Ribbon cut at new Boys & Girls Clubhouse at old Simon Lake School

Mayor Ben Blake and a group of local children cut a ribbon Tuesday evening at the new Boys & Girls Clubhouse on Milford’s west side.

The Boys & Girls Club has been in Milford seven years, starting out as a small club in a small recreation building next to Simon Lake School.

Simon Lake School closed in recent years, and now the ever-growing Boys & Girls Club has taken up space there. The club has several classrooms inside the former school, a kitchen and recreation room. And the group still holds onto the recreation building they started out in — it will be the Boy’s & Girls Teen Club.

“We’ve come a long way in the past seven years,” said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Megan Altomare.

The club now serves 365 children annually, and has more than 50 programs.

JaVonne Vereen, 14, was the master or ceremonies for the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday evening. He said he loves going to the club after school because he gets to be with friends, get his homework done and play basketball.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Milford, go to bgcmilford.org

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