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“When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there.” Everett Dirksen

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Sports | Page 15 GHS football blasts Crusaders 41-20, move to 2-0.

Dogs | Page 4 Adopt-a-Dog hosts annual Puttin' on the Dog event.

Greater Good | Page B1 The Waterside School is changing the way we think about education.

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Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Saturday, October 1, 7 pm to 10 pm. Pathway’s 35th Anniversary Benefit featuring Blue Jupiter held at the Greenwich Country Club (19 Doubling Rd.) This event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, the chance to participate in silent and live auctions and an A Capella performance from the group Blue Jupiter. Proceeds will support our work to house our clients and care for them through our case management and day programs. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, September 25, 1 pm to 4 pm. The Cos Cob Republican Club and The Greenwich Town C omm i t t e e ’s 8 5 t h A n nu a l Clambake and Campaign held at Greenwich Point Clambake area. $60 per adult, $5 per child. Register online at GreenwichRTC.com. Call Linda Moshier (203) 253-7240 to register over the phone. S Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 pm. Author Discussion with Heather K. Terry, author of From Broadway to Wall Street, held at Perrot Memorial Library (90 Sound Beach Ave.). Join us for an evening with local author and entrepreneur Heather K. Terry, as she discusses her journey f rom st rugg l i ng Broadway actress to CEO of a successful chocolate company, NibMor Chocolate. COS COB S Wednesday, September 28, 5 pm to 7 pm. YWCA 2016 Spirit of Greenwich Awards held at the Greenwich Countr y Club (19 Doubling Rd.) Since its inception, more than 150 local women have been honored for their long-term vision, dedication and commitment to enriching the lives of others in our community. The 2016 Spirit Co-Chairs, who have been planning the festivities for almost a year, are Nisha Hurst, LaurenWalsh, YWCA Leadership Council Member, Joy Lautenbach and YWCA Board Member, Jane Batkin. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased directly at YWCAGreenwich.Org/ spirit. S Saturday, October 1, 6 pm to 10 pm. The Undies Project at Neighbor to Neighbor’s inaugural fundraiser, Cocktails & Comedy held at First Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall (1 W. Putnam Ave) Cocktails & Comedy promises to be a fun filled evening of laughter. All funds raised will directly support The Undies Project at Neighbor to Neighbor and be used to purchase specific items for Neighbor to Neighbor families in need. S Saturday, October 1, 2 pm to 4 pm and Sunday, October 2, 10 am to 3 pm. Ninth Annual Dazzling Dahlia Show held at The Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible Street). The Garden Education Center of Greenwich is proud to sponsor the Greenwich Dahlia Society’s 9th annual Dahlia show. As always, this show promises the visitor a fabulous sea of exceptional blooms in an array of stunning colors and varieties by growers all over New England. RIVERSIDE S Friday, September 30, 11:30 am. Annual State of the Town Luncheon hosted by the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce held at the Hyatt Regency (1800 E. PutnamAve.) First Selectman Peter Tesei will share his vision for the Town of Greenwich. There will be a Q & A afterwards. The event is sponsored by Webster Bank and will be broadcasted live on 1490 WGCH. $60 per person; $550 table of ten. Register online at GreenwichChamber.com. Community Calendar........................ 5 Editorial............................................ 6 Faith................................................. 8 Health............................................. 11 Business.......................................... 12 Around Town................................... 14 Sports............................................. 15 Entertainment................................. 18 Contents

cross the starting line at the Classic Regatta hosted by the Indian Harbor Yacht Club last Saturday. The seventh-annual Classic Yacht Regatta, which qualified as part of the Long Island Sound Classic Yacht Regatta Series, was open to classic yachts and spirits of tradition yachts. Awards were provided for all classes and overall prizes were awarded for the Frank Bowne Jones Trophy, the SPARTAN Cup and the VICTORY Award. To read more on the event and to see photos, go to Page 2. (MAFisher photo)

Water Restrictions Kick in As Reservoir Levels Fall

to inform customers about the watering ban,” said Peter Fazekas, director of public relations for Aquarion. “In some cases, we have even assisted homeowners in shutting down their irrigation system. “We will continue to go door-to-door. Demand has dropped slightly, but needs to drop much more. Irrigation systems are still running.” According to a press release from Tesei, reservoir levels were down to 34.9 percent on Monday morning. This is the result of an extended period of dry, hot weather, combined with what Aquarion is calling “record customer usage.” The ban not only impacts Greenwich but also other parts of southwestern Connecticut, including Stamford and Darien. “All town residents are asked to

By Rob Adams Sentinel Reporter

V ot er s a re t he bed rock of a democracy. But the security of the vote is increasingly raising political questions; what some call checks and balances on possible election fraud others call schematic suppression of targeted voters. In a panel discussion jointly presented by the Greenwich League of Women Voters, the Democrat Town Committee, and the Republican Town Committee the debate continued before a packed crowd in the Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library on Tuesday. Victoria Bassetti, a fellow at New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice, moderated a panel G reenwich residents wanting to water their lawn will be fined $90 for doing so, under a water shortage ordinance announced by First Selectman Peter Tesei on Tuesday. Ow i ng to low reser voi r levels , Aqua r ion Water Co., work i ng i n cooper at ion w it h town of f ic i a l s , implemented a mandatory ban on the use of outdoor watering devices, including irrigation systems, sprinklers, and soaker hoses. Hand-held hoses are allowed for now, according to the company. This ban is effective immediately. “Si nce t he weekend , Aqua r ion employees have been going door-to-door By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Rockwood Lake, just north of the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich, is looking mighty shallow, as a drought advisory was enacted on Sept. 14. (Paul Silverfarb photo)

immediately comply with the mandatory watering ban,” Tesei said. “This ban also includes residents who rely upon private wells. Protecting our local water supply is critically important and this is a serious situation. “This is a water supply emergency and

the town is treating it as such.” A drought advisory was enacted on Sept. 14 by the state of Connecticut, and that continues as officials see reservoir levels drop. Of particular concern to

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Experts Vigorously Debate Voting Fraud

featuring Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s Secretary of State; Michael Brandi, executive director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission; John Fund, nationa l a f fa irs columnist for t he National Review; and Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center and a constitutional lawyer. “Connecticut has a better t han average record at these issues,” said Fund, a former member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board. “But you have had your problems. Just last year, one of your former colleagues, Christina Ayala, was convicted of voter fraud.” Ayala, a former state representative from Bridgeport, plead guilty to two counts of providing false information af ter giv ing authorities fabricated

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A voting station in the Town of Greenwich during a recent election.

Hawk Fest Offers Close-Up View of Birds of Prey A udubon Greenwich gave families a chance to see gallant birds of prey up close and personal during the 18th Annual Fall Festival and Hawk Watch, a two- day event also filled with fun and games. “A lot of people come year after year and others for the first time,” said Michelle Frankel, the director of the center on Riversville Road. “People are really excited to see live birds of prey up close. There’s a lot of people with hawks on their hands.” The festival was held last weekend at the Audubon Center in Greenwich, one of BirdLife International’s Important Bird Areas—a place of international significance See BIRDS on Page 14 By Chéye Roberson Sentinel Correspondent

An owl takes flight during the 18th Annual Fall Fesstival and Hawk Watch at Audubon Greenwich. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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