Local People

New Canaan engenders a strong sense of identity among its residents. In our “Local People” profiles and features, we celebrate that strength.

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‘It’s Really Good TV’: New Canaan’s Rich Riley Co-Produces Game Show ‘Beat Shazam,’ Premiering Thursday Night on FOX

New Canaan residents have accomplished a great deal, creating landmark homes, beloved books, memorable films and timeless music. This week, the town can add ‘primetime network TV game shows’ to that list. Rich Riley is the CEO of Shazam, the wildly popular music app used over 20 million times per day, and one of the executive producers of “Beat Shazam,” which will premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday on FOX. To be hosted by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, the new and highly anticipated “Name That Tune”-type show integrates Shazam’s mobile app in unique ways, opening a new level of home viewers’ participation through technology. “I feel great,” Riley said. Continue Reading →

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Q&A with New Canaan’s Barbara Rucci, Author of Newly Published ‘Art Workshop for Children’

Book Trailer
I wrote a book! It’s called Art Workshop for Children. It’s all about process art with kids, and the deeper value of creativity. This is a sneak peak into what’s inside. Buy it on Amazon now! Continue Reading →

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‘I Couldn’t Feel The Joy, But I Do Now’: New Canaan’s Annette Ross Writes Her Love Story

Life changed unexpectedly and irrevocably for Annette Ross in January of 2000. Just before the birth of her second child, Ross experienced a catastrophic spinal cord injury while receiving an epidural. The injury inhibited the use of her lower body and confined her to a wheelchair. A dream life that she shared with her husband Bill, living in New Canaan, appeared to have been shattered. In the nearly 17 years that followed, Ross’s life has taken twists and turns, many of which are shared in her new book, Where Fairy Tales Go: A Love Story. Continue Reading →

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‘Something Really Beautiful and Energizing’: NCHS ’09 Grad Valk Hitting All the Right Notes

On the evening of Nov. 7, 2014, Laura Valk took to Stage One of the Rockwood Music Hall, a venue located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to perform with her band Skout. And to perform music from her debut EP, set for a worldwide release the very next day, titled ‘Again Anew,’ to a live audience for the first time. A musician typically would have days—if not weeks—to prepare with her bandmates for such a pivotal moment. Yet as a result of crazy, hectic schedules, Valk only got to rehearse with them the night before. So with just one night’s practice and the band playing on a corner stage so small that its drummer had to play off to the side, Valk walked up to the mic, looked out at the about 70 people who filled the intimate, standing-room-only venue to capacity, and played the first note of her musical career. Continue Reading →

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Teen Girls Obsessed With Shopping and Netflix

For this installment of “5 Things I’m Obsessed With,” I ran into these three teens on their way for a quick dinner after a long day of typical summer fun. For Chloe, Victoria, and Charlotte, hanging out with friends to shop or watch Netflix is all apart of their everyday summer lifestyle. Having that, here are these teen New Canaanites’ “5 Things I’m Obsessed With:”

Chloe Sigg, 15

Friends
Bathing Suits
Snapchat
Shoes
Netflix

Victoria Whitcomb, 15

Netflix
Food
Shopping
Summer
Friends

Charlotte Sigg, 13

Shopping
Netflix
Brandy Melville
Starbucks
Friends and Family
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