Thursday, May 31, 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.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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, and service to others.
Megan, (pictured to the right) is a member of the National Honor Society and she has been a student counselor officer for two years. As an active member of Lauralton’s Youth and Government Club she wrote legislation and won the “Best Debator” award at the annual state conference in Hartford. Megan is also a member of the French Club and the French Honor Society and she has volunteered at the West River Health Care Center.

Abbey Guerino also participated in the annual state Youth and Government Conference where she was a member of the Press Corps, reporting on activities of the conference.  Abbey, (pictured to the right) is editor of Highlights, the Lauralton School newspaper and she was an active member of Milford’s Young Women’s Club, where she helped organize events for senior citizens, and raised funds for UNICEF and for our troops overseas.

All members of the Lauralton community are extremely proud that all 108 members of the graduation class will be attending a college or university. 

Information was submitted by Lauralton Hall via a press release.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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.

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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 they say the development is too close to them, and Ryder residents said their quality of life will suffer.

As a reporter who covered Ryder residents' entire sage over the past 12 years it's a tough one. I met with so many of the families to hear their stories back when they had to move. I heard the concerns in their voices, especially over the uncertainty.

Since the move Ryder residents have been happy. They liked being left alone. Their new home park looks fabulous. It's clean, well-maintained and just looks very nice.

When I spoke to about a dozen Ryder residents last week there was just sadness. Not the kind of sadness they felt many years ago, but a different kind of emotion where they are just hoping to be left alone.

It will be interesting to see what the Planning and Zoning Board will do, but it's a decent bet the project gets approved because it's filed under the state's affordable housing statute, which makes it almost impossible for land use agencies to deny those projects.

What do you think should happen to the proposal? Share your thoughts here.

The Milford Planning and Zoning Board meets 7:30 p.m. June 5 at City Hall to hold a public hearing on the issue.

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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.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

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 friends.

If you have any pictures you'd like us to feature on our website or Facebook page please email them to me at We'd love to see them and display them.

Have a safe weekend.

Brian McCready

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Milford police make marijuana bust

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

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Milford police arrest man for driving while intoxicated

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

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kansas announced as Milford Oyster Festival headliner

MILFORD--Kansas, a legendary rock band from the 70’s to the present, will be headlining the entertainment at the 38th Annual Milford OysterFestival on Saturday, August 18th 3:30pm at Fowler Field.  Led by original lead singer Steve Walsh, Kansas recorded several hits including the million-selling gold single "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry on Wayward Son". The band has recorded over 23 albums including 8 gold and 4 platinum records, and has spent more than 200 weeks on the Billboard Charts.

Come by all day for some great music!  The first band takes the stage at 11:30am and the rest of the entertainment lineup will be announced on the Festival website and on Facebook.  All of the entertainment at the Oyster Festival is free.

Headlining on Friday, August 17th at Oyster Eve….a kick-off event to the Oyster Festival will be The Bernadette’s who will showcase classic Motown hits, contemporary funk, soul, and R&B flavored rock songs.  Oyster Eve is held from 6:00pm – 9:30pm at Lisman Landing.

Festival visitors of any age on Saturday, the 18th will have an array of activities including amusement rides and entertainment for children, canoe and kayak races at Milford harbor, over 200 arts and crafts vendors from around the country, a classic car show, an oyster eating and shucking competition, Big Toys area, a wide variety of food and drink – and much more!  There will also be an 80’ tall ship schooner in the Harbor to give daytime and sunset cruises.

The 38th Annual Milford Oyster Festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, August 18th, from 10:00am – 6:00pm in Downtown Milford.

Information on all of the Annual Milford Oyster Festival activities and schedules can be viewed on our website,  Also – don’t forget to check us out on Facebook!

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Milford police arrest someone for stealing shirt from Macy's

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

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

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.

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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 her time there. Julie is dedicated to improving the lives of other Club members and spearheaded marketing campaigns as well as helped form the decorating committee at the Club. Julie has also been a member of Girl’s Club, Scrapbooking, Healthy Eating, Fitness, SMARTMoves, Girl Scouts, Model Club, and Renegade – the Boys & Girls Club’s Newsletter.

Middle School: Olivia Egershiem As president of the Boys & Girls Club of Milford’s leadership program, Torch Club, Olivia has shown abilities well beyond her years. She has been able to obtain donations from local businesses on her own in support of the Club. Olivia donates an average of five hours per day working in the variety store at the Club or helping younger Club members with their homework.

