Month: October 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Spurgeon, Woody

Stevenson, Ward

MacGuire, Mac

Kwedar, Tony

Wandering: East River Water Ferry Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This year saw the re-emergence of water transportation on the East River linking Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens.

We thought it would be interesting to retrace the history of water ferries by picking one of the more vibrant destinations known as Brooklyn’s DUMBO for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

To start out, we will take the train leaving Darien at 8:35 a.m. and Noroton at 8:38 a.m. and gather at the Grand Central Station Information Booth on the upper level.

From there, we will take the Lexington Avenue subway to 34th St. and walk east to the 34th St. ferry terminal to purchase tickets for the East River route, boarding either the 10 a.m. or 10:40 a.m. ferry to DUMBO.

We will then proceed to the Fulton ferry landing and go to the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum to watch an eight-minute film on the history of the area. Our wandering will include a beverage stop and later lunch at the Sugarcane raw bar.

For the return trip, there are ferries at 2:29 p.m. and 2:59 p.m. going back to the 34th St. ferry terminal, where we will retrace our steps to Grand Central in time for the 4:08 p.m. or 4:33 p.m. train home.

Contact: Mark Shakley, cell 203.945.9624,

Post 53 “Hands for Life with AED” CPR Training, Oct 24th, 2018, 12:00

Immediately following Dr. Dhruvakumar’s presentation on atrial fibrillations Post 53 will conduct a CPR training session in the DCA common room.



Holiday Light Prep, Thursday, Nov 1, 2018, 9AM

Thursday November 9th we will be check the lights on the holiday wreaths. We will be meet at 9 AM behind the town hall. Last year we replaced about 195 lights and hope to pass 200 this year. The whole project takes about an hour and a half (the more people who show up the faster the work).

We will have a signup sheet at the Wednesday meetings but all are welcome to attend. They even provide free coffee and donuts.

Good community project and a good time.

Any questions see Jack Fitzgibbons at


We fixed the holiday lights for Darien,
Wreaths from boxes we were a carry’en.
Replacing bulbs, fixing bows, blowing fuses
We did our job with no excuses.

So remember well the seven elves of DMA,
Working in the cold that November day,
We ask no praise, we did our task
But next year we might bring a flask!

Goodspeed Opera House, Nov 15, 2018

Leave by 10:00
Lunch at 12:00
Show at 2:00
Home by 6:30.

In this hilarious valentine to show tunes and show people, a forgotten Jazz Age musical comes to life in the living room of a diehard theatre fan. As he eagerly spins his favorite cast album, a fizzy vintage show suddenly appears, exploding with song, dance and pure entertainment. Our quirky narrator fills the plot holes, with laugh-out-loud results. Packed with show-stopping numbers and larger-than-life characters, here’s a Tony Award-winning spoof that will have everyone falling in love with zany musical comedy!


Wheelock, Peter

Born in New Rochelle, 1949, grew up nearby in Larchmont. Went to Mamaroneck High School, 1967, Soccer; Student Council; Honor Society, Sailing Club. From there […]

Saksena, Sunil

Sunil was born in Lucknow, India in 1944. He graduated high school from La Martiniere College, Lucknow ( Google that) and received a bachelor’s degree […]

Cavanagh, Lawrence

Lawrence Cavanagh: Seven and a Half Decades in 2 Minutes. Lawrence is that rare commodity, a Rowaytonite who is also a native Norwalker (4th or […]

Close, Bill

Bill Close was born in Washington, D.C. in 1931 and grew up in Summit, NJ where he graduated from Summit High School in 1949.   He […]

Thompson, Doug

Born 1940 in Fenton MI.  Awarded BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University 1962.  Started career in General Electric’s Manufacturing Management Training Program 1965.  Went on […]

Winship, Bill

William M Winship III was born in Scarsdale NY in 1931.  He earned a BA from Hamilton College where he played football ,ice hockey, and lacrosse.  […]

Sweeney, Ed

Born in Weymouth, MA 1949, grew up in Hingham, MA.  Attended Archbishop Williams High School- Braintree, MA, Class of 1967, 4 years ice hockey. Education includes St. Anselms College-Manchester, […]

Barksdale, Ed W. Jr.

Little Rock, Arkansas 1945 and grew up in Atlanta.   Went to W. F. Dykes High School, 1963, Active in Student Government.  Attended Duke University, BA in […]

Loomis, Donald E. Jr.

