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DOWNTOWN S Party Planning Showcase on January 7 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Party Planning Showcase & Mitzvah Project Fair. Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave. Free and open to all. Register. templesholom.com S Thursday, Jan. 11, 12 p.m. A public hearing will be held on the proposed removal of 21 trees at Pomerance Park
in Cos Cob. The hearing will be held at Greenwich Town Hall, in the Parks & Recreation Conference Room – 2nd floor. S Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. The Town of Greenwich ha s begun t he proces s of gathering information for the new Plan of Conservation and Development and feedback f r om t h e c ommu n i t y i s essential. Come to the first public meeting on the new POCD at the Cole Auditorium. No registration is required. GREENWICH S Greenwich Public Schools will hold Magnet School Open Houses beginning next week. The International School at Dundee will hold an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 9:15 a.m. New Lebanon School will hold an open house later that day at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. Julian Curtiss School will hold its open house Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Hamilton Avenue School’s open house will take place on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. S Monday, Jan. 8, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood or platelets. Prospective donors can come to Temple Sholom on 300 E. Putnam Ave. to donate. All blood types are needed, but platelet donations are especia lly encouraged. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by u s i ng t h e Re d Cr o s s Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-733-2767. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, Jan. 7, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Learn how to harvest and prepare shellfish from Gre enw i ch wa t e r s a t t he “Cooking with Shellfish” event in the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park. The event will include a raw bar of local shellfish provided by Jadar Nygard of StellaMar and Ed Stilwagen of Atlantic Clam Farms. The program and entry to the Park are free, and no advanced registration is required. For more information, contact B r u c e Mu s e um S e a s i d e Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at 203- 413- 6756 or ema i l cynthiae@brucemuseum.org S Sunday, Jan. 7, 9 - 11:15 a.m. First Sunday Bird Wa lk at Gr e enw i c h Po i nt . Br i ng binocu lars and meet near southern concession stand. 2 0 3 - 4 1 3 - 6 7 5 6 cynthiae@brucemuseum.org

On Saturday afternoon and into the evening, the Greenwich Skating Club was transformed into a outdoor high school hockey paradise, as both the Greenwich High School girls’ and boys’ ice hockey teams participated in the first annual Holiday Winter Classic. With around 300 people in attendance, the Greenwich girls’ hockey team (pictured above) got the ball rolling and beat the combined Cheshire-Amity-North Haven team 6-1. Later in the day, the boys’ team took to the ice against Darien and came away with the 4-3 victory. In the girls’ game, junior Jennifer Kelly dominated for Big Red, scoring five of the team’s six goals. Freshman Emiri Fukuchi tallied the other goal. To read more on both games, see the sports section on page 14. (John Ferris Robben photo) By Richard Kaufman Carbon Monoxide Warning Issued

sure to place the carbonmonoxide alarm in your living space, preferably close to bedrooms or where you spend the most time," according to the warning. Residents should also use alarms even if they heat their homes with electricity instead of burning fuel. If generators are used during power outages, gas can enter a home around window casings, door frames and any other entry point in a house. Chris Davison, M.D., Director of the Emergency Department at Greenwich Hospit a l, suggest s watch i ng for symptoms in families. “Depending on the level of carbon monoxide in a house, there can be low levels,” Davison said. “So, if there was a whole family that was complaining of being light headed, mild nausea or having a dull headache, those could be signs and symptoms of toxicity due to low levels of carbon monoxide. It can

