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Friday, September 19, 2008

09/19/08 Dear Greenwich Time Editor -

To the editor:

Here's a suggested "Daily Poll" question for The Advocate to consider: Do you agree with John McCain (and our Joe Lieberman and Chris Shays) that Social Security should be privatized so it can be invested in the stock markets?

* Yes
* No
* Adamantly no

Ric Wolf
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09/19/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Friday - Sorry No Pictures Today Due To Problems With Blog Service - Will Try And Fix At A later Date

Himes criticizes Shays over Wall Street

NORWALK - With Lehman Brothers in ruins and AIG being bailed out, Democratic congressional candidate Jim Himes faulted...

No cause found yet in house fire

Fire inspectors said they have been unable to determine the cause of a fire that badly damaged a Cedarwood Drive home last week.

GA takes lead in solar power

Many young adults will hear political candidates spar over the best ways to achieve energy independence this election season, but those who attend Greenwich Academy's newly renovated Middle School may listen with unique insight.

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Greenwich family can't resist the call of the Fiji islands

Goodbye, Great Captains Island and Little Captains Island. Hello, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. That's what one family is saying this week as they prepare to move from Greenwich, their adopted hometown for the past nine years, to the land of 322 islands

ANZOLI, LUCIANO J. - View/Sign Guest Book
LUCIANO J. "MAGISH, LOUIE THE TRAPPER" ANZOLI age 82, of 122 Cross St Babcock Village, Died Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at the Westerly Hospital. He was the husband of the late Nancy Anzoli. Born in Greenwich, CT on April 24, 1926 a son of the late Jacino and Marianna Anzoli. He was a self employed landscaper. He was a member WWII US Navy Veteran. A Volunteer Fire Fighter for Long Ridge CT. He loved Nature and Fishing and was a fan of Pavarotti and the three tenors & Ernie Tubbs Music, He will be sadly missed by his son Armando L. Anzoli of Westerly, A sister Josephine Fisaro of Stamford, CT, his mother in-law Blanch Sefcik of Stamford, CT and a sister in-law Mary McAuliffe of Cambridge, MD Besides his loving wife and parents he was preceded in death by a sister Gloria Lavalo, three brothers Peter, Armando and Mike Anzoli Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service Saturday, September 20th at 10AM in the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home 121 Main St. Burial will follow in River Bend Cemetery. Calling Hours are respectfully omitted. For online condolence shared memory books go to http://www.buckler-johnston.com/

Lack of regulation ends predictably

There was a time (for many, we're still in it) when the fashion was to rail against government regulation in all its forms.

Shays wrong on Sarah Palin

To the Editor:

Columnists and letter writers are quick to provide anecdotal evidence of Shays "moderate" positions, but there is a clear pattern of his rightward movement on matters of national and international consequence since 2000: His uncritical support for the "war on terror," which the Rand Corporation has called counter-productive and ineffective; his failure to discern the problems military contractors, such as Blackwater, pose for Iraqis, our troops, and our reputation abroad; on the domestic front, his vote against tax cuts for the middle class and against the extension of credits for college tuition (HR 3996). And voters should not forget Shays' vote to allow torture by CIA interrogators (HR 2082). In fact in close votes (votes where Shays' vote was essential to the passage of Republican legislation), Shays voted with the Bush crowd 89% of the time.

The latest proof of Shays' move to the right is his support for the "awesome" Sarah Palin. His statement that "It's a woman that should be selected, not a particular woman," should send a strong message to women (and men) who support choice and who believe in women's rights in general. The woman Shays finds "awesome" would like creationism taught in our schools, believes that prayers to God will bring about the Alaskan oil pipeline, it was God's will that America invade Iraq, and that she is free to use lobbyists, as long as she flatly denies it. Perhaps McCain is comfortable with Sarah Palin's ignorance and lies, but shouldn't Christopher Shays have the principles and guts to temper his support for a vice presidential choice that clearly (and crudely) was intended to please the most extreme segment of the Republican Party?

Jim Himes has firmly addressed all the issues most dear to Fairfield County voters, including civil and human rights, the economy, education, health, energy, Middle East peace, the "war on terror" and the war in Iraq. Himes will deliver informed votes based on his principles, intelligence, and experience -- not on politics. He will put Fairfield County before Washington politics as usual.

