Greenwich honors ancestors who came with ‘cardboard suitcases’ and ‘immense hope’

Oct 14, 2020 747

BY: Ken Borsuk

When a hearty band of supporters gathered in the rain for a flag-raising Monday morning at Town Hall, they were celebrating more than just Columbus Day. They were also honoring local residents Peter and Bea Crumbine for their contributions to the Greenwich community.

The tradition of the flag-raising and salute goes back more than 30 years in town, but the St. Lawrence Society decided to mix it up for 2020, society President Tod Laudonia said. Usually, the honoree is an Italian-American citizen. While neither shares that heritage, Peter and Bea Crumbine have made enormous contributions to the town through politics and culture, Laudonia said.

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