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An estimated 1,000 New Canaan High School students joined in a nationwide, 17-minute “walkout” Wednesday to rally for what organizers call “federal gun reform legislation” following last month’s mass school shooting in Florida. Principal Bill Egan in a letter addressed to the ‘NCHS Family’ said that “every school district in the area allowed students to have their voice during this time.” His letter continued: “Our students honored the lives of people lost to gun violence and showed solidarity with students in Parkland, Florida. Our students’ efforts focused on their desire to keep schools safe in New Canaan and around the country.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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The town on Feb. 27 received an application to build Merritt Village, the 110-unit complex on the Maple and Park Streets block at the edge of downtown New Canaan, approved in November 2016 by the Planning & Zoning Commission. The application calls for four multi-family residential buildings with 167,746 gross square feet and a combination of underground and surface parking. ***

And now, a photo of Parking Enforcement Officer Mike McCargo with New Canaan’s Lummi Roscoe, a Pomeranian. ***

The Board of Finance on Thursday night voted unanimously to approve a town-wide budget for next fiscal year of $150.9 million—an overall increase of 1.89 percent—including a Board of Education operating budget of $89.7 million. Continue Reading →

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Urged by local leaders, dozens of New Canaanites attended Tuesday night’s ConnDOT hearing in Stamford on proposed service cuts to the New Canaan branch of Metro-North Railroad—reductions that government and business officials both have called potentially devastating. Scroll through the gallery above for photos and a transcription of First Selectman Kevin Moynihan’s comments at the hearing. ***

South School failed the most recent surprise health inspection of its cafeteria kitchen, and East School and New Canaan High School, as well as St. Luke’s School, also failed recent inspections. Food items in a 2-door Hobart at South were discarded after the cooler was found to be at 63.7 degrees—far higher than required—during a May 2, 2017 inspection. Continue Reading →

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[Editor’s Note: One item was removed from this installment of “Did You Hear?” at a reader’s request.]

New Canaan Police responded Sunday to a report of damaged property after a snowplow operator in clearing the roads overnight apparently jumped the curb on Old Stamford Road, smashing a mailbox and its post, sending both flying into a neighboring driveway, and carving a trench in the grass. The driver didn’t stop. ***

The town on Feb. 16 received a building permit application for an interior retail fit-out to create a new nail salon at 78 Main St. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Police received two reports of bobcat sightings on Tuesday, at 4:50 p.m. on Parish Lane and 5:05 p.m. on Llewellyn Drive. ***

The town on Thursday received an appeal of the Planning & Zoning Commission’s Jan. 31 decision in favor of amending the New Canaan Zoning Regulations following a re-filed application by Grace Farms. According to the complaint from Timothy Curt and Dona Bissonnette, P&Z “acted illegally, arbitrarily and in abuse of the discretion in it” in several ways, including: that a pre-hearing public notice was defective; the chairman refused to recuse himself; the commission improperly rejected a valid petition; the plaintiffs’ property values are negatively affected; and the notice of the commission’s decision was defective. ***

The Forum on Public Buildings, originally scheduled for March, has been postponed to a date TBD after budget season. ***

Come cheer on the New Canaan Boys Basketball team and celebrate the three New Canaan High School senior players: Camden Nelson, Jake Sloane and Alex Galvan. Continue Reading →

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