Howl & Prowl for Adopt-A-Dog

Costume party in the park on Greenwich Avenue to benefit our local animal shelter.

Photo credit: Anthony J Frisketti, Hearst Connecticut Media Group

Pet Pantry Warehouse is bringing Howl & Prowl back again this weekend after the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. The pet supply retailer was established in Greenwich over 75 years ago and has seven locations throughout Fairfield and Westchester County. Still family-owned and operated, Pet Pantry regularly hosts community-based events and in-store partnerships with local non-profit agencies like the Greenwich United Way. These events help to raise money and awareness for causes that directly impact our communities.

This Sunday, October 24th head over to 290 Greenwich Avenue for FREE pet food samples from over 15 quality pet food vendors, enjoy FREE face painting and pet caricatures and enter a special Halloween costume contest to benefit Adopt-A-Dog, each entry is $20 and goes directly to the pet rescue shelter. The contest winner will receive gift certificates to Pet Pantry totaling $600.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Watch this video to learn more about Adopt-A-Dog! ⬇

Community Concerts of Greenwich

Award-winning New York City jazz pianist and accordionist Ben Rosenblum will perform at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT on Saturday, November 6th at 7 pm with his sextet, the Nebula Project, as part of a concert series presented by the Community Concerts of Greenwich.

The internationally-touring multi-instrumentalist has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Sea of Tranquility), an “impressive talent” (All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Downbeat Magazine). Drawing from an eclectic repertoire that includes selections from the jazz and popular music traditions, as well as global music influences from South America, Eastern Europe, Ireland, and the Caribbean.

Rosenblum combines his modern, melodic sensibility with his broad knowledge of a variety of musical lineages from the past one hundred years. The Nebula Project is celebrating the 2020 release of its album, Kites and Strings. Since the album’s release, The Nebula Project was voted runner-up for Best New Artist in JazzTimes’ 2020 Readers’ Poll, and the album has received positive reviews from over twenty publications, including All About JazzNYC Jazz RecordJazzTimesJazzLife (Japan) and more.

Ben Rosenblum has toured extensively with his trio and sextet throughout the United States, including multiple trips to the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West Coast, as well as internationally in Canada, Europe, and Japan. He was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall’s Stern-Perelman Auditorium – with Reona Ito’s New York Harmonic Band – and has appeared at prestigious venues throughout the world, including at the Appel Room at Lincoln Center, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Ravinia, Himawari-No-Sato Concert Hall in Yokohama, Bird’s Eye in Basel and the Library of Congress.

For tickets, visit https://community-concerts-of-greenwich.square.site/. For more information about Ben Rosenblum, visit his website at www.benrosenblummusic.com. There is also a Facebook event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1316590188795152.

Untapped Territory Features Greenwich, CT

Untapped Territory is a YouTube travel channel that explores America’s most charming and unique small towns. Learn some history, see some beautiful architecture, and discover local attractions. Places mentioned in this video include Greenwich Avenue, Second Congregational Church, Putnam Ave Putnam Cottage, E Putnam Ave Putt’s Hill, Bush-Holley House & Museum, 47 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob Strickland Road Historic District, Feake-Ferris House, Greenwich Point Park, Innis Arden Cottage, 10 Tods Driftway Old barn, 11 Tods Driftway Chimes Building, and Greenwich Point Beach.

They Love Greenwich

by Phil Hall in the October 2021 issue of WAG Magazine

Serial entrepreneur Christian Perry (a choreographer on “Dancing With the Stars”) and real estate broker Danielle Claroni have teamed at Sotheby’s International Realty and launched the “I Love Greenwich” brand.

Christian Perry is a man of significant and diverse talents — a former Merrill Lynch financial adviser, an award-winning choreographer whose credits include the long-running “Dancing With the Stars,” a pilot, a boat captain, a home remodeler and a serial entrepreneur. Real estate broker Danielle Claroni was aware of his skill set when he hired her a few years back to locate property in Greenwich for a home construction project.

