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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Sept 2: Community Connections from Fred

Dana's Angels Research Trust (DART) at Greenwich Point Beach: DART to the finish_pc_Jenifer Howard_092521-02Contributed photo

Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.

As we go into Labor Day weekend, let’s remember to celebrate the contribution of American workers. Town Hall will be closed on Monday in observance of the day. The fireworks are scheduled for tomorrow night at Binney Park beginning just before 8 p.m. and Greenwich Point park at 8:20. The weather looks great, but just in case, the rain date is Sunday with fireworks from both shows at Greenwich Point only.

Now that school is back in session, it’s time for fall sports. GHS Football kicks off the season next Friday with the first game at Newtown. Visit for game schedules. 

New Greenwich Symphony Conductor to make debut

I hope that you will join me next weekend at the Greenwich Symphony’s 2022-23 season opening concerts on Sept. 10 and 11. It should be an exciting concert with the debut of Maestro Stuart Malina at the Greenwich High School auditorium. In addition to leading the orchestra, performing works by Bernstein and Prokofiev, Maestro Malina will perform Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue” on piano. For more information and tickets, and to learn more about Maestro Malina, please log on to


Greenwich Historical Society YA Author Talk

The Greenwich Historical Society welcomes author and Greenwich resident, Arlene Mark for a free book talk on her recently released young adult novel, "The Year Without a Summer." The event will take place at the Tavern Garden Market on Wednesday, September 7 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Inspired by the 1815 volcanic eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, the story presents this cataclysmic past event that had repercussions around the world in a present-day context to address current themes such as climate change, cultural perspective, family dynamics and empathy. To register and find out more, please click here.


Greenwich Library drops book fines, and Flinn Gallery exhibit opens

This week, Greenwich Library announced that it will no longer fine patrons for overdue materials, effective September 12. The Library will remove all fines from patrons’ accounts, and there will be no longer be any monetary penalties for returning books, movies, or other regular items past their due dates; overdue fines will still be charged for late museum passes. This policy change — which is in line with changes made by many other nationally recognized library systems — will remove any financial burden that may have created a barrier to entry and aims to increase access to Library resources for all Greenwich residents, students, and employees.

“Atmospheric Moments,” the first exhibit of the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich Library runs from September 8 – October 19 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 8 from 6 – 8:00 p.m. Celebrate three female artists with a celebration of color as Bascove, Rachel Burgess, and Sage Tucker-Ketcham fill the space with their artwork. Details are available here.

Calling adult resident golfers!

The Town-wide Men's and Ladies' tournaments are being held at the Griff Saturday and Sunday, September 17 &18. Visit the Golf Shop website for applications


DART to the finish!

Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART) is honoring its 20th anniversary this year and holding its fifth annual charity walk, DART to the Finish, on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 8:00 a.m., at Greenwich Point Park!  DART is a local non-profit that supports research into the rare childhood disease Niemann-Pick type C disease (NPC), often referred to as childhood Alzheimer’s.
The trust was founded in 2002 by Andrea and Phil Marella of Greenwich after two of their four children, Dana and Andrew, were diagnosed with NPC. Dana sadly passed away in 2013 at age 19. But Andrew, who turned 23 in June, is doing better due to being enrolled in a clinical trial to slow the progression of the disease. To find out more about DART and to register for the walk, visit their website.


Adopt-a-dog Pet of the Weekadopt a dog 01-a

Meet Tennessee, a 3 1/2-month-old husky puppy for adoption or foster! She is true to her breed - full of life, energy, and love to give! She's a smart girl that would thrive with an active family willing to take her on all of their adventures! We prefer a home with experience for this amazing gal to ensure we make the perfect match! Tennessee does well with other dogs, and kids, and she would need to be introduced to any new kitty friends. Visit Petfinder to find out more about Tennessee! 


COVID Update

Greenwich Hospital reported that they are currently caring for 10 COVID-positive patients, none of whom are in the ICU.  A total of 122 patients are being treated in the Yale New Haven Health System. According to the state, as of September 1, the total number of Greenwich COVID cases (since the pandemic began in March 2020) increased to 15,663, an increase of 55 cases from a week ago. The number of residents whose deaths have been attributed to COVID remains at 126.

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.


Statement on recent video and investigation

This past week has been a difficult one for our town, but with every crisis, setback, and or unexpected development, there lies an opportunity. The video that surfaced, as serious as it is, is no different. We will do an independent investigation and when completed, we will address its findings. 
 My administration takes very seriously any allegations or demonstrations of discrimination in the workplace.  While the Board of Education has its own human resources department, I have conferred with the Town’s Director of Human Resources and the Town Attorney on this matter.  As First Selectman of the Town of Greenwich, I have an ethical and moral obligation to make sure the disturbing developments that have come to light over the last twenty-four hours concerning comments made by a Board of Education employee are properly investigated.  I have directed the Town Attorney to proceed with an independent investigation into this matter.  The Board of Education represents the largest cost center in our Town’s operating budget and the taxpayers of Greenwich expect that those that work on behalf of the Town of Greenwich and the Greenwich Board of Education do so with the highest standards of ethics, transparency, and integrity.


 Stay safe and wishing you all the best.

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