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NEW Photo License Center Hours for Stamford, State

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Recently, the Connecticut DMV announced that several photo licensing centers, including Stamford, will have their hours of operation changed.

The Stamford office hours will change to 7:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday only, effective August 16, 2016.

 

The new schedules are below:

Location                     New Customer Hours

Derby                         7:45 -4:30 Wed. & Friday

Middletown                 7:45 -4:30 Wed. & Friday      

Milford                        7:45 -4:30 Tues & 9:15- 6 Thurs.

Stamford                     7:45 -4:30 Wed. & Friday

A special Founder’s Day ceremony at Greenwich Point – Greenwich Time

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From the Greenwich Time, 7/19/16, kborsuk@scni.com

GREENWICH — The annual celebration of Greenwich’s founding came this year with a special dedication: a plaque marking the 376-year-old event attached now to a rock at Greenwich Point.

The celebration Monday was a reminder of how the past intersects with the present, guest speakers told an audience of about 50 who braved heat and wind at the point to help honor the town’s history.

“Sometimes we forget, with too much enthusiasm for tomorrow, what and who came before us,” said Davidde Strackbein, chair of the Greenwich Historical Society and master of ceremonies for the celebration.

“We throw away the past and lose a sense of community and with it a sense of belonging and a kinship in all our history as a people,” she said, while relating immigrant stories that helped shape the town. “We are witness to a time, even now, that will never come again and we should not waste it. We should cherish it and preserve it as we have done today.”

The town’s founding event is recognized as the purchase of a swath of land in eastern Greenwich by Daniel Patrick and Robert and Elizabeth Feake on July 18, 1640 for 25 coats. (Only 11 of the coats were actually produced, and the Siwanoy Indians who occupied the land viewed the trade as a rental agreement, not sale, one of several factors that set Greenwich up for a tumultuous beginning.)

The bronze plaque, mounted on a large rock on a bluff overlooking Long Island Sound, features a replica of the deed for the purchase.

State Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149th, read the deed and gave way to attendees who shared memories of the importance of Greenwich Point in their lives. Among those was Selectman John Toner, who spoke of coming down to the beach area with his family and friends for breakfast and a swim. He said his parents would never let him swim after breakfast, so he would jump up and down on a rock marked 1640, which he never knew it marked the town’s founding until he saw it again as an adult.

“Kids will come and look (at the plaque) and their parents will tell them about it, but you only know about age through age,” Toner said. “They’ll come back as adults and say, ‘Yeah, this is where it all started.’ It’s good to be here.”

First Selectman Peter Tesei noted that the Elizabeth Feake eventually owned what is now most of Old Greenwich. The fact that it was rare for a woman to be the sole owner of property at that time showed Greenwich’s progressive nature from the start, he said.

Strackbein said what had once been “old paper and deadly stuff from the deadly past buried in the recesses of Town Hall” could now be seen every day on the bluff.

The plaque, which was created for last year’s 375th anniversary, also contains the town’s coat of arms from 1940: a windmill for the town’s early Dutch influence; a horse’s head for Horseneck, the name by which most of Greenwich (except for Old Greenwich) was once known; a plow for the agricultural history of the founders; a ship from the coat of arms of Greenwich, England; and a clam shell to represent the early maritime trade in the town.

The audience included representatives from several preservationist groups, including the Friends of Greenwich Point, the Greenwich Point Conservancy and the Greenwich Tree Conservancy. Also on hand were former First Selectman Richard Bergstresser, town Director of Parks and Recreation Joseph Siciliano and some descendants of the town’s founding families.

State Rep. Fred Camillo, R-151st, discussed some of the notable people who lived in Greenwich, including titans of industry, celebrities, pro athletes and President George H.W. Bush.

Camillo also spoke of skirmishes in the Revolutionary War, the famous art colony in Cos Cob, the fact that the Boy Scouts of America was partially founded here and the once-considered idea of making Greenwich home to the United Nations.

“All that for 25 coats,” Camillo said.

kborsuk@scni.com

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Celebratory Dinner Honors David Ormsby for Ten Years of Leadership of the Witherell Board – Greenwich Free Press

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Celebratory Dinner Honors David Ormsby for Ten Years of Leadership of the Witherell Board

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David and Lindsay Ormsby. Contributed photo

In an evening that included bagpipe music, toasts, roasts, and proclamations from the State of Connecticut and the Town of Greenwich, David G. Ormsby was honored recently for his outstanding leadership of The Nathaniel Witherell Board of Directors.

The celebratory dinner was hosted by the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell at Greenwich Country Club.

Ormsby stepped down from Witherell’s Board this past January after being on the Board since 2004 and serving as its Chairman for the last 10 years.

Among his accomplishments, Mr. Ormsby helped raise millions of dollars to modernize and refurbish the Nathaniel Witherell as co-chair of Witherell’s Project Renew (January 2013 to July 2014).

He continues to serve as Chairman of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board, which he helped establish in 2006.

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Standing left to right: Polly Longsworth, Peter Ormsby, Nick Kavanagh, Diane and Tom Smith, Ann Kenyon, and Chuck Longsworth. Sitting left to right: Debby Ormsby, Lindsay and David Ormsby, Cameron Ormsby, and Mark Kenyon.

“David Ormsby’s dedication to The Nathaniel Witherell is legendary and will be long remembered by the people of Greenwich,” noted Karen Sadik-Khan, President of the Friends of the Nathaniel Witherell, in her remarks. “The Friends Board, the Witherell Board, and the Town of Greenwich all thank David for his role in keeping The Nathaniel Witherell a part of our lives.”

Sadik-Khan announced to the 120 guests in attendance that in honor of Ormsby’s accomplishments, the Witherell’s Resident Life Fund will be officially renamed the David G. Ormsby Resident Life Fund, which will continue to provide programs and services to enrich the lives of all Witherell residents. Fittingly, proceeds from the dinner will support the fund.

Among the many items the Fund supports are: annual events and parties such as the July 4th and New Year’s Eve celebrations, weekly live performances by local musicians, music therapy programs for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents, painting and art history classes, volunteer services, Greenwich Chaplaincy services, organized outings, and pet therapy programs including the quarterly “Pooches on Parade.”

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Left to right: Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Ginny Gray, Connecticut State Representative Livvy Floren, Marie Norton and Art Norton, Vice Chairman of the Greenwich BET.

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Left to right: Larry Simon, Witherell Board Chair, with Robbie and Albert Kestnbaum.

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Left to right: Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Members Debby Lash and Fred Li with Judy Evnin.

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Walter Raquet, Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Sabrina Raquet, and Witherell Board Vice Chair and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell President Karen Sadik-Khan.

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Lash, Greenwich BET Budget Committee Chair, and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Alma Rutgers.

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Left to right: Jan Marchand, David Ormsby, and Don Marchand.

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Davidde and Ron Strackbein.

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Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Bea Crumbine presents a proclamation from the State of Connecticut to David Ormsby.

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Witherell Board Vice Chair and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell President Karen Sadik-Khan presents a plaque to David Ormsby announcing that the Resident Life Fund has been renamed the David G. Ormsby Resident Life Fund.

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Rep. Floren Comments on Bond Commission Items

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Rep. Livvy Floren offered praise for several items during a July meeting of the legislature’s Bond Commission in Hartford.  Her remarks, some on behalf of colleagues who were unable to attend in person, reflect her commitment to investments to better the community and the state.