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Candidates Forum to be Held Tuesday, October 16

The Election Is Tuesday, November 6. Citizens for Milford Will Host the Candidates Forum Tuesday, October 16 Featuring Incumbents and Challengers for State Representative and State Senator. All area voters are invited to attend!

Citizens for Milford is organizing a Candidates Forum featuring the candidates for State Representative of the Tenth Worcester district, as well as the candidates for State Senator of the Worcester and Norfolk district. The Forum will be held Tuesday, October 16 in the Parish Hall at St. Mary’s Church in Milford. The two incumbents (State Representative Brian Murray, Democrat; and State Senator Ryan Fattman, Republican) and their respective challengers (Sandra Slattery Biagetti, Republican; and Tom Merolli, Democrat) 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. Constituents in all towns within the Tenth Worcester district for state representative (Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, and Medway Precinct 1) and the Worcester and Norfolk district for state senator (Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, Oxford, Southbridge, Sutton, Uxbridge, and Webster) are invited to attend.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to make an opening statement, answer questions from members of the audience, then make a closing statement. Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel and Co-Chairman Jose Costa will moderate the event.

Trettel says, “Our goal for the Candidates Forum is to provide an opportunity for all constituents in the area to meet the candidates and learn about their views on issues confronting our communities. As always, we will include the Citizens Participation segment in this year’s forum, in which we invite attendees to come to the microphone and ask their own questions of the candidates.”

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

The forum will be video recorded and broadcast on Milford TV at subsequent times. The video will also be available to watch on this website  and Facebook page as soon as it is available following the event.

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.

Help us spread the word! Download and print a copy of the flyer.

Learn More About the Candidates
Following are direct links to each of the candidate’s websites and Facebook pages:

Editor’s Note: Citizens for Milford does not endorse candidates.

The MA State Primary Will Be Held Tuesday, September 4

September 4, 2018: READ THE UNOFFICIAL RESULTS from the Milford Town Clerk.

Please note the following important information from the Town Clerk:

  1. The deadline to register to vote and/or change your political Party is Wednesday, August 15th by 8:00 p.m. in the Milford Town Clerk’s Office.
  2. If you will be unable to vote at your Precinct during normal polling hours (7am-8pm) on September 4, 2018, you will be eligible to vote by Absentee Ballot.  If you require an application and/or a ballot to be mailed to you, you will need to call our office at 508-634-2307 as soon as possible to have an application mailed to you.  We do have Absentee Ballots available in our office and you can also apply and vote in person at the Town Clerk’s Office if you are unable to vote at your Precinct during normal polling hours on Election Day. The deadline to apply for an Absentee for the State Primary is August 31st by 5:00pm but if you need an application or ballot mailed to you for the Primary I would contact our office as soon as possible to expedite the process to ensure you receive your ballot in sufficient time for you to vote and return the ballot before 8:00 pm on Election Day (Sept. 4th).

Wondering who the candidates are in each of the three political parties?

You can view the State Primary 2018 Sample Ballots for the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian Parties here. All three ballots are in the same file. Just click the link and scroll through.

Medal of Liberty Ceremony Honored Over 40 of Milford’s Fallen Heroes

The Milford Medal of Liberty Committee and Citizens for Milford held the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty Ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in the Grand Ballroom of Milford Town Hall.

This ceremony honored the service and sacrifice of over forty Milford servicemen who were killed during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty to the families of these heroic members of our community. Each family was also awarded citations from Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Massachusetts Senator Ryan C. Fattman, Massachusetts Representative Brian Murray, and the Milford Board of Selectmen.

Read the bios of Milford’s fallen heroes.

Check out photos from the ceremony on our Facebook page.

We extend deep appreciation to every individual, group, organization, and business who helped make this ceremony a memorable one for these honored families. Read the list of volunteers and donors here.

Thanks to Milford TV for video recording this important community event. Watch it below:

 

Join Us to Honor Over 40 Families of Milford’s Fallen Heroes

Medal of Liberty Ceremony Will be Held Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Milford Town Hall

Citizens for Milford and the Milford Medal of Liberty Committee invite all area residents to attend the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty Ceremony.

The ceremony will honor the service and sacrifice of over forty Milford servicemen who were killed during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty to the families of these heroic members of our community. Each family will also be awarded citations from Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Massachusetts Senator Ryan C. Fattman, and Massachusetts Representative Brian Murray.


“It is truly a privilege to extend this special recognition to the families of Milfordians who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country. We encourage all members of the community to join us in remembering and honoring Milford’s fallen heroes and their families on May 20.”
– Committee Chairman Peter Scandone


Click here to review the list of fallen heroes whose families will be awarded the  Medal of Liberty at the ceremony on May 20.

Milford Medal of Liberty Committee Chairman Peter Scandone will preside over the ceremony. Vincent J. Cifizzari, Major, U.S. Army (Retired) and Commander James Johnson, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, will present the medals to each family. The citations from Governor Baker will be presented to families by Major General Gary W. Keefe, the Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard; and Brigadier General Francis B. Magurn II, Assistant Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel will present the citations on behalf of Congressman Kennedy. Senator Fattman and Representative Murray will both present their citations to families.

