Q&A: Getting to Know the Rotary Club of New Canaan

Here’s the first installment of a Q&A series running this week and next, where we get to know some of New Canaan’s wonderful service organizations. We start with the Rotary Club of New Canaan. Here’s our exchange with Valerie Connolly, incoming president of the organization. New Canaanite: Is the Rotary Club of New Canaan part of a national or international organization? If so, please provide details of that organization, such as the year it started, its size and scope.

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New Canaan Police say residents have reported multiple break-ins of unlocked vehicles, including overnight last Friday. Several items were taken from a Mill Road vehicle, unlocked in its driveway, and two more cars on Silvermine Road were illegally entered. Darien saw 22 motor vehicle burglaries in a three-night stretch. Officials are urging residents to safeguard their valuables and lock their cars. ***

There are about 514,000 gallons of water in Waveny Pool, Recreation Director Steve Benko said during a Parks & Recreation Commission meeting Wednesday night.

Letter: Support the Rotary Club Lobsterfest

Consider yourself personally invited to support the 31st Annual Rotary Club Lobsterfest to be held on Friday September 23rd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday September 24th from 12:00 noon until 8:00pm. Proceeds benefit local and international organizations supported through the New Canaan Rotary Club’s annual grant awards. Organizations supported in the past include the New Canaan Library, Meals on Wheels, the Getabout Van, New Canaan YMCA, Person to Person, Domus, Future5, Camp Horizons, ABC of New Canaan, Americares Free Clinics, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Kids in Crisis, and many others. In addition, the Rotary Club of New Canaan supports International efforts of Rotary International to eradicate Polio and other humanitarian efforts, including HALO, an organization committed to clearing land mines around the world. If you’ve been to Lobsterfest before, you know what a great tradition this event is, and if you haven’t attended before, I encourage you to make plans to support this fun family event.

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The Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday decided to postpone to next month its decision regarding the closely followed application from the Philip Johnson Glass House to expand its operations. Designed to help boost revenue in order to keep up the sprawling Ponus Ridge property and its buildings, the National Trust for Historic Preservation site’s plans had drawn some concerns from neighbors. P&Z commissioner Dick Ward said during the meeting that he intended to vote against the Glass House’s application, while chairman John Goodwin said he favored it. ***

Police at about 5:30 p.m. last Monday received a Waveny jogger’s report of a sick skunk in the park, went there, found the animal and dispatched it. ***

The Rotary Club of New Canaan says it’s seeking “three warm and caring families” to volunteer for its well-established exchange student program, involving teens between ages 15 and 19.

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An interesting side note to the New Canaan Housing Authority’s plan to build with greater density the public housing at Mill Pond (a project that will trigger relief from a developer loophole in the state statutes): According to the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, the total number of housing units in New Canaan has decreased over the last several reportable years:

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Troopers from Connecticut State Police Troop G last Thursday rescued two Hawks Hill Road golden retrievers who had wandered onto the Merritt Parkway. The fortunate animals were secured safely just after 1 p.m. on March 3, according to the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. It wasn’t immediately clear how they got out. ***

Congratulations to New Canaanite Ann Cotoia on her retirement from Bankwell after nearly 14 years. She joined the bank the month it opened (April 2002) and is a third generation New Canaanite. March 4 marked her last day, following 48 total years in the banking industry. “She was a tremendously valued employee at Bankwell as a Personal Banker, and often heralded for her outstanding service to customers,” officials say.