Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Milford schools closed for the week due to Sandy

Milford schools will be closed until Monday because of the damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Parents what do you think? How will you entertain the kids? How would you like the school system to make up the days?

Let us know by leaving your comments here.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Info for Milford residents floods, outages, charging stations, etc.

Alright folks, we are back on a full internet connection (albeit at the Starbucks in the mall) instead of shoe stringing things from our phones. Here is the latest info related to Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction through Milford.

If you have anything to add (flood info, pictures, video) or an account of the storm and damage to your home email us at

We'll keep updating this throughout the day.

Missing persons or deaths in Milford:
Body of Milford man who jumped off pier found
Search for missing kayaker

Power outages: Broken wires and  trees have caused a reported 362 outages affecting 13,964 customers, according to United Illuminating as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Schools: Milford Public Schools will be closed Weds and as needed after that.

Halloween: Postponed in Milford until Nov. 7. Many other communities following suit.

Hardware stores:
-Orange Home Depot is all out of generators and many storm-related supplies.
-Milford Lowe's couldn't be reached for comment.

Charging stations in the city:
The Westfield Connecticut Post mall located at 1201 Boston Post Road in Milford opened at 1:00 p.m. Not all of the stores will be open, but there will be free charging stations available to patrons. There is also Wi-Fi at select places, such as Target.

Flooding: list of streets flooded as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Oct 30-1230hrs


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Live updates for Milford on Hurricane Sandy

Street evac list:

Milford CT Slosh Map Full list of supplies for shelter:

UPDATE: From the city:
The National Weather Service has predicted that Milford, and all parts of Connecticut, will be affected by a combined winter and tropical super storm, including torrential rainfall, strong winds, and coastal and inland flooding over a prolonged period between Sunday night through early Wednesday.  

Further, the Weather Service has advised that the storm surge mid-day Monday could be equal to or approximately a foot higher than what was experienced in Tropical Storm Irene.  Even more significant, the Monday evening high tide is predicted to bring flooding equal to or greater than the Hurricane of 1938 - the most severe hurricane to hit the Northeast.   Rainfall is predicted to be anywhere from 3 to 12 inches.  Due to expected sustained winds of 40 to 60 miles per hour with gusts of even greater velocity, damage from fallen trees should be anticipated.
Because the predicted duration of the storm involves multiple cycles of significant tides and related storm surges, this type of storm has been seen by very few of our residents.  For this reason, the City has taken the extreme measure of ordering mandatory evacuations for coastal residents.  Moreover, those residents in non-coastal, low-lying areas prone to flooding should give serious consideration to voluntary evacuation as this storm is predicted to last anywhere from 12 to 48 hours.  Residents are further urged to take precautions to prevent property damage. 

MILFORD-- Hurricane Sandy may force up to 20,000 mandatory evacuations in Milford.

“For all Milford residents, this is a storm like we’ve never seen before,” Mayor Ben Blake said.

Residents in the FEMA slosh zones for category one and two hurricanes have to evacuate by 6:00 p.m. tonight. Residents in slosh zones for category three and four storms may have to be evacuated. City officials will know for certain by the first low tide tomorrow, which happens around 5:15 a.m.

Streets already evacuated include parts of Melba Street, Seabreeze and Bayshore.

High tide levels are expected to be at least as high as they were during Tropical Storm Irene, Blake said. The worst high tide is expected to be on Monday evening.

“That particular high tide and flooding should be like we’ve never experienced since 1938 with that hurricane,” Blake said.

There has also been at least one hurricane-related rescue. A kayaker is still reported missing off the coast of Silver Sands State Park.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m., said Robert Healey, acting fire chief.

“Our guys were able to rescue one kayaker,” he said.

The rescued 21-year-old kayaker was taken to a local hospital for hypothermia.

The Fire Department, Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard were involved in the rescue operation. The Coast Guard sent at least a helicopter for the search effort and there were at least three other boats searching for the kayaker.

The Coast Guard was the last agency still searching for the kayaker as of Sunday afternoon, according to Dennis Shain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Healey said the incident serves as a reminder to residents to stay out of the water and off the beaches until the storm has passed.

Residents who need shelter from the storm can go to Jonathan Law High School on 20 Lansdale Ave. The shelter has 75 beds, food, water and an area for pets. Those who bring their pets must remain at the shelter with them.

As of 5:30 p.m. there were only a handful of residents at the shelter, but there are expected to be more as the storm gets closer, said Dennis McBride, health director for the City of Milford.

