Milford group to present 'Thanks for Coming' awards

Milford Speaks Out’s Thanks for Coming awards for 2017 will be presented at City Hall on Monday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m.

Mayor Ben Blake will read a proclamation declaring the 20th as Immigration Day in Milford. Award presentation and refreshments will follow. The award is given to Milford citizens of foreign birth for service to town, state or country.

The honorees are: Joseph Garbus, Russia, service as alderman, revitalization of Walnut Beach neighborhood, service to the arts, reconnection of Milford neighborhoods to Silver Sands.

Lesley Mills, England, support for “aging in place” with Griswold Homecare, preservation and restoration of historic buildings, philanthropy.

Wendy Safyre, England, feeding the hungry, support for Native Americans.

Nadia Bajrakterevic, Bosnia, helping the infirm, support for recently arrived immigrants, election poll worker.

Moe Elhelw, Egypt, neighborhood improvement, employer, support for cancer research, transportation for therapy.

Terrance Copeland, Canada, representative on Planning and Zoning Board, environmental protection, youth athletics.

Eeva Copeland, Finland, volunteer at Senior Center, steering committee of Women Redefining Retirement, providing supplies for the needy, school PTA, volunteer at Boys & Girls Club, ESL tutor, museum docent.

Friends and colleagues are invited to attend.