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OLD GREENWICH S . Sunday, Feb. 28, 4:00 p.m. Sunday Afternoons Live wraps up its 2016 season with ‘Scape Trio. Held in the First Congregational Church Auditorium, admission is $20 per person (school-aged youth free) and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at the door. This trio will perform some of the great masterworks for strings. It’s a not-to-be-missed concert! For more information about this program, call the church office at 203-637-1791 or visit the church’s website: www.fccog.org. S Saturday, Feb. 27, 5:00 p.m. First Church Youth Group Camps Out for Homelessness. The Youth Groups of the First Congregational C h u r c h o f G r e e nw i c h a r e suppor t ing Inspirica to f ight homelessness and to raise awareness of what life is like for those without a place to call home. The youth will be constructing their own shelter out of cardboard boxes and using methods to stay warm that the homeless use every winter. The FCCOG is located at 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich DOWNTOWN S Sunday, Feb. 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Put’s Ride – Revolutionary Days . Joi n us at t he Put nam Cot t age/Knapp’s Tavern and experience what life was like in Greenwich during the revolutionary wa r a nd c e l e b r a t e G e n e r a l Putnam’s Historic Ride. There will be a military encampment, tactical exercises, colonial life demonst rat ions, tours of t he Cottage and much more. $5 per person. All proceeds assist in the preservation of Putnam Cottage. S Friday, Mar. 4, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Taste the Towns. Greenwich Hospital’s original culinary event, formerly known as “Great Chefs,” has a fresh new vibe! Don’t miss out on this premier culinary affair designed to tantalize the taste buds and showcase the best of the best in local food and beverages. All proceeds will benefit the wellness programs of Community Health at Greenwich Hospital. Tickets $250 and up may be purchased online at giving.greenhosp.org/tastethetowns or by calling the Foundation Office at (203) 863-3865. S Wednesday, Mar. 2, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bowman Observatory Public Nights (weather permitting). Free. 180 East Elm Street. BACK COUNTRY S Saturday, Feb. 27, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join the Audubon as they survey great sanctuaries for over- wintering ducks, herons, hawks, shorebirds and other birds. Meet at the Read Sanctuary or ride from Audubon Center in carpool or van leaving at 7:20 a.m. Pre-registration is required with Ted at 203-930- 1353 or tgilman@audubon.org S Sunday, Feb. 28, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Join the Audubon of Greenwich for a cozy afternoon of storytelling and visit with some live animals as we sip delicious soup and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Pre-registration is required with Susan at sematthews@audubon.org COS COB S Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:00 a.m. Tax Help from AARP Foundation at all Greenwich libraries. No reservations. Sign-ups begin at 9:00 a.m. Please bring a photo I.D. along with all income information, any W-2’s and last year’s tax return. BYRAM S Saturday, Feb. 27, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CPR & AED in Spansh with GEMS. Become CPR & AED certified for free. Call Greenwich Emergenc y Med ica l Ser v ices (GEMS) to register 203-637-7505 x206. (limited to 18) Held in the Community Room of the Byram Shubert Library.

If you are unsure, advice from safety experts is not to open the door. Distraction burglaries often involve utility company impersonators, most recently from Aquarion Water Company. Official Aquarion employees will be dressed as in the photo below and showing proper identification at all times. The company is advising residents and business owners to refuse entrance unless they have a scheduled appointment.

but not before the woman was frightened and threatened to call the police. They were described as dark complexioned or olive-skinned men wearing gray pants, possibly with matching tops and bottoms. The GPD a sk s t hat anyone witnessing suspicious activity in their neighborhood to contact them at 203-622-8000. In response to recent utility imposters gaining access to homes, Aquarion Water Co. is advising residents and business owners to refuse entrance into their home or business unless they have a scheduled appointment and see a company-issued photo ID. “Aqua r ion Water Company employees follow strict protocols when entering customers’ homes and businesses, which include showing the customer an Aquarion photo ID,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO. “We also encourage any customer who is from $100 to $5,000. “Some donors gave twice, and we also brought in a lot of first-time donors as well. It was a very broad- based initiative. It means that the community listened, heard and understood the intent of the match, and it’s huge for the agencies we will able to fund with these dollars.” The United Way of Greenwich is responsible for creating or helping fund vital programs and services in the Greenwich community, including Kids in Crisis, the Commission on Aging, the YWCA Domestic Abuse Service, and the Transportation Association of Greenwich. “Just because t he cha l lenge was met, don’t stop giving,” said Greenwich United Way CEO David Rabin. “We appreciate the fact that people know it is still very, very important that the local residents and businesses continue to help the local needs that are on the rise. That’s what the Greenwich United

