When it comes to motorcycle riding, Trumbull's Fred Garrity is the leader of the pack.
So much so that he has been asked to direct the "Green Ribbon Ride" honoring the 20 children and six adults shot to death on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook School in Newtown.
Garrity is the Executive Director of The CT United Ride, CT’s largest 9/11 tribute and the largest single charity ride in new England.
All 5 Newtown Fire Departments (Sandy Hook, Botsford, Hawleyville, Dodgingtown, Hook and Ladder) are sponsoring the Green Ribbon Ride, which will start in Downtown Shelton.
Registration opens at 8 a.m., the ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and the Ride kicks off at 11 a.m. Connecticut's governor, U.S. senators and congressmen and mayors, are expected to speak. At the end, there will be an outdoor concert, food and vendors at the Westfield Trumbull Mall, and once riders have safely arrived, it will be open to the public as well to support the cause.
Expect traffic delays/road closures for approx 45 minutes along the 29-mile route from 11 a.m. through 12 p.m.
The Route will start on Rte 110/Howe Ave Shelton, Right over Bridge to Derby, Left onto Rte 34 North, Seymour Rte 34, Oxford Rte 34, over Stevenson Dam, Monroe Rte 34, Sandy Hook Newtown Rte 34, Left on Wasserman Way, Left onto Rte 25 South Newtown, Monroe Rte 25, Trumbull Rte 25, Right onto Rte 111 (Main St.)
Registration is $20 per person and for safety concerns the 3,000 rider limit has been lifted by State and local police. Riders are asked to wear green.
Riders are encouraged to pre-register the day before the event on May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carl Anthony’s Restaurant, Clocktower Square, 477 Main St., Monroe. Riders can also Register on Ride Day from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the start of the ride at the corner of Rte 110/ Howe Avenue and Cornell Street in Shelton.
Registration must be done in person, and the form is available at greenribbonride.com. For convenience at pre-registration one person may register multiple people with the properly signed forms.
All money raised will be paid out directly to Newtown funds and local children’s charities, directly to the 26 families, Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund, Newtown Police Union, Newtown EMS, the five Newtown Fire Departments, local children’s charities, the Center for Women & Families and Al’s Angels.
For more information, visit www.greenribbonride.com, and on Facebook, “Sandy Hook Newtown’s Official Green Ribbon Ride.”