Greenwich Time (Sunday)


What’s going on in your part of Greenwich

- By Robert Marchant and Randi Weiner


Two new recruits to the Greenwich Police Department took the oath of office in December.

Officers Albert Miano and James Luciano both have a background in public service.

Miano is a graduate of Western Connecticu­t State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Miano worked previously with the Pound Ridge, N.Y., Police Department, the New York State Police and the New York City Police Department. He also served in the U.S. Navy in the late ‘90s and the Army National Guard from 1999 to 2002.

Luciano graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2022. He was a seasonal park ranger with the Westcheste­r County Police, working with parks, environmen­tal and marine units. His father, James Luciano, is an officer with the Westcheste­r County Police.

The two will undergo training before becoming probationa­ry officers. New recruits with previous law enforcemen­t experience undergo an expedited training program, learning Connecticu­t state law and procedures.

The Greenwich department has been undertakin­g a number of new initiative­s to recruit new members to the department at a time when candidates for a law-enforcemen­t career are dropping sharply across the country. New recruits from around the region and the country are being sought.

Beside Miano, two other NYPD officers have recently joined the department, a process known as “lateral hiring.” The Greenwich department also hired an officer who previously worked in

Officer James Luciano, a new hire at the Greenwich Police Department, is congratula­ted by his father, James, a member of the Westcheste­r County Police Department.

Texas. Cos Cob

Veterinary Emergency Group, a veterinary emergency company, has opened its newest hospital at 409 E. Putnam Ave, Suite 1 in Cos Cob.

The new hospital is VEG’s first location in Connecticu­t and 40th location nationwide.

“Emergency is our middle name — it’s all we do,” said founder Dr. David Bessler. “VEG is the only veterinary company that focuses solely on pet emergencie­s.”

VEG has a laser sharp focus on emergency care, Bessler said. Callers will speak directly with a licensed veterinari­an and will see a veterinari­an at the site right away, he said.

VEG Greenwich is open 24/7 to help pet parents with emergencie­s when their family veterinari­an is closed. The hospital has an open floor plan that allows freedom of movement from exam room to treatment floor, with humans able to stay with their pet during all phases of treatment, including surgery and overnight hospitaliz­ation.

VEG gives back to the pet-loving community through VEG Cares, an initiative benefiting underserve­d pets that need it most, and by supporting future emergency veterinari­ans by granting scholarshi­ps.

Old Greenwich

Following a brief hiatus because of the pandemic, the Fred Elser First Sunday Science Lecture Series returns to the Bruce Museum.

First Sunday Science “Toward a Waste Free Greenwich in 2023” is the first, in-person lecture hosted by the museum since 2020, and will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center.

The program features Julie DesChamps, founder of Waste Free Greenwich, a grassroots organizati­on addressing Connecticu­t’s waste crisis with local initiative­s from food scrap and textile diversion to zero waste schools. During her lecture, DesChamps will discuss what happens to trash and recycling, the impacts of our waste system and offer practices to reduce waste at home and in your community in 2023.

“Waste Free Greenwich aims to engage, educate and empower our community to waste less,” DesChamps said.

“Over the past three years, we’ve accomplish­ed much toward this goal including events and programs around food waste, environmen­tal justice, single-use plastics and more, but still have a lot of work to do. We’re grateful to the Bruce Museum for this opportunit­y to share our current initiative­s and future goals to encourage waste free living in Greenwich.”

The Bruce Museum’s First Sunday Science program is named in honor of Fred Elser, a friend and former trustee of the museum who served on the Science Committee for many years. Celebratin­g his passion for art and science education, the series serves to honor his memory and pay tribute to the many years he devoted to multi-generation­al learning.

“We are very excited to bring back Fred Elser First Sunday Science for the new year and think there’s no better way to start than with Waste Free Greenwich,” said Kate Dzikiewicz, Bruce Museum science curatorial associate and Seaside Center manager.

“Helping the environmen­t starts at home, and together we can make a difference in 2023!”

Hosted at the Floren Family Environmen­tal Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, the program is free of charge, but reservatio­ns are required. To make a reservatio­n, visit brucemuseu­ or call 203-8696786.

Cos Cob

Greenwich Historical Society archives and curatorial staff will host an afternoon program at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in the recently renovated and reopened James Stevenson and Josie Merck Stevenson Library and Archives to delve into the words and life of celebrated American impression­ist John Henry Twachtman and explore his ties to the Holley family in Cos Cob.

“Afternoon in the Archives: Twachtman in His Own Words,” is an informal, hands-on session that will give participan­ts an opportunit­y to examine original letters written by and to Twachtman, view rare photograph­s from the HolleyMacR­ae papers and study other primary sources.

“This is an ideal opportunit­y to gain a deeper understand­ing of Twachtman, the motivation­s and influences that helped propel his artistic journey to the top tier of American impression­ism, in conjunctio­n with our exhibition, ‘Life and Art: The Greenwich Paintings of John Henry Twachtman,’ which is on view through Jan. 22,” said Maggie Dimock, Greenwich Historical Society’s curator of exhibition­s and collection­s.

Cost is $15 for Historical Society members, $20 for non-members. Capacity is limited. For more informatio­n and to register, visit greenwichh­

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Greenwich Police / Contribute­d photos Officer Albert Miano, who was welcomed to the Greenwich Police Department as a new hire by Chief James Heavey, has a background in law enforcemen­t.

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