Milford Living Autumn 2020

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Best of Milford

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Minding Your Business

How shopping locally benefits the Milford community By Cindy Papish Gerber

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Publisher’s Letter Readers’ Letters Milford Wellness Arts & Artisans Milford Morsels Legends and Lore Historical Perspective Education Notebook Senior Corner Congratulations Expressions Greetings From Milford Where is It?

The Milford Historical Society ensures that our history will be around long after we’re gone By Marilyn May Photos: Bill Hoagland

About the cover: A familiar and favorite autumn landscape is the waterfall in downtown Milford. Photo by JJ Richards. His photography can be viewed at

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publisher’s letter Welcome to Autumn!

The fall issue is always a reflective one for me. With the magnificent views the season brings to our landscape, we welcome the need to pause and take in the vibrancy of color and crisp air that holds you in the moment. We think about how we made the most of our summer days and, if we feel a tinge disappointed that it went by so quickly, we’ll start

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thinking of next year. Summer is over, the travelers have left, and our beaches are ours once again. In this glorious season, now is the time to take long walks and indulge in the splendor of our beautiful neighborhoods, our porches dotted with welcome mats


flanked with mums and gourds. Our many trails beckon us to engage, to hear the familiar sounds of the birds that remain with us all year long, and the crinkle of leaves at our feet as we move onward down the path. Together we are facing these not so ordinary days, taking care of family, business, and community. All too soon we’ll need to hunker down once again into the cocoons of our homes, but we’ll do so in the knowledge that our loved ones are with us and we are all safe at home. Like every issue that has come before it, this issue of Milford Living is a celebration of our community, our history, our culture, our businesses, and our people. We hope you enjoy it, reread it, and share its stories with each other. We appreciate your readership and are grateful to you for being a part of the Milford community. We hope you have a


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wonderful season filled with warmth, love, and thanksgiving.

Wishing you all the splendor of this beautiful season, Suzanne

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readers’ letters A reader’s reflection on last Autumn’s cover:

About 10 years ago my granddaughter, son-in-law, daughter, wife, and I were down at the place where the photo was taken. There was a line of Canada geese standing on top of the dam. I remarked to my son-in-law that I wondered if any of them ever fell off. Much to his surprise (and mine as well), a goose fell off the dam within 20 seconds and was under the water for what seemed like a long time. Finally, the goose emerged to the surface and floated downstream to near the island. After a couple of minutes, the goose decided to fly back to the pond. Unfortunately, the goose didn’t gain enough elevation to clear the top of the dam and hit the side and went down under the

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water a second time. The goose finally emerged and floated downstream a second time but this time the goose flew over the land to get to the pond. I remarked to my son-in-law, that the goose had a bad feather day. —Phil Pichotta, Milford, CT Phil, thank you for sharing such a wonderful story with us. The image in question was, of course, taken at the Duck Pond near City Hall, one of the most iconic spots in Milford. Your family outing is a great reminder to all of us that while we might feel “trapped” at home by Covid, there are worse places to be! The beauty of our town is all around us—enhanced now by the riotous colors of Autumn—and we are missing something special if we don’t get out and enjoy the view!

Please send your comments, contributions, suggestions, and questions to Milford Living Magazine P.O. Box 2387, Milford, CT 06460 or email our publisher at:

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milford wellness PCP will guide their patient through specialty testing advised for certain ages, such as regular gynecological exams and (beginning at age 40 or sooner if indicated) mammograms for women and prostate exams for men. At around age 50 (or sooner if needed), they will recommend a colonoscopy for all patients. There are other age and condition guided tests a PCP may order.

Journey to Wellness “H

aving good health is very different from only being not sick.” This quote, from first century philosopher Seneca the Younger, points out that health encompasses more than just the absence of illness. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary supports this and defines health as “the condition of being sound in body, mind, and spirit.” Wellness, which is defined in the same

recommended to make sure a child is healthy

dictionary as “the quality or state of being in

and developing as expected. These, according

good health, especially as an actively sought

to the American Academy of Pediatrics, should

goal,” is indeed what many people in our

take place at 2 weeks of age, followed by 2,

community strive to achieve. It is a multi-

4, 6, 9, 12, 15,18, and 24 months, and again

faceted approach: to proactively take steps to

at 21/2 years, 3 years, and yearly thereafter.

gain, and also maintain, good health.

Routine testing can be done at these visits, and

The approach to wellness usually begins with a primary care physician (PCP), no matter the age of the individual. Many physicians

immunizations can be given according to the recommended schedule. Well-visits and physicals are recommended

have practices in Milford, so beginning (or

throughout adulthood and allow for the

remaining on) the road to wellness can be

individual and doctor to become partners

done right in our very own small city.

in wellness. The PCP takes the role of

A strong foundation of wellness starting

“quarterback” and orders appropriate testing

in childhood is a wonderful place to begin.

and gives recommended vaccinations. As the

Health examinations and tests begin at birth.

adage states, “an ounce of prevention is worth

Well-baby visits and well-child visits are

a pound of cure.” Using that philosophy, the

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The Milford Health Department (82 New Haven Avenue) is an excellent resource for Milfordites and is committed to staying abreast of threats to the health of community members, such as the SARS-2 CoV (coronavirus,) the EEE virus, and other transmissible diseases. They provide education about ways to prevent illness and offer vaccination clinics for a variety of immunizations on a regular basis, including highly recommended flu shots. More information can be obtained by calling the department at 203-783-3285. While physician-driven healthcare is a large part of wellness, there are other modalities

that can contribute to good health. Self care, the philosophy of being attuned to one’s own needs and taking measures to meet those needs, has been a focus of many people of late. In Milford there are many options for an individual to reach out for assistance. Carrie Reed, owner of Milford Body Therapy at 318 New Haven Avenue, is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. Reed shares that “exercise and therapeutic bodywork are essential for self care. To keep the heart, lungs, digestive system, immune system, and hormones in a healthy balance, we must make sure we move regularly through our days.” Reed is an

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milford wellness advocate of regular exercise, explaining that “movement promotes blood flow, bringing oxygen to every cell in the body, and can reduce overall stress from daily living.” Mediation is also a wonderful modality for reducing stress and contributing to a general feeling of wellness. Walnut Beach Wellness at 41-43 Naugatuck Avenue, offers a variety

Nutrition, of course, is an important factor

share, especially during the COVID-19

of services that contribute to an individual’s

in wellness, since a body needs adequate

pandemic. Many have chosen to focus on

wellness, including meditation. Meditation

vitamins, minerals, protein, and other

self care and become more proactive with

can help a person reduce stress, gain clarity

nutrients to stay healthy. Those looking to

their health. In Milford we are lucky to

about difficult situations, and even work to

improve their nutrition can consult with a

have providers to meet these needs, and a

lower blood pressure so a person can become

dietician or nutritionist who will help them

community that supports the journey to

more attuned to any changes in their physical

develop a healthy food plan.


and emotional state.

Wellness is a goal that most Milfordites

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arts + artisans

this has worked out well,” DeMott says of the

Clear as Glass T


large space with three separate work spaces

he glass is full at Kinship Glassworks! In an industrial space at 23 Seemans Lane, Christopher DeMott takes raw materials to create dazzling, gleaming works in glass…and so can you!

