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07/02/08 Soap Box Derby To Return To Greenwich


Michael Parchment, General Manager of Miller Motorcars, and Elizabeth Tarbell, founder and CEO of VivaPop, look forward to bringing back the All-American Soap Box Derby to Greenwich, September 14. They are pictured here with an original derby car from the 1984 All-American Soap Box Derby in Greenwich.

VivaPop All-American Soap Box Derby comes to Greenwich

Norwalk Plus Magazine

By Press Release The premier youth and family oriented racing program in the United States comes to Greenwich as the Soap Box Derby speeds into town on ...

About the All-American Soap Box Derby

It’s been called everything from the “Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World,” to the “Gravity Grand Prix,” but to the more than one million kids who have been participating in the Soap Box Derby during the past 75 years, the event spells fun. Akron, Ohio-headquartered All-American Soap Box Derby, founded in 1933, is one of the most established grassroots youth and family organizations in the United States. An official youth initiative of NASCAR, the All-American Soap Box Derby sanctions races year round in 170 cites and communities in the U.S. and overseas. In the past 10 years, overall race participation (ages 8-17) has doubled, with approximately 45 percent being girls. The All-American Soap Box Derby actively promotes the core values of teamwork, the spirit of competition, perseverance and an emphasis on family.


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07/02/08 Priced To Sell At $12 Million - Hey Let's Tear It Down And Build Something Bigger!!!!


Estate of the Day: $12 Million Spectacular New Georgian in ...

The elegance of Jeffersonian architecture is redefined in this magnificent 2008 estate embracing two acres with pool and poolside pavilion. The 11800 SF custom manor is measured by extraordinary architectural elements, hand-selected ...

Exotic Excess - http://www.exoticexcess.com/

$12,750,000
  • 16 rooms
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 7 full baths
  • 2 half baths
  • Interior: 11,800 sq. ft. (approx.)
  • Acreage: 2 acres (approx.)


Listed By:

BK Bates
Sotheby's International Realty - Greenwich - Pickwick Plaza Brokerage
One Pickwick Plaza
Greenwich, CT 06830, United States
Tel: +1 203.618.3126
Fax: +1 203.869.4303


BK Bates has been in real estate in Greenwich for over 30 years and is considered one of Greenwich's premier realtors. Born and raised in Greenwich, she has a lifetime of experience with all aspects of this wonderful community. She has raised three children and has been involved in numerous organizations and club activities. Her extensive knowledge of town activities and real estate issues benefits all her clients.

More Real Estate News:

Price Drop?

One of our commentators asks, "is a house that was worth $7,500,000 last year now worth $6,500,000? Certainly not in the case of the Thunder Mountain Road house I mentioned yesterday. In that case, the house was never worth $7,500,000, it was just an imaginary figure dreamed up and reported by a broker trying to protect its client's other project on the same road. Although, it must be said, the average price has dropped 14% this year and that would neatly place a $7,500,000 house at $6,450,000 so perhaps the argument can be made. My point about Thunder Mountain Road is that, since there never was a genuine sale at the reported price, it's impossible to tell. Certainly, if you bought a house last year and want to sell it today, brace yourself for some bad news. If you bought before 2000, relax and enjoy your sizeable gain. Anything in between, it's a guessing game, but it could get ugly out there.

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07/02/08 - Breaking News - Sam the Sham's Run Ends - Hedge-Fund Fugitive Surrenders - (Continually Updated)

Speculation has emerged that Israel, who suffered from poor health, was forced to give up his life on the lam in order to receive medical attention.

APNewsAlert
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Law enforcement official says fugitive hedge-fund swindler Samuel Israel has surrendered.

Bayou Co-Founder Sam Israel Gives Himself Up in Massachusetts

Bloomberg
By David Glovin and Carlyn Kolker July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Samuel Israel, the fugitive founder of collapsed hedge fund-firm Bayou Group LLC, surrendered to ...

Fugitive Sam Israel has surrendered to authorities in Southwick ... 7Online.com, NY
NEW YORK -- ABC News is reporting that the missing fugitive financier Sam Israel III has turned himself in Southwick, Massachusetts. ...

