‘South Avenue Butcher’ Appears To Have Closed

South Avenue Butcher in downtown New Canaan appears to have closed. 

Open since December 2016, the butcher shop at 17 South Ave. hasn’t opened in several days and is empty. Phone and email inquiries went unanswered for more than two business days. In its most recent Facebook page update, posted two weeks ago, the business said it was looking for full- and part-time staff. It hasn’t posted on Instagram since publishing a schedule for the Easter holiday.

PHOTOS: Thousands Come to Downtown New Canaan for ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’

Thousands of locals mixed with auto enthusiasts from up and down the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday morning for 2019’s second installment of the popular Caffeine & Carburetors show. Classic and specialty autos lined Pine and Elm Streets, which were closed for baby stroller-pushing, dog leash-holding pedestrians who snapped photos of the vehicles on a warm, sunny morning. Sponsored by companies including Bankwell and Hagerty, C&C is the brainchild of Doug Zumbach, owner of the eponymous coffee shop at Park and Grove. He said the Sunday show had “wonderful turnout.”

“This may be one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in the last year, I think,” Zumbach told NewCanaanite.com. “Content off the charts.

Frogtown Road Modern Sells for $1,560,000

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. ***

May 15

77 Locust Ave. Unit #124

$360,000
77 Locust Ave LLC to Tatjana Frank

127 Frogtown Road

$1,560,000
Kishore Ponnavolu to Britt Sponzo 

May 14

575 Silvermine Road

$1,210,000
Stephen Seymour to Philip Toohey, trustee

180 Forest St.

Three Taken to Hospital After Head-On Crash on Route 123 Early Friday

Three people were transported to Norwalk Hospital early Friday after a head-on collision on Route 123, officials said. At about 6:30 a.m., a van and car crashed in the area of Smith Ridge Road south of Norholt Drive, trapping the driver of the car, according to Fire Chief Jack Hennessey. The occupants of the van got themselves out, he said. “The high energy impact required rescue personnel to use hydraulic rescue tools, saws and a winch to free the trapped driver,” Hennessey said in a press release. Smith Ridge Road was closed for more than one hour, and reopened at about 7:50 a.m., Hennessey said.

‘I Have No Inclination’: Police Commission Rejects Proposed Parking Meters on Main and Elm

New Canaan’s local traffic authority voted unanimously Wednesday night to reject a proposal to start charging for parking on Main and Elm Streets. 

The Police Commission voted 2-0 to deny the proposal for metered parking in the heart of the business district. 

Chairman Sperry DeCew noted during the Commission’s regular meeting that officials are still investigating whether the business district can gain back 13 spaces lost last year due to the town’s decision to observe a state law regarding buffers near crosswalks. “It was changed 50 years ago for pretty good reasons, and people have gotten used to having that enticement to shop and everything else,” DeCew said during the meeting, held at the New Canaan Police Department. He referred to the fact that Elm Street used to have parking meters. 

“I have no inclination to change the current situation,” DeCew said. 

He and Commissioner Jim McLaughlin voted 2-0 to deny the recommendation, which originated with the New Canaan Parking Commission. That appointed group had voted 3-2 at a meeting earlier this month in favor of the change, with advocates saying it didn’t make sense to offer up the most coveted spaces for free while charging for parking further out, and that it was the only way New Canaan would get employees of downtown businesses, stores and restaurants out of the free spaces designed to served shoppers and diners. Asked for her opinion by the Police Commission, Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg, a guest at the meeting, said she personally didn’t support it. 

“I don’t believe it would be beneficial to merchants or anybody coming into town to park,” Miltenberg said.