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Three more Connecticut companies this month placed mechanic’s liens on the New Canaan home being built by the estranged husband of a missing local mom of five. O&G Industries ($13,654.33), Peter Kupchick Heating & Cooling Inc. ($10,000) and plumber Richard Belonick ($26,250) all filed liens in state Superior Court in connection with materials and services provided at 61 Sturbridge Hill Road. Fotis Dulos’s Fore Group Inc. construction company is nearly finished building a 7,300-square-foot home there. A Meriden-based lumber company earlier this year filed a $19,000 lien. Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, are out on $500,000 bond each after New Canaan Police charged them with tampering and hindering in the case of Jennifer Dulos, missing since May 24.

‘A Greater Sense of Solidarity’: Letters of Appreciation for New Canaan Police

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski shared the following letters of appreciation for department members during Wednesday night’s Police Commission meeting. ***

Christine Brown, Officer Shane Gibson, Officer Sebastian Obando

“Dear Chief Krolikowski, I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a job well done, by [Christine Brown, Officer Shane Gibson and Officer Sebastian Obando]. During a recent bench trial, [they] did an excellent job, [were] very professional and [were] available when needed on short notice. [Their] efforts were very important to the successful prosecution of this case and I would like to express sincere appreciation on behalf of this office and the complainant. With [their] assistance, the State was able to secure a conviction for Criminal Violation of a Protective Order, in a complicated case.

Frogtown Road Neighbor Dispute Headed to Trial 

A jury trial has been scheduled for November in the case of a commercial property owner and operator on Frogtown Road long embroiled in a legal dispute with abutting residential neighbors. It’s been more than three years since Twin Ponds LLC, the owner of 259 Frogtown Road, and Frogtown Nurseries, which operates out of the two-acre parcel, sued the owners of three properties to the south. At the center of the complaint is the disputed use of an approximately .25-acre parcel that includes part of a pond that the plaintiffs say were created in 1979 by a prior property owner. Though the plaintiffs say the owners of the nursery property had acquired title to the parcel more than 15 years ago, one of the neighbors “on two separate occasions, has destroyed the fencing and irrigation system and sprinklers which surround the pond and area that allegedly encroaches upon” that neighbor’s property at 313 Frogtown Road, according to an amended complaint filed last April by attorney Bruce Elstein of Trumbull-based Goldman, Gruder & Woods LLC. “The destruction of said fence and irrigation system has enabled deer and other wildlife to enter the property and destroy the inventory,” according to the complaint.

New Canaanite’s Podcast Passes 1,000 Downloads 

NewCanaanite.com’s weekly podcast, “0684-Radi0,” passed the 1,000-downloads mark last week. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on iTunes and available there for subscribers, the free podcast has covered topics ranging from the state of town roads, school start times and future of The Playhouse on Elm Street, to the road through Waveny, local wildlife and a “hidden gem” of New Canaan on Chichester Road. The single most-listened to episode, an interview with Ellen Brezovsky of New Canaan CARES on how parents may talk to their children about a missing New Canaan woman, aired June 6 and has been downloaded nearly 300 times.

New Canaan Athletic Foundation Plans Community-Wide Music Festival at Waveny

A nonprofit organization that supports youth and high school student athletes in New Canaan announced last week that it’s planning to host a community-wide gathering in Waveny this fall as part of a new annual fundraiser. The New Canaan Athletic Foundation’s awareness and capital campaign will be an hours-long concert at Waveny in the style of the hugely popular and successful Greenwich Town Party, according to the organization’s chairman, Mike Benevento. To be held on the Saturday after Labor Day weekend, the music festival is to be held in the area of Coppo Field—behind Lapham Commuity Center, on the far side of the water towers from the new turf fields at New Canaan High School—following consultation with the first selectman, NCHS athletic director and town recreation director and parks superintendent, Benevento told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission at their June 12 meeting. In future years—unless the Coppo location works out exceptionally well—the event could be held out back of Waveny House, he said (there’s already a wedding booked for that Saturday this year). NCAF hasn’t yet settled on a formal name for the gathering.