Candidate Forum Scheduled for March 13

All Milford Voters Invited to Attend and Ask Your Own Questions of the Candidates in April’s Town Election
Citizens for Milford, in partnership with Milford TV, invites all Milford voters to attend the eleventh annual Candidate Forum featuring candidates in contested races in Milford’s upcoming town election.

The forum will be held Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. and will feature candidates running for one seat on the Board of Health and candidates running for three seats on the School Committee. The forum will take place in Upper Town Hall. All candidates have been invited to meet voters beginning at 6:30 p.m. before the forum begins. This event is free and open to the public.

Candidates running for Board of Health who will be participating in the forum include Loriann Braza and Diana Haynes. The third candidate vying for this seat, Charles Skaff, is not available to participate. All four School Committee candidates will be participating, which include Gregory Allegrezza, Meghan Hornberger, Christopher Wilson, and Matthew Zachilli.

Citizens for Milford members José Costa, Geri Eddins, and Tom Harmon will moderate the forum. A highlight of the forum will be the opportunity for audience members to pose their own questions to the candidates.


Citizens for Milford Vice Chair Kim Smith states, “It is an honor for Citizens for Milford to be hosting the Candidate Forum for the eleventh year. We urge voters to join us in Town Hall on March 13 to meet the candidates and ask their own questions regarding issues confronting the community and our schools.”


Milford voters who are unable to attend the forum are encouraged to send their questions for the candidates in advance by email (citizensformilford@gmail.com) or by Facebook messenger (@CitizensforMilford). In addition, Citizens for Milford will accept questions during each live broadcast by email (citizensformilford@gmail.com), Facebook messenger (@CitizensforMilford), and by phone. The phone number will be displayed on the TV screen during each broadcast.

Milford TV will broadcast the forum live on the public channel (Comcast 8 | Verizon 38), Verizon channel HD 2140, MilfordTV.net, and live streaming on YouTube at YouTube.com/mymilfordtv.

Questions can be emailed to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.

Citizens for Milford Celebrates Ten Years!

The members of Citizens for Milford are thrilled to be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the group’s founding.

Since organizing in early 2014 as a nonpartisan, volunteer organization, Citizens for Milford (CFM) has spearheaded numerous projects and events aimed at encouraging active citizen participation and improving the quality of life in our community. Over these last ten years, the group has established an annual calendar of five foundational events: Candidate Forums in March; Beautification Day in April; Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags in May, July, and November; Veterans Day Ceremony in November; and the Christmas Tree Lighting in December.

Candidate Forums
Recognizing a need to help residents get to know the candidates running for local office, CFM’s very first event, held in our inaugural year of 2014, was a forum featuring candidates in Milford’s town election. CFM has hosted annual candidate forums every year since—including by ZOOM during the pandemic—offering members of the public the opportunity to meet the candidates and pose their own questions. CFM has also hosted forums featuring the candidates running for state senator and state representative when those races are opposed. Outreach is expanded through our partnership with Milford TV, which broadcasts each forum live and rebroadcasts the forums in the days leading up to each election.  

Beautification Day
In 2015 Citizens for Milford launched its first Beautification Day, a community-wide effort held in April to pick up trash around town and beautify the community. We work in partnership with the Milford Highway Department, Milford Parks Department, volunteers from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Program, E.L. Harvey & Sons, and Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail. Many local businesses, Scouts, church groups, youth organizations, families, and individuals volunteer to help each year. In recent years the Milford Lions Club has provided freshly grilled lunches free to all volunteers.

Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags
Citizens for Milford partnered with the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army in 2016 to organize the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags, a tribute acknowledging the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel. The Field of Flags is a stunning display of American flags placed in Draper Memorial Park on three patriotic holidays each year. Over 200 flags are displayed on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Each flag is sponsored in honor or memory of a veteran, in honor of an active service member, or in honor of all veterans.  

Veterans Day Ceremony
With support from the Milford Veterans’ Services office, CFM organized the first Veterans Day ceremony in Draper Memorial Park in 2016. The now annual ceremony begins at the conclusion of the Veterans Day parade and features the presentation of the colors, the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” comments by local veterans, and prayers led by clergy. A highlight of the ceremony the performance of the “Armed Forces Medley” by the Milford High School band.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Citizens for Milford initiated a new holiday tradition in December 2015 when we worked with the Parks Department and tree warden to plant a Christmas tree in Draper Memorial Park. The Tree Lighting ceremony that year was short and sweet, but has grown over the succeeding years to include a holiday carol sing-along led by the Greater Milford Community Chorus, visits with Santa Claus, free cookies baked by the Milford Public Schools Food Services department, and free cocoa and chili served by Milford’s Red Heat Tavern.

Special Projects and Events
Other special projects and events we have coordinated include collaborating with the Milford Medal of Liberty committee to present the 2017 and 2018 award ceremonies; advocating for the revitalization of Milford’s two war memorial parks (Calzone Park and Draper Memorial Park); creating the Milford TV special programming event Confronting the Challenges of COVID-19 at Milford Regional Medical Center: Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes, a tribute to our community’s healthcare professionals; initiating the creation of the Town Meeting Working Group to advocate for changes in Town Meeting; and the hosting of special “Conversations with our Legislators” events, such as theConversation with Kennedyin 2016.

