South School

students, along with students all over southwestern Connecticut, were invited to show veterans they were in their thoughts by creating valentines.

This was South School’s third year participating in the Valentines for Vets program. All grades were invited to participate and, as usual, South Schoolers did not disappoint.

Principal Joanne Rocco hand delivered a full box of valentines to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes‘ office in Bridgeport Feb. 5.

The valentines were then delivered to the local Veterans Affairs Hospital, Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport and various other veteran service organizations in the community.

Two New Canaan residents — students at Sacred Heart Greenwich — will be honored for their writing skills at an upcoming ceremony.

Writopia Lab, in partnership with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Manhattanville College, announced the 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony for the Hudson-to-Housatonic writing region. The ceremony, to celebrate the creative excellence of writers in grades 7 through 12, will take place March 4 at Manhattanville College in Harrison, N.Y.

New Canaan’s Sophie Broll and India Harris, eighth-graders at Sacred Heart Greenwich, earned gold for their poem, “Moving Away” and short story, “Talent Illuminated,” respectively. Harris also won an honorable mention for her poem, “Familiar But Not the Same.”

These works will be forwarded for consideration at the national level.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 through 12. Manhattanville College’s Creative Writing MFA students and faculty adjudicated the awards this year.

Writopia Lab is a national nonprofit focused on fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking through creative writing. This is Writopia Lab’s sixth year of administering the awards for the Hudson-to-Housatonic writing region.

New Canaan’s Kimberly Dyrvik and Connor deMayo made the dean’s list for the fall semester at Wake Forest University.

Dyrvik, a New Canaan High School graduate, recently pledged to Chi Omega sorority at Wake. deMayo is majoring in biochemistry molecular biology.

The dean’s list is issued at the end of the fall and spring semesters for students who have a grade-point average of 3.4 or better for a full-time course load and who have earned no grade below C during the same semester.

Fellow New Canaan natives Lauren Carlson, Alice Gelhaus, Elizabeth Hartong, Katherine Heaney, Brendan Hill, Jane Isherwood, Sean Jensen, Alexander Lambrinos, Lucia Lefferts, Hunter Libman, Julia Means, Helena Noonan and Grace O’Halloran were also named to the dean’s list.

Siobhan Naughton, of New Canaan, earned dean’s list honors at Saint Joseph’s University for the fall semester. Naughton studies humanities in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a B or greater in all their classes, and complete at least 15 credits to earn dean’s list status for a semester.

Do you like meeting new people or trying new activities? Are you looking for a book group or a friendly bridge game? The Encore Club of New Canaan may be just the thing for you.

Founded more than 30 years ago as a women’s social organization with fun and friendship in mind, Encore Club continues to this day, offering a variety of activities and events throughout the year.

The Encore winter luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Roger Sherman Inn, where guest speaker, Julie Pryor, founder of Pryority Wellness, will discuss “Priority You,” and share simple steps for moving to a more balanced, healthy life in mind, body and spirit.

Learn more about Encore Club activities, events and membership by visiting

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

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.