Grace Farms is featured in a Connecticut Magazine news story that quotes locals extensively. ***
New Canaan Police on Dec. 24 arrested a 36-year-old Park Street woman and charged her with failure to respond to an infraction. She had been cited for motor vehicle charges and did not pay or plead in court. ***
New Canaan Land Trust officials are calling for volunteers to help check bobcat traps that the state is laying in New Canaan as part of a program to track the animals.
Children and adults hoping to see Santa Claus arrive in his personal helicopter at Mead Park on Saturday morning were instead greeted by New Canaan’s Tom Stadler, who was in the parking lot vigorously flapping his arms—not in an effort to fly himself, but rather to alert the incoming crowds that a snowstorm bearing down on the area had forced the Jolly Old Elf to cancel his flight. Instead, Santa was arriving via land-based transportation, Stadler told drivers as they flooded into the bustling parking areas—more specifically, via a fire truck that was bringing him directly to hardware shop Weed & Duryea, sponsor of the annual event, as well as Gregg’s Garden Center. After battling some slow-moving traffic during the 2,000-foot-long trek over to the hardware and general store, and then getting “trapped” in the store parking lot, everyone eventually made it safely to Weed & Duryea’s “Christmas Headquarters,” where local band, the New Canaan School of Rock, was cranking out “Spirit of Radio” by Rush to get everyone in the holiday mood. Sure enough, the Bearded Man of the Hour arrived right on time, waving to his adoring fans from a beautifully restored 1949 ladder truck owned by former Assistant New Canaan Volunteer Fire Chief (and Santa’s personal chauffeur) Scott Ready (the truck had been in service in New Canaan until 1973). A long line of starry-eyed children (and their parents) had already formed as Santa took his “throne” in the Christmas shop, surrounded by colorful, sparkling holiday merchandise.
Congratulations to New Canaan’s Babs Horner, a professional gourmet caterer who has written a new book, “Sophistication Is Overrated,” with her sister, interior decorator Susan Palma. The book was featured Monday on NBC’s “The Today Show” by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. It has a near-perfect rating after 46 reviews on Amazon. (Locals may remember Horner from the harrowing story of her granddaughter’s birth this summer.)
The news that Bruegger’s Bagels in New Canaan is closing at noon Sunday has stirred strong feelings among readers, expressed in comments threads on the site and on Facebook. Locals may be comforted to know that area bagel shops already have made inquiries about the commercial space.
New Canaanites starting now can avail themselves of a free promotion for a safety tool that experts call critical to avoiding home fires. By filling out and submitting this form—also available in person at Weed & Duryea and New Canaan Fire Department headquarters—residents can put in for one of four metal ash disposal buckets. Designed for safe disposal of hot embers and ashes from a fireplace, the buckets are “very important,” according to New Canaan firefighter Jim Pickering. “We have had, through the years, numerous fires with the misplacing of the fire ashes, either in the garbage, we have had a maid vacuum up ashes and put the vacuum in closet and the vacuum starts a fire,” Pickering told NewCanaanite.com. “And then we had the Stamford fire where the grandparents and kids passed, they say it was started because of fireplace ashes.
A former part-time program director at the defunct Outback Teen Center—a man who had been arrested by New Canaan Police following accusations that he made inappropriate comments to a group of youths—is a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed this summer. According to the complaint, the accused man while working as a residential advisor at Wesleyan University in the early-1980s sexually abused teens in his charge, in a dorm room and elsewhere. The case is proceeding in state Superior Court in Middletown. ***
The restaurant long known as ‘Chef Luis’ is now called ‘129,’ for its street number on Elm, and offers American contemporary cuisine from newly hired Executive Chef Joe Page. He brings more than 15 years of experience in kitchens across the United States and overseas.