Newcanaan's HamletHub Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:11:32 -0400 King Middle School Team Takes Top Prize in Cooking Competition

The heat was on, the timers were set, and all eyes were on seven Middle School students competing in the King Cares Cooking Competition earlier this month. Two hours later and three courses consumed, the King team was announced as the winner.

Two years ago, Lelio Vieux, King Director of Dining Services, pitched an idea of offering cooking classes to MS students, with the meals students prepared being served to people in the local community. The Middle School was excited to integrate more service projects into the students’ day, so King Cares Cooking was born! Over the course of the school year all Grade 6 students took a cooking class and then had the opportunity to go to either Inspirica or New Covenant Center to serve the meals. The idea of the cooking competition, in a similar format as Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, was the next part of the cooking program. The classes and competition went so well last year, that there was no doubt we had to make this a tradition. This year the competition grew to include four schools: Wooster School, Christian Heritage School, Fairfield Country Day School, and King School.

Seven students representing King were accepted into the competition. They worked with Chef Estwardo after school in the weeks leading up to the competition to learn additional skills, but not just related to cooking. “The Cooking Competition was a wonderful opportunity for students to work as a team, and discover the best ways to collaborate and communicate with each other, especially while performing under pressure. They also got the opportunity to practice and develop their cooking skills, doing it all in a fun, supportive environment,” said Karen Raidt, Director of King Cares Service. 

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila promoted team building as the basis of the competition. He met with students before the competition and discussed the meaning of the event and that the purpose is not just to win. "Winning is great but that's not why we do these things. The idea is to have fun, work together and raise money for local organizations," he said.

“It was exciting to watch all of the Grade 6 students this year during the cooking classes in the US dining room. They learned various cooking techniques and about kitchen safety while preparing and then serving meals that would help others in the Stamford community,” shared Raidt. Congratulations to our MS team!

Learn more about King School by scheduling a tour or by attending Coffee and Conversation on July 23. Click here for information.

King Cares Cooking Competition 2019

]]> (King School) Neighbors Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:46:55 -0400
Town of New Canaan Launches New Website

On June 17, the Town of New Canaan launched a new website at

The new site has a fresh and modern new look and will enable our town government to better communicate with the public and will expand online features that allow residents to easily complete transactions online.

The new platform’s responsive design allows its features to easily adapt to mobile phones. The new site features an improved layout and simplified navigation. It also contains expanded content and capabilities, such as links to the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce’s new website and the New Canaan Board of Realtors new website, and the ability to sign up for automated communications from Town departments through e-Notify.

“We are excited to be able to deliver a great new web design with robust online features at a very low cost. I think our residents will appreciate several new online features and an expanded amount of information that the website offers,” said First Selectman Kevin Moynihan.

“The new website was developed by a team of 10 employees under the direction of IT Department head Chris Kaiser and IT Department webmaster Sal DeLucia. All departments pitched in to update their content and look at ways to improve communications with our residents. Our new Technology Advisory Committee also provided valuable advice and guidance to the website team.”

The new website has been in development for six months, replacing a website that had been in service since 2005. The website is hosted by Revize Software Systems (based in Troy, Michigan), a market leader in municipal websites.

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Life Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:33:42 -0400
New Canaan Board of Finance Approves New Sewer Charges

Legal Notice - Notice is hereby given that the Board of Finance of Town of New Canaan, acting as the Town’s Water Pollution Control Authority, held a Public Hearing in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Section 7-255, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room, Town Hall in New Canaan for the purpose of affording the general public and sewer users ofNew Canaan an opportunity to be heard concerning proposed new flat-rate sewer charges.  

The Board of Finance approved the proposed new flat-rate sewer charges at its regular meeting immediately following the Public Hearing and the schedule of flat-rate charges, as adopted, was filed with the Town Clerk on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Sewer user bills will be mailed to sewer users prior to June 30, 2019, and will be payable between July 1 and July 31, 2019. Information about the new sewer charges is available on the Town’s website at

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 7-255, any appeal from this decision to Superior Court must be taken within twenty-one (21) days after filing of the approved schedule of flat-rate charges with the Town Clerk.

