The annual Glenbrook Fire Department tree lighting was enjoyed by attendees of all ages. This year, Santa made a grand entrance, arriving in a mock helicopter. Children from Activities for Kids performed holiday songs, and GNA volunteers served hot chocolate. A good time was had by all.
The October GNA cleanup was a hugh success. We were joined by over 30 volunteers who helped to empty the planters along Glenbrook Road and Crescent Street, collect debris at the Courtland overpass, Puritan Lane and the Stark School playground area, and weeded the Liberty Garden and Hope Street/Glenbrook Road triangle at St. Basil Seminary. A pair of volunteers collected stray grocery carts from the neighborhood and brought them to the train station. After State Rep Dan Fox spent time picking up litter, he helped Eduardo Caceres (GNA business member "Mr. C" of Mr. C's Fix-Up Shop) load the carts into his van to return them to Grade A Market. A dumpster and paper shredding bins were available for use by Glenbrook neighborhood residents. Special thank you to Donut Delight and Hot Tin Roof Hair for supplying the refreshments.
Mayor Pavia presented his State of the City report to GNA members and Glenbrook residents. Over fifty people were in attendance. The mayor addressed some of the Glenbrook issues that GNA submitted to him over the summer and answered questions submitted by the meeting attendees. Also participating from the Mayor's administration were Director of Operations, Ernie Orgera, Director of Administration, Mike Handler and Director of Health & Social Services, Anne Fountain. The evening ended with attendees enjoying delicious food provided by Enzo's Italian Fine Foods and Grade A Market.
The agenda included updates since the June meeting and recent community-related news and developments. Attendees were introduced to new business members, Chris Patel, owner of Crazy Grapes and Phil Balestriere, owner of Clambake Connection, candidates running for office in the Nov. 6th election, and to the new Julia A. Stark School Assistant Principal, Edith Presley. The program for the evening was a presentation on transportation planning by Celeste Johnson, and Josh Lecar of People Friendly Stamford, whose mission is to make Stamford a more inviting, livable city that's friendly for people to bicycle and walk. Special thank you to Grade A Market and Hot Tin Roof Hair for donating the refreshments for the evening.
Agenda topics included a review of recent GNA accomplishments, new developments, business member introductions and updates from elected officials. Phil Steinberg, from East Side Partnership, discussed the proposed East Main train station. Jackie Kaufman, Esq., Sandak Hennessey & Greco, LLP and AJ Barbato, representing site developer, Gershman Brown Crowley, Inc. presented the proposed site plans for the CVS, Hope Street location. Lastly, panelists Maria Teresa Criscuolo, Owner, Nick's Pizza/Bacco, Mark Bonasera, Principal, Julia A. Stark Elementary School and Bryan Lentini, Pharmacist/Owner of Hope Street Pharmacy and Pharmacy Director, Jennifer Cornwall, provided their own personal insights around "what does community mean in Glenbrook?" Special thank you to Grade A Market for donating the 06906 cake.
The event made a big difference in Glenbrook, thanks to the many neighborhood volunteers and GNA board members who participated. Volunteers from every age category helped to make this day a huge success. Special thank you to our co-sponsors, Designs by Lee, Hot Tin Roof Hair, Helen's Luncheonette, City Carting & Recycling, Grade A Market, Donut Delight, Karp's Hardware and Union Memorial Church.
Agenda topics included a presentation for Crescent Street improvements hosted by architect and GNA board member Kristine D'Elisa with City of Stamford panelist Lou Casolo (City Engineer), and Todd Dumais (Associate Planner in Land Use). Special thank you to Luciano and Anna Magliulo of Piatto Osteria Restaurant on Hope Street for providing the food tastings, and Hot Tin Roof Hair for donating the bottled water.
Agenda topics included a panel discussion on Glenbrook real estate, featuring residential sales associate, Linnea McManus, commercial real estate broker, Bob Miller and real estate attorney, David Lasnick.
Erica Schietinger, V.P. Corp. Communications/Neighborhood Relations, Chelsea Piers, and Phil Steinberg, Exec. Director, East Side Partnership, spoke about how Chelsea Piers and NBC Sports could bring economic development to Glenbrook.
Special thank you to Tandoor Village Indian Restaurant and Grade A Market for providing the after-meeting refreshments.