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.