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Monday, May 11, 2009

05/11/09 The Latest Blog Posts About Greenwich......

Greenwich Financier Stephen Dent Teaches Us About When Gold ...
By Chris Rovzar
It's an important lesson that should really only have to be learned once. Daily Intel - http://nymag.com/daily/intel/

Is there anyone in Greenwich who's still sane and not under ...
By christopherfountain
Is there anyone in Greenwich who's still sane and not under indictment?
Stay away from me with that purse, Peter. Peter! Round Hill Road resident and Walt Noel neighbor Frederic Bourke feared ... For What It's Worth - http://christopherfountain.wordpress.com/

Bruce Museum Outdoor Festival Greenwich Blog :
By gb
Bruce Museum One Museum Drive Saturday,May 16-Sunday, May 17, 2009 10:00am-5:00pm Held on the grounds of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. The Festival. Greenwich Blog :: The Blog of... - http://greenwichblog.com/

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05/11/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed Late Night Edition

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

David Rabin Is Still Making Headlines ......

Recession: One day in America
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
David Rabin, once a senior vice president of marketing, can't even get a job recruiting members for a Greenwich, Conn., gym. ...
Expert: Sex, Internet addictions go hand-in-hand
Seattle Post Intelligencer
... a case like that of Greenwich, Conn., investor Stephen G. Dent, who became a repeated victim of extortion after interacting with women he met online. ...

The Latest Greenwich Blog Posts:

Prime Broker Names New Hire Hedge Fund Focus
By admin
Previously, Mr. Davis was Chief Operating officer at SDS Capital Group, a Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund. Earlier, Mr. Davis was Managing Director and National Sales Manager at both Banc of America Prime Brokerage and Montgomery ...
Hedge Fund Focus - http://www.hedgefundfocus.com/

Will Obama's So-Called "Hedge Fund Bullying" Hurt The Rescue Plan

Or Help The Plan By Stablizing The Markets?

The Journal Can't See Through the Hedges : CJR
"Hedge funds really need a community organizer," Mr. Asness quipped in the three-page letter, pointedly signed as "Unafraid in Greenwich, Conn." And: Some hedge funds have said that a key part of PPIP could unfairly benefit Allianz SE's ...
CJR - http://www.cjr.org/

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05/11.09 How Some Women Score In Greenwich

Husband-Hunt at Wealthy A.A. Meetings: Advice from Helen Gurley Brown
Jane Genova

... money, even after a professional crash. And Brown was right on the money about the meetings in affluent areas. Two Greenwich, Connecticut geezers proposed to me after their wives died. Rich men tend to be lazy socially and will grab onto any nearby ...

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05/11/09 When You Report The National News Always Find A Local Angle Or Expert: Stocks Take A Hit On Earnings

Stocks drop on bank stock issues as rally falters
The Arizona Daily Star

... Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Index slid 1.4 percent. "The market has gone too far, too fast," Douglas Cliggott, the Greenwich, Connecticut-based manager of the $81 million Dover Long/Short Sector Fund, which beat 97 percent of its peers last year, told ...

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05/11/09 When You Report The National News Always Find A Local Angle Or Expert: Boeing's new business: rent-a-drone

Boeing's Drones Now for Rent as Governments Bypass Years of Buying Hurdles


... budgeting $3.8 billion to buy drones in its fiscal 2010, Peter Arment , an analyst at Broadpoint AmTech Inc., in Greenwich, Connecticut, said in an interview. a oeWe know that the military servicesa demand for these systems is going to go up ...

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05/11/09 No One Gives You More Up To The Minute Associated Press Coverage Than The Greenwich Time

Live Video 2 p.m.: Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts off to fix Hubble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis is on its way to the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis and seven astronauts blasted off Monday on a mission that has more risks than usual. It is NASA's

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

Davis' buzzer beater lifts Celtics over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The defending champions aren't giving up their crown easily. Glen Davis made a 21-foot jumper as time expired to help the Boston Celtics hold off a furious rally and defeat the

By Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press

Damon homer in 7th lifts Yankees over Orioles 5-3
BALTIMORE -- After Aubrey Huff had his fun at the expense of Joba Chamberlain, the New York Yankees got in the last word against the Baltimore Orioles. Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer in the

By David Ginsburg Associated Press


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05/11/09 The Greenwich Time Tries To Add Blog And RSS Feeds To It's Site, But It Can't Compare To The "Raw Greenwich Blog And RSS Feed"

The Greenwich Time Brings You This Lame Attempt At A "Raw Blog And RSS Feed" On It's Home Page ....

