Winter Storm Hub: Photos, Road Closures, Outages, Snowfall Totals [UPDATING]

The town is bracing for a winter storm that’s expected to bring up to 10 inches of snow starting Friday night, officials say. The National Weather Service is calling for total snow accumulation of 7 to 10 inches as well as winds gusting as high as 45 mph. “Near blizzard conditions are possible for a period on Saturday,” according to the National Weather Service. 

The town is under a Winter Storm Warning through 7 p.m. Saturday. “Travel could be very difficult,” the Weather Service said. “The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.

Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Police at about 4:25 p.m. Monday received a report of a larceny at 16 South Ave., according to a call log. That’s the street address of the Mobil gas station. Asked about the incident, police said it involves a juvenile and is being worked out between the business owner and family. 

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A Stamford-based company, Case Study Brands, on Thursday presented a plan for Waveny House to the Board of Selectmen during a regular meeting. The company provided a broad sketch whereby Waveny gets a “luxury brand reflective of both its heritage and crown jewel positioning with the community,” with a new website and promotional materials, larger events and a staff “house director” whose responsibilities would include “concierge services.” The current online information for Waveny House lives in the Recreation Department’s area of the municipal website and “doesn’t feel glamorous” for what a bride is looking for,” officials from the company said. “It’s a little bit lacking in the glamour” compared to competitors such as the Roger Sherman Inn and Philip Johnson Glass House, they said.

New Canaan Now & Then: ‘Raymond Building’ on Main Street

This week, we feature a photo of Country Trader, a toy store in downtown New Canaan from about 1955 to 1974. Launched by Richard Franco—brother of Aunt Lydia “Lee” Franco O’Neil and father of many Francos known to New Canaanites today (including Rick, Carl, Mike, Tom, Kelley and Katie), Country Trader started out a bit further south on Main Street, where Spiga restaurant currently is located, and then moved to the “Raymond Building” at 102 Main, according to Tom Franco. “Around 1960 he moved to Upper Elm where Consider the Cook is,” Tom Franco said. “He stayed at that location until maybe 1970 when he moved to the The Raymond building, where Greenwich Pharmacy was. He sold all the top toys, plastic models, bikes and was big on records. He always had the top 100 billboard 45s and albums.”

Tom Franco snapped the photo shown here while on leave from the U.S. Army around 1972.

Mead Pond Opens for Ice Skating

After recent sustained cold temperatures, town officials this week were able to open Mead Pond for ice skating. With six inches of ice formed at Mead, skating opened on Monday, according to John Howe, parks superintendent in the New Canaan Department of Public Works. It’s the first time since 2018 that New Canaan has been able to have skating on Mead or Millport Pond, Howe said. Millport remains closed, he said. Kids, families and adults, including some with dogs, could be seen enjoying the ice at Mead at sundown Monday.

New Canaan Now & Then: ‘White Oak Shade District’ Antique

Carey Weed, born in Stamford in 1782, settled on a farm in what was then called the White Oak Shade District.  

He was a soldier in the War of 1812. With his second wife, Hannah Reed, he had a son, Andrew J. Weed, who was born August 19, 1819.  

Like his father, Andrew was both a farmer and a shoemaker.  Andrew married Betsey Banks, from Easton, and they lived and ran his father’s farm on White Oak Shade.  Andrew and Betsey had five children – Clarissa, Mary, Henry, John, and Freddie, whom they raised in their house at #33 (listed today as #51). According to tax records, the four-bedroom house has been owned by just four families since the bicentennial of 1976, when it was sold for $137,000. The town in 2003 issued permits to demolish a garage and reassemble a barn on the 1.07-acre property. “New Canaan Now & Then” is presented in partnership with the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society.