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ENDS MONDAY: Help Darien FD Ladies Auxiliary Support Troops: Donate Items at Library

Donate Troops Auxiliary Library 03-04-17
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The Darien Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is currently collecting items to be sent to our troops via the organization Operation Care Package.  A collection box for these items will be on the first floor of Darien Library — BUT ONLY UNTIL THIS MONDAY, MARCH 6! (more…) Continue Reading →

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Panelists: High Rate of Teen Drinking in Darien Comes with High Stress, Lax Attitudes

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With only two days on the assignment as school resource officer at Darien High School, Officer Bryan Wallman said at a panel discussion Tuesday night that one of his first impressions is how competitive students are with their academics, and that it may be making them more stressful. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Truth & Consequences’ Panel Discussion on Teen Drinking at DHS Auditorium

Truth or Consequences event graphic 02-05-17
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A panel of five area experts will speak at Darien High School on Tuesday night, Feb. 7, about teen drinking from the perspectives of the law and law enforcement, how it impairs teenage brains and athletic abilities and how Darien High School deals with drinking. The meeting is for both parents and students. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opus Luncheon Honoring Alumnae, March 1, Raises Money for Balloons for Campers Day

Halstead Opus Person-to-Person 02-06-17
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The Opus Luncheon Honoring Alumnae, which is sponsored by Halstead Property, LLC and Barrett Bookstore, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 1 at The Country Club of Darien. Local author Sara Goff will serve as keynote speaker. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Group Launches Campaign to Counter Darien’s ‘Troubling Rate of Teenage Binge Drinking’

Thriving Youth Initiative Community Fund of Darien toilet 02-02-17
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What does 06820 mean to you? In Darien we value education, celebrate our successes, and are compassionate in times of need. We look out for our neighbors. But there’s a critical way we’re falling short: 06820 is also a place with a troubling rate of teenage binge drinking. (more…) Continue Reading →

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DRINKING IN DARIEN: Worse than Elsewhere for Both Teens and Adults — and the Problem is Growing

Carrie Bernier 01-30-17
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Darien teens drink more than their peers in similar towns, across Fairfield County, across Connecticut and across the United States. Their parents are drinking more than adults in other places, too. And drinking has become more prevalent among middle school and high school kids between 2011 to 2014, especially among high school juniors and seniors. Those are the results of surveys taken for or cited by the Thriving Youth Task Force, a coalition of Darien youth-related groups and professionals in the substance abuse and mental health fields serving Darienites. Later this week, the task force is expected to announce a campaign to turn that around in town. Continue Reading →

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Two New Videos Show Off Darien as Part of the Fundraising Push for Stadium Lights

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Here are two videos recently promoted by the Darien Athletic Foundation as part of its campaign to raise $750,000 to get permanent lights installed this spring for Darien High School sports games. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Darien — How Healthy Are We?’ Presentation, Part 3: Stress, Chronic Illness & Coping

Community Fund Darien How Healthy Are We 01-26-17
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What is the fastest growing threat to the health of Darien residents? How does the health of Darien residents compare with that of the US, or Connecticut? (more…) Continue Reading →

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Olive Hauser: Retiring as Darien Social Services Director, Helped Build Nonprofits in Town

Olive Hauser Director of Human Services
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Olive Hauser, Darien’s social services director, retiring on April 3 after 26 years with the town, hasn’t just administered a town department — she’s also been a volunteer with and board member for a number of social service nonprofit groups in town.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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