Did You Hear … ?

The town on Feb. 27 received an application to build Merritt Village, the 110-unit complex on the Maple and Park Streets block at the edge of downtown New Canaan, approved in November 2016 by the Planning & Zoning Commission. The application calls for four multi-family residential buildings with 167,746 gross square feet and a combination of underground and surface parking.

L-R: Parking Enforcement Officer Mike McCargo with Lummi Roscoe. Contributed

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And now, a photo of Parking Enforcement Officer Mike McCargo with New Canaan’s Lummi Roscoe, a Pomeranian.

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The Board of Finance on Thursday night voted unanimously to approve a town-wide budget for next fiscal year of $150.9 million—an overall increase of 1.89 percent—including a Board of Education operating budget of $89.7 million. The school district figure is $900,000 less than requested. The finance board cannot instruct New Canaan Public Schools how to spend the money. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi during a hearing on Tuesday outlined ways that $500,000 could be saved from the district’s spending plan without affecting programming. The Town Council now takes up the budget. Finance board Vice Chairman Bob Spangler alone voted against the school board budget item, a 2.45 percent year-over-year increase. He spoke out against the spirit of the additional $400,00 reduction beyond what had been discussed earlier in the week and, with Chris Le Bris, also raised a question of whether that money should be listed as a “health insurance’ or ‘operating expense’ line item for the BOE—something the finance board did not resolve immediately.

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Wednesday’s GOP gubernatorial candidate debate, featuring New Canaan’s Mike Handler, was postponed due to the snow storm to April 18 at Saxe Middle School.

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Police at about 2:08 a.m. on March 1 cited a 38-year-old Mahopac, N.Y. man for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police found pot and smoking gear after stopping his car on Smith Ridge Road because of a defective brake light.

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Congratulations to New Canaan High School’s “Students of the Month” for February (read more about the program here):

Grade 9

  • Arianna Bell
  • William Bozzella

Grade 10

  • Isabelle Carpenter
  • Johannah O’Brien

Grade 11

  • Allison Beck
  • James Singer

Grade 12

  • Nichole LaBadie
  • Grant Hanauer

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A property owner is seeking to evict a couple from an Avalon Drive East unit, saying in court documents that they failed to pay $5,145 in monthly rent in February, as per the terms of a one-year lease that started last July.

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New Canaan’s Ann Brookshire has nominated her sister, Julie Brock, a breast cancer survivor, to walk in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Walk the day prior to the Kentucky Derby. She needs votes. For the 10th year, the Survivors Parade presented by Kroger will take place on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 4th. The Survivors Parade is a march of breast and ovarian cancer survivors, which takes place on Churchill Downs’ historic racetrack. 144 breast and ovarian cancer survivors will walk in the parade prior to the 144th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks race. Here is Julie Brock’s page, read her compelling story.

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The Indian Waters Drive neighbors involved in a lawsuit with Aquarion following the water company’s plan to subdivide and sell a wooded 10-acre lot at the cul-de-sac end of their road, have made an offer to purchase the parcel, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said Thursday during a press briefing. P&Z in December denied Aquarion’s application for a subdivision of the lot.

L-R: Steve Karl, VP Sales, Karl Chevrolet; Leo Karl, President, Karl Chevrolet; Jen Richardson, NC Color Run; Allison Mennitt, NC Color Run; Steffi Loomis, NC Color Run; Doug Richardson, Partner, Competitive Edge College Advisors; Kevin Rusch, Partner, Competitive Edge College Advisors

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The New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation announced that Competitive Edge College Advisors is sponsoring the purple color station and Karl Chevrolet is sponsoring the blue color station for the NC Color Run on April 28. Students and adults of all ages will run/walk in either the Kids’ Color Dash, which is .8 miles, or the NC Color Run, 5K. Both events will be held at New Canaan High School and will feature color stations along the route where volunteers will blast participants with a powdered washable paint. There will be food and a D.J. to celebrate at the start/finish line.

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The Building Department on March 5 issued a permit for a planned 8,000-square-foot home at 734 Oenoke Ridge Road.

L-R: EEH Chair Danielle Verardo, EEH Chair Danielle Kilarjian, Ashley Petraska of Berkshire Hathaway, Willmar Acevedo of Bankwell, Marianne Grandin of AuPair in America, Steve Bloom of Camp Playland, YWL President Maia Sapanski, YWL VP Marley Thackray

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Finally, the Young Women’s League of New Canaan will host The 45th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, with activities beginning at 9 a.m. at Waveny. The Easter Bunny’s arrival kicks off the festivities, which include family entertainment, bounce houses, glitter tattoos, and the return of Easter crafts. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures with children courtesy of Christina Saburro Photography. The hunt will start at 10:15 a.m. with children collecting over 10,000 eggs and searching for the coveted golden eggs containing gift certificates redeemable at New Canaan Toy Store.

2 thoughts on “Did You Hear … ?

  1. My understanding is that the final approval for Merritt Village was to construct up to 105 units — not 110 units. Can you please confirm?

    • Betty the initial approval from P&Z was for 110 units. Whether some of those are to be combined under M2 Partners’ building plans to create fewer, larger apartments I do not know.

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