Darien Soundings

Bill Tims, Broker/Realtor

Bill Tims, Broker/Realtor®

The Darien Board of REALTORS®, Inc. has unanimously awarded Bill Tims, Broker/Realtor® Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties “2019 REALTOR OF THE YEAR”. A panel of Past President’s reviewed numerous submissions from members of the Darien Board and chose Bill based on his dedication, both past and present, to the Darien Board of REALTORS. According to his peers, Bill has been a beacon of professionalism, fairness and ethics that all REALTOR® members aspire to.

Bill has been a member of the Darien Board of REALTORS, the Connecticut REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS for over 40 years and has the distinguished designation of REALTOR® Emeritus Status for his 40+ years of consecutive membership with the National Association of REALTORS®.

Among his many attributes, Bill has served in many roles, including Director of the Darien Board of REALTORS® and Darien Multiple Listing Service and Treasurer for both entities. For more than 15 years Bill has been, and currently remains, Chairman of the Board’s Grievance Committee, overseeing with eloquence, each and every ethical challenge. Bill is also Chairman of the Darien Board’s New Member Education Committee, helping new agents fit seamlessly into their new found career as a REALTOR®. A practicing REALTOR® in Connecticut for more than four decades, Bill remains a skilled and trusted real estate professional that is praised by his Clients and amongst his peers.

Affectionately known as “Mr. Rowayton”, Bill remains the highest representation of the practice of real estate and is trusted and admired by his peers, clients and friends alike. According to Irene LaRusso, Executive Officer of the Darien Board and MLS, “I am proud to work alongside Bill – He’s a Gem of a member and we are very fortunate to have him -- contributing to our Board, our MLS, and the Realtor® community of Darien.

FACES: New Neighbors

Meet Kat and Ashley of New Neighbors! Friends since their New York City days and now business partners in their hometown of Darien, the duo have taken over the New Neighbors program and are excited to connect with everyone who is new to town.

If you have just moved to town and haven’t received your welcome package yet, let New Neighbors know! The Welcome Package offers a curated selection of gift certificates, town information, local resource recommendations and more. You'll become acquainted during your meeting with Ashley and Kat, and will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the town. If you’re a business in the area, this is your chance to get exposure to new families moving to town. Reach out to Kat and Ashley by email at ctnewneighbors@gmail.com. And while you're at it, follow New Neighbors on Facebook at CT New Neighbors and Instagram at @newneighbors_ct. Welcome to the community!

Kat and Ashley of New Neighbors

PLACES: Everwell

Meet Abby Knott and Lindsay Hurty, co-founders of Everwell, a membership-based workspace designed for work, volunteer ventures, passion projects, and home + family management. The pair originally met in their early years of motherhood. Abby worked part-time and dreamt of balancing motherhood with a fulfilling career, which she could do from home during school hours. Yet when her three children had all entered elementary school, she realized working from home was isolating and lonely. She missed working alongside other hardworking, passionate women. Collaborative workspaces were beginning to pop up and she began working on a business plan. Her focus was on creating a workspace with a built in social community.

Meanwhile, during this time, Lindsay was working on her own venture—The Trellis Workshops, where she designed and facilitated small group workshops focused on predictable but unfamiliar transitions; a popular workshop she led was geared toward home-based moms who wanted to re-enter the professional work space in a revised way from how they left it. When the establishment launched, Lindsay had an epiphany. She believed The Trellis Workshops was a small part of something much bigger. By keeping her business contained to her living room, it was limiting the community aspect. Both Abby and Lindsay had strikingly similar business plans. But were they competitors or partners? The answer, today, seems quite obvious. The pair perfectly complements one another. In the end, they aligned their visions and merged into one business model.

Everwell is a unique business. The perception is that Everwell is a co-working space for women, but it doesn’t stop there. Everwell aims to target women who make up this community. Whether you’re a volunteer, a coach, an entrepreneur or freelancer or a career professional, there is room for everyone. This brand-new addition to Darien aims to redefine work rather than being a full-time office. The goal is to accommodate the way work is changing. All programming and events are focused on four pillars: Career + Calling, Family + Home, Body + Health, and Thought + Intellect.

To learn or to schedule a tour, email connect@theeverwell.com or visit https://theeverwell.com.

BITES: Aux Delices

Welcome to Aux Delices! Darien's destination for finely crafted specialty foods and freshly baked desserts. Acclaimed chef and owner Debra Ponzek's culinary creations include company-branded prepared foods as well as imported items from France, Spain and Italy. Whether you're stopping in for light delicacies, or a complete dinner to bring home to the family, Aux Delices has your cravings covered!

Aux Delices
DR Bank


You’re invited! Join our very own Treasurer/Director, Stephan von Jena, for a special evening of cocktails, bites and networking at DR Bank (formerly known as Lauren Road Bank) on November 19 from 5:30-8pm. Kindly RSVP by November 8 by emailing jkeegan@drbank.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

BLISS: Darien Library

Join Darien Library for a day of minigolf for a great cause! The library will host its 6th annual Mini Golf event on Saturday, November 16 from 9am to 5pm. Players of all ages will “putt” their best skills forward on an 18-hole miniature golf course set up throughout the building. Enjoy face painting, a free hot dog, and other activities for just $5 per player!

Mini Golf In The Library

All proceeds from Darien Library Mini Golf will go directly to the purchase of books, movies and technology as well as the support of countless programming opportunities throughout the year. The event is sponsored by generous businesses and individuals and organized by the Darien Board of Trustees Fundraising Committee: Alex Eising (Chair), Tori Barnett (Mini Golf Co-Chair), Jay Bennett, Michael Cippoletti, Allegra Erickson, Tammy Sload, Susan Vogel, and Elena Whidden. Visit us here for more information.

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    Darien Board of Realtors®

    5 Brook Street, Suite 2-D

    Darien, CT 06820

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