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What is the town’s history? New Canaan’s humble beginnings date back to 1731 when Connecticut’s colonial legislature established Canaan Parish as a religious entity in northwestern Norwalk and northeastern Stam- ford. The right to form a Congregational church was granted to the few families scattered through the area. As bona fide inhabit- ants of Norwalk or Stamford, depending on where their houses stood, Canaan Parish settlers still had to vote, pay taxes, serve on juries, and file deeds in their home towns. What no one fore- saw in 1731 was that the boundaries of Canaan Parish 70 years later would become the boundaries of a new Connecticut town. New Canaan was incorporated in 1801 and the first town meeting was held on June 29 of that year. Because Canaan Par- ish was not planned as a town, upon incorporation New Canaan found itself without a village, a main street, a town hall, or a central common or town green. Until the Revolutionary War, New Canaan was primarily an agricultural community. After the war, New Canaan’s major industry was shoe making. As New Canaan’s shoe business gathered momentum early in the 19th Century, instead of a central village, regional settlements of clustered houses, mills and schools developed into distinct district centers with the addition of a general store. Some of the districts were centered on Ponus Ridge, West Road, Oenoke Ridge, Smith Ridge, Talmadge Hill and Silvermine. The village of New Canaan was to grow later from a similar district setup that proved to be located more strategically than its peripheral counterparts. In 1825 the first town house (now the historical society’s library) was built on Oenoke Ridge. With the advent of the railroad to New Canaan in 1868, many of New York City’s wealthy residents discovered the quiet, peaceful area and built magnificent summer homes. After World War II, the housing boom brought more residents and many of the sum- mer visitors settled year-round, commuting to their jobs in New

Published annually by Hersam Acorn Newspapers as a special section of the New Canaan Advertiser.
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York and creating the residential community that exists today. In 1916, the first carol sing took place on God’s Acre and in 1928 the first traffic light in town was installed. The now iconic Moreno clock, standing at the intersection of South Avenue and Elm Street, was installed as recently as 1997 in honor of the late First Selectman, Louis Moreno, and in 2003, New Canaan elected its first female selectman.

Where did the name come from? Canaan was a region within Norwalk according to the land records, and the Congregationalists chose the biblical name Ca- naan Parish when we became a parish. Later, when the town was incorporated in 1801, it was called New Canaan since Connecti- cut already had a Canaan in the northwest part of the state.

Where did the nickname — “Next Station to Heaven” — originate? In the 1890s editor Will Kirk of the Messenger wrote an edito- rial in response to area editors who chided him and New Canaan as the “next station to hell.” An alleged remark by a parched Civil War veteran marching in the Decoration Day Parade on an unusually hot day prompted the exchange. The remark was found untrue and Kirk after enduring the comments of others wrote about a “dream” of approaching the Pearly Gates in the company of his fellow editors. All others were turned away but he, Will Kirk was welcomed, because he, in fact, was from the “Next Station to Heaven.”

Who were the first town officials? Capt. Isaac Richards, Dr. Joseph Silliman and Col. Joseph Seely were the first, second and third selectmen, respectively. Samuel St. John, Capt. Richards’ son-in-law, was the town clerk. Eighteen other men were appointed to various positions,

Table of Contents

Reader’s index on page 71

History

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Demographics

7

Government

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Town officials

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Schools

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Public Services

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Property Issues

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Utilities

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Emergency Services

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Map of Darien Points of Interest

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Health

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Senior Citizens

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Children & Teens

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Recreation

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Entertainment

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Clubs & Organizations

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Food & Shopping

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Religion

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Business

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Media

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Transportation

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Pets & Animals

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New Canaan Web Sites

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but there are no records of who they were.

What are some historic points of interest? Waveny Mansion, on South Avenue, was built in 1912 by Lewis H. Lapham on what had been Prospect Farm, an early summer estate. In 1967 the town acquired the “castle” and 300 acres of surrounding parkland. The Little Red Schoolhouse on Carter Street was built in 1865. It was in use for kindergarten through fifth grade until 1957. It was the last one-room school in use in Connecticut. Through the years, it was maintained by The Friends of the Little Red Schoolhouse. It is now a permanent exhibit and program space for the New Canaan Historical Society. It will be opened on spe- cial occasions. The sculptor John Rogers’ studio, a National Historic Land- mark, and the 1799 Rock School House are on the grounds of the New Canaan Historical Society. The Philip Johnson Glass House, also an historical landmark, is on 47-acres off Ponus Ridge Road and is available for tours. The Gores Pavillion in Irwin Park, known as one of “The Moderns” and built in 1959. The New Canaan Railroad Station, built in 1868, is one of the earliest surviving stations in Connecticut. Its Gothic Revival style architecture is not usually seen in train station design in the state.

Is there any place in New Canaan on the National Register of Historic Places? New Canaan has two National Landmark buildings, the John Rogers’Studio and the Philip Johnson Glass House.Also listed on the national register are the Hanford Davenport House on Oenoke Ridge,TheMaplesInn,theMerrittParkwayandtwoprivatehomes.

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What are the oldest houses in town? The oldest documented surviving house is the Benedict-Eels- Thatcher house on Carter Street, built in 1724. Throughout town the New Canaan Historical Society has placed plaques on 90 houses that are 100 years old or older, with an additional 100 homes that have not yet received plaques. Thirty existing houses date from 1772-1773 and are known as the Drummond Visitation Homes.

Are there any historic districts in town? Yes. The historic district encompasses 21 buildings along Main Street, Oenoke Ridge, Park Street, and St. John’s Place. In- cluded in the historic district are St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, the Congregational Church, and the Town House, built as New Canaan’s first town hall in 1825.

Are there any town histories? There are many books that look at life in New Canaan from many points of view. Those below may be purchased at the his- torical society’s library. The New Canaan Historical Society has published two town histories that are available at the society: Portrait of New Ca- naan and New Canaan: Texture of a Community. The society’s 2006 annual, I Remember the Old Town Farm, chronicles life on a small farm in Connecticut a century ago. A Guide to God’s Acre is a walking tour of the historic district, and A Child’s Walking Tour of New Canaan is a historical walk- ing tour geared to children. My Impressions of the Hour is a journal written by an early New Canaan teacher, Margaret Mary Corrigan. Recollections of a Most Worldly Neighbor, John McDiarmid 1911-1982, was published in 2004 in recognition of 50 years of the observation in New Canaan of United Nations Day. Reflections by Charlotte and David Brown is the personal story of two doctors and their experiences caring for people in town, beginning in 1951. The Harvard Five in New Canaan is a history of mid-century houses in town. It includes photos, floor plans and drawings of New Canaan’s modern homes by the Harvard Five architects and others. Another book focusing on architecture is Philip Johnson in New Canaan, featuring the architect and his famous Glass House. Mary J. Kelley and the Little Red Schoolhouse is a booklet of student recollections and photos of New Canaan’s one-room schoolhouse on Carter Street. It was compiled by Robert W.P. Cutler, a former student himself. Engagements Abroad, a New Canaan Historical Society pub- lication, relates the many connections the town’s residents have had in other countries. Canaan Parish 1733-2008, Profiles of Its Pastors by William Gardner, a longtime parishioner of the Congregational Church of New Canaan, traces the history of the clergymen who were also early leaders of the community. The project was inspired by the church’s 275th anniversary in 2008.

How long has the New Canaan Advertiser been cover- ing the news of the town? The first issue of the Advertiser appeared on July 25, 1908. The newspaper was the brainchild of John E. Hersam, and the fourth generation of the Hersam family is still active in the business. John E. Hersam’s primary intention in publishing the newspaper was to provide information about New Canaan’s baseball team that team members and townspeople felt was deserved but was not provided by the other paper, the New Canaan Messenger, which eventually ceased publication after only four years, in

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1912. John Hersam’s motto — “Grow or Go” — proved pro-

phetic as the newspaper has continued to grow in size and scope over the past 100 years. In 1997, Hersam Publishing merged with the Acorn Press to form Hersam Acorn Newspapers, with

a stable of 19 weekly newspapers in Fairfield, New Haven and

Westchester counties. In his weekly New Canaan Advertiser column, Century Notes, author/historian Don Souden excerpts news and advertising items from a 100-year-old issue of the paper.

How can I research my genealogy, the town’s history? The New Canaan Historical Society Library of more than 3,500 volumes on genealogy and area history — including tax and real estate records — is housed in an addition in back of the society’s Town House. There are also many manuscripts, deeds, and local newspapers on microfilm. The library is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:30 to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are appreciated.

Call the historical society at 966-1776. The New Canaan Library is also a good resource for genea- logical searches.

What is the role of the historical society? Founded in 1889, the New Canaan Historical Society, at 13 Oenoke Ridge, maintains and preserves five historic buildings; operates seven museums; collects and preserves materials of lo- cal historical value; supports varied education programs includ- ing school tours, special exhibits, seminars, and publications on New Canaan history. (For details on the museums, see the sec- tion on Entertainment.) The society’s quarterly meetings are open to the community. New members and volunteers are always welcome. For infor- mation, call 966-1776, fax 972-5917, or e-mail newcanaan. historical@snet.net. The society’s Web site is nchistory.org The society provided much of the material for this section of the New Canaan Answerbook.

Demographics

How big is New Canaan? New Canaan is 22.5 square miles and is bordered by Darien to the south, Stamford to the west, Pound Ridge, N.Y., to the north and Norwalk and Wilton to the east.

How many people live here? According to the 2010 town profile from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, New Canaan’s population (2009) was 18,998, down from 19,395 in 2000. There were 9,860 fe- males and 9,138 males, according to the latest town profile. The town’s racial/ethnicity makeup was as follows: white, 17,668; Asian Pacific, 610; Hispanic (any race), 567; black, 354; other/multi-race, 358; Native American, 8. New Canaan’s population is expected to decline to 17,735 by 2014, or slightly lower than the total of 17,864 in 1990.

How does the population break down by age? According to the CERC town profile, New Canaanites fall into the following age ranges: 0-4: 1,374 (8%); 5-17: 4,078 (22%); 18-24: 962 (5%); 25-49: 5,788 (30%); 50-64: 4,193 (22%); 65+:

2,603 (14%). The median age was 42 in New Canaan, and 40 in the county and state.

What is the average income? New Canaan’s median household income in the 2010 town profile was $182,018 compared to $82,184 for Fairfield County and $68,055 for the state. There were 6,622 households in New Canaan, according to the town profile. The latest grand list count- ed 6,668 residential properties (mostly single family homes).

What’s the average selling price of a home? House selling prices in New Canaan fared slightly better in 2010 than in 2009, with an average of $1,706,976 million last year, compared to $1,665,366 the year before. In 2010 total sales increased to 216 transactions, up from 153,

a 41% jump. The number of new listings climbed to 473, up from 454. Average days on the market was 206, up by five days.

What has the real estate picture looked like recently? For the last three years, New Canaan’s real estate market has been driven by homes priced under $2.5 million dollars. Eighty- five percent of the houses sold in 2010 were in the under $2.5 million price range of which 72% were listed under $2 million,

reported the New Canaan Advertiser in late January. In 2006, 24% of the total number of houses bought, sold for above $2.5 million compared to 14% in 2010. There was a drop of 25% between the total dollar volume of housing sales in 2010 and the total dollar volume of housing sales in 2006. The total dollar volume fell even further when comparing 2007 and 2010 because the percentage of houses sold for above $2.5 million declined by 40% while the percentage of houses sold for under $2.5 million remained almost the same. This trend continued in

2008 and 2009.

The condo market has seen an upward spike in sales for units priced between $500,000 and $1 million since 2006; 22

to 28 in 2010. The number of units sold for under $500,000 in

2010 was slightly more than 2009 but represented an almost

50% decline from a four-year high of 20 units sold in 2006. Of the 49 condos on the market in 2011, buyers will find an equal number of units available in the under $499,000, between $500,000 and under $1 million, and between the $1 million and under $2 million price ranges. The New Canaan real estate market had rebounded significant- ly in the second half of 2009 after a first half of marked declines in home prices and transactions. That year’s totals: 153 transactions (or 14 fewer than in 2008, a 7.4% drop); average selling price:

$1.67 million (21% lower than the $2.12 million average in ’08).

What’s the labor force, the unemployment rate here? According to the Connecticut Department of Labor statistics from December 2010, New Canaan’s labor force numbered 8,958 people. Of those, 8,471 were employed, with 487 people unemployed. This resulted in an unemployment rate of 5.4%, down from 5.5% in 2009 and up from 4.1% in 2008.

How far is New Canaan from Connecticut’s capital? New Canaan is 59 miles southwest of Hartford, the state’s cap- ital. It’s 152 miles from Boston, 41 miles from New York City.

What is the average temperature? The Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University says the average winter temperature on the Fahrenheit scale is 31.8 degrees, spring 47.7 degrees, summer, 70.1 degrees and fall, 52.9 degrees.According to weather.com, the average high in July is 84 degrees, and the average low is 17 degrees in Janu- ary. The record high was 102 degrees in July 1995. The record low was 18 degrees below zero in January 1982.

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Where are the town offices? New Canaan Town Hall is at 77 Main Street. The Human Services offices are next door in a yellow Victorian house known as Vine Cottage. The Department of Recreation is in Waveny House in Waveny Park. Lapham Community Center is also in Waveny Park. The building, health, inland/wetlands, and planning & zoning offices are at Irwin Park, 848 Weed Street. Town offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Does the town have an official Web site? Yes. It is www.newcanaan.info.

