Moynihan: New COVID-19 Cases Among Unvaccinated People and Those Who Are Traveling

New Canaan’s highest elected official said Tuesday that the town continues to see four or five new positive cases of COVID-19 virus per week. The new cases are of two kinds, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan: unvaccinated people or people who have received vaccine but have traveled “predominantly to areas of higher risk.”

None of the New Canaan positive cases are being reported yet as “very sick or hospitalized in the area,” Moynihan said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held at Town Hall. “And [Gov. Ned Lamont] indicated yesterday this Delta variant is a concern,” Moynihan said. “I talked to the governor yesterday about the school reopening and whether or not he’s going to require masks,” he added. “The governor’s orders were extended as of today to [Sept.

Moynihan: Parks & Rec Member Arrested in Domestic Incident To Remain on Commission

New Canaan’s highest elected official said this week that he’s looked into the arrest in a domestic incident of a Parks & Recreation Commission member and has concluded that there’s no reason for the town to take action regarding that individual’s seat on the appointed body. Jack Hawkins, 45, was arrested May 31 by New Canaan Police and charged with disorderly conduct. A 67-year-old woman, Judy Hawkins, also was charged with the misdemeanor offense following what police called a “domestic dispute” that involved both of them and a third occupant of the Hawkinses’ New Norwalk Road home. Police withheld details, saying it was a domestic matter. Following the arrest and prior to the Commission’s June meeting, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan outlined a decision-making process whereby he would meet with police and discuss the domestic incident “to understand what they know before I can make any judgment as to Jack.”

Asked during a phone interview Monday whether he had followed up with police as planned, Moynihan said, “I would say no, although let me recollect entirely.

Moynihan: Playhouse Could Reopen As Early As Thanksgiving

The town could open the Playhouse on Elm Street with a movie operator in place as early as Thanksgiving, according to New Canaan’s highest elected official. Though municipal officials had thought at first they could reopen the theater without addressing some interior improvements, the town’s strategy now is to fix problems both inside and outside the 1923 building first, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said. Specifically, improvements have to do with “ADA compliance and things like the bathrooms that just have to be done to make it a serviceable venue,” he told NewCanaanite.com in an interview. “We thought we could continue to operate but it’s time to really just do them now and keep the place closed for a little longer to get them done,” Moynihan said. “So, best case, we are probably looking at Thanksgiving time to reopen.”

Closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and available to a new tenant since Bow Tie Cinemas terminated its lease in December, the iconic movie house already is getting new roofing this year.

NCHS Class of 2021 Graduates [VIDEO]



Alexandra Kurz, student body president for the New Canaan High School class of 2021, on Wednesday morning recalled memories she made throughout her public school career here, from West School Care Conventions to seventh-grade mat ball with Frank Arcamone and freshman year English with Maggie Hamill. “Our paths have all crossed at one point and that’s what makes us a family,” she told more than 370 fellow classmates gathered at Dunning Stadium on a sunny, clear day for their graduation ceremony. “Maybe I’m speaking for myself, but these past 13 years have flown by and I have learned so much from each and every one of you. I’ve also learned to see everything with an open mind and a full heart. You could argue that we had lots of things stripped from us in the past 14 months but frankly, I think it has brought us so much closer together.”

Families filled the stands on both sides of Dunning for the graduation of what district officials called the largest class in NCHS history, students that saw their school close with just a few months left in their junior year, and then navigated the college application process remotely and in many cases missed out on highly anticipated sports and other extracurricular activities their senior year. 

“First-semester junior year, we were finally upperclassmen and counted down the days until we became seniors,” Kurz recalled.