Friday, September 28, 2012

Milford Recreation Department announces Piloxing classes


The Milford Recreation Department announces that it will begin registration for adult PILOXING.
 
Piloxing is a one-hour workout program blending power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates, as well as, fun and up to date dance moves.
 
These classes, taught by Joan Smeland, will be held every Monday at the Margaret Egan Center in room 107. This seven week program will be from 6:00PM to 7:00PM beginning on Monday, October 15, 2012 and run through Monday, December 3, 2012.
 
All participants are required to bring their own mat and water bottle.
 
The registration fee is $49.00 for Milford residents and $54.00 for non residents.
 
For more information regarding the Piloxing Program contact Rich Minnix at 203-783-3387.

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Milford residents encouraged to participate in prescription drug take back day

State Rep. Kim Rose (D-Milford) in a press release is urging residents to take advantage of an important effort to properly dispose unusable prescription drugs out of their cabinets during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.

More than 60 cities and towns in the state will have designated collection sites to receive expired and unused prescription drugs from residents.  The effort led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with state and local law enforcement officials, and other partners, is an attempt to address and prevent prescription drug abuse in the state.

The Milford Police Department and the Milford Prevention Council will be setting up a collection site at the Milford Senior Center parking lot, 9 Jepson Drive, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

A complete list of collection sites across the state is available at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

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September Milford story round-up

Anderson Trial:


Prosecution in ex-Milford cop's trial wants to use animation of wreck

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Milford man arrested for puncturing tires on 15 vehicles

A Milford man accused of  puncturing the tires of 15 vehicles confessed to the crime, according to police.

Police received complaints of vandalism to the tires on Sept. 22.

The alleged tire slasher, Paul Wheeler, 59, confessed that he punctured the tires in retaliation of neighbors who called police to report a disturbance at his home the day before, police said. Wheeler lives on Park Circle.

He is charged with 15 counts of criminal mischief and was released on a promise to appear.


Update on East Shore MS bid situation

The Department of Administrative Services commissioner has notified all school districts about the regulation to post open bids to the CT Contracting Portal website. 

Milford is still awaiting the DAS decision regarding their bid process for the school, said Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli Jr. The building committee for the school tabled the decision at their last meeting. 

Going through with the bid as is could result in the project not receiving state reimbursement, which is expected to be about $6 million. 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ghost Stories author Donna Kent coming to Milford library

From the Milford Public Library:

Author Donna Kent will appear at Milford Library on Tuesday Oct. 9 at 7:00

p.m. Donna Kent is the founder of The Cosmic Society of Paranormal

Investigation and CosmicSociety.com, the internet’s largest, free, spirit energy

photo website. She has appeared on countless radio, news and television shows.


Her first book, Ghost Stories and Legends of Eastern Connecticut – Lore,

Mysteries and Secrets Revealed, was the publisher's (History Press) #1 seller in

their Haunted America division for 2007 and was featured in the November 1,

2007 NY Times. Her newest book, Ghost Stories and Legends of Southeastern

Connecticut has garnered Kent a video with the Wall Street Journal and many

television and press media opportunities.


This program is generously funded by the Friends of Milford Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

Milford Fire Department map

Below is a map of the fire stations throughout Milford. The two green markers are the stations that are scheduled to be closed once the East Side Fire Station (red marker) is up and running (more about that here). The Borough of Woodmont is aiming to use Station Five as it's new government home. Station Six will serve as vehicle storage for the fire department.



View Fire station locations Milford in a larger map

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Milford photo slideshows from the summer



We've had some great photo slideshows by our photography staff over the summer. Here are some links to their work.

41st Annual Milford Engine 260 Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster

Are roads in Milford pedestrian-friendly?


I found this comment on the article about the Vo-Ag busing situation interesting. Do you think that a lot of roads in Milford aren't pedestrian-friendly? 
From 30Guest:
Someone previously observed this road and many other Milford roads are not designed for use by pedestrians or bicyclists. It is shameful Milford’s public roads are dangerous for use by pedestrians, bicyclists and those in wheel chairs. Even U.S. Route 1 often has no walkways or even shoulders for large stretches. This is a significant problem with the State especially that goes fully ignored. The picture shows a single lane road, with no shoulder, and no passing allowed. 

