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The Board of Education is hiring a forensic accountant to help figure out whether the lunch ladies arrested last month for stealing nearly $500,000 in cash from cafeterias at the middle and high schools also depleted parents’ charge accounts, according to New Canaan’s highest elected official. The district is “hiring a forensic accountant, I understand, to examine the possible overcharge,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a press briefing Thursday. Noting that the district was reimbursed by an insurer, Moynihan said: “I am just a bystander, but my idea would be that the $500,000 should be used to reduce their budget next year because all of the taxpayers would benefit from that. So if they are looking for $93 million, they ought to get $500,000 less. They are going to argue that you cannot lose money out of an enterprise operation into the education side of the ledger.” It isn’t clear whether the forensic accountant has been hired yet, who it is or how much he or she is being paid—district officials could not be reached for comment. Continue Reading →

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‘She Even Had a Bottle of Water for Me’: Letters of Appreciation for New Canaan Police

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski on Wednesday night spotlighted some of the outstanding work of the department’s officers. During the Police Commission’s regular meeting, he cited a series of letters of appreciation from the community. 

“I think it’s important to better recognize the good work of our officers which we do not do often enough,” Krolikowski said at the meeting, held in the New Canaan Police Department.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Youth (and Not-So-Young) Sports Roundup: Local Soccer, Softball Players Notch Weekend Wins

NCFC U12 Red Boys: ‘Victorious, Happy and Glorious’ Start to Fall 2018 Campaign

—submitted by Ed Ho

For those of you who are sports and movie fanatics, here’s one for you. I adore the English national anthem and I really love classic movies. Hearing the spirited English supporters raise “God Save the Queen” to new heights this past summer during England’s fabulous World Cup campaign gave me goose bumps before each match. Now, transpose that with George C Scott’s academy award winning performance in “Patton” (1970, screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola). That opening speech with General Patton set against the backdrop of the stars and stripes is engrained into my movie hall of fame for this line:

“Americans love a winner…”

Yessir General Patton! Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed: Schools May Need To Use Fuel Oil Temporarily Because Natural Gas Lines Still Aren’t In

Eversource missed an Aug. 25 deadline to run natural gas lines to New Canaan’s public schools, and district officials say they’re now preparing for a more expensive backup whereby oil might be used for a period of time if the work still isn’t done by heating season. Delayed in part by weather, the company still has “quite a bit of work to do,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi said during a regular meeting Monday of the Board of Education. “They are working hard,” Luizzi said during the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. “There is weather involved with this. Continue Reading →

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