The Darien Department of Public Works announced Wednesday that it will conduct special bulk pickups of household items water damaged by the recent Storm Ida. To get the pickups, you’ll have to register first. The pickups start on Sept.11, and registration for pickups must be done by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13. The pickups are limited to furniture and items damaged by stormwater, along with gypsum board, sheetrock and drywall (if those last three items are in bags or boxed).
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m. — Darien Library is closing two hours early, at 4 p.m., Friday, “due to inclement weather,” the library said in an announcement. As of 3:07 p.m., according to Eversource, 18 of their customers in Darien were still without power. In an announcement, the utility said:
“Hundreds of Eversource line and tree workers, supported by utility crews from as far away as Texas, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, are working to restore power following Tropical Storm Elsa. “As of 3 p.m., more than 13,000 customers have had their power restored since the storm began, while crews are working to address the 6,000 outages currently on the system. “’The storm has delivered the expected heavy rains, further saturating grounds that were already soaked from this week’s thunderstorms, and we have the possibility of some more thunderstorms tonight,’ said Craig Hallstrom, Eversource president of regional electric operations.
Eversource is trimming and removing trees in Darien this month and in June as part of its ongoing work to reduce power outages during storms, and the utility has released a list of some streets where the tree work will take place. “In Darien, we’re doing tree work along some 60 miles of town roads this year, with crews from Lewis Tree Service doing the bulk of the work now through June,” a utility spokesman said. “Along with trimming, 111 hazardous trees are scheduled to be removed.” Schedule
Some of the work began earlier this month in the area of Tokeneke Road, Old Farm and Searles roads, Cliff Avenue and Raymond Street, a utility spokesman said. Here’s the rest of the schedule (all of the work is weather permitting, and schedules could change):
Area includes Boston Post Road, Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Rings End Road, Noroton Avenue and Nearwater Lane
Boston Post Road, Old Kings Highway and Locust Hill Road
Eversource’s Tree Cutting Program
Here’s Eversource’s description of why the tree work is taking place and information on the utility’s tree program:
“As you know, Tropical Storm Isaias caused massive damage to the state, with thousands of trees being damaged or destroyed.
In 2021, Eversource will be investing about $72 million in tree trimming and hazardous tree removal to enhance reliability for customers throughout Connecticut. — an announcement from Eversource
Eversource also encourages customers to maintain trees on their own property that can interfere with electric lines or equipment. “As we saw last summer during some severe storms, trees are the number one cause of power outages and trimming trees away from electric lines and removing dead or hazard trees is critical — especially as fierce weather seems to impact our region more frequently,” said Eversource Vegetation Management Manager Alan Carey. New Englanders saw firsthand the massive devastation caused by Tropical Storm Isaias and the powerful microburst that struck the Branford area last summer — bringing down thousands of trees around the state. Those violent storms are a clear reminder of just how destructive trees can be to the electric system.
With more snow expected to fall before 1 p.m. and possible wind gusts of up to 38 mph in Darien, Winter Storm Gail continues to get herself settled in, closing school buildings, the town library and Town Hall. A total of 56 electricity customers were without power as of 8:35 a.m., Thursday, according to Eversource. Around the state, 411 Eversource customers were without power. Weather Forecast
The National Weather Service forecast for Darien, as of 7:56 a.m., says we’ll have “Snow, mainly before noon. High near 31.
Ten Homes in Darien Still Without Power, Along with Thousands in the State After Monday’s Windy Storm
Several thousand electricity customers across the state, including 10 in Darien, were still without power late Tuesday afternoon after Monday’s strong winds cut power to customers in every one of the 149 communities served by Eversource, the utility said. As of 4:37 p.m., Tuesday, there were 4, 293 customers still waiting to get their electricity service (0.34% of the 1,279,556 customers in the state), including 10 in Darien, according to the Eversource.com website. Eversource issued this statement early Tuesday afternoon:
While adhering to strict COVID-19 pandemic protocols, Eversource crews continue working around-the-clock shifts restoring power to customers impacted by Monday’s severe wind and rain storm. As of midday, line and tree crews have restored power to more than 93,000 customers since the storm began and continue working to bring the remaining 7,500 customers back on line. Town-by-town restoration estimates are now available at Eversource.com.
“Widespread power shortages are expected,” with wind gusts of up to 65 mph possible on Monday, the National Weather Service said as it issued a High Wind Warning until 6 p.m. Monday night and Eversource says it’s getting ready to make repairs. Update: 5:21 p.m. — Only 27 Darien customers (0.34%) were without power as of 5:07 p.m., according to Eversource. Statewide, 46,338 of the company’s 1.28 million customers were without power, or 3.62%. Update: 12:57 p.m. — as of 12:46 p.m., Eversource says, there were 36 Darien customers without power. As of 11 a.m., no outages were reported in Darien, two or fewer in New Canaan, 62 in Norwalk and 23 in Stamford.
Darien Public Schools will be closed today, Tuesday, Dec. 17, the district announced, and Darien Library announced it will have a delayed opening at 10 a.m., all due to the weather. This article was last updated at 6:23 a.m.
Here’s the district’s announcement on the public schools website:
Due to inclement weather, the Darien Public Schools will be closed today, Tuesday December 17, 2019. Stay warm and safe! When Darien schools close, kindergarten and preschool programs in town also close, and Darien Senior Center closes.
Darien Public Schools announced a two-hour delay Tuesday morning, the district announced. Here’s the announcement on the district’s website:
Darien Public Schools will have a 2 hour delay, Tuesday, December 3rd. Elementary Parent Conferences scheduled for this afternoon will be cancelled and moved to a later date. Drive Safe! The district has a description of why delays in opening school are made and advice for parents when that happens.