Information Regarding New Sewer Charges

The Board of Finance of the Town of New Canaan, acting as the Town’s Water Pollution Control Authority, on June 11, 2019 approved a change in the method of charging for sewer use from the current ad valorem sewer tax to a tiered, flat-rate sewer fee system as follows, effective July 1, 2019, except as noted below:
For Residential properties, the new flat rates will be phased in over three years in FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022, according to the following schedule, subject to annual increases, if any, in FY2021 and thereafter based on any increases
in the Sewer System annual operating expenses:
Residential: FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Quartile #1: $ 235 $ 250 $ 275
Quartile #2: $ 350 $ 370 $ 385
Quartile #3: $ 550 $ 570 $ 585
Quartile #4: $ 935 $ 835 $ 735
Quartiles for Residential properties are based on Assessed Value of property as of October 1, 2018 because the Board of Finance has determined that use of the sewer system by residential users generally correlates with the type and size of residential structure and the typical number of plumbing fixtures and water-using appliances in properties of greater size and value.
Quartile #1 applies to single family homes/condos whose Assessed Value is less than $450,000.
Quartile #2 applies to single family homes/condos whose Assessed Value is between $450,000 and $749,999.
Quartile #3 applies to single family homes/condos whose Assessed Value is between $750,000 and $1,299,999.
Quartile #4 applies to single family homes/ condos whose Assessed Value is $1,300,000 or more.
Apartments, co-op units and multi-family units will be charged as Quartile #2 sewer users for each unit ($350).
For Commercial properties, the new flat rates will be as follows for FY 2020 and subsequent years, subject to annual increases, if any, based on any increases in the Sewer System annual operating expenses:
Quintile #1: $ 750
Quintile #2: $ 1,250
Quintile #3: $ 2,500
Quintile #4: $ 3,500
Quintile #5: $ 5,000
Commercial condominiums will be charged a rate of $250 per unit.
Quintiles for Commercial properties are based on estimated sewer usage considering such factors as building occupancy, density, and the type of activities conducted by the tenant(s), such as food preparation or other water-using operations.
Commercial sewer users include business properties, churches, non-profits, schools and municipal buildings. The Board of Finance voted to delay implementation of the new sewer charges to January 1, 2020 for non-profits and churches.
]]> (Town of New Canaan) Politics Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:27:50 -0400
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Networking Event Tomorrow Officially Launches Yorktown HamletHub


The Yorktown HamletHub Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Networking Event will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:30-7PM at the Jefferson Valley Mall "Hub" 2nd Floor, 650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for 6PM and the evening holds more in store!

Yorktown HamletHub is a free digital publication focused on Yorktown. All are welcome to read, submit, and share positive news about Yorktown on their interactive website. Visitors can sign up for a daily e-newsletter, browse the community calendar, and follow them on their social media platforms. Yorktown HamletHub joins over 50 HamletHub sites in NY and CT.

Since Yorktown HamletHub's location is in cyberspace, the Jefferson Valley Mall has offered the use of their "Hub" co-working space for the event which will include light refreshments, raffle prizes, a free 15 minute productivity workshop, and ample networking opportunities. "Boost Your Productivity: Clear Your Way to a Profitable Path" workshop will be presented by Lisa Zawrotny of Positively Productive Systems. Lisa is a Certified Life Coach specializing in Productivity & Organizing.

Margaret and Peter Carey have been HamletHub editors since 2015, starting with Brewster and expanding into New Fairfield, Carmel, Somers, and now, Yorktown. "Our mission is to share positive news and information about the communities we cover," explains Margaret, "Yorktown is filled with interesting places, businesses, community organizations, educational opportunities, events, and so much more. We are thrilled to have Yorktown as our latest HamletHub and look forward to helping people read and share stories about the community." 

