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.
The following property transfers also 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. ***
135 Oenoke Ridge Road
Dennis Perry to Dennis Manning, trustee
Corey Londoner had no idea when she started looking one year ago for a place to open a hot Belgian sugar waffle shop that a dream location awaited just one town away, on Pine Street in New Canaan. The Ridgefield resident had already owned one successful franchise business (a cycling studio) and, after tasting Waffle Cabin’s Liege waffles with pearl sugar on ski trips with her young family, she decided to open one herself. Two months ago, the day after a prospective location in Ridgefield fell through, Londoner heard about the available space at Pine Street Concessions in New Canaan.
She knew immediately it was the right spot.
“I can’t be more excited,” the mom of two told NewCanaanite.com. “It really just fell into place so perfectly. It seemed to be meant to be.”
In New Canaan, Londoner also has a leg up in that locals for the past several years have tasted Waffle Cabin waffles during the Holiday Stroll, at a pop-up space in front of the Playhouse.
TV’s original home improvement show has a webcam on the God’s Acre Greek Revival that made headlines this week when town officials voiced support for a sensitive restoration and rebuilding project. The antique at 4 Main St. is the 2019 “Idea House” for “This Old House” and will track developments there. ***
The peacock seen wandering around Wahackme Road on Monday afternoon is back home, according to police. The exotic bird’s Ponus Ridge owner saw an article about it, and the peacock was located and returned to its pen with three others.
Police on Thursday arrested a 25-year-old Georgia woman by warrant in connection with credit card-related offenses committed while she worked as a caregiver in New Canaan four years ago. The woman at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 turned herself in on paperless rearrest warrant issued for crimes that had been committed in New Canaan in 2014 while the woman worked as a caregiver here, according to a police report. According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, she had pleaded not guilty in July 2016 to 31 counts of illegal use of a credit card as well as one count each of third-degree forgery, third-degree larceny, a felony offense, and credit card theft. It wasn’t clear how much she’s accused of stealing.
Aaron Lefland stepped into a hilltop clearing amid beech, chestnut oak and American holly trees in Silvermine on Wednesday morning, and began to unroll about 80 feet of plastic tarp in a strip over the cold, hard ground. Together with local volunteers Susan Bergen, Catharine Sturgess and Peter Bergen, Lefland—executive director of the New Canaan Land Trust—laid the plastic over the footprint of a house that had stood here until about 18 months ago. That’s when the nonprofit organization acquired this 6.35-acre property from award-winning zoologist and longtime New Canaanite Jim Fowler, and began transforming the property into a publicly accessible piece of open space that features trails, seating, pond views and connection to an abutting 40-acre property that collectively form what’s being called the “Silvermine-Still Pond Preserve.”
The purpose of the plastic is to rid the site of invasive and other plant species without using herbicides or chemicals, so that a wildflower meadow may sprout there. “We tore down the house, and now we want to convert it really into prime wildlife habitat,” Lefland said on a crisp, cool morning, the “counsel ring” seating area created by Gus Larson of Troop 70 for his Eagle Scout project, and Still Pond itself, behind him. “So we are going to be planting native wildflowers and grasses that promote bee, butterfly and bird populations.”
An effort that honors the legacy of Fowler, a Georgia native who earned wide fame as TV host of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” and called the sylvan property home for nearly 35 years.