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12/01/08 The Raw Greenwich RSS And Blog Feed


Greenwich Guy Is Willing To Give Up The Civil Rights That Others Have Paid For By Making The Ultimate Sacrifice For Their Counrty

A Wake up Call - They are more worried about the rights of the evil ones than keeping us safe from them. Their platform included closing Gitmo, immediate withdrawal from Iraq, and reducing our ability, through surveillance, to track domestic threats associated with terrorists abroad.


Americans made an enormous mistake on November 4th. I pray we do not pay an incredible price. It cannot be denied that we will become more vulnerable under Obama and his polices. I have no doubt that many people are second guessing their vote today. They got caught up in the euphoria that is Obama and were not thinking clearly. Let's hope we don't pay a heavy price.

The economy is bad. No doubt. But our security should always be job one. Without it we have nothing.



COMMENT:


Hold On There Cowboy.
You Have Once Again Watching A Little Too Much Of Rupert Murdock's "Fair And Balanced" Reporting On The Fox Cable Station.

This Has Occurred On W's Watch And There Were Early Warnings Of A Possible Attack.

Kind Of Sounds Like 9/11 All Over Again.

Let's Hope An Obama Administration Will Be Able To Improve Cooperation And Intelligence Gathering That Will Prevent This Senseless Killing Of Innocents And Destroy Terrorist Networks.

Unfortunately We Have Been Sidetracked In A Seven Year A Multi-Trillion Dolar Wild Goose Chase To Destroy Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Iraq.
W's Side Trip Into Iraq For Weapons Of Mass Destruction That Did Not Exist Has Increased The Rank's Of Bin Laden's Followers Instead Of Destroying His Terrorist Network.
In Fact, We Are Now Told That Afghanistan Is Now At A Tipping Point, Because We Have Been So Busy Burning 10 Billion A Week In Iraq.
The Germans Were Defeated, The Holocaust Was Stopped, We Developed Atomic Weapons And Deployed Them Twice In About Half The Time That It Took To Gear Up For, Invade And Get Stuck In A Stalemate In Iraq.


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12/01/08 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Petty Rebecca Fretty




Here's a look at the the YMCA in Greenwich

Y -you are welcome to join us, but no wheelchairs
allowed. You can limp or crawl. We don't care.

M -make a date to swim in our handicapped...
IF we allow you to use it late next year.


C -
could you all give this ADA stuff a rest? Rebecca
Fretty thinks the rules and laws apply to everyone
except the Greenwich YMCA. She might want to
wake up before the members can her fat ass.

A- Accessibility is relative. Does
Rebecca Fretty need a ramp to
get into her office? I would guess not,
but she has made it impossible for
paying members to use the facilities.


And she has proven to be a first class discriminatory witch with a bad attitude.

Our YMCA doesn't need this negative press....it is against the mission statement of this YMCA and every other one.

Get rid of Petty Fretty who aint looking too pretty and focus on the WHOLE COMMUNITY at Christmas.

From,
Member YMCA since 1991
but going to move membership to New Canaan YMCA.
PLEASE SEE:


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12/01/08 Rebecca Fretty Brings Refreshments Outside To The Terrace Following ADA Compliance Controversy


Handicapped Greenwich Residents Are Invited To YMCA As They Host Tree Lighting. Later Wheelchair Bound Greenwich Residents Will Be Left Out In The Cold As Everyone Else Is Able To Go Inside

The Discriminatory Greenwich Family Your 40 Million Can't provide Access will host its first annual "What Would Jesus Do" tree lighting ceremony on its front lawn, beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Children from the Non- ADA Compliant YMCA Childcare Center and The Chinese Language School of Connecticut will sing holiday songs.

Officiants from Temple Sholom in Greenwich will also offer a symbolic Menorah lighting and prayer at the building that excludes some the crippled members of Greenwich society.

Maybe the Rabbi from Temple Shalom can mention The Holocaust is normally associated with the slaughter of six million Jews, but several other sections of society were also victims of Nazi persecution including gays, Gypsies black people and the handicapped.

Rebecca "Forget About A Temporary Ramp" Fretty, YMCA president and chief executive officer, will give a welcome speech at 5:35 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 5:40 p.m. Refreshments will be served on the YMCA terrace following the ceremony.

$40,000,000
And They Can't Spend
$18,000
On A Ramp
Shame, Shame, Shame On
Rebecca "Forget About A Temporary Ramp" Fretty
Before The Good Rabbi Of Temple Shalom Lets The Menorah Be Symbolically Lit At The Greenwich YMCA, Maybe He Can Can Pay Tribute To The The 200,000 Disabled Slaughtered By The Nazis
As we approach Holocaust memorial day on January 27th, Let us pay tribute to the estimated 200,000 disabled people who were killed by the Nazis.
Nazi ideology towards disability can be traced back to a distorted understanding of Darwin’s ground-breaking scientific work Origin of Species, published in 1859. The Nazis seized on Darwin’s theory of natural selection and misinterpreted it by applying it to human society.

They wanted to create a “master race” and saw disabled people as “unfit” to reproduce. Hitler was obsessed with the concept of racial purity and anyone deemed “inferior” or “weak” was believed to contaminate the “purity” of the gene pool.

The Nazis claimed that the existence of disabled people weakened society’s ability to operate efficiently and that the social and economic problems Germany suffered in the 1920s and 30s were partly caused by the burden of supporting disabled people.

The Nazi belived that doing things like requiring youth and family organizations to erect a temporary ramp for the crippled would weaken a non-profit organization's ability to operate efficently and that it was a burden for these groups to have to support the disabled.
Soon after coming to power the Nazis began issuing anti-disability propaganda. One poster shows images of disabled people with the caption “deformed”. Another has the words: “God cannot want the sick and ailing to reproduce”. Disabled people were often referred to as “useless eaters” and “lives unworthy of life”.

In July 1933, the Nazis passed “The law for the prevention of progeny with hereditary disease” which ordered the sterilisation of all people with conditions that the Nazis regarded as hereditary including visual and hearing impairments, physical and learning disabilities, mental illness and epilepsy. More than 17,000 deaf people alone are believed to have been sterilised during the Nazi regime. Often disabled children were handed over to the authorities by their teachers. Two years later, doctors were given the legal right to carry out forced abortions if they suspected that a foetus was disabled.

However, the compulsory sterilisation of disabled people and forced abortions were just the start. In 1939, the Nazis went one step further and set out to eradicate disabled people altogether. Newborn babies with physical or mental disabilities were removed from their parents, taken to special wards and killed by lethal injection or starvation. In most cases, the parents were told that their children had died of natural causes.

Under a policy known as the T4 Program, disabled people living in care homes were transported to six killing centres, the most notorious of which were Hartheim Castle in Austria and Hadamar near Wiesbaden in Germany. The victims were undressed, given a superficial medical examination and taken to a “shower” room, 60 at a time. Poison gas was then pumped into the room. Once the bodies had been collected, they were dissected and organs removed for medical research. The discarded corpses were incinerated.

From the outside Hadamar looked like a factory and at its height it employed more than 100 staff. It is estimated that 70,000 disabled people had been killed under the T4 Program by the end of 1941. Many ordinary doctors, administrators, lawyers, carers, teachers, religious organisations and relatives were either directly involved or complicit in the removal of disabled people.

A Nazi propaganda film from this time depicts a husband carrying out a “mercy killing” of his disabled wife and using Nazi arguments to justify his action.
In many ways, the T4 Program was a precursor and rehearsal for the even more widespread killing of Jewish people in the second half of World War Two. The poison gas installations resembling shower stalls used at Hadamar and the other killing centres were early versions of the technology later found in the major concentration camps. Evidence also suggests that staff from the T4 Program were transferred to the murder of Jews following the 1942 Wansee Conference which gave the go ahead to the “Final Solution”.
Not all Germans supported the Nazis’ views of disability. One man who opposed the extermination of disabled people was businessman Otto Weidt. He decided to protect as many disabled people as he could by employing them in his small factory in Berlin. His company manufactured brushes and brooms and his employees avoided the T4 Program because these products were declared “vital for military purposes”.
A leading member of the Catholic Church in Germany, Cardinal Clemens von Galen, was the most prominent person to speak out against the killings. He publicly denounced the persecution of disabled people in a sermon in Munster in 1941 – “Woe unto the German people when not only can innocents be killed but their killers remain unpunished”. As pressure from the church, the public and the judiciary increased, Hitler suspended the T4 Program and the poison gas installations were dismantled. However, the killings resumed a year later.
From 1942 onwards, the T4 Program was conducted in a more secretive fashion, with disabled people dying from lethal injections or starvation rather than by poison gas. These killings continued up until the end of the war. Hadamar only stopped operating shortly before American troops reached it in March 1945.
More than 60 years after VE Day, it is vital that we continue to remember and mourn the hundreds of thousands of disabled people who were killed by the Nazis.
It Is Evil To Discriminate Against The Crippled
But The Greenwich YMCA Wants Us All To Sing.....
We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
And Maybe You Can Come In Next Year
Personally, I strongly support the good works of Greenwich's Non-Profit organizations. But there is no way that this one eyed reporter of Jewish decent would be seen at or support such and undignified event.
Rebecca "Forget About A Temporary Ramp" Fretty knows that the Greenwich YMCA has millions in the bank and that she could get her board to approve a check tommorow for a temporary ramp that would allow the crippled to have equal access to her facility.
Why would any law abiding citizen of Greenwich go to an event sponcered by an organization that is openly and willfully violating the ADA Compliance laws of the United States of America.
Maybe We Should All Sing.....
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Way.
Oh, What Fun It Is Go To Federal Court
As The YMCA Throws Your Donations Away, Hey....
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12/01/08 Greenwich Post News Links


Group II student Susanna Warne reads the account of the Mayflower journey

as Kate Anderson looks on.




What was life really like for the passengers of the Mayflower? Group II students at Greenwich Academy shared their responses to a Thanksgiving assignment with the Lower School.




The British government will take over Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC with a majority stake of almost 60% after the shareholders of the nation’s second-largest bank shunned an emergency share issue.




The Westchester Fairfield Horticultural Society annual Holiday Wreath Decorating Workshop will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses on North Street.




The following are Dec. 1’s released arrests:


DISORDERLY
A 28-year-old Greenwich man was arrested Nov. 26 and charged with second degree failure to appear. Police had been sent to investigate a reported domestic violence incident and it was determined the man was wanted on an active warrant. According to police the man and a 22-year-old Greenwich woman had an argument and when he tried to leave the apartment, she blocked him and took his keys. They allegedly struggled for the keys and the man pushed the woman with his forearm. The couple were reportedly calm when police arrived and it was then determined the man was wanted on the warrant. The man and woman were charged with disorderly conduct and the man was also charged with violation of a protective order. The man had allegedly failed to respond in court to an Aug. 6 arrest for a charge of driving while under suspension. The man was released on a $500 and a $1,000 surety bond and the woman was released on a misdemeanor summons. They were both due in court Nov. 28.


DUI
Robert Redfern, 61, of Methuen, Mass. was arrested Nov. 27 and charged with driving under the influence. Police responded to a call black Jeep traveling the wrong way on Greenwich Avenue and reportedly found it parked on Milbank Avenue with the engine running, the front passenger tire missing and the car resting on its tire rim. Police talked to Redfern who said his car wouldn’t “drive right” and the officer determined he was under the influence of alcohol. Redfern allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. He was released on a $250 cash bond and is due in court Dec. 11.


POSSESSION
A 17-year-old Bronx, N.Y. girl was arrested Nov. 28 and charged with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police had pulled over the girl’s car on an unrelated charge and saw, in plain view, a grinder, which is used for preparing marijuana for smoking. Police searched the car and found another bag of marijuana. The girl was released on a $500 cash bond and is due in court Dec. 5.


ASSAULT
A 31-year-old Norwalk man was arrested Nov. 29 and charged with first degree burglary and third degree assault. According to police, the man had received a call from his girlfriend at 5 a.m., and believed he heard a man’s voice in the background. The man then arrived at the scene to speak with his girlfriend, entered via an unlocked door and found another man sleeping in bed with his girlfriend. The man allegedly grabbed the other man and hit him. The man was released on a $2,000 surety bond and is due in court Dec. 8.


