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12/02/08 Stamford-based AmeriCares, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, has added Dr. Chip Skowron to its board

PRESS RELEASE:

Skowron, a Greenwich resident, is a managing director at Morgan Stanley. He is also a portfolio manager for FrontPoint Healthcare investment strategies, one of the leading firms in the field of health care investments.

Skowron earned a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a medical degree from Yale Medical School.

He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in cellular and molecular biology from Yale University.

He has published original research in the fields of organic chemistry, cell biology and genetics, as part of his medical training. He completed his residencies with Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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12/02/08 Poor Richard



New York Observer

Richard Fuld Jr., who recently sold off 16 works of art at Christie's, is not the only former Lehman Brothers executive selling off his assets. The financial firm's former president, Joseph Gregory--who has already sold his apartment at 610 Park Avenue for $4.4 million and the private helicopter that he used to commute to work every day from Huntington, N.Y.--has had no luck getting rid of the eight-bedroom Bridgehampton mansion he placed on the market in September for $32.5 million (half a million dollars less than his 2007 salary), reports Page Six Magazine. And now, desperate to make a profit off the property, Mr. Gregory is even considering renting the mansion in which he has stayed a total of 14 days since buying it in 2006.

"A few years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find a home like this for rent," Corcoran's Susan McGraw Keber told the magazine. (Mr. Gregory's wife, Niki, doesn't seem too worried; she's reportedly been spending thousands at the Americana Manhasset mall.)

According to this week's New York Magazine, Mr. Fuld and Mr. Gregory were quite close at one time--that is, before Mr. Fuld sat down for lunch in June with a half-dozen of Lehman’s senior investment bankers at the private dining room on the 32nd floor of the firm’s Seventh Avenue headquarters.

From the article:

“I’ve given you fourteen years of earnings. I have one bad quarter. This is how you respond?” Fuld shot back. The veins on his neck popped.

But the bankers pressed their case. Actually, they wanted two heads. They would spare Fuld the indignity of a coup, but they wanted him to fire Joe Gregory, Lehman’s president, and Erin Callan, Gregory’s protégée, whom he’d made CFO and who had been the public, sunny face of Lehman as it spiraled down. Firing Gregory would be personally devastating to Fuld, as the bankers knew. Over three decades at Lehman, the two had rarely sat more than a hundred feet from each other. Professionally, they were complements: Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside.

“If it’s not Joe, then it would be you,” said another banker. “And that would be a disaster.”

And so Mr. Fuld got rid of Mr. Gregory. But ultimately it was not enough to save himself--Mr. Fuld was "terminated" in early November--and now he just cannot understand why he has been so "demonized":

“He feels betrayed,” said one friend. At night, Fuld has trouble sleeping. Most of the time, he lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, in one of his five houses. He can wander through the twenty rooms, eight bedrooms, the poolhouse, tennis court, squash court. Mostly, he sits and replays Lehman’s calamitous end. “What could I have done differently?” he thinks. “In certain conversations, what should I have said, what could I have done?” How, he wonders, did it all go so disastrously wrong?


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12/02/08 Coldwell Banker Real Estate Video: Old Greenwich, CT Our Town



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12/02/08 No Wonder That Greenwich Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones Didn't Lift A Finger To Help The Glenville Students In The Stop And Shop Parking Lot


"No You Can't Have Your Money"


We Always Wondered Why Greenwich Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones Would Turn A Blind Eye To Glenville School Children Who Are Bused All Over Greenwich, Because They Have No School To Go To.


Children Cue Up For Buses Just Half A Mile From

Paul's Estate At 1275 King Street.


Daily Mail, UK

Tudor, founded by commodities trader Paul Tudor Jones in 1980 and headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, had at last count almost $18bn (£12bn) of funds ...
.....Tudor Jones made his fortune shorting positions ahead of Black Monday in October 1987.

With a fortune estimated at $3.3bn, Forbes magazine ranks him as the world's 369th richest man. That will be of cold comfort to his clients, who had to continue watching their wealth shrink yesterday after another massive sell-off in London and New York......
More News About This Hedge Fund Disater

Ran By Paul Tudor Jones


Wall Street Journal

By JOSEPH CHECKLER NEW YORK

Paul Tudor Jones's Tudor Investment Corp. has suspended redemptions in its $10 billion flagship hedge fund, ...


