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11/25/11 The Raw Greenwich Late Night News Feed - First Story: Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend 2011

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend 2011
Stamford Plus Magazine
Greenwich, CT - Shop, dine and be merry as you stroll around downtown Greenwich this holiday season. Caroling, entertainment, horse drawn carriage rides and ice sculptures will set the season in motion downtown, ...
FCIAC Championship: Staples vs. Greenwich
Greenwich Time
The Greenwich cheering section reacts at the conclusion of the FCIAC Football Championship game in which Staples High School defeated Greenwich High School 31-27 at Staples, Westport, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 24, 2011.
Greenwich teen wins future leader award
Greenwich Time
A special correspondent for Greenwich Time who has written live features and enterprise pieces, Narea also writes a blog for Hearst Connecticut Media Group and previously contributed a monthly column to the Greenwich Post. She is also editor-in-chief ...
Hedge funds need to provide better protection and liquidity, says Greenwich ...
Hedge Funds Review Magazine
However, hedge funds and other alternative investments need to provide better protection and liquidity, reports Greenwich Associates. The complex nature of alternative investments can provide better risk-adjusted returns but they also have compounded ...

Hedge Funds Review Magazine
Greenwich Scores And Standings, Nov. 25
Patch.com
By Bob Birge The Greenwich football team finished the season with an 8-2 record, a three-game improvement over last year's uncharacteristic 5-5 finish. But because the Cardinals aren't going to the state playoffs, it wasn't good enough. ...


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11/25/11 MEDIA RELEASE - US Senate Candidate Kie Westby on WFSB's Face The State -- Sunday November 27th


KIE WESTBY 2012

UNITED STATES SENATE

"For The Public Trust"

WESTBY ON FACE THE STATE

THOMASTON, CONN. – November 23 This coming Sunday morning, November 27th at 11:00 AM, Kie Westby, candidate for the United Sates Senate, will appear on 'Face The State' with Dennis House.


The award-winning CBS television program on WFSB - TV3 is the most watched interview program on statewide television and has earned national acclaim.


Kie Westby, a native of the Constitution State, is a practicing attorney and a former U.S. Marine Corps Major. Attorney Westby has publicly called on Eric Holder, U. S. Attorney General, to resign immediately from office. Since making that public call more than 30 members of Congress have followed his lead.


During local visits around Connecticut, Westby has set an example for candor and commitment as he listens attentively to citizen's concerns and their plaintive calls for honesty and open government.


This Sunday at 11:00 AM tune in to 'Face The State' with Dennis House. Expect Kie Westby responses to Dennis House's questions to be open, direct, and thoughtfully frank.


To speak directly with Kie Westby, schedule a media interview or to schedule a visit with your group, organization or association, contact him by phone at 860-283-8294 or via Email: KieWestby@gmail.com.

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KIE WESTBY


"For The Public Trust"


Kie Westby
203-725-5540
Your "Public Trust" Candidate

11/25/11 Greenwich Rabbi's Weekly Teaching

Weekly Teaching
By Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz

rabbimitch@templesholom.com
book sellers sonnet
This week, I am pleased to introduce our guest teacher, Andi Rosenthal, Temple Sholom's Director of Communications and Marketing. Andi is an alumna of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and accompanied our Temple Sholom/The Sholom Center group on our trip to the Museum two weeks ago.

As many of you know, Andi is also an accomplished writer, columnist and author, and the Museum serves as the setting for her acclaimed first novel, The Bookseller's Sonnets (O Books, 2010), which our Sisterhood Book Group will be discussing on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00pm. The Bookseller's Sonnets was recently honored as Jewish Book World "Book of Note" for 2011 and is also a selection of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute "Conversations" national Book Club.

I hope that you will enjoy reading about Andi's insights into the Museum and the role that it played in her Jewish journey, and how it enabled her to reconnect to her Jewish family history - a timely message for this week's Torah portion, Toldot, the Hebrew word for "generations."

On behalf of our clergy team, professional staff, and lay leaders, we hope you and your family had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving, and we wish you a sweet and peaceful Shabbat.


Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Mitch

Weekly Teaching

Parashat Toldot
November 25th, 2011

My Jewish ancestors did not gaze upon the Statue of Liberty when they first arrived in America. Their arrival in America pre-dated that of Lady Liberty, when they first came here from Cologne, Germany in 1828. They settled in New Orleans and were actively engaged in that city's vibrant Jewish community. After my great-grandmother Caroline's first husband Jacob died, she moved to New York City, where she met and married my great-grandfather, a widower named Leopold Rosenthal. Their only child, Sidney, was my grandfather.