High School: Shaina Arsenault Shaina is an honors student at Joseph A. Foran High School and is a role model to her peers. She displays a friendly outgoing personality, lots of enthusiasm and energy as well as a great sense of humor. In addition to her academic excellence, Shaina is involved in several extracurricular activities. She participates in voice and piano instruction and is a soloist with the New England Ballet Company. Shaina is also a mentor for the Milford Merry Musical Theater Adaptive Program – a dance a theater program for special needs children.

Group Category: Bully Elimination Alliance of Students & Teachers (BEAST) BEAST has collaborated with the Gay/Straight Alliance and Natural Helpers in their attempts to end all types of bullying at Joseph A. Foran High School. They attended a two day training held by the Anti-Defamation League on how to move from being bystanders of bullying to becoming allies of bullying victims. BEAST then held an assembly, attended by all 9th and 10th graders, on bullying that succeeded in positively changing the school climate on bullying. BEAST plans to sponsor another assembly in the fall for incoming freshmen. And using a grant from the Chamber of Commerce, BEAST members will travel to East Shore Middle School to impress the importance of kindness and compassion on the 8th graders.

Congratulations to the 267 nominated youth, award winners and their families. Information was submitted in a press release by the mayor’s office.

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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

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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

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Milford Police officer bitten by suspect

Milford police arrests include someone biting a police officer .

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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.

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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.

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Milford police arrests include forged prescription

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

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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.

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Milford police arrests include violation of a protective order

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

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Monday, May 14, 2012

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 just high sensitivities, but I learned eggs, almonds, dairy, and gluten are all things my body has to fight very hard to digest. Essentially, it's a slow form of poisoning myself when I eat those things.

And it's strange I also have a high sensitivity to flax seed of all things, which I used to eat daily, and almond butter. Who knew I was just making myself sick.

So I am a big believer that more needs to be done to educate people not only about food allergies but also food sensitivities. A lot of times people don't even know why they are feeling ill, and there is something they can do about it.

What do you think about the issue of food allergies and sensitivities?  Share your comments here.

Brian McCready
Metro Editor
Twitter @nhrbmccready

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Milford police arrests this weekend

Milford police arrests include a shoplifting and a criminal impersonation.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

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.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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 school students.

He also served on the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Heart Association Advanced Life Support Committee. He was president of the Caswell Cove Condominium Association, where he served a stint as webmaster and newsletter editor.

Brandt is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara Collins; her son, Kevin Collins, and his wife, Cathleen; his first wife, Joy Brandt Viertel and their children, Eric Brandt and his wife, Mary Sullivan, of Brookline, Mass., Karen Brandt and her husband, David Pomeroy, of Arlington, Va., and Lauren Brandt and her husband, Jean-Louis Sarbib, of Washington, D.C.; and grandchildren Frances and Molly Brandt, Chloe and Leah Sarbib, Kevin and Ryan Collins, and Erin and Robin Pomeroy.

A multi-stem Shadblow serviceberry tree was planted on the Green for Brandt and his wife, who chose the site.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Milford Hospital Foundation, Dr. Allan A. Brandt Fund, 300 Seaside Ave., Milford 06460 or to Milford Trees Inc., P.O. Box 5082, Milford 06460.
Burial will be private. The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. To leave condolences, visit

Milford city clerk's office celebrates

April 29 through May 5 was designated as the 43rd Annual Municipal Clerks Week.   It was an opportunity to celebrate the works of Town and City Clerks throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.  The international Institute of Municipal Clerks has sponsored Municipal Clerks Week since 1969.  In 1984 and 1994, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, signed a Proclamation officially declaring the first full week of May, Municipal Clerks Week.

The event is aimed at increasing the public’s awareness of the vital services provided for local government and the community.  Milford took great pride in celebrating this week as staff raised funds for the Milford Rape Crisis Center, Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.  Staff walked as a team:  City Clerk’s Fancy Footworks.  In addition, they collected 5 boxes of foodstuffs needed by the Milford Food Bank, which is located at the Senior Center.  They help anyone who is in need of food.  A reception for all those who visit the office was held and Mayor Blake delivered a Proclamation, proclaiming April 29 through May 5, Municipal Clerks Week in Milford.

The week was a success, thanks to the wonderful staff in the City Clerk’s office, who are always willing to go the extra mile.
Note: Information in this release was submitted by Milford City Clerk Linda Stock. 

