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New Barn for Donkeys at Nature Center Delayed

The New Canaan Nature Center’s construction of a barn for donated donkeys has been delayed due to pending approval from various town bodies, officials said, but is expected to break ground in the fall. Because the land is owned by the town, more approvals are needed before construction can begin, according to New Canaan Nature Center Executive Director Bill Flynn. “It’s a town-owned property so it’s a lot more complicated than just getting the normal planning and zoning permits,” Flynn told “It requires another level of approval.”

The Board of Selectmen in May unanimously approved an initial request to begin planning construction. However, the Nature Center must gain approval from municipal bodies including Inland Wetlands, Health and Planning & Zoning, he said. Continue Reading →

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Board of Selectmen Approves Purchase of Grass Treatment for School Athletic Fields

The town’s Board of Selectmen approved two requests from the Parks Department at its regular meeting last week for the purchase and application of grass treatment products for school athletic fields. According to Parks Superintendent John Howe, the strategy of purchasing and applying products separately has been effective. “This has been successful because we can control how the product is applied and what we’re using,” he said. The Parks Department’s budget for the purchasing products included the treatment products and seed, focusing “on more organic products and more seeds.”

Selectmen Kit Devereaux asked if the materials comply with “what is allowable for the town.”

Howe assured that the rules for chemical treatment on school property were being followed. “We do not buy any pesticides for the fields near the school grounds,” he said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Man Arrested for Sending Harassing Emails

Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a 44-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with second-degree stalking and second-degree harassment. On Wednesday morning, the department received a complaint from the victim who indicated that they received numerous harassing emails from the suspect over the past few weeks that were sexually explicit in nature, police said. Following a subsequent investigation, police took the suspect into custody at his residence on Glen Drive. The suspect is being held on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk on Aug. 27. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Police Monitoring of Motorists’ Speeds Down in 2018

As it ramps up enforcement at the top motor vehicle accident locations in town, the New Canaan Police Department also will start clocking motorists’ speeds more frequently than it has so far this year, officials said. So far in 2018, NCPD has seen a nearly 50 percent drop in its use of radar from last year, members of the Police Commission noted during the group’s most recent meeting. “Are we just enforcing less?” Commissioner Jim McLaughlin asked at the July 18 meeting, held at police headquarters. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said that yes, officers “are just not setting up as much as they can, and not making as many stops as they are able to.”

“So that is part of the effort to refocus toward accident locations and giving people directions and the reason why we are doing this is that we want to reduce accidents, it’s not to stop people indiscriminately,” Krolikowski said. “That’s part of our refocus, so I am expecting to see those numbers go in the right direction as we continue to refocus the efforts.”

The increased speed enforcement comes as the department reported a drop in total motor vehicle violations cited, at the meeting, from 3,178 at this time last year to 2,237 in 2018. Continue Reading →

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Buddy the Goldendoodle ‘Chews on Just About Anything’: New Canine-Ites

In this installment of “New Canine-ites,” featuring profiles of local dogs, we speak to town resident Lee Robbins about his canine companion, Buddy, a lively Goldendoodle puppy. The nine-month old standard Goldendoodle is “very sociable,” according to Lee Robbins, who was taking the dog who belongs to his adult daughter—also a New Canaan resident—for a walk. “He loves dogs other dogs and people.”

Robbins said that New Canaan is a great place to own a dog, due to the walkability of downtown and accessibility to Spencer’s Run at Waveny. “We go to Waveny almost every day,” Robbins said. “There’s always a good mix of dogs there and it’s great exercise for him.”

It’s good to get Buddy out of the house and as active as possible throughout the day, he said. Continue Reading →

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