Darien Human Services is here to help, welcoming gift card donations

To the Editor:

During these challenging times, Darien Human Services would like to reassure residents that we are available to assist those in need. Please call 203-656-7328 or email Ali Ramsteck, Director, aramsteck@darienct.gov.

We continue to maintain contact with vulnerable or frail seniors on our Emergency Call List. If you would like to be added or would like to add someone to the list, please call 203-656-7328 or email aramsteck@darienct.gov.

Many members of our community are asking how they can help during this crisis. We have an unprecedented number of people who are struggling financially. To support your neighbors in need, we gladly accept donations of gift cards (Palmer’s Market, Stop & Shop, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens) or you can mail a check (payable to Darien Human Services) to Human Services, 2 Renshaw Road.

Stay safe and be well.

Ali Ramsteck, LCSW

Director

Department of Human Services

Scouts helping community, annual

tag sale indefinitely postponed

To the Editor:

This Sunday, May 3 was scheduled to be the 48th Annual Darien Scouts Tag Sale, which unfortunately is postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Scouts, families, and alumni look forward to coming together during this period every year for this massive community recycling effort which serves as Darien Scouting’s primary fundraiser and provides the majority of our operating funds. While Darien Scouts would normally have spent their spring collecting items from the community, sorting, repairing, and repurposing these items for resale to thousands of shoppers, while celebrating Scouting values and teamwork through the tag sale, we now find ourselves looking for new ways to serve the community even while we are all forced to stay apart.

Darien Scouts have initiated a face shield drive to produce and deliver safety shields to local healthcare workers. This required a coordinated effort across all our Scout units to source materials, make the shields, and deliver them. To date, over 1,500 face shields have been distributed!

Our senior Scouts and Venturers are training to help low income residents of Fairfield County access tax prep resources online that would normally be provided at local libraries, senior centers, and town halls. This program will help these clients receive the millions of dollars in tax credits and stimulus checks that they have earned but would not otherwise be able to access.

And our younger Scouts will be writing letters to isolated seniors and veterans.

The Darien Scout Tag Sale will eventually be back, so please continue to save your excess items to donate in the future. In the meantime, remember that the Darien Scouting program continues to provide community service and connection during this disconnected time. For more information on Darien Scouting programs for boys and girls K-12 or to make a donation, please visit www.darienscouts.org.

Darien Scouts and The Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust

Cub Scout Packs 55, 56, 155, & 161

Scouts BSA Troops 53, 35, & 219

STEM Venture Crew 353

Returning to town after six weeks causes social distancing,

no mask concerns

To the Editor:

Last Saturday, when I went to downtown Darien for the first time in six weeks, I was most dismayed to see so many in our community ignoring the mandated rules designed to lessen spread of the coronavirus. On this sunny day the sidewalks were filled with people, very few of whom were wearing face masks. Furthermore, It was practically impossible to stay six feet from others and many young people were congregating in groups.

It seemed all were oblivious to the facts; so to review a few:

1. As of Sunday, Fairfield County had a higher rate of new deaths than any metro area in the country besides New York City.

2. Darien is in Fairfield County, the epicenter for the virus in Connecticut. Fairfield county had nearly 10,400 cases by Monday, half of our state’s cases.

It is currently mandated in Connecticut to wear masks and make an effort to keep six feet from others. These mandates are designed to prevent you from spreading the virus, when you may not know you have it. Think of innocent people and health care workers, who could become sick and die because of you.

We need to cooperate as a community. Everyone must keep a safe distance from others wherever you are. Wear masks, and remind each other to do so. I would hope businesses would not allow anyone into their store without one. Parents, do not permit your children or teens to play or congregate with others. Perhaps our Police can remind me people about safe distancing in busy areas.

We all must behave responsibly.

Sheila Sherwood

RTM, Fifth District

Darien Times has been a vital source during coronavirus pandemic

To the Editor:

I'm writing to express thanks and gratitude to you and your team for the vital community role the Darien Times has fulfilled in recent weeks.

Having lived in Darien for just over five years, the Darien Times has always been my primary source of local news, both in print and online. However, in recent weeks it has become a vital source of information for the latest COVID-19 developments within our community.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis the Darien Times has punched well above its weight by providing real time news, digital updates and opinion in a style and format any national news title would be proud of.

In a community such as ours with a well read, well educated and savvy audience it is also appreciated that the Darien Times has not shied away from saying what needs to be said, this recent editorial being an example. This is vital when all to often we witness the trust and integrity of national news media being questioned.

In these times when local news as is important as national news the Darien Times serves as an exemplar of how to do news, underscoring the vital role local media plays in our communities.

Thank you again for the work of you and your team, and your contributions to the fabric of Darien. Keep up the great work!

Will Lewis

Darien

Pear Tree Point Beach Road is currently an ‘obstacle course’

To the Editor:

Have you tried to drive down to Pear Tree Point Beach? Well it’s almost impossible to just take a ride down there. The walkers and runners and dogs have taken over the road and actually get mad that you are driving there. They are parking cars all over the place. It’s like an obstacle course, trying to not hit the parked cars and the walkers that take up the whole road. I had to beep my horn to make runners that were running side by side across the road to move and I get sworn at. I don’t understand why the town has closed the beach. After all, all they have to do is just park their cars all over the place and walk in. And I thought the main reason to close the beaches was so that people don’t congregate there.

And on another note, why can’t the town make Pear Tree Point Road one way from Memorial Day until Labor Day? Walkers [can be] on one side only and cars on the other. It sure would make it easier for the drivers.

Sharon Hanks Bixler

Darien