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Thursday, October 9, 2008

10/09/08 Stephen Powers native of New Rochelle, he is survived by his wife, Christina, and two daughters, Alexis, 16, and Sydney, 13


Flags were lowered yesterday outside Powers Fasteners in Brewster. Executive Vice President Stephen B. Powers died Sunday.

(Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

Business in the Burbs: Powers Fasteners mourns exec

Journal News

Stephen B. Powers brought many skills to Powers Fasteners Inc., the business in Southeast that he ran with his three brothers. He took apart equipment and made repairs. He wrote software code for the company's computers and kept technology systems up to date. He typically traveled 100,000 miles a year to make sales calls overseas.

Fifty-hour workweeks were the norm for Powers. Now the company faces a void.

Powers, a 45-year-old resident of Greenwich, Conn., died Sunday evening after he lost control of his motorcycle on Route 22 in North White Plains, according to police. .

As many as 600 people may attend Powers' funeral tomorrow at St. Paul's Church in Greenwich. They'll include customers and employees from as far away as China, Europe and Canada. Flags have flown at half-staff this week outside the company's 140,000-square-foot complex in honor of Powers. The plant will be closed tomorrow for the funeral.....

......The company operates 27 distribution centers in the United States and another 13 internationally.

Founded in the 1950s - and now under the third generation of family management - the company's sales have grown 16-fold during the past 15 years. As executive vice president, Stephen Powers managed information technology and was the business manager for Powers Global overseas companies in eight countries.

"He grew up in the business like we all did," Jeffrey Powers said. "He was an integral part of our growth."

One controversy surrounding the company involved the deadly 2006 Big Dig tunnel collapse in Boston. The family of a woman killed in the tragedy recently settled a wrongful-death lawsuit for more than $28 million, according to The Associated Press. The figure includes earlier settlements by Powers Fasteners for $6 million, according to AP. Powers Fasteners supplied the construction glue used in the tunnel's ceiling.

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10/08/08 Greenwich Time News Links



  • Powers recalled by family

  • By Debra Friedman

  • Those who knew Stephen Powers say he was the nicest guy anyone could ever hope to meet. Golfing, skiing and traveling were just some of his many passions, but what he loved most in life was his family.

  • Yesterday, his wife Christina Powers, of Greenwich, spoke about her high school sweetheart who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in North White Plains, N.Y.

  • "He was fun, adventurous, and he loved life to the max," said Christina Powers, his wife of 18 years. Stephen and Christina Powers met while they were students at Scarsdale High School in New York in 1981. "I was a sophomore and he was a junior," said Christina Powers, reminiscing about the inscription he left on her school yearbook which read, "I will always love you."

  • "He was a such great guy," said Powers. They married in 1990 and went on to have two daughters, Alexis, 16, and Sydney, 13. The family moved to Greenwich nearly 10 years ago. .....

  • ....While friends and family are reeling over the loss of a great father, husband and friend, loved ones took comfort in remembering his greatest qualities, such as how supportive he was to everyone he knew, and the great lengths he went to in order to make sure everyone in his circle always felt included and loved, his wife said.

  • The family will hold a wake at the Leo P. Gallagher & Sons Funeral Home on Arch Street today and tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.A funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul Church, 84 Sherwood Ave., on Friday at 10 a.m.

10/07/08 Ex-Greenwich Time Reporter Hoa Nguyen Tells Us Of Another Road Death Involving A Greenwich Man



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10/09/08 Greenwich Post News Links For Thursday




Amid cocktails and conversation, Frank Juliano said goodbye to friends and colleagues at a send-off party Sunday. Mr. Juliano is stepping down as executive director of the Greenwich Arts Council. — David Ames photo




There are 7,500 public and private school kids in Greenwich who are eligible to take the bus, but not everyone does, choosing instead to have their parents regularly drop them off or drive themselves. Others walk, and some even carpool.




Residents opposing the expansion of The Stanwich School in Greenwich are appealing a decision by the town’s Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals to allow the new school to be built.




Diane M. Intrieri, a lifelong Greenwich resident, died on Sept. 24 at Greenwich Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was 58.




