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Sunday, November 30, 2008

12/30/08 Bill Clarke Updates His Blog And Finds Betty A Job.

"I just love that sweet little ole Bill Clarke"

Betty Sternberg For Editor!

Something has got to be done about the shameful state of the local rag, aka Yellowwich Time. Today's banner headline says that work on the bridge at Exit 4 in Cos Cob will "effect" the Town for some time to come.

What are we to make of this cryptic statement? Your scribe's dictionary says that "effect" (v.tr.) means "to bring about, accomplish, make happen." So this bridge work is going to "bring about" our Town? Will it "accomplish" Greenwich? Perhaps it will "make" Greenwich into a more "happening" place?

Clearly this kind of gibberish has no place in our community. We need to take our highest-paid and highest-ranking so-called "educator", and immediately put her to work as editor-in-chief of the local rag. Think of the beauty of this solution, my friends: we take a walking disaster out of our school system, and we put her in charge of the dying disaster known as Yellowwich Time. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! When the Hearst people finally put the local rag out of its misery, they can cart Betty off at the same time. It's a clear win-win situation for the Town of Greenwich.

So write your congressman, email the governor, call Town Hall, and help to organize another picket march at the Havemeyer Building, home to our ever-popular Board of Ed. Let's hear it, folks! Betty Sternberg for editor!

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1130/08 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Questions About The Greenwich Post - The Dishonest Now DISTANT Dish

Reader Says Suzy "The Dish" Annoys Greenwich Post

Dear Editor,

Can anyone explain Susie Costaregi's column "The Dish 2" in The Greenwich Post????? What is its point? Does anyone care about these imaginary star sightings? And if the Greenwich Post is a community newspaper, although a poor one, why is Susie's SCENE SUDDENLY NEW YORK????


Why does the Town of Greenwich have to read Susie Costaregri's usless crap? Why do certain weekly newspapers (Hershan/Acorn) give Susie and her father figure-boy-toy, Joe Pisani, page space? Not only do the two of them bore me by sharing <gag> special moments complimenting each other, they share the same imaginary poor writing. I notice some towns, like Darien, got rid of them. Why can't we do that?

I can't tell you how impressed I was to read Diana Ross was seen leaving the Greenwich library. That means WHAT????? That Diana can read?????? That Diana is too cheap to a book?? That the Greenwich Library is a MOTOWN magnet???? That the Town of Greenwich is richly populated with (former arrested) drunk drivers? Is Michael Jackson on his way to Greenwich? Someone explain why this is news????

I guess Susie Costaregi is still following her high school English teacher, right into Manhattan where he claims he works now. So, THE SCENE, is no longer Greenwich, but New York. Gee, that's a big surprise,hehe. Maybe the New York Post would like to hire these two and give the people in Greenwich a BREAK!!!!!!!!!!

signed, No Mo'Crap

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11/30/08 Help Wanted At RTM District 5 ?????

Is Everyone Getting An Equal Chance To Serve On The Riverside RTM?

Very few Riverside residents know there is an opening in District 5 for a place on the Riverside delegation to the Representative Town Meeting. For some reason district 5 has done a poor job of making Riverside residents aware of the opening for a local legislative office.

Supposedly anyone who is interested in the position is can call Mary Ferry at 637-9385 or Lucy Krasnor at 637-2277.

However, Be Fore Warned That This Maybe A Done Deal

And The Fix May Already Be In Place.

Because If You Interested You Only Have A couple Of Days To Reach Mary Or Lucy And Be Considered.

The District 5 delegation to the RTM will hold a public meeting to select someone to fill the vacancy at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Riverside School media room.
So if you would like to serve Riverside as an RTM member, then get moving, because you have less than 96 hours before the public meeting is held to pick the next Riverside legislator.

It looks like the Riverside RTM needs a little more transparency. Where was the Greenwich Citizen, the Greenwich Post, the Greenwich Time, Greenwich Cable TV Channel 79 and WGCH?

Did anyone see or hear any news reports on why there was a legislative vacancy in Riverside?

Has any one read anything about the Riverside RTM vacancy before today?

It is supposed to be that a citizen of Riverside who is registered to vote is eligible to serve on the RTM district 5. New candidates must file a petition signed by at least 25 voters in their home district with the town clerk by Sept. 15 of an election year. Mid-term vacancies must be publicized by district chairs and will be filled in a special election. Any voter of that district interested in the seat should contact the district chair.

If a Riverside resident goes to the Town Of Greenwich Website looking for news about the vacancy there is nothing on the main web page. If a Riverside resident then desides to use the Town Of Greenwich search box for "RTM district 5" then he or she gets....

[PDF] RTM District Meeting Dates and Locations
... Districts 3 & 4 01 Nov 2007 @ Western Middle School Gym Districts 5, 6 & 12 08 Nov2007 @ Eastern Middle School Gym ... 1 Miles RTM District Meeting Dates ...

Town of Greenwich, CT - Minutes of the December 2006 RTM Meeting
... District 5 would like to thank Dr. James Innes for his many years of town service.Jim was elected to RTM in 1976 and served for 30 years until his recent ... - 65k - 2007-01-03

[PDF] RTM VOTES DECEMBER 11, 2006 District #1 Item # YN AB YN AB YN AB ...
... Page 5. RTM VOTES DECEMBER 11, 2006 DISTRICT #5 ITEM # Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y NAB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB BAKER, Frederick L,III X X X ... [ More results from greenwichct.virtualtownhall.net/public_documents/GreenwichCT_Agendas/Archive2006 ]

[PDF] 18956_1_437186186250_2005 RTM Election results.xls
... Write-Ins BAMBINO, John M. SHANKMAN, Jonathan R. WAHBA, James T. DISTRICT #5 224185 217 196 204 196 184 192 224 211 209 21 12 48 Page 4. RTM ELECTION RESULTS ...

