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New Canaan Police are investigating a bicycle reported stolen at 7:10 p.m. Monday from the Thrift Store at Locust Avenue and Main Street. ***

Orders are open for this year’s New Canaan Ornaments, celebrating local heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed by ornament co-chair Faith Kerchoff and cut by her husband, John, they depict:

The New Canaan Fire Department with their “Drive By Birthday Parades,” which were enjoyed by children and their families.  
Walter Stewart’s Market for keeping everyone fed, making deliveries and pick-ups possible, as well as senior only shopping hours. The Farmers Market which took paid orders for pickup. The New Canaan gnome, which was created by the New Canaan Beautification League as part of their holiday decoration for the town.

PHOTOS: Caffeine & Carburetors Returns to Waveny

Auto enthusiasts gathered at Waveny on a picture-perfect fall morning Sunday for the return of the popular Caffeine & Carburetors car show. After all four installments of a popular antique and specialty car show had been canceled one year ago due to the pandemic, C&C returned to downtown New Canaan last month, and parks officials unanimously approved a final 2021 installment for Waveny. “A large show with a great community showing,” Doug Zumbach said of Sunday’s C&C. “Extraordinary effort by volunteer staff to switch gears—no pun intended—to adjust parking direction due to lawn issue.” Zumbach also praised New Canaan Police for their help.

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New Canaan Police are investigating packages stolen from a Silvermine Road mailbox (reported at 9:27 p.m. Wednesday), two packages stolen from a Ponus Ridge driveway (1:44 p.m. Tuesday) and a package stolen from a Millport Avenue apartment (2:14 a.m. Sunday). ***

Two petitioners’ pages turned in to the Town Clerk’s office Monday as part of a failed effort to force a referendum vote on the town’s $10 million contribution to New Canaan Library for a rebuilding project were not accepted because they weren’t notarized, according to notes on the documents. One of the pages had seven names, the other eight names. In all, town officials verified 528 signatures on the petition, short of the 689 needed to force a referendum. ***

New Canaan’s Bankwell has made another generous donation to Filling in the Blanks, a local nonprofit organization launched in 2013 by town residents Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer.

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The new cell tower at the end of Soundview Lane in northeastern New Canaan is on track to be operational by May, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Town Council. ***

Some upcoming events to pencil in: 

“Success with Hydrangeas with Lorraine Ballato” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3—from the New Canaan Beautification League; 
Stepping Strong: Lowering Your Risk of Falls from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11—from Waveny LifeCare Network;
Lenten Season with the United Methodist Church of New Canaan, 10 a.m. Sundays via Facebook Live. ***

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday afternoon held a special meeting with a single agenda item: “Executive Session to discuss potential litigation to protect the Town’s legal standing.” It came hours after the selectmen approved another $2,000 in legal fees related to the proposed “God’s Acre Platform.” Among other things, the charges reflect a Jan. 19 Zoom meeting with Moynihan, Nicholas Bamonte, an attorney for the town, and Tucker Murphy, a staffer in the first selectman’s office. Murphy also served as a member of a committee that proposed the year-round flagstone terrace at the top of God’s Acre.