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Officials To Renew $10 Fee for Commuters Seeking Parking Permits To Remain on Waitlists

Town officials last week voted to institute again a $10 fee for commuters seeking to retain their places on waitlists for coveted municipal parking permits in New Canaan. Following approval from the selectmen, the New Canaan Parking Bureau last fall sent out 1,281 letters to those on any of three waiting lists for the Richmond Hill, Talmadge Hill and Lumberyard Lots, according to Parking Superintendent Stacy Miltenberg. The idea was to “clean up” the lists by dropping anyone who had moved out of town or otherwise had no reason to remain on them, and it worked, Miltenberg said. “This year, 636 [letters] are going out,” she told members of the Parking Commission at their Nov. 9 meeting, held at Town Hall. Continue Reading →

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Garden Club, Landscape Architect at Odds Over Future of ‘Parterre Garden’ at Waveny

New Canaan should pause before approving a plan that would see a formal garden at Waveny house changed from its original design, according to local landscape architects. Located directly east of the balcony out back of the 1912-built Waveny house, the parterre garden is “the most important formal garden in town,” an “historically significant” area that “deserves a great deal of thought before it gets radically changed,” Keith Simpson told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission at their most recent meeting. “That configuration of the boxwood hedge has been there for over 100 years and I think it has stood the test of time,” Simpson said at the Nov. 8 meeting, held at Lapham Community Center. “And also, the Olmsted office is probably the best known firm in the history of landscape architecture in the country. Continue Reading →

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‘A Failure of Town Leadership’: Audit Committee Critical of How NCHS Fields Projects Unfolded

Though the donors and volunteers who gave time, money and energy to the partially completed fields projects at New Canaan High School deserve sincere thanks, the town also saw failures on multiple levels that led to undisclosed cost overruns, the chairman of the Audit Committee said Wednesday night. There were “adequate controls in place which should have helped avoid the issues and surprises that we had,” Bill Parrett told members of the Town Council during their regular meeting. “This is really important to understand, because if there were not adequate controls, we would have had material weaknesses from an accounting standpoint and having material weaknesses from an accounting standpoint would be very difficult to rectify in a short period. It looks to us that the issues are more about bad management—possibly waste—versus poor controls. There was a failure of town leadership, department leadership, boards, committees and councils, in our judgment.”

He spoke during an update for the Council on the Audit Committee’s review of how the projects at NCHS—rebuilding of a turf field, creation of two more and total overhaul of the track—came to cost New Canaan an estimated $800,000 more than originally thought. Continue Reading →

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Police: 34-Year-Old Woman Steals from Elm Street Clothing Store, Runs Off

Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a 34-year-old Sandy Hook woman who is accused of stealing about $440 in merchandise from an Elm Street clothing store. At about 1:40 p.m. on Nov. 14, officers were dispatched to the shop on a report of a woman who had stolen items and then ran away on foot after leaving, according to a police report. Store employees got the woman’s license plate and a description of her vehicle, the report said. Authorities then put out a ‘BOLO’ alert for area police to “be on the lookout” for the suspect, it said. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: Multiple Titles Earned by New Canaan Soccer Sides

Ice Hockey

—submitted by Patrick Moley

Two New Canaan kids helped their team (Darien Bantam A Hockey) win the 4-man relay race in Lake Placid this weekend. Soccer

New Canaan Football Club Girls 2003/04 Black Team Wins Division

—submitted by Kerry Connell

The New Canaan Football Club Girls 2003/04 Black Team won their division (B2/C) at the Southwest Connecticut Junior Soccer Championship on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Fairfield (FUSA). New Canaan was undefeated throughout the season and reached the finals after a 4-0 win against Norwalk in the semifinals on Saturday. ***

NC U13 Girls Red Soccer Team Named CT Southwest District Champions

—submitted by Kara Underwood

New Canaan’s U13 Girl’s Red Soccer team capped off an undefeated season clinching the district championship title with a 2-0 win over Newtown on Sunday. Boasting a regular season record of 6 wins and 2 ties, the girls started their road to the finals started with a match up against Weston in the bitter cold on Saturday morning. Continue Reading →

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