Community Soundings: Nat’l Merit semifinalists, Wedded bliss

Caitlin Elizabeth Mumford, a native of Haddonfield, N.J., wed Andrew Joseph McGowan, a 2007 graduate of Darien High School and former officer of Darien EMS Post 53, June 2 at Haddonfield United Methodist Church in Haddonfield, NJ. A reception followed at The Down Town Club in Philadelphia, Pa.

Caitlin Mumford, the daughter of Robert and Katharine Mumford of Haddonfield, is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program. She is currently in practice at Bon Secours Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Va.

Andrew McGowan is the son of Timothy and Louise McGowan, formerly of Darien but now residents of Princeton, N.J. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Somerville, Mass. and Albany Medical College in New York. A lieutenant in the US Navy, he is an emergency medicine resident at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth.

The couple resides in Norfolk, Va.

St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. welcomed new students to the class of 2021, including five Darien residents. Fall semester classes began Aug. 30.

Brooks T. Daley, Matthew R. Hathaway, Kerwin Sickinger and Martha A. Wright attended Darien High School.

Julia N. DellaRusso, also of Darien, attended Canterbury School.

Five Darien natives enrolled at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Before classes began Sept. 6, students from the class of 2021 took part in a weeklong orientation that included a civic engagement component in downtown Waterville.

Claire Borecki, a graduate of Darien High School, is the daughter of Kenneth and Yvette Borecki.

Georgia Cassidy, a graduate of Darien High School, is the daughter of William and Elizabeth Cassidy.

William Kirby, a graduate of Westminster School, is the son of William and Leslie Kirby.

Catriona McIntyre, a graduate of Darien High School, is the daughter of Alan and Maria McIntyre.

Nicholas Percarpio, a graduate of Darien High School, is the son of Timothy and Linda Percarpio.

Madeline Dostal, of Darien, enrolled at the University of Iowa for the fall 2017 semester. She is a member of the class of 2019.

The Darien Cops & Kids Adventures program is beginning its eighth year.

The first three years the program was funded by a grant from the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management, but that grant funding can only be acquired for a maximum of three years. Due to the great success of the program, the Darien Police Department chose to continue the program.

The Cops & Kids Adventures program runs during the school year from September through to May, and unites police officers and kids on ‘’adventures’’ and community outreach projects.

The outreach projects have consisted of supply drives for Darien Human Services and providing free smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors for residents in need.

Open to first 20 kids that apply at

Flu vaccines are now available at the Darien Health Department.

All vaccines are preservative free and available to anyone over three years of age. High-dose vaccines for seniors are also available.

To get your flu shot make an appointment with the town’s public health nurse by utilizing the online scheduler found at the “Flu Prevention Program” section of or go to one of the clinics where no appointment is needed:

At the Mather Senior Center on Sept. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

At the Mather Senior Center on Oct. 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In Town Hall, Room 119, on Oct. 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Vote & Vax” on Election Day, Nov. 7 in Town Hall, Room 119, from 3 to 7 p.m.

The cost of flu vaccine is $30, payable by check, cash or ConnectiCare insurance. The Darien Health Department also accepts traditional Medicare but does not participate with any of the Medicare Advantage Plans.

Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, graduated 460 students from 38 states and 36 countries on May 29, including Darien natives Elsa Case and Erin Wilson. Cumulatively, the class of 2017 performed 80,000 hours of community service, exemplifying Bates’ commitment to community learning and civic action.

A Darien native was among more than 2,800 students participating in Monroe College’s 84th annual commencement in June.

Hugues Couprie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in hospitality management. Couprie graduated with summa cum laude honors from the Bronx, N.Y. school.

Nine Darien High School seniors have been named National Merit semifinalists: Paul Hager, Forrest Lazzara, Caroline Lui, Daniel Pfrommer, Samuel Scott, Julia Tong, Justin Van de Graaf, Christopher Vernal and Zhihao Wang.

About 16,000 students nationwide have been recognized as National Merit semifinalists. These students will continue in the National Merit program and will be candidates to receive a scholarship from the program.

In partnership with At Home In Darien, the Darien High School football captains have extended a special invitation to senior citizens to attend the DHS home games with free admission.

The Blue Wave football team, led by Captains Nick Green, Brian Minicus, Michael Neary, and Mitchell Pryor, is excited to welcome senior fans to this season’s home games and look forward to seeing them cheer in the stands.

Admission to home games will be free to Darien seniors aged 65 and older, and handicapped accessible space will be available.

At Home In Darien, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services and aid for seniors, will arrange transportation with its sedan and van service for those who need it. To arrange a ride or for more information, call the At Home In Darien office at (203) 655-2227.

Upcoming home games:

Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. vs. St. Joseph

Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Fairfield Warde

Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. vs. Wilton

Nov. 23 at 10:30 p.m. vs. New Canaan

For a full schedule of games, go to

The Community Fund of Darien is giving parents a new tool with an “Active Parenting” course.

The classes are designed to equip parents with the skills they need to meet the challenges of parenting toddlers to teenagers. Through informative and interactive lessons, parents learn how to communicate effectively with children, set clear boundaries and encourage the growth of healthy self-esteem.

This evidence-based curriculum is a tool to help build strong character development, resiliency, resistance and judgment skills to help prevent underage drug and alcohol use.

Back by popular demand, Active Parenting Instructors Diane Hobbs and Moira Rizzo facilitate distinct four-week series for parents of preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school students.

To sign up for fall 2017 classes, email

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children 6 to 18 who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at or 203-517-3346.