To the Editor: 

On behalf of the Darien Youth Commission and the many sectors of the community who supported the recent DYC's Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest, thank you. The weather was absolutely perfect for this 21 st anniversary celebration with close to 100 middle and high school students painting approximately 25 storefronts throughout the community. As the make-up of the merchant population changes from year-to-year, it was great to include a bunch of new storefronts in the fun.

Like many of these special events, these activities are made possible as a result of the unique partnership the Darien Youth Commission forges with the public and private sectors. Again, special thanks to Beth Cherico, owner of Pie in the Sky, LLC (a mobile art education service) for lending her expertise to the judging portion of this event.

And again, thanks to the Depot for graciously allowing us to host our winners' reception for the winning and honorable mention teams. In addition, special thanks goes to Jaclyn Sammis, Advanced Placement Arts teacher @ Darien High School for being such a strong and vocal supporter of this activity.

First place was awarded to Darien Fabricare; 2nd place was awarded Johnny's & Co; and 3rd place honor was given to Heights Pizza. For a complete list of winners/honorable mention recipients, visit the Youth Commission website: www.darienct .gov/ yc.

Alicia Sillars

Youth Director

Darien Youth Commission