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New Leb Kids to Stay Put During Construction By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Sunday, August 7, 4 pm – 6 pm. Dixieland Jazz Band Concerts on the Sound held at the Island Beach Ferry and Island Beach (100 Arch St.) Departs dock at 4:00 pm and returns at 6:00 pm. Park Pass and Ferry Fees apply. Rain Date: Sunday, August 14. S Monday, August 8, 2 pm – 3 pm. Editing Photos Online help at Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave) Need help fixing the red eyes in your favorite picture? Want to add a fun filter or a personal touch to a family photo? Online photo editing services like Pixlr and Photoshop Express make it easy! S Wednesday, August 10, 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm. Wednesday Night Concer t Series: The Bookends Band 50’s and 60’s Covers concert held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Please no pets and no grills. Rain Date: Thursday, August 11. Weather postponement/cancellation information after 4pm at 203- 861-6100. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, August 7, 9 am – 11 am. First Sunday Bird Walk at Greenwich Point Park. Join us for a leisurely walk to view birds in their habitats. Bring binoculars. Meet near southern concession stand. Contact c y nt h i a e@br uc emu s eum. org for information and Park admission. S Sunday, August 7, 1:30 pm – 4 pm. Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center held at the Innis Arden Cottage at Bruce Museum (1 Museum Dr.) At 2 pm, lea rn about plans to build oyster reefs in Greenwich Cove, farm clam beds untouched in 30 years, and improve local water quality. Hea r f rom t he Greenwich Shellfish Commission about a c o l l a bor a t i on w i t h t he Conservation Commission, U C o n n a n d N OA A o n water testing in the Sound. Commercial shellfishermen from Atlantic Clam Farms and Stella Mar Oysters will discuss shellfishing in local waters and offer a “tasting” of local shellfish. COS COB S Saturday, August 6, 3 pm – 4:30 pm. Saturday Family Film – “Paddington” shown at Cos Cob Library (5 Sinawoy Rd.) The Cos Cob Library presents a movie for the whole family, Paddington. “A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.” Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 35 mins. Stay out of the heat and cool down with us! BACKCOUNTRY S Sunday, August 7, 3 pm – 5 pm. Nature Photography Hike held at Greenwich Audubon (613 Riversville Rd.) Hike with Audubon naturalist (and skilled photographer) Sean Graesser and learn how to photograph t he great diversit y around Audubon Greenwich. The focus will be on flower, insect, and scenic photos. Ideal for learning basic composition and close- up (macro) photo techniques. All ages are welcome. $5 per member, $7 per non-member. RSVP i s requ i red to Gi g i Lomba rd i a t g l omba rd i@ or 203-930-1351. BYRAM S Saturday, August 6. 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Family Craft: Build a Solar Oven held at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) Learn how to make a solar oven from around-the-house items that you use everyday. S Monday, August 8. 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Caricature Workshop with Bill Hernandez held at Byram Shubert Library (21 Mead Ave.) Lea rn to draw Ca r icat ures wit h Ca r toon Portrait Artist Bill Hernandez.

that they know and a building that they are comfortable with. It is a building that will provide them with a sense and a backdrop of security as they see all of the disturbance, if you will, that is taking place outside as the new building is constructed.”

T he Board of Education discussed and eventually voted to keep New Lebanon School students in their current building while construction takes place on a new school building adjacent to the existing one. The BOE’s special meeting, held at the Havemeyer Building on Tuesday night, star ted of f wit h welcoming interim Superintendent Dr. Sal Corda to the meeting table and hearing out his recommendation to keep the elementary school children in their current building. “We believe there is more of an advantage for the students to remain in the building,” said Corda. “It is a building

After attending the last two New Lebanon Building Committee (NLBC) meetings and having discussions with Barbara Riccio, principal of New Lebanon School, and Jim Hricay, director of operations for Greenwich Public Schools, the interim superintendent said that modular classrooms “create a sense of disconnect.” A board vote of 7-1 ratified the NLBC’s recommendation to have students Interim Superintendent Dr. Salvatore Corda and members of the Board of Education

voted in favor of keeping the New Lebanon students in their existing school while construction on a new school is set to take place next door. (Evan Triantafilidis Photo) Sandblast Brings Out Town’s Creativity D espite predictions of rain, the sun was out and shining over Tod’s Point for the 25th By Jenny Goggin Sentinel Correspondent See BOE on Page 11

