Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Fri, 07 May 2021 22:29:23 -0400 HamletHub.com Darien Library celebrates 127th anniversary on May 26 with 1894 Day! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48218-darien-library-celebrates-127th-anniversary-on-may-26-with-1894-day48218-darien-library-celebrates-127th-anniversary-on-may-26-with-1894-day https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48218-darien-library-celebrates-127th-anniversary-on-may-26-with-1894-day48218-darien-library-celebrates-127th-anniversary-on-may-26-with-1894-day

Darien Library Announces 1894 Day

Darien Library will celebrate its 127th Anniversary on May 26 by holding a third annual Day of Giving called “1894 Day.” The event will run from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on May 26. This year, in honor of the Library’s 127th Anniversary, their goal is to raise $127,000.

All funds raised on 1894 Day will be dedicated directly to library resources. Darien Library is a true public-private partnership between the Town of Darien, which pays for salaries and operating expenses, and the Friends of the Library, who generously fund all of the books, audiobooks, e-books, computers, technology, research databases, and its impressive range of cultural and entertainment programs.

Festivities will take place in the Library courtyard throughout the day, including crafts and an ice cream truck from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will also be special giveaways for every suggested contribution level, including exclusive Darien Library car magnets, water bottles, and umbrellas. All attendees will also have the opportunity to be a part of Darien’s history and future that day by signing a “guest book” that will be added to Darien’s Time Capsule, organized by the Darien 2020 Bicentennial Committee.

The Library is asking the entire community for their support on May 26. Donors may give in person in the Library courtyard or online at any time at darienlibrary.org/donate. For more information, please contact the Library’s Administrative Office at 203-669-5220.


kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Goodman) Events Fri, 07 May 2021 09:50:26 -0400
A Belated 200th Birthday Celebration for Darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48220-a-belated-200th-birthday-celebration-for-darien48220-a-belated-200th-birthday-celebration-for-darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/48220-a-belated-200th-birthday-celebration-for-darien48220-a-belated-200th-birthday-celebration-for-darien

Town of Darien Events Rescheduled for June and the Fall of 2021

It may be a bit late, but the Darien community will finally have an opportunity to wish the town a Belated Happy 200th Birthday, as event plans move forward with a view toward public safety.

Here are the new dates for the 2020/1 Bicentennial Events:

Weed Beach Festive Nights

The Bicentennial Bash Friday, June 4 / Rain Date: Saturday, June 5 6:00 — 8:00 PM

Anniversary Day Ceremony Saturday, June 12 / Rain or Shine

Slawson Cemetery, Hanson Road 5:45 — 7:00 PM

Heritage Day Saturday, October 23 / Rain Date: Sunday, October 24

Museum of Darien, First Congregational Church of Darien, and The Mather Homestead Times To Be Announced

“The great news is that — finally — the Darien community will be able to gather and celebrate the town’s Bicentennial safely and in accordance with the state’s Covid guidelines,” said Al Miller, chairman of the Darien 2020 Bicentennial Committee.

The town’s Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Bicentennial Committee to host the Weed Beach Festive Nights Bicentennial Bash, a belated birthday party for the town. This event will be the first of several Festive Nights the Department is planning this summer at Weed Beach, said the town’s Recreation Program Supervisor Jami Gore.

“This will be a beach party that really celebrates this major town milestone and also the fact that we can actually gather once again with friends and neighbors to have some fun,” Gore said. Highlights of the Bicentennial Bash include live classic rock with the band Exit Ramp, cake decorating for kids provided by Sprout Chefs, trivia questions, and an option to purchase a boxed dinner from The Rivers Edge at Giovanni’s, a 2020 Bicentennial Gold Sponsor.

To comply with the state’s Covid-19 reopening guidelines, registration is limited, and a small fee will also be required for entry to the Bicentennial Bash, Gore said. Online registration will be open soon on the Parks & Recreation website and will be limited to residents. The online registration form will allow residents to opt for either a prepurchased meal that will be provided by Waters Edge at Giovanni's during the event, or residents may simply purchase a vehicle admission and bring along their own picnic dinner, Gore said. The cost will be $25 per vehicle with no meal option, or $45 per person, which includes the fee for the vehicle entrance and a meal from Giovanni’s, Gore said.

The following week, on Saturday, June 12, Bicentennial officials are planning a more subdued event to mark the day in 1820 that Darien received its town charter. The graveside ceremony will honor Thaddeus Bell, Jr., the Revolutionary War veteran who championed the cause of the town’s independence.

