Showing posts from May, 2012

Milford police arrest a burglar

Milford police arrests include the break in of a home where jewels were taken. There is also a disorderly conduct and a violation of probation.

Milford's Lauralton Hall graduation Sunday

Lauralton Hall’s 106th Graduation Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00am. Lauralton President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D., will give the opening and closing remarks and, along with Principal Ann Pratson, will present the graduates with their diplomas.
One of the graduates will be the proud recipient of Lauralton’s highest honor, the McAuley Award. Named after Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, the McAuley Award is given annually to a student for her dedication and commitment to Lauralton Hall’s mission.  This recipient of this award will not be announced until the ceremony. 
108 young women from 26 towns across Connecticut will be receiving diplomas. Following the President’s opening remarks will be speeches given by Valedictorian is Megan Cogguillo of Milford and Salutatorian Abbey Guerino of Milford. Both Megan and Abbey leave Lauralton with impressive resumes that show academic excellence, dedication to their school and communities…

Milford mayor tackles a boa constrictor

I need to preface my written comments that this is me just having fun with this photo, but when did Milford Mayor Ben Blake turn City Hall into an episode of "Fear Factor" ? Actually, it's all for a good cause to get some attention for Milford's Day at the Beardsley Zoo for residents.Milford residents' get into the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport for $5 June 2.

 Mayor Blake with his son, Cater.

Milford's Ryder Woods residents are worried

Today the New Haven Register published an article I wrote about Ryder Woods residents concerns about an affordable housing complex that is hoping to receive approval to be built about a quarter mile away from their complex.

For those who forgot, Ryder residents were evicted from their previous home on the Boston Post Road in the 1990s, but won a legal battle allowing them to stay.

But in the early 2000s Developer Louis Ceruzzi agreed to pay $20 million for their land, and another $5 million to relocate Ryder residents to a 50-acre parcel on Cascade Boulevard, which was kind of out-of-sight compared to their home on the Post Road.

Almost 200 Ryder families moved seven years ago, and three years ago they bought the land from Ceruzzi ensuring they can never be evicted again.

In my story today Ryder residents thought they were out of the limelight, but now they are concerned about this proposed housing development. They say the site contains mercury and they have health concerns. Also the…

Milford police arrests include a man hitting a disabled person

Milford police arrests this Memorial Day weekend include someone allegedly hitting a disabled person, and someone else throwing a dish at a person as part of a domestic incident.

A time for remembrance this Memorial Day weekend

I think all too often Memorial Day's true meaning is somewhat obscured by the fact it's the unofficial kick-off to summer and a three day weekend.

It's a time for families and friends to get together and enjoy some fun and barbecue, or gather at the shore and catch some rays.

For me Memorial Day weekend takes on a different meaning. It was two years ago that me and the wife got married. Officially we were married on May 29th, but we celebrate it on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

So for me there is another reason to be somewhat distracted by what Memorial Day truly signifies, but my goal is to do a better job and set aside some time this holiday weekend to select on all the sacrifices soldiers' past and present have made for all of us to enjoy the freedoms that we honestly often take for granted.

This Memorial Day I hope as we are out celebrating with families that we recall the people who have given their lives so we can get to and celebrate with loved ones and …

Milford police make marijuana bust

Milford police arrested two people Thursday for allegedly being in possession of marijuana after a routine motor vehicle violation.

Milford police arrest man for driving while intoxicated

Milford police arrest a man from Orange for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Kansas announced as Milford Oyster Festival headliner


Milford police arrest someone for stealing shirt from Macy's

Milford police arrests for Wednesday include someone swiping a $69 shirt from Macy's.

Milford police arrests include someone walking out on a bill

Milford police arrests include several larcenies and someone bailing on paying a $43 restaurant tab.

Milford police arrests include domestic incidents

Milford police arrests this weekend include a couple of domestic incidents, one involving choking, and a few other interesting arrests.

Milford mayor's youth award winners

Mayor Benjamin G. Blake and Milford Youth and Family Services presented The 24th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Milford’s Parsons Complex Auditorium.

There were 267 youth nominated and over 600 youth and their families attended the ceremony. Individual awards were presented in three age-based categories: Elementary, Middle and High school. An additional award also recognized the efforts of local youth groups.

