One29, an Elm Street restaurant featuring American contemporary cuisine and located the former Chef Luis space, has closed after a months-long run downtown, according to a worker at the eatery. The restaurant stopped operating as One29 on Sunday, according to a man who answered the phone there, but has remained open under new auspices. Baldanza is moving up from “the alley” at 17 Elm St., and now is operating in the larger space, the worker said. At least some of the One29 staff is staying on with Baldanza, he said. According to a post on Baldanza’s website, that restaurant will officially open Sept.
Motor vehicle accidents in New Canaan are down 6 percent year-over-year, the police chief reported Wednesday night, while drunk-driving arrests are down to 27 year-to-date in 2017, from 42 at the same time last year. Larcenies from vehicles are up, from 32 at this time last year to 42 in 2017, Chief Leon Krolikowski reported to members of the Police Commission, while stolen vehicles have increased from six to 13, and youth parties have doubled year-to-date, from four to eight. ***
Rob Mallozzi, for six years the first selectman of New Canaan, won convincingly in his latest contest: He was voted in unanimously as an active firefighter with the New Canaan Fire Co. Mallozzi had removed himself from that role upon assuming the town’s highest elected office in 2011. ***
Police at 9:01 a.m. last Friday were dispatched to Irwin Park on a report of a dog fight. There, they discovered that a dog belonging to a Woods End Road neighbor of the park had gotten out, bolted into the park and jumped another (leashed) dog. Neither animal was punctured or suffered injuries, Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm said. ***
Congratulations to the 48 New Canaan High School students who excelled at the March 14 national Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science competition at the University of New Haven. New Canaan’s varsity A and B teams placed first and second in their divisions, respectively.
Several local businesses are helping to sponsor a soon-to-launch exhibition at Carriage Barn Arts Center that features “found” or repurposed materials, as a long-established arts culture in New Canaan increasingly integrates with other parts of the community. The exhibition, “Spectrum/Sustainable Arts Show” (the 25th annual Spectrum show) launches March 23 following a free, open reception at the Waveny-based arts center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. Among the featured New York artists is June Ahrens, now New Canaan-based, whose “Staying Afloat” uses the kinds of found materials she’s worked with for her entire career, according to a written statement from the Carriage Barn Arts Center. “Artistically, I transform discarded objects to create a visual language that evokes the experiences of impermanence and loss, fragility and vulnerability, pain and most of all healing and survival,” she said in the release. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Baldanza (whose mixed-bag kale salad is to die for, we’re told), New Canaan Wine Merchants (owned by wine-pairing expert Jeff Barbour), Karl Chevrolet (which recently donated equipment to youth baseball and softball programs in New Canaan), April Kaynor Homes, New Canaan Lions Club, Earth Garden and New Canaan Foreign Car.