Parks Officials To Dog Walkers at Waveny: Carry Used Poop Bags Back Out

Town officials are urging Waveny visitors to carry their trash out, following complaints regarding full dog poop bags left inside the popular park. In addition to a section of Waveny along Lapham Road near the Merritt Parkway where dog-walkers long have dropped the used bags, the area commonly known as “the cornfields” in the park’s southeastern corner is seeing full bags left behind, officials said Wednesday night during the Parks & Recreation Commission’s regular meeting. “This is absolutely an outcry for the residents of New Canaan to really understand the carry-in and carry-out of a park that is getting more use than it ever has, and I think we are extremely lucky to have such beautiful facilities,” Commission Chair Rona Siegel said during the appointed body’s meeting, held via videoconference. “And to see them treated in such a manner is beyond disturbing. So I would just reiterate that this is the time with the use and all the effort and sweat that goes into these parks to make them beautiful and for everyone that people are reminded to take their trash with them.”

For years, the problems of discarded poop bags and dog waste left uncollected at parks such as Waveny and Irwin has resurfaced.

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A credit card turned into New Canaan Police after it was found on South Avenue around 3:27 p.m. last Saturday was logged into the department’s property management system, its owner notified of the discovery. 

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GetAbout is offering rides to the voting polls on Nov. 3. Their contact number to reserve a ride is 203-972-7433. ***

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society on Friday is opening a new exhibition of more than 40 Presidential posters and over 400 buttons from both parties. The Cody Family Campaign Collection will be on display through Nov.

COVID-19: Two New Canaan YMCA Employees Working in Children’s Programs Test Positive 

Two employees of the New Canaan YMCA who work in children’s programs have tested positive for COVID-19 virus, officials said. In an email sent late Wednesday to Y members, the organization said one of the employees works in its “Kids Unlimited” after-school program and the other in the “Rainbow Station” childcare center. They last were at the South Avenue facility on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, the email said. “The affected Rainbow Station classroom and the Kids Unlimited classrooms will be closed for 14 days and will undergo an additional deep cleaning in accordance with the guidelines set by the [Connecticut] Office of Early Childhood,” the email said. It continued, “The teachers and participants of the Rainbow Station classroom and those who were in the Kids Unlimited program on Monday, October 12 have been advised by the New Canaan Health Department to self-quarantine and will not be using the Y for at least this 14-day period. Since reopening, both of these programs have been strictly following Office of Early Childhood guidelines, which are in place to help prevent transmission.”

The news comes as New Canaan continues to see new confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus.

Town To Follow State Guidance for Halloween amid COVID-19; Traditional Trick-or-Treating Discouraged

Town officials say New Canaan this Halloween is following federal and state public health guidelines, which include hosting drive-by events or planning activities within the household in lieu of traditional trick-or-treating. 

Asked about Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New Canaan Health Director Jenn Eielson said in an email, “As far as the health department goes we are following CDC and state DPH [Department of Public Health] guidelines.”

“The health department continues to monitor the cases and community situation leading up to Halloween,” Eielson said. Guidelines on trick-or-treating, a “high-risk activity” under the state’s definition, call for “one-way trick-or-treating where goodie bags or a large bowl of candy are placed outside of your home for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance.”

For those who do choose to hand out candy, state public health officials recommend washing hands prior to answering the door, covering your nose and mouth, staying six feet away from trick-or-treaters and placing candy in the children’s bags rather than having them reach into a bowl. “All trick-or-treating participants should wear a mask or face covering while outside at all times,” the guidelines say (full list here). “A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth or surgical mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and does not leave gaps around the face.

Podcast: NCHS SLOBs Co-Presidents Will Galvan and Payton Welch

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan High School seniors Will Galvan and Payton Welch, co-presidents of the Service League of Boys or ‘SLOBs.’ The largest club at NCHS is finding new ways to do its volunteer work amid the pandemic. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0: