Daily Archives: July 27, 2011

Greenwich Hospital cuts services, staff

Corvino blames Malloy’s new tax which will take $8.5 million from our hospital. Corvino did point this out when the tax was first proposed, pointing out that the hospital was operating at a profit of, I think, $5 million, so we’d lose that profit and have to come with $3.5 more. Of course, Mr. Corvino might have considered reducing his own million – plus salary before laying of 36 staff but hospital heads don’t do that and still, it wouldn’t have solved most of the problem.

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A grizzly tale

Westport teen Sam Boas helps save victim of grizzly attack. The kids were almost done with their National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course in Alaska, doing a solo walkout to a trail head when they were attacked by a momma grizzly with her club. Four were badly mauled. Sam, trained as an EMT just this year, stayed with a state trooper overnight with the worst injured of the students while others were evacuated ( a better equipped aircraft was required to fly out the last). Good for Mr. Boas.

I’m a NOLS graduate myself (1973) and my daughter Sarah graduated in, I think, 2007. It’s a great organization, geared to train students so that they can lead other, less experienced people on wilderness trips, but they don’t call it “wilderness” for nothing. I’d assume that, as I did when hiking with my kids at Glacier, they carried one of those half/fire hydrant-sized cans of pepper spray but having never been charged by a grizzly, I have no idea how much time one has to unclip the device from my belt and begin spraying – probably not much.

In any event, good job by this Westport teenager.

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The noose tightens on Fred Decaro Jr

FDIC blames Decaro, not the financial crisis, for the failure of his bank. Bank US was based in Port Chester but I understand that most of the money sunk into it came from Greenwich. Someone’s bound to be pissed.

I wonder whether either Decaro, father or son, lives on Round Hill Road?

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Who is “former Greenwich resident” Gary Ryder and how rich is he?

His 2004 conviction for owning an illegal crocodile has just been overturned by the Connecticut Supreme Court (illegal search). Good for him, but the amazing part of the story is that he was originally fined all of $35. Have you any idea of the legal fees involved in fighting a case in Superior, Appellate and the Supreme Courts over seven years? It’s possible, of course, that Mr. Ryder is an attorney or represented himself pro se but if had a lawyer working for him all this time, it must have cost him several hundred thousand dollars. There’s a man of conviction, although now he doesn’t have one.

UPDATE: The Connecticut Law Tribune has a much more detailed article. Mr. Ryder was indeed acting as his own lawyer, which would explain how he could pursue this for so long. In fact, I may actually have met Ryder a few times years ago – if he’s the same guy, he is not a lawyer  but did seem like a pretty nice guy.

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So who’s going to jail for this one?

GMAC Mortgage seems to have intentionally filed false documents with a New York court in a foreclosure case. There are those who believe that intentionally filing false documents with a court is a crime – in fact, that’s what the law says. GMAC denies it did anything wrong. We’ll see. But if GMAC was in fact doing this, how likely is it that the other big mortgage lenders were (are?) doing the same thing?

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A couple of sales

41 Cat Rock, a ranch, asked $1.450, sold for $1.1.

27 Meadow road in Riverside sold for $2.785, very close to its $2.9ish price. Nice house, good location on the corner of Marks and Meadow, but not much of a yard, which turned off my own clients. I’d have ignored the issue, as did, obviously, the buyers. But at these prices, you’re entitled to hold out for something close to what you’re looking for.

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What are we supposed to do with our recycling “Blue Bins”?

The last blue bin pick up came and went at our house today and, staring at the big blue chunk of plastic I was struck with the question of what to do with it. It doesn’t look recyclable, my garbage man probably won’t take it, so do I take it to the dump? If all 15,000 Greenwich households make a separate trip to the dump to get rid of these things, won’t that cause more pollution than the recycling program is supposed to prevent? Just asking.

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