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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

07/23/08 Insiders Say Lionetti Got Email Alerts About New Laws Covering Safety Vacuum Release Systems Required For Pools Constuction


Lionetti May Learn That Emails Lasts Forever

Just Ask The Executives At Enron


GREENWICH ROUNDUP EXCLUSIVE:

WILL LIONETTI GET UP TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON,

BECAUSE A POOL ASSOCIATION EMAILS WERE SENT TO

SHORELINE POOLS?


Yesterday David Lionetti, Shoreline Pool's president, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the drowning of a 6-year-old Greenwich boy

According to the Greenwich Police Department, Mr. Lionetti, had apparently been informed about a new state law requiring a pool safety device according to a Greenwich Police Department arrest affidavit.

Greenwich Police said yesterday that Shoreline Pools President David Lionetti "recklessly caused the death" of little Zachary Cohn last summer by not installing state mandated safety equipment in a pool.

Insiders have further said that a non-profit pool and spa association conducted an "electronic" information and notification campaign via computer in the fall of 2005.

This pool and spa association also sent out emails concerning the new law and offered continuing education classes in both 2006 and 2007.

Mr. Lionetti's company, Shoreline Pools, received the emails about the new state law that was designed to protect small children like little Zachary.

More to come....

See also:

Affidavit says pool president knew of safety law
Newsday, NY
Police in Greenwich said Monday that Shoreline Pools President David Lionetti "recklessly caused the death" of Zachary Cohn last summer by not having his ...

Shoreline Pools president in deep water
WTNH

Police arrest head of Shoreline Pools
Greenwich Post

Child's drowning leads to manslaughter charges against pool builder
Consumer reports

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07/23/08 Will Lindy Urso Seek Police Department Computer Forensic Records Showing Who Has Modified Or Downloaded A Certain Police Department File?


If Sherlock Holmes were alive today, he would surely be a master of computer forensics. Just as he sometimes used his chemistry set in the 19th Century to analyze clues, today he would using computer logs and forensics.

HEADLINES:

20 employees of the department who might have been in a position to print the report have been interviewed.


Ridberg says police are still conducting an internal investigation of the matter and are waiting to interview officers who have been on vacation.

QUOTES:

"Right now, all indications are that the report was obtained through the court system," Greenwich Police Cheif David Ridberg said. "It appears that a co-defendant or family member received a copy of the report and that, in turn, ended up being available in the public forum."

STORY:

Chief: Teen report "probably" obtained legitimately


Neil Vigdor
Article Launched: 07/23/2008 02:32:11 PM

Police Chief David Ridberg said Wednesday that it was "unlikely" that a cop or a civilian employee of his department was the source of a criminal report circulating in Riverside on a teen who helped build a controversial Wiffle ball field there.

The criminal report related to alleged May 2008 burglaries of fireworks from a local resident by the teen, who is under 18.

While the law prohibits the police department from releasing information on juvenile cases, Ridberg said victims and defendants in crimes involving those under age 18 can request access to such reports through the courts....

...Ridberg declined to elaborate further on how copies of the report would have gotten into the hands of residents in the Riverside neighborhood where the teen and several friends built the field on a municipal-owned lot that the town shut down on Friday...

...The family of the teen named in the report has retained local attorney Lindy Urso to represent them in the matter, saying they were advised by the police to seek legal advice regarding the civil ramification's of the report's release.

"Obviously, the family is outraged," Urso said.

The parents, who Greenwich Time is not naming because that would reveal the identity of the juvenile, have said that the burglary charges against their son were pleaded down to a trespassing charge.

"Our law protects the identity of children so that they're no permanently scarred by a single youthful indiscretion," Urso said. "If the police do not get to the bottom of this, we certainly will."

Asked whether his clients accept the initial findings of the police, Urso said, "I have confidence that this police chief will do all that he can to get to the bottom of this."

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Comment From Greenwich Roundup:

The police department seems to be failing to do a proper internal investigation.

