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Friday, September 5, 2008

09/05/08 Greenwich Real Estate News: Jim Foote Has Joined The Greenwich Office Of William Raveis

Jim Foote previuosly owned Greenwich Custom Real Estate Services and is a 32 year resident of Old Greenwich.

Mr. Foote founded the firm in 1980.

He is a veteran of numerous Greenwich Real Estate Transactions.

Mr. Foote is also a photojournalist and cororate photographer.

He also maintains a website with historic photographs and prices in Greenwich and Riverside homes that sold in the 1960's and 1970's.

The website is ByGoneBargains.com

Mr. Foote can be reached at 912-4078 or at footej@raveisre.com


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09/05/08 The Raw Greenwich News Feed For Friday


... "Some of the deal killers have been insiders wanting to get huge cash-outs," said Linda Killian, a principal with Greenwich, Connecticut-based firm Renaissance Capital. A case in point, she said, was the planned IPO in August of Kentucky coal ...

Greenwich homicide victim named

Hartford Courant

Greenwich police have identified a woman who was shot and stabbed to death Thursday and say the incident appears to have stemmed from a property dispute.


... of Treasuries off of this because it creates a safer environment,'' said Glen Capelo , a Treasury trader at RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut, one of 19 primary dealers required to bid at government debt sales. The yield on the ...

Property dispute leads to murder


Police in Greenwich say a man shot and stabbed a woman to death and it all stemmed from a dispute over property.

Norwalk Citizen News

... an intern for us while she was finishing her master's degree and she recently led a similar group at a church in Greenwich and it went very well there," explained Constance Lawrence, director of the Christian Counseling Center, which is located at 3 ...



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09/05/08 More Breaking News From The Greenwich Post

Joseph Siciliano Really Wants To Be A First Responder With A Badge And Everything That Goes With It.

First Joey Boy Played Being A Greenwich Police Department Detective Last February And Screwed Up The Beach Pass Investigation.

Now Joey Boy Is Playing I Am The Towns Emergency Manager......

Breaking News
Posted 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Take shelter, be patient and stay off the roads.

Those words of advice came from Joseph Siciliano, director of Parks and Recreation, one of a number of town department leaders and emergency officials who met this morning to prepare for Tropical Storm Hanna’s impending hurricane-like descent on the Greenwich area.

Now Let's Here From Greenwich's

Real Emergency Manager

According to Daniel Warzoha, emergency operations management director, rains are expected to come to southwestern Connecticut between 2 and 8 a.m. tomorrow, producing one to two inches.

“There is also a good chance late morning through early afternoon that we will see partly cloudy, very humid conditions and rain and wind moving back into area around 6,” he said of Saturday’s weather.

The heaviest rain and wind is expected to be in the area, he added, from 9 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, unleashing four to six inches of rain in the area, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast.

“This is all dependent on the storm track,” Mr. Warzoha said of Hanna’s anticipated weather, which may include inland wind speeds of 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

“We don’t anticipate this turning into a major flooding event at this time,” he added, saying that the flood threat is for urban areas and small streams.
Coastal wind speeds, Mr. Warzoha said, are expected to be about 40 mph, with gusts 50 mph and more.

By Sunday at 9 a.m., though, it’s expected to be “a beautiful, clear, sunny day,” Mr. Warzoha said.

The town’s Emergency Operations Center will be set up in the Town Hall Meeting Room tonight......


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09/05/08 Breaking News: Greenwich Post Scoops The Greenwich Time Again - See Accused Murder's Perp Walk Photo

Gerardo Lombardi was escorted by Greenwich police officers to Stamford Superior Court this afternoon, charged with first degree murder.

(Ken Borsuk photo)


There had been an ongoing property dispute between Mr. Lombardi and Ms. Lombardi. Ms. Lombardi had hired surveyors in anticipation of building a fence on the property and the decision appears to have precipitated the fatal confrontation.

Written by Ken Borsuk, Staff Reporter

Breaking News
Posted 3:54 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Gerardo Lombardi, 75, was arraigned in Stamford Superior Court today on a charge of first degree murder, following the death of 49-year-old Alison McKnight Lombardi of Indian Pass, his daughter-in-law.

Mr. Lombardi was escorted by Greenwich officers to the courthouse for his 2:15 arraignment. Mr. Lombardi had no reaction to questions asked of him by media while being taken from the Greenwich police station.

Mr. Lombardi was arrested yesterday after police responded to a 10:47 a.m. 911 call reporting gunshots and a scream. Officers found Ms. Lombardi dead in the back yard of 36 Nicholas St. They determined she had been shot and stabbed.

Ms. Lombardi was the owner of 38 Nicholas St., where Mr. Lombardi lives, and 36 Nicholas St.....

