Artificial Turf or Natural Grass – What is Right for Greenwich?

If you have seen Mark Ruffalo’s disturbing film “Dark Waters,” you may wonder whether the issue of choosing artificial turf over natural grass for Greenwich playing fields has something similarly sinister going on beneath the surface.

If you have seen Mark Ruffalo’s disturbing film “Dark Waters,” you may wonder whether the issue of choosing artificial turf over natural grass for Greenwich playing fields has something similarly sinister going on beneath the surface.

Making the case for the Education SOMR

Education was, and always will be, our #1 priority.

By Janet McMahon, District 8

Like many other families in town, my husband and I CHOSE to buy a home in Greenwich because we wanted to ensure that our children had access to a quality public school education.

GOP To Parents: “Let them eat cake!” — Education CUT by RTM

The members have no sincere desire for further debate on this issue.

Meeting

by Mareta Hamre, RTM District 10, Education Delegate

At the June RTM meeting Monday, the 230 RTM members and many non-members from the public spent hours debating the Sense of the Meeting Resolution about the BET cuts to the Education budget. All but one of the non-RTM members spoke against the cuts, reflecting the public outcry that has occurred in a petition (signed by roughly 3000 people), a drive-by protest at town hall, and hundreds of emails to RTM members.

Our Twin Trash Problem

With trash-burning plants and landfills at capacity, Connecticut needs to find a solution to its waste problem.

We can fix this. It’s not that difficult to do. You would be shocked at how much less garbage you generate if you participate in programs like food scrap recycling or eliminate single-use disposable items from your household.

Greenwich has a twin trash problem. One is a fiscal problem — how to come up with roughly $1MM annually to pay for the increased cost of recycling. The other is a capacity problem — how to reduce the volume of trash because Connecticut is running out of space for it.

Is My Christianity a Conflict of Interest for Serving in Town Government?

An elected member of the Town government asked if I should be denied re-appointment to my position because of my religion.

At a February meeting of the RTM Appointments Committee, as I was being interviewed to be re-appointed to the Labor Contracts Committee, I was asked whether my religious activity was a conflict of interest.

Growing Old Ungracefully in Greenwich

The state of dedicated senior facilities, which do an amazing job considering the lack of financial resources, is distressing.

By Phyllis Alexander

We followed our children and grandchildren here in search of an idyllic retirement, new friends and a community we could finally have time to enjoy. Delighted by free senior citizen beach and tennis passes, an overwhelming array of activities and a center dedicated to seniors, we thought we had found the perfect spot!

ReUse Revolution in Public Schools

There is a better solution – a reusable ware system!

For over a decade, students, parents and community leaders have advocated for a sustainable alternative to Styrofoam trays. While the Board of Ed finally eliminated toxic styrofoam from school cafeterias, student lunches are now served on single-use, disposable molded fiber trays. These wares are expensive, wasteful and pedagogically dishonest and may put our children’s health at risk. There is a better solution – a reusable ware system!

Waste Disposal and Environmental Racism

The first step in overcoming systemic racism is recognizing our share in it.

The recent outpouring of anger about systemic racism triggered by police brutality requires us to ask, could we be unknowingly contributing to that problem? Could we be part of the system of institutional racism by the small act of tossing something in the trash?

What Infrastructure Problem?

Getting around town is so easy!

By Joanna Swomley, District 10

Why is there no traffic plan in Greenwich? Why are the traffic lights not synced? Why does it take so long to go from one end of town to the other, much less even short distances in Greenwich? And, on the other hand, why is speeding such a problem in other areas?