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Milford Torte

City Hall a Poor Chef

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then nothing more needs to be said of dawn at Milford Beach. Light and inspiration beyond compare.

But dawn is fleeting and the light of day illuminates what we’d rather forget—that Long Island Sound has become a watery deposit of plastic trash bags, vinyl siding, frayed electrical wires, insulation, broken tiles and tons of other housing debris from shoreline homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Combine the sick, polluted waters with what’s spilling onto East Broadway and nearby streets—entire households of wet furniture and cabinetry, bedding, carpeting, lumber and bricks, broken glass and plumbing fixtures—tear-downs in the hurricane’s aftermath.

Finally, fold in the remaining ingredients from beach visitors-- dirty diapers left by uncaring young families; foam cups left by lonely coffee drinkers; fuel pollution from boat traffic and endless party residue left by careless college students. Stir well with plastic, plastic and more plastic, and bake in the pre-heated air of climate-changed southern Connecticut. Yield: Milford Torte--a concoction not very palatable. Disserves thousands.

Chef notes:

Of course City Hall is not the creator of this special dish. Let’s just say it's the lazy pastry chef who stands idly by, permitting the torte to overcook (notwithstanding its first energetic clean up in November.) Please start spending the allocated $1.5 million and clean up our streets and shoreline.

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Pam January 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I contacted Public Works regarding the pile on Bridgewater and was told that it was the 'owners responsibility' because it was too large a pile for the truck they would use!!! Well, there are multiple unknown owners of the debris - the house at the end of the street was demolished after the storm and the contractor cleaned up all of the debris resulting from the demolition. The pile now ON the street is kindness of other residents on Bridgewater.
Mary Knight January 16, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Pam, It's hard to understand how the storm of the century doesn’t call for extraordinary efforts by Milford Public Works and other city departments. Accumulated trash and debris, spilling into our streets, doesn’t belong to any single resident, but all of us. Should we pick up asbestos shingles, strewn along our beaches, and determine exactly which old cottage they came from before we remove them from water’s edge? At stake is the health of Milford’s shoreline. The city and its residents need to work cooperatively to dig out from Hurricane Sandy. Milford should schedule, with due publicity, a general pick up of existing deconstruction materials near its beaches. Perhaps another in the future, after Sandy victims receive the aid just passed in Congress. Municipalities should help their residents recover from freak storms, not penalize them.
Pam January 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Thank you Mary. What does it take from us to get the City officials moving? Just yesterday I was trying to research who I could contact to report the response from Public Works and send my pictures. Where can this go from here?
Mary Knight January 17, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Continue to contact mayor’s office, elected or appointed officials, and boards & commissions including Parks, Beach and Recreation Commission, Board of Health, etc. Contact your state representative and the governor's office. The city of Milford’s clean-up efforts, and our own efforts, need to be sustained.
CCC January 17, 2013 at 04:35 PM
As someone who acutally LIVES in the effected area, we have had no communication with the town on their intensions. We were leaving piles out on the curbside for the town to pick up and then they just stopped. It gets windy down in our neck of the woods and things start to blow all over the place making it a mess agian. A majority of the homeowners can not live in their homes and so they dont know what's happening. They come back to check up and are met with a bigger mess. Yes it is a danger to the waters of LI sound but it is a danger to the familys that actually can LIVE there. I have 2 children who we will not let scooter or play outside. It is a constant battle and yet very depressing to live in these conditions. We do the best we can with what we are dealt with. I hope that "Pam" understands. We have are tired of news crews coming down and weekend drive through gaukers.

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