Community News: All welcome to a peaceful gathering on the green

Stepney resident Lee Hossler shared photos from his garden to show the beauty of spring. Contributed

MONROE, CT — A peaceful gathering on the green #BlackLivesMatter will be held on the Monroe Green, at the corner of Fan Hill Road and Monroe Turnpike, this Saturday at 11 a.m.

“Join neighbors, faith leaders, young residents and town officials, as they all come together in solidarity to acknowledge and raise awareness around the issues of racism, discrimination and the unjust treatment of people of color,” said Carlos Reinoso Jr., an organizer of the event.

Wearing a mask is required and Reinoso reminds participants to follow the six feet distancing guidelines to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Parking will be available at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Monroe Congregational Church and St. Jude Parish.

Realtors raise $500 for the Monroe Food Pantry

Danielle Rownin, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, gives a $500 donation to the Monroe Food Pantry. Accepting the donation is pantry coordinator Kathleen Turner. Contributed

Local Realtors Matt and Danielle Rownin of Keller Williams Realty recently raised $500 for the Monroe Food Pantry.

The Rownins raised the funds through a group they created on NextDoor called, “Monroe CT Community Connectors,” to help the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The couple started hosting online trivia contests for children and adults, awarding winners with gift cards to local restaurants for offered take-out and delivery.

The “Singo, Musical Bingo,” fundraiser for the Monroe Food Pantry, produced by Mary O’Neill of Get Your Bingo On, attracted more than 90 contestants on Friday, May 22. The game, played through a Zoom platform, raised the $500 for the pantry.

The Rownins were grateful to the families, who registered for Singo, for their generous contributions to the Monroe Food Pantry, as well as the overwhelming support of their affiliated business partners, who helped sponsor the game prizes.

Prize sponsors included Christine Stefan, Beauty by Design Home Staging, LLC; Justin Egan, Fairway Mortgage; Dave Dellacato, Schooley Mitchell; Amanda DeLorme, BioClean; Danielle Brown, Double Eagle Insurance Agency; Joe Cascone, Joseph Cascone Painting; and Attorney Ron Bellenot.

In addition to receiving 10 percent off their orders at Jennie’s Pizzeria on game night, contestants were eligible to win gift cards to local Monroe restaurants, including Jennie’s, McGowan’s, Dairy Queen, Terra Café, Republic Kitchen and Bar, Vazzy’s Osteria and The Smithy.

More garden photos

Here’s a gallery with a few more photos from Lee Hossler’s garden:

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