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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

09/24/08 Greenwich Roundup Reader Continues Dialog: ok, you know your quotes....


To the Editor,

I can't address all your "freedom of speech" quotes because, although they are all true, you seem to missing THE POINT. Yes, we have freedom of speech. Yes, newpapers should take a higher road and attempt to write factual articles, instead of running headlines to increase sales. And certainly, if the The Stamford Advocate Moxley Murder story fell short, or wasn't addressed properly, I sympathize with the family.

However, "freedom of speech", even in it's broadest definition, has limits. There should be a certain level of ethical professionalisn and, in just 2 days I have seen none. What I have seen is biased and unsubstatiated opinions. I have seen "slanderous statements". Is that "freedom of speech"? Or is that some sort of back stabbing retaliation because these bloggers didn't agee with the Advocate's former Editor.

I didn't agree with him 90% of the time. So, I didn't buy that paper.

Why does Geenwich have so many newspapers and websites anyway? Is Greenwich better than Stamford, Darien, or New Canaan? Is it because it has the closest Tiffany Jewelry Store or do it's residents think their town has so much impotant news, God forbid someone misses knowing Paul Newman was seen buying a Subway #3? I think the town of Greenwich has its fair share of Fairfield County's self-centered assholes, along with the equally repulsive residents who feel they are "ENTITLED" to do as they please, regardless of who they step on or who gets in their way. Every town down here is the same.

And Joe Pisani doesn't even live in Geenwich. So, why this blog issue is even important....I have no idea.

Signed,
Me (again)

Comment:

The Moxley story did more than fall a little short please see:

The Greenwich Time did a poor job of covering the Martha Moxley Murder on on October. 30, 1975.

In the early eighties the Greenwich Time attempted to revive it's poor image in the early 1980s by hiring investigative journalist Len Levitt to look into the unsolved murder case.

Levitt's story, based on more than 100 interviews and 400 pages of police documents turned over on the order of the state's Freedom of Information Commission, remained unpublished for nearly a decade.

The story was finally published over several pages in 1991.

When Levitt appeared in an Editor & Publisher cover story bashing the newspapers for the long delay in publishing his work, Pisani refused to talk to him.

Joe "The Censor" Pisani is more than welcome to submit a post to defend his record and I guarantee you he wont be censored here.

Trust me you do not know Mr. Pisani as well as many of the bloggers in Greenwich know Mr. Pisani. I also have been burned by Mr. Pisani too.

And it is not just Bloggers in Greenwich that have been censored for criticizing decisions made while Joe "The Censor" Pisani was Editor And Chief.

When Chris Who Blogs On The Stamford Based Blog Station Stops was critical of the Stamford Advocate for not publishing the photos of some criminals that beat and robbed a man he was banned from commenting on the Stamford Advocate Website.

Please see:

O5/08/08 - Stamford Advocate / Yellowich Time Once Again Can't Take The Heat

For the record, Greenwich Bloggers have never had a history of reporting things like," Paul Newman was seen buying a Subway #3."

But, they have heavily criticized Joe Pisani for promoting and encouraging that type of nonsense at the Greenwich Time and now exporting that waste of newsprint and bandwidth to the Greenwich Post.

And the sad part of this is that Joe Pisani likes this kind of garbage reporting.

Out of all the reporters and columnists that have recently been shown the door at the Greenwich Time, Joe Pisani has only brought his former student Susie Costaregni to the Greenwich Post.

When Sarah Littman was fired there people were outraged.

No one was outraged when Susie Costaregni was fired at the Greenwich Time, In fact I really don't think anyone noticed.

Joe Pisani did not bring Sarah Littman to the Greenwich Post.

No, Joe Pisani brought former student Susie Costaregni and her non-reporting to the Greenwich Post.

You are right that Joe Pisani doesn't live in Greenwich, but he spends a great deal of time editorializing here in Greenwich.

09/24/08 The Raw Greenwich Blog And RSS Feed


Blogs And RSS Feeds That Are About Greenwich Or Are Written By Persons Who Live, Work Or Used To Live In Greenwich.....


Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter
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The Blonde Excuse
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09/24/08 More Reader Submitted Comments About Joe "The Censor" Pisani - *The test of democracy is freedom of criticism* To the Editor: While I found the "search for Joe Pisani's new blog" humorous, *the letter which follow...
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Greenwich Library Today's Events
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The Harvest From Harvest Time Church On King Street
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Exit 55
Still More from Yankee Stadium - Very well done by Wright Thompson on ESPN. This is from Sarah Schorno. Ben from River Ave Blues was at the game on Sunday and put his thoughts down .
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Joe Pisani's Our Greenwich Page
What did I do now? - Whenever I see those online ads with scantily clad women, I scratch my head and wonder: Can you really find love on the Internet … or just trouble...
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Joy Haenlein's Our Greenwich Page
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Susie Costaregni's Our Greenwich Page
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Sarah Darer Littman - It's My Life and I'll Blog If I Want To
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09/24/08 The Greenwich Time, The Greenwich Post And The Greenwich Citizen Have Once Again Missed A lot Of News About Greenwich


Oops !!!


The Mainstream Greenwich Press Reporters

Will Often Miss The Ball


Hartford Courant
A federal court judge on Wednesday granted the US Securities and Exchange Commission's request for a pretrial judgment against Michael Lauer, the Greenwich ...
Forbes

International Herald Tribune

... before they get better," said Michael Darda, chief economist at MKM Partners, an investment and research firm in Greenwich, Connecticut "It's harder for companies to get financing, and those conditions make economic weakness worse." With the ...

SEC advances pair of hedge fund cases

NewsTimesLive.com

... rule later on the SEC's request for unspecified restitution and a penalty against Lauer. Lauer, a resident of Greenwich, Conn., said Wednesday he planned to appeal the ruling. In his response to the SEC's allegations, which he filed with the court ...

Gene Bylinsky, early chronicler of Silicon Valley tech revolution, dies at 77

San Jose Mercury News

... was nosing around the valley. "I think most people in those days knew him very well." A longtime resident of Greenwich, Conn., Mr. Bylinksy died last Thursday in Colorado from cancer. He was 77. Mr. Bylinsky "was one of the first to recognize the ...

Securities

Daily Business Review

In a 67-page order, U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra found Michael Lauer of Greenwich, Conn., liable for violating the anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws after raising more than $1.1 billion ...

Tight credit, soft prices won't halt shale-play progress: panel

Platts

... Wilson told an audience of financiers and energy executives at the JS Herold 2008 Pacesetters Energy Conference in Greenwich, Connecticut. Wilson's Houston-based company has more than 300,000 acres in the Haynesville Shale with 9.1 Tcf equivalent ...

The middleman's share of the U.S. economy

Philip Greenspun's Weblog

... bubble, in many cases engaging in frauds of various kinds, were rewarded handsomely and are now relaxing in their Greenwich, Connecticut mansions deciding whether to take out the yacht or the private jet.A Wall Street firms did not retain their ...

PR Newswire

Whiting Petroleum Corporation today announced that it will present at John S. Herold's Pacesetters Energy Conference at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, Connecticut on Thursday, September 25, 2008 ...

Atlas Energy Resources, LLC to Present at John S. Herold Pacesetters Energy Conference

Business Wire

Atlas Energy Resources, LLC announces that Atlas Energy will be presenting at the John S. Herold Pacesetters Energy Conference today Wednesday, September 24 th in Greenwich, CT.

Maine official lowers Dirigo's savings estimate

The Citizen

... ially reported receiving $10,000 from the Maine State Employees Association and $100,000 from S. Donald Sussman of Greenwich, Conn., chairman and CEO of Paloma Partners management company.

Hedge Fund Tracking: Tudor Investment Corp.

Seeking Alpha

... : In 1980 he founded Tudor Investment Corporation which is today a leading asset management firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Tudor Group , which consists of Tudor Investment Corporation and its affiliates, is involved in active ...

EDITORIAL: Putting Northwest CT on government's map

Register Citizen

... "responsible growth," including development centered around mass transit. A focus that might benefit Stamford and Greenwich, but not Torrington, Winsted and Falls Village. She trumpeted the $500,000 that Torrington is receiving to develop a new plan ...

Chao, big labor disagree on bailout package

Journal News

GREENWICH, Conn. - The Bush administration's $700 billion plan to rescue troubled financial firms has placed the labor secretary in a familiar spot: at odds with big labor.

