Charlie Hobbs

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‘We Are Supporting Each Other’: New Canaan Merchants Keep Business in Town

When walking down Elm Street on a sunny Saturday afternoon, it is more than likely that one will hear a couple visitors from New York City or beyond lament that New Canaan seems to be ripped from an episode of “Gilmore Girls.” Indeed, this town offers many of the same surface qualities as the fictional Star’s Hollow, with a beautiful downtown and quirky residents and business owners. The similarities go deeper, however; on the show, it is not uncommon to see Luke, the owner of the local diner, cross the street to buy supplies from Doosey’s Market. It’s a perfect illustration of local charm; these two small businesses support each other while also contributing to the integrity of the town. If it seems too good to be happening in real life, it’s not, and businesses right here in New Canaan are using the same model. Continue Reading →

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‘It’s Really Beautiful’: Praise for New Footpath at Waveny

Recently completed by the town, a new path in Waveny, running from the western side of Waveny House to the Lapham Road entrance, is earning high praise from park users. The eight-foot wide path closes a long-planned loop in the park, officials say, allowing visitors to enjoy approximately 1.7 miles of uninterrupted pathway and offering an even more attractive solution to pedestrians who insist on walking in the road. “It used to be like a cow path,” Recreation Director Steve Benko told NewCanaanite.com. “Everybody had to walk up the same hill, and they’d trip over rocks and roots. Now, you can conceivably do a loop of the whole park without leaving the path.”

Additional drainage is expected to take place soon, and the path is currently up and running under a design from the Waveny Park Conservancy. Continue Reading →

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Louie the Bernese Mountain Dog: A Puppy at Heart

In this installment of “New Canine-ites,” featuring profiles of local dogs, we speak to town resident Bella Doré about Louie, an instantly lovable Bernese Mountain Dog. Passing him mid-walk playing in his yard, it was impossible not to fall in love with Louie, who is essentially an enormous puppy. “Louie is definitely very loving,” Doré said. “He will do anything and everything he can to be as humanly close to you as possible. If you’re sitting down he will jump up and give you a hug—literally.” Continue Reading →

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Popular ‘New CanaanOpoly’ Board Game To Return, Thanks to Local Resident

Around Christmas last year, town resident Ryan Davis recalled, locals began contacting his mother about the availability of an out-of-stock and hugely popular Monopoly-based board game that had been customized to New Canaan. Barbara Davis had created ‘New CanaanOpoly’ 10 years ago as a fundraiser for a local nonprofit organization. For Ryan Davis, the interest represented a chance to breathe new life into the old board game in order to benefit one of the most widely anticipated fundraising efforts in town. “We decided this could be a great idea and thought it would be a great way to help out the New Canaan Library,” he told NewCanaanite.com. Soon, New Canaan High School alumni Thomas and Spencer Williams joined the effort, and a newly updated version of New CanaanOpoly is in production and will be available for purchase in the fall, Ryan Davis said. Continue Reading →

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