Robert E. Mallozzi III, First Selectman

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New Canaan Town Hall
77 Main St. • New Canaan, CT 06840 • 203-594-3000

Health and Human Services Commission

Combination of Commission on Aging, Youth Commission, Board of Human Services. Develops and coordinates information concerning needs of all age groups, analyzes services for them, makes recommendations for new or revised programs. Also provides oversight for New Canaan Public Health.
Chairman • Judy Dunn
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Department of Human Services

The mission of Health & Human Services is to direct and coordinate critical community needs and programs for health, food, shelter, and general wellbeing for the Town’s citizens.

Vine Cottage/61 Main St. • New Canaan, CT 06840
203-594-3076 • Fax: 203-594-3132
Director • Carol McDonald, R.N.
Municipal Agent on Aging • Bethany Zaro, L.N., MPH
Programs include: Insurance assistance with Husky, Medicare, Medicaid and supplemental policies; visits to homebound seniors; more.
Among helping agencies, organizations and institutions that Department refers residents to is:

Waveny lifeCare network

3 Farm Rd. • New Canaan, CT 06840 • 203-594-5200

Conveniently located in New Canaan, Waveny LifeCare Network provides a compassionate continuum of world-class care to serve the changing needs of seniors from all areas. Committed to the community for over 40 years as a trusted nonprofit, Waveny has sought to provide the highest quality of person-centered care since 1975. Waveny proudly offers an array of eldercare choices ranging from residential options and outpatient programs to community-based services to meet the growing needs and changing preferences of older adults and their families. Like a river, Waveny’s continuum of care flows fluidly within a single organization, without any expensive buy-in fees or long-term commitments.

Lapham Community Center/Senior Center of New Canaan, Inc.

Lapham Community Center in beautiful Waveny Park offers variety of programs and services to adult residents of New Canaan and is home of the Senior Center.

Waveny Park • New Canaan, CT 06840 • 203-594-3620
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 63 • New Canaan, CT 06840
Web site: www.laphamcenter.org
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Director • Lyn Bond
Program Manager • Aggie Aspinwall

Lapham Center has large community room, modern computer center, teaching kitchen, game room and classrooms that enable Center staff to offer over 100 classes and programs each season.

Programs include: Lunch, Tues., at noon; reservation and $4 fee required. • Blood Pressure Clinic, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • $5 Crafts, Tues., 9:30 a.m.-noon. • Knitting, Thurs., 10 a.m.-noon. • Day trips organized to nearby places of interest 4-6 times a year. • Stamp Club and four Book Groups meet monthly. • Weekly lectures on health, financial and legal issues. • Insurance counselors for Medicare and supplemental plans. • Adult Education classes in art, exercise, history, cooking, languages, music, computers and more; fees charged; senior discounts. • Volunteer Opportunities, active and varied program.

Staying Put in New Canaan

Nonprofit membership organization founded in 2007 with professional staff and over 100 volunteers dedicated to providing “personal services that make living safer and easier at home” for senior citizens and “social programs that promote friendships and involvement outside the home.” Services provided include: transportation, help with grocery shopping, pharmacy pickup, help with odd jobs, technical support with computers and phones. Social events include: monthly lunches; dinners; group tickets to concerts, operas, theater, boat rides. Annual membership fee: $400 for individual; $525 for couple; special memberships available for those with financial limitations. Open to all New Canaan residents 65+.

58 Pine St. • P.O. Box 484 • New Canaan, CT 06480
203-966-7762 • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web site: www.stayingputnc.org
Executive Director • Barbara Achenbaum

Supportive Services For Families and Caregivers

Department of Human Services can make referrals to number of respite programs and other such services at Waveny Care Center and other agencies, organizations and institutions in New Canaan area.

Transportation Services
• Getabout Van, Transportation around New Canaan and out of town for medical appointments to surrounding communities. 203-972-7433
• Town-to-Town, regional door-to-door transportation service--only for people who wish to travel between towns in southwestern Connecticut. Fee is $4 for one-way trip across one town line. • 203-299-5180

Tax Relief Programs

Applications for Renters/Homeowners tax rebates available at Assessor’s Office. Department of Human Services can provide help with filling out application.

237 Elm St., 2nd. Fl. • 203-594-3005 • Fax: 203-594-3130 Assessor • Sebastian Caldarella

Library

151 Main St. • New Canaan, CT 06840
Main tel.: 203-594-5000 • Fax: 866-245-6033
Web site: www.newcanaanlibrary.org
Library Director • Lisa Oldham
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Probate Court

2 Renshaw Rd., Darien, CT 06820 • 203-656-7342
Fax: 203-656-0774 • Judge • William P. Osterndorf

Call 911 for all emergencies.

Police Department

174 South Ave. • New Canaan, CT • 06840
Non-emergencies: 203-594-3500 • Fax: 203-594-3553
Chief • Leon Krolikowski

TRIAD: Special program of Department to bring together senior citizens, law enforcement, business people and other interested parties and conduct crime prevention activities, educate about personal safety issues, address crime trends that target seniors, and learn and act on concerns, needs, problems of seniors.

TRIAD developed from program started in 1988 by AARP and National Sheriffs Association and is operated in New Canaan by S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Working Together). For information or to volunteer, contact: Officers John Milligan or Roy Adams.

Fire Department

Dept. has long history as New Canaan Fire Company
No. 1. Has career firefighters and volunteers.
60 Main St. • New Canaan, CT 06840
Non-emergencies: 203-594-3140
Chief • Jack Hennessey

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Town seeks close coordination of emergency services. Emergency Medical Services Commission formulates policy and guidelines and exercises oversight over New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NCVAC). Trained volunteers of NCVAC supported by professional paramedic on duty at all times to provide emergency medical care and transportation. All 911 calls go to Police Department, which dispatches Fire Department or NCVAC as appropriate. Police also dispatched on all calls. Ranking Fire Department officer is in charge at all fire or accident scenes.

Emergency Medical Services Commission

Chairperson • Larry Kessler
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Commission meets 3rd Tues. of month at Police Department Training Room, 7:30 p.m.
NCVAC • 182 South Ave. (next to Police Headquarters)
New Canaan, CT 06480
President of Board of Governors • Stephanie Dalia

Other Important Phone Numbers
Animal Control • 203-594-3510
Health Dept. • 203-594-3018
Public Works • 203-594-3054
Registrars of Voters • 203-594-3060
Town Clerk • 203-594-3070

New Canaan’s Population by Age

(Source: Latest Decennial U.S. Census)
60-64 1,126
65-74 1,387
75-84 973
85+ 427
Total 60+ 3,913
Total population of New Canaan: 19,738
Percentage 60 years of age or over: 19.7%
Land area: 22.5 sq. mi.

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