Inside this week’s Monroe Courier

In this week’s Monroe Courier, out today!

—One of four individuals charged in connection to the theft of $1 million in Swiss Army watches pleaded guilty
—The Discovery Zone connects children with nature for life-long learning benefits
—Monroe resident Roberto Olmedo has worked with high-profile celebrities and was recently inducted into the martial arts Hall of Fame for a fourth time
—The Democratic primary is set for Aug. 12
—Local businessman donates computer to church leader
—Rep. Hovey ‘outraged’ at results of Route 111 traffic study
—Parks and Rec. brings back the British Invasion with Beatles tribute concert
—Young actors are busy preparing for their performances of ‘Oliver!’ at Wolfe Park this summer
— The Rotary Club of Monroe has installed a new president
—Meet Elmo at the upcoming Parks and Rec. Character Dinner
—Police reports: Trespassing
—Democrats receive input from town boards and commissions
—’Gangway to Galilee’ is the theme of this summer’s Bible school at Monroe Congregational Church
—Monroe El students Jump Rope For Heart and raise more than $11,000
—Sen. Kevin Kelly encourages the community to participate in summer offerings; Joe Pisani considers his own reality TV show; Mike Walsh says ‘selfies’ need to go
—Democratic View: Democrats are doing their part to protect local senior citizens

Section B:
— Container gardening made easy: It is a good time to start filling those empty pots with lush summer annuals, which often bloom until there is a frost.
— Flower power in your salads: Food enthusiasts, florists, and chefs alike will be incorporating edible flowers into some of their dishes this season, contributions which will add flavors ranging from bold and peppery to subtle and delicate.
— Home briefs: Craft fairs and a farmers market in the area.
— Antiques trail to add ease to finding the perfect piece: Stratford, Bridgeport and Seymour shops three of many businesses added to the state’s new resource to find antiques.
— Seeking ‘The Redding Mark Twain’: It began with some free time and a bit of curiosity. James Nicoloro, producer, director, cameraman and photographer, was between assignments and the centennial of the death of Mark Twain (1835-1910) had been much in the news.

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