Himes supports

the environment

To the Editor:

Jim Himes has been on the right side of environmental legislation during his first term as our Congressional Representative. For almost 50 years I have been an environmental activist and I recognize Jim's concerns as my own.

Many people decry the money allocated by Congress to address the need to transition to a clean energy economy; to promote energy efficiency in the home, in schools and in our workplaces; to develop cleaner transportation options; and to protect open land and our drinking water. I believe these steps are all essential to creating jobs and improving our health, and the fact that Jim Himes voted in favor of the various bills that address these challenges tells me he is the right man to represent us in Congress.

I have never been one to spend money I didn't have, but these are perilous times for our American economy. We have swept too much under the rug for too long and we need to spend money now to clean things up that should never have been left for another day. The food we eat, the products we buy that contain toxic elements and our throwaway habits all contribute to making us sick so our health-care costs have soared. Our addiction to fossil fuels to run our cars, heat and cool our homes and provide raw materials for everything plastic has made us dependent on other countries and vulnerable to terrorists. Jim Himes has supported President Obama in addressing these serious issues head on. The money allocated will lead to many new jobs, but we need to be patient during this absolutely necessary time of transition.

We can't blame Congress and our excellent Representative Jim Himes for what's wrong with our lives and suggest that his opponent will have any better answers. We are all in this together, and I am happy Jim is leading the way.

Marny Smith

Norwalk

Meet Post 53's officers, learn about Darien's EMS

To the Editor:

The membership of Post 53 invites you to visit our headquarters at Zero Ledge Road on Sunday, Oct. 3, between noon and 3 p.m. It is an opportunity to learn about Darien Emergency Medical Services and meet the director and officers. Members will be on hand to give you a tour and you can find out more about the community service provided by Post 53.

We look forward to answering any questions you have about Darien EMS and meeting you on Oct. 3.

Grant Nelson, President

Darien EMS Post 53

Ron Hammer, Director

Darien EMS Post 53

Little League has kids' best interests at heart

To the Editor:

I have lived in Darien for almost 20 years and all of my children have grown up here, attended the local schools and participated in a variety of the local sports leagues. In all that time I have yet to run across any coach, league administrator, teacher, guidance counselor or school official who had anything but the best interests of the children they were involved with as their first and foremost concern. I have seen the most competitive people who wanted to win but when it came down to getting the last child off the bench and into the game, they always put their concern for that child ahead of all else.

What has always impressed me is how consistent this mentality is among all of the people that I have encountered who, either professionally or through volunteer work, have dedicated some or all of their time to working with our children. These folks all deserve our support and our most sincere thanks. To all of you who give your time to our kids either through the school system, local athletic organizations or other groups that work with children thank you for making this a great community.

David Sacco

Darien

Chamber wine tasting benefits YWCA

To the Editor:

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk would like to thank the Darien Chamber of Commerce for selecting our organization to be one of the beneficiaries of the Chamber of Commerce Wine Tasting and Auction for the second year. Proceeds from this event will benefit women and children in lower Fairfield County. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk gives women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices, and raise healthy families. Our national mission, eliminating racism and empowering women, translates locally into a vision to create opportunities for growth, leadership and empowerment for all women and families. We encourage the community to attend this festive and worthwhile fund-raising event on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Nielsen's.

Nancy Coughlin

Interim Executive Director

YWCA Darien/Norwalk

ABC thanks

Chamber for support

To the Editor:

On behalf of the scholars and the Board of Directors of A Better Chance in Darien, we would like to thank the Darien Chamber of Commerce for selecting us as a co-beneficiary of their Wine and Food Tasting Event, to be held at Nielsen's Florist on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. It is a wonderful event supported by many local businesses, with the proceeds directed to local non-profits including ABC, the YWCA, the Lion's Club and the Chamber's Scholarship Fund. We encourage Darien residents to come out and enjoy an evening of fine wine, food and company. It is because of the involvement and support of our local community that ABC is able to continue to offer academic and boarding scholarships to exceptional young women of color from under-served academic environments. We hope to see you there.

Jane Yezzi and Ron Hammer

Co-Presidents

A Better Chance in Darien

Wine tasting event:

fun for a good cause

To the Editor:

I want to encourage the community to support of the Darien Chamber's Wine Tasting & Charity Auction, Thursday, Oct. 14, in Nielsen's Greenhouse and outdoor garden area. Support can be given by bidding right now in the online auction and/or buying a ticket to attend and enjoy the event and the live auction.

