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New Canaan 'Mayors' Check In on Foursquare Day

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – When David Winkworth steps into the Congregational Church of New Canaan, the mayor is in the house.  

Leave it to Foursquare, the social media site that tells your friends where you are in just a few clicks, to give a man who works as a communications director for his church some degree of "power."

“It’s a fun thing to mess around with,” said Winkworth, 48, a member of the Congregational Church choir for 15 years.

He earned the church’s mayoral title by virtue of his frequent check-ins there on his cellphone. He expects he’ll check in Monday for Foursquare Day, appropriate because 16 is “four-squared.” Winkworth is also the mayor of some other town landmarks, because he checks in at a few places during his commute from Harrison, N.Y., to New Canaan.

But Winkworth doesn’t expect to use Foursquare as much once he moves to town, though he’d like to get a check-in at Carnegie Hall in New York City. “It won’t be something I’ll do in the future,” he said.

Drew Pennetti, 27, likes to use the site to tell his friends where he is. He does technical work for the New Canaan Historical Society and has earned that place’s "mayorship," which Director Janet Lindstrom doesn’t mind so much.

“The best part about Foursquare is that it shows your friends what you like,” he said, although he likes to check in and qualify for specials offered to mayors at restaurants. He’s hoping one day to become the mayor of Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk.

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