Longtime Monroe finance board chair Michael Manjos resigns

MONROE, CT — Board of Finance Chairman Michael Manjos has been involved in the town budget process for the last 13 years. But that run has come to an end. The father of three is moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to his job as chief of sales for The 1916 Company, a top watch brands retailer headquartered just outside of Philadelphia. Manjos moved to Monroe to raise his family in 1998 and his children attended the town’s public schools. “A year or two after we moved to town I saw an ad in the Monroe Courier that the Republican…

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Masuk senior wins DAR American History Award

MONROE, CT — Sameeha Yara Malak Shaik, a Masuk High School senior, was chosen by her school to receive the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Work in American History certificate and bronze medal for…

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Furever Zen Dog Grooming Spa opens on Main Street in Monroe

MONROE, CT — Carolina Sa had a dog walking business and her boyfriend Jordanny Novo, helped out. Then Sa moved on to work at a dog grooming spa, learning under experienced groomers, while taking online courses. Nearly four years later, Sa decided to strike out on her own. “She saw things she wanted to change and implement herself,” Novo said. Sa founded the Furever Zen Dog Grooming Spa and her boyfriend, whose professional background includes working at his family’s liquor store, then as a salesman for a beverage distribution company, became her partner. On April 16, the Newtown couple opened…

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Monroe weightlifter wins powerlifting medals in Northeast regionals

MONROE, CT — Ed Medaris, of Monroe, won two medals at the Northeast powerlifting regionals in Portland, Maine, on the weekend of June 8 and 9. He won first place in the Northeast Teen (125 kg) and fifth place in the Northeast Adult men’s open (125 kg): Squat 240 kg (5 kg PR), Bench 142.5 kg (10 kg PR), Deadlift: 270 kg (27.5 kg PR), Total: 652.5 kg total (42.5 kg PR). “Ed lifted like a true professional,” said Tim Donoghue of Gleason Performance Training, who is Medaris’ coach. “He got 9/9 on all lifts, 27/27 white lights and added…

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