Working together with town entities, community groups, Milford businesses, and media has been a priority in all that we do. In fact, we completely acknowledge that we could not carry out our projects without the support and help of the community. 

Heartfelt Thanks!
As we initiate our plans for our eleventh year, we would like to share our sincerest gratitude to all our friends, neighbors, partners, and dedicated volunteers. With your support and participation these last ten years, we have created a solid foundation of community events and traditions that we look forward to hosting for years to come.

Our 2024 CALENDAR OF EVENTS is posted on the top-right of this page. We invite you to join us!

Tree Lighting Event Scaled Back Due to Rain

The weather is not cooperating with tonight’s CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, so we have made the tough decision to scale back our activities. PLEASE JOIN US in Draper Memorial Park at 6:00 p.m. to count down to light the tree! We will have freshly baked cookies to share.
If you can’t make it tonight, we invite you to stop by Draper Park in the coming days. The tree has grown to a beautiful beacon of light and hope. Standing in front of the colorful, sparkling lights makes a wonderful holiday picture.
We look forward to hosting the Greater Milford Community Chorus and Red Heat Tavern of Milford next year! PLEASE SHARE!

Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, December 1

 

ALL INVITED! Citizens for Milford is planning the Eighth Annual Milford Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Draper Memorial Park on the evening of Friday, December 1. All Milford residents are invited to arrive starting at 5:30 p.m. for cookies, hot chocolate, and chili. The tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m. This community event is free and open to everyone.

Highlights of this year’s event will include the holiday carol sing-along led by members of the Greater Milford Community Chorus, as well as a special visit from Santa Claus. Santa will arrive at 5:45 p.m. and will visit with kids and families until the event ends at 7:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to take their own photos with Santa.


Citizens for Milford invites all Milford residents to join us for the eighth year of the Christmas Tree Lighting. The ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity for Milford families and neighbors to gather, even for a short while, as a community to celebrate the peace and joy of the season.”
Event Chairpersons Rosemary Trettel and Kim Smith 


If it rains or snows heavily on December 1, Citizens for Milford plans to light the tree at 6:30 p.m. but will scale back other activities as needed.

Citizens for Milford is thrilled to be collaborating once more with the Greater Milford Community Chorus, Milford’s Red Heat Tavern, the Milford Public Schools Food Service, and the Milford Parks Department to provide the best possible community event this year.

The beautifully revitalized Draper Memorial Park occupies a triangle of land in the downtown Milford area, located at the intersection of Congress Street and Main Street.

Questions? Email us at CitizensforMilford.com.

Milford Honors Our Veterans

The 2023 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY held in Draper Memorial Park on Friday, November 10 featured many powerful moments, including music, prayers, speeches, and a wreath presentation, all focused on honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
Peter Scandone, chairman of the Veterans Day Ceremony and Field of Flags, opened the morning’s ceremony. The Presentation of the Colors was done by members of the Italian-American War Veterans, Milford Post #40. A very moving and heartfelt opening prayer was heard by Rabbi Mendy Kivman, of the Chabad House Jewish Center in Milford. The Pledge of Allegiance was done by members of Girl Scout Troop 65217. High School senior Sophia McClay performed a beautiful rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Jo-Ann DeMaria Morgan, Chair of the Post 9/11 Memorial Committee and Veterans Advocate, recognized key veteran attendees. Speakers included Tim McDonough (USMC Veteran) and Michael Johnson (US Army Veteran and current Milford Police Officer). Each had humbling and moving personal messages. Captain Kevin Polito, Salvation Army of Greater Milford spoke about the history of the Salvation Army and local efforts to raise money for families in need, commending Field of Flags as a contributor in that effort.
The “US Armed Forces Medley” was performed by the Milford High School Marching Band as members of each military branch stood and raised a small flag. The closing prayer was done by Rev. Richard Scioli, Pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. The Presentation of the Wreath was done by Waters Corporation Veterans Employee Resource Group.
Thank you to all who participated in this very moving tribute to all those who have answered the call to serve! 🇺🇸

Honoring Our Veterans This Veterans Day

The 2023 Veterans Day Ceremony held in Draper Memorial Park on Friday, November 10 featured many powerful moments, including music, prayers, speeches, and a wreath presentation, all focused on honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

We invite you to take a moment to WATCH THIS VIDEO of high senior Sophia McClay (pictured at right) singing the National Anthem. Pictures of the event will be published SOON!

