Newcanaan's HamletHub Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:05:56 -0500 Christmas Wine Tasting with Stewart's Wine & Spirits on Thursday

New Canaan Library Announces "A Christmas Tasting with Stewart’s Wine & Spirits" on Thursday, December 13 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

‘Tis the season of celebrations and toasting to friends and family! Interested in learning more about selecting the right spirits to complement the delicious fare you’re offering? Join New Canaan Library and Stewart’s Wine & Spirits for an evening sampler of delicious reds, light whites, a gluten-free cider or beer, and if we’re lucky, bubbles. Speak to the experts from Stewart’s Wine & Spirits and make the right choices.

Learn more here. Register to attend here.

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Meet New Canaan's Mallory Ehlers, Advanced Math & Science Student at King School

King School's Advanced Math and Science Research (AMSR) Program: Spotlight on Mallory Ehlers '19

Mallory Ehlers, New Canaan resident and senior, is one of four students in the King School's Advanced Mathematics and Science Research (AMSR) Program and she is very excited to have been given this opportunity. Each year, a small group of students who clearly demonstrate an ability and interest in achieving true excellence within science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics will be selected for independent study and competition preparation, and/or a laboratory research experience, based on the rigorous standards of AMSR.

Mallory is working with Dr. Jan Grimm, M.D., Ph.D., a physician scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Working alongside graduate students at Weill Cornell Medical College, Mallory's work focuses on the development of novel and innovative molecular imaging approaches for cancer diagnostics, primarily based on activatable imaging agents. These approaches combine and utilize modern biology, nanotechnology, chemistry, and physics with modern imaging methods (MRI, optical imaging, PET, and Cerenkov) to create novel imaging agents that allow much earlier detection and improved therapy monitoring of cancer.

Mallory spent 40 hours per week for nine weeks last summer at the Grimm Lab and spends 2-3 hours per week during the school year. Her project involves studying and researching new ways to transport medication to prostate, breast, and colon cancer tumors without causing additional harm to the patient, as is often the case with current chemotherapy methods. She is studying a transport technique that involves loading medications onto ferumoxytol (iron oxide) particles and then treating different cells lines with these loaded nanoparticles. Mallory comments, "I cannot explain the rush I felt from using the results of one test to find the next step in my research process. As I form graphs with the data points I collect, I see the hours of ideas and hypotheses fuse to form decipherable results and next steps that I need to take."

Towards the end of the summer, Mallory began working with a new drug: Catechin. Catechin, a natural antioxidant found in green tea, has never been used in the United States and has never been tested with the transport technique she is studying. Mallory remarks, "This experience has definitely impacted me greatly. I am truly motivated by the fact that my own research, though one small step in the overall process, could advance treatments for cancer patients, and I am very excited to continue my research throughout the school year via the AMSR Program."

Mallory finished Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, and AP Computer Science A last year as a Junior and is currently taking Multivariable Calculus, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP French, and AP Literature. Mallory runs cross country and serves as the captain of the softball team. She also enjoys music and has a passion for ceramics. She recently earned her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and will be volunteering for a local volunteer ambulance corps this fall.

As for her future, Mallory wants to pursue biomedical engineering and possibly minor in neuroscience. She has applied to some of the top 25 colleges in the country and plans to go to graduate school for either medicine or research.

Learn more about King School here.

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Holiday Classics in New Canaan with Dr. Richard Weidlich

Cocoa & Caroling at New Canaan Historical Society on December 16 from 3 to 5pm ($5)

Back for a return engagement at The New Canaan Historical Society, the professional singer and actor Dr. Richard Weidlich will perform holiday classics and lead the group in song. Stephanie Johnson will accompany on keyboard.

Dr. Weidlich has performed in opera, operetta and musical theater, as well as with symphonies and chamber ensembles. He is a professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching music classes and individual voice lessons. He has performed with the Summer Theatre of New Canaan as Sir Lancelot in Camelot, Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, Max in The Sound of Music and the King in Cinderella. In addition, he teaches at the Performing Arts Conservatory in New Canaan and is the Director of Music at St. Francis Episcopal Church in North Stamford.

Join the festivities and enjoy refreshments, music and good cheer. The event is free to members and $5 to non-members.

The New Canaan Historical Society is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan. For more information, call
(203) 966-1776 or go to

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Landmark Preschool Fun For Ones Program Begins January 2019

Landmark Preschool, which serves children ages one through five with a broad range of activities and schedules to foster the education, growth and development of the whole child, is offering their next Fun For Ones Program in January 2019.

To learn more and to register, click here.

Our Fun For Ones program was created for our youngest “students” who are always on the move and discovering the world around them. Fun For Ones is a great way for parents (or caregiver) and children to explore a preschool environment together.

