LCoM Literacy Blog- May 22, 2014


Literacy loses a legend

Joy U. Stonier, age 81, resident and dedicated member of the Milford community for more than 50 years, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Milford Health Care. Born in Rutland, VT on September 9, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Madeline Bedore Underwood. The oldest of five children, Joy helped with the chores and the raising of her siblings. During her many years as a Milford resident, Joy was involved in many community activities as co-founder of the Rape Crisis Center and past president of the Milford Hospital Auxiliary. In 1994 the Literacy Center of Milford was created by Joy, and she was the executive director for 15 years until her retirement. She was active in all her children’s activities, loved gardening and her quest for “adventures in nature” made her a world traveler. She was a devoted member of the First United Church of Christ Congregational and as a pillar of the Milford community, she will be regarded and remembered for her dedication, passion and caring. Her friends and family will always cherish her huge sense of humor and her love of life.
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“A small city with a big heart” is Milford’s motto. This is such a beautiful motto. It covers everything.

Twelve years ago I moved from Pennsylvania to Milford, CT. Initially, we were comparing CT with PA. PA roads are wide and it’s a big state. After a certain period of time, we got used to Milford and liked it. I realized that comparing CT to PA means comparing an apple with an orange. Milford has its own beauty. It’s a coastal city, so Milford has lots of beaches. Milford has over 14 miles of shoreline.

Milford has one of the largest malls. That is a great attraction. There are a lot of people coming from other towns for shopping.

In 1975, Milford began to host the Milford Oyster Festival annually. In Milford, there are several headquarters of multinational corporations, like Schick, Doctors’ Associates, and Subway.

I95 and Route 1 pass through the Southern part of the city, and Route 15 cuts across the Northern part. Milford also has a train station.

Milford is a safe town, especially for families with kids. We have playgrounds, schools, parks, a nice recreation center, a beautiful downtown with lots of restaurants, movie theaters, and all kinds of shopping.

I love Milford and proudly say that I’m a Milford resident.

Student- Smita Jog
Country- India
Tutor: Melinda Karwon

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Diversity Day

On Tuesday, June 10 the Literacy Center of Milford will host Diversity Day, Coming Together in Milford at Milford Rotary Pavilion in Downtown Milford.  Plan on stopping down between 4-8 PM to enjoy entertainment from around the world.  Sign our international welcome book and tell us what country your family comes from.  Taste various foods from other countries and be entertained by music, dance and cultural activities.  Let’s come together and celebrate all of our unique differences and how we all came to call Milford our home!

The Education First/Educational Homestay Program is bringing 70 high school age boys and girls from France and Italy to Milford this summer.  They are looking for welcoming and caring families to host one or two of our students in their homes. The students will arrive on Thursday, July 3rd and depart on Tuesday, July 22nd. Students will be studying English at the Harborside Middle School in the mornings and participate in exciting fun-filled and cultural activities in the afternoons. The students are fully supervised from 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM on weekdays and will spend evenings and weekends with their host families. Below is the activities calendar for the students. Read on.

The Literacy Center of Milford and the
Milford Arts Council present…

On December 14, 2012, Scarlett Lewis experienced something that no parent ever should: she lost her son Jesse in an act of unimaginable violence at Sandy Hook. Scarlett’s life changed forever, but this isn’t a story about a massacre. It’s a story about love and survival. How to choose love instead of anger, fear or hatred.
Inspired by the three words Jesse had scrawled on a chalkboard in their home: nurturing healing love…
Scarlett took her first steps toward a new life.

This is Scarlett’s story of how choosing love is changing her life And how it could change our world.

 Barnes and Noble Day

On  Saturday, June 21, Barnes and Noble in Milford will be hosting an interactive literacy day for the Literacy Center of Milford.  Children activities, story hour, crafts and performances will entertain all ages from 9 AM – 10 PM.  Print a voucher or tell the cashier you are there for literacy and the Center will receive a percentage of the sale.  It even includes coffee and snacks too!  Stop by and visit us. 
Specific details will follow.

Print vouchers 

St. James School Students Share Their Love of Learning

The students of St. James held a special dress down day recently in order to raise funds for the Literacy Center of Milford. The Center, currently celebrating its 20th year, is dedicated to providing ‘no cost services to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our community.’
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Pictured above in the back row are Martin O’Neill, President of the Board for the Literacy Center of Milford; James Gieryng, St. James School Principal; Magdalena Simon, LCoM student; Tracy Gleason, LCoM tutor and
Betty Gerner, LCoM tutor trainer.
In the front row are four of St. James School’s youngest learners and Literacy Reading Program participants.

 Year End Celebration
Gail Haas’ class ended with a baby shower for Taliye Korkmaz, center, on Tuesday, May 20.  The English class meets from September to May at Meadowside School.
Happy Summer everyone and congratulations Taliye!

l-r, Tasbita Ahmed, Sandhya Kadaru, Savun Bou Zander, Gail Haas, Taliye Korkmaz with her new baby, Linda Scuito, Taslima Ahmed, Praveena Matakala and her daughter, Sue Glennon, Nitisha Gupta, Cathy Smith and Aurora Moral.