Special thanks to sponsors, Master IT Media LLC, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, and Jefferson Valley Mall.

RSVP at to receive a special gift. If you can't wait until the ribbon cutting, sign up for the Yorktown HamletHub free e-newsletter at

Yorktown HamletHub online digital publication providing free information about the events, places and people in the five Yorktown hamlets of Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Jefferson Valley, Crompond, and Yorktown Heights and the surrounding area. Yorktown HamletHub consists of a website, social media platforms, a daily e-newsletter and a free community calendar that is linked to the 50 other neighboring HamletHubs in NY and CT. Kerry Anne Ducey founded Ridgefield’s Talk of the Town in 2009, a small blog that showcased local happenings and stories in Ridgefield, CT.  In 2011, Kerry Anne decided to share the popular and successful "Talk Of The Town" online news model with other towns and founded HamletHub LLC, a network of hyperlocal news sites. From 2012 through 2019, HamletHub has earned prestigious Connecticut Press Club Awards for original journalism and storytelling on the Web. 

]]> (Master It Media) Neighbors Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:49:00 -0400
17 Year Old Reported Missing in New Canaan FOUND SAFE

Be advised that the missing 17-year-old girl, Melissa Cheyenne Davis has been located in New York City and is safe.

Melissa was found by the NYPD after being requested by the New Canaan Police to check a location in NYC. The New Canaan Police received information about her possible whereabouts from a family member.

Melissa has been reunited with her parents.

At this time no further information will be released regarding this incident.

]]> (New Canaan Polcie) Public safety Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:33:35 -0400
Night of 1,000 Fireflies at New Canaan Nature Center

On July 13th come and enjoy the magic of the midsummer night at the Nature Center. Join our Naturalists as we search for woodland creatures (wiggly worms & aquatic amphibians) and other enchanted mysteries of the evening, before delighting in the awe-inspiring beauty of our meadows aglow with the soft light of 1,000+ fireflies!

Registration Deadline: 4pm on Thursday, July 11th

*This event has sold out in the past, so be sure to register early!*

Members: $10/person
Non-Members: $15/person

Register HERE.

]]> (New Canaan Nature Center) Events Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:09:12 -0400
17 Year Old Missing from New Canaan

17-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Reported Missing from New Canaan

Melissa Cheyenne Davis has been reported missing from New Canaan. She is a resident of North Carolina who was visiting family in New Canaan with her family.


On June 14 at approximately 5:15 am,  the New Canaan Police were dispatched to 131 Marvin Ridge Road on a report of a missing 17 year old female identified as Melissa Cheyenne Davis. Melissa is a resident of Old Fort, North Carolina and was in New Canaan visiting family with her parents and sibling. Melissa was last seen by family members at 2100 hours on 06/13/19 when she went to her bedroom at the house she was visiting at 131 Marvin Ridge Road.

At this time it appears that Melissa might have run away from the residence and has yet to be located and is missing. It is possible that Melissa is still in the local Fairfield County area or possibly in New York City. Melissa’s family is very concerned for her well-being and safety and anyone with information regarding Melissa’s whereabouts is asked to contact Sgt. Farenga of the New Canaan Police Investigative Section at 203-505-1332 or the New Canaan Police main number at 203-594-3502.

Additional information can be found on the attached flyer issued by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

]]> (New Canaan Police) Public safety Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:25:48 -0400
New Canaan's 39th Annual Family Fourth of July Celebration

The 39th Annual Family Fourth of July Celebration will begin at 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 4, 2019 when Waveny Park will open to entrance pass holders at the main gate on South Avenue.  Activities will include family picnics, children’s games and several gourmet food trucks.  Live music will include “Mind the Gap” from 5:30-7:00 pm, and the Town Band from 7:00-9:15 pm.  A spectacular fireworks display is scheduled to start soon thereafter. 

