In Greenwich, blood drive, paper shredding, flu shot clinics and more

The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations to help with life-saving medical procedures and for those affected by Hurricane Ian.

Greenwich residents will have the opportunity to help out at a blood drive scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center at 449 Pemberwick Road in Glenville.

The blood drive was organized by Greenwich resident Gary Silberberg, who has been running blood drives in town every month for years. In honor of October and the upcoming Halloween holiday, Silberberg, who is known for donning a cape and fangs seasonally, hinted that the “vampire of the town” might make an appearance.

There is ‘an urgent need for blood’ because the Red Cross is sending Type O blood products to Florida to help deal with the impact of Hurricane Ian, said Metro Chapter CEO Stephanie Dunn Ashley New York North of the American Red Cross at Cos Cob.

“In September the Red Cross experienced a drop in donations resulting in a 20% drop in blood supply,” Dunn Ashley said. “By donating, you can increase the blood supply for those in immediate need of life-saving care and those who depend on transfusions for treatment.”

Sign up to donate by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Silberberg said advance registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted if possible.

Donors should drink plenty of water in the days before donating blood, he said, and also recommended eating green leafy vegetables and red meats to boost your hemoglobin.

“Disasters aren’t planned, but blood drives are,” Silberberg said.

Downtown

The city’s Department of Health is preparing for flu season by offering several upcoming vaccination clinics at City Hall.

Clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 7; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12; 3-6 p.m. Oct. 20; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 25.

For those without insurance or insurance that the city does not accept, the fee is $35 for the seasonal vaccine and $65 for the high-impact dose. Credit cards will not be accepted; checks and cash only.

Bring your insurance card and wear a mask to the clinic.

Clinics will offer both the quadrivalent seasonal flu vaccine and the adjuvanted quadrivalent vaccine, which is a high dose for people 65 and older.

The clinics will offer injections to people 9 years of age and older.

The flu is very contagious and can be spread by coughing, sneezing or touching a surface handled by others. Cases range from mild to severe.

“Getting the flu shot is especially important to protect your health, that of your family, co-workers, healthcare workers and the community this season,” the department said.

COVID-19 boosters will not be offered at any of the flu shot clinics, but a pneumonia shot will be available.

“Getting your annual flu shot is the best and most effective thing you can do to prevent catching the flu and spreading it to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers,” said the director of city ​​health, Caroline Baisley. “Many of the people most at risk for flu also seem to be at higher risk for COVID-19. If you’re at high risk, get your flu shot this year.


People with moderate or severe illness with fever should wait until their symptoms improve before getting the flu shot. Individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, regardless of symptoms, should withhold vaccination until all criteria for isolation from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are met.

Downtown

Residents who need to dispose of sensitive paper documents are in luck: Paper Shredding Day returns to Greenwich.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon on October 8 in the Island Beach car park in downtown Greenwich, volunteers from the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and Greenwich Green & Clean will be on hand to collect boxes of papers that need to be shredded.

The service is offered to dispose of old invoices, tax returns or other documents containing private information. The cost is $3 per box of documents, with a maximum of five boxes.

To prepare the paper for shredding, remove all folders, cardboard, metal clips, binders, plastics and covers. Staples are accepted. Books, newspapers and magazines will not be accepted.

Do not put papers in bags. Use a rigid box or container no larger than 12″x18″x12″. Boxes can be returned.

The event is co-sponsored by First Bank of Greenwich and Santaguida Sanitation. The Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board called it “a reminder to keep paper out of the bin”.

The tradition of shredding day goes back more than a decade. Organizers said they shredded 119 tonnes of paper, which was then recycled.

“Residents are encouraged, however, to minimize the creation of paper that needs to be shredded,” organizers said. “Paper comes from trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, hold soil to prevent erosion, provide clean air and beauty, and shelter for wildlife.”

For more information, email [email protected]ean.org or call 203-629-2876.

Greenwich

Residents are invited to experience what it is like to be a member of the Greenwich Police Department.

The next session of the Citizen’s Police Academy is scheduled to begin Oct. 19 and then meet weekly for the next nine weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the city’s Public Safety Complex near Greenwich Avenue. There will also be a course on November 7 and the graduation will take place on December 21.

Applications will be accepted until October 12. The program is free.

“The Citizen Police Academy provides residents of Greenwich with first-hand insight into the law enforcement and community-related functions of the Greenwich Police Service,” according to the GPD.

Instruction will focus on introduction to policing, crime prevention, scams and fraud, domestic violence investigations, police patrol operations, community impact section of the GPD, how to work on a crime scene, insight into criminal investigations and special victim divisions, what happens after an arrest and use of force and de-escalation.

Applicants, who must be Greenwich residents or city employees aged 18 or over, will be interviewed by GPD officers and will be required to pass a criminal background check. They will also be asked to commit to the full nine-week program. If there are more applicants than places, there will be a lottery.

Registrants will have the chance to accompany on-duty police personnel within the Marine Section and Patrol Division.

Applications are available at the Greenwich Police Department front desk or at www.greenwichct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/32839/2022-Fall-CPA-Application.

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