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Fran Schneidau, 79, Longtime New Canaan Resident and CT Bureau Chief of WCBS 880

Fran Schneidau, a longtime New Canaan resident known to generations of radio listeners as the Connecticut bureau chief of WCBS 880, died Tuesday night, according to CBS New York. She was 79. An iconic radio voice and legend among news reporters in the state, Schneidau worked at WCBS Newsradio for four decades, according to her LinkedIn profile. Former New Canaan First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said he knew Schneidau’s voice from growing up in the area and got to know her on a professional level as selectman, working in emergency management with the Emergency Operations Center, and then in the town’s highest elected office. “Just a real warm, caring professional,” Mallozzi told NewCanaanite.com. Continue Reading →

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Russell, 10, The Perfect Dog

Russell, deeply loved golden retriever of Michael Dinan and Marie Maguire, died peacefully and surrounded by family at his Stamford home on Sunday, May 14, following a diagnosis of advanced and untreatable cancer. He was 10. Born Oct. 8, 2006 in Weston, he was predeceased by his brother Wilbur. In addition to his parents, Russell is survived by his brothers—Louis, Marvin and Dexter—aunt Roisin, aunt Jacky and uncle Eric, and lifelong friend Alfie. Continue Reading →

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Vincenzo ‘Jimmy’ Socci, 86, Lifelong New Canaanite and Volunteer Firefighter

Vincenzo “Jimmy” Socci, age 86, a lifelong New Canaan resident died Saturday May 13, 2017 peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in New Canaan, he was the son of the late Joseph and Antoinette Terenzio Socci. He was married to his loving wife Victoria Lapinsky Socci for 64 years. In addition to his wife Victoria, he is survived by his devoted children, two daughters; Victoria L. Scosta and her husband David of Brookfield, and Simrin Michele Socci and her significant other Les Montgomery of Brattleboro, Vt., two sons; Edward James Socci, of Green Castle, Mo., Michael A. Socci and his wife Janeen of New Canaan, four sisters; Theresa Pinder, Anna Calitri both of New Canaan, Marie DiCostanzo of Wilton, and Joan Legenzowski of South Salem, N.Y. and one brother; Philip Socci and his wife Josephine of Stamford. He’s also survived by his four cherished grandchildren Christopher A. Scosta and his wife Katherine of Danbury, Jason A. Scosta and his fiancé Stacy A. Breen of Stamford, and Jake and Hannah Socci of New Canaan, as well as one great grandchild Scarlett Scosta along with several nieces and nephews. Continue Reading →

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Maura Bridget Gallagher, 38, New Mother of Twins

Maura Bridget Gallagher died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Stamford, Connecticut. She was born on May 11, 1978 and grew-up in Tannersville, New York. Maura was predeceased by her parents, Maureen (June 16, 1989) and Walter G. Gallagher (January 30, 2015). She and her fiancé Max Di Dodo resided in New Canaan, Connecticut for the last four years. Maura was a 1996 graduate of Hunter Tannersville Central High School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College in Manhattan, where she resided for 11 years. Continue Reading →

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Election 2017: Mallozzi, Williams To Seek Fourth Term on Board of Selectmen

Touting their work in forging stronger bonds between the town and Board of Education, addressing long-ignored infrastructure needs and nurturing a responsive and courteous attitude among municipal employees, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi and Selectman Nick Williams announced that they’ll seek fourth terms on the Board of Selectmen. During a meeting this week with the local press corps, the Republican duo pointed to complementary backgrounds as volunteers in public safety and education to underscore their work on behalf of the community, and said they’ve enjoyed serving alongside Democratic counterpart Beth Jones. “We have had a very good relationship together, we are really proud of where the town has been and where it’s going, and we feel that we best represent the leadership component that is important to this community,” Mallozzi said during an interview at Town Hall. Calling Mallozzi one of his best friends, Williams described the Board of Selectmen as “cohesive” as he can remember. “We work together, we get along great and it’s really been a joy to be a part of it,” Williams said. Continue Reading →

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