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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.

Recent Articles Publishes 5,000th Article

Today’s article—about praise from Town Councilmen for New Canaan’s public-private partnerships—is the 5,000th story published on 

The news site has been an absolute labor of love since its inception in January 2014, and I want to take a moment to mark this milestone as we continue to work toward articles no. 10,000, 20,000 and beyond. I launched the New Canaanite two days after being laid off in the wake of the sale of the last place I worked, an ambitious nationwide online news project. Basically I started running around town, covering everything I could while explaining what is and meeting interview subjects and prospective advertisers if not in their own homes or workplaces, in coffee shops, the library or generously shared space in the Red Cross building on Main Street. Thanks to some of our truly wonderful local businesses that decided to advertise on New Canaanite, I have been able to dedicate myself full-time since that first year to doing what I love (and from my own office on Elm Street): Community journalism. Continue Reading →

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An attorney representing a New Canaan homeowner last week filed an appeal in state Superior Court of the town’s decision in March to uphold a property valuation from October. The property, 1248 Oenoke Ridge Road, was valued at $7,961,300 and assessed at $5,572,910, according to the appeal, filed May 11 by attorney Amy Zabetakis of Darien-based Rucci Law Group. The New Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals on March 20 notified the plaintiffs, Helene and George Pyne, that it would not change that valuation, which “did not reflect the true fair market value of the property, but rather it was grossly excessive, disproportionate and unlawful,” according to the complaint. ***

Sandra Dennies, New Canaan’s finance director, received a standing ovation from the Town Council on Wednesday night when First Selectman Kevin Moynihan closed the meeting by announcing that she has been made permanent in the job. The former Wilton CFO had been working in New Canaan on an interim basis since last May. Continue Reading →

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‘This Is the Remedy’: Integrative Mental Health Practice Returns to New Canaan Library for Follow-up to Anxiety Film, Talk

After packing the room at New Canaan Library for a film and panel discussion about anxiety earlier this year, experts from an integrative mental health practice are returning next week for an interactive follow-up event. “From Angst to Ease: A Community Conversation” is to be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in the library’s Lamb Room (register here). At the free event, attendees will learn techniques such as breathing and focusing exercises that focus on mindfulness, gratitude and interpersonal relationships, according to Elissa Stein, founder of Stamford-based Riverwalk Group. “There was such an overwhelming response to the last event, we were all really kind of stunned,” Stein told “And we realized how many people are walking around with angst. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Baseball Proposes Long-Term Use of ‘Mead Park Brick Barn’

After the idea first surfaced at last month’s Forum on Public Buildings, the nonprofit organization that runs youth baseball in New Canaan on Thursday formally proposed using a disused town-owned brick structure on Richmond Hill Road for storage and meetings. New Canaan Baseball officials in a May 10 letter to the selectmen and Town Council said the building known as the “Brick Barn” or “Richmond Hill Garage” would be more suitable for storage than a town-owned shed at Waveny and could offer more uses. “New Canaan Baseball would like to formally express our interest in the above property,” NCBB Co-Presidents Rob Moore and Brian Rogers said in the letter, obtained by “We need to fully understand the financial impact and commitment of inhabiting the space but we are willing to explore the next steps.”

“We recognize that the Barn needs repairs and upgrading, and have seen preliminary estimates,” the letter said. “The main room on the ground floor provides us some raw space we could use with some modifications. Continue Reading →

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Tuesday saw one of the all-time worst parking jobs on Elm Street. Passersby and downtown workers wandered outside as events unfolded after a motorist parked the nose of a Volvo wagon in the handicapped space in front of Dunkin Donuts. The car was towed. ***

Parks officials said Wednesday that the town received about 230 applications for nonresident family permits to Waveny Pool. The town sold 120 of the permits—the Parks & Recreation Commission recommended they sell for $1,200 apiece—following a May 1 lottery. Continue Reading →

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