Greenwich celebrates Bastille Day, new Cos Cob restaurant makes an impact, and more

A group of 50 satisfied revelers collected on Thursday at Town Corridor for the yearly observance of Bastille Day and a celebration of France.

The French flag was raised at the ceremony, followed by a early morning reception at Bistro V on Greenwich Avenue and meal at L’Escale on Steamboat Highway. The multipart celebration was set collectively by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich.

“Bastille Day is a day the place we rejoice French values.” Jérémie Robert, the French counsel common stationed in New York Town, stated at the flag-increasing. “They are liberty, equality and fraternity. These values are shared by our American allies. We founded our international locations on the plan of liberty and democracy and these values have to be defended each individual day mainly because in the planet right now there are a good deal of troubles.”

Wanting out at the crowd, Robert claimed it was “wonderful to see so quite a few members of the French-speaking neighborhood and buddies of France all collected here.”

To start with Selectman Fred Camillo study a proclamation for Bastille Working day and paid out tribute to Greenwich’s French-American group. He also spoke about the partnership in between France and the United States, which dates back to the American Revolution.

“It has stood the examination of time,” Camillo claimed. “We stood alongside one another in two earth wars and was symbolized by the immortal terms of an American soldier in Planet War I when he reported, ‘Lafayette we are here’.”

The French flag was lifted by 18-month-previous Nika Blech of Greenwich, assisted by her grandfather, Le Penguin operator Antoine Blech, as very well as her dad and mom, Adrien and Kate Blech.

To close out the event, City Ambassador at Substantial Bea Crumbine led all people in singing “La Marseillaise,” adopted by city resident Robert Genna major the group in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


With the annual St. Roch’s Feast just weeks absent, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to near St. Roch Avenue to website traffic each working day of the occasion from 6 to 11 p.m.

The feast will be held from Aug. 10 through Aug. 13 in entrance of St. Roch’s Church. Greenwich law enforcement officers will be on hand to immediate visitors.

There was no doubt the selectmen would approve the product — as common. It took mere minutes at Thursday’s assembly, with Initially Selectman Fed Camillo expressing they are “very familiar” with the feast and are looking ahead to it, specially to the pizza fritta.

“We’ve performed this (closure) before and it is never ever been an challenge,” mentioned Camillo, who before the conference experienced issued a statement clarifying his sights on the celebration.

The feast’s organizers have for decades sought authorization to use the field at Hamilton Avenue College, which is across the street from the church. But they have been not able to forge an agreement with the faculty district to put carnival rides on the discipline.

The church has not made use of the industry because the completion of university renovations 2009. The university board has been unwilling to enable use of the fields due to the body weight of the devices. Camillo stated in his assertion, “We will have to respect their conclusion and the good relationship concerning the BOE and the church.”

Camillo mentioned the town’s aid for the feast is potent and he hoped the district and the church could come across a resolution for following 12 months.

“The town’s help of the church dates again for decades and much more lately when the COVID pandemic threatened to terminate the occasion entirely,” Camillo mentioned. “In 2020, my place of work worked with Paul Cappiali and the feast committee to facilitate a scaled-down version of the feast in the center of the pandemic when no other parish in the point out held one particular.

“Because of the safeguards initiated then, the feast was not a super-spreader of the virus and was a historic good results for the time-time period in which it was held.”

Cos Cob

When Ben Pote opened Wildacre Rotisserie, his new hen restaurant in Cos Cob, he desired to join to the neighborhood and make relationships with regional nonprofits.

For Wildacre’s opening on June 23, Pote pledged to donate the 1st day’s revenue to Neighbor to Neighbor, which operates a local foodstuff pantry. This previous Tuesday, Pote introduced a check for individuals proceeds, which arrived to a overall of $3,971, to Neighbor to Neighbor’s Executive Director Margaret Tjimos Goldberg.

“When we conceptualized this cafe we needed to have sturdy interactions with area charities,” Pote said. “Asking about, Neighbor to Neighbor was one particular of the 1st ones that men and women talked about. I chilly-referred to as Neighbor to Neighbor. … We wished this to be a spot tied into the neighborhood and the area neighborhood. We are so dependent on the neighborhood for our business and that relationship started off 6 months before we even opened. It is rooted in our mission of seeking to nourish the local community.”

Goldberg reported that type of support is critical after demand for the nonprofit’s foods products and services grew for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will need this pretty strong, optimistic engagement. Seem at the small business design that Ben has instituted below in giving again to the community,” she said. “It’s crucial to the essence of who they are and what they want to do in the community. … It raises all of us to a degree of engagement and thoughtfulness.”

Pote also donated unsold food items following that to start with working day to Neighbor to Neighbor to distribute to their purchasers.

“We required to be able to feed persons appropriate absent,” he stated. “We knew we were likely to begin with a ton of foods still left around. That’s the character of the beast for cafe openings. You’re producing a good deal of food items to train on and you finish up however putting a good deal of it in the bin or use for composting. … We understood it would be so a great deal much better if we could put that food stuff into people’s mouths.”

Wildacre is found at 147 E. Putnam Ave. in Cos Cob at the previous Starbucks place.


Greenwich teenagers can look at out the Regular Joes versus Globogym in an epic dodgeball showdown at the out of doors Teen Motion picture Night, courtesy of the Greenwich United Way.

The nonprofit will display “Dodgeball: A Accurate Underdog Story” from 7 to 10 p.m. July 23 in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. A absolutely free ice product truck will be on hand as perfectly as a food items truck. Attendees are encouraged to provide alongside garden chairs or blankets.

The motion picture, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn along with various hilarious cameos, has designed a cult next considering that its launch in 2004. It is rated PG-13.

The motion picture was preferred off a listing by the young children, Greenwich United Way CEO David Rabin mentioned.

“The Greenwich United Way, in partnership with a number of city companies, which includes the GPD, jumped at the opportunity to give teens a exciting, constructive function,” Rabin stated. “Social and psychological discovering is a important aspect of youth improvement, and motion picture night will convey the teenagers jointly at a time when they have to have it the most.”

Registration is required for the no cost event at picture-night time/. The function is for Greenwich teenagers ages 13 to 18.