Darien's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/darien Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:53:45 -0500 HamletHub.com Darien Arts Center Announces Full Time Office Manager Position Available http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46308-darien-arts-center-announces-full-time-office-manager-position-available46308-darien-arts-center-announces-full-time-office-manager-position-available http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46308-darien-arts-center-announces-full-time-office-manager-position-available46308-darien-arts-center-announces-full-time-office-manager-position-available

Strong Financial Reporting and Administrative Experience Needed 

The Darien Arts Center is currently seeking an experienced, friendly, optimistic, articulate, self-motivated individual for a full time Office Manager position. Candidate must have strong interpersonal, organizational, computer and 5 plus years bookkeeping experience. Proficiency in project management, database management, QuickBooks, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Word a must. DAC promotes the arts to all ages, offering classes, recitals, and performances in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.
 
If you are an enthusiastic team player with an interest in supporting the arts please email your resume and cover letter to: resumes@darienarts.org. Application Deadline February 15, 2018. Rate of pay based on experience. Vacation benefits included.
 
*Image courtesy of Darien Arts Center
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kerry@ducey.org (DAC) Neighbors Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:40:42 -0500
Carver Foundation Announces Special 80th Anniversary Event http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46299-carver-foundation-of-norwalk-151594792746299-carver-foundation-of-norwalk-1515947927 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46299-carver-foundation-of-norwalk-151594792746299-carver-foundation-of-norwalk-1515947927

The Carver community will recognize and thank its students, parents and guardians, alumni, staff, many program partners, donors, advocates, and its countless other supporters, including our elected officials, today and over the past 80 years, for all that they have each invested in advancing the careers and lives of our children and in improving the City of Norwalk. The special anniversary event will take place on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5:00PM (immediately following the annual Carver Career Fair) at the Carver Community Center, 7 Academy Street, Norwalk.

The Norwalk Arts Commission officially endorses this kick-off event that launches a year-long series of events to celebrate Carver’s 80 years of “Building Lifetime Achievers,” including Carver’s annual Child of America gala on Friday, April 27th, and “Carver Day” (a block party on Academy Street/”Richard N. Fuller Way”) on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Carver is the largest provider of after-school and summer programs in Norwalk. Since 2005, 100% of Carver seniors graduate on time and almost 100% of these graduates become first-generation college students; 85% of these Carver students graduate from four-year colleges within six years. Carver’s Youth Development Program is conducted in the Carver Community Center, in Norwalk’s four middle and two high schools, and in Side by Side Charter School. Carver’s K-5 after school program at its Community Center offers intensive project-based learning in science, literacy and math. Carver produces summer learning programs in six locations throughout Norwalk. Carver also offers college scholarships, spring and fall college tours, food drives, community holiday events and more for the benefit of the Norwalk community.

 

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jim@carvercenterct.org (Carver Foundation of Norwalk) Charities Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:35:16 -0500
On the Children's Shelf: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chaninani http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46309-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-school-for-good-and-evil-by-soman-chaninani46309-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-school-for-good-and-evil-by-soman-chaninani http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46309-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-school-for-good-and-evil-by-soman-chaninani46309-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-school-for-good-and-evil-by-soman-chaninani

It's Friday, and I'm ready to read this weekend. My daughter read Soman Chaninani's "The School for Good and Evil" after a friend recommended it to her. She couldn't put it down. She was thrilled when she received the second book in the series for Christmas and immediately handed me book one and told me I "had to" read it.
 
I'm a bit behind on my "to be read" list. Okay, who am I kidding? My "to be read" list is probably a mile long, but when your child hands you a book that they love and asks you to read it...that book jumps to the top of the list. 
 
I dove into "The School for Good and Evil" this week. It is very different from what I was expecting, and I honestly have no idea where the story will go ... which makes it awesome! I dislike when books are predictable and this one surprised me from the start. To give you a brief over view, there is a school for good and evil (obviously). Every four years, two children from a town surrounded my forest go missing in the middle of the night. They are never found. Years later, new fairy tale books arrive at the local book seller's, and the children who went missing are in them ... one is the good character, the other is the evil character. In the days leading up to the night when the two children will be taken by the school master, parents try to make their naughty children better (so they aren't the most evil child) and their good children ugly and as unlike a fairy tale prince or princess as possible.
 
