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Cherry Trees Coming To Cherry Street

After planting elm trees on Elm Street, New Canaan’s tree warden on Tuesday said he’s bringing cherry trees to Cherry Street. Bob Horan, owner of Pauley Tree & Lawn Care Inc., told the Board of Selectmen that he’s overseeing the planting of three cherry trees near the corner of Cherry Street and Burtis Avenue where a dead sugar maple now stands. “I like the cherries on Cherry and elms on Elm—I commend you for that,” First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said during the board’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. The discussion emerged as Mallozzi and Selectman Beth Jones by a 2-0 vote (Selectman Nick Williams was absent) approved a $14,160 contract with a Stamford-based tree care company for multiple tree pruning and removals at various locations around town. The work at Burtis and Cherry is part of the bid won by Stamford-based Almstead Tree, Shrub & Lawn Care, Horan said. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Fire Department officials at about 11:15 a.m. on Monday responded to a request from Officer Allyson Halm—head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section—to assist in corralling a baby deer that had become trapped in a backyard on Millport Avenue. Halm said the firefighters were highly responsive and helpful, and the animal was freed. ***

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved a contract between the Parks Department and Karl Chevrolet for two trucks: a new low-boy that will cost a net of $50,644 and a new pickup truck that will cost $41,670. Those costs reflect what officials called generous trade-in price discounts from the local dealership. “I think the Karls are being very nice to us,” First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said. Continue Reading →

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Tree Warden To Plant Three Sycamores along Cherry Street

The town official who oversees trees along New Canaan’s public roads is planning to improve the grass verge that runs along Cherry Street as it approaches Main with three sycamores. Behind what’s known as the Telephone Building—on the north side of Cherry Street before the curve at Club Sandwich—the grass strip had trees in the past but they’ve been cut down “for various reasons,” according to Tree Warden Bob Horan. “This is a good, open spot where we want to have tree-lined streets in the center of town,” said Horan, a Connecticut licensed arborist since 1981 who also is president of Pauley Tree & Lawn Care. “This is a beautiful spot to improve,” he told “We have sycamores across the street, so that will go with the flow—it’s a nice street tree. Continue Reading →

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Tree Warden To Replace Decaying Oaks Downtown with Four Elms

New Canaan’s tree warden has posted four dying pin oak trees on the first block of Elm Street downtown and plans to replace them with disease-resistant American elms.

The “New Harmony” variety is crossbred with other resistant elms and “it’s the same branch pattern as an American elm, same type of shade tree as an American elm,” Tree Warden Bob Horan told “They will be a decent size tree, probably somewhere in a 3.5- to 4-inch caliper and what’s nice about these trees it will put elm trees back on Elm. It’s a straight trunk with that vase-shaped arching pattern, easily pruned so we can get some height out of them, so we won’t be hiding the storefronts down the road. So we are taking all of this into consideration.”

Originally known as ‘Railroad Avenue,’ Elm Street has only a few old elm trees left on it, including near the train station. The pin oaks that line much of the central street’s one-way stretch are upwards of 20 years old and are in various stages of decline, with girdling roots and misshapen branch patterns from years of pruning, Horan said. Continue Reading →

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Town Hires Bob Horan As New Tree Warden

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of hiring a state-licensed arborist who is familiar with New Canaan and this area’s service providers as the town’s new tree warden. Bob Horan starts immediately in the part-time position vacated this summer by well-respected predecessor Bruce Pauley, who served as tree warden for nearly five years. “Bruce has done a great job,” Horan said during an interview at Town Hall after the selectmen’s 3-0 vote to hire him. “He’s been doing it now for quite a few years, after reorganizing the position. I plan on stepping in and continuing his programs and just taking care of the trees and the people of this town.”

First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said during the meeting that Horan has acquired Pauley’s tree care company, though he himself does not do any business with the municipality. Continue Reading →

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