About 30 students at Darien High School have been named commended students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students who placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT last year are Susan Alptekin, Kyra Balenzano, Claire Borecki, Elizabeth Borecki, Katherine Cunningham, James Fay, Indira Flores, Harrison Gill, Malcolm Hamilton-Hall, Ben Hayes, Katherine Huffert, James Johnson, Valerie Le, Timothy Luz, Brendan Mahoney, Catharine Morgan, Caleigh Morr, Laura Murphy, Madeleine Ostertag, Jensen Peters, Emily Roberson, Colin Shaughnessy, Johnathan Stimpson, Emily Torrente, Candice Wang, Keenan Warble, Samantha Wind, Walker Wind and Griffin Xie. They will not continue in the 2017 competition for Merit Scholarship awards but will receive a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Digitize your photos

The Middlesex Genealogical Society and the Darien Library will present a free genealogy program, "Digitizing & Managing Your Treasured Photo Collection," with Philip Hayes on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Darien Library, 1331 Post Road.

In this presentation, Hayes will cover scanning photographs, including details on resolution sizes and digitizing daguerreotype photos. He will also discuss Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and ways to fix the brightness or color balance of a photo and also repair damaged photographs.

Off to college

Two Darien natives have enrolled at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, this fall. Brendan Seiler is a graduate of Darien High School and is the son of Thomas and Mary Seiler. Helen C. Watson is also a graduate of Darien High School and is the daughter of Gavin and Alice Watson. Before classes began Sept. 6, they took part in a weeklong orientation that included a civic engagement component in downtown Waterville, an introduction to academic and intellectual life at Colby, and an address bya professor of history.

JR Forever Memorial Walk

The ninth annual JR Forever Memorial Walk/5K Run is set to take place on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. The walk and 5K run is in memory of J.R. Schoen who would have would have been a senior at Darien High School this year had it not been for the brain tumor that claimed his life in July of 2008.

The 5K run and 1.5-mile walk will take the scenic route around Pear Tree Point. All are welcome. Awards will be given to the top runners in each age category upon completion of the event. Food and drinks will be available.

Registration opens at 1:15 p.m. at Pear Tree Point Beach. Registration forms are available at jrschoenmemorial.org/walk and should be returned by Oct. 1. Online registration is available at raceit.com (search by zip code). Registration is $25 per participant or $100 per family.

Resources Toolbox

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 their website, www.darienpolice.org. The toolbox can be accessed by clicking on the “Services” tab at the upper right of the homepage.

At the Community Association

The Darien Community Association (DCA) is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.

Fashion show: The season opener for the DCA’s Women’s Luncheons will be a fashion show on Oct. 4 at 12:15 p.m.

The fashion show will feature clothes and accessories from The Darien Sport Shop for all ages and sizes, including young women and will range from a “Dress to Impress” look to a more “Casual Sporty” ensemble, and of course, a “Holiday Sparkler.” The event will also include a makeup demo by Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa on how to create a smokey eye for the holiday season (they will also be doing hair and makeup for the models) and, of course, there will be a great gift bag for all attendees.

This event is $25 per person, or $20 for DCA members, and includes a lunch which will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. Prepayment for this event is required by noon on Oct. 3, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at 203-655-9050 ext. 10.