Tree Conservancy getting to root of problem
We join the many residents in town who are saddened by the loss of numerous trees in Greenwich due to severe storms, most recently the unprecedented Hurricane Sandy. Although the majority of damaged and fallen trees were on private property, many town trees, along roadways, were lost as well.
The Greenwich Tree Conservancy together with the yown Tree Department would like to assist in appropriately replacing many of these trees. If a tree has come down on public property in front of your home or there is a suitable location for a tree, please notify the Greenwich Tree Conservancy so we can evaluate the location.
Please contact us at email@example.com or go to our website to contact us at www.greenwichtreeconservancy.org, giving us the address where you believe a tree should be planted. We will examine the site, keeping in mind Right Tree, Right Place, smaller ornamental trees under and around power lines and make a recommendation to the town tree warden who will decide on the appropriate replacement tree.
Together we will return the green to Greenwich.
(The writer is executive director of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy.)
Good Neighbor policy
Neighbor to Neighbor would like to thank the Greenwich community for the outpouring of support we received following Hurricane Sandy and leading up to Thanksgiving.
As the new executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, Greenwich's food and clothing pantry, I am overwhelmed by the capacity of this town's residents to mobilize resources and deliver them to their neighbors in need. Our small donation room has been pushed to its limits to hold the coats, blankets and warm winter clothing we have received.
When we lost the meat in our freezer, Barcelona Restaurant replenished our supply. Kings Food Market donated many cases of fresh bananas, cereal and canned fruit -- items always in demand. The generosity of Kings, Morgan Stanley and St. Michael's Church, among many others, ensured that each of our clients was able to have a turkey on Thanksgiving.
Thank you to the many, many schools, businesses, religious organizations and civic groups who provided us with donations of food, clothing and much needed funds: Brunswick School, Christ Church of Greenwich (Alter Guild), Cos Cob firefighters and Greenwich Youth Football and Cheerleading Leagues, Eagle Hill School, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Greenwich, Glenville School, Greenwich Country Day School, Hamilton Avenue School, International School at Dundee, Julian Curtiss School, Kiwanis Club of Greenwich, Knights of Columbus, Lulu Lemon, Mothers for Others, Old Greenwich School, Order of Redmen, Prudential Connecticut Realty, Riverside PTA, St. Catherine's Church, St. Patrick's Church of Armonk, N.Y., St. Paul's Day School, Stanwich School, Sotheby's International Realty, Temple Sholom, Trinity Church and the YMCA of Greenwich. There were so many, I am sure I have left some out, and for that I apologize.
Finally, thank you to the countless individuals who filled your cars with groceries for our pantry, who showed up to help us restock our shelves or sort clothing, and who called simply because you wanted to make a difference. You did. You literally brought tears to our eyes.
We are grateful to be part of a community so dedicated to looking after our neighbors who are struggling, whether due to a natural disaster, a family tragedy, or difficult life circumstances. This season, Neighbor to Neighbor is thankful for the tremendous support of the Greenwich community.
(The writer is executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor.)
On behalf of Neighbor to Neighbor and our clients, we want to thank the community for helping to make the first-ever Greenwich Canstruction a great success. Nine teams designed and built sculptures made of canned goods, raising $76,000 for our food pantry and clothing room. Additionally, more than 21,000 cans were donated, valued at $27,000. This would not have been possible without the efforts of our community partners/architects, youth groups, First Presbyterian Church, the generous support of local businesses, and our sponsors and supporters.
Neighbor to Neighbor has been providing food, clothing and basic living essentials to Greenwich residents in need for over 35 years. With more than 530 families now eligible to receive food, the canned goods amassed at Canstruction have already been distributed. As the holiday season comes and goes, please remember that hunger exists year-round in Greenwich. For information about how to donate to Neighbor, please call 203-622-9208 or visit www.n-to-n.org.
Margie Black and
(The writers are Canstruction co-chairs.)