October 2022
Welcome to our New Members!
Valerie Basciano, Elaine Friedman, Geraldine Michalik, Shashi Shah
October at a Glance
Tues., Oct. 4, 10:30am - Tour of the Little Red School House
Tues., Oct. 11, 10am - Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put
Wed., Oct. 12, 4:30pm - Staying Put Annual Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 13, 1pm - Tour of New Canaan Mounted Troop
Sun., Oct. 16, 2pm-4pm - Bring in Your Patio Furniture with NC SLOBs
Tues., Oct. 18, 12:15pm - YMCA FOREVERWELL and Lunch
Wed., Oct. 19, 12:30pm - Lunch and Learn at Lapham
Thurs., Oct. 20, 1pm - "Art of the Automobile" at Carriage Barn
Fri., Oct. 21, 7pm - NC Chamber Music Concert
Tues., Oct. 25, 10am - Men's Coffee at Staying Put
Wed., Oct. 26, 11am - Walk at Irwin Park
Thurs., Oct. 27, 12pm - Halloween Lunch at The Sandbergs' Home
Mon., Oct. 31, 1-3pm - Treats at Staying Put
Save the Date
Wed., Dec. 7, 12pm - Holiday Lunch at The Roger Sherman Inn
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Please RSVP. We never want to run out of food or coffee, so please make sure to RSVP, so we can plan accordingly.
The Staying Put office will be closed On Monday, Oct. 10th
for the Columbus Day Holiday.
Patricia Lovejoy Stoddard 
It is with great sadness that Staying Put notes the passing of one of its founding members, Patricia "Pat" Stoddard, on September 10, 2022. Pat touched the lives of many during her 66 years in New Canaan, both as a teacher and Dean at the New Canaan Country School and as an active member of numerous boards and civic organizations. Pat was a driving force behind Staying Put and a stalwart volunteer until the week before her death. We are grateful to have been enriched by knowing her and will miss her.

To view the obituary please go to: Pat Stoddard
Staying Put Annual Meeting
Wed., Oct. 12, 4:30pm
Lapham Community Center
Wed., Oct. 12, 4:30pm: Staying Put Annual Meeting at Lapham. Featuring special Guest Speaker Marie Allen, President and CEO of Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA), who will present:

The Same as it Ever Was? A Look at Aging Norms Then and Now. The presentation takes a look at America’s understanding and acceptance of aging in our society. Is it the same as it ever was or have we evolved? Using humor where possible, the presentation features iconic images, commonly held beliefs and public policies from the 1950’s to present day.

Refreshments will be served. Members, guests, donors and friends of Staying Put are welcome. Free. RSVP by October 7th: 203-966-7762 or info@stayingputnc.org
Tues., Oct. 4, 10:30am: Tour of the Little Red School House. Built in 1870 and operated until 1957, this one room schoolhouse is a perfectly preserved time capsule of life for New Canaan students. Ruth Kelley, a former pupil, will help lead the tour. Free. RSVP by Mon., Oct. 3rd.
Tues., Oct. 11, 10am: Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put. Come join your friends for some good coffee and breakfast treats while finding out about the latest local news. Free. RSVP by Fri., Oct. 7th.
Thurs., Oct. 13, 1pm: Tour of New Canaan Mounted Troop. Staying Put members will be able to get a tour of the barn, learn about the history of "Troop", and meet some of the horses. Please wear appropriate shoes. Carpool from Staying Put parking lot at 12:45pm Free. RSVP by Tues., Oct. 11th.
Sun., Oct. 16, 2pm-4pm: Bring in your patio furniture with NC SLOBs. Sign up to have your patio furniture brought in for the season thanks to New Canaan Service League of Boys. Call Staying Put to sign up. Free. RSVP by Thurs., Oct. 13th.
Tues., Oct. 18, 12:15pm: FOREVERWELL at New Canaan YMCA - Improv Comedy Workshop. Participate in a fun improv workshop while enjoying a light lunch. After the program, Staying Put members are invited to tour the New Canaan YMCA. Free. RSVP by Fri., Oct. 14th.
Wed., Oct. 19, 12:30pm: Lunch and Learn at Lapham - Healthy Topics for Better Living with Mike Bacon. Join a fun, informative discussion and Q&A on five essential topics for overall health and well-being. Free. RSVP by Fri., Oct. 14th.
Thurs., Oct. 20, 1pm: Art of the Automobile at The Carriage Barn. Come and enjoy paintings of one of our favorite subjects - the automobile. Refreshments will be served. Free. RSVP by Tues., Oct. 18th.
Fri., Oct. 21, 7pm: New Canaan Chamber Music Concert with Andrew Armstrong and Orion Weiss. When two international piano soloists (and friends), play on one stage, the range of possibilities are electrifying. Special ticket discount for members when purchased through Staying Put. $35. RSVP cash or check received by Oct. 11th, at the latest. Subject to cancellation if not enough tickets are sold.
Tues., Oct. 25, 10am: Men's Coffee at Staying Put. Good coffee, breakfast treats and conversation! Come by and find out about the latest news in town while meeting up with your Staying Put friends. Free. RSVP by Fri., Oct 21st.
Wed., Oct. 26, 11am: Walk at Irwin Park. Come for a group walk at Irwin Park and join in some exercise with Robin. Free. RSVP by Tues., Oct. 25th.
Thurs., Oct. 27, 12pm: Happy Halloween Lunch at the Sandbergs'. A gourmet sit-down lunch for our members courtesy of Lois and Dick Sandberg. Masks and mischief, tricks and treat bags. Come in costume or funny hat. Space is limited. Free. RSVP by Fri., Oct. 21st.
Mon., Oct. 31, 1pm - 3pm: Treats at Staying Put. Stop by the Staying Put office for some Halloween treats of cider and donuts. No tricks, just a chance to say Happy Halloween to Gina, Nic, Kim and Robin. Free. RSVP by Fri., Oct. 27th.
New Canaan Library Book Return for
Staying Put Members
Parking spaces are available at the New Canaan Library during construction but if you are concerned about how to navigate through all the construction, feel free to drop off your books at the Staying Put office and we will return your books for you.
Free Trial Membership at New Canaan YMCA
for Staying Put members
Have you seen the New Canaan YMCA lately? Interested in using the pool or gym or maybe taking a class? Staying Put members can get a free pass for the New Canaan YMCA which is good from Oct. 18th through Oct. 31st. Passes will be available in the Staying Put office on Oct. 18th. Call the office for more information.
Staying Put volunteers recognized at
The New Canaan Community Foundation
2022 Volunteer Recognition Awards
We are excited to announce our volunteer driver extraordinaire, Neil Wilson, is being awarded the Hands-On Rookie of the Year award and our Board President, Tom Stadler, will receive the Jim Cole Inspiration Award. The Awards are open to the public and will take place at Town Hall on October 4th at 5:30pm.
Part 2 of a two-part series
Tips To Keep From Tipping
A Home Fall Prevention Checklist
Other fall prevention advice
- Work with a physical therapist on exercises to improve your balance and make your legs stronger. Exercise also helps you feel better and more confident.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review all of the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. Some medications can make you sleepy or dizzy.
- Have your eyes checked by the eye doctor at least once a year and update your glasses.
- Get up slowly after you sit or lie down.
- Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers or flip flops.
- Improve the lighting in your home. Add lighting to dark areas. Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
- Paint a contrasting color on the top edge of all steps so that you can see the stairs more clearly. For example, use a light color paint on dark wood.
- Use a rolling cart to move heavier items around the home rather than carrying them.
Other safety tips
- Keep emergency numbers in large print near each phone.
- Sign up for Smart 911, a free national service used by public service
agencies across the country. You provide potentially life-saving information so that, in an emergency, responders will arrive knowing just what’s needed to help.
- Put a phone near the floor in case you fall and can’t get up.
- Consider getting a LifeAlert device that will bring help in case you fall and can’t get up. Contact Staying Put for a recommendation.
Be Sure to Get Your Flu Shot & Covid Booster!
US health officials are predicting a bad flu season this winter. Health officials also anticipate another surge in COVID-19 cases as schools start, and the weather cools and people move inside. What does this mean for you? The best way to prevent getting ill with either the flu or with COVID is to get vaccinated against both, ideally by the end of October. Both vaccines are widely available, from doctors’ offices, many pharmacies, and through most town Health Departments. Adults 65 and older should get the higher dose or adjuvanted flu vaccine, which have both been shown to evoke a stronger immune response in older adults.