Courant.com: Dodd blasts critics of his wife
U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., blasted critics for raising suspicions about corporate boards served on by his wife Jackie Sunday in an op-ed for the Hartford Courant. He called the claims raised by state GOP Chairman Chris Healy a "flat-out lie" and "low-blow politics. more »
They Also Have These Posts:

TimesUnion.com: Jimmy Fallon finally getting degree from former college

WTNH.com: Coast Guard finds 1 of 2 missing men

WSJ.com: Once 'Wall Street North', Stamford looks for new identity

MyLeftNutmeg.com: Dodd says he's open to torture hearings

But The Real
Raw Greenwich News And RSS Feed
Is In Effect At Greenwich Roundup ....

For What It's Worth By Riverside Blogger Chris Fountain
Dented dignity - Ah, this is better. After a few hours of lag time, Greenwich’s most recently-famous citizen, Steven “Dido” Dent, is heading for the natioal prominence he...

Vivapop Community Events RSS Feed
Tag Sale: May 16 - North Greenwich Nursury School Greenwich, CT 203-869-7945 General Interest Infant and little kid clothes, toys, books, strollers, high-chairs, and much ...

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter
Dan Baum's life at THE NEW YORKER - Who cares - What a throw-back to the days when elite media could get away with being self-absorbed. Dan Baum, who did a stint at THE NEW YORKER a few years ago, tweets a...

Ask the Doctor: Medical Health Articles
The Healthiest Way to Achieve Maximum Calcium Absorption - It is a known fact that in normal conditions only 10% of the calcium we consume is actually absorbed by the blood. The remaining goes out through urine....

Greenwich Blog : The Blog of Greenwich, Connecticut :: USA
Bruce Museum Outdoor Festival - Bruce Museum One Museum Drive Saturday,May 16-Sunday, May 17, 2009 10:00am-5:00pm Held on the grounds of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. The Festival features...

Today's Greenwich Time Most Viewed Web Article - RSS Feed
Some still without power this morning - BRIDGEPORT ---- A number of homes are still in the dark this morning following Sunday's windy weather. Connecticut Light & Power is reporting that ...

The Latest From Claudette Rothman, AKA,Greenwich Diva
Jailed Iran reporter, Roxana Saberi, ‘to be free’ later today - TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iran will release imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, her father said Monday. var CNN_ArticleChanger = new CNN_imag...

The Daily Spurgeon
Pressing Forward - The Christian’s motto is, “Upward and onward.” Not as though he had already attained, either were already perfect, he presses forward to the mark for the...

Greenwich Student, Blogger And Receptionist krystle's Collection of things *not to forget*
Cops: Kidnappers Shown On Camera - (CNN) -- Police in San Bernardino, California, released pictures of two suspects in the abduction of a 3-year-old boy who was taken at gunpoint from his ...

Former Greenwich Resident Rosie O'Donnell"s RBlog
look at that beak!!!! - the new star trek movie is fantastic beyond my expectations so well done in every way it moved me so seeing spock then and now just genius chris pine ...

Today's Greenwich Time Most Emailed Web Article - RSS Feed
Greenwich 'sugar daddy' extorted in Web of romance - The women called him "master." He called them his "slaves." But the women Greenwich financial titan Stephen Dent met online clearly were the ones with the ...

Lincoln's Log - Hearst Newspaper VP Lincoln Millstein's Pitiful And Ameturish Attempt To Prove He Is A Hip Greenwich Blogger
Hazardous waste day - I’m not exactly sure what constitutes hazardous waste, but I am certain that I have plenty of it in my house. The flotsam and jetsam of modern life and the...

Exit 55 By Rob "WGCH" Adams - The Sports Voice Of Greenwich
Thank You Long Island! - I admit that I must confuse people. I mean, here I am - radio guy, supposedly outgoing and garrulous. And sometimes painfully shy. Among the many people ...

Greenwich Time: Community Events - RSS Feed
Fairfield County Scene - YWCA volunteers took to the runway in the newly remodeled ladies department of the Darien Sport Shop at the Wine, Women and Wallets fundraiser April 2.

Cos Cob Blogger Iggy Makarevich At High Strangeness
How to identify political parties - This little old lady calls 911. When the dispatcher answers she yells "Help, send the police to my house right away! There's a doggone Democrat on my front ...

The Perrot Memorial Library Blog
Golden Y Award Winners Spring 2009 - CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Semi-Annual Y2C2 Jeopardy Tournament! They are the current holders of the coveted Wonderful Golden "Y" Award!
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O5/11/09 Please Just Shoot Me .... It's Time For Susie

Did Hearst Newspapers Fire Real Journalists, In Order To Give Susie "The Dish" Costaregni A Pay Check?

....Philip Seymour Hoffman, of "Doubt" and "Capote" fame, was seen May 1 having dinner at Glory Days Diner in Greenwich.....

....Talk show host Maury Povich was seen April 27 dining at Ferrante Restaurant in downtown Stamford.....

....Former New York Yankee and current Bridgeport Bluefish manager Tommy John was seen recently at the Players Club at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford following a round of golf.....

Got a fake tip?

Seen a has been celebrity?

E-mail Susie Costaregni at thedish2@yahoo.com

Another Soooooo Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Boooring Report From Susie "The Dirty Dish Towel" Costaregni
Here Is How A Real Gossip Hound Covers Greenwich
The Bosh

Boy, when new money marriages bite the dust, they bite it hard.
Take an always-ambitious upwardly mobile model type, add a nasty, spoiled little rich boy, three kids and more than a dozen years of domestic drama and what do you get?
Why, the best courtroom drama Greenwich has seen since the Skakel case - and they're just warming up
I must tell you, I appreciate finding the Greenwich Roundup. I think your web site provides a lot of level-headed news. Like everyone else, I enjoy a laugh now and then. The gossip columnist "dishing??" out junk like Bonilla spotted leaving the ATT store. Is that a joke or is someone really paying that person a salary?
While Greenwich Time Gossip Columnist Susie "The Dish" Costaregni Was Reporting That Greenwich Resident Bobby Bonilla Went Into The AT&T Store.

The Real Celebrity Gossip Hounds Were Reporting......

Greenwich Roundup Just Had A heart To Heart Conversation With The Man Who Had Been The Publisher Of The Greenwich Time For 30 Years.

Just a little while ago the phone rang at my home and on the other end phone was Joe Pisiani.Mr. Pisani indicated that he was not happy with the reporting about him at Greenwich Roundup and the letters from Greenwich Roundup readers that had been sent about him.
I explained to Mr. Pisani that many Greenwich residents had been wronged by his staff while he was publisher of the Greenwich Time. Out of all the persons discussed
Mr. Pisani said that he had not even spoken to any of the a grieved persons and was not aware of the problems they had with Greenwich Time, because his office was in Stamford when he was the editor of the paper.
Mr. Pisani did admit to speaking with and knowing Bogger And Citizen Journalist Bill Clark and said they had a few disagreements over the years.....
.....Later when, I got copies of the radio transmissions and 911 calls that occurred during the illegal police raid and search
Martin said his superiors at the Greenwich Time told him not to cover the story further.Mr. Pisani claimed to know nothing of this, and asked did you speak to Bruce Hunter
.I told him that I had only talked to Martin Cassidy and Greenwich Time managing editor Jim Zebora. I also told him that his staff told me they thought they had reported enough on the incident and that if there was more to say about the matter I should send it in as a letter to the editor.
I sent in my letter and it was never acknowledged or published by the Greenwich Time
Mr. Pisani said he was sorry for what had happened and that it was not his fault or the fault of others like Susie Costaregni and some of the other former reporters at the Our Greenwich Blog......
Click On Photo To Enlarge
Dirty Dish Towel Asks, "Do You Want A piece ?"
To the Editor,
In reference to Susie Costaregni, also known as the Fabulous Used Dish Towel, popping up..
Anyone ever play "Where's Waldo"?
Let's play "Where's Joe"?
I mean Joe Pisani.
If Susie is back, her dad/english teacher/personal life instructor/boy friend must be too! Where are you Joey?
Joe's supposed to be in NYC working at marketing firm. His days of chief editor are ended a year ago. Yet he can't seem to cut the apron string (or is it the Dish's G String), so he writes for simplistic web sites like "My Greenwich" which isn't worth a second look. Then there's that occasional column in the Greenwich Post, where Joe tries to pat himself on the back while commenting on the moral demise of mankind....yeah, Joe must be a better man than every other man alive!!!! He certainly lives a stellar life. LOL.
Hey, if Joe lives in Orange CT, why the heck is he all the way down here in Greenwich?
Out there … The Toast and Roast Dinner to honor Joe Pisani, former editor of the Greenwich Time/Stamford Advocate, took place last week at ... (% Months Ago)

