Joan Davey, 84, Nurse, Red Cross Volunteer, Longtime Darien Resident

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Joan Davey, 84, passed away on Sept. 5. Her funeral will be on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Joan C. Davey, a Darien resident for 44 years, died Monday, Sept. 5. She was 84.

Joan Davey, 84, passed away on Sept. 5. Her funeral will be on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Joan Davey, 84, passed away on Sept. 5. Her funeral will be on Saturday, Oct. 15.

She was born in Minnesota to C. Marie Helwig and Eugene D. Carstater in 1931 and attended Bucknell University and University of Minnesota. Joan spent her professional career caring for others as a registered nurse.

Prior to living in Darien, she worked at a hospital in California, then entered the field of private care in Darien, then became a public health nurse for the City of Stamford until she retired in 1999. Joan was an active parishioner at St. Luke’s in Darien and volunteered for the Red Cross and League of Women Voters.

Joan is survived by two brothers, David H. and J. Richard Carstater; two sons, Timothy and Theodore Davey; one daughter, Elizabeth Lane; four grandsons, Kevin and Richard Davey, Maxfield and Frazer Lane; one granddaughter, Laura Justin; two step-granddaughters, Lauren Grab and Lindsay Laszlo; one step-grandson, Cody Laszlo and one great-grandson, Peter Justin.

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an obituary from Edward Lawrence Funeral Home

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Calling hours will be at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road in Darien from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2016. Funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at St. Luke’s Parish 1864 Post Road in Darien. Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

The family requests that contributions be made in lieu of flowers to the American Red Cross, Connecticut Chapter, 209 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032 and/or the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

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The alpacas of Crajah House on Oenoke Ridge Road on Tuesday were shorn of their thick winter coats—see photos above. Their owner, New Canaan’s Debbie McQuilkin, tells us the process for each “blanket” includes picking out sticks, hay and straw, then going for the secondary areas of the neck, backside and legs. The material is sent to a fiber mill where it’s washed, cleaned again and dyed or made into a yarn that McQuilkin herself chooses—fine knitting or heavy weaving for rugs. It also can be sent back for hand spinning or felting, McQuilkin said. The alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic and contains no lanolin, and it’s naturally fire-resistant.

Bill Ruoff. Contributed

Bill Ruoff. Contributed

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This year’s Memorial Day parade will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30, with Christopher Cogswell leading the way as grand marshal and, at the ceremony in Lakeview Cemetery that follows, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Chapin Garner of the Congregational Church of New Canaan presiding and William Ruoff guest-speaking, according to the office of the first selectman. A Kentucky native who grew up in rural Indiana, Ruoff graduated in 1980 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Anapolis, Md., majoring in marine engineering, then began training in the Naval Nuclear Power program for designation in submarines as his warfare specialty, according to a biography supplied by the first selectman’s office. He served one sea tour as a division officer aboard the USS Los Angeles and completed one deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans during the Cold War era.

If there is a member of any branch of the military or family member of someone who is serving or who has previously serv 2000 ed that would like to march or ride in this year’s Memorial Day Parade, please contact Peter Langenus, the VFW Commander, at newcanaanvfw@gmail.com or 203-966-7480.

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A Turtleback Road woman is putting up a physical fence after her two Swiss mountain dogs charged and frightened a passerby at about 2 p.m. on May 4 from behind their invisible fence. The big dogs did not breach the fence, but the person they had run toward did feel frightened, Animal Control said. Two years ago, a pit bull attacked two Swiss mountain dogs on the same street.

2012 NCHS graduate Stephanie Benko (center), took the Patriot League Championship title in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:50 for Lafayette College. Contributed

2012 NCHS graduate Stephanie Benko (center), took the Patriot League Championship title in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:50 for Lafayette College. Contributed

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Congratulations to 2012 New Canaan High School graduate Stephanie Benko, daughter of Sue and Steve Benko, on winning the Patriot League Championship in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:50 for Lafayette College. Making this feat even more impressive is that Stephanie underwent stem cell treatment in November following a partial tear of the labrum. She got the go-ahead to run again in January, and promptly reclaimed a title she’d won two years ago (Stephanie ran last year with a stress fracture in her foot). Here’s more on this remarkable New Canaanite, and we will note here that she appears in at least some ways to be her father’s daughter, as the article notes she is an aspiring baker (among other noble pursuits). Her dad, New Canaan’s recreation director, is known among locals as quite the amateur baker and cook himself.

 

Caffeine & Carburetors—Waveny, Oct. 19, 2014. Credit: Michael Dinan

Caffeine & Carburetors—Waveny, Oct. 19, 2014. Credit: Michael Dinan

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Caffeine & Carburetors will return to Waveny on Sunday, May 22.

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The Park & Recreation Commission said Wednesday night during its regular meeting that tickets are selling fast for the Waveny Town Pool Committee’s Kick Off to Summer Party at Waveny House. Presented with the Recreation Department, it will run 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 27. The band Mind The Gap will perform and drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased here. Any New Canaan resident—current or prospective Waveny Pool member—is invited to buy a ticket and go.

 

Caileigh Sarah Murray. Contributed

Caileigh Sarah Murray. Contributed

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The Captain Stephen Betts Society of Children of the American Revolution announced recently that NCHS junior Caileigh Sarah Murray was elected National Librarian at the 2016 National Convention in Washington, D.C. Children of the American Revolution is the oldest patriotic service and leadership development organization for young people, ages birth to 22 years. All members trace their ancestry back to a proven patriot of the American Revolution.

