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Vincenzo ‘Jimmy’ Socci, 86, Lifelong New Canaanite and Volunteer Firefighter

Vincenzo “Jimmy” Socci, age 86, a lifelong New Canaan resident died Saturday May 13, 2017 peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in New Canaan, he was the son of the late Joseph and Antoinette Terenzio Socci. He was married to his loving wife Victoria Lapinsky Socci for 64 years. In addition to his wife Victoria, he is survived by his devoted children, two daughters; Victoria L. Scosta and her husband David of Brookfield, and Simrin Michele Socci and her significant other Les Montgomery of Brattleboro, Vt., two sons; Edward James Socci, of Green Castle, Mo., Michael A. Socci and his wife Janeen of New Canaan, four sisters; Theresa Pinder, Anna Calitri both of New Canaan, Marie DiCostanzo of Wilton, and Joan Legenzowski of South Salem, N.Y. and one brother; Philip Socci and his wife Josephine of Stamford. He’s also survived by his four cherished grandchildren Christopher A. Scosta and his wife Katherine of Danbury, Jason A. Scosta and his fiancé Stacy A. Breen of Stamford, and Jake and Hannah Socci of New Canaan, as well as one great grandchild Scarlett Scosta along with several nieces and nephews. Continue Reading →

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Maura Bridget Gallagher, 38, New Mother of Twins

Maura Bridget Gallagher died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Stamford, Connecticut. She was born on May 11, 1978 and grew-up in Tannersville, New York. Maura was predeceased by her parents, Maureen (June 16, 1989) and Walter G. Gallagher (January 30, 2015). She and her fiancé Max Di Dodo resided in New Canaan, Connecticut for the last four years. Maura was a 1996 graduate of Hunter Tannersville Central High School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College in Manhattan, where she resided for 11 years. Continue Reading →

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Election 2017: Mallozzi, Williams To Seek Fourth Term on Board of Selectmen

Touting their work in forging stronger bonds between the town and Board of Education, addressing long-ignored infrastructure needs and nurturing a responsive and courteous attitude among municipal employees, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi and Selectman Nick Williams announced that they’ll seek fourth terms on the Board of Selectmen. During a meeting this week with the local press corps, the Republican duo pointed to complementary backgrounds as volunteers in public safety and education to underscore their work on behalf of the community, and said they’ve enjoyed serving alongside Democratic counterpart Beth Jones. “We have had a very good relationship together, we are really proud of where the town has been and where it’s going, and we feel that we best represent the leadership component that is important to this community,” Mallozzi said during an interview at Town Hall. Calling Mallozzi one of his best friends, Williams described the Board of Selectmen as “cohesive” as he can remember. “We work together, we get along great and it’s really been a joy to be a part of it,” Williams said. Continue Reading →

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Julia (Nagy) Peckham, 94, Loving Mother and Excellent Teacher

Julie Peckham was born Feb. 24, 1923 in Moriah, N.Y. and died peacefully on her 94th birthday, Feb. 24, 2017. Her parents were Michael Nagy and Sophia Jacob Nagy who emigrated from Hungary through Ellis Island and settled in northern New York state. Julie graduated in 1945 from State Teachers College in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She moved to Elmira, N.Y. and married Ervin O. Peckham who predeceased her in 1999. Julie retired from the Elmira City School District as a Home Economics Teacher for 34 years in 1982. Continue Reading →

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Harvey Lee Kaufman, 76, Longtime New Canaan Resident and Noted Architect

Harvey Lee Kaufman, a longtime New Canaan resident and a practicing architect, passed away suddenly on Dec. 22, 2016. Harvey was born Aug. 15, 1940 to William (Bill) & Betty Kaufman, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He graduated from Port Chester High School, where he excelled academically, artistically and in basketball and baseball. Continue Reading →

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