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Milford: An Aerospace Area By Cindy Papish Gerber

Departments 4 6 8 10 12 14 20 24 36 40 44 48 52 56 62 64

Publisher’s Letter Readers’ Letters This Season Milford Spotlight At Home Milford Wildlife Healthy Living Milford Morsels Milford Fit Family Time Education Notebook Eye on Business Historical Perspective Senior Corner Expressions Where is It?

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It was an honor to publish an article about you, the great Officer Howie. Many of us remember you visiting our school as children. We’re happy to share the stories of such a Milford legend!

Thank you for the correction, we are sorry for the error. We strive to provide correct information always and work diligently to ensure clarification of historical facts and figures. We appreciate your correction.

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TIMOTHY MARS

this season

The Orchards

N

from scheduling tee times, the

estled in the old Platt Farm apple orchard lies a bastion of recreation…or consternation depending on your play. The Orchards Golf Course began welcoming golfers in the spring of 1997. The brainchild of then Mayor Fred Lisman, and designed by former city engineer John Casey, this charming 9-hole, par 32 course has become an institution in town. Golfing greats and greenhorns alike can enjoy the simplicities and complexities of this captivating course.

Clubhouse offers snacks for peckish players and a pro shop replete with all a golfer would need for a

KAREN COPPOLA

day’s round. Lessons are available for those looking to improve their stroke. Mia Coppola, at age 11 has been playing for more than a few years. A natural, she has already won

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Orchards, and the course has only improved

people who play every day, five days a week.” There are several leagues for players at

several trophies. “I started playing golf with my grandfather,” she says. “I was only three

with age. Over the past five years the grounds

the Orchards. “Monday mornings we have a

when he started taking me to the driving

have been steadily improved under the

mixed league, followed by a Monday night

range. I began taking lessons when I was five.”

watchful eye of director Tim Mars. Today, they

ladies league. There is also another ladies

have never been better. “When I arrived, the

league that plays on Wednesday mornings,”

do bad it motivates me to try harder next

tees were just dirt,” explains Mars. “We have

says Mars. “We also have twilight golf which

time, and I do whatever it takes to improve.

three employees and myself maintaining the

is two hours before sunset. Only six holes are

It is amazing when you do well in practice.

course. A retired employee who has been here

played.” Certainly, an advantageous way to

It makes you feel good about yourself and

since the course opened, Warren Hyatt, runs

get in some time on the links during the work

gives you tons of confidence.” Golf it seems,

the Tuesday morning men’s senior league, our

week.

is not just for grown-ups. “I want more kids

largest.” Given it’s neighborhood location (at 137

The Clubhouse is a hub of activity at the

Coppola says she loves practicing. “If I

to know that golf is awesome, unique, and

course. Karen Dawid, the Clubhouse manager

special,” says Coppola. “You can do anything

Kozlowski Road), The Orchards has its fair

oversees the staff of six. “It is an awesome

you set your mind to, set a goal, and reach

share of regulars. “A guy named Jerry plays

place to work, greeting the golfers and watch-

for the stars. Even if you’re competing with

seven days a week from day one to the last day

ing generations of families getting together to

someone, everyone is polite and encourag-

of the season,” says Mars. “He’s trying to break

play at the Orchards. Both young and old can

ing.”

the course record of 27. We also have about 15

play this lifetime sport,” says Dawid. Aside

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Mia’s grandfather Frank Sapione is a


courses for beginning

learned and has loved the game ever since. So,

golfers, the course

it was natural that he didn’t wait very long

at the Orchards is an

to introduce his granddaughter to the game.

easy walk. (A limited

“It was great from the start to see her start

number of carts are

connecting with the ball,” he says. “When she

available; reservations

KAREN COPPOLA

lifelong player. Starting out as a caddy, he

was about nine, I started taking her to the Orchards. They have a great practice green where she can focus on chipping and putting;

is appreciated. Rates are very reasonable,

“The twilight golf is great,” Sapione

another benefit to newcomers getting to know

continues. “It gives Mia a chance to play six

the game.

interesting, and makes good use of the space.” Considered by many as one of the best area

Although it is a municipal course, the TIMOTHY MARS

holes after school. The course is small, only acres—but the designers did a great job, it’s

The environment is casual, but golf attire

developing finesse.”

about 45 acres—compared to a full size of 250

are recommended.)

Orchards has the feel of a small club where friends, family, and neighbors can connect and enjoy a game steeped in tradition and lore. —Susan Carroll Dwyer

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Blue Star Memorial

T

he dedication of the Blue Star Memorial by the Milford Garden Club is the highlight of a year-long 90th anniversary celebration. To recognize American veterans in a highly visible way, the National Garden Club began an ongoing project in which

local garden clubs place a marker in a prominent location on America’s highways, byways, cemeteries, and other civic locations. Perhaps you have seen one in your travels. Connecticut has seven memorials dedicated to American veterans; across the USA there are over 1,000. Named for the iconic Blue Star Flags and banners that were displayed in the homes of those who served during WWII, the program

who have served, are serving, and will serve in the U.S. armed forces. The Milford Garden Club approached The

has been active since 1945 when the National

Milford Veterans Ceremony and Parade

Garden Club adopted the program and

Commission about placing a Blue Star

began the Blue Star Highway program that

Memorial on the front lawn of the Fowler

now covers all 50 states. Over the years, the

Building where they meet monthly, and the

program has expanded to honor all those

group enthusiastically supported the idea.

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KATHY KOBISHYN

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Downtown businesses will be asked to display one or more Blue Star luminaries in their storefronts as a reminder to the public that the Memorial will be dedicated May 29, 2017 during Memorial Day Weekend.

a perfect fit to remind citizens just how important veterans are to our way of life. In addition to the Memorial itself there will be five bronze medallions placed at the base representing the five branches of the U.S. military: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. —Kathy Kobishyn INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS CAN PURCHASE

Once all the approvals were obtained from

2017 during Memorial Day Weekend. The

LUMINARIES (which can be personalized in

the mayor and the Board of Alderman, the

public is encouraged to attend.

remembrance) through the Milford Garden

fundraising began.