[PDF] 2003 RTM Election results.xls
... 304 199 167 248 223 209 Page 5. RTM ELECTION RESULTS NOVEMBER 4, 2003 DISTRICT#5 Vote for Nineteen or Less BAKER, Frederick L,III BLOOMER, H. Franklin, Jr. ... [ More results from greenwichct.virtualtownhall.net/Public_Documents/GreenwichCT_Selectmen/elections ]

[PDF] RTM VOTES OCTOBER 22, 2008 District #1 Item # YN AB YN AB YN AB YN ...
... Page 5. RTM VOTES OCTOBER 22, 2008 DISTRICT #5 ITEM # Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N ABY N AB Y N AB Y N AB BAKER, Frederick L,III X X X BLOOMER, H. Franklin, Jr. ...

[PDF] RTM VOTES SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 District #1 Item # YN AB YN AB YN AB ...
... P&Z P&Z 14 APPT TO APPT TO Page 5. RTM VOTES SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 DISTRICT#5 ITEM # Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB Y N AB ... [ More results from greenwichct.virtualtownhall.net/public_documents/GreenwichCT_Agendas ]

Town of Greenwich, CT - Minutes of the April 2007 RTM Meeting
... of District 5 made a motion, which was seconded, to amend Mr. Detjen’s motion byadding that the Legislative & Rules Committee report back to the RTM at the ... - 45k - 2007-05-01

Town of Greenwich, CT - Minutes of the September 2007 RTM Meeting
... home in March just ahead of a storm and found that the RTM meeting has ... District 5asks that an appropriate copy of this remembrance be sent to her family and ... - 83k - 2007-10-04[ More results from greenwichct.virtualtownhall.net/Public_Documents/GreenwichCT_Agendas/Archive2007 ]

[PDF] RTM Town Services Committee
Page 1. RTM Town Services Committee ... Donald R Vitti District 4 195 Hobart AvenueGreenwich CT 06831 Mary S Ferry VCHR District 5 5 Chapel Lane Riverside CT 06878 ...

If a Riverside Resident were to give up on the Town Of Greenwich Website and do a Google search for "Riverside, CT RTM Vacancy" then he or she gets.....

Riverside Superior Court - Human Resources
Riverside County is a great place to live and work. With more than two million residents, Riverside is the fourth most populous county in California. ...www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/jobs/index.html - 13k - Cached - Similar pages

11-21 PEEK
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTMLRiverside School. 90 Hendrie Avenue. Riverside, Connecticut 06878 ... RTM Vacancy. There is a vacancy in District 5's delegation to the ...www.greenwich.k12.ct.us/uploaded/riverside/PEEK/11-21_PEEK.pdf - Similar pages

Greenwich Town Departments - Representative Town Meeting
The RTM is the legislative body of the town, with its powers vested by the Town ... Town Hall - 101 Field Point Road - Greenwich, CT 06830 - (203) 622-7700 ...www.greenwichct.org/rtm/rtm.asp - 19k - Cached - Similar pages

Minutes of the September 19, 2001 RTM Meeting
Aug 30, 2001 ... RTM member Mark Dawson, a member of the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue ... He was a governor of the Riverside Yacht Club and an active member of ...www.greenwichct.org/RTM/archive/9-01/minutes.htm - 12k - Cached - Similar pagesMore results from www.greenwichct.org »

Greenwich's RTM Amherst College
It has been proposed that the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) of Greenwich, CT , be reduced from its present size of 230 members. ...https://www.amherst.edu/users/B/hfbloomer56/grnwchgovt/grnwchrtm - 21k - Cached - Similar pages

Superior Court of California, County of Riverside jobs in Inland ...
Aug 7, 2008 ... Superior Court of California, County of Riverside jobs in , Find jobs from Superior Court of California, County of Riverside in Inland ...inlandempire.jobing.com/jobfair_company.asp?i=77628 - 53k - Cached - Similar pages

Town of Greenwich, CT - Explanatory Comments June 2006 RTM Meeting
The availability of funds in DPW – Administration are due to the vacancy of .... 10 Tory Road, Riverside. New nomination as a regular member of the Board of ...greenwichct.virtualtownhall.net/Public_Documents/GreenwichCT_Agendas/Archive2006/rtmExplanos0606 - 263k - Cached - Similar pages

WestportNow.com - Westport, Connecticut's 24-hours News and ...
Feb 26, 2004 ... RTM Committee Questions Assessment Backlog, Approves $150000 Fix ... force has increased in number to 69 with one vacancy yet to be filled. ...www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2/2004/02/ - 80k - Cached - Similar pages

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTMLRiverside, CT 06878. Biography: Greenwich resident for 33 ...... *Indicates an incumbent RTM member who. was appointed to fill a vacancy. No petition was ...www.wicknet.org/history/jbooth/APGovt/07-08/Greenwich%20Voter%20guide%202007.pdf - Similar pages

Town Government
May 25, 2007 ... RTM members are listed on the town Web site greenwichct.org. ... Mid-term vacancies must be publicized by district chairs and will be filled ...www.acorn-online.com/news/publish/Greenwich_Answer_Book_270/18406.shtml - 33k - Cached - Similar pages

Why Didn't The Riverside RTM District 5 Chairman, Mary Ferry, Ask The Town To Post The Legislative Vacancy On The Front Page Of The Town Website Under "NEWS". As Soon As The Vacancy Became Available?


2008 Leaf Collection
Leaf Collection is be provided to all properties on PUBLIC STREETS ONLY in building zones R-20 (half-acre) and below. Residents in the collection areas are to rake LEAVES ONLY into piles at the should ... More

Election Results
Results of the 2008 elections are here.

