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Yikes, Darien Hammers Staples 23-4

The Blue Wave girls won the FCIAC lacrosse semifinals with a crushing win. On a wet and sloppy field, one Waver scored 5 goals, one scored 4 and 3 scored hat tricks. Darien had jumped out to a 13-4 lead at halftime.

Darien will play Ridgefield for the FCIAC title after the Tigers upset No. 2 New Canaan in the other FCIAC Semifinal.
 
 “This is going to be our 23rd time in the final, I think this is Ridgefield’s first, so the pressure’s on them, not us,” said Darien coach Lisa Lindley

 
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When Donald Trump talked about people getting tired of winning, maybe he had the Blue Wave lacrosse team in mind. Not that it is true. In fact, Darien fell behind Greenwich at the half, 5-2. Being the top lacrosse team in the country, according to Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse, one half not a game makes. Darien stormed onto the field to outscore the Cardinals 10-3 in the second half, winning 12-8 and upping their record to 15-0.

It’s been almost two years to the day since Darien last loss. That came 46 games ago against none other than Greenwich back in 2015 after a 12-11 overtime win by the Cardinals.

 
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Blue Wave golfers fired a 36 and a 37 (that included an eagle two) to help beat Trumbull at Woodway CC.  The final score was 151-161. The Darien boys improve to 10-1. This match came a day after Darien beat Ridgefield at the par 36 Darien Country Club course, 166-169.

Darien’s only loss this year came against Greenwich.

 
Thanks for the Memories
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Dick Costello puts finishing touches on packing up 353 West Ave.

 
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Darien let one get away when the New Canaan Rams scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th. The loss puts the Wave (9-7) in a pack of teams fighting for a playoff spot in the FCIAC.

Darien led by 3 after scoring 10 runs in the slugfest first 3 innings while the Rams had scored 7. Things remained scoreless for the next 3 innings until the Rams exploded for the final 4 runs and the win.

 
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Darien High girl’s tennis is just crushing it this season. The team has won twelve straight and 83 out of 84 individual matches they’ve played.

What’s also surprising is that in the CIAC L Division, Darien is second to the Staple Wreckers who have won 13 straight matches with an individual match record of 87 out of 91 matches played.

Darien will have to wait to play Staples in the Connecticut State Tennis Championships June 1.

 
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Every April for the last 37 years, the O’Grady Relays track and field meet has provided area high school teams with the ultimate test of teamwork and strategy.

There are no individuals at the O’Grady Relays, as every event, even ordinarily individual ones, are scored as relays, with three members of each team combining for one team score in each event. Named after legendary Danbury High School track and field and cross country coach Dan O'Grady, the competition emphasizes team-first.

Both Darien boys and girls finished tied for 26 in their respective groupings. ,

For the boy’s team, Darien won the 4x1600 relay breaking the meet record with a time of 18:19.98. For the girls, the best finish was 5 in the 4 X 800 with a time of 10:22.55.

 
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The Darien boys lacrosse team faced off against New Canaan in a packed Dunning Stadium.  Darien, ranked No. 1 in Connecticut, was tied at halftime with the No. 3 ranked Rams. Darien turned on the after-burners in the second half to emerge victorious 11-8.

As of May 4, Blue Wave lacrosse is 11-0.

If the boy’s game was exciting, the Darien girl’s game against New Canaan was heart-stopping. Darien scored twice with a minute left in regulation just to get into OT, and then, in the second overtime, scored the winning goal with just 26 seconds remaining in the period. Darien has now won 40 consecutive games against its Connecticut opponents.


 
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Beth Shaw with a stein of Andechser Weissbier. Prost!

 
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The tragic overdose death of 2008 DHS grad Michael Taylor has sparked an upcoming day of events at Weed beach.
 
When Taylor passed away last April of a heroin overdose at the age of 26 after two months of recovery, his loss was profoundly felt by his family and group of friends. Michael was a passionate sportsman, a gifted athlete. His passion was tennis and he played four years at Darien High winning a state singles title his senior year. He played Division 1 tennis at Villanova. He loved snowboarding, lacrosse, and hockey. He made several memorable trips with friends over the years: South Africa and Zambia while in middle school and India on a NOLS Himalayan hiking program while in college.
 
Over Labor Day weekend a few months later, his friends were discussing ways to memorialize him. What started out as an idea for a fun day with family and friends has since turned into a full-scale fundraiser, “For Michael,” to benefit Shatterproof, a local organization dedicated to ending addiction.
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On May 20, friends and family of Taylor, as well as community members will gather on Weed Beach.
 
                                The event will feature
 
-  A "build your own boat" relay race: groups of 4 people can sign up to test their ingenuity and boat racing skills at Darien’s beautiful Weed Beach. In the months leading up to event, teams will also compete to see who can raise the most money for Shatterproof

-  'Tramps Like Us', the premier Bruce Springsteen Tribute band, will perform at the beach following the boat race

-  Throughout the day - lawn/beach games, dunk tanks, and food trucks.
 
Admission will be $10

 
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Last Day of Work!
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Back to the Future at Waveny Park

Waveny Park is a 300 acre park of fields, ponds, and trails in New Canaan, Connecticut. The park's centerpiece is "the castle" built in 1912.  The architect for the structure was William Tubby and landscape design for the original residence was by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., a landscape architect who also worked on the Chicago Worlds Fair. The park was donated to New Canaan in 1967 and the castle was sold to the town for $1,500,00. Waveny was the home of Lewis Lapham, a founder of Texaco. His daughter, Mrs. Ruth Lapham Lloyd, is the mother of Christopher ‘Doc Brown’ Lloyd. Christopher was born on October 22, 1938, in Stamford and grew up at Waveny. He is currently helping to raise restoration funds for the grounds on their 50th anniversary.
 
