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Olympic ice dancer glides into town

September 8, 2018

Scene … Ice dancer Alex Shibutani, who won two bronze medals with his sister Maia at the 2018 Olympics, paid a visit to his old stomping grounds at Brunswick on Thursday, according to a post on his Instagram @AlexShibutani. The former Greenwich resident also enjoyed a to-go order of nuggets from Garden Catering during his stop. Shibutani was in the area to attend the U.S. Open when he took a drive up to town, where he lived as a youngster and first put on a pair of ice skates.

Out there … A crowed of over 100 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony at Veterans Park in downtown Stamford on Wednesday. Gov. Dannel Malloy and Stamford Mayor David Martin, were on hand with members of the city’s General Assembly delegation and dozens of veterans. Stamford resident Patricia Parry, who is credited with starting the project after the death of her son, Chief Petty Officer Brian Bill, in the Middle East in 2011, spoke at the event, which also featured a flag ceremony and a blessing. The goal is to have the multimillion-dollar renovation completed at the long-neglected site by Veterans Day 2019.

In store … Fashion designer Katie Fong is holding a Trunk Show at her boutique on 60 Lewis Street in Greenwich featuring the luxury handbag collection of local designer Janet Gordon. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Out there… Swim Across America along with Greenwich Crew and the Greenwich Water Club will host a charity rowing fundraiser “Meters For A Cure ERG Challenge” for crucial cancer research from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Greenwich Water Club in Cos Cob. Participants will row on indoor rowing machines/ergo meters, competing to accumulate the most meters in 40 minutes. Teams of four will be created, divided by age group, with each participant raising at least $100 for the cause. Old Greenwich resident Nicole Graham, a 21-year-old undergoing treatment for relapsed leukemia, will be the guest speaker. State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, a former rower at Princeton and Riverside resident, will take part in the challenge. Friends of Greenwich Crew board member Marcus Zavattaro will serve as master of ceremonies. It all benefits Swim Across America Fairfield County and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, which is dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research. To register and for more info, go to swimacrossamerica.org/gwc2018.

Scene…Greenwich residents and TV personalities Regis and Joy Philbin were seen having dinner at Mediterraneo in Greenwich on Tuesday night. They were also spotted having dinner with Greenwich residents Judge Judy and Judge Jerry Sheindlin at Valbella in Old Greenwich last weekend.

Out there… The Greenwich Arts Council and the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich are holding a “Get to Know Us” open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 299 Greenwich Ave., featuring signed posters by Christo and vintage Picasso lithographs’ in the Bendheim Gallery. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more info, call 203-862-6754.

And that’s all for now.

Later…

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