Organizers are working with Darien’s faith community for a communitywide “Ringing of the Bells” starting at 6 pm to mark the beginning of the Ceremony. The Rev. Denise Terry, interim minister of the Congregational Church of Darien, will recite an opening prayer, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson will deliver the keynote address and members of the Darien Scouts will also participate in the Ceremony. Katherine Love, Honorary Regent and members of the Good Wife’s River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will present the Thaddeus Bell Jr. Grave Marker as their gift to the Bell Family.

For questions and information about ADA accessibility at Slawson Cemetery, please email info.darien2020@gmail.com.

The Ceremony will be recorded and aired on Channel 79, Miller said. Plans are also in the works for a Heritage Day event in October featuring the Fifth Connecticut Regiment to be held at the Museum of Darien, the First Congregational Church of Darien and The Mather Homestead.

A Closing Ceremony is also being planned in November at the Museum of Darien, Miller said. More information on these events will be announced soon, he added.

Three years ago, in June of 2018, volunteers and town officials first gathered at the Museum of Darien to brainstorm plans in anticipation of the town’s upcoming 200th anniversary in 2020, said Maggie McIntire, executive director of the Museum of Darien. Since then, Miller, who also serves on MoD’s Board of Directors, was selected to head the 2020 Bicentennial Committee and in early 2019 the Committee became an official town entity under the Monuments and Ceremonies Commission.

In addition to four major town Bicentennial events, the Committee has also launched Bicentennial projects such as the Darien Heritage Trail project, which is being generously funded by The Darien Foundation, and working with the Darien Library to create a 2020 Time Capsule project. Also, under the leadership of Sarah Lexow Keena, the committee’s education liaison, a 2020 Logo contest was organized with high school students, and 2020 merchandise was designed to help offset some event costs. The official celebrations got off to a strong start in January of 2020 with the Bicentennial Opening Ceremony, an event at Town Hall that attracted about 400 people. After plans for the next three major events were derailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bicentennial Committee quickly pivoted and rescheduled the three remaining events and official 2020 project unveilings. Information on Bicentennial events and projects is available at www.darienct.gov/2020.To participate, volunteer or donate visit www.darienct.gov/2020 or email info.darien2020@gmail.com.

To sponsor or donate to the town’s Bicentennial Celebration, please write a check to Town of Darien, and include “2020 Bicentennial” in the memo line of the check. Checks may be mailed to Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820 and include ATT: 2020 Bicentennial on the envelope.

A special thank you to the Official 2020 Bicentennial Sponsors for their generosity and continued support:

Platinum Benefactor — The Darien Foundation

Diamond — The Town of Darien

Gold — Crestwood Advisors, Baywater Properties, DR Bank, Hollow Tree Self Storage, The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance

Silver — NEIL HAUCK ARCHITECTS, RAND Insurance Bronze — Barrett Bookstore, Cross Private Client Insurance, Darien Board of Realtors

Exclusive Magazine Sponsor — New Canaan-Darien Magazine Follow Darien 2020 news and trivia at: Facebook: Darien2020

kerry@ducey.org (Margaret McIntire) Life Fri, 07 May 2021 09:39:45 -0400
Darien Library to Resume Normal Hours and Additional Services on May 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48217-darien-library-to-resume-normal-hours-and-additional-services-on-may-1748217-darien-library-to-resume-normal-hours-and-additional-services-on-may-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48217-darien-library-to-resume-normal-hours-and-additional-services-on-may-1748217-darien-library-to-resume-normal-hours-and-additional-services-on-may-17

Darien Library has announced that they will resume normal hours including weekend evening hours starting on Monday, May 17. These operating hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Children’s Library closes at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  

The Library will also reinstate a number of other services on May 17. These include no time limits for using the Library, unlimited holds, 24/7 returns at the outdoor drop, no appointments needed to visit the Children’s Library, 60-minute computer access, the resumption of notary services, the return of limited seating throughout the building, and outdoor events beginning in June along with continued virtual events. Holds will continued to be picked up from the Community Room. Late fines will resume on June 1. 

The safety of patrons and staff is an important priority with extended hours and increased services. The Library will continue to require masking inside the building, offer limited seating, have Plexiglas at staffed service desks, along with enhanced cleaning procedures. Private study rooms are unavailable at this time. Food and drinks will be allowed outside of the building.  

