Fun in the Sun: New Canaan Residents Enjoy Public Pools & Parks

With the dog days of summer upon us, residents of New Canaan and neighboring towns are filling empty days by lounging poolside at Waveny or stretching out in the sand at Kiwanis Park. NewCanaanite caught up with some residents on what draws them to their locale of choice. Fans of Waveny Pool appreciate the variety of amenities offered. “I’ve been coming here for eight years, because my oldest is eight,” New Canaan resident Claire Doneit said from her spot overlooking Waveny Pool. “I love it because she always finds friends here.”

Adds friend Rebecca Mann, who’s been enjoying the pool for the past three years, “I like it because it’s easy to watch the kids, and it tires them out.

Street Style: DIY Edition

With summer in full swing, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of athletic shorts and tank tops. Kelly Adams of Ridgefield, who graduated from St. Luke’s this past spring, knows how to look stylish without sacrificing the comfort of those pieces. NewCanaanite: What are you wearing today? Kelly: I just put on an off-the-shoulder top from Brandy Melville in navy, which has been my favorite color to wear. The shorts are actually old jeans that my friend found at Goodwill and cut into shorts.

‘It All Starts With Play’ — New Canaan Brothers Start Tech Repair Business

For several years,  brothers Griffin and Ethan Hall had been repairing phones and computers for family and friends as a profitable hobby until this past July, when they decided to turn that hobby into a full-blown business. The duo set up a stand at the annual Sidewalk Sale on Elm Street, and New Canaan Tech Solutions was born. “We’re trying to create the easiest possible way for somebody to get their phone or computer repaired,” said Griffin, the older brother, who recently completed his first year at Middlebury College. Go on their website, book a free consultation, and they’ll come to you. “If you have any idea what part you need, you can tell us and we’ll order it beforehand,” he said.

PHOTOS: Ribbon-Cutting Held for New Gold Star Walk Bridge in Mead Park

After nearly a decade of fundraising, the “Jim Bach” bridge opened with a ceremony at Mead Park Friday morning. Bach, who raised approximately 95 percent of the funds for the bridge himself, was awarded the honor of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening as the Board of Selectmen and a crowd of onlookers, including several veterans, cheered. “I’ve got to congratulate Jim,” Keith Simpson, the landscape architect who worked on the project, said at the ceremony. Bach himself added that the completion of the new bridge would not have been possible without the New Canaan chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which made a sizable donation. Meredith Bach, Jim’s niece and a member of the New Canaan DAR herself, said, “It’s great to see this finally come together.”

Also involved in the bridge’s construction were Bill Pollack, who worked alongside Simpson on landscaping and structural engineer Arne Thune.

‘The Idea is That People Can Have It All in One Place’; Addition to Oxygen Fitness Opens this Fall

When Oxygen Fitness opened its doors a little over four years ago, its mission was simple; to create a one stop shop for health and fitness. Offering everything from CrossFit to boxing to spin, Oxygen has something for everybody. With a new addition due to open in the coming months, owners Sara and David Koch and Rich Fedeli aim to allow space for every type of class. When will the new studio open? “My term is ‘fall-ish’,” Sara Koch said with a laugh.