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Dennis Sullivan Becoming Regular on Chicago PD

Dennis Sullivan reprises his role as one of the Windy City's top inspectors in the TV drama Chicago PD. The show has Dennis appearing early and taking part in an outdoor press conference.

Catch Dennis by computer-searching Chicago PD TV Show and Episode 416 (around the 3:00 minute mark)


 
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View from dowtown RR Bridge
1956

 
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Classmates George Farrington, Dick Costello, Steve Verses and Dave Lynch watch the 117th meeting of the Army-Navy Game in Baltimore. In a wild finish to an exciting game, Army came out on top 21-17, breaking a 14 game win streak by Navy.

 
Tinker Gets an "A" on the Woodstock Quiz

"The guy nailed it!" - Max Yasgur

 
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Recognize anyone from DHS Class of '69??

 
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Next stop, Darien!
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Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
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Pete White
Thanks for the Update!

 
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Joanne Schoepf Reisser

Thanks for the Update!
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Rick Poccia and Granddaughter Julia

 
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We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
 
 
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Skins and Terry Cummings
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Paul Hepp with grandkids


 
The 45th Reunion
The 45th Reunion
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Mike Lopriore and Paul Hepp get together in Jacksonville, FL.

Hey, where's the invite? It's freezing up here!


 

 
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Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

Thanks for the Update.
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Anne Marie McGarry
 
Thanks for Your Update!
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Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
45th Reunion
At the Beach

 
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The morning began overcast, but the sun was shining at the start of the Sunday picnic.
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
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We missed many classmates, but those who came had a special time. A shout-out to our illustrious 45th committee, especially Steve and Patti Craig, and to Dennis Sullivan who took the majority of the pictures.
The 45th Reunion
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
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Baker School Alums
Baker School Alums
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45th Reunion - Saturday Night
Jenny Hosts Q and A -- Tinker Drops Trou

 
Under cloudy skies, the 45th Reunion Dinner-Dance kicked off at the tony Wee Burn CC at 6:30 sharp.  We mostly stayed inside and drank cocktails while greeting one another in the Red Room.
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Later, after repeated requests, our group headed to the dining room for an appetizing buffet of prime rib, salmon, and side dishes. Dessert was cheese and chocolate cakes, ice cream, toppings.
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Once the tables were cleared, Jenny Bates started the evening entertainment as host of a general Q and A. Questions were asked from the audience about our class and our years in the high school.

One question regarding the shape of a tattoo led Mark Tinker to drop his pants in front of the room to provide the answer. Dick Costello remained quiet when a question arose about a shamrock tattoo.

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It was good to have an opportunity to get back out on the dance floor. While some groaning was heard over bad hips and bum knees, a good time was had by all.

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Check Out More Pictures from Saturday Night
and Sunday at the Beach
in the Photo Albums section

 

Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row)  Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim
Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row) Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim Potts, Steve Verses, Mark Tinker

While many attended the 45th, many were missed. A number of folks attended for the first time or from much earlier reunions – Mary Bass, Mark Beckwith, Paul Buckley, Linda Castle, Pete Helweg, Diane Holland, Dave Jefferson, Anahid, Mike Lopriore, Tom Milek, JoAnn Schoepf, and Christy Rogers among others.

Pretty much 75% of the attendees made Friday night and it was a chance to reconnect with classmates and to thank many on the reunion committee for all their work.

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Thank you's are certainly in order for the group responsible for putting this reunion together:

STEVE AND PATTI CRAIG
JENNY BATES
SUE DICKMAN KLINE
DENNIS SULLIVAN
JIM AND CINDY VALENTE

Outstanding job.

(If we missed anyone, please let us know)
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Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
 
 
The Class of 1969 mourns the losses of  Peter Popov, Nancy Levering Rozzelle, Mark Freeman and Joan Anderson Christopoulos. Please turn to Memorials.
 
 
Back when smoking was cool
Back when smoking was cool
A Bevy of Beauties
 
 
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Hot Fun in the Summertime
 
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
 
 
 
 
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George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
 
 
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Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree
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 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

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Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
 
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker  Photo by George Wehmann
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker Photo by George Wehmann

 Shot of trip out west during summer of '69 when we hitchhiked to California. Mark Tinker's dad bought us the car to roam around California and back to CT. Thought I lost this. Great memories from that trip. Those were the days!  -George Wehmann
     

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The names just keep on coming in!

(starting bottom left): Chris Garr, Ellen Johnson, Martha Whelan, Jane Hindenlang
Sue Dickman, Kathy McIntyre, Pam Burkhart Melee, Co Koppert (Young LIfe)
Bobby Grant, Kathy Fricke, Jackie Fitzpatrick, MaryLou Sivos
Heidi Gerber
Carol Augustus Summers, Anna Lamberton, Louis Belfour, Sara Schyler
Man in hat- L. (Ron) Hubbard, the kid on far right with hood is Mardie Porter's brother, Clark Porter 
The guy near top row hat and glasses: Middlesex science teacher "Booger" Bates
Right Center back row: The man in the hat and woman next to him-
Mr and Mrs Hendrickson (Paul's parents)! 
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Reunion Quiz
What is the DHS Motto?

Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
Reunion Poll
What should the theme be for the reunion ?

Disco
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Toga
Come as you are
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