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Monday, December 8, 2008

12/09/08 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS:Print this Brian: Farmer Del


To The Editor,

I know you support the people who can't do it themselves. You draw attention to Greenwich problems, in an attempt to raise citizen awareness, and change some bad things going on.

The facts about Farmer Del hit home for me at Thanksgiving. I talked about him at my Thanksgiving dinner table, and my guests COULD NOT BELIEVE how poorly he has been treated by people he thought were partners and friends.

I know you said you were going to have Thanksgiving dinner with him....but YOU REALLY DID. And, I know you are the last to look for the big handshake or the limelight....you did it because you really cared.

So, Brian, I'm blogging that you did a really nice thing for someone at Thanksgiving. I'm sure it meant a lot to Del.

I had to ask you, you weren't going to comments on it because it's not like you to make a big deal out of being kind to someone who has less.

I believe, another less-talented writer promised to write a piece that might have taken 15 minutes but I knew he wouldn't because he is too busy writing crap he doesn't know about.

What you did this past Thanksgiving...I think it speaks well of your character and you have a big heart.

Print this... because I'm asking you to. Please?????????

A Roundup Fan


Dear Fan,

Thank You For Your Very Kind Words.

I Try To Answer Every Email Sent To Greenwich Roundup With In Three Days And Publish A Few Of Them. Most Times I Am Able To Answer All Of The Emails In Two Days Or Less.

However, If You Want Something Posted For Sure, Then Please Click On The "Comments" Link At The End Of Each Post.

The Comments Are Moderated, But Only To Filter Out All Those Amazing Deals On Little Purple Pills.

However, You Are A Bit Mistaken When You Write....

"you are the last to look for the big handshake or the limelight"

Actually, The Other Day My Korean Wife Called Me An Egomanic, I Because Put Up So Many Blog Posts Here At Greenwich Roundup.

By The Way, I Saw And Prayed For Del At The 6 AM Men's Prayer Group At Harvest Time Church Today.

There Is A Special Group Starting At The Church This Friday. It Is For Men In Greenwich Who Have Lost There Jobs Or Had Other Misfortunes Durring This Ecconomic Downturn.

It Is From 7:30 - 9:30 PM Del Said That He Was Thinking Of Going, But I Will Be Surprised To See Him, Because This Ex-Greenwich Farmer Still Gets Up At 4 AM In Morning.

If Anyone Is Intrested In This Men's Meeting You Can Find The Church Here:

Harvest Time Church
1338 King Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
Click here for directions
(203) 531-7778

Harvest Time Church, Greenwich, Connecticut - Welcome!
Harvest Time Church is a Spirit-filled church in Greenwich, Connecticut serving the communities of Lower Fairfield and Westchester Counties.

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12/08/08 Greenwich Post Police Blotter


Daniel Upchurch, 33, of Bridgeport was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with possession of more than four ounces of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, interfering with an officer, reckless endangerment, engaging in a pursuit, not having insurance, failure to carry an insurance card, driving the wrong way in a rotary and traveling unreasonably fast. Police stopped his car after it was spotted driving faster than the posted speed limit on the Post Road. Police said Upchurch provided his license but could not provide an insurance card or registration and officers saw what appeared to be packaged marijuana in an open yellow bag on the floor in the rear seat. Upchurch and the passenger in the vehicle, Jake Riley, were asked to step out of the car, but Upchurch allegedly then drove away, disobeying the officer’s command. The vehicle was found soon after and pulled over. Police said officers found two small quart-sized resealable bags, but not the yellow bag officers initially saw. Police reports said the investigation determined the bag was thrown out the window onto Lockwood Avenue and that the total amount found was one pound and 8.2 ounces of marijuana. Riley, 33, of Bridgeport was charged with interfering with an officer, possession of more than four ounces of marijuana with intent to sell. Upchurch was released on a $10,000 bond and Riley was released on a $20,000 bond. They are due in court Dec. 10.


Stephen Pardo, 43, of 78 Northfield St. was arrested Dec. 4 and charged with driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and failure to carry a license. Police had been sent to Valley Drive on a possibly intoxicated driver after a call was received from a day care center saying he was driving erratically and might have a child in the car. The witness gave a description of the car and police responded to Pardo’s address. He was not there, but police reportedly saw Pardo drive up to the house, notice the marked police car and drive away. Police pursued Pardo and stopped the car on Deer Park Road at Skylark Road and he allegedly jumped out of the vehicle. When police told him to get back in the car several times Pardo reportedly had a confused look on his face and did not get back into the car until ordered several more times. Pardo allegedly failed field sobriety tests and arrested. He was released on a $50,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 12.


