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Thursday, October 15, 2009

10/15/09 Peter Tesei: "Having not been on the RTM, having not been on the BET, one cannot appreciate what it means to work with departments,"

Greenwich first selectmen candidates trade barbs during final debate of the season - Greenwich Time

That chill felt in the air Wednesday night wasn't autumn. It was a cold front by the name of Peter Tesei and Lin Lavery, hammering away at each other during the final debate of the campaign season.

The rhetoric between the GOP incumbent first selectman and his Democratic challenger reached its most vitriolic point of the campaign during a 90-minute candidate forum hosted by the Riverside Association at Eastern Middle School.

"This is not an election of who should be the junior or senior prom king or queen in Greenwich," Tesei told about 150 people in the school's auditorium.

The two combatants traded barbs all night along over everything from stimulus funding and elderly tax relief to affordable housing and the handling of a rare round of layoffs from the municipal workforce earlier this year by Tesei's administration......

....the layoffs were bungled, with workers denied access to their e-mail accounts and escorted from their offices by security.

"When it comes to layoffs, I will do it with a handshake and respect," said Lavery, a selectman who came into office two years ago at the same time as Tesei.

Tesei rebutted that it was easy for Lavery to criticize, but she didn't have the responsibility to ensure that a potentially volatile situation didn't get out of control.....

....Lavery scrutinized Tesei's attendance record at meetings of the Glenville School Building Committee, of which he is a non-voting member, saying that he only showed up 40 percent of the time.

Tesei shot back that his time was better spent elsewhere ....
.....Tesei was also put on the defensive on stimulus funding, which Lavery said he should have taken a more aggressive tack on as the town's top official.

Westport received $20 million in funding compared to just $4 million, Lavery said.
"We can't afford to leave a dollar on the table," Lavery said.

Tesei answered that the disbursement of stimulus funds was determined by the state .....

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10/15/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Evening Edition

Darien Times
Wave girls swim/dive nearly catches Greenwich: 'I couldn't have asked them for ...
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10/15/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Afternoon Edition

Girls soccer: RHS hangs on to beat Greenwich
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Greenwich tops Wilton in key game
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The Greenwich High School field hockey team had a chance Wednesday to seize such a moment, hosting a talented, one-loss Wilton team that was just one point ...
Local talents set to dazzle Greenwich
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By Lisa Chamoff From a set designed to look like Greenwich Avenue, to the musicians, dancers and comedians that take the stage at Greenwich High School, ...

Democrats outraise Republicans - in Greenwich? – Our Greenwich
By sarahdarerlittman
According to a press release from DTC Chairman Dave Roberson, all of the Democratic municipal candidates in competitive races in Greenwich didn't just out fund raise their Republican counterparts - they did so by significant margins. ...
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10/15/09 Greenwich Election Shocker: Lin Lavery Is Kicking Peter Tesei's A$$

Momentum shifts to Democrats in Greenwich fundraising race - Greenwich Time

In a major coup for the town's minority party, the Democratic ticket of Lin Lavery and Drew Marzullo outdid their Republican opponents Peter Tesei and David Theis in the money race during the third quarter, new fundraising reports show.

Lavery, a selectman who is opposing Tesei for first selectman, raised $65,965 for her challenge during the period from July 1 to Sept. 30, compared to $52,120 for the GOP incumbent, according to campaign filings with the town clerk.

Marzullo, who is facing Theis in the selectman's race, pulled in $19,040, including a $250 donation from one of the town's more famous residents, celebrity Judge Judy Sheindlin. Theis netted $8,210 in contributions.

Democratic Town Committee Chairman David Roberson was ecstatic about the numbers.

"It shows a lot of real excitement and people's desire for new leadership and direction in town," Roberson said. "I would say it's clearly a reversal of historic patterns...."

That’s a big difference, but the Republicans profess to be unconcerned. ”It’s all about getting people to the polls,” First Selectman candidate Peter Tesei told FWIW’s Scusie yesterday. “Our people have private transportation, the Democrats have to depend on public. And you should see the road work we’ve got scheduled for Election Day on those bus routes. And,” here he paused to close his eyes and fold his hands in gratitude, “we’ve worked out a deal with Mark Curtis and Splash – free detailing for every Beemer, Audi and Benz owner who brings in an ‘I voted today’ sticker. We’ve got it made in the shade, baby.”

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A Quick Note...

October 15, 2009 From Jessica Bram



I’m very excited to announce my brand new blog. It has a new name and has been completely redesigned. I invite you to check it out by visiting http://jessicabram.cmail2.com/t/y/l/ulilf/kyhklhqu/y The blog will no longer be exclusively focused on my book, Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey.

