Community News: Soctober, Columbus Day closings, helping cheerleaders …

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MONROE, CT — Rotary Club of Monroe members will collect new pairs of socks during their “Soctober” event this month, “when no one should have cold feet.”

Donations of new men’s, women’s and children’s socks will benefit two Bridgeport nonprofits, Homes for the Brave, which helps homeless veterans, and The Center for Family Justice, which provides assistance for victims of abuse.

For every donation of new socks, the Monroe Rotary will donate another pair.

Pairs of socks may be brought to Monroe Social, 494 Main St.; Union Savings Bank, 411 Monroe Turnpike; Last Drop Cafe, 435 Main St.; Benedict’s Home & Garden, 480 Purdy Hill Road; and Out Front Farm Pet Supply, 179 Main St.

Columbus Day closings

Town Hall offices, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, the Monroe Senior Center, Highway Department, and Monroe Food Pantry will all be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day.

There will be no change to the recycling pick-up on Columbus Day and the Spring Hill Road transfer station will be open that Monday.

Raffle offers prizes, helps cheerleaders, promotes town businesses

Danielle Rownin, fundraising chair for Monroe Lions Cheerleading, right, and her daughter, Mackenna, a cheerleader, raffle off a gift card to Uncle Al’s Ice Cream.

A calendar raffle will raise money for new uniforms for Monroe Lions cheerleaders and offset costs when they can use indoor practice facilities. The fundraiser will also benefit local businesses amid a tough economy by including sponsors’ logos on the calendar to increase awareness and foot traffic.

Participating businesses donated gift cards, and supplemental gift cards were donated by Monroe residents. The gift cards will be raffled off every day throughout the month of October. Tickets are five dollars each or five for $20.

Danielle Rownin, fundraising chair for Monroe Lions Cheerleading, said every single entry offers up to 31 chances to win.

“We have more than 600 entries to date and sales will continue throughout the month as there is a new prize to be won each day,” Rownin said.

Here’s the raffle calendar for Monroe Lions Cheerleading’s fundraiser.

Every night at 7 p.m., Monroe Lions Cheerleading will host a raffle via Facebook Live on its Facebook Page. One of its cheerleaders will select the winning ticket.

All participating businesses are promoted throughout the fundraiser. Here is a link to the Day 1 video of the raffle for a gift card to Uncle Al’s Ice Cream.

All participating businesses are highly promoted throughout, particularly during the Facebook Live when their gift card is being raffled. For example, watch the Day 1 video of the raffle of a gift card to Uncle Al’s Ice Cream.

Jeans for charity at Connex 

Employees from Connex Credit Union’s North Haven branch are joined by President and CEO Frank Mancini, back middle, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Casper, back, far right, in wearing jeans to work as part of a fundraising campaign benefiting the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

Connex Credit Union collected $2,334 worth of donations from its employees and members of the community in support of Miracle Jeans Day, a national promotion run by Credit Unions for Kids that helps fund cutting-edge research and innovative technology for hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network.

The credit union matched the first $1,000 in donations and allowed employees who contributed $15 or more to wear jeans to work on Wed., Sept. 9.

“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came together once again in support of the young patients at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center,” said Carl Casper, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Connex Credit Union. “This is our sixth consecutive Miracle Jeans Day and we once again passed our $1,000 donation goal, a true testament to the spirit of our employees and the surrounding community.”

Invitations to bid

The following is a legal notice from Director of Public Works Chris Nowacki:

The Town of Monroe is accepting 2020/2021-2021/2022 bids on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, for the following:

  • Screened sand at 10 a.m.
  • Plowing, deicing, removal at 11 a.m.
  • Stone and gravel at 12 p.m.

Bid packages are available via e-mail by calling the First Selectman’s Office at 203-452-2821 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon-Thurs and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri.

Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked which bid and shall be submitted to the First Selectman’s Office at 7 Fan Hill Rd, Monroe, CT 06468. Please call 203-452-2821 prior to bid drop off.

Bids shall be accepted until the deadline specified above. No bid may be submitted or withdrawn after this deadline. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all bids in the best interest of the Town.

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