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NORTH CANAAN — The picketing strikers were no longer out on Route 44 in front of Stop & Shop on Monday, April 22. 

The union and grocery store chain had announced Sunday night, April 21, that they had reached an agreement.

And so, on the day after Easter and three days into Passover, shoppers began to return to the North Canaan grocery store. Shelves of non-perishables seemed to be well-stocked. The normal abundance of the produce department was diminished, with many of the fruit and vegetable displays empty. 

The store manager and the union...

North Canaan

Voters OK with 2011 budget

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NORTH CANAAN — The wait is over. A town budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 was approved at a town meeting May 31.
It was the third scheduled meeting, with town officials putting off a vote on $6.5 million in proposed local spending in the hopes that the state would resolve its budgeting issues.

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Arrest made in motor vehicle death last October

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NORTH CANAAN — A teenager was arrested last week and charged following an investigation into a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of 43-year-old Brian Brazzale Sr. on Oct. 27, 2010.
Cooper Brown of East Canaan, who turned 17 shortly after the accident, turned himself in at Troop B June 2 after learning of a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and traveling too fast for conditions.

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Family is the theme this Memorial Day

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NORTH CANAAN — Family is what Memorial Day is ultimately about, according to Tom Gailes, a Navy veteran who organizes the annual parade and ceremony at the Doughboy Monument.

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Signs of good economy but ... three sticky zoning questions

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NORTH CANAAN — Two matters have come before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), and are expected to play out in the coming months.
The Citgo gas station at the Xtra Mart on the corner of Route 44 and North Elm Street is working on a rebranding to become a Shell station. Some zoning nonconformity issues will have to be worked out.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Ruth Mulcahy reported at the May 9 commission meeting that the changeover includes replacing the logo-inclusive canopy over the pumps, as well as a “very large” freestanding sign.

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Waiting for state to make first move

North Canaan in wait-and-see mode on budgets
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NORTH CANAAN — A second try at holding the annual town meeting to consider the 2011-12 budget proposal was postponed last week as town officials awaited word on the state budget and how it will affect grants and income to the town.
The town meeting to vote on local town and school spending was originally set for May 10. It was put off to May 17, when it was convened with about 20 people in attendance; a motion was approved to adjourn to May 31.

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National EMS week

Stuffed dog, kindergarteners sit in ambulance
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — National Emergency Medical Services Week was recognized last Friday, May 20, at North Canaan Elementary School with a visit by a team of emergency medical technicians and ambulance tours for the students.
It gave the emergency volunteers a chance to talk with children about when it’s appropriate to call an ambulance, what do to when calling 911 and the ways in which EMTs assist and care for the public.

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A swinging time at Geer senior prom

karenb@lakevillejournal.com
NORTH CANAAN — Poodle skirts and vinyl albums set the tone for the Housy Happy Days senior prom, held at Geer Village Saturday, May 21. Teens who are part of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Housatonic Valley Regional High School organized the dance. Otherwise, the evening was for those who were teens back in the 1950s and earlier. The Geer crowd was joined by seniors from Sharon Health Care Center and Noble Horizons. Lena DeMarco was among those who enjoyed themselves on the dance floor. “I used to love to dance,” DeMarco, 94, said during the pre-dance dinner.

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A swinging time at Geer senior prom

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Poodle skirts and vinyl albums set the tone for the Housy Happy Days senior prom, held at Geer Village Saturday, May 21.
Teens who are part of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Housatonic Valley Regional High School organized the dance. Otherwise, the evening was for those who were teens back in the 1950s and earlier. The Geer crowd was joined by seniors from Sharon Health Care Center and Noble Horizons.
Lena DeMarco was among those who enjoyed themselves on the dance floor.

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Fire District budget meeting moves to June 7

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A May 17 town meeting to consider the proposed 2011-12 budget of the Canaan Fire District (CFD) has been postponed until June 7.
The adjournment was primarily due to a lack of a quorum, but CFD Warden Anthony Nania said there was also an issue of an incomplete budget.
The quorum issue is a long-standing one, hailing back to when the state Legislature changed the minimum from seven to 15 people. Anyone can attend public district meetings, but a quorum of eligible voters (residents and property owners within the district) is required.

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North Canaan’s Citgo to become a Shell

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Within the next few weeks, the Citgo station at the Xtra Mart in the center of town will be changed to a Shell station.
What the rebranding means for gas prices remains to be seen. But an official of Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, based in North Grosvenordale in northeastern Connecticut, confirmed this week that the station will partner with Stop & Shop to accept points customers earn in the Gas Rewards program.

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