“If we need to we will be open until at least Tuesday,” McBride said. “Further than that we will have to see.”

Those with a serious medical condition are asked to first be evaluated at Milford Hospital to see if they would be able to stay at the Jonathan Law High School shelter, McBride said. There are 24-hour nurses at the shelter, however, medical facilities aren’t near hospital level.

The most important thing to remember to bring to the shelter is medical supplies, especially prescription medications, McBride said. Residents should also bring at least one complete change of clothing, personal items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Important papers and identification should also be brought to the shelter.


Friday, October 26, 2012

What Milford needs to know about Hurricane Sandy

MILFORD—City officials are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst for Hurricane Sandy as it barrels its way towards the coastline town.
“Our biggest concern is coastal flooding because even if the storm stays to the south with the moon and tides, we are expecting low lying areas to receive flooding even if the storm doesn’t hit us directly,” said Robert Healey, interim fire chief.
At least seven members of the Fire Department, including Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia and Assistant Chief Alan Zingaro, will technically be retired by the time the storm hits Milford.
“Anytime you lose people it leaves a small gap,” Healey said. “But we have good people who will step up.”
Members who technically retired volunteered to help the department if the storm hits Milford hard, Healey said. LaVecchia is also still the management emergency director for the City.
Jonathan Law High School has received the initial preparation to serve as a 100-bed shelter if it is needed, said Mayor Ben Blake.
Some people, such as Milford resident Christa Kelly, still haven’t had their houses fixed from Tropical Storm Irene.
“It’s truly a nightmare,” she said.
Her house is still on stilts waiting for a permit so a contractor can go ahead with raising the house. In the meantime, she pays about $1,300 a month for the house to remain on the stilts. On top of it, she has to pay rent because her house is uninhabitable at this point.
Contractors told her that the house should be fine when Sandy passes through; however, she is worried about whether or not dirt shifting will have any effect on the project.
“It is what it is at this point,” she said. “Let God do with it as he will.”
The Fire Department has placed members of its staff into different quadrants of the City, said fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Thornberg. Firefighters are prepared in case the city is effectively cut in half by floods.
The City will request large evacuation vehicles from the state as needed, Blake said.
Officials tested warning sirens to alert residents to flooding.
“Milford has 17-and-a-half miles of coastline and we do get flooding quite frequently,” he said.
The Fire Department won’t be entirely all hands on deck for the storm, however, there are contingency plans to bring people in as needed, Healey said.
Police will be patrolling evacuated areas to deter burglaries, said Chief of Police Keith Mello.
Call Rich Scinto (203) 789-5748


Presidential ballots available in Milford

MILFORD--On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (Election Day), between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., applications for Presidential Ballots only will be available in the Board of Education meeting room on the first floor of the Parsons Government Center, 70 West River Street, Milford, CT. 
Voters may access the Board of Education meeting room through door #7, from the circular driveway off Constitution Drive.  There will be signage directing one to the proper location.  In order to vote, one must not be a registered voter; however, you must be a current or former resident of Milford.  

Please have either a current/valid photo ID or copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.  Any questions, please call the City Clerk’s office at (203) 783-3210.

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Milford police arrests include allegedly sexually explicit texts to a minor

Milford Police Department arrests include a 20-year being charged with allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old girl.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Milford police arrests include larcenies, robberies and assaults

Milford Police Department arrests include a larceny, a robbery, and assault charges all in separate cases.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Milford Police Department looking for residents to join citizens academy

Milford Police Department is proud to announce that the sixth session of the Citizens Police Academy will begin on January 9, 2013 and conclude with a graduation ceremony on April 2, 2013. 

The Milford Police Citizens Academy is a 12 week program where the participants will attend a session of two and a half hours each week, learning about the Milford Police Department and the equipment used by the officers. Participants will be introduced to a variety of topic areas including CPR, firearm safety, computer crimes, police K9 teams and will have an opportunity to ride along with an on duty police officer. Sessions will be held at the Milford Police Department. 

The Citizens Academy is open to residents, property or business owners within the city of Milford and 21 years of age. The last day for applications to be accepted will be Friday, November 30, 2012. If you are interested in attending the Citizens Academy please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (203) 874-2366 or obtain an application on our website at

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Live coverage of Milford debate

Milford police arrests include an assault and dui charge

Milford Police Department arrests for Monday include an assault and dui charge.


