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Milford Parents Object To End Of School Halloween Parades

Associated Press

Milford public schools cancel Halloween activities, prompting petition from angry parents

MILFORD — Some parents of children in Milford's public schools are outraged that the annual Halloween costume parades at the city's elementary schools have been canceled this year.

Victoria Johannsen, mother of a third-grader at Live Oaks School, tells the Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/1MrD0mY ) she heard about the decision in a letter last week from the principal.

The letter said the cancelations "arose out of numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc."

Johannsen says although she respects other people's beliefs, the decision isn't fair to students who cherish the parade.

An online petition has been started asking the school district to restore the parades.
In addition to canceling the parades, the district is forbidding students and staff to wear Halloween costumes.

Meet the Board Members (2013-2015)

First District

Mr. John DeRosa (R)
Minority Leader

65 Green Meadow Rd. (06461)
(203) 783-9558

Mr. Mike DeGrego (R)

1089 West River Street (06461)
(203) 878-0410

Second District

Mrs. Jennifer Federico (D)
14 Breakneck Lane (06460)
(203) 878-2288

Ms. Susan Glennon (D)
Board Chair
99 Carlson Drive (06460)
(203) 878-1846

Third District

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Mr. C. Robert Satti, Jr.  (D)
255 1st Avenue (06460)(203) 878-9748rsatti@milforded.org

Mr. Anthony Piselli (R)

17 Janet Street (06460)
(203) 283-5154

Fourth District

Dr. Heidi Gold-Dworkin (D)
201 Kings Highway (06460)
(203) 874-1852

Mr. Earl Whiskeyman (D)
27 Mark Street (06460)
(203) 877-4486

Fifth District

Ms. Suzanne DiBiase (R)
77 Lindy Street (06460)
(203) 878-1049

Mrs. Claire Casey (D)86 Governors Avenue (06460)(203) 876-9717ccasey@milforded.org

This Connecticut City Is One of the Most Haunted in the Country

Monroe, CT


It was received by police as an “unknown help call” one of many made in 1974 by a Bridgeport family who claimed their Lindley Street home was haunted.

Four-decades later, the Bridgeport case is being brought to light once again, this time following the release of the instantly popular horror movie “The Conjuring” the tale of a Rhode Island family who is being tormented by evil entities and eventually seeks the help of two paranormal researchers, Ed and Lorraine Warren.

The movie has been a box office hit for about a month and was received so well that the possibility of a sequel is already being discussed. The events acted out on the big screen are similar in nature to what some said occurred throughout the 1970’s inside one Bridgeport, Connecticut home. Gerard and Kaura Goodin were an average American blue collar family, but tragically lost their 7-year-old son to a fatal illness, and so recently decided to adopt a young girl named Marcia.

Shortly after the adoption, the couple began to experience unusual behavior in both their newly adopted child, and their home. The couple claimed there was an evil presence inside the house that would knock items around and leave their home disheveled. One police officer compared the scene to that of a burglary that left each room ransacked with opened drawers and items thrown about the floor carelessly.

The most famous of these occurrences happened on November 24, 1974, when Goodin called police to his home after he told them strange things were happening inside the house. Police responded along with a media storm of reporters, and local newspapers, all flocking to the scene of the alleged haunted house. Several police reported seeing the kitchen refrigerator rise about a foot off the floor, others said they witnessed a 21-inch portable television-set float above a table then rotate clockwise in the air. Dozens of reports filed that day varied from objects flying through the air to shelves that vibrated and sent contents crashing to the floor.

Allegedly the scene of the house was so popular that traffic was being tied up for blocks and police had to cordon off the street, and even arrested some gawkers who refused to leave. Media around the world wanted to know about Bridgeport’s “demons.”

Ed and Lorraine Warren soon became involved in the case and told reporters they believed the disturbances were centered around 10-year-old Marcia Goodin, a native girl from Canada who had been adopted by the family after their son’s death.

The family said they had not started to experience any problems until December, 1973, when Marcia was 9-years-old.  They told the Warrens that Marcia had been home for six weeks from school because of a back injury suffered at the hands of a boy who allegedly beat her up at school.

John Gleason, Fire Chief at the time, said his men had seen dinner plates rattling, pictures jumping off the wall, a television set falling over, and a heavy leather chair jumping at least six inches off the floor. A 22 page report prepared a year later by a seminary student who performed the rituals of exorcism at the house quoted Bridgeport police records as saying a lounge chair Marcia was sitting in moved rapidly backwards and overturned, a plastic crucifix exploded from a wall in front of witnesses, the family cat sang jingle bells in a frightening inhuman voice, and continual pounding noises on the walls were all occurring at the home. Demons, the warrens said were believed to be behind the activity.

"It was something inhuman,” Ed Warren told reporters. “As far as we are concerned, there were evil spirits in that house.”

“Things were flying around in the front room when we went in there.” Gerald Goodin told a radio station, describing events of that day. “Whatever it was, it was acting like a demented person and I felt I had to get my family out of the house.”

Some would later describe Marcia as a deceitful girl with an unhealthy interest in the occult. Researchers noted years later, that the events began shortly after the release of the movie “The Exorcist,” which excited the public’s imagination with its tale of a demonically possessed girl.

Among paranormal investigators, the Lindley Street case intimately remains one of the most documented poltergeist cases in history. Today, the house on Lindley Street sits next to a condominium complex. Its weathered brown and yellow paint is peeling and the lawn unkempt. Mr. Goodin lived in the house until the late 1990s, where he died. Mrs Goodin died in a car crash in Monroe in 1994. Marcia Goodin has been unreachable thus far.


