New Canaan Country School

’s Mothers at Work group held a Career Transitioning Panel Discussion for mothers interested in professional networking, re-entering the workforce or exploring job-changing opportunities, Feb. 5 on campus.

The panel moderator was Susanna Nichols, a founding partner of Amity Search Partners, and Country School parent.

Parent-panelists included Yolanda Coffield, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Employment Law Group; Laura Pollack, a founding partner of Third Partners; Rebecca Thornton, a consultant at Spencer Stuart, Board Practice; and Janelle Wideman, a senior HR generalist at Sikorsky Aircraft.

The Parents’ Association Mothers at Work group (“MAWs”) aims to foster a stronger sense of community within Country School for working mothers by providing them with more opportunities to connect with other mothers, creating an open and supportive environment, and sharing knowledge and skills of working mothers with the greater Country School community.

In addition to presenting the evening’s panel discussion, MAWs co-chairmen Jenny Harrington, of Norwalk, and Jennifer Millones, of Darien, announced evening meetings for working mothers throughout the year.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school serving students in pre-K through Grade 9.

Dan Antoniu, of New Canaan, has been named to Purchase College’s dean’s list for the fall semester

Antoniu is studying music composition.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must carry a semester grade-point average of 3.5 for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs and 3.75 for Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music Performance programs. They must take a minimum of 12 credits.

Gettysburg College students with a quality-point average in the range of 3.300 to 3.599 for a semester’s work are placed on the deans’ commendation list. Three New Canaan natives have been placed on the fall list: Alexandra Esposito, class of 2021, Conor Harris, class of 2017, and Lily Martin, class of 2018.

Five New Canaan residents have also been placed on the Gettysburg College dean’s honor list, having earned a QPA of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale): Samantha Frisoli, class of 2018, Edward Hughes, class of 2018, Julia Koller, class of 2020, Shelby Overacker, class of 2019, and Hadley Stine, class of 2020.

Three New Canaan natives were named to the fall dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland: Lauren Howe, class of 2018, John Schlegel, class of 2018, and Peter Swindell, class of 2020.

In order to qualify for the dean’s list at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.5 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

The New Canaan Beautification League’s annual appeal letter for donations is in the mail.

The annual appeal helps supports the NCBL, which in turn supports the beautification of New Canaan.

NCBL provides and maintains over 200 hanging flower baskets in town, 34 roadway triangles, wreaths in town for the holidays, train station and Town Hall plantings and maintenance, as well as host programs that are open to the public. Lee Garden on Chichester Road is owned and maintained by NCBL as well.

Every spring brings news challenges, including rejuvenation of locations damaged by yearly storms as well as creating new landscapes, such as the garden in front of the Thrift Store. The annual appeal will help fund these programs.

The NCBL is a nonprofit community service and educational organization founded in 1939 for the purpose of the beautification of the community and to provide members with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of gardening, conservation and horticulture.

Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.

The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.

The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:

Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;

Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton

Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;

Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;

Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;

Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;

Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien;

Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.

Stewart’s Market and Planet New Canaan have teamed up to promote the use of reusable bags and support The New Canaan All Sports Booster Club.

From now until mid-March, for every reusable bag used, 5 cents will go to New Canaan All Sports Booster Club.

This donation is in addition to the Stewart’s Market policy of a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag used by customers. Any reusable bag may be used for the donation and discount. Stewart’s Market sells a variety of their own bags, including an insulated bag, and customers can use their T-Bill points toward the purchase of bags.

Planet New Canaan is a non-partisan group, founded by local members of the community, committed to bringing awareness about the environmental issues that face New Canaan and the world, both today and in the future, through film screenings, presentations and community outreach.