[UPDATED] A Day of Heavy Winds: Prep for Possible Power Outage, More Storm Tips

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“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

Schools Closed for Tuesday, Darien Library to Open Late, Other Closures, Delays Announced

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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.

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Two-Hour Delay for Darien Public Schools, Elementary School Parent Conferences Postponed

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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.

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Early Closings Announced by Darien Organizations — Schools, Library, Arts Center — on Monday Due to Weather

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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.

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These Darien Roads Closed Monday Morning, Power Outages, Schools Closed, Various Delayed Openings [UPDATES]

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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.

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Metro-North Advises Commuters to Watch for Weather Announcements

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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 Public Schools

Brenner to School Community: Sorry, I Should Have Delayed School [UPDATE: Vilification on Twitter]

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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.

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Darien Public Schools to Open, Then Go on Early Dismissal Schedule

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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.
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Update: 5:27 a.m. — Here’s the Darien Public Schools announcement via email at 5:22 a.m.:

Good morning,
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.

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Running Updates on What’s Closed, Changed, (Maybe Even Open) for Wednesday’s Snow Storm

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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 juanita@darienarts.org”

—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.

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Superintendent: When School Will End This Year and How Snow Day Decisions Get Made for Darien

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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.

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First Selectman Explains Why It Sometimes Takes a While to Get Power Back After a Storm

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There are a number of reasons why it may take a while for your home to get power back after a storm, including whether your home can be restored with a lot of other homes all at once, how fast the wind is blowing after a storm, and even whether or not you have a special need, according to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. At Monday’s Board of Selectman meeting, Stevenson took several minutes to explain how first responders, Department of Public Works crews and utility crews approach the cleanup after a storm and the restoration of power to local customers. Here’s how Stevenson described it, in her own words (without quotes):

I just want to remind everybody, as we are on the eve of, yes, another March snowstorm — hopefully it won’t be as bad as the last one — [that] a little movement in the storm here or there can make a big difference. Generally, people in town have been incredibly patient with regard to getting their power restored, and I just wanted to remind people of the [power restoration] process — and this storm was an excellent example of the damage that heavy snow and high winds can do throughout town, bringing down branches, trees, snapping utility poles, damaging transformers. ‘Make Safe’ Period
The very first part of the response effort on the part of our emergency operations team, in collaboration with Eversource, is to go out and take care of the emergency situations.

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What’s Closed, What’s Open, What’s Changed In & Around Darien for March Snowstorm No. 3 [UPDATES]

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Here’s what’s closed, what may surprisingly be open and any other adjustments in and around Darien during this third snowstorm of March:


8:56 a.m. — Stamford Museum and Nature Center is closed. 8:46 a.m. — The Maritime Aquarium and its IMAX theater are closed. 8:44 a.m. — Stepping Stones Museum for Children is closed. 8:42 a.m. — The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is open today for regular hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

8:03 a.m. — The Department of Motor Vehicles tweets: “With DMV offices closed today, licenses, registrations and other credentials expiring today are extended to the close of business tomorrow, March 14. Also, road skills tests and appointments for knowledge tests for today are being rescheduled.”

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Darien Schools Open Late on Friday, Middlesex Opens Too

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All Darien public schools will be opening on Friday two hours late, and power has been restored to Middlesex Middle School, which also will be open late, the school district announced at 5:12 a.m., Friday. Holly Pond School classes will start at 10 a.m., the Darien YMCA announced. Here’s the announcement:
Good Morning,
Today is Friday, March 9, 2018 and all of the Darien Public Schools will be DELAYED BY TWO HOURS.   All schools will be open TWO HOURS later than normal.  Buses will be running approximately two hours later than normal.

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A Wobbly Restoration of Power in and Around Darien

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Update 6:21 a.m. — A total of 378 Darien electricity customers remained without power as of of 6:10 a.m., according to Eversource. Original article:

While many places around Darien reopened, other than schools, on Thursday, 667 Eversource customers remained without power in town as of 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, in New Canaan, 16 percent of customers were without power; 32 percent in Wilton; 21 percent in Westport; 40 percent in Redding and 53 percent in Weston. Aside from Westport, coastal communities in Fairfield County generally had lower percentages of customers in the dark: 7 percent in Norwalk, 4 percent in Stamford and 3 percent in Greenwich. Around the state as a whole, 6 percent of Eversource customers were without power — 77,587 as of 9:30 p.m. The company doesn’t have a “statewide estimated time of restoration” yet, but expects to announce that sometime Friday.