Darien Morning Briefing, Nov. 14

A roundup of local info and events to start the day.

Today is Monday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2011.



  • A new term begins: The newly-elected Board of Selectmen (7:45 p.m., room 206) and Representative Town Meeting (8:00 p.m., Town Hall auditorium) will hold their first sessions tonight. Both bodies' agendas are mostly limited to organizational matters.
  • Espresso Book Machine: The  will offer a sneak peak of its new Espresso Book Machine today at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. before officially launching tomorrow. The machine is able to print copies of books that aren't available from the library in a matter of minutes.
  • Linda George paintings: From now until Nov. 9, by Linda George will be on display in the library's Art Gallery.
  • Fashion Transformed: From now until Jan. 27, the y hosts ." The exhibit features 17 costumes from the era. The center is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



  • Board of Selectmen: 7:45 p.m., room 206 [agenda]
  • Representative Town Meeting: 8:00 p.m., Town Hall auditorium [agenda]
  • RTM Public Health & Safety: 7:00 p.m., room 213
  • RTM Public Works Standing Committee: 8:00 p.m., room 213


  • Monday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 61. Southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Monday night: A chance of showers, mainly before 10 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind between 10 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


  • High tide: 1:07 a.m. (6.7')
  • Sunrise: 6:40 a.m.
  • Low tide: 7:12 a.m. (0.8')
  • High tide: 1:11 p.m. (7.3')
  • Sunset: 4:36 p.m.
  • Low tide: 7:48 p.m. (0.3')


  • 1533: Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership ofFrancisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca empire.
  • 1910: Aviator Eugene Ely performs the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
  • 1922: The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom.
  • 1979: President Jimmy Carter issues Executive order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the Iranian hostage crisis.
  • 1991: American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103.
  • 1995: A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs.
  • 2001: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters take over the capital Kabul during the War in Afghanistan.
  • 2007: The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison.

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.


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