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

Town Officials Seek Details on Nature Center’s Finances, Use of Buildings

With an eye on prioritizing capital maintenance and spending, officials say they’re seeking detailed information from the New Canaan Nature Center about how the organization’s various programs use the town-owned buildings that form its campus. The Nature Center uses one set of books for its entire business–including financially successful enterprises such as camp and a popular nursery school—though it isn’t clear just now whether capital investments earmarked for the Oenoke Ridge Road campus are commensurate with those revenue-drivers, according to members of a committee that’s studying town-owned buildings throughout New Canaan. “What we are trying to do is find out whether there is an opportunity for the town to use resources better, and then make informed decisions about where we should do that,” Amy Murphy Carroll, co-chair of the Town Building Evaluation and Use Committee, said at the group’s most recent meeting. “So for instance, the gift shop—there is a revenue line for that of X amount—it’s really pretty minimal and there is lot of space for the gift shop,” Carroll said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. Appointed in February, the committee’s members also include Penny Young (co-chair), Ben Bilus (secretary), Neil Budnick, Bill Holmes, Christa Kenin and Martin Skrelunas. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

Our senior intern from NCHS, Sam Stoner, took the photos in the gallery above at the launch party for “Beat Shazam,” the new game show on FOX that’s hosted by Jamie Foxx and co-produced by him as well as New Canaan’s Rich Riley, CEO of Shazam. The party was at The Water’s Edge in Darien on Thursday night and hundreds attended. ***

East Avenue favorite Fish Tales temporarily closed in March for an extensive renovation—and the fish and seafood shop reopened this week under a new name, “La Pescaderia Fish Market & Arepa.”

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About two hours after putting out a fire on Hoyt Street Wednesday morning that appeared to have been ignited after cats switched on a gas stove, emergency responders were called out for another feline-related incident: A cat was stuck up a tree on Lost District Drive. ***

Six residents of eastern New Canaan reported seeing a black bear last Thursday morning, at bird feeders and garbage cans on Rocky Brook, Knollwood, Benedict Hill and Evergreen, according to the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. ***

Motorists traveling on Route 106 in New Canaan after 1 p.m. Monday came across a tree and wires down across the road near Weed Street. Continue Reading →

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Felony Charge for 24-Year-Old Man with Police-Style Baton in Car

Police late Wednesday afternoon arrested a 24-year-old Norwalk man on a felony charge after finding a 10-inch police-style baton in his car during a traffic stop. At about 4:35 p.m. on May 24, an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle traveling northbound on White Oak Shade Road displaying illgal tints in its windows, according to a police report. During a subsequent stop, the officer smelled burnt marijuana emitting from the car and saw the weapon in plain view, the report said. Police charged him with weapons in a motor vehicle—a felony-level offense—and cited him for possession of less than .5 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A 23-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car also was cited for the drug charges, and issued an infraction summons. Continue Reading →

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Four More New Canaan Homeowners Seek Lower Property Assessments through Legal Filings

The town has received four more lawsuits from homeowners appealing to the courts recent decisions to leave their property assessments unchanged following initial appeals in March. A total of 77 property owners appeared before the Board of Assessment Appeals through five hearings in March to make their cases following the Oct. 1, 2016 Grand List valuation. Of those, 25 saw a reduction in their assessments, ranging from $7,000 to $243,000. The town earlier this month received one appeal state Superior Court in Stamford, from a Ponus Ridge homeowner. Continue Reading →

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