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Bruce Museum Is Planning to Expand M a r k i ng i t s f i r s t p l a n s t o expand in 24 years, the Bruce Museum is in line to receive an municipal improvement (MI) status is a proposed addition that would effectively become a new entrance and lobby to the museum, and would also expand handicap accessibility, increased gallery space, expand educational workshop space, create adequate storage for permanent collections, and create visitor amenities on par with other high-caliber museums. By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Monday, July 25, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. Hip Replacement Education held at Greenwich Hospital (5 Perryridge Rd.) Prepare yourself and your family or friends for your upcoming hip replacement surger y at Gr e enw i c h Ho s p i t a l . Ge t answers to any questions you may have either before or after your surgery, post-operative care and discharge planning. OLD GREENWICH S Saturday, July 23, 1 pm – 2:30 pm. Scratchboard Workshop he ld at Br uc e Mu s eum (1 Museum Dr.) Artist Francesca Anderson will lead families in this hands-on workshop while speaking about how she captures natural history in her illustrations of plants and wildlife. Families will have the opportunity create their own sketches and scratchboa rd d r aw i ng s i ns pi r ed by t he exhibition,which is on view unt i l Oc tober 30 t h, wh i le using taxidermy specimens from the Museum’s collection. This program, recommended for fami l ies wit h ch i ldren eight and up, i s f ree w it h admission and registration is required. Please register at http://scratchboardworkshop. eventbrite.com S Sunday, Ju ly 24, 1 pm – 4 pm. Electric Paris Family Day held at Bruce Museum (1 Museum Dr.) There will be fun family activities inspired by the museum’s current Electric Paris exhibition and a performance by special guests from Allegra Dance Greenwich sta r t i ng at 2:00 pm and continuing throughout the hour. This event is free with museum admission. COS COB S Sat urday, Ju ly 23, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Make a Solar Oven! held at Cos Cob Library (5 Sinawoy Rd.)The Staff of Cos Cob Library hosts Irum Khan who returns to present a program on Solar Ovens. You will learn about solar energy by designing your own and enjoying toasted smores! This program is intended for children in grades 3 through 7. Seating is limited to 25. Please call the Library at 203-622-6883 for more information. BACKCOUNTRY S Sunday, July 24, 10 am – 12 pm. All About Dragonf lies & Damselflies held at Greenwich Audubon (613 Riversville Rd,) Join Audubon field biologist Sean Graesser and learn about our local dragonfly and damselfly species. Start with a slide show indoors and then hit the trails in search of these magnificent, air- born predators whose lives begin underwater. $3 per member, $5 per non-member. Please RSVP to Gigi Lombardi at glombardi@ audubon.org or at 203-930-1351 S Thursday, July 28, 6 pm – 8 pm. Plein Air Art with Wine & Cheese at Greenwich Audubon (613 Riversville Rd.) Join Audubon Greenwich for an evening of plein air (or “open air”) art with American Contemporary Realist artist, Carol Lake. After, enjoy a wine and cheese reception. $20 per member, $25 per non-member. Please RSVP to Gigi Lombardi at glombardi@audubon.org or 203- 930-1351. BYRAM S Saturday, Ju ly 23. 10:30 am – 11: 3 0 am. Co ok i ng Demonstration: Pesto Party with Patricia held at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) Patricia Kanorski will show us how to make 5 different Pesto Sauces for Pasta. Cooking demonstrations are funded by the Friends of the Byram Shubert Library. S Wednesday, July 27. 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. R.E.A.D. to a dog at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) A nationwide program that brings trained dogs to hospitals, schools and libraries. The dogs are great listeners!

endorsement from the Board of Selectmen in its first of many steps toward an ambitious renovation and improvement. In its plans, t he Bruce intends to feature enhanced art and science workshops and classrooms, allowing the museum to double the number of programs offered and reach twice as many children. “We recognize the value and the tremendous legacy that the Bruce Museum has and the importance of its role in to this town going forward,” First Selectman Peter Tesei said onThursday. Also included in its request for

