• arnold karp,  Business,  dan radman,  Kent Turner,  Lead News,  Planning & Zoning Commission,  Town Government,  Uncategorized

    Faux stone wall gets P&Z’s attention too

    The faux stone retaining wall on Park Street has landed Merritt Village developer Arnold Karp in front of Town Council and, this week, Planning & Zoning Commission. — Greg Reilly photo Developer Arnold Karp assured the Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 24 that materials being used in the Merritt Village project will meet all requirements. Karp said while he’s heard public criticism of the initial work, “I don’t think it’s warranted,” because less than 1% of work has been completed. “You’re criticizing something that hasn’t been built yet,” he said. “Let us get further on down the line,” said Karp, telling the P&Z that what’s been completed is “mostly…

  • Community,  Lead News,  Recreation Soccer,  This Weekend & Coming Up,  Town Government,  town of new canaan,  Waveny Park

    SLIDESHOW: This is New Canaan

    A quintessential part of New Canaan is children’s soccer at Waveny Park on Saturday mornings in the fall. Nothing but fun for the youngsters, and parents enjoy relaxing and chatting with coffee along the sidelines. Dads and others coach the teams in the Town of New Canaan program, and all enjoy the autumn air with changing colors. — Greg Reilly photo [Photos by Greg Reilly. To stop slideshow rotation, put cursor over a photo. To resume rotation, remove cursor.] The post SLIDESHOW: This is New Canaan appeared first on New Canaan Advertiser.

  • Community,  Lead News,  New Canaan Parks & Recreation Commission,  Sally Campbell,  Town Government

    Parks & Rec thinking pickleball or volleyball in place of two tennis courts

    Two of the Mead Park Tennis Courts getting early morning use by a men’s group in July. — Greg Reilly photo With the sale of Mead Park Tennis permits declining from 400 to 150 over the past decade, the Parks & Recreation Commission is considering the idea of converting perhaps two of Mead’s nine tennis courts for other uses. The topic first came up at the Parks & Rec meeting in September, and it rose again at the group’s Oct. 10 meeting. One of the reasons for the discussion now is that there is money in the Park’s budget to renovate the eight tennis courts that are a “Har-Tru” surface.…

  • Dr. Bryan Luizzi,  food service,  Jo-Ann Keating,  Lead News,  new canaan public schools,  Schools,  Town Government

    Schools food service debit system under review

    A review of the debit system used in the New Canaan Public Schools food service program is underway in the wake of the alleged theft of $478,000 in cash from the food service over a five year period, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi told the Advertiser last week and the Audit Committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 15. The debit system accounts for over 95% ($1,900,000) of transactions in the $2 million-per-year food service program, Public Schools Director of Finance and Operations Jo-Ann Keating told the Audit Committee at the Oct. 15 meeting. That system allows families to deposit money into their family account, so that their children can later…

  • Brendan Hayes,  Dr. Bryan Luizzi,  Lead News,  new canaan public schools,  Schools,  Town Government

    Cost of teacher salaries estimated to rise 3% next year under new contract

    The net effect of the new contract agreement between the Board of Education and the New Canaan Public Schools public schools teachers union is a teacher salaries cost increase of about 3% per year, or 9.2% over the course of the three-year deal. This information comes from New Canaan Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi who responded to follow up questions from the Advertiser after he released topline information last Monday evening. Board of Education member Brendan Hayes emphasized to the Advertiser that the actual “net effect” of the new contract is not knowable, because the board will not know exactly how many teachers there will be at the various…