Newcanaan's HamletHub Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:50:49 -0500 New Canaan Nature Center Summer Camp Kickoff on March 4

New Canaan Nature Center Summer Camp Kickoff on March 4 from 9am to 4pm

Our camp programs aim to get children and youth unplugged from indoor activities through exciting, hands-on explorations in the outdoors. Our action-packed Summer Camp emphasizes fun experiences that give children an opportunity to simply “be a kid” while exploring the marvels of nature and making friends. Weekly themes inspire young adventurers at age-appropriate levels as they learn and play amidst our 40 acres of ponds, fields, and forest. Budding scientists uncover the mysteries of the natural world while adventure-seekers learn wilderness skills and experience the exhilaration of the great outdoors!

Learn more here.

Questions? Email: or call 203 966 9577 x1018

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Connecticut Brewers Guild Eager to Work with State Lawmakers on Creating More Local Jobs

The Connecticut Brewers Guild wants to increase awareness on their eagerness to continue working closely with state lawmakers and others to help the booming craft brew industry to create even more good-paying jobs, bolster local craft beer production, and to increase direct-to-consumer sales.

Phil Pappas, the executive director of the Connecticut Brewers Guild -- which is the leading organization in the state with a mission to protect and promote independent Connecticut craft breweries -- said that a lot of progress has been made in recent years, but there’s a lot more work to be done to ensure the industry continues to grow and thrive statewide.

“In 2012, when the Connecticut Brewers Guild was founded, there were around 12 craft breweries statewide,” said Pappas. “Now, our state’s booming craft brewery scene has more than 85 operational breweries with many more in the planning stages. These craft breweries -- all of which are independently owned -- employ over 4,600 people statewide, produce more than 166,000 barrels of locally brewed craft beer, and contribute to an overall economic impact of $746 million annually.”

Breweries in the New Canaan area include:

Name Location Phone Websitetest
Aspetuck Brew Labs 3389 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport (203) 540-5555
Athletic Brewing Company 350 Long Beach Blvd, Stratford (203) 273-0422
Beaver Beer Co 307 Greens Farms Rd, Westport
Broken Symmetry Gastro Brewery 5 Depot Pl, Bethel (203) 731-1735
Charter Oak Brewing Company 39B Shelter Rock Road
Fairfield Craft Ales 724 Honeyspot Rd, Stratford (203) 296-2530
Half Full Brewery 43 Homestead Ave, Stamford (203) 274-8788
Hammer & Nail Brewing Trumbull (203) 240-4987
Iron Brewing Company 136 Washington St, Norwalk (203) 354-4010
Lock City Brewing 54 Research Dr, Stamford (203) 313-6454
Nod Hill Brewery 137 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield (203) 617-1191
The Redding Beer Company 7 Main St, Redding (203) 587-9000
Two Roads Brewing Co 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford 203.335.2010
Veracious Brewing Company 246 Main St, Monroe (203) 880-5670

Pappas added: “Connecticut’s growing craft beer industry has been helped by state lawmakers providing a relatively healthy regulatory environment. We thank state lawmakers for their support to date, and now more than ever -- in an increasingly competitive state-by-state landscape -- we need a renewed commitment to strengthen our industry, which is a bright spot in Connecticut’s economy. Moving forward, we hope to work with state lawmakers and others to create even more local jobs, increase local craft beer production, and drive additional direct-to-consumer sales.”

This year, Connecticut craft breweries experienced a small win after two legislators proposed bills that were anti-craft brewery growth (P.B. 742 and P.B. 6658). After immense public pressure, and within 48 hours of them being posted to the Connecticut General Assembly’s website (, the two lawmakers withdrew their names from each proposal.

“As the 2019 legislative session kicks into high gear, independently owned craft breweries look forward to working with business leaders and elected officials from across the state,” said Pappas. “We also look forward to working with representatives from the wholesaler, distributor, retailer, brewpub, and restaurant communities, to positively impact our state’s small businesses and economy both today and tomorrow.”

