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Not long ago, Greenwich residents Dave and Dori Jones stumbled upon an inscribed wedding band lodged inside of a wood pallet they had salvaged from a dumpster to repurpose as fencing at their home. The wedding band’s inscription read “5/19/91 Love Grace. - see the story of how they found its owner on the back page. Sentinel Greenwich $1 . 75

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Town’s Finest Take Center Stage

Our Neighborhoods S Over the next few weeks you may notice that your paper is coming one week and not the next. This is because the Greenwich Sentinel is working to cover a larger area of Greenwich by rotating some of the delivery routes. We need to rotate about 8,000 in order to ensure everyone has a chance to receive the paper. You can always pick up the paper for free at the local libraries or buy a subscription on the website at www.greenwichsentinel. com to ensure delivery each week. We appreciate your understanding while we ensure the Greenwich Sentinel is delivered to all of Greenwich. DOWNTOWN S Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Meditation workshop 101 held at YWCA Greenwich (259 E. Putnam Avenue). Spend a day nurturing and caring for yourself through a one- day chakra healing and meditation workshop with renowned meditation expert Smita Jayakar, who has 30 years’ experience in the field. Part of the proceeds benefit the YWCA Greenwich. For tickets, contact Na nd i t a Ko t i a n a t Na nd i t a@ transcend.events or 203-979-5499. Limited capacity event. $150 includes lunch and tea. $25 discount for group bookings of three or more. S Sunday, May 22, 8 a.m. YMCA of Greenwich / Juvenile Diabetes Fou nd a t i on 5K Ru n -Wa l k a t Greenwich Country Day School (401 Old Church Road). Supports the YMCA of Greenwich Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Cost TBD. S Sunday, May 22, 4–6 p.m. Piano concert with Randall Atcheson at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich (1 W. Putnam Avenue). Atcheson attended New York City’s Juilliard School, where he went on to become the first student allowed to pursue and receive simultaneous degrees in piano and organ performance. He made his New York public performance debut at the Juilliard Alice Tully Hall, playing both instruments. Atcheson serves as the minister of music for First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich and can be heard every Sunday at 10 a.m. during worship service along with the chancel choir. S Thursday, May 26, 7–9 p.m. A u t h o r s L i v e w i t h G e o r g e Bodenheimer at Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave.) In his business memoir, “Every Town is a Sports Town,” Bodenheimer discusses his rise through the ranks at ESPN and his quest to provide daily sports updates and news to the world. OLD GREENWICH S Monday, May 23, 11:30 a .m. YWCA golf and tennis tournament at Greenwich Countr y Club (18 Doubling Road). Cost TBD. For more information, email d.harmon@ ywcagreenwich.org S Tuesday, May 24, 6:30–8 p.m. Electrical Panel: A live, interactive conversation at the Bruce Museum (1 Museum Dr ive). Th is event w i l l cover t he development of electricity, the scientific principles t hat make it work, and current applications. Audience members are encouraged to quiz the guest scholars and scientists about the wide world of electrical innovation. Reservations are required. Call 203-413-6757 or email info@brucemuseum.org. $15 for non-members, free to Bruce Museum members. S Wednesday, May 25, 2:30 p.m.—6 p.m. Old Greenwich Farmers’ Market opening day, held at Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich (38 W. End Avenue). The Old Greenwich Farmer’s Market will be open every week until the end of November. BYRAM S Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m.—3 p.m. 85th anniversary celebration of the Byram Shubert Library. (21 Mead Avenue). The community is invited to enjoy free activities outside the library. Activities include an ice cream social, crafts for children, face painting, bubbles, hula hoops, and a juggler.

By Cheye Roberson Sentinel Correspondent

A s kids kicked off their sneakers and jumped into a large bouncy house yelling with excitement and joy in front of the Greenwich Public Safety Complex—a place that people usually visit under stressful situations— it was clear to see why Police Day is a tradition. Officers from the Greenwich Police Depa r tment and members of t he community came together in the spirit of fun and camaraderie to recognize National Police Week and enrich their connection with one another. “This is an opportunity for the Police Department to speak directly to the kids—it’s not about what they see on television or what they heard about, but an opportunity to see a police officer in a friendly environment and not wait for the typical situation where something bad happens,” said Lt. Kraig Gray of the Greenwich Police Department. The fourth annual Police Day in Greenwich took place on Saturday at the Greenwich Public Safety Complex. Families were invited to hop into standa rd pol ice vehicles and see operational demonstrations performed by the K-9 unit. The officers also handed out golden junior badge stickers. The main idea behind the event was “getting the message across that we’re here to help, and open to help. That’s how they should look upon the police,” said Mark Marino, the police department’s deputy chief. “It’s our way of giving back and for the officers to meet the people they serve in a relaxed atmosphere. The town gets to see what we’re all about and talk to us.” T h e r e w e r e h o t d o g s a n d refreshments served in the lobby of the complex and guided tours of the Public Safety Complex were conducted every half hour. On the tour families got a chance to see the inner workings of a

police station including the emergency dispatch center. The center takes calls for police and fire emergencies. At one of the stations in the dispatch center were eight or nine both inside and in front of the police station for Police Day. Children and adults got to check out motorcycles, cars and wear the same protective gear the GPD does. In addition, the legendary Of- ficer Asphalt was greeting all spectactors throughout the event. (photos by Bailey Margaret Robben) The Town of Greenwich’s police depart- ment was on display Saturday afternoon,