Robin Winick

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09/19/08 Greenwich Politics: Pelosi stumps for Himes, talks middle class struggles

Nancy Pelosi came out to support Jim Himes in his race against U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays. Susanne Gonzalez, right, and her husband Richard played host to the event. —

(Ken Borsuk / Greenwich Post photo)


“I think people see a sense of urgency that they may not have been fully aware of two years ago,” Nancy Pelosi said. “The American people are always optimistic and hopeful that some good thing can happen, but it isn’t happening.”


Cos Cob resident Jim Himes’ campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays (R-4th) got a boost this past weekend from one of the most powerful Democrats in the country, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Ms. Pelosi, who represents the 8th District in California and was elected speaker in 2007, said that Mr. Himes’ election is a “high priority” not only because the Democrats wanted another seat in the Congress, but also because of the quality of the leadership he would bring. Ms. Pelosi previously made an appearance in 2006 for Democratic candidate Diane Farrell, who lost in a close race to Mr. Shays....

...Ms. Pelosi said when Congress discussed the concerns of America’s families, they were talking about families like the Gonzalezes “sitting around a table asking how they’re going to make ends meet and pay for health care that Chloe so desperately needs and the family should have.”

Ms. Pelosi said Mr. Shays’ comments were “almost unbelievable” and repeated a claim she made four years ago when campaigning for Ms. Farrell by calling Mr. Shays’ “an enabler for President Bush” and his policies....

....“My opponent is pointing to growth rate when he says the economy is fundamentally strong and he forgets to mention that for years now American growth has not been shared,” Mr. Himes said on Saturday. “It has done well by the very top of our society, but it has not made it in to the vast bulk of living rooms and kitchens in the United States of America and in the 4th Congressional District.”

State Senator Andrew McDonald (D-27), a Himes supporter, is a longtime friend of the family’s and he helped arrange the appearance. Mr. Gonzalez joked that Ms. Pelosi’s visit was his “15 minutes of fame” and said the family was honored to meet her and have her hear their story.

“It’s not every day that you get to meet someone of her stature,” Mr. Gonzalez said.

Source: Greenwich Post

Reporter: Ken Borsuk kborsuk@greenwich-post.com

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09/19/08 Greenwich Lifestyles: Autism benefit invites ‘fun on the farm’

Brita Daranyi and Leslie A. Lopez

Friends of Autistic People (FAP) will hold a benefit party titled “Fun on the Farm” to help build a farm village for grown children with autism. The party will be hosted at a private home in Conyers Farm on Thursday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m. It will be indoors and in the formal gardens.

There will be live music by Tor Newcomer, wines and champagne by Horseneck Wines and hors d’oeuvres by Happiness Is... and Bonni Manning.

Bill Evans, ABC-TV’s senior meteorologist, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Lara Spencer, anchor of CBS’s The Insider, is the honorary chairwoman. Joan Warburg along with Rick and Marjorie Fuscone are co-chairmen of this event. Kathie Lee Gifford is also on the committee.

Among the special guests will be Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and First Selectman Peter Tesei.

Awards will be given to Dr. Margaret Bauman, leading international autism brain researcher and director of the Ladders Institute of MassGeneral Hospital in Boston, and Jim McArdle of McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center in Greenwich, one of the longtime supporters of FAP’s endeavors for almost a decade The highlights of the evening will feature a viewing of FAP’s acclaimed DVD about the farm project and a live auction. Among live auction items are a five-night stay at The Raffles Hotel in Beijing, two large portraits painted by Bradford, and a membership by Smart Workout.

FAP is developing “The Farm” Project for adult children with autism to continue their education and acquire meaningful life skills that inspire self-confidence and provide a valued role in the community.

So far, few places provide autism therapies for adults by well-trained staff — none in Fairfield County, according to founder Brita Darany. For information, visit Autisticadults.com or call 661-8510.

Source: Greenwich Post

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09/19/08 Greenwich Sportsline: Town tournament aims to help kids build field


“It’s helping other kids out here in Greenwich,” said Errin Tulud, co-president of the Junior United Way. “We’re trying to let them have their field.”


A tournament is defined as an invitational event, and Saturday’s Wiffle ball competition is just that — a contest open to players from all over town who have signed up to play, all in the name of helping others.

Sponsored by Belray Capital and the Greenwich Police Department, in partnership with the Junior United Way, the Greenwich Wiffle Ball Tournament will be at the Greenwich Polo Club at Conyers Farm. Proceeds from the event, which pits teams of four players against each other, will go into the Junior United Way Greenwich Wiffle Ball Fund to help pay for future tournaments, and, above all, organizers said, go toward creating a permanent Wiffle ball field in town....

