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‘I Was Helping My Elderly, Unwell Mother’: Parking Ticket Appeals

What follows are excerpts from parking ticket appeals letters filed recently with the New Canaan Parking Bureau. Where available, we’ve included information on the violation for which these people were cited, in what amount, and where and when the violation occurred. We preserve spelling, capital letters and punctuation as written by the appellant. ***

“On August 1, 2017 at 9:46 a.m. I received a ticket #3020001183 on my car. A few things occurred that I would like to bring your attention to: 1. Continue Reading →

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Roger Sherman Inn’s Owners Introduce Prominent New Executive Chef

The owners of the Roger Sherman Inn announced Monday that they’ve hired a West Africa native who has trained under prominent chefs both in the United States and abroad as their new executive chef. Francois Kwaku-Dongo is a 2008 “Iron Chef” contestant and James Beard nominee who has been featured in Forbes magazine and elsewhere as an up-and-coming celebrity chef, according to information supplied by Nes and Joseph Jaffre. “With this wonderful addition we’re positive that we’ll bring the Inn to it’s well deserved glory,” the Jaffres said. “With his philosophy of bringing his diners only the freshest of the season—a true farm to table commitment, with on-premise farm in the planning already—he’ll be bringing the fabulous back to New Canaan cuisine.”

Most recently, Kwaku-Dongo worked for seven years at L’Escale Restaurant on Greenwich Harbor as executive chef, then followed a dream by creating Chocolate Lab, a pastry and gelato shop where he produced his own chocolate line using raw material produced entirely in Ghana, where he operated a cocoa factory, according to the biography supplied by the Jaffres. In New Canaan at Roger Sherman Inn—which doubles as New Canaan’s first library—Kwaku-Dongo enters a local establishment that’s made headlines in the past year. Continue Reading →

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Officials Actively Seeking New CFO, Town Planner

Town officials say they’re actively seeking applicants for two of the most important positions in New Canaan’s municipal government: town planner and finance director. Though it had been suspended temporarily with the idea that a new first selectman should weigh in on the decision, the search for a new CFO very recently has been re-launched and interim Finance Director Sandra Dennies is among the candidates, according to New Canaan Human Resources Director Cheryl Pickering-Jones. The two candidates for first selectman—Democrat Kit Devereaux and Republican Kevin Moynihan—are sitting on the search committee “so that we can continue to move the process up,” Pickering-Jones told NewCanaanite.com. Dennies is overseeing things in finance in the meantime—Planning & Zoning is in a different situation. Former Town Planner Steve Palmer’s last day was last week after less than one year in the job. Continue Reading →

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Police: Home Health Care Worker Arrested After Stealing Nearly $3,000 from New Canaan Resident

Police on Friday afternoon arrested a 33-year-old Bronx, N.Y. woman by warrant in connection with the theft of nearly $3,000 from a New Canaan resident. On Aug. 17, 2016, police received a complaint about missing checks and money from a bank account, officials said. Through an investigation, authorities determined that the Bronx woman had worked as a healthcare worker at the victim’s residence and that on multiple occasions last year she’d used a credit card without authorization and also signed checks in the victim’s name, according to a police report. In all, the victim lost about $2,000 in checks and $867 in credit card charges, the report said. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: Bicycle Kick Finishes ‘Greatest Comeback Ever’

Soccer

NCFC Boys Red 2007, Greatest Comeback Ever

—submitted by Ed Ho

If any fans paid to watch this match, they would have headed for the exits early to beat the traffic. Dominated for over 62 of 70 minutes by Fairfield and down by a seemingly insurmountable lead, the NCFC Boys, Coach Dan and the usually effervescent parents acted like defeat had already been etched into this weekend’s record book. For those of us who love sports, we live for the moments that take us out of our seats and transport us to that magical wonderful place where athletes do something truly exceptional. Ahhh but let’s not rush to that moment just yet… After falling 3-0 early in the second half, Chase Harden kept NC’s slim hopes alive by taking a few bricks and some mortar and building a wall around the NC goal. Continue Reading →

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