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Monday, June 30, 2008

06/30/08 Greenwich Post Newslinks For Monday (Updated)

Were OTC Drugs Involved In
Greenwich Girl's Death?

Once Again The Greenwich Post Scoops The Greenwich Time News Room

Girl may have died from drug overdose

First published at 12:11 p.m.

Police are investigating the death of 14-year-old Western Middle School student, Daisy Pacheco, as a drug overdose after preliminary findings indicate the death may have resulted from over-the-counter medication.

Lt. Mark Marino, lead investigator on the case, stressed on Monday that police have made no final determinations....

....Police did not officially release Daisy’s name to the media, but Western Middle School’s Web site at Greenwichschools.org named her in a statement. The school is offering grief counseling Monday and Tuesday from 10 to 3 at the Havemeyer Building on Greenwich Avenue.

A wake for Daisy is being held today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home at 31 Arch St.

Full coverage will appear in the July 3 edition of the Post.

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Wake for teen held Monday

By Hoa Nguyen

Hundreds of mourners came to the Leo P. Gallagher funeral home Monday night to pay their respects to the family of a 14-year-old Chickahominy girl who police said may have overdosed on over-the-counter medication...

Police Chief David Ridberg said Daisy Pacheco may have overdosed on over-the-counter medication, although the case is under investigation and many questions remain.

"We're investigating the possibility of a drug overdose," he said. "The motivation for a drug overdose is not clear, the circumstances surrounding an overdose is not very clear."

Diego Pacheco, Daisy's brother, said Monday that his family was not ready to comment on what happened....

....Daisy was known as a happy teenager who was very outgoing, which was one reason why her death shocked those who knew her, said Angelica Londono, 17, of Greenwich, one of yesterday's mourners.

"This was so random," Londono said.

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06/30/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Monday (Updated)

Croquet tournament winner Doug Grimsley makes a play during the Greenwich Invitational yesterday at the home of Marjorie and Bill Campbell. (Helen Neafsey/Greenwich Time photo)

Croquet players vie for title

Two nationally ranked croquet players battled it out at the Greenwich Invitational yesterday for the championship .

Nickerson to address Retired Men on Wednesday

State Sen. William Nickerson, R-Greenwich, will speak to the Retired Men's Association at the First United Methodist Church, 59 E. Putnam Ave., on Wednesday.

Pitt honors Greenwich donors at ceremony

Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey of Greenwich were among six families honored last week for contributing at least $1 million each to the University of Pittsburgh.

Not in Byram. Time and again, that's been the response of residents of the densely-populated neighborhood on the western edge of Greenwich when the town has proposed building additional affordable housing there.

800 residents yet to file

Nearly 800 Greenwich residents are among 15,596 tax filers in Fairfield County who have yet to submit the paperwork to get their tax rebate.

With gas prices at an all-time high and no sign of relief on the horizon, local boaters are joining drivers in cutting back on their travel.

Officer retires from force after 30 years

Whether working on high profile cases like the investigation of crooked financier Martin Frankel to rooting out drugs in town, Detective Sgt. Timothy Duff said he will miss working on criminal cases but not the irregular hours or weekend shifts.

Gay marriage splits state

Maureen Boylan and Peter Wolfgang are on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Boylan, a Stamford resident, entered into a civil union with her partner, Barbara LeCornec, when that became legal in 2005.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

06/29/08 Greenwich Time Newslinks For Sunday

Maureen Boylan and Peter Wolfgang are on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Boylan, a Stamford resident, entered into a civil union with her partner, Barbara LeCornec, when that became legal in 2005.
Board: Mold not our fault
Three months after some parents called for the firing of administrators responsible for a mold fiasco at Hamilton Avenue School's temporary quarters, Board of Education members are now saying those officials were not to blame.

Explosions rocked Havemeyer Field yesterday as military helicopters dropped simulated bombs which detonated on the ground.
Miles to go before November
Congressional candidate Jim Himes had a banana, donut, orange juice and two Ibuprofen for breakfast yesterday before setting out at 7 a.m.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

06/26/08 Himes Is Walking From Greenwich To Bridgeport

Walk in A New Direction Halftime Report
by info@himesforcongress.com

We're just about halfway through with the "Walk in a New Direction" from Greenwich to Bridgeport, and I just popped in our Norwalk office to upload some sights and sounds. Here's Jim at a stop in Darien talking about the walk: ...


