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‘Lessons Learned: Tales From the Campaign Trail’ Topic of Darien League of Women Voters Online Talk

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The League of Women Voters of Darien invites the community to its Annual Meeting to be held online on June 2 at 7 p.m.

Patricia Russo , executive director of the Campaign School at Yale will address the topic “Lessons Learned: Tales from the Campaign Trail.” — an announcement from the Darien League of Women Voters

The program will be hosted by the Darien Library and is free and open to the public. You can register here through the Darien Library website. Russo is a nationally respected leader focused on achieving political parity in the United States and the world. For over 30 years she has held numerous leadership positions in the public, private and not for profit organizations centered on gender equality.

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Art Exhibit, Family Event in New Canaan to Promote Girls’ Confidence

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The Carriage Barn Arts Center will open an exhibit, May 27, “She Is Rising,” a celebration of women of various ages, backgrounds and ethnicities — some captured from life, and others imagined — who represent female power. — an announcement from LiveGirl

LiveGirl, a co-sponsor of the exhibit, also will host a “celebratory event” outside the Carriage Barn on Friday, June 4. “Family Fun Friday” is a “celebration of female power and the arts” featuring carnival games, an art scavenger hunt, cocktails, Flaco’s Taco Truck, Darien artist/activist TL Duryea “completing a masterpiece,” live music by Melissa Wasserman. Family Fun Friday runs from 5 to 7 p.m., June 4. Tickets are $25 and available here, on the LiveGirl website.

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Friends of Animals Staff Confronts Town Workers to Prevent Removal of Trees

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While Friends of Animals’ work extends internationally, Monday morning it hit close to home—literally outside a window of the organization’s downtown Darien headquarters at the corner of Sedgwick Avenue and the Post Road. “A crew from the Darien Public Works Department began the removal of the first of four HEALTHY trees abutting sidewalks around our office building,” a news release from the animal advocacy organization said. “Friends of Animals’ staff stood in front of the second 100-year-old tree, forcing the crew to stop what they were doing and leave until town officials could hear FoA’s reasons for opposing the dreadful plan.” At least one tree was removed by the DPW, and a tree remains on Sedgewick Avenue. The remaining tree now has a sign on it, saying, “Removing this healthy tree is a crime against nature and humanity.”

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Swap Shop Reopens Monday, May 10 at the Town Dump

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The Darien Transfer Station and Recycling Center is reopening the Swap Shop starting this Monday, May 10, the town Department of Public Works announced. The shop, located in the dump at 126 Ledge Road, will remain closed on Saturdays but be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Please note that COVID-19 social distancing rules remain in full force and effect,” the DPW announcement said. UPDATE: DPW officials could not say why the Swap Shop will remain closed on Saturday, although Edward Gentile, director of public works, said the reopening had been initiated by Craig Flaherty, chairman of the town Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Gentile said that as more volunteers are found or come forward to staff the Swap Shop, it could open later:

“The additional hours and days could be expanded further to include more hours and even Saturdays once we are back open and running during the week,” he said in an email Thursday.  “The crowds have been larger and volunteers fewer. […] We are always looking for volunteers

Darienite.com left a message for Craig Flaherty early Thursday afternoon.

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CT Secretary of State Talks Online Wednesday About Election Integrity and Voting

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Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill will provide a detailed explanation of how our state protects election integrity during an online talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., this Thursday, April 29. — an announcement from Darien Library and the Darien League of Women Voters

Merrill will also talk about how the state assists voters in casting their ballots — before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 elections may be over, but our questions about voting aren’t. What are the reasons for our existing rules? How did we manage the increase in absentee ballots in our last election? Why should voters trust our system?

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Sewer Inspection Project Now Started, Runs Through Mid-June

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The Darien Department of Public Works has hired a consultant to perform planned inspections of the sewage collection system in the central and east-central areas of town, starting Friday, April 9 and running through mid-June, the department announced late Friday afternoon. — an announcement from the Darien DPW
Expect to see work along these roads, as well as their side streets (also, see the map accompanying this announcement):

Leroy Ave.;
Southern Mansfield Ave.;
Southern Brookside Rd;
Post Rd;
Ledge Road;
Old Kings Hwy South;
Old Kings Hwy North; and,
Side streets and connectors in these areas. The work will continue for eight weeks through mid-June 2021. Town government personnel will accompany the consultants at all times while this work is performed. Most work is scheduled for the daytime hours. Some work on the Post Road will occur at night, and Darien police will be made aware of any nighttime activity. 
You may see or hear activity in these areas.  There is no action required on your part.  No one will need access to your home as part of this work.

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Several Darien League of Women Voters Public Events Coming This Month

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The League of Women Voters of Darien has scheduled several programs of interest to the community this Spring:

A further discussion about the future of Darien within Fairfield County; a discussion about voter access and the security of the voting system with the secretary of the state; and a discussion with leaders of several town government boards. — an announcement from the League of Women Voters of Darien

All will be held online and are free and open to the public. In addition to these three programs, the Darien League’s annual meeting at 7 p.m., June 2 will feature as its keynote speaker Patti Russo, executive director of the Campaign School at Yale University. The League doesn’t have much information yet on the discussion with leaders of various town boards. The date and time will be announced later.