Milford's HamletHub Tue, 02 Mar 2021 20:25:28 -0500 Black Rock Social House: Soft Opening Weekend

Black Rock Social House is thrilled to introduce its new gastropub and gathering place to Black Rock’s historic neighborhood.

You are invited to a very special Friends & Family soft opening event.


The evening will also serve as a rehearsal service for our amazing staff.

$25 person. Gratuity not included.


  • 4- course dinner
  • Complimentary beer, wine, or cocktail (cash bar also available)
  • We invite you to make your reservation for your table of 2-4 people or for a single seat at the bar.
]]> (Black Rock Social House) Places Tue, 02 Mar 2021 03:59:07 -0500
Downtown Milford Business Association Honors 2020 Awardees

The Downtown Milford Business Association announced the annual winners of the DMBA Awards, which honors small business owners and members of the Milford community to celebrate their unique milestones and exemplary service to the city.

This year’s winners include:

- Buddy Prete of Ultimate Interiors, who received the DMBA Downtown Milford Champion Award for his outstanding commitment to his community. Mr. Prete has been a part of the DMBA for many years, during which he has offered guidance, shown leadership, fostered beneficial relationships, given freely of his time to help in any way. Mr. Prete is also apart of many other organizations and is well-known for tirelessly working to make Milford a better place.

- Amir and Michelle Lebel of The Corner Brunch, who received a DMBA Award for 20 Years in Business. Over the years, The Corner Brunch has accumulated a list of accolades, including Top 19 Brunch in the country by Travel & Leisure, and Best Brunch in CT in People. On top of helping to draw a spotlight on Downtown Milford through their publicity, the Lebels have donated tons of meals to frontline workers during the pandemic, are committed to community growth, and put their hearts in everything they do.

- Barry and Rosemary Gordon from The Gilded Lily Gallery, who received a DMBA Award for 20 Years in Business. The Gilded Lily Gallery is renowned for its unique collection of both local and international art and is a champion of supporting local artists. Ms.Gordon is well-known for her multimedia works across a variety of mediums, and Mr. Gordon is a talented photographer whose work also hangs in the Gallery. In 2020, Mayor Blake programed September 23rd Guilded Lilly Gallery Day in the City of Milford. The Gilded Lily Gallery attracts visitors from around the state and beyond and is a beloved fixture of the Downtown Milford landscape.

- Gary Johnson of the Unity Way of Milford, who received a DMBA Community Service Award. Mr. Johnson has served the United Way of Milford for 43 years as President and CEO. Over the years, he has worked tirelessly to get help to those in need, providing a much-needed safety net to many members of the Milford community. As such, Mr.Johnson’s efforts have had a profound effect on the lives of many.

- Paige Miglio, Executive Director of the Milford Arts Council, received a DMBA Community Service Award. Ms. Miglio has been the ED of the MAC since 2013, during which time she paved the way for an artistic renaissance in the Milford Community, supporting local artists, bringing culture and entertainment to the Downtown landscape, and proving that the arts are an integral part of our vibrant community. A talented artist herself, Ms. Miglio has worked tirelessly to make the MAC both a household name and a pivotal part of our city.

In non-pandemic years, the DMBA Awards are given at an in-person ceremony. This year, the awards were given out individually. To see the awards being given out, go to

]]> (Downtown Milford Business Association) Neighbors Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:21:02 -0500
City of Milford Announces Employee of the Month

CONGRATULATIONS to Marianne Klinga

Treasurer/Payroll Administrator with the City’s Finance Department for being selected as Employee of the Month for February 2021.

As the recipient of the award for the Mayor’s Employee of the Month Program, please join us in extending a warm congratulation to Marianne in receiving this recognition. After a review of all of the nominations, the Selection Committee unanimously chose her as the winner for her teamwork, strong leadership, dedicated service, outstanding work ethic, and willingness to always go above and beyond expectation.

Marianne began her employment on April 27, 2015, with the Health Department as Administrative Assistant. On February 20, 2017, she was promoted to the position of Tax Collector and received her CT Tax Collector’s Certificate during the spring of 2017. Marianne became Acting Treasurer in January 2019, and on December 16, 2019, she was promoted to the position of Treasurer/Payroll Administrator.

Marianne has a vast array of responsibilities, some of which are maintaining the city’s banking accounts, investment accounts, bond projects, financial transactions, and overseeing all aspects regarding the city payroll system in accordance with the appropriate Federal, State, and Local laws and appropriate union contracts.

Marianne became Acting Treasurer while the city was in the throes of integrating the Munis HRIS/Payroll conversion. Marianne didn’t miss a beat and leaped right into the project. Her sense of calm carried through the countless hours helping to build and test the system. Her expertise navigating Excel proved to be invaluable due to the amount of data that needed to be checked and triple checked before moving it into the new system.

Marianne is always willing to assist her fellow colleagues and does so with a very pleasant demeanor. Her kind, friendly and approachable manner is greatly appreciated by all. These are just a few of the many reasons the Mayor extends his sincere congratulations and appreciation to Marianne for the outstanding attributes she exhibits as Employees of the Month.

Again, congratulations to Marianne!

]]> (City of Milford) Neighbors Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:11:56 -0500
Christ Presbyterian Church in Milford Hosts First Anniversary Celebration on Saturday!

Christ Presbyterian Church, Milford is hosting a First Anniversary Celebration and invites singles, couples, families and kids to join in a brief ribbon-cutting-type ceremony this Saturday!

Careful protocols determined by the health department will be followed (please wear a mask if you wish to participate).  Because of the pandemic there can't be an in-person reception, so they will send participants home with individually packaged hot cocoa packets & cookies to go!

Scheduled to begin Saturday, February 27, from 2:00-2:15pm at the Fowler Rotary Pavilion (behind the Milford Public Library at 1 Shipyard Ln., Milford.

Christ Presbyterian Church, Milford is a new, local church whose mission is to create community, provide stability, bring reconciliation, and love our city well.

For more information, visit or


]]> (Curran Bishop) Events Wed, 24 Feb 2021 07:40:39 -0500
Early Monring Accident Today in Milford Results in Fatality of 36 Year Old

On February 22, 2021 at approximately 6:30 AM, Milford Police responded to the intersection of E Broadway and Surf Ave on the report of a motor vehicle accident. A preliminary investigation conducted by the Milford Police Traffic Division revealed that Vehicle #1 was traveling eastbound on E Broadway and struck Vehicle #2 which was parked, unoccupied on E Broadway.

The operator and sole occupant of Vehicle #1 sustained life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported by the Milford Fire Department to Bridgeport Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The operator was identified as Mark Thibault, a 36 year old male, of Milford.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Milford Police Traffic Division at 203-785-4764. The investigation is still ongoing and E Broadway between Seaside Ave and Surf Ave remains closed. Please avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

]]> (Milford Police) Public safety Mon, 22 Feb 2021 07:36:46 -0500
Milford Police Arrest Hamden Man for Possession of an Assault Weapon, High Capacity Magazine

On February 4, 2021, at 10 Rowe Ave, Red Roof Inn, Milford Police officer Hilliard of the Milford Police Department assisted the CT Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit in locating Tijun Mims, 26, of Hamden, who was wanted by DOC for absconding from parole.

During the course of this investigation, Mims was found to be in possession of an assault rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, and four high-capacity magazines.

Milford Police detectives obtained a search warrant to seize the firearms and an arrest warrant for Mims. The arrest warrant was served on February 18, 2020, while Mims was in custody at New Haven Correctional Center.

Mims was charged with:

  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of an Assault Weapon
  • Possession of a High Capacity Magazine (4 Counts)

Mims was held on a $150,000 bond in the custody of CT DOC until his arraignment on February 18, 2021.

]]> (Milford Police) Public safety Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:03:48 -0500
CT Musicians join International Artists For WhyHunger!

An estimated 24,000 new songs get released every day. Yet no artist or label has conceived the album-length single before, where one song and theme is reimagined multiple times as a cohesive collaborative release.

CT-based label, Highest Frequency Records has announced the March 5, 2021 release of a collaborative album-length single bringing together artists from Diné Tribe, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica and US artists from New Haven, CT to Brooklyn NY for Light Warriors’ third release, “Book of One”. “It’s as much audio essays on oneness as it is a unified musical statement from international artists calling for oneness,” said label Founder, Erik Rabasca. Local band members reside in New Haven, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport.

Originally released on Juneteenth 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s death and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, all proceeds of the Bandcamp-only single “One” by genre-blending band Light Warriors were donated to NAACP Legal Defense Fund and The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. The original Juneteenth version of “One” has since been remixed and reworked, kicking off nine versions on “Book of One” by guest artists Lyla June Johnston (Diné Tribe), Kwadjo Spiri (Ghana), David Culture aka Ruff Scott of Easy Star All Stars (Jamaica), Sydney Salmon (Ethiopia), Shane Digital (Brooklyn), Mistaish (Brooklyn), Stenny Sten (Connecticut, US) and Light Warriors (Connecticut, US) band members Steven Jean Baptiste (drums) and Kris Brewer (Saxophones). Covering a range of styles from hip-hop, reggae and funk to trap, dub, dance and improvisation, these are not remixes but reconstructions sharing meditations on topics of unity, inter-spirituality, generational cycles, transformation and, yes, oneness. 

