Coscob's HamletHub Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:36:34 -0400 Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Plans 10th Annual Golf Outing September 4

Greenwich Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its tenth Annual Golf Outing on Wednesday, September 4th.  This popular event has traditionally been held on the first Wednesday of September every year. The Outing is held at Griffith E. Harris Golf Club, located at 1300 King Street.  All town residents are invited to participate in this fun event that supports local business.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the shot gun start is 12:45 p.m.  Raffle items, awards, photos of all foursomes. Heavy appetizers, prizes and beverages at 5:00 p.m.  Co-Silver Sponsors are Carlson & Carlson and Granoff Architects.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  E mail, call 203-869-3500 or sign up on website.

]]> (Marcia O'Kane) Events Tue, 23 Jul 2019 08:18:44 -0400
Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center: The Last of the Shark Hunters

Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center: The Last of the Shark Hunters: How Trophy Fishermen Pushed Science into Action

Keith Cowley, shark advocate and Curator of the Living Sharks Museum, will discuss the legacy of legendary shark sport fisherman Captain Frank Mundus. His capture of a massive great white shark using only rod and reel is said to be one of the inspirations behind the film Jaws. The decades of shark hunting that followed resulted in the decimation of a species, finally halted by the fierce efforts of a scientific community determined to build a case to save the “man-eaters.”

This is the story of their feats. The Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center, located in Greenwich Point Park, hosts family programs on the first Sunday afternoon of each month. Admission to the Seaside Center is free. Alert the front gate staff if you are attending the First Sunday Science Program.

]]> (Scott Smith) Neighbors Tue, 23 Jul 2019 07:20:33 -0400
Breast Cancer Alliance Executive Director Yonni Wattenmaker is one of Fairfield County’s most fascinating women

Yonni Wattenmaker was honored in the July issue of WAG magazine as one of Fairfield county’s most fascinating women. This was to the delight of many and surprise of none.

As BCA’s President, Mary Jeffery said, "Breast Cancer Alliance is delighted to see Yonni recognized in such an important and visible way”. “We’re also not surprised to find her included alongside other highly successful women: Yonni is a strong, powerful and respected leader, advocate and role model. Her impact in the world of breast cancer—as well as in her own community—is significant and admirable.”

Cited for their “dedication, tenacity, self-belief, altruism and passion” by the area’s leading lifestyle publication, the 40 honorees include esteemed women, such as Eileen Fisher, Glenn Close, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vanessa Williams and Fran Weissler.  Chief among the attributes Wattenmaker and her notable cohorts share is a commitment to enrich the communities in which they live.

Since joining the Greenwich-based Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) in 2011, Wattenmaker has worked tirelessly to advance the organization’s mission to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer. Under her leadership, BCA has awarded $6,975 million to advance critical, novel, early-stage research, 24 breast surgery fellowships at Society of Surgical Oncology accredited institutions, and provided 98 education and outreach grants to health organizations for regional screening, treatment and dignified support for the underserved.

“The great strides made by Breast Cancer Alliance are due in great part to the relationships we build within communities,” Wattenmaker explained. “BCA was founded by six women and is now supported by hundreds of devoted volunteers, donors and breast cancer survivors. These committed women, men and teens have helped make BCA one of the leading non-profit, non-corporate breast cancer foundations in the U.S.

“To be recognized as one of WAG’s 40 Fascinating Women of 2018 for my part of this extraordinary organization, and to be named among such esteemed and powerful women, is an incredibly gratifying and humbling honor,” Wattenmaker remarked.

Wattenmaker earned her BA in Judaic Studies with a minor in Psychology from The George Washington University and a Master’s Degree from Hebrew Union College. She currently sits on the Community Advisory Board at Greenwich Hospital, the Activation Team for MAT, and the National Council for Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University.


]]> (CMB Communications) Neighbors Tue, 23 Jul 2019 07:20:05 -0400
Bear Sightings in Rye Brook and Greenwich

Local police have received several bear sightings in northern Greenwich and Rye Brook.

