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New Canaan Marks Anniversary of 9/11 with Memorial Ceremony on Front Lawn of Town Hall

Robin Gestal, vice president of the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was in midtown Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. A safe distance from the World Trade Center, she made it home to her family that same day. Here, officials alerted New Canaan’s emergency medial service that it needed personnel in New York City. “Our EMTs gathered at headquarters,” Gestal recalled on Monday morning, addressing a crowd of residents, police, fellow EMTs, town officials and municipal workers gathered on the front lawn of Town Hall for New Canaan’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

A New Canaan woman who made headlines last fall for her unabashed violation of the town’s leash law at Waveny on Tuesday was fined $272 for running two dogs at Kiwanis Park, officials said. The $136 ticket for having an off-leash dog in a park—a violation of local ordinances—includes a $90 fine and $46 in state processing fees. ***

The town’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is to be held on the front lawn of Town Hall on Monday, Sept. 11. The community will start to gather at 9:30 a.m. with a ceremony that officially starts at 9:59 a.m.


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Car Crash at Main and Cherry After Motorist Appears To Run Red Light

A motorist traveling up Main Street into town on Wednesday night collided with another vehicle at the Cherry Street intersection, officials said. Eastbound traffic on Cherry was halted briefly following the 7:13 p.m. crash. New Canaan Police on scene said a woman operating a black Toyota Prius traveling northbound on Main Street appeared to have run a red light at the busy intersection, colliding with a Volkswagen operated by a man and attempting to pass through it. The New Canaan Fire Department and New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded. The driver of the Prius was being treated on the scene by EMTs. Continue Reading →

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PHOTO: Fire Erupts in Vehicle at Service Station on New Canaan’s Stretch of Merritt Parkway [UPDATED]

Local fire and police responded on Monday morning to a report of a car fire at the southbound service station on the Merritt Parkway in New Canaan. No one was in the black SUV when it became engulfed in flames around 10:38 a.m., officials said. The matter is in the jurisdiction of Connecticut State Police. The engine compartment of the vehicle was fully involved, New Canaan fire officials said. The gas pumps at the service station were not involved, officials said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Firefighters Control Oenoke Ridge Blaze after Underground Propane Tank Ignites

Firefighters on Monday finished a full 23-hour controlled burn-off of an underground propane tank on Oenoke Ridge Road that had ignited over the weekend, officials said. The New Canaan Fire Department around 11:45 a.m. Monday responded to the burning tank, which ignited after a leak had been caused by work being done on it, according to Fire Chief Jack Hennessey. One individual working on the tank suffered minor injuries as a result, officials said. Firefighters immediately contained the fire and controlled the leak, fully burning off the propane inside the tank in order to eliminate the hazard, Hennessey said. Specifically, firefighters sprayed a water mist “to disperse unburned propane vapors that were leaking from the damaged tank to prevent an uncontrolled ignition,” he said. Continue Reading →

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