Community Soundings: Lobster, a road race and more
The Town of Darien Firefighters' Foundation is hosting its fifth biennial Lobster for Ladders event on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 6-10 p.m. at Weed Beach. Proceeds benefit all three volunteer fire departments: Darien Fire Department, Noroton Fire Department and Norton Heights Fire Department.
The schedule kicks off at 6 p.m. with cocktails and the Color Guard at 6:55 p.m.
Following the Color Guard ceremony, the night will be filled with music by Tangled Vine and delicious food. As in the past, lobster is on the menu with lobster rolls, and, new this year, there will be a grilled cheese station, slider station, raw bar and desserts.
Winners of the silent auction with will be announced at 9 p.m.
Event sponsors include Bankwell, Baywater Properties, Greenwich Tent Company, Ring’s End, Carta, McAlister & Moore LLC, Darien Sport Shop, Darien Times, Nicholas Roberts, East Coast Irrigation, Pumpkin Ridge and Half Full Brewery. Event Donors are photographer Freddie Orawsky, Two Roads Brewing Co. and The Gardeners Center and Florist.
Purchase tickets at darienfirefighters.org. Tickets are $200 per person, $400 per couple, or $2,000 for a table of 10. Tickets will be picked up at the event.
Darien native Caroline McGuire will be studying abroad during Union College's fall term. McGuire is traveling to Athens, Greece, to study Greek culture and language, art, history and mythology. McGuire, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in classics at the liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y.
Annual Darien Road Race
The 37th annual Darien Road Race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11, at Pear Tree Point Beach and includes a 10K and 1.5-mile loop. The race will feature The Finish Line tent with music, games, food trucks, sponsor booths, a silent auction and an awards ceremony.
The Darien Road Race supports The Community Fund of Darien. The race has raised almost $1 million in the past and all money raised will benefit local nonprofits and community initiatives in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien. Community Fund grants target youth success, self-sufficiency, basic needs and Darien programs.
The race is made possible by local business sponsors and volunteers. The title sponsor for the road race is the Darien Sport Shop. Gold sponsors are UBS, Eagle Point Credit, Tooher-Ferraris Insurance Group and Vineyard Vines. In addition, 2016 sponsors include Baywayter Properties, Christine Hamilton-Hall MD, Corbo’s Deli, CST 50, Darien Rowayton Bank, Farrell Construction, Fox Hill Builders, Halstead Property, Heights Pizza, Hutchinson Tree, Kumon, Methodist Family Center, Northwestern Mutual, Palmer’s Market, Pear Tree Point School, Perpetual Insights, Professional Physical Therapy, Pure Barre, Southfield Center, Stamford Hospital, TD Bank, and Thomas Costello Landscaping. The Goose, Fleet Feet Stamford, Crystal Rock, The Darien Boat Club, Runner’s Roost, and The Darien Times also donated to the annual race.
The registration fee is $45 ($50 on race day) and $15 for all children 12 and under. The first 400 registered runners will receive an official road race performance T-shirt on race day.
For more information or to register for the race, go to darienroadrace.org or call 203-655-8775.
An informal survey conducted by the Darien Sail & Power Squadron revealed that 60 percent of local boaters do not go more than 5 to 10 miles from home and never stay away overnight.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Squadron will present a course in small boat piloting designed to address this problem. The course will meet for eight classes during which paper charts, hand-held GPS receivers, tides, currents and common-sense piloting techniques will be presented with hands-on exercises. The course will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Yacht Club, 10 Nathan Hale Dr., Norwalk.
It costs $175, which includes books, piloting instruments and a one-year membership in the Darien Squadron. A discount will be offered to students who are members of the Darien Squadron or the Norwalk Yacht Club. To register for the course, go to tinyurl.com/ztplrpq. Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Maritime golf classic
Birdies and eagles will connect schoolchildren with sharks and sea turtles during The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s sixth annual Maritime Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 12.
Foursomes and individual golfers can register for the event at the Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. Proceeds support The Maritime Aquarium’s efforts to connect cash-strapped schools that need subsidies for Aquarium programs and for busing.
The Maritime Golf Classic includes carts, a barbecue lunch, refreshments, post-play hors d’oeuvres and dinner, a silent auction and other prizes. Registration/bag drop begins at 10:30 a.m. and lunch opens at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
Opportunities range from $10,000 as naming sponsor with two foursomes and two hole sponsorships to $1,000 as an individual player or $1,000 as a hole sponsor.
Sign up or get more details at 203-852-0700, ext. 2277.
Yellow Pages distribution
The updated Yellow Pages will be distributed in Fairfield County beginning on or about Sept. 22. Residents who have questions or concerns regarding the distribution of Yellow Pages directories can email email@example.com. Provide the following details when contacting the distribution concerns email: name, address, contact information and specific details regarding the nature of the concern.
Additionally, residents have the choice about which directories they would like to receive or stop receiving in the future. Residents can request directories or opt-out of future phone book deliveries by visiting YellowPagesOptOut.com.
Wait ’til 8
Energize Connecticut partners are asking customers to “Wait ’til 8” to help decrease energy consumption and demand during peak periods, which are weekdays from noon to 8 p.m.
Extreme peak demands occur only 100 hours each year, or about 1 percent of the time, between late May and early September during hot, humid weather. To accommodate demand, additional power plants are on standby, ready to operate during these hours. These back-up plants often run on dirtier fuels - such as oil - that produce more air pollution and offer power at a price that drives up the cost of electricity.
To reduce energy usage, Energize Connecticut representatives recommend lessening the use of discretionary appliances and electronics during peak hours. Examples include:
Running pool pumps earlier in the day or later in the evening;
using dishwashers and laundry machines and dryers in the morning or later in the day;
programming thermostats to increase the temperature when a home is not occupied;
using energy efficient products like Energy Star LED lights and Energy Star air conditioning.
Alerts on an app
Connecticut residents can now stay prepared as blizzards, hurricanes and other emergencies approach. In August, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the launch of a new app that will give Connecticut residents information and alerts on emergency situations.
Developed by Connecticut Interactive and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, “CT Prepares” can be downloaded to most smartphones and uses texts, emails and social networking to allow residents to alert friends and family of their safety during emergencies. Users will also receive notifications about emergency news, state office closings and public safety messages. It can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store for Apple devices or from Google Play for Android devices.