This year, unlike other years, one girl is hoping to be chosen. She wants desperately to be a princess in a fairy tale and impatiently awaits the arrival of the school master in the hopes that he will take her away to her fairy tale life. To find out if she is taken and if she ends up the princess in a fairy tale, check out this incredible series. I'm only on book one, but I can't put it down and am excited to see where this series goes!
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sally.stra@gmail.com (Jessica Collins) Life Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:47:45 -0500
A Saturday Night Your Valentine Will Love at The Stamford Marriott http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46307-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott46307-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46307-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott46307-saturday-night-s-your-valentine-will-love-at-the-stamford-marriott

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style at The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

The first-class hotel located in the heart of downtown Stamford is offering a sweet Valentine’s Day overnight package on Saturday, February 10 or Saturday, February 17 ($209/ room, plus taxes). Book your hotel reservation here.

Upon arrival on Saturday, you will be greeted with a complimentary bottle of champagne. Have a romantic dinner inside the hotel at Sam’s American Bistro or hit downtown Stamford for an action-packed evening.

Wake up leisurely on Sunday morning and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two, plus, a late 1:00 pm checkout (think: lounging, working out, or hitting the spa).

Self-parking is complimentary.

Love the weekend even more by indulging in a spa treatment at Agora Spa, a full-service spa that offers body treatments, facials, massages and an invigorating steam room. Learn more about the spa

Book your hotel reservation here.

View the spa packages here.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm.

We are proud to welcome Stamford Marriott to our family of HamletHub sponsors!

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:10:00 -0500
Bargains Galore at Darien's Indoor Sidewalk Sales http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46306-bargains-galore-at-darien-s-indoor-sidewalk-sales46306-bargains-galore-at-darien-s-indoor-sidewalk-sales http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46306-bargains-galore-at-darien-s-indoor-sidewalk-sales46306-bargains-galore-at-darien-s-indoor-sidewalk-sales

Don't miss one of Darien's biggest local shopping events of the year! Indoor Sidewalk Sales - today, Thursday, January 18 through Saturday, January 20. 

Get ready for winter’s version of Darien Summer Sidewalk Sales! Visit your favorite shops for winter finds (it’s still winter!), find some great gifts that you can store away for family and friends! Get out of the house or the office and see Darien friends as you are out and about! This is also a nice time to check out a shop that maybe you didn’t know about! Take this list of stores with you and see what bargains are waiting for you!

Shop local retailers:

browne & co.

The Dock Shoop

Flowers & Flowers

Geary Gallery

Kirby and Company

Palmer's Darien

Runner's Roost

Town House Finds

Wild Birds Unlimited

Darien Sport Shop

Everything is Rosy

Helen Ainson

Good Goods

Morley

Pure Barre

Tina Dragone-Darien

Wiggle & Giggles

For additional information, visit Darien Chamber online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Darien Chamber of Commerce) Places Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:20:30 -0500
Wilton and Norwalk residents charged with selling illegal drugs to Darien High School students http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/46305-wilton-and-norwalk-residents-charged-with-selling-illegal-drugs-to-darien-high-school-students46305-wilton-and-norwalk-residents-charged-with-selling-illegal-drugs-to-darien-high-school-students http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/46305-wilton-and-norwalk-residents-charged-with-selling-illegal-drugs-to-darien-high-school-students46305-wilton-and-norwalk-residents-charged-with-selling-illegal-drugs-to-darien-high-school-students

Darien, CT – Over the past few weeks, the Darien Police Department Detective Division and Selective Enforcement Unit developed information regarding illegal narcotics activity involving numerous Darien High School students. Officers determined specifically that two subjects were selling high potency liquid marijuana, regular marijuana, and vape pens used to smoke the liquid marijuana to Darien High School students.  These transactions were being facilitated through text messages and social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snap Chat.  Officers were able to identify the two subjects selling the narcotics as Kason Sumpter, age 19, of 100 San Vincenzo Pl., #51 Norwalk, and Gregory Goldstein, age 19, of 3 Church St. Wilton. 

Just after midnight on January 13, 2018, an undercover officer made arrangements to meet with Sumpter for the purposes of purchasing narcotics.  Sumpter agreed to meet in the parking lot of Holmes Elementary School located at 18 Hoyt St. and stated he would be in a black SUV.  Several officers including a K-9 Unit were positioned nearby to await Sumpter’s arrival. 

