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OLD GREENWICH S . “ P r o p h e t s & P r o f i t s : Economics and Theology in Today’s World” – Saturday, November 14 – 5:00 p.m. – First Congregational Church (108 Sound Beach Ave) – The First Congregational Church continues its Rev. Dr. Brenda J. Stiers Memorial Speaker Series with a talk on economics and theology featuring Rev. Dr. Serene Jones and Dr. Robert Johnson. A wine and cheese reception will follow. S . “No c t u r n a l A n i ma l s : L i v i n g t h e N i g h t l i f e ” – Saturday, November 21 – 1:30 to 3: 30 p.m. (L i ve -an ima l pr e s ent a t i on s a t 2 a nd 3 p.m.) – Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point – Free for all ages – Discover the world of nature at night by meeting some of the local nocturnal animals. Explore how animals use their senses to sur v ive under the cover of darkness. Meet a live owl, short-tailed opus sums , Ea s t rat sna ke , hedgehogs and more. DOWNTOWN S “Taxing Away Connecticut’s Fut u r e ” pa ne l d i s c u s s i on sponsored by Greenwich ’s First Selectman’s Economic Advisory Committee – Sunday, November 15 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Greenwich Library - Moderated by Larry Kudlow, CNBC host of t he Kud low Report, panelists include State Senator Scot t Frant z , Ned Lamont, Carol Platt Liebau and Suzanne Bates. S . YWCA Greenwich Aquatic Ha l l of Fame – Sa t u rday, November 28 – 11:30 a.m. – Hyat t Regenc y Greenw ich (18 0 0 E . P u t n a m Av e) – The 11th annual Greenwich Aqu a t i c Ha l l o f Fame t o honor outstanding swimmers, divers, water polo players, c o a c h e s a n d v o l u n t e e r s whose accomplishments have enriched the lives of many who live in our community. S . Y Challenge: Beat the Board – Sunday, November 15 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – YMCA of Greenwich (50 E. Putnam Ave) – Benefiting Young Mens Christian Assoc. of Greenwich, the fifth annual “Y Challenge” will raise money for the Y’s scholarship fund. This year’s t heme , “B e a t t he Bo a rd ” challenges Y staff versus board di rec tors. Each team must acquire as many team points as possible by participating in games and relays based on some of the Y’s most popular activities. BACK COUNTRY S The Greenwich Exchange G i f t F a i r – We d n e s d a y , November 11 to Thursday, November 12 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Thursday) – 15 % of a l l sa les benef it The Greenwich Exchange . Sponsored by the Greenwich Exchange for Women’s Work. RIVERSIDE S Peter Pan Open Auditions – Mond a y, Nov emb e r 3 0 and Tuesday, December 1 – 7:30 p.m. – St. Catherine of Siena Church (4 R iverside Ave) – Open auditions for the Broadway version of the show will be held on November 30 and December 1. Chi ldren must be at least 8-years-old or in third grade. Callbacks will be Wednesday, December 2. Come with a prepared song and sheet music in your key for the accompanist.
Members of the GPD lead almost 500 people down Greenwich Ave. in support of our Veterans organized by the GreenwichMilitary Covenant for Care. Photo by John Ferris Robben By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter
“Greenwich has held this rich tradition through the leadership of American Legion Post 29,” First Selectman Peter Tesei said of the Veteran’s Day wreath laying. “I think it’s wonderful each year to see the recurring faces who have deep in their heart the admiration for all those who gave of themselves so we can live free.” “The importance of our veterans allow us to live and exist in this beautiful country and today is our day to salute you and say thank you for all you gave to us.” Ve t e r a n s m a r c h e d d ow n
Greenwich Avenue in military gear and equipment. They included Major Creighton Reed, who wore the same military boots he wore in Vietnam in 1967 when he was first sent there. Receiving special recognition at this year’s festivities were veterans who ser ved i n Viet nam. They shared their thoughts with the public in attendance. “We have found in our town more t ha n 50 men who we re deployed to the Vietnam War living among us,” event organizer Bruce Winningham said. “Most of them
have never met each other or can’t recognize each other’s names.” Fo rme r Vi e t nam ve t e r a n s reminisced on their days in service and remembered the sobering and sometimes difficult parts of their home-coming. “I was 19, f resh out of high school and in a far away land,” said Greenwich resident and veteran Bob McKnight. “Toting 60 to 80 pounds on our backs and rifles in our hands, we patrolled eight to 10 miles by day. The climate was
