Thanks to Meals on Wheels' dedicated staff

The year 2011 will go down as historic in the dramatic weather we experienced -- from multiple snowstorms to a tropical storm. Behind the scenes during each of these "events" were many people who should be thanked for their tireless dedication to our seniors and housebound neighbors.

During the week following Tropiacl Storm Irene, Meals on Wheels of New Canaan volunteer drivers arrived at Waveny Care Center's kitchen to pack up and deliver nutritious meals throughout town. In spite of trying circumstances at their own homes, our volunteers cheerfully packed their cars and headed off into unknown conditions to deliver a hot meal and a friendly face to Meals on Wheels clients who count on them.

The staff at Waveny Care Center and Morrison Foods should also be commended for consistently delivering a high quality of service and compassion. Diane Khzouz, Meals on Wheels Coordinator, deserves especially high praise for planning ahead and keeping the whole system operating normally in very abnormal conditions.

It is a pleasure to work with so many wonderful staff and volunteers. New Canaan should be proud to have such a well-respected and well-run service in its midst.

Pam Crigler

Board Member

Meals on Wheels

of New Canaan

Make a difference,

vote for Corbet

On Nov. 8, New Canaan voters have a chance to change the way town government functions. We have the chance to make a long-overlooked, but important, change that could help reduce unnecessary expenditures and the avoidable controversy those expenditures produce. We can elect a town treasurer who will help provide the accountability and transparency everyone knows we need at Town Hall. We can vote for Kathleen Corbet this year.

For me, the fundamental question is whether the status quo is acceptable. Is it OK to consider any job in town government "ceremonial" or "honorary?" I don't think it is. It's fine if a community or school group wants to have an honorary treasurer, but a town government should have an active treasurer. New Canaan's Treasurer should adopt better oversight practices and actively communicate with the Town Council, Board of Finance and Selectmen. Other officials and every single citizen ought to know how our money is being spent.

A glance at Corbet's five specific pledges to voters (www.corbetfornctreasurer.com) reveals why it's important to elect her. If we want to "ensure that payments are made under proper authority" and "maintain records and provide transparency for all financial matters," it's time to make the treasurer a meaningful part of local government. It's time to vote for Kathleen Corbet.

David Kostek

New Canaan

Back to school kick-off a success at Outback

To the Editor:

On behalf of the New Canaan Outback Teen Center, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to Stamford improv actor Adam Bull, and Anna Krolikowski of the New Canaan Baskin Robbins, for helping with our fifth- and sixth-grade kick-off event for the 2011-2012 school year. With more than 100 kids in attendance, Adam's presence and creativity was vital to keeping them engaged in fun and unique, new activities.

The generous ice cream donation from Baskin Robbins was a major draw for the kids, as they made their own sundaes and relaxed with their friends. The generous support helped to make our events a huge success and brought a whole new group teens into the Outback for the first time.

The Outback relies on the community support to help to ensure a safe, well supervised environment for the youth of New Canaan. We truly appreciate the generosity of the Adam Bull and Anna Krolikowski. We look forward to the possibilities of working with them in the future.

Erin McDermott and the Outback Staff

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