State of City: It’s a winning ball game in Milford

posted on September 10, 2017

By Jill Dion on July 28, 2017 – Milford Mirror

Mayor Ben Blake’s State of the City Address Thursday was peppered with references to the Foran High School baseball team’s 2017 Class L state championship win, and there were plenty of baseball analogies meant to show that despite challenges, the City of Milford is prospering.

Blake told the packed dining room at the Milford Yacht Club at a $55-a-plate Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon that Foran’s baseball team was the last seeded team when the players entered the state tournament, but they “refused to lose.”

Similarly, “the state government has been throwing lots of curve balls our way,” the mayor said, referring to millions of dollars in cuts to state aid, reductions that the mayor termed as “misguided.” On top of those cuts, he said the state “added insult to injury” with its plans to add amenities to Silver Sands State Park, something residents have spoken out against. Blake said Milford residents would rather see more lifeguards at the state beach, pointing out that the state cut back on lifeguarding hours due to its budget woes.

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