07
Apr

MARY HULL STEPS DOWN FROM GREENWICH GREEN & CLEAN

Long-time Round Hill resident and community volunteer Mary Hull has stepped down as Executive Director of Greenwich Green & Clean after 38 years with the nonprofit organization that was founded in 1986.  Mary joined in 1988 to do public relations and within two years became its Director for more than three decades. During her time, GGC became involved in recycling,...
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07
Apr

LEARNING ABOUT ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

Do you have an interest in renting out a living space on your property?  With the need for more affordable housing options locally and statewide, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) have become a recent topic of interest to Greenwich and Round Hill residents. On Tuesday evening April 2, Sheri Koones, author of ADU, The Perfect Housing Solution,spoke, at  Greenwich Library, along with...
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05
Apr

THE GRTA ANNOUNCES 2024 SPRING EVENTS FOR RESIDENTS 

The Round Hill backcountry has a long heritage of horsemanship and riding that dates back to 1914 and continues today through The Greenwich Riding and Trails Association (GRTA).  GRTA is a nonprofit organization with the stated mission to preserve, protect, and promote open space, historical trails, and the tradition of horseback riding for our community and future generations.  The GRTA...
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01
Apr

ROUND HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY TO HOST FIRST-EVER “FAMILY FUN DAY” ON APRIL 6TH

Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company (“RHVFC”) and its volunteer firefighters will host its first-ever “Family Fun Day” to celebrate children and families of the backcountry and all of Greenwich. The event will take place on Saturday, April 6th from 1-5 pm at Whitby School in Greenwich. A rain date of Sunday, April 7th has been established. Tickets are available for...
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23
Feb

BACKCOUNTRY RESIDENTS DISCUSS TOXIC CHEMICALS

Friday, February 23 Report on the February 21, 2024 presentation at Round Hill Community House On February 21, 2024, at the Road Hill Community Church, The Greenwich Sustainability Committee (GSC) presented an open discussion to approximately 75 backcountry residents on the impact of synthetic chemicals on everyday life. The GSC is a joint effort of several Town of Greenwich Departments,...
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16
Feb

Save the Date! Round Hill Association Night Out at Foundation House on May 17, 2024

For the second year, the Round Hill Association will host a fabulous cocktail party for neighbors and friends at Foundation House on Old Mill Road. On Friday, May 17th, come out and enjoy a great evening of tasty hors d’eouvres and great wine from 6-8:30 pm! Be on the lookout for your invitation, which will be sent in March. See...
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16
Feb

Spotlight on a Round Hill Resident: Terry Betteridge

“I’ve been a part of Greenwich for all my 72 years and it’s hard to know where it starts and I stop; it’s all I know., really. I love our beaches and parks, the woodlands that have been my playground and now thrill my five grandkids. My big, fat bobcat and wonderful ugly snapping turtle… it’s all part of a...
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16
Feb

Spotlight on a Round Hill Business: Round Hill Service Station Continues Its Superior Service

It has been a year since the underground gas tanks and pumps were removed from the Round Hill Service Station and the land in their place is still getting settled.  However, the shop remains busy in continuing to provide full service, maintenance and repair on various cars. Before the gas facilities were removed, the shop enjoyed a stellar reputation of...
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16
Feb

Bailiwick Club in Greenwich Seeks New Members

After 50 years the Bailiwick Swim and Tennis Club is pushing forward for the next 50 years.  The Club recently installed lights on their paddle tennis courts and will soon do a major renovation of the pool and dining facilities.   The Bailiwick Club was founded in 1972 to be the first unrestricted club in Greenwich that would remain reasonably priced....
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13
Feb

Round Hill Association is more concerned than ever about traffic & safety on our roads.

Given the recent approvals and pending applications for large backcountry developments before the Planning & Zoning Commission, The Round Hill Association is very concerned about the increased number of cars and traffic that will result from hundreds of new apartment units planned in Northwest Greenwich.  These applications will put an excessive stress on our community roads that will make an...
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07
Feb

The Metropolitan Opera Comes to You!