Public Safety Complex Update
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11/29/08 Greenwich Time News Links - Top Story: Town Officials React To Exit 4 Overpass Construction

Construction on the Indian Field Road overpass at exit 4 is underway.

(Keelin Daly/Greenwich Time photo)

By Neil Vigdor

Town officials are cringing at the potential scenarios that could result from a major bridge replacement project on Indian Field Road in Cos Cob, which some fear could cut one side of town off from another and snarl traffic on Interstate 95 beneath the aging span.

The nearly $7 million project got under way this month and isn't scheduled to be completed until May 2011, according to the state Department of Transportation, which is in charge of the job.

Despite assurances from the DOT that the bridge will remain open throughout the project and that most of the work will be confined to nighttime, town officials say drivers and first responders could be in a for a "headache" while the construction is in progress.

"That holds all types of promise for things to go awry," said Daniel Warzoha, the town's emergency management director and former fire chief. "Let's face it, there's going to come a time when something's going to happen that's going to affect it during peak travel." .....

.....First Selectman Peter Tesei said the town had limited options when it came to repairing the bridge.

"It's something that was in dire need of replacement, so I'm pleased the state is stepping up to replace it," Tesei said. "What are the alternatives?" .......

......"I would avoid the area if I could," said Sgt. Timothy Berry, head of the police department's traffic section. .......

.....On the south side of the bridge is the town's primary fueling and fleet maintenance site for municipal vehicles, as well as the main staging area for snow plows and road work trucks.

"I was not aware of the severity of (the project)," said Elizabeth Linck, the town's fleet director.

Told that state transportation planners were anticipating minimal disruptions to the area, Linck said she has some trepidation about the project's impact.

"I guess they haven't been here at rush hour," Linck said. .....

......Town Traffic Engineer Garo Garabedian, whom DOT officials briefed on the project, said he is highly confident that the state would pull the job off without any problems and keep the bridge open.

"They've done bridges before. They should know what they're doing. These guys are pretty good," Garabedian said. .....

Second Congregational Church to screen Christmas movie

"The Christmas Cottage," a PG-rated family film inspired by the early life and art of painter Thomas Kinkade, will be shown on a theater-size screen at 7:30 p. m. Friday at Second Congregational Church, 139 E. Putnam Ave.
The screening is free. Runtime is one hour, 43 minutes.

For more information or for reservations, contact Gloria LaDestro at 869-9311, ext. 120, or gloria@2cc.org.



The Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah will be presented at Greenwich's Stanwich Congregational Church, 202 Taconic Road, at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Randall Atcheson, the church's music director, will conduct the Stanwich Choir and Chamber Orchestra. The performance will feature soloists Denise LeVan, Wendy Gerbier, Peter Cody, and Wiley Maddox.

Following the performance, Stanwich will host a Christmas High Tea in its Emmaus Hall fellowship room.

The concert and tea are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the church office at 661-4420.


Fully ADA Compliant YWCA seeks nominations for racial justice scholarships

The YWCA of Greenwich is seeking nominations for its sixth annual Racial Justice Scholarship.

Two $500 scholarships will be given to two high school seniors who live in and attend a Greenwich school, and who have demonstrated special effort to encourage people to respect differences, to promote equality and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias and racism in their school or community.

Candidates may be nominated by a member of the faculty of any Greenwich high school or by the general public. Nominations are due by Dec. 15.

The award will be presented at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the YWCA.

To request an application, call Peter DiLeo at 869-6501, ext.104, or go to http://www.ywcagreenwich.org/ . Click "Programs," "YWelcomes" and "Racial Justice Scholarships."

Hospital reports financial losses

By Meredith Blake

The problems that have plagued the financial markets and fueled the current economic crisis have hit close to home at Greenwich Hospital, which reported a loss for the first time in more than 20 years.

The collapse of auction-rate bonds and the crash in the domestic and international securities markets led the hospital to a $14.2 million loss on its investment portfolio, according to Chief Financial Officer Eugene Colucci.

Greenwich Hospital took another $2.5 million hit on refinancing high-interest-rate bonds and spent $1.1 million extinguishing bond debt, leading to a negative bottom line of $9.3 million for fiscal year 2008, which ended on Sept. 30.

That was despite a net operating gain of $6.4 million.

"It was a tough financial year," Colucci said, "Most of the issues we experienced were unforeseen."

Last year, the hospital reported a positive bottom line of $14.5 million, he said.

Greenwich Hospital President and Chief Financial Officer Frank Corvino announced the unaudited financial results this week at the hospital's annual board of directors meeting, held at the facility on Perryridge Road.

"It was a difficult year to navigate," Corvino said.

The hospital started the fiscal year strongly, with numbers up from previous years, but then things slowed down, he said.

There were large patient volume fluctuations, according to Corvino. The facility was busy in January and February, but the number of empty beds rose over the summer.......

FULLY ADA Compliant YWCA honors elite group: Aquatic Hall of Fame welcomes eight new members

Every athlete aspires to be great but few achieve legendary status. But for nine members of the Greenwich aquatic community, Saturday marked an induction into that elite status, as the YWCA of Greenwich held its fifth annual Aquatic Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich......

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The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich is putting the finishing touches on its annual Antiquarius celebration.......

While you're standing in line at your local supermarket, waiting to crush your cans and bottles for money, it seems unimaginable that some consumers don't seek the return of their nickel deposits.

The politicians in Hartford know different. There's an estimated $25 million in bottle and can deposits that are not claimed each year - and many of them want that money.

Other people want that money, too. The people who now keep it - the beer wholesalers and soda companies.

Arguing about those unclaimed nickels has become a regular event in Hartford. Government officials are on one side. ......Blah ...... Blah ...... Blah ....... Blah ...... Blah ...... Blah ....... Blah ..... Blah .....

But Wait, There Is More To This Local Greenwich Time Editorial.....

