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



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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 info@dariendemocrats.com 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.

March Graphics

From the Darien Times:


March co-organizer Steven Gomez, 20 , confirmed the details with the DTC:

Quick rundown, there is a parking lot near Trader Joe’s, we will have people park there and around, we will have a few people who want to speak, a moment of silence for George and the other lives lost, then a walk down post road to DPD, and back to get to our cars.

A peaceful protest, masks required, gloves if possible, and we just want to spread awareness and pop the bubble which is Darien.




On Jan. 14, 2020, registered Darien Democrats caucused at the Town Hall Auditorium to elect the next Darien Democratic Town Committee (“DTC”) for a two year term commencing March 4, 2020.

Current Town Committee Chairman David Bayne chaired the caucus. After calling the caucus to order, the DTC Search Committee’s slate of 20 persons was nominated and seconded. Nominations were then taken from the floor and three additional persons were nominated and seconded for positions on the 2020-22 DTC. Nominations were then closed and all persons nominated were unanimously elected by a voice vote.

The members of the 2020-2022 Darien Democratic Town Committee are:

Frank Adelman

David Bayne

Sean Bunoski

Francisco Cardona

John “JC” Carter

Christine Castles

Loren Gomez

Susan Gray

Elizabeth Hall

David Maloof

Dan Nalawade

Wyatt Piedra

Margaret Rague

Ann Reed

Rob Richards

Glenn Ritch

Jean Sweeney

Sharad Samy

Danica Tarin

David Tarin

Barbara Thorne

Cecil Wade

Lisa Yarnell