Darien Schools Superintendent Alan Addley announced to parents on Tuesday night that he is going into quarantine after his spouse tested positive for COVID-19, although he tested negative. “Upon leaving work on Monday, I was tested for COVID-19,” Addley said in the announcement, emailed Wednesday night. “My PCR test was negative and I immediately started my 14-day period of quarantine,” he continued. “I am feeling well and following the directions from the CDC, District protocols and my physician.” Addley said the quarantine period will end on Tuesday, Dec.
“Extensive traffic delays continue to be problematic in and around Darien schools during drop-off and pickup times,” said a Darien Police Department announcement issued Wednesday afternoon.Anyone
Police are asking drivers to avoid the areas where cars line up, whenever possible. Here’s the rest of the announcement:
Numerous strategies to mitigate this problem have been applied with marginal success. We continue to work and meet with school officials, town boards, and other town officials but simply stated, there is no easy solution or obvious remedy. We will continue to monitor and analyze the existing issues and collectively work toward alleviating the backups. COVID-19 restrictions governing drop-off/pickup and schools positioned in residential areas that can’t accommodate the volume of cars, continue to be the predominant factors causing the delays. For the foreseeable future, major traffic delays should be expected around Darien schools before and after the below posted “opening” and “dismissal” times.
A 20-year-old Darien woman had been drinking before her vehicle rolled over in the front yard of her home, police said. Police did not say whether she or her passenger were injured, although they said the driver didn’t appear to be. Darien police gave this further account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Police were called at 7:26 p.m. by someone reporting that the vehicle had rolled over at 6 Canoe Trail, in the Tokeneke section of town. When they spoke to the driver, Natalie Harper, 20, of that address, she became “increasingly upset and incoherent,” according to the police announcement. The passenger told police that he or she and Harper had been drinking alcohol earlier that morning.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Darien town government issued information about what you need to know in order to vote this year, including COVID-19 guidelines, absentee ballot drop-off rules and polling locations and times. From the announcement:
If you have not done so already, we hope that you will make every effort to cast your vote. The Town of Darien is prepared for Election Day, and will be providing safe in-person voting for those who have not already voted by absentee ballot.
The Darien League of Women Voters compiled this 2020 Voters’ Guide by questioning candidates for local, state and federal offices and compiling their answers. The election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Responses were limited to a specific word count and are published exactly as submitted by the candidates, the League said. The order of offices on the Voters’ Guide is the same as on the ballot.
Still Time To Register as a Write-In Candidate for an Empty Seat on the 2020-2021 Representative Town Meeting
As the Nov. 3 election draws closer, there is still time to register as a write-in candidate for one of the ten empty positions for the Darien Representative Town Meeting. — an announcement from the Darien Representative Town Meeting
Here are where the vacancies are, by district:
If you are uncertain which district you live in you can find that information by entering your name and street address on this website. “Joining the RTM is a great way to get involved in running your Town,” says RTM Moderator Seth Morton. “The RTM has 100 members and acts as the legislative body for Darien, reviewing and voting on spending plans and monitoring the operation of town government.
Update, 8:54 p.m. — Forty people at Darien High School are considered “close contacts” of one person who tested positive for COVID-19 and was last at Darien High School on Wednesday, Superintendent Alan Addley and Nurse Alicia Casucci said in an announcement to parents at about 6:30 p.m., Thursday. The emailed announcement said in part:
“The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and have been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested. “It was also determined 40 individuals are considered close contacts and require to be quarantined. All individuals have been notified and given further instructions regarding quarantine and further evaluation. The high school building also received additional cleaning.”
A car’s bumper ended up between headstones and the driver ended up in a hospital after a one-car crash at St. John’s Cemetery on Oct. 7, police said. The driver, 23, was later released from the hospital, arrested on a DUI charge and will end up in court. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Ulloa Diaz of Sylvan Knoll Road in the Cove section of Stamford was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic, driving on Hoyt Street around midnight on Tuesday to Wednesday, Oct.
If you do it the right way — take the approved COVID-19 tests, fill out the right forms and send them to the right state authorities — you can come to Connecticut (or come back if you’re returning) without having to quarantine. Darien Health Director David Knauf sent out this news release to help people understand the rules:
We are receiving a number of questions regarding traveling to and returning from states that are on the restricted list issued by the Governor’s Office. Please refer to the following guidance:
1. Returning travelers need to … …
Three domestic incidents over the course of five days earlier this month resulted in police charging three people with disorderly conduct, police said. None of the incidents are related and no arrests resulted. Darien police gave these accounts of each incident, including accusations not proven in court:
Two of the incidents took place in the wee hours of Monday, Oct. 5. At 3:44 p.m., police were called to a home in town, where the victim had visible face injuries.
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.
Here’s a possible solution to Connecticut’s transportation and infrastructure problems and the state’s current unemployment woes: a WPA-style building project. You’ve heard of the Works Progress Administration, right? It was FDR’s plan that put millions of unemployed Americans to work building public projects like roads, water mains, firehouses and dams. Look around you and you’ll still see us benefiting from that investment. But fast-forward 80 years …
Any reader of this column is all too familiar with the need for transportation investment in our state: our 7,000 miles of roads and bridges in “poor condition”, the $4.6 billion needed for wastewater treatment not to mention our rusting railroads. And everyone in Connecticut is aware of the unemployment crisis brought on by COVID-19 — 8.2% of the state’s labor force is out of work, translating to 153,000 people without jobs, most of them now drawing benefits from our rapidly depleting Unemployment Trust Fund.
The Norwalk Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the election of George A. Reilly of Darien, an attorney with the Rucci Law Group, as president. — an announcement from Norwalk Community College Foundation
Reilly is now also a member of Darien’s Planning & Zoning Commission and Blight Review Board. He has been involved in a number of public service organizations, especially involving education. He was a trustee of his high school alma mater, King School in Stamford, and served as president of its board for seven years. He was a member of Darien’s Board of Education for eleven years, and he has served on the NCC Foundation for eight years.
Darien police say a man charged with thefts in Westport stole a bicycle on Dew Lane in Darien — and left it across the street. Police gave this account of the incident and investigation, including accusations not proven in court:
At 2:21 a.m. on July 3, the mobile phone of Jose Velazquez, 58, of Bridgeport, indicated it was in the area of Dew Lane in Darien. Darien police got that information from Westport police as they investigated the theft of a bicycle from a garage. The garage door had been found ajar at about 9:30 a.m. Soon afterward, the bike was found in grass across the street. The theft was reported at 1:56 p.m. that day.
We’ll Need to Finance the CT Transportation Fund, It’ll Be Painful, But Candidates Avoid Discussing It
When it comes to COVID’s impact on transportation in our state, we are in the eye of the hurricane. That’s been the theme of my recent virtual talk to various Connecticut’s libraries and civic groups, comparing the calm eye of an intense storm to how we’ve become complacent about our transportation future. We kid ourselves if we think the winds have passed. The worst is yet to come. Commuters who’ve returned to the rails tell me ridership is slowly coming back but many still fear for their safety on mass transit, and with good reason.
The owner of a car parked outside on Patton Drive called police after he found an unknown man sleeping in the driver’s seat early in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 15, police said. Some change was missing from the car. Police said that when when officers found the man a couple of blocks away at the Noroton Heights Railroad Station, they charged him with stealing the money. Police gave these further details, including accusations not proven in court:
The Patton Drive car owner yelled at the man, telling him to leave, and when the owner called police at 5:53 a.m., he gave them a description of the man’s clothing.