Fugitive Fund Manager Is Arrested, Report Says

New York Times Blogs


DoJ says fugitive financier Samuel Israel arrested: report

MarketWatch

By Sue Chang SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Fugitive hedge-fund manager Samuel Israel surrendered to police in Massachusetts, The Wall Street Journal ...


Missing Hedge Fund Swindler Samuel Israel Turns Himself In

WNBC

'Suicide is Painless' fraudster turns himself in
USA Today


Fugitive ex-hedge fund manager Israel surrenders
guardian.co.uk, UK
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Scott Malone BOSTON, July 2 (Reuters) - Fugitive former hedge fund manager Samuel Israel III surrendered to police in ...

Fugitive hedge fund manager surrenders
International Herald Tribune, France
By Abha Bhattarai The fugitive hedge fund swindler Samuel Israel III surrendered to law enforcement officials on Wednesday, ending a manhunt that began ...

Breaking! Fugitive Hedge-Fund Manager Samuel Israel in Custody!
New York Magazine
Israel Photo: AP Samuel Israel, the hedge fund manager who faked his own suicide last month, by scrawling "Suicide Is Painless" on the hood of his car, ...

Hedge-Fund Fugitive Surrenders
Wall Street Journal Blogs
By Chad Bray NEW YORK -- After nearly a month on the run, fugitive former hedge-fund executive Samuel Israel III walked into a small Massachusetts town's ...

News alert: Fugitive hedge-fund swindler who faked suicide back in ...
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY
Samuel Israel III disappeared June 9, the day he was supposed to surrender to begin a 20-year prison sentence in Ayer, Mass., for a $450 million fraud. ...

Fugitive hedge-fund swindler in federal custody
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Fugitive hedge-fund swindler Samuel Israel turned himself to federal authorities in Massachusetts after nearly a month on the lam, ...

Missing Hedge Fund Manager Turns Himself In
myfoxny.com, NY
MyFoxNY.com -- Sources tell Fox 5 News that Samuel Israel III, the hedge fund swindler who faked his suicide, has turned himself into police in Southwick, ...

Greenwich Time - Stamford hedge fund swindler in custody

By Larry Neumeister/Associated Press

Fugitive hedge-fund swindler Samuel Israel turned himself in to federal authorities in Massachusetts this morning after nearly a month on the lam.

Israel disappeared June 9 on the day he was supposed to report to prison. His car was found on a bridge over the Hudson River with the words "Suicide is Painless" - the theme song for the "MASH" television show - scrawled in dust on the hood..

The 48-year-old Israel, a co-founder and chief executive of the now-collapsed Bayou hedge funds, was sentenced in April to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy and fraud. He was also ordered to pay $300 million to his victims..

Prosecutors said he and two other men persuaded investors to put $450 million into the Stamford, Conn.-based company by announcing nonexistent profits and providing fake audits...

Full Greenwich Time Story

Previous Greenwich Time Articles


Israel's girlfriend arrested
06/19/2008 - Staff and wire reports A Stamford hedge fund swindler's girlfriend was arrested yesterday, 10 days after federal agents said he went on the run in a white recreational vehicle carrying a motor...

WHERE IS ISRAEL?
06/19/2008 - We challenged online readers to guess the whereabouts of Samuel Israel, 48, the Westchester County, N.Y., man who ran a hedge fund in Stamford and bilked investors out of $450 million....

Moccia tells of tracking hedge fund criminal
06/17/2008 - Months before he was elected mayor of Norwalk in 2005, Richard Moccia was a state marshal tracking down a shady Stamford hedge fund manager. Ordered by a civil court to seize the manager's...

Previous Greenwich Time Letter To The Editor


Authorities too trusting with man who fled
06/28/2008

To the editor:

Although I do not claim to know the legal system, I find it amazing that a man convicted of securities fraud and given a 20-year prison term can drive himself to prison.

Is it a way for the federal prison system to save on gasoline or security guards?

