News Briefs: September 16

POLICE & FIRE
Officer Transfers to Greenwich Police Department
Earlier this week, Officer Steven Caldwell completed his probationary period with Greenwich Police Department. Officer Caldwell transferred to GPD from another police department. He is currently assigned in Glenville, Post 56.

AROUND TOWN
Work Zone Alert
Restoration work begins Monday, September 19th on Oval Avenue near the Riverside train station. Work is scheduled from 7am to 4pm, Monday thru Friday and is anticipated to be completed in four weeks, dependent on weather and unforeseen conditions.

Indian Harbor Yacht Club Classic Yacht Race Results
– The Baccarat Trophy: Delta House, Bob Swanson (Best Elapsed Time)
– The Frank Bowne Jones Founders Cup: Allegro – William Simmons (Fastest Corrected time, Classic or Vintage yacht)
– The Spartan Cup: The Hawk, Øivind Lorentzen III (Fastest corrected time other than Founders Cup)
– The Victory Trophy: Bagheera, Vice Commodore George Yankowich (Fastest Corrected Time, Short Course)

Abilis Launches Two New Programs
This October, Abilis and its Therapy Center at Abilis, are launching two new programs for parents with their babies and toddlers: Baby & Me, for parents and caregivers with babies 0-18 months; and My Toddler & Me, for parents/caregivers and toddlers ages 2 and 3 years old. The classes begin October 3rd and will have six sessions held at The Therapy Center at Abilis in Stamford, Connecticut. This program is open to families throughout Fairfield County.

Ribbon Cutting for New Mower
On September 21st at 12pm, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Town Hall for the new robotic lawn mower which cuts the grass without producing direct emissions. Robotic mowers are also quieter and boost lawn health. They cut fine clippings blanketing the ground to conserve moisture, build soil and feed microbial communities. The one recently employed to tend the lawn in the front of the Town Hall uses a remotely controlled housing to recharge after its work day and is entirely remote controlled via smartphone.

Adopt-A-Dog’s Puttin’ on the Dog Set This Sunday, September 18th
Adopt-A-Dog’s annual “Puttin’ on the Dog” event is being held this Sunday, Sept 18th, 2022 in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. The event will run from 10:00am until 4:30pm and feature demonstrations, competitions, vendors, “DogLovers Lure Coursing,” KidZone, Face Painting, Caricature Artist, Bone Bar Ice Cream Pawlour and Food Trucks. All proceeds benefit Adopt-A-Dog.

The Greenwich Department of Human Services’ New Logo Design Winners:
Celine Fong – 11th Grader, Julian Castillo – 9th Grader, and Lucas Castillo – 4th Grader – The new GDHS logo is a collaboration between the three top entries. The heart represents Compassion and Empathy, the person embedded in the “S” speaks to the purpose of the department, and the department initials: assist the community in identifying and associating the department with the essential services GDHS provides.

For the Love of Parks & Recreation Photo Contest Winners
In first place is Andrew Cummings for “Binney Park,” second place is “Today’s Point Winter Sky” by Julien Jarry, and third place is James Gordon’s “The Pomerance Palette.”

PEOPLE IN TOWN
Community Centers Inc. Name Change
CCI, short for Community Centers, Inc, has been changed to “Barbara’s House” to honor its founder Barbara Nolan. There was an official ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month attended by First Selectman Fred Camillo and selectperson Lauren Rabin. Barbara’s House provides homework clubs, tutoring, after-school activities, and summer enrichment programs for kids; therapeutic counseling and supportive social groups for teens, seniors, special needs adults, and families in crisis.

LOCAL POLITICS
Greenwich Selectmen Endorse New Route For East Coast Greenway
Earlier this month, The Greenwich Board of Selectmen endorsed a route chage to Greenwich’s portion of the East Coast Greenway. The request to modify Greenwich’s route came after Stamford expressed a desire to modify its section in order to provide continuity and a more comfortable path.

National Suicide Prevention Month Proclimation
Earlier this weekm a National Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation was signed by First Selectman Fred Camillo. Silver Hill is a sponsor for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Fairfield County Walk taking place in Westport on October 22, 2022. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is all about education, advocacy, research, and support. 988 is now designated as the 3 digit code for the suicide and crisis lifeline.

