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Greenwich, A Town For All Seasons with Jeffrey Bingham Mead

Greenwich, A Town For All Seasons with Jeffrey Bingham Mead Welcome! Greenwich, A Town For All Seasons with Jeffrey Bingham Mead is a podcast focusing on the 380-plus year history of the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut USA, one of America's most notable communities.

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Photos from Greenwich Historical Society's post
02/11/2022

Photos from Greenwich Historical Society's post

https://greenwichfreepress.com/news/government/greenwich-pz-watch-desegregate-ct-seeks-to-make-single-family-zoning-a-th...
01/31/2022
Greenwich P&Z Watch: DeSegregate CT Seeks to Make Single Family Zoning a Thing of the Past

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Katie DeLuca, Margarita Alban and P&Z commissioners warned the RTM Land Use committee that in addition to DeSegregate CT's efforts to eliminate single family zoning and large lots, there is proposed legislation that goes so far as to require towns provide sewers or multi-family septic systems for 2,...

It's been a busy Year 2022 for me so far -so busy that I forgot to post the 7th of January 2022 episode of The Greenwich...
01/17/2022
Let's Talk About Col. Bolling's Memorial Dedication, A Stolen Safe, Renovations at the Old Town Hall, the 1896 Chimes Building and More!

It's been a busy Year 2022 for me so far -so busy that I forgot to post the 7th of January 2022 episode of The Greenwich, A Town For All Seasons Show Podcast with Jeffrey Bingham Mead (Yes that's me). Here it is!

Located in front of the Havemeyer Building at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and Arch Street, the Colonel Raynal C. Bolling War Memorial was dedicated a century ago this week. Bolling was the first high ranking officer of the United States Army to be killed in combat in the First World War in 1918. You'll learn about the formal dedication of the memorial that was attended by the public and by dignitaries.

In 1905, Brookline, Massachusetts was proclaimed the richest town per capita in the world -or was it? Those in Greenwich, Connecticut did not quite agree -and you'll hear how and why.

As our New Year 2022 unfolds, you'll hear about when one-hundred years ago Greenwich's Italian societies held a dance at the "Old" Greenwich Town Hall, and how the ladies of the Putnam Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a reception at Putnam Cottage.

It's an imperfect world, as I am prone to saying. Crime was a problem throughout Greenwich's history as we pause to observe the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Greenwich Police department.

One-hundred years ago a safe belonging to Commodore Frank S. Hastings -formerly a resident of Indian Harbor- was stolen from his home. Hastings was the personal secretary of Commodore E.C. Benedict. Who was arrested? What was inside? Where was it found?

The Friends of the Greenwich Senior Center -located in the Old Town Hall on Greenwich Avenue- have much to celebrate. The Center was awarded $300,000 towards building renovations -a process that has yielded some interesting architectural features.

The circa 1896 Chimes Building on Greenwich Point is one of the town's most beloved, and one of the most beautiful and unique on the Connecticut shoreline. The Greenwich Point Conservancy has much to celebrate, announcing the building's upcoming restoration.

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https://greenwichfreepress.com/news/government/with-an-eye-to-protection-hdc-to-study-bruce-park-local-historic-property...
01/16/2022
With an Eye to Protection, HDC to Study Bruce Park “Local Historic Property” Designation

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If the park is designated a Historic Property, when changes are proposed – like the Eversource footbridge or moving Parks & Rec's shed from the harbor to the Mosquito barn – a certificate of appropriateness would be required.

Photos from Greenwich Historical Society's post
01/10/2022

Photos from Greenwich Historical Society's post

http://greenwichatownforallseasons.blogspot.com/2021/12/out-with-old-and-in-with-new-its-new.htmlHappy New Year's Eve 20...
12/31/2021
Out with the Old and In with the New: It's New Year's Eve 2021!

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Happy New Year's Eve 2021! My final podcast episode is freely available to one and all now.

This podcast is made possible by Peter F. Alexander of Site Design Associates; the Long Island Sound Institute (LISI), the Ambassador Museum United States of America, and listeners like you everywhere! Jeffrey Matthews Wealth Management joins us today to wish you Happy New Year!

From me and my family to you and yours, warmest wishes and cheers to new beginnings as Year 2022 fast approaches.

My name is Jeffrey Bingham Mead. I’m a direct descendant of the 17th century Founders of Greenwich, Connecticut -one of America’s most interesting and extraordinary communities.