I personally find it ridiculous that this convicted prisoner, Samuel Israel, who stole millions of dollars, was thought to be honest enough to drive himself to prison. Now thousands of dollars will be spent and hours of manpower wasted trying to find out where he went (news story, June 17).

Sal Buchetto

Stamford

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07/02/08 Greenwich Post News Links For Wednesdays

A view of the Byram river and neighboring Port Chester, from the Mill Street bridge in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Photograph: Kristan Zimmer/Hersam Acorn Newspapers

Byram coastal boardwalk gets OK

Byram has moved one step closer to providing public access to the Byram River

Sports:

New summer softball league

Registration for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s new girls summer softball program is currently underway.

The program will be divided into two teams of players who will be rotated each game, which will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The program is open to participants nine through 11 years old. Participants must be nine years old on or before July 31 and must not be 12 by that same date.

Police Watch

The following are released arrests of July 1:

FORGERY

A 17-year-old Bridgeport girl was arrested June 27 and charged with third degree forgery and criminal attempt at larceny. Police had been sent to the Greenwich Bank and Trust on the report of check fraud. The assistant branch manager told officers that the girl had attempted to cash a $7,700 check that the bank suspected had been forged. The manager said the bank contacted the account holder who confirmed that he had not authorized the check. When confronted the girl told police she found the check in Bridgeport and had forged all the information on it. She was held in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond and is due in court July 2.

TROVER

Christian Romero, 21, of West Hurley, N.Y. was arrested June 29 and charged with using a car without permission and second degree criminal trover. Police responded to a call from a woman who said her friend took her car without permission and returned it with extensive damage. While checking the area of the Merritt Parkway at Round Hill Road for an unrelated matter, police discovered damage to the metal guardrail on the western shoulder of Round Hill Road and a license plate matching that the woman’s. Police found Romero at a Greenwich home. He was also cited for evading responsibility, unsafe movement and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Romero was released on a $1,000 cash bond and is due in court July 2.

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07/02/08 It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a...

blimp

Florida Keys Keynote

A military blimp, patrolling the Florida Straits

The Skyship 600 used to soar over crowds, sporting a FujiFilm logo as it hovered over outdoors events -- an unavoidable form of advertising.

But the helium-filled manned blimp ditched the logo and launched Tuesday morning from Naval Air Station Key West on Boca Chica Key.

Over the next six weeks, pilots and crew of the Skyship 600 will patrol over the Straits of Florida to test the airship's effectiveness in spotting drug runners and alien smugglers.

It's the first time since 1962 the military has employed a blimp for security purposes.

The U.S. Coast Guard, which is partnering with the Navy and the National Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness on the blimp experiment, says the Keys testing is to determine how well the blimp might do at "nationwide applications."....

... will serve as support crew. The Skyship 600 is owned and operated by Airship Management Services Inc. of Greenwich, Conn., and leased by the Navy. The blimp will fly eight-hour shifts through mid-August...

07/02/08 Greewich Business Report - Phil Duff's Duff Capital To Buy North Sound Capital


Duff Capital to acquire hedge fund North Sound
Reuters

The two firms, both located in Greenwich, Connecticut, did not disclose terms of the deal. For Duff Capital, which launched in March with the goal of ...

North Sound Rolling Into Duff
Hedge Fund Net

North Sound Partners With Duff Capital Advisor
Biloxi Sun Herald



UPDATE: Duff Cap. Adds North Sound To Hedge Fund Platform
istockAnalyst.com





07/02/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Wednesday


The aftermath of a house fire at 20 Fado Lane in Cos Cob which occurred Tuesday morning.
(Helen Neafsey/ Greenwich Time Photo)

Fire engulfs Cos Cob home
The fire marshal's office is investigating an early morning blaze that destroyed a home in Cos Cob and damaged some neighboring ones, officials said.

Almost 40 firefighters battled a quick moving early morning blaze yesterday that destroyed a two-story ranch home in Cos Cob while causing heat damage to two neighboring houses, fire officials said.

Please also see:

Tuesday - 07/01/08 - Thank You Journal News!!! Where is The Greenwich Time, Greenwich Post And The Greenwich Citizen?