Jim Himes Walk Across the District

By Thirdparty

Here in Connecticut, we're just about halfway through with Orange-to-Blue candidate Jim Himes' day-long, 22-mile, "Walk in a New Direction" from Greenwich to Bridgeport, and I just popped in our Norwalk office to upload some sights and ...
Daily Kos - http://www.dailykos.com/section/Diary

06/28/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Saturday

Top Story:

Police are investigating the death of a 14-year-old Chickahominy girl whose family rushed her to the hospital Wednesday night, officials said. The girl died shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, police said. Greenwich officials have launched an investigation....


Greenwich Police Investigate "Untimely" Death

Police investigate why 14-year-old girl died
Connecticut Post

Please also see Western Middle School Web site

Town gets a bit more powerful

At the start of the summer months, the season when energy use is at its peak, more power is available to Greenwich residents.
Businesses hit by rising gas prices

When Tom Doyle, owner of Springdale Florist and Greenhouses, saw a gas bill of $1,800 for his automobiles in mid-December, he knew he had to change how the shop delivers flowers.

A project that has drawn ire and support from Byram residents and businesses for several years has been given the final nod to proceed by members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Town prepares Salute to Veterans

Between 500 and 1,000 veterans of the armed forces will gather behind Town Hall tomorrow. The occasion will be the 17th annual Salute to Veterans military appreciation ceremony, which begins at 11...

Greenwich is not "green" enough? A newly established environmental group told members of the Board of Selectmen yesterday that the town could do a better job conserving energy and needs to adopt a broad policy on the subject.


Tranfo buys more of Benedict Place

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06/28/08 Greenwich Time Columnist Sarah Littman Goes After Lee Whitnum

In response to MikeCT's rather excellent Voters Guide to Lee Whitnum over at My Left Nutmeg, Looney Lee has taken off all her sock puppets and actually penned a response in her own name.

And what a hilarious response it is.

Of MikeCT she writes:

You will recall that I met you in front of the Civic Center. You were flashily dressed for a picnic and I knew as soon as I looked into your cold eyes that you were hired gun.

Snort! No wonder she had to self-publish her novel...Methinks she should enter the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (Tag line: "Where WWW means Wretched Writers Welcome") with that surely award-winning entry.

And then, of course, a Loony Lee invective isn't complete without a mention of Yours Truly:

I have a writer's pen name; that is true, but I am not "Masked Man" or any other name. You and Saramerica (a woman in serious need of an exorcism) keep mentioning my family member's name when I've asked you not to. Stop.

She refers, of course, to mentions of the infamous (and most likely fictional) Marianne Cook, Esq, book reviewer, sender of threatening legal missives and now putative family member.

As to the assertion that she is not the sock puppet scribe "Masked Man", the IP logging proves otherwise.

Ah well. Yet another example of Ms. Whitnum hoisting herself on her own petard.

Anyway, "THE POWER OF G-D COMPELS ME" that in order to celebrate Jim Himes' primary victory I'm going to host my very own Exorcism party in Ms. Whitnum's honor.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

06/27/08 Today's Real Estate Report From For What It's Worth

Some houses are selling, even at (especially at) the higher price ranges, by which I mean $11,000,000 - $7,000,000. I notice though that of the 10 sales reported yesterday all but one had sat on the market for 12-18 months, and almost all sold for substantially less than their original asking price. Hmmm there may be a lesson there. One exception: 56 Rockwood Lane, a teardown on a nice street, was listed May 12 of this year for $2,250,000 and went to contract May 20th. It sold yesterday for $2,610,000, showing that (a) you can still generate a bidding war if you price things right and (b)you can't underprice your house, even in this market. If you undershoot the right price, there are still buyers out there willing to correct your "mistake" or your smart move. Forget Casey Kasin and don't reach for the stars.

Please See:

06/26/08 Is Chris Fountain Going To Report On Real Estate Or What? This Guy Has Not Updated Up His Blog In A Month.

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06/27/08 Greenwich Citizen News Links For Friday

Triplets, from left, Allegra Grunberg, Tatiana Grunberg and Zachary Grunberg were among the 667 graduates at Greenwich High School's 2008 Commencement. All three were students in Clark House.
(GREENWICH CITIZEN photo / Felix Andreoni)

GHS Graduates Told 'Readiness is All'

Inclement weather last Wednesday forced the 139th Commencement of Greenwich High School (GHS) indoors in two acts by last name, but there was no dampening of spirits among the 667 graduates - one of the largest graduating classes in the state and the most diverse, representing 33 nations of origin speaking 16 different languages.

Recalling Our Town, in War and Peace

After the gathering in of local history last Tuesday at the Greenwich Library's Oral History Day, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Oral History Project, Ken Burns, documentarian of "The War," might have benefited by stopping off in Greenwich in his research of the home front during World War II.

Greenwich's GOP Delegation Voted Against Wage Hike

Siding with Gov. M. Jodi Rell Monday, Greenwich's four-person delegation to the Connecticut Legislature voted against raising the minimum wage to $8 an hour Jan.

Patriotic Tableau at Town Hall to Mark Nation's Birth

If your thing is back to basics, before firin' up the barbie July 4, you'll be well-served by taking in a Greenwich Independence Day Association (GIDA) tableau starting at 9 a.m.

Teufel Tabbed for Faifield County Sports Hall of Fame

Former Greenwich resident and St. Mary's High School graduate Tim Teufel is among the 2008 class of inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame.

Hot Commodity on Ice

Cameron Atkinson had his doubts. He and his brothers - all five of them - were stationed in different rooms, each hitting the refresh button on a computer keyboard.

Spring Surely Served Up its Share of Memorable Moments

As the weather heats up, it's always a nice time to reflect on the past spring high school sports season.

Greenwich Runners Persevere at Ffld Half Marathon

FAIRFIELD - They came from as far as Kenya, various parts of the U.S., throughout Fairfield County and, of course, Greenwich.

A Rare Chance for Change

"Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the State?" Start thinking about your answer.

'Sweetheart' Dodd's Barely Legal Behavior To the Editor: It was recently revealed that Sen. Chris Dodd has received two "sweetheart" mortgages from Countrywide Financial in 2003.

July 4th marks the birth of a nation - in my opinion, for all its flaws, the greatest nation in the history of humankind.

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06/27/08 Greenwich Post News Links For Friday

Santana and Marc Anthony performed at the
China Care Foundation's annual private concert

Private concert with Santana, Anthony benefited China Care

Marc Anthony, Carlos Santana and the Gipsy Kings joined forces for a private live performance on a stage overlooking Long Island Sound to benefit the China Care Foundation on Saturday, June 14.

China Care Foundation, the nonprofit that provides life-saving surgery to special needs orphans in China, raised more than $1.3 million at the event, its sixth annual fund-raiser, which was held in Greenwich. All proceeds will benefit the hundreds of orphans in China Care's programs, since 100% of the event was underwritten by the organization's board of director.

After a delay from severe thunder and lightning storms, the legendary Carlos Santana and the musical family the Gipsy Kings revved up the crowd with their rhythmic sounds. Santana was making a repeat performance, as he played for China Care's fund-raiser three years ago. The more than 300 invited guests were then treated to an up-close and personal performance with salsa king Marc Anthony, who called Santana back on stage so the two could jam together for the intimate audience. Attendees were close enough to shake hands with the artists and even got to see Mr. Anthony's wife, famed singer, actress and fashion entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez, when she made a surprise appearance on stage while he played....

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Redbirds 18U team looks to fly high

With a three years worth of experience under their belts, the girls on the Greenwich Lady Redbirds travel softball team are ready to make some noise, not only in Fairfield County, but also in the tri-state area.

“We are strong,” Greenwich head coach Frank DeNicola said. “I am really happy with my 18U team and I think we’re going to make a lot of noise in the tournaments this summer. The people in PONY have taken notice that we’re a solid team this year.”

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06/27/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Friday

Guy A. Bignell, CEO and president of Griffin & Howe, holds a Lebeau Courally .470 nitro express double rifle used to kill large animals while on safari in Africa. The rifle costs $138,000.
(Helen Neafsey/Greenwich Time Photo)

Both sides see victory in Supreme Court ruling
Having worked at the Griffin & Howe store on West Putnam Avenue for a year, John Franco sees many townspeople coming to peruse the store's collection of high-end shotguns and rifles.

