New Canaan businesses are the lifeblood not just of the “Magic Circle” downtown and other hubs of arts and commerce, but also are critical drivers and supporters of community events, human services and preserving the character of “The Next Station to Heaven.” In this section, we spotlight New Canaan businesses and profile their owners, in long-form interviews and spot features, celebrating our anchor businesses and welcoming those new to town.

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Day Care Center of New Canaan Has Aced Surprise Health Inspections from the Town

The Day Care Center of New Canaan has earned an average score of 99.4 out of 100 on health inspections through the past six years, records show. Located in the Schoolhouse Apartments building at 156 South Ave., the nonprofit childcare facility has scored a perfect score of 100 on 12 of 16 unannounced inspections conducted by sanitarians with the New Canaan Health Department since February 2011, according to a review of the organization’s files at Town Hall. Sanitarians use a state Department of Public Health standard, citing eateries for violations that range in seriousness and corresponding weight from 1 to 4 points. A “failed” inspection is triggered either by one or more 4-point violations or a total score of less than 80 points. Incorporated in 1972 and serving 45 preschool children ages three to five as well as 45 school-age children in kindergarten through eighth grade, the Day Care Center’s cafeteria consistently has earned some of the very highest scores for food service establishments in town (article continues below):


Officials in the health department said a score that consistently comes in at or near perfect is “optimal for any establishment.”

Speaking to such high scores generally and not to the Day Care Center of New Canaan specifically, Sanitarian Carla DeLucia said it would the establishment is “without any four-point violations, without temperature violations and likely without any critical violations.”

“Sanitarians work to help food establishments maintain compliance and, as a result, New Canaan on the whole fares well on inspections,” DeLucia said. Continue Reading →

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Dr. Harrison Pierce Retires After 42 Years in New Canaan

On his last day as a pediatrician in New Canaan, Dr. Harrison Pierce said he saw a large number of children, four of whom were “second-generation” patients. Yet within hours of retiring, Pierce’s daughter Tara Clough—a 1993 New Canaan High School graduate—called to ask him to check on her own daughter, who had been sick that very night. “I thought to myself, ‘Am I really not going to be caring for sick children anymore?’ ” Dr. Pierce said. “It’s a change, but that showed me I still have things to do.”

A fixture since 1975 at the East Avenue doctors’ practice known today as the New Canaan Medical Groups, Dr. Pierce has served as primary care physician to generations of local kids, forging bonds with families here and, through his office as well as wider community involvement, leaving an indelible mark on the town. A New York City native who earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1965 and medical degree from the University of Rome in 1970, Pierce completed his internship, residency and fellowship at New York Medical College and came to New Canaan in 1975. Continue Reading →

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‘I’ve Had a Great Reception’: Organic Mattress Shop Opens on South Avenue

David Spittal spent much of the two years he had earned after founding, building and in 2005 selling his first mattress company reconnecting with family and community. The Putnam Valley, N.Y. resident served on his local school board, coached soccer with his two middle school-aged kids—his daughter is now a junior at Wesleyan University, his son a freshman at Gettysburg College—volunteered as chairman of the board for his local YMCA camp and also sat on a sustainable energy committee. It was while serving in that last role that Spittal paused to consider that most mattresses are made with some combination of polyurethane, polyester fibers and wire springs—creations whose useful life ends at about age eight and then lay in landfills for thousands of years. He began researching the prospect of a comfortable, eco-friendly, far longer-lasting, biodegradable mattress made of entirely organic materials. “I knew that there was a desire, especially with the ‘out-gassing’ of chemicals from polyurethane foam,” Spitall recalled Monday from the warm, welcoming showroom of Healthy Choice Organic Mattress, open since Friday at 21 South Ave. Continue Reading →

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Officials To Vote on Contract for New, User-Friendly Parking Machines for Downtown

Town officials on Tuesday will vote on a $50,000 contract to bring seven new parking machines to the business district, a much-needed upgrade that proponents say will improve dramatically the downtown experience for workers and visitors alike. If approved by the Board of Selectmen, four of the new machines, from a Moorestown, N.J.-based company, would be installed at Morse Court and Park Street lots (two apiece), with single machines going to Locust Avenue, the Playhouse and Center School lots. Stacy Miltenberg, interim superintendent of the New Canaan Parking Bureau, said her agency supports acquiring the solar-powered Parkeon Srada Pal Rapide model machines for reasons that will benefit both motorists and the town. “They are going to be very user-friendly,” Miltenberg told “It’s going to be interactive where it will give you written instructions and graphics and on a 7-inch color screen. Continue Reading →

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83 Percent of NCHS Seniors Apply for Spring Internship Program; Host Sites Needed

As an already popular program that places New Canaan High School seniors in local businesses for internships each spring skyrockets toward an all-time high in participation, district officials are seeking additional “host sites” to accommodate the students. Of the 333 total seniors in the NCHS class of 2017, 278 applied for the “Senior Internship Program,” up from 165 one year ago. “Because we have over 100 more kids than last year, we are looking for 100 more spots, so that is our challenge,” said Susan Carroll, coordinator of the College & Career Center at NCHS. Asked to account for the program’s rapidly rising popularity, Carroll said: “I think that it is part of the culture at New Canaan High School now. This class, because the program is eight years old, they have never not had seniors going into a senior internship program. Continue Reading →

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