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Friday, November 13, 2009

11/13/09 Letters From Greenwich Time Readers - No longer reading

To the editor:

Recently my husband opted not to re-subscribe to Greenwich Time after 30-plus years. He neglected to say why.

Now, I choose to let you know that your paper is pathetic. It's a couple of pages of drivel and sensationalism -- the woman who lost her face, the doctor having sex in the O.R., the character assassination of a respected local physician and obituaries from everywhere else because there just aren't enough of us dying.

Your left-leaning contributors especially the political cartoons and articles like Sarah Littman's castigation of the GOP as anti-Semitic are only a few of the reasons.

It is a sad commentary that people aren't reading the paper anymore. Do you wonder why?

Jacqueline Roe

Riverside

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11/13/09 Letters From Greenwich Time Readers - Paper was out of line

To the editor:

Greenwich Time is not a court, it is not a judge and it is not a jury.

Dr. Ramaley met with justice for his lapse through our legal system and should not be subjugated again by the press. Double jeopardy is un-American. The length of the Nov. 12 article concerning Dr. Ramaley and the size of the front-page photo had the effect of both accusing him and sentencing him without regard to the American principle of "innocent until proven guilty."

Dr. Ramaley is a hero to a generation of women for whom he delivered expert medical care and healthy babies. I am among them and will be forever grateful for his role in my pregnancies and the resulting six healthy children.

Anne Adler
Greenwich


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11/13/09 Greenwich High School Graduate, Sgt. Gero Caponera, Starts Veteran's Club At NCC

NCC reaches out to vets with new club

By LAUREN MYLO

Hour Staff Writer

Hoping to have more services in place to assist veterans returning from overseas and entering college in the next few years, Norwalk Community College is hosting a Military Veterans Club.

Approved last semester, the organization was started by club president Sgt. Gero Caponera, USAR, and NCC counselor Charles Kruzshak, club advisor. Kruzshak said he participates in a veteran advisory committee on campus with approximately 10 other staff members and professors, and last year someone suggested a club.

"They asked that I take over as adviser for the club because I had a lot of close contact with many students who are veterans," he said. "The college wants to have services in place to help them. Veterans might face some challenges when they retransition back into civilian life and especially when they transition into college."

One club member served in the Vietnam War until the Gulf War, but most of the approximately 10 club members are recent veterans within the last 10 years. Kruzshak said non-veteran students have expressed interest as well.

Kruzshak, who served in the Army Reserves from 1980 to 1988, said the club's mission is to provide educational guidance and support, a place for discussion and a way to participate in school and military activities.

The club's activities will be determined by the students, he said, but its first order of business is to host a food, snacks, drink mix and toiletries care package drive.

"Both times I was in Iraq ... I got a ton of packages from students at my high school --socks, beef jerky, razors, that kind of stuff," said club member Orlando Figueroa. "It felt so good to be able to open a box and know that people didn't forget about me. I was in Iraq during Christmas and New Year's, so getting boxes from back home meant a lot since I wasn't able to be home with my family for the holidays."

Several local groups have already donated to the drive, including the 44th Fenwick Assembly of the Knights of Columbus of Norwalk, who presented a $520 check on Veteran's Day for the purchase of phone cards.

The drive will continue until Dec. 10, and one of the units receiving the items will be the 102nd Infantry out of Connecticut, which has 80 men from Fairfield County who will be deploying.

To make contributions or obtain a complete list of accepted items, contact Kruzshak at (203) 857-7015 or ckruzshak@ ncc.commnet.edu. There are also collection points on campus.

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Connecticut Plus


From November 10 to December 10, the Military Veterans’ Club at Norwalk Community College will collect donations of food, snacks, drink mixes and toiletries for care packages to send to troops overseas. The American Legion Post 3 of Stamford has donated items to the drive.

The Club will collect donated items from students and the community at collection points in the lobbies of the East and West campus buildings.