Who is the chief executive of the town? The first selectman is Jeb Walker, a Republican re-elected in 2009. His is a full-time salaried position. He is also chairman of the Board of Selectmen, which includes re-elected Selectman Sally T. Hines, a Democrat, and Selectman Robert E. Mallozzi, III, a Republican. The three are elected to two-year terms, which expire November 2011. The board is responsible for directing the administration, pol- icy-making and daily affairs of the town. The first selectman handles day-to-day administration, while the board handles ma- jor decisions. The Board of Selectmen meets twice a month on varying Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in the Board Room on the second floor of Town Hall. The minutes of each meeting are on the town Web site, newcanaan.info. Visit the Web site for the agenda or check with the town clerk’s office.

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Is there a directory of town officials? Yes. Town officials are listed on the town’s Web site, newca- naan.info. Look for the Boards, Councils & Elected Officials and Departments links. There is also a list of various officials and elected board members in this section of the Answerbook.

What is the town budget? The approved town budget for 2010-11 is $118.9 million, an increase of $3.7 million or 3.27% from the previous year. It is broken down as follows:

Total town operating expenses: $32.2 million (up 5.11%) General government: $11.2 million (up 8.97%) Public safety: $9.1 million (up 3.19%) Public works: $7.29 million (up 1.29%) Recreation: $1.4 million (up 2.67%) Library: $1.83 million (up 11%) Human services: $166,500 (down 12.3%) Other agencies: $637,216 (up 3.12%) Town capital expenditures: $942,750 (up 37%) Town debt service: $5.3 million (up 2.1%) School operating expenses: $61.9 million (up 1.67%) School health insurance: 9 million (same) School capital expenditures: $1.17 million (up 88%) School debt service: $8.1 million (up 3.4%) The current budget is online at newcanaan.info at the finance department link. For news on the new budget process, go to the Advertiser’s Web site and click on Budget.

What is the town’s bond rating? Moody’s has given the town a rating of Aaa.

What is the current tax rate in town? The current tax rate is 13.585 mills, or a 1.75% increase from the previous mill rate of 13.351 mills, which had been an 11% decrease from the previous fiscal year. That had been the lowest rate since July 1, 2004. The 2010-11 rate represents a real tax of $13.585 on each $1,000 of assessed value. If a house is valued at $700,000, the real estate taxes would be $9,509.50. The next tax rate will be set in May, after the new town budget is approved.

How much is the sewer fee and where do I pay it? The sewer district, residential and commercial, is $0.611 for 2010-11, up from the 2009-10 fiscal year’s $0.600 per $1,000 of the assessed property value and is included in the regular tax bill. The fee may be mailed or paid in person at the tax collec- tor’s office in the town hall.

What’s a grand list? A New England term, the grand list is the town’s tax base and represents all taxable property in town. It is compiled every Oct. 1, and then reviewed by the Board of Assessment Appeals in April. The 2010 net grand list before board review decisions on ap- peal (but including exemptions) totals $8.207 billion in assess- ments, up from $8.189 billion on the 2009 grand list. According to the assessor’s office the breakdown of net total assessments includes the largest category, real estate — $7.9 billion; slightly up from 2009; up from 2008, when it was $7.35 billion and from 2007, when it was $7.05 billion. On the 2010 grand list a total of 6,668 residential properties were counted for a total assessment of $7.35 billion. A total of 218 commercial properties totaled $358 million in assessments. Total motor vehicle assessments (17,337 vehicles in town; 15,146 passenger vehicles): $236 million, up from $228 million; and total business personal property assessments, $62 million,

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up from $60 million.

How often is property revalued? State law requires a revaluation every five years. New Canaan completed its latest revaluation on Oct. 1, 2008, by the town- hired firm of John F. Ryan Associates. The 2008 revaluation and information about each property in New Canaan, including their assessments, is on the town’s Web site at newcanaan.info, under the “Property Appraisals” tab.

Who determines how much my house is worth for tax- ing purposes? The town assessor’s office is responsible for determining the assessed value of your house. The assessor is Sebastian Caldarel- la. His office may be reached directly at 203-594-3008.

How do I find the assessed value of my home? You may call assessor’s office at 203-594-3005 or you may go to the assessor’s office and look at the field card for your property. The field card lists the particulars in figuring the valu- ation of your home. In Connecticut, an assessment is equal to 70% of the fair market value as established by the assessor. You may also visit online at newcanaan.info under the “Property Ap- praisals” tab.

What do I do if I think my assessment is unfair? Your first step is to call the tax assessor’s office to review the assessment for any possible inaccuracies. If none are found and you still consider the assessment unfair you may apply to appear before a scheduled hearing of the Board of Assessment Appeals. Applications must be filed no later than Feb. 20. The board meets annually in March to hear appeals. The motor ve-

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hicle assessment appeal filing period is in September on a date announced by the board. You may e-mail the board at board. assessment.appeals@ci.new-canaan.ct.us.

Where and when do I pay my town taxes? Property taxes are due in two installments, July 1 and Jan. 1, and may be paid at the tax collector’s office in the town hall, or mailed to the address on the bill. Taxes may be paid within 30 days of the due date without penalty. You may also pay online. Vehicle and personal property taxes are due in one installment on July 1. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you of the respon- sibility of paying any taxes, penalties, or interest due. Louise J. Andronaco is the collector of taxes. She may be reached at 203-594-3066. In the approved 2010-11 budget, officials projected total tax collections of $111 million and a tax collection rate of 97.5%.

What do my taxes pay for? Taxes support schools, police, road improvements, debt pay- ments, and all other town services. A detailed accounting of how collected taxes are spent are included online at newcanaan.info under the finance department link.

What happens if I don’t pay my taxes on time? You’ll be charged 1.5% interest each month on the installment balance. This works out to 18% annually. In addition, before the end of each fiscal year, real estate liens are filed against all prop- erties on which there is a delinquent real estate tax.

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Does the town ever foreclose on tax-debtor property and have tax sale? This has not been done in recent history and the town attempts to work out any individual problems that may occur.

Is anyone eligible for a tax break? There are programs for the elderly, the disabled, and veterans. For details, check with the assessor’s office at 203-594-3008.

How are car taxes figured? They are based on 70% of book value.

I received a tax bill for a car I don’t own anymore. What should I do? The Department of Motor Vehicles maintains vehicle owner- ship records, which it forwards to the town assessor’s office to determine the tax roll for cars owned by New Canaan residents. DMV will continue sending ownership reports to the town until a vehicle’s license plates are turned in. To remove a car from the tax roll, cancel your registration and return the plates to the DMV office in Norwalk or Stamford, and take the DMV return receipt to the assessor’s office.

What do the registrars of voters do? There are two paid registrars, one from each of the two major parties. They are elected in even-numbered years to two-year terms. They administer all elections and safeguard the voting rights of all citizens. They are also responsible for voter registra- tion and promote voter education projects. The registrars’ office maintains the accuracy of the voter registry. The registrars are Robert Shafter, Republican, and George Cody, Democrat. They may be reached at 203-594-3060.

What are our political parties and enrollments? Shortly before the November 2010 election, there were 13,237 registered voters in New Canaan, according to the secretary of the state office. There were 6,501 Republicans, 2,801 Demo- crats, and 3,892 unaffilated voters. A total of 43 residents were enrolled in minor parties such as the Green and Libertarian par- ties.

Who can register to vote? To register to vote in New Canaan you must be at least 18 years old by Election Day, a U.S. citizen, and a bona fide resi- dent of the town. The deadline to register is 14 days prior to an election. You may enroll in a party or switch parities if already registered.

Where and when can I register? You may register Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30 at the registrars’ office or the town clerk’s office at town hall. You may also register by mail. To get a mail-in registration form, call the registrars’ office at 203-594-3060. The Depart- ment of Motor Vehicles and library also have voter registration forms. Forms may also be downloaded from www.newcanaan. info.

Why should I enroll in a party? Enrollment in a party allows you to participate in primaries and caucuses. You may also serve on the local town committee and participate in its activities. Party membership is the most common route to serving on town boards and commissions.

Are there voting districts in town? There are three voting districts:

District 1 is the west side of town, from the Stamford border

to West Road and Ponus Ridge. Vote at the New Canaan High School gym (north). District 2 extends from District 1 to Route 123. Vote at the New Canaan High School gym (south).

District 3 is the east side of town, from Route 123 to the bor- ders of Wilton and Norwalk. Vote at the Saxe Middle School gym.

If you are not sure of your voting district, call the town clerk

(203-594-3070) or registrars’ office (203-594-3060) or visit newcanaan.info.

Who can vote by absentee ballot? Any registered voter who will be out of town during all vot- ing hours may cast an absentee allot. Other reasons, such as ill- ness or religious beliefs, allow use of absentee ballots by people who will be in town during polling hours. Applications available through town clerk’s office.

When can I use an absentee ballot? You may vote by absentee ballot for any election, including a referendum.

How and where do I get an absentee ballot? You must first fill out an application, which you can pick up

at the town clerk or registrars’ office in the town hall, or it may be mailed to you at any address. After you return the applica- tion, it will be processed and the absentee ballot will be sent to you, but not until two to four weeks before the actual election. If the ballot is printed and ready, you may fill it out at the town clerk’s office. Absentee ballots are available for a referendum but special restrictions may be in effect. They can be mailed to

a person upon request.

What is a referendum?

A referendum is a question or proposal that is submitted to

a vote of the electors or voters of a municipality. The outcome

may be legally binding or non-binding, depending on the nature of the question. Typically, a referendum is used to approve or reject a budget or major project.

When are elections of town officials held? Election of town officials occurs on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years. State and federal elections are held in even-numbered years.

Can I look up old deeds in the town hall? Deeds are open to the public and are available for review in the town clerk’s office.

Are birth, marriage and death records public? The general public is allowed to peruse marriage and death record indexes and can obtain copies. Restrictions may apply. Birth certificates are confidential. Certified copies of birth cer- tificates will be issued only to the person in question or, in the case of a minor, their parents or other designated persons.

Besides clergy, who can officiate at weddings?

A justice of the peace may officiate at a wedding within the

state, and federal judges may officiate at weddings anywhere. New Canaan has 20 justices of the peace and their names are available at the town clerk’s office (203-594-3070) as well as on the town Web site, newcanaan.info.

Where do I get a marriage license?

A marriage license may be obtained in the town where either

the bride or groom, or partners, live or where they plan to be

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married, so long as both parties meet state eligibility require- ments for marriage. No blood test is required. Both must appear, present a photo ID, and swear an oath. The license costs $30 and is good for 65 days. Visit the town clerk’s office or call 203-594- 3070 for details.

What about about same sex marriage or civil unions? As of Nov. 12, 2008, same sex marriage became legal in Con- necticut. The requirements for entering a same sex marriage are the same for an opposite-sex marriage. Previously, Connecticut recognized civil unions between two people of the same sex, which granted them the same benefits, rights and protections as are granted to spouses in a marriage. All civil unions were converted into marriage on Oct. 1, 2010. For details, go to Con- necticut Public Health section at ct.gov. Licenses may be obtained in the town clerk’s office. There is no waiting period and no residency requirement. The fee is $30. For details, call 203-594-3070.

What is a notary public and where can I find one? A notary public is someone legally empowered to witness sig- natures, certify documents and take depositions and affidavits. Every bank has one on staff. Some real estate agents are notary publics, as are some public officials. Some may charge a small fee to notarize a document.

What does the office of town planner do? The office is focused mainly on land use matters. It reviews applications, enforces zoning regulations, and advises the plan- ning and zoning commission. It also develops and maintains the Plan of Conservation and Development. Steve Kleppin is the town planner. His office is on the second

floor of town hall. He may be reached at 203-594-3042.

What does the building department do? New Canaan’s Building Department issues building, me- chanical, oil tank, and demolition permits and certificates of occupancy. It also inspects all jobs that require permits, and re- views plans to be sure they comply with mechanical and build- ing codes. Brian Platz is the chief building official. His office is at Irwin Park, 848 Weed Street and may be reached at 203-594-3012.

What is the Zoning Board of Appeals? The Zoning Board of Appeals considers requests for special exceptions, called variances, to the town’s zoning regulations. This board meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at town hall. To contact the Zoning Board of Appeals, e-mail the town planner at Steven.Kleppin@ci.new- canaan.ct.us. Members are Carroll B. Yanicelli, chairman; Frank C. Barfuss, secretary; Jon A. Engel III; Judith S. Miller and An- gelo A. Ziotas. Alternates Laura Edmonds; Jeanne Rozel; one vacancy.

What does the Planning and Zoning Commission do? The Planning and Zoning Commission regulates the use and development of land by issuing permits for new construction and by adapting and enforcing zoning regulations. The commission reviews applications and makes decisions on new commercial and residential construction. Members are Laszlo Papp, chair- man; Jean Grzelecki, secretary; John H. Goodwin; Elizabeth DeLuca; Roger Rothballer; David Scannell; Kent Turner; Dick Ward; and George Wendell. Alternate: Tony M. Shirazi; there are two vacancies.

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The commission normally meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the board room (second floor) at the town hall. To contact the commission you may e-mail the town planner at Ste- ven.Kleppin@ci.new-canaan.ct.us.

What does the tree warden do? Bruce Pauley, New Canaan’s tree warden, makes sure town trees are properly maintained, removed and replaced if deemed hazardous. E-mail: TreeWarden@newcanaanct.gov; phone:

203-594-3107.

How can I get involved in town government? To get actively involved in town government, you may become affiliated with a political party and volunteer your services. If certain functions of government interest you, such as education, recreation or zoning, attend some of the meetings of the agency involved. All town agency meetings are open to the public. For more information, you can call Republican Town Com- mittee Chairman James O’Hora at 203-972-6336 or e-mail him at rtcchairman@gmail.com, or the Democratic Town Com- mittee Chairman Ginny Apy at 203-966-0830 or e-mail her at gapy96@yahoo.com. or Connecticut Green Party Secretary David Bedell at 203-594-9013 or dbedell@green.org/Web site:

ct.greens.org.