Founders Way, located next to the approved

Club or by emailing Kathy Kobishyn at

Downtown businesses will be asked to

Memorial location, will also showcase the

milfordbluestarmemorial@gmail.com. Tax-

display one or more Blue Star luminaries in

pride Milford has in its Founders, many of

deductible contributions can be sent to Blue

their storefronts as a reminder to the public

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at home give a more relaxed feeling to the room. As you move from room to room, you should open every drawer and cabinet and examine their contents. Throw out old pens, broken crayons and markers that no longer write. Don’t hoard things. We hang onto things we think we might need and often that day never comes. So, don’t hang on to excessive amounts of anything. It takes up space that could be used in better ways. If you have children, help them get their rooms organized. Provide them with lots of see-through containers to organize toys. Stackables take up less space. Help them put their toys away in the correct places when

Clutter-Free Living

O

ne of the best ways to control stress in your life is to control your environment. Look around your home. Do the rooms appear overly busy? Is every flat surface covered? Can you see the floor in your closet? If you get tense just walking through your house, then you are probably bothered by clutter. Getting into the routine of a clutter-free existence can be a challenge, but here are some suggestions for getting on track and staying clutter-free. The first rule of thumb is to put things

Tabletops, the top of the refrigerator, that

away as soon as you are finished with them.

shelf near your front door, the piano, the open

Don’t set them down with the intention

chair, and even the width of a windowsill

of putting them away later. You’ll have to

will need to be cleared. Loose papers and

handle them twice that way and it will take

items should have a permanent home

time away from something else you could

somewhere else. Make one if necessary—out

be doing. To eliminate the clutter in your

of sight. As you pick up the clutter, look at

home, tackle one room at a time. Divide the

it carefully and ask yourself if you can live

room into sections, and start with the floor.

without it? If the answer is yes, then put it in

A messy floor instantly gives a room a sloppy

a “give away” or “trash” pile. If the answer is

appearance. Tell everyone in the household

no, decide where that item belongs and put it

the new rule: everything must be put in its

there. Do this with everything you consider

place after use. No exceptions! You must be

clutter. Consider lower wall space, too. When

the one to set an example, so you will have to

every inch of lower wall space is covered by

be persistent.

furniture, the room looks crowded. Remove

After the floor, move to all flat surfaces.

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a table or bookcase to open up the space and

they are finished with them. Consider shelving for the walls or even over the doorways or windows if space is at a premium. These outof-the-way places are great for seldom used items or a collection of things your child has built himself, like model cars or Lego creations.


Teach your child to keep like items together, such as books in one place and stuffed animals in another place. Provide school age children a place of study that is free of clutter and distractions. A desk is ideal, but the dining room table works just as well, as long as they study in the same place and at the same time every day. Create an accessible craft center, a bookcase or cabinet that holds coloring books, markers, paper, glue, and scissors for those special school projects. The kids will know exactly where to look for the items they need, and more importantly, they will know where to put them when they are finished. For young children, the dining room serves as a great location for both study and the craft center. That way, Mom can keep an eye on things.

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at home As the center of the home, kitchens tend to collect the most clutter. Train your family to take their belongings with them when they leave the kitchen and you won’t have as much to pick up. There are all kinds of containers you can purchase to organize cabinets, pantries, and drawers. Shop around and find items that work for your lifestyle. Once you have made the decision to live clutter-free, your life will be less stressful. It’s not easy in the beginning. But if you stay with it, you’ll be into a routine before you know it and won’t think twice about putting something away as soon as you are finished with it. You will come to love those empty, flat surfaces and the way they make your rooms look larger. —Doris A. Black

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Attracting Birds to Your Yard T

Yellow Warbler

his winter, you were undoubtedly putting out sunflower seed and suet to attract seed-eating birds to your feeders. You may have had visits from the common birds—the chickadees, juncos (they used to be called snowbirds), cardinals, blue jays, house finches, white breasted nuthatches, red-bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, and song sparrows. Those fortunate may have attracted the less commonly seen red-breasted nuthatches, purple finches, red polls, and hairy woodpeckers. If you put out mealy worms, you might even have attracted bluebirds to your feeders all winter long. And if you live near deep woods, you might even attract the enormous 18-inch pileated woodpecker which inspired the image of Woody Woodpecker.

may be able to attract the beautiful family of insect eaters known as the warblers—so colorful they are sometimes called the butterflies of the bird world. Moving water in a series of bird baths is one way. That may allow you to attract yellow warblers, black and white warblers, the common yellowthroat (with the male’s black mask), magnolia warblers, or even a prothonotary.

Now that spring has sprung, you may want to attract the insect

For those interested

eating or nectar feeding birds that will come as surely as the warm

in attracting

temperatures. Habitat is a key. If you live near a wooded area you

hummingbirds, planting buddleia

Black-capped Chickadee

OF

Wood Duck

davidii or butterfly bush

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is always a good choice.

Hummingbirds also respond

very well to manmade feeding

stations using a bright red feeder with colorful ports. Adding a red sugary solution will catch their attention as well. It is very important to attract them in the early spring when they are migrating. Keep the solution

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refilled to attract them to stay in your area.

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If you have large grassy areas in your yard you’ll undoubtedly see robins—the Connecticut state bird—looking for worms, larvae, or grubs. Robins move like plovers;

COURTESY US FISH AND WILDLIFE

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a few short steps, stop, tilt head, listen, and stab a worm or grub. It is fun trying to distinguish the males from the females. Both have the red breast, but males flaunt a deeper brick red while the females settle for a fainter orange/red breast. Looking for kinglets is always fun. They trees every year, so adding cedars to your

Wood Duck Nest Box

yard will likely attract birds such as these. Two species to look for as they grab insects in your cedars are the tiny ruby crowned kinglet and the equally small golden crowned

vireos, and warblers—birds called passerines

kinglet.

or perching birds. Apple trees seem to be a bit

to put up several wood duck boxes. The box

heartier than peach or cherry trees, but it is

should be about 18-inches long and one-foot

fun to experiment.

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Fruit trees are popular for attracting birds such as cedar waxwings, bluebirds, orioles,

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migrate through my line of Blue Atlas cedar


milford wildlife female can pop in and out. Adding wood chips will hurry the nesting process along as this most beautiful native Connecticut duck lays her eggs. You might even be rewarded by having a red phase or gray phase screech owl If you have a meadow next to your house,

American Robin

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Cooking Around Food Allergies

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ost people can enjoy many types of food without any problems apart from the occasional bout of heartburn after a spicy meal. For millions of Americans however, certain foods can act as enemies to their bodies due to an allergic reaction.

