Second graders Jacob Buehler, Andrew Stern and Cole Peterson presented findings about toy overpackaging and encouraged classmates to join a letter-writing campaign to toy manufacturers asking them to stop toymaker overpackaging.
Boys encourage environmentally friendly toy packaging
Kids love toys, but they don’t love the packaging toys come in — especially when the toys are encased in hard-to-open plastic.
Three students at Whitby School are encouraging their classmates and friends to S.T.O.P. and think this holiday season about toy packaging — or overpackaging. S.T.O.P. is an acronym for Stop Toymaker Over-Packaging.
Jacob Beuhler, Cole Peterson and Andrew Stern are second grade students at Whitby School in Greenwich. After seeing a presentation on recycling last year, the three were moved to try to do something about what they saw as excessive and unnecessary packaging of kids’ toys. Working together, the three recently developed a presentation to inform other Whitby School students about what happens when all that holiday toy garbage hits the local landfill.
Church ‘adopts’ preschool
The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich got into the spirit of the season by spreading holiday cheer to a number of low-income children and families living in town.
At Thanksgiving, as a way to give back to the community, the church parishioners gave each family a basket filled with vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce and coupons for free turkeys. A food drive helped Head Start families with their Christmas dinners.
The First Presbyterian Church also collected children’s books for preschoolers.
The First Presbyterian Church first established a relationship with the Head Start Preschools through its own preschool last fall. Led by preschool director Pat Case, the church collected books and food and invited Head Start students to join the First Presbyterian Church Preschool at a number of special events.
Art society presents ‘artful audience’ film series
How do you watch a great film and understand it as an artistic statement? Renowned critic and lecturer Robert Masterson will share both his enthusiasm and his unique perspective on how to artfully appreciate movies in a film series presented by the Greenwich Art Society in collaboration with the Greenwich Arts Council Wednesdays from Jan. 7 to March 25.
The series, which meets 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., will teach participants how to engage in the art of watching film classics and discuss the elements and issues crucial to understanding and appreciating the work......
Are your pets ‘Red Cross ready’ for emergencies?
Would you know how to care for your pet if injured or in an emergency that forced you to leave home? A recent poll, conducted by the American Red Cross and the Council for Excellence in Government, found that more than one in three Americans said they would delay or ignore a mandatory evacuation to save a pet. What would happen if your pet were injured or your neighborhood was hit by a severe storm or flood and you had to evacuate? The Greenwich chapter of the American Red Cross has pet products and information to help.
Fischetti joins Gemm Learning
Gemm Learning, a learning intervention service and the largest provider of Fast ForWord in the U.S., recently announced that Tara Fischetti has been named director of Gemm’s Greenwich learning center.
A resident of Riverside, Ms. Fischetti joined Gemm in the summer as its “community liaison.” Ms. Fischetti is very active in the Greenwich community, as a board member of Riverside Elementary School PTA, a committee member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gala and volunteer for the Red Cross Ball. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware who, before having a family, worked at Witco Chemical Corporation in Greenwich and at Citibank in New York......
Police Watch, Dec. 30
A 56-year-old Greenwich woman was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with disorderly conduct. Police had been sent to the scene of a reported domestic incident. The woman had allegedly thrown a glass of wine into her husband’s face and then struck him with an open fist, giving him a small cut on the inside of his lip. The woman was issued a misdemeanor summons and released on a promise to appear. She was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 30.
Timothy Devitt, 39, of 124 Halstead Ave. was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with driving under the influence. After receiving reports about a motor vehicle accident, police were sent to the Wendy’s parking lot on West Putnam Avenue. The investigation reportedly revealed that Devitt had backed into a parked vehicle. While being interviewed by police, Devitt allegedly was agitated, slurred his speech and was unsteady on his feet. Police said officers saw an open and empty can 12 ounce can of Budweiser in his car and Devitt refused to take field sobriety tests. Devitt was released on a $1,000 cash bond and is due in court Jan. 12.
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