Town Memorial Day Parade Starts at 10 AM, Monday; Dedication Ceremony, Food Fair to Follow

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The Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission invites you to the annual Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Day Dedication Ceremony in the Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 30. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from Goodwives Shopping Center following the Post Road to Spring Grove Cemetery. The Memorial Day Dedication is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., however precise timing is dependent upon the parade’s progress; the ceremony is scheduled to last about 35 minutes. Darien EMS Post 53 Memorial Day Food Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tilly Pond Park. The annual event features food trucks, silent auction, arts and crafts, games for the whole family, and ambulance tours.

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Darien High School Provides Counseling for Students as the School Mourns Loss of a Third Student in the Past Two Months

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Hayden Thorsen became the third Darien High School student to pass away in the last two months, students and staff learned this weekend. Schools Superintendent Alan Addley released this statement Monday afternoon:
“It was with heart breaking sadness that the Darien High School community learned over the weekend of the untimely passing of Hayden Thorsen, a beloved sophomore student at the high school. “This is the third student that the school has grieved in the past two months.  The pain of losing these beautiful young lives is unbearable. It is devastating for the families, the school and the town.   Our school community is understandably hurting from these tragic losses of life. “Grief counselors were available over the weekend and will be available throughout the remainder of the week.

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UPDATED: Among GOP Candidates Up For Endorsement at 6 PM Monday Caucus, New Registrar of Voters

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The Darien Republican Town Committee has rejected promoting a veteran official in the town Registrar’s Office to take over after John Visi retires on May 31 as GOP registrar of voters. [Updated, where noted, below, at 1:32 p.m.]

Angie DiMeglio, a 16-year veteran of the office who didn’t get the Town Committee’s nod, is quitting as of Thursday. The RTC has chosen someone who is said to have no experience in the job with less than three months to go before a primary election. A caucus for all registered Darien Republicans is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, May 22, in Town Hall to vote on the Town Committee’s endorsements for the registrar’s position and a small number of other elective town offices. After interviewing candidates for the elective office, a Republican Town Committee panel has recommended Cara Gately to replace Visi.

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Darien Police Ask Public to Help Identify Suspect in Hecker Avenue Assault and Robbery

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Darien police are asking the public if they have any information about a suspect in an assault at 1 p.m., April 4 in front of a home on Hecker Avenue. The suspect is described as a black male of average build (police had previously identified him as a “man”) and about 6 feet in height. He was last seen getting into a CT Transit bus heading toward Norwalk. He got off at New Canaan Avenue. If you have any information, police ask you to call the Detective Bureau at 662-5330.

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Catalytic Converters Stolen From Under More Vehicles

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Darien police gave out this information on the latest thefts of catalytic converters in town. One theft occurred in the victim’s driveway on Noroton Avenue; the other, in the parking lot for Darien Post Office. When a vehicle was parked at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26 in the driveway of the victim’s home on Noroton Avenue, not far from the Noroton Heights Fire Department building, the catalytic converter was still in it. At 6:30 p.m., the next day, the victim started the vehicle again and heard a loud sound that he realized was caused by the absence of a catalytic converter. He looked under the vehicle and confirmed it.

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You Are Hereby Invited to Royal Afternoon Tea with Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events, May 20 at the DCA

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In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, Carolyn Eddie and her fabulous supporting crew cordially invite you to a Royal Afternoon Tea on Friday, May 20 at the Darien Community Association. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Join us (weather permitting) for a quintessential “royal” garden reception in the formal garden of the DCA Meadowlands and enjoy a Pimm’s Cocktail and amuse-bouche. Then take your seat indoors for a deliciously opulent “royal” tea replete with fluffy scones, perfectly-cut sandwiches and almost too-good-to-eat cakes. This is the classic British experience. Seating is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reserve a table with friends or buy yourself a ticket and we’ll place you at a table with others.

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Marine Ecologist to Fill New Position at Maritime Aquarium: Director of Conservation and Policy

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Dr. Sarah Crosby, a marine ecologist trained in conservation science with extensive experience in coastal and marine ecosystems, will join The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk this week as director of conservation and policy. The new position at the Aquarium is meant to significantly expand its leadership role in local and national conservation issues. — an announcement from The Maritime Aquarium

“Long Island Sound is an ecosystem of profound importance, both to local communities as well as for its biodiversity,” Crosby said. “The transformation that the Sound has undergone in the last 30 years can serve as an inspiration to conservation scientists everywhere; the efforts of our entire region have resulted in a restored and healthier ecosystem. Yet, there is so much more work to be done.”

Crosby will be responsible for shaping and leading the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives and overall strategy, with a focus on the ecosystem of Long Island Sound, but also on broader issues of climate change, species management, marine pollution and other conservation issues that affect the Sound as well as the national and global environment.