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Monday, March 2, 2009

03/02/09 Just Books' March Mystery Month-Fairstein, Pryor & Gross

Just Books Store (Winter)
Upcoming Events
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Author Visit & Book Signing

Linda Fairstein
A Just Books' Event at Arcadia Café
20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Free and open to the public

Just Books is delighted to welcome back the very popular, best-selling author Linda Fairstein, with her newest Alexandra Cooper mystery, Lethal Legacy (Doubleday, $26). Linda Fairstein was the DA who founded the Sex Crimes Unit in NYC and is the inspiration for television shows Law & Order and SVU, based on what she pioneered in her career as a DA. Lethal Legacy is sure to be another Fairstein bestseller. In the book, assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, looks in to the disappearance of librarian Tina Barr. The investigation leads Alex and her team into the dark depths of the New York Public Library in search of stolen items that certain bibliophiles and antique map enthusiasts would kill for. This book is full of fun information about the New York Public Library! Fairstein has written more than 11 Alex Cooper mysteries. She worked in the Manhattan District Attorney's office for 25 years before retiring to write novels full time.

Author Visit & Book Signing

Make it Happen Sam Pryor
Just Books
28 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Free and open to the public

Sam Pryor, III, a Greenwich-native, will introduce the biography Make it Happen: The Fascinating Life of Sam Pryor, Jr. (Maple-Vail, $30), written about his adventurous father. Based in Greenwich, Conn., with much of the story in the Cos Cob section of town, Make It Happen presents a colorful life, a unique man, and opens a window into key events and people in the U.S. during the 20th century. "Luck doesn't just happen," Pryor would tell his children. "You make it happen." Spanning from 1865 until 1934, the book covers many of the important events during the early 1900's along with details on Pryor's many accomplishments.

Author Visit & Book Signing

Andrew Gross
A Just Books' Event at Arcadia Café
20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Free and open to the public

Favorite best-selling author Andy Gross will speak to fans and sign copies of his new thriller Don't Look Twice (William Morrow, $25.99). Gross is the best-selling author of The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide and co-author with best-selling author James Patterson of six popular thrillers. In Don't Look Twice, the book opens with a drive-by shooting on Putnam Avenue, a popular main thoroughfare in Greenwich, which leaves an innocent by-stander dead. Detective Ty Hauck gets sucked into a fast-paced and riveting trail of gambling and high-stakes corruption much of which takes place in Greenwich.

Book Club

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Out Stealing Horses
A Just Books & Greenwich Water Club Event
49 River Road, Cos Cob, CT
Cost $40 - incl. book & luncheon
Reservations Required - call 203-661-4033

The Just Books and Greenwich Water Club Book Club present Out Stealing Horses (Graywolf Press, $22), by Per Petterson, an award-winning Norwegian novelist, at its March luncheon. The luncheon includes a hardcover copy of the book, lunch, and a book chat moderated by Jenny Lawton. Out Stealing Horses is a poetic novel based on the reminiscences of Trond Sander, a seventy-year-old widower, of an unforgettable day spent with his brother and father. The author does a beautiful job of telling the afternoon's events both from the character's childhood perspective and with the insights of an old man.

Book Club
Stacked Books
A Just Books' Event at Arcadia Café
20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Cost $50 - incl. hardcover book & light supper
Reservations Required - call 203-637-0707

Just Books offers the new Fresh Picks Book Club, moderated by Jenny Lawton. The cost is $50 per person and includes a hardcover book, light supper and talk; BYO. Reservations required - email Jennifer.lawton@gmail.com

Story Hour
MARCH 4, 11, 18 & 25

Story Hour
Just Books
28 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Free and Open to the Public; Reservations Recommended - 203-637-0707

NEW! Toddler and pre school story hour each Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Just Books; call 203-637-0707 to reserve a space

Kid's Board
TUESDAY & THURSDAY, 4:00 - 4:45 PM
MARCH 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26 & 31
Kids Reading Books
Just Books
28 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Free and Open to the Public - Ages 5-18

Kids ages 5-18 come review NEW books at Just Books!
Just Books' Kids Board meets every Tuesday & Thursday. Moderated by Jenny Lawton. Drop-ins welcome!

Just Books would like to THANK the community for its continued support. The success of an independent neighborhood bookstore is dependent on its loyal customers.

