UPDATE: Thursday, July 8 — All parking permits have already been sold for Darien’s fireworks display on July 15 at the high school campus, the town government Twitter account announced at 8:38 this morning.
Darien High School’s 2021 graduation ceremony combined congratulations on getting through high school during the COVID-19 pandemic with the regular high school graduation themes — life advice, thankful appreciation and assurance that the graduates have what it takes to succeed in the future.
In 1955 a New Haven Railroad commuter train could run non-stop for the 36-mile distance from Stamford to Grand Central in 48 minutes. Today that Stamford-to-NYC run takes 59 minutes at best, despite Governor Lamont’s long-promised dream of a 30-minute trip time.
How many of us have dreamed of having our own home? How many want that home located in our home town, where we know people, we know the shopkeepers and the street signs, and where people know our name?
A 27-year-old woman who was drinking before she started driving got into an accident after leaving a driveway onto the street near the intersection of Center Street and the Post Road, police said.
She then drove away from the scene, police said. But an officer found her and charged her with driving while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to grant right of way to another vehicle.
A 45-year-old Darien woman was arrested after she yelled at, got into a physical confrontation with and refused to leave the home of another person in town with whom she had previously been in a relationship, police said.
Abilis, a nonprofit that serves people with special needs and their families, will be expanding programs and services in Darien, starting with four programs in the areas of job training, life skills, employment and housing.
State legislators from both parties recently started more active discussions on what can be done about youths stealing cars across the state, a problem that’s festered for years.
In a related development, state Rep. Terrie Wood told constituents Thursday afternoon that she’s joined other lawmakers in petitioning for a special session of the state Legislature to address the problem.
In the course of one night, police said, three unlocked vehicles, each with keys inside, were stolen from outside Darien homes.
Within minutes or days, each was found: One just down the street on Long Neck Point Road; another in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (93 miles from Darien, along Interstate 95 on the Massachusetts/Connecticut border); and the third in North Haven.
On the same night and the next morning — Monday to Tuesday, June 28 to 29 — owners of two other unlocked vehicles told police that the vehicles had been entered, but nothing was stolen from them.
When a police officer on patrol saw that a license plate check of a car going east on the Post Road showed that the state had no record for that plate, the officer pulled the car over, police said.
The traffic stop (near the intersection of the Post Road and Cross Street) resulted in the arrest of the driver, who was charged with something completely unrelated — violation of a protective order telling her to keep away from another person. That person was also in the car, sitting next to the driver.
Darien police say that on one recent night, a Corvette with the keys inside was stolen outside one home in town. On another night, a Mercedes Benz was stolen the same way. Early on another morning, someone stole a wallet and other items from an SUV.
The annual Push-n-Pull Parade will be held at a new location in town on Sunday, July 4, 2021. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. at Darien High School, go down Noroton Avenue and end up at the Darien VFW Post 6933 at 205 Noroton Ave.