Weed Beach Fest 2019

Don’t Miss the BOAT! Weed Beach Fest is Coming Saturday, June 1

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Tis’ the SEA-SUN for Darien Parks and Recreation’s Third Annual Weed Beach Fest, presented by Ring’s End this Saturday! [CAUTION: This is Park & Rec’s announcement and we give you fair warning that there’s PUNishment ahead. A non-pun announcement from Darien’s Masonic Lodge follows.]
From 12 noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 1, Weed Beach will be deBAITably the HOTTEST place in town with live music, hot food vendors and games & activities for the whole the family! The Darien Sport Shop Stage will be located on the beach hosting local bands Gunsmoke and Chasing Day with a FINale from the Bruce Springsteen Cover Band, Alex Shillo! The popular Kids Cove returns from 12-5 p.m. and due to The Darien Foundation’s support, FREE FOR 2019!!

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Don’t Touch Wild Hatchling Turtles — and Other Wild Turtle Advice from the Maritime Aquarium

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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is asking folks to be mindful of turtles on the move at this time of year, and only to interact with them if necessary. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Barrett Christie, director of animal husbandry, said several recent well-meaning callers have “rescued” hatchling diamondback terrapins, a protected coastal species. One hatchling was even delivered to the Aquarium. “Often, upon being handled by humans or brought in to human care, turtles cannot be returned to their natural habitats,” Christie said. “We’re glad that people are concerned for the welfare of turtles as they find them, but it’s important to know what to do and what not to do.”

Listed in Connecticut as a “species of special concern,” diamondback terrapins are the state’s only turtle that spend their lives in the brackish waters of Long Island Sound’s tidal rivers and marshes.

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Walk to End Epilepsy on Saturday, May 19 in Stamford

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Fairfield County residents will be out in force on Sunday, May 19, 2019, as they show their support for epilepsy awareness and the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut (EFCT) by participating in the Walk to End Epilepsy, which will be held at the Cove Island Park in Stamford. — an announcement from the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut
Registration for the Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m. Registration is $35 per person and includes a t-shirt, lunch and a purple bandana for dogs; children ten and under are free. Note: dogs are welcome on-leash on the walk path at this family-friendly event. Registration is available online at epilepsyct.com/walk or on-site at the event. Stamford Mayor David Martin will be there to kick off the walk and guest speakers include motivational speaker Beth Usher and Emma Borys, teen ambassador for the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut.

Discover Dunlap and Selleck’s Woods on Trail Discovery Day, Sunday, May 19

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The trails of Dunlap and Selleck’s Woods will be transformed into a magical place of exploration and discovery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, Trails Discovery Day. The popular Trails Discovery Day has returned with a broad array of activities for families and individuals of all ages interested in having fun in the woods while learning about flora, fauna and the environment. A joint effort of the Friends of Selleck’s Woods, the Darien Land Trust and Darien Parks & Recreation Department, Trails Discovery Day is free and open to the public. It will be set up at the end of Parkland Drive with a reception area and plenty of parking. Ringside Grill Food Truck will be on location selling hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks.

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Lecture on Greens Ledge Lighthouse — by the Man Who Bought It

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) Women’s Luncheons will feature Tim Pettee on “Our Iconic Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Exciting Restoration Plans with Up-to-Date Progress,” for its luncheon at 12:15 p.m.,  Tuesday, May 7 at the DCA. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

While admiring the sunset backdrop to Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Tim Pettee’s daughter stumbled upon the announcement of an auction to purchase it from the federal government, which had owned it since its construction in 1902. He bought it at that auction for $150,000. With the help of Brendan McGee of the 101 ice cream restaurant in Rowayton and a small board of directors, the lighthouse has been undergoing extensive renovations. Come hear the most up-to-date exciting plans and progress!

