When walking down Elm Street on a sunny Saturday afternoon, it is more than likely that one will hear a couple visitors from New York City or beyond lament that New Canaan seems to be ripped from an episode of “Gilmore Girls.” Indeed, this town offers many of the same surface qualities as the fictional Star’s Hollow, with a beautiful downtown and quirky residents and business owners. The similarities go deeper, however; on the show, it is not uncommon to see Luke, the owner of the local diner, cross the street to buy supplies from Doosey’s Market. It’s a perfect illustration of local charm; these two small businesses support each other while also contributing to the integrity of the town. If it seems too good to be happening in real life, it’s not, and businesses right here in New Canaan are using the same model. Continue Reading →
With up to 12 inches of snow expected in New Canaan, public schools, Town Hall and the library all are closed Thursday. What follows are lists of what’s open and closed in New Canaan—we will update it throughout the day, as we add photos from around town and any pertinent information on road closures and outages. If you run a business or organization in town and want us to share your hours today, please fill out this form (it’s also embedded below):
Walter Stewart’s open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Stewarts Spirits open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Francos Wine Merchants is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Karl Chevrolet is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weed & Duryea opens at 7 a.m.
Fish Tales open 1 to 7 p.m.
Joe’s Pizza open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Embody Fitness Gourmet is open
New Canaan Toy Store is open
NAPA Auto Parts of New Canaan open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
JAK Handyman is open and on-call for emergencies
Chef Luis is open
Halo Studios is closed
New Canaan Library is closed
Pennyweights is closed
Baskin Robbins is closed
Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee is closed
Public schools are closed
Town Hall and all other municipal buildings are closed
Pet Pantry is closed
Rand Insurance is closed
New Canaan Racquet Club is closed
Nurenu Brand Marketing’s office is closed though its talented staff is working remotely
Ciel Eau spa is closed
Elm Street Books is closed
Family & Environmental Medicine’s office is closed (available for phone consultations)
Pryority Wellness is closed
Morning classes at Sama Yoga cancelled—stay tuned for the evening
New Canaan YMCA is closed
Station Eats is closed
New Canaan Cleaners is closed
The town is under a Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service through 6 p.m. Temperatures will drop into the 20’s and officials warn of dangerous driving conditions with “snow covered roads and poor visibilities,” according to the Upton, N.Y. based weather service. “Blowing and drifting snow is likely,” the agency said. “Local power outages with downed trees and power lines [are] possible.” Continue Reading →
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Here’s a ‘Happy Birthday’ to a gem and gentleman of a local man. David Borglum, a 1949 New Canaan High School graduate and the longest-serving member of the wonderful Kiwanis Club of New Canaan, recently celebrated his “67th” birthday (he tells us). Happy birthday, David, here’s to 67 more. ***
Officials are looking to slow down motorists traveling on Weed Street between Wahackme and Dunning, where the 85th percentile of drivers recently were clocked by speed sentries at 36 mph in northbound and southbound lanes, according to the New Canaan Traffic Calming Work Group. ***
The Park & Recreation Commission is looking into acquiring a heater for the Waveny Pool following a successful season where one of the isolated asks from pass-holders was warmer temperatures for little kids. Continue Reading →
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Camp LiveGirl brought together 50 middle school girls from Bridgeport, Stamford, and New Canaan. The camp facilitated bonding in a diverse, team-based environment through sports and leadership activities. Senior executive women provided mentoring and reinforced the LiveGirl motto: “I am smart. I am strong. I am special.”
Creating something new requires vision and extraordinary support, which we received from the following businesses/individuals:
CT Sandwich, Oxygen, Walter Stewart’s, Nielsen, Hunsinger Family—donated lunch/supplies
Meg Domino & New Canaan CARES—a passionate partner who customized and taught a leadership curriculum for middle school girls
Ellie Aliapoulios, Camaren Dayton, Abi Farley, Kendall Genzburg, Olivia Hunsinger, Katie Kurz, Grace Manges, Isabella Savini—amazing high school students who volunteered their time & served as camp leaders
Andrea Chalon, Johnny Ostendorf & Mike Wilson—donated video/ photography services
NCHS, Jay Egan, many coaches, instructors, speakers—provided essential support
The list of names is long and serves as a true testament to the character of our community. Continue Reading →
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The idea for Camp LiveGirl—that’s a short ‘i’ in ‘Live,’ a verb—came to the West family over the winter. Transformed after hosting a Fresh Air Fund girl from Queens, N.Y. last summer, mom Sheri and dad Brian gathered the kids (Conor, then an 8th-grader, Olivia, 6th and Donovan, 2nd) to discuss how else they could make a difference, now that their Fresh Air Fund guest, Janiyia Rodriguez, had aged out of the program. “We all felt very grateful, but we were cognizant that there are plenty of Janiyias out there, and as a family, we brainstormed about some way we could touch more lives,” Sheri recalled on a recent morning. What was born at that family meeting will materialize next Monday, as 30 middle school-aged girls from Bridgeport and Stamford join 20 similarly aged New Canaan girls for a unique, weeklong camp designed to empower, educate and engage its participants through multiple sports, identity- and confidence-building exercises, camaraderie, healthy living instruction and inspiring and informative speakers. Dubbed ‘LiveGirl’ because the Wests call their daughter ‘Liv’ for short, the camp is not only a deeply personal effort led by Sheri West that follows months of planning—it also results from a coordinated effort across a large swath of the New Canaan community. Continue Reading →