Anthony Palmisano, 29, of 21 Gerry St. was arrested Dec. 4 for possession of marijuana under four ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police alleged that Palmisano had drugs in plain view in his bedroom when he was arrested for four outstanding warrants. He was being held in lieu of a $6,500 cash bond on the drug charges. He was also charged with violation of probation, failure to appear in the first degree and two counts of second degree failure to appear. He is being held in lieu of $10,000, $2,000, $1,000 and $500 cash bonds and is due in court on all the counts Dec. 12.


Michael Williams, 22, of Bronx, N.Y. was arrested Dec. 4 and charged with second degree forgery, third degree identity theft, conspiracy to commit third degree larceny and criminal attempt to commit third degree larceny. Police responded to a report that Williams tried to cash a counterfeit check on Railroad Avenue at Citibank. Police met with a bank manager who had a photocopy of the $1,500 check and Williams’ ID with him. According to police, the company listed on the check said it had never heard of Williams and that he was not issued a check by them. Williams was released on a $1,000 cash bond and is due in court Dec. 11.


David Anderson, 38, of Mount Vernon, N.Y. was arrested Dec. 4 and charged with public indecency. Wilton police took him into custody on a Greenwich warrant for allegedly exposing and touching himself in the central Greenwich area. He was being held in lieu of a $20,000 cash bond and is due in court Dec. 12.


Charles Smith, 54, of Milford was arrested Dec. 4 and charged with driving under the influence. Police had been sent to the parking lot at the post office at 29 Valley Drive after postal workers reported an intoxicated co-worker. Smith allegedly had bloodshot eyes, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol and was attempting to drive his car. Smith reportedly failed field sobriety tests. He was released on a $250 cash bond and is due in court Dec. 12.


Ben Mosley III, 19, of Stamford was arrested Dec. 5 and charged with second degree failure to appear. Mosley reportedly turned himself in on an outstanding warrant. He had allegedly failed to appear in court Aug. 16 on a charge of possession of less than four ounces of controlled substance. Mosley was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is due in court Dec. 12.


A 37-year-old Greenwich man was arrested Dec. 5 and charged with disorderly conduct and threatening. Police responded to a report of domestic violence and investigators determined he pushed his wife and threatened to harm her and their baby if she left the house after the argument. The man was released on a $1,000 cash bond and is due in court Dec. 8.


William McGoldrick, 59, of 63 Indian Harbor Drive was arrested Dec. 6 and charged with disorderly conduct. Police responded to a report of a dispute between a landlord and her tenant. McGoldrick had allegedly grabbed his landlord’s shoulders and pushed her out of the house. He was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is due in court Dec. 15.


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12/08/08 Former Greenwich Time Owner Is (Almost) Toast. Is The Greenwich Time Next?

Tribune Company Reportedly For Sale.

Flags wave along Michigan Ave. Bridge outside the Chicago Tribune Tower in Chicago.Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, other newspapers and the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, has hired financial advisers ahead of a possible filing for bankruptcy-court protection, according to reports on Sunday

Tribune sold The Advocate and Greenwich Time in 2007

to the Hearst Corporation.

Tribune Co. Files for Chapter 11

Wall Street Journal


Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, in a sign of worsening trouble for the newspaper industry.

In recent days, as Chicago-based Tribune continued talks with lenders to restructure its debt, the newspaper-and-television concern hired investment bank Lazard Ltd. as its financial adviser and law firm Sidley Austin to advise the company on a possible trip through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter say.

Tribune owns eight major daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun, plus a string of local TV stations.

A Tribune spokesman said the company doesn't comment on rumors or speculation. A spokeswoman for Lazard didn't respond to requests for comment. Representatives of Sidley Austin couldn't be reached for comment.

Tribune's latest actions underscore the deepening distress enveloping Tribune and other newspaper publishers. Their businesses are being battered by dwindling advertising sales, and many are carrying debt loads that are unmanageable in current market conditions. Industry insiders expect some papers will need to fold in coming months or seek protection from creditors to reorganize.

