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Something must’ve happened out front of the 1850-built commercial building on the corner of Main Street and East Avenue, home to a gift shop, swimwear store and tailor.

102 Main St. in New Canaan. Assessor photo

The town on Wednesday received a Freedom of Information Act request from a Stamford-based law firm for all New Canaan Police Department incident reports this month concerning snow or ice at 102 Main St., including abutting sidewalks. The request, from Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, also seeks info on falls, complaints, fines, blight citations, 911 calls and building permit applications related to gutters, downspouts, roofs or sidewalks there.


Now that we’re in budget season, here’s a look at what the highest elected official is paid in New Canaan and nearby towns:

Salaries of First Selectmen, New Canaan and Area Towns

DarienJayme Stevenson$130,000
GreenwichPeter Tesei$139,216
New CanaanKevin Moynihan$147,000
RidgefieldRudy Marconi$131,747
WestportJim Marpe$101,475
WiltonLynne Vanderslice$136,108*
Sources: Human Resources Departments
*The position of first selectman in Wilton has been approved for a $139,511 annual salary following a 2.5 percent increase, but First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice did not support that increase and has declined to accept the additional salary.



Tom Sturges in the Town House at the New Canaan Historical Society, where his great-grandmother Imogene Seymour lived and worked as curator in the 1950s and ’60s. Credit: Michael Dinan

The developer who earned high praise recently from historic preservationists for his design of a new house on Forest Street said throughout the process that it was important to him to be respectful of the neighborhood’s history. In fact, Tom Sturges is the great-grandson of Imogene Seymour, who had been curator for the New Canaan Historical Society from 1959 to 1968. She lived at the Historical Society’s well-known Town House while working in that position, according to Sturges. Seymour, who died in 1968, “absoultely loved the history of New Canaan,” Sturges said.


Police Commission Chairman Stuart Sawabini is stepping down from the group, and the Board of Selectmen appointed Jim McLaughlin to it for a three-year term ending Dec. 1, 2020.



An ice fisherman on Mill Pond in New Canaan on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Credit: Jane Gamber

It’s been sufficiently cold in New Canaan in recent weeks to freeze Mead Pond for ice skating for a period of time, and for the man in this photo to try his hand at ice-fishing on Mill Pond.


Asked for his opinion on who should fill the Town Council seat recently vacated by Republican Ken Campbell, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan told NewCanaanite.com during a press briefing Thursday that in his personal view, “it’s a Republican seat and it should be filled with a Republican, and the Democrats would feel the same way if it was a Democratic seat.”


Ellen Bay.

Congratulations to Darien resident Ellen Bay, who has joined Bankwell as Vice President, Market Manager for Darien, where Bankwell will open one of three new branches this spring. Ellen comes to Bankwell following nearly eight years at Darien Rowayton Bank, where she was most recently branch manager.

She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Business Administration.


The selectmen on Tuesday appointed and reappointed the following residents to boards and commissions:

Emergency Medical Services Commission

  • Tom Turrentine

Fire Commission

  • Kerry Smith

Human Services Commission

  • Renate Dolphin 
  • Sarah Kahn 
  • Alicia Meyer 

Historic District Commission

  • Carl Rothbart

Parks and Recreation Commission

  • Hank Green
  • Katie Owsley
  • Stephen Haberstroh
  • Rona Siegel


Finally, here’s a gallery of other newsworthy items from around New Canaan:

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