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Chamber Honors Local Businesses, Heroes By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

awards represent why people choose to live in, establish and operate their businesses in Greenwich,” said Tesei. “My heartfelt congratulations to all of you who have helped make Greenwich a place where people wish to live, work, raise a family and enjoy life.” The Nonprofit Leadership Award was presented to Wendy Blumenthal and Lori Jackson of the Greenwich United Way for the nonprof it’s efforts in the community, especially toward the underprivileged. “We thank the staff of the United Way and the countless volunteers who this wouldn’t be possible without,” said Blumenthal. “I believe that we all have a responsibility to support our town. For me, that means having the strongest nonprofits providing the exceptional service along with committed partners in those that share the time, talent and resources.” Referring to the annual Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment survey, Blumenthal and Jackson highlighted a major issue within the town, according to the latest feedback. “The Needs Assessment is a tool for the United

T he Greenwich Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards luncheon Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, honoring and recognizing small businesses and local heroes. Sponsored by Webster Bank for the fifth year, the event spotlighted leadership in nonprofits, local businesses and emergency services. Award winners included Charles Hilton Architects—notable for designing the much-praised 9/11 memorial in Cos Cob Park—Rudy’s Executive Transportation, the Greenwich United Way and the Greenwich Sentinel. “We’re a family here,” said Greenwich Chamber of Commerce President Marcia O’Kane. “Our Board of Directors are all volunteers giving up their time and we consider them and our staff as family. The first thing we tell new members of our chamber is, ‘Welcome to our chamber family.’ Just like a family, we care about each other. There is something for everyone in our chamber. This is a day to say thank you to our town heroes, businesses and nonprofits that give so

much to make our town so special.” Before about 150 members of the Chamber, First Selectman Peter Tesei observed that Greenwich is an ideal place for thriving enterprises, run and patronized by a vibrant citizenry. “The individuals that will be receiving these Charles F. Hilton, founder of Charles Hilton Archi- tects, received the Corporate Leadership Award during Tuesday’s Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon. (contributed photo)

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Cards Fall to Tigers on Senior Day

CSC Denies Proposed Substation in Downtown I n a 4 - 2 d e c i s i o n w i t h t w o abstentions, the Connecticut Siting Council last week denied Eversource Ene r g y ’s app l i c a t i on f or a new substation at 290 Railroad Avenue and a transmission line route connecting it to the existing Cos Cob substation. The proposa l ca l led for a new 115-kilovolt bulk substation at 290 Railroad Ave., the current home of Pet Pantry Warehouse, and two 115-kilovolt underground transmission lines along a 2.3-mile route between the Cos Cob substation and the Railroad Avenue location. By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

“The Siting Council ’s decision clearly reaffirms the town’s position that the need and cost of the proposed project could not be justified,” said First Selectman Peter Tesei in a press release. “While there may be issues with service provided by Eversource, it certainly is not necessary to disrupt neighborhoods and town parks to improve service to the Town’s residents.” Frank Poirot, a spokesman for the Eversource Energy utility company, said that while the company is disappointed wit h t he counci l ’s decision, it is encouraged that its members See EVERSOURCE on Page 7

According to the CSC’s decision and order, “the public need for the Greenwich Substation and Line Project (GSLP) ha s not been adequately demonstrated.” Further, the council expressed concern about “detrimental effects” associated with each of three proposed transmission line construction routes— the “preferred” route and its northern and southern alternatives. The council cited the construction’s possible effects on trees and parks (specifically Bruce Park), air and water purity, and public health.

Greenwich High School sophomore Genevieve DeWinter cuts through the Ridge- field defense during Tuesday afternoon’s game at Cardinal Stadium. In a back- and-forth battle of top teams in the FCIAC, it was the Tigers that came away with the 8-7 win in overtime. For GHS, Maggie O’Gorman finished with four goals, while DeWinter added two more. Paige Mautner tallied one goal for Big Red, while goalie Caroline Schultz finished with six saves. Ridgefield was paced by Kaitlyn McMullan, who took home six goals, including the OT winner. With the loss, the Lady Cardinals fell to 11-5 overall while RHS improved to 14-1-1. Prior to the game, Greenwich honored its seniors, as Sloane Caan, Katherine DeWinter, Claire Eschricht, Katie Harford, Tate Hatter, Emily Hopper, Clare Loughran and Caroline Schultz were recognized. (photo by John Ferris Robben)

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