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11/05/09 WFSB: Greenwich Resident Ned Lamont Forms Committee For Possible Run

Lamont Calls Governor, Candidates To Inform Them Of His Intentions

HARTFORD, Conn. — Ned Lamont said he has formed a committee to explore a possible run for governor.

Lamont said the state was once at the forefront of manufacturing and technology but now he believes Connecticut is in an “economic dead zone.”

He touted the same message when he ran against Sen. Joe Lieberman three years ago.
Lamont defeated Lieberman in the primary.


How, he said he is focused on a statewide position.

Lamont said, “As chief executive officer, you have to get all the people to the table. We didn’t do it six months ago and that’s why we are worse off today.”

So far, the only candidate to officially announce a run for governor is former house speaker James Amann. However, Secretary of State Susan Byziewicz, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, Sen. Gary Lebeau, and Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi are all interested.

Gov. Jodi Rell has not said whether she will run.

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11/05/09 Associated Press: Greenwich Resident Ned Lamont Considering Gubernatorial Run

HARTFORD — Ned Lamont, the Greenwich businessman who lost to U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2006 election after beating him in the Democratic primary, announced Wednesday he is exploring a run for Connecticut governor.

Lamont, 55, was a political unknown when he put $16 million of his own money into the race to unseat Lieberman with the help of fellow Democrats who shared Lamont’s opposition to the Iraq war. Lieberman later won re-election to his Senate seat as an independent.

Lamont told supporters Wednesday in an e-mail and on his Web page that he is considering a run for governor after hearing from residents that Connecticut “is not living up to its potential and too many of our families are still being left behind.”

He said he will decide in early 2010 whether to declare his candidacy.

Without mentioning Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell by name, he said the state’s chief executive “is simply not getting the job done.”

Lamont said after his 2006 defeat that he had no plans to run for public office again, though he added at the time, “I never rule anything in or out.” He later went on to become co-chairman of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in Connecticut.

Lamont said Wednesday that his background as an entrepreneur and employer would be helpful in Connecticut as its leaders struggle to retain jobs and businesses. “Let’s face it. I’m outside the political class. I bring a different perspective and background,” he said.

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2009/11/05/news/b1-lamont.txt

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11/05/09 Greenwich Resident Ned Lamont's Chance

Source: Don Pesci, Middletown Press

"I seen my chances, and I took ’em” — George Washington Plunkitt of Tammany Hall

The day after the mid-term elections in which Republicans in Connecticut appeared to have staged something of a come-back, evidence that the party is not cold-stone dead, Ned Lamont announced he was forming a committee to explore a run for governor.

The following day, his announcement was wreathed in headlines. One paper ran a top of the fold front page story: “Ned Lamont May Run For Governor.” The attention grabbing headlines suggest that Lamont’s entry into the race will change the Democratic political terrain. There are now multiple candidates on the Democratic and Republican side both in the gubernatorial race and the race for the senate.

Lamont is best known for having won a primary against Sen. Joe Lieberman, who through unpalatable positions made himself unloved by the left wing of the state Democratic Party. Lieberman ran in the general election as an Independent and managed to hang on to his seat; it was here that an irreparable breech occurred. The primary jihad threw into bold relief a split in the Democratic Party those on the left continue to exploit. In the course of his primary battle, Lamont assembled a “kitchen cabinet” that may prove useful to him in a prospective gubernatorial campaign.

In the kitchen during Lamont’s primary were: Tom Swan of the “Connecticut Citizen Action Group,” a left wing organization fathered in 1970 by Ralph Nader and then congressman Toby Moffett; Tom D’Amore, Lowell Weicker’s aide de camp during his senatorial reign and later during Weicker’s wandering in the wilderness as an Independent governor; Weicker himself, who came out of retirement to plug Lamont’s campaign against his old nemesis Joe Lieberman, and the usual suspects in the media. Possibly Bill Cibes, who ran for governor on a pro-income tax plank and was soundly rejected, may have been floating around the Lamont camp under deep cover.

The kitchen cabinet active during Lamont’s senatorial campaign is being reassembled. Lamont and Cibes are attached at the head. As pedagogical bunkmates at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, they have written together a paper regarded by some on the left, now feinting toward the center, as a program of action that may prefigure Lamont’s gubernatorial campaign.

