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Giuseppe Colella, 77, Founder of ‘Joe’s Pizza’ in New Canaan

Giuseppe “Joe” Colella, age 77, a resident of New Canaan for over 45 years died Tuesday May 22nd, 2018. Born in Marcanise, Province of Caserta, Italy October 30, 1940, he was the son of the late Lorenzo Colella and Annuziata Iuliana. He was the husband of the late Annunziata Gaudino Colella. Giuseppe, or Joe as he was best known, was the founder and longtime proprietor of New Canaan’s first Pizzeria, the eponymously named, “Joe’s Pizzeria” on Locust Avenue. As a new immigrant to the United States, Joe pursued a number of jobs including working in a fireworks factory in Pennsylvania and painting a number of iconic Stamford landmarks upon moving to Connecticut. A fateful job at Roma Pizza in Stamford, CT led to a passion for food service and the opening of his own business in nearby New Canaan. Joe and his wife, Nancy, soon became fixtures of New Canaan as they grew their business and raised their 4 children in town. His dedication to hospitality and caring expressed through the sharing of food made Joe’s Pizza one of the top restaurants in Fairfield County. His generosity and larger than life personality is still fondly recalled by his family and many customers. Continue Reading →

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Louise Grace Holland, 73, Longtime New Canaan Resident 

Louise Grace Holland, a New Canaan resident for more than 40 years, passed away peacefully on Friday evening May 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New York City on March 3, 1945, the second daughter of the late Joseph and Antoinette Pizzuto. Louise married her college sweetheart, Michael Francis Holland, and shared the next 52 years together as husband and wife. Louise was a woman who lived her life as the gift God meant it to be. She was devoted to her husband and sons who cherished and adored her. Continue Reading →

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Jean DiPanni, 90, Longtime New Canaan Resident

Jean DiPanni, age 90, of New Canaan, died peacefully Saturday evening April 28, 2018 with her loving sons by her side. She was born in Panni, Italy on August 7, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Maria DeCotiis. She was predeceased by her husband Michael DiPanni who died in 1994. Jean met her husband (Michael) in Panni, Italy while he was on military leave from Germany. Continue Reading →

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Youth Soccer Roundup: Opening Matches Deliver Warmth, Wins

NCFC Red Boys 2007 Victorious over Greenwich Barcelona, 3 – 0, Setting the Tone for the Spring 2018 Season
—submitted by Ed Ho

As we eagerly await the arrival of Spring in this lovely corner of SW CT, we New Canaan soccer moms and dads continue to grace the sidelines of our kids’ matches with blankets, winter coats, and wooly hats with a hope that something good is coming…something to warm our bodies and our souls as Spring customarily should. Here in NC this past sunny Sunday afternoon, the prolonged April chill made temperatures seem high at 60 degrees, while the expectations for a W seemed low given the thrashing Greenwich gave us the last time our two clubs played in 2017. And unlike the weather, Greenwich came out hot in their away Red, launching several well organized and feisty runs. Over the course of the first 15 minutes, Dylan Ho, playing goalie for NC, turned away at least five shots highlighted by two well directed Greenwich shots to the left corner where Ho dove, and in full stretch, punched the ball away drawing cheers from both home and away supporters. But it wasn’t just the goalkeeping that kept Greenwich from taking an early and commanding lead again…Brooks Walker and Joaquin Blanco anchored the defense with solid back line play, assisted by midfielders Javier Minuesa, Rohan Shenoy and Rogan Lowe, all teaming together to thwart the visitors’ efforts to ruin this glorious New Canaan Spring Sunday. Continue Reading →

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