-- Marion Holmes and the staff at Just Books


APRIL 15, 12 PM -- Greenwich Water Club Book Club - Unaccustomed Earth by Jumpa Lahiri; luncheon $40 (includes book): reservations required by calling 203-661-4033

APRIL 21, 7 PM - Fresh Picks Book Club, moderated by Jenny Lawton at Arcadia Café; cost is $50 and includes hardcover book, salad, soup; BYO; reservations required by calling 203-647-8766


APRIL 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30, 4 - 4:45 PM -- Just Books' KIDS BOARD - Kids ages 5-18 at Just Books

APRIL 1, 15, 22 & 29, 10:30 AM - Just Books' Toddler & Pre School Story Hour at Just Books
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Just Books is proud to support the community with a renewed and continued focus on customer service. Check out the Just Books' calendar for upcoming events, including book signings, book clubs, youth literacy and writing programs (Just Words @ Just Books on Monday nights). Also stop by anytime and meet the new owner Marion Holmes. Just Books also wants to hear from you, so please send us your favorites, recommendations and wish list! Just Books can special order any book, gift wrap and ship to anywhere in the U.S.

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03/02/09 Greenwich Roundup Reader Asks For A Clarification

I really enjoy reading your blog;you do a great job of providing a great cross section of news and information. However, I was surprised to see you note that WGCH Radio doesn't post community events on its website.

There is a button on our website for Community Events which links to Viva Pop. They administer our information for us.

I hope that clarifies any confusion.

Jeff Weber
Executive Vice-President
WGCH Radio
Business TalkRadio Network®
Lifestyle TalkRadio Network®
P.O. Box 4826
Greenwich, CT 06831
FAX: (203)323-7302
Dear Jeff,
I owe you and WGCH an apology.
I don't know how I over looked the button at the top of your website that has a link to the Viva Pop Community Calender.
So For The Record WGCH has a link to community events.
Greenwich Roundup will endeavor to do a better job when reporting on WGCH in the future.
However, It Should Be Noted That Greenwich Roundup Is Not The Only One To Suffer From Foot In The Mouth Disease....
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03/02/09 NOELS WERE NOT GOLDEN IN SOUTHAMPTON: Walter "Feeder Fund" Noel Felt Chill Before Bernard Madoff Ponzi Scheme Was Exposed

The family of embattled billionaire Walter Noel, co-founder of the Greenwich, Conn., hedge fund that invested $7.5 billion with Bernie Madoff, wasn't welcomed with open arms by the less wealthy, less fun-loving WASPs of Southampton - even before the scandal broke.

Vanity Fair - which profiles Noel, his wife, Monica, and their five daughters, Corina, Alix,
Marisa, Lisina and Ariane - reports that after Walter and his wife, Monica, bought a $10 million house in Southampton in 2001, they were blackballed at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and the Southampton Bathing Corp. (known as "the beach club"). The comely daughters, instead of wearing Lily Pulitzer, favored "thongs and sarongs," VF reports. The source adds that the Noels "lit up their house like a Vegas casino, which shocked some of their neighbors." A Noel rep responded: "This sounds like mean-spirited and petty gossip."

Full Story: www.nypost.com

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03/02/09 Race is on to enter Westchester Triathlon

On your mark, get set, go register!

Online registration for the Westchester Triathlon begins tomorrow at noon....

....... of a swim 9/10ths of a mile in Long Island Sound; a 25-mile scenic bike course through Rye, Port Chester, Greenwich, North Castle, Harrison and Rye Brook; and a 6.2-mile run through Rye....

Full Story: www.thejournalnews.com

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03/02/09 Money big barrier to quieting I-95 sound

The state Department of Transportation has approved 36 installations of highway sound barriers in Fairfield, Westport, Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich.

There's one problem.....

They are among 132 sound-barrier projects statewide that have accumulated since 1989, when funding was cut and never restored.

It's become a tradition for lawmakers to sponsor bills -- unsuccessfully -- to restart the program in their neck of the state.

Last week the Legislature's Transportation Committee held a public hearing on a proposal by state Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, who came armed with letters from residents who live near Interstate 95.

"My neighbors and I have been waiting patiently for years for the state to install sound barriers," wrote Diane Cece, of Norwalk. "As of 2006, our road was 81 on the [DOT's list]; the extreme noise and the wind-blown road debris, including small particulate pollutants, impacts our lives in every season.".

