Milford's HamletHub Sun, 26 May 2019 23:08:49 -0400 St. Mary School, Milford, Preschool Raises Over $1600 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital

St. Mary School Milford TRIKE-A-THON

Mrs. Rappi's preschool class raised over $1600 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital through their Trike-a-thon fundraiser event! The gym was set up with a course for the students to navigate, a table with bicycle decorations, an activity table, music and even a parking lot! Such a great way to teach young students about service to others! This event coincided with a bicycle safety lesson. 

]]> (SMS Milford) Charities Fri, 24 May 2019 09:30:59 -0400
CT's Beardsley Zoo Mourns Loss of Brazilian Ocelot Kuma

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The family at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is saddened to announce the passing of Kuma, a Brazilian ocelot (Leopardus pardalis mitis), on May 23, 2019. Kuma was one of only five Brazilian ocelots in the past twenty years to give birth after successful laparoscopic artificial insemination, and she did so twice. As a young kitten, Kuma was accidentally injured by her father and lost her left rear leg and tail as a consequence. This disability precluded Kuma from breeding naturally but did not decrease her genetic value nor her ability to bear and raise offspring. She was always a favorite of guests and beloved in the Rainforest Building. 

Her two daughters, Milagre and Alya, now reside at the Dallas Zoo and the Buffalo Zoo, respectively. Both females have bred naturally and produced kittens of their own, ensuring Kuma’s genetic contribution will carry into the future. Brazilian ocelots are becoming increasingly endangered due to human population growth and associated habitat loss. In North American zoos, a small number of ocelots are managed by the Ocelot Species Survival Plan (SSP), which makes breeding recommendations based on each individual’s genetic importance to the population as a whole. 

Dr. Bill Swanson, coordinator of the Ocelot SSP, said, “I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Kuma.  I cannot think of another ocelot that has contributed so much to the sustainability of the Brazilian ocelot population that we manage for conservation in our zoos.  Despite her physical impairment due to the loss of a rear leg at an early age, Kuma was able to conceive twice through artificial insemination, give birth to two healthy female kittens, and raise them successfully.  Through her daughters, Kuma now has five grand-kids and four great grand-kids, and her descendants represent almost one-third of all Brazilian ocelots managed in the SSP population.  She will be greatly missed but her genetic legacy will live on.”

Kuma was born on August 28, 2004, and arrived at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in September, 2007.Consistent attention from the Zoo’s medical team and her professional animal care staff allowed her to live her very long life in comfort. 

“Kuma was one of the most beloved animals in our Zoo family,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “She was a beautiful and significant ambassador for her species, and the epitome of how conservation programs in zoos help contribute to protecting and preserving our precious friends. From her favorite spot in the tree in her habitat, she inspired a love of wildlife in many Zoo guests over the years.” 

About Brazilian ocelots

Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) are one of the more beautiful feline species. Their coat is short and soft, either whitish or tawny yellow to reddish grey. Markings run into chain-like streaks and blotches, forming elongate spots bordered with black enclosing an area darker than the ground color. An excellent hunter, the solitary ocelot primarily hunts small rodents and also will take small deer, armadillos, reptiles, and other small animals. Though it can climb trees and even swim well, the ocelot spends most of its time hunting on the ground, as long as the habitat provides thick plant cover and abundant prey. Brazilian ocelots have been classified as “vulnerable” by the Brazilian government. Population projections indicate that several small cat species, including the ocelot, will see their generic diversity reduced to dangerously low levels within the next 50 years. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 97thanniversary, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers and leopards, Red and Mexican wolves, and Two-toed sloths. Other highlights include the Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains featuring maned wolves, Chacoan peccaries, Giant anteaters, and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit

]]> (Lisa Clair) Places Fri, 24 May 2019 08:04:32 -0400
Minute with the Mayor: Milford Harbor Duck Race

Quack, quack! Milford Mayor Ben Blake talks Milford Harbor Duck Race in this week's installment of Minute with the Mayor. Kick off the summer with fellow Milford residents on June 1 from 11 to 2 pm. Duck drop will take place at 12:30 pm.

