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Bankwell announced Thursday that it is leasing the 30,000-square-foot, three-story building at 258 Elm St. in New Canaan—formerly known as the “Unimin” building—from New York-based full-service real estate advisory firm Besen Partners, LLC, which acquired it in October. 

Bankwell is to use the office space for its headquarters, and Bankwell CEO Chris Gruseke said in a a press release that the company would gather more than 100 employees there. “With the addition of over 50 of our team members relocating to New Canaan, I am personally gratified to be part of a plan that will bring economic stimulus to our town,” Gruseke said in the release. “We are mindful that, despite our growth throughout Fairfield County and into New Haven County, our bank has its roots in New Canaan and would not enjoy the success we have today without the original support from our local community. I would also like to thank Dan Steinberg of Besen Partners for the patience and flexibility which allowed us to plan this physical transition during these very trying times.”

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New Canaan Library is expecting to begin self-service pickups of books and other materials as soon as June 15.

PHOTOS: Thousands March in New Canaan in Protest of Police Brutality, Racism

Led by a New Canaan family and joined by local police and public officials, an estimated 2,000-plus people held a peaceful protest in town Thursday evening. Calling for an end to police brutality and racism in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the protesters marched from Saxe Middle School along South Avenue to the Police Department—where town resident Fatou Niang and her son, New Canaan High School senior Ethan Niang, joined local clergy and Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, among others, in addressing the crowd—and then down Church Street to Main Street and back to Saxe. Fatou Niang thanked New Canaan Police for providing security for the march and for the department’s continuing service during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This march is not against the police in general, but against the minority of police officers in certain cities who abuse their power against defenseless black citizens,” she said. “We appreciate the support of those who came to march with us today.”

She said that her son, Ethan, with a few friends from NCHS and church, formed the idea of marching peacefully.

Letter: Update from the New Canaan Athletic Foundation

Since its inception in May 2016, the New Canaan Athletic Foundation has partnered with our town to support youth athletes in our community. New Canaan has a long history of successful youth and high school sports that benefits the community at large by bringing joy to families and distinction to our town. NCAF is committed to continuing this proud tradition by organizing the financial support required to develop, preserve, and enhance safe athletic facilities that are used and beloved by so many of all ages. 

In just a short time, NCAF, in partnership with our town, has organized and funded multiple major construction projects. In 2017, Dunning Field’s turf was resurfaced. In 2018, the high school track was reconstructed and expanded from six lanes to eight and the Water Tower 1 turf was replaced.