Artist Rachel Burgess, whose work is on display in the Flinn Gallery’s Atmospheric Moments exhibit, will give an artist talk on her work of monotype landscapes at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, October 1. The gallery is located on the second floor of Greenwich Library. Atmospheric Moments is on view until October 19. More information may be found here.
Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.
There are many personnel changes occurring here in Town Hall. Please join me in congratulating Senior Management Analyst Daniel Carlson who has been appointed to the position of Assistant Director with the Department of Parks and Recreation.
For two years, Dan has served as Senior Management Analyst in the Office of the First Selectman. Prior to his tenure with the Town, he was the assistant to the village manager for the Village of Downers Grove, IL. He has more than 6 years of experience in government administration.
Dan earned a master’s degree in government administration from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas. Dan succeeds Blaize Levitan who is now the Chief Operating Officer for the Greenwich Board of Education.
This evening I will be attending the annual retirement dinner recognizing six members of Greenwich Firefighters Local 1042. The six members who have valiantly served our Town for a total of 213 ½ years of service are Lieutenants Pat Gordiski and Charles Teichert, and Firefighters Victor Eimicke, Jack Gordon, Bruce Kunkel and Anthony Pampena. I am sure you will join me in wishing them many years of health and happiness as they explore the new chapters of life.
In addition to these employee changes, there are dozens of other Town employment opportunities ranging from seasonal and part-time positions in the Parks & Recreation Department and The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home, to openings for librarians and police officers, as well as the assistant director and the director of our Environmental Affairs Department. If you are interested in working for the Town, or know of someone who is, please use this link to view all of the available positions.
A pre-Halloween blood drive
There always is a need for blood both locally and nationally. Given the devastation this week in Florida caused by Hurricane Ian, the need for blood is even more desperate. I hope that if you’re eligible, you will take some time and donate blood at Monday’s blood drive.
Opinions wanted on parking
The Town of Greenwich Department of Parking Services is conducting a survey about the pilot program that implemented 15-minute parking in the Amogerone post office parking lot. The brief survey which will gauge users’ experiences will be available online beginning today, September 30 through October 26. It can be accessed via www.greenwichct.gov/ParkingAsks
Greenwich Hospital reported that as of today, September 30, there are 11 COVID-positive patients being treated. A total of 133 patients are being treated in the Yale New Haven Health system. According to the state, as of September 30, the total number of Greenwich COVID cases (since the pandemic began in March 2020) is 15,918. The number of resident deaths attributed to COVID remains at 126.
Family Centers also offers weekly vaccine and testing at Wilbur Peck Court, and the Connecticut Department of Health provides public mobile vaccine clinics.
Jumpstart your Halloween with GEMS
A decorated ambulance and Greenwich Emergency Medical Service staff dressed up in costumes will visit neighborhoods to safely distribute Halloween treats on October 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Interested residents can register by selecting which day they would like the "eerie carriage" and ghoulish crew to creep into their neighborhood. The link to sign up is available on GEMS' homepage at www.greenwichems.org
There are several events around Town this weekend. Please be sure to check with each organization to determine whether there are any changes due to rainy forecast as the remnants of Hurricane Ian moves along the Connecticut coast.
On Sunday, October 2, the YWCA will hold its annual community and family friendly Walk the Walk Against Domestic Violence in Bruce Park. In person registration at the park is at 8:30 a.m. I will present the Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation before the start of the walk. For more information, please use this link.
The Boys & Girls Club Greenwich annual boys Muddy Up 5K will now be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, October 2. For more details on the event and the latest weather announcements, please click here.
The Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a parade on East Putnam Avenue in Cos Cob at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 2.
On Monday, October 3, I will host the Breast Cancer Alliance for its annual flag-raising at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. to mark the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Adoptable pets of the week
We have received positive feedback with the new newsletter feature ‘Pet of the Week.” Each week, we will feature a pet that is available for adoption from either Greenwich Animal Control or Adopt-a-Dog.
Molly is a friendly pointer/vizsla mix who is about 3- to 4-years-old and 45 pounds. She is a high energy girl and needs an owner who is experienced with the breed. Molly is playful and shows her silly side. She should do well with most other dogs, but she does not like cats! If you want to laugh and be happy every day, Molly is your girl. More information about Molly and other available pets, please click here.
Thompson is 4 to 5 months old and he's already close to 40 pounds. He is gentle, loving and will immediately roll on his back for belly rubs and attention from human rather than playing with toys. He will make the perfect couch buddy who can also double as your walking/hiking partner. He is a lab, possibly mixed with some Great Dane, given the size of his paws. Thompson is social with other dogs, would do well with children and possibly with cats. For more information about Thompson, please use this link.
And to all who are observing Yom Kippur, “Chag sameach.”
Stay safe and All the best,