Community News: Shriners, candidates on the radio …

Pyramid Shriners distributed pamphlets and coloring books to patrons at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Monroe and collected donations to benefit children receiving medical care at Shriners Hospital. Pictured in the front row, from left, is Donald M. Casey Jr., of Monroe, and Daryl Lminggio. Back row, from left, is Larry Plotnick, Adam Plotnick and Pedro Garcia.

Candidates on the radio this Sunday

MONROE, CT — Constituents for Connecticut’s 112th District race will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates before a special election on Tuesday. John Babina, of Monroe, co-founder of WMNR Fine Arts Radio, recorded separate interviews with all three candidates for his show, which airs this Sunday at 6 p.m.

Tony Scott, a Republican, Nick Kapoor, a Democrat, and Independent candidate William “Bill” Furrier will each have 20-minutes of air time.

Voters can tune in to 88.1FM, 90.1FM or stream the program via WMNR is primarily a classical music radio station, which has operated in Monroe for nearly 40 years. To learn more visit

UMC Monroe’s paper shredding fundraiser 

The United Methodist Church of Monroe will host a Paper Shredding Fundraiser at Village Square, 401 Route 111, on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The church volunteers will partner with PROSHRED Security employees to organize a COVID-safe event where people can shred personal papers that have been stacking up, including sensitive household and business records they want to destroy.

The event will benefit church missions near and far. Individuals and businesses are welcome. It costs $10 for a standard archive box (15”x12”x10”) and prices increase $5 according to container size. Cash or checks over $30, payable to UMC Monroe, will be accepted.

For information, send an email to, call 203-268-8395 or visit UMC Monroe’s website at

United We Golf

Golfers can play the game they love, while helping their Fairfield County neighbors recover from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, by participating in the first annual United We Golf Tournament on May 17.

The fundraiser, sponsored by the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, will be held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull. Proceeds will benefit United Way’s Rebuilding Stronger fund.

Currently, at least one out of six neighbors in every town is struggling to make ends meet. Last year, calls to United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline from Fairfield County increased by 70 percent. Requests for food tripled; calls for rental assistance nearly doubled.

“People who never needed our help before need it now,” said Jeff Kimball, the United Way’s CEO.

Foursomes will compete in a scramble for the United Cup, with scoring using handicaps. The entry fee of $200 covers 18-hole tournament play, cart, contests, prizes, swag and catered food.

To make the competition more interesting, teams can purchase challenges for their opponents, like requiring them to drive from the blue tee or to putt one hole while wearing oven mitts. And teams can gain advantages for themselves, like buying their way forward within a hole’s tee box.

To register for play, visit www.unitedwegolf/ Or join as a sponsor for additional benefits. The entry fee is 80-percent tax deductible. For information, contact CEO Jeff Kimball ([email protected]) or Development Director Faith Douglass ([email protected]).

Easy Street App for IOS

AVON, CT — Norcom Mortgage, a family-owned mortgage company with 36 locations along the East Coast, including Monroe, recently launched its Easy Street App for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Built by SimpleNexus, developer of the leading homeownership platform for loan officers, borrowers, real estate agents and settlement agents, the Easy Street App provides borrowers a convenient and safe way to apply for a loan, stay up-to-date throughout the loan process and even complete the loan closing ceremony from a mobile device.

“This new mortgage technology is a game-changing step for Norcom. The Easy Street app brings together borrowers, Realtors and loan officers in a way that is unmatched in the mortgage industry,” said Norcom Mortgage Executive Vice President, Operations Manager Mike Dimech. “Thanks to our partnership with SimpleNexus, this turnkey solution will allow our loan officers to conduct the entire mortgage process on one platform, enhancing our efficiency and ultimately revolutionizing our customers’ experience and how we close loans.”

Every step of the mortgage process is handled through the Easy Street app. After filling out the mortgage application, borrowers can photograph and securely upload documents, receive push notifications to track the status of their loan, download loan approval letters and e-sign closing documents — all from their mobile devices. Borrowers can use the app to navigate the loan closing process digitally. Eliminating the need for a lengthy in-person closing ceremony.

The app features two-factor authentication and data encryption to protect borrowers’ personal and financial data. In addition, loan officers can share the app with real estate agents and other referral partners, giving them access to mortgage calculators, automatic notifications and easy access to contact information.

For more information or to download Norcom’s Easy Street app, visit

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