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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

07/09/09 The Latest Greenwich Time News Links

Martin B. Cassidy

A weed whacker charging up in a greenhouse attached to a Fado Lane home likely sparked the ferocious fire last Tuesday morning that destroyed the house, fire officials said.

Investigators determined based on the intense fire damage to the 8-by-10 foot greenhouse connected to a rear door of the two-story ranch home that the fire probably started there, before spreading to the rear part of the home, Fire Inspector Larry Roberts said...
Cold front, storm possible

Temperatures will likely cool down by this afternoon, according to meteorologist Jim Connolly of the National Weather Service. "The weather will be more of the same, but a little cooler," he said. There is a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. A cold front is predicted, dropping temperatures to a more comfortable 80, with low humidity, said Connolly. Currently, the temperatures are in the mid 80's.
Effort boosts number of minority candidates

Martin Cassidy

Staff Writer

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07/09/08 Greenwich Post Newslinks For Wednesday

Grace Hirshorn, at right,
smiles with her second place trophy for problem solving.

Sacred Heart student wins for problem solving

Grace Hirshorn, a rising tenth grader at Convent of the Sacred Heart, returned home with a second place trophy from the Future Problem Solving Program International. The conference was held at Michigan State University May 29 to June 1, where Grace competed with students from all over the world.


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Police Watch, July 8

The following are July 8’s released arrests:


Nilcilene Flores, 39, of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. was arrested July 6 and charged with first degree larceny and second degree forgery. Flores, who had worked as a housekeeper for a local family, allegedly stole checks from them and wrote them to cash, using the money for her own personal benefit. Police said about $24,000 was taken. Flores was released on a $10,000 surety bond and is due in court July 14.


Cesar Gomez, 41, of White Plains, N.Y. was arrested July 7 and charged with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana. He was arrested as part of a joint operation between the Greenwich traffic division and the state police at the Interstate-95 North weigh station. Gomez’ truck didn’t stop at a stop sign and police pulled him over just before exit 3. Police said officers saw a package of rolling papers in plain view in the driver’s seat and Gomez told the officer that there was marijuana in a small white bag next to the papers. Gomez was also cited for failure to stop at a state weigh station. Gomez was released on a $219 cash bond and is due in court July 14.


Carmine DeVita, 19, of 34 Boulder Brook Road was arrested July 7 and charged with sixth degree larceny. According to police, DeVita had come to visit Tom’s Driving School on East Putnam Avenue, where he had once been a student. While he was there, DeVita allegedly took $250 from a woman’s purse and left. Officers found him at the East Putnam Avenue McDonalds with a portion of the stolen money. DeVita was released on a promise to appear and is due in court July 14.

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07/09/08 Surprise!!! - "A lot of it wasn't ready," Town Building Official Bill Marr said. "Most of those areas will need a re-inspection."

Construction work continues at Hamilton Avenue School in Chickahominy.
(Bob Luckey Jr./Greenwich Time photo)


Hamilton Avenue School Building inspection visits find additional problems that need fixing and conditions that don't meet building codes.


"Everyone is kind at the end of their rope," said Dawn Nethercott, co-president of the Hamilton Avenue School PTA, who declined to speculate on whether the project would be completed on time."It's a cross your heart, pray to the novenas, hold your breath kind of thing,"


Project limps home

By Hoa Nguyen
Greenwich Time Staff Writer

07/08/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Wednesday

Suzanne Carlin and her dog, Mikey, in front of the animal control shelter which is set to relocate to a larger building on North Street.
(Keelin Daly/Greenwich Time photo)

North Street animal shelter approved

The town will move ahead on building a long-awaited new animal shelter facility after receiving a final OK from state officials.

Shore Rd. stop sign may stay

A controversial experiment to turn the intersection of Shore Road and Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich into an all-way stop could be made permanent by the town as early as next month.

Bond lowered for suspect in slaying

STAMFORD - A judge lowered the bond yesterday for a Bridgeport man charged with killing a New York man and dumping the body on a backcountry Greenwich road in January.

Ham Ave. fate uncertain

Hamilton Avenue School has passed only one of 18 final inspections done on the new school project in recent weeks. Sprinklers in the garage got the thumbs up, while other inspections yielded problems that needed to be fix.

Making a Racquet: Swenson's RBI hit in seventh propels Rink & Racquet to Babe Ruth crown

Hitless in his first three at bats, all Mike Swenson wanted was another chance to come through in the clutch....

We're half way through the year, my friends. Hard to believe. The old order is about to change, giving way to the new.

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07/08/08 Sever Pain Complaince Techniques - Wrong Headed Teacher Thinks It's OK To Tase Greenwich High School Students

Satar Jabar, who was told that he would be severely shocked if he fell off the box. Satar is lucky, because he would have only gotten one shocked one time instead of three times.

To the editor:

The Taser incident has surfaced again ("GHS taser case: Tapes still not available," Greenwich Time, July 3). The Greenwich Time coverage of this incident has bothered me from the start, as it appears the Time did not investigate the situation completely. Shouldn't the Time have investigated beyond the immediate incident to see what the total picture might reveal?

Let's take a look at student Victor Londono's senior quote that was handed in to the yearbook staff long before the Taser incident took place. "These four years have been the best of my life and I barely passed high school. I annoyed all the teachers.".....

...There is a small group of students in Greenwich High School who need to be the center of attention so badly that they will create situations flouting authority figures in the classroom, the student center and around the campus in general just to try taking control of a situation and feel a sense of power. Is this what this incident was all about?....

Ken "Let's Blame The Victim" Lyon


The writer is not the highest performing teacher at Greenwich High School. Maybe we should start using the taser on Ken as a performance compliance method.

Did the school resource officer, Carlos Franco, security head Thomas Bobkowski, Assistant Headmaster Richard Piotrzkowski and another police officer try to calm the situation?

We don't know because Greenwich High School Headmaster Alan Capaso refuses to release the video tapes.

The Greenwich Time owes it to the general public to report the complete picture, rather than the stilted, one-sided version printed so far.

Did the Time ever look at Police Officer / School Resource officer Carlos Franco's legal history with the town of Greenwich?

Please see:

05/20/08 - School Resource Officer Carlos Franco Says Greenwich Police Department Is racist. Officer Franco might not be a happy camper at GHS.

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07/08/08 Hamilton Avenue School has passed only one of 18 final inspections (Updated)


Ham Ave. fate uncertain

Hoa Nguyen

07/08/08 Poorly Organized League Of Women Voters Lacks Resources And Skills To Conduct August Democratic Congressional Debate (Updated)

League rebuffs Whitnum on debate request

Says difficult to muster resources with people away for summer

The League of Women Voters of Connecticut has declined a request by candidate Lee Whitnum to sponsor a debate prior to the Aug. 12 Democratic primary in Fourth District congressional race.

Jara Burnett, who is president of the statewide nonpartisan organization, said Tuesday that the league would have difficulty lining up a moderator and mustering its resources for a summertime debate....

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The League Of Women voters appears to be in decline, because two years ago, they sponsored a summertime debate between Democratic candidates in a primary for the party's nomination for governor.

It looks like tax free donations to the league were wasted on a non-profit organization that can't pull off a summertime debate.

Is the League becoming a partisan organization?


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