Milford’s Own Claire Phelan – Service Details

ClairePhelanIn a follow up to my original post on Claire Phelan, who departed with us on Saturday August 25th, I will be posting details on funeral and visitation arrangements for Claire including a link to her obituary, information on extra parking space during her wake, and where you can send donations in honor of her memory.

You can view Claire’s notice at the George J Smith website and from there you are more than welcome to not only view her obituary but also leave any condolences, share stories or pictures you have of Claire.

  • Visitation
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
    4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home
    135 North Broad St., Milford, CT (Map & Directions)
  • Service
    Thursday, August 28th, 2014
    (Leaving funeral home at 10:30am)
    St. Agnes Church
    Merwin Ave, Milford (Map & Directions)
  • Interment Information
    St. Mary’s Cemetery
    Buckingham Avenue, Milford (Map & Directions)
  • Reception Information
    St. Agnes Church Hall

Condolence cards can be sent to Kate Phelan, Liz Rivera, and Jim Phelan / Phelan Family at 7 Grove Street, Woodmont (Milford) CT 05450.

Extra parking for visitation will be available behind 84 South Broad Street.

Donations may be made to Bridges ( Look for the tab “Help Build Bridges” and select your preferred method to support this organization. Claire was so active and important to Bridges; the organization was very dear to her and she worked so hard to ensure its success.

Claire Phelan – An Amazing Individual Remembered

ClairePhelanIt is with the utmost sadness that I post this evening about the passing a great Democratic Party leader and friend, Claire Plehan, who passed away today on Saturday August 23rd. Claire was an instrumental part of not only the 4th District of the Milford Democratic Town Committee but the entire Milford Democratic Party. A great friend and mentor to many within Milford, she will be an irreplaceable advocate for causes in Milford and across the State.

Milford DTC Vice-Chairman Charlie Montalbano released this statement which he has sent via email to members of the Milford Democratic Town Committee. I will publish his words below;

My Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I bring you the news of the passing of Claire Phelan. Claire was an extraordinary human being. Rich Smith often called her the conscience of the Democratic party, He is right. Claire fought for the causes she was passionate about until the very last. While she struggled with hearing loss, she made sure that everyone’s voice was heard. She made all feel worthwhile. We are fortunate to have had her with us for so long. She will be missed, but her impact will be felt for many years to come.

Claire’s was a life well lived.

I will pass along arrangement information when it is available.


Claire will be deeply missed by everyone and I hope that during this time we remember all the good she has done to so many people and all the work she has done for her friends and community. When information comes in for services I will be updating the Milford Democrat’s website to include it for readers.

McKinney’s Plan Doesn’t Make Sense; Labeled “ill-considered”

John_McKinneyIn an article published by the Connecticut Post last Friday, state legislator John McKinney’s plan to eliminate middle-income taxes for those making less than $75,000 per year was put into question.

McKinney, the state Senate minority leader, said the $746 million cost of the tax break for a million Connecticut residents would be covered by laying off middle-management positions in state government, forcing concessions from state unions and ending the Earned Income Tax Credit for Connecticut’s poorest residents, among other things. He said he plans to cut more than $1.4 billion from the $19 billion state budget.

The proposal, which would take effect in 2017, was immediately criticized by McKinney’s political opponents, labor leaders and a University of Connecticut economist, who warned that the spending cuts could hurt the economy.

McKinney was put under the microscope by Larry Dorman of the Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees who said that McKinney’s plan is a “bad idea from every conceivable angle”.

Dorman claims the plan would weaken the middle class in the State and changes to the to state pension would require approval of the employees. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees represents 16,000 state employees.

Fred Carstensen, the director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at the University of Connecticut, said the plan was “ill-considered” and didn’t make sense. Without hard numbers the plan can not be fleshed out.

A “Weekend of Action” for the Milford Democrats

elections_politicsAn update from the campaign trail:

This Saturday and Sunday (July 19th and 20th) will be a “Weekend of Action” for Milford and other local democrats as they convene to canvass and phone bank across Milford to drum up voters this campaign season.

There will be a special guest attending the event here in Milford and that will be US Senator Chris Murphy, who’ll be greeting and interacting with the volunteers who attend the “Weekend of Action” on Saturday.

