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J ulian Curtiss Elementary School celebrated United Nations Day with its 26th annual Parade of Nations ceremony on the front lawn of the school last Thursday morning. More than 300 students representing some 60 countries marched with flags and dressed in their native colors and outfits before parents, family and elected officials. As a prelude to the parade, a letter written by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was read by Julian Curtiss parent Dana Cosby. Ban’s remarks included a sorrowful reminder of the recent death of Joseph Verner Reed, a former U.S. Ambassador, special adviser in the U.N., and a yearly guest at the Parade of Nations. “As a member of the U.S. Arts Committee, he worked with donors and others to showcase the U.N. collection,” the letter read. “On the night of his passing, he sent an email to several U.N. colleagues working with him towards a further enhancement of the U.N.’s aesthetic appearance. That email may have been his last act. He was a champion of the United Nations to his very last breath.” Delivering the keynote speech was Basmah Jassem, a Julian Curtiss parent who was born and raised in Cyprus, then moved to the United Kingdom and eventually to the United States. “Julian Curtiss allows us to embrace our differences,” said Jassem, who also spoke of the struggle for acceptance borne by many immigrant families. “So much that is dear to you is left behind... your family, your friends, a home full of memories. You find yourself having to adapt to a new language, new norms, new people, new settings and a new mix of cultures. Even the food. But slowly, you gain confidence and find yourself not only fitting in, but Parade of Nations Highlights Cultural Acceptance By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

Our Neighborhoods DOWNTOWN S Tuesday, November 1, 6 pm. ONS Specialists Discuss Winter Recreational Sports Safety held at Greenwich Hospital (5 Perryridge Rd.) The ONS Winter Sports and Ski Safety seminar will feature orthopedic and sports medicine specialists Demetris Delos, MD, Steven Hindman, MD, and ONS d i rec tor of physica l t herapy/ Greenwich Robert Spatz, DPT. Register by Oct. 31 by calling Greenwich Hospital at 203-863- 4277 or at greenwichhospital.org S Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 pm. Screening of The Pursuit of Endurance held at the Cole Auditorium of Greenwich Library (101 W. Putnam Ave) Greenwich Education Group invites the public to a screening of The Pursuit of Endurance, a film that documents a new pol a r ex ped it ion t hat follows in the footsteps of the famous Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. Q&A discussion to be held afterwards. S Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 pm. Greenwich High School Band Benefit Concern held at the new Performing Arts Center (10 Hillside Rd.) The GHS Band will take the stage for than Annual Band Benefit Concert with performances by the Jazz and Wind Ensembles and the Concern and Symphony Bands. COS COB S Saturday, October 29, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Halloween Magic Show with Ed Popielarcyzk held at the Cos Cob Library (5 Sinawoy Rd.) Join us as we welcome back Ed Popielarcyzk (Flea Circus Ring Master) for a Comedy Mag ic prog ram i n celebration of Halloween. S Saturday, November 5, 4 pm to 6 pm. David Dunlop Artist Talk at The Drawing Room (5 Suburban Ave.) This solo show celebrates the recent work of David Dunlop and his dynamic range of suspects, e x ami n i ng t he v a r y i ng a nd mysterious ways in which he vividly expresses light, place, and time through his painting. BACKCOUNTRY S Wednesday, November 2, 10 am to 6 pm and Thursday, November 3, 10 am to 3pm. The Greenwich Exchange November Gift Fair held at the Round Hill Club (33 Round Hill Club Rd.) Since the 1940’s, the Greenwich Exchange has hosted this Fair at the Round Hill Club and this year’s Fair will include exhibitors and showcases. Free admission. More info at 203-869-0229. BANKSVILLE S Saturday, October 29, 3 pm to 7 pm. Halloween Party at the Banksville Community House (12 Banksville Rd.) Join the BCH for a Halloween party. Come in costume and enjoy: hayrides, candy bar, photo booth, bounce house, games, a “Haunted” club house and more. $10 per child. Bake sale and Chicken Joe’s available for an additional charge. Rain or shine. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of a new playground will take place at 4 pm. More info at bchinfo@ optonline.net Community Calendar................ 5 & C4 Editorial............................................ 6 Faith................................................. 8 Obituaries....................................... 10 Business.................. ....................... 14 Real Estate...................................... B1 Entertainment................................ C1 Sports............................................. C2 Contents

