Citizens for Milford to Host Candidates Forum March 16th

All Milford Residents Invited to Attend and Ask Questions of the Candidates.

Citizens for Milford invites all Milford residents to attend its fourth annual Candidates Forum, which will feature candidates in Milford’s upcoming town election. The Candidates Forum will be held Thursday, March 16th 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.

Due to time restrictions, only those candidates running in a contested race are being asked to participate; however, unopposed candidates are invited to attend and to meet voters during the “meet and greet” time, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Each participating candidate will speak for two minutes and then take questions from the audience. Citizens for Milford co‑chairmen John Seaver and Steve Trettel will moderate the event.

The forum will be video recorded and available for all to watch on Milford TV and from the Citizens for Milford website following the event.

“As Milford’s local newspaper, delivered to all homes and businesses in town, The Town Crier is pleased to be co-sponsoring this event to encourage 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’s Town Election will be held Tuesday, April 4th.

Milford Building Commissioner and Health Agent to Answer Questions at Citizens for Milford’s Public Meeting on February 8

Citizens for Milford invites all residents to attend our first public meeting of the new year on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milford Town Library.

Milford Building Commissioner John Milford Town LibraryErickson and Health Agent Paul Mazzuchelli will be our special guests. “A key component of Citizens for Milford’s mission is to host casual public meetings several times a year that provide direct access to our public officials. We encourage residents to join us on February 8th to meet Mr. Erickson and Mr. Mazzuchelli and ask them questions regarding the Task Force, zoning enforcement, the new sign bylaw, as well as Health Department regulations,” says Co-Chairman John Seaver.

Additional agenda items include a discussion of projects and events that Citizens for Milford has planned for 2017, such as the Candidates Forum, Beautification Day, and the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags. New members are encouraged to attend.

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.

Milford Business Owner Installs New Christmas Tree in Draper Park as His Way of Giving Back to the Town

Second Annual Milford Christmas Tree Lighting Planned for Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Draper Memorial Park

Milford Christmas Tree 2016

Milford Christmas Tree 2016

Last year Citizens for Milford purchased a Fraser fir tree and worked with town officials to have it planted in Draper Memorial Park. Installation of electrical access for holiday lights was coordinated by the Highway Department with donated services from O’Donnell Electric and Emerald Irrigation. Unfortunately, the Christmas Tree did not survive the stresses of the 2016 drought and it was removed from Draper Park over the summer.

And so we are thrilled to announce that David Sanchez, the owner of Busy Bee Landscaping & Construction in Milford, has generously purchased and installed a gorgeous new fir tree in Draper Park—all in time for this year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. He is doing this because “he wants to give back to the town.”

Citizens for Milford extends our deepest appreciation to Mr. Sanchez, as well as to Mike Bresciani, Parks Director, and the Milford Parks Commissioners, for their enthusiastic support and assistance in helping us continue this new community tradition. We also thank Karen Mullen of Signs Plus in Milford for donating a sign to accompany the tree, as well as the Milford Schools Food Service Department for baking all of the cookies for the Tree Lighting ceremony.

It is our sincerest hope that the Milford Christmas Tree will serve as a symbol of peace and a gesture of good will to all Milford residents and visitors for generations to come.

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Please plan to join us for the Second Annual Milford Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Draper Memorial Park on the evening of Friday, December 2. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for cookies and hot chocolate. The ceremony will start at 7:00 p.m. This community event is free and open to all Milford residents. Please invite your family, friends, and neightbors!

Highlights of this year’s event will include:

  • Holiday music played by a five-piece brass ensemble of Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra musicians. We hope you will share your holiday spirit by singing along to several holiday classics with us!
  • A special visit from the North Pole’s most famous resident and the opportunity for families to take their own photos with him. Please be sure to bring your own camera or smart phone.
  • The countdown to the lighting of the tree!

Rain Date: In case of rain on December 2, Citizens for Milford will hold the lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 3.

Are you able to attend this year’s Milford Christmas Tree Lighting?
If so, please let us know by replying on our Facebook event page here.

Help us spread the word on Facebook and by sharing a copy of our copy of our event flyer.

