Garden Club Members Decorate Old Greenwich ‘To Look Very Festive’ For Holiday Season

Members of the Garden Club of Old Greenwich were once again busy spreading the holiday cheer throughout the region.

Visitors to the main business district of Sound Beach Avenue can enjoy the festive decorations that have been put in place, thanks to the hard work of the club’s volunteers. It took weeks to prepare, pick up and cut the greens as well as craft the ornaments and tie the knots, but club members have said it was worth it.

The decorations were placed on both sides of Sound Beach from the station to the roundabout. Decorations were completed in time for First Light’s return on the first weekend in December, when the street was partially closed to traffic and pedestrians strolled through local businesses in a celebration of the holidays.

“This year, the Old Greenwich Garden Club wanted to transform the village to make it even more festive with the return of the merchant sponsored First Light,” said club co-chair Ellen Bowman. “The Garden Club civic committee decorated the village to kick off the holiday season in Old Greenwich. Greening Old Greenwich is just one of our many local community activities.

Volunteers at the Garden Club, which has been in Old Greenwich since 1924, added the festive greens, bows and ornaments to the flowerpots that line the street and to the planters in front of storefronts. Nearly 25 volunteer members participated this year.

The festive touches of the holiday season are in keeping with the club’s mission to promote community spirit and civic beauty, according to the Garden Club, and it’s an activity members have been doing for decades.


A community conversation on the Byram River will take place at 5 p.m. Monday at Glenville School.

Senior Selectman Fred Camillo and US Representative Jim Himes, D-4th District, will host a presentation by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the status of the Byram River Feasibility Study.

They will also discuss the flooding issues, especially following the destructive storms of last summer, and what can be done to improve conditions.

The focus will be on the Byram River area between Comly Avenue and Route 1. Discussion will focus on replacing two bridges over the Byram River at the border of Greenwich and Port Chester, NY

Himes, a resident of the town, urged locals to attend the meeting.

“The flooding around the Byram River injures thousands of people, causing damage over and over again,” Himes said. “I am working as hard as possible to find a solution to the problem and look forward to hearing from the experts from the Army Corps of Engineers at this community meeting. I hope anyone interested in the matter will take this valuable opportunity to find out more.

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Food insecurity continues to be a problem in the community due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nedder Group, which is affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty, has stepped up its support by organizing an ongoing healthy food drive.

Until January 4, residents can drop off their food donations in person at the Coldwell Banker Realty office at 66 Field Point Road or make monetary donations at 3967.

All donations will benefit the Neighbor to Neighbor Pantry, which has seen a sharp increase in the need for food donations since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

“Donating food to food drives is one of the most popular forms of donation in the United States,” said Nedder Group CEO Charles Nedder. “Each year more people donate food than they watch the Super Bowl, showing the public’s interest in supporting one of the country’s most pressing social issues – hunger.

But traditional food drives are limited to non-perishable donations, he said, “often highly processed and nutrient-deficient foods.”

Nedder added that many food insecure people also face high rates of diet-related health problems such as obesity, diabetes and cancer because they do not have access to healthy foods.

“Lots of food donations can actually make these health problems worse,” Nedder said. “What is needed are donations of healthy food.

This is why the Nedder Group got involved in the #GiveHealthy campaign, which makes it easy to donate fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods “so that hungry people get the kind of food they want. they really need ”.

The campaign also raised awareness of hunger as a health issue.

“People love to donate food to support the hungry,” Nedder said. “It’s a basic and universal way of giving. #GiveHealthy is a movement to change this most popular form of giving so that people donate the kind of food that will have the most positive impact, healthy food.

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Almost 1,600 walkers and runners of all ages took part in the start of the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s annual Turkey Trot last month.

The Turkey Trot, held on November 27, featured a 5 km run and a 1 mile run / walk. Overall, the event raised $ 72,000 for Greenwich Public School programs.

North Street School won first prize in the Run for Your School contest with the highest number of participants. Principal Jill Flood was on hand to accept the $ 500 check for the school. Second prize went to Julian Curtiss School and third place to Cos Cob School.

Proceeds from the event will be used to “fund innovation, expand opportunities and inspire teachers to foster the educational success of students at Greenwich Public School”.

“The cold temperatures and high winds have not dampened the community’s enthusiasm for the Turkey Trot,” said Julie Faryniarz, executive director of the alliance. “It was wonderful to be able to come back to an event in person this year, and we are so grateful to all of the attendees, volunteers and sponsors who made the 2021 event such a success.”

Planning has already started for the next Turkey Trot, which will be held on November 26, 2022.

Prizes were awarded to the top three men and women in the overall 5K ranking, as well as winners in nine age categories, from 10 and under to 70 and over.

Greenwich resident Peter Kapp finished first overall in 17: 32.00; city ​​resident Zachary Jelinek was second overall with 17: 38.9; and Matteo Chiesara of Riverside was third in 17: 53.1.

Mari Noble of Old Greenwich was the first woman to finish and was seventh overall in 18: 43.40.

A full list of participants and race results is available at