Tribune has been on wobbly footing since last December, when real-estate mogul Samuel Zell led a debt-backed deal to take the company private. Tribune has stayed ahead of its $12 billion in borrowings with the help of asset sales. Now, however, shrinking profits are tightening the noose.

The company's cash flow may not be enough to cover nearly $1 billion in interest payments due this year, and Tribune owes a $512 million debt payment in June......

......Tribune's hiring of Lazard, meanwhile, brings it a firm experienced in debt restructuring, and one that has become a go-to adviser for newspaper companies in financial distress.

Even as its financial performance worsens, Tribune has some options. A sale of its Chicago Cubs baseball team is under way, and Tribune owns valuable stakes in businesses including the cable-TV channel Food Network.

Tribune already has auctioned off pieces of the company, including the Long Island, N.Y., daily Newsday to raise cash. Now, frozen credit markets have depressed sale prices.

Selling off more newspapers may not be a viable alternative because buyers are scarce and Tribune may be better off holding onto the profits from its papers.

—Jeffrey McCracken contributed to this article.

Write to Dennis K. Berman at dennis.berman@wsj.com, Shira Ovide at shira.ovide@wsj.com and Matthew Karnitschnig at matthew.karnitschnig@wsj.com


Tribune Co. Files for Bankrupcty Protection

Washington Post

Tribune files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy


Tribune Co. files for bankruptcy


New York Times


Keeping calm about a possible Tribune bankruptcy

Chicago Tribune

So Tribune Co. is now reported to be at least flirting with the idea of filing for bankruptcy to gain protection from creditors. (I can't claim any inside ...

UPI NewsTrack TopNews

United Press International

Report: Tribune hires bankruptcy advisers

Times of the Internet

Nation briefs: Tribune Co. reported eyeing bankruptcy

Newsday, NY

Tribune Co. has hired financial advisers ahead of a possible filing for bankruptcy-court protection, according to reports yesterday. ...



But There Is At Least One Guy Who Thinks The Greenwich Time Is The Greatest Thing Since The Pop Up Toaster Was Invented.....

The holidays are upon us, everyone, so let's start entertaining, shall we? For a little inspiration, here's an article from Friday's Greenwich Time about a few holiday table settings I did last month at Consign It, one of my favorite...
Maybe we should add Eddie to the Raw Greenwich Blog Feed.

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12/08/08 Greenwich Post Press Releases For Monday


Riverside School to hold holiday concerts

Two events next week help Riverside students and local families get festive with music.

On Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m., the Riverside PTA is sponsoring a "Holiday Sing" to ring in the season......

Bank serves as drop-off center for toy collection

For the holiday season, particularly a time for giving, The Bank of Greenwich at 165 Mason St., is serving as a drop-off center for Toys for Tots to help provide toys for children in need throughout the area. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for newborns through teens may be dropped off at The Bank of Greenwich through Dec. 23......

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12/08/08 Reader Submitted Comments: YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!

Brian -

Thanks so much for this wonerful blog. You are a true asset to the citizens of this Town! Don't ever stop what you are doing!



No Margi, It Is Readers Like You That Are Awsome

Sunday We Had 791 Unique Visitors.

That Was Our Second Best Sunday Ever.

Personaly, I Would Like To Thank You And Everyone Else For Being Such Loyal Readers Who Come Back Day After Day To Read Greenwich Roundup.

My Wife And My Two Children Don't Even Read Greenwich Roundup, Yet You And So Many Others Do And I Sincerely Thankyou For Your Readership.

Of Coarse, My Wife And Children Would Counter That You The Fortunate Ones, Because They Have To Endure The Audio Versions Of My Rants About Incestious Relationship Between Greenwich Politicians And It's Newspaper Reporters.

Greenwich Newspaper Reporters Are Not Reporting That The School-less And Stuggling Children Of Hamilton Avenue School Are Going To Suffer Budget Cuts. Just When They Need More Help To Catch Up.

The Greenwich Citizen, Greenwich Post And Greenwich Time Reporters Are Waiting For A Board Of Education Press Release Telling Them What To Write.

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12/08/08 GREENWICH TIME NEWS LINKS: Will Glenville School Be Opened At The Same Time As Hamilton Avenue School?

Reconstruction work at Glenville School is moving forward on schedule, putting students on track to being able to return to the renovated facility by January 2010, according to the school's building committee.

However, it remains unclear where those students will attend class when they return from holiday recess next month.