Bears are part of our local wildlife. Please follow the following precautions if you see one:

- Never approach, surround or corner a bear: Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened.

- Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.

- Never run from a bear: Stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away and leave the area.

- Do not throw food or bags at an approaching bear: Doing so encourages bears to approach and "bully" people to get food. By teaching a bear to approach humans for food, you are endangering yourself, other residents, and the bears.

- Remember that most black bears prefer to avoid humans.

Bears in your yard

  • From a safe distance, make loud noises by shouting or banging pots to scare the bear away.
  • Once the bear leaves, remove all attractants such as bird seed, garbage, greasy cooking grills and pet food.
  • Ask neighbors to remove attractants.

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]]> (Greenwich Police) Public safety Mon, 22 Jul 2019 04:45:32 -0400
Take a Break from the Heat with a Visit to the Bruce

Take a break from the heat this weekend and explore four exciting exhibitions now on view at the Bruce Museum and to enjoy an array of special programs scheduled for Sunday. Art and science exhibitions now on view:

From Butterflies to Battleships: Selections from the Bruce Museum Photography Collection, draws from the Bruce Museum Photography Collection to present a selection of work by four singular American photographers, on view through September 1.

iCreate 2019, an impressive display of regional high school artists, on view through July 28.

Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March], a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the remarkable art created by Avery’s wife Sally and their daughter March. On view through September 1.

Sharks!  Watch live sharks develop in eggs, see life-sized models of sharks, and compare and contrast jaws and teeth from almost 20 different species, on view through September 1.

Stop by with the family on Sunday at 11:30 – 12:15 pm for a Family Gallery Tour. This tour takes children ages 5 and up, and their caregivers, through the Museum’s current exhibitions.

For a special treat on Sunday, catch an afternoon movie matinee at the Bruce at our popular Science on the Silver Screen program, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. We will be watching A Quiet Place (runtime: 1 hr 31 min; rated PG-13) with a special guest scientist. The expert scientist will introduce the film, watch with you, and lead a discussion about the science (or lack thereof) shown in the film. Could monsters really track their prey using only sound? What are the real animals that have these sorts of powers? Now’s your chance to find out. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and be ready to learn, in an interactive conversation driven by you!

Movie, snacks, and drinks (including beer) are FREE with museum admission! Please make a reservation online and pay for your entry at the front desk upon arrival.

Also on Sunday: Art Adventures: Postcards from Abroad, 1 – 3 pm. Come to the Bruce for hands-on family fun. In this Art Adventure, kids and their caretakers will create postcards based on their summer adventures, inspired by interacting with the Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March] exhibition. They can share or take home their postcards.

For questions, hours, or directions, visit or call 203-869-0376.

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American Cup's First Championship at Greenwich Polo Club

Greenwich, CT (July 18, 2019) – The first-ever edition of the American Cup at Greenwich Polo Club comes to an exciting conclusion this Sunday, July 21st in our featured public match of the week. Polo matches are still ongoing to decide the final teams, with White Birch and Postage Stamp Farm sitting on perfect 2-0 records going into the final round of bracket play. Altaris (2-1) also has two wins following their victory over Faraway (0-3) yesterday morning which opened Round 3. The remaining third-round games to see who will advance to the Sunday final are Reelay (1-1) vs White Birch (2-0) and The Island House (0-2) vs Postage Stamp Farm (2-0). Stay tuned for updates to come of match results and the final weekend matchup!

There is so much to look forward to this weekend both on and off the field. Even though it will be warm outside, we plan for the match to be played as scheduled. In high goal polo, each player will bring between 8-12 horses for a match, and each pony only plays a few short minutes in a chukker at a time. The welfare of both human and equine athletes is always our priority.   

Sunday Public matches' gates open at 1 p.m. and polo match begins at 3 p.m. Greenwich Polo Club offers many different seating options to fit any budget, with various different ways to enjoy the match. Grab your tickets for the weekend now as premium seating locations are limited. See everyone at Polo!

