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Saturday, May 31, 2008

05/31/08 Sometimes Greenwich Time Reporters Remind Us Of The Bush Administration Before Nine Eleven - They Just Can't Connect The Dots!!! (updated)


Hello Hoa Nguyen!!!
You Just Don't Get It.
Let Me Draw You A Picture
Concerning Glenville's Suspended Principal.


This Was A Personal Vendetta That Principal D'Amico Had With Mr. Carbino, Because He Spoke Out Against The Contaminated Modular Classrooms.

This more about mold and less about cupcakes.

Hoa Nguyen's unbelievably incomplete reporting has allowed Glenville School to go nuts over cupcakes.

If Hoa Nguyen was capable of properly reporting the order of events then maybe the Glenville Parents would understand why Principal D'Amico was suspended.

Despite the incomplete Greenwich Time reporting parents should realize that:

  • A principal would not be suspended so lightly.
  • The Greenwich Time repeated assertions that this is about "cupcakes" is totally ridiculous.
  • Principal D'Amico did something very unethical.

Based upon Hoa Nguyen's incomplete reporting parents are passing around petitions.

These poor uniformed parents are signing petitions without all the facts, thanks to Hoa Nguyen and the Greenwich Time!!!

This hate filled reaction to the incomplete Greenwich Time reports is embarrassing for the Greenwich Public School System in general and the Glenville school community in particular.

Hoa fails to tell Glenville School parents that School Board Members asked Principal D'Amico about Mr. Carbino's complaint.

What Hoa doesn't tell Glenville School parents is that Principal D'Amico lied to his boss and said it was an ongoing policy and that it was in the handbook and always had been.

What Hoa also doesn't tell Glenville School parents is that Principal D'Amico was asked several times about it and lied several times to his bosses. The fact is that he altered the document after Carbino went in and made that policy that day.


Why doesn't Hoa ask questions like:

If Principal D'Amico wanted to change the birthday policy then why didn't he send home a memo in the Friday folder-something that the parents might actually read....not alter the online handbook that no one even looks at?

Has Hoa even tried to find the online handbook?


Maybe all these petition signers should wait to hear the all facts before going off half cocked with incomplete Greenwich Time reporting.

If Greenwich Time reporters had reported things completely then maybe Glenville would not have turned into such a hysterical mess.

This ameturish reporting that has caused so much gossip and hate to go around Glenville School. These poorly prepared reports have even caused Mr. Carbino's children to be threatened on the Greenwich Time message boards.

Mr. Carbino's side of the story has not even equalled three column inches in all of the Greenwich Time reports.

Mr. Carbino's supporters have receive zero column inches in all of the Greenwich time reports.

Yet Principal D'Amico, his lawyer and supporters are given column feet to in the multiple Greenwich Time reports.

Is this fair and balanced reporting?

Just look at today's misleading Greenwich Time headline.

One is led to believe that Principal D'Amico has given the newspaper some kind of exclusive statement, but it is actually a rehashing of the previous unbalanced reports that are so unfair to Mr. Carbino.

Principal tells his side of story: Statement to school board will be weighed at Monday's meeting

As Glenville parents grappled with the turmoil besetting their school, suspended principal Marc D'Amico prepared to meet with district officials next week, his lawyer said.

In anticipation of a meeting scheduled for Monday, D'Amico submitted to Greenwich administrators yesterday a statement explaining his version of the events leading to his suspension, his Hamden lawyer John Gesmonde said.

"The superintendent had instructed him to provide them with a statement of his understanding of the events," he said. "They will have that as well as whatever they have discovered or reviewed in their investigation."

D'Amico's fate could be decided at the Monday meeting, where he is expected to meet with Superintendent of Schools Betty Sternberg and the district's lawyers, said Gesmonde, who expects to be at the meeting.

"That's what we're led to understand," Gesmonde said.

Kim Eves, the district's spokesman, said officials are maintaining their silence until the investigation is completed.

"There's a hope they can resolve the matter sooner rather than later," she said.

On Wednesday, district officials suspended D'Amico from his position at Glenville School, saying only that they were launching an investigation of serious allegations.

Gesmonde, who said he and D'Amico had been asked to refrain from publicly talking about the events, has confirmed the firestorm began with a dispute over whether a parent could deliver cupcakes to his daughter's classroom on her .... Blah ... Blah... Blah .... D'Amico's side of the issue ... Blah ... Blah ... Blah... D'Amico's lawyers side of the issue ... Blah ... Blah ... Blah ... Some no comments from the administration ... Blah ... Blah ... Blah

Read The Full Rehashing Of The Biased "So-Called" News Reports Here: Greenwich Time

Hoa what about the Carbino family and their supporters?

Hoa is this fair? Hoa is this Balanced?

Hoa where's D'Amico's big statement?

Everyone knows that Principal D'Amico will give a statement on Monday, so what !!!!

That's Standard Operating Proceedure.

Hoa this is non-news that misinforms parents.

