Milford Democrats – Headquarters Grand Opening

The grand opening of the Milford Democrats Headquarters will be tonight at 7:00pm at 211 Cherry Street. The message was distributed over the weekend but I will posting an excerpt of the grand opening notification here on the website. Vice-Chair Charlie Montalbano sent out the message;

Please join fellow Democrats at the grand opening of our campaign Headquarters. Food and refreshments will be served.

Please bring your family, neighbors and friends. Let’s kick off this campaign season with a large turnout of support for our candidates. Its always a good time. See you all there.

September 22nd at 7:00PM, 211 Cherry Street (Bob’s and Shoprite Plaza) . Our HQ is in the row of shops on left side.

Our State legislative candidates as well as our Judge of Probate and Registrar are expected to join us in the grand opening of Headquarters.

This will be an excellent opportunity for those to meet the candidates and check out our new campaign office. Volunteer sign up sheets will be available for anyone interested in helping out at Headquarters for the rest of the election season.

“Maroney is a man of integrity, loyalty and unmeasured work ethic” – Letter to the Editor

The Milford Democrats are very proud and happy to share this letter to the editor penned by Scott Schulte in the Connecticut Post.

In the letter Schulte describes Maroney as a man of “integrity, loyalty and unmeasured work ethic”. He shared that he supported Maroney initially when he ran for the Milford Board of Education in the 1st District and was a supporter for his State House run in 2012. Expressing hope that the people of 119th will re-elect Maroney, Schulte closed by “guaranteeing” Maroney will serve the 119th in the best of his ability.

We can not agree more with what Mr. Schulte shared in this letter. James Maroney is a tireless worker on behalf of the constituents of the 119th. Not only his he a family man but also operates and runs his own small business. His work ethic is unparalleled and he is the right choice to represent the 119th.

To view the original letter to the editor, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering for the James Maroney for the 119th campaign this election season make sure to check out the Milford Democrat’s volunteer sign up page here. If you would like a James Maroney lawn sign you can fill out a sign up form here.

Introducing the Sign Up Page for Lawn Signs – Election 2014

GetAttachment.aspxI’m introducing a new page on the Milford Democrats website that will allow users to sign up for lawn signs through the internet. While there is a page to sign up to volunteer for the Milford Democrats this election year (link to the volunteer sign up page here) I will be offering a page dedicated for people to sign up to receive lawn signs of the candidate(s) of their choosing.

Follow the link here to be re-directed to the lawn sign page. There you will be given options of the candidate of your choosing. Keep in mind of your voting district however. If you need help you can check out the Milford Registrar of Voters website here or you can look up your district right here on the Milford Democrats site at this link.

Once you sign up for a lawn sign you will be contacted and arrangements will be made for a pickup or for someone to drop it off conveniently at your residence.

Dept of Consumer Protection – Sunglasses Alert

SunglassesImg2I was just forwarded a press release from the Department of Consumer Protection concerning a alert sent out concerning children’s sunglasses tainted with lead. It’s not political news but I wanted to share this information with the readers and let you know what this has been sent out.

The press release is quoted below

The Department of Consumer Protection is alerting parents and caregivers to a new recall of children’s sunglasses that have been deemed unsafe due to excessive levels of lead.

Consumers should immediately take these sunglasses away from children and return them to the store for a free replacement of refund.

About 215,000 pairs of the sunglasses were sold nationwide at CVS, K-mart, Rite-Aid and Walgreen’s since December 2013.

They sold for between $7 and $13.

The graph below displays the Disney “Cars” version. The graph below details all sunglasses included in this recall.

Style# Brand Colors
S00014SVS999 Marvel Spider-Man Red, blue
S00014SVSBLU Marvel Spider-Man Blue
S00014SVSRED Marvel Spider-Man Red
S00021LKC999 SK2 Sears /Kmart Private Label Blue
S00021SVS999 Marvel Spider-Man Red/black, silver/blue
S01551SDB999 Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Red/white, silver/black
S02964SJN440 Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Blue
S02964SJN999 Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Blue
S03683SDC999 Disney Cars Blue, black, red
S04611SDC001 Disney Cars Red/black
S04611SDC080 Disney Cars Red/Silver
S04611SDC400 Disney Cars Blue/teal/yellow
S04611SDC999 Disney Cars Blue/teal/yellow, red/black, red/silver
S07786SMS500 Disney Doc McStuffins Purple/pink
S07786SMS650 Disney Doc McStuffins Pink/blue
S07786SMS999 Disney Doc McStuffins Purple/pink, pink/blue
S07840SDC999 Disney Cars Red/black
S07841SDC001 Disney Cars Black/silver
S07841SDC440 Disney Cars Blue/red
S07841SDC999 Disney Cars Blue/red, black/silver, black/red


Enjoy the weekend all.

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.