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South School students underwent a safety drill Thursday afternoon, according to an email sent to parents by interim Principal John Grasso. It was “an opportunity for staff and students to practice the procedures that are in place to secure the building in the event of a safety threat to the school,” Grasso said in the email. ***

Congratulations to New Canaan’s Jack Mountford, 11, a Saxe Middle School 7th-grader who qualified this summer to play in major U.S. junior tennis tournaments, including the National Championships on both clay and hard court surfaces. In early July Mountford traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the 12 & Under National Clay Court Championships. In August, he played the National Championships on hard courts in Mobile, Ala. In both events, Mountford made it several rounds eventually running into some of the top-ranked American players.

‘A Really Nice Way to Be Outside Together’: Outdoor Movie Night at Waveny Returns Friday

A little more than three years ago, town resident Jonathan Breen came up with the idea of hosting a family-friendly outdoor movie night at Waveny Park. 

“I’ve always loved the idea of having outdoor movies,” he told NewCanaanite.com. 

“I just reached out to the town and pitched them the idea,” he added. With the blessing of the Recreation Department, Breen said he reached out to a number of sponsors around town. Steve Karl, vicepresident of Sales at Karl Chevrolet—one of the event’s sponsors—said the project has been “a grassroots effort.” “It seemed like a great idea, and over the last few years that we’ve done it it’s really been a nice event,” he said. 

“We actually have a lot of fun,” Karl added, “because there’s a little popcorn stand and it really feels like you’re going to a movie, but it’s a different kind of venue because you’re outdoors.” This year’s free Outdoor Movie Night will take place this Friday, Aug.

Waveny Summer Concerts a Success Despite ‘Weather Roulette’; Wednesday’s Show Postponed to Thursday

Despite unpredictable weather—including a poor forecast that postponed Wednesday’s installment to Thursday—the town’s annual Waveny Summer Concert Series has once again been a great success this year, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko. Held on the lawn out back of Waveny House, the event is “a fun family night out,” Benko said. 

“A lot of people will get together with friends…they have a conversation, listen to the music, and have a nice time under the stars,” he added. The series has been running in some form for nearly 40 years, Benko said. It started out as a collaboration with Manhattan-based Music Performance Trust Fund, and has since evolved into a 12-concert summer series featuring a variety of local and area musicians. Sponsors this year include Rand Insurance Co., Hobbs Inc., Kaster Moving Company, the New Canaan Board of Realtors and Karl Chevrolet.

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New Canaan Police on Wednesday said investigators have received more than 1,200 tips in the case of a local woman missing since May 24. Since issuing a call for video surveillance in the case of Jennifer Dulos, nearly 80 businesses and residents responded, according to Lt. Jason Ferraro. “In addition both physical and digital evidence is continuing to be processed and reviewed to aide in the investigation,” Ferraro said. Tips can be called in at 203-594-3544, emailed to FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov or submitted anonymously at www.FindJenniferDulos.com. On the same day, the two-month mark since Dulos’s disappearance, family friend Carrie Luft issued a statement.

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The New Canaan Building Department on July 9 issued an after-the-fact permit for $5,000 of work done at 82 Old Kings Highway. The permit, which generated $675 in fees for the town, involved turning a half-bath into a full bathroom by adding a shower stall. ***

Waveny LifeCare Network residents and staff celebrated the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team win over England in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday, July 2. The game was watched on Waveny’s new 75 inch television, an addition to Waveny’s therapeutic recreation offerings made possible through a grant by the Rotary Club of New Canaan, and from donations directed to Waveny in honor of volunteer Ruby Bierman’s bat mitzvah. 

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Burglaries in New Canaan are down to four so far this year compared to eight at the same time last year, officials said at the most recent meeting of the Police Commission. Motor vehicle crashes involving property damage are down “significantly,” from 171 to 193, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said during the Commission’s June 19 meeting, though crashes that involve injuries are up to 18 versus 13 one year ago.