News Briefs: May 6

133 Greenwich Hospital Physicians Rank on Top Doctors List
657 physicians affiliated with Yale New Haven Health, which includes hospitals across Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as Northeast Medical Group, were selected for Connecticut Magazine’s 2022 Top Doctors in America list in this month’s issue. The list includes 133 Greenwich Hospital doctors.

GIFF Film Awards Media Award Top Award Winner
Greenwich International Film Festival’s 2022 Film Award Winners are The First Wave directed by Matthew Heinneman, Best Social Impact Film Award; Casablanca Beats directed by Nabil Ayouch, Narrative Honorable Mention; and Young Plato, directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and Declan McGrath, Documentary Honorable Mention. The film nominees were The Disruptors, Mass, Casablanca Beats, Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, Young Plato, To Olivia, 3 Minutes: A Lengthening, and The First Wave. All eight nominees were feature-length films, the genres ranging from observational documentary to narrative.

Dr. Jonathan Budd Appointed Chief Human Resources Officer
In late April, Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Budd as chief human resources officer. Dr. Budd will be effective in his position beginning July 1st. As the chief human resource officer, Dr. Budd will lead a team overseeing all BoE human resource functions, including supervision of all staff hiring processes, and collaboration with the superintendent of schools in order to review the BoE’s table of organization.

Greenwich Dealer Celebrated
Evan Cygler from Bugatti Greenwich was named ‘Best Performing Bugatti Brand Manager’ at the Bugatti World Partner Meeting in France. This is the first time a North American Bugatti dealer has received this award.

Greenwich Skating Club Girls Major Win
In March of this year, the Greenwich Skating Club announced that the GSC girls won the Connecticut Girls Hockey League (CGHL) 12U Division I Title.

Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones Appoints Dana Firmender Principal at International School at Dundee
Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones has announced the appointment of Dana Firmender as principal of the International School at Dundee. Firmender’s position will go into effect as of July 1st. Ms. Firmender is replacing Ms. Teresa Ricci, who announced her retirement after 43 years in education, including 19 years as the International School at Dundee’s principal.

Scam involving Chief Heavey
Today, the Greenwich Police Department received a complaint regarding a scam involving Police Chief Jim Heavey’s name and signature as pictured. A resident received this image via email. The GPD is not emailing out this letter or anything like it. Residents should delete it if they receive it.
Junior League of Greenwich Donates New Lego Tables to BGCG
The Junior League of Greenwich recently donated new Lego tables to The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. The Lego tables will assist BGCG’s youth in developing their sensory, motor and communication skills.

COVID Hospitalization Update
As of May 4, 245 patients were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19; of these, 78 (31.8%) are not fully vaccinated, 167 (68.2%) were fully vaccinated. Each day Connecticut publications are sent a report from the Governor’s office updating COVID numbers with a focus on hospitalizations. The Sentinel continues to publish a summary of Wednesday’s report, the most recent before going to press. These numbers are taken directly from the state’s updates. For more information, visit

Niagara University Receives Gift From Greenwich Residents
Niagara University announced earlier this week that Jeff and Mary Helen Holzschuh of Greenwich have pledged a gift of $10 million to the university. In recognition of this gift, the university will be renaming their college of business to the Holzschuh College of Business Administration. Jeff and Mary Helen are now the largest benefactors in the history of the university.

Greenwich Police Department Open House
The Greenwich Police Department is inviting residents to an open house at the Greenwich Safety Complex on May 7th from 10am to 2pm for Police Day in honor of National Police Week. The open house will include a bouncy house, free hot dogs, the opportunity to meet and talk with Greenwich Police Officers, Guided Tours of the Greenwich Safety Complex, and other events.

New Emergency Management Director Appointed
Earlier this week, Fred Camillo introduced new Emergency Management Director, Joe Laucella.

Free Music Fridays on Greenwich Ave
Beginning June 10, at 12 Noon at Greenwich Commons on Greenwich Ave, Free Music Fridays will be bringing sound to Downtown. Free Music Fridays will happen until the end of August with many great performers.