DISORDERLY
Police had been sent to the scene of an argument and ended up arresting a 19-year-old Greenwich girl and a 22-year-old Port Chester, N.Y. man on Nov. 30. They both were charged with disorderly conduct. Police had responded to the report of a man threatening a woman and found the couple arguing. They were both released on promises to appear and were due in court Dec. 8.


FORGERY
Christopher Metter, 20, of 1 Tinker Lane and Brittany Phillips, 18, of 7 Carpenters Brook Road were arrested Nov. 30 and charged with second degree forgery and liquor possession by a minor. A police officer on patrol reportedly saw a man and woman standing next to a car in the Horseneck Lane commuter lot holding large beer cans. Metter and Phillips reportedly tried to hide the cans in front of the car when police arrived. Metter allegedly had two counterfeit driver’s licenses, one with his and one with Phillips’ photo on it. Police said more alcohol was visible inside the car. They were released on $250 cash bonds and were due in court Dec. 8.


POSSESSION
James Melaugh, 20, of 884 North St. was arrested Nov. 30 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and second degree forgery. Police reportedly saw a man and woman sitting in a car at the end of Ferris Drive, which is a dead end street. Police reportedly detected what smelled like burnt marijuana emanating from within the car and the report said the police searched the vehicle and found a grinder. Police also allegedly found a fraudulent California driver’s license and a clear bag containing marijuana. Melaugh, the driver, was charged and released on a $1,000 cash bond. He is due in court Dec. 8.

12/01/08 Greenwich, Stamford And Other Out Of Town News Links From The Greenwich Time


Volunteers Gerri Lovallo, and Lisa Kralik, check the dates on cans of food to make sure they are not expired at Neighbor to Neighbors.

(Helen Neafsey/Greenwich Time photo)



To feed a burgeoning number of clients, volunteers at the nonprofit Neighbor to Neighbor worked overtime last week to fill shelves with deliveries.


"It's a been incredibly busy here," said Jane Dewinter, spokesman for the organization, which provides food and clothing to the needy. "But we've really needed it."


The number of clients seeking food from the agency, at the Christ Church Annex at 248 E. Putnam Ave., is up more than 20 percent from last year, Dewinter said.


The organization, which caters to individuals referred by the town Department of Social Services, is providing food for more than 1,000 residents this season, she said.


"And we're expecting it to continue to go up as we head into the winter months," she said.





NEW YORK - The reality that the nation is indeed in recession and that the downturn may well be prolonged sent Wall Street plunging Monday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 700 points and wiping out more than half of last week's big gains.

Greenwich police join finance crime task force


Police will appoint a detective to a newly formed state task force that will investigate financial crimes, officials said.


The Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force is a joint partnership between the Secret Service and the Connecticut Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service. It will comprise federal, state and local investigators, according to police.


Brian Murphy, the resident agent for the Secret Service in Connecticut, said the task force is just coming together and his agency is hoping to open an office in New Haven by year's end. The goal is to pool the resources of federal, state and local authorities to solve more crimes relating to identity theft, bank theft, or institutional fraud. .......


......Greenwich Police have not said which detective will be assigned to this post, however they did say it will be full-time. Police said its participation will give it access to a multitude of resources that will be useful in investigating financial crimes.


"We are thrilled to have Greenwich on board and we look forward to working with them," said Murphy.


The task force will be funded by the Secret Service.






CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama named former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as his secretary of statae on Monday, and announced Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President Bush's Pentagon chief his own in the drive to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq.


At a news conference, Obama also introduced retired Marine Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security.





WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that further interest-rate cuts are "certainly feasible," but he warned there are limits to how much such action would revive an economy likely to stay weak well into next year.




As the economy lurches uncertainly into the holiday season, the United Way of Western Connecticut's incoming chief executive officer sees a unique opportunity.



STAMFORD - A sport utility vehicle carrying a family of four veered off the Merritt Parkway at about 8:45 a......





HARTFORD, Conn.—A steep drop in gas prices has created an estimated $100 million revenue shortfall in Connecticut's state budget for this fiscal year, which already has a projected deficit. Full Story



Over the past three years, 80-year-old Lucy Nevin's Medicare plan has gone from $9 a month to $39. And that doesn't even include the prescription medications she and her husband need each month that cost between $30 to $60......



