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DOWNTOWN S . 7t h Annua l Gre enw i ch Ho l id ay S t ro l l We ekend - Greenwich Avenue and Side Streets - Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. S . Annual Candle Light Open House at Putnam Cottage - Sunday, December 6 - Putnam Cottage (243 E. Putnam Ave) - 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Join us for a glimpse of Putnam Cottage/ Knapp’s Tavern as it was in the 1700’s Turn back the clock and experience a colonial Christmas in Greenwich. There will be revolutionary soldiers, colonial music, children’s crafts, holiday snacks and tours of the cottage led by costumed docents. The $5.00 per person entry fee goes towards the preservation of the Cottage. S . First Night of Chanukan Menorah Lighting, Choir and Rock Band - Sunday, December 6 - Chabad of Greenwich (75Mason Street) - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Greenwich’s Jewish Day School students, Chabad of Greenwich‘s Hebrew School students and c h i l d r en f r om Ch a b a d o f Greenwich’s Gan Preschool will perform at the outdoor Menorah Lighting on December 6 at 4:00 P.M. S . Auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” - Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich (4 Horseneck Lane) - Young people ages 6-18 are encouraged to audition. Participants must register to audition before December 9, 2015. For more information, contact Don Palmer, at (203) 869-3224. COS COB S . Toy s For To t s Dropof f Locations - Saturday, December 12 - Cos Cob Fire Station, 200 East Putnam Avenue, Cos Cob, CT from 10:00 A.M. – Noon & Banksville Community Center, 12 Banksville Road, Greenwich, CT from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. - Please bring your new unwrapped toys or a check made payable to “Toys for Tots” and help make Chr istmas possible for less fortunate children. OLDGREENWICH S . First Light Festival - Sound Beach Avenue & Arcadia Place - Saturday, December 5 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - The event will feature horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, in store magic shows, face painting and plenty of holiday cheer! BACK COUNTRY S . Gala Preview Party - Friday, December 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m - Round Hill Community Church (395 Round Hill Road) - Featuring music, festive drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a photo booth with Santa props, there will be plenty of opportunities to complete your holiday shopping. Tickets for the Gala Preview Party start at $50. Admission is free on Saturday. The Round Hill Community House is located at 397 Round Hill Road in Greenwich. For more information on Christmas on Round Hill or to purchase tickets to the Gala Preview Party, visit or call (203) 869-1091.

is markedly better than what he, a Democrat, inherited from his Republican predecessors. “We need to cut a little spending out of the budget,” he said, describing the money in question as “less than $200 million” out of a total budget of $20 billion. “The dire consequences that everybody talks about are not in play. The difference that we have to make [up] in our expenditures is actually relatively small.” The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association hosted Malloy as the latest installment in its weekly speaker series. It was the best attended event in recent RMA history, according to its president, Ralph Viggiano, who counted 297 in attendance. Malloy was at times feisty, if not combative. “I know this crowd,” he said. “Most of you are Republicans.” He quizzed them at several points throughout his address about his record compared to that of his two most immediate gubernatoria l predecessors, Republicans John Rowland and Jodi Rell.

“Which governor has had the smallest state workforce?” Malloy asked his audience. “Which has increased spend ing at a lower percentage, almost by 30 percent? Which governor has been in a position to close two prisons, have fewer people in prison, and had lower crime?” He paused after each question, until audience members finally responded “Malloy,” and then he added, “Right.” Malloy argued today’s executive workforce in state government is leaner than it was when he took over from Rell in 2011, and that state pensions are better funded, despite claims by Republicans and others that the state’s present economic troubles spring from too much spending, especially around ample pension plans for state employees who negot i at e cont r ac t s w it h legislators who depend on both their votes and financial support. “Good news is a lot harder to explain than bad news, because we’re

Governor Dannel Malloy speaks to the Greenwich RetiredMen’s Association

P. Malloy told a packed room at First Presbyterian Church in central GreenwichWednesday morning. While acknowledging a continued, protracted state budget impasse up in Hartford, Malloy nevertheless claimed Connecticut’s situation

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

D espite what you may be reading or hearing, the state of Connecticut is “doing relatively well,” Gov. Dannel

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Diana Sanderson’s Refugee Mission ‘We Go to Where the Kids Are’

