Coffee’s on for Thursday

Join fellow residents and editor Michael Dinan for the monthly Community Coffee, to be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Jim & Dede Bartlett Auditorium at New Canaan Library. The Coffee is presented in partnership with the library, and the brew is supplied by Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thank you, Doug). The free, public coffee is a group conversation about what’s happening around town, moderated by Dinan. Topics come from attendees and we spend no more than 10 minutes per subject.

New Canaan  Community Shows Up for ‘2023 NC Combine’ Benefiting Gracie Fund for Pediatric Cancer [PHOTOS]

New Canaan’s Chris Falsetta told a stadium full of community friends and supporters Sunday morning that his then 12-year-old daughter, Gracie, was diagnosed with leukemia almost exactly one year ago, on Oct. 13, 2022. 

Since that time, many people have approached Falsetta and asked how the past year has been, he said. “And I say, ‘It’s been incredible,’ and I usually get puzzled looks,” Falsetta said from midfield at Dunning Stadium under sunny, warm skies minutes before the 2023 N.C. Combine began. “ ‘What do you mean incredible?’ Well, it’s been incredibly tough, right? You know that.

Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Police at 10:43 p.m. on Sept. 23 received a report of a loud party involving youth in the area of Orchard Drive and Douglas Road. ***

The silent auction benefiting The Gracie Fund for Pediatric Cancer via Sunday’s 2023 New Canaan Combine is open. Auction here, details on the Combine here. ***

Police are investigating a report received at 2:54 p.m. on Sept.

Podcast: New Canaan CARES Executive Director Colleen Prostor

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan CARES Executive Director Colleen Prostor. The organization has put together a talk next week that quickly sold out. There are dozens of people on the waiting list for the Oct. 5 fireside chat with Jennifer B. Wallace, author of “Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic—And What We Can Do About It,” moderated by New Canaan Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi. However, CARES is running two follow-up book talks, on Oct.

Meet Kirsten Reoch, the New Executive Director of The Glass House

One of New Canaan’s best-known nonprofits has a new leader at the helm. 

The ownership organization of The Glass House property on Ponus Ridge (visitors center, store and offices on Elm Street), the National Trust for Historic Preservation, launched its nationwide search for a new executive director after Greg Sages announced in March that he was stepping down. This month, Kirsten Reoch started in the role. We met up with her at Le Pain Quotidien on Monday morning. Here’s a transcript of our interview. ***

New Canaanite: Kirsten, welcome and congratulations. When did you start at The Glass House and where are you coming from? 

Kirsten Reoch: I started Monday, September 11th, and I was coming from working at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City for 25 years, directing the renovation and restoration of that landmark building for arts-related uses. I worked with the board, and I worked with the production team, I worked with the architects and conservators, and I think that that experience is what made me a good fit here at The Glass House. 

Tell me more about that.