Entrance passes are currently on sale for New Canaan residents at $35 per car and are available online through June 28 and in person at the Recreation Department office in Waveny House, Baskin-Robbins, the New Canaan Toy Store, Walter Stewart’s Market and Town Clerk’s Office all through July 3.  A limited number of non-resident passes at $65 per car are available at the Recreation Department Office through July 3.  

Click here to purchase online.  

Contact the New Canaan Recreation Department for any additional information 203-594-3600.

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:20:33 -0400
Kick Off Summer at The Ridgefield Playhouse with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on June 21

Premium Show-only tickets JUST RELEASED!

Kick off summer with dinner, open bar and a great night of live music at The Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Gala, featuring “Late Show” band leader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human on Friday, June 21 – the first day of summer!

The gala, which benefits The Playhouse (a non-profit, 501 (c) (3)), begins at 5:30pm and includes dishes prepared by local restaurants, beverages provided by local brewers, wineries and distilleries and a chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items outside under a tent on the baseball field next to The Playhouse. Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform in the theater at 8pm.

Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. Recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style, he transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique "social music" experiences all over the world. Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Batiste eventually went on to receive both his undergraduate and masters degrees in piano from the Juilliard School and formed his band, Stay Human. This show is part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine & Jazz Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Media sponsor for this show is WFUV.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is grateful for the support of Silver Sponsors: Berisford & Stockel Families, Ann & Steve Carlson, De Clercq Office Group, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan and Lisa & Michael Shinall; Restaurant Sponsors: Atria Senior Living Culinary Chefs, Bareburger, The Cake Box, Odeen’s Barbecue, Some Things Fishy Catering, Southwest Café, Tablao, Tequila Escape, The Village Tavern and Whistle Stop Bakery; Beverage Sponsors: Asylum Distillery, Campari, Corona Premier, Founders Brewing Company, Got Attitude Vodka, Half Full Brewery, Nod Hill Brewery, Pacifico Clara, Pera Wines, Reverie Brewing Company, The Wine Trust, and Treasury Wine Estates; Additional Support by Abbey Tent & Party Rentals, Hollandia Nurseries, Pepsi, Reliance Merchant Services & Reli-Bid.

Band leader, Jon Batiste has performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples. The Louisiana native began as a percussionist in his family’s band The Batiste Brothers Band at the age of eight. He switched to piano at age eleven and in addition to taking classical lessons began transcribing songs from video games such as Streetfighter Alpha and Sonic Hedgehog. He studied with Trombone Shorty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later attended Julliard. He made his debut at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at age 20, producing and performing his own show and went on to conduct music classes and clinics throughout the Netherlands, eventually returning to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For Batiste’s latest album Hollywood Africans he worked with the legendary T Bone Burnett. Batiste states, “The goal was just to collaborate on something that felt authentic to both of us. What we came up with was an intimate, stripped-down portrait of who I am, and the lineage of musicians and performers who are really vital to my work and to his. On this record, I want us to bop, dance, laugh and cry to the sound of the music while we remember our black heroes and wield the superpowers they left us with. Because of them, I don't have to wear a mask. I get to be who I am.”

For tickets ($75- $175) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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Summer Theatre of New Canaan Presents: PIPPIN

Summer Theater of New Canaan presents PIPPIN July 5 - July 28

Thu - Sat 8pm, Sundays at 4pm
Additional performance Wed July 24 8pm

Purchase your tickets here.

The Tony-Award-Winning Broadway Musical and Best Broadway Revival. A musical masterpiece with an unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell). Pippin is the story of a young prince and heir to the throne who longs for passion and adventure in his life. The musical uses the premise of a magical and mysterious troupe of performers, led by the charismatic Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin’s quest.

Music & Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ 

Purchase your tickets here.

