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LWVHosts Bipartisan Commission By S. McKinley

NEWS in brief

according to the commission, it will continue to spiral out of control, in exponential fashion, unless action is taken. The commission offers five goals, some lofty, some more attainable. The most impor tant is achiev ing fiscal stability: foremost balancing budgets and managing debt levels & unfunded liabilities. According to the Commission, only from fiscal stability can the next four be achieved. Ne x t o n t h e d o c k e t , i n n o particular order, are targeting CT economic growth rates of 3% or higher, maintaining critical services while protecting vulnerable populations, and raising key competitiveness factors to the top quartile (among the 50 states). Lastly the fifth goal, an amalgamation of the previous four, is to achieve sustainable high quality of life for all Connecticut residents. In order to move forwa rd t he commission sought to understand where Connecticut stands, fiscally and economically. The key findings of the commission were bleak and frankly difficult to see; here is what it found; “While neighboring states and the United States as a whole have economies that are growing, our economy is shrinking – it is actually smaller than it was in 2004” “We are losing ground on numerous key measures of competitiveness:

S The Abilis Board has selected Amy Montimurro as their new President and CEO. Amy has worked for Abilis for over 22 years, and most recently served as the Director of Life Services and as their interim CEO. S Last weekend, the entrance to t he YMCA of Greenwich officially reopened after several y e a r s o f c on s t r uc t i on a nd renovation. A barbecue reception w a s h e l d , c e l e b r a t i n g t h e occasion. The Greenwich YMCA has been in operation for 102 years. S The 2nd annual Last Taste of Summer craft beer festival event took place last weekend at Roger Sherman Ba ldwin Park . The event featured beers from over 30 of Connecticut’s finest craft breweries, as well as live music and food trucks. Proceeds from the event benefited Live Green CT!’s Zero Waste Fellowship. S S o p h i a ' s i s r e a d y f o r Ha l loween costume renta ls! Sophia is the quintessential small business owner in Greenwich. She is truly a Greenwich Local Legend a f ter t hir t y yea rs in business. Go early to get the costumes that you want. Sophia's is at 1 Liberty Way and she can be reached at (203) 869-5990 or on Facebook and on Twitter @shopsophias. Now through Halloween buy one children's costume and get one for 50% off. S The t own o f Gr e enw i ch is prepa r i ng for f lu sea son. Vaccinations will be given on Oct. 15 from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at Town Hall; Oct. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center; and Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Health and Wellness Expo at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. Flu season usually begins in the fall, peaks in January, and ends around May. S The new New Lebanon School continues to round into shape. In the October construction update f rom t he New Leb. Bui lding Committee, several projects were completed over the last month, including: exterior wall framing and sheathing; the installation of duct work, rooftop mechanical equipment and sprinkler piping. Southern Connecticut Gas has completed the main installation for t he ent i re bu i ld i ng, and furniture purchase orders have been issued. The project has received its third reimbursement from the state of $4 million, totaling $12.2 million to date. S The Round Hill Volunteer Fi re Company w i l l host it s Oktoberfest fundraiser at the Round Hill Community Center to celebrate its 70th anniversary and to raise money for much needed renovations on Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The firehouse has not had a major renovation for over 35 years. The firehouse was originally built in the 1950’s, and needs to be modernized. The town of Greenwich ha s pledged to match the amount of funds that are raised. Tickets are $125. For more information, go to e.givesmart.com/events/ bhd/, call 203-869-7185, or email roundhillfire@gmail.com S Sign Up for the 5 Things To Do in Gre enwi ch Today d a i l y e m a i l t o k e e p u p w i t h Gr e enw i c h e vent s a t www.GreenwichSentinel.com

O n Tuesday evening the League of Women Voters of Greenwich hosted the Co-Chairs of the bi- partisan Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth to discuss their assessment of and recommendations for Connecticut’s economy. Over 100 Greenwich residents gathered to hear from the Co-Chairs of the Commission, Jim Smith and Bob Patricelli. Smith is Chairman and Former CEO, WebsterBank and Patricelli is the Former Chairman and CEO, Women’s Health USA, Value Health, Evolution Benefits. The Commission was established as part of the bipartisan budget bill. Although it officially completed its work in March of this year, Patricelli and Smith said they are on the speaker circuit trying to get in front of business groups and anyone else who's interested in hearing about their report. The news of Connecticut’s poor fiscal state has been everywhere for quite some time. The Connecticut Commi s sion on Fi s c a l St abi l it y a nd Economic Grow t h, of fer s a c ompr e he n s i v e a n a l y s i s o f ou r downt rodden state and prov ides recommendations on how to pull us out of this “fiscal crisis.” This crisis is emphatically not static, on the contrary,

t a x c l i ma t e , bu s i n e s s c l i ma t e , transportation quality, vitality of cities, and more” “We are facing ongoing budget deficits of $2 Billion - $3 Billion in FY (fiscal year) 2020 and beyond, growing by $500 million per year”

