The talk will center on one of the most universal and beloved characters in literature, the Trickster. From Coyote to Loki to Mbeku to Bugs Bunny and Old Scratch, the trickster has been a mainstay of spoken and written mythology since people first gathered to listen, learn, and be entertained.

Writers’ Q & A with author, Okey Ndibe

On March 28th at 11:00am in Beacon Hall 271, Ndibe will meet with those interested in writing to discuss the writing and publication process.

Author Talk and Book Signing with Okey Ndibe

In this feature event on March 28th at 12:30pm in Beacon Hall Events Center, Okey Ndibe will read from and discuss his memoir, Never Look an American in the Eye. There will also be time for Q & A from the audience as well as a book signing.

Reception with Okey Ndibe and the interACTion symposium

A closing reception on March 28th at 5:30pm in the Lafayette Hall Performing Arts Center Lobby. Mix and mingle with Okey Ndibe as well as the One Book, One College community and the interACTion symposium. Enjoy refreshments and a Broadway Beyond Borders concert, featuring HCC Theater Arts Alum and professional actor (TV’s Blindspot) performing songs from Broadway shows that focus on the theme of Immigration.

Ndibe earned a MFA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has since taught at numerous colleges across Massachusetts and Connecticut. His opinion pieces have been published by numerous publications, including The New York Times, BBC online, Al Jazeera online, Financial Times, Fabian Society Journal, and the (Nigerian) Daily Sun, where his widely syndicated weekly column appears.

Never Look An American In the Eye details Ndibe’s move from Nigeria to America, where he wrote for the iconic African Commentary magazine. The book chronicles his transition into becoming an African-American, his relationships with his fellow writers including the legendary Chinua Achebe, and how he settled into American life.

“These programs focus on important human themes, including loss, identity, resiliency and transformation,” said Dr. Paul Broadie, President of Housatonic Community College. “We are grateful to Connecticut Humanities for generously supporting the One Book, One College program.”

Housatonic Community College (HCC) was awarded a $2,975 grant by Connecticut Humanities to support the College’s 3rd Annual One Book, One College program. The program is comprised of a shared read experience and associated programming designed to promote discussion and a deeper understanding issues we’re facing today. The initiative connects the HCC community with residents of the greater Bridgeport area through engaging conversations.

For additional details, visit

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Sat, 16 Mar 2019 07:01:05 -0400
St. Mary School, Milford, Holds Panera Bread Fundraiser - Friday March 22nd

Everybody deserves a night off from cooking!
Visit Panera in Milford on Friday, March 22nd, between 4 and 8pm and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to our school.
Please just bring this flyer or show an electronic version to the cashier when you place your order. Thank you for your support!
Panera Bread
1627 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460
]]> (SMS Milford) Places Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:59:58 -0400
Two Connecticut Cities in Top 3 Safest Cities in US According to SafeWise. Milford Ranked Number 29 Among Connecticut Towns

Connecticut has a lot to boast about when it comes to safety - we are the second safest state in the country with 14 our cities among the top 100. What’s more, two of those cities, Ridgefield and Madison are in the top 3! Read all about it in the SafeWise Report here.

The report utilizes the FBI’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Milford reported 24 violent crimes which ranks it number 29 of all the cities in Connecticut that report statistics according to the UCR. Milford also reported 967 property crimes, including 92 burglaries, 809 larcenies, 66 motor vehicle thefts, and 3 incidents of arson.

Five Connecticut Cities reported no incidents of violent crime, Ridgefield, Madison, Granby Easton, and Groton Long Point.

In addition to Ridgefield and Madison, the SafeWise list included New Canaan (#14), Cheshire (#16), Avon (#18), and Darien (#25) in the top 25.  Additional Connecticut communities earned a place among the top 100: Simsbury (#30), Brookfield (#35), Westport (#36), Wilton (#48), Guilford (#53), Rocky Hill (#64), and Wolcott (#91).

View the 2019 Top 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut here. View the 2019 Safest Cities in America here.

FBI had encouraging news about crime in the US overall:

  • In 2017, an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 2016 estimate.
  • There were an estimated 382.9 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, a rate that fell 0.9 percent when compared with the 2016 estimated violent crime rate and dropped 16.5 percent from the 2008 estimate. (See Tables 1 and 1A.)

SafeWise gives high marks to Connecticut’s overall safety. “There were only two murders reported among all 20 cities that made the list. Overall, the Constitution State is well below national averages for both violent and property crime. Proving the point, 95% of the cities on our list saw fewer than one violent crime per 1,000 people, according to FBI data,” SafeWise said.

