Greenwich's HamletHub Sun, 31 May 2020 22:57:14 -0400 Bruce Museum Junior Art Competition

The Bruce Museum is excited to announce a new art competition that will highlight the talents and concerns of the coming generation of young artists.

The Bruce Museum Junior Art Competition 2020: Seeing and Feeling During the Pandemic​ has been developed for children in grades Kindergarten through grade 8. Using the prompt, "What do you see and feel during this time of pandemic?" the art competition asks kids to use their creativity to share their unique experiences during this unprecedented health crisis.  

“We’ve seen the impact the Museum’s popular annual iCreate exhibition of high school artists has had throughout the community,” says Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to show how younger artists are using their creativity to express themselves. Art truly does inspire, and it will help us all get through these trying times.”

Artwork can be created in any medium, with one submission per artist. Artwork can be submitted electronically as one (1) image per two-dimensional work or two (2) images for three-dimensional pieces via email to Information required for the submission includes: artist's name, age, current grade at school, title of work, and medium of work. Parents, please note: submission of artwork constitutes adult guardian permission to participate, as well as rights to use images for promotional or other uses by the Bruce Museum.

Awards will be offered for two age groups, grades K-4 and grades 5-8, respectively: First Prize - $75/$150 Visa gift card plus annual family membership to the Bruce Museum valued at $65; Second Prize - $50/$100 gift card plus annual family membership; Third Prize - $25/$75  gift card plus annual family membership. There will also be a Bruce Museum Director's Award, with a prize of a $100 Visa gift card.

“These are uncharted territories for students, and with schools no longer in session, we wanted to find a new way to channel their creative expression,” says Felicity Kostakis, who along with fellow Museum volunteers Lily deJongh Downing and Cricket Lockhart, will serve as judges for the art competition. “As an art teacher, I firmly believe that art has the ability to empower and bring meaning to students' lives as well as the lives of others. Let’s all #stayhomeandcreate!”

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2020. Winners will be announced on June 19, and their artwork will be exhibited virtually on a dedicated website. For complete details and rules about the Bruce Museum Junior Art Competition 2020: Seeing and Feeling During the Pandemic, please visit the “Events” page at  ​

The Bruce Museum wishes to thank Co-Sponsors Lily deJongh Downing​, Felicity Kostakis, and Cricket Lockhart for their generous support of the Junior Art Competition 2020: Seeing and Feeling During the Pandemic

]]> (Bruce Museum) Events Thu, 28 May 2020 10:13:58 -0400
Local Funeral Home Creates a Drive-Through Chapel

Christopher Farrugio, General Manager of the Leo. P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street in Stamford, recently quoted a well-known proverb, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Chris used this quote when referring to the most recent service he is able to offer members of our local communities.

Understanding the importance of having community support, associates at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home created a temporary "window" in the funeral home chapel where friends and relatives are able to drive-by to show their support, offer condolences and adhere to the current restrictions while remaining safe.

Farrugio says, "For many, having that final opportunity to view a friend or loved one after he or she has passed, is an important part of the grieving process. Over the past couple of months we have had to limit the number of people who could be part of a viewing in our chapel. Unfortunately, many families have missed out on the support and closure that an open visitation can bring."

Chris and a former associate and long-time friend, William Villanova, President of Frank E. Campbell – The Funeral Chapel in New York City, worked alongside one another in planning and creating the outdoor viewing space.

Known for excellence, Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home has been providing high level customer service to Stamford, Greenwich and surrounding communities for over 90 years. The ability to respond to these unprecedented times and allow families to have their relatives and friends support them, albeit through glass, is important.

In addition to the creation of the outdoor viewing space, the funeral home has remained committed to the health and well-being of the community, guests and associates by offering phone and email arrangements, offering free, online streaming of funeral services, and following all CDC guidance and regulations.

Chris remains hopeful that the community will "go back to normal" and be able to experience the very best that the city has to offer. Until then, the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home remains a trusted resource for local residents and all who call upon them in their greatest time of need.

The Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Homes are located in Stamford, Greenwich and Monroe, CT. Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Homes offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence to celebrate each life like no other. For more information, visit

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Tue, 26 May 2020 09:05:52 -0400
Greenwich High School Student Named 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Governor Ned Lamont and State Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona today are congratulating three Connecticut residents who were named as 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. The recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for graduating high school seniors.

The recipients include:

  • Cynthia Chen of Riverside – Greenwich High School
  • Brandon Demkowicz of Farmington – Farmington High School
  • Elizabeth Ann Wozniak of Meriden – Orville H. Platt High School (scholar for U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education)

The U.S. Department of Education selected the program’s 56th class of 161 scholars from a national pool of 621 student semifinalists, who were nominated for their high academic performance and distinguishing themselves by overcoming hardships, achieving a unique accomplishment, or demonstrating outstanding leadership.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have three young people from Connecticut receive one of the nation’s top honors for high school students, and I offer my congratulations to Cynthia, Brandon and Elizabeth on this accomplishment,” Governor Lamont said. “They represent some of the very best of our state, and I applaud their perseverance and drive, which led to this national recognition.”

“These remarkable Connecticut students demonstrated high academic achievement in the face of extreme adversity, such as difficult family situations, mobility and immigration issues, and assimilating into a new culture and learning English, while attending school and working to help support themselves and their families,” Commissioner Cardona said. “Despite all of the adversity they faced, these students managed to continue achieving success in their academic lives, while also developing musical talents, participating in community service, pursuing varied and interesting career paths, and even excelling in athletics. The achievements of these outstanding students deserve acknowledgement. We are proud of Cynthia, Brandon, and Elizabeth for their academic achievements, the strength of their character, their commitment to community, their leadership, and their unwavering perseverance. They are truly an inspiration to all of us and we congratulate them on this well-deserved honor.”