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05/31/08 greenwich Time News Links For Saturday




David McLain of Stamford, left, and Dan Walsh of Port Chester, have...
(Bob Luckey Jr./ Greenwich Time Photo)


Friends plan perfect day to launch fund
It would be a day that Frank Walsh would have loved. A round of golf with friends, sharing food and drink with even more friends and ending the evening with some music.

Hurt officer determined to resume post
Greenwich Police Officer Kyle O'Neill said he has stayed upbeat while healing from a recent serious head injury sustained in the line of duty, unsure of whether he will rebound quickly or struggle for years to get back to normal.

Recovering alcoholic helps others
Greenwich residents Louis and Virginia Bantle are being honored with a Spirit of Hope award from the Norwalk-based Liberation Programs at a dinner Tuesday for their commitment to helping others struggling with addiction.

HARTFORD - Organizations in Stamford and Norwalk were the beneficiaries of state aid released yesterday by the bond commission at its regular monthly meeting.

Principal tells his side of story: Statement to school board will be weighed at Monday meeting
As Glenville parents grappled with the turmoil besetting their school, suspended principal Marc D'Amico prepared to meet with district officials next week, his lawyer said.

Teen driving group seeks parents' support
HARTFORD - At the close of yesterday's final meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Teen Safe Driving, member Timothy Hollister issued an emotional plea to parents.

The Board of Education has rejected Freedom of Information requests for a surveillance video of a Greenwich High School student being tasered by town police trying to arrest him at the school two weeks ago, Town Attorney John Wayne Fox said.

Police seek slasher
Greenwich police say they are on the lookout for an Albanian man suspected of ordering a savage slashing attack on his ex-girlfriend after a multistate manhunt led detectives from New York City's Chinatown to a local bar frequented by the fugitive.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

0530/08 The Greenwich Police Blotter Via The Greenwich Post


PROBATION
Daniel Wall, 27, of 36 Sheephill Road was arrested May 29 and charged with six counts of violation of probation. The state office of probation had instructed Greenwich police to arrest Wall and he was taken into custody after police found him in his garage. Wall was being held in lieu of six $10,000 cash bonds and is due in court June 12.

ASSAULT
A 41-year-old Greenwich woman was arrested May 30 and charged with third degree assault and disorderly conduct. Police had been sent to the woman’s home on the report of a domestic violence incident. The woman reportedly told police she had an argument with a man about his ongoing infidelity. Police said the woman struck the man in the head with a cordless phone and threw items around the house. The woman was given a misdemeanor summons and released at the scene on a promise to appear. She was due in court May 30.

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05/30/08 Serious "Cup Cake" Allegations? With 10 School Days It Is A Disgrace That Kim Eves Is Witholding Vital Information From Glenville Parents.


Glenville School Parents Are Getting The Feeling That School Spokesperson Kim Is Hiding Something From Them Just Days Before Summer Vacation?

Will Kim announce that the Glenville Principal will have to resign over the summer to attend to personal matters?

Or will Kim announce that Glenville School Principal Marc D'Amico sent to "re-education camp" and return to school as a teacher?

Will Kim ever tell Glenville School Parents and The Single Family Home-owners who pay the bills what really happened? Or will this re
main a "state secret" of the Greenwich Board Of Education.


Will Greenwich newspaper reporters be brave enough to confront
Kim "The Great Leader" of news spin
and "The Mother Who Gave Birth To Rumourmongers"?


Answers needed at Glenville School

Greenwich Time Editorial

Under the heading of some things go without saying but need to be said anyway: Greenwich residents and parents, especially those with kids at Glenville School, need a timely and complete accounting of what is behind the suspension of Glenville School Principal Marc D'Amico.

School officials said Wednesday they were suspending the principal pending in an investigation into "serious allegations," we're sure sending alarm through many homes on the western side of town. But, predictably, no more information was forthcoming.

"It's a confidential personal matter," was all district spokeswoman Kim Eves would say.

In incidents regarding personnel matters, public officials are often limited in what they can say, at least without the person in question's permission.

But parents need to know what's going on here.

"Not knowing exactly what happened is kind of scary," the parent of a third-grader at the school told our reporter Hoa Nguyen. No arguments here.

There was speculation following the suspension that it stemmed from a complaint by a parent who had wanted to visit his child on the student's birthday. But suspending any educator, let alone a school principal, is a drastic act. Something more than telling a father he couldn't visit his kid had to have happened...

...But the central administration has to step up as well. Parents need to know what's going on. They are understandably frustrated. And if the rumor mill is allowed to reach high gear, it will only make the situation worse for everyone.

Read The Full Greenwich Time Editorial Here

Please also see:

05/29/08 This month principals from all over the world have been suspended and in each and every case the parents were told why, except in Greenwich

And:
05/28/08 Greenwich Post And Greenwich Time Websites 
Have Breaking Glenville School News
Where's The Greenwich Citizen?

The Town of Greenwich's school system needs some MAJOR overhauling a lot of high-paid-failed administrators need to go.


Maybe, one of the first administrators needs to be school spokeswoman Kim "The Spin Doctor" Eves needs to go if she can't start telling the Press Who, What, When, Where and especially Why.

