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Gorham’s Pond Tide Gates Scheduled To Be Opened March 14 to 21, Unless it Rains a Lot

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The Gorham’s Pond tide gates will be opened on two different days this month for flushing and cleaning, unless there’s “extensive rain […] or a series of very high tides,” or bad weather, Darien Public Works Department announced Tuesday. Unless either of those natural events prevent it, the gates will open on Monday, March 14 and close again on Monday, March 21. A large amount of rain or very high tides would cause too much water flowing over the dam to open or close the gates, the announcement said.

Online Panel Discussion: EV Charging Stations Could Add to Your Business Bottom Line

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If you’re a retail or hospitality business owner, property manager, developer, or landlord in an area where many residents drive electric vehicles, you may be wondering, “Are electric car charging stations profitable?”

— an announcement from Greenwich Library

The good news is there are several ways to earn money from car charging stations. Once the possibilities are explored, you’ll see the answer to the question is a resounding “Yes.”

Greenwich Library invites you to join a group of experts at a Zoom workshop offered to you by the Greenwich Conservation Commission, Sustainability Committee, and Chamber of Commerce to learn more. REGISTER HERE. The event takes place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 via Zoom.com.

Rid Your Home of Toxic Waste: Darien Household Hazardous Waste Day Comes on June 5

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The Darien Department of Public Works is organizing the town’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Day to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 5 at the Noroton Heights Train Station. — This article is based on an announcement from the Darien Department of Public Works

The event gives you an opportunity to get rid of toxic, sometimes poisonous household items you don’t want that could be a hazard to you and your family members, especially children. And it lets you do it in a safe way that doesn’t hurt the environment, making it a better alternative to putting it in the trash, which would go to an incinerator that puts it into the air; flushing it down the toilet, which sends it to Long Island Sound; or pouring into the soil on your property. If you’re going to the drop-off site on the train station’s south parking lot (nearest the tracks leading away from New York City), you need to use the entrance at Hollow Tree Ridge Road. After driving through and dropping off your items, you leave the station using Ledge Road, near Post 53.

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Darien Land Trust Invites You to a ‘Trails Challenge’ by Going on Three Walking Trails This Summer

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The Darien Land Trust is inviting the town to come participate in two challenges to mark the trust’s 65th anniversary year — walks in three of the trust’s preserves, now through the end of July and a running event in October. — an announcement from the Darien Land Trust
Trails Challenge
First, the Trails Challenge takes visitors to three of its preserves with walking trails: Olson Woods, (at 31-1 Heather Lane) the Trails at Cherry Lawn (at 120 Brookside Ave.) and Dunlap Woods (near the end of Parklands Drive). (This Web page shows where each of the land trust’s preserves are located, although it doesn’t give addresses of the entrances.)

The Trails Challenge, which started this weekend and runs to July 31, is to visit all three sites. Participants must register through a QR code posted at each property to be entered into a prize drawing. Winners will be announced on our website and social media on Aug.

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Here’s When Gorham’s Pond Tide Gates Will Open and Close for Flushing and Cleaning

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The Gorham’s Pond Tide Gates flushing and cleaning, Autumn 2020 schedule is:

—Opened on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020; and,

—Closed on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Tide gates cannot be operated following extensive rain events or a series of very high tides because of the large volume of water flowing over the dam. The opening or closing of gates may be delayed dependent on weather.

The Art of Seed Saving with ‘The Seed Huntress,’ an Online Talk

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Sefra Alexandra, “The Seed Huntress,” will discuss her work with seed saving for conservation, multiplication and distribution. Her talk, hosted by Darien Library, takes place online from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21. — an announcement from Darien Library

This work supports seed sovereignty through the different initiatives she’s worked on at the local, national, and international scales. She’ll look at the importance of in situ (in place) seed banking and of ex situ (cold storage) seed saving strategies.

You Can Get Rid of Your Household Hazardous Waste Saturday, Sept 12 in New Canaan

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New Canaan has a household hazardous waste collection day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 (two Saturdays away), and Darien residents are welcome there. The event takes place outside the New Canaan Wastewater Treatment Plant at 394 Main St. — Information here is from the public works web page of the New Canaan town government website. Darien residents are also welcome at household hazardous waste collection events in Westport on Oct.

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Celebrate Earth Day: Eversource Has Tips on Saving Energy, Planting Trees

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In recognition of Earth Day, Eversource is suggesting activities for customers to celebrate while maintaining social distancing. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is climate action, and Eversource’s sustainability experts and licensed arborists are offering several ways that people can safely join the 50th annual celebration from home. — an announcement from Eversource

“The 50th annual celebration of Earth Day is a unique opportunity for our customers to join people around the world in taking action to promote environmental stewardship,” Catherine Finneran, the utility’s vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. “With an industry-leading goal to be carbon neutral by 2030, we’re committed year-round at Eversource to sustainability and clean energy leadership.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many ways that customers can celebrate from home while being mindful of social distancing, including:

Plant a tree: Eversource’s expert arborists cultivate a list of 30 recommended trees under 30 feet tall that can be safely planted near overhead utility lines and encourage everyone to “Plan Before You Plant.” Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it, with a single hardwood tree able to remove up to one ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over 40 years. Reduce energy use and save money with energy efficiency: The energy company offers a library of energy-saving tips and innovative solutions for customers to save on their electric bill while reducing their impact on the environment, including many particularly impactful steps customers can take to mark Earth Day, such as switching to a low-flow showerhead to save a significant amount of water.

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U.S. Premiere of Judi Dench Documentary ‘My Passion for Trees’ on March 4 at Avon Theatre

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You’re invited to the U.S. premiere of the documentary Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees on Wednesday, March 4, at the Avon Theatre in Stamford. Come see Dench in an intimate and fascinating BBC production on the secret lives of trees. Dame Judi Dench is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses, but few people know that she holds another great passion, a deep love for trees. Filmed over the course of a year, Dench joins tree scientists and historians to discover how trees feel, communicate, fight off invading armies and manage in extreme weather. The event at the Avon, at 272 Bedford St.