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A pair of serial escapee dogs from Deep Valley Road on Sept. 13 were found roaming on St. Luke’s School property, where the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department picked up and later impounded the border collie and Australian shepherd. Their owner was fined a total of $334, for two counts each of allowing a dog to roam and failure to license. ***

Thefts from vehicles in New Canaan were up 60 percent year-over-year in August—from 15 to 24—according to NCPD Chief Leon Krolikowski. Continue Reading →

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Woman Who Fell at Town Players’ Show Files ‘Notice of Claim’ on New Canaan

Officials on Wednesday received formal notice that a Wilton woman intends to sue New Canaan after falling down last month while attending a play at a town facility. Polly Verrico at about 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 4—a Friday—slipped and fell after rising from her seat during intermission at a Town Players of New Canaan performance of “John Loves Mary.”

Verrico sustained “serious personal injuries,” according to a Notice of Claim filed on her behalf by attorney Ephraim Fink of New York City-based MayaLaw. “Mrs. Verrico’s injuries were caused by the negligence of the owner of the premises, the Town of New Canaan, and its agents, servants, employees and/or lessees, namely: the failure to distinguish stair levels and to adequately light the theater during intermission. Mrs. Verrico will claim that the dimmed lights were not brought up to full brightness preceding her fall and that the step she slipped on was not marked with tape similarly to one immediately adjacent to it.”

According to the notice, right after the woman fell, “an unidentified theater employee” whose name is not known “arrived with tape and addressed the difficulty of seeing the step by marking it with the tape.”

Verrico’s injuries and problems include a concussion, “post-concussion syndrome, head trauma, dizziness, forgetfulness, left shoulder internal derangement” and she is “continuing treatment with a neurologist, neuropsychologist, orthopedist, internist and physical therapist,” the notice said. Continue Reading →

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‘I Was Helping My Elderly, Unwell Mother’: Parking Ticket Appeals

What follows are excerpts from parking ticket appeals letters filed recently with the New Canaan Parking Bureau. Where available, we’ve included information on the violation for which these people were cited, in what amount, and where and when the violation occurred. We preserve spelling, capital letters and punctuation as written by the appellant. ***

“On August 1, 2017 at 9:46 a.m. I received a ticket #3020001183 on my car. A few things occurred that I would like to bring your attention to: 1. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Thousands Come To Downtown New Canaan for Lone ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ of 2017

An estimated 1,000-plus classic and specialty cars drew thousands of auto enthusiasts to downtown New Canaan on Sunday morning for 2017’s sole installment of Caffeine & Carburetors. Founded by New Canaanite Doug Zumbach, owner of the eponymous gourmet coffee shop at Pine and Grove Streets, the popular gathering on an overcast fall day touched by humidity saw crowds ogle and photograph rare, well-preserved and restored cars on pedestrian-only sections of Pine and Elm Streets from (about) 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Zumbach, who organizes the event with Peter Bush, Todd Brown and a team of volunteers, said the turnout was “beyond our expectations.”

“We don’t have a count but I would say in excess of 1,000 cars,” he told during an interview as the show was underway. “I think we have over 300 Porsches on Elm alone. So I think the count could be above 1,000. Crowd count, I don’t know.”

The sheer number of auto appreciators milling about downtown New Canaan, many of them toting balloons and walking children and dogs, spoke to the great desire for participants to gather and share their love of cars. Continue Reading →

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Police Arrest 36-Year-Old Woman Following Bicyclist vs. Motorist Dispute in New Canaan
Chilling Details of New Canaan Boy’s Drowning Emerge in Arrest Warrant Application
Op-Ed: Troubled by Withholding of Cost Overrun Information for NCHS Fields, Track Project
Developer Seeks To Create New Mixed-Use Building, Townhouses at Forest and Locust
‘We Feel a Bit Bamboozled’: Unhappy Finance Board Votes To Commit $3.9 Million for NCHS Fields Projects; Figure Is Up $800,000 Since April

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