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Monday, October 24, 2011

10/24/11 The Raw Greenwich News Feed

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich's Markowitz shines in FCIAC XC championships
Greenwich Post
While the Greenwich High School boys and girls cross-country teams fared extremely well during today's Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships held at New Canaan's Waveny Park, no one had a better day than Big Red's Abby ...
Greenwich Panel Ordered Into Sensitivity Training
NBC Connecticut
A town committee in the upscale town of Greenwich has been ordered into sensitivity training after accusations of racially offensive comments. First Selectman Peter Tesei ordered the committee responsible for a helping recruit candidates for municipal ...
Abilis Supporters Walk, Talk at Greenwich Point
The Daily Stamford
by Tom Renner (email) Today Greenwich's Afton Fraser shows her book, "Point to Happy,'' at Sunday's Walk in the Park for Abilis. Greenwich's Diane Smith, chairperson for the walk, with her husband, Brett. Young girls blow bubbles during one of the many ...
Greenwich cruiser narrowly avoids crash
Greenwich Time
A police officer was forced to make an evasive move with his cruiser after a car that police said was driven by an intoxicated man nearly collided with the officer on West Putnam Avenue, early Saturday, police said. The near collision between the ...
Wild Final Week Looms for Varsity Boys Soccer
The Daily Stamford
Incredibly, four teams are tied for the final four spots ‒ Greenwich, New Canaan, Westhill and Wilton, each with 26 points. Danbury, Fairfield Warde and Ridgefield are on the outside looking in, but still in the running. Norwalk, Darien and Trumbull ...
Hundreds take steps to help Abilis
Greenwich Time
The "Power Pots" at the Walk in the Park for Abilis at Greenwich Point Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. Jennifer Jaboulay and Bruce Fiore of Greenwich at the Walk in the Park for Abilis at Greenwich Point ...
'I Think I'm Actually Going to Take a Stand on This One'
This is one Greenwich Patch reader's reponse to a Letter to the Editor supporting Tod Laudonia, who is running in the town's Tax Collector race. TRUMBULL: "Too many professional educators on the Board of Education. We need regular folks from various ...

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10/24/11 Greenwich Post Breaking News Alert

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RTM meeting canceled due to black out at Central Middle School.

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10/24/11 First Selectman Candidate John Blankley: Why I Am Running For Office


The election for local officials is almost upon us. We candidates for office have our signs all around town and whatever else you may think of it, for me it is the expression of a vibrant democracy.

As an immigrant in this land of immigrants I prize the freedom to cast a vote above all the other wonders of my adopted country. Not for nothing are we described as the greatest democracy on earth and I encourage everyone to exercise this fundamental right.

So what is at stake in this election?

Simply this - the good governance of our town. New leadership is needed to address major issues, the slow downward drift of our public schools, our failing infrastructure and the performance of our utility companies. A few months ago I set these as my principal strategic goals and I have made them central to my campaign.

As a business manager with 30 years’ experience managing large budgets and major projects and 10 years as an entrepreneur creating 30 jobs in my private company I have learned to identify problems, set strategic goals, and implement solutions. I am running for First Selectman to bring these skills to the leadership of our town as its new chief executive.

For me and my family Greenwich is the most wonderful place in the world and we can say that because in our international lives we have seen most of the rest of it. From the moment we arrived, 28 years ago, we were in love with America and with Greenwich and we decided to stay.

These statements are in no way incompatible with the need for change. Even the best can get jaded and my business sense tells me that the status quo is not quite up to the standard that we expect in Greenwich. I intend to shake us out of a certain lethargy; I have plans on the education front (costing not much money, if any), plans to avert impending disaster on the No Child Left Behind law, new initiatives for AP, ALP and ESL; there will be immediate implementation of sidewalk and traffic calming initiatives that have been shelved for no good reason. I intend to conduct a review of major spending plans like the Central Fire Station. Our emergency plans and our relationships with the utility companies will be given new scrutiny and we will for the first time embark on true strategic planning for infrastructure renewal. I have plans for the better management of operations in Town Hall so that we, the customers of town services, are better served.

Keeping taxes low is a goal we all share and I will continue the policy of restraint that keeps increases predictable in the range of 2-4%. But benign neglect of our capital infrastructure cannot continue – delay always costs more in the end. It makes sound business sense to finance our infrastructure renewal, large multi-generational projects such as schools, flood control and sewer investment, with long term financing. The alternative is the continuation of genteel decline under a frozen-in-place administration.

In summary, I want to chart a new sense of direction for Greenwich. My vision is for a town that young families want to come to because the education we offer is second to none; where our seniors wish to stay because town services for seniors are unparalleled. And in the words of the Greek proverb it will be a great society where old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in. Our unique democracy affords us the opportunity every few years to hand the helm to a new leader and I ask you to do just that on November 8th and give me your vote of confidence to implement my vision.

John Blankley


10/24/11 Greenwich Post Breaking News Alert

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Greenwich High senior Abby Markowitz crossed finish line first at today's FCIAC cross-country championships held at Waveny Park. The Greenwich girls team finished second overall, while the Big Red boys squad finished eighth overall.

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10/24/11 For Immediate Release - Weitzman Youth Award for Jewish Philanthropy to be given to 12 Greenwich Teens

Contact Information:
Rebekah Raz

Weitzman Youth Award for Jewish Philanthropy to be given to 12 TEEN PHILANTHROPISTS from Greenwich High School
October 24, 2011, Greenwich, CT – The Weitzman Youth Award for Jewish Philanthropy will be awarded to 12 members of Greenwich High School's Israel Club on Saturday, December 3rd, at the UJA Federation of Greenwich's Annual Gala. The Weitzman award is given to students who exhibit innovation, creativity and dedication to Jewish Philanthropy.

The following students will be honored:

Joshua Genn
Isa Goldberg
Connor Hegarty
Julia Jandrisits
Jonathan Kerbs
Jonathan Muhlrad
Graham Perry
Douglas Saper
Robert Saper
Samuel Savitz
Jacob Segal
Michelle Socher

The Jewish community will gather to honor the achievements of these students and their dedication to philanthropy, community service and the State of Israel.

The Weitzman Youth Award for Jewish Philanthropy was founded by and is managed by Jane and Stuart Weitzman who created this award fueled by their vision and passion to make sure the next generation truly be inspired to engage in Jewish philanthropy.


About UJA of Greenwich
UJA of Greenwich is the center for Jewish philanthropy in Greenwich. We translate Jewish values into action: strengthening Jewish life for our families, our neighbors and our world. UJA Federation of Greenwich is the central address for you to continue this tradition and to make your connection with Greenwich Jews and Jews worldwide.

10/24/11 Breaking the Silence: Anti-Genocide Week Nov. 4th - 13th

Temple Sholom, Christ Church & The Sholom Center, in partnership with
the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust present
barbed wire
A Response to Genocide
November 4th - 13th

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Speaks Out
Friday, Nov. 4th
7:30pm dinner & discussion, following 6:30pm services
$18.00 per person.
Register here
From April 1994-July 1994, it is estimated between 800,000 and one million people, mostly ethnic Tutsis were murdered.

When the Rwandan genocide began in April 1994, Eugenie Mukeshimana was six months pregnant. She went into hiding, staying at a succession of safe houses, spending weeks at a time hidden. Her husband did not survive. In the aftermath, Eugenie had no other choice but to rebuild her life from scratch. The responsibility of raising her newborn daughter as a single mother, gave her an incentive to rise above and beyond survivorship.

Come hear Eugenie's remarkable story.

Every Object Tells A Story
Sunday, Nov. 6th
9:00am workshop for 5th & 6th graders & their parents
No fee.
Register here
This interactive workshop teaches students about Jewish culture and the history of the Holocaust through close examination of personal and historical objects. Students will learn about individual stories of the Holocaust and how objects are used in a museum to tell the individual stories that make up a history.

Film Screening "Wrong Side of the Bus"

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 7:00pm at Christ Church / Parish Hall
No fee.
Register here

The film explores how easy it is to accept injustice and compromise one's morals. Though it's easy for any good person to become a

bystander, it's not so easy to live with the consequences.

Wrong Side of the Bus is the story of a journey to forgiveness when Professor Sidney Bloch returns to South Africa to confront his lack of courage during the Apartheid years.

