Newcanaan's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:07:23 -0400 HamletHub.com Watch House on Haunted Hill Outside in New Canaan on October 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6197-watch-house-on-haunted-hill-outside-in-new-canaan-on-october-296197-watch-house-on-haunted-hill-outside-in-new-canaan-on-october-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6197-watch-house-on-haunted-hill-outside-in-new-canaan-on-october-296197-watch-house-on-haunted-hill-outside-in-new-canaan-on-october-29

Outdoor Movie Night: House on Haunted Hill at the Historical Society on Friday, October 29 from 8:30pm - 9:45pm

Join us as we celebrate Halloween with a special Movie Night showing of House on Haunted Hill! Bring a blanket, chairs, and some snacks to spread out on the New Canaan Historical Society Lawn.
 
Register HERE.
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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Library) Events Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:43:54 -0400
New Canaan Leaf Collection Begins November 1, Rake Leaves to Curbside for Vacuum Truck Pick-up https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6195-new-canaan-leaf-collection-begins-november-1-rake-leaves-to-curbside-for-vacuum-truck-pick-up6195-new-canaan-leaf-collection-begins-november-1-rake-leaves-to-curbside-for-vacuum-truck-pick-up https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6195-new-canaan-leaf-collection-begins-november-1-rake-leaves-to-curbside-for-vacuum-truck-pick-up6195-new-canaan-leaf-collection-begins-november-1-rake-leaves-to-curbside-for-vacuum-truck-pick-up

Beginning, Monday, November 1, 2021 vacuum trucks will pick up the leaves raked to curbside by homeowners in those areas of town zoned for building lots of one acre or less.

 In those areas, please rake all of your leaves into the curb.   DO NOT put leaves in plastic bags or mix them with brush or debris.  The leaves are recycled into garden compost so they must be free of foreign matter.  Debris or sticks will clog the vacuum trucks causing breakdowns and delays.  Leaves must be in a windrow, not in a pile.

Residents in the 2 or 4 acre zones of town are requested to compost their leaves on their own property.  Vacuum trucks will not collect in those areas.

 Yard maintenance contractors must have proper forms (available at Highway Department office) signed by New Canaan residents before they can dispose of leaves at the composting area, located across from the Waveny entrance on Lapham Road.  Residents may also deposit their leaves at that location. It is important to note that Contractors will be screened to be sure that the leaves originate in New Canaan.  Anyone found violating this policy will be suspended from using the facility for an appropriate period of time as determined by the Director of Public Works. .   

 Composted material is usually made available to local residents for use in their gardens to enrich their soil, the following spring.  

 The composting site will be opened daily from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm during normal working days (call 203-594-3704 for more specific information).   Leaves may be raked to curbside until Monday, November 27, 2021.  Leaves put out after that date will not be collected by the Highway Department, however the leaf composting site will be available through Saturday, December 11, 2021.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Neighbors Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:37:34 -0400
U.S. and state flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff in honor of General Colin Powell https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/6196-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell6196-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/6196-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell6196-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of respect for General Colin Powell – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the evening of Friday, October 22, 2021.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:13:39 -0400
Carriage Barn Announces Cynthia MacCollum Exhibit, Thirteen Moons https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6194-carriage-barn-announces-cynthia-maccollum-exhibit-thirteen-moons6194-carriage-barn-announces-cynthia-maccollum-exhibit-thirteen-moons https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6194-carriage-barn-announces-cynthia-maccollum-exhibit-thirteen-moons6194-carriage-barn-announces-cynthia-maccollum-exhibit-thirteen-moons

Cynthia MacCollum Exhibit, Thirteen Moons, Preview event Friday, November 5, exhibit runs through November 21

The Carriage Barn Arts Center has announced a first-of-its-kind exhibit opening in November featuring a rules-based installation project by artist Cynthia MacCollum. Entitled Thirteen Moons, the exhibit takes visitors on the artist’s unique journey through 2020-2021, as experienced on walks in the New Canaan Nature Center, and guided by the cycles of the thirteen moons.  For each moon cycle MacCollum adopted a unique set of parameters and made twenty-four visits to the New Canaan Nature Center.  