...However, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Ferencek said “the defendent confessed to Greenwich detectives.”

As the case was presented to the judge, the clerk said Mr. Lombardi suffers from “multiple illnesses and disabilities.” He will receive a medical evaluation and be placed on suicide watch.

Mr. Lombardi has no violent criminal record.

Mr. Ferencek called the prosecution’s case strong, saying the woman was “cut down in her back yard.” He called it a “completely bizarre case.”

Mr. Lombardi was represented today by Public Defender Howard Ehring.
Check back to Greenwich-post.com for more details as they become available. Full coverage will be available in the Sept. 11 edition of the Post.


Greenwich homicide victim named

Former father-in-law is held on $2 million

By Debra FriedmanStaff Writer
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 03:57:11 PM EDT

Greenwich police have identified the victim of Thursday's murder in Pemberwick as Alison McKnight Lombardi, 49, of 24 Indian Pass in Cos Cob.....

...Police said Alison Lombardi had an interest in the property at 36 Nicholas Ave. where the crime took place, but did not live there. There had been an ongoing property dispute between Alison Lombardi and Gerardo Lombardi, who lived next door at 38 Nicholas Ave. with his son, Alison Lombardi's former husband, the press release said.

On Thursday morning, Alison Lombardi arrived at the property with surveyors she had hired in anticipation of erecting a fence, the press release said. Police believe this precipitated the confrontation...

...Gerardo was assigned a public defender at the court, Howard Ehring, who requested that the bond be reduced to $1 million, however Judge Barbara Brazzel-Masaro denied that request, leaving the bail at $2 million.

Gerardo Lombardi is scheduled to be back in state Superior Court in Stamford on Sept. 22.
At Greenwich Roundup Our Condolances Go Out To The Lombardi Family Of Greenwich

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09/05/08 Greenwich Post News Links For Friday

From left, Trecie Fennell, treasurer of the Woman’s Club and a member of the house tour committee; Mary Bruce, coordinator of recreational services at Nathaniel Witherell; Gloria Meyering , first vice president of philanthropies for the Woman’s Club and chairwoman of the house tour committee; and William Kowalewski, executive director of Nathaniel Witherell look over the plans for designs to the new All-Season garden proposed at Nathaniel Witherell.

A House Tour featuring some of Greenwich’s outstanding homes is being sponsoredby the Woman’s Club of Greenwich and is scheduled for nest May 20. The beneficiary of this event will be an All-Seasons Garden currently on the drawing board for Nathaniel Witherell.

The Woman’s Club of Greenwich is sponsoring a house tour featuring some of Greenwich’s outstanding homes to benefit the All-Seasons garden currently on the drawing board at Nathaniel Witherell. First Selectman Peter Tesei recently called for the block grant money to be reallocated to benefit the program. Members of the Woman’s Club say this provides them an opportunity to augment these funds to assure success for the development of the garden.

The House Tour, a philanthropic activity of the Woman’s Club .....

The Internal Revenue Service will hold a public auction of a Greenwich property on Sept. 26. IRS auctions are open to the public and are rare final steps taken to sell taxpayer assets to cover federal tax bills. Prior to the auction there will be three open houses of 7 Dwight Lane on Sept. 5, 6 and 25. Minimum bid will be $2.5 million.

MagicDance Toddler, a new two-hour-a-day, two-day-a-week creative arts program, will be hosting an open house on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon for parents or caregivers and children ages 1 1/2 to 2 1/2. The open house, held at the Garden Education Center in Cos Cob, will include an ongoing free class and a personal introduction to educator Audrey Appleby.

Jenny Lawton is still in. Arcadia Coffee Company, in name only, is out.

Ms. Lawton’s Old Greenwich coffee house, which first opened in the early 1990s, has been renovated and revamped following an ownership shake-up, and will re-open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 6.

Now known as Arcadia Café, the shop will continue to be owned by Ms. Lawton, who bought the store in 2004, but will be co-owned with business partners, Amy and Rob Guerrieri, owners of The Upper Crust Bagel Company and LexZee Gourmet and Catering, also in Old Greenwich. The new Arcadia boasts a new menu, paint scheme and event schedule. The store, on Arcadia Road in Old Greenwich, closed during August to accomodate its redesign.

“It will give a fresh look to the same thing,” Ms. Lawton told the Post today of the business’s redesign, “good food and a good community environment.”

Ms. Lawton who, until this year, owned both Arcadia Coffee Company and its neighbor, Just Books, told the Post in March that stressed economic times and other factors made her unable to subsidize the two stores the way she had been. When news broke that she was in trouble, Ms. Lawton said Riverside resident and frequent Arcadia customer Nick Barile of York Construction and Development put together a group of business people and potential investors to figure out how to save Ms. Lawton’s stores. Enter the Guerrieris....

