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S Three juveniles were referred to Juvenile Court earlier this week for larceny a nd bu r g l a r y c h a r ge s connected to thefts from motor vehicles. Police are reminding residents to lock their cars and take their keys when they park. S The Sewer Division is replacing a portion of the Old Greenwich Common Force Main, which is part of t he project t hat has been underway along the north side of I-95 and the sout h side of t he train tracks between Exit 4 of I-95 and Davis Avenue. The remainder of the work is to now install the force main under Davis Avenue and connect to an existing u nderg rou nd ju nc t ion chamber at the intersection of Davis Avenue and Bruce Park Avenue. Detours and road closures will be set-up. For more information, go to S Forty-five Greenwich H i g h S c ho ol s t ud ent s have been recognized in the 2020 National Merit S chola rsh ip P rog r a m, a n a nnua l academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships, based on their Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT scores. Fourteen GHS students qualify for scholarships in the National Merit program and thirtyone have been recognized as Commended Students. For more on this story, go to S The Mex ica n f lag wa s ra ised a long w it h the American and town f lags to mark Mexican I nde p endenc e Day on Monday. T he Mex ica n revolut ion aga i nst t he Spaniards began on Sept. 16, 1810. S The Undies Project will hold its annual Cocktails & Comedy Fu nd ra iser featuring comic Andy Pitz and emcee Kim Berns, Saturday, Sept. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased at S Swim Across America Fa i r f i e ld C ou nt y a nd Greenw ich Crew a re teaming up for the second a nnua l charit y row ing event — Meters for a Cure ERG Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 29 — with proceeds supporting Swim Across America Fairfield County and its local beneficiary the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) at the Greenwich Water Club at 49 River Rd. Registration is available in advance at sw imacrossamerica. o r g /g wc 2 019. O n- s i t e registration on Sept. 29 opens at 7:30 a.m. S The River House Adult Day C enter is host i ng a n i n au g u r a l b e ne f it , “Loca lMotion” – a celebration of community collaboration – on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., at Arch Street, The Greenwich Teen Center, 100 Arch St. Tickets are $175+ per person and can be purchased online at or contact 203-979-9557

Gyrfalcon Wows at Hawk Watch

The Greenwich Audubon Center Fall Festival and Hawk Watch was the place to be last weekend with a perfect day and a record number of attendees, over 1,500, from as far as New Jersey, New York City, and Eastern Connecticut. Above, a Gyrfalcon dazzles spectators as they learn amazing facts about them during the flying birds of prey shows. Although no kettles (a group of birds wheeling and circling in the air, often composed of several different species) could be seen in the blue sky, 362 of individual raptors were counted high over head at the Hawk Watch. A total of 4,616 raptors were counted at the Audubon by Tuesday and the count continues daily through November as Audubon tracks the migration of majestic hawks, eagles, owls, and other birds southward.

SEEC Issues Third Fine Related to 2017 Campaign In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Joseph Angland, the chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (D T C), c on f i r m e d t h at t h e State Elect ions Enforcement Commission (SEEC) has accepted a consent agreement regarding campaign finance violations by five current Democratic members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) relating to their 2017 campaigns. The BET is responsible for the proper administration of the financial affairs of the Town. This is the third such consent agreement f ine issued by the SEEC relating to how Democrats

paid for their successful 2017 effort to take over the BET. The effort in 2017 shifted leadership positions and gave tie-breaking authority to Democrats for the first time in town history. The SEEC determined the following, outlined in the consent agreement with Tony Turner: "Give n th at s i x m e mb e r s of each major party were guaranteed seats on the Board, all si x Democrats r unning for the of fice were ef fectively running unopposed. But the outcome of the election did carry some weight: the party that received more votes would lead the Board of Estimate and

Ta xation ("BET ") and would have a controlling vote on the board. The Charter of the Town of Greenwich directs that the 'chairman and vice-chairman of the Board shall be chosen from those me mbe rs of the Board who belong to the political party receiving the greatest number of votes cast for all the candidates of any one political party for members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation at the last Town election.' In the case of a tie vote on action of the Board, the BET's chairperson has an extra vote to break the tie." In order to win leadership roles, the entire slate of Democrats

needed to receive the most total votes. In order to achieve this goal, according to the SEEC, Tony Turner's People First Committee spent $343,500. S t r a t fo rd r e s i d e nt M a r k M i l l e r, w h o s e r v e d a s t h e campaign's treasurer, was ordered to pay "a civil penalty of $15,000 for violations of General Statutes that he committed over the course of the 2017 election cycle." U l t i m a t e l y, c a m p a i g n treasurers are legally responsible for the proper f inancing and reporting of their committees. In a somewhat unusual step by the SEEC, six candidates were fined in addition to the treasurer.

On August 2, 2019, Tony Turner was ordered to pay "a civil penalty of $52,000 for violations in the course of the 2017 election cycle." This week, Angland confirmed that a third consent agreement - the details of which have not yet been released ordered Jill Oberlander, Leslie Mor i a r t y, Je f f R a me r, B e t h Krumeich, and David Weisbrod to pay $1,000 each, bringing t he p ena lt ie s i n rel at ion to the 2017 campaign to $72,000 in total, one of the largest in Connecticut history. T he f u l l SEEC consent ag reement s c a n be fou nd at

New Bruce Sparkles with Well-being Is Equal Robert R. Wiener Gallery Parts Comfort & Growth Excerpts from The Waterwheel

By Anne W. Semmes

Robert R. Wiener is fascinated by “the beauty, the structure, the colors, and the rarity” of minerals. That life-long passion has built one of the world’s great collections of minerals, of which some 100 of the finest specimens will be on permanent display in the Robert R. Wiener Gallery to debut with the redoubling of the Bruce Museum. “I ' ve g i ve n t h e Mu s e u m some spectacular pieces – and I’ve made a half-million-dollar commitment to the Campaign for the New Bruce to ensure that the new mineral gallery excites ever y body who v isit s ,” says Wiener, chairman of MA X X Properties, a fourth-generation, family-owned real estate company based in Harrison, N.Y. “It’s a new day for the Bruce Museum and for the Town of Greenwich, and we should all celebrate that there are enough people who care to

help create a new center of life and light.” W i e n e r c it e s t h e d e s i g n of the New Bruce addition as “marrying the landscape with the new building, and the rising and falling of the sun with the shadows they'll create and the light they'll bring in.” He sees his new mineral gallery well situated w it h i n t he re i m a g i ne d a nd dramatically enlarged Science Galleries, which will occupy the whole of the exhibition space in the original building. “I'm looking forward to seeing my minerals on display with the right lighting.”

A pair of amethyst ‘wings’ - on view in the Museum’s science gallery - gifted by Robert R. Wiener. “People ask me where these minerals come from – most of them come from caves and have to be cut out with diamondstudded saws,” Wiener explains.

“To me they represent an amazing form of beauty – the author, the creator, the inventor, the sculptor has to be a higher power. And many people believe that when you get close to certain minerals, there’s a force that gets inside you and brings you good luck.” “I hope the minera ls will spa rk le i n c h i ld ren's e ye s ,” he continues, “and create an enthusiasm for learning more about geology, and all the other wonderful things that will come to them as they did to me by getting into the science of the earth. And that makes me very happy to think that will happen.” Supporting the Campaign for the New Bruce and serving as Honorary Bruce Trustee has brought to Wiener “a sense of contribution to the community. Ou r g iv i ng w i l l ex pa nd t he horizons of many children and adults. The Bruce will have a much greater capacity to handle many more people and draw them from many more areas.” “My passion is for the people who a re creat ing t he New Bruce,” notes Wiener, “and for their excitement about creating a cultural institution at a much higher level than it’s been. I’m excited for it, and having met t he new Execut ive Director, Robert Wolterstorff, I think the sky's the limit.”

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Too much “comfort” leads to boredom. Too much “growth” causes chronic anxiety. Comfort is sameness, routine, and predictability. Growth includes change, learning, losses, and challenge. We need both. Our lives are rarely a perfect 50/50 blend. Moving to a new community, starting a new job, starting or ending a relationship can feel like 95 percent growth and 5 percent comfort. Big changes are difficult. Our brains are wired to fear change and stay with the familiar to keep us safe. During seasons of change, give yourself as much comfort as possible. Ella got a new job in a new city. She missed her friends. She was relieved to learn that feeling uncomfortable during a season of growth was normal. She discovered that sadness and anxiety were rich states of mind, not something she needed to escape from or medicate. For comfort, she pampered herself and savored connections with old friends by phone. An excerpt from The Waterwheel by local author, Jill Woolworth, available through Amazon. Alternatively, we encourage you to shop locally where it is also available at Diane's Books or Christ Church Books & Gifts.



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9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Greenwich Garden Club - Lecture. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Auditorium, 108 Sound Beach Ave.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Marine Tank Animal Feeding. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr. (Every Tuesday and Friday, 2:30-2:45 p.m.) 203-869-0376. info@

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Exhibition Highlights Tour - guided tours of the current exhibitions led by a Museum Docent. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr. (Every Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., and Friday, 12:30 p.m.) 203-869-0376.

6:30 p.m. At Home in Greenwich Annual Fundraiser. Delamar Greenwich Harbor, 500 Steamboat Rd. 203-422-2342. 7 p.m. Family Movie Night: 'The Biggest Little Farm (ages

10 & up). Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Rd. (Bring your own refreshments). Free. 203-869-1091. church@ roundhillcommunitychurch. org. roundhillcommunitychurch. org

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7 - 9:30 p.m. Friday Night Roller Skating. Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd. $10 admission (includes skate rentals). All ages. 203-322-4447. greenwichrollerskating@ greenwichrollerskating.webs. com

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Greenwich Farmers Market. Arch Street Parking Lot, 100 Arch St. (Every Saturday through December, weather permitting). 203-3800580. greenwichfarmersmarketct. com

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 7 - 9 a.m. Fall Migration Bird Walk. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd. Free. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. 914-417-5234. events 9 - 10:15 a.m. Yoga class. Banksville Community House, Inc., 12 Banksville Rd. Also, Sunday, Sept. 22, 9-10:15 a.m. 203622-9597. bchinfo@optonline. net.

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9 - 11 a.m. CPR Friends and Family (Infant/Child). Greenwich Hospital’s Medical Education Room, 5 Perryridge Rd. $65. Register. Designed for lay rescuers only. Meets American Heart Association standards. 888-305-9253. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. “Backcountry Neighbor Day” - explore Northern Greenwich, visit Augustine’s Farm, Backcountry Barbecue, Audubon Center, GRTA trails, RHVFC, Greenwich Land Trust, The Round Hill Store, Kelsey Farm, Happiness Is, The Study and

9:30 - 11:45 a.m. Greenwich Choral Society Rehearsals. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Daniels Center, 108 Sound Beach Ave. 203-622-5136.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Stone Walls & Structures of England and New England: An Evolution. Greenwich Library - Meeting Room, 101 West Putnam Ave. Free. Register. 203-622-7948. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. "Learn The Basics of Needlepoint" - two 30-minute workshops. The Village Ewe, 244 Sound Beach Ave. Free. (Also, 20% discount off all canvases, threads and accessories). info@

2 - 4 p.m. The 12th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show. Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St. Also, Sunday, Sept. 21, 10am-3pm. Free and open to the public (donations are welcome). Dahlias will be sold on Sunday, Sept. 21, 3pm. 203-869-9242. info@ greenwichbotanicalcenter. org. greenwichbotanicalcenter. org 3 - 4 p.m. Saturday Documentary: 'When I Grow Up (Grandir)' by Jill Coulon. Byram Shubert Library - Community Room, 21 Mead Ave. Free. Adults, young adults. 203-531-0426 SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The 12th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show. Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St. Free and open to the public. Dahlias will be sold at

3pm. 203-869-9242 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Second Hour Informational Meeting: Senior Housing Options. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Auditorium, 108 Sound Beach Ave. Free. 203-637-1791. fccogcalendar 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop with Karen Pacent. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Rick’s Room, 108 Sound Beach Ave. Free. 203-637-1791 12 - 3 p.m. Smart Kids Stamford/ Greenwich Chapter: The 2nd Annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. Sherwood Island State Park, Westport. Register. $15, adults; $10, children 7-17; free, 6 and under. smartwalk

12 - 12:45 p.m. Greenwich Historical Society Gallery Tours. 47 Strickland Rd. Free with museum admission. No registration necessary. Meet at the information desk in the Museum Lobby. (Every Wednesday and Saturday). 203-869-6899. 1 - 4:30 p.m. Town of Greenwich Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day at Great Captain Island. Meet at the Grass Island Marina at 12:45pm for a 1pm ferry ride to the Island. Return ferry is at 4pm. Register. 203622-6461. conservation@

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Dancing Into A Golden Moment for Abilis By Liz Leamy Last Saturday turned out to b e a gold e n m om e nt i n every regard for the more than 170 people who gathered at the Tamarack Country Club off of King Street to celebrate the beauty of dance and who raised an astonishing total of more than 106 thousand ( 1 0 6 , 0 0 0) d o l l a r s t o h e l p supp or t t he prog ra m s a nd s e r v i c e s f o r t h e 7 0 0 -p l u s i n d i v i du a l s i nvo l ve d w it h A bi l is, a Gre enw ich-base d orga n ization that prov ides t ho s e w it h deve lopm e nt a l disabilities and their families in the lower Fairfield County area with life services programs, therapy and advocacy. This unique second annual fundraiser event, titled the ‘Dancing Stars of Greenwich Charity Gala,’ hosted by the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Greenwich, certainly hit the mark on all counts as a handful of big-name film and television stars joined forces with top ba l l ro om da ncers f rom a l l over New England and New York and dozens of supporters and others associated with A bilis to help suppor t th is vital organization’s purpose, mem b ers a nd r ole her e i n town and also in and around lower Fairfield County. As a whole, this firecracker group, who emanated of visible goodwill, energy and enthusiasm, k nocked the p r ove r b i a l b a l l o u t o f t h e park as they helped raise six figures in funding as a means to provide support for Abilis, which was originated in 1951 and has off ices in Stamford, Weston and Ridgefield, as well as a New Canaan site that is slated to open up later in the year. “This night has been incredible and everything has exceeded our expectations,”

said A my Montimur ro, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Abilis. “There is so much love among everyone h e r e a n d i t ’s b e e n a t r u e celebration.” R ig ht f rom t he moment of stepping foot into the expansive Tamarack Country C lu b , n e s t l e d i n t h e l e a f y backwoods western section of town, the energy that could be felt in the air was palpable. The ballroom dancers, who were professional as well a s a mateu rs a nd wer e t he marquee players at this event, could be seen walking around in stu n n ing br ig ht-colored costumes and tu xedos and wearing full makeup, which gave the impression of being at a Broadway, London, Paris or Las Vegas production. The roster of entrants in this thrilling dance showdown totaled 10 teams in all, each m ade up of a pr ofe s siona l dancer and Abilis supporter who f ac e d of f ag a i n s t one another in dramatic and fun fashion. Each team, which designed a program around a classic

R h u m b a , S w i n g , Ta n g o , a f t e r e a r n i n g t h e h i g h e s t Fo x t r o t , S a m b a , d i s c o o r points of the night.

This organization does amazing work and to feel the brainpower, energy and heart of everyone involved with Abilis is awe inspiring. I mean, look at what’s happening here. This is indicative of what everyone can do and continue to do as we keep moving forward and that’s what it’s all about.

