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Thursday, October 30, 2008

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Fire eater Jamie Hodgson, along with sword fighters, magicians, acrobats and musicians, kept the Renaissance Festival attendees entertained and enthralled, despite the high winds and rain that frequently interrupted performances during Saturday’s event at the International School at Dundee.

The number of women's collegiate soccer teams has increased significantly in the new millennium to nearly 900, tripling the number of female teams playing in the late 1980s. Additionally, the official U.S. Women's National Team has held a record-breaking win streak in 2008, demonstrating their highly competitive nature. And, with so many more players, and so many more competitions, it's not surprising that the number of playing-field injuries has also increased. What is surprising is that women sustain injuries at a rate of 3-8 times that of male players, for reasons that are not yet clearly understood.

While most of the attention next Tuesday will be focused on the presidential race between United States Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Greenwich voters will be able to help decide several other key races on a more local level.

Saying it didn’t want to tie the hands of the finance board before it began work on next year’s budget, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) overwhelmingly voted on Monday night to indefinitely postpone a resolution that would have kept a cap on tax rate growth while also placing restrictions on borrowing money.

Out there ... The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Fall Gala benefit dinner takes place on Saturday at the Greenwich Hyatt. Anchor/author Deborah Norville (Inside Edition) will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Supermodel Cindy Crawford and former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will be honored as this year’s Spirit of Hope recipients. For tickets, call 652-0225 or e-mail events@themmrf.org

Thousands of Greenwich kids will become a Jonas brother, Hannah Montana, a fairy or even a witch, this Halloween, traveling in packs from door to door tomorrow, hoping to satisfy their sweet tooth with some free candy. For kids, it’s a chance to escape their everyday personas and be someone else, and while most everyone agrees that the fun of the day is seeing the costumes and getting candy, a boom in the number of trick-or-treaters, skyrocketing the past 10 years from 300 to 400 kids to more than 1,000 last year, according to one Maher Avenue resident, has put a different spin on the event.

Reading is one of my greatest pleasures. Maybe it’s because it provides an escape from everyday life or because it reminds me of my mother and how she used to read to me when I was little. The bond that my mom and I share over books is everlasting.

Jeanne H. Oler, 82, a longtime resident of Old Greenwich, died on Sunday, Oct. 26, of natural causes after a prolonged illness. She was the daughter of the late Dr. William J. and Sybilla Harold of New Haven.

I finally met a man who has it all figured out. He’s a visionary. His plan is simple: Work a lot harder; work a lot longer; save a lot more; and retire a lot younger.

G. Thomas Thornton of Greenwich died Oct. 24 at the home of his daughter in New Milford. He was 72.

David Auguste, 18, of 16-32 Armstrong Court was arrested Oct. 16 and charged with third degree larceny and third degree forgery. Police said Auguste turned himself in on an arrest warrant stemming from forging store receipts and pocketing the cash while working at J Crew on Greenwich Avenue. Auguste was released on a $50 cash bond and is due in court Oct. 24.

Police responded to the report of teens trespassing on Metro North Railroad property at the end of Henry Street. Anthony Goodwin, 18, of 14 Highland Road, Matthew Oliver, 18, of Port Chester, N.Y., a 17-year-old Byram boy and a 17-year-old Riverside boy were all charged with simple trespass. There was a clearly posted no trespassing sign on the property. Police said after searching the boys, they found two small bags of marijuana, cigarettes and a pipe. Goodwin was also charged with possession of marijuana under four ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Riverside boy was charged with possession of a minor.

Mike Grbic, 32, of 245 Weaver St. was cited Oct. 23 and charged with hunting deer without a valid permit. Police reportedly saw Grbic walking along the western curbline of Lake Avenue in the area of Connecticut American Water Company. When stopped for questioning, Grbic told police he was attempting to locate a deer he had wounded with his bow and arrow. According to police, Grbic then showed the officer where he had shot the deer, which he said he had permission to hunt. The officer was able to verify that, but Grbic did not have a valid state archery permit to hunt deer. He was cited for hunting without a license and given a court date of Oct. 31.

A 46-year-old Greenwich woman was arrested Oct. 24 and charged with disorderly conduct. Police had been sent to the scene of a reported domestic dispute. A man allegedly told police that the woman had thrown two glass plates at him, cutting his right hand. Officers said the house was in disarray with clothes strewn about and Chinese food and plates on the floor. The woman told the police that she had gotten upset with the man for coming home late and after an argument she threw Chinese food at him. The woman was released on a misdemeanor summons and was due in court Oct. 27.