Glenville students have been attending class at four other schools across the district this fall as they await the reconstruction of their school, which is being rebuilt because ofa lack of natural light, problems with the heating and cooling systems, and a leaky roof.

Since work began in mid-August, construction crews have demolished the older facility and removed asbestos-contaminated materials from the site.....

.....The same cannot be said of the Hamilton Avenue School project,......

.....Meantime, it remains uncertain whether Glenville students will continue to be dispersed or begin attending class in the temporary modular facilities that have been used by Hamilton Avenue students for more than three years.

Hamilton Avenue students are slated to move out of the modulars and into their newly-renovated building after holiday recess ends on Jan. 5.

But with still no temporary certificate of occupancy for the Chickahominy school, district officials say it's too early to tell whether there will be enough time for Glenville students to get situated in the modulars before classes resume next month.

Moving Glenville students into the modulars will take four to seven days, said Assistant Superintendent Susan Wallerstein.

But without a TCO at Hamilton Avenue School, "it's premature at this time" to commit to a timeframe for that move Glenville students, she said.

Glenville mother Alicia Budkins said she believes students will make the best of either situation, whether dispersed or in the modulars.

"It woldn't be the worst thing if we were dispersed" for now, she said. "The question is are the kids going to be happy and get a good education? And I think the answer to both is 'yes.'"


Cooking up a pilot
When firefighters aren't battling blazes, they're serving up sizzling meals in the fire house kitchen.

UJA collects clothes, food for needy in NYC

UJA Federation of Greenwich will be collecting winter coats, jackets, suits, dresses and dressy clothing for adults and children from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the federation parking lot at 1 Holly Hill Lane.

Met Council, a recipient agency of UJA Federation of Greenwich, is sending a truck to collect items for needy people in New York.

The following food items are needed as well: cans of tuna, salmon, canned fruit, plastic jars of peanut butter and plastic bottles or cans of juice.

People are asked to bring donated items in bags or boxes.

For more information, call Sheila L. Romanowitz at 552-1818.
YWCA Preschool holiday concert

The Greenwich YWCA Preschool, 259 East Putnam Ave., will host a holiday concert featuring family entertainer Jeffrey Friedberg and his Bossy Frog Band at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Tickets are $25 per family in advance and $30 at the door.

For more information or tickets, call 869-6501, ext. 221 or 222 or pick up a form and drop off checks at the YWCA Member Services Desk. Checks for the holiday concert also may be mailed to the attention of Haifa Bautista, YWCA of Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830. Include the number of family members attending.

Battle of Badges blood drive

The Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood donors to sign up to donate blood at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at Greenwich Senior Center, 299 Greenwich Ave.
This drive honors emergency responders and challenges each service to compete to give the most units of blood. People are asked to join members of Greenwich Emergency Medical Service (GEMS), Greenwich Police Department, Greenwich Fire Department, and Greenwich Department of Public Works and help add to their totals by donating a pint in honor of a town service. The winning service will receive a plaque commemorating its achievement.

Coffee and gift bags will be offered to donors.

To schedule an appointment, call the Greenwich chapter at 869-8444. To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, people must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
Audubon bird count scouting trip

Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, will offer its annual bird count scouting trip from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 13.

The trip, open to ages 8 and older, will survey good coastal and inland birding areas in preparation for the Dec. 14 annual Christmas Bird Count.
Participants are asked to meet at the Audubon's Kimberlin Nature Center and bring binoculars and warm clothes. Loaner binoculars and field guides will be available.

For more information or to sign up, call Ted Gilman at 869-5272, ext. 230.
Bush-Holley offers candlelight open house

The Bush-Holley Historic Site's annual Candlelight Open House, sponsored by David Ogilvy & Associates, Christies Great Estates and The Bank of Greenwich, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at 29 Strickland Road.
The event, which is free, will feature entertainment, children's crafts, costumed guides and refreshments.

For more information, call 869-6899, ext. 12.
Ensemble to play at Cole Auditorium

The Musicians from Marlboro, the touring extension of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, will return to Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 as part of the Friends of Greenwich Library's Cole Concert Series.

Eight musicians will play works by Janacek, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
The performance is free. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; show begins at 4 p.m.
The Musicians from Marlboro will return to Greenwich Library for two additional concerts Feb. 15 and May 3.

