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Brief History 26 Aof Very Charles Island By Michael Clark

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Through the Lens

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Publisher’s Letter Readers’ Letters This Season Milford Spotlight On the Water Healthy Living Milford Morsels Family Time Milford Wildlife Education Notebook Historical Perspective Senior Corner Expressions Where is It?

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The Care & Treatment of Summer

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ummertime comes and Milfordites head outside to enjoy the warm weather, long days, and a world of wonderful outdoor opportunities. As those with children can attest to, summertime also brings many rashes, bug bites, and injuries—minor and sometimes major—for the kids in town.

sweating, weakness, pallor, weak and fast pulse, and nausea or vomiting. Move the child to a cooler spot, place wet, cool cloths on the skin, and give sips of water to rehydrate to treat them.

Sunshine on Your Shoulders

can get really hot in the summer.” In cases

While the easiest way to prevent sunburn is

of sunburn, keep the skin clean and free of

gency, with symptoms including a body

to stay out of the sun, it’s hardly practical on

bacteria. “Motrin or Tylenol can help with the

temperature over 104 degrees, hot skin but

a day-to-day basis. Charles Wetmore, APRN,

pain, and if the skin opens, use antibacterial

no perspiration, cramps, nausea, throbbing

CPNP, and local pediatric nurse practitioner,

ointment.”

headache, and sometimes unconsciousness.

recommends that “for children older than 6

Heat stroke, however, is a medical emer-

With these symptoms, call 911 and move

months of age, use sunscreen with an SPF of

Hot in the City

the child to a cooler spot and place wet, cool

30 or higher.” Reapply sunscreen, even the

Cases of overheating in children in the

cloths on the skin. Making sure children are

waterproof kind, every hour. “Floppy hats

summertime are not uncommon. Heat

well-hydrated can prevent heat exhaustion

and longs sleeves and pants can help too, but

exhaustion symptoms can include profuse

and heat stroke, says Wetmore, “so make sure the kids drink plenty of water throughout the day.”

Buggin’ Biting bugs are the scourge of summer. Using either DEET-(diethyltoluamide) free or low-DEET insect repellent can keep biting to a minimum. “DEET works, but it is not good for the developing brain of a child,” says Wetmore. Hydrocortisone cream will take away the itch (as will any number of non-chemical remedies you can find online.) Tick bites are unfortunately common in Milford. If one does bite, remove the tick by grasping it at the head with tweezers and pulling firmly. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease, but “even if a tick bites someone it doesn’t mean the person will get Lyme,” says Wetmore.

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clean and use antibiotic ointment to prevent

When these maladies occur, most are

bacteria from entering the skin and causing

easily treated. But when in doubt, call your

infection. Cover the site if possible. Do not use

physician.

any salves.” Putting butter on a burn is an old

—Shaileen Kelly Landsberg

wives’ tale and should not be used.

Scratch My Back “A tick must be embedded for three days for it

Rhus dermatitis is a fancy name for an itchy

to transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme.”

rash caused when the oils from poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac come in contact

I’m on Fire

with the skin of someone allergic to the oils.

The sun’s not the only cause of burns in the

Once the oil is washed off the skin, there is no

summer. Touching a hot surface can cause

way to transmit the rash. Treatments include

significant burns, and of course fireworks

Benadryl and cortisone cream. Parents should

have the potential to cause burns or traumatic

keep a look out for any respiratory problems

injuries. Treating a burn begins with cooling

related to the rash which would be consid-

the site using water or ice. “Then keep the area

ered a medical emergency.

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milford spotlight

JENNIFER JOHNSON-SANDERS(3)

The Outdoor Project

A

bout a year and a half ago, I was asked to consider my childhood and to think

master skills earlier; a decrease in free time

of a special place I spent as a kid, or a prominent positive memory of childhood.

and opportunities to explore, experiment,

For me, I found that a lot of those memories were made outside. They were in

and take risks; an ever-mounting dependence

completely ordinary places that were made extraordinary by the kids who were involved. There were forts. There was secrecy. There

No extracurricular or structured activities.

was magic. That’s what childhood was—

Outside of organized sports, kids really

magic.

drove their own play. Kids were

A lot of my memories might be considered

independent. They were resilient.

risky play today. Climbing trees; spending

Kids made their own memories

an entire Saturday getting lost off the trail

building forts, catching

of the Rails to Trails Conservancy; heading

bumblebees with an empty

out to Charles Island at low tide searching

peanut butter jar, and skating

for Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. These

on frozen ponds for the

are some of my best-kept memories. Time

entire winter.

spent idling is what weaved the fabric of my childhood together. Still, I have always longed for the childhood

The current generation of children seems profoundly disconnected from nature.

of my parent’s generation, when kids were

Why do kids spend an estimated

often sent out the backdoor in the morning

seven hours each day in front

and told not to return until supper. (They

of a screen and a mere 30 minutes

called dinner “supper.”) There were no camps.

outside? Blame increased pressure to

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on technology; busy lives; nervous parents,


overstimulation…the list goes on and on. For one reason or another, kids just are not getting outside like they used to. My takeaway? We, as a community, have some work to do. Enter The Outdoor Project. A product of Milford’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), The Outdoor Project was born of the hope of providing deeply memorable learning moments for kids. By bringing likeminded families together in an outdoor family network, the hope is to bring back something that seemed to be lost for this new generation — free, unstructured time outside.

Health Department and coordinator of

network of families interested in providing

According to Lesley Darling, case manager

the Milford PLTI, “The Outdoor Project is a

their children with quality outdoor activities

in the environmental division at the Milford

wonderful example of a vision to create a

and learning experiences.”

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milford spotlight Tami Washenko, a birth doula and

including community health and wellness,

Milford mother of two, says outdoor play is a

education, out-of-school-time programming

crucial part of childhood.

and land use.

“It gives children the opportunity to let go

Paige Miglio, executive director of the

of the constant guidelines and perimeters

Milford Arts Council, says art has always

set for them. And instead, it gifts them the

been inextricably intertwined with nature.

opportunity to be the free, unhindered, wild

“So much art is inspired by nature—they

creatures they are at heart.”

have always gone hand-in-hand,” she

From an outdoor kid’s yoga class at

says. Though the motto of the Milford Arts

Silver Sands State Park to a guided group

Council is “Be a Part of Art,” Miglio says she

letterboxing trail at Eisenhower Park,

would gladly add nature.

