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Sports | Page B1 GHS boys' swim/ dive team wins emotional FCIACs.

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GEMS Celebrates 30 Valuable Years of Service T he Greenwich Emergency Me d i c a l S e r v i c e , I n c . (GEMS) kicked off its 30th said John Raben, chairman of the GEMS board. “The noise in the room was at a level where you can tell that everyone was having a good time. There was a lot of cause in the room. A lot of people in the room knew each other and so many of them have connections to GEMS. There were fun games and we were pretty successful in the amount of money we raised. It goes a long way towards the cost of a new ambulance.” By Paul Silverfarb year providing Greenwich residents with emergency ambulance services in grand fashion on Feb. 25. Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse was filled to capacity with people celebrating GEMS 30th year in town, and also helping raise money for the valuable nonprofit. “It was a great atmosphere,” In addition to Raben and the life savers of GEMS, Police Chief

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Sunday, March 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Greenwich Library will present an "Afternoon of Irish Music" in the Cole Auditorium, 101 W. Putnam Ave. Th i s un ique Celt ic duo combines fiddler Jeanne Freeman, whose playing has been described as effortlessly virtuosic, and the stunning voice of singer/guitarist Dan Ringrose. The duo will be joined by several musician friends. The concert is open to the public at no charge. For more information, ca l l Al ice Bonvenuto at 203- 622-7919 or email abonvenuto@ greenwichlibrary.org S Tuesday, March 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Greenwich Hospital holds Cancer Wellness Education Series, part 1: “Relax and Energize with Tai Chi, Guided Meditation and Sound Healing,” in the Noble Conference Center, 5 Perryridge Rd. Maintaining peace of mind and balance can be challenging when a loved one is ill. Practice mindful movements and conclude with guided meditation. Dress comfortably. Yoga mats welcome; chairs provided. The program is free. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/ events S Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. The Town of Greenwich hosts the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will begin from the Town Hall southern parking lot and will go north to US Route 1, then proceed east to Greenwich Avenue and run down to the bottom of the Avenue to Steamboat Road where it will disband. Parking restrictions will be in effect starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be “No Parking” on the east side of Greenwich Avenue from West Putnam Avenue to Steamboat Road, and on the west side of Greenwich Avenue from Bruce Place (the Greenwich Commons Park) to Steamboat Road, and Dayton Avenue will be closed at 12 p.m. from Field Point Road to the entrance of the supermarket. GLENVILLE S The Department of Parks and Recreation announces that Youth Golf Clinics will begin at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Rd., on Fridays starting March 31. The course is for children six to 10 years old. Registration by mail began March 6, and Walk-in registration will begin March 13 until classes are full. The course fee for the five-week session is $125. For more information, or to receive a registration form, call 203-532-1259, stop by the Bendheim Western Civic Center, or visit greenwichct. org. For further questions, email coachczar@optonline.net OLD GREENWICH S Saturday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come one come all and plan on filling up on pancakes, sausages, juice, coffee, and more at the Greenwich Lions Club's annual Pancake Breakfast, held at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd. Admission is $8, $7 with advance ticket and $1 off for children up to five years old. Pediatric eye screenings will be held. There will be door prize drawings, musical entertainment and a bake sale. Tickets are available at the Perrot Memorial Library located at 90 Sound Beach Ave. All proceeds from the event benefit local Lions projects. For more information, call 203-698-4033.

The party was on at Gabriele's Italian Steakhouse, as GEMS celebrated 30 years of service to the Greenwich community. During the event, GEMS raised $65,000. (John Ferris Robben photo)

Jim Heavey, Greenwich Hospital President Norman Roth, Greenwich Director of Health Caroline Baisley, Parks and Recreation Director Joe Siciliano and many others were in attendance to help the group celebrate in style. Also attending the event were people that literally had their lives saves by GEMS and it was easy to see the connection between GEMS and the Greenwich community. “It’s tremendously gratif ying and it’s a privilege for me to serve

as chairman,” Raben said. “GEMS is an except iona l organi zat ion and for any volunteer, like myself, to be a part of such a wonderful organization is an honor and is g rat i f y i ng. To see people t hat literally were able to have a second birthday is an amazing experience. GEMS ha s re sponded to ove r 150,000 calls in over 30 years. For someone like me, as chairman, to see people t hat we ac tua l ly have saved , ma kes ever y t h i ng wor t hwh i le . A l l t he t ime t hat we devot e to GEMS , it ma ke s the experience ver y persona l ly gratifying.”

See GEMS on Page 4 During the GEMS celebration last weekend, Manfredi Jewels auctioned off a ring during a game of "Heads or Tails." (John Ferris Robben photo) NASA Ambassador Tells of Solar System Discoveries B efore a full house Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church assembly hall, Andy Poniros, a Stratford-based “solar system largest asteroids in the belt, Ceres, which is also classified as a dwarf planet, and Vesta. By Caitlin Beattie

Together, Ceres and Vesta account for 40 percent of the entire mass of the asteroid belt. Ceres was the main focus of the mission, Poniros said. He noted that Ceres possesses a curious feature: bright white dots on the surface. At first, scientists where confused by the spots on the dwarf planet; but thanks to the Dawn mission, researchers were able to determine that The Rose, a hurricane twice the size of earth on the south pole of Saturn. (contributed photo) See NASA on Page 4

ambassador” for NASA, spoke about the history of space, recent missions, and what may lie in store for the future. His main focus was on three ongoing space exploration missions: Dawn, New Horizons and Cassini. The mission of the Dawn space probe, launched in September of 2007, is to explore the asteroid belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter—in particular, the largest and second

Golden Once Again at FCIACs

Scouting for Food Drive Surpasses Goal O n Saturday, March 4, the Greenwich Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts held their annual Scouting for Food drive. The food donations were brought to four drop-off locations, then the Scouts sorted and delivered them to benefit Neighbor to By Megan Alderman-Person Pack 23 was collecting food at ACME Markets Riverside to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor. (Cynthia DiPreta photo)

The Greenwich High boys' swimming and diving team was a determined group during last week's FCIAC championship meet. During the finals, the members of the 200-yard freestyle relay were all smiles, as they won the event with a blistering time of 1:27.07. Overall, it was Big Red that exacted revenge on New Canaan for a loss earlier this season and came away with the FCIAC gold. GHS won the championship with 430 points. The next closest team was New Canaan, as they grabbed silver with 367 points. Staples High School was third overall with 297 points. To read more on the swim team's emotional win, check out the sports section starting on page B1. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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