Bridgeport, Connecticut is home to a number of abandoned and reportedly haunted buildings, including two former theaters, a hotel, an old munitions site, and a home famous for its ghostly presences.


Ever wondered which cities in the country had the reputation for being the haunted? With its history of unearthly happenings and cursed properties, Bridgeport ranked in the top five, according to one list.
Our friends at Personal Creations ranked the top ten most haunted cities in the country, looking at the number of reportedly haunted houses and cemeteries in the 200 largest cities in the U.S.
Connecticut has no shortage of spooky sites, from eerily bucolic towns to cities with spooky histories. Bridgeport, home to a number of sites with reported paranormal activity, came in at #4 on the list. Abandoned sites like the former Remington Arms Factory, the Poli-Palace and Majestic Theaters, and the Savoy Hotel have all maintained reputations for being haunted after people reported spectral sightings.
Bridgeport is also home to the Lindley House, thought to be one of the scariest homes in the world. The home drew attention in the 1970s for its ghost sightings; the clergy was brought in to bless the house. Famed paranormal investigators and Connecticut natives Ed and Lorraine Warren searched the home, later deeming it one of the most famous well-documented poltergeist cases in history.

Bridgeport native William J. Hall even published a book, The World's Most Haunted House: The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist, about the house last year.
Whether you buy into the supernatural or not, one thing is certain: Bridgeport has its fair share of abandoned buildings.
Click through to the see the other nine most spectrally-spooked cities in the country.

This article originally appeared on CTPost.com

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The sad story of Hannah Ocuish

Hannah Ocuish (March 1774-December 1786) was a 12 year old intellectually disabled Pequot Indian girl with an intellectual disability who was accused of killing six-year-old Eunice Bolles, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, after quarreling with her over some strawberries.
The primary evidence against her was her confession to the investigators. At her execution, she thanked the sheriff for his kindness as she stepped forward to be hanged.
"[Rev.] Henry Channing preached at [her] 1786 execution, publishing the sermon under the title God Admonishing His People of their Duty . . . a Sermon . . . Occasioned by the Execution of Hannah Ocuish, a Mulatto Girl, Aged 12 Years and 9 Months, for the Murder of Eunice Bolles, Aged 6 Years and 6 Months."

 The sermon, which admonished parents not to neglect religious instruction for their children, summarized the crime as follows, according to Karen Halttunen:
On the 21st of July, 1786, at about 10 o'clock in the morning, the body of the murdered child was found in the public road leading from New-London to Norwich, lying on its face near to a wall ... The neighborhood turned out to hunt for the murderer; Hannah was questioned and claimed that she had seen four boys near the scene of the crime. When a search failed to turn them up, Hannah was interrogated again, and then taken to the Bolles home to be charged with homicide in the presence of the dead child. She burst into tears and confessed.
Only at this late point in the narrative is the reader offered a sequential account of the crime. Five weeks earlier, Eunice had reported Hannah for stealing fruit during the strawberry harvest, and Hannah had plotted revenge. Catching sight of her young enemy headed for school one morning, Hannah had lured Eunice from her path with a gift of calico, then beat and choked her to death.

She was hanged on December 201786, in New London, Connecticut. She is believed to be the youngest person legally executed in America.

My new book of short stories set in Connecticut


This is a book of short stories taken from the things I saw and heard in my childhood in the factory town of Ansonia in southwestern Connecticut.

Most of these stories, or as true as I recall them because I witnessed these events many years ago through the eyes of child and are retold to you now with the pen and hindsight of an older man. The only exception is the story Beat Time which is based on the disappearance of Beat poet Lew Welch. Decades before I knew who Welch was, I was told that he had made his from California to New Haven, Connecticut, where was an alcoholic living in a mission. The notion fascinated me and I filed it away but never forgot it.     

The collected stories are loosely modeled around Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (I also borrowed from the novels character and place names. Ivy Day, my character in “Local Orphan is Hero” is also the name of chapter in Dubliners, etc.) and like Joyce I wanted to write about my people, the people I knew as a child, the working class in small town America and I wanted to give a complete view of them as well. As a result the stories are about the divorced, Gays, black people, the working poor, the middle class, the lost and the found, the contented and the discontented.

Conversely many of the stories in this book are about starting life over again as a result of suicide (The Hanging Party, Small Town Tragedy, Beat Time) or from a near death experience (Anna Bell Lee and the Charge of the Light Brigade, A Brief Summer) and natural occurring death. (The Best Laid Plans, The Winter Years, Balanced and Serene)

With the exception of Jesus Loves Shaqunda, in each story there is a rebirth from the death. (Shaqunda is reported as having died of pneumonia in The Winter Years)
Sal, the desperate and depressed divorcee in Things Change, changes his life in Lunch Hour when asks the waitress for a date and she accepts. (Which we learn in Closing Time, the last story in the book) In The Arranged Time, Thisby is given the option of change and whether she takes it or, we don’t know. The death of Greta’s husband in A Matter of Time has led her to the diner and into the waiting arms of the outgoing and loveable Gabe.

Although the book is based on three sets of time (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the diner is opened in the early morning and closed at night, time stands still inside the Diner. The hour on the big clock on the wall never changes time and much like my memories of that place, everything remains the same.