Free 12-Session Class for Those Living With Adults Who Have Mental Health Challenges

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If you live with or are a family member of someone with a mental illness, you can learn more about it, how you can help and how you can cope with a free, 12-week class starting in early September in Stamford.

The Southwest Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering the class on Monday evenings, starting Sept. 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 884 Newfield Ave. Continue Reading →

Police: An Unusual Report and an Incorrect One Result in Cops, Guns in Hand, Confronting Yankees GM Brian Cashman in Downtown Darien

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When Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was at a gas station in downtown Darien on Friday, police said, he was confronted by multiple police officers, their guns in hand, who had been told the white Jeep he was driving had been stolen.

In fact, he was driving his own vehicle, which had been returned to him after it had been stolen — but information that he again had his Jeep Wrangler, which had been taken in Norwalk, wasn’t in the notification system to other police agencies, according to Darien police.

That was only one of two reports that led to the confrontation. Police were on the look-out for a white Jeep-like vehicle after a report from a Darien doctor’s office that a patient there had walked in with a gun — and left in a white vehicle that either was or looked like a Jeep. Continue Reading →

Letter: Please Join in This Petition for Human Rights in North Korea

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To the editor:

This letter for all the townspeople of Darien. For those of you who do not know me, I am a local naturopathic physician and attorney and have lived in Darien for 32 years.

The letter I am writing you today is of urgent importance. It has come to my attention that there are up to 120,000 men, women and children being held prisoners in concentration camps in North Korea. Continue Reading →

Consider This Way of Helping and Connecting With Your Community: Join P2P’s ‘Van Men’ Crew

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Person-to-Person is currently in need of a few more folks to join the Van Men crew, especially on Thursday and Friday mornings.

The majority of our drivers are retired and find that it’s a great way to maintain some routine and find camaraderie among their peers. One of the greatest rewards of volunteering is the sense of community and a feeling of working towards the common good.

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‘Red Flag’ Laws to Prevent Possible Shootings: CT Has Something Like It, and It’s Been Used in Darien

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After the massacres in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas several days ago, proposals to spread “red flag” laws to more states have been made as one way to help prevent similar shootings in the future.

Connecticut has a “firearm removal law” similar to “red flag” law (also called “extreme risk protection order laws”), and it’s been used in Darien. Police Chief Raymond Osborne and Capt. Don Anderson discussed how it works at Wednesday’s Police Commission meeting.

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Thefts from Shoppers at Two Darien Grocery Stores on Same Day

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A wallet and an entire purse were taken from two grocery store customers in Darien on the same day, Sunday July 25 — one at Stop and Shop on Heights Road, the other at Trader Joe’s, police said.

Within hours of the thefts — by the time the victims realized their credit cards were gone and contacted the card issuers — hundreds of dollars had already been charged to each card, Darien police said. Police did not say whether they suspect the two incidents are connected.

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Surveillance Camera Identifies Pool Hopping Teens, No Evidence They Vandalized a Fountain

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Three of four teenage boys were identified by a surveillance camera as pool hoppers using a swimming pool and leaving garbage, including beer cans, on the property of a home over a two week period, Darien police said.

A fountain on the property had also been damaged, but police didn’t have evidence to charge anyone with that, and the boys denied they had anything to do with it, police said. Continue Reading →