.......State Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield, put it well when he voiced support for the state taking the unclaimed deposits.

"This is an easy one," he said ..... Blah ..... Blah ...... Blah ....... Blah ........

By Bernie Yudain bernardct6@aol.com .

I read in the press that the rage for routinely tearing down houses to make way for gigantic monsters has come to an end, as the reality of a crashing economy strikes home - or, in this case - homes.

To the editor:

What a fool I am. In September, my son started his fourth year in a modular. He has never been in a "real" school, except for the few months he was at Parkway. For Hamilton Avenue School students, Parkway and all the other Greenwich elementary schools were just a cruel tease:

"Hey mom, at Parkway they have this big room where there is only art! And another room that only has music!" There is also a huge room where we can run around and play sports inside! I love it!"

"Honey, that's called a gymnasium." (At Ham Ave. during bad weather, they stay in their rooms and throw scarves or do jumping jacks in place.)

What a fool I am. Two years ago, when my daughter was at kindergarten orientation, I was told she would be the first class in the new building. That was 11/2 years ago.

Enough is enough, I thought. Time to move my kids; they deserve the same elementary experience every other child in Greenwich receives. But wait! Summer 2008 came and the news was "Ham Ave. to get a delayed opening" (What a fool I am). No, wait. "Columbus Day move-in" (What a fool I am). No, wait. "Ham Ave. to move in over Christmas break" (What a fool I am)!

Headline Nov. 27, Greenwich Time: "April for Ham Ave. move?" Yeah, right, What A fool I am!
Now we are told that if the school is ready by February break, the students cannot move in due to Connecticut Mastery Tests.

I don't know how a move done over a break is going to affect the testing, but what I do know is that I and every other parent at Ham Ave. is at the breaking point, and if you tell us our school is finished and we can't move in, get ready for a fight!

Kerry Munnelly


We Must Not Let Turkeys Take Advantage Of Us.

It Is Time To Get Rid Of Frank Mazza And The Greenwich Board Of Education

Hamilton Avenue School students won't be allowed to move into their new building until April if the school's building committee can't secure the necessary approvals to make the facility safe for occupancy by the end of next week, the head of the school board said.

Board of Education Chairman Nancy Weissler said Wednesday that the facility must receive a temporary certificate of occupancy by Dec. 5 if students are to safely return to classes there after holiday breaks end Jan. 5......




Nancy Weissler And Her Negligent Board Of Education And Frank Mazza And His School Building Committee Must Resign Now.

Only Newly Elected School Board Member
Marianna Ponns Cohen Should Remain

The once great Greenwich Public School System has been brought to ruin by Nancy Weissler and her negligent fellow Board Of Education members. Ms. Weisller and her poorly managed board have cost thousands of tax dolars for every man woman and child in Greenwich.

Nancy Wiessler and the School Building Chairman she has supported through thick and thin will soon becoming to the taxpayers once again with their hands streched out.

If Nancy Wiessler, Frank Mazza and the other negligent board members had any decency they would resign.

It Is Time To Bounce These Bozo Board Members
And Their Failed High Paid Educrats


Wielser's Poor Manaagement Skills And Lack Of Expierence
Has Orchestrated The Fall Of Our Once Great Public Schools.

Blame abounds, but most of it must accrue to Nancy Wiessler and the Greenwich Board Of Education for their undying support of Frank Mazza and his band of idiots on the Hamilton Avenue School Building Committee.


The Failed Hamilton School Committee Members Are:

Frank Mazza Mazza85indian@aol.com
Joseph L. Rossmailto:jross@tishman.com
Jay Schondorf jsamisinc@aol.com
Thomas J. Heagney heagney@conversent.net
Thomas L. Smario mailto:advtls@aol.comor tls4970@aol.com
Paul Toretta torpa@aol.com
Sylvester Pecora nansea@optonline.net
Michael C. Bodson MichaelBodson@yahoo.com
Stephen G. Walko swalko@ibolaw.com

But It Is Not Just Frank Mazza And His Band Od Idiots That Are To Blame For The Repeated Disasters And Cost Over Runs At The Failed Hamilton Avenue School Building Project.

There Are A Host Of Ex-Officio Members To The Failed Hamilton Avenue Building Committee Who Saw That Frank Mazza And His Band Of Idiots Were Mis-Leading Taxpayers And Parents, But They Said Nothing. They Had Inside Information, But Choose "To Go Along To Get Along" Instead Of Protecting The Children Of Greenwich.

Ex-Officio Members To The Failed Hamilton Avenue Building Committee Who Were So Worried About Frank Mazza And Forgot All About Their Nieghbors Who Are Now Stuck Paying The Bill Are:

Deal L. Goss (RTM) deangoss@optonline.net
Peter J. Crumbine (Selectman) pcrumbine@greenwichct.org
Dr. Betty Sternberg (Superintendent) betty_sternberg@greenwich.k12.ct.us
John Vallerie (Public Works) jvallerie@greenwichct.org
Raymond J. Heimbuch (P&Z) rheimbuch@cs.com


Dawn Nethercott Dbn3793@msn.com
Alica Budkins abudkins@optonline.net
Donna Curtis donna@terrapin.com
Betsey Frumin (RTM#9 )Betsey@nacca.com
Rose Furano furano11@verizon.net


Joseph J. Aliotta aliotta.j@shca.com
Roger L. Klein klein.r@shca.com
Risa Rottenberg mailto:Rottenbergrottenberg.r@shca.com

Project Manager

Anyone Of These Hamilton Avenue Building Committee Seat Warmers Could Of Spoken Up And Saved Greenwich Taxpayers Millions Of Dolars, But They Chose To Turn A Blind Eye To The Children Of Greenwich.