56 South Avenue, New Canaan CT  (Open Air Tent Theatre for Performances)

]]> (Summer Theater of New Canaan) Events Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:22:17 -0400
New Canaan Country School Holds Closing Exercises

At New Canaan Country School’s Closing Exercises Wednesday, June 12, Head of School Aaron Cooper encouraged the 38 ninth grade graduates of the Class of 2019 to be brave.

“Fortune truly does favor the brave and the courageous and the bold,” said Mr. Cooper. “Go now from here and, in the words of our mission, make a positive contribution to the world.  It will not be easy and you will have moments of doubt, but I hope you will face those challenges head on, make the courageous choice, and stand up for your beliefs.”

Ninth Grader Cody Comyns of New Canaan delivered the Class Salutation in which he recalled his eagerness to get to school every day, starting in Beginners (Pre-K). “My mother would have to lock the car doors on the way to school to prevent me from running to my homeroom, while the car was still moving,” he said. “This energy and enthusiasm was apparent in almost all of my peers at the time and still is apparent today.”

Dylan Seth of New Canaan presented the Class Reflection. “As we all head out to start our own journeys and begin to start our life outside of the circle, always remember how much stronger we all are when we come together in kindness, acceptance, and believing in the power of each other's differences and uniqueness,” she said.

Class of 2019 graduate Ellie Walker of Darien received the Gamble Award, which is presented to the student who exemplifies, to the highest measure, the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Amitav Nott of New Canaan received the Johansen Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who most exemplifies the qualities of care and concern for others, compassion and a sense of community.

The Class of 2019 will attend the following secondary schools:

Berkshire School, Blair Academy, Brien McMahon High School, Brunswick School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Darien High School, Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich Academy, Holderness School, King School, The Loomis Chaffee School, Marymount School of New York, Middlesex School, Millbrook School, Miss Porter's School, New Canaan High School, Norwalk High School, Phillips Academy Andover, Rye Country Day School, St. Luke's School, St. Paul's School, The Taft School, Westhill High School, and Westminster School.

The Class of 2019 includes:

Alex Almeida of New Canaan, Andrew Almeida of New Canaan, Caroline Blouin of Darien, Margaret Boeschenstein of New Canaan, Stanley Bright of New Canaan, Nikolas Cadoret of Stamford, Cody Comyns of New Canaan, Ravi Conway of Stamford, Carl Coridon of Stamford, Anthony Crossman of Stamford, Paige Davis of New Canaan, Jack DeGulis of Darien, Peter Diorio of West Redding, Lindsay Ferretti of Darien, Charlie Gosk of Darien, Ellie Hanson of New Canaan, Evan Hayes of New Canaan, Logan Johnson of New Canaan, Bridget Keogh of New Canaan, Kyle Latimer of Darien, Layla Magnusen of Norwalk, Gigi Morgan of Darien, Himani Narayan of Norwalk, Amitav Nott of New Canaan, Sydney Osinloye of Norwalk, Reed Parmelee of New Canaan, Mason Pratt of Trumbull, Noah Rizvi of New Canaan, Ella Schoonmaker of Darien, Dylan Seth of New Canaan, Anna Sheridan of New Canaan, Daniela Soto of Stamford, Gwen Thompson of Darien, Ellie Walker of Darien, Connor Walsh of Wilton, Seth Yoo of Pound Ridge, Ella Zea of New Canaan and Mason Zea of New Canaan.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9. Located on a 75-acre campus at 635 Frogtown Rd in New Canaan, the school provides transportation to families living in Westchester and Fairfield counties. For more information, please visit


]]> (Communications at Country school) Neighbors Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:42:02 -0400
Police Search Hartford Trash Facility, Body of Water in Avon for Jennifer Dulos

New Canaan Police say, "We will not rest until we find Jennifer" - Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement Work Tirelessly to Find Mom of 5

Today, Friday, June 14, Connecticut State Police continue to search the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) in Hartford for evidence related to the disappearance of Jennifer, and the Connecticut State Police Dive Team continues to search a body of water located on Old Farms Road in Avon, Connecticut.

