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Thursday, March 19, 2009

03/19/09 PRESS RELEASE: The Eight Conditions That Make a Difference in Student Aspirations

The Eight Conditions That Make a Difference in Student Aspirations.

My Voice Survey, consists of a short survey of students, staff and parents to determine the perceived school environment. Accompanying Resource Guides and Professional Development provide plans and activities to improve school environment and student aspirations.

(1) Provides meaningful data and valuable insights to educators for grades 3-12

(2) Reveals the connections and disconnections among educators, students and parents

(3) Helps educators improve relationships with students and parents

(4) Makes teaching more relevant and engaging

(5) Creates a renewed sense of purpose

(6) Raises student aspirations

(7) Improvement academic achievement, social awareness and positive contributions to school and community

(8) Research-based

Enrich: Supports course instruction by providing an engaging and optimal learning environment; motivates and inspires students to achieve; improves relationships with students, staff and parents.

Instruct: Meets individual learning needs by giving students a sense of belonging and accomplishment.

Inspire: Teaches beyond the classroom by inspiring students to be curious and creative, have a spirit of adventure, gain leadership and responsibility and having the confidence to take action.

My Voice Survey, developed by Dr. Russell from the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, asks students to respond to a series of statements about their learning environment. The survey is based on the 8 Conditions that Make a Difference: Belonging, Heroes, Sense of Accomplishment, Fun & Excitement, Curiosity and Creativity, Spirit of Adventure, Leadership & Responsibility, and Confidence to Take Action.

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02/19/09 Greenwich Business Report -- Bussiness Talk Radio Owner, Michael Metter, Is Making Business

(SPNG.ob) - SpongeTech Lands $10 million in March Deals
NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SpongeTech® Delivery Systems, Inc., America's Cleaning Company(TM), (OTC Bulletin Board: SPNG - News) would like to inform shareholders of recent developments at your Company.

New orders for SpongeTech® products continue to grow at an impressive pace. From March 1 through March 17, the Company booked orders with a value of $9.6 million from well-known domestic retailers. The order agreements include the usual non-disclosure clauses to protect the competitive positions of our clients, so we are not permitted to announce the names of specific retailers until the SpongeTech® products have been shipped and appear on the store shelves. We will make further announcements when appropriate.

We noted on February 2 that there were roughly 700 million SPNG shares outstanding at that time. There have been no significant changes to date. All rumors to the contrary are unfounded and without merit.

It should be noted that on March 10 we petitioned the State of Delaware to increase the "authorized" common shares to 1.5 billion from 1.25 billion. While we have no present intention to issue more shares, we acted on the advice of legal counsel to increase the authorization to provide for possible future acquisitions, shareholder dividends, or other corporate purposes.

Thank you for your kind attention and loyalty as we continue to create "America's Cleaning Company."

Michael Metter CEO

Steven Moskowitz COO.

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03/19/08 The Raw Greenwich News Feed; This Just In......

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

Bernanke Bunker Bombs Markets With Fed Treasury Purchase Announcement
Seeking Alpha
One Greenwich based hedge fund reportedly made a killing. They got long the bond and short the dollar before the Fed announcement. ...
Cleaning up: Watershed coalition has challenges ahead
Greenwich Post
Its location, meandering from the riverbanks of Bedford, NY, through Rye Brook, NY, Greenwich and Port Chester, NY, to Long Island Sound, requires a joint ...
Westhill/Stamford swimmers ready for State Open
Norwalk Advocate
Greenwich won its 17th straight Class LL title with 783 points. Fairfield Prep was second with 671 and Westhill had 410. ...
Greenwich Time Staff
Greenwich Time
Chabad of Greenwich, 75 Mason St., will hold a "Model Matzah Factory," an educational and interactive pre-Passover event, on Sunday. ...
Memorial planned for Perrot librarians
Stamford Advocate
GREENWICH -- Storytellers, publishers, librarians and families are expected to gather Friday to celebrate the lives and works of the two ...
What You've Been Missing on Capitol Hill Today
Cityfile - New York
... he'd received to try and make the case that releasing the names of immoral AIG employees might lead to a drive-by in Fairfield or Greenwich or wherever. ...

The Latest Greenwich Blog Post:

Tucson real estate is holding up better than Greenwich's
By christopherfountain
They're only down to 2004 prices. The advice is the same, though: The rise, 2001 - 2006, was +87% for both Average and Median prices. The fall, 2006 - 2009, ...
For What It's Worth - http://christopherfountain.wordpress.com/

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03/19/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - Greenwich Time News Links

Betty Sternberg takes notes as Mandarin language teacher Lin Young, center, teaches Mandarin...

With a daunting daily load of coursework and extracurricular activities, you'd think a Greenwich High School student might crumble under the pressure of having the superintendent follow him around all day.

New boating plan postponed
Confronted by an armada of angry boaters at a public hearing Wednesday night, town officials reversed the rudder on a controversial plan to impose new rules on the mooring of vessels in local waters.

In town
Matzah factory educational event Chabad of Greenwich, 75 Mason St., will hold a "Model Matzah Factory," an educational and interactive pre-Passover event, on Sunday.

More delays in Honulik appeal
The state Supreme Court has granted the town's request for more time to file its response to a police lieutenant's motion for reconsideration, which asks the court to review its recent ruling against him in a promotion lawsuit.

Health director pushing for return of coordinator
The medical community wants the town to reinstate funding for the position of public health emergency preparedness coordinator, which it says plays a vital role in planning for pandemics, immunizations, a bioterrorism attack and quarantines.

