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Sunday, March 16, 2008

03/16/08 - A Lot Of Things Are On Display In Greenwich

Greenwich News Reorts

Artist Leslie Mueller Exhibits at Round Hill Community Church in ...
Fairfield County Online - Bridgeport,CT
As a celebration of Easter/Passover, on display is a special exhibition entitled "Leap of Faith" by artist Leslie Mueller, known for her mixed media, ...

Three teens report indecent exposure incident
WTNH - New Haven,CT
Greenwich (WTNH) _ Police investigate a possible indecent exposure incident involving three teenage girls in Greenwich. The girls were walking on Sound ...

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03/16/08 - Greenwich Blog Wire - Cute Sheep At Graham's

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NitaJane Roadtrip: Greenwich CT
By Jennifer
First stop on the NitaJane 2008 Roadtrip was lovely Greenwich CT, where we sniffed out the Starbucks and saw some absolutely beautiful stores. Including this toy store, Graham's - - these little stuffed animals were so cute. ...
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03/16/08 - Good Government In Action: "There are vehicles here that they can use. They don't need to take them home," First Selectman Peter Tesei said

Tesei wants to end town-vehicle policy

Calling it a costly and unnecessary perk, First Selectman Peter Tesei wants to put an end to furnishing municipal department heads with town-owned vehicles, many of whom use them to drive home at the end of the work day.

A number of department heads live out of town, with some commuting from as far away as Milford and Ridgefield. The town pays for their gas.

Tesei said he would rather that senior managers drive their personal vehicles to work and use the municipal motorpool for town business....

... The cost-saving initiative follows several other reforms ordered by Tesei to guard against the misuse of municipal cars and trucks, including the requirement that all vehicles bear the town seal. A list of the 300 vehicles in the municipal fleet was also posted on the town's Web site for the public to see....

... The new policy would not apply to police and fire brass, who have about eight cars assigned between them.

Parks Director Joseph Siciliano, who is assigned a town vehicle and lives in Norwalk, said there are some special circumstances where the assignment of a town vehicle is appropriate. "I think that there's an additional work requirement outside the normal work day, whether it's for meetings, or emergency call-out or seven-day operations, that should be considered when compensation packages are being made," Siciliano said.
Town officials said there have been instances when employees who are not issued cars as part of their jobs have driven town-owned cars home, however.

Elizabeth Linck, the town's fleet director, said it was quite possible that unauthorized employees were driving municipal vehicles home.....

More Local News From The Greenwich Time

Children fill up their Easter baskets at Lions Club event

When the starting horn went off, Tami Oppenheimer, 32, picked up two-year-old Tyler and ran to the other side of a field filled with eggs.

Seniors weigh costs of reverse mortgages

Dee Lewis has refinanced her Glenville home five or six times so she would have enough money to pay her property taxes.

Bagpipes abound at St. Patrick's Day parade

March is high season for Gregor MacIntyre, pipe major of the Greenwich Pipe Band.

USA Boxing may step into the ring in Stamford

USA Boxing, which has governed Olympic-style pugilism since 1888, is looking at Connecticut, especially Stamford, as the location for an East Coast office.


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03/16/08 - Can Greenwich Donors Trust This Catholic School And Bishop Lori? Will they continue to give thier hard earned dollars to this School?

Greenwich Blog Post

- Crime & Religion

Auditors Document Greenwich (CT) Priest Stole $529K From Parish

By Frank Douglas

A summary of the scathing reports and a letter from Bishop William Lori were sent last Friday to parishioners and parents of students attending the high-tuition Greenwich Catholic School. Until he was removed by the Bishop, ...

...“The reports show that his personal bank activity does not support his claims that he made any of the approximately $93,000 in payments from his personal funds.

“Father Moynihan claimed that one source of his personal funds was gifts from a trust fund for an elderly sick aunt and uncle (recently deceased) for which he served as trustee.

“To corroborate Moynihan’s claim regarding gifts from the trust, family members associated with the trust challenged Moynihan’s administration of the trust fund. They challenged his propriety in using $58,000 in trust funds to purchase a powerboat and other payments from the trust solely for Moynihan’s benefit.