At approximately 12:25 am a black SUV entered the parking lot on the south side of the school property.  As the undercover officer approached the vehicle, he immediately recognized the front seat passenger as Sumpter.  As the officer reached the vehicle, he observed that Sumpter had a plastic package in his left hand.  The officer then reached to make the transaction, however the operator of the vehicle, later identified as Goldstein, began to drive off for an unknown reason.  At that point numerous officers moved in and were able to take both subjects into custody without incident.   

While searching Sumpter, officers located 4.8 grams of marijuana in a plastic baggie.  While searching Goldstein, officers located a small quantity of marijuana in a plastic baggie in his front pocket.  In the vehicle officers located a baggie containing 13 more grams of marijuana, several vaping devices, and vape cartridges containing THC oil.   

Both Goldstein and Sumpter were transported to headquarters where they were fingerprinted, photographed, and processed for various narcotics charges.  Sumpter was issued a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on January 23, 2018.  Goldstein was issued a $2,500.00 bond and is also scheduled to appear in court on January 23, 2018.  During this investigation there was never any evidence that the previous narcotic transactions had taken place on any school grounds in the Town of Darien.

The vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer belonging to Goldstein’s father, was towed from the scene.  Sumpter and Goldstein were charged as follows:

Sumpter

  •          Possession of Marijuana Less Than 1/2oz.
  •          Possession of Controlled Substance W/In 1500’ of a School
  •          Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  •          Attempt to Commit Sale of Marijuana

Goldstein

  •          Possession of Marijuana Less Than 1/2oz.
  •          Possession of Controlled Substance W/In 1500’ of a School
  •          Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  •          Conspiracy to Commit Sale of Marijuana
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kerry@ducey.org (Darien Police) Public safety Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:11:23 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Donates $5,000 to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46304-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk46304-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46304-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk46304-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-the-open-door-shelter-in-norwalk

Ridgefield, CT – January 18, 2018: Fairfield County Bank donated $5,000 to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. The donation will help support the Smilow SoNo Life Center. The Bank will be partnering with the Life Center to offer financial training to their clients and become involved in the Shelter’s activities.

“We are very fortunate to help the Open Door Shelter as they play a vital role in our community by helping others in need,” said Isaac Walcott, Vice President at Fairfield County Bank. “The Life Center will have a lasting impact on Norwalk, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Smilow Sono Life Center will be built in a historic 19th-century factory building. The 19,800 square foot building will be completely restored and house sixteen efficiency apartments, a job training facility and a neighborhood health center that will offer mental health and substance abuse counseling services. The Life Center will serve both individuals and families of the working poor and the homeless community. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:34:50 -0500
Person-to-Person Awards Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships to Jennell Barrett and Jamal Barrett http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46303-person-to-person-awards-martin-luther-king-jr-scholarships-to-jennell-barrett-and-jamal-barrett-151619881346303-person-to-person-awards-martin-luther-king-jr-scholarships-to-jennell-barrett-and-jamal-barrett-1516198813 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46303-person-to-person-awards-martin-luther-king-jr-scholarships-to-jennell-barrett-and-jamal-barrett-151619881346303-person-to-person-awards-martin-luther-king-jr-scholarships-to-jennell-barrett-and-jamal-barrett-1516198813

Stamford residents and siblings Jennell Barrett and Jamal Barrett have been awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship by Person-to-Person.

As part of the P2P Scholarship Program – established in 1968 to provide financial assistance to college students from low-income households, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education – the award bearing the name of Dr. King has significant meaning given King’s own academic achievements and his belief that education allowed people to break free from the “…miserable culture of poverty.”

With the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, each year P2P recognizes the considerable achievements of two college seniors who demonstrate a high degree of integrity and responsibility as well as a commitment to community service. In recognition of these accomplishments, each student is awarded $1,000 for their use.

The Barretts were honored at the Stamford MLK ceremonies attended by Congressman Jim Himes, P2P Scholarship Committee Member Josephine Fulcher Anderson and P2P Executive Director Ceci Maher on the January 15th holiday commemorating the birth of Dr. King.

About Person-to-Person: Person-to-Person, Inc. was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. A community-supported agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem-solving initiatives. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found at the P2P website.