Shocker: Supermodel Stephanie Seymour And Greenwich Rich Boy Peter Brant Split

They both know hearts can change. Public figures divorce all of the time, but rarely are we moved to think: but why? They were so right for each other! But that was what we exclaimed this morning when reading about the difficult parting of ways between Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant in "Page Six." Not only were they a physical match, as you can ...

Written For, By And About Ex-Greenwich Time Editor Joe Pisani

...I learned a great lesson while friends and pretend foes gathered to toast me for my deeds and roast me for my misdeeds over the years at The Advocate and Greenwich Time.

The great lesson I learned, if you can believe this, is humility. How, you might wonder, do we learn humility when people praise you? Because I knew beyond a doubt I’m not the wonderful person they think I am.

We’re all a mixture of weak and strong, good and bad, paisley and plaid, true and false. I won’t continue. You get the idea. It’s called the human condition.
How many times have public funds and resources been misused?

Greenwich Roundup Exclusive

Ex-Greenwich Time Editor Creates Controversy Where Ever He Goes.

More On The Ferguson's Library Funded Dan Malloy Political Event

Fergouson Libray Director And Employees Working For Malloy

Fergouson Computer Server Used For Political Event

Ferguson Library Tax Dollars Used To Pay For Pisani And Malloy's Private Party
"What really struck me that night was the selflessness and sacrifice of the people who labored for months to put this affair on, starting with the major domo, Ernie DiMattia, head of the Ferguson Library in Stamford" - Joe Pisani
(Our Greenwich - Oct 21st, 2008 )

"For tickets or more information, call Melanie at 351-8206 or email mailto:emailmkeiffer@fergusonlibrary.org." - Susie Costaregni
(Greenwich Post - DarienTimes - New Canaan Advertiser - Thursday, October 16, 2008)

Ernie DiMattia, head of the Ferguson Library in Stamford and Melanie Keiffer Have Not Responded To Greenwich Roundup messages left seeking comments about the Furuson's ticket sales for Pisani's private party.

Maybe Ct Attorney General Blumenthal
should investigatethe improper use of public funds
and resourcesused at the very event he was giving a presentation.
by joyhaenlein

There were high points aplenty during last weekend’s toast-and-roast testimonial at the Hyatt in Old Greenwich for Joe Pisani, my friend and colleague. The turnout was strong, with guests from various parts of Joe’s life over the last 25 years, and many of those through his work with The Advocate and Greenwich Time.

(I’m always shocked to see Joe’s four daughters. They are so gorgeous — each could be a super-model tomorrow. They also look like Joe. How is this possible, I always wonder? Then comes the aha! moment: Sandy Pisani, Joe’s gorgeous wife.) .......

