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Saturday, October 30, 2004

10/30/04 - Police Blotter - Child Safety Alert

Occupants of the vehicle pulled alongside a soccer field at the Greenwich Civic Center at 90 Harding Road around 5 p.m. on a yesterday and asked a player to get in the vehicle, according to Lt. Daniel Allen, department spokesman.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

10/28/04 - Happy Halloween - Water Prices Are Going Down

Water prices for residents of Greenwich and Darien will drop, while bills for other Fairfield County residents will stay the same after a rate increase by Aquarion Water Co. was rejected.

In a final decision issued yesterday afternoon, the state Department of Public Utility Control ordered Bridgeport-based Aquarion Water Co. to cut rates for the Greenwich division, which also serves Darien.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

10/23/04 - There Should Be Enough Flu Shots For Staff And Patients

According to press reports

All the homes expect to have enough doses for both patients and staff.

The Nathaniel Witherell is waiting for the CDC to distribute scarce doses to the state Department of Public Health, which will supply municipal health departments.

Greenwich Woods and Haven Health both said their supplier has assured them the doses they need will be available by December.

Friday, October 22, 2004

10/22/04 - According To Town Records - Antares Moorland LLC Recieved A Stop Work Order

Officials discovered the alleged violations and issued stop work orders to the Greenwich firm,

Antares Mooreland LLC. The firm received wetlands permission in the spring to build backcountry residences at vacant lots No. 9 Mooreland Road and No. 7 Langhorne Lane, and to rebuild a larger house at 44 Mooreland Road.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

October 17, 2004 - Survey: Town cops could do better - Greenwich Time

The results of a wide-ranging survey of residents gives high marks to police officers for responding to day-to-day problems, but shows respondents feel the department could do better solving law-enforcement problems in specific neighborhoods."Police officers received high ratings in performance when there is contact made by residents but in contrast received lower ratings in being proactive in dealing with neighborhood issues or topics of crime prevention," the survey concluded.The survey confirmed the department's perception that residents want better communication with police to reduce quality-of-life problems such as traffic and noise, as well as more substantial issues regarding drugs, youth crime and other offenses, according to Chief James Walters and Capt. Michael Pacewicz, director of strategic planning for the department."The survey indicates the community feels there is not enough specific contact with the officers in neighborhoods," Walters said. "We want to work on getting officers to make the contacts with residents and fold the community policing concept into what we're doing."The department's community policing initiative, which Walters launched in mid-2003, is an attempt to solve quality-of-life problems and address the root causes of crime by seeking resident input to help target enforcement and better understand the intricacies of each neighborhood.Pacewicz said 600 of the multiple choice surveys were mailed to randomly chosen addresses in the town's five ZIP codes, yielding 158 anonymous responses between May and July. Police analyzed the responses to 95 questions to calculate average ratings for quality of life, crime and neighborhood concerns, and the effectiveness of the police department's response to crimes both townwide and by ZIP code. The five ZIP codes submitted similar numbers or replies: 32, 35, 31, 32, and 28.Patrol officers are being given greater autonomy to solve problems, officials said, and most recently the department divided the town into three sectors -- north, east, and west -- and assigned individual officers to work those beats permanently in hopes of establishing stronger ties and communication with residents. Police have also begun organizing an advisory council of residents to air concerns throughout the town."In Greenwich we have a very limited amount of street crime so we really want to know what the major quality-of-life issues are," Pacewicz said.Asked to rate their approval of the police department on a scale of 1 to 5, residents townwide gave the department a rating of 4 and rated traffic (4.25) as the most pressing threat to their quality of life. But evaluations of the department's handling of perennial law-enforcement challenges such as juvenile crime, school incidents, enforcement of drug laws and several other categories ranged between average and unsatisfactory."I am confident in GPD," one backcountry resident wrote. "However the Department needs more (officers). I reside in the backcountry where few if any officers patrol the area in the mornings when people speed on North Street."On a scale of 1 to 5, police officers and dispatchers responding to calls for service received an overall rating of 4.01, with various criteria including helpfulness, knowledge, interest, courtesy and attitude factored in."Our officers got very high marks for performance and demeanor," Pacewicz said.Most residents untouched by crime contend with less sensational issues such as traffic and development, Michael Tedesco, president of the King Street Homeowners Association said. Tedesco said he considers bad and inattentive drivers the big-gest threat to his safety."I really think the Greenwich Police Department does a really good job," Tedesco said. "Anything they can do to make it better would be great but I have no real requests."Respondents townwide gave police average ratings for presence in neighborhoods, (2.94) and for enforcing traffic laws (2.93) and a below average rating for preventing juvenile crime (2.29) and enforcing drug laws (2.05).Concerning police performance for enforcing drug laws, residents in different ZIP codes gave the department ratings from 1.81 in Old Greenwich to 2.21 in the 06830 area code, which encompasses Byram, Belle Haven and central Greenwich.In written comments on the most important issues facing the town today, many respondents cited alcohol and drug abuse and delinquency among youth."Young kids hanging out on Greenwich Avenue in packs," one respondent wrote."Underage drinking, drugs," another respondent wrote. "Kids hanging out on the Avenue at night are asking for trouble."After traffic, residents rated the five most important law-enforcement issues affecting them as drugs, residential burglary, white-collar crime, hate crime, and violent crime.Pacewicz said that white-collar crime such as identity theft and credit card fraud have become more common in town in the past five years."I think many more residents have become victims of those crimes," Pacewicz said.Pacewicz said that drug investigations are difficult for town officers because few transactions are actually conducted in public, unlike more urban areas."In terms of narcotics sales, a lot of it goes on behind closed doors in this town," Pacewicz said.Asked to rate a list of suburban blights including vandalism, loud music and parties, theft, and poor street repair, all were categorized as minor or negligible problems."The survey has to be taken in the context that most respondents rated the town as being a very safe place to live in," Pacewicz said.The survey also asked respondents if they would support assigning a school resource officer to help school security staff establish a safe school environment, and develop relationships with teenagers, parents,and school officials, and if they support community policing. The majority of respondents said they were unfamiliar with both initiatives.Walters said this fall the department has added two training programs to spur officers to be more community oriented.Lieutenants will take courses in public speaking to help them make better presentations to community groups, Walters said.To teach officers to act more independently, Walters said the department's field training officers will be taught how to teach new officers problem-solving techniques. The field training program is a 12-week period in which experienced officers work alongside rookies."We want to empower our patrol officers to work with members of the community," Walters said. "I want them to be creative and give them more freedom and confidence."

