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New polling places; teen scholarship; playground parking lot closure


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Polling places will be open in town Tuesday for Connecticut’s primary elections. The town’s Registrar of Voters Department is urging residents to check their polling places because there are some changes this year.

For the primary election, District 3 will vote in Hamilton Avenue School’s cafeteria; District 7 and 7A in Greenwich Library’s lower level; District 8 in Cos Cob School’s gym; and District 11 and 11A in Parkway School’s cafeteria.

The changes, which are only for the primary election, were made necessary because of school construction projects that are underway to get the buildings ready for the new scholastic year.

All other polling places will remain the same. District 1 and 1A are voting at Julian Curtiss School; District 2 at Town Hall; District 4 and 4A at New Lebanon School; District 5 and 5A at Riverside School; District 6 and 6A at Old Greenwich School; District 9 at Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center; District 10 at Glenville School; and District 12 at North Mianus School.

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Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

All registered voters eligible for the primaries were sent a postcard indicating their voting districts. Questions about voter registration statuses can be found at www.greenwichct.gov/1191/Voter-Information-Lookup.

Only voters registered as Republicans or Democrats are eligible to vote in their respective primaries. Unaffiliated voters, which constitutes Greenwich’s largest voting bloc, are not allowed to vote.

Residents can vote in person or by absentee ballot. but all absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. Tuesday. No ballots that are received after will be counted.

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Voters can request and fill out an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk. There are drop boxes for absentee ballots outside Town Hall by the parking garage, inside Town Hall’s lobby and in the lobby of the Public Safety Complex.

Three Greenwich residents are running in the primaries. For Republicans, Leora Levy is seeking the nomination for U.S. Senate against former state Rep. Themis Klarides and Peter Lumaj. Michael Goldstein is running in a primary for the 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives against former Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.

For the Democrats, town resident Dita Bhargava is running in a primary for state treasurer against New Haven attorney Erick Russell and New Haven public housing head Karen Dubois-Walton.

Downtown

The parking lot near Bruce Park playground will be temporarily closed so road improvements can be completed.

According to the Department of Public Works, access to the parking lot was closed on Aug. 5 and will continue to Aug. 19 for paving and curbing improvements in the area.

The playground, which the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation said is “one of the most popular destinations in Greenwich for families with children,” will remain open and available for people to use.

DPW said the lower parking lot should be open for people to use.

Downtown

A longtime member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich recently was honored with a scholarship for her work trying to end bullying.

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Saskia Phillips, a club member and town resident, received a $5,000 scholarship from Planet Fitness in its Judgment Free Generation program.

“I hope to create a widespread anti-bullying campaign, so people know they are never alone,” she said.

Phillips joined the club as a 9-year-old when she moved to Greenwich from England. She now works as both a camp counselor and a part-time staff member.

A 2022 graduate of Greenwich High School, she will be attending the University of Miami this fall and said she plans to major in political science with the hope of working in government.

“I want to improve the world and promote legislation that prioritizes the mental health of children,” she said. “With the Boys & Girls Club by my side for so many years, I have always been fortunate enough to have a strong community of kindness, and I hope to make that possible for everyone.”

Planet Fitness gave $5,000 scholarships to 50 teens who “model the judgment free, pro-kindness and anti-bullying values for which Planet Fitness and Boys and Girls Clubs of America collectively stand.”

“While many scholarships take into consideration only academics and/or athletics, this scholarship, part of Planet Fitness’ Judgment Free Generation initiative, focuses on acceptance and is awarded to those students that are passionate about spreading kindness and stopping bullying,” Planet Fitness said i a statement.

Phillips’ accomplishment was celebrated by the club.

“Saskia is an incredible role model to the younger club members and campers that she works with,” said Don Palmer, the club’s vice president of programs and youth development. “She makes all the kids feel welcome and cared for each day they are at the clubhouse.”

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Central Greenwich

The YMCA of Greenwich at 50 E. Putnam Ave. will host a free community event for students in middle school and high school from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The free event is the third in a series of creating opportunities for positive engagement for Greenwich teens.

About 75 youth attended previous events hosted by Arch Street Teen Center and Greenwich United Way. The Y expects up to 100 youth participants on Friday.

The evening will include open swim, a three-on-three basketball tournament, a membership raffle, games, prizes, music and pizza. Youth development professionals, life guards and community volunteers will be on hand to ensure the safety of participants.

The event is co-sponsored by Kids-In-Crisis, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Department of Human Services, Greenwich Youth Services Bureau, Family Centers, the Greenwich Police Department, Community Centers Inc, United Way of Greenwich, Arch Street Teen Center and Greenwich Together.

“This partnership complements the Y’s mission to bring and strengthen the community through programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body. Greenwich families benefit when we come together to support them,” YMCA CEO Matthew Skaarup said.

Parents are required to complete waivers for youth participation. For more information, visit www.greenwichymca.org.

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