Milford Needs YOU to Help Revitalize Draper Memorial Park!

Milford Residents and Friends Invited to Contribute to Crowdfunding Campaign to Fund Repairs and Improvements to Draper Memorial Park. Donate Before October 15 to DOUBLE Your Donation with Matching Funds from MassDevelopment.

The Milford War Memorial Revitalization Committee (WMRC), an Ad Hoc committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to assist the Parks Department in the repair and revitalization of Milford’s war memorial parks, is asking area citizens, organizations, and businesses to donate to the community rejuvenation of Draper Memorial Park. ALL donation amounts—no matter how small or large—will be matched dollar for dollar by MassDevelopment up to $42,500.

Donations made through this initiative will be used to transform Draper Park through repairs to the General Draper statue and brick pathways, as well as the installation of new lighting, landscaping, irrigation, seating, and historical signage. The landscaping work has already begun under the direction of Parks and Recreation Administrator James Asam. Additional construction is planned for completion before the end of the year.

WMRC Chairman Peter Scandone states, “We decided that Draper Park needed a total renovation—from the top of the trees right down below the ground to the irrigation system. We kindly ask for everyone in Milford to consider making a donation to help us restore and maintain Draper Park as a place of respect and pride for all future generations.”

Donations can be made easily online by visiting Patronicity.com/milford. Individuals or businesses who prefer to write a check can do so by writing it to “Town of Milford” and writing “Draper Park Revitalization” in the memo. Checks should be mailed to the Treasurer’s office at Milford Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, Massachusetts 01757.All donations made to the Draper Park revitalization project are tax deductible. Donors are encouraged to submit matching gift forms with their employers as applicable.

Donors may choose to have their names listed on the Patronicity website or to remain anonymous. The deadline to submit your donation so that it is eligible for matching funds is October 15, 2020.

Large donations will be appropriately recognized at a future date.

GOT Questions?! We Have Answers

I want to donate to help revitalize Draper Park. Can I donate online?
Yes, click here to visit the Patronicity crowdsourcing site and click the SUPPORT button to donate by credit or debit card. This is a secure service.

Can I write a check instead of donating online?
Yes, please make checks payable to “Town of Milford” and be sure to write “Draper Park Revitalization” in the memo line of the check. Mail the check to the Treasurer’s office at Milford Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, Massachusetts 01757. You could also put your check in an envelope addressed to the Treasurer and deposit in the drop box outside Town Hall.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, the Town of Milford is a tax-exempt government organization, Tax ID 046-001-224.

Am I able to get my donation matched by my employer?
Yes, if your employer offers a matching gift program, you may submit a matching gift form to your employer to have your donation matched. Both your personal donation and your employer’s donation are eligible to be matched by MassDevelopment.

When I donate online, I am asked to pay a processing fee.
What’s that?
Each donation is subject to a processing fee that varies according to the amount of the donation. You can select the option to not pay the fee. Important: If you choose to pay the fee, the full amount of your donation and your fee is tax deductible.

Can my donation be anonymous?
Yes, if you are donating online, you can select to either have your name listed on the website or not. If you choose to send a check, please include a note if you prefer for your donation to be anonymous.

When is the deadline to make a donation?
If you want the money you donate to be matched, please donate before October 15, 2020.

Is there a minimum donation amount?
No. We are eager to involve as many members of the community as possible in this important project. We understand times are tough. Please donate an amount that you are comfortable with. Thank you!

About Draper Memorial Park
Draper Memorial Park occupies a triangle of land in the downtown Milford area, located at the intersection of Congress Street and Main Street. The park features monuments that list the names of veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Standing tall in the park is the statue of General William Franklin Draper by sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose work also includes the massive marble statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The care and management of Draper Memorial Park falls under the authority of the Milford Parks Commission and Milford Veterans Services.

About the War Memorial Revitalization Committee
The War Memorial Revitalization Committee (WMRC) is an Ad Hoc committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Its two-fold mission is to assist the Parks Department in the repair and revitalization of Draper Memorial Park and Calzone Memorial Park and to establish an ongoing maintenance plan that ensures the continued longevity of the parks and their structures for generations to come.

About MassDevelopment
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth. Through these collaborations we help create jobs, increase the number of housing units, revitalize urban environments, and address factors limiting economic growth including transportation, energy, and infrastructure deficiencies.

CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19 AT MRMC Video Is Available NOW. WATCH IT HERE!

THANK YOU Healthcare Heroes, EVERYONE on the Front Lines of COVID-19, and All Our Partners in CREATING This Special Event

Citizens for Milford extends its deepest appreciation to EVERYONE who helped us bring our Milford TV special event Confront the Challenges of COVID-19 at Milford Regional Medical Center: Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes a reality.

