Revaluation notices sent to property owners

DARIEN — Town property owners will receive a letter by the end of November from the Office of the Assessor, showing changes in their assessments, according to a news release.

Under Connecticut state law, all properties are to be revalued every five years. Darien’s last update was completed Oct. 1, 2013.

The overall objective of this five-year mandate is to establish parity and consistency for all of Darien’s real estate, the release said.

Yacht club to host World Affairs breakfast lecture

STAMFORD — “The U.S. and the World, Lessons from the Balkans,” a World Affairs Forum Ambassador’s roundtable breakfast lecture led by ambassador James Pardew, will take place Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Stamford Yacht Club, 97 Ocean Drive W.

Tickets are $50 for the public, and $35 for forum members. RSVP required at or by calling 203-356-0340.

DMV promotes teen safe-driver video contest

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is promoting the annual DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest for Connecticut high school students.

This year’s theme, “Wait — What Can We Do?” focuses on teen drivers collaborating to follow the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws for 16-and 17-year-olds.

Fatal crashes involving 16-and 17-year-old drivers were more than 150 percent higher when the state had more lenient teen driving laws, according to a DMV news release.

DMV and Travelers Insurance partner each year to raise driving safety awareness and promote the GDL laws among the state’s youngest drivers.

Travelers will award up to $26,000 in cash prizes to the winning students and their high schools. The contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled high school students in Connecticut, and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 17. Video contest rules and additional information can be found at