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Board of Ed Chair: Thank You, District Teachers, Administrators and Staff

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To the editor:

As a community Darien has proudly committed to the education of our children time and time again. We debate issues, we research new initiatives and techniques, and we talk about metrics, outcomes and mental health, all with the guiding principle that our children are best served to participate in our society when they are healthy, and have a strong educational framework. In this moment in time, when traditional education models have been re-invented, flipped and reimagined, with an immediacy that no one ever imagined, what has become most clear is that it is our human touch — our teachers, administrators, and support staff who truly play a vital and important role in our children’s education. The importance of their daily interactions with our children, can not be underestimated. And the way in which our staff has stepped up to work to meet the needs of our children is to be commended.

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Letter: How Your Letter Carrier Works With You at Your Doorstep, Mailbox — at a Distance

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The new normal for how your Post Office letter carrier is supposed to interact with you: No signatures, you’ll just give your name; the carrier will leave the package rather than hand it to you; don’t approach the letter carrier; you’ll get a door knock, not a doorbell ring. One more thing: “there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.” Here’s a letter to the editor from a state U.S. Postal Service official with more information:

To the editor:

During these challenging times, postal employees are working hard to ensure residents stay connected with their world through the mail. Whether it’s medications, a package, a paycheck, benefits or pension check, a bill or letter from a family member, postal workers understand that every piece of mail is important. While service like this is nothing new to us, we need help in the communities with social distancing.

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Thank You, Darien Police Officer Chris Jimenez, for Helping Those Shaken College Basketball Players

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Dear Chief Anderson,

This past Friday was a normal Friday night at the Depot; lots of kids, lots of noise. Officer Chris Jimenez walked in the door and  came straight over to me and said there had been a bus accident on the thruway; would it be possible to bring the people on the bus to the Depot as it was bitter cold, and the wind was relentless. Within 15 minutes Officer Jimenez returned with the entire Merrimack College girls basketball team, state troopers, Post 53 and a host of responders. There are no words that can truly explain the faces of the girls that walked into the Depot Friday night. Every outlet in the building was being used to call parents.

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Letter: A State Police Division to Fight Far Right Hate Crimes? Any Hate Crime Is a Hate Crime

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To the editor:

Late last month, our Senator Bob Duff and Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney announced “A Just Connecticut,” one of four legislative agendas for the 2020 General Assembly session. One item within this particular agenda “Combatting Hate Crimes & Violent Right-Wing Extremism” would have Connecticut finance and create a new state police division specializing in “investigating FAR RIGHT extremist groups and individuals.”

Pardon me?  Isn’t hate just hate, regardless of whom that hate is directed towards?  Of course it is.  Shouldn’t we be fighting ALL hate and especially ALL hate crimes?  Of course. Are we intending, as this agenda item seems to suggest, to give a pass to hate crimes committed by “left wing” extremists?  Of course not. I am sure that in their hearts, Senators Duff and Looney know all of this, but in a misguided attempt to incite partisan fervor, they choose to use dangerously polarizing language in connection with a very serious, emotionally charged issue.  It shows incredibly poor judgement at best, but why should we be surprised? Our state has been run financially into the ground for decades by our General Assembly and now two of its leaders would have us spend even more money we don’t have to score cheap political points.

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Thanks to All Who Participated in Darien Human Services Holiday Gift Giving Program

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To the editor:

On behalf of Darien Human Services, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Holiday Gift Giving Program. Individuals, book groups, church groups, clubs, and families donated gifts of toys, clothing, and gift cards to help make the holiday wishes of 51 families and 52 seniors come true. A big thanks goes to Joe Marzano, the Darien YMCA, and participants in the House Basketball Program as well as employees of The Pi Group who donated hundreds of household goods items to help stock the shelves of our Household Supply closet with much-needed cleaning supplies, paper goods, and personal grooming products. Janet Keeler, Sophie Long, the DHS Advisory Council, and Darien High School staff, students, and families donated hundreds of dollars of gift cards to local stores and restaurants. For the fourth consecutive year, Vineyard Vines generously donated hundreds of items of clothing for our gift giving program.

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When We Collaborate, We Succeed — Thanks to All Who Supported Wine & Food Tasting

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To the editor:

On behalf of the Darien Chamber of Commerce, Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation, Depot Youth Center and Darien Arts Center, we would like to thank all those involved in making the 15th Annual Wine & Food Tasting and Charity Benefit held on Oct. 17 a success. Our volunteers quickly turned the BMW showroom into an elegant venue for tasting wine, eating gourmet food and enjoying a silent auction. This event is a true example of the generosity of many that makes one event so special! Thanks to the Callari family at BMW of Darien and their team of employees who host the event.

Ali Ramsteck and Steve Fritsch

Darien Lions Club Thanked for Supporting Darien Human Services Holiday Gift Giving Program

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Mr. Steve Fritsch
Darien Lions Club

Dear Steve,

On behalf of the Darien Department of Human Services, I would like to thank you and your fellow Lions Club members for your generous support of our annual Holiday Gift Giving Program. The $1,000 in Shop Rite gift cards which you provided will help our families and seniors enjoy a nice holiday meal and will continue to benefit our clients during the year. Your ongoing support over the years means so much to our department. We rely on local organizations such as yours to help us provide our clients with the vital services they need. Thanks, again, for helping us help others.

