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Community Calendar........................ 5 Editorial............................................ 6 Faith................................................. 8 Business. ........................................ 12 Sports.............................................. 14 Health............................................. 16 Entertainment................................ 18 Real Estate...................................... B1 Contents S Saturday, October 1, 8 am to 12 pm. Autumn Songbird Walk, Bird Banding Demonstration, and Nature Play Explorations held at Audubon Center of Greenwich (613 Riversville Ro a d) S e a r c h f o r m i g r a t o r y songbirds with our experienced naturalists and learn about the bird banding techniques that help scientists track their populations and movements. Then, from 9:30 am to noon, children will join our naturalists as they play and discover nature using our Nature Play Trail. $5 per member, $7 per non-member, RSVP to greenwichcenter@audubon. org DOWNTOWN S Saturday, October 1, 7 pm to 10 pm. Pathway’s 35th Anniversary Benefit featuring Blue Jupiter held at the Greenwich Country Club (19 Doubling Rd.) This event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, the chance to participate in silent and live auctions and an A Capella performance from the group Blue Jupiter. Proceeds will support our work to house our clients and care for them through our case management and day programs. S Sunday, October 2, 10:00 am – 4 pm. Knights of Columbus Flea Market held at Island Beach Parking Lot (Arch St.) Held rain or shine, no same day registrations. $100 per booth. S Monday, October 3, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Free Blood Pressure Screening: Greenwich Hospital Staff at Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave) Free blood pressure screenings conducted by a registered nurse from Greenwich Hospital. No appointment necessary. COS COB S Saturday, October 1, 6 pm to 10 pm. The Undies Project at Neighbor to Neighbor’s inaugural fundraiser, Cocktails & Comedy held at First Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall (1 W. Putnam Ave) Cocktails & Comedy promises to be a fun filled evening of laughter. All funds raised will directly support The Undies Project at Neighbor to Neighbor and be used to purchase specific items for Neighbor to Neighbor families in need. S Saturday, October 1, 2 pm to 4 pm and Sunday, October 2, 10 am to 3 pm. Ninth Annual Dazzling Dahlia Show held at The Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible Street). The Garden Education Center of Greenwich is proud to sponsor the Greenwich Dahlia Society’s 9th annual Dahlia show. As always, this show promises the visitor a fabulous sea of exceptional blooms in an array of stunning colors and varieties by growers all over New England. BYRAM S Tuesday, October 4, 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm. Free Blood Pressure Screening: Greenwich Hospital Staff at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) Free blood pressure screenings conducted by a registered nurse from Greenwich Hospital. No appointment necessary. S Wednesday, October 5, 3 pm to 4 pm. R.E.A.D. to a dog at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) A nationwide program that brings trained dogs to hospitals, schools and libraries. Choose a book and get acquainted with a dog and its owner. The dogs are great listeners! S Thursday, October 6, 11 am to 11:30 am. Fiesta de los Cuentos held at Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave) Join us for a Spanish and English storytime. Toddlers and preschoolers sing songs, listen to stories and enjoy this bilingual program. No registration required. BACKCOUNTRY

as someone who is dedicated to being a member of this board, my feeling is very strongly that it is important to change that start time to later,” said Dr. Francis. “That doesn’t mean that I don’t think change is hard.” Fellow board member Peter Bernstein said that accepting the bell times with no flexibility and without knowledge of financial implications was “premature.” “We don’t know what the non-fiscal costs are nor what other work will need to be done this year in order to have this ready for the start of next year,” said Bernstein, who voted against the motion. While Bernstein said he is generally fine with the proposed times, he is disappointed that the middle school start time was not included in the change to

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

T he Board of Education voted in favor of implementing late start times for the district’s schools by a 5-3 vote in last week’s board meeting and public hearing. The decision will turn Greenwich High School’s start time from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. starting next September. Middle schools will start 15 minutes later at 8 a.m. while start times to early and late elementary schools could range from the current 8:15 a.m. start to a later 9 a.m. start. After three hours of public comment and board discussion, board member Dr. Gaetane Francis moved to implement changes for the next school year. “For me personally, as a physician and

Some parents and students around town were lobbying for quite awhile around later times.

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By Rob Adams Sentinel Reporter U .S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy visited Greenwich Point last Friday to press the need for federal laws to keep Long Island Sound healthy and to celebrate progress made by local fishermen and conservationists. The senators were fresh from a victory the previous day, when the U.S. Senate voted 95-3 to renew the federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), wh ich f unds clean water projec ts across the country and now includes Blumenthal and Murphy’s Long Island Restoration and Stewardship Act, a bill designed to safeguard Sound restoration programs through 2020. The WRDA still must pass the House of Representatives, but is not expected to face stiff opposition there. Senators Push Laws to Keep Sound Healthy

Going Wild in Greenwich

On Sunday, the Greenwich Polo Club was filled with parents and children of all ages, as the Greenwich Land Trust hosted its annual Go Wild! event. Hot air balloons filled the sky, as pony rides and a petting zoo were a huge hit on the ground. In addition, there was a rock climbing wall, a giant slide, field games and much more. A food and wine tent was also there to round out the day. The event was sponsored by Douglas Elliman and Serendipity. (Craig Jones photo)

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Town Takes Steps To Acquire Historic Cemetery

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Sitting front row in the meeting room were six descendants of people believed to be buried on the sacred ground of 29 Byram Shore Road. “A s d e s c e n d a n t s o f A f r i c a n Americans buried in the Byram African American cemetery, and as descendants of the Lyon family, our family applauds the effort of the town of Greenwich in wanting to preserve all three cemeteries,”

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

D uring last Thursday’s Board of Selectman meeting, a public hearing on the town’s acquisition of three contiguous cemeteries in western Greenwich—Byram Cemetery, the Lyon Cemetery, and the African-American Cemeter y—a l lowed for objections and public comment on the proposed acquisition.

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The Byram African American Cemetery Site in August 2014. Facing south from Byram Dock Street toward the house at 11 Byram Dock Street. (document study photo)

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