New Canaan Library Expands Digital Offerings As COVID-19 Virus Surges

Saying they may need to reduce hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Canaan Library officials are spotlighting their expanding and increasingly sought-after digital offerings. Though she’s hopeful the library won’t have to cut back its hours, Executive Director Lisa Oldham said fewer patrons have been coming into the physical building since the virus began surging again last month. “As cases and hospitalizations go up, we know more people are being more cautious and staying at home,” Oldham said. Those people still can access a wide range of materials, she said, as they have been doing in increasingly high numbers since the onset of coronavirus disease earlier this year. Borrowing of e-books has increased 100% year-over-year since March, and children’s and teens digital circulation has risen 250%, Oldham said.

Colonial on Sunset Hill Road Sells for $2.8 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 and click on the ‘Sales’ tab. To get the history of a New Canaan street name, click here. ***

Oct. 30

180 Sunset Hill Road

Eric Johnson, executor, to Anthony DiGiacomo

53 Brooks Road

Denise Riehl to Sarah Nye & George Bodenheimer



Disorderly Conduct Charges for New Canaan Teen and Woman

Police arrested two Mariomi Road residents late Friday and charged them with disorderly conduct. At about 11:21 p.m. on Nov. 20, officers were dispatched to their house on a report of a domestic dispute between two occupants, according to police. There, police conducted an investigation and brought the misdemeanor charge against a 19-year-old man and 62-year-old woman, officials said. It isn’t clear what the dispute involved, whether it turned physical or whether or how the parties are related (they have the same last name).

Felony Unlawful Restraint Charge for New Canaan Man, 31

Police on Thursday arrested a 31-year-old Lost District Drive man by warrant and charged him with first-degree unlawful restraint, a felony offense. The arrest follows an investigation stemming from a domestic incident in February that was reported to authorities Oct. 8, according to a police report. 

Police withheld details of the incident, saying it’s a domestic matter. Under state law, “A person is guilty of unlawful restraint in the first degree when he restrains another person under circumstances which expose such other person to a substantial risk of physical injury.”

Police additionally charged the man with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. 

According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, UConn Police on Oct. 2 arrested the man and charged him with second-degree stalking, second-degree harassment and second-degree breach of peace.

Did You Hear … ?

A sign in the window at Organika on Main Street says the vegan and vegetarian food provider that opened two years ago is “under new ownership.” The shop is now called “greenology” and its menu appears to be the same. ***

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski reported during Wednesday night’s Police Commission meeting that car crashes with property damage have dropped from 336 through the first 10 months of 2019 to 195 this year, “likely due to decreased traffic with COVID,” he said. Crashes with injuries also are down from 38 to 22 year-over-year. ***

This Tweet from last weekend that mentions New Canaan made a big splash on Twitter, garnering 150,000 likes:

The perfect Craigslist gig doesn’t exi-
— Anna Merlan (@annamerlan) November 15, 2020


Police last week arrested a 17-year-old woman and cited her for possession of alcohol by a minor. At about 9:49 p.m. on Nov.