The Outdoor Project will collaborate

“I would urge any and all parents to take

for someone else to find. Bring sketch books

with existing agencies to host monthly

the time to explore the beaches, woods, and

and colored pencils to draw what you see.

outdoor activities for families. The hope

even their backyards with your kids. Talk

Bring back something beautiful and paint it

is that a connection to nature becomes an

about the colors, shapes, and details you see.

together,” she says. “Programming like The

integral part of city priorities, planning,

Find interesting, colorful leaves, shells, and

Outdoor Project brings these two elements

and policymaking across a range of areas,

stones. Make patterns and pictures to leave

together. Its enriching to a child and adults

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JENNIFER JOHNSON-SANDERS

Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that

to take the time to notice things. In this busy world where too many of us have our heads

responsibility to care for our soil, water, air,

any movement—any culture—will fail if it

and all living things with respect. Our future

cannot paint a picture of a world that people

generations will be grateful for all the good

will want to go to. That’s why, more than

choices we make today. Our future well-being

ever, we need a nature movement. One that

depends on it.”

goes beyond the good practices of traditional

Since parents and other family members

environmentalism and sustainability, and

are direct decision makers in the lives of

paints a compelling, inspiring portrait of a

children, they must be at the forefront of this

society that is better than the one in which

movement. So, I invite you to allow your kids

we presently live. Our kids deserve more

to teeter on logs. I entreat you to let them

than just a survivable world; we owe them a

make a holy mess in the mud. To climb trees.

nature-rich world in which they can thrive.

To build forts. To let them be little.

Steven Johnson, Milford’s Open Space and

It’s time to get back outside.

down in our phones, our kids are glued to

Natural Resource agent, says it’s inspiring

the computer and everyone’s overwhelming

when children experience a sense of wonder

schedules, take the time. Make Art. Be

with our natural world. “Their excitement

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on the water Squalus Marine divers explore Long Island Sound to raise awareness of it’s

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beauty and diversity.

Beneath the Waves “ M ost of us who live along the shore only see what’s beneath the waves at low tide…snails, crabs, and clams in and on the sandbars. But the really interesting stuff happens just below the surface. Since 2011 Squalus Marine has made it their mission to show us that life abounds in the Sound. “I have always been fascinated with the

of years, I realized I wasn’t a very good

water and even more so after seeing Jaws

fisherman; so I started diving.” The idea

as a kid,” says Captain Denis Habza, the

for an online video channel broadcasting

owner of Squalus Marine. “I got my first

dives was born, he says, after “we started

boat around 13 years ago. After a couple

shooting underwater with a GoPro. There was more to see than most people think and we started posting our videos.”

There are 500 to 1,000 wrecks in the Long Island Sound. No one knows how many for sure.

Squalus is using the Internet to reach out to the public to generate attention and

“Our mission is to promote Long Island

interest in the waters of Long Island Sound

Sound and increase awareness of its

and all they have to offer. “We post short

environment and bring renewed

videos to encourage people to get out in the

interest in its long and storied

water,” says Habza, “We also offer programs

maritime history,” explains Habza.

for schools and other groups to educate the

“Most movies portray diving in a

public and promote our mission.”

dangerous light, so we want to

Many residents don’t know it, but off

promote local diving so more people

the Milford shore there are seven or eight

will realize the Sound is worth

shipwrecks. “Most are recreational boats

protecting.”

that sank intact, but there are a few that are slowly becoming part of the eco-system.

Puffer fish are native to our waters. Their unique self inflation works to scare off predators.

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Within about 6-12 months, aquatic plant life begins to transform the wrecks,” Habza explains. Since Long Island Sound is a


This map created by Squalus Marine indicates the location of some of the known shipwrecks along the Milford coastline. naturally protected shipping channel, there are most likely plenty of wrecks that have yet to be discovered. “There are 500 to 1,000 wrecks in the Sound,” confirms Habza. “No one knows how many for sure. Some can be hundreds of years old, the hull may be long gone but the cargo remains. The maritime history of the Sound is long and we want to keep the stories alive.” Squalus Marine has an interactive map on its website (www. squalusmarine.com) where you can view some of the wrecks in the Sound. According to Captain Habza, Milford

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on the water Captain Denis Habza is on a mission to foster more scuba diving in the Long

own “backyard.” If you are interested in learning to dive, there are intro classes you can take to

Island Sound.

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see if you’ve got what it takes. “Safety is which obscures visibility.

paramount and a certified diving program

The Squalus Marine YouTube

can teach you techniques to avoid trouble,”

channel offers many videos

says Habza. There are links to certified dive

to view and explore Milford’s

instructors on their website.

lengthy coastline, and other

Captain Habza’s quest is to give

coastal Connecticut areas. Each

everyone the opportunity to experience

video runs between 3-8 minutes

and appreciate the unseen beauty that

offers divers much to see. “Charles Island is

and the narration by Captain Habza offers

lies beneath the waves. “The visibility

a great place to dive. The water is very clear.

viewers information and a little bit of

and health of the Sound has improved so

Point Beach has more current in the water,

humor. It is fascinating to watch crabs

much in the past 10 years and we hope to

but there is a great variety of marine plant

scamper across the sand, starfish cling to

educate people so it continues to recover

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and flourish.”

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Stung with the Need to Keep Bees

A

re you enjoying your melons, apples, squash, and broccoli this summer? Thank

beekeeping, says the veteran apiary Harrison.

a honey bee and those who keep them. Without this tiny pollinator, one-third

“An inquiring mind is the most important

of the food we eat wouldn’t exist according to the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-

thing. When you first start, you think you’re

tration (USDA). “We would have a very bland diet if it

the world’s best beekeeper. But you soon realize there are a thousand things to learn. beekeeping—or apiculture—a few years ago

After 30 years, I still feel like I know nothing

weren’t for the honey bee,” says Ralph

at his Woodmont home after seeing an article

about them!” A beginner beekeeper should

Harrison, a Devon resident for 70 years and

about a Kickstarter campaign encouraging

also have a strong back (it’s a physical

beekeeper since 1986. “That’s what makes it the most studied insect in the world,” he adds.

people to look into it. As an engineer by day, he finds it

natural surroundings. There are more than

Bees not only pollinate food we eat directly,

“amazing how the colony

500 beekeepers in the state that range from

but also crops that feed the livestock on

acts by instinct. Trying

students to research scientists, but they all have

which we also rely. Between 1976 and 2006, there was a dramatic decline in the feral bee population in the U. S. due to natural enemies

to tune into that is part of the art of beekeeping. I’m

at a few local fairs, but making a living from

it’s the huge importance of the little

in on the hobby. “Knowing that bee colonies are in decline is what

Very few beekeepers are in it for the money

to figure out

These numbers remain very low but

many beginner beekeepers to join

love our bees.” earned from honey. Harrison sells his honey

enemies like pesticides and pollution.