Pappas added: “Our Connecticut Brewers Guild members strive every single day to produce the highest quality, best-tasting craft beer in the market. We consistently seek out ways to improve our product, utilize locally sourced ingredients, generate jobs, support local businesses while cultivating fun experiences for customers on-premise and off-premise.”

About the Connecticut Craft Brewers Guild

Founded in 2012, the goal of the CT Brewers Guild is to further promote our local breweries, move forward on Guild Member initiatives that foster profitability, and increase public awareness of all in-state breweries and legislative actions. As of 2017, Connecticut craft breweries employ over 4,600 people statewide, produce more than 166,000 barrels of beer, contributing to an overall economic impact of $746 million annually. To learn more, visit

]]> (Brett Broesder) Places Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:59:13 -0500
Kiwanis Club of New Canaan Plans St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Social

Join the Kiwanis Club of New Canaan for an authentic St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and party on Saturday, March 17 at St. Aloysius School Hall (33 South Ave) from 5 to 7pm.

Entertainment will include Irish Dancers and music along with a traditional St. Patrick’s day dinner corned beef and cabbage, as well as kid-friendly fare.

Tickets available for purchase at Baskin Robbins, NC Chamber of Commerce, Walter Stewart’s Market, Nurenu Brand Marketing or any Kiwanis member

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On February 28, 430 Fairfield County Nonprofits Will Appeal to Your Kindness

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is Just A Few Days Away

Uniting the community to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors is the goal of Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019. In just a few days, the region’s largest and most exciting and impactful philanthropic event will take place.  At the stroke of midnight on February 28th and for the next 24 hours, 430 nonprofits throughout the region will be reaching out to you seeking to encourage your donations, create awareness about the amazing work they do and compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.  

Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Giving Day 2019 is celebrating its sixth year and has become an annual opportunity when a donation of as little as $10 benefits nonprofits across the region.  Fairfield County nonprofits provide a safety net for our most vulnerable residents, increase access to housing and educational opportunities for youth and adults, enrich Fairfield County with arts and culture and much more.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with champion sponsor Bank of America and a host of partners and sponsors, are Giving Day’sdriving forces. “Fairfield County Giving Day is an incredible opportunity to unite our neighbors, colleagues and partners to benefit local nonprofits,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market President, Bank of America.  “As a proud sponsor since its inception, Bank of America is committed to supporting hundreds of vital organizations that serve as the cornerstones of our communities.”

The excitement of Giving Day officially begins on February 28th, when individuals go to and make donations of $10 or more to the nonprofit or cause closest to their heart. Giving Day is a unique opportunity for every one of us to do something good for the community and our neighbors.

As a result of the community’s enthusiasm and generosity over the past five years, Fairfield County Giving Day has raised nearly $6 million for more than 746 nonprofits. “We have only a few short days to go until Giving Day 2019! The countdown is on and it is thrilling! The Community Foundation, the incredible nonprofit participants, our outstanding partners and sponsors in the business and media communities and all the individuals who care about our community and donate to their favorite causes make this day a whirlwind of possibilities,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “Giving Day is truly that one special day when we all unite for a greater good. Remember, together we thrive!” 

If you can’t wait until February 28th to help your favorite nonprofit, you have until 11:59 pm ET on February 22, 2019 to enter the WHY I GIVE! Contest by creating a video and help your favorite nonprofits today. Entering is easy. Here’s how WHY I GIVE works:

1.     Using your smartphone or other video recorder, create a short video of 60 seconds or less sharing your heartfelt message about WHY YOU GIVE to your favorite local nonprofit participating in Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019. Be sure to mention only ONE nonprofit per video. For a list of participating nonprofits,

2.     Upload the video to your Facebook page and in the body of your post be sure to include the following tags and hashtag:
• Use the hashtag #WhyIGive19
• Tag the nonprofit you mention in your video if they are on Facebook
• Tag Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (@fccfoundation)

3.     Spread the word! Get your Facebook fans and followers to “Like” your video. The video with the most likes will win!

