How Sexual Assault Is Dealt With, Reduced in Our Area

Does sexual assault happen here in Darien? Yes, it happens everywhere. You can learn more about what’s being done locally and in our area to deal with and reduce sexual assault at a presentation on Jan. 3 about the Center, the only agency in lower Fairfield County providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual assault.

The Center offers assistance and support services, crisis counseling and education related to sexual assault.

The public is invited to a presentation and discussion at 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at the Darien Board of Education building, 35 Leroy Ave (immediately following the Darien League of Women Voters monthly business meeting).

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New School Initiatives, Board of Education’s Role Discussed at Candidates Forum

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Later school starting times, the new Fitch Academy, technology in the schools and how the Board of Education communicates were some of the topics discussed by candidates for the school board at a recent election forum. Democrat Michael Burke and Republican Debra Ritchie, both incumbents, and Dennis Maroney spoke last week at a Darien League of Women Voters election forum. Although there aren’t more seats up for election than there are candidates (so the three Republicans and one Democrat are all expected to be elected), the event gave some insight on what three of the nine school board members are thinking about Darien education topics. Republican David Dineen, also a Board of Education member, was on a business trip and sent his regrets about not being able to make the event, a league official told the audience. Although all three candidates said the effect of possible loss of state aid on the education budget was the most important issue facing the board, but none of them offered specific ways to cut the budget or otherwise deal with the potential cut in funding.

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Darien Candidates for Town Offices Debate Tuesday for November Election

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On Tuesday Oct. 24 the Darien League of Women Voters will host an opportunity for the community to meet and question candidates running for municipal office in Darien. The program will begin at Town Hall Auditorium with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by separate debates by the candidates for first selectman, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and Planning and Zoning Commission. The debates will be facilitated by a trained moderator. The audience will have an opportunity to submit questions on topics of interest either in person or online during the program at lwv.darien@gmail.com.

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Letter: Listen to and Meet Darien Candidates From Both Parties

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To the editor,

There are many complex issues facing Darien right now: financial pressures from the state, major development proposals, master plans, etc. In an effort to help Darien voters understand how the candidates for local office will address these issues the Darien League of Women Voters is hosting TWO candidates forums this year. The first, on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium will focus on the candidates for the Board of Education. While this race is uncontested, the four candidates for the Board will be given the opportunity to provide insight into their philosophy about our district and the challenges we face.

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Local Candidates to Speak Thursday and Next Tuesday at League of Women Voters Forum

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On two separate evenings during the next few days the Darien League of Women Voters will host an opportunity for the community to meet and question candidates running for municipal offices in Darien. ____________

— an announcement from the Darien League of Women Voters

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On Thursday, Oct. 19 the League will sponsor a forum at Darien Town Hall Auditorium featuring four candidates running for the Board of Education. The program begins with a reception at 7 p.m., followed by debate and discussion. On Tuesday Oct.

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Reporter Who Covers State Budget to Speak at LWV of Darien ‘Kickoff Dinner’

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The Darien League of Women Voters will hold a kickoff dinner on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton featuring Keith Phaneuf, the state budget reporter for the Connecticut Mirror. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and the dinner will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the speaker. — This is an announcement from the League of Women Voters of Darien. Connecticut is presently struggling to pass a budget which will affect municipalities throughout the State.

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Darien League of Women Voters Annual Meeting

The Darien League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday May 25, 2017 at the Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Avenue. The program will include a presentation entitled, No Labels: The New Center Strikes Back featuring citizen leader Clyde White who will discuss the history, values and goals of No Labels. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled to begin with lunch at noon, followed by the presentation. Please R.S.V.P. by May 19 to maryellen7@optonline.net. Send a check for $50.

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Learn About the Goals of ‘No Labels’ at the Darien League of Women Voters Annual Meeting May 25

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The Darien League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Meeting at the Country Club of Darien at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 25. The meeting will be followed at noon by lunch and a program titled “No Labels: The New Center Strikes Back.”

The speaker will be Clyde White, a member of the “No Labels” group. As he explains it, No Labels is the voice for the New Center, for the tens of millions of Americans who believe it is time to push back against the extremists on both sides who are making it virtually impossible to govern our country. _______________

— an announcement from the Darien League of Women Voters

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To counter Congressional inaction, New Labels has created a problem solving caucus of 40 centrist congressmen who will act as a voting bloc to pass sensible legislation which the legislators of either extreme are trying to block. Congressman Jim Himes is a member of this group.

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Darien League of Women Voters to Hold Annual Meeting May 25

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The Darien League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday May 25, 2017 at the Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Avenue. The program will include a presentation entitled, No Labels: The New Center Strikes Back featuring citizen leader Clyde White who will discuss the history, values and goals of No Labels. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled to begin with lunch at noon, followed by the presentation. Please R.S.V.P. by May 19 to maryellen7@optonline.net. Send a check for $50.

Top Town Officials Discuss Community Issues at Library

The Darien League of Women Voter’s annual Town Officials presentation takes place Wednesday, April 5 in the Library Community Room with a reception at 6:30 p.m., and the program starting at 7 p.m.

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Board of Education Chair Michael Harman, Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky, Planning and Zoning Chairman John Sini and RTM Moderator Seth Morton will give prepared remarks followed by questions from the audience.

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Top Town Officials Discuss Community Issues at Library

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Where’s Darien headed in the future? What do town officials who pay attention to the town’s problems think are the most important ones, and where is the town doing well? What new services should we have or where are we wasting money? Get answers to these questions and more Wednesday night when Darien’s town officials come to speak and answer the public’s questions. They work (as volunteers) for you, although occasionally Darienite.com and others have to remind some of them of that.

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Help With Writing Letters to Your Elected Officials: Assistance Offered at Library Event

Want to contact an elected official but not sure where to begin? Join The Darien League of Women Voters and Darien Library on Thursday, March 23  and make your voice heard. The League and the library are sponsoring a non-partisan letter writing campaign, “Engage Your Government”. The event will take place in the Library conference room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you have an issue with your local, state or national government, put your thoughts into action by writing a letter to one or more of your elected officials. Supplies, contact information and postage will be provided.

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League of Women Voters Describes Legislative Coffee with Darien’s State Lawmakers

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The Darien League of Women Voters recently hosted a “legislative coffee” with state senators and representatives who represent the town. The organization provided this summary of what the lawmakers talked about:

The Darien League of Women Voters held its annual legislative coffee with state legislators on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the home of Joyce and Mike Critelli. All members of the delegation representing Darien were present including: Sen. and Majority Leader Bob Duff; Sen. and Deputy President Pro Tempore Carlo Leone; state Rep. William Tong and Rep. Terrie Wood. The legislators fielded many questions and comments raised by the audience of over 30 members and guests.

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‘Equal Means Equal’ Documentary at Darien Library, Sponsored by Darien LWV

On Sunday Feb. 12 the Darien League of Women Voters and the Darien Library will sponsor the film: Equal Means Equal directed by Kamala Lopez. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Darien Library. Equal Means Equal offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. It’s a provocative documentary on the challenges faced by women, not only in the work place, but in every aspect of their daily lives.