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Former Greenwich Town Employee Sentenced - 09/10/18
A former Greenwich town employee has avoided prison time in his sentence for stealing parking money. Michael Gordon pleaded guilty to first and second degree larceny as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Gordon was accused of stealing over ten-thousand-dollars while working as a parking services department employee for the town. Gordon took full responsibility for the thefts in court, and has already paid around four-thousand-dollars in restitution to the town.
source: Tony Savino


Tesei Touts Fairfield County Five - 09/10/18
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei attended last week\'s meeting of the regional economic organization Fairfield County Five and says they\'re working to bring jobs and businesses to lower Fairfield County. The group is also working on having candidates debates and will attend a networking event in New York City to try to attract businesses to the county. Fairfield County Five includes Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk and Westport
source: Tony Savino


Ceremonies In Greenwich - 09/10/18
It was a weekend of ceremonies in Greenwich. The \"Kindness Rocks Garden\" was dedicated at Town Hall Friday in honor of a young man battling cancer, who visited a similar garden at Yale-New Haven Hospital. On Saturday, the atrium at the public safety complex was named the Margenot Atrium in honor of former First Selectman John Margenot, who is 90 years old and still involved in town government. The town\'s two 9-11 ceremonies -- at Cos Cob Park and Glenville Fire Company -- will take place Tuesday.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Continues Legal Fight With Eversource - 08/20/18
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei says the town is continuing its legal battle against Eversource Energy over Eversource\'s plans to build a sub-station on Railroad Avenue. Tesei says the two sides met and are being urged to try to reach an agreement before a ruling by the Connecticut Siting Council.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Man Charged With Animal Abuse - 08/20/18
A Greenwich man is facing animal abuse charges after police believe he left his dog at Bruce Park, just weeks after he had adopted the pooch from a shelter. 23-year old Christian Dilworth was charged with animal cruelty and other charges. Police say they found the dog in the park with signs of abuse. They say Dilworth told them the dog had died.
source: Tony Savino


Himes Talks Drugs - 08/20/18
Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes of Greenwich says he\'s introduced legislation that he hopes will address the K-2 overdose epidemic that took place last week in New Haven. Himes says the drugs that police suspect were added to the synthetic marijuana are not technically illegal. With several states having legalized recreational marijuana, Himes says he looks forward to data to see if legalization might keep tainted drugs out of the market.
source: Tony Savino


Byram Park Pool Opens - 06/29/18
The long wait is over! Just in time for the sweltering weather expected this week, the Byram Park Pool is now open. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Thursday, with Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei and Junior League of Greenwich President Elizabeth Peyton headed the ceremonies and called the facility great for all Greenwich residents.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Health Department With Heat Advisory - 06/29/18
The Greenwich Department of Health has issued an advisory for residents because of the heat wave expected. Director of Environmental Services Michael Long says stay hydrated, wear light clothing, try to stay inside during the heat of the day, don\'t leave children or pets in cars, and check on your elderly neighbors. He says the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory problems are those most impacted by the high heat and humidity.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Police Chief Urges Residents To Lock Vehicles - 06/29/18
Greenwich Police are urging people to stop leaving the keys in their cars after four vehicles were stolen in the same night. All of the cars were stolen during the overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, and all were left with the keys inside. Three of the stolen cars were later recovered in Bridgeport, and one was found in Stamford. A Bridgeport juvenile was arrested in connection with one of the vehicle thefts.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Police Issue Silver Alert - 06/28/18
Greenwich police are asking for the public\'s help in finding a missing man. They have issued a \"Silver Alert\" for 42-year old Christian Barr, who was last seen Tuesday evening just before 8 in the vicinity of Putnam Cottage on East Putnam Avenue. Barr is described as a white male, with blue eyes, balding with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black windbreaker, dark pants, baseball hat and sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 203-622-8007.
source: Tony Savino


