VFW Plans Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

[Note: The following press release was issued on behalf of the VFW Post 653 in New Canaan.]

The Town of New Canaan and the Howard M. Bossa and Peter C. Langenus Post 653 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States are pleased to announce plans for a traditional New Canaan Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th, and Memorial Day Ceremony following the parade at Lakeview Cemetery. Each year we gather to remember with gratitude and honor the proud men and women who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to protect and preserve a life of freedom for all Americans. All residents are invited to attend the parade and ceremony. 

This year’s parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Church on Oenoke Ridge Road and returns to its former route on lower Main Street. 

This year, the VFW selected John F. McLane to act as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Mr. McLane will also serve as this year’s keynote speaker.

Letters to the Editor

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St. Mark’s Church wishes to express our gratitude to the residents of New Canaan and neighboring communities for supporting the 2023 annual St. Mark’s May Fair.  

This year’s event drew record crowds –we estimate that more than 7,000 people turned out for Friday Night Lights and Saturday’s festivities, helping St. Mark’s Church raise funds that support ongoing outreach ministries, including grants to other nonprofits serving those in need.

Smith Ridge Road Home Sells for $2.2 Million

The following property transfer(s) were recorded recently in the Town Clerk’s office. For more information about each property from the assessor, click on the street address. To get the history of a New Canaan street name, click here. ***

May 12

191 Smith Ridge Road

$2.2 million
The Revocable Trust of Scott Paul Bergen to Gail Lavielle

99 Wardwell Drive

Daniel Colandro to Stephen Surace

May 11

360 Greenley Road

John L. Allen to Matthew Brenner

May 9

2 Weed St. $970,000
Jasmine Husain Mir to Donald Anthony Wattson III

90 Birchwood Ave.

Letters to the Editor

NewCanaaanite.com recently received the following letter(s) to the editor. Please email letters to editor@newcanaanite.com for publication here. 


After thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election as a Selectman on the Board of Selectmen in the upcoming November municipal election. 

It has been a tremendous honor to serve our New Canaan community for two terms as a Selectman, as well as previously on the Town Council and Board of Finance. 

I remain fully dedicated to fulfilling my responsibilities for the remaining five-plus months of my term, continuing to advocate for good governance and transparency, and to collaborate to achieve better master planning, responsible budget management, and effective communication throughout our community. 

While I will not be seeking re-election, I will actively support and encourage those individuals who are passionate about serving our community throughout the election season. 

Looking ahead, I will continue to serve as a board director in the corporate and non-profit sectors, and I remain committed to making a positive impact in other areas of public service. I am most grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the New Canaan community and beyond. 

With kindest regards,

Kathleen Corbet

Herbert Carl Sutherland Helle, 92

Herbert Carl Sutherland Helle passed away peacefully at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, CT on May 16th, 2023, surrounded by loving family. Herb touched many lives in his 92 years and was known for his quick smile, witty sense of humor, and penchant for sharing stories and laughs with family and friends. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY Herb later moved to Cranford, NJ, where he attended Cranford High School. His college years took him to Brown University in Providence, RI, where he was a member of the class of 1952 and Zeta Psi fraternity.  After Brown, he served in the U.S. Army, where he held responsibility for guided missiles at White Sands Proving Grounds, NM and Huntsville, AL.  
In 1959, Herb married his college sweetheart, the former Nancy Schuleen, who caught his eye and heart at a Brown / Zeta Psi party, where she was taking requests at the piano. After their honeymoon, Herb and Nancy lived in New York City, followed by Bernardsville and New Vernon, NJ, and ultimately their forever home in New Canaan, CT, where they’ve resided since 1964. 
Herb enjoyed his long tenure with IBM, beginning as a sales trainee in Newark, NJ.  For most of his career, Herb traveled the country–from Alaska and Hawaii, to the principal cities of the other lower 48 states–serving as an IBM brand and product ambassador and organizational leader for IBM’s business trade shows.