In this season of Thanksgiving, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is expressing gratitude to essential workers who have helped the community respond to — and thrive during — the coronavirus pandemic by making free tickets available this Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 23 to 25. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
During these “Gratitude Days,” one free adult ticket will be available to essential workers with the purchase of any one full-priced Aquarium admission ticket. The offer is limited to one free ticket per household. Advance purchase is required via the aquarium website and will be available starting at noon on Sunday, Nov.
A. William Cornell, age 103, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Mary Jo Madaloni Cornell for 76 years, died on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 surrounded by his family. Bill was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Sept. 4, 1917 to the late Arthur W. and Miriam Hawkins Cornell and was a Fairfield resident for over 65 years.
Eversource has announced that it will suspend disconnect activities for customer nonpayment, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and customers can sign up for a special COVID-19 Payment Program until Feb. 9, 2021. The Eversource announcement noted that experts are forecasting continued increases through the holiday season. Here’s the rest of the utility’s announcement, issued Friday:
“With COVID-19 surging and the holidays approaching, suspending electric service disconnections for our customers is a step that will make a big difference during the holiday season,” said Eversource Vice President of Customer Operations Jessica Cain. “At the same time, we remain focused on working individually with our customers to help them reduce their energy use, enroll in one of our flexible payment programs or connect with other options to help,” Cain said.
Priscilla Sellery, a long time resident of Darien and Rowayton, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 13 in Greenville, South Carolina. She was 79 years old. For the past year she had been living at Waterstone on Augusta Assisted Living near where her son, Stephen, and his family reside. The cause of death was a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, for which she had been treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy since its discovery in 2018.
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.