Secretary Elaine Chao said during an appearance at Greenwich Hospital yesterday that it is important for Congress to pass the bailout package "quickly and cleanly."

....Chao, Bush's longest-serving cabinet member, said. "We are increasingly interlocked with the rest of the world economy, so it's important that this package be passed quickly and cleanly."

Asked about the AFL-CIO's position that the package is "imbalanced" and puts working people last, Chao noted that not every troubled business has gotten a bailout.....

.....benefits have already been extended by 26 weeks once this year already. That's on top of the regular insurance benefits."

Disagreeing with organized labor is not new for Chao. Bill Samuel, the director of government affairs for the AFL-CIO, said the group has been disappointed with Chao on a number of issues, including raising the minimum wage, the level of funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and wage and hour matters.

"John Sweeney says she's the most anti-labor labor scretary he's seen," Samuel said

Book Review of Gnuplot in Action

Today's Chemist At Work

By Philipp K. Janert. Manning Publications Co.: Greenwich, CT.

....“Famous scientific plotting package”: This succinct yet accurate description of gnuplot appears on its SourceForge project page. Despite being one of the most well-known open source scientific projects around, it has taken 15 years for the first book on gnuplot to be published. Gnuplot in Action by Philipp K. Janert will be published by Manning Publications in Jan 2009 (the first chapter is available free at http://www.manning.com/janert/). The fact that the name of the program starts with a lowercase letter should indicate that gnuplot is unlike most modern graphing packages. All plotting operations are controlled by commands entered at an interactive prompt. While this is one of gnuplot’s most powerful features, as it allows the user to automatically generate graphs using scripts, it also means that there is a steep learning curve....

Download the full text: PDF HTML



Business Wire

TXCO Resources Inc. today announced TXCO Chairman and CEO James E. Sigmon will speak at the 17 th annual IHS Herold Pacesetters Energy Conference, set for September 22-25 in Greenwich, Conn.

The Very Noble Order of Blacksmiths aka Speechwriter Groups

Jane Genova

... the delivery talent to pull it off. Most leaders don't. Instead of a speechwriter, folks with a message, be it the Greenwich, Connecticut group fighting the dentist office in the back country or Steve Miller at the Detroit Economic Club asking the ...

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09/24/08 Greenwich Post To Close Early. Will Anyone Notice? The Greenwich Citizen Has Not Updated It's Web Site For Five Days. Did Anybody Miss Them?




The Greenwich Post office will be open a half-day tomorrow, noon to 5. Staffers are attending a meeting at our headquarters. An envelope will be available at the door to drop-off press releases and photos for those who do not have access to e-mail. Otherwise, please e-mail all press releases and photos to Editor Kristan Zimmer at editor@greenwich-post.com. Thank you. We apologize for the inconvenience.




The Greenwich High School football team was unable to stop a high-powered attack from Darien High School Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Wave stunned the Cards 31-25 for its first victory over the school in 10 years.


Darien came out firing, taking a 24-7 lead into halftime, however Big Red didn't fold up.




former derby racer himself, Stanley Thal waves the checkered flag as Hale McSharry in Car 2 races down Greenwich Avenue against winner Will Jeffery during the VivaPop All-American Soap Box Derby sponsored by Miller Motorcars of Greenwich. The race was revived this year for the first time since the 1980s. Proceeds supported United Way of Greenwich and events were held in conjunction with the United Way’s 75th anniversary. For a slideshow, click here.




The League of Women Voters of Greenwich is sponsoring a candidates’ debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for three races on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6:15 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.




The Selectmen’s Nominations Advisory Committee, which assists the Board of Selectmen in finding volunteers for the town’s boards and commissions, is looking for people interested in serving in town government. For more information, visit Greenwichct.org.




The Short Bus, a Greenwich-based band consisting of Greenwich High School graduates and residents, has won the Fairfield Weekly voters poll for the third straight year, as well as Greenwich Magazine’s “Best of the Gold Cost” voter’s poll for the second straight year.




As much as traditions have held firm in so many ways in the century that Brunswick School has been educating boys, the school and the students have seen many changes.The school that began with 14 students and two teachers now boasts about 900 students, two campuses and academic programs ranging from Latin to biotechnology.


