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10/28/11 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Sexting, Sports Suicide And Of Coarse Real Estate

Greenwich cops investigating 8th-grade sexting
Ct Post
Greenwich police are investigating a possible case or cases of sexting involving at least one student from Western Middle School, according to a Greenwich Public Schools spokesperson. "We understand there are one, probably more, students who are ...
Greenwich football team hopes for happy Homecoming vs. Westhill
Greenwich Time
Greenwich (5-1) vs. Westhill (0-6), Saturday, 1:30 pm at Cardinal Stadium Westhill's 2011 season: The Vikings were edged by Trinity Catholic in their season opener, before suffering convincing losses to Trumbull, Norwalk and Bridgeport Central. ...
Staples slips past Greenwich in FCIAC boys soccer quarterfinals
Greenwich Time
Patrick Santini, right, # 30 of Grenwich High School, kicks the ball downfield as Dylan Evans of Staples High School closes in, during boys high school soccer playoff between Staples High School and Greenwich High School at Staples, Friday afternoon ...
Greenwich Man Attempts Suicide from Tappan Zee Bridge
By Patrick Barnard New York police reportedly rescued a distraught 22-year-old Greenwich man who was attempting to commit suicide by jumping from the Tappan Zee Bridge at about 5:45 pm Thursday. The man has not yet been identified. ...
Greenwich Scores and Standings: Oct 28
The Greenwich football team appears to be on a collision course with Staples on Thanksgiving. The Cardinals (5-1) certainly don't figure to have any problem this week as they host winless Westhill (0-6) on Saturday. Last week, Greenwich improved to 5-0 ...
Markowitz making her mark on Greenwich cross country team
Stamford Advocate
Greenwich's Abby Markowitz won the FCIAC girls cross country championship on Monday. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post | Buy This Photo Routinely running away from the pack and crossing the finish line first in each of her races, Abby Markowitz ...
Greenwich girls soccer team edged by New Canaan
Greenwich Time
Greenwich senior soccer player Hayden Stein receives a flower at the start of girls high school soccer match between Greenwich High School and New Canaan High School at Greenwich, Thursday night, Oct. 27, 2011. The seniors on the Greenwich High School ...
Greenwich sellers offer buyer's brokers $100K bonus
The Real Deal New York (blog)
The owners of a Greenwich, Conn. home on the market for $4.9 million are offering a $100000 bonus to the broker that successfully finds a buyer for the home, on top of the area's typical 5 percent commission. The New York Times reported the owners of 6 ...

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10/28/11 The Raw Greenwich BLOG Feed; Nude Photos Of Children At Western Middle School And Bed Bugs At Hamilton Avenue School

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8th Grade 'Sexting' Investigation in Greenwich - Wilton, CT Patch
Greenwich school official: E-mailed nude photos apparently involve Western Middle School girls.
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Dead bed bug found at Ham Ave School - Greenwich Real Time ...
By Neil Vigdor
No immediate details were given on where in the building the dead beg bug was found or where it might have come from, said the parent, who asked not to be identified by Greenwich Time. A Hamilton Avenue School PTA bingo night is ...
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10/28/11 Rabbi Mitch's Weekly Teaching From Temple Sholom In Greenwich

Weekly Teaching
By Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz


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Join us for a week of programming from November 4th - 13th, dedicated to the examination of genocide and how we, as a community, can take action to prevent the abuse of human rights as the legacy of the Holocaust.
A full schedule of programming may be found by
visiting our website at www.templesholom.com.

Presented in partnership with Christ Church and the Sholom Center, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City, with support from the Westchester Jewish Council, UJA-Federation of New York, Greenwich Reform Synagogue, St. Michael's Church, the Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT, and UJA-Federation of Greenwich.

Rabbi's Weekly Teaching

Parashat Noach

October 28th, 2011

Where would we be without the timeless lessons of clichés?

Shakespeare - as taught by my 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Werther - is perhaps the best example of the art. His gift of language, in all of its complexity and character, has given rise to some of our most enduring turns of phrase. To this day, we wander along the primrose path, encounter star-crossed lovers, and come full circle. In other words: the game is up; the play's the thing; and the world is one's oyster.

But Shakespeare certainly took some inspiration - if not also some lessons in poetry and punnery, from that ultimate source text, our Scriptures. I've included some of my own favorite clichés from the Hebrew Bible here: "A leopard cannot change its spots," "Ashes to ashes; dust to dust," "Am I my brother's keeper?" "Beat swords into ploughshares," "Be fruitful and multiply," "By the skin of your teeth," "By the sweat of your brow," and that classic from Ecclesiastes, made even more popular by the Byrds in their immortal 1965 song Turn, Turn, Turn: "To everything there is a season."

