Community News: Think Pink, Centennial Tree planting, GOP headquarters, speed networking

Bonnie Maur, who had a long career as a middle school science teacher for Monroe public schools, wants Monroe to Think Pink to raise breast cancer awareness.

Think Pink Palooza: A Celebration of Strength and Remembrance will be held on the Monroe Green at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The event, sponsored by Think Pink Monroe in conjunction with Swim Across the Sound, will be an evening to celebrate survivors of cancer and remember those we have lost.

“Think Pink Monroe is seeking to bring our wonderful town together in the quest to raise awareness, as well as to assist Monroe residents who have dealt with a cancer diagnosis,” said Bonnie Maur, chairwoman of the Think Pink Monroe Committee. “We are honored to be able to remember those lost, honor those who have survived, and celebrate the advances that have been made in saving lives. Hence we will continue by supporting the fighters.”

The Masuk High School band and Chorus will perform, as well as dancers from the Monroe Dance Academy.

Speakers will include First Selectman Ken Kellogg, male and female breast cancer survivors, as well as others who have been impacted by breast cancer in their families.

Think Pink Monroe has planned a series of events for October. The next one will be at the Monroe Farmers’ Market, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. The purpose will be to raise awareness and a mobile mammography van will be on the Monroe Green for free tests.

A breast cancer surgeon will be on hand to discuss breast health with residents and Monroe Farmers’ Market vendors will offer special pink products.

A Centennial Tree planting on Monroe Town Green

A white oak tree is to be planted on Monroe’s Town Green at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 29, in a statewide celebration marking the Centennial of the Passage of Connecticut’s Arborist Law.

The ceremony and a commemorative plaque were arranged by David Solek, Monroe’s Park Ranger and Tree Warden. First selectman Ken Kellogg and civic officials have been invited to participate.

The Connecticut Tree Protective Association, representing 800 members, 575 of them licensed arborists, donated the white oak to mark the passage of the Arborist Law in 1919, believed to be the first such legislation in the U.S.

Under the legislation, individuals who engage in commercial tree care need to be accredited by board certification. Connecticut’s model has been adopted by other states such as New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

GOP headquarters

Monroe Republicans will open the office for their campaign headquarters in the Big Y Plaza, 535 Monroe Turnpike, on Sunday, Sept. 29, between 3 to 5 p.m.

The office will be housed in the former Litchfield Skin Care, sandwiched between Lia’s Pizza and Choice Pet.

Speed Networking

The Power Network is sponsoring its 10th Annual Speed Networking event at Roberto’s Restaurant on Main Street in Monroe on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with informal networking, a cash bar and a full buffet dinner. At 6:15, the speed networking begins. By the end of the evening, participants will have met all 50 people in the room, exchanged business cards, and learned about each other through 90-second introductions.

Within a couple days, an Excel-spreadsheet listing all the attendees and their contact information will arrive in your inbox, saving manual-input time and helping you easily launch your follow-up.

This networking experience is the brain-child of Harriette Trevino and Wendy Grasso, former co-chairs of the 2010 Power Network.

To register for Speed Networking, click here. The Power Network is the leads group for the Monroe and Newtown Chambers. For information, email Beth Stoller at [email protected] or call her at 203-895-3583.

The event’s sponsor is Double Eagle Insurance Company and the booth sponsors are ReMax Heritage, Bankers Life Securities and Biz Gone Social.

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