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09/30/11 THE GREENWICH POLICE BLOTTER

Two Greenwich residents were charged with disorderly conduct after they were allegedly involved in a physical altercation.

Keith V. Batts, 34, of 27 Wilbur Peck Court, and Chelsey Squire, 27, of the same address, were charged after police discovered they engaged in a verbal argument that escalated and included pushing and shoving by both parties, according to police. No injuries were reported, police said.

Both parties were released on a promise to appear and were scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford Monday.

09/30/11 The Raw Late Night Greenwich News Feed

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich boys soccer boots Warde
Greenwich Time
FAIRFIELD -- Greenwich boys soccer coach Kurt Putnam lost 18 seniors from last year, so he knew his team would experience some growing pains this season. Well, if they're all like Friday at Fairfield Warde, he'll gladly take it. ...
Greenwich police blotter: Undercover cops make heroin bust in McDonald's lot
Greenwich Time
A Greenwich detective suffered injuries to his elbows during the struggle and was briefly hospitalized for treatment, but has been released. The detectives searched the vehicle and found 10 bags of heroin, police said. Cardona told police he had been ...
Greenwich Scores and Standings: Sept 30
Patch.com
If you see anything in our scores, standings, or schedules that requires updating, please e-mail regional editor Michael Dinan at michaeld+sports@patch.com The Greenwich football team steps out of the FCIAC when it hosts New London on Friday (7 pm) in ...
Football: EG Goes Into Tonight's Game 2-0; La Salle Remains No. 1 In Rankings
Patch.com
Next week won't tell us much either, since East Greenwich is undefeated only thanks to an ineligible Lincoln player and a very weak Burrillville squad. (However, if the Avengers beat Middletown, I'll have to start taking them seriously. ...
Stamford attorney released from prison
Stamford Advocate
Lawyer and Greenwich native Mickey Sherman, who will be sent to prison next month for failing to pay his taxes, gets a hug from his assistant, Luisa Carella of Cos Cob, during a cocktail ...
Charitable giving in Greenwich
Westfair Online
Alon Marom of Kids in Crisis, second from right, with Greenwich Business Club members, from left, Ron Brien, Tiffany Benincasa, Carl Anderson and Sonia Sotire-Malloy. The Greenwich Business Club's board of directors recently presented three ...

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09/30/11 The Raw Late Night Greenwich Blog Feed

Blog Posts About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich Set for Clash of Football Dynasties | The Daily Greenwich
By Eric Gendron
GREENWICH, Conn. — Greenwich High School football fans are in for a rare treat Friday night. The Cardinals will host New London at 7 p.m. in a matchup o ...
Rain or Shine, Falcons Will Fly Over Audubon Greenwich This ...
By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news
This Weekend, Oct. 1 & 2, Audubon in Greenwich, CT will host its "13th Annual HawkWatch Weekend Festival & Green Bazaar" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine.) The falcons, hawks, owls, eco-friendly exhibits, and sustainable food vendors ...
Darien Volleyball Survives Greenwich Challenge | The Daily Darien
By MSC Community Sports
Darien, Conn. — The Blue Wave volleyball team dropped its first game of the season but rallied back to win three straight and the match against Greenwich ...

09/30/11 Dr. Henry Kissinger to Speak at Family Centers Luncheon Nov. 4

Click here for tickets and sponsorship information

Presents Dr. Henry Kissinger

Friday, November 4
12-2 p.m.
Hyatt Regency
Old Greenwich, CT


How Will China's Surging Economy Impact the U.S.?
China’s rapid rise from poverty-stricken nation to a global economic powerhouse is considered by many to be one of the greatest success stories in modern times.
Although increased trade relations with China have positively influenced the United States’ financial picture, most analysts believe China has the strength to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy within 20 years.

Dr. Henry Kissinger -- who recently returned from his 40th trip to China -- will discuss his new book On China, and share his expert perspective on the global impact of China’s emerging economy on Friday, November 4. His remarks will be the centerpiece of a luncheon benefitting Family Centers at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich.

