MONROE, CT — As crickets hummed and fireflies danced, paper lanterns dotted the dusky streets, and the hot summer night shined a little brighter. The Night of Hope luminaria displays, organized by the Monroe Women’s Club, began at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, illuminating neighborhoods with their warm glow.

The lanterns signified that even during these challenging moments in our nation, our community remains strong, and better days will always return.

(Alison Cross)