In Greenwich, take part in a photo contest, join the DAR, help Afghan refugees or support the food bank

Rebecca R. Ammons

Do you take countless photographs in town? Newbie photographers are invited to acquire aspect in the next yearly Local community Picture Contest sponsored by the Office of Parks and Recreation.

The concept for the contest is “For the Enjoy of Parks and Recreation.”

“Over the past two several years, we’ve observed a considerable increase in demand from customers for our parks and public spaces. As a outcome, our staff has labored diligently to safely and securely sustain these spots,” the Division of Parks and Recreation mentioned in a assertion. Photo submissions ought to specific “what you like most about our public parks and leisure facilities.”

The visuals should be taken in Greenwich and be of parks and recreation facilities, plans or occasions. The deadline is July 31 to post up to 4 photographs. The contest is open to nonresidents.

To post entries, go to www.greenwichct.gov/photocontest. All submissions must be high resolution originals and not use any filters. Current pictures are chosen but they can be from any time.


“We inspire local community members to clearly show off their images skills, though also exhibiting us what they adore about Greenwich,” Parks and Recreation Director, Joseph Siciliano explained. “We are truly hunting forward to looking at what contributors capture throughout this year’s photo contest.”

Submitted photographs might be utilised in on the net and print marketing resources.

The first prize is a foursome golf certification for the Griffith E. Harris municipal golf class. Next prize is 5 single entry parking tickets for Greenwich’s 2022 beach time and one particular solitary entry parking ticket. The 3rd prize is a parks and recreation present basket.

Riverside

Jewish Spouse and children Services of Greenwich has been functioning to assist Afghan refugees settle in town and the bordering space after they were compelled to flee their region final 12 months.

On Wednesday at its once-a-year summer season function, the nonprofit honored a group of 10 volunteers for their with the resettlement challenge.

“It’s seriously remarkable what they’ve been doing,” reported Rachel Kornfeld, the CEO of JFS. “The Afghan placement system is diverse from anything at all else. It is a 24-hour volunteer position that none of us genuinely predicted was going to be so tough and also so rewarding. Our volunteers literally arrived with each other to support us program and carry out each part of our resettlement process.”

The honored volunteers are Julia Allen Wayne Atwell Rosanne Berman Diane Effros Amy and David Fischer the Rev. Karen Halac of North Greenwich Congregational Church the Rev. Edward Horstmann, senior minister at Round Hill Community Church Claudia Leicht-Schipper and Bruce Winningham.

It was a huge volunteer work: Aiding the Afghan refugees meant locating them places to stay, finding their little ones get into faculty and helping with position queries.

“Once we secured these flats it was a workforce of workers and volunteers that carried every piece of home furnishings, stuffed every pantry and created each mattress,” Kornfeld reported. “Every solitary component of the resettlement course of action experienced touch details from volunteers.”

Committees have been shaped to assist with driving, foods, setting up finances and having classes in English.

“Every piece of the puzzle was pushed in tandem by personnel and volunteers,” Kornfeld said. “It’s taken a extremely exclusive person to stay the study course. It is a lot of operate and it can be extremely powerful and hard since we’re dealing with people today who have had their lives turned upside down in a strange culture in a weird area. All those that are staying honored have seriously stayed the study course and trapped with this. It’s actually remarkable.”

According to Kornfeld, there are 9 Afghan refugees residing in Greenwich, 23 refugees in Stamford and 10 refugees in East Hartford.

Downtown

Soon after lots of extensions from the town to Neighbor to Neighbor to hire the smaller setting up in the Horseneck Parking Ton, officials say it has been extended all over again — for the final time — to Aug. 31.

On June 23, the Board of Selectmen unanimously authorised extending the lease, which was set to expire June 30.

Town Administrator Ben Branyan told the selectmen that this would be the past extension for the reason that development is just about finished on the new house for Neighbor to Neighbor. The nonprofit has been making use of the downtown composition as its main headquarters for distributing foods to citizens in have to have since previous tumble.

Do the job has been ongoing on its new long lasting facility on the Christ Church Greenwich campus, but there have been delays because of to supply chain issues.

The ribbon-chopping for the new Cohen Center for Neighbor to Neighbor is established for 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at 248 E. Putnam Ave. at the church, which formerly housed the nonprofit in a basement. The new 6,363-sq.-foot facility will present enhanced accessibility as effectively as wider aisles, expanded fridge and freezer room, and far more storage for the food items financial institution.

The building is named for Greenwich people Steve and Alexandra Cohen, who made a $1.5 million donation through their basis.

The 2022-23 municipal spending plan had at first involved $600,000 to demolish of the Horseneck composition, which was constructed in 2011 to home the Greenwich Fire Division whilst the downtown station was developed. But that funding was cut, and the Boys & Ladies Club of Greenwich will use it for its administration and storage in the course of a main renovation planned for its household throughout the street.

In April, the selectmen unanimously approved a lease with the Club for the facility from Sept. 1, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2024, with an solution to prolong till May perhaps 31, 2025.

Central Greenwich

At this year’s Memorial Day parade in Old Greenwich, members of the Putnam Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took aspect with some of the town’s young patriotic citizens.

Customers of the Mary Bush Society and Little ones of the American Revolution grabbed a trip on the float sponsored by the Putnam Hill chapter. Prior to the parade, the learners posed with a reproduction of Putnam Cottage, also regarded as Knapp’s Tavern, which dates to the 1690s.

“It is vital for kids and youthful older people to reflect on veterans of wars who have fought for all our rights and privileges,” claimed Katie Sumner from the Automobile. “It is critical especially with the latest functions for every person to comprehend how fragile our democracy can occasionally be, how these basic rights can be improved. This is a lesson of how the future technology understands their responsibility to vote as everyone’s voice is essential.”

Associates of the DAR can trace their household specifically to a Groundbreaking War patriot. Anyone who is interested in joining the Putnam Hill chapter can discover additional by visiting www.putnamhilldar.org.

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