bee to our existence that motivates

one thing in common says Harrison, “We all

always trying

like mites and fungi and man-made

what is

it is impossible unless you are harvesting

going on in

500-600 hives, he says. Nationally in 2016,

the hive at

honey production totaled 162 million pounds

any given time.”

harvested from 2.78 million colonies, according

That curiosity

to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of

is the number

the USDA. “Most people get into beekeeping to

one trait for

pollinate their gardens. Several Milford farmers

anyone considering

have asked me to keep bees on their farms

interested me ANNA DOWNS

hobby) and an interest in flowers and our

solely for pollination of their crops,” he says.

at first,” says

Ralph Harrison checks

Jim Oravetz,

one of his many

and other supplies, Harrison recommends

who started

beehives.

attending a beekeepers meeting or “Bee

18 Milford Living • Summer

Before investing at least $300 in a hive, bees,


School” through the Connecticut Beekeepers

with the State Entomologist annually.

Association or Backyard Beekeepers. The CBA

There is no fee, but an inspector may come

is the oldest organization in the state, having

to check a hive for disease on occasion.

celebrated its 125th anniversary last year.

The city of Milford has no requirements,

The group meets quarterly. The Backyard

according to Harrison. Both Oravetz and

Beekeepers meet monthly and often have

Harrison recommend mentioning a hive to

special speakers. Oravetz also attended a

neighbors and telling them that there is no

5-week course through Milford Adult Education

danger involved. They may see the bees in

and got himself a mentor early on. Harrison

their gardens but they generally don’t bother

agrees that getting an experienced mentor is a

people. “Of course, a free jar of honey goes a

must, “Tag along with them to see if this hobby

long way, too,” says Harrison.

is for you.” Most seasoned beekeepers are

For more information about apiculture

happy to be mentors and doing this homework

or becoming an apiary, check out ctbees.org

prior to starting a hive will save money if the

and beeculture.com (both CBA websites) or

hobby isn’t for you. Every hive in the state must be registered

Fresh local honey is known for being helpful for seasonal allergies.

backyardbeekeepers.com. —Angela Arpino

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milford morsels

Summer Specials

A

ny time of the year is a good time to eat in Milford, but there is just something special about the summer. Maybe it’s the al fresco atmosphere, the availability of fresh local fare, or the variety of summer-inspired flavors that does the trick. Or maybe it’s just that after a cold, wet spring, everything tastes better. To feed your quest for great local food, we

opportunity to thank their customers and say a

asked Milford restaurants to share a “Summer

little bit about why Milford is such a great place

Special”, and tell us why it’s a favorite with

for their business.

their diners. Many of the restaurants took the

Oh, and if you’re a lobster lover, you’re in luck.

BIN 100

SPECIAL: The Summer Prix Fixe. WHEN: Available daily for dinner beginning July 1 through

August 31 PRICE: $29 COURTESY OF BIN 100

“Our Prix Fixe Summer Special is a 4-course dinner that includes appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert. It provides an opportunity for Milford residents and visitors to enjoy a gourmet dinner at an affordable price.”

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BRIDGE HOUSE

SPECIAL: Mini Lobster Roll WHEN: Monday-Friday & Sunday, 3-6

p.m.; Saturday 12-3 p.m. All summer long! PRICE: $12

COURTESY OF BRIDGE HOUSE

“Cheers to ten years with lobster and beers! In honor of our 10 years of business we are offering Milford customers the New England staple lobster roll done the Bridge House Way! Served in the bar and patio area, the mini lobster roll is fresh Maine lobster meat poached in a garlic white wine butter with house made coleslaw. In addition, we have a list of $2.00 beer bottles available during this time. Much thanks to the greater Devon area and beyond for letting us serve you over the last 10 years and hopefully many more years down the road!”

LobSTeR nighT

every Wednesday night includes Lobster, Corn on Cob, baked Potato $18 Single Lobster or $32 Twin Lobsters

FROM CASUAL TO ELEGANT The Stonebridge Restaurant features casual American fare featuring fresh seafood such as live lobsters, fresh clams and oysters, and our Signature Shrimp Cocktail. We offer appetizers, sandwiches, salads and homemade soups as well as succulent steaks, tender moist poultry and incredible pasta specialties.

Brunch at the ‘Bridge

Served 11:00 am - 2:30 pm Sundays bottomless Mimosa & bloody Mary bar

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milford morsels CAPTAIN’S CATCH

SPECIAL: Fish Tacos WHEN: May through August. PRICE: $9.99 for two tacos with rice and

black beans; $13.50 for three tacos with rice and black beans.

COURTESY OF CAPTAINS CATCH

“Cod served on a flour tortilla drizzled with a honey-lime cumin dressing and topped with a chipotle slaw. Fresh, delicious, available grilled or fried! Captain’s Catch is situated just a short walk from beautiful Anchor beach in Woodmont. Our fresh fish tacos are perfect for a day on the sand! Take them with you, or enjoy them in our friendly atmosphere.”

Patio Now Open! • ½ Price Lobster Rolls Every Monday Night! • Latest Kitchen in Town

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EAT. DRINK. ENJOY. 22 Milford Living • Summer


ELI’S

SPECIAL: Monday Night Lobster Roll WHEN: Monday Nights 4pm-10pm Memorial

“There are fewer better places in Connecticut in the summer than downtown Milford. People walk the streets bouncing around from patio to patio, enjoying all the boutique shops and town-run events. We see our lobster roll as a contribution to this summer community. Our freshly picked Atlantic claw and tail lobster meat is bathed in melted butter, then poured into a hot corn foam and served on a brioche hot dog roll with hand cut French fries and our house-made cabbage slaw. There is no better way to spend a summer night than on our patio with a fresh warm lobster roll and cold summer cocktail.”

Patio view of Milford landing Marina!

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Day – Labor Day PRICE: $22

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STONEBRIDGE

SPECIAL: Stonebridge Lobster Bomb WHEN: Available 7-days a week for lunch and dinner

“This is an over the top way to indulge in lobster, the meat from two whole lobsters is picked from the shell, warmed in butter and served over our own house-made lobster bisque. We also serve the freshest Maryland soft shell crabs, Ipswich whole belly clams, our signature fresh shucked lobster rolls, and for dessert we will be featuring rotating flavors of Walnut Beach Creamery ice cream.”