People air FAA frustrations
NORWALK - Fairfield County residents vented their frustrations over aircraft noise last night to Christopher Dodd, Christopher Shays, Richard Blumenthal and other elected officials during a public hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration's controversial rerouting plan for the region.

P&Z move approves former theater site
Nearly a year after Clearview Cinemas closed its doors, the building that housed the movie theater remains shuttered at 356 Greenwich Ave.

The Riverside woman who endeared herself to generations of local children while catering to each and every sweet tooth has died.

Nursery decision delayed
With the clock approaching 12:30 a.m., it didn't take much for Thomas Baptist to persuade fellow agency members that a decision on a subdivision proposal might be best made at a future meeting.

Sports - All-American girl: Vermont's Solsvig earns prestigious honor in just her sophomore year
Coco Solsvig accomplished something this past year that she never thought possible ... at least not in her second year of collegiate sailing.

  • Racquet ball: No. 1 seed remains perfect in Senior Babe Ruth
  • BANC bounces back to stay alive
  • A Matt-er of fact: Czarnecki wins second town golf championship
  • The time for Ornato's Hall of Fame induction is overdue
  • Trepp enjoying his trip to U.S. swimming trials


  • Greenwich-based buyout firm General Atlantic Partners LLC has joined two New York-based investment funds in completing the multibillion-dollar purchase a division of ConAgra Foods Inc.

    Avoid blame game with rail project
    The saga of a proposed rail maintenance center in New Haven for the Metro-North commuter rail line easily could become a political soap opera.

    From a displaced townie: Hello there friend, Long time, no see. But thank heaven for your column, which keeps us in touch from afar.

    Young math whiz has it all figured out
    John Meriwether and Cliff Asness, I'd like you to meet Andrew McCausland. I think you quantitative hedge fund managers will want to keep an eye on him - maybe offer him a job someday.

    Letter insulted Greenwich's zoning process

    To the editor:

    Mr. Michael Doll's letter of June 25 ("Stanwich study," Greenwich Time) requires a corrective response, as it is self-certifying and insulting to those involved in our zoning process.

    He arrogantly alleges that the planning and zoning permit process is "seriously flawed." Yet he has no notable experience in zoning issues and process.

    He implies slackness and inexpertise on the Planning and Zoning Commission, suggesting that it should hire independent consultants. First, members of the P&Z have considerable professional expertise themselves. Second, was Mr. Doll so inattentive as to miss Bruce Morton, a hydrological engineer, and James Ford, a traffic engineer, hired by the town to back up staff reports?

    In fact, all of the experts (including Greenwich Residents for Appropriate Land Use's) generally agreed with the Stanwich School findings on which the P&Z, Conservation Commission and Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency based decisions. Only Mr. Doll, a self-appointed "expert on sewer plants" with no direct training, can dismiss responsible testimony and judgment.

    After a quarter century of close familiarity with the Greenwich land use process, I can attest that the P&Z is one of the hardest working divisions of town government. It frequently sets the standards for the rest of Connecticut. Our town planner has dealt with all the sophisticated, high-value developments in town for the last 25 years. Our traffic engineer, Garo Garabedian, is among the best in the country. The P&Z staff has experience honed by dealing with high-powered lawyers' applications.

    There is also a full town staff of engineers, lawyers, health experts and environmental specialists, as well as other town boards and agencies supporting the P&Z's work.

    To suggest that the commission and the process it employs is a fraud, or even substandard, is unacceptable. It is a shame that some are so self-absorbed that they are unable to accept the facts before them. It is sad that some are willing to denigrate the valuable service of others so casually. This is no honest way to recognize our citizen volunteers, nor serve the public's understanding of important issues.

    Chris von Keyserling

    Cos Cob

    The writer is a member of the Representative who dosen't realize that the towns zoning process is "seriously flawed" and thinks that traffic engineer, Garo Garabedian, is among "the best in the country".

    Is that why it's so easy to drive around town?

    Mr. Von Keyserling asserts that Planning & Zoning "frequently sets the standards for the rest of Connecticut".