Police arrested John Miller, 26, of 18 Cliff Ave., Stephen Collazo, 27, of Vail, Co. and Anthony Harris, 26, of Mahopac, N.Y. Oct. 24 after a reported fight. According to police, Harris was at a gathering of a small group of friends and became loud and boisterous and was asked to leave. When being escorted out of the house by Collazo and Miller, a fight ensued between the three of them. Miller was punched in the eye and Harris suffered injuries to his face and knees by being punched by Collazo and Miller. All three were charged with third degree assault. Miller and Collazo were also charged with disorderly conduct and Harris was also charged with breach of peace. They were all released on promises to appear and are due in court Oct. 31.

Natasha McKenzie, 18, of 41B Gerry St. and a 17-year-old Greenwich boy were arrested Oct. 24 and charged with creating a public disturbance. Police charged that the two were arguing loudly and using profanity on Mill Street. They were released on promises to appear and their court dates were not released.

William Corbo Jr. of 18A Arthur St. was arrested Oct. 24 and charged with second degree failure to appear. During the course of an investigation police discovered there was an active warrant for his arrest. Corbo had originally been charged Feb. 6, 1996 with third degree stalking and had allegedly not appeared in court for the charge. Corbo was released on a $10,000 surety bond and is due in court Oct. 30.

A 37-year-old man was arrested Oct. 24 and charged with violating a protective order. The man reportedly turned himself in on an outstanding warrant. The man was released on a $1,000 cash bond and is due in court Oct. 31.

Jamal Anderson, 20, of Bronx, N.Y. was arrested Oct. 24 and charged with second degree forgery, second degree larceny and criminal impersonation. Anderson was at Stamford Superior Court on an unrelated matter and was taken into custody by the state Marshal’s office on a Greenwich warrant. Anderson was being held in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond and was due in court Oct. 24.

Carolyn Ammerman, 51, of Old Tappan, N.J. was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with driving under the influence. Police said Ammerman was driving faster than the posted speed limit on Post Road and almost hit an officer’s car before speeding off and ignoring a red light at the intersection with Sinawoy Road. Police pulled her car over and gave her a field sobriety test, which she failed. She was also cited for failure to obey a control signal, traveling fast and unsafe movement. Ammerman was released on a $250 cash bond and is due in court Nov. 10.

Gregory Grant Jr., 20, of New Haven was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with third degree assault. Police had been sent to Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich on the report of a fight and arrested Grant as a result of the investigation. According to police, Grant, accompanied by two women, attempted to question someone renting a room at the hotel and an argument ensued. Grant allegedly punched one of the men in the room in the face. Grant was released on bond and is due in court Nov. 3. Michelle Feurtado, 27, of Stamford was arrested for a related incident and charged with first degree criminal mischief and second degree breach of peace. Police said Feurtado keyed her ex-boyfriend’s car, while he was staying at the hotel, over a disagreement involving unpaid child support. Feurtado was released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 27.

A 49-year-old Greenwich man was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with threatening and disorderly conduct after reportedly making several threats against his spouse. According to police, the man told his wife that he was going to pick up their daughter. The girl was later found crying uncontrollably because the man had been drinking and arrived smelling of alcohol. The girl reportedly contacted her sister who contacted the state’s Department of Children and Families, which responded and told the man to leave the house immediately. Before he did he placed a knife in a table with the handle sticking straight up. The man allegedly then called his daughter and left her a message on her cell phone and told her that he had left the knife as a present for her mother and that he would slit her throat with it. Police charge that the man then contacted his wife, accused her of calling DCF and threatened to kill her. In conversations with his daughter and police, the man then reportedly made repeated violent threats, cursing and saying he was going to kill his wife. The man was held in lieu of a $100,000 cash only bond and was due in court Oct. 27.

A 37-year-old Greenwich man was arrested Oct. 26 and charged with disorderly conduct. Police had been sent to the scene of an argument between a man and a woman. The man had allegedly pushed the woman down during the argument. The man was released on a $2,500 cash bond and was due in court Oct. 27.

Adrian Guevara, 27, of Stamford was arrested Oct. 26 and charged with sixth degree larceny. Police pulled over his car and determined that the license plate belonged on another car and the license had been listed as a lost or stolen license plate out of Stamford. Guevara was held in lieu of a $250 cash bond and is due in court Nov. 3.

Angelique Conroy, 35, of Stamford was arrested Oct. 26 and charged with fifth degree larceny by possession. Conroy was arrested on a warrant and was held in lieu of a $500 cash bond. She’s due in court Nov. 3.

Tiffany Condel, 27, of Stamford and Natalie Miller, 27, of 9 Sayles St. were arrested Oct. 26 and charged with breach of peace. Police had been sent to the scene of an argument on the street. The two women had allegedly been arguing over an unpaid loan and began shoving each other. They were released on promises to appear and are due in court Oct. 27.


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