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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

11/04/08 GOOD AFTERNOON: Somebody Woke Up Niel Vidgor - Greenwich Time Starts Reporting On Greenwich Elections


It Is Unethical For The Greenwich Time

To Revise News Articles Without Informing Readers


Huge turnout expected at polls in Greenwich, state

By Neil VigdorStaff Writer
Article Launched: 11/04/2008 02:31:27 AM EST ??????????????


Not since the 1960 presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon has voter turnout in Connecticut reached the levels that election officials are predicting could be achieved today.


Not since the 1960 presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon has voter turnout in Connecticut reached the levels that election officials are predicting could be achieved today.


"I've been predicting 90 percent turnout based on the record numbers of new voter registrations and all the reports we're getting from town clerks around the state about record numbers of absentee ballots filed," Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said in a telephone interview Monday.


When Kennedy defeated Nixon in 1960, the statewide turnout was 93 percent according to Bysiewicz, who said that her office and local election officials have been working diligently together to make sure the process runs smoothly...... blah .... blah ..... blah ...... Hey, Niel I Have Already Read This Article .....




Wait A Minute Niel Vidgor


This Story Has Been Reposted


With A New Headline!!!!

I It Violates Basic Journalistic Standards For Niel Vidgor To Repost Articles With Out Indicating That There Was Some Kind Of Update.

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By Neil VigdorStaff Writer
Article Launched: 11/04/2008 02:31:27 AM EST


Not since the 1960 presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon has voter turnout in Connecticut reached the levels that election officials are predicting could be achieved today.


"I've been predicting 90 percent turnout based on the record numbers of new voter registrations and all the reports we're getting from town clerks around the state about record numbers of absentee ballots filed," Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said in a telephone interview Monday.


When Kennedy defeated Nixon in 1960, the statewide turnout was 93 percent according to Bysiewicz, who said that her office and local election officials have been working diligently together to make sure the process runs smoothly....


....Bysiewicz said it is important for first-time voters to bring identification or proof of residency such as a utility bill, government check or government document to their polling place.


"We want to make sure that people know what they need to bring," said Bysiewicz, who is deploying two staffers to the 4th District alone to oversee voting.
The state has set up a special hotline at (866) 733-2463 to handle voting-related questions and complaints.


In preparation for a possible record turnout, the secretary of the state's office also ordered and distributed about 2.3 million regular paper ballots for today's election, which is 10 percent more than the 2,097,635 total number of registered voters in the state.


Although it is too late to register to vote for Congress or General Assembly, individuals can obtain a presidential election ballot from their local town clerk's office with proof of residency on Election Day.


The Greenwich Time Used To Leave Previous Versions Of An Article Online. Now There Is No Indication Of The Article Being Updated.


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11/04/08 WSTC/WNLK: Ned Lamont Stresses the Vote and Barack Obama

Former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Ned Lamont has been very busy this year as Co-Chairman of the Connecticut division of the Obama presidential campaign.

Lamont is in the crucial battleground state of Ohio today and his number one goal, besides getting Obama elected, is making sure the people get out and vote on Tuesday.

Lamont returns to Fairfield County tonight and says he will be on hand at a rally for Democratic congressional candidate Jim Himes in Stamford this evening.

Lamont also says that he may join Jim Himes in Norwalk Tuesday night and wait for the election returns.


http://wstcwnlk.com/localnews/2008/11/ned-lamont-stresses-the-vote-a.html

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11/02/08 Old Greenwich Writer Spotlight



Rosemarie Marienthal Molser: Pittsford resident talks to school and community groups about her experiences as a Jewish girl in Germany during the Nazi regime.

Darice Bailer: Pittsford native now lives in Old Greenwich, Conn., and writes children's books.

Publication: The memoir Comes a Little Light (DreamHouse Books, $14).

Synopsis: World War II love story about a young woman from an affluent Jewish family who must weather discrimination, violence and fear under the Nazis. Sent to safety in England after Kristallnacht, she must decide whether to make her way to her fiancé in the Belgian Congo or rejoin her parents and wait for a chance to emigrate.

Talk and book signing: 2 p.m. today at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton. Admission is free. The event is part of Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival.

Background: "I ended up writing this memoir as a favor to my mother's friend, Rosemarie Molser," explains Bailer. "Her daughter had been helping her and tragically passed away. I loved the story about Rosemarie and found that others were moved as well, so I kept on writing." Bailer's mother, Jeanette Goldstein, lives in Pittsford. A brother, Julian Goldstein, lives in Brighton.

Research: Bailer interviewed Molser and her late husband, Herbert. Molser translated her letters into English for Bailer to read; many appear in the narrative and help tell the story.

Motivation: For Molser, it's the need to bear witness. "My immediate family was very fortunate," says Molser, whose sisters and parents also escaped Germany, "but I lost aunts and uncles. My husband's parents committed suicide rather than be deported. ... The survivors are dying out very fast. It will be secondhand after we are gone."

Bailer, too, bears witness in a way. "I love hearing people's stories," she says. "I guess that's the former journalist in me. I hear the most amazing stories, about people who have struggled and gone on to achieve great things, and I am in awe and want to share their stories with others."

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11/04/08 New York City Employee Retirement System Is Sending It's Millions To Greenwich




New York Post


The city is rolling the dice with its pension funds - tossing up to $1.1 billion into risky hedge funds in the middle of a Wall Street crisis.


"It's the crap shoot of all crap shoots," said a former top city official familiar with the pension systems.....


....Trustees of the New York City Employee Retirement System (NYCERS) - who include Finance Commissioner Martha Stark, representing Mayor Bloomberg, Comptroller Bill Thompson, and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, borough presidents and union leaders - voted unanimously to go with the gamble, sources said.


