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Monday, March 31, 2008

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Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt performs for music festival

Via The Greenwich Post

Legendary star of stage and screen Eartha Kitt will entertain guests April 12 at the Greenwich Country Club in a private performance to benefit the 2008 Greenwich Music Festival season.

Ms. Kitt is one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for a Tony (three times), the Grammy (twice) and Emmy Award (twice). She made an indelible mark on pop culture as the infamous Catwoman in the television series Batman and immediately became synonymous with the role. Since then, her trademark growl has been imitated worldwide. Now her distinctive voice has captivated an entirely new generation of fans of Disney movie productions and earned her two Annie Awards. Ms. Kitt regularly enthralls New York nightclub audiences during her extended stays at the Café Carlyle and these intimate performances have been captured in her newest recording, Eartha Kitt, Live at The Carlyle.

The evening will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner and cabaret with Ms. Kitt. Tickets start at $100 for the cabaret performance only and $300 for dinner and the cabaret. All proceeds benefit GMF Artist Residencies for rising classical musicians who will perform in June, and the festival’s Student Outreach program. This program brings professional musicians into local schools for performances and workshops and allows talented local students to perform in one public concert alongside festival musicians each year.

The Benefit Committee includes: Bobbi and Steven Eggers (chairman); Joanne and Neil Bouknight: Patricia and John Chadwick; Polly and Harry Geller; Janice and Charles Gardner; Marcia and Don Hamilton; Mieke and Jim Knight; Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou; Susan and Rob Morris; Deborah and Charles Royce; Karen Royce, and Debbi and Mike Trager.

A limited number of tickets for the benefit are available to the public. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit Greenwichmusicfestival.org or call 637-0854.

More From The Greenwich Post

Integrative medicine center offers herb gardening series
Recognizing the important role of herbs in holistic health care, Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine will offer “How Green Grows My Garden,” a four-part gardening series designed to help budding herb gardeners open new avenues of cooking, nurturing, relaxation and health-starting right in their own back yards.

Greenwich surgeon to discuss chronic knee pain, prevention
Ah, the aching joint. Those who have trouble with their knees know problems worsen with age. That's why orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Cunningham of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists and Greenwich Hospital will present, "The Aging Knee: Treatment and Prevention of Conditions of the Knee," for the Greenwich Hospital Chronic Pain Management Forum on Tuesday, April 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

More Postings From The Greenwich Post

Today

Arts center forum
The board of directors of the proposed Greenwich Center for the Arts sponsors an informational forum on their plans for the arts center, 7, Monday, March 31, Town Hall Meeting Room; 661-2880;

Greenwichcenterforthearts.org.

Tuesday, April 1

‘From Harbor to Haven’
Bush-Holley Historic Site holds an opening reception for its exhibit titled ‘From Harbor to Haven: Connecticut Scenes” of work by Greenwich residents Reba and Dave Williams, 7 to 8:30, Tuesday, April 1, William Hegarty Gallery at Bush-Holley Historic Site; free; exhibit runs through August 17; 869-6899.

03/31/08 - Lifstyles Of The Rich And The Baa... Baa... Baa... Boring

"Been There Done That"

Say Fromage

New York Magazine

The fantasy Manhattan wedding of

France’s ex–First Lady.

On March 23, the chic, frosty Cécilia Sarkozy married Richard Attias, who reportedly has been her boyfriend for ages now, at, of all places, the Rainbow Room. She’d left Attias to help her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, win the French presidency, but that rapprochement didn’t last long. Her New York wedding was a happily cheesy three-day affair, beginning with a party at Attias’s house in Greenwich, Connecticut, followed by a group outing to Mamma Mia! and then to the Top of the Rock. Meanwhile, Nicolas and Carla Bruni hid out in Marrakech, then upstaged Cécilia with their convivial state visit to England.

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03/31/08 - "What irks me about the formaldehyde is it could be a good five years before my kids get diagnosed,"

Why Doesn't School Board Member Leslie Moriarty Want The Hamilton Avenue School Parents To Independently Test The Contaminated Modular Classrooms?