  Born in Miami, Florida 1946.  Grew up mostly in UK until high school . .  on the grounds of the Wentworth Club in Surrey.  Then  Fairfield Prep […]

Gilliam, George

George Gilliam was born on August 14, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY, though his time as a Brooklynite was short-lived: his family moved to New Hyde […]

Filmer, Chris

Born (1937and Educated in South Africa with a BA Business degree. Lived in England for five years then returned to Cape Town SA before moving to […]

DeLeo, Frank

Mt. Vernon, NY, 1952, grew up in Greenwich, CT. Went to Greenwich High School, 1970. Baseball, student government, service club, chorus, youth church organization Education: University of Connecticut, […]

Kelly, Jim

Born September 1935 in Chicago, Jim grew up in Highland Park, IL. He graduated from DePauw University in 1957 with a BA in Economics-including a […]

Mace, David

David Mace was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Amherst College, 1960 and the University of Virginia Law School, 1964.  He began […]

Piper, Donald

Born in Brooklyn, NY 1935. Moved to Stamford – 1945, where I still reside, seasonal  lakehouse on Lake George, in Adirondacks, where I reside bet. May […]

Hooper, Bryan

Bryan Hooper was born in 1941 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and brought up in London, England.  He attended Christ’s Hospital school and then the Royal College of […]

Wolcott, John

John, Jane and their two daughters arrived in Darien in 1980, planning a one-year stay. Born in Berkeley, in 1943, John lived in 23 houses […]

Lom, Tom

Tom was born and raised in Philadelphia where he attended the William Penn Charter School. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford and Columbia Business […]

Haack, Tom

Tom Haack was born September 5, 1945 in Sanford. Maine but grew up through high school in Wisconsin.  He graduated from Williams College in 1967 […]

Salmans, Charles

Charles was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Kansas. He spent his career in corporate public relations, first with the p.r. firm of Burson-Marsteller […]

Kirkman, John

John Kirkman was born in Pasadena, Calif., and grew up in Darien. He graduated from Darien  High School in 1973, where he was active in […]

Burke, Vin

Vin Burke was born in 1940 and grew up in Springfield, Mass. He graduated from Classical High  School in 1958, where he was captain of […]

Richardson, Jr., Paul C, (Chuck)

Paul C. Richardson Jr. (Chuck) was born in 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. and grew up in Darien.  He graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1956, […]

Haffner, James

James Haffner was born in Oak Park, Ill., in 1953 and grew up in Hinsdale, Ill. He graduated  from Hinsdale Central High School in 1971, […]

Johnson, Timothy

Timothy Johnson was born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1949 and grew up in Covina and West  Covina, Calif. He graduated from West Covina […]

Devlin, Michael

Michael Devlin was born in New York City in 1947 and spent his formative years in Plainview,  N.Y. He graduated from St. Dominic High School […]

Obin, Rolf

Rolf Obin was born in Mount Kisco, N.Y., in 1952 and grew up in Centerport, N.Y. He graduated from Harborfields High School in 1970, where […]

Nelson, Robert

Robert Nelson was born in Manhattan in 1950 and grew up in Miami. He graduated from Miami Norland High School in 1968, where he played […]

Maturo, Frank

Frank Maturo was born in New Haven in 1958 and grew up in West Haven. He graduated from Notre Dame-West High School in 1976, where he […]

Banks, Gary

Gary was born in Iowa but grew up in Ft. Lauderdale.  He spent his career doing business process redesign enabled by IT – a hybrid […]

Eng, Dan

Dan Eng was born in Guangzhou, Chi-na, in 1949 and grew up in Newark, N.J. He received a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the […]

Winter, Herb

Herb Winter was born in Charleston, S.C. in 1945. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Francis Lewis High School in 1963 […]

Bernhardy, Gary

Gary Bernhardy was born in 1943 in Lyndon, Ill., in and grew up in Morrison, Ill. He graduated from high school in 1961 where he […]

Bosee, John

John Bosee was born in 1952 in New York City and grew up in Old Green-wich, Conn. He graduated in 1970 from the Loomis Chaffee […]

Yezzi, Tony

Tony Yezzi was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1952 and grew up in Loudonville, N.Y. He graduated from Shaker High School in 1970 where he […]

