Milford Beautification Day Is Saturday, April 27

All Milford Residents Invited to Help Us Make a Clean Sweep of Our Community! Watch Our Quick VIDEO INVITATION!

Citizens for Milford is organizing its Fifth Annual Milford Beautification Day, Milford’s annual clean-up event, which enables area residents, organizations, and businesses to work together to beautify our community by picking up trash around town. Milford Beautification Day will be held Saturday, April 27th (rain or shine) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to meet with organizers anytime between those hours in the municipal parking lot across from Sacred Heart Church (5 East Main Street) to get supplies, instructions, and assignments.

Families, community groups, churches, local businesses, and teenagers who need to perform service hours are all invited to participate. Younger children are encouraged to attend as long as they are accompanied by a supervising adult. 

Event co-sponsor Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail will be expanding their Beautification Day efforts this year. In addition to organizing the clean-up of the Trail, they will also be working with interested families to help plant a flower garden near the Trail entry at Louisa Lake.

Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided to all clean-up volunteers. Top soil, mulch, and plants will be provided to the volunteers who work on the garden project. The clean-up supplies are being donated by Republic Services, and the Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail are donating the planting materials.

In conjunction with the efforts being organized for Beautification Day, Citizens for Milford has also arranged for volunteers from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Program to initiate the Beautification Day work by conducting a clean-up of main streets around town on April 25 and 26.

Questions regarding any of the Beautification Day efforts may be submitted by email to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.

The two event sponsors are sincerely grateful for the assistance and donations provided by the Milford Board of Health, the Milford Highway Department, Republic Services, and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Program.

Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization formed in 2005 to benefit the Town of Milford and surrounding areas, working diligently and in cooperation with the Town of Milford Parks and other departments, various community groups, and interested parties to educate area residents about the recreation and transportation opportunities offered by the Milford section of the trail; promote the use, development, enjoyment, and care of the Milford section of the trail; and raise and expend funds to support trail maintenance and improvements for the benefit of the residents of the Milford area. Information is available on the organization’s website (MilfordTrail.org) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Milford-Upper-Charles-Trail).

 

Congratulations 2019 Town Election Winners

And THANK YOU to EVERYONE Who Served Our Town by Running for Office!

Unofficial polling results for the Milford Town Election from the Town Clerk’s office show that 2,266 votes were cast, which is 13% of Milford’s total registered voters. 

Mike Walsh will retain his seat on the Board of Selectmen. James Ligor will also retain his seat on the School Committee. He will be joined by John Erickson. Margaret Myatt and Stephanie Abisla will take seats on the Library Board of Trustees. All incumbent constables will retain their positions. Scott Vecchiolla retained his seat on the Vernon Grove Board of Trustees; Kristen Gardner will join him on that board.

Congratulations to all the winners, and THANK YOU to everyone who threw their hats in the ring! We truly appreciate your service to our Town!

Read the complete unofficial results here.

Several Town Meeting Seats Are Open! Check Out Our Easy Instructions for Running a Write-In Campaign

Have you always wanted to run for Town Meeting, but didn’t want to collect all those signatures? Well, there’s another way. This year Town Meeting has openings for 3-year, 2-year, and 1-year seats. You could run for one of them simply by asking voters in your precinct to write in your name and street address when they vote on April 2.

To see the openings in each precinct, view the Sample Ballots. Each precinct has its own distinct ballot, which is a separate page in this file. Keep in mind that all precincts have 10 write-in spots for the full three-year terms. This means that the votes will go to the 10 folks who get the most votes, whether they are incumbents, new candidates, or write-ins.

To run a write-in campaign, follow these tips to ensure the best possible outcome:

  • Ask registered voters who live in your precinct to vote for you by writing in your name. Focus on folks you know who are likely to vote.
  • IMPORTANT!!! The Town Clerk respectfully requests that you do NOT give voters stickers to put on their ballots because the stickers jam the vote counting machines. Save your tax dollars! Ask voters to WRITE IN the names!
  • Be sure that the voters know the correct spelling of your name and your street address.
  • Explain to voters that to vote for you, all they need to do is write in your name and street address in the appropriate space for Town Meeting Members AND to fill in the oval at the end of the line. If the oval is not filled in, the vote does not count! Voters must use the marker provided in the voting booth to fill in the oval. See the illustration below.
  • Tell voters to bring a ballpoint pen to use to write in your name and address because the write-in space is too small for the marker provided in the ballot box.
  • To make this as easy as possible for your voters, give them a small slip of paper or a business card with your name and address typed on it. Be sure to tell them NOT to leave this at the polls. Simply suggest that they put the paper in their pocket or purse when they are done voting. It is OK to bring this into the ballot box; it is not OK to leave it there.
  • Remember to vote for yourself on April 2!
  • Before the election date, please call the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 634-2307 OR send an email to the Town Clerk at aneves@townofmilford.com to let her know you are running a write-in campaign. This will help the staff count the write-in votes more easily.

How to Write In a Candidate 2016

Download a handout with instructions for running a write-in campaign.