Liberal commentators have remarked that Lamont’s gubernatorial run will be “different” than his primary. In politics — particularly for candidates like Lamont, who has no previous baggage as a practical politician — there always will be time for visions and revisions.

It will be recalled that Weicker, during in his own career in public office, cut his jib to the political winds; that is what a “maverick” does. Weicker began his career in the senate as a screaming pro-Vietnam war Republican. Only later did the conservative Republican from Greenwich discover the virtue of being a maverick, “his own man” as he referred to himself in campaigns in which he made common cause with Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Connecticut Republicans attached by bonds of affection to their party even now — so fresh is the memory of Weicker’s recurring and wounding defections — would have no difficulty in drawing up a “history of repeated injuries and usurpations” on Weicker’s part, as Thomas Jefferson put it in the Declaration of Independence, that forced his party, finally and at long last, to declare its independence of the maverick.

The principle virtue of the “maverick” or pragmatist is maneuverability. Throwing off the bonds that tie him to his party, the maverick can more easily move between ideological lines and snatch votes from the right, left and center – to be sure, at the risk of being disrespected by his base

The blood of the far left still runs hot against Lieberman, and Lamont has surrounded himself with friendly Weicker associates. Indeed, it would be only a slight exaggeration to say that Lamont is Weicker’s political afterlife. A Greenwich millionaire, Lamont has lots of money, a few ideas that may propel him in a more moderate direction, much good will on the far left for his yeoman’s service in the primary against Lieberman, and a practical political background shallow enough to allow him to present himself to the general public as a “pragmatist.”

In Connecticut politics, pragmatists are those politicians proficient in fooling most of the people some of the time. Lamont has a chance.


URL: http://www.middletownpress.com/articles/2009/11/05/opinion/doc4af39a7b25e70038061504.txt

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11/05/09 Ned Lamont 2.0: 'We are going to get our mojo back'

By: Rick Green, Courant.com

That’s what an energetic and at times nearly breathless Lamont declared to students, faculty and other supporters at Central Connecticut State University Thursday afternoon in the first speech of his “exploratory” campaign for governor. It was a stump speech — and without notes, too.

“I am running for statewide office … I’ve always been a chief executive. I look at a state that lacks a strong chief executive right now”

On his competition: “A lot of these guys have been running for governor an awful long time.”

On his liberal image: “Look at what I’ve been doing … I’m a progressive business person. This is who I am.”

On the Democratic legislature and Gov. Rell: “They borrowed their way out of a deficit.”

“We’ve got to deploy all our assets, all assets, toward job creation,’‘ Lamont said. “We’re getting out-hustled.”

Close your eyes and his remarks sounded like a let’s-get-fired-up inspirational speech from the local chamber president.

I mean that as a compliment. Lamont sans Lieberman sounds like the guy he says he always was: a liberal businessman who wants to be a let’s-go-on-offense governor. Interestingly, he would run as a strong ally of President Obama and Sen. Chris Dodd, with an emphasis on education, mass transit, healthcare reform and job creation….

Source:
http://blogs.courant.com/rick_green/2009/11/lamont-governor-connecticut-campaign-2010.html

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11/05/09 How Did It Happen? Tesei sends Lavery packing for good

Here Is A Look Back At This Years Campgain .......

October 30, 2009 - Controversial Lavery mailer incites verbal smackdownTo suggest that Jonathan Asch was a "pal" of Tesei's, is a complete falsehood, representatives of the First Selectman's Coastal Resources Advisory Committee said during a news conference at Town Hall called for purpose of rebuking Lavery, who is currently a selectman.

October 30, 2009 - For this first selectman -- integrity matters"Recently, my opponent in the race for first selectman distributed townwide mailers which make blatantly false claims regarding actions of my administration. Candidates for public office should take responsibility for the accuracy of the information delivered to the public."

October 29, 2009 - Claims in controversial Lavery campaign mailer cast in doubt"Certainly, it's not reflective of the truth," Tesei said. "To make such statements so irresponsibly, I think, calls into question one's judgment."

October 24, 2009 - Tesei touts record of accomplishment in re-election bid for town's highest office"I can verify and quantify what I do. I don't just use platitudes," said Tesei, 40, a fifth-generation town resident who is married with two small children.

October 23, 2009 - Greenwich woman celebrates 105th birthdayFirst Selectman Peter Tesei read a proclamation, and as he bent over to kiss Hartell on the cheek after handing her a bouquet of yellow roses...