 Photo caption left to right:  
Bonnie Peloso, Assistant City Clerk
Bonnie Kulenych, Clerk
Laura Hunt, Clerk
Rose Elliott, Assistant City Clerk (kneeling)
Suzanne Paul, Assistant City Clerk (kneeling)
Gloria Gouse, Clerk (kneeling)
Linda Stock, City Clerk

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 Annual Mayor’s Youth Award Finalists 

Elementary School
Nicole Alexopoulos
Faith Bravo
Natalia Brooks
Lena Burton
Anthony V. Capua
Jenna Hanson
Michael Loschiavo
Alaina McCarvill
Julie Myers
Kayleigh Patterson
Alexa Saley
Alexis Thomas
Jack Thomas
Ethan Weed

Middle School
Victoria Benedicto
Amanda Downs
Anna Downs
Olivia Egershiem
Kailee Frank
Alice Garlock
Ashlee Gilespie
Colleen Hugo
Matthew Kennedy
Ryan Lapadula
Juliet Levesque
Isabella Teixeira
Gabby Woodward

High School
Shaina Arsenault
Haley Barnum
Alex Barron
Matthew Erodici
Anthony Georgetti
Brian Goldwyn
Marissa Gomes
Rachel Gomes
Emma Johnson
Ratan Manohar
Matthew Miller
Ivan Montanez
Caitlin Mundy
Michelle Novak
Anthony Olenski
Tyler Poznick
Michael Prezioso
Ashley Queening
Savannaah Schwab
Paul Scofield
Lauren Vetter
Heather Volkens

Bully Elimination Alliance of Students and Teachers
Clean Green Machines
The Curvy Girls of CT
Joseph A. Foran High School Key Club
Joseph A. Foran High School Interact Club
Jonathan Law High School Drama Club
Milford Good Deed Club
Milford Youth Commission
Orange Avenue Leaders
Project Restore
Rock on Creations
Social Opportunities for Success
The Academy’s “Operation Habitat” Team

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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 permanently revoke the permit.”

With the indefinite suspension of the application process for expanding the facility, the scheduled public hearing is similarly on hold.

Earlier this year, DEEP tentatively approved a permit that would have allowed the Recycling Inc. facility, which is located in a residential neighborhood alongside the Housatonic River, to accept up to 700 tons of construction debris and other kinds of waste. Sen. Slossberg and members of the Milford delegation joined with city leaders and scores of residents to oppose the project, which they argued would dramatically increase the risk of ground, air and water contamination as well as subject residents to fumes and noise from truck traffic and machinery.

Slossberg added in a prepared statement,: “I have fought this expansion project from the beginning because of the danger it poses to public safety and our natural resources. Now, new legal allegations have cast a dark shadow over this project and have increased the urgency for shutting down the project.”

Note this information was submitted by Slossberg's Hartford office. 

Milford's Roy presides over CT State House

Milford State Representative Richard 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 family and grandchildren and will continue advocating for environmental causes, specifically the fight against toxic chemicals.

Will you miss Rep. Roy in Hartford? How will you remember his time in Hartford? Do you think the cell phone ban that he helped get approved is a good idea? 

Share your comments here. 


Metro Editor 
Brian McCready
New Haven Register
Twitter @nhrbmccready 

Monday, May 7, 2012

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 parochial education a viable alternative to the expanding public middle school concept and the resources offered to public school students.

One point in particular was the idea of an out-of-state class trip for the 8th Grade, similar to the Washington DC trip offered at Harborside etc., which at the time was not permitted in the Hartford Archdiocese.

Father Cronin lent a sympathetic ear to my observations that "parochial" should not equate to "limited." With his approval and support I secured permission to bring the class of 1996 to Boston, admittedly only for the day, but still a departure for the Archdiocese. As it turned out Fr. Cronin's brother, a Boston FBI Agent, was able to join us for lunch so it was a chance to get to know the man, as well as the priest, which was not always easy to do given our different religious affiliations.

Over the course of years we worked together, and in other community contacts, I always came away with the impression that he was a committed Christian, strong in his faith but able to appreciate differing opinions and doctrines. While I did not know him as a younger man I am told he was quite the athlete and I do know that he had a zest for life beyond the Church. My daughters graduated respectively in 1996 and 1998 and share in my affection for him.

In conjunction with the parish support of the School, he made me feel welcome in the pulpit as I exhorted the congregation at St. Mary's to dig a little deeper each year to make the school the best it could be. This was not an easy task for me, being not only outside the parish but also the faith, and I imagine he might have had a little explaining to do as well. 

He was quick with a story, heavy on the accent, and generous with his time. I will miss him.

Christopher B. Carveth