Aura Stutzman, of Greenwich, wrote, "You need only walk through a Fairfield County neighborhood lacking a sound barrier to sample vehicles rumbling so unceasing that the notion of relaxation seems an absurd fantasy."......

Source: http://www.connpost.com/ci_11814468?source=most_emailed

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03/02/09 Greenwich Job Losses Are Helping New York City Office Rents From Tanking Further

London office rents fall twice as fast as NYC

Office rents in London fell twice as quickly as its main international rival New York City last year, as the capital bore the brunt of the crisis in the financial sector, a report said on Monday.

Annual rents in London on average dropped 24 percent to 63.28 pounds per square foot (psf) by the end of 2008, while rents in Manhattan fell 12 percent to $76 (53 pounds) psf, said UK-based NB Real Estate and New York's PBS Real Estate in the joint report.

The impact of the financial crisis and its resultant job losses has been extra severe on London's office market, as some 33.5 percent of the city's workforce is employed in financial services compared with 25 percent in New York City, the report said.

"London is shedding jobs in finance at a faster rate than New York, so inevitably demand for office space in London is falling much more rapidly than Manhattan," said NB Real Estate director James Crisp.....

....."The New York occupier base is quite diverse and the finance sector in the U.S. is more dispersed geographically than it is in the UK -- many of the hedge funds are based in Greenwich, Connecticut for example," said John Brod, Principal of PBS.....
Full Story: www.iht.com
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03/02/09 Seven days of alcohol?

Could Connecticut finally be saying goodbye to dry Sundays?

With the Nutmeg State now facing an $8 billion budget deficit over the next three fiscal years, some state legislators are pushing for the repeal of an old law that bans the sale of alcohol on Sundays. The additional sales, they say, would boost business for alcohol vendors and bring in much-needed state tax revenue — an estimated $2.5 million to 5 million per year, according to Connecticut’s Office of Fiscal Analysis.

But while some struggling alcohol vendors are hoping Sunday sales could be their saving grace, others say lifting the ban would only be a burden, requiring extra operating costs not matched by revenue from an additional day of business. The debate over the ultimate profitability of Sunday sales is currently playing out among legislators in Hartford, but some thirsty Elis said they are keeping their fingers crossed for the state to finally abolish a liquor law they called inconvenient and antiquated.


In the 1600s, Puritan colonists enacted rigid laws — later known as “blue laws” — to regulate behavior on Sundays, the Christian day of worship. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Connecticut banned Sunday alcohol sales.

Today, Connecticut is one of only three states, including Georgia and Indiana, that prohibit over-the-counter sales of beer, wine and liquor on Sundays. In Connecticut, the prohibition is in effect between 9 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. Mondays. (Restaurants, hotels, bars and similar establishments can sell alcohol to be consumed on the premises.)

For some Sunday sales proponents, doing away with the ban is a matter of overturning the state’s last blue law, which they say is not only outdated but also unconstitutional.

Bruce Nevins, the owner of WineWise in Greenwich, Conn., and a longtime advocate of Sunday alcohol sales, said the law presents a “constitutional issue” because of the separation of church and state.

“It boils down to there’s not one valid reason to keep this antiquated law on the books,” Nevins said.....


Now that the economy and the state budget have taken turns for the worse, some legislators are ready to reverse Connecticut’s last blue law.

State Sen. John Kissel (R) and Reps. Karen Jarmoc (D) and Kathy Tallarita (D) have introduced legislation calling for the repeal of the Sunday alcohol sales ban. Kissel, Jarmoc and Tallarita represent Enfield, Conn., where some owners of package stores (stores that sell closed-container beer, wine and liquor to be consumed off the premises) say they are losing business to consumers who travel out of state to buy alcohol on Sundays.

Indeed, Nevins said many of his potential customers in Greenwich drive to New York to buy alcohol on Sundays while other Connecticut residents go to Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

“Businesses on the border are being denied revenue,” he said. “And the State of Connecticut is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue.”

Economic data suggest that the reversal of the ban would be a boon for alcohol vendors, said Ben Jenkins, a spokesman for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a national trade association that supports Sunday alcohol sales. All 13 states that have authorized Sunday alcohol sales since 2002 saw between 5 and 8 percent increases in sales when they started selling on Sundays, Jenkins explained.....
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03/02/09 WSTC - AM Puts Greenwich Community Events On It's Website, But Greenwich Radio Station WGCH - AM Does Not

Red Cross Blood Drives in Greenwich @ Temple Sholom...

