Lou’s Winners: Marinelli on the Super Bowl

New Canaan football head coach Lou Marinelli is coming off a historic year which saw not only his 300th career win as a head coach, but also his second consecutive state title. The championship was the 10th crown in Marinelli’s storied career at the helm of the Rams, so we thought there was no one better to weigh in on this weekend’s marquis event—Super Bowl XLIX, pitting the defending champion Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots. Thanks to Coach Marinelli for taking the time to talk and allow us to pick his brain about the big game. If you’re Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, what do you do to prepare for Tom Brady and the Pats? Go to church a lot.

New Canaan Teacher Turns Independent Style Consultant


New Canaan resident Elizabeth Blanchard had been teaching professionally—at St. Luke’s School, Saxe Middle School, in Italy and finally at Stamford’s King Low Heywood Thomas—for more than a dozen years when she decided to make a career change for herself and her family. By January 2013, Blanchard already had spent a few years exploring a lifelong interest in style and fashion by hooking up with Stella and Dot accessories line. Doing trunk shows at private parties on the side while teaching middle school English at KLHT, Blanchard was surprised to find she had a knack for selling without pushing. Blanchard and her husband, Erick Galarreta, a personal banker at JP Morgan Chase in Stamford, were seeking some supplemental income, having recently moved out of her mother’s and on their own in New Canaan with one young son, and they wanted a second child.

Resident Expert: New Canaan’s Brian Rogers on ACA Confusion


New Canaanites turning their calendars from February to March may be dreaming of many things: parking on snowless streets, walking along iceless sidewalks, cycling in slush-less bike paths. Yet the realities of March in New Canaan likely will include more snow days and Metro-North Railroad breakdowns before we see the 5,000 daffodils at Irwin Park. And before the end of the month, many of us will seek clarity on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. That’s because, as the now-stabilized healthcare.gov website reports on its homepage, open enrollment for this year ends March 31. With more than 20 years of insurance experience, town resident and New Canaan Chamber of Commerce member Brian Rogers understands the widely debated healthcare law more than most.