The Playhouse: Target Opening Date for Restored Movie Theater Remains June 21 

Workers are making good progress at The Playhouse and the target opening date, at this point, remains June 21, town officials said Wednesday night. Preparations are “going forward” and contractors are “working six to seven days a week,” according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “They’re aware of the June 21st deadline and they’re working diligently towards that,” he told members of the Town Council at their regular meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. Referring to the new operator of The Playhouse, he added, “And CinemaLab, on their side, is starting to work on some of their ideas for an opening.”

Closed at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and available to a new tenant since later that year, when Bow Tie Cinemas terminated its lease, the Playhouse will remain a two-screen “twin” theater when it opens. Originally estimated at about $4 million, the long-awaited project at the Playhouse came in at nearly double that figure last year, and is finishing at about $8.6 million.

Town Council To ‘Reconsider’ Audit Committee Appointment

Six months after voting against the appointment, the town’s legislative body is scheduled to “reconsider” adding a local man with a unique history in New Canaan to a prominent municipal body. The following agenda item appears on the Town Council’s regular meeting agenda for 7 p.m. Wednesday: “Audit Committee Appointment – Reconsideration of the confirmation of the appointment of Roy Abramowitz as a regular member for a three year term ending December 1, 2025.”

In denying the appointment by a 6-5 vote at its April 5 meeting, Councilmen (as they had weeks earlier) voiced concerns about the process that landed the Abramowitz nomination in front of them. Specifically,  they said that since the Audit Committee is a creation of the Town Council itself, its members should be involved earlier in vetting candidates. Formed in 2014, the volunteer Audit Committee helps oversee financial reporting for the municipal government and school district. The Committee has a vacancy left by founding member George Maranis, who resigned. Abramowitz is a CPA in town.

Election 2023: Maria Naughton Announces Re-Election Bid for Town Council [Q&A]

New Canaan’s Maria Naughton, an educator who has served on the Town Council for four years, this week announced her candidacy for re-election to the legislative body. We put some questions to Naughton ahead of the July 25 Republican caucus, where she will seek party backing. Here’s our exchange. ***

New Canaanite: What is your background professionally and in terms of living and volunteering here in New Canaan? Maria Naughton: After working for several years at GE Capital in the Aviation Services arm of the company, I decided to shift my career path into the field of education.