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10/22/11 The Raw Greenwich News Feed

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Should Greenwich ban campaign signs?
Greenwich Time
Some town residents have been calling for a ban on municipal property of campaign signs, like these seen at the Lake Avenue traffic circle Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. the signs have been sprouting up all over Greenwich as the election draws near. ...
Greenwich Food + Wine Festival opens
Greenwich Time
The first Greenwich Food + Wine Festival to benefit the Breast Cancer Alliance at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 .... Chateau Bonnet on display by brothers Bill and Peter ...
Greenwich chief details combination fire departments
Stamford Advocate
STAMFORD -- Greenwich Fire Chief Peter Siecienski gave Stamford city representatives a crash course in managing volunteers and professional employees Thursday night as they mull over options to restructure volunteer fire departments in Stamford, ...
Yacht designer opens office in Greenwich
Ct Post
Sparkman & Stephens, an 82-year-old yacht design and brokerage firm, recently relocated their main offices from New York City to Greenwich. Photo: Contributed Photo / CT In 1929, 21-year-old Olin Stephens went into partnership with yacht broker Drake ...
Shane Nastahowski Rushes For 4 TDs as Greenwich Pounds Bridgeport Central, 55-28
Patch.com
It was the second straight game that Greenwich (5-1) scored exactly 55 yards as it also reached that number in last week's 55-9 drubbing of Fairfield Ludlowe. Mark Bernstein also surpassed the century mark rushing and added a pair of TDs for the ...
150 gallons of oil spills into Byram River
Stamford Advocate
About 150 gallons of heating oil spilled into the Byram River in Port Chester, NY, Friday, spreading into a small portion of the river in Greenwich, a fire official said Friday afternoon. The investigation began when Greenwich fire officials received a ...
Carlson is honorary chair for Abilis walk
Greenwich Post
Morning television personality Gretchen Carlson will help lead the sixth annual Walk in the Park for Abilis in support of people with developmental disabilities on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Greenwich Point Park. The walk is the largest community event of the ...
Facebook Harassment Case on Norwalk Jury Docket [UPDATE]
Patch.com
When confronted with an additional copy of the embarrassing material she had sent the girl's father by mail, Buhl, a former reporter for Greenwich Time newspaper and a freelance business reporter, told Officer Dan Gulino, "that she is investigating the ...


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10/22/11 BREAKING NEWS: Occupy Wall Street Brings Loud Rally To New Canaan - Is Greenwich Next?

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Occupy Wall Street Brings Loud Rally to New Canaan

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – About 100 protestors – including a busload of about 30 from ...

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10/22/11Democratic Town Committee car rally 2pm today....

The Democratic Town Committee is holding a car rally starting from their headquaters at 32 Field Point Rd. at 2pm. We hope you can drop by and cover this event .Thanks!!!

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10/22/11 The Greenwich Topix Message Board - (10 stories) TOP STORY: Blankley, Tesei divided over need for debt ceiling

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Blankley, Tesei divided over need for debt ceiling
Blankley, Tesei divided over need for debt ceiling (Connecticut Post)
The race for the town's highest office has its first wedge issue -- whether Greenwich needs a debt ceiling like the one imposed by the federal government.

150 gallons of oil spills into Byram River (Connecticut Post)
About 150 gallons of heating oil spilled into the Byram River in Port Chester, N.Y., Friday, spreading into a small portion of the river in Greenwich, a fire official said Friday afternoon.

Yacht designer opens office in Greenwich (News Times)
Sparkman & Stephens, an 82-year-old yacht design and brokerage firm, recently relocated their main offices from New York City to Greenwich.

Greenwich Food Festival benefits breast cancer research (The Greenwich Post)
Just in time for harvest season, Greenwich is celebrating its food scene with the first ever Greenwich Food & Wine Festival this weekend.

Darien artist exhibits at Wilton Library
Darien artist exhibits at Wilton Library (Darien News-Review)
4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit is presented by the Womenis Caucus for Art. The exhibit runs through Nov....

... more than 40 of their works. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, Nov. 29. The exhibiting artists are Lynne Arovas (Greenwich); G. R. Boggs (Brookfield); Anne Brecher-Bogart (Danbury); Julia Coash (New Haven); Anne Doris-Eisner (Bethany); Debbie ...