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tdixon@p2pHelps.org (Troy Ellen Dixon) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:25:12 -0500
African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46302-great-migration-lecture-151611497846302-great-migration-lecture-1516114978 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46302-great-migration-lecture-151611497846302-great-migration-lecture-1516114978

African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South

In honor of Black History Month the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Stacey Close entitled: “African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South” on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.

The lecture will discuss reasons for the larger migration and also focus on the migration’s impact on Connecticut and the nation. Guests can also view the Museum’s exhibition: “Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970” which highlights the migration of 5 million black Americans from southern states during the "The Second Migration" to urban industrial centers of the North, Midwest and West. Some making their destination Norwalk, Connecticut.  Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased here or by calling 203-846-0525.  Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs and seating is limited. 

Purchasing in advance is highly recommended. 

Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.  The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.  If there is inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2:00pm.

About Dr. Stacey Close
Stacey Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years.  He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT.   A professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia.  He has taught courses that focused on African American, American, African, and Southern history. In addition, he has made paper presentations at conferences such as the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and Professional and Organizational Development Network. Close has also served as chairperson for the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Geography, director of the Center for Educational Excellence, and NCAA, Faculty Athletic Representative.  

He has published in journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, and Guilford Press.  In 2014 Close was a contributing editor and essayist for African Americans in Connecticut Explored, published by Wesleyan University Press.  He frequently lectures and makes presentations on Black Hartford history. In 2011-2012 Close received the prestigious honor of being an American Council on Education Fellow.  Some of his other honors include the NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2013 and 2015, Eastern Connecticut State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, Student Club Advisor of the Year,  and Eastern Connecticut State University s Faculty Teaching Award.

Photo credit courtesy of Rev. Dr. Merle Rumble and Rev. Dewitt Stevens, Jr.

For more information visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:23:29 -0500
Stamford EMS Offer New Bleeding Control Course on Jan 25 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46298-new-bleeding-control-course-on-jan-25th-151578580146298-new-bleeding-control-course-on-jan-25th-1515785801 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46298-new-bleeding-control-course-on-jan-25th-151578580146298-new-bleeding-control-course-on-jan-25th-1515785801

Stamford EMS is offering a new Bleeding Control Basics course that teaches how to stop bleeding until medical help can arrive. Developed in response to mass casualty incidents throughout the nation, the class provides proper bleeding control techniques that can save a life. The ninety-minute course takes place on Thursday, January 25th at 7 pm at Stamford EMS headquarters, located at 684 Long Ridge Road in Stamford.  The cost is $25, and is appropriate for both the general public and healthcare providers.  Visit www.StamfordEMS.org to register today.

Similar to learning CPR, learning bleeding control techniques can save a life, as uncontrolled bleeding can cause death in as little as 5-10 minutes. In a moment of serious bleeding, a bystander can become an initial responder, and potentially make all the difference for someone in their greatest time of need.

“This program builds the resilience of our community. It empowers people to act confidently in a bleeding emergency,” said Patricia Squires, Chief and CEO of Stamford EMS. “Participants will receive training in simple medical methods that can be used immediately, potentially saving a life until help arrives.”

The course provides hands-on practice in basic bleeding control techniques, such as direct pressure, dressings and tourniquet application.  Participants will come away from the class feeling confident that they can manage a bleeding emergency until EMS can get to the scene.

Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. is Connecticut’s only accredited EMS agency, responding to over 14,000 calls each year as a private, nonprofit organization.  Since it accepted responsibility for Stamford’s ambulance services in 1992, Stamford Emergency Medical Services has remained clearly focused on its mission to provide high quality, compassionate emergency care and education to the communities it serves.  To learn more, or to make a donation, visit stamfordems.org or call (203) 968-1118.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:04:13 -0500
Darien Boys' Swim & Dive Tie Greenwich http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46301-bwsd-tie46301-bwsd-tie http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46301-bwsd-tie46301-bwsd-tie

On Wednesday, Darien High School boys swimming and diving team traveled to Greenwich High School to compete against the Cardinals in the FCIAC dual meet.

In the last event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay, the Blue Wave’s Connor Martin, Chris Zhang, Karl Wadleigh and Spencer Erickson led most of the way to finish the first with a time of 3:19.48. Ultimately, this win helped the Darien Blue Wave come from behind to tie the score, 93-93 with the Cardinals at the Greenwich High School pool.

