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Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, on Thursday morning assisted a snapping turtle that had fallen into the window well of a home on Sleepy Hollow Road. Now is the time when females are setting out from ponds and other water sources to lay eggs, so motorists should be on the lookout for the prehistoric reptiles on local roads and try to avoid them or else help the animals across in the direction they’re already headed.

1124 Valley Road. Credit: Michael Dinan

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First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a press briefing Thursday that New Canaan filed a Freedom of Information Act request in connection with the antique Valley Road home and 4-acre property that the New Canaan Land Trust has offered to purchase and preserve. The town is seeking documentation from the First Taxing District of the Norwalk Water Department about its plans for the future. “They are known to be a very difficult party to deal with, and that is why we have taken the stance we have,” Moynihan said.

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One of the town’s best Twitter accounts, Overheard on the New Canaan Branch, posted this gem on Wednesday:

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Grace Farms is offering space to high school students studying for exams as part of its biennial “Study Week,” to run 10 am. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays from June 12 to 20. Designated areas in the River Building and other structures are set aside for those seeking to study alone or in small groups, and the basketball court will be available for those seeking a study break.

RJ Marra of NAPA Auto Parts in New Canaan.

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Congratulations to RJ Marra of New Canaan NAPA Auto Parts, who has been named the 2018 National NAPA/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year for the second consecutive year. The youngest person to receive the award, he was honored during a banquet ceremony in Dallas in March.

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Halm on Thursday morning also sent a bat to a state lab for rabies testing after the mammal was found in the bedroom of an Indian Rock Road home.

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The town next week will send out a Commuter Parking Survey designed to assess commuters’ interests in obtaining parking spaces through technologies such as the Boxcar app and so officials can “understand issues that would relate to the need to build a deck at the Lumberyard,” according to Moynihan.

L-R: Riley Shoemaker, Dan Gutman, Chandler Wagner, Georgia Harris and Ryan Schimmeck

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The South School PTC on May 18 welcomed Dan Gutman, New York Times bestselling author, to the school. Known for his Weird School series, which has sold more than 10 million copies around the world, Gutman is also the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series and the Genius Files series. He visited with kindergarteners through fourth graders throughout the day and talked with students about what it’s like to be an author and the writing process.

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Police on Monday morning cited a 26-year-old Norwalk man for possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer stopped his car on Main Street and smelled marijuana.

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Finally, Norwalk-based attorney Abe Heisler on May 22 filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Canaan Library seeking to evict three tenants from a house at 48 South Ave. that the organization owns. They haven’t paid $1,300 rent in three months, as required under a month-to-month oral agreement, according to the complaint. In an answer to the complaint, the defendants said they disagree that the lease was established as described or that they’re late on payments, and that there have been problems with garbage receptacles, toilets, bath and refrigerator.

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