... A sufficient blood supply rests on the generosity of volunteer donors. To schedule an appointment, please call the Greenwich Chapter at 203-869-8444. To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17 years ...

37th annual Student Art Show @ Stamford Art Association...

... the competition. The juror for the show is Frank Juliano, who has headed major arts organizations,, including the Greenwich Arts Council. Through grants and donations from individuals, foundations, and area businesses, the Stamford Art Association ...


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03/02/09 Remembering Kate and Kathy: Two Passionate Youth Librarians Leave Behind a Lasting Legacy

PHOTO: Kate McClelland, former head of youth services at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich
By Vicky Smith -- School Library Journal

For children's book lovers, the world was infinitely glorious on Monday, January 26, 2009, as the winners of the American Library Association's awards were announced at the midwinter meeting in Denver.

traveled to Washington, DC, for my first midwinter in January 2001, feeling very much a country cousin. One memory still stands out: I attended, at the invitation of a new friend, the Caldecott Committee’s introductory (and only public) meeting. A small, growly voiced woman wrapped in a fabulous multihued shawl confidently led the session, drawing her committee members into a cohesive unit even at that first gathering. I was one of only two people in the audience—a couple of chairs away sat a lovely, poised woman, who, like me, soaked in every word.

The person with the distinctive voice was, of course, Kate McClelland, then head of youth services at the Perrot (“rhymes with snot”) Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, CT, and chair of the 2002 Caldecott Committee. And the person sitting near me in the audience was her right-hand woman, Kathy Krasniewicz, who was herself just venturing into national involvement in ALA. After the meeting, introductions were made all around; Kate took me under her shawl then and there, and Kathy graciously made sure I felt comfortable.

As the years passed, I served on the Newbery Committee, Kathy served on the Sibert, and Kate served on the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Whenever we happened to find ourselves together, we’d have a good cackle about books—the most important thing, of course.

Kate inspired me to keep challenging myself, while Kathy’s collegial support gave me the confidence that I could, perhaps, succeed. Then one day in the fall of 2007 Kate said something that changed my life forever: “What about Karen’s job?” “Karen” was Karen Breen, editor of the children’s section of Kirkus Reviews, for whom Kate, Kathy, and I all reviewed. This suggestion wasn’t as outré as it sounds; Karen had been, according to her good friend Kate, “just dying to retire for months.”

“But, but, but…,” I protested. With one wave of her hand, Kate dismissed all my objections, while Kathy smiled and nodded encouragingly. Man proposes, Kate disposes, and when the dust cleared, I was installed as the new children’s editor of Kirkus Reviews in February of 2008. Karen was happily retired and—thank goodness—Kate and Kathy continued to review for us.

Kate, whose work with Eliza Dresang on the subject of radical change is well known, requested that she review picture books that exhibited “radical changes in form or content that connect them to the digital world.” Her favorite axe to grind? “Overblown, overlong fantasy (usually part of a trilogy) that drags in the middle.” Perhaps most telling was Kate’s unrelenting resentment of the cuts Kirkus made to the word counts in our reviews. “I rarely request fantasy since I rail against the inadequate word count, which seems only more inadequate for 500-page fantasies,” she wrote to me about the 175-word limit, “this sometimes drives me to SLJ.” That she received payment from Kirkus for her work made no difference to Kate’s sense of professional obligation toward the review at hand; she’d take more words over more bucks without thinking twice.

Kathy, while not as persnickety as her mentor, nevertheless had her own list of dislikes: “Doggerel; the word lyrical; the loss of the serial comma (I won’t tell Strunk and White if you won’t); authors who don’t seem to know their audiences; excessive or gratuitous cursing/mention of bras or penises, or menses, which make an otherwise perfectly fine book for third/fourth graders not; cover art that misrepresents the book or pigeonholes it as 'girly’; gross grammatical errors; overtly agenda-driven books… you get the general idea.”

Working as Kathy’s editor was a joy from start to finish. She kindly noted her word count at the bottom of each review; she even suppressed her fondness for serial commas. But more than turning in clean, accurate, timely copy, she tackled each 175-word submission with a keen sense that it was in itself an art form, often adapting her own voice to the work at hand with uncanny precision, while making perfectly clear her rock-solid evaluation of the book.

Editing Kate, on the other hand, was downright terrifying at times. If she didn’t think a book I’d sent her was worthwhile, she’d say so (“I simply don’t have time to be reading stuff I can’t use”), which sometimes paralyzed me. But when I got up the nerve to send her a book I loved with all my heart and she responded with a star recommendation—well, that was some kind of validation.

Kate, who had officially “retired” from Perrot in 2007, had handpicked Kathy to succeed her, so her words at the time of Karen Breen’s retirement now take on a bittersweet resonance: “Those of us who are [able] to pick our own successors to carry on endeavors that we care about with passion and enthusiasm are the lucky ones. It means that we have happy expectations that the ventures we leave have a life of their own and will flourish in the best hands.” All of us who were touched by Kate and Kathy know that they would want us to “carry on” the endeavors they cared about. We in the children’s book world are busily picking ourselves up and getting back to the work of publishing the best children’s books, the work of putting those books into the hands of children, the work of ALSC (where Kate was slated to be its next president).

In Greenwich, there lives a small-business owner who grew up haunting the Perrot Memorial Library. He remembers Mrs. Mac, 71, who helped him with countless homework assignments and gave him a place to be when he needed one. He reads to his 18-month-old baby every night. In the same town, there also live children who are mourning the loss of Mrs. K., 54, who helped them with countless homework assignments and gave them a place to be when they needed one. They will grow up, many of these kids, to read to their own 18-month-olds every night.

The children’s book world has begun, grindingly, to spin again. It will soon pick up speed till hardly a hesitation is noticed. And it will do that, in large part, thanks to Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz.

Author Information:

Vicky Smith is the children’s book editor of Kirkus Reviews.

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03/02/09 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS:Town Employees going mobile has its benefits, but Greenwich taxpayers take a hit when the bill arrives


To The Editor:

Greenwich spends tens thousands of dollars every year to keep employees a speed dial away.

Cell phones increase efficiency among workers, and they are invaluable in case of emergencies.

On the flip side, taxpayers are on the hook for how much employees talk on the phones.

Scores of taxpayer funded phones in some cases make Greenwich public officials incredibly more efficient, but with the economy the way it is, we have to take a much closer look at cell phone abuse by town officials and employees..

In February, the governor asked state agencies to disconnect unnecessary cell phones. Perhaps we should do the same in Greenwich.

Last year the town spent an outrageous amount on wireless communications, and in the first half of this fiscal year we are on track to spend even more.

Technology is a wonderful thing, but it comes with a price, and that price is too high for the town to support right now.

Your blog should start posting town cell phone bills, so that all taxpayer can see where their hard earned money is going.

Name Withheld By Request


Should the Greenwich BET cut back on cell phone usage or are all the town's cell phones a valuable tool that would place citizens in danger if they were turned off?
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03/02/09 The Raw Greenwich Blog And RSS Feed - Bloggers Who Are From, Work In Or Used To Live In Greenwich

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

For What It's Worth By Riverside Blogger Chris Fountain

Other than its name, this tax has nothing to do with Obama Warming

Story: Massachusetts Governor suggests $2 “carbon fee” for parking at Logan Airport.

He wants the parking fee - which requires approval from the Legislature - to be used for improvements to airport-related transit projects, including a proposal to build a new tunnel under South Boston to speed up the Logan-bound Silver Line bus service, and the initial phases of a long-term plan to build a transit loop around the city. Based on Logan’s most recent parking figures, the new fee would probably raise about $5.4 million per year.

Well God bless the man, at least he’s not proposing to spend the money on planting trees in Nepal or waste it on some other look good - do nothing project that Al Gore and his pals endorse (and get rich from).


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Hopefully, tragedy doesn't always ring twice - Elie Wiesel a victim, AGAIN - One tragedy is usually enough. Those getting through that one ordeal usually support the rest of their lifetimes documenting it, giving inspirational worksho...

The Fox Trot By Nick "The Sly" Fox
Hilarious Skit - I watched this skit again today, and I still think it's hilarious! It's from the 2009 Oscars: ~F.O.X~

The Blonde Excuse
Family - As some of you may already know, Brent was adopted 22 years ago in Illinois and brought back here to Connecticut where he was raised by a wonderful, loving f...

