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Philly Soft Pretzels are among the snack foods being sold in a fundraiser to support the new Wolfe's Den Playground project at Wolfe Park.

MONROE, CT — Football fans can munch on Philly Soft Pretzels and Sweet and Salty Little Kernel’s Kettle Corn, while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb.13. The snacks are being sold in a fundraiser to push the Wolfe Park playground project across the goal line.

Among the menu choices being offered by the Monroe Playground Foundation are:

Super Bowl Special: Five Philly Soft Pretzels, two dipping sauces and a large order of Little Kernel’s Kettle Corn. Separately priced at $21.50, it’s $20 in this package.

Five pack of Philly Soft Pretzels with two dipping sauces – $12.50

Five pack of Philly Soft Pretzels – $7.50

Family Party Tray with three dipping sauces – $45

Little Kernel’s Kettle Corn – Small (11.3 oz) – $6 or Large (21 oz) – $9

Extra dipping sauces – $2.50 each.

Sauces include: Yellow mustard, spicy brown mustard, super hot mustard, tangy sriracha, honey mustard, melted cheddar cheese, nacho cheese, cinnamon, butter cream, brownie batter, marinara and Philly Cream Cheese.

Orders may be picked up at 85 Mill Brook Terrace in Monroe at 3 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. The deadline to order is Friday, Feb. 11. To order, click here.  All proceeds will be used to build the Wolfe’s Den Playground.

Monroe woman hired as Wish coordinator

Danielle Lowe

Make-A-Wish®Connecticut has hired Danielle Lowe of Monroe as its new Wish coordinator.

Lowe said she is excited to spark joy and create hope for Wish children by designing, coordinating and executing their wish experiences. She comes to the chapter with four years of experience organizing events and fundraising.

Formerly the public and media relations event planner and the donations coordinator for Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, Lowe planned and oversaw all internal events for patients and families, and worked alongside foundations for all in-kind and monetary donations within the Child Life Department. She was also the pet therapy coordinator, where she oversaw the Pet Therapy Program at the hospital.

“Danielle is the newest addition to our wish team, and we are so excited to welcome her to the family,” said Lisa Brown, the Make-A-Wish program director. “She comes to us as a former event planner and donations coordinator from a children’s hospital in Long Island. She is dedicated to making every wish special and applying her expansive skill set to granting wishes. We are so happy she has joined us in Connecticut.”

Holiday schedule

The Monroe Town Hall Offices, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, the Monroe Food Pantry, Highway Department and Senior Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

There is no change to the normal recycling pickup schedule, Garder Road Landfill or the Spring Hill Road Transfer Station.

Monroe residents wins international award

Donald M. Casey Jr.

Donald M. Casey Jr., of Monroe, recently won the Red Nose Award from the International Shrine Clown Association.

The Red Nose Award is presented to Shrine Temple Clowns for volunteering a minimum of 150 hours in makeup while raising funds to assist needy children receiving medical services through the International Shrine Clown Association Sneaker Fund.

The fund provides financial support for research aimed at finding improved treatments and techniques for children with burn injuries at the Shriner Hospital.

Rec. Notes

Monroe Parks and Recreation is offering programs for the winter season.

Summer Fun Days Camp is open for registration for students in PK-3 through 8th grade. Register before Feb. 1 to receive the lowest prices of the season.

SuperTots will run a basketball program on Saturdays at the St. Jude gymnasium for children ages 3-5.

The Future Stars Basketball Winter Clinic is available for students in grades K-2 with sessions Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball is open for registration for beginner players on Tuesday evenings and advanced players on Wednesday evenings.

The Masuk Pool is available for open swim. Schedules, rates, and memberships are located on the Parks and Recreation Department website.

For information and registration options, visit the department website and check back frequently for updates. To speak with a staff member, send an email to [email protected] or call 203-452-2806.

Coins-for-Change

NORTH HAVEN, CT — From now through March 31, 2022, local residents can help make a difference in their communities by cashing in their spare change. As part of its Coins-for-Change program, Connex Credit Union will collect its regular coin-cashing machine fees and donate 100 percent of the money to three charitable organizations.

Coins-for-Change supports three new charities each quarter and contributes more than $14,000 annually. It is available to anyone, including those who are not members of the credit union.

“Participating in Coins-for-Change is an easy way for folks to help worthwhile causes while putting a little extra money in your pocket,” said Louise Nestor, director of marketing, Connex Credit Union. “Small change can really add up and help make a big difference in your local community. Bring your spare change to one of our coin-cashing machines at the following Connex branches by March 31, and 100 percent of the fee will be automatically donated to the participating organization.”

Connex’s Monroe Branch, 155 Main St., will donate to the Woodruff Family YMCA. The Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford is dedicated to healthy living with a 25-yard indoor pool, 8,500 square foot wellness center, and an outdoor community playscape for children. Funds collected will provide scholarships for low-income youth, adults and seniors to participate in their programs.

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