Lauralton Hall production of CATS musical coming this weekend

From Lauralton Hall:

Courtesy of Lauralton Hall

If you missed seeing CATS on Broadway you will have the chance to catch it in another ‘life’ at the Parsons Complex in Milford, October 26-28.

Lauralton Hall students and faculty are reviving this beloved musical in an amateur production based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, by T.S. Eliot, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

All performances are open to the public and tickets—$15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors—will be available at the door.  Performance times are: Friday, October 26th at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 27th at 7:00pm and Sunday, October 28th at 2:00pm.

Although it is an amateur production, CATS Director Margy Sargent’s approach to bringing the play to the Milford stage was highly professional.

 “Makeup is an integral part of a show like CATS,” says Margy Sargent, Chair of the Lauralton Hall Fine Arts Department. “To bring the production alive I went to New York City, along with Lauralton Hall art teacher Kimberly Rosenberg, and trained with Broadway professional actors, James Hodges (Macavity in the final Broadway production of CATS) and Jacob Brent (Mistoffelees in the movie CATS). That experience was priceless.” 

Margy was thrilled to not only train with these professionals, but to pass this learning experience on to her students.

“The hands-on training the students received is extremely valuable,” she adds. “Not only for those students who want to pursue a theatrical profession, but the growth and confidence all of the students gained through this process is amazing. I am proud of all them and I am excited to share this professionalism with the local community.”

CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical phenomenon, CATS opened in London’s New London Theater on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years.  

CATS was originally presented in London by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theater Co. Limited. It was originally presented in America by The Shubert Organization, The Really Useful Theater Company and David Geffen. 

The original Broadway production was Directed by Trevor Nunn; Associate Directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne; designed by John Napler with orchestration by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  CATS is currently presented through exclusive arrangement with R & H Theatricals and the Really Useful Theater Company Limited.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

2012 Milford Police Academy graduation

Courtesy Milford PD

On October 19, 2012 the Milford Police Department conducted formal graduation exercises honoring the graduates of the 2012 session of the Milford Police Academy.

The program honored 27 Officers representing 9 municipalities including Milford, Ansonia, Greenwich, Naugatuck, New Haven, Orange, Seymour, Stratford and Wallingford Police Departments.
he 2012 Milford Police Academy session began in March 2012 which included 29 weeks of training in a variety of topic areas. Several awards were presented to the graduates including three distinct awards based on academics, commitment and achievements.

 Daniel Scott Wasson Award - Joseph Dempsey (Milford Police Department)
 Arnold Markle Memorial Award – Elizabeth Sterling White (New Haven Police Department)
 Samuel Luciano Award – Alan Pesce (Greenwich Police Department)

Five graduates listed below representing the Milford Police Department will begin their Field Training Program this week.
Officer Brandon Davidson
Officer Joseph Dempsey
Officer Austin Groves
Officer Bryan Jock
Officer Stephen Napoletan

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Jonathan Law hosting annual band competition

The drums will be pounding, the brass will be sparkling, and the flags will be snapping on Saturday evening (10/27)  as the Jonathan Law High School Marching Band and Color Guard will host their Annual MAC Home Show at the school. The competition will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Eight high school marching bands and color guard teams are expected, with nearly 600 students performing throughout the event.  Led by Drum Major Christina Alexopoulos, the Law Band and Color Guard will perform their 2012 show entitled After World.  Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for children.

As a member of the Musical Arts Conference, Jonathan Law’s band and guard compete throughout the fall against other high school marching teams in the tri-state area.  Competitions are adjudicated events -- meaning that professional competition judges are on the field during the performance – evaluating everything from body positioning on the field, music ability, and coordination throughout the piece. Points are assigned to each team based on their review.

Profits from the event, including ticket sales, will stay with the Jonathan Law organization.  If you would like to hear some great marching band music, see some wonderful color guard performances, and help support Jonathan Law, please join us for an evening of fun.

Competition Schedule, October 27th
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Jonathan Law High School
20 Lansdale Avenue, Milford, CT 06460

Marching Band Class I
Masuk Marching Band........................................... 6:00 p.m.
Nyack (NY) Marching Band.................................. 6:15 p.m.

Marching Band Class II
Shelton High School................................................ 6:30 p.m.
Brookfield High School........................................... 6:45 p.m.
Bethel High School.................................................. 7:00 p.m.

Intermission........................................................... 7:15 p.m.
Marching Band Class III
Naugatuck High School.......................................... 8:00 p.m.
Jonathan Law High School.................................... 8:15 p.m.

Marching Band National Class
Trumbull High School Marching Band................ 8:30 p.m.