International Herald Tribune


Times Online


New York Times Blogs

From Louise Story:

Paul Tudor Jones is one of the best-known, and richest, hedge fund managers in the world. But there is one thing he says he’s not: a quitter.

Even as Mr. Jones blocked investors from redeeming money from his main hedge fund for a quarter, he said he will “never quit on an investor who is willing to stay with Tudor unless we are at or above high watermark.”

As sensible as that statement may sound, it is a position that is increasingly controversial within the industry. Scores of hedge funds are down double-digits this year, and for many managers, quitting is an obvious and easier strategy. Hedge funds typically have “high watermarks,” meaning when they are down, they do not earn their fat performance fees and that the next year, they have to recover that loss before earning the fees again.

A trader who is down this year may choose to close his fund simply to get rid of the hole he has dug himself into. That forces his investors to lock in the losses from this year. In Mr. Jones’ case, his so-called BVI fund is down 5 percent so far this year. The fund had been up 7 percent at the end of June.

But Mr. Jones wrote in his letter that he is concerned about his legacy, even after 32 successful years in the industry. He described three principles that he hopes will define his record: double-digit returns on an annualized basis, no long periods of negative returns, and no quitting when times get tough.

Mr. Jones ended his letter with a quote from Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, an early polar explorer: “The mantle of leadership rests easily when the compass needle does not move.”

Now that so many hedge fund compasses are pointing south, it will be interesting to see how many traders follow Mr. Jones’ lead.

You Had Better Get Your Money Out Now While You Still Can

Did I Just Hear Hedge Fund Investors Say
"Liquidate My Position And Me Some Tressury Notes"!!!!
More On The Big Fat Goose Egg That Paul Tudor Jones Just Dropped On His Investors:




Reuters


Financial Times

Here is what Greenwich Blogger Chris Fountain has to say about the Paul Tudor Jones affair:

It may be legal but it can’t be good for future business

Highbridge Asia hedge fund is restricting investors’ withdrawals.

The fund’s investments are in the toilet so, just like John Paul Tudor Jones, they’re “restructuring”.

Here’s the bit I like:

“The Asia Opportunities Fund is run by Carl Huttenlocher, previously the head trader at Long-Term Capital Management LP, the hedge fund that imploded 10 years ago after a debt default by Russia.”

Was there anyone down on Wall Street who knew what he was doing?

More From Greenwich Blogger Chris Fountain:

The New And Improved "For What It's Worth" (Bookmark This Wordpress Edition)

As you fight your way past airport security guards, read this - NPR has a good summary of how we’ve wasted billions of dollars on”Homeland Security” and, maybe, how to start again.No news here to anyone who’s watched ...

Even More From Chris:

Will commercial real estate be next to fail?

Commodities traders next on the block

Where is the ACLU?

Maybe that preacher fellow is right

29 Calhoun Drive

This guy says the stock market’s hit its bottom

More pricing decisions

A plane! A plane!

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12/02/08 Murder victim worked as a nanny during the week in Greenwich for a Lake Avenue family


Greenwich Nanny Andrea Bueno May She Rest In Peace


Love story ends in a brutal murder


Relatives feel the violent relationship could have been stopped


The fatal love story of Kearny resident Diego Leonardo Campoverde-Cabrera and the woman he allegedly strangled to death with an electrical cord on Saturday, Nov. 15, Connecticut resident Andrea Catalina Reinoso-Bueno, appears to have been on a passionate but deadly race course.

After coming to America two years ago to make some money for her child Martin Alejandro, the 22-year-old met with a ghastly end. The deceased allegedly was divorced and has a three-year-old son living in Cuenca with her father.
An individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that the victim worked as a nanny during the week in Greenwich, Connecticut for a Lake Avenue family and once the pair became romantically involved she would stay with him in his Kearny apartment on the weekends.

The source was the contact for Reinoso-Bueno’s family in Ecuador.“She (Reinoso-Bueno) would arrive at noon on Saturdays in Kearny with a car that the people she was working for would give her and then she would leave on Sunday night,” the source said.Diana Bernal, a relative living in Cuenca, Ecuador introduced the two. She is the daughter of the source’s uncle’s wife. She is Campoverde-Cabrera’s cousin by her father’s side of the family and Reinoso-Bueno’s cousin by the mother’s side. Bernal, 26, allegedly had a good relationship with both lovers.