Selkowitz, Jan

Jan Selkowitz was born in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1944 and graduated from Lenox Prep School in 1961 where he was on the tennis, ski and […]

Renz, Roger

Roger Renz was born in Eng-lewood, N.J, in 1943 and gradu-ated in 1961 from Ramsey, N.J., High School where he was a member of the […]

Fritsch, Steve

Steve Fritsch was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1944 and graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1962. He attended the Paier College of Art in […]

McLachlin, Harry

Harry McLachlin was born in San Francsico, CA., in 1948 and later moved with his family to Tenalfy, New Jersey, where he graduated in 1965 […]

McGroarty, Robert

Robert McGroarty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1945 and graduated from St. Johns Preparatory School in 1962 where he was on the swimming team […]

McCollum, David

David McCollum was born in Aurora, Ill., in 1941 and was raised in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He graduated from Glenbard Township High School in 1959, […]

Fiske, Bob

Bob Fiske was born in 1930 in New York City and grew up in Darien. He graduated from the Pomfret School in 1948, where he […]

Bergen, Henry

Henry Bergen was born in New York, N.Y., in 1949 and grew up in Middle Village, N.Y. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in […]

Baylis, Bob

Bob Baylis was born in 1938 in New York City. He graduated from St. Bernard’s School in 1952 and Phillips Exeter Academy in 1956. He […]

Brown, Jim

Jim Brown was born in 1945 in Trenton, N.J., and was brought up in Merrick, N.Y., where he graduated from Sanford H. Calhoun High School […]

Phillips, Jim

Jim Phillips was born in Boston (1947) and grew up in Manchester, MA. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1966 where he played hockey […]

Hughes, Bob

Bob Hughes was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1944 and grew up in Lancaster, Pa. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1963 where […]

von Stuelpnagel, Bert

Bert von Stuelpnagel was born in Freiburg, Germany, on March 6, 1950 and graduated from Bad Toelz High School in 1969. After military service and […]

Van Voorhees, Cliff

Cliff Van Voorhees was born in New York City in 1945 and grew up in Farmington, Conn. He graduated from the Pomfert School, Pomfert, Conn., […]

Spanos, James

James Spanos was born in 1950 in Manchester, N.H., and graduated in 1968 from Manchester High School Central, where he worked on the school newspaper […]

Snyder, Chris

Chris Snyder was born in 1942 in New Brunswick, N.J., and graduated in 1960 from Plainfield High School, N.J., where he was a member of […]

Packer, Dick

Dick Packer was born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Pa. He grew up in Newtown, Pa., and graduated from the George School in 1952. He received […]

Osberg, Glen

Glen Osberg was born in 1941 in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from East Hartford High School in 1959, where he was a member of the […]

Mogenson, Harvey

Harvey Mogenson was born in 1955 in Burlington, Wis., where he graduated from high school in 1973. He received a B.B.A. degree in accounting and […]

Marr, John

John Marr was born in Batavia, N.Y. in 1946 and received a B.A. degree in economics from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., in 1968. He […]

Kennedy, Joe

Joe Kennedy was born in 1943 in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1962. He received a B.S. degree in accounting from New […]

Gioiella, Jr., Henry J.

Henry J. Gioiella, Jr. was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., in 1948. He grew up in Crestwood, N.Y., and graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in […]

Wilson, Ed

Ed Wilson was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated in 1964 from John Adams High School in Brooklyn, where he was a member […]

Schaefer, Phil

Phil Schaefer was born in 1942 in Elmhurst, Ill., and graduated from York Community High School in 1958. He received an undergraduate degree in mathematics […]

Fletcher, Jim

Jim Fletcher was born in Newark, N.J., in 1937. He received a B.A. degree in history and science in 1959 from Saint Anselm College. He […]

Piersol, Dave

Dave Piersol was born in 1958 in Royal Oak, Mich. He received a B.A. degree in economics and psychology from the University of Michigan, where […]

Lopiano, Joe

Joe Lopiano was born in 1945 in Stamford, Conn., and graduated in 1963 from Darien High School, where he was captain of the basketball and […]

Lane, Brad

Brad Lane was born in 1941 in New York City and grew up in Crestwood, N.Y. He graduated in 1959 from Roosevelt High School, where […]

