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DOWNTOWN S Friday, Jan. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the magical world of fairy tales and mini golf will converge at Greenwich Library for the 2018 Tee Off Mini Golf event. Adults 21 and over will pay $25 to Putt and Party on Friday with an alcohol spiked witches brew and fabulous fairy tale themed appetizers. Players of all ages can play on Saturday at $5 per person. No sign-up necessary. Cash, credit, checks accepted. For more information, contact the Greenwich Library Trustees office at 203-622-7957. S Due to ongoing severe winter weather, the American Red Cross has had to cancel several blood drives. Greenwich residents can now donate on Jan. 29, 1:30 to 6:40 p.m., at the YMCA of Greenwich; Jan. 30, 8 a .m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwich Hospital; Feb. 6, 1 to 6 p.m., at Greenwich Town Hall. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-733-2767. BACKCOUNTRY S Tuesday, Jan. 30, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Join the Greenwich Land Trust for a moonlit hike through Lapham Preserve. The hike will end up in an open field where guests can enjoy s’mores and a telescope viewing of the moon on the eve of the full moon and lunar eclipse which will take place on Jan. 31. Flashlights and snacks will be provided. Cost is $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Sign up atgltrust.org/event/blue- moon-hike/ S Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. The Gre enw ich chapt e r of Room to Read will be hosting an evening with NY Times best- selling author, Claire Messud, at Greenwich Country Day School. All proceeds from the event will benefit Room to Read. Tickets are available at: roomtoread.org/ greenwich S Friday, Feb. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Experience the winter landscape by the light of the full moon at Audubon Greenwich. Come and listen for the sounds of hooting owls, howling coyotes, shifting lake ice and other signs of wildlife. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. This event is for ages 5 and up. The cost is $5 for members, $8 for non-members. RSVP to Ted Gilman at 203-930- 1353 or tgilman@audubon.org GREENWICH S Re g i s t r a t i on f or You t h Lacrosse is now open. Late registration begins on Feb. 1 at a 50% penalty. Travel Registration closes on March 2 for grades 5-8, registration closes for intro to Travel Grades 3 & 4 (boys) and 4 (girls) and all House League. For more information, go to greenwichyouthlacrosse.org S Saturday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m. Celebrate t he Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog at Greenwich High School. There will be a full buffet, professional entertainment, games and arts & crafts. Tickets can be purchased at chineselanguageschool.org, or pay by check in person at the Chinese Language School of CT at UConn. OLD GREENWICH S Sunday, Jan. 28, 1 to 3 p.m. Join the Friends of Greenwich Point as the Stamford Museum & Nature Center uncovers how different types of animals such as reptiles, birds and mammals adapt to survive the winter freeze, and how some migrate to beat the cold. Guests will also be able to meet a variety of animals. For more information, email info@ friendsofgreenwichpoint.org

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, ranging in age from fifth-graders to seniors in high school gathered for a panel discussion called "Know Your Rights." The presentation was given by the Greenwich Police Department. (John Ferris Robben photo) BGCG Helps Youths 'KnowTheir Rights' By Richard Kaufman

of Safety for the Club and former GPD officer. The 90-minute event focused on police policy and procedures, and juvenile rights. It also stressed the importance of being comfortable around officers of the law, whether it be during a motor vehicle stop or just during everyday life. "Because we wear this uniform, sometimes it's kind of a barrier to people approaching us. We're just like everybody else. We don't want to be the boogey man," Heavey said,

encouraging the kids to introduce themselves and say hi when they see police officers out on the street. The panel showed a video titled "Breaking Barriers," which depicted the points of view and attitudes of civilians towards cops and vice versa and centered around having respect for each other. The second video, which will be shown in drivers' education courses around town, re-enacted a motor vehicle stop from start to finish in a suburban setting.

