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Friday, September 10, 2010

09/10/10 The Webster Treats Ice Cream Truck is back on a roll...

Thank you for spreading the word about Webster Treats to your readers over the summer. We have sweet news, we're doing it again the truck is running now through October 11th. Below is the date relevant to your area in case you'd like to update your audience:

10/6 at the Webster Bank branch open house event
11am-12pm 1959 Summer St., Stamford

There are two ways to keep tabs on the Treats:


~Live updates on Twitter: @WebsterTreats
~Get the full stop schedule on our website: http://bit.ly/WebsterTreatsTruck

For fun, you can also check-in to the "Webster Treats Truck" on Foursquare.

Thanks again,

Melonie
On behalf of the Webster Treats

09/10/10 Khalid Muhammad is now following Greenwich Roundup on Twitter!

Khalid Muhammad (@khalid_muhammad) is now following Greenwich Roundup's tweets (@GreenwichRU) on Twitter.

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09/10/10 Just Books Author Events for September & October

Just Books
Just Books Summer Store Front
Upcoming Events
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE EXCITING
JUST BOOKS AUTHOR EVENTS THIS FALL!!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 11:00 AM
GALE STEVES
RIGHT SIZING YOUR HOME: HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE

Right Sizing
Just Books
28 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Book Signing; Free and Open to the Public

Just Books is pleased to welcome Gale Steves, former editor of Home magazine, and an established authority on everything to do with the home, as she introduces her newest book, Right-Sizing Your Home: How to Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle (Northwest Arm Press, $21.95). Gale Steves shows how to make sense of those spaces rarely used and no longer suited to the way we live today. Unlike most home design books, each chapter in this beautifully illustrated book centers on a function in the home--such as bathing, relaxing, or eating--and helps readers assess their individual style and approach to each. Steves takes them through the entire process of Right-Sizing: providing worksheets to examine the uses and requirements of space, dimension guides to illustrate different spatial arrangements within rooms, the right way to measure, how to create a floor plan, and even a clever use for old grocery bags. Additionally, there are tons of inspiring ideas, hundreds of products that can help readers Right-Size on any budget, and a comprehensive list of resources making it easy to find everything featured in the book--everything needed "to make your house fit your lifestyle." The National Association of Home Builders has recognized Steves' outstanding contribution to the building and remodeling field with a Certificate of Merit. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women and was most recently inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers. Steves' consumer magazine experience includes key editorial positions at Ladies Home Journal, American Home, and Woman's Day, among others. She is also the author of several books, including Weekend Cooking and Home Magazine's Best Little Houses.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7:00 PM
SARAH DARER LITTMAN
LIFE, AFTER
Life, After
LAUNCH PARTY @ Arcadia Cafe
20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT

Launch Party; Free and Open to the Public

Just Books is pleased to welcome award-winning teen and tween author Sarah Darer Littman, a Greenwich resident, as she introduces her third novel for teens Life, After (Scholastic Press; $17.99). After a terrorist attack kills Dani's aunt and unborn cousin, life in Argentina - private school, a boyfriend, a loving family - crumbles quickly. In order to escape a country that is sinking under their feet, Dani and her family move to the United States. It's supposed to be a fresh start, but when you're living in a cramped apartment and going to high school where all the classes are in another language, and not everyone is friendly, life in America is not all it's cracked up to be. Dani misses her old friends, her life, "Before." But then Dani meets a boy named Jon, who isn't like all the other students. Through him, she becomes friends with Jessica, one of the popular girls, who is harboring a secret of her own. And then there's Brian, the boy who makes Dani's pulse race. In her new life, the one "After," Dani learns how to heal and forgive. She finds the courage to say goodbye and allows herself to love and be loved again. Sarah Darer Littman's widely praised first novel for middle grade readers, Confessions of a Closet Catholic, won the 2006 Sydney Taylor Book Award. She is also the author of Purge. Sarah lives in Connecticut with her two children.
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 5:00 PM
JOHN LAURENCE BUSCH
STEAM COFFIN: CAPTAIN MOSES ROGERS AND THE STEAMSHIP SAVANNAH BREAK THE BARRIER