*Please note: this program takes place at Christ Church in Parish Hall

The Anniversary of Kristallnacht
"The Night of Broken Glass"
with Holocaust survivor and eyewitness
Reni Hanau

Wednesday, Nov. 9th
No fee

Roundtable Discussion with Cadets & Midshipmen
from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Military Ethics Program

Friday, Nov. 11th, 7:30pm following 6:30pm services
Desserts & Coffee
No fee.
Register here

The American Service Academies Program chooses cadets and midshipmen from our U.S. armed forces and gives them an opportunity to participate in an intensive three week program dedicated to learning about the Holocaust and Military Ethics. The program is run through the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

During a three week tour of Poland, participants met Holocaust survivors and rescuers (Righteous Christians), worked with scholars, visited Holocaust sites and significantly explored the role of military leadership and ethical responsibility as it relates to their career choice.

Join us for a panel discussion to hear from them first hand about their experiences and the importance of Holocaust remembrance and ethical leadership.

Trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
in New York City
Sunday, Nov. 13th
Bus departs from Temple Sholom at 12:15 pm
and will return at approximately 6:00 pm
$45 per person (includes lunch, transportation and guided tour)

All programs, unless otherwise indicated, take place at Temple Sholom,
and are free of charge
To RSVP, contact Alice Schoen at (203) 542-7165 or email her
at alice.schoen@templesholom.com.

For more information, please contact Lori Baden at lori.baden@templesholom.com,

or call her at (203) 542-7172.

Temple Sholom
300 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 869-7191

Temple Sholom | 300 East Putnam Avenue | Greenwich | CT | 06830

10/24/11 CT BREAKING NEWS: Man Arrested In 13-Year-Old's Shooting Death

Man Arrested In 13-Year-Old's Shooting Death

An 18-year-old has been charged with murder in the Sunday night shooting death of a 13-year-old boy. Science Burress of Lodge Street in New Haven also is charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, first-degree reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a weapon, police said at an afternoon press conference.

10/24/11 Whack-A-Mole Bafflegab In Greenwich

To: Town of Greenwich Clerk

Copy: Greenwich Town Attorney

From: Bill Effros


Date: October 24, 2011

Dear Ms. Budkins:

I have properly made FOIA requests for more than a thousand documents legally required to be located in The Town Clerk Office located at 101 Field Point Road.

Instead of documents, my requests have been met with bafflegab.

When anyone makes a FOIA request The Town has just 2 options:

1. Immediately produce the document(s).
2. Immediately deny access to the document(s) with an explanation.

Failure to take either of these actions within 4 days is tantamount to an unexplained denial that can be appealed to The Freedom of Information Act Commission within 30 days of the denial--an appeal I have made repeatedly.

I did not ask to see MISA Building Committee minutes. The Board of Education does not have the documents I asked to see. If the documents I asked to see exist at all, according to FEMA, they must be available to the public in your office. If you do not have the documents I asked to see, you must tell me so, and you must explain to me why you do not have the documents.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Response Framework Resource Center (NFR-RC) National Incident Management System (NIMS) web site, pursuant to the Emergency Release Notification Requirements (Section 304) of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) every document relating, in any way, to the discovery of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) while building the Music Instruction Space and Auditorium (MISA) parking lots without required Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) permits at a facility legally known as 10 Hillside Road, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830 (Greenwich High School—GHS) is located in Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) files at 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830 in the office of The Town Clerk, available 24/7/365, and must be reported to the Connecticut State Emergency Response Commission (SERC); Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP); Army Corps of Engineers (ACE); Toxic Substances Control Act Administrator (TSCA); United States Coast Guard (USCG); as well as literally hundreds of other municipal, state, and federal boards, agencies, and departments.

If you do not have these documents; or if the Town of Greenwich reopened GHS without ever properly evacuating, testing, and reporting this Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) "incident" to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in violation of Clean Water Act (CWA) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA --"Superfund"), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), FEMA, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) legislation, among others; or never bothered to create, or implement, a Local Emergency Planning Committee, (LEPC) you are required to immediately tell me so.

The public has a legal right to know how much deadly poison has been discovered on this school site built without permits on illegally deposited landfill; how the lives of our schoolchildren, teachers and community have been protected; and how government agencies determined the remediation conducted to date is both legal and sufficient.

PCB remediation is a deadly serious business immediately and directly affecting the lives of our children, teachers, and community. It is not a game of "Whack-A-Mole".

