Healing Newtown: Mother carries message of love left by late son

Jesse Lewis left a message for his family that remains a driving force in his mother’s life as she moves to bring compassion into public school curriculum. The 6-year-old’s prophetic message? Nurturing Healing Love. Continue reading

Healing Newtown: How humanity’s worst brought out its best

 Mary Hamilton stares at a treasure map. Somewhere within its maze of dotted lines and obstacles lies the treasure. But it’s not gold or dollars or even notoriety that lurks within its riddle. It’s a glimpse into the mind of a child. A child traumatized by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

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Water Worlds: An inside look at the water treatment process

Have you ever wondered where Darien gets its water, and what the treatment process is like? Each year, Aquarion provides residents connected to public water with a water quality report, but The Darien Times decided to take a look at what happens from the time water falls from the sky to when it pours from the tap.

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The return of the record: Johnny’s vinyl haven still going strong

The sign in Johnny’s store window read “Going Out of Business,” and it seemed as though this record shop was on the path of obsolescence carved out by MP3s and iTunes — a path laden with other record store casualties, remnants of what some were calling a bygone era. Continue reading

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

90210 star visits 06820

A slice of “Beverly Hills 90210” came through Darien Tuesday, when actor Ian Ziering stopped by the Spree clothing store on the Post Road to promote a skin care product. Ziering played the brash rich kid Steve Sanders in the hit 1990s television series, arguably his most well known artistic effort. Crowds of women piled into the Post Road shop to catch a glimpse of Ziering and see why he was in town. Cameras flashed while local ladies posed with the star, and visitors were hard-pressed not to associate him with his long gone “90210” character, like a close friend who had grown apart from his hometown clique. Continue reading