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New Canaan Police are investigating the theft of hair treatment products from Walgreens on Pine Street, reported at 11 a.m. on June 1. ***

Join the New Canaan Land Trust for “Fireflies Take Flight,” a season kickoff party for the Firefly Sanctuary, to be held 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Tickets and info here. ***

The Board of Finance during its meeting Tuesday night approved a mill rate of 16.144 for fiscal year 2025, down 14.76% from the current budget year. The amount to be raised from taxation for fiscal year 2025 will be $158.1 million, a 5.27% increase from the fiscal year 2024 amount of $150.18 million.

Karp Associates Sponsors 2024 NewCanaanite.com Summer Internship Program

Newshound LLC/NewCanaanite.com is pleased to announce that its 2024 Summer Internship Program is sponsored by Karp Associates. Located on Cross Street in New Canaan, Karp Associates is a premier construction and consulting firm with a 30-plus year proven track record. Karp Associates has won 50-plus Home Building Industry or “HOBI Awards” from the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut. The firm’s sponsorship will see rising New Canaan High School junior Tahlia Scherer write a wide range of news and feature articles for NewCanaanite.com through the summer. Scherer is an editor-in-chief of The Courant, the high school paper, and a varsity swimmer.

S.T.A.R.’s ‘Juneteenth’ Celebration Set for Next Wednesday, June 19 [Q&A]

New Canaan nonprofit organization Stand Together Against Racism, or S.T.A.R., will hold its annual Juneteenth celebration next week. Free and held on Wednesday, June 19 at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, Juneteenth marks the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. We put some questions to S.T.A.R. Founder and CEO Fatou Niang ahead of the festivities. Here’s our exchange. ***
New Canaanite: STAR.’s Juneteenth celebration at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society started out as a large gathering and it grew again in its second year.

New Canaan Old Timers Association’s Golf Outing Set for June 25 [Q&A]

A local nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to honoring New Canaan athletes and sports figures from the past is holding its major annual fundraiser this month. The New Canaan Old Timers Association’s golf outing will be held Tuesday, June 25 at Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield (tickets here). We put some questions to the organization’s vice president and historian, Terry Dinan. Here’s our exchange. ***
New Canaanite: For those who are unfamiliar with the organization, tell us about the New Canaan Old Timers Association’s origins.

LiveGirl Marks 10 Years

Maggie Murphy remembers thinking as a fifth-grader that Camp LiveGirl “was just going to be like every other summer camp.”

A New Canaan High School senior set to graduate next week and attend the University of Michigan in the fall, Murphy recalled that she only knew that there would be sports and activities there. “What I definitely did not expect was that she [LiveGirl founder and CEO Sheri West] would bring in so many powerful speakers, so we had exposure to so many different empowering women,” Murphy recalled. “At the very end of every single day, everyone went around and told what their favorite part of the day was,” Murphy recalled. “In the beginning of the week, I was one of the younger kids at the camp and I was very shy. And I remember being very proud of myself that I eventually got up in front of the whole camp and said what my favorite part of the day was.