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‘A Pit Stop’: Organizers Rule Out ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ in 2017

Caffeine & Carburetors, the popular gathering of auto enthusiasts in downtown New Canaan and, more recently, at Waveny Park, will not be held in 2017, according to the New Canaan resident who launched the events six years ago. Doug Zumbach, owner of the eponymous gourmet coffee shop on Pine Street where informal gatherings of fellow specialty and classic car enthusiasts in 2010 swiftly outgrew the area immediately around his business, said he and fellow founders Peter Bush and Todd Brown are “putting Caffeine & Carburetors in a pit stop” for now. “After 24 or 25 shows over the past six years, it’s time to just revaluate the operation of it all,” Zumbach told NewCanaanite.com. “It takes a tremendous amount of effort, time, town resources, et cetera, to put successful shows together. I have other personal and professional projects I would like to approach this year. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said that in the past week, officers have investigated two residential burglaries—on Betsy’s Lane and Dabney Road. Other jurisdictions in Fairfield County have seen an increase in daytime burglaries. “Most burglars are not master criminals,” the chief said. “They’re usually looking for an easy opportunity to get into a house without being seen. Burglars love it when you make their job easier for them.” Here are some tips that will help you beat the burglars. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Huge Turnout for 2016 Season’s Final Caffeine & Carburetors at Waveny

In what likely was the largest-ever Caffeine & Carburetors, an estimated 1,300 auto enthusiasts gathered at Waveny on Sunday morning. The final installment of this year’s season saw six rows of classic and specialty cars line the lawn west of Waveny House, as camera-, baby-, leash- and coffee-toting spectators milled about there, on the circle in front of the 1912-built mansion and in the lots leading down to the Powerhouse and Carriage Barn. Launched by New Canaan’s Doug Zumbach out front of his eponymous gourmet coffee shop on Pine Street and emceed by town resident Peter Bush of FM95.9 The Fox, Caffeine & Carburetors is sponsored in part by Bankwell. “We are super-excited to be a sponsor again this year,” said Bankwell Marketing Assistant Lucy French. “We love supporting these kinds of events—especially that bring people into the community and bring more awareness to all the local businesses.” Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Another Successful ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ Downtown as Rain Holds Off

Thousands of auto enthusiasts joined baby stroller-pushing and dog leash-wielding New Canaanites downtown on Sunday morning for this season’s third installment of Caffeine & Carburetors. With a handful of sponsors that include Bankwell and Rand Insurance, the popular gathering of antique and specialty car enthusiasts featured somewhere between 900 and 1,000 autos for the second of two installments located in New Canaan’s business district (the fourth and final Caffeine & Carburetors will be held Oct. 16 at Waveny), officials said. “The car gods were looking out for us,” said Doug Zumbach, owner of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee on Pine Street and founder of the event. “The weather changed dramatically from 80 percent thunderstorms to the sun is out.”

Though clouds threatened to soak the “show” mid-morning, the rain held off and a partly sunny, comfortable morning greeted visitors to Pine and Elm Streets, closed to pedestrian traffic and overseen by New Canaan Police and volunteers. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Police To Launch ‘Coffee with a Cop’

Seeking to forge and foster positive relationships between officers and civilians as divides between the two have yielded violent clashes elsewhere, the New Canaan Police Department soon will launch ‘Coffee with a Cop.’

The new program, which has launched successfully in neighboring Norwalk, is designed to bolster already “exceptional” relationships between officers and civilians in New Canaan, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “The majority of the community and our officers are well-respected and appreciated, but violence around the nation affects everybody, and just because New Canaan is a relatively safe town, that doesn’t mean that officers are not concerned about their safety and how the public views them,” he said. Krolikowski referred to incidents that have seen five police officers killed and nine wounded in Dallas on July 7, then three officers killed and three injured in Baton Rouge 10 days later. The Dallas shootings brought the total number of law enforcement officers who had died in the line of duty to 31, compared to 18 for the same point in 2015, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The idea of bringing ‘Coffee with a Cop’ to New Canaan was Officer Ron Bentley’s, the chief said. Continue Reading →

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