Hustle theme, earned points for skills and presentation in hopes of raising money and g e n e r a t i n g aw a r e n e s s f o r Abilis. At the end of the evening, Dr. Bina Park, who lives with her family in Riverside and has an orthodontic practice in Greenwich and Manhattan, danced away with the celebrated mirror-ball trophy

Wearing a leopard dress complemented w ith a f ireengine red skirt, Bina racked up big points for her electric Swing and Rhumba to a catchy Jonas Brothers tune that she did in tandem with Clemens Lengenfelder. For Bina, the victory was all about participating in this event. “It ’s b e en i nc r e d i ble to

have been here. Everyone is so dedicated to lifting others through this organization, and to have been part of this event has been such an honor,” said Park. “I was nervous to get out there, but my mother told me to just believe in myself and that I could do it. I think it’s everything when people go for things and own their strength, and I think that is what this night is all about.” In addition to these two electric routines, Grif f in Fraser also did a fun group performance with some of the Fred Astaire dancers to the theme music from Batman, the popular 1960s television series, that earned big applause from the crowd. According to Alonso Martinez, Chair of the Abilis B o a r d (w h o s e e n j o y a b l e routine to Barry Manilow’s 19 70s rad io h it w it h A n na Belyav tseva was another crowd pleaser), the success of the event was due to the team effort among everyone involved w ith A bilis and the event, especially those individuals who helped put the whole night together. “ Eve r y t h i n g a b out t h i s evening has been a lot of fun and it’s terrif ic because this is all for a great cause,” said Martinez. “Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and hopefully this will become a regular event.” W it hout a dou bt , much of the magic of the night was also due to the efforts of the ever-charismatic emcee, Billy Blanks Jr. and the celebrity three-member judging panel who were on hand. The judg ing contingent, consisting of Brendan Fraser, the movie superstar whose f ilm credits include “The M u m m y,” “ G e o r g e o f t h e Jungle,” “With Honors” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” among others; Lara

Spencer, the effervescent coanchor of ABC’s Good Morning America and ABC News Nightline correspondent; and Tony Dovolani, the talented A BC “Da ncing With Sta rs” luminary who is a two-time Wo r l d R h y t h m c h a m p i o n and certified World ballroom dancing judge, were all entertaining, informative and engaged and seemed to make everyone in the room smile t h roug hout t he n ig ht w it h their witty and informational commentary. During the event, for example, the judges would tell the dancers how charming, f u n a nd enter ta i n i ng t hei r numbers were, among other things. “That was positively charming and so much fun. Thank you so much for that,” said Brendan Fraser to Linda Colucci, an A bilis Board member in regard to her entertaining performance to, “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and her dance partner, Matthew Ames. Perhaps more than any thing, it was g ratif y ing to see members of the Abilis organization, along with their families and friends laughing, chat t i ng a nd da nci ng w it h one another in the ballroom, ha l lways a nd space of t he Ta m a r a c k C o u n t r y C l u b throughout the night. “I th i n k th is was rea l ly a great night for everyone,” sa id L i ndy Urso, a n A bi l is Board member who lives with h is w ife a nd th ree sons in Greenwich. “This organization d o e s a m a z i n g wo r k a n d I feel the brainpower, energy and heart of everyone involved with Abilis is awe i n s p i r i n g . I m e a n , l o ok at what’s happening here. This is indicative of what everyone can do and continue to do as we keep moving forward, and that’s what it’s all about.”

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7 p.m. Book Discussion on 'Fahrenheit 451'. Perrot Memorial Library - Rand Room, 90 Sound Beach Ave. Free. 203-637-1066.

6:30 p.m. League of Women Voters of Greenwich & Greenwich Library: “Overcoming Cynicism and Getting Young People to Vote,” with author Paul Loeb. Greenwich Town Hall Meeting Room, 101 Field Point Rd. Free. RSVP by Sept. 17. League.RSVP@

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2 p.m. The Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) Open House. JLG headquarters, 231 East Putnam Ave. Also, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. 203869-1979. 3 - 6 p.m. Greenwich Land Trust's 20th Annual 'Go Wild!' Family Field Day. Greenwich Polo Club, 1 Hurlingham Dr. Adults, $70 in advance ($75 at the gate); 18 years old, $30; 2 and under, free. 203-629-2151. gltrust. org/go-wild 3:30 p.m. The Astronomical Society of Greenwich: Dr. Benjamin Pope: "The Dancing Dragons of Apep." Greenwich Audubon - Gallery, 613 Riversville Rd. Free and open to the public. MONDAY, SEPT. 23 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Kids Challenge Golf Tournament, benefiting Kids In Crisis. Woodway Country Club, 540 Hoyt St., Darien. 203-622-6556. ksmiley@ kidsincrisis. org 9:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga with Helena Svedin. Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St. Members, $25$35. 203-869-9242. info@ greenwichbotanicalcenter. org. greenwichbotanicalcenter. org

10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Greenwich Council, BSA's Perry L. Burns Memorial Golf Tournament. The Round Hill Club, 33 Round Hill Club Rd. 11:30 a.m. St. Lawrence Society (SLS) 29th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course, 451 Stillwater Rd., Stamford. $175, includes everything. 203-6189036. 4 - 6 p.m. Clarinet Lessons. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Rainbow Room, 108 Sound Beach Ave. 203-637-1791. fccogcalendar 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Move & Groove Aerobics. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Daniels Center, 108 Sound Beach Ave. $149 per class, $249 for both classes per week. 203-6257474. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Class: “Mind, Body, Fertility Yoga.” Prescott House, 38 Volunteer Ln., ground flr. $80 for four classes or $25 drop-in fee per class. Register. Also, Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 888-357-2409. 6:30 p.m. Board of Estimate & Taxation (BET) Meeting. Greenwich Town Hall - Meeting Room, 1st floor, 101 Field Point Rd. 7 p.m. Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency

12:30 - 3 p.m. Settings For iPhone & iPad: Don't Be Afraid!. Greenwich Library - The Jewel, 101 West Putnam Ave. Free. Register. 203622-7914. trainingcenter@ 1:30 - 3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group: Learn and Share: Tips for Everyday Living. Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd. Free. 203-8634444. events 2 p.m. Board of Estimate & Taxation (BET) Nathaniel Witherell Strategic Planning Committee Meeting. Greenwich Town Hall Mazza Room, 1st floor, 101 Field Point Rd. greenwichct. gov 3:30 - 8:30 p.m. Open Studio Time at Andrew's Studio - learn recording, mixing and production. Arch Street Teen Center, 100 Arch St. Free. Grades 7th-12th. Free. (Every Tuesday and Thursday). Reserve a time. 203-6295744. 4 - 5 p.m. Music Lessons. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Music Room, 108 Sound Beach Ave. 203637-1791 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Department of Parks and Recreation's Skateboarding Clinics begin. 6 to 12 years old. Also, Thursdays beginning on Sept. 26, 4:155:15 p.m. $95. 203-496-9876. Register at webtrac 5 - 7 p.m. Lecture: “Preventing Falls and Improving Balance.” Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center, 5 Perryridge Rd. Free. Register. 888-305-9253 6 - 8 p.m. Caregiver Circle: Navigating Social Media. Greenwich Library - Meeting Room, 101 West Putnam Ave. Free. Register. 203-625-6549 6 - 8 p.m. CPR Friends and Family (Infant/Child). Greenwich Hospital’s Medical Education Room, 5 Perryridge Rd.

6:30 p.m. Greenwich Board of Health Meeting. Greenwich Town Hall - Josephine C. Evaristo Conference Room, 3rd floor, 101 Field Point Rd. 203-6226488. 6:30 p.m. League of Women Voters of Greenwich: Paul Loeb from Campus Election Engagement Project. Greenwich Town Hall Meeting Room, 101 Field Point Rd. Free. 203-352-4700. 6:30 p.m. Acacia Lodge No. 85 meeting and dinner - Stated Communication and Fellowcraft Degree. Putnam Cottage - Tavern Room, 243 East Putnam Ave. Public is welcome to attend dinner. (2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month). acacia85@gmail. com 7 p.m. Learn How to Navigate the Private School Admissions Process. Browns Educational Consultants, 19 East Elm St., 2nd floor. Free. 203-6612483. 7 p.m. "Cancer Solutions: Enabling the Body's Own Defenses," with Dr. Sarah A. Weiss. Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave. Free. RSVP. 203-869-7191. alice.schoen@ 7 - 9 p.m. America's Boating Club of Greenwich: Weather Course begins. Greenwich Police Headquarters, 11 Bruce Pl. $80, members; $180, nonmembers. Register. (Tuesdays through Nov. 10). 203-9981864. GreenwichSquadron@ 7 - 9 p.m. Department of Parks and Recreation: Drop-in games of Volleyball for men and women. Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Rd. All are welcome. $4 per day drop in fee. (Every Tuesday.) 203-5321259. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 8 - 9 a.m. Tai Chi lessons. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Auditorium, 108 Sound Beach Ave. Drop-ins welcome. 203-637-1791 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. "Confident Parents, Capable Kids" - Fall Parent Training for Preschool Parents (6 Wednesdays). First Congregational Church Lounge, 108 Sound Beach Ave. Free. RSVP. 203-9217493. info@emilytrotman. com. 9:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m. The Perfectly Polite Bridge Group - Relaxed Duplicate Bridge, 9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge with Conventions Game, 12:45 - 2:45 p.m. YMCA of Greenwich, 50 E. Putnam Ave. $10, members; $12, nonmembers. Register. (Every Wednesday). 203-525-8032. 10 a.m. Find Balance Through Ayurveda (akin to yoga). Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St. $20-

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$35. 203-869-9242. info@ greenwichbotanicalcenter. org. greenwichbotanicalcenter. org 10:30 a.m. Itsy Bitsy Playgroup - for parents with children under two years old. Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave. Free. RSVP. 203-622-8121. david. 11 a.m. Retired Men's Association of Greenwich: Daryl Hawk: “Colombia: Light at the Edge of the World." First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam Ave. Free and open to the community. 11 - 11:30 a.m. Storytime - Deborah Kupper will lead kids on explorations of historical events and figures through storytelling, songs, and movement. Ages 2 to 5. Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Rd. Free. (Every Wednesday). 203-869-6899 12 - 1 p.m. Lecture: Dr. Charles Matouk: “Stroke and Thrombectomy.” Greenwich Hospital’s Noble Conference Center, 5 Perryridge Rd. Free. Register. 888-305-9253 2:30 - 6 p.m. Old Greenwich Farmer's Market. Living Hope Community Church of Old Greenwich, 38 West End Ave. Rain or shine. (Every Wednesday, 2:30 - 6 p.m. through end of October; 2 - 5 p.m. in November). oldgreenwichfarmersmarket. com 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Yoga Class - Greenwich Adult Continuing Ed. The First Congregational Church of

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In the Meantime By Icy Frantz

Have you ever noticed that mu c h o f l i fe h ap p e n s i n t h e mea nti me? W hat exactly is the “Meantime”? It’s that time, u n restr icted a nd of ten much longer than expected, that we live our lives waiting for something bigger to happen. The bigger is a goal or a material object, a new job or school, or maybe meeting the love of our life, or something for which we are hoping, and it may come, but we spend the majority of our life in the moments before it does. I would argue that there is great value in these moments and that if we learn to embrace “in the meantime”, we will have discovered the tr ue mean ing of life. Ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it’s not too farfetched to say that there is signif icant

growth and joy to be had as we wait patiently, and live our lives in the dawn before the sun rises. As the mother of four, three living outside of our home and one who has been preparing to launch since the day she was born, I am currently surrounded by many newly minted empty nesters. I hate that term because of its negative implications. Empty just sounds so empty, and cold and hollow and bare when in fact, it is less about empty and more about new beginnings and rebranding. Over the last few months, I have gotten to know and admire a woman who is a newly minted “empty nester”. Her only child has just started at boarding school and she has come face to face with free time, a lot of it. Whip smart and tech savvy, my friend is not yet ready to jump into a career with little or no flexibility. In her heart, she is still Mom, a role she loves, and wants to be available in case her daughter needs her, and so she has been helping me. I am not tech savvy and boy, is she teaching me a thing or two. And over the course of our work together she has shared with me some of her incredible ideas and career dreams and they are exciting and awesome and require 150% of her attention. I hope that she will pursue them, all of them, when the time is right, but in the meantime, I am the beneficiary of her wonderful gifts and her new

beginning. In our house, we have many d iscussions centered a rou nd school attire and I think I am not alone. Along these lines, there are discussions around what is appropriate for a 13-year-old to own in her wardrobe and what is not. When I was 13, I was obsessed with Tretorns, a white sneaker with a colorful V on the side and I clearly remember begging my mother for a pair, I got them for Christmas, in the meantime I wore Keds. Today, in much of Fairfield County, the stakes are slightly higher. Our daughter is obsessed with Golden Gooses. For those of you not in the know, Golden Gooses are really cute sneakers that cost about the same price as a car…almost. They cost more money than our

daughter made as an assistant camp counselor this past summer so she can’t afford them without my help. And, I am not helping. No Judgement taken on anyone who owns Golden Gooses and certainly no offense to the company, but I can’t seem to find one good reason for our 13-yearold to own them. So, she is trying to earn the money or wait for Christmas, in the meantime, she is wearing an old pair of sneakers and is vaguely satisfied for now. I have a sweet tooth. In fact, I think I must have a few because I am hopelessly addicted to sweets. Just today, excited to see candy corn at the grocery store, I served it at a breakfast meeting, and I am the first in line for cake at any birthday party. A couple of times a year, I go cold turkey and give

Because sometimes the bigger happens. And sometimes it does not. I had a friend in my 20’s who used to say at the start of any road trip or adventure, “If I had to turn back now it would all be worth it.”

up sugar. No candy Corn. No cake. And I feel healthy. I drop a few pounds. I exercise more. I eat more salads. My entire diet seems to be transformed by simply denying myself the sweets that I love. So, it goes, shortly after Halloween, I will give up sweets but, in the meantime, another piece of cake please. That time before something big ger happ en s is i mp or t a nt and we need to choose to accept and value it or live a life full of frustration. Because sometimes the bigger happens. And sometimes it does not. I had a friend in my 20’s who used to say at the start of any road trip or adventure, “If I had to turn back now it would all be worth it.” And that statement always made an impression on me. My friend always knew that sometimes in the meantime is enough. Accepting does not preclude us from working towards the bigger; the coveted job, the better diet, the house with a mud room, it just means we can actively appreciate t he now, wh i le pla n n i ng a nd working towards our goals and dreams. And sometimes, in the meantime becomes our dream. I remember hearing a story about a friend’s son who was interested in a job in finance. After graduating from college, he interviewed, and he interviewed, but to no avail. Eventually, he took a job because

he needed to earn some money. It wasn’t in a f ield in which he was interested but it paid him a salary. So, he took the job in the meantime, and continued to keep his feelers out for any available job in finance. Time passed and he began to love this job. He loved the company and the people who worked there and he learned, and he was promoted. Last I heard he was still there and happy, in a field he had never considered and never thought he would stay, but simply only visit in the meantime. There are many items on my bucket list. I would love to travel, write a book, spend more time in New York City, hike The Camino de Santiago, do a yoga headstand, own at least one perfectly behaved dog, clean my desk, go back to school and give up sweets. Some of these are far away dreams that I keep in my head or on a yellow sticky that I can’t f ind on my messy desk. Some of them are easier to obtain. In the meantime, life is good and full and joyful. I will slowly work my way towards these aspirations. Tonight, when we a r e e at i n g d i n n e r, I w i l l appreciate the food in front of me and not just the dessert that’s ahead of me. And I will search for that joy even while debating again the pros and cons of owning Golden Gooses with our 13-yearold daughter.

