The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of James Carter, performed for appreciative audiences this spring at Tokeneke Elementary School on April 19 and at the Darien Senior Center April 26.

The Jazz Ensemble, an auditioned group, meets before school and performs a repertoire of music from the jazz genre.

At the elementary schools, the performers treated the students to a number of old and new favorites and gave the fourth and fifth graders a glimpse of music opportunities at Middlesex.

From the sixth grade, there is Nick Huffman on the trombone, Paige Domenici on bass and Cillian Hallinan on drums.

Seventh graders in the group include Jake Dansker on alto sax, Will Abott on tenor sax, Cosmo Amatruda and Jack McDermott on trumpet, Caroline Zerbe on trombone and Sebastian Mengwall on the piano.

The eighth grade students are Dougie Brown and Anna Schorr on alto sax, Grant McIntyre on tenor sax, Chris Van Ingen on bari sax, Trey Cahill, Frank Drugge and Jack Towers on trumpet, and Myron Czebiniak, Andrew Dedon, Jack Kennedy and Blake Triano on trombone.

The Darien group is set to perform at Lincoln Center on May 31.

The honor roll

Patrick Nelson of Darien was named to the dean’s list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine for the fall semester. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade-point average is 3.71 or higher.

Nelson, the son Dean B. Nelson of Darien, is a 2014 graduate of Darien High School. He is majoring in economics at Bates.

Marshall McGee of Darien was named to the Emerson College dean’s List for the fall semester. McGee is majoring in media arts production at the Boston school.

The requirement to make Emerson’s dean’s list is a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.

At the DCA

The Darien Community Association (DCA) is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien. Reservations and payments can be made at or by contacting the DCA at 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

Macbeth: On May 2 at 12:15 p.m., Shakespeare on the Sound Director Claire Kelly and Emily Bryan, a script advisor, will discuss Shakespeare’s thrilling tragedy, “Macbeth,” covering witchcraft, bloody ambition, political homicide, insomnia, and paranoia. Get a sneak peek into the set design, costumes and casting for the summer production.

This event is $25 per person, or $20 for DCA members, and includes a lunch that will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. Prepayment is required by noon May 1.

Flower arranging: Diane Schlinkert and Allie Callan, both Darien residents and experienced floral designers from the New York Botanical Garden certificate program, are hosting the flower-arranging workshop “Flowering Branches” on May 3 at 1p.m.

Materials will be provided; please bring your own hand clippers if you have them.

Fees are $40 for DCA members and $45 for the public. Prepayment is required by noon May 1.

Test prep

Lynn Carnegie, founder of local test prep company Carnegie Pollak, will be giving a free presentation addressing how to navigate the world of standardized testing at the Darien Depot May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to help your student prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT; how to choose between these tests; how to strategize and prepare for SAT subject tests and Advanced Placement exams; and how to avoid common pitfalls in the testing process.

This presentation is geared toward parents of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Students are also welcome to attend.

Questions? Visit for more details.

Darien DAR chapter to gather

Local historian and the author of “The Story of Darien, Connecticut,” Kenneth Reiss will be the keynote speaker when Darien’s Good Wife’s River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution holds their annual luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. May 5, at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s, 2748 Post Road.

After his talk, Reiss, who has served on the board of the Darien Historical Society for six years, will lead luncheon attendees on a tour of the recently restored Noroton River Graveyard, which is located next to the Water’s Edge. Many of Darien’s founding families are interred in that cemetery.

DAR Regent Katherine Love will hold a brief meeting prior to the luncheon when details of the chapter’s participation in the Memorial Day Parade will be finalized and the June Chapter Board meeting will be scheduled. Members who attended the Connecticut DAR Spring Fling on May 2, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville will report.

On the evening of May 5, DAR members, prospects, husbands and friends are invited to attend a Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Party from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Bush Holley House in Cos Cob. This event will support Connecticut Honorary State Regent April Staley in her journey as a candidate for the office of vice president general at this year’s Continental Congress.

Contact or call 203-788-3559. Tickets are $45 each.