How are candidates for town offices, boards or com- missions chosen? The political parties nominate candidates for elected or ap- pointed positions. Non-party sponsored candidates may petition to get on the ballot. Candidates for appointed boards are chosen by the selectmen, usually upon recommendations from the political parties and the current board members.

What town agencies have elected members? The Board of Selectmen, Town Council, Board of Education and Board of Assessment Appeals are elected. The first select- man, town clerk, town treasurer, registrars of voters, judge of probate, justices of the peace and constables are also elected to their positions.

What boards and commissions have appointed mem- bers and who appoints them? The Board of Selectmen appoints the members of all other boards and commissions: Board of Finance, Planning and Zon- ing Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Park and Recreation Commission, Environmental Commission, Police Commission, Fire Commission, Board of Health & Human Services, Park- ing Commission, Emergency Medical Services Commission, Youth Adult Partnership, Board of Human Services, Personnel Advisory Board, Historic District Commission, Building Board of Appeals, Housing Authority, Conservation Commission, and Utilities Commission. There are also the Deer Committee, Town Hall Building Com- mittee, Fire Building Committee, Asbestos Abatement Oversight Committee, Police/EMS Building Committee, and the Down- town Study Committee.

What is the town council? The 12-member Town Council is New Canaan’s legislative body. Its area of responsibility covers ordinances and appro- priations. The town council also is responsible for approving, disapproving or reducing appropriations recommended by the Board of Finance. The council also selects the town’s auditors. Meetings, which are open to the public, are the third Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., in town hall. You may e-mail town.

council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us or go to the town’s Web site, and on the Town Council page, click on their names.

What does the town clerk do? Town Clerk Claudia Weber (203-594-3070) is also the Regis- trar of Vital Statistics. Her office is responsible for maintaining numerous records and documents including marriage licenses, birth records, death records, burial and disinterment permits, and cremation certificates. She handles the filing of liquor permits, trade names, notary public records, dog licenses, peddler licens- es, and accepts the official filings for all minutes and agendas for the town boards and commissions. Her office also records land records including deeds and survey maps. As a chief election officer, the town clerk also helps to administer elections through the absentee ballot process and is the official record keeper for all town elections and referenda. Additionally, she is the “keeper of the seal” of the town and certifies various documents, maintains archives and works on special projects.

What does the town treasurer do? Town Treasurer V. Donald Hersam has general oversight of town receipts and expenses. He also signs off on official state- ments for bond issues and reviews disbursements. His signature appears on town checks. He can be reached at 203-594-3024.

What is probate court? As of Jan. 5 of this year, the probate court districts changed in the state. New Canaan’s probate court was consolidated with Darien’s probate court to form the Darien-New Canaan Probate Court District 52. This court has jurisdiction in the matter of administering estates and approving adoptions. The new Probate Judge is Michael P. Murray, a Republican elected last fall. The probate judge may also appoint guardians for minors, appoint conservators for those who are incapacitated, and approve commitment papers for those who are mentally ill. The probate court office is no longer in New Canaan Town Hall. It is in Darien Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820. Phone: 203-656-7342; fax: 203-656-0774. Hours are 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Chief clerk is Alice Ann Fitzpatrick.

How do I get a passport? Passport applications, which used to be accepted by New Canaan’s probate court, are no longer handled there. As of Jan. 15, 2010, the service ended. Places nearby that accept passport applications: Darien Post Office, 30 Corbin Drive, Darien (203- 655-2595); Springdale Post Office, 24 Camp Avenue, Stamford (203-321-3910) Ferguson Library at One Public Library Place and the Harry Bennett Branch, 115 Vine Road, Stamford (203- 964-1000) and Wilton Post Office, 15 Hubbard Road, Wilton

(203-762-5555).

What does the Board of Finance do? Among the many responsibilities of this appointed board is reviewing and approving the annual budget and setting the tax rate. The board also approves account transfers and special ap- propriations. It also administers the pension fund and bond is- sues. The board also serves as the Water Pollution Control Au- thority and oversees the sewer district. The chairman of the Board of Finance is also the first se- lectman. The board meets every second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at town hall. Additional meetings are held in February and March and are primarily related to reviewing the town and school budgets. Members are appointed for a four- year term and alternates for two-year terms. Members are: Jeb

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Walker, chairman; Mary Davis Cody, secretary; Susan LaPerla, Todd Lavieri, Robert Spangler, C. Daniel Ward, Neil Budnick, Paul Giusti, and Charles Van Vleet. Alternates are Christine Wagner and John Silvestri. One open alternate seat existed as of early March. Members may be reached by e-mail at board. finance@ci.new-canaan.ct.us.

What do the police and fire commissions do? These three-person commissions are responsible for the man- agement and supervision of their respective departments, their personnel, property and equipment. They are appointed to three- year terms. Serving on the Fire Commission are E. Roger Wil- liams, chairman; Sven Englund and Jack Horner. Police Com- mission members are James Cole, chairman; Dexter Sutton, secretary; and Stuart Sawabini.

Is there an environmental board? Formerly called the Environmental Commission, officially this board is the town’s Inland Wetlands Agency, Conservation Commission and Flood and Erosion Control Board. Members are appointed for two-year terms and meetings are every third Monday at 7:30 p.m. in town hall, unless there is a legal holiday. Then it’s the fourth Monday. Members are: Daniel P. Stepanek, chairman, Toddy Turrentine, secretary, Colm J. Dobbyn, Dr. Sven W. Englund, Donald Tiefenthaler, Eugene Tonkovich and George H. Blauvelt. Alternates are Russ Kinne; there are two vacant alternate seats.

What does the park and recreation board do? This commission is responsible for providing the community with a variety of leisure programs and activities that also help provide for a wholesome community. Eleven members (no al- ternates) are appointed for a three-year term and meet the sec- ond Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Waveny House or Lapham Center. You may e-mail parkrec.commission@ci. new-canaan.ct.us. Park and Recreation Commission members are Scott Gress, chairman, Joan Guzzetti, secretary, Elizabeth Livingston, Bob Rogers, Cristina Ross, Joe Paladino, Robert Persico, Gordon (Lee) Jones, Michelle Sriubas, Sally Campbell and Sean Bratches.

What does the Health and Human Services Commission do? This commission is a combination of the Commission for the Aging, Youth Commission and Board of Human Services. The nine-member commission gathers information on all age groups and assists in applying state and federal programs to New Canaan residents. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Vine Cottage, 61 Main Street. To reach the commission, e-mail Carol.Mcdonald@ci.new-canaan.ct.us. Members are: James Lisher, chairman; Thomas S. Ferguson Jr., Beverly Greenberg, Lance Minor, Carlyn Tiefenthaler, Dr. Da- vid S. Brown, Theresa Bowling, Thomas Greenbaum and Judy Dunn. (No secretary designated yet.)

What are legal notices and where can I read them? Legal notices are notifications concerning meetings and ac- tions of local commissions and boards. In addition, other im- portant town government information such as proposed budgets, town ordinances and invitations to bid on projects or provide the town services appear in legal notices. Legal notices may be found at the town clerk’s office at town hall. Many legal notices are required to be published in a news- paper having circulation in the town and almost all appear in the New Canaan Advertiser.

How do I know if a meeting is scheduled? The Freedom of Information Act requires that all town com- missions and board meetings be open to the public. The sched- ule for a board’s regular meetings must be filed each year with the town clerk. Special meetings may be called up to 24 hours in advance. Emergency meetings may be held without notice; however the board must file its minutes, including the reason for the emer- gency, at the town clerk’s office within 72 hours of the meet- ing. For information on Freedom of Information requirements for boards, commissions, and ad hoc committees, visit the town clerk’s page on newcanaan.info. Meetings are posted in the town clerk’s office, on the town Web site, and each week the New Canaan Advertiser publishes a list of upcoming meetings on its editorial page.

Can a commission or board meet privately? Generally, all meetings involving a quorum (three members of

a five-person board, four of a six-member board) must be open

to the public. However, Connecticut statutes allow a commis- sion to close a meeting to the public if it is discussing personnel

matters, litigation strategy or contract negotiations. To close a meeting and enter into executive session, the board must take a vote and the meeting’s closure must be supported by two-thirds of those present and voting. The commission cannot take any action while in an executive session. It must return to open session before voting on any items.

What if I think a commission held an illegal private meeting? You may file a complaint with the state Freedom of Infor-

mation office (860-566-5682), 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford,

06106.

What state senatorial district are we in? The east side of New Canaan is in the 26th and the west side

is in the 36th state senatorial district. Representing the 26th Dis-

trict is Toni Boucher, a Republican from Wilton and Assistant Minority Leader. She can be reached at the Legislative Office Building, Room 3400, Hartford 06106; 800-842-1421; Toni. Boucher@cga.ct.gov. Scott Frantz, a Republican and Minority Whip, represents the 36th District. His address is Legislative Office Building, Room 3400, Hartford 06106. His number is1-800-842-1421. You may e-mail Scott.Frantz@cga.ct.gov.

What state House districts are we in? New Canaan encompasses two districts, the 125th and 147th. Representing the 125th District is Republican John Heth- erington. He can be reached at 697 Valley Road, New Ca- naan; 203-966-9355 or 860-240-8700 or via e-mail John. Hetherington@housegop.state.ct.us. William M. Tong, a Democrat, represents the 147th Dis- trict. He can be reached at 99 Chestnut Hill Road, Stamford, CT 06903-4030; 203-524-5528, 860-240-8585. E-mail William. Tong@cga.ct.gov.

Who is our U.S. representative? Jim Himes, a Democrat, represents New Canaan in Congress. He has offices at 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford 06901-2927;

203-210-7711.

In Washington, he is at 214 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515; 202-225-5541, fax 202-225-9629; house.gov/himes.

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Who are Connecticut’s senators? The junior senator is Richard Blumenthal who joins senior Senator Joseph Lieberman in representing the state in the na- tion’s capital. Senator Blumenthal, a Democrat, may be reached at 30 Lewis Street, Suite 101, Hartford, CT 06103, 860-258-6940, or G55 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510, 202-224- 2823; blumenthal@.senate.gov/contact. Web site: blumethal. senate.gov. Senator Lieberman, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, may be reached at 706 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-4041. His Hartford office is at One Constitution Plaza, 7th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103, 800- 225-5605, fax: 860-549-8478; Senator_Lieberman@Lieberman. senate.gov. Web site: lieberman.senate.gov. He has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2012.

How can I write the governor? Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat and former Stamford may- or, was elected to his first term last fall. He may be reached at State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, 06106, 800-406- 1527, 866-712-6998 or 860-566-4840. Web site: ct.gov/malloy.

Where can I find out more about the state? The State Register & Manual, known as the Blue Book, pro- vides extensive information about Connecticut and its govern- ment. It is available free online at the secretary of the state’s Web site at sots.state.ct.us.

What does the Housing Authority do? New Canaan’s Housing Authority has as its mission “to pro-

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vide decent, fair, safe, and affordable housing for the tenants liv- ing at” the apartments that the authority oversees “and to accept and process applications, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, for vacancies as they occur,” according to the town’s Web site. The facilities are Mill Apartments (16 two- and three-bed- room apartments) and Millport Apartments (18 two- and three- bedroom apartments). The Housing Authority’s office is at 57 Millport Avenue. Office hours are Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Phone: 203-966-2408. The facilities are managed by Phoenix Management Corpo- ration, 101 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901. Properties manager is Anne Q. McNamara. She may be reached by calling 203-324-2154, ext. 28, or sending e-mail to AQMatPMC@aol. com. Housing Authority chairman is Charles Berman and there are two commissioners, Scott Hobbs and Donna Mills. You may contact them via e-mail at housingauthority@ci.new-canaan. ct.us.

Is there a historic district board in town? Yes. New Canaan’s Historic District Commission is made up of six members who encourage the preservation and restoration of buildings in the historic Church Hill area, known as God’s Acre. Historic district regulations are posted at the town’s Web site. Janet Lindstrom is acting chair. Other members are Ter- ry Spring, Richard L. Rose, Martin Skrelunas, Stephen B. Rowley and L. Boris Pogacnik. E-mail: Historic.District. Commission@ci.new-canaan.ct.us. Phone: 203-966-1776.