The video laid out several tips on how to interact with the police during a stop, such as: do not make sudden movements; do not reach for documentation right away; calmly retrieve documents when asked for them, and follow instructions word for word; do not argue and be respectful; ask as many questions in order to understand what is going on. "We're stopping you for a reason," F r a nc o s a i d . "A p o l i c e o f f i c e r Flu Concerns Hit Greenwich as a Plethora Have Fallen Ill By Richard Kaufman See RIGHTS on Page 7 F ollowing the recent f lu-related death of a young boy in New Canaan, there has been increased attention on influenza, the common viral infection affecting more than 3 million people per year. The Greenwich Public School district issued an update on influenza last week in an email to parents, de t a i l i ng s i g ns a nd s ympt oms , vaccination information and what the district is doing to protect students. According to the email, "Custodial staff has been directed to increase their cleaning schedules and use antiviral cleaning products through the end of the flu season. They have also been asked to ensure that all communal surfaces are treated regularly and repeatedly (e.g., door knobs, cafeteria/ media center/classroom tables, hand railings, water fountains, faucets, etc.). Hand sanitizer stations will be checked and re-stocked as necessary in all of the buildings." School nurses have sent alerts to all parents in grades where there have been confirmed cases of the flu. The nurses are also taking data on student and staff absences due to the flu, and reporting them to nursing supervisor, Mary Keller, on a weekly basis. According to Greenwich’s Director of Health, Caroline Baisley, there have been two dozen-plus reported cases of influenza around town since flu season began. She stressed the number is higher, since there are always unknown cases. Also according to the Department of Health website, on average, over 225,000 people a re hospita l i zed annua lly around the countr y for seasonal flu-related complications. Influenza is a contagious disease caused by a group of respirator y viruses, which include Influenza A and Influenza B, and can affect anyone. People at high-risk include children under the age of five, pregnant women, adults over the age of 65 and people with underlying medical conditions. The incubation period of the flu is one to three days. However, an individual can be contagious from the day before symptoms appear until seven days after the original onset. According to Dr. James Sabetta, Director of Infectious Diseases at Greenwich Hospital, it is often difficult to distinguish f lu from a regular, routine viral infection or respiratory illness. He said that the sudden onset of respiratory symptoms, such as sore throat, cough, runny nose, coupled

L ast Friday, over sixty 5th through 12th graders from the Torch and Keystone Clubs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich gathered for a panel discussion and presentation, “Know Your Rights,” given by the Greenwich Police Department. The panel featured GPD Chief of Police, James Heavey; Sgt. Sean O'Donnell; Det. Michael Rooney of the Special Victims Section; Carlos Franco of the SVS; and Steve Hickey, Director

A Hard-Fought Victory at the BIT...

The Brunswick School wrestling team took to the mat at the Edwards Campus for competition in the annual Brunswick Invitational Tournament. In total, the Bruins ended the day-long tourney with 10 grapplers that placed in the top six and had seven finalists. To see more photos from the BIT, check out page 13. (John Ferris Robben photo) 'Once Upon a Time' There Was a Golfer Who Played at the Library By Paul R. Silverfarb

been in the library and are the regular patrons that come in and there were so many young people and people off all ages that were new to the library that stopped on by. It was a great way to reintroduce parts of the library that people may not go to or may be surprised by places that we have here.” This year, mini golf is back and better than ever at the library, as this year’s Tee Off: Mini Golf at Greenwich Library will take place tonight and tomorrow. And the Greenwich Library added a little something extra to this year’s event. Last year was the library’s first mini golf event and it was still a novelty to play golf in a library. This

H eading out with family and friends to play a round or two of mini golf in the middle of winter doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven. Well for Nancy Klein, Director of Development at Greenwich Library, it makes perfect sense. After last year’s Tee Off: Mini Golf at Greenwich Library being so successful for its inaugural run, Klein and the rest of Greenwich Library are gearing up to host the second annual golfing event at the library. “Last year we had an incredible turnout and it was so wonderful to have so many people show up,” Klein said. “There were many who have

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leading to death. If the nasal spray is administered to an overdose victim right away, naloxone hydrochloride molecules travel through the body, to the brain and attach themselves to receptor sites, displacing the opioid GPD to Carry Narcan in Opioid Battle By Richard Kaufman See NARCAN on Page 11

A s the country continues to grapple with the ongoing opioid epidemic, Greenwich is doing its part to help those in need. Earlier this week, the Greenwich Police Department began carrying Narcan (Naloxone Hydrochloride) nasal spray kits in GPD police cars. Since GPD officers respond to every ambulance call, most officers are either Emergency Medical Technicians or Medical Response Technicians. "Under our medical control, we'll be able to administer Narcan to those in distress," said GPD Lt. John Slusarz. Opioids in high doses can cause severe breathing problems, sleepiness or unresponsiveness, possibly

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