DeMott was introduced to glass blowing in

for glass blowing. “Many friends helped out getting it set up. I bought a welder and with some help we created the workstations.” The art of glass has deep roots beginning during the 1st century BC in Syria. As trade routes expanded, so did the knowledge of how to create glass. Notably, the Roman Empire became masters of glass. During the Middle Ages, Venice was the heart of glass,

had my own home studio in my garage, doing

and Venetian glass is still coveted today. The

college at Franklin Pierce University in New

pieces for friends and clients, teaching weekend

free blowing technique invented over two

Hampshire. “I really enjoyed it and have been

workshops, and having people come by for a

millennia ago is now employed right here in

working with glass ever since,” he says. “I

glass experience.”


started out working at other studios over the years where I honed my skills of the craft. I then

He opened his own studio in Milford this year. “It took a while to find the right place, but

If you have ever considered working with glass, now might be the time, with DeMott and his team at hand to explain the process thoroughly and work with you through to the finished project. It takes three kilns to create the piece of your choosing. Your experience will begin at the furnace with the crucible. A ceramic vessel situated in the furnace and at a temperature of 2,100 degrees keeps the glass melted. Once the golden molten glass is on the blow pipe, it begins its transformation. It’s a team effort to get a piece completed. “We start by gathering clear glass out of the furnace then rolling the blow pipe into the colored glass beads called frit, turning it after every dip,” explains DeMott. “If you want more color or to add different colors, you continue to dip and melt the colors by placing it into the reheating chamber called a glory hole.” Once the color or colors are melted in, its back to

These unique tools are essential when working with molten glass.

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shaping and blowing. “The glass allows you

directs the assistant and continues to shape the glass. It may take a couple of trips into the glory hole to get to the desired form.” DeMott then spins the blowpipe with the glass at the tip to stretch the glass. When the shape is complete, the glass is transferred to another iron with a bit of hot glass called a punty SHERRY JOHNSON

and cut with a few drops of water, cracking

Christopher DeMott and his assistant, Ryan Furbush, work together to create a unique piece.

it off from the original blow pipe. The glass is manipulated with remarkable tools: jacks for shaping, trimming shears for cutting, tweezers, and a curiously shaped puffer for inflating the object off the pipe. It is then shaped with wooden paddles to clean up the edges. You can

to shape it with wet paper. It’s a two-person

reheat the glass, it is placed back into the glory

hear the cut off pieces of glass crack and crackle

operation, one blowing, one shaping.” To

hole. “As the assistant begins to blow, the gaffer

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“Once the piece is finished it is placed in the annealing oven. The glass has to cool down slowly, so it doesn’t crack,” says SHERRY JOHNSON

DeMott. “It takes about 13 hours, then the pieces can be picked up.” Kinship is aptly named for its social functionality. “We are offering an adult education class this fall. We also have

The edge of the glass is cut off and then smoothed with a wooden paddle.

facilities to hold birthday parties or any fun event. You can bring your own food and drink to enjoy with your friends.” And, DeMott continues, “We also offer team building events for companies; it’s absolutely a team

you can watch the action while others work. It is quite an experience, seeing molten

glass, votive holders, paperweight, or flowers, an experience you will never forget.

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The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce and Milford Living are excited to present the inaugural Best of Milford Awards, honoring and celebrating the businesses that make up the fabric of our beloved community. During a year that has been particularly hard on independent businesses, we gratefully salute every Milford business nominated and encourage our readers to continue to support the establishments that make Milford home. Over the course of the last four months, Milford residents nominated favorite businesses in dozens of categories. During the 30 days of voting that followed, area businesses encouraged their patrons to vote for them and thousands cast their selections for local favorites. “We all have our favorites—the special burger, the best book store, the place that treats us like family. The Best of Milford is an opportunity for us to recognize the many hidden gems our community has to offer and to support what is great about Milford,” says Pam Staneski, Executive Director of the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce. Behold the results: a dynamic mix of well-established local landmarks and newer up-andcoming icons. Please join us in celebrating the winners of the first annual Best of Milford Awards.

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Sherry Lynn Photography BEST RECREATION AREA

Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point BEST DENTIST

Shoreline Dental Care BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN

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Milford Arts Council BEST ARTS COUNCIL

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Mattie’s Service Center BEST BANK

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Stonebridge Restaurant


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Fig Cooking School BEST WINE & SPIRITS


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Bohemian High

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The Canvas Patch Valentine’s Diamond Center

Dream Vacations

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BUSINESS How shopping locally benefits Milford


hink Globally, Act Locally” is a phrase usually equated with environmental, civic, education, and fiscal issues. With public health and economic uncertainties suddenly front and center, it’s important to focus upon our local businesses. Through the simple act of shopping from your trusty neighborhood vendor, we can create a ripple effect that positively impacts our community. Here, we present a mere sampling of our many wonderful Milford businesses.


Artfish 42

42 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford This boutique/gallery, which represents 12 artists and artisans from Milford and surrounding towns, runs under a co-op model. “We are 100 percent local; nothing manufactured, imported, or wholesale from gift shows,” says founder Meg Giannotti, who first opened Artfish 42 as a pop-up shop before settling into her Walnut Beach location. Giannotti is one of a dozen gallery artists, along with Sue Dangle, Alan Ruskis, Terri Tuazon, Trish Thompson, Sue Castelot, Glenn Tuazon, Helga Wuestefeld, Lynda Johnson, Helene Dignard, Susan O’Neill, and Rich DiCarlo. “We all work as a collective,” she explains. “You can come in and meet at least one of the artists…because we all sit, shop, or take some part in the day-to-day and special events.” “What makes us different is not only the fact that we are local, but we mentor our artists on the business of art,” explains Giannotti. Another distinction is their attention to personalized service. “We have our virtual Shop at Home nights on Facebook live and have started our Art Concierge service to help curate an art wall for your home or business. If you need a piece to go over your sofa, we can help.” Walnut Beach neighbor Kim Thompson

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has filled her house “with beautiful, meaningful pieces” from Artfish42. “We try to get in weekly. Everyone should stop in

The Canvas Patch 5 River Street, Milford

and buy their one-of-a-kind items.”

“I think I’m the oldest established continually operated Milford business with the original

Bohemian High & The Grove

at The Canvas Patch, I still love it! Especially being located so close to the Green, the harbor,

156 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford Facebook: @Bohemianhigh Although Bohemian High and its sister facility, The Grove, have only been on the Milford scene for three years, owners Richard and Gloria Krouch’s connection to their neighborhood is unwavering. “In our case, we also live within a few blocks of the shop,” says Richard Krouch. “Our money

owner,” says Marti Reed, long time proprietor of Milford’s iconic gift shop. “After 43 years and many historic spots. I’ve been around Milford for all the ups and downs, and despite current challenges I’m very hopeful.”

Reed’s confidence extends to helping the community in all ways. “Why shop at a big box

store, when you can shop in a wonderful town like this?” she queries. “Locals supporting us makes a big difference,” Reed says, but also explains that, “visitors traveling by car, boat, and train purchase our biggest sellers—namely, our custom Milford memorabilia.” Also

popular are year-round Christmas items, bags, hats, t-shirts, hostess gifts, nautical items, windsocks, and artwork by her daughter Susan Reed and others. “We have beautiful gift

wrap free of charge, layaway, and special orders. We stock thousands of items, but you need to see for yourself. Just like our town, our inventory is always morphing and changing.”

goes right back into our community. We’re members of The Milford Regional Chamber

extracts incense, crystals, and more. “Our

establishments. Sheri Malia and her daughter

of Commerce, Gloria is a Chamber Ambas-

most touted personal service is the education

Summer Love are avid fans of their clothing.

sador, and I personally hand out Chamber

we provide on CBD products,” says Krouch.