Julian Curtiss Elementary School student Hudson Maciejewski is all smiles during the 26th annual Parade of Nations ceremony on United Nations Day. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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Town Ranked on Safety for Raising Children A ccording to the most recent report by Safewise.com, a home security system-ranking website, Greenwich ranks third as the safest place to raise a child in America. Tesei also credits the important role of local community centers and agencies, which provide key resources for residents in a multitude of ways. By Michelle Moskowitz Sentinel Correspondent

“Our officers have a very strong engagement with the community and they partner with our local, non-profit agencies to provide services for those in need, such as the YWCA for domestic abuse, Kids in Crisis and Liberation, to help those who have become afflicted by drug addiction,” said Tesei. Ot her organ i z at ions ser v ici ng children and families, including the Boy Scouts, Arch Street Teen Center, Boys & Girls Club, Pathways, YMCA, Abilis, Family Centers, and many more, add to Greenwich’s community health and well being. Greenwich also has developed a Juvenile Review Board, which offers restitution and redemption to youth in the most direct and meaningful manner through community service, and by correlating youth programs to impact positive change.

Ca rmel, Ind., ranked f irst and Fishers, Ind., ranked second, positioning Gr e e nw i c h a s t he s a f e s t c i t y i n Connecticut to raise children. K e y f a c t o r s c o n t r i b u t i n g t o Greenwich’s high ranking include its low crime rate (provided by the FBI Crime Report), limited population of sex offenders, and its reputable school rankings, enrichment programs for kids in grades K-12, and state graduation rates. First Selectman Peter Tesei credits Greenwich’s large and well-trained police force for keeping the community safe. “Our town has historically placed a priority on public safety, and this has been a hallmark of my tenure. Safety

The Town of Greenwich ranks third in the country in top places to raise a child. (John Ferris Robben photo)

is the most critical service municipal government can provide,” said Tesei. The Greenwich police department is comprised of 155 sworn officers, with a

total staff of 187 members. Departments include the special victim units, traffic and patrol, detective unit and a SWAT team.

YWCA Holds Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Victims By Evan Triantafilidis Sentinel Reporter

themselves and be unapologetically brazen, it is not enough,” said Meredith Gold, director of Domestic Abuse Ser vices. “We must also reach our boys and men to include them in the conversation and invite them to join us in the fight against domestic violence.” Domest ic v iolence is t he most i nvest igated v iolent cr ime by t he Greenwich Police Department. Last year, GPD responded to 232 domestic violence incidents, resulting in 107 arrests. “Yes, right here in Greenwich,” said Gold. She added that millions of children bear witness to violence in their homes across the countr y and within the community everyday. Many men, too,

A purple ribbon was tied to every fourth chair at the Greenwich YWCA’s annua l cand lelight vigil for domestic violence victims and survivors. One in four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in her lifetime. “No mat ter her r ace , rel ig ion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education or socioeconomic status, the statistic remains the same,” said Leslie Coplin, the YWCA’s Prevention and Outreach coordinator. The candlelight vigil honored and remembered those in Connecticut who had lost their lives in the past year due to domestic violence. Twenty names, aged 7 months to 71 years, were read, and a purple rose was placed in memoriam of each victim. “What I have learned is that while it is absolutely imperative to empower our girls, to encourage them to express

Yajaira Gonzalez, the YWCA's community educator and bilingual advocate, delivers a call to action speech at the Y's Candlelight Vigil held for Domestic Violence victims last week. (Evan Triantafilidis photo)

are victims domestic violence, but still a great majority of victims (85 percent) are women.

The ceremony also recognized Lee Fitzpatrick, the recipient of this year’s Purple Ribbon Award. Fitzpatrick, the YWCA’s volunteer coordinator, helped elevate the volunteer program and improved many services the Y has to offer. “Domestic violence does not have any social borders,” said Fitzpatrick. “It does not have any financial borders. The

What I have learned is that while it is abso- lutely imperative to empower our girls, to encourage them to express themselves and be unapologetically brazen, it's not enough. —Meredith Gold, director of Domestic Abuse Services

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