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Though regular phone calls to 9-1-1 remain the best and fastest way to contact emergency services, all New Canaan Police Department officers who operate the emergency call center there have been trained in the state’s new 9-1-1 texting feature, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. Anyone texting the numbers ‘911’ as a recipient on a mobile device may send a brief written message that includes the location of the emergency and what services are needed—police, fire or ambulance. The technology “is useful for the hearing impaired, during a domestic violence incident or active threat incident, and during medical emergencies that render a person incapable of speech,” Krolikowski said in a press release. More information is available here. ***

The lead sponsor of the 2018 “Chamber Cup” golf event—to be held Oct.

PHOTOS: Bargain-Hunters Hit New Canaan for Annual Sidewalk Sale

Bargain-hunters descended on New Canaan in droves starting Saturday morning for the Village Fair & Sidewalk Sale, running through 4 p.m.

Parts of Forest, Main and Elm Streets were closed to pedestrian-only traffic for the major annual event, organized by the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going awesome,” the Chamber’s Laura Budd said as the Sidewalk Sale got into full swing. “It’s a beautiful day. The vendors are up and running and people are already shopping. We love to see it.

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Town resident Mike Lupica, award-winning sportswriter, columnist, author and frequent commentator on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters,” has sold his Bald Hill Road house for about $2.1 million, according to a property transfer recorded June 18 in the Town Clerk’s office. ***

New Canaan’s Melody Libonati is featured in a Connecticut Magazine story this month by Michael Catarevas that touches on her start in the theater and present-day Performing Arts Conservatory and Summer Theatre of New Canaan. ***

The owners of a Locust Avenue condominium have filed legal papers to evict a tenant that they say failed to pay $2,100 in monthly rent in April and May. In a formal Answer to the filing, the tenant conceded that rent was late and said, “This delay was due to unique circumstances.”

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New Canaan Police Department Chief Leon Krolikowski reported reductions in several areas in tracking year-to-date statistics compared to the same time in 2017, such as DUIs (12 so far this year compared to 16 at the same time last year), employee injuries (5 versus 10), family disputes (19 versus 26) and larcenies from vehicles (7 versus 9). The data was shared at Wednesday’s Police Commission meeting.

STAR Turns to Karl Chevrolet, Bolt To ‘Stay Ahead of the Curve’

Saying the addition of an electric car will improve their program and save money while helping the environment, officials with a New Canaan nonprofit organization that serves developmentally disabled people recently turned to a venerable local business for assistance. STAR Inc., Lighting the Way received a state grant allowing it to add 10 new vehicles to its fleet, including one hybrid, one electric car and eight additional wheelchair-accessible vans, according to Peter Saverine, the organization’s director of philanthropy. Karl Chevrolet facilitated the purchase of an EV, in the spirit of the Elm Street dealership’s longtime support of local nonprofits. “Karl Chevrolet was super nice and accommodating,” Saverine said. “They even drove over to Norwalk with three car models so we could take them for a spin and determine which was the best for us.”

They ended up with one electric Chevy Bolt EV that will help the organization experiment with leveraging their savings to reduce costs.

Op-Ed: Balancing Progress and Preservation

It takes the perspective of time to balance the pace of progress working to shape the future versus the desire to preserve the past. Lately in New Canaan it seems that the majority of projects proposing change and progress toward an ever changing future have been met with cries to preserve the past. I guess that is human nature at its fundamental best—the struggle to remember the past while pursuing the future. Such is the plight of many buildings in New Canaan. There is no question that our town is fortunate to have a vibrant history that we should all be willing to embrace.