Michael Dinan

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.

Recent Articles

Police: Evading Charge for New Canaan Man, 64


Police on Saturday night arrested a 64-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with evading responsibility. At about 8:20 p.m. on July 13, officers were dispatched to East Avenue and Route 123 on a report that a vehicle that had been operated erratically crashed into another one and left the scene, police said. A complainant gave authorities the suspect vehicle’s license plate number and direction of travel, according to a police report. Officers saw that the struck car was damaged and went to the home where the suspect vehicle was registered, the report said. There, following an investigation, police determined that the man had been driving at the time of the crash, and left the scene, it said. Continue Reading →

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Testy Parks Officials Critical of ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ at Waveny

During a testy meeting last week, parks officials said the ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ auto enthusiasts’ gathering at Waveny in June violated several of the conditions established for the event. Though the June 17 show “was very well attended and it was a beautiful day” and “people seemed to really enjoy it,” still some members of the Parks & Recreation Commission “were concerned that some of the procedures we asked to be put in place were not followed,” Commission Chair Sally Campbell said Wednesday night. “We had some controls over who was coming and exhibiting cars, and we wanted to ensure that our fields and our park weren’t damaged and then we were concerned about safety,” Campbell said at the meeting, held at Lapham Community Center. “All of these are very correctable. But we just wanted to bring them up because we thought they were very important.”

According to Campbell, about half of the exhibitors who had registered in advance did not display show placards on their windshields, many spectators appeared to drive into Waveny by South Avenue instead of parking at New Canaan High School, as planned, exhibitor cars were parked in front of the footpath along the main road through Waveny, forcing pedestrian traffic into the roadway and unauthorized food trucks were selling food and creating a mess. Continue Reading →

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Parking Officials Weigh Fine for Motorists Who Fail To Display Handicapped Placards Prominently

Parking officials said last week that they’d like to institute a new fine for motorists who fail to display handicapped placards properly. It long has been the Parking Bureau’s practice to forego issuing tickets to motorists with handicapped stickers on license plates or who have handicapped placards displayed visibly in their cars, such as hanging from a rearview mirror, according to Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg. Yet people who “legitimately have a handicapped permit” have been found to park in a handicapped spot or elsewhere “and they forget to put it up,” Miltenberg told members of the Parking Commission at their regular meeting Thursday. “They leave it on the dashboard, [or] it’s on a seat,” Miltenberg said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “We were wondering if–of course we would take back the fine [for the associated parking violation]—but we would like to implement a small fee for not displaying it properly or not displaying it at all. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Bargain-Hunters Hit New Canaan for Annual Sidewalk Sale

Bargain-hunters descended on New Canaan in droves starting Saturday morning for the Village Fair & Sidewalk Sale, running through 4 p.m.

Parts of Forest, Main and Elm Streets were closed to pedestrian-only traffic for the major annual event, organized by the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going awesome,” the Chamber’s Laura Budd said as the Sidewalk Sale got into full swing. “It’s a beautiful day. The vendors are up and running and people are already shopping. We love to see it. Continue Reading →

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