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06/11/09 Reader Submitted Comments: Ed Freeman

Ed Freeman

You're a 19 year old kid.
You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley ,

11-14-1965, LZ X-ray , Vietnam .. Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again.
As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it...
Ed Freeman is coming for you.
He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
He's coming anyway..
And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses. And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ........
May God rest his soul......
I bet you didn't hear about this hero's
passing, but we sure were told a whole
bunch about some Hip-Hop Coward
beating the crap out of his "girlfriend".

Medal of Honor Winner
Ed Freeman!

on the American Media

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06/11/02 RECCESION BUSTER: Save Sevent Five Cents - Read Friday's Greenwich Time On Thursday Night For Free (Updated)

Lack of notice forces delay of Greenwich land sale
The sale of a town-owned right-of-way next to the infamous "hole in the ground" on West Putnam Avenue has hit a snag because the transaction wasn't properly noticed, an oversight that will cost the private developer trying to buy the property at least three months and an untold amount of dollars because of the project delay.

Peter Brant security guard's case delayed in alleged Stephanie Seymour shoving incident
STAMFORD -- The case of a private security guard accused of shoving the estranged wife of his newsprint magnate employer has been continued to the end of the month.

Kissel trial schedule could taint jurors
With the summer promising back-to-back murder trials stemming from the 2006 slaying of real estate developer Andrew Kissel, legal experts say the unconventional method of jury selection could present major problems.
Shame, Shame, Shame On Blumenthal:
In a 23-page friend-of-the-court brief filed Thursday, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sided with Ex-Greenwich First Selectman Jim Lash and against his hometown police officers .
Blumenthal Wants Greenwich's Highest Scoring Police Officer Not To Be Promoted To The Position He Has Rightfully And Fairly Earned ....

Blumenthal: Retiring judge acted properly in Greenwich police suit
As if the wheels of justice don't turn slowly enough, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Thursday they could grind to a halt if judges are forced to immediately drop all pending
Question To Greenwich Resident Richard Blumenthal.....
Why can't this problem be solved through better case management?
When a Judge turns 69 he gets fewer cases and the retires at 70 with little or no pending cases.

Greenwich and state officials meet to discuss affordable housing
After months of talking about a meeting, state and town officials finally came together recently to discuss a two-decade-old agreement that resulted in the transfer of the Cos Cob Power Plant property to the town with the stipulation that affordable housing units would be built.

Annual Ox Ridge horse show back in Darien with new vigor
Kerry Sherck/For The AdvocateDARIEN -- There's no halfway with horses, at least not for participants at the annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show. Riding is everything to Chloe Field, who drives six times a week from her boarding

Greenwich Scholarship Association presents $454K in scholarships to 129 students
The Greenwich Scholarship Association distributed $454,350 to 129 recipients from 90 local sponsors Thursday night at the 37th annual GSA awards ceremony held in the high school auditorium.

Award recipents


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09/11/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Evening Edition

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

Greenwich, Conn. lures NY gay couples for marriage
Newsday - Long Island,NY
NEW YORK - New York City same-sex couples are flocking to Greenwich, Conn. to get married. Greenwich officials say 139 same-sex couples applied for a ...
Greenwich nursing home garden waits to grow
Greenwich Time
A tour of four town homes last month organized by the Woman's Club of Greenwich as a fundraiser for the garden drew more than 250 people. have been ..
Greenwich Post
Comeback falls short against Warriors in class L quarters
Greenwich Post
The Greenwich High School girls lacrosse team did everything possible to mount a furious comeback against Wilton High School Monday night in the Connecticut ...
Step increases ease pain of Greenwich employee wage freezes
Greenwich Time
An unspecified number of members of Laborers' International Union of North America Local 136 and the Greenwich Municipal Employees Association would still ...

