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SPORTS SECTION S It was a great winter for our a t h l e t e s . Ca t ch up w it h t he Sentinel Winter Season Wrap Up. LIVING SECTION S Belle Haven Spotlight Home. L1 S Batman vs. Superman Movie Review . A film for those who like a good dose of the evil Lex Luthor, DC comic lore, and Zack Snyder’s S Local Legend : The Homestead & Thomas Henkelmann. Nestled on nearly three acres in Belle Haven is one of the world’s best French restaurants & boutique hotels. L4 S Emily Ragsdale writes about the Garden Education Center. While preparing for the 54th annual Gardeners’ Market, Emily looks back at a rich tradition. L4 S Local Authors Book Nook : A trip to India was an awakening and inspiration to write for this GHS sophomore. L5 S Local Legend : How Peggy’s Cuts Stays Fresh After 26 Years. L5 S Lee Prince : Volunteer & dedicated agent. L5 S Three “must have” estate planning documents are a liv ing will, a health care proxy, and a durable power of attorney. L5 S WhyWe Love Belle Haven. L6. S Understanding Alzheimers & Dementia . L5 MAIN SECTION S Turn on the television, sit back and be prepared to be assaulted by a cont i nuous s t ream of uncivil discourse. 6 S Column by Edward Dadakis. Greenwich Gets New Political Leaders: Walko, Ramer. 7 S Co lumn by Bi l l Fi nge r. Principle and Country, or the Down Escalator? 6 STORIES S Prom Project Unites Girls with Perfect Dresses. Greenwich High School’s Former Attire Club, in collaboration with Neighbor to Neighbor, helped fellow students by giving away free prom dresses. 2 S DTC Elects Ramer Chair, Salutes Farricker. The Democratic Town Commit tee last week elec ted Jeffrey Ramer its chair in a close but amicable contest dominated by expressions of gratitude for their departing chair. 2 S Our Neighborhoods has moved! What’s happening in yours. 3 S Events & deadlines calendar. 5 S Obituaries: Tina Appleton Bishop and James John Uhl. 7 S Schedule of worship services. 9 S Author Mary Karr Talks ‘Courage and Faith’ at Christ Church . The award-winning New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr held nothing back as she shared the story during the Courage and Faith series at Christ Church. 9 S Column by Mitchell Hurvitz. On Keeping the Heavens Aloft. 9 S JACKDog Tackles Obedience Training, One Dog at a Time 10 S Column By Julia Chiappetta. Are Artificial Sweeteners Making us Sick? 11 S Huffington to Speak at Sole Sisters Luncheon 11 S Column By Christopher Sahler Is Regenerat ive Med ic i ne t he Answer to Your Chronic Pain? 11 S Land Mine-Detecting Dog to Visit Greenwich Students. 12 S BET Committee Begins Review of Nathaniel Witherell 12 S Stock chart of local companies. 12 S Bruce Park Safe from Drilling as Eversource Proposes New Route. 13 S Crew Restaurant: Out of the Way, but Worth the Detour. 13 dark yet brilliant touch. L2 S Listing of local movies . L2

This was the scene at Christ Church on Sunday morning. Children, supported by the girls choir, sang The Angel Rolled The Stone Away. With 955 people in attendance at the 9 a.m. service and 900 at the 11 a.m. service, this was a significant increase over last year, which was a surprise to many given the private school vacation schedule. (see page 8) Cardinal Stadium Improvements Draw Support Despite Budget Cut C oncerns over Greenwich High School’s aging Cardinal Stadium have not only Greenwich’s student- athletes, but the town as a whole. high school that is Greenwich High School,” said Bulkley. “Cardinal Stadium needs to have real bathrooms instead of porta-potties, locker rooms for both home and away teams to get dressed and meet, new, safer stands, and a bigger press box to allow more media the ability to better cover all of the sports that play there properly.” among youth and school teams for needed upgrades, and he doesn’t rule out a project to help raise funds for a renovated Cardinal Stadium. “Thestadiumisanembarrassment to the town,” said Cabrera. “For a first-class town to have a third-rate stadium and with the amount of youth sports that use the stadium, it’s just unacceptable as far as we’re concerned. By Evan Triantafildis Sentinel Reporter

