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‘It’s Nice To See Kids Maintaining Their Childhood’: Saxe Middle School Principal Defends $200,000 Request for New Playground Equipment

When playground equipment was purchased a dozen years ago for Saxe Middle School with about $125,000 in privately raised funds, many in town debated whether the gear would be used by the students there at all, Principal Greg Macedo said Wednesday night. Yet today, it sees regular use not only among fifth- and sixth-graders, according to Macedo, but also from seventh- and eighth-graders. That’s partly for reasons of status—the older kids like to run out and get on the playground equipment first—and partly because students rotate from there during outdoor recess to a playing field and on to a game of tag, Macedo told members of the Town Council at their regular meeting. “Remember now we are talking about middle-schoolers, so ‘free play’ in their mind is socialization—before maybe physical education, or even recreation,” Macedo said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “So oftentimes you will see students climb the equipment and then want to stay there to socialize.”

The comments came during an opening round of budget discussions between the Board of Education and Town Council, the elected body that has final say over next fiscal year’s municipal spending plan. Continue Reading →

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Town Approves $682,000 in Contracts To Purchase Furniture, Equipment for Addition at Saxe Middle School; Project on Time and Budget

Town officials last week approved contracts totaling $682,000 for furniture and equipment for the Saxe Middle School addition that’s taking shape along Farm Road. The contracts and funds, built into the overall $18.6 million project, came before the Board of Selectmen in its capacity as the purchasing agent for the town. Part of “phase three” of the Saxe renovation and expansion, the items received state approval and have been vetted by New Canaan Public Schools administrators to ensure all technology equipment meets district system requirements, according to Penny Rashin, chairman of the Saxe Building Committee. “Really this is the technical equipment and the furnishings for the classrooms being built and renovated,” Rashin told the selectmen at their regular meeting, held March 7 at Town Hall. The $682,000 total includes $440,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment, up to $212,000 for technology equipment and a contingency of $30,000. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Storm Hub: What’s Open & Closed, Photos, Updates

Update 4:58 p.m.

Town Hall is on a 2-hour delay for Wednesday and will open at 10:30 a.m., officials said. To this point, 11.6 inches of snow have fallen on New Canaan. Here’s what’s open and closed in New Canaan on Tuesday—a list we will update throughout the day. To share your own business’s information through NewCanaanite.com, please fill out the short form embedded below. What’s Open

Franco’s Wine Merchants: Opening at 8 a.m.
Joe’s Pizza: Opening at 11 a.m.
Brown Thayer Shedd (BTS) Insurance

What’s Closed

Walter Stewart’s Market
Stewart’s Spirits
New Canaan Music
New Canaan Library
NCRC Tennis
Pryority Wellness
Baskin Robbins
Earth Garden
New Canaan Olive Oil
New Canaan Community Foundation
Elm Street Books
South End Restaurant
SE Uncorked
Vineyard Vines

Green & Tonic
Real Estate Information Center
New Canaan Public Schools
Town Hall
elm restaurant
Kempo Academy of New Canaan
New Canaan Chamber of Commerce
Cosmetic Boutique
Connecticut Muffin
The Summer House
Handwright Gallery & Framing
Halstead Property
Ciel Eau Day Spa
New Canaan Healthfare
Gates Restaurant

Update 3:45 p.m.

Trees have fallen across power lines on Carter Street and Wahackme Road. Continue Reading →

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East School Rebounds with Perfect Score on Health Inspection After Failing in the Fall

After failing a health inspection the fall, the food services staff at East School earned a perfect score following the most recent unannounced visit from a town sanitarian. The school on Sept. 16 had been cited by the New Canaan Health Department for a major violation—the first such problem found there through dozens of inspections in 10 years. Specifically, a health inspector discovered chlorine sanitizer in a wiping cloth bucket to be at a toxic level of 200 parts per million, according to records obtained by NewCanaanite.com. A correction plan outlined by the sanitarian included remaking the mixture at 50 to 100 ppm and training staff members. 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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