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Monday, May 25, 2009

05/25/09 - Last Minute WMS Health Update

WESTERN MIDDLE SCHOOL



From: Stacey_gross@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Hello, this is Stacey Gross, Principal of Western Middle School, with an update on the health situation at Western Middle School - school will remain open tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26th. If you are well and are not exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, please come to school.

If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, based on the Greenwich Department of Health's Attendance Guidance Memo posted on the web site, please remain at home for a minimum of seven days. We would also encourage you to see your healthcare provider. Please continue to check the web site for the most up to date and accurate information.

Thank you and if you have any questions please feel free to call school on Tuesday.


PLEASE ALSO SEE:
H1N1 Flu Virus Updates
Most Current Updates on H1N1 Flu Virus:
ATTENTION ALL SCHOOLS:
Please follow the following "Interim Guidance for School Attendance" issues by the Town of Greenwich Department of Health. The information is consistent with CDC and CT Department of Public Health guidelines and was reviewed by the Greenwich Department of Health, Dr. James R. Sabetta, Director of Infectious Diseases at Greenwich Hospital, and Dr. Toni Salvatore, School Medical Advisor.
• Students, faculty and staff who experience influenza-like illness (ILI) should stay home and not attend school for a minimum of 7 days even if symptoms resolve sooner
• Students, faculty and staff who are still sick after 7 days from the onset of symptoms should continue to stay home from school until at least 24 hours after all symptoms have resolved Symptoms of Influenza-like illness - Fever (100°F or 37.7°C) with cough or sore throat - Other symptoms may include – headache, runny or stuffy nose, body aches or chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
• Students, faculty and staff should follow stringent infection control measures to reduce the spread of influenza, including but not limited to:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your elbow
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; use alcohol based hand sanitizer if water is not available
- Try not to touch your mouth, nose or eyes
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home from school, work and other group activities if you are sick
Parents should be advised to consult with their health care providers if children are experiencing symptoms of the flu. Guidance for assessment and treatment of influenza-like illness has been provided to the local medical community and the physicians are aware of these recommendations for school attendance. (Download: Greenwich Dept. of Health School Attendance Guidance )
Previous Notices:

5/23/09:
Update on Student Health Situation at Western Middle School
5/23/09:
Update for Glenville Students at Western Middle School
5/23/09:
Interim Guidance for School Attendance Relative to H1N1
5/22/09:
Update on Student Health Situation at Western Middle School
5/21/09: Update on Student Health Situation at Western Middle School (En Espanol)
5/20/09:
Western Middle School Cancels Nature's Classroom Trip
ALSO:

Information on Swine Influenza Links to Periodic Updates from CDC and State Department of Health

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5/25/09 H1N1 Update - Final








FYI - latest on WMS and H1N1

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

http://www.greenwichschools.org/

Phone: 203-625-7415
e mail:
kim_eves@greenwich.k12.ct.us
Fax: 203-869-8003


GREENWICH PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEALTH UPDATE – May 25, 2009

Please check the Greenwich Public Schools Web Site regularly
for the most up to date and accurate information: http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=6651



School Opening Status - Western Middle School and Glenville classes at Western Middle School will remain open and on schedule, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26, 2009.
H1N1 Cases - There have been no additional confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus since the last update. However, we do expect to hear from the State Department of Health on additional testing by the end of the day, on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. To date, there have been 11 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus.


Activities/Sports - Regarding interschool activities and sports: Generally, if students and staff are not exhibiting symptoms and are in school – then activities and sports will continue as scheduled. There may be exceptions made on a case-by-case basis. The following are exceptions that have been made primarily due to the fact that either the teacher running the program and/or a number of students participating are ill and are at home:


- 5th grade Orientation at Western Middle School for Glenville School, Parkway School and Hamilton Avenue School students has been postponed
- Glenville’s Spring Concert at Western Middle School has been postponed.


