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Parking at Greenwich Library is about to become a lot more difficult.
The library at 101 West Putnam Ave. has plans to repave its heavily used lot.
Work is slated to begin on or around April 27, and will be done in stages to disrupt library patrons as little possible.
Calling the resurfacing “long overdue,” Greenwich Library Deputy Director Joseph Williams said the first phase of the project — putting in new curbs and sidewalks — is expected to take six to eight weeks. About 20 spots at a time will be taken away during the resurfacing.
“At the times when we have major programs going on we will have the Greenwich Police Department there to direct traffic,” Williams said. “We’re going to keep the lot as organized as possible for our patrons and the community as a whole.”
Because of the work, pedestrian entry points to the library, including for handicap and stroller accessibility, will be rerouted.
Typically when spaces are not available, people are asked to park at the metered spaces along the Post Road, Greenwich Avenue or the nearby municipal lot on Benedict Place.
“We’re going to see how it goes,” Williams said.
Safety bollards — barriers to prevent a car from driving onto the sidewalk — will also be installed. The second phase, the actual repaving, will be done later in the summer when the library is less busy, he said.
Williams estimated that the last time the parking lot was resurfaced was in the late 1990s when the library’s Peterson Wing was first opened.
The project is budgeted between $200,000 and $250,000 as a town-financed capital improvement project and part of the library’s 15-year plan. The library is funded both by the town and private money raised through groups like Friends of Greenwich Library.
Residents from the stretch of town covering Riversville Road to Lake Avenue and from Winding Lane to Greenwich’s border with New York want a stop sign at what they describe as a dangerous intersection.
Keith Felcyn, co-president of The Round Hill Association, sent a letter to the Greenwich Police Department, town Department of Public Works and First Selectman Peter Tesei calling for a 4-way stop sign at the intersection of Round Hill Road and Old Mill Road. Felcyn said he sent the letter on behalf of the 1,100 households within the association’s boundaries.
“The problem at the intersection is not limited to speeding cars, trucks and bicycles, although they certainly are contributing factors to a dangerous situation,” Felcyn said.
“There is a visibility issue for vehicles entering Round Hill Road from Old Mill West, which is the exit for visitors to the Land Trust, and an even worse visibility issue for vehicles attempting to pull out onto Round Hill Road after parking in front of the Round Hill Road after parking in front of the Round Hill Store,” Felcyn said. “And there is a school bus stop at the intersection.”
Felcyn said the proposal has the support of the Round Hill Community Church’s Board of Trustees and the Round Hill Fire Department.
Having a four-way stop sign, Felcyn claimed, would also reduce speeding in the area, which he called “the proverbial accident waiting to happen.”
Deputy Commissioner of Public Works Jim Michel said the process can take two months or so to obtain all necessary data and information. First Selectman Peter Tesei said the town was reviewing the request as well as a GPD traffic report.
A neighborhood institution is coming back…at least for a one-night celebration and tribute, courtesy of the St. Lawrence Society, 86 Valley Road.
On May 5, the club will host a Remember Fonda La Paloma night with the Society’s menu filled with items once featured on the Mexican restaurant’s menu: ceviche, nachos, chips and salsa, carnitas de Puerco, chicken fajitas, rice and beans and more. There will be drink specials, including margaritas, and live entertainment at the club starting at 6:30 p.m.
Fonda La Paloma at 531 E. Putnam Ave. — now the home of the Little Pub — was a popular Greenwich restaurant for several decades before closing in 2014.
“Everybody likes to remember the past and remember what good times they had,” Tod Laudonia, St. Lawrence Society president, said. “We want everyone in the community to be able to come here and have a good time.”
In recent years, St. Lawrence has expanded its mission to more of a community organization than a private club, attracting people from all over town for social gatherings and celebrations. Theme nights have proven to be very popular, Laudonia said.
The club has held tributes to both Manero’s and The Clam Box.
Harkening back to Fonda La Paloma was a natural, Laudonia said. One of the restaurant’s former chef works for the club part-time and town resident Jimmy Capparelle, whose family owned the restaurant, is one of the St. Lawrence Society’s officers.
More information is online at http://www.stlawrencesociety.com/events. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids. Club members get a free drink.
The ninth annual Stand Against Racism event is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Town Hall, a joint effort between the town and Greenwich YWCA.
This year’s theme is Women of Color Leading Change and will feature Susan Toliver, a professor of sociology at Iona College, as the keynote speaker.
First Selectman Peter Tesei, Interim Superintendent of Schools Sal Corda and town resident Dorothy Nins, CEO of The Higher Ground, will all be in attendance. The First Baptist Church Choir will provide live music. Two Greenwich High School students, will be given the YWCA’s racial justice scholarship.
The annual celebration of diversity is one of YWCA Greenwich’s signature events. Its goal is to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in local communities. This event is part of a national YWCA strategy.
“Eliminating racism and empowering women is our mission,” YWCA Greenwich President and CEO Mary Lee Kiernan said. “This year, we have 70 local partners who are standing with us. It’s critical to have this support from our residents, local businesses and town government to eliminate all forms of racism.”