Saturday afternoon, February 10th at 4 pm North Greenwich Church 606 Riversville Road, at the crossroads of Riversville Road and John Street opposite Audubon  Mikhail Svetlov is one of the brightest representatives of the bass vocal tradition. He has a great command of vocal technique, is an amazing actor of both comedy and drama, of tragic image and buffoonery, as well as...
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05
Feb

Foundation House Artist-In-Residency Open Studio Winter 2024

On Saturday 2/3/24 Foundation House on Old Mill Road held an open studio for its winter Artists In Residence participants to share their recent work.  Four times a year, eight creative artists of all disciplines, (including painters writers, illustrators, designers, musicians, film makers, visionary thinkers and doers), are invited to gather for 10 days to work on projects relating to...
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21
Jan

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban in Greenwich For the Summer Months

Summers in backcountry and Round Hill in 2024 will be quieter and air quality will be healthier than in past years.  The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) on 1/16/24 voted to enact a new town-wide noise ordinance with an amendment to prohibit gas-powered leaf blower usage on residential property from June through August and into parts of September.  With this seasonal...
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02
Dec

Meet a Neighbor

Maïté and Stephen found their way to Round Hill a little over a year ago but aren’t new to Greenwich. Here’s a chance to meet your neighbors. We are Maïté Soubeyran and Stephen Coetzee, and as you might be able to tell from our names we are from France and South Africa respectively. We both came to the US to...
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08
Nov

RHA QiGong Exercise Class Was Held at the Greenwich Audubon Barn on 11/4/23

On a chilly fall Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, fifteen Round Hill residents and neighbors gathered at the Greenwich Audubon Barn for an introductory QiGong exercise class organized by the Round Hill Association.  The event was the result of a recent survey in which group exercise class was requested by responders.   QiGong is a traditional Chinese practice of movement,...
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21
Oct

Town Honors Volunteer District Chief Rick Strain

FOR HIS 50 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH RHVFC First Selectman Fred Camillo recently proclaimed October 16, 2023 as Volunteer District Chief Richard Strain Jr. Day.  For 75 years The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company, formed in 1948, has been providing first response emergency services and protecting life and property in backcountry and parts of Greenwich. Rick joined the company in...
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14
Oct

Round Hill Association Hosted a Debate with the Candidates for the Board of Selectmen

October 26, 2023 Round Hill Community House On October 26th The Round Hill Association hosted a forum where candidates for the Board of Selectmen discussed their ideas. Fred Camillo, Incumbent First Selectman, Lauren Rabin, Incumbent Selectman, Laura Erickson, Candidate for First Selectwoman, and  Janet Stone McGuigan, Candidate for Selectwoman, mingled with guests during the social hour preceding the forum. Subsequently,...
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15
Sep

Traffic & Safety in Backcountry Greenwich

Round Hill Association is concerned about traffic & safety on our roads On September 6th, Greenwich Planning & Zoning heard an application for a new 248-unit residential development (Greenwich America) on upper King Street in backcountry Greenwich near Armonk. This is the first of three known proposed large developments in the area that could bring hundreds of cars traveling through our...
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14
Sep

Spotted Lanternflies are in Backcountry

The invasive spotted lanternfly has been spotted in August off King Street between Bedford Road and Locust Road.  These adults are on their seasonal eating stage heading into fall.  Other towns including Stamford and New Canaan have also reported the presence of these insects.  This native of China was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has been gradually spreading...
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01
Sep

A NEW ORCHARD FARM IS TAKING SHAPE

On upper King Street in northwest backcountry Greenwich between Bedford Road and Locust Road, nine acres of forest have been cleared for the new Versailles Orchard.  Steve and Ingrid McMenamin, who created Versailles Farm on Locust Street on the property they purchased in 2012, are undertaking a new orchard farming venture as their next step. The McMenamins, who personally labor...
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27
Jul

Local Art Exhibition of Accomplished Artists

Are you looking for some art from quality artists? After a recent absence, The Greenwich Art Society, with sponsorship from M & T Bank, is presenting its Annual Membership Exhibition called “Reviving Inner Rhythms”.  The exhibition will be at the Flinn Gallery on the second floor of The Greenwich Library from August 1 through August 18, 2023. There will be...
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10
Jul

First Annual Tour de Veggie

The Greenwich Land Trust launches its inaugural Tour de Veggie on July 27th with 7 Greenwich vegetable gardens to tour!  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Greenwich Community Gardens which addresses food security in our community. The event takes place on Thursday, July 27th from 10 am-3 pm followed by the Patron Picnic from 5:30-8:00 pm. Regular tickets and patron tickets are available on Greenwich...
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16
Jun

2023 POLO SEASON IN BACKCOUNTRY GREENWICH

On most Sunday afternoons from June through September, polo returns to Greenwich in nearby backcountry.  The ‘Sport of Kings” is one of the oldest team sports in the world and was introduced in the US in 1876.  The Blind Brook Polo Club existed in Purchase, NY off King Street until it was closed in 1967.  The game remains today in...
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25
May

Night Out Party at Foundation House

On Friday evening, May 19, 2023, at 6:00 PM, as the wind died down and the sun lowered to a beautiful cross light, the cars began entering the gates to the estate and grounds of Foundation House on Old Mill Road for the Night Out Party put on by the Round Hill Association (RHA).  The neighborhood cocktail party brought together...
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13
Apr

