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Congratulations to New Canaan’s Babs Horner, a professional gourmet caterer who has written a new book, “Sophistication Is Overrated,” with her sister, interior decorator Susan Palma.

Babs Horner of New Canaan co-wrote “Sophistication Is Overrated” with her sister, Susan Palma. This photo shows Hoda Kotb of NBC’s “Today Show” spotlighting the book during the Dec. 4 show.

The book was featured Monday on NBC’s “The Today Show” by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. It has a near-perfect rating after 46 reviews on Amazon. (Locals may remember Horner from the harrowing story of her granddaughter’s birth this summer.)


The news that Bruegger’s Bagels in New Canaan is closing at noon Sunday has stirred strong feelings among readers, expressed in comments threads on the site and on Facebook. Locals may be comforted to know that area bagel shops already have made inquiries about the commercial space.

The Greenwich High School Cardinals will face off versus the Darien High School Blue Wave in the state football championship at 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyle Stadium in Stamford.


The Darien High School football team is scheduled to take on Greenwich High School in a state championship game Saturday. At least two Blue Wave players were among those arrested by warrant Nov. 22 for the assault of a New Canaan juvenile. Brian Minicus, a DHS senior receiver on the team, was arraigned in Norwalk on Wednesday. The Greenwich Cardinals faithful have designed a special “Cardinals vs. Convicts” T-shirt for the big game (New Canaan High School students had a similar T-shirt in mind for the Turkey Bowl, but that plan was nixed).

Santa arriving at Mead Park, courtesy of Weed & Duryea.


Put one of New Canaan’s beloved December events on your calendar: Santa Claus will arrive at Mead Park by helicopter at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. The event is presented by Weed & Duryea and Gregg’s Garden Center on Grove Street (where Santa himself will greet children after touching down).


Police after midnight Monday cited a 19-year-old Stamford woman for possession of marijuana after pulling her over on Ponus Ridge when her brake lights were not displaying. She additionally was cited for operating a motor vehicle with no license and with no brake lights.


Countdown Fitness has opened at Personal Training Professionals, 28 Vitti St. in New Canaan. The company focuses on toning and building muscle via “a super slow, high intensity, 30 minute regimen once a week,” according to a press release.

2005 Connecticut Rough Riders tier 1 hockey team


A standout youth ice hockey team with New Canaan ties is seeking to raise money so that it can represent New England in an international tournament in Quebec in February. The Connecticut Rough Riders ’05 Tier 1 Hockey Team, if it can raise $85,000, will go to the world’s oldest tourney for children playing in the Pee Wee Major age bracket (12 year olds). One of those players is goalie Mason Pickering, son of New Canaan’s Fred Pickering, a retired 28-year veteran of the New Canaan Police Department. Here’s the GoFundMe page for the team.

Dale Carbonier (C) earned the “Unsung Hero” Award at the New Canaan Community Foundation’s 2017 Volunteer Recognition Awards.


Congratulations to the following individuals following the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Awards, led by the New Canaan Community Foundation. Here’s the name of each recipient as well as their award and organization:

  • Janice Luddy, Board Hall of Fame (New Canaan Historical Society)
  • Emily Warren, Board MVP (Arts for Healing, Inc.)
  • Eben Breed, Board Rising Star (Pivot Ministries)
  • Lindsay Burn Grimes, Board Rookie (Family Centers)
  • CERT New Canaan, Community Champions (the entire town)
  • Janine Smith, Hands-On Hall of Fame (Carver Foundation of Norwalk)
  • Lissette Caldero, Hands-On MVP (Family ReEntry, Inc.)
  • Gerald Katz, Hands-On Rookie (Family & Children’s Agency)
  • Paul Reinhardt, Inspiration Award (New Canaan Parent Support Group)
  • Joyce Gould, Lifetime Achievement (Person-to-Person)
  • New Canaan YMCA’s ‘Togetherhood Committee,’ Team Hall of Fame (New Canaan YMCA)
  • Nancy Roath and Debbie Eagan, Team Hall of Fame (Future 5)
  • Dale Carbonier, Unsung Hero (New Canaan Chamber of Commerce)
  • Logan Diliberto, Youth MVP (Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Education)
  • Jeff Holland, Community Service Award (New Canaan Pop Up Park)


Finally, here is a gallery of other news items from around town:

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