Byram Pool Ribbon-Cutting Set For Thursday - 06/28/18
The long-awaited opening of the Byram Park Pool will take place Thursday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 am. Greenwich Parks and Recreation Director Joe Siciliano says it\'s a spectacular facility, with amenities for people of all ages. Dignitaries expected to be on hand for the ribbon-cutting are First Selectman Peter Tesei, Siciliano, members of Greenwich\'s legislative delegation, and members of the Junior League of Greenwich, which is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise 2.5 million dollars to help defray the town\'s cost for the pool.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Housing Authority Pitches Plan To Selectmen - 06/28/18
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei appears to be more positive toward a new plan for expansion of McKinney Terrace Senior Housing than he was about a plan put forth by the Greenwich Housing Authority in 2009. Tesei says this new plan for 51 units for seniors and those with disabilities is exciting. The Housing Authority was before Selectmen Wednesday.
source: Tony Savino


Water Main Break Continues To Snarl Traffic In Greenwich - 06/26/18
The ongoing water main break repair on Arch Street has once again caused massive traffic problems on I-95. The work is causing the closure of two lanes of Arch Street near the I-95 south exit 3 off-ramp, causing traffic to spill onto the highway. Backups are reported all the way to Norwalk.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Launches Civic Center Survey - 06/26/18
The Eastern Greenwich Civic Center needs to be rebuilt, not renovated, so a survey is underway to find out what residents want in the new facility. That word from First Selectman Peter Tesei, who invites all resident to go to the town website greenwichct.org to take the survey. It\'s available through July 20th. The Civic Center on Harding Road in Old Greenwich is more than 50 years old.
source: Tony Savino


Lawmakers Fail To Override Malloy Vetoes - 06/26/18
There will be no overrides of Governor Dan Malloy\'s seven vetoes of bills passed by the legislature this past session. Lawmakers held their annual veto session yesterday, with none of the seven measures receiving enough votes in both chambers to overturn. The House did vote to override a veto of a bill that would have restricted the governor from cutting education aid to cities and towns in the middle of the fiscal year. However, the measure did not receive the 24 votes in the Senate needed to complete the override.
source: Tony Savino


Another Attempted Bank Fraud In Greenwich - 06/26/18
Greenwich police have arrested a woman who they say tried to withdraw close to $200,000 from a Chase bank branch in Riverside. 23-year old Meng-Yan Zhou, no address given, was charged with 1st degree larceny and 1st degree forgery. Police say she tried to withdraw the money using a forged New York State driver\'s license and stolen credit card. She\'s due in court on July 6.
source: Tony Savino


Himes To Discuss Border Visit - 06/25/18
Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes of Greenwich has returned from his trip -- with other members of Connecticut\'s legislative delegation -- to the US-Mexico border to visit a Texas detention center. Himes will hold a briefing on the trip Monday at the Stepping Stones Museum For Children in Norwalk. Leaders from Save the Children, Stamford-based Building One Community and Child Guidance Center of Southwest Connecticut.
source: Tony Savino


Lawmakers Meet In Veto Overide Session - 06/25/18
Connecticut lawmakers are returning to the State Capitol in Hartford today for a veto session. Lawmakers are expected to try and override some of the seven vetoes handed down this session by Governor Dan Malloy. It\'s expected that the legislature will make an effort to override at least two of the seven vetoes. Lawmakers need votes of two thirds of members of the House and Senate to override a veto.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich School Board Eyes 750 Million Dollars In Capital Spending - 06/25/18
Greenwich is planning to make a significant investment in the town\'s public school facilities. The town Board of Education has developed a comprehensive plan to repair, update and improve schools over the next 15 years. The estimated cost of the improvements is around 750-million-dollars. None of the work or the funding has been approved, as the plan is designed to be a guide for the future of education in town.
source: Tony Savino


Mayo Tabbed Interim Superintendent - 06/22/18
The Greenwich Board of Education has appointed Eastern Middle School Principal Ralph Mayo Interim Superintendent of Schools, while the search continues for a replacement to Dr. Jill Gildea. Mayo will take over on July 28, two days after Gidea\'s departure for Park City, Utah. Mayo is a Greenwich native who has been an educator in town for 41 years. He has been Principal at Eastern Middle School for the past 14 years.
source: Tony Savino