Revisiting The Ever Relevant Words of Toni Morrison bright future. You have to do some h a n d e d d o w n o r r e a d pretty clever tricks in the mind in knowledge? When the August news came of order to stay that way.” “I thought I knew a great deal the passing of Nobel prize winning about it. I did a lot of research novelist Toni Morrison, bells went about details of place, furniture off. Hadn’t I once interviewed and dress.” this extraordinary woman about The book has a strong stream her Pulitzer prize-winning, most of folklore running through celebrated novel, “Beloved,” that it. Was that an inheritance of ghost-f illed story of Sethe, an yours? escaped slave? I found that file, and “People told stories in Morrison’s words jumped off the my f a m i ly a b out g ho s t s a nd page. visions and were on intimate Reading her words, given to terms with their dream life. My me some 30 years ago, the memory grandmother read dream books for of that phone interview returned. interpretation.” Her welcoming warm voice has Yo u r f a m i l y w a s v e r y me sitting with her in her writing imaginative-rich and strong. room I learned was not far from “I was part of a family that Greenwich, on the west side of the included a mother and a father. Hudson River, south of the Tappan Having a two parent household Zee bridge. then was not rare until World War Nobel prize winning Morrison’s words resonate as II. It was extremely important author Toni Morrison being as relevant today as they keeping families together at that shares her still pertinent were then. Following on are some time after generations of slavery.” thoughts shared decades of the questions I asked her. Is the book about the ago stemming from her How did the idea of the novel struggles between parenting and book, Beloved. “Beloved” come to you? being a woman? “I used a little part of a truthful “The kind of devastation in the story.” book about families rent asunder What did you want the story What are the controlling does speak to a very contemporary to tell? images of the book? s i t u a t i o n . B l a c k wo m e n a r e “The problem of digesting “There are two. In [Sethe’s] struggling to be individuals with h istor y- remem b er i ng it a nd trying to negotiate that territory families, perhaps single mothers or confronting it and still being whole. overwhelmed by the misery of life divorced mothers. I wanted the The book’s principle trauma is a and yearning for its benevolence. book to focus in some way on the psychological one – in addition to And the other is the tools, the sacrifice that a woman makes in the deprivation of a family, it’s a chains that suggest the violence of order to protect her children and single human effort to be a caring slavery.” to suggest at the end of the book person…Not only to work and The book takes place in the that it is a kind of beginning of that survive, but where there’s beauty, post-Civil War Reconstruction movement into modernity, into and where there's a possibility of a period. Was this knowledge being ‘one’s own best thing.’

By Anne W. Semmes


"There should not be a life of either or – not my children or myself. Those are impossible choices. It must be my children and myself. " On the one hand there is the necessity, compulsion and desire to nurture, and in some situations that displaces self-nurturing. We can transfer all of the best part of us into nurturing, and literally destruct the self. Today, naming that evil doesn’t elevate it or describe it. It’s something

contemporary women have to work out. They have to imagine that post things are possible. There should not be a life of either or – not my children or myself. Those are impossible choices. It must be my children and myself. We have to f ind ways for both things to flower. It’s unacceptable for women

to have to apologize for wanting to be mature individuals.” There’s a line in the book, “To get to a place where you could love anything you chose – not to need permission for desire. Well now, that was freedom.” What is your most important freedom? “The freedom to choose the things I want to be responsible for. These days we have lots of choices. In those days of the book there were not many choices.” Today, a month and more after her death, Morrison continues to be celebrated across the media. Surely, as one celebrant wrote, “This writer enlarged the American imagination in ways we are only beginning to understand.”

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JLG Open Houses The Junior League of Greenw ich ( J LG) w ill host t wo open house sessions for prospective members. Women interested in joining the JLG are invited to meet current members, learn what the JLG does and how to join the organization. The sessions will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at JLG headquarters, 231 East Putnam Ave. Registration for the New Member Class is now open and the f irst class will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. at the JLG headquarters. The JLG provides o p p o r t u n i t i e s fo r wo m e n to

develop skills enabling them to be highly effective volunteers who create community change. By joining the Junior League, members have the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, obtain non-prof it training, and access personal development training while serving the G r e e nw i c h c o m mu n i t y. T h e J L G ’s m e m b e r s h i p i n c l u d e s executives, community leaders, entrepreneu rs, mothers, a nd professionals, and welcomes all women who are at least 21 years of age and interested in making a positive impact in the community. Over the course of the year, women in the New Member Class

will learn about the JLG’s history, its i mpact i n t he com mu n it y a nd how to become ef fective volunteers. Each year, the New Member Class participates in a Road Rally to learn about and see the long-lasting impact of the Junior League of Greenwich. Each New Member will also participate in a project that provides her with experience to further her volunteer career. In May, the women of the New Member Class become activated members and join a 60-year tradition as part of an organization of over 600 women.

High Holy Days September begins the school year for all of us; for those in the Jewish community, it also marks the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom K ippur. This year, 5780 in the Jewish calendar, marks the third time that Greenwich Reform will be observing the holidays in their new home on Orchard Street in Cos Cob. Key events include Selichot, commemorated on Saturday night, Sept. 21, with dinners in the homes of GRS members, followed by an evening service o f p o e t r y a n d mu s i c . T h e

complete service schedule for Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and Yom Kippur (Oct. 8/9), with uplifting sermons by Rabbi Jordie Gerson and the music of Cantor Harriet Dunkerley and the GRS choir, can be found at Of particular interest are the brief early morning services designed for preschoolers, plus those created especially for school-age children, complete with plays performed by students in the GRS religious school. The second day of Rosh Hashanah features a meditative walk in a

nearby park, and is open to all (prior reservations required). O n Yom K ippu r, P rofe ssor Abel Rodriguez will discuss “ We lc om i n g t he St ra n ge r : Seeking Migrant Justice in the Borderlands” at the symposium between morning and afternoon Yom Kippur services, while teens can participate in a ref lective session to help them let go of the past year and set goals for the new one. For complete details and ticket information, please call the GRS office at 203-629-0018.

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At 65, CCI is Looking Ahead

By Gaby Rattner

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants,” Isaac Newton once wrote. That quotation remains one of my very favorites. Especially today, as I stand on the shoulders of a petite woman who continues to be a giant in our community and in the field of social services.

Sixty-five years ago, Barbara Nolan and a group of people with big hearts and even bigger vision created Community Centers, Inc. to “assure to each resident of Greenwich an opportunity to p a r t i c ip a t e i n e du c a t i o n and recreational activities and to receive counseling on the basis of …particular needs and interests.” Most importantly, CCI would concentrate its services on those who find it difficult to realize those opportunities. True to that vision, CCI has evolved into an important social service agency in the Greenwich community, providing support for individuals and families who live in our town’s subsidized housi ng, a nd for t hose w ith special needs. It could have been expected that the need for an organization like ours might fade over time.

But in fact, the demand for CCI ser v ice s cont i nue s to g row. Today with an estimated 30% of our friends and neighbors living with financial insecurity;* an academic achievement gap resulting at least in part from childhood trauma, food insecurity, parents torn in multiple directions and numerous other complex causes; a senior population anticipated to represent 20% of town residents w i t h i n a f e w y e a r s * *, a n d increasing calls for accessibility a nd opp or t u n it y for sp e c ia l needs adults and young adults, CCI’s efforts to build skills that empower clients to overcome educational, social and economic barriers are more vital than ever. As in our earliest days, social work is at the heart of all CCI does. A truly dedicated staff forms lasting relationships with

ch i ld ren a nd t hei r fa m i l ies, often following and supporting youngsters through their schooling while aiding their families as they grow. Take D., a transplant from New York City to what must have se eme d a st ra nge new place. Over the years, CCI fed D. when she was hungry, gave her her first ice skating lessons in the winter and her first swim instruction in the summertime. CCI was there for D.’s two sisters as well, serving as confidantes, providing academic support and playing Santa at Christmas with gifts for all the children. Y. f i rst ca me to CCI as a teenage mom. With support from CCI, Y. graduated from high school and at age 18, secured her own home. Y.’s children participated in CCI’s after school programs, so that Y. could work

a full day knowing her children were safe and having fun. They participated in CCI’s signature su m mer prog ra m, a nd have continue to ta ke par t in its group activities as they have grown older and continued their educations. A n d t h e n t h e r e ’s E . , a nonagenarian who maintains her independence by participating in CCI’s social prog rams for seniors, the shopping trips to a r e a s up e r m a r k e t s , b a n k s , pharmacies and other stores, and who willingly shares the wisdom and experience of her years with our youngest participants. It would be misleading to say that CCI does this alone. We are a very small agency, trying to do so much. It is therefore our great privilege to partner with a passionate board of directors, so many other dedicated

agencies, Greenwich officials and individuals all striving to wield the enormous resources of our town on behalf of those who need them the most. At 65, CCI is not retiring. Far from it. With support from generous donors (virtually all of CCI’s programs remain free or very low fee), CCI continues to provide core services while also implementing new initiatives. And we will continue to welcome n e w f a m i l i e s to o u r m i d s t , wherever and whenever they need us. G a by Ra t t n e r i s Ex e c u tor Director of Community Centers, Inc; She has lived in Greenwich since 2004 and has worked as a non-profit executive for most of her career.

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Letter by Irene Dietrich

Heather Smeriglio for Tax Collector

W h at a n op p o r t u n it y we h ave t h i s November – we can, for the first time ever, elect a fully certified Tax Collector with 4 years in house experience! Heather Smeriglio’s willingness to run for this office stems from a desire to serve the Town of Greenwich. Heather’s work experience began in the banking industry where she rose to the level of bank manager and a Vice President. This clearly establishes her viable financial

background. With encouragement from our former Tax Collector, Heather began the process of acquiring her Tax Collector Certification. Heather is a lifelong resident of Greenwich and a dedicated Republican. She is challenging our incumbent Tax Collector. Her Skill set now includes hands on practical experience obtained through four years of employment in the actual off ice. Consequently, there

will be no down time when she is elected! Heather will have no learning curve as far as the functioning of the office. Her certification clearly indicates she understands the process of collecting Greenwich Taxes. So, I ask for your vote for Heather for TAX Collector on November 5th! Irene Dietrich

says the Rev. Da n Haug h, A ssociate Pastor at Round Hill Community Church and master of Billy, a beautiful Pointerhound mix that his family rescued from Wags Rescue i n R ich boro, PA . " The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship; a human and their animal companion are two creatures of unconditional love. Members of the wider community and their pets are invited to join in this non-denominational service. Pets should be kept in carriers, cages, or on a leash dur ing the ser v ice. People may a lso bring a picture in memory of pets who have died and children are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal. This

E x p l o r e No r t h e r n G r e e nw i c h o n S a t u r d a y, S e p t . 2 1 d u r i n g “Backcountry Neighbor Day,” starting at The Audubon Center, 613 Riversville Rd., between 9 and 11 a.m., where Patricia Lovejoy will greet you with coffee and maps to help you explore the trails. You can discover many programs the Audubon offers. Next, enjoy a visit to the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company at 166 W. Old Mill Rd. and thank a firefighter between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Firefighter Sharon Strain will be on hand to a nswer a ny q ue st ions r elate d to firefighting. You can also touch a truck and perhaps even climb on it. Flanking the f irehouse you will find The Greenwich Land Trust with pollinator gardens and trees. Wander the grounds before you cross the street to the 200-year-old Round Hill Store. Proprietor Robin Vanacore will offer you a complimentary cup of cider. If you feel like stretching your legs, the GRTA Trails of f Bedford Road offer a view of wide skyline and stretches of level land for quiet walks. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. but parking is limited. Drive north on Bedford Road to West Lane and turn left; you will have arrived at your destination when you see the sign “Nichols Property/GRTA.” Yo u m a y h a v e w o r k e d u p a n appetite by now, so drive west to The Griff Golf Course at 1300 King St. You can sample a complimentary taco

Greenwich is home to some of the kindest people in the world, but we still see the results of stressful, busy lives everywhere in our home town.

at Backcountry Barbecue while you order your lunch. Just up the road from The Griff is Augustine’s Farm at 1332 King St. This is the place to buy home grown fruits and vegetables, fresh cut f lowers, home made pies and corn stalks. Take a drive to Kelsey’s Farm at 1016 Lake Ave., between 2:30 and 4 p.m. For years, Kelsey’s Farm has taught young people the joy of riding as well as equestrian skills. Other af ternoon sites include a v isit to Banksville, the northern outpost of Greenwich, and home to attractive establishments in the Banksville Shopping Center on North Street. Between 2:30 and 4 p.m. stop in at Happiness Is, a market and café which also offers catering. Visit The Study, a wine shop which featu res f ine w ines a nd re cent ly moved to the Shopping Center. You can sample their vintages at the wine tasting Saturday between 2:30 and 4. Stateline Fitness, also situated in the shopping center will offer visitors a tour of its facilities as well as a 10% discount on your first personal training session. Open all day: Augustine’s Farm, Backcountry Barbecue. Scheduled visits: Audubon Center, 9 - 11 a.m.; GRTA trails, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; RHVFC, The Greenwich Land Trust and The Round Hill Store, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Kelsey Farm, Happiness Is, The Study and Stateline Fitness, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9 a.m., there will be a BCA flag raising ceremony at Greenwich Town Hall with First Selectman Peter Tesei, Dr. Barbara Ward, Director of Breast Care Services, Greenwich Hospital, and Mary Jeffery, President, Breast Cancer Alliance. Then, at 10 a.m., Richards (359 Greenwich Ave.) will host a complimentary educational prog ram and break fast: Love, Loss and Cancer: An intimate conversation with authors Lee Woodruff and Allison Gilbert. (RSVPs

preferred: Participating merchants will be making a donation to BCA, with in-store, online sales and donations of items to BCA’s Annual Luncheon Auction/Raffle taking place on Oct. 21. For merchant registration and donations to BCA Auction, visit: For more information, contact 203-8610014 or, or visit

Be nice. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you. Tell your child you think they’re awesome (and be prepared for them to ask why). Once a year, pick up an extra of everything when you grocery shop and drop it off at Neighbor to Neighbor. Refrain from honking your horn unless it is a safety issue. Put your phone away and be an active listener. Avoid interrupting others when they are speaking. Say please, thank you, and you’re welcome. Smile... great! Now smile at someone while making eye contact.

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‘The Dancing Dragons of Apep’ they explode, give rise to gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic blasts known to science. Wolf-Rayet stars often occur in binaries, usually with O star companions, in which the powerful winds of the stars collide and form red-hot dust that streams away in pinwheel spirals, whose geometry encodes what is happening in the binary. Pope will show a recent discovery of a spectacular system, dubbed 'Apep', which is the only confirmed binary in the Galaxy consisting of two WolfRayet stars, and is probably the second-

brightest binary star system in the galaxy. Investigations have turned up evidence that at least one of the stars might be a rapidlyrotating gamma ray burst waiting to happen – a loaded gun right in our own Galaxy where none were previously known. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact greenwichstars@ g ma i or v isit astrog reenw T h i s pr o g ra m i s c o -sp on s or e d by T he Astronomical Society of Greenwich and Greenwich Audubon.

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The 12th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show Greenwich Botanical Center will host the 1 2th A nnual Dazzling Dahlias Show on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is open to the public and admission is free (donations are welcome). All dahlias will be sold on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. Entries will be accepted on Friday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20

When there is nowhere for the traffic to go, how does honking your horn help the situation? Making wild hand gestures may relieve some stress for you but only adds to other’s stress levels. You must have patience. Spiking your blood pressure is not helpful and, in fact, is not even healthy. Having patience was not just important on Tuesday, it is important every day. Especially now. It seems as though every major artery in town is having tree limbs trimmed, power line upgraded or sewer improvements. The result is there are traffic slowdowns everywhere at the moment. If you do not have patience you are in for a stress filled fall. Patience and kindness are two concepts we should practice more than just when we are driving. They seem to be in short supply everywhere we look. People seem more tense and agitated. In fact, there seems to be a steady and ongoing rise in people’s agitation and lack of patience and kindness. For the sake of our community we must reverse this trend. Over the years we have run an ad in our paper and in Greenwich Magazine titled “23 Acts of Kindness.” It was an anonymous neighbor's idea. We have not run it in a while, but we still see it hanging in some local stores. Given the mood of the last few days we felt listing the “acts” here would be a good idea. Take a few minutes, if it occurs to you this weekend, to practice a few of these acts of kindness.