While a tie is rare in swim dual meet, for the Darien team, this tie represents the second-best team performance against the Greenwich rival over the past 50 years. The last time Darien beat Cardinals was about two generations ago, during the 1969-1970 season.

For the evening, the Blue Wave, which is 1-0-1 with a win over Trumbull, racked up nine wins in the 12 event races. Notwithstanding of the top spot counts, the two teams managed to hold each other neck to neck throughout the entire meet.

The teams switched positions on the lead-board five times and were in a 70-70 tie after the 200 free relay.

In the opening event, Darien junior Erickson, sophomores John Barsanti and Martin, and senior Zhang won the 200 medley relay in 1:40.07. Greenwich finished in second and third places.

Wadleigh, a junior, gave the Blue Wave a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:49.90) and Zhang finished in fourth place (1:51.59). Darien outscored Greenwich 16-14.

Greenwich Junior Stephen Todorovic won the 200 individual medley (1:59.22). Darien’s Erickson finished in second place (2:01.73) and Barsanti was in fifth place (2:05.69). Greenwich took away the lead, 25-21.

Martin touched the wall first in 22.58 for the 50 freestyle. Sophomore Conway Zhou finished in fourth place (23.41) and junior Connor Zielinski in fifth place (23.66).

In the diving event, Darien senior Wiley Schmidt was the winner, earning a score of 325.10, and senior Owen Stevens finished in second place (302.55). With this 1-2 finish, Darien retook the lead 40-38.

In the 100 butterfly, Darien scored another 1-2 finish. Martin took the top honor again in 53.49, followed by Zhou at 55.00 for second place.

Minutes later, Wadleigh hit the water to win his second individual event in the 100 freestyle (49.94). Sophomore Nico Clark finished in third place (50.85), and Darien further expanded the overall lead to 61-49.       

Cardinal Todorovic won the 500 freestyle for Greenwich with a time of 4:52.35. Zhang finished in second place (4:59.15) for the Blue Wave, and sophomore Pragun Sharma was fifth (5:14.64).

In the 200 free relay, Cardinals Mark Merson, Baxter, Clark and Niki delaSierra led the way to finish first in 1:32.71.

Darien’s Clark, Zielinski, Zhou, and junior Matt Freeman finished in 1:34.49 for second place, but Greenwich brought the meet into a tie at 70-70.

Going into the final stretch, the competition became more intense and the atmosphere much louder. However, the swimmers continued busily flexing their muscles in the pool.

Erickson won the 100 backstroke (55.80), sophomore Scotty Tuck finished third (58.90) and junior Nick Giotis fifth (59.46). Darien grabbed the lead once again from Greenwich for 80-76.

In the 100 breaststroke, the Cardinals’ Tom Lewis finished first in 1:02.12 and Ryan Lynch was second. For Darien Barsanti was third (1:03.42) and Clark was fourth (1:05.33).

That gave Greenwich the lead at 87-85 going into the final event: The 400 free relay.

By this time, Darien’s bench area was empty as each team lined up 4 squats onto the deck to race in the 400 free relays. For Darien, sixteen swimmers are more than half of the entire team. And the rest of the boys had their heads and shoulders toward the pool – cheering

Stepping up onto the block for the fourth time in the evening, Martin, Zhang, Wadleigh, and Erickson built and expanded their lead stroke-by-stroke and leg-by-leg to win the 400 relay for a milestone tie. Greenwich took the second and third place in the event.

This year, Darien has 30 swimmers and divers, one of its largest teams in recent years. The Wave also has Liz Blau as its new head coach, with Jessica Barnes as the new assistant coach for swimming, and Adam Vance returning as the diving coach.

“This gives the boys more confidence,” Blau said of the tie with Greenwich. “All of the boys raced well here today; every one of them stepped up even though they are pretty tired as they are putting in a lot of quality swimming each day. They are working harder and smarter than they’ve ever worked before. But we have a lot of work still to do and not much time to do them in. We are challenging them to stay focused each and every day.”

Darien and Greenwich are two of the young and growing teams in the FCIAC and they will meet again in conference final in late February.