It only take minutes to search police department computer logs from May 2008 until today.

Police investigators should almost instantly know if the juvenile police file was downloaded and who would have downloaded any report.


Please see:

07/22/08 Police Chief David Ridberg said that discplinary actions and possible criminal charges may be filed if a Greenwich Police Officer is involved

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07/23/08 Rock Star Diary Exposes Greenwich Roundup's Ameturish Attempt At Reporting The Facts


Fancy Nancy "Rockstar Diary" Uses An iPhone To Correct Greenwich Roundup Mistakes

Dear Greenwich Roundup,

Not total out of towners. I grew up in Greenwich and my parents &
younger siblings still live there. Relax. I don't want the beaches in
Greenwich over run with out of towners either.

Xoxo,

Jocelyn

Sent from my iPhone

Please see:

07/22/08 Blog Spotlight - Rock Star Diary - Out Of Towners Say They Took Control Of BBQ Grills And Are Coming Baaaaack!!!

Update at 5:01pm:

Rockstar Diary writes:

Off to Los Angeles. Hope I don't get called out for using the beaches
there.

"Girl from Greenwich invades Malibu. She carries an iPhone and scares
the locals with her whitebreadedness........"

Sent from my iPhone

Comment from Greenwich Roundup:

Officially if anybody asks I don't like the iPhone, because of privacy concerns.

Officially, I also won't do business with AT&T, the company is a defendant in a class-action lawsuit for selling out their customers to the NSA.

I also, officially don't trust the super secretive Steve Jobs and the crew at Apple.

Here is what riactant discovered when he installed MobileFinder.app, a third-party, native iPhone application that allows browsing of the iPhone’s file system. While he was poking around the iPhone file system he noticed a file called sms.db under the ~/Library/SMS directory. He opened the file in MobileTextEdit.app and saw that it was a SQLLite database file.

He was surprised that every text message He had ever sent or received since he bought his iPhone was stored in sms.db, despite the fact that he “deleted” these text messages long ago.

Here is a book you might want to read about iPhone privacy:

This book shows the reader how to recover and extract such information as typing caches, Google map searches, deleted images, email, voicemail and other sensitive data retained by the iPhone.

iPhone Forensics gives IT professionals, security personnel, and law enforcement the knowledge needed to conduct forensic analysis of an iPhone. This book shows the reader how to recover sensitive information from the device and perform disaster recovery, and walks the reader through various scenarios for recovering different types of information. With this guide, the reader will be able to effectively recover live, lost, or deleted email, photos, voicemail, Google Maps searches, typing cache, and other sensitive data retained by the iPhone. The reader will learn advanced techniques including data recovery, properly preserving and preparing evidence, and technical techniques such as bypassing basic passcode security or recovering data even after a full restore (by say, a disgruntled employee).

Full Description of Book

Please also read:

Before you activate your iPhone, Read this!


However, the real reason that I don't like the iPhone is that my wife will not let me get one.

She really doesn't care that the new 3G iPhone can spy on me twice as fast at only half the cost of the old iPhone.

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07/23/08 Greenwich Time Reporters Are Kicking Butts And Taking Names - 4 Breaking News Stories Posted In Less Than 30 Minutes


This Just In From The Greenwich Time News Room.....



A flash flood watch is in effect from noon Wednesday through Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory that torrential rainfall of one to two inches an hour is possible in some spots as showers and thunderstorms repeatedly move over the same areas.

As much as three to four inches of rain is expected and some areas could see more than six inches of rainfall.


Jeff Morganteen

Staff Writer


STAMFORD - Four Greenwich teenagers were arrested last night after officers found flat-screen televisions in two different cars, both allegedly robbed from Sportsplex, a fitness club on Brownhouse Road, city police said.

Officers were looking for suspects in an unrelated robbery on Fairfield Avenue when Officer Frank Forbes pulled into Rosa Hartman Park on Selleck Street and found two teenagers in a parked car with a large flat-screen TV in the back seat, police spokesman Lt. Sean Cooney said.


