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Posted on: June 25, 2021

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Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.

We are finishing up the first week of summer and judging from the number of activities and programs scheduled around Town, we certainly aren’t in the summer doldrums.

Elm Street Bump-out Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The ribbon-cutting of the new bump-out intersection of Greenwich Avenue & Elm Street has improved pedestrian safety downtown.

If your weekend plans included a trip to one of our islands, please read this latest advisory from the Parks & Recreation Department. Ferry service to Great Captain Island is suspended until further notice. The Islander II ferry is now at the boatyard for evaluation to determine what repairs are necessary. Ferry service to Island Beach will be limited this weekend: the ferry will depart every hour on the hour. Updates will be posted on the Parks & Recreation webpage.

Park cleanups this weekend
There are two park cleanups scheduled for Saturday – one at Pemberwick Park, the other at Greenwich Point Park.
The Pemberwick Glenville Association - in collaboration with the Parks & Recreation Department - will host a cleanup at Pemberwick Park from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for invasive plant removal. Tools will be provided. Just remember to bring your own work gloves and bug repellent. For information, contact

The Friends of Greenwich Point and the Department of Parks & Recreation will host a mile-a-minute vine cleanup of the Holly Grove at Greenwich Point on Saturday. The group and volunteers will meet at the grove from 9 to 11 a.m., rain or shine. Long clothes and gloves are required. Participants must bring their own water supply.

Road detour scheduled
Starting Monday, June 28, the portion of Pemberwick Road between Comly Avenue and Halock Drive will be closed. A. Vitti Excavators will rebuild two retaining walls on the southbound lane of Pemberwick Road and install new guiderails.

Vehicles will be detoured using this route: Moshier Street, Weaver Street, Hawthorne Street North, and Grey Rock Drive. The projected date for this road to reopen is the end of August. For more information and to view the detour plan, please click HERE

Plan ahead for Fourth of July
The annual Raise the Flag celebration on July 4 returns to Town Hall this year. I hope that you will join your fellow residents to celebrate Independence Day with the parade of the 13 Colonies flags, a salute to the patriots and veterans and descendants of the early settlers of Greenwich. The Sound Beach Community Band will perform and the Good Citizen Awards will be announced. It all happens at 9 a.m. July 4 on the steps of Town Hall.

The fireworks displays are scheduled for about 9:10 p.m. Saturday July 3 and Monday, July 5 at Greenwich Point. If it rains July 3, the show will be postponed until July 5 for a combined show. More details on entry to Greenwich Point each day as well as parking regulations, can be found here.

The Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation announces its first-ever Firework Picnic fundraiser in conjunction with the fireworks. On the evenings of the shows supporters will be able to pre-order picnic boxes for curbside pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center on the day of the fireworks, rain, or shine. If either show is canceled due to inclement weather, the catered meals will still be available for pick-up.

Partnering with Marcia Selden Catering, $20 from each order will be donated to the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation. The number of meals available will be limited, so ordering early is advised. There are five meal options available, with each box serving two people. Orders can be placed at

For more information about this event, contact Foundation Board Member Sue Bodson at or 203-249-7233. For more information about the Parks and Recreation Foundation, visit



Dog licenses
All dogs living in Greenwich over the age of six months must be licensed annually by the Town Clerk’s office. Dogs must wear the tag at all times – a dog without a tag is presumed to be unlicensed and is not protected by law. A current rabies vaccination is required as well as a certificate from a veterinarian indicating whether the animal has been spayed or neutered. Any blind, deaf or mobility impaired person who is an owner or keeper of a dog trained to guide and assist her/him shall receive a free license and dog tag.

There is a $1.00 penalty fee incurred for each month that the license fails to be renewed. License regulations and the license application can be found here
Holly Hill permit
Starting on July 1, all residents will need to prominently display the new permit in order to enter the Holly Hill Facility. For a $25 fee, residential permit holders can take advantage of disposing all accepted materials – including municipal solid waste (MSW), recycling, organic waste and bulky waste – at the Holly Hill Resource Recovery facility for the entire year. The fastest way to apply for a permit is online and can be found on the Public Works section of the website.
Residential parking permits
The 2019 Residential Parking Permit renewal process is being conducted only online by submitting an application, proving residency by uploading documents, and rendering payment.

Renew online until June 30, by using this link. It is a multi-step process and emails are sent to the permittee for each step of the process. Questions may be emailed to Parking Services at

‘Fill the Build’ Campaign for Neighbor to Neighbor
In the giving spirit of the Neighborhood Champions, Neighbor to Neighbor has launched the “Fill the Build” Campaign, inviting the entire community to help people in need by filling the interior space and contributing towards purchasing fresh and shelf-stable food, chairs, tables, and shelves.

The Campaign will run through November. It is being co-chaired by Lori Jackson and John Cooper. “We’re excited to offer the community the opportunity to fill the building and open the doors to people in need,” Lori said. “We welcome everyone’s participation,” John emphasized. “A donation in any amount is most welcome. We want everyone in Greenwich to feel like a part of this neighborhood project.”

Neighbor to Neighbor staff and volunteers have been providing food assistance to approximately 525 Greenwich family households each week, working out of temporary space at North Greenwich Congregational Church while the building is under construction.

For more info or to make a donation:
COVID-19 update
The good news continues as the Health Department Director Caroline Baisley reports there are two active cases in Town today, for a total of 5,127 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020. There is one patient being treated for COVID at Greenwich Hospital.

Vaccine and testing information:
For homebound residents, the Family Health Division of the Health Department can provide assistance. Residents need to contact their physician to request that a doctor’s order for a vaccine shot is forwarded to the Health Department. Doctors can contact the Family Health Division by calling 203-622-6495.

Here is a list of available vaccine providers:
  • Yale New Haven Health:
    Sign up online here, or call 1-833-275-9644.
  • Stamford Health:
    Sign-up online here, or call 203-276-7300.
  • CVS Health (Limited Locations):
    Sign up online here, or call 1-800-679-9691.
Testing information:
  • Greenwich Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health system can be found here.
  • Community Health Center can be found here.
  • Family Centers at Wilbur Peck Court can be found here.

Stay safe and all the best,


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