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The video above was produced by New Canaan High School seniors Sean Manzella and PJ Sensbach as part of their work in the Senior Internship Program. The pair have an internship with the program’s coordinator, Heather Bianco, and are spotlighting participants. More videos can be seen here.

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NCHS has been ranked No. 7 in Fairfield County and No. 15 in the state by the U.S. News & World Report’s new list: 

Best High Schools—Fairfield County

SchoolCT RankNational Rank
Ridgefield High School5332
Greenwich High School7373
Staples High School8394
Darien High School9410
Wilton High School10439
Weston High School13458
New Canaan High School15472
*Source: U.S. News & World Report

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First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a press briefing Thursday that the Elm Street retailer interested in leasing the former Outback Teen Center building likely will not pursue it. The town now is “trying to decide whether to proceed with a broker” on a future tenant, he said.

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Next Wednesday’s “New Canaan Speaker Series” installment—“Identity Theft, Scams & Fraud in Fairfield County,” to be held 7 to 9 p.m. at Town Hall—was the 2,000th event uploaded to the NewCanaanite.com calendar. Local organizations may upload their events through this page and we will share the information with the community in our daily newsletter.

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The town on Monday issued a demolition permit for a 1950-built ranch-style house at 133 Smith Ridge Road. The home, on 1.51 acres in the 1-acre zone, sold in February for $599,550, tax records show.

From the May 22, 2016 Caffeine & Carburetors at Waveny. Credit: Michael Dinan

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As of Wednesday, 519 “show cars” had registered for Sunday’s Caffeine & Carburetors gathering, to be held at Waveny Park, according to Parks & Recreation Commissioner Matt Konspore. A C&C volunteer, Konspore noted the number during a discussion about parking at the Commission’s regular meeting.

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Motorists on Route 106 between Weed Street and Lapham Road will be detoured up Talmadge Hill Road and on Lapham from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days, due to the natural gas expansion from Eversource, company officials say: June 25 to 29, July 9 to 13  and July 16 to 20.

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Police cited a 23-year-old Stamford woman for possession of less than .5 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at about 9:30 p.m. Monday after stopping her car on New Norwalk Road for having a defective marker plate.

Rob Mallozzi

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Bankwell SVP, Director of Business Development Rob Mallozzi has joined the board of the New Canaan Historical Society. The longtime owner of Bob’s Sports and former first selectman of New Canaan has been with the bank since December. Historical Society Executive Director Nancy Geary said in a statement: “The Historical Society is honored to have Rob join its board. His knowledge of this community, his commitment to preserving the heart and soul of the Town of New Canaan, and his respect for its cultural institutions, plus his energy, enthusiasm and good cheer, make him an invaluable member. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him, and I know the other members of the Board look forward to collaborating with him.”

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The New Canaan Preservation Alliance held its 11th Annual Awards Celebration at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny. Those in attendance included Moynihan, Town Council members John Engel, Joe Palladino, Tom Butterworth and Cristina A. Ross, State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142nd), State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th) and State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25th). Winners included: 

The Committee’s Awards for Rehabilitation

  • 523 White Oak Shade to Marc and Michelle Morgan Harrison
  • 43 Grace Street to Brian and Kelley Lavigne
  • 194 Sunset Hill Road to Homer and Katrina Parkhill
  • 93 Louise’s Lane to Michael Fedele and Douglas Wurth

The Trustees’ Awards for Restoration

  • Waveny House Roof to The Town of New Canaan, Department of Public Works (Kevin Moynihan and Bill Oestmann)

Richard Bergmann

The Preservation Leadership Award

  • Richard Bergmann, FAIA, ASLA

The President’s Award for Preservation

  • 54 Comstock Hill to Eduardo and Gersende Ferrer

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New Canaan Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi at the June 4 Board of Education meeting recognized seven retiring teachers and administrators. Retirees recognized were Greg Macedo, Principal at Saxe Middle School, Lou Marinelli, PE Teacher at NCHS (who will remain as Rams Head Football Coach), Carol Dacey, Special Education Instructional Leader at South Elementary School, Colleen Durkin, Math Teacher at Saxe, Peggy DeSantis, Art Teacher at East Elementary School, Josef Graham, Math Teacher at Saxe, and Rob Polley, Technical Integrator at East School.

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Registration for New Canaan Youth Field Hockey is open to all incoming 5th through 8th graders (Fall of 2018). Register online here. Space is limited. Questions should be emailed to newcanaanfh@gmail.com. 

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Finally, here’s a gallery of other newsworthy items from around New Canaan:

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