East School and South School families did the best job attending school on the Friday prior to February break, according to data obtained by NewCanaanite.com.
Though each of the New Canaan Public Schools saw a drop from average attendance rates on that day (and it even started on Thursday—see below), none saw a steeper decline than the high school, followed by the fifth grade, and then West. Here’s the data:
NCPS Attendance Headed Into Feb. Break
|School||Enrollment||% Present (Feb. 11)||% Present (Feb. 12)||% present (YTD*)|
|Saxe Middle School||987||94.5||87.2||98.1|
|SMS Grade 5||346||96||84.1||98|
*Data is current through Feb. 26, 2016
The Town Clerk’s office recorded just one property transfer last week:
183 South Avenue, Unit 23 was sold for $800,000 by Rose Parsons Lynch estate to Angelina Carpi.
The Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department at 10:13 a.m. on Feb. 25 responded to an Oak Street home on a report of squirrel loose in the house. The rodent appears to have snuck out when the door was opened, prior to the arrival of Animal Control. The whole time, a Shi-Tzu was sleeping upstairs.
Elm Street mainstay New Canaan Olive Oil is once again switching up its product line to keep things fresh, and it’s got an open-air merchandiser fridge for sale (see here). Great for beverages, cheese and sandwiches, the fridge is on sale for $900 or best offer. It has three shelves with adjustable height and “has been a great working fridge but we no longer need it as we are planning to re-arrange our store layout,” owner Heidi Burrows said.
Congrats to NCHS basketball players Tyler Sweeney and Campbell Armstrong for being named to the All FCIAC Second team. Sweeney was a star for the boys hoops team, as the junior swingman emerged as one of the most dangerous offensive players in the conference averaging close to 20 points per game, including a career-high 35 against St. Joe’s last month.
Meanwhile Armstrong was a one-woman wrecking crew for the girls varsity squad, scoring from the paint and also from three-point range. The junior forward was also a significant presence on the defensive side, leading the Rams in rebounds and blocked shots. The highlight of her season was scoring a career-high 29 points in a 51-24 win over McMahon in January.
The New Canaan Preservation Alliance and the Town of New Canaan are pleased to host a Waveny Book Launch and Celebration at Waveny House on Sunday, April 3rd, 3-5 pm. This family event celebrates the launch of the children’s book Waveny: New Canaan’s Treasure, written by Arianne Faber Kolb and illustrated by Nicole Johnson Murphy. The publication of the book was made possible by a grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation and funding from the Town of New Canaan. This is the second children’s book in a series produced by Kolb and the New Canaan Preservation Alliance; the first one was From the Saltbox to the Glass House: Places that Matter in New Canaan.
Twice in the space of a week this month, police received complaints of dog owners letting their beasts off leash at Kiwanis Park on Old Norwalk Road. At about 12:03 p.m. on Feb. 19, police gave a verbal warning to a mom who had brought her daughter and dog to the playground there, and let the latter off of a leash. One week later, at 9:53 a.m. on Feb. 26, police arrived following a neighbor’s complaint but found no dogs upon arrival.
Warren J. Lancaster, a licensed mental health counselor and former senior residential counselor at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, has opened his practice, WJL Psychotherapy, at 72 Park St. He has an MBA from the University of New South Wales in Sydney as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairfield University, specializes in counseling business executives in recovery or facing other problems. He sees clients at his office and can arrange counseling sessions at or near the homes or work places of clients with exceptionally demanding schedules. He can be reached at 203-247-1045. He and his wife, Debbie Seaman, have lived in New Canaan since 1997. Their sons, Cameron and Lachlan Lancaster, who graduated in 2012 from New Canaan High School, are seniors at George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively.
New Canaanite Tom O’Dea, a state representative for New Canaan and Wilton (R-125) will seek re-election to the Connecticut General Assembly.
We’ve had a new coyote sighting, on Feb. 16, at Waveny and Lapham Roads—it’s been added to the interactive map of 2016 sightings here.
Magical Music for Life Foundation will be presenting a performance of its new family musical, “A Day in the Life of a Child: Musical Revue,” in support of Arts For Healing at 2 p.m. on Saturday at New Canaan Country School. Tickets are $10 per person and children under 5 are free. They can be purchased: In New Canaan at Arts For Healing (24 Grove Street) and New Canaan Toy Store (94 Park Street), online at www.magicalmusic.org, and at the door. There will be an opportunity to meet and greet the cast after the show.
The New Canaan High School Theatre department is rehearsing the musical production “Into The Woods”, based on the book by James Lapin and the musical score by Stephen Sondheim. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 17, 18 and 19 at the New Canaan High School Auditorium (tickets $15 and $18). Find more information here.
Finally, congratulations to the New Canaan Basketball 3rd grade travel team on winning its championship this week at Brewster Sports Center: