February 2023
The Staying Put office will be closed on
Monday, Feb. 20th for Presidents' Day
A reminder that if the New Canaan Public Schools are closed or delayed due to weather conditions, so is the Staying Put office, and rides will need to be rescheduled.
Welcome New Members!
Rodney Chabot, Carolyn Clark, Wilma Deicas,
Ned & Susan Leeming, Paul Richards, Andrew Sinn,
Francie Thompson, Thayer West
Membership Renewals
If you have not already, please remember to send in your
Staying Put 2023 Membership Renewal Form and dues.
February at a Glance
Tues., Feb. 7, 12pm - Film and Lunch at the Carriage Barn
Thurs., Feb. 9, 10am - Men's Coffee at Staying Put
Tues., Feb. 14, 12pm - Valentine's Lunch at One Twenty Three
Wed., Feb. 15, 12:30pm - Lapham Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Feb. 16, 10am - Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put
Wed., Feb. 22, 12pm - Staying Put's Book Talk Group
Tues., Feb. 28, 11am - NC Historical Society Silvermine Art Exhibit
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Please RSVP!
Tues., Feb. 7, 12pm: "Working Through the Details" viewing and Lunch at the Carriage Barn. Enjoy lunch at the Carriage Barn while watching "Working Through the Details", a retrospective on the life of artist and New Canaan resident Walter Richards. Agata Aspinwall of Lapham Community Center will be on hand to introduce the movie. After the movie we will have a chance to see the Carriage Barn's 43rd Annual Photography Show. Free. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 3rd.
Thurs., Feb. 9, 10am: Men's Coffee at Staying Put. Join Staying Put friends for coffee, morning treats and good conversation. Free. RSVP by Wed., Feb. 8th.
Tues., Feb. 14, 12pm: Valentine's Lunch at One Twenty Three Restaurant. Join us for a Valentine's day lunch at a Staying Put favorite - One Twenty Three Restaurant. Enjoy a prix fixe menu of salad, entree choice of Salmon, Chicken Marsala or Mushroom Ravioli, followed by either Tiramisu or Cheese Cake. 407 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY, $40 per person plus cash bar. RSVP by Thurs., Feb 9th with menu choice.
Wed., Feb. 15, 12:30pm: Lunch and Learn at Lapham: Wills and Trusts with Attorney Michael Nedder.
What’s the difference between a living will and a last will? What are the benefits of a living trust versus a will? What property can go into a living trust? Find out the answers to these questions — and others — during this helpful discussion. Michael Nedder, Managing Partner of Nedder & Associates in Darien, has helped families with estate planning for nearly twenty years. Free. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 10th.
Thurs., Feb. 16, 10am: Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put. Join Staying Put friends for coffee, morning treats and good conversation. Free. RSVP by Wed., Feb. 15th.
Wed., Feb. 22, 12pm: Book Talk and Lunch. Join Staying Put members who meet for lunch and exchange recommendations about current fiction and non-fiction books the group has enjoyed reading. Lunch will be provided. Free. RSVP by Tues., Feb. 21st.
Tues., Feb. 28, 11am: Silvermine Art Colony Exhibit at New Canaan Museum and Historical Society with Ed Vollmer. Join us as co-curator, Ed Vollmer, will be our guide and historian for New Canaan Museum and Historical Society's most in-depth exhibition on the Silvermine Art Colony. Free. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 24th.
Happy Birthday!
Feb. 1: Judy Johnson
Feb. 4: Alice Runnette
Feb. 7: Tom Skinner
Feb. 9: Deborah Wright
Feb. 16: Kam Kamerschen
Feb. 17: Janet Schmitz
Feb. 19: Eniko Szatai,
George Gebauer
Feb. 22: Barbara Johansen
Feb. 23: George Maranis,
Sue Ramseur, Louella Smith
Feb. 27: Janet Lindstrom
Feb. 28: Jane Previdi
It has come to our attention that not all of you are aware of all the benefits your Staying Put membership affords you. Even worse, some of you are aware, and yet still hesitate to ask for those services. Please read the following and call us!
1) Volunteer drivers provide rides to New Canaan, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, Westport, and Wilton, and, for those who need it, will happily escort members to the doctor’s or other office.
2) Volunteer handy helpers will change ceiling bulbs and do minor home repair/fix it work.
3) Tech volunteers will help with computer, printer, TV, and phone issues in your home.
4) Errand volunteers can help with groceries, pharmacy pick ups, post office stops, etc.
5) Nic, who has MPH and nursing degrees, is happy to accompany members to medical appts if they wish to have an advocate present.
6) Friendly staff can provide suggestions for vendors for those tasks volunteers can’t address.
Fraud Alert: Check Washing
Check washing is a type of fraud that occurs when a stolen check is treated with a chemical formula to remove its ink or “wash the check.” Then the check is rewritten with a higher amount, addressed to a new payee, and deposited. In most cases, checks are stolen from the mail before they are washed and rewritten. To help avoid being a victim, follow these tips:
1) If mailing a check, it is safest to mail from inside the post office. Though the USPS is working to make post boxes more secure, thieves are still accessing unsecure mail boxes. Do not leave checks in your own mailbox for pickup as well.
2) Avoid regular blue ink or black pens when writing a check. These pens contain dye-based ink that can easily be "washed" away. Make sure to only use a black gel pen or a pen that contains indelible ink.
3) Double check images of checks from your account. Since most banks post images of checks to your account, go back and make sure nothing was changed on your checks.
4) If you think there is a problem, do not hesitate to call the New Canaan Police Department at (203) 594-3500 for help.
Telemedicine Services
Waveny LifeCare Network
Learn how New Canaan residents can benefit from Waveny Care's new Telemedicine Services platform, free of charge for New Canaan residents. To view a video about the program, go to: Telemedicine
Lapham Center
Wed., Feb. 8, 12:30pm: Romantic New York with the Zuckermans and Chocolate Tasting. Join this presentation which will feature romantic locations and stories about love in The Big Apple! $20

