Milford's HamletHub Sat, 02 Jul 2022 03:19:17 -0400 ParkConneCT Program That Offers Increased Bus Services To State Parks and Beaches This Summer

Governor Ned Lamont today is reminding Connecticut residents about the state’s ParkConneCT program, which is offering increased bus services to Connecticut state parks and beaches. A continuation of a pilot program launched last year, the program offers fare-free shuttles and enhanced existing transit service to various state parks and beaches this summer through Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2022).

The program, which is a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), aims to connect people to Connecticut state parks for the summer season, support seasonal employment, and promote recreational activity to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

The governor, along with CTDOT and DEEP officials, today highlighted the program by riding the Sherwood Island Shuttle from the Green’s Farms Metro North Station in Westport to Sherwood Island State Park. While at the park, the governor addressed the media and met with visitors enjoying the beach and boardwalk.

“Being able to catch a shuttle from the commuter station right to this beautiful shoreline park is a convenient resource to enjoy the outdoors that otherwise,” Governor Lamont said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Connecticut’s state parks are one of the best things about living here, and connecting our residents to them is important. That’s what the ParkConneCT program is all about.”

“ParkConneCT increases access to the positive physical and mental benefits one can get from being out in our beautiful state parks,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “It can also help people who have seasonal employment with DEEP get to their workplace. Thank you, Governor Lamont and our DOT partners for the vision and collaboration on this important program. We hope you consider utilizing this service this summer and have a safe, fun, rejuvenating time in your state parks.”

“I’m excited to kick off the Fourth of July weekend by taking public transportation to one of our beautiful state parks,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “Now is a great time to give public transit a try. It’s a convenient and reliable way to move across Connecticut. With fare free buses running statewide and through expanded free ParkConneCT services, like microtransit, trolleys, and shuttles, we’re expanding access to beaches and parks across Connecticut.”

All buses associated with the ParkConneCT pilot program will run fare free through Labor Day (September 5, 2022). Additionally, as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget, all buses statewide are operating without collecting fares until November 30, 2022 (with the exception of premium on-demand ridesharing programs). Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District’s on-demand ridesharing services will only be free on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays observed on July 4 and September 5, when using the service to or from parks in the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included in the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

The state parks for this pilot program were selected based on criteria prioritizing seasonal employment levels, recreational summer activities, frequently traveled tourist destinations, and existing service connections. Routes were selected by performing an analysis using geospatial information systems and prioritizing areas where the most cost-effective improvements could be made to connect people to the parks.

Since the launch of the pilot program, CTDOT has continued to collect and assess ridership and passenger trip data to measure the success of the program. Those efforts will continue this year and will include a survey to collect additional information from riders.

For more information on ParkConneCT, visit

ParkConneCT Service Schedule

Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley that now stops at Middle Beach (operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops at Middle Beach (operates on weekends and holidays)
  • Service every two hours on the 9-Town Transit 645: Madison/Middletown that stops at Middle Beach (Diverts into the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset
  • Direct Bus service available from the Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook train stations

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on the Milford Route 3 (operates Monday-Saturday)
  • 30-minute daily Coastal Link service to Milford Train Station
  • New Haven Line to Milford Train Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall on weekends

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on the SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/holidays)
  • Shore Line East train to New London Union Station connects with SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)
  • On-Demand Ridesharing: New London’s “Smart Ride” operates Monday through Saturday. Customers can schedule a ride by downloading the “SEAT Connect” app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or via their web browser)

Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a walk across Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Giant State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport)

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District are operating ride-sharing shuttles. Download the app, request a ride, and the shuttle will pick passengers up from anywhere in the Westport service area and take them to Sherwood Island State Park and back. To use the Weekend Wheels 2U service, for free on weekends and holidays, the pickup or drop off location must be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Link: Take the bus to the stop at CT Route 1 and Sherwood Island Connector then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride
  • Take the train to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) & Indian Well State Park (Shelton)

