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Saturday, February 25, 2012

02/25/12 Greenwich Weekend Events

Sunday Events In Greenwich

Family Centers, a Greenwich-based nonprofit, will host its inaugural Polar Bear Plunge at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at the waterfront offices of Geneve Corporation, located at 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford. A $25 registration fee includes entry to the Polar Bear Plunge, a limited edition event T-shirt and onsite food. The event will be emceed by WABC-TV meteorologist Bill Evans. A post-plunge party will be held at Tiernan’s Bar and Restaurant in Stamford beginning at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit Family Centers’ Bright Beginnings programs, which provide education, health and counseling services to Fairfield County children and families.

Teen pianist Conrad Tao will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium. Tao, a 17-year-old Chinese-American pianist and violinist, made his concerto debut at age 8. He is currently a Gilmore Young Artist and an eight-time consecutive winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. He is also an award-winning violinist, winning the 2003 Walgreens National Concerto Competition at age 8. This series is made possible through the generosity of private donations. Free and open to all, seating is first come, first served. For information, call the Friends of Greenwich Library office at 203-622-7938.

Audubon Greenwich will host a beekeeping workshop with Gunther Hauk from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26. This workshop is for current beekeepers and those who are interested in learning more about beekeeping with natural approaches, including biodynamic beekeeping. Space very limited. A $50 workshop fee will be donated to the Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary efforts and Audubon Greenwich’s conservation and education initiatives. RSVP required to Jeff Cordulack: 203-869-5272 ext. 239.

Les Beaux Arts Gallery at Round Hill Community Church will host “ColorSoundGrammar_3,” an exhibition by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan Feb. 26 through March 29. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to noon Sunday; closed Saturday. Round Hill Community Church is located at 395 Round Hill Road. For more information and directions, call 203-869-1091 or visit www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org.

Other Ongoing Greenwich Events

The Greenwich Library’s Flinn Gallery will show “New York State of Mind” through March 14. Each of the six in the exhibition has a different perspective on the urban environment and each expresses it using various mediums and styles. The featured artists are Paul Balmer, John Dorish, Mary Jane Duffy, Scott Mlyn, Elinore Schnurr and John Varriano. The artists will talk about their work at 1 p.m. Feb. 25. The Flinn Gallery is located on the second floor of Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave.

The new exhibition, “Coming Full Circle: The Greenwich Art Society Celebrates 100 at the Bruce Museum” will be on view at the Bruce Museum Feb. 11 through April 1. The show highlights each decade of the Greenwich Art Society’s history through 43 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by members who were exhibiting artists and/or teachers, such as Leonard, Mina Fonda and Dorothy Ochtman; Childe Hassam; Simka Simkhovitch; Margaret Brassler Kane; Ann Chernow; and Leo Manso. Many of the works are drawn from the Bruce Museum’s collection. The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive. General admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and free for children under five and museum members. Free admission to all on Tuesdays. For more information, call 203-869-0376 or visit www.brucemuseum.org.

The Greenwich Historical Society invites you to check out “Everyday Heroes: Greenwich First Responders” Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. “Everyday Heroes” chronicles the history of Greenwich’s fire, police and emergency medical services. The exhibition delves into headline-making Greenwich disasters from 1873 to 2010, examines how first responders dealt with past emergencies and illustrates how first response practices have evolved as the combined result of firsthand experience and technology. Kids can try on real equipment and learn what it takes to become a first responder in a hands-on gallery. Closed Christmas day. Members free. Nonmembers: Adults $10; seniors and students $8; children under six free. Through Aug. 26. Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. For more information, visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899.

The Bruce Museum will present the exhibition “Bijoux: The Origins and Impact of Jewelry” from July 16 through Feb. 26. The exhibition features an array of different types of jewelry, as well as samplings of minerals, precious stones and other materials from which artists have created an infinite variety of human adornment. The exhibition investigates the wide range of materials used to make jewelry, delves into the genesis of these natural materials, and explores the economic and environmental impact of our universal attraction to sparkle. The jewelry on display comes from all over the globe, including Myanmar and India. For more information, visit www.brucemuseum.org.

Les Beaux Arts Gallery at Round Hill Community Church will host “ColorSoundGrammar_3,” an exhibition by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan Feb. 26 through March 29. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to noon Sunday; closed Saturday. Round Hill Community Church is located at 395 Round Hill Road. For more information and directions, call 203-869-1091 or visit www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org.

