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.

David

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS

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.

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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.

Below  is a letter from CT Democratic Party Chair Nancy Wyman regarding the presidential primary.

 

February 3, 2020

 

Dear Connecticut Democratic Party Leaders and Members:

 

With the start of voting in the 2020 Presidential primaries only hours away, I write to wish you well in supporting the candidate of your choice. But I also want to remind Democrats across the state that we have one singular and common goal – defeating Donald Trump on November 3rd.

 

It has been a long three years since the 2016 Presidential election. But Democrats have pulled together behind remarkable candidates in Connecticut and across the country to regain local offices, state legislatures, as well as U.S. Senate and Congressional seats. And this year, we have an outstanding field of barrier-breaking and well-qualified candidates for President.

 

As we move into the final months of choosing a candidate for President, I ask every Democrat in Connecticut to remember what is at stake: the future of our nation. Democrats are the party of inclusion, the party that cares about affordable accessible health care and saving the planet from global warming. We are the party of solutions, not barriers.

 

As a veteran of more Democratic elections and party battles than I can count, I am asking every Democrat in the state to support their candidates with respect for one another and an eye on November. And I am asking every Democrat to join me in a commitment to support whichever candidate is victorious at the end of this primary season.  

 

I think we all can agree that any one of the Democrats on the ticket will restore dignity and confidence in the Oval Office.

 

Together, we can win the White House.

 

All my best,

 

 

Nancy Wyman

Chair

https://www.darientimes.com/opinion/article/Letter-Fourth-Congressional-District-fortunate-14994916.php

To the Editor:

The news from Washington, D.C. is overwhelming. It seems that every day there is more news about this dangerous president who continues to find ways to abuse his power for personal gain, obstruct justice, and much more. Then there is the constant barrage of impeachment news and tweets by this president who is not focused on the welfare of the people he was elected to serve.

However, we are fortunate that there are elected officials who are concerned with the welfare of the people they were elected to serve and they serve in the House of Representatives. Congress has been busy passing over 400 bills, with 250 of those bills passing with bipartisan majorities. One member in particular continues to lead in doing the work to get the job done for the American people, Congressman Jim Himes.

Understanding that voting is a right for all Americans and the opportunity to vote should be easily accessible, Jim voted for HR 1 to expand voting rights. Every day, Americans are struggling to pay for necessary medications and their health care, recognizing these challenges Jim voted for HR 3 to lower prescription drug prices and voted for HR 986 to protect coverage for preexisting conditions. After Sandy Hook, little progress has been made nationally to keep us safe from gun violence; Jim voted for HR 8 to require universal background checks. As the president continues to deny climate change, Jim Himes voted for HR9 to ensure America stays in the Paris Climate Agreement and to take steps to address climate change. Jim continues to fight to repeal the SALT deduction cap.

Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell refuses to take up these bills in the Senate. By refusing to do the work the members of the Senate were elected to do, Americans continue to struggle.

We, in the Connecticut Fourth Congressional District, are fortunate to have Congressman Jim Himes represent us. He has proven time after time that he is a strong, thoughtful leader committed to the welfare of those he was elected to serve.

Evonne M. Klein

Darien

https://www.darientimes.com/news/article/Darien-Democrats-hold-caucus-name-new-committee-14983506.php

 

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

 

To all registered Democrats of Darien, Connecticut:

According to the rules of the Democratic Party and state election laws, a caucus of registered Democrats will be held on January 14, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820 to endorse candidates for the 2020 Darien Democratic Town Committee and to transact such other business that may properly come before the caucus.

Dated:  December 26, 2019

            Darien, CT

                                                                        Darien Democratic Town Committee

                                                                        David F. Bayne, Chairman

Town Mourns Loss of Marc Thorne (Darien Times)

 

The Town of Darien flag will be flown at half-staff in memory of Darien resident and former selectman Marc Thorne, who died Monday after suffering a severe stroke early Sunday morning.

In an email sent Monday afternoon to town officials, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson wrote Thorne “will be remembered for his kind and thoughtful nature, being the consummate gentleman, and his deep commitment to the Town of Darien.”

“Marc and Barbara have been such an inspiration to us all,” Stevenson added.

Thorne, a Democrat, devoted his life to public and community service. He served as a town selectman from 2015 through the most recent election.

In addition, he served on the RTM Finance & Budget Committee, the Consolidated Services Working Group, and the Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee.

He was also active with the Darien Men’s Association since 2004, most recently serving on its Community Service Committee.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Darien.

Former First Selectman Evonne Klein said Thorne was a “kind, thoughtful gentleman who was the voice of encouragement.”

“He was the person who strove to understand others and ultimately, he did. Because of this ability to do so, he was able to make a positive difference in the lives of his family, friends and as a distinguished public servant,” Klein said. “My family and I have some terrific memories, we will miss Marc.”

Democratic Town Committee Chairman David Bayne said Thorne’s decades of service to Darien are “an inspiration to us all.”

“His leadership and service in town government, the Democratic party, his church and in the Senior Men’s Association are unparalleled,” Bayne said.

Bayne continued, “Marc gave so much of himself — not out of personal ambition, but because he genuinely enjoyed helping people and he wanted to make Darien a better place.”

“By all accounts, he was wildly successful in those goals, and our entire community is far richer for his efforts,” Bayne said.

Bayne added Thorne was a friend “who could be counted on to lend a hand or have a kind and thoughtful word of encouragement when you needed it most. My wife Carolyn and I will miss him very much.”

Addressing Barbara Thorne, Bayne said, on behalf of the entire DTC, “we join you in your grief and are profoundly grateful that you shared Marc with us for so many decades. Thank you, Barbara. We are here for you.”

For many years, Thorne was seen by many in front of Palmer’s Market on Heights Road, where he ran the Salvation Army bell. He would organize a group of volunteers to help with this effort.

Norwalk resident George Gilliam, a member of the Darien Men’s Association, said Thorne “was very much dedicated to making Darien a good a town as it could possibly be.”

Thorne is a former president of the DMA. Most recently, he headed the DMA Cares Committee, which sends condolence cards to members who are not well.

In each card, there’s a saying that Gilliam said is very fitting for Thorne.

“The example you set, the leadership you’ve shown, and the inspiration that you are — that would describe Marc,” he said.

Thorne’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road.