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Glenville Lighting It Up Blue for Autism By Paul Silverfarb
Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S T h e G r e e n w i c h P o l i c e Depar tment is still accepting applications for the Spring Women’s Self Defense Class. The class begins April 17 and meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. The five- week program is open to female applicants between 18 and 55 years of age. Additionally, GPD is also accepting applications for the Spring Young Women’s Self Defense Class. This program is only open to female applicants who are high school students (public or private) in 11th or 12th grade. The class meets twice a week on Mondays andWednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the GPD Impact Office at 203-618-8307. S G r e e nw i c h Tr a c k C l u b announces its Spring season starts Tuesday, April 18 with an eight- week youth track program for kids of all abilities. The program, which meets at Havemeyer track (off Greenwich Ave.) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays/Thursdays and 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays, is non- competitive, with an emphasis on learning the running basics and on improving personal fitness. Children will be grouped by age and by grade. New this year, is an eight-week adult beginner running program. The sessions, beginning Wednesday, April 19 at 9:30, will be held at Old Greenwich's Binney Park. Pre-registration for the adult program is required. All details can be found at greenwichtrackclub. com S Enjoy a night of stargazing at the Bowman Observatory, which is open to the public free of charge, from 8 to 10 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month (if skies are clear), and for special celestial events. The Observatory is also open by appointment for group visits. The next public night is Wednesday, Apri l 19. The Obser vator y is oper ated by member s of t he Astronomical Society of Greenwich on behalf of the Greenwich Board of Education and is located on the grounds of the Julian Curtiss School. The Observatory welcomes the opportunity to acquaint area teachers, students, and parents with the joys of amateur astronomy. BACKCOUNTRY S Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Greenwich Animal Control and the New Canaan Nature Center will host a Wildlife Education Class. Meet some live animals and learn to protect and coexist with them! An Open House will follow from 12 to 2 p.m., with refreshments and tours of the shelter located at 393 North St. For more information, call 203- 622-8299. COS COB S Greenwich Parks & Recreation is partnering with Super Soccer Stars to offer youth soccer instruction for the spring and summer. Spring clinics will be held on Mondays and Fridays for ages four to 13, beginning the week of April 24. Ages four to five play from 4 to 5 p.m., and ages six to eight and nine to 13 play from 5 to 6 pm. A Saturday clinic will be held for ages nine to 13 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., beginning April 22. All classes are held at Loughlin Avenue Field. Two one-week summer clinics will be held from Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28 and Monday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 4. Enroll at newyork.supersoccerstars.com/ town-of-greenwich. (Username: TOG – Password: SOCCER). For more details, call 914-681-7171.
T he Glenville Volunteer Fire Company is known for giving back to the community. Whenever there’s a cause that needs attention, it seems to be doing whatever it can to help raise awareness. And the month of April will be no exception. Several emergency vehicles will have a different, and much more colorful, Glenville Volunteer Fire Company logo, as the department is helping raise awareness during Autism Awareness Month. Leading the charge in Greenwich is Steven Caldwell, a lieutenant in the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company. “I decided that this would be a great way to spread awareness throughout our community within the town the Greenwich by participating in the Autism Patch Challenge that they created,” Caldwell said. The Glenville Volunteer Fire Company is no See AUTISM on Page 11 The Glenville Volunteer Fire Company is supporting Autism Awareness Month by joining the New Rochelle, N.Y. Police Department in the Autism Patch Challenge. The patch, in the upper left of the photo, was designed by New Rochelle Police Detective Chris Greco. (photo courtesy of the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company)
McArdle's Helps Raise Funds for Charity S pring renewal was the central theme at last Saturday’s fundraiser for the Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal, a faith-friendly professional counseling and resource center. Seventy guests gathered for the evening event, held at McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, elegantly transformed into a delightful and abundantly fragrant soiree, designed to raise awareness for mental wellness. Established in 2007, the GCHR is a non-prof it, communit y-based organization, providing therapeutic services in four key areas: counseling, By Michelle Moskowitz
Partying With the Cos Cob Patrol
Greenwich Country Day School was transformed into a hall of fun and fundraising Saturday night, as the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol celebrated its 90th birthday in grand fashion. Former Greenwich Selectman Paul B. Hicks III was on hand and served as the emcee for the evening. The patrol is a non-profit volunteer organization and their main objective is to protect the Town of Greenwich. Funds raised at Saturday night's event went towards the purchase of new Personal Protective Equipment for its members, which includes firefighting gear, reflective traffic gear, other critical equipment and much more. (John Ferris Robben photo). See WELLNESS on Page 4 Gildea Chosen to Lead Town's Public Schools
and your strategic plan that drew our interest in this particularly community and this particular district.” D r . G i l d e a i s a t p r e s e n t t h e superintendent of schools for Fremont School District 79 in Mundelein, Ill. She spent part of last Wednesday looking at places to live in Greenwich before “sneaking into” a chorale concert that night at Greenwich High School. She intends to be living in Greenwich by mid-June. The interim superintendent, Dr. Sal Corda, will stay on until the end of June to help make the transition smooth. “I have really enjoyed my time in this exceptional district and offer my congratulations to Dr. Gildea,” Corda said. Dr. Gi ldea w i l l beg i n her new position on July 1, but as part of her entry plan, she intends to spend time in
By Rob Adams
G reenwich Public Schools has found its new leader. F o l l o w i n g w h a t w a s described as “a comprehensive national s ea rch,” t he Greenw ich Boa rd of Education unanimously selected Dr. Jill M. Gildea as superintendent of schools. Dr. Gildea came to town with her husband, Greg, and her youngest child, to meet with staff members and news media in the Havemeyer Building. “Our fami ly is just t hr i l led to be joining t his incredible team at Greenwich Public Schools,” Gildea said. “It’s an amazing and exemplary district and I cannot wait to continue the forward momentum of all of the great initiatives that you have in place. “It was truly your strategic vision
Dr. Jill M. Gildea was introduced as the Greenwich Public School superintendent during a Friday morning press conference. (Rob Adams photo)
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the district to get further acquainted. She comes to Greenwich with high recommendations, having been selected from a pool of candidates assembled by
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