Hold the door for someone.

BCA, Merchants Partner for ‘GoForPink’

The Astronomical Society of Greenwich will present Dr. Benjamin Pope speaking on " The Da nci ng Dragons of Ap ep," on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Gallery of Greenwich Audubon, 613 Riversville Rd. Dr. Benjamin Pope is a NASA Sagan Fellow at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, New York University. Wolf-Rayet stars are thought to be the last stage of the evolution of the most massive stars before they explode as supernovae. Some of these, if they are rapidly rotating when

Acts of Kindness

Following the service, Dr. Marcus Suppo, DV M, w ill be of fering Rabies Vacci nes for $1 5 (usua l ly $ 3 5+) a nd Lyme and Heart Worm testing for $35 (usually $75+). Additionally, there will also be a special coffee hour with tasty treats for both humans and animals. For information, please call the church of f ice at 203-869-1091 or v isit w w w.

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“GoForPink” is a series of events Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) dedicates to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in collaboration with the Town of Greenwich and many of its merchants. Beginning with special events on Oct. 3, the local community will come together for special days of shopping, dining and education throughout the month of October, raising awareness and critical funds furthering BCA’s mission of eradicating breast cancer.

EDITORS & COPY EDITORS Caroll Melgar, Stapley Russell, Anne W. Semmes, Emma Barhydt

year's service will be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 29 at the Round Hill Community House, located right next to the Church at 397 Round Hill Road in Greenwich, CT.

Backcountry Neighbor Day It is time to remember Greenwich loves the backcountry so much with Backcountry Neighbor Day. According to Patricia Lovejoy, "We love Backcountry and we want to share it and we like the idea of ‘Neighbor Day’. And we want to foster community and people enjoying the beauty of nature and enjoying each other. We want to unite people. This is something celebrated by the Dutch, annually, May 26. That is our inspiration!" John Conte, President of the Round Hill Association explained that "this Saturday we are celebrating just a few of the the wonderful points of interest this part of town has to offer. We want to share them with the whole community so everyone can see why we call this amazing part of town our home. He went on to say that, "Places like the Round Hill Community Center, which offers so many programs and party space rentals; The Greenwich Audubon Center, which is a fantastic educational resource for naturalists as well as having a direct link to National Audubon’s global efforts; The Land Trust, with its fabulous new headquarters offering educational opportunities as well as protecting hundreds of acres in perpetuity, and places like the Round Hill Store, Augustines Farm, Happiness Is-Backcountry Market. the Round Hill Volunteer Firehouse, the Griff, with its new Backcountry BBQ restaurant and even the Greenwich Riding and Trails Association’s network providing miles of maintained horse riding trails! These are all treasures we want to celebrate." Lovejoy and Conte invite the community to spend a gorgeous late summer weekend exploring Greenwich’s Backcountry and becoming aquatinted with parts of town you may never even knew existed.

PUBLISHER Elizabeth Barhydt

If you were driving around town Tuesday afternoon you probably were not driving too fast. An overturned tractor trailer on I-95 caused massive congestion on all major thoroughfares in town. The Post Road was a tortoise-paced crawl and North Street was bumper to bumper. As we found ourselves attempting to navigate streets and intersections over swollen with traffic, everywhere we looked we witnessed a lack of patience.

Blessing all Creatures Great and Small For more than 15 years, the Round Hill Community Church congregation has dedicated a Sunday worship service to focus on God’s gift of animals and to give thanks for the role that animals hold in our lives. This special service is typically observed on or near the Sunday closest to October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. It serves as a reminder of St. Francis' love of nature and God’s desire for humans to be responsible stewards of their domestic pets and by extension the entire world. "The love we give to a pet and receive from a pet, can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator,"


from 7 to 11 a.m. Those interested in entering t hei r home g r ow n da h l ia s c a n f i nd t he complete program schedule and guidelines at Novices are encouraged to participate and volunteers will be on hand to help stage your blooms: classification numbers can be added when entering, or identified at the American Dahlia Society website.

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Let the person in line go ahead of you if they are in a hurry or with children. Hit that LIKE button. Call your mother, and your grandparents. Let the other driver have the parking space ... even on the Ave. Send flowers. Compliment Hold the elevator. Remind yourself that everyone is the hero of their own story. Empathize. Give up your seat. Purchase some extra dog or cat food and toys for the North St. animal control center. Be patient. Thank you and may happy fall days be yours!


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Greenwich - Daniels Center, 108 Sound Beach Ave. 203637-1791 4 - 5:30 p.m. Music Lessons. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Music Room, 108 Sound Beach Ave. 203637-179 4 - 6 p.m. Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal: Grief Support Group. GCHR, 237 Taconic Rd. $200 for eight sessions. Through Oct. 30. grief-support-group 5 - 6:30 p.m. Chronic Pain Support Group, 8-week session begins. Greenwich Hospital’s Cos Cob Conference Room, 5 Perryridge Rd. Free. Registration required. 203496-4574 5:15 p.m. Gentle Yoga in the Park (weather permitting). Byram Park, Picnic Area (park pass and parking pass are required). $11 per session or 4-Class card for $44. 203-200-7788. yoga@ classes 5:30 - 7 p.m. September After Six Networking. Sophia's Costumes, 1 Liberty Way. $15, members; $25, nonmembers. 203-869-3500. GreenwichChamber@ 5:30 - 8 p.m. Art & Coctails. 96 Doubling Rd., Greenwich. RSVP. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Class: “Mind, Body, Fertility Yoga.” Prescott House, 38 Volunteer Ln., ground flr. $80 for four classes or $25 drop-in fee per class. Register. 888357-2409 6:30 - 8 p.m. Business Formation 101. Greenwich Library - Meeting Room, 101 West Putnam Ave. Free. Register. 203625-6533. mmarting@ 7 p.m. Panel Discussion: Gun Legislation and Safety in Greenwich and Beyond. Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 92 Orchard St. Free. RSVP. 203-629-0018. 7 - 8:30 p.m. GRT: Author Talk with Ray Bradbury's Biographer Sam Weller. Byram Shubert Library - Community Room, 21 Mead Ave. Free. Adults. 203-625-6550. kpetrov@

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6:30 - 10 p.m. Fall Advanced EMT Class. Greenwich Emergency Medical Service, 1111 E Putnam Ave. (Requirements: Current National Registry certification (NREMT) or state license at the EMT level. Have a current CPR-BLS card for Healthcare Provider). 7 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting. Greenwich Town Hall Meeting Room, 1st floor, 101 Field Point Rd. 203-622-7894 7 - 8:45 p.m.

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11 a.m. Ayurvedic Self Care with Ruchi Shah. Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St. $20-$35. 203-869-9242. info@ greenwichbotanicalcenter. org. greenwichbotanicalcenter. org 12 p.m. Greenwich Newcomers Club: Lunch Bunch. South Bay, 403 Greenwich Ave. 1 p.m. Meditation Workshop. Greenwich Library - The Jewel, 101 West Putnam Ave. Free. 203-625-6549 3 p.m. Digital Library Crash Course. Greenwich Library - The Jewel, 101 West Putnam Ave. Free. Register. 203622-7914. trainingcenter@ 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Yoga class. Banksville Community House, Inc., 12 Banksville Rd. Also, Sunday, Sept. 15, 9-10:15 a.m.203-6229597. 5:30 - 6 p.m. Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center (OGRCC) U9-U12 Girls Thunder Coerver Clinic. Greenwich Academy, Lower Turf Field, 200 N. Maple Ave.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 9 - 10 a.m. Tai Chi lessons. The First Congregational Church of Greenwich - Auditorium, 108 Sound Beach Ave. Drop-ins welcome. 203-637-1791 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Greenwich Board of Selectmen Meeting. Greenwich Town Hall Meeting Room, 1st floor, 101 Field Point Rd. 203-622-7702. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga and Tea. Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Rd. Single class, $35; full session: $100 members, $150 non-members. All ages and experience levels. (Bring your own mat and props). 203-869-6899. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Chair Yoga. Cos Cob Library - Community Room, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Free. Adults. 203-622-6883 1 - 2:15 p.m. Women’s Spousal Support Group - for women who provide care for a chronically ill spouse. Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd. Free. Register. 203-863-4375 4 - 5 p.m. Gardening with Mary Jo: Planting Fall Bulbs. Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave. Free. Adults, all ages. 203-531-0426 5 p.m. Arguimbau Art Gallery Fall Opening Reception featuring new oils by Peter Arguimbau. Arguimbau Art at "The Boatyard," 350 Riverside Ave. Free. 203-274-6176. 6 p.m. Kids In Crisis' Lighthouse LGBTQ+ teen group weekly meeting. Stamford Hospital Tully Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct., Stamford.

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AA MEETINGS Monday 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. AA Meeting - "Greenwich Morning Men's Group." Greenwich Baptist Church, 10 Indian Rock Ln. This meeting is open and anyone may attend. 203-869-2807. ct-aa. org/meetings Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. AA Meeting - "Greenwich Morning Men's Group." Greenwich Baptist Church, 10 Indian Rock Ln. This meeting is open and anyone may attend. 203-869-2807 12 - 1 p.m. AA Meeting - "Getting It Together Group." Christ Church - Parish House Loft, 254 E. Putnam Ave. This meeting is open and anyone may attend. 203-869-6600 7 - 8 p.m. AA Meeting - "12 & 12 Group." Christ Church -

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8:30 a.m. OPEB Trust Board Meeting. Greenwich Town Hall, Human Services Conference Room, 3rd floor, 101 Field Point Rd.

6 p.m. Trunk or Treat - community car decoration contest, candy and healthy treats, cemetery tours, food trucks. First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach

10 a.m. Board of Estimate & Taxation (BET) Investment Advisory Committee Meeting. Greenwich Town Hall Human Services Conference Room, 3rd floor, 101 Field

$260. 203-637-3659. office@ 6 p.m. Greenwich United Way's 'Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Night' Benefit. Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Oktoberfest Family Night Dinner. St. Lawrence Society Club (SLS), 86 Valley Rd. Adults, $25; children, $10. 203-618-9036. SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 7 - 9 a.m. Fall Migration Bird Walk. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd. Free. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. 914-417-5234. events 8 a.m. Greenwich High School Dance Team fundraiser. Caren's Cos Cobber, 31 East Putnam Ave. (10% of lunch and dinner proceeds will be donated to the team). 9 - 10:15 a.m. Yoga class. Banksville

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What is Your Child's Super Power? By Lockey Coughlin Human beings are truly miraculous. Some would say that 3.7 billion years of evolution has made it so or another perspective might be that we are all divine creations – perhaps both? Either way, whether through evolutionary change or divine intervention, I think we can all agree that humans are marvelous. I would take it a step further and argue that we are all superheroes with superpowers. Children know this intuitively. It is one of the numerous things that make children compelling. They know they are superheroes and they certainly think their parents have superpowers. We, as adults, have a little trouble with this. Hopefully, we at least see the potential for heroism and greatness in every child. Somewhere our own faith that we, personally, have superpowers waivers and is lost. My mother had a superpower. I kind of knew it, but I didn’t really get it until she had passed away. At her memorial, a good

friend of hers said to me, “Your mother had a gift, you know. She knew where people were at their best. Get her in a room with someone and she knew just where they would excel.” In essence, she could read the wonder of that human. She could read their, yup, superpower. She, however, would have said that was silly. So, what does this have to do with education? Everything. As educators, we need to help children maintain their inner assurance that they are, indeed, incredibly powerful. After that, we need to help them discern what that power is and how they can use it for good. I have a student who is incredibly insightful. He can read people like no other teen I know. This also makes him a great button-pusher. So, there are buttons that are denigrating and ones that are uplifting and strengthening. I remind him often, now that we have identified his ability, to use his powers for good. The change in his perception is palpable and easily observable through his personal interactions: fewer altercations with peers,

a little more respectful in the classroom. The change does not happen overnight, but it does begin almost immediately. I am told by his mom that he started, of course, in the safety of his home by saying nice

This change in language (and therefore perception) is particularly important for kids who are very bright or gifted.

things to his little sister. Perhaps most importantly, parents and educators need to make sure children understand that, like any worthwhile endeavor, work and vigilance are required to hone and streng then their sk ills. Everything in life is work, although we have other names for it when we, personally, enjoy it or find it personally easy. So, my communication tip for today is to switch out “you are so smart” or “you are so good at that” to “great job, you must have worked hard at that” or “congratulations, all of that hard work really paid off ” or “thank you for your hard work on this”. If they protest that it was easy or fun and, therefore, not work, I refer you to the second sentence in this paragraph. This change in language (and therefore perception) is particularly important for kids who are very bright or gifted. Much of life is easy for them at first or, at the very least, it doesn’t feel like work. When our young superheroes hit that inevitable wall,

it could go very wrong. Suddenly, they begin to question their superpower and think, maybe, that they are frauds. This feeling is damaging on so many levels, but most of all because it is difficult to articulate and tough to dissuade once it is identified. The conversation is familiar. Child: "I am dumb/stupid/bad at that." Parent/Teacher: "You are fabulous/ smart/funny. Why would you say that about yourself?" Child: "You have to say that. You are my teacher/mom/dad." Avoid this by talking about the act of problem-solving and working through trials. Language is a powerful tool, one to which most of us have easy access. Use that tool and remember, you too are gifted with 3.7 billion years of evolutionary upgrades and/or divine design. So what’s your superpower? Lockey Coughlin runs Education Without Walls. For more information, visit

2020 GA National Merit Semifinalists Nine Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists On September 11, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among this year’s semifinalists were nine Greenwich Academy seniors: Isabel Allard, Grace Austin, Holland Ferguson, Laura Kapp, Sophia Klein, Megan Meyerson, Sophia Moore, Sydney Pittignano, and Hanna Tulchinsky. These girls qualified as semifinalists by scoring in the top one percent on the 2018 preliminary SAT (PSAT). Head of School Molly King congratulated the girls and noted that, “At GA, we are fortunate to be part of a community of achievers—to have 10 percent of our senior class recognized as National Merit semifinalists speaks to the depth of our senior class. We are immensely proud of these bright young women.” To become a finalist, each girl must submit a detailed scholarship application in which she provides information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors or awards received. Finalists will go on to compete for 7.600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Congratulations girls, and good luck! Front row: Megan Meyerson, Sophia Klein, Hanna Tulchinsky, Isabelle Allard, Sydney Pittignano Back row: Holland Ferguson, Grace Austin, Sophia Moore, Laura Kapp

Education Column from Greenwich Botanical Center

Preschool Enrichment Program By Jennifer Butler It was late August and I was standing at the bottom of a ravine in the Montgomery Pinetum behind the Greenwich Botanical Center in Cos Cob with 20 children between the ages of 3-5. Only one of them was mine. I surveyed the scene: three kids were attempting to scoop pollywogs from the streamflow that partially enclosed our “classroom,” another two were standing barefoot in mud, using their tiny toes to explore the texture of the forest f loor. I’m not a teacher–I'm a lawyer by trade– and a year ago this scene, this program– wasn’t much more than a tiny obsession that slowly bubbled into my purpose. And, thanks to my involvement with the Greenwich Botanical Center I was able to meet the people, especially local mom and educator Laurel McCardle Scarlata, who would help me bring this vision to life. Shortly after my eldest daughter’s first birthday I began the daunting process of researching preschool programs in town. It was important to me that the program

be located in our community, where she could make friends with the neighborhood kids that she would grow up with. Growing up in this town, I knew that Greenwich had so many outdoors spaces that would be perfect for this type of program yet no one seemed to be offering quite what I

