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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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SLIDESHOW: Walking the New ‘GreenLink’ Trail and ‘Greenway’ Loop in New Canaan

The “GreenLink Trail” to open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in New Canaan—on Earth Day, as part of the New Canaan Land Trust’s plans—creates a new, walk-able loop that advocates have been dreaming about, as well as carefully planning, for some four years. It features an attractive, footbridge-laden trail that spans wetlands off of Weed Street, and ultimately helps connect Irwin Park to the New Canaan Nature Center. That trail is the final piece of a larger, pedestrian-friendly loop that runs from downtown New Canaan, up Elm, along Weed Street and into Irwin, then back along Weed and into the woods, across a conservation easement and onto Land Trust property, then into the Nature Center’s woods, up onto Oenoke Ridge and past God’s Acre into downtown New Canaan again. The captioned slideshow above tracks my hike of the trail and that larger loop on Wednesday, with our dogs Louis, Marvin and Dexter. A few fast facts on it (time and distance can be tailored):

2.2 miles
5,656 steps
50 minutes

The hike can vary from two to three-plus miles, depending on just where you want to start downtown and whether you choose to enjoy additional trails within the Nature Center. Continue Reading →

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Annual Fishing Derby Set for Saturday at Mill Pond

New Canaan’s young anglers will descend on Mill Pond Saturday morning for one of the town’s most cherished community traditions—the annual fishing derby. Registration will start at 8 a.m. for the popular free event—a competition for special prizes—and fishing will start at 8:30 a.m. The fishing derby is open to kids 15 and younger, and 10-and-unders must be accompanied by an adult.

“We are always so thrilled to see so many families come out together to take advantage of such a beloved event,” said Tucker Murphy, president of the Kiwanis Club of New Canaan. “We really want to thank the Police Benevolent Association. They really stepped to help pay for the re-stocking. Without the help of police, fire and DPW, this event would not happen. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

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The bagels are back in town: Upper Crust Bakery & Café opens Thursday morning in the former Brueggers space on South Avenue downtown. ***

Currently, 843 people belong to Spencer’s Run, New Canaan’s dog park at Waveny, and slightly more than half of those are nonresidents, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Rona Siegel reported on Wednesday night during the commission’s regular meeting. ***

The Board of Selectmen by a 2-0 vote Tuesday approved a $938,000 contract with FGB Construction to repave and otherwise improve the following town roads (First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectman Kit Devereaux cast votes, as Selectman Nick Williams was absent):

Huckleberry Road from Valley Road to the town line
Jonathan Road
Mill Road
Pepper Lane
Sagamore Trail
Siwanoy Lane
Summer Street from Lakeview to East Avenue and from Cross Street to Locust Avenue
Turning Mill Lane

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The photo gallery above features the newest aerial photos of the sports fields and track at New Canaan High School. ***

Town officials broke ground with Eversource on Wednesday for the company’s $25 million natural gas project. It will start with the installation of 4.7 miles of underground pipeline, making the fuel available to more than 500 homes and businesses. Continue Reading →

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Coffee’s on for Thursday

The monthly Community Coffee hosted by NewCanaanite.com is to be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Art Gallery on the first floor of New Canaan Library. (Attendees should enter by the original Main Street entrance.)

Typically held on the first Thursday of each month, the free and public coffee is an informal, “off-the-record” gathering of residents where we talk about what’s happening around town. We serve Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee, courtesy of Doug Zumbach, and the coffee itself is presented in partnership with the library. Topics come from those in attendance and this month may include the antique home at Valley and Benedict Hill Roads, budget season just ended, April 26 forum on public buildings, school district’s handling of a basketball coach whose certification had lapsed, “Full Disclosure,” Parking Commission decisions, Spencer’s Run or whatever else is on people’s minds. We send out an Evite reminder each month to those who like to come to the coffee, and anyone who wants his or her email added to the list, please just let me know at editor@newcanaanite.com. Continue Reading →

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SAVE THE DATE: ‘Forum on Public Buildings’ To Be Held April 26

The New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan Preservation Alliance, Town of New Canaan and NewCanaanite.com are co-sponsoring the “Forum on Public Buildings,” to be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. The event will start with a 30-minute coffee outside the Town Meeting Room at Town Hall. The forum itself, to run 7 to 9 p.m., is a chance for residents to address, put questions to and hear from decision-makers and experts in our local government on what’s happening with several public buildings whose future use, ownership and in some cases, existence, is now under discussion. Those buildings include:

Waveny House
Irwin House
Former Outback Teen Center
Vine Cottage
Irwin Barn

Panelists include:

John Engel, Town Council chairman
Kevin Moynihan, first selectman
Penny Young, member, Town Council; co-chair, Town Building Evaluation & Use Committee; co-chair, Town Council Infrastructure and Utilities/Public Works Committee
Amy Murphy Carroll, member, Board of Finance; co-chair, Town Building Evaluation & Use Committee
Cristina A. Ross, member, Town Council; co-chair, Town Council Infrastructure and Utilities/Public Works Committee

The panel will be co-moderated by Mark Markiewicz, president of the New Canaan Historical Society’s Board of Governors; Charles Robinson, member of the NCPA Board of Directors; and Michael Dinan, editor of the New Canaanite. To prepare our readers ahead of the forum and make best use of the time, info-sheets on the buildings listed above, and others, will be published on NewCanaanite.com starting April 16. Continue Reading →

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