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Kaahve Coffee Shop on Main Street To Close at Month’s End

Eighteen months after opening on one of downtown New Canaan’s most conspicuous street corners, Kaahve coffee shop at East Avenue and Main Street is closing its doors, the business’s owner said. New Canaan resident Esref Cezzar said he was deeply grateful for the regulars who patronized Kaahve, though the clientele never rose to a sustainable level. “There is not enough business, simple as that,” Cezzar told NewCanaanite.com. “And the business we have doesn’t pay the rent.”

Kaahve will close Sept. 30. Continue Reading →

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Fire Marshal: Electrical Short Caused Labor Day Fire Downtown

An electrical short in the attic of the commercial building at Main Street and East Avenue caused the Labor Day third-story fire that closed the busy downtown intersection that night and five businesses through the week. A piece of Romex non-metallic sheath cable “was compressed by some wood,” Fire Marshal Fred Baker told NewCanaanite.com. “It shorted out and caused the fire,” he said. “We are very lucky that the building had an active fire sprinkler system that activated and put the fire out for the most part. Very, very lucky.”

Asked preventative steps, if any, residents and property owners could take to try and head off such a problem in the future, Baker said, “good housekeeping.”

“There was a lot of different materials stored up in the attic,” he said. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Fire at Main Street Commercial Building on Monday Night

New Canaan firefighters on Monday night put out a blaze that had broken out in the third story of a commercial building at the corner of on Main Street and East Avenue, prompting emergency responders to close the area to motor vehicle traffic. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire at 96 Main St., though it appeared to have started in the attic of the prominent downtown building, according to Fire Chief Jack Hennessey. “Sprinklers assisted with putting out the fire,” Hennessey told NewCanaanite.com. “The sprinklers saved the day. It could have been a very, very serious fire. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

Summer Theatre of New Canaan tent set up
The Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s season is in full swing! Watch as the tent goes up in Waveny Park to the tune of West Side Story, which is coming in July! For more information and to buy tickets now, visit www.stonc.org

Check out the Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s time-lapse video of setting up their tent at Waveny, just beyond the NCHS parking lot. Come July 6, “West Side Story” and other popular musicals will be performed under the tent. ***

Plenty of action recently for the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department:

A bobcat sighting off of Smith Ridge Road, just south of Grace Farms, was reported at 1:32 p.m. on May 21. Continue Reading →

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