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PHOTOS: 2015 New Canaan Sidewalk Sale

The 2015 Village Fair & Sidewalk Sale from the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce overcame a bit of rain Saturday morning to draw thousands for deals, family fun, live music and food. Anchored at either end of Elm Street by New Canaan mainstays Walter Stewart’s and Karl Chevrolet, and running for segments of Main and Forest Streets, the 50-year-old New Canaan tradition saw scores of local and nonlocal businesses and organizations alike set up tents in all-pedestrian zones in the heart of the village. NewCanaanite.com launched a Facebook contest, asking locals to don wigs, sunglasses and boas and pull a goofy face. Our three winners are:

Gavin Tong—Gavin and his family win a gift card to Connecticut Sandwich Co. on Pine Street. Continue Reading →

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VIDEO: ‘Trick-or-Treat’ with New Canaan Music and Triple Coil

New Canaan Music & Triple Coil – Halloween Song 2014
As always, the video above was shot “on location” in New Canaan. This Halloween, we are sharing an original tune from Phil and Jim at New Canaan Music, featuring NCHS seniors Dan Antoniu and Kyle Street from Triple Coil. The video also features contributions to our Facebook page from Craig H, Juliet H and Kristen S (thanks guys) and Halloween scenes from residences around town. Special thanks to John E and to Ann and Lou Kozar of New Canaan Bicycles, whose Seminary Street home provide a great backdrop for much of our video, and a special Happy 8th Birthday wish to Jacob Kozar! Enjoy, everyone, and have a safe and Happy Halloween. Continue Reading →

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Sidewalk Sale Saturday: Great Shopping Deals & Local Charitable Causes

Saturday’s annual Village Fair & Sidewalk Sale (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will feature local businesses offering great deals on products and services (as well as giveaways)—we previewed some of them here and include a fuller list at the end of this article (full vendor list here). The hugely popular annual event also is a time when many businesses partner up to support charities, and a time for nonprofit organizations to raise money and boost memberships. In partnership with Walter Stewart’s, New Canaan’s Lou Kozar, owner of New Canaan Bicycles in the Bob’s Sports lot, will ride a specially rigged stationary bike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. called a “Fender Blender” that will mix up ice and lemonade that will be sold for $5 a glass with all proceeds going to the CT Challenge. The effort, which centers on a long bike ride, raises money to empower cancer survivors to live “healthier, happier and longer lives.”

“It’s a great event and I unfortunately wont’ be able to do any bike riding this year because of the time it takes place,” Kozar said. “But I love being a part of it in this way that I can, to spin my legs and contribute to the cause.”

Down Elm Street at Main, the New Canaan Veterinary Hospital will set up a table and take donations that will go toward a fund for the New Canaan Police Department’s K9 unit. Continue Reading →

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Town Officials Weigh Proposed Bicycle Signs

Town officials are weighing whether to install roadside signs developed by a Fairfield County cycling group that illustrate a state law instructing motorists to give bicycle riders three feet of separation when passing. The Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club (which has a mailing address in Darien) has proposed introducing the bright yellow signs in New Canaan, according to Tiger Mann, assistant director of the Department of Public Works. Mann (who added that he doesn’t like the idea of installing signs without a very good reason) said he’s bringing the proposal to the town planner and Planning and Zoning to see what they think. “It’s a question of the signs themselves, where to put them and then jurisdiction, too—whether it’s a street sign or not,” Mann said. Cycling is a popular form of exercise and transportation for New Canaanites, and locals this spring saw their own official cycling group form—a joint effort of New Canaan Bicycles (in the Bob’s Sports lot off of Cherry) and Walter Stewart’s. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Cycling Club Launches

 

One of New Canaan’s new locally owned businesses is teaming up with one of its most-established to create an official New Canaan cycling club, promoting the activity and healthy living while connecting enthusiasts with one another. New Canaan Bicycles (formerly Cycles on Call) and Walter Stewart’s this week announced the creation of the club. Lou Kozar, owner of New Canaan Bicycles—and a puppy-ish 10-year-old black lab—said the club is designed to serve cyclists who ride out of New Canaan. “What there has been in the past are groups that focus on bike racing,” Kozar told NewCanaanite.com. “This is more of an all inclusive, all-around rider.”

Walter Stewart’s will be involved with every cycling event around New Canaan Bicycles and the club, such as the May 17 kids’ safety Bike Rodeo at West School (co-sponsored by the school’s PTC), and two months later, in sponsoring a team to participate in July’s CT Challenge, which supports cancer survivors. Continue Reading →

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