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2018 Annual Cookout at Weed Beach
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kevin Peraino to speak in honor of Joe Sexton, May 10, 2018, 6:30PM

Mel Krugman and the Ferguson Library are holding a lecture in honor of Joe Sexton at the Harry Bennet Branch May 10, 2018 at 6:30.

Kevin Peraino will be the featured speaker.  Kevin Peraino is the author of “A Force So Swift : Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949”

 

 

Current Affairs: Gun Control, June 21, 2018

Town of Darien Spring Cleanup Saturday April 21, 2018, 8 a.m.

“We will meet at 8 a.m. this Saturday in the parking lot behind the Gofer Ice Cream store, 1020 Boston Post Road,” reports Jack Fitzgibbons, chairman, DMA Community Services.

Trash bags, sanitary gloves and pickup sticks will be handed out to everyone.

“We also will take a group photo of DMA members before starting,” notes Jack.

Traditionally, DMA cleans up at the train station, the nearby parking lots and along Mechanic Street.

It usually takes about an hour and a half to do the job.

For questions, contact Jack Fitzgibbons (203) 274-5811 or jpfitz@earthlink.net.

Clothing Drive for Hudson Link, May 2, 2018 before our meeting

As you can imagine, for someone who has been wearing prison greens for years, proper civilian clothing is a must and is sorely needed. (New York, which is not atypical, gives a released inmate only $40 and a bus ticket home.) This year’s drive will take place on Wednesday, May 2. Just bring those gently worn items (suits, ties, shirts, pants, sweaters, coats, etc.) that’s been clogging up your closet to the DCA parking lot before our meeting on May 2; a Hudson Link van will be waiting to take it to the Hudson Link office in Ossining, where it will be Ossining office where it will change someone’s life. It will be much appreciated!

Harlem Wandering, Tuesday April 17, 2018

Harlem Wandering, Tuesday April 17, 2018

 

Board the 8.58am train from Darien or the 9.02 am train from Noroton. Get off at the Harlem/125 th St Station and remain on the platform where we will congregate before we head down to street level to begin our wandering. ( Do not  head to Grand Central station).

 

No rain is presently forecast for Tuesday. Should this change, necessitating a postponement of our wandering, an email will go out Monday night/Tuesday morning.

 

Our wandering will cover the following areas:

 

 

–Mt Morris Park Historic Residential district, 120th St  environs.

— A loop from 120th St to 140 th St, Between Lenox Ave and Frederick Douglas Blvd

–Libation stop at Corner Social on Lenox around 11am

–135 th St –the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the 1930s. This period saw a burst of creative energy in Black literature, art, dance and music (Jazz)

–Visiting Harlem Hospital’s Famous WPA murals, Cotton Club and site of Savoy Ballroom

–Abyssianian Baptist Church

 

–Townhouses on Strivers Row

 

— Bill’s Place where Billie Holliday was “discovered”

–Shriner’s Music Venue, hippest music spot in Harlem today

–Lafayette Theater where the first Shakespeare play with an all black cast was performed

–Theresa Hotel

–Apollo Theater

Lunch around 1 pm at Sylvia’s “Queen of Soul Food” Restaurant at Lenox Ave  Menu:  http://sylviasrestaurant.com/menus/

 

Train back to Darien around 3 pm

 

 

Photo courtesy of Harvey Mogensen

Hike Pomerance Park, Thursday April 12, 2018 , Greenwich 10.00 am

This 100 acre property is now owned by the Town of Greenwich, but was at one time the estate
of a Mr Wertheim, a New York investment banker. The property is of interest because the
mansion that sits atop a small hill was home to Barbara Tuchman, the noted historian, who was
Mr Wertheim’s daughter and who wrote her Pulitzer prize- winning book “The Guns of August”
while secluded in a small cabin on the property. The mansion itself fell into disrepair and was demolished by the Town , but its skeleton was preserved for its historical interest.

Except for a couple of gentle slopes, the hiking trails on this property are fairly flat and suitable for almost anyone who is interested in hiking. Its a very pretty property, rustic and wooded and you will marvel that so much open space has been preserved in the middle of a residential area.

We expect to hike about 2-2 1/2 hours followed by lunch, which is optional will be at the Little
Pub at 531 East Putnam Ave Greenwich at about 12.30pm

Directions:​ On Google Maps mark your destination as Pomerance Park, Greenwich or 101
Orchard Street, Greenwich. Take I-95 South towards Greenwich and get off at Exit 5. Off the Exit ramp make a left turn onto Route 1 South ( also called East Putnam Ave).. Proceed just over a mile and then make a sharp right turn onto Orchard Street(there is a Gulf station at the corner). Drive up Orchard
Street about 0.75 miles and you will see Pomerance Park on your right. Pull into the parking lot
where we will meet at 10.00am

Contact :Sunil Saksena ssaksena44@gmail.com
203-561-8601

Trip to New Britain and Hill-Stead Museums April 27, 2018

The New Britain Museum of American Art has 8,300 paintings, sculptures, photographs and illustrations by American artists, including Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, with particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School and American Impressionism.