For more information, call the Friends office at 622-7938.
Center for Hope offers luminary kits

Luminary kits for the Center for HOPE's annual "Hope Lights Lives" fundraiser are now on sale.

"Hope Lights Lives" luminary kits are $25 and benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids - Family Centers' programs offering bereavement and critical illness support. Each kit contains 12 tea light candles, 12 white paper bags and 12 plastic candle holders.

Kits can be purchased online at www.familycenters.org and at the following retail locations: In Greenwich, McArdle's Florist, 48 Arch St.; in Darien, The Gardener's Cen ter and Florist, 1396 Post Road, Nielsen's Florist and Garden Shop, 1405 Post Road, Michael Joseph's Catering, 188 Heights Road, Aux Delices Foods, 25 Old King's Highway North, Goldenberry, 110 Post Road, and Palmer's Market, 246 Heights Road; in New Canaan, Elm Street Books, 35 Elm St., M Milestones, 120 Main St., Walter Stewart's Market, 229 Elm St.; Rowayton Market; Weston Hardware Housewares; Weston's Peter's Market and the Village Market in Wilton.

Neighborhoods in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Wilton and Weston will light the luminaries to celebrate the holiday season and provide support and hope to people living with an illness or grieving the loss of a loved one at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Rain date is Dec. 21.

For more information, visit www.familycenters.org or call Gloria Veeder at 869-4848.
Dinosaur Day at Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum presents "Dinosaur Family Day," which celebrates the opening weekend of the Bruce Museum's newest exhibition, "Digging for Dinosaurs," from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the museum at 1 Museum Drive.

The event will feature gallery hunts and special crafts activities. The Marshmallow Masquers will present an interactive children's theatre show called "The Mystery of the Fabulous Fossil Find!" at 3 p.m.
All activities are suitable for ages 5 years and up and for people of all abilities.

All activities are free with Museum admission. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5 and members.
For more information, call 869-0376 or visit http://www.brucemuseum.org/.
Girls Inc. invites applications for awards

Girls Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut is accepting applications for The Girls Inc. National Scholars Program.

Multiple scholarships ($2,500 and $15,000) are awarded each year and may be applied to tuition and expenses at any accredited two- or four-year college or university. It is a private scholarship, open only to young women who are in the 11th or 12th grade and who are members of a Girls Inc.

For more information, call Jen Kannengeiser, program director, at 536-3322 or e-mail JKannengeiser@girlsincswct.org .

YWCA seeks scholar nominations

The YWCA of Greenwich is seeking nominations for its sixth annual Racial Justice Scholarship.

Two $500 scholarships will be given to two high school seniors who have demonstrated a special effort to encourage people to respect differences and promote equality in their school or community.

The award will be presented at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the YWCA.

To request an application, call Peter DiLeo at 869-6501, ext.104, or go to http://www.ywcagreenwich.org/ . Click "Programs" "YWelcomes" and "Racial Justice Scholarships."

Knapp's Tavern hosts holiday party
Dressed in a Colonial-style mop cap, apron and simple blue and white cotton dress, Anna Heavey, 9, fit right in at the annual Christmas celebration at Knapp's Tavern yesterday.

Full Story

Town man recalls attack on Pearl Harbor

Greenwich resident and naval officer, Joe Muskus, 87, was stationed at Pearl Harbor the day before the historic attack on Dec.

Full Story

Lions Club is devoted to an important cause
To the editor:

I am writing to tell your readers about my experience with the Lions Club of Greenwich.

The direct reason I became involved with this volunteer group is because of its work to help better the lives of people with vision impairment and blindness, and to help them better integrate into the community around them.

Over 125 years ago, Helen Keller, deaf and blind from infancy, played a leading role in many of the significant political, social and cultural movements of the 20th century, working unceasingly to improve the lives of people who were blind and deaf. In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions International Convention, challenging members to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." From that time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.

I found my way to the Lions Club three years ago. Being a member has provided me the opportunity to share my story of being a visually impaired member of the community. It was through the Lions Club and its generous support of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation that I received my guide dog, Fia. Through the Voluntary Service for the Blind of Fairfield County, another program supported by the Lions, I am helped weekly by a volunteer to do my grocery shopping.

The Lions Club helps support scientific research efforts at Yale and the University of Connecticut to eradicate blindness in our lifetime by our contributions to the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation. The Lions Low Vision Center at Greenwich Hospital, of which I am a client, helps people with vision loss deal with a visual world by offering adaptive devices like magnifiers and electronic readers.