For example, during Hunter Moon she collected specimens at the Nature Center, then drew the specimens on a rice paper scroll, noting the place and time.  For Corn Moon, audio recordings made during each hour are compiled and played as ambient sound in the gallery.  A variety of artistic mediums and scientific methods are employed to transport visitors and simulate the artist’s experience.  Project research material and sketchbooks are displayed in vitrines, along with natural specimens and journals recording the artist’s thoughts. The exact moment when the rule was followed has been assiduously recorded, so that every piece in the exhibit is marked with time stamp.
 
"The cycle of the moon has been used for thousands of years to organize time," says MacCollum.  "In this period of cultural dislocation from natural rhythms, in particular the chaos of 2020, I found solace and structure in syncing my life and practice to the cycle of the moon."   The project began at the height of the pandemic while under quarantine with the full moon on May 7, 2020, and follows thirteen moons through 2021:  Flower, Strawberry, Buck, Sturgeon, Corn, Harvest, Hunter, Beaver, Cold, Wolf, Snow, Worm, and Pink Moon.
 
Cynthia MacCollum is a painter, printmaker, and photographer who lives and works in New Canaan, CT. Her work has been shown at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT; Elisa Contemporary Art, NY; First Street Gallery in New York; The Kellogg Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona, Blue Print Gallery in Dallas, Panopticon Gallery in Boston, and internationally in Cadaques, Spain, the UK, France and Hong Kong. 
 
The exhibit runs from November 6-21, gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-3pm and Sunday 1-5pm.  A selection of original works and limited edition prints by MacCollum will be available for sale.  Tickets are available for a patron and supporter preview event with the artist on Friday, November 5 from 6-8pm.  For more information visit carrigaebarn.org/thirteen-moons/ or call 203-594-3638.
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kerry@ducey.org (Hilary Wittmann) Places Mon, 18 Oct 2021 06:50:52 -0400
Capturing New Canaan Exhibit at Carriage Barn Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6193-capturing-new-canaan-exhibit6193-capturing-new-canaan-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6193-capturing-new-canaan-exhibit6193-capturing-new-canaan-exhibit

4th Annual “Capturing New Canaan” at The Carriage Barn Arts Center - Pop-up Exhibit October 28, 29 & 30 from 10am-3pm
 
For most residents and visitors to New Canaan, the town’s unique settings, landscapes and landmarks hold a special place in their hearts. Now is the chance to see a range of original artwork depicting and celebrating many of these familiar scenes, and an opportunity to "take home" a piece of New Canaan.
 
On Saturday, October 9, artists participated in “Capturing New Canaan,” organized by the Carriage Barn Arts Center and sponsored by Houlihan Lawrence.  Twenty five artists brought easels, canvases or cameras to locations around New Canaan and worked “en plein air” sketching, painting or photographing at Waveny and Irwin Parks, the Bristow Bird Sanctuary, New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and other locations.  The artwork will be exhibited and for sale at the Carriage Barn Arts Center October 28, 29 & 30 from 10am-3pm.  All are welcome to attend a special reception with the artists on October 29 from 5-7pm, co-hosted by Houlihan Lawrence New Canaan.  
 
The exhibit also features TRACES, a thesis exhibit by Evelyn Harvey that references her personal experience and engagement of South Western Connecticut’s environment.  Using painting, photography, and printmaking, her work focuses on understanding the total landscape and environment. Harvey received a B.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute and is pursuing a M.F.A. in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). A 2010 graduate of New Canaan High School, Harvey worked as the digital marketing & event coordinator at the Carriage Barn Arts Center from 2016-19. 
 
Hilary Wittmann, Executive Director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center said “This exhibit celebrates the long history of artists finding inspiration in New Canaan’s beauty.  It's exciting to watch the artists at work, and the results of their different styles and techniques.”  A portion of all sales benefits the Carriage Barn Arts Center.  Call 203-594-3638 or visit carriagebarn.org for more information.

