DCA Academic Lecture Series 2022 The Arctic: From Deep Freeze to Hot Spot

DCA Academic (and Online) Lecture Series: ‘The Arctic — From Deep Freeze to Hot Spot’ Starts Jan 6

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The Darien Community Association’s 2022 Academic Lecture Series, “The Arctic — from Deep Freeze to Hot Spot, ” will start Thursday, Jan. 6, online. The series has been presented annually, without interruption, since 1956. While the format this year will be virtual, the series will continue to feature respected foreign policy experts at four Thursday morning lectures at 10 a.m., and a final lecture in the evening of Feb. 3 (also a Thursday).

McNally: Darien Has More COVID-19 Cases, More Booster Clinics Coming

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In the past 13 days, 168 Darien residents have acquired COVID-19 cases, as far as authorities know, and with holiday gatherings, more is expected, First Selectman Monica McNally told the town in a late Wednesday afternoon Code Red message. “COVID cases are on the rise,” she said. Meanwhile, McNally said, some town residents are concerned about the availability of testing, the cost and heavy traffic at the sites. “I am working with the director of health to possibly add a second testing site in Darien,” she said. “If you are 16 or older and it has been at least six months since your second dose, you are strongly encouraged to get a booster,” the first selectman said.

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Improvement Project for Intersection at West and Noroton Aves OKed for State Funding

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Funding for intersection improvements at the intersection of West and Noroton Avenues was one item in a long list of state transportation grants approved Tuesday afternoon by the State Bond Commission. The Darien project is among more than 100 local roadway projects that would be financed in whole or in part with $51 million from the Local Transportation Capital Improvement program. Overall, $839 million in various transportation funding was approved by the commission after Gov. Ned Lamont announced he was proposing the spending. The governor serves as chairman of the commission and determines which projects are put on its agenda. The upgrades are long overdue, Lamont said in an announcement Tuesday.

Mark Your Calendars for Darien’s Christmas Tree Pick-Up Schedule

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The Darien Department of Public Works will conduct its annual Christmas tree pick-up program according to the following schedule:

[Not sure where your street is on this table? Here’s a Google map (just zoom in with the plus sign).]

THE FOLLOWING ARE A FEW IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

· Christmas Trees must be at the curb by the first morning of the scheduled pick-up. · Christmas Tree pick-up is conducted on public streets only. · Residents are asked to refer to a Town map to determine their designated area for schedule. · The schedule has been rotated from last year.

With New Federal Disaster Declaration for Storm Ida, You Can Apply for Assistance Thru Town Website

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With President Biden approving Gov. Ned Lamont’s request for a federal disaster declaration for Tropical Storm Ida on Oct. 30, Darien residents can apply for disaster assistance. A Storm Ida FEMA information page has been added to the town government website, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson announced. “We have accumulated available information from both FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration, including the application process and associated deadlines,” the announcement said. “This page will be updated as new information becomes available.”

Letter to the Editor Pilgrim

McNally Has a Strong Work Ethic, Dedication to Darien and Financial Acumen

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To the editor:

I strongly urge the voters of Darien to elect Monica McNally as our first Sselectman on Nov. 2. Having worked with Monica for many years on the Representative Town Meeting, she has earned the highest respect of her peers and is recognized as a true leader. Her dedication, work ethic and financial acumen are the perfect combination we need in our next first selectman. Monica’s extensive experience with our town government has provided her with the practical know-how to manage Darien through the inevitable uncertainty that lies ahead.

Letter to the Editor Thomas Jefferson

Vote Your Conscience, Not in Response to Propaganda and Hate

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Letter to the editor,

This week I received a very disturbing call from a member of the Darien Republican Town Committee. As a lifelong Republican and someone who has always supported the Republican candidates, I politely explained that my vote this time would be for Tara Ochman. My response was met with false innuendos and fear mongering over low income housing, as the caller cited the business profession of her “two largest donors.” Interestingly, I personally know that his references were untrue. When I questioned his facts, with the truth, the phone fell silent. It is disturbing to think that some within my own party are stooping this low.

Letter to the Editor 2 cents Parcel Post

Ochman Responds to Letter Writer Who Said He Didn’t Get a Reply From Her on Zoning Testimony

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UPDATE: Earlier today, Wednesday, Darienite.com published a letter to the editor (below) from Benoît Jamar of Raiders Lane saying that first selectman candidate Tara Ochman had said in the candidates debate that she had testified in Hartford against the “proposed ‘take over'” of town zoning regulations by the state. He said Ochman’s campaign had not responded to his request for the transcript of that testimony. Ochman has replied today in a letter to Jamar (also below) that she had not, in fact, testified in Hartford about zoning, only about education matters, and, after reviewing the debate video, she confirmed that she didn’t say in the debate (or anywhere else) that she had testified about zoning. Ochman sent Darienite.com her emailed reply to Jamar, dated Oct. 24 (this past Sunday), and a copy of her second reply, sent today (Wednesday).