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Roy Spalding shared this photo of a beautiful sunset behind Stepney Baptist Church on Main Street.
Stuff the Gazebo Toy Drive

MONROE, CT — Monroe police officers are hosting the first annual Stuff the Gazebo Toy Drive to brighten holiday spirits this Christmas for children suffering from domestic and sexual abuse, who are served by The Center for Family Justice.

“It’s something of concern to us,” Monroe Police Lt. Stephen Corrone said. “We want to provide this for the victims. This is near and dear to us, because we deal with them throughout the process.”

On Saturday, Dec. 11, police will accept new unwrapped toys for children at the gazebo on the green at 7 Fan Hill Road from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The collection drive is for children from age one to 18. Among the donations police are looking for are superhero action figures, LOL Dolls, anything with dinosaurs, Barbies, Cabbage Patch Kids and gift cards, especially for the older kids.

Donations can also be dropped off in a collection box in the Monroe Police Department lobby, 7 Fan Hill Road.

“We’re trying to do the best we can for them, so we would appreciate it if the community came out and supported this,” Corrone said.

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” will be performed in an adaptation by Tom Simonetti at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 175 Old Tanner Road, on Saturday, Dec. 18, with showings at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 and include the show and a reception. Masks are required.

For information and to buy tickets, visit Vsfestival.org or call 203-513-9446.

TLC donates a tree

The Save Our Stepney Task Force is grateful to TLC of Stepney for its donation of the gazebo tree for its annual tree lighting, held last weekend.

In a photo shared by Kathie Loehr, Kyle Roller of HUSH Gardens and Kate Chase of Rocledge Farm set up wiring inside the Stepney Green Gazebo before the event.

The event attracted a large crowd and featured a visit from Frosty the Snowman.

Monroe Senior Center newsletter

The Monroe Senior Center’s December newsletter includes events like Christmas Trees by Art Gottlieb on Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m., a Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 14 at 12 p.m. ($5 per person), Meet the Editor of The Monroe Sun on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m., and a New Year Celebration on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. ($3 per person).

To download a pdf of the newsletter, click here.

Pyramid Shriners raise funds for young burn victims
John O’Reilly, left, and Donald Casey Jr. volunteer for a Pyramid Shriners’ fundraiser outside Rite Aid Pharmacy in Monroe.

Pyramid Shriners conducted their 4th annual fall fundraising event at Rite Aid in Monroe, distributing informational pamphlets and coloring books to patrons of the pharmacy.

Donations were collected and funds will be used to assist children in need, who receive medical care through The Red Sneaker Fund.

The Red Sneaker Fund was established at the Pyramid Shrine Center in 1973. The fund provides financial support for research aimed at finding improved treatments and techniques for children with burn injuries at the Shriner’s Hospital.


Your CBD Store Monroe is carrying an innovative new product line of weight loss products: TRIM by SUNMED™, after a 13-week-independent clinical trial study showed a high success rate for the natural appetite suppressing benefit of THC-V, its core component.

“We believe that TRIM by SUNMED fills a major void that has existed in the marketplace, using natural weight loss remedies, free of caffeine, sugar, and other toxics,  as opposed to harsh stimulants, allowing hemp to do the work,” said Marcus Quinn, founder of Your CBD Store.

While traditional weight loss supplements routinely combine harmful stimulants and caffeine, resulting in adverse side effects that range from rapid heart rate to the “jitters” and headaches, TRIM by SUNMED™ uses therapeutic naturally derived cannabinoids that antagonize the CB-1 receptor and suppress pesky cravings.

Customers should combine TRIM by SUNMED™ in a daily routine that includes a healthy diet and active lifestyle, boosting the effectiveness of their exercise and nutrition without making extreme adjustments.

The benefits of TRIM not only include weight loss, but it may also improve sleep, reduced anxiety, and inflamation.

TRIM, with an introductory price of $100, is now being sold exclusively by Your CBD Stores nationwide.

Connex’s Sock-It-To-Me! drive keeps families warm
Kellyann Day, CEO of New Reach, left, receives a check from Giovana Monaco, marketing specialist of Connex Credit Union.

Connex Credit Union staff and members collected over 400 articles of winter clothing, including socks, mittens, scarves and pajamas during the month of October as part of the Sock-It-To-Me! fall drive.

The items were donated to New Reach, a New Haven based nonprofit whose mission is to fight homelessness and poverty, along with a $500 check presented to its chief executive officer, Kellyann Day.

“New Reach is so grateful for Connex’s generosity,” Day said. “This donation will give warmth and comfort to the families we serve this holiday season.”

Connex has a branch on Main Street in Monroe. The clothing drive is part of the ConnexCares initiative.

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