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Friday, February 29, 2008

02/29/08 - Greenwich Newswire For Friday

front row l-r: B.E.S.T. host Scott Mitchell of Richards of Greenwich; Francois Kwaku-Dongo, Executive Chef at lâ escale Restaurant; Eilhys England Hackworth, SFTT Chair; Wendy Laurent, Pastry Chef at l'escale Restaurant; Shelly Tretter Lynch , B.E.S.T. Committee Chair; Middle row“ l-r: Susie Quinn; Sheila May, owner of Therese Saint Clair stationers; Linda Levy; Guy Flichy; Top row: - l-r: Paul Warren, Darrah Gleason, Lin Tien, Mary Newcomb

Greenwich News Reports

SFTT and Richards of Greenwich host BEST cocktail reception on ...
Stamford Plus Magazine - Stamford,CT
By Press Release

Raising Awareness and Support to Protect the Front-Line Soldiers Who Are Protecting Us

SFTT Chair Eilhys England Hackworth, Scott Mitchell of Richards of Greenwich and Event Chair Shelly Tretter Lynch are hosting B.E.S.T., a cocktail reception to champion the Best Equipment to Support the Troops. It pays tribute to the late Col. David “Hack” Hackworth by raising funds to protect the troops ‘out at the tip of the spear’ that he loved and continues to fight for through his legacy foundation, SFTT.

B.E.S.T. will be held at Richards, 359 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich , from 6:30 PM to 9 PM on Friday May 9. While enjoying four-star cocktail fare, pastries and beverages, courtesy of l’escale Restaurant’s Executive Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo,

All of the proceeds from B.E.S.T. will be used to support the front line troops defending our freedoms by ensuring that they have the best available equipment – including body armor and helmet liners - to make it home alive and in one piece. The current Army-issue body armor and helmet liner are part of the Basic 5 personal combat essential gear that SFTT has identified as being sub-standard.

Honorary Event Co-Chairs are former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and former Greenwich First Selectman Jim Lash. Also confirmed are Fox broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera, Peabody-award winning producer/journalist and SFTT’s Defense Watch webzine editor Roger Charles, and Fathers for the Truth’s John Grant. Grant, father of an infantry soldier currently deployed to Iraq , and SFTT’s Charles were interviewed by Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers for the multi-part story that aired in May, 2007 on NBC Nightly News, Dateline, and MSNBC about inferior body armor and the Army’s flawed procurement and testing process. The NBC revelations triggered immediate calls by Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle for independent, third-party reviews of all Defense Department body armor procurement....

...SFTT’s is a nonpartisan, apolitical, nonprofit foundation. Its unique educational and advocacy mission is to see that the Pentagon and our elected leaders in Washington get the right equipment, training and leadership for our US troops ‘at the tip of the spear,’ by giving a public voice to and providing a candid forum for America’s front-line forces.

Greenwich swim team golden once again
Greenwich Post - Greenwich,CT
After a year absence, the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship swim team trophy once again resides at Greenwich High School. ...

Too Much Tevin
Greenwich Citizen - Greenwich,CT
By Scott Ferrari

FAIRFIELD - If Greenwich High is to make a run in the CIAC Class LL boys' basketball tournament next week, Tuesday night's FCIAC semifinal ...

HOUSE SITTING Tommy Hilfiger's 27.9M Connecticut jump-off
Radar Online - New York,NY
This week, the recently engaged fashionisto dropped a walled, gated, four-acre Greenwich, Connecticut, country estate called Stone Hill back on the market ...

Out of the Mouth of Babes
Greenwich Citizen - Greenwich,CT
As a result, Greenwich becomes the 62nd of Connecticut's 169 municipalities to climb aboard the clean energy train chugging across the state. ...

With Drug Abuse on Rise, Paulmeno Makes Pitch for Health Coordinator
Greenwich Citizen - Greenwich,CT
By PATRICIA McCORMACK That is according to a report presented to the Greenwich Department of Public Health Board Monday night by Community Health Planner ...

Magnificent Seven Swimmers grab seven golds, but Greenwich takes title
New Canaan Advertiser - New Canaan,CT
The New Canaan Rams captured seven gold medals and amassed 388 points as they finished runner-up to the Greenwich Cardinals at the FCIAC boys’ swimming and ...