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AG Williams receives Community Engagement Award from National Consulting Firm NCG

Award From National Consulting Firm Recognizes A. G. Williams

Painting Company’s Community Engagement Achievements

Pelham, New York (July 16, 2019) – A. G. Williams Painting Company takes its community commitment seriously by supporting charities, religious institutions, non-profit organizations and youth sports teams. It’s no surprise, then, that A. G. Williams recently received a Summit Community Engagement Certified award from Nolan Consulting Group (NCG).

Summit, the flagship program of NCG, based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, is a national peer group of top painting and building trades companies. The rigorous criteria for Summit Community Engagement certification include donating time, money and effort giving back to community partners. NCG, one of the premier business coaching and consultancies in the country, requires extensive documentation before bestowing this award.

“Summit members believe in being good neighbors,” said Brian Nolan, managing partner at NCG.  “We believe in doing well by doing good. A. G. Williams is one of our most successful members and the contributions they have made to the community is a large part of their success.”

Founded in 1906, A. G. Williams is a full-service professional painting contractor with a long history of helping others. For years, the company conducted its work without fanfare, supporting a baseball league in the Dominican Republic and serving on the board of directors at local churches, for example.

Prior to the internet, company employees helped organize and sponsor local little league teams by going door-to-door, calling businesses and writing letters seeking sponsorships and other support. They also bought pizza and ice cream after games and awarded the plagues. A. G. Williams also assisted countless people in need and donated services and funds to worthy causes.

But during the company’s centennial in 2006, A. G. Williams decided that it could increase its impact by publicizing their endeavors to encourage others to follow suit and increase donations to the causes it championed.

In 2018, A. G. Williams donated more than $100,000 in painting services to charitable endeavors – including the victims of an arson attack in White Plains, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle and Church of Archangels in Stamford – along with another $43,000 to support local non-profit organizations. That puts the total amount of donations since 2006 at $1.2 million.

Company owners Art and George Williams also encourage employees to engage in community service and volunteerism. Many of these projects go unnoticed because the main goal is not to wave the flag of righteousness but to do what’s best to help those in need.

For example, co-owner George Williams serves on several church boards of trustees, donates to veterans groups and supports the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Paul Viggiano, director of marketing, is encouraged to coach boys and girls hockey and lacrosse teams in New Rochelle and to work with the LUNGevity Foundation to help fight lung cancer.

In addition, A. G. Williams is in the process of establishing the 501C3 nonprofit A. G. Williams Foundation, which will serve as a conduit for donations to worthy community causes and provide scholarships to members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church along with company workers and their families.

“For decades, giving back has been the backbone of our company culture,” said co-owner George Williams, the grandson of founder Arthur G. Williams. “We approach our community outreach the same way we take care of our employees and serve our clients with professionalism.”

A. G. Williams Painting Company is located at 411 Pelham Avenue, Pelham, New York, 10803 (800-227-1906) and 26 Arcadia Road #9, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 (203-618-0058). Visit them at

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Cos Cob resident Sameer Shankarlingam has been named to the Dean's List at Purchase College

Sameer Shankarlingam has been named to the Dean's List at Purchase College for the spring 2019 semester

Sameer Shankarlingam of Cos Cob  has been named to Purchase College's Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester. Shankarlingam is studying Music: Performance (Jazz).

To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs and 3.75 for Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music Performance programs. They must take a minimum of 12 credits.

Congratulations, Sameer!

About Purchase College, SUNY

Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College, SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit

]]> (Purchase College) Neighbors Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:18:11 -0400
Abilis & Grahamberries Sells Organic Blueberries As Part of Abilis Competitive Employment Program

Abilis, the non-profit organization that provides services and supports for more than 700 individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs and their families, in conjunction with its Competitive Employment Program, is offering a special treat this summer with the sale of Grahamberries. Grahamberries are organic blueberries sold at the Abilis Gardens & Gifts store, at Greenwich Town Hall, the Greenwich YWCA and YMCA, and other locations throughout town. Other Abilis programs in Stamford, Wilton and Westport will also participate in selling the blueberries and they can be ordered for delivery by calling Abilis at 203-531-1880 ext. 101.

