‘Boba Tea Shop’ Planned for Main Street

A new tea shop is planned for a vacant commercial space on Main Street, records show. ‘Boba Tea Shop’ at 162 Main St. will serve hot and cold drinks, according to a building permit application filed May 4 with the town. Located next to Coldwell Banker, the long single-story brick-exterior building had housed a tea shop—Betsy’s Teas—in the past. The new tea shop is registered with the Connecticut Secretary of the State as Migoto LLC, records show.

Green Avenue Colonial Sells for $1,225,000

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

May 6

533 Old Stamford Road

Jeffrey Burch to Mohamed Magdy

31 Green Ave. $1,225,000
Mary Anne Williams, trustee, to Gregory Fieber

May 5

253 New Norwalk Road Unit #5

Jiacheng Liu to Grace Replogle

312 Elm St.

Letters to the Editor

NewCanaanite.com recently received the following letter(s) to the editor. Please send letters to editor@newcanaanite.com for publication here. ***

Dear Editor,

I thank New Canaan’s Board of Ethics for their serious consideration of a complaint I filed the day before Election Day in 2021 about a campaign letter written by our First Selectman. I’m especially grateful to the Board for not losing sight of the main concern, which I underscored in my private interview but seemed to get lost amidst the public chatter. The point is not (and never was) Mr. Moynihan, his position or party, that election, or an elected official’s First Amendment rights.

Marta Apy Elders, 78

Marta Apy Elders of Rowayton, CT passed away peacefully on May 7, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  

Marta was born October 3, 1943 in Stamford, CT to the late Martin and Joan Apy of New Canaan, CT.   She graduated from New Canaan High School in 1961 and was the Secretary of her class.  She went on to get a BS in Mathematics from Skidmore College in 1965 and later that year married her high school sweetheart David Elders and they raised two sons, Matt and Brad in Darien.  

During this time, she was actively involved in A Better Chance, Center for Hope and Safe Rides.   Marta then went on to get her PHD with honors in Philosophy and Clinical Psychology from the Teachers College at Columbia University and practiced her passion until she left us.  She is a past chairperson of the Marion Woodman Foundation and a graduate of the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program created and led by Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner, and Mary Hamilton.

New Canaan Now & Then: The Hanford-Silliman House

Stephen Hanford (1737-1784), the great grandson of the first minister of the Congregational Church, purchased ten acres from his uncle and constructed this house from 1761-1764. At the age of 27, he moved in with his wife, Jemima Kellogg. He worked as a weaver and licensed tavernkeeper. Due to his success, he was able to purchase adjacent land and expand the property. Upon his death, his second wife, Sarah, sold the house to Elisha Leeds. In 1788, Leeds’ daughter, Martha, and her husband Dr. Joseph Silliman (1763-1829) moved in and raised seven children. Dr. Silliman was active in the life of Canaan Parish and became a land surveyor (an extremely important position because new surveys were required following the confiscation of estates that had belonged to Loyalists. He was also the Treasurer of the School Society, a Justice of the Peace, and the moderator for the first Town Hall Meeting after New Canaan was incorporated in 1801. Generations of Sillimans remained in the house for the next 126 years. In 1825, Joseph Silliman sold the south meadow of his property to the Town.