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‘C’ Rating for One Darien Restaurant in Latest Health Inspection Reports

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One restaurant in Darien received a “C” rating, the worst grade in town Health Department’s A/B/C ratings system, in the inspection reports released Thursday by the Darien Health Department. The department released health inspection reports for four food-serving establishments on Thursday for inspections that took place from Sept. 4 to 9. In addition to the “C” rating, two inspections resulted in an “A,” another received a “B.” Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong.

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Most Recent Darien Health Inspection Reports of Town Restaurants

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Here’s how Darien restaurants and other food-serving places fared in the latest inspection reports, released Thursday by the Darien Health Department. The department on Thursday released five reports of inspection visits from Feb. 14 to March 7. Of those, three inspections resulted in a “B” rating and two more received an “A.” No establishment was rated “C.”

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Two Food-Serving Places Get ‘C’ Ratings in Latest Darien Health Inspection Reports

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Two food-serving establishments in Darien received a “C” rating, the worst grade in town Health Department’s A/B/C ratings system, in the inspection reports released Thursday by the Darien Health Department. The department released health inspection reports for nine food-serving establishments on Thursday for inspections that took place from Aug. 8 to 15 (the recent power outages reduced the number of inspections that could be done). Four inspections resulted in an “A” rating and three others received a “B.” Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong.

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Latest Health Inspection Reports of Darien Food-Serving Establishments

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Here’s how Darien restaurants and other food-serving places fared in the latest inspection reports, released Thursday by the Darien Health Department. The department on Thursday released seven reports of inspection visits from July 28 to Aug. 1. Of those, two inspections resulted in a “B” rating and five more received an “A.” No establishment was rated “C.”

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‘C’ Rating for One Darien Establishment in Latest Health Inspection Reports

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One restaurant in Darien received a “C” rating, the worst grade in town Health Department’s A/B/C ratings system, in the inspection reports released recently by the Darien Health Department. The department released 20 health inspection reports for food-serving establishments for inspections that took place from July 10 to July 29. Darienite.com also found two inspections for Woodway Country Club (one for the pool snack bar). Eight inspections resulted in an “A” rating and nine others received a “B.” Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong.

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Construction to Block Part of Heights Road Early in Week, Expect Slow Driving Through Detour Lanes

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On Monday July 13 and Tuesday July 14  (and, if needed, July 15), Heights Road in downtown Noroton Heights will be closed due to construction in the area of No. 40 (the building where the Citibank branch is located). — an announcement from Darien Police Department
This closure will be in effect between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Westbound traveling vehicles on Heights Rd. will be detoured through the Noroton Heights Train Station parking lot.  Eastbound traveling vehicles on Heights Road will be detoured north on Edgerton Street to West Avenue. Vehicles will be able access all of the open parts of Heights Road and area businesses.

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Running Supply and Events Store ‘Darien Running Company’ to Open Downtown in July

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A store offering running supplies and events, Darien Running Company, will open this July at 14 Brook St., next door to the Sugar Bowl, in downtown Darien, its owner announced Thursday morning. Megan Searfoss, who cofounded an associated store, the Ridgefield Running Company, in  2014, announced the new location in the RRC’s newsletter. The RRC had plans to expand before the COVID-19 epidemic, which forced a lot of changes on the business. Despite the pandemic, Searfoss said, she decided to go forward with plans for the new store, which she abbreviates as “DRC.” “DRC will offer the same services as Ridgefield Running Company, now retooled to provide a safe and trusted environment,” Searfoss said.

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Town Human Services Council Invites Darienites to Help Local Businesses by Providing Cloth Masks

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Several members of Darien’s Human Services Planning Council, which is convened by The Community Fund of Darien, stepped forward to create the Darien Mask Brigade, where individuals and groups may “adopt” a local business/organization and support their work by providing cloth masks for their employees. — an announcement from the Darien Human Services Planning Council
Due to the coronavirus health crisis, our current reality calls for wearing masks in public places and when not able to appropriately distance ourselves from others. This places a burden on local organizations and businesses, as their employees are required to wear masks at all times in order to operate and serve the community. Masks can be homemade or purchased. Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson applauded the initiative.