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education invites states to nominate students for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The Connecticut State Department of Education invites school districts to recommend students for the program, and this year received the names of 51 extraordinary young people from 24 districts across the state.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer as public health circumstances permit.

To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, visit


]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Neighbors Fri, 22 May 2020 11:35:59 -0400
Greenwich Chamber List of Local Shops/Restaurants Reopening Hours

The Greenwich Chamber is publishing the responses that were provided directly by our local restaurants, retailers and service providers. We update these as we receive new information so please continue to check this page. Click on each business to be directed to their website. If your business would like to be featured on this page please email us the best way our community can support your business. For more ways to help, please visit our Give Local news page.

Restaurants / Food & Beverage 

381 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
(203) 862-9100
We are also available for takeout and delivery.
Open Tuesday through Sunday normal business hours.
112 Riverside Ave, Riverside
(203) 637-1956
We are open for delivery orders via UberEats, online and pickup orders through ChowNow and call-ins. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8am-3pm and Sunday 8am-2pm.
All orders can be picked up at the window on the porch. Customers will need to remain 6 feet apart while they wait in line.
23 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich
(203) 637-3818
199 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich
(203) 637-4447
Curbside pickup, takeout and delivery every day from 4-8pm.
226 E Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
(203) 869-6999
Delivery and curbside takeout.
3 West Elm Street, Greenwich (203) 622-6644
1075 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside (203) 698-1066
New Menu for curbside pickup and home delivery
Order online or call with questions (203) 326-4540 x115
1323 King Street at the Grifith Harris Golf Club
(203) 681-2881
Take-out & Delivery. We are open from Wednesday to Sunday 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
We have a pick up window in the golf course side of building and curbside pick up so one does not need to exit the car.
Masks and gloves are mandatory for employees.
220 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich
(203) 637-0367
Please enjoy 20% off all curbside takeout orders, enter promo code “beach” at checkout. Also free delivery when you order by Toast below within a 3 mile radius.
362 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich
(203) 661-6634
We are open for outdoor dining! Please call for reservations.
Delivery and takeout daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Ask about family-style menus, new specials, and 50% off wine with any food order.
28 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
(203) 661-8700
Pick up or delivery available.
Bon Ton Fish Market - see listing under Bruce Park Purveyors
44 Old Field Point Road
(203) 661-4774
Take out and delivery service Mon-Sun 5-8pm
“Your One Stop Shop for Top Shelf Seafood, Fresh Produce, Prime Meats, Fine Wine, Small Batch Spirits, Craft Beer, Artisanal Cheeses, Custom Gift Baskets, Party Provisions and The Best Sandwiches in town”
100 Bruce Park Avenue
(203) 869-0576
Open for Curbside Service and store visits. Call the store to place an order.
102 Bruce Park Avenue
(203) 489-3448
Open for Local Delivery, Curbside Service and store visits. Call the store to place an order.
100 Bruce Park Avenue
(203) 861-6328
Open for Curbside Service and store visits. Call the store to place an order.
302 Delavan Ave, Greenwich
(203) 531-7433
Our hours are the same.
ChowNow, Take-out and curbside pickup.
19 East Putnam Avenue
(203) 489-3610
By the Way Bakery is currently open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 10-3, with curbside pickup upon request. (We are currently closed on Mondays.) Our counter staff is always happy to take your order by phone during store hours. You can place your order online up to 48 hours in advance at Same-day delivery orders can be placed via DoorDash.
Cap, Cork & Cellar - see listing under Bruce Park Purveyors
77 Valley Road, Cos Cob
(203) 661-3354
Call to place an order for takeout or delivery.
31 E Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
(203) 992-1333
We are offering outdoor dining beginning Wednesday, May 20th!
Now Open Tuesday - Saturday, 4-8pm. Curbside Pickup. Enjoy your Cobber menu favorites and cocktails to go!
Phones open 3:15pm.
2 Morgan Avenue, Greenwich
(203) 531-5353
203 East Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
(203) 869-2339
Open for Takeout, Pickup, Delivery
Everyday 11:30am - 9pm
Online ordering is available Now!
Take 20% off all entire takeout online orders,
enter Promo Code "COAST" at checkout by "Toast Takeout"
Outdoor Dining at Coast patio Now Open:
Lunch 11:30am-4pm Monday-Sunday
Dinner 4pm-9pm Monday-Sunday ( Friday & Saturday 4pm-10:30pm)
Enjoy the warm breeze with beautiful pond view during your Outdoor Dining at Coast!
We are taking delivery orders for freshly roasted whole bean or ground coffee! Local Greenwich deliveries for orders of 2 bags or more. Our hours of operation remain 6am to 6pm daily for pickup and delivery.
470 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich
(203) 629-4987
COVID-19 Store Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 3pm, Saturday: 8am-1pm, Sunday: Closed
Introducing "RxK Family Meals" by Corbo's Catering "Nutritionally Balanced Meals For Your Family's Health And Well-Being"
Please email for current menu and order form.
2 South Water Street
(203) 900-1100
Pick up or delivery available.
Chicken Joe’s is offering delivery and curb side pick up. Call (203) 861-0075. Customers are encouraged to call ahead, place an order over the phone and pay by credit card or debit card. No cash transactions will be conducted. All personnel will be wearing gloves during preparation and delivery to ensure the safety of customers and employees.
364 West Putnam Ave - (203) 625-3322
Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am to 8:00
Cos Cob, 231 E Putnam Ave - (203) 861 0075
Monday to Friday 6am to 5pm, Saturday 6:00am to 4:30pm, Sunday 8:00am to 3:00pm
CHOPT Greenwich is open for Delivery, Pickup and Curbside Pickup only.
Spend $40+ and receive 20% OFF with promo code CHOPTFAM until 4/2/20.
189 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich
(203) 727-3124
(inside Something Natural Greenwich/behind Saks)
58 William Street, Greenwich
(203) 869-0865
We will be open regular hours as follows:
Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
(203) 625-1155
Corbos West, 470 West Putnam Ave
(203) 629-4987
Take out and delivery all over Greenwich and Stamford
Catering available 7 days a week
They’ve created a family meal delivery service for local clients - with the goal to provide sunshine to your homes and fullness to your bellies.
Their menus will be updated weekly & their team is open to integrating your favorites in the weeks to come!
-Easy online ordering HERE
-Serving Westchester & Fairfield Counties Exclusively
-Orders placed by Wednesday 4 pm will be delivered the following Saturday
-Orders placed by Saturday 4 pm will be delivered the following Wednesday
-Delivery fees waived on orders over $100
142 E. Putnam Ave., Cos Cob
(203) 661-2202
41 East Elm Street, Greenwich
(203) 340-9470
Complimentary delivery
253 Greenwich Ave
(203) 869-7622
Take-Away, Curbside pickup and White Glove Delivery
Daily from: 11:30am - 8pm
Get a free $20 Gift Card with every $100 Gift Card Purchase.
Pick up during regular hours
Call or text Jackie: (917) 208-3590
Jackie Mendive’s artisanal Empanadas On The Go can be delivered right to your doorstep.
229 Mill Street, Byram
(203) 531-8087
Delivery or pick up.
160 Hamilton Ave.
(203) 622-1693,
Open for delivery and take out
1 Strickland Road, Cos Cob
(203) 661-7777
Curbside or Pickup.
Open 10am-9pm
10 N Water St, Greenwich
(203) 531-6887
We are open for outdoor dining. Please call for reservations. Take-out and delivery also available.
122 River Road, Cos Cob
(203) 629-2222
All menu items are available for pick-up and delivery.
Click here to see our menu
265 Mill Street
(203) 531-0002
158 East Putnam Ave
(203) 661-5006
Mon - Sat: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Curbside pickup and fresh seafood delivery available at
160 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob
(203) 900-1800
