Ninth-grade students at New Canaan Country School collected and delivered “dove bags” of food for 52 local families on Dec. 16. The Dove Program, in its 48th year, is overseen and organized by Person-to-Person, a nonprofit organization with locations in Darien and Norwalk.

The food was donated by students in grades five to nine, while the 45 ninth-graders split into blue and white teams to facilitate organization and distribution of the 150 bags, loading them into vans and then off-loading them at the food pantry.

In addition to the efforts of the ninth-grade students, the sixth grade at the independent day school spent Dec. 20 at Person-to-Person in Darien, assisting with behind-the-scenes tasks such as restocking the food pantry and organizing clothing donations.

Just in time for Christmas

Continuing a yearly tradition, Marilyn Gifford hand-picked and delivered teddy bears donated by Toys-for-Tots to all of Waveny Care Center’s residents and short-term patients just in time for the holiday season.

The Waveny volunteer passed out the bears on Dec. 21.

On the dean’s list

Lauren Peet, a New Canaan native, qualified for the fall dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade-point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Studying abroad

Miami University student Nina Church, of New Canaan, spent the summer semester in Italy as part of a study abroad group.

Church is majoring in art and architecture history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

First selectman to speak about town

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III will address the New Canaan Men’s Club Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. in Morrill Hall at St. Mark’s Church. He will speak on the “State of the Town,” which will include the past year’s major accomplishments, finance, development projects, Charter revision and critical issues facing New Canaan in the coming year.

Mallozzi, a graduate of the University of Vermont, is fulfilling his third term as first selectman. He and his wife, Elizabeth Howland, and their two children have been New Canaan residents for the past 14 years, during which time Mallozzi has chaired a number of boards and groups, including the Fund for New Canaan and the New Canaan Advisory Board. He has also been a member of various committees.

For information contact, Kevin Faughnan at 203-966-5702 or visit

Opioid Prevention slogan contest

A heroin epidemic is sweeping the country, and Connecticut is no exception, with two people dying from an opioid overdose each day. The Darien Health Department is asking for local students’ help to get the word out about opioid abuse by participating in the Opioid Prevention Committee’s slogan contest.

The contest is open to middle and high school studentsfrom Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich. Students are encouraged to submit a 30-character slogan that is attention-grabbing and warns readers about the dangers of drug use.

Contest entries must be submitted to by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. The winner of the contest will get $250 in prizes. Two honorable mention winners will get $100 in prizes. All participants will be acknowledged on the contest website.

The winning slogan will be announced and a public award granted as a component of the Health Needs Assessment presentation by the Darien Health Department on Jan. 19. The award will constitute the official launch of the campaign and the slogan will be the official “tagline” in the upcoming campaign and marketing materials to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.