12:33 p.m. — The area’s soggy weather has created ground conditions that are soggy enough to cause a postponement of Darien’s Fireworks to Thursday, July 22, a town official said. Jami Gore, program supervisor for the town Parks & Recreation Department, asked to confirm a tip about the possible postponement, said that it was taking place, and an announcement was about to come out. Other than the one-week postponement, Gore said other details about the event are expected to be the same. Darienite.com will have further information about the event as it is released. The planned Weed Beach Festive Night, originally scheduled for July 2, then postponed to Saturday, July 3, had to be cancelled because of continued wet weather, part of the weeks of unusually wet weather in the area.
Sharad Samy, in his keynote speech at Darien’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, asked his listeners to remember what the red, white and blue of the U.S. flag stand for and to “Remember those who gave their lives for us today. “Remember that they were just like you and me,” he told the crowd of about 200 people at the veterans’ burial ground in Spring Grove Cemetery. “Remember that they gave what we all treasure the most — life — so that you and I can enjoy our great nation each and every day.” And he described several of them who were cut down in wars from the American Revolution to Vietnam. He explained the symbolism of the flag’s colors: “the red stands for heartiness and valor, the white stands for purity and innocence, and the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
Planning an early getaway on Friday, May 28 for the long weekend? Metro-North will operate a regular weekday schedule on Friday, but we are increasing capacity by adding train cars — so your weekend starts when you want it to. — an announcement from Metro-North
If you’re returning on Monday, May 31, we are running regular weekend service that day (not that anyone wants to think about the weekend ending yet). Wondering when to go and return? Check the schedule.
Are you a Democrat in town who would like to march in the Darien Memorial Day parade on Monday? The Darien Democratic Town Committee is inviting you to join in the town’s patriotic procession. “As many of you may recall, we did this in 2019 and it was a smashing success. We would love a good turnout to reflect our increased presence in town, so please join us,” DTC Chair David Bayne said in an announcement Thursday to his fellow Democrats. The parade is solely a patriotic event, not a political one (and both the parade rules and the Democratic Town Committee forbid “overt political signs or messaging” at the event.
The town Monuments and Ceremonies Commission released a list of marchers for the Memorial Day parade and the order that they’re marching in, as well as the program for the ceremony after the parade. At the bottom of this article is added the list of instructions given to parade marchers. Here’s the announcement:
Darien’s Memorial Day Parade, and our time-honored Commemorative Ceremony for those who gave their lives in service to our country will take place Monday, May 31. The Parade will start at 10 a.m. from the Goodwives Shopping Center, and proceed south [east] on the Post Road, ending at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery, where our commemorative ceremony will take place immediately afterward. Grand Marshal Peter O. Kenyon, Commander, USNR (retired,) will open our ceremony.
The Darien Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 a.m., Monday, May 31, at Goodwives Shopping Center, go through downtown and end at Spring Grove Cemetery. Traffic detours and restrictions will be in effect at some locations as early as 8 a.m., Darien police said. The parade grand marshal will be Peter Kenyon, and Sharad Samy will deliver the Memorial Day speech after the parade at the Veterans Cemetery at Spring Grove Cemetery. The post-parade ceremony is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m.
At 12 noon, Darien Police will conclude the 40th anniversary observance of Officer Kenneth Bateman’s death in the line of duty. The observance takes place at Police Headquarters on Hecker Avenue, across the street from the Veterans Cemetery.
Navy veteran Peter Kenyon will be the the grand marshal for Darien’s upcoming Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 31, and Sharad Samy will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony after the parade, the Monuments and Ceremonies Commission announced. The Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery in Spring Grove Cemetery is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m.