However, for years now, the one thing parents and students have said they want more of is a facility for the arts.


That wish came true this school year as the halls at Brunswick School came alive with the sound of music and the sights of art with a brand new arts wing and state-of-the-art theater.




The Pemberwick-Glenville Association will hold its fall meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m.




Cynthia Barnett will discuss retirement planning in “Primetime Makeover: Learn How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life,” at the YWCA of Greenwich gallery on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m.


The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will help retirees and anyone planning to retire in the next five years to create a road map for life. To register go to Ywcagreenwich.org or call 869-6501, ext. 0.




Barbara Jane Munson died Monday, Sept. 22, at Stamford Hospital. Mrs. Munson, 78, was mother of Greenwich residents Betsy Mazza and her husband, Robert, and JoAnne Catalano and her husband, Robert.


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09/24/08 STARGAZING | Move over, Judge Judy !!! Make room for 'Judge Jeanine' !!!! Pirro takes the gavel TV bench !!!!


Susie Costaregni Gossip Columnist At The Greenwich Post Missed This Celebrity News Story:


Suburbarazzi

I was in Larchmont today covering a young women’s mentorship program sponsored by Judy Sheindlin, star of the court room show Judge Judy. She said she knows Jeanine Pirro, so I asked Sheindlin what she thought about Pirro’s own court show that debuted this week.

“I haven’t watched the show yet but I will get to see it,” Sheindlin said. “I’m sure she’s terrific.”

As a TV judge veteran, she also had some advice for Pirro.....

....Sheindlin lives in Greenwich and is no stranger to the Hudson Valley. Her son Adam Levy is Putnam County’s district attorney and her daughter Nicole ...
Please Also See:
Metro.us
Some innocent ex-inmates are dismayed that former Westchester County D.A. Jeanine Pirro has a new career dispensing television justice.
Jeffrey Deskovic is still bothered by her refusal to reopen his case, and is leading a protest outside the CW network’s Manhattan studios today, calling for a boycott of her new show, “Judge Jeanine.”
Deskcovic was wrongfully convicted in 1990 of rape and murder. In 2006, DNA evidence freed him when her successor reopened the case. Pirro, did not prosecute him, but had refused to reopen it.
Reps for Pirro and the CW did not return calls for comment.
More Pirro controversies:

Her husband, Albert, was convicted of federal tax fraud in 2000.

She was investigated for hiring former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik to wiretap her husband’s boat when she thought he was unfaithful.

At the launch of her failed run for attorney general in 2006 she fumbled for missing pages from her speech.
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09/24/08 More Reader Submitted Comments About Joe "The Censor" Pisani



The test of democracy is freedom of criticism


To the Editor:


While I found the "search for Joe Pisani's new blog" humorous, the letter which followed was nauseating. I think, to make those types of accusations publicly, in an anonymous way, is a horrendous display of what we don't need in journalism (online or otherwise)


These so-called blogs should be modified, and the writer should be forced to sign them with their full name. I don't know who "R.C" is, but if he wrote about me, my family, or my coworkers is such a viscous and deceitful way, I'd want to beat the living shit out of him.


Having said that, I admit I have made my share of disparaging remarks in these type forums and I wouldn't have, if I was forced to use my real name.


I don't always agree w/Joe Pisani's columns, but his writing doesn't effect me personally. From what I know about him, I think he lives a moral life and strongly abides by his religious values. To insinuate or make innuendoes about him, his family, or friends, is wrong.


There is no excuse for the insults written in that letter. There is no truth in any of it, either. Joe may or may not be perfect, but he is what he is. A pretty good guy.


signed, me


Comment:

There is an effort for Joe Pisani and those who benefited from his censorship of dissent to try and revise Greenwich history.
Many bloggers in town, like Greenwich Diva and Greenwich Gossip were victims of one sided reporting or censorship while Joe Pisani was editor of the Greenwich Time.
A newspaper editor that censors voices in the community is a nothing to be admired.
A people that have been censored and told that they don't count tend to strike back in a mean spirited way. Joe Pisani hurt a lot of feelings in this community by being the best friend a public official ever had.