In an effort to keep our incredible customers and employees safe, we are temporarily ceasing walk-in service in our shops and instead will offer curbside pickup and home delivery through our online Order Request Form to make sure we can get our pasture-raised meats to you and your family.
We are closed Mondays. Pickup hours: Tues-Sun 1pm-5pm, Delivery: Tue-Sun 1pm-4pm
226 Mill Street
(203) 531-5035
185 1/2 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich
(203) 869-2900
177 Hamilton Ave, Greenwich
(203) 422-2555
All locations are open and operating with regular hours. Encouraging online orders for delivery or easy pick-up.
Curbside available – just ask!
Catering - Free delivery on all catering orders.
Customer favorites: Chicken cutlets, rigatoni w/meat sauce, meatballs, nuggets and cones. All Freeze well!
Family Meals Now Available:
We’ve created some family-portioned meals from our catering menu favorites that are ready to heat and serve.
Call our catering kitchen in Old Greenwich 203.698.2900 by 3pm for a delivery the following day between 2-4pm. All meals will be delivered cold with heating instructions and left at your door for contactless delivery. Need it the same day? Just ask! We’re also offering some great à la carte items to stock up your freezer.
48 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich
(203) 661-7373
Walk-in, curbside and online ordering available for pick up or delivery.
We are offering DO GOOD FEEL GOOD promotions where our clients can purchase foods for themselves and we donate 20% in kind food donations to JFS of Greenwich and Stamford.
We are also offering gift certificates at 20% higher value that go to someone in need.
Along with discounted pricing and delivery lunches to the Heroes of today Norwalk hospital and Greenwich hospital meal trains.
All of which is available online at
In addition to beautiful gift baskets and food bags delivered doorstep to employees and families as a “thinking of you” or thank you!
232 East Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
(203) 900-1288
Delivery or pick up
Order from your favorite delivery service. Grubhub, Doordash, UberEats and others.
64 Greenwich Ave
(203) 861-6400
The Ginger Man is now open for Pickup and Curbside. Go to for menu details.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 4PM - 8PM
243 Glenville Rd
(203) 531-9852, (203) 532-1691
17 Glenville Street
(203) 202-9737
Open Mon - Saturday 8:00am to 3:00pm. Pick Up & Delivery Available
551 East Putnam Ave
(203) 990-0094
We’re prepared to continue running business as normal.
Extended home and office delivery. Order through our website for delivery services from GrubHub and DoorDash.
7 Strickland Road, Cos Cob
(203) 869-1376
Order ahead on our website for curbside pick-up (available from our Westport, Cos Cob and New Canaan locations) or order home delivery from Uber Eats!
148 Mason Stree, Greenwich
(203) 869-1500
Delivery, Take-out and curbside pick up from 10am - 8pm Monday to Saturday.
1072 East Putnam Ave, Riverside
(203) 637-1000
Greenwich Prime Meats - see listing under Bruce Park Purveyors
1067 North Street, Greenwich
(203) 861-4020
Curbside pick up, take out or order online.
“No contact” delivery.
213 E Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
(203) 900-1199
Curbside pick ups as well as home deliveries
GrubHub, DoorDash
1245 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich
(203) 409-0990
Takeout and delivery
Delivery is free for all orders placed through their app. Download the latest version of our app to place an order today.
185 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich
(203) 990-0479
We reopen Friday, May 22! Order in cafe or via our website, Uber Eats or Grub Hub.
Buy our coffee beans by clicking here.
118 River Road Ext, Cos Cob
(203) 661-0573
Outdoor dining with a new tent and additional outdoor seating is now available!
Take-out and curbside pickup available at Joey B's! Grub Hub, Seamless, Uber Eats. Gift cards available. Click for menu.
10 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
(203) 992-1199
Quick serve, Fine Mexican Food & Tequila Bar
Curb-Side Pick up, Group Orders & Catering
Delivery through Grubhub, Ubereats & Chownow
Mon-Thurs: 11am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-9pm
Sun: 12pm-8pm
500 Steamboat Rd, Greenwich
(203) 661-4600
We are open for outdoor dining. Please call for reservations.
To make your lives easier, you can now order directly through our website! Including but not limited to; our best selling creme brûlée, as well as wine & champagne! Curbside pickup hours are Sun-Weds 4-8pm & Thurs-Sat 4-9pm. Pre-orders available online.
20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich
(203) 717-1515
Our patio opens for service on 5/20/20! The following will be our process....
- we will be open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch & dinner.
- seating will be on a first come first served basis.
- spatial distance MUST be observed when at the restaurant.
- We will send a text message when your table is ready. There is to be no waiting at the restaurant itself.
- maximum group size, for now, is 4 guests. We ask that there be no congregating. This is for the safety of our staff and guests.
- hand sanitizer will be provided at each table
- our staff will be wearing face coverings/masks and gloves.
- take out & delivery service will continue Tuesday - Saturday.
- per CT guidelines, face coverings/masks must be worn by guests whenever possible
61 Lewis Street, Greenwich
(203) 717-1200
We offer family style dinners, ordered previous day, contactless take out.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 4-8pm. Menus for the week posted Sunday or Monday prior.
21 St Roch Ave, Greenwich
(203) 622-2972
Open for delivery or pickup
10% off orders
531 East Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
(203) 71701147
Little Pub Market is open every day from 12-5 for groceries, provisions, and prepared foods. You can order online at and we'll bring it out to your car.
136 River Rd Ext, Cos Cob
(203) 422-2177
Curbside, take out and Uber Eats.
1392 E Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich
(203) 990-0955
Take-Out & Curbside Pick-Up. Delivery 10% Off. Call Direct or UberEats
7 days, lunch and dinner
99 Railroad Ave, Greenwich
(203) 422-0563
Pick up or delivery
366 Greenwich Ave Greenwich
(203) 629-4747
We are open for outdoor dining. Please call for reservations.
Offering curbside takeout from 12 noon until 8:30 pm every day.
362 Greenwich Ave
(203) 629-6153
Delivery and takeout daily from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Email ( for a custom family-style menu by Chef Nadia Ramsey
68 Greenwich Ave
(203) 900-7676
Open for takeout and delivery Tuesday through Sunday(closed Monday)
Temporary hours 12:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Sake bottles are available with orders. Call for a list of the current selection.
Download the new app for iPhone and Andriod and enjoy easy ordering:
140 East Putnam Avenue, Cos Cob
(203) 625-5500
Order online for Delivery or Pickup here.
Lunch: 11:30-2:30, Dinner: 5:00-9:30PM
Every day for curbside takeout and delivery.
19 W Elm St., Greenwich
(203) 861-1150
OPEN for business. We are offering curbside pick-up available on our web/app. You can also order home delivery through Uber Eats and Grubhub.
148 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich
(203) 344-0019
OG Social will be open on May 20th at 3pm and every day thereafter at noon with brunch on the weekends.
(203) 990-3030
FREE Delivery and Curb-side pick up
We'll deliver to your door within an hour or bring your order to your car! We DISCOUNT 5% for just 6 Bottles and 10% for 12. No need to order all the same wine - Mixed cases are fine!
(914) 721-0097
Open for delivery and pick up
55 Lewis Street, Greenwich
(203) 489-3394
We are offering contactless carry out by visiting our website.
We will operate 4 - 8pm with orders the day before. Currently no alcohol but expect the liquor license any day and at that time will offer cocktails and wine.
48 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
(203) 661-9705
We are open 7 days a week: Mon thru Fri: 10am-8pm. Sat: 10:30am to 8pm and Sunday 4:00pm to 8:00pm. We offer curbside take out, free delivery and it is our full lunch and dinner menu as well as our prepared foods in the display case in the front.
83 Pemberwick Rd
(203) 531-7110
Open for pick up delivery and curbside
M-F 6am-3pm, Saturday 7am-2pm, Sunday 8am-12pm
47 Arch St Greenwich
(203) 900-1131
We are currently open for Curbside, Take Out & Delivery Through Grubhub, Doordash, Uber Eats & Seamless. We have a family-style Take Out Menu as well
28 Railroad Ave, Greenwich
(203) 622-0999
Pickup and delivery
All Planet Pizzas are working together to do our part in helping to feed all those in the front line during this crisis.
If you’d like to donate please contact us!! 203-622-0999
]]> (Greenwich Chamber ) Places Thu, 21 May 2020 11:50:16 -0400
Abilis Raises $400k with Virtual Spring for Abilis Gala