Saab CEO Refuses Takeover by Pang Da, Youngman Lotus (Motor Trend)
You would think that an offer to aid Saab - even through a takeover - would be one that the company couldn't refuse.

... a restructuring. It was thought that Saab might have one final hope in the form of $70 million promised by Greenwich, Connecticut-based North Street Capital. North Street,A which recently scored a controlling interest in Spyker from Saab's parent ...

Getabout fall fundraiser celebrates 'Rider of the Year' (New Canaan News-Review)
Getabout President Bob Witt, left, congratulates Korala Schuette, winner of the first Rider of the Year award, as well as retiring Getabout Director and Treasurer David Munro, winner of the 2011 Bud Bowl prize...



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McMahon Courts Women's Vote That Eluded Her In 2010 (The Hartford Courant)
Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon stopped by Al's Beverage Co. Thursday morning to talk about taxes, government regulation, and the joys and burdens of running a business....

... built a business. I understand what women go through." McMahon is a multimillionaire who lives in a mansion in Greenwich and ran a worldwide entertainment conglomerate. Yet her image as just another working mom juggling the needs of her family with ...

'Man Overboard' Recounts Local Man's Disappearance (Patch)
Man Overboard,A subtitledA Inside the Honeymoon Cruise Murder,A by Joan Lownds, is the tragic story of two local newlyweds whose wedding trip was a cruise into the eastern Mediterranean....

... cruise into the eastern Mediterranean. Many will recall at least the broad outlines of the story. A handsome young Greenwich High alumnus and football player George Smith IV, grew up in Glenville as a real home-town boy. George I had pitched for the ...

Groupon Seeks $11.4 Billion Market Value in Initial Offering (BusinessWeek)
Groupon Inc., the largest online- coupon site, is seeking a valuation of $11.4 billion in its U.S. initial public offering, less than half the $25 billion it discussed with banks earlier this year as internal missteps and stock-market volatility put pressure on the IPO...

... to the biggest U.S. backlog in a decade as of the end of last quarter, according to Renaissance Capital LLC, the Greenwich, Connecticut-based IPO research and investment firm. Groupon reported revenue of $430.2 million in the three months through ...


10/22/11 Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei has followed through

To the editor:

It's gratifying to know Peter Tesei has fulfilled his campaign promises to our seniors, our children and our safety.

In 2009 Peter expanded the town's senior tax relief by implementing the senior tax deferral program that had overwhelming support of the BET and RTM. He's vigilant in his support of Project Renew at Nathaniel Witherell. Our Senior Center continues to expand activities and our Continuing Education programs are second to none in serving a diverse town of people and interests.

The completion of the Glenville and Hamilton Avenue schools are reality. His long-term commitment to education is evidenced with the funding and subsequent groundbreaking of the Music Instructional Space and Auditorium at GHS.

Our Police Headquarters is a world-class safety complex. Our reverse 911 system is a valued communication tool to the entire community. The North Street Fire station minimizes response time on both sides of the Merritt Parkway in northwest Greenwich. We are moving forward with our downtown fire station.

These are the realities of four years under Peter Tesei's experience and leadership. Peter has exceeded his campaign promises. His accomplishments during his two terms reflect his ability to put Greenwich first. On November 8, vote for Peter Tesei for first selectman. His performance has earned our continued support.

Marc V. Johnson
Greenwich

10/22/11 Information about this year's Greenwich Board of Education election

The League of Women Voters of Greenwich has been receiving numerous inquiries on how to vote for the Board of Education this year. Our Voters Guide will appear on November 4 as a pull-out section of Greenwich Time and The Citizen; it will explain the voting procedures and provide other non-partisan information to allow voters to cast a better-informed ballot. Until then, we are pleased to respond to phone or email inquiries.

There are four Board of Education seats to be filled. There are six candidates on the ballot: two Democrats and four Republicans. Voters may vote for any four of the six candidates. Because the Board of Education is a bipartisan board, only the two highest vote getters from each political party will be seated.

Each polling place will have a sample ballot. The moderator will answer any questions you may have regarding this or any other vote.