Early Closings Announced by Darien Organizations — Schools, Library, Arts Center — on Monday Due to Weather
Darien schools will close early today, Monday, the school district announced on its website. For the same reason, Darien Library also announced it will close early. Darien Arts Center canceled classes, as well. The district’s announcement read:
The Darien Public Schools will be dismissing early today. All afternoon activities scheduled for today are cancelled and/or will be rescheduled for a later day.
These Darien Roads Closed Monday Morning, Power Outages, Schools Closed, Various Delayed Openings [UPDATES]
UPDATE, MONDAY, 10:23 a.m.:
Eversource reports 178 electricity customers are without power in Darien as of 10:20 a.m. That’s 2.2 percent of the utility’s 8,055 customers in town. Across the utility’s service area in the state, there are 3,807 customers without power (out of 1.27 million customers, or 0.3 percent). UPDATE, MONDAY, 10:11 a.m.:
Darien police announced: “As a result of the overnight storm that brought several inches of heavy, wet snow to the area, the following roads are closed due to downed trees and or power lines: near the intersection Deepwood Road and Laurel Lane, East Lane (partial), Driftway Lane, Pembroke Road, Peach Hill Road, Great Hill Road, Heights Road (partial). The intersection of Noroton Avenue and Middlesex Road is without power. Temporary stop signs have been deployed.
Metro-North is advising train riders to check for announcements about train service on Thursday, as the National Weather Service predicts snow, sleet and rain for the afternoon. “With the projected inclement weather predicted for our service territory, customers are advised to monitor mta.info, social media feeds or call our Customer Information Center at 511 (in Connecticut call 877-690-5114),” Metro-North said in an announcement at 10:25 a.m.
Darien Public Schools, as well as Stamford Public Schools, have cancelled all after-school and evening activities because of the expected inclement weather. See also: “After-School and Evening Activities Cancelled by Darien Public Schools” (Nov. 15)
Here’s the rest of the announcement:
We urge all our customers to take care when traveling. Stay clear of the platform edges, use handrails, and walk carefully when entering or exiting stations and boarding or leaving trains.
Darien Schools Superintendent Dan Brenner issued a public apology Monday to Darien parents of school children. He said he should have delayed the start of school. ____________
Update: Nasty Backlash on Twitter
Updated at 4:12 p.m.:
Brenner’s 5:17 a.m. tweet about not delaying the school day was met with harsh complaints from parents, including some insults, and complaints often combined with swearing, insults, scorn and vilification from others, most of whom identified themselves as students. Here’s Brenner’s tweet:
Here’s a sampling of the replies to that tweet (we’ve left out the swearing):
Lisa Valentine @lisamillette71
The heaviest snow is now thru 10a. Bad call.
Darien Public Schools will open this morning, then run on an early dismissal schedule, Superintendent Dan Brenner announced early Wednesday. UPDATE, 5:30 a.m. — “The Early Learning Program 8:30 a.m. start will dismiss at 10:00 a.m./ Early Learning Program 9:30 a.m. start will be closed,” the school district said in an announcement emailed at 5:22 a.m.
UPDATE, 5:45 a.m. — The school district’s first emailed announcement of early dismissal listed Middlesex Middle School as being dismissed at 11 a.m. The district sent another email correcting that: Early dismissal for Middlesex is at 10:30 a.m., as the district’s early dismissal policy states. This is the early dismissal schedule, according to the school district website:
(1) In the event of a Morning Emergency Dismissal due to inclement weather, all students, including kindergartners, will be dismissed according to the following schedule:
High School 10:30 a.m.
Hindley, Royle, Tokeneke 11:00 a.m.
Middlesex 10:30 a.m.
Holmes, Ox Ridge 11:30 a.m.
All students will have the same bus stops as they had in the morning. No lunches will be served at school on those days, but elementary students will have a snack prior to dismissal. FOR Early Learning Program (ELP) ONLY: ELP students at Ox Ridge, Royle, and Tokeneke will be dismissed at 10 a.m.
Update: 5:27 a.m. — Here’s the Darien Public Schools announcement via email at 5:22 a.m.:
Today is Wednesday, March 21st and the Darien Public Schools will be dismissing students early due to the weather forecast. All activities scheduled for this afternoon are cancelled or will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check the district website www.darienps.org for further updates.
Here’s what’s closing for Wednesday’s snowstorm, what services are changing as a result of the storm and, perhaps — if we find it unusual enough — what’s staying 0pen, with the latest news listed first:
UPDATES (latest is first):
—2:46 p.m. — Darien Imaging Center is closed for the day, Stamford Hospital announced on Twitter. So are the ones at Long Ridge, Greenwich, Summer Street, Wilton and Chelsea Piers. —2:19 p.m. — Darien Arts Center, from an emailed announcement: “All dance classes after 3 p.m. have been cancelled. All visual arts classes have been cancelled. For music lessons please contact Juanita Bosee at email@example.com”
—2:17 p.m. — Darien Town Hall and the Recycling Center closed early, at 1:30 p.m.
—11:45 a.m. — The Darien Community Association is closed. —11:44 a.m. — YWCA Darien/Norwalk closed at 11 a.m.
—11:43 a.m. — Blue Wave Taco is closed. —11:42 a.m. — Stamford Museum & Nature Center is open today, although Stamford police closing part of Newfield Avenue earlier today might give you pause.
Darien schools will close for the summer on June 21, unless we have another snow day, Superintendent Dan Brenner recently told the Board of Education, and he gave the board a detailed description of how he decides whether or not to keep schools closed for a snow day. When’s the Last Day of School? The topic he’s “probably had the most questions about is: When does school end?” Brenner said. “So let me review that for all of you: We have had five emergency closing days, and I would suggest that they all weren’t great calls, and I’ll speak to that in a moment.