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.

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Candidates’ Answers to League of Women Voters Questionnaire

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The Darien League of Women Voters compiled this 2020 Voters’ Guide by questioning candidates for local, state and federal offices and compiling their answers. The election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Responses were limited to a specific word count and are published exactly as submitted by the candidates, the League said. The order of offices on the Voters’ Guide is the same as on the ballot.

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Here’s When Gorham’s Pond Tide Gates Will Open and Close for Flushing and Cleaning

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The Gorham’s Pond Tide Gates flushing and cleaning, Autumn 2020 schedule is:

—Opened on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020; and,

—Closed on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Tide gates cannot be operated following extensive rain events or a series of very high tides because of the large volume of water flowing over the dam. The opening or closing of gates may be delayed dependent on weather.

Health Department Inspection Ratings Restaurants 11-17-17

Two Darien Restaurants Get Worst Grade, ‘C,’ in Latest Health Inspection Reports

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Two Darien restaurants received a “C” rating, the worst grade in the town’s A/B/C ratings system, in the inspection reports released Thursday by the Darien Health Department. The department released health inspection reports for 10 food-serving establishments on Thursday for inspections that took place from Sept. 21 to 30. In addition to the two “C” ratings, five inspections resulted in an “A,” another three 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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Haven’t Filled Out Your Census Form Yet? There’s Still Time To Be Counted — and It Helps Connecticut

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“Your chance to help secure billions in federal funding for Connecticut is ending soon as the 2020 U.S. Census concludes,” Darien Library said in an announcement Tuesday. Just answer the census form. You can use a library computer to do it, or follow the Web links below. Here’s the rest of the announcement:

The constitutionally-required census seeks a complete count of everyone who lives in the United States. The results will determine how federal dollars will be distributed over the next ten years and how congressional districts are drawn.

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Worst Health Inspection Rating — ‘C’ — for Two Darien Establishments in Latest Reports

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A restaurant and a retirement home in Darien received “C” ratings, the worst grade in town Health Department’s A/B/C ratings system, in the inspection reports released Thursday by the Darien Health Department. Meanwhile, a retirement home that previously received a “C” rating has now received an “A” and a perfect 100 score in its latest inspection. The department released health inspection reports for 11 food-serving establishments on Thursday for inspections that took place from Sept. 4 to 9. In addition to the two “C” rating, five inspections resulted in an “A,” another four establishments each received a “B.”

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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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‘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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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.