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Those seeking to force a referendum vote on the Town Council’s $10 million grant to New Canaan Library for its building project have until Oct. 1 to get 689 registered voters’ signatures, or 5% of qualified New Canaan electors as of the most recent voter list, according to the Town Clerk’s office. If those signatures are obtained, the vote would have to be scheduled by the Town Council within 30 days, and the last possible day to hold the referendum vote would be Oct. 31, officials say. At that point, in order to succeed, the referendum would have to see more people voting in favor of the petitioners’ goal and those voting in favor would have to be at least 15% of of the total electorate.

New Construction Planned for White Oak Shade Road 

The New Canaan Building Department last week received an application to build a 5,000-square-foot home on White Oak Shade Road. The new five-bedroom house at 142 White Oak Shade Road will include four bathrooms and two half-baths, according to a building permit application filed Sept. 13. The contractor on the job is New Canaan-based Cognetta Homes, the architect ISO Architects of Newtown. The vacant 1.15-acre parcel was purchased in March for $1,075,000, tax records show.

Podcast: Board of Ed Candidate Karen Willett

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Board of Education candidate Karen Willett. The Democrat is one of two candidates seeking a two-year term on the school board Nov. 2. There also are five four-year Board of Ed seats up for election. 

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Quiet Heroes of New Canaan: ‘Man with an Orange Shirt’

Yolanda Gjuraj said her son was the first to discover the full-size soccer goal left on a patch of grass out front of her family’s Cross Street home. It was the morning of Sept. 11, and he’d just come home from a walkthrough football practice. Several of the kids in the neighborhood play soccer on the residential street that runs between Cherry and Summer just off the eastern edge of downtown New Canaan, according to Gjuraj. “Someone must’ve noticed the boys playing soccer as they always do and was kind enough to bring this goal to our home for the neighborhood kids to play,” she told NewCanaanite.com in an email.

More Improvements Coming to Bristow Bird Sanctuary

More improvements at Bristow Bird Sanctuary—including improving trails, adding more boardwalk, building a new pavilion and adding a bird blind—will soon be underway. During the Conservation Commission’s meeting on Sept. 9, Chairman Chris Schipper announced that the town is actively bidding for phase two of the project, which will be privately funded and includes the construction of footings and a pad for the new pavilion. “I was very pleased to have seen the bid notice out today for Centennial Master Plan Phase 2,” Schipper said during the virtual meeting. “Let’s hope we get some interested responders who can undertake that phase.”

Director of Public Works Tiger Mann said the contractor who won the bid for phase one has been notified that bidding is now open for phase two.