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

Country Club of New Canaan Cited for Wetlands Violations

The Country Club of New Canaan has been cited for violations of regulations that are designed to protect some of the town’s most sensitive environmental habitat. According to a citation issued Jan. 6 by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses department staff, the Country Club without a required permit has conducted “a significant amount of earth disturbing activities around and over wetlands.”

Those activities include removing trees and vegetation from known wetlands and adjacent areas and creating silted water by disturbing a utility road with tree equipment trucks. “These activities have disturbed the wetlands and watercourse that are protected under the regulations,” according to a citation notice obtained by NewCanaanite.com following a formal request. “Minimal soil and erosion controls were installed.”

Town officials learned of the violations from a third-party observer and inspected the site on Jan. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Police Charge 33-Year-Old Woman with Felony Violation of a Protective Order

Police on Thursday morning arrested a 33-year-old Danbury woman by warrant for violating a protective order. At about 8:42 p.m. on Dec. 15, New Canaan Police received a victim’s complaint that the woman had violated an order that specified “no contact,” officials said. The victim produced examples of text messages, according to a police report. Police conducted an investigation and secured a warrant to arrest the woman on the felony charge. Continue Reading →

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Police Find Pot on Motorist Traveling 45 MPH on Jelliff Mill Road

Police on Wednesday evening cited a 22-year-old Stamford man for drug infractions after he was stopped for speeding in New Canaan. At about 5:08 p.m. on Jan. 18, an officer on patrol clocked a motorist traveling eastbound on Jelliff Mill Road at 45 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to a police report. During a subsequent stop, the officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle, the report said. The officer later found a multi-colored smoking pipe, small plastic bag of pot and rolling papers, it said. Continue Reading →

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Day Care Center of New Canaan Has Aced Surprise Health Inspections from the Town

The Day Care Center of New Canaan has earned an average score of 99.4 out of 100 on health inspections through the past six years, records show. Located in the Schoolhouse Apartments building at 156 South Ave., the nonprofit childcare facility has scored a perfect score of 100 on 12 of 16 unannounced inspections conducted by sanitarians with the New Canaan Health Department since February 2011, according to a review of the organization’s files at Town Hall. Sanitarians use a state Department of Public Health standard, citing eateries for violations that range in seriousness and corresponding weight from 1 to 4 points. A “failed” inspection is triggered either by one or more 4-point violations or a total score of less than 80 points. Incorporated in 1972 and serving 45 preschool children ages three to five as well as 45 school-age children in kindergarten through eighth grade, the Day Care Center’s cafeteria consistently has earned some of the very highest scores for food service establishments in town (article continues below):


Officials in the health department said a score that consistently comes in at or near perfect is “optimal for any establishment.”

Speaking to such high scores generally and not to the Day Care Center of New Canaan specifically, Sanitarian Carla DeLucia said it would the establishment is “without any four-point violations, without temperature violations and likely without any critical violations.”

“Sanitarians work to help food establishments maintain compliance and, as a result, New Canaan on the whole fares well on inspections,” DeLucia said. Continue Reading →

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Town Officials: No Permit Needed To Operate West Road Home As ‘Sober House’

Responding to concerns voiced by neighbors, town officials said this week that no special or health permit is required for a single-family home in northern New Canaan to be used as a residence for men recovering from addiction. After consulting with legal counsel as well as New Canaan’s chief building official and health director, the town planner said in a memo issued Wednesday that a “sober house” at an upper West Road home “is a permitted use and may operate at that location.”

A two-year lease has been signed on behalf of a group called The Lighthouse, effective this month, to operate out of an 8,000-square-foot home that sits on more than four acres, officials said. According to its website, The Lighthouse “is a premier residential facility for male executives and professionals who are transitioning from addiction treatment into a life of sober living.” It’s not an addiction treatment or rehab center, according to its brochure, and residents must be “completely detoxed and medically cleared by a doctor” to live in a Lighthouse residence, and typically stay 90 days, the website said. According to its brochure, eight men may live in a sober house at a given time. It isn’t clear whether The Lighthouse is a for-profit or nonprofit agency, or whether it operates as part of a larger organization. Continue Reading →

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