The town on Dec. 21 issued a building permit to M2 Partners and Arnold Karp for the four buildings that will comprise Merritt Village. The permit is for “construction of new multifamily residential units” with 173 underground and 31 surface parking spaces. The units will come to a total of 167,746 square feet and will cost about $16.8 million to build, according to the permit. Its issuance came days after the Planning & Zoning Commission discussed withholding the permit itself until concerns regarding Park Street-facing retaining walls are addressed.
This free presentation will explain State and federal marijuana laws, including Connecticut’s medical marijuana law, juvenile versus adult prosecution, what marijuana “tickets” really mean, and the penalties associated with carrying and distributing marijuana. There will be discussion about the reported health benefits of marijuana and its history, as well as the pros and cons related to the rapidly growing retail marijuana industry as our country moves into the “marijuana age”.
Town Councilman Sven Englund, a longtime volunteer firefighter in New Canaan, said during the legislative body’s regular meeting Wednesday: “I would just like to say, basically, that we are saying ‘goodbye’ to a couple of fire commissioners this month. Al DuPont has moved to California and everyone wishes Al well, and the family. And the other one we are saying goodbye to is Rip Munger, who was fire commissioner for an unprecedented 19 years. We will be having a memorial service Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Wilton Quaker Meeting House. See a lot of big red trucks and blue uniforms.”
According to a separation agreement obtained this week by NewCanaanite.com through a Freedom of Information Act request, a former assistant to the New Canaan High School athletic director had been overpaid $30,000 by the Board of Education during the 2015-16 academic year. Anne Tomaselli paid the school district back that money, under the agreement, and the Board of Ed accepted her resignation “in lieu of any proceedings” concerning the termination of her employment. The agreement also specified that she would not seek future employment with the schools. Many in town knew Tomaselli as ticket sales supervisor at Dunning Stadium. Asked how she came to be overpaid by $30,000, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi said in an email: “When the district moved payroll in-house, a stipend that was given 3 [times] a year for additional facility support in athletics at NCHS was miscoded as a recurring payment.
The Traffic Calming Work Group this week released the following data captured by speed sentries in New Canaan. The following figures represent the 85th percentile of speeds among all motorists—the standard used in determining whether motorists are driving too fast. Dan’s Highway—29.6 mph (eastbound), 28.4 mph (westbound)
Gerdes Road—33.6 mph (eastbound), 31.8 mph (westbound)
Oenoke Ridge Road—41.4 mph (southbound)
Talented New Canaan High School graduate Thomas Throop, furniture maker of Grove Street and owner of Black Creek Designs, is exhibiting at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City this weekend. ***
New Canaan Police made two pot busts on Wednesday. At 3:43 p.m., a 32-year-old Norwalk man was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after he in advertently activated a burglar alarm at New Canaan Library.