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Monroe Panthers Lacrosse players, from left, Mikaela Nealon, Maiya Hardwick and Maya Sancimino, check out the pies from the Fire Engine Pizza Co. truck outside a ribbon cutting ceremony for CMW Roofing & Siding, 440 Main St., on May 21.

Sprint for Monroe is this Sunday

MONROE, CT — Runners and walkers will soon lace up their sneakers for the 2022 Victorinox Sprint for Monroe to be held on Sunday, June 5. It’s the 30th anniversary of the annual event, according to the Sprint for Monroe Committee.

To register or learn more about the 30th Annual Victorinox Sprint for Monroe, visit sprintformonroe.com.

Pride Flag Raising

The annual Pride Flag Raising at Monroe Town Hall will be held on June 11 at 10 a.m. The rain date is June 12. All are welcome to attend.

Whitney Cabinet Painting

President of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Bill Purcell, left, with, from left, Shelton’s Vice President of the Board of Alderman Eric McPherson, Shelton Economic Development Commission member Bing Carbone, Shelton Planning & Zoning Commission Chair Virginia Harger, Shelton’s President of the Board of Alderman John Anglace, Whitney Cabinet Painting owner Michael Putnam and his family.

SHELTON, CT — Michael Putnam, of Monroe, celebrated the opening of his new business, Whitney Cabinet Painting, with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and his family on May 20.

Whitney Cabinet Painting is in the Conti Building at 132 West Canal Street in Shelton.

“Customers have a vision for their kitchen and we do our very best to deliver that transformation,” Putnam said. “The support from Conti Associates and the City of Shelton has been amazing; we are very proud to be part of the growing Shelton community.”

For information about Whitney Cabinet Painting, visit its website or call 203-820-4754.

Monroe Food Pantry Online Auction, Wiffle Ball Fun Day

The third annual Wiffle Ball Fun Day will be at Wolfe Park on June 18. The event is sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank and Jensen Tire, Auto & Marine. All donations and sponsorships collected will benefit Monroe Food Pantry clients.

“Due to the continuous and generous support from our Monroe community, we are able to provide nearly 150 households with a wide choice of food to help them feed themselves and their families,” said Dir. Julie Banks.

The Pantry is also having an online auction, featuring items donated by residents who want to help fight food insecurity in town. Victorinox Swiss Army donated a Swiss Army Timepiece and Nick Banks donated a signed MLB baseball from Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

Winners will be announced at Wiffle Ball Fun Day on June 18. Cash or checks payable to the Monroe Food Pantry will be accepted.

Winners must be available to pick up and pay for their item in Monroe. Items, which will not be shipped, will be available for pick up either at the Wiffle Ball event or through Friday, June 24, at the Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road. The Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information about Wiffle Ball Fun Day, visit the Monroe Food Pantry’s Facebook page.

Barton L. Weller Scholarship

The Weller Foundation, Inc., announced that students who will be full-time seniors at Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton and Trumbull high schools this fall may now request brochures from their guidance offices with rules for the 2022-2023 $18,000 Barton L. Weller Scholarship.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage academic excellence in a substantial five-month original independent research or study project. Students may begin to formulate their one- to two-page proposal outlining the student’s project in any field of study. A student may submit only one proposal.

Proposals must be submitted to their school’s guidance department for verification prior to being received by the foundation by Oct. 3. Up to five finalists will be selected from all entries and will be notified on Oct. 17.

The finalists selected to compete will receive $200 on Nov. 3 to help defray expenses. The finalists’ project development period will run from Oct. 17 to March 2, 2023 with submission and documentation of the project due by March 2, 2023.

Final projects will be judged by a committee selected from outside the foundation’s Board of Trustees. The primary standards for judgment will be the degree, skill and care with which the original proposal is developed into a final project.

On March 22, 2023 the judges will convene to interview the finalists and select the $18,000 scholarship recipient. Finalists, who successfully complete and submit their projects on time will be invited to a dinner in their honor on April 26, 2023.

At that time, the $18,000 scholarship will be presented to the student whose project is judged to be the best, and all runners-up will receive $500 for completion and timely submission of their projects.

The Weller Foundation, Incorporated, is a nonprofit organization established in 1962 to provide financial assistance to educational, charitable, and civic organizations. The primary object of the foundation is to stimulate more responsible individual contribution to our community.

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