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The Gre enwi ch Sent i ne l Founda t i on l Oc t obe r 20 , 2017

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GCDS Steps Up for Niblock, ALS By Paul R. Silverfarb

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The first annual Donna Marie Camillo Walk To Cure Childhood Leukemia will be held in the picnic area in Bruce Park. Donna was a Cos Cob child who lost her battle with childhood Leukemia in 1968 at the age of 11. Proceeds will be split between the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Zach Price, a local child who is battling this illness. S Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 to 8 p.m. The League of Women Voters will hold a forum for Tax Collector candidates at Town Hall. Jara Burnett of the Greenwich League will serve as the moderator. All are welcome to the event. For more information, call Jara Burnett at 203-637-9244. S Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Former New York Times columnist Sam Freedman will discuss and look at how the role of the press has changed under the current administration, and what’s in store for journalism looking ahead? The cost of the lecture is $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Register online at jccgreenwich.org or call 203- 552-1818. This event is open to the public but seats are limited. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Come for an exciting evening of authentic Irish fun at "The Irish Country Shindig" to be held at Steeple Chase Farm, 429 Taconic Rd. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $95 per person. Proceeds will go towards the Greenwich High School Band Program’s plan for a performance-based trip to Ireland in April of 2018. To purchase tickets or to donate, contact Stacy Ochoa at sochoa5@verizon.net or Ja ne t Stone McGu i ga n at JLSMcG@cs.com COS COB S Thursday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. Attend an informational session at the Cos Cob Library about how to plan for life after retirement and maintain quality of life. Register with Belinda at 203-422-2342. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments. S Friday, Oct. 27, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. The Staff and Friends of Cos Cob Library will present a Halloween celebration and puppet show of the Bremen Town Musicians performed by Cactus Head Puppets. Children are invited to come in costume and goody bags will be distributed at the end of the show. This is a drop-in program and seating is limited. OLD GREENWICH S Friday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m. Join the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and First Selectman Peter Tesei as he shares his vision for the town during the 2017 State of the Town Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 East Putnam Ave. Admission is $70 per person; $650 for a table of ten. Register online at GreenwichChamber.com or e-ma i l Greenw ichChamber@ GreenwichChamber.com RIVERSIDE S Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church High School Group will be organizing a multi-family tag sale at the church with all proceeds going to victims of the recent hurricanes. For more information, contact St. Paul’s Teen Group Leader Joanne Gorka, joanne.gorka@gmail.com or contact the church at 203-636-2447.

W hile Greenwich Country Day School’s Andrew Niblock is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it’s quite obvious that he’s not battling the disease alone. The GCDS communit y showed Niblock howmuch they care and support their former head of the lower school and current director of school-wide initiatives on Friday, as over a thousand students, faculty and administrators took to the field in the middle of the campus and got wet…and also quite chilly. All for an amazing cause, as well as showing an amazing individual that the school is ‘all in.’ “We are fully supporting the journey that he is on,” said Jen Donnalley, director of communit y ser v ice at Greenwich Country Day School. “I say this to everyone, that I work for the best school on the planet, where if you have a crazy idea like getting 1,100 buckets of ice water on a field, it gets done. There’s an army of people that are all in. ‘I’m in’ is the perfect phrase because everybody rallies around it here.” So on a cloudy and cool Friday, students and teachers filed onto the field. They stood in front of a bucket of ice water and completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with Niblock accepting the challenge as well. “It’s remarkable and overwhelming, said Niblock. “It’s the way that this community does this sort of thing. It’s with a full heart and full of energy. There is no better feeling than when this whole group gets together.”

Leading up to the challenge, it was easy to see that everybody involved was excited to accept the Ice Bucket Buckets of chilly water greeted students, faculty and administrators at the Greenwich Country Day School Friday. But it was for a great cause, as over 1,000 members of the GCDS community participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, breaking a world record and showing of support for Andrew Niblock as he battles ALS. (Paul Silverfarb photos)

See GCDS on Page 10

Opioid Abuse A Top Priority For Tesei A t last week’s Board of Selectman’s meeting held at Town Hall, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei identified the pervasive opioid epidemic as one of his top priority issues. Last year, while the drug crisis began to grow at an alarming rate, Tesei commissioned a comprehensive report in conjunction with the Greenwich Department of Human Services and Liberation Programs, one of Fairfield County’s leading health organizations See OPIOID on Page 10 By Michelle Moskowitz

Candidates were asked what they believe is the greatest challenge facing the people of Greenwich in a rapidly BoS Candidates Talk Town Issues By Richard Kaufman See BoS on Page 11

O n Tuesday night at the Round Hill Community House in the backcountry, candidates for the Board of Selectmen sat down for a forum which discussed key issues facing the town of Greenwich. Incumbent Republican and First Selectman, Peter Tesei, is running for reelection against Democratic newcomer, Sandy Litvack. Incumbents Drew Marzullo (D) and John Toner (R), are also running for new terms as selectmen. The top three vote getters in November will earn spots on the board. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greenwich and moderated by Jara Burnett of the League, the candidates were asked questions, some which came from the audience, on topics ranging from the town's preparedness to handle autonomous vehicles, housing in Greenwich, parking problems, the proposed high-speed rail project and a possible expansion of the Westchester County Airport. Each candidate was given equal time to respond to each question.

Seated from left are Democrats DrewMarzullo, Sandy Litvack and Republicans John Toner and Peter Tesei at Tuesday’s candidates forum. (Richard Kaufman photo)

vote, both the HMC and the Board of Selectmen re-approved the Plan for submission to the RTM. The only remaining step is RTM adoption. While it has taken a long time to get to this point, we wanted to insure that the public had sufficient opportunity for input and we "wanted to get it right” before bringing the Plan to the RTM. The question we hear often is "Why do we need a HM plan?" Specifically, it is to protect “Home Rule” over our harbors and waters. As State and Federal Harbor Management Plan Up for Adoption By Bruce Angiolillo, Lile Gibbons, & Mike Van Oss

town counsel, authorities from the CT De p a r t ment o f Ene r g y a nd Environmental Protection (DEEP), the CT Port Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and many other interested members of the Greenwich Harbors Area (GHA) community, the culmination of that effort, “Final Plan for Town Adoption, dated August, 2017,” will come before the RTM at its October 23rd meeting for consideration and adoption. Th i s pr o c e s s , wh i l e l eng t hy, culminated in a proposed Plan that was unanimously approved by the HMC on July 12 and the following day by the Board of Selectmen. On Aug. 21, DEEP issued its formal approval of the Plan. Thereafter, again by unanimous

I n September 2013, the RTM passed an ordinance creating the Harbor Management Commission (HMC) which was duly formed and held its first organizational meeting in April 2014. The first charge to this new commission was to create a Harbor Management Plan, the primary purpose being to protect “Home Rule” for Greenwich over use of its harbors and waters. After three years of writing, editing, rewriting, holding public hearings, meeting with some 50 members of the town’s administration, agencies and commissions, the RTM, local yacht and rowing clubs, marina owners,

See HARBOR on Page 10

AMessage fromHouston By Elizabeth Barhydt

T he Honorable James A. Baker, III and his wife Susan have been occasional visitors to Greenwich at the invitation of friends here for decades, including Mr. and Mrs. Russell Reynolds andMr. andMrs. Donald Kendall, among others. When anyone obtains a position of real power in Washington, DC, the smart ones call James A. Baker, III and listen carefully. He has been referred to as the man who made Washington work , the velvet hammer, and the gold standard; but he is perhaps best know here in Greenwich as our faithful friend. He and Susan have visited to speak at Christ Church and many other venues as our guests and they have worked with many Greenwich residents on everything from politics in Washington to public policy through The Baker Institute for Public Policy. One thing is certain, James Baker

sees things from a unique and valuable perspective. This week we requested, and he gave, the Greenwich Sentinel permission to print an insightful talk he delivered in Houston earlier this month. We are grateful to have it gracing page 9 this week.

The Harbor Management Commission submits their Harbor Management Plan, which will affect use of Greenwich harbors and waters. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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