The mission of the NCC Military Veterans Club is to provide a venue for members to discuss and participate in school and military-related activities. The club provides educational guidance and support for military veterans, reservists and guard members and assists with adjustment to college life.
This care package project provides an opportunity for club members to extend their network of contacts and services within the local community and provide an essential service to our troops. Types of items acceptable for donation follow.
Food, snacks and drinks:

• Beef jerky / slim jims
• Coffee (ground or whole; instant or drip. Ground preferred)
• Powder drink mix (Gatorade, Kool-aid, Crystal Light)
• Tuna and chicken salad (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)
• Protein powder and protein bars
• Hot chocolate packets, herbal teas
• Hard pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz
• Gum / hard candy (must be individually wrapped in large bags)
• Granola bars / power bars / cereal bars / Cliff bars
• Fig Newtons, Oreos, cheese and crackers - small packs
• Trail mix, dried fruit, granola, fruit roll-ups / fruit by the foot / fruit gummies
• Dry soup: (ramen noodles / cup-o-soup
• Nuts: peanuts, mixed nuts (salted preferred)
• Microwaveable food (popcorn, Chef-boy-r-dee, mac'n'cheese...)
• Cookies / Girl Scout cookies
• Rice Krispie treats (packaged, store-bought only)
• Little Debbies® and Hostess® cake products
• Oatmeal packs (instant only))
• Cereal (small, individual boxes)
• Condiments, spices; sugar; salad dressing (no glass jars)
• Caffeinated gum or candy (to stay alert)
• Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
Toiletries: (Please, no hotel samples)

Note: some troops have allergies and need brand name toiletries which list all ingredients. The military issues toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap. Our goal is to send troops reminders of home and items they miss ... Not free samples.

• Baby wipes (travel size)
• Hand sanitizer (travel size)
• Body wash, liquid soap, facial cleanser
• Shampoo /conditioner (travel size)
• Hair gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
• Combs / brushes / bobby pins (in original packaging, please)
• Deodorant (travel size)
• Razors (disposable or "Intuition" or "Mach 3" types)
• Shaving cream in tubes / shaving soap (no cans of shaving cream, please!)
• Lip balm / chap stick / carmex / blistex
• Baby powder and foot powder (travel size)
• Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)

Sgt Gero Caponera, USAR, is founder and President of the NCC Military Veterans’ Club. “As a veteran that has received care packages while deployed to Iraq, I can say that it is a great feeling, especially when you are not expecting them,” he says. “Soldiers that are in remote areas will be very grateful for receiving items they do not have access to.”.....
.....Major Cortland Mehl, USA Retired, said, “During my overseas duty I experienced America’s heart and soul through an outpouring of love form America that is hard to describe unless experienced. The tons of care packages, the Chaplains dropping off bags of mail every day, and the thrill of being adopted by a school or organization that took pride in both its country and the service member. I recall receiving mail from my old junior high, as well as receiving mail from an elementary school. I made a point to visit each school upon my return and answer each letter when able…receiving packages of various sundries made it feel like Christmas in a huge hot sandbox.”
Anyone desiring to make contributions for the care packages may contact Charles Kruzshak, the NCC Military Veterans Club Advisor, at (203) 857-7015 or ckruzshak@ncc.commnet.edu.
And:
Clubs at local colleges help veterans make transition to classroom [The ...
Behavioral Health Central (blog) - ‎Nov 11, 2009‎
Going back to class after more than four years was the biggest concern for Gero Caponera, president of NCC's club. Caponera said he deliberately choose the community college after returning from service in the U.S. Army, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2005, because he knew he would receive more attention than a larger school offered.

"It really didn't bother me that I was older than the other students because I was so busy with school work and working," he said.
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11/13/09 The Greenwich Briefing

New Milford boys top Greenwich
NewsTimesLive.com
... promising for New Milford Thursday. Although the sixth-seeded Green Wave was clinging to a 1-0 lead over No. 11 Greenwich in its CIAC Class LL boys soccer tournament second-round game, the Cardinals were awarded a penalty kick with 9:54 left to ...

Crusaders girls soccer loses FAA title to Greenwich Academy
New Canaan News-Review
The Fairchester Athletic Association girls soccer championship is back in Greenwich's Academy's possession.

Suncor Plans to Spend $5.2 Billion in 2010 to Boost Production of Oil, Gas
Bloomberg.com
... for the company. a oeI think George struck the right chords,a said Charles Maxwell , an analyst at Weeden & Co. in Greenwich, Connecticut, who rates Suncor shares a oebuya and doesna t own any. a oeThe first thing he is doing, quite correctly, is ...