Bill Effros

On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM, Town Clerk <Town.Clerk@greenwichct.org> wrote:

The Town Clerk has the posting of the meetings of the MISA Committee
and their minutes
the other materials you are requested can be obtained from the Board of Education

To: Greenwich Town Clerk Carmella C. Budkins

From: Bill Effros

Copy: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
Connecticut Toxics Action Center
Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission Hearing Officer Ms. Lisa Seigel
Greenwich Board of Education
Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation
Greenwich Board of Selectmen
Greenwich District 7 Representative Town Meeting Members
Greenwich Town Attorney
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Subject: Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Records

Date: Oct. 17, 2011

Dear Ms. Budkins:

I received the attached "MISA Update" describing emergency PCB remediation at Greenwich High School from Ms. Kim Eves, Director of Communications, Greenwich Public Schools, on Saturday morning, Oct. 15, 2011. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, all Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Records can be found in your office at 101 Field Point Road pursuant to The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

Pursuant to Connecticut Freedom of Information Act Commission testimony by The Greenwich Town Attorney, Mr. John Wayne Fox, on September 27, 2011 with regard to PCB remediation at 10 Hillside Road, please immediately advise if the following documents are in your files located in Town Hall, and if so, when it would be convenient for me to come to your office to see them:

1. Certified Mail Notification to all abutting and downstream property owners that measurable PCB concentrations have been discovered at the 10 Hillside Road facility.

2. Notice filed by your office in a Greenwich newspaper of record that measurable PCB concentrations have been discovered at the 10 Hillside Road facility.

3. A PCB remediation waiver for 10 Hillside Road signed after July 1, 2011 by the Commissioner of The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, (DEEP) Mr. Daniel C. Esty.

4. The Agendas of all LEPC 10 Hillside Road PCB meetings, filed in your office 24 hours before the meetings took place.

5. Newspaper notice of all LEPC 10 Hillside Road PCB meetings filed by your office prior to the meetings.

6. The minutes of all LEPC 10 Hillside Road PCB meetings.

7. A record of all votes taken at all LEPC 10 Hillside Road PCB meetings.

8. The 10 Hillside Road "Facility Site Plan" submitted by LEPC to the EPA Emergency Planning Board.

9. Identification of facilities and transportation routes of extremely hazardous substances.

10. The description of emergency response procedures, on and off site.

11. The designated community coordinator and facility emergency coordinator(s) to implement the plan.

12. The outline of emergency notification procedures.

13. The description of how the probable affected area and population releases were determined.

14. The description of local emergency equipment and facilities and the persons responsible for them.

15. The outline of evacuation plans.

16. The training program for emergency responders (including schedules).

17. The methods and schedules for exercising emergency response plans.

Thanking you in advance for your attention to this emergency situation concerning the lives and health of our schoolchildren, teachers, and community members, I remain,


Bill Effros
(10 Hillside Road Abutting Property Owner)

10/24/11 For Immediate Release: Senator Joseph Lieberman Coming to Greenwich to Speak

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Blum
(203) 552-1818



Greenwich, CT, October 24, 2011 -- JCC Greenwich and UJA Federation of Greenwich are proud to present an evening with Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman on Sunday, October 30 at 5pm, hosted by The Greenwich Reform Synagogue.

Senator Lieberman will discuss his new book,
The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath, reflecting on how the observance of the Sabbath has anchored and inspired his life. Written with David Klinghoffer, the book serves as both a personal and political memoir with insights for readers of all faiths.

Senator Joe Lieberman is in his fourth and final term representing Connecticut in the United States Senate. The 2000 Democratic vice-presidential candidate and running mate of Al Gore became the America's first Jewish contender for national office on a major-party ticket. Born in Stamford, CT, where he lives with his wife Hadassah, he received his bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1964 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967.

Senator Lieberman was first elected to the United States Senate in 1988, scoring the nation's biggest political upset that year. He is considered one of Congress's most influential voices on security issues and is an ardent champion of equal opportunity for all Americans. He plans to retire from the United States Senate in January 2013.

Free admission; RSVP required, at JCCGreenwich.org or by calling (203) 552-1818.

The event is hosted by and will take place
at Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 257 Stanwich Road, Greenwich.

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About JCC Greenwich
A 21st-century community resource, JCC Greenwich seeks to enrich the cultural, spiritual and social life of Greenwich with programs of excellence while connecting each of us via technology and ideas. Our JCC is without walls, generating high caliber online content and offline events that bring together the community based on shared interest, in venues all over town. JCC Greenwich welcomes all individuals without regard to race, religion or ability.

