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The Gre enwi ch Sent i ne l Founda t i on l SEPTEMBER 22 , 2017
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Tesei Honors Town Employees at Luncheon L a s t F r i d a y , v a r i o u s t ow n empl oye e s gat he red on t he b a c k p a t i o o f Tow n H a l l for Gr e enw i ch 's 2017 Empl oye e Recognition Day. Notes to Office365. He was responsible for migrating tens of millions of email messages that had accumulated over 11 years, and making sure the new email system ran smoothly once it was up and running. The project took more than 18 months to complete. By Richard Kaufman
Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Friday, Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come donate blood at St. Mary’s Church at 178 Greenwich Ave. The American Red Cross is encouraging blood donations du r i ng S ept embe r, wh ich i s National Preparedness Month, and because of the recent natural disasters that have occurred around the country. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 800-733-2767. S S e p t . 22 t o 23 . The 2 017 Greenwich Food & Wine Festival will take place, which is a multi-day event that celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape, and showcases innovation in the food and beverage industries. The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. For information and to buy tickets, visit www. greenwichwineandfood.com or call 203-588-1363. S Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will perform Piano Concerto No. 5 by Camille Saint-Saëns with the gifted Juho Pohjonen as soloist at the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School. Adult tickets are $40, students are $10. For more information, call 203-869- 2664 or go to greenwichsym.org S Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. The Junior League of Greenwich will host an open house for its new 2017 New Member Class at 231 East Putnam Ave . The J LG’s membe r sh ip includes executives, community leaders, entrepreneurs, mothers, and professionals and welcomes all women who are at least 21 years of age and interested in making a positive impact in the community. For more information, contact the JLG Office at 203-869-1979 or visit the website atjlgreenwich.org BACKCOUNTRY S Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5 to 7 p.m. The YWCA 2017 Spirit of Greenwich Awards will take place at Greenw ich Count r y Club. Established in 1993, the award recognizes outstanding women in the community who, through their significant volunteer work, vision, devotion, and accomplishments have enriched the lives of many. To learn more about the honorees or to purchase tickets and sponsorships, go to www.ywcagreenwich.org/ spirit. For questions about the event, contact Jackie Stam at 203- 869-6501, ext. 102 or j.stam@ ywcagreenwich.org OLD GREENWICH S Sunday Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Save The Sound will hold a coastal cleanup event at Tod’s Point to stop the spread of littering in the Long Island Sound. Cleanup volunteers will remove trash and record data that will be used to help stop litter at its source. For more information, contact Hannah Rossi at 203-219- 5947. GREENWICH S Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come play basketball, take photos, get autographs and hang out with the American Ninja Warriors at the Greenwich Stars “Ninja Warrior” Charity Basketball Challenge. All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information, contact John Raybin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-661-4444.
Many enjoyed a catered buf fet lunch on the terrace before Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei took to the podium to announce the recipients of several awards. "We a re de l i g ht ed to be he re today to celebrate t he wonder f u l work of all our town employees, and the contributions they make to the community," Tesei said in his opening remarks. Greg Osgan, a Network Specialist in the town's Information Technology Depa r tment , wa s g iven t he 2017 Employee of the Year Award. Osgan has been with the town for 15 years, and previously served four years of active duty in the United States Navy — first on a destroyer out of Pearl Harbor and then as a Navy SEAL with SEAL Team 2 in Little Creek, Va. "Talk about homeland security at Town Hall. This is our guy," Tesei said, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd. Osgan was instrumental in moving the town government from Lotus
" G r e g t o o k i t u p on h i ms e l f to be come t he town's Of f ic e365 expert," Tesei said during the award presentation. "He had already gained a reputation as being passionate about customer support and having empathy for the people with whom he works to help solve their technology issues, but the leadership qualities and the spirit of teamwork to fellow employees he demonstrated during this project deserve special recognition." Francesco Ceci was awarded with the 2017 Employee of the Year Award as well. Ceci has been with the town for nine years, and works as a custodian at Eastern Middle School. "[Frank] is not only committed to doing the best he can at his job, but anyone who knows Frank knows he truly loves what he does," Tesei said. Tesei went on to say that Ceci is a "team player," and ca l led his enthusiasm "infectious." Tesei pointed out one instance in which Ceci took
First Selectman Peter Tesei, center, poses with town employees during Greenwich's 2017 Employee Recognition Day. From left is Lenore Caserta- McClester, Greg Osgan, Tesei, Frank Ceci and James Clifford. Caserta-McClester was honorable mention. Osgan and Ceci were awarded employee of the year, while Clifford won the 2017 First Selectman’s Safety Council Award. (Richard Kaufman photo)
A ccording to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Today, overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. In addition to the threat of overdose — misuse, abuse and addiction are a serious and life-threatening risk to potentially everyone. But how do these alarming statistics serve as a catalyst for change? One of Greenwich’s premiere leaders in the medical field is taking the lead in stopping this epidemic with a multi-pronged, scientific and reproducible approach – while at the same time, raising the bar within the healthcare industry. ONS (Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists), the regions’ leader in orthopaedic and neurosurgery research and innovation, has developed a special Opioid Task Force whereby surgical-specific algorithms and programs will treat pain in a comprehensive, organized fashion to reduce the use of narcotics, (and/or eliminate them in certain surgeries) - while at the same time provide alternative, effective methods in managing one’s pain. To date, ONS is comprised of 26 top-tier surgeons and specialists, trained at the finest institutions in the country — most who have undergone fellowship training at the country’s leading hospitals. With specialty training in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, sports medicine and physical rehabilitation, ONS boasts three offices including Greenwich, Stamford and now Harrison, N.Y., where over 100,000 patients have been treated and cared for. In order to leverage this vast, knowledge-base and collective expertise, in 2008 the group created the ONSF Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) for Clinical Research and Education, in alliance with Greenwich Hospital. Since its inception, ONSF has produced award-winning, clinical research with an on-going mission to continually improve musculoskeletal care, educate the healthcare community on the latest trends and findings, as well as conduct community outreach programs – all designed to impact meaningful, long-lasting change on both a local and national level. Each year, ONSF focuses on a topical, pressing issue and today the pervasive issue is opioids. Approved by the Institutional Review Board at Greenwich Hospital, ONS Taking the Lead to Stop the Opioid Epidemic By Michelle Moskowitz See TESEI on Page 2
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It was time for dogs throughout the area to shine on Sunday, as Greenwich's Roger Sherman Baldwin Park hosted the 30th annual Puttin' On the Dog. The event, which took place Sunday and was sponsored by Pet Pantry Warehouse, is a forumwhere people interested in adopting dogs can meet and interact with them. Vendors, music, competitions and other events kept the day moving smoothly. In addition, the event is a fundraiser that supports local animal shelters from around the area. To see many more photos from the Puttin' On the Dog event, check out today's Greenwichsentinel.com. (John Ferris Robben photo) BioBlitz Descends On Greenwich Point I t all happened at the clambake area of They ad 24 hours, from 3 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday. They were participants in a BioBlitz, the 10th to be held in Connecticut. Last year, at the By Anne W. Semmes
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Greenwich Point, outfitted with giant tents for the arriving 100 curious scientists with their instruments, their grad students and volunteers from the University of Connecticut’s celebrated Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, come to see what lives on the land, in the air, and underwater at Greenwich Point.
See BLITZ on Page 3 Scientists, grad students and volunteers fromUCONN come to Greenwich Point for BioBlitz. (John Ferris Robben photo)
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