Abilis, a non-profit organization that provides services and support for individuals with special needs and their families, held its annual Spring for Abilis annual fundraiser on May 2, 2020. This year’s event was held virtually, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and pivoted from the planned in-person gala to a virtual Sing & Dance Party hosted by fitness and dance superstar Billy Blanks Jr. The event featured Billy Blanks Jr., and celebrity guests from the Broadway and dance worlds who all joined in support of Abilis and encouraged those at home to sing and dance along. More than $400,000 was raised for the organization — a record for Spring for Abilis — which will use the funds to provide continuity of services and new programs that the Abilis families rely on.  
“We are so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support that has come from our community, supporters and friends,” noted Amy Montimurro, President and CEO of Abilis. “Abilis has been working tirelessly to keep our residents and workforce safe. Our front line staff and nurses have been heroic during the pandemic. We are fortunate to be part of a community that recognizes the importance of the services provided by Abilis and is willing to collectively show that support. The generosity of spirit we experienced at the virtual gala was heart-warming.” 
Abilis is a lifespan services provider for individuals with developmental, intellectual, autism spectrum and mental health disabilities ranging in age from babies to seniors. The Spring for Abilis gala is Abilis’ largest fundraising event of the year. The gala co-chairs included Bibi Clarke and Dina Urso of Greenwich, and Fran Cohen of Weston. All three have very strong connections to Abilis as they are mothers of children and young adults who have benefited from Abilis programs.