Our gratitude goes not only to our partners at Milford Regional, Milford TV, and MyFM 101.3, but also to our co-hosts State Representatives Brian W. Murray (10th Worcester District) and Jeffrey N. Roy (10th Norfolk District) and all the special people who took time to record an interview and share your stories. THANK YOU ALL!

Learn more about this special event, and watch it at this link below. ENJOY!

Citizens for Milford Creating Special Milford TV Programming Event

Confronting the Challenges of COVID-19 at Milford Regional Medical Center: Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes

Special Milford TV Event Will Air TUESDAY, JUNE 9 at 6:00 p.m. Area Residents Can Also Listen to Simulcast on MyFM 101.3.

Read ALL about this exciting tribute to our community healthcare heroes here. 

THANK YOU Candidates, Voters, and Milford TV

Citizens for Milford extends its sincerest gratitude to all of the candidates in Milford’s upcoming Town Election for participating in our Candidate Forum series. We also thank Milford voters for viewing and sending in questions. Lastly, we send a HUGE shout out to the pros at Milford TV for their hard work in collaborating with us to help Milford voters get to know the candidates. THANK YOU ALL!

WATCH the Forum Videos
Milford TV has published all four of the forum videos here. We encourage all of Milford’s voters to watch each of the videos to meet the candidates and hear what they have to say about their ideas for our community.

Did We Miss Your Questions?
Dozens of Milford voters sent in questions for us to pose to all of the candidates, and we apologize that we were not able to include every single question. If we missed yours, we invite you to contact each of the candidates directly. You can find contact information on our 2020 Milford Candidates page.

Vote Early by MAIL NOW!
Get your Early Voting Application NOW by downloading and printing it. You can also call the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 634-2307 to ask for an application to be mailed to you.

Because Town Hall is closed to the public, you can return your early voting application by one of four ways:

  • Mail it to Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757
  • Fax it to (508) 634-2324
  • Email it to aneves@townofmilford.com
  • Drop it off at the drop box at Town Hall

A ballot will be mailed to you as soon as the Town Clerk receives your signed application.

The deadline to apply to vote Early by Mail is noon on June 15, but if you need an application and /or Early Voting ballot mailed to you, the Town Clerk asks you to request or complete an application as soon as possible to expedite the mailing process.

While everyone will adhere to social distancing and safety precautions related to COVID-19 on election day (June 16), the Town Clerk strongly encourages all registered voters to take advantage of the opportunity of Early Voting by Mail.

STAY SAFE MILFORD and BE WELL!

IT’S ON! Citizens for Milford to Host Series of Four Candidate Forums

Residents Invited to Send Questions in Advance and During Live Broadcasts

Citizens for Milford will be hosting a series of four Candidate Forums—one for each of the contested races—beginning the last week of April. Each of the forums will be conducted using the video conferencing software ZOOM and will be live streamed on Milford TV and its other platforms.

Watch the forums featuring the candidates for Library Board of Trustees, Board of Selectmen, and Highway Surveyor on the public channels: Comcast TV Channel 8 and Verizon TV Channel 38. Watch the forum featuring the candidates for School Committee on the educational channels: Comcast TV Channel 11 and Verizon TV Channel 40.

Citizens for Milford member José Costa will moderate the forums. Each forum will begin with a two-minute opening statement from each of the candidates. A highlight of each forum will be the exchange of challenge questions between the opponents.

Following the challenge questions, the moderator will pose questions that have been submitted from the public. Milford residents are invited to submit questions during each forum by either calling a phone number displayed on the TV screen or posting messages to the Citizens for Milford Facebook page. Also, residents are encouraged to send questions in advance by posting on Facebook or emailing them to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com. The moderator will make every effort to ensure as many voter questions as possible are posed to the candidates.

The forums will take place at 7:00 p.m. as follows: Library Board of Trustees candidates on Tuesday, April 28; Board of Selectmen candidates on Thursday, April 30; School Committee candidates on Tuesday, May 5; and Highway Surveyor candidates on Thursday, May 7.

Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel states, “Providing information to voters during our Town Election season is an ongoing commitment for Citizens for Milford. With the Town Election postponed to June 16, we are pleased to modify our typical forum format for these challenging times and urge all voters to tune in and participate by sending questions for the candidates.”

The Town Crier newspaper is once again Citizens for Milford’s media partner for the Candidate Forums. “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.

Milford TV’s live-stream platforms include the following: Comcast TV Channel 8; Verizon TV Channel 38; MilfordTV.net; VOD; ROKU; Twitter: @Milford_TV; Facebook: @MilfordTV; and Instagram: milfordtv.

