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Thursday, February 26, 2009

02/26/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - Google News Links

FCIAC hockey playoffs begin
Stamford Advocate, CT
By Bob Greeney
Greenwich's fourth-seeded Cardinals will host fifth-seeded Stamford in today's showdown at Dorothy Hamill Rink. The other three first-round games will be Saturday at the home rinks of the three highest-seeded teams. ...

SAC Capital to lay off staffers
Norwalk Advocate
Started in 1992 by Greenwich resident Cohen, SAC also operates Sigma Capital Management LLC in New York and is affiliated with SAC Global Investors LLP, an independent investment manager in London. A spokesman for the hedge fund firm, which had as much ...

Card cagers control their own FCIAC playoff fate
Greenwich Citizen
Will Greenwich High be in? The Cardinals fate as of presstime was one of the simpler matters: a win Wednesday against hapless Warde, which was 2-15 in the conference, would put Greenwich in the tournament for the second straight season. ...

Shellfishermen opposed higher tax, new fee
Stamford Advocate
Ed Stilwagon, whose Atlantic Clam Farms Inc. harvests beds off Greenwich, said the state is placing an unfair burden on shellfishermen during tough economic times. "This is not a rich man's business," he said. And Backer said it will be hard for ...

Witnesses to McMahon shooting told police a student pulled trigger
Stamford Advocate
... and asked for anonymity because the officer does not have clearance to speak about the incident, said the student was a suspect soon after the shooting that followed Monday night's McMahon boy's basketball game against Greenwich High School. ...

Blood drive award
Greenwich Time
Joan Irish, CEO of the Greenwich chapter of the American Red Cross, honored the Greenwich Fire Department recently as the leading emergency service group at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in December. This special drive celebrated our emergency ...

Greenwich seniors celebrate staying put
Greenwich Time
By Colleen Flaherty
Marylin Chou, right, one of the founders of At Home Greenwich, greets her friend, Bea Emery, during a party at the Second Congregational Church Thursday. Bob Luckey/Staff Photo A one-way ticket to parts south isn't for every retiree ...

Chiropractor pleads not guilty in punching death
Stamford Advocate
William Lindemann, 47, of 12 Wyckham Hill Lane, Greenwich, and 425 Dockside Drive, Unit 406, Naples, Fla., was released after posting $1 million bond. The manslaughter charge was added after 79-year-old Herbert Davison of Stamford died Sunday of a head ...

02/26/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - Greenwich Citizen News Links

Stimulus package weighed and found wanting
By Patricia McCormack

President Obama's stimulus package will not correct recession contagion rattling jobs, toxic home mortgages and 169 town and city governments in Connecticut, 65 folks attending a Greenwich Chamber of Commerce luncheon were told ...

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Shots fired after Monday's basketball game
Although the Greenwich High School boys basketball team blew the doors of Brien McMahon High School Monday night, winning 62-39, there was still some nerve-racking moments after the game, as shots were fired outside of the high school in Norwalk. ...

Parks & Recreation Happenings
Registration has begun for the indoor field hockey clinics at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, which starts March 7. The classes will meet every Saturday in March and April 4. Session one will meet from 9 to 10 am for children eight and ...

Cards veto 4-game skid against Sens
There was plenty of excitement on and off the court for the Greenwich High School boys basketball team when it traveled to Norwalk for a game against Brien McMahon High School. On Monday night, the Cardinals ended their four-game losing streak, ...

Crumbine will not seek re-election
When asked about the work he was most proud of, Mr. Crumbine pointed to what he had accomplished with setting up the Selectman’s Nominations Advisory Committee (SNAC) and the Greenwich/Westchester Task Force. “The job could not be more varied,”

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02/26/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - Greenwich Time News Links

Teaching slots escape more cuts
Having agreed earlier this week to trim an additional $1 million out of next year's education budget, school officials on Thursday revealed exactly how they will try to achieve those cutbacks.

Greenwich seniors celebrate staying put
A one-way ticket to parts south isn't for every retiree, particularly the 130 who have elected to stay -- and join --At Home in Greenwich.

New turf rules force test for health risks
Before the town could install any new artificial turf athletic fields it would be required to determine if the synthetic surfaces pose any health risks, under a controversial new ordinance being weighed by the Board of Selectmen.

Chiropractor pleads not guilty in punching death
STAMFORD -- A chiropractor charged with killing an elderly man in a downtown parking lot with one punch pleaded not guilty to assault and first-degree manslaughter at his arraignment Thursday in state Superior Court.

Officers learn how to investigate domestic violence incidents
Police officers who investigate domestic violence crimes need a sympathetic ear to support victims, but a stern voice to deter abusers from striking again, according to those who have handled cases before.