Founded in 1951, Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports more than 700 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives.  Services include Birth-to-Three early intervention and customized therapies, to help young children achieve important developmental milestones. Adult Life Services include day programs, social activities, meaningful employment program, and high quality residential services, Abilis has been a leader in serving the special needs community in Fairfield County in towns including, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton, and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, visit, or  Facebook @abilisinc, Twitter @Abilis or Instagram @Abilis_us.
]]> (Jenifer Howard) Charities Wed, 20 May 2020 14:08:01 -0400
Reopening of Greenwich Stores and Restaurants on May 20th: VICTORY!

Greenwich Chamber of Commerce congratulates those stores and restaurants who have fully opened today. It’s been a long journey but you made it. We are proud to support you!
We urge you to shop and dine local.
Greenwich Restaurant, Retail and Service Provider Updates
]]> (Greenwich Chamber of Commerce) Places Wed, 20 May 2020 11:39:45 -0400
Connecticut DEEP Announces the Opening of State Parks and Beaches

State Parks Remain Open with Restrictions; Shoreline Swimming Areas Open; Inland Swimming Areas Closed, Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Guidelines Remain in Place

They also encourage visitors to select locations closest to your home. State parks and beaches near Greenwich include:

Park City Location
Mianus River State Park Stamford Stamford

While some of the information is guidance that DEEP has shared previously, the plan contains a good amount of new information, such as DEEP’s current plan for the swimming areas it oversees, and provides a “one stop shop” for the latest information on outdoor recreation offerings administered by DEEP.

As the state begins a phased re-opening of its economy, the vast majority of state parks remain open, as they’ve been throughout the pandemic. The restrictions that they’ve operated under, such as daily capacity limits, social distancing guidelines for visitors, and use of face coverings, also remain in place.

The operational plan can be found here.

Swimming and Beaches:

Last week, Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced that they would open beaches in their respective states effective Friday, May 22. Gov. Lamont also announced that in Connecticut, state parks that feature beaches along the Connecticut shoreline will be open May 22, though with capacity limitations, and visitors are advised to follow social distancing guidelines.

At this time, DEEP is permitting swimming only at shoreline State Parks (not inland State Park swim areas). Guidance from the state Department of Public Health indicates that recreational swimming is not a known form of transmission of COVID-19, in saltwater or freshwater. At this time, DEEP is making decisions about permitting swimming at State Parks based on considerations of potential crowding and the ability to maintain social distancing onshore, at beach locations.

It is DEEP’s assessment at this time that shoreline parks that feature beaches, operating under limited capacity, can safely accommodate visitors on beaches, provided they follow recommended social distancing guidelines. Visitors to shoreline parks must maintain 15’ of space from other beachgoers (blanket-to-blanket).  This distance will allow for a 6’ radius around each person or family and a 3’ walkway in between groups.

Based on the very limited size of our beach and swim areas at inland state parks, and current social distancing guidance, DEEP will close beaches at inland State Parks, and prohibit swimming at inland State Parks. Again, this operational decision is based on the potential for on-shore crowding, not a concern of risk of transmission in freshwater.  Park staff will monitor beach closure and educate the public to ensure compliance with the closures. DEEP will continue to review this policy in alignment with public health recommendations and will consider the reopening of designated swim areas on a case-by-case basis. 

If you choose to visit a shoreline state park that features a beach, visitors are encouraged to select locations closest to home, and consider visiting early in the morning before crowds gather. At least 6 feet of social distancing must be maintained between persons, and groups over five remain prohibited. Visitors should recreate with members of their immediate household and not meet up with others. Visitors should bring face coverings and use them whenever they are in proximity to others. Face coverings should not be worn in the water. Visitors should not expect that restroom buildings will be open, but most locations will have portable toilets available.  

DEEP will reduce parking capacity and close beaches for the day if social distancing cannot be maintained, and will make adjustments to operations and consider longer-term closures if the situation warrants. Updates on closures are posted on the state parks Twitter feed,@CTStateParks.