Dr. Kissinger is widely recognized as the foremost authority on Chinese culture and economic strategy. He served as Secretary of State from 1973-1977 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. While in office, Kissinger played a dominant role in United States foreign policy, having pioneered détente with the Soviet Union and orchestrated the opening of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. In 1973, Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Paris Peace Accords and ending the Vietnam War.

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09/30/11 FLASHBACK: Great Greenwich Roundup Posts You Might Have Missed

09/26/11 Is Hearst Newspaper Editor David McCumber Still In The Drunk Tank? Where The Hell Is The Local News On The Greenwich Time Website?


09/24/11 Coochie Coochie Coo !!!!!!! Greenwich Man Charged In Prostitution Bust

09/20/11 Shame, Shame, Shame On Greenwich Town Clerk Carmella C. Budkins For Refusing To Debate - Greenwich Taxpayers Deserves Better Than This

08/28/11 The Tesei Family Takes Shelter At Town Hall


08/11/10 The Day After His Primary Victory Dan Debicella Is Getting Screwed By The Plagiarizing Connecticut Post Writer Jonathan Kantrowitz (UPDATED)

05/07/09 Greenwich Resident Mark Madoff Was A "Swiper". Mark Spent Like Crazy Using Firm's Plastic


1/28/09 I Spoke To Hearst Corporate Lawyer Ravi Sitwalla Today, It Looks Like We Have An Understanding, But Some Still Have Their Panties In A Bunch


01/01/09 More On The Nude Harry Poter Actor Visiting Greenwich


05/10/08 - Greenwich High School Boys Are Interested In Going To The Girls Golf Team Bra Fitting Fund Raiser

08/14/08 Assistant State's Attorney Joeseph Valdez's Rotten Case Is Stinking Up Judge Kavanewsky Courtroom - Smells Like Greenwich PD Incompetence


07/26/08 Winklevoss twins hope to form successful pair in Beijing


09/30/11 FROM THE GREENWICH FIRST SELECTMAN'S OFFICE:Board of Selectman Meeting To Be Held On 10-06-11

Please see the attched agenda and packet for next thursday's Board of
Selectmen Meeting.

Please note the change of venue.

Best,

Dustin Anderson
Town of Greenwich
p: (203) 622 7710
f: (203) 622 3793
www.greenwichct.org


(See attached file: 10-06-2011 Agenda and Public Packet.pdf)

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09/30/11 Team Himes: Tonight Is Crucial

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Dear Friends,

Tonight, at midnight, this crucial financial reporting period will end for Jim’s campaign. Republicans nationally and locally will take a look at this district to determine if they can pick up CT-4 in next fall’s elections. The right-wing has been working hard to show that there is no room for moderation and compromise in Congress--we think they are wrong.

Help us show that independent thinking is not dead in Washington.

Click HERE to make a contribution to Jim’s campaign today.

This week, The New York Times ran a profile of Jim in the Business section highlighting how valuable Jim’s background has proven in Congress. The article said:

Shortly after he beat out the incumbent, Christopher Shays, to win the seat, his expertise landed him a plum assignment on the House Financial Services Committee, where he helped write the House version of the Dodd-Frank Act, the financial regulatory overhaul.

Christopher S. Murphy, a fellow Connecticut Democrat, recalled seeing Mr. Himes giving impromptu economics lessons on the House floor during debates over the contentious bill. “There was always a crowd around Jim,” Mr. Murphy recalled. “He very quickly became a safe harbor for moderate members who wanted to make sure we corrected the abuses of Wall Street without killing the markets.”

We need more representation in Washington like Jim’s, not less. Help us make this filing decisive by clicking HERE and making a contribution before midnight tonight.

Thank you for your support!
Team Himes

09/30/11 The Greenwich Topix News Message Board - (11 stories) - TOP STORY: Stamford attorney released from prison

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Greenwich - News September 30, 2011


Stamford attorney released from prison
Stamford attorney released from prison (News Times)
Mickey Sherman , the celebrity attorney convicted of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes last summer, was released from federal prison last week to a halfway house in Hartford, his lawyer said Thursday.

