Community Buzz: Y opens Dante’s cafe, Lyn Evans reopens...
Members of New Canaan Community Foundation’s Board of Directors joined New Canaan YMCA Board of Directors President Peter Skaperdas and Y Executive Director Craig Panzano to celebrate the opening of the new cafe at the Y.
The New Canaan Community Foundation supported the Y’s renovation through a grant of $100,000 to help fund the new cafe which has already begun to serve as a place where community members of all ages, backgrounds, and interests will come together and connect.
Following a naming contest among Y members, the Y announced the cafe will be known as Dante’s, named after the welcoming face of the Y’s front desk attendant: soon-to-be 104-year-old Dante Chicatell.
A dedication event will be held at the Y later this year.
Lyn Evans is celebrating a grand reopening shopping event Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.
Customers will receive a $25 discount on purchases of $100 dollars or more. The women’s clothing store, located at 105 Elm St., shut down last June after being in business in the area for twenty years.
Family ownership of the store, Lyn Evans, announced that it was shutting its doors.
Lyn Evans was founded, owned and managed by a husband-wife team, Linda and Stan Shotkus, of Weston, Mass. When Linda Shotkus passed away unexpectedly in spring 2016 and Stan Shotkus was contending with serious health issues of his own in the months following, he decided to shut down the business.
The New Canaan store was just one in a network of Lyn Evans stores located throughout Boston-area suburbs and Connecticut, the first store having opened 39 years before. All of the stores were closed in June 2017.
Within weeks of closing, Cohasset, Mass. resident Charlie White, a man with a long history of working for large retail corporations, learned of Lyn Evans’ closing and decided he wanted to invest in the brand and reopen the business, reopening stores in three of the former locations, the New Canaan site and two others in Massachusetts.
Helping preserve her family’s legacy is Jenn Shotkus, the daughter of Linda and Stan, who is serving as buyer for Lyn Evans. Jenn Shotkus started learning the business from her parents at age five, and after graduating from college, she went to work for Lyn Evans full time.
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.
Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly-diverse patient population. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.
Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help
patients fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Oct. 2: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Housatonic Community College, 900 Layfayette Boulevard
Oct. 15: 10/15/2017: 7:45 a.m -12:45 p.m., Covenant Church of Easton, 1 Sport Hill Road
Oct. 3: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave.
Oct. 3: -6:30 p.m., Norwalk Hospital, Maple Street
Oct. 7: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Soundview Medical Associates, 761 Main Ave. (Route 7), Suite 201
Oct. 10: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave.
Oct. 4: 1-6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave.
Oct. 6: 1-6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 19 Church St.
Oct. 9: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive
Oct. 14: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.
Oct. 5: 1-6 p.m., YMCA Stratford, 3045 Main St.
Oct. 13: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff
Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.
The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.
Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.
Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.
To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-517-3346.