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The ribbon was cut Wednesday morning at the Hill House senior residence building in Riverside on the new extension. (Evan Triantafilidis photo) Hill House Cuts Ribbon in Celebration of NewWing By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

been here today if it had not been for the primary efforts of Mary Campinell, Anne Cassidy and Patricia McDonald.” “We wou l d no t b e h e r e today if it were not for Sam’s vision, dedication, steadfastness, perseverance and going out to get this vision to become a reality,” said Joy Lautenbach, chair of the Capital Campaign for Hill House, past president of Hill House and current board member. “To our residents who are seated here with us this morning,” Telerico said, addressing the crowd. “They were the group that put up with the greatest amount of disruption during this construction year. There were complaints of being relocated to have t heir mea ls and not enough parking. You all should be celebrating this day as much as anyone else. We thank you for your patience.” The c ampa i g n w i l l a l s o c o n t r i b u t e t o c o n t i nu i n g maintenance, general upkeep and repairs to the existing building. Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy

Wyman spoke on the importance of t he project for t he senior citizens who take advantage of accessible and affordable housing. “I can understand why [Sam] is so proud of it because it is a beautiful place,” said Wyman after a tour of the facility. “To all the current and former legislators who are here, thank you for the work you do all the time. On behalf of the Governor, it really is an honor and a privilege to be here today. It’s great to see state government, the public-private sector, and the non-profit sector get together and work for the right reasons. This kind of project is so, very important.” De pa r tment o f Hou s i ng Commissioner Evonne Klein e c ho e d Wyma n’s wo rd s o f importance with a more local tone. “The seniors have a special pl ac e i n a l l of ou r he a r t s ,” said Klein. “This kind of work makes us feel good in our heart.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of a brand new extension to the Hill House senior residence building in Riverside, with plenty of elected officials and community members on hand for tours of the new expansion. The Capital Campaign for Hill House, under the leadership o f J oy L au t e nb a c h , r a i s e d necessary funding to complete the construction of the new building wing that includes enhanced resident programming for the existing facility with 37 units along with the addition of 24 brand new units. Sam Telerico, president of Hill House, thanked the many supporters of the project for their dedication and patience during the process. “If you’ve drove by over the past year wondering what is going on here, well this is it,” said Telerico. “We’re very proud of it. “This building would not have

years. The BCA is one of the most prominent private breast cancer organizations in the United States whose mission is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and ultimately, a cure. In 1996, a group of six women in Greenwich were on a mission, when one of its founders, Mary Waterman, was diagnosed with Stage Four breast cancer. The immediate goal was to educate and empower women about the disease and provide the necessary tools and resources that would help guide those affected throughout the cancer process. Waterman died before their first fundraising event took place. But 20 years later, the BCA has become one of the region’s most impactful organizations and has awarded over $22 million in grant funding. In an effort to support its goals and have the largest impact possible on the disease, the BCA invests its funding

in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, and regional, educational outreach programs, and dignif ied support and screening for the uninsured and underserved. With its multitude of fundraising events and public endeavors, the BCA is run by a staff of just two full-time employees: Executive Director Yonni Wattenmaker and Executive Assistant Crystal Stout. The organization prefers to use its the funds it raises toward furthering research, with the tireless support of its committed and diversified 30-person executive board and advisory council. “There is so much scientific research out there and with government support of research at an all-time low, we are spending our money to ultimately find a cure for this disease,” said Wattenmaker. Wattenmaker, who has been with the BCA for six years, has become the definitive expert on all things breast cancer and acts indirectly as a breast cancer “concierge” as she helps each

person in any way that she can. “I am always getting calls and emails about helping to point people in the right direction. I love the people I get to meet and work with, even when some days are harder than others,” said Wattenmaker. The BCA’s allocation of resources is divided up in four key ways: Funding of innovative research: The BCA provides scientific venture capital to fund innovative research with an emphasis on programs that have not yet qualified for federal grants, whereby creating a bridge between this early research and providing a platform for these researchers to generate preliminary results. D e v e l o p i n g n e w s k i l l s a n d champion i ng young doc tor s a nd scientists: The BCA awards two-year Young Investigator Grants to doctors and scientists in the early stages of their careers as well as provide funding for Breast Surgery Fellowships at Society of Surgical Oncology accredited institutions which then provides post-graduate

training in breast surgery. Through this direct investment and support, they are encouraging up-and- coming young medical professionals to commit themselves to the fight against breast cancer. A rigorous grant process: The BCA has set up a stringent grant process by creating an External Review Committee, which includes some of the leading medical experts in the country. Its works closely with the Research Grants Committee, which has synergistic relationships with all grantees as well as their institutions. Some of their notewor t hy successes i nclude t he development of the sentinel node biopsy, the Dr. Marvel machine and a DNA sequencer. Over the past 20 years, the BCA has funded cutting-edge research and fellowships at some of the national’s leading institutions, including Albert

