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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

04/30/08 - Breaking News From The Greenwich Post & News 12 Video (Updated)


Surprise - A Perry Mason Moment As Public Defender Is Fired And Attorney
Mark Sherman Is Hired By Leonard Trujillo


Defendant in Kissel case hires new attorney
Motive still unknown as case delayed

By Ken Borsuk, Staff Reporter

Those wondering what police believe motivated the two men charged in the death of Greenwich resident Andrew Kissel will have to wait at least a few more weeks to find out.

Wednesday afternoon in Stamford Superior Court, Judge Richard Comerford kept the arrest and search warrants in the case sealed pending a hearing on May 20 to decide the matter. The delay in the decision was granted because Leonard Trujillo, who has been charged with Mr. Kissel’s murder, hired a new counsel. Public Defender Patrick Culligan and has been replaced by Mark Sherman.

Mr. Sherman, who was officially hired on Tuesday, said he needed the time to get up to speed on the case and submit a redacted version of the warrant to Judge Comerford in an effort to keep information he feels could damage his client’s right to a fair trial if released to the public.

By delaying the case until later in the month, it also delays the probable cause hearing for Mr. Trujillo, who has been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. That hearing had been set for May 21 and a new date has not been set.

In court Mr. Trujillo had to formally waive his right to have that hearing within 60 days of his March 22 arrest. Mr. Sherman said he has not decided whether to ask for a new hearing.

Mr. Trujillo has not entered a plea. Mr. Sherman said if the judge found there is probable cause to proceed with the case he would plead not guilty and dismissed reports that his client is cooperating with authorities to provide testimony against his cousin Carlos.

Carlos Trujillo, who served as Mr. Kissel’s driver and personal assistant, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and has pleaded not guilty.

At the May 20 hearing, Judge Comerford is expected to consider all possible redactions to the warrant and then decide whether it should be released to the public. A new probable cause hearing date could also be set at that time.

News 12 Also Reports:
(See Video Below)

Arrest warrants to remain sealed in Kissel case

STAMFORD - The two suspects arrested in connection with Andrew Kissel’s murder last month were in Stamford Superior Court Wednesday where it was determined their arrest warrants will remain sealed for the time being.

Kissel was found stabbed to death in his Greenwich mansion in April 2006. This past March, Greenwich police charged Kissel’s driver, 47-year-old Carlos Trujillo, with conspiracy to commit murder. His cousin, 21-year-old Leonard Trujillo, was also charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The warrants have been sealed ever since the arrests. Police have also been very tight-lipped about the case. Many thought the arrest warrants would be unsealed Wednesday, but in a surprise move, Leonard switched his legal representation from a public defender to a private attorney. The new attorney, Mark Sherman, then asked for three weeks to make edits to the arrest warrants.

Carlos’ attorney also asked that the warrants remained sealed until edits can be made. The judge agreed that to unseal the documents now might put the defendants’ rights to a fair trial in jeopardy.

The prosecutor also asked for the identities of six key witnesses to be kept secret.

Carlos has pleaded not guilty, while Leonard has yet to enter a plea. Sherman must file his proposed edits by May 20.

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Also Please See Previous Post:

04/30/08 - Today Could Be The Day That We Learn Why The Greenwich Police Depatment Thinks Two Brothers Killed A Millionaire Real Estate Developer

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04/30/08 - One Million Reasons That Shays Is Sucking Wind

Jim Himes Is Tanned Rested And Fully Funded To Take On Tired Old Shay's And His Horribly Expensive Iraq War

"He's the only Republican representative left in all of New England," said Howard L. Reiter, head of the Political Science department at the University of Connecticut.


Maura Keaney, Himes' campaign manager says she believes Shays is vulnerable because families are hurting economically.


Cook Report: Shays at risk

The Stamford Times, CT

U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays will be facing another difficult reelection campaign this fall, according to a Washington-based political report.

Shays, R-4, tops the list of incumbent Republican congressman most at risk to be unseated in the November elections, according to The Cook Political Report...

....The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan political newsletter, based Shays' vulnerability on factors such as past election results, party registration in the district and current cash on hand totals for Shays and his challenger, Democrat Jim Himes.

Reiter agrees with the assessment that Shays could be in trouble this fall. Over the last 50 years, New England, which had a strong Republican base, has been become Democratic territory.

Reiter said that as the Republican party began to grow stronger in the south, and moved to the right on social issues, Republican appeal waned in the northeast. This shift has put moderate Republicans in bind, Reiter said....

...Reiter said the issues that are driving the upcoming election are the usual suspects: the war in Iraq, health care, education, the housing market and the economy, which he believes will be the most important issue in congressional races across the board.

