Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Police blotter: 3/27

Three people – including one juvenile – were cited on March 26 after police responded to a disturbance at a home on Manilla Avenue, police say.

Police went to the home around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after getting calls about the disturbance. Police provided no other details, but they ended up seeking charges of disorderly conduct and third-degree assault against Ronald Krieder, 44, and disorderly conduct against Charlene Krieder, 45.

A 14-year-old at the home got a juvenile summons for disorderly conduct.

Charlene and Ronald Krieder were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face those charges. 

Tidbits from EDC meeting

Stopped by the Milford Economic Development Commission meeting this morning and picked up a few local business tidbits for you. Here you go:

-The Colony Grill at the former Harrison's Hardware site should open by May (according to rumors - it's definitely going to open soon, but an exact date isn't firm). In the meantime, whet your whistle on the restaurant's Facebook page:

-The Milford Chamber of Commerce wants to have a Milford Restaurant Week starting Sept. 22 and lasting through that week. During the week, you would get price fixe options at city eateries. 

-The EDC applied for a little over $30 million in aid from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department for Hurricane Sandy relief for homeowners. A tentative timetable for that money getting to Milford is a little over 4 months, but maybe sooner. 

-The Milford Film Festival might happen Sept. 6 and 7. A "major celebrity" may be a spokesperson for it. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Get the Carter Mario scholarship

Carter Mario

If you’re a high school senior who likes safe driving and needs some extra cash for college, you may want to “Get Carter.”

The Milford-based Carter Mario law firm is offering $20,000 in college scholarships for high school seniors. The Arrive Alive scholarship helps students pay for college, but it’s also a vehicle to show the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

To apply, seniors must prepare a presentation on driving safety focusing on the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. Available are six scholarships for video presentations, two for graphic presentations, and two for written presentations (including essays, songs, and brochures).

Carter Mario and his staff will judge the presentations awarding $2,000 to 10 seniors from Connecticut who plan to attend a four-year college or university beginning next fall.

"As we celebrate our eighth year of supporting the academic excellence of Connecticut’s youth and encouraging our young people to make smart decisions while behind the wheel, our goal remains the same,” Mario, president and CEO of the firm, said in a press release. ”If we can help to save one life, it is worth it. This scholarship program is our firm taking a stance on distracted driving and alcohol abuse by our state’s teens."

Carter Mario created the Arrive Alive scholarship in 2006. Since then, 63 students have received scholarships totaling $64,000. The award doubled this year from its usual $10,000 amount.

Want to apply? Follow this link:, or visit your guidance counselor. Applicants must postmark submissions by March 25. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Police Blotter: 3/14

Incidents of note from the daily Milford police department press release:

Police arrested Daniel Seifert, 22, of Red Root Laneafter 1 a.m. Thursday for failure to display a registration plate and driving under the influence. 

Police said they spotted Seifert's car driving down Bridgeport Avenue with no front license plate. When they stopped him, police alleged, they found that he was drunk; they said that a breathalyzer test revealed he had an elevated blood alcohol level. 

Held on a $500 bond, Seifert has an April 11 court date. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Police Blotter: 3/11

Incidents of note from the daily Milford police department press release:

Police arrested a Welches Point Road man after they got a complaint of a domestic disturbance at a home there just after midnight on Tuesday morning.

Sergio Soler, 32, threatened to harm another resident of the home in the presence of a child, police said. Police contacted the Department of Children and Families to respond to the home.

Held on $10,000 bond, Soler faces charges of disorderly conduct, risk of injury, and second-degree threatening.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's smooth jazz time again in Milford

MILFORD — The Annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert has been set for Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2013 and will be held at the Parsons Complex in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  The complex is located at 70 West River Street, Milford, Conn., 06460.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. The sponsors for this year's show are Courtney Honda of Milford, Barrett Outdoor Communications Inc., Briarpatch Enterprises and The Milford Bank.

Now in its 11th year, world renowned jazz musician and local resident Jay Rowe is excited about this year's event.  Rowe donates a portion of the ticket sales back to the Milford Public Schools Music Dept. as a way to thank the educators who were there at the beginning of his musical career.  He is a graduate of Calf Pen Elementary and Joseph A. Foran High School.  Since its inception, Rowe has donated more than $46,000 to the Milford music program.

Rowe will have two separate artist line-ups for each night.  The April 26th show will feature guitarists Nick Colionne and Marc Antoine, pianist Alex Bugnon, and saxophonist Nelson Rangell.  The April 27th show will feature guitarists Jeff Golub and Chieli Minucci and saxophonists Marion Meadows and Vincent Ingala.  The backup band for both nights will include Rohn Lawrence (guitar), Trever Somerville (drums), Dave Anderson (bass) and percussionist Steve Scales who has performed with the Talking Heads, Tina Turner and Michael Bolton. The group is looking forward to two wonderful nights of great music, great fun and a great benefit to the school system.

