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The Monroe Rotary Club's motto is "Service Above Self." Last weekend members posted mile markers throughout Wolfe Park.

MONROE, CT — The Rotary Club of Monroe is offering scholarships to college-bound students from Monroe. All applicants must be enrolled as a senior in any accredited high school serving Monroe.

Selections are based on merit as judged by the Rotary Club of Monroe with key criteria of volunteering/community service and academic achievement.

Applications may be obtained at school guidance offices or on the Monroe Rotary website. The deadline is May 1, 2022 and scholarship recipients will be announced by May 14, 2022.

Passover Sedars

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 77 Mount Pleasant Drive in Trumbull, invites the public to communal Passover Sedars on April 15 and 16.

The event will feature a catered Sedar and a world famous Rabbinical scholar providing stimulating, provocative Kabalistic insight and instruction throughout the program.

The events are free, but space is limited. To RSVP, called 203-268-0740 or 203-428-4130, or send an email to [email protected]

Easter Bunny coming to 574

Customers shopping at 574 Wines this Saturday, April 16, with their kids in tow will see the Easter Bunny, who decided to spend the day at the store at 574 Monroe Turnpike to visit patrons, before delivering baskets to homes this Sunday.

Eyeglasses for 3rd world countries

Monroe Lions Club members and Monroe Senior Center volunteers recently shipped 836 pairs of used eyeglasses to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.

The pairs of glasses were collected over a six-month-period, when donations were placed in Lions collection boxes at eight sites in Monroe, including Town Hall, the Senior Center, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and Mr. Mac’s Canteen.

Monroe Lions inspected and wrapped each pair of glasses with help from volunteers Pat Sacatos, Sue Carter and Katie Viselli. After shipment to a central processing center, the glasses are analyzed for proper prescription, cleaned and then shipped to people in need around the world.

Once there, volunteer vision professionals examine the recipients without charge and provide the appropriate eyeglasses needed. The same program is offered to Special Olympians during state and international games.

Panthers Hoop Camp

Panthers Hoop Camp, an instructional camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-9, will be held for boys from July 11-15, then for boys and girls from July 18-22.

The camp is designed to promote interest and skill development in the game of basketball with the goal of improving fundamentals in shooting, passing, ball handling, offensive and defensive skills and leadership.

To sign up, click here.

Basketball champs

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department recently announced recreation league champions for the 2021-22 seasons.

Coach Scott Ronaghan’s Monroe White, a team of seventh and eighth grade girls, won their league. The roster includes Juliette Aiken, Evelyn Crawford, Skye Eannotti, Sienna jones, Katie Marroquin, Erin Ronaghan, Callie Rubin, Mikaila Salustri, Ava Sasaki, Madison Witkowski and Lily Yerrington.

Coach Jim Gillen’s Red Foxes, a team of fifth and sixth grade girls, won in their age bracket. The team includes Lillian Barnes, Emma Bortzfield, Jewelianna Crawford, Lola Eisenbach, Katherine Gillen, Victoria Grychak, Kamara Moxam, Ellie Sasaki, Taylor Stripay and Gaia Victoria.

Winning the High School Basketball League championship was Army, whose players include Colin Abbott, Ethan Fink, Matthew Johnson, Will Jordan, Andrew Kyle, Ryder LaGuardia, Andrew Ronaghan and Ryan Tatarao.

Monroe Lions Club news

Lions pictured here include, from left, Len Berger, Mark Lyons and Frank Bent.

Monroe Lions Club President Frank Bent and Secretary Len Berger recently attended the District 23A (Fairfield and New Haven counties) Conference to elect Mark S. Lyons of the Brookfield Lions to be the nominee for the office of third vice president of the International Association of Lions Clubs.

Lyons served the Lions for more than 26 years. He was president of the Brookfield club and has held leadership positions throughout the district and state before being named international director, a position he held from 2018 to 2020.

The Monroe Lions Club is a major sponsor of the new playground to be constructed in Wolfe Park. It’s also a significant donor to the Monroe Food Pantry, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Operation Warmth and the Monroe Scholarship Fund.

For information or to attend one of the club’s monthly meetings, call Frank Bent at 203-650-5632.

Monroe Parks & Rec. programs

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of programs including:

  • Summer Tennis Camp for those age 5-18 and Junior Summer Tennis Clinic for ages 5-14. Early-bird pricing is valid through June 6, but participants must be fully
    registered and paid.
  • Registration is open for Future Stars Multi Sports Summer Camp at InSports for children ages 5-12. Weekly slots are available from June 27-Aug. 1.
  • This spring, Skyhawks puts the Sports in STEM through their STEM Camp; Flag
    Football program for children ages 8-12 from April 21-May 26. Skyhawks is also offering a variety of Summer Sports Camps for youth between
    the ages of 4-12.
  • From April 20-June 8, Squirts Multi Sport for children ages 2-4 will be Wednesday mornings.
  • Whitney Farms Junior Golf Camp has sessions July 11-14 and August 1-4 for children ages 7-13.
  • Future Stars Sports Academy Half Day Basketball Camp for children ages 5-9 will be at InSports.
  • The Masuk Pool is available for open swim. Schedules, rates, and memberships are located on the Parks and Rec. website.

For information on any of these programs or to register, visit monroerec.org and
check back frequently for upcoming programs. To speak with a staff member, send an email to [email protected] or call (203) 452-2806.

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