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Lane Closures Coming Saturday Thru Wednesday in & Near Darien

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In and around Darien this weekend, April 22 to 24 and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 to 26, lanes or restrictions will be on these roads, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced. The department’s latest announcement is on top of road closures in downtown Stamford this weekend and Merritt Parkway ramp closures on Wednesday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In 11 Recent Health Inspections at Darien Food-Serving Establishments, Most Get Top Grades

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Darien Health Department inspectors examined 11 different food-serving locations recently, giving seven of them “A” ratings and four others “B” ratings. None were given the lowest grade of “C.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Ratings from the Latest 10 Darien Restaurant Health Inspections

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Six local food-serving establishments were recently inspected by the Darien Health Department, all received the top town rating of “A” although some violations of the state health code were found. (more…) Continue Reading →

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ConnDOT Plans to Have Merritt Parkway Signs Replaced in 2018

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is developing plans to replace the highway signs and their support structures on a 38.3-mile stretch of the Merritt Parkway from the Connecticut/New York border in Greenwich to the Stratford/Milford town line. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Merritt Pkwy Project to Close Ramps Wednesday, April 26, Greenwich to New Canaan

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that construction will be resuming on Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) in Stamford and New Canaan from the Greenwich town line just north of Exit 31, North Street, to the vicinity of Exit 37, Route 124 (South Avenue) beginning on Monday, April 17, 2017.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Board of Finance Approves Budget That Would Raise Taxes 2.46%

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The Board of Finance approved a $145.3 million town operating budget and $6.7 million capital budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, which town officials calculate would lead to a new tax rate of $16.16 per $1,000 of assessed value — an increase of 2.46 percent. Board of Finance Proposed Budget at a Glance

Capital, non-recurring budget: $6,710,656
Town operating budget:  $49,429,285
Education operating budget: $95,874,776
Town & education budgets (total): $145,394,061
Grand List (tax base) as of Oct. 1, 2016: $8,512,539,479
Mill rate (tax rate): $16.16 (per $1,000 of assessed value), 0.39 above this year’s $15.77 (a 2.46 percent increase)

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Here’s When Darien’s & Area Towns’ Household Hazardous Waste Days Take Place

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Darien residents can go to any of these Household Hazardous Waste Day dropoff programs to get rid of stuff if you don’t want to wait for (or miss) Darien’s June 3 drop-off day. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Six Local Restaurants Rated in Latest Darien Health Inspections

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Six local food-serving establishments were recently inspected by the Darien Health Department, all received the top town rating of “A” although some violations of the state health code were found. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Darien Library: We Need to Pay Our Librarians Better

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Darien Library wants to increase the salaries of its librarians by 5 percent across the board this year and keep on increasing them at a rate higher than inflation next year, the organization’s director told the Board of Finance on Tuesday. The reason: Darien Library isn’t paying salaries that nearby libraries are offering, and it’s making it difficult to recruit and retain librarians.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Top Town Officials Discuss Community Issues at Library

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Where’s Darien headed in the future? What do town officials who pay attention to the town’s problems think are the most important ones, and where is the town doing well? What new services should we have or where are we wasting money? Get answers to these questions and more Wednesday night when Darien’s town officials come to speak and answer the public’s questions. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Noroton Heights Station Platform Replacement Project: More on Which Parts Will Be Done When & Parking Impact

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Darien Public Works Director Ed Gentile gave out more details Monday night on what parts of the Noroton Heights Railroad Station platform-replacement project will be done at what times and how various elements of the plan would affect parking. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Donna Shalala Speaks April 19 in Darien at New Covenant Center Breakfast Fundraiser

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Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala will speak in Darien at New Covenant Center’s Celebrity Breakfast fundraiser on April 19. (more…) Continue Reading →

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