• A Better Chance,  Columns,  Guest Columns,  new canaan,  Opinion

    Op-Ed: ABC House launches annual appeal

    With today’s political upheavals – both national and international, combined with worry about global warming, terrorism, immigration and racism — developing the leadership for today and tomorrow’s challenges is a major concern for many American citizens. We are fortunate to live in a community where this is a high priority. Since 1963, A Better Chance in New Canaan has been opening the door to greater educational opportunities for a highly promising but underserved population of high school-aged students. They do this by carefully selecting two new eighth grade graduates each year to create a total of eight highly motivated and high achieving students, two each for grades nine through 12,…

  • letter,  Letters,  new canaan,  Opinion,  Robert Doran

    Letter: Town survey must be done right

    Editor, Advertiser: Surveying residents of New Canaan about priorities is the most transparent way to address spending and culture, but it has to be handled professionally and scientifically to be valuable. There is no way to draw meaningful conclusions without customer (resident) narratives being included as part of the research and narratives have to be gathered in person. It doesn’t help to know how someone feels without understanding why. A survey of yes/no or ranking questions doesn’t allow for follow-up questions –– and the answers where the real data are hidden. Any idea to handle this with the ubiquitous Survey Monkey app will create questions not insightful answers. Liz Donovan…

  • column,  Columns,  guest column,  Guest Columns,  Kevin Moynihan,  new canaan,  New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan,  Opinion

    Op-Ed: A report on my first year in office

    New Canaan: This week marks the one-year anniversary of my taking office as First Selectman. Here is a brief report on our progress. My campaign in 2017 focused on five major themes: improving cell phone service, increasing commuter parking, strengthening financial management, ensuring transparency in government and maintaining excellence in our schools. I also highlighted the issues of strengthening our downtown business district, encouraging the building of senior housing and preserving open space. Improving cell phone service In 2017, New Canaan was threatened with the prospect of having to replace the existing cell antennas on the Waveny water tank — which provide one-third of our cell service — with a…

  • Editorial,  holidays,  Lead News,  new canaan,  Opinion

    Editorial: Holidays are time for giving

    Yes, the holidays can be rough. Between trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on a shoestring budget, preparing the ideal holiday meal, the onslaught of relatives and the tower of holiday invitations blocking your door it can become a bit overwhelming. But for right now let’s forget about all of that (because it really doesn’t matter) and focus on the actual point of the holidays (and no it’s not presents). The real focus of the holidays is to gather with loved ones and spread some good in the world. So this year, I’m asking you to do your part by making a donation. Donate your time to help…

  • Letters,  new canaan,  Opinion,  Planet New Canaan,  president,  Robin Bates-Mason

    Letter: Beach cleanup tackles trash

    Editor, Advertiser: On Sunday, Nov. 18, Planet New Canaan joined forces with Darien Environmental Group and Surfrider organization to clean Pear Tree Point Beach in Darien. Three hundred pounds of trash was picked in a single afternoon, including 30 plastic straws, 40 plastic bottles, 12 plastic shopping bags, 200 feet of fishing line and more.   On behalf of Planet New Canaan I would like to express our gratitude to Darien Environmental Group and Surfrider for organizing the event. A big thank-you to New Canaan High School’s Save Our Seas club whose enthusiasm and work ethic was remarkable. A total of 14 New Canaan High School students braved the wet…

  • John W. Hetherington,  Letters,  new canaan,  Opinion,  Retired State Rep. District 125,  Tom O'Dea

    Letter: O’Dea has earned re-election

    Editor, Advertiser: Tom O’Dea has well earned re-election as our state representative for the 125th District. Moderate and civil, O’Dea has become a point person for bipartisan efforts, yet a distinguished leader in seeking to reverse the fiscal policies that have squandered Connecticut’s strength over years of one-party rule. While fully cognizant of the persistent appeal of additional revenue for our state, O’Dea does not share his opponent’s enthusiasm for tolls, recognizing that tolls are a regressive form of taxation that falls hardest on drivers least able to pay. Of major importance, O’Dea completes an outstanding legislative team that includes Rep. Fred Wilms and Senators Toni Boucher and Scott Frantz.…

  • Democratic,  Kit Devereaux,  Letters,  new canaan,  Opinion,  Will Haskell

    Letter: State senate needs Haskell

    Editor, Advertiser: Election Day will be here in less than a week. It is important that we all vote. For my part, I will be voting for the Democratic slate. In particular, I would like to speak about Will Haskell, a new light on the political horizon. Will is running for the 26th District State Senate. He is focused on the transportation and infrastructure issues that affect all of us, and reducing gun violence, and bringing fiscal sustainability to Connecticut. When you meet Will, you will encounter someone with intelligence and common sense beyond his years. Added to this is an energy and a vitality that could really make a…

  • Alex Bergstein,  Connecticut,  Julie Smith,  Letters,  new canaan,  Opinion

    Letter: Bergstein’s proposals sound, fiscally responsible

    Editor, Advertiser: There are many critical issues central to the election this November. I am a firm believer that a person should choose a candidate that best represents their views on the issues, regardless of party. While this approach involves research and time, we will all be better served and elect representatives that stand for our values if we do so. Many thanks to the New Canaan League of Women Voters for posting candidate responses to set questions on their website this year.   There are a number of new candidates to consider. It is important to look at their plans for solving the fiscal crisis and for bringing new…

  • Faux wall,  Letters,  new canaan,  Norm Jensen,  Opinion

    Letter: Too quick to judge faux wall

    Editor, Advertiser: What’s to worry about? I wonder why folks are so quick to make judgments; I am talking about the faux stone wall on Park Street. I wouldn’t call it hideous. Would a prefab house be considered hideous? The building of both structures is meant to cut down on the cost of labor and material. Not meant to appear hideous. As it was quoted in the latest article, “The walls will be disappearing under growth in approximately nine or 10 months.” Give it time to be complete and you will see the transformation; it will change your opinion. Think of it as a work of art. One cannot judge…

  • Joe,  Letters,  new canaan,  Old Greenwich,  Opinion,  Pam Fedorko,  Scott Frantz

    Letter: ‘Misinformation about Scott not true’

    Editor, Advertiser: I would like to share just one example in support of Scott Frantz. A little over four years ago we lost our beautiful daughter Emily in a tragic tubing accident. We were traumatized and lost but knew we wanted our daughter to be part of something much bigger. She carried a big voice for such a small person A week later Scott and his wife were at our home. His passion and kindness were incredible.  We shared ideas about how we could save others from the loss we had experienced. Scott worked tirelessly and in just four months Emily’s law was passed, unanimously. Scott treats you like you…