Patch Picks: Five Local Live Music Bars (Patch)
If you want to see a rockin' band, you could train it to Manhattan or trek to New Haven.

5th congressional district hopeful Bernier flocks to Greenwich for cash (Connecticut Post)
The two-time Republican congressional hopeful in the state's 5th Congressional District is expected to come away with considerably more than 98 octane and a set of Goodyears when he visits here Friday, however.

Top UConn football booster gives his blessing to move to ACC
Top UConn football booster gives his blessing to move to ACC (Connecticut Post)
The University of Connecticut's days as top dog of the Big East Conference could be numbered if the clout of its unabashedly hands-on top football booster comes to bear.

Romney lines up GOP backers in Connecticut (Connecticut Post)
A who's who of Connecticut Republicans on Thursday announced support for the 2012 presidential bid of Mitt Romney , the former governor of Massachusetts.

Greenwich Agency Named a Top Conn. Workplace (The Daily Greenwich)
Family Centers of Greenwich was recently named one of Western Connecticut's "Top Workplaces," based on the results of an independent employee survey sponsored by Hearst Media Services.

Greenwich woman's condition upgraded following Stamford train accident
Greenwich woman's condition upgraded following Stamford train accident (Connecticut Post)
The condition of an 80-year-old Greenwich woman whose car collided with a Metro-North train in Springdale on Tuesday afternoon was upgraded Wednesday.

Saab Auto's owner finds Greenwich buyer for Spyker supercar unit (Connecticut Post)
The interior of a Spyker C8 Spyder automobile. Photographer: Adrian Moser/Bloomberg Photo: Bloomberg, Adrian Moser / A© 2011 Bloomberg Finance LP A Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 automobile is seen on display on the opening day of the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

Get Out in Greenwich This Weekend (Patch)
Branching Out: Artists Interpret Trees at Montgomery Pinetum - The Garden Education Center of Greenwich , 130 Bible St., Cos Cob, CT.; 203-869-9242 When: Friday, September 30; Opening reception 6 - 8 PM.

Potential Norwalk cell tower would bring coverage to New Canaan
Potential Norwalk cell tower would bring coverage to New Canaan (New Canaan News-Review)
AT&T is proposing a new cell tower behind the Norwalk Armory near the New Canaan border.


Greenwich Local Business


Utilities Donate $5K to Greenwich United Way (The Daily Greenwich)
Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas donated $5,000 to Greenwich United Way's annual Communitywide Campaign to provide educational programming and support services to residents in need.


09/30/11 SHOCKING NEWS: A Member Of The Greenwich Democratic Town Committee Sends A Letter Supporting John Blankley

A Letter To The Greenwich Time Editor
Blankley would restore transparency - GreenwichTime
My vote this November will go to first selectman candidate John Blankley. John has over 40 years of top flight business experience in major public companies, ...
www.greenwichtime.com/.../Blankley-would-restore-transpare...

To the editor:

It is time to restore transparency and competent leadership to Greenwich town government. Nowhere is that need greater than in our town's continued failure to make public its emergency planning and response, as your columnist Bob Horton detailed in an excellent series of articles on the subject. First Selectman Peter Tesei has demonstrably failed that test of leadership. During the latest storms, Mr. Tesei has insisted on maintaining an undue level of secrecy surrounding these plans, which have left countless residents in the dark wondering who's in charge and what services will or won't be delivered.

As Mr. Horton wrote, it is "folly...having a public official dedicated to directing the town's emergency response and then deciding to keep it a secret from the people it is designed to protect (and who paid for it)."

My vote this November will go to first selectman candidate John Blankley. John has over 40 years of top flight business experience in major public companies, and his working in the world of public company disclosure insures that Greenwich town government will see a return to transparency and competence that has been so sorely lacking. Please join me in voting for John Blankley.

William Gaston

Greenwich

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09/30/11 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

News Reports About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
Six Former GOP Chairs All Endorse Linda McMahon
Hartford Courant
Livvy Floren, who represents one of the most affluent districts in the state, has endorsed McMahon, along with popular Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei ...

