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Schools Superintendent: District Needs Alternative Program ‘With an Identity’ to Keep Students in New Canaan

When Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi presented a subcommittee of New Canaan’s legislative body with details of a proposal to create an “alternative high school” program for students with specific health challenges in New Canaan last week, a significant portion of the discussion focused on whether the former Outback building behind Town Hall would be a suitable location for the program. Other factors deemed equally—if not more—important were also addressed, including the short- and long-term effects of the program on the educational and emotional wellbeing of New Canaan’s students. Luizzi and Assistant Superintendent of Pupil and Family Services Darlene Pianka outlined their vision for a program that would replace New Canaan High School’s current Afternoon Instruction Program, or ‘AIP,’ which is held in the school’s media center. AIP is currently only available to four to 10 upperclassmen at a time, while Luizzi’s proposal will potentially provide flexible academic instruction for six to 12 students in grades 8-12 based on their educational and therapeutic needs. Over the past year, Luizzi and Pianka have been visiting both public and private alternative programs for teens throughout Fairfield County—some of which have accepted New Canaan students into its programs— and they shared a few of their observations with the subcommittee. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Library, Integrative Mental Health Practice To Present Documentary ‘Angst,’ Panel Discussion

An integrative mental health practice and New Canaan Library are teaming up to present a documentary film and panel discussion next week that address what local experts call some of the most prevalent health-related challenges facing youth in town. “Angst,” a much-discussed documentary designed to raise awareness about anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families, is to be presented at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 in the Lamb Room at the library. The screening and discussion are sponsored by Stamford-based Riverwalk Group and the library (register here). Elissa Stein, founder of Riverwalk Group, which provides therapy, support and programming to people in all stages of life, said New Canaan forms a major piece of her clientele and that she arranged for the free event since “we are hearing more and more from all pieces of the family—parents who are anxious, children who are anxious, grandparents who are anxious.”

“We have cases where children are coming back from college and they cannot have success at college because they are so riddled with anxiety that they come back home,” Stein, a resident of north Stamford, told NewCanaanite.com on a recent morning during an interview at Zumbach’s. Continue Reading →

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Medical Director: New Canaan Boy Succumbed to ‘Overwhelming Infection’ Brought on by Pneumonia Secondary to Flu

The 10-year-old New Canaan boy who died unexpectedly on Sunday morning succumbed to an “overwhelming infection” brought on by secondary pneumonia to the flu, according to New Canaan Medical Director Dr. David Reed. Citing information from a pediatrician who had consulted with a New York state medical examiner’s office about its findings, Reed said that it appears the infection or sepsis that has been identified as a cause of death emerged in the boy after his immune system had been fighting a “very typical” flu. “When you get presented with a virus or cateria, the immune system starts cranking out antibodies to kill it, but if the infection takes off, your body’s immune system is overwhelmed, and you may get a secondary infection,” Reed told NewCanaanite.com. Repeating his advice to parents who are concerned about their own child’s exposure to flu, Reed said, “The message is to get a vaccination, it’s not too late.” Nico Mallozzi’s family agreed to share the medical investigator’s information with the public, Reed said. Continue Reading →

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Reckless Endangerment Charge for New Canaan Man, 65

Police on Saturday afternoon arrested a 65-year-old New Canaan man by warrant in connection with an incident last month at his home, when a 14-year-old boy visiting a friend there got hurt after crashing an all-terrain vehicle or ‘ATV.’

At about 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, a Friday, officers were dispatched to a Deep Valley Road home on a report that the teen suffered facial lacerations after the crash and was transported to the Norwalk Hospital emergency room for treatment, and released, police said. The ATV itself and the owner’s manual for the vehicle displayed multiple warnings that nobody under 16 should operate it, according to a police report. Through an investigation, police also learned that the 14-year-old hadn’t been wearing a helmet, the report said. The vehicle’s owner told police he didn’t know whether or not the boy was wearing a helmet, it said. Continue Reading →

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Coffee To Be Held Thursday Morning

NewCanaanite.com is hosting its community coffee 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Lamb Room at New Canaan Library. Held the first and third Thursday mornings of each month, the coffee is presented in partnership with the library. It’s free and open to the public. We serve locally brewed Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thanks, Doug). Continue Reading →

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