Quiet Heroes of New Canaan: JoAnn Shaughnessy

[Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a new “Quiet Heroes” series. We’re accepting nominations for it, see guidelines here.]

Robin Bates-Mason, who gives of her time for the town’s Volunteer Shopping Program, visited Walter Stewart’s Market as usual one day last week. 

Picking up groceries for “her” designated senior, New Canaan’s Margaret Cooper, Bates-Mason found herself in JoAnn Shaughnessy’s lane. A cashier at Stewart’s for about two years, Shaughnessy recognized Cooper’s name. “She said, ‘Oh, hold on a sec, I just want to write her a message’ and ran over to get a marker,” Bates-Mason recalled. 

Shaughnessy wrote: “Hi Margaret. Hope you’re well.

‘Apple Cart’ Owner Points To Sanitization Efforts As Tuesday Opening at Mead Park Nears

The owner-operator of a popular gourmet food provider in Mead Park said that although he always looks forward to opening for the season, he’s “very anxious” this year with the presence of COVID-19 in the community. The Apple Cart will open Tuesday at Mead Park Lodge, according to Emad Aziz. “We are hiring a person specifically to walk around all day long and clean up, sanitize tables and chairs,” Aziz told NewCanaanite.com. The Apple Cart is one of several local businesses that’s communicating with customers about on-site safety measures as New Canaan adjusts in the wake of a confirmed case of COVID-19 here. Reported Wednesday by emergency management officials, the presence of the highly contagious virus led to decisions to have New Canaan Public Schools students learn from home for two weeks, as well as the closures until further notice of New Canaan Library, Grace Farms, Lapham Community Center, New Canaan YMCA and the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, among other organizations.

Did You Hear … ?

Tickets for the annual Turkey Bowl are to go on sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the auxiliary gym at New Canaan High School. They cost $10 apiece (cash) and are for New Canaan residents only, school official say. There’s a two-ticket limit and purchasers must bring photo ID. The rival football game against (ew) Darien High School is to be played at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, and no tickets will be available at the gate. NCHS recently was ranked the #2 high school in the state by niche.com, Darien #3.