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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

06/29/11 Senior VP Of Hearst Newspapers Lincoln Millstein: Greenwich Magazine founder attacks ‘lack of good governance’ of school board

Jack Moffly, founder of Greenwich Magazine, is not the sort given to hysteria and overreaction. That is why his column in the July issue which just hit the newsstand is a must read if you are a Greenwich resident concerned about the state of our schools.

It demonstrates that core Greenwich insiders are not about to keel over and be manipulated by the Nixonian PR express of the current BOE chairman and his PTA sycophants.

I am generally not in the business of promoting competitors. Since Hearst Newspapers does compete with Greenwich Magazine for advertising dollars, I suppose you could consider us competitors. Nonetheless, I urge you to go to your local newsstand, pay the five bucks, buy the latest Greenwich Magazine and turn to Page 25. I would have linked to the article, but Greenwich Magazine doesn’t post their articles online.

The column demonstrates what is happening in Greenwich given the test of time and sober analysis by intelligent people since the sudden resignation by Sid Freund and the campaign by BOE chairman Steve Anderson to deflect the embarrassment of his guy quitting halfway through his contract and to turn the event into an opportunity to attack his detractors.....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

06/28/11 Grandfather pens letters on leading life of meaning, purpose

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Grandfather pens letters on leading life of meaning, purpose

George A. Goens conveys to his grandchildren the importance of finding wisdom and living with integrity in "Letters on the Promise of Living,"

Litchfield, CT (MMD Newswire) June 28, 2011 -- "Letters on the Promise of Living" (ISBN 1453792759) by George A. Goens aims to convey a grandfather's imperfect and personal voyage in trying to live a principled and purposeful life. While the letters are written to his grandchildren in the hope that they will make wise decisions and live with noble purpose and meaning, they apply to a wider audience.

"We want our children and grandchildren to lead happy and fulfilling lives - filled with wisdom and meaning. In the past, wisdom was passed from generation to generation from the elders: grandfathers, grandmothers and others. In today's mobile society, passing wisdom to the next generation is more difficult. A good and rewarding life just doesn't happen," Goens says. He believes it is the result of reflection, strong relationships, connections with other generations and an understanding of the wisdom of the ages.

The letters are based around the great philosophical question the author feels we all face in our lives: what are truth, beauty, justice, liberty, equality and goodness? In addition, Goens addresses happiness, courage, sadness, leadership and other topics.

The author says the research base for this book is writings on philosophy, history, quantum physics, education and spirituality. The knowledge base comes from research and experience as an educator, parent and grandparent.

Inspired by a quote from Socrates, "An unexamined life is not worth living," Goens hopes his collection will help readers explore their own lives.

"Letters on the Promise of Living" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels

About the Author:
George Goens, senior partner with the leadership firm of Goens/Esparo, LLC, works with public- and private-sector organizations in leadership development, executive searches, program planning and accountability. A former schools superintendent, he has more than 35 years of teaching leaders about ethical and principled leadership, designing schools for urban youth that focus on values and instructing doctoral students in ethical leadership. Goens has written four books and published more than 55 articles on education, ethical leadership, change and reform.

George Goens
Email: gagoens@gmail.com
Phone: (860) 601-8100
Website: www.georgegoens.com



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Sunday, June 26, 2011

06/26/11 Senior VP Of Hearst Newspapers Lincoln Millstein: Wall Street Journal says ‘Greenwich Faces Class Struggles’

Greenwich residents are accustomed to the collateral publicity associated with its notoriety. It’s a trade-off we make for the privilege of living in the Connecticut waterfront town closest to New York City, and yet pay an inordinately low property tax.

But it’s one thing to see an occasional headline about a celebrity divorce or a hedge fund felon or the sale of a Back Country mansion. It’s quite another to see our town’s declining schools laid out in the Wall Street Journal.

But there it was Saturday – a WSJ article calling out how we are failing our children. It brings great shame to a town that has allowed a systematic dismantling of what was one of the great public school systems in the nation – right up there with New Trier in North Chicago and Montgomery County in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Two days before the WSJ article, the town’s top “educator” was telling GHS grads not to pay attention to test scores, saying that only the media obsessed over statistics and test scores.....

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

06/19/11 Senior VP Of Hearst Newspapers Lincoln Millstein: NY Paper Mocks Greenwich Schools For Promoting Retired Superintendent

Sometimes it take a good neighbor to hold up a mirror to show us the folly of our ways.