Learn how SafeWise identified the safest cities by visiting their methodology page.

]]> (Tara Daly) Public safety Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:58:09 -0400
Quinnipiac Student Follows Historic Journey of The Legendary Leatherman for Charity

AQuinnipiac grad student who hails from England and now lives in New Haven, Lee-Stuart Evans, is presently embarking on a historical journey by retracing the tracks of The Leatherman.

Known as a vagabond who donned a leather suit, The Leatherman walked a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers in just 34 days, sleeping in cave shelters. According to historical accounts, The Leatherman died after suffering from lip cancer.

Evans is running a 365 mile loop through Connecticut and New York in under 7 days. According to a GoFundMe Page established by Shona Cooper in support of the journey, Evans is staying on the trail throughout the run and living homeless for a week. “The loop follows the route taken by the Old Leatherman of Connecticut and will follow his footsteps as closely as possible and aims to finish after 7 days at the site of his grave in Ossining, NY on the 130th Anniversary of his death - 20th March 1889,” she says.

Given The Leatherman's lifestyle and struggle with cancer, Evans is not running in vain but for local charitable causes.  

You can follow Evans on his trek via a live tracker here.

Click here for Evan’s research on The Leatherman.

View the GoFundMe Page and make a donation here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:00:35 -0400
The Best High Schools for Math Near Milford in Celebration of Pi Day

We celebrate Pi day to bring awareness to the importance of a STEM Education. The National Science Board report shows the need to bring attention to STEM:

 - Average mathematics scores for fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders declined slightly for the first time in 2015.

 - The average NAEP mathematics score in 2015 declined for fourth, eighth and twelfth grades.

 - NAEP science assessment results show that average scores increased slightly in 2015 for fourth and eighth graders but stayed similar for twelfth graders.

The Connecticut State Department of Education measures Math Performance of all the schools in CT.  The average performance for the high schools in the state 83.6%. The scores of the high schools closest to Milford are:

School Score GraduationRate PostSecondary
Amity Regional High School 91.59% 100.00% 100.00
Trumbull High School 89.13% 100.00% 100.00
Engineering - Science University Magnet School 88.57% 100.00% 100.00
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy 87.33% 85.79% 100.00
Amistad Academy 86.13% 86.59% 100.00
Fairfield Warde High School 82.27% 100.00% 100.00
Shelton High School 79.93% 100.00% 100.00
Jonathan Law High School 79.67% 100.00% 100.00
Joseph A. Foran High School 78.24% 100.00% 100.00
Aerospace/Hydrospace, Engineering and Physical Sciences HS at the Fairchild-Wheeler Magnet Campus 74.46% 93.19% 95.83
Stratford High School 67.63% 97.24% 94.28
Information Technology and Software Engineering High School at the Fairchild-Wheeler Magnet Campus 67.51% 99.49% 100.00
Bunnell High School 67.16% 100.00% 100.00
Sound School 65.90% 98.60% 100.00
Ansonia High School 65.38% 96.77% 80.70
Common Ground High School 65.35% 91.54% 82.88
Highville Charter School 64.09% NA NA
Biotechnology, Research and Zoological Studies HS at the Fairchild-Wheeler Magnet Campus 62.66% 99.59% 100.00
Platt Technical High School 61.31% 100.00% 64.80
West Haven High School 60.96% 90.93% 90.42
High School In The Community 60.70% 72.26% 76.60
New Haven Academy 60.15% 81.83% 100.00
The Bridge Academy 60.03% 96.71% 91.67
Derby High School 59.56% 95.07% 81.48
Hill Regional Career High School 58.92% 96.97% 100.00
Cooperative High School - Inter-District Magnet 58.66% 100.00% 100.00
Central High School 58.13% 81.64% 75.83
Bullard-Havens Technical High School 56.96% 100.00% 73.62
Emmett O'Brien Technical High School 56.49% 100.00% 51.85
Metropolitan Business Academy 54.61% 100.00% 100.00
Eli Whitney Technical High School 50.88% 100.00% 54.78
James Hillhouse High School 48.52% 77.01% 62.22
Bridgeport Military Academy 46.50% 100.00% 53.03
Bassick High School 46.03% 62.45% 63.45
Warren Harding High School 44.58% 66.78% 54.32

The top five high schools for Connecticut are Staples High School, Darien High School, New Canaan High School, Weston High School, and Avon High School.

