The Darien Beautification Commission and the Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the many volunteers who helped clean up the town on April 26 and 27. In spite of a rainy start, the day turned out to be sunny, beautiful and very productive. The various groups accomplished a huge amount of work, cleaning up the roadways, beaches, parks, downtown locations, the train station parking lots, and weeding gardens and planting seasonal flowers.

Our thanks goes to the ABC girls, Vivian Burns and Marcia Meinerth; the Indian Princesses and Guides, their fathers and Bill Baird; Darien Nature Center, friends of Cherry Lawn Park and Elizabeth Hearle; Darien Men's Association and Jack Fitzgibbons; Starbucks management; Brook Brothers, Annie Sullivan and Dunkin Donuts; Rachel Hennemuth and her children; Carrie Sloan and Royle School; Chris Filmer and Friends of Selleck Woods; Shirley Nichols, Darien Land Trust; Carol Smith and Friends of Gorham Pond; Janice Marzano and the kids from The Depot; Darien High School students Perri Mirabile and friend Andrew; the Upper Crust Bagel Company for their food donations; and the DPW for the prompt removal of all trash following the clean up.

Additionally, we want to recognize the upcoming efforts of the following groups who will work at various clean up and beautification projects in May: Megan Collins and the third-grade class from Pear Tree Point School; the Girl Scouts, Friends of Tilley Pond, Ginger Morgan, Sabina Harris and Marianne Wadleigh for the renovations at the Girl Scout garden in Tilley Pond; residents at Atria Senior Living; Barlow Pelle and neighbors; and Will Haughey of Tegu Toys and its employees.

A final thank you goes to Carol Wilder Tamme of the Darien Chamber of Commerce who retired, but has provided for the past decade ongoing support, publicity and her personal help at all of the past clean ups.

Thank you everyone. Job well done.

Suzanne Schutte, chairman

Darien Beautification Commission

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