Please vote on November 8; polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jara N. Burnett
Greenwich

The writer is vice president of voter services for the Greenwich League of Women Voters

10/22/11 The former chairman of the Republican Town Committee says Tod Laudonia deserves credit, not attacks

To the editor:

The debate between the town's tax collector, Republican Tod Laudonia, and his opponent, Democrat Bill Grad, offered two sharply contrasting styles.

Tod Laudonia was relaxed and in control of the issues. His replies were fact based and reflected his experience in office.

His opponent, having no such experience to rely on, based many of his answers on personal attacks on the tax collector and his office. Even worse, Mr. Grad continued his misrepresentation of critical facts.

I will give Mr. Grad the benefit of the doubt and assume that prior to the debate he was unaware of these facts. (He was, for example, unaware that ongoing job-related training is available to the tax collector's staff; he should have known this before making an accusation about the lack of such training.) Now that he is aware, however, he and his supporters must stop making erroneous charges. The voters deserve better.

The facts are relatively simple. Tod's record of performance is outstanding.
He collected 99.65 percent of the tax levy in the last fiscal year, during the worst economic environment in years.

He successfully reduced his office's operating costs, while increasing its productivity.
Working collaboratively with the Board of Estimate, Tod sent out bills early, thus providing taxpayers the ability to budget and convenience to pre-pay if they wished; the result was the highest amount of prepaid taxes in the town's history. (Mr. Grad seems to think that early billing is somehow a problem -- obviously many taxpayers think otherwise.)

Other critical facts must also be noted to set the record straight.

The late billing in 2010 (only six months into Tod's term) was the third consecutive tax cycle (not the first, as Mr. Grad charges), where bills were sent out late. The software vendor, which operates under an existing town-wide contract, has acknowledged in writing its responsibility for the delay. Despite Mr. Grad's attempt to downplay this fact, businesses do not admit responsibility -- and hence potential liability -- for problems they did not cause.

Tod worked with and pressured the vendor to correct its problems. The vendor assigned one of its employees to be present physically in the tax collector's office during the next billing cycle. The bills went out on time.

There were no "lost checks." None. There were 22 checks (out of approximately 60,000) that, for whatever reason, were never received by the tax collector's office. This small percentage is common for businesses, or other tax collector offices, as the Stamford Advocate has noted, which routinely receive many checks. Tod worked with each of those taxpayers to resolve their situation.

Tod has run his office competently, efficiently and in a straightforward manner. Tod's lifetime of residing and volunteering in town has given him the knowledge of its people and neighborhoods. This enables Tod to approach his job with empathy for the public -- especially those experiencing personal troubles.

Mr. Grad has the right, of course, to offer his own different approach as tax collector (for example, selling tax liens to corporations). Mr. Grad does not have, however, license to continue misrepresenting the facts and Tod Laudonia's record of accomplishment. Now that he knows better he and his supporters must stop making false charges and personal attacks.

Unless they stop, voters will conclude that they simply have no credible positive campaign to run on.

I urge voters to re-elect Tod Laudonia as tax collector on November 8.

John Raben
Greenwich

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10/22/11 Colligan Nets a Pair as Greenwich Girls Clinch And More News From The Daily Greenwich

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Colligan Nets a Pair as Greenwich Girls Clinch
by Eric Gendron | 10/21/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – With the regular season hurtling towards its conclusion, the Greenwich High School girls soccer team is playing ...

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Residents Push Ed. Board Candidates On Facebook
by Anna Helhoski | 10/22/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – A new Facebook group has sprouted up in support of four bipartisan Greenwich Board of Education candidates, who ...

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Congressional Hopeful Focuses on Economy
by Casey Donahue | 10/22/11

DARIEN, Conn. – David Orner can't sit back while companies shed jobs and the country's deficit grows. The Darien Republican wants to ...

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Head to New Canaan
by Richard Weizel | 10/21/11

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The Occupy Wall Street movement is coming to New Canaan on Saturday in the form of a protest outside the home of ...

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Mary Ann Brown, Longtime Greenwich Resident
by Anna Helhoski | 10/21/11

GREENWICH, Conn. — Mary Ann Brown, a 70-year resident of Greenwich, died Oct. 17 at Nathaniel Witherell nursing home. She was ...