According to ShopRite of Milford’s

toward the proteins in that food. “A true food

dietician, Kristen Haight RD, CSG, CD-N,

allergy elicits a response from the immune

approximately 18 million people in the

system within our body when certain food

United States have some type of true

proteins are digested,” Haight explains.

also involves the immune system, however

food allergy. A food intolerance (causing

“Symptoms can be as minor as having a

it is not the same response as a food allergy.

discomfort but no immune reaction) is very

short-term itchy throat to more life-threating

In individuals with Celiac disease, when the

different from a food allergy; an allergic

responses such as anaphylaxis.”

protein gluten is digested, it causes the body

reaction is a response by the immune system

As Haight goes on to say, “Celiac disease

to form an immune response that attacks the individual’s small intestine, causing damage to the lining. When this damage is formed, the body can struggle to absorb certain nutrients.” For people who have food allergies or Celiac disease, being vigilant of what foods are consumed is crucial. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90% of allergic reactions are caused by just eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, crustacean shellfish, and fish. Each of these ingredients must be identified on the labels of foods that are regulated by the FDA. Most packaged consumable items at a grocery store meet these criteria. When there is a person in the household with food allergies or Celiac disease, those buying and preparing the meals and snacks must pay close attention to the food that is served. While some allergic reactions can be mild, extreme cases (like anaphylaxis) can be life-threatening. Strict scrutiny must

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be given to the ingredients as well as the

and shelves of gluten-free products. If you

Food producers are becoming more

vessels and tools used to prepare the meals;

need something, we likely have it.” Haight

attuned to the requirements of people

cross contamination can occur without

also offers culinary classes at the store,

with food allergies, and there are now

proper cleaning. This is why food packaging

including gluten-free cooking, and plans to

companies that exclusively cater to their

often contains the statement “processed in a

introduce classes to address other ways to

needs. One such company is based right

facility that also processes nuts,” (or wheat or

cook allergen-free.

here in Milford.

another potential allergen.)

DePuma’s Gluten-Free Pasta, located

Luckily, there are many options for

on Bic Drive, was founded nine years ago

allergen-free cooking. “ShopRite supplies

when Gina DePuma, the wife of owner John

many products that are appropriate for

DePuma III, was diagnosed with Celiac

individuals with food allergies,” says

disease. A chef by trade, DePuma learned

Haight. “At the Milford store, many

all he could about gluten-free cooking,

of our allergy-friendly items are

but was disappointed he couldn’t give

located in aisle four, our natural

his wife a delicious pasta dinner—one

food aisle. Products include egg

of her favorites. The gluten-free

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pastas he found were too gummy,

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healthy living metallic-tasting, or just tasteless. So, he set

peanuts, and tree nuts since they are often

out to create a gluten-free pasta that would

used as ingredients in products. Many cakes,

have the right flavor and texture.

cookies, muffins, and other baked goods are

“After trial and error I was able to come

made with eggs and milk. This is where label

up with my proprietary flour blend and

reading, cooking from scratch, and searching

began creating my pasta,” says DePuma. His

for substitutes comes in.

company now offers frozen pastas, including

There are a few commercially available

ravioli, manicotti, tortellini, lasagna

egg substitutes (e.g. Ener-G Egg, VeganEgg,

noodles, rigatoni, and others. They are sold

Bob’s Red Mill Egg) available at grocery

in many health food stores, online (www.

stores and online. For those wanting a

depumapasta.com), and locally in the frozen

DIY egg substitute, WebMD offers some

section of Adams Hometown Market on New

suggestions including using applesauce

Haven Avenue and ShopRite of Milford.

to replace eggs in baking ( 1/4 cup to replace

Cooking around an allergy to fish and

one egg); half a mashed ripe banana can do

shellfish is not too difficult since those

the same. Combining 1 tablespoon of water,

protein sources can be easily avoided. It can

1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 1 teaspoon

more difficult to omit things like milk, eggs,

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Online sites and books offer ways to cook tasty meals, replace pantry staples, and make delicious baked goods that are safe for those with food allergies.

baking with “milk” is still possible. Anyone allergic to milk must avoid butter, but dairy-free margarine is an option; yogurt and

delicious baked goods that are safe for those

sour cream can be replaced by soy, coconut,

with food allergies.

or pea-based alternatives, and there are even dairy-free cheeses made from soy or nuts.

With attention and diligence, shopping for and cooking meals can be safe and enjoyable

The best resource to start with, however, is

for those with food allergies. With ShopRite,

a consultation with a physician or registered

DePuma’s Pasta, and other local store

dietician. As local registered dietician Doria

operators and food producers, Milfordites

friendly recipes, and cookbooks are great

Weinstein states, ”a food allergy can develop

with these types of allergies can look forward

resources for allergy-free cooking as well.

at any time in life. A doctor would diagnose

to increasingly abundant safe food choices

Online sites and books offer ways to cook

it, but the dietician can help you figure out

for years to come!

tasty meals, replace pantry staples, and make

meal planning.”

There are many websites that have allergy-

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SHERRY JOHNSON(2)

he intimate dining room at Fratelli’s on New Haven Avenue offers the first clue that you’re in for a special meal. The establishment opened its doors in 2013 in the capable hands of the Kandic brothers, Elvis, Eddie, and Adis, and their father Reggie. The three brothers come from a veritable restaurant dynasty with 30 restaurants across Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts in the extended family. Elvis, the oldest of the three and the driving force behind Fratelli’s, began working in the kitchen of his uncle’s Bridgeport restaurant at age 14. Their father raised his sons to feel at home in the kitchen and has had a major role in bringing the Fratelli’s vision to life. Eddie) with a rich Bolognese sauce, there are

serves theirs with capers, garlic, hot cherry

also house specialties. Chicken Alla Naranjia

peppers, and a bright lemon-wine sauce for

fuses traditional Italian ingredients such as

an unexpected twist on an old standard. The

fresh mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes

Caprese Salad bursts with deep red vine-ripe

with the unexpected pop of a vodka

tomatoes, thick slices of fresh mozzarella,

orange sauce. Clams and Mussels Luciano

and is topped with basil, roasted red peppers,

brings together regional shellfish with

and artichokes. An 18-year aged fig-infused

Mediterranean staples like prosciutto, garlic,

balsamic lends a note of extra elegance to this

and roasted peppers.

already graceful dish.

To start, or for a lighter appetite, there are beloved favorites like fried calamari. Fratelli’s

During the warm months, Reggie grows vegetables in his home garden that find their way to the restaurant table. In the bar, the rotating draft list offers seasonal and often local craft brews as well as familiar crowd pleasers. Youngest brother Adis heads up the front of house. His staff are experts on the Fratelli’s menu, on hand to guide guests through every aspect of their experience. Fratelli’s boasts a full bar plus an extensive wine list. Guests are encouraged to ask about the off-list wine selection as well, and staff are always ready to assist in pairing dishes with wine and cocktails. Wednesday nights feature half-price bottles of wine, a perfect reason to give Fratelli’s a try. Indulge in a fine red or white and sample the Chicken or Veal Marsala

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brimming with mushrooms and a Marsala wine sauce. The Kandic brothers each bring a particular strength to the table and the result is a finely tuned dining experience. In an industry notorious for grueling hours and hard work, SHERRY JOHNSON

the Kandics make it look effortless. From the crisp white linens to the well-appointed barroom, no detail is left to chance. Elvis says simply, “We love this business so much we’re crazy enough to do this.” They not only do it, they do it well. Fratelli’s

elegance is the name of the game and the

During the week walk-ins are always

offers a perfect blend of new and old,

staff welcomes new patrons as warmly as

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MILFORD:

Aerospace

An

Area

by Cindy Papish Gerber

26 Milford Living • Spring


The Simulturn LU 3000 EX by Okuma is a 4 axis turning lathe in the manufacturing process of gun barrels and larger parts.