“We are a walking advertisement for them!”

directories in order to promote other local

“It is important to understand the different

“If you haven’t visited us, please stop by

affiliated businesses.”

types of CBD and know where it is coming

and say hello,” Krouch suggests. “We can


always tell a first-time shopper, because

Richard and Gloria liken Bohemian High to “more of an experience,” featuring a selection

Loyal customers, like fellow Milford

when they walk through the door we hear,

of tie dye, batik, hippie-inspired clothing,

business owner Francesca Guglin (HyperFit

‘Wow, there’s a lot to look at!’ We truly

handmade and new-age gifts, jewelry, decor,

MD), “loves their merchandise” and appreci-

enjoy meeting new people and welcoming

smoking accessories, CBD products, oils,

ates their “personal synergy” with other local

them to Milford.”

Deja Vu Boutique

166 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford Instagram: @shopdejavumilford

Erica Picarazzi is proud to be part of the “small family owned and operated women’s clothing boutique” that’s been around since May 2012. “Since all three of my siblings and I have

grown up in Milford,” Picarazzi says she recognizes why shopping local is so very important. “It contributes to your community, helps local families financially, and there is a greater

sense of fulfillment,” she says. “When you walk into a store in Milford, you get such a warm welcome…it’s like walking into a friend’s home.”

Picarazzi credits her customer service know-how to her father, who owned Milford’s

Simply Kitchens for 30 years. “I make sure my customers feel comfortable, help them find

something they feel beautiful and confident in, and line our shelves with items you won’t

necessarily see in a big box store.” To achieve that, she selects apparel, accessories, and gifts to compliment her clienteles’ personal style. “You miss out on one-on-one interaction when you shop online,” she maintains. “I love being a part of the Milford shopping community. There is a real sense of camaraderie; everyone wants each business to succeed. That is a really cool thing to be a part of.”

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22 Broad Street, Milford “Many of the shops in downtown Milford, including my own, are woman-owned and operated, offering a boutique experience with eclectic selections of goods and services,” states Elizabeth Wecker. “If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it is the importance of local availability of products and services.” Like her fellow Milford shopkeepers, Wecker does not hold back on her love of their shared community. “We truly love our customers, many of whom we consider to be good friends and have become part of our lives,” she says. “We have watched

Gilded Lily Gallery 101 River Street, Milford

September marks 20 years since this multi-medium art gallery on River Street opened

its doors. Resident artist and co-owner Rosemary Celon-Gordon’s intricate jewelry and sculpture is featured, along with art glass, jewelry, functional and decorative pottery,

paintings, mixed media work, collages, mosaics, metal sculpture, garden art, and more from nationally recognized and local artists. Co-owner Barry Gordon, whose evocative

landscape photography adorns the walls, employs Gilded Lily’s motto to describe their inventory: “Always Handmade, Always Unique.”

“What we would like your readers to know is when they walk through our doors, they’re

entering a comfortable atmosphere filled with an eclectic mix of all things.” Like so many other small businesses in Milford’s Historic District, “there is no pressure and we encourage people to take their time and take in all we offer.”

Joe’s Carpet Sales & Service

their kids grow from graduation to prom to

“My husband’s nickname was ‘Joe’ and he first named the business,” recalls Sue Jaser. “He ran it since 1968 and turned it over to me in 1999. It’s a real family-owned and operated store that’s been around for over 40 years—for two generations and counting!” At Joe’s, customers can shop for carpet, area rugs, remnants, laminate, hardwood, tile, or linoleum for their residence or commercial space, bring in a rug for cleaning or repair, or browse the store’s selection for inspiration. “You name it we do it and we guarantee the work,” says Jaser. With four decades of success in the Milford community, the folks at Joe’s know the value of shopping local. “The Milford community supports each other,” says Jaser. “We encourage everyone to do business in our town. Our customers know this, and we appreciate them. We make them feel at ease and earn their trust, which really makes a difference.”

“buys flowers in colors and varieties that we

495 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford

24 Milford Living • Autumn

marriage and been there for them during their most important times.” Wecker knows her customers so well she know our customers prefer.” In addition to stocking seasonally cut blooms, house plants, gifts, greeting cards, and providing custom floral arrangements for big and small events, Fleurescent offers weekly or monthly homedelivered flower subscriptions—all services, “that can’t be conveyed over the computer.” The pandemic has resulted in more people sending flowers, “not only for birthdays

and anniversaries, but now simply to say, ‘I

Milford Photo

ness. Once inside, “people are surprised when

Wecker. Customers have purchased flowers

22 River Street, Milford

for themselves to brighten their homes and

All 14 employees of Milford Photo are locals,

That’s a huge part of what we do and one of the

spirits. “We’ve opted to keep our business

“and I suspect they spend money and pay taxes

busiest parts of the business post-quarantine.”

small in order to provide personal service,”

locally too,” says Jesse Thompson, who co-owns

she maintains. “Sometimes, we can’t compete

Milford Photo with Jim Wilson. Thompson

photography equipment but has also become

with the grocery stores on price, but we

acknowledges that the landmark Beaux Arts

my only source of custom framing,” says Rich

always win on quality!”

building “is part of the appeal” of their busi-

Coyle of Rich in Memories, LLC. He rates their

miss you and am thinking about you’,” says

they find out we do custom framing, archiving of old movies, pictures, slides, or video tapes.

“Milford Photo is my only source of

products, “10 out of 10” in all categories. “As far as imaging, we do just about anything, including banners, posters, canvas wraps, gifts, archiving services, and film developing,” says Thompson. Their popular Learning Center classes, offered to photographers of every level and ability, are currently running online via Zoom. Thompson hopes customers will continue to appreciate Milford Photo’s concierge services, unmatched product access, and community commitment.

Miss Dallas’ Shop 16 Higgins Lane, Milford

Napoli Motors

“We are Milford’s little secret, located in an industrial section, a woman-owned and man-

240 Boston Post Road, Milford

aged gift and consignment shop,” says Lynda

with the business since 1967 and became the principal/owner in 1990. What began as a

Kilgore goes the extra mile to help customers

tors Family of Dealerships. Encompassing two sprawling Post Road locations, Napoli Kia,

they arrived,” she says.

to 700 cars, new and pre-owned, and we have an exclusive classic car department,”

eclectic mix of yard art, home accents, vintage

certified repair facilities, and offer affordable financing and leasing.”

and consigned items for the home and garden

scholarships, and delights in his prime Milford location in proximity to other “Route 1

looking for something specific that is vintage/

onsite owners and staff, “to handle any situation.” He reports: “I have several employees

Kilgore notes. “You will be amazed at the

Kilgore, who named her store Miss Dallas

Family-owned and operated since 1959, Mr. Leonard Napoli Jr. (Lenny to all) has been

after her beloved rescue German Shepard.

single Pontiac dealership by his father Leonard Napoli Sr. has morphed the Napoli Mo-

“feel love, peace, and leave happier than when

Napoli Nissan, and Napoli Classic Cars (Napoli Indoor Auto Outlet), “offers for sale close

A browser’s paradise, the shop contains an

Napoli Jr. points out. “We service and maintain our customers’ automobiles through our Napoli takes great pride in his businesses’ involvement with many local charities and

handbags and jewelry, collectibles, antiques, as well as items from local artisans. “If you are

businesses and an amazing shoreline.” He’s equally confident about the ability of his

antique, we call you when that item arrives,”

that have been with the company for over 30 years.”

amount of inventory we have.”

