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Friday, May 30, 2008

0530/08 The Greenwich Police Blotter Via The Greenwich Post


PROBATION
Daniel Wall, 27, of 36 Sheephill Road was arrested May 29 and charged with six counts of violation of probation. The state office of probation had instructed Greenwich police to arrest Wall and he was taken into custody after police found him in his garage. Wall was being held in lieu of six $10,000 cash bonds and is due in court June 12.

ASSAULT
A 41-year-old Greenwich woman was arrested May 30 and charged with third degree assault and disorderly conduct. Police had been sent to the woman’s home on the report of a domestic violence incident. The woman reportedly told police she had an argument with a man about his ongoing infidelity. Police said the woman struck the man in the head with a cordless phone and threw items around the house. The woman was given a misdemeanor summons and released at the scene on a promise to appear. She was due in court May 30.

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05/30/08 Serious "Cup Cake" Allegations? With 10 School Days It Is A Disgrace That Kim Eves Is Witholding Vital Information From Glenville Parents.


Glenville School Parents Are Getting The Feeling That School Spokesperson Kim Is Hiding Something From Them Just Days Before Summer Vacation?

Will Kim announce that the Glenville Principal will have to resign over the summer to attend to personal matters?

Or will Kim announce that Glenville School Principal Marc D'Amico sent to "re-education camp" and return to school as a teacher?

Will Kim ever tell Glenville School Parents and The Single Family Home-owners who pay the bills what really happened? Or will this re
main a "state secret" of the Greenwich Board Of Education.


Will Greenwich newspaper reporters be brave enough to confront
Kim "The Great Leader" of news spin
and "The Mother Who Gave Birth To Rumourmongers"?


Answers needed at Glenville School

Greenwich Time Editorial

Under the heading of some things go without saying but need to be said anyway: Greenwich residents and parents, especially those with kids at Glenville School, need a timely and complete accounting of what is behind the suspension of Glenville School Principal Marc D'Amico.

School officials said Wednesday they were suspending the principal pending in an investigation into "serious allegations," we're sure sending alarm through many homes on the western side of town. But, predictably, no more information was forthcoming.

"It's a confidential personal matter," was all district spokeswoman Kim Eves would say.

In incidents regarding personnel matters, public officials are often limited in what they can say, at least without the person in question's permission.

But parents need to know what's going on here.

"Not knowing exactly what happened is kind of scary," the parent of a third-grader at the school told our reporter Hoa Nguyen. No arguments here.

There was speculation following the suspension that it stemmed from a complaint by a parent who had wanted to visit his child on the student's birthday. But suspending any educator, let alone a school principal, is a drastic act. Something more than telling a father he couldn't visit his kid had to have happened...

...But the central administration has to step up as well. Parents need to know what's going on. They are understandably frustrated. And if the rumor mill is allowed to reach high gear, it will only make the situation worse for everyone.

Read The Full Greenwich Time Editorial Here

Please also see:

05/29/08 This month principals from all over the world have been suspended and in each and every case the parents were told why, except in Greenwich

And:
05/28/08 Greenwich Post And Greenwich Time Websites 
Have Breaking Glenville School News
Where's The Greenwich Citizen?

The Town of Greenwich's school system needs some MAJOR overhauling a lot of high-paid-failed administrators need to go.


Maybe, one of the first administrators needs to be school spokeswoman Kim "The Spin Doctor" Eves needs to go if she can't start telling the Press Who, What, When, Where and especially Why.

The citizens of Greenwich have enough of all the school district spin and are demanding accountability, since the school is once again coming to the next representative town meeting and asking for even MORE tax dollars.

Ms. Eves still has not let the parents see the video of a Greenwich Student getting tased in the neck, then in the chest and the in the leg.

The parents and the single family home-owners of Greenwich need unbiased and transparent information in order to make the changes needed to get this out of control Superintendent her failed school board under control.

Because of the way Kim Eves handled this situation Glenville parents have received an unnecessary amount of misinformation.

"Cupcakes" makes a great headline to report about Ms. Eves failure to respond to reporters questions.

It was a disservice to the citizens of Greenwich for Kim Eves not to make it clear that this was about Principal D'amico changing documents to support his stance after-the-fact?

The parent involved, Mr. Carbino, has called the action "Devious".

Devious is a good word. What else would Principal D'Amico do to cover his tracks?

Only fools would believe all the media hype of "cupcakes".

