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Local History Series Finale: Saturday, November 2

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Greenwich Library and Greenwich Historical Society will wrap up their informative, five-session local history series with a presentation by Director of Planning and Zoning Diane Fox on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Fox will discuss the role of her department in the development of Greenwich and how the Town's Plan of Conservation and Development guides land use planning. 

Director Fox received a B.A. from Clark University and a Masters Degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of Chicago. She worked in Washington D.C. for the Appalachian Regional Commission and for the City of Chicago in the Planning and Development Department. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association, and was Chairman of MetroPool. Director Fox has led the Planning and Zoning Department since 1995. She and her husband live in Riverside. 

Greenwich was composed of several separate communities which united for budgetary reasons to form the Town of Greenwich. Each community had its own personality or character based on demographics, industry and agriculture. Once they united, a rich, diverse community emerged. Previous talks covered Horseneck, Cos Cob, Byram and Old Greenwich.  


Architect Patricia Baiardi Kantorski presented the Byram program on Saturday, May 4. Kantorski is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Greenwich Preservation Trust. She used her architectural background to describe Byram's evolution. 

Historian Davidde Strackbein discussed the Horseneck neighborhood on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Strackbein is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Historical Society. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in History from Sarah Lawrence College. She explained how Horseneck changed primarily from an agricultural community to the central business section of town. 

The history of Cos Cob was presented on Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m. by Lou Caravella, the unofficial "Mayor of Cos Cob". Cos Cob was the main maritime port for shipping agricultural products including apples and potatoes to New York, Long Island and Connecticut communities. In the early 20th Century, Cos Cob became the center of an art community. 

Author and historian Missy Wolfe presented the history of Old Greenwich on Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m., as well as her recent book Insubordinate Spirit. She discussed the hardships faced by early settlers in the early 1600s.

Town Planner Diane Fox will wrap up the series on Saturday November 2 at 2 p.m. by talking about the role of Planning & Zoning in the development of Greenwich. The Greenwich Plan of Conservation and Development has served as a guide in land use planning. 

Residents who have a unique perspective and first-hand knowledge of the history of the various sections of Greenwich are encouraged to contact the Local History office at (203) 622-7948 to share their information. The series promises to be as entertaining as it is informative. Free and open to all.
Sunday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m., AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary and the India Cultural Center of Greenwich will present veteran journalist Anita Raghavan, author of The Billionaire's Apprentice in the Cole Auditorium. The program will be moderated by Greenwich resident, Rob Morris, founder/Managing Partner of the private equity firm, Olympus Partners. The Billionaire's Apprentice was recently short-listed for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award. 

When The Galleon Group, one of the world's largest hedge funds, was brought down by an insider trading scandal in 2009, the convictions of the fund's founder, Raj Rajaratnam, and his accomplice, Rajat Gupta, transformed the two men from Horatio Alger immigrant success stories to Shakespearean tragedies. Wall Street was shocked by the unprecedented government crackdown and the Indian American community felt betrayed at Gupta's fall from grace. 

Says Frank Partnoy of The New York Times Sunday Book Review, "The cases against these two men are the twin pillars of [this] true-life business thriller..." 

Born in Calcutta and orphaned at 15, Gupta blazed a trail from Delhi's hyper-competitive Indian Institute of Technology through Harvard Business School to the inner sanctum of McKinsey, where he aggressively expanded the firm into a truly global consulting juggernaut. But after leaving McKinsey in 2006 and plunging into philanthropy, Gupta also secretly served as the "billionaire's apprentice," tipping Rajaratnam with valuable, insider information on companies on which he served as a board member. These allegations and Gupta's subsequent conviction (which he is now appealing) were a stunning fall from grace for someone whose storied rise had made him a role model for Indian-Americans of all generations. 

Kirkus Reviews writes that The Billionaire's Apprentice is "Compelling in its specificity and intriguing in its portrayal of leading financial institutions and their malfeasance." 

Anita Raghavan was born in Malaysia and came to the United States in 1970 when she was six years old. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she spent eighteen years at the Wall Street Journal where she won the Overseas Press Club and New York Press Club awards for her coverage of the mergers and acquisition boom in Europe as well as the near death of Greenwich-based hedge fund Long-Term Capital. In 2008, she became the London Bureau Chief for Forbes. Currently she is a contributor to New York Times Dealbook and Forbes

Rob Morris, a longtime Greenwich resident, is a founder/Managing Partner of Olympus Partners, a Stamford based private equity firm managing $5.5 billion in assets. He is a guest lecturer in the private equity courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he received an MBA. Morris is a Trustee of Hamilton College and serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton College Endowment Fund, is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The Waterside School, and heads The Polio Foundation's research efforts in regeneration medicine. 

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933 or Archana Makam at

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Podcast: Author of Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

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Best selling British author Jojo Moyes spoke on Wednesday, September 11 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Moyes discussed her writing career - she is the author of 11 books - and the themes behind her latest book, The Girl You Left Behind.  Moyes entertained the crowd with a humorous depiction of Hollywood moguls, dealing with producers, actors and hungry children simultaneously, and the dubious thrill of having your novels optioned for film. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.

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Art security expert Anthony Amore discussed his book Stealing Rembrandts on Tuesday, September 17 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Amore enthralled an audience of art lovers with tales of famous art heists, while delving deeply into the psyche of the 'art thief'. According to Amore, stolen paintings are almost never destroyed, and once recovered can generally be restored. A very lively Q and A session followed the presentation. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.

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Greenwich Library and Neighbor to Neighbor, the non-profit food and clothing pantry of Greenwich, will present the Sundance Film Festival selected documentary, A Place at the Table on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. 

A panel of local experts will lead a post-film discussion on the topic of hunger and a question and answer session.  The film and panel discussion will expose local residents to the issue of hunger and the lack of food security in the U.S. and in the Greenwich community in particular.
Cover of "A Place at the Table" 

A Place at the Table examines the issue of hunger in the United States by highlighting three Americans that struggle daily with food insecurity. In the U.S. today, 50 million people and a staggering one in four children do not know where their next meal is coming from. 

The film has received many positive reviews... "A Place at the Table forcefully makes the case that hunger has serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation." Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times Blogs. 

According to John Anderson of Variety, "A Place at the Table is a useful, engaging and enraging movie that will enlist supporters for its cause... Still, there's a certain naiveté to the documentary, which covers a lot of ground, and well, but seems convinced that addressing hunger is an end in itself." 

The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has an 89% approval rating from 56 professional reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. A Place at the Table is directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, with appearances by Jeff Bridges, Raj Patel, and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. There is also a companion book titled A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It, edited by Peter Pringle. Both the DVD and the companion book are available at the Library. 

No registration necessary. Free and open to all. This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, please contact Sandra Chan at (203) 625-6549 or visit For more information about Neighbor to Neighbor visit

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