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F or some Greenwich residents and people up and down the East Coast on Tuesday morning, they probably didn’t need that cup coffee to kick start their day. The National Weather Service provided the morning jolt. A little before 8:30 a.m., on Tuesday morning, certain cell phones up and down the East Coast displayed a message from the National Weather Service saying there was a Tsunami Warning in effect until 9:28 a.m. EST. The message, however, was just a test that was never supposed to be sent out to the public. By 8:54 a.m., the National Weather Service based out of the Boston, Mass. Area sent out a tweet stating that they had received several reports of a tsunami warning and that there were “no tsunami threats for New England.” In a statement sent to the Sentinel from Susan Buchanan, National Weather Service Acting Director of Public Affairs: “There is no tsunami threat. The National Tsunami Wa rn i ng Center of t he Nat iona l Weather Service issued a routine test message at approximately 8:30 a.m. EST this morning. The test message was released by at least one private sector company as an official Tsunami Warning, resulting in widespread reports of tsunami warnings received via phones and other media across the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.” “We’re currently looking into why the test message was communicated as an actual tsunami warning and will provide more information as soon as we have it,” the statement continues. “Officials are being notified that there is no threat.” The Nationa l Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that the hazard level for a tsunami to happen along the United States Atlantic Coast is classified as low to very low. On the other hand, Hawaii, the Southern Coast of Alaska and the U.S. West Coast have the highest chance of witnessing a tsunami, with American Samoa, Guam and the Norther Mariana Islands, and False Tsunami Warning Jolts Residents By Paul R. Silverfarb See TSUNAMI on Page XX Numerous Greenwich residents, as well as people up and down the East Coast, were greeted to a message similar to this one on their mobile device Monday morning. (contributed photo) Frantz Seeks Sixth Term as Senator By Richard Kaufman

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The award-winning Greenwich Library Oral History Project (OHP) will offer two, training and orientation classes for prospective volunteers this month. The OHP conducts and collects interviews with Greenwich residents who describe life in Greenwich from the 1890s to the present day. Volunteers contribute in a variet y of roles, and training is required. For more information, or to register, call 203-622-7945 between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday or email ohistory@greenwichlibrary. org S Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. The Nantucket Project, located at 123 Mason St., will host NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine and Chris Nowinski, PhD and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, for a talk on head trauma in kids' sports. The cost is $20. Tickets can be purchased at nantucketproject. regfox.com/your-brain-on- sports S Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Joel Telpner, partner, at Sullivan & Worchester, w i l l g i ve a pre s ent at ion i n Gr e enw i c h L i br a r y ’s Cole Aud itor ium, t it led “Cr y p t o c u r r e nc i e s 2 . 0 : S e p a r a t i n g Hy p e f r om Reality,” for those curious or confused about Blockchain, C r y p t o a n d I CO s . F o r more informat ion, ema i l HelloHAP@HarnessAP.com or go to HarnessAP.com COS COB S It's school vacation week next week and the Cos Cob Library will be presenting some fun movies, starting with Peter Pan , Tuesday, Feb. 13, 3 to 4:15 p.m.; The Fox and the Hound , Wednesday, Feb. 14, 3 to 4:25 p.m.; Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie , Thursday, Feb. 15, 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and The Incredibles , Friday, Feb. 16, 3 to 5 p.m. They will be screened in the Community Room, 5 Sinawoy Rd. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, Feb. 10, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Join the Greenwich Community Gardens at its “Mushroom Log Cultivation Workshop” and learn about the ecological role of native fungi while building your own mushroom log that will produce edible mushrooms for years to come. The event is recommended for ages six and up, but attendance is limited. To be held at Greenwich L a nd Tr u s t , 370 Rou nd Hill Rd. For tickets, visit greenwichcommunitygardens. org/event/mushroom S Sunday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your loved ones out for a Valentine’s Day Nature Play Date at Audubon Greenwich. Enjoy live animals, nature-themed Va lent ine cra f ts, stories, games and more. All ages are welcome. The entry fee is $5 for members, $8 for non- members. RSVP to Eli at 203-930-1349 or eschaffer@ audubon.org GREENWICH S Friday, Feb. 16, 1 to 2 p.m. Join Audubon Naturalists as they count water birds and land birds in Greenwich Harbor. Dress in warm layers and bring binoculars if you have them. Loaner binoculars will be available. Meet in the first parking lot on the right on Grass Island Road. The walk is free; RSVP to Ted Gilman at 203-930-1353 or tgilman@ audobon.org

