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What's On Your Mind, New Canaan?

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Getting familiar with a new town, a request to tweak the seasons and the desire for a vacation were some of the things on the minds of people in New Canaan when we spoke with them on Thursday afternoon.

Chance Cross, 22, was getting used to life in New Canaan after growing up in southern California. “I’m still trying to figure the place out. I’m not used to everything,” said Cross, who works at Merrill Lynch. The weather on Thursday reminded him of life back home, but he’s waiting for his first New Canaan winter

Joanne Brandi of Darien was saddened to see that Lang’s Pharmacy on Elm Street had closed its doors for good. She’ll still come to New Canaan to get some things, she said.

“I live in Darien, but I love to shop in New Canaan," she said. "It’s a beautiful town.”

Brandi’s friend, Patricia Curtin, said she was enjoying summer so much that she’d make a few adjustments to make things a little nicer. “I wish I could make the seasons a little different. I wish (we) could extend summer and shorten winter,” she said.

Vito Derario, who works as a manager at Sole restaurant on Elm Street, was wondering if he will ever take some time off.  “I need to go on vacation. It’s just been busy and I never take the time. It’s expensive, too,” said Derario, who noted that he likes his work. “It’s getting packed every afternoon or evening. The work doesn’t stop.”

Dawn Norton, who is four months into her job as New Canaan’s chief financial officer, was thinking – and fretting – about the traffic on Interstate 95 heading back to her home in New Milford. “I’m just thinking about getting from point A to point B,” she said. “Thank goodness for good radio.”

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