Candlewood Isle Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Candlewood Isle Tax District

Sept. 30, 2016



Judy Paniccia photo first-place winner in 2016 Candlewood Isle Photo Contest for “Seasonal Scapes” category.


In This Issue:


·        Book Club Reading “The Marriage of Opposites”

·        Movie Night Oct. 15

·        Trainwreck Party Oct. 22

·        Casino Royale Oct. 29

·        Claire Tuffereau on Painting


Mah Jongg: Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse.  Please remember to bring your card.  Any questions please call Sandy Colesworthy 203-470-7035 or Denise Cheneski 203-746-3507.


Bocce continues through October Fridays at 7 p.m. at the bocce court near the Guardhouse. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share.  Adults only, please.  Call Cindy Larkin for further information at 203-746-3848 or Kathy Ohsann at 203-312-0875.

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.


Mr. and Mrs Trainwreck

akaJerry Bielizna and Andy (Andrea) Andersen

Are Back on Track!


At the end of September 2015, Jerry Bielizna and Andrea Andersen experienced what they have named “The Trainwreck”:  Jerry had an emergency quad bypass, and the next day Andy had scheduled ovarian cancer surgery followed by two more surgeries over the following six months.  They have spent the year recuperating and “getting back on track.”


Now it is time to celebrate!  They are hosting a party at the clubhouse Oct. 22 with cocktails, dinner, and dancing!  Your check is your reservation:  $35 per guest made out to CITD.


  • Drop the check in the mail to Andrea Andersen, PO Box 368, New Fairfield, CT 06812 or place in the copper container on the red school desk in the entry of their home, 12 Ridge Rd.
  • Include your cell phone or e-mail so Andy can confirm she received the check. 
  • Indicate names of attendee(s) on check or attached sticky note to help our check-in (yes, Andy was a teacher!)
  • Bring either a canned or dry food donation for our local food pantry.


Andy must receive your check by October 15. 




The Candlewood Isle Film Fest Announces

            The October 15 Movie Night will be a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.  This1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carrollis is very loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan about an everyman civilian in London, RichardHannay, who becomes caught up in preventing an organization of spies called The 39 Steps from stealing British military secrets. After being mistakenly accused of the murder of a counterespionage agent, Hannay goes on the run to Scotland with an attractive woman in the hopes of stopping the spy ring and clearing his name. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

Attention Photo Enthusiasts:   Third Annual Candlewood Isle Photography Contest

The Contest Rules:

Participants must:

• Be residents of Candlewood Isle (there are no age restrictions).

• Enter only their original photo(s).

• Photos must be on photo paper (this enhances the visual presentation of the image).

• The reverse side of the photo must include the name and Candlewood Isle address of the photographer, and the contest subject category.  • Photos will not be returned, and by submitting the photo, permission is given for display to the CI community and online.

• Deadline for entering photos is May 25, 2017. 

• Photos will be displayed and judging will occur shortly after deadline.

• Winning photos will be posted at the Clubhouse, and appear in the newsletter.  Photo(s) can be either sent to Photo Contest, P.O. Box 172, New Fairfield, CT 06812 or dropped off at 24 Lake Drive North.

The subject categories will be listed in the next newsletter.  Judging criteria includes ratings in the following areas:  Basic Technique, Special techniques, Composition, Lighting, Subject / Interest, Originality and Story / Mood. Sponsored by Glenn Moore:@ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Book Club:   The book for October is “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.  From Amazon:  “From the New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Dovekeepers’ and ‘The Museum of Extraordinary Things’ comes a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism. Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.” Book Club will meet Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Robbi Anderson, 50 Lake Drive South. Please RSVP to Robbi at 203-746-6369 at randerson@ All are welcome!

Updates from the Board

[Editor’s Note:  This letter was e-mailed to CI board members and Adult Rec Volunteers.]


“Over the next few weeks I will be transitioning responsibility for Adult Rec and turning over my Clubhouse keys into the very capable hands of our friend and neighbor Monica Santos.  Working with our board and Adult Rec volunteers, Monica will continue to oversee use of the Clubhouse for our ongoing programs and special events. Monica has hosted successful events for the community including the Labor Day Brunch and the popular Then and Now/Isle Jammin’ Dance party for several years.  I am confident that her experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the Isle will help make our Adult Rec programs better than ever. Monica and I will wrap up our transition in the next few weeks, and ultimately she will receive all correspondence at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


“I am thankful to our board and Adult Rec Volunteers for making my experience coordinating Adult Rec so very pleasant for the past three years.  I am very thankful to Monica for graciously offering to serve our community as our next coordinator of Adult Recreation.  Please remember that Adult Rec events for October include Dinner and a Movie Oct.15, the Thank-You and Celebration of Life Party hosted by Andy Anderson and Jerry Bielizna Oct. 22, and the Casino Royale Gala Party Oct. 29. 


“Thanks again to all,” Terry MacGown


The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, October 15, 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 .


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.


News from the Candlewood Eye



Claire Tuffereau Muses on Her Life as a Painter


 [Editor’s Note:  Claire will have an exhibition of 19 new watercolors Oct. 8-29 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. at The Barn Gallery & Frame Shop, 82 State Route 37, New Fairfield.  She completed the paintings in the last two years while spending the summer in her farmhouse in France and the rest of the year on the Isle where she has lived for 15 years. Here she details what painting means to her.]


“I like to write stories. I also like to paint, and my medium of choice is watercolor. It has always been hard to find the right balance of time between both until I had an epiphany a few years ago and decided to paint stories:


“A barn is never just a barn, but it is our neighbor Veronique’s barn, in France, and it is giving her grief because for it to keep standing, it needs a lot of repairs. She looks at it every day, trailed by her two hens, Lulu and Marguerite, who think she is their mother and follow her wherever she goes and surely do not understand why she always stops at the same place every day and looks up, then walks away with a sigh.


“A beach is never just a beach:  It is the beach where we walk with our friends for the purpose of looking for shells, but between leisurely conversation and easy silences, reaffirming and consolidating our friendship.


“It would seem like a very simple predicament: Just find the time to stories while enjoying your life as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, a cook and a gardener.  Ah, but I let myself be diverted, and days follow days until one afternoon, my fingers become agitated again and I have to shake them. When I go to bed at night, the day behind me is a blank page, and then I realize that I have not sung in a while.


“Painting helps sort out the music in my head, and when the brush touches the watercolor paper, the humming starts, following each stroke of color.  Or is it the other way around?”


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