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Monday, September 22, 2008

09/22/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Monday

Adam Cooper holds Chilli at the Biggest Lap Dog competition at Adopt-A-Dog's "Puttin on the Dog" at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

(Helen Neafsey/Greenwich Time Staff photo)

Kaitlyn Karr, 10, has spent the last month teaching her Australian shepherd Riley to give paw and roll over.

"She has gotten really good at it," she said. "I can also place a treat on her paw and she won't eat it until I tell her to."

Karr was training her for the canine tricks competition at this year's 21st annual "Puttin on the Dog," held Sunday at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

The event, which includes different competitions, such as best of breed, biggest lap dog, and best kisser, raises money for Adopt-A-Dog, the nonprofit organization, which finds homes for dogs.
Hundreds of people came out with their dogs, which included every type of breed such as Irish wolfhounds and weimaraners and pugs and chihuahuas.

Sitting amid the trees at the Montgomery Pinteum, enjoying hamburgers and strawberry shortcake, town and state Democrats rallied to promote change.
More than 100 Democrat leaders, such as state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, gathered yesterday for the annual Democratic Town Committee picnic.

The event gets party affiliates excited about the upcoming election, said Selectman Lin Lavery.
"It's a very exciting year to be a Democrat," she said. "Attendance here today attests to that. It shows Democrats are energized."

Throughout the afternoon, party leadership spoke about the importance of the national election on the future of the country as well as the local races, where many seats are being contested, including the 151st district, where Democrat Ed Krumeich and Republican Fred Camillo are running, as well as the close congressional race between town Democrat Jim Himes and U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn....
....A group of Greenwich High School students also attended the event.

"It's such an important year and we know what happens will affect us later so we want to make sure we have a voice now," said Jack Applebaum, 16. "There is a lot of energy out there with kids and we're just trying to get people involved."

The Democratic Town Committee has also seen a spike in party interest, stemming largely from the national election, said David Roberson, chairman of the town DTC.

More than 700 new Democratic voters have already signed up, he said.

"I think it's going to be a great year for us," he said.

After state police increased the hours for inspections, violations more than doubled at the Greenwich truck weigh station during the first six months of the year compared to last year.

War taxes ammo supplies

Police are taking steps to ensure the department is never short of ammunition in light of a rising demand for supplies nationwide and increasing prices.

First-time juvenile offenders from Greenwich will soon be offered a second chance under a Juvenile Review Board pilot program, a project run by the Police Department and social service organizations.
September 24
Greenwich High School's open house, grades 10 and 11.
Back to School Night, grades 10 and 11.

September 25
Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., International School at Dundee.

October 2
Board of Education Work Session, 7 p.m., Havemeyer Building.

October 4
Reading conference at Convent of the Sacred Heart School.

October 9
Yom Kippur - Schools Closed.

October 10
Staff Development - Schools Closed.

October 13
Columbus Day - School Closed.

October 14
Secondary Schools Review Committee Meets, 6 p.m., Cos Cob School cafeteria.

October 17-19
Greenwich High School Class of 1973 reunion.

October 23
Board of Education meeting at New Lebanon School.

Construction crews are busy demolishing the existing structures at the Glenville School building this month and are beginning to excavate parts of the campus to install new utilities, according to school officials' latest update.

Workers have begun excavating the southwest part of the campus to be the site of a new addition to the school. Also, contractors are performing abatements in the school's existing gymnasium, cafe and art, music and custodian area, as well as in the surrounding corridors.

Construction and excavation work is expected to continue in the next 30-day period, as masonry crews prepare for the early stages of laying foundations for the new buildings. Public school officials say they will provide periodic Web updates on the progress....

Julian Curtiss celebrates new school year
Students and staff at Julian Curtiss School celebrated the beginning of the 2007-08 school year last Sept.
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