Proceeds will be shared with A Better Chance, Friends of Freddie/ Lions, DCC Scholarship Funds and YWCA Darien/Norwalk from an evening that features a selection of fine wines and foods from around the world, accompanied by an auction and vocals from EJ Couloucoundis.

We want to thank the sponsors for making this possible: WinePort of Darien, Nielsen's~Venue Sponsor, BMW-Darien~Auction Sponsor, People's United Bank~White Wine Sponsor, Patch-Darien~Cabernet Sponsor, Kitchens by Deane~Malbec Sponsor, Ellen A. Mahony, MD, FACS~Chardonnay Sponsor, EJ Couloucoundis~Music Sponsor, The Darien Times~Media Sponsor, AllAboutDarien.Com &PCI Group, LLC ~ In-Kind Sponsors, Darien Rowayton Bank~ Elite Sponsor, Food Sponsors~Atria Darien, JORDANS Catering, Matsuri, Michael Joseph's Catering, Rory's, Ten Twenty Post-Oyster Bar & Bistro and the many people and businesses who donated auction items and are volunteering time to help these community causes.

People may participate in the auction, even if they are unable to attend the event by going to: www.BiddingForGood.com/DarienChamberAuction. New items are being posted daily, so visit the site often. Tickets to attend may be purchased in advance for $50 at: http://darienchamberonline.com/announcements/. Tickets at the door will be $65.

The Darien Chamber of Commerce Board

Carol Wilder-Tamme, President/CEO

Human Services key

to Darien community

To the Editor:

The Human Services Planning Council of Darien is an integral part of the fabric of this community. It is a forum that brings together a wide variety of community leaders from both the non-profit sector and the town's programs and agencies. This collaboration enables it to have a tangible and lasting impact on the community.

By creating programs like "Thriving Youth" and "Aging in Place," the council has given residents of all ages much-needed services designed to make their lives better. Meanwhile, the Domestic Violence Task Force and the Mental Health subcommittee's directory of services continue to be invaluable resources to the Darien community. The council fulfills its aims of planning and promoting valuable human service programs, while raising awareness and educating our community about the services available to meet a wide variety of needs.

As a senior director for Family Centers in Darien, I have found this organization to be invaluable as a resource and in its commitment to the community, benefitting both the agency and the many Darien families and individuals we serve. I would urge that whatever support The Community Fund of Darien requires to continue to support and facilitate this council and its crucial work in this community should be continued.

Deirdre K. Lewin, MA

Senior Director

Family Centers Programs

The Center for HOPE and

The Den for Grieving Kids

YMCA gets a new look

To the Editor:

The YMCA in Darien and all YMCAs across the country will now be referred to as simply the Y. For the first time in 43 years, the Y is unveiling a new look and strategy to increase the understanding of the impact our organization makes in the community so that more people take advantage of the YMCA's unique capacity to foster lasting personal and social change.

The Y is about changing lives for the better and we view participation in our programs and services as a means to a greater end. Our overall goals remain unchanged: to nurture the potential of more children and teens, improve the health and well-being of those in our community, and give more people the opportunity to give back, support and strengthen our town. Everything we do has three areas of focus:

"¢ Youth Development, because young people need caring adults to provide support, guidance and encouragement as they grow.

"¢ Healthy Living, because wellness in spirit, mind and body strengthens our very being, and enhances our interactions with others.

"¢ Social Responsibility, because we truly are in this together, and together we can harness our individual strengths and bring about positive change around us.

So while we've changed our appearance to better reflect the work we do and the positive impact we make, our mission and purpose remain the same. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. We have the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Though these times may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain -- the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and community. Please stop by anytime and see for yourself.

Support Mike Murray Nov. 2

To the Editor:

I encourage Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters to all join me on Nov. 2 and vote for Mike Murray for the next Judge of Probate for Darien and New Canaan. The election of Judge of Probate is not about politics. The next Judge of Probate must have many different skill sets. He must have great organizational skills to merge the two towns. He must have the time commitment to devote to the merger as well as the day to day operations. He must have expertise in probate law. He must have sound judgment, a calm temperament, be respectful and also have compassion. Mike Murray has all of these critical skills.

Mike Murray is the candidate that will bridge the communities of Darien and New Canaan together. Please vote for Mike Murray for the Judge of Probate on Nov. 2.

Susan Marks

Darien