Norwalk Boat Show

Norwalk Cove Marina, Norwalk, CT
Visit www.boatshownorwalk.com for ticket information


Historian and author John Laurence Busch will present "How Did We Get from Steamboats to Steamships" at the Norwalk Boat Show, Friday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m. John Laurence Busch will attempt to re-calibrate your mind before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a "steamship" was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear. Visit the Norwalk Boat Show website www.boatshownorwalk.com for ticket information and information on the Norwalk Boat Show.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 12:00- 3:00 PM
DOUGLAS GLADSTONE
A BITTER CUP OF COFFEE: HOW MLB AND THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION THREW 874 RETIREES A CURVE
A Bitter Cup of Coffee
Just Books
28 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Free and Open to the Public

Just Books is pleased to welcome journalist and author Douglas Gladstone as he introduces his first book A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve (Word Association, $18). This painstakingly researched book by Gladstone examines the plight of 874 Major League Baseball players who played between 1947 and 1979, all with brief trials in the majors, careers figuratively just long enough to drink a cup of coffee. Since 1980, Major League Baseball players have needed one day of service credit for health benefits and 43 days of service credit to be eligible for a retirement allowance, but those former ballplayers who played during the 1947-1979 seasons were not included retroactively in the amended vesting requirement, and so receive no pensions for the time they gave to our national pastime. These men, the author suggests, have gulped bitter cups of coffee. In his careful examination of this issue, which includes many interviews with former players and some poignant stories of their plight, Gladstone asks his readers to examine our national relationship to sports and its heroes, as well as our relationships with those who precede us in the game of life. A lifelong baseball fan, Douglas Gladstone is a journalist by training, whose published articles have appeared in the Chicago Sun Times, Baseball Digest and the San Diego Jewish World, among others.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 12:00-2:00 PM

COLMAN ANDREWS
FERRAN: THE INSIDE STORY OF EL BULLI AND
THE MAN WHO REINVENTED FOOD

Ferran
Just Books
28 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, CT
Book Signing; Free and Open to the Public

Just Books is thrilled to welcome Colman Andrews, a Greenwich resident and acclaimed cookbook author and co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Saveur, as he introduces his latest novel, Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food (Gotham, October 5, 2010; $28). No other chef in history has been interviewed, written about, and parsed more than Ferran Adrià. And perhaps no other chef has given of his philosophy, recipes and revolutionary techniques as freely. Award-winning food writer Coleman Andrews was given two years of unrestricted access to Adrià's El Bulli kitchen, dining room, Barcelona workshop, family friends and associates. The result is a defining and revealing portrait of the chef in a historical and culinary context that addresses both his genius and the salient criticisms leveled against him. FERRAN demystifies, exalts, and thoroughly examines the man known as "the greatest chef in the world." The El Bulli restaurant is located in the Catalan coastal hamlet of Cala Montjoi, near Spain's boarder with France. Each year, 8,000 lucky dinners from around the world are able to eat at the restaurant - another 1 million are turned away from the 30-course revolutionary experience. Dinner at the restaurant, with its year-plus wait list, is arguably the toughest reservation in the world to score. Coleman Andrews was the cofounder and a former editor in chief of Saveur, and is the author of four acclaimed cookbooks, including Catalan Cuisine, which introduced the now-trendy cooking of Catalonia, Ferran Adrià's home region, to American food-lovers. The recipient of numerous honors (including six James Beard Foundation awards), he was most recently the restaurant columnist for Gourmet. He divides his time between New York City and Connecticut.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 7:00 PM
COLMAN ANDREWS
FERRAN: THE INSIDE STORY OF EL BULLI AND
THE MAN WHO REINVENTED FOOD