Napoli Motors office manager. “I can promise you, Leonard Napoli truly cares about his

you will not be participating in a traditional

Ryan Tessier’s workplace enthusiasm for hasn’t waned throughout his 12 years as

employees, the town of Milford itself, and the people that live here,” he says.

“Upon entering, you realize immediately that shopping experience, but a treasure hunt,” says customer Lisa Welch. Fellow customer Ilene

2020 • Milford Living 25

Bradbury raves about Lynda’s warmth and her “support of local talent.” When shoppers ask Kilgore, “How did I not know you were here?,” she typically responds by citing the Miss Dallas’ motto: “You will walk in as a stranger, leave as our friend.”

Wines & More

242 Boston Post Road, Milford “We help our town celebrate community every day and in every way we can,” says Jeff Wilson, a co-owner, with Corey Shoop, of Wines and More. “We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be an integral part of the fabric of our town.”

Vincent Jewelers

23 New Haven Avenue, Milford

“The unconventional stone provides a different experience and represent the better value.” This quote on the Vincent Jewelers website epitomizes this business’ essence. Situated just a semi-precious stone’s-throw from the Memorial Bridge and Milford Harbor, “all of our jewelry is one of a kind,” owner Vincent Hutter states. “My specialty is custom-made creations with a contemporary flair designed either by me, or my son Aaron Hutter.” The Hutters specialize in using gems and stones “featuring every color and shape” expertly mounted to evoke a “wow” statement. “The end result can be contemporary, elegant, with traditional themes, but always original,” Hutter points out. “Our customers won’t ever find comparable pieces in a mall.” An artisan, master gemologist, and goldsmith, Hutter values the relationships he’s cultivated with clients, many of whom are repeat customers. It’s not unusual for someone to stop in for a repair or appraisal and walk out, “with something personal and special,” a veritable gem purchased from this gem of a downtown Milford jewelry store.

Family-owned and operated since 2005, Wines & More employs between 11-14 team

by our friendly and knowledgeable team of

expanded our boutique collections beyond

members, the majority of whom were raised

experts. We stay on top of the trends to satisfy

traditional barware. To celebrate Milford’s

and currently reside in Milford. “We strive to

customers’ wishes.” By cultivating strong

history, we commissioned an artist to

help strengthen our community by donating

industry relationships, the team “procures

custom-design iconic images of Milford

a considerable amount of time, products,

special and often rare bottles of interesting,

and Charles Island, which are featured on

and money to large and small charities, as

professionally curated wines, spirits, beer, and

our canvas wine and tote bags and stone

well as numerous small fundraising activi-

vast selection of seltzers and non-alcoholic

coasters—and more! To celebrate Milford’s

ties for special causes,” says Wilson.


casual, stylish lifestyle, SCOUT coolers

“We differentiate ourselves by taking tre-

Wilson cites examples of how the

and beach bags can be filled to order and

mendous pride in providing our guests with a

“More” in Wines & More is taken seri-

delivered to your home or gift recipient.”

‘high-touch’ experience, consistently delivered

ously: “By listening to our community, we

They also stock BrüMate drinkware, which

Sophie Claire’s 22 Broad Street, Milford

Seven years ago, when Amy DiSabella was looking to open her shop, “Milford was THE ONLY town I considered as an option. Because of its history, charm, and sense of community, it’s the quintessential New England town, offering so many quaint shopping and restaurant options.” Equally charming is Sophie Claire’s, “a small, woman-owned business in the truest sense: a chic boutique specializing in unique items for the Home + Her,” says Disabella. Sophie Claire’s has “fun with home décor” by filling the store with an eclectic mix of coastal, cottage style, shabby chic, farmhouse, modern, and vintage treasures for the home, fine gifts, fashion, and accessories. Sophie Claire’s also offers custom painted furniture and interior design services. “My goal was to help customers create a lifestyle that is sophisticated, yet relaxed and easy…with the guarantee that each item is something that would never be found in any big box or national chain,” says Disabella. “Everything has been thoughtfully selected with the goal of offering the customer a connection to the Milford coast with items that reflect its relaxed seaside lifestyle.”

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Whispers from Lady Olga 8 South Broad Street, Milford

Co-owners Lori Vazzano and Jeniene Ferguson have been in their Milford business since 2006, and at their new Broad Street location since November 2019. “We considered relocating,” Vazzano says, “but in the end, we decided to stay in Milford. We are so happy with our decision mainly because of our loyal customer base.” Women of all ages, shapes, and sizes shop at Whispers for an unparalleled selection of fine intimate apparel, bridal lingerie, foundations, elegant sleepwear, loungewear, pants, tops, jackets, and accessories. Many post rave reviews following their personalized shopping experience. “Since we are expert/certified bra fitters, we customize every bra,” emphasizes Vazzano, “giving individual attention to each and every customer who walks through the door.” Special orders are placed every week to accommodate their clientele’s needs. In addition to respecting customer privacy and fitting issues, Vazzano and Ferguson enjoy keeping up with the latest trends. “When we buy for Whispers, we know who our customers are and what they like,” she says. In fact, “Many gentlemen come every Christmas, anniversary, and birthday knowing I buy with their wives in mind.” employs innovative technology to keep

that Wines & More shares the same goals as

that translates as the Wines and More team

beverages perfectly chilled.

other local business owners. “We employ local

being “less likely to leave and more invested in

workers and serve local consumers.” To Wilson,

our community’s welfare and future.”

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The Milford Historical Society ensures that our history will be around long after we’re gone By Marilyn May Photos: Bill Hoagland

he Milford Historical Society has been preserving bits of local history for 90 years, and its biggest accomplishment has been saving three historic houses. However, the story of the Society began before it was founded, with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the purchase of the Eells-Stow House. The Milford Chapter of the DAR is named

Stow, had sacrificed much during the

for Freelove Baldwin Stow, a woman who

Revolutionary War. Captain Stow gave his

lived in the Eells-Stow House during the

life to the cause when he volunteered to

American Revolution. The house is one

help smallpox-stricken American prisoners

of the oldest in Milford (circa 1700) and

who had been put off a British ship and

is located on its original site at 34 High

abandoned on a freezing January 1, 1777. As

Street. In 1929, when it was learned that

a widow, Mrs. Stow’s life changed forever,

the house was on the market, the DAR was

and those who cared about Milford’s

not about to let it be sold to someone who

history did not want this family’s story

might possibly demolish it. There was,


however, a problem: the DAR did not want to own the house. The idea was born to

Samuel Eells, who moved to Milford from

found a historical society that could act as

Boston in the late 1600s and built the

a caretaker for the property.

house. A few generations later, in the

The house was crumbling, but two locals in particular saw it’s future: Mrs.

location on Cherry Street near the King’s Highway Cemetery.


