Leo Karl

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New Canaan Community Foundation Announces ‘Spirit of New Canaan’ Honorees

“They have given of themselves to make the community better”—that’s how New Canaan Community Foundation President and CEO Lauren Patterson describes five to be honored next month at the organization’s “Spirit of New Canaan” luncheon. Selected through a careful process that’s overseen by NCCF, this year’s honorees include: Tom McLane, who helped found the Community Foundation itself in 1977; Meg Domino, who has touched the lives of countless families here in 16 years as executive director of New Canaan CARES; New Canaan Land Trust board of directors member Schipper, widely credited with reinvigorating that important organization; and Kathie and Leo Karl Jr., heads of a civic-minded, longtime local family whose continuing legacy of community service is reflected in every aspect of the town. “The Spirit of New Canaan Awards are meant to honor remarkable people or couples who have an impact on the community, and typically that is through civic engagement, community leadership—volunteers or supporters of different efforts in the town who have made an impact,” Patterson said. The luncheon is to be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at Woodway Country Club. Those seeking to reserve a seat ($100) may do so through the Community Foundation’s website. Continue Reading →

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‘We Would Have To Move Our Business’: Local Business Owners on the Prospect of Reduced Rail Service to New Canaan

Delivered with a thud last month and underscored by state transportation officials during a recent forum in town, proposed severe cuts in train service on the New Canaan branch line has prompted residents to decry the effect it would have on property values and the ability of visitors—for example, those traveling up from New York City to see the Philip Johnson Glass House—to get here. Less obvious though no less important is the effect that proposed elimination of weekend service as well as off-peak weekday service to New Canaan would have on local businesses, merchants and service providers say, largely because those who work here rely on the train. Steve Karl, vice president at Karl Chevrolet, said that as a business owner in New Canaan, “the news of limiting the train service to our community is the last thing we want to hear.”

“By cutting back the off-peak service and the complete elimination of weekend service it affects our business in a number of ways,” Karl told NewCanaanite.com. “First of all, the employees who use the train to commute will be affected and these are some of our hardest working employees who rely on the train every day. Secondly, due to the proximity of the train station to our store, we frequently sell vehicles to clients who travel by rail to pick them up at our location. Continue Reading →

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Letter: Inviting the Community to Support the Rotary Club Lobsterfest

Consider yourself personally invited to support the 32nd Annual Rotary Club Lobsterfest to be held Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23 from 12 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit local and international organizations supported through the Rotary Club of New Canaan’s annual grant awards. Organizations supported in the past include the New Canaan Library, Meals on Wheels, the Getabout Van, New Canaan YMCA, Person to Person, Domus, Future5, Camp Horizons, ABC of New Canaan, Americares Free Clinics, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Kids in Crisis, and many others. In addition, the Rotary Club of New Canaan supports International efforts of Rotary International to eradicate Polio and other humanitarian efforts, including HALO, an organization committed to clearing land mines around the world. Continue Reading →

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Letter: An Invitation To Battle Substance Abuse as a Community

Dear Editor,

I am writing with an open invitation asking our New Canaan community to come together for a common cause. This cause may not be the topic of conversation at the club this weekend and it won’t spark the next trendy fashions on Elm Street. But it affects each and every one of us. As a local resident, business owner and volunteer, I have personally read too many stories of young people leaving us way too soon. I have seen too many adults not be able to function to their fullest potential. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan’s Most Popular Cars

“Next Station To Heaven,” “Home of the Rams,” site of the Philip Johnson Glass House and … birthplace of Caffeine & Carburetors. New Canaan loves cars. In a town of nearly 20,000 residents of all ages, the Office of the Assessor counts 17,245 on its Taxable Motor Vehicle Property List for the most recent year. Here’s a look at the 10 most popular automobile makes on the list:


Once again, Chevrolet is distinguished as the only car company that has entries on the top-4 most popular makes (#2) and models (#3 with the Suburban, leap-frogging the Lexus RX since one year ago). Asked to account for the Suburban’s popularity, Karl Chevrolet Vice President Steve Karl said it’s “because it answers the needs of families so well.”

“It is roomy, comfortable and easy to drive, despite its large exterior appearance. Continue Reading →

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