News Briefs: July 22

Town Cooling Stations Open

While in the midst of this heat wave, the town of Greenwich has opened several cooling stations through Monday, July 25th.

Greenwich Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place and Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave:
9am – 9pm: Monday
9am – 5pm: Friday & Saturday
1 – 5pm: Sunday

Perrot Memorial Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich:
9am – 6pm: Friday, Monday
9am – 5pm, Saturday (Closed Sunday)

Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave:
9am – 5pm: Friday, Saturday, Monday

Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, Cos Cob:
Noon – 8pm: Monday
9am – 5pm: Friday – Saturday (Closed Sunday.)

Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road.
9am – 9pm: Friday & Monday
9am – 7:30pm: Saturday
9am – 5:30pm: Sunday

Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road:
8am – 4pm: Friday, Monday

Greenwich at Stage 2 Drought

The Connecticut Interagency Drought Working Group has declared that all eight Connecticut counties are at Stage 2 drought conditions. Moving to Stage 2 means that drought conditions are emerging statewide. Here are some things you can do to help minimize your water use to minimize future drought impact:

• Reduce automatic outdoor irrigation

• Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation

• Minimize overall water use by fixing leaky plumbing and fixtures

• Follow any additional conservation requests issued by water suppliers or municipalities

8-30g Update

Two controversial apartment building proposals with affordable housing units have been withdrawn from P&Z. First Selectman Fred Camillo is working with the staff of Attorney General William Tong in order to protect historic districts which are targeted for large scale developments under the guise of affordable housing. This protection is afforded in Connecticut General Statute 22-a.

Former NFL quarterbacks Phil, Chris and Matt Simms Complete QB camp with Greenwich Country Day’s Tiger Football Academy

A group of young football players and athletes considering playing the sport, had an opportunity to learn all the aspects of playing the quarterback position from not one, but three former NFL quarterbacks this week at Greenwich Country Day School. See page 11.

Construction BIDS excessively high

The Greenwich High School vestibule project’s building committee expected construction bids to hit just above the $2.7 million budget, instead both construction companies came in at about $4 million.  Steve Walko, Chair of the building committee, said the bids seemed excessively high. The committee is working to find options that will fit the budget.

Greenwich Fire Department Busy Day

During the thunderstorm earlier this week on Monday, the Greenwich Fire Department responded to over 35 calls most of which were weather related. Thank you Greenwich Fire Department!

Lieutenant Pat Gordiski Retires

After 50 years of service, Lieutenant Pat Gordiski will be retiring from the Greenwich Fire Department. His last shift will be July 29th.

No Vote on Climate Emergency Resolution

Last month, GHS Students and Alumni proposed a climate change emergency resolution to the Board of Selectmen. After the first reading, First Selectman Fred Camillo said Greenwich is already starting to prepare alternative energy sources to combat climate change. He noted several changes already being made around Town Hall and Greenwich, agreeing with the sentiment of the resolution but disagreeing with the language and exclusivity of it. First Selectman Camillo discussed how expensive it is to switch to a fossil-free lifestyle, not wanting to unduly hurt those who are already struggling. After the most recent meeting several citizens had questions about the resolution, why it was necessary for the town and who is pushing for this bill. Ultimately no vote was taken on the resolution.

Greenwich All Stars Are Going to Cal Ripken Majors 70 World Series in Branson, Missouri

Making it farther than any other team in Greenwich history, the Greenwich All Stars 12U baseball team secured a spot in the Elite Eight and will be progressing to the Cal Ripken Majors 70 World Series in Branson, Missouri. You can help support the Greenwich All Stars by participating in their online popcorn fundraiser. This fundraiser is ending today, Friday July 22nd at 5pm. https://popup.doublegood.com/s/29hiy1s6

Bruce Museum Adds New Trustees & Other News

Bruce Museum is adding new members to its Board of Trustees. The new Trustees joining the Board are Jacqueline Adler Walker, Nisha Kumar, Angela Timashev, Stephen Corman, and Michael A. Kovner. The Board of Trustees also elected members to new positions including electing James B. Lockhart III and William Deutsch as Co-Chairs. Suzanne Lio, Managing Director/COO; and Anne von Stuelpnagel, Director of Exhibitions; and Jillian Aufderheide, recipient of the Director’s Award all won awards for Employee of the year for 2022. Simone McEntire and Susan Mahoney both won the Board Chair’s award.

Town of Greenwich To Receive Almost $25 Thousand Yearly for Opioid Settlement

Due to the nationwide opinion crisis, a $26 billion settlement was struck with Johnson & Johnson and major pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen. Due to this Settlement, the town of Greenwich will be receiving a payment of almost $25 thousand per year for the next 18 years. The Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation unanimously voted earlier this week to accept the funds. The first payment is expected to arrive on August 2nd.

