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The Monroe Community Emergency Response Team recently trained the Monroe Senior Center, which also acts as the primary shelter for the town. Participants included Beth Carbone, Monroe CERT Secretary Debbie Heim, President Gregg Celentano, Sam Tucci and Vice President Philip Lindstrom. Read more

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WOODBURY — Where automation once redefined farming, The Farm, 161 Chohees Tr., is bringing people back into the mix to change mindsets when it comes to food and a sense of community. Michael Berecz told Voices, “We’re expanding local agriculture to include ways for families to be involved in…

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SOUTHBURY — The Southbury Needy Fund was able to provide new clothing, toys, books and, where needed, winter coats, snow pants, boots, shoes, blankets, and sheets to 150 children from 68 Southbury families through several efforts and is grateful for community support.

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MIDDLEBURY — Absentee ballots for the referendum to be held Wednesday, March 27, are available in the town clerk’s office at 1212 Whittemore Rd.

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AREA — Eversource is investing $83 million in tree trimming along 4,000 miles of electrical lines across the state to enhance reliability. 

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AREA — Charter Oak Education, now DBA Sterling Education, is operating a car donation program to raise funds for its non-profit private school.

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WATERBURY — The St. Anne’s Restoration Fund Committee is taking part in LaBonne’s Markets’ Cash for Charities Rebate Program.

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ANSONIA — Christ Episcopal Church, which houses the Samela Memorial Food Pantry, is in need of a new or slightly used conveyor belt and installation for the basement stairwell of the parish hall to assist clients with transport of food/product up the staircase directly to the parking lot, an…

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FAIRFIELD — The Western Connecticut Military Officers Association announced that Patriot Bank N.A. will sponsor this year’s Young Patriot Awards, which are given to local high school students who demonstrate leadership, academic success, community service and an underlying love of country.

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ROXBURY — Roxbury native Megan Henry, a U.S. Army soldier and intelligence officer, Team USA skeleton athlete and Olympic hopeful, is also a pulmonary embolism survivor and advocate.

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SEYMOUR — Seymour High School officials are seeking nominations for the Distinguished Seymour High School Alumnus Award.

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The Oxford football team visited the Oxford Senior Center December 13. Pictured are Marilyn Serus (left), Robert Kezelevich, Mabel Kezelevich, Gary Rosso, Adyn Tadduni, Ayden Ferrante, Colin Garbien and Julie Schmidt.

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SEAMAN GUNNAR FAY of Oxford is shown reporting an air contact as he stands lookout watch on the starboard bridge-wing of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during a training exercise with other U.S. Navy warships.  U.S. Navy warships train together to increase the tact…

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In what, hopefully, was the last significant snowfall of this winter, The Grinch vs Frosty, faced off on Old Sherman Road in Woodbury. Voicers reader Evan Ashley Hard was on hand to capture the action.

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WOODBURY — Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust has rolled out new programming that is being offered to local school systems to support their transition to the state’s newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards. Executive Director Arthur Milnor said Flanders obtained a grant to develop…

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Bethlehem and Woodbury Girl Scouts were busy in February wrapping boxes of Girl Scout cookies and making Valentines to thank and honor local veterans and first responders. Through the generosity of the Girl Scout Cookies for Heroes program, the Girl Scouts were able to deliver more than 200 …

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NEWTOWN — The Newtown Community Center Committee and Newtown Public Schools have named three student representatives to join the Community Center Committee. Kinga Walsh, committee chair, said, “The committee felt that Newtown’s young adult and student population is a key group for the Commun…

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MIDDLEBURY — When watching a movie, have you ever looked at one of the characters and done a double take, thinking “I know that person...” If you live in the Voices area and happen to watch a lot of Christmas movies, you just might be right.  Middlebury resident Lexi White has appeared in th…

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WOODBURY — The Land Use Office asks residents to take the survey for public input to guide the update of the Plan of Conservation and Development. The survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, is available on SurveyMonkey or the town website. Looking at the town’s websi…

