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Sports | Page B4 The GHS hockey team held its annual Alumni Game.

News | Page 2 Fred Watkins shows his photos at Greenwich Library.

Computers | Page 13 Parents breath a little easier when the gift is refurbished, not new.

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Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Battle of the Badges blood drive held at Greenwich Po l i c e De p a r t ment Pub l i c Safety Complex (11 Bruce Place) Schedu le an appointment at 1-800-733-2767 to donate blood at the Greenwich Police Dept. in the garage on Saturday, Dec. 3 S Saturday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 4. 8th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend. (11 Bruce Place) This much anticipated event will feature live nativity, horse drawn carriage rides, live music and entertainment tents sponsored by Greenwich Hospit a l and Sotheby’s. S Sat urday, Dec . 3, 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Greenwich Choral Society “Holiday Brass” concert held at Christ Church. (245 E. Putnam Rd.) The GCS will perform their concert titled “Holiday Brass” with three concerts over the weekend at Christ Church. S Sunday, Dec. 4, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Shark Talk at Bruce Museum Seaside at the Innis Arden Cottage (Greenwich Point Park). Kaitlin Gallagher will discuss “Sharks and their Parasites” at the First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center program. Gallagher will talk about sharks and how they function as a host organism. Free, no reservations needed. S Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Non-Surgical Solutions for Chronic Low Back Pain program presented by ONS, held at the Noble Audutorium at Greenwich Hospital (5 Perryridge Rd.) The seminar will focus on common causes of low back pain and non-surgical treatment options including, physica l t herapy, med ic at ion and i njec t ions . F r e e a n d o p e n t o p u b l i c . Registration requested before Dec. 2. Call 203-863-4277 or at GreenwichHospital.org OLD GREENWICH S Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 to 8 p.m. Ol d Gr e enw i ch Me r cha nt s Annual First Light event held on Sound Beave Ave. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, Santa at the Firehouse, St. Saviour’s Dance Group and treats at several of the locations throughout the village. BACKCOUNTRY S Friday, Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, 8th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Village, held at “The North Pole on North Street” (347 North St.) The cherished town tradition continues at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel. Free parking. BYRAM S Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Lebanon School Annual Holiday Boutique held at New Lebanon Elementary (25 Mead Ave.) Handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, candles, skin care, sweet treats, toys and much more will be sold. COS COB S Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. held at Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible St.) Bring your family and friends to celebrate the season together, hands-on crafts, and fun for all ages. Registration required. For more info, call 203-869-9242 or visit GECgreenwich.org Contents Community Calendar........................ 5 Editorial............................................ 6 On Faith......................................... 8,9 Jewels ........................................ B1 Sports ......................................... B4 Real Estate .................................... B6

Greenwich High School's Tyler Farris busts through the Staples High School defense during the Thanksgiving game at Cardinal Stadium. For most, Turkey Day is a time to sit back, rest and enjoy a heavy helping of food. This year, the players and coaches from the GHS football team had to wait a little longer than usual to celebrate Thanksgiving, but it certainly was worth the wait. Needing a victory to even have a hope for the CIAC class LL playoffs, GHS took to the Cardinal Stadium turf on Turkey Day and blitzed the Wreckers 37-10. After the hard-fought victory, the team headed back to the locker rooms still unsure of its playoff future. However with the losses from Cheshire High and Fairfield Prep on Turkey Day, the Cards jumped to the No. 8 spot in class LL, ensuring the team's first playoff appearance since the 2013 season. To read much more on the game, check out the sports section on B3. (John Ferris Robben photo)

Greenwich Fire Department Faces Staffing Burden

attempt to rescue the female occupant reported to be inside the single-family home. It wasn’t until three minutes later when the next truck showed up, giving the fire department enough personnel to properly address the situation and eventually put out the fire. The woman, whom f iref ighters promptly removed from the burning bu i ld i ng and t hen turned over to Greenwich Emergency Medical Services,

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

W hen t he Gre enw ich Fi re De pa r t ment s howe d up at a Cos Cob house fire in September, the two firefighters who staffed Engine 2—the first truck to arrive—had a split-second decision to make in a worst-case scenario. They could either fight the fire or

The six engines of the Greenwich Fire Department will now operate on three-person staffed engines as of Monday, Nov. 28. The staffing shift, the department says, poses major safety concerns. (contributed photo)

died later that day at Stamford Hospital. Firef ighters remained on scene for over three hours; they now say the incident provides a glimpse into the issue of the level of staffing at the fire

department. “We’re going to rescue the occupant,

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Osborn Home Care Expands Greenwich Presence By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Editor

to Greenwich and need a little bit of home care when they get home, so we fulfill that need. Seeing that need there, with just that small population of people that come out the nursing center, we decided to look into other avenues. “We went to other nursing centers and other senior living facilities, seeing what the need was,” Thomas added. “We had very warm reception and thought that it was a good idea to set up in Greenwich and really serve the community the right way.” During the ribbon-cutting event last weekend, Greenwich Selectman John Toner stopped by with a proclamation honoring Osborn Home Care. “To help the older generation stay at home is very important,” Toner said. “It helps them mentally and physically. I can foresee the day when I will need some help myself. So I welcome them into the community. They have actually been here for a number of months and have already started to work their way into the

T he town of Greenwich gave Osborn Home Care a warm reception last week during the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new office, located on 125 Mason Street. “It was very humbling and I was so happy to see the folks show up and support us the way they did,” said Michele Thomas, executive vice president of Osborn Home Care. Osborn Home Care, a non-profit corporation affiliated with The Osborn, located in Rye, N.Y., has been serving seniors for the past 20 years. Whether at their continuum-of-care community or at the homes of seniors throughout Westchester County, Osborn has been there for its community. Nearly two years ago, Osborn Home Care opened its doors in Fairfield County. Thomas quickly noticed they needed to set up an office in Greenwich. “That’s when we started seeking out a spot and we found the wonderful spot on Mason Street,” she said. “We started to hire local people to make sure we were represented locally. We have The Osborn in Rye, and with our skilled nursing center, a lot of our patients that are admitted in the skilled nursing center actually come from Greenwich Hospital. So a lot of those folks go back

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Michele Thomas, Executive Vice President of Osborn Home Care; Eileen Killeen, Vice President; Greenwich Selectman, John Toner; and Osborn President and Chief Executive Officer, Matt Anderson cut the ribbon at Osborn Home Care’s new office located at 125 Mason Street in Greenwich.

5 p.m. Greenwich Choral Society to Perform 'Holiday Brass' Concert By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

featuring music for chorus, brass, and harp in traditional Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. The pe r forma nc e s w i l l be held at Christ Church on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. and

The Gre enw ich Chor a l Society (GCS) has over 100 active singers from all walks of life. “I’ve enjoyed working with

J ust in time for the holiday s e a s on , t he Gr e enw i ch Chor a l So c i e t y w i l l b e putting on their December concert, titled “Holiday Brass,”

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