  • Where: 75 New Haven Avenue, Milford CT (next to the Milford Library and across the Fire Station). There are parking spaces behind the library to park.
  • What: On July 19th and 20th local democrats will be out walking and phone banking to reach out to voters.
  • What time to be there: Canvassing and phone banking shifts start from 12-2pm and 2-4pm on BOTH days.
  • Who: Volunteers will be canvassing and phone-banking for our Gubernatorial and other State candidates who are running for re-election this year.
  • What to bring: Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or bring an extra pair of shoes to leave at the office when you come back from walking. Bring an extra pen or pencil and if you have a smartphone do bring it to the event. Canvassers, if they are interested, can utilize the VoteBuilder app (known as the CT MiniVAN) and when they go out to canvass they can look at canvass areas and mark voters from the comfort of their phone. If you only have a regular cell flip-phone or no mobile device do not worry; there will be paper copies of the canvass areas to bring out to walk and mark voters by regular pen or pencil.
  • What to expect: For first-time volunteers do not worry; there will be plenty of people there to assist and help you carry out your first canvass/phone bank event. For seasoned volunteers expect to team up in pairs of two and if you have a smartphone you will have the chance to use the VoteBuilder app when walking. If you are used to using regular, paper walk sheets those will be available to take as well.

In the event you can not attend this canvassing event that is not a problem. On Mondays and Wednesdays there are phone banking events taking place at 75 New Haven Avenue here in Milford from 6-8pm. There are also regular canvassing parties that take place at the same location from 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

For any questions please contact the Democratic Field Organizer for Milford Peter Grimson at 815-970-0023 or email him at

James Maroney Endorsed by the Connecticut Education Association

JamesMaroneyJames Maroney, State Representative for the 119th (Milford, Orange), announced this morning that he has received the endorsement from the Connecticut Education Association for his re-election efforts.

The Connecticut Education Association is an organization comprising of over 43,000 members that consist of current, former and future teachers in the State of Connecticut. In a statement delivered to Representative Maroney the President of the CEA, Sheila Cohen, said that the CEA has designated Maroney as a “CEA Friend of Education” and that the organization has given their endorsement for Maroney’s re-election in the 119th House District. Cohen went onto praise Maroney’s commitment to education in the General Assembly and being in advocate for teachers and students.

In a press release that was posted on the Milford Patch Maroney said that he was “thrilled” to have received the endorsement from the CEA and pledged to continue working on behalf of public education. To have a strong, thriving educational system Maroney said “is essential to full and complete economic recovery”, believing that the foundation set by the educators will “lay the groundwork for the future success of our children”.

James Maroney has been serving as State Representative of the 119th since 2013 and previously served on the Milford Board of Education from the 1st District as Majority Leader. Maroney is the owner and director of “First College Choice Placement” where students are prepped and tutored on the SAT and ACT tests. Maroney has an office in downtown Milford but recently First College Choice has opened up locations in Norwalk, Monroe and Wallingford. First College Choice Placement also partnered up with All-Star Driver last fall in an article covered by the Connecticut Post.

To continue to receive updates from James Maroney and follow the news from the campaign trail check out these links:

Keep up the great work, James!

A Happy July 4th from the Milford Democrats

July 4th


While the campaigns are mobilizing for the upcoming election season, making phone calls and hitting on doors, let us take time to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. Many of us will be with friends or family and will be enjoying the fine firework shows along the Milford shoreline or in the backyard. Keep in mind that safety comes first and unless you want to spend the night at the hospital because a firecracker shot up your nose, you’ll want to remember to handle the fireworks with care.

The Milford Democrats look forward to the fireworks tonight and we hope that everyone enjoys themselves. After tonight it is back to work for many of our candidates and you may see them around walking this weekend.

Milford Veteran News & Events

WarMemorialDowntownA very important and helpful event will be hosted this week over at the Travis C Kitchen VFW Post 7788 Devon. The Milford Delegation (James Maroney-119th, Kim Rose-118th, Paul Davis-117th and Gayle Slossberg-14th) have announced that a Veterans Resource Fair will be held on Tuesday June 24th over at the VFW Post 778 and it will be hosted by several agencies (federal, state and local) to discuss veterans benefits that are currently open to state veterans and their families.

The VFW Post 7788 is located at 422 Naugatuck Ave and the Resource Fair will be held between 5:30 to 7:30pm. The event will be free to veterans and their family members! The view the original article on the Veterans Resource Fair, check out the Milford-Orange Bulletin’s piece.

In other news relating to the Travis C Kitchen VFW Post 7788 the 118th’s Kim Rose was elected President of the Travis C Kitchen VFW Post 7788 Ladies Auxiliary last week. She noted that the Ladies Auxiliary will be kicking off a Milford Welcomes Veterans discount program and that will be one of their big projects for the year.

To keep up with the latest updates on your State Representatives and State Senator, check out their official websites;