David M. Donald Jr., 88, a 54-year resident of Cos Cob, died Friday, Oct. 3, at Greenwich Hospital.


Born Feb. 18, 1920, in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Donald was the son of David and Nellie Donald.


He attended Kent State but volunteered for the armed services shortly after the advent of World War II. He served on the staff of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, beginning with the North African campaign and carrying through D-Day to the end of the war. He rose to the rank of chief warrant officer, earning a Bronze Star. Mr. Donald also designed the SHAEF insignia.




I hate to admit this publicly because they might take away my column or seize my Series EE savings bonds valued at $27.98 or send me to one of those over-priced clinics for rehab and lock me up with Amy Winehouse — I don’t own a TV




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10/09/08 Greenwich "AP" Time News Links For Thursday




By Greenwich "Associated Press" Time


NEW YORK - Stocks plunged in the final minutes of trading Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrials down more than 600 points to their lowest level in five years after a major credit ratings agency said it was considering cutting its rating on General Motors Corp.



By Greenwich "Associated Press" Time


WASHINGTON - Federal officials are pushing ahead with an experiment to reduce rampant flight delays around the nation by auctioning off takeoff and landing times at New York City-area airports, where most delays begin.


Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced final rules to begin auctioning takeoff and landing "slots" at the three major New York-area airports: John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark-Liberty. Roughly two-thirds of flight delays around the country are caused by backups at those airports, which have flight patterns that include parts of Connecticut.



By Greenwich "Associated Press" Time


NEW YORK - Wall Street headed for a strong open Thursday after IBM Corp. reaffirmed its profit outlook and investors hoped the government might take ownership stakes in banks to help stabilize the financial industry.


Investors looked to recover from near-panic selling that cascaded through global markets in the past week. Stocks around the world moved mostly higher one day after the Federal Reserve and other leading central banks cut interest rates to help unclog the credit markets and stimulate the global economy.



By Greenweich "Associated Press" Time


WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is considering taking ownership stakes in certain U.S. banks as an option for dealing with a severe global credit crisis.


An administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no decision has been made, said the $700 billion rescue package passed by Congress last week allows the Treasury Department to inject fresh capital into financial institutions and get ownership shares in return.


This official said all the new powers granted in the legislation were being considered as the administration seeks to deal with a serious credit crisis that has caused the biggest upheavals on Wall Street in seven decades and continues to roil global markets.



By Greenwich "Associated Press" Time


LONDON - European markets on Thursday recovered some of Wednesday's hefty losses after a relatively steady performance in Asia overnight, with British banking stocks in particular enjoying a strong rally in the wake of the government's 500 billion pound ($865 billion) rescue plan.


European jitters appear to have been calmed by Wednesday's simultaneous interest rate cuts from the world's key central banks, even though lending between financial institutions remains limited.


"European equity markets have bounced back this morning, and in that regard there is some sense of normality returning but money markets remain frozen," said Neil Mackinnon, chief economist at ECU Group.


Staff Writer
Article Launched: 10/09/2008 07:17:22 AM EDT
Following a 2006 surgery with Dr. Ian Rubins, the Greenwich plastic surgeon who died of a heroin overdose in January, Stamford resident Robin Lyons' breast swelled up to her collar bone.


A breast cancer survivor, Lyons, 54, had to undergo another mastectomy and three additional surgeries to correct it, she said.


So when she received news that Rubins had been removed from the hospital for drug problems in 2007, and that the hospital knew about since 1997, she was shocked.


"I find it incredible that Greenwich Hospital would allow this surgeon to perform surgeries on me or any woman, knowing he has a drug problem," she said....


....Greenwich Hospital spokesperson, George Pawlush said hospital officials do not discuss pending litigation.


"However, it is our belief that this claim lacks merit," he said.


"Greenwich Hospital is committed to the highest quality patient care. We continually rank among the top hospitals in the nation in patient satisfaction," he said.


Lyons said she has seen many doctors at Greenwich Hospital and has never had an experience like this before.


"I still go to many doctors at Greenwich Hospital and have received wonderful care. I didn't think anything like this would happen," she said.


To proceed as a class action, the lawsuit must first be certified by a judge.