A suspension doesn't arise from one innocent parent complaint.

There must be more to it.

Even if it was true about there being a pre-existing school policy on "cupcakes".

The facts are that Mr. Carbino cleared it with teacher before hand; it is obvious the teacher didn't know any thhing about the rule.


Probably, because the rule did not exist until the parent complained to Principal D'Amico superiors.

Why didn't the teacher didn't step in and speak up?

"I am sorry Mr. D'amico, I didn't know about this "unpublished" rule. I am the one who told Mr. Carbino he could bring the cupcakes. I wish it had been in the handbook that was issued to all the teachers. I promise Mr. D'amico, this will never happen again. I will do my best to discourage parental involvement at Glenville school."

Maybe Principal D'amico's Integrity problem also has affected those that answer to him. Or maybe, teachers are afraid to point something out to Mr. D'Amico.

Who knows maybe Principal D'Amico will go alter a few documents in their personnel file.

Doesn't Glenville School have an honor code?

Dose that code of honor only apply to parents and children and not to school administrators and staff.

Principal D'Amico should follow his lawyers excellent advise and apologize to Mr. Carbino.

From everything that has been reported Mr. Carbino only wanted an apology and the truth from D'Amico. That was never given.

There is a serious concern how far the principal went to prove he was right and the parent was wrong (he did change a document after the fact).

There is probably much more then cupcakes in the Principal D'amico's closet.

Do you really think the district would suspends him for no reason.

Greenwich School Superintendent Betty Sternberg and Kim "The Sin Doctor" Eves has everyone running around gossiping making matters worse.


If Kim "The Spin Doctor" Eves made sure that everyone was fully informed then it would not have gotten this out of hand - some uninformed persons have been threatening Mr. Carbino's little girls on the Greenwich Time Website.


Bill Posted:

"I hope he's happy. Kids are now going to make fun of his girls, drop gum in there hair over all this. Maybe next time dress up in a clown suite and they wouldn't stop you!

Drop your kids off at school in the am along with the cupcakes, plates, ect. to the CLASSROOM u DOPE"


This certainly makes one hope that Bill isn't around children or God forbid that he is the father of children.

Maybe Bill should read this:

Man arrested after threatening kids at his condo complex

A 47-year old man allegedly left a threatening message on his condo association's on-line message board and was in court today to face charges related to the incident....

Full Story: WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut


For the record, It has not been reported that Mr. Carbino called for Principal D'amico job!

Superintendent Betty Sternberg and the Greenwich Public School district ordered the investigation, not Mr. Carbino
.

Try putting yourself in Mr. Carbino's shoes and then you understand where he is coming from.

Principal D'Amico's integrity problem is what took this to the next level and caused his suspension and a Greenwich Public School investigation.

Moreover, Principal D'Amico's integrity problem will probaby put an end to all birthday celebrations at Glenville school. Perhaps, Principal D'Amico's lack of honor will result in a district wide ban on elementary school birthday celebrations.

Mr. Carbino did contact the teacher and got approval.

That's what he's upset at.

Mr. Carbino got a non-disruptive time (i.e. snack time) to come in for ten minutes and enjoying his child's birthday,

Instead, Mr. Carbino ended up stading in the office having to listen about some rule that never existed until that day.

Imagine if you were in the office holding a big box of cupcakes listening to how you had just violated a major school rule, all the time knowing that birthday parties happened almost everyday at Glenville school and no other parent has ever been stopped.

Imagine, that you had made arrangements with the teacher and told your child that you would be there at snack time with a special birthday treat for the whole class.

Imagine, that your daughter said,"Oh thank you Daddy. I am going to tell everyone you are coming at snack time", as she kissed you goodbye on her way to school.

Now imagine dealing with an arbitrary and capricious Principal D'amico that just happened to wake up on the wrong side of the bed that morning.

Well that's not right!

Principal D'amico should be encouraging parental involvement at Glenville school, not discouraging it.

When Glenville parents hear all of the facts and not the rumors, then they can image how they would feel if a school administrator took devious actions against them or their children.

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05/30/08 Greenwich Time Finally Gets The Story - Cupcakes And Back Dating School Records - What Other School Records Have Been Manipulated?


It's Not Easy For A Parent Or Child To Navigate The Arbitrary And Capricious Greenwich Public School Rukes And Regulations

...
parents and students must learn to adapt to new school rules
even when they are made after the fact
...


