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Sunday, August 30, 2009

08/30/09 RECESSION BUSTER: Save Seventy Five Cents - Read Monday's Greenwich Time On Sunday Night For Free

Charlene Abdal is retiring after 34 years with the town. She has served as an executive assistant to 11 first selectmen. (Keelin Daly/Greenwich Time Staff Photographer)

Charlene Abdal, 'the fourth selectman,' calls it a career
Not once did her name appear on the ballot.

Yet through multiple regime changes, controversies and changes to the face of Greenwich, Charlene Abdal, the executive assistant to the first selectman, has never abdicated her power and influence on the affairs of the town, say those who know her best.

Abdal, 57, who has served as an aide to 11 first selectmen over 34 years, will call it a career on Monday......

.....A lifelong town resident who grew up at Armstrong Court in Chickahominy, Abdal started out as a clerk for Lewis in the first selectman's office. She was later promoted to administrative secretary, executive secretary and finally executive assistant to the first selectman.

Abdal rattled off the list of bosses she has worked under during her career -- Rupert Vernon, Ruth Sims, Rebecca Breed, Roger Pearson, John Margenot Jr., Ragland, Lolly Prince, Richard Bergstresser, Jim Lash and Tesei......

......"Part of the reason I've been here so long is I've been so neutral," Abdal said, who's served under eight Republicans and three Democrats.

For nearly 29 of her 34 years in the first selectman's office, Abdal has worked alongside Paula Belmont, an administrative assistant.

"She's like family," Belmont said of Abdal. "She's taught me everything. It won't be the same.".....

.....An open house will be held at the office for Abdal from about 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, her last day on the job.
Joined by upward of 100 button-wearing supporters and Democratic top brass, town native Drew Marzullo kicked off his campaign for selectman Sunday by touting his experience as an emergency responder.....

....While the Democrat's bid could be an uphill battle in a Republican-leaning town like Greenwich, Himes said he believed a victory was still well within reach for his party's ticket.

"We've always fought against the odds. We've always fought the current and operated in the headwind as Democrats in Greenwich," said Himes. "If we make a commitment today that we're going to work hard for these two, they will win. They will win."

Blumenthal hailed Marzullo's work as an emergency responder, saying his ability to work under pressure was on display recently when the candidate responded to an accident scene in which the attorney general's college-age son sustained minor injuries on his bike after hitting a car.

"He is first of all a professional, a consummate professional, in an area where people literally save lives," Blumenthal.....
STAMFORD -- Gus Bertolf Jr. and his father returned to their Cos Cob dock last week with about $200 worth of conch, their new cash crop in the continued aftermath of a lobster die-off that began in the late 1990s, they said.


State DOT considers selling Route 7 property
Want to buy a home along a never-built expressway? The state Department of Transportation has outlined to the governor the benefits of selling off 14 residences purchased years ago by the state for the expansion of the old Route 7 connecting Norwalk and Danbury.


Return of swine flu: What's ahead for Americans?
WASHINGTON -- The alarm sounded with two sneezy children in California in April. Just five months later, the never-before-seen swine flu has become the world's dominant strain of influenza, and it's
Concerns about the recession have led more public school families to put off enrolling in private school this year, contributing to a surge in enrollment a town schools, district officials said.


As Internet turns 40, barriers threaten its growth
NEW YORK -- Goofy videos weren't on the minds of Len Kleinrock and his team at UCLA when they began tests 40 years ago on what would become the Internet.
LOS ANGELES -- Wildfire threatened 12,000 suburban homes and rained ash on cars as far away as downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, spreading in all directions in hot, dry

Japanese election upends long-ruling party
TOKYO -- Japan's opposition swept to a historic victory in elections Sunday, crushing the ruling conservative party that has run the country for most of the postwar era and assuming the daunting
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08/30/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Nancy Weissler And The Rest Of The School Board Get Busted By The Greenwich Time

Himes to hold three health care forums
Connecticut Post
Jim Himes, D-Greenwich, will hold before Congress reconvenes next month. Wednesday's forum has been moved twice, at least in part because of the large crowd ...

Does Connecticut's Estate Tax Drive Away The Rich? Debate's Not Over
Hartford Courant
She never moved to a lower-tax state and instead spent some of her final days in Greenwich, where she signed her will. Other residents in Greenwich would be ...


The Greenwich Time Starts To Report The Truth About Greenwich Public School Test Scores

When Greenwich Roundup Types The Greenwich Time Listens.....


First Greenwich Roundup Posted This.....


08/27/09 Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin "BOE Brown Nose" Gustafson Wont Tell You The Truth, But Greenwich Roundup Will.....


Principal Damaris Rau was shown the door and is now headed to an undisclosed position at an undisclosed Connecticut School district, because .....

Hamilton Avenue School was once again the lowest scorer among the 11 elementary schools in Greenwich


Here Is More Evidence That Western Greenwich Is Getting Screwed Over By The Greenwich Board Of Education .....


Western Middle School was the lowest scorer of all of the town's three middle schoolsThe achievement gap between disadvantaged students of Western Greenwich and their wealthier peers continues to grow.


The wide gulf between white and Hispanic high schoolers grew wider between 2008 and 2009.


