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J ulian Curtiss Elementary School in Greenwich is one of the many places that are lighting it up blue for AutismAwareness Month. While blue is the color of choice this month, there’s also going to be plenty of green at the school as well, courtesy of Meredith Gillam. Gillam, a fifth-grade special education teacher at Julian Curtiss School, came up with the design for special shirts that will be seen throughout the school this month. And the school, showing its true community spirit, responded to these shirts in a big way. All the teachers at Julian Curtiss wore the special T-shirts on Monday, World Autism Awareness Day. However, the shirts are far from a one-hit wonder. All the teachers will wear the T-shirts every Friday throughout the month of April, otherwise known as AutismAwareness Month. “We thought it was a really good cause because year-round at JC we try to teach awareness of diversity and acceptance,” Gillam said. “We have events like UN Day Parade, so we thought that this should be equally celebrated.” In addition to being the assistant principal at Julian Curtiss School, Brenda Brush also handles special education. She’s the administrator that’s in charge of running the meeting, she overseas the special education teachers at the school and also the programs for the students at the school. So for Brush to see the entire staff come together and support our students with different special needs was very touching. And it also showed her even more proof that the classroom teachers and specialists are certainly invested in the overall outcome for all the students at Julian Curtiss. Lighting it Up Blue (And Green) for AutismAwareness By Paul R. Silverfarb

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Sat u rday, Apr i l 7, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Come to the Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library for a panel discussion titled, “Plastics & Microplastics in our L.I. Sound.” The event will seek to raise awareness about our culture of disposable products, and how microplastics impact on our L.I. Sound water and habitat. Additionally, First Selectman Peter Tesei wi l l proclaim Earth Day. The event is free and open to the public. S Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. The YMCA of Greenwich will be holding a free Spring Break Swim Clinic for Special Needs children, ages 3 to 12, from April 9 to 12. The focus of the free clinic is to teach basic water safety and swimming concepts to children with special needs. For more information, contact Betsy Culeman at 203- 869-1630 ext. 306 or bculeman@ gwymca.org S Tuesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. Become a “Dementia Friend” by participating in a Dementia Friend Information Session at the Greenwich Senior Center and learn five key messages about dementia and what it’s like to live with it. To register, contact the Greenwich Commission on Aging at 203-862-5710. S A p r i l 1 6 t o M a y 2 7. Greenwich Track Club’s spring season begins on Monday, April 16. Sessions for grades K-8 will run for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays f rom 5- 6 p.m, and on Sundays from 9-10 a.m., at Havemeyer track. Any level runner is welcome. For registration information go to greenwichtrackclub.com, or email Director Bill Bogardus at info@greenwichtrackclub.com COS COB S Tuesday, April 10, 12 to 2 p.m. The Friends of the Cos Cob Library will be holding coding workshops. Your child will be introduced to the basics of computer programming t h r ou g h g ame s d e s i g ne d specifically for their age and skill level. They’ll learn about repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. The workshop for grades 4th to 6th will go from 12-1 p.m.; grades 2nd to 3rd from 1-2 p.m. For more information, contact Richard Campbell, rcampb9356@gmail. com GREENWICH S Saturday, April 14, 10 to 11: 30 a .m. Jo i n Audubon Greenwich for a free bird walk at Grass Island Park. With its combination of salt water harbor, lawns, thickets and woodland edge, Grass island provides habitat to an impressive variety of birds including ducks, herons, gulls, songbirds and raptors. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, or borrow one. All ages welcome. Contact Ted Gilman at 203-930- 1353 or tgilman@audubon.org to RSVP. OLD GREENWICH S Wednesday, Apr i l 11, 3 to 5 p.m. The Art Society of Greenw ich w i l l sponsor a demonstration titled, "Using Your Cell Phone Camera for Fine Art," at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. Instructor Lee Paine, a photographer and teacher, will share her techniques of bringing depth and beauty to cell phone images. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cell phones. The event is free and open to the public

