Major construction of a water main replacement project along a busy stretch of Brookside Drive has gotten the official green light.

The Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved a road closure for Brookside which will run from Grove Lane to Field Point Road near City Hall.

Diversions will be put in place. The closure will be in effect during the working day, with the road reopening at night. Aquarion Water Co. says the main replacement is needed to increase it from 6 to 8 inches to improve fire protection and service reliability. Aquarion said parts of the water pipe are nearly 120 years old.

The official start date is not fixed. But at Thursday’s meeting, AJ Penna & Son, contractor for the project, said it was likely to last from around June 13 to September, depending on conditions.

First manager Fred Camillo said he wanted more specific information on how long the road closure would last to share with the public.


A notice has been sent to all nearby residents, but Selectwoman Lauren Rabin and Selectperson Janet Stone-McGuigan have raised concerns about patients going to Brookside Gynecology on West Putnam Avenue.

Dino Georgiadis, of AJ Penna & Son, assured the council that there would be no barriers for patients.

“There will be indoor and outdoor access at all times,” he said. “The road closure is mainly for outside traffic. Anyone who needs to get inside will be allowed in.

Jim Dabbo of Snyder Civil Engineering told the council that any water cuts will be limited to when the network is switched.

“There’s really only one time when the water service is cut off and that’s when the actual physical transfer is done,” Dabbo said. “It only happens after the installation of the main water pipe is finished. … Usually it’s only for a short time, a few hours at most and it can be scheduled to work with business hours.

Greenwich Center

To pay for new ambulances, state-of-the-art equipment and lifesaving supplies, the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service relies on public support.

Its next fundraising event will be the second annual GEMS Kids Triathlon, to be held June 12 at Greenwich High School for children ages 6-14. Athletes must be on site by 7 a.m., with competition starting at 8 a.m.

The event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Swim races will use the GHS pool. The bike race will take place in the parking lot and around the exterior of the building. The triathlon will end with the run on the sports fields of the GHS.

Unlike the Greenwich Police and Fire Department, GEMS is not a municipal service. It is a non-profit organization that has a contract with the city to provide emergency medical services. Staff costs are managed by an annual allocation from the city, but it is up to GEMS to do annual fundraising for other expenses.

“In 2019, for the first GEMS Kids Triathlon, there was tremendous community support and interest with over 125 participants,” said Tracy Schietinger, GEMS Executive Director. “We are thrilled to once again offer a fun and physically challenging event for children. Proceeds from the event will support the lifesaving work we do at GEMS and raise much needed funds that will help replace or refurbish equipment or maybe even a new ambulance.

Prizes will be awarded, along with refreshments and entertainment for children and their families, at the end.

For children to register to participate, visit www.gemskidstri.org or contact Pat O’Connor at 203-637-7505 or [email protected] Registration required before June 10.

Participating children must be no younger than 6 and no older than 14 by December 31, 2022. Any 5-year-old child who turns 6 in 2022 can participate, but children who turn 15 in that calendar year cannot participate .

Volunteers are needed to help set up the course, perform checks and mark runners. To sign up to help, visit www.GEMSKidsTri.org.

Glenville

Abilis Gardens & Gifts will kick off the summer and offer discounts at a Summer Sip and Shop event on Wednesday at 50 Glenville St.

Shoppers can enjoy a 25% discount at the nonprofit’s gift shop and garden center while enjoying cocktails and light appetizers. Summer and graduation floral orders can also be placed in advance by visiting www.abilis.us.gifts or by calling 203-531-GIFT.

The event, which is free and open to the public, benefits Abilis’ work in the community.

Abilis supports more than 800 people with disabilities and their families from birth to adulthood. As part of a program, he helps clients find jobs at local businesses, including his own Abilis Gardens and Gifts, located next to Abilis headquarters.

The store operates as a retail training site for adults with disabilities and “provides job skills and retail experience essential for competitive employment opportunities.” Participants in the Abilis program work at the boutique and garden center and also make handcrafted items sold there, including candles, soaps, lotions and bath products.

The gift shop also sells Greenwich-themed books, jewelry, home decor, accessories, and gifts. The greenhouse also sells flowers and plants. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, visit www.abilis.us/gifts.

Old Greenwich

Music will fill the air in Old Greenwich with the arrival of the Arpeggio Music Festival.

The First Congregational Church at 108 Sound Beach Ave. at Old Greenwich hosts the series of nine concerts over three weekends. BackCountry Jazz and the Greenwich Arts Council are also sponsors.

The theme is 100 Years of American Music, with the first concert at 7 p.m. on June 3.

“Each weekend the concerts have a specific focus, and the nine concerts will feature a wide range of artists and genres,” said Bill Bonnell, festival director. “These include a brass quintet, a string quartet, a wind quintet, a solo piano and opera singers. Classical, popular, jazz and other genres will be in the spotlight. There really is something for everyone. The final concert on Sunday, June 19 will feature a 70-piece concert band.

Composers featured in the series include John Adams, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, Charles Ives and many more. In total, more than 50 American composers, half of whom are alive and working today, will be featured.

The festival said it was “dedicated to an exploration of the history and wide range of music written by American classical composers over the past 100 years. … Our goal is to showcase the diversity, versatility, range, and creativity of American composers, who have historically been underrepresented on American concert stages.

For more information, a full program and tickets ($20 per person per concert), visit www.arpeggiofestival.org. Tickets will also be available at the entrance.

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