About UJA of Greenwich
UJA of Greenwich is the center for Jewish philanthropy in Greenwich. We translate Jewish values into action: strengthening Jewish life for our families, our neighbors and our world. UJA Federation of Greenwich is the central address for you to continue this tradition and to make your connection with Greenwich Jews and Jews worldwide.


10/24/11 Greenwich Resident Linda McMahon's Fox and Friends Interview

Dear Friend,
This morning I was on Fox & Friends to discuss my Op-Ed about what's at stake for the country and Connecticut if the Super Committee cannot agree on a plan to cut spending. Please click play below to watch my interview.

Yesterday I published an Op-Ed called "Super Committee Consequences: Our Nation's Security and 40,000 Connecticut Jobs." I hope you take a moment to read it on CTNewsJunkie.com.

It is clear to me that Washington is broken, and we cannot expect different results if we keep electing professional politicians. If you agree, then take action today to support my proven record of job creation by signing up to volunteer, liking our Facebook page, and following @Linda_McMahon on Twitter.



P.S. I am continuing this week to tour the state and celebrate the over 100,000 Connecticut women in business. Follow us as we visit businesses throughout the state at JobCreatorsforLinda.com.

10/24/11 Greenwich Topix News Message Board - (2 stories) - TOP STORY: Witherell supporters urge BET to make 'moral choice'

Topix Greenwich

Greenwich - News October 24, 2011

Witherell supporters urge BET to make 'moral choice' (The Greenwich Post)
If the Board of Estimate and Taxation had any doubts that there is strong community support for The Nathaniel Witherell's Project Renew, they should have dissipated by now.

Land deal falls through between synagogue and Stanwich (The Greenwich Post)
A complex arrangement between neighbors of the Stanwich School and the Greenwich Reform Synagogue to develop land in a symbiotic manner for both entities has collapsed, the groups' leadership announced last week.

10/24/11Book Club starts Wednesday night, October 26th!


Sisterhood Book Club

Wednesday, October 26th, 7:00pm

Everyone, men and women, is invited to participate!

Sisterhood's new monthly book club will begin with My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar. The discussion will be led by Marilyn Schwartz, a Temple Sholom member and experienced book club facilitator. Our book club meeting will take place in the Davis Lounge.

For his first 31 years, Ariel Sabar considered his father, Yona, an embarrassing anachronism. Yona was a UCLA professor whose passion was his native language, Aramaic. Ariel was an aspiring rock-and-roll drummer. The birth of Sabar's own son in 2002 was a turning point, prompting Sabar to try to understand his father on his own terms.

In searching out his father's past, Sabar vividly depicts daily life in the remote village of Zahko, where Muslims, Jews and Christians banded together to ensure prosperity and survival, and in Israel (after the Jews' 1951 expulsion from Iraq), where Kurdish Jews were stereotyped as backward and simple. Sabar's career as an investigative reporter at the Baltimore Sun and elsewhere serves him well, particularly in his attempt to track down his father's oldest sister, who was kidnapped as an infant. In this beautifully-written work of non-fiction, Ariel Sabar offers something rare and precious - a tale of hope and continuity that can be passed on for generations.

To rsvp or if you need further information, please call

Phyllis Shapiro at (203) 637-7809 or email her

at wigini@gmail.com.

Sisterhood's next congregational Book Club meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00pm. We will be reading our own Andi Rosenthal's debut novel,
The Bookseller's Sonnets (O Books, 2010). Two copies will be available in the Temple library at the first book club meeting, or can be purchased on Amazon.com, or at any retailer. It is also available for Kindle, Nook and all e-reader devices.

Temple members and non-members

are welcome!

Temple Sholom | 300 East Putnam Avenue | Greenwich | CT | 06830

10/24/11 An Update On Greenwich First Selectman Candidate John Blankley

A Recently Updated Web Page About Greenwich First Selectman Candidate John Blankley
A Greenwich Vote for John Blankley - Topix
A Greenwich Vote for John Blankley. Full story: Patch.com. To the Editor: It is time to restore transparency and competent leadership to Greenwich town ...

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10/24/11 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

News Reports About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
Greenwich official: racial overtones in 'banter' require ...
The Republic
The Greenwich Time reports (http://bit.ly/q7DcHH ) that First Selectman Peter Tesei ordered the committee charged with helping recruit candidates for ...

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10/24/11 If You Build It, They Will Come and more from Greenwich Patch

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