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Event raises $$ to fight heart disease - Fashion makes the statement, but it is the threat of cardiovascular disease and diabetes to the African-American and Hispanic communities that is at the he...

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03/02/09 This just in .......Greenwich Post Breaking News

Covering the news of Greenwich, Connecticut

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All Greenwich schools are closed today.
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Be Careful Out There.

A Winter Wallop Is Hitting Greenwich With Up To Eight Inches.

It Is A Blustery Day With Blizard Like Conditions.

Stay In If You Can.

The Roads Are Slick And There Are Many Spin Outs.

High Winds, Below Freezing Temperatures And High Winds

Are Forcast For The Rest Of The Day.

Metro North Trains Are Delayed Up To 15 Minutes.

03/02/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - This Just In......

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

Greenwich Fee Increases Are Not Tax Increases ?????
Greenwich coastal committee raises boaters' fees
Greenwich Time
Greenwich has never had a central body to manage its 28 miles of coastline. Last year, however, the state appointed Jonathan Asch as harbormaster for the ...
Group forms to help with final wishes
Greenwich Time
By Meredith Blake Lise Jameson, executive director of At Home in Greenwich, a nonprofit organization that helps the elderly stay in their homes, ...
In town
Greenwich Time
Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave., is offering a series of workshops in March, "Focus on Careers," to help job seekers in the recession. ...
Stamford, Norwalk schools learn from violent incidents
The Hour
Outside of Brien McMahon after Monday night's game between Brien McMahon and Greenwich High School, a 19-year-old man was shot in the right leg
near the ...
Heard around town
Greenwich Time
The pivotal roles of Scout, Jem and Dill are played by three child actors, including Greenwich resident Olivia Scott, who plays Scout.
Stamford holds off Greenwich
Greenwich Time
Instead, Ellis scored on a putback with 15 seconds remaining and Greenwich failed on a pair of late shots as the third-seeded Black Knights escaped with a ...

Greenwich Academy ice hockey falls 3-2 in regular-season finale
Greenwich Time
By Jesse Quinlan Greenwich Academy's Eliza Hompe follows through on a shot during the Gators 3-2 OT loss to Southfield Saturday. The competition for a spot ...

Candidates eye empty seat
Greenwich Time
A 30-year resident of Old Greenwich who is a retired banker and corporate finance executive, Stone, 70, is finishing his eighth year on the BET...

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Starwood Capital Group Appoints John McCarthy as Global Head of ...
PR Newswire (press release)
He will be based in Starwood Capital's headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut and be part of the senior management team that reports directly to Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht
. Mr. McCarthy formally joined the company on March 2, 2009. ...

3 trains break down on New Haven line - Connecticut Post
CT Spokesman Dan Brucker said that passengers on the affected trains were let off at the Greenwich railroad station and later picked up by express trains, which are making local stops today. MTA officials said that because express trains also are making ...

State health insurance too costly, clinics say - Stamford Advocate
Greenwich Hospital, along with Yale-New Haven and Bridgeport, enrolled in August, spokesman George Pawlush said, "to better serve the needs of the community." Pawlush said the hospital has seen about 22 patients with Charter Oak since then. ...

Walter And Monica Noel Still Don't Get Why People Are Mad At Them - The Business Insider
That's the conclusion drawn from Vanity Fair's latest look at the founding family of Fairfield Greenwich. Recall that in 2002, the mag did a fawning profile of the five Noel daughters and how they had such a rarefied upbringing. ...

Whitehead, Underwood, Joseph lift Southern Ct. men to track title - Greenwich Time
Devan FitzPatrick (Greenwich) was with the Colby 3200 and distance relays, which placed sixth in the New England event. NCAA provisional qualifying time at the USATF New England Championship meet. Shelby Walton (Danbury) won the 55 (7.10) and was third ...

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03/02/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - Greenwich Citizen

Another big splash on tap?
By Scott Ferrari
When Greenwich High's boys swimming & diving team saunters onto its own pool deck March 5 at 6:30 pm for the FCIAC championship finals, the Cardinals are the ones with all those notches in their gun belts. Two years ago, New Canaan ...

