November 27th Interactive Edition

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Sentinel Greenwich Bu i l d i ng a St rong Commun i t y Toge the r l Novembe r 27 , 2015 $1 . 25 B y r a m B a n k s v i l l e C o s C o b D o w n t o w n G l e n v i l l e O l d G r e e n w i c h R i v e r s i d e Brunswick Team Shines Our Neighborhoods

DOWNTOWN S . 7th Annual We’re Back! Party featuring Santa and His Reindeer - Friday, November 27 - McArdles (48 Arch St.) - Noon to 6 p.m. - Come by McArdle’s to officially welcome Santa and his LIVE reindeer to Greenwich. Photos with Santa begin as well as holiday refreshments provided by COSI will be served. Face Painting and Baloon Artists for Kids provided by Faces by Wells! Everyone is invited. Pets welcome. S . RMA Presents Governor Dannel Malloy on The View from the Governor’s Chair -Wednesday, December 2 - First Presbyterian Church (1 West Putnam Ave.) - Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich meetings are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. Please plan to arrive around 10:40AM for our social break (coffee and cake), followed by our speaker at 11:00M. Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, with parking on-street or at public lot two houses north of the church on Lafayette Place. For additional information, contact: S . Tree Lighting Ceremony - Friday, December 4 - Greenwich Town Hall (101 Field Point Rd.) - 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Department of Parks and Recreation announces the annual tree lighting ceremony will take place in front of Town Hall and will feature a holiday message from the First Selectman, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Rudolf, and Mechanical Polar Bear, and Reindeer Rides. The Greenwich High School Chamber Singers will be singing holiday songs. There will also be cider, hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes, as well as a lot of holiday cheer. OLD GREENWICH S . YWCA Greenwich Aquatic Hall of Fame Luncheon - Saturday, November 28 - Hyatt Regency (1800 E. Putnam Ave) - 11:30 a.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Aubrey Grodin at 203-869-6501, a.grodin@ or go to http:// benefits/aquatic-hall-of-fame/ BACKCOUNTRY S . Fami ly Fun at t he Advent Workshop - Sunday, November 29 - Round Hill Community Church (397 Round Hill Rd.) - 4:00 p.m. - Join in the fun to celebrate the beginning of the Advent season. Highlights of the event include decorating gingerbread houses, a light supper, singing Christmas carols and lighting the Yule Log. The event is free and everyone is welcome. To ensure that we have enough gingerbread houses, please call the Church Office at (203) 869- 1091 to make a reservation. COS COB S . Della Robbia Wreath Workshop - Wednesday, December 2 - Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible St.) - 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. - Create a lavishly decorated live wreath for your home this holiday season with Maureen FitzPatrick. Members $75, Non-Members $95. Registration is required (203) 869- 9242 or at S . 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Brunch with Santa. Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. 203-618-7649 S . Holiday Tea 2015 - Thursday, December 3 - Garden Education Center of Greenwich - 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Join us for a festive holiday afternoon of tea for adults and children 5+. $10 for Children 5+. $40 for Adults. $300 for Table of 8. Registration is required

stand on third down, Brunswick sent pressure to disrupt the punt and started their final drive of the game on their own 35 yard line with 2:49 left to play. After missing the previous game with a concussion, sophomore quarterback Nick Henkel led the Bru i ns on a seven-play game- photo courtesy of Brunswick School’s Wayne Lin

Sean Brennan Bowl. A defensive stop followed by a clutch 65-yard game-winning drive was just enough to put Brunswick on top in the final minute of the game. “I almost had a heart attack at that point,” Brunswick head coach Jarrett Shine said. “We played a very good Milton football team. They’re very well coached and we knew they were

going to make it a game.” “We didn’t play well at times, but that’s what life is about. You’re going to have your set backs but the one thing I keep telling the boys is that if you keep trying and keep fighting, good things will happen eventually. It didn’t happen the way we expected it to, but it worked out in the end for us. Following a strong defensive

By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

W ith just over a minute lef t on the clock, a heroic effort by both Brunswick’s defense and offense led the Bruins to a 19-15 win over Milton Academy in Saturday’s New England Preparatory School Athletic Council

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A Spectacular Sunset Kicks off Our Thanksgiving Week

