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Citing Past Concerns, Town Approves July 21 to Labor Day Season for Pop Up Park

Saying an originally requested two-month run was too long given opposition from some merchants and residents, New Canaan’s traffic authority on Tuesday night unanimously approved a July 21 to Labor Day (Sept. 3) summer season for the Pop Up Park at South and Elm downtown. Police Commissioner Paul Foley said that although he personally likes the Pop Up Park, a 9-week season starting July 4—what was formally proposed by the volunteer committee that runs it—would be “excessive” given the “outspoken” concerns of some business owners. “I like the concept of the park, I think it’s been fairly successful,” Foley said at the commission’s regular meeting, held in the New Canaan Police Department. “I just think closing it for two months is a bit excessive for everybody else who uses Elm Street and South Avenue. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said Tuesday that the newly formed ‘Dog Litter Committee’ has raised a red flag for Town Attorney Ira Bloom. The town attorney has said it is “not well advised” to “allocate enforcement responsibilities to a committee,” Moynihan said during a Board of Selectmen meeting. The question “raises the issue of the Spencer’s Run Committee for volunteers and also we have to address the Youth Sports Committee,” Moynihan said. Selectman Kit Devereaux, chairperson of the Spencer’s Run Committee, noted that its members are “ambassadors.” “They are not enforcers,” she said. The board will examine those committees, as well as the Deer Committee, at its next meeting, Moynihan said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Police To Start Fundraising for Second K-9 Dog

Town officials on Monday night voted unanimously to allow the New Canaan Police Department to start fundraising for a second K-9 dog. Some $75,000 must be raised to acquire the new dog, possibly a Labrador retriever, that focus on narcotics detection as well as the tracking of missing people, Chief Leon Krolikowski and Officer Shane Gibson told members of the Police Commission at their regular meeting. The current K-9 dog, Apollo the German shepherd, performs those tasks as well as patrol and apprehension, they said. A second dog would be used for more community relations—such as demonstrations at schools, churches and events—and would work on a different shift from Apollo and his handler, K-9 Officer David Rivera, they said. Gibson said he understood that Apollo is the department’s priority and “I am more than willing to try to raise the funds and put myself out there to get the money for this second dog.”

“And primarily what the second dog would be narcotics and tracking,” he said during the meeting, held at NCPD headquarters. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

[Editor’s Note: One item was removed from this installment of “Did You Hear?” at a reader’s request.]

New Canaan Police responded Sunday to a report of damaged property after a snowplow operator in clearing the roads overnight apparently jumped the curb on Old Stamford Road, smashing a mailbox and its post, sending both flying into a neighboring driveway, and carving a trench in the grass. The driver didn’t stop. ***

The town on Feb. 16 received a building permit application for an interior retail fit-out to create a new nail salon at 78 Main St. Continue Reading →

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Police Checks on New Canaan Public Schools Up in 2018

New Canaan Police Department checks on public schools doubled year-over-year in 2018 and will continue to increase, Chief Leon Krolikowski said Wednesday. The rise in school checks—10, year-to-date, versus five at the same time last year—as well as in contacts with schools are “because [of] everything going on with our nation” and are designed to “make sure they are as safe as possible,” Krolikowski said during a regular meeting of the Police Commission, held at NCPD headquarters. Asked about the initiative before the commission went into executive session, the chief said the attention on schools is “more intensive.”

“I don’t want to go into specifics, but we are paying more attention and trying to be more diligent in our checks and make people feel safer,” he said. Asked whether the intensified effort follows directly from the school shooting deaths last week of 17 people in Parkland, Fla., Krolikowski said, “A little bit.”

“We have our SROs at the high school and junior high school. We also have our liaison officers that are assigned to all the other schools that are temporary part-time kind of thing, as a connection. Continue Reading →

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