Shortly after my eldest daughter’s first birthday I began the daunting process of researching preschool programs in town.

was looking for: a forest-based program that allowed children to learn core foundations such as science, math, reading and art through nature. A program that encouraged risk taking and exploration as a foundation for emotional and intellectual growth. The research is compelling. According to a recent article in the New York Times about forest-based programs, “children who engage in risk-taking tend to reap many benefits, including improved motor function, risk assessment, problem solving and resilience.” Forest-based programs aim to promote the holistic development of children and differ from traditional and even nature-based programs because they rely less on direct instruction and occur outdoors for at least eighty percent of the time. Instead, they encourage free play and free--yet still monitored--play leads to the type of risk taking I wanted to encourage my daughter to start exploring. Through Greenwich Botanical Center, I met fellow volunteer Laurel McArdle Scarlata. Laurel is a brilliant and well

respected early child educator, Cos Cob mom and nature enthusiast who had similar dreams and v isions. Laurel fashioned our program’s home-base by relocating thirteen stumps, setting them up in a semicircle in the middle of the forest. She hung a tarp between two trees in case it rained. That was it. Our “school supplies” were twigs, buckets, magnifying glasses. Dirty toes and fingers (and often clothes) were de rigueur and therefore encouraged and celebrated. It made sense at that point in my pa renti ng jou r ney t hat my fondest memories with my child occurred in nature; the inquisitive face on my sweet baby as she crawled through a field of bright yellow daffodils in Bruce Park, the look of bewilderment on her face the first time her toes felt sand at Tod’s Point and the sheer joy she experienced every time we splashed in puddles after a rainstorm. Nature engages the senses in a way that just can’t be replicated indoors and I wanted to provide my child with an opportunity to learn in that environment. That we were

able to provide this experience for a group of almost thirty children this summer was incredibly gratifying. And only the beginning! Our fall session starts on September 17 and runs through January. We still have a limited number of spots available on Thursday afternoons. Jennifer Butler grew up in Greenwich and is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom to two little girls and a sweet Golden Retriever. She currently sits on the Board of the Greenwich Botanical Center and serves as the Vice President of Youth Programming and Director of Forest Days. She and her husband, Barron, live in Cos Cob with their growing family. Forest Days is offered two times per week on Tuesdays and Thursday (12:15-2:45) in the Fall from September 17-January 16. There are still a limited number of spots available on Thursday afternoons. Information on the Spring session will be available shortly. Email ForestDays@ or visit for more details.

Education Column from YWCA

Read Outloud and Read Often By Geri Smiles In this age of high technology, one very important childhood activity is often forgotten or just passed over due to the lack of time – reading aloud with your children. Parents are children’s first and most inf luential teachers. Reading together is one of the earliest shared experiences of parents and children. Ch i ld ren lea r n to read by b ei ng read to. Research shows that early and prof icient readers come from homes where reading is valued and experienced regularly. This desire to read begins with the early enjoyment of being held

in a lap and cuddled as a story is read. In addition, feelings of warmth and security are fostered by lap time reading. Reading aloud to children provide many more benef its, which include expanding their world and vocabulary, creating an appreciation of the value of print, promoting knowledge of the mechanics of reading from top to bottom and from left to right, and creating an understanding of a sequence of events. Setting aside this time every day to read with your child says, “I love you and I want to spend time sharing a story with you.” It also shows your love for books and helps develop your child’s love of books and interest to become an eager

and proficient reader. The whole world opens up and becomes available for a child to learn about and to visit! Parents often groan when they hear the words, “Read it again” as they finish reading a storybook to a child. Many of

Setting aside this time every day to read with your child says, “I love you and I want to spend time sharing a story with you.”

us tire of reading the same books over and over, but repeated reading is very beneficial for young children. Children learn many important things from this repetition: basic grammar, story structure, new vocabulary words and the ability to associate words with the illustrations on the page. In time, children will also be able to retell the story themselves by using the visual clues from the illustrations. As they continue hearing and retelling the stories from memory, their “reading” is primarily recitation rather than word identification, and children gradually associate the text with the words they are saying. Children need opportunities to learn

to love books and develop into lifelong readers. Let’s make those opportunities for our children a priority. What better way than snuggling up with Mom, Dad or a teacher as they read a favorite book – again! G e r i S m ile s i s th e D ire c tor of C h i l d h o o d E d u c a t i o n a t Y WC A Greenwich. She has a BS in Elementary Education and a MS in Reading and Learning Disabilities. Geri has been a 4s teacher for 18 years and a director of early childhood programs for 16 years in Greenwich and Westport.



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On Faith Column By Edward Horstmann

I wo u l d l i k e to s e e s o m e better press for the word “force.” In recent weeks we have been hearing about the destructive fury of hurricane force winds sweeping through the Bahamas and along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Phrases like forced entry and brute force appear in news reports about people whose homes or lives have been violated in some way. And although we may talk about a strong-willed person as a force of nature, the description is not always intended as a compliment. The word force comes from

the Latin, fortis, which means streng th. From that word we have the English words fort and effort, but also comfort. I love the idea of forceful action as a delivery system for tenderness rather than terror. So if forceful action can f low from the power to love , t hen a gent le c a re ss t hat com mu n ic ate s c a re a nd affection can be a force for good. A single act of kindness, offered spontaneously to a stranger, can unleash a strong feeling of good will that may have a ripple effect extending well beyond the initial gesture. Forgiveness, especially in the wake of violence, is never automatic. But the day-by-day journey to a life beyond bitterness can be one of the most forceful and satisfying endeavors known to hu m a n k i nd . W it hout t hat level of exertion, we would be at the mercy of our impulses for revenge. My faith tells me that there is a power a live a nd at la rge i n t h e wo rl d t h at c a n n o t b e measured or weighed, but that makes possible the miracle of human lives dedicated to peace

Loraine Salerno Loraine Salerno of Greenwich, CT passed on Sept. 10, 2019 from cancer. Born on June 6, 1938 in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Julia and Albert Klebba. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Meyers and her husband Larry of Paoli, Pa. Loraine was married for 36 years to the late Silvio A. Salerno, M.D. She is survived by her four sons: James and his longtime companion Consta nce Kevlock of Hendersonv ille, N.C.; Gerald, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; John and his wife Heather of Stamford, CT; and Jeffrey and his wife Adriana of Dania Beach, FL, as well as seven grandchildren, two nephews and one niece. She has certainly lived a full life continually devoted to family and friends. The protracted illness of Silvio, or Sal, her husband, demonstrated her devotion to family. Similarly, she was very involved in the transition of her mother, Julia, into mainstream Riverside, CT at Hill House. She was an example for any of us who have or had sick or elderly relatives. For a period of time, Loraine worked in the public schools as a substitute teacher, and for a famous market research firm. She was never one to not be busy at some endeavor or another. Her list of long-term friends is quite extensive going back to high school and continuing in Greenwich leading up to the present day. She was a happy person who enjoyed the company of others. She graduated from University of Detroit a nd e a r ne d her master's de g re e i n Eng l ish from Manhattanville College many years after graduating from college. When her children grew up, she travelled extensively for a while. Loraine was an accomplished skier and enjoyed being outdoors, loved the arts, hiking, music and theater as well as the New York Yankees. She had a life filled with experiences. She was an active member of many civic and activity organizations. She was a longtime member of breast cancer a nd A lzheimer related cha r ities, as wel l as Greenwich Adult Day Care. Her tireless devotion to worthy causes was evident throughout her entire life. Loraine found time for everyone and her exuberance for life made her a pleasant person to be with. Loraine truly enjoyed family and friends and her love for those around her was infectious and warm. Her wealth of experience made her an extremely interesting person to talk to. Loraine's family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Leo P Gallagher & Son Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Putnam Cemetery. In lieu of f lowers, memorial donations may be made to River House Adult Day Center, 125 River Road Ext., Cos Cob, CT 06807.

John Palache, Jr. John Garber Palache, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep in Greenwich, CT on Aug. 27, 2019, at the age of 89. He and his wife, Sally Biscoe Palache, had just celebrated their 6 3rd an n iversar y. Born April 22, 1930 in New York, N.Y. to Eunice Underwood and John Garber Palache, he was raised in Morristown and New Vernon, N.J. A graduate of Millbrook School '48 and Yale University '52, John served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force in the Korean War. He attended Harvard Law School '57 and was admitted to the New York Bar. He joined the New York City law f irm of Turk, Marsh, Kelly and Hoare, where he practiced until his retirement in 1995. As a Greenwich resident for over 58 years, John was active member of Christ Church and St. Barnabas Episcopal Churches. He served several terms on Vestry and was a frequent usher. He loved the water, whether sailing, canoeing, or "just messing about in boats". In retirement, John split time between Greenwich and Nantucket, volunteered at Greenw ich Hospital, and continued his lifelong love of historical reading and research. We will miss his inquisitiveness,

marvelous storytelling, practical wisdom, and love of family and dogs. John will be remembered for his extraordinary intellect,

and compassion. In the Christian tradition we have called it the Holy Spirit; the life breath of our bodies and our connection to God. Energized and mobilized by the power of unseen hands we c a n t u r n aw ay f r o m o u r destructive tendencies in order to choose weapons of the spirit: kindness, self-control, gentleness and forgiveness. These are the forces that bring life out of death:

to his disciples, “Greater things shall you do than I have done,” he was expecting them to be nothing less than the power of his love in the f lesh. And he directed them to be such a force in a way that would surpass his own mighty efforts: greater things shall you do! Even though Jesus raised the dead to life, walked on water, healed the sick, fed thousands w it h me a ge r r e s ou r c e s , a nd

Even when the news of the day seems to sound a single note of dismay, we can look at the details of our lives, and see the energy of God at work in the life of a fragile baby, the unfolding of a dream for the common good, and the courage to speak up for the future. a nd t he i r r o ot s ou r c e i s t he resurrection power of God. For people of faith the call to be a force for good comes with the job description. When Jesus said

welcomed the unloved into the sanctuary of his friendship, he trusted his disciples to explore even more ambitious frontiers of service. As the direct spiritual

descendants of those f irst disciples, will we receive that promise for our time and do the greater things we are called to do? Will generations of the future look back upon us as a mighty force for good that made it possible for them to celebrate, rather than endure, life on planet earth? “God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid,” wrote one of the Biblical authors, “but one that is bold, loving and self-controlled.” We cannot be a force for good if we are not willing to be bold. In the words of an old saying, “Not everything that we face can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Now is the time to face with all the b old ne s s we c a n mu ster t he p r e c a r i ou s f ut u r e o f hu m a n beings on Earth, our island home. It is time to embrace our power to make meaningful change for the sake of the future and those who will live in it. “Thank God our time is now,” said the poet Christopher Frye, “when wrong comes up to face us everywhere, never to leave us till we take the longest stride of soul men ever


understated wit, and humility.

He is su r v ived by h is w ife, Sa lly Biscoe P a l a c h e ; h i s t wo c h i l d r e n : d au g h t e r, L i s a Palache Carey and her spouse, Bob Carey of San Francisco, Calif. and son, Whitney Palache; and two grandchildren: Helen Adele Carey and John Kenneth Carey. John was predeceased by his sister, Lucy Baldwin Palache. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m., at St. Barnabas Church located at 95 4 Lake Ave. Honoring his g reat love of the outdoors, its animals and birds, donations honor i ng Joh n Pa lache may be made to the Greenwich Audubon Center (greenwich.audubon. org or 613 R iversv ille Road, Greenw ich, CT 06831), for the Habitat Restoration Fund.

Gerhard Krause, Jr. Gerhard Krause Jr., of Stamford, passed on July 31, 2019. A Memorial service will be held Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Living Hope Community Church, 38 West End Ave., Old Greenwich.

Nicole Waterman Aug. 5, 1930 - Sept. 3, 2019 Nicole de Labry Waterman died Tuesday, Sept. 3 at her residence at Edgehill in Stamford, CT. Nicole was born in Lausanne, Switzerland and lived in France and Spain at different times during her childhood. Her courageous father and mother, René and Odette, f led Europe in 1941 during World War II with four young children on the last steamship to leave Portugal. Nicole was 11 years old at the time. She and her family settled in Scarsdale, N.Y. and embraced the United States, becoming A merican citizens, of which Nicole was enormously proud. She attended Mar ymount College and worked in New York City at Schumacher’s, a prominent design and fabric company. On a trip to Bern, Switzerland to visit her sister, Nicole met her husband of 63 years, Proctor Waterman, who was in medical school at that time. They were married in 1953 and moved into an apartment in New York City on Fifth Avenue. In 1957 they moved their young family to Old Greenwich, CT, and by 1972, their residence for the next 43 years would be at Leeward Lane, Riverside, where they raised their three girls, Pam, Christie and Mary Lou. Nicole went on to work for the Greenwich Board of Education and Eastern Junior High School. She adored being with children, and was a caring, compassionate and friendly face to students, often supplying them lunch money when they forgot their own. Nicole was a faithful parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church from which she derived much inspiration and comfort. Her greatest accomplishments, in her and Proc’s eyes, were their daughters whom they called their ‘three jewels’. She travelled extensively with Proc, creating adventures and visiting family in Europe, and Pam and Christie when they lived in Asia. She enjoyed antiquing throughout New England, loved the beach at Greenwich Point, was an amazing French cook and loved chronicling her family’s life with her photo albums. She was patient, loving and self-sacrificing, earning her the title ‘Saint Nicole’ from her family! Her devotion to her husband Proc was unwavering; they were two halves of a growing apple tree, supporting each other. She is survived by three loving sons-in-law and six grandchildren. Ken Paley, husband of Pam, Jeff and Lauren (with her first great-grandchild on the way) of Cincinnati, OH, Scott Kozak, husband of Christie, Steven and Leigh of Sudbury, MA and Mark Tolette, husband of Mary Lou, Rob and Anna, of Cos Cob, CT. There will be a mass celebrating Nicole’s life on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m., at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., with a reception following. In lieu of f lowers, you may make a gift in Nicole’s name to Friends of Greenwich Point by going to

Cynthia Peterson Cynthia Nance Peterson of Petersburgh, N.Y. died June 16, 2019 at Brookdale Fillmore Pond, an assisted living facility in Bennington, Vt. after a long battle with cancer. Cynthia was born March 6, 1937 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Her family moved to Riverside, CT in 1942. She was a graduate of

Greenwich High School in 1954. She attended Brown University while also studying at Rhode Island School of Design. She was a 1958 graduate of Brown. Cynthia went to Yale Architectural School in New Haven and graduated in 1965. Among her "jobs" while studying at Yale was working on projects with the noted architect Paul Rudolph. After Yale, she then went to N YC where she worked for the firm of Davis Brody. While there she worked on design plans for a University of Buffalo renovation among her many projects. L e av i n g D av i s B r o d y, Cy nt h i a w a s t h e n a professor of architecture at City College in NYC, a position which she held until she retired to her vacation home in Petersburgh, NY in 1992. For 2 7 ye a r s she h ad a ve r y f u l l l i fe i n Petersburgh f illed with hobbies and activities with her many friends. In her retirement she served as an architectural consultant for the rebuilding of a portion of the public library in Petersburgh and for a while was a rural mail carrier and even a ski instructor at Jiminy Peak. Cynthia spent the last five months of her life at Brookdale in the company of her beloved cat Charrette. Cynthia donated her body to Albany Medical College in Troy, N.Y. for cancer research. She wa s pr e de ce a s e d by a br ot her Er ic Peterson of San Diego, Calif. Surviving her are a sister Diana Muzzarelli of La Jolla, Calif., a brother Geoffrey Peterson and his wife Donna of Norwalk, CT and a niece and five nephews. A memorial service and burial will be held on Oct. 25, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Albany Medical College in Troy, N.Y.