Dixieland Jazz will perform some of its distinct Orleans-style music aboard the Island Beach ferry and at the beach

Town gets a bit more powerful
Helen Neafsey/Staff photo
At the start of the summer months, the season when energy use is at its peak, more power is available to Greenwich residents.

Businesses hit by rising gas prices
When Tom Doyle, owner of Springdale Florist and Greenhouses, saw a gas bill of $1,800 for his automobiles in mid-December, he knew he had to change how the shop delivers flowers.

A project that has drawn ire and support from Byram residents and businesses for several years has been given the final nod to proceed by members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Town prepares Salute to Veterans
Between 500 and 1,000 veterans of the armed forces will gather behind Town Hall tomorrow. The occasion will be the 17th annual Salute to Veterans military appreciation ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m.

Greenwich is not "green" enough? A newly established environmental group told members of the Board of Selectmen yesterday that the town could do a better job conserving energy and needs to adopt a broad policy on the subject.

After surviving an eight-inning thriller on Wednesday with a one-run victory over Garden Catering, Indian Harbor had its shot at sweet revenge in the Babe Ruth National League playoffs, as it faced a Griff Harris squad that had beaten them once already this postseason.

Townspeople ought to get used to the idea that their island recreational areas will remain accessible to any out-of-towner with the price of a beach permit and a town ferry ticket.

To the editor:

To share or not to share Island Beach with out-of-towners is the question. It should be put to Greenwich residents.

I vote in the negative - not that I was given the opportunity to do so.

As a young girl, Island Beach was the place to go with your friends every day. We couldn't get there on the ferry fast enough. We would hurry the walk, and go over to the picnic area to claim a table. We would deposit our things on the table and head for the beach and the water. Next, we would stretch out for tanning, and then have our lunch. What joy!

Another swim and tanning session, and then we would gather our things and catch the ferry home, tired but happy.

Joyful memories stay with me to this day.

To share our "Paradise Island" with outsiders would be to the detriment of Greenwich residents who, after all, pay the bills. Should we not have some say? The island is small, and early arriving out-of-towners would grab the best areas, and residents would be out of luck.

Even though my beach days are long over - I'm 89 - my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren should be able to enjoy the island.

Let's keep the policy where nonresidents must be accompanied by a resident for a small fee. That way, young people who have been forced out of town can still enjoy the island even though they can't afford to live in Greenwich.

We should always put what's best for Greenwich residents first.

Tina Dennis



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06/27/08 Sarah And Mike's Voters Guide

The Voter's Guide to Lee Whitnum*

* aka Lee Roystone, Marianne Cook, Masked Man, Lisa Whitnum, etc, etc.

Kudos to MikeCT over at MLN for compiling The Voter's Guide to Lee Whitnum.

It's a shame the people who signed her petition didn't read this first. They might have thought twice signing their name and having it entered into the public record that they supported someone like this.

Anyway, if you click on the above link you'll be able to read all about:

# John Kerry and Hedge Fund Mistress. Her first claim to fame - the use of a personal relationship with John Kerry to sell books.
# The anti-blogger. Her antagonistic encounters and misadventures with bloggers.
# Her campaigning skills. And the lack thereof.
# Her issues and Nazi conspiracies. Calling her opponent a Nazi, and her other issues.
# Racism and immigration. Her views on immigration, her racial rhetoric, and her reliance on information from racist hate groups.
# Her fundraising. And the lack thereof.
# The many faces of Lee Whitnum. Her multiple incarnations.

I'm sure there will be many more stories before the primary is over.

Source URL:http://saramerica.livejournal.com/47219.html

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

06/26/08 Is Chris Fountain Going To Report On Real Estate Or What? This Guy Hasn't Posted In A Month

Yes those are real cobwebs!
In Chris Fountain's Computer

Okay, so I've been remiss

By Chris Fountain

I'm in the middle of what promises to be an exciting (to me, at any rate) new website with a number of webdesigners, columnists, reporters and editors (the free time of all of whom has been blessedly freed up by the ever-increasing rapidity of newspaper cut-backs, and blogging has been none-existent. Details forthcoming soon, but, if there are still any readers out there for this blog, here's some information you probably already knew: the market is in the tank.