  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will provide transportation, within its service area boundaries, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, to Indian Well and Osbornedale State Parks using its on-demand ride reservation service. Non-Valley residents can utilize VTD ParkConneCT service with same day pick-up and drop-off at the Derby/Shelton train station. The hours of operation are from 8am to 6pm. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Riders are to contact VTD’s reservation/dispatch department at (203) 735-6408 for same day service to Osbornedale and Indian Well parks. Valley Transit District service will be fare-free only on weekends and holidays, and when going to Osbornedale or Indian Well parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
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Children's Author Alan Katz at the Milford Library on July 13

Children's Author Alan Katz at Milford Library on Wednesday, July 13 at 6pm for grades K-5  

Real-life author of silly books and poems, kids’ TV writer, Emmy award nominee and super-nice person ALAN KATZ (Take Me Out of the Bathtub and other Silly Dilly Songs)will be our special guest. Mr. Katz will share his infectious poetry and love of books. 

Hands-on activity included. Families are encouraged to attend together. Books will be available for sale.

Registration open on the Children's page at beginning Friday, July 1.

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Friends of the Milford Library Announce High School Book Awards & Scholarships

The Friends of the Milford Library are proud to announce the winners of our High School Book Award and Scholarship recipients.

The winners are selected by members of the Friends’ High School Awards Committee, led by Peggy Bolger, in concert with the school personnel at the Milford High Schools. All of the award winners have exhibited outstanding personal character, made a positive impact on their school or community, and demonstrated a strong and consistent love of reading. 

Scholarships are awarded to High School seniors with plans of furthering their education. This year’s scholarships were awarded to: 

  • Lynelle Fernandez from Joseph A. Foran High School

  • Sophie Masselli of Jonathan Law High School.

The Book Award is presented annually to a member of the Junior Class at each of the High Schools in Milford. Each student chooses a book for their school which is donated by the Friends with a bookplate commemorating the student’s achievement. 

Additionally, each winner received a personally inscribed copy of Only In Milford by Milford author, DeForest Smith.

This year’s winners and their books are:

  • India Joyner of Platt Tech chose My Hero Academia Volume by Kohei Horikoshi

  • Debora Silva of The Academy chose Harry Potter and the  Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

  • Visally Martinez-Cruz of Joseph A. Foran High School chose Blindness by Jose Saramajo

  • Emma Vaccino of Jonathan Law High School chose  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

  • Alexandra Miller of Lauralton Hall chose The Cost of Knowing by Brittany Morris

A special thanks to Ms. Peggy Bolger, Chair, High School Awards Committee, Friends of the Milford Library, for all her hard work. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Job Hunt and Resume Tips at Milford Public Library on July 28

No matter where you are in your job search, drop in to chat a few minutes with the Reference staff. Get fresh ideas, find new places to apply to, and make sure you’re on the right track. You are welcome to bring your resume, or if you’re just starting out, get tips on how to start a new one!

Job resources are available every day at the library, but staff will be extra prepared to welcome to walk-ins 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm on Thursday, July 28.

Swing by to pick up some info or stay for one-on-one time and ask questions. Can’t make the event? A job search Take & Make Kit is available for download at

This event is free and open to all jobseekers as space and time allows. Milford Public Library is at 57 New Haven Ave, Milford. For questions, email Reference Librarian Diana at or call 203-783-3292.

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The Palace Project at Milford Public Library: finding eBooks and eAudiobooks

On Thursday, July 28, at 7:00pm Milford Public Library is presenting a program on a more powerful way to search for eBooks, and eAudiobooks.

A new app called The Palace Project, consolidates various collections into one convenient place. If you would like to learn more about how to use our eBooks and eAudiobooks through The Palace Project app, then this discussion is for you!

For questions regarding this eBooks program on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00pm, email

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Summer Reading at the Milford Public Library, Registration OPEN

Summer Reading Registration is OPEN!  