Greenwich cafe gets visit from feminist icon
Writer, poet and feminist icon Erica Jong offered herself up to Aphrodite Thursday, during a poetry reading and book signing at Arcadia Cafe in Old Greenwich.

Lawmakers hear from opponents, supporters of gas pricing bill
HARTFORD -- For five hours Thursday, legislators grilled gasoline distributors who attacked a bill that would require them to sell fuel at an equal price to all retailers, thereby ending the controversial practice of zone pricing.

N.Y. Amsterdam News publisher emeritus dies
NEW YORK -- Wilbert A. Tatum, retired publisher of the New York Amsterdam News, the Harlem-based newspaper that has covered the city's black community for a century, has died during a trip to Croatia, the newspaper said Thursday.

State sifts projects to provide jobs with stimulus funds
HARTFORD -- A group of Connecticut agency heads, lawmakers, and municipal leaders has begun sifting through thousands of projects to pick the ones that will receive federal economic stimulus funding.

Lawmakers want Calhoun reprimanded
HARTFORD -- The leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly's higher education committee want UConn coach Jim Calhoun reprimanded for his tirade at a freelance journalist who questioned his .....

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02/26/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - Greenwich Time Sports News

Scholastic Schedule
TodayBoys Ice HockeyFCIAC PlayoffsStamford at Greenwich, 5:15 p.m. (Hamill)Girls BasketballFairchester Playoff FinalSaturdayGirls Ice HockeyFCIAC ChampionshipAt Terry Connors Ice rink......

SHS girls left their hearts on floor in loss to Warde
FAIRFIELD -- They left nothing behind.The Stamford High School girls basketball team weren't perfect but the Black Knights gave undefeated Fairfield Warde High School all it could handle before falling, 56-42, to the Mustangs in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship Game late Thursday night at the Fairfield Ludlowe gymnasium.

FCIAC hockey playoffs begin
The 2009 Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Boys Hockey Tournament will begin today when the referee drops the puck at the Dorothy Hamill Rink center ice in Greenwich at 5:15 p.m.....

Greenwich swimming nipped by Fairfield Prep
FAIRFIELD -- A spirited comeback came up six points short Wednesday as the Greenwich High School boys swimming team dropped a 96-90 nailbiter to rival Fairfield Prep at the Fairfield University pool.

Greenwich girls ice hockey falls to Darien in FCIAC semfinals
DARIEN -- Unlike Greenwich High School, playing in the FCIAC semifinals Wednesday night was a new experience for the Darien girls hockey team.

UConn wins No. 800 for Calhoun
MILWAUKEE -- UConn is still on top in the Big East and perhaps in the nation. Its coach is also nearing the apex.

Greenwich High School boys basketball team wins big, clinches No. 6 seed in FCIACs
Prior to Wednesday night's regular-season finale, the Greenwich High School boys basketball team honored its four seniors and their families.

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02/25/09 Greenwich Scam Artists Spend Sacramento Retirees Money On Thousand-Dollar Teddy Bears!!!!!

More On The Multi-Million Dollar Greenwich Ponzi Scheme That The Clueless Greenwich Time Fails To Cover .....

Wall Street scam may cost Sacramento County pension system $52 million
Sacramento Bee

....The Sacramento County Employees Retirement System, or SCERS, had invested $90 million with the men and their companies in June, said Richard Stensrud, SCERS' chief executive officer.

The recession had "whittled down" that investment to about $57 million when SCERS officials first learned there might be a problem, he said.

The National Futures Association, a regulatory group, suspended Greenwood and Walsh earlier this month following an audit that allegedly uncovered fraud, court documents say.

Learning of that audit, pension officials tried to track down their money and managed to retrieve about $5 million, Stensrud said. Another $52 million is still in limbo.

The feds have frozen the companies' assets, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

"I'd be surprised if we get none of it back," Stensrud said. "How much we will be able to recover remains to be seen.".......

.......According to court documents, Greenwood and Walsh are suspected of using millions of dollars in misappropriated funds to buy rare books, horses, $80,000 teddy bears and a $3 million home for Walsh's ex-wife. Since 1996, the men fraudulently solicited $1.3 billion through their companies, the documents allege......