The aerospace industry in Connecticut, according to the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, remains a backbone of our manufacturing sector. Regional clusters of industry have emerged, where innovative products, components, and systems integral to the U.S. aeronautics industry are developed. One of those key locations exists in Milford. Our proximity to Sikorsky Aircraft helps. A recently approved $220 million, 16-year commitment to produce a new line of heavy cargo helicopters positively impacts local industry. Another factor may derive from the work ethic of the Milford companies—most of which are home-grown, family-run, built-from-the-ground-up enterprises—that are aiding or developing the next generation of aerospace technology. After decades of maintaining excellent standards, attracting talented employees, and keeping pace with cutting edge research, these Milford businesses continue to grow.

RICHARD MANUFACTURING

What makes Milford possess “the right stuff?”

RICHARD MANUFACTURING CO., INC.

with the company’s other 29 employees,

www.richardmanufacturing.com

president, a man who worked his way up to

W

she reports to her boss (and father) James Steponavich, Richard Manufacturing’s

hen Neil and Rita Richard originally

the top post during the aviation industry’s

founded this company in 1965, they

boom years in the 1970s.

could not have predicted it would grow from

The Richard facility, located on Rock Lane,

its humble origins in a garage to become one

has branched out to service the commercial

of the top 100 suppliers to Sikorsky Aircraft.

and medical markets and is an “AS9100

“My great grandfather, who worked for

[aerospace quality management system]

Sikorsky, bought a milling machine and

registered company,” servicing Sikorsky

started making his own parts,” explains

Aircraft, GKN Westland, Vought Aircraft,

Nichole Steponavich, currently guiding

the U.S. military, and more than 50 other

Richard’s planning and purchasing, what

customers.

she calls “all the nuts, bolts, and fittings… the parts that make helicopters go.” Along

“Right here in Milford we manufacture innovative products,” Steponavich main-

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tains. “Currently we’re using s 3-D printer

all come together (date and time to be an-

for prototyping designs and a new dual

nounced) to celebrate Spectrum’s anniversary

lathe machine with a really long capacity

marking “60 Years in Flight.”

for capturing energy. This is used for gun

MILFORD

barrels and larger parts. Additionally, we SPECTRUM

comply with the standards of the U.S. Army Flight Safety Parts Surveillance Program,” which tightly controls all aircraft materials, construction, workmanship, and design standards.

valve ensures the helicopter’s fuel sys-

FABRICATING COMPANY www.milfordfabricating.com

T

he main reason why John DePuma became the COO of Milford Fabricat-

ing eight years after retiring from his long

tem—shutting off the fuel—and therefore

career at United Technologies boils down to

avoids catching fire. Other featured products

history and family. “I actually worked here

include pressure switches, indicators, and

in high school during a work-study program

eatured on the homepage of this

hydraulic subassemblies, although all told,

at Jonathan Law. I returned because I’m

company’s website is a film clip of

SPECTRUM www.spectrumct.com/

F

we manufacture an excess of 400 different

the brother-in-law of Ed Pohl, the owner

a successful “Fuel Bladder Drop Test” of

products found on jet fighters for the Air

of Milford Fabricating. Ed is the second

a high-speed Sikorsky S-97 helicopter.

Force, helicopters, transport aircraft, and

generation of the Pohl family to own and

pressure systems for all branches of the U.S.

operate the business. His father, Edward A.

military.”

Pohl, Sr., founded it in 1947, working out of

“That breakaway valve is one of our four major patented product lines made for aircraft,” says company president Richard Meisenheimer. “In the event of a crash, this

Spectrum is also responsible for an ap-

a small garage at his home on Thompson

plication that anyone who has ever flown

St. In 1950 he built a factory on Erna Ave.”

will be familiar with. They make “that little

Milford Fabricating provides precision

pressure switch which drops your oxygen

quality custom sheet metal fabricating

mask in event of depressurization of cabin

services including welding, precision

on an airplane,” says Meisenheimer. Spec-

machining, and heat-treating to local

trum’s commercial reach extends to Boeing,

manufacturers such as Sikorsky, Hamilton

Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Bell

Sundstrand, Helicopter Support, Kaman,

Helicopter, Honeywell, and more. To date, Spectrum has earned 30 U.S. and foreign patent and plans to continue research and development of state-of-the art aerospace instruments. Meisenheimer, a Milford native with a background in business and accounting, is proud of his family-run business. “We’ve been in six different locations since 1957; every time we moved because of expansion.” The company’s 65 employees work out of the main

SPECTRUM

New Haven Avenue. Later this year, they will

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Spectrum’s breakaway fuel valve automatically closes off flow if the system is disrupted.

MILFORD FABRICATING

facility on Plains Road or a second building on


STEVENS MANUFACTURING

The MAG3 5-axis is a high productivity aerospace machining center for aluminum parts.

GKN, Pitney Bowes, and Perkin Elmer. “We

after a devastating fire on March 31, 2009

shipped all over the U.S., UK, Singapore, Turkey,

produce a wide range of precision sheet

destroyed the Erna Avenue factory,” Depuma

and Poland for Sikorsky and other customers.

metal brackets and assembles that go into

recalls, the details of which led to an inspir-

“We continue to look for new customers along

the Sikorsky Blackhawk, S92, S76, and

ing company story entitled, “From Ashes to

with new methods of manufacturing to keep

the new 53K aircraft, manufacturing our

Production in 28 Days.” As DePuma recalls,

our workforce busy and support the customer’s

products at our facility located at 500 Bic

“Within 28 days of the catastrophe, Milford

needs,” says DePuma

Drive,” says DePuma.

