Daily Archives: December 17, 2012

Bloomberg demands “meaningful action” on obesity, calls for background checks on spoon buyers

Is that a hot dog in your mouth, Mike, or are you just glad to see us?

Is that a hot dog in your mouth, Mike, or are you just glad to see us?

“It’s not a panacea. It wouldn’t get rid of all the spoons on the streets,” Bloomberg said of his proposal. “But it would go a long ways in limiting them.” Obesity, Bloomberg said, has become a “national epidemic and a national tragedy that demands more than words.”

Or something that idiotic.

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5 Sale prices reported

Link to all five here.

7 Wynn - best two acres in Greenwich

7 Wynn – best two acres in Greenwich

Most important would be 7 Wynn Lane $4.145. (original price, $4.8 million, bought for $4.5 in 2003).

The other four were not bought by my clients and so really, who cares? But here they are anyway:

21 Cat Rock, Cos Cob, $1.550 (original asking price, $1.985)

99 Londonderry, $1.7 million ($2.9, original)

77 Pecksland Road, $9.5 million ($9.9, original)

17 Wynn, Riverside, $3.850 ($4.195, original)

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Here’s an owie

Aw, you SHOULDN'T have!

Aw, you SHOULDN’T have!

26 Mohawk Lane sold new in March, 2008 for $7.5 million. Buyer regretted it ever since, apparently, because it’s been back up for sale since 2009, switching brokers and prices until it hit $5.5 million and now reports a contract. Never buy new in fringe areas at the height of the market or worse, as in this case, when the market is collapsing.

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Executed contract reported

71 Baldwin Farms So.

71 Baldwin Farms So.

Not much going on this week but 71 Baldwin Farms South has a buyer. 1978 house, $3.5 million, I’d give it a “meh”,  but someone liked it, and that’s what counts.

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Senator Schumer would be twice-barred

 

Ah, Chuck, I believe that's a large capacity magazine in that gun of yours

Ah, Chuck, I believe that’s a large capacity magazine in that gun of yours

New York’s senator proposes bans on “assault weapons” and possession of guns by the mentally ill.

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That was quick

114 Hendrie Avenue, that of the hanging GE refrigerator, quickly attracted numerous bids after it came on last week at $790,000 and on Sunday the seller accepted one of them – not my client’s, alas, but what can you do? I’m told that the winning family bid higher, probably because unlike the rest of those interested, they intend to live there. A few hundred thousand into renovations and you’re in an almost-new home in Riverside for around a $1 million. These days, that’s a deal.

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Obama: lock up autistic children and throw away the key

And these will really bring safety and certainty to the world? It's a deal!

And these will really bring safety and certainty to the world? It’s a deal!

Revelation that the Newtown shooter had been diagnosed as  autistic has spurred a nationwide call for the immediate incarceration of all such children. Although some psychiatrists oppose this, pointing out that the vast majority of autistics are peaceful, law abiding people,  the harm done when a good kid goes bad is simply too great to risk leaving them free. Something must be done, our president said last night, even if it is only symbolic.

We can’t tolerate this anymore.  These tragedies must end.  And to end them, we must change.  We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true.  No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.

But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.  Surely, we can do better than this.  If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.

The battle cry of the politician and his ilk that they use to justify whatever new law they’re proposing, another freedom to be stripped away: “if it saves the life of one child …”. Our existing laws against murder, creating  risk of injury to a minor, assault, battery, unlicensed gun possession in public and carrying a weapon into a school all failed to prevent this horror. I love my children – most of us love our children. Using that love and concern for their safety as a pry bar to grab more control over the populace is cynical and, really, despicable.

RELATED – BBC: handgun crime up 40% since British 1997 ban on handguns.

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Counting one’s chickens even before Christmas

Some of us have been predicting the Greenwich Reform Synagogue faces a long slog through the zoning process before gaining approval to build on Caravella Acres, if it ever does at all. Randy Caravella is more optimistic.

"Mine, it's all mine!" Randy Caravella accepts down payment from the GRS

“Mine, it’s all mine!” Randy Caravella accepts down payment from the GRS

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Starting with former Greenwich resident Roseanne

But my children are too special to leave them unprotected!

But my children are too special to leave them unprotected!

Celebrities and politicians demanding unilateral disarmament should set an example by disbanding their bodyguard teams. Mayor Koch? Rupert Murdoch? We’re waiting.  And Hollywood: stop making violent movies!

Back in the 1950s comic books were blamed for the violence and mayhem on our streets.  In the 1980s, laws mandating bicycle helmets and booster seats were going to save our children from harm. Now banning guns is said to be the panacea, but the universe doesn’t work the way fearful meddlers wish it would. It just doesn’t. Ask any priest.

Rupert Murdoch bodyguards

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