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Friday, September 23, 2011

09/23/11 The Raw Greenwich Overnight News Feed:

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich football team routs Bassick
Greenwich Time
Shane Nastahowski, # 48 of Greenwich High School, stiff-arms Tevin McFadden, # 11 of Bassick High School, during football game between Bassick High School of Bridgeport and Greenwich High School at Greenwich, Friday night, Sept. 23, 2011. ...
Greenwich Board of Education approves 3-year teachers contract
Greenwich Time
The Board of Education Thursday night approved a three-year contract for Greenwich public school teachers that includes raises and a change to a lower-cost health care plan. Members of the Greenwich Education Association had already ratified the ...
Greenwich Struggles to Meet NCLB Requirements
Among the school districts cited was Greenwich, which again failed to show progress in both reading and math for students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged. In addition, six Greenwich schools joined 400 other Connecticut schools in ...
Greenwich football: Cardinals' captains stepping up
Greenwich Time
Greenwich High School football Week 2 Greenwich (1-0) vs. Bassick (0-1), Friday at 7 pm at Cardinal Stadium Storyline: This is the first meeting in a number of years between the two teams. Greenwich will try to build on last week's solid defensive ...
Home away from home: Does NYC deputy mayor live in Greenwich?
Greenwich Time
By night, Steel is the toast of Greenwich, the honoree of the local historical society Thursday evening in his home away from home -- or maybe it's the other way around. The subject of an embarrassing report in the New York Daily News this week that ...
Greenwich Scores and Standings, Sept 23
Greenwich starting quarterback Liam O'Neill will miss his second straight game while recovering from a concussion suffered in the Cardinals' final preseason scrimmage against Masuk. That means sophomore Jose Melo likely will get another start on Friday ...
Westhill upsets Greenwich field hockey
Stamford Advocate
STAMFORD -- It was just moments before Thursday afternoon's FCIAC field hockey showdown between Westhill and Greenwich when a booming voice rang out from the bleachers across the field. "You can beat them. You can beat them," the man said slowly and ...

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09/23/11 The Raw Greenwich Blog Feed

Blog Posts About Greenwich, CT
Learn Self-Defense From Greenwich Police | The Daily Greenwich
By Anna Helhoski
GREENWICH, Conn. – Have you always wanted to learn self-defense? The Greenwich Police Department is sponsoring a free class for women as part of the Spe ...
The Daily Greenwich | Recently Published
Audubon Greenwich ~ Nature Programs & Special Events through ...
By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news
Saturday, September 24 TRIP: Fall Warbler Tour in Central Park, NYC 7:00 am-4:00 pm The perfect place for birders and photographers. Central Park is.
CT Environmental Headlines

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09/23/11 Rabbi Mitch's Weekly Teaching

Weekly Teaching
By Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz


The New Year is almost here!

Look for an early Rosh Hashanah Temple Sholom e-bulletin

this Wednesday, September 28th.


On behalf of the clergy, professional staff, and lay leadership of Temple Sholom, we would like to wish you a sweet, healthy, prosperous and blessed 5772.

A complete list of High Holiday services is available by visiting www.templesholom.com, or click here for more information.

Rabbi's Weekly Teaching

Parashat Nitzavim - Vayeilech

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Growing up, I was never a big fan of clothes shopping. Come September, however, my mother would determinedly set forth on her annual mission: to take me and my three younger brothers shopping for new clothes, just prior to Rosh Hashanah.

We did our best to deter her. But - as is the case among many wise parents and their sometimes-less-than-cooperative children - our boisterous complaints and impatient behavior at the store was of little consequence. My mother was resolute: on Rosh Hashanah, we were going to be dressed appropriately. For her, this was an instruction written by God, in the Torah itself.

Only later in life did I come to learn that "God's instructions" for new clothing before the High Holy Days was not literal Torah law. But I was surprised to learn that, in fact, the commandment of "hiddur mitzvah" (fulfilling a commandment with as much beauty as possible) was both a Biblical and Rabbinic requirement. Psalm 29 instructs us to "prostrate ourselves before God in holy splendor." Thus, dressing attractively when going to synagogue on the High Holidays is directly connected to the Psalmist's instruction.

The rabbis, however, further expanded on the teaching. Buying new and attractive clothes for Rosh Hashanah was intended to be a reminder to us that "dressing up" is a spiritual discipline. Just as we take the time to physically look attractive, we must to ensure that we are also emotionally and spiritually attractive. Dressing up for the holidays is a Kal Va-Chomer - an assertion that states that if a law is strict in a case where we are usually lenient, then it will certainly be just as strict in a more serious case. If we take the time to spend money and time on physically looking good during the rest of the year, how then much more so during the High Holy Days should we take the time to ensure that we match our insides to our surface, by preparing ourselves to be good, and make our world a better place?

