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Pyramid Shriners, from left, Donald M. Casey Jr. and Christopher Hoyt collect donations during a fundraiser at Rite Aide pharmacy in Monroe. 

MONROE, CT — The Pyramid Shriners distributed informational pamphlets and coloring books about Shriner’s Hospital for Children during their sixth annual spring fundraising event at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Monroe.

The donations they collected will be used to assist children in need of medical care through The Red Sneaker Fund, which provides financial support for research to find improved treatments and techniques for children with burn injuries at Shriner’s Hospital.

‘There’s More to the Story’

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library invites the public to its Makerspace Open House to celebrate National Library Week on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until noon. The event is called “There’s More to the Story.”

The makerspace, which opened in November of 2019, contains a host of equipment to encourage creative pursuits, both digital and old school. Stop in and learn from library volunteers as they demonstrate the photo and slide scanner; a Cricut cutting machine; an embroidery machine; a Glowforge laser cutter; and a converter that can turn old VHS tapes and DVDs into digital files.

There will be a jewelry making station and a Glowforge demonstration to make and take keychains. Free refreshments will be available in the Monroe Lions Club Cafe.

When a pipe burst in the Teen Space in January of 2018, the library decided to turn the misfortune into an opportunity to update its services.

Since EWML opened in 2007, libraries have gained increasing importance as community gathering places and as centers for experiential learning. The renovated upper level of the building includes a brand new makerspace, as well as a self-serve coffee area with comfortable seating.

A $93,000 donation from the Monroe Lions Club to the Friends of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library was essential to making the upgrade possible. Makerspace appointments are offered to assist patrons with projects they can create on the machines then on their own after completing training sessions. The public is invited to stop by during the open house event.

For information visit www.ewml.org or call the Adult Programs Department at 203-452-2852.

National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities, is the week of April 23-29.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

FAIRFIELD, CT — Put on your walking shoes – maybe some red heels – and get ready as we raise awareness about preventing violence against women and girls during The Center for Family Justice’s 11th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® on Saturday, April 29.

Presented by the Aquarion Water Company, Walk A Mile will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the Fairfield Train Station. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. To register as an individual or a team, go to bit.ly/cfjwam2023.

Monroe athlete update

BRISTOL, R.I — Christopher Tillotsonof Monroe, recorded two saves in the final 15 minutes of play in the Endicott men’s lacrosse team’s 21-13 win over Roger Williams in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Saturday afternoon at Bayside Field.


From April 1 through June 31, 2023, residents can help make a difference in their communities by cashing in their spare change. As part of Connex’s philanthropic initiative, ConnexCares, its Coins-for-Change program donates 100-percent of fees collected to four charitable organizations.

Anyone, including those who are not members of the credit union, may use these coin-counting machines at its branches, including one on Main Street in Monroe. The fee is 5 percent for members and 7 percent for nonmembers. The Coins-for-Change program donates over $14,000 per year to local organizations.

Organizations that will benefit include Partnerships Adult Day Center of Hamden, Connecticut Miss Amazing, Relay For Life of Meriden and Families Helping Families of Clinton.

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