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Greenwich Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Our Neighborhoods

DOWNTOWN S Tu e s d a y, Ma r c h 2 7, 6:30 p.m. Transpor tation C o m m i s s i o n e r J a m e s Redeker will speak at the Greenwich Transportation F o r u m . T h i s i s y o u r opportunity to present your suggestions and to voice your concerns about Greenwich and st ate t ranspor t at ion i s sues . The event i s f ree a nd open to t he publ ic . Fo r mo r e i n f o rma t i on , cont ac t 860 -240 -8700 or g r e e nw i c h d e l e g a t i o n@ housegop.ct.gov S Now through Wednesday, March 28. SPLURGE, along with Kids in Crisis and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County are collecting Easter baskets for children in need. Cellophane wrapped Easter baskets can be filled with items for chi ldren ages 2 to 17 and can include toys, journals, games, personal c a r e i t ems , g i f t c a r d s , packaged hea lt hy snacks and traditional Easter candy. Contact SPLURGE owner, Sonia Sotire Malloy, at 203- 869-7600 if your school or organization is interested in contributing. BACKCOUNTRY S Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join Audubon Greenwich to celebrate the beginning of spring with fun for the whole family! Plants and animals emerging from their winter slumber and the world around us display sights, sounds, smells and ot her amazing signs of Spring. There will be a puppet show, games, music, a scavenger hunt and more fun activities. $5 members, $8 non-members. Ages 2 and up. For more information or t o RSVP, cont ac t E l i Schaffer at 203-930-1349 or eschaffer@audubon.org BANKSVILLE S Saturday, March 24, 1 p.m. Hop on over to t he annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Banksville Community Hou s e . The e vent i s for ages 12 and under, and will feature a bake sale and an appearance by the Easter Bunny, who will arrive on a fire truck. There is no entry fee. For more information, go to thebch.org BYRAM S Saturday, March 24, 5 p.m. The New L e ba non School will hold the annual Spaghetti Dinner, its largest and most popular fundraiser of the year. There will be over 100 raffle prizes, class baskets and two grand prizes! Come and enjoy delicious dinner and dessert and win some amazing prizes! Tickets are $15 per adult, $5 for children 5 years and older, and free for children under 4 years of age. For more information, call 203-940-7421 or email Spaghettidinnernl@gmail. com RIVERSIDE S Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Greenwich invites the community to hear Jim Cameron, former memb e r o f t he CT Ra i l Commuter Council, speak on "CT ’s Transpor t at ion C r i s i s : Ta x e s , To l l s & Traffic." The 'Cocktails and Conversation' event wi l l take place at Riverside Yacht Club, 102 Club Rd. RSVP to eventsLWVG@gmail.com or 646-485-4292.

This was the scene at the 44th annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade sponsored by the Greenwich Hibernian Association. The Parade was led by Grand Marshal, Pat (Mary Patricia) Wilson. The Parade started when Detective Kyle O’Neill of the Greenwich Police Department blew the ceremonial whistle. His great-grandfather came from County Tyrone, Ireland and his great-grandmother was from Cork, Ireland. Troops representing the Irish Naval Service Reserve marched in the parade as well as bagpipe bands, marching bands and more than thirty community organizations, schools, police and fire departments and Irish Dance groups. To see more photos from the parade, see page B8. (John Ferris Robben photo)

Dear Winter,

An Open Letter

should not plant trees next to power lines or construct power lines near trees. Our daughter has become addicted to an app that predicts the possibility of a snow day and I wake many mornings to the sounds of our school alert system. “There will be a two- hour delay... There will be no busses today... And for you, mothers of three elementary aged school children, it will be a very long day.” I am 100% sure that this is just not working out. Over Christmas break, we headed to Vermont for a few days of skiing. It was -15 on the mountain to which my husband said, "Oh well, we will just need to wear ski masks.” He did. I, however, sat by the fire too afraid to go outside. Until I decided to get in my car and drive right past the mountain traveling anywhere south. Winter, you are cold and insensitive. Are you stalking me? And le t us not forge t about bombogenesis, a word I had never even heard before, and we are an i n formed f ami l y. The we at he r channel for us is what The Crown or The Bachelor are for others. And what a word. It carries such weight, sounds scary and makes me think of Armageddon. Is the end in sight? Introduce me to the finer things in life but not to bombogenesis. During the first Nor’easter, we were inv ited to a 60t h bir t hday