By Michelle Moskowitz Sentinel Correspondent

O ctober marks breast cancer awareness month, and the pink ribbons you see in great number are the symbol of hope in the fight against this pervasive disease. Recent statistics are startling. About one in eight women and one in 100 men will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (only lung cancer kills more women per year). About 85 percent of women who get the disease have no family history of it. Connecticut ranks in the top three in the country in the rate of breast cancer incidences, and Fairfield County has more cases than any other county in Connecticut. These a la rmi ng fac ts a re what motivate the Greenwich-based Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) to action, and have done so every day for the past 20

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Dredging of Cos Cob Harbor to Begin Next Week By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Editor



Post Road. The harbor channel was last dredged in 1985, and since then large amounts of silt and sediment have accumulated, somet imes mak i ng passage difficult when the tide goes out. By law, the channel needs to be six feet deep at low tide. “There are places where it’s t wo fe e t , t h r e e fe e t ,” s a i d Frank Mazza, chairman of the Greenwich Harbor Management Commission for a story that appea red in t he Greenwich Sentinel last year. “The upper part of the river is the worst part, so the Army Corps deems that it should be dredged.” Ac cord i ng to t he Army Corps of Engineers, the window to complete the project is from Oct. 1 to Jan. 31. S t a r t i n g n e x t w e e k , prime contractor Coast line Consulting, a Branford-based company, will remove around 50,000 cubic yards of sediment from the 100-foot wide channel in the Mianus River. They will use a dredge barge with a crane or backhoe mounted on it with a bucket that will scoop up the sediment. The barge wi l l place t he sediment in a vessel that can hold 2,000 cubic yards and tow the sediment eight miles away to


S tarting next week, the long awaited dredging of Cos Cob Harbor will finally begin. Wit h a t imel i ne of fou r mont hs, t he Army Corp of Engineers plans to start the dredging on the East Putnam Ave. side of the Harbor. J a c k K a r a l i u s , p r o j e c t manager with the Army Corps of Engineers, said he’s hopeful the project will only take two months, but that depends on weather, equipment breakdown and other unforeseen issues along the way. “Wi nt e r ha s t he l owe s t biological activity,” Karalius s a i d . “You don’t have t he anadromous fish running up the river, winter flounder and so forth. Spring, summer and fall are very active and that’s why we are doing the dredging in the middle of the winter. Although it’s tough for the contractors, it ’s t he best t ime to do t he dredging.” T h e A r m y C o r p s o f Engineers will dredge Cos Cob Harbor from buoy No. 9, just outside the Riverside Yacht Club, all the way up to Route 1, the

Buying Local is Good for Greenwich Skip the internet and pull yourself away from Amazon prime, buy from the local shops that support our town. Buying outside of your hometown has been described as creating a financially anemic town because the financial resources of the town are bleeding outside of the borders and they never come back. On the other hand, buying from the shop around the corner owned by one of your neighbors pours 65% of what you just spent back into the local economy. These are the same companies that say yes to almost every request from our local non-profits, they say yes for silent auctions, they say yes for ad books, they say yes to supporting local school projects. Whenever we all ask for help, that is what local businesses do, it is what we all do together. Atelier Constantin Popescu, LLC • BerkshireHathaway Home Services New England • Brian Derosier • Brunswick School Caren’s Cos Cobber • Castiglione Funeral Home, Inc. • Christ Church Christ Church Book Store • Coldwell Banker • Computer Super Center Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home • Deborah Ference-Gray Douglas Elliman Real Estate • The First Bank of Greenwich First Choice Windows • Dr. Fucigna • Opthamologist Greenwich Education • Greenwich Land Trust • Greenwich Property Management • Griffith E. Harris Insurance • Happy Coin • JACKDog Junior League of Greenwich • Lighthouse Technology Partners Manfredi Jewels • McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center • Moffly Media ONS • The Osborn • Choice Pet • Patty’s Portico • Real Living Riverside School of Music • Rudy’s Executive Transportation Sacred Heart • Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. • SPORTSPLEX The Tarry Market • Curt Wood • VIP Pet Care. Sentinel Greenwich

a placement site in Long Island Sound. “This is important to the community,” Karalius said. “It’s been over 20 years since the last time it was dredged and it’s filled up. Some of the deeper draft vessels are having trouble navigating up and down the river. If we don’t dredge it soon, it will be a serious safety issue.” Dredging of the Cos Cob Harbor will start up next week and will be completed no later than in four months. (Evan Triantafilidis photo)


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