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“Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude” By command of: JOHN A. LOGAN, Commander-in-Chief. $1 . 75 B y r a m B a n k s v i l l e C o s C o b D o w n t o w n G l e n v i l l e O l d G r e e n w i c h Sentinel Greenwich



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Patriotism on Full Display This Weekend

Our Neighborhoods S You may not ic e t hat you r 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 occasionally. You can always pick up the paper for free at the local libraries or buy a subscription at to ensure delivery each week. We appreciate your support while we work through any kinks! COS COB S S a t u r d a y a t 10 : 3 0 a . m . The Veterans of ForeignWars Post 10112 Memorial Day Ceremony. VFW Memorial Park, Strickland Road, Cos Cob. 203-661-8704 OLD GREENWICH S Mo n d a y a t 1 0 : 0 0 a . m . Sound Beach Fire Department Memorial Day Parade & Service. Sound Beach Ave. to Binney Park. 2 0 3 - 6 2 2 -3 9 75 . S b v f d . c om DOWNTOWN S Sat u rday, May 28 , 10 : 0 0 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sixth Annual Greenwich Town Party held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. The day-long family music festival is a day of celebration while also building a lasting sense of town pride and the strength of the Greenwich community. S Monday, May 30, 8:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. Jim Fixx Memorial Day 5-Mile Road Race/Kids Half- Mile Race. Join us for the next segment of the Greenwich Cup, the Betteridge Jim Fixx Memorial Day Run, honoring Frank Keegan. This scenic 5-mile road race goes through downtown Greenwich and the surrounding parks and roadways. There is also a 1/2 mile race on the track for kids on the historic Havemeyer track. COST: 5 Mile $30 pre-registration, $40 on day. 1/2 mile Kids $15. 1/2 mile Havemeyer Track, 290 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, May 28, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Turtle Time held at the Audubon. Meet some of Audubon’s resident turtles and discover their natural history, nesting behavior, and how to protect these fantastic reptiles. Then hike to Mead Lake in search of nesting turtles. RSVP or (203) 930-1353. All Ages – $3 member, $5 nonmember. GLENVILLE S Sunday, May 29, 5 – 6 p.m. Glenville Memorial Day Parade & Service. The parade route moves along Glenville Street fromWalker Court to the Glenville Fire House. Following the parade, there will be a brief ceremony and wreath laying at the Veterans Monument adjacent to t he Fi re House. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion and the 9th District Veterans Association following the ceremony. Children who are not part of Scouts or Mavericks teams are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and participate in the parade. BYRAM S Sunday, May 29, 2 – 3 p.m. Byram Veteran’s Association Memorial Day Parade held in downtown Byram in honor of all who have died serving our count r y. Al l veterans, civ ic organizations, schools and groups are invited to march. After the parade, join us at the club for some beverages and light food. RIVERSIDE S Wednesday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. League of Women Voters of Greenwich Annual Meeting and Dinner held at Riverside Yacht Club (102 Club Road, Riverside). Meeting 5:30, Cocktails 6:30, Dinner 7:30. Dinner speaker: Hagar Hajjar. The Mary Award will be presented to Cyndy Anderson. Cash Bar/ Dinner $70. Questions, RSVP to

On a gorgeous late spring Wednesday afternoon, the Greenwich Boy Scouts, along with volunteers from the Greenwich Fire Department and the Greenwich American Legion, planted American flags on the graves of military veterans in both Putnam Cemetary and St. Mary’s Cemetary. Throughout the weekend, parades all over town will honor this country and the brave men and women who serve it. On Sunday, the Byram Veteran’s Association will host a parade in honor of all who have died serving this country. All veterans, civic organizations, schools and groups can march. The parade will be in downtown Byram and will kick off at 2 p.m. Later in the day, another parade will take place, as the Glenville Memorial Day Parade gets underway at 5 p.m. The parade starts at Walker Court and after the parade there will be a brief ceremony and wreath laying at the Veterans Monument adjacent to the fire house. On Monday, the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Day Parade, which starts on Sound Beach Avenue at Shore Acre Drive, will get underway at 10 a.m. and will be followed by Binney Park Services in Old Greenwich. (John Ferris Robben photo) Opioid Use: A Steep, and Rising, Toll By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

the youngest in the county to die from a heroin or opioid overdose was 19; the oldest was 65. Dumas told the story of one man, a business executive named Al Samaras, whose opioid addiction started with a trip to the dentist’s office and a prescription for percocet. “For some reason, his body craved it, like food or air,” Dumas said. When he ran out of painkillers, Samaras looked in the Hartford Courant to find out where the latest drug bust had been reported. Soon enough, he went there himself, knowing he could secure the opioids and eventually the heroin he needed. “A guy who once had everything had his heroin life come to an end with the police chasing him, crashing his car, and running through the streets of Hartford with no shoes on.” Samaras has long since recovered, and became the founder of Westport Sober House, which has proved effective in helping young men with serious heroin and other drug addictions learn to stay clean.

