Boomtown in Downtown
Free WiFi is coming to the Milford Green today at 4 p.m. Last weekend's Oyster Festival was a success. Milford Green Pizza is open. As isBlank Space Gallery and Indigo. Harrison's was sold to Colony Pizza. A new Baby and Maternity Store is opening soon.
From a news perspective, there are so many good things happening in Downtown Milford, it's hard to keep up.
"There's a new level of excitement that's been coming on with a lot of different additions to downtown," said Bob Gregory, Director of Community & Economic Development.
Milford Commuters Upset Over GotChef Ousting [UPDATED]
It began with one email from a Milford commuter:
The GotChef Truck will no longer be at the Milford Train Station. Not sure why. Can you find out for us? Super bummed at this news.
On GotChef's Facebook page, they confirmed:
Very sad that tomorrow is our last day at the Milford Train Station :( We will miss our awesome customers and enjoyed putting a smile on your faces - even at 8pm after a long commute.....
After two hours, GotChef's post had 17 comments, all of them mentioning that GotChef will be missed, and many wondering why this was happening.
Fowler Field Leads Talk of Downtown Concerns
“I would hate to see development down there,” said Tim Chaucer, the former chairman of the Milford Conservation Commission who also served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board. “Fowler Field is a treasure.”
Milford Meets Hollywood for New Duchovny Movie
There were a lot of interested observers outside City Hall yesterday: Hollywood had come to Milford, as the independent film 'After the Fall' commenced a day of filming in the City Hall Auditorium and Mayor Ben Blake's office (check out this week's 'Minute with the Mayor' to hear the Mayor's take on the day).
Throughout the morning and afternoon, actors like David Duchovny (star of 'The X-Files' and the excellent, overlooked 'Goats', which is now available On Demand) could be seen hanging out on the steps of City Hall.
Timothy Hutton (Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor for 'Ordinary People') spent time between camera set-ups in the auditorium, relaxing on his cell phone or chatting with Mayor Blake about Connecticut.
Milford's Wealthiest Give Least to Charity
In addition to Connecticut being one of the country's least charitable states, a recent report shows that the wealthiest in Milford are the least charitable citizens.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy analyzed income levels and Internal Revenue Service records for the study.
Milford residents in the highest tax brackets ($100,000 to over $200,000/year) gave a smaller percent of their annual income to charity than those making $50,000-$99,9999 per year.
In 2008, Milford residents in the $50,000-$99,999 income bracket gave 4.40% of their annual discretionary income to charity.
Those earning $100,000-$199,999 gave 2.60% and residents earning in excess of $200,000 annually gave 3.30%.
The information is based on 2008 figures, the most recent year for which data is available.