Nanine Lewis Pond, then DAR Regent,

The Bryan-Downs House, built in 1757, in its original

The Eells in Eells-Stow came from

mid-1700s, Nathaniel Eells sold the house to Capt. Stow. Prompted by Mrs. Pond, on November

and Mr. Omar Platt, a politician dedicated

8, 1930, the Society bought the Eells-Stow

to the welfare of Milford. Together they

house for $6,000 with the help of a $3,500

formed a powerful pair, rallying support

loan from Mrs. Pond, a $500 gift from J.

from every corner of Milford. On May 12,

Pierpont Morgan (a member of the Eells

1930, 35 people attended an organizational

family), and contributions from citizens.

meeting, and a week later, 75 people were in attendance when the Milford Historical Society (MHS) was formally established. The group’s interest in owning the prop-

Clark-Stockade House

In 1974 came the chance to own the Stockade House. Built in 1659 on the site

erty was high because Freelove Baldwin

of what would become Bridgeport Avenue

Stow and her husband, Captain Stephen

in front of Milford Hospital, the house

2020 • Milford Living 31

was strangely named because it was the first

dwelling using beams and framing posts

(Left) The Clark-Stockade House hearth while it

house built outside the stockade (or palisade),

from the old house. Much later, it was a

was being re-built; (right) the completed hearth

the 12-foot high protective fencing that

rooming house, the first public hospital in

where all the cooking was done.

surrounded the original Milford settlement

Milford, a home for nurses, a tea room, and

in case of encounters with hostile Native

apartments. As the community grew, Milford

floorboards near the fireplace. Imagine the

Americans or the Dutch, who had claimed

Hospital needed the house moved and offered

child who played by the hearth generations

much of Connecticut. Twenty years after the

the MHS “any part or all” of it. The timing

previously. Those 1659 beams and posts are

founding of Milford, Deacon George Clark

wasn’t great, but the house was. It was a once

still holding up today.

showed his faith and desire to live in peace

in a three-century offer.

with the native tribes, and everyone else, and decided to live beyond the barrier. In 1780, builder Michael Peck dismantled the original house and constructed a new

Members collectively took a deep breath and voted to take “all” of the house...they

Bryan-Downs House

The second house acquired by the MHS was

just had to move it! Taking the 1780 house

the Bryan-Downs House, once located on

apart revealed toys and marbles found under

Cherry Street near King’s Highway Cemetery. It was constructed in 1775 by Captain Jehiel Bryan and his son. Later, Jehiel Bryan, Jr. and his wife, Mary Treat, lived there. Their daughter, Mary Esther, stayed there after she married Ebenezer Downs. Ebenezer, Jr. inherited the house in 1837 and lived there until his death in 1873. The house stayed in


the family into the 20th century. Eventually it served as a rooming house, but by the mid-20th century was showing its age. In 1971, when the Milford Cemetery Association gave the Society a chance to save the house, the offer was too good to pass up. Members and professional movers dismantled the house, numbered every board and beam, chimney brick, and foundation fieldstone. It was truly a leap of faith for members

This early “open concept” look at the Clark-Stockade first floor is shown before its original walls were

to take on a second house at a time when

reinstalled to form an office, a bedroom, and kitchen.

the checking account dipped every time

32 Milford Living • Autumn


Deconstruction of the Bryan-Downs House where each board and beam was meticulously numbered. Below, members celebrate the work in progress. insurance payments were due, or squirrels had moved into the Eells-Stow attic—again. Yet the Society lived by its unofficial motto, worthy of those in the land of steady habits: “Restorations move forward as funds allow.” The house was carted off to the Society property where a foundation had been prepared. Piles of lumber and stone were stored there until the money for reconstruction was raised. Local groups and city leadership got involved, and Milford came through with generous grants from the Community Development Act’s Block Grant Program. To that was added a dedicated leader with a vision of what could be. That man was Bill Hoagland, who had studied engineering at UConn. Drafting was his specialty, so he drew all the plans. Taking everything apart while keeping everything together revealed secrets of Connecticut Yankee ingenuity. Settlers mixed horse hair into plaster to give it strength, and if you did get a hole in the wall or ceiling, a dried corn cob could plug it and keep the critters out. Centrally located chimneys were massive stacks of stones weighing as much as 50 tons.

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Keeping House

While taking the Eells-Stow House apart

The Eells-Stow House stands at its original

In 1977, the Eells-Stow House was put on the

to check for rot on posts and beams, several

National Register of Historic Homes. Shortly

professors from the University of Bridgeport

thereafter, it was discovered the walls of the

came to see the project. “It wasn’t often that

the Bryan-Downs House to provide better

house were collapsing. Meanwhile, it had

they could see the inside construction of an

care for the MHS’s collections. Everything

been set up as a museum filled with antiques.

old house,” recalls Bill Hoagland.

was moved into storage while the work was

location. It got a facelift and windows in the ‘80s.

In 1981 everything was moved to the partially

Perhaps one never could imagine that the

completed. The new addition was climate-

rebuilt Clark-Stockade House so that the Eells-

work of the Milford Historical Society would

controlled to help stabilize the condition of the

Stow House could go through remodeling and

involve so much heavy lifting…but it does.

10,000 items housed in the various collections.


Around 2010 it was voted to put an addition on

That includes over 4,000 artifacts from those

Over more than three centuries, the Eells-Stowhouse was modified many times. Part of making the house structurally sound for generations to come included replacing or repairing the inside wall laths.

34 Milford Living • Autumn

who lived here long before Europeans arrived. Milford resident Claude C. Coffin’s avocation COURTESY OF THE MILFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

was archeology, and in 1967 he gave MHS one of the largest collections of Indian artifacts in Connecticut. All buildings require repairs large and small, but when those buildings are 300 years old and must be kept authentic, it becomes complex and expensive. This year, partial roof repairs were needed on two of the houses. Fortunately, the Devon Rotary Club graciously offered a $10,000 gift from its

All patched and painted, the Eells-Stow is party perfect for a reception. The portrait is a reproduction of

Rotary Foundation Trust.

an 18th century likeness of Samuel Eells. The original painting is in the National Gallery.

With all the hammering, hoisting, sawing, and plastering complete (for now), the next

Arthur Stowe, past MHS president, sums it all

history for 10,000 years and we have it.”

job was to plug data in the computers. For the

up: “After 90 years the Society has grown from a

last three years, a team of members have met

ramshackle old house to a complex of three 18th

challenge, or windfall for the Society might

Nobody can even guess what the next step,

weekly to build an electronic listing of the

century houses furnished with local antiques

be, but it’s a good guess that members will do

Society’s 10,000 items with provenance notes

and artifacts that tell the story of our town.

everything possible to acquire, move, and docu-

and retrieval information.

