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Sports | Page C1 GHS girls' diving team dominates CIAC class LL finals.

News | Page 3 Byram Veterans Association hosted its annual parade.

Jerry Dumas | Page C4 Jerry Dumas, Cartoonist and Writer, Dies at 86

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Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Monday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free Blood Pressure Screening: Greenwich Hospital Staff at Greenwich Library (101 W. Put nam Ave) Free blood pressure screenings conducted by a registered nurse from Greenwich Ho s p i t a l . No a pp o i n t me n t necessary. S Saturday, Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m. Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Turkey Trot 2016 starting at Arch Street Teen Center (100 Arch St.) Register early! Registration for the 5K race will be limited to 800 participants. Prices increase on race day. Visit GreenwichAlliance. org for more info. S Friday, Dec. 2, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. An nu a l Tr e e l i g h t i ng ceremony held in front of Town Hall (101 Field Point Rd.) This year’s ceremony will feature a holiday message from the First Selectman, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Rudolf, and a mechanical polar bear and reindeer rides. The Greenwich High School Chamber Singers will be singing holiday songs. Cider, hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes as well as holiday cheer will be served. S Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Battle of the Badges blood drive held at Greenwich Police Department Public Safety Complex (11 Bruce Place) Schedule an appointment at 1-800-733-2767 to donate blood at the Greenwich Police Dept. in the garage on Saturday, Dec. 3 S Saturday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 4. 8th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend. (11 Bruce Place) This much anticipated event will feature live nativity, horse drawn carriage rides, live music and entertainment tents sponsored by Greenwich Hospital and Sotheby’s. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brunch with Santa held at Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (90 Harding Rd.) Santa’s elves and friends will be on hand to greet the children. Brunch will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by April Armstrong, storyteller and musician. Registration available online for Greenwich residents at GreenwichCt.org/webtrac. BACKCOUNTRY S Friday, Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, 8th Annua l Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Village, held at “The North Pole on North Street” (347 North St.) The cherished town tradition continues at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel. Free parking. BYRAM S Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Lebanon School Annual Holiday Boutique held at New Lebanon Elementary (25 Mead Ave.) Handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, candles, skin care, sweet treats, toys and much more will be sold. RIVERSIDE S Tu e s d a y , N o v . 2 9 a n d Wednesday, Nov. 30, St. Catherine’s Players announce s aud it ion calls for the 2017 production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Open auditions to be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in the Lucey Parish Hall (4 Riverside Ave.) Come with a prepared song and sheet music in your key for the accompanist. More info at Stcatherinesplayers.com Community Calendar........................ 5 Editorial............................................ 6 Health.............................................. 7 Faith................................................. 8 Real Estate...................................... B1 Sports............................................. C1 Contents

The town of Greenwich was out in force on Veterans Day. Whether it was in Cos Cob, Riverside or on Greenwich Avenue, the town honored the people who have served this country. (John Ferris Robben photos)

Veterans Day Celebration Looks to Past, Future By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Made possible by the Greenwich Military Covenant of Care and the Greenwich Veterans Counci l, t he gathering brought out locals from Legion Post 29, Byram Veterans, Cos Cob VFW 10112, Greenwich Department of Social Services, 9th District Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America. “Armistice Day marked the end of World War I on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of 1918,” said First Selectman Peter Tesei. “After enduring the Korean War, it was in 1954 that Armistice Day became known

V eterans Day marked a day of remembrance and honor in Greenwich, as crowds gathered in Riverside, Cos Cob and on Greenwich Avenue to salute those who have served the nation. The annual tradition of marching down Greenwich Avenue continued on Friday, when many locals came together in front of the Havemeyer Building on a brisk but refreshing morning.

as Veterans Day, a day to honor all war veterans. During the many wars and conflicts, these men and women have fought with bravery and honor.” Before a flurry of waving American f lags on the closed-off Avenue, Tesei proclaimed, “We are indebted to you for your dauntless efforts…” State Rep. Livvy Floren introduced

two high school students who were chosen for their extraordinary skills and leadership demonstrated in the Boys and Girls State Program run by American Legion. The two were dubbed as “citizen leaders” and were given a citation in their honor at the ceremony.

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I t’s quite clear that National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback and Class of 1980 standout Greenwich High School athlete Steve Young has made a lasting impact on the town he grew up in. On Monday at noon at the Cos Cob Library, the line ran from one side of the library to the other, as people young and old took an extended lunch break, called in sick, skipped school or traveled from places far from Greenwich to catch an up-close and personal glimpse of Young and get a copy of his new book “QB: My Life Local Legend Returns Home By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Editor

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Fans meet Greenwich native and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young Monday. (John Ferris Robben photo)

The Conversation on Greenwich Opioid Use A 20-page study co-authored by Liberation Programs, Inc. and Greenwich Department of Social more clearly understand opioid use in Greenwich. Opioid abuse is widely regarded as a state and a nationa l epidemic. By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

The report says it is “starting the conversation”—a phrase referenced in its title— and contains data gathered from local interviews and focus groups within the past nine months. In 2015, four Greenwichites were victims of opioid overdose, and so far in 2016, two have suffered fatal overdoses. The report says, “Accidental drug- related deaths in Connecticut doubled in the past four years and Greenwich experienced 15 such deaths, 10 of which

Services was presented to the Board of Selectmen last week in an effort to

Throughout the year, citizens can drop off unwanted prescriptions in the lobby of the Greenwich Public Safety Complex in the green drop off box 24/7. The Greenwich Police Department received about 150 pounds of medications for proper destruction last year. (GPD Photo)

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