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Thursday, March 20, 2008

03/20/08 - Greenwich Police Blotter


Police Watch: The following are yesterday's released reports

Police do not release the names of those 17 years old and younger because they are protected as juveniles or youthful offenders. The Post does not publish the names of those arrested in domestic violence incidents to protect the identities of the victims. The following are today's released arrest reports :


POSSESSION

Kelsey Curley, 18, of 296 Delavan Ave. was arrested March 19 and charged with possession of marijuana under four ounces, driving under the influence, simple trespass and possession of a controlled substance. While patrolling Grass Island Park, police reportedly saw a car with its engine running stopped between boats that had been dry docked for the season. Police said officers smelled marijuana and ordered Curley out of her car, then discovered a hand rolled, thin cigar filled with marijuana. According to police, a further search of the car revealed two other, smaller cigars that had been burnt on one end and a prescription bottle that had been prescribed for Curley’s father. Police reports said the bottle contained two broken white pills and one gel tablet. Police said Curley slurred her speech during the investigation and failed field sobriety tests. Curley was released on a $500 cash bond and is due in court March 26.

Via Greenwich Post

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03/20/08 - Defense attorney Mickey Sherman, who lost Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder trial, defends his unorthodox ways in a new book


Greenwich News Report - Skakel Murder

Skakel's former attorney publishes memoir
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
He instead focuses on cases that he won, makes light of his upbringing in tony Greenwich and jokes "I rarely prepare for anything," when discussing his ...


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Speech in Sri Lanka, 1999
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03/20/08 - Greenwich News Wire

Colin Wilson

Greenwich News Reports: Sports And Business

Like Father, Like Son
NHL.com - USA
Colin Wilson was born October 20, 1989 in Greenwich, Connecticut and currently skates for Boston University in the Hockey East Conference of the NCAA. ...

Tribune To Sell 'Stamford Advocate,' 'Greenwich Time' Property
Editor & Publisher - USA
... director of real estate, Stephanie Pater, said the former offices and plants of The Advocate in Stamford and the Greenwich Time will be sold separately. ...

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03/20/08 - Greenwich Newspaper Facilities For Sale


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Freedoms of Speech and Press are the necessary Conditions for the Enlightenment of Human Life, which again is the only Thing, that can save Peoples and Nations, and Experience teaches, that where these Freedoms exist, one will find comfort from much other Burdensomeness and Unpleasantness; but where it is not, and in particular where one feels deprived from it, the People either descends to the Beast or cut up rough like the Wild Animals, and in both Cases it is indeed the End to Human Life."

Niels Frederik Severin GRUNDTVIG
Danish social reformer and educationist, 1845 (1773-1872)

03/20/08 - Greenwich Bussiness Wire - Going From Bad To Worse


Greenwich Business News Report:

Chile's Peso Drops Most in Six Years as Copper Prices Slide
Bloomberg - USA


... are getting hurt and pushing the currency down,'' said Benito Berber, a macro-strategist at RBS Greenwich Capital Markets in Greenwich, Connecticut. ...


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03/20/08 - Greenwich News Wire - Keeping Children Safe


Greenwich News Report:

Greenwich Police Department & Sexual Online Predators

Digital danger: Learn how to keep children safe online
Greenwich Post - Greenwich,CT
As children become more and more tech savvy and the danger of sexual predators lurking online continues, the Greenwich Police Department will be appearing ...


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The Iliad
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03/20/08 - Why Won't Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg Let Hamilton Avenue Parents Independently Test The Contaminated Modular Classrooms?


This IS EXACTLY Why The Parents Don't Trust

Betty
"You Can Trust Me"
Sternberg

And Her Failed School Administrators


Here's a Greenwich School reply to a concerned parent's request asking for permission to have a parent paid expert take test samples of the modulars.

Just what is
Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg
hiding?


Where is the independent testing that the parents and taxpayers were promised?

What would it hurt to let the parents to test the modular classrooms?
Is anyone in Greenwich surprised at this response to a concerned parent?

Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg
is soooooooo sneaky.

I bet the single family home owners of Greenwich know about this.

Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg has authorized 3 day compensatory bonuses for her top staff, including Sue "Please Don't Fire Me" Wallerstein, for all their hard work over the last few weeks due to the closing of the modulars.

Hey in the Greenwich School System you don't get fired if you screw things up......

You get a freaking bonus !!!!!

Do the member's of the Board Of Education know about the bonus for screwing up at the modular classrooms?