“From what I know, Diana, the lady that called me from Ecuador introduced them about seven months ago. They didn’t know each other before that. Diana used to come to Kearny once in a while and come to our house,” the source said. “She used to tell us that she had a cousin living in Connecticut but we didn’t know her or anything.”
As far as Campoverde-Cabrera’s behavior, the source said that one of the family members indicated that he used to hit and abuse Reinoso-Bueno “a lot.”“Diana knew about this but never said anything about it to anyone and it looks like she was trying to leave him already but she couldn’t because she had nowhere to go on the weekend from what the family member told me,” the source said.

“The family kept calling me the whole night (of Nov.15) because they didn’t know if she was actually dead. So Diana called me to find out if it was true.”Apparently a family member in Kearny called Bernal and told her what Campoverde-Cabrera did. The source had to call the Kearny detectives to find out what happened and at that point they did not know who the murdered girl was, the source said.

“I told them her name and everything. It looks like he (Campoverde-Cabrera) called a cousin (in a local town) and said ‘I killed her’ and then his cousin said you got to call the police or I will do it. I don’t know if he did or his cousin,” the source said. “It looks like Diana knew everything before the police. I don’t know though, I can’t assure you of that. They knew it from the early afternoon. They called me about 11 at night.”

Another piece of information offered was that Campoverde-Cabrera allegedly said that he wanted to kill himself because he killed his lover.Reinoso-Bueno’s father flew from Ecuador to Chicago to Kearny as soon as he knew his daughter was dead, the source said. The funeral was Wed., Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Jackson Heights where most of the family members and friends from Cuenca live. The body was shipped back to Ecuador on Friday, Nov. 21.

“It’s crazy. The father (of Reinoso-Bueno) is just devastated. He’s a diabetic and he’s just crying and crying. Oh, my God, she’s just 22,” the source said. “Somebody could have stopped it but nobody did anything.

”The source said that Bernal knew that Campoverde-Cabrera was violent toward Reinoso-Bueno but the family did not. Also one of the family members said that he still had a wife in Ecuador and allegedly tried to kill her but was unsuccessful.“So he already had a history of violence.

But it looks like at the beginning of the relationship this girl said he was going to change, he’s good, he just gets upset really quick but she thought she would change him,” they said. “My side of the family doesn’t understand why Diana introduced them.”

Source: Observer


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12/02/08 It Is Hard To Make Sence Out Of The Board Of Education Press Release That Cub Reporter Colin Gustafson Has Reguritated In The Greenwich Time

Hey Colin, Am I Going To Be Thrown In The Street
With Those Crippled People?
Cub Reporter Colin Gustafonson's Contant Publishing Of Board Of Education Press Releases Has Concerned Greenwich Newsreader's Scratching Their Heads.


Non-ADA Compliant YMCA Will Continue To Discriminate Against The Crippled Of Greenwich, But Will Offer Daycare To Greenwich Teachers

By Cub Reporter Colin "Run The BOE Press Release Through The Spell Checker Before Hitting The Publish Button" Gustafson

Posted: 12/02/2008 02:32:25 AM EST

Greenwich public school officials are hoping to drum up townwide interest in a new day care program slated to provide better child-care options to local teachers without costing town taxpayers a dime.

Teachers will get first dibs to register for the program, which is slated to accommodate as many as 60 preschool-age children at two Greenwich Family YMCA locations, starting in August 2009.


Thirty children are to be housed in three new classrooms at the YMCA's main building on East Putnam Avenue, which is undergoing renovations, while another 30 will attend the program at a YMCA child-care center at 2 St. Roch Ave.

Ellen Flanagan, the district's director of human resources, said the program will not create additional costs for the town, since its $1,300 monthly tuition will allow the YMCA to fund operating expenses and staff salaries independently.

District officials will unveil more details of the program at an information session for interested teachers at 4 p.m. today........

COMMENT:

Hold On There My Little Cub Reporter.

This Hyped Up Greenwich Board Of Education Press Release That You Have Reguritated For Us Is Not Very Clear.