Margaret Freiberg Margaret ("Peggy") B. G. Freiberg, a longtime

took. Affairs are now soul size. The enterprise is exploration into God.” We are not alone in what we face. God is with us and God is for us. And God calls us to be a force for good. So even when storms smash their way through our lives, we can find it within ourselves to transcend grief and loss and rebuild battered homes and broken lives. Even when the news of the day seems to sound a single note of dismay, we can look at the details of our lives, and see the energy of God at work in the life of a fragile baby, the unfolding of a dream for the common good, and the courage to speak up for the future. Our ancestors stand with us and for us. Their presence tells us that our time is now. “Greater things shall you do than I have done ,” s a id Je su s. L et ’s t a ke him at his word. Until as it is in heaven, so may it be on earth. The Rev. Dr. Edward G . Horstmann is the Senior Minister Round Hill Community Church

Greenwich resident and former member of the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting, passed away on Aug. 11, 2019, in Alexandria, Va. Peggy was born and raised in the Washing ton, D.C. area, and attended public schools in Maryland. She went on to Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass., receiving an A.B. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1969. After graduation, she worked as a computer programmer, in Boston and Washington, D.C. In 1972, Peggy went on to Cornell Law School, where she ser ved on the Inter national Law Journal, graduating in 1975. She then joined the legal department of IBM, where she spent the next 28 years. She was a member of the New York State Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. In 1980, having been assigned by IBM to work at its Armonk headquarters, Peggy moved w ith her then-husba nd a nd you ng ch i ld ren to Greenwich. She loved living in Greenwich, s p e n d i n g f r e e t i m e at G r e e nw i c h L i b r a r y, Tod's Point and Island Beaches, and valuing its historical sites, such as Bush Holly House and Putnam Cottage. She was an involved member of the Jewish community, attending programs and lectures at the Jewish Federation of Greenwich as well as area synagogues, including Chabad of Greenwich. Over the years, Peggy took a lively interest in the civic affairs of Greenwich, and, in 2009, after retirement, she stood for election to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). She was a member of the RTM until 2018, serving at various times on several of its committees, including Public Works, Legislative and Rules, and Claims. She also served on the selectmen's Community Development Block Grant committee. Peggy was an enthusiastic traveler, seeking adventure in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Central America. She was a voracious reader and a lifelong learner, attending study groups and lectures throughout Fairf ield and Westchester


On Faith Feature


Faith: What is It?

By Marek P. Zabriskie

Peter Drucker may be the most significant business writer of all time. Even people with no interest in business discover great wisdom in his writings. He was a thinker’s thinker, a guru, who coined the terms and concepts “post-modern” and “management.” Yet, one of his finest pieces wa s a 19 49 e ss ay on S or en Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher and theologian. Drucker wrote, “Faith is not what today is so often called a ‘mystical experience, something that can be apparently induced by the proper breathing exercises or by prolonged exposure to Bach (not to mention drugs). It can be

attained only through despair, t h roug h su f fer i ng , t h roug h painful and ceaseless struggle.” I don’t ag ree completely with Drucker’s on this, but I have witnessed and know that those who have gone through great adversity often develop a profound faith, one that has been tested in the f ire of suffering and in the crucible of pain, loss or failure. Such a faith is not superficial pie in the sky, but something of deep substance, q u iet ly c a r r ie d w it h i n t hat transforms our words and deeds. For many of us, “faith” is an ill-defined word. One definition I know has something akin to the way most men drive their cars. Faith is setting out on a journey without a map or any clear set of directions and yet somehow trusting that you will still arrive at your destination. Many men travel by faith. The author of the letter to the Hebrews defined faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1). So, often faith is born on the edge of despair. As Oliver Wendell Holmes put it, “The greatest act of faith that a man

has is when he discovers that he is not God.” That revelation most often comes during a time of trial when we are tested and when we become willing take risks since we have nothing left to lose. Yet, for most of us, “faith” is no easy task. When the word “faith” is mentioned, most of us feel like we suffer from an inferiority complex. We think, “My faith couldn’t possibly be as great as hers.” Or “He believes ten times more than I do.” We see ourselves according to what the English novelist E.M. Forster had in mind when he described one of his characters as having faith with a small “f.” That is precisely where most of us start our journey with God. No lightning bolts. No burning bushes. No blinding lights. Just a little nudge from within, or a word spoken by a friend or a character in a novel whose spiritual plight ignites a small spark of belief within us – like reading about Alyosha in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s famous novel The Brothers Karamazov. Each of the three brothers represented a c r u c i a l a s p e c t o f hu m a n experience – faith, reason and

Thus, the opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. Whatever we fear most, that is where God is calling us to develop faith. It is our spiritual growing edge. That is the place where God is calling us to move forward in trust and love. passion. The Catechism in the back of the Book of Common Prayer notes that the mission of the church is to teach the faith. Baptism is our charge to live t he f a it h . T he Euch a r i st i s sacramental food to feed our faith. Prayer strengthens our faith, and the Bible is the book that elicits our faith. Yet, for most of us, it is not so simple. For most of us, “faith” is something we’d all like to have more of, yet we don’t know how to go about getting it. If it’s a gift from God, should we just sit back and receive it? If it’s generated by our own effort, why is our faith lacking? If it’s so important, why doesn’t God dispense more of it?

We discover that faith is best understand as a verb. Faith is actually a verb, not a noun in the ancient Greek used to write the New Testament. Because “faith” is a verb and not a noun, we cannot dissect, study, purchase or obtain it. We must simply strive to live by faith. The way to make it grow is to put it into practice. To use it in small ways and then big ways, too. Eventually, we learn to do as St. Paul did. We learn to “walk by faith, and not by sight.” (II Corinthians 5:7). Faith is not ascribing to the Creeds, but rather it means living them. That’s why the writer of the Epistle to James notes, “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17) For real faith always elicits action. Thus, the opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. Whatever we fear most, that is where God is calling us to develop faith. It is our spiritual growing edge. That is the place where God is calling us to move forward in trust and love.

What must we do to receive it? How can we increase it? Faith can be elusive. When we say we would like faith, we should really admit that what we would like is a sign. What we long for something concrete – l i ke w ater jet t i ng f r om a rock, a stone turned into a loaf of bread or better yet a dying mother returned to life. Give me something tangible, we shout, whisper or pray. A nd thus, ou r chu rches, synagogues and mosques are full of people whose faith is spelled with a small “f.” All of us feel this from time to time. That’s where we begin to walk as pilgrims on The Rev. Marek Zabriskie is the the journey with God. We take Rector of Chrict Church. small steps.

Worship & Events Calendar ASSEMBLIES OF GOD Harvest Time Church 1338 King St., 203-531-7778

Service: Sun 9 & 11am; Wed 7pm - Family Life Night. Spanish: Thur & Sat 7:30pm; Sun 4pm. Sunday School, 10:30-11:15am. Service - Stamford campus, Sun 10am, Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St. Every Wed, from Jan. 10-March 28: The Alpha Course, 7-8:30pm. Connie's Circle - Every Sat, 10am-1pm. Sunday Discovery Track: Every Sunday through Oct. 6, 9:30-11am. Sept. 28: Couples Fellowship, 6:30-8:30pm, married couples of all ages. BAPTIST First Baptist Church 10 Northfield St.; 203-869-7988

Sun: Service 11am, School 10am. Wed: Bible Study 7:30pm. Greenwich Baptist Church 10 Indian Rock Ln; 203-869-2807

Sun: Prayer in chapel 9:15-9:30am; Bible Study, 9:30am; Worship 11am. Wed: Prayer & Bible Study 7-8:15pm. Every first Sat. of the month: Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast, 8-9:30am. CATHOLIC Sacred Heart Church 95 Henry St.; 203-531-8730

Mass: Mon-Fri 7am, Sat 4 & 5:30pm, Sun: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30am Confessions: Sat 3:30 & 5pm. St. Agnes Church Greenwich 247 Stanwich Rd.; 203-869-5396

Mass: Mon 9am, Sat 4pm (Winter only), Sun: 8:30 & 10am. St. Catherine of Siena Church 4 Riverside Ave.; 203-637-3661

Mass: Mon-Fri: 7am and 5:15pm, Sat 7am, Sun 7:30, 9, 10:30am and 5pm; Vigil: Sat 5pm; Holy Day 7am, 12:10 and 5:15pm (Vigil). Confessions Sat 3pm. Meditation Group Thu 7pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, First Fri of month. Bereavement Group: every Thursday through Nov. 14, 1:30-3:30 & 7-8:30pm, free, registration required, 203-637-3661 ext. 375 to leave a message or contact New Bible Study Series begins: Sept. 23, Mondays, 7:30-9pm & Tuesdays, 1011:30am, $30 materials fee. Sept. 25: Book discussion group starts: 'The Cost of Compassion; Five Women who Paid the Ultimate Price', 9-10:30am. St. Mary Church 178 Greenwich Ave.; 203-869-9393

St. Paul Church 84 Sherwood Ave. | 203-531-8741

Mass: Vigil Sat: 4pm; Sun: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30am; Mon to Thurs 9am. Holy Day schedule: Vigil: 5:30pm Holy Day: 9am and 12:15pm. First Friday Mass & Benediction 9am. St. Paul Volunteers in Action, Fri mornings, office@stpaulgreenwich. org or 203-531-8741. Sacrament of Reconciliation Sat 3-3:45pm or by appointment.

Christ Church Greenwich 254 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-869-6600

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran 286 Delavan Ave.; 203-531-8466

300 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-869-7191

8 Sound Shore Dr, Suite 280 203-861-7555

Sunday Worship - May 18-Sept 15: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, Service: Sun 9am, Bible Study 10:30. 8am; Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, 10am; Compline & Commuion, METHODIST 5pm. Sunday Educational Offerings: Exploration Series, Diamond Hill United Methodist Youth Formation & Church School, 10:10am. Tue: Holy 521 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-869-2395 Eucharist, 10am. Faith on Fire: Sept. 20, 7-8:30am. Dogwood Bookstore Launch Party: Sept. 21, 6-8:30pm, Way of Love - Worship & Sunday School: 10am. St. Roch Church Marek Zabriskie: Sept. 22, 10:10am. Courage and 10 St. Roch Ave.; 203-869-4176 First United Methodist Church Faith Reads: Sept. 26, 7-8:30pm. Choral Evensong - St. 59 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-629-9584 Michael and All Angels: Sept. 29, 5-6pm. Mass: Mon, Tue, Frid: 7:30pm; Sat 4pm, Vigil Mass 4pm; Sun: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church 7:30, 9:30, 11:30am - Social Hour (immediately after 9:30 Sun 10:30am with childcare. 954 Lake Ave.; 203-661-5526 Mass). Confession: Sat 3-3:45pm. Prayer Group (Spanish) Fri Bethel African Methodist Episcopal 8pm. 42 Lake Ave.; 203-661-3099 Sun: Holy Eucharist Rite I 8am, Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10am; CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Worship, Church School & Nursery 10am. Serve dinner at Service: Sun 11am Bible Study: Wed. 6pm. First Church of Christ, Scientist Pacific House, fourth Tue of the month, 5:30pm. NONDENOMINATIONAL 11 Park Place; 203-869-2503 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Dingletown Community Church 200 Riverside Ave.; 203-637-2447 376 Stanwich Rd.; Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wed. Service 7:30pm. 203-629-5923 Childcare. Service: Sun: Holy Eucharist, 8am; Christian Education COMMUNITY Formation (Sunday School), 10; Holy Eucharist, 10:15; Coffee Service & Sunday School: Sundays 10:30am followed by Hour, 11:30. First Church of Round Hill coffee hour. Holy Communion: first Sun of each month. 464 Round Hill Rd.; Sunday School 11am. St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church 203-629-3876 350 Sound Beach Ave; 203-637-2262 Revive Church 90 Harding Rd., Old Greenwich (Old Greenwich Civic Service: Sundays 10am Holy Communion: first Sun every Sun: Rite I Eucharistic Service, 8am. Rite II Eucharistic Service, Center) month. 10am. School and childcare offered during 10am service. Round Hill Community Church Service: Sunday 10am. Childcare and children’s ministry JEWISH 395 Round Hill Rd.; available. Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich 203-869-1091 Stanwich Church 75 Mason St.; 203-629-9059 202 Taconic Rd.; 203-661-4420 Service & Church School: Sun 10am (childcare available) followed by Coffee Hour; Summer Meditation Schedule: Shabbat Prayer, Study and Kiddush, Chassidic Philosophy Sunday Services: Greenwich location (202 Taconic Rd.), 9 & Thurs, 6:30pm. Family Movie Night: 'The Biggest Little 8:45am, Sat 9:30am; Torah reading and discussions 10:45am (June 9-Sept 2, 10am only); Stamford location (579 Farm', 7pm, bring your own refreshments. Fall Wreath- 10:30am; Youth Services 11am. Women’s Torah Study Group, Pacific St.), 6pm. Wed 9:30am. Mommy & Me: Musical Shabbat Tue & Fri, Making Workshop: Sept. 25, 7pm. Meditation: Sept. 26, 9:15-10:15am, during summer: 12:30pm. Through Dec. 22: The Albertson Memorial Church 6:30pm. Sept. 28: Set up Blessing of the Animals, 8am; 293 Sound Beach Ave; 203-637-4615 Bike HSS, 9am; RHCC Trip to the Met Opera, 12:30pm. Mommy & Me Fall Session begins (0-24 months), 9:20am, Sept. 29: Blessing of the Animals, 10am; RHCC Halloween register. Costume Swap, 4pm. Congregation Shir Ami Worship Sun: 11-12:30pm. One W. Putnam Ave; CONGREGATIONAL Trinity Church 203-274-5376 1 River Rd.; 203-618-0808 The First Congregational Church 108 Sound Beach Ave; Shir Ami Religious grades K-6, Tues, 4-6pm, B’nai Mitzvah 203-637-1791 Classes; Shabbat Services two Fridays a month. Erev Rosh Worship: Sun 10am, Greenwich Hyatt Regency, 1800 E. Hashanah: Sept. 29, 7-9:30pm. Rosh Hashanah Morning: Putnam Ave. Regular Worship and Church School: Sun 10am in Sept. 30, 10am-12:30pm. PRESBYTERIAN Meetinghouse. Caregivers Support Group, 1st Sun 11:15amGreenwich Reform Synagogue First Presbyterian Church 12pm. Hats Off Book Discussion Group, Thu 10-11:30am. 92 Orchard St.; 203-629-0018 1 W. Putnam Ave.; 203-869-8686 Second Hour Informational Meeting: Senior Housing Options: Sept. 22, 11:15am-12:15pm, free. Mindful SelfCompassion Workshops: begin Sept. 22 (Sept. 29, Oct. Shabbat services, Fri 7pm. Adult Jewish Learning, Sun 10am. Worship Sun: 10am with childcare, Chapel, 5pm (new); 13, 20 & 22 and Nov. 17), free. 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Big Red Opens with 49-3 Rout of Danbury By Paul R. Silverfarb




Greenwich High’s Kobe Comizio takes the football towards the sideline during Saturday’s game against Danbury.

