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The gallery above shows three prominent buildings downtown that are for sale through Stamford-based Cushman & Wakefield, at 25 South Ave., 191 Elm St. and 50 Pine St. ***

A live bat found Jan. 9 on the floor of a Canoe Hill Road home tested positive for rabies, officials said. Though mammals are meant to be hibernating just now, the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department has already sent 10 bats to a state laboratory for testing—it isn’t clear why they’ve been so active.

Letter: A ‘Thank You’ to New Canaan


On behalf of STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to New Canaan’s local businesses, customers and residents who supported STAR and its mission that benefits local people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at our recent ribbon cutting and holiday shopping events. STAR is thrilled to have a new office location at 111 Elm Street with the specific goal to bring services for all ages closer to home for those in New Canaan with I/DD and their families. Our generous neighbors welcomed our open house. To Walter Stewart’s Market, ACME Markets and Garelick & Herbs, thank you for your donation of delicious food for our open house guests. To Gregg’s Garden Center and CVS, thank you for your donations of holiday decorations to dress up our front entrance and inside space.

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The town on Tuesday issued a permit for Acme, the Elm Street grocery store known for decades as Food Emporium, to do a $1.5 million interior renovation at the store. The work at 288 Elm St. will include “shelving, display units, refrigerated cases” and checkout areas, according to the building permit, a total of 25,198 square feet. ***

Lindsay Benko, a New Canaan High School graduate whose father, Steve Benko, is the town’s longtime recreation director, is to be married June 9 of next year at First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow at Waveny House (her dad’s workplace). She met her fiancé, Albany, N.Y. area native Chris Gardner, while the two studied nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. 


Four members of New Canaan Girl Scout Troop 50121—Olivia Licata, Megan Lydon, Emma Gibbens and Lily Plum—intend to install three bike racks at Waveny, Irwin and Kiwanis Parks as their Silver Award projects.

Town Woman Slips at Grocery Store, Falls Down, Dislocates Shoulder, Sues Acme

A New Canaan woman is suing Acme after she slipped and fell on water upon walking into the Elm Street grocery store last summer, dislocating a shoulder and spraining a hip. According to a lawsuit filed Jan. 18 on the plaintiff’s behalf, she “has suffered mental and physical pain, including anxiety, sleeplessness and mental shock.”

“As a further result of the aforesaid conduct of the Defendant, the Plaintiff became obligated to incur expenses for medical treatment, diagnosis and medication, all to her great financial loss and may in the future be obligated to incur the same,” according to the lawsuit, filed by an attorney with Shelton-based Sousa & Minogue LLC. She also “has endured and will continue to endure mental and physical suffering which has and will continue to restrict and deprive her of her normal activities,” according to the complaint, filed in state Superior Court in Bridgeport. The suit seeks monetary and other damages.

New Canaan Woman Goes To Buy Ice Cream, Slips in Aisle, Sues Acme

A New Canaan woman this month sued Acme on Elm Street after she slipped and fell while trying to buy a frozen treat. It happened at about 7 p.m. on April 29 (a Friday), when Kathleen Dillon “went to Acme to purchase some ice cream,” according to a complaint filed Oct. 5 on her behalf by attorney Adam Blank of Stamford-based Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky. “On that date and approximate time she removed two half-gallon containers of ice cream from a freezer on the premises and attempted to walk down the aisle towards the checkout area. Suddenly and without warning, her right leg was caused to slip forward and her left leg was caused to slip backward by a puddle of sticky liquid that was allowed to be and remain on the floor of the aisle.