Leak fixed, no fines levied against town

The sewage leak at Cove Island has been successfully fixed, according to a report released by the Darien Department of Public Works on Friday, Feb. 28, at 4:50 p.m. Darien has been aware of the leak since Valentine’s Day, but problems with valves and delays in shipping of new parts kept the leak active for the past two weeks. Continue reading

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Last lobstermen battle bureaucrats and each other as fishery struggles to rebound

It’s been eight months since Darienite Roger Frate checked his lobster pots in the western Long Island Sound. Why?

“Financially, we can’t do it,” Frate said, throwing his hands in the air. Instead, the 40-plus year lobsterman is trying his hands at clams and oysters, which he said haven’t been too bad lately. Continue reading

Lobstermen blame pesticides for declining population

A stack of files piled a foot high rests on Roger Frate’s legs as he attempts to explain 13 years of advocacy against the chemical pesticides that he says are ruining the Long Island Sound lobster fishery. Each file holds records Frate has collected after spending thousands of hours in meetings across the East Coast, trying to end the use of chemical pesticides that kill mosquitoes to control the spread of West Nile virus. Continue reading

Rising seas, invasive species concern coastal property owners

Sally Knowlton-Keen lost her shoe in the logy muck of a Darien marsh back in 1959. She was 7, and her family had just bought a home on Edgehill Drive for $35,000. But losing her shoe wasn’t a horrific moment, as it might have been for some children. Instead it was the beginning of a deep reverence for this natural habitat; a reverence fueled by a curiosity and wonder that has stayed with her over the past half century.But these days, Knowlton-Keen fears something far worse than losing footwear — the death of the marsh itself. Continue reading