....Jenny Byxbee, youth services coordinator for the town, who is working with the Junior United Way board in organizing the event, said she’s just hoping for a fun day.

“The process has been a wonderful opportunity to work with parents and the community,” she said. “My hopes, in a lot of ways, have already been met.”

Elizabeth Fina, 16, vice president of the Junior United Way board, said prize money for the tournament was raised through bake sales. Money raised from other Junior United Way events was also used, she said.

More information about the tournament, which has a rain date of Sunday, is available at Greenwichwiffle.com.

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Source: Greenwich Post

Reporter: Sara Poirier, Assistant Editor spoirier@greenwich-post.com

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09/19/08 Greenwich Lifestyles: Charity event to help region’s needy

Jeffrey Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of GE, is the corporate committee chairman for The Inner-City Foundation For Charity and Education’s 17th annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. More than 800 guests attended last year’s dinner, raising more than $1.8 million for Inner-City Foundation supported programs.

The Inner-City Foundation For Charity and Education awards grants to agencies and institutions whose programs serve needy children and adults in Fairfield County. In addition to providing scholarship funds to inner-city schools, organizations receiving grants include the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Building with Books, Cardinal Shehan Center, Caroline House, Community Centers Inc., Family ReEntry, George Washington Carver Center, Jewish Center for Community Services, Kids in Crisis, Malta House, McGivney Community Center, Mercy Learning Center, Shepherds Inc., SoundWaters Inc., Regional YMCA of Western CT, Thomas Merton Center, WorkPlace Inc., and the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut.

Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent, will be the featured speaker at the black tie gala. Mr. Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, became the moderator on Meet the Press in June 2008. He will hold this position through the 2008 presidential election. Mr. Brokaw will continue to report and produce long-form documentaries and provide expertise during election coverage and breaking news events for NBC News as a special correspondent.

Bill Mitchell and Jack Mitchell are the benefit committee chairmen and they are being assisted by co-chairmen Ann and Bill Bresnan, Mollie Callagy, Jeanne and Dick Harrington, Leah and Alain Lebec, Sally and Tom Neff, Pat Willett and Suzanne Wright.

“The Inner-City Foundation is an exceptional organization that provides grants to agencies and institutions whose programs address the most basic of human needs for disadvantaged children and adults,” Mr. Immelt said in a press release. “I am pleased to support this very important cause and hope many others will join us to support the foundation as it works to better the lives of the less fortunate people in our communities.”

The benefit dinner begins with a gala reception at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.
For more information or to make a contribution, call 416-1495, visit Innercityfoundation.org, or write to The Inner-City Foundation For Charity and Education, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06606.

Source: Greenwich post

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09/19/08 Greenwich Lifestyles: Girls Inc holds conference, workshops this weekend Since returning to Greenwich in 2006, Girls Inc. has reached more th

Girls Incorporated of Southwestern Connecticut is holding its annual Girls Incorporated Regional Conference beginning today, Sept. 19 and continuing through Monday, Sept. 21 at the Sheraton Hotel in Stamford.

Every year, Girls Inc. holds a regional conference uniting affiliates and allowing for the exchange of information and ideas, while also providing training through various workshops. This year, over 150 representatives from Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ontario, Canada will come together in Stamford for a weekend of learning, growing and connecting for the benefit of girls everywhere.

Since returning to Greenwich in 2006, Girls Inc. has reached more than 500 local girls. This summer, Girls Inc. began offering programs in Stamford at the Yerwood Center and plans to expand programming opportunities to other community centers and Stamford schools during the 2008-09 academic year.

With the launch of its new national campaign, "Girls Inc. Dear World," Girls Inc. hopes to inspire 500 more girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Girls Inc. has been celebrating girls’ voices since 1864. The organization's mantra is that all girls are inherently strong, smart and bold, and showing them that their voices are trusted, respected and, above all, heard is a critical part of helping them stay that way in the face of gender stereotypes and pressure to conform.

Recently, Girls Inc asked its members, “If you could send a message to the whole world about what it’s like growing up as a girl today, what would you say?”

They spoke, wrote, shouted, laughed, whispered and signed mostly saying, “The only person I want to be is me.”
To learn more about Girls Inc. and program opportunities, visit Girlsincswct.org or contact Jen Kannengeiser, program director, at 536-3322 or via e-mail at


Source: Greenwich Time

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