By Martin B. Cassidy
Staff Writer
Article Launched: 10/09/2008 02:36:07 AM EDT


STAMFORD - Bitter disagreements in President Bush's inner circle and Bush's failure to heed warnings that the occupation of Iraq was failing muddled the management of the war, investigative journalist Bob Woodward said yesterday.
Internal squabbling and Bush's hard-headedness led to catastrophic dithering over the strategy for Iraq, said Woodward, who addressed an audience of about 150 people at the Rich Forum. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post is promoting his fourth book about the Bush administration, "The War Within," published last month, which analyzes how the Bush administration made the decisions that led to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

While interviewing the president for "The War Within," Woodward said, he noticed that Bush played down news that insurgents had stepped up attacks on U.S. troops and other setbacks, leading Woodward to conclude that Bush had lost sight of what was happening in Iraq.


By Debra Friedman
Greenwioch Time Crime Writer
Article Launched: 10/09/2008 02:36:05 AM EDT

Members of the police union will vote next week whether to accept a contract offering moderate pay increases following the expiration of the previous four-year contract, officials said.


The Silver Shield Association represents 149 police officers up to the rank of lieutenant.


The Oct. 17 vote comes after nearly a year of negotiations between town officials and representatives of the Silver Shield Association, according to Alfred Cava, the town's labor relations director. The previous contract expired in June, officials said.


"I think both parties had their differences, but we acted professionally and I think we reached an agreement that is in the best interest of police officers, the town and the taxpayers," said Cava.


Sgt. James Bonney, president of the union, said the two-year package isn't a home run for the Silver Shield, but it is progress.


"Some people will vote against it, but hopefully enough people think it's reasonable," said Bonney....


....According to Bonney, two officers who were on the force for several years recently left to go to other departments in Meriden and the state police as a result of these high costs.


"I want to keep the guys we have because it's a huge expense to train new people," said Bonney.....


....."The town started to pick up some slack they were missing," said Bonney. "We get along very well with the town and with the selectman. I think it's night and day from what it used to be," said Bonney.


Police Chief David Ridberg also felt the package is fair.


"My sense is they were not adversarial in any way," said Ridberg. "I am happy for my officers to get what they deserve and it still falls within the town's needs within the financial perspective."


If the union votes to approve the contract, it will go before the Representative Town Meetingon Oct. 27, according to Cava. If not, Cava said the town will have to sit back down with union members to determine the next step.


GA, CSH enjoy new rivalry

The much-anticipated Greenwich Academy-Convent of the Sacred Heart field hockey and lacrosse games always features large crowds and plenty of excitement.


Area author gets into Buffett's 'business'

APAlice Schroeder of Greenwich had the privilege of traveling with billionaire Warren Buffett aboard a private jet to exotic locales such as Sun Valley, Idaho.


There was one catch: She had to spend five years writing a book about the world's wealthiest man and chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., parent company of Stamford-based General Re Corp., GEICO Auto Insurance and Dairy Queen.


Her task included years of interviews with Buffett, both in person and on the phone, sitting in his office and traveling with him for weeks at a time....


....Amid a slumping economy, the book's release is well-timed, said Michael Norris, a senior analyst with Stamford-based SIMBA Information, a market research firm for the media and publishing industries.


"The stars seem to be pretty well-aligned for this book," Norris said. "Folks are really looking for leadership and guidance and for a lot of them, Buffett is going to be their guy."


Buffett was mentioned as a candidate for secretary of the Treasury in Tuesday's presidential debate.


"It's an important book," said Deborah Weir of Greenwich, past president of the Stamford Chartered Financial Analyst Society.


"At a time like this, when the markets are in disarray, the character of the (potential) next secretary of the Treasury will be important."




It's been six months since a group of University of Connecticut journalism students, using public databases, discovered that more than 8,500 dead people remained on Connecticut voting rolls whose names could have been fraudulently used to cast votes in elections.




To the editor:


With regard to the discussions about allowing nonresidents to use Island Beach, it seems to me that the current concerns about allowing use of the ferry boat are incorrect.