Round Hill Association’s “RHA Night Out” Cocktail Party on May 19th

Mark your calendar for Friday evening May 19th.  Neighbors and residents of the backcountry and mid-country Greenwich are invited to a cocktail party presented by the Round Hill Association (RHA) at the Foundation House estate on Old Mill Road. The party is an opportunity for old and new members of the community to gather for a social evening at one of Greenwich’s great...
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30
Jan

Recent Residential Housing Development Applications 

As 2023 starts a new year, The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission is continuing to receive an increased number of proposals and applications from property developers to construct new residential housing structures throughout town, including areas in and around Round Hill and our backcountry neighborhoods.  While some builders have previously withdrawn plans, some of the new ones have continued the...
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15
Jan

Save the Selleck Gristmill in Backcountry Greenwich

In 1796, Greenwich was, in part, a farming community. Our farms sent their produce to New York City via regular packet boats that left from a dock just below the Greenwich Historical Society’s Bush Holley House on Strickland Road in Cos Cob. If you were a farmer in North Greenwich, and liked your daily bread, you had to make a...
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19
Nov


NEW PERMANENT GEMS FACILITY OPENS IN BACKCOUNTRY

North Greenwich residents, and the entire town, are now better served in response time for emergency services and quality pre-hospital care.  Greenwich Emergency Medical Serves (GEMS) recently opened a permanent station in backcountry replacing a temporary trailer in place for several years after hurricane Sandy hit the town.  It has covered garage space for ambulances and is located at 1327...
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06
Nov

Converse Brook Preserve Is Now Open For Hiking In Backcountry

For those that like to get out of the house and hike or walk not far from home and stay off the road, there is now a new option in the neighborhood.  Two years after acquiring 72 acres from The Aquarion Water Company in a private-public partnership with the Town of Greenwich, The Greenwich Land Trust has now opened the...
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20
Oct

The Gentle Giants Among Us

This article, by RHA President John Conte, was published in the Greenwich Sentinel on October 7, 2022 Take a walk anywhere in our beautiful sylvan town and you will be accompanied by giants. Silent, stoic, and imbued with magical powers, these benevolent Brobdingnagian beauties stand quietly, patiently, never asking, never imposing on us, the mere mortals at their feet. Yet...
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13
Oct

Round Hill Association Candidate Debate October 11, 2022

The Round Hill Community House was packed with standing room only on Tuesday evening 10/11/22 at 6:30 PM to hear the local Candidate Debate sponsored by the Round Hill Association. There were an estimated 180 people who gathered to hear the two CT State Senate District 36 candidates, Republican incumbent Ryan Fazio and Democrat challenger Trevor Crow, and two CT State Representative...
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Round Hill Service Station
06
Oct

ROUND HILL SERVICE STATION NO LONGER SELLS GASOLINE

November 2022 update: As everyone has observed, gasoline is no longer available for purchase at the Round Hill Service Station. The pumps are gone but the store and the service station are alive and well and open for business! The garage will remain in place and continue providing excellent car repair and maintenance service.  John, Eric, and Hector, along with...
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29
Sep

Round Hill Association Political Forum – Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The public is invited to attend this year’s Round Hill Association candidate forum.  The forum will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at the Round Hill Community House from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Refreshments and social time will be from 6:30-7:00 pm.  The debate will take place from 7:00-8:30 pm.  Participating candidates are: CT State Senate 36th District – Ryan Fazio...
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Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company (Neighbor Day)
24
Sep

ROUND HILL ASSOCIATION NEIGHBOR DAY 10/1/22

Everyone is invited to the annual backcountry Neighbor Day sponsored by the Round Hill Association on Saturday October 1, 2022.  Celebrate this autumn season by joining neighbors, old friends, and new residents in the area with in- person or virtual visits at friendly and recognizable venues in Round Hill. Most sites open at 9:00 and will be providing selected offerings...
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01
Aug

ROUND HILL FIREHOUSE RENOVATION PLAN UPDATE

Since its founding in 1948 by local landowners and workers, the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company has been a welcome and comforting presence for the backcountry community in the response time to fires and other emergencies.  It was originally housed in an old estate barn until 1957 when the current firehouse was built on Old Mill Road.  It has not...
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28
May

WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT MASTER PLAN PROCESS UPDATE

Everyone in Round Hill and backcountry is aware of the presence of the nearby Westchester (NY) County Airport.  The noise and flight patterns are routinely evident, but there are other facts that are less well known.  For instance, it is the 3rd busiest airport in the state, occupies over 700 acres (larger than LaGuardia), and 85% of the traffic is...
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18
May

