Community news: Darien families stuff backpacks with school supplies for nonprofit, and more

Families take part in backpack drive to help students

A number of Darien families recently came together to fill backpacks with school supplies, and to write cards for the youngsters who will receive the backpacks.

The backpacks will be distributed through the local nonprofit organization Person to Person. It has a location at 1864 Post Road in Darien, behind the St. Luke’s Parish.

STAR Inc. gets set for platinum jubilee gala

STAR Inc., Lighting the Way is preparing to holds its platinum jubilee gala.

It is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Woodway Country Club at 540 Hoyt St. in Darien.

The nonprofit organization, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, was established in 1952 by parents who believed that children with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the same basic opportunities as other children.

Its mission is to create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support services, and advocacy.

For more information on the gala, visit STAR’s website at

DCA announces upcoming events

The Darien Community Association has announced “save the dates” for residents to prepare for a number of the nonprofit’s upcoming events.

The Greenhouse Group will hold a fall gardening workshop at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18.

The Mom’s Morning in Halloween Parade, a 28-year tradition for the town’s youngest residents, will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 28.

A duo piano fall concert will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 13, with live music for the whole family, and a holiday wreath workshop will be held at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

The weekly Darien Men’s Association meetings will resume at 10 a.m. Sept. 7.

Bridge games and classes will return Sept. 12, with other bridge offerings in September and October.

A sustainable fashion show featuring designer clothing from the Darien Community Association’s Thrift Shop will be Sept. 15, with a reception at 7 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m.

A Skyhunters in Flight Birds of Prey Demonstration, with master falconer Brian Bradley and his live owls, hawks and falcons will be held on the Darien Community Association’s front lawn at 2 p.m. Oct. 2.

Fallen poles, burning power lines block road

Darien police officers responded to Middlesex Road and Ox Ridge Lane on a report of burning power lines and fallen utility poles blocking the roadway on the morning of Aug. 12, according to police.

Eversource was on the scene to make repairs at the intersection, which was closed for the remainder of the day, according to police. Drivers who were traveling in the area were asked to use alternate routes.

Abilis holds 17th annual Walk/Run

Abilis, a Greenwich-based nonprofit, will holds its 17th annual fundraising Walk/Run on Oct. 16 at Greenwich Point Park.

Participants can walk 1 mile or run a 5k in-person or participate virtually from anywhere in the world. Preregistration is encouraged at Registration is free for walkers; $40 for 5k runners 18 and older and $20 for runners ages 11 to 17.

Walk/Run for Abilis provides an opportunity for family, friends and Abilis community members to come together for a fun morning of physical fitness and to enjoy the beauty of Greenwich Point Park. Proceeds provide critical funds for Abilis programs and services that support those with disabilities.

The Walk/Run is Abilis’ largest annual fundraiser of the year.

Prizes are awarded for best outfits and teams are encouraged to create team T-shirts, buttons, hats or banner.

Abilis is a nonprofit organization that supports more than 800 individuals in Fairfield County with disabilities and their families from birth throughout their lives.

For more information and to register, visit

Advisers offering help with Medicare

Healthcare Pathfinder is conducting a three-part series to assist people who are turning 65 with the often complex and confusing Medicare enrollment process.

The professional advisers of Healthcare Pathfinder, president and founder Anne McGuire and Victoria Bieler, have developed a series to help people understand Medicare and avoid costly mistakes.

The three-part series meets for two hours once a month. The staff will work with attendees to research and compare all coverage options, select the best personalized plan and complete enrollment.

Classes are held at HAYVN at 320 Post Road in Darien.

The first series begins Sept. 7 and the cost is $625. Class size is limited, so early registration is advised. Participants must register for the course at least four months before their 65th birthday to allow ample time for the Social Security Administration to process the necessary documentation.

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit\medicare-enrollment.

For one-on-one enrollment services, contact Healthcare Pathfinder at 203-557-7288.

Residential services director joins STAR Inc.

STAR Inc., Lighting the Way has hired a new director of residential services to supervise its 13 group residences and a variety of independent living arrangements in apartments and condominiums.

The nonprofit organization operates the housing services in Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston and New Canaan.

The nonprofit said Moraima “Mory” Negron brings a growth mindset to the STAR residential program, which plans to expand and enhance the independent living programs.

She is from Bridgeport and a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield with an undergraduate degree in business administration.

Negron has worked in the nonprofit sector for 12 years, starting at Goodwill, and most recently serving as the director of adult services at the Kennedy Center in Trumbull.

She said she is excited to join the STAR team, and looks forward to working closely with the staff and the clients, along with their families and caregivers.

Since it was founded in 1952, the nonprofit organization has grown to offer an array of services for over 600 individuals with disabilities and their families.

For more information about the nonprofit, visit