The Greenwich Board Of Education are soley responsible for making decisions that have put taxpayers in a bind and caused many of their children to fail. Which leads reasonable Greenwich residents to ask one simple question......

What Were Nancy Weissler And The Other
Negligent School Board Members Thinking?????

One Of the failed school board members was replaced in the last school election. If those who remain had any decency they would simply quit.

Who's Still there?

Nancy Weissler - Email: nvoye@aol.com
Leslie Moriarty - Email: Lesliemoriarty@gmail.com
Steven B. Anderson - Email: andersonsb@optonline.net
Michael C. Bodson - Email: michaelbodson@yahoo.com
Jonathan Cohen - Email: jcohen@ticc.com
Susan S. Ellis - Email: sellis6@optimum.net
Natalie Queen - Email: nqueen124@aol.com

At best, this board of education was a sllep at the switch while two Greenwich Public Schools were closed and test scores rapidly droped.

Again, they need to go.

Aleady gone, but not soon enough is School Superintendent Betty Sternberg who will be leaving in June Of next year. Over and over Ms. Sternberg and her failed administrators in the public school system repeatedly gave Greenwich parents and taxpayers rosey assessments.

Never once did Nancy Weisller and her fellow negligent board members once question the preposterously rosy assesments from Sternberg or Mazza.

What were they thinking ?????

There should be no mistake where the responsibility resides.
That would be with the Greenwich School Board members
- and Nancy Weissler in particular.


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

11/29/08 Greenwich Residents Shocked And Affected By Terror Attacks In India

Though they happened a world away, the terrorist attacks that killed more than 150 people in Mumbai, India, have jarred and saddened Indian and Jewish members of the Greenwich community....

.....the Orthodox Jewish Chabad Lubavitch congregation of Greenwich over the death of three members of a Chabad Lubavitch community in Brooklyn. They were killed when terrorists took the Nariman House in Mumbai, where they were living.

Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah Holtzberg, leave behind a 2-year-old son, who survived the attack.

Rabbi Yossi Deren of Greenwich Chabad Lubavitch and his family lit candles in memory of the Holtzbergs during a Shabbat service at his Maher Avenue home Friday evening.

"This young couple paid the ultimate sacrifice," he said, expressing thanks to the Greenwich Jewish community for its support and prayer over the last few days.

"We've taken it upon ourselves to spread the light and do the work through good deeds and kindness," Deren continued. "Going forward, if every Jewish home in Greenwich lights the light tonight and every Friday night - and not just these lights but light through good deeds - there will be warmth and brightness in this dark world." .....


A timeline of terror

APMUMBAI, India (AP) - 9:21 p.m. Wednesday Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Two young men walk casually through Mumbai's main railway station, a worn Victorian hulk bustling with late commuters heading home, scurrying past small food stands and juice bars and vendors selling newspapers.


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11/29/08 Greenwich Time News Links -- Or -- Meredith Throws Away the Press Releases And Actually Interviews Someone In Town

By Rookie Reporter Meredith Blake

James McArdle is general manager of McArdle's Florist and Garden Center, 48 Arch St. He recently sat down with Greenwich Time to talk about what's popular in holiday decorations and how the company has expanded over the years.

What is it that you do here?

(Rookie Reporter Meredith Blake Is Actually Asking A Florist What He Does For A Living)

This time of year, people come to us for festive decorations for the outside and inside of their homes. We have so many things for them to use. As far as perishables, we have Christmas

cactuses, poinsettias, and amaryllises, all different things to spruce up the home for the holidays. People can design their own or one of our five designers can make an arrangement for them.

What is very popular this year?

Well, if their mantles need sprucing up, they might get some artificial fruit from us. We've got different fruits, from cherries to pepperberries. Or they might want to decorate their fireplace - we have lots of items for that. É A lot of people buy their Christmas trees with us and then buy ornaments as well. Some go with a different theme, such as an all-white theme, which is gorgeous. We have all the materials for that.

When did you set up for the holidays?

The first week in November This upcoming weekend is one of the busiest of the year. And we're ready.

What are some tips that you can offer people for decorating this holiday season?

Well, if someone has a covered porch, we have (floral) kissing balls that you can hang. Taking it a step further, if they have urns by their front door, or by ..... Blah ..... Blah ....... Blah ...... Blah ....... Blah ..... Blah


.....Has the business grown?

Yes, certainly in that respect we have changed. We offer a lot more services, such as the tree-delivery service.

What do you love about the business?

Interfacing with people. That's just fun. And helping people find solutions to objectives and enhancing lifestyles.


Beach card distributor wants her job back

A former Greenwich parks worker who was fired for issuing free beach cards is fighting to get her job back after a state labor board ruled that she was misrepresented by her union during grievance proceedings against the town, which she won.

UK gives a hand to RBS Greenwich

LONDON - The British government said Friday it will take over Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, the parent company of RBS Greenwich Capital of Greenwich, which plans a move to a new headquarters in Stamford next year.

Loading Zone: Tesei tells car dealers to shape up

First Selectman Peter Tesei is threatening to shut down a commercial loading zone used by car dealers on a crowded West Putnam Avenue side street A popular spot for unloading new vehicles, Edgewood Drive is frequently blocked by the cars and the trucks carrying them, according to Tesei, who said the practice has created a public safety hazard.

Blumenthal proposes gift-card protections

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will propose legislation aimed at protecting consumers who buy gift cards when the state's Legislature reconvenes in January.


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11/29/08 Greenwich Post Press Releases For Saturday

The 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day will be observed around the world and in Greenwich on Dec. 1. Locally, the events for World AIDS Day will take place at Town Hall on Monday, Dec.1, as coordinated by the Greenwich Department of Health. Included in the events will be free, rapid HIV testing — results are available in 20 minutes.

