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The owner of a Ledge Avenue duplex on Nov. 22 filed eviction papers in state Superior Court, saying a tenant there hasn’t paid $2,950 in monthly rent since September. 

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Congratulations to New Canaan High School senior and football player Jaden Konspore on receiving the Jim Girard Memorial Sportsmanship Award. Named after an area sports legend who coached Darien High School’s football team in the 1980s and became its athletic director prior to succumbing to leukemia in 2002, the award is given annually at halftime of the Turkey Bowl to one NCHS and one DHS player based on the athlete’s performance during the year. 

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Janet Lindstrom, longtime acting chair of the Historic District Commission, is stepping down to become an alternate on the appointed body, and Tom Nissley is joining the Commission as a regular member, following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Board of Selectmen. Todd Lampert also is joining as a regular member, following the Board’s 3-0 vote Tuesday. Other new appointments made by the selectmen include Michael Chen becoming a regular member of the Board of Finance, and Andrew Melillo replacing Laszlo Papp on the Historical Review Committee.

NewCanaanite.com Podcast ‘0684-Radi0’ Hits 5,000 Downloads

NewCanaanite.com this week surpassed 5,000 downloads for its weekly podcast. Launched in February, “0684-Radi0” features interviews with town officials and residents and covers a wide range of topics, from the local businesses and parking issues to go-to local destinations and events. During the run-up to November’s municipal election, the podcast featured interviews with both first selectman candidates and all seven candidates for Town Council. 

Our single most-listened-to podcast came in June, when we interviewed New Canaan CARES Executive Director Ellen Brezovsky about strategies parents may use in talking to their kids about missing local mom Jennifer Dulos. The podcast has had 34 installments to date and appears in Thursday newsletters. 0684-Radi0 is free and available for subscription and download here in the Apple Store, where it has received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Coffee’s on for Thursday

Join fellow residents, business owners and NewCanaanite.com editor Michael Dinan for the monthly Community Coffee, to be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Curtis Art Gallery on the main floor of New Canaan Library. (Please use the original Main Street-facing entrance.)

The free, public coffee is a group conversation about what’s happening around town, moderated by Dinan. It’s presented in partnership with the library, and we serve Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thank you, Doug). We’re hugely excited this week to welcome our friends at the New Canaan Beautification League, who will provide munchies for the gathering.

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Tickets for the annual Turkey Bowl are to go on sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the auxiliary gym at New Canaan High School. They cost $10 apiece (cash) and are for New Canaan residents only, school official say. There’s a two-ticket limit and purchasers must bring photo ID. The rival football game against (ew) Darien High School is to be played at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, and no tickets will be available at the gate. NCHS recently was ranked the #2 high school in the state by niche.com, Darien #3.

‘Just Leave It Be’: Push To Eliminate $400 Annual Pay for Municipal Body Stalls

New Canaan’s two selectmen on Tuesday pushed back on a recommendation to eliminate a $400 annual payment for members of an elected body that fields tax assessment appeals from property owners. One member of the Board of Assessment Appeals himself or herself requested that the payment be eliminated, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. “So at the request of at least one member of the Board of Assessment Appeals, we are recommending that we eliminate those payments,” Moynihan said during the selectmen’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. “Let volunteers be volunteers.”

Selectman Kit Devereaux said she disagreed with the move. “I have spoken with people that sat on it previously and one that is sitting on it now,” Devereaux said.