Community news, events, traffic report and fundraisers

Masuk Drama students rehearse for the production of "Into the Woods" which is being performed this weekend.
Masuk Drama goes “Into the Woods”

Masuk Drama will perform “Into the Woods” at the Masuk High School Performing Arts Center this Saturday and Sunday.

Shows on Saturday will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday’s shows will be at 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students/seniors and can be found at Send an email [email protected] with any questions.

574 Wines’ shoppers to support Special Olympics CT

Customers shopping at 574 Wines, 574 Monroe Turnpike, on Saturday, April 2, will also be supporting Special Olympics Connecticut. The store will give 10 percent of the day’s profits to the Monroe Police Department to be used toward its fundraising efforts.

April 2 is also the day of the Plunge at the Park, an annual Special Olympics fundraiser in which participants who are sponsored run into the frigid waters of Great Hollow Lake. Police Sgt. Pete Howard organizes the event as part of police officers’ fundraising.

Ty Nicholson, manager of 574 Wines, will run into the water with Howard when the crowd takes the plunge. The store ran a similar promotion last year, raising $1,000 for the Special Olympics.

Robert “Bailey” Stewart, who has owned the property since it was Walter Stewart’s Market from 1986 to 1995, then the Goodwill store, has always supported the community though his family’s businesses.

Plunge at the Park

The Monroe Police Department and Special Olympics Connecticut invite members of the public to run, jump or dive into Great Hollow Lake on Saturday, April 2, which marks the 12th Anniversary of the Plunge at the Park.

All who are age eight and older are invited to take the plunge to support local Special Olympics athletes. Costumes, team jerseys or bathing suits can be worn by participants. Bring your own towels and water shoes.

Event t-shirts will be provided to all participants. Those who are underage or do not wish to brave the icy waters of a New England lake can show their support by purchasing an “I’m a Chicken” t-shirt. A minimum donation of $50 per plunger and signed waiver form are required of each participant. (If a plunger is under 18, a parent or guardian’s signature is also required.)

The last in person event raised over $55,000 for the Special Olympics. This year, local law enforcement, firefighters, divers and town officials will again provide volunteer assistance to make this event possible.

Preregister now online at as an individual or as a part of a team with friends, relatives, colleagues, or classmates. To request a registration packet or for information, contact Jeffrey Veneziano of Special Olympics Connecticut at 203-230-1201, ext. 275 or via email at [email protected].

Follow the event on Facebook under “Monroe Plunge Connecticut” on Twitter, @CTPolarPlunge, and Instagram, @ctpenguinplunge, to receive updates and learn about the day’s fun activities. Check-in on the day of the event will begin at 11 a.m. and the plunge will take place promptly at 1 p.m. Preregistration is encouraged, but day of registration will be available.

Sponsorship is welcomed and appreciated. Sponsors who would like to donate $250 or more will be recognized on the back of the t-shirt. Additional donations such as food, beverages, and prizes are also being sought for the event. Those who want to help should contact Police Sgt. Peter Howard at [email protected] or by calling the Monroe Police Department at 203-261-3622.

Monroe Traffic report

Utility work being done on Pepper Street, from Grant Road to the north end of Route 25, is expected to continue through April 4, depending on weather and staffing availability.

The Public Works Department said lane closers and alternating traffic is possible, adding drivers can expect some delays.

‘Woodstock: Now & Then’

NEWTOWN, CT – Edmond Town Hall Theatre, 45 Main Street in Newtown, will host a free showing of the documentary, “Woodstock: Now & Then”, on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. It will be followed by a panel discussion of experts, moderated by John Voket.

The post screen discussion will delve into the culture, music and political environment leading up to the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

The panel includes Scott Parker, music historian, podcast host and author of Woodstock Documented; Gary Adamson, Woodstock historian/musician and founder of the band Back to the Garden 1969; Grant Ossendryver, an accomplished musician and expert on musical production and technology, to name a few.

Jen Guman, chair of Edmond Town Hall, said, “I am excited for us to host this free movie screening the night before the Back to the Garden 1969 concert. I love the idea of creating an event around one of our concerts to make it a full experience!”

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