The awards were given to youth who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the Milford Community. Teachers, parents, clergy, friends, and group leaders nominated finalists for the awards.

The 24thAnnual Mayor’s Youth Award Recipients are as follows: Elementary School: Julie Myers Julie has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Milford for four years. During that time, the staff has come to affectionately refer to her as an ambassador for the Club. Julie has recruited friends to join the Club and volunteered approximately 100 hours of …

Tropical Storm Irene damage repaired in Milford

Update: 4:30 p.m. The Woodmont Beach which was depleted by Irene now has sand on it and it will be ready for beach season beginning Memorial Day. The project cost $525,000 and three quarters of the funding is paid by the federal government. Full story coming soon to 

Milford officials led by Mayor Ben Blake are holding a press conference at 3 p.m. at Beach Avenue in Woodmont to go over repairs to the beach wall there. I am told this has to do with damage as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, which resulted in millions of dollars of damage. I will be present for the press conference, and as soon as I know the details I will come back here and update what happened. All I am told is that a bulk of the renovations have been completed. Brian McCready Metro Editor Twitter @nhrbmccready

Milford budget numbers

The Board of Aldermen voted Thursday night to approve a $185.8 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which increases spending by $2.1 million or 1.24 percent. A property owner with a home valued at $311,000, and assessed at $217,749 will pay an additional $224 in property taxes next year. Also no changes to the Board of Education budget. Full story coming to

Milford Police officer bitten by suspect

Milford police arrests include someone biting a police officer .

My Milford budget live blog recap

Here is a recap of my live blog of the Milford Board of Aldermen budget deliberations from last night. Essentially, spending increased by 1.24 percent and residents with an assesses home of about $211,000 will pay an extra $224 in property taxes next year. The assessed value of your home is 70 percent of its fair market value. Milford Budget Vote

Milford Duck Pond footbridge gated off

The  footbridge to the island at the Milford City Hall Duck Pond has been blocked off about three years. The island was a popular site for picture-taking by wedding parties and prom-goers.

Public Works Director Bruce Kolwicz on Wednesday said it was after a rainstorm that the city decided to bar access to the island. A major portion of the land has been washed away, he said.

He is working with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on  ideas to stabilize the land. He was worried, he said, about people’s safety. While no one fell in, people were “getting very, very close to the edge,” he said.

Meanwhile, the wedding parties and prom-goers have been using the Green, beaches and other picturesque areas for their keepsake photos.

Milford police arrests include forged prescription

Milford police arrests Wednesday include a forged prescription and driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Milford's Community Gardens in bloom

Spring is here, and summer is fast approaching and the New Haven Register's Phyllis Swebilius provides some photo evidence that the nice weather is here. Phyllis recently spent some time at the Community Gardens in Milford to see what was blooming.

Milford police arrests include violation of a protective order

Milford police arrests Tuesday include a violation of a protective order.

Food Allergy Awareness in Milford

Milford Mayor Ben Blake declared it food allergy awareness week in Milford beginning Sunday. Proclamations essentially are ceremonial, but the message isn't unimportant.

Last fall I had the opportunity to interview Geno Salvatore, now 8-years-old, just prior to a statewide food allergy awareness walk in Milford. For Geno and millions of people across the country food allergies can kill. It's that simple.

When Geno comes into contact with peanuts his throat closes up and his life is in jeopardy. That is why his mother Genevieve Salvatore is so passionate about the issue of food allergy awareness.

She spends a lot of her time trying to raise awareness and to educate the public about the significance of food allergies.

I am fortunate I don't have any food allergies. However, I was tested for food sensitivities a few years ago because I didn't feel well. I was constantly tired, and felt sickly.

The results startled me. Again I don't have food allergies, and these are ju…

Milford police arrests this weekend

Milford police arrests include a shoplifting and a criminal impersonation.

Milford police arrests include a three-time burglar

Milford police arrests Thursday include a city man being charged for the third time in a month for burglarizing a city residence. Also there was another identity theft case.

Milford police arrests include a DUI bust

Milford police arrests for Wednesday including a city man arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated with two children in the car. And a bunch more.

Former Milford Hospital official remembered

MILFORD — Dr. Allan A. Brandt, 89, a retired physician who later taught computer graphics, died May 1, 2012.