The t e en c ent er s er ved a s a poignant venue for the launch of Frantz's re-election campaign, since he helped establish it more than 26 years ago. It's now the longest-running, privately funded teen center in the United States. "I'm a little overwhelmed," Frantz said before taking to the podium to

speak to the crowd. "I'm overjoyed at the turnout. It's wonderful to [make this announcement] in a place like Arch Street. We have a wonderful tie to this place." Standing in front of the podium with a large red, white and blue campaign sign hanging behind him, Frantz thanked his wife, Icy, and their four children for their unwavering support. He also thanked his close friends in attendance, as well as fellow Greenwich delegation members, State Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149), Michael Bocchino (R-150) and Fred Camillo (R-151). Frantz painted a positive picture for Connecticut going forward, but stressed there’s more work to be done. Frantz noted that he's more optimistic about the trajectory of the state at this point than during any of his previous nine years in Hartford, mostly because of a balance in the legislature. The balance helped Republicans and the Greenwich delegation to include

important and impactful items in the budget last fall. "We've been able to make some structural changes that will make all the difference in the state," Frantz said. "We will, years from now, if not a little bit sooner, not be in a position where we're asking ourselves, 'Are we living in the right state in the country?'" At the end of the day, Frantz said, success for the state of Connecticut will stem from job growth, economic development, and having a pro- growth mindset. "I pledge to you that I will work as hard as I've ever worked before up there to bring about the kind of change we really need. We can do this if we get the right team up in Hartford, and I'm very optimistic about that. This election [next November] is super important. It's critical to the future of the state of Connecticut," Frantz said to a loud round of applause from the

I n front of a room crowded with friends, family, and supporters at the Arch Street Teen Center in Greenwich on Tuesday night, L. Scott Frantz officially announced that he'll be seeking a sixth term as Republican State Senator for the 36th district.

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For the first time since the 2012 season, the Greenwich High School girls' indoor track and field team claimed gold at the FCIAC championship meet, held in New Haven last week. In the photo, GHS senior Emily Philippides races past her Danbury opponent with a plethora of GHS athletes cheering her on in the background. To read more on the event, check out pate 10. (Paul Silverfarb photo) Local Physical Therapy Center Launches Speaker Series By Michelle Moskowitz

At the Arch Street Teen Center on Tuesday night, L. Scott Frantz announced that he will be seeking a sixth terms as Republican State Senator for the 36th district. (Emma Whitney photo)

practice to his long-time hometown of Greenwich, which he described as “a community that has a vibrant population, focused on being healthy and active.” “We appeal to the consumer who is looking for a well-rounded approach to not only their recovery from injury or illness, but guidance on how to stay well after they recover,” said Wilkowski. Since 2006, patients have had direct access to physical therapy in Connecticut (meaning they don’t need a physician referral to schedule an appointment). Wilkowski says that Performance PT’s team approach is most critical in providing the utmost care and encompasses the patient, therapist, doctor and other necessary health care professionals, ensuring a full-circle approach. “Be t t e r qu a l i t y o f c a r e c a n ultimately reduce a patient’s overall

L ast week, Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness, launched the first of its newly released, “Get Well, Stay Well,” lecture series, designed to inform, educate and provide the community with insight into the center’s holistic approach to top-notch musculoskeletal care. The orthopedic and sports-based physical therapy practice encompasses a comprehensive approach to wellness through its suite of services including: physical therapy, personal training, massage, nutritional counseling, Pilates, and, as of last September, cryotherapy, the process of using extreme cold temperatures for health benefits. Founder and CEO ToddWilkowski opened the first center in Manhattan, back in 2002. Soon thereafter, Wilkowski saw an opportunity to bring his booming city

Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness launched the first of its newly released lecture series last week. (contributed photo)

welcoming staff smiles, a glass of chilled white wine or Perrier, and a choice sampling of some healthy n ibble s prov ided by Rye-ba s ed Organic Pharmer, whose foods are free of gluten, dairy, soy, corn and egg. The event garnered an impressive turn-out of 75 guests, spotlighting the importance of the evening’s topic as the increase in chronic disease and systemic illness continues to rise. The evening was moderated by Dr. Susan Blum, MD, MPG, founder and

health expenses by decreasing their recover y t ime and mi n imi z i ng the need for more doctor visits or unnecessary medical tests,” said Wilkowski. Today, Performance PT boasts a total of six offices, with centers in Darien, Westport, Hamden and Stamford as well. Last week’s lecture, held at their state-of-the-art facility located at 35 River Road, was titled, “Understanding Inflammation, How Food, Exercise & Wellness Play a Role." Guests were warmly greeted by

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