The eligible video entry which receives the most “likes” on Facebook will receive a special $2,500 grant, courtesy of Bank of America.

Giving Day 2019’s partners and sponsors join Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s fundraising 24-hour marathon to empower the community at large and encourage local philanthropy. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is proud to partner with champion sponsor, Bank of America, for the sixth year in a row. Giving Day’s Media Partner – Hearst Connecticut Media Group and media sponsors including Moffly Media; Star 99.9 and 95.9 the Fox; Hamlet Hub; Barrett Outdoor and News12 Connecticut; Neighborhood sponsors including NEWMAN’s OWN Foundation and Stop & Shop; Power Hour sponsor, The Jeniam Foundation and Town Square sponsors including Neuberger Berman; Webster Private Bank; Day Pitney; First County Bank and Insperity and Event sponsors, The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Source Coffeehouse and Ratatouille & Co are dedicated to the greater community of nonprofits in Fairfield County and powers the success of Giving Day. 

With over $100,000 in prizes at stake for Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019, everyone is encouraged to visit, again and again, to help their favorite nonprofit win and win BIG. Fairfield County, get ready to “give where you live”! Your gift – whatever the size – will help nonprofits. Set your alarm for midnight on February 28th and tell your family, friends and co-workers to join us!

]]> (Helen Koven) Charities Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:48:22 -0500
New Canaan Area Florists and Landscapers will be Represented at the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show will take place from February 21 through February 24 at Connecticut Convention Center

Spring arrives in February at the Connecticut Convention Center! Explore over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books, garden equipment & much more. View beautifully landscaped gardens and stop by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut design & horticulture competition. We also offer over 80 hours of seminars and demonstrations across a variety of topics. There will also be over 80 hours of seminars and demonstrations. Bring your families along as there are plenty of things to do for all ages!

Come and support the local florists and landscapers in the New Canaan area that will be present.  Below is a list of a few of them:

Type Company City
Exhibitor Connecticut Gardener Magazine Greens Farms
Exhibitor Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, LLC Greenwich
Exhibitor Southern Belle Products, LLC Redding
Landscaper Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, LLC Greenwich

Click here for a list of exhibitors.

The times for the event are:

  • February 21-24, 2019
  • Thursday: 10a – 7p
  • Friday: 10a – 8p
  • Saturday: 10a – 8p
  • Sunday: 10a – 5p

Tickets are only available at the door. Prices are as follows:

  • $18 – Adult General Admission
  • $16 – Seniors (Thursday & Friday Only)
  • $5 – Children 5-12
  • FREE – Children under 5

Connecticut Convention Center is located at 100 Columbus Blvd in Hartford, CT. Learn more about this colorful show here.

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Go Green or Go Home! St. Patrick’s Day in the Nutmeg State

Connecticut residents can bask in St. Patrick’s Day glory by Parade hopping in the state! Below is a list of Parades and celebrations throughout the Nutmeg State beginning with the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 2.

Don your green and enjoy these outdoor celebrations that pay tribute to the Irish heritage. We have provided a link where you can get additional information about each event and recommend you visit the Parade website for important details.


Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 2 and feature Grand Marshal Polly O’Brien Morrow.


The 6th annual Norwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will take place on Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m.After the parade, a street festival, complete with live music by a folk rock band, will take place.

Greater Hartford

Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade is planned for Saturday, March 9 beginning at 11 a.m.  The parade begins at Capitol Avenue by the State Capitol, takes a left on Main Street, a left on Asylum, a left on Ford Street, and then ends by the Memorial Arch. If you can not make it downtown, the parade will be broadcast live on FOX CT WTIC-TV beginning at 11:30 a.m.