- Adventure Racing for Western Middle School and Eastern Middle School students scheduled for 5/27/09 has been canceled.


GDoH Attendance Guidance - The Greenwich Department of Health has issued an important notice with School Attendance Guidance for ALL schools. It has been posted to the web site – all parents and staff are urged to read the memo and to adhere to the guidelines. In summary, the guidance states that anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms should remain at home for a minimum of seven days.


Meeting with Health Professionals – The Greenwich Department of Health is setting up a meeting with area health professionals for parents and staff, to provide information and to answer questions – Please check the web site regularly for notice of the meeting.


WMS Washington D.C. Trip - District and school professionals are working with WorldStrides, the company organizing the Washington, D.C. trip, to reschedule the trip for some time in June, if possible. There are no guarantees that this will be possible.


The District is aware that the cancellation and/or postponement of this trip will result in a negative financial impact on families that did not elect to take out insurance for the trip. We will make every effort to explore options for these families.


RECAP OF EVENTS/DECISIONS:


* On May 23, 2009, after consultation with and as recommended by State and Local Departments of Health and physicians, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Betty J. Sternberg, canceled the Western Middle School 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C planned for May 26-29, 2009. Dr. Sternberg said, “While this was a very difficult decision, after a thorough review of all of the facts, consultation with several health professionals at the State and local level, and two meetings with Western Middle School parents, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our students to cancel the trip.”


* Given the information available by May 23, 2009, regarding the rate and severity of student illnesses, the school medical advisor and Greenwich Hospital infectious disease physician recommended that the district cancel or postpone the Washington trip.


* By May 23, 2009, Nineteen (19), 6th grade, WMS students had experienced flu-like symptoms, were tested by a healthcare provider using the quick flu test and received negative results – these students are sick but not with a flu.


* By May 23, 2009, Fourteen (14), 6th grade, WMS students have experienced flu-like symptoms, were tested by a healthcare provider using the quick flu test and received positive results – these students are sick with a flu but at this time we do not know if it is H1N1 – the State Department of Health is conducting additional tests to determine if their flu is the H1N1 flu virus.


* On By May 23, 2009, The District did not expect to have the results of these H1N1 tests until mid to late week the following week.


* By May 23, 2009, additional cases of students with flu like symptoms at WMS have not been reported to the school or Town Dept of Health.


* On May 22, 2009, there were an uncommonly high number of absences at WMS, however, most did not appear to be due to student illnesses.


* By Wednesday, May 20, 2009, approximately 55 students had been to the infirmary at Nature’s Classroom and 19 were sick enough (multiple symptoms, fever) to send home, the other students were experiencing a range of symptoms but were not sick enough to have parents called to pick them up.


* On Monday, May 18, 2009, 130, WMS 6th graders went to Nature’s Classroom – Although it was unknown to the school at the time, one of the students had been diagnosed (using the quick test) with a “flu” and was placed on a short course of anti-viral medication. The student then reported to the school on Monday, not exhibiting any symptoms and boarded the bus for the trip. The District was unaware of any of the student’s status until Thursday, May 21, 2009.


* The decision to cancel the remainder of the Nature’s Classroom trip was made using the following considerations:


- distance from home if more students became ill
- the severity of illness in some of the sick students
- the higher probability of infection given the living situations (multiple students in bed/bunk rooms)
- amount of activity required of students
- ability to dedicate staff to students who were ill
- national attention about the spread of H1N1


For more information contact:


Caroline Calderone Baisley, MPH, RS:
Town of Greenwich, Director of Health at Tel [203] 622-7836
Betty J. Sternberg: Superintendent of Schools at Tel [203] 625-7486
State of Connecticut at Tel [860] 509-7729


For more information on H1N1 flu:


* Greenwich Department of Health:

www.greenwichct.org
* Connecticut Flu Watch:
www.ct.gov/ctfluwatch/swineflu
* Connecticut Department of Public Health:
www.ct.gov/health
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
www.cdc.gov
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention School Guidance:
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/k12_dismissal.htm


