Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan High School Theatre’s winter musical is “Grease”—March 19, 20 and 21—and cast members gathered at the most sensible place in town for a promotional photo shoot on a Saturday afternoon: The repair shop at Karl Chevrolet. See slideshow above, and stand by for a special video from the shoot that’s in production now. ***

Pam Pooley, administrative assistant in the New Canaan Planning & Zoning Department, is retiring March 31 after 10 years in the position. Best of luck to Pam! ***

The owner of South End restaurant has applied to the state for a liquor permit at a planned second location in New Canaan—at 15 Elm St., a space occupied since January 2013 by Picador Restaurant.

Town to Replace, Improve Heavily Used Sidewalk between God’s Acre and Vine Cottage

Town officials this week approved about $83,000 to improve a downtown sidewalk along one of the most well trodden stretches in New Canaan. Utility workers since midsummer have been working along the sidewalk from God’s Acre—at the corner of the St. John’s Place extension at Main Street—down to Vine Cottage. The Board of Selectmen at its Tuesday meeting approved $82,841.20 to replace it with a new concrete sidewalk with granite curbing. “If anyone has seen it over the last six years, it is woefully in need of this,” First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said at the meeting, held in the Training Room of the New Canaan Police Department.

God’s Acre Gets a New Evergreen Tree for Christmas Caroling

New Canaan resident Scott Gress lost 14 of the 80-foot pine trees on his property when Superstorm Sandy struck two years ago. Shortly after, it occurred to Gress while driving past God’s Acre that if the iconic fir tree there came down, there’d be no centerpiece for one defining community event for New Canaanites: Christmas Eve caroling. Gress said he identifies New Canaan strongly with the annual Dec. 24 gathering on the sloping green in front of the Congregational Church. “There’s no question about it.