Brandt was in private practice and then became director of emergency medical services at Milford Hospital.

He was instrumental in establishing the city’s Emergency Medical Services Council and helped establish an Emergency Department at Milford Hospital. He was named Milford Citizen of the Year in 1975. 
After retiring from medicine, he earned a degree in studio arts at Southern Connecticut State University, where he taught computer graphics.

Brandt was a Long Island, N.Y., native and alumni of Amherst College and Yale School of Medicine.

He was president of Milford Hospital’s medical staff and established the annual training exercise for first responders. He was president of the Connecticut Emergency Physicians Association, served on the Governor’s EMS Council, led the task force to set state EMS standards and created basic life support courses for local high scho…

Milford city clerk's office celebrates


Milford mayor's youth award finalists announced

Mayor Benjamin G. Blake in conjunction with Milford Youth and Family Services, will present the 24th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award in a ceremony scheduled on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at the Milford City Hall Auditorium.
Each year, the Mayor and Milford Youth and Family Services acknowledges youth that have performed outstanding service to improve Milford or to assist its residents. Teachers, parents, clergy and others in the community nominate youth for this award.

Nominees are considered for individual awards in three age-based categories: elementary, middle, and high school. In addition, there is a fourth category to honor the accomplishments of youth groups.
One goal of the awards process is to acknowledge the dedication and achievements of Milford’s youth. To this end, everyone is invited to join us and attend.
Questions may be directed to Christie Roche, Program Coordinator at Milford Youth and Family Services at 203-783-3253 or by email to
24th Ann…

Milford police arrest man for burglary

Milford police arrests include a man who was spotted breaking into a home in Milford, and then engaged in a foot chase with police before being apprehended.

Milford's Slossberg calls on state to revoke company's permit

MILFORD – State Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) in a prepared statement released by her office praised the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s decision to indefinitely suspend an application to expand a controversial solid waste disposal facility in a residential neighborhood in Milford.

In light of recent court filings regarding a legal dispute over ownership of the Recycling Inc. property at 990 Naugatuck Ave., Sen. Slossberg is calling on DEEP to permanently revoke the facility’s permit and shut down the operation for good.

“Suspending the application for this deeply troubling project was the right move and I thank DEEP for taking quick, decisive action,” Slossberg said in a prepared statement . “However, I do not believe that the health and safety of Milford residents will be properly protected until this waste disposal facility is shut down for good. I urge the DEEP to investigate the legal problems related to this facility and to permanentl…

Milford's Roy presides over CT State House

Milford State RepresentativeRichard Roy, a Democrat, was recently honored on the floor of the House of Representatives for his 20 years of service to the State of Connecticut.   

Rep. Roy has decided not to seek re-election in November and as is customary, was allowed to lead the chamber as honorary Speaker of the House through the passage of a single bill.

“These last 20 years have been great,” said Rep. Roy in a prepared statement released by the House Democrats.  “I feel like a thief who has stolen the good qualities that make Connecticut a great place to live from each and every one of you.”

Many of his colleagues spoke, including House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden).  “Representative Roy has always been a good friend to me and an advocate for Milford, the shoreline and the entire environment.   We will miss you.”

The House Chair of the Environment Committee was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992.    He plans to spend more time with his fam…

Milford police arrest man for voyeurism and much more

Milford police arrests this weekend include voyeurism, assaults, a theft of sound stage equipment at Mustang Sally's and much much more.

Milford's St. Mary's long-time pastor remembered

St. Mary's Church of Milford retired Pastor The Rev. James J. Cronin, 75, died Saturday. He had recently retired after serving 18 years as pastor at St. Mary's. There will be a parish mass 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's, and a Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday also at St. Mary;s.

Rev. Cronin was well loved by the Milford community, and Milford attorney Christopher B.  Carveth recently shared his thoughts on the pastor's legacy. Carveth is a former St. Mary's school board chairman.

I first met Father Cronin when I enrolled my daughters at St. Mary School. I became active in the School Board and eventually was elected Chairman, a first I believe as a non-Catholic (Methodist).

In consultation with Fr. Cronin, the Principal and fellow Board members we instituted a 10 year plan to improve the educational reputation of the school, modernize the physical plant, and broaden the extra-curricular activities available to the older students (grades 7-8) to  make pa…