Greenwich Hosts 9/11 Ceremony at Glenville Volunteer Fire Company, and More

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For years, the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company has celebrated the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a ceremony at its fire hall, which houses a 9/11 memorial formed from a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

Rain forced this year’s ceremony indoors last Sunday as volunteer firefighters joined other Greenwich first responders, city and state officials and community members to mark 21 years since the terrorist attacks, which killed 32 people linked to Greenwich.

“We have been completely and utterly dedicated to the memory of 9/11,” Glenville Volunteer Fire Company President Sandy Kornberg said. “It’s something that is very important to us.”

Nearly 60 people attended the ceremony, including Chief Constable James Heavey, a member of the volunteer fire company. A guard of honor also took part in the brief ceremony as tributes were paid to those who died.

Police Captain Jim Bonney played “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes as Kornberg and town resident Susan Wohlforth, whose husband Martin was killed in the attacks, laid a wreath at the base of the beam memorial steel.

“It’s amazing to see the community participate in this,” Kornberg said. “We have an incredible turnout each year for our 9/11 ceremony and Memorial Day parade, even in inclement weather.”

Downtown

The City of Greenwich is installing a new robotic mower that will put the ‘green’ in mowing the grass at City Hall.

Earlier this month, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation launched a public/private partnership with Greenow. There will be a ceremony on Sept. 21 to cut the ribbon for the initiative, which the city’s Conservation Commission says will “welcome new lawn care technology and pave the way for an emissions-free future.”

“Although often overlooked, small-engine, gas-powered lawn equipment is a significant contributor to climate change. According to the EPA, off-road gasoline-powered equipment, such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers, emit about 242 million tons of pollutants per year., degrading air quality, the commission said.

Greenow founder Erik Horn is from Norway and said he wanted to bring the kind of smarter, greener lawn technology used in Scandinavia.

“We are eagerly exploring ways to improve the sustainability of our land management practices and welcome the addition of robotic lawn mowing as a low-noise, zero-emission addition,” Gregory said. Kramer, the town treekeeper.

Unlike a traditional lawn mower, the quieter robotic mower offers environmental benefits as it produces no direct emissions via small gasoline engines and instead consumes a low amount of energy. Additionally, it produces fine clippings that cover the soil, retaining moisture, building soil, and nurturing microbial communities.

The September 21 event is sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Conservation Commission as well as Quiet Yards Greenwich, the Greenwich Tree Conservancy, the City’s Sustainability Committee and the Pollinator Pathway Initiative.

Greenwich

Would you like to know more about the importance of food from a cultural, economic and sociological point of view? The City of Greenwich has planned a special virtual program.

The Foodshed Network and the Town Conservation Commission will present “Seasonality: A Celebration of Taste, Place and Connection,” a free webinar on Zoom at 7 p.m. on September 21. This is the fourth panel of the Greenwich Food System Forum.

The webinar will feature a chef, artisan, artist, farmer, and food writer, who will explore “what it means to celebrate seasonality as a conduit to taste, place, and connection.” Ali Ghiorse, Founder of The Foodshed Network, will moderate the discussion.

Participants will be Dawn Spears, director of the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance and co-founder of the Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative; David Standridge, executive chef at Shipwright’s Daughter in Mystic; Natalie Love Cruz, Afro-Latin food professional, writer and food justice advocate; and Matthew Rose, Head Cheesemaker at the Fairfield-Greenwich Cheese Company.

According to the Conservation Commission, “The discussion will help us understand how practices such as industrialization, structural racism and lack of access to fresh, local and affordable food have decoupled society from the experience of a “sense of place” through food.”

For more information and to register, visit thefoodshednetwork.org/greenwich-food-system-forum.

Downtown

Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the brand new exhibit at the C. Parker Gallery in downtown Greenwich.

“Ready Player One” opened on September 15 with a reception that included a meet and greet with sports card artist Steve Lacy. The exhibition will run until October 6 at the gallery at 409 Greenwich Ave.

The exhibit features Lacy’s presentation of vintage rookie cards of iconic NBA, NFL and MLB stars including Michael Jordan, Lawrence Taylor, Mickey Mantle, Wayne Gretzky and LeBron James. Additionally, Gavin Sewell’s game board collages will be featured, which the gallery says will be “reminiscent of classic family nights at Monopoly and Clue.” Craig Alan’s work depicting the Rubik’s Cube and superheroes is also on display.

There are also works of art by Muhammad Ali, including hand-signed prints and autographed memorabilia.

“Summer is over, but the fun doesn’t have to stop,” said Tiffany Benincasa, owner of C. Parker Gallery. “This captivating exhibition will celebrate the lasting influence of games and sports on our lives through our artists’ playful interpretations of sports legends, board games and more.”

The gallery will also feature a selection of collectibles, including signed jerseys and photographs of NBA legends Kevin Durant, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday and by appointment. For more information, visit www.cparkergallery.com.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com

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