After a two-year hiatus, the Hindley Happening carnival is taking place on Saturday, May 7, with rides, fun food, and games where you and your kids can win tickets for prizes, the Hindley PTO announced. Food offerings include Fjord, Darien Butcher Shop, Heights Pizza, Uncle’s Hot Dogs, Worlds Best Sundae, Kona Ice, carnival favorites like cotton candy, and more. “There is something for everyone, at every age,” the PTO announcement said. The PTO uses the event to raise money for the school. The carnival starts at 10 a.m. and runs till 6 p.m.
The Hindley Happening carnival is at Hindley Elementary School at the corner of the Post Road and Nearwater Lane.
Clifford W. DeForest, 91, of Darien passed away on May 2 at home surrounded by his loved ones. Clifford was born at Norwalk Hospital on Sept. 28, 1930. He was the son of John and Viola DeForest of New Canaan and graduated from New Canaan High School in 1948. He lived in New Canaan, and served as a special officer with the New Canaan Police Department before moving to Darien in 1951.
As our Connecticut legislators wrap up their “short session” this week, it’s time to assess their work: things accomplished, mixed messages sent and issues left unresolved. Transportation is responsible for almost 30% of all air pollution in the U.S., more than half of that spewed by cars and trucks. The EPA says Connecticut is in “severe noncompliance” with Federal clean air rules, especially Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties. Our air literally stinks. So while I’m happy the state has finally committed to a Clean Air Act, it will take until 2040 for many of its provisions to take effect.
James R. Hock, 55, died Monday morning April 4, 2022 at his home in Hartland, Vermont. Jamie was born on May 9, 1966 in Greenwich, the son of Doris (Moore) and Nicholas G. Hock. He graduated from Darien High School in 1986 and worked at Palmer’s Market through a state program for disabled adults. He spent time living in Englewood, Colorado before moving to Woodstock, Vermont and then to Hartland. Jamie had a great attitude and zest for life.
Walter Otto Lindecke, 94, of Wilton died peacefully on March 8. Born in Cobbel, Germany in 1927 to Otto and Anna Lindecke, Walter moved with his family to Cobleskill, New York when he was eight years old. There, he met his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Dox, with whom he built his life in Warwick, New York, followed by Belleair, Florida and finally Wilton. He graduated from Adelphi University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and had a long and distinguished career in business, retiring from the Warwick Savings Bank. Upon moving to Wilton at the age of 90, Walter made many friends at the Wilton Senior Center, enjoying hours of games and friendship with so many of Wilton’s senior community.
Actor and author Julianna Margulies will visit the Darien Community Association on Tuesday, May 10 , to celebrate the paperback release of her memoir, “Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life.” — an announcement from Darien Community Association and Barrett Bookstore
The evening will include time for Q&A from the audience. A signed copy of Sunshine Girl is included in the ticket price and additional copies will be available at the event, which is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. Before the event begins at 7 p.m., there will be a wine reception, starting at 6:15 p.m., also included in the ticket price. Julianna Margulies will be in conversation with Darien’s Kristen Harnisch, internationally bestselling author of The Vintner’s Daughter and The California Wife, as well as the soon to be published sequel, The Vintner’s Legacy.
Here’s Realtor Deirdre McGovern’s report on Darien and Rowayton real estate from April 21 to 28:
THIS WEEK’S DARIEN HIGHLIGHTS
8 New-To-Market Listings1 Price Reduction9 Accepted Offers6 Closed Sales5 Open Houses
THIS WEEK’S ROWAYTON HIGHLIGHTS
2 New-To-Market Listings1 Price Reduction0 Accepted Offers1 Closed Sale1 Open Houses
51 Hale Lane, Darien | $625,00014 Littlebrook Road, Darien | $795,00025 Ridgeview Ave., Darien | $825,00036 Richmond Drive, Darien | $949,0003 Abbey Road [PICTURED], Darien | $1,345,00042 Delafield Island Road, Darien | $4,225,000326 Mansfield Ave., Darien | $4,995,0002 Tokeneke Beach Drive, Darien | $5,425,00074 Witch Lane, Rowayton | $1,375,00011 Barclay Court, Rowayton | $1,750,000
32 Hale Lane, Darien | $1,500,000 / $1,300,0008 Roton Ave., Rowayton | $995,000 / $899,000
51 Hale Lane, Darien | $625,000285 West Ave., Darien | $979,00025 Raymond Street, Darien | $1,195,00047 Hilton St., Darien | $1,499,00060 Kensett Lane, Darien | $2,490,00043 Blueberry Lane, Darien | $2,649,00023 Peterick Lane, Darien | $3,595,000158 Long Neck Point Road, Darien | $3,900,0006 Homewood Lane, Darien | $6,950,000
Title Passed / Sold
118 Old Kings Hwy South, Darien | $489,900 / $514,39511 Darien Close, Darien | $699,000 / $699,00016 Jackson Place, Darien | $795,000 / $969,000133 West Ave., Darien | $969,000 / $1,100,00044 Huckleberry Lane, Darien | $1,475,000 / $1,550,0008 Searles Road, Darien | $4,575,000 / $4,201,00019 Ridgewood Road, Rowayton | $1,295,000 / $1,425,000
42 Delafield Island Road, Darien | Saturday | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.2 Tokeneke Beach Drive, Darien | Saturday | 1 to 3 p.m.36 Richmond Drive, Darien | Sunday | 1 to 3 p.m.14 Spring Grove St., Darien | Sunday | 1 to 3 p.m.8 East Trail, Darien | Sunday | 1 to 3 p.m.11 Barclay Court, Rowayton | Sunday | 1 to 4 p.m.