With a ‘Resounding Mandate,’ Tesei Begins New Term

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

maintaining what we have here i n Gre enw i ch , a s i t i s a ve r y comfortable, pleasant place to live. I wouldn’t want to see anything change that.” Tesei’s inaugural speech also noted that this year marks the 375th anniversary of Greenwich’s founding, a legacy he described as built upon residents giving back to the community. “Greenwich’s enviable quality of life is directly related to our citizens who volunteer to serve in elected and appointed of f ices of loca l government, serve on not-for-profit boards that provide direct services to t he commun it y, and f a it h- based organizations that provide the foundation for spirituality,” Tesei said. “Greenwich ’s future will remain vibrant if this legacy of citizen service remains strong.” Tesei called his reelection “a resounding mandate to govern.” His win puts him in line to equal fellow Republican John Margenot’s record of f ive terms ser ved as Greenwich’s first selectman since the post became a professiona l position in the late 1970s. In listing goals for his new term, Tesei also spoke about working with schools and human-service agencies to counter the spread of illicit use of prescription drugs and painkillers, especially among the town’s younger residents. He also spoke of the role to play of the First Selectman’s Youth Commission, which Tesei began.

P eter Tesei was sworn in to begin his fifth term as first selectman Sunday, in a ceremony where he set his objective to “retain our beloved Greenwich as a premier residential community.” Te sei, who won re- elec t ion last month with the support of 74 percent of the electorate, declared a series of priorities for his new term, including additional staffing for the Greenwich Fire Department, a feasibility plan regarding improving G r e e n w i c h H i g h S c h o o l ’ s Cardinal Stadium, and a renewed commitment to publ ic-pr ivate partnerships. “I will continue to advocate for later school start times because it is a matter of the health and well- being of our young people and just makes sense,” said Tesei, the father of two elementary-school children. “Sleep is not overrated. If you get eight, you feel great.” The ceremony also witnessed the swearing-in of Tesei’s returning fe l low s e lec tmen, Republ ic an John Toner and Democrat Drew Marzullo. Toner starts his f irst full term in office after replacing fellow Republican David Theis, who passed away last December during his third term of office. Marzullo begins his fourth term. Asked what he pl ans to do with his new term, Toner echoes Tesei’s commitment to Greenwich’s present quality of life: “Basically,

Diana Sanderson addresses group of her peers at Young Life. Contributed Photo.

or people my own age. We weren’t around any family, so I didn’t have a big huge familial network to depend on. I was always bouncing back and forth between friend groups, and I never felt like I belonged. I felt like I was falling through the cracks.” As a sophomore, Sanderson began to seek guidance from mentors and older peers already involved in Young Life. After spending time at a Young Life camp in Virginia, Sanderson got more and more involved. That led her to Greenwich’s Young Life chapter and eventually around the world to help kids and teenagers who need a sense of direction, as she once did. “I became a volunteer leader in Young Life and decided to go full- time on their staff in Greenwich after college,” Sanderson said. “I’ve been work ing with students at Greenwich Country Day School and the Christ Church of Greenwich community. Across the board, I’ve had opportunities to be in contact with nearly every kid in Greenwich.” Sanderson now serves primarily as a camp leader in Europe, providing weeklong and weekend camps for kids in need. Of her seven years’ involvement in Young Life, four have been spent overseas in the European division; she lives both in Belgium and in Greenwich.

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Staff Reporter

O f the wave of refugees s e ek i ng s a fe t y f rom S y r i a , E g y p t , I r a q , Jordan and Lebanon, 51.1 percent are under age 17, and 38.5 percent are under 12, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Most of the children lack a home, school, and friends; many now lack families. Giving them a new foundation to build on is a daunting task, but for Young Life and Diana Sanderson, it’s a goal that involves reaching out and crossing boundaries of culture and faith. Sanderson, 33, has been connected with Young Life, a program designed to meet kids on their “turf” and give teenagers a platform to discuss issues of faith, for the majority of her life. Sanderson became a volunteer leader at Young Life in early 2005 in Greenwich and transitioned to Young Life International in 2011. Her journey started at the age of 15, when she suffered the loss of her mother to cancer and first attended a Young Life camp. “I grew up mov ing around,” Sanderson said. “I was a varsity athlete at a very young age, but I didn’t really fit in with the varsity athletes

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