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Sentinel Greenwich The Gre enwi ch Sent i ne l Founda t i on l NOVEMBER 17 , 2017 $1 . 75 B y r a m B a n k s v i l l e C o s C o b D o w n t o w n G l e n v i l l e O l d G r e e n w i c h R i v e r s i d e

BoE Holds Special Meeting on GHS Field Lighting By Richard Kaufman

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Thursday, Nov. 23, 12 to 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich will host its 20th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Greenwich senior citizens in the church’s Fellowship Hall. An RSVP is required by Nov. 16 to Edna Navarro at the church, at 203 869-8686. A shuttle provided by Lero’s Point to Point will serve guests residing at Agnes Morley and Quarry Knoll. S Saturday, Nov. 25, 9:30 a.m. The seventh annual Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Turkey Trot will be held, beginning and ending at the Arch Street Teen Center. The 1 Mile starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. All proceeds from the Turkey Trot will directly benefit the Greenwich Alliance for Educat ion’s prog rams that aim to foster educational success for Greenwich Public School students. For more information about the event, please call 203-340-2323 or visit greenwichalliance.org COS COB S G r e e n w i c h R e f o r m Synogogue is collecting non- per ishable food items for t hei r Thank sg iv i ng Food Drive. Items such as canned or packaged soup, canned vegetables, canned cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, mashed potato mi x, macaroni and cheese, and canned pie filling can be dropped off at the GRS office at 92 Orchard St., Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Nov. 19. GREENWICH S Through Saturday, Nov. 18. The Junior League of Greenwich will host its annual fundraiser, The Enchanted Forest, at a new location: Christ Church. The event will feature familiar activities such as gingerbread workshops, photos with Santa, Santa’s breakfast, and children’s ent er t a i nment . For more information and to purchase tickets, go to501auctions.com/ jlg S Sunday, Nov. 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Players from the Manhattanville College Lady Valiants will partner with the Panthers Girls Hockey Association for a free Learn to Play ice hockey clinic at Dorothy Hamill Rink. The clinic is open to all girls ages 8 and up. No skating experience is needed, but full hockey equipment, such as ice hockey helmet, pads, gloves, mouth guard and hockey stick, are required. Go to panthersgirlshockey.com for more information. S Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. The Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy inv ites t he communit y to attend its Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service, hosted by the Sholom Center for Interfaith Fellowship and Learning at 300 E. Putnam Ave. Clergy and choirs from many houses of worship in Greenwich will participate in song, scriptures and prayer. Refreshments and fellowship will follow, and a collection will be held for Neighbor to Neighbor. For more information, contact Alice Schoen at 203-542-7165 or alice.schoen@templesholom. com

practices in waning daylight. On Tuesday night, the Board of Education took the first step on what figures to be a long road ahead in addressing the problem during a special meeting at Central Middle School that featured public comment. After hearing the public speak on the issue for nearly an hour, the board held a discussion and voted in favor, 6-2-0, to authorize the initiation of litigation against neighbors of the high school, to modify an existing

F or years, the topic of lighting at Greenwich High School fields has been a hot button issue for the town, especially for the Board of Education. With the change in start times this fall and dismissal pushed back an hour later, debate has come to the forefront even more, as scores of student athletes and teams have been forced to find solutions for completing

The Greenwich Board of Education meets Tuesday night at Central Middle School to hold a public hearing and discuss the lighting issue at Greenwich High School's Cardinal Stadium. (Richard Kaufman photo)

judgment which was put in place in 2003 regarding the usage of lights at the property. No litigation can be initiated in this matter unless and until the Board

of Selectmen authorizes the same on behalf of the town. The Board of Estimate and Taxation will also be involved in the process, as the

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Greenwich Honors its Veterans By Richard Kaufman

L ast Saturday, on the 11th day in the 11th month during the 11th hour in unseasonably cold temperatures, the normally bustling Greenwich Avenue fell silent as the community came out to remember all those who have served, and continue to serve, in the United States armed forces. The Veterans Day Patriotic Walk began around 10:30 a.m., and proceeded down Greenwich Avenue to the World War II and Korean War memorials, located in front of the Havemeyer Building. The subsequent ceremony featured comments from American Legion Post 29 commander, Peter Lebeau, First Selectman Peter Tesei and state representative, Livvy Floren, who presented two local high school seniors with the American Legion Young Persons of the Year award. Edward Vick, a Vietnam veteran who lives in Old Greenwich, gave the keynote address. Following the ceremony, all veterans were invited to the Redmen's Home Associat ion for a luncheon and a performance from the USO Troop.

Greenwich held its annual Veterans Day Patriotic Walk Saturday down Greenwich Ave. Shortly after was a ceremony at the World War II and Korean War memorials, located across from the Senior Center. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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Greenwich Performing Arts to Perform at Radio City Music Hall By Emma Barhydt

Although they’ve only practiced for a total of 10 hours, Marceau feels that the group is very prepared, in now small part because of the wonderful instruction they’ve had. Frank Mastrone, the instructor for the group, has six broadway plays under his belt, and Jamie Keye, the accompanist and conductor, has been with the studio for nine years. There has been a lot of pressure, but everyone seems very excited about it. Fiona Reilly, the youngest of the group at nine-years-old, joined the studio in July. Reilly said that she is “super excited” and that she didn’t expect to get such an opportunity at only nine-years-old.

S ome of t he k ids f rom The Greenw ich Preforming Arts Studio have been given a unique opportunity, to preform before the Rockettes the opening night of Radio City Music Hall. Michelle Marceau, the owner of the studio, was called by Radio City and asked to select a group to preform to the 6,000 seat theatre. She had a good idea of just who to pick, and hand-selected the 10 boys and girls from her students, all of whom either studied at her studio in private voice lessons or musical theatre classes.

Caitlin Curtis, 17-years-old and the oldest in the group, has been with the studio since she was Frank Mastrone works with students at The Greenwich Performing Arts Studio Tuesday. (Emma Barhydt photo)

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Gildea Presents Her First Budget as Superintendent By Richard Kaufman

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school bell times. The budget currently does not include an accounting change issued by the town of Greenwich to transfer school related items, such as private school transportation, technology infrastructure, private school nursing and print shop operator adjustments, that were previously budgeted with the town. With the accounting changes included, the budget jumps up to $159.7 million, good for a 4.28 percent increase over last year's budget. "As we look at our strategic plan, we really built this [budget] on a principle of fiscal responsibility," Gildea said.

D r. Jill Gildea unveiled her first budget as Greenwich Public School superintendent last week during a presentation to the Board of Education. The 2018-2019 operating budget weighs in at $156.5 million and represents a 2.19 percent increase over the current year's total, and is within the Board of Estimate and Taxation overall guidelines. Gildea noted that the proposed ope r at i ng budge t repre s ent s a cont i nuat ion of level s er v ice s , maintains class size guidelines and existing programs and services, as well as maintains an allocation for new

The Greenwich High School girls' swimming and diving teamwere all smiles during the CIAC class LL championships. After the divers on Big Red dominated the class LL competition, placing four in the top five, it was the swimmer's turn to reach great heights. And that's exactly happened. At the end of the championships, it was Greenwich that came out on top, finishing with 828 points, nearly 300 points better than second-place Ridgefield. Holding the hardware, from left, are senior captains Kelly Montesi, Lillian Clisham, Julia Merrill and Catie McCarthy. To read more on the class LL finals, check out the sports section on page 13. (Paul Silverfarb photo)

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