Community News: Meet Monroe’s candidates, EMT certification, Jewish high holidays

Voters will have an opportunity to meet and speak with candidates running for office in this November’s municipal election at two fundraising events.

The Democratic Town Committee is having a meet and greet with their candidates at Monroe Social, 494 Main St., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

The event is free with donations suggested.

The Republican Town Committee is having a fall fundraiser at Vazzy’s Osteria, 415 Main St., on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The $100 per person admission includes a two-hour open bar from 6 to 8 p.m., a family style dinner and entertainment by deejay Jeff Silkman.

EMT certification course

Volunteering to respond to medical emergencies in the community can be a rewarding experience, and an opportunity to save the life of a friend or neighbor. 

The Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is offering an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification course that runs from Nov. 4, 2019 to April 3, 2020.

The course prepares students for the state cognitive and practical licensing exams.

Training includes 160 hours lecture and skills instruction on BLS (basic life support), CPR and AED, the structure of the EMS system, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, airway management, pharmacology, glucometer use, incident management/mass casualties, anatomy and physiology and many other topics. 

Students must be 16-years-old by April 1, 2020. to take this course.

The class will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 or 10:30 p.m., and one Saturday per month.

Preregistration is required for all. Mandatory in person registration and class orientation will be Wednesday, Oct. 23, and classes begin Monday, Nov. 4.

The course costs $600 for residents and $900 for nonresidents. Students who will be applying to volunteer with Monroe VEMS will receive a 50-percent reimbursement after their first year of active volunteering and the remaining 50-percent after year two.

For information or to enroll in the course, email Marge Brenna at [email protected] or call 203-452-2826 and select Option 5.

Monroe VEMS is planning to host an informational session in October. Email the above address or submit your name through its Facebook page or website to get your name added to its mailing list 

The Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service’s headquarters are at 54 Jockey Hollow Road Monroe.

Jewish High Holidays

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 77 Mount Pleasant Drive in Trumbull, invites the community to Jewish High Holiday services celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Services and meals are free, but reservations are required. Call the congregation at 203-268-0740 or send an email to [email protected].

Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year, which starts Sunday, Sept. 29, with a service at 7:15 p.m. and dinner following services (reservation required).

The holiday continues Sept. 30 with morning services at 10 a.m., sounding of the shofar at noon, followed by a Kiddush luncheon at 2 p.m., Mincha and Tashlich services at 3 p.m., evening services at 7:30 p.m., holiday candle-lighting at 7:26 p.m. and dinner (RSVP) following services.

On Oct. 1 , morning services open at 10 a.m. followed by shofar service at noon, Kiddush luncheon at 2 p.m., Mincha at 6 p.m. and Havdala at 7:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur starts Tuesday, Oct. 8, with candle-lighting and fasting at 6:04 p.m. and Kol Nidre service at 6:15 p.m.

Morning service the next day starts at 10 a.m. followed by Yizkor Memorial service at noon, Mincha afternoon service at 5 p.m., Neilah closing service at 6 p.m., Havdala end-of-fast at 7:15  p.m. with break-the-fast light buffet, RSVP required.

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