Darien land use boards put in place the town’s business regulations in response to the COVID-19 epidemic before any other community in the area, Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Stephen Olvany boasted in his State of the Town address Monday night. It was among several boasts Olvany made about the town’s recent accomplishments and prospects. Among them: Darien has been a top target for families moving out of New York City; the town’s office vacancy rate is below similar area towns; its residential home prices are slightly higher than New Canaan and Westport. Olvany said the Palmer’s redevelopment project in downtown Noroton Heights is expected to begin sometime this year, and the project should take two years. Here’s the text of Olvany’s speech, as prepared:
Thank you, Mister Moderator, Members of the RTM, my fellow elected officials and The People of Darien.
Four plump victims, all pillows, minding their own business on chairs outside an Allen O’Neill Place home, were viciously attacked by a knife-wielding vandal sometime over the past month, according to police. The complainant told police about the incident at 7:17 p.m., Saturday. Darien police indicated that the motive for the incident remains a mystery. The complainant, a resident of the home, said it was unclear how much it would cost to either repair the soft, injured parties or replace them. When found, the victims were unresponsive, but they were unbloodied and no major organs appeared to have been damaged.
You know what police say about locking your car at night. It applies to schools, too. A burglar alarm at Middlesex Middle School got police to the scene, and quick enough for them to see two people through a second-floor window, but both ran through the building and escaped, police said. After police spotted the people in the building, a police dog and several more officers were called in to search the school. Police were alerted to the hijinks by the alarm at 11:32 p.m. on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
Margaret (Peggy) Upton, 87, a resident of Manchester Center, Vermont and formerly of Nebraska and Darien, passed away Nov. 27, 2020 at Equinox Terrace in Manchester. Peggy was born in Gothenburg, Nebraska on June 21, 1933 the daughter of the late Oscar and Elenora Block Swanson. She attended local schools and did her undergraduate studies at Iowa State and Stanford University. She worked in the real estate business and managed the Stratton Mountain Employee Store.
Darien’s annual overnight parking ban went into effect a week ago and continues through the end of March on all town streets, police said in a news release on Monday. Here’s the entire two-paragraph announcement:
As a reminder, from Dec. 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, the Darien Police Department will be enforcing the Town’s overnight parking ban in an effort to safely and effectively allow public works crews to clear the streets of snow and ice. The overnight ban is in effect on public roadways between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Vehicles in violation are subject to a $30 fine.
On Friday night, Darien TV79 will start broadcasting a local TV journalist’s new show, “The Rebound,” a short interview program celebrating the resilience of people who have excelled at overcoming terrible setbacks. Reena Ninan, a Darien resident, has been an award-winning broadcast journalist on major networks, including four years at CBS News, which followed her time at Fox News, ABC News and the Washington Post. Darien TV79 is the first broadcast station to air her latest project, “The Rebound,” a series of programs that Ninan started putting on Youtube in October. The episodes last about 15 minutes and new ones will appear at 8 p.m. on Friday nights, starting this Friday, Dec. 11.
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.