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CT Secretary of State Talks Online Wednesday About Election Integrity and Voting

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Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill will provide a detailed explanation of how our state protects election integrity during an online talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., this Thursday, April 29. — an announcement from Darien Library and the Darien League of Women Voters

Merrill will also talk about how the state assists voters in casting their ballots — before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 elections may be over, but our questions about voting aren’t. What are the reasons for our existing rules? How did we manage the increase in absentee ballots in our last election? Why should voters trust our system?

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Bank Cards Used After Burglaries of Four Unlocked SUVs on Same Night

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Four sport utility vehicles were entered overnight from Monday to Tuesday, April 12 to 13, victims told police. Items, including credit cards, were taken from two, and a security camera showed a suspect at two more, around 2 a.m., police said. Darien police gave these accounts of the incidents:
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At 7:21 a.m., that Tuesday, a purse was reported abandoned on the side of the road on Edgerton Street. Police found that the purse belonged to a resident of 202 Middlesex Road. She told police that the purse, was missing from her 2020 Acura MDX, which had been entered overnight.

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Pacific House Homeless Shelter Opens Renovated Norwalk Home to House 12

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Pacific House, a homeless shelter that provides services to homeless men, including any from Darien, held a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, April 16 for its latest residence, a newly  renovated home in Norwalk that will house 12 formerly homeless individuals. — an announcement from Pacific House
Named ‘Parkview North,’ the property expands the Pacific House portfolio to a total of 14 homes that the organization owns and operates, providing a total of 140 units of permanent supportive housing across Stamford and Norwalk. Each resident contributes one-third of their monthly income, and in return, receives a safe place to live and case management services to help keep them on track. “We’re committed to our mission, and we take a lot of pride in basically two things,” said Rafael Pagan, executive director of Pacific House. “One is our emergency shelter services, which we’ve been involved with for over 35 years.

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Two Domestic Incidents Last Weekend

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In two unrelated domestic violence incidents this past weekend, misdemeanor summonses were issued for people to appear in court, Darien police said. Police gave these further details, including accusations not proven in court:

At 3:48 p.m., Friday, police were called to the area of the Post Road and Noroton Avenue on the report of a physical altercation between two people. Police were given a description of the people and located them. The victim had “observable minor injuries” that police did not specify. Police determined that a 53-year-old Darien woman had caused them, so she was charged with breach of peace and was given a summons to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford.

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Police: Two Burglars Smash Front Glass Door to Eyeglasses Shop, Seize Merchandise

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Called to Specs eyeglasses store after a burglar alarm was set off, police found the glass front door had been smashed, along with some display cases. Police gave these additional details:

Police were alerted at 11:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 13. Inside the store at 1 Tokeneke Road (at its corner with the Post Road), officers saw that some merchandise appeared to be missing. Video surveillance records, reviewed later, showed two suspects break the front door to get in. Police provided no description of the two.

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Packed With Entertainers, ‘Spring for Abilis’ Online Gala on May 1 Is Free to Attend

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The “Spring for Abilis” virtual gala, organizers promise, will be packed with comedy, entertainment, singing, dancing, the Abilis’ Giving Garden and a live auction appeal. Special guests at the May 1 gala include: actors Brendan and Afton Fraser, musician Rob Mathes, singers Loren Allred and Sharon Catherine Brown, and dancers/choreographers Billy Blanks Jr. and Michael Dameski. — an announcement from Abilis

While the Spring for Abilis gala is free to attend, registration is required at SpringForAbilis.GiveSmart.com. Hosted by entertainer and comedian Brett Walkow, the event is meant to be fun for the whole family. Spring for Abilis is a major fundraiser for the Fairfield County-based nonprofit, which is celebrating its 70th year.

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Darien Library Presents Online Discussions for Parents on Talking About ‘The Birds and the Bees’

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Unsure of how to start a conversation about reproduction or sexual health with your children? Join Amanda D. Romaniello, a licensed professional counselor, in Darien Library’s “Birds and the Bees” programs to learn how to discuss topics in an informational yet developmentally appropriate way. Romaniello has over a decade of experience in the mental health field. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an M.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is currently in private practice in Fairfield.

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Internet Safety Webinar for Parents Thursday Night, April 22

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In a 90-minute webinar Thursday night, April 22, Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts will present the positives and pitfalls of today’s most popular programs to help parents decide what’s right for their families. — an announcement from Darien Library, The Depot Youth Center and the Darien Police Association
Topics covered include:
•        Social Networking: Concerns parents should have
•        Cyberbullying: How to talk to your children about getting involved
•        Texting and Sexting
•        Popular/Trending Apps
•        Picture Sharing
•        Privacy Settings: Understanding the importance
•        Digital Footprints: Positive and negative impacts
•        Apps / programs that help parents monitor their families
•        Parental controls and available resources
69– Percentage of teens who regularly receive personal messages from people they have never met.      11 – Average age of children when they are first exposed to Internet pornography.      33 – Percentage of teens who admit they have been the victim of cyberbullying.     365+ – Connecticut schools and organizations who have hosted Internet Safety Concepts for stunts and parents.

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Darien Man’s Check Stolen, Apparently from Mailbox — Then Changed, Cashed for More Money

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A man who put a check in the mail, using his mailbox on Coachlamp Lane, later found it had been cashed for a different amount and to a different person. Darien police gave these additional details:

On Feb. 22, the man put the check in his mailbox at about 8 a.m. On March 22, he saw on his bank statement that the check had been cashed, but for a much bigger amount of money. When the man looked at an image of the check, he saw it was made out to someone he didn’t know. He reported the theft to police on April 8.