Shays support for the Iraq war has cost him some support in the 4th district, Reiter said, noting that Shays had two close reelections in 2004 and 2006.

However, it is still hard to say definitively whether or not this is the year Shays is defeated.

"It's been a balancing act (for Shays) in a swing district," Reiter said. "Sooner or later, I believe a democrat is probably going to win that seat."

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04/30/08 - Today Could Be The Day That We Learn Why The Greenwich Police Depatment Thinks Two Brothers Killed A Millionaire Real Estate Developer


Prosecutor's Have Fought To Keep The Arrest Records Sealed Since Carlos Trujillo And His Brother Was Arrested In March

Leonard Trujillo's Lawyer Wants The Arrest Documents To Remain Sealed In Order Not To Prejudice A Jury.


“There are legal concerns here,” says Lindy Urso, Carlos’ lawyer. “They are charged as conspirators, so there is a question of whether one of their statements may be admissible against the other.”


Arrest warrants may be unsealed in Kissel case

Andrew Kissel was found stabbed to death in his Greenwich mansion in April 2006.
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The arrest warrants pertaining to the murder of real estate developer Andrew Kissel could be unsealed sometime Wednesday.

Kissel was found stabbed to death in his Greenwich mansion in April 2006. This past March, Greenwich police charged Kissel’s driver, 47-year-old Carlos Trujillo, with conspiracy to commit murder. His cousin, 21-year-old Leonard Trujillo, was also charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The warrants have been sealed ever since the arrests. Police have also been very tight-lipped about the case.

“There [are] legal concerns here,” says Lindy Urso, Carlos’ lawyer. “They are charged as conspirators, so there is a question of whether one of their statements may be admissible against the other.”

Carlos has pleaded guilty, while Leonard has yet to enter a plea.

Please Also See:

Release of Kissel murder warrants hits snafu

Second Kissel slaying suspect faces Stamford judge

Driver pleads not guilty to developer's murder

Also This Media Advisory Has Been Issued:

Connecticut Coverage Advisory
Newsday, NY

... is scheduled for 2 pm in Stamford Superior Court on whether to unseal arrest affidavits in a homicide case involving Greenwich developer Andrew Kissel


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04/30/08 - Headlines And News Links From the Greenwich Post

Town Tree Warden Bruce Spaman helps plant a honey locust tree outside Greenwich High School, assisted by horticulture students, from left, Joe Williamson, Tom Imbrogno and Ashanti Clark.
— Ken Borsuk photo

Greenwich tree planting effort kicks off on Arbor Day

To mark Arbor Day, the Greenwich Tree Conservancy began to make good on a promise to plant trees at every public school in the district with a special ...

Greenwich Adult Day Care hosts annual garden party

Greenwich Adult Day Care will hold its 14th annual Garden Party tomorrow at the Riverside Yacht Club. As in years past, the benefit will feature a luncheon, ...

Greenwich's all-organic field care less costly than projected

After originally saying an all-organic form of maintenance for the town’s playing fields would cost an additional $1.2 million, the town’s Parks and ...

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04/30/08 - The Mets will open a new training facility in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic and will distribute the gloves to local children


Mets and Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich team up for Michael J. Biondi Memorial Baseball Glove Drive to benefit children in the Dominican Republic


Rally concludes with Mr. Met visit to Boys & Girls Club Sunday, May 18

New York Mets

...Fans can drop off their gloves at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich (4 Horseneck Lane) every afternoon through Sunday, May 18. The glove drive will conclude with a rally that will feature a visit from Mr. Met, a speed pitch alley, and raffle: all taking place on May 18 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm at the Club's ball field.

The baseball glove drive is named in memory of Michael J. Biondi husband of Greenwich Boys & Girls Club board member Cindy Biondi and father of four boys. Michael was also an investment banker and a lifelong baseball fan who devoted his life to his family and the community.

Joining the Mets and the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich are area organizations such as the Greenwich American Legion Baseball, Cal Ripken League and others, which are inviting area residents to bring new and used baseball gloves to the drop-off location. The Greenwich American Legion Baseball organization will also be conducting a baseball clinic for Club kids before the rally on Sunday, May 18....

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04/30/08 - Greenwich Police Blotter Via The Greenwich Post

Police Watch: The following reports were released April 30


Jason Lee Fournier, 27, of Oxford, Maine, was arrested April 29 and charged with first degree failure to appear. He was in a Florida correctional facility and waived extradition. Police officers traveled to Florida and transported him back to Greenwich. Fournier allegedly failed to respond in court to Nov. 27, 1998, charges of second degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and violation of probation. Fournier was being held on a $50,000 cash bond and is due in court May 7.