On May 24, 2019, at approximately 6:59 PM, the New Canaan Police Department received a report of a missing person. The missing person was identified as Jennifer Dulos (“Jennifer”), age 50, a New Canaan resident and the mother of five children.

Since receiving the initial call that Jennifer was missing on May 24, 2019, the New Canaan Police Department Patrol Division and Investigative Section partnered with the Connecticut State Police Western District and Central District Major Crime Squads, Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, the Stamford/Norwalk State’s Attorney and other Connecticut law enforcement agencies. Working around the clock, this law enforcement team launched a missing person and a criminal investigation. This team continues to explore all leads and tips as we search for Jennifer.

Information from the public has aided this investigation. Investigators have received over 600 tips regarding the disappearance of Jennifer and nearly 80 responses with video surveillance from homes or businesses.

We urge everyone with information regarding Jennifer’s disappearance to contact us.

In addition to the tip line, 203-594-3544, tips and information regarding Jennifer’s disappearance can be sent to and submitted anonymously at

Our multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team is committed to
(1) Finding Jennifer and
(2) Bringing those responsible for Jennifer’s disappearance to justice.

We will not rest until we find Jennifer.

]]> (New Canaan Police) Public safety Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:31:16 -0400
Family and Friends of Missing New Canaan Mom, Jennifer Dulos Release Statement

Statement from Carrie Luft on behalf of the family and friends of Jennifer Dulos

Jennifer Farber Dulos, mother of five, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend, has now been missing from New Canaan, CT, for more than two and a half weeks. The towns of New Canaan, Farmington, and Avon have responded to Jennifer’s disappearance with a steady stream of love. These gestures of empathy and kinship have helped keep us going.

As the news cycle propels the story of Jennifer’s disappearance forward, we must not lose sight of the enormous human cost of this tragedy: five young children have not seen their mother in 18 days. Jennifer is the constant presence in their lives. She has sole physical custody and has devoted her full energies to their care and happiness.

Jennifer’s family, friends, and above all her children are living in limbo—missing her embrace, her lilting laugh, her bedtime backrubs, her gentle strength. Please know that the children are safe and loved and supported in every respect. But more than anything in the world, they long to know where their mother is.

Someone has information about Jennifer’s disappearance or her whereabouts. The New Canaan Police Department has created a website,, and a dedicated email address, If you have any information at all, no matter how small, please email or call the New Canaan Police tip line at (203) 594-3544.

Our deepest thanks go out to the forces of the New Canaan and Connecticut State police for their ongoing and exhaustive efforts to locate Jennifer. Thank you also to every single person who has called in a tip. Keep the information coming. Please help us find Jennifer.

]]> (New Canaan Police) Public safety Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:21:35 -0400
New Canaan Resident Jasim Haneef Graduates from Ridgefield Academy

Last Wednesday, June 12, Ridgefield Academy graduated 26 members of the Class of 2019 during a beautiful outdoor ceremony in RA’s Graduation Garden. Eleven of the graduates were “lifers”, having attended RA since Kindergarten.

Tom Main, Head of School addressed the audience by saying, “The Class of 2019 will exist for me as a class, in perpetuity, of what an RA class can aspire to be. This group is intellectually accomplished, socially conscious, athletically talented, artistic, and clever. They have a lot of fun and truly enjoy each other.”

Tradition runs deep at Ridgefield Academy and it was evident during commencement. Each graduate processed to the stage with his or her “Kindergarten Buddy” and spoke to the audience about their RA journey, its meaning to them, and how it has prepared them to approach future academic and life experiences.

