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announces Community Tickets to go on-sale TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, at 10 a.m. GreenwichTownParty.org S . The Board of Education will be holding a meeting on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 7 p.m., at the Havemeyer Building, 290 Greenwich Avenue. BoardofEdMembers@greenwich. k12.ct.us S . Arch Street will feature a professional panel discussion on “How to Talk to Teens About Drinking &Drugs” on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 9 a.m., at the Arch Street Teen Center, 100 Arch Street. Info@archstreet.org ArchStreet.org S . Temple Sholomwill be hosting a SAT and ACT college workshop onWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 7 p.m., at 300 E. PutnamAvenue. Free. 203-542-7165 Alice.schoen@templesholom.com BACKCOUNTRY S . The E. Kay Cowan Center presents JimWest’s Puppet Production of Aesop’s Fables on SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Greenwich Academy, 200 N. Maple Avenue. 203-625-8995 GreenwichAcademy.org/ CowanEvent S . Wild Tomorrow Fund’s ecologist and Greenwich native, Axel Hunnicutt discusses “African Wildlife: Trafficking and Poaching” on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 7 p.m., at Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road. 203-869-5272 WildTomorrowFund.org S . Greenwich Animal Control will hold a “Valentine Open House” on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy some sweet treats and create your own pet valentine at 393 North Street. 203-622-8299 COS COB S . Meet and greet the people that keep Greenwich safe during Greenwich Public Schools’ “Be Safe – Stop.Think.Act.” program on SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cos Cob Fire Station, 200 East Putnam Avenue. Greenwichschools.org/SELevents S . The Cos Cob Library has re- scheduled its “Downton Abbey: Fashion and Social Change Talk and Tea” for SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 at 11 a.m., at 5 Sinawoy Road. RSVP. 203-622-6883 S . Cos Cob School 4th graders can join the CCS STEMExplorers After-School Club on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS through FEBRUARY 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the CCS Innovation Lab. 203-869-4670 Gene_Schmidt@greenwich.k12. ct.us S . The Garden Education Center of Greenwich presents “An Afternoon Tasting with Chef Geoff Lazlo” on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 2 p.m., at Mill Street Bar & Table, 233 Mill Street. 203-869-9242 GECGreenwich.org OLDGREENWICH S . First Congregational Church of Greenwich presents “The Best, Most Amazing Talent Show Ever!” on SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 at 7 p.m. and SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 at 2 p.m., at 108 Sound Beach Avenue. 203-637-1791 FccOG.org

Old Greenwich resident Simone Becker walks around Old Greenwich after the blizzard dumped nearly two feet of snow in town.

Enduring Storm Jonas G reenwich got its f i rst ser ious sea sona l tes t as Winter Storm Jonas snow stopped, late that night, we were able to do cleanup overnight.” Department of Public Works road crews were augmented by Parks and Recreation Department personnel for the emergency. By Sunday afternoon, Roberto said, roads were “passable” throughout town. Greenwich. The bus driver had been trying to drive up an incline just before 8 a.m. on Saturday, as snow began to accumulate, when the vehicle slid backwards and crashed into a telephone pole. The man was taken to Stamford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Some 40-50 residents in the surrounding neighborhood were left without electricity when the pole snapped, downing power lines. By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

Greenwich resident Angela Swift took these photos of Tod’s Point after the Blizzard of 2016.

de l i ve r ed a d ay l ong b l i z z a rd Sat u rday, t he town emerg i ng Monday ready for work and school. Town Highway Superintendent Joe Roberto said over a foot of snow had accumulated locally by late Saturday night, well above expectations. He called it “a good sock in the jaw.” “The snow came down at a rapid pace, then in intermittent waves on through the evening,” Roberto explained. “It never got to such an extent that we were overwhelmed. We were plowing with the storm. We were never behind it. When the

It was a storm for the ages in other parts of the country; just 35 miles away, New York City was still digging itself out from nearly three feet of snow by midweek. In Greenwich, along the northern edge of Jonas’s wide path, conditions were less severe. The r e wa s one c a su a l t y, a 36-year-old Stamford man riding a Connecticut Transit bus that crashed on Sound View Dr ive near Woodland Drive in central

There was no formal ban on driving in Greenwich on Saturday. Most residents followed the advice of First Selectman Peter Tesei to stay indoors. “Traffic was very light,” reported Kraig Gray, public information officer of the Greenwich Police continued, see JONAS on Page 7