"I am so pleased to be able to bring a show of this quality to our small, beautiful city for two nights  - it gives residents the opportunity to see a first-rate festival like performance right here in town, without having to travel to New Haven, Hartford, or NYC," Rowe commented.  "And, of course, I am so pleased to be able to contribute in this way to our schools.  To bring awareness and attention to the importance of music education is tantamount, for me."

Rowe has performed and recorded with the elite in the world of jazz throughout the world and has played in many major jazz festivals across the U.S., and around the world, including Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Norway, Germany, Holland, South Africa, China and Indonesia.  As a solo artist, he has recorded and released five CDs, "A Dream I Had" (1994), "Jay Walking" (1997), "Laugh Out Loud" (2001), and "Red, Hot and Smooth" (2006) and "Live At Daniel Street"(2011).

"I am pleased to finally be able to present this concert on two nights instead of one.  Many of our long time supporters of this event are travelling to Milford from out of state and now it is really worthwhile for them to come here for two shows instead of one.  This will hopefully help the audience grow and help local hotels and other businesses in town while at the same time raise more money for the public schools music department," Rowe commented.

Tickets are $40 each for each night and $70 each for both nights and are available at Café Atlantique, The Canvas Patch, Milford Fine Arts Center, Arcioulo's Shoe Store and Villa Gourmet.  For tickets and information, you may also visit or call (203) 874-4150.

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Milford's lawmaker Slossberg supports Connecticut small buisness grant

HARTFORD, CT – Noting the overwhelmingly support for the program from business owners, State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) today voted with the Senate in passing a bill that will make funds available to support Connecticut small businesses through the Small Business Express (EXP) program.

Senate Bill 801, “AN ACT MAKING MANUFACTURING ASSISTANCE ACT FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPRESS PROGRAM,” allows state funds that had already been made available for manufacturing and related development to be re-directed to EXP.

“This program has empowered our region’s businesses with the capacity to grow their operations and create new jobs,” said Sen. Slossberg. “Small businesses are the backbone of our state, and this program is helping them turn around our economy.”

The bill authorizes an additional $60 million in general obligation bonds for EXP, increasing its total bond authorization from $100 million to $160 million. It does this by taking portions of the bonds that had been previously authorized for different purposes under Connecticut’s Manufacturing Assistance Act program (MAA) and giving them to EXP.

Created in 2011, EXP provides matching grants and deferrable or forgivable loans under a streamlined application process to Connecticut-based businesses with fewer than 100 employees and that meet other criteria. Grant and loan amounts range from $10,000 to $300,000, and eligible businesses can use the funds to acquire machinery and equipment, construct facilities or make leasehold improvements, cover moving expenses, or meet working capital needs

As of January 25, EXP had distributed $29.2 million to Connecticut companies to create or retain 7,011 jobs in the state, including jobs in manufacturing, retail, financial services, hospitality and tourism, construction and healthcare. Fifteen businesses in Milford, Orange, and West Haven have created 39 new jobs and retained more than 155 since participating in EXP.

Information was submitted by Slossberg's press office in a press release. 

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Milford Recreation offers spring zumba fitness

MILFORD — The Milford Recreation Department announces its spring Zumba Fitness sessions for adults with instructor Lynn Baglini beginning on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. 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 every one.

The first class is on Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm beginning on April 3. The second class is on Thursday from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and will start on April 4. Both classes will be held at the Margaret Egan Center Gymnasium and run for 12 weeks. The cost for either class is $65 for residents and $70 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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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Chief at Arts Council

Just got a release from the Milford Arts Council. Van Parker resigned as executive director, Paige Miglio will take his place on Monday:
...  Van Parker, has regretfully submitted his resignation to join his wife who has taken a corporate management position in Virginia. We wish them well with their move.The board has offered the position of executive director to Paige Miglio and she has accepted. Paige is a Milford resident and is active in the community as well as a member of the MFAC.  She is a professional artist who is creative and passionate about the arts. We are very excited about her new role with MFAC.
According to Miglio's LinkedIn page, she went to the Rhode Island School of Design (one of the top art schools in America), and is active in Milford Murals and the yacht club.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Milford Economic Development Outlook

MILFORD--H. Mangels is moving into a co-share space inside The Villa Gourmet's shop on River Street; It is most likely that SuziCakes Cupcakes (previously located in Woodmont) will take over the former H. Mangels site on River Street.

