Community News: COVID cases way down, Monroe Pride and more

Wreaths, presented by town organizations during an indoor Memorial Day Ceremony due to rain Sunday, were later displayed at the War Memorial outside Monroe Town Hall.

MONROE, CT — Monroe had one new case of COVID-19 in the past week, and the town’s two-week rolling case rate is now less than five cases per 100,000, according to First Selectman Ken Kellogg.

“Monroe is no longer listed in any alert level category, along with most of the state,” he said of the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s color-coded map on virus threat levels.

As of Wednesday’s report, Monroe has had 1,415 cases, and 16 deaths, since the start of the pandemic, the first selectman said in his pandemic update Thursday.

“We will offer vaccination clinics on June 9 and June 16,” he said. “Adult walk-ins are welcome from 9 a.m. until noon. Due to the significant drop in demand at our clinics, and continued availability from healthcare providers and pharmacies, we will be suspending our weekly vaccination clinics after June 16.”

“My sincere thanks to all the town staff and volunteers who worked incredibly hard to staff over 30 vaccination clinics,” Kellogg said.

Car wash to benefit Masuk football

Masuk Panthers football players will wash cars, in exchange for donations to the program, at Monroe Elementary, 372 Monroe Turnpike, this Sunday, June 6, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

All proceeds will fund team activities this coming season. Cash and Venmo will be accepted.

United Way donates masks to the Monroe Senior Center 
United Way of Coastal Fairfield County recently provided protective masks to the Town of Monroe for use at the Senior Center. United Way’s Gail Carroll (left) presents 7,000 masks to center participants Nancy Lee, Laverne Dillon, Leslie Gennarini, and Social Services Director Henna Ali . The donation was made possible by Yale New Haven Health.
Monroe Pride

The Pride Flag will be raised at Monroe Town Hall on June 5 at 10 a.m. The rain date is June 6 at the same time. All are welcome to attend.

For information, email Nick Kapoor at [email protected].

Monroe Social Golf Tournament

Monroe Social, a restaurant in town, will host its 1st annual golf tournament at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, 2390 Easton Turnpike in Fairfield, on July 26. The event will benefit Masuk High School’s robotics class.

The tournament will tee off on the Black Course at noon and there will be raffles, games and a 5 p.m. dinner at Monroe Social, 494 Main St. in Monroe.

Donations are $150 per person to play or $60 for those interested in dinner only.

To register, visit For information call the restaurant at 203-590-3450.

Aloha James: A Luau to Fight Addiction

Aloha James: A Luau to Fight Addiction, an event in honor of James Karcher, a former Monroe resident who died from an accidental overdose, will be held at Caloroso Eatery & Bar, 100 Center St., Shelton, on Saturday, July 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 24 would have been his 30th birthday.

The evening will be a remembrance for loved ones lost to addiction, a celebration for today and a conversation to impact the future. The outdoor event will include a buffet dinner, cash bar and music by Jon Hollywood, as well as raffle prizes.

It will also feature a guest speaker from Shatterproof, national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the crisis of addiction in the U.S. All proceeds will be donated to Shatterproof.

To buy tickets, visit Ticket sales will end on July 2 or until the event is sold out. Those who cannot make the event, but wish to donate may consider looking under the “I wish I could be there!” ticket or visiting

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