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Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, March 4, 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Greenwich Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will participate in the “Scouting for Food” drive to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor. Food donations can be brought to one of four drop-off locations: Glenville Vol. Fire Co, 266 Glenville Rd., Cos Cob Vol. Fire Co, 200 E. Putnam Ave., Sound Beach Vol. Fire Dept., 207 Sound Beach Ave., and Christ Church, 254 E. Putnam Ave. For more information, visit GreenwichScouting.org S Saturday, March 4, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Junior League of Greenwich hosts "Positively More." This community project focuses on 11 and 12-year-old girls. It aims to give girls the tools to avoid questionable situations, lessen the consequences of conflicts, and identify lessons learned by challenges. The program is free to members of the community. For questions, email positivelymorejlg@ gma i l.com. To reg ister, v isit jlgreenwich.org S Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. Greenwich Library hosts former New York Time s ed itor Joan Motyka in "Crafting Life Stories." This memoir-writing workshop is designed to help people discover and tell the stories only they can tell. A five-week evening session beg ins Ma rch 8 at 6:30 p.m., and a five-week session begins on Thursday, March 9 at 11 a.m. The workshop will take place in the library’s Meeting Room at 101 W. Putnam Ave. It is free but registration is required at 203-625- 6533, mmartin@greenwichlibrary, or greenwichlibrary.org COS COB S Sunday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. In celebration of Women's History Month, the Greenwich Historical Societ y and Greenwich Point Conservancy will host lecturer Barbara Hiscock Spaeth in “Fast Forward: Bertha Potter Boeing, From Tod's Point to the Jet Age.” Spaeth will talk about her famous aunt , Be r t ha Pot t e r Boe i ng , and the key role she played in American commercial aviation. The presentation will be held at the Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point. Doors open at 4 p.m.; and lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or shealy@greenwichhistory.org. Light refreshments will be served. RIVERSIDE S Thursday, March 9, 8 p.m. The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 5 Riverside has a vacancy to fill. Election will be held at District 5's meeting at Riverside School, 90 Hendrie Ave. Interested residents should contact chairwoman Lucy Krasnor at 203- 637-2277, between 7 to 9 p.m., or email lucy@strategymortgage.com OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m. Five representatives from environmental organizations and local government will discuss the water quality of Long Island Sound. The “Testing the Waters Panel Discussion” is part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center series held at the Innis Arden Cottage in Greenwich Point. The program also includes water activities for all ages from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For information, contact 203-413-6756 or cynthiae@brucemuseum.org

ever been held,” said Chris Abbott, president of the Windy Hill Skating Club, host U.S. Figure Skating club for the event that is based at the Hamill Rink. “The caliber of the skating has been some of the highest I’ve seen in recent years.” The environment at the rink during the competition was one of high energy and excitement. Coaches could be seen encouraging and helping their students while the spectators always seemed to be engaged, clapping loudly for all of the skaters. “Considering it was the largest registered number of participants that we’ve ever had in the 40-year history of this event, it ran like a well-oiled machine,” said Rich Ernye, manager of the Dorothy Hamill Rink. Ernye said the efforts of all the participants, including the skaters, parents, coaches, volunteers and members of the Windy Hill Skating Club along with the entire Hamill Rink staff, was much of the reason for its resounding success. “I was ver y happy wit h t he

By Liz Leamy

L ast Sunday, more than 170 skaters f rom a l l over t he tri-state region took center stage at the 40th Annual Town of Greenwich competition that was held at the Dorothy Hamill Rink, which made for an event that was both memorable and exciting. This competition, said to be the biggest since it started back in 1977, was just as much about quality as it was about quantity. V i r t u a l l y a l l t h e s k a t e r s , representing 22 clubs from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, brought their A games, performing like seasoned contenders from the beginner basic skills levels through t he pre - championsh ip jun ior singles rungs. Exhibiting aptitude, confidence, poise and finesse, this group of young athletes, ranging in ages from five to 16, staged a terrific show. Ma ny o f t h e c omp e t i t o r s executed a host of impres sive elements that included double and triple jumps, super-fast spins, fluid edges and breathtaking spirals, among other things, and kept the

The Town of Greenwich held its 40th annual Townwide Skating Competition and young skaters from all over came out in force to show their skills. (John Ferris Robben photo)

packed house at the rink, named for Dorot hy Hami l l, t he 1976 Olympic champion who grew up in

Riverside, on the edge of their seats. “This is the largest [town of Greenwich] competition that has

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Start Times: No Change for Pre or Elementary Schools

General Putnam Celebrated

People throughout Greenwich seem to always have a great time at the Greenwich Town Party and this year will be no exception as Steely Dan headlines. (John Ferris Robben photo) Steely Dan to Headline Town Party I t ’s once aga in t ime to star t thinking about the unofficial s t a r t o f t h e s u mm e r i n Rock & Ro l l Ha l l of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winners Steely Dan will headline the all-day family music festival planned for Saturday, May 27 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. By Paul Silverfarb

Greenwich, as big names will once again be playing at the seventh annual Greenwich Town Party. “We’re excited for the award- w i n n i n g l i n e u p o f b a n d s performing at this year’s GTP,” said Ray Rivers, Greenwich Town Party President. “For the seventh year in a row, we will have a range of music, so there truly is something for everyone. And once again these bands will have everyone on their feet, singing and dancing.”

The s ou l f u l a nd powe r f u l Grammy award-winning Alabama Shakes wi l l take the stage just prior to Steely Dan. New Orleans- famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Texas blues rocker Carolyn Wonderland will round out this year’s line-up. “We love how this event pulls so many residents, local businesses

Sunday, Feb. 26, Putnam Hill's Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual reenactment of Put's Ride. The Fifth Connecticut Regiment provides uniformed re-enactors, who thoroughly enjoy showing their audience, both young and old, the way life was during the Revolutionary War. Knapp Tavern at Putnam Cottage was an important stop along the road from Philadelphia to Boston. General Washington and John Adams spent time here, as did General Putnam. In the above photo, General Israel Putnam, portrayed by David Loda, as he leaves the Tavern for his historic ride down Putnam Hill to recruit reinforcements. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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