    Yes it is true we "frequently set the standard" in hedge fund tear downs that are destroying the community's heritage and character.

    Even national and international media outlets have singled Greenwich out for setting this standard.

    Please see:

    07/01/08 New York Times Editorial - Stop The Teardowns !!!

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    07/02/08 The Greenwich BOE Is A Total Mess !!! (Updated)


    Don't Send In The Clowns

    The Board Of Education Is Already Here

    Quote:

    "You have to look at it more broadly," First Selectmann Peter Tesei said. "At the end of the day for any position, or entity, you want the overall population that you serve to have confidence in that organization. Clearly there are elements of the school population that have questions and whose confidence is lacking."

    Story:

    Board: Mold not our fault

    By Hoa Nguyen
    Staff Writer

    Three months after some parents called for the firing of administrators responsible for a mold fiasco at Hamilton Avenue School's temporary quarters, Board of Education members are now saying those officials were not to blame.

    "So many people were criticized so harshly for that, when it, in fact, turned out not to be their fault or their responsibility," said school board member Susan Ellis, who praised school district leaders for their handling of the fallout....blah....blah....blah....blah....

    Thank you Hoa Nguyen for regurgitating another Greenwich Board of Education press release. The board of education tells Hoa what to write and he run it through the spell checker before publishing it.

    Four months ago, mold was found growing in the roof overhang, crawl space and inside the walls of the modular classroom occupied by Hamilton Avenue School children. The contamination was so bad that the small children had to be relocated to schools all over town.

    At the time, parents told Hoa that they were depending him and other reporters to have the journalistic balls to identify and hold accountable the administrators who allowed the small children to sit in the contaminated modular classrooms for over one year.

    The poor children from Hamilton Avenue School had been in the modular classrooms since 2005.

    But the incompetent reporter, Hoa Nguyen refused to listen to what the parents who had blown the whistle on the school district's contamination cover up at the modular classrooms.

    Months ago, the school board formed a committee designed to help cover their rear ends. This "CYA Committee" and hired Fairfield-based Navigant Consulting to investigate what led to the mold growth and who was responsible. Yet Navigant has failed to interview parents who blew the whistle on the school district's contamination cover up at the modular classrooms.

    Navigant's report is in draft format and will not be released until it has been finalized, which is expected to occur within the next couple of weeks. Maybe this week Navigant will ge off their hind ends and go out and talk with the school parents who blew the whistle on the school districts year long cover up of the contaminated modular classrooms.

    A Navigant consultant has said at past Board of Education meetings that the design of an unventilated roof overhang allowed moisture to build and mold to grow, yet he fails to say that school board members and administrators that hired his firm also recommended, approved, voted for and paid for the design.

    If Navigant Consulting was hired by an independent body they would report that when water is constantly coming through the building envelope, parents are reporting that children are sick and molded ceiling tiles are being replaced school administrators and officials should have been expected to uncover the defects and contamination.

    But since Navigant wants to be rehired in the future by the Greenwich School District, they will most likely say, "The people who hired us are not to blame."

    The Greenwich School system, and possibly Navigant, will most likely be sued by Hamilton Avenue Parents whose children suffered prolonged exposure to contamination, because of a school district cover up.

    The contractor and other outside entities responsible for the modular's design and construction will probably argue that the school district voided any warranties by choosing to hide the festering contamination problem.

    So no one is surprised that this is the Greenwich BOE's stand on the modular classroom mold issue is to protect failed administers.

    Unfortunately, the BOE has a long history of putting failed administrators, before the children they have promised to protect.

    Did the single family home-owners of have any doubt that the Greenwich BOE would deny any accountability for the mold?

    Do the taxpayers of Greenwich think the BOE's statement is correct?

    Hell NO!!!

    They, ultimately, are responsible for that building - they own it, the mold was grown and found on their watch, therefore, they ARE to blame. They knew they had leaks, they sent maintenance people out to check/repair the leaks.

    What they did not do was follow up after their so-called repairs to see whether or not there was mold where the leaks had been. They did not get roofing experts in to assist with the repairs - they hoped everything would just continue to fly under the radar.

