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Cos Cob

For 31 years, the St. Lawrence So­ci­ety has paid tribute each year to a town res­i­dent of Ital­ian her­itage on Colum­bus Day. But this year, that tra­di­tion will be twice as nice.

On Mon­day, the group will honor two peo­ple: Sharon Vec­chi­olla, a for­mer reg­is­trar of vot­ers for the town, and her hus­band John Vec­chi­olla, a prom­i­nent at­tor­ney and a for­mer mem­ber of Green­wich’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Board of Ap­peals.

The day’s fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin with a flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony at Town Hall at 9 a.m. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend, and then join the group for a light break­fast and cof­fee at the St. Lawrence Club at 86 Val­ley Road in Cos Cob.

The main event will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. with cock­tails at the St. Lawrence Club, fol­lowed by an el­e­gant din­ner and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the award to the Vec­chi­ol­las.

“Both of them have done an in­nu­mer­able amount of things for the town of Green­wich and for the com­mu­nity,” St. Lawrence So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Tod Laudo­nia said. “I can’t think of any two peo­ple more de­serv­ing for this honor.”

The Vec­chi­ol­las were praised for their work with groups such as the Ki­wa­nis Club, the Amer­i­can Red Cross, St. Mary’s Parish, the Byram Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion, the South­west Green­wich As­so­ci­a­tion and sev­eral school PTAs.

Pre­vi­ous hon­orees in­clude for­mer First Se­lect­man John Margenot, Sam Romeo, Peter Gas­parino, Re­nato Ber­zolla and Sam Telerico.

Tick­ets for the din­ner are avail­able for $100 each. Visit­lawrence­so­ci­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Old Green­wich

What is the state of the town? First Se­lect­man Peter Te­sei is ready to give his take on that very ques­tion.

Te­sei will give his an­nual ad­dress at a Green­wich Cham­ber of Com­merce lun­cheon set for Oct. 29 at the Hy­att Re­gency Green­wich. Check-in will be­gin at 11:30 a.m., with the pro­gram slated to start at noon for this tra­di­tional town event.

“This is our iconic event where our first se­lect­man shares with us his vi­sion and plan for the town of Green­wich,” Cham­ber Pres­i­dent and CEO Mar­cia O’Kane said. “Peo­ple look for­ward to hear­ing an­nu­ally from him through this event.”

She is ex­pect­ing a crowd of 125 and 150 peo­ple to at­tend.

Te­sei said the ad­dress will “high­light the suc­cesses of the past year and look ahead to the fu­ture and the ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties be­fore us,” in­clud­ing the town’s first global eco­nomic fo­rum on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16.

If you can’t make it to the lun­cheon, Te­sei’s speech will be broad­cast live on WGCHAM 1490 and streamed on

Tick­ets cost $75 per per­son, or $700 for a table of 10. Visit­wichcham­, send an email to green­wichcham­ber@green­wichcham­ or call 203-869-3500 for tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion.

Cos Cob

The Boys & Girls Club of Green­wich sent two of its mem­bers to the SoundWaters camp in Stam­ford this past sum­mer, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the Mianus River Boat & Yacht Club.

The MRBYC es­tab­lished the San­dra Will­son McMur­ray Schol­ar­ship in mem­ory of its for­mer com­modore who passed away last year to al­low the two Green­wich kids to go sail­ing and ex­plore Long Is­land Sound. This past week, MRBYC rep­re­sen­ta­tives pre­sented BGCG CEO Bobby Walker Jr. with a $950 check to cover the cost of what ev­ery­one hopes will be an an­nual sum­mer schol­ar­ship.

Fundrais­ing is on­go­ing at the MRBYC, said Carol Will­son, San­dra’s mother, in an ef­fort to award the schol­ar­ship again next year as a tribute to her daugh­ter’s mem­ory.

“Her son went to SoundWaters, and he loved it,” Will­son said. “She felt the yacht club should be more in­volved in the com­mu­nity . ... The best thing to do was to send the kids to camp, es­pe­cially some­thing to do with boats and wa­ter.”

MRBYC Com­modore Rick Loh said, “Sandy was a very im­por­tant mem­ber of the Mianus River Boat and Yacht Club for many rea­sons. We want this to carry on and carry for­ward. Sandy had a lit­tle salt­wa­ter in her veins, more like a lot, and she was al­ways around the wa­ter.”

Walker con­sulted with Jes­sica Rosa, the club’s aquat­ics di­rec­tor, to choose the lucky campers. They con­sid­ered ac­ces­si­bil­ity to SoundWaters and avail­abil­ity to go, but en­thu­si­asm was a ma­jor fac­tor. The kids who went — iden­ti­fied only as Zach and Mickey, who were in the third and fourth grade class — had a great time, he said.

“Those kids were ec­static to go and so were their par­ents,” Walker said. “The kids had a re­ally good time.”

Rosa added, “The kids we sent wouldn’t have had this op­por­tu­nity. They weren’t able to fi­nan­cially go to SoundWaters . ... The par­ents were so happy they were lit­er­ally cry­ing on the phone.”


A new op­por­tu­nity has opened up for a civic-minded res­i­dent of River­side to serve in lo­cal govern­ment.

The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Town Meet­ing has a va­cancy in Dis­trict 5. To be el­i­gi­ble to serve, you must be a res­i­dent of the dis­trict and a reg­is­tered voter. For more in­for­ma­tion or to throw your hat in the ring, con­tact Dis­trict Chair­man Tom Broad­hurst at hanted@op­ton­ or 203-561-0269.

The va­cancy will be filled at the dis­trict’s next meet­ing at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in River­side School’s li­brary. At that time, can­di­dates can make their case to the dis­trict mem­bers, then the dis­trict will fill the va­cancy.

RTM mem­bers serve twoyear terms. The term runs through 2019.

Ken Borsuk / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

The Mianus River Boat and Yacht Club presents a check to the Boys & Girls Club of Green­wich to send two kids to the SoundWaters sum­mer camp. Tak­ing part are, from left, Boys & Girls Club Aquat­ics Di­rec­tor Jes­sica Rosa, yacht club com­modore Rick Loh, Carol Will­son and BGCG CEO Bobby Walker Jr.

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