2007-Built Ferris Hill Road Home Sells for $3.5 Million 

The following property transfers were recorded recently in the Town Clerk’s office. For more information about each property from the assessor, click on the street address. To get the history of a New Canaan street name, click here. ***

Sept. 4

15 Old Stamford Road Unit B

$949,000
Charles Goodyear III to John Cavanaugh Family Trust 

102 Valley Road

$1.7 million
Scott Hazard to Valley View I LLC

33 Ferris Hill Road 

$3.5 million
Julie Holliday to Gerald Reid

Sept.

Two Arrested for Stealing Mail from New Canaan Mailboxes

A traffic stop downtown after midnight Friday led to the arrest of two Bridgeport men found with mail that had been stolen from four homes on Frogtown Road. At about 12:13 a.m. on Sept. 25, an officer on patrol stoped a motor vehicle driven by a 36-year-old man who had crossed over the white fog line on Cherry Street, according to a police report. The officer spotted a black plastic bag inside, and an investigation showed the mail’s origin, the report said. The driver and a 19-year-old Bridgeport man in a back seat both were charged with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny.

Selectman Corbet Calls for Full Disclosure, Annual Review of Pesticide Use on New Canaan Playing Fields

New Canaan should fully disclose its use of pesticides to treat some athletic fields, establish a panel to regularly review the chemicals’ application here and seek public input on their use, according to Selectman Kathleen Corbet. The town also should figure out how much it would cost to “[maintain] pesticide-free athletic fields by over-seeding them,” Corbet said in a draft memo to the Board of Selectmen, obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a public records request. “Once further study and review of pesticide usage is engaged, consider public hearings, surveys, or other means by which community input is garnered,” the memo said. “In the last 12 years, new health studies, legislation, alternative products and applications have been developed and it is appropriate for the [t]own bodies and our community to be well-informed about the risks, benefits and limitations of pesticides and organic alternatives.”

The memo follows Corbet’s own questioning of why the town still uses pesticides on some playing fields serving youth while the chemicals are banned by state law on some others—namely, elementary and middle school property—and by local policy at New Canaan High School. 

At Corbet’s prompting, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan indicated this month that it would review its use of pesticides. Currently, playing fields at Waveny and Mead Parks, as well as Conner Field off of Farm Road, get a midsummer application of pesticides (Irwin Park hasn’t had fertilizer or pesticides applied since June 2019 due to budget cuts). 

Parks officials have said it’s less expensive to use pesticides than to over-seed and maintain fields organically.

Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski and New Canaan Health Director Jenn Eielson will lead a “mask education walk” at 12 p.m. Friday. It will start outside the Playhouse on Elm Street and will include handing out masks and educating people on the importance of wearing them. ***

The New Canaan Rotary Club’s 35th annual Lobsterfest will be “contactless” this year with dinners available for pickup on Oct. 16 and 17. It’s a major fundraiser for the service organization’s grant program benefitting local and area nonprofits.

Letter on COVID-19: Patrol Downtown New Canaan After School 

To our New Canaan town leadership:

Can we please ask our (truly wonderful) police department to be patrolling downtown New Canaan in the afternoons after school? Every single day there are hordes of kids congregating downtown. They are not social distancing, they are standing and walking in tight clusters and are huddled outside local stores with their heads together blocking doorways and flagrantly defying safety protocols. Parents need to get involved and start being parents. Work on your kids being responsible and respectful.