Such is the case of the Lewisboro Ledger and its recent editorial on Greenwich’s promotion of the retired superintendent of Katonah-Lewisboro, NY, school district:

“The hubbub around the latest superintendent hiring at Katonah-Lewisboro may not be the envy of school districts elsewhere, but at least residents here can be thankful they’re not in Greenwich. That’s because that Connecticut town has just promoted former Katonah-Lewisboro Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Lichtenfeld as its new human resources director. Apparently, they either did not talk to anyone here while researching his qualifications or decided his poor record of personnel decisions somehow was not relevant. So now New York taxpayers are footing the bill to pay yet another “retired” superintendent a hefty pension while he is employed in a well-paying major school district position elsewhere. And his promotion is just another example of how school boards throughout the area make questionable hiring decisions often by stressing the quantity instead of the quality of the candidate’s previous employment.”

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Lewisboro is a village just north of Stamford. The paper is owned by the same company which publishes the Greenwich Post......

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

CT NEWS ALERT: Toddler, Elderly Person Dead After Accident In Pond

Toddler, Elderly Person Dead After Accident In Pond

A toddler and an elderly person have died following an accident in a Koi pond Thursday morning, Greenwich police said.

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Grandmother, Toddler Die in Accidental Koi Pond Drowning: Greenwich Police [Update]

Police have confirmed that the two died in a "likely accidental drowning" in a koi pond.

By Barbara Heins | Jun 16, 2011

Update 12:51 p.m. Greenwich police Lt. Kraig Gray has confirmed that a grandmother and toddler drowned in what is a "likely accidental drowning" in a backyard koi pond. Original Story Greenwich … Read More

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Police Investigate 'Very Serious Incident' Involving Child in Greenwich

Two people have been transported to Greenwich Hospital following an incident at Fox's Lane and West Putnam Avenue.

By Barbara Heins | Jun 16, 2011

Greenwich police are investigating an incident at a home on Fox's Lane, off West Putnam Avenue which resulted in two people being taken to Greenwich Hospital. Lt. Kraig Gray, the department's public … Read More

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06/16/11 Sign-up for Town Tennis Tournament And More From The Greenwich Topix News Message Board

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Andy Reid, above, competes in the Men's 50-and-over division during last year's Greenwich Town Tennis Tournament.

Beata Bohman, Manhattan Socialite, Charged With Stealing $11,000 Scarf in Summer (The Village Voice)
The 38-year-old Polish model and designer Beata Bohman, most famous for kissing Prince Andrew one time , was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly -- but inconspicuously -- stealing a fur-lined scarf worth more than $11,000 from a store in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Pinkberry plans to open store in Greenwich (Connecticut Post)
Pinkberry, whose Manhattan store is pictured here, is slated to open in early fall on Greenwich Avenue.

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Woman Accused of Using Drug in Restroom (Patch)
A visitor the men's room of the Walgreen's pharmacy in Old Greenwich thought something was amiss when he found a woman inside the facilities.

The Price Of A 4-Bedroom House: Greenwich, $1.15 M; New Britain, $165,310 (WTIC-TV Hartford)
How much is a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house? Greenwich tops the state at $1.15 million, and in New Britain it's nearly $1 million less, at $165.310 accordign to a new report from Coldwell Banker.

Manhattan socialite charged with stealing $11,500 scarf in Greenwich (News Times)
Laercio Xavier and Beata Boman attend a gaarden party at the Piaget Boutique on March 10, 2011 in New York City

06/16/11 Yankees Edge Ahead In Q Poll At Least Among Men

Yankees Edge Ahead In Q Poll At Least Among Men

The Yankees have won some new support in Connecticut, the rivalry's battleground in the latest Quinnipiac poll of state baseball fans, released Thursday morning

06/16/11 Connecticut Rail Commuter Council Holds June Meeting and more from Greenwich Patch

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Connecticut Rail Commuter Council Holds June Meeting

Harold F. Cobin | Jun 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

imageMembers receive citations from the General Assembly; Metro-North testing "quiet cars'; state hopes to have Fairfield Metro station operating in October.

Poll Finds Many Not Happy with Governor's Performance, Budget

Kathleen Ramunni | Jun 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

imageQuinnipiac poll shows majority of residents not happy with his job performance but still like him personally.