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First Selectman Jeb Walker (R)

Jeb.Walker@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-594-3000

Selectman Robert E. Mallozzi III (R)

Robert.Mallozzi@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-3505

Selectman Sally T. Hines (D)

Sally.Hines@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-972-6870

Town Clerk Claudia A.Weber (R)

Claudia.Weber@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3070

Treasurer V. Donald Hersam, Jr. (R)

203-594-3024

Judge of Probate Michael P. Murray (R)

Darien Town Hall (2 Renshaw Road)

203-655-7342

Registrar of Voters Robert Shafter (R)

registrars@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3060

Registrar of Voters George Cody (D)

registrars@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3060

Town Council Mark DeWaele(ch)

Board of Education

Board of Assessment Appeals

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-5944

Stephen Karl (v-ch)

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-9508

Kenneth Campbell, Jr.

town.council@ ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-972-3770

Kathryn Devereaux

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-972-7801

Paul Foley

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-6316

Christine Hussey

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-2116

Robert Hamill

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-972-7454

Elizabeth Jones

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-7591

Tucker Murphy

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-2503

Tom O’Dea

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-972-1352

John Emert

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-1654

Penny Young

town.council@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-972-0662

Nick Williams (R) (ch)

nick.williams@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-966-6667

Jenny McMahon (R) (v-ch)

jenny.mcmahon@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-972-7317

Alison Bedula (R)

alison.bedula@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-966-0230

Mary Kelly Freiberg (R)

mary.freiberg@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-966-6148

Hazel Hobbs (R)

hazel.hobbs@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-594-5000

Jim Kucharczyk (D)

jim.kucharczyk@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-972-3739

Penny Rashin (D)

penny.rashin@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-966-6009

Amy Rochlin (D)

amy.roshlin@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-966-4971

Kathy Smith (R)

kathy.smith@newcanaan.k12.ct.us

203-966-7702

John E. Hersam (R)

board.assessment.appeals@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-417-5198

Wendy D. Fog (D)

board.assessment.appeals@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-966-6002

Jason D. Milligan (R)

board.assessment.appeals@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-849-8100

Town Department Heads Administrative Officer Thomas Stadler

tom.stadler@ci.new-canaan.ct.us

203-594-3000

Animal Cont. Off. Mary Ann Kleinschmit

tmaryann.kleinschmitt@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3510

Assessor Sebastian Caldarella

sebastian.caldarella@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3008

Chief Building Official Brian Platz

brian.platz@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3012

Dir. of Env. Health A. Briggs Geddis

briggs.geddis@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3018

Chief Financial Officer Gary G. Conrad

gary.conrad@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3024

Fire Chief Edward Karl

ed.karl@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3140

Fire MarshalFred Baker

fred.baker@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3030

Health Director David M. Reed, MD

dreedmd@gmail.com

203-594-3018

Human Services Dir. Carol McDonald, RN

carol.mcdonald@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3079

Dir. of Inland Wetlands Kathleen Holland

kathy.holland@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3036

Municipal Agent/Elderly Melba Neville

melba.neville@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3077

Parking Bureau Supervisor Karen Miller

karen.miller@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3040

Police Chief Edward Nadriczny

edward.nadriczny@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3500

Public Works Director Mike Pastore

michael.pastore@newcanaanct.gov

203-594-3055

Recreation Dir. Stephen E. Benko, Jr.

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Abbey

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Tax Collector Rosanna DiPanni

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Town Planner Steve Kleppin

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Youth Director Anthony Phillips

anthony.phillips@newcanaanct.gov

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What does the Board of Education do? The Board of Education oversees and maintains New Ca- naan’s public schools. In doing so, it prepares and proposes the annual district-wide budget; designates the schools to be at- tended by students; provides transportation for children; makes a continuing study of the need for school facilities and of a long- term building program; operates and maintains all buildings, lands, apparatus and other property used for school purposes; prescribes the rules for the management, studies, classification and discipline of the schools; prescribes the textbooks to be used; develops, adopts and implements written policies concern- ing homework, attendance, promotion and retention; approves all expenditures for purposes of public education; furnishes to the State Department of Education data required in the periodic reports specified by state statute; adopts and files with the State Board of Education all required policy statements; and negoti- ates collective bargaining agreements with employees’ exclusive bargaining representatives.

When does the Board of Education meet? The board usually meets on alternate Mondays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School, un- less otherwise indicated. The public is welcome and time is set aside at the beginning and end of each meeting for public com- ment. Speakers are allotted two minutes each. A meeting sched- ule is available at the town clerk’s office, the superintendent’s office, and the district Web site, www2.newcanaan.k12.ct.us. Meetings are also published in The New Canaan Advertiser and also televised on a delayed basis on Channel 78.

Where is the school district office? The district office is at 39 Locust Avenue, New Canaan, CT, 06840. The phone number is 203-594-4000, fax 203-594-4035. Business hours are weekdays, 8 to 4. The district Web site is

newcanaan.k12.ct.us.

What are the school district’s goals for the year? Objectives include increasing individual and group student achievement as measured by varied assessments; improving achievement, service and relationships through communication that is responsive, clear, timely and inclusive; promoting ex- emplary research-based practices among all faculty and staff in the service of student learning; promoting an environment that fosters respect, ethical behavior and responsible citizenship and maintaining effective stewardship of district resources. Details at the school district’s Web site.

What public schools are in town? There are three elementary schools for kindergarten through fourth grade:

East Elementary School, 54 Littlebrook Road, 203-594- 4200, fax 203-594-4215; Alexandra Potts, principal. West Elementary School, 769 Ponus Ridge, 203-594-4400, fax 203-594-4412; Jill Correnty, Ed.D., principal. South Elementary School, 8 Farm Road, 203-594-4300, fax 203-203-594-4314; Joanne Rocco, principal. Saxe Middle School, with fifth through eighth grade, is at 468 South Avenue, 203-594-4500, fax 594-4565. Greg Macedo is principal. New Canaan High School, with ninth through 12 grade, is at 11 Farm Road, 203-594-4600, fax 203-594-4700. The principal is Tony Pavia. Mr. Pavia, NCHS principal for nine years, an- nounced last fall that he is leaving the school district at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

What are the hours of operation at the schools? Instructional hours are:

New Canaan High School: 7:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. Saxe Middle School (Grades 7 and 8): 7:30 a.m.- 2:05 p.m. Saxe Middle School (Grades 5 and 6): 8:20 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. South Elementary School: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. East and West Elementary: 9:05 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. Office hours are 7:30 to 4 p.m. at South Elementary; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East and West Elementary and Saxe Middle School (5-6); 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saxe (7-8); and 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the high school.

What if there’s a delayed opening or early dismissal? Delayed opening times are:

New Canaan High School: 9: a.m. Saxe Middle School (Grades 7 and 8): 9 a.m. Saxe Middle School (Grades 5 and 6): 9:50 a.m. South Elementary: 9:45 a.m. East and West Elementary: 10:35 a.m. Early dismissals are at 11:45 a.m. for the high school and sev- enth and eighth grade at Saxe, 12:30 p.m. for grades five and six at Saxe and South, and 1:15 p.m. at East and West.

How many children attend the public schools? The public school enrollment in kindergarten through 12th grade as school opened last fall totaled 4,095, the highest num- ber the district has seen in 20 years. At East, South and West schools combined, 1,524 students are enrolled. At Saxe Middle School (grades five through eight), 1,219 students are enrolled, and at New Canaan High School, 1,352 students are enrolled. Kindergarten enrollment increased by 26 students, from 258 in 2009-10, to 284 in 2010-11. For total enrollment for the district, however, the projection was off by about 83 students, which surprised administrators. New England School Development Council demographers have predicted that future enrollment will drop at larger incre- ments due to the decline in birth rate and the effects of recession- ary economic factors.

How big are the classes in New Canaan’s schools? Guidelines for elementary class sizes are 16 to 20 pupils in kindergarten through third grade, and 20 to 24 pupils for fourth through eighth grades. In high school, class sizes range from 14 to 25 students.

Is there a PTA? All the schools have Parent Teacher Council/Parent Faculty Association groups that actively participate in school events. These groups provide fund raising, support school events, and often volunteer in the classroom. Call your child’s school for the name of the representative.

What are the school holidays and vacations? Remaining holidays and vacations for the 2010-11 school year are Good Friday, April 2; April vacation, April 5-9; Memo- rial Day, May 31. The last day of school was scheduled for June 17, a half-day for students, but six school closings in January and February due to snow and ice storms added make-up days. The last day for students is posted as June 22 on the calendar at the school district Web site but a notice states that June 24 is deemed the last day regardless of further school closing events. There are 182 instructional days. The first day of the 2011-12 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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How many national academic awards were given to New Canaan high school students? Last fall, nine New Canaan students were named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program; eight New Canaan High School students and one St. Luke’s School student. Finalists are announced in April. In 2009, 10 New Canaan students were named as semifinal- ists. Six at New Canaan High School (four in 2008) were rec- ognized, as well as 3 at St. Luke’s School and one who was homeschooled.

What are the average SAT scores for seniors? The Class of 2010 averaged a total score of 1,792 (1,784 for Class of 2009) out of a possible 2,400. Ranked above state and national averages and behind scores in Darien, Westport and Wilton, New Canaan’s 2010 scores were 610 in math (601 in ’09); 581 in critical reading (591 in ’09); 601 in writing (590 in ’09). Writing scores have increased by about 20 points since 2006 when that part was added. The total mean score in 2010 for 10 Fairfield County suburban towns was 1,747 (589 math, 586 writing, 572 reading).

When must children start school? At five years of age (by Dec. 31 of the school year), a child is required to attend school. Parents who choose to hold back a child from attending school when that child is five (or even six) will need to personally appear at the school to sign an option form exercising their right not to have their child attend school. At that time a school official will provide the parent with in- formation on the educational opportunities available within the district.

How do I register a child for school? At any time, children may be registered at the school he or she will attend. Early kindergarten registration is available during January. Specific days are set aside in May for kindergarten ori- entation. Parents must present proof of New Canaan residency, current health and immunization information, and the child’s birth certificate or current passport.

What information does the school need from transfer- ring students? Necessary information includes a copy of the child’s tran- script or report card, medical records, birth certificates or cur- rent passport.

What tests does the state give student and in what grades do they take them? The Connecticut State Mastery Test is a state-mandated, cri- teria-reference test. It is given to students in third through eighth grade. The Connecticut Academic Performance Test is a state- mandated test given to 10th graders. Students who do not meet goal may retake the test in 11th or 12th grade. The ERB reasoning tests are given in third, fifth, and seventh grades. The Otis Lennon School Ability Test, a reasoning test, is given to second graders.

How did students perform on the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests? Taken by every 10th grader at New Canaan High School last spring, the vast majority of sophomores (89.5%) performed at or above goal in math, science, reading and writing, up slightly from the previous year’s performance (88%). The scores, while strong for New Canaan, were behind other comparable school districts that had scores in the 90% levels. Weston was at the

top with 95.1%. For comparison, New Canaan schools are in a demographic reference group with Darien, Easton, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Wilton and Westport. On 2010 Connecticut Academic Performance Tests, New Ca- naan students at or above state goals in math (86.2%), in science (80.5%), reading (84.9%) and writing (89.5%). State averages were 48.9% in math, 45.5% in science, 45.9% in reading and 59.6 in writing.

What about the Connecticut Mastery Tests? The Connecticut Mastery Test was given in March 2010 for grades 3-8. The percentage of students achieving mastery level or better are as follows:

Third grade: math, 88.4%; reading, 91%; writing, 82.9%. Fourth grade: math, 92.7%; reading, 89.9%; writing, 87.6%. Fifth grade: math, 91.9%; reading, 91.9%; writing, 94.5%; science, 92.9%. Sixth grade: math, 92.3%; reading, 94.9%; writing, 91.3%. Seventh grade: math, 93.3%; reading, 95.8%; writing,

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Eighth grade: math, 91.4%; reading, 93.5%; writing, 90.9%; science, 92.1%. Last year, New Canaan students continued to show high lev- els of achievement and growth, as on most tests students met the school board’s standard of 90% of a grade performing at or above the goal level. Last year, elementary students reached that goal on 18 out of 20 CMT tests, up from 17 in the previous year.

Any notable achievements for the school system? In 2009, New Canaan High School garnered a silver medal and a spot among the best high schools in the nation on a new ranking released by U.S. New & World Report. Five NCHS students were named National Scholars for their high performance on Advanced Placement exams. Participation in AP testing was the second highest since 2002. Of 12 SAT II subject areas, NCHS students had the first, second or third high- est scores since 2001 in 11 of them.

What sports are offered at the high school? Fall: Boys: football (V/JV/F), soccer (V/JV/F), cross country (V). Girls: field hockey (V/JV/F), soccer (V/JV/F), cross coun- try (V), swimming and diving (V), volleyball (V/JV/F), cheer- leading (V). Winter: Boys: basketball(V/JV/F), wrestling (V/JV), ice hockey (V/JV), indoor track (V), swimming and diving (V). Girls: basketball (V/JV/F), gymnastics (V), ice hockey (V), in- door track (V), cheerleading (V). Spring: Boys: baseball (V/JV/F), outdoor track (V), golf (V/ JV), tennis (V/JV), lacrosse (V/JV/F). Girls: softball (V/JV), outdoor track (V), golf (V/JV), tennis (V/JV), lacrosse (V/JV/ F). There are also club sports and freshman-only sports. For more information, call the athletic department at 203-594-4640.

What extracurricular activities are there? The New Canaan High School Web site lists more than 60 student activities including musical groups, drama productions, math teams, art projects, yearbook, school newspaper, student government, service organizations, and groups focusing on cur- rent events and causes.

Are there any before and/or after-school programs? Before-and after-school programs are offered at all three el- ementary schools (East, South and West). Saxe offers “Middle School Choices,” after-school programs

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through a coalition of town, school and private agencies (New Canaan Parks & Rec, YMCA, The Outback Teen Center, New Canaan Youth Services and Saxe). The New Canaan YMCA offers after-school programs for children in kindergarten through sixth grade with transportation. Call 203-966-4528, ext. 157. The Day Care Center of New Canaan (203-966-9247) at 156 South Avenue offers an after-school program for kindergar- ten through sixth grade.

Is there a program for gifted students? The Challenge Program engages students at the elementary and middle school levels. At the elementary schools, the focus is on unit-based investigations above grade level. In middle school, fifth graders are involved in language-based activities such as higher level reading selections, while the older students move on to a social studies-based curriculum. The high school offers a variety of honors and advanced place- ment courses as well as paths of independent study to gifted and high-achieving students. Students identified as artistically gifted may participate in an after-school program called Challenges in Art. Check the district Web site, www2.newcanaan.k12.ct.us, for details. Click on NCPS Info, then Student Resources, then Gift- ed.

What is the ABC program? A Better Chance is a national program that provides academ- ically talented students with access to top-rated schools, both private and public, they otherwise would be unable attend. The ABC house in New Canaan is at 64 Locust Avenue. For more information, call 203-972-1152 or visit online at abchouseofnc.

