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Two mosquitoes trapped in in New Canaan—in Hoyts Swamp, located off of Route 123 near the Norwalk line—tested positive for West Nile Virus on Aug. 12 and 20, according to tests by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Clockwise from top left: Dina Connelly, Devaun Bovell, Liz Tuff and Alan Rwambuya. Contributed


A Better Chance of New Canaan recently added four new members to its Board of Directors: 

  • Devaun Bovell is a 2013 graduate of New Canaan High School and a 2017 graduate of Boston College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and was a four-year student-athlete. Bovell worked as a college athletics administrator for two years before enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. During graduate school, he studied Education Policy and was a Graduate Assistant for the Wharton MBA Academic Affairs Office, earning a master’s degree in 2020. 
  • Dina Connelly for the past 18 years has served as president of The John Pepe Salerno Foundation, an organization that she co-founded with her family to honor her brother. It brings together the 105 children born after the loss of their fathers in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She and her husband, James, have lived in for New Canaan 20 years and raised three children here. The Connelly family serves as the host family for NCHS junior Richard Hernandez.
  • Alan Rwambuya is a managing director for U.S. Bank in the Sponsor Finance Group. He also serves as a board member for Americares. He and his wife, Melissa, founded the Ugandan Girl Organization. Rwambuya holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Clark University and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He has three children and has resided in New Canaan since 2004. The Rwambuya family also serves as a host family for Axel Boly, currently a senior at NCHS.
  • Elizabeth Tuff has served on many New Canaan Public Schools boards as well as the Stamford Hospital Fundraising Committee. She taught at the St. Luke’s Parish School in Darien as head teacher for seven years. Tuff and her husband, Alex, moved to New Canaan by way of New York City and San Francisco 15 years ago and are raising their three children here, as well as serving as host family to current ABC scholar and NCHS sophomore Dylan Amaswache.


New Canaan Police at about 9:41 p.m. Tuesday cited a 21-year-old Norwalk man for drug and motor vehicle infractions after stopping his car on Old Stamford Road for not displaying a rear license plate. At about 2:16 a.m. on Aug. 30, a 20-year-old South Salem, N.Y. man was cited for similar offenses after an officer stopped him while traveling southbound on Route 123 with no taillights. 


The New Canaan Building Department on Monday received an application to demolish a 1956-built Cape on a 2.84-acre Oenoke Ridge property. The home at 963 Oenoke Ridge had sold last week for $1.4 million, tax records show. 


New Canaan Health Director Jennifer Eielson reported during Thursday’s meeting of the Health and Human Services Commission that the town has 254 positive cases of COVID-19 virus and 36 deaths. The lone new case this week is a college-age student who resides out-of-state, she said.

Liz Orteig of NCBL. Contributed


Liz Orteig of the New Canaan Beautification league has been working on the wall garden at Vine Cottage, where she can be found most days.


New Canaan Human Services is offering two Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics held by appointment only at Lapham Center 12 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 9. Registration will begin Sept. 28 by calling Lapham Center (203-594-3620) or signing up on SignUpGenius.


A sanitarian with the New Canaan Health Department inspected the following food service establishments this summer and they all passed with the following scores (out of a possible 100):

  • Club Sandwich—93 (July 17)
  • Swirl—98 (June 26)
  • Fjord Fish Market—97 (June 24)
  • J&J Sushi—97 (June 24)
  • Cherry Street East—93 (July 13)
  • La Pescadaria—86 (June 26)
  • New Canaan Pizza—96 (June 26)
  • SE Uncorked—99 (July 9)
  • Rosie—95 (July 9)
  • Dunkin Donuts—91 (July 10)
  • Dolce—94 (July 14)
  • New Canaan Chicken—91 (July 10)
  • Gates—93 (July 14)
  • Hashi Sushi—80 (July 31)
  • Farmers Table—91 (July 17)
  • New Canaan Diner—91 (July 17)
  • Gelatissimo—100 (July 10)
  • Locali—94 (July 8)
  • Joe’s Pizza—91 (July 15)
  • Chef Prasad—89 (July 16)
  • Vicolo Pizza—91 (July 16)
  • Ching’s Table—83 (July 15)
  • Pesca—91 (July 8)
  • Organika—98 (July 10)
  • Connecticut Muffin—92 (July 10)
  • Roger Sherman Inn—89 (July 22)
  • Starbucks—98 (July 1)
  • Walgreens—97 (July 10)
  • Tony’s Deli—92 (July 24)
  • CT Sandwich Co.—90 (July 24)
  • Dante’s Pizza & Miyuki—98 (June 26)
  • Greens on the Go—94 (June 26)
  • Silvermine Market—97 (Aug. 10)
  • UCBC Bagels—92 (July 7)
  • Kean’s Corner Mobil—98 (July 24)
  • Press Burger—97 (July 2)


Republican candidate for the 26th state Senate district, Kim Healy, announced this week that she’s been endorsed by the Independent Party of Connecticut.

L-R: State Rep. Lucy Dathan and state Sens. Will Haskell and Alex Kasser. Contributed


The New Canaan Democrats will hold this year’s traditional BBQ via Zoom, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13. New Canaan’s Food Network “Chopped” champion, Silvia Baldini, will join Rosie Bonura at her Elm Street restaurant to demonstrate bbq recipes.


Finally, New Canaan CARES has hired Judy Phillips as its new executive director and chief development officers. She currently works as president and CEO of the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk.


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