Political Lawn Sign Reminder
Political lawn signs may be placed Public property starting two weeks from election day and then should be taken down the next day. You may place lawn signs on private property at any time without restrictions.

SCHOOLS
Five Greenwich Academy Seniors National Merit Semifinalists
Among this year’s National Merit Scholarship semifinalists were five Greenwich Academy seniors: Maryanne Grace, Isabella Hall, Sarina Kulsakdinun, Sarah Li, and Alicia Qin.

Sacred Heart Greenwich Announces Nadia Borja ‘23 Named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Sacred Heart Greenwich announced earlier this week that Nadia Borja ‘23 was named a 2023 Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC).

11 Cardinals Named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
Eleven Greenwich High School seniors have been recognized as 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. Sophie Citron, Theresa Dobbins, Alexander Khilko, Arjun Kishore, Lauren Koester, Luke Mazzullo, Joaquina Mendive, Lara Nguyen, Emil Schaumburg, Harry Waters, and Brandon Yu.

SPORTS
Greenwich edges Staples, 1-0, in boys soccer action on Lucas Luzuriaga’s goal
Three games into the season, the Greenwich High School boys soccer team is a perfect 3-0 and resembling a squad that’s on a mission. After starting the season with victories against Brien McMahon and Fairfield Ludlowe, the Cardinals registered another win against an FCIAC foe on Tuesday, this time against one of their biggest rivals.

Wilton uses a strong start to defeat Greenwich in FCIAC field hockey action
Controlling possession the majority of today’s field hockey game against Greenwich enabled Wilton to draw numerous penalty corners throughout the FCIAC matchup at sun-soaked Cardinal Stadium.

Greenwich’s girls swimming/diving team tops Trumbull in season-opening meet
Winning every event, while receiving contributions from athletes from each grade, Greenwich High School’s girls swimming team certainly began its 2022 season in style on Thursday against visiting Trumbull.

Greenwich boys soccer team determined to contend for FCIAC, state titles
The FCIAC and CIAC Class LL boys soccer tournaments have seen Greenwich in the running for both championships in recent seasons and with a roster with depth and skill at each position, the Cardinals’ 2022 team is aiming to once again, make their presence felt during the postseason.

Sacred Heart Greenwich field hockey team defeated by formidable Hill School
Sacred Heart Greenwich’s field hockey team hosted The Hill School, one of the premier teams in the nation, on Friday in its season-opening game and the Tigers scored first in the matchup.

Skylar Aysseh’s two goals propels Greenwich High girls soccer team past visiting Brien McMahon
Greenwich High School sophomore Skylar Aysseh made quite a varsity debut for the Cardinals girls soccer team on Friday. Aysseh scored two goals, powering Greenwich to a 2-0 season-opening triumph over Brien McMahon at Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals (1-0) came out strong from the start.

Behind three goals from Kate Donnellan, Cardinals field hockey team tops Norwalk in season-opener on the road
Greenwich High School’s field hockey team opened its 2022 season in top form, posting an impressive 5-0 win over host Norwalk in an FCIAC game held on Thursday night. The Cardinals (1-0) were paced by sophomore Kate Donnellan, who recorded a hat trick.

Greenwich High football team starts season with road victory over Newtown
Friday night marked the first time the Greenwich High School football team didn’t play an FCIAC opponent in its season-opener since the 2014 season, as it made a long bus ride to Newtown to begin their 2022 campaign – a matchup coach Anthony Morello and the Cardinals knew would be challenging.

Greenwich High girls soccer team primed to build off successful 2021 season
Qualifying for the FCIAC and state tournaments were two of the Greenwich High School girls soccer team’s main goals in 2021 and it reached them, earning berths in both the FCIAC and CIAC Class LL tournaments for the first time since the 2015 season.

FROM HARTFORD
Attorney General William Tong Leads Multi-State Agreement with JUUL Labs
Earlier this month, Attorney General William Tong led 34 states in announcing a $438.5 million agreement with JUUL Labs, resolving a two-year investigation into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and sales practices. The settlement is forcing JUUL to comply with a series of terms which severely limit their marketing and sales practices.

Additional Air Filtration System Upgrades in CT Public Schools
Earlier this month, Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration will be releasing $150 million for a newly established state grant program to support upgrading heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in Connecticut public schools.

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