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New Canaan Police are investigating two smash-and-grabs from vehicles parked at the New Canaan YMCA parking lot, reported at 2:36 p.m. and 3:09 p.m. on Jan. 19. ***

The Board of Education on Monday adopted a proposed operating budget for next fiscal year of about $103.9 million, a 4.84% increase from current spending. Some highlights:

82%-plus of the proposed spending represents salaries and benefits for staff and faculty (primarily classroom teachers, teaching assistants and specials teachers);
The budget includes the addition of 3.1 classroom teachers and one campus monitor. The Board of Ed separately is making an approximately $4.3 million facilities capital request.

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New Canaan Police are investigating the theft of a purse with credit cards, reported stolen from a commercial building at 76 Elm St. at 6:50 p.m. on Jan. 11. ***

The Grove Street home that the Boards of Selectmen and Finance this week voted in favor of the town purchasing for $1 million last was appraised at $659,300, tax records show. The Town Council is scheduled to take up the bonding for the $1 million purchase during a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan.

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New Canaan Police at 11:43 a.m. on Jan. 6 received a report of a purse that had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the Pride’s Crossing condo complex on Elm Street

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The Parks & Recreation Commission during its regular meeting Wednesday voted 10-0 in favor of a new sign to be installed at the Mead Park Playground. Monica Capela, who co-founded the Friends of Mead Park Playground with Allyson Mahoney, noted during the meeting that New Canaan’s late, longtime Recreation Director, Steve Benko, will receive special recognition on the sign as he was so helpful in their project to improve the popular playground, working on it “weekends, Saturdays, it didn’t really matter,” she said. “Steve Benko, of course, has a place in our hearts for all of the time that he put into this project.” The tribute on the sign itself will read: “A debt of gratitude for the late Steve Benko, whose tireless support for our mission was both meaningful and inspiring.”

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Police are investigating the theft of an unlocked vehicle reported stolen at 9:13 a.m. on Jan. 8 from a Woodridge Circle home. 

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There’s a GoFundMe page up for the victim in the near-fatal Dec.

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The New Canaan Police officers that responded to a crash on Route 106 last week saved a life, Chief John DiFederico said during Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. “The officers that arrived on scene and applied the tourniquet, no question, saved that young man’s life,” DiFederico said. The newly promoted chief was responding to praise from Selectman Nick Williams. “Just want to thank you guys for saving a man’s life,” Williams said. ***

Tigger and Piccola Murphy, kittens born to a stray cat and adopted last year by a New Canaan woman, are moving with her to Switzerland. Marian Murphy is preparing to move back to her hometown in Switzerland, near her large family, after living in New Canaan for 42 years.

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New Canaan Police at 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 20 received a report of a ring missing from an Elm Place home. ***

Recycle your Christmas tree by dropping it off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Dec. 31 and Jan. 8 at the Steve Benko Pool parking lot, an effort led by Planet New Canaan.