Stratford's HamletHub Fri, 25 May 2018 10:18:15 -0400 Winter Weather Advisory this afternoon through tomorrow morning

Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for area from 3pm today, Tuesday, March 3, until 10am tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4.

Snow and freezing rain are said to impact Northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, northern Westchester, and southern Connecticut. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected.

Snow will develop late this afternoon and then mix with sleet and freezing rain tonight before a change to freezing rain late tonight.

Snow covered with ice will make traveling difficult. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility.

]]> (National Weather Service) Life Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:59:56 -0500
Putney Players

The Putney Players performances are a summer tradition here in Stratford. They produce high-quality plays with superb acting craftmanship that are free and open to public. This year's play is Anton Chekov's "The Seagull."

Performances begin July 11, 2014 and end August 1, 2014. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.

Bring your friends, something to munch on, and a bottle of wine, chairs and/or blankets and enjoy.

Their website is:

We hope to see you there!

]]> (AngelaC) Events Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:52:00 -0400
Stratford: Street-by-Street

Which street do you live on in Stratford?  What makes it unique, different?  What points of interest do you have on your street?  Do you live on a street like Main Street which goes from the bottom to the top in Stratford or do you live on a street where you are the only house or one of two houses?  Do you live near a park or school?

Tell us about your street.

]]> (AngelaC) Neighbors Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:31:38 -0400
QuickBooks Seminars Offered on Milford Green

Dressler Santaus, bookkeeping service provider and QuickBooks ProAdvisor trainer, is hosting the following business seminars as part of a six seminar series:

QuickBooks Fundamentals 101: Chart of Accounts, Company Setup and Navigation on Thursday, July 24, 2014 offers instruction on how to get started and properly set up QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Fundamentals 102: Working with Lists on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 teaches how properly set up and manage your customers, vendors, items and services lists.

QuickBooks Fundamentals 103: Using QuickBooks Simply on Thursday, August 7, 2014 shows how to create useful financial reports just by entering checks, recording deposits, and reconciling your bank statement.

All seminars are taught at Dressler Santaus offices on the Milford Green (155 N. Broad) from 9-11am. Cost is $30 per person per seminar. For seminar details, visit To register, email or call (203) 951-6214.

]]> (Jocelyn Murray) Events Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:10:38 -0400
"Publishing 101" at the Stratford Library

The Stratford Library Reference Department will present "Publishing 101", a how-to for potential authors on Wednesday, July 16 from 6:30-8 pm. The program, hosted by Editorial Director Deb Werksman, is free and open to the public.

The Library program will reveal how a novel is acquired by a publisher, what a publisher does for an author and much more. Deb Werksman has been with Sourcebooks, a large independent publisher, for the past sixteen years before which she had her own publishing company. She is the editorial director of romance fiction and acquires single title romance in all subgenres, as well as historical and women's fiction. Sourcebooks publishes 8-10 romance titles per month in both print and ebook formats. It is the country's largest woman-owned independent publishing house known for their sales and marketing, as well as their focus on building authors' careers.

"Publishing 101" will be held in the air-conditioned Lovell Room of the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Connecticut on Wednesday, July 16 starting at 6:30 pm. For further information, call the Library Adult Services Department at 203.385.4161 or visit:

]]> (Stratford Library) Events Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:07:01 -0400
Connecticut Police Chiefs Issue Press Release On Fireworks Dangers

The 4th of July season is upon us and public safety officials caution the general population against the dangers of fireworks. Each year nationwide, on average, there are 10,000 injuries, 3 deaths and 25,000 fires due to the use of illegal fireworks. Don't become a statistic!

The only personal-use fireworks permitted by law in Connecticut are sparklers and fountains.

Illegal device to use, store or sell in Connecticut:

Bottle rockets, Chinese Lanterns, firecrackers, black cats, lady fingers, roman candles, smoke bombs, party poppers, snakes, professional display aerial shells shot from mortar tubes without a permit from the State Fire Marshal, M-80's, M-100's, Cherry Bombs, Blockbusters, Quarter Sticks and similar devices.

Illegal possession of explosives is a felony! Purchasing and transporting explosives across state lines is a crime!

Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshals along with others in the Public Safety community urge you to enjoy your 4th of July season by taking your friends and families to a legal, licensed, and permitted public fireworks display—and leave it to the professionals!

It's safer, it's legal and it's a lot more fun!

