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This is our New Canaan news catch-all category—stories about traffic calming, public parks, local weather, human services efforts and other quality of life matters facing New Canaanites.

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Kiwanis Club of New Canaan Is Now Accepting Local Nonprofits’ Requests for Funding, March 1 Deadline

A local civic organization whose mission is “serving the children of the world” announced this week that it’s opening its annual season for funding requests from nonprofit organization. The Kiwanis Club of New Canaan will be able to allocate up to $2,000 per applicant and will take applications through March 1. “Those interested should submit a letter with the agency name, contact information, mission statement, detailed description of program, proposed use for funds and amount requested,” Kiwanis said in a press release. “Explanations of how your mission fits within the Kiwanis mission.”

Last year, Kiwanians gave a total of $9,620 to 24 local organizations. Its major fundraisers this year include the annual St. Continue Reading →

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Grace Farms, Neighbors Negotiate ‘Buffer Zone’ between Properties To Address Some Security, Privacy, Noise Concerns

Grace Farms and its neighbors are negotiating a proposed “buffer zone” between their properties, according to correspondence between the parties involved and town officials—a new development that could address some of the residents’ longstanding concerns about privacy, lighting, noise and safety. According to a summary of a meeting last week between Grace Farms and some neighbors, the organization is putting together a plan that addresses creation of a buffer zone with new fencing as well as changes to the property’s trail network and the unwanted effects of lighting from The River building. Neighbors are seeking “simple, permanent solutions for the benefit of both sides,” according to a summary of the Feb. 17 meeting, sent by Smith Ridge Road resident David Markatos to officials with New Canaan Planning & Zoning. “We also want to avoid ‘variability’ which would require the neighborhood to act as a continuous monitor—for example, certain trails open during May to September, the sound sculpture only active from 11 to 3 p.m., etc. Continue Reading →

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Facing Zoning Violations for Parking Arrangement, Longtime Resident Seeks To Sell Family RV

Since he purchased a Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite recreational vehicle in 1987, town resident Willie Blue and his family have visited each of the contiguous United States. The 33-foot RV logged some 120,000 miles through years that Blue recalled with a smile on a recent morning, and the vehicle itself remains in very good condition—with a 2001-installed motor and well-maintained interior. Returning home with his wife and four kids through those years—as they moved up from Center School and then South School, to Saxe and New Canaan High School—Blue would park the RV behind the garage of the modest Hoyt Street ranch-style house he purchased in 1972. Then two years ago, the Summer Street antique that backed up to his property was purchased, demolished and replaced by two new townhouses, and the developer told Blue that the RV was an eyesore. Understanding, Blue re-parked the RV alongside his garage, and officials told him that it needed to be covered, so he purchased a $2,400 canopy cover for it. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

The owner of Canaan Parish, the Section 8 housing development at Route 123 and Lakeview Avenue, on Tuesday filed in state Superior Court in Norwalk to terminate the lease of a tenant who has not paid rent since Sept. 1. More than $3,000 is owed, court documents show. It’s one of four New Canaan housing actions taken to the court so far in 2017: A landlord also is seeking to evict an Urban Street tenant who failed to pay $1,450 in rent in January, according to a Feb. 7 filing, a Raymond Street landlord on Jan. Continue Reading →

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Two-Hour Delayed Opening for Public Schools after Sleet-and-Snow Hit New Canaan; Town under Wind Advisory

Citing “icy road conditions” following a mix of snow-and-sleet that hit New Canaan through much of Sunday, district officials delayed public school openings by two hours Monday. New Canaan Public Schools will open under the following schedule, according to a bulletin posted on the district’s website:

NCHS – 9:30 a.m.
Saxe Grades 7/8 – 9:30 a.m.
Saxe Grades 5/6 – 10:20 a.m.
South – 10:15 a.m.
East and West – 11:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service put New Canaan and area towns under a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Wind Advisory through 6 p.m. Monday, as gusts are expected to hit 50 mph. “Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees and power lines,” the weather service said. “Scattered outages are expected.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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