Milford has witnessed virtually all of American

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Curbside Under Covid


The owner of Tavern on Point, Chris Hey,


hen all non-essential businesses shut down in Connecticut in midMarch, no one knew what things would look like after the state could reopen. Many favorite Milford eateries had to restructure their entire operation to comply with state and CDC regulations; however, through curbside pick-up, outdoor seating, and other new practices, these favorite spots in Milford have found a way to continue serving their community. services were not able to supply as quickly as


has a food truck that has been serving

he needed. Despite this, customers seemed

customers since mid-April. Once inside

particularly drawn to a takeout variant of a

service was allowed, Hey opened Tavern with

favorite menu item: The Bacon Home Nachos,

area. “We had to be resilient in doing what

50 percent capacity and outside dining under

known in the restaurant as Nachos on Point.

we normally do in a different way,” says

a tarp. Takeout, however, has continued

Stonebridge manager Phil Conine said they

Conine. “We had to keep leveling up and

to be a popular option, especially with

had a big adjustment to the new operation,

trying to make it better.” Stonebridge was

takeout liquor. Food sourcing was the only

with heavy phone call volume and the patio

curbside only for a week with a limited menu

complication they experienced as distribution

space transformed into a limited dining

before they opened for dining. While doing curbside, the Blackened Salmon Power Salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, and the


Lobster Roll were best sellers. Bin 100 had never been a big takeout restaurant, so owner Elena Fusco said it was quite different for them. On May 10, they opened with an outdoor dining space under a large canopy tent taking over some of their parking spaces, with which they’ve seen a lot of success. The biggest difficulty they faced was hiring additional employees to help fulfill new health department guidelines. With curbside, drink kits were a popular item ordered off the menu, as well as Baked Stuffed Shrimp and Fried Oysters. BRIAN CREEVY

Curbside takeout as the only option was

36 Milford Living • Autumn

difficult for Napoli Deli, so they employed limited indoor service for five people at a time with protocol to wipe down

everything in the store. Owner Craig Carr noticed a distinct change in orders from their usual cooked and prepared menu items to cold cut selections. This was a different transition for them, but the staff adapted to accommodate their customers’ needs. “We are probably only 20 percent down now, but we’re still here to provide a here to make sure those who are out there BRIAN CREEVY

are taken care of.”


In May, Bobette’s Takeout Bistro opened at a new location on Gulf Street equipped with a takeout window perfectly suited to handle the new curbside system. Because of the


service for the people,” says Carr. “We are


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“We are starting to get a really good crowd for breakfast.” Franco’s Pizza has always had takeout and delivery as their primary options, so their business has remained relatively the same. The dining area of the pizzeria is only able to hold two tables, so they


have decided to keep it closed. Wearing masks has been the only significant change on their business. “Since this has been going good for us with curbside pickup and delivery, this is how we

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To comply with social distancing

It’s been an ongoing challenge for

guidelines, Pop’s Family Restaurant opened

restaurants to operate

up an outdoor dining area underneath a

in a world ruled by

tent. “For that, people started trickling in,

social distancing.

though a lot were still hesitant to come

But many of Milford’s

out,” said manager Ipakoi Grigoriadis.

favorite eateries have

“It was slow until people got used to the

risen to the occasion and are

new norm.” The team’s only challenge

weathering the storm. Still, we

was making the new style for service their

all look forward to the day when we

norm. Though no particular meal seemed

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legends & lore

Milford’s Own Ichabod Crane

“…He was a native of Connecticut, a State which supplies the Union with pioneers for the mind as well as for the forest, and sends forth yearly its legion of frontier woodmen and country schoolmasters…” —The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Merwin Avenue are both named after Miles Merwin, one of Milford’s earliest settlers. Miles was born in Clewer, Berkshire, England in 1623 and settled in Milford in 1645, where he purchased parcels of land in Woodmont. (The prolific Merwin had at least 13 children from three wives.) His great-great-grandson, Jesse Merwin, was born in Milford in 1782. In the early 1800s, Jesse, his parents, and sibling moved from Milford to a farm in upstate New York near Kinderhook. It was here that


hen Washington Irving sat down in 1819 to write his famous short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, he was living in the north of England. Ensconced near the eerie landscape of the fog-shrouded Yorkshire moors, Irving was instead inspired by the land of his youth—the rolling hills, rivers, and forests of New York’s Hudson River Valley. Influenced by the romantic movement’s embrace of the natural and supernatural world, Irving’s tale imbued the Hudson Valley with a sense of mystery and magic. It was in Kinderhook, NY, ten years earlier, that the young writer met the man upon whom he would base the JOHN OUIDOR

main character of his tale, a young man who, like his protagonist, had left his home in Connecticut to teach the descendants of Dutch settlers in a one-room schoolhouse in NY. It was

Although steeped in Hudson River Valley history, Milford played a key role in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

this man, Jesse Merwin of Milford, who would inspire Washington Irving to write one

Milford, you have heard the Merwin name

Merwin took a job as local schoolmaster and

of America’s most famous and enduring tales.

before. Besides having an engraved stone

shared a boarding house with the young

on the Memorial Bridge, Merwin Point and

writer and tutor, Washington Irving.

So, who was Jesse Merwin? If you live in

40 Milford Living • Autumn

Like most horror stories, The Legend of

matched either the looks or

Sleepy Hollow draws from local legends, but

the meek demeanor of the

contains more than its share of truth. Besides

story’s protagonist. As

the Headless Horseman—which was a legend

for the famous physical

The Jesse Merwin with

in the Hudson Valley long before Irving


whom Irving was friendly

wrote about it—many of the characters made

lanky, huge ears,

does not really match the

famous by Irving were based on real people he

“long spindle

lazy, cowardly, conniving,

met while in Kinderhook. A man named Brom

neck,” and “long

superstitious Crane of

Van Alstyne became Brom Bones, and the

snipe nose”— Jesse

the story, but family and

young woman living next to the schoolhouse,

Merwin was not a

local lore says there was

Katrina Van Alyn, was the possible inspiration

match. In a letter

indeed enough evidence

for Katrina Van Tassel.

to Sir Walter Scott,

The character Ichabod Crane is an amalgam

very same way as in the story. So how does Jesse become Ichabod Crane?

to prove that Merwin

Irving wrote with

of three different people. The name was taken

amusement a cartoonish-

from a real soldier, Colonel Ichabod Crane,

looking Scottish teacher he

whom Irving served with during the War

had met that he called Lockie

of 1812. But this decorated officer in no way

Longlegs and described him the

was Crane. According to an article published in 1925, Jesse’s grandson, George D. Merwin said, “You recall that Ichabod was lazy; my Jesse Merwin

grandfather wasn’t exactly that, but he

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legends & lore disliked school teaching and preferred to

The famed “Headless

talk politics with Irving…he liked to stand

Horseman Bridge” in

around, argue politics, and talk a lot.”

Tarrytown, New York plays a

The divide between Merwin and

central role in the tale.

Crane comes together in the book, Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and

Merwin married Jane

the Hudson Valley. According to author

Van Dyke and they had 11

Jonathan Kruk, Merwin told Irving a


story about how, after courting local

If there was any doubt

Dutch girl Jane Van Dyke for years,

that Merwin was the basis

he was first threatened, and then

for Crane, two pieces of

chased by Brom Van Alstyn posing

evidence put all doubt to

as the Headless Horseman as a part

rest. In an 1846 letter of

of a European custom known as a charivari.

proposing marriage or leaving town, the

A custom whereby friends and family of a

charivari, according to Kruk, was meant to

van Buren, a Kinderhook native, wrote, “...I

young woman would encourage or discourage

either “drive a man off or drive him to the

have known J. Merwin, Esq....for about a 3rd

a male suitor by frightening him into either

altar.” Whether it happened or not, Jesse

of a century, and believe him to be a man of

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introduction, President Martin

honor and integrity and that he

to Milford stayed with them.

is the same person celebrated

In the History of Hillsdale,

in the writings of the Hon.

