This week at the GHS Health Fair, organized by Kathy Steiner, there was a line for Greenwich Hospital’s Healing Touch volunteers who had chairs set up in the quiet, sunny corridor outside the auditorium.
According to students, the Healing Touch volunteers’ visits during mid-terms, finals and the health fair are eagerly awaited. On Tuesday, the line spilled across the auditorium lobby, but 9th graders Delainey Sheehan and Chris Flippin didn’t mind waiting.
Roberta Brown Brugo, a registered nurse and certified Healing Touch practitioner, described the technique as an energy therapy that helps people feel calm and relaxed. “It works on emotional, mental and spiritual well-being,” she said. “We look at the whole person.”
Brown Brugo said that at Greenwich Hospital, the Healing Touch volunteers work with patients in several departments, from pediatrics to cancer support, and even help patients after surgery.
On the other side of the auditorium doors, at the GEMS booth, Sylvie Brounstein and Katy Finnegan were busy taking people’s blood pressure. Brounstein who is training to be an EMT is looking forward to attending U Miami next fall.
On the other side of the lobby, were Brian Kelly who was signing up potential fire fighters and Felipe Gomez and Kyle Silver from the Arch Street Teen Center where an 8-week acting for film and television workshop will soon start.
Kevin Piro, the district executive for Boy Scouts of America, was giving out information about Explorers and Cadets.
Cadets, students age 14 to 20, can explore law enforcement career options, and develop marksmanship, leadership skills and respect for police officers and explorers. Popular careers among Explorers include Federal agents, Military Police, Correction Officers, Police Officers and Sheriffs. Participants have opportunities for community service and ride-alongs.
Cadets meet on a monthly basis during the school year. The Post 2045 Greenwich Police Dept contact is Thomas Huestis who can be reached at GreenwichPoliceCadets@gmail.com
The Explorer Post falls under the purview of Boy Scouts of America and is ideal for young men and women ages 14 to 20 who are interested in careers in Fire and Emergency Services. Participants learn emergency protocols and equipment usage. They participate in national and regional events and ride along on ambulance calls.
Fire and Emergency services Explorers meet on a monthly basis during the school year. Most programs parallel the high school calendar and begin in the fall.
There are three fire posts and crews in Greenwich along, with one emergency services post:
- Post 4 Glenville FD – Chief Michael Hoha (203) 622-3974
- Post 500 Sound Beach FD – Timothy Peck (203) 637-1806
- Post 911 Greenwich EMS – Lynn Ridberg (203) 637-7505