Water Main Break Snarls Traffic In Greenwich - 06/22/18
A water main break at Greenwich Plaza near the train Station has caused a traffic nightmare. Two lanes of Arch Street at the off-ramp of I-95 southbound at exit 3 were closed, causing traffic to back up all the way to Norwalk.
source: Tony Savino


Gildea Quitting - 05/25/18
Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea has resigned. Gildea served as Superintendent for a little bit more than a year, as she was hired in March of 2017. No reason has been given for the resignation. Gildea is Greenwich\'s 12th Superintendent in 20 years. She took over last year for Interim Superintendent Dr. Sal Corda, who was brought on for the 2016-17 school year after Dr. William McKersie announced he was leaving to become Superintendent in Weston.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P&Z To Take Up Controversial Old Greenwich Project - 05/01/18
The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission tonight will again take up a project that has created a lot of controversy in Old Greenwich -- a redesign of the traffic circle and bridge-raising on Sound Beach Avenue. Residents have spoken against the design. Also tonight, commissioners will make a decision on an application for the Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal on Taconic Road. That\'s another plan that\'s been opposed by neighbors.
source: Tony Savino


Stamford Neighborhood Evacuated - 05/01/18
Residents of a Stamford neighborhood are back home after a tanker truck crash caused their evacuation. The tanker was carrying 34,000 pounds of \"Methyl Methacrylate\", a flammable liquid, when it toppled over in a Fairfield Avenue parking lot Monday morning about 8. Around a thousand people were evacuated as a precaution while crews worked to right the truck. The tanker was not breached and did not spill any of the chemicals.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Selectmen To Consider Commission Candidates - 05/01/18
The next wave of candidates for boards and commissions in Greenwich will come before the Board of Selectmen this week. Selectmen will hold interviews in executive session on Thursday. At the last meeting, Selectman Sandy Litvack said he\'d like to see more diversity among the applicants, as he said he saw the same names, and not enough women on the list.
source: Tony Savino


GHS Music Teacher On Leave Again - 04/30/18
Greenwich High School Music Director John Yoon is on leave once again. District officials notified parents that Yoon and band teacher Ben Walker are both on leave, but the reason has not been made public. The note home did indicate that Yoon and Walker are both expected to return to work at a later date. GHS Head Master Dr. Chris Winters sent a second message indicating Yoon would return to work Monday.
source: Tony Savino


Himes: Credit Trump For Korea Breakthrough - 04/30/18
Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes of Greenwich has long been a critic of the Trump Administration, but he says he has to credit the president for bringing North and South Korea to the bargaining table. Himes says anytime North Korea is not testing ballistic missiles, it\'s a win. As for next month\'s summit with North Korean President Kim Jong Un, Himes says \"incremental progress and incremental trust\" are the goals.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P&Z Makes A Number Of Approvals - 04/30/18
A productive Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, as commissioners approved a number of applications. They approved pre-school and playground plans for the Greenwich Reform Synagogue, with some conditions. Also approved: an application for a subdivision and two 2-family homes on 257 Bruce Park Avenue, replacement of the irrigation system at Greenwich Country Club, and the Cos Cob Inn Historic Overlay at 50 River Road.
source: Tony Savino


Tesei Runs For Lieutenant Governor - 04/25/18
New Britain\'s Mayor Erin Stewart has picked a running mate for her campaign for governor. Yesterday Stewart tapped Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei as her Lieutenant Governor. He\'s been involved in Greenwich politics since the age of 18. There are a lot of GOP candidates, including another Greenwich resident, David Stemmerman. Republicans will make their decision next month at a convention at Foxwoods.
source: Tony Savino