As I understand it, a court ruling forcing Greenwich to open its parks had to do with "places for gathering and meeting, free discussions," etc.


Evidently, town parks are felt by the court to be places where such activities should be allowed to happen for anyone, regardless of residency.


But while this interpretation says we cannot prevent nonresidents from using Island Beach itself, i.e. "the place for gathering," it does not say anything about how the people get to "the place for gathering," and certainly in my mind does not require that the town provide transportation to nonresidents. We don't provide free bus service to the parks, do we?


Therefore, I think we should change the policy to allow nonresident access to Island Beach - provided they get there themselves. This is no different than with the other parks. They need to drive to Greenwich Point, Byram Beach or any of the other parks in town. The ferry boats would be restricted to town residents and guests only.


Is there anything wrong with this thinking? How about it, town attorney: Let's see you earn your keep and get this done.


John Ehlers

Riverside

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10/09/08 In case You Missed It Here Is Frank Mazza Starring On Cablevision News 12


There are new developments Thursday in the ongoing mold saga at a Greenwich school.


The Greenwich Post reports that samples from Hamilton Avenue School, obtained by the paper and submitted to a lab, tested positive for mold. The Greenwich Post reports the mold is located in the basement where the original foundation is exposed.


Mold problems have plagued Hamilton Avenue students for months. Before construction on the new school began, mold damage was found on the old building. Then, the modular classrooms used by students during construction were discovered to have mold issues last spring.


The chairman of the school's building committee says he wasn't aware of this latest test.
Number one, I don't even know how anyone got in there and took samples,” says Building Committee Chairman Frank Mazzo. “…I don't know what they're trying to prove, but at this point we're just leaving it up to the board of education and their hygienists.”


Meanwhile, the school district's spokesperson says once construction is complete and the school is handed back over to the district it will complete environmental testing.




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10/09/08 Frank Mazza Doesn't Know An Ass From A Hole In The Ground. It Wasn't Green Paint It's Green Mold


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10/09/08 The Raw Greenwich Blog And RSS Feed - Blogs About Greenwich Ot That Are Written By Persond Who Live Work Or Used To Live In Town



Greenwich News
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Maybe No Charges Will Be Filled Against The 20 Year Old Mystery Driver That Mowed Down Joey, - *Shame, Shame, Shame* *No Charges May Be Filed Against * *The 20 Year Old Mystery Driver That Killed Joey* *Bicyclist killed; police seek information* ...



The Blonde Excuse
Shadow's Visit - Shadow came to visit for a week towards the end of September and she did her very best to terrorize both Rocky and Frisky while she was here. You may remembe...


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Senator McCain’s strong association with shameful people - Lately Gov. Palin been ranting about Williams Ayers and Rev.Wright. Well, listen to this video and hear Keith Olberman talk about the people that McCain ...


Exit 55
For Steelers Fans - A must-see here. Despite all their losing prior to 1972, this team has a great history. Thanks to Behind the Steel Curtain for the link.


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Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter
Presentation Skills in a No-Trust Era - Banks don't trust their customers. Lovers hire PIs to run background checks on one another. Employers do random drug testing. So, how do we present ourselves...


Rock Star Diary
California - California. A weekend in pictures: A fried food extravaganza: Yum! We made Mahi Mahi: There's a joke in here somewhere....but I'm not going to say it: Crazy ...



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10/08/08 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Should The 20 Year Old Mystery Driver Be Charged With Leaving The Scene? - I pretty much share your dim view of our local daily but I'm giving them a pass on this one. It's customary for the police not to release the name of the...
TODAY"S FEATURED BLOG POST:


The least of these … - Richard S. Fuld Jr., Greenwich resident and chief executive of collapsed Lehman Brothers, testified this week before a Congressional hearing and said I feel horrible about what has happened to the company and its effects on so many.”


He defended the compensation system that rewarded him with a package that lawmakers said totalled $485 million since 2000 — although he put the figure at $350 million. After all, there was a compensation committee in place that put its imprimatur on those packages.


have to ask the foolish, simpleminded, naïve question that proves I don’t have the sophistication I always craved: “Does anyone deserve that much money? Anyone?”


