Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Sat, 26 Sep 2020 21:34:25 -0400 HamletHub.com YWCA Darien/Norwalk Announces New Executive Leadership Team https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47832-ywca-darien-norwalk-announces-new-executive-leadership-team47832-ywca-darien-norwalk-announces-new-executive-leadership-team https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47832-ywca-darien-norwalk-announces-new-executive-leadership-team47832-ywca-darien-norwalk-announces-new-executive-leadership-team

YWCA Darien/Norwalk is pleased to announce a new executive leadership team that will serve alongside the YW’s Board of Directors to continue the organization's mission-driven work and programs supporting the community.

The team will include:  Marli Hayes, who will be Interim President/CEO and will continue in her role as Director of Community Services.  Sara Mirsky, will assume the role of Director of Memberships, as well as overseeing the YWCA’s Toddler Time and Summer Fun programs. Carol Donnelly is the Director of Finance and Jen Russey will manage media, marketing and the website as Director of Communications.

“This new leadership team gives us a stronger operational structure and clears the way for deeper partnerships between the YWCA Darien/Norwalk and it’s members and community partners.  The Board is thrilled to work with these four talented women who all bring a high level of enthusiasm and experience to their roles,” said Aidan Welsh of the YWCA Board of Directors. 

The team's first collaborative project will be YWCA’s Annual Week Without Violence.  This initiative is part of YWCA USA’s annual campaign which aims to end violence against women and girls.  YWCA USA established the Week Without Violence in 1995. The goal of the international initiative is to mobilize women, men and children to take action against violence in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities and observance takes place each year during the third week of October.  

YWCA will be hosting virtual events and sharing information via social media channels throughout the week in support of Week without Violence, and on October 18th they will hold a Stand Against Domestic Violence luminary fundraiser.  The sale of luminaries will raise funds to support the YWCAs advocacy and mission driven programming. 

You can support the YWCA by purchasing luminary kits to be placed along front yards, sidewalks, or driveways on October 18th at 6:00 p.m.  The lighted luminaries will create a ribbon of light to visually recognize and support the silent victims, survivors and lost lives in our community, and raise public awareness around domestic violence.  Each luminary kit contains 10 luminaries, information and resources and assembly instructions.  The cost of the luminaries is $30 per kit.  You can order your kit online at ywcadn.org/luminarykits


kerry@ducey.org (YWCA Darien/Norwalk) Neighbors Fri, 25 Sep 2020 04:02:12 -0400
Meet Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation Scholarship Recipients! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47831-meet-darien-chamber-charitable-foundation-scholarship-recipients47831-meet-darien-chamber-charitable-foundation-scholarship-recipients https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47831-meet-darien-chamber-charitable-foundation-scholarship-recipients47831-meet-darien-chamber-charitable-foundation-scholarship-recipients

2020 Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Charlotte Hamilton, Daughter of Anne Hamilton-Venture Photography. Recipient of the DCC member scholarship award
Charlotte is a rising sophomore at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. She is an accomplished student in the School of Nursing and hopes to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Charlotte adores working with children and has spent many years mentoring, tutoring, and volunteering with kids in Darien and the wider community. At UConn, Charlotte is a member of Student Nurses' Association and is involved in local community outreach initiatives. Charlotte also enjoys studying science and reading research literature. In addition to her academic strengths, Charlotte is an avid musician and loves to play piano, guitar, and sing.
Tyler Roland, Son of Kate Roland-Everything Is Rosey. Recipient of the DCC member scholarship award

