Michael is owner and editor of NewCanaanite.com. He is a 1993 New Canaan High School graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Oxford. Michael has worked as a professional journalist since 2003, including at Greenwich Time and Patch.com. He lives in Stamford with his wife, Marie, five dogs (Wilbur, Russell, Louis, Marvin and Dexter), managing two fantasy baseball teams each summer, reading in the winter and hiking with the dogs at Mianus River Park year-round.
Police at 7:55 a.m. Thursday arrested a 47-year-old Binghamton, N.Y. man and charged him with second-degree failure to appear. The man turned himself in on an active paperless re-arrest warrant. He’d been arrested in October 2014 and charged by New Canaan Police with sixth-degree larceny, court records show. ***
The proposed selectmen’s budget unveiled this week includes earmarks of $30,000 for fiscal year 2023 and $250,000 the following year for the Animal Control shelter. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said Thursday that if the New Canaan YMCA doesn’t take over the vacated residence at Kiwanis Park under a possible future partnership with the town, the structure could be converted for use as a new animal shelter.
Police investigators in New Canaan hope that the town’s plan to install cameras at Waveny’s entrances as a result of the Dulos case leads to more video surveillance throughout town. For the fourth straight year, the New Canaan Police Department Investigative Section is asking that municipal officials especially consider installations at the town border and entrance and exit ramps of the Merritt Parkway, according to an end-of-year report from the head of the section, Lt. Jason Ferraro. “This is directly supported by the Dulos case and the huge role that video evidence played in leading to the arrests of [Fotis] Dulos and [Michelle] Troconis,” Ferraro said in the report, discussed briefly at Jan. 15 regular meeting of the Police Commission and obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a public records request.
“We realize this is a capital item but having LPR’s [“license plate recognition” cameras] located at strategic locations would greatly improve our ability to get ahead in an investigation and improve the likelihood of an arrest occurring. Hopefully the approval to install cameras at Waveny Park as a result of the Dulos case will be the beginning of more cameras at vital locations within New Canaan.”
The Board of Selectmen last month approved the hiring of a Bridgeport-based technology consulting firm to put together an RFP for updating security systems in New Canaan.
Getting a drug-sniffing dog access to public schools ranks high among New Canaan Police Department priorities for this year, Chief Leon Krolikowski said Thursday. Police officials “are hopeful we will be able to get some folks in line” and finalize an agreement with the district so that the department’s K-9 unit can do its work inside schools, Krolikowski said during a budget hearing before the Board of Selectmen.
“Because we do know as we sit here today that there’s a high likelihood that there are some kids in the school in possession of drugs and maybe distributing it,” Krolikowski said during the Board’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. “And what are we going to do as a town to prevent that from happening and frankly make our kids safer?”
Asked by Selectman Nick Williams where New Canaan is in the process, Krolikowski said “stalled.”
“It’s been tabled, I believe, by the superintendent and Board of Education,” he said. “It’s been a years-long effort to try to move that along and we are login to continue to do that and be a little bit more aggressive in trying to push that along. Get something in place that we are at least comfortable with.
This week on 0684-Radi0, our free weekly podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Meghan and Molly Cioffi, a mother-daughter duo from New Canaan, about their involvement with STAR, a local nonprofit organization that serves more than 600 individuals with disabilities and their families. Meghan Cioffi is president of the organization’s board, while Molly Cioffi, a 2018 New Canaan High School graduate, is a lifelong client who is now a college sophomore in Lesley University’s Threshold Program in Cambridge, Mass. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:
The Board of Education on Tuesday night voted 6-1 to recommend an approximately $92.8 million spending plan for next fiscal year. The budget brought forward by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi and endorsed by the school board during its regular meeting represents a 1.47% increase over current spending—within Board of Finance guidelines.
It includes about $950,000 needed for new transportation costs that would come with a revised school start times schedule, though it is unclear which of two equally expensive start time scenarios the Board of Ed ultimately will recommend.
The first scenario, studied and discussed extensively for months, would see the three elementary schools start together at 7:45 a.m., followed by the seventh and eighth grades at Saxe Middle School and all of New Canaan High School at 8:30 a.m. with the fifth and sixth grades at Saxe starting together at 9:15 a.m.
Major advantages of that schedule include starting school late enough that adolescents get sufficient sleep, district officials have said, citing established medical data and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It also would see all three elementary schools get onto the same start and end time schedule and avoid having those young kids in school late into the afternoon, when anecdotal evidence says they tire out, officials have said. Yet based on strong feedback from the community, including families with kids in elementary school, Board of Ed Chair Katrina Parkhill said the elected body may consider another scenario that “flips” the first and last “tiers.” In other words, the fifth and sixth grades would start at 7:45 a.m. while the elementary schools would all start at 9:15 a.m., she said. “This scenario may more appropriately balance schedules, in response to family and community needs,” Parkhill said during the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at NCHS.