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.
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New Canaan-based nonprofit organization Stand Together Against Racism, or S.T.A.R., is holding a special event to cap off Black History Month— Soul•Fête: From Africa to America, A Culinary Tasting Immersion—from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at Carriage Barn Arts Center. We catch up with S.T.A.R. founder, New Canaan resident and proud Kansas City Chiefs mom Fatou Niang about the event, organization, programming and Super Bowl in this exchange. New Canaanite: We last checked in with S.T.A.R. during the very well-attended Juneteenth celebration on the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s campus last summer. Catch us up—what have you been doing at S.T.A.R.? Fatou Niang: We’ve been busy.
The New Canaan Parking Commission recently received the following appeals letters from ticketed motorists.
“I received a parking ticket when parked in front of J. Crew on 1/18/23. I was meeting an old friend at LePain Quotidien. I am 75 years old and have been shopping in your town for over 47 years. I never, ever knew you had a two hour rule. I went back with my husband and I now see that in fact there are small signs but none was in front of my car car and honestly I was unaware.
For those who have missed our correction as published on the updated story: NewCanaanite.com wrongly reported the Grand List increase at $629 million on Wednesday morning. I apologize for the mistake.
I’d entered ‘7.936’ in my calculating spreadsheet instead of ‘7.396,’ which led to the wrong figure. It was published in our newsletter headline before I caught my error. Sorry about that—I’ll be more careful in the future. The first selectman’s office and assessor both had provided accurate information on the Grand List, and the inaccurate report was entirely my own fault.
The newsletter is a static emailed page, and it took about one hour for the site to cache the correction after I updated the story, so those who came into the site via the newsletter or directly before about 7:30 a.m. received inaccurate information.
[CORRECTION: NewCanaanite.com wrongly calculated the Grand List year-over-year increase prior to the Feb. 1, 2023 newsletter going out. I apologize for the mistake. A standalone correction can be found here.]
The total value of taxable property in New Canaan—including homes, commercial properties and motor vehicles—increased by about $88 million from 2021 to 2022, according to preliminary figures.
Given the last budget cycle’s mill rate of 18.372, the year-over-year increase in funds for the town from the taxable property would come to about $1.6 million—though the Grand List won’t be finalized until after the Board of Assessment Appeals process. The Grand List’s $8 billion total reflects upticks in the total value of taxable real estate and personal property and motor vehicles.