Sidney met and married a Scots-Irish Protestant girl named Ethel Nock, who - at the urging of my great-grandparents -- underwent an Orthodox Jewish conversion just prior to her wedding in 1926. Ethel promptly changed her name to Esther, and gave birth to four children, two sons and two daughters. But somewhere between my grandparents' and my father's generation, our family connection to Judaism melted into the American melting pot. No one is really sure how it happened. Some relatives say that it was because of my grandmother's conversion: her own family disowned her, and my grandfather's family never really accepted her, even after she converted. Because of this sense of alienation, there was no extended family with whom to celebrate the Jewish holidays or share in lifecycle rituals. Their family became a family unto itself, without a connection to its generations, and by the time we were fully American, we had lost all of our sense of being Jewish.


By the time I was born, my father, along with all of his siblings, had chosen to marry someone who wasn't Jewish. Like my sister and all of my cousins, I was raised Catholic, and educated in parochial schools. But of all of the eleven cousins who grew up in our warm, loving family, I was the only one who was constantly, naggingly intrigued by our last name, and as a child, felt as if I was constantly being asked, mostly by my schoolmates and teachers, whether or not I was Jewish. In some strange way, the word "Jewish" took hold in my heart like a stubborn seedling. And to my surprise, that seedling first flowered in 1983, at the bar mitzvah of my oldest and dearest childhood friend. I still remember walking into the synagogue's sanctuary, and hearing the cantor chanting the prayers in Hebrew. Something inside me breathed and bloomed. It was a feeling of sanctity I had never known in church; had never known anywhere.


When I arrived at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust for my first job interview, I knew I was in a place - like that first moment in the synagogue - that would change my life. I had spent many years trying to figure out where my religious path was taking me. I knew that I wasn't supposed to be Catholic - that much was certain. But I had never found a Jewish home where I felt truly welcome - until I found myself at the Museum.


I had spent many years in college studying the Holocaust, reading the testimony of survivors, feeling myself drawn in to every element of this era of history. It wasn't that I felt personally connected to the Holocaust; after all, my family had left Germany more than a century before it happened. Instead, I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt: my family had lived in America, in relative safety and prosperity, only to lose their sense of faith identity. It made me think about those who had been tortured and murdered because they were Jewish, those who had been willing to suffer and die because of their faith. It made me wonder what had happened to my own family - and what I could do to reconnect to our lost tradition.


The Museum was the first place that I felt I could ask myself what it would mean to be Jewish. What it would mean to pick up the threads of this five thousand year old tradition - threads that had become too worn and broken to support the weight of my own family history - and weave into it the story of my Catholic upbringing, and the idea, I felt, that maybe I had a Jewish soul that had gotten lost on its way somewhere else, and it was time for me to find my way home. And the Museum was my guidebook. As I traveled through the collection, time and time again, as a member of the Museum's Communications team, I began to feel more and more at home with the story of my Jewish heritage. I experienced the gift of hearing many survivor testimonies, and the feeling of being entrusted with these sacred stories of the past. But what ultimately moved and motivated me, beyond anything else, was the sense of how Jewish life continued on after the Shoah, thriving and moving forward and celebrating every blessing. I found that it would be possible - even in spite of the sense of alienation and abandonment of my family's own Judaism - for me to identify with the faith and resilience that had kept some sacred spark of Jewish connection alive in me.


When I traveled to the Museum two weeks ago, with my new Temple Sholom and Sholom Center family, I was so pleased and proud to show my new friends around my first Jewish home, the place that ultimately led me to formally convert to Judaism in 2002. It is a place I cherish and love so much that I set the plot of my first novel, The Bookseller's Sonnets, within the walls of the Museum. As a testament to its powerful and compelling message, I, too, wanted to create a story that would bear witness - not only for my own family's history, but also because of the privilege I have had to stand in sacred witness to the countless unforgettable survivor testimonies I have heard.


During our Museum visit, we heard the testimony of Bronia Brandman, whose courageous and heartfelt story of survival brought every person in the room to tears. Bronia and I had met many years earlier, when I coordinated a photo shoot of her in the Garden of Stones, the Andy Goldsworthy installation of granite boulders implanted with dwarf oak trees that serves as the Museum's memorial garden. The oak trees are meant, someday, to break the boulders apart, as their roots and trunks grow stronger. It is meant to symbolize the triumph of life over tragedy.

Bronia's indomitable spirit, her energy, and her love of life and joy in Judaism left every person moved and uplifted. Even with all of the sadness contained in Bronia's story, one cannot help but be transformed by hearing about her courage, and witnessing the light in her eyes as she shares her story. Like the tree that will someday break the stone, her story has touched thousands of people, breaking through the shell of fear and cynicism with which many people sometimes approach stories of the Holocaust. And it is truly a blessing that her book, The Girl Who Survived, recently published by Scholastic and available on Amazon, will have the opportunity to touch even more lives.