The Bruce Museum, which sits atop a hill on town property and overlooks Greenwich Harbor, is required to go through the zoning process just as any other property would. “The museum came to the town on a bequest from Robert Bruce,” said Bruce Cohen, representing lawyer and former member of the Board of Directors for the museum. “It was given to the town on a condition. The condition was that it be See BRUCE on Page 5

The Bruce Museum, which last expanded in 1992, announced its plans for a proposed expansion last week. (contributed photo)

A Bird’s Eye View... At the Byram Park Softball Field, a Nest With Three Fledgling Ospreys Sits on Top of a Bank of Lights

By Anne W. Semmes Sentinel Columnist

I t is no small thing to wrestle a bucket truck free from the town’s busy Tree Department, but on this past brilliant Tuesday I got the call: Come to Byram Park, the bucket truck is waiting. I was finally to see atop the osprey nest, perched 50 feet high on the ball field lights. This was the culmination of my duty of monitoring and reporting on this recovering species—the osprey— during its breeding season; I am one of more than 500 osprey nest stewards for Osprey Nation, a program devised by the Connecticut Audubon Society. For weeks I’ve tried from every vantage point with my binoculars to know how many eggs were laid and how many fledglings were there, without success. I could finally see a couple of little heads from time to time. The hope was that there’d be a healthy threesome in there. Now with the bucket lift, I would see for sure. Teddy Mammone, Park foreman and caretaker of Byram Beach, knew my plight. He’d offered to try to enlist See OSPREYS on Page 12

Three fledgling ospreys in their nest atop the lights at Bryram Field. (Anne W. Semmes photo)

Citizen-Led Initiative Aims to Wipe Out Graffiti By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter A citizen-led initiative to wipe out and clean up graffiti in parts of Greenwich was brought before the Board of Selectman on Thursday. Dawn Fortunato, a town Resident and RTM member of District 3, brought the proposal to Town Hall and was backed by state Rep. Fred Camillo and Bobby Walker, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. “It’s all over on the west side,” said Fortunato, a Chickahominy resident. “It’s also in Byram and in Old Greenwich.” First Selectman Peter Tesei described the graffiti around town as a “degradation of the landscape,” and praised the citizen- driven component of the initiative. “I think it will bring the community together and deter any further damage,” Fortunato said. The initiative, which will start its test drive in the Chickahominy neighborhood, will work with the Torch and Keystone Clubs of the Boys and Girls Club to restore what the written proposal calls vandalism. “I think it damages civic pride, encourages further criminal activity, devalues property and is intimidating to residents,” Fortunato said. “For some, it See GRAFFITI on Page 9

F riends, historians, and those who love the town came to Greenwich Point on Monday morning to for the unveiling of a plaque that commemorates the purchase of the land formerly known as Monakewago fromNative Americans. The plaque, installed on a boulder at Greenwich Point, was a gift from the Greenwich 375th Anniversary committees and includes a replication of the original deed for what is now part of Old Greenwich. The original purchase was made in 1640 by Robert and Elizabeth Feake and Captain Daniel Patrick, who had recently sailed to Greenwich from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The price was 25 coats, though it appears that only 11 were paid. Elizabeth bought Monakewago with her own money, and named it Elizabeth’s Neck—the present Greenwich Point. “This land purchase is considered by the state of Founders’ Day Honors Feake Purchase With Plaque By Rob Adams Sentinel Reporter

Selectman John Toner, President of the Greenwich Historical Society Davidde Strackbein, First Selectman Peter Tesei and Director of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Joseph Siciliano pose for a photo next to the plaque that commemorates the purchase of the land formerly known as Monakewago from Native Americans. (John Ferris Robben photo)

18, the date of the historic purchase. The plaque was a final piece of last year’s now-completed 375th celebration.

Connecticut, and the town of Greenwich, as the founding of Greenwich, Connecticut,” said Davidde Strackbein, chairman of the Greenwich Historical Society. Every year, the town celebrates Founders’ Day on July

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