Until changes are made, my understanding is that pedestrians enjoy the same rights as cars and trucks to use public roads. If the road is one lane, pedestrians should take their right to the full lane, even if that requires cars travel behind the pedestrian for miles. Until Milford’s planning and engineering make roads usable for all, pedestrians will simply have to follow the same rules as motor vehicles which means traffic comes to a virtual halt when a pedestrian is exercising their right to the full lane in a no passing zone.
Clearly, the Mayor and Alderman need to address Milford’s deficient public road problems inherited from past administrations. 

Burglary at Milford Boat Works and other arrests

Police arrested a West Haven man for burglarizing Milford Boat Works over the weekend.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at Milford Boat Works around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, where they found a shattered glass door. They located Kyle Anderson, 24, in the area and found him wearing rain boots and weather clothing from Milford Boat Works.

Anderson is charged with burglary, criminal mischief and larceny. He was released on a promise to appear.

DUI

A Bridgeport man was arrested early Saturday morning for driving while intoxicated.

Police observed a vehicle that was stopped for an extended period of time at a red light. Carlos Baez, 33, was given an intoxilyzer test and results indicated he had an elevated blood alcohol content level.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and was released on a $500 bond.

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First-person account of walking on Wheelers Farms Road



By Rich Scinto

I've heard stories from my grandparents about walking two miles in the snow to go to school. Some Milford residents who go the the Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology Center program have to do just that. Well, there is no snow for now, but the walk is more than two miles.

In the good spirit of journalism (and because I didn't want to be one-upped by John Burgeson at the Post) I decided to walk most of the route myself, starting at the bus stop.

The first obstacle is a narrow bridge that hovers over the Wasson Connector. There is no designated sidewalk for pedestrians to cross. The side is overgrown with grass and weeds. The only options a pedestrian has is to either walk in the middle of the road or trudge through the grass. I took the latter option because I wasn't keen on writing a first-person account of getting run over.



Most of the walk doesn't have sidewalks. Sometimes this isn't a problem because there is short grass on the side of the road that is fine for walking. Other times, I was hugging guardrails only a few feet from passing cars.

You may have noticed the footage of my walk was shaky; I assure you I wasn't attempting to go for the Blair Witch Project. I noticed that cars happened to go a lot slower when you point a camera at them, so I started shooting from the hip.

There really is no ideal time to cross, so I crossed my fingers and ran.
My next challenge was crossing roads that spilled out traffic from the Merritt and I-95. The only crosswalk is a white painted line and cars are often coming fast around bending exit ramps. 

Most of the route doesn't have lighting, which wasn't a problem for me because I was walking around 3:00 p.m. However, most of these students start walking around 5:45 a.m.and like that famous Game of Thrones saying "winter is coming" along with shorter daylight hours. 

To tell the truth, I don't know where people are going to walk when it starts snowing and snow plows start making banks on the sides of roads. There may literally be people walking in the middle of the street on some parts of this route.

Pricked one too many times in the grass, so I took my chances in the road.


I'm sure there will be at least one comment online on my article about someone telling their account of how they walked two miles in the snow when they were a kid. Wheelers Farms Road was very different decades ago in terms of traffic. 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Milford police fingerprinting policy

The Milford Police Department provides public fingerprinting to residents of Milford and any out of town resident seeking employment with the City of Milford. Public fingerprinting is primarily performed for employment, business applications, adoptions, licensing, and other permits so designated. Fingerprinting is not available for immigration purposes.

As of October 1, 2012, the Milford Police Department will be charging a $10.00 fee for fingerprinting services. Payment must be made and valid identification provided to the Records Clerk before your fingerprints are taken. Accepted methods of payment and required identification/document types can be found on the department’s website listed below. The Milford Police Department will waive the fee when a person requesting fingerprint services is an indigent individual (as defined in CGS. 17a-495) or an applicant for the Milford Housing Authority.

Fingerprinting services will be provided at the police department Licensing and Permits Division located at 430 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT 06460. Service hours will be Tuesday and Thursdays 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Citizens being fingerprinted specifically for a Milford Board of Education position will need to call (203) 877-1465 in advance to schedule an appointment.

For further information regarding our fingerprinting services please visit our website at www.milfordpd.org or contact the Licensing and Permits Division at (203) 783-4786.

Information courtesy of a Milford Police Department press release.