As a future English major of Loyola Marymount University, Tyler is thankful to have attained this scholarship as he hangs his toes over the edge of what's to come. Tyler has Asperger's Syndrome, and throughout high school, he has fought his hardest to overcome the socially difficult downsides of the condition, whilst exploiting its high points through his love of writing, automobiles, and music. Besides enjoying a fine read (he is currently midway through Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach), Tyler drives a 1978 Porsche 928 whilst occasionally working on it with his dad, and creates his own music using my basses, guitars, and some Logic Pro X to put it all together. Tyler is sure that this generous scholarship will enhance his experience out west.
Charlotte Domittner-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee
Charlotte Domittner grew up in Darien and has loved being a part of this community. Throughout my high school career I have moved three times and attended three different high schools - starting at Darien High School, then to Lake Forest High School in Illinois, then to The American School of The Hague in The Netherlands, and returned to Darien High School for her senior year. 
Charlotte changed her plan to attend Amherst College as a result of the pandemic and on-line learning. Her plan is to return next year after taking a year studying and working in Austria. She will be taking courses at the University of Vienna and working there when not in school. 
Charlotte's father is Austrian and as a result has been able to experience two cultures, as well as, living abroad in The Netherlands for my junior year and attending an International school. Her goal is to become an international or human rights lawyer and have already taken some steps into achieving this goal.
 When she returns, she plans on interning at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Miraal Maqsood-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee

Miraal is attending University of Connecticut in the ACES program and is on the pre-med track to become a doctor or possibly a specialist. She also has a passion for forensic science and pathology that she would like to pursue in college. 
In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, and ice skating, all of which she has been doing since middle school. Miraal is a digital photographer and is a self-taught henna artist. She loves to read all kinds of literature and volunteers at the Maritime Aquarium to raise awareness about the importance of protecting aquatic animals. Miraal would like to thank the Darien Chamber of Commerce for this generous award that will aid her future studies.
John Reynolds-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee

"I would like to thank the Darien Chamber of Commerce for awarding me this community scholarship! It is an honor and I truly appreciate the financial assistance."
John was the Vice President of Operations of Darien EMS Post 53. He also played lacrosse, and soccer at DHS. John is attending Gettysburg College, and plans on pursuing the pre-med track.
Srishti Sharma-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee

Srishti Sharma was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. Beginning as a Junior in Darien High School, her favorite subjects included humanities and environmental science. She enjoyed being a part of the Darien Cheer Team and having interesting conversations with her teachers. Her hobbies include dancing and traveling, both of which help her get an insight into different cultures and places. She will be attending the University of Connecticut at Stamford. Willing to work hard, she is going to major in Business Data Analytics and looks forward to participating as a member of the Business Connections Learning Community at the University of Connecticut Stamford.
kerry@ducey.org (Darien Chamber) Neighbors Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:35:20 -0400
Darien Library Presents: Cooking Pumpkin Scones with Katie Shepherd on Oct. 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47829-darien-library-presents-cooking-pumpkin-scones-with-katie-shepherd47829-darien-library-presents-cooking-pumpkin-scones-with-katie-shepherd https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47829-darien-library-presents-cooking-pumpkin-scones-with-katie-shepherd47829-darien-library-presents-cooking-pumpkin-scones-with-katie-shepherd

Cooking Pumpkin Scones with Katie Shepherd 

Celebrate the return of cooler weather with a virtual baking class taught by Katie Shepherd, a registered dietitian. In this special class brought to you by Darien Library, you’ll make pumpkin scones and have the opportunity to ask Katie any food or nutrition-related questions. Join us for this online class with Katie on Wednesday, October 7 at 10 a.m.

Log onto Darien Library’s website at darienlibrary.org with your library card to register. If you don’t have a card, people who live, work, or teach in Darien may sign up for one at darienlibrary.org/signup. For others, please visit Darien Library at 1441 Post Road and bring your hometown library card in order to register your card.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Events Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:36:28 -0400
New Initiative Provides Emergency Food Resources for Connecticut’s Food Pantries https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47828-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries47828-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47828-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries47828-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries

Governor Ned Lamont, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt today announced the launch of a new initiative to provide emergency food resources to Connecticut’s food pantries as the state continues to respond to the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the initiative, food pantries in need of assistance can visit CTPantryResources.com, where they can connect to resources on food procurement and distribution, volunteer assistance, shipping and storage supports, and more.

“Our food pantries and nonprofit partners continue to be valuable resources, and we want to support them and the services they provide as much as possible,” Governor Lamont said, noting that September is National Hunger Action Month. “I encourage these organizations to visit this website and input their information so that we can connect and supply these food boxes to those in need.”