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How can I learn if school is canceled or delayed? Tune in to the following radio stations: WICC/600AM, WVIP/ 1310AM, WNLK/1350AM, WSTC/1400AM, WLNA/1420AM, WEFX/95.9FM, KOOL/96.7FM, WEZN/STAR99.9FM, WHUD/100.7 FM, WEBE/108FM. The following television stations also broadcast school clos- ings: WFSB/Channel 3, WTNH/Channel 8, Cablevision Chan- nel 12, WVIT/Channel 30, and New Canaan Public Access Channel 79. Online, you may check newcanaan.info, www2.newcanaan. k12.ct.us, or ctweather.com.

What is the district’s transportation policy? It is the policy of the school system to provide transportation to all elementary school students who live more than one mile from the school and for students in sixth through 12th grade who live more than one and one-half miles from school. Distances may be waived at the discretion of the superintendent for chil- dren with health reasons or whose streets are considered hazard- ous. The school system attempts to pick up and deliver students as close to home as possible. The full policy, including transpor- tation for students in vocational and private schools, is on the district Web site. The bus hotline is 203-594-4004.

What is the current school budget? The approved 2010-11 school operating budget is $61.9 mil- lion, up 1.67% from the previous fiscal year, plus $9 million for health insurance, which brings the total Board of Education bud- get to $71 million, up 1.45%. School debt service is $8 million,

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up 3.4%, in the current year, and school capital expenditures total $1.1 million, up 88%.

Who is the superintendent of schools? Dr. David Abbey was named superintendent in 2003. He had joined the New Canaan school system in 1987 and served as high school principal from 1991 to 1997. He then left to serve as assistant superintendent in Bedford, N.Y., returning to New Canaan as assistant superintendent in 2002. The central office adminstration may be reached at 203-594-4000. The deputy su- perintendent is Mary Kolek.

What is special education? Special education traditionally serves children and young adults who are physically handicapped or learning disabled. New Canaan schools provide comprehensive programming for students between the ages of 3 and 21 who require special edu- cation support. Extensive information is available online at new- canaan.k12.ct.us. Click on About NCPS, then NCPS Info, then Special Education.

How can I tell if my child needs special education? If your child has not yet started school and you suspect he or she may have a disability, you may request an evaluation in writ- ing to the director of special education. If your child is already in school, you may call the principal or guidance counselor. New Canaan’s director of special education is Darlene Pianka (203-

594-4020).

What other special education resources are available? SPED*NET is the Special Education Network of New Ca- naan parents and professionals, a monthly forum for discussing special education and section 504 issues. It is an independent nonprofit organization. Information is available on the Web site spednet.org, or by calling Anne Eason at 203-966-9709 or e- mailing anne@spednet.org. The Connecticut Birth to Three System helps families meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities. For information, call the Child Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000 or visit on- line at birth23.org.

How many nursery schools are in town? There are many in New Canaan. They include: Beginners Nature Program at the New Canaan Nature Center, 203-966- 9577; First Presbyterian Nursery School, 203-966-5234/ fpns.net; United Methodist Nursery School, 203-966-3176/ mnskids34@aol.com; New Canaan Community Nursery

School,203-966-3010/nccns.org;NewCanaanCountrySchool,

203-972-0771/countryschool.net; Playland Nursery School, 203-966-2937/campplayland.com; St. Mark’s Nursery School, 203-972-7888/stmarksnewcanaan.org; Toddler Time Nursery School, 203-972-3111/toddlertimens.org; The Tot’s Spot Early Childhood Center and Preschool, 203-972-3161; Y’s Little Owl Nursery School, 203-966-4528/newcanaanymca.org; The Day Care Center of New Canaan, 203-966-9247; and The Opportunity Center, 203-594-4307.

What private or parochial schools are in town? New Canaan Country School, 545 Ponus Ridge (203-972- 0771/countryschool.net), serves beginners through ninth grade; St. Luke’s School, 377 North Wilton Road (203-966-5612/st- lukesct.org), serves grades five through 12; and St. Aloysius, 33 South Avenue (203-966-0786/starcc.com/school) serves kinder- garten through eighth grade. Other private schools in the area include The Long Ridge

School (203-322-7693/longridgeschool.org) at 478 Erskine Road in Stamford, for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade; Connecticut Friends School (203-762-9860/CTFriendsSchool. org) in Wilton, serving kindergarten through eighth grade; Our Lady of Fatima (203-762-8100), a Catholic school in Wilton for preschool through eighth grade; the King & Low-Heywood Thomas School (203-322-3496/klht.org) at 1450 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, a day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade; The Brunswick School (203-625-5800/brusnwick-

school.org) a private, college preparatory school for boys in pre-

K through 12th grade, 100 Maher Avenue, Greenwich; Convent

of the Sacred Heart (203-531-6500/cshgreenwich.org), 1177 King Street, Greenwich, a Catholic independent prep school for girls pre-K to 12th grade; Greenwich Academy (203-625-8900), 200 North Maple Avenue, an independent, college preparatory school for girls pre-K to 12th grade; and Whitby School (203- 869-8464/whitbyschool.org), 969 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, the oldest Montessori School in the U.S. for boys and girls from pre-school through eighth grade.

Where can I take college course nearby? Norwalk Community College (203-857-7000) offers a de-

gree program. Western Connecticut State University (203-837- 8200) in Danbury has both graduate and undergraduate courses

as does the University of Connecticut, Stamford (203-251-8400) and Fairfield University (203-254-4000).

Are there any art schools or music schools? The Silvermine School of the Arts (203-966-6668) is in New Canaan at 1037 Silvermine Road with gallery exhibits through- out the year at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center. Each fall and spring the New Canaan Society for the Arts offers art classes for children and adults at the Carriage Barn. Call 203-972-1895 or visit carriagebarn.org. New Canaan’s School of Rock opened late last year at 41 Grove Street (203-292-5473/Web site: schoolofrock.com/new- canaan). Rock performance camps and private lessons are of- fered for kids 7-18. Students work individually with instructors

who are practicing musicians, and play in a rock show at the end

of the season.

Is there a dance school? New England Academy of Dance, 231 Main Street (203- 972-3265/neadance.com) offers a broad range of classes, includ- ing ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, yoga, pilates, zumba to students from preschool through adult. New Canaan Dance Academy, 15 Forest Street (203-972- 9174/ncdacademy.org) offers tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, African, hip hop, breakdancing and creative movement for children and tap, jazz, ballet and dance fit for adults. The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan is at 237 Elm Street (203-966-6177/performingartsconservatory. com). It offers classes in voice, dance, musical performance, and acting. The Studio/ A School for the Performing Arts, 26 Forest Street (203-966-7056/thestudionewcanaan.com) features class- es in acting, movement, voice, musical theatre dance, hip-hop, jazz, ballet and tap for children and adults. The New Canaan Cotillion (203-831-9382/cotillionclasses. com) offers ballroom dance and etiquette programs for chil- dren. The Walter Schalk School of Dance offers jazz, ballroom, ballet, tap dancing, musical comedy, classes for very young chil- dren. Call 203-762-7508 or visit online at walterschalk.com.

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Where is the library and when is it open? Marking 134 years of service in 2011, the New Canaan Li- brary, at 151 Main Street, is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday in the summer). For general information, call 203-594-5000; for reference, call 594-5003 or e-mail onlineref@newcanaanlibrary.org. For the children’s department, call 203-594-5002. The library main- tains an extensive Web site at newcanaanlibrary.org.

How may I get a library card? Anyone of any age may apply for a free library card upon proof of New Canaan residency. People who work in town, go to school in town, or own property in town but live elsewhere may also apply. You may apply in person or online. Your card will be honored at any Connecticut library.

What services does the library offer? In addition to its broad selection of books, books on tape, CDs, DVDs, audio and video tapes, magazines and newspapers, the library offers reference material via the Internet at computer work stations. There are 25 public access computers with high-speed Internet access and many popular programs. One is connected to a scan- ner and all are connected to printers. Wireless access is available throughout the library and a laptop and wireless adapters are available for use. The librarians can help with any professional or personal re- search question. The library also offers copy machines and equipment to assist the visually impaired. Its community room is available for func- tions and meetings.

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Through the library’s Web site, card holders may access ref- erence databases and catalogs of other libraries. The site also offers information on many academic subjects studied in high school, as well as a free SAT and ACT prep program. There are also links to sites of interest to younger children.

What special activities does the library have? The library offers an extensive calendar of special events including concerts, author visits, poetry readings, lectures, art exhibits, book discussions, and story times, as well as special programs for children. For specific event dates, check with the library’s Web site or the New Canaan Advertiser.

Does the library use volunteers? More than 70 volunteers contribute upwards of 6,000 a year to the library. Volunteers shelve books; assist in answering ques- tions and finding books; organize and help display special col- lections; assist with clerical work; and assist with art exhibits, concerts and special programs. To become a library volunteer, call Indu Arya at 203-594-5003.

Does the library have any book sales? The Friends of the Library sponsors and organizes three book sales each year: in November or December, March or April, and July. The library accepts good books in good condi- tion, preferably delivered to the library. Receipts will be pro- vided to donors.

Who arranges the library’s art exhibits? The Friends of the Library Art Committee organizes the art exhibits. For information, call the library at 203-594-5000.

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Where can I donate used items? The Thrift Shop of New Canaan at 2 Locust Street accepts donations of new and used clothing, household items, toys and books. Call 203-966-2361 to check on when the staff will accept donations, and do not leave items on the porch when the shop is closed. The free clothing room at the Norwalk Emergency Shelter (203-866-1057/norwalkemergencyshelter.org) takes donations. Call to check on the best times to drop items off at 4 Merritt Street in South Norwalk. The shelter also has a furniture dona- tion program and will pick up items. There are also two clothing donation bins in town. One is lo- cated at the Mobil station, and the other is in the Food Empori- um’s parking lot.

Is there a community center? The Lapham Community Center sits in a beautiful cor- ner of Waveny Park. It is a widely used town facility offering more than 50 adult education courses and activities for more than 1,200 adult New Canaan residents annually. In addition, it houses the Senior Center and provides a meeting venue for many community organizations. Lapham offers classes in the arts, cooking, computer, exercise, language, history, music, reli- gion, t’ai chi, writing, and yoga. There are also day trips, special interest groups, lectures, a Free Friday Film, and more. All New Canaan adults may participate in classes and programs. There are no membership fees. For information, call 203-594-3620 or log onto laphamcenter.org. Lyn Bond is the center director.

What does the New Canaan Community Foundation do? Since its founding in 1977, the New Canaan Community Foundation has made over $6 million in grants to local non-

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profit organizations and scholarships to New Canaan residents. New Canaan Community Foundation moved to 111 Cherry Street on the first of the year in 2010. It may be reached at 203- 966-0231. E-mail: info@newcanaanct.org. Web site: newca- naancf.org. In 2010 donor contributions allowed NCCF to support: de- livering 3,000 meals to homebound New Canaan residents in need; construction of a community garden providing fresh pro- duce to local food pantry serving 160 local families; programs and services for 300 children and adults suffering from physical or emotional abuse; two local symphony orchestras providing a cultural resource to over 25,000 people; support services for 500 adults and children with special needs; renting a musical instrument for a child to begin lessons at a local elementary school; 1,192 rides for local elderly or disabled residents in need of transportation; 37 scholarships for local students continuing their education, including older students; returning to college to advance their career; 500 kids in summer programs, participating in educational activities, leadership programs, and sports; nutri- tious snacks for three months for six local elementary school students who would otherwise have nothing to eat at snack time; capital projects at New Canaan Library and New Canaan Nature Center, both of which needed new flooring in high traffic areas; operating costs for our local residence for six adults with special needs; over 1,000 hours of home nursing care as respite services for 40 families in town caring for a seriously ill family member; local theater productions reaching thousands of local audience members.

What about the Red Cross? The Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross includes New Canaan and many area towns. Beginning in July 2009, eight Connecticut chapters, including New Canaan’s, joined 141 other towns’ Red Cross efforts and began working as one new chapter. The New Canaan chapter, named in 2008 as one of the best per- forming chapters out of over 800 in the United States by the Na- tional American Red Cross, is at 51 Main Street/203-966-1663. For information on emergency and disaster assistance, CPR and first aid courses, blood drives, transportation programs, commu- nication services with the armed forces, blood pressure screen- ings, and more, call 1-877-287-3327 or go to ctredcross.org.

What is New Canaan CARES? Marking its 32nd year in service to the town, New Canaan CARES (Community Awareness Responsibility Education Ser- vices) is an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the health and well-being of all members of the community. CARES provides responsive educational programs and professional development that support and strengthen par- enting skills, positive youth development and healthy lifestyles. They offer popular parent seminars/talks via both the public and private schools, as well as in other community venues. The CARES office is at 112 Main Street. For information, call 203- 966-7862 or visit online at newcanaancares.org.

Is there a food bank? The town’s food pantry, established in 2003 as a branch of New Canaan’s Department of Health and Human Services, is at St. Mark’s Church. Donations may be dropped at the Church House any day. Call 203-966-4515. For information on receiv- ing food from the pantry, call the Human Services Department at 203-594-3620.

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Is there municipal garbage collection? No. You must call a private hauling company licensed to work in New Canaan. For the names of haulers, you can check with neighbors or call the town’s transfer station at 203-594-3703.

Can I take care of my household garbage myself? Yes, the New Canaan Transfer Station on Lakeview Ave- nue accepts household trash and other materials from residents. There is a residential drop-off area that is protected from the weather. The station is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:15; and Saturday from 7:30 to 2:15. It is closed major holi- days. Upon presenting a driver’s license or registration as proof of residency — and as of July 2009, a $40 dumping fee — New Canaan residents will receive a sticker for their car. For infor- mation, call 203-594-3703. The superintendent of solid waste is James Rogers.