THERE SHOULD BE SOME FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS !!!!
Who is going to pay the $1,300 monthly tuition for up to 60 Greenwich school teachers.
Is the non-ADA compliant Greenwich YMCA going to dip into it's multi-million dollar bank account and pay the monthly childcare $1,300 bill for up to 60 Greenwich Teachers

Did the Greenwich Board Of Education Offer this $1,300/ Month all along to teachers or is this a non-benefit that will have to come out of teachers pockets?

Would current disadvantaged YMCA pre-school children get thrown in the street in order to give 60 Greenwich school teacher's priority enrollment?

Is the non-ADA compliant Greenwich YMCA trying to improve it's image by putting disadvantaged school children next to Crippled children who can not enter the building?

Shouldn't have Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin Gustsfonson made a few phone calls and asked a few questions before publishing this one sided press release?

Maybe Greenwich Roundup should make a few phone calls for Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin Gustsfonson.
Well lets call up the non-ADA compliant Greenwich YMCA childcare director, Susan Inglese, at (203) 869-3381 and ask her the above questions.
Ms. Inglese was very helpful she said she was not sure who would be payng the $1,300 / month tuition for up to 60 of the teacher's children, but she was pretty sure it would not be the Y.
Ms. Inglese further stated that any child currently in the non-Ada Compliant YMCA childcare program would not lose there slot to 60 pre-schoolers of Greenwich teachers.
However, Greenwich parents who have been on the Y's childcare waiting list could get their families name pushed down 60 or more spaces depending where they were on the list.
This will upset some Greenwich parents who were at the top end of the waiting lit and were told they were next in line for some new spaces in the Greenwich YMCA's basement.
Ms. Inglese was unsure how many new spaces or how many families would be bumped and suggessted I call the Y's communication director Ashley Rowe at (203) 869-0405. We eventually got bumped around to Ms. Rowe's voicemail box and left a message.
We are now waiting for a reply and will report what Ms. Rowe says to Greenwich Roundup.
While we were waiting for Ms. Rowe to get back to us we called up Ellen Flanagan's office at the Greenwich Board Of Education (625-7400)
Jerry told us that Ms, Flanagan was in a meeting, but she informed us that the $1,300/ month was comming out of the teacher's pockets.
So it this whole board Of Education Press Release Is About A Non-Monitary Benefit For Teachers That Will Allow Greenwich School Teachers To Bump YMCA Families 60 Spaces Down The Childcare Waiting List After They Had Patiently Waited Their Turn In Line.
So we decided to call up the boss of the YMCA, Rebecca Fretty at (203) 869-1630 and Ms, Fretty's assistant Laura said that her boss would not comment about YMCA families getting bumped 60 spaces down the waiting list and she quickly dumped us in YMCA Communications Director Ashley Rowe's Voicemail Box without even saying goodbye.
So A This Point In Time, We Are Still Waiting To Here From Ashley Rowe About The Greenwich YMCA Families That Are Getting Bumped Way Down The Childcare List.

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12/02/08 Today's Press Releases From The Greenwich Post


Nobody Grids Out Daily Press Releases Like The Greenwich Post


Frederick is a mentor


Pamela Frederick of Greenwich, an employee of Citigroup, recently received the 2008 Corporate Mentors of the Year Award from the Mentoring Partnership of New York at the 17th annual Back to the Bull Market Event.

Christmas on Round Hill comes early

Christmas on Round Hill, a traditional holiday fair, is coming to the Round Hill Community House on Saturday, Dec. 6, preceded by a gala preview party on Friday, Dec. 5. Local and global charities, as well as the Round Hill Community House, will benefit from the proceeds of Christmas on Round Hill.

Avenue stores raise money for Kids in Crisis

Greenwich Avenue retailers will join Saturday, Dec. 13, to raise money for Kids in Crisis. The stores will donate up to 20% of same day sales to Kids in Crisis. Shoppers who prepurchase a $30 shopping pass will also receive between 5% and 20% off all their purchases at each of the more than two dozen participating stores.

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12/02/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Tuesday

$2.3M settlement in fatal accident


By Debra Friedman

Staff Writer
Posted: 12/02/2008 02:31:59 AM EST

The estate of Justin Brown, the Greenwich teenager killed in a drunken driving accident in 2005, has been awarded $2. .3 million in a settlement reached in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.

