Allyson Halm

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Did You Hear … ?

Jeff Immelt, chairman of the board at General Electric and the company’s CEO (through next month), sold his New Canaan home for $4 million, according to a property transfer logged Wednesday at the Town Clerk’s office. He had purchased a new 10,000-square-foot Colonial on West Road in 2001. ***

A little dog who resides on Old Stamford Road got off-property when someone left a gate open and he found his way to Waveny Pool on a hot and humid day this week. The Havanese mix called ‘Pepe,’ approximately four years old, turned up at the town facility around 11:08 a.m. on Monday, June 19. The pool supervisor contacted police and an owner was located. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan 4th in State in Dog Licensing [TABLE]; Now Is the Time

June is “Dog Licensing Month” and town officials are urging residents with canine pets to get them licensed in one of three ways. Applications are available here and may be mailed to the New Canaan Town Clerk’s office or delivered in person at Town Hall. Those renewing their dogs’ licenses may do so online here so long as the Town Clerk’s office has up-to-date proof of rabies vaccinations. Dogs who are spayed or neutered cost $8 to license, otherwise $19. The licensing period ends June 30, after which time dog owners face a late fee. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

A mother turkey hopped out into Valley Road around 12:30 p.m. on June 7 to keep at bay a town woman walking her dog up near the Grupes Reservoir. The mama turkey apparently was guarding her three baby chicks nearby—unfortunately, a passing motorist struck the big bird and killed her. The pedestrian phoned the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department, and Officer Allyson Halm spotted the baby turkeys but lost them on retrieving a carrier from the van. ***

Congratulations to New Canaan resident Pasquale Poccia, who became a U.S. citizen this week after taking the Oath of Allegiance on Wednesday during the 6th annual Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony at Mystic Seaport. Poccia is owner of Pasquale’s Osteria, an Italian and International/Continental cuisine restaurant on Main Street in Norwalk. Continue Reading →

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VIDEO: Bear Appears on New Canaan Man’s Front Porch Friday Morning

BearSightingOnFrontPorchJune92017At830AM from dave freedman on Vimeo. An Indian Rock Road man on Friday morning took video of a black bear that appeared on his front porch just as his wife and 5-year-old daughter were to leave the house to catch the bus. Dave Freedman said it was about 8:30 a.m. when he glanced outside to catch a blur of something passing by the window of his home office. “Initially I thought it was a large dog because I just caught the tail end of it,” Freedman told “I realized it was a bear and told my wife and daughter, ‘Do not go outside,’ grabbed a camera and snapped a picture of the bear walking toward us though [the glass panes of a door].”

The sighting marks the third in just a couple of weeks, according to the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. Continue Reading →

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Animal Calls: Labrador Retriever Menaces Joggers; Baby Raccoon Wails for Mom Hit by Car

What follows is a summary of calls to the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Playing possum

At 1:21 p.m. on Tuesday, a Charter Oak Drive woman phoned police to report that her two dogs—one-year-old brother ‘Mast-Weilers’ (a combination of Mastiff and Rottweiler)—had cornered some animal that now was not moving. The resident identified the non-responsive animal as a possum. According to a police report, Animal Control responded that possums often play dead for up to one hour if they’re threatened. Officer Allyson Halm instructed the woman to get the designer dogs away and keep them quiet for a period of time. Continue Reading →

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