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Stepney volunteers firefighters test the capabilities of equipment at Great Hollow Lake to protect their town.

MONROE, CT — People of all ages are welcome to swim during Family Community Pool Night at Masuk Pool this Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This month’s theme is Monroe Parks and Recreation’s Summer Fun Days Camp program.

“We will be having open swim, a cannon ball contest, an opportunity for parents to ask questions about what we have planned for the summer of 2023 and a raffle for a lucky camper to win a free session of camp,” said Missy Orosz, director of Monroe Parks and Recreation.

“I am very proud on how our camp staff and our department has given so many children a safe and fun environment to enjoy their summers,” she said. “We swim three times a week, have special events, plenty of crafts and sports to participate in, weekly entertainment coming in right at our very beautiful Wolfe Park.”

Longtime seasonal staff member and current camp director, Jennifer Covino and Recreation Supervisor Connor Negri eagerly await the start of the summer, according to Orosz.

“We hope to see many people join us for the pool party, whether you plan on coming to camp or not,” she said.

For information or to take advantage of early bird specials for field trips and programs to register for, call the Monroe Parks and Recreation office at 203-452-2806 or send an email to [email protected].

Christmas tree pickup

The Monroe Highway Department will begin picking up Christmas trees on Thursday, Jan. 12. Residents must have their tree at the curb by 7 a.m. Trees should be free of all accessories and should not be bagged.

The Highway Department will complete the tree pick up by Friday, January 27, 2023. It is not necessary to call for an appointment.

Residents also have the option of taking their Christmas tree to the Garder Road Landfill, 211 Garder Road, free of charge, on Fridays or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trees should not be bagged.

Blood drive

The Knights of Columbus Council 5982 is sponsoring a blood donation drive to benefit the Red Cross. The drive is being held in the Monsignor Sabia Social Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Many slots are currently available, but will fill up soon as the drive approaches. To sign up to donate, visit www.redcross.org then follow leads to the Jan. 28 drive in Monroe (06468). Or email Frank Flynn at [email protected] and he can sign you up.

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