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!

Milford Public Library – June 2015 Schedule

Head to the Milford Public Library this month for book discussions, movies, educational classes, computer instruction, story times and more!

The Milford Public Library is located at 57 New Haven Avenue right here in Milford, Connecticut. If you want to treat yourself, friends or loved ones the Milford Public Library certainly has a wide variety of activities going on this month!

Please click the link below to be redirected to a PDF version of the June 2015 schedule (printer friendly versions are in attachments under the link). Comment below if you have any issues opening or viewing the schedule in the link;

2015 June Milford Public Library Schedule


7th Annual Milford Democratic Awards Dinner Recap

Milford Dems LogoLast night, June 4th, 2015, at Aldario’s Restaurant here in Milford, Connecticut the 7th Annual Milford Democratic Party Awards Dinner took place.

George Jepsen, Attorney General of Connecticut, was the recipient of the “Democrat of the Year Award“. George took the oath of office as Attorney General in 2011; before taking office he was a practicing lawyer for 26 years. He has a long history in state government that started in 1987 when he was elected to Stamford’s 148 State House District. He went on to serve as State Senator in the 27th State Senatorial District from 1990 to 2003. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Democratic State Party Chairman from 2003-2005. Recently he praised the passage of Senate Bill 949, An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness, which includes several changes to the state’s data breach notification law.

Una Glennon was the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award“. An active member of the Milford Democratic Town Committee for more than 30 years, she served on the mayoral campaign of Alberta Jagoe and worked with many mayoral campaigns during her time. Una also served on the Board of Alderman for eight years where she also acted as the liaison to the Board of Education. Other accolades include her serving on the State Central Committee and being a member of several local boards and commissions.

Richard Conine was the recipient of the “Outstanding Community Service Award“. Richie credits his father, Tom Conine, for planting his family’s roots in Milford in 1949 with the opening of Milford Seafood. Richie operates the Stonebridge Restaurant in Downtown Milford on Daniel Street with his family and has a long history of community involvement here in town. He is known for his generosity to a number of Milford community organizations and for volunteering to serve on numerous local committees.

The 7th Annual Milford Democratic Awards also had the great pride of honoring the recipients of the 1st Annual Claire Phelan Scholarship Award. Students from Jonathan Law and Joseph A. Foran High School were given the scholarship award, named in the memory of Claire Phelan. Sara Dato and Kyle-Gabriel Tan from Jonathan Law and Elizabeth Hull and Drew Lenz from Foran High School were given the scholarship. We wish you great success in your college studies.

Big thank you to all who helped organize the dinner and a thank to everyone who took out ad space in the Milford Democrat’s ad book this year!

Congratulations to all the honorees of the 7th Annual Milford Democratic Party Awards Dinner. We thank you for your public service!

“Wear Orange” on National Gun Violence Awareness Day – June 2nd, 2015

WearOrange3Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, our two United States Senators from Connecticut, are participating in this upcoming campaign to “Wear Orange” on June 2nd, 2015 for the inaugural “National Gun Violence Awareness Day”.

Wear Orange is a new campaign that amplifies existing efforts to reduce gun violence in America and helps honor the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day.

Anyone can join the Wear Orange campaign by visiting and using the website’s pledge tool to change their social media profile picture or share why they’ll be #WearingOrange on June 2, the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

For more information on the “Wear Orange” campaign for the “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” click here to visit their main website. There you can see their campaign overview and a list of partners which are supporting the effort.

To learn about the history and creation of the “Wear Orange” effort you can view this article in the “Chicago Sun Times” by clicking here.

Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America – Milford Notice

From aSpecial-Olympics-relay press release

Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America Celebration coming through Milford, Connecticut!

The Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America is a historic event with three simultaneous torch runs, held from East Coast to West Coast, to kickoff the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California.

Please join in Milford’s celebration of the Unified Relay as the torch passes through Milford! Saturday, May 30 Milford Green Gazebo 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The event will feature a celebration of all Milford’s Special Olympics programs including school-based Unified Sports and adult programs.

Join us for an awards ceremony, face painting, field games, and to cheer on the Milford relay team as they carry the torch through Milford!

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and over 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games (July 25-August 2) will be the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.

ESPN will broadcast the Opening Ceremonies live on July 25!

For inquiries please contact Lisa Kovlakas (860-329-1358)

To check out their official website, click here. To follow them on Facebook, check out their page here and leave a “Like”.