Janusz Lech Madej, 84, husband of the late Wieslawa “Vickie” Madej, passed away on Nov. 12, 2020 at his home in Fresno, California. He was a former longtime resident of Darien. He was born August 24, 1936 in Warsaw, Poland, and was the only child of the late Tadeusz and Maria (Nowicka) Madej. He grew up during World War II.
Twice within four days, owners who had left their 2020 Land Rovers unlocked with the keys inside found that the vehicles had been stolen, and their location devices showed the vehicles had left Darien, police said. Other than that, the thefts were unrelated. Police gave these descriptions of each incident:
The first took place Thursday, Nov. 12, outside Dolce Nail & Spa at 166 Heights Road. At 3:55 p.m., a woman parked in front of the business, and at 5 p.m., but when she returned, the vehicle had vanished.
Darien Town Clerk Caryn Lynn Diller, died on Saturday, Nov. 14, at home surrounded by her family. Daughter of the late William Henry Diller and Gertrude Rettig Diller, Caryn was born Jan. 10, 1952 in Stamford. Other then a brief period at her parent’s vacation locale, Caryn was a lifelong Darien resident. After graduating from Skowhegan High School, Caryn attended Ricker College of the Northeast in Houlton, Maine, obtaining a sociology degree.
Terri Marie Brode died peacefully on Oct. 31 at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York, with her husband, Andrew, at her side, following complications from surgery. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Terri graduated from Roncalli High School in Indianapolis in 1985 and Butler University in 1989 with a degree in accounting. After working for Arthur Anderson for five years and ready for a change, Terri attended Duke University, receiving an MBA in 1995. Her sights set on New York City, Terri accepted a job with JP Morgan, where she would meet her husband and marry in 1997.
Police from Darien and state police pursued a suspicious vehicle on Interstate 95 Thursday afternoon and arrested the driver and one of the passengers, Darien police said. Police gave this account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:
At about 2:21 p.m., Connecticut state police told Darien police that a driver on I-95 reported that a vehicle in the southbound lanes not only had what looked like fresh damage, but one of the several male passengers seemed to be holding a gun to the head of the female driver. Police were told that the vehicle got off at Exit 11. Darien police alerted all on-duty Darien officers and nearby law enforcement agencies. Soon afterward, Officer Kelly Thurston saw a vehicle matching the description re-entering the highway northbound-lanes entrance at Exit 11.
We hope this finds your family in good health as you face the challenges of living life during a pandemic. As COVID-19 cases increase across the state and in the town, the Town of Darien and the Darien Public Schools wish to share some reminders and practices designed to keep our community safe, to keep schools open, and to support our local businesses. — an announcement issued Thursday by Town of Darien and Darien Public Schools officials
It will take a conscious town-wide effort to keep our community healthy, and in turn allow our schools and businesses to remain open. Achieving these goals requires a collective commitment to adhere to public health and safety recommendations. These recommendations can help guide safe decision-making regarding participation in gatherings, sporting or recreational activities, and travel.
A 20-year-old Darien woman had been drinking before her vehicle rolled over in the front yard of her home, police said. Police did not say whether she or her passenger were injured, although they said the driver didn’t appear to be. Darien police gave this further account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
Police were called at 7:26 p.m. by someone reporting that the vehicle had rolled over at 6 Canoe Trail, in the Tokeneke section of town. When they spoke to the driver, Natalie Harper, 20, of that address, she became “increasingly upset and incoherent,” according to the police announcement. The passenger told police that he or she and Harper had been drinking alcohol earlier that morning.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Darien town government issued information about what you need to know in order to vote this year, including COVID-19 guidelines, absentee ballot drop-off rules and polling locations and times. From the announcement:
If you have not done so already, we hope that you will make every effort to cast your vote. The Town of Darien is prepared for Election Day, and will be providing safe in-person voting for those who have not already voted by absentee ballot.
The Darien League of Women Voters compiled this 2020 Voters’ Guide by questioning candidates for local, state and federal offices and compiling their answers. The election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Responses were limited to a specific word count and are published exactly as submitted by the candidates, the League said. The order of offices on the Voters’ Guide is the same as on the ballot.
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Winifred Anne Miekle nee McGuinness (“Wini”), 81, a Twyford, England resident, passed away unexpectedly in Winchester Hospital on Oct. 1. Born May 7, 1939 in Stamford, she attended Stamford High School (Class of 1957), St. Mary’s College of Indiana, and Michigan State University. She taught at Stamford High School and in Darien.
Parenting can be very challenging and we all need support. Darien is very fortunate to have many caring adults and access to supportive youth organizations. As a member of the Thriving Youth Task Force, I am extremely proud of the work we have done to support and educate the Darien Community about the risks of underage drinking. We have done this through mailings, posts on various social media outlets and speakers. The fourth and final “Our Darien” campaign will be launched soon.
June Craver Penn, 94, passed away peacefully on July 29, at her son’s home in Guilford. She was born on May 5, 1926, the daughter of Bates Bartlett and Isabel Josephine (Dempwolf) Craver of Waterbury. A 1944 graduate of St. Margaret’s School for Girls in Waterbury, June then attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduating in 1948. Extensive travel in Europe for 18 months after college led to a job with American Express in New York City for two years.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, David J. Driver, Jr., loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away at the age of 57 from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Dave was born on March 22, 1963 in Quantico, Virginia to David and Jean Driver. He grew up in Darien and Berwyn, Pennsylvania, graduating from Conestoga High School in 1981. Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in 1986. He became a successful national account sales manager, working primarily in the food service business for 34 years, based in Philadelphia.