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Sports | Page 10 Brunswick hockey building on last year's success.

News | Page 12 Choral Society

GIFT GUIDE! | Page B4 17 Fun gift ideas & day dreams for the holiday season.

Christmas Concert takes place at Christ Church.

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YWCA Names Mary Lee Kiernan as President, CEO

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 9 p.m. Winter Wonderland Live Auction and Dinner Party at Carriage House Motor Cars (25 Railroad Ave.) This year’s live auction has some incredible items including the 1973 Daytona Ferrari with the lowest milage in the world. Tickets available at adoptadog. org. Book your ticket and change the life of a shelter animal. Tickets $175 per person and $300 per couple. S Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Journalist and Author Somini S eng up t a t o s p e a k a t t he Greenwich Librar y (101 W. Putnam Ave.) Presented by Gr e enw i ch L i br a r y, I nd i a Cultural Center of Greenwich, and Veerni, Somini Sengupta, former New Delhi Bureau Chief for the New York Times and author will discuss shifting demographics in India and what it means for South Asia. Free and open to all. Limited seating, first come, first serve. Registration suggested at GreenwichLibrary. org. S Friday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Greenwich Senior Center’s Annual Christmas Party held at the Old Greenwich Civic Center (90 Harding Rd.) Great food, giveaways, live music, dancing, raffle basket, plus celebrity guest servers! Sign up ahead for TAG transportation. Contact Suzanne Testani at 203-826-6721. OLD GREENWICH S Saturday, Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 2016 Zumba Challenge benefitting St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital held at Old Greenwich Civic Center (90 Harding Rd.) Stay in good shape doing Zumba for the kids of St. Jude’s Research Hospital, with a two-hour non-stop cardio- muscular workout. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. $20 per person. S Saturday, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon. “Old Fashion” Dune Grass Planting held at Tod’s Point (Meet at 2nd Concession Dune) Join us as we plant the stalks of beach grass and bring the green back to the dune and berm! Commnity service hours can be acquired for participating high school students. 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. COS COB S Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Toys for Tots collection held at Cos Cob Firehouse (200 E. Putnam Ave) Join us in greeting U.S. Marines, Greenwich Police, Fi ref ighters and of course Santa! Please bring your new unwrapped toys or a check made payable to “Toys for Tots” and help make Christmas possible for our less fortunate children. S Friday, Dec. 16, 3:45 p.m. Annual Holiday Sing-Along held at Cos Cob Library (5 Sinawoy Rd.) Central Middle School’s Grand Central, a cappellasingers, led by Music Director Rebecca Lipschutz will lead us in a variety of holiday songs and will perform a few of their concert pieces. Contents Community Calendar..................... 2/5 Editorial............................................ 6 Business.......................................... 11 On Faith......................................... 8,9 Sports............................................. 12 Gift Guide....................................... B4

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Locally, Kiernan serves as an elected member of the Greenwich Board of Estimation and Taxation, where she is a caucus leader and member of the Budget Committee. “Gre enw ich i s a ver y v ibr a nt a nd spe c i a l community,” said Kiernan. “I think the YWCA has, through the years, been able to serve the entire community, from babies to seniors, in a variety of programs that improves their mind and fitness.” She is also a former board chair of the Greenwich United Way and co-chair of its community wide fundraising campaign. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut. Kiernan said it is her hope to advance the YWCA’s

T he YWCA Greenwich Board of Directors announced this week that Mary Lee Kiernan will become the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Her appointment by the board, following a national search, was approved due to her extensive experience in nonprofit and for-profit ventures, her proven commitment to women’s and racial justice issues, and her deep ties to the Greenwich community. She most recently served as chair of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) until June of this year. “I am thrilled to be here,” said Kiernan. “The YWCA is such a community gem. There is such talented staff and terrific programs and facilities here.”

Mary Lee Kiernan was named the Greenwich YWCA’s President and CEO by the Board of Directors last week. She currently serves on the Greenwich BET and resides in Greenwich with her husband Jack and two daughters. (contributed photo)

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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Greenwich brought in the holiday season in full force this week at both annual celebrations in Downtown and Old Greenwich. The eighth annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll took place on Greenwich Ave., complete with Santa, reindeer and tons of festive fun. Meanwhile in Old Greenwich, the First Light Festival event drew a huge crowd with plenty of local vendors spreading cheer down Sound Beach Avenue. (Above photo by Evan Triantafilidis, photo on left provided by Marsin Digital.)

Vote Audit Completes Election Cycle

Coffee with a Cop

law mandated that 10 percent of optical scan machines be tested. “We’re used to it because of the odds,” says DeCaro. Five groups of two people each (one Republican and one Democrat per table) sat and organized bundles of 25 ballots until there were 68 piles of recounted votes. Ballots were categorized as “undisputed” or “questionable.” The audit was able to determine that a handful of votes cast on Election Day were filled out incompletely or incorrectly. According to DeCaro, there wasn’t a significant enough ratio of errors for the registrar of voters to track down the votes. The 11 “questionable” votes were noted out of the bunch, their questionability most often due to failure to a voter’s follow instructions. “They could have made a check mark, drawn an ‘X’ through it, or may have not filled the oval completely,” said DeCaro. “We pulled those out as ballots that could have affected the total and possibly as ones that the machine did not count correctly.”

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

T he election season may be over for voters, but for local poll workers in Greenwich, an audit of votes from District 2 called for a hand-recount of 1,685 individual ballots, which took over four hours to complete. Five percent of statewide polling places that use optical scan machines are subject to audit, as prescribed by Connecticut law. Of the 747 polling places that used the optical scan machine on Election Day in the state, 38 primary and 31 alternative locations were randomly chosen for the audit, including Greenwich’s District 2 location at Town Hall. “We purposely wait more than two weeks so that the election has already been certified,” said Greenwich’s Republican registrar of voters, Fred DeCaro III. “The job of the audit is to ensure that the tabulator is reading the votes correctly.” Since the process started taking place in 2007, Greenwich has been chosen every year except one for an audit. Up until this year, the

Officer Tom Huestis and Sabrina Raquet outside of Coffee Café Roasters earlier this week. The Silver Shield Association hosted Coffee with a Cup as a way for the police officers to meet town residents. The police officers wore stickers offering “Free Hugs.” There were many takers. Submitted photo.

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