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09/30/11 Regis Philbin: A Life to Live After 'Live' and more from Greenwich Patch



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Greenwich celeb Regis Philbin talks about life after his pending retirement from popular TV talk show.

Fun and Festivity Greet CT Farmers

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State farms and their products make historic connections.

Standing Up For the Troops

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Greenwich residents help with an epic tribute to those who have served.

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Post It: Tag Sales Sept. 30-Oct. 2

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09/30/11 Greenwich P&Z OKs $22.5M Nursing Home Project And More News In The Daily Greenwich

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Greenwich P&Z OKs $22.5M Nursing Home Project
by Anna Helhoski | 09/30/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – A $22.5 million renovation plan for Greenwich's Nathaniel Witherell nursing home was approved unanimously by the ...

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Greenwich Set for Clash of Football Dynasties
by Eric Gendron | 09/30/11

GREENWICH, Conn. — Greenwich High School football fans are in for a rare treat Friday night. The Cardinals will host New London at 7 ...

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Like The Daily Greenwich on Facebook
by Anna Helhoski | 09/30/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – Did you know TheDailyGreenwich.com is on Facebook? Get the most up-to-date Greenwich headlines on news, ...

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Greenwich Agency Named a Top Conn. Workplace
by Anna Helhoski | 09/29/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – Family Centers of Greenwich was recently named one of Western Connecticut's "Top Workplaces," based on ...

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Letter Backs Povinelli for Greenwich Board of Ed
by Diane Pignataro, Greenwich resident | 09/29/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – The following letter to the editor is from Diane Pignataro of Greenwich:

The Greenwich BOE is ...

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

09/29/11 The Raw Late Night Greenwich News Feed

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich-New London set to square off in a rare football matchup
Greenwich Time
Greenwich has slowly moved up the rankings and is currently 16th. If you think Friday night's football game between Greenwich and New London sounds like an unfamiliar matchup, you're right. According to Cardinals veteran coach Rich Albonizio, ...
Saab Auto's owner finds Greenwich buyer for Spyker supercar unit
Danbury News Times
Antoine Antoniol / CT North Street Capital LP, the Greenwich-based private equity firm, reached a preliminary agreement to buy the Spyker sports-car division from Swedish Automobile NV for 32 ...
5th congressional district hopeful Bernier flocks to Greenwich for cash
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Greenwich auto magnate and GOP benefactor Malcolm Pray Jr. will host a fundraiser for Bernier, a decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan who served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve. The reception will take place at Pray's ...
Teufel Celebrity Golf Tournament celebrates 21st anniversary
Greenwich Time
Tim Teufel at the Annual Tim Teufel celebrity charity golf tournament at the Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time | Buy This Photo Bob Ojeda at the Annual Tim Teufel celebrity charity ...
GHS student parking set to resume Monday
Greenwich Time
A sign attached to a fence in the western parking lot at Greenwich High School Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, warns of PCBs unearthed during the school's project to build a new auditorium and music space. The school board and town announced Wednesday, Sept. ...
Greenwich golfer wins on IJGT
Connectcut Plus
In the Girls U-19 Division, Camilla Vik of Greenwich, CT took home the first place honors. With rounds of 82 and 88, Vik was able to fight through the tough conditions to post a total score of 170. When Vik was asked what went well for her this weekend ...
Girl's Soccer: Avengers Squeak out a Victory Against the Falcons
Patch.com
Cranston West bounced back in the second half after being down 1-0, but couldn't net the tying goal and fell 2-0 to East Greenwich. By Mike Petrarca East Greenwich and Cranston West played close Division I soccer match on Wednesday night, which pitted ...

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09/29/11 The Raw Greenwich Blog Feed

Blog Posts About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich Man Takes 3rd in Westchester Triathlon | The Daily Weston
By Tom Renner
Greenwich's Robert Dahl finished third overall in the men's field Sunday at the Jarden Westchester Triathlon in Rye, N.Y.Dahl, 55, completed the Olympic ...
The Daily Weston
Bring Lulu Into Your Greenwich Home | The Daily Greenwich
By Anna Helhoski
GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich pet of the week is Lulu, a one-and-a-half-year-old greyhound/shepherd Mix. She is spayed and weighs 60 pounds. Lulu was ...
The Daily Greenwich

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09/29/11 BREAKING CT NEWS: Non-Profit Research Institute To Build $1.1 Billion Lab At UConn Health Center

Non-Profit Research Institute To Build $1.1 Billion Lab At UConn Health Center

A Bar Harbor, Maine-based genetics research institute plans to build a $1.1 billion laboratory at the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to announce Friday morning.

09/29/11 Palmer Hill Achieves 100th Sale Milestone: Premier Luxury Residential Community Continues Strong Sales Momentum

Palmer Hill Partners, developer of Stamford’s premier luxury residential community Palmer Hill, has reached its 100th sale milestone. A steady flow of buyer traffic and sales momentum resulted in 30 home sales totaling over $20.2 million since the start of 2011. In addition, the private, gated community has entered Phase III of construction with the commencement of the East Building. A press release is below with complete information.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks-

Dan

Dan Bullock | Quinn & Co. | 520 Eighth Avenue, 21 Fl. | New York, NY 10018 |

T: 212.868.1900 x362 | F: 212.465.0849 | dbullock@quinnandco.com| www.quinnandco.com |

Contact: Dan Bullock / Quinn & Co. / dbullock@quinnandco.com / 212.868.1900 x362

PALMER HILL, STAMFORD’S PREMIER LUXURY RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY,

ACHIEVES 100th SALE MILESTONE FOLLOWING STRONG SALES MOMENTUM

- Palmer Hill Enters Phase III of Construction with New East Building -

Palmer Hill Partners, developer of Stamford’s premier luxury residential community Palmer Hill, is excited to announce its 100th sale. A steady flow of buyer traffic and sales momentum resulted in 30 home sales totaling over $20.2 million since the start of 2011. Ninety families are currently living at Palmer Hill and 15 more are scheduled to move in by year-end. In addition, the private, gated community has entered Phase III of construction with the commencement of the East Building. The East Building will provide new buying opportunities, with closings anticipated to take place in spring 2012.

“We attribute the strong 2011 sales activity at Palmer Hill to the progress of construction and our top-quality homes, both of which have positioned Palmer Hill as the premier option for homebuyers seeking new construction.” said Bill McGuinness, principal of Palmer Hill Partners. “Our research suggests that Palmer Hill home sales account for more than fifty percent of the new construction market in Greenwich and Stamford, which is a testament to the value we offer.”


Phase I is completely sold out and fully occupied, while only a few offerings remaining in Phase II. Phase III offers new inventory including 27 garden condominiums in five different floor plans currently priced from the low $500,000s to the high $700,000s. Phase III will also feature a new line of townhome floor plans that will be available for occupancy in 2012.


“Sales at Palmer Hill have maintained a steady pace due to its uniquely broad appeal to buyers ranging from single professionals to young families and empty nesters” said Bob Dale, principal of Palmer Hill Partners.

Ideally situated in the heart of lower Fairfield County, where Old Greenwich meets Stamford, Palmer Hill is an award-winning community set on nearly 20 acres of park-like landscaped grounds and conservation areas and is designed in the traditional architectural style of coastal New England. The private, gated community features 195 residences, including 114 townhomes and 81 condominium residences with dozens of custom options, including all flooring, cabinetry, counters, tiles and electronics, and each home has its own private outdoor spaces including patios, terraces and/or balconies. Renowned designer Lynn Morgan has decorated the model homes and includes furnishings from a variety of local merchants.

Palmer Hill offers five single-level two- and three-bedroom condominium plans, with homes ranging in size from 1,200 to over 2,000 square feet, and priced from the $500,000s to the high $700,000. The condominium buildings are designed in traditional shingle-style architecture with dramatic rooflines, brick chimneys and other elegant details, set on a centrally located landscaped courtyard. Condominium residents each have access to garage parking for two cars and direct elevator access onto each floor.

