Community News: A Monroe Rams fan, Booing, COVID update, hazardous waste …

Rams’ stadium features a cardboard cutout of a Monroe fan

Edward Medaris of Monroe, bottom row, middle, is pictured among a section of fans inside SoFi Stadium for Los Angeles Rams home games.

Edward Medaris, of Monroe, made it to SoFi Stadium to see the Los Angeles Rams and his favorite player, star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, play … well, sort of.

Fans cannot go to games, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Medaris, who is a freshman football player at Masuk High School, now has a cardboard cutout of himself in the bleachers among the likenesses of other fans on game day.

Medaris earned recognition from NFL Play 60’s Fuel Your Good campaign for his group Tackle the Trash, which organizes roadside cleanups with other volunteers.

After reading an article about Medaris’ achievement in The Monroe Sun, the Rams surprised Medaris by sending him a football autographed by Donald and promised to include his image inside the stadium.

First selectman’s update on COVID-19

Monroe had two more coronavirus cases last week, increasing its total to 157 since the global pandemic began. Overall, testing positivity remains low in Connecticut.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg shared this information, as well as what will happen in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan and local news such as Edith Wheeler Memorial Library’s expanding hours and allowing walk in access, in his 2020-10-09 COVID-19 Update.

Household hazardous waste collection

A household hazardous waste collection day for Monroe, Trumbull and Easton residents will be held at 307 Indian Ledge Park Drive in Trumbull (next to the BMX facility) on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click on the following link for details: Household Hazardous Waste – 10-24-20

You’ve been Boo’ed!

The Monroe Women’s Club fundraiser “You’ve been Boo’ed” allows you to boo your family and friends this fall, by sending them a Boo Bag for Halloween.

Each 8″ x 10″ x 4″ Boo Bag contains Halloween/fall gifts, treats and a $5 gift card to either Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts or McDonald’s. Boo Bags are $20 each for teens and adults and $15 for children. Pails can be substituted for children’s bags.

The deadline to order is Oct. 28. For an order form, click on the picture to the right.

Strides in the fight against breast cancer

Connex Credit Union is supporting the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer by sponsoring its Making Strides Greater New Haven event at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Leading up to the event, the credit union, which has a branch in Monroe, will collect donations from both its members and the surrounding community as part of its ConnexCares initiative.

“Our credit union is committed to continually driving real change in the surrounding communities we call home,” said Carl Casper, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Connex Credit Union. “As they say, ‘it takes a village’ and we hope that you can all join us in reaching our goal of collecting $1,000 and playing a part in ending breast cancer.”

The annual Making Strides walkathon, held every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a movement supported by the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation. From bolstering innovative research, education and prevention to providing patient services such as free rides to chemotherapy, free places to stay near treatment and a live 24/7 cancer helpline, funds raised support patients, survivors, “thrivers” and caregivers throughout every step of their experience.

Determined not to let the COVID-19 pandemic delay progress in combatting this deadly disease, Making Strides Greater New Haven has been converted to a drive-thru event for 2020 that will commence at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. Those interested in joining the Connex team during this drive, or who want to make a donation, can do so by visiting (case sensitive).

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in women behind skin cancer. In 2020, it’s estimated that more than 279,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. To learn more, visit

For information on how to participate in Making Strides Greater New Haven, send an email to Anita Annunziato at [email protected].

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