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is now utilizing the website to facilitate statewide distribution of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers-to-Families Food Boxes starting Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 31. Interested food pantries or other parties must fill out an online form on the website to express their interest in receiving food boxes and confirm the ability to meet the following requirements:

  • Able to accept at least 9 pallets containing 576 food boxes and 3 pallets of milk containing 576 gallons;
  • Ability to unload the trailer using a pallet jack and/or forklift and/or loading dock;
  • Provide on-site point of contact to receive and/or manage distribution of boxes; and
  • Provide immediate distribution or have access to refrigerated storage.

Organizations that are unable to meet the criteria should contact their local emergency management director, who will connect them to regional coordinated efforts. [To locate regional emergency management directors, click here.]

Connecticut has been designated a high-priority area by the USDA for distribution of Famers-to-Families Food Boxes. As such, more than 30 trailer loads will be delivered per week. Each trailer will contain 1,152 food boxes with five pounds of meat, five pounds of dairy, 12 pounds of produce, and one gallon of milk.

Earlier this year, Governor Lamont tasked Commissioner Hurlburt to identify weaknesses in emergency feeding and long-term response of the food supply chain in Connecticut during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Commissioner Hurlburt’s direction, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture collaborated with the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the five regional coordinators, and End Hunger Connecticut to develop a strategic approach to distribution of the USDA’s food boxes.

“As our team started to work with partners to better understand the challenges food pantries face, it became apparent that many were overwhelmed by the increased numbers of people they were serving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Hurlburt said. “We can now utilize the website to coordinate the vast amount of information in a system way that makes it easier to deliver the food and for our pantries to distribute food.”

In addition to providing the ability to sign up for food box distribution, CTPantryResources.com includes mapping tools to identify high-need areas with lack of resources. These maps can help pantries assess the potential demand they could face as unemployment benefits change and demand for food supports increase.

“Over the past few months as I’ve joined Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare in distributing food to those in need, the number of residents lining up to receive basic pantry staples reminds me of the stories my grandparents used to share about the bread lines during the Great Depression,” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “As we continue to fight food insecurity in our state, our food pantries and nonprofit partners have been our boots on the ground. That’s why it’s so critical to ensure they have access to the resources needed for food procurement and distribution, volunteers, and storage, so they can continue to be a lifeline for so many families across our state.”

As Connecticut prepares to response to a potential resurgence of the virus, equipping food pantries with tools and resources to help them plan and prepare are a vital component to Connecticut’s response. However, the existing feeding programs cannot be ignored. While the website is geared toward food pantries, it also provides information for those experiencing food insecurity.

By directing those in need to 2-1-1 for immediate attention and providing links on eligibility for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and mobile food bank schedules, residents can increase access to nutritious food.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Charities Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:13:12 -0400
Darien Police Department is Hiring Telecommunications Dispatcher https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47827-darien-police-department-is-hiring-telecommunications-dispatcher47827-darien-police-department-is-hiring-telecommunications-dispatcher https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47827-darien-police-department-is-hiring-telecommunications-dispatcher47827-darien-police-department-is-hiring-telecommunications-dispatcher

Darien Police Department is Hiring atTelecommunications Dispatcher Evening Shift

Hours: Full-time, average of 37.5 hours per week 3:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.* Possible opportunity for a day shift rotation or assignment in the future. (Eligible for full benefits package including health insurance, pension plan or defined contribution plan, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, personal leave, and short-term disability insurance.)

Compensation: $31.90 to $39.49 per hour (Grade: TC-4)

Learn more and apply HERE.


kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Neighbors Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:31:20 -0400
Governor Lamont and Mystic Aquarium Leadership Unveil Long-Term Restructure Plan https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47826-governor-lamont-and-mystic-aquarium-leadership-unveil-long-term-restructure-plan47826-governor-lamont-and-mystic-aquarium-leadership-unveil-long-term-restructure-plan https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47826-governor-lamont-and-mystic-aquarium-leadership-unveil-long-term-restructure-plan47826-governor-lamont-and-mystic-aquarium-leadership-unveil-long-term-restructure-plan

Governor Ned Lamont has announced the completion of a $31.5 million public-private restructure and investment in Mystic Aquarium that will assist the popular southeastern Connecticut tourist destination to continue operations following the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the restructure, Mystic Aquarium has raised more than $10 million from private donors and eliminated $14.5 million in long-term debt. The State of Connecticut will make available a $7 million line of credit for working capital, and the plan calls for Mystic Aquarium to replace the state funding with private capital following recovery from COVID-19.