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Parents: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect, But You Can Find Alternatives to Alcohol and Drugs to Relieve Stress

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To the editor:

Do we have to be perfect as parents? Absolutely not. We do have to be self-aware and remain conscious of what we’re modeling for our children. And along the way, when as a result of our imperfections we misstep, we should take time to recognize our mistakes and show our kids that we can accept responsibility and grow. Yes, parents are still learning to.

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Depot Thankful for Eagle Scout Michael Parkhurst’s Service Project Organizing Storage Rooms

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To the editor:
All of us at the Depot Youth Center were so delighted to hear about the Darien Boy Scout Troop 53 Scouts who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. It is an amazing accomplishment for Scouts Brian Gorey, Michael Parkhurst, and Brendan McMaster. We are so thankful to Michael Parkhurst, who chose to donate his efforts to the Depot for his Eagle service project. He took on the task of organizing, cleaning and painting our back storage rooms while managing an amazing group of volunteers who worked on the project. They transformed and renewed our spaces, which were in dire need of some attention.

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Volunteer Needed to Fill Vacancy for a District 2 Seat on the Representative Town Meeting

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To the editor,

There is a vacancy in Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 2. The RTM is Darien’s legislative body and is charged with passing ordinances and appropriating funds for Town projects. It also approves collective bargaining contracts for Town employees, including teachers. Any registered voter is eligible for election to the RTM. If you are interested, please contact Clara Sartori at clarasartori0@gmail.com or call me at 203 655 6506 or 203 470 0312.

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Wood: Biggest Issue in This Election Is Pushing Back Against State and Strengthening Local Government

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To the editor:

The biggest issue this election is the ongoing push from Hartford and the majority party to force more taxes/fees/regionalism onto successfully run municipalities and citizens as the solution to our state’s financial woes. Instead we should be looking for efficiencies that can create sustainability across our state. Much of this happens at the local level where town organizations are more accountable and transparent. For their courage and credibility to push back against the top down heavy hand of Hartford, I’ll be supporting these candidates with enthusiasm:

—Jayme Stevenson for first selectman

—Kip Koons & Christa McNamara for Board of Selectman

—Jill McCammon and John Sini for Board of Education

—Taylor Carter and Jim Palen for Board of Finance

—Cara Gately and Larry Warble for Planning & Zoning Commission

These Republican candidates have the relevant experience, integrity and common sense to serve our community well. Please vote Nov.

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Dineen: Re-Elect Kip Koons to Board of Selectmen: His Competence Helps Keep the Town Well-Managed

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To the editor:

A vote for Selectman Republican candidate Kip Koons is a vote of competence. Kip is a lifelong Darienite and is part of the volunteer group of residents that continues to keep Darien a well-managed town. He understands that as a community we need the best schools, local business and a commitment to the environment and family. I have had the pleasure of co-chairing the Ox Ridge Elementary School Building Committee with Kip. His focus has been on getting the job done as a team and building the best school for the Ox Ridge community.

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Support Stevenson and McNamara for Selectmen: They’re Kind, Thoughtful, Experienced and Open-Minded

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To the editor:

Please join us in voting for Jayme Stevenson and Christa McNamara for Board of Selectmen!  We have gotten to know Jayme and Christa over many years as friends and as neighbors. The personal quality that stands out the most in these two women is kindness.  They are always thoughtful in all of their interactions and really listen to people in need.  Although they are different women, there is a mature and calm demeanor between the two which will serve us well in our town government. They both have extensive experience and service.  These women are not stuck on one path with one solution. They will be open to a variety of solutions for any issue. Jayme and Christa are committed to our community while being mindful of the cost to taxpayers.

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Board of Ed Chair Tara Ochman Has Helped Enhance Education Within a Responsible Budget

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To the editor:
I am writing to support Tara Ochman for the School Board.  She has served on the Board of Education since 2016 and was unanimously voted in as chairperson two years ago. Darien is known for its excellent school system. Tara has continued to enhance that quality with oversight of the selection of our new superintendent, the expansion of the DHS cafeteria and the creation of the Fitch Academy, all while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget with minimal increases. I have known Tara personally and know the incredible number of hours she spends insuring that all of our children are educated and cared for in the best possible manner. Tara has children in elementary, middle and high school, so she understands the needs of each age group personally.

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Jill McCammon Brings Commitment and Competence to the Board of Education

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To the editor:

The work of stewarding our district and providing the best education possible for our tax dollars is complex and demanding. Jill McCammon brings an invaluable combination of commitment and competence. An experienced community organizer, Jill led the Council of Darien School Parents for two years.  Her professional experience as a management consultant and passion for education allow her to think big and push our district to be the best it can be for our students. Jill served as the chair of the DHS Cafeteria building committee.