Park Place Homeowners Seek Permission to Relocate Driveway

The owners of a Park Place home are seeking permission to relocate a driveway from a paved area out front of their house to one side of their property. Creating a driveway along the southern side of 27 Park Place will allow the homeowners “to restore the mostly paved front yard into a tasteful lawn and landscaped area,” according to an application filed on their behalf by attorney Jacqueline Kaufman of Stamford-based Carmody, Torrance, Sandak and Hennessey LLP. “The requested relief will allow for the continued use of the Property for residential purposes consistent with those around it,” Kaufman said in a narrative that accompanies an application for two variances. “The location for the driveway has been sensitively selected to be compatible with layout on surrounding properties. We further believe it presents an improvement to the quality of life on the street by restoring the mostly paved front yard with lawn and landscaping and relocating family vehicles to the rear yard which is buffered from  neighbors views with landscaping and fencing (and a future garage structure).

Chief: Stolen Vehicles in New Canaan on Pace to Nearly Double in 2021

New Canaan is on pace to see about 50 stolen vehicles this year, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, a figure that would nearly double the total of 27 from 2020. The chief told members of the Police Commission at their regular meeting last week the he’s “hoping that levels off.”

“And we are working with some of our state legislators and the state itself, there are some promises of money to create a task force to go after these folks that are stealing the vehicles,” Krolikowski said during the meeting, held July 26 via videoconference. “I have been speaking with our state’s attorney to see what legally we can do, specifically with respect to investigations,” he continued. “And it’s challenging because if someone steals a car and dumps the car somewhere, merely because their DNA or a fingerprint is found in the car, does not necessarily equate to a crime being committed, so it’s challenging in that regard. And we are not sure yet whether our lab is going to process these presumably hundreds of vehicles that get stolen across Connecticut, if they are going to process the evidence related to that, meaning DNA or fingerprints.

DPW: One-Way Traffic on Elm Street Between Park and Grove Starting Monday

Town officials are calling for understanding from New Canaan residents and downtown visitors as the long-discussed replacement of a water main on Elm Street gets underway. The installation on Elm between Park and Grove Streets will start Monday, with work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for about two weeks, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “There will then be a time for pressurizing and testing the line as well as chlorinating and disinfecting the line,” Mann said in an email. “After that period of testing and disinfecting, there will be another two weeks of construction where the individual service lines are connected to the new main line.”

The affected segment of Elm Street will accommodate one-way traffic during the project, he said. Motorists traveling eastbound—approaching downtown New Canaan from the Weed Street side—will be detoured down Grove Street and onto Pine Street, Mann said.

Podcast: Researching Slavery in New Canaan

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Nancy Geary, executive director of the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, about a research project into the history of enslaved and free black people in New Canaan. Thanks to a grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation, the Historical Society will bring in a researcher and exhibition developer to help create a show for display this coming winter. We talk to Nancy about the research project’s origins, what has turned up so far and what you our listeners may do to help the Historical Society as it gathers up relevant information, photographs and artifacts. 

Located at 13 Oenoke Ridge, the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society can be reached at 203-966-1776 and 

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Spotted in New Canaan last month, the black bear known as “211” for the state tags attached to his ears, was euthanized after being struck by a car in Easton. ***

Police are investigating a vandalism complaint from 3:07 p.m. on July 21, when a vehicle parked at a Summer Street residence had eggs and mustard thrown onto it. ***

One of Town Hall’s friendliest workers, Assistant Town Clerk Ellen Petersen, is set to retire at month’s end. “I’ve certainly enjoyed my time working here and I am also very happy to have more time and flexibility in my life now that I have reached my 70s,” Peterson told Wednesday. She will work part-time in the office in the future.