Finally, one of my all time favorite clichés - perhaps the most timeworn and timeless of them all, is the one I spoke about on the evening that began Rosh Hashanah; the most important teaching of Torah: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Whether clichés come from William Shakespeare, or the Hebrew Scriptures; clichés become clichés because of their valued truth. Yet, sometimes we dismiss them, because we think they're overused, sentimental, stale and sappy. Here are four examples that I referred to in my sermon:

"We're all more capable than we think we are"

"The sun will come out tomorrow"

"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade."

"Put on a happy face"

These four statements, in particular, are often dismissed as trite. Some of them we can practically hear being sung in our heads (cue the soundtrack from Annie here.) But before we close our ears to the schmaltzy song and dance, take a moment to consider the cliché's subtle - perhaps even hidden - power.

Sometimes, in times of adversity, we even get angry or offended by the lack of empathy in clichés. But the truth inherent in these "Pollyanna-ish" clichés is important. Clichés have lessons to teach and important truths to express. And in the end, what perhaps makes a cliché eternal is that it is wise in spite of itself. Echoing our own very human need for the familiarity of ritual and tradition, we, as humans, might need the cliché to help us define those moments in our lives which defy description.

Like Shakespeare, and like the cliché, the human struggle is eternal. It never goes out of style and it never subsides. No person escapes this life unscathed. Since the time of our biblical ancestors, the need for love, acceptance, hope, and connection has played out in the human drama, and repeats itself in every generation. And just as we would never dismiss our Scriptures, or consider Shakespeare anything but a literary genius (for liberal arts majors, perhaps a little more so than for those science and engineering types), we should not be so quick to turn ourselves from the truths that have been part of our human experience for centuries.

Take, for example, this week's Torah portion: the story of Noah. There is perhaps no story in the Bible that we know better. Even just a few months ago, when Hurricane Irene struck our community, the story of Noah was very much in the minds of all those of us who feared the storm. Noah, and his Ark, and the animals marching two-by-two are symbols that could all perhaps fall into the cliché category. They are elements of a story that tells us what we already know - that even when we feel most vulnerable to destruction and danger, we live in hope that beyond the storm, there is safety, peace, and sunlight. The rainbow and the dove are symbols which perhaps exemplify the cliché above all others. But consider their power - and their power to change minds and hearts - even to this very day.

In the spirit of Noah's story, I'm enclosing the full sermon text in which I talk about how the four clichés to which I referred above can help, in a very real and concrete way, to move us from despair to hope, from inertia to action, and from the mundane to the sacred. And in the spirit of literary light, I am also enclosing a link to some of my favorite Shakespearean phrases. I think that Mrs. Werther would be proud.

Wishing you peace and light this Shabbat,

--Rabbi Mitch

Temple Sholom
300 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
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10/28/11 GREENWICH RESIDENT LINDA MCMAHON:What Washington Can Learn from Real Job Creators

Dear Friend,

Throughout October, I met with more than 60 women-owned small businesses across the state and held a series of roundtable discussions with some of the women responsible for employing more than 92,000 workers in Connecticut.

While the reasons for starting their own business were as diverse as the businesses themselves, there was a common theme to all of their stories. Government must get out of the way in order for small business owners to create jobs to get the 160,000 unemployed in Connecticut back to work.

To share with you what I heard from small business owners from Enfield to Milford and everywhere in between, I wrote an Op-Ed in the Connecticut Mirror that talks about the fears the real job creators have about the direction of our country and the state of our economy. Please take a moment to read it and view highlights from our tour at JobCreatorsforLinda.com.

After meeting with these hardworking small business owners, I am more convinced than ever that the jobs people so desperately need will not be created by government. If you agree, then I ask you to consider supporting our campaign.



08/28/11 FYI - GHS Homecoming Parade is cancelled

FYI - the Greenwich High School Homecoming Parade scheduled for tomorrow, October 29, 2011 has been cancelled due to the anticipated bad weather.
Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Public Schools
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT, 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
Fax: 203-869-8003

10/28/11 The Greenwich Topix News Message Board - (11 stories) - TOP STORY: The E-Mailing Of Nude Photos By Eighth-Grade Female Students At WMS

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Brian Harrod

Greenwich Topix Editor

Greenwich - News October 28, 2011

8th Grade Sexting Investigation in Greenwich
8th Grade Sexting Investigation in Greenwich (Patch)
Greenwich Police are investigating the e-mailing of nude photos by eighth-grade female students at Western Middle School, Greenwich Patch has learned....

