Inside this week's Darien Times: Dec. 13

TIDAL SAVE — Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron braved the 45-degree waters below Ring’s End Bridge Tuesday, as he replaced a rusted cotter pin to allow the tidal gates to open. The Public Works Department needed a diver to assist in replacing the rusted part, so the police’s dive team volunteered for the job. While Marron worked, DPW staff monitored his efforts with an underwater camera. Marron could also talk to them with a CB radio. (David DesRoches photo)

• Aquarion —part two of water treatment series
• New athletic fund prioritizes artificial turf
• State of the Town: first selectmen, chairmen of Boards of Ed, Finance, and Planning & Zoning Commission weigh in
• New P&Z Commissioner announced
• After Sandy, some Darienites still coping, recovering
• Social services behind on gift donations
• Sandy causes over $1m in food losses
• Chamber honors volunteer, business of the year
• Police blotter: landscaper burglarized, driver arrested, domestic violence
• Schools: Enrollment growth faster than solutions
• STAR gala raises more than $240,000
• Editorial: Support Wreaths Across America
• Ryan/Fisher: Checking out Santa’s Connecticut Christmas list
• Natale: Take a day to do nothing
• VanMunching: Looking for a +1 under the mistletoe
• John Richmond Gibb, former long-time resident
• Dorothy Harper, former town secretary
• Jerry Phillips Baird, father, grandfather of Darien residents
• John Belmont Sterly, former boat club chairman
• Lionized: Huber CT Player of the Year
• Gerwig “There are a lot of good things going on”
• Eighth grade football splits FCFL championship
• Squirt B: Mullin a monster in goal in 5-1 final win at Lake Placid
• Wreaths across America in Saturday
• Darien Historical Society holds holiday reception
• DCA’s next lecture series is on global economics
• Mom’s Morning In welcomes Santa
• Library gallery features oil painter
• Annual Christmas bird count is Sunday
• Darien artist exhibits at Atria through December
• Hindley celebrates Blue Ribbon designation
• Teen columnist covers stress
• St. John’s gives thanks
• Rowayton preschool holds open house
• Middlesex student wins third straight geography bee
• Darien Rowayton Bank offers ‘giving tree’
• Anthony’s donates to CancerCare
• Melting Pot to donate wages & tips for child cancer
Arts & Leisure
• A preview of the Pro Arte Singers¹ Candlelight Concert, which will take place Saturday evening at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan. The group is marking its 40th anniversary this year.
• Debbie Gravitte & Friends will perform a holiday show at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday at 8.
• There will be a Stocking Stuffer Antiques Show at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y., on Sunday. 1B
• A rising young folk singer from Okemah, Okla., John Fullbright, will perform for the Acoustic Celebration in Ridgefield on Sunday.
• The Reel Dad says Hyde Park on Hudson deserves attention in awards season.
• The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is a car that deserves to be driven, says test driver Steven Macoy.
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