New Canaan Library To Reopen Monday with Regular Hours

New Canaan Library will reopen with regular hours at 9 a.m. Monday, officials say. 

Closed since Feb. 18 after a mechanical problem caused flooding, the library team is “making every effort to resume normal operations over the next few weeks,” according to President and CEO Kim McNally. “We are deeply grateful to our community for your patience and understanding as we have worked toward our reopening,” McNally said. The Rees Family Children’s Room “will remain closed for at least another two weeks,” she said. “Fortunately, our collections were not damaged,” McNally said.

‘Taj Indian Cuisine’ Restaurant Coming to South Avenue

An Indian restaurant with locations in Stamford, Westport and Fairfield is coming to South Avenue in downtown New Canaan. The owners of Taj Indian Cuisine on Wednesday received approval to create the restaurant at 9 South Ave., formerly Mackenzie’s and vacant for four years. The Planning & Zoning Commission during a regular meeting held at Town Hall and via videoconference granted site plan approval to the restaurant’s owners, as per the New Canaan Zoning Regulations. (An audio problem with the Zoom broadcast of the meeting prevented attendees from hearing P&Z’s discussion or vote, though the town planner confirmed the approval, with no conditions, via email.)

The new restaurant is the second provider of Indian food in town, following Chef Prasad Chirnomula’s eponymous restaurant on Main Street. According to the Taj website, the new restaurant uses “traditional Indian cooking techniques along with unexpected ingredient combinations, forward-thinking flavor profiles, contemporary plating and impressive table service.

Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Police at 7:29 a.m. Sunday received a report of a burglary at a Deacon’s Way residence. Criminals had forced entry through a rear window and stolen cash and jewelry from the home. An investigation is underway. ***

The Silvermine Arts Center’s “Every Picture Tells a Story” exhibition at Silvermine Galleries will hold an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition will run through April 4. 

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Traffic complaints in New Canaan jumped from 24 to 41 year-over-year in January, according to data shared at the Feb.

Podcast: John Kao To Present ‘The World According to Jazz’ on March 9

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan resident John Kao, a former Harvard Business School professor and current Turing Fellow at Yale’s center for new media who also is a best-selling author and expert on jazz music. His presentation—titled “The World According to Jazz”—will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. Presented by the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and the church, it is free and open to the public.

Town: Consultant Finds that Gerdes-South Avenue Intersection Functions at Lowest Possible Level of Service

A New Haven-based consulting firm has found that the intersection of Gerdes Road and South Avenue—long backed-up with Merritt Parkway-skirting motorists using navigation apps at rush hour, causing safety and other concerns for residents—functions at the lowest possible level of service, officials say. Traffic engineers at the firm of Hardesty & Hanover have assigned a grade of F to the intersection on a scale of A to F with “F being the worst,” for westbound traffic in the morning, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. 

The same intersection functions at a level D in the afternoon, Mann told members of the Police Commission at their Feb. 21 meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. Yet in looking at how the intersection will perform over a five-year period, the consultants “came up with the fact that if they took nine seconds off of one of the legs, basically the northbound leg on South Avenue, and gave it to Gerdes, it would raise Gerdes from an F to a D,” Mann said, with C and D being acceptable and common service levels for such intersections. By transferring nine seconds of green light from South Avenue to the commuter traffic, “the queuing lengths on Gerdes would reduce from 700 feet to somewhere on the order of below 500 feet, which I think would almost put us before the intersection of Conrad Road ,and then prevent some people from shooting up Conrad Road,” Mann said.