Sleepy Cat Farm Tour to be Offered by Greenwich Green and Clean on May 26, 2022

This is a chance to experience an extraordinary 13-acre private property in the Round Hill area which combines beautiful flowers, landscape architecture, and a working organic farm.  Greenwich Green and Clean is organizing the tour at the home of Fred Landsman who bought the house and grounds in 1994 and has spent 25 years creating this masterpiece.  Listed on the...
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19
Apr

RHA To Host Annual Meeting: Margarita Alban & Katie De Luca to Address 8-30g

The Round Hill Association is hosting its annual meeting on Tuesday May 3, 2022 at the Round Hill Community House for all members and residents.  The annual meeting this year marks a return to an in-person gathering after prior cancellations from the pandemic restrictions.  The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with refreshments followed by the program start at 7:00...
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26
Mar

Local Public Golf Courses Opening for Spring

Along with the warmer temperatures, budding daffodils, and chirping peepers, another sign of spring is the reopening of two local public golf courses near Round Hill.  The town-operated Griffith Harris Golf Course and the privately-owned Pound Ridge Golf Course give golfers two quality options.  Both courses have hosted the Metropolitan Golf Association Public Links Championship. “The Griff” was built in...
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16
Mar

Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company Saves Struggling Owl

RHVFC doesn’t just protect human life, but wildlife as well. David Chass, President of the RHVFC was alerted late Monday  afternoon that an owl was struggling in fishing line suspended from tree branches over the South Stanwich Causeway. Immediately he, Jeffrey Raiente, a Captain of Glenville Fire company and Sharon Strain, Assistant Chief of RHVFC, set out to rescue the...
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26
Jan

Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich Is Now Open to the Public

  Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich Is Now Open to the Public Current Exhibition: David Salle If you live in the Round Hill area and are looking to get out of the house this winter and experience an excellent, curated art exhibition, you don’t have to travel very far.  It is a short drive up North Street just...
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26
Jan

New Composting Site Drop in Round Hill

It has become easier and more convenient for backcountry and Round Hill residents to be part of the town wide food scrap recycling program.  On Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, people can use a composting drop-site with volunteers at the rear of the Round Hill Community House. The program is administered by the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board with...
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18
Jan

The Country Table in Glenville – A New Community Food Option

Along with the beginning of a new year, 2022, backcountry and Round Hill residents have a new nearby local food experience to try in Glenville.  The Country Table, located at 1 Glenville Street by the Byram River bridge, opened on January 10 in a restored and modernized building with exterior Italianate detail which was originally constructed in 1855 and rebuilt...
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27
Oct

October 26, 2021, RHA Candidate Debate Recording

The Round Hill Association candidate debate was held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. The debate was held virtually and featured the candidates for First Selectmen, incumbent Republican Fred Camillo, and his Democratic challenger, Bill Kelly.   Incumbent Second Selectwoman, Republican Lauren Rabin, also debated her challenger, Democrat Janet Stone McGuigan. Two-minute statements were read by the candidates for Town Clerk...
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16
Oct

2021 Greenwich Candidate Debate

Please join us  on Tuesday October 26th at 7pm for our 2021 Greenwich Candidates Debate.  Our debate will be virtual and feature the candidates for First Selectmen, incumbent Republican Fred Camillo and his Democratic challenger, Bill Kelly. Incumbent Second Selectwoman, Republican Lauren Rabin will also debate her challenger, Democrat Janet Stone McGuigan. We will also feature Town Clerk and Tax...
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Visit Local Backcountry Greenwich
13
Oct

Visit Local in Backcountry Greenwich

The Round Hill Association area is filled with great shops, organizations, and institutions!  Click on the logos to learn more. Check back frequently as we are always adding more to this page. Shops, Restaurants, Farms and Horseback Riding               ORGANIZATIONS       INSTITUTIONS & HOUSES OF WORSHIP    
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06
Oct

50 YEARS COUNTING HAWKS

This marks the 50th anniversary of the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch, an annual fall event at the Greenwich Audubon Center located in the backcountry at the corner of Riversville Road and John Street.  Every year, for about two months from mid-September through early November, a number of experienced and bird savvy enthusiasts volunteer their time scanning the skies at the Center...
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18
Sep

Join us for 2021 Greenwich Backcountry Neighbor Day October 2, 2021

  After 18 months of Covid isolation we are ready for an autumnal celebration provided to you by the Round Hill Association (RHA). On October 2nd, in the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” as John Keats described autumn, the RHA, will sponsor its third annual Neighbor Day. All are welcome to attend.  Visits begin at 9 am and go...
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16
Sep

Neighbor Day Concert at North Greenwich Congregational Church: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 2:30-3:30 pm