almost appear flu-like, but the people don’t have muscle aches or fevers. It should pique your interest if an entire family, or a number of people that live in the same residence, have those types of symptoms. They should be tested for carbon monoxide." The effects of high-level carbon monoxide poisoning can be felt within minutes. Carbon monoxide essentially prevents oxygen from reaching vital organs, especially the brain. "It doesn’t take much exposure at all to become very symptomatic. We are talking anywhere from five to fifteen minutes to go from awake and alert to comatose and dead," Davison said. Treatment for poisoning usually involves administering high-f low oxygen. Hyperbaric chambers, which force oxygen into the body's hemoglobin to displace the carbon monoxide, are used as well. G re enw ich 's Pl a nn i ng a nd Z o n i n g C omm i s s i o n i s preparing for the town's new Plan of Conservation & Development. A POCD is essentially a blueprint for the future. It's a community vision that will guide Greenwich's physical and economic development for the next 10 to 20 years. The POCD will result in a set of new policies that direct future growth and development, while aiding town leaders in developing decision making strategies. The current POCD was adopted in 2009. A POCD add re s s e s l a nd u s e and development ; publ ic soc ia l spaces; housing cost and variety; transportation and mobility; parks and open space; public facilities and infrastructure; sustainability and resiliency, including sea level rise; historic structures and landscapes; changes in retail and work/economic development; and implementation. P&Z Di rec tor, Kat ie DeLuca , stressed the importance of the POCD as the guiding document that shapes the town's future. "When we makes changes to municipal facilities in town they go through a Municipal Improvement process where the goal is to determine if the project is in compliance with the Plan," she said. "All zoning regulation changes also must be in compliance with the Plan." Because the POCD is so important and the process is currently in the data gathering stage, community feedback is paramount. Residents can make their voices heard at the Greenwich Library on Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. by attending the first public meeting on the new POCD. The workshop will allow residents to provide input before any plans or recommendations are made. The meeting will review the purpose of the Greenwich POCD, the planning process and the schedule for the project. Residents will also have a chance

In the United States unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 people each year, two already have been confirmed in 2018. Especially as temperatures drop into single digits and open flames, like fire places are used, it’s important to be careful and get a detector. Symptoms include: Headache Muscle Weakness Dizziness

W it h f rig id temperatures blanketing the area, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has issued a warning deta i l i ng t he dangers of ca rbon monoxide poisoning. Residents who use oil, natural gas, liquid propane, or wood and pellet stoves, should make sure that their heating system has been cleaned and inspected within the last year. If the burning of fuel is incomplete, carbon monoxide gas can form and build up. The deadly gas is odorless and clear, and so a carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to know if the gas is building up in your home. "If you have a carbon monoxide alarm, it is important to test it to make sure that it works. If you don’t have one, now is the time to purchase one. Make

Nausea or Vomiting Shortness of Breath Confusion and Drowsiness Blurred Vision

For more information about the dangers of carbon monoxide, contact your local health department, or the CT Department of Public Health, at 860- 509-7740, or visit www.ct.gov/dph/CO.

By Richard Kaufman New POCD in Process at P&Z

to share their thoughts on what they see as problems or issues within the community. Members of the community are urged to complete short surveys and use an interactive map of Greenwich which can be found at www.hlplanning.com/ portals/greenwich/. Late last month, the Planning and Zoning staff, along with the Conservation Director, Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, as well as POCD consultants, Houseal Lavigne Associates, took a three-hour bus tour of Greenwich. DeLuca said the tour was meant to show the consultants the beautiful town. She also said the tour was an excellent way to set the context for the POCD planning process. "The planning process answers three questions: What are you now? What do you want to be? How will you get there?" DeLuca said. "The first step is taking inventory and when the community tells us what works and doesn’t work, the consultants will be better equipped to put that in context after this tour." The tour hit upon all aspects of Greenwich, from downtown to Byram, up to the Audubon, across to Banksville and back down to Old Greenwich. DeLuca said they tried to show the consultants as many community facilities as possible, the diversity of housing and historic resources that are throughout the community, along with various parks and shopping and entertainment centers. "We discussed the signif icant elevation change in town and how we transition from a varied coastline to a rocky, wooded terra in wit h intermittent streams," she said. "Going from the backcountry to downtown also highlighted the choice in housing density within our community." Along with the first public meeting on Jan. 17, residents are urged to follow the town's Facebook page and twitter feed in order to stay informed and engaged in the process.

The first supermoon (when the moon is at its closest point in orbiting Earth) of 2018, photographed at Tod’s Point, just happened to take place on New Year’s Day. Welcome to a New Year. (John Ferris Robben photo) It is Cold Outside but You Can Still Win Summer Breezemont Day Camp is Holding a Summer Camp Raffle Now W e wanted to share an amazing opportunity for your family! Breezemont Day Camp, located on the Greenwich/Armonk border, is generously providing a $5,250 voucher towards tuition for Summer 2018 for one lucky Sentinel reader. To Enter the Raffle: e-mail Matt@Breezemont.com with the following information: Your name; your child’s age; and the town you live in. The contest runs now through 1/15/18. The winner will be emailed directly on 1/16/18. This voucher certificate can be split between two children, giving each child two weeks of camp. The contest is open only to new Breezemont families that have not had a child enrolled at camp in previous years. For more information, visit http:// breezemontdaycamp.com/ or email Matt@Breezemont.com . Good luck!

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