YIR: Most Read Stories of the Year

The Top 10 Most Read Stories of the Year on Milford Patch


The Obama 'Socialism' Billboard

This sign created tension between Fayez Ghaly, the owner of USA Fuel, and DeForest Smith, owner of the billboard and President of George J. Smith & Son Realtors. It also created quite a bit of tension in the comments section, as well, and was the Most Read Story of 2012.

Hurricane Sandy News Center for Milford

During Hurricane Sandy, Milford citizens really pulled together and were always looking for ways to help out one another. The Hurricane Sandy News Center became a hub for the latest updates on Sandy and was the second most read item on Milford Patch this past year.

Cops: Attorney With Loaded Gun Arrested at 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Though not Milford News, the Milford Patch community weighed in heavily on an attorney who was arrested at a New Haven movie theatre in August. Only after the arrest did Police learn that the man had a permit for his weapon.

Brenton Michael Smith, 38, a lifelong resident of Milford, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Born in Milford on Dec. 11, 1973, he was the son of Richard W. Smith and Joan Troxler Henning, both of Milford.

Brenton was the proprietor of the Seven Seas Restaurant, a mainstay of the Milford community, in downtown. An avid golfer, he also enjoyed firework displays and loved baseball. He was a die-hard and dedicated Red Sox fan.

Milford Teen Reported Missing and Later Found

Updated at 10:04 a.m. on July 10th:

Joshua Campbell was found at a friend's house this morning.

Original Story:

Milford police are asking for the public's help in finding a 15-year-old male who went missing at 8 p.m. last night.

UPDATE: Walnut Beach Victim ID'd

Milford Police confirmed the identity of the  man who died from injuries sustained at Walnut Beach Saturday night as Timothy Cook, age 48 of Broadbridge Avenue, Stratford.

An autopsy is being performed on Cook. We will bring you those results, as well as other news on the subject, as it becomes available.

Milford Man Shoots Naked Home Invasion Suspect

On Saturday evening, Gerald Mirto, of 66 Point Lookout, heard noises from the rear yard. He looked out a second story window and saw a man's head near the slider door.

Mirto went downstairs and saw that the screen window was broken and a suspect was standing outside.

The suspect was not wearing any clothing and Mirto yelled at the suspect to leave.

The suspect bit the homeowner on the arm several times and punched him on the right side of his head.

Mirto pushed the suspect out of the house, went upstairs, retrieved his gun, called 9-1-1, and saw that the suspect had entered his home.

The suspect rushed Mirto. Mirto fired one shot, striking the suspect in the chest.

A search was conducted for the suspect, Benjamin Prue, age 25 of 312 Scardiffe Court, Rolesville, North Carolina. 

Prue was allegedly found knee-deep in the water of the Long Island Sound.

Hillside Ave Devastated By Sandy [PHOTOS]

The Milford waterfront community was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, as were many other areas of Milford.

Colony Grill Co-Owner Explains Partial Demolition of Harrison's Hardware

"It's been empty for six years," said Colony Grill co-owner Ken Martin. "It's not like we can put some Windex on the windows and open for business."

Milford Boat Towed to Safety

A one-manned boat with engine trouble finds itself stranded on a sand bar at Silver Sands State Park.

"A sea tow was going to pull me over," said the boat's operator, who requested that his name not be printed.

"The gentleman lost power," said Assistant Fire Chief Bob Healey, providing a reason why the boat could not move.

Before the tow could reach the boat, "catastrophic damage" was caused to the keel, according to Healey.

The keel "snapped from the bottom" said the boat's operator, as he was trying to "pull off the sand bar."

Bryan Anderson January 01, 2013 at 06:30 PM
With due respect to private ownership prerogatives... in the interest of civility and good will in the new year... Isn't it time for the billboard to be removed? Happy New Year!
MCF January 02, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Thanks Ryan for a year of great reporting.- The Patch is a great resource for local and statewide news.
LAM January 02, 2013 at 03:39 AM
When the owner is ready to take it down, he will. His sign, his choice.


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