Missing the inspiration, solace, and thrill of live music? If so, give yourself the gift of glorious music in a serene setting with exceptional acoustics.  You are warmly invited to a special Backcountry Neighbor Day concert of Beethoven, Debussy, Gershwin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff with Juilliard pianist Carlos Avita. Enjoy 60 minutes of inspiration and beauty, 2:30-3:30 pm at North Greenwich...
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07
Aug

RHA to Host Virtual Forum with Candidates in the Special Election for CT State Senate District 36

The Round Hill Association will host a virtual forum with candidates in the Special Election for CT State Senate District 36 on Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The candidates will debate in person from Greenwich Town Hall.  Attendees will  listen/watch via Zoom or watch the simulcast on Greenwich TV Channel 79.   John Conte, Round Hill Association...
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17
Jun

Summary of Action on Proposed CT Zoning Legislation in the 2021 Legislative Session

This article was written by Margarita Alban, Chair, Greenwich Planning & Zoning Commission, at the request of the Northeast Greenwich Association.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the NEGA. June 2021   Hello NEGA. Thank you for asking me to contribute to your newsletter.  It’s been a roller coaster ride at the State legislature this year.  The session...
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10
Jun

First Annual Carol James Scholarship Award Winners Announced

Our treasured friend and fellow Board member, Carol James, passed away on September 16, 2020. Carol was the RHA Board Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee, and a longtime member of the Board of Directors. The Round Hill Association has chosen to honor her memory by establishing a scholarship fund in her name. Carol had a long and distinguished career...
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10
Jun

Concert at North Greenwich Congregational Church: Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 5:00 pm

Missing the inspiration, solace, and thrill of live music? If so, stop in for a concert this Sunday, June 13th from 5-6 pm with Grammy-nominated cellist Michael Nicolas and Juilliard pianist Carlos Avila. North Greenwich Church continues its tradition of offering community concerts, and invites you to discover the exceptional acoustics of its peaceful backcountry sanctuary as you bask in...
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04
Jun

Dangerous Plant Invading Greenwich

Japanese Knotweed is rampant, spreading at an alarming pace and killing everything in its path. Debra, my neighbor called, “We must do something about this before it takes over all of our yards.” She took action. On Wednesday, six adjacent neighbors met at the end of Debra’s driveway. Pat Sesto, Director of Greenwich Environmental Affairs, joined us. Pat led our...
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21
May

 Concert/Picnic Series Begins At Happiness Is Cafe & Market

As the weather warms up and the pandemic subsides, are you interested in hearing good live outdoor music with excellent picnic dinners on selected summer evenings at a local backcountry spot? Happiness Is Back Country Market is again hosting five summer concert/ picnic series at its location at 1067 North Street in the Banksville Shopping Center parking area every third...
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24
Mar

Signs and Sounds of Spring in Backcountry

The annual display of crocuses is in bloom in central Greenwich on the hillside by the stop light where North Maple meets the Post Road.  With the first day of Spring just passed and the snow melt now completed after six weeks starting in early February, the warmer temperatures with sunshine are producing several signs and sounds popping up in...
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01
Mar

Welcome New Neighbors!

WELCOME NEW NEIGHBORS! From time to time, we at the Round Hill Association would like to share a pleasant thought about life in Backcountry Greenwich. To this end, we will also enlist the assistance of a Junior Contributor who loves living here! For our first post, we would like to ask everyone to take a moment to welcome all the...
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20
Feb

RHA Board Supports Matrix Fire Study Findings

At long last, Round Hill and northwest Greenwich may be closer to having a fully staffed fire station. At a public hearing in January, the Board of Estimate and Taxation considered the 145-page report from the Town-Wide Fire Study it commissioned by Matrix Consulting Group. The Matrix Group found what residents here have been saying for years: First response times...
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20
Feb

Our Prize for Endurance: La Crémaillère is back!

Our Prize for Endurance Okay, here’s a bit of great news.  After suffering through almost a year of deprivation, distanced from friends and even family, with restaurants and theatres closed or greatly restricted, with travel  banned, in short, living a life of bland sameness, we have been rewarded for dismal months of sacrifice. The famed La Crémaillère is back. Peter...
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20
Feb

Proposed Foundation House Nearing Approval

FOUNDATION HOUSE AT OLD MILL FARM NEARING APPROVAL Foundation House, the name of the proposed learning center with focus on health and wellness at 124 Old Mill Road, is moving ahead to gain approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. With workshops, lectures, and events, the center will advance a wide range of interests including historic preservation, nutrition, climate change,...
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11
Feb

X-Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing in Round Hill

After a relatively dry winter last year, the current 2020-21 season has delivered approximately 35 inches of snow in the Round Hill community from three storms through the first half of February. And with the temperature dipping below freezing most evenings, the snow pack has remained for extended periods of time.  While substantial snow amounts are a chore for keeping...
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29
Jan