Following the included lunch at the museum, the group will go on to visit the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Conn.

Alfred Pope was among the earliest American collectors of French Impressionism, building his collection between 1888 and 1907, when this movement was still new and considered radical to the public and critics alike. The paintings at Hill-Stead reflect Pope’s discerning eye, personal aesthetic and discriminating collecting style. Set on 152 hilltop acres, this unique Colonial Revival home contains masterpieces by Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, along with notable works by Mary Cassatt, Edouard Manet, James McNeill Whistler and others. This makes the collection at Hill-Stead one of the most significant in the United States.

Bus departs DCA parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Return by 6 p.m.
Cost is $85 per person; includes lunch.
Contacts are:
Chris Snyder, csnydereco@gmail.com
Alex Garnett, aypgarnett@gmail.com

Hike the Leon Levy Preserve in South Salem, NY – May 3, 2018

Hiking the Leon Levy Preserve in South Salem, NY
Our first hike of the season is set for Thursday March 29, 2018 at 10.00 am

The Leon Levy Preserve was established approximately 10 years ago when the 400 acre Bell
property was purchased by the Westchester Land Trust. The hiking trails here are wide, well
maintained, well marked and range from an easy to a light moderate level of difficulty. We have
chosen this particular hike to encourage wide participation. The hike should appeal to hikers of
all levels of experience. We welcome spouses and significant others: they will enjoy this hike.

We will start at 10.00 am, hike for perhaps 3.5 miles and be done by approximately 12.30 pm
Following the hike, an optional lunch will be at Chef Luis in the heart of downtown New Canaan.

Directions:
The best directions can be had by googling 45 Smith Ridge Road in South Salem, NY. This is a
private home on Route 123 very close to the Preserve. In fact, a few yards beyond their mailbox
is a brown sign saying that the Leon Levy Preserve is just ahead on the left. There is ample
parking.

For those traveling from Darien, you will basically being going up Mansfield Ave (Route 124)
into New Canaan and there connect to Route 123 N which is Smith Ridge Road in New
Canaan. Proceed on Route 123 N well into New York State till you see the mailbox for 45 Smith
Ridge Road in South Salem and spot the Leon Levy sign mentioned above.

Contact for this hike: Sunil Saksena, 203-561-8601; ssaksena44@gmail.com

DMA Newsletter March-April 2018

http://sma.darien.org/wp-content/uploads/DMA-Newsletter-March-April-2018.pdf

By Ray Meurer

Patrick Houlihan,
State of Play: Major League Baseball in 2018,
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Patrick Houlihan will speak on the “State of Play: Major League baseball in 2018,” including the current state of the game and recent changes plus trends on and off the field. He is vice president and deputy general counsel in the Labor Relations Department in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in New York. Patrick represents the Commissioner’s Office and the 30 major league clubs in all matters involving the Major League Baseball Players Association that is the labor union representing all 40-man roster players. Patrick’s work focuses on player discipline; representative of the Commissioner’s Office and Clubs in grievance hearings; salary arbitration; player pension and welfare benefits; revenue sharing; player health and safety; drug testing; and other matters involving the interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreement or the Major League Rules.

Before joining the Commissioner’s Office in September 2012, Patrick spent seven years as an associate with the law firm of Williams & Connolly, LLP in Washington, D.C. Patrick also was previously an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught a sports law course for several years.

Arranged by John Schlachtenhaufen

Damian Rossney and Billy Seales,
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison,
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hudson Link, a privately funded non-profit corporation, organizes college degree programs in six New York State prisons. Several years ago, Sean Pica, Executive Director of this amazing program, came to give us an overview of the organization, its successes and its challenges, and his own experience in the prison education system. His presentation was followed by a very successful clothing drive for recently released program graduates.

www.hudsonlink.org

 

On April 18, we will hear from two Hudson Link representatives, Damian Rossney and Billy Seales. While incarcerated, both of these men earned college degrees. Billy, in fact, earned three! They will give us an update on Hudson Link’s expansion since Sean was with us, with particular focus on new initiatives designed to assist program alumni when they come home from prison.

 

Damian runs Hudson Link’s recently launched New Beginnings Program, which will offer Hudson Link graduates transitional housing and other assistance vital to a successful re-entry into society. Billy has been home for just 11 months and will share his very recent experience dealing with the challenges faced by all returning from prison – even those returning with a college degree.

 

Their talk will be followed up with another clothing drive. As you can imagine, for someone who has been wearing prison greens for years, proper civilian clothing is a must and is sorely needed. (New York, which is not atypical, gives a released inmate only $40 and a bus ticket home.) This year’s drive will take place on Wednesday, May 2. Just bring those gently worn items (suits, ties, shirts, pants, sweaters, coats, etc.) that’s been clogging up your closet to the DCA parking lot before our meeting on May 2; a Hudson Link van will be waiting to take it to the Hudson Link office in Ossining, where it will be Ossining office where it will change someone’s life. It will be much appreciated!

 

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