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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

03/10/10 Forget About The Greenwich Time: You Can Comment On These Greenwich News Stories At Te Greenwich Topix Message Board

Topix Greenwich
Greenwich News - March 10, 2010
Dear Greenwich Roundup,
In Monday's Greenwich Time there was absolutely nothing about what was going to be discussed at that night's RTM meeting, despite many calls from myself and other school parents during the previous week. The RTM meeting was never listed in the town meeting calender of the Greenwich Time.
Then on Tuesday the Greenwich Time Comes out with the following headline:
RTM LEADER IRKED BY VOTE RULES
Greenwich Time staff reporter Niel Vigdor chose to focus his article on something that took up only a few minutes of the RTM Meeting and virtually ignored the cell tower issue that took up over 80% of the entire meeting. Now this morning's Greenwich Time only reports this little bit about the cell tower issue that dominated last nights RTM meeting.......
"Byrne's harangue opened up a long night for the legislative body during its second meeting of the new term, which was scheduled to culminate with a debate over a nonbinding resolution banning the location of cell towers within 1,500 feet of accredited schools.
The discussion on the resolution, which was borne out of a controversial proposal by T-Mobile to build a tower next to North Mianus School, didn't start until 10:15 p.m. at Central Middle School, where parents gathered to show their support for the safety measure.
"You have an opportunity tonight to send a very clean and clear message," said Peter Sherr, a school board member."
There was nothing about the discussion to including a Byram park in the sense of the meeting resolution amendment, nor was there anything about First Selectman Peter Tesei's promise to form a special cell tower committee.
I am told the Greenwich Time reporter didn't even bother to stay for the cell tower discussion.
He just stopped in to grab a few sound bites for a sloppy Greenwich Time front page article.
LB Byram

Brookfield man gets suspended sentence in bank fraud (Connecticut Post)
A 69-year-old Brookfield man drew a four-year suspended sentence in federal court in Hartford on Tuesday for his role in a scheme that allegedly netted him and a partner more than $6 million.

Greenwich now gets Crumbs (Connecticut Post)
Stamford_092608_ Crumbs Bake Shop opening soon on High Ridge Road. Special TBA Photo: ST, TBA / 00008050A Started in 2003 with a shop on the upper west side of New York City by Mia and Jason Bauer, the business now has 28 stores with plans to open its newest location on March 15 at 48 W. Putnam Ave., in Greenwich.

Eleanor M. Ward (greenwichcitizen)
Eleanor M. Ward, 84, of Greenwich, died Feb. 16, 2010. She was predeceased by her husband.....

N.Y.a s Paterson Shuns Wall Street Stock Transfer... (businessweek)
New York Governor David Paterson, facing at least a $9 billion budget deficit, rejected a call for a stock transfer tax on Wall Street.... ... "If you want to move Wall Street to Greenwich, Connecticut, impose a stock transfer tax," Paterson said at a so-called town hall meeting in Brooklyn today. The proposal was ...

Zoning commission to review private school's tree cutting (ctpost)
Last October, Greenwich Academy cut about 100 arborvitae trees that screened the school's tennis courts from Patterson Avenue....

Himes hits the fitness circuit to tout affect of stimulus package (ctpost)
Congressman Jim Himes visits the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club, having a tour of the facility, meets swimmers in the pool....

Suburbs a tough sell in real estate (thehour)
GREENWICHBy OSHRAT CARMIELBloomberg News Bryan Roddy says it seemed a smart investment in April 2007 when he and his partners bought a $1.2 million home in Greenwich, added two bedrooms and baths and priced it at $2.9 million to lure Manhattan buyers.....

Malloy to announce run for governor (theday)
Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy says he'll officially announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor.... ... Commission on Wednesday, switching from an exploratory committee to a candidate committee for governor. Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont has also created a candidate committee for governor. Several other Democrats are still exploring possible bids ...

