Memorial Day Weekend Guide; What’s Open & Closed

The Memorial Day Parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday followed by the annual public ceremony in Lakeview Cemetery. Lifelong New Canaan resident Brian Vander Heyden—U.S. marine and Vietnam War veteran—will be a guest speaker. The Rev. Robert Kinnally from Saint Aloysius Catholic Church will officiate as clergy. Town Hall is closed Monday. If you’re a business owner and want us to add your information to our list here, please email your hours for Saturday, Sunday and Monday to Quick reminder: The VFW Post 653 at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Lakeview Cemetery will lead an effort to place new flags beside the grave stones of fallen servicemen and women buried in New Canaan.

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The state Superior Court on April 27 authorized the eviction of a Millport Avenue woman and two men from a New Canaan Housing Authority unit. ***

Buckle up: From May 21 to June 3, New Canaan Police will join a statewide a “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement campaign. ***

A locally owned company called Sports Media Properties LLC purchased the 2,000-square-foot, red barn-looking office building at 191 Elm St. downtown, behind the DEANE showroom, for $1.3 million, according to a property transfer recorded May 1 in the Town Clerk’s office. ***

The town on April 25 issued an after-the-fact permit to demolish a pool at 53 Alan Lane.

‘The Whole Process Was Very Smooth’: Dredge for Pond at Lakeview Cemetery

A dredge of one of the ponds at Lakeview Cemetery is wrapping up, a project designed to improve aesthetics and to clear out muck that could lead to green algal blooms.

Launched in response to findings of excessive sedimentation and invasive species in the pond, the dredge represents an eco-friendly investment by the Cemetery Association itself in a property that is deeply important to residents. “Overall, the whole process was very smooth,” Lakeview Cemetery Superintendent Peter Passaro said. “It was a good experience.”

Approved by the town’s Inland Wetlands officials, the project saw in its first stage “suction dredging,” which involves pumping out sediment from the pond and now involves “geotextile tubes,” which replaces water that had been removed. According to the project proposal from Ridgefield-based Pristine Waters LLC: “We believe that [the Lakeview Cemetery] pond is a very good candidate for suction draining … to prevent the buildup of decomposed organic sediment (muck), which would overload the pond with phosphates that lead to greater algae growth. The pond that underwent dredging is in the southeast part of the property—past the veterans’ gravesite area.

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The town on June 15 received a “Notice of Deficit and Injury” filed on behalf of a local woman who suffered a “broken nose, severe head and facial contusions, abrasions, hematoma, bleeding in her eye [and] knee injury” because of a poorly maintained walkway out front of New Canaan High School. According to the notice—filed on behalf of a Parting Brook Road woman by Ridgefield-based Reilly Law Firm— a “protruding, bent, defective and uneven metal trim piece at the border of a paved walkway and grass outside the main entrance” amounts to a “defective sidewalk” that at about 6:45 p.m. on April 27 caused the woman to suffer “personal injuries,” presumably by falling down. The notice said the metal trim piece is located where red-colored paving stones meet grass, about 65 feet west of the building’s glass doors. ***

Police cited a 23-year-old Queens, N.Y. man for possession of less than .5 ounces of marijuana after an officer working at the main entrance to Waveny on South Avenue spotted him walking into the park for the fireworks on Tuesday with a joint tucked behind his ear. ***

The Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department at about 10:15 a.m. on June 28 responded to the New Canaan YMCA on a report that five or six sparrows were trapped inside the South Avenue facility’s new pool area.

‘There’s Not Enough Being Done’: New Canaan Scout, 15, Oversees Cleaning of Veterans’ Gravestones at Lakeview Cemetery

Elliott Ruoff, a 15-year-old soon-to-be sophomore at New Canaan High School, wanted to do something special for veterans for his Eagle Scout project. Standing near one veteran’s marker on a recent, hot and humid morning at Lakeview Cemetery, Ruoff gave his reasons for taking on the cleaning all of the veterans’ gravestones there. “There’s not enough being done to help them, in my opinion,” Ruoff said. “One of the main problems with this is that when we’re trying to find the stones, we can never find them because some of them are just so dirty that they’re unreadable.”

There are about 900 veterans buried in Lakeview Cemetery, according to Ruoff. Troop 70, the Boy Scouts troop to which he belongs, is responsible for marking those veterans’ stones with U.S. flags for Memorial Day and wreaths for Christmas every year.