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Christopher Charles Holmes, 28

Christopher Charles Holmes, 28, passed unexpectedly on September 17, 2018. Chris was the beloved son of Charles Holmes III of New Canaan and Michelle McNerney of Norwalk. In his youth, Christopher most enjoyed acting in the Crystal Theater and perfecting his downhill skiing abilities while growing up in Norwalk, Connecticut.  He went through the Norwalk school system, graduating from Norwalk High School in 2008. While he started his college career at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he graduated from Cornell University School of Labor and Industrial Relations in 2012. Chris was passionate about writing, and he was a voracious reader. He was extremely knowledgeable about media relations and politics. His interests led him to 4 years of employment at Penguin Random House in New York City, and he recently moved to Washington DC for a job opportunity at POLITICO magazine. Continue Reading →

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Hot Dogs and Bratwurst Restaurant ‘White Buffalo’ Proposed for Downtown New Canaan

A new restaurant selling hot dogs and bratwurst is being proposed for a vacant commercial space located off of Elm Street in downtown New Canaan. ‘White Buffalo’ would offer a wide variety of hot dogs—including a “singature” blend of pork, veal and beef— as well cheese-and-sauerkraut, hot and “big bacon cheese” bratwurst topped with relish, spicy mustard, chili, bacon bits and more, according to a draft menu submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission along with a site plan application for 72 Park St. The commercial building, occupied until recently by New Canaan Music (now at 90 Man St.) is located down “the alley” by the former Chef Luis space. Site plan approval is needed by P&Z for a change of use to food service. Renderings for the long narrow space show a cozy bar with 13 stools and four flatscreen TVs as well as two-top tables lining one wall. 

The eatery would be a truly local affair: The owners of White Buffalo LLC are New Canaan residents, according to records on file with the Connecticut Secretary of the State. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Split on Demolishing ‘Mead Park Brick Barn’

Selectman Kit Devereaux on Tuesday called for the town to halt the planned demolition of the structure known as the “Mead Park Brick Barn” on Richmond Hill Road. 

While many in town, including Devereaux herself, are “not necessarily attached to the building,” she said, “I have huge regard for the [New Canaan] Preservation Alliance.”

“And I think if they have got a plan and they want to move forward with this, we can save $65,000 and we can honor an important organization,” Devereaux said at the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting, held in Town Hall, referring to the estimated cost of demolition. “It has been standing there for over 100 years. I do not understand what a year or two more will matter.”

As of now, the Brick Barn—or “Richmond Hill garage,” as it alternately is known—is slated for demolition Oct. 23. The town on July 14 applied to demolish the 1911-built structure on the northern edge of Mead Park where Standard Oil’s horse-drawn delivery wagons used to fill containers for fuel delivery in New Canaan. Continue Reading →

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Disorderly Charge for New Canaan Man, 53

Police last week arrested a 53-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with disorderly conduct. 

At about 2:13 p.m. on Sept. 12, officers responded to a medical call on Elm Street, according to a police report. Based on information received on the call, police learned of a possible domestic dispute and traveled to the man’s Richmond Hill Road home to investigate, the report said. Following the investigation, police brought the misdemeanor charge against him. 

It isn’t clear who placed the medical call, why that call brought responders to Elm Street, what the dispute involved, whether it turned physical or anything about the would-be victim. 

Police withheld further information, saying it’s a domestic incident. Under state law, a person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or by offensive or disorderly conduct, annoys or interferes with another person, among other reasons. Continue Reading →

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‘It’s a Lot of Fun’: Increasingly Popular New Canaan Softball Program Pursues Lighting Second Field at Waveny

Saying more practice and playing time is needed to accommodate an increasingly popular program, the volunteers who run youth softball in New Canaan are proposing the installation of lights on a second field at Waveny. Lighting what’s known as the “Water Tower Field”—located alongside the milled, soon-to-be-expanded parking lot near the water towers, its outfield backs into that of the varsity “Orchard Field”—would enable New Canaan Softball and other youth sports programs to run dozens of additional practices and games for three seasons of the year, according to representatives from the nonprofit organization. “Our league is growing exponentially,” New Canaan Softball President Robin Biasotti told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission at their Sept. 11 meeting, held at Lapham Community Center. “Every year, every season, it keeps getting more and more. Continue Reading →

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