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Posted on: November 19, 2021

Nov 19: Community Connections from Fred

Greenwich Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Poster

The Knights of Columbus have partnered with the Boy Scouts, the Boys & Girls Club Greenwich and the Greenwich Police Department for a coat giveaway next weekend.


Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.

In less than a week, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. This year has presented its challenges as we continued to cope with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and faced the fury of Mother Nature with unprecedented weather events.

I believe that these events have demonstrated the resiliency of our residents, have deepened our bonds with friends and neighbors by helping one another, and provided us with opportunities to build an even stronger community. As we give thanks for what we have, I look forward to working with you to see what our future holds.

As President John F. Kennedy once said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” Each of us makes a difference in our lives – and for that I thank you.


FEMA disaster recovery center open

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened its Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Glenville Fire Station, 266 Glenville Road, earlier this week.

Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the center to help survivors apply for disaster assistance, explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about FEMA letters and the appeals process and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.

Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security number; address of the damaged primary residence; insurance coverage information; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

In addition to visiting a DRC, Connecticut residents can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov; via the FEMA app; or by calling the Disaster Assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

Here is a link with information on how the application process works.  For information on the Individuals and Households assistance programs which provide financial help or direct services to people with needs that aren’t met through other means, please use this link.

Here is the link to frequently asked questions. To help provide as much information as possible, please take the time to review this Disaster Resource and Recovery Guide.


COVID-19 update

We are seeing an uptick in the number of reported cases. Between Wednesday, November 17 and 3 p.m. today (November 19) there were 35 new cases diagnosed, according to Health Director Caroline Baisley. The health department is now tracking a total of 96 active cases.  As of today, a total of 6,027 residents have tested positive for COVID.

Here is the age breakdown of the newest COVID cases that our Health Department is tracking:

  • 0 – 10 years: 10
  • 11 – 20 years: 3
  • 21 – 30 years: 3
  • 31 – 40 years: 3
  • 41 – 50 years: 8
  • 51 – 60 years: 6
  • 61 – 70 years: 3
  • 71- 100 years: 0

In Greenwich Public Schools, the number active cases is 26. According to the district’s data tracker, 19 of the cases involve outside activities or family transmission; 6 have undetermined causes, and one is an in-school transmission. There are 21 student cases; two service providers, and one teacher, administrator and non-teaching staff.

Today, Greenwich Hospital was treating five COVID-positive patients, none of whom is unvaccinated. One patient is in the intensive care unit. The number of residents who died from the disease remains at 96.
Here are the latest vaccination rates for our residents. The vaccination rates continue to increase incrementally week to week. The one age category that did not have any increase is 25- to 44-years-old.
Here are the latest full vaccination rates as reported by the state Department of Health and Human Services, as of November 10:

  • Age 12 – 17: 87.83% of 5,449 residents
  • Age 18 – 24: 81.25% of 4,037 residents
  • Age 25 – 44: 66.66% of 13,580 residents
  • Age 45 – 64: 81.56% of 18,950 residents
  • Age 65 +: 90.95% of 10,466 residents

To find a vaccination site near you, please use this link.


Join Greenwich Green & Clean’s Holiday Creativity

On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 & 23, GG&C volunteers will meet at Sam Bridge Nurseries to fill the central Greenwich and Cos Cob hanging baskets with greens, bows and festive decorations.

Bring your gloves and your cheery spirits from 9am either day.  Questions?  Call a basket elf at 917-291-0425. 203-550-5422 or 203-921-5334.  We look forward to creating beauty with you!


Hungry for pancakes?

Scout Troop 35 will host a pancake breakfast and bake sale tomorrow, Saturday, November 20. The breakfast will be served 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Glenville Firehouse, 266 Glenville Road. Tickets: $7; $5 for children younger than 5 and for seniors 65 and older.

Walk or run with turkeys

It’s not too late to register for the 11th annual Greenwich Alliance for Education Turkey Trot. There will be a 5K fun run and a 1 mile walk on Saturday, November 27. The start and finish is at the Arch Street Teen Center. More information, can be found on the Alliance’s website.


Leaf collection hotline

The Public Works Department is continuing its leaf cleanup efforts. The schedule can be found here or and on the 24-hour leaf collection hotline: 203-618-7698. 

A friendly reminder that Town Hall will be closed on Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Holly Hill Transfer Station will be open for regular business hours.

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Stay safe, be well and Happy Thanksgiving.

Best,

Fred

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