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Bob Ix went to his heavenly reward late Tuesday night after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving wife of 57 years, Cissie, his children and many other members of his large family. He was 86. (please see page 7)

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DOWNTOWN S Sunday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Touch A Truck presented by the Junior League of Greenwich held at Town Hall. Climb aboard a fire truck, operate a construction vehicle & ride the rails! Fun activities for children of a l l ages! Ticket s wi l l be available April 2016.All proceeds benefit The Junior League of Greenwich and its community impact projects! $30 per family in advance at jlgreenwich.org or $40 at the door. $100 VIP Firetruck Family ticket. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Trails Day: Greenwich Land Trust Nature Walk. The 1.5- mile guided nature walk is great for families or first-time hikers and is being held in conjunction with National Trails Day. GLT staff naturalists will lead the adventure and discuss native flora and fauna along the way. Scouts, families, and people of all ages are welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, a bottle of water, and protection for the sun and insects. Meeting Pl ac e : Town of Gre enw ich Babcock Preserve Parking Lot, approximately 0.5 miles north on North Street, off of Exit 31 of the Merritt Parkway.Rain cancels event. Pre-registration is recommended. FREE. RSVP Michelle Spinei at 203-629-2151 ext. 102 or michelle@gltrust.org S Sunday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Greenwich Polo Club 35th Season Opening Day. Greenwich Polo Club will kick off its 35th season of high-goal polo with opening day on Sunday, June 5. Sunday’s match is open to the public and will feature an exclusive pre-game book signing by internationally renowned polo player Nacho Figueras from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. followed by the first match of the United States Polo Association-sanctioned Monty Waterbury Cup. Held a t G r e e nw i c h P o l o C l u b (Hurlingham Drive, Conyers Farm) BYRAM S Friends of the Byram Shubert Library Giant Book and Media Sale. The Friends of the Byram Shubert Library, a branch of Greenwich Libra r y, wi l l be holding its popular Book & Media Sa le inside St. Paul ’s Lutheran Church (268 Delevan Ave). Th i s s a l e i nc lude s a guesstimated 50,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiobooks, including loads of brand new items, as well as some antiques. You will find a wide selection of goodies, including novels, cookbooks, lots of music and movies, and a wonderful selection of children’s books. All proceeds from the sale benefit the branch library’s wonderful programs and events. For specific questions, please contact the Byram Shubert Library at (203) 531 0426. RIVERSIDE S Friday-Saturday, June 3-4. Book Sale at St. Paul’s Riverside! The St. Paul’s-Riverside Book Sale is back and will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (200 Riverside Ave.) Book sale of over 8.000 gently used books, all donated. Most hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1, kids’ books half price, some rare/signed/ etc. Easy free parking. Bake sale and refreshments too. Friday $10 admission, Saturday FREE admission. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, June 5, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Americana Family Jamboree in Concert at Seaside Garden held at Tod’s Point. Americana Family Jamboree is an all acoustic music band that the entire family will enjoy! Led by Demolition String Band members, Elena Skye and Boo Reiners, kids and grown-ups alike will be treated to traditional songs by Jimmie Rogers, The Carter Family, Lead Belly and many more.

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

and state Rep. Fred Camillo. “ S o f a r, e ve r yone s e ems ve r y supportive,” Levy said. The educational aspect of the program will inform residents the benefits of going pesticide-free on their yard, while promoting the challenge to grow organically with flyers, magnets and an eventual kick-off event. Levy cited hormone disruption, nervous system conditions, cancers, and respiratory effects as concerns linked with pesticide exposure. A study published May 9, 2016 by JAMANeurology linked cumulative

building, in a late May Board of Health meeting, where the issue of pesticide use came up again, just as lawns turned green and plants around town reached full bloom after a long winter. “The purpose of our presentation tonight is to show our appreciation for the current landscaping practices of the town, the Organic Maintenance Program, and to ask you to help us extend those practices to private residents,” Abby Levy, co-director of Greening Our Children, said to the Board of Health. A local group called Safe Lawns, Levy says, will head-start the effort for organic, pesticide-free lawns on private property. “We are not asking the town to impose

any restriction on its own property or on private property. We think the town deserves to be celebrated for the great work its been doing for the past decade.” Since a state law exists in Connecticut that bars municipalities from restricting pesticides on private proper t y, no legislation was brought forward from the group. Instead, it asked for the board’s blessing in the newly formed Safe Lawns program. The program has been presented to First Selectman Peter Tesei, Director of Public Works Amy Siebert, Director of Conservation Denise Savageau, Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Siciliano, Mary Hull of Greenwich Green and Clean,

