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First Selectman Ken Kellogg, left, presents a check from the Monroe First Foundation to Kim Cassia, director of Community and Social Services, to benefit the Monroe Senior Center Tuesday.

MONROE, CT — First Selectman Ken Kellogg presented a $2,000 donation to the Monroe Senior Center’s Program Fund from the Monroe First Foundation during the center’s annual end of summer picnic Tuesday.

The funds were raised from the generosity of participants and sponsors, including many Monroe businesses, during the First Selectman’s Golf Outing.

The funds will be used to provide additional programs and activities for the town’s seniors, according to Kellogg.

Monroe Lions Shred Day

The Monroe Lions Club is hosting a paper shredding fundraiser in the Rite Aid parking lot at the corner of routes 25 and 59 on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.The cost is a $10 donation per standard computer paper box (18x10x11) or $15 for larger boxes. For information click on this link for a pdf of the flyer.

EMS Open House
The Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service’s headquarters viewed from Jockey Hollow Road.

The Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is hosting an open house this Saturday, Sept. 23, at its newly renovated headquarters at 54 Jockey Hollow Road. The building also has an addition.

All are welcome to come to the event, anytime from 12 to 6 p.m. There will be a formal greeting at noon, before a day of tours and activities gets underway.

There will be a touch-a-truck for children, who will have an opportunity to climb aboard an ambulance, members will offer question and answer sessions on topics such as becoming an EMT, there will be trivia, a DIY activity of putting together your own first aid kit, and demonstrations for hands-only CPR.

The Monroe EMS building project was a vision of the late EMS Chief Don Smith, who worked on it for the past two decades and lived to see it to completion.

Fall blood drive

The Monroe Lions Club is sponsoring a fall blood drive with the American Red Cross to be held at Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church St. in Monroe, on Sept. 26.

Donors may come any time between noon and 6 p.m., though it is recommended that you make an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-233-2767.

Monroe Lion President Frank Bent noted this is one of many community services provided by the Monroe Lions focusing on their International motto: We Serve. For information about the Monroe Lions, call Bent at 203-650-5632.
A Basket Bonanza

The Saint John XXIII Columbiettes of St. Jude Church in Monroe will host a Basket Bonanza fundraiser on Oct. 14 and 15.

Proceeds will benefit the various charitable efforts the Columbiettes sponsor, such as special needs camperships, Hopeline, the St. Jude Food Pantry, support for local veterans organizations and Christmas baskets for the disadvantaged.

Participants can purchase a sheet of 25 tickets for $20 at the door of the event, then choose which basket(s) they want to win. There will be over 60 baskets to choose from, containing a variety of goods, gift cards and services.

The event will be held in the Msgr. Sabia Social Hall at St. Jude Church, 707 Monroe Tpke. in Monroe, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 15. Basket winners will be chosen at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Participants do not have to be present to win. Winners can pick up their baskets between 3 and 6 p.m. on Oct. 15.

For information, call (203) 258-3354 or e-mail [email protected].

Fire Safety Day, Firetruck/Car Show
The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Fire Truck Show in celebration of its 100th Anniversary.

Monroe Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 is hosting a Fire Safety Day & Firetruck/Car Show on Fireman’s Field, at the corner of routes 110 and 111, Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, which is in celebration of the MVFD’s 100 year anniversary, will include fire safety discussions, food and beverages, demonstrations, giveaways and merchandise.

Area fire departments will compete to win trophies in a myriad of apparatus categories. “We expect nearly two dozen different fire trucks to be on site, from antiques to brand new,” said Monroe Fire Chief Kevin Catalano.

The department welcomes classic cars, rat-rods and muscle cars — both domestic and foreign, along with Jeep Wranglers, Gladiators, Big Trucks and other interesting mechanized equipment to compete in other categories to bring home a once in a life-time 100th Anniversary Trophy.

The cost for civilian judged vehicles is a suggested $20 donation. There is no fee for fire apparatus or non-judged attendees. Gates open at 9 a.m. for judged vehicles, which must be registered by 10:30 a.m.

Monroe man joins Housatonic’s board
Mark Floramo

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Mark Floramo, of Monroe, was among two new members appointed to the Housatonic Community College Foundation’s Board of Directors, bringing total membership to 18. The other appointee was Valerie King.

“Our Board of dedicated and accomplished leaders is thrilled to welcome Valerie and Mark. Their experience, perspective and commitment will help us continue our work to support Housatonic students for years to come,” said HCCF Board Chair Judith Corprew.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Foundation to engage, assist and support the local community,” Floramo said. “Working with small business owners every day, one of my passions is seeing how those businesses got started. Housatonic Community College offers a tremendous opportunity for students to excel and achieve their goals.”

Floramo is vice president of commercial lending for TD Bank as a relationship manager covering both Fairfield and Westchester Counties. He uses his 17 years of banking experience to lead at TD Bank, where he has served for the past 13 years.

Floramo is a vibrant supporter of many local organizations, has served on several boards, and is excited to bring his expertise to Housatonic. He is a proud graduate of Western New England University and currently resides in Monroe with his wife, Wendy, an elementary school teacher in Stratford, and their five children.



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