]]> (Connecticut Police Chiefs Association) Neighbors Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:51:37 -0400
Boys & Girls Village Hosts 39th Annual Dan & Yolanda Adley Memorial Golf Tournament

Tournament raises over $54,000 for programs that benefit Connecticut's most vulnerable children and families

Milford, Conn. – June 30, 2014 – On June 2, more than 140 golfers gathered for Boys & Girls Village's Annual Dan & Yolanda Adley Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted at Race Brook Country Club in Orange. Supported by lead sponsors BIC, KDSA Consulting LLC, PEZ, Integrated Security Group and Brandfon Honda, 2014's tournament marked the 39th year of good sports getting together to raise money for Boys & Girls Village.

While the field included many talented golfers, at the close of the tournament it was the foursome of Robert Kroepel, Paul Schatz, Brian Tubby and Ronald LoRicco who ultimately won with a score of 52.9.

Other stellar performers included Jeff Matchett who won men's "closest to the line" on the 13th hole, Dawn Mortimer who won women's "closest to the line" on the 13th hole, and Scott Batz who took home the prize for "longest drive" on the 18th hole.

The "Rally for the Children" Pro-Am Tennis Tournament was also held in conjunction with the golf tournament, with proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Village. Francesca LoRicco served as Chair of the tennis tournament.

Following the tournament, over 180 golfers, tennis players and guests enjoyed raffle prizes, a silent auction and dinner hosted by Emcee Mark Sudol, Sports and News Anchor at News12 Connecticut. The event was a tremendous success, raising more than $54,000 for Boys & Girls Village.

"We are incredibly grateful for the generosity that our golfers, sponsors, and supporters show Boys & Girls Village year after year," said Dr. Steven Kant, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Village. "The Dan & Yolanda Adley Memorial Golf Tournament not only gives us a chance to spend a fun day together, it also brings in funds vital to supporting our work on behalf of Connecticut's most at-risk kids. We couldn't do this important work without the support of our friends."

About Boys & Girls Village:

Helping children and their families gain a full life has been the goal at Boys & Girls Village for 72 years. Boys & Girls Village gives some of Connecticut's most vulnerable children and families the opportunity to heal, learn and grow.

With operations in Milford and Bridgeport, Boys & Girls Village provides comprehensive care through its array of behavioral health, educational and family programs for children and adolescents at-risk. Their programs provide youth with evidence-based clinical treatment programs, a K to 10th grade school, family based in-home and outpatient treatment services, therapeutic foster care, a residential program for youth with problem sexual behavior, a live-in alternative to a hospital unit and community outreach support.

Clients come from 50 different communities in Connecticut, with the majority residing in Fairfield and New Haven counties. The children and adolescents who become part of the Boys & Girls Village family range in age from 3-18 years old and are cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals including child psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff and a highly trained and dedicated group of paraprofessionals. Learn more at

]]> (Boys and Girls Village) Charities Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:48:47 -0400
CT State Police Patrol State Roads July 4th Weekend

CT State Police will be patrolling  state roads July 4th weekend

The July 4th holiday weekend is upon us, with families and friends expected to travel in and through our state for outings, picnics and other summer festivities. Often, these social activities include an increase in alcohol consumption. ONE drunk driver on the road can turn a festive, enjoyable summer event into a tragedy.

The Connecticut State Police will be on patrol for the July 4th Holiday weekend with an increased number of troopers patrolling the highways and roads of our state. Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) will be in effect, starting July 3rd and running through midnight July 7th.

Troopers will use all tools in the toolbox to enhance safety and enforce the laws across the state. Lasar speed measuring units will be utilized to enforce speed on highways and secondary roads. Troopers will be strategically placed to reduce speeds on the highways and roadways during the holiday period.

In addition, Connecticut State Troopers will operate sobriety checkpoints in numerous locations in Connecticut. Sites for concentrated enforcement operations will be chosen where troopers experience a high number of alcohol-involved crashes and incidents.

On July 4, 5 and 6, there will be roving patrols on Interstates 84 and 91 in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester and Windsor. On July 7 there will be roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints along interstates 84 and 91 in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester and Windsor.

On July 3 and July 4, there will be roving patrols along Interstate 84 and routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190 and 195 in Ashford, Ellington, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union and Willington. There is a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint scheduled along Route 83 near the Big Y Plaza in Ellington.

For a complete list of checkpoints please click HERE.

As always, the Connecticut State Police is doing everything possible to prevent accidents - especially fatal crashes – on Connecticut's roads and highways. Troopers will utilize (as appropriate) aircraft, laser units, andboth marked and unmarked State Police Patrol cars to enhance safety and to remove all drunk drivers from Connecticut's roads.