T he number of opioid overdoses in Fairfield County is growing at an alarming rate. Out of 102 reported overdoses in the Fairfield County last year, 89 of those involved opioid use. Speaking at Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, writer Timothy Dumas said the problem, which spans all socioeconomic backgrounds, is reaching epidemic levels, and that Greenwich is not immune. In a recent piece for Greenwich Magazine titled “Heroin: Too Close To Home,” Dumas explores the path of several recovering Fairfield County addicts and what led them to use heroin in the first place. “Fifty-seven, 26, 24, 44, 55, 31, 43, 61,” Dumas said, listing the ages of those in the county who died last year from heroin and other opioid overdoses. “This is a problem that reaches across all ages.” Last year,

Speaking at Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, writer Timothy Dumas (left) discusses drug use in Fairfield County with senior minister Rev. Maxwell Grant hosting the event. Dumas recently published a piece in Greenwich Magazine titled, “Heroin: Too Close to Home. (Evan Triantafilidis photo)

In a visit to Westport Sober House, Dumas asked one young recovering addict how it feels to take heroin. “An overwhelming joy would come

over you,” the young man said. “A peaceful joy would take over your entire

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Local Man’s ‘Blue Avenue Groove’ to Play at GTP

Bruins Go Back-To-Back in FAAs

music thing work,” Kencel said. “I had a lot of friends who were trying to make music and I said, ‘We have a lot of great musicians in the scene’.” Kencel, a professional bassist, says his band is no ordinary cover band. Set to take the town stage at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, The Blue Avenue Groove will feature Elise Testone, a former American Idol finalist, as part of the set. “Elise has done some great original music along with being on American Idol,” Kencel said. “Our sound is going to be soulful and kind of funky for the town party.” In attendance for the first GTP event, Kencel has always been always impressed with the music selection at the party, as well as the different genres offered. “I like the mix of new and old music,” Kencel said. “I remember the year Buddy Guy was playing, and so was Dr. Dog. It’s a great mix.” Having performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J House in Greenwich and many other local spots in Brooklyn, Kencel says the excitement of Saturday’s town party will be a new high for him. “We’re super excited to open up for Tedeschi Trucks Band,” Kencel said. “It’s going to be very exciting, but I’ll also be very nervous. It’s one of the biggest stages I’ve played on. For a full lineup of musical acts, visit GreenwichTownParty.Org.

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

F or Will Kencel and his band The Blue Avenue Groove, Saturday’s Greenwich Town Party will be a homecoming of sorts when they play on the town stage, opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band. In the sixth annual Greenwich Town Party, Kencel’s group was chosen out of numerous local musical acts that auditioned to be a part of the lineup for Saturday’s event, and the longtime Greenwich resident says the stage has never been bigger for him. The 12-hour event will feature music, food vendors and a sense of community at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. “The Greenwich Town Party is an event I’ve been going to for years,” Kencel, 25, said. “I would get to go with my dad a lot. This year, I’m inviting him to come up to the stage for one of the songs to play and sing, because he plays in a cover band in Greenwich.” Growing up in Greenwich for most of his life, which included his elementary school years at North Street School, Kencel says his passion for music has stayed the course with him and eventually brought him to the soul scene in Brooklyn. There, he met and connected with many talented artists, which led to a melding of soul and funk sounds. “When I graduated, I thought to myself about how I was going to make this whole

For the second consecutive season, the Brunswick School baseball team took home some hardware for its graduating seniors. On Friday, the top-seeded Bruins upended Hamden Hall High School 7-1 to capture the Fairchester Athletic Association championship. On the season, Brunswick was undefeated in conference play and finished 20-2 overall. To read much more on Brunswick’s success, check out the sports section on page B1. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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