Fabricating was up and running again,

“The business relocated to its current site

cooperation of Milford’s industrial com-

STEVENS MANUFACTURING COMPANY

munity supporting this effort. It was nothing

www.stevensmfgco.com/

thanks to the strong management team and the 85-plus workforce, along with the

short of a miracle.” He believes the company is now stronger,“ since it has created a factory of the future

S

tevens Manufacturing was started by the Fogler family in 1956 to serve the

aerospace community, specifically Sikorsky

with new state-of-the art machinery.” These

Aircraft,” says Nick Reinke, president and

Milford-made components are used in

CEO. Reinke, who hails from Kansas, joined

everything “from holding ammo in Sikorsky

the company in October of 2014, yet he’s well-

Blackhawk helicopters to supporting the

versed in Stevens’ history, mission, and busi-

medical industry for the Covidian company in

ness model, which stresses trust, integrity,

North Haven, to Pitney Bowes stamp machines

and a commitment to efficiency. Sold to J.H.

and Perkin Elmer’s various products.” They’re

Whitney in August 2014, Stevens has “steadily grown and today is one of the largest ma-

The Amada programmable laser cutter enables Milford Fabricating to create precision parts for their clients.

chining suppliers for Sikorsky,” says Reinke. Presently, 53 employees work at a 62,000sq. ft. Rock Lane facility. “We are currently

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in the process of adding 10-12 employees in

ALINABAL

2017,” he reports, “to help support the new

www.alinabal.com/index.html

work that will continue to be added.”

B

efore company president and CEO

In addition to providing “precision

Samuel Bergami guided me through

machined and assembled components to sup-

the vast tool and assembly rooms, building

port all Sikorsky product lines, we have also

stations, break rooms, offices, and company

expanded into other OEM’s [original equip-

cafeteria at 28 Woodmont Road, he placed

ment manufacturers] including Lockheed

Alinabal’s featured product upon his desk:

Martin, Boeing, and Honda Jet,” Reinke adds.

a miniature bearing (with even tinier metal

Their products, which are manufactured in

balls) made of specially molded alloy steel,

Milford, feature machined precision compo-

used for all smart bomb mortars in the U.S.

nents made from aluminum, titanium, and

“Developed between 1978-84, these hang on

steel. Complex assemblies include Blackhawk

all F-16 bombs used in on-board micropro-

flight controls. “OEM’s take our products

cessors built into the fuse…which, in turn

and incorporate them into their systems

generates an electricity safety device,” he

and structures of military and commercial

explains. “We produce about 30,000 – 40,000

thingamabobs I couldn’t name and wouldn’t

aircraft,” he explains. “They make flying the

of these a year, but it’s just one of hundreds

be allowed to (classified projects). Occasionally,

aircraft possible.”

of thousands of configurations we generate

Bergami stops to chat with an employee sta-

for numerous applications and markets.”

tioned at a “custom-built machine” inquiring

“When the company started we only had a few products. Now, we have 5,000 different

detail,” says assembly technician Robin Schutt,

customers, 200-plus sales reps, and operate

who is cross-trained on other equipment. “It’s

out of three facilities (two in Milford and

such a delicate process, exacting and precise.”

one in Kensington, CT). Bergami’s 51-year

All 325 employees are well-versed in Alinabal’s

history with Alinabal mirrors the company’s

Total Improvement (ATIP) approach to quality

continual growth. After starting as a tool and

management.

die apprentice in 1966, he steadfastly worked his way up to become president and CEO.

SUSAN CARROLL DWYER

Over the past 40 years, he’s has earned an

“We make components integral to the cool and hot side of all Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines,” Schutt says. Other aerospace prod-

impressive amount of professional citations

ucts are used in night vision goggles, flight

and achievements, received plaques and

controls, landing gear, and advanced optical

honors, chaired many non-profit boards and

shutters. The company’s motion transfer

committees, and was awarded an honorary

devices (rod end bearings) are also found on

Ph.D. in Business by the University of New

land in equipment like snowmobiles, racing

Haven. He’s also a lifetime member of the

cars, lawn tractors, go-carts, and according

National Aviator’s Hall of Fame.

to Bergami’s estimation,” too many products

Touring the Alinabal factory floor, we walked by pallets, wheels, bins, bearings, boxes, towering shelves, grates, dies, presses, pulleys, and

to count.”

NORTHEAST ELECTRONICS CORP.

The mortar fuse and tiny

www.northeast.com/index.shtml

alternator produced by Alinabal

are essential to the F16’s success in missions.

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about their task. “We carefully inspect every

Q

uality. Expertise. Pride.” According to Tim Cantafio, vice president of

engineering, “These are the three words that


The custom 3 axis CNC milling machine was built at Northeast Electronics to fabricate very tight toleranced graphic fixtures.

manufactured in Northeast’s 40,000 sq. foot Bic Drive complex. A featured business area is “the

Cantafio, who’s been with this company for

manufacture of bases for pressure transduc-

“approximately 45” of those years, credits

ers, “that utilizes Micro-Electro-Mechanical

Northeast with, “maintaining the highest

Systems, or MEMS.” In simpler terms, this

standards possible in the industry”.

technology produces miniaturized mechanical

NORTHEAST ELECTRONICS

Northeast is among a limited number of

best describe the key elements of a reputation

and electro-mechanical elements used in

“glass-to-metal” seal manufacturers that

measuring or monitoring pressure. Such

meet strict quality-management require-

high tech-components “are used in anything

ments. “Our involvement with the aeronau-

that moves,” Cantafio points out, “such as

tics and aerospace industries is vast,” he says,

automobiles, planes, boats, submarines, tanks,

“producing many parts that have been used

helicopters, and rockets.” Recent R&D focuses

for the Apollo projects, satellites, the space

on titanium battery covers for medical equip-

station, and a variety of commercial airlines

ment and hermetic glass ceramic-to-metal seals

throughout the world.”

used in many military applications. “We take

Products found on a multitude of military

that Northeast Electronics has maintained

and commercial aircraft, and used in electronic

for more than 50 years in the manufacture

systems of planes, helicopters, altimeters

of precision hermetic glass-to-metal seals.”

for monitoring pressure and elevation are

great pride in designing, building and supplying parts made in America,” says Cantafio. Many of which, are made with pride, in Milford!

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Jo Downs. “I find it peaceful and relaxing.