What else can I bring to the transfer station? Residents may also drop off construction and demolition ma- terials, brush and yard waste (including Christmas trees), waste oil, propane tanks, and tires. Residents may drop off up to 200 pounds per visit of construction debris, brush, and yard waste at no charge. Beyond that, there is a charge per ton that varies depending on the material.

Can I recycle at the transfer station? Yes. The station accepts cardboard, mixed papers, newspa- pers, glass, plastics No. 1 through No. 7, and aluminum food containers. Junk mail and all the magazines along with newspa- pers and all the ad inserts that come with them are accepted for recycling. Containers must be empty and lids removed. For information, call the transfer station at 203-594-3703

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Where can I get rid of hazardous material? The town sponsors a hazardous waste collection day each fall. New Canaan also participates in a number of hazardous waste collection days with neighboring towns that residents may at- tend. All events are well publicized in the New Canaan Advertiser. For a list of accepted materials and the date of the next col- lection, visit the transfer station page at newcanaan.info. (See above for links.) Also for recycling information: ct.gov/dep.

Does the town pick up leaves? Every fall, starting in early November and ending around Dec. 1, the public works department sends out a big, vacuum truck to collect leaves in areas of town zoned one acre or less. Hom- eowners should rake their leaves into a wind row along the edge of the road. Homeowners may also take leaves (no twigs or grass clip- pings) to the composting site on Lapham Road, or when that is closed, to the transfer station (but only from residents not from contractors hired by residents). Call 203-594-3704 for the com- posting site hours.

Where can I get mulch? Beginning in spring, New Canaan residents can help them- selves to leaf mulch from the mulch pile on Lapham Road.

If I go away, will the police check my home? Yes, the police maintain a “closed house list.” If you expect to be away for an extended period of time, you may have your

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home put on the list. A uniformed police officer checks them once a week. The list is confidential. For information, call 203-

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I’m having a big party. Will the police assist in secu- rity? New Canaan residents may arrange for an off-duty police of- ficer to help with parking and/or security for a party. Call the desk officer at 203-594-3500 at least 10 days in advance to make arrangements.

How can I find out what I can and cannot do on my property? Probably your best bet is to peruse the town’s zoning regula- tions, available online at the Planning & Zoning Web page at newcanaan.info. You may also call Planning & Zoning at 203- 594-3042 or the Building Department at 203-594-3012.

What permits do I need for a construction project? Before building or renovating anything, you should get in touch with the following departments: health, wetlands, engi- neering, planning and zoning, fire marshal, and building. Re- quirements depend on what is being proposed.

What about burning brush on my property? Burning permits are required for residents who wish to dis- pose of brush/branches. The burning of leaves, demolition ma- terials for trash are not permitted. Burning permits are issued by the Fire Department (203-594-3140). Residents who wish to have small campfires (no more than 2’x2’x2’) in their yards do not require a burning permit. The Fire Department urges residents to use common sense and heed safety precautions.

Does the town have a noise ordinance? Yes. Construction and lawn care noise is allowed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturdays and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rest of the time, noise from machinery, regardless of how it is powered, may not exceed 45 decibels at the neighboring property line. There is an exception for snow blowers and snow throwers.Rec- reational vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes are limited to 55 decibels at the neighboring property line between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, and 45 decibels the rest of the day. Blasting — with a permit — may be conducted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, excluding state or federal holidays. Complaints should be directed to the police department at 203-594-3500. Those found to be exceeding the limits may be fined $100 per occurrence.

Do I need a permit for tree work? Normal tree maintenance and clearing of dead trees do no not require a permit. For more ambitious projects, check with Plan- ning & Zoning.

Do I need a permit to drill a well? Yes. The well must be a minimum of 75 feet from any source of pollution, such as a septic system, and 25 feet from curtain or footing drains.

What is a wetland? Wetlands are diverse and not always visible to the eye. In Connecticut, they are defined by the chemical and physical char- acteristics of the first 18 to 24 inches of soil. According to the town’s zoning regulations a wetland is “any land area, including

submerged land, which consists of any soil types generally des-

ignated as ‘poorly drained,’ ‘very poorly drained,’ ‘alluvial,’ and

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Can I fill in a pond on my property? Generally, no. The town would rather see you restore it with professional guidance. Talk to the Inland Wetland agent in town hall before doing anything.

Can I dig a pond on my property? Possibly, but it may not be the Shangri-La you had envisioned. Ponds are complex matters that require approval of the Envi- ronmental Commission. Before you invite in the backhoes, keep in mind ponds should be designed with habitat goals, not just aesthetic goals, in mind. Also, you don’t want to unwittingly invite flocks of Canada geese.

How do I avoid digging up utility wires? Call the town engineering department at 203-594-3054 for utility markouts.

What do I need to know about removing an oil tank? The fire marshal (203-594-3034) oversees all tank removals. Homeowners need a free permit. The work must be done by a state-licensed spill or tank removal contractor. The fire marshal has a list or you may call your oil company. When the work is done, a soil test for contamination must be performed and results distributed as outlined on the permit. There are more detailed requirements for commercial establishments.

Must I notify someone if I place a large waste recep- tacle on my property? You must call the police, who will give a verbal OK. You must also provide them with a 24-hour contact person should it be necessary to move the receptacle on short notice.

Does my property go to the edge of the road? The simple answer is no. Because the roads here are so old, rights-of-way vary. Along most newer roads, most property lines are 25 feet from the middle of the road. To be sure, check with the Department of Public Works. You may need a surveyor.

Can I plant trees or bushes along the road? Generally, you cannot plant or place anything (like a boulder) within the town’s right-of-way. Flowers or groundcover less than 12 inches may be allowed, but may not interfere with sight lines or snow plowing. Do not complain to the town if anything along the right-of-way is damaged during snow plowing.

Who’s responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow? Owners of residential and commercial properties are respon- sible for clearing sidewalks in a timely manner and using sand or salt as needed. Property owners are also responsible for main- taining the general condition of their sidewalks.

Who’s responsible if town snow plowing damages my mailbox? Most likely, you are. The town does not assume responsibility for replacing mailboxes or posts unless they are physically hit by plowing equipment. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal, including the force of snow and slush being plowed to the roadside.

May I burn leaves on my property? No. The burning of leaves is prohibited, however, you may

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burn sticks, brush or logs, but nothing greater than four inches in diameter. Burning is allowed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fire must be out by 5 p.m. Residents may stop by the fire house to get a permit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday; no Sundays and no holidays. Call the fire department at 203-

594-3140.

Can I rent an apartment in my house or take in board- ers? Maybe. Check with the zoning office for specific details be- fore offering an apartment for rent or taking in boarders.

Can I start a bed and breakfast? Yes, but a special permit from the Planning and Zoning Commission is required. To be approved for a bed and break- fast in your home you would have to submit a site plan, and prove you will have adequate facilities to meet health and safety regulations.

Do I need a permit for a business in my home? Yes, you will need permission from the Planning and Zoning Commission. There are restrictions on the number of employees and hours of operations. A site plan and public hearing will also be needed prior to approval.

Will the town check my well to see if the water is safe to drink? No. That is the responsibility of the home owner. However, the department will help you interpret the results of a test.

How often should I have my well water tested? It is suggested that it be done every four to five years. If you

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suspect the well has been damaged by construction or landscap- ing, it might be a good idea to have it tested. In addition, if you notice a strange taste or a funny odor in your water, have the well tested.

Can I find out the location of my well and/or septic system? The health department maintains files of all septic systems in- stalled from July 1957 to the present, and well locations from 1959. You can stop by the office for a copy of your property’s sketch, or ask for it to be faxed to you. Call 203-594-3019.

How do I take care of my septic system? The town health department suggests that you have your tank inspected by a professionally licensed septic system installer if you suspect that your tank may not be operating properly. The department maintains a list of current septic and well contractors and engineers working with the town. The Norwalk River Watershed Initiative offers a simple, non-technical brochure for homeowners called Septic Care & Maintenance for the Homeowner. It is available free online at conservect.org/southwest.htm. Click on the septic care link and then click on the link for the downloadable format.

Whom do I call if my neighbor’s septic system is leak- ing on my property? Call the New Canaan Health Department at 203-594-3018.

What is radon gas? Radon gas is a decay product of radioactive uranium that can- not be seen, smelled, or tasted. Certain soils may contain high levels of radon, and well water that passes through may be a

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significant source of radon in a home. High levels of radon occur in Fairfield County. Exposure to radon increases your risk of developing lung can- cer, especially when exposure is combined with smoking or in- haling someone else’s smoke. Radon gas gets into homes through cracks in foundations, block walls, sump pumps, drains and other openings in cellar floors and walls. It can also be released into the air by running water from faucets and showers if the source of water is a well with high levels of radon. The simplest way to find out if your house has high levels of radon is a carbon filter test, which can be done by the homeown-

er. Kits are available commercially, or may be purchased inex- pensively by calling the Radon Hotline, 1-800-SOS-RADON, operated by the National Safety Council.

Do any laws protect old houses? One law puts the brakes on demolitions. Applications for a demolition permit must be filed, published, and posted at the site. The New Canaan Historical Society, Historic District Commission, and any taxpayer who requests it will be notified of any applications. Any objections must be made in writing within 15 days of the application. An objection will delay the demolition by 90 days.

Utilities

Where does our water come from? Most homes in town have water supplied by Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut. The general number is 203-445-7310. The 24-hour emergency and service number is 800-732-9678. The company’s Web site is aquarion.com. Homes in the outlying areas of New Canaan have their own private wells.

What is an average water company bill? Residential customers are charged $3.37 per 100 cubic feet (748 gallons) of water and $3.29 for over that capacity. There is also a service charge based on the size of the meter. Rates range from $33 to $45 per quarter.

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Will I have water if my power goes off? If you have well water and an electric-powered well pump, you will not have water when the power goes off. However, most water systems will retain a residual amount of water pres- sure even after pumps shut off. You may be able to draw a few gallons of emergency water from the faucets. People on public water lines should not be affected by routine power failures.

What parts of town have sewer service? The town’s sewer service area includes the center of New Ca- naan and most of the one-acre zoned areas. Sewer charges ap- pear on a homeowner’s tax bill. The rate is based on $0.600 per $1,000 of the taxed property value.

What cable television service is available? Cable service in New Canaan is provided by Cablevision of Connecticut, 28 Cross Street, Norwalk, 203-847-6666. Phone:

203-348-9211. The Web site is cablevision.com. Several satel- lite, Internet and fiber optic TV options exist today.

When must I dial the 860 area code? Fairfield and New Haven counties are still in the 203 area code; all other counties are 860. Exceptions are portions of Woodbury with Watertown phone numbers and the Fairfield County town of Sherman; both are 860. Since Nov. 14, 2009, phone users in Connecticut have had to use area codes when placing all local calls in the state. To complete local calls here, dial 203 plus the seven-digit number you’re attempting to reach.

Can I get propane gas delivered to my home? There are a number of area suppliers, including The Rural Gas Company (203-261-3641/ruralgas.com), Petro Fuels (1- 800-645-4328/petrohp.com), Paraco Gas (203-377-7171/para- co-gas.com), and Hocon (1-800-801-3835/hoconservices.com).

Where can I get fuel oil locally? In town, there are Dino’s Oil Co. (203-972-7533), Dominick Fuel (972-2806/dominickfuel.com), and Herbert Fuel (203- 966-4777). New Canaan Oil Co. (Servco Oil/203-762-7994/ servcoil.com) in Wilton and L.H. Gault (203-227-5181/gultinc. com) also serve New Canaan customers.

Who handles trees leaning on power lines? If it is an emergency, call the police at 203-594-3500. If not, call the public works department at 203-594-3054.

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What kinds of calls should be made to 911? Only emergency calls should be made to 911, such as to report a fire, medical crisis, or police emergencies like a home intruder or other life-threatening situation. People should not call for road conditions or routine services such as reporting barking dogs. Direct routine police calls to 203-594-3500 and routine fire department calls to 203-594-3140.

Who answers 911 calls? The New Canaan Police Department answers all 911 calls. They will dispatch the police, ambulance and fire department as needed. The state mobile 911 system enables dispatchers to track a cell phone caller’s location anywhere in the state.

Where is the nearest emergency room? The nearest emergency rooms are at Norwalk Hospital, Ma- ple Street, 203-852-2160; and Stamford Hospital, 30 Shelburne Road, 203-325-7777.

What ambulance service is available in town? The New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides the town with continuous emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The members of the ambulance corps are committed to provid- ing high quality, dedicated caring service. The corps maintains three ambulances. Training drills occur monthly. The EMTs are state-certified and must be re-certified every two years. Ambulance corps headquarters is next to the police station at 182 South Avenue. The non-emergency number is 203-594- 3535. The Web site is ncvac.org.

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Where will the ambulance take a patient? The ambulance takes patients to Norwalk Hospital and Stam- ford Hospital. Non-emergency patients who wish to be taken to other hospitals, medical offices and/or health facilities must make their own arrangements with a commercial ambulance ser- vice.

Does New Canaan have a paramedic service? Yes. Through the town of New Canaan, the ambulance corps has a contract with Norwalk Hospital to provide paramedic ser- vice 24 hours a day, every day. The corps has a paramedic re- sponse vehicle, known as a fly car. The paramedic responds to emergencies in the fly car behind the ambulance. If paramedic skills are not needed on a call, the fly car and paramedic become immediately available for subsequent calls. A paramedic’s skills are more advanced than an emergency medical technician. A paramedic can give advanced cardiac life support, IV drug therapy, medication for breathing problems and diabetic reactions, apply external monitors, and use advanced trauma techniques.

How much does an ambulance call cost? The ambulance corps does not charge for its services. It is volunteer and 100% free to all patients. Separate paramedic charges may apply.

