Did You Hear … ?

First Selectman Kevin Moyinhan said during a media briefing Thursday that he’s asked one of New Canaan’s foremost nonprofit figures—Leo Karl III—to lead the New Canaan Athletic Foundation. Karl, known for his extensive volunteer work with organizations that include the New Canaan Community Foundation, where he had served as president, agreed to take on the role, according to Moynihan. Praised by Moynihan for its fundraising ability, the NCAF among other organizational priorities is seeking to establish its own nonprofit arm along the lines of what a similar  group has in Darien, the first selectman said.

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A Darien homeowner is taking a New Canaan man and his company to small claims court for $4,660.32, saying he committed breach of contract by failing to complete painting work, sealing broken plumbing behind “impenetrable tile and drywall work” and incorrectly installing tile, according to a complaint filed in May. In an answer and counterclaim, the New Canaan man said he’s owed $2,089.63 and that the plaintiff is suing for work not included in the contract.

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Colleen Baldwin has stepped down from the Board of Finance due to work-related reasons, Moynihan said Thursday. In her place, Tom Schulte will be made a regular member of the board, the first selectman said, and the town will seek to find a new alternate to fill the GOP seat.

L-R: Laura Waitz with Gracie, and Alison Gruseke with George Eliot.

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Two of Bankwell’s executives have added rescue pets to their own families through the local bank’s “Pet Adoption Program,” launched last year. Bankwell Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Laura Waitz met “Gracie” at an annual kick-off event in March, and adopted the puppy from STARelief & Pet Assistance in Stamford several days later. Alison Gruseke, wife of Bankwell CEO Chris Gruseke, brought home their rescue dog, “George Eliot,” several weeks later.

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The privately raised and maintained Family Fourth fund, which supports the fireworks and amenities at Waveny for the annual July 4 celebration, took in about $78,065 this year from sale of passes, officials say.

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Expounding on something he said the prior night at a regular meeting of the Parks & Recreation Commission, Moynihan said during Thursday’s media briefing that Aquarion had told him it would not paint the smaller water tower at Waveny because the company didn’t need it. That prompted him to ask whether the company could take it down, and they will, at which point the land it had stood on will revert to the town. The timing of the demolition and property transfer is not clear, he said.

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The town will apply “within days” to demolish the Mead Park Brick Barn, Moynihan said. It isn’t clear whether anyone will file an objection with the town building official, which would prompt the Historical Review Committee to decide whether to issue a 90-day delay.

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As of Wednesday, the town had sold 692 family passes for the Waveny Pool, compared to a total of 802 sold last summer, officials said at a regular meeting of the Parks & Recreation Commission. Sales of individual passes has better than doubled this summer, officials said. Recreation Director Steve Benko said New Canaan typically sells about 50 to 60 family passes from the final week of July through the third week of August.

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The town saw five injuries of municipal workers from June 9 to July 10, officials said at a meeting Tuesday of the New Canaan Safety Committee: two in the Highway Department, one in Parks, one in the Police Department and one in the Fire Department. They mostly involved strains and sprains, officials said, and one of the injuries was a dog bite.

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The town launched a website, Drug Free New Canaan, which is designed to educate locals “about practical and successful models for prevention, recovery and support.”

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Finally, here’s a gallery of other newsy items from around town:

2 thoughts on “Did You Hear … ?

  1. Michael and everyone,

    I made a misstatement that you quoted above which I would like to correct. My understanding is that the town hired an engineering firm (not a lawyer) to figure out what New Canaan may do regarding a state law requiring that parking spaces are kept 25 feet from crosswalks—a statute that could diminish significantly the number of spaces on Elm Street (which has five crosswalks). Sorry about that!

    • Thanks, Keith. No problem, we did know about the hiring of Frederick P. Clark Associates, which must be the engineering firm you mean. I’ll remove the item regarding a lawyer.

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