'Miss Daisy' drives to Curtain Call (ctpost)
Just in time for spring, Stamford's Curtain Call will stage "Driving Miss Daisy" through this month at its Dressing Room Theatre .... ... Hoke, and the transformations that occur in society and in their relationship as time passes. Nancy Thode of Greenwich and David Tate of Milford take on the lead roles. Brian Bianco of Stamford rounds out the cast, playing Daisy's son, Boolie...

Medical examiner: Multiple blunt traumatic injuries killed DTC chief Roberson (ctpost)
Photo: Dave Roberson, the Democratic Town Committee chairman, at the opening of the Greenwich Democratic Headquarters on Railroad Avenue in 2008.

Area Stocks: PartnerRe slides (ctpost)
Area stocks took a slight dip Tuesday led by Priceline.com Inc. and PartnerRe. The Hearst/Bloomberg Southwest Connecticut Index went down 0.01 as 41 stocks fell, 36 gained, and four were unchanged.... ... service, lost $2.18 to close at $238, while Partner Re, an international reinsurer with its U.S. headquarters in Greenwich, slipped $1.74 to close at $77.43. W.R. Berkley Corp., a Greenwich-based insurance holding company, lost 50 cents to close at ...
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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Seven Must-Know Tips to Aid Divorce Clients
Lili A. Vasileff was in the midst of her own divorce, sitting in a circle of women at a support group, when she realized that few in the group understood the impact of the financial decisions they were making.
Gail Collins to speak at Greenwich luncheon April 8
The Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls has announced that Gail Collins will be the keynote speaker for its 11th annual luncheon on April 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
Malloy to Make Gubernatorial Run Official
Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy will make it official on Wednesday and formally enter the already-crowded race for governor.
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The Lives of Others
Everyone's talking about Hearst Connecticut's upcoming peek into the living rooms and tax returns of the men and women seeking elective office in the state....
... to those running for governor and U.S. Senate. Several candidates -- notably mega-millionaire Linda McMahon and Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont -- opted not to participate. "Linda submitted a very thorough and detailed personal financial ...
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Agents & Agencies
... Ward Davol in the Field Point Road, Greenwich, office of William Raveis Real Estate was the top producer in December. Jean Ruggiero in William Raveis Real Estate's central ... p>
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Starwood Capital Group Appoints Steven Hankin as Managing Director,...
Starwood Capital Group Global, LLC, a leading private investment firm, today named Steven Hankin as Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, giving him oversight over Starwood's portfolio of corporate investments. He will be based in Starwood Capital's headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut and be part of the senior management team that reports directly to Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht. "I am personally ....
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Westford startup lands $10 million in VC
BioBehavioral Diagnostics Co., a startup that is developing a tool to properly identify and diagnose attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, recently announced that it had landed $10 million in venture funding....

... an $8.5 million effort in 2007. Investors included Sevin Rosen Funds of Dallas and Tullis-Dickerson & Co. Inc. of Greenwich, Conn. The company, which was started in Cambridge before moving to Littleton Road in Westford, said it planned to use the ...
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Ridgefield stuns Greenwich hockey for second time in a week
The Cardinals react to Jonathan Darula's first period goal as Greenwich High School hosts Ridgefield High in a boys hockey during the first round of the the Division I Boys Hockey Playoffs.
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Gemm Learning Announces Haitian Relief Shoe Drive
Gemm Learning is also making its learning center locations in New York MATCHING GEMM CITY STUDENT DONATIONS AND ENROLLING ITS CENTERS AS SHOE COLLECTION POINTS and Connecticut available as collection points for new and gently used shoes, all to support the Haitian relief efforts....

....... dollar for dollar.a Gemm is also working locally, with collection boxes at its centers in Scarsdale, NY and Old Greenwich, CT. Tina Liberatore said a oeDonating shoes makes so much sense. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of ...
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Friendly Connections expands to serve growing aging population
As more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the face of the country's aging population is expected to undergo a major metamorphosis....
... with a volunteer who visits their home on a weekly basis. Friendly Visitors is operated in partnership with the Greenwich Department of Social Services . In addition to the support and companionship services offered through Friendly Callers and ...
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SWRPA solicits community input on Route 1 shortcomings
The South Western Regional Planning Agency kicked off its grassroots effort to involve Darienites in a traffic, transportation and safety analysis of Route 1 with an open house at Darien Town Hall last Thursday.....
... is that when I-95 gets backed up, people get off on the Post Road as a shortcut alternative to get to Stamford or Greenwich or Darien or wherever they're going and all of a sudden now we have triple the number of cars on the road," Alexander said. ...
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Girls skiing wins first title, finishes undefeated season
A first-time winner in an underground winter sporter. The Darien High girls ski team won its first Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League Championship last Thursday after completing an undefeated regular season, finishing 14-0. "An unprecedented accomplishment indeed," Darien principal Dan Heron said....

... teams finishing within three seconds of each other. Darien led the way with a winning time of 322.56, trailed by Greenwich (323.90), Glastonbury (324.69), Barlow (325.40), Ridgefield (330.35), and Staples (331.31). Fairfield, Wilton and Weston ...
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Boys swimming has plethora of personal records at FCIACs
Each team enters the meet with different goals. And for the Darien boys, no team -- other than first-place Greenwich -- accomplished or exceeded those goals like it did last Thursday at the FCIAC swim championships.....
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Higgins takes top swimmer award at FCIACs
Across the board, every Rams swimmer and coach repeated the same philosophy: It wasn't about FCIACs -- it was about states...

... end of our season," Rams head coach Jason Paige said. "With a young team we're really focusing on the class meet." Greenwich continued its reign of supremacy, capturing the FCIAC title for the third consecutive year and for the 39th time in 40 years ...
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Gershwin! Our Love is Here to Stay @ First Congreg...
Event details: Gershwin! Our Love is Here to Stay Date: 03/12/10 Venue: First Congregational Church Start Time: 8:00PM Description: The Connecticut Playmakers present the original staged revue 'Gershwin! Our Love is Here to Stay' March 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8:00pm and March 14 at 3:00pm at the First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old ...
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Economic reporter upbeat about future
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933 said "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," about the Depression...

....... of commercial real estate developers and associated businesses, at a luncheon Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich . The media, however, plays a critical role in shaping Americans' views of the nation's economic prospects. "The media and ...
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Westhill-Stamford: 2nd in FCIAC
Westhill-Stamford: 2nd in FCIAC By STEVE GEOGHEGAN Times Sports Editor GREENWICH -- Where the Westhill-Stamford co-op boys swimming and diving team would ultimate place in the FCIAC Championships hinged on the 400 freestyle relay team......
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Westhill-Stamford: 2nd in FCIAC
Westhill-Stamford: 2nd in FCIAC By STEVE GEOGHEGAN Times Sports Editor GREENWICH -- Where the Westhill-Stamford co-op boys swimming and diving team would ultimate place in the FCIAC Championships hinged on the 400 freestyle relay team....
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Dolan Middle School's garden featured in nursery workshop
Sam Bridge Nursery in Greenwich will be offering a workshop on Saturday, March 20 on school and community gardens and Dolan Middle School's garden project will be a featured part of the discussion......
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Ridgefield stuns Greenwich hockey for second time in a week
The Cardinals react to Jonathan Darula's first period goal as Greenwich High School hosts Ridgefield High in a boys hockey during the first round of the the Division I Boys Hockey Playoffs....
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Legislators push for town control of cell tower placement
Wayne Jervis's wants some say in where local cell towers are placed. His "Mandate a Mile" petition states, "We want to control our cell tower siting locally, not through Connecticut's cellular tower Siting Council." The Connecticut Siting Council is solely responsible for approving requests by telecommunications companies to build cell towers.....