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"We believe the protocol that has been used for the environmental testing is really high quality and we welcome any specialist you would like to bring to sit down with the specialist (who has) been in the building and has done the test to review the protocol and the methods involved and I think you would be satisfied," Board of Education member Leslie Moriarty told parents at a meeting Thursday.

HEADLINE:

Kids' health worries parents (Click Here For The Full Story)

By Hoa Nguyen
Greenwich Time - Staff Writer

Gina DeMartis' son had constant headaches and occasional nose bleeds. Mina Bibeault's daughter complained of frequent headaches and burning eyes, while her son often had a runny nose. Donna Ortoli's son also suffered from similar health ailments.

These three Hamilton Avenue School parents are among those worried that their children's health symptoms are linked to conditions at the modular school building. Officials shut down the school last month after officials found a significant mold infestation in the roof eaves and crawl space.

"My child has a cold now, is it related?" DeMartis asked. "Maybe the mold spores are on the books they got from the classroom? You don't know what to believe anymore."

With Hamilton Avenue School students dispersed to different schools across the town, parents are calling on the Board of Education to allow their own experts into the moldy modular buildings to perform their own tests and investigation....

"If the Board of Ed has nothing to hide, they should allow us in," Mina Bibeault said. "Board of Ed, if you feel 120-percent confident in your results, you should roll out the red carpet."

...Another indoor air quality specialist also not connected to the Hamilton Avenue School testing said there are no hard and fast rules.

"It's very hard to comment because there's no one size fits all answer," said Paula Schenck, assistant director of the Farmington-based Center for Indoor Environments and Health at the University of Connecticut. "You have to look at the individual situation."

She said while mold is easily cleaned from some furniture, particularly metal, it is more difficult to rid from paper and other organic materials. Schenck said that while some small amount of mold can be naturally occuring indoors, it should be kept to an absolutely minimum.

"It's complicated because what you don't want is mold growing on materials inside," Schenck said. "Mold is a very normal part of our ecology but you don't want it growing inside. It's not a healthy environment inside."

In addition to mold, parents also fear the presence of formaldehyde in the modulars. Schwartz said the chemical is present in ultra-low concentrations, but parents also dispute that finding and want their own tests. Formaldehyde causes cancer in lab animals and may cause cancer in humans, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"What irks me about the formaldehyde is it could be a good five years before my kids get diagnosed," Bibeault said.

PLEASE READ:

03/05/08 - The Unionized (Teamstewrs) School District Custodial Staff Are Suggesting That There Might Be A School District Coverup At Ham Ave School

03/12/08 - Why Was It Ok To Remove Dumpsters Of Contaminated Plywood, But Not OK To Remove School Desks And Chairs?

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03/30/08 - School Parents Are Excited That The Delayed School Satisfaction Survey Is Comming Out Next Week


Hey Betty, What Would We Do Without U?

Will Betty And Her Failed School Administrators Make The Grade?


Some Hamilton Avenue School and Glenville School parents are worried that School Superintendent Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg will once again delay the Harris Survey.

A lot of Hamilton Avenue School parents are unhappy that Betty Sternberg and the Board Of Education did not keep their promise to allow independent testing of the contaminated modular classroom buildings.

Please See:

03/07/08 - Delayed - The Harris Survey, a bi-annual satisfaction survey of parents, teachers and students, which was to be sent out this month.

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This Just IN.....

Who you calling ’failure’?

For Greenwich’s worst public schools administrators, failure is not an option.

Literally.

Believe it or not, the Greenwich Board Of Education is considering a request to drop the label “underperforming” for failing school administrators . Instead the Greenwich BOE would declare these failing school administrators “Greenwich Priority” administrators.

For those administrators that truly excel at incompetence, currently known as “Chronically Underperforming,” the new title would be “Priority One” administrators.

You can just imagine the delight in the hallways of Greenwich School Buildings. “I am a high paid ‘Greenwich Priority One" administrator !’ I wish I could spell that.”

High paid "Priority One" School bureaucrats, like Betty Sternberg, hate standardized testing. They hate academic standards even more. But most of all, they loathe accurate reporting of their results.

“When high paid administrators are labeled as underachieving, I don’t see what it serves other than just to call them out,” said School Board Of Education Chairman Nancy Weissler. “When the single family home owner hears ‘underperforming,’ school superintendent the average taxpayer thinks the students might be underperforming too.”