Wed., Feb. 22, 1pm: Finding Peace in the Storm: Managing Stress and Anxiety in Uncertain Times. Cultivate resilience to life's challenges and keep a positive attitude. Marcy Rand, MSW, Town of New Canaan Senior Outreach and Kathy Collins, LMSW, Lapham Program Manager presenting.

Fri, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 1pm: Movies on Fridays.
Feb. 3: The Outfit
Feb. 10: Ticket to Paradise
Feb. 17: She Said
Feb. 24: The Fabelmans
Call the Lapham Center at
203-594-3620 for more information and to RSVP.

Thurs., Feb. 9 and Feb. 23, by appointment: Free Medicare Counseling. Medicare counselor, Dick Neville, can guide you through enrolling in Medicare, choosing a Medicare supplement plan, a Part D prescription drug plan and answer your Medicare questions.

Mon., Feb. 6 and Feb. 27, 11:15am to 12:15pm: Blood Pressure Clinic. In person blood pressure clinic with Bethany Zaro, RN, MPH, Director of Human Services.
Gardens for All with Irene Barber
Wed., Feb. 1, 9:30am to 11am
Online Webinar
Irene Barber, Adult Education & Horticultural Therapy Program Manager of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will discuss how professionals worldwide are expanding opportunities for people of all abilities to engage in gardening. To register for this webinar, go to: newcanaanbeautification.org
Carriage Barn Arts Center
43rd Annual Photography Show
Sat., Feb. 4 - Sun. March 5
Waveny Park
Judged by Christina Zanetti, Director of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery, in NYC, who has been working within the arts for the past 14 years, receiving her BFA in photography and art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and her MA in Art History and Visual Culture from Lindenwood University.
Ordinary People
Feb. 17 - Mar. 5
Sun., Feb. 19, 2pm Matinee
The Power House Theater
Waveny Park
This powerful and relevant play explores “ordinary people”, each fighting a hard battle and goes to the root of their relationships. $25-$30. Tickets for sale at: TPNC.ORG or call (203) 966-7371.
Please call us anytime
at 203-966-7762
- Gina, Kim, Nic and Robin
PO Box 484, 58 Pine Street
New Canaan CT 06840