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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

5/26/09 Press Release: Western Middle School and Greenwich Department of Health Updates

You Wont Read This In The Greenwich Time......

Western Middle Schoo Parents And Staff Are Invited To A Swine Flu Meeting On Wednesday May 27, 2009 At 6 PM

See attached for the 5/26/09 GPS Update and a Greenwich Department of Health Update on H1N1 Influenza.

A Forum with Health Professionals has been set for:
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
6:00PM
Western Middle School Auditorium

Parents, staff and members of the community are welcome.

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

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NEWS RELEASE
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:

Caroline Calderone Baisley, MPH, RS Tom Mahoney, MS
Director of Health Public Information Officer
Tel [203] 622-7836 Tel [203] 622-6460

May 26, 2009

UPDATE ON H1N1 INFLUENZA

As of this date, sixteen cases of H1N1 flu (swine flu) have been confirmed in Greenwich residents. The majority of cases involve school age children. All have recovered or are at home recovering. None have required hospitalization.

Director of Health Caroline Baisley said, “To date this virus has been relatively mild in the majority of cases. However, for individuals with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems the symptoms could be more severe, even requiring hospitalization. It is possible that some individuals infected with H1N1 have not had symptoms. She cautioned that the number of reported cases of H1N1 most likely do not reflect the true picture of infection in the community. Physicians are being advised to consider treating patients based on influenza-like-illness regardless of rapid test results. Baisley also stated, “Because there are tests pending at the State Laboratory, we anticipate receiving notice of additional confirmed cases.”

Like other flu viruses, novel H1N1 flu spreads from an infected person to others primarily from coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people become infected by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Because people with novel H1N1 are thought to be infectious from one day before showing symptoms up to seven days after becoming ill, anyone who experiences influenza-like-illness (ILI) should:

Stay home and not attend school or work for a minimum of 7 days even if symptoms resolve sooner

Stay home from school or work 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

Residents are reminded to utilize 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

For more information on H1N1 (swine flu):

Greenwich Website:
http://www.greewichct.org/
Connecticut Flu Watch: www.ct.gov/ctfluwatch/swineflu
Connecticut Department of Public Health: www.ct.gov/dph
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
www.cdc.gov

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GREENWICH PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEALTH UPDATE TUESDAY, May 26, 2009

FORUM SET FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009 – 6:00 PM
at Western Middle School AuDitorium
with health care professionals

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, Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

Meeting with Health Professionals – The Greenwich Department of Health has set up a meeting for Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 6:00PM at Western Middle School’s auditorium. Local health care professionals will provide information and answer questions on the H1N1 flu virus. Parents, staff and members of the community are welcome to attend. Dr. Matthew L. Cartter, MD, MPH, the State Epidemiologist, will be one of the participants in the Wednesday evening program.

H1N1 Cases – There have been no additional confirmed Greenwich Public Schools cases of the H1N1 flu virus. To date, there have been 11 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus. Please note that, per the Greenwich Department of Health’s May 26, 2009 release, there are 16 confirmed cases in Greenwich residents – only 11 of those 16 are from the Greenwich Public Schools.

Absenteeism – 229 Western Middle School students out of 492 were absent from school today. This is less than on Friday, May 22, 2009 (260 were absent). 33 Glenville students out of 108 located at Western were absent today.

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.

RECAP OF EVENTS/DECISIONS:

* 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 New Lebanon School, 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.

* 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.

* 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

UPDATE:

The Latest From The Greenwich Time:

Western to stay open despite flu

By Lisa Chamoff

Staff Writer


Posted: 05/26/2009 10:04:39 PM EDT

Despite a mounting number of swine flu cases in town and an unknown number affecting the student body, Greenwich Public School officials kept Western Middle School open Tuesday.


The state Department of Public Health confirmed 16 new cases of the H1N1 flu strain in Greenwich on Tuesday afternoon, on top of the 11 students who are already confirmed to have the virus. It did not say whether the cases were at the school.


Schools Superintendent Betty Sternberg did not return several messages left on her cell phone seeking comment Tuesday. District spokeswoman Kim Eves said she would get back to Greenwich Time Tuesday afternoon with additional information but never did.....

First Selectman Peter Tesi Shows Leadership

And Talks To The Press:

.....First Selectman Peter Tesei said he was briefed Tuesday afternoon about the situation by town Health Director Caroline Calderone Baisley and was confident in the steps taken by her department in conjunction with the schools.


Tesei said he could not speak directly for the schools. He is planning to attend tonight's meeting.....