The citizens of Greenwich have enough of all the school district spin and are demanding accountability, since the school is once again coming to the next representative town meeting and asking for even MORE tax dollars.

Ms. Eves still has not let the parents see the video of a Greenwich Student getting tased in the neck, then in the chest and the in the leg.

The parents and the single family home-owners of Greenwich need unbiased and transparent information in order to make the changes needed to get this out of control Superintendent her failed school board under control.

Because of the way Kim Eves handled this situation Glenville parents have received an unnecessary amount of misinformation.

"Cupcakes" makes a great headline to report about Ms. Eves failure to respond to reporters questions.

It was a disservice to the citizens of Greenwich for Kim Eves not to make it clear that this was about Principal D'amico changing documents to support his stance after-the-fact?

The parent involved, Mr. Carbino, has called the action "Devious".

Devious is a good word. What else would Principal D'Amico do to cover his tracks?

Only fools would believe all the media hype of "cupcakes".

A suspension doesn't arise from one innocent parent complaint.

There must be more to it.

Even if it was true about there being a pre-existing school policy on "cupcakes".

The facts are that Mr. Carbino cleared it with teacher before hand; it is obvious the teacher didn't know any thhing about the rule.


Probably, because the rule did not exist until the parent complained to Principal D'Amico superiors.

Why didn't the teacher didn't step in and speak up?

"I am sorry Mr. D'amico, I didn't know about this "unpublished" rule. I am the one who told Mr. Carbino he could bring the cupcakes. I wish it had been in the handbook that was issued to all the teachers. I promise Mr. D'amico, this will never happen again. I will do my best to discourage parental involvement at Glenville school."

Maybe Principal D'amico's Integrity problem also has affected those that answer to him. Or maybe, teachers are afraid to point something out to Mr. D'Amico.

Who knows maybe Principal D'Amico will go alter a few documents in their personnel file.

Doesn't Glenville School have an honor code?

Dose that code of honor only apply to parents and children and not to school administrators and staff.

Principal D'Amico should follow his lawyers excellent advise and apologize to Mr. Carbino.

From everything that has been reported Mr. Carbino only wanted an apology and the truth from D'Amico. That was never given.

There is a serious concern how far the principal went to prove he was right and the parent was wrong (he did change a document after the fact).

There is probably much more then cupcakes in the Principal D'amico's closet.

Do you really think the district would suspends him for no reason.

Greenwich School Superintendent Betty Sternberg and Kim "The Sin Doctor" Eves has everyone running around gossiping making matters worse.


If Kim "The Spin Doctor" Eves made sure that everyone was fully informed then it would not have gotten this out of hand - some uninformed persons have been threatening Mr. Carbino's little girls on the Greenwich Time Website.


Bill Posted:

"I hope he's happy. Kids are now going to make fun of his girls, drop gum in there hair over all this. Maybe next time dress up in a clown suite and they wouldn't stop you!

Drop your kids off at school in the am along with the cupcakes, plates, ect. to the CLASSROOM u DOPE"


This certainly makes one hope that Bill isn't around children or God forbid that he is the father of children.

Maybe Bill should read this:

Man arrested after threatening kids at his condo complex

A 47-year old man allegedly left a threatening message on his condo association's on-line message board and was in court today to face charges related to the incident....

Full Story: WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut


For the record, It has not been reported that Mr. Carbino called for Principal D'amico job!

Superintendent Betty Sternberg and the Greenwich Public School district ordered the investigation, not Mr. Carbino
.

Try putting yourself in Mr. Carbino's shoes and then you understand where he is coming from.

Principal D'Amico's integrity problem is what took this to the next level and caused his suspension and a Greenwich Public School investigation.

Moreover, Principal D'Amico's integrity problem will probaby put an end to all birthday celebrations at Glenville school. Perhaps, Principal D'Amico's lack of honor will result in a district wide ban on elementary school birthday celebrations.

Mr. Carbino did contact the teacher and got approval.

That's what he's upset at.

Mr. Carbino got a non-disruptive time (i.e. snack time) to come in for ten minutes and enjoying his child's birthday,

Instead, Mr. Carbino ended up stading in the office having to listen about some rule that never existed until that day.

Imagine if you were in the office holding a big box of cupcakes listening to how you had just violated a major school rule, all the time knowing that birthday parties happened almost everyday at Glenville school and no other parent has ever been stopped.

Imagine, that you had made arrangements with the teacher and told your child that you would be there at snack time with a special birthday treat for the whole class.

Imagine, that your daughter said,"Oh thank you Daddy. I am going to tell everyone you are coming at snack time", as she kissed you goodbye on her way to school.

Now imagine dealing with an arbitrary and capricious Principal D'amico that just happened to wake up on the wrong side of the bed that morning.

Well that's not right!

Principal D'amico should be encouraging parental involvement at Glenville school, not discouraging it.

When Glenville parents hear all of the facts and not the rumors, then they can image how they would feel if a school administrator took devious actions against them or their children.

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05/30/08 Greenwich Time Finally Gets The Story - Cupcakes And Back Dating School Records - What Other School Records Have Been Manipulated?