“This is a great deal for Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “This is an investment in one of our treasured assets, and which the state leveraged its support to get significant investment from the private sector, including debt forgiveness and incredible support from the philanthropic community. Like the hundreds of thousands who visit Mystic Aquarium each year, I am in awe every time I walk through the gates. It is not only a destination – it is an education and conservation center. This plan assures that Mystic Aquarium will prosper and continue to provide social and economic benefit to the citizens of Connecticut.”

Mystic Aquarium, one of the largest tourist attractions in Connecticut and a centerpiece of the state’s $18 billion annual tourism economy, had a yearly attendance of 800,000 people pre-COVID, and serves 100,000 students in the state with distance learning and other education programs. It is home to 5,000 animals, including endangered and threatened marine mammals. The facility closed to the public on March 17 and reopened on July 1.

“Mystic Aquarium worked diligently to raise an impressive amount of private donations from its board and other donors and to work with its banks on a global solution in which the state was one of many partners,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman said. “This is a model for economic development in COVID-19 and beyond with shared public-private investment.”

“We are appreciative of Governor Lamont and Commissioner Lehman, state and federal leaders, board donors, and new donors for an incredibly collaborative approach to positioning Mystic Aquarium for the future,” Dr. Stephen M. Coan, president and CEO of Mystic Aquarium, said.

Congressman Joe Courtney, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Senator Chris Murphy assisted Aquarium officials in reaching agreement with key partners.

“Mystic Aquarium’s future is absolutely key to the vitality of Southeastern Connecticut and the State,” Congressman Courtney said.

“Marking this profoundly important achievement, I salute the state’s lifeline financial assistance to the Mystic Aquarium – one of the nation’s premier research and education institutions,” Senator Blumenthal said. “This aid helps sustain a cultural treasure – a vital destination that drives jobs and economic vitality in the region and entire state. Having assisted in this team effort, I will continue to advocate more federal funding for our recreational and tourist attractions that have suffered financial distress because of the pandemic. I thank Governor Lamont and his team for their leadership, and Steve Coan and all the Mystic Aquarium staff, volunteers, and supporters.”

commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:40:16 -0400
Darien Library Author Visit: An Evening with Emily Gray Tedrowe https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47825-darien-library-author-visit-an-evening-with-emily-gray-tedrowe47825-darien-library-author-visit-an-evening-with-emily-gray-tedrowe https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47825-darien-library-author-visit-an-evening-with-emily-gray-tedrowe47825-darien-library-author-visit-an-evening-with-emily-gray-tedrowe

It is with great pleasure that Darien Library welcomes back author, Emily Gray Tedrowe.

Alan Kirk Gray, former Director of Darien Library, will introduce his daughter before she discusses her new book, The Talented Miss Farwell.

Register for this event HERE.

This event will take place via Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.

Need help registering? Email Amanda at ademaio@darienlibrary.org

Thursday, October 1st at 7 p.m.

We are thrilled to invite you to a very special author event as we welcome back Emily Gray Tedrowe, daughter of Alan Kirk Gray, former Director of Darien Library. Alan will introduce his daughter before she discusses her new book, The Talented Miss Farwell.

About The Talented Miss Farwell

A piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist, Emily Gray Tedrowe’s The Talented Miss Farwell is a sophisticated literary thriller set in the world of high-priced art. The titular Miss Farwell is clever, ambitious, and underestimated by everyone around her, making for an electrifying page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention.

