‘It’s Just Not Possible’: Public Works on Belgian Block Patterns Around Trees Downtown

Responding to an inquiry about a lack of uniformity, officials said the reason Belgian blocks laid around sidewalk trees in downtown New Canaan have different patterns is because the trees themselves grow at different rates. Some trees also have roots that rise from the ground, which leads town workers to remove the blocks and open up the tree well, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “It’s very difficult to keep it as a uniform three-by-three-by-three,” Mann said during a recent meeting of a Planning & Zoning Commission subcommittee. “It’s just not possible.”

“The original design was made for the brick and then inside the tree well there was going to be small Belgian blocks, the little squares. Basically they were designed to be tucked up against the tree trunk, and then as the tree grows, you start to remove the Belgian block to open up the tree well.

State Inspections: Compliance Issues Flagged at Child Care Centers in New Canaan

State officials flagged compliance issues at child care centers in New Canaan following unannounced inspections this month and last. Corrective action plans from Toddlertime Nursery School and The Tot’s Spot are due Feb. 19, according to documents filed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. 

During a Feb. 5 inspection at Toddlertime on Park Street, inspector Terri Ruducha-Roberts found that a rabies certificate for an animal named ‘Bandit’ was not available for review and also found “entrapment hazards” at a gate and near stairs, with a fence screw protruding and “rust on gate accessible,” according to Child Care Center/Group inspection form filled out by Ruducha-Roberts. As with local health inspections of restaurants and hair and nail salons, the reports are on file at Town Hall.

New Canaan Schools To Open on 2-Hour Delay Wednesday [UPDATED]

Updated 5:30 a.m. Wednesday

New Canaan Public Schools will open on a two-hour delay Wednesday, as follows:

New Canaan High School: 9:30 a.m.
Saxe Middle School 7th/8th: 9:30 a.m.
Saxe Middle School 5th/6th: 10:20 a.m.
South School: 10:15 a.m.
East and West Schools: 11:05 a.m.

Updated 9 p.m. Tuesday

The winter storm that struck New Canaan Tuesday morning left behind less snow than expected—just two inches where forecasters called for up to five—though it also created what officials called hazardous road conditions throughout town. The Fire Commission canceled its 7:30 p.m. meeting due to the messy roads, Chairman Jack Horner said. (The Board of Finance held its regular evening meeting as scheduled.)

On a day when the public schools were closed and New Canaan Library closed early, a snowy morning turned into a sleeting and rainy night as temperatures hovered near freezing and authorities urged motorists to stay in if possible. Fire Chief Jack Hennessey reported no snow-related emergencies late Tuesday. The National Weather Service put New Canaan under a winter weather advisory through midnight Wednesday, saying ice and up to a half-inch of sleet would accumulate overnight.

Letter: ‘Honor and Privilege’ To Work with Jim Cole

Dear Editor,

It was an honor and privilege to work with Jim Cole for over a decade and a half. 

Jim and I met as members of New Canaan’s Emergency Preparedness Committee when it was formed right after Sept. 11, 2001. As the executive director of the Red Cross, I worked closely with the committee to update the emergency preparedness plans of the town. Jim was wonderful to work with since he took the job seriously, yet with a smile for everyone. He was friendly, humorous, dedicated and passionate.