"Wear your seatbelt, it can save your life. Please remember that courtesy on the highway can be contagious," Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Commissioner Dr. Dora B. Schriro urges all Connecticut drivers. "Set the example by obeying all traffic laws, and drive the speed limits."

During July 4th weekend last year, Connecticut State Police issued the following number of summons: 2,491 for speeding; 65 DUI; and 534 seatbelt arrests. State Police investigated 370 motor vehicle crashes, 55 with injury, but no fatal crashes. Troopers also issued 5,737 tickets for other hazardous moving violations.

"Connecticut drivers can help State Troopers keep our highways safe by setting an example," Colonel Brian Meraviglia, Commander of the Connecticut State Police, said. "Drive the speed limit, don't drink alcohol and drive, and immediately report a suspected drunk drivers to police by calling 911, as this is a true emergency."

]]> (Lt. J. Paul Vance, PIO, CT State Police) Public safety Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:48:01 -0400
Upcoming Free Activities at Ridgefield Museum


The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield (not a far drive from Stratford), has some amazing FREE activities for kids this summer. Here's one. Please visit for a full lineup of events.

Aldrich Discovers: Earth Art Sculptures

Tuesday, July 8 · 2 pm to 4 pm
FREE for members and children under 18; FREE with the price of admission

Explore the Sculpture Garden at The Aldrich and collect flowers, rocks, plants, and other organic materials to create a temporary site-specific work inspired by artist Robert Smithson. Use different shapes, colors, and sizes to build a beautiful and natural work, and then capture it through photography.

For more information, contact Michelle Friedman at or203.438.4519, extension 146, during regular Museum hours


]]> (AngelaC) Events Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:23:27 -0400
Gov. Malloy Calls for a Crisis Summit with MTA and Metro-North to Discuss Recent "Walk Bridge" Failures

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today called for a crisis summit to be held in the coming days with the State of Connecticut, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metro-North to address the recent incidents that caused the failure of the New Haven Line's "Walk Bridge" in Norwalk.
"This is now the second major failure in two weeks, leaving thousands of passengers stranded and causing unacceptable delays. Let me be clear, this is outrageous. In speaking with MTA and Metro-North, my administration has stressed that every procedure, protocol and engineering solution must get the immediate attention of the most qualified team of experts. It is of the upmost importance that these operating, maintenance, alternative service and customer protocols be completely critiqued and that near term solutions be found to ensure reliable service for Connecticut commuters.
"It should be noted that these most recent failures punctuate the absolute necessity for replacing this 118 year old bridge - a central link to the entire Northeast Corridor.  We simply cannot afford peak service disruptions like this, which is why we have requested and are aggressively pursuing federal Resiliency funding for this exact purpose."
For more information, please visit Governor Malloy's website:
]]> (Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy) Public safety Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:48:54 -0400
Boughton-Lauretti Ticket Seek to Qualify for August Primary

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Team Boughton-Lauretti will turn in our petitions to get Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti on the August primary ballot for Lt. Governor.

Literally every single signature is important. If we turn in 8,189 valid signatures instead of 8,190, Team Boughton-Lauretti won't be on the ballot.

A one-person petition!

Below is a link to a handy do-it-yourself petition to collect at least one signature - your own!

Remember: You must be a registered Republican in Connecticut and the petitions are due to the Republican Registrar of Voters in your town by Tuesday, June 10th at 4pm.

Here's the petition, ready for you to sign

To download the petition, just click here, then print it out.

Sign your name in the signature column, print your first and last name legibly in the printed name column, and then write your birth date and street address so the registrar can validate your signature

Go to your local Town Hall to see the Republican Registrar of Voters; The Registrar must sign Part C to acknowledge you are a registered Republican

Go visit the Town Clerk and ask him or her to act as the Acknowledging Officer to certify the petitions in Part D

Return the completed petition to the Republican Registrar of Voters so they can complete Part E

You are done!

Thank you in advance,
~Team Boughton-Lauretti\

]]> (Team Boughton-Lauretti) Politics Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:36:00 -0400
In Memory, Miles Lewis Davis, Fomer Deacon and Councilman

Long time deacon of the First Baptist Church and former Second (now Third District) Councilman Miles Lewis Davis Jr. entered peaceful rest last week at the age of 76.  Davis survived by his wife of over 50 years, Shirley A. Neal Davis, and his children, Lewis Danrell, Davis, Pamela Davis and Paula 'Missy" Demery, his sister Virgina McCovery, five grandchildren, two godchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Davis was born in Henderson, North Carolina before moving to Bridgeport where he graduated from Bassick High School.  After his time in Bassick, Community service was a calling for Davis throughout his life when he first enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country before being honorably discharged.  Davis earned two graduate degrees in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Bridgeport and worked in finance and insurance for over three decades.  Davis called Stratford his home for the past 49 years where he became active in the First Baptist Church on Stratford Ave as a Sunday School teacher and eventually Deacon of the church. 

