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06/08/09 Connecticut's roads rank fifth-worst: These findings are a direct reflection on the iDiOTs who work at the DOT



Hartford Courant

... fees. The implications of these decisions manifest beyond the pocketbook. In 1983, the Mianus Bridge in Greenwich collapsed, killing three people. After that, the state poured billions of dollars into repairing roads and bridges ...

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06/08/09 PRESS RELEASE: Halstead Property Announces New Offices, 160 New Agents in Connecticut




Halstead Property announced that 160 real estate brokers in Fairfield County, Connecticut have joined their firm under a newly formed entity, Halstead Connecticut, LLC. These agents were formerly with Country Living Associates, and the five new offices will be under the banner of Halstead Property Country Living. Halstead Property will now have 215 agents working in six Fairfield County towns and company-wide, a total of 18 offices in three states with more than 900 agents.

“Halstead Property is constantly looking for smart growth opportunities and this is one that fits our needs exactly. We have made a major commitment to the suburban marketplace and look forward to doing a substantial amount of business in the area,” said Diane M. Ramirez, president of Halstead Property.

The five new offices will be located at: Two Sound View Drive in Greenwich; The High Ridge Center at 1099 High Ridge Road in Stamford; 183 Elm Street in New Canaan; 616 Post Road East in Westport; and 21 River Road in Wilton. The Halstead Property Country Living offices will be managed by seasoned real estate agents Sharon Daley Maasdorp, CRB, ASP and John DiCenzo.

“Halstead Property Country Living will offer clients something that was seriously lacking in the suburban community-the opportunity to market properties powerfully and effectively to a wider range of potential buyers. There is a huge amount of buyers and sellers transitioning from the city to the suburbs and it is a natural fit for our two firms to join forces. With the powerful brand name of Halstead and their incredible resources, we will be able to offer both our sellers and buyers a better level of service,” explained Sharon Daley Maasdorp, executive director of Sales, New Canaan of Halstead Property Country Living.

For more information, visit http://www.halstead.com/.

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06/08/09 Hopelessly Biased Reporter Neil Vidor Is Now A Greenwich Time Photographer

PHOTO: Gina Barritt carries her child while being accompanied by a police officer Monday on Greenwich Avenue. (Neil Vigdor/Greenwich Time photo)


By Debra Friedman
staff writer
Posted: 06/08/2009 06:08:00 PM EDT

A Riverside woman was arrested Monday and charged with leaving her 4-week-old baby in a hot car while running an errand at a bank on Greenwich Avenue, police said.

Gina Barrit, of Old Kings Highway, was charged with leaving a child unattended in a vehicle after police, firefighters and Greenwich Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived at about 3 p.m. to find the baby crying inside the locked car. The baby was unharmed.

Lt. Mark Kordick said the front windows of the Lexus were closed and the back windows were only cracked an inch......

....The incident prompted a crowd of onlookers to gather as an ambulance arrived to check the baby's vital signs. As police investigated, Kordick could be heard telling the officers "we're going to lock her up."

Police opted to allow the woman to walk her baby down the block to the station where she was later booked on the misdemeanor charge.

Barrit had not been released as of 6 p.m. Monday because police had not finished processing her, they said.
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06/08/09 Greenwich Real Estate Transactions



GREENWICH

Transactions recorded through April 30

37 Andrews Farm LLC sold to Cahmshssh LLC, property at 36 Andrews Farm Road for $8,325,000.

Webster Bank NA sold to Thomas and Denise Casazzone, property at 136 Cat Rock Road for $1,505,000.

1171 East Putnam Ave T sold to SJA Properties LLC, property at 1171 E. Putnam Ave., Unit 2A, for $525,000.

Agnes V. Pappas sold to Joshua I. and Tamar T J. Blazer, property at 51 Forest Ave., Unit 156, for $602,500.

Marie and Stephanie Pimpinella sold to James E. Issler, property at 194 Hamilton Ave. for $540,800.

Jennifer P. and MatthewR Schiffman sold to Old Greenwich Realty LLC, property at 8 Hillcrest Park Road for $2,415,000.