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COURTESY OF STONEBRIDGE

from Memorial Day - Labor Day PRICE: Price varies with the market price of lobster


WALNUT BEACH CREAMERY

COURTESY OF WALNUT BEACH CREAMERY

SPECIAL: Thai’d Up Sundae Cone WHEN: All summer PRICE: $6.00 “Our summer special consists of a homemade waffle cone filled with Thai Rice Pudding ice cream topped with a Rum Lime sauce and roasted pineapples. It’s an exotic vacation in a cone. We have an employee contest the first week in August where the staff invents new flavors, and customers vote on their favorites. Our ice cream selection is always changing and we work to source local ingredients like our honey from a bee guy in Milford and cream from New Britain.”

Summer Special

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A Brief History of Charles Island

COURTESY OF MICHAEL CLARK

By Michael Clark

Charles Island has always offered a safe anchorage for boaters.

26 Milford Living • Summer


I

If you were standing on the beach in Milford (then called Wepowage) on a summer day in the mid to late 1630s and looked toward the area of Charles Island, you might notice quite a bit of activity. There would be canoes coming to and from the harbor area and smoke billowing from different areas of the island from daily meals being cooked. Before the English settlers arrived, this island was known as Poquehaug by the local Native Americans known as the Paugussett Nation whose chief was Ansantawae. Ansantawae used this island as one of his multiple wigwams. One particular wigwam was on the island itself and used during the summer months. 2017 • Milford Living 27


W When the settlers arrived, they

times, in 1853 Elizur Prichard

den (aka bunker). The fertilizer

smashing windows and causing

purchased Poquehaug from the

opened the home as a summer

company had its ups and downs

mayhem. A train from New

Paugussett chief in 1639. Some

resort called the “Island House”

over the years. At one point,

Haven loaded with five militia

years later the island was ac-

which carried visitors to and

many of the town’s residents

companies under the command of

quired by George Hubbard who,

from by steamboat. After a series

were complaining of the strong

Colonel Bradley was dispatched to

after a short time, sold the island

of resort name changes—from

odor that constantly emanated

Milford. In addition, 22 members

to one Richard Byran. In the year

the Charles Island House, to the

from the island. Nonetheless the

of the New Haven Police joined

1657, the island was then sold

Ansantawae House (in 1857), and

factory ran successfully for more

with the militia, nearly 200

again to Mr. Charles Deal. Deal

then back to the Charles Island

than 10 years until a court battle

armed men in all. Governor Jewell

bought the island to try his luck

House again—the resort was

between the city and the fertilizer

ordered that every single violator

at starting a tobacco plantation,

well established and visited by

company finally closed the plant

be arrested in an effort to stamp

but the venture failed. Deal did

many. The Charles Island House

in 1886.

out prize fighting in Connecticut.

at least accomplish one thing: his

included a main hotel, dining hall,

first name stuck to what thereaf-

cook room, well for fresh water,

boxing match was expected to

1 /2 miles from the Milford train

ter was called Charles Island.

administrative office, barn, bar

take place on Charles Island.

depot and advanced at double

The island changed hands

area, dance pavilion, and even a

When only one of the fighters

time toward the scattering crowd.

bowling alley.

showed up, the promoters staged

After a flurry of combat, the

a contest with two lesser op-

crowd surrendered. 81 men were arrested and bail was set the next

many times over the years, basically used as farm land.

In 1868, Charles Island was

On April 12, 1870, a lightweight

The militia detrained about 1

In 1835, a wealthy New Yorker

leased to the George W. Miles

ponents. On the streets of Milford

named John Harris purchased the

Company, a producer of fertil-

on April 11 and 12, the terrified

island for his summer residence.

izer and fish oil derived from the

populace cowered as fight fans

The same hotel with different

After changing owners additional

abundant fish known as menha-

poured into Milford village

names hosted many visitors on

COURTESY OF MICHAEL CLARK

the Island over the years.

28 Milford Living • Summer


morning. The militia disbanded

most likely for financial reasons,

and Milford returned to normal.

and was significantly destroyed

In the late 1920s, a religious

by the Hurricane of 1938. Some

chests of treasure there, uttering

sanctuary named the Aquinas

stone remnants of the retreat can

the words “death to any man

(From upper left) Boxing matches

Retreat House was opened on the

still be seen to this day.on the

who unearths this spot before

in 1870 led to rioting in Milford;

island, led by Father Edmund A.

island.

I return.” The third curse was

remnants of the 1920s Aquinas

reportedly spoken during the

Retreat can still be seen; this

Baxter, a Dominican priest. The

It is said that Charles Island

retreat was not large due to the

holds three curses attached to

siege of Mexico City in the early

group visited in 1932; a 19th

size of the island but did have

it. The first was during the time

1500s when emperor Guatemozin

century view of the Island House.

a wooden chapel (later stone

the Paugussett Indians occupied

hid his treasure in a cave laying

chapel), bell tower, grotto, cabins

the island. One day an Indian

a curse on anyone who disturbed

for the retreatants, dining and

chief’s daughter was kidnapped

it. Some 200 years later, legend

recreation hall, stations of the

and taken to the island. The chief

says the treasure was found and

what makes Charles Island such

cross, shrine, and a statue of St.

cursed the island, swearing that

taken by a group of sailors who

an integral part of the story of

Christopher erected to memo-

nothing would ever stand on

died shortly thereafter, each by

Milford. Now part of the Silver

rialize five men and a boy who

it for long. The second curse is

tragic deaths. At some point the

Sands State Park and owned by the

drowned in 1929 traveling from

attributed to the pirate Captain

treasure was taken to Milford

state of Connecticut, the Island is

the island to the mainland. The

Kidd, who, legend has it, moored

and hidden at the Post Road Inn

designated a natural preserve area

retreat closed in the mid-1930s,

off Charles island and buried

before eventually being moved

for migrating local birds.

to Charles Island. It’s long, rich history is part of

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Through the Lens One of the hallmarks of Milford Living since our inception has been the photography that graces each issue. Over the years we’ve relied upon the talents of literally hundreds of local photographers— some professional, many amateur—to help bring our pages, and the lives of the residents of our city, to life. In many cases, the photos themselves have been the story; our annual pictorials of Milford life are a favorite with both our subscribers and our staff. Every photographer we’ve worked with has brought a unique talent and point of view to our pages. Through their eyes you see a Milford you might otherwise miss. By way of saluting their work (World Photo Day is August 19th), we asked a handful of current contributors to tell us a little about themselves, what led them to photography, and why Milford makes such an interesting subject.

