Thank you, Alan Jepson


Photo credit; Christian Abraham

After a long and storied career in public service, Alan Jepson today passed away. Jepson, former Mayor of Milford and City Clerk, was a titan in the Milford Democratic Party and faithful public servant to the community of Milford, Connecticut. His presence and guidance will be greatly missed.

Coined as “Mr. Milford” Jepson served as Mayor of Milford from 1963 to 1969 and was the City Clerk for 22 years, from 1987 to 2009. He was known for surpassing party lines and worked with people from both political parties.

During his remaining days as City Clerk he was covered by the Connecticut Post in 2009. A war veteran, Jepson last October was presented a Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame induction certificate; he served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Before he retired from the City Clerk’s office, his re-election campaign was covered back in 2007.

Wednesday July 28th UpdateCalling hours are Monday, August 3rd from 2pm to 7pm at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N. Broad St. Milford. A funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s Church, 71 River St., Milford on Tuesday, August 4th at 10:30am. Meet directly at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Peter’s Church or the Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT 06460. To leave condolences or for directions, please visit here.

Milford DTC Meeting Notice – Nomination of Candidates – July 23rd, 2015

On July 23rd, 2015 the attendance of the members of the Milford Democratic Town Committee is requested to officially nominate candidates for Mayor, City Clerk, Board of Aldermen, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning and Constables for this year’s upcoming municipal election here in Milford, Connecticut.

When: July 23rd, 2015 at 7:00pm EST

Where: Milford City Hall, 110 River Street

Members are welcome to invite their friends and family to attend the gathering. The public can attend as well. During the nominating process only members of the Milford Democratic Town Committee can vote.

After the nominations are complete you are welcome to head down to Stonebridge Restaurant in celebration of the nominees. Stonebridge is located around the corner at 50 Daniel Street.

River Street Wednesdays – “Wood Turning” Lessons on July 15th

LessonInWordTurningAs part of the ongoing “River Street Wednesday” series here in Milford, Connecticut “A Lesson in Wood Turning” will be presented by MJKS Woodworking on July 15th, 2015 at 12pm on 110 River Street.

Originally announced in April by Mayor Ben Blake and the Milford Arts Council, River Street Wednesdays are events that provides the community an opportunity to gather, connect and enjoy Downtown Milford together.

Click on this link to read the press release for River Street Wednesdays put out in April and look to the right of this post to open the promotional image made for the upcoming event. A schedule of future River Street Wednesdays can be found in the press release.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets/chairs as well as a picnic lunch. People can even get lunch at one of the numerous eateries downtown and bring it to this event coming up on the 15th. A list of restaurants and shops to visit before (and after) the events can be found at the website of the Downtown Milford Business Association.

The River Street Wednesdays schedule is as following;

May 27 Organic Gardening: Rewarding and Fun Linda Ball
June 3 Yoga for all Levels Kelly Warters
June 10 Birding and Bino Basics CT Audubon Society Coastal Center
June 17 An Acoustic Afternoon with Dan Labich Dan Labich
June 24 Adventures in Art and Sidewalk Chalk Milford Arts Council
July 1 Milford’s History Matters Milford Preservation Trust
July 8 Paparazzi Run Milford Photo
July 15 A Lesson in Wood Turning MJKS Woodworking
July 22 Story time with Anthony Paolucci Anthony Paolucci
July 29 Flower Arranging Fleurescent
August 5 Fencing Demonstration Milford Fencing Club
August 12 K-9 Unit Demonstration Milford Police Department K-9 Unit
August 19 Pantochino Pop Up Theatre: Cinderella Italiano! Pantochino Productions Inc.
August 26 Milford Ghost Stories Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks

Mayor Blake, Advocates for the disabled gather at City Hall

ADAMilford15Mayor Ben Blake and advocates for the disabled recently gathered at City Hall here in Milford, Connecticut to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Act was signed into law in 1990, prohibiting discrimination against the disabled. From the Milford City Hall Facebook page;

Advocates for people with disabilities, including members of the Center for Disability Rights and Milford’s CT Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities, gathered at City Hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law on July 26, 1990, basic access has been expanded to millions of Americans previous denied basic rights and opportunities.