“I think it’s really important that we have sports facilities that we can be proud of, and that work for all of our athletes,” said Camillo. “Greenwich has some catching up to do in this category, but there is real energy and thought behind this endeavor, and I am confident we will start to see first rate fields and venues in the near future.” Sitting just off Route 1, the 40-year-old Cardinal Stadium hosts hundreds of games and practices for football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and track and field during the fall and spring seasons. A former GHS lacrosse coach of six years, Scott Bulkley, who now coaches for Newtown High School, says he hopes to see upgrades made to his former stomping grounds. “It is very outdated and does not properly reflect the fantastic community, student athletes and Skoufalos objected to the issue of the incomplete application being continually raised. “It’s getting a little too much for me,” he said. “We have to focus on the wetlands issues. We understand the application is to date incomplete.” Other opponents argued that part of the site along 345 West Putnam Avenue, occupied since 1927 by Post Road Iron Works, was found to have contaminants, and that no construction should be allowed without remediation first taking place. “Lead, cadmium, and chromium 6 are among the chemicals used in metal processing,” Valerie Stauffer, a District 7 Representative Town Meeting member, told the agency. “After 90 years of Post Road Iron Works in operation, I would guess the soil in the five acres slated for development probably contains a majority of these bad-actor chemicals.” A neighbor of the site, Mike Covney, brought a tape recorder so the agency could hear from “those who will be most affected by the development”—sounds of a vernal pool at night in which the croaking of tree frogs and other creatures was audible. The pool, while off- site, is part of an area around the property that opponents say would be impacted by blasting and soil removal. The agency announced that they have hired a licensed environmental

been raised in the past two annual Board of Estimate and Taxation budget meetings and in many more Board of Education meetings, but a $40,000 feasibility study on a potentially new and renovated stadium was once again cut out of the town budget. Inwhat is now quite literally a turf battle over home field advantage for GHS athletics, student-athletes and advocates for a renovated stadium will have to wait at least another year for improvements they see as the inevitable. Testifying in favor of a joint public/private partnership at last week’s BET budget meeting, State Rep. Fred Camillo said that an upgraded sports venue would benefit

While the actual playing surface is due for an upgrade this summer, Jim Cabrera and his brother Joe are heading a movement by the Greenwich High School Sports Foundation to ensure thst kids and student-athletes have state-of-the- art sports facilities, even if the town continues to pass on the measure. The Cabrera brothers and the GHS Sports Foundation played a role in securing and installing light poles at Cardinal Stadium in 2001, allowing for night games to be held. Jim cites issues with the bathrooms and thehighusage rate of the stadium

“We’ve been talking about this for two years now. Everyone seems very interested in getting it done. Unfortunately, the town has other priorities. It’s no slight on the process of the BET, but we’re ready to step up with dollars to help improve a situation that we think is unacceptable.” Items on the wish list for a renovated Cardinal Stadium include acceptable bathrooms, a renovated seating area, a concession stand, a

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Opposition to Proposed Complex N eighbors opposed to the construction of a 355- unit apartment complex days. Agency director Patricia Sesto vigorously denied this. Agency Secretary Stephan By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

in central Greenwich came out in force Monday night to urge rejection by the town Inland Wetland and Watercourses Agency. Calling it “monstrously scaled,” the structural equivalent of “one- and-a-half Greenwich Hospitals” and “four Town Halls,” the uniformly negative outcry became heated at points, and directed as much against the agency as the applicant. Some neighbors complained the wetlands agency was giving the applicant too much leeway, allowing critical information to be left wanting. Others questioned if the applicant was intentionally stalling to inconvenience opponents and run out the clock on the application’s review period. “Why are you giving these people a pass?” asked attorney Edward O’Hanlan, representing the Greenwich Neighborhood Preservation Association, an organization of neighbors opposing the project. “There is a fatigue element in this.” Agency members pushed back, noting that the public forum’s focus was supposed to be on wetlands impact, not the agency’s administration of the matter. But the criticism continued, and remained heated, especially after O’Hanlan claimed agency staff had been unhelpful to his group in recent

Attorney Steve Studer, representing the applicant for building a large-scale apartment complex on the Post Road, speaks before the Inland Wetland and Watercourses Agency on Monday.

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professional, AECOM out of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, to investigate contamination questions onsite. AECOM previously handled the

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