FOOTBALL Tonight at Trumbull High, 7 p.m. BOYS' SOCCER Today at Stamford High School, 5 p.m. Tue. vs. St. Joseph High School, 5 p.m. Thu. vs. Brien McMahon H.S., 5 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Tomorrow vs. Stamford High School, 12 p.m. Wed. at St. Joseph High School, 5 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY Today at St. Joseph High School, 4:15 p.m. Mon. vs. New Canaan H.S., 4:30 p.m. Wed. vs. Westhill High School, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL Today at Darien High School, 4 p.m. Mon. at Stamford High School, 4 p.m. Thu. vs. St. Joseph High School, 4:30 p.m. BOYS' AND GIRLS' CROSS-COUNTRY Tue. vs. Ridgefield H.S., Trinity Catholic H.S., Westhill H.S. (at Ridgefield H.S.), 4 p.m. GIRLS' SWIMMING & DIVING Wed. vs. Trumbull High School, 4:30 p.m. BOYS' WATER POLO Tonight at Chelsea Piers, 7:30 p.m.



A lthough the Greenw ich High School football team, started the first quarter sluggish against Danbury High School, t he defend i ng CI AC class L L champs were able to regroup and dominate the rest of the way. The Cards built a 28-3 halftime and cruised to a 49-3 victory Saturday afternoon. “We were happy with the end result,” said head coach Anthony Morello. “It’s the f irst week of the season and it’s hard to judge your team, or any team, on just a single game. What I was most pleased with was that last year we committed 21 penalties in our opening game of the season. This year we had five penalties for 40 yards. So I was really happy with our kids staying under control and to play within themselves. There are things that we need to work on, but the fact that the kids were able to focus, keep the common goal in mind, and not lose control was the most positive of the game.” For Morello, Saturday’s game at Cardinal Stadium meant that it was finally showtime. With the offseason and preseason prep work in the rearview mirror, the head coach led the Cardinals onto the turf at Cardinal Stadium to open the 2019 regular season. Morello replaced John Marinelli, who guided Big Red to the class LL state championship victory last year but joined the University of Arizona football team’s coaching staff a few months ago. “It was incredibly exciting,” Morello said. “For it to be home at Cardinal Stadium, where I played my first ever high school football ga me , w a s a ver y emot iona l moment for me. To be surrounded by friends, family and alumni was amazing. It was a surreal moment to walk on field and it was something very different than in year’s past.” A nd to say Morel lo wasn’t amped wou ld be a massive understatement. However he was equally fired up to get the first win under his belt. “As excited as I was for the game, I was even more excited for it to be over,” Morello said. “It’s only been two months, roughly, since I took over. But I came in during a really busy time with a lot needing to be done. Just to be able to move forward and sort of get into the actual season was an actual relief.” Ju n i o r J a m e s R i n e l l o h a d some big shoes to fill to start the season as he replaced standout quarterback Gavin Muir, who is playing football at Dartmouth. In his first game at the varsity level, Rinello was strong. The junior QB went 13-for-18 for 177 yards and threw for three touchdowns. “James played really well,” Morello said. “He had a great pr e s e a s on . I f t her e w a s a ny player that I was most concerned with when it comes to pressure, it wou ld be w ith Ja mes at in that quarterback position. H e ’s r e p l a c i n g a n a m a z i n g quarterback in Gavin [Muir], who accomplished so much the past two years. My goal for James was to ease him into it and make sure I was calling plays that were going to make him feel comfortable. He did a great job controlling that offense and had everybody on the same page. He executed very well for his first game at the varsity level.” T h e du e l t h r e at c o m b o o f juniors Kobe Comizio and A.J. Barber was nearly unstoppable.

The Greenwich Cardinal fires up the Cardinal Crazies at Saturday’s contest against Danbury High School. Barber was lights out for the Cards, grabbing four receptions fo r 61 y a r d s a n d a d d e d t wo touchdowns. “He does a great job and makes spectacular plays,” said Morello. “He’s a human highlight reel. He does it all. When he’s not the main target, he blocks well and runs well. He does his job on every play.” Not to be outdone was Comizio. The slot receiver, who also sees a good amount of time on defense because of h is stel la r speed, finished with six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. “We use him in a lot of different ways,” Morello said. “He has a great work ethic, is very well conditioned, is a great vocal leader and was able to get the edge on a lot of our quick pitches. It looks like a jet sweep, but it’s a toss from the quarterback and goes down as a pass. He had six receptions, but four of them were inside the tackle box. He’s going to be a great player for us.” Although Greenwich handled the Hatters with ease, it didn’t start that way. After a scoreless first quarter, a 40-yard Danbury field goal early in the second gave the visitors a 3-0 lead, much to the surprise of some of the GHS

players and the stunned Cardinal Crazies. “I told the kids not to panic and not to worry,” Morello said. “It’s about the four quarters of football. It’s not about just one quarter. Our goal, early on any ways, is to wear out the opposing teams, we want to see formations and we want to find out that what we are practicing is what is happening in the game. The first quarter we moved the ball well but committed a few mistakes that actually were expected from the guys taking their first reps in a varsity game. I think Danbury has a lot of kids that are playing both sides of the ball and eventually with the way we move the ball with our tempo that we play, they got tired. We don’t try to play kids both ways and tr y to avoid that all cost because we want to be fresh for all four quarters.” K now i n g h i s te a m ne e de d something to help get them rolling, Morello went up to his special teams after the field goal and told them that Big Red could really use a spark. Mission accomplished. On the nex t k ickof f, Spencer Hartley gained possession of the ball at the Greenwich 11 and bolted down the sideline 89 yards for the touchdown.

“The kickoff return team really answered the ball and it gave us that jolt of adrenaline and confidence that the kids needed at that point,” Morello said. “From there we started executing pretty much in every level.” While it’s easy for people to believe that Greenwich’s slow start was because of the pressure being the defending class LL state champions and top team in the state last year. Morello believes that it wasn’t the case. “I tell the guys not to worry about that,” Morello said. “It’s not fair to this year’s senior class to talk about last year. We are a different team. The foundation has been laid and the culture has been changed in a positive way, but every season is a new season. We won’t be able to creep up on anybody anymore, but at the same time we still need to execute, do our work on and off the field to prepare. I’m sure there is added pressure on the kids, but for me I know the high expectations in this town, and they are always going to be high.” Looking back at the contest, Morello said that there were certainly things the team needs to improve on in order to prepare for Trumbull High School on Friday

night. However, the head coach said that the players aren’t the only ones that need to put in the hard work. “There are things that I need to work on because it’s the first time that I called a game since I called a freshman game back in 2014,” Morello said. “It was five years since I called any real live game action. I know watching the video over again, there were a million things I would have done differently on a coaching standpoint.” And Big Red will be entering Friday’s night game at McDougall Stadium with some extra motivation. Back in 2015, Greenwich traveled up to THS and were defeated 28-23. Morello was an assistant with Big Red for that game, remembers the feeling, and is not ready for that to happen again. “That bus ride I took back from Trumbull High School was one of the worst bus rides with a football team that I have ever had,” Morello said. “We will be motivated. I am really looking forward to playing t h e m . Tr u m b u l l h a s a g r e at program and they are always big and strong. It’s a really tough place to play and their fans are great. So it should be a lot of fun.”


elow are results from the previous few games for athletic teams from Greenwich High, Brunswick, Sacred Heart and Greenwich Academy. The home team is on the right and the team that was victorious is highlighted in bold: FOOTBALL Danbury High 3 vs. Greenwich High 49 Brunswick 36 vs. Loomis Chaffee 7 GIRLS' SOCCER Greenwich High 0 vs. Ridgefield 5 Greenwich High 0 vs. New Canaan 1 Greenwich Academy 3 vs. King School 2 Greenwich Academy 0 vs. Rye Country Day 0 Loomis Chaffee 1 vs. Sacred Heart 2

BOYS' SOCCER Brunswick 2 vs. Choate Rosemary Hall 2 Brunswick 1 vs. Taft School 5 Ridgefield High 0 vs. Greenwich High 2 New Canaan High 0 vs. Greenwich High 5

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL Westhill High 1 vs. Greenwich High 3 Woodstock Academy 0 vs. Greenwich High 3 Ridgefield High 0 vs. Greenwich High 3 Greenwich Academy 3 vs. NMH 0 Newton Country Day...3 vs. Sacred Heart 3 Loomis Chaffee 3 vs. Sacred Heart 0 GIRLS' SWIMMING Greenwich High 101 vs. Norwalk/McMahon 80

FIELD HOCKEY Greenwich Academy 6 vs. Hackley School 0 King School 0 vs. Greenwich Academy 6 Greenwich Academy 4 vs. Noble and Greenough 0 Greenwich High 2 vs. Brien McMahon 0 Fairfield Warde 1 vs. Greenwich High 2 Holy Child 0 vs. Sacred Heart 7 BOYS' WATER POLO Brunswick 16 vs. Phillips Exeter 0 Brunswick 19 vs. Phillips Andover 4 Brunswick 14 vs. Williston Northampton 4 Brunswick 16 vs. Deerfield Academy 2 Greenwich High 15 vs. Navy Aquatic Club 8 Greenwich High 17 vs. Gilman School 4 Greenwich High 17 vs. The Hill School 5 Greenwich High 22 vs. Mount St. Joseph 8

CREW Up next: Oct. 6 at Head of the Riverfront, 12 p.m. CROSS-COUNTRY Tomorrow at Canterbury Invitational, 12:30 p.m. Wed. vs. FAA Meet (at SUNY Purchase), 4 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY Mon. vs. St. Luke's School, 4:15 p.m. Wed. vs. Hopkins School, 3:30 p.m. SOCCER Tomorrow vs. Miss Porter's School, 1 p.m. Mon. at Hamden Hall, 4:30 p.m. Wed. vs. Sacred Heart Greenwich, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Tomorrow vs. Hopkins School, 1 p.m. Tue. at St. Luke's School, 4:30 p.m. Thu. at King School, 4 p.m.

BRUNSWICK CREW Up next: Oct. 6 vs. Head of the Riverfront (at Riverside Park), 8:30 a.m. CROSS-COUNTRY Tomorrow at Canterbury Invitational, 1:30 p.m. Wed. vs. FAA Meet (at SUNY Purchase), TBD FOOTBALL Tomorrow at Hotchkiss School, 3 p.m. SOCCER Tomorrow at Deerfield Academy, 2 p.m. Wed. vs. Avon Old Farms, 3 p.m. WATER POLO Today and Tomorrow vs. America's Finest Cup (at Coronado, Calif.), TBD

SACRED HEART CREW Up next: Oct. 6 at Head of the Riverfront, TBD CROSS-COUNTRY Tomorrow at Canterbuey Invitational, 10:30 a.m. Wed. vs. FAA Meet (at SUNY Purchase), 4:30 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY Today vs. Max Field Hockey High School National Tournament (at The Proving Grounds), TBD Tomorrow vs. Max Field Hockey High School National Tournament (at The Proving Grounds), TBD SOCCER Tomorrow vs. Hamden Hall, 12 p.m. Mon. vs. St. Luke's School, 4:30 p.m. Wed. at Greenwich Academy, 4 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Tomorrow vs. Deerfield Academy, TBD Tomorrow vs. Pomfret School, TBD Tue. vs. King School, 4:30 p.m.



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started drop, two months later than normal. At the same time, July sales In the last two months our months of supply has were better than June sales which dropped dramatically as sales and inventory have traditionally doesn’t happen as June is normally the peak month for sales. returned to traditional average after a slow first half July had good sales, but still had extra of the year. inventory. When August came along, things started looking pretty average, that is if you ignored the first 6 months In 2019 average is good houses in 2 months, which sounds of the year. The good news on inventory is good, but that’s average for those two Our fall market inventory is up only 37 listings from 585 listings at the that we are down 144 listings in two months, but in 2019 average is good. end of last month to 622 house listings months. The even better thing is that W hen you com bi ne a d rop of this week. We will pick up some more most of that drop in listings was due

August was a turnaround month as a l l neig h b orho o ds saw major drops in months of supply, because our inventory went from a very high 729 listings as of the end of June to 585 listings as of the end of August. Our inventory at 585 listings is back to average after being up in previous months. Sales in July and August were also good, i.e. average. So fewer listings and more sales means we went from 25.7 months of supply in April of this year to 13.0 months of supply in August. A delayed real estate cycle Now pa r t of th is is just the Greenwich real estate cycle. Inventory comes on the market in March and April, contracts are signed in April and May, and closings happen in May and June. This year was the same, but different. Our April inventory was 693 single family homes listing, but instead of dropping as houses went to contract, it continued to rise to 729 listings by the end of June. At the same time sales which should have peaked in June were down from last year, resulting in a first half of the year fall listings and we may end up around that looked pretty bad. the 643 listings that we had at the end Then July came along and things of September 2018. started to look better. Inventory finally

to an increase in sales. As mentioned before, July is our highest sales month this year with 70 sales. In August we had 63 sales meaning we’ve sold 133

neighborhoods have had particularly dramatic drops. South of the Parkway went from 34.3 months of supply in April to 16.2 months of supply by the end of August. Riverside went from 30.2 months of supply in April to 8.3 months of supply in August. Only Pemberwick has changed little, but that’s because of just how special it is, as once people move there they tend to stay for decades. Our inventory there is only 6 houses, with 5 sales there so far, 4 of which were in the second quarter. Cos Cob and Glenville also have seen nice turnarounds. Their months of supply actually went up in the second quarter followed by major drops in months of supply in the last two months. These two areas have lots of houses in the $800K - $2M range, a price range that had a slow start this year. Much of this may be attributable to lower mortgage deductibility for income taxes and the uncertainty of what was going to happen in Hartford. Overpricing is the kiss of death The other thing the numbers show is the ever-growing importance of good pricing. Things that are listed close to market price sell, things that are not don’t sell. Whether buyer is a first timer or a downsizer, buyers are looking for value. Buyers also hate to be rejected, which drives their Realtors up the wall. We find it very difficult to get buyers to make an offer on a house that both the buyer and their Realtor agree is over-priced. It doesn’t cost anything to make an offer, so why not put a bid out and see if the seller will make a realistic counter? Instead what we see over and over is that the prospective buyer won’t make an offer on houses they think are overpriced. If you compare the active list price to the list price for properties that are actually sold you can see a big discrepancy. If you then compare the sold list price to the actual sale price you see a much smaller difference. As of the end of August, our average list price per square foot was $667/ s.f. If you then look at the list price for houses that actually sold it drops to $591/s.f., a difference of $76/s.f. or 11%. Compare the list price for those that actually sold, $591/s.f., to the sales price per square foot, $556/s.f. and you have a difference of only $35/s.f or 6%. That’s what we can quantify, what we can’t see are the number of people who looked at the house online and decided based on the stats and the pictures not to see the house. Once a house is on the “overpriced list it can be hard to get it off. It often takes me two or three time out with a buyer, before I have built up enough trust with the buyers to get them to go see a house that I think is a good choice, but they rejected as over-priced before ever stepping foot in Greenwich. Quick summary A better market; sales and inventory back to average, contracts up a little, overpricing bad.

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The Millennial Migration By Jim Fagan The Millennial Generation i s t h e ‘e ch o’ of t h e b a by boomer generation and is the largest and most inf luential ge ne rat ion si nc e t he b a by boomers. The millennial generation is generally defined as being born between 1980 and 1999, meaning that they are currently between 20 and 39 years of age. They currently make up more than 35% of the workforce in New York City as of 2018. That number is expected to grow.