Through the support of the Lions Club, I am able to lead a fulfilling life. I have a civic involvement in my community, contributing wherever I can help. It has given me great personal satisfaction to look the world straight in the face while holding my head high.

Causes to support this time of year are many. Remembering the Lions Club of Greenwich would assuredly help expand our reach.

Alan Gunzburg


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12/08/08 Volunteers Needed To Help Joseph Siciliano At Parks And Recreation

Proposed Greenwich Trees, Shrubs And Vegetation Ordinance Once Again Is Pulled From The Representative Town Meetings (RTM) Call For The Second Month In A Row.

The RTM Land Use, Legislative & Rules, as well as, the Parks and Recreation committees say the Siciliano's proposed Greenwich Municipal code change STILL is not ready for prime time.

Just before the last RTM meeting various committee members complained that Siciliano's proposed ordinance was vague, unclear and many parts just did not match up.

Now once again these RTM committee members are complaining that the proposed ordinance is still woefully inadequate, despite the many revisions Sicilano made.

If you would like to volunteer to help Greenwich Parks and Recreation Director Joesph Siciliano this much need town conservation ordinance properly prepared, then please call Mr. Siciliano at (203) 622-6472. Or you can email him at jsicilano@greenwichct.org .

Mr. Sicilano would appreciate any assistance that town residents might be able to provide, because he doesn't want to embarrassed by having his proposed ordinance pulled from the RTM call for a third time, just before the January meeting.

Let's help Joe get things matched up and properly written.


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12/08/08 Town Employee Thomas J. Greco Says Town Realizes We Are Not Going To Make Next Years Budget

A looming landscape of budget cuts in Greenwich

Town Hall Insider Tom Grecco Reports That Town Reserves Have All Been Spent Over The Last Year Or So. There Is No More Rainy Day Fund In Greenwich.


"The town has just realized that it is not going to meet next years budget."

"The mill rate will probably be held under 3% next year, because it is an election year. But who knows how high it will go after that if things don't improve."

- Thomas J. Greco,

Greenwich Town Management Employee and RTM Member

Deep cuts loom across the board in the town of Greenwich. They will affect us all.

Connecticut's richest town is cutting back on education for its children, services for those in need, and infrastructure.

Town employee Thomas J. Greco says Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei has ordered a non-salary budget reduction of 10% on the current budget which still has 7 months to go.

Part -time, temporary and seasonal positions have all been cut.

Travel must now be pre-approved by the first selectman's office.

All Over Time must also be pre-approved by the First Selectman's office.

CIP projects are going to be reviewed and possibly delayed by First Selectman Tesei. CIP requests currently exceed requests by 6 - 7 Million according to Greco.

There will be an increase in fees at Parks and recreation. Parking will be charged at Tod's point.

There will be a new process for the town ferry and beaches.No more day passes are going to be sold at the town dock. Parking Meters are going up at Horseneck lane. Plus two new parking enforcement officers will be hired on the weekend.

Greco also says the December First Selectman's meeting Will have even more draconian changes, because building permits have dried up as well as other sources of revenue.
Plus, Greco says the Nathaniel Witherall Board will be taken out of the town budget and set up with a revolving fund in the 2009 - 2010 budget much like the towns public golf coarse is set up. So it will be up to the Nathaniel Witherall Board to determine if the nursing home sinks or swims on it's own. There will be no town subsidy.

The next revaluation of all Greenwich real estate currently being planned for the October 1, 2009 Grand list. The last Greenwich Revaluation was conducted for the October 1, 2005 Grand List.

However, Mr. Greco is most troubled by the fact that pension fund investments have went south.


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12/08/08 The Raw Greenwich News Feed

Risk redux
Pensions & Investments
... be put out of business," said Clifford S. Asness, managing and founding principal of AQR Capital Management LLC , Greenwich, Conn. Indeed, as Leslie Rahl, president and founder of New York-based Capital Market Risk Advisors Inc., pointed out: "I ...

Town Says No
Wiscasset Newspaper
... to come up with a $250,000 payment got a quick thumbs down at Tuesday nights selectmens meeting. Point East, a Greenwich, Conn. firm which bought 400 acres of land from the town for the park several years ago, had plans to develop the park under the ...