The Latest Greenwich Blog Post:

Gay New Yorkers Get Hitched In Greenwich
By The Huffington Post News Editors
12, 2008, the day same-sex marriages became legal in Connecticut, through the end of May, 139 same-sex couples applied for a marriage license and wed in Greenwich. All but three of them were been from out of state, most from New York ...
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At Greenwich Weddings, Gay Couples Cry More Than Straight Ones ...
By Chris Rovzar
This is why we need the 'Times' to survive, to tell us things we never could have even guessed at.
Daily Intel - http://nymag.com/daily/intel/
By Lincoln Millstein
Connecticut Post · Stamford Advocate · Greenwich Time · Danbury News Times · Community Weeklies ... VIDEOS OF THE GREENWICH CONCOURSE D'ELEGANCE JUNE 6 AND 7. June 11, 2009 at 7:12 am by Lincoln Millstein ...
Lincoln's Log - http://blog.ctnews.com/lincolnmillstein/
NYT discovers another aspect of Greenwich « For What It's Worth
By christopherfountain
New York City gays flock to town to get married. Town still standing! Welcome, folks. ...
For What It's Worth - http://christopherfountain.wordpress.com/

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06/11/09 If You Really Want To Know What's Going On In Greenwich You Have To Read Out Of Town News Sources: More Trouble At The House Of Brandt

You Wont Read This In The Greenwich Time:

The Faux News Wanna-Bes Of Lower Fairfield County Never Tell Town Residents The Real Story When They Report On The Back Country Estates Of Greenwich......

Polo-playing paper tycoon Peter Brant has had plenty of drama on his plate in recent weeks. His divorce from Stephanie Seymour has only been getting messier by the day. (Last week, the ex-supermodel got into a shoving match with one of Brant's bodyguards at the couple's Greenwich estate; over the weekend, she was issued a summons after another run-in with Brant's staff.) But that isn't the only crisis unfolding in the house of Brant. The convicted felon—Brant served 84 days in prison in 1990 after pleading guilty to tax fraud—is now watching Interview, the art/fashion mag founded by Andy Warhol and which Brant has controlled since the late 1980s, crumble to pieces. And it's all happened under the not-very-watchful eye of the man that Brant appointed to oversee his collection of magazines—his equally scandal-plagued son, Ryan Brant.

A major shake-up at Interview had been rumored for weeks. The hammer finally dropped on Monday when editorial director Glenn O'Brien
was ousted from the company. His replacement? That would be Fabien Baron, who'd been pushed out of Interview himself just five months ago. (Baron and O'Brien were originally named co-editorial directors last spring after longtime editor Ingrid Sischy left the company.)

In recent days, a number of top editors have left the company; reports of serious cash flow issues at parent company Brant Publications have surfaced (Peter also owns Art in America and The Magazine Antiques); and vendors and freelancers have reported that they've gone unpaid. "It's like a Greek tragedy. Like watching a company going insane, instead of a person," O'Brien told The Daily this afternoon.

It's unlikely Baron's return to the magazine will do much to right the ship. (In fact, given Baron's profligate reputation, it may end up making things worse.) Until last year, Brant co-owned the portfolio of high-end titles with his ex-wife, Sandy Brant. (Sandy is now
Ingrid Sischy's romantic partner; it's a very tangled web, yes.) In 2008, Peter acquired Sandy's half-share in the company and eventually handed over day-to-day management to his son, Ryan Brant. Ryan's qualifications for the job? Well, he did found Take Two Interactive, the video game company responsible for bestowing Grand Theft Auto on the world. Then again, he was forced out after he ended up at the center of an accounting scandal, a legal mess that was only settled after Ryan paid fines totaling more than $7 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and agreed not to serve as officer or director of a publicly-traded company for five years.

Too bad Brant Publications never went public.
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06/11/09 With No Training, Adventurous Travelers Like Caroline Dougherty of Greenwich Volunteer to Care for World's Most Exotic and Savage Beasts

Rupi, a 230-pound jaguar, gets daily walks in the jungle wearing a collar attached to a rope

ABC News

They walk the jaguars, talk with the pumas and play with the monkeys. Deep in the jungles of Bolivia, Ambue Ari is an animal reserve like no other.

