Greenwich First Selectman Updates: Flag Raising on Columbus Day, Covid Positivity Low, Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Optional

During his First Selectman update on Thursday’s board of Selectmen meeting Fred Camillo said Town Hall will open part time from 8:00am to 1:00pm beginning Tuesday, Oct 13, (after being closed Monday, Oct 12 for Columbus Day.)

Face masks will be required, and both staff and guests will be spaced out for safe social distancing. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.

Additionally, there will be someone monitoring the front entrance.

Bea and Peter Crumbine. Photo: Leslie Yager

While Town Hall will be closed Monday for Columbus Day, there will be a flag raising ceremony and proclamation for Bea and Peter Crumbine at 9:00am.

The Crumbines are being honored by the St Lawrence Society.

Peter Crumbine was a five term Greenwich selectman.

Bea Crumbine, who is the town’s official Ambassador, was the architect of the sister cities relationship that Greenwich enjoys with Rose, Calabria and Morra De Sanctis, Campania, Italy. Back in the 1860s a number of people left those cities during Italy’s depression and traveled to destinations including Cos Cob and Chickahominy here in Greenwich, where many worked as stone masons and builders.

Ada's Halloween Oct. 31, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager
Halloween file photo. October 31, 2015

As for the Town’s decision on Halloween trick-or-treating, Camillo noted that Connecticut, and in particular, Greenwich, have achieved success in the pandemic battle. He said that on Wednesday the seven day rolling average for positivity in Greenwich was 0.7% per 100,000.

“We’re doing really well, but we’re still in the middle of it, so we’re keeping our eye on the ball,” he said adding that the town will put out Halloween guidelines shortly.

“I’ve spoken to lots of residents, and many are happy to go forward,” he said adding that he planned to participate.

“But many are still nervous about people coming to their house, so they will keep their lights off,” he added. “We will keep reminding residents if you see a house that is dark, please don’t go up to it.”

“We’ll do it in a cautious manner and hopefully it’ll be a good memory for everybody,” he said.

The CT Dept of Health however, is not recommending traditional trick-or-treating.