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Thursday, May 12 is a special day for a nonprofit organization long beloved and supported by New Canaan: Horizons National Staff Giving Day. Launched more than a half-century ago at New Canaan Country School to serve low-income families of lower Fairfield County, Horizons is a summer learning and enrichment program that now serves 4,000 students at 45 programs in 15 states. Here’s a data point worth sharing: 99 percent of Horizons high school students graduate, and 91 percent go on to college or other post-secondary education. Here’s a video about the program:

Horizons Facebook RECUT

Horizons Facebook RECUT

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The fabulous Summer Theatre of New Canaan is hosting a gala Friday evening at Woodway that will feature Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Kelli O’Hara. In addition to benefitting STONC, the gala will recognize the late Andrew Clarkson as a longtime benefactor and friend. O’Hara (known for her role in “The King and I”) will perform, as will some of her friends and kids from the 1ff8 Performing Arts Conservatory. The evening also will feature a sneak preview from this summers STONC production of “West Side Story” (which I can’t wait to see).

Some of the generous sponsors of the New Canaan Library's Books & Beats Fundraiser (L-R): April Kaynor of April Kaynor Homes, Steve Bloom of Camp Playland, Library Executive Director Lisa Oldham, Steve Karl of Karl Chevrolet, and Ellen Brezovsky from Silver Hill Hospital. Contributed

Some of the generous sponsors of the New Canaan Library’s Books & Beats Fundraiser (L-R): April Kaynor of April Kaynor Homes, Steve Bloom of Camp Playland, Library Executive Director Lisa Oldham, Steve Karl of Karl Chevrolet, and Ellen Brezovsky from Silver Hill Hospital. Contributed

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New Canaan Library is sending out a big Thank You the sponsors of its annual spring fundraiser party “Books & Beats” to be held 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 20. The event features food by On the Marc Catering, a live DJ and dancing in a Miami-themed lounge environment. Corporate sponsors include Goldman Sachs Gives, RMS Construction, Karl Chevrolet and Hoyt Livery.

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New Canaan’s “Aine’s Angels” team has raised just over $7,000 toward its $20,000 goal in the Great Strides fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis.

Aine of "Aine's Angels," raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Contributed

Aine of “Aine’s Angels,” raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Contributed

The walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 22 at New Canaan High School.

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U.S. Postal Service letter carriers on Saturday are collecting food for the New Canaan Food Pantry. Bags on Tuesday were distributed, asking people to put non-perishable foods in them and leave them at their mailbox—a collection that forms the mainstay for the summer months. Items especially in need include coffee (drip and instant, decaf and regular), canned meats (ham, spam, salmon), hash, canned stews, chili, powdered juice and iced tea mixes, diapers and baby food. The pantry already has enough soups and canned beans.

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New Canaan police at 12:17 p.m. Friday received a call about a bear in a backyard on Rosebrook Road. Arriving, an Animal Control officer found that the beast of concern was actually a bird, and that a language barrier had confused the species. The crow was in the cathedral ceiling and the officers worked on the scene around fountains chandeliers to usher it safely outside again, according to Officer Allyson Halm.

Alex Chen, Luke Morton, and Zach LaPolice at Roodner Court. Contributed

Alex Chen, Luke Morton, and Zach LaPolice at Roodner Court. Contributed

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Great example here of some young New Canaanites doing good for our neighbors.

Alex Chen, Luke Morton, and Zach LaPolice worked with kids from SoNo’s Roodner Court public housing complex today to paint the housing project’s basketball court on behalf of Full Court Peace.

Here’s more on former NCHS varsity basketball coach Mike Evans‘ organization.

Local husband Stephen Coyle and kids, Charli and Cate, delivered a smoked BBQ dinner to the New Canaan Fire Department while his wife and her joint-venture business partner held the first ever New Canaan Mompreneur Market.

Local husband Stephen Coyle and kids, Charli and Cate, delivered a smoked BBQ dinner to the New Canaan Fire Department while his wife and her joint-venture business partner held the first ever New Canaan Mompreneur Market.

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A dozen New Canaan “mompreneurs” displayed their wares and services at Heather Gaudio Fine Art on Elm Street last week during a special market that celebrated local women in business. Co-hosted by Andrea Reid, Rodan + Fields consultant, and Chez Coyle, 21-day fix coach, and co-sponsored by the Young Women’s League of New Canaan, the “Mompreneur Market” featured Amy Gray & Olivia Huvane (Scout & Molly), Anne Emson (Stroller Pump), Beatrice Mellick (Beachmate), Alex Spellman (Bitsy), Christina Schwefel (Go Figure), Katilin Rorick (Heritage Rows), Kristen Plumb (Kristen Plumb Art), Meredith Bagley (M-Belle-Ish) and Sindy von Ziegesar (CocoBeBe).

The New Canaan Community Foundation's Young Philanthropists, on May 4, 2016. Contributed

The New Canaan Community Foundation’s Young Philanthropists, on May 4, 2016. Contributed

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The New Canaan Community Foundation last week hosted a speaker from Newman’s Own Foundation at its Youth Philanthropy event at Grace Farms.

The senior students presented checks for $12,000 to nine local nonprofits, working in mental health, homelessness, and education.

Read more about the NCCF’s Young Philanthropists program here.

Judy Dunn (L) with Wendy Dixon Fog (R). Contributed

Judy Dunn (L) with Wendy Dixon Fog (R). Contributed

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Finally, New Canaanites Wendy Dixon Fog and Judy Dunn will feature their artwork at Bankwell’s Elm Street branch following a free, open reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. Dixon, an advanced EMT with the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, is a painter who traces her inspiration to her grandmother, also a painter, and Dunn—known to many as chair of the Health & Human Services Commission—is a sculptor and member of the New Canaan Sculpture Group.

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