A house was struck by lightning in Milbrook Wednesday morning, according to a fire dispatcher.

The owner heard a loud explosion and immediately contacted the fire department, who arrived in minutes.

The house was not damaged and no one was injured, the dispatcher said.

Thunderstorms began early this morning and will likely linger throughout the day and into tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.


A five car accident on North Street tied up the road for more than one hour, according to Sgt. John Thorme.

There were no life-threatening injuries. It was a minor accident, he said.

One individual received advance life support and was transported to Greenwich Hospital. And six others were transported to Stamford Hospital, according to Charlee Tuftscq, executive director of Greenwich Emergency Services.

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07/23/08 Is Frank Mazza A Nut Case? The school's building committee wants 112 inspections approved in less than 4 business days!!!!


Hardworking Hamilton Avenue Parents Will Document Any Inspections That Are Illegally Approved By Town Employees

Any Illegally Approved School Inspections Can Be Used In The Soon To Come Department Of Justice Lawsuit Concerning The Unequal Educational Access That Western Greenwich School Children Are Currently Receiving

HEADLINES:

TOWN OFFICIALS WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE AND APPROVE AN INSPECTION EVERY 17 MINUTES TO MEET FRANK MAZZA"S UNREALISTIC TIME TABLE.

WILL TOWN OFFICIALS WORK NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS TO PUSH OUT INSPECTIONS?

WILL HAMILTON AVENUE CHILDREN BE PLACED IN AN UNSAFE BUILDING SO THAT FRANK MAZZA CAN SAVE FACE?

QUOTE:

"It's prudent for us to plan for what we can only hope is an unlikely scenario," said Clueless Board of Education Chairwoman Nancy Weissler, who still does not realize that she and Mazza are not getting a temporary certificate of occupancy this month.

STORY:


School board members asked Frank Mazza what could they do to help expedite the approval process. Incompetent Building Committee Chairman Mazza could only come up with, "Pray !!!"

Of the school's 140 inspection "zones," such as elevators and sprinkler systems only 28 have received approval so far.

Incompetent and over paid school administrator Susan Wallerstein says the building would have to receive a temporary certificate of occupancy no later than Monday if there is to be enough time to complete Hamilton Avenue School in the four weeks before classes.

Only a moron like School Building Chairman Frank Mazza would still be expressing optimism that Hamilton Avenue School will be done on time,

Mr. Mazza actually thinks that Hamilton Avenue School Building can somehow miraculously gets on some kind of tight timetable after three years of delays.

Would someone please tell the delusional Mr. Mazza that the start of school just weeks away.

The Board Of Education incorrectly estimates that it needs only 31 days to get the substandard Glenville School back in shape for Hamilton Avenue student and staff use.

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07/23/08 Today's Greenwich Police Blotter From The Greenwich Post


Police Watch, July 23

The following are July 23’s released arrests:

DUI

Glenn Jacobson, 52, of 32 Putnam Green was arrested July 21 and charged with driving under the influence. Police said an officer was driving alongside Jacobson when he almost struck the police car and then crossed over the double yellow line. Police said Jacobson had glassy red eyes and failed a series of field sobriety exams. He was released on a $250 cash bond and was due in court July 28.

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07/22/08 Greenwich Post News Links - Deputy Superintendent of Schools Kathy Greider said the district considering delaying the first day of school


TOP STORY

HEADLINE:
The options presented by the Greenwich Board Of Education caused negative feedback to come from the audience of parents and community members
QUOTES:

“This has all the key ingredients of discrimination,” said Hamilton Avenue parent Gina DeMartis who wants to know how the board could consider a building unacceptable for the Glenville students, but OK for her children.

“This is not a plan,” Glenville parent Deb Klein said. “This is an outrage and an insult to the Glenville community, and we will not stand for it.”

