Newcanaan's HamletHub Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:24:37 -0500 Town of New Canaan Holds Public Information Meeting Regarding Replacement of West Road Bridge

New Canaan residents are invited to a PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING regarding the replacement of Bridge #089012 (West Road over Rippowam River) on Tuesday, January 28 at Town Hall, Conference Room B at 6pm.

Residents, business owners, commuters, and other interested individuals are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about and discuss the proposed project.

The location is ADA accessible. If language assistance is needed, please contact: Joseph Zagarenski, Senior Engineer @ (203) 594-3057

]]> (Town of New Canaan ) Life Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:53:55 -0500
New Canaan Chamber Hosts 2020 Meet Our Members Breakfast Feb. 5 at South End

Please join the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce to welcome new and prospective members at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 5 at South End Restaurant. 

Each person attending will have to share their business story with the group!

South End Restaurant is located at 36 Pine Street.

$25 per person. Purchase on the Chamber website here.

]]> (HH) Events Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:54:07 -0500
New Canaan Fire Dept. and Library Host Blood Drives in February

Critical type O blood shortage: Red Cross urgently needs donors

There are two opportunities to donate blood in New Canaan during the month of February. In addition, see the list below of places in Fairfield County featuring blood drives.

  • 2/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Canaan Fire Department, 60 Main St
  • 2/7/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


1/23/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ability Beyond, 4 Berkshire Blvd.

2/1/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Avenue


2/11/2020: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., University of Bridgeport Student Center, 244 University Avenue

2/3/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue


1/21/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Raymour & Flanigan, 14 Candlewood Lake Road

2/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Raymour & Flanigan, 14 Candlewood Lake Road


1/20/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Danbury Fire Department, 19 New Street

1/24/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Portuguese Cultural Club, 65 Sand Pit Rd.

1/30/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hampton Inn Danbury, 81 Newtown Road

2/4/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center, Westside Campus, Lake Ave.

2/5/2020: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital RSM, 24 Hospital Avenue

2/5/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Western CT State University, 181 White Street

2/6/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Western CT State University, 181 White Street


2/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road

2/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road


2/14/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road


1/22/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Thomas Braun Orthodontics, 427 Stillson Road Suite 12

1/24/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road

1/31/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA, 841 Old Post Road

2/11/2020: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Fairfield University Student Center, 1073 North Benson Road

2/12/2020: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road

2/13/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road

2/4/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Whole Foods, 350 Grasmere Avenue


1/27/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA of Greenwich, 50 East Putnam Avenue

1/28/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road

2/12/2020: 11:15 a.m. - 5 p.m., Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road

2/3/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue

New Canaan

2/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Canaan Fire Department, 60 Main St

2/7/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street


2/11/2020: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue

2/14/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street

2/6/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Avalon - East Norwalk, 8 Norden Place


2/13/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.

2/15/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ridgefield Supply, 29 Prospect Street


2/10/2020: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., R.D.Scinto, 2 Corporate Drive


1/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Upper Deck Fitness- Stamford, 72 Camp Ave

1/25/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Union Baptist Church, 805 Newfield Avenue

1/26/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Agudath Sholom synagogue, 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue

2/1/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

2/2/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Avenue

2/8/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


1/23/2020: 1:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 2000 Main Street


1/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Long Hill Baptist Church, 100 Middlebrooks Avenue

2/1/2020: 7:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main Street

2/11/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Ct


2/14/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., YMCA, 404 Danbury Road

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.



]]> (HH) Charities Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:14:22 -0500
Become a New Canaan EMT

New Canaan EMS Sponsored Class - at New Canaan EMS HQ

EMT Class will run from 6-10 pm Monday and Wednesday evenings from late January to late May 2020 and will include a few full day Saturdays. Participants must be 16 years old prior to the end of class.

Cost of class: $1,000 excluding textbook

Head Instructor: Chris Lovell, Paramedic at Norwalk Hospital, EMS-I

For more information about the class, please contact Heidi at or call 203 594 3535

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Life Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:48:00 -0500
First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan hosts important Community Conversation with Sandy Hook Promise

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 11:30am First Presbyterian Church will host a don’t-miss discussion – appropriate for children, youth and adults - about identifying the early warning signs and at-risk behaviors that, without intervention, could lead to violence.