It's Not Easy For A Parent Or Child To Navigate The Arbitrary And Capricious Greenwich Public School Rukes And Regulations

...
parents and students must learn to adapt to new school rules
even when they are made after the fact
...


Headlines:


Let Them Eat Cupcakes !!!

Was The "Serious Allegation" Cupcakes Or Tampering With School Documents To Cover-up Administrative Actions?


Will Administrators
Manipulate Modular Classroom Documents Or Test Scores Next Time?

Hamden lawyer John Gesmonde says: After the run-in with Carbino. D'Amico needed to make things clear by adding the section to the student handbook.


Quote:

"All I've wanted to do was just clear my name of the whole thing," Glenville Parent Frank Carbino said. "It's more of an integrity thing."

Story:

Cupcakes center of dispute

What has become a raging controversy consuming Glenville School began as a mission to deliver cupcakes to a third-grader's classroom and a dispute between a principal and a parent over school policy on celebrating birthdays...

...
But district officials who talked to D'Amico told Carbino the principal was right and the school had a policy dating back to "forever" asking parents to refrain from delivering birthday treats, Carbino said. But he and his wife had never heard of this policy, having attended many birthday celebrations at classrooms in the school, Carbino said.

Carbino said that when he went to the school's Web site to find the student handbook, he found the document with a section titled, "Birthday Celebrations," had been created at 2:18 p.m. on May 6, a few minutes after he had argued with D'Amico and left the school.

"Parents are not permitted into the classroom for birthday celebrations in order to minimize distraction," the section read.

The "Birthday Celebra-tions" section was absent from a handbook the school had issued parents at the start of the year, according to Carbino. Finding the discrepancy, he said he believed D'Amico added the section to make up for a policy that didn't exist.

"It takes it into a whole new level," Carbino said. "To do this is very devious to me."....

...But Carbino disputes whether the practice existed in the first place, saying parents regularly delivered cupcakes to classrooms, even in the presence of D'Amico.

"He stopped in at my daughter Ryan's birthday party," Carbino said of his daughter in the first grade....

...D'Amico, who has been asked to refrain from speaking to parents and others on the matter, expects to meet with Sternberg on Monday to discuss the situation, Gesmonde said. Assuming that the principal did something wrong, an apology may be in order, Gesmonde said.

"Between an apology and termination, I think probably listening to the parent, maybe communicating to the parent could have been clearer and that may be the basis for an apology," Gesmonde said.

Update:

The Bloggers Are Starting To Buzz About The Great Greenwich Cupcake Scandal Of 2008 - Or should we call it Cupcakegate?

Blogger's Take The Bait As D'Amico's Supporters Claim That The Story Is About A Daddy And Some Silly Little Birthday Cupcakes.


Cupcake Controversy In Greenwich

by turfgrrl

The blog is not complete without a good cupcake story. This time a principal is under fire for enforcing the “cupcake policy” in Greenwich. Apparently, the Greenwich BOE does not feel compelled to ban the cupcakes from schools, ...
YourCT.com - http://www.yourct.com/new

Initial Article About Greenwich Cupcake Drama
by Stamford Talk

GREENWICH - Glenville School Principal Marc D'Amico was suspended pending an investigation into "serious allegations," school officials said yesterday. D'Amico, who took over at Glenville School three years ago, was suspended yesterday ...
Stamford Talk Resources - http://stamfordtalkresources.blogspot.com/

News of the Weird in Greenwich: Principal Suspended Over Minor ...
by Stamford Talk

I just posted under the Advocate's useless comments system: "There MUST be more to the story than adding a cupcake rule to a website... or else why would the principal be suspended?" (It's useless because I can't follow the discussion ...
Stamford Talk: Eat, Think, Drive, Blog! - http://stamfordtalk.blogspot.com/

The Blogger's have allowed cupcakes to get in the way of the facts.

I've read these comments and find some people to be clueless.

Does anyone think Principal D'amico was really suspended over cupcakes?

I hope not!

Looks like the principal D'amico got caught trying to cover up his poor judgement. How can anyone respect a principal who would lie to a parent and then try covering up the incident by changing a school document?

If this happened to any other Glenville parent they would also be upset.

Since these out of town bloggers don't get it, I am going to have to scream out a response.

HAS ANYONE OF THESE BLOGGERS READ THE FACTS?

THIS WAS NOT A POLICY UNTIL MR. CARBINO SHOWED UP.

THIS POLICY WAS PUT INTO PLACE AFTER THE PARENT LEFT THE BUILDING.

IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE WAS A PERSONAL ISSUE AND THE PRINCIPAL DECIDED TO TAKE IT TO A NEW LEVEL.

FOR A PRINCIPAL TO CHANGE A SCHOOL DOCUMNET AFTER THE FACT TO MAKE HIS POINT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

MANY OF THESE SAME BLOGGERS KNOW AT THEIR JOB IF THEY WERE TO ALTER AN EMPLOYERS DOCUMENT AFTER THE FACT THEY WOULD MOST LIKELY BE TERMINATED.