From the Garden of Stones, it is merely a turn of the head in the direction of the wind, and one is in the presence of the timeless view of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, the symbol of freedom for so many who came to this country escaping tyranny and terror. But for me, the Statue of Liberty is a vision that is always twinned with the words that adorn the walls of Jerusalem stone at the Museum's entrance: "Never forget," it reads in Hebrew. "There is hope for your future."


Our faith and the faith of our ancestors has always been a precious and fragile thread that binds generation to generation. At times, that thread has been severed by an inhumane enemy; at others, it has been willfully destroyed by those who would see us disappear. And at other times still, it has simply unraveled. But it is that thread of ancient wisdom, contained in centuries of prayers and poems and songs, which has somehow kept that our tradition and our people unbroken for nearly five thousand years. In a land where we can choose any hope and any future, I have been gifted with the blessing of belonging to a loving, embracing Interfaith family, from which I have emerged to honor both my ancestors' past and a radiant Jewish future, and in which I have been blessed to choose my faith journey, and the eternal hope of an eternal people. And for that blessing, on this Thanksgiving -- this most Jewish of American holidays -- I am most grateful of all.


Shabbat shalom,


Andi Rosenthal


Temple Sholom
300 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-869-7191

11/25/11 The Greenwich Topix News Message Board - (8 stories) First Story: Stamford Au Pairs Prepare for the Holidays

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Brian Harrod - Greenwich Topix Editor
Greenwich - News November 25, 2011


Stamford Au Pairs Prepare for the Holidays (Patch)
Last week, Cultural Care Au Pair gathered local au pairs to decorate a tree for the Junior League of Greenwich's Enchanted Forest holiday fundraiser, but this is only the start of a holiday season that promises to hold adventure and wonder for these young adults spending the year working and learning in the US.

Keeping Drivers Safe During the Holiday Season (Patch)
Greenwich Police are in a giving mood as the holiday season officially begins this weekend.

Greenwich teen wins future leader award
Greenwich teen wins future leader award (News Times)
Convent of the Sacred Heart senior Nicole Narea recently won the World Affairs Forum's Future Global Leader Award for Fairfield County.

Seniors gather for annual church Thanksgiving dinner (Connecticut Post)
Before the doors opened at a church Thanksgiving dinner, Otto Carbino, 75, made sure to give it a rave review.

MORE GREENWICH NEWS

Santa heads to McArdle's Friday afternoon (The Greenwich Post)
Santa and his live reindeer are coming back to town. Prancer, Comet, Donder and Blitzen will be returning to downtown Greenwich to McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch St., for the Third Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa's Workshop, Nov.

Conn. DOT to study trail along Merritt Parkway (WSTC-AM Norwalk)
Connecticut's Department of Transportation is beginning to study whether a multi-use trail along the Merritt Parkway, stretching from Greenwich to the Stratford, is feasible.


Even More Greenwich News

Homeownes remain skeptical over CL&P reliability (The Greenwich Post)
Almost a month after an unusual October snowstorm left many Greenwich residents without power, a representative from Connecticut Light and Power was grilled by members of the Northeast Greenwich Association who expressed skepticism that the power company was up to the task of solving the problem of prolonged outages and addressing quality of life ... (more)


11/25/11 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

A News Report About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
Valley Road safety concerns over parking, speeding spur debate
Greenwich Post
As has been the practice under First Selectman Peter Tesei, the board heard comment on the item but held off on voting in order for the public to have more ...

A Recently Updated Web Page About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
This Past Week in Photos - Greenwich, CT Patch
Incumbent Republican Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei shares his victory microphone with his son James and daughter Caroline, with incumbent ...
greenwich.patch.com/articles/this-past-week-in-photos


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11/25/11 Support Your Favorite Small Business With a Patch Shout-Out and more from Greenwich Patch



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Support Your Favorite Small Business With a Patch Shout-Out

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With Small Business Saturday coming this weekend, you can help drive feet — and wallets — to your favorite independent business.

Pop Up on Greenwich Avenue

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An emerging trend in retail comes to Greenwich.

Got Some Turkey Leftovers? Turn Them Into Pies

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How to turn those last bits of the bird into a tasty meal.

Holiday Weekend: What's Open, What's Closed

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Holiday weekend schedules for businesses, government and movies.

Post It: Tag Sales, Furniture and Vehicles For Sale

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Today's "Post It" also includes services and items for sale. Add your tag sale to comments and add your items to the gallery.


11/25/11 An Antidote to Black Friday And More News From The Daily Greenwich

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An Antidote to Black Friday
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