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A Look Back at the Top Darien Stories of 2011

DARIEN, Conn. — The past year has proved eventful for Darien. The town got a new first selectman, approved a plan for a new senior center after 12 years of debate, saw snowstorm after snowstorm, felt the wrath of Hurricane Irene and got “occupied” by a group of protesters inspired by the Wall Street demonstrations. Here’s a rundown of some of the top stories of 2011:

Over 70 Inches of Snow Fall This Winter

For a while, it seemed like it would never stop snowing. Each week another storm would hit the town, causing schools to be delayed or canceled, trains to run slowly and residents to break out the snow shovels.

Hurricane Irene Hits Fairfield County

The buildup to Hurricane Irene saw residents flocking to stores to buy food and water, and officials holding special meetings to warn citizens on how to stay safe. The storm did not end up being as bad as some may have expected, but it still knocked down several trees and kept many without power for more than a week.

Darien Gets a White Halloween

A rare nor’easter blew in right before Halloween, blanketing pumpkins and decorations with snow. Several residents were frustrated to find that they were again left without power, especially so soon after Irene.

Stevenson Wins First Selectman Election

The election this year focused on fiscal responsibility. Jayme Stevenson was able to win Darien’s top seat against opponents John Lundeen and Chris Noe by toting the accomplishments of her and her running mates over the past two years.

Shuffle Project Is Approved

The controversial shuffle project was passed by the Representative Town Meeting after years of debate. The Senior Center will move to the Town Hall annex and the Board of Education will be at 35 Leroy Ave. Citizens petitioned for a referendum to overturn the vote, but it still passed.

Occupy Wall Street Comes to Darien

Stories about one Darien resident who organized a protest in Tilley Pond Park drew lots of readers. The protest itself only drew about 10 people.

What do you think was the biggest story of 2011? Tell us in the comments below.

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