03/09/09 Last Fall Greenwich Roundup Warned Stamford Taxpayers That Dan Malloy And Libray Administrators Were Wasting Library Funds
Ernest Di Mattia, Jr. Cut Children's Resources And Hours At The Ferguson Library Wasted Precious Library Resourses For Greenwich Hyatt Party For Joe Pisani And Mayor Dan Malloy

"What really struck me that night was the selflessness and sacrifice of the people who labored for months to put this affair on, starting with the major domo, Ernie DiMattia, head of the Ferguson Library in Stamford" - Joe Pisani

Here Is The Complacent Media Report That Tells You Who And What, But Fails To Tell You Why.....
By Sarah Lipman

STAMFORD -- The Ferguson Library is asking taxpayers to fund a 7.6 percent increase in their budget for the fiscal year 2009-10 to cover increased expenses.

The library has asked for about $100,000 to make up for decreased revenue
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05/11/09 PRESS RELEASE:Hamilton Avenue Open House

Attached please find an invitation from Hamilton Avenue School to attend
an Open House on May 20, 2009.

We hope that you will be able to attend and that you can include the date
in your papers/announcements/calendars.

Thank you!

Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Board of Education
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
e mail:
Fax: 203-869-8003

You are cordially invited to

The Renaissance School at Hamilton Avenue
Open House

May 20, 2009

6:00PM till 8:00PM

Come join us to celebrate our beautiful new school.

R.S.V.P. Requested
May 10, 2009
203-869-1685 ext. 1457

Please be advised, parking is limited.

Tentative Program

6:00PM – On Your Own Tour
6:45PM – Welcoming Ceremony
and light refreshments
7:45PM – Ribbon Cutting

Our sincere thanks to:

The Hamilton Avenue School Community, Board
of Education, Building Committee, RTM, BET,
Board of Selectman, Greenwich Public Schools,
Community Organizations and Associations.

Without the community and town support,this
journey would not have been possible!


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O5/11/09 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Availability of Town Government Information

I want to mention as additional issue in response to your article
entitled "Forget About Tea Parties: Why can't we have e-Petitions here
in Greenwich?"

You may recall that the RTM in December of 2007 unanimously passed the

This resolution was designed to make Town government meeting
information readily and quickly available to all citizens.

Paul Curtis


Dear Mr. Curtis,

Your Organization has done an excellent job of keeping Greenwich residents fully informed via the cable access channels and your group's web site.

Perhaps your group's web site would be the perfect place for the town to establish a web page where citizens could start and access “ePetitions” based upon what they saw and read at the public access Channels and web site.

The Section of the agenda you refereed to is ....

6. To consider and act upon the following sense of the meeting resolution, requested by the Town Services Committee.

WHEREAS, the citizens of the Town of Greenwich (the “Town”) have the right to know when public meetings and hearings are held, their location, and a detailed agenda for said meetings; and

WHEREAS, the Representative Town Meeting (the “RTM” of the Town in its responsibility as the representatives of the electorate of the Town need to be apprised of all activities of Town Departments, Boards, Commissions, Councils and Committees, including all School Building Committees and Building Project Committees; and

WHEREAS, the First Selectman is responsible for the administration and methods of procedure with respect to such departments as defined within Section 217 of the Charter of the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut and the Town's local government access television channels.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, it is the Sense of the Meeting that the First Selectman adopted as Town policy the following:


(a) The Town shall provide and maintain a display case accessible to the public in the main lobby of Town Hall for the posting of notices and agendas for all meetings and special meetings as defined in Title 1, Chapter 14, Sections 1-200, 1-225(c) and 1-225(d) and Title 7, Chapter 90, Section 7-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes.

(b) Any updates, modifications and changes to the notice and agenda of any meeting or special meeting shall be posted pursuant to paragraph (a) above within four (4) business hours from the time that they are filed with the Town Clerk. Special attention shall be paid to any update, modification or changes to the notice and agenda of any meeting filed with the Town Clerk between twenty four (24) and twenty eight (28) hours prior to the meeting or special meeting; in such cases, these shall be posted immediately.

(c) The Town shall provide an electronic version of the notices and agendas for all meetings and special meetings posted pursuant to paragraph (a) above on a single web page on the Town’s web site. The web page shall provide the following information in chronological order:

(1) The date, agency, location, time and purpose of any meeting or special meeting; and

(2) A link to the electronic version of the actual notice and agenda for such meeting or special meeting.