Welcome to Camp IRead!  Read-and-Bead to keep track of your reading goals, in-person programs, fun Camp Badge challenges, READSquared missions and reading tracker, and lots of great books to keep that brain strong over the summer! Register in-person or through READsquared. 

Visit the Children’s page at for all the info. 

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Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Is Scheduled To Increase on Friday

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents that the state’s minimum wage will increase from the current rate of $13.00 per hour to $14.00 per hour beginning on Friday, July 1, 2022.

The change is the result of legislation he signed into law three years ago that schedules several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year period.

“For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest-earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security,” Governor Lamont said. “This is a fair, gradual increase for workers who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.”

“Governor Lamont and I are committed to making sure that our Connecticut economy works for everyone, and that includes our state’s low-income earners,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “That’s why we voted three years ago to increase our state’s minimum wage at a steady rate, providing more financial security to families and providing residents the ability to continue supporting our local economy.”

Signed into law by Governor Lamont in 2019, Public Act 19-4 requires the minimum wage to increase five times over a five-year period, from the then-rate of $10.10 per hour to:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019;
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020;
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021;
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023.

Ultimately, beginning on January 1, 2024, that same law requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and for the first time in Connecticut the rate will grow according to economic indicators.

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Milford Public Library Presents Cut the Cord: Internet Streaming Services

Milford Public Library is presenting a program on using internet streaming services to supplement your TV and movie viewing options on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00pm.

If you would like to see what internet streaming options are available such as Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube then this is a great program for you. For questions regarding this cut this cord discussion on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00pm, email:

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Milford Public Library bids farewell to beloved Assistant Director with Open House on June 29

Milford Public Library celebrates Nancy Abbey and July Program Calendar 

July News at the Library!

It's official!  After 16 years with the library, our amazing Assistant Director, Nancy Abbey, is retiring! Nancy has developed many partnerships in the community, introduced new programs, and has been instrumental in building wonderful collections and services. We invite the community to wish Nancy a warm send off at an Open House in her honor.  Please stop by the Library Program Room on Wednesday, June 29, between 12:00noon and 3:00pm for light refreshments. 

We are excited to announce a new online author talk series brought to you by our Friends of the Milford Library, in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium!

Each month we will be offering 2-3 online talks with bestselling authors and thought leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers, and programs will be filmed and archived for access after the event.  This is an amazing opportunity to bring well known and influential authors to our community. 

Bookmark and link to the speaker site, and register for upcoming programs!

Upcoming events include:

July 7th at 9:00pm - The Henna Artist: author talk with Alka Joshi
July 14th at 12:00pm - Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity: author talk with David Allen
August 3rd at 2:00pm - Author talk with Historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America
Bookmark the link to the speaker site, and register for upcoming programs! Online Author Talks!   

To stay on top of library events, be sure to subscribe to this monthly newsletter, as well as following us on facebook and instagram. That way you won't miss any of the news and events happening at the library.    

And, as I mention every month - a HUGE thank you to our Friends of the Milford Library for funding and supporting our programs. Would you like to get more involved with the Friends? Become a member today!

Information on our Friends of the Library is on the library website:  

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Minute with the Mayor - Milford Concert Band's 30th Anniversary Concert


In this episode of Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor Ben Blake talk with Duane Berge of Milford Concert Band about tonight's 30th Anniversary concert!

The concert begins at 7pm tonight, Friday, June 24 on Milford green! 

Minute with the Mayor - Milford Concert Band

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City of Milford Kicks Off Summer this Saturday with Live Music and Fireworks at Lisman Landing!

The City of Milford will celebrate the start of summer 2022 this Saturday, June 25 at Lisman Landing. 

Live music begins at 4pm with Sapphire followed by Rum Runners playing until 11pm.

The sky will light up with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Admission is FREE and food trucks will be on site!

