Top-10 Most-Read Articles of 2021

The 10 most-read articles of 2021 cover a wide range of local news. The first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic saw traffic on New Canaanite exceed 2.2 million views, up more than 5.5% from 2020. 

Here they are, headlines and ledes:

10. Health Director: New Canaan Woman’s COVID-19 Complaint About Local Restaurant Unfounded (Jan. 3) “Municipal health officials said a New Canaan woman’s complaint last month that a restaurant downtown had been violating COVID-19-related rules was determined to be unfounded. According to a complaint that Tucker Murphy lodged with New Canaan’s highest elected official, the White Buffalo bar and restaurant  was ‘not following the Sector Rules’ on the night of Friday, Dec.

Reality TV Stars Coming to New Canaan for Ribbon-Cutting at ‘The Agency’

The former “Pop-Up Park” downtown will reappear for a few hours at the end of this month to celebrate the launch of a new real estate brokerage in New Canaan. The Aug. 31 ribbon-cutting at The Agency will feature appearances by its founder, Mauricio Umanski, and his wife, Kyle Richards, of “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” respectively, among other reality TV shows, officials say. 

“There’s going to be a good amount of camera crews, from Bravo TV, Netflix,” The Agency’s managing partner, Cliff Smith, told members of the Police Commission at their July 26 meeting, held via videoconference. “We would just like to see if we could just shut down that one section to have a great, fun event, bring awareness to the community, and like I said, we have invited all the shop owners that we have become friendly with since we started,” Smith said. “And I think it will just be a very controlled, fun event.”

The comments came as part of a request to close the first block of South Avenue, between Elm Street and Morse Court, from 4 to 9 p.m. for The Agency’s ribbon-cutting, which will be held 5 to 8 p.m., Smith said.