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Police Department spokesman, Lt. David Nemecek. The PCBs were found du r i ng the testing for the upcoming pond d r e d g i ng a t t he pa r k , wh i c h i s scheduled to take place in early July. It’s unclear yet if anything has been found as a result of the latest search, but Nemecek said the department has discovered additional materials during other searches that appear to be Search for Remains Continues at O.G. Park By Richard Kaufman

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Monday, June 19, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Greenwich Police Department and CT Financial Crimes Task Force, are holding an open forum presentation titled "Combatting Identity Theft and Retail Fraud," at the Greenwich Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Pl. The Forum is open to all retail and business employees in Greenwich and anyone else interested in learning more about the topic. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 203-869-3500, or go to greenwichchamber.com/events S Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. As part of the Better Brain Series at the YMCA of Greenwich, join Dr. Peter McAllister as he leads an informal presentation on migraine d emy s t i f y i ng a nd p r op e r l y treating a disabling condition affecting 37 million adults and children. A lively Q&A session will follow. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 203-914- 1900 or email info@neinh.com BYRAM S Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Come hear Fairfield University professor Katherine Schwab give a lecture titled "Color in Ancient Greek Sculpture," at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave. The lecture takes a closer look at the use of color in Greek sculpture a nd a rch it e c t u r a l s c u lpt u re through new ev idence. There is no admission fee. For more information, call the library at 203-531-0426. BACKCOUNTRY S June 24 to 26 at the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course. The Town's 73rd annual golf tournament will be held on the 24 and 25, with the women's tournament taking place on the 26. There are five men's flights and three women's flights. Applications can be printed from thegriffgolf.org under the events/ specials heading, or you can pick one up from the pro-shop of any Greenwich golf course. Entries close June 18 for men, and June 20 for women. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, June 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Innis Arden Cottage. Join the Friends of Greenwich Point and the Stamford Museum & Nature Center as they delve into the world of the invertebrates. Live animals and a fun activity will be featured in this family friendly program. Daring participants will even have a chance to handle the animals. The extra-daring can even sample some edible insects! For more informat ion, ema i l the Friends of Greenwich Point Education Committee at info@ friendsofgreenwichpoint.org S Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m. The Greenwich Historical Society, along with the Greenwich Point Conservancy, will offer a historical bike tour of Greenwich Point. The tour will stop at four locations with historical significance to the town and park. Participants must bring their own bike and helmet – a water bottle is recommended. You must be eight years or older to participate; those under 16 will need adult supervision. Participants will meet at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. No fee or registration required. For more information, visit greenwichhistory. org

T he Connecticut State Police Dive Team returned to Helen Binney Kitchel Natural Park in Old Greenwich last week in search of more human skeletal remains in connection with the remains found in a wooded area off Harding Road on April 26. T h e D e p a r t me n t o f E n e r g y a nd Env i r onment a l P r o t e c t i on recommended the dive team wear protective hazmat suits in order to guard against the presence of PCBs in the water. “Connecticut State Police came down w it h d r y su it s ; t he y have protective clothing,” said a Greenwich

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Walking to Beat Cancer at Relay For Life

About 150 people attended the American Cancer 11th Relay for Life of Greenwich, which took place at Brunswick School. The event, which took place early Saturday evening and lasted until Sunday morning, had cancer survivors and caregivers taking the first lap together. Participants were organized into teams, and for the rest of the day and all throughout the night, teammembers took turns taking laps around the football field. The perimeter of the field was outlined with Luminaria bags, which were hand decorated by teammembers to represent loved ones affected by cancer. The bags were lit at 9 p.m. Proceeds raised by the participating teams benefit the American Cancer Society, to help fund research, treatment and support. (John Ferris Robben photo)

Police Detective Turns the Tables at 'Surprise' Retirement Dinner By Rob Adams

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O n Monday night, the RTM held its June meeting at Central Middle School. The 90-minute gathering focused primarily on the lease renewal of the Greenwich Garden Education Center and the center’s desire to sublease part of the building, known as the New North Greenhouse or Hor t icu ltura l Bui lding, to t he Greenwich Tree Conservatory. A s a w h o l e , t h e i t e m w a s overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 164-7-1, but not wit hout a few amendments and some debate. The town of Greenwich has had a lease with the GEC since 1957. The lease is set to expire on Oct. 3, but the GEC has exercised its 10-year renewal option. The current lease does not address subletting, so a new 10-year lease with a subletting provision is Winkles Are Worked Out By Richard Kaufman Garden Center Leasing

D et. Jeff Stempien knew. A good detective always does. A veteran of the Greenwich police department with over 34 years of service, Stempien knew it was time to step down. Sort of. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First up was the “dinner.” Except he knew it wasn’t dinner. It was a retirement party. So he made secret plans to make that retirement party even more special: To get engaged. Then married. His girlfriend, Mae Vargas, has lived with him for over four years. Their plan was go to the Philippines to get married in the company of her parents, but one does not simply jump on a plane and go. There’s the matter of the 18-hour flight (and Stempien isn’t a huge fan of flying, since an event earlier in his life). Then factor in paying a visit to the U.S. Consulate to get married. No, Stempien had other plans. He said he didn’t want a retirement party, but if Mae was going to plan one, he was going to make the experience worth it. “As a cop, I knew what’s up,” he said. “I was taking garbage to the dump—she always overstuffs the bags— and I saw a list of my closest friends. I saw a missed call from Gabriel’s Restaurant. Dan Gabriel and his wife, Sue, are actually good friends of ours.”

Greenwich Police Detective Jeff Stempien and his new bride, Mae, show off their wedding rings. (photo courtesy of Jeff Stempien)

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