A handful of houses have gone to contract in the past 21 days, some at impressive prices, but the trend is dismal. 215 house price reductions, some by millions of dolllars, vs. 44 contracts. Interestingly, and as a sign that sellers new to the market still don't get it, 205 new listings have come to market in that same period and, to my eye, the vast majority are grossly (which I define as in excess of 10% of their eventual selling price) over-priced. I've finally gotten smart and started refusing over-priced listings - why waste time and money marketing them when they aren't going anywhere? There are still agents out there who will take a listing, any listing, at any price. One house I turned down because I valued it at $1,495,000 to, in their dreams, $1,695,000, was just listed by another agent at $2,000,000. That's just crazy, and I want no part of it. A house I mentioned in an earlier column as insanely priced at $6,000,000 finally went to contract somewhere in the $3,000,000s. That agent spent over a year holding open houses, paying for full-sized ads and showing the damn thing when the only thing that was ever going to work was getting the price to its proper level. Buyers aren't stupid and in fact, they're growing more stubborn every day, no doubt because they go home each night and read more scary headlines about the housing market. We're not in a free fall, but if ever there was a time to aggressively price your house, this ain't it.

UBS Leaving Town?
That's the rumor that's reported in today's daily and if it's true (or even if the prediction of a 500 employee layoff s true), it doesn't bode well for our immediate future. Lots of the support staff for UBS probably lives in Shelton and points north, but a lot of the higher level folks bought homes in Greenwich. Just what we need: more inventory.

Here Are Previous For What It's Worth Blog Postings:

It Looks Like The Greenwich Post Created A Formidable Competitor By Kowtowing To Greenwich Realtors Who Want To Hide Market Weakness From Greenwich Post Readers.

The Publisher Of The Greenwich Post Should Ask Himself, "Was The Threatened Temporary Loss Of A Few Real Estate Ads Worth Having A New Newspaper Website In Greenwich?"

06/26/08 Estate Like Living With Condo Convienance Just Blocks From Greenwich Avenue


New York Post



When you hear "downtown" living, you probably aren't expecting a 5,870-square-

foot, two-level French-style home in a gated community. But this is downtown Greenwich, and the Lily's Path community offers estate-like living (with condo-like privacy, security and upkeep) just two blocks from the commercial center of Greenwich Avenue ("the Madison Avenue of Connecticut"). There are four bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms and all the large entertaining rooms and touches you would expect in the suburbs (like a paneled library, media room, eat-in kitchen and four fireplaces), plus two outdoor patios and an "exclusive" English garden surrounding the entire home. Oh, and it has its own elevator, too. That does seem a bit more downtown-ish.

Agent: Dianne Orlando

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

(203) 629-0040


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06/26/08 It's Going To Be Harder For The Hartford Courant To Scoop The Greenwich Time

The Hartford Courant Announces Deep Job Cuts
Hartford Courant

The Hartford Courant said today it will cut its newsroom staff and the number of pages of news by 25 percent as the newspaper struggles with an industrywide decline in advertising.

Nearly 60 jobs will be eliminated, most by July 31, as The Courant reduces its newsroom staff from 232 to about 175.

The cuts are part of a decision by The Courant's parent company, Chicago-based Tribune Co., to "right-size" the nine newspapers in its publishing division. Tribune said its newspapers must deliver to readers and advertisers more of what they want, including, in the news pages, more maps, charts and lists.

The number of pages devoted to news in The Courant will fall to 206 a week, from 273. At the end of September, the newspaper will roll out sweeping changes in design and presentation, including possible combinations of some sections. Those changes are still being worked out.

Newsroom employees will be offered voluntary buyouts to achieve the staff reduction, but layoffs are also possible. Four of the jobs are now vacant.

"Our newspaper has a long history and I believe a solid future, but only if we fully grasp that the business has changed fundamentally," publisher and CEO Stephen D. Carver said in a memo to the staff. "We're redesigning the newspaper with the goal of making it sleeker, smarter and more relevant to our readers' lives. Unfortunately, the redesign will impact news staffing levels in order to reflect our new business model." ...

Hartford Courant to cut staff and pages
United Press International

Hartford Courant plans job cuts

Courant plans job cuts

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06/26/08 Hartford Courant: Lawsuit accuses the Miltons and Weyand of mismanaging SageCrest and failing to provide audited financial for several years

Investor accuses Greenwich hedge fund of siphoning off money

Hartford Courant

An investor has sued a Greenwich hedge fund management firm, accusing its operators of siphoning off money and enriching themselves at the expense of investors.

