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Friday, February 5, 2010

02/05/10 It's The Jocks Against The Minstrels - I Wonder Who Is Going To Win


You Wont Read This In The Greenwich Time .....

Greenwich Athletes Get Upset When

School Musicians Try To Touch Their Grass

.....The new site plan will however expand the current rear parking lot over twenty feet into the existing grass buffer between the parking lot and the playing field.

When the GHSSF worked with the Town of Greenwich to developed the playing fields the grass buffer was identified as a "safety area" for athletes and spectators ....


GHS auditorium project doesn't make the cut
By Colin Gustafson, Staff Writer

Faced with a choice between the two biggest-ticket items on town's capital improvement projects list, First Selectman Peter Tesei has recommended that the town fund a central firehouse rehabilitation but not a new high school auditorium and music spaces next year.

To fund both projects, local taxpayers would be on the hook for $50 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year when the town finance board has called for a roughly $50 million cap on capital spending.

Knocking the $27 million auditorium project off its expense sheet will allow the town to pay for both the $23 million firehouse rehab and the 63 other projects on the 2010-11 projects list, though not all of those smaller-ticket items are guaranteed to get funding next year.

Tesei said his choice between the two big-ticket projects came down to whether he was confident they would be "shovel ready" for funds next year. The Greenwich High School Music Instruction Space and Auditorium project, or "MISA," would not be ready, he concluded.......


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02/05/10 He Said She Said At The Board Of Ed

Often Times The Coverup Is Worse Than The Crime

He Said:

“It has come to my attention that the news media has been provided with false and/or misleading information regarding Anthony Byrne’s employment status with the board,” Dr. Freund said in his statement. “Mr. Byrne is currently on leave pending a voluntary retirement when he reaches eligibility effective April 1, 2010. Mr. Byrne has not been terminated and there has been no finding that he engaged in any misconduct in the course of his employment by the board.”

She Said:

According to district Director of Communications Kim Eves, Mr. Byrne was placed on leave with pay Jan. 4.

He Clamed Up:

Asked why he was placed on leave, Dr. Freund said he couldn’t comment because it is a personnel matter.

Mr. Byrne was responsible for helping chose contractors for school construction and maintenance.

The Post received unconfirmed reports last week that Mr. Byrne had been removed from his position due to allegations of receiving payments in connection with the construction of the new Hamilton Avenue School and the modular classrooms at Western Middle School, both of which proved to be controversial projects. Parents complained about shoddy construction and placement of the modulars, which eventually had to be closed and remediated after high levels of mold were discovered, and the school construction was years behind schedule and over budget.

When Greenwich Roundup Types

The Greenwich Post Listens:

The Greenwich Post Story Notes.....

"The allegations also appeared on a number of Greenwich blogs."


Top Story:

One Month After Security Escorted Tony Byrne Out Of BOE Headquarters.....

Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin "BOE BROWN NOSE" Gustafson Starts To Ask questions About Tony Byrne, But Hits A Stone Wall With The Powers That Be

By Colin Gustafson, STAFF WRITER

Director of Facilities Anthony Byrne has tendered his resignation, effective sometime in March, according to Board of Education Chairman Steve Anderson.

School officials declined to discuss the reasons for Byrne's departure, saying it was a confidential matter."I'm not going to discuss personnel, one way or the other," Superintendent of Schools Sidney Freund said.

Efforts to reach Byrne, whose absence began Jan. 4, on Thursday were unsuccessful."

I was told (Byrne) was going to be retiring," First Selectman Peter Tesei said. He declined to discuss the matter further, saying it does not fall within his authority as first selectman.

District employees were notified of Byrne's absence in an internal memo on Jan. 4, a school official said.

Byrne earned $138,758.27 in the 2009 calendar year.....



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02/05/10 BOE PRESS RELEASE: Statement On Paul. Burke

Please see attached statement from Dr. Freund.

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


Phone: 203-625-7415
e mail:
Fax: 203-869-8003

Statement from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney A. Freund:

“Paul Burke has resigned his employment as a teacher and coach following his recent incarcerationsubsequent to a second conviction for driving while intoxicated. Given the procedural requirementsfor contract termination, we determined that it was appropriate under the circumstances to accept hisresignation, effective June 30, 2010. By resolving this matter through a voluntary resignation now, wecan move forward immediately to post Mr. Burke's teaching position as well as his lacrosse coachingposition. Mr. Burke has paid a significant price for his actions, losing both his job and his freedom.We hope and trust that Mr. Burke has learned from this difficult situation, and we wish him the best ashe moves on with his life.”



