NCHS Boys Soccer Notches 2-1 Victory Over Ludlowe

In a thrilling soccer match that left fans on the edge of their seats, the New Canaan High School Rams Soccer Varsity team emerged victorious Tuesday with a hard-fought 2-1 win over the formidable Farfield Ludlowe Falcons. The game was a rollercoaster of emotions, featuring outstanding performances, incredible teamwork, and remarkable saves that made it an unforgettable contest. Senior Captain and midfielder Augusto Baldini scored both goals for his team, with two crucial assists from Senior Captain and forward Jack Cuda. Josef Gashi, New Canaan’s goalkeeper, had three outstanding saves within a mere five-minute span. 

While the Rams showcased their prowess in offense, their defense was equally commendable. The Falcons applied relentless pressure in the first part of the second half, creating several promising chances.

New  ’Green’ at the Library About 8 Weeks from Completion

The widely anticipated “green” taking shape at Main and Cherry Streets is about eight weeks from completion, according to New Canaan Library Executive Director Lisa Oldham. The hardscaping of the green has been underway since the library-owned 1913 building shifted 115 feet to its new location at the western edge of the library’s privately owned property, and new footpaths along Cherry Street have been poured. “You’ll notice they’re double width, so there’s one width of footpath similar in size to what was there before, from the street inwards, and then another as deep again as that, which is where the benches will go,” Oldham told 

“And then seven tons of stone has been delivered for all the stone work that’s going to be done in the next month. Planting is supposed to start this week, if the weather cooperates, and they’ll be starting on the Main Street frontage. There’s a lot of shrubbery and other types of plantings that have to go in.

S.T.A.R.’s Second Annual Social Justice Student Art Showcase Coming Oct. 28 [Q&A]

New Canaan-founded nonprofit organization Stand Together Against Racism or “S.T.A.R.” is preparing to launch its second annual Social Justice Student Art Showcase, “Through Your Looking Glass.” 

Presented in partnership with The Glass House and Carriage Barn Arts Center, the showcase “seeks to recognize the role of art, design and/or architecture in advancing social justice through the lens of inclusion, equity and diversity,” according to the organization. Students in all grades from all towns in Fairfield County are invited to create and submit art that reflects the social justice topics that matter most to them today. 

All art will be featured at a free, public opening reception at the Carriage Barn from 12 to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 and will remain in view through Nov. 11. We reached out to S.T.A.R. Vice Chair Susan Borst ahead of the showcase.

State Proposes 5% Reduction to New Canaan Weekday Train Service

New Canaan stands to see an approximately 5% reduction in weekday train service this fall, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Under an analysis that’s required any time the state agency proposes fare changes or major service changes, the New Canaan branch line will see a reduction in weekday service from 41 to 39 trains per day, according to a press release from the DOT. Ridership on the New Canaan line is down about 45% year-to-date in 2023 compared to 2019, according to the DOT. 

Metro-North Railroad in Connecticut also would see fare increases under the proposed changes, the DOT said. “Fares are critical to CTDOT and its service providers’ ability to operate a safe and reliable transportation system, while helping to support rising costs,” the state said in its analysis. “To address the loss of fare revenue, CTDOT proposes to increase fares for Metro-North Railroad services in Connecticut, Shore Line East, and the Hartford Line.

John Kelly Burke, 71

John Kelly Burke (71), of New Canaan, Connecticut passed away at home on September 8, 2023, after a courageous five-month diagnosis with bulbar-onset ALS. John, fondly referred to as JB, JKB or Cheese to name a few appropriate-to-print nicknames, was born to Francis and Betty Burke on August 20, 1952 in Evanston, Illinois. He was a jokester, getting kicked out of his second-grade class for taunting his teacher for mistakenly saying his last name incorrectly — Fran told him, “Don’t let anyone call you Burkey.” John spent his childhood years starting his collection of jokes, drumming for his band The Junior Beatles and running around outside with kids on his block in Carpentersville, Illinois. John attended Western Illinois University, or as he and his brother Mike called it, “Harvard of the Midwest,” where his love of sales and marketing blossomed. Creating in-depth business plans for both practical and hilariously impractical ideas alike.