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RTM to Vote Monday on Teachers Union Contract — the Biggest Part of the Town’s Next Three Budgets

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Two Representative Town Meeting committees have each voted to recommend that the full RTM, when it meets Monday night, approve the teachers union contract. The proposed three-year Darien teachers union contract will be the single largest expenditure made by the town — not just for the coming fiscal year, but for the two that follow it, as well. Once the RTM vote is taken, that expenditure of tens of millions of dollars a year will be locked in, essentially, unavailable for either the Board of Education or RTM to change for three years. Most of the town’s education spending is on teacher’s salaries, and town education spending is close to 70 percent of the entire town budget. The RTM’s vote will be the final one, putting the contract into effect starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2020.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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One ‘C’, Four ‘B’, Three ‘A’ Ratings in Latest Darien Restaurant Health Inspections

Health Certificate Frosty Bear 01-19-17
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One local restaurant received a “C” rating, four others each received a rating of “B”; and “A” ratings went to three more in the latest food-serving establishment health inspection reports released by Darien Health Department. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Wood: You Can Testify or Submit Testimony to Legislature’s Committees in Hartford on These Issues

Terrie Wood 5-18-16
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State Rep. Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Rowayton residents in the 141st District, has announced to her constituents that public hearings will be taking place soon on “issues of critical importance in Hartford next week.  You can get your testimony in and possibly influence how the Legislature will (or won’t) act. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Overcoming Opioids: Big Increase in Prescription Drugs Collected at Drop Boxes in CT

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More and more, Connecticut residents are taking smart precautions to keep opioid prescriptions out of the wrong hands as they use drop-off prescription collection boxes around the state, Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement released Wednesday. Darien has one of the boxes in the lobby of Police Headquarters at 25 Hecker Ave. (more…) Continue Reading →

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One ‘C’, Four ‘B’ Ratings and 8 ‘A’ Ratings in Latest Health Inspections of Darien Restaurants

Health Certificate Frosty Bear 01-19-17
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One local restaurant received a “C” rating, four others each received a rating of “B”; and “A” ratings went to eight others in the latest food-serving establishment health inspection reports released by Darien Health Department. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Embody Fitness Gourmet Moving Out of Equinox to a Nearby Stand-Alone Location

Gillan Bryan Embody Fitness Gourmet 02-12-17
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Location, location, location:

The Embody Fitness Gourmet juice bar now located at the Equinox fitness club in Noroton Heights plans to move to a new location in a storefront next to Heights Pizza, where it will likely stay until that block’s planned redevelopment takes place, at which time it will move to some other location. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Letter: Finance Board Chairman Zagrodzky: Malloy’s Pension Proposal Could Cost Darien $3 Million

Jon Zagrodzky Board of Finance 12-16
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To the editor:

The recent announcement by Governor Malloy that he will ask to shift more than $400 million in teacher pension obligations to Connecticut towns should be alarming to everyone.  The Board of Finance is certainly concerned, and while none of this is final, we do have an estimate of the potential impact. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Council of Darien School Parents: Budget Statements at the Board of Ed Public Hearing: PART 1

Skoglund 02-05-17
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Good Evening.  My name is Shelly Skoglund.  I have two children:  one at the high school and one at Middlesex.  My name is Julia Mengwall.  I have three children:  one at Middlesex and two at Tokeneke. Continue Reading →

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Budget Statements on High School, Middle School at the Board of Ed Public Hearing: PART 2

Ann Dickson Darien High School parents 02-06-17
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Here are three statements from Thursday’s Darien Board of Education public hearing on the 2017-2018 proposed school district budget, from parent teacher organizations at Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School. (more…) Continue Reading →

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