Walking During the Covid-19 Winter

Getting outside for walking this winter is a popular activity among people of all ages in coping with the confinements imposed by the pandemic. As a result, the street and public access spaces in Greenwich are busier than normal with increased volume. For less crowded areas, there are fortunately several in the Round Hill community worth considering. Babcock Preserve (Town...
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Visit Local Backcountry Greenwich
27
Jan

Visit Local in Backcountry Greenwich

The Round Hill Association area is filled with great shops, organizations, and institutions!  Click on the logos to learn more. Check back frequently as we are always adding more to this page. Shops, Restaurants, Farms and Horseback Riding               ORGANIZATIONS       INSTITUTIONS & HOUSES OF WORSHIP    
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17
Jan

The Greenwich Exchange Gift Shop Open For Business

Do you need a perfect baby gift? Searching for something unique for that special someone?  Thinking about Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner?  The Greenwich Exchange Gift Shop has been a local favorite in Greenwich since 1901.  This 100% volunteer and not-for-profit gift and craft shop carries one of a kind gifts and is one of Greenwich’s greatest...
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16
Sep

Absentee Ballot Applications Arriving in the Mail

Time-Sensitive Alert to Mid- and Back-Country! If you haven’t already, check your mailbox asap.  Applications for Absentee Ballots have begun arriving in our neighborhood! Given occasional problems with mail delivery during COVID, if you don’t receive yours within the next day or so, contact the Town Clerk’s office per instructions* below from the link on the Town of Greenwich website:...
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12
Sep

Join us for 2020 Backcountry Neighbor Day October 3rd

  After six months of Covid isolation we are ready for an autumnal celebration provided to you by the Round Hill Association (RHA). On October 3rd, in the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” as John Keats described autumn, the RHA, will sponsor its second annual Neighbor Day. You can wander the lush fields and gardens of the Land Trust from 9-11 am...
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08
Sep

Round Hill Association 2020 Candidates Forum

We are excited to announce that our annual Candidates forum will take place this year virtually on Wednesday October 14th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  This year’s forum, our first virtual one, will feature candidates for State Representative for District 149.  The forum will be moderated by RHA president, John Conte and we encourage neighbors and RHA supporters to email their...
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03
Sep

First Annual Round Hill Association Photo Share

We are excited for the debut of our first annual Round Hill Association (RHA) Community Photo Share using Instagram! This neighborhood activity will allow neighbors and members to document, with photos and videos, some of the best parts about living in Backcountry Greenwich. We encourage members of the Greenwich community to take their favorite photos or videos from Backcountry or...
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01
Aug

Two Important Backcountry Issues: Greenwich Planning & Zoning 8/4/2020

Backcountry residents and Round Hill Association members are encouraged to attend the Greenwich  Planning & Zoning meeting this week, online via Zoom.  Two important items are on the docket of interest to the Round Hill  community.  This meeting is open to the public.  All are encouraged to attend. See below for the link to the meeting and instructions. 124 Old...
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30
Oct

Round Hill Neighbors Pack the Room for the Annual Backcountry Candidates Forum

The 2019 backcountry Candidate Forum was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Round Hill Community House.  The event was co-sponsored by the Round Hill Association, the Northwest Greenwich Association, and the Northeast Greenwich Association.  A standing-room-only crowd of approximately 300 attended the debate.  Everyone was welcomed in brief remarks by the three Presidents of the backcountry associations:  John...
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24
Aug

Round Hill Association Opposes Proposed 28 House Cluster Subdivision in Backcountry

Friends, neighbors, and members of the Round Hill Association, we face a challenge ahead the could define the very future of land development in Backcountry Greenwich. The proposed development, to build 28 new homes at 124 Old Mill Road (the former Mel Gibson estate) as a single, cluster development, is part of an application currently before the Greenwich Wetlands Agency....
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30
Jul

Round Hill Association Traffic Islands

  RHA Board member Ines Kingsley and her team of gardeners have been working hard to beautify and maintain our traffic islands! Take a peek as you are driving by.    
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04
May

RHA Real Estate Panel Discussion Draws a Large Audience to the Round Hill Community House

Residents of backcountry and mid-country packed the Round Hill Community House to hear local real estate experts discuss trends shaping the market in our area. Mark Pruner, Carolyn Anderson, and Paul Pugliese made up the panel of three that was moderated by RHA Board member and real estate professional Brendon DeSimone. Topics ranged from the enduring appeal of backcountry living...
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27
Apr

Round Hill Association To Host Forum on Backcountry Real Estate on May 1, 2019 at Round Hill Community House 6:30-8:30 pm