Leaves unfurl to capture sunlight, grass grows green beneath out feet, and flowers pop

It is a great way to decompress after a busy

out of their buds like delicate pinwheels fluttering in the breeze. The wonders of spring

day. We often see friends and neighbors

are to be experienced, not driven past. Milford residents are fortunate to have a variety of trails to hike, so it’s time for a

there as well.” The oldest trail in town winds its way and 1950s by Rocco Mondo.” The Walnut Beach boardwalk, though

through Wilcox Park. “Clark Wilcox deeded 12 acres to the town in 1909,” says Johnson.

good stretch of the legs. The word hike may

manmade, follows the ever-changing

“The land was part of the property of

cause your face to wince—that sounds like

landscape of the shoreline. Since its

William Fowler, the first miller. By deed

work—but not worry; it’s merely a walk

completion, it has become a destination for

the land is to be “used and maintained

in the woods. No matter what your fitness

locals to walk and benefit from the fresh salt

exclusively for the purpose of a public park.”

level, there are hikes aplenty right here in

air. “My husband and I have been walking

Recently, Wilcox Park has benefited from

town. Twelve miles of trails are dedicated

there for over two years,” says resident Mary

numerous restoration projects by Milford’s

for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the scenery. “Each trail reflects the seasons, the vegetation, and what wildlife is active,” says Steve Johnson, Open Space and Natural Resource agent for the City of Milford. “The warming weather is a time when I look forward to the fresh blossoms, bird migrations, and the sound of spring peepers in our wetlands.” “Some trails reflect changes in our landscape over time. Some of the changes are the result of glacial forces that shaped the land and waterways 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, unlike the creation of the five Mondo Ponds during gravel excavations in the 1940s

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evening Owl Prowl programs that Gallo leads. The Milford Point and Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Management area where the CT Audubon Coastal Center is located is a designated Important

with dozens of species to view.

Bird Area (IBA). “One of the most

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overlooked areas for birding is along

Mondo Ponds are two of the trail

the Housatonic River following the

areas that offer great birding”

Great River trail walk,” says Johnson.

continues Johnson. Frank Gallo, senior naturalist at CT Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point leads regular birding walks at those locations, as well as Eisenhower and Wilcox parks. Eisenhower Park is also a favorite destination for the CT Audubon’s

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family time Ryan McConnell the owner of Hawkwood Game Café was working as a research administrator at Northwestern University in Chicago when a visit to a gaming café in Toronto set him on the path towards opening a place of his own. “I was always an avid gamer, but when I walked in and saw hundreds of games on the shelves, I was in heaven.” When his wife’s job led to a Connecticut relocation, the new career path as a gaming den proprietor, “working at a place where I want to hang out,” came into focus. McConnell concluded that Milford’s demographics made it the perfect place to open his business. “It’s got a wide variety of people, both the 21-35-year-olds out for the night life, but also a lot of families: parents

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ne of the often-heard complaints about the boom in technology is that it leads to people withdrawing from each other and becoming less social. Our noses are buried in our phones instead of talking—at times a selfinflicted war of attention being waged between man and Droid (or Apple). In truth, it’s not a new phenomenon. When television first appeared, critics worried it was a scourge of society. The “boob tube” snatched children from their studies and parents from their children. But somewhere between “Ozzie and Harriet” and “Happy Days,” people found time to play games. The whole family played: fun games, frustrating games, games of economic dominance. The family unit was secure.

with their kids looking for something to do together.” He also wanted older kids to have a place to go. “Growing up, at night there was nothing to do—nowhere to go—so I want to give them somewhere to go…like

In a subsequent bid to erase the fabric of

Gaming establishments are popping up all

Hemingway’s idea of a ‘clean, well-lighted

our society, evil scientists found an even

over, including in Milford. Fire and Dice at

place.’” McConnell also noticed Milford’s

worse distraction to corrupt our youth—

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sense of community, perfect for promoting

video games; kids in privacy cones, rapt in

game enthusiasts can meet, trade, and play

local foods in his café. From coffee, breads,

PS4 oblivion. But, like dusty relics hidden in

with fellow fans. Closer to downtown, The

muffins, wraps, and paninis, McConnell

closets, board games and their many fans

Hawkwood Game Café, which is opening

believes that the success of one business will

survived.

this spring, is where couples, corporations, or

add to the success of others. But despite the

families can grab a board game and wipe out

Café in the name, McConnell doesn’t want to

card games popular, but people are actually

Cut to 2017 and not only are board and

someone’s economic future if they land on

confuse people. “It’s not a place where you

leaving their houses to play them in public.

Park Place.

order a coffee and plug in your laptop. It’s

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more like renting a lane at a bowling alley, or in this case a table, and then you order food while you play.” The menu will be made up of finger foods to make game playing easier. When asked to name his favorite games McConnell slyly admits, “My favorite is the game I haven’t played yet.” GERRY MCGUIRE

Not to be given short shrift, card games have become a major branch in the tree of gaming. According to Jeremy Ortiz of Fire and Dice, which calls itself a card store and game room, card games like Pokémon, Magic the Gather-

libraries, along with their cartoon series being

shop. Ortiz stepped in to make sure the

ing, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Card Fight Vanguard have

shown on formats like Amazon Prime, Netflix,

card gaming community still had a place to

been gaining in popularity for over 20 years.

and Hulu, has led to an explosion in the

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One major aspect of card game popularity

hosting tournaments where teams and

Wally Payne and Lee Aldershof met and

is the sense of community that comes from

individuals play each other round robin

became friends at a Danbury card shop and

playing together at a public location. Besides

style, a gaming room brings people together.

frequently meet in Milford to play. Chaz

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Parniawski, who has been playing since the 1990s, brings his two grown daughters, Kim and Elizabeth, so they can meet up with friends and play together. Parniawaski cites Pokémon for helping his daughter Elizabeth learn to read. “She just wasn’t interested and she was struggling. But once I introduced the Pokémon cards, all of the sudden she wanted to know about each character and her reading took off.” Ortiz says that for kids into card games, his

consoles to fully complete the Fire and Dice

the Gathering if you can’t throw down your

gamer experience.

“Wrath of God” card to destroy all your

shop has become a mini daycare. “Parents

Even with all the growth in video games

opponent’s creatures in front of his friends?

like it because they can drop their kids off

and handheld distractions, people still want

Technology may be trying to isolate us,

and know they’re in a safe, secure place

to launch red ants into a pair of blue plastic

but the gamer geek inside us just won’t let

where their kids can play for hours and meet

pants, begin a RISK-y land war in Asia, or

it happen. Human kind will triumph, one

other kids with the same interests.” Ortiz

make famished hippos gobble marbles. And

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Milford Education Foundation

I

t was a typical weekend in 2010, a gathering of friends sitting around a kitchen table, where the discussion often turned to what they could do to enhance their children’s school experience. They wanted something more than the traditional involvement in PTA. It would take several years for their ideas to come to fruition, but in 2013 the Milford Education Foundation was born.

and compliment the school system in a way that ties into the needs of the district. The current Foundation president, Ed Faruolo, is a relative newcomer to the group, initially approached to help with strategic planning. The rest, as they say,