...Just Books was sold to former Greenwich resident Marion Boucher Holmes in July. It also received a makeover since coming under new ownership, and will also re-open tomorrow.

More information about Arcadia and its offerings is available at 637-8766 or online at Arcadiacoffee.com.


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09/05/08 You Wont Read This Greenwich Time Website This Morning

Here is today's "Hedge Fund Guy Sucking Wind" story.....

Foreclosure Auction Set On Lauer's Greenwich Mansion

By Kenneth R. Gosselin at kgosselin@courant.com.

A former hedge fund manager's mansion in Greenwich is headed for an Internal Revenue Service foreclosure auction.

It's yet another problem for the owner, Michael Lauer.Six months ago, securities regulators and law enforcement officials indicted Lauer and four associates of the now-defunct Lancer Group of hedge funds, alleging that they defrauded investors of more than $200 million between 1999 and 2003.

If Lauer is still living in the 7,300-square-foot, contemporary estate at 7 Dwight Lane — and that couldn't be determined Thursday — he had better get ready for some visitors: The IRS is holding two open houses for bidders, today and Sept. 25.

The open houses could draw those curious to see how the other half lives in addition to possible bidders. But the scheduled Sept. 26 auction will require some serious cash: Bidding starts at $2.5 million.

...Real estate records show that Lauer, who once reportedly worked as a New York City cabby, bought the estate for $2.3 million in 1999.

Lauer's Lancer Group was linked to a scandal in 2003 involving the investment of state of Connecticut pension funds that lost millions in value....

Full StoryAvailable On The Hartford Courant Website
Here is another story that's not on the Greenwich Time Website this morning.....

The Associated Press

GREENWICH, Conn.—Greenwich police have charged a 75-year-old man with murder in the shooting and stabbing death of a woman in a back yard of a home.

Gerardo Lombardi was arrested Thursday after police responded to a call of gunshots at a home on Nicholas Avenue.

Police say they found Lombardo in the back yard of the home next to his and found the victim, a white woman in her 40s, dead.

The victim's identity has not been released. A police spokesman says police recovered weapons at the scene.

Lombardi is being held by the Greenwich Police Department on a $2 million cash bond and is to appear in Stamford Superior Court Friday.
Here is some Greenwich Business News that you won't find on the poorly maintained Greenwich Time website.....
Kiplinger Online

In the 30 years since they founded Sound Shore Management in Greenwich, Conn., Harry Burn and Gibbs Kane have seen all kinds of markets.

Boeing, machinists return to talks to avert strike

Asbury Park Press Online

... which all but makes certain a strike in the next 48 hours - unless Boeing caves big- time," Peter Arment, a Greenwich, Conn.-based analyst with American Technology Research, wrote in a note Thursday. A walkout would threaten to prevent the 787, ...

Manchester Journal

Snow Valley, LLC, a corporation located in Old Greenwich, Conn., is seeking an Act 250 permit to proceed with a project costing in excess of $8.5 million to revitalize the Snow Valley ski area.

ABC Newspapers

... Convention in St. Paul. She is one of three anchors on the show, Fox and Friends. Carlson, who now lives in Greenwich, Conn., still calls Minnesota her home. Fox News television personality Gretchen Carlson of the Fox and Friends morning show came ...
Added At 12:03 PM
An Alert Greenwich Roundup reader has alerted us that Greenwich Roundup and The Hartford Courant are also behind the times.
Apparently, this piece of Greenwich Real Estate news was already opned on by Chris Fountain and the For What It's Worth blog last Sunday.
For What It's Worth Link:
7 Dwight Lane
Here's the house on Dwight Lane that's being sold via court judgment later this month. If you enlarge the first photo you'll notice that the house, built in 1986, has suffered from malign neglect. The original builder was on site and the auctioneer says that the man will "fix everything" for $100,000. Considering that that would involve, at a minimum, new siding, new decks, new electrical, new pool and God knows what else, that sum sounds suspiciously optimistic to me.
As did the auctioneer himself, who told me that his only problem was that he "only has one of these to sell". I questioned him on that and he assured me that $2.5 million was only going to be the starting bid and that he already had numerous buyers chomping at the bit. If he does, they almost certainly aren't from Greenwich because I can't believe anyone familiar with our town and this street's location would share the auctioneer's fevered enthusiasm.
Of course, he could have been shucking and jiving me - you think?
The grounds are nice, though. By the way, I forgot what else needs replacement: the tennis court.

09/05/08 Greenwich Time News Lnks For Friday

The poorly maintained website makes
The Greenwich Time Staffers Look Like
A Bunch Of Lonney Tunes !!!!
This is all that's new on the
Greenwich Time website this morning.....