Betty Sternberg's Silence Is Causing Confussion In Town:

......While many parents said they understood the decision whether to stay open or close was a tough one, they questioned the cancellation of Western's eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C., this week.


"You don't think it's safe enough for my child to go to Washington, D.C., but you think it's safe enough for them to go to school?" said Jan Kach, whose daughter Alison was supposed to leave for the trip Tuesday......

....Maria Popp said when she dropped her daughter off at Western on Tuesday, the crowd was 20 percent of the size she usually sees at the school in the morning.


Popp, a member of the Representative Town Meeting who works as a pharmacist, compared the current situation to the mold scare that cancelled classes for Hamilton Avenue School students for a week in March 2008. Those students already have to end the school year two days later this year because of a state mandate that they make up the lost days from that closure.


"I really, truly question the decision to keep the school open when supposedly our children's well-being are their main concern," Popp said.

Related:


Swine Flu outbreak


State confirms more

The state Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 29 new cases of swine flu in 14 Connecticut towns, including Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich.


One person was hospitalized but then recovered, according to a statement from the health department.


The state now has a total of 141 confirmed cases of H1N1 infection. Most of the cases, 99, were in Fairfield County.


So far Stamford has had four confirmed cases, Norwalk has had five and Greenwich has had 16......

PLEASE ALSO SEE:

05/25/09 - Last Minute WMS Health Update

05/24/09 Sternberg Has Time To Give Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin Gustafson An Interview, But She Doesn't Have Time To Update The Schools Website


5/23/09: WMS Update - 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C. Canceled Click here for links to the State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control - Information on H1n1 (Swine Flu) Virus

05/23/09 One Sided Hearst Newspaper Reporting Fails To Seek Out Vilified Parent And Doctor

05/23/09 Online Readers Express Anger As The Greenwich Time Only Publishes Today's Swine Flu Story On The Front Page Of The Greenwich Time

05/22/09 SWINE FLU UPDATE: Inauguaral Ball dance at Western Middle School has been cancelled due to Swine Flu

05/22/08 BOE is seriously considering postponing and/or canceling the Western Middle School 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C

05/20/09 In A story Reported First In Greenwich Roundup - Swine Flu Fears Hit Greenwich After 19 Middle-School Students Became Ill With Fevers

05/22/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Overnight Edition

An electron microscope image shows an A H1N1 "swine flu" virus culture obtained from a patient suffering from the international flu outbreak

Top Story Greenwich Is Ground Zero For Swine Flu In Connecticut:

05/21/09 The Greenwich Board Of Education And The Local Lamestream Media Won't Tell You The Truth, But The Wwstern Middle School Mothers Will


05/21/09 Greenwich Post Is Next To Last With This Breaking News: Where's The Greenwich Citizen?


05/21/09 Better Late Than Never: The Greenwich Time Reports On The Confirmed Swine Flu Case At Western Middle School


05/21/09 Parents say Greenwich Swine Flu outbreak was handled all wrong by the BOE and the town Health Department


05/21/09 This Is What The Western Middle School Parents Were Given Today When They Picked Up There Sick Children


05/21/09 Greenwich Public School's Issues A Western Middle School Swine Flu Update


05/21/09 Breaking News: Greenwich Roundup Exclusive>>>>> One more Greenwich child has been confirmed with Swine Flu


05/21/09 A Mother Reports From Western Middle School


05/20/09 In A story Reported First In Greenwich Roundup - Swine Flu Fears Hit Greenwich After 19 Middle-School Students Became Ill With Fevers


05/20/09 Greenwich Public Schools Press Release: 19 Western Middle School Students Come Down With Fevers On Class Trip

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05/26/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Swine Flu Update

The Latest Greenwich Swine Flu News Brief:

Department of Public Health reports another 29 confirmed cases ...
Stamford Plus Magazine

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today reported 29 new cases of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) among Connecticut residents of the following towns: Bridgeport, Granby, Greenwich, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Prospect, Ridgefield, South Windsor, Southport, Stamford, Waterbury, Westport, and Wilton.One Connecticut resident with confirmed novel H1N1 infection has been hospitalized. This patient was discharged from the hospital and has fully recovered.

A total of 141 confirmed cases have now been identified among Connecticut residents. Among the 141 cases, ages range from 3 to 56 (average 17 years); 64 are female and 77 are male. Cases are from the following counties:

Fairfield, 99; Hartford, 14; Litchfield, 1; Middlesex, 2; New Haven, 21; New London, 2; and Tolland, 2.

Laboratory-confirmed cases represent only a fraction of the likely number of cases in the state because many persons with mild symptoms do not seek care from a doctor or hospital but recover at home.