Deirdre McGovern is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker who has called Darien home for more than 25 years. She has been involved in many local organizations. She can be reached at 203-554-0897 or email@example.com. More information here.
Lois Boots Berry died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on April 21. She was 90. Lois was born on Sept. 4, 1931, in East Hampton, New York, the daughter of the late Lois Kingsley Boots and Dr. Ralph H. Boots. She was raised in New York City and East Hampton, and was a graduate of The Chapin School, Westover School, and Bennett College.
Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Prudence “Tink” O’Connor Neubert peacefully passed away on April 21, after a courageous battle with cancer. Tink approached her nearly three-year fight with quiet grace, steady focus, and a determination that inspired all who knew her. Tink was born at St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida on Jan. 12, 1944 to James “Jim” Leon and Prudence Page O’Connor.
Enjoy a guided deep dive into the amazing world of octopuses, squid and their inky ilk on Tuesday, June 14 as public radio’s “Science Friday” founder and host Ira Flatow celebrates “Cephalopod Movie Night” with a special lineup of films and experts at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. — an announcement from The Maritime Aquarium
Tickets are on sale now for the family-friendly event, hosted in-person by Flatow and offering a fun and informative focus on cephalopods, the fascinating class of mollusks that includes the octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus. Through short documentaries produced by “Science Friday” and from in-person experts, guests will learn the latest discoveries about cephalopod adaptations and behaviors, and get insights into their care at The Maritime Aquarium. The event, which includes a pre-show meet-and-greet with Flatow, is presented by “Science Friday” with The Maritime Aquarium and Connecticut Public. Sharing their expertise with Flatow and the audience will be Barrett Christie, the Aquarium’s Director of Animal Husbandry, who will explain what it’s like to work with and care for octopuses.
Thomas Joseph Walsh Jr., M.D. died on April 24 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. He was a long-time resident of Darien. He was born in the Bronx on Sept. 18, 1931, to Thomas Joseph Walsh and Virginia Hughes Walsh. After his mother died at an early age, he was cared for by his father and loving stepmother Josephine Colly Walsh.
Are Connecticut state workers overpaid? I don’t think so. Connecticut state employees are about to get a retroactive, four-year contract that gives them a $3,500 bonus, annual 2.5% pay increases and their “step increases” tied to seniority and their jobs. By one estimate, this all works out to an additional $10,000 per worker over four years. Total cost to taxpayers: $1.86 billion.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is developing plans to upgrade and expand closed-circuit television cameras, traffic flow monitors and communication upgrades on Interstate 95 and Route 7 in Fairfield County. — an announcement from the Connecticut General Assembly
The traffic monitoring technology watches Connecticut highways to allow rapid response to any incidents affecting safety. “If our first responders have more resources to use in place, they will be able to respond to an emergency situation quickly and efficiently,” said state Sen. Pat Billie Miller, who represents Stamford and Darien. The project in question will involve the upgrade and expansion of existing camera networks for up-to-date traffic conditions and travel times to emergency responders, the media and motorists. Existing fiber-optic cable and cameras on I-95 will be replaced; new ones will be installed along Route 7, with further work including the installation of traffic flow monitors and communication equipment.
After a long, well-fought battle with multiple health issues, Stephen Rowe Jones died peacefully at home April 19, 2022 at age 71. Stephen grew up in Darien and graduated from Darien High School. After receiving his B.A. in English and government at Franklin and Marshall College, he earned a master’s degree in International Studies from American University and a JD from AU’s Washington College of Law. He served over 30 years as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor in the divisions of Employment and Training and Occupational Safety and Health. Stephen was an avid reader of history and literature, a dedicated runner and tennis player, a passionate birder, and he loved to travel.
Ann Kane, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Darienon Feb. 27, with her family by her side. She was born on July 24, 1929 in Olyphant, Pennsylvania to the late Owen and Nellie Durkin. Ann was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in Olyphant.