Coffee’s On For Thursday

Join fellow residents, business owners and NewCanaanite.com editor Michael Dinan for the monthly Community Coffee, to be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Curtis Art Gallery on the main floor of New Canaan Library. (Please use the original Main Street-facing entrance.)

The free, public coffee is a group conversation about what’s happening around town, moderated by Dinan. It’s presented in partnership with the library, and we serve Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thank you, Doug). Topics come from attendees.

Did You Hear … ?

A New Canaan man’s lawsuit against a Heritage Hill Road condominium association is scheduled to proceed to trial in January, according to Connecticut Judicial Branch records. ***

The district failed to obtain a building permit for about $20,000 in work done at the New Canaan High School auditorium, according to an after-the-fact permit issued Tuesday. The work involved raising a floor and level for a sound booth in an approximately 200 square foot space, according to the permit. New Canaan Public Schools Manager of Facilities Operations Dan Clarke applied for the permit. ***

Bankwell Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Laura Waitz, has joined the board of Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut.

New Canaan’s Mysogland Family Honored by STAR Inc.

New Canaan’s Ernie Mysogland describes his adult special needs daughter Jassinia as “a true sweetheart” who models his wife of 50-plus years, Susie, in her kindness. For more than 20 years, Jassinia through an area nonprofit organization with deep ties to New Canaan has worked as a bagger at the Food Emporium on Elm Street, now Acme. 

Because the Mysoglands had such a large family—11 kids—and Jassinia’s brothers and sisters brought home so many friends, she came to know all kinds of people, according to her dad. “Those people got the idea that if Jassinia was going to work at the grocery store and she was going to bag groceries, they would try to get in her lane,” Ernie Mysogland recalled Monday night, standing near his wife and daughter and addressing more than 100 STAR Inc. staff members, clients and families gathered at the organization’s Norwalk headquarters for its 67th annual meeting. “And they would say, ‘Hi Jassinia,’ and she would say, ‘Hi, how are you?’ And Jassinia, unfortunately, would let a lot of family secrets out. People would say, ‘Jassinia, how are you?

Letter from Staying Put Board: ‘Listen Carefully’ to the Needs of Older Adults

To the Editor:

The mission of Staying Put in New Canaan is to help older adults successfully age in place in New Canaan and to be a resource for the broader community on healthy aging. It was in fact older adults who pushed for the creation of Staying Put and became the first volunteers and donors. However, after over a decade in business, we have seen the needs of some of our members change and many would like an alternative to living in their own homes yet not leave their hometown. Older adults serve our community as elected officials and volunteer as officers and directors of non-profits as well as volunteering their time.  In addition to providing invaluable financial support, older adults are a wealth of institutional knowledge and take back little from the town in direct services. Three decades ago, the New Canaan Elder Care Council identified the need for independent living housing for older adults.

Commercial Property Owner Sues Town Over New Sewer Usage Fee

The owners of a commercial building on Cherry Street are suing the town following New Canaan’s adoption of a new way to assess sewer usage fees. According to a civil summons and appeal received Oct. 21 in the Town Clerk’s office, the building at 179 Cherry St. was placed in a newly conceived tier that will see its owners pay $2,500 annually in sewer fees though “no basis exists” for that placement. “The assessment is not based on the reasonable volume of water discharged to the sewer system or any other statutory or reasonable factors for the property, but was grossly excessive, disproportionate and unlawful,” according to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of property owner 179 Cherry Street LLC by Danbury-based attorney Candace Fay.