Cases have been confirmed in the following towns: Bolton (1), Bridgeport (2), Danbury (2), Darien (13), Derby (1), Easton (9), Fairfield (12), Glastonbury (1), Granby (3), Greenwich (16), Hamden (1), Hartford (1), Manchester (5), Middlefield (1), New Haven (2), North Branford (1), North Granby (1), Norwalk (4), Old Saybrook (2), Pawcatuck (1), Prospect (1), Redding (3), Ridgefield (18), Seymour (1), South Norwalk (1), South Windsor (1), Southbury (2), Southport (1), Stamford (4), Stratford (1), Tolland (1), Trumbull (1), Wallingford (1), Waterbury (11), West Hartford (1), Westport (3), Wethersfield (1), Wilton (9) and Woodbury (1).

DPH continues to ask residents to take precautions to prevent getting the flu or spreading it by staying home from work or school if they are sick, washing their hands frequently, and coughing or sneezing into their sleeve or a tissue.For more information on swine flu:

• Connecticut Flu Watch: www.ct.gov/ctfluwatch/swineflu• Connecticut Department of Public Health: www.ct.gov/dph

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/

• Call 211

The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state.To contact the department, please visit its website at www.ct.gov/dph

or call (860) 509-7270.



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05/26/09 Reader Submitted Comments: The way of the future is a version of iTunes for the Hearst Corp. Just charge 25 cents a Greenwich Time story.

Comment:


Are you kidding me?


Are these Greenwich Time stories worth $2.75 ????

NYPD investigates explosion at Starbucks
NEW YORK -- Police combed surveillance footage Tuesday and hunted for additional video that might have captured a small explosion near a Starbucks on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Girl in fiery wreck that killed 4 was pregnant
FELTS MILLS, N.Y. -- The sense of loss cut deep for firefighters in this tiny northern New York hamlet on Tuesday as they prepared to bury a fellow volunteer, an 18-year-old who was nearly eight

OSHA cites Wal-Mart in N.Y. worker's death
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- The death of a temporary employee who was crushed in a stampede of post-Thanksgiving shoppers at a Wal-Mart store could have been prevented, federal officials said Tuesday as

Police blotter
Jesus Bojorquez, 22, of 411 Greenwich Ave., was charged Friday with driving under the influence and failure to drive to the right. He was released on $250 bond.

Senate passes open-container bill
HARTFORD -- The Senate on Tuesday approved a watered-down version of a bill that would ban open containers of alcohol in moving vehicles. But the law, an attempt to create legislation that could

Accused Greenwich 'sugar daddy' blackmailers due back in courtAn Ohio couple charged with extorting a Greenwich "sugar daddy" out of $100,000 by threatening to expose his online trysts will make their second appearance in state Superior Court in Stamford

Fallen soldiers honored at Greenwich events
In a solemn ceremony at Indian Harbor Yacht Club, the military men and women who died serving the country were remembered in the annual Greenwich American Legion Post 29 Dock Side Memorial Day

Greenwich pension fund entwined with its financial health
As the town's pension fund goes, so goes the town financially. That's the undeniable link that the architects of the town's budget are grappling with from opening bell to closing bell on a daily

Teen survives fiery backcountry Greenwich crash
A teenager walked away with only minor injuries Saturday night after the vehicle he was driving on King Street near Bedford Road crashed into several trees and caught fire, according to police.

Stamford student with impaired vision learns Braille
STAMFORD -- Before math tutoring sessions began, eighth-grader Gabriela Oliva picked a seat in the front corner of the Turn of River Middle School classroom and turned sideways, with her back facing

In town
Council to honor new Eagle scouts The Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host a recognition dinner to honor the 2008-09 class of new Eagle Scouts and reunite Eagle Scouts of all....


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05/26/09 The Greenwich News Feed: Evening Edition

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

Greenwich school officials put Western closure on hold
Greenwich Time - Greenwich,CT,USA
By Frank MacEachern Greenwich Public School officials were waiting until late Monday to see if enough staff planned on coming to work today before deciding ...
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By Jesse Quinlan Although the Greenwich High School girls and boys lacrosse teams ended their regular seasons on winning streaks, neither has peaked to this ...
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05/26/09 Press Release: June 4 "Give In-Style" Event in Greenwich Benefits Kids in Appalachia

Dear Greenwich Roundup – I hope you can use the following news about an exciting event to “Give In-Style” being held on June 4 to help families-in-need here in the U.S. This event is being held in Old Greenwich and is open to the public (by advance reservation). Thanks.

