Did You Hear … ?


Sunset at about 5 p.m. East School on Jan. 31, 2019, minutes after high winds whipped snow through New Canaan. Credit: Patrice LaSusa

New Canaan Public Schools has been ranked the No. 1 district in the state by Niche.


Officials said Tuesday during a meeting of a Planning & Zoning Commission committee said it would cost about $45,000 to scrape the gum off of New Canaan’s downtown sidewalks. “That is $45,000 that we do not have to scrape gum right now,” P&Z Secretary Jean Grzelecki said.


The town on Jan. 15 received an application from Arnold Karp to restore and rebuild 4 Main St., a Greek Revival on God’s Acre. The Historic District Commission approved the project, which is now being featured as an “Idea House” by “This Old House.” It will cost about $400,000, according to the application. CAH Architecture & Design LLC of Cos Cob is the architect on the project.


Chris Vann, a biologist with the sate Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will join Officer Allyson Halm, head of Animal Control with the New Canaan Police Department, for a talk about the nature of coyotes and practical tips for homeowners and pet owners. Attendees will go home with a free toolkit for living with coyotes. The free event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Innis Arden Cottage in Tod’s Point, Greenwich.

A group of Saxe Middle School 7th and 8th grade STEM students are Connecticut champions in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The team of students consists of Kailin Downey, Alexandra McManus, Lily Auerbach, and Anav Sahay (seated, left-right); and Alexandra Gelvin, Alex Dathan, Gustav Neubohn and Ben Skrelunas (standing, left-right). Not shown, Sophia Lee. They now enter into the contest’s national competition, after their proposal was recently chosen one of the top entries in the United States. Credit: Mike Horyczun


Congratulations to a group of Saxe Middle School 7th and 8th grade STEM students who entered a project for the “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest,” which was recently chosen as the top entry in Connecticut and now moves to a nationwide competition. The Saxe team’s idea focuses on developing a wearable technology solution that allows one to navigate Saxe—the largest middle school in the state—without the need of personal assistance. 


New Canaan resident Cathy Kangas, founder of “Free the Shelters,” will pay all adoption fees at Bridgeport Animal Control the weekend of Feb. 8. Since May of 2017 “Free the Shelters” has worked with 67 shelters in the United States and Canada finding homes for more than 4,000 animals.

Carriage Barn Arts Center board members, pictured L-R: Serena Gillespie, Sveinn Bragason, Ruth Bagshaw, Allison Donaldson, Angela Piscitello, Michael Biondo, Carolyn Corcoran, Hilary Wittmann (Executive Director), Phil Williams, Collene Torres, Afsie Djabbari-Aslani-Aslani, Patrick Boyd and Connie Brown. Not pictured: Anderson Kenny.


Finally, on Jan. 24, the Carriage Barn Arts Center held the organization’s Annual Meeting in conjunction with a gallery talk for the Annual Photograph Show.

Eight of the exhibiting photographers talked about their work in the current exhibit and members of the New Canaan Society for the Arts elected the new Board of Trustees for 2019-20.

2 thoughts on “Did You Hear … ?

  1. The group of Saxe students in the Samsung competition is taught by Vivian Birdsall, the amazing STEM teacher. THANKS to Vivian for her dedication and leadership to our kids!

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