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

F o l l ow i n g a r e p o r t e d “distraction burglary” that took place on Arthur Street on last week, the Greenwich Police Depar tment and the Aquarion Wat er Company a re adv i s i ng residents to be on the lookout for scammers who t r y to pass themselves off as utility workers. According to Lt. Kraig Gray, a spokesman for GPD, a person p o s i n g a s a w a t e r c omp a ny representative was allowed access into a residence on Arthur Street at around noon last Thursday. The scammers produced some sort of identification and said they were checking the water pressure of the woman’s water meter. That’s when an “additional three suspects” were seen in her house. The fou r men l e f t w it hout causing harm or taking anything, T h e U n i t e d Wa y o f Greenwich announced Wednesday that it has met its goal of raising $75,000 in matching donations for a total of $150,000, to be given to the nonprofit organization and later spread to the community. Af ter the Tudor Foundation pledged to match every dollar up to $50,000, board members of the United Way pitched in to challenge the community to raise another $25,000. “We have indeed met the Tudor Challenge,” said Brook Urban, the United Way’s vice chair of fund development. “In addition to that, we have met the additional $25,000 that the board came forward with as an additional challenge. Ur b a n s a i d t he nonp r o f i t received generous gifts ranging

unsure or has concerns, to call our Customer Service Department.” Indoor utility work will only be completed by scheduling an appointment direc t ly with the water company; if a worker cannot produce identification, customers shouldn’t allow him entrance into their home or business, and should immediately contact the police. Distraction burglaries of ten involve a main suspect, often a phony utility worker, to distract the homeowner while accomplices steal valuables inside the house. Asking Way is all about.” Jim Boutelle, executive director of the Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), said that TAG, which provides transportation for the elderly, disabled individuals, and others, has benefitted greatly from the generous donations to the United Way of Greenwich over the years. “It’s a great way for people who are new donors to give the United Way $50 and have it make $100,” Boutelle said. “We don’t need thousand-dollar donors for this. If the United Way gets 500 $50 dollar donations, that goes a long way for meeting what they need to get to.” TAG was founded out of the United Way in 1984, and helps operate programs li ke Dia l-A- Ride and Safe Rides. Its annual and seasonal events include providing rides to the Senior Hea lth Fair and providing rides to the polls on Election Day. “The Tudor Foundation has been

to see proper credent i a l s and identification is not only reassuring, but it may save residents money if scammers come knocking. Aquarion Water Co. is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 51 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A n y o n e wh o h a s f u r t h e r questions or would like to confirm a scheduled appointment may contact Aquarion Customer Service at 203- 445-7310. generous to a number of non-profits in Greenwich, including TAG,” Boutelle said. “We get a generous donation from them every year, and every dollar that comes in is important.” In the Greenwich United Way’s first-ever challenge grant earned, it received donations via phone, mail and online. It is still accepting donations for its annual campaign, which ends on June 30, for what the new CEO calls the “reenergized and reinvigorated” UnitedWay. Greenwich native and Columbus Blue Jacket forward Cam Atkinson had a great homecoming Monday evening. Playing at the TD Garden in Boston, Atkinson’s Blue Jackets upended the Boston Bruins 6-4. In that game, Atkinson, picked up an assist to help out with the victory. Playing in Beantown is certainly nothing new to Atkinson, who played his collegiate hockey a short drive away at Boston College. As of press time, Atkinson has 19 goals and 19 assists on the season. (John Ferris Robben photo) “The Greenwich United Way is proud and honored to partner with the Tudor Foundation to address the many trending gaps where funding continues to fall short of meeting the needs of those in our town who need our help the most,” said United Way Board Chair Karen Keegan. “We are extremely grateful for the inspiring leadership and unprecedented call to action demonstrated by the Tudor Foundation.”

United Way Has Reason to Celebrate! By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

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