New Canaan Alumni Athletic Association/New Canaan Old Timers Association Annual Picnic

Former stars of New Canaan’s sports past will shine again as the New Canaan Alumni Athletic Association/New Canaan Old Timers Association will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, September 18 at Waveny. This year’s event will feature eight honorees: Bill Brown, Kara Devlin, Paul Devlin, Cari Hills, Mario Lopez, Jeff Mellick, Bob Schott and Andy Towers. The celebration runs from 10am to 3pm and includes a continental breakfast, beverages and lunch. The cost is $50 for adults, $20 for students. Children under 14 are admitted for free.

New Canaan Old Timers Spotlight: Andy Towers

Recently inducted into the United States Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame as well as the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame, Andy Towers had an illustrious career as a player. A 1987 graduate of New Canaan High School, Towers played both varsity basketball and lacrosse for Hall of Fame coaches Don Usher and Howard Benedict. As a lacrosse player, he helped the Rams win three straight CT State Championships, earning high school All-American honors as a junior. In 1988, Towers played for the 19 & Under USA Team that won the World Championship in Adelaide, Australia. Towers attended Brown University and played for legendary Hall of Fame coach, Dom Starsia.

Did You Hear … ?

The Planning & Zoning Commission at its most recent meeting decided to forego approving two signs for new businesses that had been submitted to the town (see photos above). Commissioner Elizabeth DeLuca, head of P&Z’s sign committee, said that a sign for Spiga, the new Italian restaurant opening on Main Street, was meant to be “burnt orange” according to its application “but it appears to be a very bright orange color.”

“They put it up,” DeLuca said at the July 26 meeting. “It’s up. It’s there.”

Though P&Z did not specify just why, the group also forewent voting either way on a new sign for the New Canaan Psychic, to open at 179 Cherry St. Regarding Siga, Town Planner Steve Kleppin noted window signage and said that it is more attractive than banners inside downtown businesses that hang behind the glass.