New Canaan Public Schools as of Monday night had 273 kindergarten sign-ups for the fall, compared to 231 at the same time last year, district officials said during this week’s Board of Education meeting.
The company hired by the town last summer to address the rat problem behind The Playhouse on Elm Street, Stamford-based Aavon Pest Control Inc., charged New Canaan $145 per month for three months to tend its “rodent safety bait stations” and inspect for “rodent burrowing activity,” according to the agreement.
The Rotary Club of New Canaan is now taking applications for its 2019 Grant program. Applications will be taken from registered nonprofit organizations in New Canaan and neighboring areas in two categories only: “Health and Wellness” and “Education and Literacy.” The deadline for applications is April 5, and full details can be found by clicking on “Rotary Grant Application” under the “Club Documents” tab on the left side of the Rotary Club of New Canaan website.
Congratulations to New Canaan’s Jaime Sneddon and The Sneddon Team on earning recognition from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty as the company’s top producing agent and top producing team, based on total closed volume for the year 2018.
The Sneddon Team includes Jaime Sneddon, Kendall Sneddon, Bonnie Sztam and Ashley Petraska. Jaime Sneddon additionally was named the New Canaan brokerage’s number-one producer in both dollar volume and unit sales in 2018, according to the compay. Jaime and Kendall Sneddon also each won the Diamond Award, the firm’s highest honor for sales professionals. “I congratulate the Sneddons on an outstanding year in sales, a significant achievement that is a direct result of their relentless dedication to extraordinary service,” William Larkin, manager of WPSIR’s New Canaan brokerage, said in a press release.
New Canaan Police at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday arrested a 26-year-old Urban Street man by warrant and charged him with second-degree failure to appear. The man missed a court date after state police charged him in December for driving with a suspended license, according to Connecticut Judicial Branch records. He’s due back in court March 28.
Club Sandwich on Cherry Street aced a recent unannounced inspection by the New Canaan Health Department, scoring 97 out of a possible 100 following the Feb. 5 inspection. SE Uncorked on Elm Street earned the same high score following a Feb. 12 inspection. Local Pizza on Forest Street scored a stellar 93 out of 100 during a March 7 inspection, and Connecticut Muffin on Main Street scored 98 during an inspection on the same date.
Under a partnership with the Carver Foundation, Bankwell will be collecting new and ‘like new’ luggage through April 5 at both the 208 Elm St. and 156 Cherry St. branches in New Canaan and 370 Westport Ave. branch in Norwalk. The luggage will benefit 35 students from the Carver Foundation in Norwalk who will be going on a 10-day college tour this year. Carver Foundation is Norwalk’s largest provider of after school and summer programs.
Here’s new speed data captured by New Canaan Police. The figures represent the speeds of the 85th percentile of motorists on an average daily basis:
- Cross Ridge—20.72 NB / 17.34 SB 40.4 NB / 57 SB
- Church Street—9.63 EB / 22.31 WB 1695 EB / 890 WB
- Carter Street—30.78 EB / 24.73 WB 772 EB / 1673 WB
- Old Stamford/Gower—35.94 SB 3152.8 SB
- Lambert—22.63 SB / 29.29 NB 880 SB / 892 NB
- Canoe Hill—28.28 SB 620 SB
- Marvin Ridge—25.6 NB / 25.59 SB 548 NB / 1023 SB
- Park Street—27.01 NB / 23.2 SB 2715 NB / 3287 SB
- Marvin Ridge—31.93 NB 464.9 NB
- Farm @ Village—31.39 WB 13287 WB
- Nursery—29.75 WB 4467 WB
- Gerdes—30.31 WB 12014 WB
- Old Norwalk—32.30 WB 12540 WB
Putting a spotlight on three events coming up soon:
- “Savor Local”—1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at Lakota Oaks just over the line in Norwalk. The event “brings together restaurants, markets, vintners, distillers, brewers, and the people to enjoy it all.”
- “Breakfast with the First Selectman”—8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at Baldanza, 129 Elm St. “Anyone from New Canaan’s Business Community is invited to attend to hear Kevin Moynihan speak about the state of the town and answer questions from business leaders.”
- “Are You in the Panini Generation?”—7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at New Canaan Library. “This panel will cover caregiver roles, adjusting expectations and alleviating caregiver stress.”
Police Chief Leon Krolikowski reported Wednesday night during a Police Commission meeting that New Canaan has had no reported larcenies from motor vehicles or stolen vehicles so far in 2019.
The town on March 19 received an application for an after-the-fact building permit at 218 Summer St. Work completed there included a finished basement, including two rooms, about 548 square feet in all. The work was done by the owner, the application said.
Finally, the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind state tournament was held March 16, with eight teams from Saxe Middle School and one each from South School, West School and New Canaan High School among the 125 teams participating. Three Saxe teams and one NCHS team placed in the top-2 in their groups and will advance to the World Finals competition in Michigan in May.
- In the Technical problem category, the Saxe team coached by Subha Sundaram and Srinivasan Krishnan placed 1st in Division 2 with 6th graders: Chloe Chan, Arnav Chaudhary, Elizabeth Cheng, Atma Krishnan, Slade Logsdon, Charlie Place, Ryan Ross.
- In the Classics category, the Saxe team coached by Monica Teredesai placed second in Division 2 with 7th-graders: Sahil Teredesai, Alexandra Gelvin, Andrew Reed, Keira Duggar, Ike Morales, Kathryn Xia and Nathan Trepanier (King School).
- In the Performance category, the Saxe team coached by Norma Cañas-Bierman, Krista Colthup and Kimberly McNamara placed second in Division 2 with 7th-graders Ruby Bierman, Cooper Colthup, Avery Cotton, Charlotte McGeary, Adrian McMahon, Bernadette McNamara (St. Aloysius) and Áine Stevens.
- In the Performance category, the NCHS team coached by John Carpi and Srinivasan Krishnan placed first in Division 3 with 10th-graders Julia Carpi, Neya Krishnan, Dylan Lee, Hannah Frank, Joe McLaughlin, Carl Wolpert and Nic Butler.
- Additionally, special mentions go to the Saxe team coached by Yogangi Malhotra and Mikaylah Vindas for placing 3rd in the Vehicle category in Division 1 with 3rd-5th graders Ananya Malhotra, Daniel Vindas, Siya Sukhani, Arihanth Pharshy (South) and Sachi Malhotra (West), as well as to the Saxe team coached by Christa Haussler for winning the Jill Riggles Award for best spontaneous performance in Classics Division 2 with 7th-Graders Charlotte Walter, Elizabeth Doak, Eliabeth McLaughlin, Lauren Eno and Rani Joshi.