Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:48:27 -0400 HamletHub.com Congratulations to Darien's New Chief of Police Donald B. Anderson https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47167-congratulations-to-darien-s-new-chief-of-police-donald-b-anderson47167-congratulations-to-darien-s-new-chief-of-police-donald-b-anderson https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47167-congratulations-to-darien-s-new-chief-of-police-donald-b-anderson47167-congratulations-to-darien-s-new-chief-of-police-donald-b-anderson

The Darien Police Department congratulates Chief Donald B. Anderson for being sworn in as the Town of Darien’s new Police Chief! Chief

Anderson was sworn in this weekend in front of a large crowd at the Darien Town Hall. Thank you to all those who came and to everyone who made it such a special occasion.

For additional photos and information, visit Darien Police Department on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Ofc. Edward J. Rondano of the Stamford Police Department

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Police) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:08:04 -0400
Swing by Golf Performance Center on Saturday, October 5 and find out if you've got what it takes https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47168-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes47168-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47168-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes47168-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes

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Come learn how our coaches have helped 100+ athletes get to over 80 colleges and universities with multiple NCAA All-Americans, hundreds of junior golf wins on numerous junior tours as well as professional wins on the PGA’s Web.com tour and the Canadian PGA. 
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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:58:16 -0400
Darien Bicentennial Buzz: Community Outreach https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47166-darien-bicentennial-buzz-community-outreach47166-darien-bicentennial-buzz-community-outreach https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47166-darien-bicentennial-buzz-community-outreach47166-darien-bicentennial-buzz-community-outreach

Through a town-wide mailing and community forums, the town’s 2020 Bicentennial Committee is hoping to spread the news and promote plans to celebrate the town’s 200th Birthday next year.

“These outreach efforts are intended to inform and get folks excited for the town’s 200th birthday year,” said First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. “We want to encourage both residents and businesses alike to support Darien’s official events and to discover ways that town organizations can participate and promote their own Bicentennial celebrations.”

A “Save the Year” postcard, to be mailed to all Darien addresses in early October, includes the dates and locations of official town Bicentennial events and features the official Bicentennial Logo and 068200 designs. The colorful postcard, which features current and historic photos from around town, was designed by Jaymie Pavolonis, a graphic designer who worked with the official logo and color scheme created by Darien High School students Charlie Callery, Will Henry Harmon and Kelly Niederreither.

“We are hoping this postcard will prompt people to not only reserve these special town events on their 2020 calendars, but also encourage residents to learn more about contributing to these events so that Darien can celebrate its birthday in style,” said Al Miller, chairman of the 2020 Bicentennial Committee.

Check donations may be made out to Town of Darien, and please 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.

In addition, public forums have been scheduled. Two Community Forums will include a presentation by members of the committee’s executive team on plans that are still evolving for the Bicentennial. The first Community Forum will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. in Room 206 at Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road. The second Community Forum will be held on Thursday, November 21 at 11 am in the Community Room at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road. Information will also be shared about opportunities to sponsor the Bicentennial and ways for organizations to participate. There will be time for a Q&A following the presentation.

“The town will have a community calendar on its website, where non-profits and official sponsors may post their own Bicentennial events,” said Susan Marks, a member of the Board of Selectmen who is also serving as Bicentennial Coordinator. “We also want to encourage non-profits and sponsors to display the official 2020 Logo for their own Bicentennial events.”

Representatives of the town’s faith communities will be invited to the Darien Historical Society on Thursday, October 17 at 11 a.m., to discuss and coordinate a possible “Ringing of the Bells” during the Anniversary Day Ceremony on June 12.

“The Ringing of the Bells was a major highlight of the town’s 150th birthday celebration in 1970,” said Miller. “We are hoping that all the town’s churches will participate – it would be a very special highlight to mark this special occasion.”

Information on Bicentennial events and projects is available at www.darienct.gov/2020 and social media posts can be found by searching “@DarienCT200” on Instagram and Twitter, or “DarienCT200” on Facebook.

To participate, volunteer or donate visit www.darienct.gov/2020 or email info.darien2020@gmail.com.

