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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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Registration Extended to Friday for the Saturday ‘Darien Dash’ Scavenger Hunt

Darien Youth Commission 20-05-17
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You can now register as late as Friday for a new scavenger hunt in Darien, the “Darien Dash” this Saturday, March 11. There are still a few spots left, so the registration deadline of Wednesday has been extended two more days. As many as 20 teams will be accepted for the event, which is organized by the Darien Youth Commission. (more…) Continue Reading →

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TONIGHT, March 8: Advice from Counselors at Darien Library for Teens, Parents on Leaving the Nest

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Is your teenager ready to leave the nest? A growing number of mid-to-late adolescents aren’t sufficiently prepared for college and/or life beyond high school. Join Family Centers counselors James McGinn and Betsi Mufson at Darien Library for an evening of concrete, practical advice on issues ranging from health care to finances to emotional well-being. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Binge Drinking Hits Close to Home: Some Things Darien Parents and Teens Should Know

Suzanne Denunzio Haze binge drinking 03-06-17
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Before the documentary “Haze” was shown to about 150 people, mostly high school students, at a meeting Monday night sponsored by a coalition of groups in town concerned about under-age binge drinking, Suzanne Denunzio, a Darien parent, got up to speak. (more…) Continue Reading →

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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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