12/16/09 The Paul Burke Case Shows How News Gets Reported In Greenwich


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02/05/10 DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE: You Wont Read This In The Greenwich Time, Because It Is About The Old Greenwich Time HQ Building On Elm Street

Click To Enlarge Town Of Greenwich Documents


Talk About Nonconforming Uses !!!!!

Town of Greenwich officials are actually considering putting a 10,000 SQUARE FOOT BIG BOX STORE right smack in the middle of Greenwich Avenue.

They are going to kill whats left of the independent downtown merchants and really cause gridlock on Greenwich Avenue.


Greenwich Time Reporter Frank MacEachern Didn't Want To Touch This Story When He Covered The Planning And Zonning Meeting Two Days Ago. It Was Much Easier To Report On The Water Company


Planning and Zoning Commission members cast a skeptical eye on a revised proposal by a water company, one year after they had rejected an earlier plan.
Aquarion Water Co. of Connecticut wants to ...

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02/05/10 The Raw Greenwich News Feed; AM Edition

The Latest News About Greenwich

Greenwich man from Stamford firm nominated for US Attorney
Stamford Advocate
NEW HAVEN -- President Barack Obama has nominated Greenwich resident David Fein, a former White House lawyer and federal prosecutor who works for a Stamford ...
Greenwich Post
Slow start sinks Greenwich girls ice hockey team
Greenwich Post
The Greenwich High School girls ice hockey team is state contenders this year. Back on Jan. 16, the Cardinals battled perennial power and rival New Canaan ...
Greenwich High gets best of Brunswick on the mat
Greenwich Time
Win by pinfall, Gomez was told in no uncertain terms, and the Greenwich High senior would have the honor of sealing the victory against rival Brunswick. ...
Greenwich boys hockey team cruises on Senior Night
Stamford Advocate
Senior forward Rit Spezzano scored twice for Greenwich, which seized a commanding 4-0 lead in the first period. "Our guys came out, kept the puck deep in ...
Greenwich gymnastics team edged by Wilton
Greenwich Time
By Christopher Falvo, CORRESPONDENT With one meet left before the FCIAC championships, the Greenwich High gymnastics team is rounding into shape. ...
United Rentals sales drop but loss narrows
San Jose Mercury News
AP GREENWICH, Conn.—United Rentals Inc. said Wednesday that fourth-quarter sales tumbled 30 percent, but the company narrowed its loss from a year earlier, ...
Actor Scott Winters' biggest role yet -- in Haiti
Greenwich Citizen
"Old Greenwich resident, actor, and trained EMT Scott Winters recently returned from a 10-day tip to Haiti. Arriving at a Haitian orphanage a little girl ...
Encounter the exotic in Bruce Museum exhibition
Greenwich Citizen
Photo: Anne W. Semmes / Greenwich Citizen There are those in our town who might travel at the drop of a hat to see special exhibits of art in London or Rome ...
Gators finish strong in win over Masters
Greenwich Time
By Rob Kelley, Correspondent A year ago, Greenwich Academy basketball player Alana Schept scored her first career basket against Masters School before ...
Chocolatier makes magic
Danbury News Times
26 at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency. Coscia is doing all the right things to market her fledgling store, said Mary Ann Morrison, president and chief executive ...
All-Star weekend a slam-dunk idea
Greenwich Time
Danbury's Malik Sanders (10) goes up for a shot against Greenwich during an FCIAC game Friday night at Danbury High. Photo: Barry Horn / The News-Times ...
Captain's House condo listed for $2.45M
Danbury News Times
Beyond the curving white gates and antique brick wall festooned with greenery lies The Captain's House ...
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Danbury News Times
The Greenwich Historical Society is hosting the final lecture in the "Dutch Connections" lecture series from 11 am to 1 pm Monday at the society's ...
URI junior murdered during break
South County Independent
Amanda Dobrzanski, 20, of Greenwich, Conn., died at her Connecticut residence Dec. 30, in what police are calling a murder-suicide attempt. ...
Union defends using dues for Vegas trip and NYC outing
Greenwich Time
By Neil Vigdor, Staff Writer Some rank-and-file members of the Greenwich Municipal Employees Association are leveling serious charges against the union's ...
Yale recruiting class to have few state ties
New Haven Register
... Thomas out of Ansonia, two years ago and added former Hopkins standout John Powers, Greenwich's Will McHale and three players from Choate last season. ...
Mortgage investors try to regroup after meltdown
Washington Post
... that are trying to turn a machine back on," said Jim Callahan, executive director of PentAlpha Capital Group., an investment adviser in Greenwich, Conn. ...
Answers About Roth IRA Conversions: Part 8
New York Times
Posted by TR Sirmons, Greenwich CT Yes, you can undo (reverse) your Roth conversion if the market declines or for any reason at all. ...

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