Animal Cruelty: Guilty Plea, Suspended Prison Sentence for Man in Whose Care New Canaan Dog Died

The Darien man charged with animal cruelty after a golden retriever died while in the care of his pet boarding business entered a guilty plea Friday and was given a suspended jail sentence and put on probation for two years. Terry Burns, 44, was also fined and agreed to donate $1,000 to a Humane Society. Part of the conditions of his probation are to not work in any job with animals or with the treatment or care of animals. He also will be evaluated by a psychiatrist or psychologist. The father of two young children apologized in court to the New Canaan woman who owned the retriever.

Metro-North train winter

Transportation Chief: Rail Service Cuts, Fare Hikes Coming Soon Unless Alternate Funding Found

Rail fare increases of 21 percent over three years, starting with 10 percent in July, and another 10 percent hike next year, cuts in train service on weekends and off-peak times on the New Canaan Branch, and bus fare increases are coming unless the state finds some funding alternative. That was the harsh message Connecticut Transportation Commissioner James Redeker gave New Canaanites on Wednesday. About 60 people went to the meeting in New Canaan Town Hall. “This is not my wish […],” Redeker said. “I’m trying to do this in a rational way, but it’s certainly not a pleasant way.”

Letter: At Vigil for Overdose Awareness Day, Learn from Real-Life Stories from Neighbors

Dear Editor,

It is certainly no secret that opioids and other addictive substances are the epidemics of our country today. Individual lives, entire families, and whole communities are being permanently destroyed by this awful disease. But unless your door has been marked and your family scarred, it is very easy to nod in sympathy and say a small silent prayer of thanksgiving that this didn’t happen to our kid/father/mother/brother/sister/neighbor. But when we utter that prayer, we are forgetting the fact that every person in our community is indeed our kid/father/mother/brother/sister/neighbor. And then we know that indeed we are all affected by the epidemic of addiction.

The Band ‘Suite 102’ Plays Thursday Night at the Pop Up Park Downtown

The New Canaan Chamber and the New Canaan Music Store are presenting the music of Suite 102 at the Pop Up Park in downtown New Canaan at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10. Suite 102 consists of three area musicians: Anthony Buzzeo, Preston Murphy and Johnny Reid. Buzzeo, who plays guitar in the trio, and Murphy, who plays stand up bass, are both graduates of Berklee College of Music in Boston and have played with the likes of Bruce Williams, George Garzone, Frank Tiberi and Tony Purone. Reid, who plays harmonica and sings, has shared the stage with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Grace Potter, the late great James Cotton, members of the Trey Anastasio Band (Phish) and G.E. Smith, among others.

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Get Well Cards Pouring in for Five-Year-Old New Canaan Boy Who Nearly Drowned

Adam, the five-year-old New Canaan boy who had to be resuscitated Thursday when he went under water in a swimming pool for four minutes, then made a dramatic recovery over the weekend, is getting get well cards from the community. “The family is very appreciative of all the love and support,” said Allyson Mahoney, a New Canaan resident who organized a way to get the cards to the boy. Mahoney set up a box at New Canaan Library, where get-well cards can be dropped off until noon on Friday. “He’s doing really well,” Mahoney said of the boy, who’s family at this time prefers to remain private. “It was a fantastic recovery.”