Probably, because a dim witted Board Of Education Member had the audacity to state at a Hamilton Avenue School PTA meeting that the parents should be thanking Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg and Sue "Please Don't Fire Me" Wallerstein for all their hard work.

Is this dim witted school board member on drugs?

Maybe it's just me, but if I was a Hamilton Avenue School parent I'd be damned if I were going to thank the people for trying to fix their own messes!

WHY AREN"T HAMILTON AVENUE SCHOOL PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO INDEPENDENTLY TEST THE CONTAMINATED MODULAR CLASSROOMS ?
----- Original Message -----
To: LauraDiBella
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 11:41 PM
Subject: Re: Modular Testing

Dear Laura,
Mike Bodson forwarded your email to me as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Facilities. We understand your concern about the status of the modulars. As you know, the decision was made to close the school once the mold condition in the unoccupied areas of the building was discovered. EAS, an outside firm with expertise in this area, with assistance from an independent testing laboratory, has been handling the evaluation for the district, and has confirmed acceptable air quality inside the building. The additional tests results that were received yesterday indicated that it is safe to remove the materials from the building. To give you greater confidence in the results, we can arrange for your representative, at your expense, to have a meeting with Mr. Schwartz to discuss his testing protocol and methods and can provide you access to the tests results. We are still limiting access to the building and will be unable to accommodate the testing you requested. Please let us know if you would like to arrange the meeting with Mr. Schwartz.
Regards,
Leslie Moriarty
cc: Mr. Michael Bodson
Dr. Betty Sternberg
Mr. Peter Tesei
Mrs. Nancy Weissler

This Cold And Insensitive Email Was Sent In Response To This Written Request By A Parent Concerned About The Children Who Were Confined In A Contaminated Modular Classroom For Over One Year.


Ladies and Gentlemen -

At both the meeting of the newly established Facilities Committee and the last BOE meeting, much was made of earning back trust and faith in the Board of Education.


With that goal in mind, it would behoove the members of the Facilities Committee and the Board of Education to allow the parents to hire a testing company to go into the modulars and test the air quality, soil, water and building.


The parents want to have faith in the people who are hired to teach and protect our children. By allowing us this opportunity, you extend the necessary branch that is needed to help that goal along.


Please understand that your response to this request will be very telling to the parents of Hamilton Avenue School, and the community at large.


Sincerely,


Laura J. DiBella


The School District Response Is Telling.

It's Telling Me That There Is A Cover Up Going On.

Where Are The Independent Tests That The Taxpayers And Parents Were Promised?





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WHEN IS BETTY "YOU CAN TRUST ME" STERNBERG GOING TO PUT AN END TO THE COVER UP?

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03/20/08 - Greenwich Post Police Blotter - Drug Charges



Police do not release the names of those 17 years old and younger because they are protected as juveniles or youthful offenders. The Post does not publish the names of those arrested in domestic violence incidents to protect the identities of the victims. The following are today's released arrest reports :


POSSESSION


John Diamontopulos, 18, of 502 Cognewaugh Road, Cos Cob, William Vernon, 18, of 32 Horseshoe Road, Cos Cob, and Joseph Scorese, 21, of 17 Fletcher Ave. were all charged with possession of a controlled substance after a drug arrest on March 17. Police had been doing surveillance of a location in town known for drug deals and reportedly saw the three men acting in a manner associated with drug sales and consumption. According to police, Diamontopulos got into a car with the other two, which police followed into Stamford, first to one parking lot, then another and then back to the first. Police said they then saw a hand-to-hand drug transaction and followed the car back into Greenwich, where it was involved in a one-car accident. Police found a bag of marijuana at the scene and said Diamontopulos was also in possession of some. He was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to possess marijuana. Vernon, who was driving, and Scorese were also additionally charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana. All three were released on $500 cash bonds and were due in court March 24.


POSSESSION


Mirna Acosta-Morales, 20, of Port Chester, N.Y., was arrested March 18 and charged with possession of marijuana under four ounces and risk of injury to a minor. Police on patrol saw a vehicle traveling north on the southbound off ramp for Interstate 95 at Exit 3 and pulled the car over. Once it was determined there was no need for medical assistance, Acosta-Morales was directed toward the Horseneck parking lot and interviewed. Police allegedly smelled marijuana and a clear cellophane bag with a green, leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana, was reportedly found. Acosta-Morales had with her a 15-year-old passenger in the car. She was additionally cited for driving the wrong way and was released on a $250 cash bond. She is due in court March 25.

