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Author Discusses New Book About Going on Transformational Personal Retreats

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Discover the advantages of going on a personal retreat with author Brie Doyle, speaking online from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan 6 in an event sponsored by Darien Library. In a world where speed, outcomes and achievement rule, and where health means fitting into your skinny jeans, You Should Leave Now: Going on Retreat to Find Your Way Back to Yourself poses a revolutionary wellness solution – transformational personal retreats. — an announcement from Darien Library

Taken once or multiple times a year, a solo retreat is an opportunity to rest, reboot and cultivate the most valuable relationship in one’s life – the relationship with yourself. Brie Doyle, founder of She Glows Retreats, LLC and a mindfulness teacher of over 20 years, shares her vibrant wit and wisdom to take the reader on this ultimate journey to wellness. About the Book
In this time of extraordinary change and transition, You Should Leave Now offers the perfect restorative for emotional well-being.

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Support Groups on Divorce, Grieving and for Those Who Need Healing From Hurt Start Jan 5 in Darien

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Three different, small support groups are starting up on Wednesday night — for those going through divorce, grieving or those who “are seeking healing from hurts and negative habits.” Each of the groups will start meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road. The groups meet Wednesday nights from 8 to 9:30 p.m. through March 2. GriefShare is for those dealing with the grief of loss.

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As Darien School COVID-19 Cases Ramp Up, Officials Plead to Parents: Keep Kids With Symptoms at Home

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Faced with a flood of new COVID-19 cases, Darien school district officials are sending general messages to entire classrooms of students when they may have been exposed to someone with COVID, the district’s nursing director and superintendent said in an announcement to parents and others in the school system. The nursing director, Alicia Casucci, and Superintendent Alan Adley pleaded with parents to keep their children home if they show signs of COVID-19:

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping any individual who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID AT HOME. These symptoms may be very mild and  include a sore throat, headache, cough, congestion, mild runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  Anyone experiencing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should seek the advice of their primary care provider and testing as soon as possible. (Boldface and italics in original announcement.)

The state Department of Education and other state authorities are reviewing the state’s contact tracing procedures. If the procedures are then changed, Casucci and Adley said, employees and families of those in the school system will be told.

McNally: Darien Has More COVID-19 Cases, More Booster Clinics Coming

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In the past 13 days, 168 Darien residents have acquired COVID-19 cases, as far as authorities know, and with holiday gatherings, more is expected, First Selectman Monica McNally told the town in a late Wednesday afternoon Code Red message. “COVID cases are on the rise,” she said. Meanwhile, McNally said, some town residents are concerned about the availability of testing, the cost and heavy traffic at the sites. “I am working with the director of health to possibly add a second testing site in Darien,” she said. “If you are 16 or older and it has been at least six months since your second dose, you are strongly encouraged to get a booster,” the first selectman said.

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Continued Steady Pace in New COVID Cases in Darien Schools Through Thanksgiving Break

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During Thanksgiving break, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported among students, teachers and others in Darien schools remained steady, according to reports from school district officials to parents and staff. A total of 21 people tested positive for COVID-19 In the five days from Wednesday (when students were released early, just before Thanksgiving) through early Sunday evening. Although that number is higher than in previous updates to parents and staff, it represents a total of five days instead of the single-day reports that had been given out in each of the five days before Thanksgiving break. A comparison with those numbers shows no increase in the rate of new reported cases: 21 in each five-day period. There was a jump in the number of people told to self-quarantine (21 in the earlier five-day period, 33 in the latest report) but far fewer told to get tested for COVID and be careful (“Screen & Stay” in the reports: 43 in the earlier period, 23 in the later period).

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely — Advice from Darien Health Department

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Some advice on keeping your Thanksgiving food healthy — information passed on by Mindy Chambrelli, a registered sanitarian at Darien Health Department:
Last year, more than 46 million turkeys were carved and eaten at Thanksgiving. Turkey is typically accompanied by a host of side dishes and desserts, making the Thanksgiving meal by far one of the largest meals most people will cook all year.  Please do so safely and remember NO need to wash the bird, place it directly into the roasting pan! Fresh or Frozen? Fresh Turkeys

Allow 1 pound of turkey per person. Buy your turkey only 1 to 2 days before you plan to cook it.