Month: May 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Gold Outing, Wee Burn, Thursday, Sep 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13: 8:00 Shotgun at the Wee Burn Country Club. $160 fee includes cart and forecaddie. Lunch to follow. Denny Devere is coordinating.

Gold Outing, Country Club of Darien, Aug, 9th, 2018

Thursday, August 9: 9:00 golf outing at the Country Club of Darien. $115 fee includes cart. Lunch to follow. Denny Devere is coordinating.

July Outing: TBD. Peter Carnes is coordinating.

MCNC (Men’s Club of New Canaan) Golf Tournament, Wed, June 20th, 2018

Wednesday, June 20: DMA – MCNC (Men’s Club of New Canaan) Golf Tournament at the Silvermine Golf Club. DMA team will be selected by lowest handicaps. 8:30 Shotgun. $60 cash includes cart and Buffet Lunch. Trophy presentation to the winning team after lunch. Denny Devere (dgdevere@optonline.net) is coordinating.

In Memoriam Link Jewett

Charles Lincoln Jewett
July 15, 1921 – April 8, 2018

C. Lincoln Jewett — “Link” to all who knew him — died peacefully on April 8, 2018.

Link was a life-long learner and explorer, pursuing his curiosity and expanding his knowledge into his final days. He was a gentleman and a snappy dresser. Those qualities, plus his innate kindness and sense of fun, endeared him to people around the world.

The son of Paul Norris and Etta May Jewett, and stepmother Hazel Bell Jewett, he was born in Boston and grew up in Brookline, MA.

Link attended Michael Driscoll grammar school and Brookline High School and graduated from the Rivers School. He was a proud member of the University of Maine class of 1944. In both high school and college, Link had played the cornet in the marching band. This contributed to his love of jazz and big band music. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman were among his heroes.

Along with many of his Greatest Generation classmates, Link interrupted his studies to fight in World War II. He enlisted in 1943 and served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps, operating communication systems in France, Belgium and Holland to support the Allied troops.

In Marblehead, MA, Link met Truda Lee Cleeves, whom he called “T.” and who shared his love of sailing and travel. They married in 1954. They were a great team. They spent the early years of the marriage in Cambridge and Washington, DC. They moved in 1963 to Darien, CT, where they raised their two daughters and had remained ever since.

Link was drawn to the intersection of science and industry. Early in his career, he worked for the science and engineering firm of Arthur D. Little, Inc, in Cambridge and Washington, DC and at Union Carbide Corporation in New York. At ADL, he marketed pioneering cryogenic products, which became the foundation for rocket propellants for ballistic missiles, moon shots and space shuttles, among other applications. At Union Carbide, he worked in the field of industrial pyrogenics. He was a founder of the New England Chapter of the American Rocket Society and National Rocket Club in Washington, DC. He was also a member of the International Order of Characters which, besides having a great name, was dedicated to improving the fields of aviation and aerospace.These roles reflected his interest in exploration of the outer limits.

For 35 subsequent years, he was a partner at North American Realty Advisory Services, a Manhattan-based consulting firm specializing in adaptive reuse of closed industrial plants and military bases.

Link logged countless hours and nautical miles on Sam Cat and Sam Cat II, beloved family powerboats. Together with T., friends and relatives, Link sailed and cruised in Greece, Bermuda, Turkey, Egypt, the Caribbean Islands; Long Island, Block Island and Vineyard Sounds; Massachusetts Bay; Maine; Canada; the Chesapeake Bay; British Columbia; the Great Lakes; the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers; the Erie Canal; and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

He also journeyed by land, water and air throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Eurasia. He published articles about some of his more exotic travels in periodicals such as Power & Motor Yacht, Boating, PassageMaker, and the Darien Times. Particular travel highlights for Link included Vietnam, Burma, New Zealand, Cuba and Siberia.

Link was a member of New York Yacht Club, Noroton Yacht Club, Darien Boat Club, Darien Sail and Power Squadron, The Corinthians, Wee Burn Country Club, Congressional Country Club, Darien Men’s Association and the Darien Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters.

One of Link’s enthusiasms was celestial navigation. It is fitting then, that to T., Lisa and Lolly, Link was the family pilot — the sailor who has detailed knowledge of the waterways, winds, currents and tides at any port of call; who maneuvers ships through dangerous waters, bids them off on their journeys, and ushers them back into safe harbor. Link had plenty of adventures of his own, but he was ever their navigator.