One of my daughters who works as director of communications for a fashion company was driving to New Hampshire with me a few days ago, when we were desperate for something to eat and pulled into McDonald’s in a small town off the interstate.


She went in to buy a few burgers and some fries, against my wife’s protests, but I figure you need some junk food in your stomach every so often.


While she went in, I listened to news radio and the agonizing debate about the $700 billion bailout that did nothing to restore our confidence or calm our anger.


A few minutes later, she came out, paper bag in hand, and got into the car, stinking of fast food, with a troubled look on her face.


“What’s wrong? No Big Macs left?” I asked.


“I can’t explain it,” she said. “There was a girl behind the counter who was my age. She had a wedding band on and I think she was pregnant.”


“So? That’s a good thing.”


“But I was sad that she was there, working for a few dollars an hour, while I have so much.”


Good question. Healthy guilt. Some compassion. Does that question ever occur to our corporate leaders?


Shouldn’t we all have a little guilt if our lifestyle is self-indulgent and materialistic? Once in a while it doesn’t hurt to think about the person in Haiti who subsists on a few dollars a day.


Besides the guilt, I hope my daughter has a little gratitude because God has given her so much. And maybe a little compassion for everyone who doesn’t have as much.


At least she doesn’t suffer from the spiritually debilitating sense of entitlement that seems to be shared by executives in the collapsed financial services industry.


Is anyone “entitled” because of breeding, education, social status, salary level, executive position — or for any other reason?


I thought of the day laborers who stand under the bridge waiting for work and how much they incense some people because they earn a few dollars a day. Shouldn’t we be more distraught when people earn hundreds of millions?


There’s a vastly inequitable distribution of wealth in the world. Barack Obama and John McCain won’t solve that. But the first baby-step toward change is being able to look at the Latino woman behind the counter at Dunkin Donuts and wish she had a larger piece of Richard Fuld’s pie, not to mention our own.


Comment:

I can't Believe I am Saying This, But Joe Pisani Is Saying What Needs To Be Said. In Greenwich On This Holy Day of Atonement.

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10/09/08 Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colleen Flaherty Plays Catch Up, Because Of Greenwich Roundup Posting


Noelle Valentine, 15, a sophomore at GHS, asks a question during the state 151st District race debate between Fred Camillo and Ed Krumeich at Greenwich High School yesterday.
(Greenwich Time Photo)


Yesterday Greenwich Roundup Posted:




Today Colleen Flaherty Filed This Story In The Greenwich Time:




They've debated before the Greenwich Bar Association and the League of Women Voters, but aspirant state representatives Ed Krumeich and Fred Camillo left their scariest audience - high school students - for last.
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10/09/08 Maybe No Charges Will Be Filled Against The Driver That Mowed Down Joey, Dumped His Dead Body In A Driveway And Crashed Into A Utility Pole


Shame, Shame, Shame


No Charges May Be Filed Against

The 20 Year Old Mystery Driver That Killed Joey




Written by Ken Borsuk, Staff Reporter


....the car and the bicyclist were traveling northbound on Sheephill Road when the accident occurred five feet from the intersection with Sound Beach Avenue Extension. Sgt. Berry said there was a working street lamp at the intersection.


At the scene, the driver’s blood was taken for toxicology tests, which is standard police procedure. Sgt. Berry would not comment on whether the driver showed any signs of intoxication. The toxicology tests are expected to take weeks.


Public Information Officer Daniel Allen said that while the investigation is a criminal one because of the fatality, the driver won’t necessarily face charges. ....


Comment:


Maybe Sgt. Berry Or Lt. Allen should go to Joey's mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church in Riverside and look his Grandparents in the eye and tell them why the 20 Year Old Mystery Driver should not be charged for leaving Joey to die in a strangers driveway.


Maybe the Cold Hearted 20 Year Old Mystery Driver should go to St. Mary Cemetery later today and say,"I am so sorry I didn't stop and Immediately call 911."


If the 20 Year Old Mystery Driver Had Mowed Down One Of Sgt. Berry Or Lt. Allen's Family Members And Dumped Them In A Stranger's Driveway As They Speed Off.
There Would Have Been An Arrest At The Telephone Crash Site.

