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Resident Keeps Town Beautiful

We all know Darien is a beautiful town. It’s one of the best parts about living here. Marcia Meinerth has taken on many roles to keep her town beautiful in different ways.

One way she does this is by serving on Darien’s Beautification Commission. The government committee undertakes quite a few projects throughout the year to improve the town’s public spaces. They are perhaps best known for the flower baskets they hang each summer, bringing color to lamp posts downtown. But they also runs the “Adopt-a-Garden” spots around Darien, where local businesses sponsor flower beds at various places around town. And twice a year they organize clean-ups in the town’s parks to gather litter.

But Marcia’s work is not confined only to the great outdoors. As an active member of the Darien Arts Center’s board of directors, she supports beauty indoors as well. At the 52nd Annual Art Show and Sale run by the center a few weeks ago, Marcia was a hard woman to find. She was certainly there, but as the event’s co-chair she was buzzing around in the background, making sure everything was running smoothly. “Most people that know me know that I just love people,” Marcia said while accepting her YWCA Women of Distinction Award last week. “People and parties.”

Her work extends to social issues as well. She is a board member of A Better Chance in Darien. The organization takes talented minority students from inner city areas, and allows them to attend some of the best public and private schools in the area through scholarships and boarding programs. Marcia is also an active member of the Darien Democratic Town Committee. “She educates herself on every project or cause she champions,” Selectwoman Callie Sullivan said of her friend. “And she always works to make Darien the best it can be.”

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