Education foundations are not a new

The mission of the Milford Education

is history. Faruolo quickly came to see the

concept. According to the Connecticut

Foundation is simple: “To promote

dedication of the members, all volunteers,

Consortium of Education Foundations,

excellence, innovation, and creativity

and the value of their work. He decided to

there are close to 100 formal foundations

in education for our children and

get more involved. “I was impressed with

across the state. The non-profit

community.” To that end, the core group

what these folks had achieved in their

organizations, typically comprised of

of founding partners forged ahead, first

spare time,” he says. “It was very special.”

local residents, members of the business

seeking out speakers who planted the seeds

A main focus of the Foundation is its mini-grant effort. Local teachers are invited to submit applications detailing an innovative idea they would like to share with their students. The idea must support the Foundation’s mission and relate to science, technology, engineering,

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arts, or math. It is a competitive process. To date, over $35,000 in grants has been awarded, covering such topics as preschool communication, journalism, the Science Olympiad, gardening, the flipped classroom concept, and more. During the last award

community and education leaders, seek to

for initial programming the group might

cycle, the Foundation included one special

raise funds to support education, raise the

offer. Next came a fundraising plan, the

category and offered additional grant

level of awareness of current trends, and

first event being a mini-golf tournament.

opportunities from two local donors. Dr.

increase recognition of the important role

Several years later, the group is going

Matt Paterna sponsored a grant relating to

of teachers and the contribution they make

strong, working closely with Milford School

healthy living. The Nash family sponsored

to student learning.

superintendent Elizabeth Feser to enhance

a grant with a focus on leadership and

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related to the use of “Mindfulness” in the classroom as a way to enhance student engagement and learning. The Foundation also brings two high profile programs to town each spring: Minds in Motion and the Invention

the program the foundation hopes to

participate in the event and help to extend

Convention. Just coming off its fourth year

“expose kids to light bulb moments that

knowledge of local opportunities to parents,

in Milford, Minds in Motion is the signature

connect theory with practicality.” It’s

offering exposure to new resources for their

program of the Connecticut Association for

a labor-intensive endeavor that takes

children, says Harrigan.

the Gifted. The afternoon offers interactive

Foundation volunteers months to pull

workshops for children in kindergarten

together. It also includes a keynote speaker

offshoot of a statewide program, is an

through eighth grade. Foundation member

and free workshops for parents and teachers.

opportunity for students to engage in

Emmeline Harrigan explains that through

There are many community partners who

creative thinking and innovation. The

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final competition was held at

Public Library, holds a series of three

UCONN.

or four winter workshops for students

Another initiative is collaboration with the

the grade six public school enrichment

Milford Public Library’s

teachers engage their students in the

“Brain Station,” a space

process. The student mix is rounded out

that foundation member

with participation from various after

Augie Harrigan describes

school clubs and activities at the Boys and

as a creative hub where

Girls Club. It culminates at an event where

people come together to

students present their inventions to a panel

innovate and make anything

of judges. Ten percent of participating

imaginable. The Foundation provided

Station’s usage. He sees great potential,

Milford students are chosen to move to

some startup funds for needed equipment.

including “involvement of the business

the next round. The program has become

The group hopes to continue its support

community, in areas that relate to what

so popular across the state that in 2017 a

with what Faruolo calls “intellectual

would typically be done in a Brain

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capital” as a way to help expand the Brain

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age-group, what Faruolo calls “overlooked

at Foran High School and

kids who need a little more prodding and

includes dinner, activities,

probing to get them engaged.” And for the

and a planetarium show. The

first time, two high school students will

Foundation will then turn

attend Foundation board meetings to share

to planning its “Chair-ity

their experiences and perspectives, helping

Auction” which they hold

the board stay connected with the needs of

every other year. Adirondack

that age group. “We will also put them to

style chairs are built with the

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since the early stages of planning. Bridging the business community and philanthropic community is an integral part of EPIC’s mission. “Creating an interaction and breaking

or many young professionals, entering the workforce can be an overwhelming and often intimidating endeavor. You might think, “What do I have to offer?” or “Where do I go from here?”

down the barrier between the nonprofit world and the business world and showing that we’re all in this together, that we need to help each other, is part of our mission,” Mitchell says. Starting with a core group of about 15 people aged 21-39, EPIC began meeting regularly to discuss what their goals and mission statement would look like. Mitchell says the organization has developed committees on education and community outreach that are ready to hit the ground running. “We want the nonprofits that are doing so much good to feel validated and to know that their mission is just as important as that of an insurance company, lawyer, or doctor.” she says. Gary Mullin, executive director of the

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way for the chamber to engage its members and become more involved in the Milford community. “EPIC offers an opportunity to expand their influence and get to know their peers by sharing their experiences

with opportunities to not only build up their

while learning to become successful,” Mullin

recently helped launch a young profession-

networks and social relationships, but also

says. “It can be intimidating for a younger

als network geared toward professionals

to engage in the local community, plans for

professional to go to one of our events, like

aged 21-39 looking to make connections,

the group began forming in the spring of

a Business After Hours, and engage with the

grow business networks, and get involved in

2016. By becoming a part of the social fabric

seasoned business community. This offers

the Milford community. “Over the years, we

of the city, these young professionals hope

support and a networking experience for

have watched the growing young profes-

to use their connections not only to boost

them.”

sional networks in the American Chambers

economic development, but also to serve as

of Commerce,” says Nell Moll, the chamber’s

a catalyst for change through community

dinator for Shoreline Family Chiropractic.

director of membership, opportunities, and

outreach.

Serving as the secretary for EPIC, Allen says

enthusiasm. “We’ve always wanted to bring

Kerri Allen, 25, works as an event coor-

Sarah Mitchell, manager of fund develop-

becoming a part of this group has offered

a network of young professionals to our

ment and communications for Bridges, serves

an outlet for meeting like-minded peers in

chamber to help them become more in-

as the vice president of the group, which was

the local business community. “It’s a great

volved in our business community.” Hoping

named Emerging Professionals Inspiring

way to network. And at this age it’s tough

to provide young professionals in Milford

Change (EPIC), and has been with the group

to meet people that have the same values,”

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Allen says. “Plus, it has helped with growing business opportunities.” Chaz Gaines, 31, specializing in commercial lending with Milford Bank, serves as the chair of EPIC. “EPIC is a great way to network and to build your relationships as a young professional,” Gaines says. “We’re trying to bring a millennial spin to it. Instead of just being a business network, we are trying to focus on the COURTESY OF EPIC

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EPIC meetings are held on the third Thurs-

for professional development and network-

ed to helping grow each other’s careers while

day of the month and are open to chamber

ing. “We hope to have speakers regularly

simultaneously helping the community

members age 21-39 years. The group plans to

come in to give presentations,” Gaines says.

