Peaceful Protest Planned for Thursday in New Canaan [UPDATED]

Update: This has been postponed to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 (departing Saxe Middle School at 5:30 p.m.) due to expected thunderstorms.

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A peaceful protest spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd is to be held Wednesday afternoon in New Canaan, according to a flyer promoting it. Scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at New Canaan High School, the protest will take participants along South Avenue to police headquarters, and then down Church Street to Main Street, the flyer said. “What happened to George Floyd was a disgrace, but it was far from unusual,” it said. “It’s time to invoke change in the system.”

A 46-year-old African-American man, Floyd was killed in broad daylight while laying face-down and handcuffed in a Minneapolis street, a city police officer’s knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Captured on video, Floyd’s death has spurred protests throughout the nation and beyond. New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski in an Instagram post Monday said, “Over the last week, I was saddened by the tragic death of George Floyd and the violence that has erupted throughout our nation.

Quiet Heroes of New Canaan: Thomas Shullman 

New Canaan’s Jeannette Chen, herself an accomplished chef, learned about 11-year-old Thomas Shullman’s latest creation during a social-distance walk around Hoyt Farms on a recent afternoon. Meeting former neighbor Nancy Shullman there, Chen discovered that Shullman’s youngest son had just finished making an Italian pastry stuffed with Nutella and was eager to share it. “It was so sweet, because I know a lot of hard work went into that,” Chen said of the two bombolone she brought back home. “They are a very generous family to begin with, and it [the bomoboloni] was amazing. We have five people here and it’s unbelievable that this kid is cooking up a storm during the quarantine.

NCHS Grad, Rising West Point Cadet Reflects on the Late Peter Langenus as Memorial Day Nears

Ryan Krolikowski, a 2019 New Canaan High School graduate who will enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this year, first met Col. Peter C. Langenus when he was a boy. 

Son of Anna Valente-Krolikowski and New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, himself a former U.S. Marine, Ryan recalled Langenus as the commander of VFW Post 653 who led efforts each spring and fall to plant flags and wreaths, respectively, at the gravestones of all of those buried in New Canaan who had served in the military. 

“I got to know him through that and got to know him as more of a friend as the years grew on, and learned what he did for our country, and what he does now, and all of the accolades he had received,” Ryan recalled. “And I really saw him as a kind of mentor, because he chose the path I really wanted to do, and he guided me toward going to West Point.”

A U.S. Army captain in Vietnam who also served as a colonel during Operation Desert Storm, Langenus died in January following a battle with cancer. Locals knew him as a steady figure who for years organized and presided over the annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies in New Canaan, where the names of veterans who had passed since the prior ceremony were read aloud and where Langenus himself recited by heart the war poem “In Flanders Fields.” He also led efforts to update and display the plaques honoring New Canaan veterans that now greet visitors to Town Hall’s northern entrance. 

Krolikowski soon will be the fourth generation in his family to serve in the U.S. military. He and three other scouts—Jack Goetz, Andrew Wilson and Henry Pohle—were to serve as grand marshals in this year’s parade, on Langenus’s recommendation. 

Krolikowski’s own Eagle Scout project—the clearing out and plaque-ing of the Parade Hill Cemetery, where many veterans are buried, including some who died while serving—was taken on at Langenus’s suggestion. 

“It was very unkempt and got really bad in recent years, and I took it on to improve it, because the veterans buried there, from the Revolution to the Civil Wars, deserved to be treated respectfully,” Krolikowski said.

Did You Hear … ?

Jennifer Dulos went missing one year ago, on the Friday headed into Memorial Day weekend—May 24, 2019—and has not been found. In January, weeks after officials charged estranged husband Fotis Dulos with murder, he tried to kill himself by carbon monoxide poisoning and died. On Thursday, Connecticut State Police in a press release corrected news reported by the Hartford Courant among other legacy outlets that detectives had been searching Fotis Dulos’s Avon home in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation. 

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The Town Council during its regular meeting Wednesday approved an organization’s plan to replant the forecourt of Waveny House. The Waveny Park Conservancy’s plan includes removal of cherry trees dedicated to the memory of former First Selectman Charles Kelley—a prospect that drew concerns from Kelley’s own daughter, a New Canaan resident, and other survivors. Conservancy board Chair Caroline Garrity said she now has spoken with Kelley’s daughter.

Chair: Annual Update from Board of Finance

As the Board of Finance does each year, this is an update on our current budget and tax projections as we close out our 2019/2020 budget on June 30th as well as an overview of our new 2020/2021 budget that begins on July 1st. As always, and especially this year, I can never thank our volunteers across the town, our town employees, our volunteers on many Boards and Commissions, our Town Council, our Board of Education, and our First Selectman enough – they make an incredible effort on our behalf in order to keep our town in great shape in every way. And while that is always true, the past 100 days have truly stressed the system. But our town response has been overwhelmingly positive, from our schools, our residents, the donations people have made, and all the volunteer help across the town. An extra grateful thank you to the volunteers and healthcare workers who have gone above and beyond to support our community and our region.