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www.greenwichschools.org

PLEASE SEE:

Sunday's Posting

0524/09 Sternberg Has Time To Give Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin Gustafson An Interview, But She Doesn't Have Time To Update The Schools Website


Betty Sternbrg's Failure To Keep The Public School's Web Site Updated With Press Releases Is Causing Frustrated And Scared WMS Mothers To Panic


Mothers Wamt To Know If It Is Safe To Send Thier Children To Western Middle School On Tuesday


Fridat Over 150 Mothers Kept Thier Children Home From WMS.

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05/25/09 News: Swim Across America Greenwich to Stamford Swim June 27

Hi – following and attached is a news release and photo for the upcoming SWIM ACROSS AMERICA GREENWICH TO STAMFORD SWIM, scheduled for Saturday, June 27. It would be great if you could help get the news out on this important event that raises funds for cancer research. It is really important to let people know about this swim in advance, so they can prepare, train, gather their teams, and get ready for this terrific event. I hope you can use this information. Thanks so much.

Sincerely,

Jenifer Howard
203-273-4246
jhoward1@optonline.net



Prepared By:
Swim Across America
www.SwimAcrossAmerica.org
<http://www.SwimAcrossAmerica.org>

Contact: Jenifer Howard For Immediate Release
203-273-4246
jhoward1@optonline.net
mailto:jhoward1@optonline.net

ANNUAL SWIM ACROSS AMERICA
GREENWICH TO STAMFORD SWIM SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 27
Swimmers (Recreational, Professional & Olympic) Unite to Raise Funds and Awareness for Cancer Research, Prevention and Treatment

(GREENWICH, Conn., May 22, 2009) – The third annual SWIM ACROSS AMERICA GREENWICH TO STAMFORD SWIM is ready to make a big splash in the area for cancer research, prevention and treatment. The Swim, held Saturday, June 27, 2009, will start at the beach at Greenwich (Tod’s) Point with participants swimming along the shore of Long Island Sound in either a rigorous 1.5 mile swim or a half-mile swim (geared for swimmers ages 12 and older) to Dolphin Cove in Stamford, Conn. The Swim Across America event raises funds for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research. ACGT is based in Stamford and its headquarters are the finish line for the swim. Swimmers dive in at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, and all participants must register at www.swimacrossamerica.org <http://www.swimacrossamerica.org> by clicking on the Greenwich Swim link.

“Swim Across America is making waves to fight cancer,” noted Matt Vossler, chairman of the board of Swim Across America. “We are proud of the fact than this will be Swim Across America’s 23rd year of raising funds for cancer research and the events have grown to hold dozens of swims all over the country, each with its own distinct personality. You can swim under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, or swim with NESCAC conference swimmers at Nantasket Beach, or even with Olympians in Greenwich and Boston Harbor. Swim Across America began as a grassroots organization with events developing organically. Now, those events each raise hundreds of thousands of dollars; money raised is given to local beneficiaries, which happen to be some of the best in the world. Now, we are bringing Swim Across America events to the whole country, from coast to coast.”

Swim Across America was founded in 1987 by Connecticut natives Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and Boston College roommate, Jeff Keith, and was the first swim in the area dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. Swim Across America is a national organization that rallies fundraising efforts for cancer research, prevention and treatment through open-water and pool swim events in cities such as Greenwich, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and other areas.

In the past two years, Swim Across America’s Greenwich/Stamford Swim has raised more than $400,000 for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) Young Investigator Award Grant program for treating brain cancer. The lead researcher and three year grant recipient on the project is Dr. Khalid Shah, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shah is instrumental in exploring gene therapy alternatives for the treatment of brain tumors. With so much attention in the news about brain cancer recently, his work takes on a special urgency and there is great optimism that gene therapy will soon revolutionize treatment.

