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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10/08/08 Greenwich Time News Links Or Why Can't Debra Friedman Find Who The 20 Year Old Mystery Driver Is That Killed Joseph And Crashed Down The Road

The 20 Year Old Driver Of The White Jeep Cherokee Is

Greenwich Police Chief' David Ridberg's Man Of Mystery

Friends recall man killed on bicycle

By Debra Friedman

Staff Writer

Article Launched: 10/08/2008 02:29:26 AM EDT

Flowers and candles mark the spot where 20-year-old Joseph Borselio died late Sunday night after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle while riding his bicycle on Sheephill Road, police said.

Yesterday, a co-worker and friend of Borselio, recalled an easy-going guy who was always looking to have fun.

"We always worked the same shifts and we had a lot of fun together," said Mickey Goberdhan, 21, who is a front end manager at the Shop Rite on West Main Street in Stamford.

"It's really sad to see him go," said Goberdhan, who noted that Borselio had worked at the store for nearly two years and always rode his bike to and from the store. "It was never a problem for him before," he said.

Family members described "Joey," in an obituary submitted to Greenwich Time, as a life-long resident of the town who graduated from high school in 2005 through the BOCES program. The family said he loved riding his bike, learning about computers and listening to music. He also taught himself how to play the drums. .....


  • It Is painfully obvious that Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Debra Friedman doesn't have the journalistic investigative skills or the confidential Police Department contacts to find out who was the 20 Year Old Mystery Driver That Killed Joey.


  • 10/07/08 Hearst Newspapers Makes A Change: Debra Friedman Replaces "Martin "What Time Is It' Cassidy (Updated)


  • For Some Odd, Strange And Unknown Reason The Greenwich Police Department Releases They Name Of The Poor Hard Working Victim, But Does Not Release The Name Of The Driver Of The White Jeep Cherokee That Killed Him.

  • Hey, Greenwich Protects Drivers. What's Up With That ?????

  • Weird But True: According to Greenwich Police the unarmed mystery driver was found way down the road from the victim, next to a telephone utility pole he had struck.

  • Did the unarmed mystery driver remain way down the road of his own free will or was he stuck because his SUV was immobilized by a telephone pole?


  • "He rode on the car for some distance," said Sgt. Timothy Berry.

  • "She was frantic and I called 911," Catherine Wells, of Sheephill Road said.

  • "All I heard is a big boom - it sounded like an explosion," said Margaret Depoli, "That's such a shame what happened,"

Powers recalled by family

By Debra Friedman

Staff Writer
Article Launched: 10/08/2008 02:29:35 AM EDT

Those who knew Stephen Powers say he was the nicest guy anyone could ever hope to meet. Golfing, skiing and traveling were just some of his many passions, but what he loved most in life was his family.

Yesterday, his wife Christina Powers, of Greenwich, spoke about her high school sweetheart who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in North White Plains, N.Y.

"He was fun, adventurous, and he loved life to the max," said Christina Powers, his wife of 18 years. Stephen and Christina Powers met while they were students at Scarsdale High School in New York in 1981. "I was a sophomore and he was a junior," said Christina Powers, reminiscing about the inscription he left on her school yearbook which read, "I will always love you."

"He was a such great guy," said Powers. They married in 1990 and went on to have two daughters, Alexis, 16, and Sydney, 13. The family moved to Greenwich nearly 10 years ago. .....

....While friends and family are reeling over the loss of a great father, husband and friend, loved ones took comfort in remembering his greatest qualities, such as how supportive he was to everyone he knew, and the great lengths he went to in order to make sure everyone in his circle always felt included and loved, his wife said.

The family will hold a wake at the Leo P. Gallagher & Sons Funeral Home on Arch Street today and tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.A funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul Church, 84 Sherwood Ave., on Friday at 10 a.m.

School's costs soar

By Colin "WOW Maybe Something Really Is Wrong At Ham Ave" Gustafson

Staff Writer
Article Launched: 10/08/2008 02:29:56 AM EDT

The ballooning cost of the Hamilton Avenue School's reconstruction has led officials in the Connecticut Department of Education to reconsider how much money the state can legally send the town as reimbursement for the project.

Town officials have been banking on receiving those reimbursements to help offset mounting costs on the project, which has stretched from an estimated 18-month work period to more than three years, with the pricetag swelling from $24 million to more than $30 million.

"We count on that money and have worked it into our plans," said Stephen Walko, chairman of the Board of Estimate and Taxation. "When there is a question about whether we're going to receive a good chunk ... it's obviously a concern."

