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Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Ray Giovanni, left, with from left, Karen Cardi, Mary Kellogg, First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Community and Social Services Director Kim Cassia and Jonathan Stone during a check presentation ceremony at Monroe Town Hall Wednesday. The Monroe First Foundation donated $5,000 from the annual First Selectman's Golf Outing to Project Warmth, a town program providing assistance to families in need.

MONROE, CT — First Selectman Ken Kellogg’s Monroe First Foundation donated $5,000 to Project Warmth to assist Monroe families in need with their home heating and utilities costs.

The donation comes from proceeds from the annual First Selectman’s Golf Outing and is part of the close to $16,000 raised from the Bicentennial Ball for Project Warmth, which was held at the Stone Barn at Whitney Farms last month.

Ray Giovanni, president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, said the replenishing of the town’s fund comes at a time when the state of Connecticut announced a 78 percent federal cut to its Project Fuel program.

‘Mean Girls’ is coming to Masuk

Masuk High School announced its upcoming production of the comedy “Mean Girls”, a classic high school drama based on the iconic film of the same name, which dazzled audiences with witty humor, infectious energy and unforgettable characters.

Show dates are: Friday, Nov. 17, at  7 p.m. with two showings on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 and 7 p.m.

Making their directorial debuts are Michael Katz (Masuk Class of ‘16) and Cynthia Rivera. The show is produced by Masuk’s very own Sharon Bartek.

The musical follows new girl Cady Heron, played by Jennifer Velky, and her experience with the popular girls dubbed “the Plastics” starring Audrey Lesko, Muriel Bailey and Samantha Davoren.

Masuk High School boasts a dedicated group of student actors, singers, dancers and crew with a special emphasis on graduating seniors who devoted years of hard work to their craft, including seniors Maile Booth, Audrey Lesko, Marissa Eichler, Layla Wasserman, Finneas Pinkney and Giulia Celani.

For updates, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and more, follow Masuk High School Drama on Facebook. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Lions Shred Day

The Monroe Lions Club had to postpone its semi-annual Shred Day fundraiser in September due to a contractor’s equipment failure, but it has been rescheduled to Nov. 11. The event will be expanded to include the collection of used computer equipment and cell phones.

The fundraiser will be held in the Rite Aid parking lot, at the intersection of routes 25 and 59, from 9 a.m. to noon.

All funds raised will be distributed to other town organizations, Lions Low Vision Centers, Fidelco Guide Dogs, Scouts, Lions Connecticut Eye Research and others.

All paper documents and publications (except spiral notebooks) will be shredded while you watch. Computer equipment and cell phones will later be dismantled for parts and precious metals.

According to the Event Chairman Ray Giovanni, the Lions will receive 50-percent of the proceeds for equipment parts that are sold.

The donations requested by the Lions, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, will be $15 per box of paper, $20 per piece of computer equipment, and $10 per cell phone.

For information, call Ray Giovanni at 203-913-3745 or Lion President Frank Bent at 203-650-5632.

Endicott standouts

Conor Rooney and Colin Meropoulos, both of Monroe, were recognized in email updates for Endicott College’s men’s soccer and football teams.

Rooney scored his third goal of the season in the soccer team’s 3-0 victory over the University of New England at Hempstead Stadium, then added another goal.

“Rooney put a stamp on the win in the 76th minute with his second [goal] of the night,” according to the email.

On the gridiron, Meropoulos posted four tackles (two solo), including one sack (1.5 tackles for a loss) in a 23-13 conference victory over Husson at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor, Maine.

He is now one-half sack away from tying Craig Anderson’s record for the second-most sacks all-time. Anderson graduated in 2017.


ConnexCares, a charity run by Connex Credit Union, which has a branch on Main Street in Monroe, awarded $75,000 to area nonprofits.

Among the recipients were:

  • All Together Healing, which focuses on mental health awareness and providing emotional support
  • Discovering Amistad, which provides lessons of the 1839 Uprising to advance the education of racial and social injustice of today
  • Elena’s Light, which provides education and resources to refugee women in New Haven
  • Fellowship Place, which provides free meals to adults living with severe mental illness
  • Jump$tart, which provides financial literacy to Connecticut’s youth
  • Masters Manna, which provides food to homeless, near homeless, and low to moderate-income families facing food insecurity
  • National Veterans Council For Legal Redress, which provides food to underserved veterans
  • New Haven Promise, which helps to build city leaders through an academic, college-going, career-launching program
  • Greater New Haven Probus Club which helps improves the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and
  • New Reach’s FISH program which provides food to homebound families.

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