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04/17/08 - The Russians Are Comming !!!! The Russians Are Comming !!!! The Russians Are Comming !!!!




Russian Billionaire Valery Kogan Outrages Greenwich, CT With ...
by The Huffington Post News Team

Greenwich, CT is in an uproar over a mysterious Russian billionaire's proposal to buy an $18 million home, tear it down, and build what would be the biggest home ever built in the tony Connecticut enclave - a 27,000 square foot supermansion. The billionaire in question is reportedly Valery Kogan, who has ties to Valdimir Putin.

The Connecticut property is the latest in a buying spree. Just last month he finished purchasing a huge beachfront lot in Israel, combining 5 neighboring properties, for about $17 million (scroll down for more). He'll be tearing down existing homes there, too.

The expansive plans for the new Connecticut home include 26 bathrooms, a billiards room, game room, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, a wine cellar and a dog grooming room.

Watch a detailed report on the Greenwich....

... Last monthKogan bought five lots in Israel for another home:
Valery Kogan was entirely unknown in Israel up until a month ago, when he drove the local business and real-estate world crazy by purchasing five lots in Caesarea, a total of 11.5 dunams, for $17 million, on which to build an estate. Amid the media circus, it was reported that the Jewish businessman is connected to the secret services in Russia, and that he is close to former president Vladimir Putin. Some imagined Putin coming to visit his close friend and the two of them walking along the beach in Caesarea.


The aura of mystery increased when news came of the impressive rise in Kogan's wealth, at least according to the Russian magazine Finans. In 2007 it showed him in 499th place on the list of the richest people in Russia, worth $90 million. A year later he skipped up to 157th place with $600 million.

The only thing that is known for certain is that Kogan is connected to East Line, which operates Domodedovo International Airport, the largest airport in Russia, with 13-14 million people passing through each year.

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Mystery oligarch in a seaside town
By Shuki Sadeh


Valery Kogan was entirely unknown in Israel up until a month ago, when he drove the local business and real-estate world crazy by purchasing five lots in Caesarea, a total of 11.5 dunams, for $17 million, on which to build an estate. Amid the media circus, it was reported that the Jewish businessman is connected to the secret services in Russia, and that he is close to former president Vladimir Putin. Some imagined Putin coming to visit his close friend and the two of them walking along the beach in Caesarea.

The aura of mystery increased when news came of the impressive rise in Kogan's wealth, at least according to the Russian magazine Finans. In 2007 it showed him in 499th place on the list of the richest people in Russia, worth $90 million. A year later he skipped up to 157th place with $600 million.

The only thing that is known for certain is that Kogan is connected to East Line, which operates Domodedovo International Airport, the largest airport in Russia, with 13-14 million people passing through each year. According to the company's Web site, Kogan is chairman of the board.

hen it comes to other information about Kogan, there are serious questions. A source very familiar with the Russian government claimed last week that Kogan's wealth is estimated at only $100 million, and that he is not friendly with Putin. The source added that Kogan has only a few shares in East Line, and that the real owners prefer to have him serve as the frontman.

Officially, the owner of East Line is a holding company called FML Ltd., registered on the Isle of Man, which is located in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland and serves as a tax shelter. The owners of the company are two citizens of the island, Sean Keinars and Jane Penders, but the Russian source said that they apparently serve only as "straw men." A survey published last November by the international credit-rating company Standard & Poor's implies that the management of FML may warrant the attention of the Israel Money Laundering Prohibition Authority (IMPA).

Several Russian newspapers have written recently that Kogan's arrival in Israel may be related to attempts by the elements behind him to transfer sums of money of unknown origin from Russia to Israel, via companies that operate in tax shelters the world over. In addition, the journalists surmise that Kogan, even if he is not close to Putin, is quite close to government circles in Russia. A name that comes up in this connection is Boris Gromov, the governor of the Moscow region, who supports the Russian soccer team Saturn Ramenskoye. The fact that Arcadi Gaydamak also invests in the team raises questions about possible connections - at least some form of acquaintance - between him and Kogan.

Although Valery Kogan was unknown in Israel until recently, even in Russia people started taking a serious interest in him only after the news of the real estate deal, which made waves there as well.

"Since the deal went through, the Russian press has been all worked up, trying to find more information about him," said Alexander Kogan [no relation to Valery Kogan - S.S.], who works in the Russian-language press in Israel, last week. "Nobody knows how he really made all his money. Up until three years ago he was in the shadows. There are many mystery men in Russia who simply refuse to step into the spotlight."

