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Sports | Page C2 GHS football beats Trumbull on Homecoming.

News | Page 3 Mary Cattan brings back Murray Rogers in new biography.

EDITORIAL | Page 6 Jack Moffly's Guest Editorial is worth the read.

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D r. Mike Rush of Ray and Associates, the Greenwich Public School district’s superintendent search firm, spent nearly his entire Monday in Greenwich gathering input from the public, elected officials and students on the qualities they would like to see in their next superintendent of schools. As the clock hit 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Julian Curtiss Elementary School, not a seat had been taken and the sign-in sheet was bare at what was supposed to be the second public forum of the day for this issue. It took a few extra minutes for a group of four gentlemen consisting of a state senator, a state representative, a GHS special education professional assistant, and a very concerned parent to come together and form a circle of chairs in the middle of the gym. The setting was small, but relaxed, and Dr. Rush didn’t need his microphone to relay his questions and comments. The fact that he had anyone to question or make comments to spoke waves about a community that is statistically engaged, but missing when it came time for voicing out what they specifically want in an educational leader. “Numbers matter,” said Dr. Rush. “However, the survey is more important than the faces here.” According to Greenwich Public Schools, over 900 survey responses have been submitted online by community members. The survey seeks to discover the most Leadership, Stability, Visibility Sought in New Schools Chief By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Our Neighborhoods BYRAM S Saturday, Oct. 29, 3 to 4p.m. Help Create a Pop-Up Museum feat. Greenwich Historical Society and Greenwich Reads Together held at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) In honor of this year’s GRT selection, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, a temporary exhibit created by those present participants will last for an hour and will include some book talk. Free admission, light refreshments will be served. BANKSVILLE S Saturday, Oct. 29, 3 to 7 p.m. Halloween Party at the Banksville Community House (12 Banksville Rd.) Join the BCH for a Halloween party. Come in costume and enjoy: hayrides, candy bar, photo booth, bounce house, games, a “Haunted” club house and more. $10 per child. Bake sale and Chicken Joe’s available for an additional charge. Rain or shine. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of a new playground will take place at 4 pm. More info at bchinfo@optonline.net . DOWNTOWN S Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. October After Six at the Granola Bar (41 Greenwich Ave) Check out one of our newest Chamber members and sample some delicious bites while you network. The usual prizes, wine, fun. Members $15, Non- members $25. S Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free Blood Pressure Screening held at Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave) Free blood pressure screenings conducted by a registered nurse from Greenwich Hospital. This event takes place in the Health Information Center. No appointment necessary. S Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m. ONS Winter & Ski Safety program held at Greenwich Hospital Noble Auditorium (5 Perryridge Rd) Don’t miss this opportunity to hear important tips for winter sports sa fet y and information about the most advanced treatments for common i njur ies such a s concussions, ACL ruptures, lower back strains and more. Call 203- 863-4277 to register. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. Grand Opening of Accessible Nature Trail and Pond held at Audubon Center of Greenwich (613 Riversville Road) Celebrate the GRAND OPENING of our 1-mile long wheelchair and stroller accessible nature trail. 1 to 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting. 1:30 to 3 p.m. guided hikes/strolls and family- friendly nature exploration. Free event, RSVP to greenwichcenter@ audubon.org S Friday, Oct. 28 to Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Haunted Forest held at Audubon Center of Greenwich (613 Riversville Road) Come out for a freaky, fun-filled night! Try to brave our haunted trail or take your chances with up-close encounters with creepy creatures. Plus costume dance party, games, a bonfire, S'mores, and candy of course! More info at greenwich. audubon.org, tickets available online. Community Calendar................ 5 & C4 Editorial............................................ 6 Faith................................................. 8 Obituaries....................................... 10 Business.................. ....................... 14 Real Estate...................................... B1 Entertainment................................ C1 Sports............................................. C2 Contents

A volunteer at the Neighbor to Neighbor helps stock the shelves that stay busy during the holiday season. Neighbor to Neighbor Building Approved

The location of the approved building, adjacent to the historic Tomes-Higgins House, sparked opposition from its neighbors living in Putnam Hill and Putnam Park apartment buildings as well as others who would rather see the green area around the Tomes-Higgins House preserved as a historical landmark of Greenwich, since it sits in the Putnam

By Chéye Roberson Sentinel Correspondent

T he Greenwich Planni ng and Z on i ng Commi s s i on vo t e d unanimously on Tuesday night to approve an application to allow Neighbor to Neighbor to build a new facility on the portion of Tomes-Higgins property owned by Christ Church.

See N2N on Page 11

See SEARCH on Page 11

Everyone Loves a Parade...

(John Ferris Robben photo)

Greenwich Avenue was once again turned from a mecca of fine shopping to a place to sit down and enjoy a parade, as Greenwich High School kicked off Homecoming Saturday morning. Whether it was the Greenwich High band performing, the GHS cheerleaders and dancers getting the crowd fired up, the vast amount of clubs and organizations at the high school or athletic teams riding a float and throwing candy to the crowd in attendance, everybody seemed to have a wonderful time. Not only was Big Red, the GHS mascot, on a float down Greenwich Avenue, but the Homecoming court was driven in classic cars down the street. To read more on the Homecoming football game, in which Big Red came away with the 10-point victory over Trumbull High School, check out the sports section starting on page B2.

(Avery Belicka photo)

Boys and Girls Club Gets a Visit from Cruz, GFD By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

“I pretty much lived and grew up in a firehouse. It’s a good way to tie in what I know and to give back to the community, it goes hand in hand.” Cruz said the tight-knit bond he had with the fire department growing up has inspired him to give it back to the Boys and Girls Club, where he used to go to after school as a kid in Paterson, N.J. “You see how much of a family atmosphere is there,” said Cruz. “I didn’t have somebody to come talk to me about fire safety, or even someone to come talk to me, period.” The life lessons he says he has learned through programs like the Boys and Girls life are what he says

O n Monday afternoon, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz traded in his football helmet for a firefighter’s helmet—emblazoned with his No. 80—when he visited the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich to discuss fire safety and STEM education with students. Partnering with the Greenwich Fire Department, the Victor Cruz Foundation set up several stations inside the Boys and Girls Club to teach lessons of fire safety to over 100 kids. “My dad was a fireman for 25-plus years,” said Cruz.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz chats with members of the GFD. (Evan Triantafilidis photo)

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