"On Tuesday, the way (school administrators) found out about the texting is they were alerted to a rumor about a possible fight between two or three girls (from Western) and one of the girls from Port Chester (NY)," Greenwich Public Schools spokesman Kim Eves said Thursday. "In the process of investigating that rumor, they were alerted to the that fact that this texting back and forth of nude pictures was happening and they called in our security director, and the police were alerted."

Eves added, "We are not investigating. The police are investigating."

Greenwich Police Sgt. Mark Zuccerella of the Special Victims Section said, "This is an ongoing investigation that I cannot comment on." He added, "We don't have the full facts ... if this is actually a sexting case or not without talking to everybody."

"Sexting is a term coined by the media that generally refers to sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photos or sexually suggestive messages through text message or e-mail," according to the Crisis Intervention Center, a Ft. Smith, AR-based agency that provides assistance to victims of and education about domestic violence and sexual abuse.

According to Eves, Western's principal Terry Starr-Klein sent a voice-mail message via ParentLink to the parents of all 169 eighth-graders Wednesday night "alerting them the situation, asking them to have a discussion with their children about sending inappropariate material that has a legal consequence and to be more proactive on discussing this issue with their children and that (the school) will have another parent" forum to discuss Internet safety regarding their children.

The school district's mental health professionals met with all 8th-grade students on Wednesday to discuss "internet safety - that it is inappropriate, illegal and unhealthy" to send sexually-explicit messages via cellphones and computers, Eves said. "They met with the girls and the boys separately" at the school on Western Junior Highway.

Eves said that "at this point" there isn't any indication school computers were used to send the nude photos. She also said that "some of the students involved have been identified, but not all of them." She did not have information on which school the Port Chester students attend.

At this point, Eves said, there also isn't any indication that students' actions would warrant discipline. However, there is school district policy dictating disciplinary actions if any student is arrested.

Eves also said, "Digital citizenship is the overarching strand in our sixth- to eighth-grade media curriculum. Inappropriate e-mail is addressed so they’ve heard this message."

Greenwich Ranks No. 1 on Conn. Magazine's List (The Daily Greenwich)
Greenwich residents will be happy to know that their town is No. 1 among state municipalities with populations over 50,000, according to Connecticut Magazine's lastest rankings.

Greenwich #1 in 'Rating the Towns' Guide (Patch)
Greenwich is ranked #1 in Connecticut Magazine 's recently published " Rating the Towns " guide, in the "Population 50K+" category.

'This Has Been Inside Job Since The Outset'
'This Has Been Inside Job Since The Outset' (Patch)
GREENWICH : "Is the DEP going to tell us that this one is from South Dakota, too?" -A That's what a Greenwich Patch user said after reports came downstate that a mountain lion had been sighted in East Haddam, CT .

'Google-like IT automation for the rest of us:' Puppet and Chef (ZDNet)
Wired's Cade Metz just published an interesting piece on the Puppet and Chef projects, open source-based online services for automating IT operations....

... before the iPod, but the iPod was the first one to get it right,' says Stowe, the CEO of Cycle Computing , a Greenwich, Connecticut-based startup that uses Chef to manage the software underpinning the online 'supercomputing' service it offers to big ...

Delaware man pleads to Greenwich robberies (News Times)
A Delaware man has pleaded guilty to eight counts of robbery and other offenses in crimes against merchants in his home state and Greenwich.

UPDATE : More Greenwich News

Former tax collector backs Grad (The Greenwich Post)
Bill Grad, the Democratic candidate for tax collector, got a boost Tuesday afternoon after former Greenwich tax collector Lou Caravella threw his support behind him.

Obituary: Raymond Joseph Hecker, 91, World War II veteran (The Darien Times)
Raymond Joseph Hecker of Greenwich, who had been living with his family in Darien, died Wednesday, Oct.

10/26/11 Greenwich Real Estate - NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH

A while ago I promised myself that I would never send out more than one email per month about Greenwich real estate. Holding to this promise I have decided to use my October email to announce the launch of my completely redesigned website, GreenwichCT.com. Just as I had done before on my old site, I will be blogging on a regular basis about what I see happening in the market. Don't hesitate to chime in if you have any questions, comments or areas you'd like me to talk about more. What I am excited about on this new site is all the features it offers to help you search through the Greenwich real estate market. Please feel free to play around, create your own account and take note of what interests you in the market.

