News Briefs

Cardinal Stadium’s Grand Opening

This past Saturday, Cardinal stadium’s grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Cardinals marked their homecoming return with a win against Stamford High School.

The stadium features new bleachers, is ADA compliant, and has new bathrooms underneath its bleachers.

Updates to Greenwich Sailing Programs

Following Greenwich Community Sailing’s announcement that they would not be holding a summer sailing season, First Selectman Fred Camillo has announced that the town will be working on a deal to ensure that the community sailing program at Tod’s Point will have a season this summer.

YMCA Announces New Chief Executive Officer

The YMCA of Greenwich has announced that Matthew Skaarup has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Skaarup was selected by the Board of Directors, and will succeed Patrice Francois.

In his role, Skaarup will be responsible for increasing membership services, family and youth programming, and for further developing community wellness initiatives.

Abilis Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

The Greenwich Botanical Center and Abilis are partnering to hold a special holiday centerpiece workshop.

The event will take place on Friday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Abilis Gardens and Gifts, and will cost $75 including materials. The deadline to register is December 8, which can be done on the Greenwich Botanical Center’s website.

Riverside School Celebrates Veterans Day

This past Tuesday, Riverside School hosted its 21st annual Veterans Day Ceremony on the school’s front lawn.

Students, volunteers, staff, town officials, and local veterans were in attendance. During the ceremony, there was a flag raising, laying of the wreath, veteran recognitions, and participation in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Christ Church’s Courage and Faith Series Returns

After over a year, Christ Church’s Courage and Faith program is starting again with a special event!

On Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m., world renowned author Sister Joan Chittister will be speaking at Christ Church’s main sanctuary. Sister Joan Chittister has written over 60 books and appeared with the Dalai Lama and Oprah Winfrey. There will be a reception and book signing to follow in the Parish Hall.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courage-faith-presents-joan-chittister-tickets-171321365817.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

The Greenwich Police Department, Greenwich Fire Department, and Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, in partnership with the Red Cross, will be holding its annual “Battle of the Badges” blood drive on Saturday, December 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Greenwich Public Safety Complex

The Battle of the Badges blood drive is a friendly competition to see which Greenwich emergency response organization can collect the most units of lifesaving blood, through their own donations as well as through recruited donors.

Uptick in Mail Thefts

The Greenwich Police Department is making residents aware of a recent increase of mail thefts from residential mailboxes.

Since a month ago, there have been six instances in which packages or mail have been taken from homes. Thieves seem to be targeting outgoing checks and protected personal information, so GPD suggests residents switch to online banking, or bring bills to a drop-off box for mailing if possible.

Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale

First Congregational Church’s annual Christmas tree and wreath sale is returning this year for the 55th year in a row. The sale will feature Fraser Firs, Balsam Firs, wreaths, decorating kits, tree stands, and natural pine roping,

The sale will begin on Saturday, November 27 at 9:00 a.m. and will go until 4:00 p.m. Following the sale’s opening day, the sale will return to the lot on November 28, December 4, and December 5.

Every purchase’s proceeds will go to six local charities that are serving families in this time of need: Kids in Crisis, Pacific House, Fund for New Covenant Center, Mothers for Others, Community Centers, Inc., and Building One Community.

Greenwich Gala Raises $3.2 Million

Children of Fallen Patriots raised over $3.2 million at its twelfth annual gala at the Riverside Yacht Club last week. The money raised will be used to support college education for children of fallen servicemen and women.

Junior League of Greenwich’s Home Enchanted Forest Event

The Junior League of Greenwich has created a digitally accessible Enchanted Forest community event.

Participants can choose from gingerbread decorating kits, a VIP santa experience drive-by, a Zoom storytime session with Santa, or a customized letter from Santa.

An online auction will also be held on the Junior League of Greenwich website from November 19-21. Items can be viewed at https://www.jlgreenwich.org/the-enchanted-forest/.

Winter Coat Drive

The Greenwich Department of Human Services and Brunswick School are holding a winter coat drive from November 15 through December 1.

Donations can be dropped off at the Greenwich Town Hall lobby, First Republic Bank on Mason Street, GEMS Headquarters on West Putnam Avenue, or pickups can be arranged by calling 203-622-3800.

Property Reassessments

The Town’s Assessors Office is reviewing preliminary values for the 2021 revaluation.

Greenwich completed its last revaluation for the 2015 Grand List in order to keep assessments equitable and reflect the current fair market value.

Property owners will receive a notice of assessment change the week of November 8, at which time there will be informal hearings available for all taxpayers to discuss or appeal their new assessment. Discussion hearings will be available November 8 through January, and appeals will be available February 1 to February 20 of 2022.

Greenwich Alliance Education’s 11th Annual Turkey Trot

After a year-long hiatus, the 11th annual Turkey Trot will be returning on November 27! Nearly 2,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend for the largest community fundraising event of Thanksgiving weekend.

Participants can choose from a 5k race and a non-competitive 1 mile run/walk, both of which end at the Arch Street Center and pace through Bruce Park. The run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 5k at 10:00 a.m.

Registration costs $15 for those 13 and under, and $30 for adults until October 31, after which adult pricing increases to $35, and then to $40 on race day. All proceeds go towards the Greenwich Alliance for Education programs.

To register, visit www.greenwichalliance.org/turkey-trot-2021

Leaf Collection Program

November 2 officially marked the beginning of the Town of Greenwich’s annual leaf collection program.

This service is for properties on public streets in building zones R-20 that are a half-acre or smaller. There will be two pickups between November 2 and mid-December.

Schedule details can be found at www.greenwichct.gov/257/Leaf-Collection.

COVID-19 Update

There are currently 62 active cases being monitored by the Greenwich Health Department. Greenwich Hospital currently has three COVID positive patients.

Parking Permit Renewals

Parking Permit renewal will be occurring online only this year. In order to renew your permit, residents must submit an application proving residency and making a payment.

Residents can renew at www.greenwichct.gov/572 by December 31, 2021. However, tiered late fees will be assessed for payments received after December 2. 28 active cases. Four people with COVID are in the hospital, which is one less than last week.

 

DEATHS

Flt Lt. Renzo Pasquini

Renzo Joseph Pasquini passed away at the age of 88.

Jim Fahey

Jim Fahey died surrounded by family at on Nov. 10.

John Bianchi

John Francis Bianchi, 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Henry Beatini

Henry Patrick Joseph Beatini passed away on Nov. 9.

Sandra Beard

Sandra Clark Beard, 76, passed away on Nov. 6.

George Tai

George Tai passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Frank O’Toole

Frank O’Toole, a longtime Greenwich resident, died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 8.

Christopher Thornley, Sr.

Christopher P. Thornley, Sr. passed away on Nov. 2.

Clare Kane

Clare Mellon Kane, aged 90, died on Oct. 31.

Dr. Hans Kramer

Dr. Hans B. Kramer, age 96, died Oct. 26.

 

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