02/25/12 The Greenwich Topix News Message Board (12 stories) Greenwich Police Arrest One of Their Own

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Greenwich - News February 25, 2012

Greenwich Police Arrest One of Their Own
Greenwich Police Arrest One of Their Own (Patch)
Greenwich Police arrested one of their own this week. Officer Donnell Fludd is facing charges of stalking, harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from a series of incidents involving a Greenwich woman.

Teachers, Administrators Among Top Earners in Gre02/25/12enwich (The Daily Greenwich)
Former Police Chief David Ridberg shows off his award for outstanding achievement from the Lions Club in April 2011.

'Moderation Seems to Always Be the Answer' (Patch)
FAIRFIELD: " Teachers are easy targets for the 'failure' of education. Poverty is the basic cause of student disengagement.

More Greenwich News

Greenwich Firefighters Train for Water Rescues (The Daily Greenwich)
GREENWICH, Conn. - Many of Greenwich's firefighters grew up in town and, as kids, came to the Boys & Girls Club , where many learned to swim.

Dog vs. Train Commuters: Dog Wins (Patch)
It was a dog-day kind of evening for Metro-North commuters on the New Haven line Thursday-thanks to a Greenwich canine that slipped out of his collar and bounded onto the railroad tracks near Henry Street in Byram.

Fairfield County Mail Distribution Center to Close (The Daily Greenwich)
STAMFORD, Conn. - The United States Postal Service will be closing the processing and distribution center in Stamford, a press release said.

Greenwich police blotter: Town man faces assault charge (Connecticut Post)
A Greenwich man was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct in connection with a physical dispute with a woman Thursday morning.

Cutout creations bring world of animals to life
Cutout creations bring world of animals to life (The Greenwich Post)
Many of us can remember something from our childhood that inspired a dream that we had or still hold on to.

Ex-BET Chair Steve Walko to Run for State Rep (Patch)
Barely 12 hours after veteran state Rep. Lile Gibbons announced she would retire from the legislative post she's held for 12 years, Stephen Walko, the former chairman of the Board of Estimate and Taxation, announced he would seek the GOP nod to succeed Gibbons.

Greenwich Business

Proto Labs shares up 81% in debut (Star Tribune)
The Maple Plain maker of custom parts ended its first day of trading on the NYSE by nearly doubling its IPO price.

Hedge fund manager Lampert gains $160 million on Sears shares acquired from Ziff family (Pensions & Investments)
Edward Lampert, the hedge fund manager who controls Sears Holdings Corp. , has more than $160 million in paper profits on shares of the retailer acquired last month from a long-standing client, the Ziff family.

Kaufthal Elected to Blyth's Board (PE Hub)
Ilan Kaufthal was named to Blyth Inc.'s board of directors. Kaufthal is a senior advisor at Irving Place Capita l. Greenwich, Conn.-based Blyth designs and markets candles and accessories for the home.

02/25/12 Presidential Transportaton Cribs and more from Greenwich Patch

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February 25, 2012

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February 25, 2012

Presidential Transportaton Cribs

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How Did The POTUS Get Around? Planes, Trains and Automobiles and So Much More.

Greenwich Track Club Emphasizes Fitness, Fun, Family

Leslie Yager | Feb 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Fast-growing running program makes room for everyone.

Backyard Gymnast Flees Cops in Red Car

Patch Staff | Feb 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Unusual arrests and investigations from the area.

Town Teen Faces Home Invasion Charge

Barbara Heins | Feb 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Greenwich Police say suspect tried to intimidate witness.

State Launches Contest to Boost Tourism

Chandra Johnson Greene | Feb 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Connecticut is looking to its residents to help tout all of the fun the state has to offer, according to the Associated Press.

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February 25, 2012

'Moderation Seems to Always Be the Answer'

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The best of today's comments from Patch account-holders in your town and neighboring communities.

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February 25, 2012


Digital is Good But Live Theatre is Better

Karen Kovacs Dydzuhn

Founded by Staples' graduate, a new children's theater company debuts in Stamford.

