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Posted on: May 20, 2022

May 20: Community Connections from Fred

Garlic Mustard PlantContributed photo.

The invasive weed garlic mustard is the focus of a park cleanup this weekend.

 

Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.

 

Weeding out garlic mustard

Join the Friends of Pomerance, Pinetum & Tuchman Park – in partnership with our Parks & Recreation Department for the cleanup of Garlic Mustard is a highly destructive invasive species in our area (and throughout the U.S.) But anyone can help stop its spread! It is easy to identify and easy to pull. Join the park friends and enjoy what promises to be a beautiful spring morning from 10 a.m. to noon, tomorrow, May 21. Please bring gloves. For more information and to RSVP, please email SustainGreenwich@gmail.com.

 

Celebrating Byram

There are several events planned for this weekend in Byram. There’s a Byram Park cleanup – rain or shine – starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, May 21. Details can be found here. St. Paul Lutheran Church is having its tag sale with more than 40 tables of yard sale items. More information can be found here.

On Saturday afternoon, the Byram Shubert Library will continue its 90th anniversary celebration with an outdoor concert at 1 p.m. More information can be found here. You can cap off the afternoon with the New Lebanon School spring spaghetti fund-raising dinner. Details can be found here.

On Sunday, there’s a ladies high tea with the Byram Veterans Women’s Auxiliary at 2 p.m. Email Marie Armstrong for more info. RSVP with this link. All proceeds benefit veterans organizations.https://www.facebook.com/events/1265654887576857

 

The Jim Fixx Run is back

The Betteridge Jim Fixx Greenwich Memorial Day Road Race and Kids Fun Run are back.  Join the fun on Monday, May 30. The road race is a new 5k course that will include Bruce Park and will be both challenging and scenic. It starts at 8:15 a.m. on Greenwich Avenue near Elm Street and finishes on the Havemeyer Track behind Town Hall. The Kids Run is a half-mile trek on the Havemeyer Track that will follow the 5k. Refreshments are included. Information and registration are available online.  

 

Registration open for Tod’s Point Sailing School

The Town is looking forward to the launch of Tod’s Point Sailing School next weekend. For years, community sailing has been an important program at Greenwich Point and we’re happy that this new Greenwich-based non-profit is keeping the tradition going. Visit their website to learn more about summer camps, sailing schools and boat rentals by clicking here.

 

Road work alerts

Additional paving will take place at the Greenwich Point causeway on Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24. There will be some interruptions to traffic on Monday for prep work and the roadway will be closed to traffic on Tuesday. Our Marine Division of Parks & Recreation thank you for your patience while they complete this necessary work.

Starting this Monday, May 23, crews will start performing sewer rehabilitation work on Greenwich Avenue between Railroad Avenue and Grigg Street. At this time, there are no foreseen road and sidewalk closures. The work is expected to last about 3 weeks.

This project is separate from any other future road and/or intersection improvements. It is solely preventive infrastructure maintenance to improve the longevity and reliability of critical sewer infrastructure. The Department of Public Works says it will do its best to minimize the impact on property owners, shoppers, residents and commuters during this time. For information about this project and for updates, please click here.

 

COVID Update

As of today, Greenwich Hospital was treating 8 COVID-19 patients, a decrease of 4 from a week ago. The Yale-New Haven Health system has a total of 134 patients. Our public schools reported today there are 68 active cases. A week ago there were 119 The breakdown:  49 students; 8 teachers; 7 service providers; 2 non-teaching staff  and 2 administrators. A total of 3,130 cases have been reported so far this school year.

According to the state, as of May 19, the total number of Greenwich COVID cases (since the pandemic began in March 2020) increased from 13,185 (reported May 12) to 13,704. The number of residents whose deaths have been attributed to COVID remains at 122. 

Vaccine info

Log onto the Yale New Haven Health website to find a booster vaccine site.

Family Centers is offering weekday vaccine and testing clinics at 111 Wilbur Peck Court. Details can be found here.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health is offering mobile vaccine clinics. Information on locations can be found here.

 

Celebrate World Fish Migration Day

Join Conservation staff and volunteers at the Mianus River Fish Ladder tomorrow,  Saturday, May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate World Fish Migration Day. This event is one of hundreds of events celebrating World Fish Migration Day across the world.

The fishway, which was constructed in 1993, allows diadromous fishes such as alewives and blueback herring (collectively referred to as river herring) to gain access to the spawning and nursery habitat in the Mianus River. During the open house, participants will be given a tour of the fishway and learn about its history, the natural history of the fish that utilize it, and how it is operated. Access to the fishway is on site from the parking lot at The Greenwich Adult Day Center, 125 River Road Extension. Click here for more information.

 

Thank you from Neighbor to Neighbor

At the request of Neighbor to Neighbor, I am including this message to our residents:

“Neighbor to Neighbor would like to thank the Greenwich community for their tremendous generosity this past weekend during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. We received in excess of 50,000 pounds of food. We are also particularly grateful to all of the Greenwich letter carriers who collected and delivered the food donations. This massive collection allows us to provide a variety of food items in a variety of sizes to the 500 households we provide food assistance to each week. We are so fortunate to be part of such a generous and collaborative community!”

 

Some don’t like it hot!

And with the forecast for hot, humid summer-like weather this weekend, please remember that if you need some cool relief – please check out our libraries. They are readily available as cooling centers. For business hours of our four libraries, please use this link.

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Stay safe and wishing you the best,

Fred

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