THIS IS NOT PRINCIPAL D'AMICO'S DOCUMENT. IT WAS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT THAT IS GOVERNED BY SEVERAL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS. TECHNICALLY MR. CARBINO IS ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE ALTERED DOCUMENT. THIS DOCUMENT BELONGS TO EVERYONE IS ONLY HELD IN TRUST BY THE GREENWICH BOARD OF EDUCATION.

ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT"S POSSESSIONS CAN FILE A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST AND GET GET A COPY OF THE ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT AND ALL OF THE REVISIONS THAT ARE ON THE SCHOOL COMPUTERS AND BACK UPS.

IF MR. CARBINO HAD ALTERED OFFICIAL SCHOOL DOCUMENTS AFTER THE FACT, THEN HE WOULD MOST LIKELY BE ARRESTED FOR FORGING PUBLIC DOCUMENTS.

IF ONE OF MR. D'AMICO'S STUDENTS ALTERED AN OFFICIAL SCHOOL DOCUMENT, AFTER THE FACT THEY WOULD BE FACING A SUSPENSION.


SHOULDN'T GLENVILE PRINCIPAL D'AMICO ALSO BE HELD TO THE SAME LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY?

A PRINCIPAL SHOULD HAVE INTEGRITY AND HONOUR (OBVIOUSLY THIS ONE DOESN'T) AND I FIND MR. CARBINO COMPLETELY CORRECT!

DO WE WANT GLENVILLE STUDENTS TO LEARN A LESSON THAT THE RULES DON'T APPLY TO EVERYONE.

SHOULD PRINCIPAL D'AMICO BE FIRED - IF THIS IS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT PROBABLY NOT.

SHOULD PRINCIPAL D'AMICO FOLLOW HIS LAWYERS ADVISE AND QUICKLY ADMIT THAT HE MADE A MISTAKE AND APOLOGIZE TO MR. CARBINO - YES.,

THEN A GLENVILLE FIRST GRADER MIGHT SAY, "IF I MAKE A MISTAKE I AM GOING TO BE LIKE MR. D'AMICO AND APOLOGIZE.'

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05/30/08 Friday's News Headlines From The Greenwich Citizen (Updatted)


ARE YOU TIRED OF GREENWICH CITIZEN"S SAME OLD SAME WEBSITE EVERYDAY?

Still No Updates At The Greenwich Citizen Website For Seven Days

Maybe there will be an update later today or tommorrow.

The Greenwich Citizen lead story is still reporting about something that occurred 2 Sundays Ago


Wearing a different hat, Dr. Larry Leverett, Greenwich's former and first black school superintendent, by invitation discoursed Sunday morning on race and education during a "sacred conversation" at the Second Congregational Church...

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05/29/08 Thursday's News Links From The Greenwich Post

Updated Friday at 1:15 pm

Late And Incomplete - Not A Word About The Glenville Principal Being Suspended From Betty Sternberg's Biggest Supporters At The Biased Greenwich Citizen

Greenwich Academy Earns A+ for Commencement

Greenwich Academy's 181st commencement under a big white tent on the bucolic North Street campus on a rainbow day last Thursday earned a grade of A+

Brunswick Graduation a Love-In

There were 80 Brunswick bear hugs at the 106th Commencement of Brunswick School last Wednesday, and with each hug came a diploma and rite of passage to the big world of college and beyond.

A Great Day for Parade No. 85

Hundreds of spectators awaited the beginning of the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department's 85th annual Memorial Day Parade Monday along Sound Beach Avenue, while others settled in at Binney Park, where they cheered the marchers as they made their final stretch alongside the park.

Getting that special help for a child with learning disabilities is an ongoing challenge for parents.

You get the feeling that the Greenwich High boys' tennis team is comfortable in its own skin. And really, it should be a thick skin.

Thumbs up to Dr. Larry Leverett for sharing his expertise as an educator and some of his experiences as a minority student at the Second Congregational Church during a "sacred conversation" on May 18.

How could the Greenwich Citizen totally miss this weeks top story that Glenville Superintendent Marc D'Amico was suspended by Greenwich School Superintendent Betty Sternberg.

Just look at how the Greenwich Citizen ignored and then mishandled the news story about a student getting tased in the neck, then tased in the chest and then tased in the leg.

Please see:

05/22/08 - Lost In Cyber Space: Greenwich Citizen Ignores High School Tasing Controversey For Nine Days. Greenwich Citizen Readers Don't Know What's Going On.

The time has come for the Greenwich Citizen to start reporting the news about Greenwich Public School Superintendent Betty Sternberg and the Greenwich Board Of Education.

The taser incident was national news, the messed up school construction has also made the Associated Press wire, the Boy Scout ban was also a national media story.

And now cupcake-gate is also hitting the national news wires.

Please see:

Connecticut School Principal Suspended in Cupcake Controversy
FOXNews

GREENWICH, Conn. — A spat over sweets — cupcakes to be exact — has resulted in the suspension of a Greenwich elementary school principal, his lawyer said. ...

Lawyer: Key Issue In Principal’s Suspension Involves Cupcakes
NBC30.com, CT

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The lawyer for a suspended Greenwich elementary school principal confirms that the key issue in the dispute involves cupcakes. ...