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SOUTHBURY — The Southbury Garden Club’s membership directory received a first-place award from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. in the category Yearbook From a Medium Size Club. The first-place Certificate of Commendation was presented to the directory’s long-time editor, Carol Shaw, at the F…

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Upstarter Maddie DiPerna, an 11-year-old resident of Southbury, recently organized a fundraiser at Panera restaurant, 100 Main St. North, Southbury. Maddie and her group raised $261.13 to support Waterbury Youth Services' Homeless Youth Resource Center and exemplifies the grass roots action …

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MIDDLEBURY — Michael C. Filippelli led a group of 10 volunteers to construct two picnic tables for Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury. Michael is the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 5 in Middlebury. He chose this as his Boy Scout Eagle Project to benefit the local community and to learn more …

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ANSONIA — Christ Episcopal Church, which houses the Samela Memorial Food Pantry, is in need of a new or slightly used conveyor belt and installation for the basement stairwell of the parish hall to assist clients with transport of food/product up the staircase directly to the parking lot, an…

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ANSONIA — The Episcopal Church Women’s Group distributed $12,700 to the following non-profits in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

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WOODBURY — The Farm has opened enrollment for its summer Community Supported Agriculture program and will accept applications until March 31 or until all spaces are filled.

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MONROE — An article titled, “Council, Finance Panel Review Monroe’s 2019-20 Budget Plan,” published in the Wednesday, February 27, issue of Voices, reported, “The council also held a public hearing on February 21 to gather feedback on the budget.

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SOUTHBURY — The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will hold new office hours at the Southbury Senior Center, 561 Main St. South. The VITA program provides free tax help to people who make $55,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with el…

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SOUTHBURY — A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the chapel at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main St. North. The blood drive is co-sponsored by the funeral home and Prime Publishers. Those wishing to donate may schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-…

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The Southbury Plaza’s PetValu store partnered again this year with the shopping center’s Merchants Association in providing one of the two $250 donation checks presented to two area animal rescues in honor of each of the photos entered into the plaza’s annual Valentine’s Day pet photo contest.

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AREA — Charter Oak Education, now DBA Sterling Education, is operating a car donation program to raise funds for its non-profit private school. The organization can take old or totaled cars, running or not. Vehicles can be picked up throughout the state. Tow-away is free. Participation can b…

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OXFORD — The Board of Education will host two evening opportunities for community members to share their insight on the hiring of the next superintendent at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 7, at Oxford High School, 61 Quaker Farms Rd.

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The Rev. Evalyn Wakhusama of the Nambale Magnet School in Kenya visited North Congregational Church of Woodbury on Sunday, February 3. The congregation of North Church supports the children of the Nambale Magnet School through prayer and fundraising throughout the year. Rev. Wakhusama was gr…

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Longtime member and Oxford Grange supporter, Dorothy DeBisschop (center) of Oxford received her seal for 60 years of continuous membership in Oxford Grange 194. Ms. DeBisschop serves as second vice president of the Oxford Historical Society and works to further the interests of both groups. …

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WOODBURY — Bill Butterly served as first selectman from 2013 until he passed away from heart complications on December 27, 2018. As first selectman, he made an impression on town and Voices was able to speak to just a few of those close to him and who worked with him in the wake of his passi…

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BETHLEHEM — The Dawn and Bella Fund was recently launched to raise approximately $35,000 in order to honor Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung with the commission of a bronze statue of her dog, Bella.

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HARTFORD — State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden has launched the 2019 Dream Big! college-savings competition that will award up to $1,000 each to 48 students in kindergarten to grade 8.

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OXFORD — The winners of the 2018 Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest were announced at a ceremony during the monthly Oxford Center School town meeting. First Selectman George Temple and Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Krassner recognized six students from grades 4 and 5. Mr. Krassner organizes the …

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The Southbury Food Bank recently thanked members of the Heritage Village Companion Animal Club for their frequent donations of dog and cat food for the pets of food bank clients. Members typically repackage more than 100 pounds of kibble for the food bank each month. The club uses its treasu…