May 2016 Newsletter

Candlewood Isle Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Candlewood Isle Tax District

May 6, 2016


In This Issue:


·        Budget Hearing May 14; Annual Meeting May 28

·        Judging for Photo Contest May 14

·        Docks in May 14; Volunteers Needed

·        Dinner and a Movie NightMay 21

·        Cocktails on the Beach May 28

·        Book Club Reading “The Shipping News”

·        2016 Candlewood Golf Classic July 22

·        Cyntia is Back in the Post Office!






Adult Recreation


Movie Night May 21Movie night resumes Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. with a double feature of Enchanted April.  The 1935 version of Enchanted April is an RKO film starring Ann Harding <> .  The 1991 version stars Miranda Richardson for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The films, based upon Elizabeth von Arnim's novel, tell of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their rainy, grey environments to go on holiday in Italy. Mrs. Arbuthnot and Mrs. Wilkins, who belong to the
same ladies' club but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. Having decided to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs. Fisher and the stunning but aloof Lady Caroline Dester. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love. The film was shot on location at Castello Brown in Portofino, Italy; the same castle where the author of the book stayed in the 1920s. The score by Richard Rodney Bennett, featuring winsome flute and oboe themes, effectively evokes the film's mood and accentuates the story's sentimentality and nostalgia.  Dinner will be PastaPrimavera.  Cost is $10 per person.   Please bring dish, dessert, wine. RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




ook Club May 24:   The book for May is “The Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx. This is a sometimes funny, redemptive tale set against a backdrop of what happens to the local fishermen in Newfoundland when the cod fishing disappears. “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx’s ‘The Shipping News’ is a vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family. Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a ‘head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips,’ is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle’s Point, in a house empty except for a few mementos of the family’s unsavory past, the members of three generations try to cobble up new lives.”  Book Club will meet Tuesday, May 24, at 7.30 p.m. at the home of at the home of Stephanie Resigno.  Please RSVP to her at 203-746-2311 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  All are welcome!


Judging for Photography Contest May 14


Entries for the 2015 Photography Contest will be shown May 14 following the budget meeting at the clubhouse. Judges are needed.  A sign-up sheet for judges will be available.   For interest or

additional information, please contact Glenn Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Judging criteria include ratings in the following areas:  Basic Technique, Special techniques, Composition, Lighting, Subject / Interest, Originality and Story / Mood.


Cocktails on the Beach May 28 at 7 p.m.  $10 per person. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Vinyasa Yoga:  Lengthen and strengthen with Vinyasa yoga. Normal schedule is Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays (by RSVP) at 7 p.m. Bring a mat and water. Feel great! Spectacular view! More info: Susan Brand at 203-300-6747 $15.00.

Tennis lessons available. Groups are being formed now. Please contact Susan Brand 203 300-6747 for additional information.

Marina and Golf Cart News

The deadline for Marina and Golf Cart applications is Monday, May 16. A friendly reminder from the Marina Committee:  Any resident who purchases a golf cart after May 16, 2016, must register it ASAP.

Docks at both Marinas will be installed Saturday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m.  Volunteers are most welcome.  Donuts, coffee and lunch will be served.  [See Board notes below.]

Golf Classic July 22:  The 2016 Candlewood Classic for Candlewood Isle and Candlewood Knolls is Friday, July 22, with shotgun start at Candlewood Valley Country Club at 8:30 a.m. followed by dinner and entertainment at the CI Clubhouse.   John Glynn writes:  “This year I am passing the baton and the organizing of the Candlewood Classic to JP Cheneski and Billy Connors.  It has been a wonderful experience organizing the past eight Candlewood Classics.  I am confident that JP and Billy will do a fantastic job.  Thank you to all who have participated in this wonderful event that involves two great neighboring communities.”





Updates from the Board


Budget Hearing and Annual Meeting This Month

The CI Tax District budget hearing will take place Saturday, May 14, and the annual meeting will follow on May 28.  Both meetings are at 9:30 am at the Clubhouse.  All are welcome!  We have two meetings so residents can ask budge- related questions at the budget hearing, which makes for a quicker and more efficient annual meeting.  Please bring your photo ID to the annual meeting for voting purposes.