Lifeguards will not be on shoreline beaches in Connecticut state parks early in the season.  These beaches are currently posted as "No Lifeguards on Duty."  It is expected that shoreline beaches will begin lifeguarding when adequate staffing, training, and safety practices meeting DEEP standards are in place. Lifeguards will be provided training to reduce the risk of virus transmission in the course of their duties, including providing CPR. Guidance for lifeguards is available from the American Red Cross. Lifeguards will not be posted at inland beaches while swimming is prohibited at those beaches.

Staff in DEEP’s Water Monitoring and Assessment Program will be monitoring water quality at the shoreline parks open for swimming. The water quality at the beaches will be tested for the presence of infectious diseases using standard bacteria indicator species. Residents will be able to find swimming area closure information at DEEP’s state parks Twitter feed, @CTStateParks, and will soon also be able to find that information on the DEEP website at, or on DEEP’s toll free Water Quality Information Phone Line at 1-866-287-2757.

Connecticut municipalities continue to make decisions regarding the beaches and swimming areas they oversee. DEEP has been in consultation with municipalities during the pandemic, and will continue to be. DEEP’soperational planis available for municipalities to adapt to their needs if they wish to do so.

Limited swimming capacity at state parks, combined with restrictions made by municipalities around the swimming areas they oversee, mean that residents will have to plan beach and swimming excursions well in advance, and be ready with a back-up plan if their first choice is closed.

State Campgrounds, Cabins, and Youth Sites:

As was recently announced, state Campgrounds, Cabins, Youth sites, Backcountry and River Camping sites are closed until at least June 11.  Additional campground reservations for the 2020 season have been postponed for the time being to prevent the need to reimburse the public for future reservations if campgrounds remain closed.

Other options to open campgrounds are being considered that minimize staff and public risk.  The decision will be based on current public health guidance, cleaning protocols and the availability of adequate staff and appropriate personal protective equipment.  

As we move forward into the summer season, DEEP will continue to monitor and assess public use and recreational activities that occur at state parks and other DEEP managed outdoor recreation areas. Evaluation of that information may result in changes to the operational plan. While law enforcement personnel are authorized to enforce social distancing and group size guidance, DEEP seeks to educate first and ask people to follow the rules, in hopes that visitors will take personal responsibility and make sure that they comply. 

To view the operational plan, go here:

]]> (CT DEEP) Places Wed, 20 May 2020 09:14:03 -0400
Greenwich Restaurants with Outdoor Space Must Get Temporary Permit

Temporary Outdoor Dining Certificate

CT begins Phase 1 of its Reopen CT tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20. The state has issued two documents governing the process. The first is a set of rules to be followed by each of the business sectors opening this week (restaurants, retail, and museums/zoos). The second document is an Executive Order from the Governor which addresses zoning and outdoor commerce.

Fundamentally, the executive order expands opportunities for outdoor commerce while streamlining the approval process. Planning and Zoning finds this approach essential to our economic recovery and supports it wholeheartedly. You are permitted 50% of your indoor seating capacity outside on your property wherever you can fit them and still comply with the attached DECD guidelines. This will need to be spelled out in your application to me as described in the attached application. If you can’t do it on private property there is also an option to use town property. In this instance, you have to go through other departments before you submit the application to me. The required insurance for that option is here.

If you have a permit from the State of CT to serve alcohol within your existing outdoor dining area with no modifications proposed, you may serve liquor. If you are asking for an extended or a new outdoor dining facility, your existing liquor permit will extend to any additional outdoor dining facilities the Town approves. If you do not have a current liquor license, please check with the Liquor Control Commission to see if a temporary permit may be obtained. You may also allow BYOB in this case. Outdoor bars are not permitted, and alcohol may only be served ancillary to primary food service. Pursuant to Executive Order 7MM, Hours of Operation are limited to 9:00 PM from Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. This requirement supersedes any later hours that might otherwise be permitted.

 Attached you will find the application form for Temporary Outdoor Dining. If you choose to follow your zoning approval for outdoor dining with the necessary reductions in seats in order to meet the DECD guidelines, as opposed to deciding to amend it or create new outdoor dining under the Executive Order, you do not have to submit the attached application but rather go through Shanice Becker, Planner I to obtain your annual renewal ( Please do not hesitate to e-mail me with any questions.

]]> (Katie DeLuca, AICP Director of Planning and Zoning) Life Tue, 19 May 2020 12:47:14 -0400
Lamont says salons and barbershops will not open on May 20

Governor Lamont and Governor Raimondo to Align Hair Salon and Barber Shop Reopenings in Early June

As their administrations continue developing strategies for the safe reopening of sectors of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June.

Hair salons and barbershops were initially included in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopen plan, which begins May 20, however Governor Lamont said that after having extensive discussions with owners and employees of these businesses he feels that it is in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time and also align the state with its regional partners.

Governor Lamont said, “We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made.”

Governor Raimondo said, “I know how hard this crisis has been on close-contact businesses like hair salons and barbershops, and we’re working around the clock to get you back to work quickly and safely. We look forward to continuing to coordinate with our regional partners are we work toward reopening these businesses in early June.”

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Mon, 18 May 2020 10:09:42 -0400
Yale New Haven Health celebrates its 2500th discharged COVID-19 patient

Yale New Haven Health celebrates its 2500th discharged COVID-19 patient

Yale New Haven Health will celebrate a milestone this afternoon with the discharge of the 2,500th recovered COVID-19 patient across YNHHS. 

Nurses, therapists, caregivers and other Greenwich Hospital staff members have been invited to join the family of Gabriel Cid as they depart the hospital. 