Certainly, I’ll still be thinking and writing about how to maintain a sense of self and humor during difficult times, and emerge triumphantly, as I did after my divorce. But there are too many other fascinating things in life to to write about as well. Like the new development happening in my Connecticut town and how it’s changing it (for better or worse); my feelings about my youngest son going to college; my son’s struggle with his first year of teaching in a NYC public school and, of course, politics.

Like my radio commentaries, my blog posts will reflect on how large, global issues – things like far-away wars, recession, technology changing at breathtaking speeds – hit home in my own private world – which is the world that you and I share.

Speaking of technology, I I’ve also joined Twitter! I’ve enlisted a young, with-it marketing company to bring me into the 21st century as a way of getting the word out about my book. Please check out my profile, and follow me if you’re Twitter-savvy yourself. I look forward to your tweets!

Lastly, I wanted to remind you of my recently released book, Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey (Health Communications, Inc. 2009). The book gives a seldom touched-on view of divorce – a positive view of life on the other side. So many readers have written me that “your book was just the lift I needed” or “your book was such a comfort to me,” that I now feel more motivated than ever to get this message of hope out to people who face the rebuilding of their lives. I know that Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey can assure readers that they can – and will – emerge into the sunlight after any difficult time.

I invite you to check out the book's website if you haven’t already done so. Read excerpts or order your copy today by visiting http://jessicabram.cmail2.com/t/y/l/ulilf/kyhklhqu/o It goes without saying that I would appreciate your personal insights and comments on the book, as your opinion is valuable to me.

I’d also love to hear what you've been up to—please do send an e-mail to jessica@jbram.com when you get a chance.

Warmest regards,

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10/15/09 MEDIA ALERT: Fairfield County AHA Start! Heart Walk THIS SUNDAY highlights need for heart health awareness in community

Good morning:

I’m reaching out on behalf of Nestle Waters' Poland Spring water in Fairfield County, a local organization that continues to support healthy lifestyles within the community. THIS Sunday, October 18 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Poland Spring and the American Heart Association are joining forces to get residents up and on their feet, promoting walking as part of a healthy lifestyle and to raise funds to support cardiovascular research and educational programs for the Fairfield County community.

In addition, Poland Spring will be serving as an Eat Street Sponsor at the Poland Spring Start! Heart Walk and will be handing out free samples of Poland Spring water as well as providing tips on hydration as part of a healthy lifestyle.

If interested, I would be able to provide:

o Action photos from the walk event on Sunday (we will be sending an AP photographer)

o Interview with an Poland Spring executive from the Fairfield County area on how water can help promote heart health and what Poland Spring is doing to promote healthy living in the community

I’ve included full release details, please let me know if you are interested or if there is a more appropriate person to reach out to.

Thanks so much!




Launch of Poland Spring’s Local Support of the “Start!” Program, AHA’s Premier Fundraising Initiative

Fairfield County, CT (October 15, 2009) – Poland Spring® Brand Natural Spring Water is proud to be a supporter of the American Heart Association Start! initiative in Fairfield County on Sunday, October 18, focused on promoting heart health and encouraging healthy habits. The Fairfield County Start! Heart Walk is one of nearly 400 Start! Heart Walks, AHA’s premier fundraising event, taking place this year across the nation.

Poland Spring, together with five other Nestlé Waters North America Regional Spring Water Brands, has made a $500,000 donation to the American Heart Association. As a participating “Eat Street” food sponsor, Fairfield County walkers will be offered .5 liter chilled bottles of Poland Spring Natural Spring Water, as part of the company’s commitment to inspiring people to be healthier by being more physically active through walking and choosing water as a smart, calorie-free beverage. In addition, Poland Spring will be providing recycling bins throughout the walking course.

“We are proud to support the efforts of the American Heart Association’s Start! initiative,” said Angela Barile, Group Marketing Manager, regional spring water brands. “Their walking events promote healthier beverage decisions and educate people on how drinking water and engaging in regular physical activity are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” she added.

The American Heart Association and Poland Spring Natural Spring Water are partnering to support Fairfield County’s Start! Heart Walk on Sunday, October 18 at Sherwood Island State Park, Sherwood Island State Park, 1 Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT, beginning at 9 a.m. The event provides a three-mile non-competitive walking route where local participants can walk to raise money to fight heart disease and stroke, as well as educational information on walking and staying hydrated as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

“The American Heart Association understands that Nestlé Waters is committed to providing healthful, calorie-free beverage options,” said Robert Grabel, Regional Director, Fairfield County Start Heart Walk, American Heart Association. “When considering supporters that would embrace the fundamentals of the Start! initiative, Nestlé Waters seemed the ideal choice since they recognize the small steps Americans can take in their daily lives, like being active and drinking water, which can lead to fulfilling results.”