The ceremony concluded as the Class of 2019 recessed down the aisle and one by one rang the Patriot Bell for the last time, signifying the end of their days at RA and the beginning of new life adventures. In his closing remarks, Mr. Main had a message for the graduates and said, “The high school education you are about to begin is full of opportunity and will require your very best. I want to impart to you four pieces of advice: 1. Take risks over the next four years; 2. Be involved and pursue things that you are passionate about and that interest you; 3. Be in charge of your own life; and 4. Continue to concentrate on developing into a person of character, integrity and generosity. Value the successes, the memories, the friends, the fun, the challenges you have overcome, the obstacles you have conquered, the risks you have already taken and use them as the foundation for the next four years and beyond. Good luck and best wishes Class of 2019! I look forward to hearing about your new experiences.”

RA’s Class of 2019 will go on to attend private day schools (eight), local public high schools (three), and boarding schools (six). Congratulations to all RA graduates and best wishes for futures filled with success.

The graduates were not the only ones celebrated. Ridgefield Academy also honored two of its families, Eric and Nancy Heaton and David and Lucy Heaton, with the James P. Heus Distinguished Service Award for their extraordinary dedication and service to Ridgefield Academy. Eric Heaton is currently on the Board of Trustees and served as Chair from 2015-2018. His wife Nancy was the RAPA President from 2012-14, served in several RAPA Vice President roles, managed the school store and chaired several Fall Family Days. Together, Eric and Nancy chaired the Patriot Legacy Fund in its inception year of 2016. David Heaton is a current Board of Trustees member and has held the position of Board Treasurer for the last 4 years. His wife, Lucy has participated in school focus groups, has been a huge supporter of the arts, and a dedicated parent of RA. Both Heaton families have sons in this year’s graduating class.

Ridgefield Academy is a coeducational, private day school for students from Preschool through Grade 8. Founded in 1975, the school cultivates a love of learning and preparedness for advanced academics. For more information, please visit

]]> (Ashley Moran) Neighbors Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:08:41 -0400
Area Retailers & Restaurants to Make Waves in Fight Against Cancer with Swim Across America Fairfield County

Mark your calendar for the third annual “Make Waves Day” on Thursday, June 20 in Stamford, with area restaurants and retailers. This annual event is a community fundraising initiative with Swim Across America Fairfield County to help raise funds for groundbreaking cancer gene therapy research.

Participating retailers and restaurants will contribute a portion of their sales from June 20 to Swim Across America Fairfield County. Many donate up to 10-to-20 percent, but each participant is free to decide which portion of the day’s sales are donated and can specify hours of the promotion. The funds raised go to directly to Swim Across America Fairfield County and its local beneficiary, Stamford-based Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research. To see a complete list of participating retailers and restaurants in the Swim Across America Make Waves Day, visit

Greenwich businesses will be supported with a banner across Greenwich Avenue from June 10 to 24 to promote the event and the Swim Across America Fairfield County open water swim, taking place on June 22. More than 300 swimmers and 100 volunteers participate in the open water swim and all "make waves” in the fight against cancer!

“We are very excited about this year’s ‘Make Waves Day’ and what it means for the Greenwich community,” said Nancy Carr, co-chair of Swim Across America and the mastermind behind this event. “We created the ‘Make Waves Day’ a few years ago for those of us that don’t swim. I wasn’t a swimmer, but I sadly know too many whose lives have been touched by cancer and I wanted to do something to help raise money to fight this disease. Inviting area retailers and restaurants to participate in this fun day was an easy way to get more involved. The event has grown over the past several years to include retailers and restaurants throughout Greenwich, Stamford, Westport and New Canaan.”

“It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm and participation for what we are doing grow,” said Michele Graham, the swim’s other co-chair and parent of a young adult cancer survivor. “Everyone wants to get involved and the ‘Make Waves Day’ and it is great to see the whole community helping.”

To learn more about the Swim Across America Fairfield County “Make Waves Day,” and help fight cancer, please contact either Debbie Dunster at or Lindsay Stafford at To learn more about Swim Across America Fairfield County, visit

]]> (Swim Across America Fairfield County) Charities Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:39:30 -0400