American comfort food and specialty beverages, served in a hip, yet inviting spot for patrons, proved to be a winning platform. In September 2016, the team opened its second eatery, El Segundo, also in SoNo, offering global street food culled from 28 countries, which Cortes described as, “Having a variety of gourmet food trucks together under one roof.” Now, t h r i l l e d t o b e op e n i n Greenwich (where the idea for the budding franchise first germinated), The Spread has quickly earned an impressive footprint as a hip, local venue, providing a great place to spend time with friends, right in the heart of town. “People were just waiting for the next place to open [after Barcelona closed], and since day one, we have hit the ground running,” said Cortes of the restaurant, which opened last December. “People come to The Spread to relax, enjoy great food and a really great night life as well,” said Cortes. “No one forgets a good time, and when this space became available, we just knew it was meant to be.” Earl Nemser, a long-time Greenwich dinner. The cheerful hosts reached out to us, yet I don’t remember how because our internet was down, to let us know that although they had no power, the dinner was on. I dressed in the dark. Arrived in the dark to a home lit by candles. It was cozy. “What’s that white stuff on your chin?” I was asked by one of the cheerful hosts. Hmm. Toothpaste. That’s nice. Somewhere midway through dinner, I made my way to the bathroom and instinctively f licked on the light switch. And to my amazement, the lights came on. I ran out quick ly wanting to share this incredible news, like I had found a cure for cancer or a lost engagement ring only to be met by my once cheerful hosts now long faced. "Shh. We got our power back hours ago. We just like to be in the dark.” Well, the light has been shed on our relationship and it’s not good. And speaking of light, we set our clocks ahead, losing a precious hour of sleep and I need my sleep. And now the darkness greets our morning and the only consolation is that it is still light at 7 PM when I like to change into my pajamas. It is so much more embarrassing to open the door to our postman, Pete, in my pajamas in daylight than in darkness. So, yoga pants, your shift just got longer. But I guess the truth of the matter is that I have met someone else. I am

By Icy Frantz

I hate to do this in a letter but truthfully, it feels mildly more acceptable than by text. The time has come for us to go our own separate ways. I know we have tried to make this work but I believe that the things that you want in life are at odds with what I am looking for... like warmer weather. What started of f wit h such sweet promise, at first slowly, and now abruptly, has come to a harsh end. I remember the early days of flannel and fleece and cozy evenings under a duvet by the fire, watching the first flakes fall which made my heart flutter like the excitement of an early kiss. What joy I found in the melting marshmallows atop my hot chocolate and in the promise of snowmen and toboggan rides under a starry night with a cool breeze nipping at my face. It ’s mid-Ma rch and we have spent the last four weeks pummeled by not one but four Nor’easters. March Madness has come to mean something altogether different from two teams tossing balls into hoops. There has been bitter cold, rain, and snow and gusty winds; and power outages, closed roads and downed trees. You have sparked a town wide debate about those trees and the only conclusion I can draw is that we

sure this doesn’t come as a complete shock. The signs were there. I had put away my boots and mittens and winter clothes and I am on another strict diet preparing for something new. I just wasn’t in it for the long haul and it’s been long. You don’t bring me f lowers but Spring does! And I welcome Spring into my embrace with giddy expectation. Brighter days, flip flops and manicured toes, picnics and bike rides fill my dreams. Oh, how I long for evenings on the back porch and the blooming of buds on crocus hill and the thawing of this arctic chill. I want to hear the sound of a bat hitting a baseball and the chirping of birds not the humming of generators and the scraping of plows. “Parting is such sweet sorrow.” Not really. Winter, we will meet again, but for now I am falling hard for Spring. With no regrets, well maybe a few, Signing off, Icy T wo years ago, Ashley Welde’s cancer diagnosis changed her life in a way she never could have imagined. However, courtesy of Cycle for Survival, Welde is doing her part to make sure that rare cancers are a thing of the past, one bike pedal at a time. Welde, along with her team, Red Riders from the ‘Hood, took part in the Cycle for Survival’s quest to beat rare cancers, on March 4 at Equinox Greenwich. “As someone that’s gone through it, you just want to do anything that you can to increase the number of options for people with rare cancers,” Welde said. “Cycle for Survival is the movement that focuses on all these rare cancers. So, just having the opportunity to be a part of saving lives and making it less scary for people who will be diagnosed in the Cycle for Survival By Paul Silverfarb

Local Hotspot Dishes Up Casual Dining and Dancing By Michelle Moskowitz

greeting patrons with friendly smiles, ser v ing up one of t heir specia lt y cocktails or tapas in hand. The two bartenders became very good friends, immersed themselves on the inner workings of the restaurant/bar scene, and created their own venture, along with Chris Hickey, Chris Rasile (also former, local bartenders) and Executive Chef Carlos Baez. In 2012, the team opened its first restaurant, The Spread, in Sout h Norwalk. Its select menu, comprised of

W hat was once home to the popular Barcelona Wine Bar has now evolved into a bustling new hotspot in town - The Spread - located at 18 West Putnam Avenue. For those who were regulars at Barcelona, Greenwich resident Sean Longyear and local Andrey ‘Drey’ Cortes, were the magic behind the bar during those crowd-pleasing years,

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