Town man helps recovery efforts in Louisiana

By Neil Vigdor
Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 02:30:26 AM EDT

Human nature says run away. But when a category two hurricane slams Louisiana, wild fires engulf San Diego or a tsunami washes away part of Indonesia, Jonathan Hodgdon usually races toward the eye of the storm....

Foiling the competition

By Andy Hutchison
Special Correspondent
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

While some young athletes develop their skills in basketball, baseball or one of the other mainstream sports, others participate in individual competitions, swimming or track for example. For Margaret Lu, there was a different path to athletics: Fencing...

Zez Says

By Jerry Zezima
Special Correspondent
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 02:55:45 AM EDT

"I think that I shall never see/a poem as lovely as a ... TIMBER!" This is how Joyce Kilmer might have begun his most famous poem, "Trees," if he had been alive and in my yard recently.....

Economist: State will lose 20K jobs

By Rob Varnon
Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

"It could be worse." That's what economist after economist said from podiums and tables Thursday at the Rocky Hill Marriott, during the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's annual forum on the state's economy.....

Avoid politics with heating aid

Staff Reports
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

When state lawmakers and the Rell administration came to an agreement on almost $80 million in winter heating assistance last month, it appeared they had found the unanimity needed to do the right thing.....

Could someone please go wake up the incompetant and lazy Greenwich Time webmaster who has once again failed to get GREENWICH news stories up on the web by 7 AM this morning.

Greenwich time reporters filed over a half a dozen news stories before 10 PM last night but the Greenwich Times dim witted webmaster has not figured out a way for the stories to be immediately posted to the web.

Most of these stories were filed and digitally sent to Bridgeport over 9 hours ago !!!!!!

But the so called Greenwich Time "webmaster" can't even get it up by 7AM !!!!!!!




The Latest

Stamford-based UST reportedly in takeover talks

New York Times: Altria to bid $10 billion for smokeless tobacco producer

By Chris Burritt and Thomas MulierBloomberg News
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 12:20:02 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. UST Inc., the largest U.S. snuff producer, rose in early New York trading after the New York Times reported Altria Group Inc.....

Town gears up for pending storm

By Colin Gustafson

Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 08:03:08 AM EDT

Emergency responders are bracing for the possibility of heavy winds and rains from a tropical storm that could cause flooding in low-lying homes, topple trees and wipe out power in parts of Greenwich this weekend.

Himes blasts Shays over the economy

By Neil Vigdor

Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 07:59:53 AM EDT

NORWALK - In front of a vacant East Avenue storefront Thursday, Democratic congressional contender Jim Himes slammed U. U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., for his recent declaration that "our economy is fundamentally strong. No one can disagree with that."

Shays made those comments in a Labor Day appearance on "The Brian Lehrer Show" on WNYC radio.

The economy has been a major campaign issue for Himes, who said he was shocked to hear the longtime Republican incumbent's appraisal of the current financial climate.

Himes addressed the remarks during a news conference at 214 East Ave., the former home of a family-owned florist that one of his campaign aides said went out of business two months ago after six years at the location.

Woman slain in Pemberwick

By Debra Friedman

Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/05/2008 08:01:27 AM EDT

A Greenwich man was arrested and charged with murder Thursday, after police said he shot and stabbed to death a woman in the backyard of the home next door.

More "So Called" News Links From The Newspaper That Is BEHIND THE TIMES.....

Designing DuoDesigning Duo

The house: A '60s house on a quiet back-country Greenwich street. Over the past few years, our clients had put a lot of money into the exterior: landscaping, new driveway, pool, exterior paint.

Avoid politics with heating aid

When state lawmakers and the Rell administration came to an agreement on almost $80 million in winter heating assistance last month, it appeared they had found the unanimity needed to do the right thing.

Town should appreciate arts center efforts

To the editor:

I am writing in response to Staff Writer Neil Vigdor's Aug. 26 article about the Greenwich Center for the Arts' efforts to create a multi-arts center that would, in my estimation, bene-fit everyone in town and be a crowning jewel on Greenwich Avenue ("Town sees hurdles in arts center plan," Greenwich Time).

I would like everyone involved in this effort to please know that there are people out there (I am one) who really "get" what the group is trying to do, and appreciate the huge vision, the hard work and the unceasing hassle that are part of it. I applaud the five years of effort that they have contributed as volunteers to try to create something of which our town can be proud and that will help the many local arts groups in Greenwich to thrive as never before.

It is my personal hope as a citizen of Greenwich and as president of the Greenwich Art Society that our leaders and my neighbors will have the wisdom to accept GCA's incredible gift.

Shauna Holiman

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