Gennaro A. Chille and Caroline W. Huntress sold to Colin and Elizabeth McEvoy, property at 10 Kent Place for $576,000.

Lynne M. Wheat sold to Lorraine Slavin, property at 17 Meadowcroft Lane for $5,100,000.

Stacey M. Essaid sold to JA Children LLC, property at 47 Old Greenwich Gables, Unit 47, for $594,500.

JP Morgan Chase Bk sold to Laura Marie

Tartaglia, property at 351 Pemberwick Road, Unit 916, for $298,000.

Erio and Nance K. Marshall sold to Leslie Bakshi, property at 18 Sandy Lane for $1,350,000.

Sam P. and Skaila Bhadha sold to Aurelio Marano, property at 1 Stonehedge Drive S. for $900,000.

B Cort Delany sold to Nance K. Marshall, property at 204 W Lyon Farm Drive, Unit 204, for $855,000.

Mary W. Streitmatter sold to Janice Streitmatte, property at 56 Winthrop Drive for $85,000.

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06/08/09 PRESS RELEASE: Just Books' June 9 Author Events Reminder

Just Books Summer Store Front
Upcoming Events
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JUST BOOKS' UPCOMING EVENTS
Come See Just Books' Terrific Author Line-Up!


Author Visit & Book Signing
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 6:30 PM
AN EVENING WITH FRANK AND
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
THE GLORY GAME & JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I'D DROPED MY LAST EGG
Kathie Lee Gifford & Frank Gifford
Avon Theatre
272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT

Carte Blanche - Free / Members-$10 / Nonmembers-$20
Tickets are now on sale at the Avon box office during showtimes, or call 203-661-0321. Wine & Cheese reception - 6:30pm; Program at 7:00pm

The Avon Theatre welcomes iconic NFL player, TV analyst and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, along with his wife, TV anchor, actress, singer and performer Kathie Lee Gifford, as the two discuss their recent books -- The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever (Harper, $25.95), by Frank Gifford, and Just When I Thought I Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamaties (Ballantine Books, $22), by Kathie Lee Gifford.

The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever is a definitive account of the epic, sudden-death overtime 1958 NFL game played before a record-setting national television audience. Featuring the funny, emotional and startlingly clear memories of every living Colt and Giant-former rivals now joined in a select brotherhood- The Glory Game recreates the electrifying atmosphere at Yankee Stadium on December 28, 1958: the game-changing plays, fights, injuries and swings in momentum that eventually led to a Colts victory. This fiercely fought game would become a defining moment in all of the players' lives as well as a pivotal event in the history of the NFL.

Just When I Thought I Dropped My Last Egg: Life And Other Calamaties deals head on with issues of motherhood, career, marriage, aging (in front of and away from the cameras), and overcoming adversity-Gifford proves to us all that there is a whole new way to be fertile after 50. After all, it isn't only children that women give birth to-it's also inspired ideas, aspiring ventures and newly discovered interests. Heartfelt and hilarious, Gifford will make you laugh out loud as you reach for the phone to share these charming, quirky, and colorful observations.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Avon Theatre and D.A.R.T., a charity aiming to cure Niemann-Pick Type C Disease.
For more information about D.A.R.T.


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Author Visit & Book Signing
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 7:30 PM
ISABEL GILLIES
HAPPENS EVERY DAY:
AN ALL TOO-TRUE STORY

Happens Every Day
A Just Books' Event at Arcadia Cafe
20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Free and Open to the Public


Just Books is pleased to welcome Isabel Gillies, known for her television role as Detective Stabler's wife on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and for her cinematic debut in the film Metropolitan. Gillies will introduce and sign copies of her new memoir, Hapens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story (Scribner, $25), which was recently chosen by Starbucks in its book program. Happens Every Day began as a note hastily typed out by Gillies on her BlackBerry during stolen moments at her kids' practices and on the bus. Finding herself typing away furiously on the tiny screen, it was clear to Isabel that she needed to get her story out, about her once wonderful marriage, husband and family, and her raw and urgent account of the events that transpired within her marriage. Gillies graduated from New York University with a BFA in film. She lives in Manhattan with her second husband, her two sons, and her stepdaughter.
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Author Visit Cancelled
Richard Brookhiser for June 13
Check Just Books'
Website for New Date


Just Books regrets that the event with Richard Brookhiser for Saturday, June 13, has been cancelled. Please check Just Books' website for new author visit updates

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AWARD WINNING JUST BOOKS
VOTED BEST INDEPENDENT BOOK STORE IN
FAIRFIELD COUNTY!!