Membership in the DAR is open to any woman over the age of 18 who can trace her direct lineage to a patriot who fought in or gave material aid to the cause of American Independence during the Revolutionary War. For more information and applications, call 203-656-0857.

“America’s Got Preemies” Gala

The Tiny Miracles Foundation, a Darien-based nonprofit, will hold their 12th annual gala — “America’s Got Preemies” — at The Inn at Longshore in Westport on April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s gala is being co-chaired by Michelle Hogue, of Westport, and Grace Duplinsky, of Milford. The event will honor Leelee Smith Klein, of Darien, a former TTMF president and mother of premature twins.

The money raised will aid the nonprofit’s mission to help families with premature babies through comprehensive support and assistance

Guests will enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres, dinner and entertainment by Oz Pearlman — a mentalist, magician, and finalist on America’s Got Talent — and up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica Allossery, a preemie herself. Guests will peruse auction items while enjoying cocktails from beverage sponsors: DIAGEO North America, Ketel One Vodka, Nestlé Waters North America, San Pellegrino, Latis Imports, Palm, Radeberger, and Schofferhofer Grapefruit.

Some community sponsors include: Bankwell, Barnum Wealth Management, Broder & Orland LLC, J.P. Morgan, Jefferies, S&P Global, Stamford Health, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Western Connecticut Health Network, and Yale New Haven Health.

Local businesses that are donating their time and services to the event include: Westport Magazine/Moffly Media, William Oakley Imaging, Trader Joe’s, and TWOHOMERUNS Production Group LLC.

More information can be found at or by calling 203-202-9714.

Donate to Boy Scouts’ tag sale

Start your spring cleaning now and let the Darien Boy Scouts help reduce, reuse, and recycle your clutter into another’s treasure.

The 45th Annual Darien Boy Scouts Giant Tag Sale is scheduled for May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scout Cabin at 140 West Ave.

The Boy Scouts are looking for art and antiques, collectibles, jewelry, instruments, foreign currency, indoor and outdoor furniture, lawnmowers, lawn and garden tools, hand tools, woodworking tools, construction tools, snow blowers, electronics, stereo equipment, turntables, speakers, computers (Pentium IIIs & newer), flat screen TVs, cell phones, CDs, DVDs, records, housewares, lamps and linens, rugs, dishes and decorative items, sporting goods, baby/children’s items, books, games and toys, bikes, trikes and scooters, holiday items and knick knacks.

Drop off donations at the Scout Cabin April 26-29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and April 27-28 from 6-8 p.m.

Local pick-ups for items too large to fit in your car will take place on April 29 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Go to to schedule a pickup or call 203 656-1830, ext. 3 for more information.

The sale provides funds to operate the Andrew Shaw Memorial Scout Cabin and subsidize Scouting programs in Darien. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

Forcar and motorcycle donations, contact Jay Shutts at 203-655-8700 or For small boat donations, contact Rich Wood at 203-919-1700 or

The Boy Scouts cannot accept unsafe and or unsalable items, including clothing, magazines, mattresses, car seats, sofa beds, venetian blinds, steel or particle board furniture, armoires, large console TVs, floor model stereo equipment, typewriters, basketball nets, hazardous materials, propane tanks, or building materials such as sinks, windows and doors.

Bulk pickup program

The Darien Department of Public Works will continue its bulk pickup program by appointment again this spring.

Pickup will be by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays ending June 7. Each residence is restricted to a single pickup per calendar year.

Residents should have their debris placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their scheduled pickup. No pickups will be made at addresses on private streets (unless property has road frontage on public street and material is placed along public road frontage).

Items are limited to those too large for transport by a passenger car or SUV.

The following items will not be accepted:

*Hazardous waste.

*Sealed containers or barrels.

*Liquid wastes or paint

*Propane tanks, fire extinguishers or other pressure vessels

*Pathological or medical waste

*Logs, stumps, leaves, grass clippings or brush

*Batteries (bring to Transfer Station).

*Drywall (gypsum board, sheet rock or wall board)

*Wood items must be less than four feet long and six inches in diameter.