The popular showcase of talent, “So We Think We Can Dance,” is back for its sixth year at the Darien Arts Center, where the student-run production has sold out for the past five years.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community.

Totally produced by DAC dance student volunteers ages 10 to 18, the show returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. DAC dance students manage all stages of creation and execution, and choreograph and perform approximately 14 dances that encompass many different styles of dance.

The DAC dance program provides dedicated students a one-of-kind opportunity: to produce a show from start to finish.

“So We Think We Can Dance” was the brainchild of past DAC students who have moved on to pursue careers in dance. They envisioned using the skills they had developed from years of dancing at the DAC to express their individuality in their very own dances, while having a chance to shine.

DAC dance students Natalie Pitteway and Jana Powers, are producing the show.

Tickets for the show, which runs approximately two hours, are $10. Reservations are recommended because the shows usually sell out. For tickets, visit, or call the DAC for questions at 203-655-8683.

See Plum Island documentary

A new documentary film focusing on the conservation of Plum Island and featuring Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston will air for the first time on Connecticut Public Television stations across the state this Saturday at 7 p.m.

The short documentary, developed by nonprofit producer Visionaries in cooperation with Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound, provides an engaging exploration of Plum Island’s natural resources and the continuing efforts of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition to preserve public land threatened by government attempts to sell it to the highest bidder. Plum Island, located in eastern Long Island Sound, is home to the nation’s foreign animal disease center, as well as several endangered species and unique habitats.

The Plum Island segment features interviews with Chris Cryder, Leah Schmalz, and Curt Johnson of CFE/Save the Sound, as well other historians, birders, elected officials, and advocates affiliated with the Coalition.

The TV listing and individual CPTV channels can be found at

Cryder, the special projects coordinator for Save the Sound, will also show “Conservation of a Precious Island” and give his virtual tour at the Darien Library on Jan. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room. The Darien Library is cosponsoring the event with the Darien Nature Center.

On the dean’s list

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn. has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year. Fourteen Darien natives earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

From the class for 2017, Phoebe Cush, Morgan Malvisi, Charles Newton, Caroline Orem, Jennifer Price and Phebe Wong were recognized.

Barbara Bell, Jacqueline Haranzo, Jacqueline Nicoletti and Margaret Riegel from the class of 2018 made the dean’s list.

From the class of 2019, John Leasure, was honored, and from the class of 2020, Katherine Culliton, Kate Fiore and Katherine Nusslein were recognized for their academic achievements.

Patrycja Matyszkowicz, of Darien, has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the fall semester. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Matyszkowicz is majoring in professional writing at the school in Burlington, Vt.

Two Darien High School graduates have been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College in Clinton N.Y. for the 2016 fall semester.

Andrew J. Fletcher, the son of Donna and James Fletcher, is a senior majoring in chemistry. Kelly N. Manhart, the daughter of Eileen and Walter Manhart, is a senior and is majoring in mathematics and psychology. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.

Darien native Cassandra Lopiano was recently named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. To qualify for the dean’s list, Keene State undergraduates must be enrolled in a degree program and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade-point average on a 4.0 scale to earn dean’s list honors.

Mackenzie D’Iorio, of Darien, who is majoring in paramedicine at the University of New Haven’s Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensics, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester. The dean’s list honors undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in their academic performance. Full time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better in any one semester will be appointed to the dean’s list for that semester

Sporting license buyers beware

Anglers and hunters should be aware of at least two active non-Department of Energy and Environmental Protection websites where one can, purportedly, purchase a fishing license, hunting license or receive hunter education training: and

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife posted on its Facebook page that, “among other things, these sites offer information on how their products can simplify the purchase of a CT fishing license or hunting license.

“Though some of the logistical licensing information is correct and may be useful, these sites also offer a consumer the ability to purchase time-saving downloads for recreational licensing services that are specifically NOT affiliated with the CT DEEP. The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting ‘assistance’ for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license. Additionally, the money being charged by these websites is not a ‘credit’ toward the purchase of any CT fishing or hunting license.”

All of the state licensing information that one needs can be found on the DEEP Sporting Licenses webpage at

Hold off on donations to P2P

Person-to-Person is in the process of conducting a comprehensive inventory in the Darien Clothing Center. During that time — due to the generosity of so many in the community — the center will be unable to accept any new donations of clothing, household items, toys, etc.

P2P, a nonprofit that provides low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services, will begin accepting donations again starting Jan. 23.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found at