Jenifer
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Jenifer Howard
J. Howard Public Relations
203-273-4246
Email: jhoward1@optonline.net
Twitter: jhowardpr

R.A.M.P.
Rockin’ Appalachian Mom Project


Prepared by: R.A.M.P.
Rockin’ Appalachian Mom Project
187 Sound Beach Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
www.RAMPAmerica.org
<http://www.RAMPAmerica.org>

Contact: Jenifer Howard
For Immediate Release
Jhoward1@optonline.net
mailto:Jhoward1@optonline.net
203-273-4246

“GIVE IN-STYLE” EVENT
TO HELP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN APPALACHIA
Benefit Luncheon Held in Old Greenwich – Thursday, June 4, 2009


(OLD GREENWICH, Conn., May 26, 2009) – A special benefit to “Give In-Syle” is being held Thursday, June 4, 2009, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., at a beautiful private home along the shore of Old Greenwich, Conn., to held children in need. The event, which is open to the public, is organized by R.A.M.P. – the Rockin’ Appalachian Mom Project – founded by Old Greenwich, Conn., resident, mom, and entrepreneur, Amy Guerrieri. Tickets for the luncheon, which go to directly support children and families-in-need in the Appalachian area of eastern Kentucky, are $40 per person, plus a package of diapers. Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing RAMPinCT@gmail.com mailto:RAMPinCT@gmail.com or calling 203-940-1152.

The R.A.M.P. “Give In-Style” Benefit will feature special presentations by Katrina Bischoff with A-Dress the Issue, Yana Mayerman of Pastiche, Inc., of Old Greenwich, and Marcia Tucker, Interior Designer. Katrina Bischoff is an image consultant who will provide tips on how to make the most out of your closet and the clothes you own, and provide you with a brand new style! Bischoff has worked in the Chicago Apparel Center, as public relations director with Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, and with On the Scene Productions, where Bischoff worked side-by-side with celebrities, producers, directors and set designers, arranging wardrobes for print, film and celebrity talent. Yana Mayerman, proprietor of Pastiche Inc., a hip and fun women’s clothing store in Old Greenwich, Conn., will present fashion basic must-haves and accessories, and will illustrate how to include these stapes into your wardrobe. Marcia Tucker, interior designer, will discuss great ways to update your house easily and within budget. She will showcase how to stage your home like a pro, for daily living or for resale, and how to accessorize your home to bring out its best assets.

LexZee Catering of Old Greenwich will provide light fare at the event. A silent auction will feature great items such as: two Tickets to the Wine Spectator 2009 New York Wine Experience - A weekend of wine, including evening tastings featuring more than 200 wineries from around the world, daytime tasting seminars, lunches, the black-tie Grand Award banquet, and more: October 22-24 in New York. Gift certificates from Pastiche, Inc., Abigail DeG. Fox Designs, Maria Livesay Salon, and consultations for the Ultimate Closet, Packing for a Trip or a Vacation, and Interior Design Consultation. Event photography and media sponsorship are provided by Fairfield County Look (
http://www.fairfieldcountylook.com)./

Why does R.A.M.P. support Appalachia? It is easy to associate extreme poverty with other countries, far away from America, forgetting the fact that poverty is very much a reality for some children and their families, here in the United States. Recent news reports on Appalachia illustrated the difficult life in the Appalachian Mountain areas of eastern Kentucky. The news stories instilled an immediate need to help these children and their families who live in unthinkable conditions, going without many items that Americans take for granted, like clean water, food, proper medical care, education, school supplies and personal hygiene items. Residents of Appalachia live in an area of the U.S. with three times the national poverty rate, and the shortest life span in the nation. While you may think times are tough here in your own community, life in Appalachia is even more of a daily struggle, just to survive.

Amy Guerrieri, an Old Greenwich resident, business owner, and mom of four young children, has committed herself and R.A.M.P. - the Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project - to finding a way to help these families-in-need through monetary and item donations that go specifically toward improving their overall nutrition, health, and quality of life -- working community to community, family to family, to make a difference.

Mrs. Guerrieri was recently profiled for her efforts to help families in the Appalachian region of Kentucky on a NBC Nightly News story on “making a difference.” (For the NBC Nightly News story, see:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/29963717#29963717). Since that time, Mrs. Guerrieri has taken several truckloads of donated items to Kentucky and traveled to the area personally to oversee the distribution of goods. It is her goal to make several trips to the impoverished area of Martin County, Kentucky, a couple times a year, working individually with families to make a real difference in their lives. The funds raised from the June 4th benefit event will go towards making repairs on some families’ homes and purchasing some specific household items and furniture for the many families of the Appalachian region that were recently devastated by the extreme flooding in the area that happened in early May. Many of the families lost everything in the floods – their furniture, clothing, and personal items. The sad part is that while the flood waters have receded, the impact of the flooding will be felt in the area for many years to come, as families are hesitant to part with beds and furniture that were ruined in the flood because they cannot afford to replace them. Instead, some may live with the waterlogged and mold-infested items, and in turn, suffer health issues from the mold that has developed in and around their homes.