October 14, 2009 - Election '09: Tesei, Lavery show dueling visionsFirst Selectman Peter Tesei said that the big challenge for a first selectman is providing for services that residents have come to expect while keeping property tax rates moderate and predictable.

October 13, 2009 - Greenwich selectmen candidates go back to school"I do believe that having a low student-to-teacher ratio is imperative to fostering education," Tesei said. "You only have one shot at an education."

October 7, 2009 - Paying tribute: YWCA remembers victims of violenceFirst Selectman Peter Tesei proclaimed October Domestic Violence Month and honored the YWCA and the Greenwich Police Department.

October 3, 2009 - Lavery, Tesei tout themselves as strong allies of public school students, parentsTesei, appearing at a Greenwich PTAC Council debate at Town Hall, said he has used his position as first selectman as a bully pulpit to fix problems such as the Hamilton Avenue School reconstruction debacle.

October 2, 2009 - All 4 selectmen candidates oppose Byram housing expansion"There's no doubt that people do not want it there," First Selectman Peter Tesei said of a Greenwich Housing Authority plan to create new senior housing units at McKinney Terrace. "I don't think it's the right area of town for our seniors."

Radio station to air candidate debateWGCH 1490 AM will air a live candidates debate between First Selectman Peter Tesei and his opponent Monday, Oct. 5, from 9 to 10 a.m.

September 17, 2009 - Tesei Says he is happy to participate in any well-structured and impartial forum"I have no qualms about debating anybody in that context."

The 78th Annual Cos Cob Republican Clambake will be held this Sunday, September 20th, at Greenwich Point from 1:00PM to 4:00PM

August 27, 2009 - Ribbon cutting for police headquarters draws crowd

August 10, 2009 - Two new officers join Greenwich police

August 06, 2009 - Tax deferral on horizon?

August 01, 2009 - First Selectman Peter Tesei shows the original BET members during the celebration of the BET's 100th aniversary

July 24, 2009 - Republicans choose slate, tap vice chairman for selectman

June 25, 2009 - Tesei kicks off re-election bid

June 4, 2009 - Planning for fall, candidate choices begin to take shape

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11/05/09 PRESS RELEASE: PK-3 Mathematics and Language Arts Assessment System

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11/05/09 Greenwich Hospital: Dr. Stephen Carolan You And Your Erect Penis Are Fired As The Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Director

Greenwich Hospital doctor steps down from post following scandal

GREENWICH -- A Greenwich Hospital doctor embroiled in litigation with his former mistress has stepped down from his director post after news of a salacious sex scandal went public earlier this week.

Dr. Stephen Carolan, 52, of Greenwich, voluntarily resigned as director of obstetrics and gynecology while the hospital investigates the accusations in a lawsuit recently filed in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.

"A memo was sent to the medical staff saying that Dr. Carolan has stepped down," said George Pawlush, spokesman for the hospital.

Pawlush said the resignation is on an interim basis and will not affect his medical privileges.

"His status at the hospital is unchanged," Pawlush said.......

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If You Want To Know What Is Really Going On In Greenwich You Have To Read The Out Of Town Newspapers .....


A prominent, married Connecticut surgeon repeatedly had sex with his mistress in a sterile wing of Greenwich Hospital within feet of "patients, operating rooms, nurses and staff," according to allegations contained in legal papers.

Dr. Stephen Carolan, 51, even "took photographs of his erect penis" in the same secure area of Greenwich Hospital, where he heads the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, and later gave the revealing photos to his mistress, according to claims made by the woman before a court......

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11/05/09 Once Again The Greenwich Time Is A Day Late And A Dollar Short

The Greenwich Time Is Late To Report That......

Sternlicht bets on Greenwich rebound

Raises asking price on 5.8-acre Greenwich estate to $5.95M

By Oshrat Carmiel Bloomberg News

Real estate investor Barry Sternlicht is betting the Greenwich, Connecticut, housing market is making a comeback.


Sternlicht, who helped build Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and took his real estate investment company public this year, raised the asking price of his 5.8-acre estate there to $5.95 million, even as the town is headed for its worst year for property sales in more than three decades.

