Letter on Awareness Vigil: ‘The Power of Community Coming Together’

To the Editor and New Canaan Friends,

I became involved with New Canaan CARES when we first moved to town because like everyone else raising children, I wanted the tools and knowledge to be the best parent I possibly could be. I have worked a lot on prevention campaigns and learned about the challenges that we all face in an affluent community where addiction is a very real concern for our families. I attended the inaugural Community Addiction Awareness Vigil two years ago and was profoundly impacted by everyone’s honesty and heartfelt testimonials. This experience includes not only families impacted by addiction, but those on the front lines of helping our community including religious, school, government and non-profit leaders. The power of our community coming together to battle one of our most significant challenges is New Canaan at its best. It’s a can’t miss event for our family, and I urge you all to join us there. The 3rd Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil will take place on Thursday, September 5th from 7-8:15 PM in downtown New Canaan (corner of South & Elm).  Similar to last year, this event will include live music (starting at 6PM), the Hope & Remembrance Wall, resources, hopeful testimonials, and a candlelight vigil led by members of the local clergy.  For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page: http://bit.ly/AddictionAwarenessVigil or http://ncparentsupportgroup.org/.

Letter: Commending the First Selectman for Comments in Support of Library

We would like to commend our First Selectman Kevin Moynihan for his comments in support of the New Canaan Library and the potential for $10 million of investment from the town. The library serves a vital function in the center of our community for all of our residents.  

The vision for the new library is nothing short of spectacular and would be transformative for New Canaan. Even in these increasingly digital times, a strong library is a community resource that would energize downtown.  

The library team is working hard to find private support and has a lot of momentum.

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.