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Bag Ordinance Passes RTM, No Fees Attached By Richard Kaufman

T hese fashion kids sure got style. a Cause Carnival Day,’ held at Round Hill Club in Greenwich flanked by their adorable children – many of whom walked in the show. The afternoon kicked off with an absolute bang, with sharp boys looking classy in their trousers to the girls having the most radiant vision in their dresses. And the parents were just honored and delighted to see their kids having fun for a cause and making a huge difference in the world. The event is in its third year. The tickets for the show at the Round Hill Club cost $50 for adults Young Models Own BCARunway By Justin Grant A bevy of faces turned up on Sunday, March 4, at the ‘Kids for

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. The 44th annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick-off from Town Hall and go up Field Point Road, east on Route 1 and then down the length of Greenwich Avenue. The Greenwich Hibernian’s will k ick of f St. Patrick ’s weekend with a raising of the Irish flag at Town Hall at 9 a.m. on March 17. Parade day will begin with Mass at St. Mary Church at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception in the Church Hall. S Saturday, March 24, 3 p.m. Come to the Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library for a family Curiosity Concert featuring the Harlem String Quartet. The concert is free, but reservations are required. For more information, go to S Now through Wednesday, March 28. SPLURGE, along with Kids in Crisis and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County are collecting Easter baskets for children in need. Cellophane wrapped Easter baskets can be filled with items for children ages 2 to 17 and can include toys, journals, games, personal care items, gift cards, packaged healthy snacks and traditional Easter candy. Contact SPLURGE owner, Sonia Sotire Malloy, at 203-869-7600 if your school or organization is interested in contributing. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, March 24, 1 p.m. Hop on over to t he annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Banksville Community House. The event is for ages 12 and under, and will feature a bake sale and an appearance by the Easter Bunny, who will arrive on a fire truck. There is no entr y fee. For more informat ion, go to www. COS COB S Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, 1 to 4 p.m. Greenwich Community Gardens Plot Sign Up Days are here. Sign up to garden for the first time, or renew your plot, and get seeds and information about the upcoming growing season. Sign-ups will take place at the Cos Cob Fire Station, second floor. GREENWICH S Fr iday, Ma rch 16 and S a t u rd ay, Ma r ch 17. To celebrate the founding of Girl Scouts, Greenwich Girl Scouts is hosting an array of activities for girls of all ages. On Friday at 4 p.m., Fourth and f i f t h g rade g i rls a re invited to meet CT State Rep. Livvy Floren, and earn the Inside Government badge. Registration is required. On Saturday at 12 p.m., there will be an ice skating party held at Dorothy Hamill. S Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Greenwich High School Band Program wi l l host t he Essent ia l ly El l ing ton Reg iona l High School Jazz Festival at the GHS Performing Arts Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. Proceeds from ticket and refreshment sales will help to support future competitive band programs and trips.

nearly 60 businesses, organizations and private schools. It will take effect in six months, in order to allow business establishments time to work through their existing inventory of plastic checkout-bags and convert to recycled paper bags. If the Conservation Commission determines that there’s been a violation of the ordinance, a written warning will be issued to the business establishment that made the infraction. A second violation carries a fine of $250; a third violation and subsequent violations would cost $500. In the original ordinance, which was spearheaded by BYO Greenwich, there was a "retail compensation fee" of 23 cents per recycled paper bag, which was to be applied to customers at the point of sale. If customers brought in their own reusable bags, no fee would be applied.

Proponents of the fee argued it was necessary in order to curb existing behavior and encourage residents to rely solely on reusable bags, since some noted that paper bags still impact the environment. Opponents said it was too punitive and unnecessary and would potentially hinder low-income residents and seniors on fixed-incomes. Among the most vocal supporters of the ordinance and the fee included a group of over 40 high school and middle school students, who showed up to Monday's meeting holding signs with slogans written on them such as, "The Future Is Not Plastic," and "If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When? Pass The RCBO!" Benjamin Cooper, an eighth-grader at Central Middle School, noted that it takes 400 to 600 years for plastic

