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DOWNTOWN S . Friends Friday Films shows: 3 Godfathers (1948) - Art Double Feature Event on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 at 8 p.m., at Greenwich Library, 101West PutnamAvenue. Free. 203-622-7910 S . Greenwich High School Theater Arts presents: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Road. Also, DEC. 19 and 20. Patricia_cirigliano@greenwich.k12. S . Greenwich Library Star Wars Week: Gaming Day Star Wars Edition on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at 101 W. Putnam Avenue. S . Greenwich International Film Festival Complimentary Screening: A Christmas Story on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 from 1 to 3 p.m., at Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Avenue. S . 7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop THROUGH DECEMBER 24, at McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street. S . Traffic : There is currently pipe maintenance at the intersection of Bruce Park Ave. and Mason St. and Bruce Park Ave. and Davis Ave. To avoid traffic, travellers should drive on Museum Dr. and onto Steamboat Rd. BYRAM S . Curiosity Concerts presents Caroline Worra on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 at 2 p.m., at the Byram Schubert Library, 21 Mead Avenue All ages. Free. RSVP. GLENVILLE S . Strength and Courage Exercise Classes - for Breast Cancer Patients/Survivors onMONDAY, DECEMBER 21 at 12 p.m., at the BendheimWestern Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road. $10. S . Roller Skating Party on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the BendheimWestern Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road. Kindergarten- 6th grade. $7, including skate rental. 203-532-1259 COS COB S . Holiday Marionette Show on on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 at 1 and 3 p.m., at the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. S . Holiday Centerpiece Workshop onMONDAY, DECEMBER 21 at 10 a.m., at the Garden Education of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, Cos Cob. Members $90, non-members $110. 203-869-9242 S . Clay Cartooning with Debi Hamuka Falkenham on MONDAY, DECEMBER 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road. 203-869-6899, ext. 10 BACKCOUNTRY S . “A Time of Reflection” art exhibit THROUGH JANUARY 7, at Les Beaux Arts Gallery, 395 Round Hill Road.

Frantz Faults Democrats on Final Budget T h e s t a t e l e g i s l a t u r e approved a $20 billion budge t l a s t week i n a 15 in the state Senate and 75-65 in the state House with no Republican votes in favor, reduces corporate taxes over two years and eliminates $350 million in state spending. Malloy and other state leaders say the budget reflects a business-friendly, cost-conscious mindset in Hartford. Frantz argues the final budget package “doesn’t do much at all.” By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

Hall &Oates, Fogerty to Perform at Town Party Photo by John Ferris Robben taken fromTod’s Point Monday evening.

By Evan Triantafilidis Staff Reporter

He ad i ng t he s i x t h a nnua l Greenwich Town Party will be Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductees Daryl Hall and John Oates for the all-day family music festival planned for Saturday, May 28. Grammy award winners John Fogerty and Tedeschi Trucks Band will also perform. Roger Sherman Baldwin will once again play host to the 12-hour event. “Celebrating our sixth year, it’s simply wonderful that we can have a huge, day-long community event for the Town of Greenwich to come together, listen to music from award- winning artists, and enjoy every moment with family and friends,” sa id GTP Event Manager Scot Weicker. “Since the Greenwich Town Party Neighbor Tickets are coveted, they make terrific holiday gifts.” Held annually on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, the GTP brings multiple generations of Greenwich residents together to celebrate town pride and the spirit of giving through live music, local food favorites and family-fun activities.

party-line vote that a key Greenwich participant in the discussions calls “the same old game.” State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, deputy leader of the Republican minority whose district includes Stamford and New Canaan as well as his Greenwich hometown, credits Gov. Dannel Malloy and legislative Democrats for sitting down with Republicans at a special budget session earlier this month. Frantz went on to fault them for not taking up key structural issues Frantz believes will come back to haunt the state. “The whole idea of a special session was to come up with long- term structural fixes for the state of Connecticut, which continues to remain in a perpetual state of fiscal crisis,” says Frantz, who is also ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee. “We are always going to be in a cash-flow crunch, certainly for the foreseeable future.” The budget bill, which passed 20-

“All they’ve done was maybe reduce the level of the spending increase,” he says. “They put $63 million in hospital taxes in the norma l ses sion, on top of t he $550 million hospitals already pay annually. That will really hurt. So in the special session, they cut that $63 million down to $30 million. Do you call that a tax cut, or a mitigation of a horrendous tax in the first place? I would call that the latter.” Democrat ic House Spea ker Brendan Sharkey blasted Republicans after the budget vote. Taking to Facebook the morning after last week ’s vote, Sharkey posted the fol lowing: “Unfor tunately, the Republicans … took a page out of continued, see FRANTZ on Page 8

“ I t ’s a n o t h e r r ema r k a b l e headlining band for the Greenwich Town Party,” Weicker said. “For six straight years, we’ve had Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees performing at the Greenwich Town Party.” From the mid-1970’s to the mid- 1980’s, the Daryl Hall and John Oates scored six number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including continued, see GTP on Page 8

Toys for Tots Enjoys Strong Local Support

Photo by John Ferris Robben

By Chéye Roberson Reporter

part in spreading the word and gathering toys. “It’s more the volunteers that actually organized this, primarily, a nd t ha t ’s t he Co s Cob F i r e Dept.,” said Greenwich fire fighter Michael Wilson. The Greenwich Police Dept. played a significant role in spreading the word for the toy drive, even to towns outside of Greenwich. “Someone asked me, because I was a veteran of the Marine Corps, to see if I wanted to help out, and I did,” said Daniel Hendrie, a Greenwich police officer. “We put up posters. Tommy Keegan, who is a retired lieutenant with us, also still works

with the Silver Shield—that’s our union. He goes around and he does most of the legwork, pretty much. “We will put posters all over where we can in town, and I guess surrounding places like Port Chester, Stamford , to get t he word out to more people.” Online promotion was key as well. And I think social media has also put it out there,” said Hendrie. The resu lt s were t hat a few lonely donat ion tables became quickly crowded with gifts for kids whose parents can’t afford to buy Christmas presents. “People are usually really good

with this,” said Hendrie of people who showed up to donate. After the drive ended, the gifts were gathered and placed in the back of a seven-ton military vehicle stationed outside the firehouse. The truck traveled to both the Cos Cob and Banksville Community Center locations to pick up toys. The truck then goes to Stamford, and finally to Wallingford. “The seven-ton Marine Corps truck can hold a lot, and that thing is packed full just leaving Greenwich,” said Hendrie. “And they still have to go to Stamford to pick up their toys, too.”

I n just under a day, three foldout tables sitting at the ent rance of t he Cos Cob Firehouse became piled with toys donated from our community. Toys for Toys held toy drives at two locations in town on Saturday— at the Cos Cob Firehouse and the Banksville Community Center. The Toys for Tots Foundation, f ounded i n 1947 by t he U. S . Marine Corps Reserve, has long hosted drives and stocked and transported toy donations; but local volunteer organizations play a large

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