T h e e c o n om i c g r ow t h t h a t cha rac ter i zes t he past two yea rs may have been exceptional for your stock portfolio, however, the state of Connecticut has not benefitted from the national economic gain. The great

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BCA Launches GoForPink

T he Bre a s t Ca nc er A l l i a nc e (BCA) kicked off its annual GoForPink campaign in effort to draw awareness to and community engagement in the fight against breast cancer, which affects 1 in 8 women. Founded in Greenwich by breast cancer survivors and a group of friends, the BCA is now one of the largest, private, non-corporate organizations in the country. Since its inception in 1996, the BCA has awarded over $25 million in grants to support its mission to improve survival rates as well as quality of life for those impacted though better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To commence t he mont h-long crusade, First Selectman Peter Tesei conducted the annual f lag raising ceremony at Town Hall, held at 9 a.m., this past Monday. Shor t ly following t he opening ceremony, t he BCA hosted a free educational forum featuring Fairfield County’s top-notch breast cancer specialists, hosted at Richard’s, a long- time, staunch supporter of the BCA and its plight. The ample turnout, comprised of mothers, grandmothers and daughters alike, many adorned with a show of pink, banded together over mini-croissant sandwiches and coffee, some survivors themselves. Executive Director of the BCA, Yonni Wattenmaker rallied the audience and thanked community partners for their support before introducing the panelists, including: Dr. Barbara Ward, Medical Director, Greenwich Hospital Breast Center; Dr. Linda LaTrenta, Director of Breast Imaging, GHBC; Dr. Frank Masino, Medical Director of Radiation, Oncology Bennett Cancer Center, Stamford Hospital and Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, Medical Director Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital. Dr. LaTrenta first addressed the audience by emphasizing the importance of breast imaging with mammography, stating that 75 % of women who develop breast cancer have no risk factors whatsoever. “I feel strongly that screening should be annual, starting at the age of 40,” said LaTrenta. “Screening is our best defense in picking things up early and when they are small.” By Michelle Moskowitz

GPDWelcomes Five New Recruits to Help Keep Town Safe By Richard Kaufman Greenwich High School junior running back Jack Warren busts through the Norwalk High School defense during Friday night’s game at Sam Testa Field in Norwalk. Although Big Red started off slow, they score 22 points in the second quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 55-0 victory over the Bears and improving to 3-0 overall this season. Tomorrow night will be a huge test for the Cardinals, as they travel to Dunning Stadium and take on perennial powers New Canaan High School at 7 p.m. To read much more about the Norwalk game and to hear what the players and head coach John Marinelli has to say about New Canaan, check out the sports section on page 6. (Paul Silverfarb photo)

O n Monday morning inside a packed Town Ha ll meeting room, the Greenwich Police Department welcomed five new recruits into the ranks. Erica Rosario, Allen Arrington III, Christopher Manjuck, Kevin Ingraham and William O'Connor were sworn in by Greenwich First Selectman and acting police commissioner, Peter Tesei, as family and friends looked on with cameras at the ready. GPD Chief, James Heavey, thanked the officers' loved ones for attending, and for providing support throughout the years. Tesei said there's no greater thrill in his role as the town's chief elected official than to administer the oath to incoming police officers and firemen. He added that public and life safety is a top priority in Greenwich, and it's one that attracts residents to live and visit here. "Without life safety, we don't have a top-notch community," Tesei said. "We're very blessed in this town to have the very finest in men and women in the Greenwich Police Department and our emergency services overall."

William O'Connor (2nd from left), joins his father and two brothers as police officers in the Greenwich Police Department. (Richard Kaufman photo)

from LaGaurdia Community College, in 2015, and is pursuing her bachelor's degree in early childhood education at Ashworth College. "Being a cop, you're on the frontline. That's where I want to be. I want to be the first responder. I have a determination, I have a passion for it and I'm just ready," she said. A r r i n g t on w a s p r e v i ou s l y a corrections officer at Rikers Island in New York City. He received an associates

Each recruit comes to Greenwich with a different background and experiences. Some are even following in the footsteps of a relative who worked within the fire or police departments. However, they all share one common goal: to help people in need. Rosario comes to the GPD from Rockville Center, N.Y. She previously worked as a member of the New York Police Department Auxiliary Police, and was the recipient of the Auxiliary Police Officer of the Year Award. She received her associates degree in criminal justice

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