Westerly Capital sued Windmill Management LLC, manager of SageCrest hedge fund, and operators Alan and Philip Milton and Richard Weyand in Stamford Superior Court earlier this month.

It is demanding an accounting of money that has been lost and accuses the operators of Windmill of overvaluing fund assets "in furtherance of a scheme and/or course of conduct designed to personally enrich themselves even if this proved detrimental to the fund and its investors."

Full Story: Hartford Courant

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06/26/08 Hartford Courant: Greenwich Entertainment Coverage

"Climate Change: From Snowball Earth to Global Warming" at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich explores the extinction of some plants and animals like the Golden Toad, pictured here.

Global Warming Exhibit At Bruce Museum

Hartford Courant

In a Courant editorial in 1897, editor Charles Dudley Warner wrote: 'Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.' The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is talking about it and illustrating it, too, in its exhibit "Climate Change: From Snowball Earth to Global Warming."

The show, which opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 9, looks at theories of climate change and the science used to create models of global warming.

Weather changes day to day, but climate looks at the averages expected over a longer period.

The show looks at climate changes over millions of years, from "snowball Earth" 700 million years ago to the subtropical temperatures that lasted for 60 million years and ended about 45 million years ago. A model of the museum's "Ecosphere," above, will be on display, showing the interdependence of plant and animal life....

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06/26/08 Greenwich Time News Headlines For Thursday

By Stephen P. Clark, Wynne Parry and Alexandra Fenwick
Staff Writers

As motorists endure record gas prices, lower Fairfield County municipalities are locking in rates to save money on fueling public vehicles.

While area gasoline prices have topped $4.50 per gallon, Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich and other municipalities are paying as little as $2.57 per gallon for gas and $2.62 per gallon for diesel fuel.

These municipalities are part of a joint bidding program that lowers prices, reduces administrative costs, and improves quality control....

...That's what Greenwich did this month for diesel fuel. It will pay $4.06 starting July 1. Greenwich still uses gas purchased through SWRPA. In January, the town renewed its gasoline contract and has been paying $2.69 per gallon since February, which is locked in until the year's end.

Greenwich Director of Purchasing and Administrative Services Joan Sullivan said she waited to lock in a diesel price because it typically drops later in the year.

"We kept hoping that the market was going to improve for diesel, and it didn't," she said....

STAMFORD - Local and state officials were taking a wait-and-see approach yesterday to rumors of a potential takeover of banking giant UBS AG - a cornerstone of the city's financial industry - by British rival HSBC Holdings....

Byram building plan stalls

Lingering concerns helped to stall a developer's plan to bring a new office building to Byram. The project failed to gain the support of the Planning and Zoning Commission late Tuesday night after several commissioners cited concerns over the potential traffic, building design and public access to the waterfront....

Although tennis players may be pleased to have an off-season facility, a number of residents are not happy with the prospect of a bubble rising in their neighborhood...

A perfect season in Cos Cob

Andrew McCausland is good at math but he has no plans to be a mathematician. Instead, the 11-year-old Cos Cob student has his eyes set on becoming a financial investor...

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, First Selectman Peter Tesei is ordering additional police patrols and increased staffing out at Island Beach and Great Captains Island...

Questions remain in boy's drowning

Whether Zachary Archer Cohn's drowning after getting caught in a suction drain in his family pool will result in criminal arrests or was a terrible accident remains unanswered by Greenwich Police investigating his death...

A parks supervisor who was fired by the town last summer for ordering a swastika to be painted on the desk of a subordinate has been awarded his job back with back pay by an arbitrator...

Teufel gets call to hall

Some may be jumping off the New York Mets' bandwagon, but Tim Teufel isn't one of them. Teufel, the Greenwich native who went on to play six seasons for the Mets and was a member of the 1986 World Series championship team, still bleeds orange and blue...

Connecticut Light and Power Co.said Wednesday it will begin $6.5 million in upgrades to the town's electrical system to provide more reliable service for Greenwich customers...

In the playoffs, where every game and each passing inning can bring a team a step closer to a championship, there's not a huge need for additional motivation....