 

 
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admin@carriagebarn.org (Carriage Barn Arts Center) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 05:39:11 -0400
New Canaan COVID Community Update: 12 New Cases, One Hospitalization, Vaccine Clinic on October 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6192-new-canaan-covid-community-update-12-new-cases-one-hospitalization-vaccine-clinic-on-october-216192-new-canaan-covid-community-update-12-new-cases-one-hospitalization-vaccine-clinic-on-october-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6192-new-canaan-covid-community-update-12-new-cases-one-hospitalization-vaccine-clinic-on-october-216192-new-canaan-covid-community-update-12-new-cases-one-hospitalization-vaccine-clinic-on-october-21

This evening, Thursday, October 14th First Selectman Kevin Moynihan provided a coronavirus update reporting that there are 12 reported COVID-19 positive cases so far this week for residents currently living in New Canaan, up from 8 positive cases last week.

The 12 cases are mostly mild cases, although there is one known hospitalization of a resident. The cases are due to family transmission, exposure at large events and travel, and for two cases the source is not yet determined.

The cases range in age from 25-75 years old.  For updated information on the weekly cases, by age brackets, visit the red COVID-19 alert box on the town website at www.newcanaan.info

View Moynihan's complete update below.

Our New Canaan Health Department is planning once again on providing local COVID-19 vaccination clinics to make vaccinations conveniently accessible locally to all eligible residents who are in need of a 3rd Pfizer booster dose. The next vaccination clinic will be next Thursday, October 21st  at Irwin House in Irwin Park located at 848 Weed Street. The Sign-Up Genius registration link is: here.

Please remember to bring your COVID-19 vaccination cards (or print out from VAMS or CT WIZ) as proof of previous vaccinations and for the Health Department to add your 3rd dose.  Any resident in need of assistance with registering for the Pfizer vaccination clinic may call the Health Department at 203-594-3037. 

The FDA advisory panel will be meeting today and Friday to discuss Moderna and J&J potential booster doses for general population. We will update information regarding approvals when it becomes available. At this time, Moderna 3rd doses are only approved for those moderately or severely immune compromised. 

Note:  Residents aged 12 and over who are still in need of a first or second dose of Pfizer are also welcome to participate in the vaccination clinic at Irwin House.  Please use the SignUpGenius link above to register.  

COVID-19 TESTING 

Next week, we will continue with twice-weekly community COVID-19 testing in partnership with Waveny LifeCare Network for residents who have traveled or otherwise wish to be tested.  PCR COVID-19 testing will be available (for New Canaan residents and Town employees only) next Tuesday and Thursday, October 19th and 21st from 7:00 a.m.to 10 a.m. at a new location in Irwin House located in Irwin Park at 848 Weed Street.  Pre-registration is required and you must bring your insurance card, a credit card and a photo ID to your test appointment. (Your insurance may pay the $100 SEMA4 lab fee, but if not your credit card will be charged.)  No walk-ins are permitted. 

Turnaround time for PCR test results is 24-48 hours and results will be received via email in the SEMA4 portal, for which you will receive instructions on how to access at your test appointment. 

To register for COVID 19 testing for next Tuesday, October 19th or Thursday, October 21st, please click on the following SignUpGenius link here.

You must complete a separate registration for each individual to be tested.  As a reminder, SEMA4 lab requires a separate email and registration for each individual being tested so if your child does not have an email address we suggest creating a free Gmail or similar free email account for your child’s registration. 

Our Health Department also has a limited amount of Abott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests available for New Canaan residents only seeking quick results. Contact the Health Department at 203-594-3020 to schedule a rapid test at their office at Vine Cottage. We encourage New Canaan residents with any symptoms of fever, congestion, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, or a cough to reach out to the Health department for a free rapid COVID-19 test. Test results take 15 minutes. 

For additional testing locations in the area you can call 2-1-1, contact your primary care provider or visit the town website or click here for list of COVID-19 testing sites in our area. 

VACCINATION UPDATE 

The New Canaan Health Department continues to provide vaccinations by appointment for those residents aged 12 and over who are still in need of either a first or second dose.  The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are currently available. 

To schedule a vaccination appointment with the New Canaan Health Department please call 203-594-3020 or email Shannon.vallerie@newcanaanct.gov.  The Health Department office is located in Vine Cottage, 77 Main Street, next to Town Hall. 

As a reminder, Moderna is a two dose vaccine taken at least 28 days apart for ages 18 and over, and Pfizer is a two dose vaccine taken at least 21 days apart for ages 12 & over.  Pfizer is the only FDA EUA approved vaccine for those aged 12-17 years old. 