The Two Greenwich Fraudsters
Also Stole From Iowa Retireees Hard Earned Pensions:

Court documents identified Greenwood and Walsh as owners of WG Trading Co. LP of Greenwich, Conn., and Westridge Capital Management Inc., based in ...
UI The Daily Iowan
When Is Hearst Newspapers Going To Wake Up Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter, Who Is A Sleep At The Switch ?
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02/25/09 Selectman Peter Crumbine Sees The Writing On The Wall And Gets Out While The Getting Is Good

A Downcast Peter Crumbine and his wife, Bea, listen Wednesday at Town Hall as Republican leaders give a staged salute to the five-term selectman for his service to the town. Crumbine announced that he will not seek re-election. (Neil Vigdor/Greenwich Time photo)

Here Is The Real Story Behind The Picture .....

Rival Town Political Parties Start To Deploy Their Chess Pieces, With Political Power The Prize In November.

Top Political Insiders Are Making Backroom Moves In A Struggle To See Who Will Dominate The Political Landscape Of Greenwich

Some In Greenwich Had Said Only God Could Unseat The Senior Member Of The Board of Selectmen, But Republican Party Leaders Want And Need New Blood In The Upcoming Town Election

The five-term Republican Selectman Who Had Previously Included Four-Year Stints On Both The Representative Town Meeting And The Board Of Estimate And Taxation Was Simply Viewed As Being Too Closely Tied To The Towns Failure To Having An Emergency Rainy Day Fund.

Many Greenwich Political Observers Say That The Departing Crumbine, Who Had Served With Four Different First Selectmen, Made The Wise Choice To Jump Before He Was Pushed Aside.

Now Here Is The Republican Town Committee Approved Story Brought To You By The Greenwich Time.....

Crumbine stepping down after five terms
Staff Writer
...."It has been a great run," Crumbine said. "(This) job could not be more varied. One day you are reading Dr. Seuss to third-graders, the next you are answering irate citizens about the location of a stop sign or about allowing nonresidents on the ferries. You get to know what is really going on at Town Hall and you get to know people -- lots of them.".....

....In August 2001, Crumbine, in his capacity as acting first selectman for the absent Prince, declared a "Powerball emergency" and got permission from state officials to suspend sales of the lottery tickets in town when fortune-seekers overwhelmed the area as the jackpot swelled to $280 million......

....Although he is calling it quits at the end of the year, Crumbine said he plans to remain visible at Town Hall and aid in the nominations process for municipal boards and commissions.

"Finally, to paraphrase Gen. Douglas MacArthur, old selectmen never die or even fade away. They just hang around," Crumbine said.
QUOTE: "We have a serious, serious revenue problem," says Michael Mason, The Board Of Estimate and Taxation's Budget Committee Chairman
Proposal includes 3.55 percent property tax boost
By Neil Vigdor
Staff Writer

Four hours into its second day of deliberations, the Board of Estimate and Taxation's Budget Committee closed an estimated $8.4 million fiscal gap Wednesday, the final step toward recommending a $341.6 million town spending plan for 2009-10.

The panel's four members unanimously recommended the budget proposal to the full BET, which will hold a public hearing on the plan on March 17 before its own deliberations on March 19.
A last-minute giveback of $1 million from the Board of Education .....
....Budget officials also earmarked $1 million for drainage and stormwater management projects, as well as $1.7 million for the ongoing construction of a new downtown public safety facility.
Notable omissions from the proposed budget include a $750,000 roof replacement project at the Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich and $175,000 to design a new King Street fire station.....
....The town took an initial step toward closing the budget gap earlier this month when it laid off 20 full-time and 19 part-time employees from its 1,020-person non-school work force.....

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02/26/09 This Just In......

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

WABC weatherman Bill Evans joins morning crew at WGCH in Greenwich
New York Daily News
By Richard Huff Evans, who was recently phased out of WPLJ's morning show after budget cuts, recently began doing weather forecasts for WGCH-AM in Greenwich ...
Slain Greenwich Developer's Widow Won't Get Insurance Money
Hartford Courant
By DAVE ALTIMARI The widow of slain Greenwich real estate developer Andrew Kissel has lost her bid to get an insurance company to pay off on a $15 million ...
Greenwich Academy basketball loses at RCDS in FAA semfinals
Greenwich Time
By Tony Pinciaro RYE, NY -- Greenwich Academy opened the second half of its Fairchester Athletic Association basketball semifinal with a flourish. ...
Greenwich girls ice hockey falls to Darien in FCIAC semfinals
Stamford Advocate
By David Fierro Greenwich High School's Melanie Lee ......
Greenwich swimming nipped by Fairfield Prep
Stamford Advocate
By Rob Kelley FAIRFIELD -- A spirited comeback came up six points short Wednesday as the Greenwich High School boys swimming team dropped a 96-90 nailbiter ...
Win in final relay gives Fairfield Prep victory over Greenwich ...
Connecticut Post - Bridgeport,CT
Fairfield Prep won 10 out of the 12 events, but the depth of Greenwich kept the meet close to the end. "It was a big win for us," said Prep coach Bruce ...
Greenwich Academy hockey shuts out Gunnery
Greenwich Time
The Greenwich Academy hockey team put an end to its five-game losing streak Wednesday, defeating Gunnery 1-0 on the road. "This is the most rewarding win of ...