“Swim Across America is so pleased to be able to support the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) and its unique and promising approach to treating and curing cancer,” noted Janel Jorgensen, executive director of Swim Across America, and a former Olympic swimmer and Silver Medalist. Jorgensen grew up in Ridgefield, Conn., and spent her summers swimming in the water of Long Island Sound near Greenwich and Stamford. Jorgensen, like many of the participants, also has a personal connection to wanting to help find a cure for cancer, as she has had family members affected by the disease. “All of us have a personal drive to help find a cure for cancer; whether it is swimming for a parent, a child, a grandparent or a friend, everyone swims for a reason and that reason is life,” noted Jorgensen.

Returning this year as honorary co-chairs for the Greenwich/Stamford Swim are Cindy and John Sites of Greenwich. The Sites have supported the Greenwich/Stamford Swim since its inception. Additionally, Greenwich residents Donna de Varona, former Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer and world record holder, and her husband John Pinto, will also be co-chairing the event. Donna was also the first female network television sportscaster in the U.S.

Some of last year’s swimmers included cancer survivors or those currently battling cancer, such as Old Greenwich resident and triathlete Karen Newman, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer; Carolina Fernandez of Ridgefield and five of her family members who swam for her son Nick who was treated for leukemia; and Roberta Bass, 58, of Greenwich, who in 2006 grappled with uterine cancer. Other swimmers are inspirations to everyone, such as Caroline Conrod of Greenwich, who at age seven last summer, was the event’s youngest participant; and Swim Across America co-founder Matt Vossler of Darien who lost a family member to the disease.

Swim Across America has raised more than $25 million for some of the top cancer institutions in the country, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, UCSF Children’s Hospital, the Loyola Cancer Center, and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and many past and current Olympians, Swim Across America is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.

The Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) is the recipient of funds raised by Swim Across America. ACGT was founded by Greenwich residents Barbara and Edward Netter. ACGT believes that cancer gene therapy has the greatest potential to not only improve the quality of life of cancer patients, but to ultimately realize a cure for cancer.

The June 27 Greenwich/Stamford Swim Across America event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Greenwich (Tod’s) Point and head north toward Dolphin Cove in Stamford. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $500. For more information, visit www.swimacrossamerica.org <http://www.swimacrossamerica.org> or email Jacque Lang at Jacque@swimacrossamerica.org mailto:Jacque@swimacrossamerica.org .

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05/22/09 The most ostentatious mansion in Greenwich history managed to survive the outrage. Now, will it survive the bust?



Haunted CT Mansion
New York Magazine

Find the spot in quietest backcountry Greenwich, Connecticut, where Simmons Lane branches off Lake Avenue, and you’ll pass by a flagstone gate, a no trespassing sign, and a row of green mailboxes—one for each house on the street. These identical mailboxes are the last sign of equality you will see for a while. Beyond the gate, set deep into their land parcels along the gently curving boulevard that seems designed as much for strolling as driving, sit six houses of varying sizes and architectural styles. One of them is slated for demolition, though you wouldn’t be able to tell from its perfectly manicured grounds and the gardener snipping away at the odd weed around the gazebo. This plot of land, as it happens, is the most notorious in town. For here is scheduled to rise one of the largest single-family residences in Greenwich history: the hulking, 39,000-square-foot, bepillared country seat of a secretive Russian airport mogul named Valery Kogan. When plans for the home were first announced, in early 2008, they triggered a nimby fight the likes of which staid, patrician Greenwich has rarely witnessed. The home was seen as a garish (and possibly even illegal) affront to the town’s good taste, its owner a walking nouveau riche caricature. In March, after a legal battle and a minor dialing back of the plans, construction on the home was reluctantly approved. Only now, given the current economic climate, there are questions of whether Kogan can afford to build the place after all. Where the project was once the epitome of the boom, it may well now serve as its gilded tombstone...


