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Letter: Thanks to Darien Old Timers Association for Gift to Town Human Services Department

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This letter was provided to Darienite.com for publication:

Jim Jespersen, treasurer
Darien Old Timers Athletic Association

Dear Mr. Jespersen,

I wanted to thank you and the Darien Old Timers Athletic Association for your very generous donation of $1,500 to Darien Human Services. Our entire department is extremely grateful to the Old Timers for their ongoing support. With your help, we have been able to provide important social services to meet the needs of Darien residents over the years. I look forward to working with the Darien Old timers Athletic Association for years to come and hope our relationship will continue to be a strong one. Thanks, again.

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Letter: Darien Kiwanis Club Thanked for Donation

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A thank-you letter from Darien Human Services Director Ali Ramsteck to Millie Miceli, president of the Kiwanis Club of Darien, provided to Darienite.com for publication:

Dear Millie,

I wanted to thank you, the Kiwanis Club of Darien, and your members for the generous donation of $200 to Darien Human Services. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is much appreciated by both our office and the clients we serve. We are grateful to the Kiwanis for your ongoing support over the years. We are very lucky to have you stand with us as we reach out to those in our community who need a helping hand. We cannot do what we do without you!

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Letter: Local Democrats Have an Election Website: LeadershipInAction2019.com

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To the editor,

The Town of Darien is at a turning point. On Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, Darien residents will have the chance to be heard and elect the leaders who will make the decisions that will define our town for decades. This is why it is vital to elect leaders who will be deliberative and collaborative in their decision making, transparent in their process and include valuable public input as they guide our town. That’s why we are running to serve Darien.

Letter: Michael Taylor’s Family Thanks Those Who Came to, Helped at Showdown on the Sound

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To the editor:
On Saturday, June 8, 15 friends of Michael Taylor staged the third annual Showdown on the Sound, a fundraising event at Weed Beach in Darien to benefit Shatterproof. Shatterproof is the national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of, treatment for and recovery from addiction and is currently focused on the opioid epidemic. This group conceived the idea of having a fundraiser built around a fun day at the beach to welcome the beginning of summer. They spent the past 12 months planning the event and it exceeded all expectations. And we finally had wonderful weather this year!

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Letter: Monuments and Ceremonies Commission Thanks Memorial Day Participants

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To the editor:

The Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission would like to thank all who participated in the Memorial Day Ceremony at Spring Grove Veteran’s Cemetery. These include the Rev. Monsignor Edward R Surwilo for his always inspiring Invocation and Benediction, and our Grand Marshal Patricia Parlette for her shining example of positive thinking and good cheer. Bruce Sargent for the loan of his pristine 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible to drive Ms. Parlette down the Post Road. Our speaker, Matt Pavia, delivered a wonderful speech which served to make relevant the sacrifices made by those who died for our country. Rhea Bhat, senior girl scout and Tate Hanson, senior patrol leader of the Boy Scouts presented the Gettysburg Address and General Logan’s Order No.

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Letter: Thanks From Darien EMS – Post 53 to Supporters of the Memorial Day Food Fair

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To the Editor:
On behalf of all the young adults and adult advisors of Darien EMS–Post 53, we would like to thank everyone who attended our 31st Memorial Day Food Fair at Tilley Pond Park, supporting the work we do in the community. We send a special thank you to the Town of Darien for the use of Tilley Pond Park, and to the Darien Police Department and Darien Parks and Recreation for their help. Thank you to the parents of Post 53 members who are a huge help before and during the Fair. We also thank Darien businesses that donated food and other services, most especially Palmer’s Market, Fisherman’s Net, The Goose, Michael Joseph’s, The Boatyard at Smokey Joe’s BBQ, Espresso NEAT, Finocchio Bros. Inc., and Ring’s End.

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Letter: Human Services Director Thanks Hindley Happening Organizers for Gift Packages

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Editor’s note: This letter to Justine Mullin and Kate Mastellone of the Hindley Parents Association at Hindley School, was provided to Darienite.com for publication:

Dear Justine and Kate,

On behalf of Darien Human Services, I wanted to thank you and the Hindley Happening chairpersons and committee for your generous support. The Hindley Happening Committee provided gift packages to 13 families in town with admission to the fair, punch cards for rides, and food vouchers. These packages gave local children the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather, rides, carnival games and pizza at the Hindley Happening. The joy you brought to these children (and their parents) was priceless! Thanks, again, for helping us help others.

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Letter: Thanks to Darien Police from Student Campaigning Against Distracted Driving

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Dear Chief Osborne,

I, Rhea Bhat, am part of the Darien chapter of (SADD) Student Against Destructive Decisions, with a focus on distracted driving. I took up this initiative after becoming a victim of distracted driving. My goal is to continuously strive to raise awareness about distracted driving within our community. I am currently running a campaign against distracted driving with a focus on my peer group who are the most vulnerable as they come from the technology age where cell phones are an extension of the person. They are newly entering the world of driving.