A video of the gathering was filmed by the Milford Mirror. The Milford City Hall Facebook page posted some pictures from the event as well. The video itself has been uploaded to Youtube and can be watched down below;

Interested in learning more about the ADA? Head to their official website here. You can also head over to the website for the Center for Disability Rights here and the Facebook page for the Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities here.

Happy to see our Mayor take part in this occasion! Thank you to all who volunteer to help give a voice and a lending hand to those with disabilities who can not do it for themselves.

Ben Blake for Mayor Email Sign Up


Want to be up to date on the news and events of Ben Blake’s re-election campaign? They recently released a formal sign up page where you can enter in your name and receive future updates/alerts straight to your email from the campaign.

Take a moment to head to this link here and subscribe to their mailing list. You’ll receive information on any important fundraisers, campaign events and other special dates for the campaign.

Be sure to also follow the campaign through social media and look for updates as well on Ben Blake’s official re-election website. Leave a “Like” on their Facebook page here and “bookmark” Ben’s re-election website here.

Interested in volunteering for the upcoming mayoral campaign? Head over to the website and fill out their volunteer contact form here.

Education Highlight – James Maroney on the “New SAT Test”

James-Maroney2In the June 18th edition of the “Orange Times” former State Representative James Maroney (119th – Milford, Orange) wrote a piece for the newspaper highlighting changes coming to the SAT test in high schools.

“The SAT test is being dramatically redesigned,” wrote Maroney, “…The new SAT actually more closely resembles the ACT test ( i.e. SAT’s chief competitor) than it does the current SAT”

“The new test will have 5 sections, with the fifth section being an optional essay. There will be an emphasis on finding evidence to support answers and, in fact, there is a new question type where students will need to select the line numbers that support their answer”

Maroney went onto explain what each of the five sections will comprise of. For example he explained that two sections will be devoted to math. There will be a 25 minute/20 question calculator free section and a 55 minute/38 question section where you can use the calculator.

The full article in PDF form can be viewed on the Orange Times website here. James’ piece can be found on page 11.

Recently James was appointed to the state Planning Commission for Higher Education. In a press release State Senator Gayle Slossberg and State Representative Kim Rose praised his appointment to the Commission.

“I am pleased that Sen. Duff has recognized the good work that James did while representing his district by appointing him to serve in this important role,” Rep. Kim Rose (D-Milford) said. “James has a lot of experience in the education field as the owner of his own college placement and prep business in Milford. That experience will be a valuable asset to the commission.”

In addition to serving on the state Planning Commission for Higher Education, James is a small business owner (he also volunteers a lot of his time to local activities) and is a former member of the Milford Board of Education.  Keep up the great work, James!

Rep Rose Praises Women’s Caucus Charity Success

Kim-RoseState Representative Kim Rose of the 118th recently praised the legislature’s Women’s Caucus on raising over $2000 during a “Dress Down” day at the Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. Rose, a co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, released a press release on her website which announced the group’s effort and success.

From the press release;

During Friday’s legislative House session, the Women’s Caucus sponsored a building-wide “dress down” day to raise money for the American Lung Association’s Lung Force Campaign and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  Legislators, staff, lobbyists and guests at the State Capitol were encouraged to show their support by wearing turquoise in solidarity with the American Lung Association and purple for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and were able to donate $5 to “dress down” and $10 to “dress up” with all proceeds being split evenly between the two charities.

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women in the United States.

“One of the things I love about my job in the legislature is the unique opportunity we have to make a difference,” Rep. Rose said. “I thank all my colleagues and supporters for their kind donations and for joining our mission to raise awareness on these illnesses.”

To view the full press release, please click here. Recently, the Women’s Caucus was featured in more detail on Rose’s website. Her post can be found here.

Would you like to receive email update from Kim Rose’s legislative office? Sign up on her main page. Rose is also an active social media user and posts frequently on her Facebook page; to receive instant updates from Kim herself, leave a “Like” on her Facebook here.

Good job, Kim!