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Darien Christmas Trees Get Picked Up Starting Jan 2: Here’s the DPW Schedule

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From Jan. 2 through 30, neighborhood by neighborhood, Darien public works employees will be picking up Christmas trees left on the curb throughout town. Each neighborhood in town gets two periods for pickups. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Education Budget Would Increase a Hair Under 3% in Proposal by Interim Superintendent Landon

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Darien’s education budget would increase 2.98 percent starting in July in the proposal unveiled Thursday night by Interim Superintendent Elliott Landon to the Board of Education. Spending would increase by $2,924,920 to a total of $101,047,186. The budget will now be reviewed by the Board of Education, the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting. Only the Board of Education can adjust the costs of specific items in the budget. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Six Darien Food-Serving Establishments Inspected by Health Dept — Here’s How they Rated

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These reports from six health inspections of Darien restaurants and other food-serving establishments were released Thursday by the town Health Department.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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New State Laws Just Took Effect: A List with Summaries

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Among the new Connecticut laws that took effect on Jan. 1 are changes to domestic violence law targeting the “dominant aggressor,” new insurance rules to make breast exams less expensive for patients and rules that would make it easier for a woman without insurance to get it after getting pregnant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Latest Inspections by Health Department: Results for Five Darien Restaurants

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Reports from health inspections of five Darien restaurants and other food-serving establishments were released Thursday by the town Health Department. Here’s how they fared. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Turkey at the Crossroads’ — DCA Global Issues Series of Five Talks in January

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Darien Community Association’s 2019 Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues, “Turkey at a Crossroads”, begins Thursday, Jan. 3 and runs each of five weeks through the end of the month. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Youth Vaping Discussion: What Can Be Done at the State, Federal, Local Levels

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What the state Legislature and government in general can do to reduce vaping among teenagers was one of the main topics of a meeting Monday, where area legislators met with people on the frontlines of the effort in local communities: school officials, police

Although legislators sat at a table facing the audience, more than one participant in the crowd and at the table said that keeping teens away from vaping is primarily a local battle, and a lot of the discussion was about local efforts. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Recent Health Inspection Results for Darien Restaurants and Other Food-Serving Establishments

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Here’s how Darien restaurants and other food-serving establishments fared in the most recently released town Health Department inspection reports. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Biggest Factors in Upcoming Tax Rates and Spending: Finance Board Chairman Jon Zagrodzky’s State of the Town Address

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Without notes, but with a set of 30 slides, Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky told the Representative Town Meeting how he and his board are looking at the town’s financial prospects and what factors matter most in how budgets and taxes will be decided on in the next several years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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State of the Town Address by First Selectman Jayme Stevenson

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Here’s the full text, as prepared, of First Selectman Jayme Stevenson’s State of the Town Address before the Representative Town Meeting and other town officials Monday night (Darienite will publish the other addresses from that night, as they are sent in.):

Good evening Mr. Moderator, members of the RTM and my fellow elected and appointed colleagues. Would the new RTM members please stand so we can welcome you appropriately! Continue Reading →

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Housing for the Elderly and Disabled: Forum, 1 to 3 PM Friday on New Study

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The Connecticut Fair Housing Center and the state Department of Housing invite you to a forum from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at Darien Library to learn about the findings of a new study on state-funded housing complexes. These buildings provide housing to both elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities. (more…) Continue Reading →

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