Darien Man attends a golf fundraiser, Troop 35 welcomes Eagle Scouts and more


Matt Reinbold from Darien is taking part in a golf marathon in September to raise money for it gift of adoption.

Reinbold is a board member of the nonprofit’s Connecticut chapter.

The fundraiser will be held on September 19th from 7am to 7pm at the Innis Arden Golf Club at 120 Tomac Ave. held at Old Greenwich.

The charity raises money to help families complete adoptions, with a focus on families adopting children from what are known to be the most vulnerable situations.

Reinbold is asking for donations per hole on the golf course. For more information visit https://giftofadoption.org/dawntodusk.

Scout Troop 35 celebrates four Eagle Scouts

Darien Scout Troop 35 recently held a Court of Honor ceremony to celebrate new Eagle Scouts: Linus Carrier, Andreas Lolis, Allen Shao and Shishir Sangaru.

To earn the Eagle Scout designation, the highest in scouting, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 badges of merit, hold leadership positions in the Troop, and design and direct a major service project to benefit a community organization, in addition to regularly attending Troop meetings.

For his project, Carrier renovated the garden of the monastery of St. Birgitta. Lolis ran a Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress. Shao improved hiking trails and installed new signs in Baker Park. Sangaru has completed several renovations at the Wilton Hindu Temple.

Darien Scouting is open to all young people in kindergarten through 12th grade. It offers adventure, fun, leadership opportunities and community connections. For more information visit www.darienscouts.org.

Community Fund awards grant for pediatric therapy

STAR Inc., lighting the path recently received a grant from the Community Fund of Darien to support its Early Intervention Children’s Services Program.

That Community Fund of Darien has a long history of supporting STAR’s enhanced pediatric therapy program, which places the organization at the forefront of providing quality early intervention services to local children, regardless of their financial situation.

STAR provides individualized therapeutic and educational services through licensed professional therapists for children from birth through age 8 to help them meet their developmental milestones and thrive in school and in life.

The organization was founded in 1952 by parents who believed that children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were entitled to the same opportunities as other children. For more information visit https://starct.org.

Established in 1951, the Community Fund of Darien’s vision supports youth, adult and family empowerment programs in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford. It has distributed more than $20 million to local nonprofits. For more information visit www.communityfunddarien.org.

STAR Inc., Lighting the way to hold job fair

The non-profit organization STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, is offering on Wednesday, August 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 182 Wolfpit Ave. in Norwalk offers a career and job board.

The organization is looking for job applicants who share a passion for caring for people of all ages with disabilities. There will be on-site interviews at the fair.

The organization is seeking second- and third-shift home teacher candidates.

The full-time positions pay $17.25 an hour, with benefits such as a 401(k) program, health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; paid sick leave; paid vacation; and tuition reimbursement.

The schedule is a night shift Monday through Friday, with weekend availability.

STAR Inc. is asking everyone attending the work to wear a mask due to COVID-19 considerations. Masks are also provided.

The Darien student will receive a $5,000 scholarship

Three students, including one from Darien, recently received Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarships from the First County Bank Foundation.

The annual award honors three Fairfield County high school students who have consistently demonstrated civic citizenship at school, at home, and in the community.

Each of the following teenagers received a $5,000 scholarship:

Karys Webb of Darien, a Darien High School graduate who will be majoring in Global Public Health at the University of Virginia;

Caroline Yu of Greenwich, a graduate of Greenwich High School who will study politics and law at the University of Virginia; and

Sage Fuhrman of New Canaan, a New Canaan High School graduate who will attend the University of Texas at Austin to focus on the human dimensions of organizations.

“I am very proud to have these scholarships being awarded on my behalf and I have no doubt that these students will have a bright future,” said Taber, who joined First County Bank in March 2011 as chairman and chief executive officer retired.

To learn more about the foundation and scholarship, visit www.firstcountybank.com. First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford for more than 170 years, has offices in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport.

Graduates of the threshold program from the region

Molly Cioffi, a 2018 graduate of New Canaan High School, recently graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. after successfully completing its Threshold Program for people with various learning, developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Cioffi has been part of the Norwalk-based non-profit organization STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, since she was born in 2000. She and her family have benefited from the early intervention services offered by the STAR Rubino Family Center.

In September, Cioffi will return to Cambridge for an alumni transition year, living in an apartment with a flatmate while she works on a job or an internship, all with the support of the threshold program.

Meanwhile, Cioffi works with the STAR Employment Services Program, which secured her employment in paid positions at Groove in New Canaan and the New Canaan YMCA.

Cioffi previously worked at Ann Taylor and did internships at the New Canaan Nature Center, Lapham Community Center’s Senior Center, Elm Street Books Community Bookstore and the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce.

“I know Molly has a bright future ahead of her and she will continue to lead the way as a shining example of inclusion and the remarkable milestones that can be achieved with the support of a community like New Canaan,” said Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director of STAR.

That nonprofit STAR Inc. was founded 70 years ago by parents who believed that children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were entitled to the same opportunities as other children.


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