Town of Darien 2020 Bicentennial Events:

Bicentennial Opening Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 10 in the evening

Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road


Weed Beach Festival’s Bicentennial Bash

Saturday, June 6

Anniversary Day 

Friday, June 12 in the early evening

Slawson Cemetery, Hanson Road

Heritage Day Celebration

Fall 2020

Darien Historical Society & other locations

kerry@ducey.org (Margaret McIntire) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:46:25 -0400
Laugh for a Cause - Cocktails & Comedy Fundraiser to Benefit The Undies Project https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47162-laugh-for-a-cause-cocktails-comedy-fundraiser-to-benefit-the-undies-project47162-laugh-for-a-cause-cocktails-comedy-fundraiser-to-benefit-the-undies-project https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47162-laugh-for-a-cause-cocktails-comedy-fundraiser-to-benefit-the-undies-project47162-laugh-for-a-cause-cocktails-comedy-fundraiser-to-benefit-the-undies-project

Tickets are selling fast!  Featuring hilarious comic Andy Pitz and emcee Kim Berns, Cocktails & Comedy is a not to be missed event.  Saturday, September 28th 7-10pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside CT.

There will be hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live music during the cocktail hour, a silent auction and a paddle raise.

There are many amazing items in the silent auction including a golf outing at Winged Foot Golf Club, a private tour of The Glass House in New Canaan, a Barbados holiday, 5 nights stay in a Vermont Chalet, a Mexican cooking demonstration and tours of the Capitol Building and the State Capitol. 

Funds raised at Cocktails & Comedy will go towards purchasing new underwear to donate to the 25 organizations that The Undies Project now supports. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to Laugh for a Cause and help make a difference in the lives of others. Tickets are $95, on sale online only at www.theundiesproject.org and include one complimentary drink.

Cocktails & Comedy is sponsored by First County Bank; First Bank of Greenwich; Mercury Business Associates and Katie Creighton Garden Design.

lucy@theundiesproject.org (Lucy Langley) Charities Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:42:25 -0400
Spots Available in Theatre Classes for Grades K-2 & Grades 6-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47165-spots-available-in-theatre-classes-for-grades-k-2-grades-6-847165-spots-available-in-theatre-classes-for-grades-k-2-grades-6-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47165-spots-available-in-theatre-classes-for-grades-k-2-grades-6-847165-spots-available-in-theatre-classes-for-grades-k-2-grades-6-8

Fall theatre classes at the Darien Arts Center include Middle School Theatre Makers, a class for grades 6–8, where middle schoolers take the lead in an 11-week collaboration.

Young artists will collaborate to develop a script, design costumes and props, promote and perform their very own play. Students get a taste of what it is like to work together as a theatre company, assuming roles of director, designer, writer and actor. Classes take place on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm, Sept. 26 – Dec. 19.

A culminating event will be performed for family, friends and theatregoers on December 19. Fee for the class is $375. Lil’ Kids in the Cast, a class for grades K–2, takes place on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am, Sept. 28 – Nov. 23. This fun and activity-filled class includes theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, songs and choreography. The final class will be a culminating event where students perform for friends and family. Fee for Lil’ Kids in the Cast is $225.

To register, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. The DAC is sponsored by Baywater Properties and Laurel Road Bank.

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Places Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:42:00 -0400
Joan Lunden To Speak About Caregiving At SilverSource Luncheon in Darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47164-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon47164-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47164-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon47164-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon

A trusted voice in our homes for more than 30 years, award-winning journalist and author Joan Lunden will serve as guest speaker at the SilverSource Inspiring Lives Benefit Luncheon on Wednesday, October 16th, at Woodway Country Club (540 Hoyt Street, Darien CT 06820).

Lunden, co-host of Good Morning America on ABC from 1980 through 1997, and has written 12 books, including co-authoring Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul: Family Caregivers, and hosted a four-part series on Retirement Living TV focused on family caregiving.

The mother of seven, Lunden will discuss her role as a Sandwich Generation caregiver – caring for her children and her aging mother simultaneously. Attendees will find support, encouragement and inspiration in Lunden’s insights into the experience of caregiving for a loved one.

According to the latest report by the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to an adult. While we champion the benefits of providing care at home, little attention is paid to the needs of family caregivers who are often overwhelmed.

“Caregiving is a uniquely rewarding yet daunting role,” said Kathleen Bordelon, SilverSource Executive Director. “SilverSource prioritizes support to caregivers as part of the many services we provide to older adults and their families.”