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Milford children's snapper derby winners announced

The Milford Sport Fishing Association held its annual Children's Snapper Derby on Saturday, September 15, 2012. First, second and third place prizes were awarded for the heaviest five fish. Louis Heenan took first place with a total fish weight of 2.092 lbs.; William Friedman came in second with a total weight of 2.066 lbs., followed by third place winner Olivia Tiberio whose fish weighed in at 1.998 lbs..


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Smith responds to questions about anti-Obama billboard

DeForest Smith has responded to questions regarding his billboard near USA Fuel on the Milford Republicans website. The original article about the billboard has more background on the situation.

An excerpt from his letter reads:


My concern is for my 8 grandchildren. At the rate Obama Is increasing the national debt, by the time they are adults the national debt will be overwhelming.

It is important that the voting public focuses on what Obama is doing, not what he is promising – e.g.

He promised to cut the deficit in half. He has more than doubled it to more than one trillion dollars in each of his 4 years as president.

His policies have caused the United States’ credit rating to fall for the first time in history.





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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Milford Police Auction Saturday Sept. 22



From Milford Police


The Milford Police Department’s “Annual Police Auction” will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 beginning at 10:00 am. At 9:00 am, auction attendees will have an opportunity to preview the items being auctioned off that day. Numerous bicycles and other items will be sold to the highest bidder in “as is condition”.

The volunteer auctioneer for this event will be Patricia Francis.

The event will be held “rain or shine” at the rear of the police department at 430 Boston Post Rd, Milford, Connecticut.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Officials say no known mold at JFK Elementary

We received concerned emails about possible mold in the JFK Elementary School ventilation system. Pat Bradbury, Director of Facilities said:

“There is no known mold problem at JFK, in the ventilation system or anywhere else in the school. Regular and preventative maintenance takes place constantly throughout the year, in JFK and in every school building.  Inspections and tests are conducted by independent environmental specialists when needed. We will continue to do due diligence in making sure our buildings are clean and safe.”

Do you have concerns about mold at JFK? Comment below or email rscinto@nhregister.com

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Milford police arrests include a bad thing to a plant

Milford Police Department arrests include someone allegedly taking a plant and throwing it into the street.

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Milford Police Tase Man During Arrest

Police were investigating a disturbance at a Park Circle residence when Paul Wheeler, 59, allegedly became combative with police.

Wheeler attempted to strike one of the officers, police said. He allegedly continued to fight officers while being taken into custody and police used an electronic control device to subdue him.

Wheeler continued to be uncooperative and also yelled at emergency responders at the scene and threatened them and their families. He was charged with two counts of attempted assault on a police officer, interfering with police and threatening.

He was held on a $25,000 bond.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Milford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Wednesday

The Milford Hall of Fame Committee will induct five new members into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the Parson's complex.

This year's inductees are: William Fowler, Charles Hobby Pond, George W. Coy, Thomas Tibbals and Henry Augustus Taylor.

Among the committee members are Milford's five living former mayors: Alberta Jagoe, Alan Jepson, Joel Baldwin, Ed Kozlowski, and Jim Richetelli.

This year's featured speaker is Michael C. Dooling, a children's book illustrator best known locally for his publications An Historical Account of Charles Island and Milford Lost & Found.

Mayor Ben Blake is also scheduled to appear as a guest speaker.


Bios of inductees:

William Fowler was among the original founders of Milford in 1639, one of the “seven pillars of the church” upon which the Milford colony was built. Fowler’s mill business, located on the banks of the Wepawaug River near where the Milford Library stands today, was the first such mill in New Haven Colony. It lasted as a going concern at or near that location for the next 250 years under nine generations. Fowler was also one of the original founders of Newark, NJ.

Thomas Tibbals was a sergeant in the Wethersfield militia in colonial times who is credited with taking note of the lands in Milford while fighting in the Pequot War in the 1630s. His favorable reports of the lands in and around the Wepawaug River led to the area’s founding in 1639 by the group led by the Rev. Peter Prudden. Tibbals helped lead that group and its possessions over land from the New Haven Colony to Milford.

Charles Hobby Pond was a lawyer. While serving as Lt. Governor, Pond became the 20th Governor of Connecticut after his predecessor resigned to become ambassador to Russia. During his life, Pond was also a sea captain and judge, and was known for his political acumen. One prominent admirer of the day cited Pond’s “intellectual strength and generous heart,” large factors in making him a much sought-after counsel in his day.

