Community News: Motorcycles, patriotism, moms, politics and a Victorian tea

Police issued a traffic advisory for this Sunday when thousands of motorcycles will roar along Route 25 for the 19th annual Connecticut United Ride, the state’s largest 9/11 tribute.

The route goes south on Main Street from Newtown to Trumbull and the bikes are expected to roll through town between noon and 1 p.m. Police said to expect delays of up to a half an hour.

The Monroe traffic report

Road work will impact traffic in some parts of town over the next two weeks, from Monday, Sept. 9, to Friday, Sept. 20, according to the Monroe Public Works Department.

Schedules for the following projects are subject to change based on weather and manpower availability.

There will be total drainage pipe replacement on Hammertown and Blake roads. Drivers should be prepared for posted traffic detours and construction delays.

Road restoration projects will be underway on Verna Road, Bart Road and Hawthorne Drive. Be prepared for lane closures and posted traffic detours.

The town of Trumbull will close its portion of Moose Hill Road, from Deep Gorge Road north to just beyond the culvert over Witkowski Brook. Be prepared for traffic detours. The Trumbull Department of Public Works reports the work will continue until the end of 2019.

For information, visit the town of Trumbull’s website and look under News and Announcements.

MOMS Club open houses

The MOMS Club collected back to school supplies for a donation through BHcare.

The MOMS Club is having two open houses for prospective new members to learn about the organization and meet current members.

The events will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Great Hollow Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and at Riverview Park in Shelton on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The club is open to residents of Monroe, Shelton and Stratford. For information, visit

An RTC dinner fundraiser

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

Victorian Tea and history

The Monroe Historical Society will host a Victorian Tea event at its Meeting House at the corner of East Village and Barn Hill roads on Sept. 14.

Guests will have tea and dessert at 2 p.m. and a presentation by Bigelow Tea, entitled the History of Tea will be given at 3 p.m.

Admission is $15 per person and participants should bring their own cup and saucer. The society will have cups and saucers for those who do not have it.

For reservations, call Deb Heim at 203-268-1072 or email her at [email protected].

Kelly opposes funding cuts for nursing homes

HARTFORD — Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-21st, joined colleagues in calling on lawmakers to override a portion of the Democrat-approved state budget that cut Medicaid funding for Connecticut nursing homes, according to a news release from Kelly’s office.

In a letter, Republican state senators asked Democratic Party leaders to support a special legislative session to eliminate the cuts that have put nine nursing homes at risk of closing, including Apple Rehab Hewitt Health & Rehab in Shelton and the Carolton in Fairfield.

The senators want a bipartisan solution to identify cuts and savings elsewhere in the budget to restore the $5.3 million in Medicaid funds, according to Kelly.

The state budget also reduces funding for the Connecticut Home Care Program by $7 million annually.

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