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Vanessa Shimer, left, and her late brother, James Karcher, celebrate their birthday, when she turned 28 and he turned 25.

Aloha James: A Luau to Fight Addiction

SHELTON, CT — The second annual Aloha James: A Luau to Fight Addiction, an event in honor of James Karcher, a former Monroe resident who died from an accidental overdose, will be held at Caloroso Eatery & Bar, 100 Center St., Shelton, on Saturday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m.

“We will be having about 60 people attend, Shatterproof staff, friends, loved ones, people in recovery,” said Vanessa Shimer, Karcher’s sister. “Shelton’s Mayor Mark Lauretti will also be in attendance. This disease is killing way to many innocent lives and the more we talk about it the better!”

The event will include a buffet-style dinner, dessert, cash bar, raffle, music and meaningful conversation.

To donate raffle items, email Shimer at [email protected] To give a gift or sponsorship of a monetary value, click here.

Traffic Report

Drivers can expect lane closures, alternating traffic and some delays for roadwork through July 25, according to a report from the Monroe Public Works Department.

Restoration work will be performed on Gay Bower Road, from Route 111 to Woodlawn Road; and on Pepperidge Road, from Cross Hill to a cul-de-sac.

Drainage work will be performed on River Drive, from Turkey Roost Road to a cul-de-sac.

Utility drainage and construction will be done on Pepper Street, from Grant Road to the north end of Route 25.

Monroe scholars

Monroe students Alexei Hickey and Elizabeth Schnaitmann made the spring 2022 Dean’s List during their studies at University of Maine.

To be eligible for the Full-time Dean’s List, a student must have completed 12 or more calculable credits in the semester and have earned a 3.50 or higher semester GPA.

Students who have part-time status during both the fall and spring semesters of a given academic year are eligible for the Part-time Dean’s List. They must have completed 12 or more calculable credits over both terms and have earned a combined GPA in those terms of 3.50 or higher.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Fairfield County Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, at Calf Pasture Beach, in Norwalk. The event opens at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

For information and to register, visit act.alz.org/fairfieldcounty.

Scott, Kelly receive perfect CBIA scores

State Rep. Tony Scott

State Rep. Tony Scott, R-Monroe, and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, R-21st, were recognized by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) for 100-percent pro-business voting scores on key bills identified as critical to the state’s job creators, workforce, affordability, and overall economic growth.

Votes were scored on 10 bills, chosen for their potential impact — positive or negative — on job growth and the state’s post-pandemic recovery. They ranged from developing a women’s return to work plan in the post-COVID world, to a program in state prisons that will allow those re-entering society the chance to earn their commercial driver’s licenses.

Legislators were scored on these measures based on their opposition or support for pro-job positions, according to press releases from both legislators.

State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-21st District

“I’m honored to be recognized for my support of pro-jobs and pro-economic growth policies and advocacy to create opportunity for all people,” Kelly said. “Connecticut continues to rank near last in job growth and income growth and lags behind the rest of the nation when it comes to post-pandemic recovery.”

“As the cost of living in Connecticut skyrockets, income is not keeping pace. We must be laser focused on removing barriers to job creation and supporting Connecticut families with opportunity, training, and the ability to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Opportunity is key to making our state the best and safest place to live, work, raise a family and retire,” he said.

Kelly introduced the Better Way to a Prosperous Connecticut plan focused on job growth and workforce development.

Scott said, “I continue to hear from constituents about inflation-driven price increases and skyrocketing fuel prices that are making Connecticut more unaffordable by the day,” Scott said. “While residents and families are now forced to make difficult decisions as a result, the same can be true of businesses, from the corner shop to large corporations that employee thousands.”

“They are trying to balance their books amid disruptions to supply chains and cost increases,” he said. “As lawmakers, we should be thinking about ways to assist in their recovery from the pandemic, not finding new ways to heap taxes and new regulations on them. I’m fighting for businesses in Monroe and Newtown, as well as those across the state and I thank the CBIA for recognizing that.”

The complete CBIA scorecard for all members of the State Senate can be viewed here.

Kelly supports TEAM

David Morgan, president and CEO of TEAM, Inc. (center) joined Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (third from right) along with TEAM, Inc. staff to thank area residents for their generous donations of feminine products to help women in need and support TEAM Inc’s community partners throughout the Valley.

State Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-21) recently joined David Morgan, President and CEO of TEAM, Inc. to present TEAM with donations from Seymour, Derby and Beacon Falls to provide feminine products to in-need area women.

Kelly applauded the generosity of the residents who left donations at drop boxes for supporting TEAM Inc.’s community partners throughout the Valley.

State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, State Senators Kevin Kelly and Eric Berthel, and Seymour First Selectwoman Annmarie Drugonis hosted the feminine product drive from June 22 through July 6.

“As our nation struggles with a shortage in menstrual products and rising prices, we are working to support the great efforts of those at TEAM, Inc. focused on helping people in our community access necessities during these difficult times,” Kelly said.

According to a report by the Alliance for Period Supplies, 1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. Additionally, a national shortage in period products combined with rising inflation has put additional pressure on those in need.

To support TEAM, Inc. and their services for children, families, the elderly, and those in need, visit http://teaminc.org.

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