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Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Bob Button is most well-known in town for leading a number of musical groups including the Button and Bows, a group of female singers who performed swinging standards under his direction. Mr. Button provided piano accompaniment.

Button leaves behind musical legacy

After years of enriching the community with his music, Greenwich resident Bob Button has died. Those who knew him say he will be remembered and missed for his energy and creativity. The pianist used his skills to bring entertainment to members of the community. Peg Delacruz, member of Mr. Button’s local band Button and Bows, remembers his relentless passion for music and sharing it with the town.

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The trial for the man accused of being the notorious “Dinnertime Bandit” is under way at Stamford Superior Court.

Alan Golder was arrested in Belgium in November 2007 after years of eluding police, who believed him responsible for a string of burglaries in town in the late 1990s. Mr. Golder’s alleged tendency to break into occupied homes during the early evening hours earned him his colorful nickname, and stories about him were broadcast on America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries.

Mr. Golder faces 10 charges connected to four burglaries in Greenwich in 1996 and 1997, including larceny, robbery and kidnapping for allegedly restraining a woman with neckties after she caught him stealing items from her home. Testimony began on Tuesday before Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. as Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Valdes attempted to prove to jurors that Mr. Golder is the notorious burglar.....

...“We were watching TV and they had this report on about it,” Mr. Liepman said. “He said that it was him and the heat was on. I got a little shaken up and he said he was going to go on the run.”...

...Testimony in the trial was expected to continue Wednesday, after press time, and today. Court will not be in session on Friday, but will resume on Monday. Based on the current schedule, Judge Kavanewsky said he could anticipate the case going to the jury for deliberation on Tuesday.

Mr. Golder remains in custody in Suffield on a $3 million bond.

Despite hope earlier last week that it would be able to avoid it, the Board of Education has decided to go ahead with dispersing Glenville School students throughout the district for the first part of the new school year.
With completion of a new Hamilton Avenue School by Aug. 15 looking all but uncertain, the board decided last Friday to move Hamilton Avenue students back to the modular classrooms at Western Middle School and to disperse the Glenville students to four schools within the district. Once the school is completely ready, the Hamilton Avenue students will be sent to the new school, which will free up the modulars for the Glenville students, where they are scheduled to stay until the rebuilding of their school, which is set to be demolished, is complete.

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