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Saturday Afternoon: ‘Bubblemania’ Show & Community Art Festival for Kids

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A free afternoon of hands-on arts for the kids.  Local not-for-profit agencies provide arts & crafts projects for kids while giving parents opportunity to learn about the terrific services their agencies provide in and around the community. (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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Experts Offer Parents Tips on Building Resiliency, Respecting Kids While Holding Them to Standards

New Canaan Panel Resilience 02-18-17
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Parents can be respectful and show love to their children while they enforce rules; parents ask questions rather than make assumptions in a confrontation; and they can show sympathy while avoiding the temptation to fix problems that children are better off fixing themselves. And parents should let emotionally healthy kids get experience in bouncing back from failures themselves — it builds resiliency, an important ability that the child will need later in life. (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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Letter from Selectman Susan Marks: Darien Parents & Grandparents, Check Out the OurDarien.com Website

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To the editor:

Have you heard about the new campaign in Darien? It has nothing to do with politics but everything to do with something much more important, our Youth in town! (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

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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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The First ‘Dash’ in the New ‘Darien Dash’ Scavenger Hunt May Be Registering on Feb 27

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A new scavenger hunt in Darien, called the “Darien Dash” and organized by the Darien Youth Commission, will take place on Saturday, March 11, and will accept just 20 teams, each with a car. Registration, which starts Feb. 27, will be first-come, first-served — so (depending on how popular this is) that may be the pre-dash “dash.” You might gather certain information before registration opens, to get your form completed faster. (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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