Cities and towns statewide are facing higher costs for keeping roads safe this winter. The price of rock salt, used to melt ice on roads, has skyrocketed to 71.


The price of rock salt, used to melt ice on roads, has skyrocketed to 71.77 cents per ton, up from 54.24 cents per ton last year.


Stamford has spent nearly twice as much on rock salt as last year, according to city Director of Operations Benjamin Barnes.


This year, the city ordered $430,260 worth of salt from Morton International. In 2007, the order totaled $220,000, Barnes said.


The 2008 purchase nearly reached the $500,000 budgeted for salt this fiscal year, Barnes said.
"We pretty much blew our entire salt budget on that purchase," Barnes said. "We saved a little bit because we have to buy some other products."


Other municipalities are feeling the pinch as well. In Darien, town officials purchased 500 tons of salt from Morton at 71.77 cents per ton. Price increases for salt are common, but this year's spike was much higher than usual, Darien Assistant Director of Public Works Darren Oustafine said. From 2006 to 2007, the price rose only 1.49 cents per ton. In comparison, this year the town experienced a jump of 22.38 cents, a 32 percent increase.


Fortunately, Darien still has a salt reserve from last year, Oustafine said. The stockpile is likely to last through the winter, but Darien officials are willing to add to the salt budget if this winter brings more icy weather than expected, he said.


"If we need more money we get it because we can't leave ice on the roads," Oustafine said. "We have a budget that we work from every year, but we never know how much it's going to snow."


Gov. M. Jodi Rell has asked the state Department of Consumer Protection to investigate the price increase. Rich Harris, a spokesman for the governor's office, said the office does not suspect price fixing.


"Nobody is suggesting there's any kind of market manipulation here," Harris said.


In Stamford, city officials said they hope this year's stockpile will last through the winter. There is enough salt for about "six major storms," Barnes said. Last year, the city ran out of salt before the end of the season, and the price had risen from the previous fall, Barnes said.....





SOUTH GATE, Calif.—A 14-year-old boy is dead after a van jumped a curb and crashed into several students at a bus stop in Southern California.





Scheduled to be taken up by the Board of Selectmen in January, the ordinance would create child safety zones in many places where minors are present and would allow police to issue summons to registered sex offenders found loitering.


Each summons would carry a $100 fine per incident and give police authority to detain the person for questioning, which proponents of the ordinance said could help avert crimes against children.


"It's important to protect children, particularly in an area they should be free of any harm," First Selectman Peter Tesei said.


Convicted sex offenders must register with the state Department of Public Safety, which maintains a registry with their names on its Web site.


While there were only three convicted sex offenders listed as living in Greenwich on the registry, the ordinance's proponents said that there are nearly 5,000 statewide.


"We're hoping what it will do is prevent something really bad from happening in this town," said Keith Hirsch, a police neighborhood resource officer for the western part of town who helped craft the proposal with his former partner Robert McKiernan, a detective.


Hirsch said that the child safety zones, marked with signs, would likely be chosen by the selectmen with input from law enforcement and the school board.




STAMFORD - Almost three weeks after the light poles containing their basket-like nests came down, the monk parakeets at Cummings Park have shown no sign of moving to four nesting platforms constructed for them by the city.



Nelida Martinez, an immigrant from Argentina, spent three years learning English, studying American history and civics to pass her United States citizenship test this September.




NEW YORK - Plaxico Burress arrived at a police station early Monday morning, where he was expected to be charged after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh.



Pet project

At this time of year, it is not uncommon for area animal shelters or organizations to hear from families looking to adopt a pet.


For some, a puppy or older dog represents the perfect holiday gift. But for those who work with animals, it is perhaps the worst time for a family to bring in a new pet, particularly if they haven't done their homework.


Dr. Steve Zeide, owner and veterinarian at Bull's Head Pet Hospital in Stamford, says





While you're standing in line at your local supermarket, waiting to crush your cans and bottles for money, it seems unimaginable that some consumers don't seek the return of their nickel deposits.



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