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Posted on: July 8, 2022

July 8: Community Connections from Fred

 Greenweich Thunder RedContributed photo.

 

Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.

Go Thunder Red! Please join me in wishing the OGRCC Thunder Red baseball team a successful run at the 2022 World Series being held in Cooperstown, NY – the birthplace of baseball. The team is coached Rob Collins and Jonathan and Angie Hartfolis.

 

Update on Westchester Airport Master Plan

The leadership of Greenwich Police, Fire, EMS and Planning & Zoning departments and state Sen. Ryan Fazio, joined me in a meeting regarding Westchester County’s efforts to update the Westchester Airport Master Plan.

During the meeting with County Executive George Latimer and his team, we were assured that the study will not include any expansion of the facility. There will be a review of operations including how to reduce the number of arrivals and departures of private planes to decrease noise and pollution.

Rest assured that we will continue to meet with county staff. We plan to hold a joint community meeting with updates in the coming months.

 

Island Beach ferry service update

There’s good news from the Department of Parks and Recreation regarding ferry service to Island Beach.  Today, the Indian Harbor Ferry returned to Town following mechanical repairs. Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, July 9, there will be service to Island Beach every half hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ferry service to Great Captain Island continues to operate on its regular posted schedules. Both schedules can be found here.

 

Parks and Recreation Announces Annual Photo Contest

The Department of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Community Photo Contest, “For the Love of Parks and Recreation” to celebrate National Parks and Recreation month.  The contest will continue through July 31, with the winners to be announced in mid-August.

As you know, the Department of Parks and Recreation is an integral part of the Greenwich community, promoting health and wellness, and improving our physical and mental health as well as our overall well-being. During the past two years, we’ve seen a significant increase in demand for our parks and public spaces.  As a result, our team has worked diligently to safely maintain these areas.   

Community members are invited to show off their photographic talent by submitting up to four photos taken in Greenwich, that express what you love most about our public parks and recreational facilities. Parents/guardians may submit photos taken by minors under 18. Participants do not have to be a resident of Greenwich, but all photos must be taken in Greenwich and must be of Parks and Recreation facilities, programs or events.

Information about contest rules and prizes, and your photos can be submitted online at www.greenwichct.gov/photocontest.  Submitted photos may be featured in Greenwich Parks and Recreation marketing materials - online and in print.

For questions, please email pnrecs@greenwichct.org or call 203-622-6472.

 

Deadline to apply for school building committees

Residents who are interested in applying for nomination to the Old Greenwich and Julian Curtiss school building committees, may do so via this link that includes details on the nomination process. The deadline to submit your nomination form is next Friday, July 15.   My fellow Selectwomen and I will be holding special Board meetings in July and August to interview candidates. Successful candidates will be nominated for appointment by the Representative Town Meeting.

 

Greenwich Historical Society’s Scavenger Hunt

A day of summer fun and adventure is in store at the Historical Society’s Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, July 17 which will enable participants to explore the landmarks, people and spaces that make Greenwich the vibrant community it is today. Families, children and seniors are invited to join a thrilling race to uncover clues that highlight our town’s legends and gems. The winners will be feted at a celebration later in the day at the Historical Society campus.

The Scavenger Hunt is a highlight of the ‘Discover Greenwich’ series of events that create a greater sense of place, connection and belonging among Greenwich residents during the 90th anniversary of the Greenwich Historical Society.

Deadline for team registration is Wednesday, July 13. For more information and to register, visit: https://greenwichhistory.org/event/scavenger-hunt/.  In case of rain, the event will be held the following weekend on Sunday, July 24.

 

Bruce Museum closure extended

The Bruce Museum is extending its closure to the public through August 15.  The driveway to the front entrance is now completely torn up and waiting for paving.  Unfortunately, the museum has just encountered supply chain problems with paving stones that will delay completion of the work.  Landscaping work will continue, as will interior work on the front entrance, bathrooms, and the new classrooms in the Cohen Education Wing, but the museum won’t be able to complete the paving and ensure safe access until mid-August.

 

COVID Update

Greenwich Hospital reported that as of today, July 8, it is treating 9 COVID-19 patients. Last week there were 3 patients. The Yale-New Haven Health system has a total of 99 patients.

According to the state, as of July 6, the total number of Greenwich COVID cases (since the pandemic began in March 2020) increased by 298 to 14,815. The number of residents whose deaths have been attributed to COVID increased by 1 to 125. 

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.

 

Road work alerts from DPW

Town of Greenwich’s annual paving program is scheduled to begin July 11. Working west to east across town, paving will start in Byram and finish in Old Greenwich. Depending on multiple factors, including weather, the paving program is projected to be completed in September. To learn more, including which roads will be paved, please click HERE.

 

Get your dump permits

A friendly reminder to purchase the new Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility entrance permit! Residents must display the new permit when visiting the facility. For more information and to purchase your permit, please click HERE.


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Stay safe and wishing you all the best.

Fred

 

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