“Offensive,”says Glenville parent Celia Fernandez

STORY:
Backup plans for construction get F’s from parents

BREAKING NEWS
Posted 11:06 a.m., July 23, 2008

Emergency backup plans in case the new Hamilton Avenue School isn’t finished in time are proceeding, despite strong parent opposition to what’s on the table.

District staff told the Board of Education at a special meeting Tuesday they would not be recommending any dispersion of students. Hamilton Avenue students were sent to other schools this March in response to mold at the modular classrooms. That move has triggered an investigation by the federal Office of Civil Rights as to whether Hamilton Avenue students have been treated fairly.

Without dispersion on the table, it leaves two options: send Hamilton Avenue students to the cleaned modulars until the school is done or send Hamilton Avenue students to Glenville School and put the Glenville students in the modulars. Both solutions require the delay of the planned demolition for Glenville.

There is still a possibility of Hamilton Avenue School not being finished in time for the beginning of school on Aug. 27. Board Chairwoman Nancy Weissler said the idea of not having the school complete is “heartbreaking for all of us.” Frank Mazza, the project’s building committee chairman, expressed optimism that the project will be done on time, but said it depends on whether the contractor, Worth Construction, does its job.

Mr. Mazza told the board there are minor problems that need to be resolved so the building can get its critical temporary certificate of occupancy. He said he believes it can be accomplished by the first week of August.

However, the project remains on a tight timetable with the start of school just weeks away. The district estimates that it needs 31 days to get Glenville School back in shape for student use.

District staff told the Board of Education at a special meeting Tuesday they would not be recommending any dispersion of students. Hamilton Avenue students were sent to other schools this March in response to mold at the modular classrooms. That move has triggered an investigation by the federal Office of Civil Rights as to whether Hamilton Avenue students have been treated fairly.

Without dispersion on the table, it leaves two options: send Hamilton Avenue students to the cleaned modulars until the school is done or send Hamilton Avenue students to Glenville School and put the Glenville students in the modulars. Both solutions require the delay of the planned demolition for Glenville.

There is still a possibility of Hamilton Avenue School not being finished in time for the beginning of school on Aug. 27. Board Chairwoman Nancy Weissler said the idea of not having the school complete is “heartbreaking for all of us.” Frank Mazza, the project’s building committee chairman, expressed optimism that the project will be done on time, but said it depends on whether the contractor, Worth Construction, does its job.

Mr. Mazza told the board there are minor problems that need to be resolved so the building can get its critical temporary certificate of occupancy. He said he believes it can be accomplished by the first week of August.

However, the project remains on a tight timetable with the start of school just weeks away. The district estimates that it needs 31 days to get Glenville School back in shape for student use.

More Greenwich Post News Links:
  • Housing report is online

    Earlier this month the United Way of Greenwich Community Planning Council released the agency’s just completed Workforce Housing Study. The report is now available online.

    It presents the findings gathered by the United Way’s 12-member Workforce Housing Task Force, chaired by Judy Holden and Karen Royce, and consultants Dr. Kurt Schlichting and Dr. Edward Deak of Fairfield University....

  • At Home makes move

    At Home in Greenwich, a nonprofit membership organization created to enable senior Greenwich residents to remain in their own homes as they grow older, has moved to larger quarters to accommodate its expanding membership. The new address, 139 East Putnam Ave., is on the campus of the Second Congregational Church, and is located on the second floor of the educational building....

    ...One phone call to its executive director, Lise Jameson, gives members access to home health care, household and grounds maintenance services, transportation, as well as social and cultural activities...

  • Former pastor returns to church n celebration of Diamond Hill United Methodist Church’s 140th anniversary, the Rev. Terry Pfeiffer, who served Diamond Hill from 1969 to 1976, and his wife, Margey, will be returning to preach.

    ....Mr. Pfeiffer started his full-time ministry at Diamond Hill after graduating from Yale Divinity School. While at the church, his son, Douglas, was born in 1972, and was the first child to be born in that parsonage in more than 100 years....

