The annual Halloween Window Painting Contest took place last weekend. Close to 100 middle and high school students participated in the community event. Beth Cherico from the Darien Arts Center judged the artistic displayed and selected the following winners:

1st place: Fisherman’s Net (Team #17)

2nd place: Darien Donut (Team #14)

3rd place: Wild Birds Unlimited (Team #11)

Several teams also earned honorable mentions in specific categories:

Most whimsical: Michael Joseph’s (Team #24)

Best store concept: Fisherman’s Net (Team #30)

Scariest: Johnny’s Cuts (Team #21)

Most artistic skills: Beadz Boutique (Team #25)

Best Halloween concept: Frederic & Company (Team #31)

Most original: Palmer’s (Team #5)

The winners’ reception is on Oct. 28 at the Darien Depot.

Halloween help for UNICEF

Halloween is not just about the candy. Get your spare change ready for the Middlesex Middle School annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF coin drive.

This year’s “10 Days, $10,000” event starts on Halloween night, when students will collect change in UNICEF’s signature orange boxes with the goal of raising $10,000 from the community. Donations by cash or check will also be accepted in the collection box in the main office.

The funds will help UNICEF provide countless children around the world with medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education.

Leaf pick up

The Town of Darien Department of Public Works will pick up leaves:

Oct. 31, north of railroad tracks;

Nov. 2, south of tracks;

Nov. 14, north of tracks;

Nov. 16, south of tracks;

Nov. 28, north of tracks;

Nov. 30, south of tracks.

Leaves will only be picked up if bagged and the bag must be clearly marked “100% Biodegradable” and made of paper. Loose leaves or leaves in plastic bags will not be collected. Please check your local hardware or big box store and supermarket for availability.

Bags must contain only leaves. Bags containing brush, grass clippings, garbage, or other material will not be collected.

Residents are not required to participate in the town leaf pickup. Residents are encouraged to compost leaves on their property.

Dates listed are start dates. Bagged leaves should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the date listed. Once leaves have been collected, no return trips will be made until the next scheduled pick-up.

Leaves will be collected on public roads only. Residents of private roads should make their own arrangements for leaf collection.

Residents with proper permit may also dispose of leaves at the Town of Darien Transfer Station.

The above schedule is subject to minor variations due to the volume of leaves encountered, snow storms, or other unforeseen circumstance. No other information will be available regarding specific leaf pick-up times. Please be patient.

For information, call 656-7346 or visit .

Road resurfacing and paving

Town of Darien roads will be resurfaced or repaved in areas of major water-main replacement work:

Noroton Avenue, from Chestnut Street to Middlesex Road — milling and preparatory work on Nov. 1 and paving on Nov. 2.

Middlesex Road, from Ox Ridge Lane to Mansfield Avenue — milling on Nov. 1 and paving on Nov. 2.

Work hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. Preparatory work will precede paving. Dates listed above include milling and paving. Road surfaces will have raised structures during these dates. The schedule is based on favorable weather conditions.

Please avoid these roads if possible during these times or use extra caution if you must travel on these roads. Town of Darien police officers will be present to direct traffic and assist area residents during construction.

Driveway access will be limited during paving operations. However, no single driveway should be closed for more than an hour. On street parking will be suspended during paving operations. Minor traffic delays are likely. Please plan your travels accordingly.

Emergency access will be available at all times.

Please call the Department of Public Works at 656-7346 for further information.

Artists on display

Several Darien artists are participating in the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists’ Annual Exhibition.

Wilson Avenue Loft Artists, known as WALA, have chosen “A Sense of Place” as the theme for their annual community event — a group exhibition in South Norwalk which opened on Oct. 28 and continues with Open Studios on Oct. 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Darien artists exhibiting are Britt Bair, Lori Glavin, Julie Jansen, Vicki French Smith and Diane Weeks.

WALA studios are located at 225 Wilson Ave. in South Norwalk, on the second floor, but the entrance and parking are on Ely Avenue behind the building.

Register to vote

The Darien registrars’ office is in the final weeks of being able to accept new voter registrations. The deadline to register ahead of Election Day is Nov. 1 and can be done in person at Department of Motor Vehicles and the Town Clerk/Registrar offices or online. Because of anticipated crowds, citizens not registered are encouraged to plan ahead and check your polling location.

Same-day registrations is available on Election Day and will take place at the Registrar’s office in Town Hall.

For those who need absentee ballots, applications are available in the Town Clerk’s office.

On Nov. 8, polling locations will be open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Get a ride to the polls

To make Election Day voting for seniors more convenient, At Home In Darien will have two vehicles, a 4-door sedan and a handicap-accessible minivan, on the road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for transportation to the polls. Volunteer drivers will also be available to provide transportation that day.

To arrange a ride to the polls on Nov. 8, seniors should call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 as soon as possible. At Home In Darien can also confirm your voting location.