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The bagels are back in town: Upper Crust Bakery & Café opens Thursday morning in the former Brueggers space on South Avenue downtown.

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Currently, 843 people belong to Spencer’s Run, New Canaan’s dog park at Waveny, and slightly more than half of those are nonresidents, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Rona Siegel reported on Wednesday night during the commission’s regular meeting.

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The Board of Selectmen by a 2-0 vote Tuesday approved a $938,000 contract with FGB Construction to repave and otherwise improve the following town roads (First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectman Kit Devereaux cast votes, as Selectman Nick Williams was absent):

  • Huckleberry Road from Valley Road to the town line
  • Jonathan Road
  • Mill Road
  • Pepper Lane
  • Sagamore Trail
  • Siwanoy Lane
  • Summer Street from Lakeview to East Avenue and from Cross Street to Locust Avenue
  • Turning Mill Lane

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The photo gallery above features the newest aerial photos of the sports fields and track at New Canaan High School.

New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan (third from left) and Director of Public Works Tiger Mann (right of him) mark the start of natural gas expansion work in town with (L-R) Eversource Construction Supervisors Greg Woloszyn and Brenda Valentin, Eversource Customer Relations Representative Tracey Alston (second from right), and Brian Minnis, Director, Gas – New England Division of Ferreira Construction (right). Photo courtesy of Eversource

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Town officials broke ground with Eversource on Wednesday for the company’s $25 million natural gas project. It will start with the installation of 4.7 miles of underground pipeline, making the fuel available to more than 500 homes and businesses. This first phase should be completed before the end of 2018. Here’s a look at Eversource’s construction schedule:

Construction Schedule: New Canaan Natural Gas Expansion

CrewStreetStart (est.)*Finish (est.)
Plastic crew 1
Southwood DriveApril 10April 19
Mortimer StreetApril 20April 24
Lockwood AvenueApril 25April 27
Brinckerhoff AvenueApril 28May 1
Whitney AvenueMay 2May 3
Plastic crew 2
Fieldcrest RoadApril 11April 23
Village DriveApril 24April 27
Tommy's LaneApril 30May 1
Autumn LaneMay 2May 4
Steel crew
Oak StreetApril 12May 10
Source: Eversource
*All estimated dates are weather-permitting

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The selectmen this week appointed the following residents to the Technology Advisory Committee:

  • Mike Abbott (digital lead for Accenture Financial Services, North America)
  • Randy Dalia (vice president at IBM—retired)
  • Annamari Mikkola (freelance art director and producer)
  • Jeff Platt (vice president of global marketing at MasterCard)
  • Paul Pureka (international computer services, regional manager for information systems, Citibank London and San Juan, P.R.)

A crane on Millport Avenue helps with the removal of oak trees that fell into Mill Pond during a recent storm. Photo courtesy of Mose Saccary

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Large oak trees fell in and around Mill Pond during a recent storm, and on Wednesday, DPW crews worked with the tree warden who hired a crane to get the logs and trees back onto the road. The Highway Department then cut them up and placed them into trucks to haul out.

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This year’s “Clean Your Mile” effort—which sees citizens individually tackling their neighborhoods, community groups scouring public spaces including parks and schools and merchants clean up sidewalks, storage areas and parking spaces surrounding the shops and restaurants—is scheduled for the week of Aril 16 to 22. More than 250 individual volunteers and members of numerous community organizations will be asked to help give New Canaan its annual spring cleaning to help beautify our town and environment. Parks, parking lots, schools and public areas will be designated to youth groups and civic organizations. Individuals, families or groups who are willing to clean up the roadside trash on their street can email Lola Sweeney, Administrative Assistant at lola.sweeney@newcanaanct.gov or call, 203.594.3089 to sign up for a location and provide a contact email. Garbage bags are available at either the Public Works Department or Inland Wetlands at Town Hall. Dumpsters will be located in the train station commuter lot Friday to Sunday. In addition, Public Works can be contacted at 203-594-3054 for pickup of objects too large for volunteers to remove.

Junior Achievement Board Member (and New Canaan resident) Jim Lesko with Bankwell Assistant Branch Manager Flo Carbone

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Bankwell donated to the Junior Achievement 2018 Stock Market Challenge that will take place on April 18th in support of JA’s Financial Literacy Month. The event provides the opportunity for local high school students to experience the world of Wall Street with a “mock” trading floor where they will gain an understanding of the financial markets by making decisions, analyzing decision and planning ahead.

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Congratulations to St. Aloysius School seventh grade twins Anna and Noelle, along with their third grade sister Lilly Gayer, participated in the Read to Feed (aka “Heifer Project International”) Contest. The challenge was to read as many books as possible within a “40 day Lenten” period. This annual community project has been implemented as a part of the Catholic alms giving. In its 17th year of participation, St. A’s was proud of all of its students that participated.

Principal Gjoka (“Mr. G”) and Mrs. Deborah Moran (Read To Feed Coord.) proudly reward the winners of the Read To Feed Contest: Anna Gayer, Noelle Gayer and Lilly Gayer

Top 3 Contributors were:

  • First Place: first grader Juliet Raciti
  • Second Place: first grader Olivia Gabriele and
  • Third Place: first grader, Veronica McRoskey.

It started as a one class (5th grade) activity and then was expanded to a schoolwide service event. The goal of the Heifer nonprofit organization is to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development.

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