Greenwich school principal fights suspension
Education Week News, MD

Cupcake dispute leads to Conn. principal's suspension
Boston Globe, United States

Greenwich school principal fights suspension
Newsday

Cupcake Dispute Leads to Conn. Principal's Suspension
1010 Wins, NY

Cake Dispute Leads To Conn. Principal's Suspension
WCBS-TV New York, NY

Cupcakes center of dispute
Greenwich Time

Cupcake dispute leads to Conn. principal's suspension
Waterbury Republican American, CT

Answers needed at Glenville School
Greenwich Time

Cupcake delivery started dispute that led to principal's suspension
Norwalk Advocate, ct

Sweets Spat Leads To Principal's Suspension
Boston Channel.com, USA

Principal Suspended Over Cupcake Dispute
WFSB, CT

Spat over cupcakes led to Greenwich principal suspension
WTNH, CT

Cupcake dispute leads to principal's suspension
7Online.com, NY

Cupcakes at issue in Greenwich suspension
Waterbury Republican American, CT

Cupcake delivery started dispute that led to principal's suspension
Stamford Advocate, CT



Have you ever went to the water cooler at work and been corned by a know nothing bore.

Well he probably only reads the free Greenwich Citizen newspaper.

Greenwich Citizen readers are so uniformed about Greenwich school and political issues.


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05/30/08 Friday's News Headlines From The Greenwich Post


Three-year-olds from the Y's childcare program waved their own little flags during the ceremony.
Summer flag-raising at the Y draws hundreds
Hundreds came out to celebrate another milestone in construction at the Greenwich Family YMCA on Wednesday, May 21.

Seminar focuses on facial rejuvenation

Dr. Neil A. Gordon, facial plastic surgeon and author, will talk to guests about the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques at a seminar at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 4 at 116 Mason St.

Greenwich seeks new harbor master

Greenwich will begin the hunt for a new harbor master now that First Selectman Peter Tesei has formed the First Selectman's harbor master selection committee. The Greenwich Harbor Master will be appointed by the governor after being nominated by Mr. Tesei. The appointment will be for three years.

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05/30/08 Friday's News Headlines From The Greenwich Time


North Street School Pre-K student, Emily Walko, 5, plays the cello during a performance by North Street School Pre-K Suzuki trained students, who preformed for their parents and school officials.
(Bob Luckey Jr./Greenwich Time photo)

Young students perform first concert


The pint-size students ready to play in their first Suzuki string concert yesterday faced a huddled mass of adoring parents ready to record their child's every movement.

Fire department gets pet masks


New oxygen masks especially designed for animals will help firefighters revive rescued pets suffering smoke exposure from fires and other emergencies, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kick said.
Island contract awarded

The town has awarded a contract for $1.13 million to restore the Great Captains Island lighthouse, a beacon of hope for those who have been longing to see the darkened landmark become a memorial to the local victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The pint-size students ready to play in their first Suzuki string concert yesterday faced a huddled mass of adoring parents ready to record their child's every movement.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

05/29/08 The Police Blotter Via The Greenwich Post



POSSESSION

Michael Spirer, 24, of Wilton was arrested May 27 and charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and sixth degree larceny. According to police, officers were called to the scene of Michaelangelo of Greenwich when store employees saw Spirer take a leather change purse from the shelves, place it in his bag and then attempt to leave without paying for it. Police retrieved the bag, which was valued at $22.50 from Spirer’s bag. During a search, police allegedly found a narcotic patch he didn’t have a prescription for, white powder that Spirer claimed was Ritalin, three broken pens which were being used as straws, seven green pills, one white pill and half a blue pill, all of which are controlled substances, and a one pound bag of Starbucks coffee. Spirer reportedly told police he had been in the store earlier to buy a cup of coffee and stole the bag of coffee at that time. Spirer was released on a $250 cash bond and is due in court June 4.

PROBATION

Darrell Anderson, 38, of New London was arrested May 27 and charged with violation of probation. Anderson was in custody at the Hartford Correctional Facility when he was brought to Greenwich to be charged. He was being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond and is due in court June 3.

EAVESDROPPING

David Weiss, 44, of 15 River Road was arrested May 28 and charged with eavesdropping. Police alleged that he had been recording conversations with another person without that person’s knowledge. The complaint had been filed on Oct. 29. Weiss was released on a promise to appear and is due in court June 11.

APPEAR

Allen Green, 26, of White Plains, N.Y. was arrested May 28 and charged with first degree failure to appear. Green failed to appear in court to respond to a May 12, 2002, charge of violation of probation. Green was being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond and is due in court June 4.

LARCENY

Bridgeport resident Alvaro Urbano-Bonilla, 28, was arrested May 28 and charged with sixth degree larceny, improper use of license, unregistered towing, not having any insurance and operating without a license. Police had reportedly discovered a stolen vehicle and pulled it over. Bonilla was reportedly identified by his passport and did not have a valid license, registration or insurance in his possession. He was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is due in court June 11.

