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Cos Cob Dredging Nearly Complete By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Editor

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Alerting High School Families to The New Culture of Hatred on College Campuses” held at Central Middle School (9 Indian Rock Ln.) Galvanize, a new grass roots group, aims to raise awareness of the growing problem of intolerance and anti-Semitism on college campuses. Panelists include current university students, a campus Hillel director, and a Southern Baptist minister and human rights activist. For more information, please contact Bryanna Kallman at kallman@optonline.net S Monday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage. The blood drive will be held at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd. S Thursday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. At Home i n Gre enw ich , I nc ., a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, provides Greenwich residents, 50 years and older, professional guidance to meet life’s challenges and live confidently in their own homes as they grow older, will present Michelle Beltrano ESQ., discussing Estate Planning. This is a free programa, and will be held at Second Congregational Church - Fletcher Hall, 139 East Putnam Ave. To secure your seat, RSVP to Belinda at 203-422-2342. S Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Don’t let knee pain interfere with activities you enjoy. Or t hopaed ic a nd Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) will discuss common causes of knee pain and the latest operative and non-operative options to treat it. The lecture will take place in the Noble Auditorium at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling 203-863-4277 or online at greenwichhospital.org S Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Dr. James Sabetta, Director of Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at Greenwich Hospital, discusses "Tick Related Infections Seen in Connecticut." Learn about the ticks that carry infection, how to recognize symptoms and what to do if you’ve been bitten by a tick or think you may have been infected. This free presentation takes place in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Rd. To register, ca ll 203-863- 4277, 888-305-9253, or online at greenwichhospital.org/events COS COB S Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend an opening reception of "In Their Footsteps - Deborah Pierce Bonnell Paints Weir Farm," at the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Rd. Free admission. Please RSVP to shealy@greenwichhistory.org with the number in your party. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, Jan. 29, 1 to 3 p.m. Join the Friends of Greenwich Point and the Stamford Museum & Nature Center as they explore the adaptations different types of animals have made to survive the winter freeze! Meet a live chinchilla, turtle, owl and many other animals during this program. Held at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point. Free admission. For more information, email info@ friendsofgreenwichpoint.org.

that needs to be taken out to the disposal site. The project is state-funded. “We require the contractor to dredge down to minus six feet, and there’s a few little bumps that are just a tiny bit above the minus six foot plane,” Karalius said. “The weather this week has been pretty bad, so I don’t think he’s working as much as he has in recent weeks, but he’s hoping that the wind dies down and that he’s able to get those last little shoals.” At press time, around 45,000 cubic yards of sediment had been dredged from Cos Cob Harbor. When the dredging is complete, close to 50,000 cubic yards will have been removed. From there, Karalius and his team wi l l come in wit h t heir sur veyors and check the contractor’s surveying, traveling to different sites along the harbor and making sure that everything is at least six feet deep. “We do allow the contractor to dredge down to minus seven feet deep, and we

Just as quickly as the Army Corps of Engineers entered Cos Cob Harbor in October to start a long-awaited dredging, it’s about ready to put the wraps on the project. For Jack Karalius, project manager for the navigation branch of the Army Corps of Engineers’ New England district, the timeline was perfect. Not only will the dredging finish on time, but it might be completed earlier than anticipated. “Things are going pretty good,” Karalius said. “We have had no problems. Dredging has been coming along. We should be done by Jan. 31, if not sooner by the end of this week.” All that’s remaining for Coastline Consulting, the contractors for the dredging, is about one-half a dozen little shoals scattered about throughout the channel. That’s about just one scow load