Weed Beach Darien Parks & Recreation Department

Beach Permits Available, Weed Beach Open Already; Park & Rec Summer Programs

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You can buy a town beach permit online or at Town Hall, and use last year’s permit until May 31 (Weed Beach is open with security guards; Pear Tree Point Beach gets security guards soon). And here are some of the spring and summer programs Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers, including a boat safety class where you can earn a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate. — an announcement from Darien Parks and Recreation Department
Beach Permits Now on Sale
The Darien Parks and Recreation Department is currently selling 2019 park permits and boat launch stickers. These permit stickers allow entrance into Weed and Pear Tree Point Beaches and are available to Darien residents and taxpayers. Stickers may be purchased online or at the Darien Town Hall, Room 110.

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Get to Know Long Island Sound: Maritime Aquarium’s ‘Marine Life Encounter’ Cruises Start in May

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Get a deeper new appreciation for Long Island Sound when you meet some of its resident fish, crabs and other creatures, brought up wriggling and wet right out of the water right before your eyes, during a Marine Life Encounter Cruise offered by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

These fun and memorable outings will be offered on most Saturdays and Sundays in May and June, with departures at 1:15 p.m. (There is no cruise on May 11.) Beginning June 25, 2019 they’ll run daily Tuesdays through Sundays through the summer. The 2.5-hour cruises give participants close-up, often hands-on introductions to a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other animals brought up onto the Aquarium’s research vessel. “Any boat ride is fun, but the Aquarium’s cruises offer the exciting bonus of giving participants an amazing window into what’s below the waves,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. The Marine Life Encounter Cruises bring up animals from different levels of the Sound’s depths.

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Leashed Dog Bit by Coyote at Waveny Park: Police Suggest Keeping Dogs Away from Pond Area

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Visitors to Waveny Park, just over the border from Darien in New Canaan, should be be especially vigilant in the area of the pond New Canaan Police are warning, after a coyote bit a leashed dog there last week. Visitors with dogs should avoid the area of Waveny Pond entirely for now, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control Section. — This article originally was published by NewCanaanite.com. Halm said police had two calls Wednesday, about coyote sightings in the part of Waveny that includes the pond at the foot of the sledding hill, and that a witness to the biting incident on Thursday, April 25 reported it to authorities. The coyotes likely have established a den near the pond, Halm said, and are protecting the territory.

Solar Panels Town Hall Roof 2019

New Solar Panels at Town Hall, Public Works Garage, Police HQ Celebrated on Earth Day

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Solar panels now on the roofs of three town buildings are expected to save Darien taxpayers roughly $40,000 in reduced electricity bills in the first year and generate as much power as 120 tons of coal. Those were some of the statistics officials gave out at the ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted Monday afternoon — on Earth Day — at Darien Town Hall, and in statements made in connection to the event. Darien is “a leader, in terms of environmental sustainability,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said at the event. “I think we’re a role model for small and large towns alike.” Craig Flaherty, chairman of the town’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, said that it’s taken about two years “from idea to implementation” to get the panels installed and ready to generate electricity — something that hasn’t happened just yet.

Tagging Horseshoe Crabs Maritime Aquarium 2019

Volunteers Needed to Tag Horseshoe Crabs: Register for Maritime Aquarium How-to Classes

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A beach mating ritual that is millions of years old is about to occur again on Connecticut’s shorelines, and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk needs help documenting it. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Volunteers are needed this spring to help the Aquarium tag horseshoe crabs when the unique creatures come out of Long Island Sound to spawn in the sand. This mass event is a bonanza time to gather data for an ongoing horseshoe-crab census — so much so that help is needed from “citizen scientists.”

“These tagging trainings reach capacity every spring, which thrills and amuses us,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Horseshoe crabs are hardly cute and cuddly. But a lot of people find it fun to go mucking around the beach in the middle of the night with us — all on the crabs’ behalf.