Essex Go Bragh Parade & Festival is planned for Saturday, March 9. The Parade will step of from the Essex Town Hall at 10:30am, led by 2019 Grand Marshals John & Judy Heister.


Milford's St. Patrick' Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.

Greater New Haven

The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade will steps off at 1:30 am on Sunday, March 10.

Greater Bridgeport

Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place at noon on Friday March 15. Peter Carroll is the 2019 Grand Marshal.  The marchers will travel through downtown Bridgeport, beginning at Harbor Yard, continuing up Broad Street to Fairfield Avenue and return to Harbor Yard via Main Street.

New London St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 17.


On March 24, the Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. from Greenwich Town Hall.


Meriden’s St. Patrick's Day Parade is planned for Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm. The Parade begins on East Main St./Parker Ave. intersection and concludes at the West Main St./Bradley Ave. intersection.


The Mystic Irish Parade will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm. Mystic Fire Chief Frank (Fritz) Hilbert will be the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Mystic Irish Parade. Hilbert has served as a firefighter for 48 years and as Mystic Fire Chief for 30 years.

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:39:26 -0500
We Salute Entrepreneurs in New Canaan During National Entrepreneurship Week!

Empowering the nation’s entrepreneurial ecosystem - February 17-23, 2019

National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally-chartered initiative founded in 2006. From February 17 through February 23, from large corporations to small businesses, we celebrate innovation!

New Canaan entrepreneurs are invited to get inspired and empowered during National Entrepreneurship Week by engaging in Webinars, all devoted to small business owners. Click here for a list of National Entrepreneurship Week events and activities.

If you are a startup company in New Canaan, or have a business idea you’d like to pitch to an established industry professional, look no further than SCORE!  This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. And, because SCORE is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to their network of 10,000 volunteers, SCORE is able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

SCORE has over 320 offices across the nation and 42 right here in Connecticut to help you in your New Canaan entrepreneurs.  Here is a list of SCORE offices and associated phone numbers closest to New Canaan:

Place Address Phone
Main Office 155 Deer Hill Avenue, c/o Danbury City Hall (203) 794-1404
Ridgefield Library 472 Main Street (203) 794-1404
Main Office 111 East Avenue, Suite 317 (203) 831-0065
Danbury Innovation Center 158 Main Street, --- In the Innovation Center. --- Entrance on Bank Street, south side of building 203-794-1404
Newtown Municipal Center 3 Primrose Street, ---In the Newtown Municipal Center ---Fairfield HIlls Campus 203-794-1404
Western Connecticut State University - The ERIC Innovation Center 43 Lake Avenue Extension, - ERIC is across the street from the stands of the football stadium. 203-794-1404
Fairfield Library 1080 Old Post Road 203-831-0065
Greenwich Library 101 West Putnam Ave. 203-831-0065
HCC Branch Office 900 LAFAYETTE BLVD STE 337 203-831-0065
Shelton Office - Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce 10 Progress Drive, 2nd floor 203-831-0065
Milford Chamber of Commerce - First Tuesday of Month 5 Broad Street

Click here for a full list of all SCORE offices.

In addition to meeting in person, SCORE offers easy face-to-face video technologies like Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime to connect directly with an experienced SCORE mentor no matter where you're located. Click here to learn more.

Here at HamletHub, we salute entrepreneurs during National Entrepreneurship Week and thank the many SCORE mentors for building and sustaining our entrepreneurship ecosystem.


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Lamont to Small Businesses: Connecticut Wants To Be Your Partner, Not Your Roadblock

Governor Proposes Initiatives Aimed at Cutting Down on Business Paperwork and Fees

Governor Ned Lamont today announced two proposals that will cut down on paperwork and fees for businesses across state. One proposal will eliminate a $250 biannual fee businesses are required to pay, along with certain filing requirements. The other proposal begins the process of digitizing services between agencies and residents. Both initiatives are designed to help make it easier for businesses to focus on development and innovation and alleviate administrative burdens.