 

All Invited to Attend VETERANS DAY CEREMONY on Friday, November 10

Ceremony Will Be Held in Draper Memorial Park at Conclusion of Parade

The members of Citizens for Milford invite all area veterans and residents to attend a special ceremony on Veterans Day, Friday, November 10 in Draper Memorial Park, weather permitting. The ceremony will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Veterans Day Parade at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Participating in the ceremony will be local veterans, clergy, and the Milford High School Marching Band. Members of the Italian American War Veterans Milford Post #40 will present the Colors. Speakers will include Massachusetts Senator Becca Rausch (D. Norfolk, Worcester, and Middlesex), USMC veteran Tim McDonough, US Army veteran Michael Johnson, and Captain Kevin Polito of the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army. Participating clergy will include Rabbi Mendy Kivman of the Chabad House Jewish Community Center and Reverend Peter Joyce, Pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. A member of the Waters Corporation Veterans Employee Resource Group will present a wreath honoring veterans at the World War I monument. Peter Scandone, who is chairman of the Veterans Day Ceremony Committee, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Field of Flags, a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel, will be installed in Draper Memorial Park prior to Veterans Day and remain flying until the week after Veterans Day. Parade and ceremony attendees are invited to walk among the flags and monuments in Draper Park and read the names of the veterans and active military who are memorialized and honored there.


 “Milford has a long, proud history of honoring our veterans. We encourage all residents to join us for the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony to demonstrate our support and gratitude for all the Milford men and women who have valiantly served our country.” −Peter Scandone


A limited number of chairs will be available for attendees at Draper Park.

If the parade is cancelled due to rain, the ceremony will be held at the Italian American War Veterans of the U.S. Post #40 Hall (4 Hayward Field) beginning at 10:00 a.m. If the weather is poor but the parade still marches, the ceremony will be held at the Italian American War Veterans of the U.S. Post #40 Hall beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The Veterans Day Parade is organized by the Milford Department of Veterans Services. Please address questions regarding the parade to this office in Town Hall at 508.634.2311.  Questions regarding the Veterans Day Ceremony can be emailed to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.

Citizens for Milford Announces 2023 Fall Events

The members of Citizens for Milford invite all area residents to join us for these special fall events:

  • Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags for Veterans Day
    Citizens for Milford and the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army are planning the final installation of the 2023 Field of Flags in Draper Memorial Park on November 1 for Veterans Day. This last display of the year closes our seventh year for this project, which serves as a tribute acknowledging the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel. The first display of the flags in 2024 will be for Memorial Day.
  • Veterans Day Ceremony: November 10, 2023
    Citizens for Milford invites all area veterans and residents to attend a special ceremony commemorating Veterans Day on Friday, November 10 in Draper Memorial Park, weather permitting. The ceremony will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Veterans Day Parade at approximately 11:00 a.m.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting: December 1, 2023
    Citizens for Milford is planning the Eighth Annual Milford Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Draper Memorial Park on the evening of Friday, December 1. All Milford residents are invited to arrive starting at 5:30 p.m. for cookies, hot chocolate, and chili. The tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m. Highlights of this annual event include the holiday carol sing-along led by members of the Greater Milford Community Chorus, as well as a special visit from Santa Claus.

QUESTIONS? Please reach out to us by email (CitizensforMilford@gmail.com) or by Facebook Messenger (Facebook.com/CitizensforMilford) with any questions or ideas you have regarding our planned events. We love hearing from other folks in Milford who love our community as much as we do!

Flag Disposal Ceremony Planned for Flag Day

The Milford Flag Disposal Ceremony will be held on FLAG DAY, Wednesday, June 14 at the Italian American World War Veterans Of The U.S. Post 40 Milford, MA at 5:00 p.m.

This ceremony provides an excellent opportunity to dispose of a worn or tattered American flag. The flags will be burned following the ceremony, which is being presented by the Milford Veterans Advisory Council, and will include an opening by Chair Jo-Ann DeMaria Morgan. The “Voice Of The Flag” will be presented by Frank Andreotti, Jr., Peter Scandone, Steve Petak, and Ron Howland. The Color Guard will turn the flag sideways and gently drop it into the fire, folding the ends in towards the middle of the flame. Patriotic songs will be played, and song sheets will be available for the audience. All are welcome! #respecttheflag

Honor a Veteran or Active Service Member in the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags

Citizens for Milford and the Salvation Army are pleased to announce the new Field of Flags program for this year:

  • Each 3’ x 5’ American flag will stand tall on a 10’ staff in Draper Park on three patriotic holidays:
    Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day.
  • Each sponsored flag will include a yellow remembrance ribbon and an attached card naming the person being honored, military branch, years of service, and sponsor’s name.
  • (Optional) You may send us a small photo of the flag honoree. We will be happy to laminate the photo and include it with the card that names the person being honored.
  • The donation to sponsor a flag in 2023 is $40.
    Your donation is tax‑deductible as allowed by law.
  • The Sponsorship Year begins in May with Memorial Day. You may sponsor a flag at any point in the Sponsorship Year for a $40 tax-deductible donation.
  • The $40 donation amount does not change based on when you sponsor a flag. For example, the donation is $40 even if you choose to sponsor a flag at the end of the Sponsorship Year just for Veterans Day.
  • No matter when you send your donation, you will receive a form in April inviting you to renew for another year.

Download the 2023 Field of Flags Sponsorship form here.

Please print page 2, fill it in, and return as directed along with a check made out to The Salvation Army.

Note that in 2022 there were 210 flags – near capacity so we encourage you to make your returns promptly! May 9 is the deadline to participate.

QUESTIONS? Email us at CitizensforMilford@gmail.com