This program is chock full of activities built around your child’s limitless curiosity and natural desire to learn…through exploration, play, music and the arts. Each class centers on a different theme including colors, numbers, letters, animals, and holidays through creative and purposeful play. Children enjoy songs, stories and games to encourage socialization and learning.

The winter session begins in January 2019 and runs for 8 weeks at each of our Bedford, Redding, Ridgefield and Westport campuses.

Admission is rolling. This program is best suited for children ages 12 - 24 months by December 1, 2018. A parent or caregiver must attend each class.

To learn more, visit:

We look forward to seeing you and your little one at Fun For Ones!

Landmark preschool has over 40 years of experience in early childhood education and is affiliated with Ridgefield Academy. Both Landmark Preschool and Ridgefield Academy are accredited by Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. 

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New Canaan Nature Center's 11th Annual Winter Wonderland on December 15

New Canaan Nature Center's 11th Annual Winter Wonderland will take place on Saturday, December 15th from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Join us to explore a whole new world as the Nature Center transforms into a Winter Wonderland filled with fun and exciting winter holiday activities for the entire family. We hope you will enjoy the warm festive feel the Nature Center puts on this time of year!

You won't want to miss:

  •      Visits & Photos with Santa from 11:30am until 2:00pm (pets are allowed!)
  •      Holiday Trains – our giant model train depicts the town of New Canaan and more!
  •      Campfire complete with chestnut & marshmallow roasting
  •      Caroling with the Bojangler’s of Connecticut
  •      Holiday Crafts for kids
  •      Reindeer Games: ring the reindeer antlers, feed the snowman, and more!
  •      Wacky Winterland scavenger hunt
  •      6th Annual Family Gingerbread House Creation Contest!! (Limited spaces will be available for contests at 12pm and 1pm)

Additional Fun:

  •      Horse-drawn Wagon Rides “Over the Green and Through the Woods” – additional $5/person (weather pending)
  •      “Red & Green Cafe” with grilled cheese, soup, & hot beverages (such as cocoa & coffee) available for purchase!

Members: $10/child with parent/caregiver

Non-Members: $15/child with parent/caregiver

Adults & Children Under 2: FREE

Learn more and register here.

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Free Seminar in New Canaan on Wednesday: Beer, Basements and Cars: What Parents and Teens Need to Know About the Law

Beer, Basements and Cars: What Parents and Teens Need to Know About the Law

Free seminar presented by local attorney Matthew Maddox on Wednesday, December 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at The Maddox Law Firm.

Laws and law enforcement strategies change, but often, teenage behavior does not. Attorney Maddox will help students and parents understand their responsibilities related to possession of alcohol, house parties, social hosting, automobile stops, and how to avoid trouble while being safe and still pursuing a healthy social life.

RSVP or (203) 972-5861

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Christmas Concert at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan

The First Presbyterian Church Choir and soloists will be joined by a chamber orchestra for the music ministry’s annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 16, at 4 p.m.

The candlelit concert, under the leadership of Music Director Victoria Shields, will feature Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Christmas Oratorio,” as well as congregational carols. A champagne reception to celebrate the season will follow the music.

The concert is free and open to all, but a freewill offering to aid those affected by the California wildfires will be taken and distributed through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which is working with Santa Barbara Presbytery, Sacramento Presbytery, and the Presbytery of the Pacific.

The Church is located at 178 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan.

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St. Luke's Theater Company Brings The Wolves to New Canaan

The St. Luke's Theatre Company will raise the curtain on Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, the 2016 play about a girls’ soccer team, on January 5 at 7:00 pm in the school’s Black Box Theatre. A matinee performance will take on January 6 at 3pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

New Canaan-based St. Luke’s School is one of only three high schools in the country given the licensing rights to perform The Wolves, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2017.

Directed by Ridgefield resident and Director of Theater Arts at Saint Luke’s School, Jason Peck, The Wolves is not your typical high school play. “It contains very frank language and situations one might not be accustomed to seeing in a high school, but Sarah DeLappe's brutal honesty, her true to life exploration, her deep love of these characters make this unfiltered piece of theatre a true delight to see and experience,” says Peck.

When asked about her inspiration in writing the play which premiered off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm, Sarah DeLappe remarked, “I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings - as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people who weren’t just girlfriends or sex objects or manic pixie dream girls but who were athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who were trying actively to figure out who they were in this changing world around them.”

Due to the play’s suggestive content and profanity, St. Luke’s is not permitting students under the age of fourteen to see the performance.

Peck says that he was attracted to the play and its thought-provoking storyline because it examines what it means to be an individual (with your own opinions, foibles, idiosyncrasies) within a group dynamic. “These girls are their own people but yet come together as a team to do battle. In life, those two things are often in conflict and it makes for a wonderful piece of theatre,” says Peck.