Headlines:


Let Them Eat Cupcakes !!!

Was The "Serious Allegation" Cupcakes Or Tampering With School Documents To Cover-up Administrative Actions?


Will Administrators
Manipulate Modular Classroom Documents Or Test Scores Next Time?

Hamden lawyer John Gesmonde says: After the run-in with Carbino. D'Amico needed to make things clear by adding the section to the student handbook.


Quote:

"All I've wanted to do was just clear my name of the whole thing," Glenville Parent Frank Carbino said. "It's more of an integrity thing."

Story:

Cupcakes center of dispute

What has become a raging controversy consuming Glenville School began as a mission to deliver cupcakes to a third-grader's classroom and a dispute between a principal and a parent over school policy on celebrating birthdays...

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But district officials who talked to D'Amico told Carbino the principal was right and the school had a policy dating back to "forever" asking parents to refrain from delivering birthday treats, Carbino said. But he and his wife had never heard of this policy, having attended many birthday celebrations at classrooms in the school, Carbino said.

Carbino said that when he went to the school's Web site to find the student handbook, he found the document with a section titled, "Birthday Celebrations," had been created at 2:18 p.m. on May 6, a few minutes after he had argued with D'Amico and left the school.

"Parents are not permitted into the classroom for birthday celebrations in order to minimize distraction," the section read.

The "Birthday Celebra-tions" section was absent from a handbook the school had issued parents at the start of the year, according to Carbino. Finding the discrepancy, he said he believed D'Amico added the section to make up for a policy that didn't exist.

"It takes it into a whole new level," Carbino said. "To do this is very devious to me."....

...But Carbino disputes whether the practice existed in the first place, saying parents regularly delivered cupcakes to classrooms, even in the presence of D'Amico.

"He stopped in at my daughter Ryan's birthday party," Carbino said of his daughter in the first grade....

...D'Amico, who has been asked to refrain from speaking to parents and others on the matter, expects to meet with Sternberg on Monday to discuss the situation, Gesmonde said. Assuming that the principal did something wrong, an apology may be in order, Gesmonde said.

"Between an apology and termination, I think probably listening to the parent, maybe communicating to the parent could have been clearer and that may be the basis for an apology," Gesmonde said.

Update:

The Bloggers Are Starting To Buzz About The Great Greenwich Cupcake Scandal Of 2008 - Or should we call it Cupcakegate?

Blogger's Take The Bait As D'Amico's Supporters Claim That The Story Is About A Daddy And Some Silly Little Birthday Cupcakes.


Cupcake Controversy In Greenwich

by turfgrrl

The blog is not complete without a good cupcake story. This time a principal is under fire for enforcing the “cupcake policy” in Greenwich. Apparently, the Greenwich BOE does not feel compelled to ban the cupcakes from schools, ...
YourCT.com - http://www.yourct.com/new

Initial Article About Greenwich Cupcake Drama
by Stamford Talk

GREENWICH - Glenville School Principal Marc D'Amico was suspended pending an investigation into "serious allegations," school officials said yesterday. D'Amico, who took over at Glenville School three years ago, was suspended yesterday ...
Stamford Talk Resources - http://stamfordtalkresources.blogspot.com/

News of the Weird in Greenwich: Principal Suspended Over Minor ...
by Stamford Talk

I just posted under the Advocate's useless comments system: "There MUST be more to the story than adding a cupcake rule to a website... or else why would the principal be suspended?" (It's useless because I can't follow the discussion ...
Stamford Talk: Eat, Think, Drive, Blog! - http://stamfordtalk.blogspot.com/

The Blogger's have allowed cupcakes to get in the way of the facts.

I've read these comments and find some people to be clueless.

Does anyone think Principal D'amico was really suspended over cupcakes?

I hope not!

Looks like the principal D'amico got caught trying to cover up his poor judgement. How can anyone respect a principal who would lie to a parent and then try covering up the incident by changing a school document?

If this happened to any other Glenville parent they would also be upset.

Since these out of town bloggers don't get it, I am going to have to scream out a response.

HAS ANYONE OF THESE BLOGGERS READ THE FACTS?

THIS WAS NOT A POLICY UNTIL MR. CARBINO SHOWED UP.

THIS POLICY WAS PUT INTO PLACE AFTER THE PARENT LEFT THE BUILDING.

IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE WAS A PERSONAL ISSUE AND THE PRINCIPAL DECIDED TO TAKE IT TO A NEW LEVEL.

FOR A PRINCIPAL TO CHANGE A SCHOOL DOCUMNET AFTER THE FACT TO MAKE HIS POINT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

MANY OF THESE SAME BLOGGERS KNOW AT THEIR JOB IF THEY WERE TO ALTER AN EMPLOYERS DOCUMENT AFTER THE FACT THEY WOULD MOST LIKELY BE TERMINATED.

THIS IS NOT PRINCIPAL D'AMICO'S DOCUMENT. IT WAS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT THAT IS GOVERNED BY SEVERAL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS. TECHNICALLY MR. CARBINO IS ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE ALTERED DOCUMENT. THIS DOCUMENT BELONGS TO EVERYONE IS ONLY HELD IN TRUST BY THE GREENWICH BOARD OF EDUCATION.

ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT"S POSSESSIONS CAN FILE A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST AND GET GET A COPY OF THE ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT AND ALL OF THE REVISIONS THAT ARE ON THE SCHOOL COMPUTERS AND BACK UPS.

IF MR. CARBINO HAD ALTERED OFFICIAL SCHOOL DOCUMENTS AFTER THE FACT, THEN HE WOULD MOST LIKELY BE ARRESTED FOR FORGING PUBLIC DOCUMENTS.

IF ONE OF MR. D'AMICO'S STUDENTS ALTERED AN OFFICIAL SCHOOL DOCUMENT, AFTER THE FACT THEY WOULD BE FACING A SUSPENSION.


SHOULDN'T GLENVILE PRINCIPAL D'AMICO ALSO BE HELD TO THE SAME LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY?

A PRINCIPAL SHOULD HAVE INTEGRITY AND HONOUR (OBVIOUSLY THIS ONE DOESN'T) AND I FIND MR. CARBINO COMPLETELY CORRECT!

DO WE WANT GLENVILLE STUDENTS TO LEARN A LESSON THAT THE RULES DON'T APPLY TO EVERYONE.

SHOULD PRINCIPAL D'AMICO BE FIRED - IF THIS IS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT PROBABLY NOT.

SHOULD PRINCIPAL D'AMICO FOLLOW HIS LAWYERS ADVISE AND QUICKLY ADMIT THAT HE MADE A MISTAKE AND APOLOGIZE TO MR. CARBINO - YES.,

THEN A GLENVILLE FIRST GRADER MIGHT SAY, "IF I MAKE A MISTAKE I AM GOING TO BE LIKE MR. D'AMICO AND APOLOGIZE.'

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05/30/08 Friday's News Headlines From The Greenwich Citizen (Updatted)


ARE YOU TIRED OF GREENWICH CITIZEN"S SAME OLD SAME WEBSITE EVERYDAY?

Still No Updates At The Greenwich Citizen Website For Seven Days

Maybe there will be an update later today or tommorrow.

The Greenwich Citizen lead story is still reporting about something that occurred 2 Sundays Ago


Wearing a different hat, Dr. Larry Leverett, Greenwich's former and first black school superintendent, by invitation discoursed Sunday morning on race and education during a "sacred conversation" at the Second Congregational Church...

Please see:
05/29/08 Thursday's News Links From The Greenwich Post

Updated Friday at 1:15 pm

Late And Incomplete - Not A Word About The Glenville Principal Being Suspended From Betty Sternberg's Biggest Supporters At The Biased Greenwich Citizen

Greenwich Academy Earns A+ for Commencement

Greenwich Academy's 181st commencement under a big white tent on the bucolic North Street campus on a rainbow day last Thursday earned a grade of A+

Brunswick Graduation a Love-In

There were 80 Brunswick bear hugs at the 106th Commencement of Brunswick School last Wednesday, and with each hug came a diploma and rite of passage to the big world of college and beyond.

A Great Day for Parade No. 85

Hundreds of spectators awaited the beginning of the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department's 85th annual Memorial Day Parade Monday along Sound Beach Avenue, while others settled in at Binney Park, where they cheered the marchers as they made their final stretch alongside the park.

Getting that special help for a child with learning disabilities is an ongoing challenge for parents.

You get the feeling that the Greenwich High boys' tennis team is comfortable in its own skin. And really, it should be a thick skin.

