Moving in Our Own Direction

Over 100 years ago, New York City politely asked the good people of Katonah to just go away because they needed more water. The plan? Flood out a few small towns in Westchester to create a reservoir for the big brother to the south.

Yet unlike the folks in Kirbyville and New Castle Corners, the residents of Katonah did not go quietly into that good night. They fought the decision in and out of courts, and they refused to give up their community. When all else failed, they literally packed up their town and moved. With ingenuity and patience, Katonah’s residents built tracks and utilized horses to move their homes and businesses out of harm’s way, delivering each one to its current location.

It is this spirit of creativity and pride that Katonah Connect is about. We shine a light on the real people of our community – the creative, the inspirational, the thought-provoking, the colorful, the humorous, the sporty and the just-plain-weird folks who shape our town’s soul.

We’re not merely another suburb of Manhattan. We’re more than mansions and celebrity playgrounds. Yes Martha, we love you, but we are also a community of parents, grandparents, friends, entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, kids and so much more. Katonah Connect is here to tell those stories.

Like our ancestors, we continue to love our community, to believe in our town, and to never let anything stand in our way. Our legacy remains, but our future has yet to be written. We are moving in our own direction.

The Team

Gia Miller

Editor in Chief

Gia Miller is an award-winning journalist and content writer who lives in Katonah. Her work has appeared in Parents, The Washington Post, Healthline, Well + Good, Psych Central, SheKnows, SELF and more. 

Her first “real gig” was editing a book written by the USDA Forest Services while in college. She remembers nothing about trees, but the scientists were very kind. From there, she’s written for numerous local and national publications on a variety of topics, ranging from health and science to parenting and home design. Gia’s never met a brainstorm she didn’t like or a deadline she couldn’t beat.

Gia is also the mom of a tween and a teen (send help!), allowing her to become a world-renown hostage negotiator. Some say she has the patience of a saint, others say she’s an excellent listener and everyone seems to come to her with their problems. 

As a co-founder of Katonah Connect, Gia believes that our connections to others are vital to our happiness and success. Her goal is to tell the stories of the real people in our towns and create connections, both on and off the page. Ultimately, she’d like to take over the world, but for now, she’ll settle for a good night’s sleep. 

Justin Negard

Creative Director

Justin is a designer and photographer. He creates the look of a company – designing logos, posters, color schemes, websites, and marketing materials. Sexy stuff like that. He wrote a book on design called, um, “On Design“. Justin is also a photographer of people, events, architecture, products, food, and cars he can’t afford.

Additionally, Justin is Creative Director at CityMouse Inc., an NYC-based design firm which provides accessible design for people with disabilities, and has been awarded by the City of New York, MIT Media Lab, South By Southwest & more.

Justin is a two-time winner of the International Design Awards, American Photography, Latin America Fotografia, and some other cool stuff.

In 2019, Time Magazine hailed Justin Negard as, “an occasional reader of our magazine.”

He lives in Katonah with his wonderfully patient wife, son and daughter.