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07/22/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Tuesday -


Left to right, town highway employees Barbara Mescall, Skip Azud and Terry Pieczko with a care package that they are sending to fellow employee Peter Kurpeawski who is an officer in the Army Reserve in Iraq.
(Bob Luckey Jr./Greenwich Time photo)

TODAY"S TOP STORY

Headline:


Peter Kurpeawski's co-workers have sent about six care packages since he left for Iraq in May


Quote:


"He's a good, good friend. He would do anything for you," said Terry Pieczko, an administrative assistant in the highway division.


Story:


To Iraq, with love


When one of their own departed for his second tour with the U.S. Army Reserve in Iraq earlier this year, public works employees didn't have to think too hard of what to include in a care package for Peter Kurpeawski.

"We all know he loves raisins," said Skip Azud, who works with Kurpeawski and is the town's high operations manager. "He's always got a box of raisins in his pockets." ....

....While they rarely get telephone calls from Kurpeawski because of the 7-hour time difference, they do get e-mails from their friend and co-worker.

"He lets us know that he's OK," Pieczko said.


More Greenwich Time News Links:


West Nile arrives early

With West Nile virus appearing earlier than usual across the state, health officials are concerned the season for the disease could be more intense than in previous years.

Town controversy boosts Wiffle sales

SHELTON -Stephen and David J. Mullany don't put much stock in advertising. Their ideal focus group is a sandlot full of kids.

Town's new plan of conservation and development available

The Plan of Conservation and Development contains more than 250 recommendations, and provides an overview of what the town has and will need in the future in terms of conservation, housing and development over the next decade.

When their backs are to the wall is when Greenwich's 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars play their best.

Myrna's bistro comes to Greenwich

When Myrna Yanni opened her first restaurant, Myrna's Mediterranean Bistro on 866 E. Main St. in Stamford five years ago, she knew she eventually would like to open a restaurant in Greenwich.

Too darn hot for heavy duty stuff. So pop up your parasol, fetch an iced-tea and chill out. Read along at your own pace and nibble from this cold hors d'oeuvre platter: For the troops Here's a bit of postal history for you.

Re-establishing agency for seniors

It's welcome news for Connecticut's graying population that Gov. M. Jodi Rell has decided to re-establish the state Department of Aging as a full-fledged agency starting next July.

To the editor:

I viewed a news report on the kids in your town. It is sad to see that the neighbors put the kids down for building their own Wiffle ball park to keep themselves out of trouble.

I come from a town that sees violent crime every day. In fact, just recently at a local festival, there was a shooting of a 19-year-old boy. I say boy because at 19 he has not even started life yet. Kids in gang colors walk the streets. A kid shot a detective just last year.

Your town should look at what it has. I am sure some residents built tree houses, forts, etc,. when they were little, were proud of them and didn't have them knocked down. What is this world coming to?

The average age of the kids I saw in the report was the age kids start smoking (not just tobacco), fighting and being unruly; when they start roaming the streets and breaking laws. It will happen when they get bored. What will your town think then?

Many kids nowadays don't care, and your town should be proud of the kids who do care, and want to keep themselves off the streets and walking the straight and narrow.

Let kids be kids!

Jennifer Kimura

Toledo, Ohio

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07/22/08 Police Chief David Ridberg said that disciplinary charges and possible criminal charges may be filed if a Greenwich Police Officer is involved in leaking whiffle baller's juvenile court record

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07/23/08 "The United States made a major mistake by invading Afghanistan, failing to work with the Taliban to improve to life of its citizens."


More Lee Whitnum lunacy - Foreign policy edition

It's hard to keep up with all the nuttery that comes out of Lee Whitnum's mouth. I'd just written a column about her that was published in the Greenwich Time/Stamford Advocate today and then I read the article about her in today's Connecticut Post. There, Lee offers her usual rants about how immigrants ruined her life etc, etc, and then moved on to this astonishing piece of foreign policy "wisdom":

"The United States made a major mistake by invading Afghanistan, failing to work with the Taliban to improve to life of its citizens."


