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An architectural rendering shows how the affordable senior housing facility on Main Street would look.

MONROE, CT — Supporters of a project to build 49-units of affordable housing for residents age 62-and-older, near the former Skate Time property on Main Street, can buy an engraved brick to be displayed in a section of the walkway leading from the parking lot to the building’s main entrance.

Connecticut Housing Partners, which is heading the approved project, has been developing, owning and managing affordable housing throughout the state for 31 years. It currently has over 1,000 residents living at its 15 properties.

Its Buy A Brick program is one of the ways it is raising money for the Monroe project. Each 4″ x 8″ brick costs $250 and will be engraved with whatever the donor wants it to say. CHP hopes to sell 1,000 bricks for the project. All donations are tax deductible. For information, or to place an order, email Robin Jerrild at [email protected].

Monroe Dean’s List students

The following Monroe students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2021 semester at Western Connecticut State University: 

Andre Badolato, Management; Connor Feeney, Art; Samantha Maillet, Pre-Nursing; Brady McGuire, Business Administration; Riley Mcguire, Justice and Law Administration; Alexa Pannese, Pre-Nursing; Jenna Pannese, Secondary Education; and Cassidy Swanson, Elementary Education.

Monroe Historical Society receives grant 

A $6,600 grant will help the Monroe Historical Society’s efforts to improve its information technology and digital infrastructure, providing an easier connection for K-12 teachers and students and other stakeholders in the community.

“The COVID pandemic devastated fundraising activities and drastically reduced our ability to provide unique and varied programming to all members of our community,” said President Karen Cardi. “However, thanks to this opportunity from the Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant, we now have the support needed to continue our outreach.”

The Connecticut Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant was awarded by Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Monroe Historical Society offers free events, lectures and other programs providing opportunities for the public to recreate, enjoy and participate in living history.

Coins for Change

Connex’s Monroe branch recently donated $939 to Operation Hope in support of its mission of eliminating homelessness and hunger.

The donation was raised through Coins-for-Change, Connex’s philanthropic program that donates 100 percent of the fees collected at its coin-cashing machines to charitable organizations.

“We are grateful to Connex Credit Union for providing us funds to help with overhead costs in our food pantry program. From all of us, and those we serve – thank you,” said Carla Miklos, executive director of Operation Hope.

Each year, more than $14,000 is donated through the Coins-for-Change program. New charities are selected every quarter. Local nonprofits or charitable organizations interested in participating should contact Giovana Monaco at [email protected] or 1-800-CR-UNION.

College scholarships

Applications are available for Connex Credit Union’s annual scholarship program. Among the opportunities is the new Dave F. Clark Arts and Music Scholarship, named in honor of one of the longest serving members of the Connex Board of Directors.

Through March 18, college-bound or currently enrolled students can apply for one of four $2,000 scholarships:

  • Nicolas G. Hackett Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of longtime Connex volunteer Nick Hackett.
  • John R. Edwards Community Involvement Scholarship, created in honor of former Connex President and Chief Executive Officer John R. Edwards and awarded to a student who emulates Connex’s commitment to community service.
  • Arthur B. Haesche Memorial Scholarship, commemorating one of Connex’s founding members Arthur B. Haesche that is reserved for a student majoring in business or finance.
  • Dave F. Clark Arts & Music Scholarship, named for one of our longest service Board members with 55 years of volunteer service, awarded to a student studying for a degree in Arts or Music.

These scholarships are available to any student with a 3.0 GPA or higher that is a college-bound high school senior or is already enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year undergraduate program for the fall 2022 semester.

The student, or a direct family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle), must also be a Connex Credit Union member in good standing as of Dec. 31, 2021.

To apply, students must go to connexcu.org and complete the online application, as well as the short essay component (250 words or less). Once finished, a current transcript, including GPA, can be uploaded with the application or mailed to:

Connex Credit Union Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 477, North Haven, CT 06473.

Applications and transcripts must be submitted by March 18, 2022. Any application that is incomplete or not accompanied by a current transcript will not be considered. Students may only apply for one of the four scholarships.

Those who have previously won a Connex scholarship or those who are employees of Connex or are members of its Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, or their immediate families, are not eligible.

For information, visit connexcu.org or call 1-800-CR-UNION.

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