Columbia County NY, author

Washington Irving under the

John Francis Collin writes of

character of Ichabod Crane… .”

the Merwin family, “One of

Another piece of evidence was

their interesting characteristics

mentioned by van Buren’s

is their attachment to their

great-nephew in a New York

old ancestral home, it having

Times article in 1898, “…Upon

remained in the possession of

the outside of a letter received

the family 227 years.”

from Merwin when they were

It seems you can take the

both old men, Irving endorsed,

Merwin out of Milford, and

‘The original Ichabod Crane.’” Jesse Merwin stayed in

Washington Irving himself confirmed that Jesse Merwin was the “original”

chase the Merwin through a

Icabod Crane, here depicted in hot pursuit by the Headless Horseman.

forest disguised as a headless

Kinderhook, remained friends

ghoul, but you can’t take the

with Irving, and enjoyed the

died in 1852 and is buried in Kinderhook,

Milford out of the Merwin.

“grotesque humor of the portraiture.” He

although the Merwin family’s attachment

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historical perspective

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage


n opinion piece published a century ago in a September 1920 issue of the Milford Citizen predicted that few Milford women would likely act on their newly acquired right to vote.

also included a color guard made up of local Cub and Girl Scouts, a speech by CT Secretary of State Denise Merrill, and Milford Council on Aging chairwoman Lillian Holmes speaking

“Milford women have never shown

which gave women the long overdue right to

passionately about the legacy and impact of

much of a desire to vote,” the unnamed

vote, Mayor Ben Blake established a Milford

suffrage on women of color. “Despite the 19th

author wrote, “and there is doubt expressed

Suffrage Centennial Committee designed to

Amendment, many women of color found

as to whether the rights given them will

celebrate this historic anniversary and the role

themselves unable to vote—disenfranchised by

include many of them to assume what was

Milford residents played in helping make the

racist politics—until the passage of the Voting

heretofore been the masculine prerogative

19th Amendment a reality.

Rights Act of 1965,” Holmes said.

and go to the polls and declare their choice for state and national officers.

Representing organizations, agencies, and

“Considering how active Connecticut

businesses from throughout the community, the

residents were in helping pass the 19th

“But time will tell,” continued the author,

all-volunteer, non-partisan committee, chaired

Amendment at the national level, you’d think

who—as time would tell—could not have been

by City Clerk Karen Fortunati and Milford Board

that it would be easy to find news stories,

more wrong about how town women would

of Education member Cindy Wolfe Boynton,

letters, and other documents from that

respond to the result of the ratification of the

kicked off the year with a standing-room-only

time. But putting together the story of how

19th Amendment.

celebration at City Hall in January. An all-

Connecticut and Milford residents contributed

volunteer choir, led by Milford resident Linda

is not easy at all,” says co-chair Boynton,

in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary

As part of nationwide celebrations launched

Whittaker, sang songs written in the late 1800s

who has spent the past year researching

of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,

from “The Suffrage Song Handbook.” The event

Connecticut suffrage for a book entitled Alice

Suffragettes like those seen here marched and picketed for decades demanding the right to vote before the 19th Amendment finally made it possible.

44 Milford Living • Autumn


Paul and the Connecticut ‘Suffs’ that will be published in early 2021. “It’s like a puzzle with little pieces scattered everywhere that need to be found before they can be put together.” To help tell Milford’s story, longtime resident David Duffner spent several days at the State Library in Hartford, slowly and carefully paging through old copies of the Milford Citizen newspaper. The efforts of Duffner and others were meant to kick off

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill shares the stage with the Suffrage Choir at Milford

monthly educational and social events taking

City Hall at the January 2020 celebration commemorating the 19th Amendment.

place throughout 2020. COVID-19 brought those plans to a halt. Fortunately, efforts to

Sadly, Milford voter records for the

expand on what Duffner found—including

November 3, 1920 elections do not exist.

searching for descendants of Milford

However, the Citizen reported that between

suffragists—is still in the works.

August and October 1920, approximately 2,000

Milford women registered to vote. Milford’s population at the time was about 10,000. Done by hand, the process of registering so many people in such a short time was

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historical perspective overwhelming; extra staff was hired and Town

each of the town’s then-three voting districts.

Clerk hours extended to meet state deadlines. Additional voting machines were purchased for

When the morning of November 3rd dawned grey and with a threat of rain, local

businesswoman Lillias Tibbals, owner of a downtown hat shop, was found waiting outside her polling place at Town Hall an hour before it was to open at 5:30 a.m. Town

Correctly documenting the names of Milford suffragists is one of the greatest challenges Committee members working on this history are facing. Married women in the early 20th century rarely used their first names. It was also common for women to use initials for their first and middle names, so the list of 24 women known to have worked as suffragists looks like this: Mrs. E. W. Bishop​ Miss Mildred Booth​ Mrs. John Canning​ Mrs. F.M. Case​ Mrs. Charles Robert Chase​ Mrs. Frederick Clark​

Mrs. William Feltis​ Mrs. N. T. Gregory​ Mrs. Charles O. Mathews​ Miss Rose McCarthy​ Mrs. H. M. Merwin​ Mrs H.C. Miles Mrs. Robert Morris​

Mrs. Ida Glover Peterson​ Mrs. Clark Plummer​ Mrs. N.M. Pond​ Mrs. Helene Y. Putney​ Mrs. W. S. Putney​ Mrs. G. R. Secor​ Miss Susie Simpson​

Mrs. Robert C. Stoddard​ Miss Lillias Tibbals​ Mrs. Cecil Trowbridge​ Mrs. William White

“We’d love to hear from anyone who might be able to provide details about any of these women,” says Boynton. “We want to tell all of their stories and bring them to life. It’s the details about the people involved that tend to be most interesting.

Clerk William A. Rose told a Citizen reporter that 34 early-rising Milford women had cast their votes within the first hour of the polls opening. By noon, 573 of the 872 women registered in the downtown First District (where Tibbals lived) had voted, as had 120 of the 190 women registered in the Third District near Walnut Beach. No one in Devon’s Second District kept a tally. Many of the voters arrived in automobiles driven by members of the newly formed Republican Women’s Town Committee.

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When the final votes were tallied, the Citizen named Milford women responsible for Republican presidential candidate Warren Harding winning in the city. “The enthusiasm of the women on their first BRIAN SMITH

voting day outclassed that of the men considerably,” the Citizen wrote. The number of Milford women who showed up to vote also outnumbered the men, casting

Mayor Ben Blake and members of the Milford Suffrage Centennial Committee celebrate the 100th

63 percent of the total 3,089 ballots.

anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment on the steps of Milford City Hall.

In a Citizen article that followed the election, topped with the headline “Efficient

efforts, saying, “Your town organization

that same kind of enthusiasm for voting this

Women,” Mrs. Joseph Alsop, president

seems to have been the top notch of all (in

November: “It would be a fitting tribute to all

of the Connecticut League of Republican


those who fought for the right.”