The United Way of Milford and the Woodruff Family YMCA will host the second Annual Milford Harbor Duck Race on Saturday, June 1, 2019. This year’s festivities will begin at 11 a.m. at Fowler Field.  Attendees will enjoy food, face painting and entertainment followed by the duck race at 12:30 p.m. where up to 10,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Wepawaug River for a race to the finish line! “We are excited to co-host the second Annual Milford Harbor Duck Race,” said Gary Johnson, President of the United Way of Milford. “This is a fantastic opportunity for families to come out and enjoy a day full of activities, entertainment, music and food. The Duck Race celebrates the organization’s commitment to help people and it’s a way for the city to gather together and support the Milford community.”

Close to 10,000 ducks will make their way down the Wepawaug River on June 1. The United Way of Milford and the Woodruff Family YMCA are currently accepting sponsors for this unique event. A sponsor can be an individual, a family, a company, agency or club and becoming a sponsor is a fun and exciting way to get involved in the race while keeping two feet on land.

The United Way of Milford and the Woodruff Family YMCA are looking to obtain 100 raffle prizes including gift certificates to restaurants, department stores, grocery stores and more. Other prizes such as sports and travel tickets are encouraged. The United Way of Milford and the Woodruff Family YMCA are also looking for volunteers for the day of the event.

Please call United Way of Milford at 203-874-6791 or the Woodruff Family YMCA at 203-878-6501 if you would like to participate in this exciting event. All proceeds from the Milford Harbor Duck Race will benefit the United Way of Milford’s 20 partner agencies.


Minute with the Mayor - Milford Harbor Duck Race 2...

]]> (United Way of Milford) Events Thu, 23 May 2019 10:10:52 -0400
St. Mary School, Milford Holds DARE Graduation

St. Mary School Milford DARE Graduation

Congratulations to St. Mary School Milford's 5th grade on their DARE graduation! All students received a certificate and t-shirt from Officer Joanna Salati for completing the program. And well done to the two winners for best poster Josh Tandon (1st) and Katelyn Dzialo (2nd).   

]]> (SMS Milford) Neighbors Thu, 23 May 2019 09:30:29 -0400
Connecticut Facebook Fugitive Chooses Fame Over Freedom

The Torrington Police Department recently received an unusual offer from a wanted fugitive.

According to Torrington Police, after negotiating with the police department, wanted fugitive Jose Simms, 29, offered to turn himself in if the Facebook post with his mugshot received 15,000 likes. The post was made early on Wednesday morning and within 24 hours, the post garnered the support of over 22,000 likes. However, Jose Simms has yet to turn himself in.

Lieutenant Johnson remains hopeful, writing, “We will update the post again when he does turn himself in. Thank you to everyone who liked the post and messaged us with info. It's all appreciated”.

This is an ongoing story. We will continue with updates as new information develops.

*Image courtesy Torrington Police Facebook


]]> (Will Bryant) Public safety Thu, 23 May 2019 07:57:05 -0400
Housatonic Community College Commencement Celebrates 620 Grads In The Class Of 2019

The 620 members of the Housatonic Community College (HCC) Class of 2019 celebrated their graduation on Wednesday, May 22nd when the college held its 51st Commencement Ceremony at Webster Bank Arena.

Dr. Edward Keane, HCC’s Professor of Psychology and Human Services, served as Grand Marshal for the ceremony. Keane is the school’s longest serving faculty member, having been with the college for 49 years.

Members of the Bridgeport Military Academy presented the colors and the Jonathan Law High School Choir opened the ceremony, singing the National Anthem. Special guests at the event included Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education Member Elease Wright, and 16 year-old author and HCC dual enrollment student Natalee Williams, who also currently attends Capital Prep Harbor School.

