The Darien Democratic Town Committee and all Darien Democrats stand united against hate speech in any form. We are saddened to learn of the misogynistic and homophobic graffiti discovered at Darien High School this week. In another incident, also this week, a Darien High School student posted anti-Semitic language on a closed Facebook page. While many will argue these are isolated incidents, in 2019 swastikas were scrawled on a desk and external windows at the Middlesex Middle School on two separate occasions.

These appalling incidents highlight that the increasing polarization and animosity towards underrepresented groups that has permeated much of this country has now found root in Darien. These behaviors and actions reflect poorly on our community and leave many Darien residents disheartened and concerned about our town’s future.

The discriminatory and abusive behavior and actions within the Darien High School community this week are appalling and must be condemned by all students and adults. But much like “thoughts and prayers,” condemnations will not solve the problem. Words are not enough.

In recent weeks we have seen parents, candidates, and elected officials question the need for a curriculum that espouses Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They have attached themselves to the national outcry that learning about those who are different from us may hurt their children rather than open their minds. A common refrain heard at the recent Board of Education meeting was that the discussion and education of our students on these topics belongs at home. However, the recent incidents and those occurring in the not-too-distant past illustrate exactly why we need to teach Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our schools as we prepare our children for their future.

Darien residents and public officials need to do better. This is why local elections matter.

Pursuant to recent legislation, the COVID-19 pandemic may be used to obtain an absentee ballot for the fall 2021 municipal election in Darien.

Return your completed application today to: Town Clerk’s Office, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820

Our Candidates in the November 2021 Election

Tara Ochman for First Selectman:

Facebook:  @TaraOchmanForDarien

Mike Burke & Sara Neumann for Selectmen:

Facebook @MikeandSarahforBOS

Twitter- @MikeSarah4BOS

Instagram @mike.sarah4BOS 

Julie Best and Stacie Tie for Board of Education:

Facebook is @julieandstacey4dpskids

Twitter @4dpskids

Instagram @julieandstacey4boe

Happy back to school!  We hope everyone has a great first day and a fantastic school year! 

And now that you have a little free time, we want to have coffee with you.  We will be outside at Nero on Friday, Sept 3, starting at 8:45 am.  Come sit, talk and drink coffee with us. 

Julie & Stacey were honored to be guests on a National Podcast about Education.  You can find the link to that podcast here.

Finally, we have SWAG.  Lawn signs, car magnets, and more.  Please let us know if you would like to host a lawn sign and car magnet and we will make sure that it gets delivered to you!


Julie & Stacey

Facebook: @julieandstacey4dpskids 

Instagram: @julieandstacey4boe  

Twitter: @4DPSkids 


By David T. Maloof. Esq.

Will Rogers, on being chastised for not being a war hero, responded with wit:

“We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by.”

There have been a lot of Broadway ticker-tape parades for war heroes in New York City over the years. But on July 7, 2021, the parade world was truly turned upside down. On that day, our “Hometown Heroes” during the pandemic — the essential workers who kept us safe in New York City — the humble people who normally sit on the curb and clap — were the paraders.

There have been 206 ticker-tape parades dating back to 1886, but in recent years, fewer and fewer. And unless you are an entire New York sports team, it has become harder and harder to get one thrown.

Once upon a time, all you had to do was return from a successful safari (Theodore Roosevelt — 1910), captain a Zeppelin (Hugo Eckener — 1928), win the British Open (Bobby Jones — 1921 and 1930, he had two parades), swim the English Channel (Gertrude Ederele — 1926), or win a transatlantic yacht race (Olin Stephens — 1931).

But in 2021. you had to do a lot more. In 2021, you had to save an entire city from a murderous pandemic.

And 2,400 heroes who did just that were featured on 14 floats in the “Hometown Heroes” parade on July 7, 2021.

On that day, right where President Kennedy once cruised by as part of his triumphant presidential campaign, sanitation trucks now instead rolled triumphantly, their vehicles as proud as chariots returning from battle in ancient Rome.



How proud were the sanitation workers? They brought their own bagpipers.

On that day, right where General Douglas MacArthur once strode with his formal military uniform, bodega shelf-stackers marched in the most informal of blue jeans.

On that day, right where British royalty like Queen Elizabeth II once adjusted her colorful crown, funeral home staff instead adjusted their dark suits and ties.



On that day, where Pope John Paul II once blessed throngs of cheering crowds, local ministers wearing “God Squad” T-shirts instead mingled with the people on and of the street.



And on that day, nurses and vaccinators shook and shimmied and sang to rock and roll while carrying signs which proudly (and accurately) proclaimed:


“Save one life and you’re a hero.
Save 100 lives and you’re a nurse.”