The Library will announce further changes on their website (darienlibrary.org), through their email newsletters, and social media accounts (@darienlibrary). Library staff would like to thank the community for their continued support. 

kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Goodman) Places Thu, 06 May 2021 09:46:36 -0400
Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day on Sunday, June 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48215-connecticut-s-historic-gardens-day-on-sunday-june-2748215-connecticut-s-historic-gardens-day-on-sunday-june-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48215-connecticut-s-historic-gardens-day-on-sunday-june-2748215-connecticut-s-historic-gardens-day-on-sunday-june-27

Calling all garden lovers! Mark your calendars for Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day - Sunday, June 27 from noon to 4pm.

All 15 garden sites throughout Connecticut have special activities planned to celebrate their historic gardens.
The gardens are located in the following towns/cities: North Bethlehem, Hartford, Old Lyme, Woodbury, Waterford, Farmington, Derby, Suffield, Bridgewater, Haddam, Wethersfield, and Wilton. 
You can check out the 15 gardens here.
Pick a few sites near you, or plan a day trip to explore new territory! Check the website in mid-May for details of programs at each site here.
Visit Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day on Facebook here.
kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Thu, 06 May 2021 09:24:14 -0400
Darien Resident Timothy Derby Awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48214-darien-resident-timothy-derby-awarded-fulbright-english-teaching-assistantship-to-spain48214-darien-resident-timothy-derby-awarded-fulbright-english-teaching-assistantship-to-spain https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48214-darien-resident-timothy-derby-awarded-fulbright-english-teaching-assistantship-to-spain48214-darien-resident-timothy-derby-awarded-fulbright-english-teaching-assistantship-to-spain

Timothy Derby, a resident of Darien and a senior at Hamilton College, has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Spain for the 2021-22 academic year. He will teach English under the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Derby, a mathematics major and education and Hispanic studies minor, studied in Madrid in 2019. He was a Colegio FEM English Department intern, where he helped teach English as a second language to five classes and assisted native Spanish primary and secondary students with English grammar and vocabulary. He is currently student-teaching math remotely at Orange Hill School in Hillsborough N.C. At Hamilton, he is a member of the varsity tennis team.

"Participating in the Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain program during my junior year provided me with an opportunity to experience cultural immersion. While in Madrid, as an intern at a local school I witnessed first-hand the delivery of a bilingual education, which has been expanding in Spain," Derby said. "The students and I had many discussions on various aspects of American culture, and the value of language and cultural exchange in the classroom."

Derby said when he returns to Spain, he is eager to create "a similar cross-culture understanding where students not only improve their English-speaking skills but also knowledge of English-speaking countries like the U.S. I will draw upon my knowledge of English, math, and tennis to get involved in an after-school program and build ties within the Spanish community," he said.

Derby is a graduate of Darien High School.

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research- and writing-intensive framework. Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries. Additional information about the college can be found at www.hamilton.edu.

*Photo by Nancy L. Ford

kerry@ducey.org ( Hamilton College) Neighbors Tue, 04 May 2021 09:19:20 -0400
Ethan Allen Preparatory Meet & Greet for Parents on May 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48213-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-2048213-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48213-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-2048213-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-20

Ethan Allen Preparatory is hosting a Meet & Greet on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm.

Prospective parents can join us for a campus tour, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with parents of alumni and current EAP students. This event is for adults 21+ only.

Located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) is a private academy for student-athletes in Grades 6-12. Students' class and study schedules are flexible enough to allow for intensive golf training at The Golf Performance Center, the Northeast's leading golf academy.

Ethan Allen Prep is located at 45 Stonehenge Road in Ridgefield.
kerry@ducey.org (EAP) Events Tue, 04 May 2021 07:05:33 -0400
Town of Darien Swap Shop Revised Hours https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48211-town-of-darien-swap-shop-revised-hours48211-town-of-darien-swap-shop-revised-hours https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/48211-town-of-darien-swap-shop-revised-hours48211-town-of-darien-swap-shop-revised-hours

Beginning on Monday, May 10th, 2021, the Town of Darien Swap Shop located in the Darien Transfer Station and Recycling Center, at 126 Ledge Road, will be open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM. 

The Swap Shop will remain closed on Saturdays and at all times not listed above. 