Guidelines from CT Department of Public Health ( CT DPH) regarding booster vaccine 3rd doses for the general public are the same as the CDC’s. CDC recommends the following and it only pertains to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine:  

  • People aged 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series,   
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks. 

CT WIZ PUBLIC PORTAL FOR VACCINATION RECORDS

Residents who have been vaccinated will now be able to access their immunization records online through the secure CT WiZ Public Portal, a free service provided by the state of CT DPH Immunization Program. [A press release can be found here.]

Vaccinated adults and legal guardians can access official immunization records for themselves and children under the age of 18 using the CT WiZ Public Portal with ‘two-factor authentication’ to verify identity. 

(Note: You won’t find the record if the contact information does not match what the vaccine provider reported to CT WIZ. If you are unable to locate your record in the portal, you can contact the DPH Immunization Program for assistance online at helpdesk or calling 860-509-7929 during business hours Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:46:24 -0400
New Canaan Land Trust and Interfaith Council Present Religion and the Environment on October 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6191-religion-and-the-environment6191-religion-and-the-environment https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6191-religion-and-the-environment6191-religion-and-the-environment

The New Canaan Land Trust, in partnership with the Interfaith Council of New Canaan, is hosting an evening on Tuesday, October 26 from 7 to 9pm exploring the different ways that religion undertakes the protection and care of the Earth.

This program will feature a lecture by Yale University professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, followed by a discussion among five faith leaders from New Canaan and its neighboring communities of Stamford and Greenwich. The lecture and discussion will explore the connection between religion and environmentalism.

Registration is required for both in person and virtual attendance

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rebecca@newcanaanlandtrust.org (New Canaan Land Trust and the Interfaith Council of New Canaan) Events Thu, 14 Oct 2021 05:31:50 -0400
New Canaan Halloween Block Party on Elm Street is BACK! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6190-new-canaan-halloween-block-party-on-elm-street-is-back6190-new-canaan-halloween-block-party-on-elm-street-is-back https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6190-new-canaan-halloween-block-party-on-elm-street-is-back6190-new-canaan-halloween-block-party-on-elm-street-is-back

Ghouls and Goblins, oh my!

Halloween Block Party is BACK for 2021 – Join us on Sunday, October 31st for a Halloween Block Party from Noon – 2:00 pm on Elm Street. The street will be closed to traffic.

The Halloween Block Party is sponsored by Walter Stewarts Market.

Come Downtown in your Costumes and Trick or Treat along Elm Street. The first 500 will receive a prefilled goody bag.

Live music thanks to School of Rock! And a live performance of “Thriller” by the New England Academy of Dance.

For additional information, visit New Canaan Chamber online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Chamber) Events Wed, 13 Oct 2021 09:03:58 -0400
When You Enter ACT's Smokey Joe's Cafe, You'll Beg To Stay Past Closing Time! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/6189-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time6189-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/6189-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time6189-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time

The words of the legendary Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are dead on. 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

They say there's always magic in the air

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, ACT of Connecticut brings Broadway BACK with a BANG. And, indeed, the lights are shining bright and the magic is contagious inside the equity theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

1950s rock n’ roll music at its core combined with soulful choreography by Stephanie Pope Lofgren will make you literally dance in your seat, wave your hands (add hoot and clap when appropriate). When you step inside Smokey Joe's Cafe you’ll beg to stay past closing time.

The talented cast of eight has heart, rhythm and soul. They do so much more than sing -  with no dialogue, only music, they tell a story of an era in American history that has left an indelible mark thanks to Leiber and Stollers masterpieces including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” and “Spanish Harlem” (to name just a few).

The epitome of girl power is Keyonna Knight, Courtney Long, Kelly MacMillan belting out “I am a Woman”. These ladies have swag - they are sultry and empowering. Inside Smokey Joe’s Cafe, they join Broadway veterans Juson Williams (who recently appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent), Albert Guerzon (Dance Captain), Avionce Hoyles, Jordan Fife Hunt,  and Arnold Harper II. Together, they create sparks that reach beyond the walls of the contemporary theater.

ACT of Connecticut has made a triumphant return to live theater. 