A newspaper editor that sits on an investigative report about a murdered Greenwich girl, because he was afraid of rich and powerful people is not to be admired.
How do you think Martha Moxley's mother feels about Good Ole Joe's censorship helping her daughter's killer roam around free all of those years?

To many things were censored by Joe Pisani, because he did not want to take the heat for telling you what is really going on in Greenwich.

Even today Mr. Pissani's tradition of censorship is living on. Have you seen one picture of Frank Mazza's "NEW" 30 Million Dollar School Building That Leaks in the Greenwich Time?
The next four days Greenwich is going to get poured on a good amount of the water is going to damage even more of the building that Greenwich taxpayers work so hard to pay for.
But Greenwich Taxpayers that only read the Greenwich Time are in the dark about what is going on at Hamilton Avenue School.

Joe Pissiani Long History Of Censorship In Greenwich Was A Very Bad Thing For This Town.

The Greenwich Time's History Of Censorship Offends The Good Minded People Of Greenwich And All The Good Minded People Of The Earth.

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. ~Henry Steele Commager

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. ~Tommy Smothers

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. ~Potter Stewart

The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. ~Walt Whitman

I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. ~Nancie J. Carmody

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error. ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad. ~Albert Camus

Every burned book enlightens the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The paper burns, but the words fly away. ~Akiba ben Joseph

If you don't have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught. ~Harold R. Medina

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it. ~Mae West

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves. ~Claude-Adrien Helvétius

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. ~John F. Kennedy

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. ~Noam Chomsky

You can cage the singer but not the song. ~Harry Belafonte, in International Herald Tribune, 3 October 1988

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~Voltaire

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959

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09/24/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Wednesday


Greenwich High School's Will Newberry crosses the finish line in third place at Tuesday's quad meet at Greenwich Point.

(Keelin Daly/Greenwich Time photo)



With only two home meets on the schedule, runners on the Greenwich High School boys and girls cross country teams don't get many chances to race on a familiar course and in front of some familiar faces.

Jerry Porricelli's fight for Greenwich residency might have ended up one great man vs. system story but, after seven years, it's over.

Selectman consider Taconic Road historic district
A proposal to designate a half-mile patch of land on Taconic Road as a historic district faces a key vote tomorrow by the Board of Selectmen.

Michael Sands, 10, never knew how cool marine biology could be until he and his classmates set sail in Long Island Sound yesterday to get up close and personal with several creatures of the sea.

Chao tours hospital, touts bailout plan
At a visit to Greenwich Hospital Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao urged Congress to pass the proposed $700 billion bailout package "quickly and cleanly," in the face of the current financial crisis.

Stocks aren't the only thing being grounded by the current financial maelstrom. The number of commercial airline flights at Westchester County Airport have dropped more than a quarter since the beginning of the year, transportation officials said.

It's a good bet that the average homeowner facing mortgage troubles could not get a deal like the one the Bush administration wants.


To the editor:

I have been a Greenwich resident for the past 30 years, and as you can imagine have seen lots of changes here. Many of those, sad to say, are appalling - from the clear-cutting of the natural landscape to the sometimes illegal excavation of some of the wetlands. All in all, though, I have remained silent.

That is, of course, till this situation with the turkey at Tod's Point, and by that I mean the animal, not the woman who is complaining about it.

Many of us have grown to really care for this animal, and find her quite amusing. She is friendly, and those so-called pecks at people are just that. They're harmless little playful nibs.

It's a game for her, and I played like that with her for awhile till she got tired and went about her business. The only real aggression I would say was from some of the children, and adults, for that matter, whom I have seen throwing sand at her. What do you expect from the animal when you treat her like that?

We humans are not the only species on this planet. Let me remind everyone of that. Just because an animal may be inconvenient does not give anyone any right to have it removed. That turkey has just as much a right to live there and play as any of us do; that is her home.

The only crime that turkey has committed was to come to trust the people there and be friendly. Just think of her as a young child wanting attention. Would you remove a child from his or her home for acting the same way, or throw sand?

Stop the paranoia and nonsense. There is not much beauty left in the world. Lets not turn Tod's into something ugly. That land and its wildlife has been abused enough already!

David Fescier
Riverside

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