Mary Wellander, an ambassador for Sandy Hook Promise will discuss how schools and youth organizations offer unparalleled opportunities to create inclusive supportive cultures that can improve mental health and well-being, school safety, and ultimately save lives. Participants will discuss social isolation, cyberbullying, and intervention; when it’s time “to say something” and when and how to use “anonymous reporting systems”.

The entire community is invited to participate in this timely discussion designed for children, youth and adults alike. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut with remote staff across the U.S., SHP’s mission is to create a culture engaged in preventing shootings, violence, and other harmful acts in schools.

First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan is located at 178 Oenoke Ridge Road. Please call the church office at (203) 966-0002 or visited for more information or to register for any of the church programs.

]]> (First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan) Charities Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:20:56 -0500
Trustees Lecture Series at New Canaan Library Presents Internationally Recognized Oncologist Azra Raza, Speaking on Her Book, The First Cell

New Canaan Library’s inaugural Trustees Lecture is honored to present guest lecturer Dr. Azra Raza, a world-class oncologist, professor and author who, in her book The First Cell, examines the current state of cancer and its devastating impact on the individuals it affects — including herself. The event will take place on Sunday, January 26 from 4-5 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Please register to reserve a seat, online at

The war on cancer wages on. At least $150 billion is spent annually to treat it, yet — a few innovations notwithstanding — a patient with cancer is just as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs merely add months to one’s life at agonizing physical and financial cost. In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal, as Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her husband’s oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia.

DR. AZRA RAZA is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University in New York. Previously, she was the Chief of Hematology-Oncology and the Gladys Smith Martin Professor of Oncology at the University of Massachusetts. She is considered an international authority on pre-leukemia (MDS) and acute leukemia and is one of those rare physician-scientists who divide their time equally between caring for patients and supervising a state-of-the-art basic research lab which is well-funded by multiple large grants. Dr. Raza started collecting blood and marrow samples on her patients in 1984 and now her Tissue Bank, the largest and oldest in the country with more than 60,000 samples, is considered a unique national treasure.

Dr. Raza has published her original clinical and basic research comprising over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts in high profile journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Cell, Molecular Cell, Cancer Research, Blood, Leukemia. She has published more than 1000 abstracts, dozens of book chapters and edited a book devoted to MDS. She is a co-editor of 3quarksdaily, a website started by her brother Syed Abbas Raza. She is a sought-after speaker in scientific circles and the recipient of numerous awards including The Hope Award in Cancer Research 2012 (shared with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn).

]]> (KatherineBlance) Events Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:49:28 -0500
UPDATE: New Canaan Police Respond to Social Media Threat at New Canaan High School

UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 17 at 2:45 pm

Following an investigation by the SRO and Youth Sergeant, a 17 year old juvenile, (resident of New Canaan) was issued a Juvenile Summons for Breach of Peace.

As this matter involves a juvenile no further information will be released. It should be noted that at no time during this incident/investigation were any students or faculty in harm’s way. The threat was deemed to not be credible.

At approximately 0650 hours on 01/17/20, the New Canaan Police Patrol Division and the School Resource Officer were advised by the school administration at New Canaan High School about a potential threat to the students at the high school. The threat was via social media and was generic in its content but raised concerns of the school administration and in best practice, for the safety of the students, the New Canaan Police were contacted.

The New Canaan Police have provided an increased police presence at the school for this date. An investigation is underway by the SRO and the Youth Sergeant as to the nature of the threat and who is responsible for making the threat. If evidence of any criminal wrongdoing is discovered the New Canaan Police will take appropriate action and will provide additional releases at that time. As this matter is an active investigation no further information will be released.

The safety of New Canaan’s students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.

Our Department will aggressively investigate all threats regarding our schools and we will ensure those responsible for these threats are prosecuted.


]]> (Lieutenant Jason Ferrar) Public safety Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:39:18 -0500
New Canaan Museum & Historical Society is Talking Shop

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s new exhibition TALKING SHOP explores New Canaan’s long and rich retail history. It highlights many of the stores in New Canaan from the 19th century to the mid-1970s.  The exhibition features the independent and family owned shops that have been the backbone of this community for generations.  

The show shares the stories of these local shops through photographs, ephemera and artifacts.  Stores such as Silliman’s Hardware that closed its doors in 1981 after 114 years of business and had everything from a tractor to a toaster, and the Whitney Shop, which opened after World War II, and at first sold vegetables and teapots.

