Community news: Darien Troop 53 celebrates 4 Eagle Scouts, DJFL hosts food drive, and more

Troop 53 celebrates four Eagle Scouts

Darien Scouts Troop 53 recently held a celebration to honor Tate Hanson, Eric Morgan, Jack Piersol and Cormac Brown, who all earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout over the past two years.

Family, friends and fellow Scouts attended their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony June 19, when they received commendations from state Sen. Bob Duff, state Rep. Terrie Wood and Darien First Selectman Monica McNally.

A major requirement for earning the rank of Eagle Scout is to design and lead others in completing a large service project to benefit a community organization.

For their projects:

Hanson led the creation of a vegetable-washing station at the nonprofit organization Person to Person’s community garden.

Piersol refurbished and enhanced a trail to Olson Woods, a nature preserve in Darien, to permit safe and easy access for senior citizens and children.

Brown facilitated upgrades to Woodland Park, another nature preserve in Darien, including the creation of a new trail map and new trail markers.

Morgan led the construction of a wheelchair path at Ox Ridge Elementary School in Darien.

Darien Scouting is open to all youth in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The program offers adventure, fun, leadership opportunities and community connections. More information more information, visit www.darienscouts.org.

Darien Junior Football League puts on food drive

The Darien Junior Football League held a food drive at Darien High School on July 11 to support the nonprofit organization Person to Person.

The league collected much needed nonperishable food items for the P2P food pantry.

Nature Center to study pond

The Darien Nature Center was recently awarded a grant from the Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut, or EPOC, to monitor water quality of the pond at Cherry Lawn Park.

The funds will allow the Nature Center to purchase water quality monitoring equipment to track the health of the pond, said Molly Robertson, lead environmental educator and animal care director at the Darien Nature Center.

The EPOC grant provides funding to nonprofits for local projects that help the environment.

Robertson said she applied for the grant after noticing a decline in aquatic life in the pond, which the nature center uses as a hands-on teaching tool. Nature Center staff and students also observed algae overgrowth in late summer and an increase in the pond’s water temperature.

In her 10 years at the Nature Center, Robertson said she has developed a connection to the turtles, herons, frogs and other creatures that make their homes in the pond, and she wants to protect that valuable habitat.

The Nature Center is recruiting teen advocates in grades 7 through 12 to perform the water monitoring and track the results, she said.

The data collected will be used to study and better understand factors that may be harming the pond. Results of the study will be shared with the community at a family event hosted by the Nature Center in the fall.

For more information on the study or to volunteer to help, contact Robertson at molly@dariennaturecenter.org or visit dariennaturecenter.org.

Survey to begin on Pear Tree Point Beach

The Darien Parks and Recreation Commission will conduct a survey of Darien residents to get input on determining any improvements desired for the facilities at Pear Tree Point Beach.

The survey will run from July 21 until Aug. 5. It will be web based, and all interested Darien residents will have an opportunity to provide input.

The survey can be accessed online now at www.darienparksandrec.org.

Quick Response codes, or QR codes, with links to the survey will be posted at the Parks and Recreation Department, the Darien Town Hall, the senior center and the beach.

All survey responses will be anonymous. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Residents must provide a valid email address for their responses can be validated and to prevent multiple responses from a single email address.

St. Luke’s hosts ‘Icons’ art exhibit

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is hosting an international art exhibit titled “Icons in Transformation” through Aug. 7.

It features over 150 pieces, including abstract works by artist Ludmilla Pawlowska.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to noon Sundays. Private group tours can be arranged by appointment on most days.

A cherry picker was needed to unpack and install some of the large pieces in the art exhibit. The pieces fill three spaces on the church’s campus, which is located at 1864 Post Road.

For more information, call Maggie Domont, the church’s director of stewardship and communications, at 203-655-1456.

Community Fund hosts ‘Designed to Dine’ luncheon

The Community Fund of Darien will hold a community gathering called “Designed to Dine” on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Wee Burn Country Club at 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien.

The luncheon will feature 30 of the area’s finest designers, who will each present an imaginative tablescape that is reflective of their own unique style and imagination.

Featured speakers will will be husband and wife team, Pilar Guzman and Chris Mitchell. Guzman is a former editor-in-chief of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine and Martha Stewart Living. Mitchell is a former publisher of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, Wired and other magazines.

Their new book, “Patina Modern: A Guide to Designing Warm, Timeless Interiors,” will be released in the fall. All guests at the event will receive a signed copy of the book.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Fund of Darien, a nonprofit organization that invests in more than 30 health and human services organizations in the area. Over the years, the organization has distributed more than $20 million to worthy organizations in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien.

More information is available at https://www.communityfunddarien.org.