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05/29/08 This month principals from all over the world have been suspendd and in each and every case the parents were told why, except in Greenwich


Challenging A Compliant Media:

So what happened?

What constitutes a "serious allegation"?

Typical local Greenwich media reporting.

With these facts, it's almost non news.


Why Ask Why

The High Paid Administrators Of The Greenwich School District And The Board Of Education Are Never Held Accountable, Because Of The Compliant Greenwich News Media.

When the Greenwich Board Of Education doesn't consider parents important enough to be informed about what's going in the schools, then local news reporters are supposed to get out on the streets and dig for details.

Shame on the Greenwich public school district spokeswoman Kim Eves for using spin doctor technique on the concerned parents of Glenville School. Local news outlets should just ignore Ms. Eves and go right to Betty Steinberg and the others responsible for the "serious allegation" that led to the school suspension.

All to often Greenwich school children suffer, because of
opportunistic school board politicians, compliant local media and an ineffective and passive PTA are not accountable the single family home-owners who pay the bills.

Information, news, ideas - that's the juice that gets
an accountable school district. When a few school board members
control all the juice, they decidehow the school system works.


Or how it won't work.

Greenwich doesn't have to worry that much about parents and
the single family home-owners doing the right thing if they have
the facts about what their school board is up to.

But if they don't get the facts, the whole thing falls apart.

The Hamilton Avenue School construction fiasco and the
Hamilton Avenue contaminated modular classrooms
provides the
perfect example of how things fall apart when the local news media
fails to do it's job.

Who, What, When Where, But Not Why?

The parents and taxpayers in the Greenwich Public School system
are not told by their local news media why Glenville School Principal
Marc D'Amico was suspended.

Please See:

05/28/08 Greenwich Post And Greenwich Time Websites Have Breaking
Glenville School News. Where's The Greenwich Citizen?


During the last month the local news media in school districts around
the world were fully informed as to why their school principals were
suspended.

However, the single family home-owners who pay the extravagant
salaries
of failed school administrators are kept in the dark.

Greenwich School Superintendent Betty Sternberg and her failed
school board have placing the taxpayers on a "need to know" basis.

And Sterberg and her crownies will let the folks who pay the bills
when
and what they "need to know"

Please see:
Hamilton County: Education board to vote on settlement for ..
Chattanooga Times Free Press, TN

May 20, 2008


Brainerd High School assistant The Hamilton County Board of Education likely will return suspendedprincipal Joshuah Barber to the
classroom as a teacher ...

Principal held for 'consuming liquor in school'
Hindu, India

May 18, 2008


District Magistrate Jai Prakash Tripathi suspended the principal Shyam Babu Sabita after some news channel aired the news of him having liquor in the school ...

Suspended Weinert principal resigns
Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, TX

May 16, 2008

By Jessica Sanders

SEGUIN — Weinert Elementary’s principal submitted her resignation this week after being placed on administrative leave. ...

Strip-search of girls leads to principal’s suspension
Thaindian.com, Thailand

May 6, 2008


“The report has found the principal guilty in the stripping case. The principal has been suspended and a show-cause notice has been served to three teachers ...

Liberia: Several Schools Principals Penalized for WAEC
AllAfrica.com, Washington

May 20, 2008


The Minister of Education, Dr. Joseph Korto has suspended four Public School Principals and two other officials indefinitely for their failure to ensure ...

Board deliberates fate of Farrell, Pa., principal
Youngstown Vindicator, OH

May 24, 2008


He was suspended without pay in February pending the outcome of a dismissal hearing. That hearing before the school board covered three days in March and ...

Farrell Principal Hearing
WYTV, OH

May 19, 2008

Lee McFerren, has been suspended without pay from his job as Farrell High School Principal since February. McFerren was suspended do to allegations of ...

Gateway BOE suspends vice principal
Gloucester County Times - NJ.com, NJ

May 15, 2008


"For the period he remains suspended with pay, the district will incur additional expenses as we will also compensate Ms. Phelps," said Stumpo. ...

Elementary School Principal Under Investigation
KCTV5 News, Mo

May 21, 2008


Munson has been suspended from her job. She's worked at the school for the last three years. Regarding that, Wheeler-Linden said it was a human resources ...

Principal Allegedly Ignored Student Sex
WDIV, MI

May 16, 2008

The principal of the Pontiac Alternative Leadership Academy at Bethune School was suspended Tuesday while officials look into allegations that she knew ...

School Principle Beats And Injures 12 Students
Biamag, Turkey

May 15, 2008


The students are hospitalized and the principle is suspended until the investigation is completed. The school principal who ordered his students to clean ...

South Davidson principal indicted
Lexington Dispatch, NC

May 13, 2008


Overcash, who had been a principal at South Davidson since 2004, was initially suspended from Davidson County Schools with pay. The suspension changed to ...

Sussex Central High principal charged with rape of minor
The News Journal, DE

May 3, 2008


By TERRI SANGINITI

The principal of Sussex Central High School in Georgetown has been suspended without pay after his ...