“W e lcome Home” was the message a t t h i s y e a r ’s Veteran’s Day parade, as former military service men and women were honored and thanked for their service to the country. American flags lined Greenwich Avenue as businesses stood still momentar i ly whi le Greenwich resident s and elec ted of f icia ls applauded the veterans’ march down the avenue. W hen a n ove r j oyed eight-year-old takes cont rol of a sma l l roomful of adults and teenagers with a boisterous voice saying something is awesome, it’s hard not to take notice. But in fairness, when Brady Zeller’s bedroom got transformed into one of the coolest rooms in the neighborhood in less than 48 hours, everything was, in fact, awesome for the Cos Cob School third grader. With a little help from some new friends at Art from the Heart, a special child now has quite a special new room. “It was awesome and one of the coolest things ever,” Brady Zeller said. “I love the lava lamp, the Coca-Cola bottles and the blankets and pillows. Those pillows are so soft. I can’t wait to sleep in them tonight. I can’t choose. Everything was my favorite.” After two months of planning and getting an idea of exactly how the room should look, Art from the Heart director Karen Morgenbesser and her By Paul Silverfarb Sports Editor
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A Special Child Gets A Special New Room
volunteers transformed the room into something extraordinary. “The room was livable 48 hours ago and now its phenomenal,” said Colleen Zeller, Brady’s mother. “It’s mind-blowing how much the
kids came together and how much work they did in the final 24 hours. And the preparation that Karen did beforehand was amazing. This is something that couldn’t be done in 24 or 48 hours without a lot of
preparation.” Starting bright and early Saturday morning, the Zeller household went from two adults, three children and two dogs to up to 14 excited, positive
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Kudlow, Frantz, Lamont Lead Panel on State Tax Policy A pa ne l d i s cu s sion about Connect icut ’s economic policies and its impact on businesses will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, at Greenwich Library. By way of contrast, Aiello pointed to Philadelphia, where the city government offers incentives and tax cuts to entice more businesses and keep those they already have. By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor
The panel will include moderator Larry Kudlow, the longtime CNBC commentator from Redding, and two prominent Greenwich politicians, Republican state senator Scott Frantz and Democratic businessman Ned Lamont, a former U.S. Senate candidate. The panel will also include two executives of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy Studies, a Hartford-based business- policy think tank, including its president, Carol Platt Liebau, and its director of policy and legislative outreach, Suzanne Bates. The panel discussion, titled “Taxing Away Connecticut’s Future,” will address what Aiello calls a “ less business- friendly” posture taken by the state government in comparison to other states and cities, including New York and New Jersey. “Connecticut offers a lot of positive elements, from its proximity to New York
City, to the beauty of the country and water, its great schools, and attractive real estate,” Aiello said. “But as a business environment, we are not keeping up with other destinations around the country.” Much of the discussion, Aiello said, will likely center around the potential negative impact of the state budget, still under negotiation. According to Livvy Floren, state representative from the 149th District and assistant House Republican leader, Connecticut’s budget this year is expected to incur a deficit of around $350 to 370 million, with some projections even higher. “We are concerned with taxes, and their economic impact on this region,” Aiello said. He noted ongoing relocation rumors involving such large-scale private- sector employers as General Electric, Travelers, and Aetna as a key focal point of Sunday’s discussion.
“We would like to see that happen in the big cities of Connecticut,” he added. “We’re not being proactive with giving businesses a reason to stay, or certainly to move here. It’s sort of business as usual, and also a tax policy that is getting less business-friendly.” The First Selectman’s Economic Advisory Committee was established by Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei a year and a half ago to help grow the private sector in town. “We’re not keeping it one-sided,” A ie l lo s a id of t he Sunday pa ne l discussion. “Having Ned Lamont, who is a leading Democrat as well as a local businessman, will keep discussion lively and balanced.”
The 90-minute program, which starts at 5 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium, is billed as the inaugural event in a signature speaker series being conducted by the Greenwich First Selectman’s Economic Advisory Committee. “The whole point of this panel is to educate, inform, and activate people in Greenwich and all of Connecticut regarding issues associated with the recently passed state budget,” said James Aiello, president of a local real estate advisory firm, MAC Advisors, and one of the Economic Advisory Committee’s founding members.
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