The percentage of white students reaching goal jumped from 83 percent to 87 percent, while the percentage of Hispanics at that level declined from 54 percent to 47 percent.


The United States Department Of Justice has inquired about Hamilton Avenue School and they are going to be back if the Greenwich Board Of Education continue to refuse to fix the failing schools in Western Greenwich.


Meanwhile, Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin "BOE Brown Nose" Gustafson Is Putting On His Rose Colored Sunglasses And Cheerfully Reporting.....


Greenwich students' test scores on the rise


Then The Greenwich Time Changed It's Tune And The Greenwich Time Editors Published This .....


Excellence the only lesson plan for Greenwich

Greenwich Time


....But while the start of the school year is about a bright outlook, it's important to see with clear eyes.


Greenwich schools are still not where they need to be. Results of last spring's Connecticut Academic Performance Test are a good illustration. While 10th graders who took the test made strong progress, particularly in reading and science, overall results shouldn't be acceptable to anyone in a town like this one.


For example, even with a 10-point jump, only 71.4 percent of 10th graders reached the goal level in reading. On a report card that's a C-. ...


....Same goes for results on the Connecticut Mastery Tests, which students in grades three through eight took in the spring...... But this is not a B- town. Nor should it be a town in which only 73.1 percent of our elementary schoolers reach the goal in science.....


.....Yes, people have pride in this town. But if it's not continually earned and re-earned, it's merely hubris, and that's the way to failure. Across the board, excellence is the only standard a town like Greenwich should accept, in all things, but particularly its schools......

Now Hearst Newspaper Vice President Lincoln Millstein Blogs This.....

The real numbers behind the Greenwich test results - (or what the school board does not what you to know)


By Lincoln Millstein

An excellent editorial in the Greenwich Time today has me thinking about schools at the dawning of the 2009-10 school year. Click here for article


Dunno about you, but I am embarrassed to be a resident of the wealthiest town in the state that has a school district ranked No. 41 (out of 195) according to the latest statewide standardized tests. NUMBER 41!


While that’s an improvement over last year when we came in at 44, other Fairfield County towns are racking up much better performance.

Westport is No. 1. Nearby Fairfield - with more students (9494) - is ranked 26.


Six out of the 11 elementary schools in Greenwich fell in a ranking of their peer group - Riverside (No. 19 down by 2), Dundee (44 down 14), Old Greenwich (59 down 43), North Street (101 down 39), Parkway (114 down 38), Julian Curtiss (138 down 89).....


Same story among the middle schools - nothing to brag about. Eastern held its No. 10 position. But there was a time in the first part of this decade when Eastern came in consistently the No. 1 middle school in the state year after year. Central is 54 - down 27.......

....Last but not least, my favorite topic, Greenwich High School, the misbegotten stepchild of the Greenwich political machine. GHS in my opinion is the single most visible and important public institution in Greenwich. It is either the beacon by which we measure our commitment to our children and community, or a blot symbolizing a wayward culture and broken system. Lately, it’s been the latter - especially under the current school board.


Wouldn’t it be nice for a change if we could brag about GHS’s accomplishments other than its football scores - like its academic standing.
Last year,

GHS ranked 26 in the state in its test scores......

.....12.7 percent of the GHS population is of hispanic origin and therefore greatly impacts the reading and writing of English in standardized testing......

.....Farmington High School came in ranked No. 7. Farmington HS has a subsidized lunch ratio of 4.6 percent, 4.6 percent African Americans and 3.1 hispanics.


But the real kick in the teeth: Hall High School in West Hartford, with a 11.4 percent subsidized lunch population, 10.6 percent African American population (GHS has 3.2) and 11.2 percent hispanic, came in at No. 22, beating out GHS by four places. A school with equally daunting statistics, if not more daunting, has no business besting Greenwich.


The motto in Greenwich for its public schools? Good enough.....

....There is a silver lining: The miserable performance by the schools has exposed the school board in a public light like never before. In short Weissler et al, you’ve been busted.


And we’re not going away until we see real improvement
Lincoln's Log - http://blog.ctnews.com/lincolnmillstein/

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08/30/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Out Of Town Democratic Bloggers Can't Face The Fact That Lincoln Is Right And Democratic Leaders Are WRONG !!!!!

The Dish: A-Rod, Kate Hudson pal out in Greenwich
Greenwich Time
Television host, author and Greenwich resident Joan Lunden will once again serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The evening's honorees are Bill and Tani Austin ...

Greenwich Town Democrats And Their Out Of Town Bloging Slim Machine Can't Accept The Fact That Lincoln Millstein Has Been Editoralizing For True Reform On The Greenwich Public School Board.

While Millstein Has Been Promoting True Democratic Choice In School Board Elections. These Out Of Town Bloggers Have Lobbing For The Continuation Of The Good Ole Boy Network That Is Destroying Our Public Schools .

Town Democrats And Their Out Of Town Bloggers Don't Want To Give Parents And Taxpayers A Real Contested School Board Election....
My Left Nutmeg:: Right-Wing Hearst Executive Still Sliming ...
By thomashooker
The front page of his blog only says, "Lincoln Millstein offers his unique views and insights on Greenwich and its community". No mention on the front page that he's a senior executive, senior, in fact to everyone working at Greenwich ...
My Left Nutmeg - Front Page - http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/

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