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Tragic news reported by The Advocate: A 2-month-old baby girl from New Canaan died in Stamford on Tuesday evening, hours after she developed a problem breathing at daycare. The newspaper’s crime and courts reporter writes that police are calling the cause of death blunt-force head trauma, and the incident has been classified as a homicide. Her family lives on Locust Avenue, the newspaper reported. The Stamford Police detective overseeing the case was not immediately available for comment. Full article here.

Letter: ‘Thank You’ for a Wonderful Wedding

On July 9th our daughter Deanna Balzano married Joseph Lasala of Wilton at Saint Aloysius Church followed by a reception at the Waveny Mansion. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank all those who helped make Deanna (NCHS Class 2009) and Joe’s wedding a memorable one. It all started with Saint Aloysius and especially Father Cyrus and Anne Marie who guiding Deanna and Joe throughout, including the perfect marital ceremony. At Waveny Mansion, we want to thank Steve Benko along with Bea and Debbie from the office who kept us organized and then on the wedding day, Butch, who ensured that the Mansion looked like the Town jewel that it is. Regarding the big day, the bride and her 10 bridesmaids went to two amazing local salons that started the celebration off right.

New Canaan Old Timers Association Spotlight: Bea James

Bea James—known to many New Canaanites today by her married name, Bea Watkins—could very well have been lost in the considerable shadow of her brother Lem, one of the greatest New Canaan High School athletes who ever put on a uniform. Instead, she forged her own niche into Rams history, channeling her family ties as inspiration. “My brother, Lem James, and I enjoyed spending the years together in the same graduating class,” Bea James Watkins wrote in a bio submitted recently to the New Canaan Old Timer’s Association. “I loved watching him play sports and took great pride in cheering him on as he played football and basketball over the years. I couldn’t have been prouder.

New Canaan Old Timers to Honor Eight Sports Stars of the Past

New Canaan will turn back the clock next month, celebrating its sports past when the New Canaan Old Timers Association hosts its annual picnic on Sunday, September 20th at Waveny Castle. This year’s honorees are Joe DiPanni, Bea James, Robert Jones, Brian, Chris and Scott Overbeck, Mary Beth Pickering and Monroe Trout. “This is a big reunion for the old timers,” NCOT President and former sports star Len Paglialunga told NewCanaanite.com. “We gather, we get to talk about old times and get to meet fellow old timers. Our batting averages go up, our points-per-game go up and our ERA’s go down.