Community Bulletin

February 25, 2012

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Greenwich Antiques Society Presents, "Masterpieces of Colonial New England Furniture"

Michele Russell | Feb 24, 2012

The Greenwich Antiques Society will host a multimedia lecture, Masterpieces of Colonial New England Furniture, on Monday, March 5th…

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02/25/12 Fairfield County Lawmakers Lead Environmental Pack And More News From The Daily Greenwich

Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Daily Greenwich
by Main Street Connect
Top Stories
Fairfield County Lawmakers Lead Environmental Pack
by Richard Weizel
Former Greenwich Police Chief Ranks as Top Earner
by Anna Helhoski
What's Happening Around Greenwich This Week
by Anna Helhoski
Stamford Restaurant Weeks Tempt With Dining Deals
by Meaghan Morelli
Greenwich Girls Shoot for First-Ever Hockey Crown
by Eric Gendron

Today, 7:00am - 1:00pm
Greenwich Boys & Girls Club Swim-A-Thon
Feb 25, 2012 - Mar 31, 2012, 9:30am - 10:45am
Beating the Fear Factor! Why Business Financial Statements Matter
Today, 10:00am
Fire Safety Fundraiser in Greenwich

Friday, February 24, 2012

02/25/12 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - ( 8 News Articles ) - FIRST STORY: Greenwich thrift shop makes national TV

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich thrift shop makes national TV
Greenwich Time
Greenwich resident Lara Spencer, the lifestyle anchor for "Good Morning America," looks at wedding gowns at the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 for a segment for a featuring on thrift stores. The shop is showcasing its ...
Greenwich man charged with home invasion
Greenwich Time
Joshua S. Smith, 19, of 63 Pemberwick Road, Apt. C, Greenwich, is charged with home invasion, first-degree criminal trespass, interfering with an officer, intimidating a witness, second-degree falsely reporting an incident, disorderly conduct and ...
Greenwich police blotter: Town man faces assault charge
Greenwich Time
A Greenwich man was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct in connection with a physical dispute with a woman Thursday morning. Police said they went to a backcountry residence after receiving a call from Greenwich Hospital that a ...
Greenwich Firefighters Train for Water Rescues
The Daily Greenwich
by Anna Helhoski - GREENWICH, Conn. – Many of Greenwich's firefighters grew up in town and, as kids, came to the Boys & Girls Club, where many learned to swim. This week, 90 firefighters received water rescue training there.
Greenwich Sports Roundup: Feb. 24
Greenwich High School will try to end that streak on Wednesday when the Cardinals face New Canaan in the FCIAC championship game at 4 pm at Stamford's Terry Conners Rink. Olivia Hompe scored four goals as New Canaan reached the final with a 6-1 win ...
Greenwich Landmarks: The Yasukata Murai Home 1889
By Susan Nova *Editor's note: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Greenwich Historical Society's Landmarks program, formerly known as "Signs of the Times." The program was created in 1987 to recognize, document and preserve the architectural ...
Greenwich's Backcountry Jazz to Perform Free Show
The Daily Greenwich
GREENWICH, Conn. – Backcountry Jazz, founded by Greenwich resident and tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace, will perform a free concert Tuesday at the Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, thanks to a grant from the Bernstein Family Foundation.
Greenwich Player Returns to NHL Team
The Daily Greenwich
by Tom Renner - Cam Atkinson, left, received the Fairfield County Sports Commission's Sports Person of the Year for Greenwich in 2010. GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich native Cam Atkinson was called up Friday by the Columbus Blue Jackets and is ...

02/24/12 Breaking News: Former CT Resident Among Marines Killed In Crash

Former CT Resident Among Marines Killed In Arizona Helicopter Crash

Thomas Budrejko, former Oakdale resident, among Marines killed in Arizona helicopter crash.

02/24/12 A Word From Rabbi Mitch At Temple Sholom In Greenwich

Weekly Teaching
By Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz



March 4th - 6th, 2012

Washington, DC

The annual AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement. Thousands of participants come from all 50 states to take part in three of the most important days affecting Israel's future.

The 2012 conference will be held March 4-6, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Thousands have already registered, don't miss out on this truly remarkable experience to be in our nation's capital with thousands of fellow pro-Israel supporters.

Confirmed Speakers:

President of the United States Barack Obama
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli President Shimon Peres
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)
Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)

For more information and to register, visit www.AIPAC.org.

Dear Friends:
I hope you will enjoy this beautiful and meaningful reflection on our Sholom Center Misson trip to Israel, written by Alma Rutgers, which was printed in a recent edition of the Greenwich Time.

Shabbat shalom -- with peace and blessings --

-- Rabbi Mitch

Weekly Teaching

Parashat Terumah
Friday, February 24th, 2012

Tel Aviv, Israel -- There are forty-eight of us traversing the Land of Israel, including eight children. We are Jews and Christians on a trip organized by the Sholom Center for Interfaith Learning and Fellowship.

