Assault Charge for New Canaan Woman, 39

Police before dawn Thursday arrested a 39-year-old New Canaan woman and charged her with third-degree assault.

At about 1:39 a.m. on Aug. 13, officers were dispatched to a Summer Street home on a report of a domestic dispute between the woman and another occupant of the residence, police said. There, police conducted an investigation and charged the woman with the misdemeanor offense. It wasn’t clear what the dispute involved, how it turned physical, whether the arrested woman is related to the victim or what were the extent of injuries. Police declined to provide details, calling it a domestic matter.

New Canaan Library Reopens with ‘Limited Express Service’

New Canaan Library announced Thursday that it has reopened with “limited express service” for all visitors. The organization has completed its COVID-19 certification “and is taking all measures to ensure everyone’s safety,” a press release said. “Masks are required at all times, and the library asks that all observe distancing,” it said. The news comes days after the library served as a destination for New Canaanites displaced during the day by lack of power, air conditioning and Internet access following a tropical storm that caused widespread and lasting outages. 

The library’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday for “express self-service.” The children’s library is open by appointment (see here). Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth while inside the library and patrons must maintain a distance of six feet from others, the library said on its website.

Reopened Public Schools To Include More ‘Outdoor Learning’

District officials say they’re looking at additional “outdoor learning” New Canaan Public Schools in seeking to reopen Aug. 31 under a widely discussed phased plan. The schools could have tents set up in areas such as fields and courtyards, and the district is “looking at WiFi availability outside, looking to get it in some places where it doesn’t exist right now,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi told members of the Board of Education during their regular meeting Monday. “All of those things will help—will help our kids, help our teachers, help our comfort level, everything else,” Luizzi said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “To get outside on a nice day and do some teaching outdoors.

Did You Hear … ?

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan told the Board of Finance during an update Wednesday night that the utility company did a “miserable job” in handling the aftermath of the tropical storm that struck last Tuesday. Calling Eversource’s performance “miserable,” Moynihan said that municipal officials may testify during hearings in Hartford before the Public Utility Regulatory Authority about what happened. Just 13 New Canaan customers remained without power at the time of the finance board meeting, according to Eversource’s outage map. ***

New Canaan Police on Monday morning received two reports of stolen motor vehicles—on Carter Street and Meadow Lane. In both cases, the keys had been left in the vehicles, police said.

Capital Projects Roundup: West Road Bridge, Natural Gas Tie-Ins

Public Works Director Tiger Mann during Monday’s regular meeting of the Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Buildings and Infrastructure provided updates on capital projects in New Canaan, including:

West Road Bridge—Officials are waiting for the utility company to move its lines in order to start a bridge replacement project on West Road north of Turtle Back Road. Officials have estimated in the past that New Canaan is expected to pay about $921,000 toward the total $1.8 million cost to replace the bridge, whose headwall failed two summers ago. It’s unclear whether the project will need to be delayed until next year. Repaving—Eversource following the installation of a natural gas main and services to individual houses has started the overnight repaving Route 106 between Farm Road and East Avenue, and that work could continue through Monday. Roads that still need to be repaved and are waiting for gas services include Mortimer, Brinckerhoff and Lockwood.