Touch-A-Truck a success

To the Editor:

Despite a one-week rain delay, the 12th annual Touch-A-Truck Family Festival was a great event on May 2. We would like to thank all the event participants who braved the brilliant sunshine including Karl Chevrolet, Joe's Pizza, Red's All Natural Burritos, Cogolulu's, Silvermine Market, Rolling Cones ice cream truck, the Norwalk Police Department K9 Unit, the New England Dance Academy, Chris Clark's Mountain Bike Stunt Team, the Roaming Railroad, New England Bounce About, Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy, Venture Portraits, Sparklies, Old Faithful, Getabout van, the New Canaan Police Department, the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the New Canaan Fire Department, Gault, Savatree, Palladino, Mill River Tree Service and Hoffman Landscapes, Iblast and Toddler Time Nursery School.

We would also like to thank all the YWL volunteers who staffed the event, the South School custodians who made our day with all of their tireless help and especially the two event chairwomen, Maria Miller and Marie Miller for their dedication and endless enthusiasm.

Special thanks go to the sponsors of the program as this event is not possible without their generosity and the Town of New Canaan for allowing us to hold this event in our community as it has been a New Canaan tradition for the last 12 years.

To our participants, we hope you had a great day and thank you for coming and spending time with us. The proceeds from the event go directly to the Young Women's League Giving Fund so that we can impact the less fortunate.

Signing off from Touch-A-Truck, until next year.

Kelly Daniel

YWL President

Rebuttal to DTC letter

To the Editor:

I write in response to David Kostek's (Democratic Town Committee vice president) personal attack on my writings and myself. Mr. Kostek offers no evidentiary matter as proof to his assertions, only absolute unadulterated pyschobabble and childish rhetoric.

To set the record straight Mr Kostek, I did not author my article as an elected officer of the New Canaan Republican Party but as a Certified Public Accountant with a master's degree in taxation and economics conferred with honors by the Stern Graduate School of Business Administration at New York University.

Your analogy of studying the benefits of passing legislation to require citizens to wear their underwear outside their clothes proves that you and your party refuse to discuss the topics or offer any support for your assertions.

I still challenge your chairwoman and you to explain yourselves. I will debate you anytime, any place on the issues I outlined. The tax scenario I discussed is not a fabrication but a truism which I can back up with evidentiary matter.

As far as a VAT tax, are you denying that your party is considering implementation to pay for health care? Are you denying that your party spent $318 billion in pork stimulus that has had a negative impact on our GDP in the last three quarters? Are you denying that the Medicare Tax will be raised to 3.9 percent from 2.9 percent and subject all unearned income to pay for health care? Are you denying that the health care legislation expands the IRS and funds the hiring of 35,000 additional revenue officers to implement the financial part of health-care reform? The Socialistic course your party has outlined for our country is predicated on spending the money of the American citizenry until it runs out.

I also ask you to explain how my stating of facts supported by written evidentiary matter purports to "anti-historical, fact-free ranting that has no place in a civil debate in New Canaan." I have reviewed your prior writings. Your modus-operandi is to attack those who question you and refer to them as reactionaries. The Republican Party is not going, going, gone, as you claim, but re-awakening patriotism amongst the American citizenry.

Mr. Kostek, as a true liberal you never addressed the issues but instead took things out of context, offered no evidence, changed the subject and personally attacked those who disagree with you.

Roy A Abramowitz CPA

Editor's note: Roy A. Abramowitz is the treasurer of the New Canaan Republican Town Committee.

Grateful to Tim Brown of Brown Thayer Shedd

To the Editor:

Saturday night a huge tree crashed into my house punching four holes in the roof and leaving jagged spears jutting down from holes in the ceiling. I called Tim Brown's emergency number and he came over immediately. What a sense of relief to see him and to know that Tim would take charge of all the details of my insurance claim.

We couldn't get a tree guy that night, so early Sunday morning Tim came himself, power-sawed the tree and removed the tree from the roof. He arranged for a contractor to board up the affected areas.

Tim's immediate, thorough and personal response to this unexpected emergency is emblematic of Brown Thayer Shedd Insurance. This wonderful agency is totally reliable and people-oriented. The gratitude and reassurance I feel for Tim and BTS will always be with me.

Jane Vanderzee

New Canaan

Thankful for First

County Bank's support

To the Editor:

I wish to express my gratitude to First County Bank for its financial support of the New Canaan Outback Teen Center. For the past five years, First County bank has given us a generous corporate sponsorship which has helped us with our operating expenses. Its support has been very helpful especially in these tough economic times. During this school year First County Bank increased its contribution so that we could hold some new programs at the Outback. We have held two successful family nights, one this past October and one recently in April, where we served dinner at the Outback to a full room of families, enabling more town residents to become familiar with our town's teen center.

The increased sponsorship of First County Bank culminates this Friday night when we host our first-ever Parents' Night Out at the Outback. Thanks to the bank's underwriting we have a wonderful evening planned featuring live musical entertainment by the singer EJ and the band the Renovators, accompanied by food and drink. We could not have added these programs and events without the generous support of First County bank. Again, I thank the bank for being such a good corporate supporter of our community.

Christina Fagerstal

Outback Board President