“Over and over again, I’ve heard the same refrain – it’s not easy to do business with the State of Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “How can we try to build and stabilize our economy if businesses don’t feel as though we’re listening? These proposals will help the seventeen Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Connecticut, just as they will help the start-up company and the mom-and-pop shop down the street. This is the beginning of our work with the business community – not the end – but I hope these proposals send a powerful message to entrepreneurs, small business owners and CEOs alike: Connecticut state government wants to be your partner, not your roadblock.”

Governor Lamont is proposing to eliminate the $250 business entity tax that businesses are required to file every other year, along with a corresponding application.

He is also proposing the creation of a Connecticut Digital Service that reflects residents’ comfort with and expectation of a seamless digital experience. Housed within the Department of Administrative Services, the new digital service will work with all agencies to move their interactions with businesses and residents to the cloud, providing a digital one-stop-shop for residents and businesses. One of the goals is to advance cost-saving changes to digital procurement to avoid purchasing over-priced, underperforming IT systems. Further, as the current generation of IT professionals retires, it begins to modernize Connecticut’s digital workforce to support more rapid forms of technology delivery.

The initiatives will be included in the budget proposal that the governor will deliver to the General Assembly on February 20.


]]> (David Bednarz) Politics Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:00:00 -0500
Be Heart-Healthy New Canaan! February is American Heart Month

There’s no better time to take control of your health New Canaan! February is American Heart Month and the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is putting a spotlight on the impact that high blood cholesterol can have on the heart.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

The CDC reminds residents that high blood cholesterol can be hard to detect, as it often shows no signs or symptoms. “Cholesterol should be checked starting early in life—even children and adolescents should have their cholesterol checked,” the CDC says.

Here are some health screening resources for New Canaan residents, many of which offer services for free. We recommend you call ahead to assure the center is open and to find out the screenings available:

Name Location Phone Website Hours Per Week
Health Center 120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk 203-899-1770 52
Norwalk Smiles At Ben Franklin - Sbhc 165 Flax Hill Rd, Norwalk 203-299-0847 24
Mobile Van #1 120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk 203-899-1770 20

According to the CDC, cholesterol testing should be done:

  • Once between ages 9 and 11 (before puberty)
  • Once between ages 17 and 21 (after puberty)
  • Every 4 to 6 years in adulthood

The CDC invites you to join the DHDSP throughout February and beyond by starting important conversations about your heart health. “Talk with your loved ones and health care team about how you can prevent and manage high blood cholesterol,” they say.

Prior to getting your cholesterol screening, take note of these five questions you should ask your doctor about your cholesterol.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Neighbors Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:28:04 -0500
New Canaan's Encore Club hosts Winter Luncheon

The Encore Club of New Canaan Committee Chairs -- Meg Petersen, Pat Timberlake and Christina Fagerstal (l-r)-- have organized a luncheon at Pesca Peruvian Bistro in New Canaan on Thursday, March 7.  Pesca is new to town and was recently written up in New Canaan-Darien Magazine, touted as “Best New Bites."  The event’s speaker will be Susan Theriot, who will talk about health, wellness and fitness.

Guests are welcome to attend the luncheon, along with a member or on their own as a way to learn about the Club. Encore is a social club founded in 1985 by a group of New Canaan women looking to pursue friendship through a variety of activities. Membership is ongoing throughout the year and open to all women who reside in New Canaan and the surrounding area. Activities include Book Group, Hiking, Bridge, Critics Corner movie night, summer golf and tennis, as well as couples cocktail parties and more.

To learn more about Encore, visit Club members can sign up through the website and guests are asked to RSVP by calling Meg Petersen at 203-231-6435.

]]> (M.Erickson) Events Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:01:46 -0500
RIFF's 2019 Academy Awards Screening Gala Sparkles on Sunday, February 24

 RIFF's Academy Awards Screening Gala on Sunday, February 24 beginning at 7:00 PM at The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield

Purchase your ticket ($75) here.

