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A squawking bird stands watch from atop the communications tower over the Monroe police station. Animal Control Officer Ed Risko says it appears to be an immature crow.

Going to bat against hunger

MONROE, CT — The second annual Wiffle Ball Fun Day is coming to Wolfe Park on Sept. 25. Teams will face off in tournaments by age group and individual athletes will compete in the Longest Hit and Pitching contests.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the Monroe Food Pantry, is sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank and Jensen Tire, Auto & Marine.

Registration is $60 for a team or $10 for an individual. The deadline is Sept. 1. For information and registration forms, visit the Monroe Food Pantry’s Facebook page.

The rain date is Sept. 26.

The pink flamingos are back

These pink flamingos will be placed around mailboxes to “pink” Monroe homes and raise breast cancer awareness. Contributed

The Monroe Women’s Club’s “You’ve Been Pinked” fundraiser has begun and will run through Sept. 30. All proceeds will benefit Swim Across the Sound/Think Pink Monroe.

For a $15 donation, a “flock” of pink flamingos will be set up at the mailbox of a friend or neighbor’s house for a two day stay. Only Monroe homes are eligible for the “pinkings”.

For an order form, click here. Tell the Monroe Women’s Club who you want to be “pinked”. Checks should be made payable to Monroe Women’s Club
c/o Adele Buck, 23 Stonewall Lane, Monroe CT 06468.

For information, send an email to [email protected] or call 203-452-8468.

Beer tasting at 574 Wines

Customers can sample craft beers from 14th Star Brewing Co. at 574 Wines in Monroe this Friday, any time from 4 to 6 p.m. The brewery is headquartered in St. Albans City, Vt.

The store is located at 574 Monroe Turnpike in Monroe.

Protecting seniors from fraud

HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, is appointing Marie Allen to the State’s Taskforce to Protect Senior Citizens from Fraud.

Allen, the executive director at the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, will serve on the newly formed 10-member task force. In this role she will study ways to protect seniors from fraud, including studying available planning services for Medicaid applicants.

Sen. Kevin Kelly

The new taskforce was established by Public Act No. 21-84 to better help seniors who are often the victims of scams and fraud.

“Millions of elderly Americans fall victim to fraud every year,” said Kelly, who also represents a portion of Monroe. “This taskforce has an important job ahead of them to closely study and determine how we can better protect seniors across Connecticut.”

“Marie Allen is a fierce advocate deeply experienced with the needs of Connecticut’s quickly growing elderly population,” Kelly continued. “She is committed to improving quality of life, aging in place initiatives, and supporting all individuals as they age. Her work at the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging has been life changing for many. She will bring a wealth of knowledge to this important taskforce.”

Kelly also reminds seniors and their loved ones of resources available today to address fraud. Last year the National Elder Fraud Hotline, 1-833-FRAUD-11 was established by the Department of Justice and is managed by the Office for Victims of Crime. 

Connecticut also just launched an Elder Justice Hotline. Victims of any elder justice issues, from frauds and scams to abuse and neglect, can call 1-860-808-5555 for help. Information about the hotline, resources and an online complaint portal can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/ag/elderhotline.

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