Darien Schools Superintendent Alan Addley announced to parents on Tuesday night that he is going into quarantine after his spouse tested positive for COVID-19, although he tested negative. “Upon leaving work on Monday, I was tested for COVID-19,” Addley said in the announcement, emailed Wednesday night. “My PCR test was negative and I immediately started my 14-day period of quarantine,” he continued. “I am feeling well and following the directions from the CDC, District protocols and my physician.” Addley said the quarantine period will end on Tuesday, Dec.
A YMCA surveillance camera covering the parking lot showed a male enter the lot from the Post Road, enter a vehicle and — 30 seconds later — get out of the vehicle. The video recording was consulted after a man found that a $100 bill was missing from his wallet, which he had put in the center console before he went in the building to work out. He didn’t lock the vehicle, which was vulnerable in the lot at 2420 Post Road from about 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. on Friday the 13th.
This year the Rowayton Gift Stroll will transform the village into a delightful walkable shopping experience from Pinkney Park to the Rowayton Arts Center at 145 Rowayton Ave. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 27 to Christmas Eve on Thursday, Dec. 24, there will be plenty of ideas for everyone on your list — including something to gift yourself! — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
An intoxicated driver traveling west on the Post Road swerved into the eastbound traffic lane a little after 8:42 p.m., Friday, according to Darien police who were following him. Police gave this further account of the matter, including accusations not proven in court:
At 8:42, police were called and told a silver BMW was swerving toward oncoming traffic on Hecker Avenue and had also almost hit a guardrail. After briefly following the car on the Post Road, police also saw it swerving into the oncoming traffic lane and stopped it. The driver, Miguel Lopez, 34, of Stamford, told police he was drinking earlier. An officer noticed that Lopez seemed confused when asked simple questions about the vehicle’s documents.
Janusz Lech Madej, 84, husband of the late Wieslawa “Vickie” Madej, passed away on Nov. 12, 2020 at his home in Fresno, California. He was a former longtime resident of Darien. He was born August 24, 1936 in Warsaw, Poland, and was the only child of the late Tadeusz and Maria (Nowicka) Madej. He grew up during World War II.
Twice within four days, owners who had left their 2020 Land Rovers unlocked with the keys inside found that the vehicles had been stolen, and their location devices showed the vehicles had left Darien, police said. Other than that, the thefts were unrelated. Police gave these descriptions of each incident:
The first took place Thursday, Nov. 12, outside Dolce Nail & Spa at 166 Heights Road. At 3:55 p.m., a woman parked in front of the business, and at 5 p.m., but when she returned, the vehicle had vanished.
Darien Town Clerk Caryn Lynn Diller, died on Saturday, Nov. 14, at home surrounded by her family. Daughter of the late William Henry Diller and Gertrude Rettig Diller, Caryn was born Jan. 10, 1952 in Stamford. Other then a brief period at her parent’s vacation locale, Caryn was a lifelong Darien resident. After graduating from Skowhegan High School, Caryn attended Ricker College of the Northeast in Houlton, Maine, obtaining a sociology degree.
Be a part of Darien history! In conjunction with the Darien 2020 Bicentennial celebration, Darien is creating a Time Capsule to commemorate this year. Members of the community will be invited to share a short, written reflection of the year 2020 to be included in the time capsule. The capsule will be opened in 50 years — in 2070. — an announcement from the Time Capsule Subcommittee
“The 2020 Bicentennial Time Capsule Project is a wonderful way for residents, especially our students, to commemorate for future generations this momentous year.
Terri Marie Brode died peacefully on Oct. 31 at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York, with her husband, Andrew, at her side, following complications from surgery. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Terri graduated from Roncalli High School in Indianapolis in 1985 and Butler University in 1989 with a degree in accounting. After working for Arthur Anderson for five years and ready for a change, Terri attended Duke University, receiving an MBA in 1995. Her sights set on New York City, Terri accepted a job with JP Morgan, where she would meet her husband and marry in 1997.
Police from Darien and state police pursued a suspicious vehicle on Interstate 95 Thursday afternoon and arrested the driver and one of the passengers, Darien police said. Police gave this account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:
At about 2:21 p.m., Connecticut state police told Darien police that a driver on I-95 reported that a vehicle in the southbound lanes not only had what looked like fresh damage, but one of the several male passengers seemed to be holding a gun to the head of the female driver. Police were told that the vehicle got off at Exit 11. Darien police alerted all on-duty Darien officers and nearby law enforcement agencies. Soon afterward, Officer Kelly Thurston saw a vehicle matching the description re-entering the highway northbound-lanes entrance at Exit 11.
We hope this finds your family in good health as you face the challenges of living life during a pandemic. As COVID-19 cases increase across the state and in the town, the Town of Darien and the Darien Public Schools wish to share some reminders and practices designed to keep our community safe, to keep schools open, and to support our local businesses. — an announcement issued Thursday by Town of Darien and Darien Public Schools officials
It will take a conscious town-wide effort to keep our community healthy, and in turn allow our schools and businesses to remain open. Achieving these goals requires a collective commitment to adhere to public health and safety recommendations. These recommendations can help guide safe decision-making regarding participation in gatherings, sporting or recreational activities, and travel.
“Extensive traffic delays continue to be problematic in and around Darien schools during drop-off and pickup times,” said a Darien Police Department announcement issued Wednesday afternoon.Anyone
Police are asking drivers to avoid the areas where cars line up, whenever possible. Here’s the rest of the announcement:
Numerous strategies to mitigate this problem have been applied with marginal success. We continue to work and meet with school officials, town boards, and other town officials but simply stated, there is no easy solution or obvious remedy. We will continue to monitor and analyze the existing issues and collectively work toward alleviating the backups. COVID-19 restrictions governing drop-off/pickup and schools positioned in residential areas that can’t accommodate the volume of cars, continue to be the predominant factors causing the delays. For the foreseeable future, major traffic delays should be expected around Darien schools before and after the below posted “opening” and “dismissal” times.
A 20-year-old Darien woman had been drinking before her vehicle rolled over in the front yard of her home, police said. Police did not say whether she or her passenger were injured, although they said the driver didn’t appear to be. Darien police gave this further account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Police were called at 7:26 p.m. by someone reporting that the vehicle had rolled over at 6 Canoe Trail, in the Tokeneke section of town. When they spoke to the driver, Natalie Harper, 20, of that address, she became “increasingly upset and incoherent,” according to the police announcement. The passenger told police that he or she and Harper had been drinking alcohol earlier that morning.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Darien town government issued information about what you need to know in order to vote this year, including COVID-19 guidelines, absentee ballot drop-off rules and polling locations and times. From the announcement:
If you have not done so already, we hope that you will make every effort to cast your vote. The Town of Darien is prepared for Election Day, and will be providing safe in-person voting for those who have not already voted by absentee ballot.