Monroe's HamletHub Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:51:48 -0500 The 2019 CT United Ride Announces $24K Disbursement

CT - Fred Garrity Jr, the Exec Director of The CT United Ride, and Peter Carozza, the President of The UPFFA of CT, are proud to announce that the UPFFA of CT has disbursed $24,000 from the 2019 CT United Ride to recipients listed below. 

The CT United Ride has followed the same course of support for its past 19 events following the initial fundraising Ride in September of 2001, by supporting CT Fire, Police, the United Way and those groups who make the event safe, while paying tribute to those who lost their lives, those who gave their lives, and those who continue to put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe. 

The CT United Ride thanks all the municipalities, police and fire, all of the riders, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters for helping continue this patriotic remembrance which has become the largest event of its kind in the state of CT.

Save the Date: The 2020 CT United Ride will be held on Sunday August 30, 2020


The CT Professional Fire Fighters Emergency Relief Fund $6500

The Hundred Club of CT (Law Enforcement) $6500

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County $2000

Bridgeport Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Fairfield Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Trumbull Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Stratford Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Norwalk Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Newtown Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Danbury Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Hamden Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Waterbury Police Cadet/Explorers $500

Wilton CERTS $500

Monroe CERTS $500

Trumbull CERTS $500

Bridgeport Fire Charitable Foundation $1000

Bridgeport Police Memorial Fund $1000

Fairfield Fire Charitable Foundation $1000

]]> (Frederick Garrity Jr. ) Charities Tue, 07 Jan 2020 08:33:52 -0500
Menorah Lightings set for Fairfield, Trumbull, Easton, Stratford and Monroe

Menorah Lightings set for Fairfield County 

The Mishkan Israel Day Camp plans to celebrate the Jewish festival of Chanukah with a series of public lightings of menorahs Dec. 23-29 in five Fairfield County communities—Fairfield, Trumbull, Easton, Stratford and Monroe. 

The ceremonies are all open to the public free of charge and are expected to draw a number of civic representatives such as Mayor Laura Hoydick of Stratford and police department and fire department officers. 

Activities for children, light refreshments and musical entertainment have been arranged at all five locations. 

The list of ceremonies: 

Stratford: Dec. 23 (Monday), 6 p.m., Stratford Town Hall, 2627 Main St., third year of the ceremony in the community. 

Trumbull: Dec. 24 (Tuesday), 6 p.m., Trumbull Town Hall, 5866 Main St., 34rd year of the ceremony in the community. 

Fairfield: Dec. 25 (Wednesday), 6 p.m., Sherman Green, Reef Road, 30th year of the ceremony in the community. 

Easton: Dec. 26 (Thursday) 6 p.m., Easton Town Green, 34th year of the ceremony in the community.    

Monroe: Dec. 29 (Sunday), 6 pm., Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Rd., eighth year of the ceremony in the community. 

Mishkan Israel operates a Stamford-based summer day camp, an outreach initiated in Bridgeport in 1945 by Rabbi Israel Stock and his wife as emissaries of Rabbi Yosef Schneersohn.   

    Additional information is available at or by calling 203.268.0740.

]]> (Marven Moss) Events Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:01:32 -0500
Centennial Tree planted in Monroe

A white oak tree was planted on Monroe’s Town Green Sept. 29 in a state-wide celebration marking the Centennial of the Passage of Connecticut’s Arborist Law.

Shown here, left to right, Don Parrott of Bartlett Connecticut Arborists, David Solek, Monroe’s Tree Warden and Park Ranger, First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Tax Collector Deb Heim, Assistant Town Clerk Barbara Agee, Town Clerk Vida Stone and Arron McGoldrick, chairman of Monroe’s Land Trust and Tree Conservancy.

The Connecticut Tree Protective Association, representing 800 members, 575 of them licensed arborists, donated white oak trees to all 169 Connecticut municipalities to celebrate the passage of the state’s Arborist Law in 1919, believed to be the first such legislation in the U.S. Under the statute individuals who engage in commercial tree care need to be accredited by board certification.  

Connecticut’s model has been adopted by other states such as New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

]]> (Marven Moss) Neighbors Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:37:12 -0400
Local Domestic Violence Vigils Set through October

Bridgeport, Ct. – The Center for Family Justice, with the support of community leaders and law enforcement in the six communities it serves, has scheduled series of vigils to mark the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

These seven vigils, which will take place at 6 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 1 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. 

The vigils will also remind local residents that domestic violence homicides—with a total of nine in Connecticut so far this year—are a problem in every demographic and community in the state and region.

Each vigil will include a solemn reading of the names of the people who lost their lives to domestic violence in Connecticut in 2018 and so far in 2019.