Some other interesting facts about STEM education in the United States:

  • Approximately one-quarter of students stopped with algebra 2 as their highest mathematics course, another quarter stopped with trigonometry or other advanced mathematics, 22% advanced to pre-calculus, and 19% finished with calculus or higher.
  • In addition to taking biology, 76% of ninth graders who began high school in 2009 took chemistry and 42% took physics by the time they completed high school in 2013.
  • Calculus AB is the most common mathematics AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in calculus AB increased from 197,000 in 2006 to more than 308,000 in 2016.
  • Biology is the most common science AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in biology increased from nearly 132,000 in 2006 to 238,000 in 2016.
  • Computer science A is the fastest-growing AP exam, with the number of students taking the exam growing nearly four-fold from just under 15,000 in 2006 to nearly 58,000 in 2016.
  • Passing rates for the mathematics and science AP exams in 2016 ranged from lows of 40% for physics 1 and 46% for environmental science to highs of 77% for physics C: mechanics and 81% for Calculus BC.
]]> (Scott Schmidt) Life Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:33:46 -0400
Milford Police Make Strongarm Robbery Arrest

On February 18, 2019, Detectives from the Milford Police Department investigated a Strongarm Robbery that occurred in the area of Bridgeport Avenue and Loomis Street, Milford.

The victim was a delivery person from a local restaurant. A male suspect approached the victim on foot and pointed a gun against the victim’s neck, taking the victim’s cash and cell phone. Detectives initiated an extensive investigation resulting in multiple search warrants.

On March 13, 2019, Milford Police Department executed a search warrant at a Bridgeport Avenue residence. While executing the search warrant, Maurice Johnson (B/M, 27) 269 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, attempted to jump out of a second floor window but was quickly apprehended.

Evidence related to the robbery was located in the residence and Johnson was taken into custody. Clothing, a ski mask, and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun with a 30 round extended magazine were seized from inside the residence. The iPhone that was stolen from the victim was also recovered.

Johnson is accused of and charged with:

Robbery 1st degree

Larceny 2nd degree

Carrying a Pistol without a Permit

Interfering/ Resisting Arrest

Tampering with Evidence

Johnson is being held on a $100,000 bond to appear in Milford Court on March 14, 2019. 

]]> (Milford Police) Public safety Thu, 14 Mar 2019 04:28:02 -0400
Today is Pi Day! How many people in Milford are working in the Math field?

March 14 was officially designated as Pi day In 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed “H.Res.224 - Supporting the designation of Pi Day, and for other purposes.

“Whereas Pi can be approximated as 3.14, and thus March 14, 2009, is an appropriate day for ’National Pi Day’: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of a ’Pi Day’ and its celebration around the world;

(2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation’s math and science education programs; and

(3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.”

According to, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. The date—which also happens to be Einstein's birthday—inspires a variety of events every year

Pi day is important because it helps us to bring awareness to the important role of math and science to Connecticut, the US, and the world!

In Milford, there are 27936 people employed who are 16 years of age and older according to the American Community Survey.  Of that total, 2043 are employed in “Computer, engineering, and science occupations”, or 7.31% of the employed population. Of those occupied in this industry, 1536 are males and 507 are Females.

The average Connecticut town had 6% of their workforce occupied by the Computer, Engineering and Science industry. The average town had 73% of them as male, and 27% as female.

Gales Ferry, Connecticut has the highest percentage of their workforce in Computer, Engineering and Science, Coventry, CT has the highest percentage of Female workers of any town over 1,000 workers in CT.  Coventry’s percent of male workers in Computer, Engineering and Science is 24.4%, and females have 75.6%.

Here are some fun ways to celebrate Pi day:

Celebrate Pi Day with NASA  

EDUTOPIA, 5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Pi Day!  

Exploratorium, Pi Day March 14, 2019  

NIST Taking Measure Blog, A Slice of Math Functions for Pi Day  

Smithsonian Magazine, A history of notable moments in the irrational number’s past  

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 14 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
2019 Triennial Review of the Connecticut Water Quality Standards by DEEP, Kickoff Meeting Tonight

DEEP Kicks-Off a Comprehensive Review of Connecticut’s Water Quality Standards

CTDEEP is seeking comments identifying any aspects of the CT Water Quality Standards which should be considered for revision. Please submit your comments in writing to on or before April 5, 2019.

The public meeting is in Hartford, on March 13, 2019, between 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, at CTDEEP Office, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT (Gina McCarthy Auditorium).