Right Sizing
A Greenwich Library & Just Books Event
Greenwich Library
101 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT
Author Talk & Book Signing;
www.greenwichlibrary.org · Free and Open to the Public

The Greenwich Library and Just Books are thrilled to welcome Colman Andrews, a Greenwich resident and acclaimed cookbook author and co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Saveur, as he discusses and signs copies of his latest novel, Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food (Gotham, October 5, 2010; $28). No other chef in history has been interviewed, written about, and parsed more than Ferran Adrià. And perhaps no other chef has given of his philosophy, recipes and revolutionary techniques as freely. Award-winning food writer Coleman Andrews was given two years of unrestricted access to Adrià's El Bulli kitchen, dining room, Barcelona workshop, family friends and associates. The result is a defining and revealing portrait of the chef in a historical and culinary context that addresses both his genius and the salient criticisms leveled against him. FERRAN demystifies, exalts, and thoroughly examines the man known as "the greatest chef in the world." The El Bulli restaurant is located in the Catalan coastal hamlet of Cala Montjoi, near Spain's boarder with France. Each year, 8,000 lucky dinners from around the world are able to eat at the restaurant - another 1 million are turned away from the 30-course revolutionary experience. Dinner at the restaurant, with its year-plus wait list, is arguably the toughest reservation in the world to score. Coleman Andrews was the cofounder and a former editor in chief of Saveur, and is the author of four acclaimed cookbooks, including Catalan Cuisine, which introduced the now-trendy cooking of Catalonia, Ferran Adrià's home region, to American food-lovers. The recipient of numerous honors (including six James Beard Foundation awards), he was most recently the restaurant columnist for Gourmet. He divides his time between New York City and Connecticut.
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Just Books would like to THANK the community for its continued support. The success of an independent neighborhood bookstore is dependent on its loyal customers.

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Just Books is proud to support the community with a renewed and continued focus on customer service. Check out the Just Books' calendar for upcoming events, including book signings, book clubs, youth literacy and writing programs (Just Words @ Just Books on Monday nights). Also stop by anytime and meet the new owner Marion Holmes. Just Books also wants to hear from you, so please send us your favorites, recommendations and wish list! Just Books can special order any book, gift wrap and ship to anywhere in the U.S.

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Family Centers Hosts HOPE Floats Oct. 23

Hello:

Attached is a press release announcing a family fun day that Family Centers is hosting at Tilley Pond in Darien on Oct. 23. The event is called HOPE Floats, and allows families to build and decorate small wooden boats and launch them in the pond. Pizza will also be served.

While all sales of the boats benefits Family Centers’ bereavement and critical illness programs, the idea of the event is to get families from all over Fairfield County together for a fun fall afternoon.

If you can find room in an upcoming edition, I’d appreciate it.


Thanks!

Photo: Kids test out their HOPE Floats boats during a recent trip to Tilley Pond.

Bill Brucker

Communications Director

Family Centers

203-869-4848 (v)

203-869-7764 (f)

www.familycenters.org

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203-869-4848, ext. 2310

Family Centers to Host ‘HOPE Floats’ Family Fun Event at Tilley Pond Oct. 23

Darien, Conn. (Sept. 10, 2010) – Sailing season might be over by the time fall rolls around, but Darien’s Tilley Pond will be filled with dozens of tiny wooden boats on Oct. 23 as part of a community-wide gathering hosted by Family Centers.

Called HOPE Floats, the family-orientated event allows children of all ages and their families to build and decorate small, easy-to-construct sailboats. Glue, markers and other art supplies will be available to help children personalize their boats. Those wishing to remember a loved one who has died are encouraged to write that person’s name on the boat’s sail. Families will be invited to launch the sailboats beginning at 4 p.m.