Women, praised Milford suffragists for their voter registration and get-out-the-vote

City Clerk Karen Fortunati said she hopes female and male residents alike will embrace

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education notebook supported with distance learning technology. Daily professional learning sessions were developed by Amy Rizzo, the district’s teacher leader for instructional technology, to get staff up-to-speed with new expectations. The varied capabilities of students, the households without adequate internet access, and the differing ability of parents to supervise schooling created difficult situations. While

Distance Learning during a Pandemic

everyone agreed the best environment for learning puts students and teachers together inside school buildings, a return to distance learning at some point seemed inevitable. To facilitate the development of a school reopening plan for September, staff and families were surveyed to provide feedback regarding the strengths and weakness of the experience in the spring. Superintendent Cutaia created


he arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic early last spring caused Connecticut to abruptly shutter its school buildings. Districts across the state were forced to quickly pivot from the traditional and in-person instructional model to an online teaching and learning format most had little experience with. School is, of course, a place where students benefit from being in a classroom with peers and a teacher who delivers instruction. Traditional schooling fosters an atmosphere where students explore and collaborate with one another. So, when the initial two week shut-down turned into a closure for the remainder of the school year, teachers were asked to stay in touch with their students and develop an online plan to help maintain their learning. between staff, students, and families—had

early in her tenure as the district’s superintendent,

fostered the bonds and rapport that were integral

Milford Public Schools was able to adapt to the

to helping students as they adjusted to the realities

initial school closure with relative ease. Students

of the pandemic. These steps allowed the district to

in grades 3-12 had been issued a personal

logistically move to an online learning platform in

Chromebook earlier in the year. When schools

a matter of a few weeks.

closed, the district’s IT department was able to

Nonetheless, the sudden and unexpected

quickly deploy school-based devices to every

situation created many challenges. District

student in K-2 as well. A cornerstone of the district’s

leadership had to ensure that teachers had the

instructional model—the building of relationships

knowledge and skills to feel successful and

48 Milford Living • Autumn


Thanks to actions taken by Dr. Anna Cutaia

teams of workgroups consisting of 80 teachers,

learning. Synchronous learning happens

administrators, and specialists from various

in real time, with teacher and classmates

departments that met over the summer. The

interacting together during a virtual meeting.

Instructional Technology Committee was

Asynchronous learning can occur virtually—

tasked with reviewing the technologies used

usually with a flexible timeframe—but

during the spring shutdown, recommending

without the real-time interaction. It might

a uniform platform, and developing best

include recorded lessons and demonstrations

practices for going forward. Google Classrooms

or group projects using Google Docs. While

was identified as the “Anchor Tool” that all

an equal split of the two models was

teachers would use to communicate with

recommended by the State Department of

students and families and house all student

Education, Amy Perras, the instructional

work should remote learning be necessary

supervisor for library media, says Milford’s


goal is to provide greater than 50 percent

An important concept in distance learning involves synchronous vs. asynchronous

synchronous instruction during distance learning. “We want to ensure students

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education notebook have plenty of live interaction with their

or online, this has been identified as a

teachers,” she says. Equally as important

continued priority in which the establishing

is the support that will be provided to

of relationships between students and

parents and students to access and use the

teachers plays a big role. Perras notes that

technology at home.

the challenge in the new school year is

Critics of distance learning point to the

that teachers and students may not know

need for young people to be with others.

each other well, if at all. Teachers will be

Many share concerns that the isolation

provided with the tools and resources that

can cause or exacerbate depression and

will help develop a safe and supported

negatively impact emotional well-being.

learning environment, even if it must be

In addition, many children rely on school

done remotely. Perras also points to the

for meals and other support services.

resiliency of students and teachers, who

These are issues that cannot be ignored

always put kids first. “Communication

should schooling need to revert to distance

and collaboration are key to a successful

learning again. Whether school is in-person

distance learning model,” she adds.




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being of students. Whether occurring in school

Quality Instruction (HQI). These, along with the

school year, measures were taken to help

or remotely, they are viewed as a vital start to

district’s strong emphasis on Social Emotional

students transition back to an environment

each school day and can help identify additional

Learning, will remain the focus whether

that will be different from what they left last

support a child may need.

instruction is delivered in school or remotely.

spring. These included videos that give students

Dr. Cutaia refers to the building of

In the end, we all want the same thing for our

a glimpse of what the inside of the school

relationships as one leg of a three-legged stool,

young learners—that they are healthy, happy,

buildings will look like. In the elementary

the other two legs being the district’s Vision of

and successful.

grades, the Morning Meeting provides an

the Learning (VoL) and its commitment to High

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opportunity for teachers to engage with students to create close connections and build a sense of classroom community. A block of time set aside for “Advisory” offers a similar opportunity for older students. This year, greater emphasis will be placed on using these activities to gauge the social emotional well-

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he global pandemic has drastically changed the way all of us interact. Social distancing has become the norm in the battle to contain and hopefully eradicate the coronavirus causing COVID-19. This social distancing has led to a sense of isolation for many who feel physical and emotional pain from the loneliness of being isolated, and this includes senior citizens.

Avenue has long been a resource for seniors in the community. More than just a place to check out books, is has operated as a location to meet up, participate in one or more of

Thankfully, many options to stay connected

and programs to meet the unique needs

the many programs offered, and utilize the

have been developed, and their widespread

of Milford’s senior citizens. Committed to

resources tailored to meet their needs.

use has helped vulnerable seniors stay

helping seniors stay active and engaged, they

involved with their loved ones, peers, and

are continually brainstorming to keep content

remained a go-to for seniors. Books, including

community. Technology is allowing many

fresh and are also focused on using multiple

large print editions, have been available for

options for programming, “virtual visiting,”

types of technology so anyone who may be

curbside pickup, even after the library facility

and entertainment.

intimidated by one platform still has the

opened with restrictions; the library staff has

ability to connect using a different platform.

been able to facilitate interlibrary loans for

Some local organizations have been very proactive about developing outreach

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The Milford Public Library at 57 New Haven

During the pandemic, the library has

those books not available on site. The website, is

on which there has been a wide

an excellent resource to search for and reserve

variety of offerings, from historical

books. An active library card enables another

programs to those focusing on

avenue for borrowing books through smart

mindfulness. There are also Zoom

device apps. Patrons can download the app

chats to help seniors (and others)

Overdrive or Libby to their phone, e-reader, or

stay connected. “If anyone is

computer and sync their library card, giving

looking for information on any of

them access to a vast virtual library of ebooks

the programming they can always

that can be downloaded for a set amount of

contact the reference department

time (usually 14 days.) If a book is unavailable,

by calling 203-783-3290 or emailing

it can be reserved and be downloaded when”


due to Covid, the staff and leadership worked

The Milford Senior Center at 9 Jepson

According to assistant director Nancy

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Abbey, many senior patrons have embraced

this year. Long known its robust and diverse

enthusiastic when describing all of the novel

the virtual programming the library has

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ways the staff has provided opportunities

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Evening With an Egret

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inner at Donat’s was très élégante, but for all the Coq au Vin and flaming desserts, Peg would rather be home in Milford watching the big game. And that first inning! October 10, 1965, World Series, Minnesota Twins versus Los Angeles Dodgers. Twins up 2-1 in the series. Bottom of the first: Dodger Maury Wills collides at first with Twins second baseman Frank Quilici on an infield single when pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant is slow to cover the bag. Wills dusts himself off and steals second. Next batter, Willie Davis, hits an infield single, pushing Wills to third. Ron Fairly beats a possible double-play grounder and scores Wills. Très excitant!

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