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BET Subcommittee Releases Witherell Report - 01/19/18
The Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation got a long-awaited report from their Nathaniel Witherell Strategic Planning Committee this week. The report outlined the challenges facing the nursing home in the quickly evolving field of health care, but did not reach conclusions on whether the town should continue to own and operate the nursing home.
source: Tony Savino


Amazon Nixes Connecticut For 2HQ - 01/19/18
Connecticut will not be the home of the next Amazon world headquarters. Amazon listed the 20 finalists yesterday and none of the Connecticut proposals made the cut. The state supported proposals for the new headquarters in Hartford or Stamford, while New Haven and Bridgeport partnered on their own proposal. Danbury also submitted a long-shot proposal to Amazon and also did not make the final list.
source: Tony Savino


Hicks Russia Testimony Delayed - 01/19/18
President Trumps Communications Director Hope Hicks, a Greenwich native, has had her expected testimony before the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russia delayed. She was expected to talk about a meeting Trump campaign officials had in 2016 with a Russian lawyer who reportedly had dirt on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The delay may be because Hicks first has to consult with White House officials to determine what she can and cannot say to the committee.
source: Tony Savino


Tesei Focuses Greenwich Budget On Efficiency - 01/02/18
As he readies his 2018-2019 town operating budget, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei says he\'s working closely with town departments and boards and commissions on efficiency. Tesei says the budget will focus on efficiency, but should still be able to come in within the B-E-T\'s budget guidelines. He\'ll present the budget to the fiscal board on January 29th.
source: Tony Savino


Senators Blumenthal And Murphy To Tour Puerto Rico - 01/02/18
Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are heading to Puerto Rico today. The senators will be on the island to gather first-hand evidence of the ongoing crisis following last year\'s hurricanes. They plan to spend today and tomorrow touring Puerto Rico, meeting with the governor and touring the island\'s main hospital. Blumenthal says the federal response to the crisis has been shamefully inadequate.
source: Tony Savino


Latimer Sworn In As Westchester County Executive - 01/02/18
There\'s a new county executive in Westchester. Democratic State Senator George Latimer was sworn in on New Year\'s Day for a first term of office, replacing former County Executive Rob Astorino, who lost a bid for a third term in November. Latimer says he is making a formal request to the State Comptroller\'s Office to conduct a complete review of the county\'s finances. The incoming county executive plans to hold a more formal inauguration ceremony January 7th at Westchester Community College.
source: Tony Savino


Burglary Break? Greenwich Police Arrest Four - 12/29/17
Greenwich police believe they\'ve broken up a burglary ring that\'s responsible for a number of residential break-ins over the past several months. On Wednesday evening, police, acting on a tip, pulled over a car on Berenson Drive in Cos Cob and arrested the four men inside. All are New York residents, and police say they had burglary tools in the vehicle. All are being held on bond with a court date of January 10th.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Fire Officials Preach Heating Safety - 12/29/17
Greenwich fire officials are sending out some advice about the safe heating of your home during these cold days, especially alternative ways of heating. Fire Chief Peter Siecienski says heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths. He says to be especially careful about handling and disposal of hot ashes after a fire in your fire place. He says to put them in a metal trash can and leave them outside.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich, Port Chester Leaders To Meet - 12/29/17
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei says he and Port Chester Mayor Richard Falanka have a lot to talk about in their first face to face meeting. Tesei says Byram merchants are frustrated with Port Chester residents coming over the border to park in their lots. He also says traffic is another issue of discussion, as both communities work on their respective plans of conservation and development.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P&Z Works On Preserving Historic Homes - 12/28/17
Greenwich Director of Planning and Zoning Katie DeLuca has been working with a number of groups, including the Greenwich Preservation Trust and local realtors in creating incentives to developers to prevent the destruction of historic homes in town. The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission was generally positive about the plan, but left the issue open and will take it up at their January 30th meeting.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich First Responders Urge Residents To Check On Elderly Neighbors During Cold Snap - 12/28/17
It\'s the coldest weather of the year, and Greenwich Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Tracey Schietinger says it\'s a good time to check in on your elderly neighbors. Make sure they have heat and stay well-hydrated. With some snow in the forecast for the weekend, Schietinger says to make sure your elderly neighbors have someone coming in to shovel or plow their sidewalks and driveways.
source: Tony Savino