Sailboat kits are available for $10 on www.familycenters.org or at Family Centers’ offices in Greenwich (40 Arch Street) and Darien (590 Post Road). Kits will also be on sale the day of the event. Those purchasing sailboat kits will be given tickets for free pizza courtesy of The Pizza Truck Company of Bethel. All proceeds will benefit critical illness and bereavement support services offered through Family Centers’ Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids.

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 1000 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and the Alliance for Children and Families and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.

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09/10/10 BREAKING CT NEWS: East Hampton Offers Severance Deal To Town Manager

East Hampton Offers Severance Deal To Town Manager

The town approved a severance offer for embattled Town Manager Jeffery O'Keefe after an executive session Friday morning.

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09/10/10 FACE OFF IN COS COB / Point - Counter Point: The Quality Of Reporting At The Greenwich Time

Pro - Greenwich Time Reporting

"I Always Wear Rose Colored Glasses When I Read The Greenwich Time"

No bias in Island Beach article

Published: 04:45 p.m., Wednesday, September 8, 2010

To the editor:

This is in reply to the Sept. 3 letter by Rick Novakowski concerning the article "Calm crowd greets new Island Beach park ranger."

Mr. Novakowski's statement concerning Greenwich Time Staff Writer Frank MacEachern was that he was, "Wondering if (MacEachern) was schooled under the direction of the old state owned propagandist news agency TASS."

This would be laughable if it wasn't so unfair to Mr. MacEachern.

It is very hard to understand how Mr. Novakowski could see so much bias in Mr. McEachern's article.

The reporter interviewed park ranger Donald Brown, and residents and non-residents who expressed positive comments about their Island Beach experience.

One of the them was quoted as saying, "Everybody gets along here - look down the beach."

Island Beach is a treasure we are very fortunate to have. The truth is, most people go there to enjoy themselves and have no interest in causing problems.

The amount of visitors has been reduced by the town administration. There are full-time rangers and Greenwich police available if needed. Beachgoers don't seem to be unhappy. Why are we still reading complaints in the newspaper about Island Beach?

With all of the negative publicity lately, it is refreshing to read the comments of folks who love the beach and don't see all these problems.

We applaud writer MacEachern for his uplifting and positive article about our beautiful Island Beach.

Gerry Boyle

Cos Cob

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Anti- Greenwich Time Reporting

"The Definition Insanity Is Paying A Buck A Day For The Greenwich Time And Expecting Fair Reporting"


Bias shown in Island Beach reporting

Published: 07:15 p.m., Thursday, September 2, 2010

To the editor:

In response to the "puff piece" ("Calm Crowd Greets New Park Ranger") in Greenwich Time on August 29, I must ask, where did your writer get his training in journalism? Is he aware that when you do a so-called, "news piece," you must demonstrate some semblance of objectiveness?

His one-sided story painted such a perfect picture he had me wondering if he was schooled under the direction of the old state-owned Soviet propagandist news agency TASS.

There's an old saying: "My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts." Well, here are some facts. Town officials and news outlets continue to be inundated with concerns about conditions at Island Beach. Town officials are continuing to monitor the situation, and changes in next year's policy are a certainty.

Is it possible the residents voicing these concerns have valid points?

Or do they matter less in your writer's eyes than those who are more likely to agree with him?

I hope not because that truly would demonstrate biasness.

Rick Novakowski

Cos Cob

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Here's The Article

You Decide If Gerry Is Right

Or If Rick Is Right

Glorious weather, calm crowd greet new Island Beach park ranger

Published: 09:35 p.m., Saturday, August 28, 2010

The only conflict new Island Beach park ranger Donald Brown had to deal with Saturday morning was over his choice of a baseball cap.

Beachgoer Robert Maher, 48, of Glenville, a New York Yankees fan, playfully harassed Brown for wearing aBoston Red Sox hat.

"Everyone has been pleasant, everyone has been more than helpful," said Brown, 62, while stationed on the walkway that passengers heading to the beach used to disembark from a ferry.

