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“When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there.” Everett Dirksen

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Sports | Page 12 Catherine McEvoy dominates in final event of the summer.

Vacation | Page 2 Check out some vacation photos residents submitted to the paper.

Your Town | Page 3 Local nonprofits receive grant funding.

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Our Neighborhoods S Thursday, September 15, 7:30 pm. RTMDistrict 9 Meeting held at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center. District 9 is looking to fill three openings on the RTM. District 9 encompasses the area from the Merrit to King Street to central Glenville to Bailiwick to Pemberwick and Lyon Farm West. Contact District 9 Chair Betsey Frumin at 203-531-7203 or email Betsey@nacca.com for more information about the District 9 openings. DOWNTOWN S Thursday, September 1, 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Investment and Portfolio Management Workshops held at Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave.) This is an introductor y workshop on Investment and Portfolio Management, which is a critical component of Family Financial Planning. The goal is to help audiences learn general i nve stment proce s se s and to identify their investment objectives (or goals), preferences, and risk tolerance level in order to develop future investment policies. Holly Cao, CFA, has been in investment and wealth management business since 1999. She served as Vice President and Senior Vice President at Citigroup Asset Management, C i t i g r o u p P r i v a t e We a l t h Management and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for more than ten years. Currently she is an independent representative of TransAmerica Financial Advisors. No registration required. Additional workshop dates: 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, August 28, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. The Sound Beach Community B a n d p e r f o r ma n c e o n t h e Showmobile at Binney Park. The Sound Beach Community Band consists of 40 local musicians that play a number of different popular songs, marches and show tunes. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and join us for a wonderful night of music under the stars. Rain cancellation number: 203-861-6100 after 4 pm. COS COB S Saturday, August 27, 3 pm – 4:50 pm. Saturday Family Film – “Finding Nemo” shown at Cos Cob Library (5 Sinawoy Rd.) The Cos Cob Library presents a movie for the whole family, Finding Nemo. “After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.” Rated G. Runn i ng t ime: 100 minutes. BACKCOUNTRY S Sunday, August 28, 11 am – 1 pm. Hawk Watch Season Kickoff held at Greenwich Audubon (613 Riversville Rd.) Beginning with a presentation in Kiernan Hall at our Kimberlin Nature Education Center building, a short walk to the Hawk Watch lawn will follow where you’ll learn how to use binoculars and, with some luck, hopefully see a few raptors up close. Bring your own binoculars or borrow one of our loaner pairs. Picnic refreshments w i l l b e s e r v e d on t he l awn afterward. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $5 per person. Please RSVP to Gigi Lombardi at glombardi@ audubon.org or 203-930-1351. S Thursday, September 1, 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Save the Monarchs – Lecture and Reception held at Greenwich Audubon (613 Riversville Rd.) Enjoy a lecture and wine & cheese reception with Conservationist Jose Luis Alvarez, as part of his special East Coast lecture tour. . $5 per member, $7 per non-member. Community Calendar........................ 5 Editorial............................................ 6 Faith................................................. 8 Health............................................. 11 Business.......................................... 12 Arts................................................. 14 Sports............................................. 15 Entertainment................................. 16 Contents

“We will continue working with Greenwich town leaders over the next few months to review and discuss all possible solutions to meet the identified electric system needs in town,” said Eversource spokesman Frank Poirot. “While we have a responsibility to deliver reliable energy throughout the Greenwich community, we agree with town leaders that any solution must be appropriate in scope, design and cost.” According to Eversource, the existing electric infrastructure serving the town is expected to reach its maximum capacity by as early as 2017 under certain operating conditions. Eversource said the proposed substation project would have added about 30 years before the overloading problem arose again. “In addition to finding a solution to the electric system needs, we will also work together to develop a

comprehensive, actionable energy efficiency plan for Greenwich,” added Poirot. While the utility company, formerly known as CL&P, was disappointed with the decision the first time around, it remains encouraged with the CSC’s understanding of the urgent electric and power needs of Greenwich. Additional savings will be looked into as a proposal redesign gets underway. The formerly proposed new 115-kilovolt bulk substation at 290 Railroad Ave., the current home of Pet Pantry Warehouse, was met with public criticism from elected officials, surrounding businesses, and residents. The $140 million estimated cost for the preferred route, along with a $155 million cost for the northern

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

I n May, the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) rejected the energy provider Eversource’s proposed new substation and 2.3-mile line project that would have connected the existing and new substations. There had been particular concern—and a loud outcry—over the part of the plan that called for digging up Bruce Park to lay in the connecting line; the high cost of the project also caused concern. Though the CSC’s thumbs-down was counted as a victory in Greenwich, the basic problem of rising energy demand remains. Since the decision, both Eversource and the town of Greenwich have been working on a new plan to meet the town’s future energy needs.

