29th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award Ceremony – Announcement

29th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award Ceremony

Believing in Tomorrow, Today!

Milford, Connecticut – Mayor Ben Blake, in conjunction with Milford Youth and Family Services, will present the 29th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award in a ceremony scheduled on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:00pm at City Hall.

Each year, the Mayor and Milford Youth and Family Services recognize youth that have performed outstanding service to improve Milford or to assist its residents. Teachers, parents, and others in the community nominate youth for this award. Nominees are considered for individual awards in three age-based categories: elementary, middle, and high school. In addition, there is a fourth category to honor the accomplishments of youth groups.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Milford Youth and Family Services at 150 Gulf Street, the Mayor’s office, or from the City of Milford Youth and Family Services website:

www.ci.milford.ct.us/youth-family-services/pages/mayors-youth-award

The nomination deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017

Questions may be directed to Christie Roche, Program Coordinator, Milford Youth and Family Services at 203-783-3253 or email croche@ci.milford.ct.us

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Milford Speaks Out Inauguration Rally Recap

Milford, Connecticut – As President Donald Trump was being sworn in during inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Friday, a group of primarily Democrats rallied on the steps of Milford City Hall for what one member called an “anti-inaugural rally.”

Speakers with the group Milford Speaks Out argued for causes and ideals that they believe will be compromised under a Trump administration, from environmental issues to women’s rights to affordable health care.

Speakers included some of Milford’s stand-out environmentalists, like Jeanne Cervin, a former member of the Planning and Zoning Board, and Barbara Milton, former director of the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center.

Alderman Frank Smith told the crowd that he had hoped Jan. 20 would be a day he would celebrate the first woman president of the United States.

“Because of what we have heard and the trepidation we go into this new administration with, it is important that we all gather together,” Smith said.

The message on the steps of City Hall was that people need to fight for issues that are important to them. Milton said people can make a difference themselves in terms of the environment, by recycling, using less water and paying attention to energy and environmental laws. Elizabeth Wright said people need to continue to support public education.

Article and Youtube Video Credited to the Milford Mirror

Kim Rose Endorsed For 118th House Seat; Kerri Rowland for Milford Democratic Registrar of Voters

On Tuesday May 24th, 2016 at Milford City Hall State Representative Kim Rose (118th) was endorsed as the Democratic Candidate once again in the 118th House District. Milford Democratic Registrar of Voters Kerri Rowland was also endorsed to run this November.

From a press release on Rep. Rose’s endorsement:

On Tuesday evening Democratic Delegates gathered to choose their nominee for State Representative.

Milford Alderman Bryan Anderson nominated Kim Rose and Dotti Bateman, president of Caswell Cove condo assoc., seconded the motion. Following the motions, Rose was endorsed unanimously.

“Kim is a dedicated public servant and a great advocate for Milford in State Government,” Anderson said in a statement. “She is someone who truly loves her hometown and is dedicated to her work.”

Rose, a State Representative since 2011, is a member of the General Assembly’s Joint Committees for Veterans Affairs, and Children, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Housing. She is the Assistant Majority Whip of the House. She is being nominated to serve her fourth term.

“I am honored to accept this nomination. It is my pleasure to serve my constituents and I look forward to the challenges ahead. Whether it’s fighting to stop a recycling facility from opening to our issues with affordable housing applications, I have always stood up and fought for our residents. My constituents know that I am always there for them,” said Rose in a statement.

Prior to serving in the General Assembly, Kim Rose served as Vice Chair of the Milford Planning and Zoning Board, and co-founded the Downtown Milford Business Association.

Her daughter Crystal is a Physician’s Assistant at Manchester Hospital, and her son Casey was a Sergeant in the Connecticut National Guard and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan.

Kim is now the proud grandmother of 9-month-old Cora Lee.

Congratulations to both Kim and Kerri!

Below you may find some photos from that evening:

Historic Tax Cut in Milford

zV7a852iFrom a Press Release:

Milford, CT- For only the second time in the past 30 years, Milford taxpayers will see a decrease in the amount of money they pay locally, as the Board of Aldermen adopted a new City budget last night that reduces taxes for fiscal year 2016-2017. Milford’s mill rate, already far less than any of the neighboring communities, was reduced even further from 27.88 mills to 27.84 mills, thereby cutting taxes for both residents and businesses.

Each year, the City of Milford develops a budget which protects our community’s core values by ensuring our public safety departments operate at optimal levels, our public infrastructure is properly maintained, our social safety network is robust, and our schools are exceptional. At the same time, each department is challenged to hold the line on spending and streamline the approach by which services are delivered – guaranteeing that Milford City Government will be more efficient and productive than ever before.

According to Mayor Ben Blake, “we have reduced the costs of operations through thrift. In spite of health care costs, pension contributions, debt service, and contractual wage obligations, Milford has worked hard to mitigate our liabilities while expanding the funding side of the budget with new, non-taxpayer sources of revenue. I am proud of Milford’s conservative budget approach and happy that we are able to deliver this historic tax cut while continuing to provide such extraordinary services to our residents.”

Memorial Day Parade Information for Milford, CT

MilfordCTCityhallA recent update from the Milford, Connecticut City Hall Facebook page has provided the public with information concerning the upcoming Memorial Day Parade to be held on May 24th, 2015.

The City of Milford will host its annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at 2:00pm. Units and marchers are asked to assemble at the “Daniel Wasson Field” parking lot at 1:00pm.

The Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held in front of the Milford City Hall at 9:45am same day (May 24th). It is a short ceremony but highly moving.

If your organization would like to participate, please contact Russ Edwards at (203) 876-0914 for more information.

To view the full notice from City Hall on the Memorial Day Parade, please visit their Facebook page here and make sure to leave a “Like” to receive updates.