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Masuk High School seniors earning recognition as National Merit Commended Students for their outstanding test performance on the PSAT/NMSQT pictured with Principal Steven Swenson, left, are, from left, Lohit Jagarlamudi, Joseph Eisenman, Vishwajit Selvaraju, Cole Gakos, Siddharth Pamulapati, Molly Halliday and Shahad Faiz.

Coffee with a Cop

“Nothing beats a good conversation over a cup of coffee.” That’s the motto of the Monroe Police Department’s effort to open a stronger line of communication with the community.

Residents can meet town officers for informal conversations on matters they’re interested in at Last Drop Coffee Shop, 435 Main St., for a Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Community organizations or individuals who want to meet police officers, or to just have a conversation, should send an email to [email protected].

JHMS to host charity basketball tournament

The third annual Jarah Matthews-Dixon Memorial Tournament will be held at Jockey Hollow Middle School, 365 Fan Hill Road in Monroe, this Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets to the basketball tournament cost $10 each and proceeds will benefit the family of the late Jarah Matthews-Dixon, a decorated Bridgeport police officer who died in 2020, and The Center for Family Justice, which provides resources for victims of domestic violence and child and sexual abuse.

The basketball tournament will feature players from the Bridgeport, Hartford and Stamford police departments and other municipal partners.

Big Truck Day

MONROE, CT — Edith Wheeler Memorial Library is hosting a Big Truck Day event in the back parking lot on Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children can see, touch and climb inside different types of big trucks and go into the library’s children’s room for crafts.

The event will be held rain or shine, no registration necessary. The library is at 733 Monroe Turnpike.

For the October catalogue of EWML events, click here.

Domestic Violence Vigil

The Center for Family Justice invites the public to attend a vigil remember honoring the memories of the 31 lives lost in Connecticut in 2021 due to domestic violence. It will be held at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, 500 Broad St. in Bridgeport, on Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The vigil is a free community event that will include government officials, domestic violence advocates and survivors, local church choirs, dance schools and musicians to bring a message of hope through song and dance.

Monroe Lions Shred Day

MONROE, CT — Residents can safely dispose of sensitive documents they no longer need during Shred Day, a Monroe Lions Club event to be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The event will take place in the Rite Aid parking lot at 435 Main St., at the corner of Routes 25 and 59. Participants can watch an Oakridge Massive Mobile Shredder tear their boxes of paper to shreds.

The cost is $10 per box and copy paper sizes of 18 x 10 x 11 will be accepted. Larger boxes will be $5 extra. All money collected will be donated by the Monroe Lions Club to support local needs.

The Lions Club asks participants not to bring binders, binder clips, spiral notebooks or Pendaflex® folders.

For information, write to Len Berger at [email protected]

Monroe Historical Society events

The Monroe Historical Society has a full slate of upcoming events:

Saturday, Oct. 29: The Legend of Hannah Cranna: Alleged Witch of Monroe, a family friendly event featuring tales by legendary storyteller Sue Selk, 2 p.m., 31 Great Ring Road. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To preregister, email Karen Cardi, the historical society president, at [email protected]

Nov. 6: The Shoreline Ringers: A Connecticut Handbell Ensemble at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 2 p.m. The ringers will teach the history of bells, techniques used when playing and perform songs is a show with audience participation. Tickets are limited and will be available soon.

Saturday, Dec. 17, The Shoreline Ringers: A Connecticut Handbell Ensemble at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m. Featuring music, from Bach to the Beatles. Tickets are limited and available soon.

Dec. 2, 3, and 4: Christmas Fair, East Village Meeting House, 433 Barn Hill Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas and holiday decor, new and vintage ornaments, wreaths, baked goods, Monroe historical collectibles and more.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Holiday House Tour, featuring houses and churches in Monroe. A tour is $30 per person. Email Karen Cardi, [email protected]

 

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