The story of how this innovative release transformed is rooted in long-standing relationships with multiple artists touring and recording together through a Brooklyn collective to newer relationships established during a delegation to Ethiopia for interspiritual harmony and, more recently, the organic formation of this latest incarnation of Light Warriors via a local Connecticut musical community. The unifying trait among all artists and musicians is service... to music, to the collective good and, additionally, to non-profit organizations. Proceeds from sales on Bandcamp of the March 5 release will be donated to WhyHunger, the non-profit founded by Harry Chapin whose mission states “nutritious food is a human right.”

“The Book of One” story is best told in its lyrics and music. Pre-buy on Bandcamp to donate to WhyHunger here:  Light Warriors - Book of One.

WhyHunger is a non-profit organization working to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

To learn more about Light Warriors, check out their EPK.

]]> (Jacque Roche) Neighbors Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:37:53 -0500
Panel Discussion on Feb. 22 Celebrates Black History Month

This February, community colleges in our area are working together to honor and celebrate Black History Month. Two colleges of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Shoreline-West region, Gateway Community College (GCC) and Housatonic Community College (HCC), are collaborating on an upcoming virtual panel honoring diversity, equity and inclusion.

The free event, entitled “Panel for Peace & Solidarity II: Moving America Forward”, will take place virtually on Monday, February 22nd from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Hosted by Gateway Community College’s Office of Student Activities, the discussion aims to inform and educate participants through insightful conversation and listening. Panelists will share their perspectives on how we can all help to “move America forward”.

Panelists include:

Dr. William T. Brown:  Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Community College

Dr. Jane Gates - Interim President, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Dr. Dwayne Smith - Chief Executive Officer, Housatonic Community College

Dr. Ann-Marie Jones:  Program Coordinator, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Gateway Community College

Deja Scott:  Social Justice and Safe Zone Educator, Facilitator, Consultant

                     Social Justice Teacher, Hyde Leadership Charter School, Bronx, NY

Dr. Colena Sesanker:  Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gateway Community College

Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents for Higher Education

Alfred Guante, Director of Gateway’s Office of Student Activities, anticipates attendees will gain a deeper understanding and will be given a chance to participate by asking questions of their own.

“They will gain insight on how these accomplished panelists think and will have the opportunity to ask questions as well. Part of moving forward begins with the ability to listen, to learn from each other and use the information acquired to spread awareness that can begin the process of truly understanding how actions affect an individual, a group, a country and even the world,” Guante explained.

The panel discussion, which can be seen by visiting or via GCC’s Facebook page at, is one of several community college events held throughout the month of February to honor Black History Month.

“It is our honor to recognize and commemorate the extraordinary history and great contributions African Americans have had on our culture,” said Dr. Thomas G. Coley, President of the Shoreline-West Region. “We invite the communities we serve to join our students, faculty, and staff as we celebrate Black History Month.”

For more information about the wide variety of Black History Month events going on at community colleges throughout our region, please visit:

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:17:11 -0500
Change to Milford Garbage and Recycling Pickup Due to Snowstorm

Due to the winter storm, the City of Milford announces a change to this week’s garbage/recycling pickup schedule.

Garbage and recycling pickup for Friday, February 19th has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 20th. Impacted residents are asked to place totes at the curb for pickup on Saturday. For any questions, please contact the Milford Department of Public Works: 203-783-3265.

As the City crews continue to clear the streets, the Alternate Side of the Street Parking Ban remains in effect until 8:00am, Saturday, February 20th. Off-street parking should be utilized whenever possible.

Residents are also reminded that they are responsible for shoveling snow and ice from their sidewalks and property, including fire hydrants.

Thank you for your patience as City plow crews clear our streets. Please be safe.

]]> (City of Milford) Neighbors Thu, 18 Feb 2021 09:12:36 -0500
Minute with the Milford Mayor: Scheduling Your COVID-19 Vaccination

In this week's Minute with the Mayor, Milford Mayor Ben Blake joins Health Director Deepa Joseph at Milford's COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to discuss ways to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Mayor Blake says about the vaccinations, "The demand is not keeping up with the supply."

In the video, Joseph offers some tips for scheduling your COVID vaccination appointment. In addition, Joseph says that Walmart in West Haven and New Haven will be opening up vaccination slots this week.

Learn more about the COVID vaccine here.

Call Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224, seven days a week from 8:00am to 8:00pm for scheduling at select sites.

Click here to learn how to schedule through VAMS.