The Bible says that someday the last will be the first. It must have foreseen July 7, 2021, on Broadway in New York City. On that day the sanitation workers, the bodega workers, the funeral home workers, the nurses and the vaccinators — they all came first.

Even while it has become a lot harder to get a tickertape parade thrown for you, they can’t stop you from asking. That was my small role. On May 28.2021, I wrote to the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, asking for a parade for the “essential workers” who were the oxygen for New York — both literally and figuratively — throughout the pandemic.

Earlier that week, I had been at a luncheon with a family friend, a nursing administrator in the New York metropolitan area,a person of deep Catholic faith. Hearing her recount her stories during the pandemic touched me. Phone calls at odd hours to come down to the ICU to be the last person to hold hands with someone — dying alone. Literally being called upon to recruit enough nurses to administer enough vaccines to fill a sports stadium on short notice. Competing for those nurses was a large New York City hospital, who was paying a king’s ransom; replacing health care workers, who in recent days were quitting in droves — weary, worn out, overworked: and somehow, managing to spin in that revolving door without getting dizzy.

While others were resigning, this quiet, unassuming nurse administrator had stood her ground, stretched out her arms, widened her stance in her Danskos and held the hospital building’s columns up. And hers was just one story: there were so, so many others.

Nurses,” as the saying goes: “Just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate everything, and soft enough to understand everyone.

To make the situation even more desperate, this friend told me that when she had to supply nurses for the sports stadium, a few of them, offered early access to the vaccine in return for administering it, had received their vaccines — and then never returned. Her Irish eves flashed just a touch of indignation — but soon her proud smile returned. She just replaced them too. I could think then of only one thing:

She deserved a parade.

It only took a few days for the mayor’s newly appointed Executive Director for Citywide Events, Dan Gross, to respond to the letter:

The Mayor loved your letter, we are going to do it.” he said.

My letter had been planted on fertile soil. A year earlier, Mayor de Blasio had promised a ticker-tape parade when the pandemic was over. The Executive Director said he had showed the mayor my letter, and that the mayor had asked him:

“Do the people want this?”

To which he simply responded,

“Sure, look at the letter this guy wrote.”

I saw this quote online recently:

A disco ball is 100 pieces of broken glass put together to make a magical ball of light. You aren’t broken. You’re a disco ball.

On July 7, 2021, many of those pieces of “broken glass” came together and marched. They shook and they shimmied. They shone down Broadway brighter than any president or sports star or royalty had ever shined before. In a city desperate for a party, these “Hometown Heroes” marched not as individuals and not just for themselves. No, they marched in group after group together, in waves like an advancing army, a modern “salvation army.”

And together, on that day, they were New York City’s shining disco ball.
On that day, the saints came marching in.

David T Maloof Esq. is an international lawyer, human rights activist and writer.


The Darien Democrats are back and we want you to march in the Memorial Day parade with us next Monday morning, May 31. 

As many of you may recall, we did this in 2019 and it was a smashing success – so much so that the RTC is copying us and marching this year. We would love a good turnout to reflect our increased presence in town, so please join us.

Please plan to meet us in the Goodwives Shopping Center parking lot by 9:30am. Parade steps off at 10am. We’ll probably exit the parking lot about 10:30. We should reach the end of the route by 11:30. You can be home by noon.

A few quick notes:

  1. ALL ARE WELCOME. DTC members and all Democrats, spouses, kids, everyone. Have friends or family visiting from out-of-town? Tell them “Yes, we can!” Dems from nearby towns without a parade? Bring them along too! Kids can ride scooters. Strong turnout essential.
  2. If possible, please respond to with a headcount of your attendees. But walk-in are welcome on Monday morning too.
  3. PLEASE WEAR BLUE! Best option is a blue top and white / light pants or shorts. But really, anything blue will do.
  4. Best parking option is probably Mechanic St. parking lot, behind the Darien Fire Dep’t.
  5. The complete 2021 parade marcher instructions are listed below.
  6. Note our impressive and professional signage! You may be invited to carry the banner identifying our group as the Darien Democrats! Let Frank know if you’re interested! Kids will love it!
  7. Feel free to bring American flags, but no overt political signs or messaging. It is not in keeping with the solemnity of the day. 
  8. Bring sunscreen!

I hope to see many of you next Monday morning.





Monday, May 31, 2021

ASSEMBLY: All units assemble at Goodwives Shopping Center at 9:00 AM.  Signs will indicate where each division assembles.  Marchers must be in position by 9:30 AM.  Step off is 10 AM SHARP.

