Darien Morning Briefing, Aug. 2

A roundup of information and events to start the day.

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2011.



  • Free Blood Pressure Screening: The Darien Library hosts a free blood pressure screening from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the .
  • Short Stories for Long Days: Carroll Stenson leads a weekly discussion on short stories at the library from 3 to 4 p.m. Copies of the stories are available for pickup at the Welcome Desk during the week prior to each meeting.
  • Get Puzzled: Help the library solve the world's largest jigsaw puzzle in record time for a chance to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • DCA Closed: The  is closed through Friday, Aug. 12.


  • Board of Education: 7:45 a.m., BOE meeting room [agenda]
  • Sewer Commission: 7:30 p.m., room 206 [agenda]


  • Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind between 6 and 10 mph. 
  • Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67. North wind between 6 and 9 mph.


  • High tide: 1:36 a.m. (8.4')
  • Sunrise: 5:50 a.m.
  • Low tide: 8:03 a.m. (-0.6)
  • High tide: 2:05 p.m. (8.4')
  • Sunset: 8:09 p.m.
  • Low tide: 8:28 p.m. (-0.3')


  • 1610: Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay, believing he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1776: The Declaration of Independence, whose wording was approved on July 4, is formally signed by Congress (by most historical accounts).
  • 1934: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany.
  • 1964: North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fire on the USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy in the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
  • 1990: Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.

Forecast obtained from the National Weather Service; tide information obtained from saltwatertides.com (calibrated to Long Neck Point); 'Today in History' items compiled from Wikipedia and other sources.

gretchen schoenhof August 02, 2011 at 03:58 PM
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