Community News: A Monroe Fire Department open house, Trick-or-Trunk, Think Pink Monroe …

The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house at its headquarters at 18 Shelton Road this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Families can meet the firefighters, learn about fire safety and the department. Children will have fun climbing into fire engines on display in the parking lot for a touch-a-truck.

Trick-or-Trunk is coming to Masuk

Children will wear their Halloween costumes and come to the Masuk High School parking lot Sunday, Oct. 20, for candy from trunks decked out in spooky decorations for the 9th annual Trick-or-Trunk.

A five dollar entrance fee for the Monroe Youth Commission event will benefit Project Warmth, a program that assists families in need with their home heating bills.

Large bags of candy will be sold for $20 and those handing out candy from the trunks of their cars can arrive at 2 p.m. to set up.

Trick-or-Treat begins at 3 p.m. and there will be a parade at 3:45 p.m.

The rain date for the event is Oct. 27.

White oak planted on Monroe Town Green

Attending a tree dedication at Monroe Town Green Sept. 29 was, from left, Don Parrott of Bartlett Connecticut Arborists, Tree Warden and Park Ranger David Solek, First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Tax Collector Deborah Heim, Assistant Town Clerk Barbara Agee, Town Clerk Vida Stone and Arron McGoldrick, chairman of Monroe’s Land Trust and Tree Conservancy. Contributed

A white oak tree was planted on Monroe’s Town Green on Sept. 29 in a state-wide celebration marking the Centennial of the passage of Connecticut’s Arborist Law.

The Connecticut Tree Protective Association, representing 800 members, 575 of them licensed arborists, donated white oak trees to all 169 Connecticut municipalities to celebrate the passage of the state’s Arborist Law in 1919, believed to be the first such legislation in the U.S. Under the statute individuals who engage in commercial tree care need to be accredited by board certification.

Connecticut’s model has been adopted by other states such as New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Think Pink Monroe

Women attending this Friday’s Monroe Farmers’ Market will be reminded to have routine mammograms as part of Think Pink Monroe’s effort to raise awareness of breast cancer this month.

Bonnie Maur, a longtime educator and a breast cancer survivor, is leading the effort with the Think Pink Monroe Committee in partnership with St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound.

The Mobile Mammography van will be on the green from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and a breast cancer surgeon will be on hand to discuss breast health with residents.

Farmers’ market vendors will have special pink products.

Emerald Anniversary

Cindi Bigelow

Michele Macauda, of Monroe, serves on the committee for The Kennedy Center’s Four Seasons Ball’s Emerald Anniversary to be held at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Cindi Bigelow, CEO of Bigelow Tea, will be honored for her contributions to the Trumbull-based not-for-profit at The Kennedy Center’s 55th annual Four Seasons Ball, one of the oldest fundraisers in Fairfield County.

“Through the stewardship of Cindi, her parents and grandparents before her, Bigelow Tea has become a leader in its industry and in its corporate citizenship,” said Kennedy Center President and CEO Rick Sebastian. “Their philanthropic work has made an immense impact on our Kennedy Center community, our state and our country.”

Four Seasons Ball co-chairs Peter and Anne Foley, of Fairfield, said Bigelow has had a long-term investment in improving the lives of the 2,400 individuals with disabilities The Kennedy Center serves each year.

Guests at the semi-formal event will enjoy a 6:30 p.m. social hour and a gourmet four-course dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of Atomic Funk. The evening includes interactive games, along with prizes and a silent auction — available to guests and to online bidders.

Attendees will also get an exclusive preview of the artwork to be featured in The Kennedy Center’s 2020 A Unique Perspective Calendar.

Four Seasons Ball tickets may be purchased at To become an event sponsor contact Vice President of Development Jo Ann McMullan at 203-365-8522 ext. 2049 or email [email protected]. For information, visit

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