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The Gre enwi ch Sent i ne l Founda t i on l SEPTEMBER 15 , 2017

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Gathering to Commemorate 9/11 Graceful, Emotional

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come for Adopt-A-Dog’s annual Puttin’ On The Dog Festival at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. The event is the largest of its type between New York and Boston. It’s a forum where people interested in adopting dogs can come and meet them. For more info, visit S Monday, Sept. 18, 8 to 8:30 p.m. Join the Southwest Connecticut affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for its monthly book club discussion on A Common Struggle by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried at Christ Church Parish House on 254 E. Putnam Ave. For more information on the book, visit To RSVP to the discussion, email Claudia at claudiadevita1123@ S Wednesday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. Deirdre McDonald, Executive Vice President of Global Industry and Government Relations at Sony Music Entertainment, will give a presentation titled “Lobbying in Today’s Washington: Navigating the Shifting Sands” at the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich at the First Presbyterian Church. There is no entry fee, and the program is open to all. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. The River House Adult Day Center is holding a 40th anniversary gala at the Greenwich Country Club. The event will honor the contributions of Anne M. & Charles F. Niemeth, and Caralyn & Douglas Stevens. A special recognition award will be presented to Kathleen Burgweger. For more i n format ion or t o purchase tickets, contact Melissa White at 203-622-0079, or email COS COB S Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. Come join the friends and staff of Cos Cob Library at the 18th annual open house and children’s book sale. There will be games and arts & crafts throughout the afternoon, w it h mu sic a l ent e r t a i nment beginning at 2 p.m. A free pre-book sale for members of The Friends of the Cos Cob Library will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. For non-members, the cost is $5. OLD GREENWICH S Saturday, Sept. 16. 12 to 4 p.m. Come join the Friends of Greenwich Point for an afternoon of art and music at Seaside Garden in Greenwich Point. The event will offer a range of engagement opportunities for young families including live music featuring Jay & Ray and Bash the Trash, a live theater production of Ojibwe & the Dreamer, face painting, games and much more. Rain location is the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Ave. S Sunday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. ONSF will hold its fifth annual 5K Run/ Wa l k & Expo at t he Ea stern Greenwich Civ ic Center. A l l proceeds from the race will directly benefit ONSF’s current research project: Unraveling The Opioid Epidemic In Post-Surgical Patients. Registration begins at 7 a.m., the start of the run/walk begins at 9 a.m., and the children’s run/ walk begins at 10 a.m. There will also be a drop-off box for unused/ expired medications. For further information, call 203-869-3131 or visit

U nder c lea r blue sk ie s and bright sunshine, not unlike that fateful day in 2001, local residents, first responders, and elected town and state officials gathered at the Sept. 11 Memorial in Cos Cob Park to remember those who were lost 16 years ago. Overlook i ng t he Long I s l a nd S o u n d , t h e me mo r i a l a n d i t s centerpiece—two glass towers bearing t he name s of t he 33 Gr e enw ich residents who perished in the attacks— served as a poignant backdrop for the ceremony; the gleaming towers rose above the foliage and were visible to those seated below as well as to the boats in the harbor. The ceremony featured remarks from Rabbi Mitchell Hurvitz of Temple Sholom, the Rev. Heather Sinclair of the First Methodist Church, and state Sen. Scott Frantz. The Greenwich High School Chamber Singers performed the national anthem, and honor guards from the Greenwich fire, police and EMS departments were on hand as well. After the opening invocation led by Rabbi Hurvitz, Scott Frantz took to the podium. Although it’s been 16 years since the day that changed the United States and the world forever, he said, it’s still fresh in everyone’s minds: “The tears still flow, the memories of our lost ones are as sharp as ever. Personally speaking, my utter disbelief that there would be other people out there that wou ld attack chi ldren, women and men will never ever really go away.” Frantz went on to talk about the By Richard Kaufman

Members of the Greenwich Fire, Police and GEMS departments carry the Town of Greenwich, State of Connecticut and the American Flag to the Sept. 11 Memorial in Cos Cob during a ceremony Monday. (John Ferris Robben photo)

bending over backwards to help other people, always willing to serve this country and certainly always wanting to stand up for what is right at the end of the day,” Frantz said. “It’s our innate sense of patriotism and self lessness that makes us who we are today and

provides for a bright future for many generations to come in the United States of America.” Frantz said that although the United States’ fight against terrorism and evil

overwhelming sense of patriotism that swept across the country immediately after Sept. 11, and that the feeling of unity is still felt on every anniversary. “We’re a st rong people wit h a wonderful set of traditions of always

See 9/11 on Page 2

Hess Top Vote Getter, Republican Slate Now Set By Richard Kaufman

on the BET, finished with the least amount of votes at 1,017, missing a spot by 45 votes. Mason tallied 1,240 votes, Duus notched 1,150, Tarkington had 1,112, Fassuliotis had 1,061 and Drake collected 1,051. According to the voter turnout results on the town website, 1,942 voters went to the polls out of a possible 12,793, for a 15.18 percent rate. Back in July, the Republican Town Committee nominated Mason, Drake, Duus, Fassu liotis, Weissler and Hess and failed to select Tarkington, James Lash and Art Norton for re-election. However, Tarkington decided to launch a petition candidacy, and was able to garner the necessary number of signatures from registered Republicans to

O n Tuesday, public schools closed around town so residents could head to the polls for the first Board of Estimate and Taxation primary since the Democrats held one in 1993. This year, seven candidates vied for six spots. Heading back to the board will be current chair Michael Mason, Bill Drake and Leslie Tarkington. Joining them will be newcomers Andy Duus, Karen Fassuliotis and Debra Hess, who reeled in the most votes of any candidate with 1,324. Nancy Weissler, a former chair of the Board of Education who is the current chair of the BET Human Resources Committee and served two terms

toss her hat into the mix and force a primary. Tarkington said she’s grateful to be on the ballot The Town of Greenwich was voting during Tuesday's BET Republican primary. (John Ferris Robben photo)

See BET on Page 2

Popular Food and Wine Fest Set for Next Week By Rob Adams

industries. Celebrity chef Scott Conant will be Friday’s honoree. The Food Network star and famed restaurateur will talk about innovation in the restaurant industry and introduce the area’s top chefs who have been named Most Innovative and Ambassador chefs. “Chef Conant’s fantastic New York City restaurants, like L’Impero and Alto, have made his name synonymous with innovation, so it’s only fitting that he’ll be introducing the incredible lineup of chefs in this region who a lso push the culinar y envelope,” said Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Serendipity and the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. “We’re also thrilled to have festival favorite Adam Richman

A s a service to our readers, it is suggested that one refrain from reading this on an empty stomach. The hunger pangs will only increase. The seventh annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival will be held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23, kicking off with a Master Chef Wine Dinner on Friday, followed by a full day of food, drinks and more on Saturday. T h e f e s t i v a l , p r e s e n t e d b y Serendipit y magazine, is a multi- day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape, while showcasing innovations in the food and beverage

One of the cooking demos during last year's Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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