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DOWNTOWN S Sunday, March 20, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 42nd Annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Greenwich Hibernian Association is proud to sponsor t he 42ND Annua l Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. It is a march down one of the most famous streets in America, Greenwich Avenue. Rain or Shine. S Sunday, March 20, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Curiosity Concerts Presents The Woodwind Quintet Of The New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Presented in partnership with the Ashford Children’s Concert Series, Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life in Really Inventive Stuff ’s signature per formance feat ur i ng ac tor Michael Boudewyns. Guaranteed to engage and inspire imaginations of all ages. Free, but reservations required at CuriosityConcerts. Org. Held in Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library. S Tuesday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free Tax Preparation at Greenwich Library. All patrons are welcome to take advantage of this service, not just AARP eligible members. BACK COUNTRY S Wednesday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Pollinators for Landscapers at t he Audubon Greenwich. Join Dan Ja f fe, a Propagator from the New England Wild Flower Society to learn how to create beautiful, low maintenance gardens that act as ecological powerhouses in the landscape. Please visit the Audubon website for more info and to register. $66 for members, $80 for non-members. S Bruce Womens Golf Association kicks off the 2016 season looking for new members! The BWGA will kick off its season on April 12. For info, contact Isabella Toral at (917) 414- 2302 or at isabellatoral@hotmail. com Nine and eighteen holers are welcome. COS COB S Monday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Houseplant Re- potting Workshop at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich. Long winter mont hs, shor ter daylight hours and less humidity in your home result in weary, pot- bound, straggly houseplants. Time to renew and rejuvenate by dusting off, transplanting, and pruning! Registration required. For more info, call 203-869-9242 or visit GECGreenwich.Org S Wednesday, March 23, 11:45 a .m. t o 1: 0 0 p.m. Ca reg i ve r Circle: Personal Safety and Crime Prevention. Held at River House Adult Day Center, 125 River Road Extension in Cos Cob. Lunch will be provided. The Caregiver Circle is a free four-part series designed for non-professional care givers in the community. Contact Lynn at (203) 622-0079 to register. S Greenwich High School students are challenged to find the napping Cardinal! The napping Cardinal can be found around town at locations like Starbucks, Chicken Joe’s and Fleischer’s and prizes are awarded. Check GiveMeMyHourBack on Facebook and Instagram for details. BYRAM S Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Friends of the Byram Shubert Library “Book Donation Drop Off ” located behind the library and near the Fire station. Donations are tax deductible. OLD GREENWICH S Monday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Craft and Social Change in America lecture at the Bruce Museum. The lecture will discuss how the production of textiles allowed African-American and white women to renegotiate their place in the social fabric of the United States during the Civil War. Free for Bruce Museum members, $7 for non-members.


Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s Parade is Canelled due to Weather! See you next year.

Walko Takes Charge of Town Republicans

challenge for a man simultaneously overseeing plans for a major town project, the proposed $37 million r e bu i l d i ng o f New L e b a non Elementary School, but people who know Walko say handling both duties at the same time won’t phase him a bit. “ F o r t h e n o r ma l p e r s o n , possibly, but not for Steve,” said Michae l Bocch i no, t he 150 t h District state representative who s e r v e s on t he New L e b a non School Building Committee that Walko chairs. “He’s so driven, he understands how to keep his focus on the job in front of him.”

Another Greenwich Republican legislator in Hartford, state Senator Scott Frantz, recalled the two years he and Walko served together in the legislature, from 2013-15 while Walko held the 150th District seat. Walko, he said, is the right choice when it comes to “avoiding the trap of complacency.” “The main purpose of a town committee chair is to choose good candidates, and I know he will continue that tradition,” Frantz said. “He knows everyone. He knows the system at the local and state level, and he’s quite persuasive at getting candidates to run for office.”

Ed Dadakis, a past RTC chair who recently stepped away from the committee af ter more than 30 years, said Walko is the right person for the position for two reasons. “He’s a hard worker, and he’s easy to work with,” Dadakis said. “The combination of those two items will bring people together around him and contribute to the party’s success.” Walko also holds a full-time job as a lawyer at the Greenwich f i rm Ivey Ba rnum & O’Ma ra ,

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

I f past performance is any indicator of future success, Greenwich Republicans say Steve Walko will do a fantastic job chairing the Republican Town Committee. Elected last Wednesday by the RTC by a 34-22 vote, Walko takes charge as Greenwich Republicans prepare to hold three state House seats and a state Senate seat in what promises to be a contentious election year. A l l t hat mi ght s eem l i ke a

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Napping Cardinal Brings Awareness to Early School Start Time By Evan Triantafildis Staff Reporter

A local group supporting l a t e r s t a r t t ime s for Greenwich High School and other public schools in town has launched a wake-up call in the form of a participatory social-media campaign – just in time for Daylight Savings. Greenwich ’s own chapter of Start School Later, a non-profit organ i z at ion , i s prompt i ng a dialogue to explore the different reasons why teens need more sleep while inviting students to pose with the Cardinal – or at least someone dressed up like Greenwich High’s own Cardinal mascot. “There was a huge difference waking up this morning,” said GHS junior Akira Dunham. “It was really rough and it was still dark out. The first class of the day was rough, too. I feel tired and it was hard to stay awake during class.” Dunham, who is on the varsity

Cardinal Caption: Part of a social media campaign, students are challenged with finding the napping Cardinal around town and to post a photo with their reason why they need their hour of sleep back.

continued, see SCHOOL on Page 7

William Raveis to Sponsor Greenwich Cup Half Marathon

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The Hospital for Special Surgery’s Greenwich Cup kicks off its season with a new addition, a half-marathon and William Raveis’ Curt Wood, Margriet McGown and Ag i Zw ier z a re t he exclusive real estate sponsors. The Greenwich Cup is a series of nine multisport competitions that began 32 years ago by Mickey Yardis, owner of Greenwich-basedThreads and Treads. The half-marathon will be held on April 10 at Tod’s Point. This inaugural event will cover a 13.1-mile course that is designed to give the race very good times, with few hills. The USATF-certified course will wind its way through Old Greenwich and will begin and end at Tod’s Point “We are very pleased to be the real estate sponsors of the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Greenwich Cup series,” said Wood. “Mickey has done an amazing

job of building the Greenwich Cup into a premier multisport series. It is all about community. The community participates in the competitions and comes out to watch. This is a natural fit for us.” The Greenwich Cup begins April 10 and continues through the summer, concluding for the year in December with the annual Johnnie-O Jingle Jog. ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS Yardis started Threads and Treads back in 1979 and it has become one of the go-to destinations for high quality athletic apparel. Wood, a life-long Greenwich resident has been a licensed real estate broker in Greenwich since 1986. His mother, the late Dorothy Wood was a well-known real estate broker as well and began her career in 1961. continued,seeCUPonPage7

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