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Board of Ed Moves Toward Allowing K-9 Searches for Drugs in Schools

The Board of Education on Monday took formal steps toward allowing police K-9 dogs to search school property for drugs. 

During the first read of a draft policy during the board’s regular meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi said “the idea is that the superintendent would be empowered to authorize a search of the schools, any one of the schools, with police and police dogs.”

“The policy from the Board of Ed really speaks to a belief in the importance of having substance-free schools,” Luizzi said at the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. “I have been in schools that had searches. It can be difficult, complex to put in place, but certainly worthwhile.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Approve Traffic Study for Nursery Road, Overrun by ‘Waze’ Users

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $7,000 contract with a Fairfield-based transportation consultant as New Canaan tries to figure out how to change traffic patterns on a local road that’s used as a cut-through for Merritt Parkway motorists. By exiting the parkway at Exit 38, southbound drivers relying on navigation apps such as Waze snake their way into New Canaan and eventually land on Nursery Road as they head toward Exits 37 and 36, officials say. The road sees a major bump in traffic during the morning rush, from around 20 to 30 cars an hour to 200 to 300, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting. The swell in motor vehicles has created major safety concerns for residents of Nursery Road—as well as other streets that the commuters eventually traverse, such as Gerdes Road—and the town’s local traffic authority last month recommended bringing in a professional firm to “study and see what we can accomplish,” Mann said, “either by restricting routes, trying alternate routes, discussing with the application software individuals and then go forward from there.”

“They’re going to go out and study and take a look at various movements and see what is happening at those various specific times, to review our traffic data, get their own data. They can actually put out video cameras there to actually see what is happening as far as how much volume, where the cars are turning, things of that nature, instead of having someone there actually doing the turning movements we can put cameras out and leave them there for several days to a week and actually have someone come back and analyze that data. Continue Reading →

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Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Owners of Dog in Vicious Attack

Police are calling for the public’s help in identifying the owners of an off-leash dog that attacked and gravely wounded a smaller canine in New Canaan last week, and left the scene. 

The attack took place in the back of South School, near Crystal Street, at about 8:50 p.m. on July 11, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. A man and woman had been with the aggressor dog, a shepherd-type breed, when it attacked a mini-golden doodle who was on leash, Halm said. The pair were asked for contact information but declined to give it and left, she said. Though police have some footage of the man from area surveillance cameras (see above), no information on their vehicle’s make or license plate could be seen, she said. Anyone who knows or recognizes the attacking dog or owners is asked to please contact Animal Control at 203-594-3510.  Continue Reading →

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Police: Evading Charge for New Canaan Man, 64


Police on Saturday night arrested a 64-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with evading responsibility. At about 8:20 p.m. on July 13, officers were dispatched to East Avenue and Route 123 on a report that a vehicle that had been operated erratically crashed into another one and left the scene, police said. A complainant gave authorities the suspect vehicle’s license plate number and direction of travel, according to a police report. Officers saw that the struck car was damaged and went to the home where the suspect vehicle was registered, the report said. There, following an investigation, police determined that the man had been driving at the time of the crash, and left the scene, it said. Continue Reading →

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Letter: Chamber Thanks Sidewalk Sale Supporters

On Friday July 13th and Saturday July 14th the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce hosted the 53rd Annual Village Fair and Sidewalk Sales. Thousands of bargain hunters and their families came downtown for the fun. With over 100 participating merchants and vendors there was plenty of entertainment, food and of course, bargains galore for everyone! We’ve added a day for the “Early Bird Shopping” on Friday and from what we hear that it was a huge success. The fair, like any other big event, takes months and months of planning. The Chamber would like to thank our lead sponsor, William Raveis Real Estate. Continue Reading →

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