Bill Canfield

DAY JOB: I’m retired now but when I did work I was a materials manager for a manufacturing company. Then I sold cars and trucks at Stevens Ford/Lincoln. INSPIRATION: My father’s camera inspired me when I was five years old. I was drawn to it and started taking pictures with it until he bought me my own Brownie. SHOOTING IN MILFORD: There are so many different places to find images in Milford. We have beaches, parks, farms, forests and numerous areas to walk and shoot pictures. FAVORITE SUBJECT: No real favorite subject matter but we do have an awful lot of birds around here! EQUIPMENT: I shoot with a Canon Rebel DSLR but ready to upgrade soon.

34 Milford Living • Summer


Anna Downs

DAY JOB: I’m a full-time student. INSPIRATION: When I would capture photos on my phone I would just imagine how much better it could be if I had a professional camera! That is one of the reasons that inspired me. SHOOTING IN MILFORD: What I like best about shooting images for Milford Living is being part of the community by contributing with my photography. FAVORITE SUBJECT: Shooting portraits of people. EQUIPMENT: Right now I shoot with is a Canon Rebel T5, but I’m hoping to upgrade in the near future.

2017 • Milford Living 35


Sherry Johnson

DAY JOB: I’ve been employed by Bridgeport Hospital since 2003 and work as a patient care technician in the Emergency Department. INSPIRATION: From the moment I had children, I’ve always wanted to capture the memories that I would never get back. From that point on, I was hooked on photography. Everything always changes. From a newborn smile to the perfect sunset...it’s never the same. SHOOTING MILFORD: Milford has grown so much. I grew up going to school in Devon and remember walking to Walnut Beach as a child. Even then, I saw so much beauty in our little city with a big heart. There’s no other place like it in the world—which is why I have chosen to spend my life here. Capturing beautiful images to pass along and share with our community is something that brings me so much joy and happiness. FAVORITE SUBJECT: My favorite subject would be anything that captures my eye immediately! Many times, I’ll have my husband stop and pull the car over so I can get out and “get that shot.” I love his patience with me and my camera! Oh, and a close second goes to my favorite musician, Keith Urban! EQUIPMENT: I’ve been a Nikon girl all my life. From my first point and shoot in the 8th grade to my current DSLR, the Nikon D750. I call her my fourth child and care for her like she’s the baby of the house.

36 Milford Living • Summer


Derek Jones

DAY JOB: I just finished my undergraduate at Clark University so I am currently looking for different jobs in the field of communications. I currently work part-time at the Wall Street Theater as communications manager and assistant to the artistic director as we establish the future go-to spot of Norwalk’s arts district. INSPIRATION: When I was 16 my grandmother took me to Africa where we enjoyed a few safaris in the wild lands and explored the historic neighborhoods of South Africa. The entire time I had my camera around my neck, capturing every single moment to relive later in life. My favorite part of photography is framing my favorite shots as I see them. SHOOTING IN MILFORD: Milford is the most beautiful town in Connecticut—and I’m not just saying that because I am biased. With the handful of beaches, serene coastal docks, and historic town presence, shooting in Milford is nothing short of a treat. FAVORITE SUBJECT: I love to shoot landscapes, buildings, etc.—anything that I can get the bright blue sky behind. I would love to transition into portrait shooting but find that I am very comfortable in building a frame and allowing the viewer to create their own image within. EQUIPMENT: I use a Nikon Coolpix 180—nothing serious. Although I just discovered a Sony Cybershot that I’ll start messing around with. I find that once I frame my picture I can touch it up in post-production to add the effects that aren’t set with the camera.

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Cathy Leite

DAY JOB: Professional photographer INSPIRATION: My inspiration as a photographer first came when I was a child. I used to love to draw and paint animals and nature, and as I was looking through a book of wildlife, I took special notice of the photographs of the animals, especially the wild cats. I thought about the person behind the camera taking those photos and I knew then that photography was something I wanted to do when I grew up. I took a deeper interest in it about seven years ago, and my passion for photography has grown and expanded to scenic, portrait, and event photography. SHOOTING IN MILFORD: I love taking images in Milford because there is such a variety of scenic opportunities to photograph in all seasons. From the waterfall at the duck pond, to the marinas and beaches, historical buildings and bridges, and the charm of Milford center and Green. My favorite would have to be the beaches. I love the shore and the ocean and watching the boats at the docks. FAVORITE SUBJECT: I think I would have to say one of my favorites subjects to photograph would be barns. I love to travel around the state and photograph them as the seasons change. I especially love to photograph them in the snow. Connecticut has such beautiful country roads, and barn photos have such classic New England charm. I also love the sense of history that they give. EQUIPMENT: I shoot with a Canon EOS 70D and have a few different focal length lenses.

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JJ Richards

DAY JOB: I work for an international organization and have been involved in various areas of telecommunications and information technology, now focusing on planning management and policy for our global infrastructure. INSPIRATION: I’m not sure what inspired me, other than being an avid book reader when I was young. I often looked at books of photos when visiting the library and a passion to take photos bloomed from that. When I started working I bought a fairly good film camera and started taking photos and found it a very relaxing hobby. SHOOTING MILFORD: I have travelled a lot and lived in many places and can say with experience that the natural beauty all around Milford is often breathtaking. With the scenic variety from beaches to the harbor, duck pond, and parks, there is always somewhere to shoot. FAVORITE SUBJECT: I do try and keep some variety in my photography, but I love being by the water especially for sunrise and sunset, so I am often at one of the many beaches at those times. EQUIPMENT: Currently I am shooting with a Sony Mirrorless camera, the A6500, and have a variety of lenses that I use with it.

