Santa visits the Mather property in Darien, and more


Santa, his three elves and some of Santa’s other helpers recently brought joy to more than 70 children and their families in “the barn” – the Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center at Mather Homestead.

Children from Darien, New Canaan, and towns as far away as Lyme made ornaments, prepared bags of “comet candy” to take home, pinned their noses on Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, and enjoyed a tour of the Noroton 30 fire ladder, Darien’s largest ladder truck, led by Captain Jack Butcher. The event took place on December 11.

Visit for more information on the Mather Homestead and upcoming events.

Search for a full-time custodian for the Darien Library

Darien Library is looking to hire a full time caretaker.

The work is under the building engineer. The position pays a minimum of $ 52,500 per year, with a salary commensurate with experience. Previous work experience in cleaning is required, as well as basic computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Outlook.

For more details on the job duties and responsibilities, visit

To apply, send a resume to Darien Library Director Kiera Parrott at [email protected]

Darien library is located at 1441, chemin Post.

Darien Community Association annual appeal underway

The Darien Community Association is now at 65 percent of its fundraising target in its annual appeal, a jump from 41 percent a week ago.

Until December 31, donations from donors to the association will be matched by the “Friends of the DCA”.

To donate, visit

New card-bridge training camps, courses offered

The Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, is starting new bridge training camps and new bridge card game classes in January.

A full-day Beginning Bridge training camp, held from 9 a.m. to noon on January 6, will focus on major, minor and no trump openers and general hand play with a brief recap of each hand afterwards. that it was played.

The cost for Darien Community Association members is $ 40, $ 50 for non-members. The minimum and maximum registration totals will apply.

The registration deadline is January 6 at or by contacting the Darien Community Association at 203-655-9050.

A full-day Intermediate Bridge training camp, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on January 5, will also focus on general hand play with a brief recap of each hand after it has been played.

The hands will consist of bidding on common conventions including Stayman, Jacoby’s transfers, take-out doubles and overcalls, among other games.

Register online before January 3 at or contact the Darien Community Association at 203-655-2050.

The Darien community association is also starting new bridge card game lessons in January.

Bridge Basics Review, which picks up where the previous Bridge Basics 2 class left off and includes double negatives, slam bids, two low bids, and benchmark Michael bids, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on five Mondays. or five Wednesdays between January 1st. February 24 and 23.

There are also Beginning Bridge 3 courses, which include openings in costume and no trump, and basic conventions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on five Thursdays from January 27 to February 24.

For all classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, members of the Darien Community Association pay $ 150. Members of the public pay $ 175.

Register online for classes Monday before January 20 at or contact the Darien Community Association at 203-655-9050, Ext. ten.

Register online for classes on Wednesdays before January 24 at or contact the Darien Community Association at 203-655-9050, Ext. ten.

Register online for classes on Thursday before January 25, at or contact the Darien Community Association at 203-655-9050, Ext. ten.

In accordance with COVID-19 protocols in effect in the bridge community, the instructor of all classes will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from all registrants.

The instructor for training camps and classes is Joan Bergen.

The Blue Wave Swim and Dive team wins the first competition of the year

The Darien High School Blue Wave Swim and Dive Team recently held their first meet of the year against the Greenwich High School Cardinals at the Darien YMCA on December 16.

In the first event, Darien’s 200-meter medley relay team of Jake Dansker, Henry Peters, Ryan Roberts and Matt Scalise took second place with a time of 1: 42.61.

A senior, Roberts also secured a second place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51:89.

In the second year, Peters secured a second place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.71.

In the 100 freestyle Dansker was second with a time of 50.71.

Roberts had a fantastic race in the 500 freestyle and took first place with a time of 5: 00.01.

The 200 freestyle relay of Peters, Zalewski, Moles and Sedlock finished third with a time of 1: 41.14.

Dansker won second place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.61.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Scalise, Dansker, Yika-Nacarino and Roberts were second with a time of 3: 29.16.

The Blue Wave Swim and Dive team will hold their next meeting on January 5th against the Danbury Hatters at the Darien YMCA.

Students make holidays brighter for children as part of the program

The East School of New Canaan has come together to bring holiday cheer to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are served by the STAR Inc. Rubino Family Center.

Each child in the Early Inventions Pediatric Therapy Program was given a handmade card with a happy holiday note as well as a book to enjoy during the holidays from students, staff, parents and volunteers at the school. ‘East School. The event was coordinated by Amanda King Heavey, Board Member of STAR Inc. of New Canaan, Director Kristine Woleck, the Parent-Teacher Council, and the Community Service Committee of parent volunteers. Kindergarten to grade four students participated.

A specially curated selection of books that deal with unique abilities, inclusion, diversity and kindness will be shared at the school and donated to the STAR Rubino Family Center’s lending library.

STAR Inc. Lighting the Way is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving infants to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families.

Through the STAR Rubino Family Center, STAR Inc. offers a multilingual program for children from birth to 8 years of age who present or are at risk of developing developmental delays.

The program is supported by the New Canaan Community Foundation and the Community Fund of Darien, as well as other grants.

STAR Inc., headquartered in Norwalk with offices in Darien and New Canaan, offers developmental assessments, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language pathology and special education, behavioral supports, assistive technology, translation and family supports to over 600 families across Mid-Fairfield County.

Interested families can contact STAR Rubino Family Center Director Barbara Fitzpatrick at [email protected], by calling 203-855-0634 or by mailing the center at 120 East Ave. at Norwalk.

For more information see the STAR Early Intervention Services video at or visit for more information on STAR, Inc.


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