Richard Stafford, 47, of 9 Lake Drive, Riverside, Rodney Stafford, 45, of Somerset, Mass., and Robert Stafford, 48, of 102 Silo Circle were all arrested April 30 and charged with third degree assault, disorderly conduct and third degree criminal mischief. Police had been sent to Bull Dog Restaurant on the report of a fight. According to police reports, the three brothers had gone in and kept asking for more drinks throughout their time there, showing no willingness to leave. Witnesses described Richard as “antagonizing” employees the entire time they were there. The brothers then allegedly assaulted a restaurant employee when they left, causing that person to be taken to Greenwich Hospital for minor bruising. All three brothers were released on promises to appear in court on May 7.


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04/30/08 - Club’s Annual Gourmet Showcase Raises Funds for Toy Closet in Stamford Hospital’s Pediatric Unit

From left to right: Mark LeMoult, President of Club Chefs of Connecticut, of Norwalk; Katy Meyers, of Stamford; Marc Bennett; Robin Kanarek, of Greenwich; Carl Bennett, of Greenwich; Belinda Foster, Stamford Hospital Foundation's Director of Operations, of Stamford; Kari Pollak, Stamford Hospital Foundation's Special Events Associate, of Stamford; and Jeff Perez, Vice President of Club Chefs of Connecticut, of Norwalk.

David’s Treasure Tree receives $10K from Club Chefs of Connecticut

Stamford Plus Magazine, CT - 6 hours ago

David’s Treasure Tree, located in Stamford Hospital’s Pediatric Unit, recently received a $10,000 infusion from Club Chefs of Connecticut to help restock the year-round toy closet. This year marks Club Chef’s largest donation to the cause, having raised more than $31,000 since 2004.

David’s Treasure Tree is a toy closet named in memory of 15-year-old David Kanarek, a Greenwich resident who lost his battle with acute lymphomatic leukemia in 2000. Children staying in Stamford Hospital’s Pediatric Unit can select from the toy closet a developmentally appropriate toy or gift to keep. David’s parents Robin and Joseph Kanarek founded the cause as a unique way to honor their son’s memory.

David’s Treasure Tree helps children enjoy a momentary escape from the hospital experience,” Robin Kanarek said. “We know firsthand what that meant to David and are happy that other children and their families can experience that, too. So, it gives us great joy when an organization like Club Chefs of Connecticut can make such a significant contribution.”...

...David, then 14, was a camp counselor-in-training at Milbrook Country Club in Greenwich, where, at the time, Perez was executive chef. After David’s death, ...

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04/30/08 - Recipients risk having their names, which appear in a police affidavit, become public if the case fails to go forward (Updated)

Who Is The Mystery Woman That Greenwich Park's Director Joseph Siciliano Ignored?


"We definitely have enough for an arrest warrant," Greenwich Police Cheif David Ridberg said. "The prosecutors feel that we don't have enough for a conviction."


Ridberg would not identify the suspect or discuss that person's connection to the whistle-blower, other than to say that the key witness was a woman who had a personal relationship with the counterfeiter.


Police look for fake beach card witnesses

Police are trying to bolster their criminal case against an alleged counterfeiter who gave friends fake beach cards, one that relies heavily on a single whistle-blower with ties to the suspect, Chief David Ridberg said yesterday....

..."The woman who dropped off the stuff, one can infer she has something to gain from the other person going down," Ridberg said. "So, therefore, we have to overcome the stigma that the suspect is being setup."...

A message seeking comment from Assistant State's Attorney Steve Weiss was left yesterday at his Stamford office.

First Selectman Peter Tesei said the alleged forgery of town documents should not be taken lightly.

"That's why I felt from the very beginning it should be handled by police," Tesei said. "Obviously, the objective is to present as strong a case as possible that will result in a conviction. There are some nuances about it that certainly make it more complex than it should be."....

...Greenwich Time received a binder with materials similar to those described by town officials. It contained photocopies of beach cards from the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the names of several individuals and their supposed addresses, which were all in Old Greenwich.

None of the individuals named were listed in telephone directories at the addresses printed on the cards, however. One of the individuals was listed as a Stamford resident.

Photocopies of beach parking stickers from the 2006 and 2004 seasons also were included, as well as several marina permits from 2006.

Please see:

04/28/08 - Do you really think it was Greenwich Senior Citizens who were involved in counterfeiting beach passes?


02/19/08 - Coverup? - Why Isn't This Felony Being Investigated By The Police Department?

02/20/08 - Is The Coverup Comming To An End? - Police Commisioner Tesei Lights A Fire Under Police Chief Ridberg's Rear End.

