Howard Stern sidekick acclimates to civic service
Board of Parks and Recreation member Gary Dell'Abate at Binney Park in Old Greenwich, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Dell'Abate's day job as the producer of controversial "Howard Stern Show" made for a turbulent confirmation process last year by the RTM for the volunteer position. Photo: Bob Luckey / Greenwich Time | Buy This Photo
To the Editor:
The Board of the Old Greenwich Association
The railway bridge on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Metro-North Railroad has slated this bridge and the one on Tomac Avenue to be replaced. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time | Buy This Photo
Century-old bridges in Old Greenwich to be replaced
The Sound Beach and Tomac avenue bridges in Old Greenwich have borne the weight of untold thousands of trains and many more commuters over the last 100-plus years.
But starting next year, the state will undertake a massive, four-year construction project to replace both railroad bridges, at an estimated cost of $30 million to $40 million.
The Sound Beach and Tomac avenue bridges in Old Greenwich have borne the weight of untold thousands of trains and many more commuters over the last 100-plus years.And it shows. With patches of crumbling concrete, rusting metal and peeling paint, age has crept up on the sturdy structures.But starting next year, the state will undertake a massive, four-year construction project to replace both railroad bridges, at an estimated cost of $30 million to $40 million.
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Replacement of Trees in Old Greenwich
The Old Greenwich Association lent its support to the Old Greenwich Merchants Association in lobbying the Town to replace selected trees on Sound Beach Avenue with ones that would provide increased shade, better sight lines and a more "New Englandy" feel. Over 300 local residents signed a petition supporting this measure. However, there were many others who disagreed, and a public hearing was held on the matter. All sides were well represented and eloquent in making their points, and after several days of consideration, Town of Greenwich Tree Warden Bruce Spaman has decided to begin a plan of pruning and maintenance, and not to remove any trees at this time.
In addition to this hearing drawing attention to the needs of the downtown village trees, one of the best things to come up was the call for more study to look into what else could be done to beautify the area. Now the ball is rolling, and at this moment there are individuals and groups planning to organize and look into trees, plantings, benches, signage and more in order to make Old Greenwich an even more attractive place to live, work and shop. If you want to read more about this, the official decision from Mr. Spaman is posted below. As always, if anyone has any questions or wants to volunteer to help, please contact us here at the OGA.
Old photo showing shade trees before they were diseased and replaced