Greenwich Free Press Top Stories of the Week, April 5

IMG_00151.) It’s always gratifying when a simple, happy story gets a lot of clicks on Greenwich Free Press. April Fool’s Day Draws a Crowd to Rummage Room was a hit and readers shared the story on social media after the Pastors at First Congregational Church of Greenwich and Rummage Room volunteers took up residence in the store windows on Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 10.19.33 PM2.) Easter is around the corner. Every year, thousands of bunnies and chicks are purchased as Easter gifts.

After the holiday many are released into back yards by people who assume they’ll survive.

But unlike wild rabbits, domestic pet rabbits cannot fend for themselves. Similarly, chickens, need care and more than once Greenwich Animal Control has received calls about stray chickens.

If you’re thinking about a pet chicken or rabbit, From Hen House to Farm House, Oh, Ricky You’re So Fine! is the tale of Ricky who is the pet chicken of local farmers Kathy and John Augustin who run Augustine’s Farm at 1332 King Street.

IMG_0010Ricky lives in the house and even rides shotgun on trips to the grocery store.

Over in Cos Cob the Sperduti-Matesevac family are huge fans of pet rabbits and warn that the commitment can last up to 13 or 14 years. In Thanks, Easter Bunny. Pros and Cons of Pet Rabbits, “Mini Holland Lops” Eddy and Lilly have the run of the house.

IMG_00043.) The story of Mark Pelazza’s recovery from heroin addiction received thousands of clicks on Greenwich Free Press.

In GHS Grads Break Silence on Drugs from Marijuana to Heroin, Pelazza traces the start of his addiction to smoking weed in middle school.

GHS kids in hall4.) All comments on the story were expressions of support for Pelazza, including this extended comment by reader, “Will,” who emphasized that jail is not the solution for addiction, and that there is not enough for teens to do on weekends in Greenwich.

IMG_00055.)  On Tuesday the League of Women Voters of Greenwich hosted a primer on Greenwich government at town Hall. GFP broke coverage into two parts — one based on First Selectman Peter Tesei’s overview Greenwich Gov. 101: Accountability, Citizen Participation, Voter Choice and a second based on Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ellen Flanagan in Greenwich Gov. 101: Greenwich Public Schools

IMG_00226.) In Friendship Day at Glenville School Models Caring Behavior, Reinforces District Norms, Mrs. Riley’s kindergarteners modeled empathy and caring. March 27 was “Be Here, Be a Friend Day” in Greenwich Public Schools and the Glenville students conducted “friendship interviews” in pairs.

money shot7.)  Elton’s Café Takes to the Road: Serving Dinner at Pacific House is the story of Elton Sousa and a group of volunteers who made and serve dinner at Pacific House emergency men’s shelter in Stamford. At the end of the meal, the 100+ men at the shelter gave the volunteers a loud round of applause.

IMG_00158.) In Groundbreaking at Bible Street Community Garden Traces History, Patti Sechi and Bob Natale share some of the history of the chunk of the Pomerance Property where the community gardens are planned for Cos Cob. The site was used by the Town for decades as a spot to dump leaves each fall. The result is rich, dark soil, ideal for gardening.

Check back with GFP on Sunday for a feature on North Street School’s annual “On Stage” production. Produced, directed and choreographed by Anne Beaty.

On Monday, look for a profile of Sydney Ellmore who shares the story of his 30 some years as an addict, much of it on the streets of Stamford, before succeeding in recovery and becoming employed by Pacific House in Stamford.


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