Get Answers to Your Questions Regarding Articles on the Town Meeting Warrant

The TOWN MEETING STUDY AND IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE Is Planning a Town Meeting Forum Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Upper Town Hall

The Milford Town Meeting Study and Improvement Committee sponsored Pre-Town Meeting Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Town Hall. The Forum is open to the public.

The purpose of the Pre-Town Meeting Forum is to provide an opportunity for Town Meeting members, as well as members of the public, to obtain answers to questions they may have regarding some of the articles contained in the May 20, 2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant.

Sponsors of articles will be available to make brief presentations and to answer questions. The meeting is intended to provide knowledge about the various articles and not to advocate for or against a particular article. No votes or decisions concerning any of the articles in the Warrant will be made at this forum.

Town Meeting members and the public are requested to indicate what articles they would like to have addressed. Articles with the highest number of responses will receive special emphasis for discussion.

Read the Warrant.

To submit a request for a particular article(s) that you would like to see addressed, please send an email to tmsic@townofmilford.com by April 17th. In the subject line please write “Pre-Town Meeting Forum,” and in the body of the email indicate the article number(s).

NOTE: The deadline for sending articles to be discussed at the meeting has been extended to April 17.

For those who do not use email, please mail the article number(s) you would like to see addressed to Town Meeting Study and Improvement Committee, Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757.

Join Us on Saturday, April 27 for Milford Beautification Day

All Milford Residents and Groups Invited to Volunteer to Help Clean Our Community!

Citizens for Milford is organizing its Fifth Annual Milford Beautification Day, Milford’s annual clean-up event, which enables area residents, organizations, and businesses to work together to beautify our community by picking up trash around town. Milford Beautification Day will be held Saturday, April 27th (rain or shine) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to meet with organizers anytime between those hours in the municipal parking lot across from Sacred Heart Church (5 East Main Street) to get supplies, instructions, and assignments.

Families, community groups, churches, local businesses, and teenagers who need to perform service hours are all invited to participate. Younger children are encouraged to attend as long as they are accompanied by a supervising adult. 

Event co-sponsor Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail will be expanding their Beautification Day efforts this year. In addition to organizing the clean-up of the Trail, they will also be working with interested families to help plant a flower garden near the Trail entry at Louisa Lake.

Beautification Day Chairperson Amie Sanborn says, “I hope that many people, young and old, join us to clean up the streets of Milford on April 27. It is a great way to meet others from the community who take pride in their town.”

Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided to all clean-up volunteers. Top soil, mulch, and plants will be provided to the volunteers who work on the garden project. The clean-up supplies are being donated by Republic Services, and the Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail are donating the planting materials.

In conjunction with the efforts being organized for Beautification Day, Citizens for Milford has also arranged for volunteers from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Program to initiate the Beautification Day work by conducting a clean-up of main streets around town on April 25 and 26.

Questions regarding any of the Beautification Day efforts may be submitted by email to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.

The two event sponsors are sincerely grateful for the assistance and donations provided by the Milford Board of Health, the Milford Highway Department, Republic Services, and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Program.

Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization formed in 2005 to benefit the Town of Milford and surrounding areas, working diligently and in cooperation with the Town of Milford Parks and other departments, various community groups, and interested parties to educate area residents about the recreation and transportation opportunities offered by the Milford section of the trail; promote the use, development, enjoyment, and care of the Milford section of the trail; and raise and expend funds to support trail maintenance and improvements for the benefit of the residents of the Milford area. Information is available on the organization’s website (MilfordTrail.org) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Milford-Upper-Charles-Trail).

THANK YOU Candidates! Watch the Video

Citizens for Milford would like to thank all of the candidates who participated in the Candidates Forum on March 14th, as well as all Milford residents who joined us!

We would also like to thank the pros at Milford TV for video recording the event and St. Mary of the Assumption for allowing the use of your Parish Hall. Look for the video soon and you can hear from Constable candidate Robert Sheedy; Trustees of Vernon Grove candidates Kristen Gardner and Scott Vecchiolla; Library Board of Trustees candidates Stephanie Abisla, Margaret Myatt, and Scott Vecchiolla; School Committee candidates Justin Dulak, James Ligor, Tarik Miranda, RJ Sheedy, and MIchael Visconti; and Board of Selectmen candidates Ami Clifford and Mike Walsh.

GOOD LUCK CANDIDATES during these final two weeks of the campaign!

You can view photos from the event here.

JOIN US! Candidates Forum Scheduled for March 14

Citizens for Milford invites all Milford residents to attend its sixth annual Candidates Forum, which will feature candidates in Milford’s upcoming town election. The Candidates Forum will be held Thursday, March 14 in the Parish Hall of Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Milford. Candidates will be available to meet voters starting at 6:30 p.m. The forum will start at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Each of the candidates in the five contested races will present a two-minute opening statement and then answer questions. Citizens for Milford will pose the first question then the moderators will invite members of the audience to ask questions of the candidates.

Recognizing the service of all our town candidates, Citizens for Milford has also invited all unopposed candidates to attend and to meet voters during the “meet and greet” time, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel and Vice Chairman Jose Costa will moderate the event.

“The Candidates Forum provides an ideal opportunity for Milford residents to meet the candidates who are asking for our votes on April 2. We urge all Milford voters to join us and to ask their own questions regarding their own issues of concern,” stated Steve Trettel.

