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Ed Vollmer, a member of the appointed Historical Review Committee, during a discussion Thursday of the group’s responsibility to create an update a “Historic Resource Inventory” of New Canaan—a listing of structures here with historical significance—said the document wouldn’t be public. Saying he had been approached by Realtors in the past about such a listing, Vollmer recommended the Inventory be kept at the New Canaan Historical Society, rather than online, forcing those wishing to see it to go there. “It is available to public if they want to go get it, but I don’t want to make it easy,” he said. Here’s that section of the meeting:

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First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said Monday during a meeting of the Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Buildings & Infrastructure that he has an “unusual sleep cycle” and typically awakens between 3 and 4 a.m.

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New Canaan Police shared this photo and message Thursday through the department’s Instagram account, showing the family of Officer Rex Sprosta visiting him on the job with a sign saying “We love u Dad”: “During these unprecedented times in our town, country and world one thing is known, the women and men of the New Canaan Police Department are here for all of our residents. We are dedicated to providing the best service possible under these very stressful times.

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Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday that he intends to sign an order keeping all Connecticut schools closed through at least May 20. “Out of the best interests of the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff, we feel this is the best approach at this time,” he said in a press release. According to New Canaan Emergency Management Director Mike Handler, the town had 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths as of Thursday evening. ***

Regarding the estimated $12 million renovation of police headquarters on South Avenue, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a discussion of long-term capital spending at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Finance, “If anything, if we are going into a recession or a depression, maybe you push the Police Department [project] off entirely.”

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New Canaan Police posted on Instagram Thursday that thieves continue to take advantage of residents who are not locking their cars amid the COVID-19 emergency. “More and more cars are being entered at night and several cars have been stolen,” police said.

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Emergency Management Director Mike Handler said Thursday in a town-wide call that New Canaan now has 63 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and that seven residents have succumbed to the virus. In a press release, Waveny LifeCare Network officials noted that despite taking several preventative steps, 10 individuals associated with the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. “These include three healthcare staff members and seven patients/residents,” the press release said. “Three of those patients/residents have passed, and four are currently under care at local hospitals. We remain in contact with medical professionals and families and we hope that those hospitalized will recover and return home to Waveny soon.  The three healthcare staff members are recuperating at home.”

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Due to the emergency, this year’s “Clean Your Mile” initiative, planned for later this month, has been canceled, Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Director Kathleen Holland announced. ***

New Canaan Police at 10:36 p.m. on March 28 cited a 23-year-old Main Street man on marijuana-related offenses after investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle at Woodland Place and Elm Place. ***

Karl Chevy is now offering 20% off labor for service work on all makes and models.

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The five firefighters that had been in isolation due to exposure to COVID-19 are all healthy and have returned to work, Fire Chief Jack Hennessey told members of the Board of Selectmen Tuesday.. ***

New Canaan Police fielded seven reports of larcenies from motor vehicles in the first two months of 2020, compared to zero in the same period last year, according to data reviewed at Monday’s regular meeting of the Police Commission. Car crashes with injuries increased from four to nine in the same period, data show, while radar-related incidents declined from 173 to 83. ***

The Town Council on Tuesday voted to reappoint Mike Sweeney and Bernard Simpkin to the New Canaan Housing Authority. ***

Here’s a CNN video of anchor Brianna Keilar interviewing the Rev. Peter Walsh of New Canaan, who performed last rites over the phone for a local man and parishioner who had contracted COVID-19. 

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New Canaan’s Alessia Miller—together with Meghan D. Hely Walsh as well as Dana Cifone and chef Stephen Lewandowski of the Townhouse Restaurant in Greenwich—received a great boost in efforts to support her sister, Tania Mariani, an Emergency Room attending physician at Greenwich Hospital. Asked if they would donate food to the Emergency Department staff, New Canaan moms and other residents of the town and surrounding area donated more than $800, according to Miller, and the restaurant matched the donation in food.

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The New Canaan Community Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to “support the emergency financial needs of New Canaan families,” among other efforts. Read more here. ***

Police on Tuesday morning arrested the fourth suspect—a 19-year-old Kimberly Place man—in the predawn New Year’s Day burglary from Acme supermarket on Elm Street. The New Canaan teens stole $15 in paper towels, police said. ***

May Fair is cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency, St.