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The Field of Flags Will Return to Draper Park in May

New Flag Sponsorships and Renewals Now Being Accepted. Send Your Sponsorship or Renewal Form BEFORE May 18

Citizens for Milford and the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army are excited to announce that the Field of Flags will return to Draper Memorial Park this May to commemorate Memorial Day. The flags are installed on three patriotic holidays each year (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day) to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel.

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 $40.00 donation. Previous sponsors are encouraged to renew their flag sponsorship for another year and will receive an enrollment form either by email or U.S. mail.

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 dedication. Sponsors can personalize each flag by providing a photo if desired.

To sponsor a flag for the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags project, complete this form and mail it to the address provided with a $40 check made out to the Salvation Army before May 18. Requests for a sponsorship form can be submitted by email to

DON’T MISS OUT! A total of 215 flags can be installed, so we urge you to send your form and check as soon as possible.

Milford Town Election 2024 Results

The official results of the Milford Town Election have been posted by the Town Clerk here. The Town Clerk reports that a total of 2,868 ballots were cast. This number includes the Election day totals at the precincts, plus the totals from central tabulation at Town Hall on election day.
School Committee (3 Seats)
Meghan R. Hornberger: 1615 votes
Christopher D. Wilson: 1490 votes
Matthew Zacchilli: 1878 votes
Gregory M. Allegrezza: 1478 votes
Board of Health (1 Seat)
Loriann Braza: 1303 votes
Diana Haynes: 1011 votes
Charles Skaff: 363 votes
1-year seat on Vernon Grove Trustees
Paul Boisclair: 1284 votes
Jason Vaz: 900 votes
Helpful Hint! When reviewing the Official Results file, according to the Town Clerk’s office, the first pages of the Official Results file show the votes tallied at the individual precincts and the other pages show the 815 votes tallied from central processing. Central processing is new this year and counts the votes that were mailed in. If you review the numbers in the Official Results, you need to combine the votes from both tallies to get the totals.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winning candidates and THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to run for local office!

SAVE THE DATE! Beautification Day Is April 27

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

Citizens for Milford is organizing the Ninth 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. 

 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 our town. —Beautification Day Chairperson Nancy Wojick

All Beautification Day volunteers are invited to a free lunch courtesy of the Milford Lions Club, whose members will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs on site as a thank you to everyone’s efforts to beautify our community.

To help ensure the organizers can plan the clean-up routes for volunteers, the group is asking residents to report streets and neighborhoods that are of particular concern. Residents can submit their recommendations by emailing them to or by messaging them to the Citizens for Milford Facebook page (@CitizensforMilford) before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

Community involvement with Beautification Day continues to grow. Citizens for Milford is sincerely grateful to the Milford Highway Department, Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail, Milford Lions Club, and volunteers from Milford Federal Bank who are continuing their partnership with us. In addition, Citizens for Milford is pleased to welcome volunteers from Planet Aid and the Milford Doubletree Hotel, who will be joining our clean-up efforts this year. Combined with the work of all residents who continue to volunteer on Beautification Day, this event is a true demonstration of community pride.

Questions regarding any of the Beautification Day efforts may be submitted by email to

Did You Miss the Forum? WATCH THE VIDEO!

Seated at left table: Moderators Geri Eddins and Tom Harmon. Seated at right table: BOARD OF HEALTH CANDIDATES Loriann Braza and Diana Haynes.

Citizens for Milford hosted the eleventh Candidate Forum on April 13 at Milford Town Hall. The forum featured the candidates vying for positions on the Milford Board of Health and the Milford School Committee. THANK YOU to those in attendance who posed questions, as well as those who submitted questions in advance and texted, emailed and messaged via Facebook during the forum. We wish we had enough time to pose all of your outstanding questions!

We would especially like to thank each of the candidates for their willingness to serve the town of Milford by running for office and for spending time answering questions on the minds of voters. THANK YOU to MILFORD BOARD OF HEALTH CANDIDATES: Loriann Braza and Diana Haynes and MILFORD SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES: Gregory Allegrezza, Meghan Hornberger, Christopher Wilson, and Matthew Zachilli.

We also extend A HUGE THANK YOU to our partners at Milford TV for their live coverage of the event. WATCH THE FORUM VIDEO HERE.

Candidates for Milford School Committee (L to R): Gregory Allegrezza, Matthew Zachilli, Christopher Wilson, and Meghan Hornberger.


  • The DEADLINE to register to vote for MILFORD’S LOCAL ELECTION is March 23rd by 5:00pm.
  • The DEADLINE to apply for a Vote by Mail application for this election is March 26th by 5:00pm. (allow mailing time)

*Photos By Kim Smith and Steve Eddins

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 ( or by Facebook messenger (@CitizensforMilford). In addition, Citizens for Milford will accept questions during each live broadcast by email (, 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,, and live streaming on YouTube at

Questions can be emailed to

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

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!