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$250,000 toward the testing. The vote was convincing. different environmental services, such as site assessment, design and remediation. Brown noted t hat t he additiona l testings are expected to be completed in the report of results issued in the June-July timeframe. He also said that RTM Votes to Further Playing Field Testing By Richard Kaufman

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, April 22. Eversource a nd t he Town of Gre enw ich partner to host a light bulb swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Arch Street Teen Center, 100 Arch St. Greenwich residents, with identification, may bring up to five incandescent light bulbs in any condition and exchange them for new, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR LED bulbs, free of charge whi le supplies last. For more information call 203-622 6461, email amoch@greenwichct.org, or visit greenwichct.org S Jeff Ulrich will speak on “The Drought… Where Do We Go From Here?” at the next Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich (RMA) meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 11 a.m. How long will drought conditions last? What are the medium and long-term plans by Aquarion to ensure that sufficient quantities of water will be available for at least essential uses? Ulrich will discuss the short-term direction and long-term solution, and bring us up to date on the water situation in the Southwest Fairfield County Region. The program takes place at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 W. PutnamAve. For more information, visit greenwichrma.org or contact info@greenwichrma.org COS COB S Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 will hold “About Boating Safely.” Learn from the experts, have fun, and satisfy the educational requirements for both the Safe Boating Certificate a nd Ce r t i f i c a t e o f Pe r s ona l Watercraft Operations required to operate vessels on Connecticut waters. Held at the Greenwich Water Club, 49 River Rd. Before taking the course, one must first obtain a CT Conservation Number by logging into ct.wildlifelicense. com/internetsales BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join the Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) for a day of action at the Louise Mueller Preserve, 370 Round Hill Rd., to celebrate Earth Day! Volunteers of all ages are invited to come and learn about the environmental health of our community, and what they can do to make a positive impact. GLT members will be planting trees and flowers, seed starting, hosting demonstrations and experiencing a wildlife release. Lunch will be provided by Whole Foods Market. RSVP to sophie@gltrust.org with the number of adults and teens/ children that will be attending. OLD GREENWICH S Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. In honor of Earth Day, Perrot Memor ia l Libra r y present s a ta l k with Greenwich resident Thomas McQuillan, Director of Sustainability at Baldor Foods, one of the largest produce distributors in the northeast. At Baldor, McQuillan created an initiative called "SparCs" to reinvent the way people feel about unused food. McQuillan eliminated food waste from Baldor's facilities, and his revolutionary program has served as a template for other corporations across the country. Come hear about McQuillan's transformative work, and learn how you, too, can help eliminate food waste. Perrot Memorial Library is located at 90 Sound Beach Ave. More information can be found at perrotlibrary.org

“[Langan] had been performing testing around the fields around Western Middle School and were using operating funds,” said Josh Brown, chair of the Education Committee. “They unfortunately found chemicals that exceeded the state and federal limits. The EPA ordered additional testing to help identify the extent of what was initially identified.” Langan offers

A Hoppin' Good Time... P l a n s t o mo v e f o r w a r d w i t h a d d i t i o n a l t e s t i n g f o r t h e contaminated Western Midd le School fields took another step this past Monday night, as Representative Town Meeting members voted to appropriate

Combined with another item on the agenda, members voted 168-1-2. Prior to the vote, members of the Education, Finance and Land Use Committees spoke about their joint session on April 3 in which they voted on the issue as well. Each committee voted in favor, 12-0-0.

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ZAC Camp Works to Save Lives

Thursday’s ceremony was attended by U. S . Rep Jim Hime s (D- 4t h), Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey, Fire Chief Peter Siecienski, and state Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149th). “Water activities can be one of the most fun and memorable parts of childhood as long as they are safe,” said Himes. “It’s a great program and plays a vital role for families in our communities.” In total, ZAC Camps have taught more than 10,000 children and their fami lies t he impor tance of water safety. Wa l k e r s a i d t he r e a r e t h r e e component s to a day at a c amp: swimmi ng lessons wit h i n-water safety, as well as learning ways to keep others safe in the water, along with a classroom component, and meeting with a first responder group. That also meant getting to see some of the apparatus that first responders travel with. “I’m t he world ’s biggest k id ,” Wa l ker sa id of seei ng f i re t r uck ladders and more. The whole process meant a lot on many levels to the head man at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. “I was able to meet Brian and Karen Cohn my first year, back in 2015 (at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich),” Walker said. “When they told me how they got the camp started—first of all, your heart goes out to parents who have lost a child— but then you leave, not feeling sorry, you actually admire them.” Walker went on to say that the

By Rob Adams

L ocal officials and members of the community came together to attend the closing ceremonies of the ZAC Camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich last Thursday. More than 120 kids received medals for recognition of being trained in water safety. “I’ve got to tell you, it’s got to be one of t he coolest t h i ngs I’ve ever seen,” Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich Chief Executive Officer Bobby Walker, Jr. said. “Just in terms of what the program is, what it does, and more importantly, how it impacts the kids.” The ZAC Foundation was founded by Karen and Brian Cohn following t he drowni ng deat h of t hei r si x- yea r-old son Zacha r y. Ca l led an “accompl i shed sw immer” by h i s family, he died af ter his arm was trapped by the suction of a swimming pool drain. According to the ZAC Foundation website, t he mission is “work ing to ensure t hat never aga in wi l l a child suffer the same tragic fate. By finding new ways to communicate t h e me s s a g e s o f w a t e r s a f e t y, pioneering water safety standards, and creating a grassroots network throughout the country and world, The ZAC Foundation seeks to create a generational change in how water safety is viewed by parents and their children.” At t he Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, attendees took courses and met with f ire and police who stressed safety.

The Easter Bunny was in high demand Sunday morning, as Easter was observed throughout town. Above, the Easter Bunny was spending some time at the Christ Church Easter Egg Hunt in the Memorial Garden, as children searched for Easter eggs to help fill their baskets. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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'Shatterproof' Battles Addiction

painful to process his family’s tragedy and was unable to get out of bed those first few months after his son’s passing. But i n honor of h is son’s st r ugg le, he felt

empowered to do something that could help other families who were also shattered by the pain caused by addiction. As Mendell dove into the process of comprehensive research and much reflection, there were four startling facts that empowered him to take a stand and unfold the true epidemic that substance abuse disorders and addiction had become in this country. 1. Twenty-two million Americans are battling a substance abuse disorder, while almost 400 people die every day from the disease. 2. Nearly 8 out of 10 people who develop an addiction do so before their 18th birthday, while their brains are still developing. 3. Ev idence-based research on treatment programs does exist, but is not being properly implemented or regulated throughout communities, nor within the healthcare system. 4. The r e wa s no we l l-f unded , na t i ona l

By Michelle Moskowitz

O n Oct. 20, 2011, Gary Mendell received a harrowing phone call in the middle of the night, a call that every parent fears; a call that would change his life and that of his family forever. His loving son Brian was dead at 25. Brian, who had struggled with drug addiction for over eight years, weaving in and out of eight different treatment paths, had taken his own life. Even though he had been sober for some time, he revealed in the suicide note he left behind that it was the shame of addiction—and how hard it is to break free of it—that was just too much to bear. Today, every four minutes a parent loses a child to addiction. Today, overdose has become the number one cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing car accidents. Understandably, Mendell found it incredibly

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