PARKING: Police will direct traffic.  The Goodwives Shopping Center parking lot is for shoppers and parade vehicles only. There is NO parade parking.  Park at the YWCA, First Congregational Church, or the Mechanic Street lot behind the Darien Fire Station

CHILDREN’S MARCHING UNITS: If you are dropping off a child, the child’s group must have an adult in place.  Parents with children will not be allowed to linger or park their car.  This causes congestion and unsafe conditions.  **Parents who must wait with their child, because no adult is in place, are required to park their car, and walk their child back to the assembly area.**  

IMPORTANT: Please advise everyone in your organization about these parking rules. Rules are for the safety of our marchers and for the safety of our children!

Since social-distancing will not be practical, please wear a mask while in the assembly area.


Parade Route: Goodwives Shopping Center to Brookside Road to Post Road.  At Parade’s end, continue on Post Road PAST Hecker Avenue to the Post Road entrance to Spring Grove Cemetery, vehicles stay to the left and walkers to the right.  Vehicles are not permitted to stop and must continue straight past Cemetery.

Length of Parade Approximately 1.25 miles.  Make sure all marchers are able to complete the parade.

Marching Parade Officials will maintain a uniform cadence and a steady forward march at all times.  All units will maintain a reasonable distance from the unit in front of them.  All marching units will march at least six (6) abreast, with the exception of color guards.  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARADE!

Reviewing Stand Is located in front of Nielsen’s Florist on the Post Road where the parade will be reviewed by the Grand Marshal and other dignitaries.

Cemetery Ceremony Please join us at the Connecticut Veterans’ Cemetery to pay respect to the military people who have preserved our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice.

Emergencies In case of emergency the parade will move to the right side of the road and the necessary vehicles will pass on the left side of the road.

Other NO alcoholic beverages are permitted in the Assembly Area, along the Parade Route, or during the Ceremony.  NO throwing of candy, toys, or any other items in Assembly Area or along Parade Route.  Violators will be removed.

The parade is a procession to the Connecticut Veterans’ Cemetery to honor those who died in service of our country.  The spirit of the parade is to celebrate the lives of our war dead.  Participants are encouraged to identify the organizations they represent but are requested to refrain from advertisements or promotion of events that have nothing to do with Memorial Day.

All In-Person Voting in Darien Will Be at the Town Hall Gym!

IF YOU NORMALLY VOTE AT HINDLEY SCHOOL, YOU MUST GO TO THE TOWN HALL GYM TO VOTE IN PERSON in the Special State Senate Election to be held on March 2, 2021 in Darien Voting Districts 2 and 4. March 2 is a school day and Hindley School will not be used as a polling place.  Please spread the word.

ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE MAILED TO ALL VOTERS FOR THIS ELECTION, but may be obtained from the link below and MUST be promptly returned to the Darien Town Clerk’s Office, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820 so that an absentee ballot may be mailed to you.  Please do so right away if you wish to vote by absentee ballot.

If you would like to host a lawn sign for Pat, please sign up below and one will be brought to you.  Also letters to the editor and testimonials are needed:

Lawn Signs: We have lawn signs ready for pick up at the Stamford Democratic headquarters. Please share the link below among your network and we will coordinate with individuals who fill out the form to get them their sign:

Letters to the Editor: Please write a letter of support for Pat’s election as State Senator for Darien.  Letters should to be submitted to:, and

Testimonials: We are looking for people to submit brief quotes or video testimonials in support of Pat to post on social media. If you’d like to provide a quote, please send a headshot/picture that can be posted along with it to Lauren Meyer at

Happy Valentines Day to everyone and let’s share the love with Pat Billie Miller and get her elected as Darien’s next State Senator!


David Bayne

Darien DTC Chair

(203) 984-9679

“The town with the largest percent increase in the number of active registered Democrats from 2016 to 2020 in the state was Darien. The town saw a 27 percent increase in the number of active registered Democrats from 2016 to 2020, paired with a 12 percent decrease in the number of Republicans.”
We want to share DTC Vice Chair Ann Reed’s insightful piece in the Darien Times this week asking the political parties (the RTC in particular) to keep their hands off of our schools.
The Darien DTC could not agree more,and pledges not to inject partisan politics into the Board of Education. We have never told Democratic Board of Education members how to vote on an issue, or who to vote for to lead the Darien Board of Education, and we do not intend to start now. We nominate outstanding candidates and then let them do their job for all Darien schoolchildren, parents and residents. 
The Darien DTC is not running Michael Burke and Sara Parent’s campaign for Board of Education. We have contributed to it and we support it, but the campaign is an independent entity – as we expect Mike and Sara to be as Board of Education members. Ask whether the Republican candidates can say the same.
Please support Mike & Sara in this contested race for the Board of Education with your votes and with your donations:
David Bayne
Darien DTC Chair
(203) 984-9679

