Community News: Holiday closings, Christmas lights, Parks and Rec.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Dec. 13 to celebrate the opening of The McNellis Agency, Allstate Insurance Company office at 417 Main St. Those attending included, from left, Ray Giovanni, president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce; Dawn Tutlis from the insurance agency, agency owner Lawrence McNellis, Larry Matthews, of the agency, First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Jen Johnson of the agency and Chamber Director Lee Hossler. Contributed

A special tree

An request for Christmas light photos to use for a gallery on The Sun only garnered one submission, but it’s a good one.

Clare Biagioni send this photo of her daughter, Nicole and son-in-law Anthony Lupo’s tree at 11 Hawley Lane.

“The tree was planted in the early 90’s, shortly after the death of my son-in-law’s dad,” Biagioni said. “It has grown to this so Anthony, my son-in-law, and his brother-in-law Craig, took to stringing lights by hand, a few years ago.
It’s a focal point of the neighborhood being close to the corner of Cutlers.”

Holiday closings

Town Hall offices, Monroe Senior Center and Edith Wheeler Memorial Library will close at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in recognition of Christmas Eve, and the Highway Department will close at 11:30 a.m.

All of these places will be closed on Christmas Day. The senior center will also be closed on Saturday, Dec. 21, and Dec. 28.

Town Hall, the senior center and the library will also be closed on Thursday, Dec. 26. But the Highway Department will be open.

Town Hall offices, the senior center and library will close early, at 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, for New Year’s Eve. The Highway Department will close at 11:30 a.m.

Everything will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Parks and Rec. programs

For information and registration for Monroe Parks and Recreation programs, visit the department’s website. Among the latest programs are:

Ice Fishing Class *New Program*
Learn the basics of this fun, wintertime sport. Class will cover safety, equipment and techniques. Graduates will be invited to attend an ice fishing field trip. Program is free and registration for each participant is required.   Class offered Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road.

ArtSmart! Studio – Friday Night Art Escape (ages 10-14)

This workshop series provide a great opportunity to socialize in a nurturing setting with other creative minds and offers sophisticated projects sure to please. Meet Friday from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 10 for Monogram Decoupage (handmade papers and washi tape collage). Fees per workshop:  $42 resident/$52 non-resident. All ArtSmart classes held at ArtSmart! Studio at 152 Lynn Drive, Monroe. For information, contact Kathy Vincent at [email protected]

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is located at 7 Fan Hill Rd, Monroe. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The phone number is 203-452-2806 and the email address is [email protected] For information on daily programs, call the information line at 203-339-6106.

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