The 2018 vigil schedule is as follows: 

  • Tuesday, October 1: Bridgeport Police Headquarters, Bridgeport
  • Thursday, October 3: University of Bridgeport Student Center 
  • Tuesday, October. 8:  Easton Community Center Gazebo
  • Tuesday, October 15:  Stratford Town Hall Green 
  • Wednesday, October 16: Monroe Town Hall Gazebo
  • Thursday, October 17:: Community Room, Trumbull Library
  • Tuesday, October 22: Fairfield’s Sherman Green Gazebo.

Debra A. Greenwood, CFJ’s President and CEO, will join police chiefs and community leaders in each town, to speak to their hope that the statistics on domestic violence can improve with continued dedication to protecting victims and educating the public about prevention. 

“This has been a particularly challenging year for those of us who care about victims of intimate partner violence,” said Greenwood. “Sadly, we have had several domestic violence homicides in recent months-- as well as a high profile missing person’s case in New Canaan-- that have put a spotlight on just how insidious and dangerous intimate partner abuse can be in the lives of victims.” 

Greenwood noted recent cases involving the August murder of Meriden mother Perrie Mason; the murder of Chesire mother Monica Dominguez and the case of missing mother New Canaan mother-of-five Jennifer Dulos, in which police have said violence is suspected and her estranged husband has been implicated on charges related to her disappearance, have highlighted that domestic violence has multiple victims. “We continue to be concerned about the amount of domestic violence taking place in homes where children are present and witness to this horrific acts,” Greenwood said. “Domestic violence causes residual trauma that can impact its primary and secondary victims for generations.” 

Greenwood noted the vigils also serve the purpose of allowing victims to know that at CFJ there is a safe place, close to home, where they can receive free and comprehensive services to help them lead lives free of trauma and abuse. These services include free counseling, emergency shelter, 24/7 crisis hotlines and civil legal services.  “Every year, I hear a story at a vigil from someone in attendance who feels compelled to come forward with their experiences with domestic violence because of the support they feel at our vigils,” Greenwood said. “That tells me how important it us for us to gather together to demonstrate that there is entire community behind them ready of offer its support.”

CFJ’s vigils begin at 6 p.m., are appropriate for all ages, and open to the public. Members of the press are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Please follow CFJ’s social media channels (Facebook/Twitter) or visit its website for updates on rain locations. 


The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services – crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling – under one roof, in our headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. Together, we work to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although our name has changed, we continue with the work we have provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency. 

Within the past year, The Center answered more than 1000 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assisted with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 2,500 survivors of domestic violence; responded to more than 500 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provided a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; coordinated the investigations of more than 170 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families; and provided psycho-educational support to more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence, planning for their safety and promoting self-sufficiency.

As part of our mission, The Center educates approximately 4,000 members of the community about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to prevent future violence and spread the word that about the services we offer at The Center for Family Justice. Annually, we teach more than 2,000 children and teens about building healthy relationships, bullying prevention and dating violence.

For more information, visit

]]> (Beth Fitzpatrick ) Events Fri, 27 Sep 2019 07:41:20 -0400
Centennial Tree to be planted on Monroe Town Green Sept. 29

A white oak tree is to be planted on Monroe’s Town Green Sept. 29 (Sunday) at 4 p.m. in a state-wide celebration marking the Centennial of the Passage of Connecticut’s Arborist Law.

The ceremony and a commemorative plaque were arranged by David Solek, Monroe’s Park Ranger and Tree Warden.

Monroe’s first selectman, Ken Kellogg, and civic officials have been invited to participate.

The Connecticut Tree Protective Association, representing 800 members, 575 of them licensed arborists, donated the white oak to mark the passage of the Arborist Law in 1919, believed to be the first such legislation in the U.S.

Under the legislation, individuals who engage in commercial tree care need to be accredited by board certification.

Connecticut’s model has been adopted by other states such as New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

]]> (Marven Moss) Life Wed, 25 Sep 2019 06:28:22 -0400
Blood Drives Near Monroe, Urgent Need Before Summer Ends

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Monroe through August 31

Town Date Address
Monroe 8/17/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church, 371 Old Zoar Road

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


]]> (Red Cross) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:37:57 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits

Monroe and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Monroe are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Ansonia, CT 57 $12,720,570
Botsford, CT 6 $355,982
Derby, CT 59 $172,624,315
Easton, CT 46 $12,314,814
Hawleyville, CT 11 $772,471
Huntington, CT 4 $1,693,696
Monroe, CT 175 $44,242,102
Newtown, CT 157 $197,072,160
Oxford, CT 44 $4,916,337
Redding, CT 53 $27,009,469
Redding Ctr, CT 7 $26,277,526
Redding Ridge, CT 2 $123,877
Sandy Hook, CT 56 $39,610,586
Seymour, CT 65 $12,869,913
Shelton, CT 189 $413,566,885
Trmbull, CT 1
Trumbull, CT 205 $146,928,806

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7


Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
Housatonic Community College Open for Saturday Registration August 10 and 24

Housatonic Community College (HCC) will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 and Saturday, August 24 for Registration Saturdays to assist students interested in registering for fall 2019 classes.