02/21/08 - Stop The Coverup - Since When Is Joesph Siciliano A Criminal Investigator?

03/18/08 - First Selectman Peter Tesei said, "Every effort should be made to identify the culprit and prosecute the person."

04/21/08 - You Can Blame This Screw Up On High Paid Parks Department Head Joesph "I Thought I Could Handle A Police Investigation" Sicilano

04/22/08 - See The Channel 2 Video - Fakes Allowing Many Access To Exclusive Waterfront

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04/30/08 - I tagged along with a gentleman named Rob Adams, who is essentially the sports department

Meet The Mets! ( and the GHS Cardinals)
by GlassCeilings

I also decided that I would keep score in the scorecard provided in the team program. I had never completed a full game in one of these things, but felt it was a good time to start as I am currently attempting to intern over at a Greenwich radio station, WGCH, ...

I tagged along with a gentleman named Rob Adams, who is essentially the sports department to a Greenwich High School baseball game last week and hung out next to the GHS Cardinals dugout. The game itself was a lop-sided event - Greenwich losing to Wilton 11-2, but it was interesting to be that close to the action, and it was definitely a brand new experience as I had not been to an amateur baseball game in what seems like forever...

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About GlassCeilings:

I'm the guy who knew too much (or too little - depends on who you talk to and on what subject), I love politics - consider myself a liberal (who hates compromising on my core ideals), I'm thoughtful (though I'm always to afraid to put those thoughts to good use), yeah. I guess you could say I'm simply complicated....
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04/30/08 - Oh, did I mention that my mom is going to come with me to a few cities? How fun is that?!

My Book Tour Starts Today!

How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl's Survival Guide...

by Sarah Burningham

This morning I got up at the crack of dawn (literally the crack) to fly out to Cincinnati/Dayton for the first stop on my book tour. Check out the schedule below to see if I'm coming to your city. And if I am - you should stop by because I would LOVE to see you!...

....GREENWICH, CT - Monday, May 12, 2008
Parents Together Group Meeting @ 9:00am
For more information, visit: Greenwich Schools

Just Books & Arcadia Coffee Company,
28 Arcadia Road
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
For more information, call: 203-637-0707
or visit: Just Books

Sarah Burningham: How to Raise Your Parents - http://www.raiseyourparents.com/weblog/

ALSO Please See:

"Eight Top Teen Health Hazards" - advice from Sarah for teens and parents on everything from tattoos to getting enough sleep

Teen Vogue
Exactly what you need to know about mother / daughter relationships.

The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY)
"[How to Raise Your Parents] offers negotiation tips and suggestions on handling the varying parent- teen conflicts such as privacy, dating, grades, driving, and even getting them to like their music. O’Leary’s writing has a very youthful tone, which accompanied by fun illustrations, includes lists ranging from thought- provoking to silly, and stories from teens, make the book very appealing to teens and will hopefully open the door to better family communication." - The Buffalo News

SmartGirlsRock.com - A rave review by real teens!
"This book is funny without being stupid, informative without being boring, and helpful while still being one of the best books I’ve ever read...This is something every teen needs on their bookshelf or, more likely, on the floor somewhere." - Smart Girls Rock

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04/30/08 - Please Don't Worry About John Meriwether He Will be Well Paid For Lossing Other People's Money

Meriwether's Troubled Fund Offers Early Exit
New York Post

Following months of steadily declining returns in his hedge fund, John Meriwether is offering some investors an early out.

Investors of the JMW Global Macro fund, the smaller of the two funds managed by Meriwether's JMW Partners, are being offered the chance to pull out their money as soon as tomorrow....

Ordinarily, the fund's investors would have to wait until the end of June to exit, but Meriwether is probably offering these select investors an early out, so that he can use their money for a new failed investment fund.

Meanwhile, the New York Post notes that investors of Meriwether's flagship fund - the $1 billion Relative Value Opportunity fund, which had losses of nearly 32 percent as of the end of March - are less fortunate.

...Those positions have to wait till the end of June to get any money back. Based on redemption requests already received for Relative Value, one-eighth of total assets - the maximum allowed - is scheduled to be yanked....

.... Meriwether's Long-Term Capital Management became a household name after losing $4 billion in 1998.

Please see:

04/29/08 - Why I Am Not Shocked At This News Item?

04/02/08 - And The Loser Is...

03/19/08 - More On The Meriweher Deja Vu Story - Dose Anyone Know Why This Guy Is Allowed To Manage Other Peoples Money?

03/19/08 - Have You Kicked A Hedge Fund Guy Today - Things Go From Bad To Worse

03/29/08 - Rich Men Behaving Badly


LTCM Redux: Phd’s fail yet again

Meriwether set up JWM, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1999. The Global Macro fund takes directional bets on the likes of currencies and interest rates and had $380m under management at the beginning of the year. ...

