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The Country Club of New Canaan purchased an abutting 5-acre property to the north, at 624 Smith Ridge Road, for $1,350,000, according to a transfer recorded Nov. 9, 2021 in the Town Clerk’s office.

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Dede and Jim Bartlett. Contributed

New Canaan Library announced Friday that longtime residents Jim and Dede Bartlett donated $3 million toward the library’s capital campaign. They’ve been “our partners from the beginning, offering their strong encouragement and support throughout,” Ellen Sullivan Crovatto, CEO of the capital campaign, said in a press release. “Their incredible generosity accompanies an exemplary and unwavering fidelity to culture and civic life in New Canaan. The Jim and Dede Bartlett Auditorium will forever honor their exceptional leadership. We are so grateful for the tangible momentum it gives the capital campaign just as our new fundraising effort has begun.” In addition to the naming of the auditorium, the library will launch a new annual lecture series named for Dede Bartlett to honor women in leadership, the press release said.

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New Canaan Police are investigating a complaint of a purse stolen reported stolen at about 11:59 a.m. Sunday from an unlocked vehicle parked at Waveny.

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The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted 3-0 to approve the appointment of Paul Knag to an alternate seat on the Planning & Zoning Commission.

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Very proud of our 2019 NCHS senior intern Olivia Flaherty-Lovy and the path she’s taking in college:

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The Design Store of the Philip Johnson Glass House at 199 Elm St. will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays Dec. 4, 11 and 18, and on Dec. 20 to 23 of Christmas week.

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New Canaanites Shaz Kahng and Indira Desai Christie have joined LiveGirl’s new Advisory Council. The local nonprofit organization provides free year-round leadership development and mentoring for girls in grade 5 through college.

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Police fined a motorist for passing a stopped school bus at Old Stamford Road and Park Place following a violation lodged at 9:43 a.m. Tuesday.

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The town is seeing an uptick in new COVID-19 virus cases, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during Tuesday’s meeting. The town already had 14 cases this week alone, he said, “so we are going in the wrong direction.” Moynihan continued, “I am very concerned. People act as though the pandemic is over.”

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Here’s the new “Wine Minute” from Francos Wine Merchants on Elm Street:

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Police are investigating a report of mail illegally removed from a mailbox on Stonehenge Drive, lodged at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday.

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The New Canaan Community Foundation’s annual “Most Generous Town” competition with Darien’s Community Fund launched Thursday and runs through Nov. 25. Click here to donate.

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Here are some noteworthy events that are coming up:

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Here’s a new Tweet this week from Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic that references NewCanaanite.com:

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Staying Put in New Canaan is looking for part-time volunteers:

  • Drivers to take seniors to medical appointments, the hairdresser, or social activities.
  • Handypersons to help around the house: change a lightbulb, make minor home repairs, or move heavy objects.
  • Tech gurus to troubleshoot minor glitches with computers, printers, or cell phones.

For more information, please email director@stayingputnc.org or call 203-966-7762.

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The selectmen ended up not voting on the “Review and possible action to approve the acquisition of 220 Elm Street” during their meeting Tuesday. The Board met in executive session to discuss the matter. P&Z this week voted in favor of the town’s acquisition of the building there, as required by state law.

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Finally, on Nov. 27, a number of community groups in New Canaan will place wreaths on graves in honor of New Canaan’s veterans. The annual effort is organized by the VFW and covers all of the known veterans in New Canaan’s public and private cemeteries. The effort is supported financially by the Exchange Club, which provides the wreaths at cost, money raised from poppy sales over Memorial Day weekend and private donations. If you know of a recently deceased veteran buried in New Canaan or if you would like to contribute to the annual cost of purchasing 1,200 wreaths and bows, please contact Mike McGlinn at 203-962-1302 or email at Michael@mcglinnins.com.

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