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

-- Marion Holmes and the staff at Just Books
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Just Books is Better Than Ever - Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events!

JUNE - FATHERS & SUMMER READING
June 15, 7:00 PM - Just Words with Leslie Gueguen; tuition ($45 per two hour session) - call 203-461-9932 to register; at Just Books
JUNE 23, 7:30 PM - JOAN WICKERSHAM with THE SUICIDE INDEX at Arcadia Café (Book Signing)
JUNE 24, 7:00 PM - WARD JUST with EXILES IN THE GARDEN at Arcadia Café (Book Signing)
JUNE 24, 12 PM -- Greenwich Water Club Book Club - The World Before Her by Deb Weisgall; luncheon $40 (includes book): reservations required by calling 203-661-4033
JUNE 25, 7:00 PM - JO MAEDER with WHEN I MARRIED MY MOTHER at Just Books (Book Signing)
JUNE 27, 10 AM - BECKY ANCES & RYAN WILSON with SWORD OF THE RAMURAI at Just Books (Book Signing, Reading & Interactive Audience Participation Event)

JULY - BEACH BOOKS
JULY 8, 7:30 PM - KATE KELLY with STREET FIGHTERS: THE LAST 72 HOURS OF BEAR STEARNS at Just Books (Book Signing)
JULY 14, 6:00 PM - BILL EVANS with FROZEN FIRE at Arcadia Café (Book Signing)


AUGUST - SCIENCE FICTION ICONS IN OLD GREENWICH
AUGUST 7, 7:00 PM -BRIAN HERBERT AND KEVIN ANDERSON with THE WINDS OF DUNE at Arcadia Café (Book Signing) - NOTE: Event is limited to 100 people; RSVP for this event in advance at 203-637-0707

SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER 16, 7:00 PM - LEV GROSSMAN with THE MAGICIANS at Just Books (Book Signing)

OCTOBER
OCTOBER 17, 10:00 AM -- JEANNE MCNANEY with MIRACLE IN SUMATRA at Just Books (Book Signing)


NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 4, 3:00 PM - JULIE USHER with COOKIE SWAP: CREATIVE TREATS TO SHARE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR at Just Books (Book Signing)
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REMEMBER - JUST BOOKS HAS AUTHOR SIGNED BOOKS! LIMITED SUPPLIES AVAILABLE

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

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06/08/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed; Monday Evening Edition

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

Wife: FBI didn't rule out foul play in Greenwich man's cruise ...
Greenwich Time
By Debra Friedman GREENWICH -- Thousands of pages of testimony and evidence were released Monday in the case of George Smith IV, a Greenwich man who ...
Car mavens make their bid for top models in Greenwich
Greenwich Time
The two-day event was founded by Greenwich residents Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom. All proceeds benefited AmeriCares, the Stamford-based international-relief ...
Decline in Greenwich home sales continues
Greenwich Time
By Lisa Chamoff Home sales in Greenwich were down nearly 70 percent in the first third of 2009 compared with a year earlier, though real estate agents hope ...
Cityfile
Another Speidi Stunt, Seymour Scuffles in Greenwich
Cityfile - New York,NY
[NYDN, E!, TMZ] • The police had to called to the Greenwich estate of Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant on two occasions last Thursday after Seymour got ...

The Latest Greenwich Blog Posts:

Rare Classic Car Appears in Greenwich - Wheels Blog - NYTimes.com
By By Phil Patton
Graham Coupe Phil Patton The Graham "Sharknose" Coupe was designed by Amos Northup, who was responsible for several important cars during the Depression era. ...
Wheels - http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/

Today's Top Greenwich Blog Posting......

Who runs the Greenwich Association of Realtors, and for whom ...
By christopherfountain
Who runs the Greenwich Association of Realtors, and for whom? More frequently these days I'm noticing that, at least to my suspicious eye, the local record keeping for my "profession" (yes Walt, I know, ...
For What It's Worth - http://christopherfountain.wordpress.com/


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06/08/09 Greenwich Post Breaking News





Covering the news of Greenwich, Connecticut


Breaking News


Superintendent of Schools Betty J. Sternberg has appointed Christopher S. Winters, director for curriculum, instruction and professional learning, as interim headmaster at Greenwich High School, effective July 1.

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PLEASE SEE:
06/08/09 BOE PRESS RELEASE: Interim GHS Headmaster Appointed



Question: Where Is Hearst Editor David McCumber And Greenwich Time Education Reporter Colin Gustafson ?

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06/08/09 PRESS RELEASE: Greenwich Chapter of Room to Read Rallies for Reading

Photo: Room to Read library, Kampon Chhnang, Cambodia
(Click On Picture To Enlarge)

PRESS RELEASE

Greenwich Chapter of Room
to Read Rallies for Reading


The Greenwich Chapter of Room
to Read is presenting “Rally for Reading”, the first in a series
of authors’ breakfasts on June 16th at Greenwich Country
Day School.

Patricia McCormick, who wrote Sold, is the first
author to be featured. McCormick spent a month in India and Nepal tracing
the steps of a girl from a poor isolated village in the foothills of
the Himalayas to the red-light district of Calcutta. Sold was
a National Book Award finalist and earned the Quill Award and Booklist
Editor’s Choice Award. The breakfast will start at 8:30am and tickets
are $25 each. To purchase tickets or for more information please contact
Stephanie Barrett at 637-3343 or
dsbaret@aol.com. Tickets will also be available at
the door.

Room to Read, a non-profit
organization based in San Francisco builds schools, libraries, and computer
labs, funds girls’ scholarships and publishes local language children’s
books in developing countries. The organization has built 765 schools,
7,040 libraries, published 327 original local language children’s
books, and funded more than 6,817 long-term girls’ scholarships in
developing countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal,
India, Bangladesh, Zambia and South Africa.


For more information on Room
to Read, please go to
www.roomtoread.org

Fact Sheet

(Adobe PDF, 1.3MB)


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06/08/09 STEPHANIE SEYMOUR DIVORCE TURNING VIOLENT

Push Comes to Shove in Conn. w/Photo
New York Post

THE bitter divorce between supermodel Stephanie Seymour, 39, and her 62-year-old polo-playing husband, Peter Brant, has become a real-life "War of the Roses."

Police were called twice to the couple's estate in Greenwich, Conn., Thursday night after Seymour was allegedly shoved into a door by one of Brant's bodyguards, the Greenwich Time reported.
"This is not the first time we've been out there," said Lt. Richard Cochran.
Several patrol cars arrived at the estate after Seymour's assistant called 911 at around 6 p.m. and said she heard "banging and screaming." The guard, Joseph Babnik, tried to block Seymour, 39, who is living in the guest house, from entering the main house, police said Friday.
Babnik told police he did not touch Seymour, and fell into the door while attempting to block her from entering. But Babnik was charged with disorderly conduct.
Several hours later, police were called to the house again after a verbal altercation between Seymour and another security guard.

Police were called last month after the windshield of a car on the property was smashed with a baseball bat, The Stamford Advocate reports.
Seymour's lawyer, Mark Sherman, told The Advocate: "The situation has escalated to a point where Ms. Seymour is gravely concerned for her and her children's safety." Seymour and Brant have three kids, ages 4, 12 and 15.
"The scare and surveillance tactics going on here are dangerous and flagrantly criminal," the attorney added. "What's next? Bodyguards for his bodyguards?"
"Peter Brant was 3,000 miles away in Europe at the time of this incident," said his spokesman, Howard Rubenstein. "He knew nothing about it and was not involved in anyway."
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06/08/09 BOE PRESS RELEASE: Interim GHS Headmaster Appointed

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Betty J. Sternberg, has appointed Mr. Christopher S. Winters as Interim Headmaster at Greenwich High School,
effective July 1, 2009.