Exploit The Market - http://exploitthemarket.com/


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04/29/08 - Greenwich Hedge fund portfolio manager claims former employer cheated him at a time when he needed cash to care for his cancer-stricken son

Fund Exec Sues To Get His Bonu$

New York Post

.... Stephen Czech claims that Jonathan Bauer, who runs the roughly $4 billion Contrarian Capital Management in Greenwich, Conn., is withholding Czech's regular base pay and bonus "arbitrarily," according to a lawsuit filed in state court in Stamford.

The teeth of the complaint centers on an approved personal leave of absence that Czech had taken from Jan. 6 to Feb. 16 to seek medical attention for his 11-year-old son, who had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Czech alleges that during his leave his already shaky relationship with Bauer became contentious as Bauer became increasingly unreasonable about paying more than $1 million in total compensation owed to him.

Czech was racing to gather funds for pre- and post-operative medical attention to save his son's life and treat a plum-size tumor at the base of his brain stem.

Calls and an e-mail to Bauer requesting comment were not returned....

...Bauer's main argument for withholding his former portfolio manager's compensation was that a portion of it (about 25 percent after taxes) needed to be reinvested into the roughly $220 million investment vehicle or a yet-to-be-formed fund.

Communicating mostly via e-mail and BlackBerry, Czech had made attempts to settle the matter amicably over the past two months, but excerpts of e-mails filed along with the lawsuit depict Bauer as freezing up his employee's access to much-needed capital.

"Sorry for the confusion. Never meant to suggest that we had any intention of waiving the 25 percent requirement," read one e-mail Bauer sent to Czech on Feb. 16.

Bauer has since disbanded the fund Czech ran and has not launched a new lending fund, the lawsuit notes....

... successful medical treatment has helped Czech's son's brain tumor shrink to the size of a pea....

Also Please See:

Contrarian Capital sued by former portfolio manager who claims that his pay and bonus were withheld

“Sorry for the confusion. Never meant to suggest that we had any intention of waiving the 25 percent requirement”

Did Jon Bauer and his $4 billion Contrarian Capital "arbitrarily" withhold a former portfolio manager's regular pay as well as his bonus while he was away on leave tending his son who was battling inoperable brain cancer ...

Full Story: Wall Street Folly


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04/31/08 - The bank could help serve a niche once held by Putnam Trust, a chain of Greenwich banks that merged with Bank of New York in 1995


"There are no locally owned private banks in Greenwich," said Daniel Donahue, chairman of the board at Fieldpoint and a Greenwich resident since 1976. "We plan to give out very personalized advice. We want our private bank to provide tools that help service our clients."


New Greenwich Bank May Open "An Office A Year" In Other Locations That Have High Net-worth Residents Like New York City And Westchester County


Back to basics: New bank builds relationships

Greenwich Time, CT

Officials at Fieldpoint Private Bank & Trust want their new firm to bring private banking "back to what it used to be."

The exclusive new Greenwich bank, which opens its doors today at 100 Field Point Road, is promising its high-net-worth members a personal relationship similar to what's found in many walk-up community banks, but with the power and expertise of some of Wall Street's top talent.

Fieldpoint, a chartered federal savings bank which will provide personal and business banking, wealth management, and family office services, also will offer its clients a change of pace from many of the "mega banks" that have set up shop in lower Fairfield County....

...."They're in a unique position considering the demographics of Greater Greenwich," said John Carusone, president of the Bank Analysis Center in Hartford. "They obviously have their work cut out for them because they're competing with a host of wealth management institutions that are among the best of the world."...


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04/30/08 - The Raw Greenwich News And Business Feed For Wednesday


  1. Group submits Woodfield Inn bid, wait on upset bid deadline


    ... business in a foreclosure sale on the courthouse steps Tuesday. In a separate foreclosure sale, the group out of Greenwich, Conn., also bid $600,000 for the house that is next door to the inn. SPCP Group was the only bidder on the property at ...

    Tags: Henderson County, NC, Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance, Forclosures

  2. Westchester briefing

    Journal News

    King Street was closed for more than two hours near the Westchester County Airport yesterday when a tree fell on a section of the street in Greenwich, Conn., striking an occupied car and backing up traffic into ...

  3. Genesee & Wyoming to acquire CAGY Industries

    Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

    GREENWICH, Conn. - Genesee & Wyoming Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire CAGY Industries, Inc.

