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Support growing for northwest fire house

November 29, 2018

Those from the Northwest Greenwich Association have spent more than 14 years trying to arrange for a fire house in northwest Greenwich. It seems that hopefully, thanks to support by the Northwest Greenwich Association, the Round Hill Association and many others, it will be in the first selectman’s proposed 2019-20 budget plan.

That budget must be approved by the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and then by the Representative Town Meeting next May.

In September, by a vote of 126 to 55, the RTM passed a resolution asking the first selectman and the Board of Estimate and Taxation to take up the building of a fire house in northwest Greenwich. They want to determine the location, the capital and the ongoing operating costs.

It has been pointed out that for years, fire stations have needed 10 minutes or more to reach parts of backcountry Greenwich. This is obviously dreadful, yet efforts to build a station in northwest Greenwich have been defeated by the RTM in recent years. As far as I can tell, the RTM has been against the proposal since the beginning. I wonder why? I suppose it’s because it has not been the least bit popular with the rest of the town. So long as their part of town was well taken care of.

Well, given “the time of year,” holiday presents are extremely a la mode. It just so happens that while reading an article in the Historical Society Program, one can take care of some Christmas shopping.

There is a new museum store, which as they say, will “wow” you. The store is inspired by the art and gardens of the Bush-Holley House — from Colonial times to the art colony.

Discover museum gifts and reproductions, including jewelry, apparel, decorative items, garden accessories, and a fabulous selection of books and greeting cards. There are children’s games, stuffed animals and educational toys. There is a full complement of Greenwich-centric items. Enjoy a bite at the artist’s café, including tea, while shopping. What a fine day, shopping, lunching and viewing the displays at the Greenwich Historical Society, with its much improved parking. Hooray!

The big news from St. Barnabas Church is that on Sunday, Dec. 9, it will host Bach! Christmas in Leipzig Cantata No. 36 in a Vesper setting, and the St. Barnabas choir with Michael Roush as the conductor.

The Sunday afternoon concerts are a popular item on the church’s calendar, and it makes a fine way to pass the afternoon, with all proceeds going to the St. Barnabas Mission and Outreach programs.

A note from the Greenwich Preservation Trust: The Heritage Speaker Series tells us that Christopher Wigren, an architectural historian, will be speaking on Connecticut architecture. He is deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, which was established in 1975 to protect and promote the buildings, sites, structures and landscapes that contribute to the heritage and vitality of the state’s communities.

For those who are interested in architecture, such as your scribe, the lecture will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. There will be a book signing and sale after the lecture.

Again, many thanks for your calls and cards. They were appreciated.

Greenwich native Norma Bartol, a former Greenwich Time reporter and columnist, lives in the backcountry.

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