Added Performances: Sunday, October 17 at 7pm and Thursday, October 21 at 2pm

Purchase tickets here.

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers.

*Image courtesy ACT of Connecticut

 

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kerry@ducey.org (KA) Life Sun, 10 Oct 2021 08:46:53 -0400
Halloween Live Music https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6188-halloween-live-music6188-halloween-live-music https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6188-halloween-live-music6188-halloween-live-music

On Saturday, October 30th between 7-10pm local rock cover band Mind The Gap will be playing a special outdoor Halloween gig at The White Buffalo. Dress warmly and ensure it’s fancy dress because there will be prizes for the best costumes!

This will be the last outdoor gig of the season for Mind The Gap so make this one Count (as in Dracula). Sorry - terrible joke. For further information visit: https://www.mindthegap.rocks/dates

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rachel@lampen.co.uk (NC HamletHub) Events Fri, 08 Oct 2021 10:37:17 -0400
Waveny Paddle Courts OPEN https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6187-waveny-paddle-courts-open6187-waveny-paddle-courts-open https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6187-waveny-paddle-courts-open6187-waveny-paddle-courts-open

The Recreation Department has announced the season has started for the New Canaan winter sport of Paddle Tennis at the Waveny Park Courts.  

Permits may be purchased online or at the Recreation Office.  Adult Leagues, Online Court Reservation System, Clinics for Youth and Adults, Waveny Lodge for warming and viewing play, Friday Socials, Paddle Party Reservations.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 08 Oct 2021 08:48:23 -0400
Green & Tonic 10-Year Anniversary and New Location in New Canaan https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6186-green-tonic-10-year-anniversary-and-new-location-in-new-canaan6186-green-tonic-10-year-anniversary-and-new-location-in-new-canaan https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6186-green-tonic-10-year-anniversary-and-new-location-in-new-canaan6186-green-tonic-10-year-anniversary-and-new-location-in-new-canaan

Green & Tonic, the plant-based eatery with 6 locations throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, prepares to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. What began as a simple concept - fresh, vibrant, and delicious foods for a healthy lifestyle, has since blossomed into an exciting addition to the local dining scene.

Green & Tonic Cos Cob opened in 2017, followed by Westport in 2018. In 2019, the Green & Tonic brand was purchased by Palm Foods, no stranger to the healthy foodservice segment and whose portfolio includes MYX Creative Kitchen in Greenwich, CT. In 2021, Green & Tonic added Fairfield and Rye, NY to the group. New Canaan is slated to open its doors this month. The main commissary is located in Stamford where the bulk of its packaged items and signature foods are made, ensuring quality and consistency across all store locations. Jarred soups, Supr Brew™, bakery items, and grab-and-go meals are prepared fresh daily and delivered to Green & Tonic eateries. 

Learn more here.

Locations:

  • 1098 Post Road, Darien, CT
  • 7 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT
  • 17 Jesup Road, Westport, CT
  • 665 Commerce Drive, Fairfield, CT
  • 15c Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, NY
  • 21 Forest St, New Canaan, CT (Opening Soon!)
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kerry@ducey.org (Linda) Places Fri, 08 Oct 2021 06:15:46 -0400
New Canaan COVID Update: Vaccination Clinic on Oct. 14, Immunization Records, and MORE https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6185-new-canaan-covid-update-vaccination-clinic-on-oct-14-immunization-records-and-more6185-new-canaan-covid-update-vaccination-clinic-on-oct-14-immunization-records-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/6185-new-canaan-covid-update-vaccination-clinic-on-oct-14-immunization-records-and-more6185-new-canaan-covid-update-vaccination-clinic-on-oct-14-immunization-records-and-more

We have only 4 reported COVID-19 positive cases so far this week for residents currently living in New Canaan, down from 12 positive cases last week. The 4 cases are all mild cases and are due to large event and travel exposure except the origin of one case is not yet known. 

The cases range in age from 10-60 years old. For updated information on the weekly cases, by age brackets, visit the red COVID-19 alert box on the town website at www.newcanaan.info.  (Note: We are not including in our weekly reports of COVID-19 cases college students who are away at school but whose legal residence is New Canaan.) 

