In recognition of the work Person-to-Person is doing in Fairfield County that aligns with the mission of the Walmart Foundation — fighting hunger and improving nutrition, creating economic opportunities, and strengthening local communities — P2P has received a $25,000 grant in support of the agency’s Emergency Assistance Program. This funding will be used to help families overcome food insecurity and work towards self-sufficiency.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Currently P2P, in coordination with the Office of the Mayor in Norwalk and Beiersdorf, a global skincare company, is hosting its annual winter coat drive. More than 800 coats and jackets were distributed last year.

Residents of Norwalk and surrounding communities are being asked to drop off new or gently-used winter coats and jackets through Oct. 21 at the P2P Norwalk location (76 South Main St.), Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

On the move

A former Darien branch manager has been promoted to oversee all 10 Patriot Bank branches in Connecticut and New York. Thirty-year community banking veteran and Monroe resident Christopher Johnson is the new senior vice president and director of branch banking.

In his expanded role, Johnson will oversee the strategic planning, execution and overall customer experience at all of the bank’s 10 branches across Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester Counties, including ones in Darien, Fairfield and Westport.

He is a member of the Darien and Stamford Chambers of Commerce, serving on the Stamford Chamber Ambassador’s Committee since 2011, and the Monroe Knights of Columbus.

A new rector

The Reverend Canon Professor George Iype Kovoor is the new rector at St. Paul’s Church in Darien. An Indian missionary, Kovoor comes from the ancient orthodox church established by the apostle Thomas 52 AD in India. Kovoor is married to Chitra and they have three children, Timothy, Joshua and Esther.

Support for art

Darien resident Peter Saverine recently shared some of the proceeds from his August solo art show held at the Darien Rowayton Bank to benefit Darien Arts Center .

His show, entitled “Sessions by the Sea,” featured over 40 original works in acrylic on canvas that captured summer seascapes, rolling waves, boats at sail, and studies of oysters and mussels. A special collection of his popular miniature paintings on easels and signed copies of his children’s book, “Jenny’s Pennies — A Nantucket Tradition,” added to the show’s offerings.

The end result was over $500 for the Darien Arts Center, located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. For more information, visit or call 203-655-8683.

Ride a fire engine

The Darien Fire Department will be holding their annual open house on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event will feature fire engine rides, a fire safety house, and many other fire safety/prevention tips. This event will be open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. This is the only open house in Darien this year.

Any questions can be answered by calling the fire department at 203-655-1216.

Aid for seniors

While leaf raking and snow shoveling can be good exercise, it is often a tiring and sometimes hazardous chore for seniors to do themselves. At Home In Darien is pleased to organize the annual fall leaf raking and winter snow shoveling program that matches volunteers to senior residents who are in need of, and greatly appreciate, this assistance. These volunteer services can be helpful in allowing Darien residents to continue living confidently in their homes and the community as they grow older, without the worry of doing these chores by themselves.

At Home In Darien is requesting that seniors who are interested in having their leaves raked and/or their public sidewalks shoveled by volunteers, contact their office before Oct. 15. The nonprofit also needs volunteers to provide these services. For more information, to volunteer, or to complete an application, call 203-655-2227 or visit

At the DCA

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

Panel to discuss dementia: In collaboration with At Home in Darien and the New Canaan-based Alliance of Business Professionals , the DCA will present a panel discussion “Dementia: A Primer for Families and Caregivers” on Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m. The program is targeted not only for the families — spouses, adult children and caregivers of those with dementia — but also other seniors and/or their children who would simply like to learn more about this disease, which is affecting a larger portion of the population in today’s world, as people live longer.

Panelists include Dr. Stephen Jones , gerontologist and director of Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging; Carolyn DeRocco , vice president of programs and education at the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter; Michelle Lee Beltrano , an attorney in Greenwich practicing in elder law, estate planning, special needs and probate; and David Babcock , founder/owner of Home Care Right at Home, a Darien-based firm which serves all of Fairfield County.

The program will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., with the panel discussion starting at 5:15 p.m. A question and answer session will follow the panelist presentations. The event is free, but please RSVP through or by contacting the DCA at or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

Gardening workshop: Join the Greenhouse Group for their annual Free Fall Gardening Workshop on Oct. 18 from 9:30 a.m — 12:30 p.m. to learn how we put our garden “to bed” by dividing plants, lightly pruning various shrubs, and updating winter pots. Novice gardeners will be given tips; experienced gardeners are welcome to just help out.

Appropriate clothing for gardening should be worn, and all are asked to bring any hand tools available (trowel, hand shovel, clippers; the group will have some extras for those who don’t). Afterwards participants will enjoy lunch on the patio.

This event is free to all, and children are welcome under their parent’s/guardian’s supervision. Reservations are requested to ensure there’s plenty of lunch for all and can be made online at, or by contacting the DCA at or 203-655-9050.