Families in Darien fill backpacks with school supplies for nonprofits, and more


A number of Darien families recently got together to fill backpacks with school supplies and write cards for the young people who will receive the backpacks.

The backpacks will be distributed through the local non-profit organization Person to Person. It has a location at 1864 Post Road in Darien, behind St. Luke’s Parish.

STAR Inc. gears up for Platinum Jubilee Gala

STAR Inc., Lighting the Way is gearing up to hold its Platinum Jubilee Gala.

It is scheduled for October 29 at Woodway Country Club at 540 Hoyt St. in Darien.

The non-profit organization, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, was founded in 1952 by parents who believed that children with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the same basic opportunities as other children.

Its mission is to create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support and advocacy services.

For more information about the gala, visit the STAR website at https://starct.org.

DCA announces upcoming events

The Darien Community Association announced “save the dates” for residents to prepare for a number of the non-profit organization’s upcoming events.

The Greenhouse Group will host a fall gardening workshop at 9:30 a.m. on October 18.

Mom’s Halloween Morning Parade, a 28-year tradition for the town’s youngest residents, will take place at 10 a.m. on October 28.

A fall piano duo concert will take place at 4 p.m. on November 13, with live music for the whole family, and a holiday wreath workshop will take place at 9:30 a.m. on December 1.

The weekly meetings of the Darien Men’s Association will resume at 10 a.m. on September 7.

Bridge games and lessons will return on September 12, with more bridge offerings in September and October.

A sustainable fashion show featuring designer clothes from the Darien Community Association thrift store will take place on September 15, with a reception at 7 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m.

A Skyhunters in Flight Birds of Prey demonstration, featuring master falconer Brian Bradley and his live owls, hawks and falcons, will take place on the Darien Community Association lawn at 2 p.m. on October 2.

Fallen poles, burning power lines block the road

Darien Police responded to Middlesex Road and Ox Ridge Lane following a report of burning power lines and downed utility poles blocking the roadway on the morning of August 12, police say.

Eversource was on the scene carrying out repairs to the intersection, which was closed for the rest of the day, according to police. Drivers traveling in the area have been asked to take alternate routes.

Abilis hosts its 17th annual walk/run

Abilis, a non-profit organization based in Greenwich, will hold its 17th annual fundraising walk/run on October 16 at Greenwich Point Park.

Participants can walk 1 mile or run 5 km in person or participate virtually from anywhere in the world. Pre-registration is encouraged at abilis.us/walkrun. Registration is free for walkers; $40 for 5k runners 18 and older and $20 for runners 11-17.

Walk/Run for Abilis offers families, friends and members of the Abilis community the opportunity to come together for a fun morning of fitness and enjoying the beauty of Greenwich Point Park. Proceeds provide essential funds for Abilis programs and services that support people with disabilities.

The Walk/Run is Abilis’ largest annual fundraiser.

Prizes are awarded for the best outfits and teams are encouraged to create t-shirts, buttons, hats or a team banner.

Abilis is a non-profit organization that supports over 800 Fairfield County people with disabilities and their families from birth throughout their lives.

For more information and to register, visit abilis.us/walkrun.

Advisors offering help with Medicare

Healthcare Pathfinder is conducting a three-part series to help people turning 65 with the often complex and confusing Medicare enrollment process.

Healthcare Pathfinder Professional Advisors, President and Founder Anne McGuire and Victoria Bieler, have developed a series to help people understand Medicare and avoid costly mistakes.

The three-part series meets for two hours once a month. Staff will work with participants to research and compare all coverage options, select the best personalized plan and complete registration.

Classes are held at HAYVN at 320 Post Road in Darien.

The first series starts on September 7 and the cost is $625. Class sizes are limited, so early registration is advised. Participants should register for the course at least four months before their 65th birthday to allow sufficient time for the Social Security Administration to process the necessary documentation.

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit www.healthcarepathfinder.commedicare-enrollment.

For individual enrollment services, contact Healthcare Pathfinder at 203-557-7288.

Director of Residential Services joins STAR Inc.

STAR Inc., Lighting the Way has hired a new Director of Residential Services to oversee its 13 group residences and a variety of independent living arrangements in apartments and condominiums.

The non-profit organization operates housing services in Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston and New Canaan.

The nonprofit said Moraima “Mory” Negron brings a growth mindset to the STAR residential program, which plans to expand and improve independent living programs.

She is originally from Bridgeport and graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield with an undergraduate degree in business administration.

Negron worked in the nonprofit sector for 12 years, starting with Goodwill, and most recently as Director of Adult Services at the Kennedy Center in Trumbull.

She said she is thrilled to join the STAR team and looks forward to working closely with staff and clients, as well as their families and caregivers.

Since its inception in 1952, the non-profit organization has grown to provide a range of services to over 600 people with disabilities and their families.

For more information about the nonprofit, visit https://starct.org.

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