Hedge funds are non-regulated, heavily traded pools of assets that invest in everything from oil wells and art to government bonds. They aim to outperform the regular stock and bond market, but they're also more apt to go bust.....


... funds, but some have come up snake eyes. The San Diego County pension fund lost $85 million after investing in a Greenwich, Conn., hedge fund that collapsed in 2006. New York is "going in at a time when many people are going out," said Larry Harris, ...


...."You have to wonder why they're buying into them, because it is dangerous."
NYCERS is the largest of the city's five employee pension funds, which totaled $104.7 billion as of June 30. They plunged in value a total 8.5 percent, to $95.9 million, in the third quarter this year, Thompson said last week. He did not divulge losses in October, which was a disastrous month for Wall Street.


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11/04/08 Here Is The Extensive Greenwich Post Coverage For Election Day


Greenwich Post Reporters Are A Sleep At The Switch




PRESS RELEASE


The Community Health Improvement Partnership is sponsoring two free screenings of the award-winning 2006 film Canvas in the Greenwich Library auditorium Monday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 18.


The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) includes the following Greenwich institutions and agencies: the United Way, Department of Community Development, Commission on Aging, Housing Authority, Greenwich Library, Greenwich Hospital, Department of Social Services, Hispanic Health Council at St. Mary’s Parish, the Department of Health, and GEMS.


Academy award-winner Marcia Gay Harden and Emmy award-winner Joe Pantoliano star in this drama about one family’s battle with schizophrenia. The autobiographical film was written and directed by Joseph Greco and has received numerous film awards in addition to last year’s American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Public Education Award.


Newcomer Devon Gearhart plays the young son of Harden and Pantoliano, a working class South Florida couple whose lives unwind when Harden is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The adolescent Chris struggles to find his own identity while dealing with his mother’s debilitating illness.
CHIP was developed in 2003 following a local community health needs assessment. Its purpose is to facilitate health improvement by increasing communication among and between local health care providers.


Open discussions will follow the screenings. The Nov. 17 showing is at 6:30 p.m., check in at 6, and the Nov. 18 showing is at 9 a.m., check in at 8:30.


Admission is free but registration is required. Call Greenwich Hospital at 863-4277.




PRESS RELEASE


Those who want to be prepared to respond to emergencies ranging from small cuts and abrasions to choking, bleeding or shock may attend Red Cross first aid and CPR classes. The following classes are scheduled for November:


CPR/AED Adult
• Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 to 1:30.
• Monday, Nov. 10, 6 to 10:30 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 17, 9 to 1:30.


CPR Infant and Child
• Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 to 10:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 to 1:30.


CPR/AED Adult and Child with CPR Infant
• Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 to 3:30.
• Saturday, Nov. 8, and Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 to 1:30 and 6 to 10:30 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 10, and Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 to 10:30 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 10, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6 to 10:30 p.m. and 9 to 1:30.
• Monday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 to 1:30.


Standard First Aid
• Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 to 10 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 to 1.


Standard First Aid with Adult CPR/AED
• Monday, Nov. 10, and Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 to 10:30 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 10, and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 to 1 and 6 to 10 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 to 1:30.


Standard First Aid with Adult CPR/AED and Infant and Child CPR
• Saturday, Nov. 8, and Thursday, Nov. 13, 9 to 3:30 and 6 to 10 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 8, and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 to 1 and 9 to 3:30.
• Monday, Nov. 10, Wednesday, Nov. 12, and Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 to 10:30 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 10, Tuesday, Nov. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 to 1, 9 to 1:30 and 6 to 10:30 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 17, Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 to 1:30, 9 to 1:30 and 9 to 1.


Connecticut Child Care for Day Care Licensing
• Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 to 5:30.


Baby-sitter’s training
• Saturday, Nov. 22, 9:30 to 5.


For a full schedule of course descriptions, dates and fees and to register, visit Greenwichredcross.org or call 869-8444.


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EXTORTION
Larcenio Brown, 37, of Norwalk was arrested Oct. 30 and charged with criminal attempt at first degree larceny by extortion and threatening. Brown was arrested by Greenwich detectives for allegedly attempting to extort money from an ex-girlfriend by threatening to commit arson on properties her family owns. Brown was released on a $5,000 surety bond and was due in court Oct. 31.


DUI
Mark Dushku, 27, of Stamford was arrested Oct. 31 and charged with driving under the influence. Police said they saw Dushku driving east in a westbound lane on West Putnam Avenue and pulled his car over. Officers said Dushku had slurred speech and red glassy eyes and failed field sobriety tests. A check with the state determined his driver’s license had expired. He was also cited for driving the wrong way, driving while under suspension and failure to turn in his license. Dushku was released on a $250 cash bond and was due in court Nov. 14.


POSSESSION
Richard Comeau, 18, of 17 Hendrie Ave., Old Greenwich was arrested Nov. 1 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of liquor by a minor. Police responded to a report of a car accident and while doing a vehicle inventory allegedly found a small amount of marijuana, a glass smoking pipe and alcohol within it. Comeau was released on a promise to appear and is due in court Nov. 10.


ASSAULT
Police arrested a 16-year-old Riverside girl, a 16-year-old Greenwich girl and a 17-year-old Greenwich girl Nov. 1 and charged them with breach of peace. Police responded to a report of a fight and determined two of the girls got into an argument on Railroad Avenue at the beginning of the night. When they met up later things had become physical, involving a third girl. The two 16-year-olds were also charged with third degree assault. They were all released on promises to appear and are due in court Nov. 12.