Over the coming months, I plan to expand the pages on the site to include more detailed data on Greenwich. I have a feeling that this will be an ever-evolving venture, if I want to make sure the site is current and accurate. I have spent a significant amount of time and effort on this website, because I truly believe it is the direction in which we are all going and the best possible resource I can offer my clients to help them buy and/or sell their homes. There are a lot of neat websites out there (some that I use on a daily basis) that will be helpful for looking up real estate, but the problem is that most are set up on a macro level and don't have the capability to accurately provide a search and view of an individual local market. This is where I come in with GreenwichCT.com.

I built the site to include data and features that I think will best benefit my clients. If you see anything that you feel would be helpful in your search to buy, sell, or just research Greenwich real estate, please don't hesitate to speak up. I'm in the service industry and it's my job to make sure you are happy with - well - my service.



Scott Elwell

Real Estate Agent - MBA - GreenwichCT.com
William Raveis Real Estate - Al Filippone Associates
45 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT 06830
Mobile: 203.940.0444 : Email: scott@elwell.com

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10/26/11 Greenwich First Selectman Candidate John Blankley Is In The News

News Reports About John Blankley
Former tax collector backs Grad
Greenwich Post
John Blankley, Democratic Candidate for First Selectman, came to support Mr. Grad. "The whole point of the team, is business competence." Mr. Blankley said ...

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10/28/11 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

News Reports About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
Letter: Kudos to Tesei, Emergency Op's Team
By Julia Chiappetta First Selectman Peter Tesei and his Emergency Operations Team have done an outstanding job preparing our town in the event of significant weather events and to rapidly recover from such events. I have seen first hand the countless ...
Tesei, Blankley clash in Byram debate
Greenwich Post
Republican incumbent Peter Tesei and Democratic challenger John Blankley butted heads over what amounts largely to different takes on leadership style in the office of the town's chief elected official. Sponsored by the Byram Neighborhood Association, ...
SNAC: Whistleblower resigns from town committee
Greenwich Post
Last Wednesday, Oct. 19, Ms. Wolf sent an e-mail to First Selectman Peter Tesei requesting that "a town Affirmative Action Advisory Committee Officer spend some time working with and/or training members of SNAC in the area of racial bias. ...

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10/28/11 What Sold in Greenwich: From $150K to $16M and more from Greenwich Patch

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October 28, 2011

What Sold in Greenwich: From $150K to $16M

Barbara Heins | Oct 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Real estate sales as recorded in the Greenwich Tax Assessor's Office from Oct. 12 - Oct. 25, 2011.

Letter: Kudos to Tesei, Emergency Op's Team

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Letter: Vote for O'Neill, von Braun

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Letter: Povinelli Will Be 'Advocate' for Education

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Greenwich Scores and Standings: Oct 28

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Your interactive, dailydigestfor all Greenwich scores, schedules and standings — and a placefor you to add information and imagesfor all youthsports

Local Voices

October 28, 2011


CT Transport Infrastructure Needs Upgrades

Jim Himes

A report released this week found that more than 1 million cars travel defunct bridges in Southwest Connecticut daily. Rebuilding these bridges would make traffic safer and create jobs.

The Tax Collector's Race: Study in Contrasts

Ed Krumeich

Bill Grad Says the race is about competency & managerial experience. Tod Laudonia says his Greenwich roots give him the advantage.

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October 28, 2011

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Kendra Farn to Host Rockin' RAMP Benefit for Appalachia - Charity Brings Taste of Appalachia to Greenwich

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Kendra Farn, the Emmy award-winning journalist who has been telling stories on television for more than 20 years, will be telling …

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10/28/11 Greenwich School Board Hopefuls Focus on Conduct And More News In The Daily Greenwich

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Greenwich School Board Hopefuls Focus on Conduct
by Anna Helhoski | 10/28/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – Questions were raised in the final school board debate Thursday night about the conduct of the board, stemming ...

Greenwich Grabs Top Spot in Magazine's Rankings
by Anna Helhoski | 10/27/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich residents will be happy to know that their town is No. 1 among state municipalities with populations of ...

Caramoor Salutes Rising Stars and Judy Evnin
by Cornelia Fortier | 10/28/11

A constellation of concerts and celebration radiates this weekend at Katonah's Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts when the young ...

Greenwich Panel to Get Sensitivity Training
by Anna Helhoski | 10/27/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – The following letter from First Selectman Peter J. Tesei and Selectmen Drew Marzullo and David N. Theis ...

County Lawmaker Hails Approval of Jobs Bill
by Richard Weizel | 10/27/11

HARTFORD, Conn. – President Barack Obama may be having a hard time persuading Congress to approve his proposed $447 billion jobs ...


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