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Vitto’s Bids Farewell to Old Greenwich Friends A fter 28 years in business in Old Greenwich, Vitto’s V & V Mini Market is closing its doors. By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Our Neighborhoods S Thursday, September 15, 7:30 pm. RTM District 9 Meeting held at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center. District 9 is looking to fill three openings on the RTM. District 9 encompasses the area from the Merrit to King Street to central Glenville to Bailiwick to Pemberwick and Lyon FarmWest. Contact District 9 Chair Betsey Frumin at 203-531- 7203 or email Betsey@nacca.com for more information about the District 9 openings. DOWNTOWN S Wednesday, September 7, 6 pm. ONSF presents a free seminar for the Greenwich Youth Football League (GYFL) at the Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave) “Play Strong, Play Safe” presented by ONSF. Know t he Fa c t s about Weight Lifting, Intensity Training, Nutrition and Safety of Supplementation. Panelists include” Dr. Paul Sethi, Niko Koutovides, Dr. Katie Vadasdi, Dr. Marc Kowalsky, and Alicia Hirscht. For information, call 203-869-3131. S Saturday, September 10, 12 pm to 3 pm. YWCA Greenwich Fabulous Family Fair held at YWCA (259 E. Putnam Ave.) The YWCA of Greenwich is giving free admission to families and children to their second annual Fabulous Family Fair. There will be pitching and batting cage along with trial YWCA classes and activities available. S Sunday, September 11, 7:30 am. HSS Tour De Greenwich XXXII 20-mile bike starting at Greenwich High School (10 Hillside Rd.) Sponsored by the Hospital for Special Surgery in partnership with the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation, this race is part of the Greenwich Cup series. Join us for a fun ride with three heats for cyclists of varying levels and speeds. More information available at www. threadsandtreads.com BACKCOUNTRY S We d ne s d a y, S e p t emb e r 7, Reg ist rat ion 11 am, Shot Gun Start 1 pm. 7th Annual G r e e n w i c h C h a m b e r o f Commerce Golf Outing held at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course (1300 King St.) *Waiting list room only. There are still advertising opportunities available. Call 203- 869-3500 or email mokane@ g reenwichchamber.com for information. S Saturday, September 10, 3 pm to 6 pm. Frank Guida Art Show Opening at Audubon Center in Greenwich (613 Riversville Rd.) Enjoy the beautiful landscape drawings by award-winning artist, Frank Guida, whose work will be on display at Audubon Greenwich through the end of October. Light refreshments will be served at the opening. BYRAM S Tuesday, September 6, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm. Free Blood Pressure Screening: Greenwich Hospital Staff at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Avenue) On the first Tuesday of each month, a visiting nurse takes your blood pressure r e ad i ng a nd a n swe r s you r questions. S Wednesday, September 7. 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. R.E.A.D. to a dog at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) A nationwide program that brings trained dogs to hospitals, schools and libraries. Choose a book and get acquainted with a dog and its owner. The dogs are great listeners! Community Calendar........................ 5 Editorial............................................ 6 Faith................................................. 8 Health............................................. 11 Business.......................................... 12 Arts................................................. 14 Entertainment................................ 16 Sports............................................. 18 Contents

Owners Vitto and Carla Vaccarezza have decided to retire, but that didn’t stop customers and friends of all generations from packing the mini market for a going-away party. “It’s like leaving family,” said Vitto Vaccarezza. “It’s like I’m going to college.” The market served as a popular hangout spot for the Old Greenwich crowd to get their newspapers, lottery t ickets, and deli sandwiches each morning and afternoon. “I enjoyed every single day here,” said Vaccarezza. “I had my good days and bad days, but the majority were good. The most important part is becoming part of the community and having people like you. They become friends more than customers.” The couple, who live in Cos Cob, say they will miss the early morning rush of familiar faces coming to get their coffee and the latest local news. “They’ve been working 24 hours a day for pretty much the past 28 years,” said longtime customer Mark Henderson. “They don’t have a very big shop, but whatever it is that you need, it seems somehow they have it. If they don’t and you want it, they’ll get it for you. It’s old-fashioned business. They make real connections with people in the neighborhood.” Henderson made a point of seeing the couple before their final day of business to wish them good luck in their retirement. “It’s going to be weird not to see this anymore,” said Henderson. “You had the family feel here. It’s a business, but the relationships to these guys were really important.” For Tom Bergeron, a regular customer and friend of the owners, the Wednesday afternoon visit marked the final time he would get in line to order his go-to tuna sandwich just before closing. “It’s the end of an era,” said Bergeron,

From left, co-owners Carol Vaccarezza and her husband Vitto, along with longtime employee Angel Marrero, celebrate their last day of business on Wednesday after 28 years in the Old Greenwich community. (Evan Triantafilidis photo) who is the host of TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” “In the era of more and more chain stores, to see a family-run business go is sad.” The Old Greenwich community, including some lifelong customers, came out in support and packed the market on their final day and hour of business. “ Th i s wa s ou r e a r l y mor n i ng hangout,” said Matty Mancini, pointing to the newspaper rack. “This corner was

Carol Vaccarezza, co-owner of V&V Mini Mart, chats with Greenwich resident Barbara O’Neil

during the store’s final hours. (Evan Triantafilidis photo) See VITTO on Page 15

S ummer vacation came to an end yesterday for students in the Greenwich Public School district, but teachers have been busy setting up and preparing for the new school year. Teachers at Old Greenwich School and Central Middle School unpacked boxes, decorated classrooms and worked collaboratively on yearlong lesson plans in schools with empty hallways. As they worked, the knew it wouldn’t be long before the start of September, marking the return of hundreds of students back to school in Greenwich. “We’re lucky to have a really tight-knit community Teachers Gear Up for the First Day of School By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Suzanne Gold, art teacher at Old Greenwich School, readies her classroom prior to the start of the first day of school. (John Ferris Robbern photo)

See CLASSROOMS on Page 15

Greenwich Radio Past, Present, Future on WGCH

concentrated mostly on light classical and classical themes.” FM Radio was invented by American engineer Major Edwin Armstrong, and owing to a protracted battle with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), the concept never really took off until the late 1960’s. RCA and other radio pioneers in the first half of the 20th century saw FM as a threat to the more-established AM radio. As such, WGCH-FMwas gone by the mid-1950’s. Major Armstrong, in fact, played another role in radio in Greenwich. He and a team of engineers set up a home radio station near the corner of Clapboard Ridge Road and North Street. That station was considered the first of its kind in the U.S. and also made the first trans-Atlantic shortwave broadcast on Dec. 11, 1921. In September 1964, a new WGCH

By Rob Adams Sentinel Reporter

T he corner of Lewis and Mason Streets has Bruce Park Sports, Computer SuperCenter, and Patriot National Bank on it. Climb a f light of stairs above the bank, go to the first door on the left, and there is one of the electronic nerve centers of Greenwich: WGCH Radio. The station, found at 1490 on the AM band, has been a part of the Greenwich community since 1964. Yet the history and fascination with radio in Greenwich predates that. The website hartfordradiohistory.com says that a WGCH-FMwent on the air on Dec. 5, 1948. The studio was located near the old Pickwick Arms Hotel, at the top of Greenwich Avenue. According to the site, “It (WGCH- FM) played a variet y of music but

Inside the studio at WGCH 1490 AM, located on Mason Street. (Rob Adams photo) See RADIO on Page 15

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