BREACH OF PEACE
A 22-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested Nov. 1 and charged with breach of peace. Police responded to a report of a fight. A woman told officers that her ex-boyfriend had arrived uninvited and intoxicated at her residence at 4:45 in the morning and began banging on her front door and window while yelling in a loud and angry voice. Police reports said that when a friend came to assist the woman, the man barged into the home and continued to yell. The man was held in lieu of a $1,500 cash bond and was due in court Nov. 3.


POSSESSION
Lucas Moura, 24, was arrested Nov. 1 and charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of a controlled substance. Police said they saw a car drive through a red light on West Putnam Avenue and pulled it over. Moura, the passenger, owned the car and after police reportedly saw evidence connected to drug use, he was asked if police could search his car. According to police, Moura consented to the search and got out of the car carrying a purse, which officers wanted to check for weapons. Police said the purse contained three prescription bottles without labels, containing a substance that later tested positive for cocaine. Police also said they found three small prescription bottles with a name other than Moura’s on it and bottles that had pills in them that later tested positive for ecstasy. Moura was released on a $2,500 cash bond and is due in court Nov. 8.


CAR THEFT
Steven Hechevarria of Stamford, 19, was arrested Nov. 2 and charged with third degree larceny, interferring with an officer, unsafe movement, traveling fast and driving without a valid license. Greenwich police officers on radar duty on Hamilton Avenue reportedly saw a car driven by Hechevarria driving 47 mph in a 25-mph zone, and attempted to catch up with it. As the police car rounded a curve, officers reported seeing the other car had hit the stone wall along the southern curb line of Ritch Avenue. Hechevarria reportedly fled on foot, and the arresting officer chased after him. After allegedly disregarding police commands, Hechevarria reportedly resisted arrest. Investigators determined the car was stolen out of Stamford the previous night. Unable to post the $50,000 bond, Hechevarria is due in court on Nov. 10.
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11/04/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Tuesday


Is Lombardi Planning On Pleading

Not Guilty By Reason Of Temporary Insanity????

Lombardi ordered to undergo psych test
Standing before a state Superior Court judge Monday looking haggard and visibly shaking, Gerardo Lombardi was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial on the charge of first degree murder.

Lombardi, 75, is charged with killing his former daughter-in-law on Sept. 4 in the backyard of the next-door property in Pemberwick.

Lombardi's defense attorney, Public Defender Howard Ehring, said he traveled to the Bridgeport Correctional Facility last week to speak with Lombardi about whether or not he wanted to waive the upcoming probable cause hearing, scheduled for Monday. In a probable cause hearing, the state must present the elements of its case against the accused to demonstrate a legal basis for proceeding.

"My belief at this point is that he would like to waive the probable cause hearing," said Ehring.
However, Ehring said before that decision was made, he thought an evaluation should be conducted first, citing Lombardi's known medical conditions, which include multiple illnesses and disabilities, according to a document read in court during Lombardi's arraignment. Lombardi has no prior history of mental health issues, according to court records.

During his brief appearance in court, Lombardi told Ehring he could not hear what was going on, prompting Judge Richard Comerford to accept the request for an evaluation of his mental health.
"I would agree with that request based upon my observations," said Comerford.

Assistant State's Attorney Paul Ferencek said the state did not have any objections to the evaluation, but wanted to make sure the delay would be attributed to the defense.....

Despite pleas from a family to put in a temporary wheelchair accessible ramp, the Greenwich Family YMCA said the new facility will likely not be handicap accessible until a $39 million renovation and construction project is complete in summer 2009.

In a statement released Monday,YMCA officials said that while they are committed to making the new facility completely accessible, including with an elevator and a ramp, an interim solutions while construction continues "are extremely restrictive."

The YMCA officials did not return calls Monday. Their statement did not say what interim solutions were considered or why they might be restrictive. The YMCA is continuing explore other options, the statement said.

The first part of the YMCA renovation project to reach completion was a new Olympic-size pool, opened to the public in November 2007 after a temporary certificate of occupancy was issued. It was one part of a four-year renovation of the 96-year-old building, which has never been wheelchair accessible.....

......In the statement, new President and CEO Rebecca Fretty, who took office two weeks ago, recommended individuals with disabilities use other wheelchair-accessible facilities until the entire construction project is complete.

"In speaking with my counterparts at the Greenwich YWCA, Rye, N.Y., YMCA and DarienYMCA, all three facilities are currently wheelchair accessible and available to serve Greenwich community members that are wheelchair bound now while we finish our construction project," the statement said. ......

COMMENT:

The Greenwich YMCA Is Morally Wrong.

The Greenwich YMCA Wants Handicapped Greenwich Residents To Leave Go To Darien In Order To Use The YMCA ?????

Is The Greenwich YMCA Going To Pay To Transport One Of These Handicapped Individuals Back And Forth From The Darien YMCA?

Is YMCA President and CEO Rebecca Fretty On Drugs?????

Personally My Son Recently Returned From Iraq And Has Used The YMCA For Years, But God Forbid If He Had Been Wounded Serving His Country, Because The Greenwich YMCA Would Be Closed To Him.

The Greenwich YMCA Doesn't Have A Problem From Accepting Tax Dollars, That Handicapped People Are Required To Pay To The Government.

If The YMCA Wants To Be Some Kind Of Exclusive Club That Doesn't Want To See The Crippled In Their Facility They Should Return All Of The Tax Funded Grants That They Get.

The YMCA's Failure To Provide Handicap Access Is A Violation Of The Laws Of The United States And Connecticut.
The Town Building Department Should Pull The Temporary Certificate Of Occupancy And Then Watch How Fast The YMCA Puts Up A Temporary Ramp To Comply With The Town's Building Codes.