Whether your roots go back nearly 400 years -or even 400 seconds, we welcome you with open arms. You are a part of our history -congratulations!

With one foot in the past and the other in the present we can look forward together to an extraordinary future in one of America’s most notable and dynamic communities.

Join us each week as we celebrate and embrace an evolving understanding of our history and Greenwich’s people, landscapes, culture, events and much more.

Seasons change. Years come and go, but our community grows stronger. It’s another chance to start again.

I lift my glass to all of you, feeling a special sense of gratitude for your interest and commitment to supporting this show and all of our efforts to preserve now and for the future the special history and culture of the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.

There’s a unique magic about this time of the year. I wish you a successful fresh start with a sense of love, peace for bold, new and memorable adventures. Dream big!

COMING UP ON TODAY’S SHOW

What are pushmobiles? In 1911 a special type of fun was on hand with Pushmobiles rushing down the hill on Milbank Avenue.

In one of my previous shows, you heard about an inquiry I received from Herbie and Missy Farquhar of Banksville Lawn Equipment. They asked about a place called Piping Brook Farm owned by Percy D. Elliot of New York, and to Richard Aston Elliot. The farm -which included parts of Stamford, Greenwich and North Castle, New York, was between 400 - 500 acres. Go to this link. And, also go to this one.

I asked for your assistance -and for his efforts in solving this mystery, Mr. Konstantine Wells was the first to respond, and won a $20 Coffee For Good gift certificate.

You can win one, too. Be assured that I will be asking for your help with inquiries such as this one.

I’ll share with you how the people of Greenwich, Connecticut celebrated New Year’s Eve 100 years ago by the volunteer fire department and the Indian Harbor Yacht Club at the renowned Pickwick Arms Hotel.

We’re coming up quickly on the one-hundredth anniversary of the unveiling of the statue of Col. Raynal C. Bolling. Located in front of the Havemeyer building at Greenwich Avenue and Arch Street, Bolling was among the first American officers in the service of the First World War to make the ultimate sacrifice.

In January, 1922 the Round Hill Community Church inaugurated the first motion picture entertainment in its "Community Hall" -still standing on Round Hill Road today.

As we continue to mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Greenwich Police Department, I’ll share news of how Edwin A. Goodwin was charged with assault and breach of the peace in the home of his uncle Napoleon Bonaparte Bush on West Putnam Avenue -on Christmas Eve 1921.

An initiative to provide a place for young people to ice skate was proposed by damming the Byram River at Mill Street.

And, you think the high prices some will pay for Greenwich Avenue real estate is anything new? I’ll share news of a boom in real estate on Greenwich’s main shopping street a century ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls around the world! Stay where you are! We’ll have all this and lots more as today’s show unfolds.

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Learn more about the show -and listen to past episodes for free- on the web at GreenwichATownForAllSeasons.blogspot.com

Our next show is scheduled for Friday, the 7th of January Year 2022.

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1921.
12/31/2021

1921.

Greenwich COVID test kit distribution Delayed
12/30/2021
Greenwich COVID test kit distribution Delayed

Greenwich COVID test kit distribution Delayed

“It is my hope that the state will have these test kits in hand before requiring municipalities around the state to announce distribution plans.” – Fred Camillo

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12/27/2021
Merry Christmas! It's Time for the December 25, 2021 Show, You've Come to the Right Place

http://greenwichatownforallseasons.blogspot.com/2021/12/merry-christmas-its-time-for-december.html

This podcast is made possible by Peter F. Alexander of Site Design Associates; the Long Island Sound Institute (LISI), the Ambassador Museum United States of America, and listeners like you everywhere!

How did the people of Greenwich, Connecticut celebrated Christmas one-hundred years ago in 1921?

An annual Christmas part was held for the children at Byram Chapel.

On Christmas Eve, 1921 an old fashioned Christmas party was held for the children at the Second Congregational Church. On Christmas day a musical concert consisting of Handel’s Messiah was held at the Second Congregational Church, too.

The Sunday School at St. Roch’s Church in Chickahominy welcomed 285 children for its Christmas exercises.

The Greenwich Social Service League welcomed 300 children to the Town Hall for the annual lighting of the Town Christmas Tree there.

The First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich was transformed into a barn scene with a manger.

