Chandra Johnson-Greene

Chandra has 14+ years of professional journalism experience and has held various writing, editing and PR positions at Belvoir Media Group, HooplaHa, Patch, Red 7 Media, and ProfNet. Throughout her career, she has covered numerous topics including, local, regional, and breaking news, arts & entertainment, business, technology, and health. During her time at Patch, Chandra received the company's "Mission and Values" award while serving as an associate regional editor for her role in covering the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. She graduated from Virginia Union University in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in English, an Associate's degree in Journalism, and a minor in Music. She received her Master's Degree in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism from Syracuse University the following year. She currently lives in Norwalk with her husband and two daughters.

Recent Articles

Board of Finance to Keep 2 Percent Budget Increase as ‘Strong Guideline’ for Town Departments

Members of the Board of Finance on Tuesday night discussed the effectiveness of an October memo instructing all departments to present their budget proposals for next fiscal year with no more than a 2 percent budget increase, especially in light of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi last week opened Board of Education budget talks with a request for a 3.5 percent increase. Finance board member Colleen Baldwin said during the group’s regular meeting that while there were discussions before the memo was sent about making the 2 percent a “hard number,” the idea was eventually scrapped “for this very reason.”

Instead, she said that the number was “put out as a starting discussion” with a strong suggestion that the budgets should be presented with “no more than 2 percent.”

But member Thomas Schulte questioned whether the departments are taking the memo seriously enough, considering the financials challenges that the both the town and the state are facing in the coming years and urged the board to bring up these concerns at department meetings. “We tried to do our best to share with them the concerns that we had,” he said at the meeting, held at Town Hall. “I think that the world is very different. It is a more expensive one for people to pay their state and local taxes [in]…and we can’t ignore that, and I think [in terms of] real world budgeting, all of the departments need to be aware of that—whether they’re halfway or all the way through creating their budgets. Continue Reading →

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Schools Superintendent: District Needs Alternative Program ‘With an Identity’ to Keep Students in New Canaan

When Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi presented a subcommittee of New Canaan’s legislative body with details of a proposal to create an “alternative high school” program for students with specific health challenges in New Canaan last week, a significant portion of the discussion focused on whether the former Outback building behind Town Hall would be a suitable location for the program. Other factors deemed equally—if not more—important were also addressed, including the short- and long-term effects of the program on the educational and emotional wellbeing of New Canaan’s students. Luizzi and Assistant Superintendent of Pupil and Family Services Darlene Pianka outlined their vision for a program that would replace New Canaan High School’s current Afternoon Instruction Program, or ‘AIP,’ which is held in the school’s media center. AIP is currently only available to four to 10 upperclassmen at a time, while Luizzi’s proposal will potentially provide flexible academic instruction for six to 12 students in grades 8-12 based on their educational and therapeutic needs. Over the past year, Luizzi and Pianka have been visiting both public and private alternative programs for teens throughout Fairfield County—some of which have accepted New Canaan students into its programs— and they shared a few of their observations with the subcommittee. Continue Reading →

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Town Council Members Mull Using ‘Outback’ Building To House Alternative High School Program

The superintendent of schools on Wednesday night presented a subcommittee of New Canaan’s legislative body with details of a proposal to create an “alternative high school” program for students with specific health challenges in New Canaan to be housed at the former Outback Teen Center behind Town Hall. Dr. Bryan Luizzi and Assistant Superintendent of Pupil and Family Services Darlene Pianka outlined their vision for a program to replace New Canaan High School’s current Afternoon Instructional Program, or ‘AIP,’ which is held in the school’s media center. AIP is currently only available to four to 10 upperclassmen at a time, while Luizzi’s proposal will potentially provide full- or half-day instruction for six to 12 students in grades 8-12 based on their educational and therapeutic needs, they told members of the Town Council’s Education Committee. The idea of locating the alternative high school at Outback had been broached with a town committee in November and the program itself was presented to the Board of Education on Monday as part of the approximately $90.7 million proposed budget for New Canaan Public Schools next year. Throughout Luizzi and Pianka’s presentation, Education Committee members Tom Butterworth, Rich Townsend, Joe Paladino and Christa Kenin raised questions about the potential costs of the program and the suitability of the Outback as the program’s physical site. Continue Reading →

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One Year Later, ‘Nantucket Monogram’ Owner Continues to Evolve Customer Experience

When third-generation seamstress and interior decorator Brooke Boothe decided to move her monogramming business from Nantucket to downtown New Canaan one year ago, her primary goal was to be right where her typical customers frequently shop. Nantucket Monogram debuted as a pop-up shop last November and by the end of January, Boothe and her daughter made the move to New Canaan permanent. Now settled at 1 Morse Court, Nantucket Monogram has expanded from a retail store offering embroidery services to a destination that also appeals to residents looking for custom design and home furnishing services or to hone their own sewing and embroidery skills. Boothe said the decision to expand the scope of Nantucket Monogram’s services over the past year stems from the stiff competition that small business owners face from online retailers. “The business has been well received, but it’s just like any brick-and-mortar right now where it’s hard to get people in the door,” she told New Canaanite. Continue Reading →

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Parking Officials Consider Issuing Additional Lot Permits for Downtown Workers

The downtown workers still parking on Main and Elm Streets—even after special permits were made available for purchase to get them off—likely never will change their habits, the head of New Canaan’s Parking Bureau said at a recent meeting. According to Stacy Miltenberg, the 40 employees of businesses in the heart of New Canaan’s business district who purchased permits that allow them to park at either the Park Street or Morse Court lots are delighted with them are “so happy with them and they’re utilizing them.”

Yet others “are never going to take a permit, no matter what we do,” she told members of the Parking Commission at their Sept. 14 meeting, held in Town Hall. “I saw this with one of the people at the shops. I can’t tell you how many times I told her there were permits available and she just continued to get tickets and tickets, and then she comes in frustrated because she keeps getting tickets. Continue Reading →

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