The event will honor the Cingari Family for their active involvement in making Stamford a better place to live and work. Proceeds will benefit seniors in need and SilverSource programs that ensure older neighbors keep a roof over their heads, with the heat and lights on, food on the table and the medical care they need.

Tickets begin at $150. The event is expected to sell out, visit https://silversource.org/events/ to register. A variety of high-profile sponsorship opportunities are also available.

SilverSource is grateful to event co-chairs Louse and Jerry Berkman, Maureen and Michael Cacace and Day and Gene Rubino for their leadership and dedication, and would like to thank generous sponsors Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Day Pitney LLP, Sharon and Jack Feighery, Pitney Bowes, Stamford Health and media sponsor Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 16 Sep 2019 04:43:26 -0400
Darien Board of Selectmen 2019-20 Goals and Objectives https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47161-darien-board-of-selectmen-2019-20-goals-and-objectives47161-darien-board-of-selectmen-2019-20-goals-and-objectives https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/47161-darien-board-of-selectmen-2019-20-goals-and-objectives47161-darien-board-of-selectmen-2019-20-goals-and-objectives

Darien's Board of Selectmen has adopted the following Goals and Objectives for 2019-20

• Provide timely and effective delivery of public safety and health services
• Support law enforcement initiatives to maintain low crime rates while fostering respectful community relations
• Support volunteer fire service and best-practice emergency medical and dispatch services
• Support flood mitigation and sanitary sewer strategies that preserve and protect community assets
• Prioritize community wellness
• Preserve and enhance the quality of life that makes Darien a desirable hometown
• Acquire property for future town needs
• Support growth in commercial and residential tax base while maintaining desired small community qualities
• Support high quality public education and educational facilities
• Support local zoning regulations that encourage commercial development and housing choice for all demographic constituencies
• Protect historic and environmental resources
• Prioritize sustainable practices and policy development
• Provide cost effective services through prudent leadership and management
• Maintain active engagement in Regional and State Government to preserve local control
• Balance high quality town services with lowest possible tax rates
• Support public/private partnerships for public benefit
• Invest in technology to improve customer service and reduce costs

• Maintain and enhance town infrastructure
• Prioritize and support cyber security measures
• Improve transit, bike and pedestrian access throughout town and between neighboring towns
• Collaborate with town boards and commissions on analysis of impacts of new development on infrastructure and planning for         necessary enhancements
• Support investments in storm and sanitary sewer system maintenance
• Partner with CTDOT and Metro North to improve train station and parking amenities
• Engage and inform our community and all stakeholders through transparent and effective    communication
• Foster and role model timely, responsive, respectful and effective communication
• Utilize digital tools that allow taxpayer access to public data and information
• Facilitate effective communication and collaboration between town boards and commissions
• Promote a town organization that is sustainable and maintains employee productivity, effectiveness and morale
• Support employee diversity and retention strategies
• Support employee benefit policies that are fiscally sustainable
• Support municipal employee wellness

Adopted by the BOS  9/9/19
kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Politics Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:51:31 -0400
Person-to-Person Announces Annual Transforming Lives Luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47160-person-to-person-announces-annual-transforming-lives-luncheon47160-person-to-person-announces-annual-transforming-lives-luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47160-person-to-person-announces-annual-transforming-lives-luncheon47160-person-to-person-announces-annual-transforming-lives-luncheon

Darien CT, September 13, 2019 – Person-to-Person (P2P) is pleased to announce their annual Transforming Lives Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, October 10th from 11:30 AM-2:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

Noted author and speaker Kelly Corrigan will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Corrigan is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent book, “Tell Me More,” which offers deeply personal, unfailingly honest, and often hilarious observations on love and connection. As the Creative Director for The Nantucket Project, Corrigan is involved in launching national conversations about the issues and topics that matter most. Recent appearances on the Today Show and in the New York Times have highlighted Corrigan’s ability to connect with audiences in a very intimate and empowering way.

Event Chairs Alison Kohlmeyer and Melissa McKeithen are overseeing the luncheon committee of more than 15 dedicated volunteers and P2P supporters.