It’s time to roll out the red carpet and pop the champagne! The excitement and glamour of Hollywood comes to Ridgefield on Sunday, February 24 when the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival hosts its annual Oscars® Screening Gala at the elegant Lounsbury House. Guests will celebrate the best in film and enjoy a fabulous star-studded evening as RIFF kicks off its 2019 season.  

The evening will be co-hosted by Westport’s 17-time New York Times best-selling author Jane Green, and the hilarious (and considerably toned-down!) Lisa Lampanelli who has rebranded herself “The Queen of Meaning.”

“With the lack of a formal host for the Academy Awards show in Hollywood, we thought we’d fill the void this year and include not just one, but two celebrity guest-hosts at the RIFF gala,” says Festival Director, Megan Smith-Harris. “Lisa and Jane are good friends in real life, so it made perfect sense to blend their respective senses of humor for the festivities. We’re honestly not sure what either of them is going to say or do, but we know whatever it is, it’s going to be a lot fun. Jane and Lisa will definitely add an extra sense of playfulness to an already fabulous evening.”

Guests will walk the red carpet, enjoy a special menu of passed hors d‘oeuvres, along with signature cocktails, beer, and wine and watch the Academy Awards® ceremony on multiple big screens. Other highlights of the evening include a silent auction, movie trivia, prize draws, a complimentary popcorn and candy concession stand, a 3-D digital Green Screen photo booth. Musician Jerold Goldstein will play standards and movie-themed music during the cocktail hour.

The silent auction offers unique items including one-of-a-kind collectible Hollywood memorabilia, tickets to a variety of shows and concerts, custom jewelry, original art by Ridgefielders Spencer Eldridge and Paul Siegel, vintage wines and spirits, the opportunity to drive a monster truck, and much more. Jane Green has offered to include the name of the highest bidder as a character in her next novel. Lisa Lampanelli has offered a VIP package to her upcoming show at the Ridgefield Playhouse as well as four one-on-one Life Coaching sessions. State Senator Will Haskell is donating a tour of the State House as well as a private lunch.

Don’t miss this much-anticipated red-carpet event. Tickets are available at

The evening’s venue sponsor is Lounsbury House and the event is sponsored by Edward and Catherine Romer, TownVibe Media, HamletHub, Nicholson Events, Rodier Flowers, Some Things Fishy, and the Cake Box.

Questions? email RIFF Festival Director Megan Smith-Harris –

Purchase your tickets ($75) and walk the red carpet here.

Purchase your tickets ($75) and walk the red carpet here.

]]> (RIFF) Neighbors Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:32:34 -0500
Master the Green: 2-putt greens will be the rule rather than a miracle for 2019

Spring is around the corner, now is the time to be Master the Green

Master of the Green brings the green, aids, and expertise to your home. When we’re done and you’ve practiced the basics at home, 2-putt greens will be the rule rather than a miracle for 2019.

Why hasn’t the average handicap for amateurs improved in 100 years? Because golfers try to fix bad swings and wild putts while playing. Why? They’re too busy living to go to a practice range most days.

Fixing a slice or improving putting on the course cannot work, you’re focused on scoring. Is there a remedy for much of what generates those gargantuan numbers? Yes.

First, most rewarding (for your scorecard), is putting. Amateurs waste more strokes on the green than anywhere else. Half of the shots in a round are on the green.

How hard do you hit a putt to make it go, say, 20 feet – on a relatively flat green – five times in a row – +/- 6 inches? If you played 18-20 rounds a month, 11 months a year, you’d know the answer.

Suppose, however, taking a 7-inch backswing would hit that 20 feet time after time after time? That you can master, and remember how to use, without ever setting foot on a golf course. Really?

A simple home practice station in your hallway or basement, a few minutes most days before bedtime – you’re there. I spent 15+ years researching and working with busy people making that work. You want to master the greens for 2019, start now.