    Tags: Real Estate, West Point, MS, Transportation, Railroads R

  4. Merck shares decline after drug's rejection

    Asbury Park Press

    ... failure "comes as a surprise, given the publicly disclosed data," said Barbara Ryan, a Deutsche Bank analyst in Greenwich, Conn., in a note to clients Tuesday. "Without more information, it is difficult to gauge what the FDA took issue with, or what ...

    Tags: Medicine, Health, Cholesterol, Biotech, Merck, Healthcare Industry

  5. Public relations, press release distribution, investor relations, SEC filing

    Business Wire

    ... GREENWICH, Conn.--United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced first quarter 2008 continuing operations diluted ...

    Tags: Industrial Machines, United Rentals, Leasing

  6. Twitter and the Zeitgeist

    Rebuilding Media

    ... Communications, and meanwhile is managing partner of the media consulting firm of Digital Deliverance LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut. Two forces have shattered the news media. Technology is the first. Although media technology is undergoing its ...

    Tags: Publishing, Media, Journalism, Blog News

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It was a glint of silver that caught Jim Chadwick's eye recently, setting up a mystery for an Old Greenwich family.
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Cost rises for alternatives to pesticides

It's going to cost a lot more green to keep the town's athletic fields green, park officials told members of the Board of Selectmen yesterday.
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Many still cool to Ave. traffic lights

For long-time resident Mary Ferry, the safety benefits of traffic lights on Greenwich Avenue is not so clear cut.
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The fate of a fictional man charged in the brutal stabbing of a rival lawyer was in the hands of Greenwich High School students yesterday.
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What's Going On In Greenwich

Greenwich Post's
Postings Column


EPIC meeting

Every Person Influences Children holds a discussion on character, conscience and values, 6 to 8, Wednesday, April 30, Boys and Girls Club; childcare and light supper provided; meeting offered in English and Spanish; 413-8190; Maryann_Murray@greenwich.k12.ct.us.

Pemberwick/Glenville association
A community meeting to decide the formation of a new association with the Pemberwick and Glenville neighborhoods, 7 to 9, Wednesday, April 30, Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center; 531-4037; Vad5573@aol.com; Pemberwickcommunity.org.

Managing stress
The Greenwich chapter of Hadassah sponsors a talk by Ruthanne Jaffe Birnbaum, licensed clinical social worker, on ways to manage stress, 7:30, Wednesday, April 30, Greenwich Library; free; reservations required; 629-1669; Nrfboston@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 1

CT Press Club Awards
The Connecticut Press Club honors Mark Twain recipient Faith Middleton and contest winners, 6, Thursday, May 1, Hyatt Regency; reservations required; $50 per person, $65 walk-ins; 860-354-6488; Pfdasc@aol.com.

Celebrate girls with laughter
Comedian Karen Bergreen hosts the Girls Incorporated Celebrate Girls Awards Dinner, 6, Thursday, May 1, Crowne Plaza in Southbury; 756-4639.

‘Seducing the Boys Club’
Nina DiSesa, chairman of McCann Erickson New York, discusses her book Seducing The Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics from a Woman at the Top, 6:30, Thursday, May 1, YWCA; free; registration required; 869-6501, ext. 0; Ywcagreenwich.org.

Friday, May 2

Think Spring
The Connecticut Pioneer Branch of The National League of American Pen Women holds an opening reception for its exhibition titled “Thoughts of Spring,” 6 to 8, Friday, May 2, YWCA; exhibit opens April 26 and runs through May 31; 869-6501.

Saturday, May 3

Infant/child CPR
Greenwich health at Greenwich Hospital offers infant/child CRP training, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, May 8, 15 and 29, Healthy Living Center; $65; registration required; 863-4277; Greenhosp.org.

Living healthy and wealthy

Greenwich Hospital’s Women’s Resource Center and the YWCA co-sponsor a presentation about living with less stress, more fulfillment, principles of smart investing and financial security, 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3, Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital; registration required; $20; 263-3627.

Gardener’s Market
The Garden Education Center of Greenwich holds it’s 47th Annual May Gardener’s Market, 9 to 1, Saturday, May 3, Garden Education Center; free; 869-9242; Gecgreenwich.org.

Use your resources
Toni McKeen, genealogy lecturer, presents a workshop titled “Having The City Directories Work For You,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 3, Cos Cob Library community room; free; 622-6883.

What a girl wants
Annabel Monaghan and Elisabeth Wolfe, authors of Click! The Girl’s Guide to Knowing What You Want and Making it Happen, hold a book signing and talk, 2, Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, Greenwich Library; Clickthegirlsguide.com.

Tall Ships Ball
SoundWaters is hosting its 13th Annual Tall Ships Ball. Proceeds benefit SoundWaters, 5 to 11, Saturday, May 3, Riverside Yacht Club; registration required; $250 per person; 406-3314; Soundwaters.org.