Saturday, October 16, 2004

10/16/04 - Police Blotter - Child Safety Alert

Yesterday around 3 p.m. a man in a green minivan stopped two young girls on Lockwood Road and asked them to get in, police said.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

10/13/04 - First Selectman jim lash Swears In New Police Officer

Brian R. Perusse, 21, became a police officer at a swearing-in ceremony this morning at Town Hall.

With his parents and sister looking on, Perusse took an oath to uphold state and local laws and the U.S. Constitution, administered by First Selectman Jim Lash.

Perusse's hiring brings the department to its maximum force of 157 sworn officers, said Sgt. Jeffrey Moran of the Greenwich Police Training Division. The starting salary is $45,723.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

10/10/04 - Greenwich Roundup For The Week Of 10/04/04 Thru 10/10/04

According to press reports:

Flanked by James Walters and Selectman Penny Monahan yesterday, Jim Lash said town payroll accountants' recent conclusion that the town had overpaid Gray and other activated reservists was wrong. Lash said Gray would be reimbursed the $500 and future paychecks would be issued for the regular amount.


About 75 people attended the open house, including First Selectman Jim Lash, Selectmen Peter Crumbine and Penny Monahan, state Reps. Claudia "Dolly" Powers, Livvy Floren and Lile Gibbons, and dozens of town employees.

Floren, a Republican, is seeking a third term representing the 149th District in the state House of Representatives, which includes eastern Greenwich and parts of Stamford. She is being challenged by Kim Hynes, a Stamford Democrat.

10/10/04 - Is It Time To Start Organizing A Group To Stop Parents From Allowing Underage Drinking In Thier Homes?

A Greenwich High School student was hospitalized last night due to heavy alcohol consumption.

Many parents do allow underage drinking in their homes, and it is particularly time the community had a discussion about this problem.

Saturday, October 2, 2004

10/02/04 - A community college for greenwich ?

David Levinson, who became president of the state's largest community college six weeks ago, said last week he would like to see the school open locations in Ridgefield and Greenwich. Levinson said he has already discussed his vision with Ridgefield officials, but has not had talks in Greenwich or sought a location.

"We're thinking perhaps in Greenwich, but this is very exploratory," he said. "We need to reach out more to the southern part of Fairfield County. One of the interesting things I foresee there is not only offering educational programs but some of the cultural events that I think pull people in Greenwich. And the other thing there too, strategically, is to bring people from Westchester County and New York."

Friday, October 1, 2004

10/01/03 - GT News Clip - "It's certainly not our intention for us to advertise for people from Greenwich to come walk their dogs in Stamford,"

Dannel Malloy, who recalled having a general conversation on the subject of a dog park with former Greenwich First Selectman Richard Bergstressser more than a year ago, but nothing since.

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