‘I Don’t Like It’: Parks Commissioner Voices Concerns Over Proposed Fee To Use Tennis Courts at NCHS

Calling it “clubby” and restrictive, a member of the Parks & Recreation Commission last week pushed back on a proposal to start charging residents for use of the tennis courts at New Canaan High School. Commissioner Francesca said the proposed $30 or $35 seasonal pass fee for the hard-surface courts means residents would have no public courts left to play tennis for free, such as Darien residents have in Cherry Lawn Park. “I don’t like it,” she said during the Commission’s regular meeting, held Jan. 13 via videoconference. “We have to pay for everything.

COVID-19: State Reports 16 More New Canaan Cases Over Weekend 

State officials reported 16 more cases of COVID-19 virus for New Canaan over the weekend. 

The cumulative total of 895 confirmed cases is up 50 from the prior week, according to Connecticut Department of Public Health data. The figures come as New Canaan grapples with what municipal health officials anticipated as a rise in new cases following travel and small gatherings through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during his most recent town-wide outcall, last Tuesday, that most new cases reflect high school teenagers, college-aged and middle-aged parents. A total of 39 New Canaanites with COVID-19 have died, according to the DPH. As of Monday, the district reported 25 total students in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, with 15 of them from New Canaan High School, as well as five staff members throughout the district.

Feds: New Canaan Man, 50, Charged in Real Estate Investment Scheme

Federal prosecutors announced last week that they’ve charged a 50-year-old New Canaan man with securities fraud for his role in a real estate scheme. Eric Malley,  founder and former chief executive officer of real estate private equity investment firm MG Capital Management L.P., also faces charges of wire fraud after inducing “hundreds of individuals to invest a total of more than $50 million in two real estate investment funds by, among other things, lying about his own prior experience and investment track record and about the nature and characteristics of those funds,” U.S. Department of Justice officials said in a press release. “Eric Malley allegedly promised his clients that they would reap the benefits of owning equity in Manhattan real estate through his time-tested, sophisticated, debt-free investment strategy,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in the release. “As alleged, those promises were lies. Malley lied about his prior funds’ existence and performance, and he lied in promising clients that the funds were free of debt and leased to prominent corporate tenants. While his investors lost money, Malley enriched himself. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect investors from these types of deceptive practices.”

He will be presented before a magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York.

Did You Hear … ?

Though the committee overseeing a future renovation or rebuilding of the New Canaan Police Department was scheduled to elect its chair during a regular meeting Thursday, it’s still unclear who will take that leadership role. “So many people are fighting over wanting to be chairman that I’ve got to resolve this—so we are going to punt on that until next month,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “And I will be acting chairman for the meeting today.”

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Kindergarten pre-registration for New Canaan Public Schools has started. ***

Of those who objected four years ago to the use of a neighboring home on West Road as a “sober house” living facility—saying, among other things, that it would negatively affect property values— has sold his house for $1,835,000, according to a property transfer recorded Dec. 22 in the Town Clerk’s office.

Town: Rebuilt or Relocated Animal Shelter At Least One Year Away

A project to rebuild or relocate New Canaan’s Animal Control shelter is at least one year away, town officials said this week. The town is studying different possibilities for a future shelter, including use of a building at Kiwanis Park, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told members of the Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Buildings and Infrastructure during their regular meeting Monday. “The other thought that was if we were to remove the existing incinerator where it [the animal shelter] is currently housed, to then bring in a facility there,” Mann said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “Or, since it is a police function, possibly bringing it over to the Police Department. So we are looking at all options at present.