Our New Canaan Health Department is planning once again on providing local COVID-19 vaccination clinics to make vaccinations conveniently accessible locally to all eligible residents who are in need of a 3rd Pfizer booster dose. The next vaccination clinic will be next Thursday, October 14th at Irwin House in Irwin Park located at 848 Weed Street. The Sign-Up Genius registration link is here

Please remember to bring your COVID-19 vaccination cards (or print out from VAMS or CT WIZ) as proof of previous vaccinations and for the Health department to add your 3rd dose.  Any resident in need of assistance with registering for the Pfizer vaccination clinic may call the Health Department at 203-594-3037. 

Note:  Residents aged 12 and over who are still in need of a first or second dose of Pfizer are also welcome to participate in the vaccination clinic at Irwin House.  Please use the SignUpGenius link above to register. 

COVID-19 TESTING 

Next week, we will continue with twice-weekly community COVID-19 testing in partnership with Waveny LifeCare Network for residents who have traveled or otherwise wish to be tested.  PCR COVID-19 testing will be available (for New Canaan residents and Town employees only) next Tuesday and Thursday, October 12th and 14th from 7:00 a.m.to 10 a.m. at a new location in Irwin House located in Irwin Park at 848 Weed Street.  

Pre-registration is required and you must bring your insurance card, a credit card and a photo ID to your test appointment. (Your insurance may pay the $100 SEMA4 lab fee, but if not your credit card will be charged.)  No walk-ins are permitted. 

Turnaround time for PCR test results is 24-48 hours and results will be received via email in the SEMA4 portal, for which you will receive instructions on how to access at your test appointment. 

To register for COVID 19 testing for next Tuesday, October 12th or Thursday, October 14th, please click on the following SignUpGenius link here

You must complete a separate registration for each individual to be tested.  As a reminder, SEMA4 lab requires a separate email and registration for each individual being tested so if your child does not have an email address we suggest creating a free Gmail or similar free email account for your child’s registration. 

Our Health Department also has a limited amount of Abott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests available for New Canaan residents only seeking quick results. Contact the Health Department at 203-594-3020 to schedule a rapid test at their office at Vine Cottage. We encourage New Canaan residents with any symptoms of fever, congestion, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, or a cough to reach out to the Health department for a free rapid COVID-19 test. Test results take 15 minutes. 

For additional testing locations in the area you can call 2-1-1, contact your primary care provider or visit the town website or click here for list of COVID-19 testing sites in our area. 

VACCINATION UPDATE 

The New Canaan Health Department continues to provide vaccinations by appointment for those residents aged 12 and over who are still in need of either a first or second dose.  The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are currently available. 

To schedule a vaccination appointment with the New Canaan Health Department please call 203-594-3020 or email Shannon.vallerie@newcanaanct.gov.  The Health Department office is located in Vine Cottage, 77 Main Street, next to Town Hall. 

As a reminder, Moderna is a two-dose vaccine taken at least 28 days apart for ages 18 and over, and Pfizer is a two dose vaccine taken at least 21 days apart for ages 12 & over.  Pfizer is the only FDA EUA approved vaccine for those aged 12-17 years old. 

Guidelines from CT Department of Public Health ( CT DPH) regarding booster vaccine 3rd doses for the general public are the same as the CDC’s. CDC recommends the following and it only pertains to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine:  

  • People aged 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series,   
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks. 

CT WIZ PUBLIC PORTAL FOR VACCINATION RECORDS

Residents who have been vaccinated will now be able to access their immunization records online through the secure CT WiZ Public Portal, a free service provided by the state of CT DPH Immunization Program. [A press release can be found here.]

Vaccinated adults and legal guardians can access official immunization records for themselves and children under the age of 18 using the CT WiZ Public Portal with ‘two-factor authentication’ to verify identity. 

(Note: You won’t find the record if the contact information does not match what the vaccine provider reported to CT WIZ. If you are unable to locate your record in the portal, you can contact the DPH Immunization Program for assistance online at helpdesk or calling 860-509-7929 during business hours Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan) Neighbors Thu, 07 Oct 2021 15:30:52 -0400
Abilis Holds 2-Day Job Fair October 13 & 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6184-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-146184-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6184-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-146184-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-14

Abilis is hiring! Prospective employees/job seekers are encouraged to attend the Abilis Job Fair and interview on-site for open positions during the two-day job fair being held Wednesday, October 13, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Abilis Therapy Center at 1150 Summer Street in Stamford, and Thursday, October 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Abilis’ headquarters at 50 Glenville Street in Greenwich, Connecticut. Those interested in working for Abilis can view some of the open positions at here.
 
