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St. Louis Has His '26' Retired Greenwich Resident is First Bolts Player to Have His Number Raised to the Rafters

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, Jan. 21, 3:25 p.m. Girls Hockey Open House held at the Greenwich Skating Club (9 Cardinal Rd.) Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Girls! Do you want to play Girls Ice Hockey? Come out and give it a try! Meet and skate with NWHL player Shannon Doyle and her CTWhale Teammates. S Saturday, Jan. 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Neighbor to Neighbor presents “An Evening of Illusion” held at Greenwich Academy (200 N. Maple Ave.) The award-winning show comes back to Greenwich, w i t h 10 0% o f t he p r o c e e d s going to Neighbor to Neighbor – the non-prof it organization dedicated to serving residents in need throughout the Greenwich area. Packed with magic, comedy and audience participation, the performance is appropriate for adults and families. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at benzabin.com/live S Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 to 9 p.m. Burns Supper held at Knights of Columbus (37 W. Putnam Ave.) As Celtic cu lture af icionados prepare to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” they are getting ready to celebrate the 258th birthday of the song’s writer, Scottish nationa l poet Robert Burns. On or near Jan. 25 every year, the Scots celebrate the birthday of their beloved bard. Tickets are $65. Reserve tickets at BurnsSupperGreenwich2017. eventbrite.com S Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. GHS PTA hosts its annual SummerFare Camp Expo held at Greenwich High. SummerFare is an event for exhibitors to present materials and talk with public and private elementary, middle and high school students and t hei r pa rent s about summer programs, internships, and camp opportunities. The event is free and open to public. For more info., contact Summerfare@ghspta.org S Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Alerting High School Families to The New Culture of Hatred on College Campuses” held at Central Middle School (9 Indian Rock Ln.) Galvanize, a new grass roots group, aims to raise awareness of the growing problem of intolerance and anti-Semitism on college campuses. Panelists include current university students, a campus Hillel director, and a Southern Baptist minister and human rights activist. For more information, please contact Bryanna Kallman at kallman@optonline.net BYRAM S Saturday, Jan. 28, 4 to 7 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church to Hold Spaghetti Creole Dinner (286 Delavan Ave.) The cooks at St. Paul Lutheran Church are at it again! Join them for a Spaghetti Creole Supper. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children and include salad, serving of spaghetti creole, dessert, iced tea and coffee. “To- go” orders for $10 are available by calling 203-253-2327, packaged as a hot to-go container of only Spaghetti Creole. OLD GREENWICH S Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m. Perrot Libra r y welcomes back Al ice Scovell Coleman, a lecturer with the Learning to Look program, for another afternoon of art! This program will focus on portraiture, particularly the art of John Singer Sargent. After the presentation, children will create their own portrait on paper. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. For more information, visit perrotlibrary.org

By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Editor

I t’s only fitting that a man that had such a remarkable impact on the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, as well as the National Hockey League in general, gets honored in grand fashion. On Friday night, prior to the start of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Lightning honored Greenwich resident Martin St. Louis, one of the best players to lace up the skates, by having his name and sweater number sent up to the rafters. “It will be there forever, so it’s such a proud moment,” said St. Louis, in an exclusive interview with the Sentinel. “To have my wife and kids out there with me and seeing that go up to the rafters is something I will never forget.” This was no small pre-game ceremony at the Amalie Center in Tampa. St. Louis, who played 13 seasons with the Bolts before a trade that sent him to the New York Rangers for the final two years of his playing career, is the first Lightning player to have his number retired by the organization. With the Blue Jackets in town, it would only be fitting that current Columbus head coach and the former coach of the Bolts, John Tortorella, would speak about one of his top players. Tortorella said that St. Louis was so remarkable because he refused to take “no” for an answer when people said he was too short, not good enough, and only a fourth-line player. “This is probably, I guess, the end of the game here for him, with his number being retired here, but he will never leave the game because it’s such a great story

Greenwich resident and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis, looks on with his family as his number was sent up to the rafters of the Amalie Center in Tampa as part of the pre-game ceremony. (photo courtesy of Mike Carlson / Getty Images)

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With Help From a Timely Fundraiser, Safe Rides is Saved

By Rob Adams Sentinel Reporter

current Safe Rides president, and Chad Silver, another GHS graduate, helped organize the fundraiser. Negrea was a guest on WGCH Radio, and said that he received help from many key names in town. “We spent the past three weeks organizing this fundraiser,” Negrea said. “Mr. (Peter) Tesei, Mr. (Fred) Camillo, Scott Frantz, Beth Barhydt, Chief (Jim) Heavey—our guests of honor—were so gracious, despite the snow, to really pull through and come to this event. We had around 70 guests and we hit our mark for 30,000.” Negrea spoke about Safe Rides’ goal of getting teenagers home safely, with no questions asked. “Our goal is to reduce teen drinking and driving,” he said. “It’s not just for teens who drink. For example, what if

F riends of Safe Rides Greenwich assembled Saturday night in town with a single mission: to save Safe Rides. The popu la r program prov ides free, confidential transportation to teenagers on weekends. But the program, sponsored by Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG) and the Greenwich Safe Rides Board, was in danger of having to suspend operations due to a lack of funds. Peter Negrea, a Greenwich High School graduate, helped organize a fundraiser at 49 Byfield Lane that raised over $30,000 to keep Safe Rides alive for the balance of the current school year. GHS senior Julia Moch, who is the

Greenwich High School graduate and former Safe Rides president Peter Negrea speaks at the fundraiser that he helped organize to save the program. (John Ferris Robben photo)

your ride had a couple of drinks when they said they wouldn’t? Then you’re held to blame and left with bad choices, because of friends’ mistakes.” Negrea became aware of Safe Rides when he was a part of the first selectman’s youth commission a few years ago.

“We heard that the Red Cross was going to shut down the program,” he said. “When you’re left with a problem that big, these are your friends that you’re going to protect. So when I saw the

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O n Dec. 30, a fiercely divided state Supreme Court overturned the decision that freed Michael Skakel from prison three years ago. This means that Skakel will soon be back behind bars, since his conviction for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley has been reinstated. Right? Probably. But procedural issues surrounding the Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision have proved so knotty that nobody seems quite sure when, or even if, that will happen. Hubert Santos, Skakel’s attorney, has filed a motion asking for “reconsideration or re- argument” of the decision; if the motion is granted, Skakel could remain free until the court reconsiders the issues, and potentially reaches a different conclusion. But why would it do that? In all probability, it wouldn’t. Reconsideration requests are “almost never” granted in the first place, said Susann Gill, a recently retired prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted Skakel and handled the lion’s share of the appellate duties. What’s more, Santos does not appear to have offered a compelling reason for reconsideration. Decision Will Send Skakel Back to Prison. Or Will It? Analysis By Timothy Dumas Contributing Editor

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