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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.

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The New Canaan husband and wife arrested by warrant in September on felony risk of injury charges now is facing eviction from their Briscoe Road home, court documents show. The lease ($5,500 per month) held by Tina and Paxton Kinol is being terminated because of “serious nuisance” and because the conduct described through their arrests “presents an immediate and serious danger to the safety of the other tenants,” according to a complaint filed in state Superior Court by Norwalk attorney Mark Sank. ***

Here’s a video from New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Budd on “Holiday Doors,” a newly launched video series spotlighting local businesses this holiday season. The campaign is sponsored by Walter Stewart’s Market, Bankwell and Stewarts Spirits:

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The Board of Finance during its regular meeting Tuesday re-elected Todd Lavieri as chair and Judy Neville as secretary. ***

Officials on Wednesday gathered at Waveny Care Center on Farm Road as Waveny LifeCare Network accepted a donation of 1,000 N95 donated to its staff by Connecticut Biotech.

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Tickets for the annual Turkey Bowl are to go on sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the auxiliary gym at New Canaan High School. They cost $10 apiece (cash) and are for New Canaan residents only, school official say. There’s a two-ticket limit and purchasers must bring photo ID. The rival football game against (ew) Darien High School is to be played at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, and no tickets will be available at the gate. NCHS recently was ranked the #2 high school in the state by niche.com, Darien #3.

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Congratulations to family-owned pet supply retailer Pet Pantry Warehouse on its 75th year in business. Founded in Greenwich, Pet Pantry opened its New Canaan store on Grove Street seven years ago. In marking the milestone, the New Canaan Dog Days organizer is hosting in-store events throughout 2020—such as face painting, balloon art, ice cream socials, educational lectures, contests, portrait sessions and music—and is calling on locals to recommend nonprofit beneficiaries for its newly launched $75,000 fundraising effort. Suggestions can be emailed to to the Pet Pantry executive team at ppw75@ppwpet.com. 

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An art gallery on Burtis Avenue hasn’t paid its $4,000 monthly rent in about one year and now owes about $58,000 to its landlord, according to a complaint filed last week in state Superior Court. The owner of 9 Burtis Ave.—a limited liability company that’s owned by three Manhattan residents, according to Connecticut Secretary of the State records—filed papers Nov.