About The Author

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Talented Miss FarwellBlue Stars, and Commuters.  A frequent book reviewer for USA Today as well as other publications, Tedrowe also writes essays, interviews, and short stories.

Emily Gray Tedrowe will be in conversation with Katherine Nintzel, Executive Editor of Custom House, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Events Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:23:43 -0400
Outdoor 'Country Rock and Blues' Concert in Darien on Sept. 26th https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47824-outdoor-country-rock-and-blues-concert-in-darien-on-sept-26th47824-outdoor-country-rock-and-blues-concert-in-darien-on-sept-26th https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47824-outdoor-country-rock-and-blues-concert-in-darien-on-sept-26th47824-outdoor-country-rock-and-blues-concert-in-darien-on-sept-26th

Award-winning Nashville recording artists and local country western band, Gunsmoke is performing an outdoor Music for Hope concert, Country Rock and Blues at the Piedmont Club in Darien on Saturday, September 26th. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Special musical guests performing classic rock and rhythm and blues will join Gunsmoke in the club’s parking lot, where social distancing will be observed, and seating limited.

Gunsmoke performs regularly at Broadway’s Opry City Stage and has recorded six albums, performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States, and has been enshrined in the Connecticut country music hall of fame. The band was formed by brothers Jeff and Nick DeMaio Jr. of Darien, and has been performing classic country, western, swing and rockabilly music for over 25 years. In addition to Jeff and Nick, Gunsmoke includes band members Christina Mae, Van Manakas, Guy "Fooch" Fischetti and Nick DeMaio III.

Gunsmoke established Music for Hope in 2010 and has raised thousands of dollars to fight cancer on both the local and national level through concerts, dinner dances and recordings. Founded by Danny Thomas in 1962, St. Jude’s is at the cutting edge of research for pediatric cancer. All costs are covered by donations, as no family ever receives a bill from the hospital. In light of the impact of Covid-19, Gunsmoke has chosen St. Jude’s to be this year’s beneficiary of the Music for Hope concert.

The Piedmont, Darien’s Italian American Club established in 1916, serves as the meeting place for many town groups and civic organizations. It also hosts blood drives, sponsors youth sports, gives scholarships and, in non-Covid times, hosts a monthly Men’s Dinner. The Piedmont has partnered with Music for Hope and Gunsmoke in past years for their benefit concerts.

Admission for the Music for Hope benefit concert is $10. Reservations or donations may be made in advance at 203 655-7884. Music begins at 6 p.m. and food will be available for purchase. Rain date for the event is Sunday, September 27th. The Piedmont Club is located at 152 Hecker Avenue in Darien. For more information about the Piedmont Club, go to piedmontclub.org. To find out more about Gunsmoke, visit gunsmokeband.com.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Events Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:27:32 -0400
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Wins ‘Provider of Choice’ Award https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47823-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award47823-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47823-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award47823-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is pleased to announce that its StayWELL service line has received a 2020 Best of Home Care® - Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. This award recognizes the top performing non-medical home care agencies in the nation, based upon unfiltered client satisfaction feedback. The recognition is a testament to RVNAhealth’s outstanding service and high-quality caregiving teams, each dedicated to the health and well-being of their clients.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience. As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility.

“As one of only 16 home care agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of agency options in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding service. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I also extend appreciation to our incredible clients for their feedback and trust in having RVNAhealth care for them or their loved ones,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

To learn more about StayWELL services, please visit rvnahealth.org/services/stay-well/ or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.

kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:35:24 -0400
Darien Library Presents The Art of Seed Saving with "The Seed Huntress" https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47821-darien-library-presents-the-art-of-seed-saving-with-the-seed-huntress47821-darien-library-presents-the-art-of-seed-saving-with-the-seed-huntress https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47821-darien-library-presents-the-art-of-seed-saving-with-the-seed-huntress47821-darien-library-presents-the-art-of-seed-saving-with-the-seed-huntress

Darien Library Presents The Art of Seed Saving with "The Seed Huntress" on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 7 to 8 pm

An online event. Register on Darien Library's website.