Scandals in Russia

Valery Kogan, 57, married, a father of two and grandfather of two, lives in Moscow. He was born in Ukraine, apparently in a town called Mariupol (that was named Zhdanov during the Soviet era), on the banks of the Sea of Azov. According to the East Line Web site, Kogan served in the Soviet navy and worked in the diplomatic service. The site also mentions that he studied economics.

Finans, which has covered his business dealings in recent years, has written that Kogan, like many of the other oligarchs, made his money with the help of connections to the Russian administration during the period when the Soviet Union was divested of its assets. The magazine mentioned that his wealth increased greatly because of his flourishing airline business. East Line is also familiar in Russia thanks to Kogan's partner, oligarch Dmitry Kamenshchik - a rising star in the country's business firmament.

According to Russian press clippings, the company started out by opening a business for transporting merchandise between Russia and China. Kogan and Kamenshchik were involved over the years in several scandals, most of them actually associated with Kamenshchik. This may be because among the general public Kogan's name as the owner of East Line was revealed only three years ago, when the government tried to nationalize the Domodedovo airport.

One of the scandals that was reported is related to the company's real-estate transactions in the 1990s. One project in question involved the construction of single-family homes near Moscow on 60 acres of land that had housed a huge poultry farm. The owners of the farm sold the land to East Line, in exchange for having Kogan and Kamenshchik cover 50 percent of its debts, a sum of about $1.5 million. But Kogan and Kamenshchik managed to change the designation of the land from chicken runs to private residences and earned millions.

The Russian authorities claimed in 2000 that the two had carried out an underhanded deal, taking the land through deceitful methods, and changing its designation from agriculture to real estate with the help of government connections. In 2007 a lawsuit against the company was brought before the courts, and the matter is still under discussion in the judicial instances in Russia.

The first time the Russian public was exposed to Kogan and his East Line connections was in 2005. At the time a bitter conflict erupted between the authorities and the company regarding the leasing of the Domodedovo airport. The state threatened to nationalize the facility, although a 1997 agreement between the parties stated that the contract is valid for 75 years. In the end, the sides compromised on an annual payment of $1.2 million. However, the legal conflict regarding the question of ownership of the airport has yet to be resolved.

In the wake of the affair, Kogan also received support from a serious media figure: popular television personality Vladimir Solovyev, who has an investigative program and has in recent years been conducting a genuine crusade on behalf of Kogan and Kamenshchik. Solovyev claims that the Russian administration is persecuting East Line.

Since East Line received the airport, it has invested half a million dollars in it. According to Bank VTB, which is controlled by the Russian government, late in 2004 the company earned $450 million, with a net profit of $58 million. Early in 2005 the company issued bonds in order to build a new terminal at the facility.

In February 2004 the FML Ltd. holding company, which is behind East Line, received an international credit rating of B-. In a survey of FML carried out by Standard & Poor's in 2004, analyst Tatiana Kordyukova explained that the company's ranking was relatively limited - one reason being the functioning of its chairman. Said Kordyukova: "The ratings on East Line are constrained by the group's complex and nontransparent structure, the critical role the chairperson plays in most important matters concerning the company, a high reliance on its leasehold and operation of the Domodedovo airport complex, and limited access to capital markets." Four years later, the company's ranking remains B-.

Meanwhile in Caesarea, far from the eyes of the analysts, the planning committee of the Hof Hacarmel Regional Council approved the idea of combining all the lots purchased by Kogan. The demolition of the houses located on the land in question will soon get under way. Now Kogan has to submit the plans for the estate itself, which is being designed by Russian architects.

The new house, incidentally, will be registered in the name of Kogan's wife, Olga. The Web sites in Russia continue to report about the oligarch's huge future residence, emphasizing the fact that the entire project will cost about $50 million. Certain sites report that designers from Italy will be coming to Caesarea, and that the estate will include two houses, one of them three stories. The second, two-story building will have a spa. The estate will include tennis courts, and we can assume that the place will be well protected by means of guards and modern technology.

Alongside these descriptions, several Web sites expressed criticism of the construction carnival. One of them wrote, with no small degree of irony, that the time will come when Valery Kogan will build the first airport in Caesarea.

In the past two years, 15 Russian oligarchs have bought assets in Caesarea. Even before Valery Kogan's purchase, residents described the tempting offers they received for their homes; now they tell tall tales about how such offers increased after the deal was struck.

"There are many people showing an interest," said one resident last week. Another resident added: "Many representatives of oligarchs are walking around the neighborhood trying to find out who is selling, particularly on streets overlooking the sea. They come in luxury cars, impeccably dressed. In general, we're satisfied, because the value of the real estate is increasing. Anyone who doesn't want to continue living here can make a nice exit."

Some of the residents are actually not pleased with the new situation. Some are trying to keep Caesarea from turning into some alienated island, in total contrast to the vision of the founders, who in the 1960s hoped that there would be a flourishing communal life in the seaside town.

Those who are benefiting now, in any case, are the intermediaries. "Kogan bought at a price of $1.55 million per dunam (quarter acre), but now there's already an offer for $2.3 million," explains one, Avi Ben Yoav. "When they want to, these people work very fast. In one of the deals, the client arrived in the morning accompanied by his attorney, and at 4 P.M. a memorandum of agreement was signed between the buyer and the seller. That was a $2-million deal."

Source:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/969661.html


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04/17/08 - The Rich And The Super Rich Square Off On The Propper Way To Build A Mansion

Rich Greenwich Citizens Get Ready To Protest

Controversy About Construction In Greenwich - Again
by Cher

Interesting short video clip on cnn.com today concerning the plans for new construction on Simmons Lane.. watch

Teardown Post - http://blog.teardowns.com

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A whole lot of flushing going on …
by admin

A businessman wants to do just that in “back country” Greenwich – tear down a massive home and build something unprecedented, even for Greenwich. Read the rest of the article here …
Imitation Of Mink - http://imitationofmink.com/

Comments About When Too Big Is Too Big:

linda says

I predict by the end of the year all these rich people are going to jumping out of there 2nd story Mcmansion's because the economy is going to be so bad,even they won't be able to afford them.

So Mr. Lawyer save your client from making a big financial mistake tell to start stuffing her mattress instead.

Anonymous says

Soul-less gluttony.

When we are looking at global financial collapse, the end of oil and the pending environmental catastrophe, it seems unfathomable to me that this strata of society floats obliviously above the concerns, thought processes and initiatives of us hard working, dedicated Americans that are trying to make the world a better place for our children and grand children.

When I lived in Greenwich, I used to say, "Big House, Big Car, Big A--hole". It was only after years of seeing the decay of values and the sickness of "affluenza", that my husband and I decided to extract our children and look for a healthy place to raise our kids, where what we had didn't matter, but who we were was important. Happy to say we found it here. It's good to breathe again.

Luptan says

The Greenwich Time should do a story that examines the angry neighbors' "modest" homes and see what simple lifestyles they all live. I'm sure their practical dwellings don't look anything like the latest issue of Robb Report.....

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04/17/08 - Greenwich Post: Friends are teaming up to help Jenny Lawton keep her businesses afloat.



Save the Jenny!
Friends band together to help Old Greenwich icon

Local comedienne Jane Condon and her friends, fellow comedians Brad Zimmerman and Richie Byrne, who has appeared on Comedy Central, will unite next week to “Save the Jenny.

Save the Jenny!

ALSO FROM THE GREENWICH POST:

The following are this week's religious listings.

Assemblies of God
Harvest Time Assembly of God — 1338 King St., 531-7778. The Rev. Glenn Harvison, senior pastor. Sunday worship 8:30, 10:30 and 11 a.m.; Sunday school for adults and children 10:30; Children’s Church (kindergarten through fifth grade) and Kinder Church (3- and 4-year-olds) during the 11 a.m. service; child care available for children 3 months to 3 years old during both Sunday services. Midweek services: Tuesday Christian Life Night, 7; Wednesday, Family Life Night, 7.

Baptist
First Baptist Church — 10 Northfield St., 869-7988. Dr. Thomas L. Nins, senior pastor.
Greenwich Baptist Church — 10 Indian Rock Lane, 869-2437; Greenwichbaptist.org; Joel Wayne, pastor. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Bible study; 11, morning worship service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. prayer meeting.

Catholic
Sacred Heart Church — 95 Henry St., Byram, 531-8730. The Rev. Martin Igoe, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
St. Agnes Church — 247 Stanwich Road, 869-5396; Stagnesrc.org. The Rev. William F. Carey, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
St. Catherine of Siena Church — 4 Riverside Ave., 637-3661; Stcath.org. Msgr. Alan F. Detscher, SLD, pastor. Masses: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Saturday, 7 and 9 a.m. in chapel and 5 p.m. in church; Sunday, 7:30, 9, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in church.
St. Clement of Rome Church — 535 Fairfield Ave., Stamford, 348-4206. The Rev. Joseph J. Malloy, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 9 a.m., 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10:30 a.m.; weekdays, 7:30 a.m.; holy days, 7:30 a.m., 12:10 and 7 p.m. Confession: Saturday, 4 to 4:30 and by appointment.
St. Mary Church — 178 Greenwich Ave., 869-9393. Masses: Saturday, 4, 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. (in Spanish); Sunday, 7, 9, 10:30 a.m., 12:15 and 5:15 p.m.
St. Michael the Archangel Church — 469 North St., 869-5421; Stmichaelgreenwich.org. The Rev. Msgr. Peter Cullen, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 7, 8:30, 9:45 (children’s Mass), 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; weekdays, 9 a.m.
St. Paul Church — 84 Sherwood Ave. and King Street, 531-8741. The Rev. Frank A. Winn, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.; weekdays, 9 a.m. holy day Masses: 9 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; 7 p.m. vigil the evening before.
St. Roch Church — 10 St. Roch Ave., 869-4176. The Rev. Nicholas J. Calabro, pastor. Confession: Saturday, 4 to 4:30. Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Christian Science
First Church of Christ, Scientist — 11 Park Place, 869-1555; Christian-sciencect.org/greenwich. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. and Sunday School. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Testimony Meeting. Child care at all services.
Christian Science Reading Room — 333 Greenwich Ave., 869-2503. Open Monday to Friday 10 to 4 and Saturday 10 to 1.

Community
First Church of Round Hill — 464 Round Hill Road (corner of Round Hill Road and John Street), 629-3876. The Rev. Robert M. Walker, pastor. Sunday: 10 a.m. worship and Sunday school.
Round Hill Community Church — 395 Round Hill Road, 869-1091, Roundhillcommunitychurch.org. The Rev. Robert B. Culp, minister; the Rev. Shannon White, assistant minister; Christopher Kabala, minister of music; Thomas Mahoney, director of children’s ministries. Nondenominational and independent. Sundays: 10 a.m. service and church school followed by fellowship hour and adult forums. Child care provided.

Congregational
First Congregational Church — 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, 637-1791, Fccog.org. Dr. David D. Young, senior pastor. The Rev. Ronald E. Halvorsen, minister of pastoral care and adult education; the Rev. Daniel B. England, interim associate pastor. Sunday: 10 a.m. service, child care and church school. Communion first Sunday of each month. Coffee hour after services.
North Greenwich Congregational Church — 606 Riversville Road, Greenwich, 869-7763. The Rev. Royal B. Garren Jr., pastor. Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m. Communion first Sunday of month. Child care for children 5 years and younger, Sunday school. Coffee hour after services.
Second Congregational Church — 139 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 869-9311, 2cc.org. the Rev. Robert Hoffman Naylor, senior minister; the Rev. Christopher Tate, associate minister; Alexander Constantine, director of music; Lisbeth Lloyd, music educator and youth choir director; Allison Oberheim, director of children’s ministries. Worship: Sundays, 8:30 a.m. in the chapel and 10:30 in the sanctuary; nursery care available at 10; 11:30 coffee hour.
Stanwich Congregational Church — 202 Taconic Road, 661-4420, Stanwichchurch.org. The Rev. Chuck Davis, pastor. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship and Sunday school with child care; 11:15 a.m. worship with Communion, Sunday school and child care; 5:30 p.m., Evensong worship with Communion, Adventure Club and child care.

Episcopal
Anglican Church of the Advent— 606 Riversville Road (at the North Greenwich Congregational Church), 861-2432; Churchoftheadvent.org. The Rev. Robert Bader, SSC, rector. Sundays: Holy Eucharist and Sunday School, 9 a.m. Worship uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
Christ Church Greenwich — 254 East Putnam Ave., 869-6600, Christchurchgreenwich.com. The Rev. James B. Lemler, rector. Friday: Men On Fire: On Fire with the Gospel and God’s Redeeming Love (program for men in and around Greenwich), 6:30 a.m.; Eucharist of Healing, noon. Sunday: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 8 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9 a.m.; Adult Christian Education Hour, Bible study, Come to God’s Party (for children ages 3 to 12 years old), 10:10 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 11:15 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 5 p.m.; Evensong (with the St. Cecilia Girls’ Choir), 6 p.m.; Tuesday: Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 10 a.m.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church — 954 Lake Ave., 661-5526, Stbarnabasgreenwich.org. The Rev. Robert M. Alves, rector; the Rev. Cynthia C. Knapp, associate rector for Christian education and formation; J. Michael Roush, music director. Sunday: Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Church school begins with worship at 9:45 a.m. Nursery care available during 10 a.m. service.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church — 200 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 637-2447; Stpaulsriverside.org. The Rev. Eugene McDowell, interim rector; the Rev. Patricia S. Cunningham, curate; Malcolm M. Barnum, deacon; Amy Chin, director of children’s ministries; David B. Johnson, director of music; Elena Samonte-Hinckley, parish administrator; John Gleeson, sexton; Nancy Barker, newsletter editor. Sundays, 8 and 10 a.m. service; Mondays through Fridays, morning prayer, 9; Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and prayers for healing, 12:15 p.m.; Thursdays, Holy Eucharist, 6:30. Childcare provided at Sunday services.
Saint Saviour’s Episcopal Church — 350 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, 637-2262; Saintsaviours.org. The Rev. Victoria Miller, rector. Sundays: Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10 a.m. with child care and Montessori-based church school, fellowship following service. For information on the parish, youth group, adult Christian education and special events, visit the Web site or call the parish office.