Furthermore, Moynihan has refused to provide beneficiaries of the trust with an accounting of trust assets.”

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03/16/08 - Greenwich Real Estate News

Greenwich Business Blog Post

February Real Estate Stats
By Victoria Lorusso
Here are the stats for February in Stamford and Greenwich. Interesting to note that the inventory is not dramatically higher and that the actual average sales number is up in Stamford. ...

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03/16/08 - Rich Town & Poor Kids - ConnCAN officials said Greenwich High School was among high schools with the largest achievement gaps ever recorded

School Administrators Have Once Again Failed

Greenwich School News :

Overpaid, Incompetent And Failing School Administrators Are Hurting Our Children

Report: Student achievement gap wide
Greenwich Time - Greenwich,CT

By Andrew Shaw

Greenwich High School has one of the largest achievement gaps in the state between the performance of black students and the student body ...

... ConnCAN spokesman Marc McGee said Greenwich historically has had one of the largest achievement gaps, despite its resources...

...Haedmaster Alan Capasso said he is worried about the achievement gap between poor students, defined as those who receive free or reduced-cost school lunches, and those who are better off and do not rely on such assistance. Greenwich has a 44 percentage point difference between poor students and other students who performed at goal level, higher than the state average of 39 percent....

... "This is still an issue for Greenwich. I still strongly believe that if your system is really an excellent system, you're addressing all the needs of children in your district," said Superintendent of Schools Betty Sternberg. "It's very hard. You always try to catch up. But it doesn't mean you don't try. It doesn't mean it can't be done."

Town recruits minority teachers at job fair
Greenwich Time - Greenwich,CT

By Meredith Blake

The Greenwich Public Schools held its first-ever Minority Teacher Recruitment Fair yesterday, drawing more than 50 candidates to Greenwich High School, to interview representatives from all the schools but administrators had hoped for a bigger turnout.

"It was not as successful as we hoped... We were hoping there would be hundreds of candidates lined up, but this was definitely an important step for the district," said Ellen Flanagan, Director of Human Resources.

... The Greenwich Public Schools have been working for several years to increase the number of minority teachers in the schools, with the goal of having the staff reflect the diversity of the student population. Currently only 8 percent of teachers are members of minority ethnic or racial groups, while approximately 25 percent of the students come from minority groups, according to Flanagan....

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03/16/08 - "He actually, in my opinion, will bring about more change than the Democratic candidates because he's a boat-rocker a problem-solver,"

Greenwich Blog Post - Politics

Lieberman explains why he’s supporting McCain (Greenwich Time)

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Staff Report.

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03/16/08 - Gov. M. Jodi Rell, in her budget proposal, called for new weekend shifts at the Greenwich weigh station and $1.26 million in improvements

Greenwich News Report - Transportation

DOT seeks to speed operations at weigh station in Greenwich

Stamford Advocate - Stamford,CT

By Chris Gosier

The state is exploring new technologies to expedite truck inspections at the Greenwich weigh station on Interstate 95. ...

... The station already has a Weigh-in-Motion sensor that trucks ride over once they've pulled in, said Sgt. Frank Sawicki, executive officer for the traffic services unit of the Connecticut State Police. It gives a ballpark weight for trucks so police can determine which ones need a full weight inspection and which can be redirected back onto the highway.

Sawicki said more advanced systems could be embedded in the highway to detect trucks' general weight as they ride over sensors. More advanced systems also can read a transponder installed in many tractor-trailers to detect the company's safety record and the last time the truck was inspected, he said.

That means some trucks could keep rolling down the highway, and only the ones that need weighing would have to pull over....

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03/16/08 - Why would someone waste 28 Million On A House When You Could Use The Money To Do Some Good In The World?

"Hey, Tommy We Are So Hungry"

Greenwich Business News - Glorifying Excess-

Very Old Real Estate News About Hillfiger

Sleeping With The Stars
Hartford Courant

Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, right, has put Stone Hill, his 20000-square-foot Greenwich estate, on the market for $27.9 million. ...

Mr. Hillfiger already has multiple homes and is currently involved in gutting and constructing an apartment that spans two floors of the Plaza Hotel.

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03/12/08 - Is The A Special Place In Hell For Some Wealthy Greenwichites

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