Friends of Autistic People (FAP), and McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center, 48 Arch St., is holding a three-day shopping event to raise money for the purchase of property for an organic farm for grown children with autism near Newtown.


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Friday, November 28, 2008

11/28/08 Greenwich Citizen News Links

TOP STORY: Tesei's Second Year Fraught With Fiscal Challenges

On Dec. 1, First Selectman Peter Tesei, 39, will head into the second year of a two-year first term - and it is fraught with fiscal challenges unlike any ever faced in Greenwich government.

Due to the Wall Street fiscal meltdown and chaotic fiscal markets around the world, Tesei, in concert with the RTM and the BET, must steer the Good Ship Greenwich in treacherous and uncharted budgetary seas.

The freshman first selectman, with 18 years as a banker under his belt, acknowledged the dangerous fiscal uncertainties during an interview in his Town Hall office. It focused on challenges ahead and accomplishments during his first year.

Here in question and answer format are highlights of the interview. Questions are in bold face (newspaper lingo for a typeface darker than regular print).

Q. As Greenwich faces into a multi-million dollar hole in its budget in the fiscal year ending June 30, what do you propose as sources of new revenue to patch the hole resulting from the Wall Street meltdown?

A. We have established a committee comprised of Parks and Rec Director Joe Siciliano, Fire Chief Peter Siecienski, Police Chief Dave Ridberg, Town Planner Diane Fox and Town Administrator John Crary to explore areas in which savings may be realized. One item is to use current Town employees for services provided by outside vendors.

Q. Given your experience on the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), what are the chances the mending of the current budget can be achieved?

A. We can live within the parameters of the current budget if we are willing to find savings in the current through not filling vacant positions, limiting the expenditure of non-salary accounts for the remainder of the fiscal year, limiting the use of overtime and monitoring the usage of part-time and seasonal employees......

Full Story: Greenwich Citizen

Art Imitates Greenwich Real Estate

... Riverside Brownie Troop 501 and other community groups contributed luxury gingerbread homes and familiar Greenwich landmarks to the Junior League's Enchanted Forest on Nov. 22-3. "Riverside Elementary," donated by Brownie Troop 501, won a blue ...

'Enchanted Forest' Delights Local Children

Greenwich resident Sofia Senecal, 3 1/2, watches as a toy train passes through the ginger bread village on display The Junior League of Greenwich offered children a walk in its Enchanted Forest .....

Enchanted Forest Photo College

... for a demo wreath during the wreath-making workshop. (Amy Mortensen/ staff photographer) Marina Zelenz, 5, of Greenwich, enjoys fresh popped popcorn while viewing the "Off to Oz" tree on display. "Off to Oz" was donated by Dorothy Carroll and Tom ...

Plea Hearing Pushed Back in Bicyclist Fatality

... back with autopsy reports, speed calculations and photographic evidence of the tragic accident, requested by his Greenwich defense lawyer, James Pastore. Stamford Superior Court Judge Barbara Brazzel-Massaro acquiesced to State Attorney David ...

Board of Ed Gets Boost on Mullen Day

... Tesei read before the regular board meeting held at Central Middle School, "Anthony J. Mullen came to the Greenwich Public Schools in 2002, a retired NYPD captain, homicide detective eager to teach (underachieving) students. Whereas, The Connecticut ...

A Tale of Two Pastors Scaling the Color Barrier

... to Mahalia," hosted by a full-to-the-brim First Presbyterian Church last Saturday. There's a new spirit of coming together of two traditionally black and white communities in the Town of Greenwich, at a ...

For GHS, Mirachi Made a Difference

Italian exchange student Cristiano Mirachi, a member of the Italian Youth National water polo team, led Greenwich High in goals this season.

Season to Smile About

The turning point came early in familiar waters. Playing at home in the Cardinal Tournament, Greenwich High's water polo team squared off with rival Navy Aquatic Club in the championship game.

GWP Boys, Girls Prove Mettle at Speedo Cup

... Fraser won the Jody Campbell Award for his play and sportsmanship at the Speedo Cup. The Greenwich Water Polo middle school teams experienced a mixture of wins and losses at the annual Speedo Cup Tournament held recently in Ann ...

All That Glitters is All in the Family

... jewelers on the Avenue, Jewels by Viggi promises something different. The upscale jewelry boutique located at 40 Greenwich Avenue opened its doors to the public on Nov. 18 in time for the holiday shopping season. The third generation jewelry ...


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11/28/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Friday

Greenwich High School s Camryn Ferrara let s everyone know who s No. 1 following the Cardinals 27-0 season-ending win over Staples Thursday.

(Keelin Daly/Greenwich Time photo)

Big Red Pride: Greenwich routs Staples to end on high note

Thanksgiving morning seemed surreal this season.

Sure it was Greenwich vs. Staples, only this time there were no TV cameras, there was no league title on the line and - gasp - there were even no state playoff spots at stake.

Instead, it was simply the final football game of the season for these proud, perennial powers, neither of them willing to have it all end without one last fight.

And while both teams walked out of Cardinal Stadium with their heads held high, it was Greenwich which once again left with their arms raised in the air.

Greenwich, which routed the Wreckers in the most lopsided FCIAC Championship of all time last year, notched its second straight shutout against their rivals from Westport with a 27-0 victory before an estimated crowd of 2,500 Thursday morning.

The Cards, who saw their two-year reign as FCIAC and CIAC Class LL champions come to an end this year, treated the regular-season finale like a postseason showcase.
It was their day to shine, and celebrate.

"When I woke up this morning I knew we were going to win," Greenwich senior co-captain Jeff DeVico said. "I kept telling these guys it was our last chance to play together, so let's make the most of it. That's what we did." ......

Library holds lecture on Mozart symphony

The Toscanini Lecture Series continues with Mortimer Frank discussing Mozart Symphony in G-minor, K. 550 at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Greenwich Library meeting room, 101 West Putnam Ave.

