Your News Brief: July 21, 2021

Perfect Provenance to Close

After 5 years in town, Perfect Provenance, at 47 Arch Street, will be closing its doors to the public.

The final day of service will be in the next two to three weeks, closing around August 15. Any unsold merchandise will be shipped to headquarter stores in California. 

The building will be put up for sale.


Fazio Kick-Off Event

This past Saturday was the kickoff event for Ryan Fazio’s second run for State Senator in the 36th district. Fazio has won the Republican Party’s backing and is their nominee for the August 17 special election. 

The event took place on the corner of Hillside Road and Putnam Avenue. In attendance were multiple state and local Republican leaders.


BET Changes

The Board of Estimation voted on Monday night to fill the vacancy left by Mike Mason’s recent resignation from the board in order to serve as a consultant for the Town of Greenwich.

Harry Fisher, a previous member and vice-chair of the BET, was nominated, and a roll call vote resulted in nine in favor and two abstentions. 

A new BET chair was also selected in Karen Fassuliotis, and a roll call vote resulted in nine in favor and three abstentions. 

The new vice-chair of the BET was also nominated in Andy Duss, who was elected in a vote of nine in favor, with three abstentions.


Greenwich Hospital to Host Town Hall for Smilow Center Feedback

Greenwich Hospital will be holding a town hall meeting via Zoom on Thursday, July 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to offer community members the opportunity to raise concerns and raise issues regarding the proposal of the Smilow Cancer Center at the corner of Lafayette Place and Lake Avenue. 

Outstanding issues in regards to this project center around the size of the facility for the proposed location, as well as the impacts of traffic and parking on the neighborhood. 

Those interested are asked to register for the Zoom link by calling 888-305-9253 or online at 


River House Adult Day Center Party

River House Adult Center is throwing a fundraising party to benefit their “Fund-A-Client” Scholarship fund!

The Party will be on Thursday, July 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will feature an evening full of summer fun and games, with a silent auction and wine pull. Attendees will be able to play games such as Cornhole, Jumbo Jenga, Mini Gold, and more inside and outside of the historical building overlooking the Mianus. Musical entertainment will be provided by Cover Story, and food will be provided by Marcia Selden.

Tickets start at $100, and residents can visit to purchase a ticket or donate.


Annual Sandblast Sand Sculpture Festival

This Saturday, Tod’s Point held the town’s annual Sandblast Sand Sculpture Festival! The event was organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Greenwich Arts Council and was sponsored by Logos. 

The day was filled with sand sculptures and featured families both on the beach and out on the water to celebrate the annual event. 


Greenwich Point Historic District Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Greenwich Point Conservancy has announced that the National Park Service has listed Greenwich Point Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Greenwich Point Park now joins six other Greenwich sites listed as historic districts.


Holly Hill Book shed Reopens

The Holly Hill book shed, dedicated to beloved volunteer Doug Francefort, has officially reopened to the public after being closed for over a year due to the pandemic. 

The book shed features a new roof, fresh paint, new signage, paving in the front, and new books of every genre.

The book shed is open Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and volunteers ask that you put books in the blue Discover Books bin when the shed is closed. 


Car Crash Victim Identified

Greenwich Police have identified the driver in last Tuesday’s fatal car crash as Serena Bechtel, 52, of Greenwich. Bechtel was a Yale alum and co-founded Above and Beyond Move Management in 2018. 

Bechtel was pronounced dead at the scene after striking a wall and tree on Lake Avenue.

The crash investigation is ongoing, and anyone who has any information is asked to call Officer Drenth at 203-622-8014


Greenwich Wine and Food to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Greenwich Wine and Food will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a week-long event from September 28 to October 3.

Greenwich Food and Wine also announced a multi-partnership with the Jacques Pepin Foundation, and Wholesome Wave.

Festivities at the event will include recreations from the last ten years of festivals, including wine tasting and wine history discussions, a chef gala, savor and stroll, burger battle, celebrity book signings, mixologist presentations, panel discussions, musical performances, and more.

Updates regarding the schedule, tickets, pricing and special guests are coming soon.