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historical perspective

Around the Town Trolley seen here on the old iron Washington Bridge heading east into Devon from Stratford Continuing south, we notice a group of youngsters playing kickball in a grassy field to the right and, further down, two young boys hang fishing poles in a small stream. Our first destination is approaching around just around the bend past Paul’s Convenience Store—the Walnut Beach Amusement Park can now be seen to the left of a large group of walnut trees. Our mouths start to water thinking of a bag of fresh roasted peanuts and a soda pop before enjoying a few hours of amusements. (In the later years, the park became Smith’s 17 Acre Park before redevelopment began in

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ho doesn’t like daydreaming about what it would be like traveling back in time to experience how our ancestors went about their daily routines? Imagine shopping for groceries, traveling through our town center, or spending a day at the shore 100 years ago. Was it really a simpler time, or do today’s luxuries leave us wanting something different?

the 1960s.) We hear the conductor’s whistle while enjoying our ice cream from Tinkham’s at the corner of Naugatuck and Broadway. We board the trolley for the next leg of our journey, riding along Milford’s shoreline past Silver Beach, enjoying the warm breeze through our hair as

Let’s take a trolley ride back in time and look at those so-called simpler days that many of us yearn for. We’ll take a scenic

seen today on the south side of the current Washington Bridge.) Riding the trolley further into

trip through the historical city of Milford,

Devon—once called Naugatuck Junction—

crossing the tracks from Stratford over the

passengers can’t help but notice a building

old iron Washington Bridge. The “Devon

boom on streets like Ellis, Orland, and

Bridge,” as it is routinely called, is a favorite

Spring Streets, not to mention the five

hangout for groups of kids called “Bridge

and dime store between Ellis and Spring,

Rats.” On a warm summer day between the

and Harrison & Gould’s satellite hardware

changing of high and low tide, the Bridge

store (now the home of Pete’s Deli.) As the

Rats can be seen climbing the bridge’s

conductor takes a right onto Naugatuck

concrete barriers only to disappear over

Avenue, the Frisbee Pie Company is making

the side into the cool, deep, dark waters of

a delivery at the Devon Restaurant next

the Housatonic River. (The old iron bridge

to the Ideal Ice Cream Parlor (later known

Harrison & Gould Hardware opened in 1907 on

rock and concrete foundations can still be

as Paul’s and then The Butterfly Net.)

South Broad street in downtown Milford

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Trolley exiting the station and heading south on Naugatuck Avenue

The Silver Beach trolley tracks were just one block from the beach

our eyes gaze into the warm water with Charles

and once one of Milford’s most notable

muskets defending our shores from a

Island in the background.

landmarks) we pass the stately Clapp

British war ship.

Traveling through Fort Trumbull (named after the early Connecticut governor

house with its Revolutionary War cannon and imagine the thunder of artillary and

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Trolley, cars, and pedestrians go about their business on East Broadway

The Clapp House at the mouth of the Milford Harbor at Fort Trumbull beach

corner of Broad and High Streets to make way

up to give us a friendly smile and a wave. As

a class picture on the steps of Milford’s silent

for a coal truck heading to Milford Harbor.

the trolley moves along River Street passing

movie theater.

An older gentleman can be seen sitting

St. Peter’s Church, we notice well-dressed

on a bench in front of Harrison & Gould’s

women exiting the church doors. To the left,

Post Road, turning right a bit before the

hardware whittling a piece of wood. He looks

Milford High School students are posing for

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Celebration of Woodmont day at Crescent and

see the much-talked about mansion built by

We finish our evening overlooking the water

Anchor beach in the Woodmont section of Milford

movie theatre magnate Sylvester Poli and

on the edge of Anchor Beach before retiring to

ask the conductor to stop. Hoping to catch

our room at the Pembroke Hotel.

locals working the fields. We suddenly hear

a glimpse of some Hollywood celebrities,

No cell phones, no computers, no

the conductor yell, “Next stop Woodmont!”

we pear through the iron gates and glimpse

television. What it must have been like to

A short time later, our destination

Charlie Chaplin disappearing into an

live in those times.

approaches. Just past the Sauter Hotel we

elaborate gazebo to the right of the mansion!

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or many elders in our town, the Milford Senior Center serves as their immediate community, offering an opportunity to meet and make friends from all walks of life over a game of Scrabble or a Wii bowling match. With years and years of operation, the Senior Center, located on Jepson Street, provides mature Milfordites with activities ranging from fitness and games to concerts and plays. Accessible to the train station and downtown, the Senior Center is easy to reach and even easier to get involved.

it isn’t surprising that the “teachers” are learning a thing or two from their students. “We are fortunate that the City of Milford is very supportive of the Milford Senior Center,” says executive director Janice M. Jackson. Jackson also has her hand in giving back to the city, fronting the Milford Food Bank that operates out of the senior center. “Without their generosity, we could not offer such a wide variety of programs for our older adults in Milford.” For something completely different, the Japanese meditation ritual of Qigong has found its way to 9 Jepson Street and is gaining in popularity with the senior community. The

Adding Activities

students with a one-on-one teaching

exercise, a cross between yoga and tai chi,

Program director Amanda Berry has added

experience,” says Berry. “The unique part of

focuses on slow external body movements

some new activities to liven up the day-to-day

the program is that the seniors choose the

and controlled internal serenity.

schedules at the Center. One class in particular

pace to learn, and in turn, the students learn to

is utilizing the younger generation—those

be patient and mindful.”

whom have mastered the art of the selfie—to

Since the activity allows the seniors to

instruct this senior class on the tips and tricks

develop a relationship with the students,

“We are expanding our programs to reach the need and desire for folks to manage their own well being,” says Berry. “The goal is for seniors to improve strength through

of using a mobile phone. The group meets twice a week and is taught by Lauralton Hall students, each serving as a mentor for one of the seniors, giving both groups the chance to learn from each other and bond over the experience. “Our cyber class provides high school

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State University York Medical Cardiothoracic Surgery.of New separate specialties of General Colorado and is in also aat graduate of radiology the Dr. Davis a fellowship interventional at complet University Syracuse. University at Syracuse. Dr. Davis completed Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and State University of New York Medical a fellowship interventional Yale University. He isin Board certified in radiology aDavis, fellowship in interventional radiology at Paul S.S. MD, FASA Cardiothoracic Surgery. Paul Davis, MD, FASA University at Syracuse. Dr. Davis completed Yale University. He is Board certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Intergraduated the of and Yalefrom University. 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