Norwalk Woman To Join NCPD as New Police Officer

A 22-year-old Norwalk woman is slated to become the newest officer in the New Canaan Police Department, officials said. Annamaria Ceci, a graduate of the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford who earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Victim Services from the University of New Haven, is to be sworn in Dec. 11, according to a press release issued by Police Lt. Jason Ferraro. Ceci, who most recently worked as a procurement assistant for the Stamford-based Odyssey Reinsurance Company, was one of 79 individuals who applied in September 2017 for an entry-level police officer in New Canaan. She “successfully endured an intensive testing and selection process including a written examination, physical agility testing, interview panel, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, background investigation, medical testing, and Police Commission interview,” Ferraro said in the release. 

Following next week’s swearing-in ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lapham Community Center, Ceci will commence recruit training at the Police Academy in Milford, with a tentative graduation date of July 2019.

Group Works To Continue Christmas Eve Caroling at God’s Acre

A group of local volunteers have formed a new entity to ensure that a beloved New Canaan tradition, long supported by some of the town’s most generous individuals and families, continues in perpetuity. Though it may appear to spring up spontaneously from the patch of ground on which New Canaan was founded, the cherished Christmas Eve caroling at God’s Acre is in fact the result of multiple coordinated steps and support from families such as the Hersams and Karls, and residents such as Steve Benko, officials say. With the sale in October of Hersam Acorn Newspapers Inc. to Hearst, the multiple “moving parts” overseen for decades by the former New Canaan Advertiser publishers—getting lights on the tree, printing 2,000 songsheets, setting up barricades and the bandstand and making arrangements for the New Canaan Town Band as well as coordinating with groups such as the Congregational Church of New Canaan, New Canaan Police Department and Department of Public Works—all must fall to new people. Enter Benko, Tucker Murphy, Tom Stadler, Steve Karl, Leo Karl III and Scott Gress. Following multiple multi-hour meetings in recent days, they formed the God’s Acre Caroling Foundation, established to collect donations and ensure that the century-old traditional can continue (see mailing info below).

Health Director: 100 Free Radon-Testing Kits Now Available to New Canaan Residents

In an effort to help residents find out whether they’re exposed to a cancer-causing radioactive gas, the New Canaan Health Department has partnered with the state to provide 100 locals with free home-testing kits. Those interested in obtaining a free radon test kit should contact the department at 203-594-3037 or email New Canaan Director of Health Jen Eielson at jen.eielson@newcanaanct.gov. Supplies are limited and test kits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Invisible and odorless, radon is “released in rock, soil, and water formed from the breakdown of uranium,” Eielson said in a press release. 

Asked about the prevalence of radon in homes here, she estimated that “roughly 30 percent of the homes tested that I see have elevated levels of radon in New Canaan.”

“New Canaan is also geographically in Zone 1 which has the highest potential for radon,” Eielson added in an email. Exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the United States, she said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the country each year. 

The Health Department partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health Lead, Radon, & Healthy Homes program to offer the free radon home test kits for New Canaan residents.

Police: Felony Sexual Assault Charge for New Canaan Man, 53

Police on Tuesday arrested a 53-year-old New Canaan man by warrant and charged him with sexual assault.

The felony charge stems from an investigation that started in September, according to a police report. 

On the afternoon of Sept. 12 (a Wednesday), police gathered information while responding to a medical call on Elm Street, the report said. It led authorities to investigate a possible domestic dispute at a Richmond Hill Road residence, the report said. At the time, police charged Noel E. Brennan, 53, of Richmond Hill Road, with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor offense. (That charge appears to have been dropped, as there is no record of it in the Connecticut Judicial Branch database.)

Following its investigation, police obtained a warrant to charge Brennan for sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship. 

Under state law, “No spouse or cohabitor shall compel the other spouse or cohabitor to engage in sexual intercourse by the use of force against such other spouse or cohabitor, or by the threat of the use of force against such other spouse or cohabitor which reasonably causes such other spouse or cohabitor to fear physical injury.” By the state’s definition, “sexual intercourse” means “vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, fellatio or cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex.