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Sunday, April 13, 2008

04/13/08 - Would Someone Please Call Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Because This Is Unbelievable (Updated)



Only In Greenwich !!!
You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up


The Greenwich Board Of Selectmen Are Nominating Three Guys Who Were Involved With The Hamilton Avenue School Construction Fiasco To The New Greenwich High School Musical Instructional And Auditorium Building Committee


Please See:

Representative Town Meeting Documents

For The Monday April 14th Meeting



How did this get past the RTM Appointments Committee and the RTM Education Committee?

It looks like these two committees are a sleep at the switch.


If you screw up on one school building committee, don't worry you will get a chance to screw up on another school building committee.


Hey, it's only money and these school building committees are backed by the full faith and credit of the single family home owners who must pay their ever increasing tax bills.

If these guys had screwed up a massive building project in the real world, their careers would be ruined and they would not bbe considered for future building projects.

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On Monday night, the full RTM will vote on 17 appointments to various boards and committees. All of the prospective board or committee members will be voted up or down individually except for the six persons nominated for the Greenwich High School Auditorium Building Committee.

The GHS Auditorium Building Committee must be voted up or down as an entire group.

This is unfair to the single family home owners and taxpayers of Greenwich, and it seems like crap like this always happens with school construction committees.

If you look at the Moday's RTM call you will see that....

Item #4 is nominating Donald Kiefer to the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Item #5 is nominating Patricia Kirkpatrick to the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Item #6 is nominating Robert Shippee to the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Item #7 is nominating Lawrence Larson to the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Each of these prospective candidates, like everyone else will be voted up or down individually by the full RTM on Monday night.

But if you go and look at item number 10 you will see that

Ginny Krob
Leslie Cooper
Robert Brady
Joseph Ross
Steven Loparco
and Frank Napolitano

are presented to the RTM as a group, and this is wrong and unfair to the single family home owners and taxpayers.

Let's say that your local RTM member were to say...

"You know, I am not comfortable voting for Ginny Kobb, because she is also on the Board Of Education Facilities Committee and this might be a conflict of interest."

Plus, Ginny served on the previous GHS Music / Auditorium Team and according to Byram RTM District Chairman Robert McKnight the current auditorium never met State Of Connecticut Education standards.

Chairman McKnight also points out that the current auditorium had inadequate air conditioning, so the single family home owners had to foot the bill for additional roof top units. But the noise from these expensive roof top units was so loud they could not be run during performances in the summer.

So the school started scheduling extra intermissions, so they could run the air conditioning units at full blast for an extra 15 minutes in an attempt to cool the auditorium to a somewhat acceptable level.

If the first GHS Auditorium Building committee had done their job properly the first time, then the single family home owners would not be getting ready to pay for this new Greenwich High School Auditorium.

Now here is the problem lets say your local RTM member wants to vote against Ginny, and give a new and independent Greenwich Single Family Home Owner a chance to be involved, then he or she must vote down the five other persons as well.

This is just not fair to the single family home owners of Greenwich.

The School Board gets away with murder, because a few insiders are always regurgitated on school committee after school committee.

Maybe, these school committee members don't do such a good job, because they have two much on their plates. When they are sitting on two, three or four multimillion dollar school committees, maybe they just get overwhelmed.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the all important school committees friends, family, business associates and political affiliations come before children and the single family home owners who pay the taxes....

For example, lets say that your local RTM member has concerns about fellow RTM member Robert Brady being on the committee.

Let's face the facts here, Robert Brady is Chairman of the powerful RTM education committee that was responsible for the Hamilton Avenue School Building Committee.

More over Robert Brady's RTM Education committee will be responsible for providing oversight to the new Greenwich High School Auditorium Building Committee.

So if Robert Brady is put on the Multi-Million Dollar GHS Auditorium Building committee, The Robert Brady would be monitoring Robert Brady.

This looks like the Mother Of All Conflicts of Interest.

Plus when one looks at the school construction projects that Mr. Brady has been involved in one certainly must take pause.

Appointments committee member and Byram RTM Chairman Robert McKnight says that Mr. Brady admitted to the mistakes that occurred and had good answers for what went wrong and what is currently going wrong at the fiasco known as the Hamilton Avenue School Construction project.

But if an RTM member doesn't want to take another chance with Mr. Brady and wants to put new and independent blood on the High School Auditorium Building Committee he or she has to vote down the other five persons nominated to the construction committee.

This is just not fair to Greenwich School parents and the single family home owners who have to pay the bill.

Or maybe an RTM member isn't comfortable with the fact that John Ross is employed by Tischman Construction and that this company or one of it's affiliates may bid on the new school auditorium project.

Or maybe an RTM member wants to vote against John Ross, because he was on the fiasco known as the Hamilton Avenue School Construction Committee.

Would the school parents fault an RTM member for wanting to get someone besides John Ross to be on the new GHS Auditorium Construction Committee.

Well Guess What.

That's right an RTM member will have to vote down the other five members of the committee if they are unsure about Mr. Ross being on the new school construction committee.

This is just not fair to Greenwich School parents and the single family home owners who have to pay the bill.

Now lets say that an RTM member is worried about
Steven Loparco, because he was on the fiasco known as the Hamilton Avenue School Construction Committee.

We'll as former President Ronald Reagan once said, "Well There you go again..."

If an RTM member doesn't want to take another chance with Mr. Brady and wants to put new and independent blood on the High School Auditorium Building Committee he or she has to vote down the other five persons nominated to the construction committee.