See attached for more information.

Dr. Sternberg and/or Mr. Winters may be reached after 5:15p today and/or
tomorrow morning for comment.

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

www.greenwichschools.org

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


SUPERINTENDENT APPOINTS INTERIM HEADMASTER
AT GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL


(For immediate release: Monday, June 8, 2009 – Greenwich, CT)

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Betty J. Sternberg, has appointed Mr. Christopher S. Winters as Interim Headmaster at Greenwich High School, effective July 1, 2009.

Dr. Sternberg said, “Chris is a valued colleague, administrator and educator. His experience as a Housemaster at the high school, as an administrator in the District for 10 years, as an educator for almost 20 years, and as a Greenwich High School graduate, provides a solid foundation for leading the high school through this transition. In addition, Chris’ continuing leadership on the Secondary Schools Review Committee is an ideal bridge for guiding the high school community through further development of the Vision of the Graduate and how best to achieve that vision.”

As he will be responsible for overseeing the search for a permanent headmaster/mistress, Dr. Sidney Freund, incoming Superintendent of Schools, was consulted on this decision and is in full support of Mr. Winters’ appointment.

In his current position as Director for Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Learning (CIPL), Mr. Winters has been instrumental in leading the District through a number of priority initiatives for improvement. As Co-chairman of the Secondary Schools Review Committee, he has led a cross-role group of educators, students, parents and members of the community in developing the Vision of the Graduate – a description of the attributes that every student will need in order to be successful in college and/or the world of work.

He has also played a major role on the District Data Team in developing the Improvement Plan for the Greenwich Public Schools. This plan sets District goals, and develops strategies for improved academic achievement and for attaining the Vision of the Graduate.

Mr. Winters worked with the Board of Education to update their policy for curriculum and program review. He is currently working with curriculum coordinators in Media, Science and World Languages in review of their programs.

Additionally, Mr. Winters initiated the Transdisciplinary Unit Committee charged with developing units of instruction that establish clear connections between and among subjects.

Mr. Winters has also formalized curriculum reporting to the Board of Education, guiding curriculum coordinators in creating comprehensive yet, succinct reports that are useful to the Board and to the staff for monitoring progress in each curriculum area. Finally, in collaboration with other District administrators and a committee of teachers, Mr. Winters is working to increase collaboration time for teachers as an integral component of the GPS Professional Learning Program.

The District will internally post the opening for the Interim Director for Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Learning immediately.

District administration has begun the process of selecting a search firm to recruit nationally for the permanent position of Greenwich High School Headmaster/mistress. The objective is to appoint a permanent leader by February 1, 2010.

However, the District will extend the search and the Interim appointment until July 1, 2010, if necessary.

The search firm will seek input from the staff, students, parents and community in the Fall to assist in developing a leadership profile for the Headmaster/mistress of Greenwich High School. Mr. Winters will be eligible to apply for the position.

CHRISTOPHER S. WINTERS BIO BRIEF



In his current role as Director for Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning, since July 2007, Mr. Winters has overall responsibility for all curriculum areas and professional learning. His previous positions with the district include: Coordinator of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program (1999-2006), Coordinator of the World Language Program (2003-2006) and Folsom Housemaster at Greenwich High School (2006-2007).

Mr. Winters began his career in education in 1990 as an ESL teacher in the Bronx, N.Y at Morris High School, after serving for two years in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Mali, West Africa. In 1998 he moved to Roxbury Elementary School in Stamford, CT, before coming to the Greenwich Public Schools in 1999.

