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Friday, February 22, 2008

02/22/08 - Greenwich Newswire For Friday

Demetrius Ferguson flies through traffic in Greenwich High s win over Westhill Monday.
(GREENWICH CITIZEN photo / Amy Mortensen)

Greenwich News Reports

Cards Flying High Into FCIAC Tournament
Greenwich Citizen - Greenwich,CT,USA
By Scott Ferrari If Greenwich High's boys' basketball team wanted a peek into the upcoming FCIAC tournament, Monday night's game against Westhill of ...

Really 'Rad' Relay
Greenwich Citizen - Greenwich,CT,USA
By Mike Madera When the weather was uncooperative this past week, the Greenwich High indoor track team was forced to use a different style to prepare for ...

I-95 southbound shut down in Greenwich for 2 hours
myfoxny.com - New York,NY,USA
GREENWICH, Conn. -- The state Department of Transportation reports that officials have cleared multiple tractor trailer accidents that had shut down ...

I-95 southbound shut down in Greenwich
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
GREENWICH, Conn. - The state Department of Transportation reports that multiple tractor trailer accidents have shut down southbound lanes in Greenwich . ...

State to audit Greenwich primary results
Stamford Advocate - Stamford,CT,USA
By Neil Vigdor

GREENWICH - Election officials in Greenwich are reluctantly preparing for a state-mandated audit of this month's Super Tuesday primary ...

AQR's Biggest Hedge Fund Fell Almost 15% Through Mid-February
Bloomberg - USA
... in the fourth quarter, said the people, who declined to be identified because the Greenwich, Connecticut-based firm doesn't publicly disclose the data. ...

CMBX Signals Trouble In Commercial Property; 'Doesn't Make Sense'
Wall Street Journal - USA
"The level we're seeing in the CMBX right now just doesn't make sense," says Lisa Pendergast, managing director for RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, ...

Greenwich Blog Post

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Evaulating a Website
Where: Greenwich Library at Training Center This 1.5 hour session will offer tips and techniques for evaluating materials found on the Internet. Come to this session if you plan on using the Internet as one of your research ...
Greenwich Library | Today's Events - http://www.greenwichlibrary.org

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02/22/08 - 'It's drudge work,' said Veronica Baron Musca, the town's Republican registrar of voters.

State to audit Greenwich primary results

Norwalk Advocate

GREENWICH - Election officials in Greenwich are reluctantly preparing for a state-mandated audit of this month's Super Tuesday primary results.

A dozen poll workers will hand count the ballots cast Feb. 5 at Greenwich High School, one of 71 polling precincts randomly chosen for the statewide audit.

The audit will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Town Hall meeting room and will be open to the public. A total of 874 ballots were recorded in the precinct during the primary. However, absentee ballots will not be part of the audit....

....Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz defended the system, which requires municipal election officials to send the hand count results to the University of Connecticut for a statistical analysis. A report on that analysis should be available in about a month, she said.

'I have had a few legislators say, 'Gee, maybe in the future we won't need this.' I would fight that,' Bysiewicz said. 'I think from the voters standpoint and from the standpoint of the integrity of the election process, it's important to do a random audit each year to ensure people that their vote is being counted properly and that, if there is fraud, we can ferret that out.'

Municipalities chosen for the random audit will receive reimbursement for 'reasonable' expenses incurred from the process, Bysiewicz said.

'Yes, it does cost some time and effort, but I think it is a worthwhile investment in the security and integrity of our election process,' Bysiewicz said.

According to Bysiewicz, the vast majority of the 702 electronic voting machines used in the state worked without incident on Feb. 5. Six of the machines needed replacement because either their memory cards that read the paper ballots were improperly programmed or because of technical problems such as paper jams.

Musca said she had confidence in the machines' accuracy.

'There's no way you can make a mistake. You color in your ovals and the machine reads it,' she said. 'It's as good as scanning their can of peas (at the supermarket). If they trust the price on their can of peas, they should trust this as well.'

Original Norwalk Advocate article: State to audit Greenwich primary results

02/22/08 - The eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom three-family dwelling will be two and 1/2 stories high and include an eight-car garage below grade

The Board of Trustees of Diamond Hill Church at 525 E. Putnam Ave. won a re-zoning permit from the Planning and Zoning Commission last week.

The action in a 5-0 vote was coupled with the awarding of a final site plan/special permit to start construction of the new unit that replaces two single dwellings on the 36,311 square-foot property.

02/22/08 - The initial problem was reported with just one truck accident. Later the DOT issued the report of multiple accidents.

I-95 southbound shut down in Greenwich for 2 hours

Hartford Courant

The state Department of Transportation reports that officials have cleared multiple tractor trailer accidents that had shut down southbound lanes in Greenwich.

The DOT says all southbound lanes between exits 3 and 2 were closed for about two hours.....

02/22/08 - News Reports From Greenwich Time

Painting program encourages children to use their imaginations

Jessica Aselin, 7, placed her stuffed brown puppy May in front of her and carefully traced its features -- the long face and floppy ears -- onto the dog in her painting.

She was asked to create a story on paper, using tempera paint, during a children's program at the Bush-Holley Historic Site, and May was the main character.....
Former choir director sentenced to 5 1/2 years in child porn case

After owning up to 40 years of sexually abusing minors overseas and viewing hundreds more in illicit pictures, Robert F. Tate, the former Christ Church Greenwich music director caught with child pornography, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison yesterday.

"There are many people who, all my life, thought I was a good choir master and a good person and a good example for their kids," Tate, 66, said. "I want those people to know today that I was a terrible choir master, a terrible person and I harmed those kids."

As Christ Church parishioners and lawyers looked on, Tate told U.S. District Court Judge Alan Nevas that he never assaulted choir members under his instruction at the church, but did have sex with boys in Thailand, the Philippines and Costa Rica. He also said he knowingly hired two pedophiles to work in the Christ Church choir, standing by when they assaulted choir boys and then quietly firing them.....

Music director's love of music inspires him to travel the world

Trekking alone across the Karakoram Range, Christopher Kabala learned about a new culture, largely unaffected by the world events unfolding just hours away.

"This is not the Pakistan that you read about in the papers," he said, "It is one of the most peaceful places in the world."

Kabala, 61, a pianist, and music director at the Round Hill Community Church, traveled to the country last August to go trekking....
Two teens hurt in crash

Two Greenwich teenagers were in critical condition and two other people were hospitalized for minor injuries following a three-car accident yesterday on East Putnam Avenue in Cos Cob.

The accident involving a dark red Jeep sport utility vehicle, gray Volvo sedan and gray Subaru station wagon, occurred shortly before 6 p.m. by the Citgo gas station in Cos Cob, police said.

The SUV carrying the teenagers was traveling west when it struck the Volvo and then the Subaru, police said. The roof of the SUV was ripped open, and one of the teenagers was ejected, officials said

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