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DOWNTOWN S . Greenwich Town Party Community Tickets on-sale. GreenwichTownParty.org
S . Chicken Joe’s “Ride For Kids” andThe Needs Clearing House Charities Are HoldingTheirThird Annual “Dough For Donations” Pizza Night At Christ Church on Friday, March 13, 4pm - 9pm S . Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 am - 1 pm Greenwich Animal Control “Valentine Open House.” 200 North Maple Avenue. 622-8299 S . Sat, Feb. 6, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm “Take Your Child to the Library Day.” Greenwich, Cos Cob, and Byram Shubert Libraries. S . Sunday, February 7, 1 - 4 p.m. Astronomy Family Day. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. Free. Info@brucemuseum.org S . Friday, Feb. 12, 1 - 2 p.m. “Great Backyard Bird Count – Day 1: Grass Island Bird Count.” Meet in parking lot at Grass Island. All ages. Free. RSVP. 203-930-1353. Tgilman@audubon.org S . Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Heart Health Education – Arrhythmia Management. Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road. Free. Register. 203-863-4277; 888-305-9253; GreenwichHospital.org/events S . Wednesday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. Kermit Roosevelt discusses his book Allegiance. First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, 1 West Putnam Avenue. info@greenwichrma. org; GreenwichRMA.org BACKCOUNTRY S . Sunday, Feb. 7 at 9 am. Bruce Museum’s “First Sunday Bird Walk.” Greenwich Point, Old Greenwich. Bring binoculars. Free. BruceMuseum.org S . Sun, Feb. 14, 11:30 am - 2 pm ‘I Love Audubon’ Day. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road. All ages. $20 family. Sematthews@audubon.org S . Greenwich Animal Control will hold a “Valentine Open House” on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy some sweet treats and create your own pet valentine at 393 North Street. 203-622-8299 COS COB S . Saturday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m. Cloak and Dagger Book Club: The Whispering City by Sara Moliner. Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road. 203-622-6883; 203‐930-1353 GreenwichLibrary.org OLDGREENWICH S . Sunday, Feb. 7 at 9 am. Bruce Museum’s “First Sunday Bird Walk.” Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich. Bring binoculars. Free. BruceMuseum.org S . Sunday, Feb. 7, 1:30 - 4 p.m. “Where Have the Scallops Gone?” talk. Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park. Free. All ages. BruceMuseum.org S . Sunday, Feb. 7, 6 - 11 p.m. “Super Bowl Pig Roast.” The Old Greenwich Social Club, 148 Sound Beach Avenue. $45. 203- 990-3033. OGSocial.com
United Way Names Rabin as CEO T he Greenw ich Un it ed Way announced last week t hat Dav id Rabi n was everybody wins.” Rabin is mar r ied to Lauren Rabin, who was elec ted to the Board of Education in November; he will officially begin work at the United Way on Feb. 16. He most recently was the vice president and branch manager of Webster Bank in Greenwich. profit and non-profit sectors. Rabin has a 20-year histor y of helping others in his “adopted hometown” where he has served, or currently serves, on several local boards and organizations, including the Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, At Home in Greenwich, the Greenwich September 11th Memorial, the Greenwich Youth Football League and the RTM. By Evan Triantafilidis Staff Reporter Quiet, peaceful. A beautiful time of year to walk at Tod’s Point. Photo by John Ferris Robben.
unanimously appointed by its board of directors to serve as the new CEO during the United Way’s annual meeting at Innis Arden Golf Club. “When families and children are strengthened, when self-sufficiency is achieved, and when individuals in crisis are helped, the entire community benefits and wins,” Rabin said. “It’s about giving back,” Rabin said. “This is a very special town in many ways and there’s a lot of folks who give more than one of the three T’s; Time, talent and treasure. If you can give one that’s great. If you can give two that’s even better and If you can somehow give three, then T own Planner Katie DeLuca said a survey conducted for her department regarding parking on Greenwich Avenue is nearly complete, and documents the extent to which existing parking shor t ages a re caused by s tore employees. DeLuca explained the analysis is part of an effort to get a better handle on Greenwich’s parking issues townwide. Last summer, similarly comprehensive analyses were conducted of retail areas in Byram, Cos Cob, Glenville, and Old Greenwich. “What we’re all feeling is it is a management of parking issue, as
“It takes an entire community to make a difference and we hope to unite the town of Greenwich to make a positive impact in the lives of those who need it most. Our challenges are clear and with the help of a united Greenwich, we will meet our goals.” The Greenwich United Way hired a consultant, DRG, to help find the right candidate to fill the position. Funds for the search were donated by a United Way supporter who asked to remain anonymous. Originally from Clarence, N.Y., Rabin has experience in both the for-
Rabin takes over for former CEO Stuart Adelberg, who left his position in May of last year. Adelberg served 16 years of his 27-year career as the president and CEO of the United Way of Greenwich before taking on the role of CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. The new CEO says he is excited to take on his newest role at the United Way.
David Rabin. File photo by John Ferris Robben.
“It is a privilege and honor to have been selected as the next CEO of the Greenwich United Way. Working collaboratively with the board of directors, we look forward to raising the awareness and achieving the goals, mission and vision of this extremely vital organization that has served the most vulnerable of our community for the last 80 years.” Frank Keegan, Beloved Parks & Rec Chief,
Town Readies Greenwich Avenue Parking Survey By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor
Dies at 79 By Timothy Dumas Contributing Editor
Efforts to find a spot in parking lots behind Greenwich Avenue can be unrewarding. Photo by Bill Slocum.
opposed to building something to deal with it,” DeLuca noted. The survey is in the process of being finalized. It is largely the work of two graduate students
studying town planning, Stephen Meno of Tufts University and Adam Pisark iewicz at SUNY Buf fa lo. They took up the daunting chore of
F rank Keegan, the colorful l ong t i me he ad o f t he Department of Parks and Recreation who set an example for Greenwichites by getting fit in middle age, died on Jan. 27 in Hollywood, Fla., where he had lived for the past 15 years. He was 79 years old. Keegan joined the department in 1963 and became its director ten years later. He headed Parks & Rec for 22 years, retiring in 1995. Keegan was known for his wisecracking wit, but also for his sharp administrative skills. During his tenure, he built Parks & Rec into perhaps the most prestigious such department in the Northeast. One d a y, Ke e g a n no t i c e d t hat nicely produced Pa rk s & Rec brochures, depicting town amenities like Bruce Golf Course (as the public course was then known), Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink and Greenwich Point, were disappearing swiftly—too swiftly—
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Brunswick School senior basketball standout Nacho Nwana made history last week, joining very few people in the 1,000-point club. Against St. Luke’s School, Nwana, in front of family, friends and a packed house at the Dann Gym, scored the bucket in the first half and was recognized during a stoppage of play. To read more on the Nwana, check out this week’s sports section. (John Ferris Robben photo)
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