In the case of our children and teens, not much has changed since my mother's time. Parents still struggle year by year, as fashions become more outrageous and fads come and go, to get their children to dress correctly. As parents who, as children and teens, once stood in those uncomfortable new High Holiday shoes, we tend to remember our own experiences and thus, see those of our children with a more loving and lenient lens. Sometimes, we are happy just to see them showing up to take on Jewish learning and identity.

In our congregation, we have not only remembered our own experiences as young Jewish learners, yearning for informality and creativity, but have also listened to what our own kids and teens have told us. Thus, in this season of "trying on" and "figuring out," we are so pleased to launch our new program for teens, called Chalutzim, which is the Hebrew word for pioneers.

As pioneers of the 21st century, the critical task of building a vibrant future of Judaism rests on our children. In the spirit of all great pioneers, our teens are the first to challenge us to find meaningful and achievable Jewish activities in which they can participate.

We also recognize that our teens have many demands on their time. The Chalutzim program allows teens to participate in one or more of our affinity groups, in effect, "trying on" new ways to explore their Jewish identity until they find the fit that feeds their passion for learning and growth. Whether it is playing with the Rak Band, exploring Jewish popular culture through TV and the movies, singing in Cantor's choir, leading Shabbat services, or considering the complexities of Israel, our Jewish homeland, each Chalutzim affinity group helps teens maintain a strong connection to the synagogue and Judaism by providing an opportunity to continue their Jewish education through activities they already love. All of our Chalutzim opportunities are listed in this new brochure, which you can explore here.

These opportunities provide our teens with experiences that bridge their personal interests and Jewish life. The mission of Chalutzim is to provide teens with a continuous Jewish education and social relationships within the Temple Sholom community.

So, I encourage parents and grandparents to take their children to the store and buy this year's new clothing. But, when in the fitting rooms, take the time to speak with them about ways to consider their Jewish identity in the coming year. While it is important that they understand that the physical clothing we wear is a reflection of the spiritual beauty we wish to pursue each and every day, it is also an exciting chance to help them understand that this New Year brings new opportunities to develop their love of Judaism. Perhaps the beauty of those new shoes, new suits and new dresses just might actually give way to new ideas, new friends, and new ways of making the world in which we live just as beautiful as our children and teens.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Mitch

Temple Sholom
300 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Temple Sholom | 300 East Putnam Avenue | Greenwich | CT | 06830

09/23/11 The Greenwich Topix News Message Board - (17 stories) - Mayor Bloomberg defends deputy's Connecticut address

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(New York Daily News)
A testy Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday defended a top deputy who slips out of the city to spend time at his Connecticut mansion...

... as his address, the Daily News reported on his attachment to the sprawling five-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Greenwich, Conn. He lists the Greenwichaddress on four car registrations, four dog licenses and several recent campaign contributions. ...

Survey: Traffic congestion choking region

(Fairfield Citizen-News)
Traffic heads west toward New York state on Interstate 95 in the Byram section of Greenwich, Saturday morning, Sept.

Rescue dog nurses baby foxes

(Connecticut Post)
Putting a foxhound and four foxes in a room together is not a situation you would expect to end well...

... the foxhound is bred to hunt and kill foxes. But, as the case was at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich last month, nature doesn't always follow the rules. In a most unlikely pairing of animals, an American foxhound rescue dog named ...

Drawings by Rembrandt and his circle on view at the Bruce Museum

(Connecticut Post)
Rembrandt's "Old Man with a Walking Stick and Head of a Young Woman," circa 1633-34, is on view in "Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Maida and George Abrams Collection" at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

Greenwich Animal Control is Bursting With Cats and Kittens

The officers at Greenwich Animal Control report that they are overwhelmed with cats and kittens, and that with fall underway they expect even more to come through the doors.

Greenwich police blotter: Woman charged with string of larcenies

(News Times)
2 and 3 last year. Erin A. Lamedica was able to post $5,000 bond and was released from custody.

Democratic Greenwich Town Clerk Candidate Outlines Platform

I am the Democratic candidate for Town Clerk. I reside in Cos Cob and I am a member of the RTM.

Greenwich Local Sports

New London v. Greenwich to be played sometime, somewhere next week, and YOUR Week 2 itinerary

(The Day)
Howdy, First things first - the date and site of next week's New London v. Greenwich game is still up in the air.

Greenwich Local Business

Forbes: Connecticut's wealthiest

(Connecticut Post)
Steve Cohen, 55, of Greenwich, is #35 on the Forbes 400 list of richest people in America with a net worth of $8.3 billion.

William May, former chairman and CEO of Greenwich's American Can Co., dies at 95

(Connecticut Post)
William May, the chairman and chief executive of American Can Co. for 15 years who was instrumental in moving the company's headquarters to Greenwich in 1972, died Sunday, Sept.

