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A large-breed Japanese dog stopped traffic last Wednesday afternoon on Carter Street after getting off his property and making his way to East School. It happened around midday on Jan. 4, when the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department was called to Little Brook Road on a report of a roaming brown dog. The Akita made his way up Clapboard Ridge Road toward Carter, and was spotted trotting down the middle of the street, police said. He wanted nothing to do with an Animal Control officer wielding a snare, so he trotted happily back to his home. The homeowner had an invisible fence in place though the dog got out and off-property without his collar on.

From the Glass House Summer Party on June 13, 2015. Credit: Michael Dinan

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Tickets now are available to visit The Glass House during the 2017 tour season, which opens in May.

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Clemson University alumnus Dr. Bryan Luizzi, the superintendent of schools for New Canaan, had his alma mater on his mind during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. While he presented a proposed budget to the school board, the Tigers took on Alabama for the college football championship game (and won, on a touchdown with one second remaining). During a discussion of a $27,000 carpet replacement in one school as part of the capital budget, Luizzi noted that some of the carpet looked as though it had been installed “before Clemson won its last national championship in 1981.” (We note here that NCHS varsity diving coach Joe Somma also is a Clemson alum, and 2015 NCHS grad Brigid Stanley is at the South Carolina school now and can be seen at the end of this celebratory video.)

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The town on Jan. 4 received an application to do $250,000 of interior work at a 3,200-square-foot restaurant at 96 Main St. in New Canaan. That’s Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant, the popular spot at Forest Street damaged in a Labor Day nighttime fire, which will reopen this spring following an extensive renovation.

New Canaan Town Hall. Credit: Michael Dinan

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The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted 3-0 to approve $5,245 contract with New Canaan’s Hutchinson Tree Care for the following work:

  • Remove oak tree at 559 Cheese Spring Road
  • Remove dead maple tree at 26 Beech Road
  • Remove dead oak tree trunk from New Canaan Land Trust property on Davenport Ridge Road
  • Remove marked tulip tree at back parking area of 172 East Ave.
  • Remove broken Norway maple tree and dead ash tree west of driveway at 26 Farm Road
  • Remove four decayed maples at 1 Ogden Road by the New York state line.

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Speaking of trees, Department of Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the Park & Recreation Commission on Wednesday night that a forrester hired by the Waveny Park Conservancy met with the tree warden and they tagged 43 hazard trees in Waveny, most of them dead or nearly dead.

New Canaan’s Colleen Hann at the 2014 Walk to End Lupus Now. Contributed

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New Canaan’s Colleen Hann has launched her 2017 page for the Walk to End Lupus Now. She’s raised $640 toward her $5,000 goal so far. The walk is to be held May 6 in New York City.

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The selectmen on Tuesday put off to the regular budget discussions a voting item that would have moved a part-time administrative assistant at Town Hall who supports the fire marshal’s and chief’s offices to expand her role on a full-time basis and include the superintendent of buildings.

Wendy Lowy Sloane. Contributed

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New Canaan’s Wendy Lowy Sloane, host of “What’s Up With Wendy” on 1490AM –WGCH out of Greenwich will celebrate her 8th anniversary show on Friday, Jan. 13. Her co-host will be Monica Potter, who starred on the NBC hit drama “Parenthood.” Listen live here.

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Finally, here are a few big announcements from New Canaan’s Bankwell:

 

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