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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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New Canaan Police are investigating the reported theft of a leather jacket and tools worth about $113 from the New Canaan Thrift Shop. The larceny was reported Feb. 10. ***

New Canaan Library last week announced the election of seven new members of its Board of Trustees: Rachel Baker, Gary Engle, Rob Lowe, Fatou Niang, Eileen Thomas, Anne Tseng and Peter Ziesing. ***

The United Methodist Church of New Canaan invites the community to join congregants this Lenten season at 10 a.m. Sundays via Facebook Live.

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Congratulations to former New Canaan resident Steve Cannon on receiving the NFL’s 2020 Salute to Service Award (see video below). 

A town resident from 2000 to 2015 who was married to his wife, Ann, at Waveny (the couple’s youngest daughter, Carly, was born while the family lived here and attended East School), Cannon is CEO of AMB Sports and Entertainment, parent company of the Atlanta Falcons. He graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986, was Airborne Ranger qualified and served as a 1st Lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain. During his time in the Army, Cannon also served five years as an artillery officer. Selected for the award from among 32 nominees by panel of judges including representatives from the U.S. military, NFL and USAA, Cannon was cited for his “constant military first mindset and utilization of the NFL’s platform” to provide “active duty service members, veterans and military families with first-class experiences and support.” Asked for a favorite memory of the town, Cannon told NewCanaanite.com in an email, “We were married at Waveny so we love that place and were regular attendees of the Wednesday concerts and 4th of July fireworks.”

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Police at about 3:10 p.m. on Feb. 1 responded to the Hatfield Mews condo complex on Elm Street on a report of an individual receiving a threatening phone call and email.

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An attorney representing Michelle Troconis—girlfriend of accused wife-killer Fotis Dulos—on Thursday filed a motion seeking to have charges of tampering dismissed. The motion, which doesn’t address a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, focuses on police evidence that Troconis accompanied Fotis Dulos in dumping bags of items, some of which were later found to have Jennifer Dulos’s blood, at receptacles around Hartford. The body Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who went missing May 24, 2019, has never been found. In New Canaan, rocks painted in her memory with the message “Justice for Jennifer” continue to be placed around and inside the Lapham Road entrance to Waveny Park, where police have said Fotis Dulos transferred his estranged wife’s body from her SUV to a worker’s truck after killing her at her Welles Lane home. (Fotis Dulos killed himself last January.)

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First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting that he “was on vacation the week before last when the incident occurred on the U.S. Capitol.” Moynihan added, “I did not see the video until the next day.

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Congratulations to 1997 New Canaan High School graduate Elon Green, whose nonfiction book “Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York” has been selected by Goodreads and Literary Hub as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021. 

It’s due out March 9. One reviewer, David Grann, author of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” wrote: “In this astonishing and powerful work of nonfiction, Green meticulously reports on a series of baffling and brutal crimes targeting gay men. It is an investigation filled with twists and turns, but this is much more than a compelling true crime story. Green has shed light on those whose lives for too long have been forgotten, and rescued an important part of American history.”

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A state Superior Court hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday in the town’s petition for full legal custody of 12 neglected dogs seized from Catherine Palmer’s Butler Lane home. ***

The Boards of Directors of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and Waveny LifeCare Network this week announced the completion of the first phase of their planned integration.