The Job Fair is open for drop-ins, no registration is required. Interviews will be conducted on-site; light refreshments will be served. To learn more, call 203-531-1880.
 
“Abilis has been an integral part of Fairfield County for 70 years providing services and supports for our special needs community,” said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “This past year, we have experienced rapid growth serving the 800 individuals with special needs and their families and expanded of our programs and services in towns such as Greenwich, Darien, Norwalk, Stamford, Ridgefield and Westport. We’ve expanded programs and services as the needs of the community have grown, so we are hiring to help fill these wonderful and fulfilling positions.”
 
Abilis serves individuals with special needs from birth throughout their lives. Job openings are in many different areas of Abilis’ programs and services, ranging from therapists for the Abilis Therapy Center, to life coaches in the LEAP program in Darien, Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton, to counselors, occupational and physical therapists, behavioral supports, residential and food service positions and more. Full-time and part-time positions include management and assistant management roles, professional and hourly roles. 
 
Abilis is looking for applicants who are interested in setting the standard of excellence for person-centered services through innovation, teamwork, and respect for the special needs community Abilis serves. Competitive benefits package include paid time off, tuition reimbursement, medical/dental, 401K retirement plan, career path and professional development offerings, work-life balance, a diverse and inclusive environment, and a commitment to excellence: these are just some of the reasons to join the Abilis team and work happy! 
 
“Our employees are our greatest assets,” noted Abilis CEO and president Amy Montimurro. “All of us here at Abilis become a family and we have a proud history of having long-term dedicated and talented employees. . Those interested in applying, please join us at our Job Fair October 13 in Stamford and October 14 in Greenwich.”
 
Applicants should come prepared with their resume and be prepared to be interviewed during the job fair. All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check. In compliance with the executive order from the state of Connecticut as of September 27, 2021, all Abilis employees must also present CDC proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon date of hire. For questions on the Abilis Job Fair, please call 203-531-1880.
 
Abilis is celebrating its 70th year in 2021 of being a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives. Abilis is a leader serving the special needs community in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in towns including Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton, and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, click here.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Jeni Howard) Events Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:05:44 -0400
Town of New Canaan absentee and sample ballots now available https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/6183-town-of-new-canaan-absentee-and-sample-ballots-now-available6183-town-of-new-canaan-absentee-and-sample-ballots-now-available https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/6183-town-of-new-canaan-absentee-and-sample-ballots-now-available6183-town-of-new-canaan-absentee-and-sample-ballots-now-available

Absentee ballots and sample ballots for the Town of New Canaan's Nov. 2 Municipal Election are now available

For an Absentee Ballot Application, please click here

To view a sample ballot for the November 2, 2021 Municipal Election, please click here

Absentee ballots are issued by the Town Clerk's Office to eligible voters for all elections, primaries, and referenda. (Special restrictions may be in effect during a referendum.) Registered voters who are eligible to vote by absentee ballot include those persons: 

  • who are ill; 
  • who are physically disabled; 
  • who are serving in the military; 
  • who are out-of-town on election day; 
  • who are serving as poll workers in a district other than their own;
  • whose religion forbids secular activity on election day;
  • who are concerned about Covid-19. All voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the municipal election held on November 2, 2021 due to concerns about COVID-19. Just check the COVID-19 box on the application.

Absentee voting is a two-step process:
First, you must fill out an Absentee Ballot Application and return it to the Town Clerk. Upon receipt and approval of the application, a ballot will be mailed or handed to you.

Second, you must execute your ballot and return it to the Town Clerk by the close of polls in order for your vote to count.

We encourage all voters to use the Official Ballot Drop-Box in front of the main entrance to Town Hall for both applications and absentee ballots.

To execute the process by mail, please send applications or executed ballots to:

Claudia A. Weber, Town Clerk
P.O. Box 447
New Canaan, CT 06840

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Politics Wed, 06 Oct 2021 11:44:01 -0400