Say what?! If she'd said we'd made a major mistake by invading Iraq, I might have actually found myself agreeing with her for once. But it's the second part of her sentence that had me laughing out loud until I remembered that this person was actually attempting to run for Congress. Cause I'd have loved to see Lee Whitnum sashaying up to the Taliban with her unique set of people skills and telling them how to improve the life of the citizens of Afghanistan. Particularly the women. That's if they didn't stone her to death for not wearing a burqua first.

As I said in my post on CT Local Politics, Lee Whitnum is proof that the truth is WAY stranger than fiction.

Meanwhile, here's today's GT/Advocate column:

I don't respect those who complain about what is happening in the country yet make no effort to get involved in order to change it. When so many are apathetic about the political process, I have to hand it to Lee Whitnum, a woman who has such a fervent belief in causes such as the need to restrict the availability of H1-B visas that she is willing to attempt a run for Congress. On some level one has to admire her dogged tenacity: When having failed to muster a single delegate at the Democratic convention for the Fourth Congressional District, she managed to round up the requisite 2,459 signatures, or two percent of the registered party members in the district, to force a primary against the Democratic nominee, Jim Himes.

But that's where any respect I might have for Ms. Whitnum ends. Whereas Mr. Himes worked hard to raise grassroots support, gaining the attention of the national Democratic Party and Time Magazine, who rated his race against Chris Shays one of the top 15 races in the country to watch, not to mention raising over $2 million in campaign contributions, his putative opponent seems to be working hard to alienate as many people as possible.

I planned to ignore Ms. Whitnum until I received her recent press release about Mr. Himes' trip to Israel. At that point I knew I could no longer remain silent.

Readers of this column will know that I have never supported the war in Iraq. I am about as far from a NeoCon as you could possibly find. Friends of mine will know that I've had my disagreements with AIPAC. But I know that Israel is the one true democracy in the Middle East, and is our greatest ally there.

So it incensed me to read the following drivel from Ms. Whitnum's campaign:

"(Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon walked into the Vatican of mosques and declared 'I am a Jew I am here to pray' for the sole purpose of inciting a riot. He did it to get himself elected prime minister. His action marked the beginning of an eight-year wave of violence. A wave of violence that resulted in our own 9-11 losses."

First of all, Sharon didn't go to into the Dome of the Rock mosque, he went to the Temple Mount, what Ms. Whitnum might call "the Vatican of Jewish temples" located nearby. Secondly, to say that this action caused 9-11 is outrageous hate speak. Being outrageous is nothing new to Lee Whitnum, who first gained notoriety when she exploited her brief relationship with U.S. Sen. John Kerry to promote her self-published book "Hedge Fund Mistress." A police officer was on hand when she accosted noted Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz at Temple Sholom in May. She has conducted a vitriolic war of words in the blogosphere, a real lesson in how not to win friends and influence people.

Despite Ms. Whitnum's persistent attempts to paint Mr. Himes as an out-of touch Wall Streeter, it hasn't worked, because it's not the truth. He was raised middle class by a single mother and his campaign fundraising shows his grassroots appeal: 68 percent of his contributions in the second quarter were $100 or less.

Ms. Whitnum hasn't filed her mandatory FEC report, alternatively claiming "lack of campaign apparatus" and that she "intentionally withheld her reports because she didn't want to fuel Internet blogs that have questioned her candidacy," according to reports in this paper. I don't envy Mr. Himes this debate, but letting the primary voters hear Lee Whitnum speak will be his surest path to victory.



I've already had one e-mail from a reader saying: I have paid relatively little attention to Ms. Whitnum whom I have thought was a sideshow. I now know that even if she is a sideshow, she is a dangerous sideshow. I had no idea she held such insidious views. Thank you for enlightening me!

I consider alerting the general public to Ms. Whitnum's extreme views a matter of public service.

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