Sunday, May 4

Mother-Daughter Tea
The Breast Center at Greenwich Hospital hosts its annual Mother-Daughter High Tea for breast cancer survivors, 2 to 4, Sunday, May 4, Innis Arden Golf Club; reervations required; free; 863-4277; Greenhosp.org.

A view of the Mediterranean
The Garden Education Center holds an opening reception for an exhibit of Greenwich artist Agop Chalekian’s painting depicting scenese of the Mediterranean, 2 to 4, Sunday, May 4, Garden Education Center; exhibit opens May 2 and runs through May 23; 869-9242.

Crab walk
Rosemary Louden walks along the beach and gives a lesson on horseshoe crabs 6 p.m. Sundays, May 4 and 18 and June 1, Greenwich Point Chimes building; rain or shine.

Monday, May 5

Cancer coping
Greenwich Health offers a family support group for those affected by cancer, 6:30 to 7:30, Monday, May 5, Bendheim Cancer Center at Greenwich Hospital; free; 863-3704.

Prostate education
The Prostate Cancer Education Forum meets, 6:30 to 8, Monday, May 5, Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital; free; registration required; 863-4277; Greenhosp.org.

Tuesday, May 6

Tempest talk
Weather expert Art horn presents “Hurricane: The Ultimate Storm,” 11, Tuesday, May 6, Greenwich Library Meeting Room; free; 622-7948.

Parkinson’s Support
The Parkinson’s support group meets, 1:30 to 3, Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center; free; 863-3792.

Detecting Autism
Kasia Chawarka, director of the Disabilities clinic for Infants and Toddlers at the Yale Child Study Center, presents “Surviving Autism: Research in Early Identification and Treatment,” 7 to 8, Tuesday, May 6, Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital; registration required; 863-3627; Greenhosp.org.

Wednesday, May 7

Nonprofit grant writing
Marilyn Hoyt, president and CEO of the new York Hall of Science, presents a training session on grant writing for staff and volunteers of local nonprofit organizations, 9 to 4, Wednesday, May 7, Greenwich Library meeting room; sign in at 8:30; registration required; $45; 869-2221.

Kindergarten countdown
Greenwich Hospital holds a panel discussion on kindergarten readiness, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital; free; registration required; 863-3863; Angreag@greenhosp.org.

Melody men
The Retired Men’s Association’s singing group performs, 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, YMCA; 637-2393; Decsepel2@aol.com.

Free anxiety screenings
Greenwich Hospital observes National Anxiety Screening Day by offering free anxiety screenings, noon to 2 and 5 to 6, Wednesday, May 7, Behavioral Health Center; appointment required; 863-3316.

‘SCRABBLE Challenge’
The Literacy Volunteers of Stamford/Greenwich Inc. holds it’s annual Scrabble competition to benefit LVSG, 6 to 9:30, Wednesday, May 7, Boys and Girls Club; 324-5214.

Thursday, May 8

Breaking the glass ceiling
The National League of American pen Women sponsors a talk by a panel of leading women in the arts, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 8, Garden Education Center; free; reservations required; 869-6347; 869-8313.

‘Old Bags Luncheon’
The YWCA holds an Old Bags Luncheon Garden Party to benefit its Domestic Abuse Services, 11, Thursday, May 8, Belle Haven Club; reservations required; ticket prices begin at $300 for individuals; 869-6501, ext. 103.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

04/29/08 - “He said, ‘Where do you go to college?’ I said, ‘Actually, I'm going to be a junior at Greenwich High School"

"Anyone that is this good looking has to be terribly conceited!"

Cynthia Blumenthal Enjoys Life Out Of Spotlight
NBC30.com, CT - 5 hours ago

In public, Richard Blumenthal is often seen as Connecticut's aggressive attorney general rather than a husband and father of four.

By his side for the past 26 years is his wife,
Cynthia Blumenthal, a Harvard graduate.She recently sat down with NBC 30 and still beams when she describes the moment when she first met her future husband.

She was 16, he was 31.

“He was striking, even to someone who was 16,” she said. She turned to her friend and said, ‘
Anyone who is that good looking has to be terribly conceited!’ Cynthia Blumenthal said.

That could not have been more untrue, she said.

“He said, ‘Where do you go to college?’ I said, ‘Actually, I'm going to be a junior at
Greenwich High School and he said, ‘It's been really nice talking to you, and that was that!’” Cynthia Blumenthal said.

They met again, years later when
Cynthia Blumenthal was 21.After getting married, Cynthia Blumenthal did some photography and considered going to law school, but she was aware of her husband's determination to serve in public office.


