A woman at work at a business on Old Kings Highway South told police that she discovered her wallet was missing when she got text messages from her bank alerting her to fraudulent charges being attempted on her account. Darien police described what happened:
Sometime between 8 a.m. and 12:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the wallet was taken from her purse. Six attempts were made to buy items with her stolen bank card, and four of them were successful. The completed transactions amounted to $425.
During Thanksgiving break, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported among students, teachers and others in Darien schools remained steady, according to reports from school district officials to parents and staff. A total of 21 people tested positive for COVID-19 In the five days from Wednesday (when students were released early, just before Thanksgiving) through early Sunday evening. Although that number is higher than in previous updates to parents and staff, it represents a total of five days instead of the single-day reports that had been given out in each of the five days before Thanksgiving break. A comparison with those numbers shows no increase in the rate of new reported cases: 21 in each five-day period. There was a jump in the number of people told to self-quarantine (21 in the earlier five-day period, 33 in the latest report) but far fewer told to get tested for COVID and be careful (“Screen & Stay” in the reports: 43 in the earlier period, 23 in the later period).
Ready to start your holiday shopping? The Rowayton Gardeners is online now with their second “Virtually Yours” online store. More than 175 items will be offered for sale, including festive gifts and unique ornaments, fresh bundled greens and our designer-quality wreaths are ready for purchase online now and through Sunday, Nov. 28. — an announcement from The Rowayton Gardeners club
YWCA of Darien/Norwalk’s annual Dazzling December shopping event, a fun and festive evening celebrating the upcoming holiday season, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9 at Everything is Rosey in Darien. — an announcement from the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk
Everything is Rosey at 1072 Post Road in Darien offers a wide array of colorful apparel, resort wear and unique holiday gifts. Light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine tastings will be served by local Scout & Cellar representative Sally Betz. Several gift baskets will be raffled off throughout the evening.
Some thieves who go into unlocked cars aren’t afraid to branch out and enter a garage when a garage door opener is found in the vehicle, as happened overnight from Friday to Saturday on Holly Lane. The incident was one of four reported the same day, after in the latest spate of overnight entries into unlocked vehicles in Darien. Here’s how police described each incident, all of which took place on nearby streets:
A woman told police that when her husband went outside at about 7:30 a.m., he found the garage door fully open, although she had closed that door the evening before. A Huffy brand bicycle was in the garage, but it didn’t belong to anybody at the home. And the couple’s son’s bicycle was missing.
Thefts from home mailboxes and from the mailboxes inside the Darien Post Office have continued, with two victims reporting incidents to police, one on Thursday; the other, Friday. According to Darien police, these new cases are still under investigation:
A woman told police on Thursday that she had mailed two checks at the drop box inside the Darien Post Office lobby on Corbin Drive. Her bank contacted her to say one of her checks had been altered and cashed for a much larger amount than it was originally made out for. The victim also discovered that a second check had also been altered for a much larger amount, but the bank prevented payment for that check. In a separate case, a Hollow Tree Ridge Road resident told police on Friday that two checks he had put in his mailbox between Nov.
Parents, where were your kids last Friday night? Vandalism in the form of spray-painted insults was found at Tilley Pond Park on Saturday morning. Police went to the park at 7:30 a.m., Saturday after receiving a report about it. There they saw a cement structure in the park spray-painted with graffiti regarding police, including “ACAB” (which stands for “All Cops Are B____s”). A construction vehicle sitting in the park had “SAVE GAS” spray-painted on the front blade.
Some advice on keeping your Thanksgiving food healthy — information passed on by Mindy Chambrelli, a registered sanitarian at Darien Health Department:
Last year, more than 46 million turkeys were carved and eaten at Thanksgiving. Turkey is typically accompanied by a host of side dishes and desserts, making the Thanksgiving meal by far one of the largest meals most people will cook all year. Please do so safely and remember NO need to wash the bird, place it directly into the roasting pan! Fresh or Frozen? Fresh Turkeys
Allow 1 pound of turkey per person. Buy your turkey only 1 to 2 days before you plan to cook it.
