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Sentinel Greenwich The Gre enwi ch Sent i ne l Founda t i on l DECEMBER 1 , 2017 $1 . 75 B y r a m B a n k s v i l l e C o s C o b D o w n t o w n G l e n v i l l e O l d G r e e n w i c h R i v e r s i d e

Superintendent Gildea Hard at Work, Listening By Richard Kaufman

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 from 4 to 4:45 p.m., in front of Town Hall. The event will feature a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Rudolf, a mechanica l Polar Bear, and Reindeer rides. The Greenwich High School Chamber Singers will perform, and there will be hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes. S Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 to 9 a.m. The Greenwich United Way Community Council will host the annual Legislative Breakfast at Town Hall. The breakfast will feature a dialogue with State Reps. Mike Bocchino, Livvy Floren, Fred Camillo, State Senator Scott Frantz and First Selectman, Peter Tesei. Call 203-869-2221 or email mroyes@greenwichunitedway. org to RSVP. BYRAM S New Lebanon Elementary School i s hos t i ng it s 5t h annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the gymnasium. The boutique features a great variety of vendors. The school PTA will provide chaperoned activities for kids. Miss Mindy’s Music will entertain kids of all ages with holiday music, instruments and dancing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and crafts, holiday movies and sweet treats from 12 to 4 p.m. CHICKAHOMINY S Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Greenwich Hospital is partnering with the American Red Cross to host their Holiday Mail for Heroes event. This year’s event will be held at the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop at 199 Hamilton Ave. Community members are welcome to come and create messages of thanks and cheer for our military members, veterans and their families. Santa will be there as well. For more information, contact 203- 863-3222. COS COB S Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Come have breakfast with Santa at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich. The price is $10 per child age three and up, and includes children’s crafts. Registration is required at gecgreenwich.org GREENWICH S The American Red Cross is always looking for prospective blood donors. Come donate on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at t he Gre enw ich Publ ic Sa fe t y Complex; Friday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenwich Town Hall; or Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. For more information on how to schedule an appointments, go to redcrossblood.org S Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 to 7 p.m. Step back in time at Putnam Cottage and celebrate colonial style! The Candlelight Open House at 243 E. Putnam Ave., will feature Revolutionary soldiers, colonial tavern music, hot cider, children’s crafts and guided tours. The cost is $5 per person, $20 for the family.

Gildea received her degree in English and Secondary Education from Bradley University. She earned her Masters, which dealt with the impact of early acquisition of socio- dynamics on literacy, from National Louis University, and her Doctorate fromNorthern Illinois University. Gildea taught english, reading and social science at the middle and high school levels for 10 years and then served in multiple administrative

roles before delving more into the curriculum world and becoming a superintendent for districts large and small for 10 years in her home state of Illinois. Her career in education now spans 29 years, and she finds herself in Greenwich as the new Superintendent of schools -- a position that has been somewhat of a revolving door over the last decade. Gildea said the first five months

in her new role have been a learning experience as she gets acclimated to the town and how the district operates. Most of all, she said, learning to listen more has helped her. "It's listening first, and taking that leadership sense. You have to listen and understand the context because different decisions may fit different places," she said. "It's important to Nature at its Best P hotographer Melissa Groo is coming home again and while Audubon Greenwich couldn’t be happier, it’s the general public that are the big winners. The award-winning Greenwich native has been taking photographs all over the world. And thanks to Groo, people don’t need to travel to her great lengths to see some amazing wildlife. Groo is tak ing her photos to Audubon Greenwich. Courtesy of sponsors Peter and Eaddo Kiernan, Groo’s photographs are currently on display inside Kiernan Hall and available for purchase at Audubon Greenwich throughout 2018. “I feel incredibly honored and pr i v i l e ged ,” s a i d Groo. “ I wa s approached by Audubon Greenwich because they wanted to have a long- term gallery of the work of an artist who they really admired and whose work they thought expressed the conversation ethos that they had.” On Dec. 2, there will be an opening reception, where the public is welcome to stop by, meet the photographer and enjoy viewing wildlife in its natural By Paul R. Silverfarb See GILDEA on Page 11

E ver since she was little, Dr. Jill Gildea knew she wanted to be involved in education. She developed an affinity for reading and doing research at a young age, and even played the role of librarian when her sister's friends would come over to play and she made them check books out with a library card.

A Turkey Day Delight for Big Red

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Greenwich High School running back Tysen Comizio busts through the Staples High School defense during Thursday's Turkey Day game against the Wreckers. Big Red finished off its undefeated regular season, and earned a top seed in the CIAC class LL postseason, by upending Staples 31-14. Comizio finished the game with 102 yards on 23 carries. In addition, quarterback Gavin Muir went 14-for-19 for 129 yards. Greenwich ended the regular season as the FCIAC's only undefeated team. On Tuesday, the Cardinals hosted Fairfield Prep in the class LL opener and came away with the victory. To read much more on that game, check out the sport section on page 13. (Paul Silverfarb photo) The Friends in Chardonnay Moms By Jane Kendall

“I thought she was hilarious,” said Eggers, who was juggling an advertising career with a husband and three kids. “She spoke to me about my Greenwich parenting life. At the time, I was drawing storyboards all the time and I knew I could do illustrations against her jokes.” Condon is a comedian who has performed at every seminal Manhattan comedy club; her TV credits include Last Comic Standing, The View and The Today Show and she is currently touring with The Ladies of Laughter (coming soon to a theater near you, if you’re lucky). Egger’s advertising background includes executive creative director positions at Saatchi & Saatchi, J. Walter Thompson, McCann Worldgroup and Revlon, over her years as a “MadWoman” spearheading award-winning campaigns. They started around the kitchen table, and for 12 years produced cartoon calendars and bi-weekly cartoons for The Greenwich Post. “We sold the most calendars at Diane’s Books!” exclaims Jane. “She’s been our guardian angel, our fairy godmother. She and her staff believe in supporting local authors. Or maybe she just thought we were funny. “Bobbi and I would work on the phone,” she continues, harkening back to the pre-Internet era. “Eventually we worked online but the most fun was working in each other’s kitchens. The kids, the husbands, the dogs, would walk through. I saw her kids grow up.” As for the impetus behind the book, Jane says, “We just wanted to give the best- of-the-best a happy home.” They began by spreading out “literally hundreds” of cartoons on Jane’s capacious dining room table. “We both had to like the cartoon for it to be selected, and they inspired us to do new cartoons.” Bobbi, who likes to say she was born with crayons in her hand, spent a solid

year re-drawing everything, segueing from pen and paper to the iPad Pro. “It changed my style dramatically and I am learning more and more as I go,” she says. “I love that it can look like paint or pencils or markers or watercolor at the touch of my magic pencil.” That being said, is this the end for Chardonnay Moms? Will there be more cartoons? “It’s hard to stop,” says Jane Condon. “The funny lives on in Greenwich.” Condon and Eggers will be signing Chardonnay Moms at Diane’s Books from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. The book is also available from their website www.chardonnaymoms or at Amazon. com.

Greenwich native and expert nature photographer Melissa Groo on location, capturing wildlife in their natural habitat. (contributed photo)

“F riendship,” said C. S. Lewis, “is born at the moment when one person looks at another and says, ‘What? You, too? I thought I was the only one.’” So it was with Jane Condon and Bobbi Eggers. They laughed, they clicked, and in a heartbeat formed a creative partnership that has lasted some 17 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Their newest offering is Chardonnay Moms, a self-published compilation of some 80 cartoons exploring, with wit and a gentle charm, all aspects of suburban life, from family and kids and in-laws, keeping up with those pesky Joneses and bringing the best snacks to soccer games, to that well-earned glass – or two – of Chardonnay at day’s end. They were introduced by a mutual friend, Lin Lavery, with whom both had worked on various projects. Lavery brought Eggers to Condon’s show in the Parish Hall of Christ Church. From left, Jane Condon and Bobbi Eggers pose with their new book, Chardonnay Moms. (contributed photo)

New Location, Same Enchantment

The Junior League's Enchanted Forest moved to Christ Church with the same holiday magic. Decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and wreaths kicked off the season beautifully as a true community event. Above is the house that won first prize for Best Holiday Theme, "Hoppy Holidays" submitted by a Greenwich Country Day School class. In addition, there were family events, a shopping event, and much more representing a lot of hard work by the Junior League. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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