Rankings Not Kind To Local Hospitals - 04/25/18
Local hospitals did not fare so well in a new ranking. Greenwich Hospital received a grade of C and Stamford Hospital a B in an analysis of infections, accidents and other factors by the Leapfrog Group. Connecticut ranked 46th in the study. New York was 48th.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich BET Approves Funding - 04/25/18
The Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation approved a number of funding initiatives this week. The fiscal board approved 65-thousand dollars for Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), 30-thousand dollars for Greenwich police in their battle against distracted drivers, and 15-thousand dollars for energy efficiency for town buildings.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Committed To Later School Start Times - 04/23/18
We\'re committed to later school start times, and we\'re not turning back. Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea with that pronouncement at last week\'s Board of Education meeting. School Board Chairman Peter Bernstein agrees, and says it\'s now a matter of working out the issues that have come up, especially at the end of the school day.
source: Tony Savino


Tesei Comments On School Walk Out - 04/23/18
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei was asked about last Friday\'s National Walk Out Day at schools, marking the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Tesei says school safety is a key issue, as are gun violence and gun control. But he says they\'ve been politicized, as he believes there are additional issues such as mental health, opioid abuse, and a de-sensizitation to violence because of technology.
source: Tony Savino


Gender Equality Discussion In Greenwich - 04/23/18
A discussion Monday night on gender equality in the work place. It\'s part of a fundraiser for Fairfield-based Save The Children, and will feature Annmarie Slaughter, who was the highest ranked woman in the State Department under Hillary Clinton. The talk will be at the Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich from 6:30 to 8:30.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Democrats Support Presidential Popular Vote - 04/13/18
Scrap the Electoral College for Presidential elections, and replace it with a national popular vote. That call is coming from the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee. DTC chairman Tony Turner is urging support of state house bill 54-21, which calls for the national popular vote. Turner denies this is a \"power grab\" by democrats who have more registered votes nationwide. He says more than half of Connecticut republicans surveyed support it.
source: Tony Savino


Another Bank Is Coming To Greenwich - 04/13/18
Hartford-based United Bank has 50 branches in Connecticut, but little presence in southwestern Connecticut, with just a commercial loan branch in Westport. But that\'s about to change. They\'ve received approval from the state Department of Banking for a full-time branch in Greenwich. It will be at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Lawmaker Hopes Bills Are Ready To Go - 04/13/18
State Representative Michael Bocchino of Greenwich says this legislative session has been more about talk than action, so far. Bocchino says bills on pay equity, tolls and recreational marijuana have gone through committees, but haven\'t been sent to the House floor. But he says that could be a good thing, because leadership in both parties is trying to come to consensus on the bills before bringing them to a vote.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Psychotherapist Arrested - 04/11/18
A Greenwich psychotherapist and marriage counselor is facing sexual assault charges. 62-year old Kevin Root of Riverside was arrested on April 9th after an investigation of an alleged incident last year. Police had received a complaint that a victim had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with the licensed social worker and marriage counselor. He was charged with 2nd degree sexual assault and tampering with a witness.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P&Z With Busy Meeting - 04/11/18
The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission moved forward with approvals for several projects: Greenwich Academy for a new building; a Twin Lakes Lane home that was close to water with design issues; and for 24 Elm Street related to the historic overlay regulations.
source: Tony Savino


Floren Decries Legislative Initiatives On Tolls, Marijuana - 04/11/18
Greenwich Republican State Representative Livvy Floren expressed concerns with proposals coming out of the Finance Committee in the legislature - including the legalization of recreational marijuana and a casino in Bridgeport. Also, placing electronic tolls in Connecticut may come up for a vote in the session - with Floren calling it \"another money grab\".
source: Tony Savino


State Transportation Commissioner In Greenwich - 03/29/18
Greenwich residents had no shortage of transportation-related questions for State Transportation Commissioner James Redeker at a forum in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Questions included such issues as the transportation fund, electronic tolls, high-speed railway, and the Greenwich weigh station. The forum was organized by the Greenwich legislative delegation.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Hospital Hires COO - 03/23/18
Greenwich Hospital has filled its vacant position of Chief Operating Officer. Diane Kelly, who has worked at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for the past 34 years, will begin at Greenwich Hospital on April 30. Kelly began her career as a nurse, and eventually moved up to administrative positions at Berkshire. The COO position at Greenwich Hospital has been open since Sue Brown retired in February.
source: Tony Savino