Two memories - one about a father, the other about a grandfather: In the afternoon, it grew dark. The cartoonist looked out of the school windows at the dancing trees, then turned back to the easel and stared at the paper...

The Mianus Bridge and state DOT

With the anniversary of the Mianus River Bridge collapse 25 years ago this week, it is important to respectfully remember the individuals who were killed, and how people from all sectors responded to the tragedy and its aftermath....

Issues involving ferry access being blurred

To the editor:

Greenwich Time, June 15:

" 'I don't think the lifting of the restriction had anything to do with the Kempner case or concerns about the town's standing legally on the beach policy - or any restriction which was in conflict with the Supreme Court case,' [Town Attorney John Wayne] Fox said.

Greenwich Time, June 17:

"Reverting to a policy that restricts nonresidents from riding town ferries unless they are accompanied by a resident would be impossible to justify if challenged in court, First Selectman Peter Tesei said yesterday."

Any questions?

I'm so glad that our then-first selectman and town attorney got together in secret last year to decide what is the best policy for Island Beach. I'm equally happy that the new first selectman chose to implement the policy.

Now seriously, what does Peter Tesei mean by "reverting?" Is he saying that if we had never changed the policy (at that point only two days old), it would be OK, but reverting is a problem? Would "maintaining" the policy be a problem? (No, according to the town attorney.)

Lots of questions about this policy change. Nitpicking like this would not be necessary if this policy were debated publicly, but all our officials have provided are snippets.

The way this was handled is disgraceful.

John Bowman


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06/26/08 Greenwich Post News Headlines for Thursday

Graduates say goodbye to Greenwich High School

Despite gray skies that opened up to rain on Wednesday night, there was cause to celebrate as Greenwich High School held its 139th commencement ceremony.

The rain forced the ceremony indoors, splitting the class in two graduating groups, but each of the celebrations was upbeat as the gymnasium filled with relatives carrying balloons and flowers.

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06/26/08 Editor Don Harrison Says Thay He Can't Update Greenwich Citizen Website For A Week, Because He Is Too Busy Writing This Weeks Editorial

Greenwich Citizen Editor
Don Harrison

Wants To Brand

Greenwich Democrats

Greenwich Residents have flooded Greenwich Citizen Editor Don Harrison with email complaints about having to read the same news stories over and over at the Greenwich Citizen for 7 days.

These complaining Greenwich Residents were shocked when Mr. Harrison responded that he had not updated the website, because he had been working hard on his latest editorial calling for the branding of registered Greenwich Democrats.

In fact, the always late newspaper editor was so proud of his latest editorial that he gave the residents who complained about his rarely updated website a sneak peek at this Friday's Greenwich Citizen Editorial.

It's Time To Start Branding Greenwich Democrats

When are the Republican's in this town going to start requiring that registered Democrats be branded with a letter 'D' in order to tell them apart from "real Greenwich residents."

The number of Democrats in town are increasing. Everyday, they are even walking among us on Greenwich Avenue, and we don't even know it.

Democrats send children to our schools. They ride the beach ferry. They pee in Town Hall toilets.

They even voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama!!!!

The Greenwich Citizen thinks that is high time that every voting district in Greenwich would be assigned a District Branding Officer, who would be equipped with a red hot branding iron containing a 2 1/2" high big letter 'D' on a 12" long safety handle.

As Greenwich voters declared their party affiliation at the polls this November, Democrats would be branded before being allowed to vote.

This branding proposal is really not as radical as it sounds, because a lot of these Greenwich Democrats already have tattoos already.

To be fair Democrats should be able to pick where they want the branded.

Greenwich Democrats should not have a District Branding Officer slap a big 'D' on their forehead if they don't want it there.

Further each voting district should have on ambulance from GEMS on hand in case things don't go well with the branding.

Of coarse, they should be Registered Republican - GEMS Emergency Medical Technicians.

The Greenwich Democratic Chairman will probably file a federal lawsuit alleging that the practice "may violate the civil rights of some Democrats.

Don't worry Town Attorney John Wayne Fox will spend hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars to fight any legal challenges.

The town attorney has plenty of legal friends who are more that willing to get big bucks for defending the towns right to give town Democrats a red hot iron to the ass.

If the town successfully implements the Greenwich Citizen's branding proposal, then the Citizen will advocate a second proposal to castrate all Green Party men next year.

