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Ready In the Event of Disaster By Richard Kaufman
LOCAL NEWS BRIEF S The Repre s ent at i ve Town Meet ing (RTM) unanimously approved a $1.9 million emergency a l locat ion for repa i rs to Cos Cob School (CCS) following a water leak that affected roughly 20,000 sq. ft. $1.75 million will be for response & reconstruction; $150,000 for transportation, ID’s, and traffic control; and $5,000 for instructional supplies. The money came f rom t he town’s capita l nonrecurring fund. K-2 graders have been relocated to Parkway School and Old Greenwich School. 3-5 graders moved to the third floor of CCS, which wasn’t impacted by the leak. CCS is expected to reopen in late December. S The RTM also voted to defeat the nomination of Richard Maitland, ef fec t ively oust i ng h im f rom the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission af ter 18 years of service. Maitland has acted as chair since 2016. Many who opposed the nomination argued that Maitland, and the Commission as a whole, favor developers rather than the neighborhoods and taxpayers. Maitland's term is set to expire on Oct. 31. The RTM voted 72 in favor of the nomination, 98 opposed with 12 abstentions. S Last week, the town issued an update on the initiative to improve the permit process at Town Hall. All permitting departments now accept payment by credit card; all permitting departments now have the option for scheduling appointments with staff from 8 a .m. to 4 p.m., a nd Town Administration is working with Department Heads to have unified public walk-in counter hours. For more information on the permit process improvement plan, go to greenwichct.gov. S Gre enw ich Publ ic S chool of f ic i a l s pre s ent ed t he 2018 enrollment report last week. Major findings include: The official PK- 12 enrollment for GPS is 9,113, an increase of 71 students from the prior year, and the fifth consecutive year of increased enrollment; the absolute number of students with High Needs factors increased this year, as well as the percentage of students; the district continues to become increasingly diverse. 38.1 percent of students are non- caucasian vs. 37.6 percent in 2017; Hamilton Ave., and New Leb., will continue to be cited by the State Department of Education as racially imbalanced in 2018-2019; GPS enrollment will increase for a sixth year and peak in ‘19-’20, then is estimated to return to an average of 8,912 over the next ten years; the ‘19-’20 projections reflect historical patterns enrollment and do not include potential redistribution due to the new New Leb. School. S The re i s s t i l l t ime t o ge t registered to vote. Online and mail-in registration end at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 30. You can register online at voterregistration.ct.gov if you have a CT DMV-issued driver’s license. You can also register in person wit h t he Registrars of Voters at Town Hall, but the same deadline applies: Oct. 30 during regular business hours. Someone whose eligibility to become a voter matures after Oct. 30 may appear in person to register at Town Hall before 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. A last resort: if you miss the Oct. 30 or Nov. 5 deadlines, Connecticut has Election Day Reg ist rat ion (EDR) ava i lable Nov. 6. However, to protect the integrity of the election process, EDR takes additional time, so plan to wait while they verif y your documentation. A voter who cannot vote in person between 6am and 8pm may get an Absentee Ballot Application and then receive an Absentee Ballot from the Town Clerk. Beginning Oct. 5, you may go to the Town Clerk’s office to fill out both the Application and the Ballot during their regular business hours.