G reenwich has gone green. voted to ban single-use plastic checkout bags at local businesses by passing the Reusable Checkout Bag Ordinance, with no fee attached, 141-54-2. “No Business Establishment shall provide or sell a Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bag to a consumer in the Town of Greenwich,” according to a section of the ordinance. “No Business Establishment shall provide or sell a Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bag at any Town facility, Town-managed concession, Town-sponsored or Town- permitted event unless otherwise p e rmi t t e d by t he Con s e r v a t i on Commission.” The ordinance had the support of On Mond ay n i g ht , t he Representative Town Meeting

Greenwich Wins LL Championship... See BYO on Page 12

See BCA on Page 12

(Cheryl Moss Photo)

F ounder, owner and publisher of Moffly Media and its flag ship publication, Greenwich Magazine, Jack Moffly, died at Greenwich Hospital last Sunday of natural causes. He was 91 years old. It is with great reluctance that t he Greenw ich commun it y s ay s goodbye to such a remarkable person, remembered as someone who set an example for us all with his endless energy and willingness to jump in and serve as a mentor and a leader. For the Greenwich Sentinel, Jack Moffly was a cheerleader, a mentor and a friend, offering advice and even an occasional guest editorial. Never one to shy away from sharing his well thought out opinions, Jack Moffly also helped shape ours. He will be missed. Following is Jack's Obituary: A Reluctant Goodbye to Jack Moffly By Elizabeth Barhydt

Members of the Greenwich High School boys’ swimming and diving team pose for a photo with the CIAC class LL championship trophy after claiming a commanding victory during Wednesday afternoon’s meet at Wesleyan University. Greenwich only had one top individual finisher and one relay gold medal, but the team’s depth helped propel Big Red to a team championship. The Cardinals finished the LL finals with 833 points. The next closest team was Fairfield Prep with 634.5 points, as GHS was able to exact revenge on a dual meet season loss to the Jesuits. To read much more on Greenwich High’s statement victory in the CIAC class LL finals, check out the sports section on page 13. (Paul Silverfarb photo) Businesses Step Up for Splash Pad at Pool in Byram Park By Anne W. Semmes

public-private partnership between the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) and the Town. To realize the “bells and whistles” Splash Pad, the JLG enlisted Goodcircle, a crowdfunding firm overseen by Long Island-based co-founders Fred Doss and Joan Overlook. “We invite businesses to have a voice, to let their employees and their customers know they are participating in the Greenwich Pool in Byram Park Capital Campaign,” says Doss. The Junior League of Greenwich

sought six premiere businesses in Greenwich: Moff ly Media, Conte & Conte Landscape Architects, Wernert Construction, Miller Motor Cars, McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, and Splash Car Wash. “Each is at the top of their game,” says Doss. “They do outstanding work and love the Town.” Doss and Overlook were “startled and enthralled by the passion these businesses had for their community.” For the three-month crowdfunding campaign, which began in February, Goodcircle sends out a weekly email blast to the six sponsors who collectively signed on to raise $100,000 for the Splash Pad. The businesses then send the emails to their networks, their customers, their friends, asking them to please join this crowdfunding effort, and to click on the ‘Donate Now’ button on these emails. “How could we not participate in something called the ‘Splash Pad,’” says Mark J. Curtis, CEO of Splash Car Wash. Curtis sees the interactive water activities of the Splash Pad adding “a great element of fun to this wonderful project. It actually reminds us of the ‘Super Sudzers’ we have in our wash tunnels for the kids to play with.” Further description of the magical Splash Pad comes from Evan Burchell

S pring has sprung! Swimming weather is on its way! And all eyes are on how the new Greenwich Pool complex is taking shape in Byram Park. But surely it’s those very young eyes that are most intrigued by the Splash Pad at the Greenwich Pool complex, offering 1,000 feet of water play. The Splash Pad, in addition to a Kiddy Pool and the Zero-Depth Entry Pool, will be available to Greenwich residents thanks to a

Location of the Splash Pad at the Greenwich Pool in Byram Park.

See SPLASH on Page 12

See JACK on Page 3

“Mystical Mozart” Enjoy wonderful music on St. Patrick’s Day with the Greenwich Choral Society March 17, 4: pm, Performing Arts Center, Greenwich High School Tickets: or call (203) 622-5136

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