In addition to the presentation of the medals and citations, the Empty Chair Ceremony will be performed by educator and veterans advocate Jo-Ann DeMaria Morgan and Anthony P. Parente, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired). Secretary Francisco A. Ureña, Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, and Michael K. Walsh, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, will both make remarks.

Music will be provided by the Greater Milford Community Chorus, local brass musicians, and singers and musicians from Milford High School. A reception will follow the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.

Read more details here.

Join Us for Beautification Day April 28th!

Let’s Work Together to Beautify Our Community!

Please plan to join Citizens for Milford on Saturday, April 28 as we make a CLEAN SWEEP across our community by picking up trash.

Milford Beautification Day provides an opportunity for area residents, organizations, and businesses to work together to beautify our community. Milford Beautification Day will be held Saturday, April 28th (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 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.

Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided to all volunteers. Many of the supplies are being donated by Republic Services. The Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail is co-sponsoring Beautification Day with Citizens for Milford.

Anyone interested in volunteering or participating in any way on April 28—as an individual, a family, or a group—is encouraged to contact Amie Sanborn by email at CitizensforMilford@gmail.com. Although it is not necessary to sign up in advance, Sanborn notes that having an idea of the number of interested participants can help ensure enough supplies are available.

The event sponsors are 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.

Official Town Election 2018 Results

Citizens for Milford congratulates all the candidates, not only the winners, but everyone who spent the time and energy to serve our community by running for office. We tip our hats to you. Thank you!

To read the complete, official results from the Town Clerk’s office, including Town Meeting members, click here.

JOIN US! Milford Beautification Day Sat., April 28

Let’s Work Together to Beautify Our Community!

Please plan to join Citizens for Milford on Saturday, April 28 as we make a CLEAN SWEEP across our community by picking up trash.

Milford Beautification Day provides an opportunity for area residents, organizations, and businesses to work together to beautify our community. Milford Beautification Day will be held Saturday, April 28th (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 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.

Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided to all volunteers. Many of the supplies are being donated by Republic Services. The Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail is co-sponsoring Beautification Day with Citizens for Milford.

Anyone interested in volunteering or participating in any way on April 28—as an individual, a family, or a group—is encouraged to contact Amie Sanborn by email at CitizensforMilford@gmail.com. Although it is not necessary to sign up in advance, Sanborn notes that having an idea of the number of interested participants can help ensure enough supplies are available.

The event sponsors are 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.

Miss the Candidates Forum? Watch It Now!

Citizens for Milford extends sincere gratitude to all the candidates who participated in our Candidates Forum. We also thank everyone who took the time to attend, particularly those residents who asked questions. We invite you to take the time to watch the video and learn more about where each of the candidates stands on issues facing our institutions and community.And most importantly, please remember to VOTE on Tuesday, April 3!

THANK YOU Milford TV for recording and publishing!

Come with Questions, Leave with Answers!

Meet the Candidates in Milford’s Contest Races at the Candidates Forum on March 14!

Contested races in Milford’s April 3 Town Election include:

  • Board of Selectmen (one seat): John Erickson and Will Kingkade (incumbent).
  • School Committee (three seats): Meghan Hornberger, Sara Howe, Laura Ingemi, Tarik Miranda, Michael Visconti, Glenn Wiech, and Christopher Wilson.
  • Board of Library Trustees (two seats): Marco Bon Tempo, Jennifer Demanche-Yohn (incumbent), and Margaret Myatt.

Special Election on Recreational Marijuana Is TUESDAY

YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
The polls will be open Tuesday, March 6, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m
.

The polling locations are:

  • Precincts 1 & 6: Milford Senior Center, 60 North Bow Street
  • Precincts 2 & 3: Italian American Veterans Hall, 4 Hayward Field
  • Precincts 4, 5, 7, & 8: Portuguese Club, 119 Prospect Heights

If you are not sure about your polling location, click here to enter your street address and determine your polling place.

The ballot is EASY to complete–simply fill in the correct oval at the bottom  of the ballot to specify your vote and you are done!

We have heard from a few absentee voters that they were confused about the line of O’s in the middle of the ballot. In the town bylaws, the letter O indicates an “excluded or prohibited use.” These O’s are NOT ovals to be filled in. Rather, they indicate that recreational marijuana establishments are prohibited in all zones (RA, RB, RC, RD, OR, BP, CA, CB, CC, IA, IB, IC). The one exception is that Milford’s two existing medical marijuana businesses are exempted. That exemption is detailed in the footnote for the IB zone. You can read all the details on page 35 of Milford’s Zoning Bylaws.

IMPORTANT! Please remember this question has no impact on medical marijuana businesses. A medical marijuana dispensary CAN open in Milford no matter how we vote Tuesday. Medical marijuana is governed by a separate law passed in 2012.

Need a Ride?
A volunteer from Milford CARES will pick you up and get you back home safely. Just call Amie at 508.244.9506. Public transportation is another option. The Senior Center and Italian Vets Club are regular stops for the MWRTA bus. The bus also drops off near the Portuguese Club. Learn more here.