2 Nabbed for Driving While Intoxicated

Barbara Heins | Jun 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Greenwich Scores and Standings: June 16

Bob Birge | Jun 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

imageYour interactive, daily digest for all Greenwich varsity scores, schedules and standings — and a place for you to add information and images for all youth sports

PatchCast: Socialite Steals Fur from The Ave, No Love for Five Guys Burgers

Cecelia Smith | Jun 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Great Father's Days Deal Around Greenwich

Sue Rogers | Jun 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Family Fun This Weekend

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06/16/11 New Today in The Daily Greenwich

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Water Wags the Dog
by Julie Curtis | 06/16/11

Your water loving dog is probably counting (with all paws) the days until the pool or beach is open to visitors of the four-legged persuasion. With the official first weekend of summer closing in, a lot of tails are about to get wet while wagging. But as veterinarian Dr. C. Christian Benyei, owner

Connecticut Boat Club Crowns National Champions
by Tom Renner | 06/16/11

Connecticut Boat Club crowned one champion and took home a bronze medal Sunday at the U.S. Youth Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn. CBC is based in Norwalk and includes rowers from many Fairfield County communities. Southport sisters Lucy and Rosie Grinalds won the Women's Youth 2- A final in 8:02.15.

Metro-North Rolls Out More New Cars
by Anna Helhoski | 06/16/11

Commuters are riding in style on the new batch of rail cars rolled out Tuesday on the Metro-North's New Haven Line. Emma Lester, a native of Greenwich, was looking forward to her first ride on the plush cars. "The cars are just old and tired. I grew up in Greenwich and have been commuting for

Woman Arrested With Drugs in Pharmacy Bathroom
by Anna Helhoski | 06/16/11

A Stamford woman was arrested in the men's room of the Walgreen's pharmacy in Old Greenwich on drug charges Monday. A man found Karen Wenbert, 42, of 61 Seaview Ave., in the bathroom of the pharmacy with a bottle filled with narcotics and a hypodermic needle, police said. She was arrested on

Greenwich Crew Competes at Nationals
by Tom Renner | 06/15/11

Two Greenwich Crew teams competed last weekend in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The lightweight 8+ consisting of coxswain Giulia Volterra (sophomore), Julie Sussman (senior), Chelsea Oarr (junior), Lara Tiramani (senior, captain), Sophie Grueterich (senior),

Warrant: McDowell Was Pimping, Has Home
by Nancy Chapman | 06/15/11

Tanya McDowell, 33, wasn't just dealing drugs, Norwalk police say. She also offered undercover officers the services of two women that she pimps out. Those allegations are contained in the affidavits submitted by Officer Mark Suda, a veteran member of the Special Services Division, in the


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

06/15/11 Tom Foley Blasts Reckless Connecticut Policy Direction in New London Day Op-Ed

Dear Greenwich Roundup-

Please read my Op-Ed piece below that ran in Sunday’s New London Day. I wrote it to clarify the policy disaster that happened during the recently ended legislative session in Hartford. The unfortunate result will be an acceleration of jobs and taxpayers leaving Connecticut. Please forward it to any friends whom are interested in knowing what is really going-on in Hartford.


June 12, 2011

Tom Foley: Outdated policies invite a Connecticut crash

The New London Day


When a test pilot takes an airplane on a risky test flight, it isn't legal to bring along passengers. Not so in Connecticut politics. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and our Democrat-controlled legislature recently passed a budget that is a reckless experiment equivalent to a test flight in a poorly designed airplane - with all of Connecticut's citizens aboard for the ride.

While the federal government and every other state recognizes the broadly held policy consensus that voters want to hold the line on taxes and reduce spending, Connecticut's political leadership is stuck in a retro-policy world reminiscent of the 1960s. During the legislative session 1960s-era dogma and political pay-offs triumphed over common sense and good policy. It isn't amusing watching Connecticut adopt policy more evocative of Havana or Caracas than Shanghai or Mumbai. We are moving backward rather than forward and Connecticut's citizens will pay a big price.

The world has come a long way since the 1960s. People actually believed then that more government would solve problems and steeply progressive income taxes would make a more equitable society. Most policymakers and voters now realize that there are limits to what government can do well and that, past a point, more government merely smothers private sector economic activity, slows income growth, and reduces private sector employment. Connecticut arrived at that point some time ago. We also now know that taxing people excessively doesn't make society more equitable, it just drives away ever-more mobile taxpayers and jobs, reducing everyone's income and opportunities.

Because politicians and voters in the 1960s believed we could tax and spend our way out of our problems, politicians saw no need to hide what they were up to. That is not the case today. Gov. Malloy and Democrats in the legislature deceptively describe their budget as "sharing sacrifice," "reducing spending," and wringing "give-backs" out of state workers. Baloney.

The facts are clear and simple. Spending in the general fund is budgeted to go up next fiscal year by over $450 million, an increase of 2.5 percent over this year. The governor's "deal" with state workers' unions includes no reduction in either the number of state workers or the overall cost of the state workforce. Gov. Malloy and the Democratic majority are closing this entire budget deficit with increased taxes amounting to more than $2.5 billion.

These big tax increases will raise Connecticut's already high cost of living. Most of the increase in taxes will fall on middle-income households. Connecticut households in 2013 will pay on average more than $2,000 more in state taxes than they did last year. With average household income at $68,000, Connecticut's middle-income families will have to again cut back spending to meet their heavy new tax burden, further hurting an already weak economy.

What will be the effect of this disastrous policy, other than the hardship and additional belt tightening imposed on Connecticut's citizens? The most damaging outcome will be an accelerating flight of our tax base and jobs. Connecticut is already unaffordable for many families and businesses. Rather than reducing the cost of living, the recently passed budget will both raise the cost of living and the cost of employing people. People and businesses that can leave the state will. Others who might have come here won't.

Connecticut has the worst job creation record in the nation. You would think that after their dismal performance creating jobs, our politicians would be reluctant to keep pursuing the same shopworn and ineffective policies. Instead, they are stepping even harder on the accelerator, like the impulsive gambler who after losing a lot of money just keeps doubling down on the same bet.

Connecticut is conspicuously alone in its "damn the torpedoes" strategy of raising taxes and doing nothing serious to rein-in spending. In New York, where Democrats also hold the governorship and control the legislature, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to reduce spending next year by 5 percent, reduce the size of the state work force by more than 10,000 people, and not raise taxes.

Like a family that lived too well in the good times, Connecticut has to adjust to current economic reality. That is why when running for governor I pledged not to raise taxes and focus instead on wisely and equitably reducing spending. This policy direction doesn't originate in ideology or politics. It is simply the right thing to do and plain enough for political leaders on both sides of the aisle to recognize most everywhere, except in Connecticut.

The current administration's failure to recognize the need for a change in direction will only dig the state into a deeper hole.

The only good news in this confounding story is that voters seem to know they are being had. The deceptive messaging isn't working. Everything in Hartford seems too clever by half. Some think the budget doesn't reflect a policy at all, but rather an odd and un-Connecticut introduction of 1930s' style "take care of your friends" urban ward politics. Whatever it is, Connecticut isn't happy. A new poll found 71 percent of voters viewed Gov. Cuomo's policies favorably, while the most recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Gov. Malloy's rating in the mid-30s.

It isn't fair that this administration is taking Connecticut's citizens for a risky ride with discredited policies perpetrated by out-of-touch politicians. If you are planning to stick around for the test flight, I suggest you fasten your seatbelt. It is going to be a bumpy ride until our leaders get in tune with the 21st century - or voters replace them with leaders who are.

Tom Foley was the Republican candidate for governor of Connecticut in 2010.

06/15/11 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

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06/15/11 Keep Track of the Greenwich Tides And More From The Greenwich Topix News Message Board

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Woman Charged with Fur Theft (Patch)
A penchant for fur, especially if it's been 'fur'-loined, lead to the arrest of a New York City woman on a first-degree larceny charge.

See for yourself: A sampling of emails between Greenwich BOE, schools chief (Connecticut Post)
The following are excerpts of some of the hundreds of emails exchanged between school board members and the superintendent from Sept.

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7 Days: 6/16 - 6/22 (Fairfield Weekly)
When Stephen Sondheim appeared on an episode of "The Colbert Report" last December, the irrepressible Comedy Central host revealed himself a Sondheim acolyte.

When 'Nothing' is something: Shakespeare company launches summer show (News Times)
James O'Reilly, Jacob Presson and William Jackson Harper rehearse a dance scene from Shakespeare on the Sound's upcoming production of "Much Ado About Nothing." The show begins Thursday, June 16, at Pinkney Park in the Rowayton section of Norwalk.

New business helps with smooth estate transitions (The Wilton Bulletin)
Life's transitions can be difficult to navigate, especially when it comes to managing an estate settlement or downsizing a home.

06/15/11 More M-8s Added to New Haven Line and more from Greenwich Patch

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June 15, 2011

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More M-8s Added to New Haven Line

Michael Woyton | Jun 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

imageThe number of weekly train runs with new cars is now 130.

Woman Accused of Using Drug in Restroom

Barbara Heins | Jun 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

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A Preview of the Hudson Valley Clearwater Festival

Jonann Brady | Jun 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

imageThe two-day music and environmental festival features a number of local food and marketplace vendors.

Five Fantastic Father's Day Ideas

Marisa Torrieri | Jun 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

imageIf you're lucky enough to spend Father's Day with a special dad in your life, treat him to something that suits his unique personality. Whether he enjoys a ballgame, beer, or brunch, here are some ideas on how to indulge dad on Sunday, June 19.

Greenwich Scores and Standings: June 15

Bob Birge | Jun 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

imageYour interactive, daily digest for all Greenwich varsity scores, schedules and standings — and a place for you to add information and images for all youth sports

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