Sponsors for the event include Barrett Bookstore, Baywater Properties, Bell Associates, Bloomingdale’s, Fairfield County Bank, First County Bank, Eileen B. Hanford of Halstead, Laurel Road Bank, M&T Bank, Refinitiv, Troy Insurance, Victoria de Toledo, Kim Dickinson, Doon Foster, Alison Kohlmeyer, Ceci Maher, Melissa McKeithen, Wendy Moore, Sara Lyden Schmidt, Elizabeth Thompson, Tracey Riccardi, and Kelly Wheeler. Moffly Media is the exclusive media sponsor for the event.

P2P Chief Executive Officer Nancy Coughlin, who took the helm of the organization in June of this year, says that proceeds from this event will fund the many vital services that P2P provides to over 25,000 individuals annually.

“From access to clothing, healthy food, and emergency funds to help keep people in their homes, to camperships and scholarships that form pathways to better futures - all are made possible with proceeds from this event.  Attendees will enjoy what promises to be a fun and heartwarming event while also transforming the lives of those we serve,” shares Coughlin. By helping families in crisis, P2P provides a pathway out of poverty for people seeking long-term stability.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.p2phelps.org. For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelly Wheeler at kellywheeler@p2phelps.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Rebecca Cosgrove) Charities Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:34:08 -0400
Darien High School Girls Varsity Swim and Dive Team Car Wash on Sunday and 2019 Meet Schedule https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47159-darien-high-school-girls-varsity-swim-and-dive-team-car-wash-on-sunday-and-2019-meet-schedule47159-darien-high-school-girls-varsity-swim-and-dive-team-car-wash-on-sunday-and-2019-meet-schedule https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47159-darien-high-school-girls-varsity-swim-and-dive-team-car-wash-on-sunday-and-2019-meet-schedule47159-darien-high-school-girls-varsity-swim-and-dive-team-car-wash-on-sunday-and-2019-meet-schedule

The Blue Wave Swim Dive team has captured the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) titles of State Open Champion three times (2012, 2013, 2014) and Class L State Champion six times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). 

Support the Blue Wave Swim and Dive Team by cheering them on! Below is the 2019 Meet Schedule

SWIMMING: All swim meets will be held at the Darien YMCA unless otherwise noted.         

Fri. Sept. 20

vs. Wilton

3:00 PM

Tues. Sept. 24

vs. Danbury

3:00 PM

Fri. Sept. 27

vs. St. Joseph

3:00 PM

Wed. Oct. 2

vs. New Canaan (at New Canaan YMCA)

3:00 PM

Thurs. Oct. 3

vs. Westhill

3:00 PM

Mon. Oct. 7

vs. Trumbull (at Trumbull)

4:00 PM

Fri. Oct. 11

vs. Fairfield Ludlowe

3:00 PM

Thurs. Oct. 17

vs. Ridgefield (at Ridgefield)

4:00 PM

Wed. Oct. 23

vs. Fairfield Warde

3:00 PM

DIVING: All dive meets will be held at the New Canaan YMCA unless otherwise noted.

Tues. Sept. 17

vs. Wilton

3:00 PM

Mon. Sept. 23

vs. Danbury/Westhill

3:00 PM

Thurs. Sept. 26

vs. St. Joseph/Trumbull

3:00 PM

Wed. Oct. 2

vs. New Canaan

3:00 PM

Thurs. Oct. 10

vs. Fairfield Ludlowe

3:00 PM

Thurs. Oct. 17

vs. Ridgefield (at Ridgefield)

4:00 PM

Tues. Oct. 22

vs. Fairfield Warde

3:00 PM

 Darien H.S. Athletics Twitter DHSbluewave Instagram

The Darien High School Girls Varsity Swim and Dive team will host its annual Car Wash on Sunday, September 15 from 9am to 5pm at Darien High School.

photo credit: Louise Schmidt

kerry@ducey.org (Claire Hunter) Neighbors Fri, 13 Sep 2019 06:13:48 -0400
New Additions to Visual Arts Programs at Darien Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47157-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center47157-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47157-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center47157-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center

The Darien Arts Center has added new instructors and offerings to its Visual Arts program this fall. New visual arts classes for grades 1 through 12 include the Iconic Lettering Scripts of Harry Potter, Introduction to Fashion Design, Paint the Masters: Advanced Drawing and Painting and Weekend Art of the World Club. Returning classes for ages 3 and up include Little Artists, Art Studio, Cartooning, Digital Photography and Drawing and Painting. Visual Arts Classes for adults include Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy and Adult Watercolor. Students practice in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio, and participate in various exhibits at the DAC and around town.

