By Christina Hennessy/Hearst Connecticut Media

Alexandra “Lexi” Woodruff has been eating them for even longer than she has been cutting them, and on this morning, she is easily winning over a microgreen newbie.

“They make delicious, good and healthy salads,” says the Greenwich resident, as she carefully snips a small section of broccoli, arugula and kale shoots. Most of the time, Woodruff said it’s her mom who finds a place on the plate for these petite powerhouses. “I really love her cooking.” 

Leslie Yager/Greenwich Free Press

Just in time for the April 2 celebration of World Autism Day, a Greenwich Country Day student has won the Connecticut Autism Action Coalition’s Second Annual “Create Your Own Autism Awareness Contest.”

Wesley Elkind, 9, took the top prize in his age group with a comic strip he created called “Bob.”

Deficit plan restores some state money — for now

By Ken Borsuk

 GREENWICH — Officials at Greenwich-based Abilis, who feared the worst as Hartford moved to close a gaping budget deficit for the remainder of the fiscal year, are breathing a bit easier after legislators this week passed a bipartisan deficit mitigation package that likely preserves most of their funding.

Greenwich Hospital also saw a restoration of reimbursements that had seemed destined for the budget ax.

By Ken Borsuk

GREENWICH — Employees and families served by Abilis will be focused on Hartford Tuesday as the state Legislature votes to close a state budget gap with major ramifications for social service agencies.

The Greenwich based non-profit, which helps people with developmental disabilities, is facing a potential immediate cut that could have an impact on spending over the next three months.

Dennis Perry, Abilis’ president and CEO, said they were informed only a week ago about Gov. Dannel Malloy’s plan to address a $220 million revenue shortfall for the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year. Cuts include $17 million to the state Department of Developmental Services’ budget.