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Pet Pantry Warehouse Vice President, Ari Jacobson; Executive Vice President, Adam Jacobson; Vice President, Joshua Roth; Creative Director, Cynthia Fox; and General Manager, Emery Kriegsman. Photo credit: Hybrid Media

Congratulations to family-owned pet supply retailer Pet Pantry Warehouse on its 75th year in business. Founded in Greenwich, Pet Pantry opened its New Canaan store on Grove Street seven years ago. In marking the milestone, the New Canaan Dog Days organizer is hosting in-store events throughout 2020—such as face painting, balloon art, ice cream socials, educational lectures, contests, portrait sessions and music—and is calling on locals to recommend nonprofit beneficiaries for its newly launched $75,000 fundraising effort. Suggestions can be emailed to to the Pet Pantry executive team at ppw75@ppwpet.com. 

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An art gallery on Burtis Avenue hasn’t paid its $4,000 monthly rent in about one year and now owes about $58,000 to its landlord, according to a complaint filed last week in state Superior Court. The owner of 9 Burtis Ave.—a limited liability company that’s owned by three Manhattan residents, according to Connecticut Secretary of the State records—filed papers Nov. 4 seeking to evict the gallery, which is owned by a Wilton man.

Bankwell has partnered with Inspirica, Inc. to sponsor the nonprofit organization’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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Bankwell has partnered with Inspirica, Inc. to sponsor the nonprofit organization’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and is collecting non-perishable food items to help make Thanksgiving a festive occasion for more than 800 families in need. Locals can donate the following items to the bank’s New Canaan and Stamford branches now through Nov. 21: Instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, candied yams, string beans/peas, corn, mixed vegetables, apple sauce, coffee and tea and disposable aluminum roaster pan.

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New Canaan Human Services Director Carol Macdonald is out on medical leave, according to town officials.

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New Canaan Police at 9:06 p.m. Wednesday cited two Stamford residents and a Bridgeport resident for minor drug and motor vehicle offenses after stopping the vehicle they were traveling in on Davenport Ridge Road because it didn’t have a front license plate, officials said.

L-R: Jo Ziesing, New Canaan Garden Club; Susan Rein, Elm Street Books; Lisa Oldham, New Canaan Library; Bill McKibben; Anda Hutchins, New Canaan Garden Club; Nancy Bemis, New Canaan Land Trust; Lauren Bromberg, New Canaan Garden Club. Contributed

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More than 500 people attended Monday night’s talk by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben. Held at Saxe Middle School, the event was presented by Elm Street Books, New Canaan Garden Club, New Canaan Land Trust and New Canaan Library.

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Here are some local events coming up:

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The Town Council during a special meeting Wednesday unanimously re-elected its officers: Chairman John Engel and Vice Chairmen Rich Towsnend and Sven Englund. Councilmen Cristina A. Ross, Robin Bates-Mason, Mark Grzymski, Steve Karl, Mike Mauro and Maria Naughton were sworn in at the Town Hall meeting.

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Caren Forbes clothing and accessories shop on Main Street has closed, according to a Facebook post.

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Police at 12:32 a.m. on Nov. 9 charged a 20-year-old Norwalk man with second-degree failure to appear after stopping him for running a stop sign and speeding, and discovering that state police had an outstanding arrest warrant out for him. It isn’t clear what the original 2018 charge was, as the case has been statutorily sealed, according to Connecticut Judicial Branch records.

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Winter registration is now open for New Canaan Squash, for boys and girls K-12. Click here for more information.

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During the first four weeks of open enrollment for Medicare Part D, 279 New Canaan residents have taken advantage of assistance offered by volunteers at Lapham Community Center, officials say. Of those, 90 have changed plans, saving a total of $132,288, according to the Center.

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The New Canaan Community Foundation will host its 2019 Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Town Hall. Awardees are:

  • Patricia Funt Oxman—New Canaan Museum & Historical Society
  • Christine Seaver—New Canaan Library
  • Jordyn Lee—Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education
  • Kathleen Murphy—Family & Children’s Agency
  • Sue Scannell—Staying Put in New Canaan
  • Griffen Dayton—Building One Community
  • Mara Koschnitzke—Waveny LifeCare Network
  • Carolyn Woodberry—Horizons
  • William Norton—Waveny LifeCare Network
  • Eric Thunem—Gridiron Club
  • Kathy Smith and Steve Huff—Future 5
  • New Canaan CARES Board
  • Walter Stewart’s Market

Cub Scout Pack 70

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Finally, many thanks to Cub Scout Pack 70 for digging in 800 daffodils along the sledding hill at Waveny. Pack 70 Cubmaster Stephen Prostor organized the Scouts, working together with Waveny Park Conservancy President Caroline Garrity and Board member Chris Schipper. The blooms should be a visible treat when viewed from Waveny House next spring. 

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