Absentee Ballots Available

Absentee ballots for the August 9th primary are now available. There are several ways to receive an absentee ballot:

In person at the clerk’s office, first floor of Greenwich Town Hall.

Call the office at 203-622-7897 to request an application mailed to you.

Request by mail: Town Clerk, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT 06830

Completed ballots can be mailed to the Town Clerk; dropped off at Town Hall; or deposited in secure ballot boxes located outside the Town Hall parking garage, the lobby of Town Hall and the lobby of the Greenwich Public Safety Complex at 11 Bruce Place.

Selectmen Unanimously Approve Road Closure for St. Roch’s Feast

Last week, the Greenwich Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a road closure request for St. Roch’s Feast, scheduled to take place next month. St. Roch Avenue will be closed at the corner of Alexander St.t to the corner of Hamilton Ave. from 6pm to 11pm from Aug. 10th-13th.

New protocol for utility pole removal

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has established a standardized process to address the removal of utility poles. PURA is allowing customers to call (1-800-382-4586) or email (PURA.Information@ct.gov) the customer service center between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, for assistance.

Greenwich United Way Awarded 24 Community Impact Grants to Local Organizations

Earlier this week, The Greenwich United Way awarded their Community Impact Grants to local health, education and self-sufficiency programs across 24 partner agencies including four first-time GUW grant recipients: Girls With Impact, Julian Curtiss Preschool, UJA JCC, and Wheel It Forward. Additional grantees were: Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Building One Community, Children’s Day School, Family Centers, Filling in the Blanks, Food Bank, Horizons, Inspirica, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Kids In Crisis, Laurel House, Liberation Programs, Neighbor To Neighbor, Pacific House, River House Adult Day Center, The Rowan Center, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), YMCA of Greenwich, and YWCA of Greenwich.

Support the GREENWICH CAMPERSHIP PROGRAM

The Greenwich Campership Program has already begun with the first session of camps currently in progress. The Campership program awards scholarships to children, ages 5-14, from low income Greenwich families. Thanks to donations, there are 116 children registered and attending camp this summer with 34 children still on the waitlist – not currently funded. The Greenwich Campership Program is sponsored by The Greenwich Department of Human Services with help from the Greenwich Salvation Army. If interested in sponsoring a child, camp scholarship amounts are as follows:

• Sponsor a camper for two weeks: $400

• Sponsor a camper for three weeks: $525

Here are the ways you can make a tax-deductible donation:

• Donate online at: https://www.greenwichdhsfund.org/

• Send a check made payable to The Greenwich Department of Human Services Fund, Inc. and sent to the Dept. of Human Services, Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd, Greenwich, CT 06830.

For further information, please contact Jamie Annunziato at 203-622-3715 or jamie.annunziato@greenwichct.org.

Paper Shredding Day

The annual Paper Shredding Day will be on Saturday, October 8th between 9:30am and 12:00pm at Island Beach parking lot. Paper Shredding Day is sponsored by The First Bank of Greenwich and Santaguida Sanitation. You can bring up to 5 boxes of paper per car from Greenwich residents only for $3 in cash per box.

Greenwich Cannons rally to defeat Fairfield, 9-7

After being edged by Fairfield on Tuesday, July 12, the Greenwich Cannons Senior American Legion team returned the favor on Wednesday, July 13, courtesy of Tommy Healey. Healey powered the Cannons at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three RBI, resulting in a key, late-season comeback win for Greenwich.

Cannons defeat Fairfield in 2nd round of tournament on JULY 17

The Greenwich Cannons Senior American Legion team has a penchant for staging dramatic comeback victories. The Cannons didn’t hold a lead in the game until Justin Zych grounded a single between third base and shortstop – a hit giving host Greenwich the win.

DEATHS

Michele Martin, local artist and librarian at Greenwich Library, died on Saturday, July 16 at her home in Cos Cob.

Ruth Ellen Piro, 94, passed away peacefully on July 16, at her home in Cob Cob.

Janina Slomiana, of Greenwich, passed away on July 13.

Donald Joseph Barr “Don,” 87, a longtime resident of Old Greenwich, passed away at on July 9.

Ursula Janet Oca passed away peacefully on July 8.

Ralph Beck, 83, longtime resident of Greenwich, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, July 8.

Scott Allison Shaw, 89, passed away on the morning of July 4.

Adelaide (Marciniak) Finn passed away on June 20 at the age of 89.

Nancy (Cuttle) Radford Fraser, a life-long resident of Old Greenwich, passed away peacefully on May 9.

Michael J. Huley, 68, of Greenwich, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Oct. 30.

See page 8 for full obituaries.

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