....A broker reportedly took her to see the Leona Helmsley estate, which would hit the market at $125 million three years later; Olga’s associate said they didn’t want the publicity brought on by the Helmsley name. The Kogans finally zeroed in on 18 Simmons Lane, a 25,400-square-foot megamansion spread out on a seven-acre lot. The house, hidden beyond a front gate that looked remarkably like the gate from the first shot of Citizen Kane, was built in a whimsical and eclectic style, with a large dome and fairy-tale turrets; the inside was paneled in historic wood the owner had flown in from Flanders. In May 2005, the Kogans bought it, in Olga’s name, for $18.5 million.......



.....The full scope of the Kogans’ desires, however, revealed itself only gradually. By June of the next year, Olga had obtained an interior-demolition permit and began stripping the house bare. A dealer from New York bought the wood paneling; neighbors reported architectural details being taken away by truck. It was becoming clear that the Kogans were not interested in a mere gut renovation—they were going to raze and build from scratch. Exactly what the Kogans were going to erect wasn’t revealed until two years later. When the plans appeared, it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say Greenwich gasped.....

.....Simmons Lane may yet get to keep its serenity anyway. It’s still not known when, or if, the stately dome of Koganadu, with its retractable cover, will rise over the flagstone fence. The Lees have filed a suit against both the commission and Olga Kogan, seeking to stop the project.

Even if the suit doesn’t succeed, the project may yet stall for a very different reason. One of the strangest things the Kogans did with their purchase was leverage the living daylights out of it. In August 2005, they took a $10 million loan from Eastern Savings Bank against the house. Less than year after that, they used the same property as collateral in a $15 million loan from the same bank to Kogan’s Kvoda Group. The house cost $18.5 million in 2005; its price, considering it has been stripped, has at best stayed level or, much more likely, hovers around $10 million to $11 million. It’s hard to say whether Valery Kogan’s oft-changing fortunes are at fault, but the would-be oligarch pleasure pad is currently leveraged two to one. Both loans mature on June 1. Much like the bubble itself, the would-be bane of Simmons Lane is now a castle in the sky, in hock to a hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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05/25/09 Citizen Journalists Like Bill Clark Tell It Like It Is While Cub Reporters Like Colin Gusafson Regurgitate Board Of Education Press Releases

Flashback: Hamilton Avenue School Building Committee Chairman Frank Mazza Begins His Construction Management Career

Hamilton Avenue: The Boondoggle Continues...
By Bill Clark

Having heard some glowing reports of the (finally!) finished (supposedly) Hamilton Avenue School, your scribe was much looking forward to the community open house yesterday evening. But what a disappointment awaited him!

Long, soulless corridors. A senseless U-shaped design that meant one has to walk around three sides of a square to get from one arm of the U to the other. Insufficient parking space. Narrow traffic lanes with high concrete curbs that allow of no misjudgment. And a final sharp drop onto St. Roch Avenue that is sure to snag your tailpipe unless you are driving a high-suspension SUV.

And that's just for starters. The media center is probably the smallest of any in Greenwich. And the air in it is stale, hot, and unbreatheable. Do you want your children to learn how to read, too, dear reader? Then make sure not to send them here.

Of course, the media center was like the North Pole compared to the art room. It was stifling. How can children learn anything in such a torrid and stuffy environment?

But the administrative areas are heremtically sealed, so presumably the administrators can do whatever it is they do (or don't do) in comfort. And the long, soulless corridors, that would make a state prison guard proud, are also nice and cool. But turn off into a classroom, and all bets are off.

The "new" Ham Ave is probably the only school in Greenwich, if not all of Connecticut, that does not have a gymnasium, or a cafeteria, or an auditorium. Instead, it has all three functions jammed together into a single space. Whose brainstorm was this? Just the labor costs alone to transform it from one function into another are mind-boggling. And how pleasant to be eating your lunch right after the sweaty morning PE class. What insanity!

