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Drinking in Darien: Former School Resource Officer James Palmieri’s Perspective

James Palmieri 01-19-17 detective 03-08-17
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Drinking by teenagers in Darien is a subject Darien Police Detective James Palmieri has run across quite a bit in his eight years with the department. He recently concluded 4 1/2 years as school resource officer at Darien High School. Here’s what he had to say at a panel discussion Monday at Darien Library after a showing of “Haze,” a documentary film about binge drinking among teens and young adults. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Teens Have Died from Binge Drinking in Darien: Police Officer at Panel Discussion

Panelists Binge Drinking 03-08-17
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After a documentary film about the dangers of binge drinking among teenagers and young adults was shown at Darien Library on Monday night, James Palmieri, recently the school resource officer at Darien High School, told the audience that, just as in the documentary, a Darien teenager had died from the affects of binging on alcohol when his friends had left him. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Escalation’ Documentary About Relationship Violence: Screening & Discussion, March 27 & 28

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Adults and teenagers are invited to two separate screenings of Escalation — a powerful and emotional engaging film that illuminates the warning signs of unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationships. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Talk on Landscapes as Healthy Ecosystems ‘From Trees to Bees’ 7 PM, Tuesday, March 7

Kim Eierman environmental horticulturist 02-25-17
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Environmental Horticulturist Kim Eierman will share her knowledge on landscapes as healthy ecosystems in her lecture, “The EcoBeneficial Landscape: From Trees to Bees,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7 at the Darien Library. (more…) Continue Reading →

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What Happens When Darien Police Visit an Under-Age Party with Alcohol

Mark Cappelli Bryan Wallman 02-21-17
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When police are alerted to a teenage drinking party in Darien, most of what they do revolves around the safety of the under-age drinkers there and the safety of other people who might be on the road when intoxicated drivers from the party go home. That was one of the themes brought up by two Darien police officers involved with youths in town when the officers spoke recently at a meeting for parents at Darien High School. (more…) Continue Reading →

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DHS Principal Ellen Dunn on Drugs, Drinking, Disciplining Students and What Parents Can Do

Ellen Dunn Darien High School Teen Drinking Substance Abuse 02-12-17
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Even when Darien High School administrators are dropping the proverbial hammer down on your child in high school, the hammer is only proverbial, Principal Ellen Dunn told parents at a recent meeting — administrators are trying to help, and discipline can be a turning point for your kid. Or, as she put it: “The lucky ones get caught.” (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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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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‘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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