Laura Budd

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New Canaan Music Earns ‘Business of the Year’ Honors

Now more than ever, it takes both a special kind of business and business owner to succeed. New Canaan has seen many stores open and close their doors, and among those a special few have stayed up and running while being loved by our town’s residents. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tucker Murphy said New Canaan Music owner and town resident Phil Williams may be seen as a model for other businesses. “For retail to survive in a town like New Canaan, it has to be about the experience,” Murphy said. “Phil has done just that.”

On June 27, Williams will be recognized as “Business of the Year” during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Luncheon. Continue Reading →

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‘The Time To Do This Is Now’: New Canaan Mom To Launch New Podiatry Practice Downtown

New Canaan resident Dr. Jennifer Tauber has been a working mom ever since she became a mother. A Wilton native, she’d already earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Manhattan College and doctorate of podiatric medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine when she married and then moved here 15 years ago. Tauber completed her residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, and after just a few years settled into her second job in podiatry, joining the staff of a small practice in Bethel for a 12-year stint that would help provide a foundation in her chosen field. Pregnant when she started at Bethel Podiatry, Tauber worked through the births of her two daughters—now fifth- and seventh-graders at Saxe Middle School—reducing her work schedule somewhat for a time, to one day per week, before returning full-time. Continue Reading →

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Record-High 94 Percent of NCHS Seniors To Enter Internship Program

This spring, 289 New Canaan High School seniors will participate in an increasingly popular internship program that sends the students to work for the last month of the academic year at local and area businesses and organizations. The figure represents about 94 percent of the Class of 2018—marking a high point in the history of a program that launched with just a dozen NCHS seniors in 2011. Heather Bianco, coordinator of the Senior Internship Program, attributed the rise in popularity of ‘SIP’ its many benefits for students. “It just gives them experience out of school in a work environment that they don’t get in school and a lot of them have not had a job before, so it just gives a professional environment where they can get a real-life work experience,” Bianco, who is in her second full year of overseeing the program, told NewCanaanite.com. Here’s a look at its growth (article continues below):

 

Bianco took the reins from Sue Carroll, who as coordinator of the College and Career Center at NCHS had overseen the development and first several years of SIP with help from a volunteer steering committee. Continue Reading →

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NewCanaanite.com Introduces Editorial Board

As owner and editor of NewCanaanite.com, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve created the news site’s first editorial board. Four longtime residents have agreed to serve on it: Laura Budd, Julia Stewart, Rob Mallozzi and Doug Zumbach. In this capacity, they’ll review and provide feedback on all opinion pieces that appear on NewCanaanite.com under my byline or the generic site byline, prior to publication, as well as recommend topics that we should be covering for editorials and news stories, and responding to a wide range of questions from me regarding New Canaanite’s tone, voice, coverage plan and guidelines. The need for an editorial board arose out of a decision to publish endorsement letters prior to the 2017 local elections, and my own feeling that New Canaanite ought to have a standing group of trusted readers/advisors to review such opinion pieces before they’re made public. While serving on the editorial board does not necessarily mean that each member will agree with every opinion piece, it does mean that each such post will get full vetting before them. Continue Reading →

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Chamber: Support Needed for Holiday Lights Downtown

Officials are calling for locals to support a cherished New Canaan tradition that relies on private funds to take place downtown each year. The white lights that adorn trees on Elm, Main and Forest Streets—and starting this year, Pine Street, as well—cost about $22,000 in hardware and manpower, according to the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. While the town supplies the electricity for the now-100-percent-LED lights, funds must be raised each year to carry those costs. “I think it is one of the things that sets our town apart in the holdaiy season,” Laura Budd of the Chamber told NewCanaanite.com. “It brings a lot of happiness to people—it’s the darkest time of the year, we have the least amount of light and it’s really great to come downtown and see all the trees lit up and the lampposts, too. Continue Reading →

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