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is conducting its triennial review of Connecticut’s Water Quality Standards to determine if revisions are necessary. Connecticut Water Quality Standards effect every town, including Milford.  A very informative description can be found here.

DEEP is requesting the public’s input regarding the current standards, and recommendations on what to focus on, as part of the 2019 review. The agency will use public feedback to help identify future changes to the standards.

"The Connecticut Water Quality Standards form the foundation of Connecticut's water management programs," said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. "It is critical that we update the standards to remain consistent with state and federal law in order to reflect the best available science."

The topics under consideration for change within the WQS are identified below. Additional topics may be identified during this Triennial Review process and included in subsequent proposed changes to the WQS. The regulatory process to revise the WQS also includes a formal public review and comment process.

Topics under Consideration for Revision within the WQS Regulations

Updates to Numeric Water Quality Criteria

Since the WQS were last revised, EPA has updated recommendations for water quality criteria. The Department is currently reviewing the water quality recommendations from EPA and will either propose adoption of the federally recommended criteria or provide a reason for not doing so in accordance with section 304(a) of the federal Clean Water Act. These include updates to federal water quality criteria recommendations for toxics, bacteria and ammonia. Information about the current federal recommendations for water quality criteria can be found on the EPA web site at:

Revise the Low Flow Statistic Applicable to Fresh Waters

The 7Q10 flow is currently identified as the low flow condition in freshwater rivers and streams. The Department intends to recommend changing the low flow statistic for fresh waters from the 7Q10 flow to the Q99 flow. The Q99 flow represents the daily low flow rate that is expected to occur approximately 1% of the time. For daily stream flows, the Q99 flow is roughly equivalent to the 7Q10. The benefit of using the Q99 flow is that information on Q99 flows for waterbodies in Connecticut is easily accessible through the USGS StreamStats web site for all locations, not just those served by gaging stations. The USGS StreamStats web site for Connecticut is available at:

Extended Disinfection Period

The current Water Quality Standards contain requirements for disinfection of treated sewage discharge to surface waters at section 22a-426-4(a)(9)(E) of the regulations. This section requires continuous disinfection for all sewage treatment plants located south of Interstate Highway I-95. Disinfection is currently required for all sewage treatment plants north of Interstate Highway I-95 from May 1 to October 1, unless an alternative schedule, including continuous disinfection, is approved to protect those using the waterbody. Based on public comments which identified contact recreational activities within Connecticut that occur outside the current disinfection period, the Department intends to propose an extension of the disinfection period for all sewage treatment plants located north of Highway I-95 to include the period from April 1 through November 1, unless an alternative schedule, including continuous disinfection, is approved to protect those using the waterbody.

Define Highest Attainable Use

Recent revisions to federal regulations pertaining to Water Quality Standards (40 CFR 131.3(m) and 131.10(g)) have included a new term, Highest Attainable Use. The Highest Attainable Use is evaluated during a study of how a waterbody is used and pertains to identifying the highest use level for a waterbody should environmental conditions permanently preclude certain uses of that resource. The Department is reviewing the recently revised federal regulations and anticipates proposing language to ensure consistency with these federal requirements.

Downstream Protection

Water quality in a particular section of a waterbody may be affected by activities in the upstream watershed which contribute pollutants to the waterbody that are then transported downstream, affecting water quality in that downstream portion of the waterbody. The Clean Water Act requires consideration of these impacts on downstream waters when addressing water quality concerns. The Department believes that this concept is currently included within the WQS but is reviewing federal recommendations and may propose changes to the regulations for clarification, as needed.

Water Quality Classification Maps

The Department is evaluating the need to make changes in order to reconcile the water quality classification designation with shellfishing classification for specific water quality segments, as needed. Additionally, the Department expects to update ground water classification designations for consistency with Aquifer Protection Areas.

For more information visit: Water Quality Standards and Classifications and 2019 Water Quality Standards Triennial Review

]]> (CT DEEP) Places Wed, 13 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Learn How You Can Save Money and Reduce Costs at Milford Library

Learn How You Can Save Money and Reduce Costs Through Energy Efficiency and the Use of Renewable Energy at the Milford Public Library on Saturday, March 23, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Milford Public Library, the Milford Energy Advisory Board, and The Environmental Concerns Coalition are partnering and will hold a public event at the Milford Public Library, on Saturday, March 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  The program will offer all residents and business owners in Milford ideas on how to implement energy efficiency projects and how to install renewable energy options in your home and/or business. 

