November 6th Interactive Issue

Sentinel Greenwich Bu i l d i ng a St rong Commun i t y Toge the r l Novembe r 6 , 2015 The Impossible Just Takes Longer ... and More Friends $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 It’s Tesei in a Landslide First Selectman Wins a Record-Tying Fifth Term; Toner and Marzullo Return, Too Our Neighborhoods Now Available in Rye


S . YWCA Greenwich Aquatic Hall of Fame – Thursday, November 12 – 11:30 a.m. – Hyatt Regency Greenwich (1800 E. Putnam Ave) – The 11th annual Greenwich Aquatic Hall of Fame to honor outstanding swimmers, divers, water polo players, coaches and volunteers whose accomplishments have enriched the lives of many who live in our community. S Ve t e r a n s D a y We e k e n d Ceremony – Saturday, November 7 – 10:30 a.m. – Veterans Memorial Park (Cos Cob Park) – Cos Cob Post 10112 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars invites the public to attend a brief heartfelt ceremony to honor all veterans everywhere who served and sacrificed in the defense of our country. S YWCA Greenwich presents A Communit y Conversat ion: Eliminating Racism Next Steps: A Mini-Training Session – Monday, November 9 – 6:30 p.m. – Free and open to public – This important event features a keynote address by Dr. Mark Christian, Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. RSVP at 203-869-6501 S Ha v e n S t r i n g Qu a r t e t – Saturday, November 7 – 2:00 p.m. – Greenwich Librar y - Travel the world with the Haven String Quartet as they share great music f rom a s fa r away a s Uganda , Cuba, Bosnia and from as close to home as Connecticut. FREE but reservations required at www. S New Skatepark DesignWorkshop – Tuesday, November 10 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Greenwich Town Hall (Cone Room) - Greenwich Parks & Recreation is planning a NEW Skatepark for the Arch Street location! We are seeking input from Town residents who skateboard. Come and share your vision with the Town and a representative from Spohn Ranch, Inc, who has been hired to create the design. S Ho l i d ay Bou t i que by t he Women’s Club of Greenwich – Friday, November 13 to Saturday, November 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Fri) and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Sat) – Women’s Club of Greenwich (89 Maple Ave) - Unique boutique shopping experience, over 30 vendors. Start your holiday shopping here. Visits from Santa, baked goods for purchase and raffle. Free admission. All profit goes to support local Greenwich Philanthropies. S Coffee With Your Legislator - Monday, November 9 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Glory Days Diner (69 E. Putman Ave) - State Representatives Livvy Floren, Mike Bocchino, Fred Camillo and State Sentator L. Scott Frantz will be available to field questions and discuss issues that will shape the 2016 legislative session. COS COB DOWNTOWN

Peter Tesei celebrates with his son on election night. Photo by John Ferris Robben.

High School, and Hamilton Avenue Elementary School. While critics questioned his handling of capital projects, Tesei says the record shows the projects have been managed efficiently during his time in office, and that voters agree. “I take the vote as an affirmation that the leadership style, the vision, and the principles I represent are very much to their liking,” Tesei notes. St and i ng before a crowd of supporters at the Milbrook Club Tuesday night with his wife, Jill, and his young children, Caroline and James, Tesei basked in long and happy cheering. His re-election ties

him with fellow Republican John Margenot for the most consecutive victories for first selectman since the position became a paid one in the late 1970s, at five. “We will continue to put the people of Greenwich first,” Tesei told the audience, his voice at times halting from evident emotion. “That’s what this is all about…This election is not about me, it’s about we.” The election also saw the return of the two other incumbent members of the Board of Selectmen, Republican John Toner (who took 5,254 votes in his first election, following his

of any of his successful bids for the job of Greenwich’s chief executive. Tesei defeated Democratic challenger Frank Farricker by a total vote of 7,369 to 2,428, giving Tesei three out of every four votes cast. Independent candidate James Reilly took 119 votes. Tesei’s election was unanimous across town, with all 12 districts of fer i ng wide ma rg i ns for h i s reelection. Te s e i c r e d i t s “ s t y l e a n d t emp e r a me n t ” a s b e i n g k e y differentiators for supporters, along with his management of large- scale capital improvement projects, including the Byram pool, Greenwich

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

W hen First Selectman Peter Tesei is asked what contributed to his thundering reelection victory Tuesday, the Republican recalls the advice of an old friend. “ I r ememb e r I onc e a s ked Malcolm Pray what advice he had for me, he told me: ‘Just be you.’ To that point, I amwho I am, and I’ll rise and fall on that for the rest of his life.” Being himself proved the right approach in 2015: His 74 percent share of the electorate is the highest

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Some of this Week’s On Camera Reports

Town Leaf Collection Begins Next Monday

Superintendent Joseph Roberto says he believes the town last year struck the right balance with the early- November start time, which it will continue in the future. “We want to be satisfied with the program ourselves,” he says. “It takes us 25 to 30 days to conduct the program in full. If you get stormy days, those stretch it out.” The reason for delaying leaf pick- ups in the past, he adds, was that T he Gr e enw i ch Po l i c e Department receives over 200 domestic v iolence calls annually, according to Lt. Kraig Gray, making it the most reported violent crime in Greenwich. T he YWCA o f Gr e e nw i c h recognized Nat iona l Domest ic Awareness Month by screening “Private Violence: A Documentary” at Bow Tie Cinemas last week, a film that emphasizes the difficulties

some trees shed their leaves later than others. “We have a lot of oaks, and they don’t shed their leaves until Thanksgiving,” he notes. “But if you wait until then, you start too late.” Greenwich ’s lea f-col lec t ion program is provided to all properties on public streets zoned R-20 (lot sizes of 20,000 square feet in size, or about a half-acre) and smaller, and includes Old Greenwich, Riverside, Cos Cob, of bringing successful verdicts in domestic violence cases. “We chose this movie because it really highlights several different aspects of somebody impacted by domestic violence,” Meredith Gold of the YWCA said. “This film really follows the criminal justice response to domestic violence, which, as we know, is kind of behind in some ways.” Gold, a member of the YWCA Domestic Abuse Services since 2006, is currently the manager of outreach, prevention and education for the

central Greenwich, North Mianus, Glenville, and western Pemberwick. The town i s pa r t it ioned by the Highway Department into 23 sections, with collections in each section performed twice sequentially over a four-week period. Residents in serviced areas can place their collected leaves piled by the roadside for removal; the town recommends they be put in paper bags to prevent YWCA. She served as the moderator for a panel discussion after the film. “It takes a lot of courage for a victim to speak out. It takes a lot of courage for a victim to go to the police. Very often when victims still find that courage to speak up, they are often victimized by the criminal justice system.” One in four women wi l l be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime, according to Gold, but she says even a statistic like that is just the tip of the iceberg. continued, see LEAF on Page 10

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

F or t he s econd s t r a i ght year, the town begins leaf collection the second week of November, commencing Monday, Nov. 9. Two years ago, the program kicked off two weeks deeper into autumn and was complicated by unexpected storms and snowfa l l. Highway

YWCA Shines Light on Domestic Violence By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter


S The Greenwich Exchange Gift Fair – Wednesday, November 11 to Thursday, November 12 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday) 10:00

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