It became evident in 20092010 that the New York City suburbs of Fair f ield and Westchester Counties were missing the demographic shift a s m i l le n n i a l s p ou r e d out of colleges and universities into the big cities as well as university cities to make their mark on the world. Austin, N e w Yo r k C i t y, P a l o A l to , Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago as well as many others were perfectly positioned to attract t h i s w i d e - e ye d m i l l e n n i a l generation to live, play and work. In an effort to attract

a nd r et a i n hu m a n c apit a l , corporations have expanded their presence in these cities and have gone out of their way to improve the unique workexperience that millennials seek. With corporations focused almost solely on these cities for expansion, the workforce population in these c it ie s ha s ba l lo one d wh i le the suburbs of Fairf ield and Westchester Counties have failed to recapture the jobs lost in the last ‘great recession’ much less enjoy the growth that these other cities have


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enjoyed. W h a t ’s n e x t? W i t h t h e maturation of the millennial population, despite the delaying of family formation, the millennial generation is s t a r t i n g to e m b a rk on t he next migration. These young professionals will be forming families and will be forced from a space and economic basis to leave the city and search-out a new suburban life. The new suburban lifestyle will be different than the baby boomer’s way of life. The baby boomers used to cry-out “not in my back yard” (NIMBY) when there was urban inf luence. T he m i l le n n ia l ge ne rat ion is wondering “What do you mean not in my back yard? I want things in my back yard!” Successful communities that will be attractive to millennials will be close to transportation hu bs such as a i r p or ts a nd train stations, will be smaller in scale and on smaller more communal lots in areas that a r e a m e n it y r ich - h av i n g community pools, golf courses, beaches, shopping, recreation a r e a s a n d t r a n s p o r t at i o n . In short, they will gravitate toward a suburban amenityrich lifestyle. The good news for Westchester and Fairfield Counties is that their inherent strength is that they are ideal for raising families. Westchester and Fairfield Counties have some of the best public-school systems in the

world, transportation systems that are good, but need work, great beaches, recreational facilities, access to New York City and a f ull four-season climate that is neither too cold in the w inter or hot in the summer. A s m i l le n n ia l s move to t he nor t her n su bu rb s , t he commercial real estate market will continue to improve as we l l . W h i le t hey h ave not as of yet recovered from the 2008 recession, corporations a re ret h i n k i ng t hei r space re q u i rements a nd locat ion strategies. According to C u s h m a n & Wa k e f i e l d ’s research, new leasing activity in Fairf ield and Westchester counties continues to increase each year. “Attract and retain talent” is the mantra of corporations to day. Wit h t hat i n m i nd, a nd as th is nex t m ig ration materializes, companies will be follow ing their ta lented millennial workforce out to the suburbs, taking space in office buildings throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties. In short, as millennials trade in the city for the suburbs, so are companies. Companies that were traditionally located in city centers are now beginning employ a “ hu b a nd sp oke” strategy keeping their urban cores and opening spoke locations in the suburbs in order to keep and enrich the lifestyles of their millennial




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GPD Promotes 2 Detectives to Sergeant, Honors Tesei The Special Response Unit garage at the Public Safety Complex was transformed into a ceremonial hall last Thursday, as the Greenwich Police Department promoted Detectives Craig Zottola and James Ruszkowski to the rank of Sergeant. “These two sergeants, having distinguished themselves amongst their peers, are now going to accept the challenge of what I think is the most important and most sig nif icant super v isor y position in the police department,” said GPD Chief, James Heavey, in his opening remarks. Zottola and Ruszkowsk i e ach r e ceive d t he oat h f rom f irst selectman and police commissioner, Peter Tesei, who attended his last promotional c e r e m o n y ; h e ’s n o t s e e k i n g reelection this November. Tesei, in his record-setting sixth term as Greenwich's chief elected of f icial, has sworn-in nea rly ha lf t he depa r tment's current of f icers, according to Heavey. H e a v e y p r e s e n t e d Te s e i w i t h h i s s o o n-t o -b e r e t i r e d commissioner ID card, saying his "unflinching support for the GPD is second to none." Tesei thanked the department for the support over the years, and said he's learned a lot from the men and women in uniform. He then mentioned that Zottola and Ruszkowski exhibit commitment, dedication and excellence.

department in July of 2004, and worked as a patrol officer, field training off icer, master police and detective. He has attended nu merous adva nce d cou rse s on being a field training officer, Emergency Medical Technician ( EM T ), sea rch a nd sei zu re law, DWI investigations, death i nve st igat ions a nd adva nce d interview and interrogation. Ruszkowski has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his DWI enforcement. He has also received department recognition for various investigations, arrests and lifesaving efforts. "This is very exciting. [It's been] a lot of hard work, and this is the outcome of that. It's the next step in building my career," Ruszkowski said after he was officially promoted. Zottola and Ruszkowski will now take the place of recently Sgt. Craig Zottola, Sgt. James Ruszkowski, GPD Chief James Heavey, First Selectman & Police Commissioner Peter Tesei. retired Sergeants Joe Ryan and Debora Vesciglio. The GPD a lso r e cog n i z e d "I know they will continue to A s a mem b er of t he GPD, off icer Joseph Havranek, who provide the excellent service we're Zottola has served as a patrol The Special Response Unit garage was recently retired from the all so proud of," he said. officer and master police officer transformed into a ceremonial hall last depar tment af ter 4 3 years of Before joining the GPD in b efor e b e com i ng a dete c t ive combined service as a special February of 2010, Zottola served i n 2 0 1 7. H e ' s a p a r t o f t h e Thursday, as the Police Department police of f icer, also k now n as as a member of the United States department's Special Response promoted Detectives Zottola and auxiliary, and a regular police Nav y, where he car ved out a Unit, and has completed advanced officer. decorated career as a Lieutenant training in SWAT operations, Ruszkowski to the rank of Sergeant The GPD retired Havranek's Commander. traff ic collision investigations, and honored Peter Tesei's work as badge No. 309, and presented it to Zottola was deployed to the DWI investigations and criminal him as a gift. Middle East twice, and received intelligence. He has also been Police Commissioner. "It was a privilege to work with the Joint Service Commendation awarded with two investigator the Greenwich Police Department," Medal, Joint Service Achievement r i bb on s , a nd nu mer ou s u n it Medal, Global War On Terrorism citations. noting that his late father-in-law, to become a sergeant, especially H av ra nek told t he c r owd . " I enjoyed the time together. I miss Expeditionary Medal and the Iraqi "This is very special for me," Frank Creamer, was a sergeant since he worked here." Campaign Medal. said Zottola after the ceremony, with the GPD. "It's special for me R u s z k ow s k i c a m e t o t h e the job and the people." RICHARD KAUFMAN

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Town Kicks-Off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month T h e S o u l Cyc l e o n M a s o n Street in Greenwich was buzzing on Tuesday night, as residents gathered for a spin class to sweat for a good cause. Over $24,000 was raised to support the MAT Program, which was established earlier this year by town resident, Kaile Zagger, and Dr. Elena Ratner, associate professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. Named after Zagger's mother, Ma r i ly n A n n Tra ha n ( M AT ), who lost her battle with ovarian cancer 20 years ago at the age of 46, the initiative is the first of its kind in the United States. It consists of a rigorous curriculum that empowers and educates the medical provider community so they can recognize the early signs of ovarian and breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 300,000 new cases of breast and ovarian cancer were diagnosed in the United States last year, and of those, 55,000 women died. Ovarian cancer is particularly difficult to recognize in its early stages, so the rate of death is the highest among all female reproductive cancers.

Counties as well as New York Cit y. Sh e e nj oye d at te nd i n g plays, visiting museums, and spending time with her friends and family. Late last year, Peggy fell ill and she relocated to northern Virg in ia, where t wo of her children reside. She is survived by her three loving children, Elizabeth Vaisben of Phoenix, Arizona,

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Katherine Klein, of Fairfax, Virginia, and Nathaniel Freiberg, of Vienna, Virginia; by f ive grandchildren; and by her brother, John Gussman, of Oakland, Calif. Donations in Pegg y's memor y may be made to the N a t i o n a l Tr u s t f o r H i s t o r i c Preservation or the American Cancer Society.

Kimberly Gillick K imberly Orrico Gillick, of R iverside CT passed away suddenly on Aug. 20, 2 019 wh i le v ac at ion i ng i n Wilming ton, Vermont. She was born in Greenwich, CT on Ma rch 6, 1960 to Peter J. Or r ico, Sr., a nd Elea nor Castronovo Orrico. A lifelong Resident of Greenwich, Kim attended Greenwich Public S c h o o l s , g r a du at i n g f r o m


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Dr. Elena Ratner, First Selectman Peter Tesei, and Kaile Zagger at SoulCycle in Tuesday. The fundraiser also kicked-off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Greenwich, as First Selectman Peter Tesei was on hand to present a proclamation. This month, the exterior of Town Hall is decorated w it h tea l-colored l ig hts, a nd businesses around town will turn

teal, too. "You are making a difference by what you're doing tonight, and throughout the year by advocating for early intervention and education a b o u t s y m p t o m s o f ov a r i a n cancer," said Tesei to the MAT Program leadership team. "We've

all been touched by cancer in some way. It's an insidious disease and one that we can overcome, and particularly overcome if we have early intervention and knowledge about it." The prog ram has g row n tremendously since it was

established four-and-a-half months ago. Tw e n t y - t h r e e m e d i c a l providers from Greenwich Hospital received M AT Desig nation in July, and they’re now armed with the tools to save lives. There will be another free, one hour training session, for all medical pr ofe s sion a l s on S ept . 2 5 i n Greenwich. The MAT Program will soon be launched in Stamford, at the remaining Yale affiliated hospitals and New York Presbyterian Health System. The goal is to designate and train 3,000 providers by Dec. 31, 2019. On Tuesday, Zagger thanked t he ne a rly 6 0 re sidents who attended the fundraiser before they began their 45 minute spin class. "Every 39 seconds, a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Eighty percent of those diagnoses are late stage. Studies have shown that ovarian cancer patients have been sick for more than 24 months and have seen anywhere between 4-6 physicians with no diagnosis or a misdiagnosis," Zagger said. "Our hope is with this educational platform, we w i l l c h a n g e t h e s t o r y. We fundamentally believe that we are already doing that. We'll detect the


Greenwich High School in 1978. K im earned her bachelor's degree at Western Connecticut State University and her master's degree from the University of Bridgeport. Kim had a strong passion for organic gardening, and took many classes in the tri state area, earning her Master G a r d e n e r 's c e r t i f i c a t i o n . She spent hours tending her ve get a ble ga rden s, f lower beds, and mushrooming. Kim also enjoyed cooking, nature walks, and the local beaches. Her happiest moments were also spent with her family. Kim was a teacher with the Greenwich Public School system for 28 years at various schools, most r e c e n t l y a s a We l l n e s s Educator at Greenwich High School where she taug ht students the knowledge and sk i l l s ne c e s s a r y to le ad a healthy lifestyle. She oversaw numerous intramurals and after school sports programs as a n educator a nd coach. K im was also active in t h e G r e e nw i c h E du c at i o n Association, Greenwich Athletic Association and the Greenwich Old Timer's Association supporting Youth Sports and Student Athletes.

K i m is su r v ived by her husband of 34 years, Kevin Gillick, of Riverside, her son Kevin Gillick, Jr. of Stamford, daughter Kristina, of Charlotte, N.C., son Kaelan, of Worcester, Mass., son Kyle, of Riverside, and grandchildren Kaedan Joseph and Kaya Deborah of Riverside. She is also survived by her parents Pe te r a n d E l e a n o r O r r i c o of Cos Cob, sister Deborah Orrico Chonka and husband Bradford of Old Greenwich, brother Peter Orrico his wife Marketta of Stamford, and brother Patrick and w ife Monica of Woodstock, Ga., along with numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. A wake took place on Aug. 2 5 at C a s t i g l i o n e F u n e r a l Home. Funeral Services were held on Aug. 26 at St. Catherine's of Siena Church. I nte r m e nt fo l l owe d at S t . Mary Cemetery, Greenwich. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Greenwich O l d T i m e r ’s A t h l e t i c Association, The Greenwich Audubon Society or a charity of your choice.

Joseph Minio, Sr. Joseph C. Minio, Sr., age

76, born in Putnam, CT, died at home on S ept . 14 , 2 019 in Greenwich, CT following a l o n g , c ou r a g e ou s b at t l e w ith a rare lung disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was born to the late Carmelo E. M inio and Concetta C. (Curreri) Minio on Aug. 12, 1943. He graduated from K illingly High School in K illingly, CT in 1961. He we nt o n to at te n d B r y a nt Col lege, where he met h is w i fe of 52 ye a r s , Cat hy J. Minio. Joe was Valedictorian of the class of 1965 of Bryant Col le ge , w he r e he e a r ne d a BS in Business. He was a CPA. Joe and Cathy moved to Greenwich in 1974, where they raised their family. Joe was a lov ing husband, a dedicated father, and a proud grandfather who put family before all else. Joe was very proud of his Sicilian-Italian heritage, and the tradition of a strong sense of dedication to family. He would always say, "I love to feed people," and "there is always room for one more at the table." His favorite place in the world was the family summer home in Old Saybrook, CT. He was happiest there, entertaining

family and friends. For many years, with the help of his family — especially h i s br ot he r, R ich a r d , a nd his son, Chris — Joe would host family reunions of over 100 people on the beach in the sum mers, including family who came from Italy to attend. The menus were ex ten sive , a nd t he event s were all-hands-on, with many family members assisting in every aspect of the reunions. In addition, Joe was an avid boater, having owned several boats over the decades, and taug ht bot h of h is sons to boat. He completed the Power Squadrons courses with his wife and both of his sons to ensure their safe operation of their boats and Jet-Skis. Mr. Minio was a very successful businessman. Among his g re ate st accompl ish ments ove r a n e x p a n s i ve c a r e e r in Finance and Business Acquisitions, he was the President and CEO of P ublicker Industr ies, Inc., and played an integral role in the development of a r e vo l u t i o n a r y c h e m i c a l known as Gasahol. In add it ion , he w a s t he C E O of Bic in the 80's. Later in h is ca reer, Joe focused on

cancers earlier and prevent them altogether, because we will fight to keep our physicians in front of the disease instead of reacting to the disease." Dr. Elena Ratner also thanked everyone for contributing and helping MAT grow. "I have d iag nosed women earlier because of all of you. I have saved lives, and you have saved lives because of what you have done," she said. "What we are trying to do is incredible. We're trying to change the story; we're trying to change the course of this disease that has not been able to be changed forever." Diane Powis, MAT Program's chief spokeswoman, was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2013 after experiencing "wh i sp er i ng" s y mptom s a nd getting misdiagnosed for nine months. She said on Tuesday that she feels lucky to be alive, and added that there's still a lot to do to protect women from breast and ovarian cancer. "A lthough we're sitting on stationary bikes, we are moving at warp speed to make a difference," Powis said. For mor e i n for mat ion o n t h e M AT P r o g r a m , g o to

acquiring failing businesses and turning them back around into prof itable ones. Throughout his illness a nd u nti l h is f ina l day, he ow ned and operated th ree companies: Adina, Inc., E.W. Tompkins Acquisitions, Inc., and Shoreline Holdings, Inc. Joe is survived by his two ch i ld ren: Joseph C. M i n io, Jr. (Alissa) of Rye, N.Y. and Dr. Christopher M. Minio of Darien. He is also survived b y a b r o t h e r, R i c h a r d (Claire) of Dayville, CT. He is further sur vived by two grandchildren: Mark J. Minio and John P. Minio of Rye. Joe was predeceased by his wife, Cathy, and his older brother, Tony. In lieu of f lowers, Joe had requested that donations be made to the Pulmonar y Fibrosis Foundation in his name: To honor his life, family and friends gathered Sept. 17 at Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday at St. Paul's Parish. Entombment followed at St. Mar y's Cemetery.

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