The Energy Advisory Board has arranged for a number of Connecticut experts to walk us through the many programs and options that are available to Milford residents and business owners.  They will describe the benefits of these programs as well as how to begin to achieve the cost savings that you can take advantage of.

In addition to experts on energy efficiency and renewable energy, the program will bring financial experts who can describe low cost and no cost ways to pay for these programs.  We also plan to share local examples of homeowners and businesses that have already achieved significant savings through such programs to give you a sense of how you, too, can realize these savings.

We hope you can come to hear about these money saving ideas and ask any questions you may have to anyone on the program.

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


]]> (City of Milford) Events Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:08:35 -0400
St. Mary School, Milford, Holds Foul Shooting Contest

St. Mary School Milford Foul Shooting Contest
Congratulations to this the 27th Annual Father Seggel Foul Shooting Contest Winners!  This contest was held at the beginning of their 45th Annual Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Grade 3 Winners - Brielle Nichols & Arin Fuller and Runner Ups - Mallory Yeater & Jackson Salamino
Grade 4 Winners - Samantha Mayugba & Billy Rosati and Runner Ups - Emily Vella & Everett Alogna
Grade 5 Winners - Ella Nassef & George Ganim and Runner Ups - Grace Tonelli & William Bader
Grade 6 Winners - Faith Doyle & Evan Fletcher and Runner Ups - Bella Eyler & Jack McInnis
Grade 7 Winners - Fayrose Hussain & Derek Rainey and Runner Ups - Abby Savoie & Tim Swanson
Grade 8 Winners - Evelina Rini & Luke Dana and Runner Ups - Grace Baird & John Paiva  
St. Mary School is a Catholic school located on Gulf Street in Milford - learn more at
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Celebrate National Agriculture Week in Milford!

The week of March 10th, 2019 is National Agriculture Week to recognize the role of American agriculture in our daily lives and the efforts of those who shape the American food system. The average American farmer feeds approximately 144 people worldwide, and with agriculture being our number one export, agriculture is critically important to sustaining the U.S. economy.

In Milford there are a total of 10 Ag workers, including 0 Males, and 10 Females, which ranks Milford number 32. Connecticut has 1,804 residents that are occupied by the Ag industry.

“Although USDA’s Economic Research Service reported the lowest figures on record for food insecurity among children in 2015, nearly 16 million U.S. households — which is more than the total number of households in either California or Texas — were food insecure at some point during that year.”

The top ten towns in Connecticut listed by the number of Ag workers are:









New Haven












West Haven




East Hartford




















*all numbers represent residents over 16 years old currently occupied as a  non-management working in the Farming, Fishing, or Forestry industry according to the American Community Survey.

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 12 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Sen. Blumenthal Pushes for Bill to Prevent Animal Cruelty

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal recently visited West Hartford Animal Control in Connecticut to push for Prevent Animal Torture and Cruelty, or PACT, Act, a bill to prevent animal cruelty.

According to the Harford Courant, Blumenthal said he and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania, want to outlaw a form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where people maim and torture animals.
"Crushing defenseless animals is barbaric, disgusting, and wrong. There is no place for it in our society," said Senator Toomey. "I call on my colleagues to join me in ending this horrific practice once and for all. Let's get it passed in both chambers and send it to the president for his signature."

For Milford, you may use the following link for information about their Animal Control Partner:

Click here for a full list of animal control partners.

Connecticut has a number of animal cruelty laws based around five crimes: cruelty to animals, malicious or intentional cruelty to animals, animals engaged in exhibition of fighting, and intentionally injuring or killing police animals or dogs in volunteer canine service and rescue teams, a good summary can be found here.

The Humane Society of the United States, National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys support the bill, according to Blumenthal’s office. The PACT Act is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, National Sheriffs' Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

This will ensure that pets in jeopardy receive prompt and often lifesaving care.

Not sure if what you’ve observed is animal cruelty or neglect? Learn the signs.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Politics Mon, 11 Mar 2019 18:00:00 -0400
St. Mary School, Milford, Hosts Family Fun Night

St. Mary School Milford Fun Night
St. Mary School in Milford kicked off their 45th Annual Basketball Tournament with their traditional Fun Night.  The evening is centered on parent vs. student games, alumni games, a visit from Mayor Ben Blake, raffles, food, tournament sponsor recognition and a lot of school spirit.
Learn more about the school at
]]> (SMS Milford) Life Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:38:49 -0400