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Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eversource and the Town of Greenwich will host a free community-wide light bulb swap in the Town Hall Meeting Room at Town Hall. Greenwich residents, with identification, may bring up to five incandescent light bulbs in any condition and exchange them for new, energy- efficient Energy Star LED bulbs, free of charge while supplies last. BACKCOUNTRY S Monday, Dec. 18. Greenwich c a r toon i ng publ i sher s , AJ inc., will be selling Star Wars calendars to raise money for Abilis. The calendar features new comic drawings and original interpretations of characters from the Star Wars Universe. The calendars will be sold in two locations; Western Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., and Glenville School from 6:45 p.m., to 7:15 p.m. S T hu r s d a y, De c . 21, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Help the Greenwich Land Trust staff with mulching, labeling, and installing protection against sma l l a n i ma l s on hy b r i d American chestnut trees. Learn about the triumphant return of the American chestnut to Greenwich's forests. Meet across from 18 Burning Tree Road (street parking). Look for GLT sign to Duck Pond Hill Preserve. Email to sign- up. COS COB S Sunday, Dec. 17, 5 to 7 p.m. Costumed interpreters will lead candlelight tours through the decorated Bush-Holley House during a fun and festive free evening event that features an opportunity to meet Santa Claus. There will be live music, hot chocolate, seasonal treats and winter-themed crafts for kids. Tours begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center and take place every 15 minutes. OLD GREENWICH S Registration for winter indoor soccer at the Eastern Civic Center is now open. The winter clinics are co-ed for children ages four through 10. The curriculum will include skill work through drills and games. Sessions are offered either on Saturday afternoons or Monday/Wednesday evenings. Soccer starts on Jan. 6 for the Saturday program and Jan. 8/10 for the Monday/Wednesday program. Registration is available online only at soccerextreme. com. For more information, contact Soccer Extreme at 860- 355-1133.. PEMBERWICK S Thursday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a Roller Skating Party at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center. The session is for children in k indergarten through sixth grade. The cost to skate is $7 and includes the skate rental if needed (your own roller blades or skates may be worn). A parent or guardian must accompany children during the session. Ti cke t s c a n be pu rcha s ed For more information, call Frank Gabriele at the Civic Center 203- 532-1259, or go to greenwichct. org

Oh Snow Close for Big Red Football By Paul R. Silverfarb For the first time since 2007, the Greenwich High School football team took to the turf to compete in the CIAC class LL championship game. Although Big Red was within two points of the lead late in the contest, they were unable to break through, as Darien won the game 31-22. (John Ferris Robben photo)

programwas great.” After going 12-0, running wild on its regular- season schedule and blasting both Fairfield Prep and SouthWindsor in the state tournament, Big Red had a big task at hand in the championship game. The Cardinals came close on several occasions, but were unable to break through against two-time defending class LL champs Darien High School, falling 31-22 to the Blue Wave in the CIAC class LL championship game. “Halftime we were pretty positive and upbeat, but we just couldn’t score touchdowns when we got inside the red zone,” said Marinelli. “We were moving the ball on offense and kept on getting down there, but I just felt that if there was a penalty, it put us out of field goal range. We kept on fighting and fighting. We were right in it until the very end and we just fell short.”

Playing through a constant snowstorm at a packed Boyle Stadium, the Cardinals fell behind early but mounted a comeback that saw them trail Darien 24-22 with less than two minutes to play. However, a late Blue Wave touchdown put the game out of reach and ended Big Red’s 12-game winning streak and gave Darien its third-consecutive class LL title. “They are a great group of kids. This week of practice was probably the most fun,” said Marinelli. “They were loose and excited. I wish I could have done more in a game like this. We just couldn’t overcome early miscues and couldn’t put the ball in the end zone when we had to. All season we were converting on special team and I don’t think the weather helped, but we just couldn’t get out of that