“The poverty in the Appalachian area is astounding,” said Amy Guerrieri, founder of R.A.M.P. “It is like nothing I had ever experienced before. It is different than poverty in an inner city. In most of the U.S., people have infrastructure and services in place to help them. In Appalachia, there are very few industries and even fewer social services. Things we take for granted, like garbage pick-up are non-existent in the area. Because of this, the residents don’t have access to get help like people do in other parts of the country.” Guerrieri also noted that the mountain remoteness of the area is also a factor; however, getting to the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky is only a ten-hour drive from Connecticut. “Not so far,” said Guerrieri. She also said, “The Appalachian region stretches from southern New York to northern Mississippi – 205,000 square miles, with 42 percent of the region’s population in rural areas. While we know we can’t take on all of it, we do know that if we focus our efforts on a region at a time, with a couple families at a time, we know we can make a difference in their lives.”

Guerrieri has already motivated others in her community and beyond to donate items to help families in Appalachia. So far, she has donated more than two full semi tractor trailer truckloads of clothes, baby products, books, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and Rockin’ Water, a product Guerrieri developed that is a vitamin enhanced water for kids.

For more information or to order a ticket to the R.A.M.P. “Give In-Style” benefit, call 203-940-1152 or email RAMPinCT@gmail.com. To learn more about R.A.M.P., visit
http://www.rampamerica.org./

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05/26/09 Press Release: Junior Golf Clinic

Subject Junior Golf Clinic

(See attached file: Press Release-Junior Golf Clinic 2009.doc)

Lenore Caserta-McClester
Administrative Assistant, Director's Office
Department of Parks and Recreation
Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
Phone: 203-622-6472
Fax: 203-629-6979
Town Website:
www.greenwichct.org


Department of PARKS & recreation
101 Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT 06836-2540
Phone 622-7830


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


May 22, 2009


For additional information contact:
Joe Felder: 531-7261

Press Release
20TH ANNUAL JUNIOR GOLF CLINIC


The Department of Parks and Recreation announces registration is taking place for the 20th Annual Junior Golf Clinic. Sessions will be held on May 28th, 29th and June 4th, 5th for ages
5-9 (4:00-5:00 pm) and ages 10-14 (5:15-6:15 pm). The fee is $60.00 for all 4 lessons. Sign up in the Golf Shop Today!


For more information please contact the Joe Felder: 531-7261


cc: Greenwich Time, Greenwich Post, Community Answers, WGCH, Recreation Staff

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02/26/09 Press Release: Kamp Kairphree Registration 2009

Subject :Kamp Kairphree Registration 2009

I am attaching a News Release on Kamp Kairphree registration. I
would appreciate it if you could advertise this as much as possible.

(See attached file: PR Kamp Kairphree Registration 2009.doc)

Thank you,

Lenore Caserta-McClester
Administrative Assistant, Director's Office
Department of Parks and Recreation
Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
Phone: 203-622-6472
Fax: 203-629-6979
Town Website:
www.greenwichct.org

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Department of PARKS & recreation
Recreation Division
101 Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT 06836-2540
Phone 622-7830


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


May 5, 2009


For additional information contact:
Billie Schock,
Director, Eastern Greenwich Civic Center
637-4583

Press Release
KAMP KAIRPHREE REGISTRATION


The Department of Parks and Recreation announces that in person registration for Kamp Kairphree begins Monday, May 11, 2009, at the Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich CT 06870.


There are four, two-week sessions beginning June 29th. The camp is open to 5 through 12 year olds (age as of first day of camp) copy of birth certificate required for 5 year olds. Campers must be Greenwich residents. Cost per two-week session is $210.00 and $200.00 for a second child in the same family, in the same session. Space is limited.


Kamp Kairphree runs from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and is headquartered at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich. Activities are also scheduled at Greenwich Point.


An authorized medical examination form is required for all campers attending Kamp Kairphree, one dated September 1, 2007 or after is acceptable.


For more information please call the civic center at 637-4583.


cc: Greenwich Time, Greenwich Post, Community Answers, WGCH, Recreation Staff

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