Jack Capizzi had been a little bummed that he was going to spend his February break on a beach in Saint Kitts, instead of snowboarding on some mountain.
It might not have been the same as a ski vacation, but the 10-year-old got his winter fix Saturday by sledding on the steep hill next to the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center in Glenville.
“He’s been bugging me since 7 o’clock this morning,” said Jack’s mom, Terry Huff, explaining that they couldn’t get to the hill until 1 p.m., when their long driveway was finally plowed.
In Greenwich, which escaped the full fury of the blizzard, people took advantage of the winter weather and counted their blessings.
“We have power — that’s the most important thing,” said Paul Sorbera, after pushing his son James, 3, down the slope on an inflatable tube.
Across the street, Glenville Pizza was doing a brisk business catering to hungry sledders.
“It’s a pizza day,” said Mino Cruc, a worker there, who noted the pizzeria stayed open until 10 p.m. Friday night.
Greenwich Avenue was busy on Saturday afternoon, but with most retail stores still closed, no one was doing much shopping.
“She has a birthday party today, so we’re looking for a place to buy cupcakes, but nothing’s open,” said Linda Lewis, strolling down the Avenue with her daughter Tracey, who recently turned 10.
Tracey and two friends were going to have dinner at Abis, the Japanese hibachi restaurant at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue.
Neaby, Julie Grodsky helped her boyfriend, Cedric Lamouille, dig out his Volkswagen, which had been buried by the plow that came through Saturday morning. The couple live on the Avenue and work at Meli Melo, and figured they would just leave the car parked outside the restaurant overnight.
“We forgot that the whole town would be watching in the afternoon,” said Grodsky, 25, of their work getting rid of the pile of snow behind the car. “It’s not bad today. They sun came back. This happens once or twice a winter.”