Charcoal drawing by Nancy McTague

Learn to Draw Flowers at Rowayton Arts Center Workshop, Starting Feb 19

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The Rowayton Arts Center is offering a new workshop, “Learn to Draw Flowers in a Variety of Media,” with Nancy McTague-Stock in the studio on four Friday mornings, starting Feb. 19. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
The classes run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. A new medium will be introduced each week, giving students the ability to experiment with different rendering methods. The fee for the workshop is $135.

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Police: For Darien Woman, 43, Chasing Someone Around the House Violates Protective Order

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When a 43-year-old Hoyt Street resident chased another person around the house on Sunday, that was a violation of a protective order from a previous domestic incident, said Darien police, who arrested the woman. Police gave this description of the matter, including accusations not proven in court:

Police were called to the home on the 0-100 block of Hoyt Street at 6:19 p.m. When they arrived, the victim told them that the woman was intoxicated and got into an argument with the victim before chasing the victim around the house in an aggressive way, apparently attempting to start a physical fight. Police found that the woman previously had a protective order placed on her which forbid her from harassing, threatening or assaulting the victim. Police arrested the woman on charges of disorderly conduct and violating the protective order. She was released on a $25,000 bond and appeared Monday in state Superior Court in Stamford.

Darien TV79

What Do You Watch on Darien TV79? Please Tell Them by Taking This Two-Minute Survey

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Darien TV79 has launched an online survey asking town residents to find out what they watch — and would like to watch — on the town’s government television station. — an announcement from Darien TV79

Since 2007 Darien TV79 has offered live, taped-replay and on-demand access to all board, committee and RTM government meetings in town. In addition it carries programs of community interest, including town-wide events like the Memorial Day Parade. But in recent months new technology grants from the Darien Foundation have allowed the station to air dozens of different programs each day on its Altice cable Channel 79, along with locally produced shows about community non-profits, public service announcements and public affairs items.

“We’re curious about which of these new offerings is capturing viewers’ attentions,” says Jim Cameron, Program Director of the station. “We’re also interested to hear what other kinds of local programming Darien residents would like to see.”

The online survey, which takes two minutes to complete, can be found here.

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If You Want to Defer Your Darien Taxes, Get Your Application in By This Monday, Feb 1

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Darien Tax Collector Kathy Larkins would like to remind taxpayers who qualify for extended time to pay their January 2021 property taxes, the application deadline is Monday Feb. 1, 2021. That’s the last date on the postmark that will be accepted, even if the envelope is mailed from abroad. Or you can email it. Or deliver it in person on Monday (the office and the rest of Town Hall closes at 5:15 p.m. that day, and Town Hall is closed on Fridays.)

— an announcement from the Darien Tax Collector’s Office

This application may be found on the Tax Collector’s page on the Town of Darien website and requires applicants to attest to a loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

Police: Darien Man, 47, Charged in Two Violent Domestic Incidents

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A 47-year-old Darien man, who came home apparently intoxicated, held one person in a headlock while holding another by the neck against a wall, according to Darien police. Police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

Sometime before 9:43 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, Patrick Gately of Hollow Tree Ridge Road arrived home and got into a dispute with at least one person, whom he held in a headlock. A second person tried to intervene, and Gately held that person by the neck against a wall. Police later determined that they had probable cause to charge Gately with second-degree strangulation on the accusation he held the second person by the neck.

Jim Cameron Jim Cameron 8-2-16

Commuters are NOT Coming Back. A New Train Riding Era Now Begins: Cameron on Transportation

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I have one belated prediction for the new year and you’re not going to like it: After we all get vaccinated and things “return to normal,” regular weekday commuters on Metro-North will not be coming back as hoped. Why should they? Who wants to spend $400-plus a month and waste two-plus hours each day, five days a week riding a train into New York City if you don’t have to? If this pandemic has shown us anything it’s that going to an office isn’t necessary to doing our jobs. Sure, there are some people who have to show up in person to do their work (healthcare staffers, auto mechanics etc.), but that’s never been the bulk of Metro-North’s ridership.

Code Red

For Details on Vaccine Availability in Darien and Other Urgent Info, Sign Up for Code Red Alerts

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The Town of Darien’s Health, Human Services and Senior Programs departments urge all residents to sign up for Code Red alerts, if they have not done so already. — an announcement from the two town departments

Detailed information regarding vaccine availability for Darien residents will be announced through the First Selectman’s weekly Code Red message, as well as local media outlets. As plans for Phase 1B develop we want to make sure everyone is informed, particularly those who will be eligible during that phase, such as seniors over age 75. To register for CODE RED click here: Community Notification Enrollment. If you need assistance with enrolling please call the Human Services department at 203-656-7328 and we will be happy to help you.

Darien Public Schools

Winter Storm Gail Makes Herself at Home in Darien; Remote School Classes, Town Hall Closed

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With more snow expected to fall before 1 p.m. and possible wind gusts of up to 38 mph in Darien, Winter Storm Gail continues to get herself settled in, closing school buildings, the town library and Town Hall. A total of 56 electricity customers were without power as of 8:35 a.m., Thursday, according to Eversource. Around the state, 411 Eversource customers were without power. Weather Forecast
The National Weather Service forecast for Darien, as of 7:56 a.m., says we’ll have “Snow, mainly before noon. High near 31.

Jayme Stevenson State of the Town 2020

State of the Town: First Selectman: Darien’s Strengths Will Help Us Weather Challenges

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First Selectman Jayme Stevenson’s State of the Town report to the Representative Town Meeting Monday night was long and covered a lot of topics, including the impact of COVID-19 on town spending, operations and its affect on local business; continued interest by state lawmakers in overriding local zoning; and the possibility of state laws on the town budget. She also touched on the events of the past year and praised the town’s accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights (with the full text of her speech, as prepared, below; Darienite.com will add the Darien TV79 video when it becomes available):

Stevenson gave this COVID-19 statistical update: “As of today (Dec. 7), 492, or 2.26% of Darien residents (21,775) have tested positive for COVID since the first week of March. Twenty-one residents have been hospitalized and sadly, five of our residents passed away due to COVID complications.