This fascinating exhibition is curated by Patricia Funt Oxman, antique dealer, former New Canaan shop owner and Governor on the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s Board.  

The opening reception will be on January 16 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  The reception and exhibition are free to members ($5.00 all others.)  The show runs through April 18.

Discussion Dates:

Thursday, January 30 – 10:30 am
Tuesday, February 18 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 – 10:30 am

Learn more on New Canaan Museum & Historical Society website here.

]]> (NCMHC) Places Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:32:44 -0500
SHU Grad Creates App for Autistic to Make Friends

Fairfield, CT - A recent graduate of Sacred Heart University, Juliana Fetherman, 23, has developed an interactive web application called Making Authentic Friendships. The app's acronym, MAF, is also her 21-year-old brother Michael's initials. Michael has autism and ADHD. Because of his challenges, it has been difficult for him to make friends, according to Fetherman. "He has always been very lonely," she says. "I wanted to change this for him and the millions like him."

User friendly and safe, the app is free and accessible on any device through:  It enables children (ages 13+) and adults with special needs to make friends. The app currently serves individuals in 30 states, 12 countries and five continents, with user numbers growing daily.

Fetherman hopes exposure through platforms like Fairfield HamletHub will help the user community grow. "Please help me change the world!" she adds. 

]]> (MAF) Life Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:40:45 -0500
New Canaan is Talking About It, New Podcast Series Launches

The New Canaan Abuse Prevention Partnership has partnered with the New Canaan Community Foundation and The New Canaan Moms Group to launch a new podcast series. Talking About It is dedicated to reducing the stigma around behavioral health issues our community members face, preventing abuse, and promoting healthy relationships.

For more information or to listen to the podcasts, visit Because we’re not perfect and we’re talking about it. Talking About It is also available on Spotify, Apple, and Google platforms

]]> (New Canaan Chamber) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:44:07 -0500
Wine Dinner at Elm Restaurant with Ancona's and Weingut von Winning

Ancona's Announces First Wine Dinner of 2020 at Elm Restaurant on Jan. 27

Join Ancona's and Skurnik Wines at Elm Restaurant in New Canaan on January 27th at 7PM for a 3-course dinner featuring Andreas Hutwohl of Weingut von Winning for only $99 (plus tax and gratuity). 

Seating is limited! Please reserve your seats ASAP by calling Elm Restaurant at (203) 920-4994

When our friends at Skurnik Wines offered the chance to partner Elm Restaurant in New Canaan AND Andreas Hutwohl of Weingut von Winning, we knew it'd be the perfect way to kick of 2020!

Weingut von Winning has been producing single-vineyard and small parcel wines in Germany's Pfalz region since 1849.

In fact, Leopold von Winning became a founding member of VDP, a national association of German producers committed to top quality wine production.

Long story short, we've got a line up of 9 beautiful wines to pair with 3 courses from Elm Restaurant's Chef Luke Venner for only $99.

This all-von Winning lineup is one for the ages!

-NV Riesling Sekt Extra Brut (YES! Dry, sparkling Riesling!)
-2018 Sauvignon Blanc "I"
-2017 Deidesheimer Paradisgarten Riesling 1erLage Trocken
-2017 Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Riesling 1er Lage Trocken
-2017 Grainhübel Riesling Grosses Gewächs
-2016 Kalkofen Riesling Grosses Gewächs
-2016 MarMar Riesling
-2015 Pinot Noir II (unfortunately, not for sale)

All wines (excluding the 2015 Pinot Noir) will be available for sale through Ancona's, and we'll be offering sharp discounts to those who attend the event for mixed 6 and 12 pack purchases.

Seating is limited, and they're already going fast!

To reserve your seats or inquire as to the menu, please contact Elm Restaurant at (203)920-4994


]]> (Ancona's Wines) Events Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:40:40 -0500
New Canaan Museum & Historical Society Receive 1855 Carriage

This afternoon, Tuesday, January 14, the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society shared news of a generous gift from Brian O'Neill. The Historical Society is thrilled to have received an 1855 carriage hand-built in New York City.

According to New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, It was originally gifted to James Hoyt, Superintendent of the New York and New Haven Railroad from 1854-1870. "He had married Sarah Grey of Darien in 1838 and they had five children. The coach - the size of a small car with large wheels - was used for travel to church, and its last known use was for a 1903 wedding," they explain.

