Greenwich Free Press Year in Photos, 2016

In November the gymnasium at Greenwich High School heated up for the 18th annual Greenwich Youth Cheerleading League exhibition, featuring cheerleading squads for the Bantam, Junior and Senior GYFL teams: Bulldogs, Crushers, Gators, Mavericks and Raiders. In addition to hundreds of GYCL cheerleaders, special guests included the Greenwich High School cheerleading teams and introductions to the GYCL United team.

PHOTOS: 18th Annual GYCL Cheer Exhibition at GHS Wows the Crowds!

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Meet Daisy the Polka-Dotted Pet Pig in Byram

In Byram, the Jablonskis walk her on a leash and she is about the same size as a Labrador Retriever, but she is a pig. Meet pet pig Daisy, who has a life expectancy of 15-20 years and an appetite the size of a house.

Carlos Hernandez of What’s Cooking with Chris Franco, May 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

Despite a delayed start, Carlos Hernandez of What’s Cooking, opened up in the new concession stand at Tod’s Point.  What’s Cooking? Gears up for the Dinner Crowd at Tod’s Pt Beach North Concession

On Greenwich Avenue, the annual community walk for veterans took place on Nov. 11, 2016

On Veterans Day, the town gathered in force for the annual community walk down Greenwich Avenue to honor veterans. The featured speaker was US Army Captain James Dudley (Ret). PHOTOS: Veterans Day Honors Combat Injured Millenials, Acknowledges that Youth Makes America Vital

Michael Negrea with Elton and Jose at Elton’s Cafe in the lower level of Greenwich Library.

Cool Summer Job: Michael Negrea is Part of the Team at Elton’s Café

Pat Mediate at the Greenwich High School sports hall of fame ceremony at the Greenwich Water Club on Oct 15, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

In October, the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame honored its 2016 inductees: Chantal Rawn Morrison, Betsy Hagman O’Donnell, Dwight Fenton, the 1974 GHS undefeated Football Team,  the 1983 Undefeated Girls Field Hockey Team, Charlie Weiss, George Chelwick, Tom Deneen, Bea Walko and Taylor Baldwin.
PHOTOS: GHS Sports Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Ceremony Draws Tears, Laughter

Anthony Muskus at the Memorial Day Ceremony outside Glenville Fire Station, May 29, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

On Memorial Day, between the parade and the service in Glenville, Anthony Muskus shared the story of his service. Mr. Muskus, whose parents came to Greenwich in 1905, said he spent six years in sea planes. The first two and a half years in the Caribbean on the hunt for German submarines. “The other half was in the Pacific looking for any pilot who fell in the ocean or someone who was sick on a ship in the ocean,” he said.
PHOTOS: Memorial Day Parade and Service in Glenville Honors Those Who Have Sacrificed


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Lieutenant Nemecek with a sign marking the farewell of Officer Philip Carriero.

Officer Philip Carriero, known for snagging trucks that got off at Exit 2 to avoid the weigh station on I95 in Greenwich, returned from retirement to serve as a volunteer special police officer in Greenwich.

Carriero was sworn in during a  ceremony on Peter Tesei’s office in August. Overweight Trucks: Just When You Thought it Was Safe, Carriero is Back

Linda McMahon visited Lisa Wexler on WGCH. Credit: Leslie Yager

Caroline Janney shaved her head for St. Baldrick’s in March 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

New Record Set in 4th Annual St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser at Greenwich High School

In March, Greenwich High School’s 4th annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser benefited from an amazing display of school spirit, as girls, boys and staff braved the scissors and buzzing shears from the folks at Montana for Men, a barber shop in Stamford.

Photo of whale spotted Thursday, July 21 near New Rochelle, Contributed, Hannah Doyle

On July 22, GFP reporter Kai Sherwin interviewed local boater Jeff Gallagher about a whale spotted breaching near Great Captain’s Island. Shortly after Kai’s story went up, the Doyle family shared a breathtaking photo and the post went viral.  Whale Spotted Thursday Morning in Greenwich Near Great Captain’s Island

The Cos Cob crowd enjoyed a night of free sampling at Fleisher’s in July, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

On July 30, 2016 the decades long Sandblast Sand Sculpture Festival took place at Tod’s Point.