All four forums will be video recorded and broadcast in the days leading up to the election on Tuesday, June 16. In addition, Milford TV will publish the videos on their video-on-demand page on their website MilfordTV.net/vod. Citizens for Milford will also provide links to each video on this website and Facebook page as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, check out all the candidate profiles on the 2020 Milford Candidates page.

Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags POSTPONED to Independence Day

Citizens for Milford is postponing the installation of the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags this year in an abundance of caution to safeguard our volunteers and citizens. The first installation had been planned for Memorial Day. The group is hopeful that this public health crisis will have eased by early July so that the Field of Flags will fly for Independence Day. However, even the July date is not guaranteed, and that possibility will be reassessed in June.

Because Citizens for Milford will be unable to install the flags for the normal five patriotic holidays, the group plans to prorate the cost of the sponsorship for everyone who chooses to renew or sponsor a flag in 2020. That amount will be determined when the first installation date has been decided.  

In the meantime, Citizens for Milford is delaying the acceptance of renewals and new sponsorships. Previous sponsors will be sent a notice with the finalized information once it has been determined.

Field of Flags Chairperson Peter Scandone states, “Members of Citizens for Milford, the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army, and our many local volunteers are deeply proud to organize the Field of Flags to honor the heroism of our veterans and active duty service members. Please join us in praying for the restored health of the community as we all look forward to the day we can all gather together again.”

Questions may be emailed to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.

NOW ACCEPTING New Flag Sponsorships and Renewals for Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags

Citizens for Milford is continuing its partnership with the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army to expand the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags, a tribute acknowledging the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel with a display of American flags placed in Draper Memorial Park on five patriotic holidays each year. The first display of this year is planned for May 20 in time for Memorial Day.

All area citizens, organizations, and businesses are invited to sponsor a 3′ x 5′ American flag to fly on a 10′ staff in Draper Memorial Park for a $60 donation. Previous sponsors are encouraged to renew their flag sponsorship for another year. Although renewals have been requested before Veterans Day during previous years, Citizens for Milford has restructured the sponsorship period to coincide with the calendar year.

The $60 donation sponsors a flag in Draper Park for all five of the following patriotic holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.

Sponsors can choose to honor a veteran (alive or deceased), an active member of the military, or all our nation’s veterans.

Each flag includes a yellow ribbon with an attached card naming the person being honored, the honoree’s military branch and years of service, and the sponsor’s name. Sponsors can personalize each flag by providing a photo if desired. Citizens for Milford laminates the name cards and photos so they can be attached to each flagpole. The laminated cards and photos are typically attached the day after the flags are installed in the ground.

Field of Flags Chairperson Peter Scandone says, “Each flag honors the heroism of our many local veterans and active duty service members. Our goal is to have every one of the flags renewed and to gather enough new flag sponsorships so that we will be installing even more flags this Memorial Day.”

Flag sponsors Stephanie Fino and Stephen Laczenski state, “We are so proud to visit the Draper Park Field of Flags that are displayed during patriotic holidays throughout the year. It is comforting to see our Dad next to all the veterans of all the wars who fought so bravely for our country to secure the freedoms that we enjoy today.”

To sponsor a flag for the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags project, click here to download and print the sponsorship form, then complete the form and mail it to the address provided on the form with a $60 check made out to the Salvation Army before May 11. If you prefer to have a form mailed to you, email us at CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.

Citizens for Milford and the Salvation Army organize all the work involved in managing the Field of Flags, including everything from maintaining sponsorship information to transporting and storing the flags. Both groups are extremely grateful for the assistance provided by volunteers from other Milford groups. Volunteers from Milford Federal Bank and the Milford Junior Woman’s Club, as well as many flag sponsors, often assist with the installation and take-down of the flags. All residents are welcome to help.

The majority of funds donated by flag sponsors are used to support the work of the Salvation Army here in Milford, specifically for food assistance and after-school activities for families in need. Citizens for Milford receives a small amount to pay for supplies, such as the yellow ribbons, card stock, and laminating materials. Like the flags, these materials need to be replaced periodically due to weather exposure.

Draper Memorial Park occupies a triangle of land in the downtown Milford area, located at the intersection of Congress Street and Main Street. The park features monuments that list the names of veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Standing tall in the park is the statue of General William Franklin Draper by sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose work also includes the massive marble statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The care and management of Draper Memorial Park falls under the authority of the Milford Parks Commission and Milford Veterans Services. Citizens for Milford is grateful for both office’s enthusiastic support for this project.

Candidates Forum Cancelled Until Further Notice

Take Advantage of Other Ways to Get Informed!

Citizens for Milford has cancelled the Candidates Forum in an effort to keep everyone—candidates, voters, and volunteers—safe during this challenging time of public health concerns. The forum had been scheduled for Thursday, March 19.

