New Milford seniors have been joined in partnership by the state, the town of New Milford, local business and the police in their effort to live a safe and secure life.

An Aug. 15 ceremony at New Milford High School celebrated the start of New Milford's participation in Triad, a national program now including 50 towns in Connecticut.

"We at the New Milford Senior Center have always had a productive working relationship with our town agencies, businesses, and civic community on a variety of programs," explained senior center director Carolyn Haglund, "especially concerning senior safety."

Among those in attendance were state Attorney General George Jepsen and Mayor Pat Murphy, who helped sign into agreement the town's Triad for senior safety. New Milford's Triad is a counterpart of a statewide coalition to guide activities in response to critical issues of safety for older citizens.

To that end, a Seniors and Law Enforcement Together council has been formed. Contributing the group are Chairman Bill Lowenthal, Michael Gold, Ms. Haglund, Sgt. Jim Dzamko, of the New Milford Police Department, Courtney Collins, of Peoples United Bank, senior center member Catherine DeLuca, William Depra and Jane Peterson.

The first programs SALT will launch are Yellow Dot and File of Life.

"We plan on developing new programs and refining those already in place," said Ms. Haglund. "For example, our File of Life form for the home was specifically designed by Donna Hespe of New Milford Community Ambulance. She knew the need."

Those interested in participating are asked to check at the New Milford Senior Center by calling 860-355-6075.

"The New Milford community has always been very sensitive to the needs and safety of our elderly," said Ms. Haglund. "We are very fortunate for these relationships within New Milford that we've fostered."

"The same goes for state and federal programs by various agencies," she said. "Senior safety is the primary goal of Triad, and future programming will be the result of the efforts of the SALT council."

The Aug. 15 ceremony was attended by about 100 people who were treated to a Continental breakfast donated by Primo's Deli.

Norm Cummings