Community News: Veterans Day, Food drive, breast cancer, rate hike

During last year's ceremony, veterans from Monroe and Easton gather on the Stepney Green to pay tribute to the fallen heroes.

MONROE, CT — Veterans from all wars including peace time service are invited to join their fellow veterans in celebrating Veterans Day on the Stepney Green. American Legion posts from Monroe and Easton will commemorate Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the Stepney Green at 11 a.m.

Victor Yanosy will officiate the ceremony. Donald Rodgerson is commander of the Charles L. Ruman Post 160 in Easton and Yanosy commands the Sippin-Winspur Post 176 in Monroe.

The Speakers will include, Easton First Selectman Adam Dunsby and Monroe First Selectman Kenneth Kellogg. Presentation of wreaths will be made by a contingent of the Monroe American Legion Post 176 and the Monroe Lions Club.

The public is encouraged to attend and acknowledge the veterans contributions and sacrifices. The Save Our Stepney Task Force, will place 13 American flags on the green to commemorate its Flags Over Stepney program. The American flags are flown  for each of the nation’s six patriotic events: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, September 11 and Veterans Day.

In addition to the American flags, a flag will be flown for each branch of the United States armed services.

Monroe Rotary food drive

The Monroe Rotary Club’s food drive, Thanks 4 Giving, will benefit the Monroe Food Pantry. It began on Nov. 4 and will be held through Nov. 20.

COVID-19 has led to a surge in U.S. households experiencing various levels of food insecurity, which is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

To participate in the Rotary’s food drive, drop items off at Big Y and Stop & Shop on Monroe Turnpike (Route 111), Last Drop Coffee Shop on Main Street (Route 25) or the Henny Penny on Roosevelt Drive (Route 34).

The Monroe Food Pantry needs: Bread crumbs, instant potatoes, egg noodles, pasta sauce, sugar, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter, jams and jellies, canned soup, canned beans and vegetables, hot chocolate and decaf and regular coffee.

Aside from food, the pantry also needs masks and cleansing anti-bacterial wipes for its clients.

Each day, the Monroe Rotary will post a Thanksgiving cartoon story in recognition of residents’ generosity on its website.

Connex donates close to $2,000 to fight breast cancer

Connex Credit Union Marketing Specialist Anita Annunziato

Connex Credit Union recently donated $1,750 to the American Cancer Society in support of the organization’s fight against breast cancer.

Connex employees and members, as well as residents of the local community, contributed this money as part of the credit union’s fundraising efforts for the Making Strides Greater New Haven event held on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Connex, which has a branch on Main Street in Monroe, also was a sponsor for Making Strides Greater New Haven, which, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was converted from a walkathon to a drive-thru at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven that many Connex employees participated in. This special event helped further promote online donations which, to date, have already reached nearly $30,000 and are expected to top $40,000 by the end of the year.

“We extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who, despite the difficult times we find ourselves in, selflessly came together to help us nearly double our initial donation

Connex Credit Union Director of Marketing Louise Nestor

goal,” said Carl Casper, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Connex Credit Union. “Every dollar counts in the fight against breast cancer and we are so honored for the opportunity to support such an important cause.”

Making Strides Greater New Haven is part of a national movement backed by the largest network of breast cancer events in the country. Funds raised go toward supporting patients, survivors, “thrivers” and caregivers throughout every step of their experience. This includes everything from bolstering innovative research, education and prevention to providing patient services such as free rides to chemotherapy, free places to stay near treatment and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.

Eversource customers to see rate hike

BERLIN, CT — Eversource Energy submitted its proposed winter electricity prices to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Thursday. It approved, the residential Generation Service Charge (GSC) would be 8.391 cents per kilowatt-hour, up from the current 7.375 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Customers in Connecticut who are signed up for the company’s Standard Service generation rate would see the increase on the supply side of their electric bill beginning Jan. 1. This is a direct pass-through cost to customers for the price of power generation, with no profit to the company, according to Eversource.

“We recognize the effect higher electricity prices can have on our customers, especially during these unprecedented times with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to help them better manage their energy use,” said Penni Conner, Eversource’s senior vice president and chief customer officer.

“Like our customers, we have no control over fluctuating energy prices, but the myriad of energy-efficiency programs we offer can help people reduce their usage, tighten-up their homes and keep energy bills down year-round,” Conner said. “We also offer various payment arrangements for customers who are having difficulty paying their energy bill, including the COVID-19 payment plan which allows them to pay past-due balances for up to 24 months.”

The new generation rate will be in effect from Jan. 1 to June 30. The average residential customer using 700 kilowatt hours of electricity each month will see an increase of approximately $7.11 per month on the supply portion of their bill. Each customer’s total bill depends on how much energy they use, their rate category, and weather conditions.

Under the state law that deregulated electricity, energy companies like Eversource bid twice a year for power supplies, award contracts to low bidders, and pass along the costs to customers without marking them up. The Standard Service price changes on January 1 and July 1. All Eversource customers have the option to buy their power from state-approved third-party suppliers or go with the energy company’s Standard Service rate. Customers can find out more information about alternate suppliers and rates at

Eversource offers a wide variety of energy efficiency programs that can help customers reduce their power use and save money. Information can be found at

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