‘She Is the Queen Bee’: Longtime Resident Jeanne Rozel To Leave New Canaan at Month’s End

A longtime New Canaan resident who has been deeply involved in community organizations through her 46 years here is moving out-of-state this summer. 

Jeanne Rozel, a professional Realtor known to many for her involvement with the Merrie Bee Cabin and Democratic Town Committee, as well as years of service on the Board of Assessment Appeals and Zoning Board of Appeals, is moving back to her native Indiana at month’s end to be near her siblings. “It’s very hard to leave,” she told NewCanaanite.com. “Some things come up and it makes me cry. It’s hard to leave, I’ve enjoyed it so much and the people are so nice. Everywhere I look are friends I’m going to miss that I cannot replace.

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Board of Education member Julie Mackle Reeves has resigned from the elected position, according to a letter filed Tuesday with Town Clerk Claudia Weber. She is stepping down “[d]ue to an impending move out of state,” Mackle Reeves said in the letter. The Republican’s term is set to expire in November 2023. “It has been an honor to serve the town of New Canaan and a privilege to represent the children, parents, teachers and staff of New Canaan Public Schools on the Board of Education. [Superintendent of Schools] Dr. [Bryan] Luizzi and his team are, quite simply, the best there is, and I am fortunate to have served under their leadership.”


Officials at First Presbyterian Church say they’ve already learned of multiple Pride lawn signs stolen from their Oenoke Ridge property.

Podcast: Melody Libonati of Summer Theatre of New Canaan

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Melody Libonati, artistic director of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan, about the 2021 season which kicks off July 16 with a benefit barbecue and features a new venue in Waveny Park that many of our listeners likely have already spotted, with the big tent on the soccer fields. Summer Theatre’s big show this year is The Honky Tonk Angels, and we hear from Melody about that, as well as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and StoopKids Stories Live. 

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Months After Neighbors Object and Town Imposes Delay, Colonial Court Homeowners Pick up Demolition Permit

The owners of a widely discussed 1933-built home on Colonial Court on Tuesday paid for and picked up a permit to demolish the structure, following objections from neighbors, a town-imposed delay and talks with an appointed government body that encourages preservation of significant local buildings. Members of the Historical Review Committee opened talks with Michelle Cardone, whose elderly mother Sandra owns the home at 9 Colonial Court, after an application to demolish the house was filed last October with the New Canaan Building Department. 

The next month, after several neighbors voiced concerns about the proposed demolition, the Committee imposed a 90-day delay on the demo, as allowed by local ordinance. 

Michelle Cardone said at the time that her mother, who purchased the house in 2018, now requires single-floor living, and that they had consulted with architects about ways the home could be preserved in a remodeling versus building anew on the .3-acre parcel. In January, as the end date of the demo delay neared, Committee members suggested renovation projects that preserved the original house. 

Yet the permit was issued this week to Sandra Cardone, with Wilton’s Brian Smith listed as contractor and Canaan Construction Ltd listed as applicant. The permit cost $565 and the demolition will cost an estimated $30,000, it said. Sandra Cardone purchased the 2,444-square-foot house for $1,285,000 in November 2018, tax records show.

NCHS Class of 2021 Graduates [VIDEO]

Alexandra Kurz, student body president for the New Canaan High School class of 2021, on Wednesday morning recalled memories she made throughout her public school career here, from West School Care Conventions to seventh-grade mat ball with Frank Arcamone and freshman year English with Maggie Hamill. “Our paths have all crossed at one point and that’s what makes us a family,” she told more than 370 fellow classmates gathered at Dunning Stadium on a sunny, clear day for their graduation ceremony. “Maybe I’m speaking for myself, but these past 13 years have flown by and I have learned so much from each and every one of you. I’ve also learned to see everything with an open mind and a full heart. You could argue that we had lots of things stripped from us in the past 14 months but frankly, I think it has brought us so much closer together.”

Families filled the stands on both sides of Dunning for the graduation of what district officials called the largest class in NCHS history, students that saw their school close with just a few months left in their junior year, and then navigated the college application process remotely and in many cases missed out on highly anticipated sports and other extracurricular activities their senior year. 

“First-semester junior year, we were finally upperclassmen and counted down the days until we became seniors,” Kurz recalled.