Hawthorne Road Homeowners Seek To Replace Ranch-Style Home with Two-Story Structure

The owners of a ranch-style house on the corner of Hawthorne Road and Meadow Lane are seeking permission to create a two-story home on the lot that includes a front porch. Because it sits on a corner, the single-story home at 36 Hawthorne Road has two front yards, whose required setbacks are larger than side and rear yards in the one-third acre zone (and most others). According to a statement of hardship filed with the town planner by James Schettino of New Canaan-based James Schettino Architects, the proposed two-story home is to be contained in the current building footprint and the project would see an enclosure of the existing covered porch added, as well as covered front entry, mudroom and side porches. The structure predates the current zoning regulations as well as corner lot setback requirements, Schettino noted in the statement. “We believe the proposed additions will fit within the context of the neighborhood and not adversely affect the character of nearby properties,” he said.

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Coffee’s on for Thursday

Join fellow residents, business owners and NewCanaanite.com editor Michael Dinan for the monthly Community Coffee, to be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 in the Curtis Art Gallery on the main floor of New Canaan Library. (Please use the original Main Street-facing entrance.)

The free, public coffee is a group conversation about what’s happening around town, moderated by Dinan. It’s presented in partnership with the library, and we serve Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee (thank you, Doug). Topics come from attendees.

Lawsuit Claims Condo Board Misused Common Fees

The directors of a Heritage Hill Road condominium association violated state law by using common fees to effectively expand their own personal patio areas, according to a lawsuit filed last month. The nine board directors of the Oenoke Association voted in March to fund a privacy fence replacement project “as an excuse to illegally and improperly expand the size” of those patio areas, “thus encroaching onto the Common Elements of the community,” according to an amended complaint filed Nov. 25 in state Superior Court on behalf of a limited liability company that owns multiple units at the condo complex. 

“On or about July 27, 2019 the Oenoke Board of directors was notified of the illegal actions of some of its members identifying those units that were involved in the patio expansion scheme but, the Association has failed and refused to correct the matter or hold the responsible parties accountable,” according to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of Captain Jack LLC by attorney Ronald Barba of North Haven-based Bender, Anderson and Barba P.C. 

The suit names the Oenoke Association as well as nine individual board members as defendants, claiming violation of the organization’s own governing documents and state law—including the Common Interest Ownership Act and obligation of good faith. It also claims wrongdoing on the part of individual board members—saying, for example, that the president “used his position of power to expend Association resources for his personal gain and to the detriment of the owners at the Oenoke Condominium.” Another director “[c]oncealed the direct conflict of interest of members of the Oenoke Board of Directors created by their request and participation in the effort to expand their limited common element patio areas.”

The defendants are represented by Stamford-based Winget & Spadafora & Schwartzberg LLP. The firm on Dec.

Christmas Eve Caroling At God’s Acre: Song List and Lyrics

Christmas caroling at God’s Acre—a beloved local tradition that dates to 1916—will start at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. What follows is a lyrics list and order of songs, from the New Canaan Town Band, which will lead the festivities. Here’s a podcast on how the caroling comes together, and how you can support a local group whose mission is to ensure the tradition continues. https://newcanaanite.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Christmas-caroling-lyrics-New-Canaanite.pdf