Minute with the Mayor – COVID-19 Vaccine

]]> (HH) Life Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:53:44 -0500
Milford Police Update on Red Roof Inn Domestic Violence Incident

On Friday, February 12, 2021 at about 5:00 AM Milford Police were contacted by the medical staff at Bridgeport Hospital, Milford Campus, and advised of a male there that was suffering from a laceration that was serious but not life-threatening.

An initial investigation by police found the injury happened at the Red Roof Inn, 10 Rowe Ave, during a possible domestic violence incident between the injured male and a female he was staying at the motel with.

The male was arrested for violating an active State of Connecticut protective order, protecting the female.

This possible domestic violence incident, concerning the male’s suspicious injury, is still being investigated by detectives.

]]> (Milford Police) Public safety Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:11:18 -0500
City of Milford Declares Snow Emergency Due to Impending Storm

In anticipation of the pending snowstorm, the City of Milford has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY

ALTERNATE SIDE OF THE STREET PARKING WILL BE IN EFFECT BEGINNING AT 8:00 am Thursday, February 18th, 2021 through 8:00 am Saturday, February 20th, 2021.

Vehicles parked on City roads should be parked on the even-number side of the street from Thursday, February 18th until 8:00 am Friday, February 19th. On Friday, February 19th, vehicles should be moved to the odd number side of the street. This alternate side of the street parking ban will be lifted at 8:00 am, Saturday, February 20th.

This ban will allow plows to keep roads passable and accessible to emergency vehicles. [OFF STREET PARKING SHOULD BE UTILIZED WHERE POSSIBLE.] Also, residents are reminded that they are responsible for shoveling snow and ice from their sidewalks and property.


]]> (City of Milford) Places Wed, 17 Feb 2021 07:41:30 -0500
WSHU General Manager George Lombardi Retires

George J. Lombardi, long-time general manager of WSHU Public Radio, based in Fairfield Connecticut and owned by Sacred Heart University, has retired, ending his 44-year tenure with the station. He has been succeeded by A. Rima Dael, a development and management executive with over 25 years of experience with nonprofit organizations in the public media, arts and education sectors.

“The WSHU of today is the station that George built, and Sacred Heart University is deeply grateful for his contributions to the university and to the community at large,” said Michael Iannazzi, vice president for marketing & communication and chief of staff at SHU. “We are thrilled to have identified an extremely worthy and capable replacement in Rima. She is a leader who has already demonstrated her commitment to WSHU’s mission and will usher the station towards a vibrant future.”

George was first hired to serve as a part-time radio engineer at WSHU. But as his interest grew, so did his singular vision. Under George’s leadership, the station evolved from a student-run radio station into an NPR member station with an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning regional news team and a steadfast commitment to classical music. What began as the single 91.1 FM frequency grew into an operation broadcasting on 13 frequencies and serving listeners in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, the entire Connecticut shoreline, Suffolk County on Long Island and beyond. Thanks to WSHU’s nationally syndicated classical music program, Sunday Baroque, and that award-winning sports journalist Frank Deford recorded his weekly NPR commentaries at WSHU’s studios for many years, WSHU has become visible to listeners throughout the country.

In recognition of his contributions, Sacred Heart University dedicated the soaring entrance space of the new WSHU Broadcast Center as the George J. Lombardi Lobby. George looks forward to spending his retirement in Maryland with his wife Patricia, their daughters, Karen and Sarah, and three grandchildren.

Dael joined WSHU Public Radio as station manager in September 2019. Prior to that, she was the executive director of development & major gifts at New England Public Radio, where she was an integral part of the team negotiating the strategic alliance between WGBH TV and New England Public Radio. She also served as the executive director of Country Dance & Song Society, an international arts service organization for North American traditional dance, music and song, during their successful Centennial Celebration and Spread the Joy campaign. She was a founding faculty member of the Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy graduate program at Bay Path University.

“I am both honored and exhilarated by the opportunity to lead the station,” Dael said. “Over the past 16 months, I have worked together with the WSHU team to weather the COVID-19 pandemic—one of the biggest challenges the station has faced. It is clear to me that WSHU has an extremely dedicated staff and an unshakable commitment to serving the community with the best content available. I am convinced that WSHU’s future is bright indeed.” 

In her new role, Dael will continue to build WSHU's infrastructure to meet the station’s strategic goals; focus on revenue generation and sustainability; and envision a relevant 21st-century radio station committed to sharing the stories of our local communities, the region and the world.

Originally from the Philippines, Dael spent her early years in Old Greenwich, CT, and in several Southeast Asian countries. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and theatre arts from Mt. Holyoke College. Her master’s degree is in nonprofit management from the Milano School of Management & Urban Policy at the New School University where she was a Community Development Finance Fellow. Dael currently lives in West Hartford, CT.