(d) For purposes of this policy only, the Town shall determine the formats to be utilized for the electronic notifications but shall adhere to the following guidelines in making their determination:~

(1) Use a document format that is available at no expense across all computing platforms;

(2) Have, at minimum, the agency name, date, time, location, and purpose of the public meeting or hearing electronically syndicated using an open, standard electronic syndication format for dissemination to any interested party; and

(3) Allow an interested party to subscribe to these notices and agendas, and receive the notices and agendas via electronic mail; and

(4) Be updated pursuant to paragraph (b) above.

(e) The formats described in paragraphs (d)(1) and (d)(2) above shall be developed in consultation with the Representative Town Meeting or a Special Committee of the Representative Town Meeting.

(f) All electronic notifications described in this policy shall not constitute legal notice as required pursuant to Title 1, Chapter 14, Sections 1-225(c) and 1-225(d) and Title 7, Chapter 90, Section 7-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes. This policy shall not constitute a replacement for the notice requirements required to any citizen affected by any decision or ruling by any Town Department, Town Commission or Town Board. The electronic notifications described in subparagraph (d) of this policy shall also not constitute a replacement for the mailing of notice of meetings to persons filing written requests pursuant to Title 1, Chapter 14, Section 1-227 of the Connecticut General Statutes.

(g) All the Town's local government access television channels shall provide the information set forth in paragraphs (d)(2) and d(4) above during scheduled times in the course of its broadcast day as directed by the First Selectman.


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05/11/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Morning Edition

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

The Word Is Out: Dupont Is No Longer Protected By Hearst Newspaper Managing Editor Bruce Hunter And The Greenwich Police Department

New Greenwich Time Editor David McCumber Allows Reporter To Name Names Weeks After The "Sex Slave Extortion" Story Broke In Greenwich

Women paid for sex accused in DuPont heir blackmail plot
Houston Chronicle
Two of those cases have resulted in FBI-Greenwich, Conn., Police Department investigations, and extortion charges. All of the extortion attempts allegedly ...


Prominent Conn. man tangled in sex extortion case
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The women called him "master." He called them his "slaves." Expert: Sex, Internet addictions go hand-in-hand But the women Greenwich, Conn., financial titan Stephen Dent met online clearly were the ones with the power.

The Raw Greenwich News Feed Continues ......

College Notebook: Area residents shine in crew
Norwalk Advocate
PJ Santoro (Greenwich) had a goal and an assist, won 18 of 23 face-offs and added nine ground balls while Tom Hollingsworth (Wilton) had nine saves in goal ...
Pole to Pole Adventures - CANCELLED
Norwalk Plus Magazine
Greenwich CT – From the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Greenland, to the Pine Island Ice Shelf in Antarctica, Dr. David Holland, Director, ......

Todays Greenwich Roundup Editorial:

Forget About Tea Parties: Why can't we have e-Petitions here in Greenwich?

As Greenwich Roundup surfed the web he came across a town government that had an “ePetitions” section on their web page. This page was where residents could sign up to make their voice heard in support of particular issues.

Greenwich Roundup did a bit more Googling, and it seems that there’s quite a few local and county governments around the world that do this now, and Greenwich Round Up Thinks that it is an excellent idea for the town of Greenwich.

Greenwich Roundup thinks that an ePetitions would give the town's registered voters the chance to promote all manner of causes to First selectman Peter Tesei. How about an ePetition calling for calling for Frank "Glenville School Won't Be Finished Until October of 2009" Mazza to resign before he creates another Hamilton Avenue School Fiasco that will cost more town employees to lose their jobs.

However, here in Greenwich we probably will never see anything that innovative, as far as Greenwich Roundup can tell, the town's IT department will never offer an ePetitions system.

Which is not surprising since many do not think that digital engagement is really the Town Of Greenwich's speciality.

Do you remember how over a year and a half a go how the Greenwich's IT department was going to give every elected official and appointee an email address.

The reason for this was so that It would be easier for the towns taxpayers to file freedom of information requests emails that discussed town bussiness and were thus considered public documents.

