Swim, Bike, Conquer! Golden Games at the New Canaan YMCA
This event is designed for active, older adults ages 60+ to get active and have fun while competing in a three-part relay: 500m pool swim, 4 mile stationary bike ride, and an obstacle course. Register as a team of four, or as an individual. Participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag, and post race snacks. The top teams will receive prizes following the race.
The town’s highest elected official on Tuesday distanced himself from a resident’s proposal to build a new police station where a Saxe Middle School baseball diamond now stands, saying instead that a parking lot could go there. The New Canaan YMCA “has a horrible deficit of parking,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Saying that the Saxe baseball field could be built anew at Kiwanis Park, Moynihan said the question facing New Canaan now is “whether or not the town wants accommodate the YMCA, which definitely needs more parking and whether or not people would be agreeable, because that baseball diamond right now is in the worst possible position it could be.”
“There is no parking,” Moynihan said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “You can’t park at the YMCA.”
The idea appeared to catch Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams off-guard.
“So you are not now talking about new police station at Saxe, but additional parking for the YMCA?” Williams said.
Saying he loves the YMCA and that he knows Moynihan is a member, Williams noted that the organization “had a big spend to do a renovation” recently.
“They should have thought about parking,” Williams said. “But for us to take Saxe fields and turn it into a parking lot, I am not supporting it.”
“For the same reasons I would be opposed to putting a new police station at Saxe field, I would be opposed to putting a parking lot—just a parking lot, which probably is even worse—at Saxe fields,” he said.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said Tuesday that the newly formed ‘Dog Litter Committee’ has raised a red flag for Town Attorney Ira Bloom. The town attorney has said it is “not well advised” to “allocate enforcement responsibilities to a committee,” Moynihan said during a Board of Selectmen meeting. The question “raises the issue of the Spencer’s Run Committee for volunteers and also we have to address the Youth Sports Committee,” Moynihan said. Selectman Kit Devereaux, chairperson of the Spencer’s Run Committee, noted that its members are “ambassadors.” “They are not enforcers,” she said. The board will examine those committees, as well as the Deer Committee, at its next meeting, Moynihan said.
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Through the years I have jogged up and down South Avenue countless times. At a certain point, it was exhilarating getting an encouraging honk from a driver-by. Even a whistle or two wasn’t terrible.
While the weather could have been better for the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce’s annual Halloween Parade, hundreds of ghosts and goblins headed over to the YMCA for a Halloween Family event. The party started at noon with activities and entertainment for all to enjoy. The School of Rock serenaded parade goers with Halloween tunes and a flash mob of New England Academy of Dance zombies danced to “Thriller.”
Pet Pantry hosted the Great Scirico who created balloon animals for all to enjoy and “Marshall” from Pet Patrol was on hand to greet trick-or-treaters thanks to Toddlertime Nursery School. We are so grateful that the YMCA stepped in to save the day and allowed us to have the event in their beautiful new gym. We gave out more than 750 goody bags and thanks go to Joe Vittoria —Promotion in Motion, Camp Playland, Jack and Jill Petsitting, Friends of Mead Park, TD Bank, Mackenzies, Walter Stewart’s Market, Vineyard Vines and Toddlertime Nursery School.