The civil suit was brought by Brown's parents against the driver in the fatal accident, Evan Kimia, who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and is currently serving a four year term at the Webster Correctional Institution in Cheshire, according to court records. The charge is specific to fatal motor vehicle accidents involving drinking and driving.

Brown's parents filed the suit seeking retribution for the damages caused as a result of the accident, including emotional pain and suffering and medical and funeral expenses, according to the complaint filed in court.

Brown was a passenger in Kimia's car when Kimia struck a tree on Round Hill Road before striking a stone wall. Brown, who lived at 83 Strickland Road, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering serious head injuries. Police said Kimia's blood alcohol content at the time of the accident exceeded the legal limit of .08.

Kimia and Brown met at Greenwich High School and attended Norwalk Community College together in 2005.

Bridgeport attorney William Bloss represented the parents, David Brown and Susan Supple, who filed the suit in September 2007. "It was agreed to by all of the parties and it was reached by the mediation involving Judge Michael Riley," said Bloss......
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Now Here Are More Of The Greenwich Time's "Hyper - Regional" News And Editorial Stories .....

Stocks fall sharply on consumer spending worries

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.
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HARTFORD - Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell is among a group of governors who will be meeting with Barack Obama to discuss economic problems with the president-elect.
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Mutual appeal: Money managers find options

By Michael C. Juliano
Staff Writer
Posted: 12/02/2008 02:44:55 AM EST

With problems besetting the hedge fund industry, some money managers may consider setting up mutual funds as an alternative for investors.

Thomas Kirchner, a chartered financial adviser, founder and manager of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based mutual fund Pennsylvania Avenue Funds, explained the intricacies of "How to Start a Mutual Fund" at a recent networking event held by the Stamford CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Society.

"If you're starting up a fund, you're a money manager and a CEO of a money management firm," he said, to about 25 money managers at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa.

A mutual fund is easy to start with a master trust and comes with an immediate ticker symbol and the backing of an experienced team, but it also has fees and restrictions, said Kirchner,

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Tesei forms group for disabled

By Meredith Blake

Staff Writer
Posted: 12/02/2008 02:31:56 AM EST

When lifelong resident Carol Kana, who relies on a scooter to get around, arrived at Town Hall yesterday for the announcement of a new committee to advocate for people with disabilities, she had trouble getting through the electronic handicapped accessible doors, which were not working.

"This has always been an issue," she said.

And one, she hopes, the newly appointed First Selectman's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, which is charged with advising town officials on the rights and needs of people with disabilities, will be able to address, she said.

First Selectman Peter Tesei introduced the nine members who are to represent various groups of people with disabilities in the community, from mental health and special needs advocates to individuals with physical disabilities.

"I wanted to be on this committee because I hope to bridge the gap between the world of disability with the world of ability," said Jacky Schofield, who is visually impaired and works as a disability inclusion associate.

" There are so many people who have sympathy for people with a disability but have no idea what to do beyond that. I'm hoping this committee can work on giving people with a disability a voice in this town," she said.

The idea for the organization began when Kana, who has limited mobility after a bout with polio , first approached Tesei with some of her concerns about handicapped parking and the lack of curb cuts in town. She was frustrated by what she saw as a lack of compliance by the town to the American with Disabilities Act, 18 years after it was first enacted in 1990.....

....The group is considering holding a town forum to hear from the community about what their needs are, said Schofield.

"I anticipate that as this group goes forward more people will find their way to them for support," Tesei said."

Other members of the group include: Ron Arvoy, a mental health advocate who is bipolar and is in recovery; Mike Beloff, a financial planner whose son has special needs; Lise Jameson, executive director of the nonprofit At Home in Greenwich, which offers seniors a flexible plan to age in their homes; Paul Morell, who participated in the Special Olympics in ice skating, swimming and golf; Tina Northrop, who has a disability and is assisted by Abilis, which provides support for people with disabilities; and Lolli Ross, the executive director of Abilis.
The committee can be reached at 861-3191 or at disability@greenwichct.org
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Be True

By Kim Kat Kristoff
Special Correspondent
Posted: 12/02/2008 07:27:02 AM EST

"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what Light I have."
-- Abraham Lincoln

I read this quote and began to reflect on my journey as the founder and director of the Greenwich Associates for Well-Being.