Lake County vice principal out in fallout from sex case
State Gazette, TN

May 14, 2008


Pillow, a Dyersburg resident, was appointed vice principal in August 2007. LCHS science teacher Tracy Hinson, 38, of Newbern, was suspended without pay on ...

Prosecutor: Principal leveraged his power for sex
The News Journal, DE

May 9, 2008


Central High School's principal and a 17-year-old student Thursday as the suspended administrator's attorney successfully argued for reduced bond. ...

Accused of theft, former principal now fired in Colo.
Hutchinson News, KS

May 8, 2008


Great Bend Superintendent Tom Vernon said Atkinson was suspended without pay and was awaiting an administrative hearing when he resigned in November. ...

Board gets principal's resignation
Asbury Park Press, NJ

May 6, 2008

Although the resignation is effective June 30, Maria Iozzi, supervisor of bilingual studies, who has a principal's certificate, will serve as interim ...

Ex-principal 'driven by test scores'
Kentucky.com, KY

May 3, 2008


She said Petrilli had the option of being suspended with pay while the investigation was pending. The investigation was completed because the district had ...

McFerren removal hearing set to resume next week
Sharon Herald, PA

May 12, 2008


By Tom Davidson

Suspended Farrell High School Principal Lee McFerren’s removal hearing is set to resume next week. McFerren has been suspended without pay ...

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05/29/08 Real Estate Spotlight - $7.995 MILLION - To See This House Contact Renee Gallagher, Round Hill Partners, (203) 861-0050


GREENWICH, CONN. REAL ESTATE

New York Post

The cost to send a letter may have gone up again, but buyers in Greenwich know the price of a postage-stamp property (i.e., humongous house, tiny plot of land) has never been cheap. So all the more reason to appreciate the value of this estate, set on 4 "park-like" acres on a private cul-de-sac in "prime mid-country."

The renovated 8,180-square-foot Georgian Colonial is really something to write home about, too, with six bedrooms, 6½ bathrooms, traditional (but "huge") entertaining rooms, 10-foot ceilings, custom moldings, a home theater, a gym, a wine cellar and a wraparound terrace on the second floor.

First-class amenities include a heated swimming pool "enhanced" by flagstone patios, an elevator to all levels and a backup generator (in case of rain, sleet or hail).

ALSO:

Getting to the Bottom of a Russian's 26 Toilets: Michael Lewis

Bloomberg.com

...In 2005 Valery Kogan, a Russian whom no one outside of Russia had ever heard of, turns up in Greenwich and buys a five- acre lot with a 20,000-square-foot house on it.

Naturally -- he being Russian, this being Greenwich -- he expects to tear down this old house and erect his own new 54,000- square-foot place. Like me, Valery Kogan overcame great odds to become a capitalist success. (I went to Penn, for example; Valery was born in a police state, and given a girl's name, to boot.)

Having made it this far he clearly never imagined that anyone might try to stop him from going even further. But then he met the organized proletariat of Greenwich...

...His desire for a 26-holer is the thing no ordinary person, even in Greenwich, seems capable of understanding.

``Who needs that many toilets?'' one of the protesting nimrods of Greenwich put it to Bloomberg News, speaking for the whole miserable rabble.

Well, for a start, Valery Kogan needs 26 toilets. He also needs someone to explain the need. Allow me.

To begin with -- and it depresses me that I find myself instructing citizens of Greenwich on the special needs of the very rich -- the seriously wealthy don't use their houses as ordinary people do....

...Bowl Superiority

Put this way you can see the true genius of Valery Kogan. Virtually every other form of conspicuous consumption in America has been bought and paid for; in the brain space that ordinary people reserve for the obsessive contemplation of the rich, there was hardly any real estate left.

Cars, houses, animals, furs, jewels, islands: From the point of view of the ordinary person looking for something to envy all are ``been there, done that.''

``Toilets!'' I can imagine Valery saying to himself, late on one cold Russian night, ``I will buy more toilets than any man on earth and the American people will speak of me with wonder.'' And they do.

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05/19/08 At the fishway, we've had a tremendous herring run this year. We've passed about 82,000 river herring so far


The Fish Are Spawning in the Mianus in Greenwich Again This Year
by Tom Andersen + Gina Federico

About 90000 anadromous fish -- alewives, mainly, but blueback herring as well -- made it over the fish ladder on the Mianus River in Greenwich in the spring of 2007. That number amazed fisheries biologists, because river herring ...
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05/29/08 Times are definitely tough when Greenwich is starting to feelhe sting


Wall Street Woes Hit Greenwich, CT
by The Huffington Post News Team

Sylwester Lemanski was this close to selling a $400,000 Lamborghini to a Wall Street investment banker.

The customer had been eyeing the car for months at the dealership Lemanski manages. He had decided on the model and color -- a titanium Murcielago -- and needed only to sign on the bottom line.

Then, as financial markets teetered in March and layoffs mounted on Wall Street, the customer started getting cold feet. Lemanski could feel the deal slipping away.

"After a little bit you just have to ask someone the question: 'Are we, or are we not?' " Lemanski recalled. "He said, 'Sorry, not.' He said what's going on with all the investment banks was stopping him from making the purchase....

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