MPD Holiday Food Drive
MONROE — Police officers will collect nonperishable donations for a Holiday Food Drive at the Village Square Shopping Center, 401 Monroe Turnpike, on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The event will benefit the Monroe Food Pantry, which assists town families in need. Click here for a list of items the pantry needs.
Monroe police officers’ Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Roberto’s raised $2,600 for Special Olympics Connecticut and its athletes last Friday.
Officers assist waitstaff with tasks, such serving water and bread to tables, and patrons can choose to donate to the cause by putting money into an envelope on their table.
The Monroe Police Department has often been among the top 10 fundraisers for Special Olympics Connecticut among area police departments.
Monroe Giving Tree Program
Every year, the Monroe community generously purchases gifts for town residents in need during the holiday season. Those wishing to help by purchasing a gift should click here and sign up for a specific gift.
Gifts should be wrapped and returned with the tag number (i.e. 101A) clearly marked on the outside by Dec. 1.
Drop off locations are inside the Monroe Police Department lobby, which is open 24 hours a day, and in the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library Lobby, open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To make a monetary donation instead of buying a gift, click here. For information, call Mary Ann Kalm, the town’s social services coordinator/clinical coordinator, at 203-452-2813.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
MONROE, CT — The public is invited to a ceremony on Stepney Green, commemorating Veterans Day and acknowledging and remembering veterans’ contributions and sacrifices, Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.
The opening prayer will be offered by The Rev. Kevin Merritt of Stepney Baptist church and American Legion Posts 176 of Monroe and 160 of Easton will hold memorial services.
Monroe Post 176 is led by Commander Vic Yanosy and Easton Post 160 is led by Commander Donald Rodgerson.
Community leaders will participate in the ceremonies along with decorated veterans and members of the Women’s Auxiliary. Save our Stepney Task Force will post 13 American flags over the green to honor veterans for the occasion.
Following the ceremonies, there will be a laying of the wreaths next to the World War I plaque and a lowering of the flag. Father Rodriquez, of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, will offer the benediction.
Parks & Rec. programs
Monroe Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of programs for the fall and winter seasons.
The Masuk Pool is available for open swim. Information on schedules, rates and memberships can be found on the department website. Parks and Recreation is also hiring certified lifeguards and water safety instructors.
The Ski/Snowboard Program will be running bus trips to Mohawk Mountain for six weeks from January through February for students in grades 6-12.
Students in grades 1-5 are invited to register for Tom O’Brien’s Wizards School of Magic at Jockey Hollow Middle School on Nov. 30.
Mad Science – NASA’s Milky Way Mission will run from Nov. 8 to Dec. 13 at Jockey Hollow Middle School for students in grades 1-6.
Code Wiz: Online Coding Classes are available virtually for children ages seven-and-older on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Youth Basketball Leagues are available for both boys and girls in grades 3-8 and high school students between November and March.
The Future Stars Basketball Winter Clinic is open for registration for students in grades K-2. Parks and Recreation is offering sessions on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Visit the Monroe Parks and Recreation website for applications and registration options. Be sure to check back frequently for upcoming programs. To speak with a staff member email [email protected] or call (203) 452-2806.