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Snow Emergency Lifted - 03/05/19
Greenwich and Stamford have both lifted their bans on parking on snow emergency routes. Greenwich lifted the ban at 4 pm Monday, and Stamford lifted its ban at 6 pm. The parking bans are put in place to allow plows to clear the roads.
source: Tony Savino


Purdue Pharma Considering Bankruptcy Filing - 03/05/19
Stamford-based OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is exploring bankruptcy as it faces a growing number of lawsuits related to the opioid crisis. The suits claim Purdue fed the crisis through deceptive marketing of OxyContin that led to mass addictions to the painkiller. A bankruptcy filing would halt the lawsuits and allow the company to negotiate possible settlements under the supervision of the bankruptcy judge. More than one-thousand lawsuits have been filed against Purdue over the opioid crisis.
source: Tony Savino


Former Assistant Director Denies Knowledge Of Abuse At Greenwich Boys And Girls - 03/05/19
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America says there is no evidence to suggest that Jeffrey Starcher ignored claims of sexual abuse while he was Assistant director at Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich almost 40 years ago. A lawsuit has been filed, claiming Starcher did little to address a complaint from a club member in the early 1980's. Greenwich attorney Phillip Russell, who filed the suit, says there are several other victims who will be coming forward. Starcher now works for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
source: Tony Savino


Body Found In Glenville - 02/05/19
Greenwich Police say a woman under 30 was killed and her bound body was dumped along the side of Glenville Road. The body was discovered by a town worker about 15 to 20 feet off the road, according to police. They did not say how the woman was killed, only that it was no doubt a homicide. They did not identify the victim. Glenville Road is expected to remain closed throughout the afternoon.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Academy Plan Panned By Neighbors - 01/10/19
Much neighborhood discussion and opposition to plans by Greenwich Academy presented at this week's Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. They want to make changes to buildings at 96 and 100 Maple Street. The application was left open, and will be back before P and Z on February 5th.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Selectmen Again Discuss Senior Tax Relief - 01/10/19
The Greenwich Board of Selectmen will take up renewal of the Senior Tax Relief Ordinance for a third time this morning. First Selectman Peter Tesei says the board is generally in favor of the ordinance, but they're looking at possibly raising the income level for eligibility and making those with disabilities eligible for the program.
source: Tony Savino


Cos Cob School Reopens After Flood - 01/03/19
Students displaced by flooding in October returned to Cos Cob School Wednesday. But school officials say questions remain about maintenance in the district. School board member and former chairman Peter Sherr says the failure of the faucet would have been prevented by routine maintenance.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Lawmaker Compares Lamont To Malloy - 01/03/19
Republican state representative Fred Camillo of Greenwich says he only knows Governor-elect Ned Lamont a little better than he knew Dan Malloy when Malloy was elected governor 8 years ago. But Camillo says he sees a much different temperament from Lamont. He says while Malloy would bristle and dismiss those who disagreed with him, Lamont appears to be open to others ideas. Lamont will be sworn into office along with state lawmakers on January 9th.
source: Tony Savino


New Year, Old Problem: Truck Hits Hutch Overpass - 01/03/19
It's a new year with a continuing problem. Another truck has slammed into a Westchester County overpass. This time it happened early yesterday morning after a tractor-trailer slammed into the King Street overpass on the Hutchinson River Parkway. The crashes continue despite signs warning trucks that they are not permitted on the parkway.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Car Thefts Close To 80 In 2018 - 12/28/18
Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey says there have been nearly 80 vehicles stolen in town in 2018. He says in all cases, the vehicles were left unlocked with the keys inside. The Chief implores residents to make a New Year's resolution to lock your car and pocket your keys. A car stolen recently from a residence on Rock Ridge Road was recovered in Norwalk on Monday.
source: Tony Savino