Saturday was his first day on the job, a position he and fellow park ranger, former college basketball refereeThomas Harrington, were selected for earlier this week.

The town residents were hired following complaints of overcrowding and rude behavior by out-of-town residents earlier this summer at the popular summer destination.

It was a letter to the editor of Greenwich Time that ignited the complaints. Rick Novakowski, a failed candidate for tax collector last November, wrote that it was more like "Cinco de Mayo," a reference to a Mexican holiday, than Independence Day on the Fourth of July weekend.

As complaints from town residents mounted, the town promised to beef up crowd control and limited the number of people who could go out on the ferries.

When told about Novakowski's comments, a Bronx, N.Y., family of Hispanic descent at the island Saturday smiled.

"You just shrug that off," Josmar Taveras, 26, said as his brother Joel, 21, nodded in agreement. Their parents Maritza and Jose -- who was celebrating his 49th birthday and busy manning the grill -- didn't comment.

They were joined by dozens of family members from Manhattan, New Jersey and as far east as New London in a final get-together of the summer.

The town cut by 20 percent -- 2,000, to 1,600 -- the daily amount of people allowed to be ferried to Island Beach and the nearby Great Captains Island, a move the Taveras family applauded.

"That's good," said Josmar, whose family was at Island Beach on July 4. "It's less crowded and there's more room."

Non-residents are required to buy $5 daily beach passes and $3 ferry tickets at an off-site location and pay a daily parking fee of $20 per car if using one of the two lots that are closest to the Arch Street ferry dock.

Town residents who have seasonal beach cards, which cost $27, do not have to pay the daily pass, parking or ferry fees.

Sitting at a nearby picnic table, town resident Nancy Kavanagh joked, "my job is to get the table early," so that later-arriving family members can have a place to lay out food. She said Saturdays are usually not as crowded as Sundays or holidays. She hasn't encountered problems at the beach, a view seconded by friend and fellow Greenwich resident James Loughran, who was there with his wife Mary.

"Everybody gets along here -- look down the beach," he said, waving his hand in the direction of families gathered while eating and others on the beach.

Old Greenwich resident Mike Himelstein, 47, who was joined by his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Nate, 6, and Eli, 2, said he wants to continue to see out-of-towners allowed to use the islands for recreation.

"It's a good mix of people," he said as he looked around the half-full Indian Harbor ferry that set sail for Island Beach at 10:30 a.m. "I don't think it is a problem that we allow people from out of town to use the facilities."

Brown, wearing a bright yellow shirt with the words "Park Ranger" on the back and armed only with a friendly manner and a walkie-talkie, strolled around the three-acre island introducing himself to beachgoers. He occasionally stopped to remind someone not to go near a rocky area at one end of the island and also checked to see if those boating on their own to the island had passes.

Although not on duty, Harrington traveled to the island Saturday morning.

Beach patrons have to learn that the island is for everyone who has paid, he said, and that can lead to some cramped spaces.

"People may be closer to one another than you may have anticipated," Harrington said. "You have to learn tolerance for other people."

If situations get heated, the rangers have backup. A town police officer was assigned in July to patrol Island Beach on weekends, another town measure put in place after complaints. On Saturday, an officer joined Brown later in the afternoon.

The rangers report to the island's caretaker and work about 40 hours per week. Only one will be on-duty at a time, with the shift running from about 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Both men had to pass a swimming test before they were offered the $15-an-hour seasonal job, which the town recently brought back after a decade-long hiatus.

Park rangers had been hired before by the town in the wake of the 2001 state Supreme Courtruling opening local beaches to non-residents. They patrolled at Greenwich Point, Byram Park and Island Beach.

But they were eventually eliminated, saving the town $10,000 to $12,000 annually. The rangers were on the payroll of the parks department but were under the supervision of police.

As he waved to another ferryload of passengers arriving on the island, Brown said he doesn't expect any problems.

"There is a common theme here and that's everyone just enjoying the day," he said.

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