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Clean Up Day for Six Historic Darien Cemeteries MOVED TO SATURDAY, JUNE 8

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Originally scheduled for this Saturday, April 20, the second annual Darien Cemetery Clean-Up-Day, hosted by the Masonic Club of Darien has been postponed to June 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All volunteers are to meet at Ivanhoe Lodge No. 107, 354 Post Road in Darien, at 10 a.m. for instructions and information on the eight cemetery locations around town to be cleaned before being divided into teams.

— an announcement from the Masonic Club of Darien and the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission. Among the cemeteries getting a spring cleaning, including Slawson Graveyard which is the resting place of town founder Thaddeus Bell. Please dress appropriately and bring rakes, gloves and any other tools you have which could be used for blowing leaves or cutting tree limbs. Darien Masons from Ivanhoe Lodge No.


Pollen Season: Treatment Options and Advice

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Connecticut’s wet winter will unleash a flood of pollen this spring season. Sniffles, sneezes and sore throats may be triggered by allergies, but how can you tell if it’s a cold, sinus infection or the flu instead? Physicians at American Family Care (AFC), expect to see scores of suffering patients seeking relief from sinus symptoms.

— an announcement from American Family Care (illustrations added by Darienite.com)
“Nasal allergy symptoms and common cold symptoms are essentially identical,” explains Dr. Ifthikar Ali, medical director for several AFC Connecticut locations.  “Variables we examine are exposure to an allergen, like pollen or a pet, the duration of symptoms — months versus 1 to 2 weeks, and if there is improvement while taking allergy medications.”
Spring allergies will cause itchy water eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, wheezing, coughing and even hives. The symptoms of a cold are often characterized by runny nose, sore throat and cough. A distinguishing factor might be that in some upper respiratory infections commonly known as colds, the patient will also have a fever, malaise (feel bad) and muscle aches. Acute sinusitis is characterized by a stuffy or runny nose accompanied by pain in the forehead and/or over the cheeks.

Two Days of Earth Day-Related Presentations and Programs at Grace Farms, April 26 to 27

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In celebration of Earth Day (Monday, April 21), Grace Farms Foundation has a two-day lineup the following Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, of programs, activities and expert-led discussions about the importance of restoring local native habitats. — an announcement from Grace Farms Foundation and the Nature Conservancy

The annual weekend of events, conducted in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, also includes a lecture and community day. The two-day program provides an opportunity for people across generations to reconnect with nature and learn about practical ways to restore biodiversity to their own backyards or communities. “There are simple ways that we can all reconnect with and Restore Wild in our own backyards — like planting native and pollinator friendly species — by doing this we help the natural world and our communities thrive,” said Mark Fowler, Nature Initiative Director at Grace Farms Foundation. See also:

Darien Pollinator Pathway website
Darien Pollinator Pathway 2019 on Darienite.com
Join Masons in Cleaning Up Six Historic Darien Cemeteries on Saturday, April 20 (April 9)

“Through our 80-acre landscape and program partnership with the Nature Conservancy, we hope to mobilize people to be part of the solution and take action to restore a healthy balance between people and nature,” Fowler said.

Weed Beach Darien Parks & Recreation Department

You Can Now Get Beach Permits, Register for April Vacation Camp and a Safe Boating Class

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Be prepared for Spring and Summer: Beach permits, boat-launch stickers and registration for April Vacation Camp and a safe boating class are all now available from the Darien Parks & Recreation Department. — an announcement from the Darien Parks & Recreation Department
Beach Permits, Boat Launch Stickers
The Parks and Rec Department is now selling 2019 park permits and boat launch stickers. These permit stickers allow entrance into Weed and Pear Tree Point Beaches and are available to Darien residents and taxpayers. Stickers may be purchased online or at the Darien Town Hall, Room 110. 2018 permits are valid through Friday, May 31, 2019.

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Gorham’s Pond Tide Gates to Open April 1 to 7

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Gorhams Pond Tide Gates will be open for flushing and cleaning, from Monday, April 1 to Monday, April 8, 2019. 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. Tide gates opening has been scheduled two weeks before Easter (April 21). — an announcement from the Darien Department of Public Works