Celebrating the fourth largest class in the school’s history is no accident. With an average student age of 27 years old, and the majority of HCC students holding down at least one job while taking classes., HCC institutes strategies that close achievement gaps and keeps students in school so they can graduate and achieve their dreams.

“Each of you is a prime example of what it means to stay close and go far,” said HCC President, Paul Broadie II. “Among you are those transferring to universities nationwide as well as individuals entering the workforce to fill much-needed labor market demand. Thank you for being role models to others as an example of what success looks like.”

Janet Yarrow MS, RDN, Professor of Nutrition Science at Housatonic Community College received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and HCC alumnus, Jermaine Burke delivered the keynote address. An employee of Balding Precision in Milford CT, Burke graduated from the school’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.

“To me, the keyword in the title Housatonic Community College is community,” said Burke. “It works to serve and build up the community by investing in each of us. Working to serve and build up the surrounding area in which the edifice calls home.”

“This is the beginning of the American Dream,” said Sebastian Martinez, originally from Columbia and furthering his studies at UCONN in the fall to study Business Administration. “I came to this country to work hard and change the thinking about immigrants.”

This year's commencement ceremonies included nineteen Veterans and featured Surgical Technology graduates for the first time. The most popular majors in the class included Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology, Early Childhood Inclusive Education and General Studies.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Thu, 23 May 2019 07:30:29 -0400
State Police Announce DWI/Sobriety Checkpoint on I-91 in New Haven

On Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 7:00 pm – 3:00 am, State Troopers from the Connecticut State Police, Troop G – Bridgeport Barracks will conduct a DWI / Sobriety Checkpoint on Interstate 91 northbound and southbound off-ramps in New Haven.

This checkpoint is a continuing effort by State Police personnel to identify motorists who are operating vehicles under the influence of liquor and/or drugs.

State Troopers will stop all vehicles at the checkpoint location to determine whether motorists have consumed alcoholic beverages prior to operating their vehicle as well as checking for compliance with other Connecticut State Laws.

This checkpoint will be clearly marked with emergency flashing lights as well as reflective signs. The safety of the public will be the primary concern of State Police personnel assigned to the checkpoint.

Lieutenant Erik Mullai, the Commanding Officer at Troop H, reminds motorists that Connecticut State Troopers are extremely vigilant in their DUI enforcement efforts and that the State Police will have extra State Troopers on duty to concentrate on DUI enforcement. In addition to this sobriety checkpoint, State Troopers will emphasize seat belt safety enforcement.

]]> (Connecticut State Police ) Public safety Wed, 22 May 2019 10:53:00 -0400
St. Mary School, Milford, Holds National Junior Honor Society Induction

St. Mary School Milford National Junior Honor Society Induction
Congratulations to the newest members of the St. Mary School Chapter of the NJHS. 
Welcome 2019 inductees Andrew Benjamin, Chase Bryant, Molly Ciuci, Danielle D'Avignon, Aida Ehlers, Griffin Fisher, Chloe Franke, John Gerrity, Fayrose Hussain, Marko Joksovic, Daniel Kron, Taylor LaFountain, Max Lula, Alexi Paranal, Maya Pinto, Derek Rainey, Michael Roney, Gabriela Santiago, Matthew Savo, Abigail Savoie, Peter Swanson, Timothy Swanson, William Swanson, Atiana Tandon, Andrew Tkacs, Margaret Wetmore, Leni Wisniewski and Amanda Zurulo. They join members Grace Baird, Brian Connolly, Shannon Crandley, Jensen Cretella, Megan Dzialo, John Paul Paiva, Matthew Piechota, and Pita Shields.
]]> (SMS Milford) Neighbors Wed, 22 May 2019 09:29:59 -0400
Precious Blood Parish, Milford Hosts Summer NAMI Program

NAMI Family to Family Class 

Precious Blood Parish in Milford is hosting a summer NAMI (Nat'l Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family class beginning June 3rd. It will be held on Mondays from 6:00- 8:30pm at St. Agnes Church (400 Merwin Ave. Milford).
This is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions.
Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. This will be the only summer class in Connecticut so don't delay in registering.
You can register online at or call the NAMI CT office at (860) 882-0236.
]]> (PBPMilford) Neighbors Wed, 22 May 2019 09:29:28 -0400
Milford Kiwanis Open House TONIGHT

MILFORD KIWANIS OPEN HOUSE tonight, Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Gusto Trattoria Italian Restaurant located at 255 Boston Post Road in Milford.

