Hey Greenwich! Did You Know ... There's A 'Beauty & The Beast' In Town?

Your daily guide to news, what you need to know, and a bit of trivia in Greenwich.

Today is Friday, May 11, 2012, and it's National Eat What You Want Day.

This day in history:

OK car aficionados—what part of automotive history happened today back in in 1947? Don't have the fancy ability to put the answers in upside down type—so the answer is: the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, OH, announced it developed a tubeless tire, a technological innovation that would make automobiles safer and more efficient.

Unfortunately, he didn't "Don't Worry and Be Happy." In 1981, Bob Marley, the soul and international face of reggae music, died in a Miami, hospital at the age of 36, and his musical legacy lives on.

In 1997, IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue makes chess history by defeating Russian master chess champion Gary Kasparov, who is considered by many to be the greatest chess player ever.

Break A Leg Greenwich Boys & Girls Club

"Who needs Broadway when you have the Boys & Girls Club," that's the assessment of Jimmy Catalano, one student who's starring in the finale of the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club production of "Beauty & The Beast, Jr."

On Saturday, May 12,  children of the Boys & Girls Club will perform their final show of the Disney hit  for its 3rd annual musical.

The brainy and beautiful Belle, played by 8th grader, Casey Kelly yearns to escape her provincial life...and her brute of a suitor, Gaston, played by 7th grader, Jimmy Catalano. Belle finds adventure beyond her books when she becomes captive in the Beast's enchanted castle (the Beast is played by Michael Busani in grade 7).

This is the 3rd annual main stage production at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. The Theatre Program at the Club is based on the premise that access to the Arts is integral to the growth and development of society. Each year, the theater program offers performance opportunities to more than 2,000 club members. 

Members learn about the craft of performance, music, directing and composition for the stage, as well as language arts literacy tools and confidence.

For tickets and more information visit the website: http://bgcg.org/beauty-and-the-beast-jr/ or contact 203-869-3224. The shows starts at 7 p.m sharp at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, 4 Horseneck Ln., Greenwich.

The Olympics Come to Greenwich

Just in time for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, a new exhibition at opens tomorrow. It is to compare the ancient and modern Olympiads through objects, art, science and technology and follows the sports that have endured since antiquity – footraces, wrestling, boxing, and the ancient pentathlon events of long jump, javelin, discus, sprints and wrestling.

Spanning the breadth of Olympic history, the show—which opens tomrrow, May 12—investigates the subplots of the games from the celebration of the competitors to the role of the spectators.

A custom-built six-foot mini-diorama recreating one of the earliest Greek stadiums sports more than 1,200 miniature participants. It'll be on view through Sept. 2 and there will be free admisson to all on May 26.

For more information, go to brucemuseum.org.

It's a Postal Food Drive

Local letter carriers will be doing more than delivering and picking up your mail on Saturday. The U.S. Postal Service will be holding its 20th annual food drive to help “Stamp Out Hunger.”

And this year to help tackle the issue of hunger faced by millions of older adults, AARP and AARP Foundation announced that on May 12, they are joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the postal service for “Stamp Out Hunger.” In a statement, AARP Connecticut is urging its members to help in this effort.

On the second Saturday in May each year, in America’s largest single day food drive, known officially as Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers across the country pick up bags of non-perishable food products left for them—and deliver those donations to local food banks and pantries.

“Even here in Connecticut, considered one of the most wealthy states in the nation, thousands of seniors and vulnerable families are faced with the daily anxiety of not knowing where their next meal may be coming from,” said AARP Connecticut State President, Laura Green. “We encourage everyone who can to join us in this critical cause to fill a bag with food, leave it by your mailbox, and help someone in need.”  

Last year, according to the NALC, carriers collected more than 70 million pounds of food.


There aren't any municipal meetings scheduled for today. But if you're so inclined to use the clicker, there's Greenwich Community Television (GCTV) on either Fios Channel 24 or Cablevision's Channel 79.

6:55 AM BET Budget Committee Meeting , April, 2012 3:30 PM Einstein, Franklin, and the Role of Creativity in Today's World 4:35 PM My Hometown Hero: Benedict Arnold 4:45 PM Boss Tweed and Greenwich 5:00 PM The Greenwich Symphony presents The Young People's Concert 6:00 PM The Cos Cob Story 6:30 PM Board of Selectmen Meeting, April 19, 2012 8:00 PM Board of Estimate & Taxation Meeting, March, 2012 9:30 PM Board of Selectmen Meeting, April 19, 2012


And if you prefer movie entertainment, here's the schedule for:

Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza
Showtimes for Friday, May 11, 2012
Dark Shadows (PG-13)
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
113 minutes
Trailer 4:45, 7:15, 9:45
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)
Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith
118 minutes
Trailer 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:30, 10:00
Darling Companion (PG-13)
Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline
103 minutes
Trailer 7:00 PM


*Sources: history.com

Leslie Yager May 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Casey Kelly strikes again! She's an amazing talent! Don't miss her in Beauty & the Beast!


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