Backcountry resident and Round Hill Association board member, Brendon DeSimone, will moderate a discussion with local real estate experts about the trends that are shaping the real estate market in backcountry, what homeowners can do to enhance their property values, and the ongoing efforts to promote property ownership and life in backcountry Greenwich. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30....
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16
Feb

11th All New Edition of Anderson Guide to Enjoying Greenwich Is Now Available

You don’t need to rely on Google when searching for answers to questions about Greenwich.  The Anderson Guide is a comprehensive list of local resources and what a wonderful guide it is!  Whether you have lived in Greenwich for 2 years or 52 years, everyone can find out something new about living in Greenwich from this masterfully written guide.  For example,...
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12
Feb

The Round Hill Association Neighbor Survey Results Are In…

Thanks to all who responded to our Member Survey last spring. The Round Hill Association would like to grow and connect with residents in the Round Hill Association area. To accomplish this, a survey was mailed to members and residents of our area. The survey included questions about which activities/events the RHA should offer. We were delighted to receive 100 responses. We were...
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10
Feb

Stateline Fitness Opens in Banksville

“Welcome to a happier, healthier you!” Owner and Coach Craig De Collibus can help you reach your fitness goals, improve your overall health, and transform your life – all with the help of a caring group of coaches, an encouraging community of members, and fun workouts that will give you a sense of accomplishment – every single day. Stateline Fitness,...
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10
Feb

Round Hill Fire Company Seeks Volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering to help keep our neighborhood safe? Have you considered joining the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company?  It is completely staffed by volunteers. Not only do our volunteers fight fires, but they respond to other disasters, natural and man-made. Volunteer firefighters are called to car accidents, using the jaws of life to extricate passengers. One of the...
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28
Nov

Lloyd Hull Memorial Oak Tree Dedication

On November 23, 2018, friends and family gathered on the lawn of the Round Hill Community House to pay tribute to Lloyd Hull, a much beloved former Director and President of the Round Hill Association.  A resident of backcountry for 60 years, Lloyd devoted a tremendous amount of energy and time to preserving and enhancing what we all love about this area...
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19
Nov

First Annual Round Hill Association Turkey Trot

Have you ever participated in a Turkey Trot?  Round Hill Association hosted its first-ever Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 18, 2018!  Backcountry trotters of all ages gathered at the Round Hill Community House and began with a potato sack race, before starting out down Mooreland Road.  It was a race to the finish for some, while others took their time in...
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03
Aug

Recommendations for Westchester County Airport Policy

Citizens for a Responsible County Airport released the following from Westchester County Executive, George Latimer. On July 2nd, after the community meeting that was attended by several Round Hill Association members, and Round Hill community residents, the following statement was released. The policy implementation recommendations look to be good news for Round Hill area residents and their quality of life!...
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25
Jun

New Member Party at Audubon Greenwich

Party organizer Courtney Spada provided this account of the RHA party that was held at the Audubon Barn on Sunday, June 24th from 4:30-6:30 pm. “The weather cooperated perfectly on Sunday, June 24th as more than fifty backcountry neighbors gathered in The Barn at Audubon Greenwich for an evening of community building. The group shared delicious appetizers and summer cocktails while listening...
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12
Jun

2018 Annual Spring Event with Senator Richard Blumenthal

Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke at the 2018 RHA Annual Spring Event.  His informative presentation touched on everything from his work on the Armed Services Committee to Connecticut infrastructure and more. He took many questions from the audience and we thank him for taking the time to share his views with his fellow RHA members.  
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25
Nov

Volunteer Firefighters Teach Fire Safety

Do you feel completely safe controlling the fires you start? Did you ever have a mishap with fire? Recently, our neighbors, the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company, hosted their annual open house, featuring demonstrations on the right way to put out a fire. Chief Rick Strain and his daughter Sharon, also a firefighter with RHVFC, showed the correct way to...
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22
Nov

New Executive Director at the Land Trust

The Greenwich Land Trust has announced that Will Kies will become its new Executive Director starting November 28. He succeeds Ginny Gwynn, who held the post for more than eight years. A Greenwich native, Will has been in senior leadership for the past 10 years at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, most recently as Director of Education and Heckscher...
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08
Nov

2016 RHA Halloween Party Photos

Photos from our annual Halloween Party! We had so much fun with all our ghoulish neighbors!
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01
Nov

Halloween Party 2016

Despite sudden wind gusts that blew through the open doors, scattering the decorations and sending balloons to the ceiling, the Round Hill Association’s Halloween Party was a resound-ing success. Deepa Javeri, who organized the party, was on hand early with decorations, which RHA Board Members put up with dispatch. Outdoors a burst of rain kept the bouncy castle and a...
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30
Oct

