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Society Gives Newcomers a Boost

Moving to a new town is overwhelming to say the least. You're not sure where the best restaurants are, where to do your shopping and what community groups are available. That's where the Greenwich Newcomer's Society comes in handy. After moving from Manhattan in 2009, Greg Kraut, was left with a world wind of questions about Greenwich and unsure how to direct himself.

"When I moved to Greenwich, there was nothing to really meet my needs," said Kraut, a commercial real estate agent. "I would talk to people when I was around town and found that others had a similar problem." The society is a self-proclaimed "gateway to Greenwich."

Its purpose is to help those new to town learn the ins and outs of Greenwich and network with their neighbors. There are a number of networking events going on throughout the summer from a Bastille Day Celebration with cocktails and French food to cruising around Greenwich at the Greenwich Water Club.

The nine-month-old society already boasts about 100 families and continues to flourish. Kraut plans to take the society more public, expand to more people and have more family events. "We want to build within the community and outreach to more people."

Membership to the society is free for the time being. Once the society becomes more established, Kraut imagines that there will be a small charge for annual membership. "I am funding most of the cost out of my own pocket," said Kraut. "We try and get most events sponsored by local restaurants and businesses."

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