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New Canaan Police on Sunday responded to a Country Club Road home on a report that an individual there found an old rusted .22 long rifle on the property. The homeowner turned it in to police for safekeeping, officials said. There are no identifying marks on the rifle, police said.

Dane and Aeden Mitchell, Saxe Middle School students. Contributed

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Congratulations to Saxe Middle School’s Aedan and Dane Mitchell. The brothers performed extremely well on the challenging National German Exam, which is designed for high school students. Aedan, a sixth-grader, scored in the 92nd percentile, while Dane, a fifth-grader, scored in the 84th percentile. They are German School of Connecticut students, taking lessons at Rippowam Middle School in Stamford.

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This Friday, March 12 marks one year since New Canaan Public Schools closed its buildings in order to limit the spread of coronavirus following the first confirmed case in town. Three days later, in March 2020, then-Emergency Management Director Mike Handler announced in a town-wide outcall that there would be no more indoor dining at restaurants and that The Playhouse movie theater, commercial gyms and playgrounds at town parks also are closed (all parks would be closed entirely by month’s end).

1997 NCHS graduate Elon Green’s book is out this week, as of Tuesday.

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The nonfiction book written by 1997 New Canaan High School graduate Elon Green—“Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York”—published this week, has been listed as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times, chosen as one of the best books of the year by Esquire magazine and named one of the best true crime books ever by Good Housekeeping. The final paragraph of a review in the Boston Globe reads: ” ‘Last Call’ is not only a great book, nor a mere historical correction. It is an act of compassion, offering space and love to men whose lives and literal bodies ended up right where their country, in its neglect, cruelty, and unfiltered hatred, wished them to go: in pieces, in the trash.”

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Already facing three counts of felony cruelty to animals after three puppies died at her Butler Lane home last summer, Catherine Palmer now additionally has been charged with violation of conditions of release. According to Sgt. Sofia Gulino of the Norwalk Police Department, an Animal Control officer from an outside agency contacted NPD with information that Palmer had taken a number of animals to a veterinary clinic in Norwalk for treatment, Gulino said. At a prior court hearing, a judge had forbidden Palmer from having any contact with animals. Following an investigation, Norwalk Police brought the additional charge. Authorities last summer seized 12 dogs from Palmer’s home following a months-long investigation, the town won custody of the animals and they have been safely placed in new homes.

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Noteworthy local events coming up:

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The Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting Tuesday appointed Town Council member Mike Mauro to the New Canaan Police Department Building Committee.

Photo courtesy of Plum Plums Cheese, set to open in April on Cherry Street in New Canaan.

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The town on March 1 issued a building permit to Plum Plums Cheese for an interior fit out at 149 Cherry St. The popular family-owned cheese and charcuterie shop is planning to open next month.

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The selectmen on Tuesday voted 3-0 to approve five contracts worth a total of $21,829.26. They cover painting at Lapham Community Center, two replacement benches at Waveny, the food scrap recycling program at the Transfer Station, asphalt for drainage trenches and an emergency loader truck repair service. 

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The New Canaan Beautification League’s annual appeal is underway.

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The New Canaan Building Department on March 3 issued a permit to demolish a 1920-built ranch-style house at 88 Richmond Hill Road.

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New Canaan’s overall “Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population” is 34.6 compared to Darien’s 18.7, according to the state Department of Public Health. Data released late Thursday by the DPH showed that New Canaan now has had 1,121 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as 94 probable cases and 40 deaths.

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Finally, at about 10:10 a.m. on March 8 were called to the Gulf station downtown regarding a dispute over payment of towing and storage fees. Ultimately the matter was handled civilly and payment was made to Gulf.

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  1. Congratulations to the Mitchell brothers on their stellar achievement on the National German Exam, designed for high school students. This is quite an accomplishment given that the brothers are 5th and 6th graders.
    Your family must be so proud!

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