Your scribe ran into Leslie Tarkington of the BET who said, breathlessly, "Isn't it wonderful?" Your scribe replied, equally breathlessly, "Wait till you get to the media center and the art room" - having just come from them, of course.

This morning he ran into Dean Goss of the RTM, who said that the Ham Ave Building Committee was "aware" of a "problem" with the ventilation system. Well, hallelujah! Their awareness that there continue to be problems with the boondoggle that ate Greenwich will surely make everything all right. Perhaps they'll even be able to persuade the Board of Health or the Town's Building Inspector, or whatever State of Connecticut oversight bodies may also have jusrisdiction, that their "awareness" means that this years-late, untold millions over budget nightmare of a train wreck is somehow actually on track. But your scribe, for one, doesn't think so.

The only positive aspect of your scribe's self-guided tour (the format for the evening) was the happy faces of the young children, who are glad (at last!) to be out of the wretched modulars in which most of them have spent the bulk of their elementary educational years. Most of them had no idea what a media center or an art room was. Well, unfortunately, perhaps they still don't.

And so, dear reader, if you want to see your tax dollars at work, be sure to visit the architectural marvel that is the "new" Hamilton Avenue School. Be sure to admire the lovely cornerstone, that gives a date of 2008 (apparently it had to be retro-engineered to accomodate the passage of time as the project lurched from pillar to post, but whoever was in charge of the redating process had his bifocals askew). And, of course, be sure to thank your local administrators and building committee members who made this great Wonder of the World possible.

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05/24/09 President Barack Obama saluted veterans and urged us to do the same on Memorial Day while the Greenwich Time Editorial writers ignored vets

The Faux News Wanabe's Of Lower Fairfield County Have Once Again Failed To Editorially Honor The Brave Men And Women Who Have Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice

The Disrespectful Hearst Newspaper Editors At The Greenwich Time Can't Take A Minute Online To Honor Those That Have Put Themselves In Harms In Order To Defend Our Rights To A Free Press.

In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama said people can honor veterans by sending a letter or care package to troops overseas, volunteering at health clinics or taking supplies to a homeless veterans center. He said it could also mean something as simple as saying "thank you" to a veteran walking by on the street.

The Greenwich Time editors have a responsibility to serve all of Greenwich vets as well as they serve all of us.

Where were the Greenwich Time editors when the Town of Greenwich was violating the federal rights of vets in the Greenwich Police Department?

All too often in recent years and decades the Greenwich Time Editors have failed to live up to their responsibility. Every veteran's and Memorial day they have failed to give them the editorial support they need.

That is a betrayal of the sacred trust that the Greenwich Time should have with all who wear and all who have worn the proud uniform of our country.

When was the last time the Greenwich Time editors opined that we as a nation should be committed to making certain the Veterans Affairs Department had the money it needed.

That is what Memorial Day is all about.

As President Obama said,"It is about doing all we can to repay the debt we owe to those men and women who have answered our nation's call by fighting under its flag. It is about recognizing that we, as a people, did not get here by accident or good fortune alone.'

Everyday in America brave young men and women in America take the U.S. Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment.

Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath. The oath of enlistment into the United States Armed Forces is administered by any commissioned officer to any person enlisting or re-enlisting for a term of service into any branch of the military. The officer asks the person, or persons, to raise their right hand and repeat the oath after him. The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag.

These patriots recite the following.....

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."



Here Are The Online Memorial Day Weekend
Greenwich Time Editorials:

Just a bit more advice for graduates
Somehow it's happened again. Another graduation season is passing us by, and no requests to impart our hard-earned wisdom to the fresh young faces at a local graduation ceremony.

Townspeople should have their say
Planning to solicit townspeople's opinions before laying off any more municipal workers, should that become necessary, is an intelligent move by First Selectman Peter Tesei.

Keep alcohol out of graduation parties
Ah, Graduation Day. Without question, it's a time for celebration. A celebration can turn sour pretty quickly, though, when underage drinking is involved.