Members of the Julian Curtiss Elementary School special education team pose for a photo with their Autism Awareness Month shirts, designed by fifth-grade special education teacher Meredith Gillam. In the back row from left is Kevin Sturzinger (Special Education Paraprofessional), Joy Carroll (Special Education Teacher), Meredith Gillam (Special Education Teacher), Liz DellaVolpe (Special Education Teacher), Brenda Brush (Assistant Principal) and Yaneli Avila (Speech and Language Pathologist). In the front row is Kate Napoletano (School Psychologist), Caroline Perez (Special Education Teacher) and Barbara All in the Family for Frano, GPD By Richard Kaufman

Re (Special Education Paraprofessional). (contributed photo) See AUTISM on Page 2

No. 115. He served in both the traffic and patrol divisions during his tenure and received numerous departmental commendations for excellent police work. On one occasion, while walking on patrol in Byram, John heard a call about an out-of-town gang that posed a threat to a group of local youth. After commandeering a vehicle, he caught up to the gang of about a dozen people, which was armed with bats, chains and knives, and single-handedly detained them until backup arrived. On another occasion, John put out a fire at the old Pickwick Arms on St. Patrick's Day in 1961. He also responded to a very significant gas explosion at the Two Door Restaurant in Chickahominy in the same year and received commendations for his heroic actions during Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Even though the two had never Patricia Calayag, medical doctor and director of obstetrics/gynecology. At Greenwich Hospita l, Ca layag specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology, both high- and low-risk pregnancies with special interest in fertility, laparoscopy and adolescent to menopausal medicine. For the second year in a row, the guest emcee for the night will be Jeff Glor, award-winning anchor of the CBS Evening News. A n d w h e n i t c o m e s t o entertainment, this year’s Under the Stars event will be something special. The headlining performer will be Greenwich native and country music star Caroline Jones. Keeping the good times rolling throughout the evening will be DJ April Larken and local cover band favorite The Short Bus. “We have taken it to t his f un concert level and we have been able to bring in lots of local talent this year,” said Ashley. “It’s a great opportunity to celebrate women, with Caroline Jones performing and DJ April Larken back ing her up. In addition, our committee of women are steadfast and tirelessly working with us every See FRANO on Page 2

F o r ma n y memb e r s o f t h e Greenwich Police Department, family ties to the job are extremely strong. And on a snowy, spring Monday at Town Hall, the department added yet another officer to the ranks who can say they've now followed in a relative's footsteps. Greenwich native, Steven Frano, was officially sworn in by First Selectman and Police Commissioner, Peter Tesei, in front of family and friends. Steven's grandfather, John Frano, worked as an officer with the GPD for 24 years and retired in the 1970's. John was born in New Jersey, moved to Greenwich as a youngster and attended New Lebanon School and Greenwich High School. He later enlisted in the Air Force where he saw action in Europe during World War II. After he was discharged in 1949, John joined the Greenwich Police Department and was given badge

New GPD officer Steven Frano with his wife, Kappy, and their daughters Chloe and Taylor (Richard Kaufman photo)

Hospital Prepping to Party Under the Stars By Paul R. Silverfarb

G reenwich Hospital is gearing up for its annual Under the Stars benefit and this year’s event on June 22 will certainly be something not to miss. “ It ’s r e a l l y e x c i t i ng a nd a n incredible opportunity to give back to our community hospital that really does so much for everybody’s needs,” said Stephanie Dunn Ashley, Director of Special Events. “From urgent care in the ED to starting a family and having access to nationally ranked pediatric specialists to surgery and long term care, there are so many needs that are met here. We are really lucky to have Greenwich Hospital in our neck of the woods.” The event, which is benefitting women’s and children’s health, will take place at Riverside Yacht Club starting at 7 p.m. It is the second year that the hospital is hosting the event as a concert-style format. “It’s fantastic to be able to co-chair the event,” said Jen Turano. “When we work so hard and so passionately on something and to see it all come to fruition on June 22, we feel a sense of pride and we feel honored to be a part of it. It’s a great feeling. We have so

A child gets helped out by one of the nurses at Greenwich Hospital during a recent visit. Greenwich Hospital will be hosting its annual Under the Stars benefit on June 22. (contributed photo)

to help support the cause.” Under the Stars will be honoring

much fun that night and couldn’t be happier that everybody comes together

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