Harmony Development Signs Mou with Florida State University to Develop Energy R&D Facility
Osceola County News Feed

Shopping at the Plaza
JoongAng Ilbo English News
... Joel Warren and hair stylist Edward Tricomi, shops are each located at the Plaza, in West Hollywood and in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Rolls-Royce Phantom, loved by the super rich around the world, is the official vehicle to serve the top guests at ...

High-flying developer faces loan deadline
... this cycle.' Mr. Lawlor declined to comment, but sources say that Broadway owes large sums to Lehman Brothers, RBS Greenwich Capital and many others. It's unclear how Lehman's bankruptcy will affect Broadway and its founder, who until recently was ...

... and her team of two bays and a brown placed second. Surprise of the show was 15-year-old Joan Dixon of Greenwich, Conn. Miss Dixon, mounted on Colonel Vadim Makaroff's old chestnut mare, Melody Girl, jumped in the touch-and-out sweepstake, ...

Not much needed to get a good cardio workout in racquetball
Democrat & Chronicle
... History: Pro tennis and handball player Joe Sobek is credited with inventing the sport in the 1950s in Greenwich, Conn. The first games were played on existing handball courts. Hall of Famer Marty Hogan, the sport's first pro millionaire, is ...

For Workers, Medical Bills Add to Pain as Firms Fail
... that is exacerbating health and money problems for tens of thousands of people nationwide. Catterton Partners, a Greenwich, Conn.-based private-equity firm that owned 72-year-old Archway, scrambled to find financing as it struggled with surging ...

Former Olympian helps budding show jumpers
The Knoxville News-Sentinel
... riding and the skills he has to teach them." Leone, a member of the United States Equestrian team, owns a farm in Greenwich, Conn., and spends most of his time competing in events, riding and training horses, and teaching riders how to compete at ...

Spike Scores a Goooaaalll!; Ain't the Taint Grand?; Gangsing Up on ...
New York Press
... who told me to call the taxi and limo office. Frantic and exhausted, I decided to take the express train to Greenwich, which left right away. I had some change left from the taxi, which I had stuffed in my coat pocket. The nice train conductor ...

Palm Beach 911: Thefts, Lost Property, Suspicious Incident, Arrests, Fire-Rescue
Palm Beach Daily News
... LOST PROPERTY Bracelet missing - A woman called police Tuesday from Greenwich, Conn., to report she had lost a custom made 14-karat gold bracelet while visiting her mother in Palm Beach. Cab permit gone ...

12/08/08 Reporter Anne Semmes Considers Leaving Hearst Newspapers To Work For Abu Dhabi Newspaper

As many as 270 editors and reporters produce the new English-language daily newspaper, The National, in Abu Dhabi
(Anne W. Semmes/ for the Greenwich Citizen)

The National: An Upsizing Newspaper Story

in Abu Dhabi

Imagine a world where newspapers are growing instead of shrinking, where a deep pocket assures that a daily paper will be there this year and the next, and the next. This is the story of Abu Dhabi's eight-month-old newspaper, The National, its first English-language daily.

A visit to the editorial offices of this broadsheet with big color pictures and endless sections found its managing editor, Laura Koot, to be an attractive 32-year-old pioneering journalist from Toronto.

"We're growing very quickly," she said, from her glass enclosure overlooking a newsroom of some 270 editors and reporters. "We've had a terrific response to our new Saturday (Nov. 15) issue." It featured seven sections. "We're sold at newsstands and .......

....A Who's Who column would not work at The National, she said, "Emerati culture is not as open as in the West. They protect their privacy."

And there wasn't a lot of environmental reporting, she said, as there were "not a lot of environmental initiatives."

Koot had recently attended a newspaper conference in the U.S. where the talk was of asf's - alternative story forms. Newspaper reporting had been reduced to boxed briefs with "an intro and bullet points, for people with no attention span." But with her broadsheets, she had so much space she didn't need lines to separate photos from copy.

A recent boon for Koot and The National would be future access to archival footage of those early days of the "Father of the Nation," Sheikh Zayed, with the new plan to digitize 80,000 hours of archival footage owned by Abu Dhabi TV, the local Arabic television channel, which is housed along with The National and El Etihad, the city's 40-year-old Arab daily in the parent headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Media Group.

Postscript: When I was announced as a visitor keen to see The National newsroom, I was mistakenly taken for a prospective job-seeker. The idea has set me pondering.

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