New teachers leading classes include Moki Kokoris (Iconic Lettering Scripts of Harry Potter), Sooo-z Mastropietro (Introduction to Fashion Design) and Joel Flora (Adult Watercolor). Kokoris is a member of the Society of Scribes and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting, She has been a freelance calligrapher, illustrator, artist and graphic designer for over 40 years. Mastropietro, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, holds a BFA in Fashion Design and Textile Design. She has taught Fashion at the Quick Center, Aldrich Museum, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Joel Flora studied art at The Arts Students League in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and The National Portrait Academy in Toronto, Canada, where he went on to become Instructor of Classical Underpainting Methods. He was also Instructor of Drawing and Painting at The Thornhill Community Center in Toronto and Painting Instructor at the Rowayton Arts Center. His work is currently showing at the Geary Gallery in Darien, The PS Gallery in Litchfield and the Shimko Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

It is recommended to register early for classes, as classes fill quickly. To register for classes, click links below, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. The DAC is sponsored by Baywater Properties and Laurel Road Bank.


Cartooning, Grades 2–6, Monday, 4:10 – 5:10pm, Sept. 23 – Dec. 16, $220. Students will design their own characters and learn to use them in a one-panel cartoon and three-panel comic strip. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.

New Iconic Lettering Scripts of Harry Potter, Grades 5–8, Monday, 5:15-6:45pm, Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, $220. Whether it is an acceptance letter to Hogwarts School you wish to write yourself, a set of secret spells, or magical drafts and potions you want to record on paper, the Darien Arts Center's Chamber of Secrets will teach you the scripts of Albus Dumbledore and Headmistress McGonagoll. Using new skills, we will design and create our own Marauder's Map!

Little Artists, Ages 3-5, Wednesday, 2:45-3:30pm, Oct. 9 – Nov. 13, $125. Budding artists will experiment with different mediums and be introduced to some of the greatest artists in the world. This class will develop fine motor skills while allowing the opportunity to discover one's creativity.

Art Studio, Grades 1-5, Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $250. Students will create developmentally appropriate art projects using basic artistic techniques. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.

Drawing and Painting, Grades 5-9, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $380. Similar to our art studio class but designed for older students. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.

New Introduction to Fashion Design, Grades 5-8, Thursday, 3:45–5:15pm, Oct. 10 – Dec. 12, $320. Students will learn about different fabrics and styles and create their own pieces of clothing using newly learned sewing techniques. At the end of the semester each student will have several different articles of clothing to take home.

New Paint the Masters: Advanced Drawing and Painting, Grades 9 and up, Wednesday, 6:45-8:15pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $380. This class is geared towards the advanced art student who would like to develop drawing and painting skills in more depth. High school students working on their college portfolios are encouraged to join.

Digital Photography, Grades 5-8, Friday, 4:40-5:40pm, Sept. 27 – Dec. 13, $230. Students learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos. Students photos will be showcased during the year.

New Weekend Art of the World Club, Grades 1-4, Saturday, 10:15-11:30am, Sept. 28 – Nov. 23, $210. Each week students will learn about an artist or art technique from a different part of the world and create their own projects with different media such as acrylics, watercolors, pastels and ink.

Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Monday, 7:00-9:00pm, Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, $295. This 6 week course is geared towards beginners and those who have previous experience with calligraphy. No prior experience or skills are necessary.

Adult Watercolor, Tuesday, 9:30–11:30am, Sept. 24–Nov.12, $335. All skill levels are welcome. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, while more advanced students will practice their technique and improve composition. 

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Places Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:56:02 -0400
Friday the 13th Harvest Moon Rising, Go Out and Feel the Night! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47158-friday-the-13th-harvest-moon-rising-go-out-and-feel-the-night47158-friday-the-13th-harvest-moon-rising-go-out-and-feel-the-night https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47158-friday-the-13th-harvest-moon-rising-go-out-and-feel-the-night47158-friday-the-13th-harvest-moon-rising-go-out-and-feel-the-night

But there's a full moon risin'

Let's go dancin' in the light

We know where the music's playin'

Let's go out and feel the night

- Neil Young, Harvest Moon

Friday, September the 13th meets a Harvest Moon, that’s what The Old Farmers’ Almanac tells us. So, why not go out and feel the night? 