According to recent studies, drinking water over sugared beverages can reduce your caloric intake which can help you lose weight as part of a healthy lifestyle.1

To learn more about getting involved, visit www.polandspring.com.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2007-2008, the association invested nearly $560 million in research, professional and public education, and advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.

About Start!!

Start! is the American Heart Association's groundbreaking national campaign that calls on all Americans to commit to fighting the major causes of heart disease and stroke in adults through a comprehensive walking and nutrition program. START! is recognizing employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

About Nestlé Waters North America

Central to the leadership of Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is its 33-year experience and single-focus on producing bottled water products. The company’s dedication to product quality, manufacturing expertise, employee development and environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has led Nestlé Waters to the number one bottled water position in the U.S. Simply said, to reach success the company follows its credo: Respect for each other, respect for the environment and respect for the community.

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10/15/09 PRESS RELEASE: Halloween Happenings

The Department of Parks and Recreation announces that tickets for the 27th Annual Halloween

Happenings is on sale. This family event takes place at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center at 449 Pemberwick Road on Friday, October 23 from 6 – 8pm. Children will play games in Dracula’s Den from 6 – 7pm where they are guaranteed to win prizes and candy.

As in the past Rick Rock the ever popular DJ will be on hand to lead families through the limbo, mummy, and other dances.

Pepsi, a sponsor of this event will provide Trick or Treat bags for the children and refreshments for all.

Storm the mascot from the Bridgeport Storm Tigers hockey team will also be on hand to meet all the children. Everyone is welcomed to come in costume and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $11.00 for this event and may be purchased at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center or at the Parks and Recreation Office at Town Hall, 2nd floor or through the mail. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. For a registration form please visit our website at greenwichct.org. and click on check out Parks and Recreation.

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10/15/09 The Himes Times: Our first responders

Himes Stamford Firefighters

October 15, 2009

Dear Friends,

No, this is not me emerging from a Health Care Town Hall. In fact, I've just stepped out of a shipping container full of raging fire with an air temperature of 1000 degrees. I had the good fortune to join Stamford firefighters this weekend for Fire Ops 101, a program in which they demonstrate their capabilities, and give civilians a chance to see what firefighting is all about. I simply can't describe the feeling of being in superheated close smoky darkness with tongues of flame "flashbacking" over your head. It gave me an up close and personal appreciation for the incredible work our first responders do, and the risks they take as a matter of course. It made me recommit myself to the work I do on the Committee on Homeland Security.National Preparedness Month ended two weeks ago, but hopefully preparedness is something you think about on a regular basis. If you have not already visited http://www.ready.gov/, I hope you will. It's got good basic information on how to prepare for most emergencies and has a section of advice on the flu. I hope you'll take a moment to have a look. And the next time you walk by a policeman, fireman or medic, I hope you'll thank them for what they are prepared to do for you!

All the best,


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10/15/09 Dr. Sarah Mildred Gamble was sworn in as the Greenwich police physician

Dr. Sarah Gamble will advise the Greenwich Police Department on health-related issues.

Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg stated that swearing in Dr. Gamble was part of his initiative to restart the physician program in Greenwich.

Ridberg wants Dr. Gamble to also be an advocate for injured Greenwich police officers.

The new Greenwich police physician specializes in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital.

Dr. Gamble who uses her maiden name is married to a Greenwich Police Department patrol officer.

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10/15/09 Tax Collector Wann be Fails To File Financial Disclosure Form

Failure to File and a Delinquent Report

Rick Novakowski, who lost the Democratic primary and is continuing the tax collector race race as a petition candidate, did not file his financial disclosure report that was due last Tuesday.

Sources say Rick Novakowski is rushing to file his disclosure form before the town clerk closes business today.

Local media reports say that as of yesterday, Novakowski "was not able to estimate how much cash on hand remains for his campaign"

The Greenwich Democratic party nominee Bill Grad's financial disclosure form showed that supporters contributed $7,625 during the third quarter to go with $5,166 that they raised for his primary win over Rick Novakowski.

Greenwich Republican Tod Laudonia, was able to raise an eye popping $310.

It appears that Mr. Laudonia is not getting much grassroot support in Greenwich.

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