A g roup of Gre enw i ch High School students, led by three ambitious sophomores, are doing their best to make athletics a little more of a reality for people who might not have the chance to play sports. The YES club, which stands for Youth Equipment Sharing, i s cu r rent l y hos t i ng a spor t s equipment collection drive that will last until Feb. 5. Co-presidents of the YES club, s ophomore s Greg Go ld s t e i n , Roma no Or l a ndo a nd Br i a n Fagel la , as wel l as close to 20 dedicated GHS students, comprise the club. Gathers Sports Equipment for the Economically Disadvantaged By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Sports Editor YES Greenwich High School Club Old Greenwich resident Anne Gannon’s puppies enjoyed their first time ever playing in snow.

Parks & Rec Ready for Coming Rush By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Staff Reporter

S n y d e r s a y s , a n d s h e encourages parents to sign their kids up earlier rather than later to guarantee a spot in the program. “The be st t h i ng i s to register early... It guarantees you a spot in case a program does fill up and it also helps us in planning when we have to make teams for a softball or baseball league.” “ S ome t i me s , p e op l e think they can sign up at the last minute and play for a specific team they want, but it may be that the specific team is already filled,” Snyder continued. “They may be disappointed because they wanted to play with their friends in a specific sport and on a specific team, but the program and team may already be filled. Registering early makes it easier to plan and it also is the best for the public to make sure they get in to the programs they want.” S i g n - u p s a r e n o w underway for spring baseball and softball, with Mighty Mites soccer and Soccer with Aldwin registration on Feb. 1. Snyder also mentioned the early rush for summer camp and how the department is preparing for another fun- filled summer. “We have a few different

opportunities for summer camp. We have a music and art camp, which has been very popular over the years.” J u s t t h i s w e e k , SummerFare at Greenwich High School promoted over 100 local and nationwide summer camps and programs for all age groups to give residents a head star t in planning for this summer. The e a rly i nt ere s t i n summer programs usually makes for a rush from parents in the spring, but Snyder says the department is ready to take on what is usually their busiest time of year once again. “Summer is always a very busy, kind of hectic time because there is so much going on out in the parks, but we are ready for it. We’ve been going through it every year and some of us in the department have been doing this, whether in Greenwich or in other towns, for 23 years. It’s an exciting, but busy time in Parks and Recreation.” Summer camp registration begins online for residents on April 1, and Snyder says residents can get an “early- bird discount” for signing up before the end of May. “We have some beautiful park facilities as well,” Snyder said, noting that the Greenwich

Point will be holding a kite- flying event in April. “In the recreation department, we are also responsible for renting out the various fields in the different parks. There are also other youth groups, private and non-profits, who reserve time on the fields and we offer management for those as well.” More information can be found on the Parks and Recreation website, at www. greenwichct.org. Other programs On the other side of town, children’s basketball clinics are just underway at the Western Greenwich Civic Center, led by coach John Czarnecki. With over 25 years of experience as a coach, Czarnecki has coached town basketball teams at many levels, including GHS Varsity, JV and freshman as well as Flame, Boys and Girls Club travel and GBA teams. On Monday, the Parks and Rec department will team up with the Connecticut R e c r e a t i o n a n d P a r k s Association to hold the annual Hot Shots basketball contest at Central Middle School. Separated into age groups from 9 to 15 years old, winners are given medals, and finalists move on to the state finals in Saybrook in April.

O n a n y g i v e n S a t u r d a y a f t e r noon t h i s winter, the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center hosts indoor pickleball, open to Greenwich adult residents, on its three regulation sized courts. W i t h t h e s p o r t — a combination of badminton, t enn i s a nd pi ng pong— g r ow i ng i n popu l a r i t y, t he Pa rk s & Re c re at ion Department makes drop- i ns ava i lable (for $5) a s instructional clinics run just prior to the recreation league, which runs three days a week through the end of March. However, the department will be quickly shifting its attention to youth programs as registration begins soon for many opportunities to get involved this spring. “We’re just opening up registration this week for some spring programs too,” said Susan Snyder, superintendent of Greenwich’s Recreation division. “We have T-Ball, midget baseball and a youth girls softball program.” Spring baseball, softball and soccer programs are popular yearly programs,

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