Here At Greenwich Roundup We Wish Attorney Frank Peluso Much Success In Suing The Arrogant And Insensitive Greenwich YMCA.

Hopefully, The Greenwich YMCA's Repulsive Behaviour Will Cost Them Greatly In A Court Of Law, So That YMCA President and CEO Rebecca Fretty Will Think Twice About Discriminating Against Other Greenwich Residents.

Optical scanning machines get the once-over
A handful of people turned out to Greenwich Library Monday afternoon for a last-minute informational session on how to use the new optical scanning machines in today's election.

The session, presented by the League of Women Voters in Connecticut, was one of many conducted over the past year, since the state began using paper ballots with optical scanners, a change from the customary lever machines used previously.

"We wanted to address the apprehension in voters about the voting process," said Cheryl Dunson, vice president for public issues for the statewide non-partisan organization.

"The first important point to say is that check-in is the same as always. The second point would be to make sure you fill in the oval completely," said Dunson, noting that voters should not use a check mark or "x" to mark their ballots, as the machine may not count them.

Jara Burnett, president of the League of Women Voters in Connecticut, said the optical scanner machines will reject ballots if there are certain errors such as stray marks, over voting, or if a voter circles a candidate's name instead of marking the ovals.

"You have opportunities to correct it if you make a mistake," said Burnett. "And you can take as much time as you would like."

Burnett also explained how the machine counts the ballots. "The ballots are counted immediately. As soon as everyone has voted, they will close the machines and the machine will give a cash register-type tally," she said.......

Huge turnout expected at polls

Not since the 1960 presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon has voter turnout in Connecticut reached the levels that election officials are predicting could be achieved today.

"I've been predicting 90 percent turnout based on the record numbers of new voter registrations and all the reports we're getting from town clerks around the state about record numbers of absentee ballots filed," Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said in a telephone interview Monday.

When Kennedy defeated Nixon in 1960, the statewide turnout was 93 percent according to Bysiewicz, who said that her office and local election officials have been working diligently together to make sure the process runs smoothly....

....Bysiewicz said it is important for first-time voters to bring identification or proof of residency such as a utility bill, government check or government document to their polling place.

"We want to make sure that people know what they need to bring," said Bysiewicz, who is deploying two staffers to the 4th District alone to oversee voting.

The state has set up a special hotline at (866) 733-2463 to handle voting-related questions and complaints.

In preparation for a possible record turnout, the secretary of the state's office also ordered and distributed about 2.3 million regular paper ballots for today's election, which is 10 percent more than the 2,097,635 total number of registered voters in the state.

Although it is too late to register to vote for Congress or General Assembly, individuals can obtain a presidential election ballot from their local town clerk's office with proof of residency on Election Day.

Police blotter
Police arrested three teenage girls following a fight at 3 View St., on Saturday morning. Two of the teens were charged with third-degree assault, police said. All three girls were charged with breach of peace after officers responded to the area on a report that a fight had occurred, according to the police report.

Police determined that two of the girls, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were engaged in a verbal argument that later turned physical, according to the police report. The names were not release because of their age.

All three girls were released with a summons and are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Nov. 12.

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Richard Comeau, 18, of 17 Hendrie Ave., was arrested Saturday morning and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of liquor by a minor, police said.

Police responded to the area near 180 Stanwich Road on a report of a motor vehicle accident, where they founda small amount of marijuana, a glass smoking pipe and alcohol inside the vehicle, according to the police report.

Comeau was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court on Nov. 10.

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Mark Dushku, 27, of 73 E. Maple Tree Ave., in Stamford was arrested on early Friday morning and charged with driving while under the influence, police said.

Police observed Dushku traveling east in a westbound lane near the area of 711 W. Putnam Ave., when they pulled the car over.

Dushku displayed signs of intoxication and failed a series of field sobriety tests, according to a police report. Police also discovered he was driving with a suspended license, according to the police report.

Dushku was additionally charged with driving the wrong way, driving while on suspension and failure to turn in your license, police said.

He was released on a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Nov. 14

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Lucas Moura, 24, of 180 Broad St. in Stamford, was arrested on Saturday evening and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis, police said.

Police discovered drugs in Moura's car after a motor vehicle stop at 200 W Putnam Ave., police said. The reason for the motor vehicle stop was not immediately available.

Moura was released on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Nov. 8.

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Larcenio Brown, 37, of 51 Issac St., in Norwalk was arrested on Oct. 30 by members of the criminal investigations division in connection with attempting to extort money from an ex-girlfriend and threatening acts of arson against properties owned by her family, police said.

He was charged with first-degree criminal attempt at larceny by extortion and threatening, police said.

Brown was released on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Oct. 31.

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Geimar Martinez, 23, of171 Infield St., in Bridgeport, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with breach of peace, police said.

Officers responded to North Water Street on a report of a fight, police said.

Police determined that Martinez was creating a disturbance at a residence and he was arrested. Martinez was given a bond of $1,500 and was scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Nov. 3.

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Elizabeth Migliore, 41, of 28 Sherman Ave., was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and threatening following vandalism of a motor vehicle on Sherman Avenue on Thursday night, police said.

The car's owner told police that he believed one of his tenants had scratched the right side of his car, police said. Police questioned Migliore, who denied vandalizing the car and yelled a threat to the car's owner, according to the report.

Migliore was released on a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Nov. 1x4.

Election could mark a shift in Greenwich
Will Greenwich get swept up by the prevailing political winds of change or will it buck the trend and deliver for Republicans as it has so many times in the past? ....
....Greenwich Republicans face a much different terrain on this Election Day than they are used to - a 2-to-1 advantage over Democrats in registered voters is evaporating and their rivals have shown a similar propensity for fundraising in town.

Raben downplayed the potential challenges facing the party.

"I think we're confident," Raben said in an interview heading into the final weekend of the campaign.

Greenwich Democrats, meanwhile, arrive at Election Day looking for sweet redemption from a string of past disappointments, from Al Gore's controversial loss to President Bush in 2000 and Diane Farrell's inability to get over the hump against Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., in 2006 and 2004 to 68 years of futility in local General Assembly races and Edward Krumeich Jr.'s near-miss in 2006.

"We're making a lot of progress. We've definitely had our share of frustrations," said David Roberson, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee....

....Himes, a Goldman Sachs investment banker turned nonprofit housing executive, is pitted against Shays, New England's lone Republican House member, in a nationally watched race.

"That race, I think, is going to be really, really close," Roberson said.

Raben, the GOP chairman, said he expecting a tight contest but predicted that Shays' would prevail in the end.

"I think people in town recognize Chris has been very bipartisan. He's been very independent and effective," Raben said. "I think Shays is going to be fine." ....

....Two Republican candidates - state Reps. Livvy Floren and and Lile Gibbons - are incumbents who face no opposition this year. Both are seeking a fifth term, Floren in the 149th District, which includes western and backcountry Greenwich, and Gibbons in the 150th District, which covers the shoreline.

According to the registrars of voters, there are 13,604 registered Republicans in Greenwich, 9,081 Democrats and 12,672 unaffiliated voters.

Ham Ave. funding may have to wait until June
School officials may have to wait until June for state lawmakers to approve the state aid needed to plug potential holes in the town's budget for the Hamilton Avenue School project.

To help offset mounting costs on the over-budget project, town officials are seeking millions of dollars in state reimbursements for demolition and abatement work done in 2005, as well as state grants for projects that exceed their initial budgets by 10 percent or more.

However, it could be months before state lawmakers get around to actually approving the funds, which could total as much as $3.7 million, according to David Wedge, chief of the Bureau of School Facilities.

While the state legislature almost always signs off on school construction grants every year, the bill is almost always scheduled for late in the legislative calendar, which means the legislation may not even be considered until a special session in June. .....

.....That delay would throw into question for more than seven months how the town will pay for the project, which has stretched from an estimated 18-month work period to more than three years, with the costs growing from $24 million to more than $30 million.....
....Assistant Superintendent Sue Wallerstein said the change was due to language in an earlier report by the project's engineer that was not sufficient to warrant the renovation classification, which, to date, has allowed the town to reap more than $2.7 million in reimbursements.

She also noted that even if the language had been correct, the growing cost of the project has made it ineligible for the higher reimbursement rate guaranteed under the renovation classification.

With state officials now considering whether to limit funding in light of this change, town officials, who have already written the higher reimbursement rate into their forecasts, worry that the town could now face an ever wider budget gap for the project that previously thought.

Wallerstein said she is awaiting word from state officials this week as to whether the reimbursement rate will be changed - and if so, to how much - because of the reclassification.


COMMENT:

Can Someone Please Explain To Me Why Failed Assistant Superintendent Sue Wallerstein Still Is Collecting A Big Fat Board Of Education Pay Check????


Strong showings for Gators, CSH at finals
NEW CANAAN - Monday's cold, damp weather did little to affect the runners at Waveny Park as the Hopkins school easily captured the FAA girls cross country championship.


Ofcoarse The Out Of Touch Greenwich Time

Gets This Election All Wrong:


Our choice for president: McCain
On January 20, 2009, one man will stand on the steps of the Capitol and take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America..... Blah .... Blah ..... Blah ......



It's fitting that in an election season like this one, in which most of our contested races for the state Legislature each are being waged by two highly qualified candidates, that our contest for Congress is no different.

True, the battle for the 4th Congressional District has turned a bit nasty at times. But after closely studying platforms, interviewing the two candidates and watching their debates, we have good news to report: Voters in Fairfield County really can't go wrong this year. We can't tell you who will win, but we can say for sure that we will send a good congressman to Washington.... Blah .... Blah ..... Blah ......



Given the extraordinary challenges our new legislatures will face - on state and national levels - we have put a premium this year on experience when making our endorsements for next week's elections.

That brings us to L. Scott Frantz, Greenwich resident and the Republican candidate for the state Senate seat from the 36th District, which is being vacated by longtime incumbent William Nickerson.... Blah .... Blah ......Blah .....


COMMENT:


The Tired And Complacent Grenwich Time

Wants More Of The Same Ole Same Ole Crap


The Biased Greenwich Time Has Left So Many Greenwich Residents Uniformed.

Just Look How Uninformed Greenwich Time Reader Bernard Schneider Seems To Be About Who Is Going To Be Next President Of The United States.



To the editor:

There is a well-known and true gloss on history regarding Truman's upset over Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.

In 1948, significant portions of the population did not own a phone. The people who were overlooked, being poorer, overwhelmingly favored Truman.

It now seems that pollsters are making the same mistake. In 2008, pretty much everyone has access to a phone, but polling remains in most cases limited to owners of land-line phones. The people who are being ignored are those who do not have, and see no reason to own, a land-line phone (which does not give you e-mail, instant messaging, photographs and a host of useful applications). It is estimated that about 30 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24, and 15 percent of the population generally, only own a cell phones.

It is undisputed that this demographic, being younger, favors Barack Obama. One hopes that the candidates themselves have accounted for this in their own internal polling.

On the other hand, the cacophony of polls which bombard us incessantly must be viewed with skepticism as not reflecting the candidates' true levels of support.


Bernard G. Schneider
Riverside


Comment:


Bernard Schneider And The Greenwich Time

Seem To Be Living In 1948.