a s a c o o r d i n a t o r f o r emergency management in 2005, and named director in August of 2007. "The town is fairly well positioned to handle most of the events that come our way. We've been doing this for quite some time, and we've got some very strong ideas on how to manage the situation, and not have the situation manage us," Warzoha said. "That's kind of the key to the game." I n t h e e v e n t o f a hurricane or a nor'easter, the town follows a flowing plan that essentially brings together every department in town to help respond to the storm. There is a plan recommended for residents to follow, as well. Wit h 96 hours to go before landfall of a major s t o rm, t he t own t a k e s inventory and maintains
a l l emergenc y response equ ipment, coord inates communicat ions across departments and agencies, and develops a staffing plan for the storm response. At this time, residents s h o u l d p r e p a r e a n eme r genc y k i t , r e v i ew hou s e ho l d eme r g e n c y plans, have a pet plan in place, and monitor the news for weather and possible evacuation information. At 72 hours, all shelters are identified and inspected, o v e r n i g h t s l e e p i n g arrangements for 24-hour staffing is opened, and the Eme r genc y Ope r at ions Cent e r (EOC), l o c a t ed at the Greenwich Police Department, is set-up. Residents are asked to unplug electrical appliances, t u r n o f f n a t u r a l g a s appliances, cover windows, protect and inventory all
valuables and fill up cars’ gas tanks. Inside t he EOC, two day s be fore t he s torm, representatives from the town's departments gather to monitor the weather and prepare resources. "When we 'r e i n ou r Eme r genc y Ope r at ions Center, it was best described by Ross Ogden from the Red Cross, who said it's more like a family sitting around a kitchen table trying to solve a family problem because everyone's invested in what goes on here. That's a simple way to look at it, but that's what happens," Warzoha said. One d ay b e f o r e t he storm, the town meets in the EOC every four hours and continues to leverage town resources. If conditions
W i t h hu r r i c a ne s e a s on i n t he At lantic set to run through Nov. 30, and another strong winter in the forecast, the town of Greenwich is well prepared to handle any storm that may develop. T h e E m e r g e n c y Management Department, run by former Greenwich Fire Depa r tment Chief, Dan Warzoha, coordinates the emergency response plans among t he town's first responders and other orga n i z at ions , l i ke t he Red Cross and Greenwich Hospital, that play key roles in responding to incidents of mass casualty, disaster or bioterrorism that may occur in or around Greenwich. Warzoha was appointed
B e n n i e Wa l l a c e a n d h i s orchestra is back and better than ever, as BackCountry Jazz will be helping people enjoy the fall season in grand fashion. On Saturday, St. Bede’s will open its doors to BackCountry Jazz, as Wallace’s organization starts its 11th season with a fall concert with his critically acclaimed band, Disorder at the Border. Wallace’s 10-piece band, Disorder at the Border, was formed in 2004 to celebrate t he 100t h bir t hday of Coleman Hawk i ns , who wa s considered the father of the jazz tenor saxophone. Ant hony Wi l son , a popu l a r Los Angeles guitarist, along with Wallace, wrote the music for the program. “Coleman Hawkins was famous for his recording of the Body and Soul,” Wallace said. “He recorded that in 1939 after being in Europe for four years. He was off the scene, came back and made this record and it became a jukebox hit. He never really played the melody literally. He started improvising off the melody right from the beginning. It was considered by many of the best to be the greatest jazz solo recorded at that time and it’s held up over the years.” Joining Wallace at the fall concert will be Herlin Riley, Godwin Louis, Donald Vega, Joe Magnarelli, Matt Dwonszyk, Carl Maraghi, Corey Wilcox, Melanie Charles and Wilson. The event at St. Bede’s, located at 270 Lake Avenue, will take place starting at 7 p.m., with the music kicking off at 7:30. Tickets for the event are $100. For $250, music fans not only get a ticket, but also a signed CD of the music being performed. In addition, patron tickets are also being sold. To get more information and to purchase tickets, visit Backcountryjazz.org. During 2004, Disorder at the Border played at the Chicago Jazz Festival, as well as the Berlin Jazz Festival. However, because Wilson was playing with Canadian pianist Diana Krall, he was unable to join Wallace and Disorder at the Border while touring. “He didn’t get to play many of the gigs with us because he was working with Diana Krall,” Wallace said. “But it’s going to be cool because he’s coming in from Los Angeles to play with us during Saturday’s concert and we’re putting that music together again, with a new band and some really great musicians and some young musicians as well. It’s going to be great.” In addition to Body and Soul, Disorder at the Border will be playing some ot her tunes t hat Hawk ins composed and made famous. “I’m playing with some of my favorite musicians and we’re taking a fresh look at this music,” said Wallace. “I’ve played bits and pieces BackCountry Jazz By Paul Silverfarb BackCountry Jazz’s Bennie Wallace belts out some tunes on his saxophone during a recent concert.
