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Adrienne, far left, and Thomas Stepkoski attend a fundraiser by Dave's Mobile Planet Pizza at Stepney Crossing, helping the couple after a fire temporarily displaced them from their home. They are with their children, MacKenzie, 13, and Carter, 8, and Adrienne’s cousin, Naomi Ribeiro, second from left, and her daughter Violet, 3.

First Selectman’s Golf Outing

MONROE, CT — First Selectman Ken Kellogg’s charity, the Monroe First Foundation, announced that the First Selectman’s Golf Outing will be held at Whitney Farms Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 24.

All proceeds raised will be distributed to various community and school groups in Monroe.

Player registration and event sponsorships information is available at www.FirstSelectmanGolf.org. In addition, supporters may help by donating items for tournament prizes, promotional items for gift bags, or snacks and beverages for the course.

The foundation provides grants to:

  • Monroe Playground Foundation
  • Monroe Scholarship Fund
  • Masuk Post-Prom
  • Masuk All Sports Booster Club
  • Masuk Parent Teacher Club
  • Masuk Music Parents Association
  • Monroe Senior Center Activities Fund

For information or to make a donation, send an email to Mary Griffin Kellogg at [email protected] or call her at 203-913-6487.

Children’s Fishing Derby

The 3rd District of the American Legion will host its first annual Children’s Fishing Derby at Great Hollow Lake on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Admission is free. Check in at the Great Hollow Lake Pavilion for the chance to win a door prize.

Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded to winners in three age groups: five and younger, six to 10 and 11 to 15. There will also be a prize for the largest fish.

Parents may help children cast, but the child must reel in the fish, which will immediately be brought to the measuring table. In the event of a tie, the fish with the earliest time will win.

Only two trout per angler may be kept, in accordance with State rules. Do not return trout to the lake. All other species may be catch and release.

Among the sponsors is the Newtown Country Club, which is donating 40 sets of fishing tackle for kids who arrive for the derby, but do not have fishing gear.

Other sponsors include Norwalk Post 12, Shelton Post 16, Shelton Unit 16, Stratford Post 42, Ridgefield Post 78, Wilton Post 86, Trumbull Post 141, Monroe Post 176, Bridgeport Post 177 and Newtown Post 202.

Charity Tag Sale

Monroe Congregational Church is hosting a Charity Tag Sale at the church, 34 Church St., on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is an early bird special at 8 a.m.

Neighborhood Assistance Act

First Selectman Ken Kellogg announced that the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) approved both programs submitted by the town of Monroe for inclusion in the 2021 Neighborhood Assistance Act program.

The Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) program is designed to provide funding to State-approved community programs conducted by municipal agencies or community non-profit organizations. The NAA works with businesses to provide a State tax credit for cash contributions made to these community programs.

The program is structured so that businesses that make charitable contributions to a qualified program are eligible to receive a credit, based upon the amount contributed, on their State Corporate Income Tax. The programs approved for Monroe are eligible for a credit of 60 percent of their approved contributions. The minimum contribution on which a tax credit may be granted is $250.

The following programs were approved for inclusion in the 2021 NAA Program:

  • The Monroe Playground Foundation is eligible for $150,000 for The Wolfe’s Den Playground.
  • The Monroe Department of Community & Social Services is eligible for $20,000 for the Monroe Food Pantry.

Businesses wishing to sponsor one or more NAA programs must have a qualifying contribution made during its 2021 income year and must apply to the State between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, 2021.

The business sponsor application form (Form NAA-02) will be available starting September 15th on the State DRS website at https://portal.ct.gov/drs by searching for “Neighborhood Assistance Act.”

All business applications must be done electronically through the state website by the Oct. 1, 2021 deadline.

Coins-for-Change 

Connex Credit Union, which has a location in Monroe, recently donated more than $800 to help children suffering from cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses, stay connected with loved ones through Mikey’s Way Foundation.

These funds were raised at Connex’s Monroe branch as part of the credit union’s Coins-for-Change­ initiative which encourages members of the local community to use Connex’s coin-cashing machines to convert their spare change into cash. A small fee is collected for these services and then donated to various charitable organizations.

Mikey’s Way Foundation uses modern technology to create connections and welcomed distractions for children coping with the emotional and physical hardships of long-term, debilitating treatment for life-threatening illnesses. The funds raised through Coins-for-Change will be used to purchase laptops, tablets, and other WiFi-enabled electronics.

“We’d like to thank Connex Credit Union for their generous donation,” said Les Friedman, CEO of Mikey’s Way Foundation. “We are so pleased to supply new laptop computers to children going through chemotherapy so they can stay connected to family, friends and school during these most difficult times of their lives.”

For information about Mike’s Way Foundation, or to donate, visit mikeysway.org.

Each year, more than $14,000 is donated through the Coins-for-Change program. New charities are selected every quarter. Local nonprofitss or charitable organizations interested in participating in the program should contact Anita Annunziato at [email protected] or 1-800-CR-UNION.

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