According to The Farmer's Almanac, this month’s full moon rises on the night of Friday, September 13, and reaches peak fullness at 12:33 a.m. EDT on the 14th.  The last time there was a full moon on Friday the 13th was in January 2006. BOO! That was 13 years ago!

What’s more, The Farmer’s Almanac ways Friday’s moon is a micro moon which is exactly the opposite of a supermoon, a full moon that occurs when the Moon is at the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

Learn more on The Old Farmer’s Almanac website here.

Not quite full, but breathtaking nonetheless, the moon in this post was photographed by Ridgefield resident, Rick Tango.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:05:53 -0400
Stamford Mayor Visits 1st Graders at King School, Talks About How Stamford Works https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47156-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works47156-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47156-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works47156-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works

Every morning, Grade 1 students are aware that though they come from several different cities, they come together at King School in Stamford to share a day full of discovery and creativity with their teacher Julia Rachinsky-Wood. This fall, as students are exploring 'How Stamford Works,' Ms. Rachinsky-Wood encourages her students to ask questions and make their own discoveries, building critical thinking skills and experience as problem-solvers. 

Grade 1 students began the exploration of Stamford by studying maps of the city; they were especially excited to locate King School on the map! Students brainstormed a list of places in Stamford; including Stamford Hospital, the library, restaurants, parks, and beaches. They added people significant in keeping us safe to their list including police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

Who makes all of this work? The Grade 1 students learned about the role of a city mayor and are curious to learn who he is and how helps to make our city run and be safe for its citizens.  What better way to answer these questions than to ask the mayor directly? We welcomed the Honorable Mayor David Martin to the Grade 1 classroom.  Mayor Martin introduced himself and proudly shared the King tie he had chosen to wear, given to him on a previous visit to campus. 

The excitement today was palpable when students, equipped with note cards complete with thoughtful questions, met Mayor Martin.   Grade 2 students, with their teacher Mrs. Emily Decker, are exploring 'Communities' and they joined this unique opportunity to meet the mayor. Students and Mayor Martin discussed questions ranging from "How did you get enough money to build such a huge hospital?" and "How do police know someone crossed a red light?," to "Why isn't there an ice cream shop in my neighborhood?" and many more.  

In the Mayor's honor, students built a model of the city of Stamford out of Lincoln Logs. Mayor Martin graciously accepted hand written and illustrated notes of appreciation. He also received a King mug as well as a decorated flower pot with sprouts from the class spider plant as a reminder of the students' appreciation for his visit. Mayor Martin is the first of many visitors who will help the students discover and understand all they can about "The City that Works."

Learn more about our Grades 1-5 program. 

kerry@ducey.org (Lakeya Graves) Places Wed, 11 Sep 2019 08:20:13 -0400
Darien Library Offers Innovative Job Search Strategies Program https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47154-darien-library-offers-innovative-job-search-strategies-program47154-darien-library-offers-innovative-job-search-strategies-program https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47154-darien-library-offers-innovative-job-search-strategies-program47154-darien-library-offers-innovative-job-search-strategies-program

Long gone are the days of looking for a job by perusing the classified ads in the newspaper, mailing your resume, and waiting to be called for an interview.

Did you know that most people’s job search emails or cover letters actually backfire? Join us on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about Innovative Job Search Strategies at Darien Library.

Most people spend their time trying to leverage recruiters, job listings, industry events, and their existing networks, but that should only equate to 50% of one’s job search time! It’s not about whom you know; it’s about getting to know who you don’t know.

This program will be led by industry professionals, executive coach, and Greenwich resident, Kumar Singla.