In 2004, I held a meeting at the Greenwich YWCA and presented a proposal to two dozen local holistic well-being practitioners for a Holistic Healthcare & Arts Center and Community Outreach Program in Greenwich. The mission was to bring holistic ideas and practices into the heart of Greenwich by providing a nurturing, creative, spiritual environment where people of all ages could experience and learn wellness, love and laughter.....

She says the perfect gift can be the one that always stays with you

By Howard Schneider and Vicky Hallett
The Washington Post
Posted: 12/02/2008 07:28:56 AM EST

On Christmas morning 2006, Roger Bischoff didn't find his biggest present waiting under the tree. Instead, his wife, Susan, teased him with packages of related goodies. There were socks, rain gear, a water bottle ... and finally, travel documents saying he was headed on an REI Adventure to the Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks in Utah. The next day. ....

Agency helps to 'Feed the Pig'

By Michael C. Juliano
Staff Writer
Posted: 12/02/2008 02:42:35 AM EST

A Westport advertising agency is trying to spread the word on how to fill piggy banks during these uncertain economic times.

VGS Creative, founded in Westport in 1993, has created four public service announcements free of charge for the Ad Council's "Feed the Pig" campaign.

Police blotter

A 17-year-old from the Bronx was arrested Friday night and charged with possession of cannabis under four ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police pulled over a vehicle on Interstate 95 for a motor vehicle violation, at which time the officers saw marijuana and paraphernalia in plain view, according to the police report. Her name wasn't released because of her age.

The youth, who was a passenger, posted $500 bond and was released, police said. She is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Dec. 5.

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Robert Redfern, 71, of 8 Stevens St., in Methuen, Mass., was arrested Thursday night and charged with driving while under the influence, police said.

Police responded to a report of a black Jeep traveling the wrong way on Greenwich Avenue. Police found the car on Milbank Avenue, parked with its engine running and the front passenger tire missing, according to a police report.

Redfern was approached by police, at which point he failed a series of field sobriety tests, police said. Redfern was released on $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court Dec. 11.

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Arielle Blume, 19, of 33 N. Hawthorne St., and Corey Peterson, 22, of 999 High St., Port Chester, were arrested Saturday night and charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

Officers were dispatched to Hawthorne Street on report of a male threatening a female, according to the police report.

During the investigation, police.determined both parties were involved in an argument, police said.

Both parties were issued a misdemeanor summons and were released on a promise to appear. Blume and Peterson are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford Monday, Dec. 8.

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James Melaugh, 20, of 884 North St., was arrested Sunday night and charged with second-degree forgery, possession of cannabis under four ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police observed Melaugh and a female sitting in a vehicle at the end of Ferris Drive at which time he detected the odor of burnt marijuana, according to the police report.

A search uncovered a "grinder," which is commonly used to grind marijuana, police said.
Police also found that Melaugh was carrying a fraudulent California driver's license, according to the police report.

Melaugh was released on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford Dec. 8.

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Joseph Targowski, 31, of 264 Flax Hill Road, in Norwalk, was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with third-degree assault and first-degree burglary, police said.

Police went to Lewis Street to investigate an assault that occurred eariler that morning, according to the police report. An investigation revealed that a male victim was assaulted while sleeping by Targowski, the report said.

Police said Targowski received a phone call from his girlfriend at 5 a.m. and heard a male voice in the background. He went to Greenwich to speak with his girlfriend, police said, entered the home through an unlocked door and found the man in her bed. Targowski then grabbed the sleeping male and hit him, police said.

Targowski was released on a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Monday, Dec. 8.
Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky attempted to dispel the belief that strong religious, cultural or national identities threaten democracy rather than bolster it Monday night.
"To fight for a better future for the world you must be strong in your identity," said Sharanksy, 60, speaking to 100 people at the Westchester Fairfield Hebrew Academy.

The author and activist, who lives in Israel, was recruited by the school's board to speak at its annual fundraiser.
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Ribbons of remembrance

By hanging hundreds of red ribbons all over town, one organization hopes to raise awareness about a disease that many people don't like to talk about: AIDS.
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Brunswick squash chasing national title

Four straight years of finishing second nationally has left a bad taste in the mouth of the Brunswick School squash team.
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The "Local" Hard Hitting Greenwich Time Editorial For Today Is: State Tax amnesties could boost revenue

The state General Assembly augmented its actions to plug an increasing shortfall in this year's state budget with a few modest but contentious attempts to aid municipalities also facing fiscal distress.