annual Sandblast Festival. The Greenwich Arts Council teamed up with the Parks and Recreation Department to host this collaborative, creative, and c ommu n i t y - c e n t e r e d e v e n t . Hundreds of cheerful beachgoers e n j o y e d t h e f e s t i v a l , f r om participating in the sand sculpting, to admiring the works of art created, all were welcome. People of all ages and artistic backgrounds decorated the beach with their indiv idua l projects, together creating a beautiful sea of sand statues. Whether using hands, metal sculpting tools, or plastic shovels, everyone added something unique and imaginative to ornament Tod’s Point’s beautiful beach. “Sandblast is one of the top ‘passive’ programs we do all year,” said Patricia Troiano, Recreation Supervisor for Greenwich Parks and Recreation. “It is a really nice family centered weekend activity to enjoy at our town beach, exploring and celebrating the arts.” Riverside native and English professor Tim Lyons took part in this year’s Sandblast alongside his daughter and two grandchildren. “It’s something that all beach lovers can come to and enjoy together,” Lyons said. “It’s very creative and shows a lot of skill. It’s great for

everyone to get together and have a beautiful day at our beautiful beach.” Everyone was able to let their imaginations roam free as they created everything from fish to lobsters to ancient ruins. Nine-year-old ISD student Flore Embrechts, joined by her three Saturday was all about fun in the sun, as Greenwich Parks & Recreation held its annual Sandblast event at Tod’s Point. (John Ferris Robben photos)

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With Sightings on the Rise, A Need for Whale Safety

Other NOAA guidelines for approaching the mammals include not placing a vessel in the path of oncoming humpback whales causing them to surface within 100 yards of a vessel. Additionally, NOAA mandates operating a vessel at a slow, safe speed when near a humpback whale. Yet it’s not only these rules that must be adhered to. Schnierlein reminds those on the water that the whales sleep on the surface because they are air breathers. As such, boaters must be aware of them, especially at night. Three humpback whales were observed on Long Island Sound in 2015, but one died from what was considered blunt force trauma, likely the result of being hit by a vessel. The whales have two different styles of eating or “feeding strategies.” One is known as a “bubble net,” in which the whales swim below a school of fish and blow bubbles. “As the bubbles rise to the surface, it concentrates a bunch of menhaden, and the whale opens its mouth wide and swims up through the school to the surface,” Schnierlein said. “Another feeding method is a tale slap, which will stun prey, and another is lunge feeding, where the whales will lunge out of the water at an angle to catch prey.” He suggested that smaller boats, under

By Rob Adams Sentinel Reporter

T hey look cute. They look harmless, despite their size. Yet they deserve respect, and need to be seen at a safe distance. They’re the humpback whales that have to come to visit Greenwich via Long Island Sound, and they simply want food, says Joe Schnierlein, research and university liaison at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Ha nna h Doy l e , a 16 -ye a r- o l d Greenwich High School student, spotted one in the water off New Rochelle, N.Y., and photographed it. “ The y ’re ve r y young wha le s ,” Schnierlein said. “This time of year, they’re heading to the Gulf of Maine area. But teenagers sometimes say they’re going right and make a left.” Schnierlein added that the whales— it appears two are in the area—are here for menhaden, or bunker. He said the menhaden of the Atlantic (and Long Island Sound) are very rich in oils and are a primary source of food for the whales. So to that end, Schnierlein says, boaters must give the whales space. In fact, it is illegal to get any closer than 100 yards, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The humpback whale spotted by Greenwich resident Hannah Doyle in the water off New Rochelle, N.Y. (Hannah Doyle photo) Despite Rain, Greenwich Still in Moderate Drought I t was a strange sight late last week and over the weekend. Sure, Nutmeggers are used to those five- to 10-minute downpours during a thunderstorm. It is, in fact, summer, and summer storms are par for the course around here. However, what we experienced last weekend was desperately needed in Greenwich and the surrounding area. It was rain. Not just a passing shower, but a sustained rainfall lasting a good chunk of the latter part of the week and Sunday. Throughout the summer and going back to late spring, the town has been quite dry… and warm. Just look at some grass around the area, which is a shade of brown and yellow. In fact, Greenwich is under a moderate drought watch. See RAIN on Page 12 By Paul Silverfarb Sentinel Editor

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