Assistance offered to small businesses Board encourages residents to consider solar programs 2 online resources available at library Residents may apply for energy aid

MILFORD >> The city Department of Economic and Community Development has partnered with Connecticut’s Small Business Development Center to offer a Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program.

The program, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is intended to provide small businesses with the tools for expansion and growth in order to create and sustain viable and productive small businesses in Milford.

To be eligible for assistance, applicants must be a registered, existing commercial enterprise (for at least a year) that employs five or fewer employees, at least one of which must own the enterprise.

The enterprise must have its principal operations in Milford, and may be organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other recognized form of business.

More details are on the city’s website.

Prospective applicants must register at Click on the “Request Business Advising” link at the top of the home page and fill in the necessary information. On the sign-up page, the applicant will be prompted to fill in “Referral Description.” In this section, the applicant is to write in “City of Milford Micro-Enterprise Program.” CTSBDC staff will review program guidelines and evaluate the appropriateness of the program to the applicant’s needs. Then the applicant will complete an application.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of the director of Community and Economic Development, the Community Development Block Grant administrator and the chairman of the Economic Development Commission.

Contact Julie Nash, director of Economic and Community Development, at or 203-783-3230 for details.

Free notification system available

MILFORD >> Mayor Benjamin G. Blake and Fire Chief Douglas A. Edo are calling on residents to sign up for the Milford Alerts Citywide Notification System.

At no cost to local taxpayers, the city uses the system to alert residents about emergencies and other important community news. It provides information quickly for such situations as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuations of buildings and neighborhoods.

It also allows residents to sign up for community news of parade routes, festivals or upcoming meetings.

Residents may select the type of time-sensitive messages they wish to receive and the type of communication device to which messages are delivered, such as a home phone, cell, business phone, e-mail, text message, or hearing impaired receiving device.

To sign up, visit

To see the public service announcement, visit

MILFORD >> The Energy Advisory Board encourages residents to consider home solar programs.

Connecticut Green Bank provides incentives to residents in one-to-four-family, owner-occupied properties in the UI territories.

Incentives are available to customers whether they choose to purchase or lease their system.

Information on the Residential Solar Investment Program, including incentives, can be found at

The following characteristics indicate that a good location for a solar system:

• A roof facing south, southeast or southwest (ground mounted systems are an alternative option).

• 35-50 degree roof tilt.

• Clear access to sun for most of the day, unobstructed by trees, roof gables, chimneys or other buildings.

• Adequate roof space and a roof in good condition.

Residents interested in going solar may visit, which is dedicated to providing information needed to make smart decisions about solar for their home.

Residents interested in financing their system can learn about the Smart-E Loan, which offers no money down, low interest financing with flexible terms.

The Green Bank has partnered with local lenders statewide to offer the financing, which can be used to pay for more than 40 home energy improvement measures.

For more information, visit

Some installers may offer other financing options including loans, leases and power purchase agreements.

WOODBRIDGE >> Woodbridge Town Library has two new online resources available for Woodbridge patrons: Hoopla Digital and

Hoopa Digital provides public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access. provides access to more than 4,000 free courses online.

Woodbridge resident card-holders can download the free Hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit for thousands of titles — from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers — available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

Residents can use online to learn new business, creative, and tech skills with expert-led online video tutorials, any time, anywhere. PCMag says that is “hands-down one of the best sources for online learning. When you need skills training fast, is the go-to source for high-quality results.”

“We strive to be an integral source for learning and entertainment in our community,” said Eric Werthmann, director at Woodbridge Town Library. “Our new partnership with hoopla digital and helps us continue that mission, and we’re excited that these new services will give our patrons 24/7 access to a wide variety of library content and educational courses.”

Both services will debut Oct. 1.

The services are available to Woodbridge patrons with a valid library card. For any questions, contact the Adult Services Department at the Woodbridge Town Library at 203-389-3434.

WOODBRIDGE >> The Human Services Department is scheduling appointments for Woodbridge residents for the 2016-2017 Connecticut Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM Inc.

Income eligibility requirements must be met.

Verification of income and assets must be submitted with the application. This includes copies of the last bank statement(s) or checks(s) for:

• pay stubs (last four), or income verification from the individual’s employer.

• Social Security benefits notice.

• Supplemental Security income.

• Pension.

• Unemployment.

• Alimony/child support.

• Interest and dividend income.

• Utility bill.

In addition, the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of all family members residing with the applicant are required.

For more information regarding the Energy Assistance Program, or to schedule an appointment, call Woodbridge Human Services Director Mary Ellen LaRocca or Judi Young at 203389-3429.