A video of a telecast Toscanini performance of the entire score will be featured. The lecture is free.

For more information, call David Waring at 622-7917.


Volunteers invited to join Audubon count

Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, is organizing its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 14.

Participants in the free event can join a field counting team or, if they live within a 15-mile radius of the Audubon, can conduct a backyard bird count.

To join a team or get a home-based reporting form, call Brian O'Toole at 869-5272, ext. 221.

For more information, visit http://www.audubon.org/


Center for HOPE offers luminary kits

Luminary kits for the Center for HOPE's annual "Hope Lights Lives" fundraiser are now on sale.
The kits are $25 and benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids - Family Centers programs offering bereavement and critical illness support. Each kit contains 12 tea light candles, 12 white paper bags and 12 plastic candle holders.

Kits can be purchased online at www.familycenters.org and at the following retail locations: McArdle's Florist, 48 Arch St., Greenwich; The Gardener's Center and Florist, 1396 Post Road, Darien; Nielsen's Florist and Garden Shop, 1405 Post Road, Darien; Michael Joseph's Catering, 188 Heights Road, Darien; Aux Delices Foods, 25 Old King's Highway North, Darien; Goldenberry, 110 Post Road, Darien; Palmer's Market, 246 Heights Road, Darien; Elm Street Books, 35 Elm St., New Canaan; M Milestones, 120 Main St., New Canaan; Walter Stewart's Market, 229 Elm St., New Canaan; Rowayton Market; Weston Hardware Housewares; Weston's Peter's Market and the Village Market in Wilton.

Neighborhoods in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Wilton and Weston will light the luminaries to celebrate the holiday season and provide support and hope to people living with an illness or grieving the loss of a loved one at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Rain date is Dec. 21.
For more information, visit www.familycenters.org or call Gloria Veeder at 869-4848.


JFS hosts singles event for over-50s

Jewish Family Services' support and social network, Not Alone, will host "A Taste of Chanukah" from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor, 500 Steamboat Road.

The event is aimed at mature Jewish singles over 50 years old, but is open to all.
Hanukkah foods and a wine bar will be offered. The cost is $10 per person.

For more information or to RSVP, call Ruth Schaeffer at (914) 262-6297 or e-mail Carole Goldstone at askcag@aol.com.


Youth hockey invites registrations

Greenwich Youth Hockey programs at the Dorothy Hamill Rink are accepting mail-in and walk-in registrations. Programs are available for the following age groups: instructional clinic 6-10; novice youth league 7-10; senior youth league 11-14; and junior hockey league 15-16.

Youth programs run through March 7.

Registration forms and program information are available at the Dorothy Hamill Rink, on the Town of Greenwich Web site, http://www.greenwichct.org/ (Click on "Check out Parks and Recreation," and click on "Ice Skating Rink") or by calling the rink at 531-8560.


Girls Inc. offers scholars program

Girls Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut is accepting applications for The Girls Inc. National Scholars Program.

Multiple scholarships ($2,500 and $15,000) are awarded each year and may be applied to tuition and expenses at any accredited two- or four-year college or university. The private scholarship is open to young women who are in the 11th or 12th grade and who are members of a Girls Inc. affiliate.

For more information, call Jen Kannengeiser, program director, at 536-3322 or e-mail JKannengeiser@girlsincswct.org.


Book club continues for Jewish women

Jewish Family Services of Greenwich's book club for Jewish women, "Book Beat: A Woman's Night Out," continues on Thursday evenings at JFS, 1 Holly Hill Lane.

The remaining dates are Dec. 18, Jan. 29, March 12, April 23 and May 21. Light dessert will be served at 7 p.m. and the book discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. Each session costs $18.

For more information, call the JFS office at 622-1881. MasterCard and Visa are accepted.


YWCA seeks nominations for racial justice scholarships

The YWCA of Greenwich is seeking nominations for its sixth annual Racial Justice Scholarship.
Two $500 scholarships will be given to two high school seniors who live in town and attend a Greenwich school, and who have demonstrated a special effort to encourage people to respect differences, to promote equality and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias and racism in their school or community.

Candidates may be nominated by a member of the faculty of any Greenwich high school or by the general public. Nominations are due by Dec. 15.

The award will be presented at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the YWCA.

To request an application, call Peter DiLeo at 869-6501, ext.104, or go to www.ywcagreenwich.org. Click "Programs," "YWelcomes" and "Racial Justice Scholarships."4) 262-6297 or e-mail Carole Goldstone at askcag@aol.com.

Whitby School will have to wait at least another two and a half weeks to move ahead with its proposed expansion - welcome news to neighbors who say the school has repeatedly ignored their requests to deal with light, noise and air pollution caused by expansion in 2000.

Following advice from the Planning and Zoning Commission, the school will use the time to consult with those neighbors, as well as Fire Chief/Marshal Joe Benoit regarding fire safety issues.

"Little by little, buildings have been added," Thomas Kupper told the commission at its meeting Tuesday. Kupper has lived behind the school on Merry Lane since it was built more than 40 years ago.

"The scope of this project is way out of scale for this neighborhood," he said.

This summer, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a preliminary site plan for 10,000 square feet in additions to Whitby's 25-acre campus at 969 Lake Ave., including four new middle school classrooms and a larger gymnasium. The proposed expansion is similar to one undertaken by the school in 2000.

Preliminary approval for the proposed expansion was contingent upon the school's cooperation with neighbors who claimed it had let a perimeter fence fall into disrepair and that lights often stayed on well past 10 p.m., the agreed time they would be turned off......

Abilis hosts
Theo Brown found it hard to pick out his favorite food served at this year's Thanksgiving dinner at Abilis, a nonprofit organization that provides services and support to people with developmental disabilities in Fairfield County.