A. Oakey Hall was the mayor of New York City, a prospective governor of New York State in the late 19th century. “Ezekiel Lemonade,” a columnist for the Greenwich Graphic, caught up wth Hall in a club in London -where former Mayor Hall shared his favorable thoughts about Greenwich, Connecticut.

Another, a former Greenwich resident then living in what was the Dakota Territory, (now the states of North and South Dakota) returned for one last look at the town of her birth.

As we continue to honor the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Greenwich Police Department, you’ll hear about Conrad Zoell, a local carpenter who lost his way in 1911 due to intoxication, wandering around Milbank Avenue in the vicinity of the Armory off Mason Street. What happened?

Also in 1911, Mrs. Virginia Janus of Cos Cob was highly displeased with Brooklyn NY resident Arthur DeVore, alleging $8000 in damages to her reputation.

The Greenwich Historical Society was recently pleased to mark the debut of the John Henry Twachtman Catalogue Raisonné with an illustrated virtual talk by Lisa N. Peters, Ph.D., tracing John Henry Twachtman’s road to Greenwich, where he lived with his family from 1890 to 1899 and created the Impressionist works for which he is best known. Dr. Peters charted Twachtman’s artistic career focusing on a few key works, from his early days in Cincinnati, to European study and travel, to New York City, and finally to Greenwich.

While the exhibition has been postponed to 2022, I’ll tell you where you can enjoy Dr. Peters’ virtual talk online from the comfort of your home, or anywhere with Internet access.

I’ll share with you a fictionalized Christmas story I penned in 1986 set at the Ferris homestead in Riverside built in the 1700s.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls around the world! Stay where you are! We’ll have all this, news of public events and lots more as today’s show unfolds.

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in the circa 1856 Solomon Mead House.
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Photos from Greenwich Free Press's post
12/25/2021

Photos from Greenwich Free Press's post

12/25/2021
12/25/2021

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I must confess that I've been a bit stretched thin lately, but nevertheless I pleased to announce -belatedly- the Decemb...
12/23/2021
Tis the Season! Welcome to the December 16, 2021 Show!

I must confess that I've been a bit stretched thin lately, but nevertheless I pleased to announce -belatedly- the December 16, 2021 Greenwich, A Town For All Seasons Show Podcast.

Just click the link and chose either Podcasts.com or SoundCloud.

This podcast is made possible by Peter F. Alexander of Site Design Associates; the Long Island Sound Institute (LISI), the Ambassador Museum United States of America, and listeners like you everywhere!

The history of the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut in the USA is the focus of our adventures here. The town has been one of the nation's premier communities for generations. Welcome to our ongoing 381-plus years of history!

We'll share some news of how Christmas was celebrated in Greenwich a century ago. Have you mailed all of your holiday packages and gifts? I hope so!

On the December 9 show, we featured news of the centennial anniversary of the first Trans-Atlantic radio message from Greenwich to Scotland. We'll have a follow-up to this accomplishment, a "Big Feather in Greenwich Hat."

Once gracing the corner of East Putnam and Maher avenues near the Second Congregational Church, "The Elms" was quite an eye-catcher for Greenwich residents and visitors alike. It was torn down in 1942. Starting with today's show, we will be featuring stories of historic homes and buildings that once graced the town's landscape before they were demolished or destroyed.

It was 125 years ago that the Greenwich Police Department was founded. In today's historical police blotter we'll share news of a man, suffering from delirium, who was arrested for being on his knees for eight hours at the gate posts of J. Kennedy Tod's estate, Innis Arden, in 1906.

There are over 63 cemeteries and burying grounds in Greenwich. In 1931 a Society for the Aid of the Preservation of the Cos Cob Cemetery was formed. Its object was to restore what is the town's second-oldest cemetery, located on Strickland Road in Cos Cob. You'll hear about some of the history surrounding this often-seen but somewhat misunderstood cemetery.

As a follow-up to our featured story in the previous show about drinking at Cos Cob School dances a century ago, a story, 'Cider at the Dances,' cited the work on police throughout the country in what was the era of Prohibition.

We're pleased to have as one of our supporting sponsors the Ambassador Museum United States of America. Starting today, you'll hear about these extraordinary public servants, beginning with one famous to us in Greenwich: Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed, Jr.

http://greenwichatownforallseasons.blogspot.com/2021/12/tis-season-welcome-to-december-16-2021.html

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