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Though the committee overseeing a future renovation or rebuilding of the New Canaan Police Department was scheduled to elect its chair during a regular meeting Thursday, it’s still unclear who will take that leadership role. “So many people are fighting over wanting to be chairman that I’ve got to resolve this—so we are going to punt on that until next month,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “And I will be acting chairman for the meeting today.”

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Kindergarten pre-registration for New Canaan Public Schools has started. ***

Of those who objected four years ago to the use of a neighboring home on West Road as a “sober house” living facility—saying, among other things, that it would negatively affect property values— has sold his house for $1,835,000, according to a property transfer recorded Dec. 22 in the Town Clerk’s office.

Lawyer: Landlord ‘Engaged in Recorded Surveillance’ of Briscoe Road Parents

The New Canaan couple charged in September with felony risk of injury to children is pushing back on an attempt to evict them from the home they’re renting. In filing eviction papers Nov. 30 in state Superior Court, an attorney representing the Briscoe Road homeowner cited the arrest of Tina and Paxton Kinol after police obtained a warrant based on testimony and audio recordings detailing neglect. A criminal defense attorney representing Tina Kinol has questioned the legality of the recordings and involvement of New Canaan Police in the case. On Tuesday, their lawyer in the housing matter responded to the eviction filing by denying that the Kinols’ actions amount to a “serious nuisance” under a state law that allows landlords to evict tenants on that basis.

‘She Does Not Give You That Impression’: New Canaan’s Rose La Viola To Turn 100 Friday

Now that she’s been vaccinated against COVID-19 virus, Rose La Viola has started doing her own shopping again. She drives herself—always accompanied and at times of light traffic—doesn’t own a walker or cane, and prefers to take the stairs up and down from her quarters at Schoolhouse Apartments on South Avenue, shunning the elevator. She’s one of the senior living facility’s most active, social residents, an avid ballroom dancer who participates in multiple activities, according to Administrator Tatiana DeJesus. “She loved Tai Chi,” DeJesus recalled. And on Friday, she turns 100—a milestone that those close to La Viola are preparing to celebrate even as they admit the number itself belies her vitality.

Superintendent’s Proposed Budget Calls for Changed Start Time Schedule To Take Effect Mid-Academic Year 2021-22

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi on Monday night proposed a spending plan for next academic year that includes funding for widely discussed changes to start times. The estimated $463,337—part of an overall $95.7 million proposed operating budget—would cover transportation- and staff-related costs associated with changing school start times mid-year, Luizzi told members of the Board of Education during their regular meeting. The changes—which would see elementary schools start at 7:45 a.m., New Canaan High School at 8:30 a.m., seventh and eighth grades at 8:35 a.m. and fifth and sixth grades at 9:15 a.m.—represent the same schedule that the Board of Education had brought before the Town Council last April in making a funding request that the legislative body ultimately rejected. Luizzi said the change is a student health-and-wellness initiative that’s designed to align schedules with established, scientific data on sleep. He said district officials are anticipating that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the way schools operate when they open Aug.

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Congratulations to 1997 New Canaan High School graduate Elon Green, whose nonfiction book “Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York” has been selected by Goodreads and Literary Hub as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021. 

It’s due out March 9. One reviewer, David Grann, author of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” wrote: “In this astonishing and powerful work of nonfiction, Green meticulously reports on a series of baffling and brutal crimes targeting gay men. It is an investigation filled with twists and turns, but this is much more than a compelling true crime story. Green has shed light on those whose lives for too long have been forgotten, and rescued an important part of American history.”

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A state Superior Court hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday in the town’s petition for full legal custody of 12 neglected dogs seized from Catherine Palmer’s Butler Lane home. ***

The Boards of Directors of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and Waveny LifeCare Network this week announced the completion of the first phase of their planned integration.