PHOTOS: Everyone’s a Winner at Sandblast 2016!

The annual Howl & Prowl sponsored by Pet Pantry benefited Adopt a Dog. Credit: Leslie Yager

xWinners of the costume competition included a dog with a keen resemblance to Donald Trump and a button that read “We Shall Overcomb.” Another favorite which was recognized by judges was a girl and her dog dresses as gumball machines.
PHOTOS: Pet Pantry’s 9th Annual Howl & Prowl for Adopt-A-Dog Hits the Ave with Creativity

Greenwich High School celebrated Homecoming 2016 with a parade. All participants gathered at Julian Curtiss beforehand. Credit: Leslie Yager

The 2016 GHS homecoming parade originated at Julian Curtiss School, headed across Lexington and Amogerone, down Greenwich Ave and up Milbank Ave. Some great spirit on display! PHOTOS: Greenwich High School Homecoming Parade 2016 Sparkles Under Blue Skies

In February everyone at New Lebanon School remembers Bob Lynagh’s birthday. Credit: Leslie Yager

The drought resulted in Aquarion running over ground tubes to move water from other reservoirs.

A slew of restrictions on water use in Greenwich went into effect on Thursday, Oct 6. In restaurants water will only be served upon request.
Up Taconic Rd an emergency overground pipeline moves water through reservoirs to water treatment plant in Greenwich.

On Dec. 22, 2016 the Board of Selectmen appointed Peter Sherr as chair of the Board of Education after the board was unable to elect a chair by a majority of 5 out of 8. Credit: Leslie Yager

Sun setting over Greenwich Harbor from the pier at the end of Steamboat Road, December 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

Rick Muskus presents a check from the Josef Pilsudski Society of Greenwich to the Silver Shield’s Sgt. Tim Hilderbrand, with Officer Thomas Heustis and the Society’s vice president Christy Caragol. Dec. 15, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

The Josef Pilsudski Society of Greenwich was founded back on March 20, 1950 by three Polish immigrants, including Alexander Muskus. Today his grandson Rick, along with Christy Caragol and working to gain non-profit status for the Society and what better way than to give away funds to three worthy local organizations? Big Changes at The Josef Pilsudski Society; Gifts Made to Silver Shield, Family Centers and Cub Scout Pack #20

Liz Gustavson in the window of the Rummage Room in Old Greenwich on April Fool’s Day, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

The storymobile that belongs to the Greenwich Alliance for Education met its sad fate in April 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

The Greenwich Alliance for Education’s early literacy vehicle hit the road in 2008 and was a delightful mobile classroom for thousands of Greenwich’s preschool children. Unfortunately, a tree fell on the Storymobile. Greenwich Alliance’s Storymobile Destroyed in Sunday’s Wind Storm

Chris Sandy

Motivational speaker, Chris Sandy visited Greenwich High School in December 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

At GHS, motivational speaker, Chris Sandy shared a story that began when he killed two people when he drove drunk at 22. He served 8-1/2 years in the penitentiary.

At GHS, Speaker Shares Story of Drinking, Driving, Death and the Road Back

Below the tide line, dogs enjoyed running along the beach at Greenwich Point. December, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

At the December Parks & Rec board meeting, Gary Dell’Abate was elevated from member to vice chair. During the meeting there was disagreement among members about the situation with dogs at Greenwich Point during winter months.
Gary Dell’Abate Wants Parks & Rec to Expand Opportunities for Dogs in Greenwich Parks

Corporal Frank Downing

In Cos Cob, Corporal Frank Downing was ready to load up the truck during the Toys for Tots Drive, Dec. 10, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

Santa Arrives and Gifts Abound during Toys for Tots Drive in Cos Cob

Glenn Petersen looks up toward I95 from the bottom of the ravine where trees will be removed. Dec. 7, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

On December 7, residents had a chance to walk through the wooded raving behind the existing New Lebanon School to get an idea of the trees to be removed to make way for a new school.
Residents Heartbroken over Removal of 200 Trees at New Lebanon

After delivering a donation check of $12,000 to Kids in Crisis, the Cos Cob Riders gathered on the steps of the emergency shelter for children. May 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

Cos Cob Riders Deliver! Kids in Crisis Receives a Roaring Big Check.