2017 • Milford Living 39


family time For more than 30 years, Milford’s popular Rent-A-Kid program has been placing youths between the ages of 12-17 years old in temporary, part-time jobs. The program links teens up with nearby residents who have odd jobs that need doing. Childcare, lawn mowing, gardening, dog walking, computer and technology assistance are summer staples. And in the fall and winter kids can rake leaves or shovel walkways and driveways. Many of the clients are elderly citizens in need of a little extra help around the house and yard. The goal of the program is to teach the valuable lessons of responsibility, hard work, and the self-confidence that comes with earning your own money for a job well done. Program coordinator, Mindy Natale, says that, “We encourage the parents to meet

Summer Jobs “A

in’t no use in complaining, when you got a job to do. Spent my evenings down at the drive-in, and that’s when I met you!” That’s how Bryan Adams described his summer job in his song “The Summer of ‘69”. Never mind that he was only nine years old in the summer of ‘69. Canadian child labor laws are different I guess. Not everyone is lucky enough to work at

a teen; it’s the moment where parents are, in

a drive-in all summer, but no matter if you

fact, sending their children out into the real

had a cool job or not, everyone remembers

world. School might bring responsibilities

their first real summer job. I mowed lawns

and teach the ethics of hard work, but the

at 13 (awful), picked apples at 15 (terrible),

life lessons learned working that first job

but at 16 I got my first fulI-time summer job.

outside the house, making real money for a

I worked at a town pool flipping burgers at

boss they might not like…that’s priceless.

a concession stand from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00

For teens in Milford, finding a summer

p.m. I worked with my friends, met great

job can be as easy as going to City Hall or

people, learned how to cook, and how to be

the City of Milford website and signing

somewhat responsible.

up for one—or both—of the two programs

The first job is an important milestone for

40 Milford Living • Summer

designed to find a teenager a summer job.

with the prospective employers along with their children to help negotiate a fair price for the work that is going to be done.


Minimum wage is generally the agreed upon amount.” The program is usually split 50/50 between boys and girls. Program participants can choose from available assignments. Some of the jobs start as onetime tasks (like cleaning the garage); they often lead to more jobs and a lasting work relationship. According to Natale, “While the jobs are a great way for the teens to learn about responsibility, they are often paired with senior citizens who also offer the value of life experience which evolves into a mentoring situation.” Also available to Milford teenagers is the Summer Youth Employment Program. This six-week program is designed to help students between the ages of 14-21 find a

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Some people are lucky enough to know from an early age what they want to be when they grow up.

work experience the program offers in

from an early age what they want to be

invaluable. The participants “learn the

when they grow up. The jobs they take on as

things that seem simple but are important

teenagers are just distractions to help them

to everyone no matter the age, like how to

make a few bucks on the way to their future.

take direction, how to be on-time, how to

For others, that first job sets them on the path

call out sick.”

to what might be, a glimpse into a career as a

The program receives about 75 ap-

boss, not a summer hire.

plications each year, but depending on the

—Gerry McGuire

amount of funding, and after interviewing the applicants, the program can only place between 25-50 applicants. Anyone not

PARENTAL CONSENT IS REQUIRED FOR THE

full-time summer job. Part of the training

chosen goes on a waiting list, which is often

RENT-A-KID PROGRAM and a parent or

within in the program is the real-world

used due to applicants quitting the program

guardian must accompany the child at sign-

aspect of interviewing each applicant to see

or going on vacation. So just because

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what kind of the job fits best.

someone doesn’t initially get a placement it

203.783.3253 or email croche@cimilford.ct.us.

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For the Summer Youth Employment Program,

Lisa Streit, the director of Milford Employment and Training, says that the

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ive mud dogs are everywhere...on the sand flats and the mud flats. They are tiny little black vegetarian gastropods also known by their Latin International name nassarius obsoletus. Very seldom will you see a live lighter-colored, much higher spired nassarius trivatatus. At the Milford Marine Institute Marine Biology Camp we call these beautiful beaded gastropods “Nassa.” Why don’t we ever see a live one working the sand and mudflats the way the mud dogs do? Because these guys are subtidal rather than intertidal. They work the benthos—or the bottom—of Long Island Sound.

TIMOTHY CHAUCER

milford wildlife

A variety of colorful shells tells of many species along our shoreline “find the gold nuggets.” The campers do find them, but only after searching very carefully and with great attention to detail. Like so many of our marine species, there are certain beaches

several colors, just like the ubiquitous

where the populations are larger than

sand flats you ask? That would be Pandora

What’s the prettiest mollusk on the

jingle shell (anomia simplex.)The smooth

others. We have had good luck finding the

gouldiana. This is the bivalve with the mother

periwinkle can be found in various shades

smooth periwinkle in Woodmont, while the

of pearl shimmer to it. It’s also the one with

of browns and reds, but the most important

Bayview area is good for Pandora gouldiana.

the spout-like shape to it. Why do we seldom

shade is yellow. That’s precisely why we

The common jingles come in bright yellows,

see the live animal? Once again, this creature

tell the kids at the Marine Biology Camp to

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The most exciting gastropod

Are there some animals that seem to be in less abundance today than years

to search for would be the

before? As a kid summering in Woodmont

smooth periwinkle. You

in the 1950s, I could turn over almost any

might be wondering

rock and find an eel. Today you will not

why this animal is so

find them. Instead you’ll find the invasive

exciting to find; the

Asian crab that seems to enjoy eating the

answer is that

larvae of many of our native species such

it comes in

as the eel. It’s just a theory, but I’m sure that crab hitched a ride in the hold of a Japanese tanker and when the bilge was cleaned in New Haven, fell out and said, “Hallelujah…free at last!” It then began walking the Long Island Sound benthos until it made its way to Milford. It

Hermit Crabs are a common site at

also seems to enjoy eating the larvae

low tide

of the common periwinkle and blue

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declining along the rocky coastal habitat areas such as Woodmont. Last summer I could not find many of the most common but highly defensive lady or calico crabs (ovalipes ocellatus). These are the pink to purple ones with the beautiful

TIMOTHY CHAUCER

mussel since these species appear to be

And of course there are angle wings on our

Jingle Shells shimmer on the sand. They are

patterned carapace. (They are also the ones

sand flats. These false angel wings (Petricola

that give quite a nip when a human foot

pholadiformis) look like what we picture an

comes too close.) Could these calicos also

angel’s wings to resemble. In truth, they are

be a victim of the now ubiquitous invasive

very brittle and so this pelecypod (which

sand or mud flats, the life there is constantly

crustacean with its black banded legs? I did

are no more than 2-inches in length) is hard

changing. But it’s always fun to discover

find numerous young moon snails, however,

to locate in perfect condition. The harder

which animals are strong enough to survive

and it is always interesting to place one on

and larger (up to 7-inches) true angel wing

the inevitable changes to our marine

your hand to see the large foot emerge and

(Cyrtopleura costata) tends to be found in

ecosystems.

try and walk to freedom.

deeper waters than our false angel wings.

bivalve molluscs related to scallops and oysters. So, whether you are searching the various

—Tim Chaucer

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Summer Practice for Reading and Math

W

hile summer is considered a chance for children to kick back and relax, research shows that taking too much time off from school work can contribute to what some call “Summer Brain Drain.” For this reason, schools provide activities for summer practice to help students retain the skills acquired during the year and to give them a jump start on the next grade. Milford Public School provides both summer reading and math expectations for elementary, middle, and high school students.