Forexample if an RTM member or planning board member uses his own personal email address to discuss town business he or she has created a public record, that the town clerk has no access to.

So the Town Of Greenwich was going to set every elected and appointed town official with a town controlled email box.

A contractor was hired in early 2008. the system was tested almost a year ago, but the email addresses were never issued to RTM members or to political appointed board members.

The email service contract was agreed to, the money was spent, but Greenwich's It Department did not implement the project that First selectman Peter Tesei had called for.

Obviously, the incompetent Greenwich IT Department will never be able to handle an ePetitions page at the town's web site, because they can't even issue email addresses to public board members.

That’s a bit of a shame, as there’s no shortage of contentious issues where a petition might be quite useful.

An ePetition system that counted only votes from Greenwich's registered voters would have been helpful on many recent town controversies such as the Cos Cob street addressing issue or the Byram park funding issue.

How about an ePetition on affordable housing at the Cos Cob Pwer Plant site or an ePetition for a Byram Police Substation.

Maybe an ePetition over if Cos Cob should let Chase Bank replace a resturant.

Time and time again Greenwich town officials have misfired and had to back away from initiatives, because they were not in touch with what the single family homeowners of our town really want.

Please See This Recent Greenwich Time Editorial:

Ahead of themselves again

If town officials didn't learn the lesson in March, they should have now: Consult those to be affected before moving forward with a policy that could have a fundamental impact.

Some weeks ago, public reaction caused the town to reverse course on rules that would have put new restrictions on mooring and related boating activities. Now an outcry from Cos Cob has brought a screeching halt to a plan -- initially presented as essentially a done deal -- to revise street addresses on East Putnam Avenue as early as this month. Townspeople and businesses were advised this had to go forward because of confusion the current address system was causing for emergency responders. The situation was a liability as well as a safety concern.

However, all that was changed within a day after vigorous objections were registered during a public hearing on the plan......

So in the absence of anything official.....

Maybe one of the local newspapers or one of the towns bloggers should set up a web page wit ePetition functionality.

Greenwich Roundup is evaluating the technical and financial options for doing this at the moment.

Greenwich Roundup has a lot of unfinished internet projects that he is now trying to get caught up on and is reluctant to start a new project.

But, if you have an idea for a petition to pilot the system and help get us going, send an email to GreenwichRoundup@gmail.com .

Or do you think ePetitions are a waste of time?

Any comments on this are welcome.

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05/11/09 Reader Submitted Comments: Permissions

Dear Greenwich Roundup,

I was hoping to please ask permission to use photo's of an ATM scam that was posted on your link for the following article.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 03/28/09 Greenwich ATM Thieves Caught In Norwalk

I am writing a book on fraud and these will be used as a not as to how pinhole camera's are mounted etc.
I look forward to your reply.
Many thanks,
Chris Taylor
QLD Australia
Dear Chris,
I have no problem if you use the photos.
These are not my photos.
They are web finds that I should have credited better.
I am not sure of the website they are from.
However, It would not be hard for you to recreate and update the photos
with smaller and more modern wireless cameras.
Greenwich Roundup
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05/11/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Overnight Edition

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

Women's Lacrosse: Gettysburg holds off College of New Jersey, 10-9
Inside Lacrosse (press release)
Junior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) gave the lead back to the Bullets with an unassisted score at 6:34 and Bitter followed just under the ...
Hedge Funds Are Piqued by White House
Wall Street Journal
"Hedge funds really need a community organizer," Mr. Asness quipped in the three-page letter, pointedly signed as "Unafraid in Greenwich, Conn. ...
Women's lacrosse falls in NCAA regional
Colby News - Waterville,ME
The Panthers got six goals from sophomore Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.), including the first two goals of the game and the last two. ...

The Latest Greenwich Blog And RSS Feeds:

Furniture-maker has reputation for quality - Crain's New York Business
Mr. Lawrence's deep knowledge of what customers want—and what they'll pay for—was handed down from his father and grandfather, who had a tiny upholstery shop in Greenwich, Conn. The family typically saw higher profits in its higher-end ...
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