State To Make Merritt Safety Improvements In Greenwich - 12/28/17
The state Department of Transportation is planning to address a dangerous stretch of the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich. The DOT is planning to provide super elevation and roadway friction improvements to four curves along the highway in Greenwich. Officials say the curves have been the scene of a large number of crashes over the years. Construction of the safety improvement features is scheduled to begin next summer.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Residents Oppose Central Middle School Plan - 12/19/17
Greenwich residents had a chance to opine on the capital improvement project budget at a public hearing last night. Most of the speakers addressed the plan to put turf and lights at the athletic field at Central Middle School. Other speakers spoke in support of improvements to Dorothy Hamill Rink. Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei noted that the process is continuing, and there will be another public hearing on January 11th.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Hit And Run Suspect Has License Revoked - 12/19/17
The Greenwich teen already accused of mowing down a Cos Cob businessman with his car and then driving off has had his driver\'s license revoked. A judge yesterday agreed with the prosecution to take away 19-year old Andrew Schmidt\'s right to drive after Schmidt\'s arrest on December 9th for \"doing donuts\" on town-owned property. He\'s facing criminal mischief in that case, and manslaughter in the death of Edward Setterburg in April of last year.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Avenue Store Hit By Shoplifters - 12/19/17
Greenwich police say $1,600 in items were stolen from the Kate Spade store on Greenwich Avenue Sunday afternoon. Store employees told police that two females entered the store at 1:00 pm and \'\'acted suspiciously\'\'. After they left, employees say they discovered a number of items missing from a display table.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Appeals Eversource Plan, Citing Climate Change - 12/06/17
Greenwich has re-launched its fight against Eversource Energy over the placement of a new power substation in downtown Greenwich. The town filed a petition with the Connecticut Siting Council appealing the recent approval to locate the power source at 290 Railroad Avenue. The petition claims the proposed location is within a FEMA flood zone and calls for moving to a different location on Railroad Avenue and making it a closed substation versus the proposed open air station.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Legislators Talk Budget Impact On Greenwich - 12/06/17
The annual United Way Legislative breakfast in Greenwich Tuesday with First Selectman Peter Tesei, State Senator Scott Frantz and State Reps Livvy Floren; Michael Bocchino and Fred Camillo - focused on the impact of state budget cuts on social services programs, particularly opioid abuse; children\'s and senior citizens programs.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Police Enforcement For December - 12/06/17
Greenwich police are focusing on two areas of enforcement in particular this month - DWI enforcement and \"Click It or Ticket\" seat belt enforcement. A grant will allow the GPD to have extra police out there for DWI enforcement between now and the New Year
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich 10 Year Plan In Planning Stages - 12/05/17
The process of the Greenwich Plan of Conservation and Development is underway. Director of Planning and Zoning Katie DeLuca says the groundwork is being laid by town officials, and then the public will have a chance to comment on January 17 in the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library. The POCD has not been updated since 2008.
source: Tony Savino


Blumenthal Criticizes Republican Tax Cuts - 12/05/17
Connecticut Senator and Greenwich resident Richard Blumenthal is criticizing the tax reform bill passed by the Republican-controlled Senate. Blumenthal says he\'s in favor of corporate tax cuts, but he says these go too far and will create a huge debt in the order of more than a trillion dollars. Blumenthal says debt is the biggest threat to national security.
source: Tony Savino


Movie Shoot In Port Chester - 12/05/17
The Port Chester police department has issued an advisory to area residents that there is a movie shoot taking place in the village, and there will be loud noises, gunfire, a car fire and actors dressed like police. The movie shoot is taking place between 4 pm and 4 am Tuesday and Wednesday.
source: Tony Savino


Man Dies In Merritt Parkway Crash - 11/03/17
A Stamford man is dead after crashing his car into the back of a tractor trailer that was illegally on the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich. Police say the tractor trailer apparently came to a stop because of a low overpass near exit 31 yesterday morning. The truck was then struck from behind by a car driven by 62-year old Akija Elezaj of Stamford. Elezaj later died at Stamford Hospital. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the crash. That section of the Merritt was closed for about four hours after the 6:20 am crash.
source: Tony Savino