This is just not fair to Greenwich School parents and the single family home owners who have to pay the bill.

You know what maybe it is a good idea if the RTM votes down these six candidates, and force the Board of Education to get truly independent Auditorium Building Committee members without construction foul ups in their backgrounds.

Concerned taxpayers and school parents should contact their local RTM members for the good of the children of the Town.

You can find your RTM member here.....

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The Glenville / Pemberwick RTM Members Are:

Arnone, Jane W.
Occupation: Attorney
RTM District 9
14 Pemberwick Road Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 203-324-9559 Home: 203-531-3430
Email: janearmoneesq@aol.com
Beerman, Robert L.
Occupation: Attorney
RTM District 9
6A Weavers Hill Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 531-5000 Home: 531-3100
Email: Rlb0123@aol.com
Bernstein, Andrew H.
Occupation: Mortgage Banker and Broker
RTM District 9
45B Byram Terrace Drive Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 866-474-7599 Home: 203-532-5659
Email: abernst@optonline.net
Curtis, Paul F.
Occupation: Software Engineer
RTM District 9
8 Rex Street Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 532-0510 Home: 531-9071
Email: pfc@terrapin.com
Delman, Dr. Evan L.
Occupation: Chiropractor
RTM District 9
1 Fairview Terrace Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 914-761-4520 Home: 203-862-8878
Email: evandelman@aim.com
DiMarco, Vincent A. (Vice-Chair)
Occupation: Consultant
RTM District 9
Parking & Traffic Committee
36 Arther Street Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 203-531-8378 Home: 203-531-4037
Email: Vad5573@aol.com
Dunne, Michael
Occupation: Analyst
RTM District 9
48 Chapel Street Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 203-316-6950 Home: 203-531-5471
Email: mdunne_06830@yahoo.com
Frumin, Betsey S. (Chair)
Occupation: Business Person
RTM District 9
53 Shady Lane Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 203-622-0177 Home: 203-531-7203
Email: betsey@nacca.com
Gaudioso-Zeale, Donna F.
Occupation: Nurse
RTM District 9
3 Leslie Avenue Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 203-863-4279 Home: 203-531-1940
Email: donnag@greenhosp.org
Morton, Susan M.
RTM District 9
402 West Lyon Farm Drive Greenwich, CT 06831
Nacewicz, Jennifer R.
RTM District 9
27 East Byway Greenwich, CT 06831
Napolitano, Anna B.
Occupation: Retired Teacher
RTM District 9
54 Shady Lane Greenwich, CT 06831
Home: 203-531-9219
Email: napol@optonline.net
Pasternak, Adrian
Occupation: Consultant
RTM District 9
3 Dale Drive Greenwich, CT 06831
Home: 203-531-0324
Email: adrian_pasternak@yahoo.com
Petise, Frank P.
Occupation: Retired Wood Flooring Contractor
RTM District 9
16 Nedley Lane Greenwich, CT 06831
Home: 203-531-9534
Email: Fpetise1@aol.com
Rota, Frank L.
Occupation: Substitute Teacher
RTM District 9
28 Deep Gorge Road Greenwich, CT 06831
Home: 532-0365
Email: Farota@optonline.net
Shankman, Jonathan
RTM District 9
11 Essex Road Greenwich, CT 06831
Skidmore, Gregory H.
RTM District 9
122 Pemberwick Road Greenwich, CT 06831
Home: 203-550-3069
Email: ghski@mac.com
Toner, John F.
RTM District 9
351 Pemberwick Road #106 Greenwich, CT 06831
Vizzari, Ralph
Occupation: Salon Owner/Academy Director
RTM District 9
40 Ettl Lane Greenwich, CT 06831
Work: 203-637-9154 Home: 203-531-7571
Email: crvizz@aol.com
Wojnas, Jeannine S.
RTM District 9
8 Cross Street Greenwich, CT 06831

The Chickahominy RTM Members Are:

Aurelia, Michael
Occupation: Environmental Consultant
RTM District 3
72 Oak Ridge Street Greenwich, CT 06830
Home: 622-9297
Email: maurelia@msn.com
Bavis, Louise T. (Secretary)
Occupation: Retired
RTM District 3
74 Alexander Street Greenwich, CT 06830
Home: 869-2571
Blackson, Mercedes V.
Occupation: Retired
RTM District 3
303 Hamilton Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830
Home: 869-6238
Email: rrrbhawk@aol.com
Conelias, Thomas P. (Vice-Chair)
RTM District 3
37B Edgewood Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830
Work: 531-6185 Home: 861-7217
Email: conmagt.c@yahoo.com
Paroly, Murray S.
Occupation: Marketing Management
RTM District 3
22 Livingston Place Greenwich, CT 06830
Work: 203-912-8101 Home: 203-552-9163
Email: jeslin926@aol.com
Polo, Maude A.
Occupation: Retired Teacher
RTM District 3
24B Putnam Green Greenwich, CT 06830
Home: 203-531-9282
Email: maudeapolo@aol.com
Tuthill, J. Robert (Chair)
Occupation: Retired
RTM District 3
64 Mead Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830
Home: 203-531-5527
Email: bobtuthill@optonline.net
Velez, Claudia
Occupation: Para-Professional
RTM District 3
26F Putnam Green Greenwich, CT 06830
Work: 203-531-5700 Home: 203-532-1123
Email: negra12264@aol.com
Warner, M. Michael
Occupation: Retired
RTM District 3
48 Spring Street - Unit 7 Greenwich, CT 06830
Home: 203-629-1454
Email: mmwarner@optonline.net


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