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04/29/08 - Come To Rabbi Mitch's Bar Mitzvah

Rabbi Mitch Hurvitz marks “bar-mitzvah year” at Temple Sholom
Connecticut Jewish Ledger

By Cindy Mindell

Temple Shalom in Greenwich will turn May 9 and 10 into a cantorial Shabbat weekend celebration honoring Rabbi Mitch Hurvitz on his thirteenth year of service.

The congregation’s Cantor Asa Fradkin will be joined by three visiting cantors n Arthur Giglio, Daniel Gross, and Benjamin Matis for a special Friday Night Live. On Saturday, the congregation will join together for a Shabbat family service and festive meal.

A Boston native raised in Palo Alto, Hurvitz earned a BA in history in 1986 from UCLA, where he was president of the Jewish Student Union and assistant director of programming for Hillel. In 1991, he earned a Master of Hebrew Letters degree from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and was ordained in 1996 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Rabbi Hurvitz joined Temple Sholom as assistant rabbi in June 1995, and became associate rabbi three years later. When longtime Rabbi Hillel Silverman retired in 2001, “Rabbi Mitch” took the pulpit as senior rabbi.

Hurvitz also serves as Rabbinic Consultant at the Stamford Jewish Community Center, and as a board member of UJA/Federation of Greenwich, Fellowship Clergy of Greenwich, Greenwich Chaplaincy Services, and Council of Churches and Synagogues. He is recognized as a prominent religious leader throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties. He is a community activist, scholar, teacher, and preacher. He is a frequent guest speaker at churches, Bible-study groups, community institutions, and universities. He is recognized as a charismatic personality, who engages individuals and prompts their hearts and minds. An author of numerous popular and scholarly articles, he has also written “Introduction to the Jewish Faith” and the “Encyclopedia of Judaism” for publisher Facts on File.

“Rabbi Mitch” is president of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy, and is a member of the New York and Greenwich/Stamford Boards of Rabbis and the Rabbinical Assembly.

He his wife, Roseanne, are the proud parents of Simon, Naomi, Ezra and Faith.

President Steve Katz promises a “bar mitzvah-ish presidential greeting” for Rabbi Hurvitz, “something like ‘How are you feeling now?’ which is what the rabbi asks our b’nei-mitzvah during services” on their special day.

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04/29/08 - It was not angry bloggers or Mr. Lamont's insurgent campaign workers who rendered the site inaccessible, but sheer technological ineptitude

Media that reported Lieberman's hacking charge against Lamont ...

Despite having reported the allegation by Sen. Joe Lieberman's campaign that supporters of Ned Lamont had "hacked" Lieberman's campaign website, ABC, CNN, and CBS have yet to report that an FBI investigation reportedly found "no evidence of (an) attack." The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, reported on April 9 that an October 2006 FBI email indicated that the FBI had found Lieberman's website "crashed because Lieberman officials continually exceeded a configured limit of 100 e-mails per hour the night before the primary."...

...After losing the Democratic primary to Lamont, Lieberman ran for re-election to the Senate as an independent. Shortly after Lieberman defeated Lamont in the November 2006 general election, The Advocate reported that the U.S. attorney's office and state attorney general in Connecticut had "cleared" the Lamont campaign and its supporters of any wrongdoing. ABC, CNN, and CBS ignored that report as well. From a December 20, 2006, article in The Advocate...

...According to an April 22, 2008, Advocate article, the office of state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said it "never saw or read the [October 25, 2006] FBI e-mail until its contents were reported by The Advocate" on April 9....

Media Matters for America - http://mediamatters.org

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04/29/08 - Bill Clark The Web Master Of Greenwich Gossip Has Some Hamilton Avenue School Pictures For You

Greenwich Gossip


A fresh batch of photographic views (as opposed to your scribe's usual written ones) has arrived, and the stories they have to tell are many and varied. So let's get started (remember to click on the pics for the wide-screen view):

Here are some pictures of Hamilton Avenue students and parents picketing the Board of Ed building after the unspeakable Betty Sternberg unilaterally shut the school down for a week so she could arrange busing schedules for them (bringing busing to Greenwich has been a primary objective of hers since day one; she is determined to destroy the neighborhood school system, the Gifted and Talented program, and anything else that might possibly inure to educational excellence in our Town). See the earlier post, Same Old, Same Mold, for more of the gory details.

...Continuing the theme of Why
Betty Sternberg Should be Tarred and Feathered and Ridden Out of Town on a Rail....

...These are the moldy modular classrooms that the
Board of Ed foisted off on the Town by saying it would be more economical to buy them than to lease them (the original plan). Well, we own them, folks - aren't they lovely?...

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