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A vehicle parked at Irwin Park had its window smashed and a purse stolen from it, according to a report police received at 1:07 p.m. last Saturday. ***

Asked at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting for an update on Metro-North Railroad service, which grew limited as the COVID-19 pandemic set in, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said a “very favorable” announcement was expected “soon” from the state. “But I cannot pre-announce anything,” Moynihan said. ***

A motorist was cited for reckless driving and failure to drive right after crossing the centerline at the curve in the area of 93 Old Stamford Road and striking another vehicle at about 7:30 a.m. on July 29, police said. The drivers of both cars suffered minor injuries and were transported to the Norwalk Hospital Emergency Room by New Canaan Emergency Medical Services.

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The New Canaan husband and wife arrested by warrant in September on felony risk of injury charges now is facing eviction from their Briscoe Road home, court documents show. The lease ($5,500 per month) held by the couple is being terminated because of “serious nuisance” and because the conduct described through their arrests “presents an immediate and serious danger to the safety of the other tenants,” according to a complaint filed in state Superior Court by Norwalk attorney Mark Sank. ***

Here’s a video from New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Budd on “Holiday Doors,” a newly launched video series spotlighting local businesses this holiday season. The campaign is sponsored by Walter Stewart’s Market, Bankwell and Stewarts Spirits:


The Board of Finance during its regular meeting Tuesday re-elected Todd Lavieri as chair and Judy Neville as secretary. ***

Officials on Wednesday gathered at Waveny Care Center on Farm Road as Waveny LifeCare Network accepted a donation of 1,000 N95 donated to its staff by Connecticut Biotech.

New Canaan’s Most Popular Cars

The oldest automobiles registered in New Canaan is a 1915 Ford Model T and a 1915 Harley-Davidson Twin motorcycle, tax records show. After that, the oldest autos include a 1922 Seagrave Pumper, 1923 Model T and 1927 Rolls Royce, according to the most recently completed Grand List, which includes taxable real and motor vehicle property. Once again in New Canaan—host of the popular Caffeine & Carburetors car show (cancelled so far this year due to the COVID-19 public health emergency) and home to 92-year-old dealership in Karl Chevrolet, one of the best-established companies in town—two makes of cars stand out atop the list of the most commonly owned vehicles. Both BMW and Chevrolet cracked the 1,500 mark, whereas no other single car company reached 1,200 locally registered vehicles. 

Asked how the dealership and repair shop is faring during the public health emergency, Karl Chevrolet Vice President Steve Karl said they’re “very fortunate to have the support of our local community, especially during times like this.”

“September will mark our 93rd year in business and while we have faced many large challenges over the years, nothing could have prepared us for a global pandemic,” he said. “Like every local business, COVID has made us think outside the box and it has tested us in multiple ways, but our staff has stepped up and continues to fight through the issues every day.

Local Business and COVID-19: Karl Chevrolet

What follows are responses from Leo Karl III, president of Karl Chevrolet, for our Q&A on how the local business is navigating the COVID-19 emergency in New Canaan. New Canaanite: What has the past week been like for you and Karl Chevrolet? Leo Karl III: Like all of us, each day has brought new information and adjustments. We have been preparing and making plans for a couple of weeks, so we feel our team has been very pro-active in dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus health threat. We want to do our part to be good stewards of our community’s health and well-being, while delivering needed services to our clients as seamlessly as possible. That includes adapting several new business initiatives.

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A senior member of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church congregation tested positive for COVID-19 virus, according to a post from the Rev. Peter Walsh on the church’s website. The individual’s family is quarantined, and as a protective measure so is a pastor from the church who had visited them, Walsh said. (The pastor is asymptomatic.) St. Mark’s will not gather in person for at least two weeks, through March 29, Walsh said in the post.