Sefra Alexandra, "The Seed Huntress," will discuss her work with seed saving for conservation, multiplication and distribution. This work supports seed sovereignty through the different initiatives she's worked on at the local, national, and international scales.

She'll look at the importance of in situ (in place) seed banking and of ex situ (cold storage) seed saving strategies. Both of these methods are important for safeguarding seed biodiversity of our wild and cultivated lands. Save seeds - seeds save!

About The Presenter

Sefra Alexandra "The Seed Huntress," is an endurance race ethnobotanist on a perennial expedition to save the seeds of our wild + cultivated lands. She has fortified community seed banks internationally on island nations after natural disasters, conducted fieldwork in the South Pacific as a Genebank Impacts Fellow for the Crop Trust, hunted for rare endangered seeds for Seeds of Success in Idaho, revived the local allium heirloom The Southport Globe Onion by starting a seed library and is now the lead of CT NOFA's pollinator health initiative The Ecotype Project.

She has just returned from the inaugural BOATanical Expedition. This was an 87-mile canoe journey down Connecticut's Quinnitukqut River. She planted 500 native plants in pollinator gardens as she "paddled for the pollinators!"

Sefra Alexandra is a WINGS WorldQuest Flag Carrier, member of the Explorers Club + holds her M.A.T. in Agroecology from Cornell University.

This program will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.

Need help registering? Email Susie at sskerrett@darienlibrary.org

Register on Darien Library's website for this online event.

agoodman@darienlibrary.org (Darien Library) Events Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:17:06 -0400
Darien Library Welcomes Author Emily Gray Tedrowe on Thursday, October 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47819-darien-library-welcomes-author-emily-gray-tedrowe-on-thursday-october-147819-darien-library-welcomes-author-emily-gray-tedrowe-on-thursday-october-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47819-darien-library-welcomes-author-emily-gray-tedrowe-on-thursday-october-147819-darien-library-welcomes-author-emily-gray-tedrowe-on-thursday-october-1

An Evening with Author Emily Gray Tedrowe

It is with great pleasure that Darien Library welcomes back author, Emily Gray Tedrowe on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. After an introduction by her father, Alan Kirk Gray, the former Director of Darien Library, Ms. Tedrowe will discuss her new book, The Talented Miss Farewell in conversation with Katherine Nintzel, Executive Editor of Custom House, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

The event will happen online via the Zoom platform. Register online at darienlibrary.org to receive the link to the program.

About The Talented Miss Farwell

A piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist, Emily Gray Tedrowe’s The Talented Miss Farwell is a sophisticated literary thriller set in the world of high-priced art. The titular Miss Farwell is clever, ambitious, and underestimated by everyone around her, making for an electrifying page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention. And while con stories aren’t new, Tedrowe’s novel is a refreshing and subversive approach, focusing on a single mastermind who uses her brain, not her body, to swindle and succeed in her double life.

The Talented Miss Farwell is as ensnaring as real life cons that have recently captivated public consciousness. Tedrowe dials up the tension from a slow simmer to bubbling boil as readers race from chapter to chapter to discover the fate of Miss Farwell. Praised as an “elegant novelist” (Kirkus) and “a deeply perceptive observer…of social and moral concerns” (Booklist), Publishers Weekly calls Tedrowe an author that “shows great promise.” 

About the Author

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Talented Miss Farwell, Blue Stars, and Commuters. She earned a PhD in English literature from New York University, and a BA from Princeton University. She has received an Illinois Arts Council award as well as fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. A frequent book reviewer for USA Today as well as other publications, Ms. Tedrowe also writes essays, interviews, and short stories.

Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Goodman) Events Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:01:23 -0400
CIAC Announces Full Contact Football Canceled for 2020-2021 School Year https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47818-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year47818-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47818-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year47818-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full-contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

kerry@ducey.org (CIAC Sports) Life Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:38:26 -0400
The Community Fund of Darien Hires Heather Gordon https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47817-the-community-fund-of-darien-hires-heather-gordon47817-the-community-fund-of-darien-hires-heather-gordon https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47817-the-community-fund-of-darien-hires-heather-gordon47817-the-community-fund-of-darien-hires-heather-gordon

The Community Fund of Darien (TCF) announces its new Youth Program Manager, Heather Gordon. In this newly created role, Heather will oversee and coordinate TCF’s four student youth groups. Heather is an extremely involved volunteer, having previously partnered with organizations such as Young Life, Trinity Church, Save the Children, and the YMCA. A Pepperdine University graduate and Norwalk native, Heather is also working with Noroton Presbyterian Church as their Youth Ministry Associate and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Heather is excited to start this new chapter this fall with The Community Fund of Darien. When asked about her motivation to become involved with TCF, Heather responded, “In high school, my youth group was the first place I truly felt loved and accepted, which was in many ways due to my wonderful mentors. From then on, I knew my dream was to help change the world through meaningful relationships and be this role model for others.”

Janet King, The Community Fund’s Executive Director added, “Heather’s experience and genuine enthusiasm are a complement to The Community Fund of Darien’s mission to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. Heather will lead our youth groups to better understand local philanthropy and human service needs. We are delighted that Heather has joined our team!”

Youth Community Fund

The Youth Community Fund (YCF), open to 10th-12th graders, introduces students to philanthropy and the role of nonprofits in our community. The group volunteers and evaluates local organizations and allocates money it raises to those that it deems most in need. According to Youth Community Fund member Ally Noonan, “It’s wonderful to learn how we can help our neighbors both through volunteerism and through a formal grant allocation process. The group has awarded grants over $13,500 this year.

Youth Asset Team

The Youth Asset Team (YAT) is another educational and impactful program The Community Fund of Darien offers to 10-12th 

graders. Students meet biweekly to discuss healthy choices, mental health, and continue to educate other teenagers and adults about substance and alcohol abuse in the community. Katie Chandler, one of the upcoming Presidents of YAT said that, “Youth Asset Team has impacted me tremendously because of the opportunities it has given me to grow as a person. The meetings are a place where students can have real conversations about issues in our community and make a difference. YAT allows students to gain confidence and leadership skills which is why it’s such an important group.” Not only does the Youth Asset Team strive to help and educate the community, it also develops students’ leadership skills throughout their time in this program. 

Freshman Community Group

The Freshman Community Group is a group just for 9th grade students to help support them as they navigate the transition to high school, and serves as an introduction to the Youth Community Fund and the Youth Asset Team. The group is centered around engaging meetings with Andrew Tepper, the YAT advisor and a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) as well as community service projects.   

Youth Give Back

The Community Fund of Darien has also established the Youth Give Back program for 7th and 8th grade students. Through this program, students are able to learn about problems within the community and create solutions or ways to help. The program is also designed so that students receive hands-on experiences through visits to local shelters and organizations. Sandi Sufrin, a mother of a Youth Give Back student and a current adult advisor of the program, said that “Ideally, it’s a more personal way of giving back to our neighbors. A side effect would be to create a love of volunteering and giving back to their community.” With the many student and adult volunteers, the middle schoolers are able to learn firsthand their impact within the community as well as build relationships with students who are passionate about helping and learning to serve others.

The Community Fund of Darien (TCF) inspires people and mobilizes resources to strengthen our community. Its vision is for all community members to have the opportunity to reach their full potential as healthy, educated, and self-sufficient individuals. TCF initiates solutions, builds

collaborations, and implements and supports programs to strengthen youth, adults and families for lasting and positive impact in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford. Since its founding in 1951, TCF has distributed over $20 million to local nonprofit organizations and community initiatives.

More information can be found at www.communityfunddarien.org.


kerry@ducey.org (Isabelle Garrett and Alyse Wright-Webb) Neighbors Wed, 16 Sep 2020 03:53:48 -0400
Ace Endico To Go is celebrating the colorful season of fall with home delivery promos and free gifts! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47816-ace-endico-to-go-is-celebrating-the-colorful-season-of-fall-with-home-delivery-promos-and-free-gifts47816-ace-endico-to-go-is-celebrating-the-colorful-season-of-fall-with-home-delivery-promos-and-free-gifts https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47816-ace-endico-to-go-is-celebrating-the-colorful-season-of-fall-with-home-delivery-promos-and-free-gifts47816-ace-endico-to-go-is-celebrating-the-colorful-season-of-fall-with-home-delivery-promos-and-free-gifts

Fall means home delivery promos and free gifts from Ace Endico To Go!

