Community Soundings: Info on Election Day and more
Published 5:30 pm, Friday, October 21, 2016
Several Darien artists are participating in the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists’ annual exhibition.
The Wilson Avenue Loft Artists, have chosen “A Sense of Place” as the theme for their annual community event — a group exhibition in South Norwalk, which opens with a reception on Oct. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues with Open Studios on Oct. 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WALA studios are at 225 Wilson Ave. in South Norwalk, on the second floor, but the entrance and parking are on Ely Avenue behind the building.
Register to vote
The Darien registrars’ office is in the final weeks of accepting new voter registrations. The deadline to register ahead of Election Day is Nov. 1 and can be done in person at Department of Motor Vehicles and the Town Clerk/Registrar offices or online. Because of anticipated crowds, citizens not registered are encouraged to plan ahead and check polling locations.
Same-day registrations is available on Election Day and will take place at the Registrars office in Town Hall.
For those who need absentee ballots, applications are available in the Town Clerk’s office.
On Nov. 8, polling locations will be open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Get a ride to the polls
To make Election Day voting for seniors more convenient, At Home In Darien will have two vehicles, a four-door sedan and a handicapped-accessible minivan, on the road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for transportation to the polls. Volunteer drivers will be available to provide transportation that day.
To arrange a ride to the polls on Nov. 8, seniors should call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 as soon as possible. At Home In Darien can also confirm voting locations.
At the DCA
The Darien Community Association is at 274 Middlesex Road.
Halloween parade: The 22nd annual Mom’s Morning In Halloween Parade will be on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Bring a goody bag — there will be treats for all.
Parents, caregivers and grandparents can bring their costumed children for trick-or-treating at the doors of local merchants in Darien. The parade then wanders down to Tilley Pond for snacks and a special show with magician and juggler the Amazing Andy.
Parade-goers should meet at the parking lot next to the Darien fire station opposite Post Corner Pizza at 10 a.m. The event is $5 per child, collected at Tilley Pond.
Election-based fraud warnings
Connecticut Better Business is warning about election-related fraud that is being reported across the country. Politics and passion often go together and criminals know that when passion is involved people tend to let down their guard.
The run-up to Election Day offers fertile ground to con artists, who use email and telephone calls to obtain personal and financial information.
With the approach of the elections, residents can expect calls from polling firms, charities and political parties. The situation, however, is complicated by exemptions to the Do Not Call Registry rules. Charities, politicians and pollsters are exempt from the registry, allowing criminals to pose as callers from those three categories. Telephone caller ID can be faked, so it is difficult, if not impossible, to discern with any degree of certainty exactly who is on the other end of the telephone asking for money or information that can be used to commit identity theft.
Here are some of the methods criminals use to engage their victims:
Phony fundraising: Crooks sometimes make random calls claiming to represent a political party, an election committee member or an actual candidate. They will ask you to make a donation. Contact the political party directly or through their website if you want to offer financial support.
Fake public pollsters: They will contact you claiming they are doing a political survey. The first few questions sound legitimate, but shortly after, they tell you that you are eligible to win a prize for your participation. Polls do not work that way. The criminals are not interested in your opinion. They want you to give them your credit card number for shipping, handling or taxes on the prize.
Offers to “re-register” you as a voter: Impostor callers will tell you they represent a political commission and that you have to re-register to vote if you did not in the last election. In this case, they are looking for personal information.
Vote-by-telephone opportunities: There is no such thing as voting by telephone. You may also receive this solicitation by email, too. It is fraud, so hang up the phone or delete the email. Once again, what they are really going after is personal information.
If you are the victim of a pre-election scam attempt, you can report it to the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) by telephone at 860-256-2940, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the SEEC website at ct.gov/seec.
Too often, parents, spouses, friends, and caregivers find themselves confronted with issues they may be ill-equipped to deal with. While the opioid crisis is certainly among the most frightening — and certainly among the most dangerous — other issues, such as bullying, suicide, and dating violence, can leave people looking for resources.
Since people may be hesitant to publicly reach out for assistance, the Darien Police Department has attached a “Resources Toolbox” to its website, darienpolice.org. The toolbox can be accessed by clicking on the “Services” tab at the upper right of the homepage.