Please note that Covid social distancing rules remain in full force and effect.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Places Mon, 03 May 2021 14:25:42 -0400
Live Music is BACK at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48212-the-ridgefield-playhouse48212-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48212-the-ridgefield-playhouse48212-the-ridgefield-playhouse

Live music is back at The Ridgefield Playhouse! After last year’s successful shows under the tent, The Playhouse is at again! Outdoor concerts kick off this weekend with 7-time Grammy Award winner Christian McBride & Tip City on Friday, May 7 at 7pm followed by Rusted Root frontman and lead singer Michael Glabicki with bandmate Dirk Miller on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm!  Livestream tickets available for Michael Glabicki's show. Both shows will be socially distanced, with seating under the tent at The Playhouse.

Fresh off his 7th Grammy win at the 2021 Grammy Awards, Jazz Master Christian McBride returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with an outdoor, socially distanced concert McBride makes his only Connecticut appearance at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday May 7 at 7pm along with Tip City featuring Emmet Cohen and Dan Wilson as part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series. Ticket holders can enjoy an art exhibit by Chris Osborne before the performance and are invited to enter a FREE raffle to win a great prize from Freixenet Mionetto! After ending 2020 as Jazz Artist of the Year in the DownBeat Readers Poll, McBride won his 7th Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for his work on “Trilogy 2” alongside jazz fusion icon Chick Corea. The bandleader, composer, bassist, jazz radio host, festival artistic director and jazz ambassador has collaborated with artists across all music genres.

Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki is teaming up with bandmate Dirk Miller for an outdoor show at The Ridgefield Playhouse! The duo will make their only Connecticut tour stop on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30pm as part of the Pepsi Rock Series Powered by Xfinity. Fans can enjoy this night of Rusted Root hits, deep cuts and new music with this outdoor show, socially distanced under the tent at The Playhouse. Livestream tickets are also available for those who want to watch from home. Just in time for Mother’s Day – all ticket holders will be entered to win beautiful tri-color necklace and gift certificate from Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport! Award-winning, mixologist created, natural Ready To Serve cocktails will be available for purchase at the bar from our sponsor On The Rocks Premium Cocktails. Rusted Root is best known for their Platinum selling album, “When I Woke,” which produced the hit song “Send Me On My Way,” and launched the band into international stardom. Alongside acts like Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic, Rusted Root toured relentlessly and recorded major label albums for years to come. Glabicki is now bringing his distinct vocals and blend of acoustic folk, rock and world music into stripped down performances with the help of Dirk Miller.  A multi-faceted musician, producer and songwriter, Glabicki’s duo shows feature your favorite Rusted Root tunes, Deep Cuts, & New Material!

For tickets, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203.438.5795

lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 14:23:53 -0400
Darien Library, Barrett Bookstore, and Darien Nature Center Welcome Author Jon Dunn: The Glitter in the Green Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48209-darien-library-barrett-bookstore-and-darien-nature-center-welcome-author-jon-dunn-the-glitter-in-the-green-on-may-448209-darien-library-barrett-bookstore-and-darien-nature-center-welcome-author-jon-dunn-the-glitter-in-the-green-on-may-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48209-darien-library-barrett-bookstore-and-darien-nature-center-welcome-author-jon-dunn-the-glitter-in-the-green-on-may-448209-darien-library-barrett-bookstore-and-darien-nature-center-welcome-author-jon-dunn-the-glitter-in-the-green-on-may-4

Darien Library, Barrett Bookstore, and Darien Nature Center welcome natural history writer, photographer, and wildlife tour leader Jon Dunn to speak about his latest book, The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds, with their unsurpassed jewel-like plumage, acrobatic flight, and immense character, have captured our imaginations for centuries. They possess a fascinating history, one that has frequently collided with the human world. Follow Jon Dunn's trek from Alaska to the bottom tip of South America on the trail of these special birds, discovering their history, their compelling lifestyles, and the stories of those who have fallen under their spell. 

Save your seat for Author Jon Dunn: The Glitter in the Green on Tuesday, May 4th at 10 a.m. 

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 11:04:00 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Hosts Free Shred Day in Darien on Saturday, May 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48177-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-free-shred-day-in-darien-on-saturday-may-848177-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-free-shred-day-in-darien-on-saturday-may-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48177-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-free-shred-day-in-darien-on-saturday-may-848177-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-free-shred-day-in-darien-on-saturday-may-8

Fairfield County Bank invites you to avoid identity theft and protect your privacy by participating in Shred Day on Saturday, May 8 from 10 am to 1 pm at their Darien location, 714 Post Road. 