YOU ARE INVITED! Second Annual Milford Christmas Tree Lighting Planned for Friday, Dec. 2

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Citizens for Milford is planning the Second Annual Milford Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Draper Memorial Park on the evening of Friday, December 2. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for cookies and hot chocolate. The ceremony will start at 7:00 p.m. This community event is free and open to all Milford residents. Please plan to join us!

Highlights of this year’s event will include:

  • Holiday music played by a five-piece brass ensemble of Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra musicians. We hope you will share your holiday spirit by singing along to several holiday classics with us!
  • A special visit from the North Pole’s most famous resident and the opportunity for families to take their own photos with him. Please be sure to bring your own camera or smart phone.
  • The countdown to the lighting of the tree!

Rain Date: In case of rain on December 2, Citizens for Milford will hold the lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 3.

Uhhhmmm….This Sounds Great, But Where’s the TREE?

Lit Tree with Status and Steeple

Milford Christmas Tree 2015

Inspired by the public Christmas tree that stands in Boston Common each December and the National Christmas Tree that has graced the Ellipse outside the White House since the Calvin Coolidge administration, last year Citizens for Milford purchased a Fraser fir tree and worked with town officials to have it planted in Draper Memorial Park. Installation of electrical access for holiday lights was coordinated by the Highway Department with donated services from O’Donnell Electric and Emerald Irrigation. Unfortunately, the Christmas Tree did not survive the stresses of the 2016 drought and it was removed from Draper Park over the summer.

And so we are thrilled to announce that David Sanchez, the owner of Busy Bee Landscaping & Construction in Milford, has reached out to us and generously offered to purchase, install, and maintain a new fir tree in Draper Park. Mr. Sanchez will be installing the new tree in time for this year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. He is doing this because “he wants to give back to the town.”

Citizens for Milford extends our deepest appreciation to Mr. Sanchez, as well as to Mike Bresciani, Parks Director, and the Milford Parks Commissioners, for their enthusiastic support and assistance in helping us continue this new community tradition. It is our sincerest hope that the Milford Christmas Tree will serve as a symbol of peace and a gesture of good will to all Milford residents and visitors for generations to come.

Are you able to attend this year’s Milford Christmas Tree Lighting?
If so, please let us know by replying on our Facebook event page here.

Help us spread the word on Facebook and by sharing a copy of our event flyer.

Thank You Veterans for Your Service!

draper-with-3-flagsCitizens for Milford extends our sincerest appreciation to America’s brave men and women in uniform–those who have served, as well as those who continue to serve. Thank you!

To honor all our veterans and active service members, Citizens for Milford partnered with the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army to launch the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags. The Dedication Ceremony was held Friday, November 11. This profoundly moving event would not have possible without the enthusiastic assistance, support, and participation of the following individuals and organizations:

  • Major David Irwin of the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army
  • Mr. John Pilla, Veterans Agent, and the Veterans Services Office
  • Mr. Mike Bresciani and the Milford Parks Commission and Staff
  • Milford High School Band
  • Nadine Pomeroy, Director of Music and MHS Marching Band Director
  • Jill Boday, MHS Assistant Band Director
  • Soloist Sophia McClay
  • Board of Selectman Chairman Bill Buckley
  • Milford Police Department
  • Milford 495 Rental Center for donation of chairs

If you have not had an opportunity to visit the Field of Flags, please do so before this Wednesday. The flags will fly again in Draper Park for Memorial Day. If you would like to sponsor a flag for the next four holidays (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day), please print the sponsorship form and mail it with your check anytime. If you need to be mailed a copy of the form, please email us at CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.

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To see MORE photos, check out our albums on Facebook:

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You Are Invited to Visit the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags

flag-with-ribbon-and-cardThe Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags has been installed, and each of the flags has a yellow remembrance ribbon and honoree name card attached. We invite you to walk through the flags and ponder the selfless service of veterans known and loved by local residents! It truly is a sight to see!

Check out the map below to see the alphabetical layout of the flags.

And please plan to join us as we honor our nation’s veterans at the VETERANS DAY PARADE in Milford this Friday morning. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and marches from the Stop & Shop plaza, west on Main St., all the way to Draper Park. At the conclusion of the parade, the FIELD OF FLAGS DEDICATION CEREMONY will take place at approximately 11:00 a.m.

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Download and print a copy of this map.