Although the interior silk upholstery needs work, New Canaan Museum & Historical Society says ivory ornaments and other detailing are exquisite and the carriage's original curved glass is intact."We are exploring ways to raise money for its additional repairs and to figure out how it can be permanently displayed, perhaps in the Tool Museum," they explain.

More to come on this! Stay tuned! #NewCanaanHistory Visit New Canaan Museum & Historical Society online here for additional information.

]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:37:40 -0500
Syrup Season Begins January 25th at New Canaan Nature Center

New Canaan Nature Center Hosts Adopt-a-Tree Community Syruping Program Kickoff on Saturday, January 25th from 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M., or 1:00 P.M.
Adopt a maple tree for the season! Learn about and participate weekly in the entire syrup making process, from tapping a maple tree to sap collections and boil downs. You'll also get your very own bottle of NCNC-made maple syrup at our end-of-season Pot-luck dinner in March.
Tree selection will take place at our Kickoff Event on Saturday, January 25th. Choose one of three time slots (10:00am, 11:30am, or 1:00pm). Participants will then collect sap 1-3 times a week (depending on sap flow conditions) for the entire syrup season (typically 4-6 weeks) and take part in boil downs where REAL maple syrup is made right here at NCNC.
Can't make it on the 25th, but still want to participate? We are happy to schedule a make-up date for your family or group. Contact us today to schedule another time to tap your tree!
Pre-registration is required! 
Family/Group: $75  
Learn more and register here.
]]> (NCNC) Events Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:12:57 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Announces Coins for a Cause, Helps Local Charities

Ridgefield, CT – January 13, 2020 – Fairfield County Bank is proud to introduce Coins for a Cause, a new program designed to support local Fairfield County charities.

Since its founding in 1871, Fairfield County Bank supports the community in many ways including hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in charitable donations, providing over 4,000 hours a year in employee volunteer hours, and even free checking accounts for non-profits. Coins for a Cause is the latest program the Bank created to help local charities raise awareness and funds.

The Coins for a Cause program enables community members to use Fairfield County Bank coin machines to donate their loose change to local non-profits enrolled in the program. Charities can easily enroll in the program, starting by speaking with a local bank representative. After enrolling, charities simply circulate their branded deposit records to their constituents to encourage donations.

“Local charities know that every penny counts. Coins for a Cause is just another way to help our many non-profits clients raise the critical funding necessary for their mission. Everyone has a jar or bowl where we collect loose change. Coins for a Cause is an easy way for us all to make a difference and feel good at the same time by donating that change to a favorite charity.” said Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President at Fairfield County Bank.

Community members are encouraged to ask their favorite charities if they are enrolled in the program so they may obtain a Coins for a Cause deposit slip from the charity.

Fairfield County Bank coin machines may be found in each of the Bank’s 16 office locations. After receiving the Coins for a Cause deposit slip from the charity, community members simply use the coin machines to count the coins and bring the coin machine slip and deposit record to any local Fairfield County Bank teller to be deposited into the charity’s account. 100% of the proceeds go to the charity.

Visit to find the office location closest to you.

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. Fairfield County Bank delivers a full range of financial services through superior Client relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities. Visit to find out more about the Bank.


]]> (Ryan Arconti) Charities Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:46:22 -0500
Best Meal Of Your Life In Connecticut? New Canaan Diner Makes Top Ten List

OnlyInYourState, a digital publication highlighting hidden gems, little known attractions, and natural wonders of each of our country's 50 states, showcased Connecticut small towns with local eateries serving meals that will blow your socks off! Guess what? Making the top ten list is New Canaan Diner!   

The article titled These 10 Small Town Connecticut Restaurants Will Serve You The Best Meal Of Your Life, has this to say about New Canaan Diner:

This colorful, retro diner is full of nostalgic charm. You'll find all of the diner classics like meatloaf, stuffed peppers, and roast beef, but that's just the beginning. They also have a wide variety of Greek dishes and Italian specialties. Be sure to save room for dessert! Their old fashioned egg creams are to-die-for.

Photo courtesy New Canaan Diner Facebook Page.

New Canaan Diner is located at 18 Forest Street.

Read the article in its entirety HERE to find out where you can eat "the best meal of your life". 

]]> (HH) Places Sun, 12 Jan 2020 11:55:49 -0500