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!