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10/09/08 Frank Mazza Doesn't Know An Ass From A Hole In The Ground. It Wasn't Green Paint It's Green Mold


Hearst Media's Cub Reporter Colin Gustafson Is Once Again Scooped By Veteran Greenwich Report Ken Borsuk


Ken Borsuk Gets Worth Construction To Let Him Take A Sample That Comes Back Positive For Mold.


Once Again Worth Construction Is Exposing Cover ups Made By Frank Mazza And The Band Of Idiots That Sit On The Hamilton Avenue Building Committee.


How Glenville PTA Leaders Support Having Frank "I Am So Sneeky" Mazza On The Glenville School Building Committee????


Small Little Glenville Students Will Suffer Even More Long Winter Bus Rides Thanks To Frank Mazza's Deceptions.




Written by Ken Borsuk, Vetern Investigative Reporter



Samples from the basement of Hamilton Avenue School, submitted to a lab by the Post, have come back positive for mold.


The mold was discovered in a part of the basement where the foundation of the old building is exposed. There has been no sign of mold growth in any of the newly constructed areas of the school, which is two years behind schedule. According to the tests, which were conducted by Pro-Lab/SSPTM Inc. out of Weston, Fla., the sample provided by the Post had aspergillus, cladosporium, penicillium and non-sporulating fungi in it.....


....This is not the first discovery of mold that has plagued Hamilton Avenue students. The old building, before construction began, had significant mold damage in it and mold was discovered this past March in the modular classrooms the students have been using during construction. Several children and parents had reported health problems linked to mold exposure in the modulars.....


The Post’s lab report said that the mold discovered is often associated with excess moisture and can be a problem at high levels. While the mold discovered was in small patches. The report recommended that it be addressed immediately and any water sources eliminated.


.....The mold was discovered by a Hamilton Avenue School parent, along with visible water damage caused by heavy rains and uncapped chimneys. The parent provided photos and information to the Post. Staff here confirmed the damage during a tour of the building and took a sample to be tested. The growth was fuzzy and colored green and white. A musty smell permeated the basement......


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10/09/08 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Driver who hit bike rider Or Where is the police report?


This News Story Of The Joey's Death Seems To Be

Missing A Few Important Details

To the Editor:

I agree, this story seems to be missing a big piece. If it is really under investigation, a police report is done in the first 24 hours. The road was closed down for quite a while. Maybe they were looking at skid marks, which they do to figure out the physics....speed/impact, etc.. Maybe they are looking for drugs or alcohol drivers usually toss out into bushes.

Or maybe the driver is the son of a prominent figure in the area. I recall how much news I heard about an 18 year old of a politician in Stamford last year....allegations of racial and sexual discrimination, even death threats....but that was on the RADIO, not in the Advocate. Then it was all very quiet....

Stick with this story. I get the impression the police cater to some and ignore others. A white jeep? Could it be O.J? Again?

Signed,

If we can't trust our police?????

Comment:

The Complacent Media Culture That Joe Pisani Instilled In The Greenwich Time And Stamford Advocate For 30 Years. Mr. Pisani's Legacy Is A Money Losing And Subscriber Losing Newspaper That Has Reporters That Do Not Have A Fire In Their Belly.

When The Greenwich Time Hires It's Third Editor With In A Year They Need To Hire A Leader Who Will Motivate Greenwich Time Reporters To Go Out And Get The Story And Let The Chips Fall Where They May.

This Is The Only Way We Can Bring Accountability To The Single Family Home Owners Of Greenwich.

There Is a Growing Disconnect Between The Greenwich Time And The Reality That Greenwich Residents Experience. That's Why Greenwich Blogs Have Been Rapidly Growing As The Greenwich Time Continues It's Out Of Control Downward Spiral.

Greenwich Roundup And Other Greenwich Blogs Is Almost Like A Greenwich Media Research Project Focusing On The Quality Of The Mainstream News Media In The San Francisco Bay Area.

Greenwich Bloggers And Citizen Journalists Have Been Providing Timely Critiques And In-Depth, Systematic Analyses That Allow ALL Members Of Greenwich Society To Compare Greenwich Newspapers And Local Cable Television Channels And Radio Broadcasts On Equal Footing.