The dredging of Cos Cob Harbor, which was last done back in 1985, is nearly completed. Once done, around 50,000 cubic yards of sediment will be removed. (Paul Silverfarb photo)

will pay him for that extra foot,” Karalius said. “With the contractor’s equipment, they can’t precisely get it down to minus six feet. We are hoping to do the surveying by the end of the week. Once we declare it cleared and the contractor has demobilized, we will release the contractor’s final payment to him.” Because of the weather being iffy t hroughout t he rema i nder of t he dredging process, Karalius believes that

the surveying could take a few days. While people throughout Greenwich might not be thrilled with the lack of snow and cold temperatures for the past few months, the weather has been ideal for the dredging to remain on time. “Unfortunately, we are only able to dredge during the winter months because that’s the least biological activity TV Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80 See DREDGE on Page 3 G reenwich resident Mary Tyler Moore, a telev ision pioneer and icon who redef ined the American woman in the 1960s and ‘70s, died Wednesday at Greenwich Hospital, surrounded by friends and family. T h e c a u s e o f d e a t h w a s c a r d i opu l mon a r y a r r e s t du e t o pneumonia, but Moore had been in declining health for years. “Today, beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” said Mara Buxbaum, Moore’s longtime publicist. “A groundbreaking ac t ress, producer, and pa ssionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.” Moore, who moved to Greenwich from the Hudson Valley in 2006, is best known for playing Mary Richards on the CBS hit sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-77), a character credited with starting a cultural revolution. Richards is a single female journalist trying to make a successful career in a field dominated by men. Her spirit is encapsulated in the show’s opening sequence, when Mary joyfully tosses her knit cap into the Minneapolis air. It is encapsulated too in the finale’s last scene: as the gang leaves the studio for good, the ever-responsible Mary turns back, alone, to take one last look and shut out the light. Moore first gained renown in the role of Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966. She won six Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Tony Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in a role the polar opposite of Mary Richards: the cold, grieving housewife Beth Jarrett in “Ordinary People” (1980), directed by Robert Redford. In addition to her work in front of the camera, Moore was active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Moore herself suffered from diabetes. As an animal activist, she co-founded Broadway Barks, a pet adoption fair, and worked for Farm Sanctuary. “We are all saddened to learn of the passing of our long-time Greenwich resident Ma r y Tyler Moore,” sa id Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei. “I grew up watching her on TV. She was an By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Editor

The Thrill of Victory...

After two years of inclement winter weather cancelling the annual Brunswick Invitational Tournament, grapplers from as far as Maine and Pennsylvania traveled to the King Street campus of Brunswick School for competition in the BIT. And the Bruins made sure that the home team's fans left happy, as they had eight athletes compete in a championship match and won the tournament with a score of 298 points. In fact, the next closest team was Ridgefield High School, which had 141.5 points. To read much more on the BIT, check out the sports section that starts on page B1. (John Ferris Robben photo) YWCA Holds 'Why Words Matter' Discussion in Honor of MLK Jr. I n a standing room only crowd last Wednesday at the Greenwich YWCA, a panel of local community leaders hosted a discussion about hateful rhetoric in an event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believe. The minute they begin to believe them, they will act on them.” Walker also spoke of building an atmosphere where all kids feel safe, and named the Boys and Girls Club as one of the most diverse places in the entire town. “We talk constantly about what a community is, and how everyone plays a role in protecting that community,” said Walker. “I’m proud that we do live in a community where we can talk about this topic in a room of standing room only. I think that is very powerful.” Dr. Corda, brought in as the interim superintendent last spring, spoke about By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter See YWCA on Page 3

The annual event was centered on the theme “Why Words Matter” and featured moderator Steve Ginsburg, the Connecticut Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League, Bobby Walker Jr., CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Deirdre Daly, the U.S. Attorney for the state of Connecticut, and Dr. Salvatore Corda, the interim superintendent for Greenwich Public Schools. Walker, the director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich for nearly three years, says the increase in hateful and racist rhetoric is aided by national discussion being filtered down through social media. “Unfortunately, people are saying a lot of things,” said Walker. “Our concern is making sure the words that kids are using and what the kids are hearing, don’t become the things that our kids

The Greenwich YWCA held a panel discussion on "Why Words Matter" featuring, from left, Dr. Sal Corda, Bobby Walker Jr., Deirdre Daly and moderator Steve Ginsburg. (Evan Triantafilidis photo)

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