Shuttle buses will run from Harborside Middle School, Wasson Field, and the Milford Senior Center down to the Town Dock.

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Milford Library Online Author Talks by Best Selling Authors

Milford Library is excited to announce a new online author talk series brought to you by our Friends of the Milford Library, in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium.

Each month we will be offering 2-3 online talks with bestselling authors and thought leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers, and programs will be filmed and archived for access after the event.  This is an amazing opportunity to bring well known and influential authors to our community. 

Bookmark and link to the speaker site and register for upcoming programs!

Learn more here

July 7 at 9pm - Best selling author of Henna Artist, Alka Joshi will be discussing her book. Henna Artist is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

July 14 at 12pm – David Allen is a best selling author and world’s leading expert on stress free productivity. He will introduce his book Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress Free Productivity

August 3 at 2pm – Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Marcia Chatelain will discuss her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.

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CT's Beardsley Zoo Celebrates 100 Years with a Bash on Saturday!

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is 100 years old, and is holding a Birthday Bash for its Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Regular Zoo admission prices apply for guests, but the fun and festive day includes:  

  •        10:00 STAR 99.9  on grounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  •        10:30 a.m. A Live Animal Program begins the festivities at the Peacock Pavilion
  •        11 a.m. Welcome from Zoo Director Gregg Dancho and proclamations from the state, the City of Bridgeport, and Connecticut General Assembly at the Peacock Pavilion.  An original poem commemorating 100 years will be read in honor of the Zoo’s history.
  •        11:30 a.m. A Time Capsule has been prepared to be opened in 2072. Help us place the capsule in the Big Cow. Includes letters from the 2nd Grade at North Stratfield Elementary School in Fairfield.
  •        11:45 a.m. An American Sycamore tree will be planted, a long-lived hardwood tree, native to Connecticut 
  •        12:00 p.m. A Live Animal Show will be held in the Adventure Amphitheater.
  •        1:00 p.m. Eight area bakeries are joining us for a birthday cake bake-off--one will be the winner, but they'll all be delicious! STAR 99.9’s Anna Zap is our Celebrity Judge, then we’ll cut the cakes to share with Zoo guests.
  •        Guests can register to win a FREE Birthday Party at the Zoo
  •        1:00 p.m. Musical entertainment on the Peacock Pavilion stage: Lost Rebel, a four-piece classic rock band will play from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

In addition, the Zoo will host Sunday Serenades, a special Birds of Prey program called Sky Hunters every weekend through Labor Day,  and animal shows every Thursday and Friday all summer long. In September, “Glow Wild,” an evening Asian lantern experience begins and  continues through November. On October 29, the Zoo will celebrate with a Centennial Gala held at the Inn at Longshore in Westport.

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Jessica Postighone of Milford named to James Madison University President's List

Milford resident, Jessica Postighone, has been named to the president's list at James Madison University for the spring 2022 semester.

Students who earn president's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.900 or above. Postighone is majoring in business management.


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Milford Police investigate Rite Aid narcotic theft, seek public's assistance

Milford Police report that on June 21, 2022, at approximately 4:24 PM, the males pictured in this post entered Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1360 Boston Post Road.

Police say that the individuals proceeded to the pharmacy drop off the counter where two of the suspects jumped over the counter. An employee was ordered to open a safe containing narcotics. The two suspects passed the narcotics from the safe to the third male who had a large shopping bag. Approximately $15,000 worth of narcotics were taken.

According to the police report, the three individuals then walked calmly out of Rite Aid and fled in a silver SUV with a white registration plate with blue lettering. The vehicle was believed to be a newer Buick or Nissan. The suspects were described as black males, in their late teens or early 20s, and all were wearing “Nike Tech” sweats.

The suspects are believed to have committed similar thefts at pharmacies in Orange and West Haven just prior to this incident.

Milford police ask that anyone with information is asked to please contact Det. Catino at or 203-783-4729.

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