No Obligation No Pressure FREE Dinner Informational Evening
Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things in a Friendly Social Atmosphere 
Learn about Kiwanis 501(c)3 organization: and locally

]]> (Drod) Todays events Wed, 22 May 2019 09:27:04 -0400
Make Music Day Milford on Friday, June 21

Milford participates in global celebration of making music on the longest day of the year

Milford joins Make Music Day by filling our streets with music.  We encourage residents to sign up and find a corner to strum, drum or sing on Friday, June 21, 2019. A piano will be placed on the steps of City Hall and we encourage you to pop by and tickle the ivories, bring a bag lunch and enjoy the music in the parkette in front of City Hall. Stay tuned for more locations and follow us on Facebook at @MilfordCityHall for updates. Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year. Musical festivities in Milford are part of a global celebration of music making in over 750 cities inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique.

Milford invites everyone from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument to join in the global music celebration by signing up here and choosing your location.  Please contact Julie Nash at or call at 203-783-3230 for assistance.

“To fill our streets with music on the summer solstice will give an opportunity for friends, neighbors and others to come out and enjoy our community.  Milford is filled with phenomenal talent and I look forward to hearing and seeing it all,” said Mayor Blake.

Music has been shown to strengthen social connectivity, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stimulate memory, and is integral to a well-rounded, enjoyable life. By participating in Make Music Day, Milford encourages every form of music making.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members and partners from coast to coast, including Milford will open their doors, joining in their communities’ celebrations of Make Music Day. June 21 is the perfect day to stop in to a local music store for some gear or to go out and play – whether it’s for the first time or the thousandth. Stay tuned for lots of updates on the where and when in Milford.

]]> (Julie Nash) Events Mon, 20 May 2019 13:12:45 -0400
Walnut Beach Farmers Market Opens June 20

As we enter June and summertime with it comes the wonderful season of farmers markets in Milford. The vibrant market down at Walnut Beach is held every Thursday afternoon from 4 until 7 p.m. There are over 20 vendors bringing delicious foods and farm-fresh products along with eggs, handcrafted items, jewelry, fresh honey, and much more.

The farmers market is held rain or shine under the pavillion. There is live music every week along with many kids games, face painting, activities, and cornhole. Look for the special market mermaid poster to color and turn in at The farmers market is sponsored by the Walnut Beach Arts & Business Association.


]]> (Market Master) Places Mon, 20 May 2019 09:00:27 -0400
Fairfield University Celebrates Class of 2019 Achievements at 69th Commencement Ceremonies

Family, friends, faculty, trustees and administrators gathered on Fairfield University’s picturesque Bellarmine lawn overlooking the Long Island Sound, the backdrop for the University’s 2019 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19. Fairfield University awarded 952 Bachelor's degrees, 340 Master's degrees, 25 Sixth-Year Certificates, and 33 Doctorates.

Chris Lowney, co-founder of Jesuit Commons, and vice-chair of the board of common spirit Health, was a recipient of a Doctor of Laws honorary degree and the undergraduate speaker. Lowney inspired graduates to model cura personalis, or care of the whole person, a Jesuit value instilled in them at Fairfield, and pointed to how their Jesuit education offers an advantage in navigating a complex world. “Fairfield has equipped you to discern the way forward, both for your own lives, in our companies, and for our confused society.” 

