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Special Request S . We’ve received a special request from Joe Kaliko and the charity he founded, the Needs Clearing House. They are trying to help a young mother whose 14-year-old son was shot and killed Christmas Eve. He was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle while going to the barber at his mother’s request. The mother is an aide working for a family in Greenwich. She and her three children came to the United States from Puerto Rico a year ago; she lived in a shelter until last week, when she was able to secure an apartment in Bridgeport. The Needs Clearing House is raising money to help. One- hundred percent of donations will go to this family. If youwould like to give, please visit www.theneedsclearinghouse.org and use the PayPal option. Add special instructions GS1231 to be sure it is applied correctly or mail a check payable to NCH to P.O. Box 7621, Greenwich, CT 06836 and write GS1231 in the memo. Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S . “Conversation About College” on SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Greenwich Library - Meeting Room, 101West Putnam S . Family StudioWorkshops on SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 from 1 to 3 p.m., at Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. All ages. $7 members, $15 non-members, plus admission. 203-869-0376 BruceMuseum.org S . YoungWomen’s Breast Cancer Support Group on JANUARY 6, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Junior League, 231 East Putnam Avenue. Free. 203-869-1979 Youngwomenbreastcancer@gmail. com vendors on SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Temple Sholom, 300 East PutnamAvenue. 203-869-7191 TempleSholom.com BACKCOUNTRY S . Nature Sprouts: Winter Birds onWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road. 203-869-5272 Avenue. 203-609-1468 GreenwichLibrary.org S . Party Planning Showcase - featuring more than 40 local JANUARY 7, at Les Beaux Arts Gallery, 395 Round Hill Road. RoundHillCommunityChurch.org S . Children’s author Melissa Guion, reads/signs book and leads art project on JANUARY 9 at 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Greenwich, 1177 King Street. RSVP. Open to the public. Mcleodm@cshct.org GLENVILLE S . Curiosity Concerts presents: Sonic Escape: “Echoing Voice: A Musical History of America” on SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 at 4 p.m., at BendheimWestern Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road. Free. CuriosityConcerts.org COS COB S . Thursday Evening Book Club: The Assistant on THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 from 6 to 7 p.m., at Cos Cob Library, 203-622-6883 GreenwichLibrary.org OLDGREENWICH S . First Sunday BirdWalk on SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 from 9 to 11:15 a.m., Tod’s Point, 203-413- 6756, BruceMuseum.org S . First Sunday Science: “The Life and Times of New England Gray Seals” on SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Innis Arden Cottage, Tod’s Point. Free. 203-413- 6756 BruceMuseum.org Sematthews@audubon.org S . “A Time of Reflection” art exhibit THROUGH
T hree hundred and seventy-five years after a pair of English entrepreneurs bought a brook-lined wedge of coastland from the Wiechquaesqueek Munsee tribe, the story of Greenwich rolled on in 2015. There were parades, bridge and memorial dedications, parties, and an election. Something else arrived in town, a brand-new newspaper called the Greenwich Sentinel . Let’s take a last look at 2015, and some of the stories we covered that make this a year worth remembering. Memorial Groundbreaking, Dedication
O n the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, family members of lost loved ones gathered in Cos Cob Park for the official opening of the 9/11 Memorial Greenwich. They walked up a new pathway replicating the Fibonacci spiral—a mathematically perfect curve found in nature—to the centerpiece of memorial, two glass towers recalling both the Twin Towers and the
Tribute in Light that shines annually in remembrance of those lost in the attacks. “Today is bittersweet, and we’re all so proud of what we’ve done here,” James Ritman, co-president of the Greenwich Community Projects Fund, said. “It’s been an incredible grassroots effort and a combined effort. It’s really remarkable and we’re so honored and proud of what we built here.
The glass towers at the top of the pathway are engravedwith thenames of those with Greenwich ties who died on 9/11. The 32 names on the glass memorial run vertically, and are aligned to form the words “Love,” “Freedom,” “Liberty,” “Courage” and “Forever” as acrostics running horizontally. A 33rd name, Donald Freeman Greene, is set among the paving stones to represent his death in the crash at Shanksville, Penn.
“All I can say is that your design is truly genius,” Ritman said to the designers, Charles Hilton Architects and Doyle Herman Design Associates, the Greenwich firms who conceived the memorial and the landscaping, respectively. “When I look at this memorial, I am in awe of what you created. I think one town resident summed it up best when he said there are no words to describe how beautiful this memorial is.”
Greenwich Turns 375
Tesei Wins 5th Term
Republican Selectman Peter Tesei cruised to a fifth term in November with his highest- ever margin of victory, garnering 74 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat challenger FrankFarricker by a margin of 7,369 votes to 2,428. Independent candidate James Reilly took 119 votes. Joined by his wife Jill and his two children, Tesei addressed a jubilant audience of supporters at the Milbrook Club on Election Night: “I remember I once asked [the late Greenwich businessman and civic leader] Malcolm Pray what advice he had for me, he told me: ‘Just be you.’ To that point, I am who I am, and I’ll rise and fall on that for the rest of my life.” First
All 12 town districts were unanimous not only in re-electing Tesei, but in giving him strong majorities. Tesei joins JohnMargenot as the only five-term first selectman since the position became a paid one in the late 1970s. “Wewill continue toput the people of Greenwich first,” Tesei said in his acceptance speech. “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 appointment to replace the late David Theis), and Democrat Drew Marzullo (who won 4,384 votes).
This year marked Greenwich’s 375th anniversary. The milestone birthday was celebrated all year long with a variety of events, including a party at Innis Arden Cottage, historical bus tours, and a parade of more than 800 marchers through downtown Greenwich. Parade day— Sept. 27—also featured the unveiling of an American flag the size of a basketball court. “You have the whole sphere of what makes a community vibrant and I think that is the real beauty of today and celebrating the history,” said First Selectman Peter Tesei. “You can’t loose sight of the history. Having the founding descendants here with us is truly a special component of today.”
Mary Ellen LeBien was one of those descendants. “I am an 11th generation lineal descendant of Elizabeth Feake, who purchased Greenwich Point from the Native Americans and her husband, Robert Feake, who with Daniel Patrick the land that we celebrate today,” she explained. On July 18, 1640, Patrick and Robert Feake, late of Watertown in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, paid the local Indians 25 English coats for what we now call Old Greenwich. Elizabeth Feake, a niece and former daughter-in-law of Gov. John Winthrop, bought Greenwich Point with her own money and called it “Elizabeth’s Neck.”
More 2015 in Review on Page 2: Kids In Crisis Loses State Funds; A Bridge for Dave Theis; New Lebanon School Plan Denied; A Push For Later School Start Times; New GHS Auditorium Opens; GHS Band Director Reinstated; Substation Proposal Draws Fire; Parsonage Cottage Dispute Resolved; Hospitals Feel the Pinch of State Cuts; International Film Festival Debuts; Sidewalk Sales Draw Thousands; Town Party Rocks Again —Compiled and written by Bill Slocum, Taylor Knight, Paul Silverfarb, and Evan Triantafilidis.
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