Items to shred:

  • Old tax returns
  • Medical records
  • Confidential documents
  • Credit card statements
  • Payroll information
  • Documents containing personal information

To keep everyone safe, masks are required!

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 08:25:00 -0400
Darien Library Presents: Divorce, Now What? https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48202-darien-library-presents-divorce-now-what48202-darien-library-presents-divorce-now-what https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48202-darien-library-presents-divorce-now-what48202-darien-library-presents-divorce-now-what

Divorce, Now What?

Starting the divorce process brings up a number of questions: what are the steps that you will need to take? Should you choose litigation, mediation, or collaboration? What professionals will best serve you in this process? Darien Library presents an event with experts who will share their knowledge on navigating these questions and more. This virtual event will take place on Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at darienlibrary.org/event/4984.

“Divorce, Now What?” will delve into the common mistakes and misconceptions that parties have about divorce. This talk is appropriate for people who are getting divorced, contemplating divorce, or professionals who work with people who are getting divorced.

About Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams uses her extensive business, volunteer and educational background to support clients in finding relief from the pitfalls of divorce that can affect them for years to come. Her goal is to give clients the best possible outcome in their divorce. She specializes in helping families with special needs children.

Lisa has garnered important skills in leadership roles in the for-profit sector in banking, membership services, and marketing on both the agency and client sides.

About Maurice Segall

Maurice Segall is an experienced mediator who has worked successfully with many couples to reach mutually agreeable resolutions of their divorce, post-divorce, and prenuptial and postnuptial matters.

Maurice has been an attorney since 1988 and for over 25 years has concentrated his private practice in divorce and family mediation. Maurice is a member of the Connecticut Council for

Non-Adversarial Divorce, and a former Board member of its predecessor organization. He has served as trainer for Dr. Carl Schneider of Mediation Matters and as a consultant mediator for the Stamford Counseling Center in Stamford, CT. He is a member of the Connecticut and New York State Bars.

About Matthew F. Chamberlin

Listening to clients, distilling what matters most to them - it is in this process that Matt F. Chamberlin encourages clients to recognize the potential they have to accomplish their long-term goals through diligent planning and consistent attention partnering together. Matt has been advising clients - as Strategist at Medley Global Advisors on G10 Central Bank interest rate policy, as Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and Round Rock Advisors in Wealth Management - for nearly a decade.

Matt has managed investment portfolios trading in global markets (equities, bonds, currencies & commodities) as Senior Trader and Portfolio Manager at hedge funds SAC Capital and Tudor Investment Corp for more than twenty years. Advising both institutions and individuals in managing risk, asset selection & allocation and timing of portfolio re-balancing.

kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Goodman) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 07:13:38 -0400
Our Darien Book Group announces next title: For All She Knows by New Canaan author, Jamie Beck https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48210-our-darien-book-group-announces-next-title-for-all-she-knows-by-new-canaan-author-jamie-beck48210-our-darien-book-group-announces-next-title-for-all-she-knows-by-new-canaan-author-jamie-beck https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48210-our-darien-book-group-announces-next-title-for-all-she-knows-by-new-canaan-author-jamie-beck48210-our-darien-book-group-announces-next-title-for-all-she-knows-by-new-canaan-author-jamie-beck

“Our Darien Book Group” Announces Next Title: For All She Knows by Jamie Beck

The "Our Darien" campaign, created by The Community Fund of Darien in partnership with the Thriving Youth Task Force, continues its conversation about youth mental health, the dangers of substance use and how parents can best support their teens with its second virtual book group title:  For All She Knows by New Canaan author Jamie Beck.  Participants are invited to read at their own pace, and thought-provoking questions will be posted each week on the Our Darien Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OurDarien, click “Groups”) to enhance the reader’s experience.  

A live book discussion on Thursday, May 20th at 10:00am via Zoom will feature Tracey Masella, licensed clinical social worker in affiliation with Silver Hill Hospital, who will offer her perspective on teen substance use, peer pressure and parental boundary setting.  Sergeant James Palmieri of the Darien Police Department will also share his knowledge of social hosting laws and the repercussions of underage drinking.  The Darien Library’s Elisabeth Marrocolla will moderate the discussion. This program is made possible with the support of The Community Fund of Darien, Barrett Bookstore, the Darien Depot, the Darien Library, Silver Hill Hospital and YWCA Parent Awareness.