    Only a naive moron would believe that the BOE, the School Superintendents or the other failed School Administrator did not know that there was mold in that building long before the March closure.

    They knew,

    They all just hoped that they could keep the kids there until the summer break and hope that the new building would be complete, which it probably won't.

    Meet Some Of The Stooges Who Are Involved With The Committee That Bungled The Hamilton Avenue School.
    • Frank Mazza, Committe Chairman
    • Slyvestor Pecora, Committee Member
    • Joesph L Ross, Committee Member
    • Paul Toretta, Committee Member
    • Stephen Walko, Committee Member
    • Susan O. Wallerstien, Assistant School Superintendent For Business
    • Anthony P. Byrne, School Administrator - Maintenance Department
    • Richard L. Sitnik, Pinniacle One
    First Selectman Peter Tesei has repeatedly heard from parents who believe administrators have repeatedly bungled the rebuilding of Hamilton Avenue School. Single family home-owners are rightfully angry at how failed school administrators have handled the contamination problems in the modular classrooms.

    Further, Parents are complaining about the maintenance at Glenville and other schools. Over burdened taxpayers want these failed school administrators and officials held accountable.

    Unfortunately, First Selectman Peter Tesei said does not have authority over the district or school board.


    Mr. Tessei has repeatedly brought residents concerns to school officials and administrators, but the don't listen to the First Selectman.

    These failed school leaders don't want accountability.

    If Mr. Tessei did have authority over the district or school board he would order a top-to-bottom re-evaluation of the project with action steps crucial to getting the entire Hamilton Avenue School done after years of delays and blown deadlines.

    One way to get rid of the phony dates and timetables that are followed up no follow up is to diversify the Hamilton Avenue Building Committee.


    Right now the Hamilton Avenue Building Committee is full of school board brown noses who go along to get along. The Unanimously vote on one bad decision after another.

    But what if the put someone like Mina Bibeault on the Hamilton Avenue School Building Committee.

    Then you would have a Committee member who speak up for the Children of Greenwich.

    Ms. Bibeault has said:

    • "This is not going away; it may take time but someone will be held accountable."
    • "I will make sure that someone is going to be accountable for their actions because they put my kids at risk."
    • "The three-year-old modular has had a long history of frequent water leaks and moisture issues dating back to well before students and staff moved out in March that were not thoroughly investigated."
    • "If the leaks had been properly addressed, the problems would have been uncovered months earlier."
    • "School officials made temporary repairs to the leaks for months and failed to investigate the possibility of a larger problem until March because they were counting on the new Hamilton Avenue School being completed this fall, and having the summer to make repairs at the modular."
    • "Don't tell me you didn't know."
    • "You overlooked it. You put all your eggs in one basket. You were banking on the new building to be done. I get it. But don't you dare tell me that you didn't know."
    Now compare that to the double talk and crap that comes out the mouths of School Board Members Susan Ellis and Leslie Moriarty .
    • "From a due diligence perspective, we feel comfortable with those reports"From a due diligence perspective, we feel comfortable with those reports."
    • "We feel comfortable with what those reports have indicated."
    • "School district administrators should be exonerated from blame in this case."
    • "It's very easy to look backwards and say people should have focused in on that particular aspect."
    • "It's not our fault. It was the way the building was put together, the plans were not specific."
    • "There was not the expectation that the problems could have been anticipated."
    • "The findings have all pointed to design and construction issues."
    • "So many people were criticized so harshly for that, when it, in fact, turned out not to be their fault or their responsibility,"
    Don't you just hate it when clueless school board members like Susan Ellis and Leslie Moriarty piss on your leg and tell you it's raining.

    It's no secret that unaccountable school board members like Susan Ellis and Leslie Moriarty that ordered, funded, approved and paid for so-called "design flaws".

    If school board members voted for a "flawed design they should fire the high paid persons that gave them the flawed design in the first place.

    Naive School Board Chairman Nancy Wessler is also living in Disneyland when she says "From a due diligence perspective, we feel comfortable with those reports and we feel comfortable with what those reports have indicated."