The center was co-founded two years ago by Temple Sholom's Rabbi Mitchell "Mitch" Hurvitz and the Reverend Jim Lemler of Christ Church. It is intended to expand opportunities for those of all faiths to learn, study and socialize in meaningful ways.

Rabbi Mitch describes this trip as an opportunity for Christians and Jews to share each other's narratives. This anchors us in our own faith, while leading to an appreciation of the other. We are each on our own path as we "climb God's Holy Mountain," says Rabbi Mitch. "We can help one another if we stumble."

The Reverend Lemler says that, from his Christian perspective, an interfaith trip is more powerful than a purely Christian Holy Land trip. It provides greater depth and helps non-Jews understand the complexity of the issues Israel faces. It's his hope the center will make this interfaith experience more widely available in the Greenwich community.

A high point in our shared experience was Natalie Lilien's Bat Mitzvah at Masada. By becoming Bat Mitzvah, Natalie strengthened the long chain of Jewish continuity in a setting where that chain could have been broken nearly 2,000 years ago when the Romans crushed the Jewish revolt.

Inspired, I began my column at the spa where we stopped for lunch and a swim following the Bat Mitzvah, before we left the Judean Desert for the Galilee. As I wrote, I looked across the still, mineral-laden, salt-heavy Dead Sea toward the Jordanian shore. This body of water, at 1,368 feet below sea level, is the lowest point on Earth.

The next morning, continuing to write, I watched a sunrise over the gently lapping waters of Lake Kinneret, Israel's only natural freshwater lake and a major water source, also known as the Sea of Galilee.

Now finishing my column, I watch the waters of the Mediterranean break in crashing white waves on the sandy beach below. The sea, in ever-changing shades of green and blue-gray, meets a cloudy sky at the distant horizon. This is the view from my room in the Tel Aviv hotel where we are staying on the last leg of this 10-day journey.

I marvel at the diversity of terrain in this tiny land, barely larger than New Jersey. From the lowest point on Earth to snow-capped mountain peaks, from the Negev Desert to the fertile Jezreel Valley and the Galilee's lush green, from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, this Promised Land is a special land.

Over the centuries, millions of Christians have flocked here because it's the land of Jesus. One can follow the Christian messiah, or Christ, from cradle to grave. The word "Christ" is simply the Greek translation of the Hebrew "moshiach," or anointed one, which refers to an anointed king.

Jews, on the other hand, are drawn to this land because it's our ancestral homeland, promised by God to Abraham and Abraham's progeny. This eternal homeland is at the core of the Jewish experience across the millennia. The land cannot be separated from the people.

We began our travels together, as Jews and Christians, in Jerusalem experiencing Shabbat at the Western Wall.

We toured the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which marks the place of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. The Reverend Lemler offered an ecumenical prayer, invoking light, life and compassion.

We recited Havdalah at the close of Shabbat, standing in a circle and singing "Elijah the Prophet," arms around one another.

We went to Bethlehem where the Church of the Nativity marks Jesus' birthplace and to Nazareth, where the Church of the Annunciation commemorates the story of Jesus' miraculous conception.

At Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes, we encountered the Jewish Jesus in his original setting and reflected on our common Jewish roots.

I'm thinking, perhaps in some small way, interfaith endeavors like this can help realize Isaiah's prophetic vision in which nation shall no longer lift up sword against nation, nor learn war any more.

But then I remember I'm in the Middle East, and the vision slips away.

Alma Rutgers has served in Greenwich town government for the past 25 years. Her blog is at http://blog.ctnews.com/rutgers/.

Temple Sholom
300 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

02/24/12 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

News Reports About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
Budget discussions show concerns over GEMS proposal
Greenwich Post
... new Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) station for Northwest Greenwich, but the project still has First Selectman Peter Tesei's full approval.
Marzullo to request partial leaf blower ban
Greenwich Post
In a letter sent to both First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman David Theis, Mr. Marzullo outlined a series of proposals that does not include an ...
Ex-BET Chair Steve Walko to Run for State Rep
Livvy Floren following the announcement by First Selectman Peter Tesei that he will run for a third-term. Barely 12 hours after veteran state Rep.
Cell tower fight looks headed to court
Greenwich Post
Selectman Drew Marzullo has urged the selectmen to join the suit in the board's last two meetings, but First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman David Theis ...

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