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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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District Rules Out Later School Start Times for 2018-19 Academic Year

District officials plan this spring to present data about how starting school later in the morning could affect areas such as bus scheduling, costs, extracurricular activities, homework and classroom learning—framing a wider community discussion that would push any possible change until after next academic year, according to the superintendent of schools. A team of New Canaan Public Schools administrators currently is working with a third-party company to gather data about what starting school later would entail, with an eye on taking that information and developing, with the aid of a different consultant, “some possible recommendations both of what could happen and what would be the cost-benefit” of various scenarios, Dr. Bryan Luizzi said. Those recommendations are to be presented to the Board of Education in the spring, Luizzi said. At that point, public hearings would open up so that input can be had from parents and the wider community. “It’s not simply a matter of starting later,” Luizzi said, adding that “you have to take time” to study comprehensively what would follow from a change to school start times prior to making a decision. Continue Reading →

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Grace Farms Seeks Changes in Re-Filed P&Z Application; Neighbor’s ‘Conflict of Interest’ Claim Targets Chairman

As its resubmitted application goes before the Planning & Zoning Commission this week, Grace Farms is seeking to redefine parts of the town’s approval in ways that would allow for more people than the town body had envisioned on its vast campus. A key piece of P&Z’s heavily conditioned September approval calls for Grace Farms to limit how many times it may have large numbers of people on its site—for example, one condition specifies that it may have 500 to 1,200 people on the site no more than six days per year. In a proposed rewrite of those conditions, Grace Farms is seeking to apply those limits to guests at specific events, rather than total people on site. As such, those visiting Grace Farms for reasons not tied to the events—for example, to walk the property, view its celebrated River Building, eat lunch in its cafeteria, work in the library or sip tea—would not count toward the limit. The changes would “clarify” that P&Z’s limits apply “to identified/planned events, as intended, and not to non-event daily usage by church or Foundation staff, or general public visits, which are monitored by the availability of parking on site,” according to Grace Farms’s proposed changes. 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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Pastor Pushes Attendees to Realize Martin Luther King’s Dream in Powerful Remembrance Service

“What would [Martin Luther King, Jr.] say about what’s going on in the world today?” asked Dr. Lindsay E. Curtis, a pastor at Norwalk’s Grace Baptist Church, as he addressed a crowd gathered in New Canaan on Monday morning to remember the late Reverend and civil rights leader. One of two first-hand witnesses of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington to speak at the community’s annual service, held at the United Methodist Church, Curtis passionately reminded attendees that King’s presence in history is inherently political, and that, should the divide ever-present in today’s landscape ever be bridged, his legacy must be celebrated and upheld not only on his birthday, but year-round. At the center of Curtis’s speech, delivered during a remembrance service sponsored by the Interfaith Council of New Canaan, was a passage from King’s 1963 open letter, written from Birmingham Jail after his arrest. The quote reads as follows; “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere … He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. Continue Reading →

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