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10/22/11 The Raw Overnight Greenwich News Feed - (14 Greenwich News Stories) - TOP STORY: Residents Push Ed. Board Candidates On Facebook

  1. Residents Push Ed. Board Candidates On Facebook

    The Daily Greenwich

    GREENWICH, Conn. - A new Facebook group has sprouted up in support of four bipartisan Greenwich Board of Education candidates, who say their mission is to "change the Board of Education, instead of changing superintendents." One of the group's first posts reads, "Turmoil on the BOE resulted in the departure of the school's superintendent in May....

  2. Greenwich runs past Bridgeport Central

    Greenwich Citizen

    With its passing game searching for consistency, the Greenwich High School football team decided it was ground-and-pound time during the second half of Friday night's game against Bridgeport Central....

  3. 150 gallons of oil spills into Byram River

    Connecticut Post

    About 150 gallons of heating oil spilled into the Byram River in Port Chester, N.Y., Friday, spreading into a small portion of the river in Greenwich, a fire official said Friday afternoon...

  4. Greenwich chief details combination fire departmentsRead the original story

    Connecticut Post

    Greenwich Fire Chief Peter Siecienski gave Stamford city representatives a crash course in managing volunteers and professional employees Thursday night as they mull over options to restructure volunteer fire departments in Stamford, where two distinct firefighting cultures are at odds over the future of the fire service....

  5. Yacht designer opens office in Greenwich w/Photo

    News Times

    Sparkman & Stephens, an 82-year-old yacht design and brokerage firm, recently relocated their main offices from New York City to Greenwich.

  6. Greenwich runs over Central

    Connecticut Post

    Defensive back Chris Nolan, top, of Bridgeport Central High School breaks up a pass to Taylor Olmstead, # 40 of Greenwich High School during football game between Greenwich High School and Bridgeport Central High School at Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport, Friday night, Oct...

  7. Greenwich Food Festival benefits breast cancer research

    The Greenwich Post

    Just in time for harvest season, Greenwich is celebrating its food scene with the first ever Greenwich Food & Wine Festival this weekend...

  8. Fixing bridges, creating jobs

    Connecticut Post

    ... or longer. Of them, 189 are structurally deficient. It needs to be said, of course, that in 1983 an I-95 bridge in Greenwich, the Mianus River Bridge, collapsed and fell into the river. Three people died. Why would we risk driving on bridges that ..

  9. Darien artist exhibits at Wilton Library w/Photo

    Darien News-Review

    ... more than 40 of their works. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, Nov. 29. The exhibiting artists are Lynne Arovas (Greenwich); G. R. Boggs (Brookfield); Anne Brecher-Bogart (Danbury); Julia Coash (New Haven); Anne Doris-Eisner (Bethany); Debbie ...

  10. Wine & Cheese Festival to benefit Young People's Concert

    The Greenwich Post

    The event, at Richards of Greenwich, will support the 31st season of theGreenwich Symphony's Young People's Concert series for students in Greenwichpublic and independent schools....

  11. Power outages reported in King Street area

    The Greenwich Post

    ... company has crews working to fix the problem but there is no time frame for when power will be restored to all Greenwich customers....

  12. Campaign '11: Board of Selectmen candidates lay out their visions

    The Greenwich Post

    ... challenger John Blankley, a member of the Representative Town Meeting, appeared at a joint debate for the Old Greenwich and Riverside associations. Incumbent Selectmen David Theis and Drew Marzullo, both of whom are seeking second terms, also ...

  13. Littman's new novel focus at Cos Cob Library tonight w/Photo

    The Greenwich Post

    ... people were on vacation and we wanted to wait until after people were back and school had started," Ms. Littman, a Greenwich resident, told the Post this week. "I wanted it to be a local event and since this is my local library branch it was a great ...

  14. Shaban, Camillo plan business climate talk

    The Redding Pilot

    State Reps. John Shaban, who represents part of Redding, and Fred Camillo ofGreenwich, ranking member of the legislature's Commerce Committee have organized a Wednesday, Oct.

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