News in Brief
Amity Teen Center seeks help
WOODBRIDGE >> The nonprofit Amity Teen Center Inc., 10 Selden St., is seeking sponsors to help fund electrical and HVAC upgrades and energy-efficient siding and windows.
The teen center was established in 1987 to provide a safe environment for area youths after school and on weekends.
The ATC has applied for funding under the Neighborhood Assistance Act for its Energy Conservation Program.
Corporations that pay state income tax can receive a 100 percent state tax credit for donations for these purposes.
In effect, every dollar donated is offset by the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit. The companies are helping the center at no cost to themselves, as well as improving the environment.
The contribution must be made between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1.
The building was purchased, renovated and opened in 2006.
Energy costs have steadily risen and have reduced funds available to operations.
For information, go to www.ct.gov/drs/lib/drs/fillable_forms/2016forms/naa-02- fillable.pdf, call Linda Cohen at 203-980-3409.
Preschool program being added
MILFORD >> Pumpkin Delight Elementary School is adding a preschool program in the fall to give 4-year-olds an early acclimation to school life while honoring the benefit of play and childhood.
Led by a certified teacher, students will participate in learning activities through discovery and play. Content areas will include language skills, social interactions and problem solving.
Literacy and math skills will be introduced through activities.
The program will run five days a week, 8:50-11:50 a.m. or 12:35-3:35 p.m.
The fee is $325 per month. Financial assistance on a sliding scale may be available for those who qualify.
To register, visit www.milforded.org) and click on the link on the home page in the NEWS section.
River Street Wednesdays are held
in front of City Hall
MILFORD >> The city and Milford Arts Council’s second annual River Street Wednesdays are held at 12:30 p.m. at the park in front of City Hall until Aug. 24.
Attendees may bring a blanket or chair and a picnic lunch.
The Wednesday events of eclectic entertainment are complemented by Open Mic Nights, which end Aug. 12 at the Milford Arts Council, Railroad Avenue.
The winner will perform at the 42nd annual Milford Oyster Festival this month. The grand finale of these events is the Fall MAC Fest Sept. 17 on the Green.
For more information, visit www.milfordarts.org.
to be registered
ORANGE >> New students will be registered for the public schools.
To begin, visit the registration page at www.oess.org, for a child’s school, and fill out the registration forms.
Prepare the documents and a representative will contact the parents to set up an appointment.
Appointments will be held at the child’s school.
Parents are asked to bring child’s original birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and immunization records to the meeting.
Second free charging station installed
WOODBRIDGE >> A second free electric vehicle charging station was recently installed at the Woodbridge Town Library.
The first public charging station is in the parking lot between Town Hall and the Sheehy Department of Public Works. Both are available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The EV stations are part of our ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency and the use of clean energy,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
“Woodbridge residents take seriously their responsibility as stewards of the environment.”
Both stations were installed thanks to a grant from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Use of the charging station will be free for at least three years, a requirement of the grant. For an average electric car using the charger for an average amount of time the town will pay about $2.50.
The grants are designed to alleviate “range anxiety” by reducing the distances between charging stations.
There are now more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations in the state.
According to the assessor, there are 28 electric vehicles registered in town and another 275 hybrids.
ORANGE >> Registration at Amity Middle School for students who are new to Amity Regional District 5 will be held Aug. 22. Call the school at 203-392-3200 for an appointment.
runs through Aug. 31
WOODBRIDGE >> The Woodbridge Library Farmer’s Market, 10 Newton Road, runs Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. through Aug. 31.
Vendors include: Before and After Farms (meats), Fox Hollow Farm (maple syrup), Massaro Community Farm, Merry Mountain Farm, Mapleview Farm (fiber crafts), The Olive Oil Factory, Sweet Seidner’s Bake Shoppe and BeautyCounter.
Also, Four Flours Food Truck and a wood-stove pizza truck.
Each market has events geared toward families. For more details, call the library at 203-389-3433.
K of C bingo venue changes to school
MILFORD >> The Knights of Columbus is running its Tuesday bingo at St. Gabriel School, 1 Tudor Road.
Doors will open at 4 p.m., with bingo starting at 6:45. Admission is $2.
For more information, contact Ron Pasacreta at 203-877-1269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beecher pool hours listed for summer
WOODBRIDGE >> The summer hours at the Beecher pool are as follows:
• Adult swim: Monday-Friday, 5:45-8:15 a.m.
• General swim: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:45-5 p.m. and 7:45-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, 1:45 -6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, noon -4 p.m.
Home repair programs applications accepted
MILFORD >> The city is accepting applications for its residential housing repair programs funded with Community Development Block Grant Program money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The programs are designed to provide Milford owners of single-family and multifamily properties with an affordable loan to make necessary repairs and energy-efficient improvements to their property.
The owner must submit an application to determine income and project eligibility based on HUD regulations and program requirements.
Program information and application are available at www.ci.milford.ct.us on the city’s Department of Economic & Community Development web page.
Contact the CDBG coordinator at 203-783-3230 to discuss the program.
Kindergarten sign-up set in Milford
MILFORD >> Kindergarten registration is open for public school children for the fall.
