The Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation elected a new vice chair last week.
Leslie Tarkington, currently the longest-tenured member of the town’s finance board, was unanimously elected to fill the vacancy left by Michael Basham, who stepped down due to health reasons last month. Basham was replaced by Harry Fisher on the 12-person board, but the vice chair’s position remained open. Tarkington was nominated by BET Chair Dan Ozizmir. “Leslie Tarkington is a long-serving member of the BET. She’s currently the budget committee chair and she has served in that position previously. She has also served as committee chair for many of the other committees,” Ozizmir said. The nomination was seconded by Leslie Moriarty. “You’ve been involved with seats on almost every committee we have. You certainly work very hard for our board, and I know I support your nomination for vice chair,” Moriarty said. Tarkington spoke briefly after the unanimous vote. “I thank all of my BET colleagues for their support, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you,” she said. The BET is now off for a summer break and will return in September.
Greenwich Firefighters and BGCG Celebrate Christmas in July
Earlier this week, the Greenwich Fire Department’s Engine 4 celebrated Christmas in July with the Boys & Girls Club at Camp Simmons. Santa got to cool the kids off on one of the hottest days of the year.
Greenwich Animal Control Resuming Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Greenwich Animal Control is holding their low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic this Sunday, July 31 from 10:00am until 12:00 noon at Animal Control. They are located at 393 North Street. The fee is $20 (cash or check) per vaccine per pet. The three-year vaccine requires written proof of previous rabies vaccination (tags alone are not sufficient). All dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers. This is limited to Greenwich residents and town employees.
Greenwich High School’s AVID Program Graduates 37 Students with 100% College Acceptance Rate Among Graduates
The Greenwich High School (GHS) Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Class of 2022 Graduation Celebration was held on Wednesday, June 22 in the GHS Student Center. 37 Children graduated from the AVID this year. All of the students have been accepted to and plan to attend college in the fall. Students will be attending: Emory University, Lehigh University, Connecticut College, George Washington University, Providence College, UCONN, Fordham University, and other local and state colleges.
Lauren Showstead Appointed Assistant Principal at Central Middle School
Earlier this week, GPS Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced the appointment of Lauren Showstead as assistant principal at Central MIddle School. Showstead is replacing Lindsey Pontieri, who recently became an assistant director of special education in a different school district.
Geoffrey Schenker Appointed Coordinator of English Language Learners/World Language K-12
Earlier this week, Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced the appointment of Mr. Geoffrey Schenker as Coordinator of English Language Learners/World Language K-12, effective immediately. Mr. Schenker replaces Ms. Adriane Hirsch-Klein, who recently became an assistant principal in a different school district.
Representative Steve Meskers Secures FUNDS FOR ROUND HILL FIREHOUSE
State Rep. Steve Meskers has announced the inclusion of funding for the remediation of Round Hill Firehouse by the State Bond Commission. He expects it will be approved when the commission meets today. Since 1948, the volunteer firefighters of Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company have provided first response emergency services, protecting life and property, to the Greenwich backcountry in which time members have responded to more than 10,000 incidents.
Eagle Scout Project Brings Butterfly Garden to Greenwich Seniors
Boy Scout Dean Genovese, from Troop 400 in Port Chester, NY, became an Eagle Scout late last month. Earlier this month, an official ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted at Greenwich Woods Health Care to unveil the new Butterfly Garden he created for his Eagle Scout service project.
Yale-New Haven Hospital #1 in the State
Earlier this month, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals in 15 specialties and 19 procedures and conditions in order to determine the best in each state. Yale-New Haven Hospital was named the top hospital in CT, ranking high in specialties including psychiatry, obstetrics and geriatrics care.
Greenwich Wine + Food Dates Announced
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, Greenwich Wine + Food Festival will be taking place this October. The multi-day event will feature re-imagined events and festivities that hope to recreate memorable experiences from the past decade.
End of Summer Fireworks Show
The Parks & Recreation staff have organized a new date for fireworks. The shows will take place on Saturday, September 3 at both Binney Park and Greenwich Point. The approximate times will be 7:55pm at Binney Park and 8:20pm at Greenwich Point. Rain date is Sunday, September 4 at Greenwich Point only.
Photo contest deadline
The Parks & Recreation Department’s 2nd annual photo contest to celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month is coming to a close. The deadline is July 31 and contest details can be found on the Town of Greenwich website.
Absentee ballots available
Absentee ballots for the August 9 primary are available from the Town Clerk’s Office. There are several easy ways to receive an absentee ballot: in person at the Clerk’s Office, first floor of 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 may be mailed to the Town Clerk; dropped off in the office; or deposited in secure ballot boxes located adjacent to the Town Hall parking garage, the lobby of Town Hall and the lobby of the Greenwich Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place.
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Appointment
First Selectman Fred Camillo has been selected to serve on the board of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). CCM is the state’s largest nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders who collaborate to improve the quality of life for all residents. First Selectman Camillo will be working with other elected officials as vice chair of the Land Use, Transportation, Infrastructure and Economic Development Policy Committee.
Greenwich Cannons edged by Waterford in Bristol Regional matchup in Senior American Legion State Tournament
Strong pitching and timely hitting propelled the Greenwich Cannons Senior American Legion baseball team to victories in their first three games of the U19 American Legion State Tournament. The Cannons received another impressive pitching performance Saturday, with right-hander Riley Redahan limiting Waterford to two runs, but the clutch hit the team needed eluded it on this day.