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Monday, June 16, 2008

06/16/08 Why Didn't Greenwich Educators Use The Money To Buy Dispersed Hamilton Avenue School Students Supplies And Text Books? (Updated)


Parents Have Complained That Dispersed Hamilton Avenue School Children Have Done With Out School Supplies And Books, Because Their School Materials Are Contaminated And Locked Up.

Yet, Insensitive School Administrators On The East Side Of Town Are Donating Over A Thousand New Books To New Haven!!!!

Wouldn't have been nice if Twenty-two Eastern Middle School students, five teachers and Principal Ralph Mayo delivered over a thousand books to the under privileged children at Hamilton Avenue School

These Greenwich Public School children, who have suffered so much, would have loved to get four books of their choice, with additional books for Hamilton Avenue teachers?

Didn't the Hamilton Avenue School children loose a week of school, because of screw ups by failed school Aministrators?

Please Read:

Focus on education

Eastern Middle School students recently conducted a Read For Change project, a read-a-thon to raise money to buy books for children at Timothy Dwight Elementary school in New Haven. Through their fundraising and the generosity of Scholastic publishing's discount program, Eastern's students raised enough money to buy for every student at Dwight four books of their choice, with additional books for teachers and the school's media center. Twenty-two Eastern Middle School students, five teachers and Principal Ralph Mayo then visited Dwight where they spent a morning reading to the children and helping them choose their books.

Please Read The Full Greenwich Time Story

It is time for the Greenwich Public Schools to start trying to fix what has happened to the innocent little children at Hamilton Avenue School.

Maybe, these Failed Greenwich School Administrators should start a program where Junior And Seniors High School students can meet their 50 hours of community service requirement by helping Hamilton Avenue Students catch up over the summer.

What was Eastern School Principal Ralph Mayo thinking as he hauled over a thousand books up to New Haven?

Maybe the Timothy Dwight students will read their new school books in the school's recent new addition.

Please read:

Architectural Record Building Types Study | Timothy Dwight ...

Formal name of Project:
Timothy Dwight Elementary School Addition

Location:
New Haven

Gross square footage:
9,300 sq. ft.

Total construction cost:
$2.7 million

Owner:
City of New Haven, New Haven Board of Education
54 Meadow Street
New Haven, CT 06511
www.cityofnewhaven.com

Architect:
Michael Haverland Architect/Yale Urban Design Workshop
60 East 9th Street, Suite 612
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212-780-9188
Fax: 212-780-9357
www.michaelhaverland.com


Maybe the poor little displaced Hamilton Avenue School children didn't need the books, because they are more "resilient" than the
Timothy Dwight Elementary school students in New Haven.

This Administrator gets a grade of C for Clueless.

06/16/08 "Actors who do it well have to be at the top of their game — physically, emotionally and vocally," Michael Rogers said.


Michael Rogers, center, plays the title role in a production of "Julius Caesar'' with Marcus Naylor, left, as Antony and Peter Bretz, rear, as Cassius.

Aiming to conquer 'Caesar' role
Connecticut Post,

Yale School of Drama alumnus Michael Rogers has returned to Connecticut to play the title role in the Shakespeare on the Sound production of "Julius Caesar," running..

..For more information, visit www.shakespeareonthesound.org The same production will be presented in Greenwich's Roger Sherman Baldwin Park from July 4 to 13
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06/16/08 The Greenwich Post Editor Looks Like A Fool !!!


Oops She Did It Again !!!!!!!!!

Headline:

Once Again Greenwich Post Editor Kristen Zimmer Is A Sleep At The Switch

Quote:

Department of Parks and Recreation Director Joesph Siciliano said. "I'm sure somebody just pulled last year's press release off the shelf, plugged in the new dates and then sent it out. Anybody who buys a day pass can buy a ferry ticket and listen to the Jazz on the Sound."


Story:

Jazz on the Sound begins June 22
Greenwich Post, CT
Posted at 11:30 AM Today


The Department of Parks and Recreation will hold the first Jazz on the Sound Concert of the summer on Sunday, June 22...

...The next concert of the season will be on Sunday, July 13. Rain dates for all Jazz on the Sound concerts are the following Sunday. You must be a resident of Greenwich and possess a current beach card to ride the ferry.

It Looks Like Editor Kristen Zimmer Didn't Know That The Top Story In Greenwich Has Been The Fact That Anyone Can Now Ride The Ferry.

The Front page of Today's Greenwich Time shows three pretty girls girls from the Bronx riding on the Ferry.


Please see:

Nonresidents May Board Ferries
Hartford Courant


GREENWICH — - The town has rescinded a decades-long restriction on access by out-of-towners to two prime beaches. For the first time, nonresidents may board municipal ferries to visit Island Beach and Great Captain's Island.

Previously, nonresidents were barred from the ferries, which began their seasonal run Saturday, unless they were accompanied by a Greenwich resident.

The policy change was made last fall by then-First Selectman Jim Lash, but has not been publicized. Town parks director Joseph Siciliano said the policy was not properly communicated to staff, resulting in incorrect information on the town's website and in a news release for a jazz concert.

Greenwich's beach policy has landed the town in hot water. In 2001, the state Supreme Court struck down its residents-only beach policy.


Greenwich now allows nonresidents to visit 2 prime beaches
Newsday, NY
Jun 15, 2008

AP Connecticut - GREENWICH, Conn. - Greenwich has rescinded a decades-long restriction on access by out-of-towners to two prime beaches.

For the first time, nonresidents may board municipal ferries to visit Island Beach and Great Captain's Island.

Greenwich islands, ferries are open to out-of-towners

Norwalk Advocate
06/16/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

By Martin B. Cassidy

GREENWICH - For the first time, the town is offering out-of-towners easy access to two prime Greenwich beaches, Island Beach and Great Captain's Island, after rescinding a restriction that had been in place for decades.

In a policy change not announced or publicized by the town, nonresidents now have full access to board the three municipal ferries running to the islands. Previously, out-of-towners had been barred from the ferries unless accompanied by a town resident.

"The ferry will be available to nonresidents with the ability to ride the ferry using a day pass along with a ridership ticket," town Parks Director Joseph Siciliano said. "There is no residency restriction."

The former policy had been in effect for at least 25 years, he said. Town ferries started their seasonal runs Saturday.

The policy change makes the two islands the most accessible of Greenwich beaches for nonresidents. The ferry dock is near the downtown train station, adjacent to several large municipal parking lots and within walking distance of Town Hall, where beach passes are on sale on weekdays....

...Last week, the town's Web site continued to show the old policy, while a Department of Parks and Recreation statement for a Jazz on the Sound concert next Sunday on Island Beach said, "You must be a resident of Greenwich and possess a current beach card to ride the ferry."

Siciliano said the incorrect information on the Web site and in the statement were because the policy was not correctly communicated among staff.

"It's incorrect," Siciliano said.

"I'm sure somebody just pulled last year's press release off the shelf, plugged in the new dates and then sent it out. Anybody who buys a day pass can buy a ferry ticket and listen to the Jazz on the Sound."

According to Lash, the change was prompted by the realization that the policy failed to meet a federal mandate enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard requiring a plan to screen passengers on ferries instituted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks....

Many residents agitated over new island policy
Greenwich Time
06/16/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

By Neil Vigdor

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Brendan Leydon, a Stamford attorney who successfully sued Greenwich in the state Supreme Court in 2001 to open town beaches to out-of-towners, said the now-abolished ferry policy was legally questionable and might have provoked a constitutional court challenge if left unchanged.

"I think it is probably smart they changed the previous policy which appears to be of dubious legality," Leydon said. "Barring nonresidents who are not accompanied by residents probably would not be sustained in the courts."

Town Attorney John Wayne Fox countered Leydon's suggestion that the ferry policy was changed because it was in conflict with the court decision. He said the policy change also was unrelated to the recently concluded federal lawsuit of Stamford bicyclist Paul Kempner, who claimed the town's beach policies continued to violate the 2001 verdict.

"I don't think the lifting of the restriction had anything to do with the Kempner case or concerns about the town's standing legally on the beach policy - or any restriction which was in conflict with the Supreme Court case," Fox said.

He said the incorrect information on the Web site would be fixed soon.

Some residents will not be happy about Lash's decision to loosen the restriction without public input, said Sam Romeo, a North Mianus resident and former town legislator.

For example, Romeo said, out-of-town motorists visiting Island Beach might use parking spaces in Horseneck parking lot adjacent to the ferry intended for permit-holding Greenwich residents.

"I don't think that things were well thought out, and I think there are unintended consequences that will come with this," Romeo said. "They should have had some public comment."....

Of Coarse Bloggers Know
That The Beach Is Open To Everyone

Please see:

We Can All Go to Greenwich's Island Beach Now

by Tom Andersen + Gina Federico

Judging from this story, in the Greenwich Time, it seems as only a couple of old curmudgeons object, including one woman whose opinion was immediately challenged by her husband:. "I think everybody should stay on their beach," resident ...
sphere - http://thissphere.blogspot.com/

ALSO THE STORY IS ALL OVER THE NEWS WIRES:

Greenwich now allows nonresidents to visit 2 prime beaches
WTNH, CT
Greenwich's beach policy has landed the town in hot water. In 2001, the state Supreme Court struck down its residents-only beach policy.

Greenwich now allows nonresidents to visit 2 prime beaches
Waterbury Republican American,
Greenwich's beach policy has landed the town in hot water. In 2001, the state Supreme Court struck down its residents-only beach policy.

When Is Greenwich Post Editor Kristen Zimmer Going To Start Fact Checking Town Of Greenwich Press Releases?

Kristen Had Better Double CheckPress Releases From The High Paid Department of Parks and Recreation Director Joesph Siciliano, Because He Tends To Screw Things Up All The Time.

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06/16/08 Is Lee Whitnum running for Congress because she wants to be a member of Congress or because she has something against Jim Himes?


Lee Whitnum and the Greenwich Time

by Gabe

Given the nature of some of the subject matter of this post, it is sad, but I feel that it has become necessary to disclose that I have no relationship with the Himes campaign outside of fervently hoping that he gets elected and donating on several occasions. I have never been paid by the Himes campaign or by anyone else (although I am open to money, please call me) (note, that last bit was sarcastic) for anything that I have written.

I have no idea why the Greenwich Time is dignifying these ravings by printing them, but they are:

In a case of ‘he said, she said,’ Congressional hopeful Jim Himes is accusing fellow Democrat and Greenwich resident Lee Whitnum of calling him a Nazi on her campaign Web site and on a popular Internet blog.

First of all, this is not “a case of ‘he said, she said’.” The post by Lee Whitnum, which has been removed from her website, is still available, right here, where she posted it on My Left Nutmeg. Helpfully, it is entitled Jim Himes Nazi Connecticut, by Lee Whitnum Candidate for Congress. In it, she writes, “I went to bed a congressional candidate and I woke up to find myself in Jim Himes’ version of Nazi, Germany.” There is no “he said” here - her words have been immortalized online.

The reason for this attack? “[T]he powerful Himes has completely sown [sic] up the Internet media in my state.” Generally speaking, as a Jew, I find it insulting, and I push back on, when people accuse others of antisemitism for no discernible reason (because it robs the term of meaning in a time where antisemitism still exists), but truly, this is too stupid to even be offended by! Is that what the Nazi’s were doing? Sewing up the alternative media? (In retrospect, maybe its not too stupid to be offended by)

[Incidentally, the quote as it appears on the GT website is, “the powerful Himes has completely sewn up the Internet media in my state” - why did they clean up her spelling error? No idea.]

In the non-existent “she said” portion of the article, Whitnum (negated the “he said,” but I digress) stood by her comments (!) and admitted that they previously appeared on her website (aside, if she stands by them, why don’t they still appear on her website?), but justified them:

“At the time, I tried to defend myself against anonymous bloggers,” Whitnum said. “I felt like I had stepped in Jim Himes’ version of Nazi Connecticut - not that he’s a Nazi.”

Let’s take the two parts separately. The first part simply isn’t true - she named the bloggers she had a problem with in the linked post (which, in case you were wondering, was available to the reporter who wrote this “article” - yes, I used scare quotes to say article, sue me*). Further, even if the bloggers, named by Whitnum in her “defense” (I just can’t stop, apparently scare quotes are “addictive”), actually were anonymous (and not named by her), how does that justify what she said? Anonymous bloggers said something mean about you so the candidate who they support, you know the candidate that you accused of paying them utterly without evidence, is a Nazi? That is absurd!

