VIDEO: New Canaan Family Hosts ‘ALS Hot Pepper Challenge’ To Support Friend

On Saturday, about 30 friends gathered at the home of Katie and James Dunning to participate in an “ALS Hot Pepper Challenge” to support their good friend, Steve Haberstroh. The town resident’s mom, Patty, recently was diagnosed with ALS and the Haberstrohs started the Hot Pepper Challenge to raise awareness of the disease. See video above by videographer Nils Andersson. It features Steve Haberstroh as well as New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. See this website for more information on the challenge and how to donate.

VIDEO: New Canaan Kids on Starting School Later in the Morning

Starting school later in the morning would affect a wide swath of New Canaan, from teachers, administrators, coaches and bus drivers to parents, local business owners and organizations whose programming is built, in part, around the school day as it currently is set. Since the prospect of later start times first emerged at a public meeting last summer, New Canaan Public Schools administrators have studied the matter internally and, at the most recent Board of Ed meeting, parents who favor a chance made their voices heard. One key group that hasn’t yet weighed in are school-age kids. So, I asked NCHS graduate and videographer Nils Andersson to head downtown last Friday afternoon and ask them what they think. The video above captures some of their responses. —Michael Dinan