Dear Members, Spring is officially here! Soon you will hear the sounds of the birds chirping through your window. You will notice the length of sunlit days growing longer. Mother Nature is showing off all of which will bloom. Tulips and daffodils peppering the gardens and yards of our neighborhood. Although we are in a time where that beautiful imagery seems to contrast with what is heard and seen on the news, I will guarantee to you that all those aforementioned will continue to be. There will be sunlit days, there will be birds chirping and flowers blooming. There will be good times to be had. There will be all those things and people and places that you love once again when this time has passed.
I think about my commute on the Merritt Parkway. There is a tunnel at a point near Woodbridge. The first time I traveled through this tunnel was as a child with my parents. Dad driving and Mom singing along. I thought, “Wow”. I was excited to be going through this new experience. Many years later as I was driving on the Merritt Parkway by myself and neared the tunnel, I found myself anxious, alone and apprehensive to drive through the same tunnel that I enjoyed as a child. What was the difference, now? I was in the driver’s seat. I had control unlike when my parents were driving. Coincidentally, the tunnel is called Heroes Tunnel (formally West Rock Tunnel). White knuckled, I began to drive through the tunnel. My eyes slowly adjusted from the contrast of the sunlight outside to the dimly lit inside of the tunnel. Heroes Tunnel is 1200 feet in length. It was renamed in 2003 to honor “heroes of all kinds” post-September 11 eras (http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_Tunnel). Midway through I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As I continued to drive along I noted other drivers in the tunnel with me. I felt myself relax, hands steady and eyes focused on the road ahead. Soon, I was engulfed in sunlight as I exited the tunnel, the rest of the road ahead of me. I breathed out, “Wow”.
The road was there, waiting for me on the other side of the tunnel, regardless of my fear. In times, when we enter the unknown, we feel we face it alone and often we do. But here we are, facing this road together. When the tunnel was being constructed, there were other options. But, it was determined the shortest and most direct route was through West Rock Mountain. Although we each are driving alone, we are in it together. We will get through this “mountain”.
Only time will tell when things will resume as normal. Between then and now, take time to notice all the small things. Remember the good times and look forward to more. I wish you good health and happiness
If you were to ask me what my favorite seasons of the year are, I would be certain to say Spring and Fall. I’m not a fan of icy roads, shoveling snow and dark threatening skies and I certainly don’t enjoy stifling heat, glaring sun or thunderstorms, but I am an admirer of this season, SPRING!!!
Many, many years ago in April, as a 19-year-old, I became a bride filled with joy and expectations. April will always remain in my heart. However, this month has many important days of which most of us are aware of. Of course, there’s April Fool’s Day, National Poetry Month, Arbor Day which we celebrate how trees filter and clean our air, Earth Day celebrated April 22, and Autism Awareness Month Did you know that the color blue is the official color of Autism? If you can, wear this color April 2, Autism Awareness Day to share your support for families with autistic members. During the month of April Volunteer Week is celebrated and presents an opportunity to honor the many men and women who devote countless hours contributing to our member’s programs and our office efforts. Here at the Milford Senior Center we are so appreciative of our dedicated volunteers who donate hours of their personal time to the Center. Welcome to the month of April!
COME VISIT US ON FACEBOOK!
They say April showers brings May flowers and that may be true, but if you find yourself looking out the window and seeing April’s rain drops, why not instead, log on to our https://www.facebook.com/MilfordSC/ and catch up with our Center’s pictures, happenings and messages of interest?
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUR CENTER’S WEBSITE LATELY?
Just log on to milfordctseniorcenter.com and view our Executive Director Leonora Rodriguez’s monthly comments, the Center’s updates,
travel information, Things To Do While at Home and much more.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to get acquainted with our director, you will find her message informative and interesting.
The Milford Senior Center Art Class under the leadership of instructor Artist Gail Caro, participated in an art exhibit at the Milford Library recently. The exhibit consisted of various styles of painting including other creative forms. Gail Caro is pictured extreme left.
The Capital Theatre was considered a landmark of Milford which so many of us remember. Located on Capital Street where the popular Stonebridge Restaurant now stands, the theatre was, according to the 1924 Milford-Orange City Directory, located at 8 Daniel Street, but when the directory was published in 1939, the address appeared as 26 Daniel Street. There was one screen and seated 711 seats. However, in 1950, the theatre accommodated 799 viewers. The date this photo was taken,1959, Johnny Weissmuller was starring in a movie entitled “Ape Man . Ticket prices were 75 cents. The theatre was demolished in 1998. This photo was submitted by a Milford Senior Center member from her collection of post cards.
IT’S CENSUS TIME!
The 2020 Census is now available online at my2020census.gov According to the United States Census Bureau, with respect to COVID-19, Census 2020 is moving ahead according to plan. The Census Bureau will follow the guidelines of the Federal, State, and local health authorities.
The Census Bureau is using the internet to securely collect your information. Responding online helps the Bureau to conserve natural resources, save taxpayer money and process data more efficiently.
If you are unable to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online, the Bureau will send you a paper questionnaire in a few weeks for you to complete and mail back. So keep an eye out for it in your mailbox. You can also complete it by phone 1-884-330-2020. Here has been long wait times when completing by phone.
Responding to the 2020 Census is our civic duty and affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources, how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Make sure you’re counted!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
APRIL BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
If you are not a member of the Milford Senior Center and you are a Milford resident 55 years of age or more, for just $15.00 a year, you are welcome to join us for all the fun, exercise, cultural, educational and social activities that the Milford Senior Center offers. Please call us with any questions at 203 877-5131.
TITLE VI COMPLIANCE
Do you know your rights under Title VI? Title VI ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal funding. Milford Council on Aging supports Title VI. For more information visit our web site milfordctseniorcenter.com and go to the link Information and Referrals. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Liz Kassay, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
Please notify us if you are aware of a member who is in a healthcare facility in Milford. Please call 203- 877-5131 to request a visit from our Friendly Visitor, Christine Lyas.
Members: Please do not use the road between the Senior Center and the condominium complex as an exit. This road is only to be used to pick up or drop food off, deliveries and City vehicles.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING SITES: If you live at DeMaio Gardens, blood pressure screenings are available the first Tuesday of every month; Foran Towers, the second Tuesday of each month; Jagoe Commons, the third Tuesday of the month and Island View Park, the fourth Tuesday of the month. All blood pressure screenings take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. through the courtesy of Home Care Plus.
Bequest gifts to the MilfordSeniorCenter in memory of a family member or friend are always appreciated. Please mail your gift to Leonore C. Rodroguez, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460
The Milford Senior Center is a partner agency of The United Way of Milford.