Children who are 5 by Dec. 31 may enroll. Registration requires completion of a packet and reserving of a final appointment at the school, both done exclusively online.
At the school registration appointment, parents will meet with the staff, while children visit with teachers, school nurses and other professionals.
The visits with the child are designed to give school officials the chance to meet the students to ensure necessary services are in place when the school year begins.
The appointment will last about 20 minutes.
To register a child, the following documentation is needed: a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate; homeowners’ mortgage or deed or tax bill, or renters lease or rental agreement signed by the landlord, with phone number; two recent utility bills in the same name to the same address; a copy of the student’s latest physical exam and immunization record.
Families who do not have access to a computer may use the computers at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave. For more information, call the school.
Renters can apply for rebate program
MILFORD >> Residents may apply for the 2016 Renters’ Rebate Program at the Department of Human Services, 150 Gulf St.
The program is for renters 65 or older, or renters under 65 who receive Social Security Disability benefits. The maximum yearly income for single applicants is $35,200 and for married couples it is $42,900.
Call 203-783-3253 for an appointment.
Programs designed for preschoolers
MILFORD >> The Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Ave., is accepting registrations for its Early Learning-Preschool program held in the new Early Learning wing.
The Woodruff Family Y, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, is an NAEYC accredited preschool program and is state licensed. It prepares 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten.
With a focus on literacy and learning through exploration, children will develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills necessary to begin their elementary school instruction.
The newly renovated wing of the Woodruff Family Y is especially designed to meet the needs of this age group and their families.
Children in the Y Early Learning Program also have the opportunity to use the Y pool and take swim lessons taught by certified swim instructors.
There are several options for the year-round program: half-day; full day and extended care. An outdoor summer camp program is also available.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Donna Denesha, child care director, at 203-878-6501, ext. 3115 or visit www.woodruffymca.org.
Adult support group offered for bereaved
MILFORD >> The Caring Network, a free ongoing support group for adults who have lost a loved one through death, meets 6-8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month at Bridges … A Community Support System, at 949 Bridgeport Ave.
Registration is not needed. The group is facilitated by a Bridges counselor and is sponsored by Bridges and Cody-White Funeral Home.
For information, call the funeral home at 203-874-0268, or the group facilitator, Cynthia Dodd, M. Div., at 203-878-6365, ext. 344.
Sign-up open for Bethany kindergarten
BETHANY >> Public school district kindergarten registration for the next year is open to all children who will be 5 by Dec. 31.
Registration packets are available at the Bethany Community School main office, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or at www.bethany-ed.org.
Call 203-393-3350 with questions.
Band members, choral singers sought
MILFORD >> Band members and choral singers are sought at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.
There are several instruments available for players to use if they join the band.
According to music teacher Linda Whittaker, “There are two trumpets, two clarinets and also a saxophone which have been donated for seniors to borrow who know how to play, but don’t have the instruments any more.
“If you played trumpet or clarinet or alto sax in high school or in the service and remember at least 9 or 10 notes, we would love to have you fill a chair with the band.”
The band meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Singers 55 and older may join the center’s Choral Group on Fridays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
The group sings standards from the American Great Song Book and other familiar tunes, as well as patriotic and holiday music for special presentations throughout the year.
For more information, call Whittaker at 203-877-2134 or 203-877-5131.
show early Milford
MILFORD >> The Milford Historical Society, 34 High St., is displaying photos and memorabilia from the early fire departments and schools, the three governors who hailed from Milford, and early fashions worn by Milfordites, along with old and current photos of Town Hall from as early as 1899.
The society’s summer exhibit is open for tours 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Columbus Day in the Eells-Stowe House c. 1700, the Clark/Stockade House c. 1780, and the Bryan-Downs House c. 1785.
In addition to the new exhibits, the permanent displays include Native American artifacts from the Claude C. Coffin Indian Collectio and a Victorian parlor furnished with items from Milford families.
Also on view is the tombstone known as the Molly Fowler Stone that is on loan from the Milford Cemetery Association. This preservation project was done by Lloyd Jacobs to keep the stone safe from weathering and vandalism.
T-shirts featuring the Molly Stone will be on sale to benefit the Friends of the Milford Cemetery, which works to document, straighten and clean inscriptions on the oldest stones in the Milford Cemetery.
Visitors may stroll the society’s grounds and see the gardens tended by its Herbcrafters group and the Milford Garden Club.
The Country Store is offering books, map reproductions, early toys, and gifts.
Donation for weekend tours is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 8.
For information on joining the society, visit milfordhistoricalsociety.org or Facebook. You may also write to Milford Historical Society, P.O. Box 337, Milford 06460.
Model railroad club seeks new members
ORANGE >> The New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club is seeking new members.
It has 75 percent rebuilt its extensive HO-gauge scenic railroad layout, which loosely portrays the local area of the 1950s.
The club seeks new members of all ages who want to learn raialroading, build scenery and help with the annual October train show.
The club’s layout is in the basement of the Orange Historical Society, 605 Orange Center Road. (Use the basement door on left side of building).
Sessions are 7-9 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays monthly.