Performance Bicycle Kicks off Thanksgiving Food Drive
PRWeb
... avid biking enthusiast and the recreational rider. Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information about Performance Bicycle, please visit www.performancebike.com. ### Media ...

New dialing systems starts Saturday
Darien News-Review
... new dialing regulations. Residents also don't need to dial one before calling a local number. For instance, if a Greenwich resident is calling a Greenwich resident, they only need to dial "203" before the number. But, if that same Greenwich resident ...

HS Football Week 9: FCIAC title spot at stake when New Canaan, Central meet
Connecticut Post
Central's Christon Gill runs past Greenwich defensive lineman Jim Barrett to score a touchdown in the third quarter of Friday night's game at Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport.

Merritt Parkway a endangereda
Yale Daily News
In Connecticut, highways are an endangered species. At least one highway is, anyway: the Merritt Parkway, a 38-mile-long stretch of winding roads and scenic views from Greenwich to Stratford.

Acclaimed author Russell Shorto to address Dutch underpinnings of America
Greenwich Citizen
Next Tuesday, The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich , kicks off the second program in a series celebrating the 400th anniversary year of Henry Hudson's 1609 arrival in New York Harbor.

SENIORITY
Greenwich Citizen
Do you live in Greenwich
? Yes, for 30 years. Are you married? I was. She passed away 15 years ago.

A challenging play about love - Othello - coming next summer
Greenwich Citizen
With audiences numbering in the thousands last summer for "Midsummer Night's Dream," Shakespeare on the Sound was a big hit in Greenwich.

Get ready: New state dialing system begins Saturday
Connecticut Post

... the number. But, if that same Bridgeport resident is calling a long-distance number in the same area code -- Greenwich, for example -- that person will have to dial both one and the area code, just as he or she always has. The new procedure won't ...


Blood Drive at St. Mary's Parish Hall
WSTC-AM Norwalk
... blood drives during November and December:

Monday, November 9, at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, from 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Friday. November 13, at St. Mary Parish, 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, from 12:30 to 6:00 pm ...

Lady Wrecker swimmers finish in the top six at FCIACs
Westport News
... leading by a point going into the final event, the Lady Wreckers ended up settling for sixth with 188 points at Greenwich High, falling short to fifth-place Trumbull (189). "We wanted to finish fifth and we lost by a point but we accomplished our ...

Postal officials urged to save East End's Noble Station
Connecticut Post
... pulling out," said Finch, who also questioned why Bridgeport is on the list. "There are six (post offices) in Greenwich. They don't have half our population," Finch said. Dennehy said Redding, with a population of about 10,000, has four post ...

Cenveo gains a day after profit report
Connecticut Post
... on its common stock of 19 cents per share, payable Dec. 15 to shareholders of record on Dec. 1. United Rentals, a Greenwich-based renter of construction equipment, fell two cents to close at $8.69. United Rentals has been selected by GI Jobs ...

Fertility Doctor May Have Done the Deed Himself
WVIT-TV
... released by the state Department of Public Health, the woman went to Dr. Ramaley when he was at Brookside Greenwich OB/GYN in Greenwich, once in November 2002 and once in December 2002. She agreed to be inseminated with her husband's sperm and ...


Dr. Ben D. Ramaley - are you his patient?
The Patent Trader
A Greenwich fertility doctor was fined $10,000 by the state
for using the wrong man's sperm to impregnate a woman and was accused of substituting his own sperm in the procedure.....


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11/13/09 Supt. Appoints CMS Principal

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney A. Freund, has announced the
appointment of Ms. Shelley Somers as Principal for Central Middle School,
effective January 1, 2010. See attached for more information.

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

http://www.greenwichschools.org/

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

For immediate release: Friday, November 13, 2009 – Greenwich, CT)
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney A. Freund, has announced the appointment of Ms. Shelley Somers as Principal for Central Middle School, effective January 1, 2010. Ms. Somers is currently an Assistant Principal for Beaufort High School/Head of School of Arts, Communication and Technology in Beaufort, SC.
She has worked for Beaufort County Schools for the past ten years as teacher and administrator at the secondary level. Dr. Freund said, “Shelley Somers is an experienced and dedicated professional, with a track record of working collaboratively with teachers and maintaining a ‘students first’ focus.
She is an innovative leader, seeking out educationally sound strategies for addressing individual student needs, and is adept at data-driven decision making.
Her experience aligns with the direction that the District is taking in improving student outcomes and I am confident that she will be an effective leader for Central Middle School.”
Ms. Somers remarked, “I am honored and excited to have been selected as the Principal of Central Middle School. I am looking forward to working with students, staff, and parents and becoming a part of the Greenwich community.”
A site visit to Beaufort High School was conducted by a team from Greenwich, including Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Ellen Flanagan, CMS Assistant Principal, Dr. Jo Frame, CMS teacher, Ms. Jen Bresler, and CMS PTA President, Ms. Jill Marchak. “The opportunity to receive input from the Beaufort High School community and to view that feedback from the perspectives of an administrator, a teacher and a parent was invaluable in making this decision.
Ms. Somers certainly understands middle school-aged students and, based on her secondary experience, what will be expected of them at the high school level as well,” said Dr. Flanagan.
Dr. Frame noted, “After my conversations with Shelley and the positive comments I heard while visiting Beaufort, I am eager to work with her.”
Jen Bresler said, “I was glad to hear such positive feedback from teachers and staff at Beaufort High School. We learned that Ms. Somers is a fair, consistent, and progressive leader, and I look forward to working with her.”
“Shelley Somers is a smart, inspiring leader and a careful listener who cares deeply about her school community. Beneath her calm demeanor, she is passionate about educating students to their full potential and works openly and creatively to find solutions to problems. I believe that she will be responsive to parents and will earn the respect of Central's students, parents and staff alike,” shared Ms. Marchak.

In her role as English and Spanish teacher at the Humanities School of Beaufort in 1999-2000 she designed curriculum for both disciplines and created a Drama Department for the school, directing four productions. In 2000, she moved to Battery Creek High School in Beaufort as an English teacher and Department Chair. She taught English and Journalism for students in grades 9-12, supervised the
Department, developed and implemented a Tech Prep curriculum and a ‘small learning community’ for at-risk students.
She was recognized for her significant contributions to the school as the Battery Creek High School 2003 Teacher of the Year. In 2003, she was appointed Assistant Principal for Hilton Head High School, where she was responsible for the English and Social Studies Departments and acted as the ESOL Coordinator.
Recognizing the need for targeted interventions, Ms. Somers developed and
taught an after school credit recovery program, and designed and implemented an alternative program for at-risk students.

She taught English at Robert Smalls Middle School in 2005-06 before accepting the position of Head of School of Arts, Communications and Technology at Beaufort High School in 2006. In this role, Ms. Somers developed curriculum for school majors – Engineering, Media, Visual/Performing Arts, and
Communications.
She also acted as Community Liaison and has been skilled at developing partnerships with local businesses and the arts council, as well as a dual enrollment program with the local community college. Ms. Somers is experienced with data-driven decision making and identifying the needs of individual students. She is innovative in her approach to program development and instructional strategies to meet the needs of students, and she has been a consistent and valued advocate for her students.

Ms. Somers received her BA in Education from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1973; her Masters in Education from the University of Hartford, Hartford, CT in 1980; and her Administrative Certification from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT in 1996.
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11/13/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed

Greenwich High volleyball rolls into Class LL quarterfinals
Greenwich Time
By Rob Kelley Greenwich certainly had its hands full with a scrappy Newington squad in Thursday's CIAC Class LL volleyball second-round match. ...
Connecticut Doctor Accused of Inseminating Patient With Own Sperm
FOXNews
The shocking claim against Dr. Ben Ramaley, of Greenwich — made in a 2005 lawsuit that was later settled — and the slap on the wrist health officials gave ...
Affidavit details Greenwich sex abuse investigation of Norwalk police officer
Norwalk Advocate
In the 18-page affidavit unsealed in state Superior Court Thursday, Greenwich police investigators also detailed a conversation with another woman, ...
Live reindeer come to Greenwich Downtown Business District
Connecticut Plus
Come see Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Donner and Blitzen, LIVE, with Santa at McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, in Greenwich at the ...
Oyster population growth cheer Greenwich shellfish commission members
Greenwich Time
By Frank maceachern Greenwich Shellfish Commission members Bill Fossum and Roger Bowgen examine oysters from a recreational shellfish bed that will be open ...
Greenwich Academy tops Sacred Heart for FAA field hockey title
Greenwich Time
Top-seeded Greenwich Academy enjoyed a familiar celebration at the conclusion of the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament final, as it posed around ...
Greenwich woman pleads not guilty in alleged art fraud
Stamford Advocate
By Monica Potts STAMFORD -- Natasha Gagne, the daughter of local auto magnate Malcolm Pray, pleaded not guilty in state Superior Court Thursday to charges ...