Marzullo Speaks At Greenwich Board Of Selectmen Meeting - 09/29/17
In his first public appearance since his August arrest on shoplifting charges, Greenwich Democratic Selectman Drew Marzullo spoke at Thursday's Board of Selectmen meeting. Marzullo made a short statement in which he thanked people for their support and re-iterated an earlier statement that he will stay in the race for a fifth term on the board. The Greenwich Democratic Town Committee has voted to withdraw its support for Marzullo and says it will focus on backing other candidates, including First Selectman candidate Sandy Litvack. Earlier in the week, the D-T-C released a statement saying they were "disappointed" Marzullo did not let them know about the shoplifting charges before it became public late last week. Marzullo is due in court October 17 on 5th degree larceny charges after his arrest August 26 for allegedly stealing nearly $700 in merchandise from two outlet stores in Clinton, Connecticut.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich DTC "Disappointed" In Marzullo - 09/25/17
The Greenwich Democratic Town Committee says it's disappointed Selectman Drew Marzullo did not communicate to them his arrest last month on shoplifting charges. The D-T-C says they found out about the arrest late last week when it became public. They say they believe Marzullo is taking the weekend to decide his political future. He's running for re-election to a fifth term on the Board of Selectmen, and earlier this year formed an exploratory committee for a run for Lieutenant Governor. He was arrested in August and charged with stealing almost 700 dollars in merchandise from two stores at the Clinton outlets.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Selectman Charged With Shoplifting - 09/22/17
Greenwich Democratic Selectman Drew Marzullo is being accused of shoplifting. The 46-year old Marzullo was arrested August 26th at the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Clinton, and charged with 5th degree larceny. A former paramedic for many years with Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, Marzullo stands accused of stealing almost 500-dollars worth of goods from a Sketcher's Store, and around 200-dollars worth of items from a J Crew store. He's out on 5-thousand dollars bond and is due in court next Tuesday. His Greenwich-based attorney, Michael Jones, did not comment on the arrest. Marzullo has served on the board of selectmen since 2009, and is running for a 5th term this November. He has also formed an exploratory committee to look into a run for Lieutenant Governor next year.
source: Tony Savino


New Lebanon Project In Limbo Without State Budget - 09/22/17
As the state budget impasse continues, the Greenwich Board of Education and Board of Estimate and Taxation continue to weigh their options for the New Lebanon School project. With no budget, there's no state reimbursement. Plus, Governor Malloy has come out against reimbursement. School board member Laura Erickson says the town has to find a way to fund the project, with or without state help, because the school is overcrowded. BET Chairman Michael Mason says he expects there will be clarity on the reimbursement by early October.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Transit Bus Crash Injures 10 - 09/14/17
Ten people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a Greenwich transit bus rear-ended a van on East Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich. Greenwich police say the van was stopped for a red light at the intersection with Sound Beach Avenue. The incident is under investigation.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Remembers 9-11 Victims - 09/12/17
The 32 victims of the September 11th terrorist attack with ties to Greenwich were remembered yesterday at the annual 9-11 rememberance ceremony at Cos Cob Park. The names of all 32 victims were read, and at the end of the solemn ceremony, attendees were invited to walk to the town 9-11 memorial and place flowers at the base. The ceremony was run for the first time by families of 9-11 victims. There was a second ceremony at Glenville Fire House to honor first responders.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Republican BET Primary - 09/12/17
It's primary day in Greenwich and throughout the state. There's a republican primary for Board of Estimate and Taxation after incumbent Leslie Tarkington, bypassed by the town committee, petitioned her way onto the ballot. There are 7 candidates for six positions. Polls are open until 8:00 tonight. Because many of the public schools in town serve as polling places, there is no school in Greenwich today.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich RTM Seeks Candidates - 09/12/17
With Election Day 8 weeks away, the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting is still looking for candidates to fill openings. And time's running out. Candidates have to turn in 25 petitions signatures from their district to the Town Clerk's office by 4 pm Friday. There are more openings than there are candidates in 11 of the 12 RTM districts.
source: Tony Savino


Connecticut Joins Lawsuit Against DACA Phase Out - 09/07/17
Connecticut is joining the lawsuit against the Trump administration phasing out a program protecting young illegal immigrants. Attorney General George Jepsen says the state will vigorously oppose the president's actions. Jepsen says they will not stand by as the administration needlessly and cruelly threatens the futures of many state residents. The program had protected people who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children from being deported. Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes of Greenwich was among the democrats criticizing the President, saying DACA has worked.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Marketing Campaign Begins - 09/06/17
A town marketing campaign to be called "Experience Greenwich" a public-private initiative spearheaded by the town's Economic Advisory Committee was launched this week. The campaign is designed to stay in front of negative stories about Greenwich. The funding includes $30,000 from the town and $90,000 raised by the private component of the public-private partnership.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Realtors Support Veto Override Of Affordable Housing Legislation - 09/06/17
Greenwich legislators and realtors lauded legislative override of Governor Malloy's veto of a bill that would have prevented developers from using a loophole in affordable housing statutes to build large housing complexes in areas not zoned for them. Developers whose proposals were before the Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission before the bill took effect can still use the statute to argue for their development.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Elementary Schools Make State Top 100 - 09/05/17
Eight Greenwich elementary schools made Niche.com's list of the top 100 elementary schools in Connecticut. Five of the 8 made the top 20, with International School at Dundee leading the way at number 11. Riverside School, North Mianus School, North Street School and Old Greenwich School also made the top 20. Parkway School, Glenville School and Cos Cob School also made the top 100. Greens Farms School in Westport headed the state list.
source: Tony Savino