Book description: Two mothers face the consequences of their choices in a gripping novel about friendship, family, and forgiveness.  Grace first met Mimi when she blew into their sons’ toddler playgroup like a warm bay breeze that loosened Grace’s tight spaces. Despite differing approaches to life and parenting, the fast friends raised their kids together while cementing a sisterlike bond that neither believed could be broken. But when a string of ill-fated decisions results in a teen party with a tragic outcome for Grace’s son, the friendship is ripped apart and an already-splintered community explodes.

The book is available at the Darien Library and can also be purchased at Barrett Bookstore (mention the Our Darien Book Group for a 10% discount) and other booksellers.  

For the past four years, The Community Fund of Darien in collaboration with the Thriving Youth Task Force (TYTF) has educated Darien teens and adults about the dangers of teen binge drinking through the “Our Darien” social marketing campaign. This public health initiative aims to shine a spotlight on the impact of alcohol on the teen brain and to offer proven tactics towards healthier attitudes and behaviors. A growing body of research shows an ongoing parent-child dialogue about risky behaviors, combined with clear rules and consequences, equips students to make healthy choices in the short and long term. The “Our Darien” campaign is funded by a grant from the state of Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).


kerry@ducey.org (Jennifer Fallon) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 04:00:20 -0400
Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson Community Update: Community Health Centers vaccine clinic for all eligible Darien students tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48208-darien-first-selectman-jayme-stevenson-community-update-community-health-centers-vaccine-clinic-for-all-eligible-darien-students-tomorrow48208-darien-first-selectman-jayme-stevenson-community-update-community-health-centers-vaccine-clinic-for-all-eligible-darien-students-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48208-darien-first-selectman-jayme-stevenson-community-update-community-health-centers-vaccine-clinic-for-all-eligible-darien-students-tomorrow48208-darien-first-selectman-jayme-stevenson-community-update-community-health-centers-vaccine-clinic-for-all-eligible-darien-students-tomorrow

There have been 24 new cases in the two-week period since April 15th. Darien’s positivity rate stands at 1.88%. There have been a total of 1502 cases from 950 unique households and no new hospitalizations since my last report. Darien Public Schools report 8 active cases resulting in 14 quarantines. Over 55% of all eligible Darien residents have received their first dose of vaccine. 

All residents 16+ are eligible for vaccine. Community Health Centers will be holding a clinic for all eligible Darien students this Saturday, May 1st with second doses scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd. The Community Health Center clinic is located at 110 High Ridge Road – the former Lord & Taylor site. No appointment is needed.

The CDC and FDA have lifted the pause on the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Darien Vaccine Clinics offer both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson as supplies permit. Town Clinics will continue through May on Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. Appointments can be made but are no longer necessary.

If you are due or overdue for your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, please don’t delay in getting it. The vaccine is at peak effectiveness two weeks after you have been fully immunized.

You can find a vaccine provider at www.CovidVaccineFinder.ct.gov or by calling 1(877)918-2224. Local vaccine providers include Grieb’s Pharmacy www.Griebspharmacy.com, Walgreens www.walgreens.com/schedulevaccine,  Stamford Hospital https://stamfordhealth.org, Yale New Haven Health www.ynhhs.org, Community Health Center www.chc1.com, and certain Stop & Shop Pharmacies www.StopandShop.com.

Statewide COVID-19 data can be found at www.ct.gov/coronavirus and Darien-specific data at www.darienct.gov/covid19. Please visit www.cdc.gov for more COVID-19 information.  

COVID-19 restrictions will be eased on May 1st. Bars that do not serve food may open for outdoor service only. Food is required to be served with alcohol service indoors. The 8 person table limit will be lifted for outdoor seating and business curfews will move to 12:00am midnight. On May 19th, all remaining business restrictions will be lifted. Masks must still be worn indoors. The CT Department of Health will be issuing recommendations for indoor and large outdoor gatherings.

As we move closer to end of year activities like prom, graduation, performances, sports activities and other town events, we encourage all students 16+, with parent permission of course, to consider getting vaccinated. Being vaccinated reduces or eliminates the need for quarantining if there are COVID exposures.

