Letter: ‘Thank You’ for New Canaan Veterans Wreath Project Help

Editor,

In a time marked with sadness and pervading bad news – it is wonderful that the New Canaan VFW can bring a heartwarming story of our community rising up to accomplish something wonderful. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Howard M. Bossa & Peter C. Langenus Post 653 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, we would like to thank everyone who made this year’s wreaths project a success – despite the adversities of the COVID pandemic. Over 1,100 wreaths with bows were placed on every veteran’s grave in New Canaan, not just at Lakeview Cemetery, but at every private or historic cemetery within our Town.  This massive undertaking would not have been possible without the incredible work of many volunteers and organizations – but most importantly, led by the exceptional efforts of Chris and Frances Wilson. From preplanning to ensure that we met Sector Guidelines for gatherings during the Pandemic, ensuring groups were socially distancing or family groups, getting groups to tie the bows – then move the wreaths to the cemetery for placement – months of effort by Chris and Frances led to a flawless execution of Peter Langenus’ vision. We would also be remiss if we did not acknowledge and thank the many donors who stepped up during a time we could not raise funds through our Poppies donations during Memorial Day week.  It truly speaks to just how wonderful the residents of New Canaan are when we come together for a common goal – enabling us to raise the $11,000 needed to purchase the wreaths entirely through private donations.  A powerful positive moment of hope in a difficult time for many – where we all need more good news.

Feds: New Canaan Man, 50, Charged in Real Estate Investment Scheme

Federal prosecutors announced last week that they’ve charged a 50-year-old New Canaan man with securities fraud for his role in a real estate scheme. Eric Malley,  founder and former chief executive officer of real estate private equity investment firm MG Capital Management L.P., also faces charges of wire fraud after inducing “hundreds of individuals to invest a total of more than $50 million in two real estate investment funds by, among other things, lying about his own prior experience and investment track record and about the nature and characteristics of those funds,” U.S. Department of Justice officials said in a press release. “Eric Malley allegedly promised his clients that they would reap the benefits of owning equity in Manhattan real estate through his time-tested, sophisticated, debt-free investment strategy,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in the release. “As alleged, those promises were lies. Malley lied about his prior funds’ existence and performance, and he lied in promising clients that the funds were free of debt and leased to prominent corporate tenants. While his investors lost money, Malley enriched himself. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect investors from these types of deceptive practices.”

He will be presented before a magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York.

Did You Hear … ?

Though the committee overseeing a future renovation or rebuilding of the New Canaan Police Department was scheduled to elect its chair during a regular meeting Thursday, it’s still unclear who will take that leadership role. “So many people are fighting over wanting to be chairman that I’ve got to resolve this—so we are going to punt on that until next month,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “And I will be acting chairman for the meeting today.”

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Kindergarten pre-registration for New Canaan Public Schools has started. ***

Of those who objected four years ago to the use of a neighboring home on West Road as a “sober house” living facility—saying, among other things, that it would negatively affect property values— has sold his house for $1,835,000, according to a property transfer recorded Dec. 22 in the Town Clerk’s office.

Town: Rebuilt or Relocated Animal Shelter At Least One Year Away

A project to rebuild or relocate New Canaan’s Animal Control shelter is at least one year away, town officials said this week. The town is studying different possibilities for a future shelter, including use of a building at Kiwanis Park, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told members of the Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Buildings and Infrastructure during their regular meeting Monday. “The other thought that was if we were to remove the existing incinerator where it [the animal shelter] is currently housed, to then bring in a facility there,” Mann said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “Or, since it is a police function, possibly bringing it over to the Police Department. So we are looking at all options at present.

New Construction Planned for Toquam Road

The New Canaan Building Department last week received an application to construct an 8,500-square-foot home on a 1.02-acre parcel on Toquam Road. The six-bedroom home planned for 51 Toquam Road will include an attached garage, new driveway, expanded septic system and patio, according to the application filed Jan. 4. It will cost about $950,000 to build, the application said. The contractor on the job is Westport-based Coastal Luxury Homes, the architect Westport-based Tanner Whtie Architects, it said.