Parade Marshal: Peter Kenyon
From the announcement about the parade marshal:
Commander Peter Kenyon served on active duty in the Pacific from 1963 to 1966, aboard USS Bausell (destroyer DD-845.) While attached to the 7th Fleet they engaged in plane guard duty, naval gunfire support (shore bombardment), Search and Rescue operations, amphibious task force escort duty, Formosa Patrol, and Anit Submarine patrols. Pete qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, a Command Duty Officer, Tactical Action Officer, Officer of the Deck (both Fleet Activity and Independent Steaming), CIC Watch Officer, and JOOD. His assignments included Electronics Officer, CIC Officer, Intelligence Officer, and Administrative Officer. After active duty, Pete served in the Navy Reserve service from 1966 to 1985, mainly in Convoy duty units, and with three short tours on reserve destroyers, and a final tour on the Naval War College Reserve Staff. Pete had 2 tours as a Commanding Officer (VTU and NCSO).
Personalized lawn signs for moms may be ordered through the Darien Arts Center website until April 25, and will be hand-delivered on Saturday, May 8 – just in time for Mother’s Day. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
The Darien Arts Center is pleased to announce its spring fundraiser, “Sign of My Love,” which celebrates loved ones by gifting them with a customized lawn sign and message. The lawn signs (Delivery to Darien addresses only) are a perfect and unique way to show your love for Mother’s Day, or recognize a special person, while supporting the Darien Arts Center. Signs are $30 each and there are 3 designs from which to choose. Signs may also be picked up at the Darien Arts Center office (2 Renshaw Road, Darien) on Thursday, May 6th and Friday, May 7th, between 10AM-3PM.
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
Although Darien’s Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled due to COVID-19, this year’s Grand Marshall, Vietnam veteran Allan Bixler, and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, will be placing memorial wreaths in Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery on Monday morning to acknowledge and honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. — an announcement from the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission
DAF Media will live-stream broadcast the placement of the wreaths (see link below.)
The Monuments and Ceremonies Commission encourages all to watch the broadcast from the safety and security of their homes. We ask anyone who may choose to attend, out of consideration for your neighbors’ health, to wear a mask, and ensure they, and any family members they may bring, observe strict social-distancing protocol.
The Darien Chamber of Commerce has published a list of stores with some combination of delivery services, curbside pickup, online purchasing and shipping for Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday, May 10 — and for shopping later. Here’s the list:
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.
For all organizations who have participated in Memorial Day parades in the past and those wishing to participate in the 2020 Darien Memorial Day Parade, the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission requires you to update your contact information. — an announcement from the Monuments and Ceremonies Commission
Specifically, we need your organization name, name of the contact person who will handle communications for your organization, this person’s email, mailing address and phone number. Please send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10, 2020. M&C Commission Vice Chairman Terry Gaffney is the 2020 parade chairman and point of contact for all communications related to the 2020 Memorial Day Parade. The commission is looking forward to another successful Parade, and Memorial Day ceremony.
Wednesday Feb. 26 is Ash Wednesday and clergy from St. Luke’s Parish will be at the Noroton Heights Ttrain Station from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. to offer commuters “Ashes to Go.”
This is an opportunity for commuters to observe this solemn holy day and still keep to their busy schedules. St. Luke’s will also offer Ash Wednesday services at the church and chapel at 1864 Post Road at 9:30 a.m., 12 noon, 5 and 7 p.m. All are welcome.
A Hickory Lane woman saw a gray four-door vehicle stop in front of her driveway, then saw a man get out and remove something from her mailbox and drive away in one of two mailbox thefts reported to police on Friday. The flag had been in the upright position because the woman had just mailed three envelopes with the mailbox and put the mailbox flag upright. The cold-hearted thief didn’t get anything he can sell: The contents of the envelopes were three Valentine’s cards and nothing else. The woman reported the theft to police just after 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 — still enough time to get three more cards out.
Affection Meets Confections on Saturday at Darien’s Third ‘Something Sweet’ Dessert Contest and Boutique
“Something Sweet,” a Valentine’s Day-themed event, comes back this Saturday for a third year, with a “Dessert War” competition between Darien eateries for the best confections, boutique gifts for sale and free activities for kids. — This article is based on an announcement from Darien Parks & Recreation Department. “Find your new favorite dessert in town!!” says the Darien Parks and Recreation Department, which runs the event. “The Something Sweet Dessert War features some of your local favorites to fulfill your weakness for some sweet indulgence.”