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Letter: Thanks to Everyone Who Donated to the Human Services Household Goods Drive

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To the editor:

On behalf of the Darien Human Services Department, I would like to thank everyone who donated items to our Household Goods Drive last month. In particular, I want to thank Jack Holly and Boy Scout Troop 35 for their overwhelming support. The boys of Troop 35 spent two weekends collecting household goods donations and delivered numerous bags of items to our closet last month. Many Darien residents are unaware that up to 5% of their neighbors live at or below the poverty level. Services are available in town to provide these families and individuals with food and clothing, but not everyday essentials such as toilet paper, paper towels, personal grooming and hygiene products, and cleaning supplies.

Letter: Darien United Supports ‘Our Darien’ Campaign to Rein In Risky Drinking

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To the editor:

This letter expresses Darien United’s support of the “Our Darien” campaign launched by the Thriving Youth Task Force of The Community Fund of Darien. This Campaign is vital to our community as it addresses the important issue of underage binge drinking as well as how surrounding community-wide norms can contribute to adolescent alcohol abuse. Darien United is a coalition of youth workers representing churches in the community as well as the ministries we lead. We provide a platform of mutual collegial support and event planning in order to create safe spaces for students where they can be themselves, enjoy substance-free fun, and explore the intersection of life and faith. We are proud to be clergy members of the Thriving Youth Task Force as our missions inherently converge.

Letter: Come to the April 10 Discussion on Women and Alcohol

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To the editor,

I wanted to bring your attention to the upcoming “Women & Alcohol: A Community Conversation” event being held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 at Darien Library. The event is being put on by the Darien Library and YWCA Darien/Norwalk as an evening to have an honest dialogue with local experts on alcohol and women’s health, social drinking, role modeling and the rise of alcohol use among women. The event came about because I noticed the emphasis on alcohol in our community, the way drinking is made light of on social media and how women are being increasingly marketed to by advertisers. This coinciding with the significant increase in alcoholism in women and alcohol-related deaths made me want to have a community conversation around it. I took this idea to the YWCA who in turn brought it to the Darien Library and the conversation began in earnest to make this forum happen.

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Letter: Response to Jim Cameron’s Column From a ‘Zombie’

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To the editor:

Jim Cameron’s commentary concerning the issue of highway tolls in Connecticut is unfortunately very out of touch. Sadly when an opposing viewpoint is voiced on a given issue, the voice is labeled by its detractors as trolling, both counterproductive and disturbing.  In elementary school we would simply hold our hands over our ears yelling aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.  Not much has really changed. Highway tolling was not an issue that lost or won an election; it was another issue that was misrepresented by the party that won the governorship. Quoting electoral vote totals does not equate to endorsement of a particular idea. The promise made was for border-only tolls and/or truck only tolls, (which most of us knew to be illegal), a commitment that sits right up there with “you can keep your doctor.”

Purporting residents want highway tolls is another perfect example of Hartford creating a narrative advancing an agenda regardless of population desires.  Congratulations, another false bill of goods sold, not something to be proud of.

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Letter: Cutting Deer Population Won’t Help Reduce Ticks — Friends of Animals President

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To the editor:

Kudos to Doug Tallamy, entymologist and author of Bringing Nature Home, for helping to change people’s mindset across the country about the birds and the bees. He is educating people about how insects like moths and caterpillars are indispensable when it comes to biodiversity in ecosystems and that the best thing we can do for wildlife and the environment is plant native flowering plants, trees and shrubs in our own backyard. He brought his empowering and poignant message to the Darien Library Thursday evening and it was thrilling. But Tallamy veered out of his lane of expertise and undermined deer when the topic of ticks and Lyme Disease came up, and that was disappointing. Tallamy seemed unaware of a study conducted at Penn State University showing that deer exclusion in smaller areas is likely to amplify ticks and produce tick-borne disease hotspots where rodents are ubiquitous.

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Letter: Friend of Controversial Greenwichite Carl Higbie Encourages Him to Run for 4th District House Seat

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Editor’s note: Carl Higbie of Greenwich has indicated he might run for the Republican nomination for the Fourth District U.S. House of Representatives seat currently held by Greenwich Democrat Jim Himes. Along with this letter to the editor, Darienite.com has included here some links to recent coverage of Higbie in GreenwichFreePress.com. We don’t normally do this for a letter to the editor, but we think background information is in order for someone who may be on the Darien ballot next year. To the editor,

My name is Benji Irby, your neighbor from down in the Bronx. I have a friend in Connecticut – a true son of Connecticut that I want to tell you about.