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Darien Teens Tell Board of Selectmen About What They Get Out of the Depot Youth Center

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Learning the signs that someone might be suicidal, talking about problems (or anything) at Girls Night Out meetings, helping educate other teenagers about safety through the Students Against Destructive Decisions group, learning about mental illness, substance abuse, distracted driving, teen relationship violence. Those were the topics that nine Darien teenagers have been learning about at the Depot Youth Center, they told the Board of Selectmen at a recent meeting.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Agency Gets State Grant to Fund Help for Abused Kids With Substance-Abusing Caregivers

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Boys & Girls Village, a Milford-based organization serving families from more than 50 cities and towns in Connecticut, received a $435,000 annualized grant from the state Department of Children and Families to support an intensive home-based services program for abused children of caregivers who abused drugs or alcohol. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Darien Student Talks About Getting Hit by Pickup Truck in Town — and What She’s Doing About It

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“Many of you may have heard — about two years ago a girl got hit by a pickup truck after trying to get off the late bus,” a school bus that had just let off students on the Post Road, Rhea Bhat, a Darien High School freshman recently told the Board of Selectmen. “That girl was me.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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REMINDER: Santa Comes to Grove Street Plaza at ‘Holiday Magic’ Event TONIGHT, Dec 1

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On Saturday, Dec. 1, Santa will arrive at Grove Street Plaza and come down the chimney to visit with children. Families can be entertained while waiting for his arrival with Rides on the Giant Animals — Lucy the Polar Bear and Rudy the Reindeer, Carolers from Darien High School will entertain all and there will be hot cocoa. (more…) Continue Reading →

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See ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ on Nov 30: Darien Youth Commission’s Annual Community-Wide Movie

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Attention movie lovers: mark your calendars — on Friday, Nov. 30, the annual “Community-Wide Movie” benefiting the Darien Human Services Holiday gift drive will again take place at the Darien Playhouse. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Join the Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle on Saturday Morning at the New Canaan Nature Center

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Grab the entire family (and any lingering holiday visitors too!) and head on down to the New Canaan Nature Center to join the NCNC naturalists for a healthy, invigorating trail trek to work off that holiday meal. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at Stamford’s Palace Theatre

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A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. (more…) Continue Reading →

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College Students Returning Home for the Holidays: Beware of ‘Drinksgiving’

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Thanksgiving is a holiday about family and friends — reconnecting over food and drink. For college students coming home for the holiday break, a new tradition has emerged, and it can have tragic consequences. Known as “Blackout Wednesday,” and even “Drinksgiving,” the evening before Thanksgiving sees college students packing local bars to catch up with hometown friends, binge drinking as the night wears on. (more…) Continue Reading →

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