assigning specific books, she explains that children are encouraged to explore the library to “discover their own reading adventures.” Students entering grades 6-12 are encouraged to count minutes spent reading rather than tracking the number of books read. Diana Preece, the Young Adult librarian, explains that this rewards a reader’s time and

Jennifer Sinal-Swingler, supervisor of English Language Arts for the Milford school

summer that tie into this theme. At the elementary level, “Bingo” cards

effort, even if he is only able to read 15 minutes a day. Last year, middle and high school

district, works with staff at the Milford Public

provide a fun incentive for students to

students met a challenge to read a collective

Library to put together a summer reading

read over the summer. Children’s librarian

40,000 minutes over the summer. While

program that everyone can enjoy. This year’s

Suzanne Harrison-Thomas likens the cards to

some middle and high school courses have a

theme is “Build a Better World,” and both the

a scavenger hunt with squares that contain

recommended reading lists with a required

Children and Young Adult departments of the

challenges like “read a book with a color in

title as one selection, there is also an element

library offer special events throughout the

the title” or “read a sports book.” Rather than

of choice in each course for other options.

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Readers of all ages can keep track of their progress using the library’s free Wandoo Reader website, accessed at milfordlibrary.

collection of free ebooks and audiobooks,

Academy. Students in third through sixth

summer reading is easier than ever.

grade have the choice of using Khan or the

While opportunities to read occur more

traditional activity packet. Khan is required

org or milforded.org. Through the site,

naturally in a child’s home environment,

in grade seven and beyond and there are

students can participate in special online

summer math practice is sometimes more

certain benefits. Khan is an online program

challenges, such as “Origami Challenge” and

elusive and often met with more resistance.

used during the school year, so students are

“Take a Selfie with a Librarian!” Some are

This may be one reason researchers note a

familiar with it. When students return to

done at home, but many require a visit to the

greater loss of math skills over the summer

school, teachers can easily view the child’s

library. “Our hope is that every child in Milford

months, making math practice important.

progress. Lastly, Khan has an adaptive

spends time this summer eagerly flipping the

In Milford Public Schools, students in first

component that correlates to a student’s

pages of a book that they find enjoyable and

and second grade use a packet of summer

NWEA score, allowing for math practice that

exciting,” says Sinal-Swingler. “It should be

math activities that can be accessed online.

meets the child’s individual needs.

a positive experience and not feel like work,”

For older students, the traditional packet

adds Harrison-Thomas. And with today’s online

has been largely replaced by a more 21st

in June, but in case you’ve misplaced it,

options, including access to the public library’s

century approach in partnership with Khan

the link for the Summer Math Practice site

Information was sent home with students

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education notebook is posted on each school website as well

of school. The goal is to help students review

with their math packet at least two weeks

as milforded.org. If internet access is an

skills they have learned during the year so

before school starts. West Shore Middle

issue, the Milford Public Library offers use

they will be ready for the next grade.

School media specialist Lisa Vaccino steers

of computers with free internet access, or a

There are steps parents can take to ease

her students towards topics that interest

printed activity packet can be requested from

the stress some children face as they tackle

them. “No matter what their interest, there is

the school district.

summer school work. Teacher Merrianne

likely a magazine, newspaper, or book about

Vassalo suggests building the work into the

it,” says Vaccino. The important thing is to

are not off the hook when it comes to

daily routine, doing a little each day. “Maybe

keep it fun!

summer school work. According to Principal

right after breakfast while the kiddos are

Frank Lacerenza, the school uses the more

already sitting at the table, they can complete

traditional but individualized approach,

a few math problems and feel good about

WHILE THE LIBRARIANS AT THE MILFORD PUBLIC

where classroom teachers prepare Reading

being productive at the start of the day,”

LIBRARY ARE A GREAT RESOURCE to help find

and Math packets that are sent home with

she shares. Parent Megan Lawrie thinks it’s

a title that is both exciting and appropriate for

the students in June. In the older grades,

important to be realistic. She has her girls

your child, there is also an array of websites that

there are specific books and assignments that

read twenty minutes a day at least four days

can guide choices, for example whatshould-

are expected to be complete by the first day

a week. She tries to make sure they are done

ireadnext.com and goodreads.com.

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Summer Along the Shore A

s Milfordites, we may sometimes take our long coastline for granted. The beach is always there awaiting our company, be it a walk along the boardwalk, taking a dip, or casting into Long Island Sound angling for the big catch. But way back when—before air conditioning—Milford was the destination every summer for tens of thousands of visitors looking to beat the summer heat.

COURTESY OF SAND IN OUR SHOES (3)

historical perspective

Bathing suits were specialized attire, and an expensive luxury for the time, so many bathers rented. As the seasonal influx of bathers increased, so did the cottages along the

In the late 1800s, the ability of tourists

months. What had once been a simple

beach, sprouting up as demand for rooms

from the likes of New York and Boston to

agricultural and shell fishing

with a view grew. Hotels, inns, and

travel along the Milford shore was greatly

hamlet soon become a

enhanced by the construction of the Milford

popular destination

railroad station and the installation of

for those seeking

the town’s system of electric trolleys. This

the quiet calm of

new-fangled mode of transportation made

cool, salt water

to Woodmont. The Sound

exploration easy, and so visitors found

breezes of the

View, Island View,

Milford quite inviting during the summer

Sound.

Pembroke, Idlewood,

rooming houses offering lodging for out of towners soon dominated the shoreline from Wildermere Beach

Franklin House, Harrison Park, and Atlas hotels hosted the swanky set while boarding houses offered rooms for rent to those on a budget. Milford’s entrepreneurial spirit was in full swing. Local merchants and business owners were quick to cater to the tens of thousands who flocked to Milford’s shore… keeping them migrating back year after year. Movie theaters, ice cream parlors, amusements, dance halls, bait & tackle shops, skating rinks, and bathing suitsto-let (yes, rented bathing suits) were all available to tourists with money to spend. General stores offered anything a visitor Above: Bathing beauties pose on the pier. Below: Cottages for visitors at Cedar Beach.

50 Milford Living • Summer

may have forgotten, as well as trinkets


The Idylwood Hotel may have played host to many of the swimmers seen in this Walnut Beach postcard of the past. to remember their time here. Postcards of

Local farms and fishermen prospered

but the concept is ancient, and more than

Milford were mailed far and wide, often

as well as their bountiful harvest kept

a century ago visitors to Milford took

expressing the tried and true sentiment

restaurants fully stocked. Pop-up farmer’s

advantage of the wagons, carts, and cars

“Wish you were here.”