The second part is just ridiculous on its face. When you write the words, “I woke up to find myself in Jim Himes’ version of Nazi, Germany” in a post entitled, “Jim Himes Nazi Connecticut,” you are calling someone a Nazi, no matter how crazy it makes you look later.

The article also, with studious fairness, documents the campaign finance foibles of the Whitnum campaign:

A check of the Federal Election Commission’s Web site showed that Whitnum’s campaign finance report for the first quarter was dated April 15, the date it was due, but was received May 12 by the agency. Her year-end report for 2007, due Jan. 31, was filed April 26 with the commission.

Whitnum said she had not received any notification that she was in violation of campaign finance rules.

“If there’s something amiss, then nobody’s telling me,” Whitnum said.

In case anyone out there is curious, and didn’t feel satisfied by the reporting in the article, the FEC generally frowns on missing a filing deadline by three months (filing more than 30 days after the deadline is so late that it is actually considered to be a non-filing, rather than a late filing).

I understand that the GT is on the Right (or Republican) side of the political spectrum - and that is their prerogative. I would do things differently, but I don’t own a newspaper (yet - I’m looking at you Mr. Murdoch). But simply owning a newspaper and not agreeing with a candidate does not justify giving a platform to anyone willing to say something bad about them - even if what they say is offensive, and a little crazy. Why is the GT giving this nonsense an uncritical airing?

*Just kidding, please don’t really sue me.

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06/16/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Monday


Bronx residents Melanie Paredes, 15, her friend Kiara Figueroa, 15, and Melanie's sister Rachelle Paredes, 4, take in the scenery on a ride to Island Beach. (Helen Neafsey/Greenwich Time Photo)

Many residents agitated over new island policy
If only Gerry Christophersen could vote people off the island the way contestants do on the show "Survivor.

As if the heat of competition isn't enough to contend with, environmentalists warn that student-athletes who use the town's synthetic playing fields could potentially be exposed to an invisible threat next time the mercury soars - toxic vapors from the artificial turf.

Study finds high level of mold at Ham Ave modulars
The air in two classrooms at the modular building once used by the Hamilton Avenue School shows active mold growth, according to a report released by the Board of Education.

New Lebanon School sits on one side of town, the International School at Dundee on another. A quarter of the students at New Lebanon School qualify for free or reduced lunches, while 7 percent of Dundee students qualify.

Many residents agitated over new island policy
If only Gerry Christophersen could vote people off the island the way contestants do on the show "Survivor.

Julian Curtiss School recently held Field Day where the theme was "Take Me Out to the Ball Games." The children were encouraged to wear shirts of their favorite ball sports and to focus on good sportsmanship and teamwork.

With only a street dividing them, two communities are coming together to create a unified vision for their future.

Focus on education
Eastern Middle School students recently conducted a Read For Change project, a read-a-thon to raise money to buy books for children at Timothy Dwight Elementary school in New Haven.

School calendar
June 18 Last day of public schools (except for Hamilton Avenue): Early release. Greenwich High School graduation: 6 p.m.

Hey, Cherie! I'm done with school. I mean, I'm really done with it, even though I'm in ninth grade and don't finish classes until June 21.

Today's Greenwich Time News Links Deserves A Grade Of I
For Incomplete And Needs Improvement


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06/16/08 Greenwich Post News Links - Really? That's It?


The Greenwich Post News Website Is Putting It's Readers To Sleep

Top Story:


Library offers new database

Greenwich Library has added JSTOR to its electronic database collection.

Please Read The Full Library Press Release

Also:

YWCA camp has openings


Comment:

Are these really news links or are they community calendar postings?


You Can't Even Give Today's Pitiful Greenwich Post News Links
An E For Effort


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06/16/08 News Links From The Greenwich Citizen For Monday - Surprise There Are None !!!!


The Greenwich Citizen wastes more bandwidth
than any other news website in Greenwich

The Greenwich Citizen Is Soooooooo Proud That It Was By Far The Last So-Called "News" Website To Report about...

When the verdict was known that Marc D'Amico would return to his post as principal of Glenville School, the mother of two students, Jen Ukperaj ....


....They Have Featued The Late News Story For The
Last Four Days !!!!!!!!!

The Greenwich Citizen Get's An F For Failure To Deliver News
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