George Willard Coy is remembered for his invention of the telephone switchboard, a pursuit he began during his rehabilitation after being wounded in the Civil War. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the District Telephone Co. and was among those who helped Milford erect its Civil War Monument on the Milford Green.

Henry Augustus Taylor made his fortune in insurance and railroads in the 1800s, and his legacy remains in Milford today in that he was instrumental in the construction of the Mary Taylor Methodist Church on the Green and the original Taylor Library serving Milford until well into the 20th century. He also lived at the mansion that today is the all-girls Catholic High School, Lauralton Hall.

Milford Police Department auction set

The Milford Police Department’s “Annual Police Auction” will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 beginning at 10:00 am. At 9:00 am, auction attendees will have an opportunity to preview the items being auctioned off that day. Numerous bicycles and other items will be sold to the highest bidder in “as is condition”. The volunteer auctioneer for this event will be Patricia Francis.

The event will be held “rain or shine” at the rear of the police department at 430 Boston Post Rd, Milford, Connecticut.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Jury selection begins in case of ex-Milford cop charged with manslaughter

Tuesday is the day. Three and a half years after a tragic car accident involving a then city police Officer Jason Anderson, and a carcarrying two Orange teens, Ashlie Krakowski and David Servin, both 19, jury selection commences.

 
Anderson, who was terminated from his job, was charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of both Servin and Krakowski.

It is expected that jury selection will take two weeks, and then the trial will begin.

We will be covering day one of jury selection. Reporter Phyllis Swebilius will provide updates throughout the day, which can be found at www.nhregister.com and if you’re on Twitter through @nhrmilford.

What is known about what happened in the early morning hours of June 13, 2009 in Orange is that Anderson, who was not responding to an emergency call, was traveling 95 mph at the point of impact as the teens made a left hand turn.

The teens were both intoxicated at the time of the accident. The Servin estate in March accepted a $2.5 million civil settlement from Milford. It’s expected the Krakowski estate will receive a larger settlement because she was not the driver. The city’s insurance carrier will pay both settlements.

At the time of the accident Anderson and Officer Richard Pisani were returning to Milford from a West Haven mutual aid call.

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Milford Police make a large marijuana bust

Members of the Milford Police Department Tactical Unit conducted an investigation regarding the sale of marijuana recently in Milford. Investigation led to two arrest warrants being issued for Michelle Brown age 44 of 111 Bridgeport Avenue 1st floor rear, Milford. Brown is accused of selling marijuana to an undercover detective on two separate occasions.

With the assistance of Milford Police Narcotics Detection K9 “Cedar”, police executed a search warrant at Brown’s residence which led to the discovery of cocaine, marijuana, scales, packaging materials and approximately $100,000 in currency. In regards to the two arrest warrants, Brown was charged with Possession of Marijuana 21a-279(a) 2 counts, Sale of Marijuana 21a-277(b) 2 counts and Sale of Marijuana Within 1500 feet of a Public Housing Complex 21a-278(b) 2 counts. Brown was held in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

Also during the search warrant, police found Adam Porter age 22 of 12 Ellis Street, Milford in possession of marijuana which was packaged for sale. Christopher Strain age 44 of 111 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford was also arrested based on evidence found inside the home. Porter and Strain were charged with Possession of Marijuana 21a-279(a) (1), Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell 21a-277(b) and Possession of Marijuana Within 1500 feet of a School 21a-278a(b). Porter was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 21a-267(a). Both men were released on a $5,000 bond and given a court date of September 25, 2012 at Milford Superior Court.

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Milford police department arrests include...

Milford Police Department arrests this weekend include a dui, and a couple of larceny arrests.

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Woman allegedly fights police during DUI arrest

Police arrested a Milford woman on Sept. 14 for DUI and other alleged crimes following a severe accident.

The incident happened on July 20. Police received a complaint that a vehicle struck a utility pole on Naugatuck Avenue and that there was severe damage to the vehicle and pole.

Nancy Peters, 37, became combative as emergency responders attempted to remove her from her vehicle, police said. She allegedly kicked a an office during the incident.

Further investigation revealed she was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Peters was charged wit driving under the influence, failure to drive right and interfering with police.


Woman arrested for credit card theft in Milford

A Milford woman was arrested Sept. 14 for using a credit card that belonged to a relative.