We bring the green, aids, and expertise to your home. When we’re done and you’ve practiced the basics at home, 2-putt greens will be the rule rather than a miracle for 2019.

Call Joe at (203) 917-8306 or email

Click here –  see it.

]]> (Joe Lane) Neighbors Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:56:00 -0500
Research your Ancestry with Toni McKeen at New Canaan Library

Research your Ancestry with Toni McKeen at New Canaan Library on Saturday, February 23 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Women can be elusive in ancestry searches, as they often disappear under husbands’ surnames. In this discussion, learn how to narrow the search.

TONI MCKEEN has taught genealogy courses for the last 14 years in her hometown of Ridgefield, CT. She has taught over 4,000 hours of genealogy courses at Founders Hall in Ridgefield as well as Redding, Bronxville and Mamaroneck. Toni is a popular lecturer at various genealogy societies in the New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Boston and Long Island areas.

Learn more and register HERE.

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New Canaan Residents Can Preserve Their Favorite Trail by Nominating it as an Official Connecticut Greenway

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council today announced they are now soliciting nominations for official state greenway designations. Residents of New Canaan can nominate their favorite greenway by downloading this form and emailing it to

A “Greenway” is a corridor of open space which meets the criteria defined here.

“Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternative transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development. Greenways make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history while cultivating town pride,” said DEEP Commissioner-designee Katie Dykes. “The Connecticut Greenways Council encourages municipalities to embrace the designation process to facilitate sustainable development, enhancement, and preservation of these special places.”

As an example, here are the CT Greenways within 20 miles of New Canaan:

Mianus River Greenway (Greenwich/Stamford)
Mill River Greenway, Stamford
Norwalk Heritage Greenway
Norwalk River Valley Linear Trail
Pequonnock/Housatonic Railbed Greenway
The Ives Trail, Danbury

For a map of all the greenways in CT, please click here. For more details about the above greenways, click here.

An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition of a greenway, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives.  Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants.  There are currently approximately 75 designated greenways in Connecticut.

The Greenways Council will evaluate all nominated greenways for consistency with designation criteria.  Those selected for designation will be announced by the Greenways Council in conjunction with their National Trails Day event in June.

The nomination form is available as a word document or a PDF.  The preferred method for submission of completed nomination forms is by e-mail to, and digital photos and maps are preferred (digital photos of hard copy maps are acceptable).  Nominations may also be submitted on CD or other electronic storage device and can be mailed to Laurie Giannotti, CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. The deadline for submission of nominations is April 26, 2019.

For more information please visit

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Thu, 14 Feb 2019 02:21:07 -0500
New Canaan Drivers In Love With Lower Gas Prices this Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and, according to AAA Connecticut, New Canaan drivers continue their love affair with declining gas prices in The Nutmeg State. “Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular in Connecticut averages $2.45, down 3 cents compared to this time last week and 30 cents lower compared to this time last year,” says AAA Connecticut.

Nationally, things are not synonymous with the lower local prices at the pump. There are several reasons sparking an increase in national prices, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Frigid temps enveloping much of the nation have prompted a decline in consumer demand,” she said. “Couple that drop with ongoing refinery maintenance and cheaper crude oil prices, and drivers are seeing slightly higher prices at the pump.” The good news, however, is Connecticut prices haven’t yet reversed its downward trend, she added.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

Greater Bridgeport - $2.56

Lower Fairfield County - $2.53

New Haven/Meriden - $2.46

Greater Hartford - $2.38  

New London/Norwich - $2.49

Windham/Middlesex - $2.43

Statewide Average:  $2.45

Today, Arkansas and Missouri both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.96 and $1.97, respectively.  California and Hawaii continue to trade places each week with the highest prices at $3.27 and $3.25, respectively. Connecticut moved down to the 10th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Average gas prices may be obtained daily through

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