Lowney urged graduates to seize “leadership opportunity” every day and consider how they will influence others—by their example of how they treat the marginalized, whether they strive to use their talents well, and whether they behave with integrity. He challenged the class of 2019 to transform themselves, constantly, in a complex and ambiguous world. “We all have to keep asking ourselves: ‘Who should I be in this world? What should I be doing? And what is worth doing and having?’ You will answer such questions well if you remind yourself every day that life has given you an opportunity to point out the way and have influence in a world that badly needs leadership from principled women and men.”

William Atwell, P’08 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Lawsdegree during the undergraduate commencement ceremony.As a member and chair of Fairfield’s Board of Trustees, Atwell has served the Fairfield University community for more than 12 years. He is currently managing director of Atwell Partners, LLC, a financial consulting firm, following his retirement as president of Cigna International. Marna Borgstrom also received a Doctor of Laws degree.Borgstrom ispresident and CEO of Yale New Haven Health System and Yale New Haven Hospital. In 2017, Modern Healthcare named Borgstrom among the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” 

Elisa Castelli was awarded the Undergraduate Loyola Medal for her commitment to high academic standards and community service.

Lisa Angell was the class of 2019 undergraduate commencement speaker. Her speech echoed the theme of cura personalisand Fairfield’s mission of educating the whole person, body, mind and spirit in the Jesuit tradition. “We view the world differently now because of the core curriculum.” She added, “By gaining perspective across every subject, we can connect the arts, literature, history, sociology, communication, business, math, science, religion and yes, even philosophy.”

At the graduate ceremony, Bill Shore, founder of Share Our Strength and former Congressional appointee to the National Commission on Hunger, received a Doctor of Laws degree and was the graduate commencement speaker. Shore spoke about sharing one’s strengths, bearing witness, and personal transformation in the context of social change. “Bearing witness makes us complicit. What we’ve seen can’t be unseen—and we are left with a profound choice: do something or do nothing.” Shore cautioned that, “the time we’re allotted to solve problems is limited and precious. Don’t wait until the mortgage is paid, or until you get the promotion, or until it stops raining.” 

Hector M. Sanchez, the principal of Cesar Batalla School in Bridgeport, Conn., also received a Doctor of Laws degree at the graduate commencement exercises. Sanchez has made it a priority to forge a relationship with Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, and the Center for Faith and Public Life. The Student Teacher Empowerment Partnership (STEP) has grown from this collaboration, focusing on improving literacy among Bridgeport school children, while providing learning opportunities for aspiring teachers in the University’s graduate teaching program. 

The Graduate Loyola Medal was awarded to Kacper Laska ‘18, M’19, who received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Laska, who plans to pursue a career in the engineering fields of robotics and prosthetics, designated the $1,000 Loyola Medal monetary award to the school’s 3D Printing Club, which he helped to found.

In concluding remarks, Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD asked graduates to “carry forward the Ignatian tradition of the magis, seeking more from yourselves from your colleagues and from the world.” 

]]> (Susan Cipollaro) Neighbors Mon, 20 May 2019 08:58:11 -0400
Milford Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Milford).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
9/10 Fairfield Warde High School 1518 13% 90% 93%
9/10 Trumbull High School 2151 8% 90% 95%
8/10 Amity Regional High School 1486 4% 83% 96%
7/10 Joseph A. Foran High School 920 14% 81% 94%
5/10 Amistad Academy 1036 77% 83% 92%

For a full list of schools please go to

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:50 -0400
St. Mary School Milford Hosts Fundraiser at Jimmy's Apizza on May 22

St. Mary School Pizza Night at Jimmy's Apizza

Next Wednesday, May 22nd is the 3rd Annual Pizza Night for St. Mary School!
St. Mary School students will be voting this week on what this year's "SMS Jaguar Pizza" will be - come down on the 22nd to find out what the winning pizza is!

The patio is open, there will be raffles, good food, families dining together AND a portion of the night's sales will be donated back to the school! Spread the word to your family & friends and plan on pizza - whether you dine in or take out from 3pm-9pm! Jimmy's Apizza is located at 315 New Haven Avenue in Milford.

]]> (SMS Milford) Charities Fri, 17 May 2019 10:53:13 -0400