Volunteer Fair in the Community House

In an unusual twist of its outreach program, the Round Hill Community Church reached out itself this year to parishioners who are called upon weekly to stuff collection envelopes. “Instead of just writing checks to beneficiaries we decided to give donors a chance to meet with multiple organizations and connect in person with them,” says Caroline Lazzara, chair of the...
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22
Oct

So Much Accomplished by the Round Hill Association in 2016

All that the Round Hill Association accomplishes is due to the generosity of its members and its volunteer board. They do even more by working with other groups.  This newsletter and the website, www.RoundHillAssocn.org, inform readers of events and issues that may interest and affect them.  The Civic Improvement fund, supported by member contributions, is used to help keep traffic...
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18
Oct

New Officers and Directors Elected to the Round Hill Association

  Janet Mackenzie (Co-President) Janet MacKenzie, a native of Pittsford, NY, holds degrees from the University of Rochester and the Sorbonne, in Paris. After a brief period as a municipal bond trader on Wall Street, she became a teacher of High School English and Humanities. She taught in Greenwich High School from 1969-2005. Among the courses she developed was an...
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29
Sep

An Accident Waiting to Happen?

John Wood, who runs the service station next to the Round Hill Store, is bedevilled by the traffic at the intersection at Round Hill and Old Mill Roads. “It’s an accident waiting to happen,” says he. Nearby residents on Porchuck and North Porchuck Roads say the same for their neighborhood. They have the attention of the Round Hill Association board,...
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27
Sep

The Railroad That Never Was

The building of railroads was big business in the 19th century. It changed the face of America and of Greenwich. Of four railroads that were planned through Greenwich, only one, the New York New Haven and Hartford, was actually built. After it opened in 1848, New Yorkers came to live here, and people commuted to work in the city. As...
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15
Sep

Getting Ready For The Next Big Storm

BackCountry Greenwich braved the ravages of Superstorm Sandy on Oct 29, 2012. To this day, many of us are jolted back to those terrifying winds and rain, followed by 11 long, dark, cold days and nights until the power came back on. We were grateful to the Round Hill Store and Service Station and the Round Hill Volunteer Firehouse for...
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02
Nov

Halloween Happiness!

It wasn’t just the balmy day, or the dazzling sunshine or the spectacular leaves or the wondrous collection of animals at the petting zoo that made such a superb success of the Round Hill Halloween party. It was a combination of all of these, organized and executed by co-chairs Deepa Javeri and Christina Schwefel and assisted by Anne Louise Bostock,...
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22
Oct

Stone Preserve

Louisa Stone smiles pleasurably as she surveys from the porch of her Sterling Road home the 4.5-acre tract which she and her late husband, Emerson, donated to the Greenwich Land Trust. An ardent conservationist, she has been honored by the GLT with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Among numerous civic endeavors, Louisa serves as a Director and Secretary of the...
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10
Oct

New Sign Recognizes Country’s Oldest General Store

Befitting its role as a focal point of our neighborhood association’s sphere of interest, the Round Hill Store was graced this summer with a new sign heralding its founding in 1801. Located at the corner of Round Hill and Old Mill roads, the store is believed to be the oldest continuously operated general store in the United States. As in...
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29
Sep

The Taxwoman Cometh

On October 27th, our Greenwich Assessor laid out the 2015 real estate revaluation process for 100 people who attended the RHA Fall Forum co-hosted with the Northeast and Northwest Greenwich Associations. With every property in the Round Hill Association boundaries and throughout Greenwich being revalued for next year’s tax bill, the presentation could not have been more timely. Lauren Elliott,...
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02
Jun

Annals of Round Hill

One of the institutions that most effectively brought together disparate strands of early BackCountry residents was the Round Hill Community Guild. Founded in 1840, it originated as the Ladies Aid Society, an arm of the Round Hill Church.    Built in 1810, the church sat at the intersection of two unpaved cow paths: Round Hill Road and John Street. In...
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23
May

Settlers and Soldiers

The graves of early Greenwich settlers and British and Tory soldiers are scarcely noticed by motorists negotiating the steep hill atop Burying Hill Road. The settlers have names like Nehemiah, Phineas, Susannah, and Lucius, and most inscriptions are barely visible on weathered headstones scattered on a roadside plot near Topping road. The earliest carved gravestone found on the one-third acre...
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03
May

The Chief of Round Hill

No chronicle of Round Hill would be complete without plumbing the memory of Bill Strain, whose family has owned and operated the Round Hill Store and Service Station for many years. His grandfather, William Sr., bought the store in 1915 and Bill, 84, is still on the job every day, attired in his blue service station uniform and ready to...
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