Community News: Pride Flags, a Daisy Award, CERT training and more

Pride Flags fly among the Stars 'n Stripes in the Save Our Stepney Task Force's display on Stepney Green in recognition of Pride Month.
Monroe nurse honored with DAISY Award

DERBY, CT — Griffin Health recently honored Terri Ryan, RN, of Monroe, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, recognizing the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

Griffin Health Nurse Terri Ryan, of Monroe, recently received The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Ryan, a nurse for one of Griffin Hospital’s inpatient units, was nominated by a patient’s family member for providing exceptional hospice care.

“Terri showed such compassion towards my dad and to my family, and was a great listener and a great shoulder to cry on,” the nomination for Ryan stated. “It takes a special person to aid the patient and the family through this process and in making their final days filled with comfort. I will treasure her kindness and compassion.”

Information about the DAISY Award is included in Griffin Health patient information packets and nomination forms are available online and at all Griffin Health locations. The award recipients are chosen by a committee at Griffin and the award is presented throughout the year. For information, visit

Monroe CERT offers basic training

Members of the Monroe Community Emergency Response Team, a.k.a. CERT, can always be seen helping their neighbors at times of crisis. Now there is an opportunity to join the team.

“Our Monroe Team is joining with the other CERT in Fairfield County and will again be offering a virtual Basic CERT Training,” said David York, the CERT coordinator.

The main part of the course will be presented by Zoom on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. These sessions will include training in a variety of emergency skills such as disaster psychology, first aid, CPR and AED, fire safety, traffic control, hazardous materials awareness, emergency shelters, light search and rescue, disaster scenarios and terrorism.

After the virtual part of the training, local participants will meet with Monroe trainers and work out a schedule for several elements of the training, which need to be done in person and hands-on, such as first aid bandaging and fire extinguisher use.

“CERT has been a great help within our community recently, especially with COVID testing and vaccine clinics,” York said, “and we look forward to other community members joining our team.”

For information or to enroll in this course email York at [email protected] or call him at 203-650-8474.

Protecting water quality

Monroe Conservation and Water Resources Commission members shared some ideas on how to protect water quality:

We’re fortunate to live in an area that has abundant water. Streams, wetlands, ponds, and rivers are never far away and they support a wide variety of wildlife.  What we do in our yards and gardens can have a surprising effect on that water.

Water runoff from rain, watering our lawns and gardens, and washing our cars can end up in the surrounding water. That runoff is carrying soil and other particles with it including fertilizer, oil, and animal waste and can negatively affect water quality. 

How can we all avoid negatively impacting water and the wildlife it supports?

  1. Have your soil tested before applying fertilizer. The test results will give you specifically what you need to use for your lawn, vegetables, and perennials. Contact the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven for information on how to get your soil tested.
  2. Plant trees, shrubs and perennials that are native to our area. They will thrive without excessive watering.
  3. Have your septic system serviced regularly.
  4. Plant a border of shrubs, perennial flowers, and trees where water may run off your property. The vegetation will slow the water, help it soak into the ground, and prevent pollution from entering our water bodies.
Monroe Social Golf Tournament

Monroe Social, a restaurant in town, will host its 1st annual golf tournament at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, 2390 Easton Turnpike in Fairfield, on July 26. The event will benefit Masuk High School’s robotics class.

The tournament will tee off on the Black Course at noon and there will be raffles, games and a 5 p.m. dinner at Monroe Social, 494 Main St. in Monroe.

Donations are $150 per person to play or $60 for those interested in dinner only.

To register, visit For information call the restaurant at 203-590-3450.

Aloha James: A Luau to Fight Addiction

Aloha James: A Luau to Fight Addiction, an event in honor of James Karcher, a former Monroe resident who died from an accidental overdose, will be held at Caloroso Eatery & Bar, 100 Center St., Shelton, on Saturday, July 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 24 would have been his 30th birthday.

The evening will be a remembrance for loved ones lost to addiction, a celebration for today and a conversation to impact the future. The outdoor event will include a buffet dinner, cash bar and music by Jon Hollywood, as well as raffle prizes.

It will also feature a guest speaker from Shatterproof, national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the crisis of addiction in the U.S. All proceeds will be donated to Shatterproof.

To buy tickets, visit Ticket sales will end on July 2 or until the event is sold out. Those who cannot make the event, but wish to donate may consider looking under the “I wish I could be there!” ticket or visiting

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