Newtown Savings Bank donates $5,000 to The Kennedy Center

For several decades, Newtown Savings Bank has supported individuals with disabilities served by The Kennedy Center. Most recently, the bank donated $5,000 to this major rehabilitation agency for the purchase of equipment for their businesses which will create new employment opportunities for the individuals they serve. The Kennedy Center operates six businesses including Kennedy Employment Services, Cutting Edge Lawn Service/Landscaping, KennDOC, Kenn Kleen/Janitorial Service, Soups n’ Such/Catering, and Frameworks/Custom Framing. “We value our long-term partnership with The Kennedy Center,” said Kenneth L. Weinstein, president and CEO of Newtown Savings Bank. “We know our donation will further enhance the lives of … Read more

Domestic violence vigils focus attention on abuse

The Center for Family Justice (CFJ), with the support of community leaders and law enforcement in the six communities it serves, has scheduled a series of seven vigils to mark the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. These vigils, which will take place at 6 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Bridgeport Police Department, will honor those who have been impacted by intimate partner violence; raise awareness and inspire hope that the cycles of violence can be broken. In a state that has experienced a total of 30 domestic violence-related homicides since Jan. 2017, these vigils … Read more

Rowe earns Independent Party endorsement

The Independent Party of Connecticut has endorsed Probate Judge T.R. Rowe, who is running for re-election this coming November. He will now appear on both the Independent line and the Republican line on the ballot on Nov. 6. “As a judge of probate, it is critical that my court enjoys a reputation for being fair and impartial, and it is important that my candidacy reflect that,” said Rowe. “That is why the endorsement of the Independent Party is so meaningful to me. I appreciate the faith they have placed in my service on the bench, and I look forward to … Read more

Art posters celebrate Winter Olympics

The Save Our Stepney Task Force (SOS), in cooperation with the town of Monroe, is featuring Art Posters of the XXIII Winter Olympic Games on the Stepney Green through Feb. 28. This installation is the sixth in a series of Art on the Green, located on Main Street at the intersection of routes 25 and 59. The Green, Memorial garden and gazebo serve as an outdoor gallery which to display this public art. Four of eight art posters, selected by the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang organizing committee, are displayed in large format in the gazebo on the Green. The posters … Read more

Reflections on Newtown, five years later

  I love Newtown. I love the people. I love the landscape. I love the annual Labor Day parade. I love it more now, having watched the town wrestle over the unanswerable question of what to be in the wake of unimaginable tragedy. Newtown is different than it was before the events of Dec. 14, 2012. Of course it is. No place could ever recover from that cataclysm — 20 first graders and six educators disappearing from the earth in the matter of five life-shattering minutes. But there is true beauty in how this small town in western Connecticut has … Read more

Holiday fair to aid local teen’s quest for service dog

People can get their holiday shopping done, all while helping one Monroe teenager get closer to getting a life-saving diabetic alert dog. Kimberly’s Diabetic Alert Dog Campaign holiday vendor fair — with all proceeds going directly to the non-profit organization Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR) — will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Monroe, 515 Cutlers Farm Road. The benefit, which will feature some 20 vendors from Monroe and surrounding towns as well as a bake sale and several raffles, is to help the Collis family raise money in … Read more

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