How can I join the ambulance corps? Anyone interested in becoming a member should call 203- 594-3535 or go online to ncvac.org for information.

Who oversees the ambulance corps? The Emergency Medical Services Commission has oversight responsibilities. It also makes policy and sets guidelines. The commission meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., in the New Canaan Ambulance Building, next to the police depart- ment. To contact the commission, e-mail ems.commission@ci. new-canaan.ct.us.

Where is the fire department? The New Canaan Fire House is at 60 Main Street, across the street from town hall. The phone number for routine calls is 203- 594-3140. For emergencies, call 911. The department’s Web site is newcanaanfire.com. Edward Karl is New Canaan Fire Chief; John Hennessey is assistant chief. The New Canaan Fire Commission manages and supervises the fire department.

How many firefighters are there? New Canaan Fire Company No. 1 employs 24 career fire- fighters and there are more than 30 non-paid (volunteer) fire- fighters. A staff of paid firefighters is on duty in the firehouse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Volunteers carry pagers and respond when needed. The department responds to approximately 1,000 calls per year.

What equipment does the department own? The fire department owns three pumpers, one ladder truck, one tanker, one rescue truck and two staff/support vehicles. The engines can pump 1,500 gallons per minute. The aerial ladder truck’s ladder is 100 feet long. The department also owns three thermal imaging cameras that enable firefighters to find people trapped in a pitch-black environment, and to identify fire hidden behind walls, floors and ceilings.

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To what kind of emergencies can the fire department respond? In addition to structure, brush, and vehicle fires, firefighters are trained to respond to motor vehicle accidents; water, ice, and confined space rescues; hazardous materials incidents; carbon monoxide emergencies; and a variety of other technical res- cues.

How can I become a volunteer firefighter? Men or women must be between 18 and 55 years old, a New Canaan resident or Connecticut resident living no more than five miles from town, and have a valid driver’s license. To apply, stop by the fire house or e-mail Chief Karl at ed.karl@newcanaan. info. An application may be downloaded from newcanaanfire. org.

Who oversees the fire department? The Fire Commission manages and supervises the fire de- partment by reviewing expenditures and recommending appro- priate town financial support; recommending to the Board of Selectmen new personnel on the advice of the fire company, and appointing the fire marshal. Members are E. Roger Williams, chairman, Sven Englund, and Jack Horner. The commission meets the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the firehouse. Members may be e-mailed at fire. commission@ci.new-canaan.ct.us.

If I smell smoke and call the fire department, will I be billed for services? No. Residents are not billed for calls to the fire department. Local property taxes pay for the fire service.

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Who checks businesses, schools and other public plac- es for safety? This is the purview of the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Of- fice. This office inspects all buildings, excluding one- and two- family homes, reviews plans for new construction and renova- tions, and performs inspections during construction. The fire marshal also responds to hazardous material spills, investigates the cause of all fires in town, issues blasting permits and handles blasting complaints. The fire marshal must also be present at all fireworks displays, both public and private.

Who offers fire education safety? The fire marshal’s office, along with the fire department, of- fer fire prevention programs to nursery and elementary schools. There are also programs for older students. The fire marshal’s office offers information on home escape plans, smoke and car- bon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguisher operation. The fire marshal is Fred Baker and his office, which is on the lower level at town hall, can be reached at 203-594-3030.

Where is the New Canaan Police Department? The New Canaan Police Department is at 174 South Av- enue, next to the Schoolhouse Apartments. It was the sixth de- partment in Fairfield County to become nationally accredited. It is headed by Chief Edward Nadriczny.

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The department handles criminal investigations and accidents, patrols the streets of New Canaan and offers a host of other ser- vices for residents. Call 203-594-3500 for routine calls.

How big is the police force? The New Canaan Police Department employs 45 sworn offi- cers and six civilian personnel. There are 4 openings on the force and they are expected to be filled before the end of the year.

How many calls do the police respond to? In 2009, the New Canaan Police Department responded to 17,874 calls (this includes motor vehicle stops), up from 15,835 in 2008. During the past year police made 178 criminal arrests and reported 120 larcenies, 35 incidents of vandalism, 24 bur- glaries, 4 assaults, 3 sex offenses, and 3 juvenile referrals. The police responded to 1,483 residential and commercial burglar alarms, down from 1,670. Motor vehicle stops totaled 6,537, with police issuing 2,635 tickets for infractions, 3,571 verbal warnings and 20 written warnings. DWI arrests: 43; motor ve- hicle accidents resulting in property damage: 418; accidents with injuries: 53; alcohol related infractions involving minors:

14. There was one fatal accident.

Is there a way to pass along information on criminal activity and keep the call confidential? Yes. You may leave messages anonymously by calling the “Tip Line” at 203-594-3544 on suspected crimes that have oc- curred or other information that you feel would benefit the po- lice department. This line is not for emergency calls, crimes in progress or other incidents demanding quick attention by an of- ficer. Details on the specific information to include in “Tip Line”

messages can be found at the town’s Web site, at the police de- partment link.

Do the police offer fingerprinting services? Police provide fingerprinting of New Canaan residents and individuals employed by businesses in town on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 and noon. There is a $15 charge. It’s a good idea to call ahead. For information, call Jean Cross at 203-

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Is there a child identification program? The police department offers a child identification kit to assist parents in the event their child was lost or abducted. It should in- clude personal information, a recent photograph, medical infor- mation, fingerprints, and a DNA sample. The kits are completed by a police officer and kept by parents. For information, call Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the Youth Division at 203-594-3523.

Is there a townwide emergency plan? New Canaan subscribes to a service called Connect-CTY that enables officials to send emergency messages to homes and businesses via e-mail, text messaging to cell phones, and by voice to a recipient’s primary phone. Messages can be sent to the entire town, specific neighborhoods, or select groups such as emergency responders. Primary residential and business phones in town have been automatically included in the system. Resi- dents wishing to expand their reception capabilities may add up to three phone numbers and two e-mail addresses for each registered user by opting in at newcanaan.info or by calling 203- 594-4100 and leaving a voice mail message. Families may make each member a registered user. Those with call blocking ser- vices may ensure receiving the service by adding 203-594-3000

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to their approved number list. James Cole, chair of the New Canaan Police Commission, is New Canaan’s Emergency Management Director. Emergency Preparedness Director is Dave Jonker. The direc- tor of emergency preparedness coordinates the critical town ser- vices with the other local, regional, state and federal agencies. The director hosts a monthly public meeting to discuss recent developments in the town's preparedness posture. All members of the emergency services and the public are invited to join in these discussions.

How can I learn what steps to take in emergencies? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) pro- gram helps train and equip citizens to be prepared to help them- selves and their neighbors in the event of a disaster, crisis, or common emergency. CERT collaborates with the New Canaan Red Cross to provide the necessary help in case of a local disas- ter. CERT members can assist first responders, assist victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site. Members must com- plete a six-session training program. For complete information, go online to newcanaancert.org or to ctredcross.org/newcanaan. CERT offers a 20-hour program, developed by the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Home- land Security. You can also take training that leads to assisting emergency responders during a major disaster. CERT was called out to nine deployments in 2009 and helped at 12 community events. The executive director is Nancy Upton, 203-966-1663. The Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes New Canaan, offers emergency preparedness training,

first aid and CPR courses. Call 1-877-287-3327 or go to ctred- cross.org.

What should I do if power goes out in a storm? Call Connecticut Light and Power at 800-286-2000. Have flashlights or candles readily available. Don’t use a gas stove or charcoal fires indoors for heat or illumination and shut off electrical appliances. Web site: cl-p.com.

How do I reach poison control? A national number — 1-800-222-1222 — will link callers from anywhere in the country to medical experts at local poi- son control centers. The Web site: aapcc.org. The state center is associated with the University of Connecticut Medical Center. When fast medical assistance is needed in an emergency, call 911 and describe the problem to the dispatcher.

How should one prepare at home for emergencies? A plan should have three important things: a meeting place; an out of area contact; and an emergency supply kit. Pick a location within walking distance of your home where your family mem- bers can meet in case you get separated or have to evacuate. For example, a local park or playground. During a disaster, you may not be able to make local phone calls, but you can call out of the area. Pick a family member or friend to serve as your family’s contact. an emergency supply kit ought to have enough supplies to last three days as a minimum, but for even longer is better! Build a kit for home, for your car, and for your work. Remember to make sure your child is prepared for school.

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Do any doctors take walk-in patients? For immediate care there is Norwalk’s Primary Medical Care (203-849-7777/pmcc-ohc.com) at 345 Main Avenue, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Call for hours on holi- days. The Darien Immediate Medical Care Center (203-656- 3900) is at 484 Post Road. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The Tully Health Center (203-353-2222) at 32 Strawberry Hill Court in Stamford, is open for non-life-threatening illness and injury from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. Delivery is available for a fee.

What does the town health department do? The New Canaan Health Department (203-594-3037) works to control preventable diseases through education, inspections, and enforcement of federal, state, and local codes. It issues per- mits for septic systems and private water supplies and maintains files on private and public septic systems. The department also works with the human services department on housing issues,

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How can I arrange for home care? New Canaan’s Human Services office (203-594-3076) offers visits by a nurse and initial assessments for home care services. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, formerly Nursing & Home Care, offers skilled nurses; home health aides; physical, occupational and speech therapists; live-in help; shop- pers; dietitians; companions; peer counselors; homemakers; medical social workers; a pre-hospice team; case managers; and caregivers providing respite services. In addition, the agency provides wellness programs, such as health screenings, immu- nization programs and health education programs. For more information, call 203-762-8958 or 1-800-898-HOME or visit visitingnurse.net. Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut offers skilled nurs- ing; occupational, physical, and speech therapy; medical social work and home health aides as well as many specialty services. Call 8203-38-8621 or visit vnsct.com. Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Southwestern Con- necticut (VNHC) offers skilled nursing; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; pediatric home care; home health aides; and

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other services. Call 203-276-3000 or visit vnhcsw.org.

Does anyone help seniors live independently at home? Staying Put in New Canaan (203-966-7762/stayingputnc. org) helps people over 50 live full, independent lives at home by offering access to social and exercise activities, household and transportation services, and help with shopping. The nonprofit organization also helps arrange home health care services and assisted living at home. Many of the visiting nurse associations listed above offer aides to assist with household chores. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County (formerly Nursing & Home Care) provides Assisted Living at Home for those who want help maintaining their independence at home. Services include help with clean- ing, dressing, shopping, bathing and companionship. For more information, call 203-762-8958 or 1-800-898-HOME or visit visitingnurse.net. Family & Children’s Agency, 9 Mott Avenue, Norwalk, of- fers homemakers and a home chore service. Call 203-855-8765 or visit familyandchildrensagency.org.

Does New Canaan have a nursing home? Waveny Care Center, 3 Farm Road, offers short- or long-term skilled nursing care and rehabilitation therapy to older adults and others affected by illness or injury. There is also a special long- term skilled nursing care unit for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The Village at Waveny Care Center also offers assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Waveny Care Center is incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization. It was awarded a 5-star rating in a ranking system by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. For information, call 203-594-5200 or go online to waveny.org. The William & Sally Tandet Center for Continuing Care, 146 West Broad Street, Stamford, is a 130-bed, non-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility for individuals who have been disabled by an acute illness or are experiencing health problems associated with aging. There is also an Alzheimer’s/dementia program. For information, call 203-323-2323. Darien Health Care Center (203-655-7727), 599 Boston Post Road, provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy for long- and short-term residents. The 120-bed, for-profit facil- ity delivers a range of professional services, including: demen- tia services; wound care; skilled nursing for complex medical conditions; comprehensive physical; occupational and speech therapy, recreational services; social services; and gerispychi- atric services. Quality-related information on nursing homes is available on- line at medicare.gov.

Does any organization offer respite care? Both Waveny Care Center and The Village at Waveny Care Center offer respite stays to give caregivers the necessary time they need to rejuvenate, travel, etc. Waveny will help assess the level of care (skilled nursing or assisted living) you need. Call 203-594-5200 or visit waveny.org. The Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program oper- ates in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Chapters of Connecticut and the Connecticut Area Agencies on Aging. Eli- gible families may apply for daytime or overnight respite care services. Call the Area Agencies on Aging at 1-800-994-9422.

Are there any support groups for caregivers? The Center for Hope in Darien offers a support group for people caring for patients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Call 203-655-4693.

Catholic Family Services offers a caregivers support group. Call 203-323-1105. Friendly Connections has a phone group for caregivers on Mondays at 11. Call 203-656-1128 for details.

Who provides hospice services to residents? Hospice is a community-based program that focuses on pain relief, symptom control and comfort for terminally ill patients, allowing them to be cared for where they are most comfortable, usually at home. There are several services to choose from. Mid-Fairfield Hospice, a partner of Visiting Nurse & Hos- pice of Fairfield County, helps individuals and their families cope with terminal illnesses in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Services include managing pain and symptoms to provide comfort; helping with personal care such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation; arranging for medical equipment and nutritional guidance; respite support for caregivers; coun- seling and companionship; spiritual guidance and grief support services. Call 203-762-8958 or 1-800-898-HOME or visit visit- ingnurse.net. Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Southwestern Con- necticut offers hospice and palliative care in your home, an as- sisted living facility, nursing home, hospital, or at the Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence on the Stamford Hospital campus, which provides an assisted living environment for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. For more informa- tion, call 203-276-4000 or visit online at vnhcsw.org. Waveny Care Center offers on-site hospice care. Call 594- 5200 or visit waveny.org. VNS of Connecticut’s Hospice at Home is focused on im- proving the patient’s quality of life and addresses the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of patient and family. Call 203-838-8621 or visit vnsct.com.

