New Canaan natives Charles Frentress Pickhardt and Elizabeth Talmage Evarts were among 548 graduates awarded diplomas at Denison University’s 175th commencement ceremony, which was held on May 14 in Granville, Ohio.

Pickhardt was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Denison by President Adam Weinberg. Pickhardt was a recipient of the Denison Alumni Award.

Evarts majored in economics with a minor in art history and visual culture. Evarts studied abroad with the Institute for American Universities Program in France during her time at the Ohio university.

Free film

The New Canaan Playhouse will be hosting a free screening of a new documentary, “At the Fork,” on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

“At the Fork” is filmmaker and omnivore John Papola’s look at how we treat America’s farm animals. His goal is to spark a national conversation touching on how cattle, poultry, and dairy products are produced for mass consumption. Some of the footage is disturbing and the film isn’t recommended for children under the age of 14.

For tickets, go to Or, for additional information and free tickets to the screening, go to the “At the Fork” Facebook page and search through the events tab for New Canaan.

Off to college

Warren Hurlock, of New Canaan is enrolled at Champlain College for the fall semester. Hurlock is a first-year student studying marketing at the Burlington, Vt., school.

Best lawyers

in America

A New Canaan lawyer has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the list of the best lawyers in America in 2017 in the area of family law. Thomas Parrino, of Westport-based family law firm Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., was among those chosen. This year marks 11 consecutive years for Parrino to be included in the list of best lawyers, which is compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.

For the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 38 attorneys were selected for family law.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

For Parrino, who has been practicing family law for more than 27 years, it means earned respect from his peers and recognition of some complicated cases he has worked on over the years.

Coastal Clean-Up

Help clean Long Island Sound by cleaning the water flowing into the Sound during “Source to Sound” on Sept. 17, with volunteer litter clean-ups in New Canaan and Norwalk.

“Source to Sound” is a partnership between Grace Farms in New Canaan, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk Community College and the office of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. The event is an opportunity to learn about the importance of stewardship for our waterways, while making an impact in the community.

It’s scheduled for Sept. 17 as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Clean-Up Day. More than 18 million pounds of trash were collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers around the world on Clean-Up Day last year.

“Source to Sound” starts at 10 a.m. at the Commons at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan. Participants will test the water in Grace Farms’ ponds, which are the headwaters of the Five Mile River. Then they’ll pick up supplies and meet at designated clean-up sites for a day of fun and service. The event ends at 2 p.m. at the main entrance of The Maritime Aquarium, where all the collected trash will be weighed.

Participants should dress appropriately with long pants and comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Advance registration is appreciated. Sign up at

At the library

Register online at for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.

Edible Nutmeg on the Road: Edible Nutmeg magazine, which highlights regional food and drink across Connecticut, is announcing a new food-centric video series, “Edible Nutmeg on the Road,” a unique collection of short videos that celebrate local farmers and purveyors incorporating humor and interviews. The video series is co-sponsored by Walter Stewart’s Market and hosted by Food Network star Chef Plum. The debut event will include food samples from local farms and purveyors and take place on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Lamb Room.


on race

First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan is kicking off its “Conversations on Race” series on Sept. 18 with guest preacher, the Rev. Tommie Jackson, the pastor of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Stamford. Jackson will preach during the 10 a.m. worship service and then lead a Pastors’ Forum beginning at 11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.

The conversation will continue during the Midweek Ministries program of the church. On Wednesday evening, Sept. 21, the conversation on race will focus on “Raising Children in Fairfield County.” And on Sept. 28, the conversation on race will be led by the New Canaan Chief of Police Leon M. Krolikowski.

The Midweek Ministries programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in the church common room. Community members are encouraged to attend any and all of the conversations.

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