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Congratulations to New Canaan’s Steve Benko and Garland Allen, who are to be inducted this summer into the FCIAC Hall of Fame. The conference’s banquet is to be held June 13 at the Norwalk Inn. Many know Benko as the town’s recreation director. He is being honored for “officiating and cross country roles,” according to the FCIAC. Allen serves on New Canaan’s Youth Sports Committee and he is to be honored for “Greenwich athletics,” the conference said.

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As per the Board of Selectmen’s decision earlier this month, the Mead Park Brick Barn is to be demolished over three days next week, starting Monday, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. ***

The Building Department on March 22 issued an after-the-fact permit for $29,000 in work at 306 Smith Ridge Road. The work included interior demolitions, dividing a room off of the master bathroom into smaller rooms, building a wall and installing a privacy door as well as additional cabinetry and a closet. The homeowner is paying $765 in fees for the work. “Kindly note that all the above work was done without obtaining the necessary permits,” the permit said.

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New Canaan Public Schools as of Monday night had 273 kindergarten sign-ups for the fall, compared to 231 at the same time last year, district officials said during this week’s Board of Education meeting. ***

The company hired by the town last summer to address the rat problem behind The Playhouse on Elm Street, Stamford-based Aavon Pest Control Inc., charged New Canaan $145 per month for three months to tend its “rodent safety bait stations” and inspect for “rodent burrowing activity,” according to the agreement. ***

The Rotary Club of New Canaan is now taking applications for its 2019 Grant program. Applications will be taken from registered nonprofit organizations in New Canaan and neighboring areas in two categories only: “Health and Wellness” and “Education and Literacy.” The deadline for applications is April 5, and full details can be found by clicking on “Rotary Grant Application” under the “Club Documents” tab on the left side of the Rotary Club of New Canaan website. ***

Congratulations to New Canaan’s Jaime Sneddon and The Sneddon Team on earning recognition from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty as the company’s top producing agent and top producing team, based on total closed volume for the year 2018.

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The New Canaan Building Department on March 6 issued an after-the-fact building permit for $30,500 of work done to finish a basement at 15 Turner Hill Road. The work, which led to $780 in fees and was overseen by the homeowner, included adding a bathroom, bedroom and playroom, about 450 square feet, the permit said. “Kindly note that ll the above work was done without obtaining the necessary permits,” it said. “This means that all required inspections during construction were not performed.”

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The New Canaan High School Class of 1978 raised $7,800 for the Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs in memory of Katherine Schlegel, who tragically passed in early September. She was the daughter of Elena (Peters) and Stephen Schlegel.

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The owner of 69 Hoyt Farms Road paid the town $1,225 in fees after the Building Department issued an after-the-fact permit for $60,000 of work that he’d done on his own home. The work involved finishing a 917-square-foot basement, creating a bathroom, pantry, main room and back room plus a food prep area, according to the permit. “Kindly note that all the above work was done without obtaining the necessary permits,” the permit said. “This means that all required inspections during construction were not performed.”

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The town has scheduled 421 assessment appeal hearings in March, according to a schedule published on the municipal website. Officials have said the town could see a reduction of about $20 million to its Grand List after the Board of Assessment Appeals finishes its work. 

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We wish the very best to Nelson Oliveira, a journalist that locals will remember fondly as the New Canaan News reporter from about four years ago.