Michael Dinan

Michael is owner and editor of NewCanaanite.com. He is a 1993 New Canaan High School graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Oxford. Michael has worked as a professional journalist since 2003, including at Greenwich Time and Patch.com. He lives in Stamford with his wife, Marie, five dogs (Wilbur, Russell, Louis, Marvin and Dexter), managing two fantasy baseball teams each summer, reading in the winter and hiking with the dogs at Mianus River Park year-round.

Recent Articles

Pound Ridge Man, 22, Charged in Theft of $7,650 Shotgun from Father Peter’s Lane Property

Police on Saturday afternoon arrested a 22-year-old Pound Ridge, N.Y. man by warrant in connection with the theft in November of a shotgun from a New Canaan residential property. At about 3:08 p.m. on Nov. 5 (a Saturday), officers were dispatched to a Father Peter’s Lane residence on a report of a $7,650 shotgun stolen from a barn on the property, police said. Following an investigation, authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Matthew R. Blasco of 68 Westchester Ave., Apt. C in Pound Ridge, according to a police report. Continue Reading →

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Police Open Animal Cruelty Case After Starving Dog Is Found Roaming at Waveny

Police have opened an animal cruelty case after finding a severely emaciated dog in Waveny last week, officials said. Collarless and un-chipped, the female bulldog-and-boxer mix first was spotted in Waveny at about 11 a.m. last Tuesday by a park visitor who contacted the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department, according to Officer Allyson Halm. The animal, perhaps five or six years old, almost certainly was “dumped” there, said Halm, head of Animal Control. “This is an open animal cruelty case,” she said. “There is no way you could call and claim this dog and not have to explain.”

Halm said the dog “couldn’t be sweeter” and immediately responded when police approached. Continue Reading →

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Neighbor Objects To Proposed Wider Driveway for Undeveloped Parcel on Hill Street

A newly submitted plan to install a 16-foot-wide driveway to access an undeveloped 2.42-acre property in New Canaan that had been approved for a subdivision in 2014 will negatively affect the wetlands and watercourses that must be disturbed in order to create it, according to a consultant retained by one objecting neighbor. The driveway and utilities proposed for “Lot 72” on Hill Street will also harm an adjacent property “by modifying the naturally occurring drainage patterns in this area, thus increasing the potential for surface flooding on the adjacent properties,” Steven Trinkaus of Southbury-based Trinkaus Engineering LLC said in a Feb. 19 letter and report to the New Canaan Inland Wetlands Commission. “The driveway alignment as proposed is not adequate for the movement of emergency vehicles and should be denied on this basis alone. Additionally, there is a feasible and prudent alternative to the current proposal which is more environmentally friendly and less destructive to the wetland and adjacent upland areas.”

That alternative—described more fully below—would relocate the proposed driveway and change the infrastructure needed to address runoff. Continue Reading →

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Colonial with 2013 Addition on Hoyt Farm Road Sells for $2 Million

The following property transfers were recorded last week in the Town Clerk’s office. For more information about each property from the assessor, click on the street address. To get the history of a New Canaan street name, click here. ***

Feb. 21

70B Heritage Hill Road

$330,000
Citibank to Captain Jack LLC

451 Michigan Road

$1,445,000
Brian Scardino to Chen Cao

Feb. Continue Reading →

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1889-Built ‘Red Cross Building’ on Main Street Under Contract with New Owner

The stately 1889-built structure at 51 Main St. in New Canaan, property of the Red Cross for more than 60 years, is under contract with a new owner. New Canaan resident and builder Arnold Karp of Karp Associates confirmed with NewCanaanite.com that he’s a member of a partnership that is hoping to close on the 2,600-square-foot building and .38-acre property next month. The new ownership group in the early going believes it will return the building to a residential use, though in any case the structure itself will be restored and preserved, Karp said. “We want it to continue as a character piece of New Canaan,” Karp said. Continue Reading →

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