Lawmakers made the right move in approving legislation permitting municipalities to enact their own one-time tax amnesty programs despite some opposition. The initiative is embraced by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities but opposed by the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association, which said it is unfair to taxpayers who make timely payments. The group also said it could backfire, encouraging late payments or nonpayment...... BLAH ..... BLAH ...... BLAH ....... BLAH ....... BLAH ....... BLAH ........ BLAH ........



Airport can blame itself for complaints

To the editor:

Excuse me for listening, but why is the Westchester County Airport complaining? ("Airport changes complaint policy," Greenwich Time, Nov. 28.) Is it true that the complaint department is in existence to deal with issues?

We that live in Greenwich and the surrounding area are victims of air traffic noise that starts at 4:15 a.m. and some days earlier. Is it absurd that the complaint department is disturbed by that?

The complaint department should deal with the flight schedule/flight patterns at fault rather than mock residents for exercising their right to exist in peace and reasonable quiet.

I don't get airport officials' right to sound off. Change the flight pattern/schedule and there will be fewer complaints. Less work for them would seem to make them happy.

Laura Gunn
Greenwich

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......Officials would not identify the chief complainant because of a privacy policy, other than to say the person lives in Valhalla, N.Y., which is located along the airport's westerly departure route and is near a helicopter route.

In June 1997, two homeowners in Greenwich, which borders the airport to the east, logged an estimated 1,500 of the 1,902 total complaints for that month between them, prompting the airport to take similar action, according to the noise abatement office. ......
....Erica Purnell, co-chairwoman of the Selectmen's Advisory Committee on Aircraft Noise in Greenwich, said the situation has gotten out of hand and takes away from investigating complaints from other citizens such as herself.

"They're abusing the system," said Purnell, who lives on Bedford Road in northwest Greenwich near the airport and files complaints with the noise abatement office from time to time.The airport's noise abatement office typically receives complaints through a telephone hot line, though some citizens choose to do so by e-mail.

Each complaint is logged into a computer database, which then tries to match the noise event with a specific flight using archived radar readings. The process, Inserra said, can take anywhere from a minute to a half-hour, depending on the volume of air traffic over a fixed point at a certain time. ....

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12/02/08 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Darwin????????


To the Editor:

Darwin's Theory on Survival is always distorted for opportunists to attempt to a valid point and Darwin's Theory is always brought up as (weak) attempt to protect those who cannot do so themselves.

I have great respect for anyone who tried to help the Jews during the Holocaust. However, Darwin's theory was based on an individual adapting, not an entire country looking for excuses to rid themselves of those mislabeled "inferior".

Joe Pisani mentioned Darwin's Theory this week too, post the Great Depression Era. Again, he has it wrong (the guys a moronic bone head) The theory applies to man, himself, making necessary adjustments. Not picking up the tabs for those who can't or won't.

If the world was a compassionate world, and everyone was viewed as equal to one another, this might be an new twist on an old ideology. But we are not all equal. We are all not educated. We are all not internally motivated for survival. Only some of us have compassion, and there isn't enough of it to cover the rest who have none.

Mr. Pisani is welcome to pick up the tabs of those who refuse to look for work, and who have no healthcare. I work full time, have healthcare, and my taxes increase yearly for people who cannot SURVIVE because they have no desire to. When you reach the 50% mark, make $250 grand and $125 grand goes to help others....call me. Because I work a 10 hr day and have for 20 years. Commuting not included. Write something that makes sense, Mr. Pisani.

The YMCA is the picture of inexcusable discrimination in a very open-minded world. It isn't Nazism. It is just morally wrong. If they get away with this behavior, it is because the YMCA members and residents didn't step up to the plate. Greenwich RoundUp-your argument is with Greenwich, not the Germans. Hitler is dead. Rebecca Fretty might be wishing she was too, when this is all resolved one way or another.

What a hypocrite to work at a YMCA and fight equal rights!!!!! It is a Young Men's Association. Maybe we need someone with balls!!!!

D. Chase
Greenwich

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