Grahamberries is a unique partnership with an organic blueberry farm in upstate New York owned by Peter and Philippa Orzulak. Peter and Philippa’s son Graham, age 28, who as an infant was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system, created Grahamberries to help provide employment for their son and others with special needs. Graham has been a long-time Abilis client, beginning with the Early Intervention services in Abilis’ Birth to Three program. As Graham approached adulthood, his family wanted him to have opportunities to be more independent and that included a job. Abilis helped coordinate an individualized day program, residential living and an employment plan, which including selling and delivering organic blueberries from his family’s farm.   

“We knew that having a child with special needs would require some creative thinking when it came time for our son to have a job,” said Philippa Orzulak, Graham’s mother. “As our son was graduating school and was ready to work, we started thinking outside the box and worked with the Abilis Competitive Employment team to come up with some work that Graham could do. He started with a paper shredding business and then serviced two snack machines. We started our organic blueberry farm in 2011 and decided that extending the blueberry sales to the clients of Abilis would be a good way to help individuals interact with customers, perfect their sales techniques and learn new job skills. Currently, more than 20 different individuals in the Abilis Competitive Employment program help deliver blueberries throughout Fairfield County along with Graham. Graham loves selling blueberries around town so much, he is often referred to as ‘the Blueberry Mayor of Greenwich.’” 

The Grahamberries Blueberries will be sold starting July 15 through mid-August (while supplies last) and will be sold at the Abilis Gardens & Gifts, Greenwich Town Hall, the Greenwich YWCA and YMCA, and other locations in Stamford, Wilton and Westport. Pre-orders can be made by calling Abilis Gardens & Gifts at 203-531-1880 ext 101.


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Polo in Greenwich on Sunday: The American Cup

Get Ready for Back-to-Back Polo 

This Sunday, July 14th we kick off the inaugural American Cup! All new this season the tournament celebrates the monumental contributions and advancements of the sport made by those in the United States.

Six teams are in contention for the title, including The Island House who have won each of the first two tournaments of the season. This weekend's match will feature the Monty Waterbury Cup finalist Reelay (Will Tomita, Mariano Gonzalez, Matias Magrini, and Nicolas Diaz Alberdi) facing off against Altaris (Jamal Nusseibeh, Marcos Garcia del Rio, Nic Roldan, and Nick Manifold).

The gates open at 1 p.m. and the polo match begins at 3 p.m.

Tickets for this Sunday's match are available online now. Greenwich Polo Club offers many different seating options to fit any budget, with various different ways to enjoy the match. Grab your tickets for the weekend now as premium seating locations are limited. See everyone at Polo!

Purchase tickets here.

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Together We Shine Red Carpet Celebration by Greenwich Junior United Way for Abilis Huge Success

More than 100 local students and members of Abilis attend the second annual Together We Shine red carpet event at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. The event was put on by the Greenwich Junior United Way (GJrUW) – in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the Greenwich YWCA for Abilis.

Hair and makeup was provided by Mane Event and wardrobe was provided by Neighbor to Neighbor and was available to Abilis members offsite, prior to the event. Shoes for the participants were donated by Marc Jacobs. Guests arrived at the event via limousine and VIP car service provided by CTNY Limo service, owned and operated by Alan and Helen Pesce.

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Cos Cob Resident Jack Tulloch Named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Spring 2019 Dean's List

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Jack Tulloch of Cos Cob, Conn., a member of the class of 2021 majoring in aerospace engineering, was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2019 semester.

A total of 1,598 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI's spring 2019 Dean's List, which differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean's List by the amount of work completed at the A-level in courses and projects.

"WPI's academic programs are rigorous and require a level of independence beyond what is required in traditional courses. WPI students go beyond the classroom to work on open-ended problems in and for communities around the world. The problems are important and the impact is real," said dean of undergraduate studies Arthur C. Heinricher. "Some of this nation's best and brightest students come to WPI to study engineering, science, business, and the humanities. Those named to the Dean's List have excelled in all of their work, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students."