The three-bedroom townhomes feature New England cottage-style architecture, with clapboard siding, large flagstone porches and patios, brick chimney pots and window boxes. Townhomes range in size from approximately 2,000 to 4,000 square feet and offer private two-car garages and brick-paver driveways and walkways. Select models include first-floor master bedroom suites. The townhomes are priced from the $700,000s to over $1 million.

Amenities include a dramatic 3,500-square-foot community clubhouse with a resort-style swimming pool, spa hot tub and outdoor fire pit. French doors lead from the pool terrace into the well-appointed clubroom which offers a catering kitchen, flat-screen television, fireplace and luxurious furnishings. Palmer Hill’s fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment and flat-screen televisions, and a yoga studio with hardwood floors, mirrored walls and ballet bar. A business center is available to residents as well, complete with wireless Internet access, conference table and computer kiosks.

For more information or to schedule a visit and tour the fully decorated model homes, please call 203-989-0315 or visit www.palmerhillhomes.com.

Palmer Hill Partners is a venture of Buckingham Partners, Sun Homes and O’Connor Capital Partners.

About Buckingham Partners

Buckingham Partners is a real estate development firm founded by Bob Dale in 1998 for the purpose of developing residential communities in the Northeast. Since its inception, Buckingham Partners has developed more than 2,000 residential units in 5 states from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island, including MerrittPark in Dutchess County, N.Y. and Riverview Landing in Valley Forge, PA. Buckingham Partners is based in Haddonfield, N.J.

About Sun Homes

Sun Homes is a design/build firm in the truest sense of the phrase. A highly product-driven organization, its involvement typically extends from land acquisition through sales and warranty. Sun Homes most recently completed The Willows at Crestwood (Tuckahoe, NY). Sun Homes is unique not only in its attention to design details, but that the company also serves as general contractor to ensure that the finished home fulfills its initial promise. A close eye is kept on new technologies and consumer preferences, but with careful adherence to classic principles of residential design and community planning. Sun Homes prides itself in achieving a proper balance between progressive design and the enduring values of good taste and solid construction. For more information visit www.SunHomes.com

O’Connor Capital Partners

O’Connor Capital Partners is a privately-owned, independent real estate investment and development firm focused on principal investing through private equity funds. O’Connor concentrates its efforts on making direct investments in high-quality assets in major metropolitan markets in North America.

Over the past 25 years, the firm has acquired or developed more than $15 billion of property on behalf of various investment funds, institutional clients, and its own account, encompassing all major property types. The firm is based in New York City, with a regional office in Mexico City. For more information, please visit www.oconnorcp.com.

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09/29/11 Letter To Editor In Support of BOE Candidacy

To Greenwich Roundup:

I am submitting for publication the following letter to the editor in support of the BOE candidacy of Marianna Ponns Cohen.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Hal Rogers


To the editor:

We are very fortunate to have Marianna Ponns Cohen on our Board of Education. And she deserves our full support for a second term. This is why.


Ms. Ponns Cohen has consistently advocated that the Board allocate resources more fairly among our schools, when others haven't. When she joined the Board in 2007, Marianna discovered wide discrepancies in school funding among schools not accounted for by school size. Some schools received over $17,000 per student (New Lebanon) and others received around $7,000 (Riverside). She recommended that the Board review its allocations. Her fellow Board members rejected this self-evident review, though Boards are mandated under Connecticut law to provide "equitable allocation of resources among our schools." Who will have the courage to advocate for that if is she is not there?


In addition, prior to her joining the Board, student residency verification was handled at each of our 15 schools, with varying degrees of latitude. As part of responsible stewardship of the Town's funds, Marianna successfully promoted centralized student residency verification to ensure consistent application of the rules. Now there is residency verification at varying entry points in the public school system.

Since Greenwich spends $18,400 per student, 10 non-resident students alone would cost our taxpayers almost $185,000. This would divert funds away from educating our students and improving their achievement. Our taxes should be going to educate our Town's students, not out of Town or out of state residents.

Marianna's actions are the very definition of responsible leadership. I will vote for Marianna Ponns Cohen on November 8, and expect you would want to do so as well.

Hal Rogers

Riverside, CT

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