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The Monroe Lions Club members at their annual Shred Day fundraiser last year pose for a photo in the Rite Aid pharmacy parking lot on Main Street. Pictured from left is Ray Giovanni, Don Whiteley, Nicole Cignoli, Len Berger and Dave Porado. In the back is Cignoli's husband, Al Misiewicz.
Monroe scholars

FAIRFIELD, CT — Notre Dame High School Principal Christopher Cipriano announced that the following students from Monroe were named to the first marking period honor roll:

High Honors

Grade 12: Gemma Grech, Sarah Lardi

Grade 10: Caitlyn McCloat


Grade 12: Niah Africot, Veronica Rrapi

Grade 9: Audrey Cartagena

Dean’s list

BOSTON, Mass. — Chelsea Onuska of Monroe made the dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the Summer 2023 semester.

Rooney makes All-Conference

Conor Rooney of Monroe was chosen for the CCC All-Conference Third Team for his outstanding season on the Endicott College men’s soccer team.

Grand opening: Awesome Toys

Awesome Toys will celebrate its new Monroe location at 464 Main St. with a grand opening this Saturday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. The toy store also has locations in Stamford and Westport.

Town officials and members of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony and there will be fun things in store for kids.

Nick Tarzia, president of Awesome Toys and Gifts, is a past resident of Monroe who has returned to open a new store here.

The new store will provide a great selection of new and classic toys for all ages and occasions with an atmosphere for parents and kids to learn, play and bond over games, according to Tarzia. Events will be held weekly in a friendly environment.

“We want to be seen as a destination for Monroe families looking for toys for all occasions and a safe place for their kids to gather and play,” Tarzia said. “We also want to help create cherished memories for children visiting their local toy store with their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles.”

Awesome Toys’ regular hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘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.

Support for Regional Hospice

Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home of Monroe was well-represented at Regional Hospice’s 32nd annual Newtown Giving Circle Breakfast at The Waterview on Nov. 9.

Pictured from left is Tim Randall, owner of Right at Home, and Wendy Grasso, who handles Spadaccino’s community relations, Spadaccino Funeral Director Vicki Martin and Assistant Funeral Director Billy Senia.

Regional Hospice, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been impacting the lives of patients and their loved ones for 40 years.

This year’s breakfast honored the memory of Chloe Crismarie Gonzalez, who lost her life to Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome at age 2.

ConnexCares Holiday Give

ConnexCares is seeking donations for its annual Holiday Give in support of Urban Community Alliance, a local New Haven nonprofit that helps to empower families of color and keep families together in the community.

This year ConnexCares is collecting new and unwrapped toys, books, clothing, personal care items such as soap, shampoo, oral hygiene items, and more for ages 1 through 18, boys and girls. Cash donations are also being accepted at every Connex branch.

The Holiday Give collection will run from Nov. 13 to Dec. 9, 2023. Donation boxes can be found at all Connex branches in Branford, Guilford, Hamden, Meriden, Monroe, New Haven and North Haven.

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