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A Photographic WalkThrough History G reenwich-born photographer Fred Watkins once stood with President Clinton and South By Chéye Roberson Sentinel Correspondent

African President Nelson Mandela in the cellblock where Mandela spent 27 years for opposing apartheid. As he captured Mandela gazing out of his former cellblock window on Robben Island in Table Bay, Watkins felt so moved that he couldn’t help but cry. This was but one of many inspiring encounters Watkins experienced during his career. Over the course of 28 years, Watkins has traveled with five presidents on Air Force One, from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama—a great psychic distance from his boyhood in Armstrong Court, where he began taking pictures with his dad’s camera. His father, who was a preacher at Bethel AME church, shared his love of photography with his son. “My father led me to the water and I pursued it. I went after it,” said Watkins. Wat k i ns became ser ious about photography while attending Western Middle School (then called Western Junior High School). He joined the photography club. Later he went to Greenwich High School, where he worked on photos for the school yearbook. At Western Connecticut University, Watkins was the photo editor of the college newspaper; he graduated in 1972. Watkins credits his eighth and ninth grade art teacher from Western Middle School, Barbara Gotch, who retired two years ago after 50 years of teaching, with being another encouraging figure in his life. “It was always my goal to give them opportunities to find what was going on outside of their environments,” said Gotch. “For him in particular, I saw a spark somewhere, or some opening, and I encouraged him then to go further.” Gotch said that many of the other

teachers at the middle school were also encouraging toward their students, and the great thing about teaching art compared to subjects like Spanish or English is that “you only fail if you don’t try.” Gotch remembers Watkins always having a sense of humor and being a neighborhood kid who “had a sense of the way things operated,” which is why she felt he would benefit from developing his skills in photography. “Junior high is very hard,” said Gotch. Above, Greenwich-born photographer Fred Watkins on the set of ABC’s Good Morning America. (John Ferris Robbern photo)

Greenwich-native Fred Watkins poses for a photo taken in The White House Press Room during a recent event. (contributed photo)

See WATKINS on Page 13

Carl Brewer, a Greenwich Youth Sports Coaching Legend, Passes at 86 C oach Brewer was a husband, father, grandfather, Korean War veteran, a salesman by trade, a local youth sports coach for decades, and a lifelong friend to those whom he inspired. On July 29, Brewer passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, in Foxborough, Mass. Carl R. Brewer, born June 21, 1930 in Larchmont, N.Y., grew up to attend John Hopkins University for two years before entering the U.S. Marine Corp and serving in the Korean War. After he and his wife, Shirley A. Ehrman, married on June 1, 1957, they moved to Old Greenwich. Brewer worked as a salesman for the Foxboro Company, but had a special passion for coaching youth sports. For years Brewer was a staple in the Greenwich community as the former baseball coach of the Binney Bruins (1958-70) and the Hoyt Bruins (1966-76) and also the football coach for the Binney Bears (1963-73) and the St. Clements Vikings (1973-76). Coach Brewer is remembered by his former players as a coach who wasn’t overly talkative during practices or games, but yet was never too busy to teach. Those teachable moments, they say, came with the same quiet but attentive demeanor, win or lose. Coach Brewer had a tough-guy look with “his square build and buzz cut,” as one former player of his recalled. He’d know every name and jersey number on his roster, along with small and important stories of all his players. “He was a friend to all of his players for life,” said Mark Hatter, a player under Brewer for many years. “He was a coach, but it evolved into a friendship. He wanted to see you and he wanted to help you.” By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

The 6,000 viewers used their provided Google virtual reality headsets to transport them into the universe, courtesy of filmmaker Eliza McNitt. (Jill Steinberg photo) Introducing Eliza McNitt, Virtual Reality Filmmaker “ The most magical moment was when the VR film began the whole crowd of 6,000 gasped! They were seeing of her first virtual reality (VR) film with 360-degree surround sound in Prospect Park, Brook lyn. Her film was the finale of the Aug. 9 premier performance of “The Hubble Cantata,” with its 20-piece orchestra, 100-person choir, Metropolitan opera stars, and onstage Hubble Space Telescope lead astrophysicist, Mario Livio. By Anne W. Semmes Sentinel Columnist

what the Hubble Space Telescope sees. They were experiencing the birth, life and death of a star.” So expresses Greenwich’s prize- winning, newly energized filmmaker Eliza McNitt, after the world premiere

McNitt marveled at how the 6,000 free-admission guests had readi ly

See BREWER on Page 13

See McNITT on Page 7

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