Letter: ‘Sober House’ Issue Needs Civil Dialogue, not Diatribes

Dear Editor:

One’s opinion is largely shaped by one’s perspective. Many of the objections I’ve read recently in regards to The Lighthouse’s opening of a ‘sober house’ on West Road come from the perspective of homeowners and parents. They cite neighborhood property devaluing and safety concerns as reasons to why the commercial operation and its cause should not be able to take place there. As a longtime resident of New Canaan (albeit a former one), I know what the price ranges of houses on West Road are. And any family who decides to make their home there works very hard to do so—and with that should come a sense of security.

Wreckers End New Canaan Girls Soccer’s Season in 2016 CIAC Class LL Opener

After finishing on the outside of the FCIAC tournament field, the New Canaan girls soccer team was eager to get back out on the pitch and see if it could duplicate last year’s impressive state tournament run when the 2015 girls rode upset after upset all the way to the CIAC Class LL semifinals. And after a two week layoff, which included a CIAC seeding error that caused their scheduled first round contest on Monday at Middletown to be cancelled, the Rams were finally back in action on Wednesday afternoon—this time at familiar FCIAC foe Staples, who became New Canaan’s opponent after the CIAC’s error was resolved. But after a promising first 18 minutes of back-and-forth action, the Wreckers took the lead with a goal in the 19th minute and never relinquished it, shutting the Rams out in their season finale, 3-0. “I was encouraged by our start,” head coach Rich Hickson told NewCanaanite.com. “I thought we had a good start to the game which was nice with how long it’s been since we last played.

New Canaan Boys & Girls Cross Country Post Dual 7th Place Finishes at 2016 FCIAC Championships

For the second consecutive year, the FCIAC cross country championships, a race held annually in mid-October, featured weather that resembled a late summer day. On Wednesday afternoon the race temperature at Waveny Park hovered around 80 degrees—and while that type of weather is a spectator’s dream for this time of year, it turns up the heat, literally, on the runners racing in the prized contest of the conference season. In that race, both the New Canaan girls team and the New Canaan boys team finished seventh, respectively. “I think it was a solid performance by the team today,” boys head coach Bill Martin told NewCanaanite.com. “Anything is an improvement upon last year [finishing 10th place],” Martin said with a smile.

‘A Game of Inches’: Post Gets in Way of NC Girls Soccer’s Upset Bid, Ties Westhill 1-1

After a disappointing home loss to Trumbull on Tuesday, the Rams (3-2-3) were back in action Thursday afternoon against Westhill (6-0-2). And after a back and forth contest against the FCIAC’s co-No. 1 seed, with the clock running down on the Rams in the second half and the score tied at one, the ball found Maeve Selvaggi’s right foot. From point blank range, in an attempt to avoid Westhill goalkeeper Emily Pritchard, the junior sent it to the net’s right side. Rams fans were ready and waiting to cheer a potential victory if the ball hit the back of the net.

2nd Half Corner Spoils New Canaan Boys Soccer’s Upset Bid over Rival Blue Wave

After starting the season with three consecutive losses, the New Canaan boys soccer team notched its first point of the season with a 1-1 tie against Brien McMahon on Saturday—an effort they hoped would give them momentum coming in to Tuesday’s matchup at Conner Field against arch rival Darien. But while the defense and spectacular goaltending by senior co-captain Sam Stoner kept the Rams (0-4-1) in it till the end, it proved to not be enough as Darien midfielder Sean Gallagher connected with teammate Jason Flynn on a corner kick in the 62nd minute to give the Blue Wave (3-2-0) all the scoring it would need to claim the victory, 1-0. “I said to the team after the game that I thought they worked incredibly hard,” head coach Rich Sutherland told NewCanaanite.com. “I feel Darien’s going to be top-eight [in the FCIAC] again this season. They have some very good players on that team which we were prepared for.