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We placed 100 flags in Draper Park on Monday and added the yellow remembrance ribbons and honoree name cards Tuesday.

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Citizens for Milford also placed two flags at the Court House Memorial.

Check out even more photos HERE and HERE!

Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags Honoring Veterans and Active Military Goes Up Monday, November 7

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Dedication Ceremony to be Held Friday, November 11, at the Conclusion of the Veterans Day Parade

Citizens for Milford is thrilled to report that we have received sponsorships for over 90 flags to be placed in Draper Memorial Park, starting Monday, November 7, to commence the Field of Flags project for Veterans Day. We thank everyone who has chosen to sponsor a flag. Each of these flags will also be placed in Draper Park on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day next year.

We invite all area residents to help us launch this new community tradition by attending the Field of Flags Dedication Ceremony, to be held in Draper Park at the conclusion of the Veterans Day Parade this Friday, November 11.

Please make a note of the following information:

  • The flags will be placed in Draper Park on Monday, November 7. We will attach the yellow remembrance ribbons and honoree cards to the flags on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone is welcome to stop by the park and walk around the flags anytime. The flags will remain in Draper Park until early the following week.
  • The parade will take place on Friday, November 11, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Stop and Shop and continuing down Main Street down to Draper Park.
  • The dedication ceremony will take place in Draper Park at the end of the parade. We anticipate the ceremony will start at approximately 11:00 a.m. You may choose to walk alongside the parade as it marches downtown or go directly to Draper Park to await the arrival of the parade.
  • The ceremony will include music, a blessing by Major David Irwin of the Salvation Army, and comments by Board of Selectmen Chairman Bill Buckley. In addition, we plan to invite flag sponsors in attendance to say a few words about the person they have honored with a flag. This is not mandatory, but if you are a flag sponsor and would like to say a few words about your honoree, we would welcome hearing from you!
  • If the parade is cancelled on Friday due to rain, we will hold the Field of Flags Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. in Draper Memorial Park.

We look forward to a beautiful display of red, white, and blue in Draper Park this week and hope for a large community gathering at the Field of Flags Dedication Ceremony!

Citizens for Milford extends sincerest appreciation to our partner, the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army, as well as to Mr. John Pilla of Milford Veterans Services and Mr. Mike Bresciani of the Milford Parks Commission for their enthusiastic support and assistance.

Video of Candidates Forum NOW Available

Citizens for Milford hosted a Candidates Forum on October 20, 2016 in the Parish Hall at St. Mary’s Church. The forum featured Sandra Slattery Biagetti (Republican) and Selectman Brian Murray (Democrat), both of whom are vying for the seat being vacated by the current State Representative of the Tenth Worcester District John V. Fernandes. Watch the video, listen to the questions posed by area voters, and let the candidates’ answers help inform your vote!

Thank You Candidates Murray and Biagetti

Citizens for Milford extends sincere thanks to State Representative candidates Sandra Slattery Biagetti (Republican) and Selectman Brian Murray (Democrat) for participating in the Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 20, 2016, in the Parish Hall at St. Mary’s Church.  We send an equally heartfelt shout out to all area voters who attended and asked questions. If you missed the Candidates Forum, you will be able to watch it on Milford TV and on this website very soon. Thank you Milford TV!

To learn more about the Candidates Forum and see photos, visit the Forum page.

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Candidates for State Representative: Brian Murray (Democrat) and Sandra Slattery Biagetti (Republican).

 

 

LET’S MAKE DRAPER PARK A SIGHT TO SEE WITH AMERICAN FLAGS HONORING OUR VETERANS AND SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN!

field-of-flags-flyer-graphicWe are continuing to accept order forms to sponsor a US flag in honor of our veterans for the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags!

Each 3′ x 5′ American flag will stand tall on a 10′ staff around the perimeter of Draper Memorial Park, as well as within the grassy ellipse. Each flag will include a yellow recognition ribbon with an attached card naming the person being honored, military branch, years of service, and sponsor’s name.

The deadline to sponsor a flag for the veteran or active serviceman or woman you are honoring is October 31st. Don’t have an individual in mind? Why not sponsor a flag in honor of ALL those who have served!

  • To learn more about this new community tradition, click here.
  • To download and print a a copy of the sponsorship order form, click here.