  • Buy Crown Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup and get a FREE box of pancake mix! Please use promo code FALLFUN1  at checkout to get this FREE item added to your order!

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When COVID-19 hit, ACE Endico sprung into action and began delivering its top quality products to homes throughout Westchester and Connecticut.  Choose from over 2,000 items on newly launched Ace Endico To Go and your groceries will be delivered the next day (and it’s free if you spend $200 or more!) 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 16 Sep 2020 02:47:00 -0400
The Community Fund of Darien’s Inaugural “Community Chase” Supports Local Nonprofit Partners https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47815-the-community-fund-of-darien-s-inaugural-community-chase-supports-local-nonprofit-partners47815-the-community-fund-of-darien-s-inaugural-community-chase-supports-local-nonprofit-partners https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47815-the-community-fund-of-darien-s-inaugural-community-chase-supports-local-nonprofit-partners47815-the-community-fund-of-darien-s-inaugural-community-chase-supports-local-nonprofit-partners

Mission: Possible! The Community Fund of Darien’s Inaugural “Community Chase” Supports Local Nonprofit Partners 

Looking for a way to connect with friends and family while supporting our community at the same time?  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join The Community Fund of Darien’s first-ever “Community Chase” -- a virtual competition for teams of friends and families of all ages!  Mission: Possible! is a fun-filled, socially distanced event that will take place the week of September 19th - 26th, 2020 and will benefit TCF’s nonprofit partners’ programs that strengthen youth, adults and families in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford.  

Using a mobile device, teams of 4-6 players will be assigned points for each mission completed and players can track progress and rankings on a live leaderboard.  Play casually, or be “in it to win it” for a chance to earn prizes and bragging rights!  Missions will go live at 9am on September 19th; players will have until 6pm on September 26th to complete their challenges.  

Sample missions include: 

  • Name the oldest church in Darien; Bonus points for submitting a photo of your team leaving 4 cans of soup in the church’s collection box for one of The Community Fund of Darien’s non-profit partners’ food pantry.

  • Take a selfie of your team outside of a participating Darien local business sponsor.

  • Submit a video of your family playing “The floor is lava.”

Teams are encouraged to share their mission photos on TCF’s Facebook and Instagram pages using the hashtag #TCFMissionPossible.

“Mission: Possible! is a great way to safely unite our community while respecting social distancing,” said Janet King, The Community Fund of Darien’s Executive Director.  “We wanted to create a unique, fun and exciting activity that gives people the chance to explore and learn more about their hometown and our nonprofit partners, who provide so much support for our neighbors in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford.”

To participate, register at www.communityfunddarien.org ($50 per team, create your own team of 4-6 players.)  Registration fees will directly support TCF’s local nonprofit partners.  An email confirmation will contain TCF’s “Mission: Possible!” game code; download the free “Goose Chase” app on your iPhone or Android and enter the game code within the app to begin.  To complete a mission, select it from the list and follow the instructions to receive the allotted points. Missions may involve submitting a photo or video, checking-in at a specific location or solving a puzzle or riddle. The choice is yours! 

The Community Fund of Darien thanks the following sponsors for supporting Mission: Possible!: Noroton Presybterian Church, Hollow Tree Self Storage, Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists, Sasco River Center, Darien Sport Shop, Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa, Bankwell, Barrett Bookstore, Crescendo Music, Dance on the DL, Darien Running Company, Hands on Pottery, HAYVN, Helen Ainson, Sheree Frank with Houlihan Lawrence, Joyride, Kumon, Lanphier, Manhattan Marriage and Family Therapy, Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness, Precisely Pilates, Pure Barre and Rhone.

Mission  Possible!

kerry@ducey.org (Jennifer Fallon) Charities Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:00:27 -0400