Have You Heard …? DHS Students in China, Win a Vespa, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Tea Cups Wanted

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Here’s the lowdown on what’s up around town:

Pictures last week from Darien High School students’ trip to China:

We don’t know who took each of the photos, but DHS Assistant Principal Kate Dimoulas posted them on Twitter. In one post, she wrote: “(Thanks, Mr. Banas, for sharing!)”

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Jeremiah Marron April 6 2018

Lt. Jeremiah Marron

Darien police Lt. Jeremiah Marron Jr. recently took the “Command Training Series: Mid-Management Course,” a one-week training program for upper-level personnel. It was presented by the Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.

Coursework addressed contemporary concepts of management and leadership relevant to the responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modern police agency.

The program, presented March 19 to 23, discussed topics including operational leadership and management principles, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal communications, labor relations, disciplinary issues, and ethical decision-making.

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Pictures from all over town:

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If you’re thinking of joining the Darien YMCA, the Y has an offer for you — and if you’re already a member, the Y has a second offer for you:

Bring in a new cleaning product when you join as a new or returning member and they’ll waive your Joiner Fee — a $100 value.

Already a member? Tell a friend to join and if they join as a new member, you’ll get a $100 credit for use on registration for a Y program.

The offers are good until June 1, 2018. All cleaning supplies will be donated to Darien Human Services Department.

(Darien Y scholarship recipients are not eligible for the refer a friend promotion, and the credit applied towards programs at the Darien YMCA only.)

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Tokeneke School Blood Drive 2018

Click HERE to register.

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Arthur Murphy Jr. Laurel Road Bank

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Arthur Murphy Jr., new branch manager of Laurel Road Bank, previously known as Darien Rowayton Bank.

Darien Rowayton Bank’s new name is Laurel Road Bank (as of Jan. 15, officially) and Arthur Murphy, Jr. has been named vice president and branch manager of the Darien office, in charge of day-to-day operations of the branch.

“Art has a wealth of experience in retail banking with over thirty years in many different capacities from teller on up to most recently, regional manager,” an announcement said. “The bank will be leveraging Art to lead its existing customer relations efforts, business development and community activities.”

“Art is a lifelong resident of Stamford, where he currently lives with his wife and three children. Art is very active in his own community and intends on becoming more active in the Darien community as well.”

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Photo from Darien Police Department on Instagram

Photographic evidence that Darien’s first “Coffee with a Cop” event was held Monday morning at Upper Crust Bakery Co.

 

“Today, at Upper Crust Bagel Company, the Darien Police held their first casual meet-and-greet session known as ‘Coffee with a Cop,’” the department said in a news release.

“Given that police work is often formal in nature, Officers enjoyed the chance to talk to residents in a more relaxed setting over a cup of coffee. The informal setting gave way to open conversations about trends, concerns, and other relevant topics that people wanted to discuss with an officer.

“The department plans on holding more of these sessions in the near future at varying locations around town, so keep an eye out for our next date so you can come visit with your officers.”

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Anthony J. Homicki, Darien Assessor, advises all senior homeowners over the age of 65 who may be eligible for tax credits on their real estate property tax under the Circuit Breaker (State Program), Town Program, or Elderly Tax Deferral, that applications are being accepted now and must be filed before Monday, May 15, 2018.

Any homeowner reaching the age of 65 on or before December 31, 2017 and qualifies within the income limits, should come into the Assessor’s Office and apply by May 15, 2018.

To be eligible for credit, income must not exceed $52,000 for married couples or $44,300 for single persons. All income, including Social Security must be reported. Documentation of proof such as a copy of your 2017 Social Security 1099 form and a copy of your 2017 Income Tax Return is needed.

If you have any questions, including questions about the Elderly Tax Deferral option, please call the Assessor’s Office @ 203-656-7310, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

— announcement on page 7 in the March 2018 issue of  “The Voice” newsletter of Darien Senior Activities Center

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Tea cup donations wanted Mather Homestead

Image from Mather Homestead on Facebook

An announcement from Mather Homestead on Face book: ” Calling all tea cups! We’re collecting antique-looking plates, glasses, flatware, napkins and tea sets. If you’d like to make a donation, please let us know!”

 

You can email the Mather Homestead at info@matherhomestead.com.

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  • The catering division of Palmer’s Market will be Greenwich Polo Club’s exclusive caterer for the 2018 season, the store announced.
  • Sacred Heart University recently announced that it’s increasing the discount to 50 percent for first responders applying  to its master of public administration program. “It is the university’s way of showing appreciation for the risks they take and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis,” said a Sacred Heart news release.

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Treadmill bicycle Darien YMCA

Pictures from the Darien YMCA newsletter

New stationary bicycle and treadmill at Darien YMCA

Darien YMCA announced in its newsletter that new Life Fitness ICG7 spin studio bikes have arrived, and several of the new Discover SE3 Consoles Treadmills in the Y’s fitness center.

“Pick up a guest pass and invite a friend to join you in an indoor cycling class!” the newsletter said. “Passes are available in the indoor cycling studio.”

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If Darien residents are in need of a walker, wheelchair, crutches, or a cane, you can borrow them, on a short term basis, from Darien Human Services Loan Closet.

Just call 203-656-7328 to reserve what you need. You, or someone on your behalf, can stop by to pick up the equipment. There is no charge for this service.

— announcement on page 7 in the March 2018 issue of  “The Voice” newsletter of Darien Senior Activities Center

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday honored Lt. Rev. Thomas M. Conway, a Waterbury resident and American hero who sacrificed his life to care for fellow sailors after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, during World War II. Murphy placed a statement in the Congressional Record honoring Father Conway on what would have been his 110th birthday.

Here’s the full text of Murphy’s statement:

Mr. President, today I wish to honor the life and legacy of a World War II hero: LT Rev. Thomas M. Conway, born April 5, 1908, in Waterbury, CT. Father Conway, who was born 110 years ago next month, was an American hero who, after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), went from lifeboat to lifeboat in shark-infested waters to care for his fellow sailors in a manner far above the call of duty.

The courage of the brave men who served on the USS Indianapolis, who delivered critical parts to the first atomic bomb used in combat, helped bring about the end of World War II. After their mission was complete, they were intercepted on their way to join with the rest of the Pacific fleet for the invasion of mainland Japan.

Two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine struck the Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, sinking the battleship and immediately killing 300 of the 1,196 sailors aboard. The remaining 900 sailors were left to fend for their lives in  the shark-infested Pacific, spending 3 days with few lifeboats or supplies and no way to notify the Navy of their peril.

Father Conway, as chaplain, disregarded his own safety by swimming back and forth among the men, administering aid, helping to gather those who had drifted from the mass of survivors, and continuing to minister and organize group prayers. His heroism gave comfort to the  dying and helped save the lives of the 321 sailors who were rescued from the sea.

Father Conway’s acts of bravery took a physical toll, and he succumbed to the elements shortly before rescuers arrived. As one surviving sailor said of Father Conway, “He was the most visible person keeping the men together, giving them hope and sacrificing himself to keep his fellow sailors united, calm, and alert.”

The legacy of Father Conway continues to inspire his family, fellow sailors, and the people of Connecticut. That is why next month, in recognition of his birthday, we pause to reflect upon and celebrate his courageous actions. His selflessness and bravery are the epitome of an American hero.

 

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