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Thursday, July 31, 2008

07/30/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Thursday

Ruhi Thapar, 6, reads to Greenwich Adult Day Care clients Sophie Berlingo, left, and Norma Mathis, in the GADC's new facility.
(Helen Neafsey/staff photo )

Seniors get room to breathe at pump house

By Meredith Blake Staff Writer

Whether it's painting with watercolors or spending time with friends, life at the Greenwich Adult Day Care is more fun than ever for 90-year-old Marcie Lionetti.

"It's just been so great," she said.

The nonprofit organization, which provides programs for the elderly who want to remain at home but need more care, recently moved from the basement of The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home on Parsonage Road to its new facility on River Road after a $5 million renovation.....

Costs, parents drive Ham Ave. decision

By Colin Gustafson Staff Writer

Fiscal concerns and parent input were the two key factors that drove the Board of Education to approve plans to delay the start of the school year at Hamilton Avenue School while shifting Glenville students to different sites, the board's chairwoman said.

The board on Tuesday night voted unanimously to delay the start of the academic calendar for Hamilton Avenue School by one week to give construction crews extra time to wrap up the reconstruction project, which has been beset with delays for three years.

Additionally, board members unanimously voted to allow demolition of the aging Glenville School, which has been cited for leaks and maintenance problems, to begin immediately....

,,,In a statement yesterday, the contractor, Worth Construction, deflected blame for delays in the project, which was supposed to be finished 18 months after its 2005 start date, but instead has spanned three years.

John Bingham, Worth's project manager, said design flaws, such as plans for placing exterior metal plates on the buildings, as well as underfunding from the town were to blame for years of missed deadlines.

"We've had mechanical issues with heating and ventilating systems, problems with the pressure valves, all kinds of structural issues," Bingham said. "And from the start, we never had enough allocated for this to be done on time."

Mazza declined to comment on those claims yesterday, saying only that the project has been sufficiently funded....

California quake jolts Judge Judy

By Meredith Blake
Staff Writer

Judge Judy called Tuesday's California earthquake a wake up call. "The Earth shook, the lights shook," she said yesterday over the phone....

Removal of asbestos adds wrinkle to Wiffle ball saga

By Neil Vigdor
Staff Writer

This time, it involves asbestos removal at the International School at Dundee, which is where the town created a temporary Wiffle ball field for teens to play on after kicking them out of a municipally owned lot in Riverside.

Some of the parents of the teens were appalled to see tractor trailer with signs saying "Danger Asbestos" parked near the field. The truck has been occupying a lot where the teens park their cars to go to the field.

"Maybe we should see if the town has a nuclear site where they could build the kids a temporary Wiffle ball field," said Frank Currivan, whose son, Jeff, 17, and daughter, Tara, 15, have been playing on the field since it opened last Friday. "I am shocked. That's absolutely unbelievable."....

Judge denies delay in pool case

By Martin B. Cassidy Staff Writer

A state Superior Court judge has rejected a bid to put off a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of a 6-year-old Greenwich boy drowned after getting stuck in a powerful suction drain in his family pool last summer.

However, David Lionetti, 53, president of Shoreline Pools, will not have to give a civil deposition in the case for at least six months, Judge Taggart Adams decided Tuesday.

The court's ruling allows a criminal case pending against Lionetti to go forward without being prejudiced by action in the civil suit against his company. Lionetti was charged July 21 with second-degree manslaughter in the July 2007 drowning death of Zachary Archer Cohn. He plans to plead not guilty....

Golder nears trial on burglary

By Martin B. Cassidy
Staff Writer

Attorneys picked a New Canaan business executive, a Stamford law student, and an electrician from Norwalk yesterday to be jurors for the approaching trial of Alan Golder, the accused "Dinnertime Bandit."

Jury selection began yesterday afternoon in the trial of the 52-year-old Golder after Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. rejected two motions seeking to dismiss charges in the case. The trial is set to begin on Aug. 11.

Golder, 52, is accused of burglarizing homes in Greenwich, and faces charges of kidnapping, burglary and larceny in four Greenwich break-ins dating back a decade......

Hedden birdies first playoff hole to win Connecticut Open

By Jesse Quinlan Staff Writer

Having forced a playoff in the 74th Connecticut Open only moments ago, Jeff Hedden was brimming with confidence....

Her wide world of sports: Company to deliver HD American events to Europe, Mideast

By Richard Lee Business Editor

Sports fans in Europe and the Middle East will be watching some of their favorite televised events in high definition, and the signal will be coming at them through Greenwich.

Greenwich resident Susanna Mandel-Mantello, owner of SM2 Sports Media Solutions, has contracted with SES New Skies, a Netherlands satellite operator, to use bandwidth on its NSS-7 satellite to deliver North American sports in high definition for the next five years.

SM2's main business is the negotiation of sports rights and the satellite delivery of sports events for broadcasters worldwide....

Whitnum is to blame for lack of convention role

To the Greenwich Time editor,:

In her "rebuttal" to Sarah Darer Littman's column July 22, petitioning candidate Lee Whitnum claimed that she was somehow shut out of the nominating convention to select the Democratic Party's candidate for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District ("Column was an unfair attack on 4th District campaign," Greenwich Time Opinion page, July 25). This is the second time this claim has appeared in Greenwich Time.

Well, it's time someone set the record straight.

As a delegate to that convention, and a member of the party's State Central Committee, I can tell you that she was in no way "shut out," for the simple reason that she made no attempt to be represented.

Ms. Whitnum did not even show up at the Democratic Town Committee meeting where delegates to that convention were elected.

Ms. Whitnum also claimed that she was going to speak at the nominating convention, apparently not knowing that candidates (or prospective candidates) do not normally speak on their own behalf other than to accept the party's endorsement. Of course, the latter claim is moot, as she did not show up at the convention in any capacity, or even find a single delegate who would place her name in nomination or seek out any other opportunity to be heard at the convention. No supporter of hers was in evidence at the Democratic Town Committee or at the convention - probably because I have yet to meet a single Democrat who supports her or believes anything she says or stands for.

David M. Singer



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