Classes start on Tuesday, August 27 and the registration event, located in the Lafayette Hall Atrium, is open to new and continuing students.  Faculty and staff will assist with advising, registration, financial aid, and graduation workshops. 

New students should bring a photo ID, unofficial transcripts, proof of high school graduation, and immunization records.  Academic placement testing will be available after the application process is complete. 

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in Bridgeport.  Free parking is available. 

]]> (Laura Roberts) Charities Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:26:33 -0400
Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Housatonic Community College Foundation Partner to Advance Women in Tech Careers

While women make up more than half of the U.S. workforce, they hold less than 20 percent of U.S. tech jobs. In an effort to help address this, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF) have teamed up to support women interested in entering tech careers.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $20,000 grant to HCCF to support women who are interested in pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry. With this funding, Housatonic Community College (HCC) will market their highly successful Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center program to women. This intense, one-year educational program boasts hands-on experience and a 100% job placement rate.

Other educational opportunities for women that are already in place at the college include a three-week Introduction to Manufacturing boot camp to learn about available career opportunities in the manufacturing field, a College Connections program allowing high school students to earn college credits through the Advanced Manufacturing program, and Women In Technology seminars which showcase pathways into the manufacturing industry to young women in high school.

“While Connecticut is experiencing a substantial tech worker shortage, women are underrepresented in almost every manufacturing sector in the U.S.,” said Dr. Paul Broadie, President of Housatonic Community College. “With this support, we can advance women in this field and have a significant impact on the state and the nation’s economy.”

In addition to building up a skilled workforce, the grant will help to train female students for high-paying jobs. Graduates of HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center program report an average starting base salary between $30,000 and $60,000 annually.

“Employment is one of the most powerful levers to connect individuals to economic success. We’re excited to be partnering with Housatonic Community College to help connect local residents to the training and support they need to prepare themselves with skills needed to find meaningful employment in this important sector of our local economy and to set themselves on a path to improve their financial lives and create sustainable career pathways to a better future,” said Bill Tommins, Southern CT President, Bank of America.

To learn more about the Housatonic Community College Foundation and how you can support scholars, please visit or call 203-332-5078.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Charities Thu, 18 Jul 2019 04:08:41 -0400
Scinto Scholars Rewarded: Bob Scinto Supports High-Achieving Housatonic Community College Students

Bob Scinto, founder of corporate real estate giant, R.D. Scinto, Inc., met with high-achieving Housatonic Community College (HCC) students last month on June 17th to celebrate their success as ‘Scinto Scholars.’ The generous $10,000 scholarship was established through the Housatonic Community College Foundation to reward 20 students with exceptionally high GPAs for their commitment to academic excellence.

“I created this scholarship because I want to show students the direct relationship between working hard and being successful,” said Scinto, a longtime friend of the college. “I support HCC because they do a terrific job, and everyone who goes there is working hard to improve themselves.”

Scinto held a luncheon at Il Palio restaurant at his Enterprise Corporate Park property to meet directly with the students, and present their scholarship awards. The students’ goals ranged from becoming a middle school math teacher, to a white collar fraud investigator to running for political office.

“I pay for my schooling completely out-of-pocket, said Jonathan Sabotka, a Computer Information Systems student who expects to graduate next year and also works part-time in construction. “This scholarship will help me to pursue my education and allow me to ultimately get my bachelor’s degree.”

The Bob Scinto Scholarship was established last year as the need for scholarships continues to increase. In recent years the Housatonic Community College Foundation has expanded fundraising to offset the impact of higher tuition rates, Connecticut budget cuts, and reductions in both financial aid awards and unrestricted funding.

“We’re grateful to Bob Scinto for this generous support,” said Dr. Paul Broadie, HCC President. “This scholarship rewards students’ dedication to investing in their education, and helps to build a better future for themselves and our community.”

To learn more about the Housatonic Community College Foundation and how you can support financially struggling scholars, visit or call 203-332-5078.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:00:21 -0400
New Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services At Boys & Girls Village

Boys & Girls Village Inc., a statewide leader in providing mental health treatment, permanency planning and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel French, Ph.D. as Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services. In his new role, Dr. French will lead a multi-disciplinary education team of professionals with a common goal of student success.

Dr. French joins Boys & Girls Village Inc. following an almost 30 year career with Cooperative Education Services in Trumbull, Ct., and as the Director of the Emotional Disabilities Unit for 20 of those years. There, he was the chief architect of the school program for students with emotional disabilities which serves approximately 200 students a year.

Dr. French is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and has mental health experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings. He has published several journal articles pertaining to the education and treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and has been on the editorial review boards of several psychology journals.