Think Of Greenwich Bloggers And Citizen Journalists As A Kind Of Consumer Reports For Greenwich News.

Greenwich Bloggers And Citizen Journalists:



  • Help Town Residents Recognize Their Dependence On News -- Democracy’s Most Essential Commodity,

  • Assess Greenwich Newspaper's Success In Meeting Those Ends,

  • And to Secure Quality Local News Coverage Across The Town's Diverse Socio-Economic Communities.

The Problem -- Market-Driven Journalism



In The Past Three Decades, Bad Business Values -- Essentially Market Values -- Have Become More And More Prominent In The Greenwich Newsrooms, Which Have Increasingly Become Owned By Large Out Of Town Corporations.



Subtly But Surely, These Market Values Have Redefined What Is News In Greenwich. The Greenwich Time No Longer Shares Journalism’s Ideal Of Maximizing Public Understanding Of Important Controversial Events And Issues. It Has Been Clear That Greenwich Time News Coverage Is Eroding, In Favor Of The Corporate Commercial Goal Of Maximizing Return By Not Upsetting The Apple Cart Of Local Advertisers And Powers That Be.


As A Result, Greenwich Society Is Steadily Losing Access To The Information Necessary For Self-Government. Frank Mazza'a 3 Year 30 Million Dollar Hamilton Avenue School Fiasco Happened In A News Vacuum And Only Was Recently Exposed By Greenwich Bloggers And Citizen Journalists Who Dug In To The Story.


Now .....


BET chief wants weekly meetings over Ham Ave.


The town's top budget official is demanding that all groups involved in the reconstruction of Hamilton Avenue School begin meeting every week to resolve disputes and push forward with a plan to finish the project.


Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Stephen Walko yesterday said he was fearful a breakdown in communication between the architect, engineer, contractor and school's building committee is hampering the project's long-awaited completion.



"This isn't rocket science," Walko said. "There has been a consistent pattern of inconsistent communication between these groups, and we need a formalized process to resolve that."


He has called on project manager PinnacleOne, a Middletown, Conn.-based firm, to begin holding weekly meetings between the groups "to resolve differences of opinion and ensure solutions are not only developed, but implemented."



Walko's demands come amid mounting concerns among parents that the project's completion date could be delayed further if the contractor and building committee do not settle disputes on who is responsible for dealing with a slate of lingering facilities issues at the school.......



One Solution To Greenwich's Market Driven Journalism Problem -- Change Marketplace Demand In Greenwich



Since The Greenwich Media Markets Is Letting Out Of Town Greedy Corporate Culture Shaping The News For Town News Readers, Greenwich Society Has A Chance To Influence The Quality Of The News It Receives.


This Year Greenwich News Readers Started Getting A Good Portion Of Their Daily News From Local Bloggers And Citizen Journalists. This Has Caused Longtime Greenwich News Editor Joe Pisani To Be Fired At The Greenwich Time And Had Greenwich Time Editor David Warner Out The Door As Local Blogs Grew Exponentially Over The Summer.


If Greenwich Newspapers, Radio Stations and Cable TV Channels In Town Were To Gain Or Lose Audience Because Greenwich Residents Could Readily Distinguish Quality And Insist On It, There Would Be A Financial Incentive In Greenwich To Upgrade The News.



Our Job At Greenwich Roundup Is To Acquaint Greenwich Newsreaders With What They Should Be Able To Expect From The Greenwich Time, Greenwich Post And Greenwich Citiizen And Alert Them To The Differences In Quality That may Be Difficult To Evaluate If They Don't Have The Time To Really Study Greenwich News Reports.



We Have Don't Have A Political Ax To Grind, We Have Stronly Supprted The Efforts Of Republican Peter Tesei And Support Democrat Jim "I Am 1o Points Behind" Himes.


Greenwich Roundup Freely Admits That It Has A bias -- That The Primary Purpose Of Greenwich Journalism Should Be To Maximize Town Residents Understanding Of Current Local Issues And Events And Not To Maximize The Returns Of Out Of Town Corporate Owners.



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