At the annual convocation, interim Greenwich Schools superintendent with communications director Kim Eves, Aug 25, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

Convocation at GHS Reminds Us that Teachers are the Most Powerful People in the World

Friends and family joined Mike Chiappetta at Joey B’s for Chiappetta’s 102nd birthday. Credit: Leslie Yager

Mike Chiappetta shares some of his secrets for a long healthy life, including frequent chili dogs from Joey B’s, a nightly glass of red wine and abundant hot peppers, he cooks and preserves. Never Idle, Mike Chiappetta, 102, Enjoys a Chili Dog and an Entourage

Sgt. Timothy Hildebrand

Sgt. Timothy Hildebrand surrounded by kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich Thanksgiving feast, Nov. 23,2 016 Credit: Leslie Yager

In one of the most anticipated events of the year at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, about 400 children feasted on turkey, mashed potatoes, beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Hundreds Feast on Turkey Dinner with All the Fixin’s at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

Members of the GHS class of 2016 with their diplomas on June 22, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

Commencement speaker Hannah Storm said successful people she’d interviewed as a sports journalist had one thing in common. From LeBron James to US Presidents, she said people who have won championships, gold medals and Grammy awards all had overcome tragedy, debilitating injuries, and bigotry. She said that although it may sound like a  cliché, the most important piece of advice is to work hard.

Hannah Storm’s Advice to Greenwich High School Class of ’16: Believe You Can, Work Hard, Take Risks

Lamar Karow

Longtime ticket agent at the Greenwich Metro-North train station, Lamar Karow, greeted commuters for many years. Sept. 7, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

On Sept  7, Lamar Karow, the longtime ticket agent at the Greenwich Metro-North train station who has greeted commuters, day trippers and  tourists with the same reassuring voice for years, counted down the hours until the end of his last day. The Greenwich ticket window closed permanently on Saturday Sept. 10. “He’s an Institution.” Greenwich Train Station Ticket Window to Close, Longtime Ticket Agent Says Goodbye

YMCA of Greenwich Facilities Manager, Wesley Chang; Marketing and PR manager Angela Rende, local architect Aris Crist, GFP editor Leslie Yager, longtime YMCA member Gene Martine alongside the copper cupola atop the YMCA of Greenwich, August 17, 2016 Photo: Bob DeAngelo

On a clear sunny afternoon, GFP editor Leslie Yager got to ascend scaffolding at the YMCA of Greenwich for a close up look of the restoration of the building’s slate roof and facade, which are being restored after 100 years. The dizzying height of the copper cupola afforded breathtaking views of Greenwich, the New York city skyline and Long Island Sound. At 100, YMCA of Greenwich Savors Its View from the Top

Dizzying view of Mason Street from the top of the YMCA of Greenwich. Aug 17, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

GFP intern Kai Sherwin and his fellow “Cardinal Critics” have been busy reviewing local Greenwich restaurants. Their first stop was our favorite, Joey B’s in Cos Cob. Credit: Leslie Yager

Greenwich High School Students Launch “Cardinal Critics,” Review Joey B’s in Cos Cob

RTM member Dawn Fortunato with a likeness of Hillary Clinton on election day Nov. 8, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

The presidential election of 2016 was marked by high voter turnout in Greenwich. As of  12:33am, 80.18% of eligible voters in Greenwich had voted, which breaks down to 30,124  out of 37,569 eligible voters.
Greenwich: Presidential Election 2016, Not the Race People Expected

A Trump/Pence “Make America Great Again” campaign sign outside Greenwich Police headquarters in November. Credit: Leslie Yager

GHS football Coach John Marinelli and Brunswick’s Coach Shine at the first annual GYFL football camp. August, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager


The first ever football camp for GYFL players was held at Brunswick on Aug 17-19. The camp was the brainchild of Coach Marinelli at GHS and Coach Shine at Brunswick, who approached the GYFL leadership last June.
PHOTOS: First-Ever GHS-Brunswick Football Camp for GYFL Players is a Hit

First Selectman Peter Tesei turns the camera on the reporter in his office during the swearing in ceremony for Special Police officer Philip Carriero.

Up at Augustine’s Farm, Kathy shows off her colorful dahlias. August, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

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