Gee, Nancy, I can’t imagine why.

If we could just keep Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg around for at least ten more years, then we can have an entire generation of students being graduated who can’t read their own arrest reports or calculate their own bail, and then the single family home owners and taxpayers just might get the crazy idea that this is some sort of failure.

"It’s just not fair!", Nancy and Betty were heard to scream in a Board Of Education conference room.

Why dosen't School Board Of Education Chairman Nancy Weissler understand that these failed administrators screwed up Hamilton Avenue School, the modular classrooms and now they are screwing up Glenville School.

And don't even get me started about what has happened at the high school.

Everyday people in what failed school administrators call the “dreaded private sector” can only shake our heads.

If only our job performance were judged by standards this low. If only we could get our boss to reclassify “losing the company’s top three most valuable clients” as “an opportunity to look forward in a positive manner.”

Alas, no. We’re stuck in the real world, where results matter far more than labels.

The world where, theoretically, our public school students will one day be expected to get jobs and pay their own bills. If not, they may end up on the unemployment line.

Or as it’s known at Greenwich Board Of Education, the "Opportunity To Look Forward In A Positive Manner" Line.

Maybe School Board Of Education Chairman Nancy Weissler Should Keep Our Incompetent School Superintendent And Her Failed, er, "Priority One" administrators around a little longer.

The word around town is that these high paid "Priority One" school administrators are refusing accept failure. Their strategy is for kids who can’t do basic math, will be refered to as “non-traditionally enumerated.

There are now rumors that Greenwich "Priority One" administrators are developing new alternative testing strategies - commonly known as “cheating”.

Next the "Priority One" school administrators will want to create a new and improved grading system.

Advanced (“smart”); Proficient (“competent”); Needs Improvement (“good enough for government work”) and Warning (“Fries with that?”).

Like a fish a school system rots from the head down.

If School Board Of Education Chairman Nancy Weissler continues to refuse to punish school administration failures, then the children of Greenwich will be the ones to pay the price for Nancy Weissler and her boards failure to act.


It Is Time To Stop This Madness......

Let Hamilton Avenue School Parents Independently Test The Modular School Buildings.

AND

The time has come start firing Betty Sternberg and her failed school administrators
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03/31/08 - Greenwich News Wire


Featured Greenwich Blog Post:

International Potluck Party
By claudette

...Some dishes on the menu were, curry goat, curry chicken, kugel, rum punch, rice and peas, black eye peas and short ribs Trinidadian roti, and many desserts that represent how sweet it is to live in the United States of America the country we now ALL call home.

The guests at the party were a wonderful reminder of how positive diversity is. There were guests from the Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Venezuela, Ireland, Italy, England, Canada, Greece, Holland, Puerto Rico, India and some other countries that I can not think of (too much rum punch). Most of the guests now call Greenwich home, which shows that Greenwich is more diverse than what some people think. This is another great reason why Gary and I chose to call Greenwich home....

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Greenwich Time Local News Links


Gina DeMartis' son had constant headaches and occasional nose bleeds. Mina Bibeault's daughter complained of frequent headaches and burning eyes, while her son often had a runny nose. Full Story

Railroad to study its announcements
STAMFORD -- Metro-North Railroad is about to launch a study of how to overhaul its public address system. Full Story

By Meredith Blake Staff Writer Joe Ricciardi, 75, remembered sneaking into the Hamilton Avenue School gymnasium after hours, in the dark, with only flashlights, to play a quick pick-up game of basketball. Full Story

Parking Fund fading
The town's Parking Fund, which was once the envy of politicians struggling to find money for projects other than the construction of public garages or land acquisition, has been virtually wiped out. Full Story

By Meredith Blake Staff Writer Several families and boat enthusiasts braved the chilly weather over the weekend to test drive the more than 75 boats at the Greenwich Water Club, In-Water Boat Show. Full Story

New operating
In response to a large increase in surgeries performed, Greenwich Hospital will open three new operating rooms. Full Story

Greenwich Republicans and Democrats are already maneuvering behind the scenes to see how they can work the state's new system of funding of campaigns with taxpayer dollars to their advantage. Full Story

Speaking Of Funding Campaigns

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