Demark, Jim

Jim Demark was born in 1941 in Newark, N.J., and graduated in 1958 from BayleyEllard High School, where he was on the football, basketball and […]

Markowski, Gene

Gene Markowski was born in 1942 in WilkesBarre, Pa., and grew up in Plymouth, Pa. He graduated in 1960 from St. Vincent’s High School, where […]

Imbrogno, Peter

Peter Imbrogno was born in 1942 in Greenwich, Conn., and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1961, where he played football and basketball and was […]

Stanley, Russell

Russell Stanley was born in Jamaica, N.Y., in 1943. He grew up in Huntington, N.Y., and graduated from St. Dominic High School in 1960, where […]

McKee, M.D., Dave

Dave McKee, M.D., was born in Boston, Mass., in 1930 and grew up in New York City. He graduated from Taft School in 1948, where […]

Steele, Patrick

Patrick Steele was born in London, England, in 1948 and grew up in Berkshire, Hampshire and Libya. He graduated in 1965 from Radley College, the […]

Powell, Mike

Mike Powell was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1946. The child of a U.S. Air Force parent, Mike lived in many towns before graduating in 1965 […]

Frayer, Jim

Jim Frayer was born 1945 in Jamaica, N.Y., and graduated in 1963 from Delehanty School, where he was senior class president. In 1967, he received […]

Noonan, Bob

Bob Noonan was born in 1943 in Pelham Manor, N.Y., and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1961. He received a B.A. degree from […]

Wolkwitz, Bob

Bob Wolkwitz was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1944 and graduated in 1961 from New Dorp High School, Staten Island, N.Y. He started work in […]

Neubert, Jeff

Jeff Neubert was born in Dixon, Ill., in 1942 and grew up in Indianapolis, Ind.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Greenwich, Conn. He attended McQuaid Jesuit High […]

Hoben, Mike

Mike Hoben was born in Torrington, Conn., in 1939 and graduated in 1957 from Milford (Conn.) High School, where he was a member of the track […]

Eaton, Charlie

Charlie Eaton was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1942 and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Brooks School in 1960 in North Andover, Mass., […]

Miller, Jack

Jack Miller was born in 1945 in Staten Island, N.Y., and grew up in Bombay, India, and Sydney, Australia. In 1962, he graduated from Edgemont […]

Goedkoop, Walter

Wouter Goedkoop was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1939 and grew up in Bloemendaal, close to the North Sea. He went to Haarlem High School […]

Barnett, Charlie

Charlie Barnett was born in 1939 in Charleston, W.Va., and graduated in 1957 from Thurston High School, Redford Township, Mich., where he was president of […]

Heilmann, Flemming

Born 1936, in Penang, Malaysia and grew up there until 1941, then in Australia, Denmark and the UK Educated at Cambridge University, BA & MA […]

Trainer, John

John Trainer was born in Sewickley, Pa., in 1948. He graduated from the Hun School of Princeton in 1967, where he was a member of the […]

Rezek, Geoff

Geoff Rezek was born in Astoria, N.Y., in 1941. He grew up in Port Washington, N.Y., and graduated from high school in 1959, where he […]

Lindsay, David

David Lindsay was born in 1946 in Greenwich, where he was introduced to sailing that began a lifetime passion for the water. In 1964, he graduated […]

Anderson, David

David Anderson was born in Margaretville, N.Y., in 1943 and grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. He graduated from Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y., and […]

Heitz, Michael

Michael Heitz was born in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1949 and grew up in various areas of the country, including South Bend, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and […]

Glowienka, Jim

Jim Glowienka was born in Milwaukee in 1949 and, while moving 19 times, mostly grew up in Red Hook, N.Y. He graduated from Red Hook […]

Hogen, Robin

Robin Hogen was born in Los Angeles in 1947 and grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y. He graduated from Andover in 1966 and was captain of […]

Maloof, David

David Maloof was born in Mineola, N.Y., in 1958 and grew up in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1976, […]

Siciliano, Peter

Peter Siciliano was born in Greenwich in 1946 and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1964, where he was active in track. He graduated from […]

van Dyke, John

John van Dyke was born in New York City in 1942 and grew up in Summit, N.J., and Worcester, Mass. He graduated from the Kent […]