Cid was admitted to Greenwich Hospital on April 12. He spent 30 days in the Intensive Care Unit and required a ventilator for 21 days. 


]]> (HH) Neighbors Mon, 18 May 2020 07:40:38 -0400
Connecticut Air National Guard Salutes Healthcare Workers with Flyover Tomorrow

To salute Connecticut's health care workers for the service they are providing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Air National Guard will conduct Operation American Resolve on Thursday, May 14. This includes the flyover of the Guard's C-130H aircraft over hospitals and other health care facilities throughout the state.

There are so many front line workers in Connecticut providing care, and this is our way of saluting them and saying thank you. They are true heroes, and the amount of good they are providing for our state is immeasurable.

I've posted the schedule at the bottom of this email. And please remember for your safety, maintain social distancing. Watch from the safety of your homes, and avoid large gatherings.

All times listed below are estimates and subject to change. Expect C-130H aircraft overhead within plus or minus five minutes of these times:

  • Torrington 11:08 a.m.
  • Sharon 11:13 a.m.
  • Waterbury 11:21 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Danbury 11:27 a.m.
  • Greenwich 11:34 a.m.
  • Stamford 11:36 a.m.
  • Norwalk 11:37 a.m.
  • New Canaan 11:39 a.m.
  • Bridgeport 11:43 a.m. and 12:09 p.m.
  • New Haven 11:48 a.m.
  • Derby 11:50 a.m.
  • Wallingford 11:55 a.m.
  • Meriden 11:57 a.m.
  • Hartford 12:08 p.m.
  • Farmington 12:18 p.m.
  • New Britain 12:19 p.m.
  • Bristol 12:20 p.m.
  • Manchester 12:23 p.m.
  • Vernon 12:24 p.m.
  • Middletown 12:25 p.m.
  • New London 12:32 p.m.
  • Norwich 12:36 p.m.
  • Windham 12:40 p.m.
  • Putnam 12:45 p.m.
  • Stafford Springs 12:51 p.m.
  • Enfield 12:56 p.m.
]]> (Ned Lamong) Events Wed, 13 May 2020 10:32:58 -0400
Letter: CT Guidelines Miss the Mark, Do Not Allow for the Safe Reopening of Offices

Letter to the Editor

Guidelines Released by the Reopen Connecticut Taskforce Miss the Mark, Do Not Allow for the Safe Reopening of Offices

On May 9, 2020, a council of Connecticut business leaders, in concert with the Lamont Administration, released rules and guidance for the “safe” reopening of workplaces across the state. The processes, principles, and protocols issued by this taskforce reflect a failure to address some of the most basic needs that the state’s business community (including both employers and employees) desperately requires.

The guidelines state that “employees are encouraged to continue to work from home where possible.” While I am sure this statement was intended to highlight how even the most detailed and complete safety measures would still result in a substantial amount of risk present in any and all office environments, there is no excuse for the incompleteness of the issued guidelines.

Allow me to highlight some examples of where the program outline failed.

Reopen Connecticut failed to issue regulations or standards to be followed by building managers and landlords, which should have focused on the safe setup of common bathrooms, elevators, building access points, and even stairwells.

While the regulations issued state that all office spaces are required to be thoroughly cleaned prior to reopening (and on an ongoing basis), there are no clear guidelines as to ownership of this responsibility. What falls to the employer/tenant, and what will be the responsibility of building management? Given the fact that office spaces are most often cleaned by service providers secured directly by the landlord, standards for their cleaning needed to be defined, and were not.

Employers are responsible for providing office workers with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and Reopen Connecticut guidelines have made it clear that if PPE is not provided to employees, offices cannot open. However, the State has not provided a way for businesses to acquire the needed PPE, which will significantly hinder most from reopening their doors given how difficult it continues to be to acquire masks, gloves and, most importantly, sanitizing products.

Once offices reopen, there is also the inevitability that an employee or a member of their household will test positive for COVID-19. None of the guidance issued outlines steps a business must follow when this occurs. The cascade of challenges and issues that will shadow such an incident were very much overlooked by our leaders in Hartford, and protocols for meeting “re-certification” standards to reopen after such a diagnosis was also notably absent.

Even more troubling, there are also no specific requirements that mandate building management to notify tenants when an individual who has been in the building tests positive for COVID-19.

Businesses bringing employees back to the office will be required to post clear signage reinforcing all safety related protocols and policies, yet the State did not provide samples of these postings or indicate where they can be downloaded. It can be anticipated that the content of these notices may be incomplete and thus ineffective without the proper guidance from the taskforce.

It is understandable that Connecticut employers want to reopen their offices and welcome employees back as quickly as possible. However, in order to do so safely, they must be provided with a much more complete, robust, and clearly outlined set of standards and guidelines.

Those employed in the State of Connecticut are also eager to return to their workplace, but demand that they have confidence the office they return to is safe and that the State and their employer have done everything possible to ensure their health and wellbeing.

Reopen Connecticut fails miserably to address the needs of both Connecticut employers and workers. As a thirty-year resident of the state and business owner since 2001, I am incredibly disappointed in the taskforce’s efforts and output on this front. We all deserve better.

- David Lewis, Norwalk, Connecticut

David Lewis is CEO of OperationsInc (, the state’s largest HR Consulting Practice. The 90-employee consulting group is based in Norwalk.

