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Sentinel Greenwich Bu i l d i ng a St rong Commun i t y Toge the r l FEBRUARY 3 , 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 Chasing the Dragon in Greenwich Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN

address this national epidemic, in which Greenwich is not immune," cautioned Sgt John Thorme, Community Impact Supervisor. At t he event , FBI Commun it y Outreach Specialist, Charles Grady was the keynote speaker. His presentation “Cha s i ng t he Dr a gon” pr ov i de d further insight to the drug epidemic in Connecticut. In addition to the presentation, panel members from the Greenwich community, including the Dept. of Social Services, the Greenwich Police Dept ., L iber at ion Prog r ams , and Communities 4 Action took questions from the audience. “The recently completed report by the Greenwich Department of Social Ser v ices and Liberation Programs on opioid use in Greenwich clearly indicates that opioid dependence and addiction is a serious public health problem t hat requ i res immed iate a t t e n t i o n f r om b o t h m e d i c a l professionals and Greenwich residents,” warned Dr. Alan Barry Commissioner of Social Services.

S Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Don’t let knee pain interfere with activities you enjoy. Or t hopaed ic a nd Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) will discuss common causes of knee pain and the latest operative and non-operative options to treat it. The lecture will take place in the Noble Auditorium at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling 203-863-4277 or online at greenwichhospital.org S Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Dr. James Sabetta, Director of Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at Greenwich Hospital, discusses "Tick Related Infections Seen in Connecticut." Learn about the ticks that carry infection, how to recognize symptoms and what to do if you’ve been bitten by a tick or think you may have been infected. This free presentation takes place in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd. To register, ca ll 203-863- 4277, 888-305-9253, or online at greenwichhospital.org/events S Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Dr. Lloyd Sederer will give a free talk based on his recent book, Improving Mental Health: Four Secrets in Plain Sight . Dr. Sederer will share essential insights with those in the field of mental health, social work, or medicine – as well as with those challenged with mental health issues and their loved ones who wish to make an immediate dif ference in t heir lives. The presentation, sponsored by NAMI Southwest CT, will take place at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd. For more information, visit namisouthwestct.org BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) staff for the Greenhouse & Garden Volunteer Session – an orientation on using the greenhouse facilities. Help with planting seeds and tending the garden. Held at the Greenwich Land Trust, 370 Round Hill Rd. Be sure to RSVP to sophie@gltrust.org COS COB S Monday, Feb. 13, 5 to 6 p.m. The Friends of the Cos Cob Library and At Home in Greenwich co-sponsor a webinar with Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal . Join them to celebrate 15 years of the Village Movement, changing the experience of aging. The program will be simulcast nationally with thousands of members participating in a virtual celebration and dialogue about living well. Register in person or by calling the library at 203-622- 6883. GLENVILLE S Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1 to 3 p.m. The Department of Parks and Recreation announces there will be a Roller Skating Party at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center. The session, ran by Sherry Klein, will be offered for children in kindergarten 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. Sign up at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Rd. For more information call Frank Gabriele at 203-532-1259, or visit greenwichct.org

By Jenny Byxbee

W it h about 120 people attending, it was standing room only on January 26 for the community forum "Chasing the Dragon" at Greenwich Town Hall. The forum addressed issues relating to the rapidly increasing concern over opioid addiction in our community. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Wilson Compton, "most of the heroin users now, their first opioid exposures are the prescription drugs. That’s true for at least 80 percent of today’s heroin addicts." In fact, between 2000 and 2014 the rates of deaths from prescription- opioid overdose nearly quadrupled. This is community event, which s o u g h t t o i n f o r m a n d e d u c a t e Greenwich residents, was made possible by The Greenwich Police Department, The Greenwich Department of Social Services, The First Selectman’s Youth Commission, Liberation Programs, and Communities 4 Action. "It is important for us to try to

Speaking at Town Hall, FBI Community Outreach Specialist, Charles Grady serves as moderator for a panel of law enforcement, medical professionals, and recovering addicts discussing opiods and opiod addiction.

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“Tee-off mini-golf is an unexpected juxtaposition of the library’s extensive collection of books, CD’s, DVD’s, the Flinn Gallery and more, and a whimsical sport, offering an engaging experience for the entire community,” said Barbara Ormerod- Glynn, director of Greenwich Library. “Our hope is that the event attracts regular library patrons and residents who may not have visited us in a long time, reinforcing that the library is truly the hub of the community.” The 18 holes were sponsored by businesses, schools, and organizations from the Greenwich community. I n a n i n t e r v i e w on F r i d a y on WGCH Radio, Nancy Klein, director of development for Greenwich Library, said the golf course was a large undertaking. “All three f loors are being used,” Klein told the Greenwich Sentinel Radio Hour program, “And Now This.” “Local businesses and schools have sponsored a hole. They’re here decorating their holes, F irst Selectman Peter Tesei presented his proposed budget for the town of Greenwich Monday evening to the Board of Estimation and Taxation. While the mill rate will increase sl ight ly under Tesei ’s budget , the plan represents a decrease in to Shrink Spending By Paul Silverfarb Proposed Budget See BUDGET on Page 12

Among the Bookshelves, Mini-Golfers Assemble By Rob Adams

E agles normally aren’t allowed at Greenwich Library, unless in book form. Yet on Friday night, eag les were permitted at the library, along with aces, bogeys, and some birdies as well. The library transformed itself into an 18-hole miniature golf course on Friday and Saturday. The event on Friday was an after hours evening for adults age 21 and above. For $25, players could enjoy adult beverages and appetizers while trying to conquer the course. On Saturday, the golf course was open to families who wanted to escape the winter blues with the warm thoughts of standing on a mini-golf course. Free hot chocolate was provided by Elton’s Cafe in the library. Bill Bogardus, along with his son Jackson take to the mini-golf course inside the Greenwich Library Saturday morning. (Asher Almonacy photo)

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