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Cerio leads GHS at class LL finals
Apparently, Greenwich High’s Victor Cerio didn’t get that memo at the class LL state tournament last weekend at Trumbull High. Cerio defied his seed to finish fourth in the 119-pound weight bracket, punching his ticket to the State Open, which begins ...

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03/02/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - Greenwich Time (Updated)

Paleontologist tells of searching for fossils, eating bizarre foods

While excavating at a site in Western China, paleontologist Dr. Mark Norell and his team discovered the fossil remains of a primitive bird, called a mononykus.

Hockey Jamboree raise money for Boys and Girls Club

Former Middlebury College hockey player, Shannon Tarrant, 24, was prepared to defeat her father Moe Tarrant, 50 in a game of three on three hockey.

Fire department reduces number of accidents

A concentrated effort to reduce the number of accidents involving fire department vehicles has resulted in a significant decrease in frequency, officials say, but the cost of repairs remains nearly unchanged.

Witherell approves long-term plan

Residents at The Nathaniel Witherell can expect the facility to feel more like home. In the future, residents may live in one of 12 "households" of about 16 beds, where they will be offered more individualized care and more choices.

Rell honors Gulf War veterans

When Greenwich resident Chris Hughes, 40, served on the front lines in the first Gulf War, he witnessed the devastation and human toll Iraqi forces waged on Kuwait.

Taxpayers may pay for pension shortfall

The financial upheaval currently shaking the town could be a mere tremor before the big one, warn budget officials, who say that record losses in the municipal pension fund amid growing liabilities will likely require a hefty contribution from taxpayers in the near future.

Candidates eye empty seat

Just days after Selectman Peter Crumbine announced that he would not seek a fifth term, a number of fellow Republicans are poised to fill the vacuum.


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03/21/09 The Raw Greenwicg News Feed - Greenwich Time Sports (Updated)

As good as gold
Margaret Lu is beginning to laugh at the confusion that comes with telling people she fences. An uncommon sport to hear about these days, others misunderstand that either she has an after school job of building fences, or she's "just like Zorro!

Stamford holds off Greenwich
FAIRFIELD - After missing an uncontested dunk in the final three minutes as his team was desperately fighting off a spirited comeback by Greenwich, Mark Ellis was fearful of the treatment he would receive in the locker room after the game.

Banner win for Darien
If you ask Aimee Rich what's missing in her school's gymnasium, the junior captain of the Darien girls ice hockey team will be quick to tell you it's a banner to honor that team.

Whitehead, Underwood, Joseph lift Southern Ct. men to track title
Ryan Whitehead (Darien) was named Most Outstanding Performer at the Northeast 10 track championships after winning the pole vault by clearing a height of 16 feet, six inches, an NCAA qualifying mark and a conference record to help Southern Connecticut State University win its seventh straight men's league title.

Askin' Baskin: Trinity player wants normalcy, but a big question lingers
STAMFORD -- There are times Tevin Baskin would like to be just like any other high school senior, able to have dinner in public with his friends and be a regular face in the crowd.

Boys Basketball Boxes
FCIAC quarterfinalsStamford 59, Greenwich 58GREENWICH (58) - Jonathan Herzog 4 2-2 12; Matthew Moody 2 1-2 5; Adam Franchella 2 2-2 8; Clay Graham 6 2-5 14; Aminu Tedla 3 0-0 6; Demetrius Ferguson 6 0-0 13; Al Azulphar 0 0-0 0.

Darien girls hold off New Canaan
STAMFORD -- Conventional wisdom will tell you that when Team A has twice as many penalties as Team B in an ice hockey game, Team B is going to win.

Boys Hockey box scores
FCIAC quarterfinalsTrinity 3, St. Joseph 1St. Joseph 1 0 0 1Trinity 0 2 1 3STJ -- Pat Corcoran :43; TC -- Chris Lambrinakos (Jake Savona, Ryan Haggerty) 7:08; TC -- Haggerty 10:28; TC -- Haggerty (Savona, Steven Mulreed) 8:17.

Trinity defeats St. Joseph
Trinity Catholic 3, St. Joseph 1 -- Ryan Haggerty scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally with 4:32 left in the second period, to send the top-seeded Crusaders to the semifinals of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournament.

Trinity avoids trap, holds off Staples
FAIRFIELD-- The Trinity Catholic High School boys basketball team's road to postseason success in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference has always been paved with sluggish opening-round performances.

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