"I liked the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the turkey," said Brown, as he watched staff members roll out a tray filled with desserts including pumpkin pie Thursday afternoon.

"The food is even better than last year," said Brown, who has been using the services at Abilis for several years and sits on the board to provide input.

"Everyone here is like family," said Brown, 22.

Lolli Ross, the Executive Director of Abilis said this is the fifth year the organization has put the dinner together. The event was for people with developmental disabilities who use Abilis's services that do not have families to go home to on the holiday, Ross said.

"We are very family oriented and this is just a part of the Abilis family tradition" said Ross.
Nearly 40 people attended the dinner, including a mix of people who use Abilis' services, staff members and some family members who volunteered their afternoon to prepare and serve the food.

Dany Acosta, who lives in the Bronx, N.Y. but works at Abilis, said he volunteered to work just because he enjoyed the tradition so much. "I love it and I wanted to spend the day with family. Everyone here is like family to me," .......

People hit the gym before the buffet

The minute the doors opened yesterday morning at the Greenwich Water Club, a group of motivated people filed inside ready to begin their workout in the run up to one of the biggest meals of the year.

"As soon as I opened up at 7 a.m. people just kept coming in," said Pete Orocco, who was manning the front desk at the health club located at 49 River Road.

At 9:30 a.m., a morning yoga class was just letting out and people were recovering from what appeared to be an intense workout session.

"What is a better way to start your day than to have a great workout," said Debra Senecal, of Old Greenwich. "And it means you can eat more," she said.

Carla Catanzaro, the General Manager of the club said the morning yoga class was packed with 25 people and the rest of the gym was filled with dozens more who were working strenuously to combat the pound packed feast coming up later in the day.

"I think there are more people working out today than usual," said Catanzaro. "It's a holiday for wonderful foods and they are here to work it off."

Catanzaro said the club is often busier on holidays like Thanksgiving, particularly in the morning hours.

"We closed last Christmas at 2 p.m. and people asked us if we could stay open later," said Catanzaro.......

Airport changes complaint policy
The phenomenon of a cluttered inbox is soaring to new heights at Westchester County Airport, where one persistent citizen sent the noise abatement office a record 1,400 e-mail complaints in one month alone, according to officials there......

.....As a result, the airport's advisory board recently voted to change the procedure for handling such complaints, limiting the number per household that will be investigated to 50 per month. Additional complaints will only be logged.

With a staff of five full-time employees and a normal caseload of 300 to 400 complaints per month, officials in the noise abatement office said they simply don't have the resources to keep up with the barrage of messages.

Officials would not identify the chief complainant because of a privacy policy, other than to say the person lives in Valhalla, N.Y., which is located along the airport's westerly departure route and is near a helicopter route.

In June 1997, two homeowners in Greenwich, which borders the airport to the east, logged an estimated 1,500 of the 1,902 total complaints for that month between them, prompting the airport to take similar action, according to the noise abatement office. ......

....Erica Purnell, co-chairwoman of the Selectmen's Advisory Committee on Aircraft Noise in Greenwich, said the situation has gotten out of hand and takes away from investigating complaints from other citizens such as herself.

"They're abusing the system," said Purnell, who lives on Bedford Road in northwest Greenwich near the airport and files complaints with the noise abatement office from time to time.
The airport's noise abatement office typically receives complaints through a telephone hot line, though some citizens choose to do so by e-mail.

Each complaint is logged into a computer database, which then tries to match the noise event with a specific flight using archived radar readings. The process, Inserra said, can take anywhere from a minute to a half-hour, depending on the volume of air traffic over a fixed point at a certain time. ....

Police blotter

Jose Marrero, Jr., 28, of 75 Josephine Evaristo Ave., was arrested Wednesday night on an outstanding arrest warrant, police said. He was charged with second-degree failure to appear.

Police were dispatched to Marrero's residence to investigate a past domestic violence incident when the warrant was discovered, police said.

Marrero was additionally charged with disorderly conduct and violation of a protective order, according to the police report.

He was released on a $500 bond and is schedule to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford today.

After terror threat, patrols added at trains
Staff reports A possible terrorist threat to the New York City subway and train systems mean an increased police presence at Connecticut rail lines and stations throughout the holiday weekend, Gov.

101 killed as gunmen rampage in India city
APMUMBAI, India - A trickle of bodies and hostages emerged from a luxury hotel Thursday as Indian commandoes tried to free people trapped by suspected Muslim militants who attacked at least 10 targets in India's financial capital of Mumbai, killing 101 people.

Design destination
The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich is putting the finishing touches on its annual Antiquarius celebration.

To the editor:

There they go again! The Board of Education is spending taxpayers' dollars soliciting nationwide, via the Internet, a new superintendent of schools ("Goals set in search for schools chief," Greenwich Time news story, Nov. 24).

In these perilous financial times, why is this town board about to embark on hiring a search firm? Don't we have experienced, Grade A educators right here in our school system who can fill the requirements of the job?

Historically, town officials and boards/commissions, have swooned over engaging high-priced outside consulting firms. We were financially unhinged, a ripe target for the pickins'.

Let's push back, get unstuck from repeating past dismal results and first review who has sound credentials for this position within Greenwich's school system before we go hoity-toity, seeking help outside our borders.

This isn't complicated. However, judging past performance, a few board members have been outfoxed by their choices for this position.

Superintendents, newly minted, get paid top dollar plus a menu of benefits. They come with trendy ideas and depart within a relatively short time. The easy money paid to egghead consultants is then gone! This elongated, costly process is nutty, zany! We've lost our way.

This current search method represents a fatiguing reminder of what's wrong with independent government bodies, that draw down the taxpayer's purse and sugarcoat the results.

Anyone have a better idea to regain the public trust?

William J Kalna


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