“Daniel’s strong professional background will continue the growth of our Charles F. Hayden School, and our robust vocational programming” said Dr. Stephen Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “His leadership will enable our students to realize their fullest intellectual and personal potential. We look forward to seeing his impact both on campus and as our students interact with the community in vocational and volunteer opportunities.”

Dr. French received his M.A. from Boston College and his Ph. D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. In addition, he is certified by the State of Connecticut Department of Education as a school psychologist and a school administrator. He is a Milford resident, married with 2 children, and is an avid UCONN basketball fan.      

“Having spent the past 30 years working in southwestern Connecticut, I am well aware of the outstanding services provided by Boys and Girls Village for children and adolescents in our state,” said French. “I am delighted to be joining the team and very much looking forward to the work that lies ahead.”

Boys & Girls Village Charles F Hayden School is a K-12 state-approved, special education school that helps children to grow academically while also learning how to handle their own emotional and behavioral challenges. The school uses the most up-to-date technology and curriculum, a comprehensive treatment team for each child, and diverse experiential activities to ensure individual success. Vocational programming is offered to young adults to provide knowledge and training to develop the life skills, job skills, and financial literacy they will need to secure gainful employment and obtain self-sufficiency as they begin their adult life.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:03:46 -0400
500 Golden Ticket “Bananas” Hidden at Area Libraries on June 22

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Five hundred Golden Ticket “Bananas” are hidden in children’s books about monkeys, both fiction and non-fiction, in libraries throughout the area. Prizes include one GRAND PRIZE of a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Zoo, one FIRST PRIZE of a free children’s birthday party, along with multiple family yearly memberships, free passes for families and individuals, free monkey plush toys, discounts at the Zoo gift shop, soft serve ice cream cones and carousel rides.  

When: Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Hours may vary; check with participating libraries)

Where: Libraries in participating towns: Trumbull, Wilton, Milford, Weston, New Canaan, Monroe, Stratford, Easton, Newtown, three branches in Fairfield, Danbury, Cheshire, Derby, Beacon Falls, Seymour, both branches in Shelton, Hamden, and all branches in Bridgeport.

Why: To celebrate the opening of the newest species arriving at the Zoo later this summer, a pair of Black-handed Spider monkeys in a new, 21stcentury habitat, while supporting literacy and a love of reading. 

How: Simply go to a participating library and search through children’s books on monkeys to find a Golden Ticket Banana. Peel off the sticker on front and see what you’ve won! Librarians are fully engaged in the contest and are happy to assist any child who needs help. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 97thanniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers and leopards, maned wolf family, Mexican and Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include the new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, the South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains, featuring Giant anteaters, Chacoan peccaries and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit

]]> (Lisa Clair) Events Fri, 21 Jun 2019 07:47:04 -0400
Monroe Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

Monroe area students were awarded College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. These students are part of a distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

Award recipients close to Monroe are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Cason G. Stone Darien Engineering National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship Darien H. S., Darien
2019-06-05 12:00 Noah V. Sobel-Lewin New Haven Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Hopkins School, New Haven
2019-06-05 12:00 Daniel Bouzolin Seymour Mechanical Engineering National Merit University Of Texas At Dallas Scholarship Seymour H. S., Seymour
2019-06-05 12:00 Soumya L. Ganti Trumbull International Relations National Merit Boston University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Liam Patrick McEniry Trumbull Computer Engineering National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Andrew Moy Westport Business Administration National Merit University Of Richmond Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport
2019-06-05 12:00 Joshua C. Zhang Westport Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport


Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2019 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 17 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 8. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.


]]> (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Monroe Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Monroe).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
9/10 Masuk High School 1092 8% 89% 95%
9/10 Joel Barlow High School 1008 4% 88% 95%
9/10 Trumbull High School 2151 8% 90% 95%
5/10 Seymour High School 664 24% 76% 90%

For a full list of schools please go to

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:51 -0400
See Where Monroe Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has just released their 2019 Best High Schools Rankings. The rankings of the schools closest to Monroe are:

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Readiness Enrollment
Masuk High School #33 #1,436 97% 47.1 1,051

View the complete ranking of high schools in Connecticut here. View the complete ranking of high schools in the United States here.

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools, out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to U.S. News, the number of ranked schools is up from more than 2,700 last year. The new rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year. View the methodology here.

The top five high schools in Connecticut

  1. Darien High School
  2. Weston High School
  3. Achievement First Hartford Academy
  4. Ridgefield High School
  5. Connecticut IB Academy

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions, according to U.S. News.

U.S. News also assigned a separate STEM ranking for 250 high schools whose students excelled on AP science and math tests. To be eligible, schools had to appear in the top 1,000 of the overall national ranking, according to the article.

Read the article in its entirety here.


]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:39:14 -0400