Monroe’s blue collar crew wears pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Monroe's public works and highway employees, and First Selectman Ken Kellogg, wore pink Wednesday to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Monroe public works employees donned light pink T-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Wednesday. The shirts had dark pink ribbon logos and the backs bore the message: “Monroe Highway, We Care.”

Drivers may have seen Chris Caulfield wearing one, while mowing overgrown brush away from sight lines along town roads Wednesday morning, and fellow maintainers Paul Zelanin and Shane Everetts wore the shirts as they operated a dump truck and payloader in the yard of the Town Garage on Purdy Hill Road.

“We’ve done pink shirts for the last couple years,” said Public Works Director Chris Nowacki. “It originated from requests from guys in the department wanting to participate in raising awareness.”

First Selectman Ken Kellogg noted how Tuesday evening’s Think Pink Palooza on the Town Green marked the official start of the pinking of Monroe. Think Pink Monroe was spearheaded by longtime town educator and breast cancer survivor Bonnie Maur this year and its committee planned a series of events this October.

The effort is being done in partnership with St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound.

Kellogg said public works was continuing the town’s efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer this October.

“It’s a good time to bring awareness and support,” Nowacki agreed.

Nowacki said his mother is a breast cancer survivor, adding everybody knows someone affected by the disease.

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