Awards Presentation (time approx.) ......... 9:20 p.m.

Musical Arts Conference Background:  The Musical Arts Conference (MAC) is a coalition of Music Educators that have formed a non-profit organization in order to create a professional and educational outlet for high school ensembles to compete in.  All rules, regulations and by-laws are created and maintained by the certified educators, which make up this unique organization.  All MAC members will be eligible to participate in marching band, winter guard, winter percussion, jazz ensemble, and concert band competitions.  It is our goal to give every high school performer the opportunity to perform in a professional atmosphere and be evaluated by the most qualified adjudicators available.

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New Haven man accused of robbery at a Milford motel

A New Haven man is facing a long list of charges after an early-morning incident on Sunday at a Milford motel.

Pedro Poupart, 30, is accused of striking and physically restraining his spouse when she attempted to leave the room, according to police.

He also allegedly entered a room of two motel customers, brandished a knife and took their personal property from the room, police said.

Police recovered a knife and a small amount of marijuana from Poupart during his arrest.

He is cahrged with 1st-degree robbery, two counts of 2nd-degree threatening  two counts of 2nd-degree unlawful restraint, 3rd-degree assault, disorderly conduct, 6th-degree larceny, and possession of less than a half an ounce of marijuana.

He was held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Read the rest of the police log here.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Milford busing situation for some Trumbull Vo-Ag students solved

Last month, the Register, Connecticut Post and several other news outlets reported on a controversial situation in Milford where some students who attend The Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology Center had to walk several miles across roads known for frequent accidents.

The two girls profiled in both the Register and the Post, as well as one other student, are now being transported much closer to their home during the afternoon, said David DiPasquale, the father of Gabrielle.

"Hopefully next year there will be two buses," he said. "For now, the situation is resolved."

Editorials and reader submitted articles about the situation
Letter by Barbara Santa Barbara

The change will have a very minor impact on the transportation budget, according to the school system's Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli Jr., as quoted in the Post.

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Milford man arrested for multiple burglaries

Police arrested Michael Spangler, 34, in connection with a number of June burglaries.

Spangler allegedly broke into Howes Drug Store and two homes on Viscount and Riverside Drive, according to police.

He was charged with 3rd, 4th and 6th-degree larceny, 2nd and 3rd-degree criminal mischief and two counts of burglary. He was released on a $26,500 bond.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Milford police educate students on online safety

On Tuesday, October 16th, Detective Richard Frawley from the Milford Computer Crime Unit gave a powerful presentation to students at Lauralton Hall about staying safe in the digital age. His presentation, Social Networking and Digital Pitfalls, covered issues of critical importance to teens including: cyberbullying, sextortion, remote webcams and staying safe on Facebook.

Providing real life examples of how the internet impacts teens, Detective Fowley began his presentation by showing a video created by Amanda Todd, a bullied teen who was cyberstalked and later committed suicide. He also discussed the events that led to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, the student from Rutgers who was filmed by his roommate, and he told the story of a young woman whose dream of being an NFL cheerleader was shattered because of photos taken at a party. “I feel it is important to understand that footprints don’t go away.” Detective Frawley said. “Actions you take today remain forever.”

Lauralton Hall Dean of Student Development Jennifer Casceillo feels it is highly important to offer students programs that help increase awareness of safety precautions in today’s rapidly changing digital world.  “Life lessons don’t always fit neatly within class curriculum and we are fortunate to have members of our community like Detective Frawley who are willing to take time from their busy schedules to speak to our students on highly relevant topics.”

For more information please contact: Cat Urbain at: 203-876-7291, or

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Milford offers Zumba fitness class to residents

The Milford Recreation Department announces its winter Zumba Fitness sessions for adults with instructor Lynn Baglini beginning on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. The classes are available to both residents and non-residents.

Zumba is a Latin inspired, dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements, which create a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system. Zumba means to “move fast and have fun.” The class format combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body in an aerobic/fitness fashion to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits.

Zumba is designed for everyone. Participants of any level or background can start right away. The class is available to anyone 15 years or older. Zumba’s basic steps formula makes it easy for everyone.
The first class is on Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm beginning on November 28. The second class is on Thursday from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and will start on November 29. Both classes will be held at the Margaret Egan Center Gymnasium and run for five (5) weeks. The cost for either class is $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents.

Registration is required prior to the class and both classes are limited in size. For more information please contact Bill Garfield at the Recreation Department (203) 783-3388 or by email

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