... from the various companies that we regulate." This ruling authority has been contested by Attorney General and Greenwich resident Richard Blumenthal on behalf of individual town actions protesting cell tower sitings. Of the current Cos Cob siting ...
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03/10//10 Here is your chance to go to a private event with Linda McMahon

Hello All,

I have a limited number of spaces available for a private event to meet Linda! The event will take place tomorrow at Zody’s 19th hole in Stamford from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Appetizers will be served.

This is a great opportunity to meet Linda, but space is limited and spots will be handed out on a First Reply First Served basis. RSVP by email is necessary.

Linda is so appreciative of your support for the campaign. Please respond via email and you will receive a spot for you and a guest.

Matt Laconte

mlaconte@linda2010.com

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03/10/10 A few Notes About Planing and Zonings Approval Of The Cos Cob Power Plant Park

As you know from the incomplete Greenwich Time News Story The Cos Cob Power Plant Site Plan Passed Planing And Zoning.


The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposal by the town to turn the site of the former Cos Cob power plant into a park at its meeting Tuesday.

In the regular meeting residents were split on whether lighting was needed at the site.

Some local residents said the lights weren’t needed because sporting activities on the one artificial turf field were going to be daytime activities only.

The commission decided lights could not be placed in the park’s interior but did say they could remain outside the park for safety reasons.

But the park still has several years before it could be in use because it still needs to be funded.
That's Whole Greenwich Time Story About A 10 Million Dollar Public Works Project
Later we can get more details when the Action Agenda is posted online. In theory the Action Agenda should be on-line by 3 pm today, but last meeting it took 3 days to post, an FOI violation.

It Is Clear To Greenwich Roundup That The Planing And Zoning Commissioners DO NOT Seem To Understand The Obligation Of The Town To The State And FEMA.
Please See:
A potential hitch that could affect flood insurance rates for town residents caused the Planning and Zoning Commission to delay voting Tuesday on a plan to turn the Cos Cob Power Plant at 22 Sound Shore Drive into a new town park.

The plan would make the 9.7-acre site into a park that would include an artificial-turf field, walking paths and a children's play area.

Midway through the meeting, however, it was discovered that part of the site's waterfront is in an area that could be strongly affected by large waves from tropical storms and may violate Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines.

The National Flood Insurance Program is administered by FEMA and is a voluntary program whose goal is reduce the loss of life and damage caused by flooding, said Katie Blankley, the town's deputy director for planning and zoning.

The Greenwich Time Fails To Tell It's Readers ....
Connecticut DEP must issue the permit, and the authority to create a park derives from the State itself - and the park must serve the people of the whole State.
If The Greenwich Time Reporters Ever Stayed For A Whole Planing And Zoning Meeting They Would Be Able To Report That.....
There Are A Lot Of Screw Ups At Planing And Zoning Meetings And The Greenwich Time Is Not There To Report On Them. For Example:`
The Land Use Board's Monitor Reports To Greenwich Roundup That ....

Ray Heimbuch, former Chairman of Wetlands, engineer and P&Z Commissioner, assured that the FEMA non-compliance was "legal non-conforming," evidently not understanding that FEMA does not grant variances, even if ZBA does.
Rather, FEMA tracks municipal approvals of non-compliant plans, and penalizes every flood insurance rate payer with community wide rated-up premiums. FEMA is the risk holder, and like any insurance risk-holder, they underwrite and rate-up risky behavior based on incremental community non-compliance.
On June 18, 2010 FEMA will implement a new flood insurance rate map, with a new elevational datum, that expands the delineation of hazard mapping for tidal flooding, and pushes the boundaries of the VE and AE zones landward and upward. This will impact all shoreline properties, as well as the footprint of the Greenwich flood hazard overlay zone.

