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Bocchino Has Reelection on His Mind By Richard Kaufman

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Wednesday, April 18, 11 a.m. Katie DeLuca, Director of Planning & Zoning Department, will speak at the Retired Men’s Associat ion of Greenwich meeting at First Presybyterian Church about “Planning For Greenwich’s Future.” DeLuca w i l l l e ad a n i n f orma t i on session as part of a yearlong process required by the Town’s Charter to produce a Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) every 10 to 15 years. The program is free and open to the public. S Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Greenwich Hospital will hold a free head and neck cancer screening in the hospital’s Noble Conference Center. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/ events. Walk-ins are welcome, too. S Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shred sensitive documents such as old tax files, statements, medical, and social security information at the Island Beach parking lot. The cost is $2 per box, maximum 5 boxes per car. Shredding will be done on-site and recycled properly. For more information: 203-531-0006 or greenwichrecycles@gmail.com S Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Greenwich is host i ng a community forum at the Cole Auditorium to discuss ways people can enhance economic c omp e t i t i v e n e s s a r ou nd Connecticut. The event will highlight policy proposals in a number of key areas. Admission i s f ree but reg i s t r at ion i s required by April 17 at League. RSVP@gmail.com COS COB S Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. Come to the Cos Cob Library and the 17th annual Cos Cob Town Meeting titled, A Growing Cos Cob: What’s Next? There will be an open forum with RTM District 2 Vice Chair, Kat herine N. LoBa lbo and three new merchants to the Cos Cob Hub: Wellmade Market, Lorca Coffee Bar and Gelato & Cioccolato. S Saturday, Apri l 21, 2 to 4 p.m. An open house will be held at the Mianus River fishway. Access to the fishway is provided on-site off of the parking lot at The River House, 125 River Road Extension. For more information contact Sarah Nahabedian, Conser vation Resource Manager at 203-622- 6461 or sarah.nahabedian@ greenwichct.org BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join the Greenwich Land Trust for a Day of Action on Earth Day. Help the GLT plant trees, prepare vegetable and pollinator gardens, start some seed lings, and more. Families are welcome and lunch will be provided. For more information, go to gltrust.org GREENWICH S Friday, April 13, 11 a.m. The third annual Youth Day will take place at Greenwich High School. All guests are welcome to come and watch the GHS varsity baseball game, and enjoy ice cream sundaes afterwards. There is no fee. For more information contact 917- 697-2118 or greenwichbaseball@ gmail.com

L ast Thursday, at the Greenwich Water Club, the Republican Town Committee held a campaign kick-off event for State Rep. Mike Bocchino (R-150), who will seek a third term in office this coming fall. The 150th District encompasses Greenwich's shoreline, from Byram, which is where Bocchino lives, up through parts of Old Greenwich. Along with family and friends, 50-60 supporters attended throughout the evening. Bocchino said he was both humbled and honored to see such a great turn-out, and that it reinforced his decision to become involved with public service several years ago. "It's a good validation of the achievements that you've had and the strides that you've made since you were originally elected to office," he said. "We were very happy and very pleased and so honored at the outpouring of support." During his second term, Bocchino has been involved on three committees — Energy & Technology, Housing, and Labor & Public Employees —which are especially important to Greenwich. Through these committees in the general assembly, Bocchino has been able to help serve his constituents and address their concerns, and hopes to continue his work

Greenwich State Rep. Mike Bocchino (R-150) with Connecticut State Senator L. Scott Frantz during Bocchino's campaign kick-off event. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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T ucked away in a dark room a t t he Gr e enw i c h Po l i c e Department sits the dispatch area. With headsets on and eyes trained on several television and computer screens , Greenwich 's emergency d ispatchers respond to calls, big and small, around the clock. Dispatchers are the unsung heroes of any department or emergency service and, without them, the idea of public safet y might crumble. Although they may seem to be only voices on the other end of the line, they are the first point of contact with the public, and they have to be versatile and knowledgeable in order to handle a wide range of scenarios. That's why in the second week of April, these thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency equipment and of fer life-sav ing assistance n a t i o n -w i d e a r e r e c o g n i z e d du r i ng Nat iona l Publ ic Sa fe t y Telecommunications Week. "If they weren't there, we wouldn't be able to do our job. They're our lifeline," said GPD Lt. John Slusarz, who noted that dispatchers are also the first link in the chain for someone dealing with illness or health issues. "If someone calls up and they found someone that's [unresponsive], they'll give CPR instructions. They'll give Unsung Heroes of the GPD By Richard Kaufman

Never Too Cold to Think Boats...

The temperature might have been chilly last weekend, but that didn't stop boating enthusiasts making the trek to the Greenwich Water Cob in Cos Cob for the 10th annual Greenwich Boat Show. The in-water boat show displayed new power boats from 18 different dealers, representing 40 different manufacters. Some of the luxury brands that were available to test out along Long Island Sound were Monte Carlo Yachts, Chris Craft and Tiara. Fishing vessels that were available to try out were Sea Fox, Grady White, Everglades, Seaway and Scout. Some cruising vessels on display were Sea Ray, Monterey, Carolina Cat and Chaperral. (John Ferris Robben photos)

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2018 GTP Ticket Sales Frustrate Some Residents By Paul R. Silverfarb

admission tickets went on sale on the GTP website and within four minutes the nearly 6,000 tickets sold out. “I wasn’t surprised,” sa id Ray Rivers, one of the founders of the Greenwich Town Party. “Every year the event sells out and we have seen it sell out in four minutes before. Given the lineup this year, it’s not really surprising t hat we wou ld have so many people trying to get tickets.” Shortly after the tickets sold out, disappointed Greenwich residents voiced their frustration. Irate people took to social media

and let the Greenwich Town Party know how frustrated they were that tickets had sold out at such a fast pace. They let the GTP know that they’ve been going since the party kicked off nearly a decade ago and now they can’t. Some people were even convinced that shenanigans had transpired at some point through the process. “We have a process in place,” Young party attendee with face painted at recent Town Party. (John Ferris Robben photo) See GTP on Page 13

E very year, The Greenwich Town Party is one of the hottest tickets in town. This year, the demand for tickets has skyrocketed to a new level. With music icon Eric Clapton headlining an already impressive l i n e up o f mu s i c a l t a l e n t s , including Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preser vation Hall Jazz Band, Trout Steak Revival and Charlie Scopoletti & The Truth, it’s easy to see why the event on May 26 is a must-see. L a s t we e k , $ 8 5 g e n e r a l

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