I Am Sure That Mr. Schneider Is At Home Praying That The Bradley effect Will Rule The Day.


For The Record Greenwich Roundup Is Officially Cally The Election At

11:09 Am On November 4th, 2008.


Barack Obama officially declared

winner of everything !!!!






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11/04/08 READER COMMENTS: "OUR RAG"

ANOTHER PRO-LIFE READER MAD AT "OUR GREENWICH"


I'm not going to argue candidates, just facts. One of which my closing remarks should have read there is NO DIFFERENCE between Pro-Abortion and Pro-Choice. I'm tired of listening to people say "they" (themselves)wouldn't have an abortion, but "others" should have the choice. You either support it or do not, and be accountable for your position.


Ms. Littman, and maybe you too, do not GET IT. There are plenty of stem cells. There is no shortage of stem cells. Millions of cells can be obtained by moral and ethical standards. By using this "stem cell" argument, you are forgetting those 3rd trimester abortions which will become much more common. So, the abortion debate is no longer about CELLS, but fully formed fetus' undergoing an excruciating procedure. If you google it, you can see it for yourself.


It is everyone's right to choose their candidate, but blogging mindlessly misleads already misinformed and stupid people. I had the same problem with the Stamford Advocate printing FALSE INFORMATION. Let's face it, not everyone is a genius. What they read becomes their truth. But not the REAL TRUTH.


Obama will raise taxes and he will not be bringing back our soldiers BEFORE the work is done. No one wants a repeat of Vietnam. These men and women who are serving in the military deserve more.


Obama close friendship w/his pastor (a well-known militant w/ Islamic ties) would deem him an UNFIT candidate for any work in the FBI, CIA, or even serving on the Security Council. Those State organizations wouldn't hire him. Is that why he should become President?


What about his latest statement on not looking at coal as an energy source?


I'm not saying I'm McCains biggest fan. I'm saying facts are facts. These here are enough to prove to me Obama is unfit for the Presidency. He is a lot of talk w/ no experience. Biden would have been a better choice. But it's a free country, do as you wish.


Can "OUR JOE" get real ? For once? I think not. I glanced at it, and I never will again. It is a GIRLIE GOSSIPING GRIMBO GANG of GOO-GOO EYED PISANI-ASS WORSHIPORS. And the web site is a RAG.


Enough said. Knowing the entire guest list of some political fund raiser SLASH "good bye, Joe Pied Eyed" just puts me over the edge. Today I'm arrogant, yesterday I got hit in the head with humility, tomorrow I want to meet FORGIVENESS...is Joe for real?????...what a !#$%^& mess!!!!!!!!!!!!


Now I'm going to.......


GO VOTE.
Peace.
COMMENT:

Normally, I Would Not Post This Email, Because It Is About Abortion And Not Very Greenwich Specific.

As I Said In A Previous Post. I Believe That Abortion Is An Individual Choice.
But I Am Less Likely To Support That Choice Now That I Have Been Down That Road.

The Ex-Greenwich Time Employees At "Our Greenwich" Do An Excellent Job Of Covering National Partisan Politics.

However, The Ex-Greenwich Time Employees Are So Clueless About Greenwich On The "Our Greenwich" Blog.

These Our Greenwich Bloggers Remind One Of When They Worked At The Greenwich Time.

They Still Do A Very Poor Job Of Covering Local Issues.

If Someone Is Killed In Town They Are Clueless.

If Two Elementary Schools Are Closed They Are Totally Lost.

If The Town Is Losing One Of It's Commercial Farms To A Big Greenwich Time Advertiser They Know Nothing.

Perhaps, They Should Rename The Blog "Our Regurgitated National Liberal Posts"

What Readers At "Our Greenwich" Really Want Is Hyper-Local News And Commentary About Greenwich, Yet They Get National Politics And Multiple Joe Pisani Party Reports"



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11/04/08 The Raw Greenwich Business News Feed


More than just a hobby
Seacoast Online
... dolls and antique collectors items with price tags of up to $1,000. Diane Drake, owner of Diane's Doll Shoppe in Greenwich, Conn., said her highest priced dolls sell for around $2,500 and many antique doll collectors will pay more than $10,000 for a ...


Weaver Leather sells majority interest to private firm
The-Daily-Record.com
Weaver Leather has sold a majority interest to Capital Partners, a small Greenwich, Conn., private equity firm, to "ensure the long-term stability of the company," officials said in a release.


High-end U.S. markets show cracks in the foundation
The Real Deal
... $360,000, and in Beverly Hills, the median home price has plunged to $930,000 from $1.8 million the year before. Greenwich, Conn., with its manicured green lawns and pristine beaches, may have seemed immune to the real estate slump, but median ...


Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's (MMRF) Annual Gala Raises More ...
Earth Times
NORWALK, Conn. - The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation raised over $1.5 million at its 12th annual "Friends for Life" Fall Gala held on November 1, 2008 in Greenwich, Conn.


Boeing jet production will be slow to restart
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
... in 2009, which had been the plan. In a report Monday, Peter Arment of American Technology Research, based in Greenwich, Conn., said the strike and other factors probably have delayed first flight to at least February or March, with deliveries ...


Genesee & Wyoming Q3 results top projections
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
... er, coal, coke and ores, metals, farm and food products, minerals and stone, and petroleum products. Shares of the Greenwich, Connecticut-based company closed at $33.35 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.


Rivals snatch AIG staff as uncertainty lingers
Business Insurance
... teams of AIG executives have moved to other insurers. For example, W.R. Berkley Corp. has picked up two teams. The Greenwich, Conn.-based insurer created a worldwide property unit for energy risks and named former AIG executive Frank Costa as its ...


