5th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil


Due to Wednesday’s forecast, the 5th Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil has been postponed to Thursday, September 2, 7pm, rain or shine. “With a Flash Flood Watch in effect starting Wednesday afternoon, we have no choice but to shift the date to Thursday,” said Paul Reinhardt, Founder, New Canaan Parent Support Group. The event will take place rain or shine, as the support group and event Co-Host New Canaan Community Foundation have secured an indoor location right near the outdoor venue. All three testimonial speakers have re-confirmed, including Daryl McGraw, a Stamford native who is featured in a recently-released documentary Uprooting Addiction. 

If you have any questions regarding the Vigil, please go to ncparentsupportgroup.org or email Paul Reinhardt at preinhar99@gmail.com. ***

We unite as a community for an evening of live music, speakers in recovery who will share their lived experiences, and a candlelight vigil lead by local faith leaders.

5th Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil Set for Sept. 1

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event online, an annual vigil that has drawn hundreds to downtown New Canaan to honor those who have died due to addiction and those in recovery is set to return in-person. The 5th Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil is to be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 in the former “Pop Up Park” area at South Avenue and Elm Street. “We are excited that unlike last year where we had to do it virtually that we are back in person for it,” town resident Paul Reinhardt, founder of the New Canaan Parent Support Group, told members of the Police Commission during their regular meeting, held July 26 via videoconference. Reinhardt created the support group after losing his own son, Evan Reinhardt, on July 15, 2015, at age 24.

Weed, Inc with Ben Cort

Join us for a conversation about the facts behind today’s marijuana with Ben Cort, author, TEDx Talk speaker, and treatment & recovery advocate. Teens are welcome, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A. To register, go to ncparentsupportgroup.org.

Podcast: New Canaan Parent Support Group Founder Paul Reinhardt

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Paul Reinhardt, a town resident and founder of the New Canaan Parent Support Group. The organization’s 4th Annual Addiction Awareness Vigil will be held in a virtual format starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

Pathway Session at Y: The Future of Recovery Coaching

Phil Valentine, Executive Director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), will discuss the “Future of Recovery Coaching”. This event is one of a series of Pathway Sessions at the New Canaan YMCA, where addiction and mental health topics are addressed. The event is co-Hosted by the New Canaan Parent Support Group and the New Canaan YMCA.