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The Greenwich Housing Authority teamed up with members of Greenwich Baptist Church to host Armstrong Community Court's annual summer block party cook out. 

The event included activities for parents and children and free blood pressure screenings from Greenwich Hospital. 

"You can exercise and you can get lots of fresh air and it's just fun to be outside," said one child. "Everybody loves to be outside."

"We do thousands and thousands of blood pressures because people need to know what their blood pressure is and if there's any problem, we can guide them," said Greenwich Hospital RN Diane Demain. 


The Authority says it's goal is to bring together communities within Greenwich.


"This is a community within Greenwich even though we all are part of the overall Greenwich family, we are still a separate little community," said Greenwich Housing Authority Executive Director Tony Johnson. "And it's nice to have a community and hopefully at some point have them become an association so that they can come to us or come to the town with their needs and desires and we can help them get that."


"Try to do some community service, try to know all the tenants," said Greenwich Housing Authority Deputy Director Terry Mardoa. "Certainly myself and our director, we don't see our tenants on a daily basis and it's good to meet people."


Members of the Greenwich Baptist Church and other volunteers help to prepare food and distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to children.  


"We certainly have a responsibility to help our people grow strong in their faith," said Greenwich Baptist Church Senior Pastor Lloyd Syvertsen. "But a big part of what we've been called to do is outside the doors of the church. So we're always looking for ways to bring the love of Christ to our community." 


"The people are so appreciative," said Demain. "They want to learn to control their blood pressure, any tips we have, we try to give them some handout information and it's just kind of an educational experience for them to learn."


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