Emerging markets face financing crunch
Globeinvestor.com
... the face of a continued refinancing freeze," Alan Ruskin, chief international strategist at RBS Global Banking in Greenwich, Connecticut, wrote clients. "Nowhere is this more acute than the foreign currency financing in the emerging world, where ...


11/04/08 Greenwich Residents Scott And Patricia Shields Are Now Waiting To Report To Prison




A self-proclaimed "9/11 hero" who concocted tales of rescuing victims with his golden retriever is being sued by the feds for more than $35,000 in relief funds he scammed from FEMA.


A lawsuit filed yesterday by the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan accuses Scott Shields and his sister, Patricia, of falsely claiming to need the money for rent on a Rector Street apartment while living in Greenwich, Conn.


The feds are asking for three times the stolen amount plus $11,000 for each of three bogus filings. Both siblings pleaded guilty to fraud, were sentenced to eight months behind bars, and are now waiting to report to prison.


Scott Shields, 57, won accolades after claiming he and his now-deceased dog, Bear, made "the only live finds" at Ground Zero. He repeated the lie in a self-published 2003 book titled "Bear, Heart of a Hero."


The Post exposed his lies in a 2006 exclusive that also revealed he filed for bankruptcy protection four months before 9/11


Please Read Scott Sheilds Book Of Fiction:


Foreword
9
golden retriever, search and rescue, war dogs
A Letter to Bear
15
Hartsdale, World Trade Center, golden retriever
THE EARLY YEARS
21
Scott Shields, Westport, Honey
Honeys Bear
27
Scott Shields, Long Island Sound, leash law
WORLD TRADE CENTER
45
World Trade Center, West Side Highway, Chambers Street
Finding the Chief
65
FDNY, Tom Fletcher, World Financial Centermore »
Coast Guard to the Rescue
81
North Cove, Katherine Walker, Pier 63
New York City Urban Parks Police and Rangers
89
Battery Park, Several dozen Parks, Parks Enforcement
On the Pile
95
Pier 63, North Cove, HazMat
Search and Rescue SAR Dogs
101
Southbridge, Massachusetts, Michael Goldberg
The Vets
109
SAR dogs, Katherine Walker, SPCA
Blood Pressure Rising
115
Scots Guard, blood pressure, Governor Pataki
Poster Dog
123
Scots Guard, Lost Battalion, martial music
Saying Goodbye
134
Hartsdale, USS Intrepid, HazMat
Theodoreable
141
Jane Goodall, Search and Rescue, September day
Bears Awards and Letters
147

Many Are Still Not Of Scott Sheild's Lies
And Think That His Story Is True:

Amazon.com: Bear, Heart of a Hero: The Story of a Man and His ...
Amazon.com: Bear, Heart of a Hero: The Story of a Man and His Ground Zero Search and Rescue Dog: Captain Scott Shields, Nancy M. West: Books.www.amazon.com/Bear-Heart-Hero-Ground-Search/dp/0974365904 - 273k - Cached - Similar pages

Bear - Hero of Ground Zero
A biography, Bear: Heart of a Hero (The Story of America ’s Most Decorated Dog) by Captain Scott Shields and Nancy M. West was published in 2003 by Hero Dog ...oceanbeachdog.home.mindspring.com/id16.html - 37k - Cached - Similar pages

Bear: Heart of a Hero
www.searchandrescuefoundation.net/Articles/here_at_home.htm - 1k - Cached - Similar pages

The Bear Search and Rescue Foundation Logo Merchandise
Bear: Heart of a Hero is the true story of America's most decorated dog, ... Bear: Heart of a Hero tells of Bear's life and the bond he shared with his ...www.searchandrescuefoundation.org/reviews.htm - 20k - Cached - Similar pages

Bear - Heart of a Hero, Scott Shields, Book - Barnes & Noble
BARNES & NOBLE - Find Bear - Heart of a Hero by Scott Shields. Enjoy book clubs, author videos and customer reviews. Free 3-Day shipping on $25 orders!search.barnesandnoble.com/Bear-Heart-of-a-Hero/Scott-Shields/e/9780974365909 - 41k - Cached - Similar pages

BookReview.com - Bear: Heart of a Hero
Book Reviews by more than 100 qualified book reviewers. Over 15000 book reviews in over 40 different categories. Bookreview.com is an all-you-can-read site ...www.bookreview.com/$spindb.query.listreview2.booknew.11855 - 18k - Cached - Similar pages

Bear: Heart of a Hero Small Press Bookwatch Find Articles at BNET
Bear: Heart of a Hero from Small Press Bookwatch in Arts provided free by Find Articles.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0RGT/is_/ai_n15395065 - 43k - Cached - Similar pages

Bear Search and Rescue Foundation News Article Archive
"Bear: Heart of a Hero" to be Featured on Animal Planet's "When Animals Talk" • 2006 - Honorary Auxiliarist takes ill after serving in Louisiana ...www.bearsearchandrescue.org/articles_tributes.htm - 34k - Cached - Similar pages

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS - BEAR: HEART OF A HERO by Scott Shields ...
Childrens book reviews, book reviews for kids ages 0 to 12, book reviews by children and parents, picture book reviews, animal book reviews, ...www.thereadingtub.com/displayBook.asp?id=571 - 16k - Cached - Similar pages
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11/04/08 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Sarah needs a clue



Regrettably, I peeked at the "Our Joe" web site for the first time. There is very little there in sustance.


"Our Joe", is really not NEWS. It is a blog of uneducated opinion, much of which proves its writers don't have a clue about much of anything..... including the basics of politics, religion, or vocabulary.


Sarah Littman makes references to why she is supporting Obama, stating this canidate supports Embryonic Stem Cell Reasearch.