Greek Orthodox
Church of the Archangels — 1527 Bedford St., Stamford, 203-348-4216, Rev. Fr. George Poulos, proistamenos.
Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour — 2195 Westchester Ave. East, Rye, N.Y., 914-967-2838, Father Elias G. Villis, pastor.

Jewish
Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich — 75 Mason St., 629-9059, Chabadgreenwich.org. Shabbat services on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., Torah reading and discussion at 10:45 a.m., Kiddush 12:30 p.m. Women’s Kabalah class Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.
Greenwich Reform Synagogue — 257 Stanwich Road, 629-0018. Services on Friday nights at 6:30. Shabbat for homebound, 3:30 to 4:30 Fridays once a month. Call Jewish Family Services at 622-1881 at least two days in advance of the program to join.
Temple Sholom — 300 East Putnam Ave., 869-7191, templesholom.com. Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz, Cantor Asa Fradkin. Services on Friday nights 6:30 to 7:15, Saturday mornings 9:30 to 12:15 and Sunday mornings 8:30 to 9:15.
Congregation Shir Ami — 30 Myano Lane, Stamford, 921-1001. Congregationshirami.org. Spiritual leader, Cantor Vicki L. Axe. Shabbat services twice a month.

Lutheran
First Lutheran Church — 38 Field Point Road, 869-0032; 1stlutherangct.org. The Rev. Jimmy B. Coffey, pastor. Cynthia Douthwaite, organist and director of music. Sundays, Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Divine Service 10:30 a.m., coffee hour; adult Bible study, noon.
Japanese Gospel Church of Greenwich — 286 Delavan Ave. (St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church), Byram, 531-6450. The Rev. Hisashi Tateishi, pastor. Sunday: 9:45 a.m. service, introduction to Christianity class and Sunday school, 11 a.m. service. All services and classes in Japanese.
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church — 286 Delavan Ave., Byram, 531-8466, Forministry.com/06830spelc. The Rev. John F. Perling, pastor. Alcoholics Anonymous 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 1 Saturdays. Boy Scout Troop #1 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Worship services: 8 and 10 a.m., Sunday. “Uplift” hour: 9 a.m., with Holy Communion on first and third Sundays at 10:30 and second and fourth Sundays at 8. For information on any of these programs, call 536-5159.

Methodist
Diamond Hill United Methodist Church — 521 E. Putnam Ave., 869-2395; Diamondhillumc.org. The Rev. Sarah Vetter, pastor. Sunday: 10 a.m. child care and Sunday School.
First United Methodist Church — 59 East Putnam Ave., 629-9584, Fumcgreenwich.cjb.net. The Rev. Kenneth Kieffer, pastor. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. worship service and Sunday school. Child care.
Bethel AME Church — 42-44 Lake Ave., 661-3099, Rev.Margaret@verizon.net; the Rev. Margaret V.L. Tyson, pastor. Sunday: 11 a.m. service; church school 9:30; Communion first Sunday each month. Wednesday 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bible study and prayer meeting, 11 to 1 Wednesday. Monday and Wednesday 6 a.m. prayer walking.

Mormon
The Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints — 834 Stillwater Ave., Stamford, 325-9557; Bishop Todd Herget. Sundays, 9 a.m. service.

Nondenominational
The Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism — 293 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich, 637-4615; Albertsonchurch.org. Services Sunday, 11 a.m.
Trinity Church — 9 Indian Rock Lane (Central Middle School), Cos Cob, 618-0808; Trinitychurchonline.org. Ian Cron, senior minister. Sunday: 10 a.m. Childcare available.
Dingletown Community Church — corner of Stanwich Road and Barnstable Lane, 629-5923; Dingletown.org, the Rev. Thomas Leutner, minister. Sundays: 10:30 a.m. church service and Sunday school.

Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church — One West Putnam Ave., 869-8686, Fpcg.org. The Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg, senior minister. The Rev. Kathryn Kibbie Laird, associate minister. Kevin L. Estes, minister of music. Sunday 10 a.m. worship service and Sunday school. Crib/toddler care.
Grace Church of Greenwich, Presbyterian Church in America — The Woman’s Club of Greenwich, 89 Maple Ave., 861-7555, Gracechurchgreenwich.com. The Rev. Thomas Oates, pastor. Early service 9 a.m. Late service, 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school at the second service. Child care at both services. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Bible study with dinner (studies begin at 7:45).
Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich — 38 West End Ave., 637-3669, Pcogonline.org. The Rev. Bill Gestal preaching. Sundays, worship at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school to fifth grade; Donut Club for middle schoolers; high school Sunday school; nursery and toddler care available; “A Living Waters,” Sundays, 7 p.m. with music, a message and hands-on prayer.

Quaker
Stamford-Greenwich Religious Society of Friends — 572 Roxbury Road, Stamford, 595-9405. Sunday: 10 a.m. service.


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04/17/08 - "It's in a sorry state of repairs," Carolyn Giampe, Aquarion's project manager, said yesterday. "Emergency repairs will no longer cut it."

Aquarion Water Company Operations Manager David Medd and Project Manager Carolyn Giampe in the shadow of the current clearwell on the company's backcountry property. They are proposing a rennovation and expansion of the well to more than double its current capacity to meet with what they say are current standards.
( Keelin Daly/ Staff Photo)

Aquarion works to build bridge over troubled waters

Several months after encountering fierce neighborhood opposition to their ambitious expansion plans, Aquarion Water Co.

The water company, which expects to submit the plans to the town for land use review next month, will meet with neighbors today to discuss proposed landscaping improvements and unveil more details of their plans to persuade neighbors to drop their opposition.

At issue is a plan to triple the size of a water storage tank and build a new 6,800-square-foot chemical storage structure at the Putnam Water Treatment Plant on DeKraft Road. The upgrades and additions are necessary because the 1926 plant is antiquated, officials said.....

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04/17/08 - The Greenwich Roundup For Thursday


Featured Greenwich News Reports

US dollar falls to record against euro
Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia

... Fed policies,'' said Alan Ruskin, head of international currency strategy in North America at RBS Greenwich Capital Markets in Greenwich, Connecticut. ...

Key downtown building sold
The Stamford Times - Norwalk,CT

Because the building housed the printing and production operations for the Advocate and Greenwich Time, it was assessed as a half commercial and half ...

Opposition to a big, big mansion in Greenwich
Waterbury Republican American - Waterbury,CT
GREENWICH, Conn. - Opposition is building against a proposed mansion that could be among the biggest homes in a wealthy town known for opulent estates. ...

Fairfield Greenwich Nabs Former Graystone Chief
FINalternatives - New York,NY

Fairfield Greenwich Group has added a senior professional to its team at the hedge fund specialist's New York office. David Horn joins the firm as partner ...

Breathe, stretch, move with At Home in Greenwich
Greenwich Post - Greenwich,CT

At Home in Greenwich is sponsoring "Building Exercise into Your Daily Routines," a presentation by Stephanie R. Paulmeno, director of community planning, ...

Women's Club of Greenwich holds Appraisal Mania
Greenwich Post - Greenwich,CT

The Woman's Club of Greenwich will hold its Annual Appraisal Mania on Saturday, April 26, at the club house at 89 Maple Ave. from 10 to 4. ...

Top-ranked Greenwich continues to roll
Greenwich Time - Greenwich,CT

By David Fierro

Greenwich High School boys lacrosse coach Paul Burke has been around sports long enough to know that a subpar performance often follows a ...

The Raw Greenwich News And Business Feed

  1. U.K. bankers group to speed review of Libor

    International Herald Tribune

    ... fixings as banks exercise more care when giving quotes, said Ian Lyngen, an interest-rate strategist at RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut. The implied yield on the contract expiring in June climbed 12 basis points to 2.68 percent. "The ...

  2. Draft Gems: Does Notre Dame's Sullivan have Irish luck?

    USA Today

    ... back Orlando Scandrick: Player: JOHN SULLIVAN, center Ht . 6-3, Wt . 305 College : Notre Dame Hometown : Old Greenwich, Conn. Key statistic : Started 43 of 47 games for the Fighting Irish. College highlights : Anchored a line that blocked for ...

  3. Pfizer Earnings Fall, Miss Estimates on Competition for Lipitor, NorvascRead the original story

    Bloomberg

    ... from foreign exchange. That compared with an estimate of $3.4 billion by Barbara Ryan , a Deutsche Bank analyst in Greenwich, Connecticut. Doctors have been switching patients from Lipitor, the world's best-selling drug, to generic copies of a rival ...

