Town Democrats To Host Barbecue with a Side of Electoral Conversation

New Canaan Democrats will have a chance to meet their candidates for federal and state offices while they enjoy an extensive buffet featuring barbecued chicken, pulled pork, an array of salads, mac and cheese and cool drinks at the 2022 DTC Barbecue September 18 at the Carriage Barn, Waveny Park, from 3-6 p.m.
A popular event, the 2019 DTC barbecue, the last held prior to the pandemic, drew more than 200 attendees who heard from U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz. Attendees also had a chance to meet with Democratic state senators, representatives and that year’s slate of candidates for municipal offices. “I’m thrilled that the DTC is hosting the barbecue again because it’s an exciting opportunity for us to meet with our team of dedicated, talented and effective elected officials and candidates,” said Christina Fagerstal, DTC chair. “Having great food at a barbecue while meeting our candidates is a terrific way to spend Sunday in Waveny Park.”
The event will be held rain or shine, with general admission set at $45 in advance; $55, if purchased at the door.

What Candidates for First Selectman Are Spending [TABLE]

The campaign for the Republican candidate for New Canaan’s highest elected office has outspent its Democratic opponent by more than 15 times, according to the most recent data available through financial disclosure filings. First selectman candidate Kevin Moynihan’s campaign committee had garnered expenses totaling $29,966.29 through Sept. 30, according to his financial disclosure statement, compared to $1,920.13 for Kit Devereaux’s campaign. Moynihan’s campaign also had raised $35,980 in contributions from individuals through Sept. 30 through compared to $9,310 for Devereaux’s.

Did You Hear … ?

We got a heads-up on Twitter from New Canaanite Peter “The Bushman” Bush of The FOX 95.9 FM about a recently redecorated roof of The Veggie Barn on Cross Street. Looks like town resident and Veggie Barn owner Santo Silvestro supports Donald Trump in ’16. Silvestro wasn’t immediately available for comment. The rooftop likely will be visible to any planes passing overhead. As Bush later Tweeted: “A little something for the Donald to see from 10K.”


While Peachwave on Forest Street did close last weekend as planned (though the team there decided last-minute to extend by one day, through Sunday), company officials tell us now that a reopening is possible.

‘It’s a Phenomenal Group’: New Canaan Democrats Endorse Candidates for Local Offices at Caucus

An estimated 30 to 40 registered Democrats in New Canaan on Tuesday night gathered for a caucus at Lapham Community Center to endorse party candidates seeking local offices this coming Election Day. Those in attendance by voice vote endorsed incumbent Beth Jones for selectman, Joe Paladino (incumbent) and Jim Kucharcyzk for Town Council, Brendan Hayes for Board of Education, Gerry Harrington (incumbent) for Board of Assessment Appeals and Cindy Franco, Arnold Karp and Ed Vollmer for constable (all incumbents). “It’s a phenomenal group of people,” Democratic Town Committee Chair Jane Himmel told in a phone interview following the caucus. “Beth works so hard and has the biggest heart and is as much the soul of the town as anybody. We’re thrilled Joe is returning to the Town Council and Jim has so much experience and done so many different things.