Ozanne, James

James Ozanne was born in Oak Park, Ill., and graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School in 1961, where he was active in track […]

Tombros, Peter

Peter Tombros was born in 1942. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in economics. He obtained an […]

Regan, John

John Regan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938 and graduated from St. Michael’s Diocesan High in 1956. He graduated from St. John’s University in […]

Garriott, Micheal

Micheal Garriott was born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1947 and grew up in Virginia Beach, Va. He graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1965, […]

Harnisch, William

William Harnisch was born in Manhattan in 1940 and grew up in Scarsdale and Poland, Ohio. He graduated from Poland Seminary High School in1958, where […]

Suhler, John

John Suhler was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1943 and grew up in Des Moines and Cross River, N.Y. He graduated from John Jay […]

Igoe, Jr., Thomas

Thomas Igoe, Jr., was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1947 and grew up in the suburb of Webster Groves. He graduated from St. Louis […]

Gildea, Gene

Gene Gildea was born in Brooklyn in 1943, grew up there and graduated from St. John’s Preparatory in 1960, where he was active in indoor […]

Olson, Ken

Ken Olson was born in Chicago in 1935. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1953, where he was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. […]

Fruend, Bud

Bud Fruend was born in New York City and grew up in New Rochelle. He graduated from Hackley High School in 1974, where he was […]

Maher, Timothy

Timothy Maher was born in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1966, where he played baseball for three years. Tim attended Sacred Heart […]

Agresta, Rick

Rick Agresta was born in Jersey City, N.J., and grew up in Union City, N.J. He graduated from St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) in 1970, […]

Ord, Nicholas

Nicholas Ord was born in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in Montreal, Canada. Nick graduated from Beaconsfield High School in 1962, where he was […]

Claiborne, Dave

David Claiborne was born in Bronxville, N.Y., and grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. Dave graduated from Edgemont High School in 1967, where he participated in […]

Sullivan, Robert

Robert Sullivan was born and grew up in Woburn, Mass. He graduated from Woburn High School in 1978 and Merrimack College in 1981 with a […]

Jaeger, Carl

Carl Jaeger was born in Bronxville, N.Y., and grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y. He graduated from Horace Greeley High School in 1968. In high school, […]

Jessup, William

William Jessup was born in Greenwich, Conn., in 1949 and graduated from Greenwich High School. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1971, majoring […]

Sutton, Brian

Brian Sutton was born in Los Angeles in 1958 and grew up in New City, N.Y., Ashtead, Surrey, England, and Greenwich, Conn. He graduated from […]

Nava, Eloy

Eloy Nava was born in New York City in 1942 and graduated from Fort Lee High School in 1960. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute […]

Hall, Malcolm

Malcolm Hall was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., in 1956 and grew up in Upper Montclair. He graduated from Montclair Kimberley Academy in 1975, where […]

Gregory, Kennard

Kennard Gregory, known as KG, was born in Hartford, Conn., and grew up in a small town north of there. He graduated from Wilbraham Academy […]

Cavanna, Henry

Henry Cavanna was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Brooklyn Prep in 1987. He graduated from Boston College in 1963 with a B.A. degree […]

DMA Meeting Agenda


America the Beautiful

Saksena, Sunil

Sunil was born in Lucknow, India in 1944. He graduated high school from La Martiniere College, Lucknow ( Google that) and received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

He worked at Union Carbide India before proceeding to University of California at Berkeley for graduate work. He received both a Masters Degree in Engineering as well as an MBA from Berkeley. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer at American Can Company in San Francisco where his claim to fame is he designed the machine that puts the can cover on the beer can making it safe for you beer drinkers to imbibe. For the majority of his career he was in finance: first, as an international banker with Bankers Trust Company serving in Mumbai, Singapore and New York and then, as an investment advisor with Fidelity Investments from which he retired in 2004.

He and his wife, Deepika have lived in Darien since 1985. They have two sons, one a doctor and the the other a lawyer.

1st Amendment Quiz

The 1st Amendment leads off our Bill of Rights.    What it guarantees is fundamental to our freedom and was essential to ratify our Constitution.

In only 45 words it guarantees 5 rights.

BUT 40% of Americans cannot name a single right in the 1st Amendment.  36% can name only one.  And only a tiny fraction of the people can name all five.  In one survey it was 1/1009.

How about you?



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