“We increased it because we felt like we were giving it away,” and there was interest in the property, Sternlicht’s broker, Jean Ruggiero of William Raveis Real Estate, said in an interview. “Just because people are lowering their price doesn’t mean it’s right, because he’s not a desperate seller.” .....


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11/05/09 The Greenwich Briefing

Productivity surge signals job growth to follow
Reuters
... expect the pace of efficiency gains will soon begin to fade," said Michelle Girard, a senior economist at RBS in Greenwich, Connecticut. "Having cut payrolls so dramatically during the last downturn, we believe that companies will be forced to add ...

A clean-tech car maker capitalizes on 9/11
Boston Business Journal
... a four-paragraph press release sent to media outlets Wednesday, the San Carlos, Calif., auto company seems to link a Greenwich, Conn., real estate agent's experience that fateful day with his decision to purchase a six-figure electric powered ...

Luxury resort opening in depressed Rhode Island
NewsTimesLive.com
... children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren," said Donna Simmons, one of the investors who lives in Greenwich, Conn., and has been visiting Watch Hill for about 20 years. Backgammon and croquet will be offered to lend an old-time feel, ...

Smith Cove home offers waterside living
News Times
... are an office and still another bedroom and bath, according to B.K. Bates of Sotheby's International Realty in Greenwich, who has listed the more-than-5,600-square-foot home for $8.75 million. On the lower level are a powder room and rooms that ...


Ned Lamont Exploring Run For Governor
The Hartford Courant
In a move that sharply changed the dynamics of the governor's race, Greenwich multimillionaire Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that he has formed a committee to explore a possible run for governor.

Ancestry.com Raises $100 Million in IPO
News Max
... products, however, because Ancestry is something of a pioneer in online genealogy, said Eric Guja, an analyst for Greenwich, Conn.-based Renaissance Capital. The company expects to expand overseas, but it hasn't gained traction internationally yet. ...

Test Scores Show Improvement At Bristol Schools
The Hartford Courant
... of test scores and percentage of graduates going on to college; the only cities ranking higher than Bristol were Greenwich , Fairfield, West Hartford and Milford. Streifer noted that education spending per pupil is higher in those four communities, ...

Lamont joins crowded field for governor
The Day
Ned Lamont, the Greenwich cable executive who rose to national prominence when he knocked off Sen......

After 65 years, local tailor's passion still alive
New Canaan News-Review
... her men's fashions that she designed. Prochilo had a good reputation, and his help allowed her to open a shop on Greenwich Avenue. "At first he said no because he didn't think a woman should be in men's fashions, but I convinced him and we became ...

State DOT and DEP voice support for Merritt trail work
New Canaan News-Review
... Newfield Avenue in Stamford a promising way to try out the idea of a longer 37.5 mile, non-motorized path between Greenwich and Stratford. "They already have a pretty detailed conceptual design and have done a lot of the work with adjacent property ...

Business People
Connecticut Post
The World Federation of Exchanges Secretariat has presented Old Greenwich resident Robert Schwartz, a professor at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, The City University of New York, with its first WFE Award for Excellence. The award ...

Sternlicht bets on Greenwich rebound
Connecticut Post
Real estate investor Barry Sternlicht is betting the Greenwich housing market is making a comeback.

Michael Ronis, Manhattan Chef, Dies at 60
New York Times
Michael Ronis, who helped conceive Carmine's, an Italian restaurant that lures masses of New Yorkers and out-of-towners to Times Square and the Upper West Side with gargantuan portions and moderate prices, died last Thursday in Greenwich, Conn


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11/05/09 PRESS RELEASE: Ablechild Announces Fundraising Red Carpet Gala to Promote Consumer Drug Safety

Ablechild Announces Fundraising Red Carpet Gala to Promote Consumer Drug Safety
PR Leap

... Ablechild is holding a fundraising gala on December 2, 2009 at Venture Portrait Studio, 48 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut at 7 pm. A wide variety of unique and fun items have been donated for the auction from many local retailers, like ...

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11/05/09 The Greenwich Time Is Always A Day Late And A Dollar Short When It Comes To Reporting The News

Former Senate contender Lamont to test waters in governor's race

Put up on a pedestal by many Democrats for his 2006 Senate primary win over Joe Lieberman, Greenwich entrepreneur Ned Lamont is testing the waters for next year's gubernatorial contest.