Smith Craft sold most of their buildings to a development group out of Arizona, Wolf Development. 

KBC Electronics Inc. has purchased an industrial building at 273 Pepes Farm Road in Milford for $630,000.  The firm acquired the 8,044-square-foot building, the former Baron Consulting headquarters, from Baron's founder Harry Agahigian.  The purchase converts KBC Electronics from a tenant in Orange into a building owner in Milford.

Baron will move its operations to a newly leased 3,200-square-foot building at 181 Research Drive in Milford. Its new location is equipped with a working laboratory, necessary for the firm's chemical analysis, environmental, biochemical, biotechnical and industrial hygiene testing operations.

Fairfield-based Angel Commercial represented all parties in the purchase and lease negotiations
American Custom, LLC, relocates to Milford from Fairfield through leasing approximately 3,000 SF of industrial space at 43 Eastern Steel Road. Founded in 1998, American Custom creates custom motorcycle exhaust pipes which control performance and sound to enable the rider to change the sound of their bike from loud and rumbling to street friendly. Angel Commercial represented both parties in this transaction.

Dan Bagley has acquired the building that his restaurant, Al Dente’s, was located at 128 Bridgeport Ave.  He plans on renovating and reopening a restaurant at that location.  

The following information was submitted by Economic Development Director Robert Gregory in a press release. 

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Milford Recreation offers outdoor summer basketball clinic

MILFORD-- The Milford Recreation Department is proud to announce that registration for its Outdoor Summer Basketball Clinic with, Steve Schuler will begin April 1, 2013. The clinic is for Milford Resident boys and girl’s age’s six to eleven. The program format will stress the FUNdamentals of basketball. It will be held at the Fowler Field Basketball Courts (behind the library). A morning and afternoon session will be offered for the first week of camp. The program will run Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 11:30am or 12:00pm – 3:00pm the dates listed below. The registration fee is $60.00 per morning or afternoon session or $120.00 for a full day. Each participant will receive one clinic t-shirt. In the event of rain, call (203) 783-3280. There are no make-up dates or credits/refunds for cancelations due to inclement weather.
  Session I   June 24th – June 28th Both Sessions
Session II    July 1st – July 5th Morning Session
Session III   July 22nd – July 26th Morning Session
Session IV  July 29th – August 2nd Morning Session
Session V   August 12th – August 16th Morning Session
Session VI  August 19th – August 23rd Morning Session

Please go to and create an account in order to register for Outdoor Summer Basketball Clinic.

For more information regarding the Outdoor Summer Basketball Clinic please contact Rich Minnix at or 203-783-3387

Information was submitted via press release. 

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Lauralton Hall Athletes to Sign National Letter of Intent

MILFORD:  Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce that two of its star athletes, seniors Alyssa Fratarcangeli of Milford and Caitlin Bennett of Fairfield, will be signing National Letters of Intent. The press is invited to attend the signing ceremony which will be held in the Lauralton Hall Athletic Center on Wednesday, March 6th at 2:30pm.  Alyssa Fratarcangeli will be signing to play soccer at the University of Massachusetts and Caitlin Bennett will be signing to play field hockey at Fairfield University.

As field hockey goalie Caitlin Bennett set a single-season school record with 15 shutouts and tied her own single-season school record by allowing just seven goals in 21 games.  Caitlin led the Crusaders to the South West Conference Patriot Division title and SWC tournament co-championship and reached the Class S semifinals as the top-seeded team.  A two-time Register All-Area, all-state, All-SWC, Connecticut Post All-Star, Caitlin was selected for the Senior All-Star game and participated in the National Field Hockey Festival in Florida in November.  Caitlin also plays field hockey for the Competitive Edge travel team and is currently participating in the Futures Field Hockey program.

A four year started for the Varsity Soccer Program at Lauralton Hall, Alyssa Fratarcangeli scored 35 career goals for the Varsity team and had 48 career assists.  Alyssa was an Honorable Mention to the All SWC team her freshman year; to the All Patriot Division team her sophomore year, and as a junior and senior, she was one of the first picked for the All SWC Team.  In addition to her league honors, Alyssa was named to the New Haven Register All Area team in 11th and 12th grade, the Connecticut Post All Star Team, the Connecticut All State Girls Soccer team as a Junior and Senior, and was also a two time member of the All New England team, a first for Lauralton Hall.  Alyssa also plays soccer for the CFC Premier Program.

The Athletic Center is located on the Lauralton Hall campus at 200 High Street, Milford. For more information please contact Nicolle Camara at: 203-877-2786, ext. 136 or 

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Rosa DeLauro Day in Milford

This happened on Saturday: