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C o s C o b D o w n t o w n Planting A Tree For Every Year, With Interest W hen the Greenwich Tree Cons er vanc y set a goal of planting set a goal of 370 trees planted, and achieved it, though the planting ran into 2011. This year, the record- making 449th tree was planted on Dec. 7, thanks to an unseasonably mild winter. “We definitely got a boost from the weather,” Messina added. By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor G l e n v i l l e O l d G r e e n w i c h

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DOWNTOWN S . The Greenwich Arts Council hosts opening reception for “Dog Days Of Winter - An Exhibit Of Art About Canines” on SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 from 3 to 5 p.m., at 299 Greenwich Avenue. GreenwichArtsCouncil.org S . Several town organizations sponsor “Safer Homes, Healthier Families: How to reduce exposure to flame retardants and other prevalent toxins” lecture, on TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Greenwich Library, 101 W. PutnamAvenue. Free. 917-658-0258 Abigailhlevy@gmail.com S . The Greenwich RetiredMen’s Association presents an address by independent TV researcher Janeen Bjork onWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 1W. Putnam Avenue. Free. GreenwichRMA.org S . Whole Foods Market Greenwich will donate 5% of sales to Kids in Crisis on THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store is located at 90 East Putnam Avenue. WholeFoodsMarket.com/Stores/ Greenwich BACKCOUNTRY S . Children’s author Melissa Guion, reads/signs book and leads art project on SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart Greenwich, 1177 King Street. RSVP. Open to the public. Mcleodm@cshct.org S . The YWCA of Greenwich and Round Hill Community Church host “Domestic Abuse Forum” on SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 at 11:30 a.m., at 395 Round Hill Road. 203-869-1091 RoundHillCommunityChurch.org S . Whitby School will hold an open house on SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 at 1 p.m., at 969 Lake Avenue. 203-869-8464 Info.whitbyschool.org/attend-an- open-house S . Winter Walk at Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary on SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 from 1 to 2 p.m., at Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road. $3 members, $5 S . Curiosity Concerts presents: Sonic Escape: “Echoing Voice: A Musical History of America” on SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 at 4 p.m., at BendheimWestern Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road. Free. CuriosityConcerts.org S . Abilis holds Services Fair & Open House on TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 50 Glenville Street. No appointments necessary. S . The Cos Cob Library’s Cloak and Dagger Book Club discusses Through the Evil Days on SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 at 1 p.m., at 5 Sinawoy Road. 203-622-6883 GreenwichLibrary.org S . The Garden Education Center of Greenwich offers Yoga Classes beginning onWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at 130 Bible Street. 203-869-9242 GECGreenwich.org RIVERSIDE S . The Riverside Association will hold its annual meeting on THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 from 7:30 to 8 p.m., at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 200 Riverside Avenue. RiversideAssociation.org non-members. 203-869-5272 Sematthews@audubon.org GLENVILLE 203-531-1880, ext. 100 Lemonious@abilis.us COS COB

375 trees in 2015, to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the town’s founding, it was an admittedly daunting task. “I thought it would be great if we could get close to that goal,” said Conservancy Executive Director JoAnn Messina. The Conservancy did not merely reach 375; they exceeded it. All in all, 449 trees were planted by the Conservancy on town property in 2015, by far the most ever planted by the non-profit agency, which col laborates wit h t he town on restocking trees on public land lost to attrition, blight, and storm damage. The year before, in 2014, the Conservancy planted 360 trees—at the time a milestone, given that 250 trees a year is the norm. For the 370th anniversary in 2010, the Conservancy

The Commemor a t i ve Tr e e Program also got an assist from the town Parks and Trees Division, which manages Greenwich’s tree stock on public lands. Typically, the Parks and Trees Division buys trees that the Conservancy pays to have planted, but this year, its manpower less taxed by other duties, it also planted “a fair amount,” according to town Parks and Trees Superintendent Bruce Spaman. Spaman is also Greenwich’s tree warden, a post every Connecticut municipality is required to maintain under state law. As tree warden, he collaborates with the Conservancy both on tree plantings on public land (some 2,000 acres are town- owned in all, including parks, school

Greenwich Tree Conservancy President Peter Malkin, state Rep. Livvy Floren, and GTC Vice President Cheryl Dunson at a recent tree planting in Bruce Park.

Spaman said. “They tend to help us monetarily, too. Basically, by paying the costs of planting trees, and leaving us the cost of purchasing continued, see TREES on Page 8

properties, and street verges) and on heightening appreciation for the role of trees in the community. “They bring an awareness that swells beyond what I can do alone,”

Leaving A Legacy of Success Dadakis Steps Away from RTC for Other Pursuits

associate member. First elected to the RTC in 1984, Dadakis quickly made himself a fixture in the local party’s leadership structure. He chaired the Greenwich campa ign for Ju lie Belaga, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, in 1986, and two years later, was doing the same for the party’s presidential candidate, and local son, George H. W. Bush. Dadakis describes his legacy on the RTC as a simple one: “Ultimately, I maintained Republican ideals, advanced Republican candidates, helped them raise money, and got them elected.” Even before he came to the RTC, or was old enough to vote, Dadakis was an active Republican. In 1970, at 14 years old and a Greenwich High freshman, he was working on the first U.S. Senate campaign of Lowell Weicker, then a Republican residing in Greenwich. “I used to drive around in a camper, and meet him at campaign events,” Dadakis says. “We got to be good friends.” It was for that reason the first gubernatorial campaign Dadakis oversaw as party chair, in 1990, became a “bittersweet” affair. Weicker was running for governor that year, but not as a Republican.

Edward Dadakis with Betsy Snyder and Julie Belaga in 1986

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

Dadakis, who currently represents District 1 on the RTC Executive Commit t e e a nd wa s t he RTC chairman for three terms from 1990- 95, says he wants to make room for “new blood.” “I ’m happy w it h t he RTC ,” Dadakis says. “I just think it’s time to move on, give other people a chance.” Dadakis emphasizes he is not usually followed with more tricks and threats made against their victims. “A lot of it is knowing how to say no to these scammers,” Lt. Gray said. A person’s soc ia l secur it y number is also a target when it comes to “robo-call” requests and phony e-mail documents. “They’ll use it to file a false claim [in your name] and receive your claim before you file. Then if your refund if already distributed, you’re going to have a hard time getting that money that is owed to you.” Along with suggesting that people keep themselves up to date with IRS guidelines, Gray offered several ways to prevent identity theft through IRS scammers: • U s i n g c y b e r - s a f e

leaving politics or party activity, but moving into a new arena. One critical piece of his Republican activities, representing Greenwich, Stamford, and New Canaan on the Republican State Cent ra l Commit tee, wi l l continue, as will his tenure on the Representative Town Meeting, which began in 1979. And Dadakis does plan to seek appointment as an RTC techniques year-round, such as protecting your identity online as much as you can and being aware of suspicious links. • Putting a security alert against your name. • Filing your taxes early so there is a smaller window of opportunity for criminals to take advantage of. • Keep in mind that while e-filing makes it easier for those filing taxes, it’s also easier for criminals to exploit. “If you’re going to file at the very end of the period, there’s a window there for that fa lse claim to be filed without you ever knowing about it,” Gray said. According to the IRS website,

W hen the Greenwich Re pub l i c a n Town Committee meets to select its new membership Monday, a candidate on the ballot since the days of the Reagan Administration will be absent: Edward Dadakis.

continued, see DADAKIS on Page 8

Police: The Season of IRS Scams

“Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.” The IRS will not call you to demand immediate payment, nor will they ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone. In add it ion to fake phone calls, the IRS says that clicking on attachments or links in an unsolicited e-mail claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS- related component such as EFTPS, could be harmful to your identity security and should be reported to the IRS.

By Evan Triantafilidis Staff Reporter

Wit h t a x season of f icia l ly b e g i n n i n g on J a n . 19 , t h e Internal Revenue Service and the Greenwich Police Department are hoping to make the public aware of possible scams that may sound authentic, but are actually attempts at identity theft. Lt. Kra ig Gray of the GPD descr ibes t he scams , usua l ly unsol icited phone ca l ls , as a “constant” nuisance, but adds that they are going to accelerate quickly in time for the tax season. C r i m i n a l s p o s i n g a s IRS of f i c i a l s w i l l of t en u s e sophisticated ways of configuring their caller ID to make it appear that someone from the IRS agency or a Washington D.C. area code is calling. A demand for money is

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