Lamont, 55, announced on his Web site Wednesday that he was forming an exploratory committee for governor, adding his name to a growing list that includes former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, former House Speaker Jim Amann and Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

"Whether it has been health care and the economy, losing jobs, young people leaving the state, or the never-ending budget crisis, we have all seen our state head in the wrong direction," Lamont wrote on his Web site.

No Body Has Time To Talk With Irrelevant Greenwich Time Reporter Niel Vigdor.....

A message seeking comment from Lamont was left Wednesday at the Greenwich office of his company, Lamont Digital Systems, which wires college campuses for cable......

......A message seeking comment was left with Rell's communications staff.......

......Through a spokeswoman, Lieberman had no comment about Lamont's potential entry into next year's gubernatorial contest.

Lamont has stayed on the political radar since 2006, serving as co-chairman of Barack Obama's presidential campaign in Connecticut and hosting Michelle Obama at his Greenwich home for a fundraiser leading up to Super Tuesday last year.

An advocate for health-care reform, Lamont is also founder of a state policy institute at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

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Hartford Courant

In a move that sharply changes the dynamics of the governor's race, Greenwich entrepreneur Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that he is opening an exploratory committee for governor.

Lamont, who spent about $16 million of his own money to run for the U.S. Senate against Joseph I. Lieberman in 2006, would clearly be the wealthiest candidate in the race.

The other Democrats have started down the path of seeking public financing and would be limited to $1 million in public funds for an August 2010 primary. The winner of a potential six-way primary would then receive $3 million in public money for the general election......

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11/05/09 The Himes Times: Education

Himes_Duncan

November 5th, 2009

Friends,

On Monday, I was thrilled to host Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Norwalk for a meeting with a diverse group of teachers, administrators, officials and reform advocates. I don't use the word "thrilled" lightly. One of my frustrations in Congress has been that the urgency of financial regulatory reform and the emergency measures taken to try to reverse this recession have backburnered the make-or break issue of our economic future: education. We are a very lucky country in terms of our natural resources, our hardworking people and our knack for business. But I am convinced that THE SINGLE most important competitive advantage we have is our innovative capacity. And that capacity is very much a function of how well we educate our people, from pre-school to post-graduate engineering school.

Secretary Duncan did not mince words. In terms of just about everything that matters: graduation rates, math and science scores, vocational education, we are behind our competitors and getting more so. In Bridgeport, a city I am proud to represent in Congress, less than half the kids who arrive at a high school graduate. That is neither morally nor economically acceptable. If you believe that a democracy depends on an engaged and educated citizenry, it may be an existential problem.

Fortunately, Secretary Duncan has both the drive and the resources to begin addressing it. The stimulus bill included billions of dollars to dampen the blow the economy would otherwise have dealt to schools. Secretary Duncan's Race to the Top initiative is sending resources to those school districts that commit to the changes that will improve achievement, and which demonstrate improvement. As he put it, Secretary Duncan will nurture success regardless of where and how it is achieved. Given the severity of the challenge, we should expect nothing less.

All the best,

Jim

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11/05/09 Local Rag no longer costs 75 cents

Brian,

I guess you've stopped following my blog. However, you should know that the local rag raised its price to $1 earlier this week. You may want to change your headlines about saving 75 cents.

Bill

COMMENT:

Thanks Bill, I did some how lose the RSS feed that forwarded your posts to Greenwich Roundup.

I will try and get that fixed today.

I went and looked in a downtown recycle bin and undernieth all of the New York Times and Wall Street Journals I found a copy of the Greenwich Time.

I was then shocked to discover that the money loosing Greenwich Time was now a buck.

That's a 100% increase that Greenwich Time Editor David McCumber has given out in less than a year.

Please See:

Local Rag Endorses Loser Lin-Lin, Hikes Price

The indescribably pathetic Yellowwich Time, AKA the Local Rag (LR for short) is a never-ceasing source of wonderment. First, it endorsed Lin-Lin the Loud-mouthed Libeler as its candidate for First Selectman, and then it promptly raised its daily newsstand price from 75 cents to one dollar.

Just a few months ago, you could have bought a copy of the LR for a mere 50 cents. Two price hikes in one year? Wow! Bird-cage lining is getting pretty expensive these days.

Can you spot the signs of increasing desperation at the no-longer local Local Rag, dear reader? From utter abdication of editorial integrity to frantic firings to ludicrous price hikes, they are everywhere to be seen. Thank God the Hearst Corporation will soon be putting this sick puppy out of its misery.

Here Is Yesterday's Greenwich Gossip Post:

The (Not-So-) Local Media Are Losing Their Credibility...

Though your scribe refers to the ever-shrinking (except in price) Yellowwich Time as the Local Rag, the fact is that it has now become the Not-So-Local Rag. It's published way up the line in Bridgeport or someplace, and the staff has been cut by something like 90%, if not more, and it really is a misnomer to connect it with the community of Greenwich any longer.

Case in point: their editorial endorsement in the late Town election was in favor of the late Lin-Lin Lavery, who ran so poorly that she finished fourth out of four and lost her seat on the Board of Selectmen (the sigh of relief that went up from Town Hall was audible a quarter of a mile away). Now, if the voters in Town so roundly repudiated the N-S-LR's choice, what does that tell you about their acumen in assessing community issues and thinking? That's right: it tells you that they're totally out of touch with the townspeople, and have no business whatsoever pretending to speak for them.

As readers of this column know, your scribe cordially despises the N-S-LR, and has been glad to watch from the sidelines as karma has caught up with Joe Pisani, Mike Sweeney, Bruce Hunter, and the rest of the rascals who once pretended to provide accurate and impartial news to the Greenwich community. May their fates be an object lesson to perverters of the truth everywhere, and their names be forever written out of the Book of Life.

Thus your scribe was somewhat surprised to find himself quoted in the Rag's election coverage. For well over a decade it has been written in stone that nothing Bill Clark says is ever to find its way into print in their pages. But...suppose he were the one watching closely just as the final district results were entered into the Excel page being projected onto the wall, and the first to do the math (which wasn't hard) and the first to shout, "She's off the Board!!" Meaning, of course, that Lin-Lin had lost her place on the Board of Selectman. Well, it seems the Rag couldn't resist quoting your scribe, even though they got it wrong (they forgot to capitalize "Board"). But wait. This was a direct violation of editorial policy. How could this happen?

Simple, dear reader. Your scribe was referred to merely as "a bystander", even though almost everyone in the room knew full well who he was. His blog has been setting new "hit" records on a daily basis since his campaign coverage began, and many people came up last night to tell him how greatly they enjoyed reading his coverage of Lin-Lin and her escapades.

Well, this cheap trick is about par for the course for Yellowwich Time. One even begins to wonder, in fact, if the editorial board decided to endorse Lin-Lin precisely because of your scribe's scathing coverage of her. It's not outside the realm of possibility, and in fact may be the only remotely logical reason to explain their otherwise pin-headed endorsement.

Likewise, the Greenwich (Dumb-as-a-) Post chose to endorse Lin-Lin as well. This pathetic excuse for a "local weekly" (which is not, of course, local at all, being also published somewhere up the line as part of an agglomeration of once-independent weeklies) has been reeling from pillar to, er, post in recent years. To make their ad pages appear fuller than they really are, they simply print a page or two a second time to bulk out the issue. One can only assume that they, too, are in pretty dire financial straits.

Once again, your scribe is tempted to wonder whether their endorsement of Lin-Lin had anything to do with his blog and its anti-Lin-Lin stance. Do you think, dear reader, that the increasing hit count is going to your scribe's head and warping his better judgment? Well, consider the following:

A few minutes ago your scribe was strolling over to Town Hall, and as he prepared to cross the street there was a loud nasal explosion that sounded for all the world like "Ach-*sshole". The source was the unlovely and porcine Ken-Ken Borksuck, crack investigative reporter for the aforesaid Greenwich (Dumb-as-a-) Post, who was loitering on the street corner like a bump on a log. As there were no cars coming, your scribe proceeded to cross the street, the better to get away from this apparent case of swine flu (or was it swine potty-mouth?). Behind him, he heard Ken-Ken's dulcet tones shouting after him, "Hey, Bill, jaywalking's a serious crime."

So is loitering with intent, thought your scribe to himself, as he continued imperturbably on his way. But once again he began to wonder to himself if Ken-Ken's overt hostility (and he has been doing these things on a regular basis ever since your scribe began to blog) was related in any way to the paper's endorsement of Lin-Lin. If your scribe had somehow been on an anti-Peter Tesei rampage, would the Dumb-as-a-Post have endorsed Peter instead?