The play’s all-star cast has worked tirelessly to unleash a stellar performance. Peck says, “I don’t think I’ve come upon a cast that has worked this hard and has bond this tightly.”

The Wolves will be performed at St. Luke's School Black Box Theatre (377 N. Wilton Road, New Canaan) on Saturday, January 5th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, January 6th at 3:00pm.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot by emailing Jason Peck

About the Director, Jason Peck

Jason Peck is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Thrown Stone. He directed Blink by Kate Moira Ryan for Thrown Stone’s inaugural Summer Reading Series, Gwydion Suilebhan’s The Butcher, a Thrown Stone staged reading at the Michael Chekhov Theatre Festival, and most recently, the U.S. Premiere of Milk by Ross Dunsmore.


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Help Stamford Marriott Keep Our Neighbors Warm, Coat Drive Benefits Person 2 Person

This holiday season, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is hosting a Coat Drive in partnership with Person-2-Person (P2P), a community-supported nonprofit with locations in Stamford, Darien, and Norwalk, that provides emergency assistance for basic needs, and support for individuals and families.

As you travel on I-95 through Stamford, please consider stopping at the Hotel and donating new or lightly used jackets, scarves hats, gloves, blankets and other winter accessories. With its easy access to I-95 North and South, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is the ideal collection hub. A donation bin is located in the lobby of the Hotel.

And...your donation matters. “Last year, through the generosity of everyone who made contributions of their time or treasure - individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, congregations, and community organizations - P2P was able to provide financial assistance, food, clothing and housing assistance to 23,267 men, women and children in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton,” the nonprofit explains.

Did you know? Giving back to the community is woven into the fabric of the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, part of the Meyer Jabara family of hotels. “The difference between being a good business and an amazing business can be found in the company's footprints made by giving back and serving others,” says Mark Ranieri, Vice President and General Manager at Meyer Jabara Hotels.

If you live in Lower Fairfield County (Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, and Wilton), Person-to-Person has programs and services to assist you. Learn more about P2P here.

If you’d like to make a donation to P2P, please go online here.  

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is centrally located with easy access to I-95 North and South and across the street from Stamford Town Center Mall and two blocks from Train Station. Learn more about the Hotel click here.

To learn more what community means to Meyer Jabara Hotels, click here.

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New Canaan Recreation partners with Grace Farms to offer 3 FREE programs

3 FREE programs when New Canaan Recreation partners with Grace Farms

Winter Adult Pickleball at Grace Farms 

Adult Pickleball Program

THURSDAYS: 10 weeks: January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14

12:00-1:00 pm

Fee: FREE- New Canaan Residents Only

Grace Farms Court

Location:  Grace Farms 365 Lukes Wood Rd- New Canaan

The New Canaan Recreation Department in partnership with Grace Farms will offer adults a chance to learn and play Pickleball at the Grace Farms' subterranean Court. Call the Recreation Department at 594-3600 for further information or contact Steve Dayton at Registration is open.  Registration conducted online or in-office. Registration link HERE

Winter Youth Volleyball at Grace Farms 2019

Youth Volleyball Program

Girls Grades 6-8

TUESDAYS: 10 -weeks: January 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12, 19

GIRLS 5:15-6:15pm

Fee: FREE- New Canaan Residents Only

Grace Farms Court

Location:  Grace Farms 365 Lukes Wood Rd- New Canaan

The New Canaan Recreation Department in partnership with Grace Farms will offer girls in grades 6-8 a chance to learn and play Volleyball at the Grace Farms' subterranean Court.  Call the Recreation Department at 594-3600 for further information or contact Steve Dayton at Registration is open.  Registration conducted online or in-office. Registration link HERE

Winter  Youth Basketball Program  2019

Youth Basketball Program

Boys Grades 5-7

TUESDAYS: 10 -weeks: January 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12

Time 4-5pm

Fee: FREE- New Canaan Residents Only

Grace Farms Court

Location:  Grace Farms 365 Lukes Wood Rd- New Canaan

The New Canaan Recreation Department in partnership with Grace Farms will offer boys in grades 5-7 a chance to learn and play Volleyball at the Grace Farms' subterranean Court.

Registration is open.  Registration conducted online or in-office. Registration link HERE.


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New Canaan Library Winter Book Sale

New Canaan Library Winter Book Sale will take place on Friday, December 14th, 9:00am - 5:00pm, December 15th, 9:00am - 5:00pm, and Sunday, December 16th, 12:00pm - 4:00pm (1/2 price). There will be early admission for $15 on Friday from  9:00am - 11:00am.

Winter is the perfect time to catch up on reading and New Canaan Library's winter book sale answers the call. It's also the perfect time to purchase a book for holiday gift-giving.

From bestsellers to classics and history, and a vast selection of music CDs and DVDs, the Library's semiannual book sales offer excellent choices. Donations of books and other items from the community have kept volunteers busy and the inventory high. As much as donations are appreciated, the Library requests that donations now be held until early January.