Does anyone help the handicapped? New Canaan Human Services can direct people to many re- sources. Call 203-594-3076. The Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR) helps people of all ages with disabilities share in all human rights and services. The agency assists people through the maze of social, political, legal and educational systems. For details, call 203-792-3540 or visit wecahr.org.

When are the local pharmacies open? Varnum’s at 91 Main Street (203-966-4575) is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lang’s Pharmacy, at 136 Elm Street (203-966-9593/lang- spharmacy.com), is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. Delivery is available for a fee. CVS/pharmacy is at 94 Park Street (203-966-6758/cvs.com). Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store has extended hours. Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 36 Pine Street (203-801-0121/wal- greens.com) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 . to 6 p.m. For 24-hour service, there are Walgreen’s (pharmacy: 203-845- 0457, store: 203-845-0436) at 55 Westport Avenue in Norwalk; and CVS (pharmacy: 203-847-2351, store: 203-847-6057) 327 Main Avenue, Norwalk.

Are there CPR classes in town? The Red Cross provides regular classes at its offices at 51 Main Street. Call 203-966-1663 for further information. The Connecticut chapter of the Red Cross: 1-877-287-3327, Web

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site: ctredcross.org. The EMS Institute at The Stamford Hospital offers a vari- ety of courses in CPR and first aid for the general public and healthcare professionals. For more information, refer to stam- fordhospital.org and click on “about” and “education” or call

203-325-7068.

In addition, every ninth grader at New Canaan High School takes a CPR course that is given yearly in health class.

Who organizes blood drives? How can I give? The Red Cross organizes local blood drives. Call 203-966- 1663 for information or visit ctredcrossblood.org/. A person must be 17 or older and over 110 pounds. Many questions will be asked in order to assure the donated blood will be safe. The entire process takes about an hour, which includes questions, blood donation and rest time.

Are there any local health programs? Sue Klehm, a nurse from the Department of Human Ser- vices, leads an informal group on Wednesdays, 11 to noon, at the Lapham Community Center. The group discusses a variety of health issues. Also at Lapham, free blood pressure checks are offered every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30. Low-cost cholesterol screenings and mammographies are offered from time to time.

Is there a clearinghouse of health services? Infoline of Southwest Connecticut (211/infoline.org) offers information and referrals on adult day care, nutrition, home care, respite care, health services, mental health, social services, legal services, transportation, financial services, and other topics. New Canaan Human Services offers information and re-

ferrals for services available in the community. Call 203-594-

3076.

The Connecticut Self-Help Network is a statewide clearing- house for all support groups across the state. Its Self-Help Di- rectory lists more than 1,450 local and statewide groups dealing with abuse, addictions, bereavement, disabilities, health, mental health, parenting, and many other stressful life situations. It also has contact information for more than 1,000 national networks. For information, call 203-624-6982.

What type of counseling is available? New Canaan Youth Services offers free counseling and crisis intervention for young people and families. The department also offers short-term counseling to parents. Call 203-594-3080. New Canaan Human Services offers counseling and crisis intervention for individuals and families. Call 203-594-3076. The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut at 196 Greyrock Place, Stamford, serves New Canaan. It is a non- profit mental health resource for area children and families, re- ceiving referrals from schools, courts, human service agencies, and private physicians. Self-referrals are also encouraged. The center has a clinical staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Prevention servic- es are also provided through public education and consultation programs. Call the New Canaan information line at 203-324- 6127 or visit online at childguidancect.org. The center also offers an Emergency Mobile Crisis Service, providing immediate mental health assessments and stabiliza- tion services for children and adolescents experiencing serious psychiatric symptoms or severe reactions to a recent traumatic event. The service is available 24/7. Call 203-323-9797 or 888-

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or severe reactions to a recent traumatic event. The service is available 24/7. Call 203-323-9797 or

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Family Centers Inc. (203-655-0547/familycenters.org) at

590 Post Road in Darien, offers individual, family, and group

counseling as well as services for elderly people and young par- ents. Family & Children’s Agency (203-855-8765/familyandchil- drensagency.org) offers youth development, family strengthen- ing, foster care, adoption, behavioral and homeless services and programs for seniors. Jewish Family Services (203-921-4161/stamfordjfs.org) of- fers non-sectarian services including individual, couple, and group counseling; therapy; crisis intervention; and referrals. Catholic Family Services (203-323-1105), offers mental health counseling services for adolescents, adults, and the el- derly.

Who offers substance abuse counseling? Silver Hill Hospital, Valley Road (203-866-542-4455/silver- hillhospital.org) has re-opened its adult outpatient department with three programs: Dual Diagnosis/Chemical Dependency, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Women’s Trauma and Addic- tion. Call for more information and recommendations for youth outpatient programs and individual counseling from Silver Hill staff professionals. Liberation Programs (203-655-8973/liberationprograms. org) offers comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treat- ment options that address the needs of youth, adults, and seniors at risk for abusing or currently abusing alcohol or drugs. Fam- ily and Youth Options, offered through Liberations Programs’ Prevention Program, offers telephone consultations, assessment

and intervention, individual and family counseling, drug testing, peer mentor groups, group therapy and parenting help, anger management, and relapse prevention. The Darien office is at 2 Renshaw Road; call 203-655-8973. The Stamford office is at

115 Main Street; call 203-356-1980.

Family Centers Inc. (203-655-0547) and Family & Children’s Agency (203-855-8765) offer substance abuse counseling.

Where are the closest drug treatment centers? Liberation Programs (see above) offers treatment services, including detoxification and residential programs. Silver Hill Hospital on Valley Road (866-542-4455) has extensive inpatient/outpatient programs for drug and alcohol abuse. Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services in Westport (203- 227-1251/1-800-543-3669) has inpatient and outpatient pro- grams. Norwalk Hospital has a wide range of mental health and sub- stance abuse services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Call 203-852-2988.

What support groups are available? There are many support groups offered through Stamford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the Center for Hope in Darien, and other agencies. You may also call Infoline at 211 or go online to 211.org. You may also check with local and area churches.

Does anyone focus on autism? Friends of Autistic People, based in Greenwich, offers parent support groups, education, and advocacy. Call Brita Darany at 203-661-8510 or go online to autisticadults.com. Autism Speaks, now in its fifth year, is committed to the health and well-being of autistic children. For more information, call the Westchester/Fairfield chapter at 1-914-934-5138 or visit

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online at autismspeaks.org. Arts for Healing, 24 Grove Street, a nonprofit group, pro- vides services to children and adults with learning disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, pervasive development dis- orders and other neurological disorders. Call 203-972-2982 or visit artsforhealing.org for more information.

Does anyone help those with spinal cord injuries? The Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation is comprised of community volunteers who want to help people with severe spinal cord injuries. The Darien-based group’s focus is to as- sist people living in Connecticut with non-reimbursable medical expenses. For information, call 888-265-5859 or visit online at ohhf.org.

What is the ITP Foundation? The ITP Foundation of Darien is dedicated to battling the bleeding disorder immune thrombocytopenic purpura, also known as ITP. It is a blood disorder that affects the immune sys- tem and can occur in children and adults. For information, visit online at itpfoundation.org or call 203-655-6954.

Is there a therapeutic riding program? Pegasus Therapeutic Riding (845-669-8235/pegasustr.org) is based in Brewster, N.Y., but offers programs at horse farms throughout Fairfield County. Pegasus helps bring the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding to handicapped people of all ages. In town, programs are offered through New Canaan Mounted Troop.

Does anyone offer art therapy? Arts for Healing, 24 Grove Street, is a nonprofit organization

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What help is available for victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse? The Domestic Violence Crisis Center (203-853-0418/dvccct. org) offers crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and educa- tion to help people break free from emotional, physical, or sexu- ally abusive situations. The center also maintains a 12-bed shel- ter. The hotline number is 1-888-774-2900. The Sexual Assault Crisis Center (203-348-9346/sacec- ct.org) offers free crisis counseling for victims of sexual assault and other support services. The center also runs a number of sup- port groups. The 24-hour confidential hotline is 203-329-2929. Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (203- 662-9380/childguidancect.org) coordinates the Lower Fairfield County Child Sexual Abuse Response Team (SART), an inter- agency collaboration integrating criminal investigations, child protection and comprehensive services for child sexual abuse victims and non-offending parents. The center also offers 24- hour outreach and mental health services to children exposed to domestic violence or other traumatic events.

Where can I get help for an eating disorder? Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan (800-899-4455) and Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services in Westport (203-227- 1251) offer treatment programs for anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other eating disorders.

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The Renfrew Center of Southern Connecticut in Wilton (800-RENFREW/renfrewcenter.com) offers an intensive out- patient program for young people and adults with eating disor- ders. The center also offers nutritional counseling and support groups. The Wilkins Center for Eating Disorders (203-531-1909/ wilkinscenter.com) is in Greenwich.

Is there an Alcoholics Anonymous chapter? A number of A.A. meetings take place in town throughout the week. Since many meet in churches (particularly the Congrega- tional Church, St. Mark’s, First Presbyterian Church, and United Methodist Church) check the church listings in The New Canaan Advertiser. For information about Alcoholics Anonymous and local meetings, call 203-855-0075 or 203-869-5221 in Green- wich. You can also visit ct-aa.org or fairfieldcountyintergroup. com. For meeting information for Al-Anon, which serves fami- lies of alcoholics, or Alateen, which helps young people affected by a drinking problem, call 203-206-0599 or 888-825-2666, or visit online at ct-al-anon.org.

What type of help is available for the mentally ill? The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has a Stamford- Greenwich affiliate at 730 Summer Street, Stamford. Call 203-

388-1603.

For information about supervised apartments or for consulta- tions, call the Mental Health Association of Connecticut’s Sup- ported Living Community (203-797-8621 or 203-798-2527). The association has a list of support groups throughout the state; call 800-842-1501. The Dubois Center, 780 Summer Street, Stamford, is a state- owned outpatient mental health and addiction services center

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serving adults. Call 203-388-1600. Laurel House, 1616 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, is

a community association for people with mental illness helping

them integrate into the general community. Call 203-324-1816 or visit online at laurelhouse.net. The Care Network, a group of three area health care agen- cies, offers treatment, counseling and help in finding community resources; call 800-898-HOME. Other sources of help include Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan (203-966-3561) and Hall Brooke Behavioral Health Center in Westport (203-277-1251).

Should I worry about Lyme disease? Lyme disease, spread by deer ticks, is prevalent. Take precau- tions when going in the woods and fields. Use insect repellent, dress in light-colored clothing, roll pant cuffs into socks, wear long sleeves and a hat. Inspect pets that roam daily. Insect repellents that contain DEET are quite effective against

ticks. Follow the label instructions for use and application. Prod- ucts containing 15% or less DEET are recommended for chil- dren, but products containing DEET should not be used on in- fants. If you notice a tick bite or any bite around which a redness forms in the shape of a bull’s-eye target, or if you have flu-like symptoms, see a doctor immediately. Another tickborne disease that is becoming more of a problem in this area is ehrlichio- sis. Spread through the bite of an infected deer tick, symptoms include fever, headache, chills, malaise, muscle and joint pain, nausea, and vomiting. Acute weight loss, low platelet count, and

a low white blood cell count can also occur. For more informa-

tion, call the health department at 203-594-3018 or visit online at LymeDiseaseAssociation.org.

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Who is the municipal agent for the elderly? Melba Neville, R.N., holds this position. She serves as a liai- son with the Commission on Aging and other resources and pro- grams serving the elderly. She is also the town’s senior outreach worker. Her office is at Vine Cottage, call 203-594-3077.

What special housing is available for the elderly? Canaan Parish/Mill Apartments/Millport Apartments are subsidized housing units and include 20 one-bedroom apart- ments for the elderly or handicapped. Call Phoenix Management at 203-324-2154, ext. 16. Though not limited to seniors, the Schoolhouse Apartments on South Avenue is an affordable housing complex with 40 sin- gle- and two-room units for functionally independent residents. Call 203-972-0020. Seniors may also call 211 or go on the Infoline Web site at in- foline.org. Another Web site, CTHousingSearch.org lists acces- sible, affordable, and market rate rental housing in Connecticut.

Is there senior housing for independent living? The New Canaan Inn is a retirement community for inde- pendent living at 73 Oenoke Ridge. Situated in a lovely, wooded neighborhood, the Inn offers private rental apartments, three meals daily, a 24-hour response system, housekeeping, and an award-winning resident activities program. It is an affiliate of Waveny Care Center. For information, call 203-966-1272 or visit waveny.org.

Is there an assisted living facility? The Village at Waveny Care Center, 3 Farm Road, is an award-winning assisted living residence with 52 apartments for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss.

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a week. All meals, social, recreational, and spiritual activities are included. Call 203-594-5200 for more information or visit waveny.org.

What is “Staying Put in New Canaan?”

Staying Put in New Canaan, which has started its third year,

is a non-profit organization designed to help residents over age

50 enjoy safer, healthier and more independent lives in their homes. Staying Put began offering services in January 2008. Through partnerships with proven providers of services, they are able to offer members preferred access to social and cultural activities, household and maintenance services as well as trans- portation and shopping assistance, among other services. Call

203-966-7762/stayingputnc.org.

What types of clubs or social groups are there for the elderly? The Senior Center meets at Lapham Community Center in Waveny Park. Seniors are welcome to participate in the many adult education classes as well as day trips, special interest groups, films, lectures, and more. Lunch ($4) is served at noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; for reservations, call 203-594-

3620. Wednesdays is the traditional Senior Center day featuring

a morning crafts workshop and discussion group followed by

lunch and a program, usually a lecture, concert, party or movie. All classes and activities are outlined on the center’s Web site at laphamcenter.org, and in the newsletter, which is mailed six times a year. Golden Nuggets, published twice a year by the Se- nior Center, offers timely information on health, finance, recre-

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