Officials Approve $4,000 Contract for Uplighting of ‘Wayside Cross’ at God’s Acre

Town officials last week approved an approximately $4,000 contract with a Port Chester, N.Y.-based landscape lighting company to install uplighting on all sides of a prominent World War I memorial at the foot of God’s Acre. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously during its Oct. 20 meeting to approve the $3,956 contract with Summer Rain to do the work around the Wayside Cross, among other agreements. Asked about the contract by Selectman Kathleen Corbet, Public Works Director Tiger Mann said that plans to improve the lighting came together prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We met out there with Keith Simpson Associates and some members from the DAR [Daughters of the American Revolution] and Preservation Alliance and determined that it would be a nice thing to have,” Mann said during the selectmen’s regular meeting, held via videoconference.

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The New Canaan Police Department’s command staff reported during a Police Commission meeting Wednesday that mold has been growing on files in an interior office on the main floor, that the South Avenue building’s second boiler has failed and that an old plumbing system has led to overflowing toilets and flooding. The town is assembling a building committee to make recommendations on a renovation or rebuild of the police station. ***

Congratulations to Shawna Ferraro and Henry Lindberg, New Canaan High School “Rams of the Week” for the week ending Oct. 9. Ferraro, a sophomore forward/midfielder on the varsity girls field hockey team, scored an overtime winner vs.

Police Bring Sexual Assault Charges Against Valley Road Attacker [UPDATED]

[Note: this article was updated at 1:35 p.m. Thursday with specifics of the charges brought by police.]

New Canaan Police on Wednesday brought additional charges against a Norwalk man arrested in May for attempted murder in what authorities called a “random” assault on Valley Road. Mynor Romeo Alvarado-Canahui of 37 Woodward Ave., Apt. A2, was also charged at the time with first-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping after striking a woman with his car as she walked on Valley Road and then, after he was unable to put her into the rear of his vehicle, trying to drown her, according to police. At 10:15 a.m. Thursday, police brought charges of criminal attempt to commit first-degree sexual assault and criminal attempt at first-degree aggravated sexual assault. Already held at Bridgeport Correctional Facility, Alvarado-Canahui has had an additional $1 million added to his bond (already set at $750,000). 

He hasn’t pleaded to the charges and is scheduled to appear Dec. 8 in state Superior Court, according to Connecticut Judicial Branch records.

Warrant Details Alleged Neglect by New Canaan Mom; Lawyer Questions Police Chief’s Involvement

A New Canaan mom on a Friday last month stuck her finger down one of her children’s throats four or five times, inducing the juvenile to throw up blood after ingesting one of her pills, according to an arrest warrant application. 
Captured on a housemaid’s audio recording whose handling as key evidence is being questioned by a lawyer for the Briscoe Road woman, the incident led to the Sept. 25 arrest of both mother and father on felony charges. In the recording, the child is “crying, coughing and making gag-like vomiting sounds,” according to the affidavit of New Canaan Police Officer Nick Falbo. His testimony forms the basis for an arrest warrant application, signed by the state’s attorney and a judge, charging Paxton and Tina Kinol with risk of injury. Relatives identified the Kinols as the voices of a man and woman in the audio recording, one of two that New Canaan’s police chief sent to investigators on Sept.

‘We Love the People of New Canaan’: Patisserie Salzburg Opens on Elm Street 

After months of anticipation, Patisserie Salzburg bakery and café has opened in the heart of downtown New Canaan. Offering a wide range of sandwiches, soups and salads in addition to its specialty baked goods, desserts and coffees, the European-Style café at 25 Elm St. is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days per week. “We are very happy,” owner Par Shakiban said Wednesday morning amid a lunchtime rush at the brightly lit, cozy space where several socially distanced diners sat down for food both inside and out on the sidewalk. “We love the people in New Canaan because they’ve been more than gracious in welcoming us with an open heart.