The light at the end of the COVID tunnel is getting brighter…we’ll beat this thing together!

kerry@ducey.org (First Selectman Jayme Stevenson) Neighbors Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:50:24 -0400
Barrett Bookstore Welcomes Anna Sale in conversation with Kelly Corrigan on May 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48207-barrett-bookstore-welcomes-anna-sale-in-conversation-with-kelly-corrigan-on-may-1348207-barrett-bookstore-welcomes-anna-sale-in-conversation-with-kelly-corrigan-on-may-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/48207-barrett-bookstore-welcomes-anna-sale-in-conversation-with-kelly-corrigan-on-may-1348207-barrett-bookstore-welcomes-anna-sale-in-conversation-with-kelly-corrigan-on-may-13

Barrett Bookstore is thrilled to welcome author and beloved WYNC podcast creator and host Anna Sale in virtual conversation with author, television (Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan) + podcast (Kelly Corrigan Wonders) host Kelly Corrigan. The virtual conversation will take place on Thursday, May 13, 7PM.

Anna and Kelly will be in conversation about, among other things, their new books: Let’s Talk About Hard Things (Sale) and Hello World! (Corrigan).

This virtual conversation between Anna Sale and Kelly Corrigan will celebrate the release of their new books, and will focus on all the tough topics and transitions that we all encounter throughout life. Both Sale and Corrigan are committed to having honest conversations as a way of connecting humans to one another; especially during this time when we have all been so disconnected physically, it’s ever more important that we dive in deeply and connect with each other about the things that matter most in life.

Taking a cue from Sale’s podcast Death, Sex, & Money (the New York Times calls Sale “a therapist at happy hour”) the authors will have direct and thought-provoking conversations about the topics in Sale’s new book, highlighting the importance of connecting especially during these uncertain times. Death, sex, money, family and identity are all topics that may be covered. The authors will also celebrate the release of Corrigan’s new picture book Hello World! which celebrates independence and freedom for young children.

About Let’s Talk About Hard Things

In Let’s Talk About Hard Things, Sale uses the best of what she’s learned from her podcast to reveal that when we have the courage to talk about hard things, we learn about ourselves, others, and the world that we make together. Diving into five of the most fraught conversation topics—death, sex, money, family, and identity—she moves between memoir, fascinating snapshots of a variety of Americans opening up about their lives, and expert opinions to show why having tough conversations is important and how to do them in a thoughtful and generous way. She uncovers that listening may be the most important part of a tough conversation, that the end goal should be understanding without the pressure of reconciliation, and that there are some things that words can’t fix (and why that’s actually okay).

Touching, personal, and inspiring, Let's Talk About Hard Things is a profound meditation on why communication can connect us instead of divide us and how we can all do it better.

About Hello World!

From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan comes a book that celebrates the people in our lives and the meaningful connections we make that come from asking each other questions. Hello World! is the perfect reminder that the journeys we take through life are all about the people we will meet along the way–people who will make us smarter, stronger, and more amazing than we ever thought possible. With her trademark inspirational wisdom, Kelly Corrigan writes the perfect book for anyone about to embark on a new adventure.

About Anna Sale

Anna Sale is the creator and host of Death, Sex & Money, the award-winning podcast from WNYC Studios, where she’s been doing interviews about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more” since 2014. Before that, she covered politics for public radio for years. She grew up in West Virginia and lives in the East Bay in California with her husband and two daughters.

About Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan has been called “the voice of her generation” by O, The Oprah Magazine and “the poet laureate of the ordinary” by The Huffington Post. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tell Me More, The Middle Place, Glitter and Glue and Lift. She is also the creative director of the Nantucket Project and the host of both the PBS program Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan and the podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders. She lives near Oakland, California, with her husband, Edward Lichty, and her daughters, Georgia and Claire.

As a part of the conversation, there will be an opportunity for Q and A.

Books available for purchase in-store or via the Barrett Bookstore website here.

kerry@ducey.org (Page Berger) Events Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:37:29 -0400
May Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, Meredith Mulhearn - Nature. Emotion. Connection. Community. https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48206-may-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct-meredith-mulhearn-nature-emotion-connection-community48206-may-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct-meredith-mulhearn-nature-emotion-connection-community https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/48206-may-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct-meredith-mulhearn-nature-emotion-connection-community48206-may-exhibit-at-the-geary-gallery-in-darien-ct-meredith-mulhearn-nature-emotion-connection-community

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents the nature-inspired exhibit of Ridgefield artist, Meredith Mulhearn, titled “Nature. Emotion. Connection. Community.” Her mixed-media exhibit runs May 1-29. All are welcome and admission is free. 

The Geary Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more details, call (203) 655-6633 or visit our website: https://www.gearygallery.com

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:27:22 -0400