]]> (WSHU) Neighbors Tue, 16 Feb 2021 07:01:10 -0500
New Haven University Community Mourns the Passing of Joshua Goodart '21

Joshua Goodart '21, a cybersecurity and networks major at the University of New Haven, died on February 6 due to complications from COVID-19, according to a University of New Haven news release.  Goodart, 22, was a resident of Oxford, CT.

Joshua's obituary states, "A beautiful soul inside and out Joshua, will be remembered by his family and friends for his remarkable smile, infectious laugh, his eagerness to try new things and his resilience."

According to the University, the Undergraduate Student Government Association will host a physically distanced candlelight vigil on Friday, Feb. 12, that will be streamed online, and the University will award his degree posthumously at Spring Commencement.

Joshua's adviser Liberty Page said he was passionate about his major, describing him as a "hardworking, sincerely nice, and happy person. He never had a complaint and was nothing but positive. I am thinking of his smile, how cheerful he was, and how excited he was about his future."

Arrangements are courtesy of Carpino Funeral Home in Southbury. Read the complete obituary here.

*Image courtesy Carpino Funeral Home

]]> (University of New Haven) Neighbors Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:18:42 -0500
Woodbridge High School Student Creates Luminaria Event to Commemorate the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic

“Woodbridge Together Luminaria Event and COVID-19 Relief Fundraiser”

Christina (Tina) Burland, a junior at Amity Regional High School, has created an event to bring the Woodbridge community together in a positive way to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the pandemic and to help Woodbridge families who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Tina has created an initiative called “Woodbridge Together” to implement ways to unite the community and has enlisted the help of volunteers and supporters throughout Woodbridge to sell luminaria consisting of a paper bag with a battery-operated candle for an upcoming community-wide event. All profits from the luminaria sales will go to a GoFundMe campaign she started to help fund the Woodbridge Rotary Club’s COVID Relief Fund. Here is the link to Tina’s GoFundMe page for her fundraiser

On Saturday, March 13th at 6:00 pm (rain date of Sunday, March 14th at 7:00 pm), Tina’s goal is to create a town-wide event where residents will light their luminaria at their homes and businesses to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the pandemic as a way to remember those who have been affected and to turn this date into something hopeful and uniting for the community. She is currently working with the town to use the Town Green to spell out the words “WOODBRIDGE TOGETHER” with hundreds of luminaria and to display more in other public spaces. Tina’s plan is to live stream the event on Facebook and Instagram so that everyone in the town of Woodbridge can participate from their homes.

Tina is encouraging participants to write on the luminaria bags words like “Woodbridge Together,” an inspirational message or the name of a loved one who has been affected or lost during this pandemic. 

Tina says, “The idea is to use the luminaria as a visual symbol to foster a sense of community and coming together during this time of social distancing. It would be great to see some of the luminaria displayed in public spaces and I would love to see the words 'WOODBRIDGE TOGETHER' spelled out that evening with hundreds of luminarias to create that sense of community and support for one another.”

Tina is donating 10 luminaria to the Woodbridge Police Department and 10 to the Fire Department as a way to say thank you to first responders for their help and service to the community during the pandemic and as a way to recognize them for their tireless efforts.

She is selling the luminaria in two kit sizes. The “Together” kit consists of 8 luminarias for $10, and the “Woodbridge Together” kit consists of 18 luminarias for $20. These can be ordered from her website with this link and Tina and her volunteers will even deliver the luminaria kits to homes and businesses within the Woodbridge area. Additionally, Tina has created sponsorship opportunities for local businesses who want to further support this town-wide effort. 

Tina has set up a Facebook page, Instagram page and website called “Woodbridge Together” to help spread the word to the community and where Woodbridge residents can track the progress of the fundraiser and post photos of their luminaria to help foster community. Here are the links to those pages:




Tina developed the idea for Woodbridge Together last fall when she started a holiday card program for seniors at The Willows. She engaged the community with the help of Mr. Werthmann from the Woodbridge Library and her church to write holiday cards for seniors, many of whom were not be able to see their families for the holidays. She was able to collect 112 cards for the residents to help them celebrate the holiday season.

As Tina says, “I have lived in Woodbridge my entire life and I have loved the experiences I have had in this town. There have been so many people affected by the pandemic so I want to create a stronger sense of community even during this time of social distancing.  I started Woodbridge Together to show how we can support one another. This luminaria event is a visual representation of our coming together as a community, neighbor supporting neighbor and our hope for healing.”


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