While you’re getting your flu shot, get the newest bivalent COVID
booster too. It is safe to get them at the same time, one in each arm.
The Town of New Canaan is offering this newest COVID booster on
Thursday afternoons, by appointment only, at Irwin House. Go to the Health Dept. website and click on the link provided to schedule or call the Health Department at (203) 594-3037. You can also see what is available at your local pharmacy.
Happy Birthday!
Oct. 1: Don McCouch
Oct. 2: Sue Scannell
Oct. 6: Rita Stone
Oct. 7: Jeanne Piscitello, Nate Snyder
Oct. 8: Clancy Fauntleroy
Oct. 9: Anna Sioles
Oct. 14: Liz Massey
Oct. 15: Carole Clarkson
Oct. 16: Jeanne Gnuse, Marjorie Aronson
Oct. 17: Katie O'Brien
Oct. 19: Beatrice Camporine
Oct. 20: Gretchen Watkins, Mary Ward
Oct. 26: Judy Schurman
Oct. 29: Wendy Stone
Oct. 31: James McKeon, Sandra Lefler
New Canaan Artisans Holiday Boutique
Preview: Friday, Nov. 18th, 6pm-8pm
$10 Admission
Shopping continues....
Saturday, Nov. 19th
Free Admission
Roger Sherman Inn, 195 Oenoke Ridge Rd
New Canaanite Coffee
Thurs., October 6 and November 3
8:30am - 9:30am
New Canaan Library
Want to find out what's going on in town? Get up to date on everything going on in this informal town gathering. Held the first Thursday of every month at New Canaan Library. Coffee served and open to all. For more information go to: newcanaanite.com
Lapham Center

Mon., Oct. 3, 17, 31, 11:15am to 12:15pm: Blood Pressure Clinic. In person Blood Pressure Clinics with Bethany Zaro, RN, MPH, Director of Human Services.

Thurs., Oct. 13, by appointment: Free Medicare Counseling Medicare counselor, Dick Neville, can guide you through the Medicare enrolling process and more. Call 203-594-3620 to schedule your appointment. No drop-ins.

Mon., Oct. 24, 11am: Downtown New Canaan Update A discussion with the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Laura Budd, on New Canaan's downtown business district. Topics include business comings and goings as well as the new Library and Movie Theater.
Call the Lapham Center at
203-594-3620 for more information and to RSVP.

Wed., Oct. 26, 1pm: HTG Sponsored Tips for Online Security Webinar Joe Saponare of PsiMac will outline our most common online vulnerabilities and offer ways to stay safe.

Fri., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 1pm: Friday Movies at Lapham
Oct. 7: Downton Abbey
Oct. 14: Death on the Nile
Oct. 21: Munich: The Edge of War
Oct. 28: The Duke
58 Pine Street, New Canaan
Please call us anytime at
- Gina, Kim, Nic and Robin
PO Box 484
New Canaan CT 06840