A record-breaking 300 canned and dry goods were collected for Person-to-Person’s pantry at the recent “Thanksgiving Sing” at the Methodist Family Center Preschool. — an announcement from the Methodist Family Center Preschool
On a bright and unseasonably warm November morning, the MFCP welcomed the school’s families to the Thanksgiving Sing, a cherished annual tradition that had been canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The ‘Sing’ as it is affectionately called, concluded a month-long food drive in partnership with Person to Person’s Darien Pantry and their mobile food pantry, P2P On Wheels. Children ages 3 to 5 began the Sing by bringing their food donations and placing them in a basket. “Listening to the children sing reminds us of how blessed we are to come together on a gorgeous day with the sole purpose of being thankful,” said MFCP Director Laurie Anderson.
The Annual Meeting of At Home In Darien will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10, with state Attorney General William Tong the featured guest speaker. The meeting will take place in the Community Room at Darien Library. The public is invited to attend virtually and learn more about At Home In Darien and its services. — an announcement from At Home In Darien
As attorney general, Tong’s top priority is to protect Connecticut families, residents and consumers, and to stand up to powerful forces that threaten us.
Darien High School student Christopher “Tripp” Lyons has been honored with the 2021-2022 Good Citizen Award by the Darien’s Good Wife’s River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. — an announcement from the Good Wife’s River Chapter of the DAR
The award, officially the ” 2021-2022 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award” is given to a DHS senior who best exemplifies the qualities of patriotism, citizenship, dependability and service to community. Tripp was selected to receive this award by the faculty and the senior class at DHS. He will receive his award pin and certificate from Darien’s DAR Chapter Regent, Nicole Gorman at a reception at the Museum of Darien on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5.
Days before the Monday groundbreaking ceremony for The Corbin District redevelopment downtown, Baywater Properties on Saturday formally announced the expansion and reallocation of members of its business’ staff as a result of the project. The Baywater team now includes Kate Perez and Marysa Fiorita, who will directly work on The Corbin Project, as well as Gary Hock will work with some other Baywater properties, allowing Doug Craybas, Baywater’s head of construction, to focus on the construction of The Corbin District. “I am so proud of the team that we have assembled over the years at Baywater Properties,” said David Genovese, CEO of Baywater. “Kate, Marysa and Gary will help us execute our development of The Corbin District, a legacy project for our company and our partners, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the town.”
Kate Perez: Corbin District Development
Kate Perez joined Baywater in December 2019 to oversee development of The Corbin District, 26 East Lane, and 34 Old Kings Highway South. 26 East Lane was completed this month and 34 Old Kings Highway South will be completed in January 2022.
A custom mountain bike was reported stolen on Thursday, Nov. 11, from the driveway of a home Tokeneke Road. Police said officers went to the home after the victim called at 5:32 p.m. that day. The victim said the bicycle had been in the driveway earlier in the day. The Evil Brand Offering bicycle is described as all black, with a gold fork and silver shocks.
Sharon Joy Workman died peacefully on Nov. 8 at her residence at the Edgehill Retirement Community in Stamford surrounded by her children. She was 91. She was born on May 20, 1930 in Louisa, Kentucky, the second child of Jessie B. Adkins and Charlie B. Workman. She was formerly married to the late Joseph P. Corsiglia, with whom she had four children: J. Patrick, Jr. (Christina) of Lake Forest, Illinois, Dr. Joan Breen (Andrew) of North Hampton, New Hampshire, James G. (Christine Gottlieb) of Brooklyn, New York, and Cynthia (Ali C. Höcek) of New York City.
Recent reports around town of stolen mail involving checks being cashed has caused the Darien Police Department to recommend avoiding use of home mailboxes for outgoing bills. Although mail theft has even occurred when checks were mailed from the mailboxes outside the Darien Post Office, police are still recommending that outdoor, blue U.S. Postal Service mailboxes can be used. Envelopes containing checks should be mailed from inside the Darien Post Office or paid online, if possible, police say. (Mail theft has even occurred when checks were mailed from the mailboxes outside the Darien Post Office.)
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For those who have mailed checks, regularly review bank or credit card statements to confirm that the amount and payee are correct. Blue U.S. Postal Service mailboxes are also recommended (although thefts occurred from the ones outside the town Post Office), as is stopping mail service when out of town.