It has become a hot destination for backpackers touring South America. The reserve draws an international mix of Americans, Europeans, Israelis and Australians. Adventurous travelers volunteer as caregivers and companions for some of the most exotic and savage beasts on Earth.

These are animals most of us see only in a zoo and only from a distance. But here, those who dare to can hold, pat and play with wild animals they are caring for. It's not quite a petting zoo: Volunteers here work hard in tough, isolated jungle conditions with no luxuries. But adventurers are drawn the price -- $9 a day for room and board -- and the training requirements: there are none.

All of which makes Caroline Dougherty of Greenwich, Conn., a perfect candidate. At age 18, she has just graduated from high school and is traveling through South America on her own. For the last two weeks, Dougherty has been here at Ambue Ari, feeding and walking an ocelot -- an animal that looks like a small jaguar -- that they call "Lazy Cat."

As Lazy Cat purred loudly at her feet, Dougherty said she had no jungle experience, no training with animals, "but I've always loved animals my whole life."

"They get better care than us sometimes," Dougherty joked. "Every morning when we are chopping up fruit for the birds, I want to grab some papaya and some fresh oranges and eat it. But my ration is two pieces of bread, so that's all I get for breakfast."

Volunteers have to commit to work at least two weeks on the reserve......

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06/11/09 A new agreement between DEP and UConn makes mile-a-minute vine a top-priority in Greenwich and other towns

Scientists and staff at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are teaming up to tackle a problematic invasive weed.....

... Mile-a-minute vine (Persicaria perfoliata), sometimes referred to as “the Kudzu of the North” due to its fast growth and climbing habits, was originally found in Greenwich and has since spread to 15 towns and cities in Connecticut ......

....A newly created Web site (www.hort.uconn.edu/mam/) will serve as a public, central source of mile-a-minute vine information. .....

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06/11/09 The waiver of Medicaid requirements would not only bring savings to the state, it would mean more revenue to struggling Greenwich Hospital

Medicaid funding a state necessity

Connecticut Post

As mentioned in these columns just a month ago, the economic downturn has buffeted Connecticut hospitals just as it has financial institutions, businesses large and small, private investors and the average working person.......

... first quarter of 2009, according to the Connecticut Hospital Association. And now we read that both Bridgeport and Greenwich hospitals are looking at the possibility of staff and other cutbacks. As she works toward a new state budget, Gov. M. Jodi ...

.....The state Legislature in 2003 authorized the state Department of Social Services to apply for the waiver. It has not yet been filed......

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06/11/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Overnight Edition

The Latest Greenwich News Briefs:

New York Times
Gay New Yorkers Head to Greenwich for Weddings
New York Times
When you have Greenwich, Conn., 20 minutes away, I said, 'Why are we waiting?' " And so another couple from outside Connecticut made what is becoming a ...
Greenwich's Wong reaches Class LL finals for third straight year
Greenwich Time
The two-time defending Class LL champion from Greenwich High School saw teammate and friend Shota Tasaki on the opposite end of the court as he prepared to ..
Greenwich Mother Charged With Leaving Baby in Car
WNLK - Norwalk
According to Greenwich police, she was charged with leaving a child unattended in a vehicle while she went into a bank on Greenwich Avenue. ...
Toastmasters opens first Greenwich club
Greenwich Post
The new club, Greenwich Toastmasters, will hold meetings at the Western Greenwich Civic Center at 7 pm on the first and third Tuesday monthly. ...

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Mel Gibson Cuts Connecticut Mansion Price Almost $10M
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Mel Gibson has reportedly dropped the asking price of his Tudor-style mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, by just under $10million over two years as the credit crunch bites. The soon-to-be-divorced star first put the home on the market ...
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