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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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Did You Hear … ?

A mother turkey hopped out into Valley Road around 12:30 p.m. on June 7 to keep at bay a town woman walking her dog up near the Grupes Reservoir. The mama turkey apparently was guarding her three baby chicks nearby—unfortunately, a passing motorist struck the big bird and killed her. The pedestrian phoned the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department, and Officer Allyson Halm spotted the baby turkeys but lost them on retrieving a carrier from the van. ***

Congratulations to New Canaan resident Pasquale Poccia, who became a U.S. citizen this week after taking the Oath of Allegiance on Wednesday during the 6th annual Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony at Mystic Seaport. Poccia is owner of Pasquale’s Osteria, an Italian and International/Continental cuisine restaurant on Main Street in Norwalk. Continue Reading →

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‘They Support the Community’: Local Businesspeople Recognized by New Canaan Chamber of Commerce at Annual Awards Luncheon

Local businesspeople in New Canaan work tirelessly year-round to serve the town of New Canaan and its residents—giving of their time and rolling up their sleeves to provide goods and services for those in need, coach youth sports and volunteer to support community events. On Tuesday, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce recognized three businesses who have made a significant impact. “We do this every year—this is our way of honoring the businesses that support our town,” Tucker Murphy, the executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said during the organization’s Annual Awards Luncheon, held at Gates. “It’s always hard because there are so many that do so many great things.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Town To Install Pedestrian Crosswalks, Flashing Beacons at Weed and Elm

With the new sidewalk on Weed Street connecting Elm Street to Irwin Park earning high praise and wide use from residents, town officials say they’re eager to ensure that pedestrians are safe in crossing the busy north-south road. An early plan to put in stop signs for Weed Street traffic at Elm garnered pushback from some concerned about traffic backup. Instead, Public Works Director Tiger Mann said, the town will install a crosswalk at Weed and Elm as well to help pedestrians access the new sidewalk. The town also will put in push-button activated flashing beacons that alert motorists to a pedestrian using the crosswalk, he said. “There’s one at Saxe right now across from Farm Road. Continue Reading →

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Town Hall’s Front Lawn and Waveny Park: Locals Offered Two Outdoor Concerts on Thursday Night

Locals this week will kick off a beloved summer tradition with a twist. On Thursday, the same night that the popular Waveny Summer Concert Series begins, New Canaanites will have the option of hearing another band play on the front lawn of Town Hall—a brand-new event conceived months ago by First Selectman Rob Mallozzi that officials say offers a different venue and experience to the established Waveny series. “The location is perfect for a summer gathering,” Mallozzi said of the Town Hall event, which will run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and feature the Norwalk-based Summertime Band. “With so many restaurants, ice cream shops and other businesses nearby, I hope our residents will come down and take advantage of all this area of town has to offer.”

From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the same night, original folk rock musician Kenn Morr will entertain the crowd behind the balcony out back of Waveny House. “He played last year and really impressed,” said Recreation Director Steve Benko, head of the department that organizes the Waveny Summer Concert Series (see the full schedule here), presented again this summer by Bankwell. Continue Reading →

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Parks Officials: Moms Who Frequent Mead Park Eager To Have Input on New Playground Equipment

Parks officials say they’re forming a working group to collaborate with local moms who want to have a say in the design of new playground equipment coming to Mead Park. The town for fiscal year starting July 1 approved $190,000 to upgrade and replace some of the 20-year-old play structures (see page 42 here), and the moms are “very concerned and anxious” to help with how it’s redone, Parks & Recreation Commission Chair Sally Campbell said at the group’s most recent meeting. “They do not want to redo the playground—they want to help with the design of it, help improve the area around it,” Campbell said at the meeting, held May 10 at Lapham Community Center. “They are looking to improve that whole footprint over there and so they would like to sit with us and talk to us and they hopefully want to raise funds to supplement the amount of funds [Recreation Director] Steve Benko got in the budget to redo the playground.”

The moms also are willing to fundraise in order to supplement the $190,000 as needed, Campbell said. Campbell said relying on the moms would “probably be a good idea,” as they’re the playground’s most regular users. Continue Reading →

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