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historical perspective

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Myrtle Beach bathers cool off in the waters of

Ladies sporting sunhats

Long Island Sound.

strolled along the piers (perhaps a straw hat made in town by

horizon, ready for a stroll in straw hats.

the Mitchell Manufacturing

And the beach…well, what’s better than

Company), while their kids

a cool refreshing dip in the water on a

clamored to ride the carousel

hot day? Perhaps a stiff summer breeze so

and grab the brass ring. Dad’s

you can fly a kite.

told tales of the one that got away,

Like the past where Milford played

and families feasted on fresh fish and

host to tens of thousands of travelers on

enjoyed countless amusements, maybe

summer trips, seasonal visitors still travel

even a movie at the Colonial Theater.

from across the country, and the globe, to can enjoy homemade cold treats from ice

enjoy the place we call home. Welcome

as in its heyday, Milford still welcomes

Though tourism isn’t as robust today

cream parlors around town, and dine al

them as Milfordites always have…and be

visitors in many of the ways it did in the

fresco at any number of great restaurants.

sure to enjoy the shoreline pleasures that

past. You can still rent a bicycle, a boat, or

Free outdoor concerts offer music for all to

tourists travel to our town to experience.

a kayak (but alas, not a bathing suit). You

hear, and the boardwalk stretches into the

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Phishing: Don’t Take the Bait W hile many senior citizens pride themselves on independence and self-reliance, having raised their families, burned the mortgage deed, and settled into a (hopefully) comfortable retirement, those very traits can make them vulnerable to the rising tide of financial fraud directed to older Americans.

What makes the senior segment so

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The latest statistics from the FBI, Federal Trade Commission, and U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging are alarming both

Confidence fraud, Non-existent government

premise that people were trustworthy. They

grants, Counterfeit checks, and Identity theft.

are also less likely to just say “no” or hang-up

Regrettably, these statistics are

on a caller (with a likely fraudulent caller

in the frequency of fraudulent activity

compiled just from the financial abuse

ID) whose pitch sounds plausible even if a

targeting seniors and the devastating

that is reported. The Senate Committee

feeling of skepticism develops. Couple this

economic impact resulting from outright

noted in its 2017 Fraud Book that “many

with current economic conditions where

criminal activity. The Senate, through its

of these crimes are not reported because

seniors feel nervous about shrinking benefits

Fraud Hotline program (855.303.9470) has

the victims are afraid that the perpetrator

and the rising cost of living and suddenly the

identified the Top 10 financial fraud/scams

may retaliate, are embarrassed that they

“get-rich-quick” scheme sounds as promising

for 2017: IRS impersonation, Sweepstakes,

have been scammed, or sometimes simply

as the drug company advertisement touting

Robocalls/Unwanted Phone Calls, Computer

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a cure for every ailment.

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law enforcement or consumer protection

Grandparent-targeted calls, Romance scams/

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As seniors have embraced social media to keep in touch with far away friends and


family, their naiveté with computers and

passwords and credit card numbers. It’s easy

online financial transactions enhances their

to take the bait because, on the surface, the

risk for fraud. The ingenuity of technological

emails look like they originate with the real

predators is apparent in the wide-ranging

company. Unfortunately, all too many seniors

modes of attack, be it by telephone (e.g. IRS

get caught in this phishing nets.

impersonation), mail (e.g. phishing, free

Another common scam that targets

travel offers), social media (e.g. free product

individuals unfamiliar with banking laws

trials), internet (e.g. check scams, and

and regulations is the so-called “Nigerian

identity theft) and through personal contact

check scam.” The tactics vary, but it generally

by persons in a family or caregiver position

employs official looking letterhead or a

of trust.

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Phishing is a widespread fraudulent practice

“reward” for cashing a “certified” check and

of sending emails purporting to be from

immediately sending/transferring 90% of

reputable companies (banks, stores, credit

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card lenders) in order to induce individuals

original check is fake but the funds going out

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senior corner bank it was drawn upon the fraud has been

for verification and to enhance the sense of

discovered. The entire deposit is charged

risk) and need bail money.” A telegraphic

back to the depositor, who is now out the full

remittance quickly follows, or the victim

amount. (The depositing bank may offset the

is instructed to purchase a pre-paid debit

loss by drawing against the depositor’s other

card at the local convenience store and relay

checking or savings accounts.) The Uniform

the card number and pin code. The thief

Commercial Code places the risk on the first

absconds with the money in a virtually

person to deal with the thief and that is the

untraceable manner and the scam is

unwitting target.

complete.

One frequently-seen scam targets the

For the “sandwich generation,” those

oldest segment of the senior population,

adults in their middle years facing care

often capitalizing on hearing impairment.

responsibilities for both their children and

A young caller places a call late at night and,

their aging parents, the demands on their

in a distressed voice, cries “Grandma, you

time may make it difficult to completely

have to help me, I’ve been arrested (overseas

monitor their parents’ finances but it is

generally so that they cannot be reached

crucial to do so. Nest eggs can evaporate

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All fAmily budgets AccommodAted WitHout comPRomisiNg ouR QuAlity of seRVices David J. DeRubeis – Managing Partner

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Rachel Webb – Funeral Director Carly Ericson – Apprentice

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with the click of a mouse if basic financial

relatives. Though not a “one size fits all”

responsibility to minimize the risk of any

controls are not instituted and kept current.

approach, such steps include computer and

one person abusing the trust, and emotional

Banks do their part to limit customer fraud,

telephone use education and risk awareness,

support for those who have been victimized

but as more and more banking is done

monthly review of all financial transactions,

and may be ashamed to confess so that the

through the web and less through personal

including “charitable” solicitations both

cycle can be broken.

interaction where a trusted banker may

online and through brick and mortar

challenge large or serial withdrawals,

transactions, spending controls through

private organizations have taken the lead

it is incumbent on families to consider

pre-set limits without authorization,

in preventing elder abuse and fraud, but

multiple layers of protection for their aging

multiple family members with oversight

reminding your loved seniors to never

Many governmental agencies and

disclose a Social Security number or bank information in response to an online

Nest eggs can evaporate with the click of a mouse if basic financial controls are not instituted and kept current.

solicitation is only the first step. Education, awareness and proactive controls are essential to helping protect this vulnerable segment of our population. —Christopher B. Carveth, Esq.

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