LiveGirl Presents: “Your Voice Matters” Leadership Summit

Our leadership summits bring together middle school girls from across Fairfield County for a variety of empowering learning experiences that encourage girls to explore their potential and believe in themselves. All summits feature a keynote speaker, mentoring, & fun team-building activities. featuring CWEALF & State Representative Caroline Simmons

Open to grades 5-8 | free of charge | space is limited

Did You Hear … ?

As per the Board of Selectmen’s decision earlier this month, the Mead Park Brick Barn is to be demolished over three days next week, starting Monday, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. ***

The Building Department on March 22 issued an after-the-fact permit for $29,000 in work at 306 Smith Ridge Road. The work included interior demolitions, dividing a room off of the master bathroom into smaller rooms, building a wall and installing a privacy door as well as additional cabinetry and a closet. The homeowner is paying $765 in fees for the work. “Kindly note that all the above work was done without obtaining the necessary permits,” the permit said.

Faces of New Canaan: Hadley Pollet

Hadley Pollet, a 1988 New Canaan High School graduate, moved back to town one year ago after growing up here (and attending the great, bygone Center School). She returned to New Canaan after attending NYU, moving to Boston, attending RISD and launching her own fashion line and business. A success story about an entrepreneur-and-artist following her talents and doing what she loves, Pollet in recent years has become involved with LiveGirl, the locally founded girl empowerment organization, as an inspirational speaker. She and much of her line are the central figures of a May 12 LiveGirl “FemPowered Benefit” at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. In this installment of “Faces of New Canaan,” we talk to Pollet about growing up here, her singular career arc, returning to New Canaan and the LiveGirl benefit (see transcription below).

Did You Hear … ?

The town on Tuesday issued a permit for Acme, the Elm Street grocery store known for decades as Food Emporium, to do a $1.5 million interior renovation at the store. The work at 288 Elm St. will include “shelving, display units, refrigerated cases” and checkout areas, according to the building permit, a total of 25,198 square feet. ***

Lindsay Benko, a New Canaan High School graduate whose father, Steve Benko, is the town’s longtime recreation director, is to be married June 9 of next year at First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow at Waveny House (her dad’s workplace). She met her fiancé, Albany, N.Y. area native Chris Gardner, while the two studied nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. 

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Four members of New Canaan Girl Scout Troop 50121—Olivia Licata, Megan Lydon, Emma Gibbens and Lily Plum—intend to install three bike racks at Waveny, Irwin and Kiwanis Parks as their Silver Award projects.