Greenwich nonprofit group links seniors
Greenwich Time
Rebecca Lippel, manager of the Greenwich-based Family Centers' Friendly Connections senior outreach program, spoke to some 20 members of the Rotary Club of ...

Is This The Shape Of Things To Come ?

Will The Connecticut Post Now Be The Paper Of Record For Greenwich ?????

Strange But True: You Can't Read This Breaking Greenwich New Story In Hearst Newspaper's Greenwich Time, But You Can Read This Breaking Greenwich News Story In Hearst Newspaper's Connecticut Post.....

Greenwich firm principals charged in fraud
Connecticut Post - Bridgeport,CT
By Peter Urban The managing partners of Greenwich-based WG Trading Co. were arrested Wednesday by FBI agents on conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud ...

More On The Story That The Green Kitty Litter Liner Totally Missed ....

2/13/09 PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Action Taken Against Greenwich Traders Paul Greenwood & Stephen Walsh- Questions About "Hundreds Of Millions Dollars"

02/21/09 National Futures Association Suspends Greenwich Traders Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh

02/25/09 Greenwich Fraudsters Busted By The FBI ......More On The Greenwich Ponzi Scheme That Hearst Newspapers Is Failing To Cover

02/25/09 Greenwich Fraudsters Also Wasted Money On The New York Islanders

02/25/09 Where Is Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter? The Greenwich Fraud Scheme That Hearst Newspapers Is Not Covering Just Hit $1.3 Billion

02/25/09 Didn't Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter Or Hearst Newspaper Business Editor Jim Zebora Get The Department Of Justice Press Release

02/25/09 Wall Street Journal: Bearly Legal? Investment Managers Charged with Fraud

Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter Is Still In His Self Induced Coma !!!!

High-end merchants concerned about Greenwich Avenue security
Greenwich Time
By Debra Friedman Terry Betteridge, owner of Betteridge Jewelers on Greenwich Avenue, feels the Avenue is less safe without a traffic officer at the Lewis ...

...Freeing up two officers cuts back on overtime and allows for extra day patrols on the Avenue and in Byram, Ridberg said.

That's great news for some residents, like Michael Bocchino, president of the Byram Neighborhood Association.

Bocchino said it was "ludicrous" to keep stationary traffic officers on the Avenue, instead of allowing the department to provide extra patrols.

"Greenwich is not the same place. Things have changed and we have to change with it," said Bocchino.....


Didn't Terry Betteridge Use To Hire A Greenwich Police Officer To Sit In His Store?

Betteridge Jewelers Is Only A Couple Of Blocks From The Greenwich Police Palace.

Terry Betteridge Is Whining, As If, His Store Was In A High Crime Area Like The Byram.

Apparently, The Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside And Old Greenwich Sections Of Town Are Not Secure Since There Is Not Any Police Officers On Those Street Corners.

The Betteridge Store Was Burglarized From The Street A Few Years Ago. They Cut A Hole In The Glass In Front Of The Store And Stuck Their Hand In And Took Jewelry. This Was All Done In Plain View Of The Traffic Cop!!!!

Greenwich Needs Aggressive Neighborhood Crime Patrols, Not Greenwich Avenue Crossing Guards

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McMahon Is Ready To Rumble At The State Board Of Education .....
WWE's Linda McMahon Approved By State House - Capitol Watch
By Christopher Keating
A longtime resident of Greenwich's affluent "backcountry'' section, McMahon, 60, serves as the chief executive officer of the Stamford-based WWE, which is a widely known brand across the country....
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02/25/09 Who Said Leona Was All Bad. Expired Greenwich Residents Money Will Go To Help Dogs And Others

Leona Helmsley died at age 87 of heart failure on August 20, 2007 at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut.


Real estate baroness Leona Helmsley's multibillion-dollar fortune can go to more than just the dogs.

In a ruling announced Wednesday, a Manhattan judge said trustees managing Helmsley's estate can distribute her funds to a broad range of charities.

She left instructions in one of the documents relating to her charitable trust that money be donated to help care for dogs, as well as other charities.

Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Troy Webber ruled that trustees of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust have sole discretion for which charities should get the Helmsley fortune.

Trust spokesman Howard Rubenstein says the trustees will announce the first grants from the foundation next month.

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