Parking meters in Old Greenwich? « For What It's Worth
By christopherfountain
In my experience, Old Greenwich has no parking problem, ever. Certainly, judging from the negative reaction of store merchants in all three districts where meters are proposed, I'm not alone in this belief. They fear losing shoppers, ...
For What It's Worth - http://christopherfountain.com/



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11/13/09 See The Dr. Ben D. Ramaley Video


Watch CBS News Videos Online

Video - Reporter discusses Greenwich fertility doctor's alleged sperm swap

In an inteview that appeared on CBS' "The Early Show" Friday morning, Greenwich Time staff writer Debra Friedman discusses the allegations swirling around Greenwich obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Ben D. Ramaley.

According to a 2005 lawsuit, Ramaley allegedly substituted his own sperm for that of a patient's husband during an artificial insemination procedure in 2002.

The state Department of Public Health investigated the allegation after the lawsuit was filed, but never ordered Ramaley to undergo a DNA test to conclusively prove if he was the biological father of the patient's twin girls.

To read the full report,
click here.

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11/13/09 Reader Submitted Comments: Greenwich Time Website

GT now has a comment feature but the way it looks you won't be seeing it available on all articles which defeats its' purpose doesn't it?

Article on faded signs has 3 pictures of the same sign, good reporting!

But what do I know? I'm just an old curmudgeon who enjoyed the freedom of TOPIX..

NORTHIDAHO

COMMENT:
Dear North Idaho,
It is a shame that the money losing Greenwich Time has treated some of there most loyal readers in this manner.
I will try and start posting the Greenwich Time news stories at the Greenwich Forum.
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11/13/09 Greenwich reindeer festival/holiday stroll

LIVE REINDEER COME TO GREENWICH DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT

First Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop

November 27 – December 24, 2009

Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend December 4, 5 and 6

Greenwich, Conn, Nov. 11, 2009 – Santa and his reindeer are coming to town. Come see Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Donner and Blitzen, LIVE, with Santa at McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, in Greenwich at the First Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa's Workshop to benefit Kids in Crisis, starting Friday afternoon, November 27 through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2009. The event promises to be a magical moment that children and families will cherish forever as they have their holiday photo taken with some of the only reindeer in Connecticut.

On November 27, the reindeer will arrive from the North Pole and process down Greenwich Avenue accompanied by the town's public officials to their month-long home at McArdle's. Children, pets, adults and families can have their photo taken with Santa and his team of reindeer, with proceeds benefiting Kids in Crisis. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include special coupons to shop at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Hours for the Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa's Workshop are as follows: Monday through Friday, noon to 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. Reindeer feeding times will take place daily at 9 am and 4 pm. McArdle's will offer complimentary hot mulled cider each day.

Sponsors include the following: Reindeer Sponsors: Flexjet by Bombardier, People's United Bank, Pepsi and Shaklee, Debbie Marin, Independent Distributor. Event Sponsors: McArdle's Florist & Garden Center and M.H. Heaven Real Estate. Media Sponsors: The Advocate, Greenwich Time, Brooks Community Newspapers and Moffly Media. Creative design by Creative Insight.

The event coincides with the First Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend, December 4, 5 and 6. Holiday carolers, bell ringers and other musicians from local churches and singing groups will stroll through downtown while residents and visitors enjoy world-class shopping and delicious dining. Greenwich area merchants from East Putnam Avenue to Lewis Street to East and West Elm Street and along Greenwich Avenue will be joining the fun festivities, offering seasonal refreshments to welcome holiday shoppers. Hours are Friday, 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

"It's the perfect combination of local pride and holiday spirit and the beginning of a great new tradition in Greenwich," said Alon Marom, Director of Corporate and Community Giving for Kids in Crisis, the event beneficiary. "We hope everyone will come out and enjoy all that Greenwich has to offer while at the same time, supporting our mission at this special time of year."

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.