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Woolworth'sWisdom&Whimsy Greenwich Police Dept. Gives Reminders to Ensure a Safe Halloween: With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s important to remember some safety tips in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for all. The following tips were prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics and distributed by the Greenwich Police Department: All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant. Avoidmasks, which can obstruct vision. If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give themglow sticks. When buying Halloweenmakeup, make sure it is nontoxic, and always test it in a small area first. Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation. Have a safe, fun and happy Halloween! Above: Children dressed up in Banksville for their Halloween Party.
By Anne W. Semmes
J i l l Wo o lwo r t h , a ma r r i a g e a nd f am i l y t h e r a p i s t , who works of ten wit h her golden ret riever t herapy dog, Hank, at t he Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal, has created a playful and persuasive shorthand she calls “word pictures” to help us deal with our common concerns, and how best to relate with each other. It ’s a l l t he r e , 6 4 “Common Concerns” in her new book, “The Waterwheel.” “Play fulness pushes out a lot of toxicity or the potential for us to get dragged down by it,” is how Woolwor t h de scr ibe s her word picture approach. Take, for example, her “Grace S a ndw i c h e s ” e n t r y No . 3 0 . A drawing illustrates how to deliver a difficult message. The top and bottom sandwich slices of bread a re labeled “Af f irmat ion,” wit h “Ha rd Me s s age” a s t he f i l l i ng. What’s needed, Woolworth said, is to first affirm or appreciate the target person before delivering that dif f icult message, then “express your confidence that the person will do the right thing.” Woo lwor t h ’s word pi c t u r e s came to her through her 25 years of counseling and leading small g r oup s . “ Sw i s s Ch e e s e ” ( No . 13) represents the “holes of our huma n i t y t h r ou g h wh i c h we connect with each other.” “We all want to look like a block of cheddar,” said Woolworth. “But Sw i s s chee se of fers us c reat ive spaces to ma ke changes, to see ourselves differently. Word pictures a ren’t t hreaten i ng. They ’re not labels.” Woolworth organizes her word pic t u re s unde r t he c at egor ie s :
Jill Woolworth, author of The Waterwheel .
Self-Talk, Relationships, Difficult S i t u a t i on s , L o s s e s , Ma r r i a ge / Partnering and Parenting. She cho s e t he t i t l e o f “ The Waterwheel” as “a perfect image for the idea that we are all pouring ideas into one another, and being poured into.” A waterwheel traces back to her childhood living in a converted gristmill in Connecticut. She depicts her formative life as “a mosaic.” She believes, “There is no single path in our lives that we must ‘find,’” as she writes under “Mosaics & Seasons” (No. 7). Her path included years of overcoming a n e a t i ng d i s orde r, e a r n i ng a deg re e i n French L it er at u re ; a commercial banking career in New York City; marrying and moving to Greenwich, and hav ing three daughters while singing with the Gr a c e Not e s ; co -found i ng t he nonprofit Women of Vision Fairfield Count y, t hen get ting a master’s degree to become a marriage and family therapist. Woo lwor t h s ums up i n t he affirmative, “My life makes sense l o ok i n g b a c k wa r d s . S o ma ny people in their 20’s are so frantic about finding their calling, their pat h, t heir ca reer. The angst is unnecessar y as long as they are
engaged in something meaningful and productive. Ultimately it will all build on itself.” It wa s not unt i l Woolwor t h cleared her desk and took off for 18 months on a sabbatical to Stanford University with her husband, Rick, that she put her mind to gathering those word pictures into a book. At Stanford, she encountered just the right artist to illustrate those word pictures, a sophomore from Tennessee. “Wajih Chaudhry is one of the most hardworking, creative young man I’ve ever met. He would often c ome up w i t h i de a s I had no t thought of,” she said. With her book now out there, Wo o l w o r t h i s e x p e r i e n c i n g connections to her mosaic-styled life. “I have people who found me on the internet and felt they could trust me because I had a career in bank ing.” Anot her cou ld see working with her because she spoke French. “ O t h e r p e o p l e h a v e b e e n appreciative of my not-for-profit work , or t he f a c t t ha t I cou l d si ng ac apel l a . You never k now what is going to make people feel
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