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Greenwich’s Parsonage Cottage wants to give its residents a boost – by buying a new van

Parsonage Cottage seniors’ residence hopes residents will show some love by using the Valentine’s Day theme to launch a new fundraising campaign to replace a van that is its residents’ primary mode of transportation.

The old van has been in use since 2003, taking residents to medical appointments, therapy, church services, errands and scheduled outings — that’s a lot of miles.

Last year, the community sent hundreds of cards, gifts and candy to Parsonage residents for Valentine’s Day. For this year, Penny Lore, chief executive of Parsonage, said she hopes residents will contribute to the Giving Our Seniors A Lift campaign.


“We know this is a grassroots effort, but every dollar will help us reach our goal of $50,000 to buy a new pickup truck,” Lore said. “We appreciate the kindness shown by residents last year, but what they really need now is safe and accessible transportation.

Parsonage Cottage’s Junior Advisory Board is on board to help. Eighth grader Hayden Santry said, “We know a group of eighth graders can’t raise the full $50,000, but every little bit counts.” The kids plan to hold fundraising events including a ping pong expo, car wash and more.

“Accessible transportation is key to keeping our seniors connected to their community of Greenwich. The seniors of Parsonage Cottage need the support of our community to raise funds for the new van,” said first coach Fred Camillo.

To make a secure donation, visit www.parsonagecottage.org/give-a-lift/ or mail to Friends of Parsonage Cottage, 88 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830, Attention Penny Lore. Contributions are tax deductible.

Downtown

The new bumps at Elm Street and Greenwich Avenue earned praise from first coach Fred Camillo and other city officials for improving the appearance and safety of the intersection.

The project also received the Achievement in Civil Engineering Award from the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers.

According to the Ministry of Public Works, the prize “recognizes exemplary projects that showcase engineering expertise and innovation”.

The project, which was completed last June, was designed to improve safety and accessibility at the intersection, which the city says is “an iconic shopping and dining destination in the heart of central Greenwich”. .

Jason Kaufman, the city’s senior civil engineer, served as the project manager. He has been praised for implementing what is known as a “complete streets” design to improve safety and make the street more convenient and comfortable for pedestrians, people with disabilities, cyclists, motorists, walkers dogs, stroller users and more.

The project’s comprehensive street elements include sidewalk extensions that reduce the distance and crossing time of Greenwich Avenue for pedestrians by 40%, a raised intersection that improves visibility and slows vehicles, and two new ADA accessible parking.

The lights have been moved closer to the pedestrian crossing to provide better lighting for pedestrians. More green space has been added with decorative flowerbeds and walkways. The project also included new sidewalks, improved drainage, and new bike racks and benches.

“We are very proud that the Greenwich Avenue and Elm Street intersection improvement project not only benefits our community, but is also recognized as a leading example in the industry,” said the city’s deputy public health commissioner, James Michel. “Our department will continue to strive to design and build infrastructure that increases safety and is more accessible for everyone.”

Further improvements at Greenwich Avenue intersections are expected. The funding could be included in the proposed city budget for 2022-23 which first coach Fred Camillo is expected to unveil on January 25.

Greenwich

The Junior League of Greenwich is accepting applications for its Community Service Award, and high school girls with a passion for community service can apply.

According to the league, the annual $2,000 award is “intended to recognize a high school student who exemplifies the mission of the Junior League of Greenwich by demonstrating a sustained commitment to community service.” The recipient’s volunteer activities must “exhibit initiative and demonstrate a significant and sustained commitment” to service and leadership.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 9-12 and live in Greenwich or attend a school in the city. Applicants must be “someone whose volunteer activities demonstrate initiative, leadership and a sustained commitment to community service”.

The application form is online at www.jlgreenwich.org and must be accompanied by two written recommendations. The deadline for submission is April 6.

Last year’s award went to Stephanie Busani, who was then a junior at Greenwich High and a volunteer at Neighbor to Neighbor. She ran a new program called The Monthly Mission that provides feminine hygiene products to women in need.

Downtown

Anyone who stops by for happy hour at Bistro V on Tuesday, January 18, might find something familiar at their bartender.

As part of a charity event, first draft pick Fred Camillo, draft pick Lauren Rabin and state senator Ryan Fazio will be the guest bartenders at the restaurant at 339 Greenwich Ave from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

In January, 100% of the proceeds from a special drink will benefit three local non-profit organizations. The drink is available in both a cocktail and a mocktail.

The event will raise funds for organizations selected by each of the hosts: Adopt-A-Dog, the Greenwich Alliance for Education and Meals on Wheels of Greenwich.

Bistro V launched the guest bartender event in October to support the community and promote its happy hour. Past recipients include the Transportation Association of Greenwich, Neighbor to Neighbor and the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Over $1,500 has been raised to date.

“I’m thrilled to be invited to the bar alongside Lauren and Ryan,” Camillo said. “We all work very hard to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. And it’s nice that we can come together to support local businesses and have fun while raising awareness and funds for causes that matter to many of us. These three organizations that we are supporting on the 18th are treasures of the city and it is another way to show our gratitude.

This month’s drink special, called 1640, is inspired by the founding year of Greenwich. The cocktail version includes organic vodka made on the farm as well as fresh citrus, pineapple and cranberry juices. The mocktail version is alcohol-free.

“It’s important for us to include a non-alcoholic beverage so that everyone in the community can participate if they’re interested in supporting,” Rabin said. “Many people abstain from alcohol during the month of January and participate in what is known as ‘Dry January’.

Masks are worn by Bistro V staff and are mandatory for anyone moving around the bar and restaurant areas. For more information, visit a Facebook group at https://bit.ly/3tIZeNB.

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