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Letter: Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County Thanks New Canaan Artisans

Dear Mike,

On behalf of our board, staff, volunteers, and especially the patients and families we serve, I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to the New Canaan Artisans for their most generous gift of $4,100 to support the hospice and palliative care programs of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. Our hospice program provides care to individuals and their families who are facing the end of life. Our palliative care program provides services to those who are coping with serious or life-limiting illness while they continue to pursue active treatment. With help from this generous charitable donation from the New Canaan Artisans, our non-profit agency is able to provide comfort to improve the quality of life for those in our care, focusing on the reduction of symptoms as well as providing emotional and spiritual support to our patients and their families. The New Canaan Artisans is a treasure in our community. Continue Reading →

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DUI Arrest for 43-Year-Old Man Who Runs Red Light

Police after midnight Monday arrested a 43-year-old Mamaroneck, N.Y. man on a drunk driving charge following a traffic stop in New Canaan. At about 12:44 a.m. on June 26, an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle run a red light while traveling northbound on Route 123 at East Avenue, according to a police report. During a subsequent stop in the area of Smith Ridge and Strawberry Hill Roads, the officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, the report said. The motorist failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence. He refused a breath test an police found that the same motorist had two previous DUI arrests in New York State and had been required to have an ignition interlock device on his car, the report said. Continue Reading →

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‘It’s Finally Happening’: Long-Planned Restoration, Completion of World War II ‘Gold Star Walk’ Underway at Mead Park

A nearly 10-year effort to revitalize a World War II memorial path in Mead Park, spearheaded by a longtime New Canaan resident, finally has an end in sight, as repair of an existing footbridge and construction of a second one recently commenced. Originally installed in 1945 at the end of World War II by a local gardening club, the “Gold Star Walk” at Mead had included 38 flowering trees honoring each of the New Canaan men who lost their lives in service (see list at end of article). Each tree had been fitted with a plaque bearing the name of the deceased. Yet the trees and the walk have fallen into disrepair, with the plaques missing and many of the trees no longer flowering—a situation that New Canaanite and Korean War vet Jim Bach found unacceptable. He has raised funds to complete the Gold Star Walk and has tapped local landscape architect Keith Simpson for the critical bridge work. Continue Reading →

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District Denies Discrimination Claims from East School Custodian, Resurfacing in New Lawsuit

New Canaan Public Schools officials an East School custodian’s clams that she’s been discriminated against by her superiors because of her gender, race and disability have no merit. Asked about the allegations, described in a lawsuit filed last week in state Superior Court, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi issued a statement Martha Ochoa had made similar claims “in a complaint she filed with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in 2015.”

“After conducting a fact-finding investigation, the Commission issued a finding of no reasonable cause and dismissed the complaint,” Luizzi said. “We expect a similar result in the current litigation.”

Filed June 21 on Ochoa’s behalf by attorney Thomas Weihing of Bridgeport-based Daly, Weihing & Bochanis, the lawsuit names the New Canaan Board of Education as the sole defendant. The case has been transferred to U.S. District Court. Ochoa’s lawyers could not be reached for comment when the firm was contacted by Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Firefighters Control Oenoke Ridge Blaze after Underground Propane Tank Ignites

Firefighters on Monday finished a full 23-hour controlled burn-off of an underground propane tank on Oenoke Ridge Road that had ignited over the weekend, officials said. The New Canaan Fire Department around 11:45 a.m. Monday responded to the burning tank, which ignited after a leak had been caused by work being done on it, according to Fire Chief Jack Hennessey. One individual working on the tank suffered minor injuries as a result, officials said. Firefighters immediately contained the fire and controlled the leak, fully burning off the propane inside the tank in order to eliminate the hazard, Hennessey said. Specifically, firefighters sprayed a water mist “to disperse unburned propane vapors that were leaking from the damaged tank to prevent an uncontrolled ignition,” he said. Continue Reading →

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