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What's On Your Mind, New Canaan?

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Enjoying an early taste of summer, basketball playoffs and the state of the economy were some of the things on the minds of people in New Canaan when we spoke to them Thursday afternoon.

Jennifer Joseph, 20, of Stamford, was excited for the arrival of summer. She didn’t get to enjoy much of the sunny Thursday afternoon because she was working at Candy Nichols, a children’s clothing store on Elm Street.

“I love it because of the warmth, spending time with friends and family, catching up with old friends,” said Joseph, who attends Springfield College in Massachusetts. “I like how there’s sunlight longer, and it’s less stressful.”

Peter Kalal, 22, of New Canaan, was soaking up some of Thursday’s rays while on break from Garelick & Herbs. “I’m trying to get as much time in the sun as possible,” he said. “I’m trying to savor it.”

So was Beth Atherton of New Canaan as she made her way back to the Ralph Lauren store on Elm Street. “It’s so nice out and everyone is smiling,” she said, though she realized she may have been out longer than allowed on her break. “It’s such a nice day.”

Ted Sibilia, 38, of New Canaan, was thinking about the stock market and the uncertain state of the economy, especially with how it could affect retirement accounts. “If it’s up, I feel good. And if it’s down, I don’t feel so happy,” Sibilia said. His feeling on Thursday? “I’m neutral,” he said, though he was closely watching what was happening in Europe.

Stan Davids, who now lives in Israel, was thinking about the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics, his favorite team, and the Miami Heat. Davids said he’s not a big fan of Heat star LeBron James and hopes the Celtics can get a win to vault into the NBA finals. “I even have a piece of the floor from the old Boston Garden,” he said.

Michelle Halpert, 17, has her mind occupied with school and summer. "I've got finals next week," said Halpert, a junior at New Canaan High School. She also has a Spanish project due Friday.

Her father Stephen was thinking of summer plans. “Maybe we’ll go on a bicycle riding trip."

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