Milford voters who are unable to attend the forum are encouraged to email questions in advance to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com. The group will make every effort to ensure those questions are posed to the candidates the night of the forum.

Milford TV will video record the forum and broadcast it in the days leading up to the election on April 2. Citizens for Milford will also provide a link to the video on its website as soon as it is available.

The Town Crier newspaper is once again Citizens for Milford’s media partner for the Candidates Forum. “As Milford’s local newspaper, delivered to all homes and businesses in town, The Town Crier strongly believes in encouraging citizen participation in Milford’s town government,” said Publisher Alfred Holman.

The Parish Hall of Saint Mary of the Assumption Church is located at 17 Winter Street in Milford. Parking is available in the adjacent lot and on neighborhood streets. Main entry into the Parish Hall is located on the side of the building that faces Sumner Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Milford Public Schools Administrators and School Committee Were Special Guests at CFM’s January Public Meeting

Watch the Video and Review the Documents at Links Below

Over two dozen Milford residents attended Citizens for Milford’s first public meeting of the year to hear from members of the  Milford Public Schools administration and School Committee on January 16.

Citizens for Milford extends its sincerest appreciation to Superintendent Kevin McIntyre; Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Craig Consigli; English Learner Program Director Jennifer Noorjanian; Special Education Director Lucy Jenkins; High School Principal Josh Otlin; and members of the School Committee for presenting information about what is happening in our schools and for answering extensive questions from the audience.

If you missed the meeting, you can watch the video below. Plus, here are links to important relevant documents:

 

JOIN US! First Public Meeting of the New Year January 16

Milford Public Schools Officials Will Be Our Guest Speakers

Citizens for Milford invites all residents to attend our first public meeting of the new year on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milford Town Library. Members of the Milford Public Schools administration will be our special guests.

Superintendent Kevin McIntyre; Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Craig Consigli; English Learner Program Director Jennifer Noorjanian; and Special Education Director Lucy Jenkins will present information regarding the school department structure, operations, new initiatives, the English Learner and Special Education programs, and current challenges. Following their presentation, Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel and Vice Chairman Jose Costa will invite attendees to ask questions of the administrators.

“A key component of Citizens for Milford’s mission is to host casual public meetings that provide direct access to our public officials. Because the success of our schools is critical to all members of our community, we invite all residents to join us on January 16th to meet our school administrators and ask questions of importance to you,” says Chairman Steve Trettel.

The Milford Town Library is located at 80 Spruce Street. The meeting will be held in the library’s Granite and Quarry rooms on the lower level. Limited parking is available at the library. Additional parking is available on Spruce Street and at nearby Stacy Middle School.

December News

Hundreds Attended the 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting in Draper Memorial Park

Citizens for Milford hosted the FOURTH ANNUAL MILFORD CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING on Friday, November 30, 2018. Highlights of this year’s event included the holiday carol sing-along led by members of the Greater Milford Community Chorus, as well as a special visit from Santa Claus.

We extend our sincerest appreciation to every individual, group, and business who helped make the 2018 Milford Christmas Tree and the Lighting Ceremony possible. Thank you Parks Department, as well as Milford resident and owner of Busy Bee Landscaping Mr. David Sanches who donated and planted a beautiful new tree that we hope will serve as a symbol of peace and goodwill to Milford citizens for generations to come. We also express heartfelt thanks to Milford Commandery No. 11 stationed at Montgomery Lodge for funding the holiday lighting and decorations, the Greater Milford Community Chorus for leading us all in holiday carols, Red Heat Tavern of Milford for providing hot cocoa and soup, and Milford Public Schools Food Service for donating fresh-baked cookies. Your generosity and collaboration enabled us to provide the best possible community event this year.

The Milford Christmas Tree will be lit each night throughout the holiday season. If you missed the ceremony last night, be sure to stop by Draper Park one evening to take in its glow. It’s a beautiful spot for family photos. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

View a photo gallery here.

SAVE THE DATE! Milford Public Schools Officials to be Guest Speakers at Citizens for Milford’s Public Meeting on January 16 at Town Library

Citizens for Milford invites all residents to attend our first public meeting of the new year on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milford Town Library. Members of the Milford Public Schools administration will be our special guests.

Superintendent Kevin McIntyre; Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Craig Consigli; English Learner Program Director Jennifer Noorjanian; and Special Education Director Lucy Jenkins will present information regarding the school department structure, operations, new initiatives, the English Learner and Special Education programs, and current challenges. Following their presentation, Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel and Vice Chairman Jose Costa will invite attendees to ask questions of the administrators.

“A key component of Citizens for Milford’s mission is to host casual public meetings that provide direct access to our public officials. Because the success of our schools is critical to all members of our community, we invite all residents to join us on January 16th to meet our school administrators and ask questions of importance to you,” says Chairman Steve Trettel.

The Milford Town Library is located at 80 Spruce Street. The meeting will be held in the library’s Granite and Quarry rooms on the lower level. Limited parking is available at the library. Additional parking is available on Spruce Street and at nearby Stacy Middle School.