What she fails to acknowlege, is that the current administration supports ESCR, but they do not support abortion as a means to acquire cells. However, cells can be taken from an aborted fetus because abortion is legal. Stem cells are also obtained while the fetus is viable, in vitro. This would be important if a sibling had Diabetes, Cancer, or 25 other diseases. Stem cells can be obtained and saved,POST EMBRYONIC, at birth, and is now a highly reccomended practice. The decision only requires a signature before delivery. The fact: McCain supports this.


Finally, in the cases of infertility, it is common for 7 eggs to be removed, fertilized outside the womb, and 3-4 are placed back, in vitro. The remaining fertilized eggs are then frozen or thrown away. These are LIVE embryos MEANING they have all the genetic DNA of both parents, with millions of highly specialized cells rapidly changing. Most of us consider this to be nothing less of a miracle. The fact: this is when life begins.


Obama supports abortion. For most of the women who have abortion, studies indicate these woman have more than one, and for them, it is simply an "oops" type of birth control. However, the fact is it is murder.


Ms. Littman, learn your scientific facts before you become "angry", and accept that there is NO DIFFERENCE between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. I hope embroynic stem cell reasearch will help your daughter, though it doesn't have to be at the expense of a potential life.


Learn before you write.


Vote LIFE

PLEASE:

Susie Costaregni's Our Greenwich Page

OUR JOE PISANI

Out there … The Toast and Roast Dinner to honor Joe Pisani, former editor of the Greenwich Time/Stamford Advocate, took place last week at the Greenwich ...


When Will Our Greenwich Stop The
Shameless Self Promotion Of
Failed Ev-Greenwich Time Editor Joe Pisani?


Last Week We Had To Read This
Unprofessional And Unethical
Self Promoting Hype?


Failed Ex-Greenwich Time Columnist Joy Haenlein's UnProfessional Our Greenwich Page

Fun with Dick and Dan

There were high points aplenty during last weekend’s toast-and-roast testimonial at the Hyatt in Old Greenwich for Joe Pisani, my friend and collea...

1 week ago


Failed Ex-Greenwich Time Editor Joe "Circulation Was Up 22% After I Left" Pisani's Unproffessional Our Greenwich Page

The man in the mirror

Throughout my career, I estimate I’ve been to several thousand testimonials or more. I’ve sat through litanies of praise more effusive than the Monks of ...


1 week ago


Plus There Is All The Photos That Ex-Greenwich Time Photographer Took Of Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy And Fergusson Library Head Ernie DiMattia Misusing Taxpayer Resources And Dollars.


Shame, Shame, Shame on the the shameless self promotion
at the unprofessional Our Greenwich Blog.




COMMENT:




Dear Pro Life,




As You Probably Know, Like Sarah, I Also Support Obama In This Election.




However, Like You Many People In My Church Are Dissatisfied With How The Country Has Been Run During The Last 5 Years, But The Are Voting For John McCan't Because Of The Abortion Issue.




Personally, I Probably Agree More With Sarah Than You, But As A Father Of An Aborted Child I Must Admit That From Time To Time I Have For Some Reason Experienced Some Feelings Of Sadness Over This. I Still Remember The Date Of The Medical Proceedure From More Than 20 Years Ago.




So My Opinions Are Some What In Flux.




As For Stem Cells I Also Agree With Sarah More Than You, Because I Hate To See People Suffer When There Is A Possibility Of A cure.
Like You I Sincerely Hope Embryonic Stem Cell Research Will Help
Sarah's Daughter And Others Who Suffer Needlessly.




However, I Agree with You That The "Our Greenwich" Website Has Been Misused For Joe Pisani's Personal Gain And His Attempts At Revising His Legacy.




Joe Repeatedly Refuses To Simply Say That He Was Wrong And That He Should Not Have Censored An Investigative Report He Commissioned On The Martha Moxley Murder.




Not to mention The Many Other Times That He Censored Weaker Voices In Greenwich Society.




The Reason Greenwich Has A "20 Year Old Mystery Driver Who Killed Some And Never Was Charged" Is That Joe Pisani Was Complacent In The Town Of Greenwich For Three Decades.




Show Me One Other Town In Connecticut That Doesn't Release The Names Of Drivers Who Kill Someone, Speeds Away And Crashes Into A Telephone Pole Way Down The Road.




This Is Joe Pisani's Legacy.




He Made The Forth Estate Of Greenwich A Weak And Complacent Media That Is Spoon Fed By The Powers That Be In Greenwich.




Why Can't The Very Moralistic Joe Pisani Say




I Am Sorry To Martha Moxley's Family?




Why Can't Joe Apologize To The Others He Hurt And Censored In Greenwich.




Why Can't Joe Pisani Tell Bill Clarke I Was Wrong To Reject All Of Your Letters To The Editor?




Does Joe Really Think That An Over Hyped Party Is Going To Erase His Legacy?




There Is A Reason That No Other Respectable Newspaper Would Hire Joe Pisani After He Was Fired By The Greenwich Time.




In Fact, In The 180 Days After Joe Pisani Was Fired From The Greenwich Time The Circulation Shot Up 22%.




Maybe This Was All Of The Three Decades Of People That The Arrogant Pisani Had Pissed Off Returning To The Newspaper After He Was Shown The Door.

11/04/08 Conn. court upholds Obama's place on ballot


A Connecticut judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday that alleged election fraud and questioned whether Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was qualified to appear on the state's ballot for Election Day....


...... State Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers dismissed the case after hearing testimony from the state and a Greenwich man who bought the action. The plaintiff, Cort Wrotnowski (raht-NOW'-skee), said Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan ....


Full Story: Hartford Courant


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