What lies ahead

We’re still in that nice little frame of time between the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 where its still permitted to be looking back while at the same time thinking ahead.

What kind of 2013 will we have here in Greenwich? The Post does not possess a crystal ball or a Grays Sports Almanac to tell you exactly what is going to happen, but there is reasonable certainty that the year ahead will be one without a lot of wasted space in it. 2012 was chock full of events that dominated the landscape from the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, to the political campaign between Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy that had us tapping the mat for mercy by September to the way we all mourned along with our friends in Newtown. These will be burned in our memory.

There were also surprises like a bear deciding one day to check out Western Greenwich that you can’t ever predict even in your wildest dreams. So no one is expected to actually foresee the future, especially when, particularly in the case of a bear sighting, it’s more fun to be surprised. There’s no harm in guessing, though, that at some point during the municipal campaign tempers will flare and the RTC and the DTC will be at each other’s throats before Greenwich ends up re-electing the same Board of Selectmen it currently has. And that there will be a long power outage in town that will have people howling for CL&P’s blood and nothing at the utility will ever change. And that America will continue to face powerful storms while also not taking any steps to address climate change.

Greenwich is about to hear a lot about spending caps and mill rates. People could well lose their jobs with the town because of that. It will be a huge debate. 2013 is going to be a big year in deciding what exactly kind of town Greenwich wants to be, one that embraces austerity or one that isn’t afraid to invest in the future?

It’s not exactly going out on a limb to predict that. You can see the signs right now about what lies ahead. It’s going to be contentious. Politics is a 24/7 activity these days and the next few months will show that before Greenwich is even close to it’s Board of Selectmen elections.

But there’s something else that can be predicted. We’ve seen time and time again not just the disputes that divide us in Greenwich but also what unites us. It doesn’t have to be something of the magnitude of Superstorm Sandy or the inconceivable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. It can be something simpler like the Greenwich Town Party or the respect for the flags along the Mianus River Bridge or our town’s Coventry of Care for military families. When Greenwich comes together, nothing can stop it.

In 2013 there are going to be a lot of disputes, some will be of great importance and others will be petty. But as always Greenwich will be far better at coming together than it is at falling apart. What unites this town is always stronger than what makes tempers flare.

You don’t need to be psychic to see that. You just have to know this town.

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