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03/20/08 - "Most of the people nominated are already known to the RTM and I don't foresee any problems with their choices," von Keyserling said.


Auditorium panel picked


Greenwich Time - Staff Writer

A mix of town legislators, parents, and construction professionals were chosen by the Board of Selectmen yesterday to oversee the renovation of the Greenwich High School auditorium to create a performing arts center with more concert and classroom space.

First Selectman Peter Tesei said the membership of the committee, which is required by the Town Charter, represents a breadth of experience that will help deal with any obstacles on the $23.4 million project....

... The Board of Selectmen also nominated Bruce Dixon for the board of directors of the Nathaniel Witherell nursing home, and reappointed Bernadette Settelmeyer, a Republican, to another five-year term as Greenwich Housing Authority commissioner.

Dixon, a licensed pilot, will probably continue to serve as chairman of the Selectmen's Committee on Aircraft Noise, Republican Selectman Peter Crumbine said.

"I've worked with him for several years now on the aircraft noise issue and he will continue to work on that issue," Crumbine said.

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03/19/08 - Peter Tesei said having the committee in place before the budget vote will help the project because the RTM will know who is overseeing it

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03/20/08 - "We need to change the two-party system," said 17-year-old Brunswick Academy student Cole Stangler


Jane Milliken shows their displeasure with the war in Iraq yesterday on Greenwich Avenue.
(Keelin Daly/Staff photos)

Despite rain, war protesters make their point

Greenwich Time - Staff Writer

A former lifelong Republican, Wayne Wright voted for President Bush in two elections, and in decades past helped organize Young Republican gatherings.

But now, the Korean War-era Navy veteran doesn't want anything to do with Republicans, having recently switched to the Democratic party so he could support Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in his pursuit of the presidency...

...
"This is a better turnout than I thought."

Motorists honked as they drove past the sign-toting crowd, but nobody emerged to voice opposition yesterday afternoon while the protesters grew ever more ebullient in their denouncement of the war.

"Five years is too much," protester Bernard Traphan shouted out to no one in particular.

"Yes, too damn much," added Egger.

SEE ALSO:

03/19/08 - Anti - War Protest Returns To The Greenwich Post Office



NOW MORE NEWS LINKS FROM
THE GREENWICH TIME


Educators try to rekindle reading for pleasure

Like an intrepid protagonist of a novel, sophomore Ben Wilbanks, 15, goes where few of his classmates dare to go.

Cops make marijuana bust
Narcotics detectives staking out a parking lot Tuesday night arrested three town men for marijuana possession after their car crashed in Old Greenwich.
Seniors offer vision of center

They'd like a 150-seat movie theater, three exercise rooms, a grocery store and an all-day cafe.

Bridge project gets go-ahead

State funding for a long-awaited bridge reconstruction project in Greenwich is set to gain approval, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced yesterday.

Resident wants Americans to have compassion for immigrants
With all of the debate over immigration heating up in in national politics, local Greenwich resident Oddvar Nygaard, an immigrant from Norway, urges Americans to be more accepting of people moving to the United States.

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03/20/08 - Greenwich Property Taxes Going Up - Please send Thank You Cards To Betty Sternberg's Office On Greenwich Avenue


Greenwich News Report: Property Taxes

BET limits tax increase
Greenwich Time - Greenwich,CT,USA

By Neil Vigdor

With their neighbors to the east predicting a significant increase in property taxes, the architects of Greenwich's town budget gloated last ...


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03/20/08 - Greenwich Newspaper Facilities For Sale


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Media And Real Estate

Connecticut newspaper facilities for sale
Chicago Tribune - United States


In November, Tribune sold The Advocate of Stamford and Greenwich Time newspapers to Hearst Corp. but retained ownership of the real estate. ...


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"The Freedoms of Speech and Press are the necessary Conditions for the Enlightenment of Human Life, which again is the only Thing, that can save Peoples and Nations, and Experience teaches, that where these Freedoms exist, one will find comfort from much other Burdensomeness and Unpleasantness; but where it is not, and in particular where one feels deprived from it, the People either descends to the Beast or cut up rough like the Wild Animals, and in both Cases it is indeed the End to Human Life."

Niels Frederik Severin GRUNDTVIG
Danish social reformer and educationist, 1845 (1773-1872)


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