Since the school reconstruction effort began in 2005, the state's Department of Education has reimbursed the district for more than $2.7 million in project costs based on the assumption that the project qualified as a "renovation," which made it eligible for the money.

But state officials reversed course last month, saying the the project's costs had exceeded the allowable limit for a "renovation."

Since then, state education officials have temporarily suspended payments

  • Comment:

  • Hamilton Avenue School's building committee chair, Frank Mazza, says forget about the shortfall in state funding my out of control spending and mis-management is covered by the full faith and credit of the Greenwich Taxpayers. Right now I am ordering turkeys for the planned Thanksgiving opening of Ham Ave. I am also ordering a Big Christmas Tree just in case.

  • More Great Reporting From Colin "I Don't Talk To Taxpayers" Gustafson

  • 08/16/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Saturday

  • No C.O. for Ham Ave.: Mid-October new target for school opening

  • By Colin Gustafson (colin.gustafson@scni.com or at (203) 625-4428)

  • The Hamilton Avenue School project missed another crucial deadline yesterday when the building failed to win approval for occupancy because of lingering facility-related issues.

Police blotter Via The Greenwich Time

Frank Gould, of 81 South Woodridge Drive, Stamford, was arrested and charged with interfering with a police officer, second-degree forgery and third-degree larceny Monday night after police executed two warrants for his arrest, police said.

Police responded to LA Fitness gym in Stamford where they located Gould, according to a police report. At that time, Gould told police his twin brother was responsible for the crimes the warrants were issued for, police said. After determining that Gould did not have a twin brother, he was taken into custody, police said.

Gould was unable to post a $50,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court yesterday, police said.

Eduardo Andrade, 35, of 114 Grove St., Stamford, was arrested and charged with violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct Monday after he turned himself in to Greenwich police, police said.

He was free on a $1,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford yesterday, police said.

Democrats kick-off campaign

Returning to theme of change trumpeted by Barack Obama, Greenwich Democrats celebrated the opening of their campaign headquarters last night with a call for new leadership from top to bottom, from Hartford to Washington

...."If we pull this off, we are going to make history," said Krumeich, a Greenwich attorney who is the senior-most member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation.....

Senior Health Fair looks to get people healthy

Between Carol Atkinson, 75, and her two friends, the trio has battled cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.

"Anything you can get, I think we've had," she said.

So the 14th annual Senior Health Fair, held yesterday at the Greenwich Civic Center, was a good place to be, with hundreds of pamphlets of information, blood-pressure screenings and flu shots, she said.

Brunswick's Royal out for the season

Staff file photoSenior Kevin Royal was Mr. Versatility for the Brunswick School football team. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Royal displayed his talent as a wide receiver, running back, safety, linebacker and kickoff returner for the Bruins the past three years.

Now Here's Today's Hard Hitting Greenwich Time Editorial:

Criminal database is a positive step

There was a lot of fallout from the brutal triple-homicide in Cheshire last year, some of it counterproductive - such as demands for severe punishment at the expense of potential rehabilitation - but a lot constructive.

Dangerous 'interpretation' of traffic laws

To the editor:

When walking around neighborhoods in Greenwich that do not have sidewalks you are taking a great risk to your health and well-being.

True or false?

1. If the speed limit is posted at 25 mph, that means you can legally go double the speed limit, or 50 mph, since a posted speed limit means the speed limit times two.

2. The word "Yield" means that you can ignore other cars and keep driving.

3. "State law - you must stop for pedestrians" means that pedestrians must stop for oncoming cars since they are slower than the cars.

4. "No right on red" means that you can turn right on red when no one is looking.

5. Private and public school buses can go way over the speed limit, especially before they pick up students, because they are yellow and everyone can see them coming.

6. Garbage trucks can go at least double the speed limit because they are on the road early in the morning, and so what if a person is in the way.

7. Teenagers who drive to and from school get extra credit points on their homework for driving fast and narrowly missing people walking their dogs.

8. In traffic circles, you do not have to pay attention to the "Stop" sign or "Yield" sign because the other person will avoid you if you do not stop.

9. Cars that exit underground parking lots from buildings should drive right to the street over the sidewalk because the person walking on the sidewalk is responsible for stopping.

10. A "Stop" sign does not really mean "Stop" it really means you should just drive through.

The town has "traffic-calming studies" and "sidewalk advisers," yet people keep on speeding or otherwise ignoring the traffic laws.

Perhaps a simple solution is to have the Police Department increase traffic enforcement in all areas of town. It might be one way to increase town revenues in the coming year, and it could save a life.

Karen Fassuliotis


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