]]> (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Neighbors Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:32:07 -0400
New Bow Tie Cinemas Ultimate Cinema Complex in Greenwich

Bow Tie Cinemas and The Ashforth Company have announced that they are working together on the development of a brand new Bow Tie Cinemas Ultimate cinema complex to be located on Railroad Avenue, steps from Bow Tie Cinemas’ existing Criterion at Greenwich Plaza. Bow Tie Cinemas Ultimate include reserved luxury recliner seating in all auditoriums, a full restaurant menu and a full bar with food and drinks served to your seat. 

As part of its ongoing mission to deliver the best possible customer experience, Bow Tie Cinemas continues to transform how guests enjoy big screen entertainment, creating a well-executed break from the norm and producing a series of movie theater enhancements that will make an ordinary night at the movies, extraordinary. 

“The busy lifestyle led by today’s entertainment consumers often forces a choice between seeing a movie and having a great meal and a cocktail,” says Ben Moss, CEO of Bow Tie Cinemas. “Now at Bow Tie Ultimate locations, our valued guests can reserve a luxury recliner seat in advance, arrive at the theater at a convenient time without rushing and enjoy a great meal and a cocktail during the movie. Bow Tie Ultimate takes the movie-going experience to a whole new level, and we’re delighted to expand the Ultimate footprint in Fairfield County.”

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Greenwich Sandblast Sand Sculpture Contest on July 27

Greenwich Recreation in cooperation with Greenwich Arts Council bring you the annual Sandblast Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday, July 27 from noon to 3pm. The event will feature live music.

A valid park pass and a parking pass is required for entry.

Enjoy a day at the beach while building a sand sculpture with friends and family.

Thanks to our sponsors Meli-Melo and BeachMate

]]> (Greenwich Parks & Rec) Events Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:49:04 -0400
Bacon Brothers to Perform at Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation Gala

Bacon Brothers to Perform at Local Charity Gala

The Bacon Brothers, a popular band started by the award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, an Emmy-winning composer, will perform a rare intimate concert in Greenwich on Saturday, November 9 at a fundraiser for Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education. For gala tickets, tables or sponsorship information, visit

The event, the 28th annual fall gala to benefit The Inner-City Foundation, will be held at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich, and is the charity’s largest fundraiser of the year. The Inner-City Foundation provides support to local Fairfield County programs and organizations that provide not only help but hope to the neediest residents of Fairfield County, including education, food, shelter, help for addiction, domestic violence and much more.

Fiercely devoted to making music, Kevin and Michael Bacon share a singular body of work that’s found them spending more than 20 years of working the road and paying their dues, resulting in nine albums spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. Kevin Bacon is an award-winning actor with 80 films and dozens of television and stage credits to his name, resulting in numerous Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations. An Emmy-winning composer, older brother Michael initially began making music in their native Philadelphia before moving to Nashville where his songwriting career blossomed. While casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers — Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion — along with the band that’s been with them since the beginning — Paul Guzzle (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Tim Quick (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums) — eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned from the hard lessons come as a result of determination and drive.

The gala’s co-chairs are Icy Frantz and Pamela Pagnani. Icy Frantz is a longtime Greenwich resident and local philanthropist. She taught a substance abuse prevention program at Greenwich Academy, was a member of the Board at Greenwich Country Day School and ran the Parents’ Association there. Icy currently sits on the Board for the Greenwich Teen Center and writes for the Greenwich Sentinel. Pam Pagnani  is a member of the Board of The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education, where she chairs the Education Committee. Pam is vice president and brokerage manager of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich. An attorney with more than 25 years of experience in real estate law, prior to joining Sotheby’s, Pam was a partner and attorney with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP, a Greenwich law firm. Devoted to community service, Pam also serves on the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce board, is secretary of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc.’s board of trustees, and a director of the Greenwich Riding Trails Association. Additionally, Pam is a member of the Greenwich Academy Alumnae Association and past trustee of Greenwich Academy. 

For more information and tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit or call 203-416-1363.

]]> (KBSchwarz) Charities Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:33:51 -0400