“I’ve been building for 15 years,” Perry recalls, “first in California and now out here in Greenwich, Connecticut. Danielle would find me the land, we built our house, Danielle would sell my house and so on and so forth.”

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Perry opted to shift gears and try his hand at becoming a real estate broker — a decision that initially gave Claroni anxiety.

“When he got his license, I was a little taken back,” she says. “I was like, ‘Oh no, here’s some competition.’”

But to Claroni’s surprise, Perry wasn’t interested in elbowing her aside in pursuit. Instead, he was eager to link arms with her to face the pandemic-era real estate market together.

“When he said he wanted to join up, I was so thrilled because we get along really, really well,” she continues.

“I knew that reputation was everything in town,” Perry adds. “Danielle has a great reputation in town and a great scoreboard. So, we partnered up.”

Together, Perry and Claroni — working within the Sotheby’s International Realty environment — developed the “I Love Greenwich” platform and social channels, a community resource that celebrates the town’s vitality as a socioeconomic asset within lower Fairfield County.

“There is so much great stuff here,” Claroni says about Greenwich. “Besides the fact that it’s a beautiful town, we have lots of different beaches, we have parks, we have open space, we have great schools and the people here are great. It’s very cosmopolitan here. We have people from all over the world and everybody can find a niche here.”

“That’s one of the reasons why we spearheaded putting some marketing dollars into this brand: A lot of folks that are moving here don’t know what Greenwich has to offer,” Perry adds. “And the folks that live here still don’t know that Greenwich has so much to offer, so we wanted to be a resource for them.”

Greenwich experienced a new influx of house hunters after the pandemic all but shut down New York City, and Perry noted this urban-to-suburban wave has yet to abate — especially among new parents eager for different surroundings.

“Once they have a child and they realize they’re cooped up with that one child, they want out and are coming to the ’burbs,” he says. “We’re getting a lot of that traffic and seeing a lot of that action.”

Claroni points out that the delays in bringing pandemic-exiled remote workers back to a central workplace have continued to help keep Greenwich’s housing market in the spotlight.

“A lot of companies are still allowing their workers to work from home and that’s more attractive to people coming out to the ’burbs,” she says.

While Greenwich frequently makes the headlines for seven- and eight-digit sales of luxury residences, the town is also home to those of considerably modest incomes.

“There is a lot of Section 8 housing,” Claroni says. “We have several Housing Authority projects here. Many don’t realize that we have quite a few people that live here who are in Section 8 or public housing. You don’t have to be a captain of industry to live here. There’s something for everybody.”

Looking forward, Perry and Claroni are confident the Greenwich housing market will continue to thrive.

“Greenwich is one of those towns that’s a bit recession proof,” Perry says. “There’s always movement here. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there’s a lot of activity.”

“I’m hoping it’s going to continue to grow,” Claroni says, noting the pandemic’s extension via the Delta variant has been somewhat disruptive, particularly in regards to bringing more properties for listing.

“Hopefully, people become less afraid. There are still people that are afraid of letting someone into their homes, which is why we don’t have that much inventory. We hope that as things calm down, we’ll get a little more inventory and we can stop the bottlenecking by having more available to more people.”

Click here to see the original article published by WAG Magazine.

Breakfast with Santa

Town of Greenwich has modified the popular Brunch with Santa program to allow for social distancing. “Breakfast With Santa” will be Sunday, November 28 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. There will be two seatings: from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. and from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Each family will be seated at a separate table. Face masks must be worn by anyone at least two years old, except when seated at your table. Advanced tickets/reservations are required.

Click Here to Register!

As of this posting, the Town of Greenwich requires that all visitors to buildings including, but not limited to, Town Hall, Bendheim Western Civic Center, Eastern Civic Center, the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink, and our community centers, must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.

Click here to view a list of upcoming special events running October through November in the Town of Greenwich!