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New Canaan 8 Red Beats Wilton 3-2 

—submitted by Allison Totaro

New Canaan 8 Red had their work cut out for them with tough competition from Wilton on Sunday evening, September 30th playing over the border in Wilton. The first half of the game seemed to be going well with another shutout for goalie, Amelia Totaro, thanks to the offensive and defensive key players of the game: Taylor Cloud, Abigail Evans, Cristina Ferreira, Sage Hartslief, Victoria Lockhart, Avery Morawa, Youll Na, Katherine O’Connell, Ellie Parkhill, Polly Parsons-Hills, Molly Reed, Abby Richardson, and Hannah Smick.  They each did their part by keeping the ball away from the net.  It was a defensive game and one strategic play was made by Ellie Parkhill who attacked the ball and made a great clear that catapulted the ball down the field. Polly Parsons-Hills scored the two goals in the first half with her impressive top left corner hook. The second half proved to be tough for New Canaan when Wilton packed on the heat.

Coffee’s on for Thursday

Join fellow residents, business owners and editor Michael Dinan for the monthly Community Coffee, to be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Curtis Art Gallery on the main floor of New Canaan Library. (Please use the original Main Street-facing entrance.)

The free, public coffee is a group conversation about what’s happening around town, moderated by Dinan. It’s presented in partnership with the library, and we serve Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thank you, Doug). Topics come from our attendees and could include blight, food trucks, parking, mountain lions or the Yankees big win over the A’s on Wednesday night and imminent sweep of Boston. Those who come should feel free to arrive late or leave early, as schedules permit, as well as to participate actively in discussions or just listen.

Richard ‘Rip’ Peters Munger, 91, Longtime Resident and Former Fire Commissioner

Richard “Rip” Peters Munger, 91, passed away Sept. 12, 2018 at his home in New Canaan. At his side were his wife, son and daughter. Rip died from complications caused by Inclusion Body Myositis and heart disease after enduring four months of hospitalizations, rehab facilities, and home nursing, all with grace and lack of complaint. His optimism, signature wink and the twinkle in his eye never left him throughout. Born May 18, 1927 in Cincinnati to Evalyn Peters Munger and Herschel Munger, Rip knew from his first ride in an old barnstormer biplane at the age of 10 that he wanted to be a pilot. After retiring from United Airlines in 2001 at the age of 74, he was fond of saying that he had never worked a day in his life.

Angelo John Gesualdi, 75, Longtime New Canaan Firefighter

Angelo John Gesualdi, 75, a lifetime resident of New Canaan, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 22, 2018, with his loving family by his side. 

Angelo was born May 16, 1943 in Stamford, Connecticut, son of the late Vito and Vera Coco Gesualdi. He died of a heart attack, and is survived by his faithful and beloved wife Cecilia Gesualdi, his son Don (Valerie) Gesualdi, and granddaughter Ava of New Canaan, two step-daughters Clare Eelman of Stamford, Elizabeth (Scott) Davidson and their daughter Brady of Guilford, stepson Ray (Linda) Alfson and their children Amy and Joe of Norwalk. He was a firefighter of New Canaan for 34 years and was ranked as a captain of the department. In his retirement, Angelo loved to start his mornings with his firehouse family and greeting each day “uptown,” seeing friends and keeping up with the community.

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NCFC U12 Red Boys: ‘Victorious, Happy and Glorious’ Start to Fall 2018 Campaign

—submitted by Ed Ho

For those of you who are sports and movie fanatics, here’s one for you. I adore the English national anthem and I really love classic movies. Hearing the spirited English supporters raise “God Save the Queen” to new heights this past summer during England’s fabulous World Cup campaign gave me goose bumps before each match. Now, transpose that with George C Scott’s academy award winning performance in “Patton” (1970, screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola). That opening speech with General Patton set against the backdrop of the stars and stripes is engrained into my movie hall of fame for this line:

“Americans love a winner…”

Yessir General Patton!