Police received a complaint that Audrey Gossett, 47, made several unauthorized transactions in Milford and Bridgeport using her relative's credit card. The total amount of purchases was more than $550, according to police.

Gossett is charged with credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, receiving goods by illegal use of a credit card, identity theft, larceny, fraudulent use of an ATM and criminal impersonation. She was released on a promise to appear.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Navy man from Milford comes home from Afghanistan finds belongings stolen

Mike Castaldi grew up in Milford where he graduated Jonathan Law High School in 2000. He enlisted in the US Navy in 2006 and has served 3 tours overseas. His latest tour was 8 months in Afghanistan.

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, Mike returned home from deployment where he was shocked to find all of his belongings, with the exception of his furniture and military uniforms, had been stolen from storage while he was fighting for our country.

Thursday Sept. 20 Jason Castaldi and friends invite you to come to The Orange Ale House and participate in raising funds for Mike Castaldi, his Brother. We are raising money to help him get back on his feet so he can afford to make a home for himself when he returns home from war.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 from 10am-2pm there will be a collection at the Jonathan Law High School faculty parking lot, which is located on the corner of Milford Point RD and Lansdale Ave.

Other drop-off locations include:

Venice Bakery located at 1771 Dixwell Hamden CT between the hours of 8am and 6 pm M-F, 8am and 2pm on weekends.

WAVE Gas Station 1143 Foxon Road North Branford CT between the hours of 8am and 6pm everyday.

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Wine tasting to benefit Milford Literacy Center

The 18th Annual Literacy Center of Milford Auction and International Wine Tasting will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:00-10:00 pm at Westwoods Ballroom, West Haven, CT.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Literacy Center at 203-878-4800 or www.literacycenterofmilford.com.  Our fine area restaurants will provide an opportunity to sample their specialties while Scott Griffin’s, “On The Rocks Spirit Shop” will offer samplings of a variety of wine, beer and cordials.  Hors D’oeuvres, desserts and chocolate creations from area restaurants and caterers will also be served.  There will be raffle baskets and a live auction.  Auction items include hand made gifts, gift certificates to local restaurants, theater tickets, floral arrangements, sports tickets, art, jewelry and much more. 


We will be featuring dancers from The New England Ballet and Chef Neil Fuentes.  Neil Fuentes’ love for food began early, helping his mother in their Venezuelan kitchen.  In 1995, he moved to the U.S. and his vibrant personality, Latin flair, and love for entertaining catapulted Neil into a high volume catering business for a leading Connecticut restaurant group.  His numerous appearances on WTNH Channel 8, Ct Style as the Sensational Singing Chef fuses together Neil’s singing and dancing talents with his artistic culinary side.

Proceeds from this event support the Literacy Center’s programs throughout the year.  The Center tutors adults in ESL, GED preparation, reading and writing as well as the offers family literacy programs in our community. 

Go to www.literacycenterofmilford.com to check out more information.


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Milford police blotter Sept. 14

DUI arrest

Police arrested a Milford man on Sept. 13 for DUI.

Police observed a vehicle swaying into other lanes around 10:00 p.m. It eventually pulled into a driveway on Berry Street.

The driver, Brian Casey, 46, refused a breathalyzer test and was arrested for DUI, operating with a suspended license and failure to drive right.

Driving without permission

Police received a complaint on Aug. 17 that a vehicle was being used without the owner's permission by a woman named Isreal Martins, 18, of Stratford. 

Martins allegedly took the vehicle belonging to an acquaintance without her permission. She also allegedly struck a guardrail on West River Street and left the scene of the accident. 

Martins didn't have a drivers license at the time of the incident, according to police.

 She was arrested for using a motor vehicle without permission, evading responsibility, failure to drive right and operating without a license. 


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Update on Milford East Shore construction bidding situation

Milford Public Schools Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli Jr. said that the Permanent Schools Building Committee has received word from the Department of Administrative Services that the situation has been presented to the commissioner and they are now looking into the matter.

The DAS decision could have far-reaching repercussions for many school construction projects that received state reimbursement across the entire state. Read more in the original article about the situation.

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Victoria's Secret worker arrested for larceny at store

Police arrested a woman on Wednesday for larceny at a local Victoria's Secret.