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Online Learning Programs for Unemployed Expanded in Connecticut

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The statewide expansion of a program that will make free online learning licenses available to recipients of unemployment insurance, including those who have been impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 public health crisis, was announced Monday by Gov. Ned Lamont. The SkillUp CT program will expand access to comprehensive online course work from a leading global provider for thousands of Connecticut residents. — an announcement from the Governor’s Office

Originally launched in eastern Connecticut, a sustained rollout of the program across the state over the coming weeks will enable recently laid-off workers to upgrade their skills and earn industry-recognized certifications even while the doors to most brick-and mortar education and training providers remain closed. Based on a successful model implemented by the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, it is being offered through Connecticut’s five regional workforce development boards. Eligible Connecticut residents will receive email instructions on obtaining a Metrix Learning license that provides them access to about 5,000 online Skillsoft courses in areas such as information technology, business analysis, customer service, project management, and digital literacy, among others.

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Darien’s Double Exposure Boutique Now Has an E-Commerce Website

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Double Exposure Boutique, a 45-year-old high-end consignment shop in Darien, announced Monday that it’s now selling its items online at e-commerce website. “A new chapter has begun,” the store’s owner, Mern Palmer-Smith, said in the announcement Monday afternoon. The announcement also said:

“The Double Exposure Boutique Online Shop will offer the same collections as in-store, giving customers access to ‘best Picks’ of women’s clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories. “There will be new items added to the e-commerce site weekly even though Double Exposure’s physical store remains closed temporarily until further notice.” Customers will have free shipping on orders over $150 and $5 flat rate shipping on orders over $75.

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Palmer’s Market Kitchen Reopens and Latest Hours for Supermarkets in Darien

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The kitchen and bakery have reopened at Palmer’s Market, the store announced Wednesday in an email to customers, and it told customers that the hours have changed. At the bottom of this article, we’ve added the most current listing of all supermarket hours and information in town, from the town government website. Palmer’s Announcement
Dear Customers,

This new week has brought us some new changes that we wanted you to be aware of. REVISED STORE HOURS
Until further notice our store hours will be:
Monday thru Saturday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

EMERGENCY GROCERY SERVICE
In an effort to ensure that we can get groceries to everyone in need, only 1 order per household per week will be permitted. Please take this into consideration when ordering.

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Lamont: With Software Upgrade, State Should Now Be Faster at Processing Unemployment Applications

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Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday announced that a new software improvement at the Connecticut Department of Labor was launched last night that will significantly increase the speed at which unemployment claim applications can be processed. — an announcement from the Governor’s Office

Paired with the continued manual processing, the originally anticipated six-week wait period will be shortened to one week or less. Like nearly every state in the country, Connecticut has received an unprecedented amount of unemployment claims as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic:

Since March 13, the department received more than 350,000 applications, nearly the same amount that it typically receives over a two-year period
Approximately 174,000 of those applications have already been manually processed prior to the deployment of last night’s software improvements
During the last three weeks, more than $107 million in benefit payments have been provided, significantly more than the $15 to $16 million typically distributed

The department has been operating on a 40-year-old computer system to process the claims, which the Lamont administration had been in the process of upgrading prior to the pandemic. “Staff at the Department of Labor have been working around the clock to process these claims and implement desperately needed software upgrades, and I cannot overstate our appreciation to the public for their understanding during this unprecedented emergency,” Lamont said. “Once processed, all claimants who have filed will receive payments that are retroactive to when they applied.

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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates: March 30 to April 5

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Shorter news and links on the COVID-19 pandemic for Darien:
SUNDAY State Statistics on COVID-19 Cases in Lower Fairfield County
Sunday, April 5, 9:25 p.m. — According to New Canaan Emergency Management Director Mike Handler, New Canaan actually has had 82 people testing positive for COVID-19, and 10 deaths (including two on Sunday). 9:20 p.m. — As of Sunday, an even 100 Darienites (six more than the day before) have been identified with COVID-19, according to information released by state authorities. (Reminders: Many people are thought to have the COVID-19 virus who aren’t identified; the state says “all figures are preliminary and subject to change.”)

Here’s the number of identified cases in nearby communities, according to the state government Coronavirus statistics updates Web page:

Stamford — 652 (48 more than the day before)
Norwalk — 503 (39 more than the day before)
New Canaan — 65 (three more than the day before)
Greenwich — 196 (five more than yesterday)
Westport — 135 (the same as the day before; no additional cases)
Wilton — 73 (three more than the day before)
Weston — 32 (the same as the day before; no additional cases)
Ridgefield — 101 (eight more than the day before)
Fairfield — 70 (four more than the day before)
Bridgeport — 163 (13 more than the day before)

TOP TEN MUNICIPALITIES (with total cases): 1. Stamford (652), 2. Norwalk (503), 3.