Greenwich Firefighters Respond to Dump Fire
Last week, Greenwich Firefighters responded to a large rubbish fire at Greenwich Waste Disposal. Firefighters put out the fire safely with the help of some Department of Public Works staff on scene.

Greenwich Police Remind Residents of Bike Safety Rules
Children under 16 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Bicyclists need to ride as far right as safely possible when on roadways and must use hand signals, especially when turning left at an intersection. Motorists must be cognizant of increased bike traffic on the roadways and give space when passing bicyclists.

Dr. John Clarke Police Award
After a two year pause, the Greenwich Lions Club held the Dr. John Clarke Police Award reception, honoring the exceptional work performed by Officers of the Greenwich Police Department. The Clarke award is named after Dr. Clarke, the first president of the Greenwich Lions. The Chief of Police makes the selection for the award.
The 2019 recipients were Detectives Jeremy Bussell and Gregory Parrillo, recognized for their detective work identifying a suspect responsible for two sexual assaults that occurred in Greenwich and Stamford.
The 2020 recipient was the full Greenwich Police Department for their commitment and dedication to serving the public during COVID-19. Chief James Heavey accepted the award for the Department.
The 2021 recipient is Detective First Grade Christy Girard for her work in solving a cold case homicide of an infant that occurred in 1986. In 2016, Detective First Grade Girard took on the cold case and began reviewing the evidence in the investigation. Her efforts resulted in new evidence for analysis, and she developed new leads that lead to the arrest of the suspect.

International Firefighters Day
This past wednesday, May 4th was International Firefighters Day.

Arbor Day Tree Planting
This past Friday was Arbor Day. To celebrate Arbor Day there was a tree planting at Riverside School with First Selectman Fred Camillo and Tree Warden Dr. Greg Kramer.

Greenwich Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison After Defrauding Investors
This past Tuesday, a Greenwich man was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, after defrauding investors of almost $1.5 million.

Art to the Avenue Returns
Art to the Avenue returns for 2022 which began with a kick off on Thursday, May 5th. Art to the Avenue is a popular collaboration between local commerce and artists that will be taking place from May 5-31.

Revised BoE Title IX Student Policy Passed
This past January, the Greenwich Board of Education voted against codifying Title IX, meaning Title IX failed to pass. However, the board was required by law to adopt a policy in compliance with Title IX. The policy went back to the Policy Governance Committee who evaluated revisions that might be in compliance with both Title IX requirements and be accepted by all BoE members. The outcome was that the language was amended, removing the statement, “Discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex includes discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.” The board voted earlier this month and unanimously approved the policy.

National Therapy Animal Day
Last Saturday, Fred Camillo proclaimed April 30 to be National Therapy Animal Day. Several therapy animals and their handlers were present at the proclamation. Susan Fleischer and Goldendoodle Coco Elizabeth Lynch and her guinea pigs Cookie and Moo, and Selina and Killer Foo Foo, a shitzu.

High School Students Honored at YWCA Greenwich’s Stand Against Racism
This past Friday, residents gathered in front of Town Hall, marking the annual Stand Against Racism. 2022 marked the 15th year of this event, which seeks to raise awareness of all forms of racism. At the event Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones presented Gender and Racial Justice Scholarship Awards to four local students. Caleb Boateng, a senior at Brunswick School; Kayla Ferjuste, a senior from Greenwich Academy; and Elisa Taylor and Claire Miller, seniors at Sacred Heart.

Person Struck by Train Near Cos Cob
A person was struck by a train near the Cos Cob Metro-North Train Station this past Wednesday evening. GPD officers responded to the scene first, with the MTA police now investigating.

Beach Pass Season has Begun
Beginning this past Monday, May 2, park passes or single-entry tickets are now required for Tod’s Point and Byram Park. Single entry tickets will be sold at the Cos Cob Dockmaster Office at 94 Strickland Road in Cos Cob on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9am to 1pm as well as online.

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