After 2 Years Online, Tiny Miracles Foundation Again Has In-Person Fundraising Gala — on May 6

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The Tiny Miracles Foundation, headquartered in Darien, will host its annual fundraising event on Friday, May 6, at The Loading Dock in Stamford. Inspired by the Roaring 20’s, the theme of this year’s event is “Miracles … And All That Jazz,” and it will honor three community leaders who have shown great support for The Tiny Miracles Foundation and its mission. — an announcement from The Tiny Miracles Foundation

“After two years of hosting our gala virtually due to COVID, we are thrilled to be able to come together in person once again in support of families of premature babies,” said Tina Tison, executive director of Tiny Miracles. “It promises to be a fun-filled night, but most importantly, it will celebrate local leaders who have made a difference in the lives of families in our community experiencing the trauma of pre-term birth, while raising necessary funds to support the vital work of Tiny Miracles.”

The event will honor Meltem Seli, MD, and Réal and Tara Leclerc. Dr. Seli is an attending neonatologist, Connecticut Children’s Specialty Group, Nuvance Health at Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals.

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Police: 21-Year-Old Suspect in Feb 6 Car Theft Charged With Felony Larceny

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When Mekai Darden, 21, of Bridgeport showed up in court in that city on March 31, it was for motor vehicle violations that he didn’t need to be jailed for — but Darien police were there to arrest him on a warrant charging him with the theft of a sport utility vehicle. He’s been in jail ever since, for about a week, in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Darien police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

On Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, the owner of a Porsche Cayenne told police that the car was missing from his driveway on Contentment Island Road. The keys had been left in the unlocked vehicle the night before.

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Town to Enter Negotiations to Buy 60-Acre Shoreline Estate, Now on Market for $100 Million

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Darien’s town government will enter negotiations to buy the 60-acre shoreline estate on Long Neck Point peninsula, one of the largest pieces of private land in lower Fairfield County, the Board of Selectmen unanimously decided Monday night. The Great Island estate, owned for more than a century by the Ziegler family and now the Steinkraus family, went on sale in 2016, with an asking price of $175 million, now reduced to $100 million. The Board of Selectmen, after meeting in executive session for about an hour, authorized First Selectman Monica McNally to enter into negotiations for the property. McNally said the board has discussed the value of the land and potential uses the town might have for it. McNally described the tract as “the last and best property of its kind that is available on the East Coast of the United States.”

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CT Gas Tax Cut Shows the Mediocrity of Our State Legislature

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Attention all chiropractors and physical therapists! Please report immediately to the state Capitol to treat the sore muscles of lawmakers who’ve twisted themselves into a pretzel, patting themselves on their backs for cutting the gasoline tax! What a surprise (in an election year) that lawmakers voted unanimously to cut the gasoline tax 25 cents a gallon from April 1 to June 30. What a massive sense of relief for money-short taxpayers to save — what? — $25 per car this spring.

From a Vehicle Parked at Darien Train Station: Latest Catalytic Converter Theft

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Sometime between 3 p.m., March 11 and 11:30 a.m. the next day, the catalytic converter on a vehicle parked at Darien Train Station was stolen, the victim told police. The victim said he discovered the theft after he started the vehicle and determined the loud noise coming from it was the result of the theft. He called police at 11:48 a.m.

The theft was the latest of a spate of similar thefts in Darien and beyond. See also:

—Two More Catalytic Converters Stolen from Vehicles in Darien Parking Lots (Feb. 25)

—More Reports From Around Town of Catalytic Converters Stolen From Parked Cars (Feb.

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On Friday, March 18 Corbin Drive Yet Again Closed to Traffic From Post Road, 9 AM to 3 PM

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Construction activity for the Corbin District project is again closing Corbin Drive to traffic from the Post Road, this time on Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Darien police announced. “Vehicles needing to access Corbin Drive will be detoured to Center Street, to Old King’s Highway South, to the eastern end of Corbin Drive,” the announcement said. “Businesses, including the Post Office, will be open and accessible using the construction.” “Darien Police Department staff will be in the area in order to facilitate the safe and efficient flow of traffic.  A large presence of construction vehicles, most notably concrete trucks, will be in the area during this time.  Motorists not needing to access the area should consider alternate routes to their destination.”

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YWCA Darien/Norwalk Seeks Nominations for This Year’s Women of Distinction Awards

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The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is seeking nominations for women who epitomize leadership in the areas of racial equity, social justice, and/or have worked to strengthen our community. — an announcement from the YWCA Darien/Norwalk

If you know of someone who fits this description, please consider nominating them today! After nominations are received, the Women of Distinction Nominations Committee will review the submissions and select the honorees. The women chosen will be honored at the Women of Distinction Awards this Spring. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk encourages you to nominate women who are leaders, role models, agents for change, mentors and/or an inspiration to others.

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Home on Woods End Road Burglarized While Family Away

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Sometime before Saturday March 5, while a family was away from their home on Woods End Road, a thief or thieves broke in and stole several pieces of jewelry, police said. According to Darien police:

Police were called at 12:26 p.m. that day. An employee at the house told officers that a second-floor window at the back of the house was smashed. Checking inside the house, police saw multiple rooms on the second floor had been gone through. The homeowners met police the next day and told them the jewelry was missing.

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Thieves Steal Cars Being Repaired at BMW of Darien Dealership

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At 10:44 p.m. on Monday, March 7, police were alerted to a burglary in progress at BMW of Darien, but by the time officers arrived on the scene, thieves had: cut the padlock gate, smashed a window at a garage bay, turned off the power at a circuit breaker panel, stole car keys and drove off in two vehicles. The dealership’s alarm company reported several alarm notifications to police, saying at least one person was in the building at 140 Ledge Road, police said. Darien police detectives have started an investigation, which is continuing.

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Police: Man, 46, Refuses to Leave Darien Residence, Physical Altercation Results

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A 46-year-old Westport man got into some kind of physical altercation in a domestic incident after refusing to leave the property of a Darien resident, police said. Darien police gave this account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:

At 10:58 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, police were called to a home on Elm Street after a report of the altercaton on the lawn of the home. Officers spoke with the Westport man, who said he’d just been in the altercation. The man said he was invited to the residence by the victim. The victim told police that the man had been sending unwanted text messages and had been told not to contact the victim.

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Garden Walk Buffalo: Join America’s Largest Garden Tour, Online, This Thursday Night, March 17

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This St. Patrick’s Day, get in the green spirit with a virtual walkthrough of America’s largest garden tour. Garden Walk Buffalo is a tour that occurs each July, showcasing more than 400 ultra-creative and tantalizing gardens. — an announcement from Darien Library

This vast array of landscapes created by artists and gardeners alike have ultimately transformed urban neighborhoods in Buffalo, New York into a mecca of blooms. From a few square feet to entire backyards, the diversity and uniqueness of each garden is what makes this tour like no other. If You’re Attending …