Safe Rides Up & Running Again

for a time to keep the service alive, Safe Rides leaders say, but was never optimal: Those most in need of Safe Rides were leery of reaching out to the law. Now run out of the TAG office across the street from St. Catherine of Siena in Riverside, Safe Rides offers callers near-total anonymity; no last names written down, no records kept. “The whole point is to just make sure the kids get home safe,” says Victoria Rojo, a senior at Greenwich High and one of Safe Rides’ team leaders. Rojo says she knows about the risks of underage drunk driving second- hand; her mother grew up losing friends that way. “It’s not something I want to happen to someone I know,” she says. Halloween was by far the busiest night Safe Rides encountered, at least since last spring’s proms, when high demand was expected. Most nights are quieter, like last Saturday. A group of teenagers gathered around a table in the TAG office that evening, swapping stories. At a desk near a back window, Maxine McMillan, a Greenwich High junior working her first night ever as a Safe Rides volunteer, kept one eye on the phone at her elbow. Suddenly it began to ring. A light f lashed beside the receiver as she picked it up. “Safe Rides,” she said, pencil at the ready. “Where are you calling from?” Around her, the other teenagers rose from their chairs, to work out who would accompany professional driver J.C. Aguilar on the call. Maria Jose Falcon and Lily Nobunaga, both Greenwich High juniors, were quickest to volunteer. Aguilar, a soccer coach in his spare time, was in the middle of making his first cup of coffee; now it would have to wait until he returned. The coffee would be cold by then; this call was for eight different clients living all around town, from Old Greenwich to Glenville. Sometimes Safe Rides trips get quite involved. There are many rules of Safe Rides, the first of them being not to talk about Safe Rides outside of the TAG building. Often, Safe Rides volunteers recognize clients, but that is to be forgotten Mondays at school. Another

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

A fter teetering on the verge of oblivion, the Greenwich Safe Rides program is back in business, providing free-ride service 72 nights a year for teenagers unable to drive themselves home. Business, organizers say, has been good. Sometimes too good. Take Halloween. Not quite two months after the program resumed full-time under the auspices of the Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), a dozen or so teenage volunteers and their adult support staff found themselves in a perfect storm. Halloween fell on a Saturday, with an extra hour on the clock due to daylight-savings time. “Must have been a full moon, too,” noted James Boutelle, TAG’s executive director and a volunteer driver at Safe Rides many nights. Calls poured in from different parts of town, most from intoxicated or otherwise impaired teenage partiers who needed help getting home safely. With only two cars in operation that night, Safe Rides volunteers had more than they could handle just answering calls. “ The phone probab l y r a ng upwards of 100 to 200 times,” says Peter Negrea, a senior at Greenwich High School who is Greenwich Safe Rides’ president. “We ended up being backed up ten calls deep. There were a lot of clients that night.” “Clients” is the term employed by Safe Rides personnel for those they take home. Some need the service because they find themselves out late at night in an unfamiliar neighborhood . In mos t ca ses , clients are not sober enough to drive themselves, and know better than to try. Safe Rides operates Friday and Saturday nights during the school year from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., or 2 a.m. on prom nights. Hosted for many years by the Greenwich chapter of the American Red Cross, the program was picked up by TAG after a period of being run out of the Greenwich Police Department, where it had operated on a sporadic basis. The police solution was needed

Sunday evening’s sunset was a spectacular mixture of purples, reds and oranges as seen from the September 11th Memorial in Cos Cob Park. Photo by Stephanie Dunn-Ashley.

O n Sunday, November 22 , t he e ven i ng s k y appeared to be welcoming Thanksgiving week in a spectacular display of red and purple that seemed to capture the attention of Greenwich all at once, if only for a fewminutes. Those minutes were recorded by hundreds of cameras in thousands of photographs and were the topic of conversation for many this week. Bright, colorful sunsets occur more often in the fall and winter - particularly in the East - because of atmospheric conditions. The saying: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” has some truth behind it. Pure colors mean clear air and good weather to the west - weat her t hat i s l i ke l y to be heading east.

Rain on Sunday over Eastern Long Island, according to meteorologist Jeff Smith, caused the right deck of mid and high-level clouds that were associated with the storm. Sunsets are most beautiful seen through clean air, following rain, then combined with mid- or high-level clouds for the sun’s rays to reflect. This particular sunset was not caused by an anomaly or a single circumstance - it was every element coming together at the right moment. Like the elements that build a championship team, lead to the completion of an incredible memorial, or create a community newspaper, each element that led to the sunset at the beginning of this week was less than what it became when combined together.

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