I t’s been eight years since the town of Greenwich banned the use of pesticides on all 59 of the its athletic fields— a year before a state mandate to ban the use of the chemicals on the grounds of elementary and middle schools. Today, the lawns in front of Town Hall display a neatly kept spread of organic grass, which relies on natural fertilizer and hundreds of hours of upkeep and maintenance from the Department of Parks and Recreation. It was on the third f loor of the

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Greenwich Rocks at GTP By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter Children and adults alike came together Saturday during the annual Greenwich Town Party. At night, party-goers got to rock out. (John Ferris Robben photo)

songwriters, was warming up to hit the main stage. Before long, rock classics like “Green River,” “Fortunate Son,” “Looking Out My Back Door” and “Proud Mary” were firing up the crowd and reverberating across the water, their author in excellent voice 45 years after recording the songs. Fogerty regaled the audience with tales of Woodstock—he and his band had come on stage after the Grateful Dead, at 2:30 a.m., when everybody was high, asleep, or both, he recalled. Fogerty also noted that his son, Shane, playing guitar

O n what was undoubtedly the hottest day of the year so far, the annual Greenwich Town Party proved once again why it’s the hottest ticket in town. The all-day party at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park featured six main stage acts and seven town stage acts. By the time the high temperature of 90 degrees passed its peak, John Fogerty, the leader of the late- sixties, early-seventies band Creedence Clearwater Revival and considered by many to be one of America’s greatest

Roger Sherman Baldwin Park was full of people enjoying themselves during the GTP. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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Film Festival to Focus On Human Rights By Michelle Moskowitz Sentinel Contributor

Events Honor Memorial Day

which chronicles how the Connecticut community banded together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in U.S. history. A f e s t i v a l h i g h l i g h t s i s t h e Changemakers Gala, held on Friday night at the fine clothing store Richard’s on Greenwich Avenue. This awards dinner honors artists who have used their public platform for social betterment. This year, the Changemaker award goes to Trudie Styler, an actress, film producer, and human rights activist, for her work with the Rainforest Fund, an organization dedicated to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples in South America, Africa and Asia. Styler and her husband, the musician Sting, have raised more than $30 million since founding the organization in 1989. “When I first visited the Amazon and met some of the indigenous people, and saw for myself how their lives were being affected by the destruction of the rainforest, I had to find the focus to do something about it,” Styler said. “I strongly believe that most people are compassionate and recognize a shared humanity with others and will almost always feel

T his year the primary focus of the Greenwich International Film Festival, which will take place June 9-12, is the power of film to make an impact on human rights. The four- day festival will feature star-studded parties, film premieres, educational panels, a children’s acting workshop, and a prestigious awards gala. GIFF, now in its second year, is a non- profit organization dedicated to bringing together the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. It aims to celebrate gifted artists who create compelling, empowering and provocative films, while simultaneously promoting Greenwich as a budding visual arts epicenter. Mo r e t h a n 5 0 d ome s t i c a n d international films will be showcased in Greenwich—at Bow Tie Cinemas, the Cole Auditorium, Greenwich High School, Greenwich Country Day School, and the AvonTheater in Stamford. Keynote films include Rob Burnett’s “The Fundamentals of Caring,” Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” and Kim Snyder’s documentary “Newtown,”

The Town of Greenwich was in its patriotic red, white and blue this weekend, as parades and other events marked Memorial Day weekend. While the Sound Beave Ave. Parade in Old Greenwich was cancelled due to inclement weather, several other events earlier in the weekend took place. Above, First Selectman Peter Tesei and his family took part in the Byram Veteran’s Association parade on Sunday, a parade in honor of all who have died serving this country. At right, the Veterans of Foregin Wars Post 10112 Memorial Day Ceremony took place on a gorgeous Saturday at the VFWMemorial Park. (John Ferris Robben photos)

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