Tropical Storm Henri Cancels Appearance in Darien, Leaves Some Flooding, Wind and Rain

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UPDATE, 1:52 p.m., Sunday:

Tropical Storm Henri brought some expected flooding to Darien, but with a right turn it ended up a bit farther from here, so wind and rain are well under the worst scenarios that meteorologists said were possible. Town beaches are closed, and expected flooding at Pear Tree Point Beach occurred, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said in a 1 p.m. Code Red message to the town. “The storm is still expected to bring us bands of heavy rain and winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph this afternoon. Coastal, river and stream flooding and power outages from downed trees should be expected,” Stevenson said in the message. As of 1:37 p.m., Eversource reported no customers without power in Darien, fewer than two each in New Canaan and Norwalk, and only 63 in Stamford.

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DPW: You May See ‘Smoke’ Coming from Some Darien Sewers in September

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Depending on where you are in town, you may see what looks like smoke coming from Darien sewers on certain days in September, the town Department of Public Works announced Wednesday. More startling may be DPW employees looking for it on your property. The “smoke” is from tests for sewer leaks. The tests will take place in three areas of town, each at a different time (see the map for more details or call the Darien DPW). Here’s Darienite.com’s complicated explanation, but you’re better off if you can find your street on the DPW map:

—Sept.

Mountain Lion Recently Reported Just North of Darien, and Not For the First Time

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Someone told New Canaan police that a mountain lion was spotted on Gerdes Road, just north of the Darien-New Canaan border, at about 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14. The big cat sighting is the third in the past month in New Canaan, and close to the previous one, Aug. 8, on White Oak Shade Lane. The sighting on Gerdes Road is the third in the past month and very close to the most recent one, on Aug.

Connecticut Sales Tax Free Week 2021

State Leaders: Shop for Your Family and Help Local Retailers During Sales Tax Free Week

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Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing is eliminated during Sales Tax Free Week (through Saturday, Aug. 21) for clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 per item. Darien students return to schools in town on Monday, Aug. 30, a week before Labor Day. Something to keep in mind: Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes.

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Police: Three Darien Men Recently Charged in Separate Domestic Incidents

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Darien police responded to several unrelated domestic incidents in recent weeks  resulting in criminal charges being filed against three town residents, including a charge of fourth-degree sexual assault in one case. Police described the incidents with these accounts; no accusations have been proven in court:
July 28, Misdemeanor Sexual Assault Charge
On July 28, at 10:20 a.m., a victim told police that a man, a 50-year-old resident of Turnabout Lane, had made “several unwanted sexual contacts” with the victim over the past several months, according to a police news release. “Video evidence was provided to corroborate the allegations,” the news release said. It provided no details of what was in the video or videos. Police applied for an arrest warrant for the man and received it on Aug.

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Americares Sends Relief Supplies to Earthquake-Striken Areas of Haiti

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Americares has medicines and relief supplies on the way to Haiti for survivors of Saturday morning’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake. — an announcement from Americares

A shipment carrying 9 tons of intravenous fluids is headed to earthquake-damaged Les Cayes, and Americares relief workers in Haiti and the United States are preparing additional shipments in the coming days to supply health workers treating the injured with antibiotics, wound care supplies and urgently needed medical supplies. Americares relief workers on the ground in Haiti are assisting the local response, and the health-focused relief organization plans to deploy additional staff in the coming days to support the relief efforts. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 7.2-mangitude earthquake at 8:29 a.m. local time in the southwestern part of the country, 78 miles west of Port-au-Prince—slightly stronger than the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake that devastated the country. Aftershocks as strong as 5.2 continued throughout the day and early reports from the region indicated major destruction in Jeremie and Les Cayes.

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Police: 19-Year-Old Man Arrested After Teenage Party With Alcohol at His Home

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Alcohol being drunk at a teenage party on Salt Box Lane “contributed to” a “medical event” in which an ambulance was called in, Darien police said. All the partygoers were below the legal drinking age of 21, and the 19-year-old host was arrested on a charge of providing alcohol to underage drinkers, police said. In a police news release, police did not say: whether more than one person experienced the “medical event,” or or describe in any way what the medical event was, how dangerous it appeared to be, whether the person or persons was or were taken to a hospital or released from a hospital if they were taken there. Police gave this additional account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:

The call for medical service was made at 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Police did not say how many people were at the house at 9 Salt Box Lane.

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Darien Nature Center Names Alex Domeyko New Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of the Darien Nature Center has named Alex Domeyko as the organization’s new executive director. — an announcement from the Darien Nature Center

Domeyko succeeds Leila Wetmore, who oversaw the organization’s strategic planning process in advance of the Darien Nature Center’s 40th anniversary. “Al’s deep commitment to the environment and his experience in nature-based programming will be tremendous assets as we launch our strategic plan,” said Board President Alicia Sable. “He shares our vision and we are confident that he will help the Darien Nature Center build upon its strengths and provide even more programs and resources for nature lovers of all ages,” Sable said. Domeyko has devoted his educational and professional career to the natural sciences, working in environmental research and outreach for more than a decade.

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Commuter Advocates to the Governor: Metro-North Needs to Enforce Mask Rules

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The lives of thousands of daily passengers on Metro-North are being jeopardized by the railroad’s refusal to enforce federal and state safety rules requiring face masks, according to the Connecticut Commuter Action Group and the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council in a joint announcement. Here’s most of the news release from the two groups:
Writing to Governor Lamont, the leaders of the independent CT Commuter Action Group and state-created CT Commuter Rail Council appealed to the Governor to safeguard passenger safety by having authorities issue citations to those refusing to wear masks. “Metro-North says it wants passengers to come back to the trains but their refusal to issue a single ticket to mask scofflaws says the opposite,” said Jim Cameron of the CT Commuter Action Group. [Cameron is a Darien resident.]
“Metro North clearly needs to do a better job with mask enforcement if they wish to motivate and convince riders that rail transportation is safe to use.  The Commuter Council continues to make that request however nothing seems to change.” noted Jim Gildea, chairman of the state-created CT Commuter Council. Both advocates called on the Connecticut Department of Transportation to require Metro-North, the state’s vendor, to enforce the  masking rules.  To date, not a single citation has been issued to offenders by MTA Police, despite the rise in cases of the COVID  Delta Variant.