Well, dear reader, we shall probably never know the full truth of these matters, and indeed, it hardly matters. The point is that the news coverage in this Town is slanted and inaccurate at best, and downright malicious at worst. And, as the recent political campaign has shown us, it's only getting worse.

More From Bill Clark The Scribe Of Greenwich:

Lin-Lin the Loser


Yesterday the Full Moon, Today the Election...

More Lies From Lin-Lin


Lin-Lin's Mendacity: A Dead Horse?


Lin-Lin Goes Off the Deep End


What Planet is Lin-Lin From?


In Which Your Scribe Almosts Loses His Lunch...


Lin-Lin the Liar?

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11/05/09 Ammonia-free haircolor comes to Greenwich

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Becker Salon Launches INOA- Haircolor of the Future

To Benefit Kids in Crisis

November 2, 2009 – January 31, 2010

Nov. 2, 2009 (Greenwich, Conn.) -- The haircolor of the future has arrived at Becker Salon, the first salon in Greenwich to unveil L′Oréal Professionnel's revolutionary breakthrough in technology. INOA: Innovation No Ammonia, a permanent, ammonia-free, odorless haircolor ushers in this new era in professional haircoloring and Becker Salon, a premier L′Oréal Professionnel salon, is rolling out a new program: "Transforming Haircolor Today, Helping Future Generations for Tomorrow" to benefit Kids in Crisis.

From November 2nd through January 31st, proceeds from special prices on services will be donated to Kids in Crisis and during November and December the salon will offer a selection of healthy refreshments in celebration of INOA.

From now through January 31st, new clients who try INOA can receive a haircut for just $31 where all proceeds will be donated to Kids in Crisis in celebration of the organization's 31st anniversary. New clients who pre-book their next appointment at the time of their visit will receive a 20% discount on their next service. Becker Salon is offering a complimentary L'Oréal Professionnel Powerdose conditioning treatment to all clients who try the new INOA haircolor, one-time only. In celebration of the healthy hair benefits of INOA, the salon will offer customers organic wine from Continental Fine Wines, Bigelow Green Tea and an assortment of healthful refreshments from Susan Kane Catering, Green & Tonic and Garelick & Herbs from November 16th through December 16th.

Representing a radical change in haircoloring, INOA delivers superior surface quality, which after nine applications leaves colored hair infused with renewed life and strength – leaving hair as smooth as before color was applied. Until the creation of INOA, ammonia had always been the ingredient of choice for optimal results in permanent haircolor, but the unique formulation of INOA covers up to 100 percent white, lifts up to three levels and produces unprecedented true-to-tone results. Unlike coloring in the past, INOA offers maximum comfort by not irritating the scalp and respects the integrity of the hair fibers. The result is rich color, smooth texture and optimal shine.

"We are proud to be selected by L′Oréal Professionnel to be an exclusive salon to offer this exciting new product," said Becker Chicaiza, owner of Becker Salon. "INOA works like no other haircolor and produces outstanding results for the client, while even strengthening the hair fiber." INOA fits in with Becker's mission to highlight the beauty of every person who enters the salon through the magic touch of his hands and to make the experience an unforgettable moment of great transformation.

"I'm impressed with the commitment L'Oréal Professionnel has made to improve professional haircoloring by developing an ammonia-free product," said Dr. Kevin D. Plancher, a leading orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert in Cos Cob and New York City. "INOA is a big step in meeting the needs of customers who want to maintain healthy hair and brilliant color at the same time." Already INOA has been well received at Becker Salon. Cindy Rinfret of Rinfret Home & Garden on Greenwich Avenue and Rinfret, Ltd., said INOA left her hair incredibly smooth, shiny and full of life.

In promoting the new product, Becker Salon hopes to raise significant funds for Kids In Crisis especially now that the holidays are approaching. The salon has contributed more than $6,000 to the organization over the past two years. In December, Becker Chicaiza will deliver presents to the children at Kids in Crisis and also give complimentary haircuts. Kids in Crisis, www.kidsincrisis.org, is Connecticut's only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises—domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 96,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, more than 7,300 adults and children received assistance from the organization.

Located at 268 Mason Street in Greenwich, Becker Salon is open from Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm. To make an appointment, call 203-340-9550. For further information about Becker Salon, please visit www.beckersalon.com.

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