Bloomberg defends deputy's Conn. address

(New York Daily News)
A testy Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday defended a top deputy who slips out of the city to spend time at his Connecticut mansion.

... as his address, the Daily News reported on his attachment to the sprawling five-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Greenwich, Conn. He lists the Greenwichaddress on four car registrations, four dog licenses and several recent campaign contributions. ...

Darien man included in Forbes Magazine billionaire list

(Darien News-Review)
The wealthy elite of Fairfield County are not a threat to unseat Bill Gates as the nation's richest individual, but Forbes magazine 's new list of the 400 Richest People in America reveals that the county -- and Greenwich in particular -- has a near monopoly on uber-wealth in the state.

Eight County Billionaires Make Forbes Richest List

(The Daily Weston)
The rich do keep getting richer. At least in Fairfield County, and Greenwich in particular, which is home to eight of Connecticut's 11 billionaires and the top five richest people in the state.

Summit Aviation Unveils Expansion

Delaware Economic Development Office officials along with Summit Aviation employees celebrated the unveiling of Summit's new 78,000 square-foot expansion...

... commitment to the State of Delaware to provide a safe and worthwhile workplace for employees." Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, was established in 1960 and has been a full service Federal Aviation Administration Certified Repair ...

Former Papa John's president buys 16 Buffalo Wild Wings

(Pizza Marketplace)
A large franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar has sold its 16 restaurants in central Indiana to Consolidated Wings, a franchise group led by the former president of the Papa John's pizza chain....

... of the Papa John's pizza chain. Indianapolis-based Franchisee Group sold the stores for an undisclosed amount to Greenwich, Conn.-based Consolidated Wings Investment, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. Peter Watson, founder of the ...

Connecticut's Billionaires Richer This Year, Along With Many On Forbes List

(CW11 New York WPIX-TV)
Connecticut's slice of the Forbes annual list of wealthy Americans held steady in 2011, with the same 11 billionaires on the Forbes 400, and most of these very rich got richer.

United Rentals to Present at the Oppenheimer 6th Annual Industrials Conference

(Business Wire)
United Rentals, Inc. today announced that it will participate in the Oppenheimer 6th Annual Industrials Conference on Tuesday, September 27, 2011...

... Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 IndexA and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com.

CT NEWS ALERT: UConn Great Tate George Faces Charges In Ponzi Scheme

UConn Great Tate George Faces Charges In Multimillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Federal authorities said Friday that former University of Connecticut basketball star Tate George turned himself in to FBI and U.S. postal investigators in New Jersey, where he faces fraud charges in connection with a $2 million investment scheme that authorities are describing as a Ponzi scheme.

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09/23/11Rain or Shine All Of Greenwich Is Invited!

Dear Greenwich Roundup,

I am writing to remind you about tonight's Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening event from 5:30 - 7:00 in North Haven. Come rain or shine the event will go on, so bring your friends and family for BBQ and an evening with Linda. The first 100 people will receive a free t-shirt! Here are the event details:

Campaign HQ Grand Opening

5:30-7:00 PM

556 Washington Avenue

North Haven, CT 06473

We hope to see you tonight, rain or shine!

Corry Bliss

Campaign Manager

Linda McMahon for Senate 2012

09/23/11 Coastal Cleanup: Greenwich will hold a townwide fall cleanup and coastal inventory this Saturday,

Volunteers are still needed from 8 to noon to assist in shoreline trash and litter removal. Greenwich Green and Clean is sponsoring the townwide cleanup. Volunteers may stop by any firehouse from 8 to noon for litter bags, gloves and refreshments.

Additionally, Greenwich Green & Clean will have a table at the gatehouse to Greenwich Point for the coastal inventory.

All shoreline trash/litter that is picked up should be brought here to be included in the inventory.

The inventory is meant to determine what kind of trash and litter is found in the coastal waters.

Officials from the group say there is much work to be done this year as a result of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

For more information, call 203-531-0006.

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09/23/11 CT NEWS ALERT: Hartford Chief Of Police Roberts To Retire

Hartford Chief Of Police To Retire

Hartford Chief of Police Daryl Roberts informed Mayor Pedro Segarra he will retire at the end of the year.

09/23/11 Correction: Upcoming JCC Event Has A Time Change

The following event has a change in time. The time is 11:00 am (previous press release said 10:00). Sorry for the inconvenience.

October 30 @ 11:00 AM
Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich
JCC Cinema: Shalom Sesame's Mitzvah on the Street
Music and celebration in Israel, from Grover enjoying a Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem to celebrated artist Matisyahu teaching Oofnik to "beat box" Hava Nagila.
General tickets: $12; Seniors $6; Children under 6, free.

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09/23/11 The Raw Greenwich Video News Feed

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