About the Presenter:

Kumar Singla works in New York City as a bankruptcy and corporate restructuring professional. He also advises professionals of all industries and backgrounds on career transition strategies, effective job searching and optimal networking strategies. He challenges old, established ways of thinking and brings an innovative approach and fresh outlook to the search process.



kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Events Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:43:20 -0400
Nine Darien High School Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47155-twelve-ridgefield-high-school-students-named-national-merit-scholarship-semifinalists47155-twelve-ridgefield-high-school-students-named-national-merit-scholarship-semifinalists https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47155-twelve-ridgefield-high-school-students-named-national-merit-scholarship-semifinalists47155-twelve-ridgefield-high-school-students-named-national-merit-scholarship-semifinalists

Darien High School Students Named Semifinalists in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program

Today, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among the awardees were 9 Darien High School students. Congratulations to:

Skyler Bennett

Nicholas Derby

Shriya Desai

Sean Huffert

Julia Pfrommer

Jackson Roberson

Sophia Talwaker

Emma Williams

Kai Zhou

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

kerry@ducey.org (Tara) Neighbors Wed, 11 Sep 2019 02:22:12 -0400
40th annual Darien Road Race on Sunday, Still Time to Register! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47152-40th-annual-darien-road-race-156811377847152-40th-annual-darien-road-race-1568113778 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47152-40th-annual-darien-road-race-156811377847152-40th-annual-darien-road-race-1568113778

40th Annual Darien Road Race Kicks Off Sunday, September 15th

 The 1.5 mile Fun Run will begin at 9:00 am the 5 mile run will start at 9:30. The race will feature “The Finish Line” tent with music, games, sponsor booths, silent auction and an awards ceremony.

The Darien Road Race brings together families, athletes and adults young and old to celebrate the spirit of our town and support The Community Fund of Darien (TCF).    The race is the only major fundraising event for The Community Fund of Darien, the 68 year old nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

Not a runner?  Sponsor one of the 30+ individual and teams taking on the challenge by visiting https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/CT/Darien/DarienRoadRace or the TCF website, www.communityfunddarien.org. 

Prefer to shop for a great cause?  Visit the Darien Road Race on line auction, offering fantastic items from local merchants as well as tickets to opening day Yankees or Mets games and NYC theatre events.  Proceeds of the race and silent auction are used to fund over 20 area nonprofit agencies focused on human needs such as homelessness, domestic violence, food insecurity, job training, physical and mental health, and youth success programs.  The silent auction will end at 6:00 PM on Sunday.  To view, visit http://tiny.cc/DRRAuction

The registration fee is $45.00 ($55.00 on race day) and $20.00 for all children 12 and under.  Participants can register and learn more about the race at www.communityfunddarien.org and can also self-register on-site using a mobile phone.  The first 500 registered runners will receive an official 2019 Darien Road Race t-shirt on race day.  Self-registration using a smartphone will be required for race signup on Sunday.

The race is made possible by local business sponsors and many wonderful volunteers.  The Title Sponsor for the 2019 Darien Road Race is Newport Academy.  The Residence at Selleck’s Woods is the Platinum Sponsor for the Fun Run.  Gold Sponsors are Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Specialists, The Darien Boat Club and Hollow Tree Self Storage.  Silver Sponsors include Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group, Vineyard Vines, Baywater Properties, Kumon, Laurel Road Bank, Palmer’s, Performance Physical Therapy, Trinity Church and Bankwell.  Bronze Sponsors are the Southfield Center for Development, Christine Hamilton-Hall, DMD, MD, Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists, Methodist Family Center Preschool, Darien Signature Health, Butler Tibbetts, JetBlue and Sheree Frank/Houlihan Lawrence.  OrangeTheory Fitness and American Family Care Urgent Care are also Valued Sponsors.

For 68 years, The Community Fund of Darien’s intelligent philanthropy has addressed the needs of the most vulnerable in our community by investing in critical and effective programs in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk.  Funding goals focus on basic needs (food, housing, and emergency financial assistance), youth success, and self-sufficiency.  In addition to grants, The Community Fund brings together local community initiatives such as Thriving Youth Task Force, which promotes positive youth development, and the Human Service Planning Council, which focuses on addressing the social service needs of Darien residents. The Community Fund of Darien also created the 06820/Our Darien campaign which addresses teen binge drinking.  TCF also organizes  high school and middle school groups to address substance abuse and mental health.

The Community Fund of Darien’s mission is made possible with the help of over 800 individual and local business donors and 100 volunteers who contribute to make a difference in our community. For more information, please contact The Community Fund of Darien office at 203-655-8775 or visit the website at: www.communityfunddarien.org

charla.easterbrook@communityfunddarien.org (The Community Fund of Darien) Events Tue, 10 Sep 2019 03:09:38 -0400