The swim trials and finals will be held at Greenwich High, with the trials on Tues., Feb. 27, and the finals on Thurs., March 1, and the diving finals will be held at Westhill High in Stamford on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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louisess@optonline.net (Bo Zhang) Neighbors Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:03:15 -0500
Police receive multiple calls about 1-95 wrong way driver in Darien http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/46300-police-receive-multiple-calls-about-1-95-wrong-way-driver-in-darien46300-police-receive-multiple-calls-about-1-95-wrong-way-driver-in-darien http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/46300-police-receive-multiple-calls-about-1-95-wrong-way-driver-in-darien46300-police-receive-multiple-calls-about-1-95-wrong-way-driver-in-darien

Connecticut State Police report that today, Monday, December 15 at approximately 12:48 am, they received numerous calls regarding a vehicle that was driving the wrong way on 1-95. The vehicle, a 2016 Audi operated by 26-year-old Darien resident Ashton Steen, was traveling at a high rate of speed going northbound in the southbound lane, police said.

According to police, there were numerous "near misses".

"Trooper Santiago headed toward the area and was able to able to observe the suspect vehicle coming at him in the area of the exit 12 on-ramp in Darien," said police. While Stantiago was able to avoid a head-on collision with the vehicle, it struck his cruiser in a sideswipe manner, sustaining heavy damage, said police. The Audi, which sustained disabling damage, came to a rest in the left lane. 

According to police, Trooper Santiago made contact with Steen and established that she was not injured. She admitted to consuming alcohol and believed she was in New Jersey. After failing field sobriety tests, Steen was taken into custody and transported to Troop G for processing. 

Steen was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Driving the wrong way and DUI.

She was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford court on February 20.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Public safety Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:24:24 -0500
Docent Info Session at Norwalk Historical Society Museum http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46297-docent-info-sessions-151577004646297-docent-info-sessions-1515770046 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46297-docent-info-sessions-151577004646297-docent-info-sessions-1515770046

Are you enthusiastic about local history and education? Join the Norwalk Historical Society for an informal informational session about becoming a docent for our popular Little Red Schoolhouse Program. Docent info sessions will take place on: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00am and 1:00pm, and Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:00am and 1:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue Norwalk, CT. 

Please register for your preferred time slot at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3232944 or by calling 203-846-0525.  Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.  The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.  Learn about this exciting program and the important role a docent plays in making history come alive for students. The Little Red Schoolhouse Program has been enriching the lives of Norwalk's 3rd graders for over 35 years!  Share your love of learning and history!  

For more information visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Neighbors Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:05:41 -0500
Darien Tops Wealthiest Cities in America List http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46296-darien-tops-wealthiest-cities-in-america-list46296-darien-tops-wealthiest-cities-in-america-list http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46296-darien-tops-wealthiest-cities-in-america-list46296-darien-tops-wealthiest-cities-in-america-list

Consumers Advocate, a Puerto Rico-based services company operating under the umbrella of Ad Practitioners, LLC, released a report today listing the ten wealthiest Cities in America. Topping the list? Darien, Connecticut.

The article states, "A coastal town about 50 miles away from New York City, Darien has the lowest population and the highest median household income on the list. Private beaches, yacht clubs, mansions, and more are features of this fabulously wealthy suburb."

Also among the top ten was Westport, Connecticut, which came in at number nine. 

Read the article in its entirety here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Christmas Cocktails for Person-to-Person Raises $8,500 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46290-christmas-cocktails-for-person-to-person-raises-8-50046290-christmas-cocktails-for-person-to-person-raises-8-500 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46290-christmas-cocktails-for-person-to-person-raises-8-50046290-christmas-cocktails-for-person-to-person-raises-8-500

Darien residents Rory Callahan, Pieter Hartong, John Novak and Tim Stisser hosted the third annual “Christmas Cocktails for Person-to-Person” last month. Two hundred people attended the December event at Louie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar in Darien, which is co-owned by Hartong.

Through a combination of ticket and t-shirt sales plus a silent auction – with donations from Darien Butcher Shop, Darien Cigars, Darien Sports Shop, Donelan Family Wines, Le Boudoir, Louie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Pure Barre, Sail to Sable, The Stanwich Club and Wee Burn Country Club – the event raised $8,500.

We are very thankful to the hosts, auction donors and guests for so generously sharing their holiday spirit to benefit P2P clients.

About Person-to-Person: Person-to-Person, Inc. was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. A community-supported agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem-solving initiatives. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found on the P2P website.

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tdixon@p2pHelps.org (Troy Ellen Dixon) Charities Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:57:53 -0500