Darien Morning Briefing, Oct. 31

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

Today is Monday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2011. Happy Halloween!



  • Shelter from the storm: For those left without power by the weekend nor'easter, both the Darien Library and are fully powered and open to the public today. The YMCA is also offering hot showers.
  • Preschool time: At 1:30 p.m., the hosts a storytime for preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) including stories, songs, and act-outs.
  • 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.



  • None scheduled


  • Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming southeast between 4 and 7 mph. 
  • Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. East wind between 6 and 8 mph.


  • High tide: 3:16 a.m. (7.3')
  • Sunrise: 7:23 a.m.
  • Low tide: 9:33 a.m. (0.3')
  • High tide: 3:37 p.m. (7.9')
  • Sunset: 5:51 p.m.
  • Low tide: 10:14 p.m. (0.1')


  • 1517: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
  • 1913: Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States.
  • 1926: Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
  • 1941: After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
  • 1956: Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.
  • 1959: Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his American citizenship at the US Embassy in Moscow, USSR.
  • 2000: Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been continuously crewed since.

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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