  4. Boosting students' global awareness

    Petaluma360

    ... and compassion. She is most proud of starting REACH Prep, an intensive, 15-month academic enrichment program in Greenwich, Conn., that prepares African-American and Latino middle school students from lower- and middle-income families for success in ...

  5. EBay Profit Increases More Than Estimated on Selling Fees, PayPal Revenue

    Bloomberg

    ... changes,'' Tim Boyd , an analyst with American Technology Research, said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Greenwich, Connecticut. He recommends buying the shares. E Bay projected second-quarter earnings of 39 to 41 cents a share, excluding ...

  6. Wiffle Ball Company Makes Ties Bearing Original-Packaging Art

    Hartford Courant

    ... a closer look they would say, 'Hey, I know what that is.'' Wiffle Ball ties are produced by Alynn Neckwear of Greenwich, although the ties are actually made overseas. To order a Wiffle Ball tie or obtain additional information, contact the ...

  7. Gramercy Advisors Hires New Portfolio Manager

    PR Newswire

    Gilberto Chavez-Velazquez has joined Gramercy Advisors LLC as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in their Greenwich, CT offices.

  8. Proposed Greenwich 'SuperMansion' Causes Uproar

    WCBS

    Theatre, Billiards Room, Gym, Turkish & Finnish Baths, Wine Cellar & Dog Grooming Room Just In Basement! Reporting Tony Aiello GREENWICH, Conn.

  9. Opposition to a big, big mansion in Greenwich

    Hartford Courant

    ... in a wealthy town known for opulent estates. 'It's far out beyond anything that exists on any property in Greenwich,' said Louisa Stone, a former Planning and Zoning Commission chairman who recently asked land-use officials to deny the project. ...

  10. Bull market for Bear Stearns traders

    CNN Money

    ... to comment, is also said to be close to finalizing hiring details for several former Bear salesman. Meanwhile RBS Greenwich is said to be in the final stages of hiring several traders from Bear's former so-called private-label mortgage group, which ...


The Greenwich Time RSS News Feed



Senior Center officials are questioning whether a proposal to move them into the Havemeyer Building on Greenwich Avenue would be the right fit for the proposed multipurpose and expanded center.
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Beach-fee battle hits court

BRIDGEPORT -- With beach season approaching, a federal judge yesterday questioned lawyers for Greenwich and a Stamford bicyclist about whether the town's beach-access fees for nonresidents unlawfully restrict free-speech rights.
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Faced with the possible closing of a popular Old Greenwich hang out, a local comedian is rallying the community to save it.
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Pesticide ban has parks dept. eyeing options

The Department of Parks and Recreation is scrambling to come up with a plan to properly treat the town's athletic fields following a ban on pesticides instituted last week.
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Teen driving bill up for vote

During a Greenwich High School assembly held last Friday to discuss a state bill to tighten teen driving laws, some students started heckling, clearly unhappy about the proposal, observers said.
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With Chris Kono consistently throwing strikes and the lineup pounding out hits each inning, everything was in working order for the Brunswick School baseball team yesterday.
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GA lacrosse improves to 5-0

Anything its opponents are doing this season, the Greenwich Academy lacrosse team can do better. The Gators were double-teamed early and often by Berkshire School, which seemed to rattle GA for a moment.
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Letters To Greenwich Time Editor



To the editor:

I would like to ask elected officials and Greenwich residents whether they think it is fair for the fine to be a mere $95 for a resident whose dog attacks and bites an innocent pedestrian walking on a public street.

Reuse of modular buildings would be the wrong move

To the editor:

I would like to comment about a meeting I recently attended regarding the mold issue with the modular buildings at Western Middle School.


To the editor:

The recent op-ed article in your newspaper alleging American "insecurity" over immigration is in fact a disguised call for open borders


NEWS LINKS FROM THE GREENWICH POST

Fed no-show at Greenwich meeting fuels fight against FAA


The Federal Aviation Administration’s lack of presence at Monday night’s community forum at Town Hall fueled an already blazing fire under lawmakers representing the region, who vowed to stand together and continue their fight against the agency’s proposed airspace redesign, which shifts airplane traffic over Fairfield County.

Cuts may trim pay for Greenwich teachers’ aides


Educational assistants in Greenwich have declared an impasse in their contract negotiations with the Board of Education, which could affect the level of attention students in the town’s public schools receive.

Protesters greet McCain during Greenwich visit


United States Sen. John McCain of Arizona is looking ahead to what is expected to be an expensive race for the Presidency.