]]> (David Lewis - Operations Inc) Politics Wed, 13 May 2020 07:12:05 -0400
Greenwich Historical Society Calls all Residents to Snap Photos of Love Being Shown During Pandemic

4th Annual This Place Matters! Contest to Document Historic Period for Generations to Come

Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo officially kicked off Greenwich Historical Society’s This Place Matters! photo contest in front of Greenwich Hospital with a plea to all residents to participate by snapping photos of the many ways Greenwich residents and institutions are rising to the occasion in the midst of the pandemic.

“Every day I see examples of tremendous generosity and selflessness, by residents and others who work in Greenwich in helping to get through this pandemic,” says First Selectman Fred Camillo. “I’m honored to help launch this initiative that will showcase and preserve the best of Greenwich at a time of tremendous need.”

Everyone who cares about Greenwich and the residents and institutions that make it special are encouraged to snap photos of the people and places that speak to their hearts.  Whether it’s front line responders and staff at the hospital, senior centers and nursing facilities, our first-rate firemen and police, the tireless workers at supermarkets and drug stores working long hours to ensure we have access to food and medications, local restaurants that are offering curb side pick-up, and places of worship that are accommodating their followers virtually, and the many instances of neighbors reaching out to help others.

Entering is Easy!
Just snap photos from cameras or mobile devices and submit them with a brief statement about why they show the best of Greenwich during this pandemic. Submit photos to: Deadline for submissions is July 3rd. Photos should be high resolution—300 dpi—to be winners.

The Greenwich Magazine Art Department will select the winners who will be announced at a Founders’ Day reception on Greenwich Point Park. The top three photos will be published in Greenwich Magazine, Exclusive Magazine Sponsor of This Place Matters! and proudly displayed at the Greenwich Historical Society’s newly reimagined campus.

“Now in our 4th year, the stakes are much higher for this contest in showcasing love of town and the character of our residents that consistently makes Greenwich a wonderful place to live,” says Greenwich Historical Society Executive Director and CEO Debra Mecky. “All photos will be stored in our archives for an historic record and will help us achieve an important mission in creating strong and meaningful bridges to future generations.”

]]> (McCormick PR) Life Wed, 13 May 2020 07:01:29 -0400
The Greenwich Art Society presents "Conversations in the Raw"

Greenwich Art Society presents --
The first in a series of talks with some of the most
plugged in & insightful people in the arts.
"Conversations, In the Raw"
Episode 1 - Saturday, May 16 @ 1pm
Topic - "The State of Artists, Art, & the Art Market
during the Pandemic."
Guest: James Lancel McElhinney - visual artist, author, oral historian, and publisher.
In conversation with Anna Patalano,
President, Greenwich Art Society.
Attendees registered through Eventbrite will have access to
two events:
1. Access to a Live Q&A Zoom event with Mr. McElhinney and Ms. Patalano on
Saturday, May 16 @ 1pm
2. A pre-recorded broadcast of the introductory talk to watch before May 16. 
James Lancel McElhinney
]]> (Anna Patalano) Events Wed, 13 May 2020 06:58:13 -0400
Inner-City Foundation Responds to COVID-19 in Fairfield County


The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education has granted more than a quarter of a million dollars in Emergency Funds to local Fairfield County organizations who responded to the Foundation’s call last month for Emergency Grant Funding requests.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have been able to respond quickly to help,” said Karen Barry Schwarz, Executive Director of The Inner-City Foundation. “The pandemic has put tremendous pressure on the kinds of programs and organizations we support, and on their clients – we are happy we have been able to get funds out there in the community quickly.”On April 1, The Inner-City Foundation put out a call for grant requests related to increased or specific need related to COVID-19 in Fairfield County. Throughout the past month, through an expedited but thorough evaluation process, The Inner-City Foundation has awarded $272,000 in grants to 27 different Fairfield County organizations. 

“Funds are already in the hands of or on their way to our grantees so they can be put to use right now, when and where they are needed most,” said Schwarz. “The need in Fairfield County is great, and even greater now, at the time of this pandemic, especially for those who fall below the poverty line.”The majority of the funds went to programs providing food and/or shelter, but also to new online education needs, tax help for refugees and immigrants, domestic violence help, mental health services, personal protective equipment for EMS programs, and financial aid for basic needs like rent and utilities for many.A complete list of grants awarded follows.

Food for Homeless 
Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust
Help for Affordable Housing Residents
Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Essential Food Items
Building One Community
Emergency Assistance for Immigrants
Caroline House
Online Instruction in ESL
Catholic Charities
Immigration Services
Center for Family Justice
Domestic Violence Safe House
Circle of Care
Help for Familes Affected by Childhood Cancer
Connecticut Association for Human Services
Tax Help for Low-Income Families
Connecticut Food Bank
Essential Food Items
CT Institute for Refugees & Immigrants
Youth Home Education Support
Continuum of Care
Mental Health Services
Council of Churches Greater Bridgeport
Food Pantry
Domus Kids
Food & Hygience Products for Kids
Filling In The Blanks
Weekend Meal Program for Children
Greenwich Emergency Medical Service
Personal Protective Equipment
Homes with Hope
Food & Shelter for Homeless
Food & Shelter for Homeless
Mercy Learning Center
Relief for ESL Students' Financial Distress 
New Covenant Center
Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry
Norma Pfreim Breast Center
Emergency Financial Help for Patients 
Open Doors Shelter
Food & Shelter
Pacific House
Emergency Meals Program
Shelter for Adults with Mental Illness 
Person to Person
Food Pantries and Mobile Food Truck
Thomas Merton Center
Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry
Women's Center of Greater Danbury
Domestic Violence Help 

]]> (KBSchwarz) Charities Mon, 11 May 2020 09:13:01 -0400