The Success Genie visits the Monroe Chamber

If only a genie could grant entrepreneurs’ wishes of landing new clients, increasing brand awareness and growing their bottom line to six and seven figures. Through her consulting practice, Kim Kasparian promises to do just that, while finding peace in…

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State funding cuts squeeze town budgets

Though voters approved a town budget with a tax increase just below one percent last May, First Selectman Ken Kellogg still feels the same challenges many other municipal leaders do when it comes to keeping property taxes in check. State…

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Legislative Breakfast highlights need for more safe housing for abuse victims

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Domestic violence victims fleeing their abusers, many with children in tow, often encounter overcrowding at The Center for Family Justice’s safe house, so the nonprofit agency finds alternative housing for them. “We don’t turn anyone away. We try to find a safe place,” said Debra Greenwood, president and CEO of CFJ. “But it’s not free. Hotel costs are tough.” Greenwood said abusers often wield financial power over their victims, making it difficult for them to leave, while those who can afford to move are reluctant to take their children out of school and to leave family and…

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Small Business Saturday is this weekend

MONROE, CT — Residents shopping for a clothes and accessories, a bottle of wine, toys for their children and taking their family out to dinner this Saturday have no shortage of options in Monroe. When schools, youth sports organizations and programs like Project Warmth and the Monroe Food Pantry need financial assistance, it’s the town’s generous small business owners who always step up to help. Small businesses are an important part of Monroe’s character, but staying afloat while competing with national chains and internet shopping poses a constant challenge. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and…

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Outstanding performance sends Monroe Lions D10 Cheerleaders to Florida

MONROE, CT — Girls on the Monroe Lions D10 Cheerleading Team extended an exceptional season with a top three finish in the Regional Competition in New Hampshire on Nov. 19, earning an invitation to compete in the AYC National Championship in Florida on Dec. 9. The stakes are high, with only the top five highest-scoring teams in each division advancing to compete for the 2023 AYC National Championship on Super Sunday, Dec. 10. The journey for the Monroe Lions Cheerleaders began in late July, with a week of intensive conditioning and practice four times a week during the summer and…

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