With that in mind, Mr. McCain took a break from the campaign trail last Wednesday to visit Belle Haven for a private fund-raiser. Tickets cost $2,300 a person, and interaction with Mr. McCain at the reception, which was held at the Belle Haven Club, cost an extra $1,000. While some happily paid for the opportunity to rub elbows with the Republican nominee, the greeting he got outside wasn’t all friendly.


Selectmen approve pesticide ban for town fields


Despite urging from the Parks and Recreation Department that it implement a slower-paced approach, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to ban the use of all pesticides on town-owned playing fields.

WHAT'S DOING IN GREENWICH

The Greenwich Post Postings

Thursday, April 17

Post-impressionist exhibit An opening reception of American Post-impressionist painter Stokely Webster’s painting, 7 to 10, Thursday, April 17, Audubon Greenwich; free; 869-5272, ext. 226.

Friday, April 18

‘Men on Fire’ Christ Church offers an early breakfast men’s preaching program, 6:45 to 8:15, Friday, April 18, Christ Church; free; $10 suggested contribution; 869-6600, ext. 17.

Getting the boss’ attention James Lukaszewski discusses his new book Why Should the Boss Listen to You?, 5:30, Friday, April 18, Hyatt Regency; free; reservations required; 860-354-6488.

Art for the soul The topic of the next widows and widowers meeting is “Art and the Spirit,” 7 p.m., Friday, April 18, Second Congregational Church; 869-9311, ext. 120; Gloria@2cc.org.

Autism awareness Cos Cob residents Karl and Rose Arezzini perform in a musical titled The Peace Table to benefit programs for Autism Spectrum Disorder, 8, Friday, April 18 and 3 and 8, Saturday, April 19, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford; reservations required; $15 per ticket; 637-3570, ext. 4.

Saturday, April 19

Wildflower walk Walk through Audubon Greenwich to find early spring wildflowers, 2 to 3:30, Saturday, April 19, Audubon Greenwich; reservations required; 869-5272.

Sunday, April 20

Ethics in medicine Dr. Robert Michler, cardiothoracic surgeon and Riverside resident, discusses “Trends in Medicine and Difficult Decisions,” 9:15, Sunday, April 20, Second Congregational Church; free; light breakfast served.

Tuesday, April 22

Before & After Six Greenwich Chamber of Commerce holds its April Before & After Six event, 5:30 to 7, Tuesday, April 22, New Country Porsche; $15 members, $25 non-members; add $10 if registering after April 18; 869-3500; Greenwichchamber.com.

Everyday exercise Stephanie Paulmeno, director of community planning at the Greenwich Department of Health, holds a talk titled “Building Exercise Into Your Daily Routines,” 2, Tuesday, April 22, First Congregational Church; free.

Book group luncheon Greenwich Water Club Book Group discusses Yasmin Cowther’s book The Saffron Kitchen at its next luncheon, noon, Tuesday, April 22, Greenwich Water Club; reservations required; $40 for lunch, book and lunch gratuity; 661-4033.

Wednesday, April 23

Retired Men’s Association Joe Tranfo Jr., of the Benedict Place Project, speaks at the next Retired Men’s Association meeting, 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, YMCA; 637-2393; Decsepel2@aol.com.

‘Pick Your Protein’ Riverside nutritionist Phyllis Schondorf offers a walking tour of selected grocery store aisles, 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, ShopRite at Commerce Park Stamford; registration required; 978-0464.

Bariatric Support Group The Bariatric Support Group for those who have undergone or are considering bariatric surgery meets, 6:30 to 8, Wednesday, April 23, Healthy Living Center; free; 863-4302.

‘Save the Jenny’ A benefit show to raise funds for Arcadia Coffee House featuring comedians Jane Condon, Richie Byrne and Brad Zimmerman, 7:30, Wednesday, April 23, Arcadia Coffee House; reservations required; suggested minimum donation $100; 637-0707.

Thursday, April 24

‘Food and Flowers’ Patricia Blake McNamee of Patricia Blake Catering and Peter Couture of Blossoms Plus present “Paris in the Springtime” a hands-on program on Parisian fresh flower and food markets, 11 to 1, Thursday, April 24, Garden Education Center of Greenwich; registration required; 869-9242; Gecgreenwich.org.

Jazz Quartet performs The Scott Castle Jazz Quartet performs at the Byram Shubert Library’s family music series, 7, Thursday, April 24, St. Paul Lutheran Church; free; light refreshments served; 531-4026.

Power of Play David Elkin, psychologist, discusses his book The Power of Play: Raising Healthy Children in a Stressful World, 7, Thursday, April 24, Christ Church Nursery School; $20.



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