For more information about the Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa's Workshop and the Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend, please visit www.mcardles.com. These events are created and produced by TMK Sports & Entertainment, a Greenwich-based event marketing company.

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11/13/09 BOE MEETING BRIEF: November 12, 2009 Budget Meeting (Update #2)

Corrected Date Typo - Next Board Meeting is Nov. 19th

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING BRIEF:
BUDGET MEETING - Thursday, November 12, 2009

Superintendent's Proposed 2010-11 Budget
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney A. Freund, presented the proposed
2010-11 Budget to the Board of Education at Cos Cob School last night. The
proposed 2010-11 Budget of $131,559,261 represents a 4.4% increase over
the current year's budget. The increase is primarily due to increases in
salaries due to contractual obligations and a slight, projected increase
in enrollment. The proposed budget supports the continued implementation
of the District's key strategies for improvement, including professional
learning for Data Teams and TEPL, Reading Workshop and Word Study
Instruction, Science curriculum changes, SmartBoard installation, and the
development of Capstone Projects, Transdisciplinary Units, and Curriculum
Maps. The curriculum review cycle prescribes the start of the two-year
review process in 2010-11 for the Social Studies, Music and Physical
Education programs.

2011-11 Budget Documents and Meeting Schedules are available on the GPS
Web Site at:
http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=4658

Next Board Meeting
The next meeting is the Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, November
19, 2009, 7:00 PM at Hamilton Avenue School. This is a regularly scheduled
monthly Board of Education Meeting. While the 2010-11 Budget is not a
topic on the agenda for this meeting, members of the public may address
the Board on Budget issues during the Public Hearing.

Next Board BUDGET Meeting
The Next Board of Education meeting to discuss the 2010-11 Budget is
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Cos Cob School. There will be a
public hearing at this meeting followed by a discussion by the Board on
the proposed 2010-11 Budget.

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

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11/13/09 BOE MEETING BRIEF: November 12, 2009 Budget Meeting (Update)

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING BRIEF:
BUDGET MEETING - Thursday, November 12, 2009

Superintendent's Proposed 2010-11 Budget


Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney A. Freund, presented the proposed
2010-11 Budget to the Board of Education at Cos Cob School last night. The
proposed 2010-11 Budget of $131,559,261 represents a 4.4% increase over
the current year's budget. The increase is primarily due to increases in
salaries due to contractual obligations and a slight, projected increase
in enrollment. The proposed budget supports the continued implementation
of the District's key strategies for improvement, including professional
learning for Data Teams and TEPL, Reading Workshop and Word Study
Instruction, Science curriculum changes, SmartBoard installation, and the
development of Capstone Projects, Transdisciplinary Units, and Curriculum
Maps. The curriculum review cycle prescribes the start of the two-year
review process in 2010-11 for the Social Studies, Music and Physical
Education programs.

2011-11 Budget Documents and Meeting Schedules are available on the GPS
Web Site at:
http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=4658

Next Board Meeting
The next meeting is the Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, November
17, 2009, 7:00 PM at Hamilton Avenue School. This is a regularly scheduled
monthly Board of Education Meeting. While the 2010-11 Budget is not a
topic on the agenda for this meeting, members of the public may address
the Board on Budget issues during the Public Hearing.

Next Board BUDGET Meeting
The Next Board of Education meeting to discuss the 2010-11 Budget is
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Cos Cob School. There will be a
public hearing at this meeting followed by a discussion by the Board on
the proposed 2010-11 Budget.

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

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11/13/09 Auto Magnate Malcolm Pray's Daughter Goes To Court

Greenwich woman pleads not guilty in alleged art fraud

Natasha Gagne, the daughter of local auto magnate Malcolm Pray, pleaded not guilty in state Superior Court Thursday to charges stemming from an alleged art insurance scheme.

Gagne, also known as Tina, is charged with first-degree criminal attempt at larceny and insurance fraud, both felony charges, for allegedly tricking her stepfather into making an insurance claim against a painting she had already sold at auction, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Gagne's attorney, Eugene Riccio, said Gagne maintains her innocence.

"She looks forward to her day in court, and particularly looks forward to confronting her accusers, most notably her stepfather, Richard Ford," Riccio said.

Gagne, 46, of 6 Stanwich Road, turned herself in to police last week after a two-month criminal investigation by police, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York and insurance investigators from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.......

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