‘The Talent That Is in Town’: New Canaan Artist To Open Show at Main Street Gallery Oct. 16

Hans Neleman discovered New Canaan by mistake. It was late-1993 and the Holland native had lived and worked for 10 years in Manhattan after earning a bachelor’s degree in film and photography from The Polytechnic of Central London and a master’s degree in studio art from New York University. A still-life and freelance commercial photographer with his own studio in New York City, Neleman had set out that day with a real estate agent to find a house in Westchester County. They got lost and found themselves in downtown New Canaan. “In the ‘90s you didn’t browse online and find anything,” Neleman recalled on a recent afternoon.

Police Commission Votes 3-0 To Remove Barriers from Forest Street Oct. 31

Members of New Canaan’s local traffic authority voted at their most recent meeting to leave the outdoor dining barriers up on Elm Street until a plan to make some of the areas more permanent with wider sidewalks is in effect. The Police Commission as part of its 3-0 vote also backed a plan to remove the barriers from Forest Street on Oct. 31. It would be disruptive to remove the temporary white plastic barriers on Elm Street while visitors to downtown New Canaan still are enjoying outdoor dining, according to Chair Paul Foley. The Commission and others in town “like to see” the activity, which makes for a livelier and more successful business district, he said during the appointed body’s Sept.

Elm Street Business Must Pay $3,500 Monthly Rent to Court During Eviction Proceedings

A state Superior Court on Tuesday ordered a local business to pay the court $3,500 per month for continued use and occupancy of its commercial space on Elm Street while an eviction complaint is pending. The women’s clothing store Hamptonite hasn’t paid rent since February, according to a complaint filed Sept. 10 by the owner of 7 Elm St. 

The defendant, business owner Kaiser Sharif, is seeking to have the case dismissed. In a filing Monday, Sharif’s lawyer, Norwalk-based Abram J. Heisler, said in a Motion To Dismiss that his client was improperly served because a state marshal passed the summons “under the front door” into the business. “This court lacks personal jurisdiction over this action because the summons seeking possession of a commercial enterprise was not served upon the person in charge or at the usual place of abode of the defendant,” Heisler said on behalf of Sharif.