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Volunteers From Two Darien Churches Help Improve Homes For Low-Income People

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Volunteers from two faith communities in Darien proved that positive community work and COVID-19 compliance can go hand in rubber glove. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Talmadge Hill Community Church joined 10 other groups revitalizing 12 low-income homes across the state during this year’s re-scheduled HomeFront Day on Sept. 12. — an announcement from HomeFront

Community helpers focused exclusively on exterior repairs, addressing dangerous steps and walkways, rotting decks, yard cleanups and homes long overdue for fresh coats of paint.

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Woman Forgets Purse After Loading Car With Groceries, It Was Gone 2 Minutes Later

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It didn’t take long for a thief to walk away with the purse that a woman left in a shopping cart after she drove off with her groceries. According to Darien police, the woman said she returned to the parking lot at Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North in about two minutes. The shopping cart was still there, but the purse was gone. Inside it were bank cards, cash (police didn’t say how much) and her identification.

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Town to Pave Stretch of Hollow Tree Ridge Road from Allwood to Crooked Mile Roads

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Starting this Monday, the town Public Works Department will be paving Hollow Tree Ridge Road from the intersections of Allwood Road to Crooked Mile Road at the northern end of town. The project, which covers about six tenths of a mile of roadway, is expected to be completed by Friday, Sept. 25, according to an announcement Thursday from the DPW. Here’s more from the announcement (see video at bottom for an explanation of what asphalt milling is):
Preparatory work on drainage catch basins, and milling of road surface, will precede paving. […]
Once milled, road surface will be rough until paved and will have raised structures exposed.  Please avoid this portion of Hollow Tree Ridge Road if possible during these dates or use extra caution if you must travel on these roads.

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Police: DUI for Woman, 26, Seen Driving on Post, Birch Roads Late at Night

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A 26-year-old intoxicated driver crossed into the oncoming traffic lane twice on the  the Post Road and Birch Road at 1:24 a.m. on Friday, Darien police said. Police described the incident with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

The driver, a Harrison, Maine resident, was seen by an officer on patrol when she was making two turns. Each time, she drove into the oncoming traffic lane. The officer stopped the vehicle as it turned onto Birch Road. The officer saw that the driver had glassy, dilated eyes and the smell of alcohol coming from her.

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Community Fund of Darien Appoints Heather Gordon as New Youth Program Manager

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The Community Fund of Darien has added a new staff position — youth program manager — to oversee and coordinate TCF’s four student youth groups. The first manager is Heather Gordon, also works in the Noroton Presbyterian Church’s Youth Ministry. She has years of experience as a volunteer in organizations, including youth-oriented groups. — This announcement (with edits by was written by two TCF summer interns, Darien students Isabelle Garrett and Alyse Wright-Webb. Heather is an extremely involved volunteer, having previously partnered with organizations such as Young Life, Trinity Church, Save the Children, and the YMCA.

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Maritime Aquarium Offers Online Programs to Darien Schools

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Darien schools that have had to eliminate field trips from the new school year can still welcome seals, sea turtles, sharks and other marine animals into their classrooms through live online programs offered by the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Long a regional resource to educators for fulfilling STEM-based teaching standards, The Maritime Aquarium has shifted from primarily presenting in-person classes to now offering 25 online distance-learning lessons. They’re available to any school anywhere. “Actual field trips are sometimes considered a luxury but, in the time of distance learning, virtual field trips are more important than ever,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of Education. “They inspire students, give teachers time to prepare their own future lessons and engage parents of younger students in their children’s education.”

Teachers can select from a menu of age-appropriate programs, including: an interactive story time for preschoolers (which also can be offered as a series); observing the adaptations and lifestyles of various sharks for Grades K-2; exploring the causes and solutions of water pollution for Grades 3-5; and investigating coastal resilience for middle- and high-schoolers.

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‘C’ Rating for One Darien Restaurant in Latest Health Inspection Reports

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One restaurant in Darien received a “C” rating, the worst grade in town Health Department’s A/B/C ratings system, in the inspection reports released Thursday by the Darien Health Department. The department released health inspection reports for four food-serving establishments on Thursday for inspections that took place from Sept. 4 to 9. In addition to the “C” rating, two inspections resulted in an “A,” another received a “B.” Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong.

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Police: Man, 51, Arrested After Violating Order of Protection for Second Time

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Five months after he was first charged with violating a no-contact order (just after a disorderly conduct incident), a 51-year-old man was arrested for violating a no-contact order again, according to Darien police. Police described what happened with this account (except as noted), including accusations not proven in court:

On Aug. 19, Brent Moyer, now a Stamford resident, texted the minor child of a Darien woman. The no-contact order forbade him from doing so without going through the child’s mother, who reported the incident to police on Aug. 26.

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Gather a Group and Compete in ‘Mission: Possible’, Community Fund of Darien’s One-Week Contest

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The Community Fund of Darien’s invites groups of friends and family members to compete in the TCF’s inaugural “community chase” competition, “Mission: Possible!” The contest supports local nonprofits. Looking for a way to connect with friends and family while supporting our community at the same time?  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join the TCF’s virtual competition for teams of all ages. Mission: Possible! is a fun-filled, socially distanced event that will take place the week of Sept.

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Letter: Board of Ed Candidates Mike Burke and Sara Parent Have Been Active in Schools for Years

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Letter to the editor:

For the first time since 2014, we have a contested Board of Education race and the opportunity to choose the best people for the job. We must pay close attention to our town’s education system and vote to elect the right people to lead our schools. We are lucky to have a choice in candidates for Darien’s Board of Education. I am supporting Mike Burke and Sara Parent. Mike is a lawyer who has served on the Board for the past six years.