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.
Police at about 8:11 a.m. last Friday received a report of an unwanted male at New Canaan High School. The man was asked to leave the school, according to police, who had no further information on the incident. ***
Congratulations to Saxe Middle School eighth-graders Lily Roen, Delia Bakal and Eliana Savelli, who earned the top three spots in their age group at the Ridgefield Sprint Triathlon on Aug. 29. The following week, the girls completed with their friend, Colleen Murphy, this one being Olympic distance, raising money for four charities. They selected Girls on the Run, PAWS CT, Filling in the Blanks, and Achilles International, and set a goal to raise $250 for each. They exceeded that goal for each of the charities.
Those seeking to force a referendum vote on the Town Council’s $10 million grant to New Canaan Library for its building project have until Oct. 1 to get 689 registered voters’ signatures, or 5% of qualified New Canaan electors as of the most recent voter list, according to the Town Clerk’s office. If those signatures are obtained, the vote would have to be scheduled by the Town Council within 30 days, and the last possible day to hold the referendum vote would be Oct. 31, officials say. At that point, in order to succeed, the referendum would have to see more people voting in favor of the petitioners’ goal and those voting in favor would have to be at least 15% of of the total electorate.
New Canaan Fire Chief Jack Hennessey is to retire Oct. 31, following a letter submitted during Tuesday’s meeting of the Fire Commission, officials say.
Hired by the town in July 2006, Hennessey has been a “great leader” who is responsible for putting in new systems for budgeting and apparatus management that have helped the department, according to Commission Chair Jack Horner. “Jack Hennessey, God bless him, has served our town stupendously well for 15 years and Jack has been in the fire service for 40-plus years, easily.” Hennessey started in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter in Stamford and became a career firefighter at Turn of River Fire Department in 1984, Horner said. ***
New Canaan Library on Aug. 30 marked the official launch of its building project with a ceremonial “Spade in Ground” celebration.