There is no reason to use public funds for the branding and castrations.,

It will be easy to raise back country Republican private money for the efforts.

Greenwich must remain Republican at all Costs !!!!

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06/26/06 Greenwich Library News

Fairfield House Condos

When: Thursday June 26th, 2008 - 06:00 PM
Where: Greenwich Library at Meeting Room

Annual meeting

This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by Greenwich Library.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

06/25/08 This Is why it is dangerous for the Greenwich Time And The Other Free Newspapers To Ignore Gang Related Violence

Front Line Stamford Police Officers
Say that parts of the city
Turning Into Fort Apache The Bronx

Two Shootings Inside Of Two Days

In An East Side West Side Turf War

In the Last 48 Hours there have been two shootings with teen victims.

The first shooting occurred early Sunday morning on the 200 block of Connecticut Ave. Investigators say an 18-year-old was shot in the wrist. He was treated and released from the hospital.

The second shooting happened around 11 p.m. Monday, an 18-year-old was shot four times on Custer Street. The shots hit him in the arms and legs. Police say the wounds are not life threatening.

Detectives say they aren't getting cooperation from victims or witnesses. They say they were even met with hostility while investigating.

Gee Wiz, You mean that out of control gang members don't cooperate with police while they are in middle of a turf war.

The Latest....

Here is the Advocates report of the first shooting:

Police blotter

Man shot in arm. Police yesterday were investigating gunshots that wounded an 18-year-old Stamford man just before 1 a.m. in the 200 block of Connecticut Avenue.

The man was standing with one of several groups in the street after a graduation party when he was shot in the forearm, Sgt. Paul Guzda said.

His wound was not life-threatening and he was admitted to Stamford Hospital for observation, Guzda said.

Police were investigating the source of the shots. As many as three were reported, Guzda said. He could not say whether the man was targeted....

"Payback Is A Bitch"

Here is The Advocates report of the second shooting:

Man shot four times on East Side

STAMFORD - An unidentified 18-year-old Stamford man was shot four times on Custer Street on Monday night, police said.

He was taken to Stamford Hospital and remained there yesterday. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, said Lt. Sean Cooney, a department spokesman.

Cooney said police received several calls about 11:15 p.m. that shots were being fired on the 100-block of Custer Street, near the Lawnhill Terrace housing development. When police arrived, they found about 30 people.

"We were confronted with a rather hostile crowd at the scene, which made it very difficult to restore order, establish a crime scene and render aid to the victim," he said...

The Facts In The Stamford Case Are:

  • Both victims are 18 year old males.
  • Both victims live in Stamford
  • Both victims claim not to know who shot them
  • Both victims claim not to know why they were shot
Stamford Detectives are investigating the gang turf war.

Please read about the down town Gang Fight that police officers interrupted just days before:

06/21/08 - Gang Violence Comes To Down Town Greenwich

There is a rumor going around town that at least one of the five armed men arrested by Greenwich Police is affiliated with one of the factions involved in the Stamford turf war.

Please Also See:

06/24/08 Last Year Aggravated Assaults In Greenwich Shot Up 46%

Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg has his head in the sand when he asserts that gang activity stops at the Stamford/Greenwich and the Port Chester/Greenwich boarder.

Please send your comments and Greenwich Youth Gang reports to GreenwichRoundup@gmail.com

06/25/08 Don't Drink The Water !!!

ShopRite pulls Nestl water bottles off shelves, may be contaminated


Hour Staff Writer

-based Nestl issued a recall Tuesday of its one-gallon Nestl Pure Life Purified Drinking Water sold in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania Shop-Rite ...


Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Recall of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water

Nestlé Pure Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- (GREENWICH, Connecticut, June 24, 2008) – This announces a product recall for the one-gallon Nestlé Pure Life Purified Drinking Water sold ONLY in Shop-Rite stores in the five Northeast states of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. This affects ONLY the one-gallon size.

Fewer than 150 one-gallon bottles of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water are implicated, produced in a short timeframe on May 5, 2008 between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. The product date code is printed on the shoulder of one-gallon bottles. The code is:

First line…………050508126WF024
Second line……... Starts with the numbers "08"
For example: 0801BB05/2010

The product in question may contain a diluted form of a common food grade cleaning compound...

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