    How can Nancy Wessler be comfortable with failed administrators like Susan Wallerstien who and Anthony Byrne who approved and reccomended "Flawed Designs" and urged the school board to use tax dollars to pay for the "flawed designs".

    School officials like Anthony Byrne falsely claim they investigated and addressed all water leaks and other problems that were brought to their attention, and nothing about what they saw would have indicated a more serious mold problem was brewing.

    Anthony Byrne is not playing with a full deck, teachers had buckets collecting water for days on end in these trailers, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that these conditions were ripe for mold development.

    Anthony Byrne's men had replaced molded ceiling tiles almost a year previous to the contaminated modular classrooms being shut down.

    Anthony Byrne knew how bad things were in March. That's why he ordered his staff to put on space suits and throw away the evidence the day the contaminated modular classrooms were closed down.

    Hamilton Avenue School children were exposed to high levels of mold because Anthony Byrne was negligent by not immediately fixing the problems.


    School board members said their consultants have corroborated this explanation.

    Basically, the Hamilton Avenue Building Committee has had to gut all of it's self imposed deadlines time and time again.

    Now the struggling project has been unable to legally qualify for a temporary certificate of occupancy.

    It's the latest blow to the Hamilton Avenue School project that has failed to meet virtually every single deadline since plans were approved years ago.

    Insiders say that there are over a dozen "essential items" that must be cured before the Greenwich Building Department and Fire Department can sigh off on letting the small children enter Hamilton Avenue School.

    Hamilton Avenue Building Committee Bunglers Are Pressuring The Greenwich Building Department To Illegally Issue A Temporary Certificate Of Occupancy For Hamilton Avenue School.

    The Greenwich Building Department And The Greenwich Fire Department had Better Cross All The T's And Dot All The I's, Because Hamilton Avenue Parents Now Have Lawyers.

    Parents Will Be More Than Willing To Use Cell Phones To Take Pictures Of Any Unsafe Conditions Or Incomplete Construction.

    The Greenwich Citizen, The Greenwich Post And The Greenwich Time Might Be Afraid To Expose Incompetent Government Officials Who Would Jeopardize The Health And Safety Of Small Innocent Children In Order Not To Have Another Construction Timetable Delay.

    But Greenwich Roundup Will Fearlessly Expose Any Illegally Issued CO And All Unsafe Building Hazards For The Late And Over Budget Fiasco Know As Hamilton Avenue School.


    Please also read more dispatches from the Greenwich Time Reporter who is embedded deep inside the BOE's rear end.

    Ham Ave., Glenville await plan for next year

    By Hoa Nguyen Staff Writer

    06/19/2008 - Western Greenwich parents anxious about where their children will start school in August found no comfort at last night's Board of Education meeting. Because of lingering construction uncertainty,


    Hamilton Ave. gets the once-over

    By Hoa Nguyen Staff Writer


    06/16/2008 - Frank Mazza needs no reminder that parents are expecting the new Hamilton Avenue School to open on Aug. 27. "We're well aware of that," said Mazza, the head of the building committee who has been...


    Greenwich classrooms test positive for mold

    By Hoa Nguyen Staff Writer

    06/15/2008 - GREENWICH - The air in two classrooms at the modular building once used by Hamilton Avenue School shows active mold growth, according to a report released by the Board of Education.


    Why doesn't Hoa Nguyen write a story like this?

    BOE Incompetance

    07/01/08 The Hamilton Avenue School renovation is an absolute and total mess. Parents and taxpayers are demanding that the BOE put an end to failed, undeliverable promises and an utter lack of accountability.

    The Hamilton Avenue Building Committee has mismanaged the job on a monumental level and vastly compounded the offence to the children and parents who had to leave Hamilton Avenue School three years ago.

    Every pronouncement from the committee has been repeatedly calculated to keep the single family home-owners from knowing was badly off track.

    And badly off track it is. Three years later Glenville and Hamilton Avenue parents don't know where their children will be attending school in September.

    This Hamilton Avenue School boondoggle ......

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