Shame, Shame, Shame


On The Greenwich Time Editors


Of The Lamestream Media


When Are The Bozos At The
Greenwich Time Going To Realize
That If The Bad Guys Ever Win, The First
Freedom Lost Will Be The Right To A Free Press


Here Is A History Lesson For The Clueless Greenwich Time Editors


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Freedom of the press in the United States is granted by the United States Constitution.

John Hancock was the first person to write newspapers in the British colonies in North America published "by authority," that is, under license from and as the mouthpiece of the colonial governors.


The first regularly published newspaper was the Boston News-Letter of John Campbell, published weekly beginning in 1704. The early colonial publishers were either postmasters or government printers, and therefore unlikely to challenge government policies.

The first independent newspaper in the colonies was the New-England Courant, published in Boston by James Franklin beginning in 1721. A few years later, Franklin's younger brother, Benjamin, purchased the Pennsylvania Gazette of Philadelphia, which became the leading newspaper of the colonial era.

During this period, newspapers were unlicensed, and able freely to publish dissenting views, but were subject to prosecution for libel or even sedition if their opinions threatened the government. The notion of "freedom of the press" that later was enshrined in the United States Constitution is generally traced to the seditious libel prosecution of John Peter Zenger by the colonial governor of New York in 1735. In this instance of jury nullification, Zenger was acquitted after his lawyer, Andrew Hamilton, argued to the jury (contrary to established English law) that there was no libel in publishing the truth. Yet even after this celebrated case, colonial governors and assemblies asserted the power to prosecute and even imprison printers for publishing unapproved views.

During the American Revolution, a free press was identified by Revolutionary leaders as one of the elements of liberty that they sought to preserve.


The Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776) proclaimed that "the freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained but by despotic governments."


Similarly, the Constitution of Massachusetts (1780) declared, "The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom in a state: it ought not, therefore, to be restrained in this commonwealth."


Following these examples, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution restricted Congress from abridging the freedom of the press and the closely associated freedom of speech.
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America owes a debt of gratitude to all those who have served in our Armed Forces. On Memorial Day, we remember those who have served in previous wars, those who are serving today, and those who did not live to become veterans.

The Reason We have a free press and the free speech rights is because so many were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

On this Memorial Day, Greenwich Roundup urge every Blogger, Citizen Journalist and Mainstream Corporate Journalist in and around Greenwich to take time to thank one of our Nation’s 24 million veterans.

They come from different generations and different backgrounds.

But they are united by a commitment to honor, duty, and love of country that has kept America free. They continue to strengthen and inspire our Nation. And we should never, never, ever forget what we owe them.

Today's Featured Blog Post:


I'm all for enjoying Memorial Day - the Indy 500, baseball, picnics, hot dogs, burgers, beer, and even shopping and sales.I will surely partake in some of this, particularly some eats, and perhaps hang out on a beach or in a park.

I will also attend the annual Memorial Day parade in Fairfield, CT.And I will definitely take a moment somewhere during the day to remember our fallen veterans.

I ask all the readers of Exit 55 to do the same. Don't be maudlin or fake. "Bandwagon patriotism" drives me insane. So just pause somewhere and remember them. Chances are, you know somebody who died in the service. Honor them.

Then play Springsteen's "Born to Run" and carry on.

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The Daily Spurgeon
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05/24/09 Today's Best Headline

Hunter acting as decoy is shot by companion
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... shotgun wounds suffered in a hunting mishap in southeastern New York. Authorities said Henry Gasiorowski, 60, of Greenwich, Conn., was hit in the arm and back by shotgun pellets in the Friday morning accident at a hunting club in Forestburgh ...

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05/24/09 There's A New Sheriff In Town At The Audubon

Low elected Audubon board chairman
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... Group; a managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin Jenrette; and now is a senior adviser at Catterton Patners, a Greenwich-based private equity firm. He has served on a number of corporate boards throughout his career, and is a member of the board of ...


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