Department of Public Works Launches Website

The Department of Public Works has launched a “Greenwich Streetscape Project” website to invite feedback on the enhancement of Greenwich Avenue. 

The website features five additional intersections to be improved and has a “provide feedback” button in order to promote community participation in regards to each intersection’s proposed improvements. 

You can visit the website at ​ 


Ferry Service Update

The Great Captains Island Ferry remains at the dry dock in Bridgeport and is currently awaiting repairs.

Great Captains Island is open for swimming but is only currently accessible by personal boat, and there will be no lifeguards there.


Construction on the Byram River

Repair work has begun on the marina bulkhead on the Port Chester portion of the Byram River. There may be noisy conditions created by the heavy machinery and equipment in use, as well as ground vibrations. 

The project is estimated to take about 2 and a half years to complete. 


COVID-19 Update

There has been a recent uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases among residents, rising to 18 new case reports between July 9 and July 16. 

As of right now, Greenwich Hospital does not have any COVID patients.

As of July 14, 62.08% of residents have been fully vaccinated. 


Grand Reopening of Greenwich Red Cross HQ

The grand reopening of the Metro NY Greenwich Red Cross Headquarters has been set for September 23.

The new building will feature a modern and versatile facility, with newly renovated blood donation spaces. 


PAWS Approved for New Facility

PAWS of Greenwich has been approved for a new dog grooming, daycare, and training, and boarding facility at 1340 East Putnam Avenue.

The retail space had been previously vacant for over a year and will feature 12 shared parking spaces. However, the PAWS owner has stated that there will be a fob system put into place based on a proprietary mobile device application that will allow clients to pick up and drop off dogs within 2-3 of arriving on site. 

Business hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, and drop off will be between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., with pickup from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Overnight stays will be limited, and there will be an employee on-site at all times during overnight stays. 


Pipe Organ Installation at Christ Church

Christ Church Greenwich has announced that the installation of their new 4,639 pipe, two-chamber organ has begun.

The church looks forward to celebrating the inauguration of the new organ with a gala opening recital in October 2022. 

The organ is being built in Durham, England, by Harrison & Harrison, one of the largest firms of organ builders in the world, having built some of the most famous cathedral organs.


Interim Coordinator of ELA Appointed

Superintendent of Greenwich Schools, Dr. Toni Jones, has appointed Dr. Benjamin Markus as the Interim Coordinator for English Language Arts for elementary and middle school, effective July 26. 

Markus will de developing, evaluating, and designing the ELA program, and will provide leadership in regards to instructional materials 


Free Summer Movie Nights

Greenwich Communities and Community Centers Inc of Greenwich have announced “Summer Movie Nights”, a free series of family-friendly movie screenings in town.

The schedule is as follows: on Monday, July 26, there will be a screening of Madagascar at Wilbur Peck Court, on Monday, August 2, there will be a screening of Despicable Me at Armstrong Court, and on Monday, August 9, there will be a screening of Boss Baby at Adams Garden. 

The events will all begin at 7:30. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and to enjoy the free food including hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, and drinks. 


BET Puts Pressure on Fire Department

The town’s Board of Estimation and Taxation has urged the fire department to develop strategies in order to implement prior recommendations in order to improve response time and optimizing performance after the fire department’s presentation of an internal review. 

The BET has asked Fire Chief Joseph McHugh and Assistant Fire Chief Brian Koczak to return to the BET when the action plan has been completed, specifically in regards to the department’s response times, and response times in backcountry, increasing community outreach, training programs, and more.


Greenwich Libraries Innovation Lab

The new innovation lab at Greenwich Libraries’ “makerspace” focuses on encouraging visitors to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. 

The makerspace features 3D printers, laser cutters, graphic design programs, and more as part of the $18 million renovation project completed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The makerspace can be used for free by any Greenwich Library cardholder.


Greenwich Crew Wins Summer Nationals

The Greenwich Men’s open U19 8+ boat has won the USRowing Summer Nationals for the first time in program history, setting the junior national record with a 2k time of 5:44:207. The team as a whole was also awarded the Charles P. Pogan Cup for the highest combined team score of 340 points. 

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