Greenwich Blog Posts

Tommy Hilfiger lists seven-bedroom mansion in Greenwich, CT for $27.9M
By Bob Goldsborough
Tommy Hilfiger is asking $27.9 million for his seven-bedroom mansion in Greenwich, Conn. The Greenwich Time broke the story on Wednesday of the listing, followed by the New York Post’s Braden Keil’s report yesterday. ...
Celebrity Real Estate Homes Blog... - http://www.bergproperties.com/blog

Friends Friday Films - 51 Birch Street
Where: Greenwich Library at Cole Auditorium 51 BIRCH STREET (2005) Directed by Doug Block. A great documentary that takes a look at the filmmaker’s Port Washington, NY roots and by doing so gets at the root of all families and their ...
Greenwich Library Today's Events - http://www.greenwichlibrary.org

Republican Retirements Leave Open Seats
By Genghis Conn
Claudia “Dolly” Powers (R-Greenwich) is retiring. The 151st has long been a solid GOP district. Alfred Camillo Jr., a former RTC chair, is running for the seat (no word on a Democrat yet). The district should be safe Republican ...
Connecticut Local Politics - http://ctlocalpolitics.net

Wiederecht lifts Staples to fifth
By MIKE MADAR Hour Correspondent GREENWICH -- Staples junior Christopher Wiederecht finished second in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly to lead the Wreckers to a fifth-place finish at the FCIAC Boys Swimming ...

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02/29/08 - News Reports From The Greenwich Time

Blue Sky Animation is pulling out of White Plains New York and to Connecticut, where the tax breaks are as high as a Horton the elephant's eye.

Benefits of deal remain unclear

Greenwich Time - Staff Writer

State lawmakers are questioning the Blue Sky deal following a report in Greenwich Time and The Advocate yesterday that the General Assembly unknowingly approved $15 million worth of annual digital animation tax credits tailored for Blue Sky Studios last year.

Additional details emerged yesterday about the state's behind-the-scenes bid to lure the renowned digital animator and its 300 employees from New York to Greenwich with tens of millions in film tax credits. It remains unclear, though, how thoroughly the state's effort to woo Blue Sky has been analyzed, and if it will pay off.

Jim Watson, spokesman for the state Department of Economic and Community Development, said the examination by his department, which is providing Blue Sky an $8 million low-interest loan, cannot be released because it involves confidential, proprietary information.

House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, has promised the company $10 million more in tax breaks. Many lawmakers this week said they thought last year they were voting on a generic bill creating a maximum, annual, transferable tax credit of $15 million to be split among digital animation studios with 200 or more full-time employees.

"In budget negotiations (the discussion) was always in terms of the entire film industry," House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said yesterday. "Never was an individual company mentioned, ever."

Leap Year birthdays finally get a chance to celebrate
BEING A LEAP YEAR baby has helped Anthony Gioffre stay young.

Camillo vies to replace Powers
The chairman of the Republican Town Committee seemed surprised that no one had questions for Fred Camillo Wednesday night when the town native announced he would make a bid for a state House of Representatives seat.

Town to rejoin lobbying group
Going against his predecessor's view that it is a waste of taxpayer money, First Selectman Peter Tesei wants the town to rejoin the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Teachers slam BET on day care
Teachers at last night's Board of Education meeting bemoaned this week's decision by the Board of Estimate and Taxation to turn down the board's request to operate a child-care center for children of teachers.

Luxury home developers make record land donation
STAMFORD - The Stamford Land Conservation Trust has received 25 acres of land in North Stamford, the largest single tract donated to the trust, representatives said.

Pioneers, civil rights leaders parade at Hart Magnet
STAMFORD - Daniel Boone carried a wooden rifle around Hart Magnet Elementary School yesterday, Wilbur Wright flew a cardboard plane and Neil Armstrong wore a spacesuit.

NCC settles sexual assault suit for $765K
NORWALK - Norwalk Community College has settled a federal lawsuit with a student who claimed a male professor sexually assaulted her four years ago.

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