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Catherine Palmer, wanted by New Canaan Police on three counts of felony cruelty to animals, has been ordered by a state Superior Court judge to appear Dec. 2 in a related civil matter regarding the ownership of 12 dogs that authorities last week removed from a Butler Lane house.

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An iconic New Canaan house—a home that historians say was the first in town to be lighted by gas, in the 1870’s—was sold this month for $1 million. Built ca. 1852, the “Victorian Villa” at 528 Main St. a century ago was occupied by famed stage and film actress Cecil Spooner. Prior to its Nov. 4 sale, the home had been in the Bell-Reifenheiser family for 75 years. Five years ago, they sought to subdivide the property (full history toward the bottom of this article).

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Register here for “Vaping, Did You Know? A Family and Community Conversation.” To be held online from 7 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7, it’s a New Canaan CARES event in partnership with The Hub and New Canaan Coalition.

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New Canaan Police say a 2019 Toyota Highlander, unlocked with the keys inside it, was reported stolen from a Ludlowe Road home at about 7:20 a.m. Saturday. Then 9:32 a.m., a jacket with a wallet was reported stolen from a 2016 Toyota Tacoma left unlocked on Carter Street.

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Opened six years ago on Burtis Avenue, cold-pressed juices and plant-based foods provider Green & Tonic is closed. Customers are instructed through the company’s website and the New Canaan location’s outgoing message to use the Westport store. 

Officials last Friday went to work taking down the junior water tower at Waveny. Credit: Terry DInan

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Aquarion last week went to work dismantling the smaller water tower at Waveny.

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According to a Tuesday afternoon update by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, New Canaan has 392 confirmed and 30 probable cases of COVID-19. The cumulative total is up 64 from the prior week. According to New Canaan Public Schools’ “Charting Our Course” site, 16 students and five staff members were isolating as of Tuesday after testing positive. 

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Finally, congratulations to the newest “Rams of the Week,” chosen by the New Canaan High School Athletic Department and sponsored by Walter Stewart’s Market. Here are their citations:

  • Clockwise from top left: Vivian Reeves, Luca Palamenti and Courtney O’Connell. Photos courtesy of NCHS Athletic Department

    Courtney O’Connell (Senior, Girls Soccer) “had an incredible corner kick in the second half in the FCIAC-West Region playoff game vs Darien last week, which helped clinch the team’s win (2-1). Darien was previously undefeated.”

  • Vivian Reeves (Senior, Co-Captain, Field Hockey) “was honored as Ram of the Week for the week ending November 6 for her leadership on the field hockey team and for her outstanding community service. Last spring, Vivian, a junior at NCHS, reached out to Carver Center just as they made the awful decision to cancel this year’s Spring Break College Tour—the first time in 50 years that chaperoned Carver students would not board their chartered bus at Carver to embark upon a life-changing road trip to the schools they aspire to attend. Vivian offered to build a database of all the virtual tours she could find and now Carver students can use her newly created database to see 360-degree video college tours.”
  • Luca Palamenti (Senior, Boys Cross Country) “was chosen a Ram of the Week for the week ending October 30 for his performance throughout this season.”

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