Police received a complaint on July 20 about theft activities at the store. Investigation led to the arrest of Simona Tomoiu, 42, of Derby.

She is accused of fraudulently processing several merchandise returns valued for more than $2,500

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Milford man will be sentenced in October for molesting young girls

The sentencing for a Milford man that plead guilty to molesting girls in South Africa while volunteering for the Peace Corp. has been moved back to Oct. 10.

The original sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 18.

Jesse Osmun waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty June 27 to one count of traveling from the United States to South Africa to engage in illicit sexual conduct with children, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

He admitted to sexually abusing four girls under the age of 6 while he was a volunteer in South Africa.

Read more about the Osmun case here.

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Milford property sales: Rowe Ave. and Buckingham Ave.

John Bergin, Senior Broker, with Pearce/George J. Smith, announced the sale of 200 Rowe Ave, Milford, CT. This 6,000 SF masonry building is on .17 acre of fenced-in land.

The Buyer is 200 Rowe Ave., LLC of Stratford, CT. They were represented in this transaction by Attorney Tom Welch of Welch, Teodosio, Stanek & Blake, LLC. The Seller is Richard Lambert of Lambert Paving. The sale consisted of a sale/lease-back of 1,200 SF. The Seller was represented by Attorney Joe Mager of Mager & Mager in Milford.

The property sold for $400,000. John represented both the Buyer and the Seller in this transaction.

Bergin also announced that the property located at 179 Buckingham Ave. has also been sold. he represented both the buyer and sellers in the transaction. The property 5,000 square foot masonry building with two-family houses was sold for $377,000. It sits on .35 acre of land

179 Buckingham Ave.

200 Rowe Ave.

Milford man arrested twice in one night

A Milford man is being held by police after violating his conditions of release less than six hours after being arrested.

Police were called to a disturbance on Lincoln Avenue Tuesday night around 10:00 p.m. Richard Uberti, 60, is accused of spitting on a relative and attempting to strike him during an argument.

Police arrested Uberti for disorderly conduct and released him on the condition that he didn't enter the victim's dwelling.

While investigating an unrelated incident, police found out that Uberti had entered the home of the victim less than six hours later. He was then arrested for conditions of release violation and was held on a $5,000 bond.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lauralton Hall of Milford kicks off the new school year



Members of the Lauralton Hall Class of 2016 and transfer students were formally inducted into the Lauralton Hall community at a decorous ceremony on Tuesday, evening, August 28th. Parents, relatives and friends joined faculty, staff, alumnae and trustees in welcoming the new students to the Lauralton family. 

In keeping with one of Lauralton Hall’s many unique traditions, the students marched in to the ceremony accompanied by the bagpipes and drums of the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band; the same band that will accompany them as they leave the school after their commencement ceremony.

Each incoming student shook hands with President Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, Ph.D. and Michael Amato Chairman of the Board of Trustees and then signed the Lauralton Hall registry book. They also signed a poster listing the Core Values of a Mercy Education:

·         Compassion and Service
·         Educational Excellence
·         Concern for Women and Women’s Issues


·         Global Vision and Responsibility
·         Spiritual Growth and Development
·         Collaboration




Freshman Georgia Kral shakes hands with Lauralton Hall President Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, Ph.D.




The signing of the poster represents their acceptance of these values and the poster will remain with their class throughout their four years at Lauralton Hall.  Says Megan Collins, ’14, sister of incoming freshman Emily Collins, “When I saw my sister signing the book that I had signed two years previously, I was thrilled; not only that she would be getting the same great education, but realizing that she would be part of a community where the Mercy Core Values really mean something.  They are more than just words on a flag that I see when I walk into school every day. Listening to the faculty read them aloud was empowering. It reminded me of why I love Lauralton.”

In commemoration of their membership as a Lauralton Hall student, Kathleen Kearns Donahue, Director of Alumnae Relations, presented the young women with their class flag, symbolizing their connection to their alma mater and to Lauralton Hall’s more than 5,300 alumnae.

Freshman moderator and Health Department Chair Peggy McGowan feels that the ceremony is important because it gives freshman a sense of belonging. “They immediately feel they are in a supportive environment; that they are not just the new kids in a new school, they are part of a strong sisterhood.”

For more information, contact: Jessica Auscavitch at 203-877-2786, ext.154 or jauscavitch@lauraltonhall.org


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