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Hindley Fourth Grader Christopher Li Wins First Place in International Piano Competition

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Christopher Li, a 4th grader at Hindley School, came in first place at the 2021 Piano Star International Competition. In the event, live-streamed on Dec. 11, Christopher performed in Amateur Group B, competing against 37 players from 13 countries. The competition was judged by professional pianists and college professors. — an announcement from the Darien Public Schools Music Department

After performing in several preliminary rounds, he performed Golliwog’s Cakewalk by Debussy in the Grand Finals.  Christopher was awarded $200 in prize money.

Test Your Home For Radon Gas: Darien Health Department Has Free Test Kits

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The Darien Health Department advises residents to test their homes for radon gas especially now that many families are spending more time at home due to COVID-19. Limited numbers of free test kits are now available at the Darien Health Department office. — an announcement from Darien Health Department

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is found throughout the US. Most of the time, it is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, but it can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Exposure to elevated levels of radon has been shown to cause lung damage and cancer in humans.

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Vandalism Found at Hindley School After Vehicle Leaves Tire Tracks and Hits Light Post

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A vehicle drove on the field next to Hindley School, leaving tire tracks and hitting a light post, causing it to lean over. The incident happened sometime before 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, when the police officer arrived. White transfer paint was left on the post, and plastic car pieces (including one with a Volvo stamp) were on the ground nearby. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at (203) 662-5300.

Police: Woman, 26, Accused of Stealing Paychecks for Woodway Club Employees

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A 26-year-old woman has just been arrested on larceny and identity theft charges after employee paychecks were stolen at Woodway Country Club just over a year ago, and her bank account was used to cash the stolen checks, police said. Darien police gave this account of the incident and investigation, including accusations not proven in court:

Several paychecks and some Amazon gift cards were missing in the theft at the country club on Hoyt Street, reported to police on Dec. 16, 2020. Darien police detectives watched video surveillance records showing “the suspect and vehicle used in the incident,” the police news release said. The news release didn’t directly say the suspect was Marleny Nunez of Perry Street in Stamford, the woman they arrested on Sunday.