Thumbs up to Dr. Larry Leverett for sharing his expertise as an educator and some of his experiences as a minority student at the Second Congregational Church during a "sacred conversation" on May 18.

How could the Greenwich Citizen totally miss this weeks top story that Glenville Superintendent Marc D'Amico was suspended by Greenwich School Superintendent Betty Sternberg.

Just look at how the Greenwich Citizen ignored and then mishandled the news story about a student getting tased in the neck, then tased in the chest and then tased in the leg.

Please see:

05/22/08 - Lost In Cyber Space: Greenwich Citizen Ignores High School Tasing Controversey For Nine Days. Greenwich Citizen Readers Don't Know What's Going On.

The time has come for the Greenwich Citizen to start reporting the news about Greenwich Public School Superintendent Betty Sternberg and the Greenwich Board Of Education.

The taser incident was national news, the messed up school construction has also made the Associated Press wire, the Boy Scout ban was also a national media story.

And now cupcake-gate is also hitting the national news wires.

Please see:

Connecticut School Principal Suspended in Cupcake Controversy
FOXNews

GREENWICH, Conn. — A spat over sweets — cupcakes to be exact — has resulted in the suspension of a Greenwich elementary school principal, his lawyer said. ...

Lawyer: Key Issue In Principal’s Suspension Involves Cupcakes
NBC30.com, CT

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The lawyer for a suspended Greenwich elementary school principal confirms that the key issue in the dispute involves cupcakes. ...

Greenwich school principal fights suspension
Education Week News, MD

Cupcake dispute leads to Conn. principal's suspension
Boston Globe, United States

Greenwich school principal fights suspension
Newsday

Cupcake Dispute Leads to Conn. Principal's Suspension
1010 Wins, NY

Cake Dispute Leads To Conn. Principal's Suspension
WCBS-TV New York, NY

Cupcakes center of dispute
Greenwich Time

Cupcake dispute leads to Conn. principal's suspension
Waterbury Republican American, CT

Answers needed at Glenville School
Greenwich Time

Cupcake delivery started dispute that led to principal's suspension
Norwalk Advocate, ct

Sweets Spat Leads To Principal's Suspension
Boston Channel.com, USA

Principal Suspended Over Cupcake Dispute
WFSB, CT

Spat over cupcakes led to Greenwich principal suspension
WTNH, CT

Cupcake dispute leads to principal's suspension
7Online.com, NY

Cupcakes at issue in Greenwich suspension
Waterbury Republican American, CT

Cupcake delivery started dispute that led to principal's suspension
Stamford Advocate, CT



Have you ever went to the water cooler at work and been corned by a know nothing bore.

Well he probably only reads the free Greenwich Citizen newspaper.

Greenwich Citizen readers are so uniformed about Greenwich school and political issues.


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05/30/08 Friday's News Headlines From The Greenwich Post


Three-year-olds from the Y's childcare program waved their own little flags during the ceremony.
Summer flag-raising at the Y draws hundreds
Hundreds came out to celebrate another milestone in construction at the Greenwich Family YMCA on Wednesday, May 21.

Seminar focuses on facial rejuvenation

Dr. Neil A. Gordon, facial plastic surgeon and author, will talk to guests about the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques at a seminar at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 4 at 116 Mason St.

Greenwich seeks new harbor master

Greenwich will begin the hunt for a new harbor master now that First Selectman Peter Tesei has formed the First Selectman's harbor master selection committee. The Greenwich Harbor Master will be appointed by the governor after being nominated by Mr. Tesei. The appointment will be for three years.

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05/30/08 Friday's News Headlines From The Greenwich Time


North Street School Pre-K student, Emily Walko, 5, plays the cello during a performance by North Street School Pre-K Suzuki trained students, who preformed for their parents and school officials.
(Bob Luckey Jr./Greenwich Time photo)

Young students perform first concert


The pint-size students ready to play in their first Suzuki string concert yesterday faced a huddled mass of adoring parents ready to record their child's every movement.

Fire department gets pet masks


New oxygen masks especially designed for animals will help firefighters revive rescued pets suffering smoke exposure from fires and other emergencies, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kick said.
Island contract awarded

The town has awarded a contract for $1.13 million to restore the Great Captains Island lighthouse, a beacon of hope for those who have been longing to see the darkened landmark become a memorial to the local victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The pint-size students ready to play in their first Suzuki string concert yesterday faced a huddled mass of adoring parents ready to record their child's every movement.

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