Link’s wife T. died in October 2017. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Jewett and Laura (Lolly) Jewett, his sons-in-law Joseph Remski and Abner Oakes, and his grandson Charles Jewett Oakes.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm on May 18 at Noroton Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice, 500 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Darien Men’s Association, 274 Middlesex Road, Darie

Current Affairs Discussion: Genetic Privacy, TBD

From the National Human Genome Research Institute:
Each person’s DNA sequence includes health and other information about them and their families. Technological advances mean that it is now cheaper and easier than ever to sequence and interpret genomic information. Whether genomic information is being used for research, clinical or other uses, it is important to consider how best to ensure that individuals’ privacy is respected. There are laws and policies that serve to protect the privacy of individuals’ genomic information, and there is ongoing debate as to whether further measures are needed.
https://www.genome.gov/27561246/privacy-in-genomics/

Genetic privacy involves the right or mandate of personal privacy concerning the storing, repurposing, provision to third parties, and displaying of information pertaining to one’s genetic information. The advent of new technologies streamline high-throughput, low-cost sequencing of human genomes that raises important ethical concerns about the future of healthcare.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_privacy

Think how many times you’ve had blood drawn. You have no idea if your DNA is in some database.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-biobank-dna-babies-who-has-access/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a

I joined this study sponsored by the NIH.  I’ll be giving away my DNA.  More to gain than lose.  I hope it is used for good.  Gary
https://www.joinallofus.org/en

Golf Outing: Sterling Farms, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10AM


The first outing this year is at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10 a.m.

To sign up, email Peter Carnes at picarnes@gmail.com.

Provide your handicap to facilitate pairings.

Fee is $47. Includes cart.

Confirmation and coordination will be via email during the week prior to play.

For news about other events and activities, go to the DMA website.

Save the Grass. Park on paved areas of the parking lot only.

Wander Jackson Heights, May 15, 2018

John Barston reports that David Mace will lead a wandering in Jackson Heights on Tuesday, May 15, that begins at 52nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue and ends at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The walk is approximately 4½ miles.

For a shorter walk, there are subway stops along the way to go back to Grand Central Station.

There are 138 languages spoken here. We will start in an Irish neighborhood. Then we will pass through Korean, Thai, Tibetan, Indian, Ecuadorean and Colombian neighborhoods.

The shops are all family owned – no Gap or Polo stores. The sights, sounds and smells are what will make this wandering exciting.

Join us on the 8:36 a.m. train out of Darien or the 8:39 a.m. out of Noroton Heights.

We will gather at the Information Booth in Grand Central Station before taking the subway to Jackson Heights.

Contact: David Mace (203) 655-7555, davidmace@optonline.net

To learn more about DMA events and activities, go here. To post news and photos on the website, email gary.m.banks@gmail.com. For the newsletter and email distributions, send news and photos to raymeurer9@gmail.com.

Joe Holmes and the DMA Songsters, May 30, 2018

Joe Holmes and the Songsters will entertain us with their melodious music as has been the tradition
these many years.

Ray Osborne, Chief of Police, May 9, 2018

Chief of Police Raymond Osborne will speak on the current law enforcement trends we are seeing in Darien, as well as new developments and trends in law enforcement in general. He was inducted as a police officer in Darien in 1983. Prior to being sworn in as Darien’s 10th chief of police in 2016, he held positions of detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He is a member of the Darien Police SCUBA team, the South West Regional Response Team’s Hostage Negotiation Team and the Darien Police School Security Committee. Chief Osborne has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Iona College and currently is an adjunct faculty member at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

Terrie Wood will discuss key legislation passed in this latest session and also will talk about the state budget. May 16, 2018

She has served as State Representative from the 141st district (Darien and Norwalk) since 2009 and is currently ranking member on the Executive Nominations Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Human Services Committee. In 2013, she served as co-chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence and School Security bill passed after the Sandy Hook school massacre. She was instrumental in crafting and implementing the Mental Health portion of the bill along with her co-chair Sen. Toni Harp, now mayor of New Haven. She also served as co-chair of the MORE Commission Working Group on Special Education in 2013-2014.

Terrie is past president of the Darien Land Trust, founder and first chairman of the Darien Environmental Group, past trustee of the Darien Library, The Community Fund, an ABC Host family and current member of CT Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Land. In addition, she was co-chair of YES…DHS! a political action committee dedicated to passing a referendum to promote the building of a new high school. A former commercial/voiceover actor in New York and professional portrait photographer, she is a graduate of Rollins College with a degree in art history.

A 39-year resident of Darien and four years in Rowayton, Terrie is married to Jay Wood, a third-generation Darienite. They have three children, all graduates of Darien High School, and are EMT members of Post 53.

Terrie handed out the executive summary of the Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. Here is the full report: https://www.cga.ct.gov/fin/tfs/20171205_Commission%20on%20Fiscal%20Stability%20and%20Economic%20Growth/20180301/Final%20Report%20with%20Appendix.pdf

No Turning Back : Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid. Sep 12, 2018

This astonishing book by the prize-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid tells the tragedy of the Syrian War through the dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom in a shattered country. Extending back to the first demonstrations of 2011, No Turning Back dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict. As protests ignited in Daraa, some citizens were brimming with a sense of possibility. A privileged young man named Suleiman posted videos of the protests online, full of hope for justice and democracy. A father of two named Mohammad, secretly radicalized and newly released from prison, saw a darker opportunity in the unrest. When violence broke out in Homs, a poet named Abu Azzam became an unlikely commander in a Free Syrian Army militia. The regime’s brutal response disrupted a family in Idlib province, where a nine-year-old girl opened the door to a military raid that caused her father to flee. As the bombings increased and roads grew more dangerous, these people’s lives intertwined in unexpected ways. Rania Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad’s prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS. Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines, No Turning Back is an utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid, indelible characters that shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century’s greatest humanitarian disasters

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