Sam Stoner

Sam is member of New Canaan High School class of 2017 and participated that spring in the Senior Internship Program, writing for NewCanaanite.com. He wrote for The Courant, the school newspaper, since his sophomore year and was the Sports Editor as a junior. This year, he was one of the Editors-in-Chief. Outside of journalism, he was the goalie and one of the co-captains for the varsity soccer team in the fall, and was also a board member for the Service League of Boys, a club at the school. As a junior, he was the Publicity Coordinator for the club where he wrote multiple newspaper articles about different events that the club participated in, and this year, he was the Parliamentarian. He also played volleyball this spring. Next year, Sam will be attending Bates College, and his twin brother, Will, will be attending American University. Over the summer, he is a lifeguard at Waveny Pool and Kiwanis Park.

Recent Articles

‘They Support the Community’: Local Businesspeople Recognized by New Canaan Chamber of Commerce at Annual Awards Luncheon

Local businesspeople in New Canaan work tirelessly year-round to serve the town of New Canaan and its residents—giving of their time and rolling up their sleeves to provide goods and services for those in need, coach youth sports and volunteer to support community events. On Tuesday, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce recognized three businesses who have made a significant impact. “We do this every year—this is our way of honoring the businesses that support our town,” Tucker Murphy, the executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said during the organization’s Annual Awards Luncheon, held at Gates. “It’s always hard because there are so many that do so many great things.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Town To Install Pedestrian Crosswalks, Flashing Beacons at Weed and Elm

With the new sidewalk on Weed Street connecting Elm Street to Irwin Park earning high praise and wide use from residents, town officials say they’re eager to ensure that pedestrians are safe in crossing the busy north-south road. An early plan to put in stop signs for Weed Street traffic at Elm garnered pushback from some concerned about traffic backup. Instead, Public Works Director Tiger Mann said, the town will install a crosswalk at Weed and Elm as well to help pedestrians access the new sidewalk. The town also will put in push-button activated flashing beacons that alert motorists to a pedestrian using the crosswalk, he said. “There’s one at Saxe right now across from Farm Road. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Seventh-Grader Attends U.S. Soccer’s National Team Futures Camp

In New Canaan, soccer has emerged as a staple of many childhoods, whether players take to the pitch in a rec jersey, for a travel team, with the high school Rams or in an adult league. And among the hundreds of New Canaanites who suit up across every level, one Saxe Middle School student is beginning to stand out in a unique way. Seventh-grader Noah Radecki has emerged as one of the town’s top players, recently attending the U.S. Soccer National Team’s Futures Camp, a highly selective training program hosted by national team coaches. Notable players at the camp include Jermaine Jones, who is on the U.S. Men’s National Team as well as the L.A. Galaxy, and Cobi Jones, who has the most appearances for the U.S. National Team in its history. After receiving the invitation to the prestigious camp, Radecki said he was speechless. Continue Reading →

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‘It Means So Much’: New Canaan Land Trust’s Acquisition of Fowler Property Fulfills Family’s Wishes

A local organization dedicated to preserving land and open space in New Canaan has acquired a large property in Silvermine, protecting it from future development and closing the loop on a closely followed conservation effort. The New Canaan Land Trust last month purchased 763 Silvermine Road—a 6.35-acre parcel that will help form the Silvermine Fowler Preserve—from Jim and Betsey Fowler. It’s adjacent to the 41-acre Hicks Meadows-Kelley Uplands Audubon Sanctuary, and plans for the now 48-acre property include creating trails where residents can hike, view wildlife and experience nature, officials say. “It means so much to have the land preserved, to bring it back,” said Mark Fowler, son of Jim and Betsey and now the nature initiative director at Grace Farms. “The old house will come down and it will be a beautiful piece of property with wetlands and small fields and a beautiful forest and a nice hiking trail, so for me, this is what the Fowler legacy is all about and it’s what the town needs.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘A Magnificent Piece of our Town’: New Nature Center Executive Director Looks to Past, Future

The New Canaan Nature Center—a place where generations of local families have learned about animals, attended preschool, hiked trails and studied nature—began in 1960 for purposes of “an arboretum, bird sanctuary, nature center, horticulture, and for passive recreation,” according to a deed given to the town by Susan D. Bliss, the property’s prior owner. The deed also specified that the Nature Center would serve as “a museum site,”  newly appointed Executive Director Bill Flynn told a group of visitors this week. For Flynn, the first permanent director at the Oenoke Ridge Road facility in more than one year, part of what the Nature Center strives to do is “prove that we’re worthy of [Bliss’s] generosity.”

“This is a gift” and a “magnificent piece of our town,” Flynn said during a meet-and-greet and tour on Tuesday morning that included a talk at the Visitor’s Center and hike around the campus. A staff member at the Nature Center for seven years, Flynn is in a unique position to both appreciate the organization’s rich history while also eyeing immediate and future needs, including for its several buildings. Priorities now for Flynn include maintaining and building on a strong relationship with the town, he said, as well restoring certain buildings on campus. Continue Reading →

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