God’s Acre

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‘It Is Truly Blind’: New Pedestrian-Activated Flashing Signs Installed at God’s Acre Crosswalk

A new flashing sign now is visible to drivers traveling up God’s Acre, alerting motorists approaching from both Park Street and the Wayside Cross that a pedestrian has entered the intersection at the crest of the hill. Installed recently, the “LED pedestrian crossing signs” use wireless, solar-powered push-button technology to trigger a roadside warning for drivers as they approach the difficult, busy crosswalk near St. John’s Place. “It’s just such a unique area because the hill being as it is, it is truly blind,” First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said. The equipment cost about $11,000 and was installed two Thursdays ago by the Department of Public Works, according to Tiger Mann, assistant director of DPW. Continue Reading →

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‘A Sacred and Treasured New Canaan Tradition’: A History of Christmas Caroling at God’s Acre

Caroling at God’s Acre for Christmas is one of New Canaan’s most cherished events of the year, a nostalgic, Rockwellian gathering that brings the community together unlike any other celebration. New Canaan First Selectman Rob Mallozzi called it a “sacred and treasured New Canaan tradition.” “It’s something that distinguishes New Canaan and its citizens above all the other towns around us,” he told NewCanaanite.com. Held on the plot of land above which the Congregational Church was built—the institution upon which the town was founded, the caroling sees scores of New Canaanites descend each year on what literally is hallowed ground, as it is believed many of New Canaan’s settlers are still buried at God’s Acre. But how did it start, and when? Continue Reading →

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The Lighting of New Canaan’s Menorah, a God’s Acre Tradition

At 6 p.m. Sunday a New Canaan tradition will continue, as families of all denominations as well as town dignitaries and clergy from the area will gather to celebrate Hanukkah atop God’s Acre with the annual lighting of the menorah. The first light of the menorah will shine Sunday evening to signify the start of the holiday, with another light to shine each night until the eighth light, representing the miracle of Hanukkah in which a small amount of oil burned for eight days and nights, helping a small band of Jews defeat the oppression of the Syrian Greeks in Israel. “Hanukkah is in many ways a celebration of religious freedom,” Rabbi Levi Mendelow of Chabad New Canaan said. “I think that here in America and in New Canaan, celebrating Hanukkah is an incredible thing because it is a place of incredible religious freedom. And the fact that the Jewish people are able to celebrate openly and happily in a community that welcomes it is really a very special thing and very meaningful.” Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan High School Theatre’s winter musical is “Grease”—March 19, 20 and 21—and cast members gathered at the most sensible place in town for a promotional photo shoot on a Saturday afternoon: The repair shop at Karl Chevrolet. See slideshow above, and stand by for a special video from the shoot that’s in production now. ***

Pam Pooley, administrative assistant in the New Canaan Planning & Zoning Department, is retiring March 31 after 10 years in the position. Best of luck to Pam! ***

The owner of South End restaurant has applied to the state for a liquor permit at a planned second location in New Canaan—at 15 Elm St., a space occupied since January 2013 by Picador Restaurant. Continue Reading →

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Town to Replace, Improve Heavily Used Sidewalk between God’s Acre and Vine Cottage

Town officials this week approved about $83,000 to improve a downtown sidewalk along one of the most well trodden stretches in New Canaan. Utility workers since midsummer have been working along the sidewalk from God’s Acre—at the corner of the St. John’s Place extension at Main Street—down to Vine Cottage. The Board of Selectmen at its Tuesday meeting approved $82,841.20 to replace it with a new concrete sidewalk with granite curbing. “If anyone has seen it over the last six years, it is woefully in need of this,” First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said at the meeting, held in the Training Room of the New Canaan Police Department. Continue Reading →

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