Opinion

New Canaan residents share their thoughts and raise issues of importance to our community, on matters touching local residents—property and business owners, taxpayers, students, nonprofit leaders and caregivers. This is a space for New Canaanites to recognize good works that may otherwise go unnoticed or to raise questions and concerns for public vetting. To submit a letter to the editor, email editor@newcanaanite.com.

Recent Articles

Letter: A ‘Thank You’ to New Canaan

Editor:

On behalf of STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to New Canaan’s local businesses, customers and residents who supported STAR and its mission that benefits local people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at our recent ribbon cutting and holiday shopping events. STAR is thrilled to have a new office location at 111 Elm Street with the specific goal to bring services for all ages closer to home for those in New Canaan with I/DD and their families. Our generous neighbors welcomed our open house. To Walter Stewart’s Market, ACME Markets and Garelick & Herbs, thank you for your donation of delicious food for our open house guests. To Gregg’s Garden Center and CVS, thank you for your donations of holiday decorations to dress up our front entrance and inside space. Continue Reading →

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Letter: ‘Thank You’ To Those Who Helped Decorate Waveny Campus for Holidays

Dear Editor,

On behalf of Waveny’s residents, patients, and program participants, I want to thank the donors who helped us decorate our campus for the holidays by contributing to the purchase of new holiday trees and decorations this season. We adorned the Main Street area—a wonderful space that is the setting for therapeutic recreation activities every day for participants in our Adult Day Program and residents in The Village (our memory care assisted living program) – and common areas in our nursing home, the Care Center. These decorations are not only festive but comforting to those older adults in our care, for whom tradition and familiar themes are essential. Transforming our community’s space into a holiday wonderland is inspirational for our residents and program participants and sets the stage as they engage in meaningful enrichment programs. For those who spend the holidays living at Waveny, it is important to have their home here reflect the season – especially those whose families do not live locally and cannot spend the holidays together with them. Family members and volunteers also appreciate the holiday décor, as they visit and support those in our care during this special time of year. Continue Reading →

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Letter: ‘Thank You’ from the Exchange Club

We want to thank the New Canaan community and residents from nearby towns for buying Christmas trees & wreaths from our 50th annual fundraiser in Kiwanis Park. We were also pleased to see many adults and children attending our annual Lou Moreno Tree Lighting ceremony on December 2. The Exchange Club of New Canaan had a record year with 1,300 Christmas trees, 2,000 wreaths, plus roping and other seasonal merchandise sold. We netted nearly $100,000, which we’ll distribute to local non-profit and community organizations later this year. We could not have been successful without the help from many organizations including the Service League of Boys (SLOBs), the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Pivot Ministries, the Shepherds, the NC Recreation Department, the Chamber of Commerce, Old Faithful, First Selectman (and Exchange Club member) Kevin Moynihan, and Wisdom, our watchdog. Continue Reading →

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Editorial: A Disputed FOI Question Regarding ‘Illegal Meetings’

In February, the Board of Selectmen appointed a seven-member committee and tasked it with one of the most consequential jobs assigned to a municipal body: Study the physical condition, uses and capital needs of all 56 town-owned buildings in New Canaan (except the school district’s) and report back to the town. As a one-person news operation, I often make difficult decisions about what to cover, and forgo coverage of entire boards or commissions—I rarely covered the Charter Revision Commission, for example, never go to Deer Committee meetings and did not cover the Playhouse Committee after its second meeting. But the Town Building Evaluation & Use Committee—an advisory body—was to make recommendations (in a report originally scheduled for September delivery) with wide implications for the town, including whether to raze, sell, invest in or use differently buildings such as Waveny House, Vine Cottage, the former Outback Teen Center and Irwin House. I decided to attend every meeting I could and report back to our readers on what they were discussing. My goal was to clue people in as to the committee’s thought process as its work unfolded. Continue Reading →

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Letter: ‘Thank You’ to the Stewarts from Meals On Wheels of New Canaan

The Meals on Wheels of New Canaan Board would like to wholeheartedly thank Alex and Doug Stewart of Stewart’s Wines & Spirits for partnering with us for our recent fundraiser. Stewart’s Wines & Spirits graciously offered to donate 10 percent of sales from November 15th to Meals on Wheels of New Canaan. The event was a huge success! Walter Stewart’s Market and Stewart’s Wines & Spirits are tremendous assets to our wonderful community. They are always giving back to local organizations and it is much appreciated by all. Continue Reading →

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