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Town Treasurer Andrew Brooks told members of the Town Council on Wednesday night that New Canaan’s General Fund balances as of Dec. 31 were up about $8 million over the prior year—an indication, he said, that many residents prepaid their tax bills to take full advantage of a deduction to be capped now at $10,000. ***

The Police Commission on Wednesday night voted 3-0 to approve April 22 and Sept. 16 dates for Caffeine & Carburetors. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said the auto enthusiasts’ gathering “runs very well.” The Parks & Recreation Commission is scheduled to vote Feb. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Library, Integrative Mental Health Practice To Present Documentary ‘Angst,’ Panel Discussion

An integrative mental health practice and New Canaan Library are teaming up to present a documentary film and panel discussion next week that address what local experts call some of the most prevalent health-related challenges facing youth in town. “Angst,” a much-discussed documentary designed to raise awareness about anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families, is to be presented at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 in the Lamb Room at the library. The screening and discussion are sponsored by Stamford-based Riverwalk Group and the library (register here). Elissa Stein, founder of Riverwalk Group, which provides therapy, support and programming to people in all stages of life, said New Canaan forms a major piece of her clientele and that she arranged for the free event since “we are hearing more and more from all pieces of the family—parents who are anxious, children who are anxious, grandparents who are anxious.”

“We have cases where children are coming back from college and they cannot have success at college because they are so riddled with anxiety that they come back home,” Stein, a resident of north Stamford, told on a recent morning during an interview at Zumbach’s. Continue Reading →

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Medical Director: New Canaan Boy Succumbed to ‘Overwhelming Infection’ Brought on by Pneumonia Secondary to Flu

The 10-year-old New Canaan boy who died unexpectedly on Sunday morning succumbed to an “overwhelming infection” brought on by secondary pneumonia to the flu, according to New Canaan Medical Director Dr. David Reed. Citing information from a pediatrician who had consulted with a New York state medical examiner’s office about its findings, Reed said that it appears the infection or sepsis that has been identified as a cause of death emerged in the boy after his immune system had been fighting a “very typical” flu. “When you get presented with a virus or cateria, the immune system starts cranking out antibodies to kill it, but if the infection takes off, your body’s immune system is overwhelmed, and you may get a secondary infection,” Reed told Repeating his advice to parents who are concerned about their own child’s exposure to flu, Reed said, “The message is to get a vaccination, it’s not too late.” Nico Mallozzi’s family agreed to share the medical investigator’s information with the public, Reed said. Continue Reading →

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Coffee To Be Held Thursday Morning is hosting its community coffee 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Lamb Room at New Canaan Library. Held the first and third Thursday mornings of each month, the coffee is presented in partnership with the library. It’s free and open to the public. We serve locally brewed Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thanks, Doug). Continue Reading →

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Medical Director: New Canaan Boy, 10, Who Died Had Flu, Facts That Are ‘Likely Related’

The 10-year-old New Canaan boy who died unexpectedly Sunday morning, sending shockwaves through the public schools and wider community devastated by the loss and agonizing for a widely liked local family, had tested positive for the flu—facts that “are likely related,” according to New Canaan’s medical director. A New York state medical investigator has yet to determine a cause of death definitively, though that office’s findings likely will be made public this week, Dr. David Reed told “While this is rare, it is not unheard of,” Reed said when asked generally about flu taking a young person’s life. “There is no evidence that there is, at this point, anything unusual with the flu. We are experiencing higher numbers of flu this year than in the recent past. Continue Reading →

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