He received his B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT in 1986; his M.A. in TESOL in 1992 and his M.Ed. in Education in 1997 both from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; his sixth Year Degree in Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in 1998; and his Superintendent’s Certification from the University of Connecticut’s Executive Leadership Program in 2005. Mr. Winters is currently working toward a doctorate in education at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education in Storrs, CT.

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06/08/09 Greenwich Police Department Press Release: Traffic Enforcement stats

Please see attached press release.

(See attached file: STEP Focus May 09 stats.pdf)


Lieutenant Daniel Allen
Greenwich Police Department
Public Information Officer
11Bruce Place
Greenwich, CT 06830


Tel. 203-618-8819
Fax 203-618-8852


GREENWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT


11 Bruce PlaceGreenwich, CT 06830


Phone (203) 622-8010


Fax (203) 618-8866


Press ReleaseContact: Lt. Timothy D. Berry


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


S.T.E.P. Focus Results May 2009


During the month of May 2009, the Greenwich Police Departmentfocused their efforts on enforcing the seatbelts laws here in Connecticut inconjunction with the Nationwide Click IT or Ticket campaign.


The Greenwich Police Department wrote 428 seatbelt citations duringthe month of May. The citations were written all across the Town, but thefocus of the Traffic Enforcement Unit was Sound Beach Ave. A pre-surveyconducted before the initiative showed a 78% compliance rate. The postsurvey, conducted today, showed a 95 % compliance rate of operatorswearing their seatbelts. The effort is considered a success.


During the month of May 2008 225 motor vehicle accidents were reported on Town roads. For the same period this year, only 177 accidentswere reported, which is a 21% decrease for the month of May.


The Traffic Enforcement Focus for the month of June 2009 will be redlight violations. A large number of crashes seem to be caused by driversdisobeying traffic control signals. Patrol officers and the TrafficEnforcement Unit will be concentrating their efforts all across Town toenforce signal lights. Violations carry a $124 fine.


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06/08/09 Greenwich Political Urban Legends

To the Editor:

Sasquatch. Ten foot alligators living in the New York City sewer system.
Microsoft will send you $245 for each e-mail you forward. Urban legends
are the stuff that make e-mail fun and cocktail conversation interesting.

Here in Greenwich, we have our own set of election urban legends ... myths that have been passed down over time as fact. While some of these myths are harmless, others have stopped eminently qualified citizens from running for office. Let's run down some of the most important ...

It's Too Late to Run for Office


False ... Citizens have until ninety days prior to the election to file
any type of petition to be placed on the ballot. Petitions need to be
filed with the Town Clerk by Wednesday, August 12 at 4:00pm.

The Town Charter Says There Can Only Be Six Republicans and Six
Democrats Running for the Board of Estimate & Taxation.


False ... the Town Charter only states that any one political party can
nominate six candidates. (Section 39) If there are more than six
candidates from any one party, a primary would be held. The voters
then select six candidates (from all candidates) at the polls. So, if a
seventh party endorsed candidate met the requirements, a primary would
be held to allow the citizens registered with their respective party to
choose which six candidates would be on the ballot.

The Board of Education Chairman Must Be From the Majority Party.


False ... There is no charter section, state statute, or Town ordinance
that states this. The Chairman of the Board of Education is elected by
the members of the Board.

Only the Political Town Committees Can Endorse Party Candidates


False ... Any registered party member can run as a candidate for their
party. To do so, they must obtain signatures of 5% of registered voters
from their party to be placed on the ballot. (Connecticut General
Statutes §9-204a). There were 8,924 registered Democrats and 13,309
registered Republicans as of June 6, 2009.Petitions are available from
the Town Clerk's office.

Only Candidates from the Political Parties Can Be On the Ballot


False ... Any registered voter can run as an unaffiliated candidate.
This requires only signatures from registered voters of any party in the
Town. The number of signatures required is the lesser of 1% of the
number of voters who voted in the last election (for positions with
multiple candidates), or 7,500 (Connecticut General Statutes §9-453d).
According the Town Clerk's office, approximately 13,250 votes were cast
in the last election for the Boards. That would mean the petition
requirement is only 132 registered voters.