We understand that the public health situation is changing rapidly. If the Town decides to pursue actions to postpone the April 7th election, we will reevaluate and plan to hold the forum at a later date.

In the meantime, voters can read candidate profiles and other pertinent information on the 2020 MILFORD CANDIDATES page on this website. Contact information is included so you can email questions directly to the candidates. 

In addition, we recommend that you take advantage of other ways to get informed, such as reading profiles in the Town Crier, Milford Daily News, Patch online news, as well as watching the interviews and debates broadcast on Milford TV and aired on MyFM 101.3.

Candidate testimonials can be viewed on the Milford Election 2020 page of Milford TV’s video on-demand site: Milford.vod.castus.tv/vod. In addition, voters can watch candidate interviews conducted by Al Correia on “That Milford Show” on youtube.com.

Please know how disappointed we are to be cancelling this important community event! We appreciate every candidate’s commitment to the community as a candidate for office and encourage every Milford voter to go to the polls on April 7th to VOTE!

What Else You Need to Know:
News About the Town Election from the Town Clerk

The Town of Milford is closely monitoring the current public health situation including the Corona virus. There is no current expectation that the April 7th Annual Town Election will be cancelled or rescheduled.

A postponement or cancellation of the election would require either a change in the law or a Court order, or both. The Town Clerk and Board of Registrars will take all reasonable and appropriate measures to maintain our polling locations clean and disinfected throughout Election Day.

Voters who may be quarantined due to illness, or self-quarantined, will qualify to vote by Absentee Ballot, and are encouraged to apply for an Absentee Ballot as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time for mailing. Voters who already applied for and plan to vote by absentee ballot, but now have a mailing address which is different from their address as currently registered, are requested to contact our office as soon as possible. This request may apply to college students or those traveling abroad.

Please check the Town Website for Board of Health and Elections updates, as the situation continues to develop.

REMINDER! The last day to register to vote in the Town Election is Wednesday, March 18 by 8:00 p.m. in the Town Clerk’s office.

GET INFORMED! Make Plans to Attend the Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum to be Held Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the Meet and Greet with the Candidates.

Citizens for Milford invites all Milford residents to attend its seventh annual Candidates Forum, which will feature candidates in Milford’s upcoming town election. The Candidates Forum will be held Thursday, March 19 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 four 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.

The contested races and candidates include the following:

  • Two Seats on the Board of Library Trustees
    Candidates: Edward Bertorelli (incumbent), David Probert, Ann Ragosta, Alfred Spittler, and Scott Vecchiolla
  • One Seat on the Board of Selectmen
    Candidates: Joshua Lioce and Thomas O’Loughlin.
  • Highway Surveyor
    Candidates: Scott Crisafulli (incumbent) and Jamie Luchini.
  • Two Seats on the School Committee
    Candidates: Michael Aghajanian, Jennifer Parson (incumbent), Brendan Rickert, and Frederick Steinmann.

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 will welcome the candidates and attendees. Vice Chairman Beverly Swymer and member Jose Costa will moderate the event.

“The forum provides an ideal opportunity for residents to meet the candidates, hear their ideas for our community, and discover where they each stand on critical issues. We encourage all Milford voters to join us and to come prepared with questions to ask the candidates,” 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.

Photograph from the 2019 Candidates Forum featuring candidates for School Committee.

Milford TV will video record the forum and broadcast it in the days leading up to the election on April 7. 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.

Save the Date! Join Us at Our Public Meeting January 30

Census Bureau, Board of Health Officials, and Downtown Revitalization Committee to be Guests at Citizens for Milford’s Public Meeting  at Town Library. All Milford Residents Invited to Attend.

Citizens for Milford invites all residents to attend our first public meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milford Town Library. A representative from the Census Bureau, as well as Milford Board of Health officials and members of the Milford Downtown Revitalization committee, will be our special guests.

Elie Boutros, a Partnership Specialist with the Census Bureau, will be the first speaker on the agenda, giving a ten-minute presentation regarding the 2020 census. This presentation will be followed by Dr. Jacquelyn Murphy, who took over the reins as Milford’s new Health Officer this past fall. Dr. Murphy will present information about all the services the Board of Health offers the community. Lastly, Ron Pagnini, Chairman of the Milford Downtown Revitalization committee, will share news of their efforts to improve the downtown corridor.

Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel and Vice Chairman Beverly Swymer will invite attendees to ask questions following each of the three presentations.

“Citizens for Milford organizes a casual public meeting every January with the goal of providing direct access to our public officials. Because the success of our public institutions and committees is critical to all members of our community, we invite all residents to join us on January 30th to learn more about what is happening in Milford and to 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.