Davis was also active in public service, being elected to several terms as Councilman to the Second, now Third, district.  In lieu of flowers, family and friends are requesting donations and support to the American Lung Association.  Donations in Deacon Davis's honor can be made online at or at 1-800-LUNGUSA (586-4872).

]]> (Dave Fuller) Politics Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:33:33 -0400
One Dollar Movie Days Offered at Regal 14 in Stratford

Finding ways to entertain the kids and the entire family during the dog days of summer can be a real chore, and an expensive propostion that daunts moms, dads, grandparents and babysitters.  Stratford's Regal 14 Stadium cinemas and the Will Rogers Foundation are teaming up for the Summer Movie Express provide fun and very affordable family events at the movie theater.

The matinee doubleheaders start at 10 am Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting on June 24th and ending on August 20th.  Admissions are only one dollar per ticket.  A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Will Rogers Foundation, and tickets can be purchased at the theater box office.  

The Summer Movie Express schedule:
Week 1 - Tue June 24 & Wed June 25 - Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs 2
Week 2 - Tue July 1 & Wed July 2 - Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, The Pirates: Band of Misfits
Week 3 - Tue July 8 & Wed July 9 - Arthur Christmas, Despicable Me 2
Week 4 - Tue July 15 & Wed July 16 – Lego, Free Birds
Week 5 - Tue July 22 & Wed July 23 - Adventures of Tintin, Rise of the Guardians
Week 6 - Tue July 29 & Wed July 30 - Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3
Week 7 - Tue August 5 & Wed August 6 The Croods, Epic
Week 8 - Tue August 12 & Wed August 13 – Turbo, Walking With Dinosaurs
Week 9 - Tue August 19 & Wed August 20 - Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Rio 2

]]> (Dave Fuller) Charities Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:16:07 -0400
Stratford and Milford Fire Departments Respond to Boat Fire

Stratford, Milford and Bridgeport marine based firefighter units responded to a blaze aboard a fishing boat on the mouth of the Housatonic River that borders Stratford and Milford Saturday, June 7th, just before noon time.  Units from the U.S. Coast Guard also assisted in responding to the boat fire.

The fishing vessel was reported to be fully ablaze and was a 45 foot long commercial fishing vessel.  Four people aboard the board were being treated for burn and smoke injuries, and one person was being treated for serious third degree burns.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Additional boaters aided the rescues in rescuing passengers aboard the fishing boat.  One commercial boat also aided in providing fire suppression.  The Coast Guard has taken the badly burnt boat out of the water.

Photo courtesy of the Stratford Local IAFF 998, the fire union that represents the Stratford Firefighters 


]]> (Dave Fuller) Public safety Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:00:47 -0400
Stratford Historical Society Awards 5 Scholarships

Five high school students in town have been awarded $2,000 in scholarships from the Stratford Historical Society, located at the historic Captain David Judson House this past week.  The scholarship committee awarded a total or $10,000 in scholarships based on several criteria that included an essay on the student's interest in history, civics and social studies in Stratford, an excellent grade point average and written recommendations form teachers, mentors and friends.  All students must have resided in Stratford, but could have attended public or private schools inside or outside of town. 

Two Stratford High Red Devils, Rachel Santo and Rebecca Simon won the awards, as well as two Bunnell Bulldogs, Bridget Frouge and Craig Pallegrino, and Carolyn Drenkard who attended Trumbull High School.  The scholarships are meant to help the students in their pursuit of higher education and inspire them to continue to learn history and civics. 

The Stratford Historical Society is based at the Captain David Johnson House at Academy Hill.  9 generations of Judsons lived at the house until the 1880s.  The Judsons were one of Stratford's founding families who built the house in Stratford's founding year of 1639, and later renovated in in a Colonial Georgian style in 1723, which was common for houses in colonial New England.  The property was established by as a historical site in 1978 by the National Register of Historical Places.  In addition to being a museum to Colonial and Revolutionary Stratford history, the Stratford Historical Society also manages a research library at the location.  On display is also a piano owned by William Samuel Johnson, who is buried at Academy Hill.  Johnson was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and the second president of Columbia University. 

]]> (Dave Fuller) Places Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:46:02 -0400