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The Monroe Rotary Club presents a check for $1,000 to Project Warmth. From left is First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Rotary Club President Kathleen Bailey, Bob Guere, Director of Community and Social Services Henna Ali, Steve Vavrek, Dennis Condon, Rhonda Greifinger and Angela Viteri.
Plans underway for Memorial Day Parade

MONROE, CT — Plans are underway for Monroe’s Annual Memorial Day Parade. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Heroes: Past and Present.” It will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 30.

The line of march will begin at lower Elm Street and Route 111 and proceed to the War Memorial on the Town Hall Green, where the memorial ceremony will be conducted.

The planning committee hopes participating organizations consider providing a marching unit, a float or both and ask them to notify the town as soon as possible. For information, Click here.

There is no rain date for the parade. In the event of rain, the two will still hold the memorial ceremony. It would be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, in the Monroe Town Hall Council Chambers.

For information, call Vida Stone at 203-452-2800, ext. 1027, or email her at [email protected].

Support wildlife in your garden

Would you like to support more wildlife in your garden?  Here are some suggestions from the Monroe Conservation and Water Resources Commission:

Don’t ‘spring clean’ your garden too early – Many native bees, butterflies and other insects overwinter in leaf litter, plant stalks, and the soil. Removing leaves and last year’s plant stalks before insects are active will also remove the insects you want to attract. Wait until later in spring and then remove as little as possible. Insects are vital food for our backyard songbirds – 96 percent of songbirds feed only insects to their young. Chickadees will catch from 6,000 to 9,000 insects (mostly caterpillars and spiders) to feed one clutch of young before they leave the nest.

Plant native plants – Native plants are the plant species that are found naturally in our area. Native plants support the most native bees, butterflies, and moths. They also establish quickly in your garden and once established they are low maintenance because they are well adapted to our environment.

Join the Pollinator Pathway – Visit the Pollinator Pathway site for inspiration and information

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by planning your pollinator garden.

Independent Bookstore Day

Turning The Page in Monroe invites the public to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at the store, 477 Main Street, on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pia Ledina, the owner, planned a special day for those who are able to attend in person or virtually, including:

  • Story Times on the Hour – Readers, including Monroe’s First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Monroe Board of Education Member Nick Kapoor, Monroe Superintendent of Schools Joe Kobza, State Rep. Tony Scott, and beloved retired Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Heitzke, will share stories in person, via Facebook Live or both.
  • #IBD Exclusive Swag available only on this day; and
  • Spin & Win Sales; and
  • #Communitree – All visitors will be able to add a “wish” or “grateful” leaf to our new bookshop #communitree.  You have to see it to understand it…

Author Tommy Greenwald will discuss and sign copies of his recently released book “Rivals!” at 2 p.m. Some of his other titles include the Charlie Joe Jackson series, the Crime Biters series, the Project Z series, “Game Changer,” “The Real Us” and his picture book “Hooked.”

Turning The Page will be maintain its strict COVID-19 precautions throughout this event, and both indoor and outdoor spaces will be used to promote social distancing. For information, call Pia Ledina at 203-459-1579.

Long Hill Garden Club’s plant sale

TRUMBULL, CT — Long Hill Garden Club will host its annual sale of locally-grown plants at the Trumbull Library on Quality Street, next to the Children’s entrance, Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The sale will include a wide variety of locally-grown plants, a second chance garden shed of gently-used garden-related items, tickets for a chance to win a rain barrel (requires qualifying purchase), and a kid’s table.

Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted. Organizers ask that shoppers wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The plants will include perennials, succulents, grasses, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, houseplants, Mother’s Day Baskets, trees and shrubs.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The Center for Family Justice’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, which raises awareness of the impact sexual abuse and violence against women and girls has in the six local communities it serves, including Monroe, will be Saturday, April 24, with a live social media broadcast to celebrate those groups and individuals who have taken their own walks on behalf of CFJ throughout the month.

The Walk is sponsored by Aquarion Water. This virtual walk effort will be chaired by Gary MacNamara, executive director of public safety and government affairs at Sacred Heart University, and the former police chief in Fairfield.

CFJ’s supporters can join MacNamara and get involved by doing the following:

  • Registering to participate in Walk A Mile in Her Shoes at
  • Form a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes team and create a fundraising page for that team.
  • Encourage friends and family to donate in support of their efforts.
  • Between April 1 and 30 take a picture or video walking in support of CFJ and share it on social media using the hashtags #WhyIWalkCFJ #WeStillWalkforCFJ #IStillWalkForCFJ. Suggestion: Wear the Walk a Mile symbol of red shoes or something teal, the official color of sexual violence awareness, to show you care.
  • Send those photos or short videos to CFJ’s Community Relations Coordinator Beth Fitzpatrick at [email protected].

To learn more about supporting Walk a Mile as a sponsor, participant, or donor contact Lisa Labella, CFJ’s Director of Development and Community Outreach at [email protected].

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