If the Darien schools are closed because of weather conditions, there will be no DMA meeting on that day.
If the Darien schools open on a delayed schedule, the DMA meeting will be held at the usual time on that day.
School closings are announced on local radio stations WSTC(1400AM) and WLNK(1350AM) and as a text crawl on News12 television.
Founded over 60 years ago, the Blue Notes are a group of women who use their voices for a good cause. Singing 4-part harmony, covering music from Big Band to Broadway, the group performs at senior centers and assisted living venues throughout Southern Fairfield County, as well as at the DCA. Their director – Dr. Craig Scott Symons – is also the director of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich choir. The DCA is proud to have the Blue Notes as a key part of our philanthropic mission.
The Blue Notes Group take pride in providing high quality entertainment and enjoyment to audiences and the DMA takes pride in asking them back year after year to sing for us.
Concert starts at 11 am.
Heidi Hadsell, Ph.D., will speak on the interplay between the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Dr. Hadsell is President and Professor of Social Ethics at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT.
Founded in 1833, Hartford Seminary prepares leaders, students, scholars and religious institutions to understand and live faithfully in today’s multi-faith and pluralistic world.
Martin Yellin will talk about Project Hexagon; how it built huge mechanical spy satellites, and how it was top secret for 45 years.
Starting in 1965, he helped design key elements of Hexagon — a reconnaissance spacecraft that, one NASA official says, “helped prevent World War III.” For over 4 1/2 decades, he was forbidden to talk about any aspect of his work. That’s when — 25 years after the top-secret, Cold War-era mission ended — Hexagon, and 2 other satellite programs were finally declassified. Many of the real heroes of the program had died. He recalled the very first briefing on Hexagon after Perkin-Elmer was awarded the top-secret contract in 1966. Looking around the room at his 30 or so colleagues, he thought, “How on Earth is this going to be possible?” Marty thought they were crazy. “They envisaged a satellite that was 60-foot long and 30,000 pounds and supplying film at speeds of 200 inches per second. The precision and complexity blew his mind.”
It was dubbed “Big Bird” and it was considered the most successful space spy satellite program of the Cold War era. From 1971 to 1986 a total of 20 satellites were launched, each containing 60 miles of film, and sophisticated cameras that orbited the earth snapping vast, panoramic photographs of the Soviet Union, China, and other potential foes.
He was born on New York’s upper west side nearly 99 years ago; he was not a big man but he filled a huge space with his enormous intellect and heart to match.
Racing and cruising sailor, adventurer, musician, artist, World War Two superhero, Academy Award nominated film maker, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather -Hank Strauss had it all and did it all in his 98.75 years, and when he died of lymphoma Saturday evening he left a host of friends and disciples who will find a gap in their lives that no one else can fill.
Isaac Henry Strauss was a member of Noroton Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America (He was Commodore of the CCA New York Station at the age of 90) and the Ischoda Yacht Club.
We are completing our second month of the 2013 – 2014 year. We have had several new members and hopefully this will continue. Our speakers have been outstanding. However, attendance at the Wednesday meetings remains constant. I would like to see more members at our weekly meetings and would appreciate hearing from each of you as to how we can accomplish this (my email address and phone number are in the directory).
We have several activities which are well-attended and have added a new one – Hiking. Scott Hutchason has organized this group, and I look forward to both attending and seeing you there. Our activities are where new friends are made and one becomes better acquainted with members. I encourage each of you to participate in all activities that interest you and to form a new group if you have an interest that is not addressed.
Thank you for all your support and I look forward to hearing from you with your suggestions on how we can make the DMA even more rewarding.
Howard Thompson (better known to all of us as “Tom”)is retiring as our video historian.
Tom has been doing the videos of our speakers for the last nine years, and has decided to take a rest.
He is looking for a volunteer to take his place in this important job. We usually give the speaker a copy of the DVD, and also keep a file so that, even if you are absent, you can see and hear a special speaker. Tom will train you. Won’t someone volunteer?
The newly organized Hiking Group led by Scott Hutchason had their initial outing on Oct.25 with a hike on the Mianus River Gorge Trail.
Sixteen people came for the first outing in ideal weather. The group hiked the entire trail to the final point with a view of the Mianus Reservoir. Side trips to see the old Hobby Hill quarry site, the gorge overlook, and the Havemeyer Falls (without water) amounted to a total distance traveled of about five miles. No laggards and no injuries from tripping over rocks and tree roots in the trail.