School Resource Officers (SROs) Topic of April 30th Board of Education Meeting

The next BOE Meeting, TUESDAY, APRIL 30th, has ben moved to CITY HALL. The meeting start time will now be 6:30 p.m.

From the Milford Public School’s website:

This meeting will include a presentation and discussion on the potential of School Resource Officers (SROs) in the Milford Public Schools, with a focus on the role of an SRO and the benefits to the Milford children, the school system and the community.

The BOE members will hear from Dr. Feser, Superintendent of Schools, as well as Chief Keith Mello from the Milford Police Dept. and Mr. William (Bill) Richards (Coordinator of the School Safety Working Committee).

Additionally, Dr. David Bernstein will be joining the discussion as an expert in the field of Threat Assessment. Dr. Bernstein has held appointments at Yale University School of Medicine and Harvard University Medical School, where he completed his residency in Forensic Psychology in the Department of Law and Psychiatry. Additionally he has attended training with the United States Secret Service and currently serves as a consultant for state and federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI.

As always, all members of the public are welcome to attend.

If the SRO program moves forward, this is a big change for Milford schools. Residents should attend or watch this meeting to stay informed.

Milford Students Join the 50K Challenge

By Phyllis Swebilius @ nhregister.com

MILFORD — Micheala Baldwin, 20, said she was cleaning the debris-strewn basketball courts at Fowler Field “because I want to help Mother Nature and I’m sick of people littering.”

Jessica Fucci, 20, said she wanted “to keep Milford clean.”

“I don’t like it when the people throw garbage in the beaches,” Brayan Ramirez, 21, said.

The three were among eight students Friday, armed with plastic bags and gloves, who took part in the city’s 50K Challenge to help pick up 50,000 pieces of litter by May 11.

As of Monday, Earth Day, 25,210 pieces were recorded.

Within minutes, the students had scooped up beverage containers, food wrappers and plastic bags from along the chain-link fence and retrieved bottle caps from under the benches.

Their commitment to the city drew praise from 50K By Earth Day organizer Steve Johnson, who called them “an inspiration for everybody in Milford.”

“Their messages about why this is important to them were right from the heart. Their sense of caring and taking the time to make a difference is a reminder to all of us that every good word and deed has immense power,” said Johnson, city open-space and natural resource agent.

Charles Montalbano plans run for Milford City Clerk

Milford Mirror Reports:

Charles Montalbano has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination to run for Milford City Clerk against incumbent Linda Stock in November.

“I enter this race simply because I think I would do a good job for our city and our residents,” Montalbano said. “I will look to develop an atmosphere in which our citizens are welcomed in the city clerks’ office, where each will receive the assistance they require in a timely and efficient manner. I’d also like to see a greater leveraging of technologies which might allow people to transact more of their city business from the comfort of their own homes instead of having to drive into a city office.”

Montalbano is a commissioner on Milford Redevelopment and Housing Authority and a member of the board of directors at Bridges, where he also served as a mentor with the Bridges Across Ages program.

“Charlie is an example of the kind of individual we all want to see seek public office,” Mayor Ben Blake said. “He is a small business owner, father, grandfather with a lifelong commitment to public service. He comes to this race for all the right reasons.”

Former Mayor and City Clerk Alan Jepson endorsed Montalbano’s candidacy, commenting, “Charlie has demonstrated, through the years, his devotion to helping people. I am confident he will serve our city well as city clerk and registrar of vital records.”

Shame

A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip By GABRIELLE GIFFORDS

SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.

On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms — a bill that could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count.

Read the entire Op-Ed

Milford Adopts New Flood Insurance Maps

New Haven Register:

The city has adopted new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps.

The Planning and Zoning Board-approved maps were effective March 29, as part of continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, the city said in a written release.

If somebody has an insurance policy renewing before July 8, Assistant City Planner Emmeline Harrigan said, it will be renewed under the old maps.

After that, the new maps will take effect.

They are part of FEMA’s RISK Map project for the state to provide updated studies of coastal flooding risks.

The maps may be seen in two places: the Planning and Zoning Department at the Parsons Government Center, and at FEMA’s Map Service Center website under the product catalog for Future FIRMs.