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03/19/09 Here Is Another Financial Scandal You Wont Read About In The Greenwich Time And This One Is Right On Greenwich Avenue


Hearst Newspaper Managing Editor Bruce Hunter Is Once Again A Sleep At The Switch: If You Want To Know Whats Really Going On In Greenwich You Have Got To Read The Out Of Town Newspapers

Wine Dine And Pocketline In Greenwich: $25 Million From Money Managers Like Greenwich Firm Searle & Co. Was Pocketed By Former New New York Attorney General's Aide.
A Lot Of Dirty Money Fllows Through Greenwich Everyday: Ex-Greenwich Time Managing Editor And Now Hearst Newspaper Business Reporter Jim "I Write About Homebrewed Beer" Zebora Is Totally Clueless

ALBANY - Hank Morris, a top political consultant to former Controller Alan Hevesi, is one of two people facing indictment Thursday for their roles in a state pension fund scandal, the Daily News has learned.

Morris and David Loglisci, former deputy controller for Pension Investment and Cash Management under Hevesi, would be the first charged in a nearly two-year probe by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office, a source told The News.

The specific charges weren't clear last night. Hevesi will not be charged, the source said.

The News reported in September that Cuomo had convened a grand jury.

Morris pocketed at least $25 million in middleman fees from financial firms that won business with the pension fund during Hevesi's tenure.

Successful companies paid a little-known Connecticut financial firm, Searle & Co. "placement fees," 95% of which are said to have gone to Morris.

The largest chunk was from the Carlyle Group, one of the world's biggest private equity firms in the world.

Carlyle, which invests $1.3 billion for the state pension, paid $12.3 million to Searle from 2003 through 2006.

Morris, Loglisci and their lawyers could not be reached. Searle's lawyer said he was unaware of any charges. Cuomo had no comment.

Morris, a longtime Democratic consultant who also worked for Sen. Chuck Schumer, quietly registered as a financial broker just months after Hevesi took office in 2003.

Few people are said to have known of his involvement with Searle & Co., which is located above a Greenwich, Conn., Christian Science reading room.

Meanwhile, Morris created five firms - four of which shared his East Hampton home address. His name was not listed on the incorporation papers.

At least three of the companies received fees from firms doing business with the fund, documents show. Morris no longer works at Searle.

Hevesi, who quit in 2006 before pleading guilty to an unrelated felony, has denied knowing Morris made money off the pension fund.

Loglisci resigned suddenly in May 2007 amid the probe.

One firm said to be cooperating with Cuomo's probe is Dallas-based Hunt Financial Ventures, whose part owner, Barret Wissman, is reportedly friends with Loglisci.

A Hunt Financial Ventures lawyer said the firm was told before it won $116.7 million in pension business to contact Morris, who instructed it to pay the referral fees to certain companies.

Records show the companies were Searle and Nosemote, one of the five firms Morris created.

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03/19/09 Hearst Newspaper Managing Editor Bruce Hunter Is A Sleep At The Switch: You Wont Read This At The Greenwich Time

PRESS RELEASE: 2008 Academy Award Nominee to Speak at New Lebanon Elementary School

Chris Jenkins has moved from California and Sony Pictures Animation to Greenwich CT where he now works for Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich CT. Mr. Jenkins was an effects animator for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Hercules. He was also an effects supervisor for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and artistic coordinator for Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Chris was born and raised in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. He attended the Ton Pentre Junior School and later went to the Upper Rhondda Comprehensive School. He also attended cal state long beach for college.

New Lebanon hosts movie nights for the students through out the year. This will be the first special guest for the students. Movie night is sponsored by the PTA, Judge and Associates Real Estate.

Mr. Jenkins found his current residence through Greenwich Real Estate broker Tim Judge. Being in the movie business Mr. Jenkins enjoyed the YouTube videos produced by Judge and Associates. 'Being in the movie business I can appreciate when someone takes the time to make an experience out of watching an informational video.' Jenkins added. It was with that connection the two agreed a special movie night would be a great idea.

Tim Judge has 2 boys in New Lebanon and 3 girls at home. Mr Judge is in charge of the New Lebanon PTA website, and is a den leader in the Byram Cub Scouts. Mr. Judge started in real estate in 1990, and started his own brokerage http://judgeandassociates.com/ in 2003 when he moved from New Rochelle NY.

Media Contact:

Judge And Associates
Tim Judge

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03/19/09 The Raw Overnight Greenwich Roundup News Feed

Committee passes artificial turf ban
Connecticut Post
... County lawmakers on the environmental committee were torn over Fawcett's proposal. State Rep. Fred Camillo, R-Greenwich, said he has reviewed existing information on the fields and nothing has convinced him they pose a health threat. "I usually vote ...

Allendale Community Seniors Get a Jump on Spring Planting
The Paramus Post
... they learned how to plant amaryllis bulbs at a horticulture class last month. The class was led by Carol Browne of Greenwich, Conn., daughter of Atrium resident Stella Dukes. Browne, who is active in her local garden club, also donated the bulbs ...

Community - Dives in under the Sea' at bike parade and fair
Gasparilla Gazette
... the exhibit of sharks teeth and seashells. His dad said Michael wants to be a shark scientist. They were here from Greenwich, CT, visiting Jerry and Carole Miller. Joe Wier from the community center staff announced the winners of the morning's Bike ...

The Dirty World of Cleanses
New York Press
... squat brick buildings of the housing projects behind them. The women inside these cars have come all the way from Greenwich, Conn....... to get their fix. One-by-one, they dart out from the heated leather seats and ring ...

Committee approves study of electronic border tolls
Westport News
Despite an outcry from Fairfield County legislators, members of the state's Transportation Committee on Friday approved a bill proposing that the state's planners consider ways to install electronic tolls at state borders in municipalities such as Greenwich and Danbury to fund transportation projects.

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