Be sure to also visit the Book Sale's eBay sale of special, collectible books. The eBay Library sale is open year-round; follow the Library's eBay profile now to ensure you don't miss anything.

Visit New Canaan Library online here for additional information.

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Santa is flying into New Canaan on Saturday!

Don't miss Santa's Spectacular Arrival by Helicopter on Saturday, December 8 in Waveny Park!

Santa will arrive at 11:45 AM to 677 South Avenue, Waveny Park New Canaan. Santa will then be picked up by a Fire truck and brought to Weed & Duryea and Gregg’s Garden Center, 21 Grove Street, New Canaan to greet all the kids,!

Santa will offer Selfie pics with kids! The event will feature free hot dogs, hot cocoa, cotton candy, popcorn and treats for all!

Visit New Canaan Chamber online here to learn more.


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Eversource Launches New Outage Map

As part of its ongoing efforts to better meet the needs of customers, Eversource now has a new, state-of-the-art outage map that provides comprehensive information allowing customers to zero-in on details related to an outage at their home or business. With one click on the new outage map, customers can view up-to-the-minute outage information, including the number of customers affected, the time and cause of the outage, and an estimated time of restoration.  Customers can also now report an outage using new features on the enhanced map.

“We routinely engage with our communities and customers to see how we can improve their interaction with us, and the enhancements to our outage map are in direct response to requests for more detailed information during a power outage,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner.  “Our new interactive map provides our customers with the critical and detailed information they value most – particularly how long an outage will take to repair. These upgrades highlight the many ways we are always working to serve our customers better.”

Eversource launched its first phase of an ongoing effort to improve customer outage communications in December 2016, with the enhanced customer notification system. That feature provides customers with outage information and updates in the method they chose– text message, email, or phone. Customers have since shared positive feedback with the energy company related to the availability of more timely information. The newly enhanced outage map is the latest upgrade providing customers with the greater level of detail they requested.

Click here to view a short video on how to use the new outage map.


]]> (Eversource CT) Life Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:35:00 -0500
Boys & Girls Village Receives Grant from DCF to Build Stronger Families in Fairfield County

Boys & Girls Village received a $435,000 annualized grant from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) to support delivery of an intensive home-based services program entitled Multisystemic Therapy - Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF).

The program will treat families that are active cases within DCF where there is physical abuse and/or neglect of a child in the family plus substance misuse by at least one caregiver. A two-year pilot study of the program showed significant success, and a large-scale clinical trial of MST-BSF was completed earlier this year in upstate Connecticut.

“We are grateful to have the Department of Children and Families’ support as we bring this important new program to Fairfield County,” said Dr. Steven Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “The interventions provided by our experienced clinical team will comprehensively address the factors that contribute to child maltreatment as well as substance use, creating stronger, healthier families in our area.”

At Boys & Girls Village, the grant will support a team consisting of three full-time master’s level Clinicians, one full-time Case Manager, one full-time MST-BSF Clinical Supervisor and one part-time APRN. The team is expected to serve 21 families annually, each receiving intensive treatment services several times each week for an average of six to nine months.

In 2003, Connecticut DCF began work to increase services for families engaging in abuse or neglect of a child in the family plus parental substance misuse. DCF brought together faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and Johns Hopkins University to develop the MST-BSF model.

Results from the two-year pilot study showed substantial improvements. Among families that received MST-BSF, parents showed significant decreases in substance use, depression, and psychological aggression towards the child, while youth showed significant decreases in anxiety. Twenty-four months post-referral, MST-BSF parents were three times less likely to have a substantiated new incident of abuse or neglect, and half as many youth required placement out of the home.

For more information about the MST-BSF program, please contact Christina Trani at

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Buy Your Christmas Trees & Wreaths in New Canaan and Support Local Charities!

Buy your Christmas tree and wreaths right in New Canaan!

The Exchange Club transforms Kiwanis Park into a Christmas village. Choose from over 1,300 trees including Fraser Firs and Balsams - along with a variety of wreaths, roping, tree stands and other seasonal merchandise.
Save time, avoid crowds, have a great family experience and support our largest fundraiser.  Proceeds go to awareness and prevention of child abuse and many other local charities.
Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

Santa will be in Kiwanis Park on weekends 11am-3pm.  Bring your kids to meet Santa Claus and find out whether they have been naughty or nice!   Stop by before picking out your Christmas tree. We have a mailbox for letters addressed to Santa and Santa personally replies (don't forget to include return address).
Take a ride around the neighborhood on the Old Faithful Classic Fire Engine.  Rides available on Saturdays 11am-1pm in December.  Fun for the whole family.  Rides begin in Kiwanis Park next to the tree lot.
Click here for additional information.
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