These changes will render the proposed site plan invalid, unless permits are issued before the implementation date. However, the site plan does not conform to DEP’s Coastal regulations, and DEP’s permitting process will control. These problems should have made passage of the Cos Cob Power Plant Park inadvisable.
It Is Almost Criminal That Work Force Housing For Greenwich EMTs, Firefighters, Police Officers, Nurses And Teachers Was Thrown Under The Bus And No One Knew About It

At no time did the Commission acknowledge the Town's obligation to provide low-cost, affordable or senior housing for 25% of the site.
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.....But wait a minute. Not so fast. Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

The coastal site plan application makes no provision for the affordable housing that was supposed to be built on this site. But this application is not the complete plan. Technically, it is an application “for placement of earthen cap” and “stabilization of existing shoreline for remediation.” Such a plan for “capping” the site is required by the state for remediation approval. This is what the Planning and Zoning Commission is being asked to act upon. The application has been framed in such a way that the housing issue is not before the Commission.

There is an irony here. The town has come up with a “capping” and remediation plan for state approval that includes recreational and open space uses of the property with no mention of affordable housing on the site and no provision to build housing units elsewhere. And yet, the state legislature would never have turned this property over to the town in the first place were it not for the requirement that a portion of it be used for low and moderate income, and/or senior, housing. Affordable housing was the driving force behind the state’s conveyance of the property to the town in 1987. This seems to have been conveniently forgotten.

The original state stipulation in 1987 was that the town use 25% of the site for low and moderate income housing, or for senior housing. The remainder of the property was to be used for public open space purposes. Unfortunately, the legislation gave no time frame for developing the land for these purposes. After 10 years, on July 8, 1997, at the town’s request, the state legislature amended the original legislation to allow the town to provide ” on or after October 1, 1997, housing units on other property in Town which are equivalent to this requirement.” Another 13 years have passed since that amendment. And still there is no plan for equivalent housing on other property in town.

Last year the Town Attorney took the strange position that the town has already met the housing requirement for the former Cos Cob Power Plant site. This is a highly questionable premise. In the first place, he considers the 40 bedrooms at the Parsonage Cottage senior residence as counting toward meeting the obligation in spite of the fact that Parsonage Cottage had already opened its doors prior to the October 1, 1997 date. He also counts special needs units developed by Pathways since October 1, 1997 as well as the units at the Hill House senior congregate living facility, also developed after the October 1997 date. But these units were developed by private, non-profit organizations without town involvement.

The legislation clearly states that the town should provide equivalent units to meet the requirement. At no time did the town ever claim that Pathways and Hill House were meeting the town’s obligation to provide affordable housing on the former Cos Cob Power Plant site while these private, non-profit organizations were planning and building their housing. Such an idea never entered anyone’s head. To claim so now, after the fact, is absurd, based only on the flimsy argument that these non-profits used federal Community Development Block Grant money as part of their funding packages.

In any case, the Town Attorney’s opinion is of little consequence. According to the 1997 amended legislation, the obligation to use 25% of the site for affordable housing can only be waived by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and only if “he determines that the Town has provided” the equivalent housing units elsewhere in town. In other words, only the state can rule on whether or not the town has met the requirement. And it is likely to be quite clear to the state that the town has not met this requirement.

Perhaps Planning and Zoning approval of the coastal site plan on Tuesday will not be a green light to move forward after all. If we want our much needed playing field, maybe it behooves us, after 23 years, to finally come up with a plan for affordable housing. Or maybe we should do this in any case, simply because it is the right thing to do.

The Greenwich Time Won't Tell Town Residents That .....
Planing And Zonings proposed regulation changes removes two-family houses and single-to-two family conversions in the R-6 zone as a permitted use. This will enormously impact and diminishthe opportunity to add affordable housing units to properties in the R-6 zone, where there is present build-out potential.

The Power Plant park site plan should have been delayed until the affordable housing mandate is addressed by the Town.
The R-6 zoning change will be pushed through without the affordable housing mandate being addressed by the town, only because the Greenwich Time reporters are totally clueless.
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