Darien Times Op-Ed by Ann Reed

As a resident of Darien, I appreciate our public schools and the link between the quality of that system and home values in our town. I have spent hours in Board of Education meetings for various town groups. As a result, I have endless respect for those individuals who serve as members. Last week, the Republican Town Committee published their platform for their Board of Education candidates. As I was reading it, I was struck that it espouses things that are false. It talks about “Act(ing) transparently with regard to budget priorities.” However, it was a group of Republican Board of Education members who held a secret caucus to discuss the budget last spring. While that caucus may have been legal, it was certainly not transparent.
Darien parents and residents should want members of the Board of Education to be independent, collaborative and to bring thoughtful, considered ideas to the Board table. The ideal Board member stands up for what they believe is best for our town’s children and does not just parrot the party line dictated by the Republican Town Committee, who are neither education nor policy experts.
The Republican platform uses the following language: “Protect and promote curriculum that emphasizes the ways in which western civilization and the American system have protected, enriched and elevated lives, while ensuring students are instilled with an understanding of the importance of social consciousness, community involvement and their responsibility to be inclusive and strive for continuous improvement.”
While this language is dressed up to sound like admirable goals, its cultural insensitivity and dark undertone echo the “culture war” themes being stoked by the Trump Administration. The Town of Darien and its school system are better than that.
Other parts of the platform talk about “Autonomy and local control – Darien First.” This is to make sure their voters know they are against regionalization. To be clear, no current Democratic Board of Education member has ever supported regionalization, and the Democratic newcomer on the ballot testified against regionalization in Hartford. To their point of “Darien First,” are they saying they want Darien to give up any and all state funding in order to be accountable solely to Darien residents? Are those residents ready to be solely responsible for fully funding our schools?
Differing viewpoints are worthwhile and necessary. Open and frank discussion among Board members often results in growth and development in our schools, but the political parties and their ideologies should keep their hands off of our schools.
Darien needs thoughtful candidates with their own ideas. The Darien Democratic Town Committee has never told a Board of Education member how to vote and pledges never to do so in the future. Can the Darien Republican Town Committee make the same claim?

Ann Reed is the vice chairman of the Democratic Town Committee.


Hi Friends,

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this summer I signed a new law that gives all registered voters in Connecticut the ability to vote during the November 3, 2020 General Election using an absentee ballot. While it is important to note that polls will still be open like normal from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day and you can vote in-person if you want, all registered voters also have the option this year of voting by absentee ballot.

If you want to vote by absentee ballot in Connecticut, this is what you need to do:

  1. Obtain an absentee ballot application: The Secretary of the State has mailed absentee ballot applications to every active, registered voter in the state. If you haven’t received one yet, it should arrive in the mail within the next several days. You can also download the application online here. It is important to note that this is not a ballot – it is just an application that you need to fill out to request a ballot.
  2. Fill out the application: When you fill out the application, state law requires you to check a box indicating the reason why you need to vote using an absentee ballot. This year, all voters have the option of selecting “COVID-19” as a reason, in addition to the six existing reasons.
  3. Send the application to your Town Clerk: Once filled out, you must send the application to the Town Clerk where you are registered to vote. You can drop it in one of the secure ballot boxes that have been installed outside of every Town Hall, send it in the mail, or hand deliver it at your Town Clerk’s office.
  4. Once the application is processed, an absentee ballot will be mailed to the voter starting on October 2: Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who requested one beginning October 2, 2020. By law, absentee ballots cannot be mailed prior to October 2.
  5. Complete your absentee ballot: When filling out your absentee ballot, make sure to follow all of the instructions as required, otherwise your vote may not be processed. Remember to sign the inner envelope, seal only your ballot inside of the inner envelope (one ballot per envelope), and seal the inner envelope inside of the outer envelope.
  6. Send your completed absentee ballot to your Town Clerk: Similar to how you returned your application, you must send your completed ballot to the Town Clerk where you are registered to vote. You can drop it in one of the secure ballot boxes that have been installed outside of every Town Hall, send it in the mail, or hand deliver it at your Town Clerk’s office.
  7. All ballots must be received by the close of polls at 8:00 P.M. on November 3: To ensure that the Town Clerk receives your absentee ballot in time and it doesn’t get held up due to delays in mail delivery, it is strongly recommended that you return your ballot by using the secure drop boxes that have been installed outside of your local Town Hall.

Additional Resources

For Connecticut’s voter information center, visit

Stay safe,