A lthough the Greenwich High School football team didn’t come away with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class LL championship, they let the FCIAC, and the rest of the state know that football at GHS is back. “The senior class was 2-8 as freshmen and most of their friends went to prep school or somewhere else,” said Greenwich High head coach John Marinelli. “The message to them is that hard work pays off. Although we lost the game, the direction of the program and how we develop young men, on and off the field and in the classroom and community, we have come a long way. Unfortunately, this is probably going to hurt for them, but they should hold their heads up high because the way they represented the town and this

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Breaking Ground on New Leb. By Richard Kaufman

After a hard fought battle in Hartford to get state funding, State Legislators (Reps. Fred Camillo and Mike Bocchino and Sen. Scott Frantz in the foreground) and other leaders and members of the community came together to celebrate breaking ground at the site of the new New Lebanon School. (Richard Kaufman photo)

s p e a k e r s , a l l o f whom p l ay e d impor t ant role s i n helpi ng t he building come to fruition. "What a glorious day today is," said New Lebanon Building Committee Chair, Stephen Walko. "It is a day to truly be celebrated by the town, the state and particularly the community of Byram. It is a day to be excited about the possibilities that a new school building will bring to the town, and you the students." Wa l ko t hanked t he bu i ld i ng commit t e e , wh i ch ha s worked together on this project since June of 2015. He also thanked the state delegation that helped obtain funding, which included state Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36), state Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149), Michael Bocchino (R-150) and Fred Camillo (R-151). "We are so happy for you," Frantz said to the students, teachers and community members in attendance. The project will receive 80 percent

W ith white hard hats atop t hei r heads and broad smi le s on t hei r f ace s , students from New Lebanon School got a first look at the site of their future home during a groundbreaking ceremony last week behind the Byram Shubert Library. The ceremony capped off a long and arduous process that featured several stumbling blocks on the road towards a new New Lebanon School. Due to the historic budget impasse in Hartford, state funding for the project was put in jeopardy for several months. However, with perseverance and dedication, construction for the school officially began, as members of the state delegation and New Lebanon Building Committee ceremoniously plunged their shovels into the ground. The ceremony featured several

of its nearly $40 million price tag from the state. Frantz admitted that the process was daunting at times. " You wou l d no t be l i e ve t he shenanigans over the last four or five months. This funding package for the new New Lebanon School has fallen out of the budget at least four or five times," Frantz added. "At 2 a.m.,

you have to dig your way through a whole lot of papers and put Humpty Dumpty back up on the wall." Bocchino echoed those sentiments, and said that time and time again the delegation was told there were too many obstacles in the way. Standing in front of the crowd, Bocchino still

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Town Remembers Pearl Harbor With Annual Ceremony

First Selectman, Peter Tesei, spoke along with Vietnam veteran and Chair Emeritus of the United War Veterans Council of New York, Harvey Bagg. Greenwich Police Chief, James Heavey, State Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36), State Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149), Michael Bocchino (R- 150) and Fred Camillo (R-151) along with Selectman John Toner and Tax Collector-Elect Howard Richman, were also in attendance. On Dec. 7, 1941, a day which President Roosevelt claimed would live in infamy, 2,403 Americans

lost their lives and 1,178 were wounded when t he Imperia l Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the Pearl Harbor naval base in the Hawaii Territory. Subsequently, 162 Greenwich residents made the ultimate sacrifice after the United States enteredWorldWar II. "We d e e p l y hono r t he i r courage and sacrifice, and what happened on December 7, 1941, must always serve as a reminder at how vu lnerable we a re to foreign aggression when we are not prepared for war as was once

L a st Thu rsday, w it h t he f l a g po l e a t h a l f- s t a f f , members of the community gathered in front of Town Hall t o c ommemo r a t e t h e 76 t h anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony was led by Greenwich's American Legion Pos t 29 Comma nde r, Pe t e r LeBeau, and featured the posting of colors by the Byram Veterans Association Honor Guard and the playing of Taps by George Bennett. By Richard Kaufman

First Selectman Peter Tesei and members of the community gathered outside town hall to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Richard Kaufman photo)

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