More Fraud, Identity Theft Arrests In Greenwich - 12/28/18
Greenwich police arrested three people in two separate incidents on Greenwich Avenue this week with both cases involving attempts to fraudulently obtain money or merchandise. On Christmas Eve, police charged 18-year old Noel Ortega and 20-year old Nicholas Arborleda, both of the Bronx, NY with forgery, larceny and identity theft. They say the two stole personal information from a Bank of America ATM and withdrew money from the ATM. The day after Christmas, police arrested 30-year old Nickesha Green of Bridgeport on charges she attempted to shoplift clothing from retail stores in town by using a magnetic anti-theft removal device.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P And Z Puts Off Votes - 12/28/18
Due to the length of its last meeting, the Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission was not able to take votes on a couple of applications. One was at 105 Prospect Street for a conversion to office use, and the other was for a massive housing proposal at 500-600 West Putnam Avenue. The next P and Z meeting is slated for January 8th.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Selectmen Approve New Fees - 12/27/18
The Greenwich Board of Selectmen approved Parks and Recreation fees for 2019 at last week's meeting. First Selectman Peter Tesei says beach fees stayed the same, and any increases in fees in general were nominal. The only fee approval that was not unanimous was at Hamill Rink, where Selectman Sandy Litvack wanted to hold off on an increase until renovations were done at the rink.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Real Estate Market Remains Steady - 12/27/18
Steady as she goes. That's the story with the Greenwich real estate market, comparing November of this year with November of 2017. The Greenwich Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a single-family home was down slightly, while days on the market barely changed, and closings were about the same.
source: Tony Savino


Bergstein Talks Delegation Unity - 12/27/18
For the first time in history, the Greenwich legislative delegation is split 2-2 between democrats and republicans. Democratic state senator-elect Alexandra Bergstein of Greenwich says she doesn't see any problems with that, as she says there are more issues that unite the lawmakers than divide them. She and other lawmakers will be sworn into office on January 9th.
source: Tony Savino


New Lebanon, Cos Cob Schools Set to Open - 12/26/18
The new New Lebanon School is set to open on Tuesday, February 19th, the day after Presidents' Day. That's right after the week-long February school break in Greenwich. School Board Chairman Peter Bernstein says it's opening on time and on budget. Bernstein also announced that the Cos Cob School will be open for students to return after Christmas break on January 2.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Lawsuit Could Head To Trial - 12/26/18
A lawsuit against the town of Greenwich due to a collision between a motorist and a Greenwich police car could be headed to a jury trial. A New Haven resident sustained injuries in the 2017 crash when a Greenwich police officer was in pursuit of another vehicle and swerved into the lane occupied by the other vehicle, causing a crash the victim claims led to injuries.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P&Z Takes Up Controversial Mill Project - 11/26/18
The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission has left open an application for redevelopment of \"The Mill\" in Glenville. The plan is to add 69 housing units as well as site modifications to improve flood resiliency. Neighbors came out in force at last week\'s meeting to complain to P and Z that the project would add even more traffic to an already-congested area.
source: Tony Savino


Cos Cob School Re-Opening Remains On Target - 11/26/18
A milestone has been reached in the reconstruction of the flooded Cos Cob School. Greenwich school officials say sheet rock installation has been completed on the second floor, and sheet rock installation has begun on the first floor. Officials say they remain on target to re-open the school in January after Christmas vacation.
source: Tony Savino


Stamford Man Killed In Deadly Arena Crash - 11/26/18
The man who died when a car crashed into Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on Thanksgiving Day has identified as a Stamford man. Police say 31-year-old Wagner Mendez was driving a car that jumped the curb of Main Street and slammed into the arena. Mendez was ejected from the car as it rolled over, and he was later pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital. Police say the vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed, and they're investigating the cause of the crash.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich School Lunch Menu Under Review - 11/20/18
Greenwich school board chairman Peter Bernstein says they've gotten a lot of complaints about the quality of food being served in the schools, so they're looking at an overhaul of the menu of free and reduced priced lunches. Parents and even students have complained, some want a new food contractor that would focus on healthy food choices.
source: Tony Savino


Safe Cooking Tips From Greenwich Health Director - 11/20/18
Greenwich Health Director Caroline Baisley has some safe turkey cooking tips. She says you should take the turkey out of the freezer and put it into the refrigerator one day for every five pounds of bird. She adds that if you choose to put stuffing in the turkey before cooking it, you should do it just before putting it into the oven. Having the stuffing in the bird will also add to the cooking time to get it up to the required 180-degrees.
source: Tony Savino


Holiday Roadwork Moratorium In Greenwich - 11/20/18
Greenwich Department of Public Works Commissioner Amy Siebert says they're giving commuters around town a break once again this holiday season, as there will be a moratorium on all non emergency projects in town. That includes road closures, roadwork and sidewalk work. The moratorium runs through January 2nd.
source: Tony Savino


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


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


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