I’ve refrained from delving into the fiasco involving our two schools (Ham Ave and Glenville) in our west because (a) I don’t know much about what’s going on and (b) http://www.Greenwichroundup.blogspot.com is already doing a fine job of coverage. I do know that, when the town and the YMCA, faced with huge cost overruns on their projects being run by Worth, denied any knowledge that there was even a whiff of impropriety concerning the firm, that a simple Google search turned up plenty. Try the link in the title and see for yourself.
Daily Archives: July 30, 2008
I don’t think it’s news that Obama supports the wacky bill that would grant native Hawaiians (defined as anyone who is, once was or would like to be known as Hawaiian) rights to most of the state, free education and a Smart car – that’s pretty much a standard democrat platform. No, what I find disturbing is that the press – remember them? The hard-bitten, skeptical crowd of truth seekers who exposed fraud and pomposity without fear or favor has suspended even the faintest pretense of objectivity. I’m sure they’ll recover once the man is ensconced in the White House, but by then it will be too late. Here’s the money quote from the article linked above:
When Obama walked on stage at the McCormick Center, many journalists in the
audience leapt to their feet and applauded enthusiastically after being told not
to do so. During a two-minute break halfway through the event, which was
broadcast live on CNN, journalists ran to the stage to snap photos of
Where’s the Sitemeter?
The little Sitemeter that’s usually posted on the right is missing today, not because I’m ashamed of my modest readership (which in fact is building very nicely) but because the service that provides it is preparing to upgrade things. Their official explanation:
“For the next 30 – 45 days we will be testing our servers and databases in preparation for the launch of our new SiteMeter platform. If you are currently using our NoScript tag (plain HTML) the little SiteMeter icon that appears on the pages where you have pasted our tag may disappear. Please rest … ” [. - you get the picture - ed]
When it’s available, the Sitemeter is fascinating, at least to me. I have one reader who logs on from Germany every day – don’t know why, don’t know who – and another from Peking. The Internet’s a thing of wonder. The meter is public, so when it reappears, click on it if you’re interested.
The washington Post (above) has examined Fannie Mae’s giving history and the results don’t bode well for us taxpayers no matter who wins this year’s election.
Here’s a link (click on title above) to one of the Greenwich Time articles on the egg tossing incident. We’re still working on the others.
Here’s a great comment on selecting an agent that makes a lot of sense (because I didn’t write it!). I didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle so I reprint it here.
“Though I agree with some of the techniques Chris mentions in scoping out the “better” agents, I have to say that elevating this town’s handful of good brokers to a level of consummate competency is unfair.I had used a couple of the “power” brokers in Greenwich on different occasions and found them to be too busy and/or scattered to pay me the kind of attention that I felt I deserved. They have too many listings and clients to manage with equal effectiveness. I eventually went with a lesser-known, non-veteran agent who has been wonderful. She appears to be among a large group of serious agents in Greenwich who are hungry for business but seem to be edged out by the veteran agents who rule the market — just because of their reputations. And not all of these veterans have favorable reputations on the street. I’d rather deal with someone who is smart and sincerely a hard-worker (even if he/she is not a veteran) rather than a tired, pushy, elitist.”
A quiet morning, but check out the comments section – there are a number of discussions going on.
I suppose we can talk about the latest tale of wayward boys causing trouble at the high school. According to the Greenwich Time’s sanitized version, five “high school football players” tossed eggs at a coach’s car over the course of several nights. The coach eventually took down their license number and handed it over to the police, then resigned presumably, the GT would have us believe, out of disappointment over the actions of his players. The true story or I should say, the rumored story, is, as usual with our local paper, far more interesting.
According to rumors, and some of these originate from people who should know, the egging crew included two co-captains of the team and they all pelted the car four nights running. The coach lost his cool and lay await for them on the fourth night, then engaged them in a high speed car chase across town to Byram or, if you prefer, across the Tappen Zee Bridge. Either way, he called off the pursuit, turned in the license plate number and was then fired from his coaching duties because his reckless actions had endangered the lives of the kids (who cares?) and any innocent by-standers who might have wandered into his path (that I do care about).
The kids, again rumor has it, although the school denies it, were ordered to run some laps and the matter would have ended there with one fired coach and five sweaty kids. But grumbling arose over the lack of punishment – the kids will continue playing with the team, for instance – and the perceived special treatment accorded star athletes. So yesterday our Superintendent announced a new round of punishment will be meted out, albeit without specifying what that punishment will be. I’d guess it will be a form of “super secret double probation” but what I’d like to see, just to make clear that budding pigskin tossers are treated no better than chair kickers, is them marched to the center of the football field, Tasered three times and then arrested and held on $50,000 bail. Now that would send (some kind of) a message.
(no links this morning, for reasons known only to God and Blogger.com. – if either of them deigns to send me a fix, I’ll have links in this post later)