Spring Packet out this week

The Spring Packet will go out this week and will include the annual budget for the Tax District as well as information for the various programs on the Isle.  Reports from board members are included, and David Macgown will present the board’s fiscal plans for the coming year.  Please take some time to review it, and bring your questions to the budget hearing.  We thank those of you who chose to receive the packet by email.


Road work has begun

Work has begun to replace 13 culverts which were the most at risk of collapse.  Paving over the repairs will begin in the second week of May. In addition, sections of roadway on Sunset Trail (between Deer Run and Ridge) and Lake Drive South (at Hemlock) will be repaved with asphalt.  A second round of culvert work and paving will take place later in the summer.  Primarily, another section of Ridge Road will see culvert replacement and paving with asphalt.  In addition, Hemlock, High Trail and Fox Run will see patchwork followed by double chip seal, a process that will be far more effective than the old chip seal method once utilized on the Isle.  Residents should see real progress in the condition of the roads by the end of the summer.


Marina Applications will be sent in the coming weeks.  The deadline for marina applications and payment is Monday, May 16.  The Marina Committee has had discussions with the Candlewood Lake Authority, First Light, and DEEP to pursue the Isle’s intentions of exchanging moorings for boat slips.  Unfortunately, the process won’t be completed in time for this season.  The docks will be installed Saturday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m.  Volunteers are most welcome.

The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m. at the room next to the CI Post Office.  If you would like to submit items for the regular monthly meeting agenda, please do so at least one week prior to the meeting.  Submissions may be made by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


News from the Candlewood Eye


Cyntia Back at CI


Cyntia Ferreira is back taking care of our mail at the CI Post Office after being gone for eight years. She started April 1 and has a four-year contract, so she’ll be with us for a nice long time. She lives in Danbury with her husband, Julio, and two children, Lucas, 14, and Julia, 10. She spent the last eight years helping her husband in his moving business and taking care of her house and family.  She said, “I’m so glad to be back. I’m so happy.” Her hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Notes from Richard Price:  Those Little Yellow Signs


It's that time again! The little yellow signs are popping up. If you are curious about alternatives to pesticides, or about home use of pesticides in general, there's an excellent website at It's informative and blessedly non-preachy. Among the information that may be surprising:

 A child in a household using home and garden pesticides has a higher risk of developing leukemia by more than six times.

 Exposure to herbicides before the age of one is linked to a four-fold increase in childhood asthma.

 Suburban lawns and gardens use more pesticides per acre than agriculture.

 Lawn and landscape pesticides drift and can be tracked into homes where they are inhaled and ingested and can remain for up to a year.

 Dogs exposed to herbicide-treated grass such as 2,4-D and other week killers have increased risks of bladder cancer and lymphoma from two to seven times respectively.

 Of 30 commonly used lawn pesticides: 17 have been detected in groundwater, 23 can leach into groundwater, 16 are toxic to birds, 24 to fish and aquatic organisms, and 11 to bees. And 11 may disrupt the hormonal system in wildlife.

 Of the 30 commonly used lawn pesticides, 13 are ‘probable’ or ‘possible’ carcinogens, 14 are associated with birth defects, 18 with reproductive effects such as reduced sperm counts or infertility, and 20 with liver or kidney damage. 18 can cause neurotoxicity, which impairs the central and/or peripheral nervous system resulting in a range of problems from the ability to learn to chronic fatigue. 11 are suspected endocrine disruptors.

 Children take in more pesticides relative to body weight than adults and are less able to detoxify toxic chemicals.


Eyeflash:  Dee Poquette was featured in an article in this week’s Town Tribune (formerly the Citizen News) about her new venture Jackdaw Brocante & Cuisine Tours. After spending 10 years traveling to France to shop, eat and experience French culture, Dee has paired with friend and former Sherman resident Cheryl Kohloff to form a company to plan trips to Provence to visit antique markets, stay in a restored farmhouse owned by a chef, and take cooking classes there. The first trip will be Sept. 7-14.  There are still openings for that tour. The website is



Keep CITD office updated:  It is important to keep the Candlewood Isle Tax District Office up to date on your current contact information.  If you have had a change/addition of your email address or any other contact information, please make sure to update Karen Hanley via: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 203-746-0220.


Newsletters now monthly.  Next issue: Friday June 3. Submission deadline:  Tuesday, May 31.  Call Aimée Suhie at 746-5155, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to submit items for the newsletter or to be included on the e-mail lists. You can also see the newsletter at our fantastic Website