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The Greenwich Greens have been honored for their excellence as a memory care assisted living community by receiving Purple Flag accreditation, awarded by the Connecticut Association Living Association and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“The Greenwich Greens have shown extraordinary commitment in their successful bid for Purple Flag accreditation,” CALA President Christopher Carter said in a statement.

The private assisted living facility at 1155 King Street has been granted accreditation for meeting requirements for dementia care.


Maria Scaros, executive director of the Greens in Greenwich, said they were “proud to be recognized as a purple flag community”.

“We have been passionate about providing excellence in memory care through creative and unique programs, ongoing staff education and training, and strong relationships with residents and their families,” Scaros said. “Our creative arts therapy program continues to be at the heart of our best practices. It is a great honor to be identified as a leader in the field of memory care.

The Purple Flag program was launched in 2019 and The Greens at Greenwich is only the fifth recipient. Accreditation means the facility “joins a growing number of provider organizations that embrace best practices and strive for excellence in the field of memory care.”

As part of the accreditation process, an in-depth audit of the establishment was carried out in collaboration with CALA and the Institute for Senior Living Education. The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association played an advisory role during the process.

Downtown

A prominent member of Congress will take part in an AuthorsLive event at the Greenwich Library and discuss his new book about dealing with immense personal tragedy at a time of great professional stress.

U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin, DMd., will be interviewed by New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall at the free event at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the New Berkley Theater at the Greenwich Library.

The two will discuss themes from his new book, ‘Unthinkable’, which he wrote after his only son, Tommy, died by suicide on December 31, 2020.

Immediately after this tragedy, Jame Raskin returned to Congress on January 6, 2021 to certify the Electoral College count in the 2020 presidential election. It was the day of the riot in the US Capitol, where insurgents broke into to try to prevent certification of Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump.

Raskin later served as the lead impeachment officer for Trump’s second impeachment and is now a member of the Jan. 6 Attack Select Committee, which is investigating the incident.

The book is about the grief he and his family have endured since the death of Tommy Raskin and what it was like to be inside the Capitol on January 6 when the violence erupted. The book promises to include “never-before-told stories of how close we came to losing our democracy on that fateful day.”

Raskin will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase through Diane’s Books.

The free in-person event will also be streamed live. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged at greenwichlibrary.libcal.com/calendar/events/jamieraskin. All participants must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours.

Cos Cob

Art lovers are invited to a special curator’s lecture and gallery tour at the Greenwich Historical Society on “The Red Mill, Cos Cob”, a painting by legendary impressionist artist Childe Hassam.

The Greenwich Historical Society added the remarkable painting to its collection in 2020, and “The Red Mill” will be displayed in the permanent collections gallery in February.

The talk and 40-minute gallery tour will take place at noon on February 23.

The talk, titled ‘Cos Cob’s Lower Landing Through the Eyes of Artists’, ‘will illustrate the significance of the painting and the riverside landscape it captured, once a favorite subject of renowned Impressionists,’ according to the historical society. .

Hassan is considered a pioneer of American Impressionist painting. This work was painted in 1896 during what is believed to be the first of many visits he made to what was then the Holley Boarding House. It is known today as Bush-Holley House and is part of the campus of the Greenwich Historical Society.

The painting is a depiction of the 19th century Palmer and Duff shipyard, once located at Palmer Point.

“This striking painting by Hassam gives viewers direct and specific insight into the importance of Cos Cob in the development of American Impressionism and its relationship to the now defunct business district of the riverside community of Cos Cob, the Lower Landing,” said Maggie Dimock, curator of exhibitions and collections.

“Its installation in our Permanent Collections Gallery is a fitting start to the Greenwich Historical Society’s 90th anniversary year, in which we aim to instill a strong sense of place and pride in the rich history from Greenwich,” she said.

Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, which includes entry to the museum and galleries.

Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended at greenwichhistory.org/event/curators-gallery-talk-cos-cobs-lower-landing-through-artists-eyes/.

Cos Cob

Garden fans can join a virtual talk hosted by the Greenwich Botanical Center to learn more about the past, present and future of nearby Untermyer Gardens.

The virtual event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on February 2, with Timothy Tilghman, horticulturist and head gardener of Untermyer Gardens, a public park and garden in Yonkers, NY

In 1899, Samuel Untermyer purchased what was then known as the Greystone Estate and transformed its gardens and greenhouses into what the Greenwich Botanical Center called “some of the most famous gardens in America”.

The gardens, which were designed by Beaux-Arts architect William Welles Bosworth around 1915, spanned 150 acres overlooking the Hudson River. Tilghman will speak about the restoration of 43 acres and how Untermyer Gardens Conservancy takes care of the site.

The presentation will include a virtual tour of historic restorations, a discussion of upcoming restorations, and plans for future exhibits inside the garden.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://greenwichbotanicalcenter.org/product/untermyer-gardens-past-present-and-future/. Once a ticket is purchased, instructions on how to view the event will be sent.

The Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation and the arts.

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