There must Always An Even Split Between Republicans and Democrats On The
Boards


False ... All elected Boards (and most appointed Boards) in Greenwich
must meet the State statute concerning minority representation
(Connecticut General Statutes §9-167a). Both the Board of Education and
the Board of Estimate & Taxation are covered under this statute. This
means the Board of Estimate & Taxation could have nine members from one
party and the Board of Education can have five members from one party
(Connecticut General Statutes §9-167a(a)(1)). However, as I've said, the
Town's charter limits the number of candidates from one political party
for the Board of Estimate and Taxation to six, so effectively the number
of candidates endorsed by any one party is limited.


The citizens of Greenwich will see that past practice has dictated who
is on the ballot for the Board of Education and the Board of Estimate
and Taxation. For example, in the last election, both major political
parties only nominated two (of a possible four) candidates each for the
Board of Education. While this is perfectly acceptable under the
statutes and charter, it has become a pervasive practice that has
perpetuated the myth that we, as citizens, can't have choices beyond
those candidates put forth by our political Town committees.

The authors of our Town charter made sure that no one political party
could have an unassailable majority vote on our finance board, the Board
of Estimate and Taxation. But, as with many things political here in
Greenwich, the unintended consequences of limiting citizen choice for
these extremely important Boards has become "the way things are done."
Both major parties are always seeking out qualified, interested
candidates for these offices, and yet we citizens may miss out on other
qualified candidates that would step up given the knowledge to do so.

The authors of the Declaration of Independence wrote: "That to secure
these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just
powers from the consent of the governed." We, the citizens, are the
governed, and should exercise our rights to choose from those citizens
most qualified for these most important Boards. We citizens have the
ability to provide that choice, and we should.

Paul Curtis
8 Rex Street
Greenwich, CT
531-9071

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06/08/09 Hearst Newspaper Editor David McCumber Once Again Allows Greenwich Time Reporter Neil Vidgor To File A One Sided And Biased Report


THE PHOTO:


Hopelessly Biased Greenwich Time Reporter Neil Vidgor Can't Hear Democratic And Independent Voices That Speak Out Against The Political Powers That Be


THE HEADLINES:

In A Town That Voted For Obama Over NcCain: Democratic And Independent Greenwich Voices Are Not Heard From At The Hopelessly Biased And WASPY Greenwich Time

Democratic And Independents Are Always Ignored By Reporters And Editors At The Faux News Wannabe Of Lower Fairfield County

THE ONLY QUOTES ARE REPUBLICAN QUOTES:

"If it's evident that two committees voted it down, typically you want to see what the reasons are and if any of the reasons can be addressed," Republican First Selectman Peter Tesei said.

"There's no point in crossing swords with the state," Republican RTM's moderator pro tempore Joan Caldwell said. "Let's see what they do."

THE HOPELESSLY BIASED REPORTER:

Neil Vigdor

THE ONE SIDED STORY:

Full slate on tap for RTM

Better pack that Diet Coke before heading to the Representative Town Meeting Monday night.

The final RTM session before the summer recess, scheduled for 8 p.m. at Central Middle School, is shaping up to be a marathon.


Twenty-three items are on the legislative body's agenda, headlined by a much-anticipated vote on the 2009 Plan of Conservation and Development, the document guiding changes to the overall town.

The RTM is also scheduled to deliberate on three labor contracts, a proposed crackdown on those who fail to register fire and burglar alarms with the town and new restrictions that make it illegal for registered sex offenders to loiter near schools, parks and playgrounds.

"It could be a long night, I tell you," said Joan Caldwell.....


COMMENT:


There Is Going To Be A Very Big RTM Debate Over The Greenwich's Plan Of Conservation And Developement. (PCOD)
Many Of Those Desenting Voices Will Come From Democrats And Independebntly Minded RTM Members.
It's Time For Neil Vidgor To Listen To And Report On What The PCOD Decenters Have To Say About Greenwich's Future.


Yet Hopelessly Biased Greenwich Time Reporter Neil Vidgor Only Talks To And Quotes The Same Old Republican Voices Over And Over And Over


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