Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

It’s a shame that Greenwich Time fired its last real editor decades ago

You'll notice that my follicles aren't deep seeded

You’ll notice that my follicles aren’t deep seeded

 Here’s today’s effort.

VERNON — The family of convicted murderer Michael Skakel conveyed a deep-seeded sense of buyer’s remorse Wednesday over its decision to hire Mickey Sherman to defend the Kennedy cousin against charges that he bludgeoned Greenwich teenager Martha Moxley to death in 1975.

It’s not so much that the idiot reporter made a mistake, it’s the fact that the editor doesn’t know the difference.

UPDATE: They fixed it overnight. I wonder if the janitor pointed out their error?

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Here’s a cheerful shot to close the evening

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April 17, 2013 · 8:58 pm

Another Greenwich landmark crumbles

Photo: Stamford Advocate

Photo: Stamford Advocate

Well not really, but The Wall Street Journal reports that the muffin chain “Crumbs” is on its way out. 

The craze hit a high mark in June 2011, when Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. a New York-based chain, debuted on the Nasdaq Stock Market  under the ticker symbol CRMB. Its creations—4″ tall, with fillings such as vanilla custard, caps of butter cream cheese, and decorative flourishes like a whole cookie—can cost $4.50 each.

After trading at more than $13 a share in mid-2011, Crumbs has sunk to $1.70. It dropped 34% last Friday, in the wake of Crumbs saying that sales for the full year would be down by 22% from earlier projections, and the stock slipped further this week.

Crumbs in part blamed store closures from Hurricane Sandy, but others say the chain is suffering from a larger problem: gourmet-cupcake burnout.

I’ve never set foot in one, not even the Crumbs near the Library, so I’m not responsible for its declining customer base, but I don’t understand how Wall Street survives, peddling stock in ridiculous ventures like this. Who could possibly think they were investing in the next John Deere? I mean really, cupcakes?


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And as the Synagogue fight continues, here comes Rick Kral to spice things up even more

Yo mama!

Yo mama!

I’m told that Mr. Kral, owner/developer of Beacon Marine on River Road, has applied to tear down the 1800’s Cos Cob Inn and build affordable housing instead. Hearing before the P&Z is supposed to be on Tuesday, May 14th, but I can’t find the P&Z agenda online to check that.

As you may know, Connecticut Democrats passed a law years ago giving builders of affordable housing the right to build anywhere they wish to, regardless of zoning, so there’s a reasonable chance of Kral prevailing here. I assume that the man really has no intention or desire to attend to the needs of the poor and is instead using this as a club to get the town to stop opposing his project to expand Beacon Point across the street. Again, I don’t know that, but it’s a common tactic and, thanks to that law, often successful.

Why not convert the existing building, already used mostly by transients, into moderate income apartments? Because, I think, that’s not much of a threat. Colored people and a four-story housing project, now that’s a threat.


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They laughed when Scalia predicted it, but how about Slate?


You may kiss the bride

You may kiss the bride

Time to legalize polygamy and all forms of marriage.

Yes, really. While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let’s not forget that the fight doesn’t end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families.

It’s all logical, and it all follows from the legal reasoning of advocates of gay marriage. Personally, I could give a fig if Lance and Troy want to marry Charlotte the pig, but at least don’t claim that the legal underpinnings for such a blessed event aren’t already in place.


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You wouldn’t know it from the press coverage

Who expected them to wise up so quickly?

Who expected them to wise up so quickly?

Gallup: Only 4% of Americans think gun control is an important issue. That’s tied with those who think  the antics of  Kim Jong Un are of concern. The big issue seems to be the economy and unemployment which puzzles me because, according to our mainstream media, Obama fixed that long ago.

In its poll from Apr. 4-7,  Gallup surveyed 1,005 adults by telephone and asked, “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?”

Respondents answered in the following order:


Economy in general                                      24%

Unemployment/Jobs                                   18%

Dissatisfaction with Government              16%

Federal budget deficit/Federal debt         11%

Healthcare                                                             6%

Ethical/Moral/Family decline                        5%

Immigration/Illegal aliens                                4%

Education                                                                 4%

Guns/Gun control                                                  4%

Situation with North Korea                                4%

Lack of Money                                                           3%

Welfare                                                                         2%

Lack of respect for each other                             2%

Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness                       2%

Foreign aid/Focus overseas                                 2%

Taxes                                                                              2%


Despite the Obama administration’s strong push for more gun control legislation, few Americans are concerned about the issue.

As Gallup reports, “Few Americans mention guns or immigration as the most important problems facing the nation today, despite the current attention lawmakers in Washington are giving to these issues. The economy still dominates as the top concern, followed by jobs and dissatisfaction with the general way in which Congress and the government work.”



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Bidding war winner returns it to the market


17 Old Wagon Rd

17 Old Wagon Rd

17 Old Wagon sold for $1,817,500 in 2005 and was put back up for sale in the dormant market of 2010 for $1.795. Bad market or not, it sold quickly in a bidding war for exactly that 2005 price, $1.817. It’s back again, with a finished basement and some other improvements and looking for $2.050 million. Give some recent sales in that section of Havemeyer, they may get it.


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Probably just a belated inauguration gift from an old Hawaiian pal

obamaOr Kenya. FBI: White House intercepts letter addressed to Barry with “suspicious powder” inside.


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Hot, hot hot

8 Taylor Drive

8 Taylor Drive

8 Taylor Drive, Cos Cob (and brother Gideon’s listing) has accepted offer 7 days after hitting the market at $1.495 million, as predicted here last Thursday (I predicted it would be gone by Monday, and today’s Wednesday, but close enough). Owner paid $1.637 for it new in 2008, so the Cos Cob market’s still a little depressed, but it’s climbing back.

And 20 Carriglea, Riverside, a one-acre lot with a teardown on it has gone in 6 days, asking $1.995 million. That’s right in line with recent land sales on this street so no surprise here.

As I’ve said before, there are lots of buyers out there, many of whom feel that the market is climbing out of their reach. And it may be; on the other hand, it wasn’t long ago that people who felt this way overpaid, and watched their equity vanish. I remember numbers 9 and 7 Dandy Drive back in 2007? 2008? Identical houses built by same builder, one went in a biding war for around $2.550 million, the other hit the downturn and eventually sold for $1.8. I imagine the buyer of No. 9 wasn’t pleased to see the market value of his house take that hit.

Still, there are buyers, and if you aren’t receiving offers, you’re priced too high.


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Flipping is back

11 Macarthur11 MaCarthur Drive, Havemeyer, sold for $750,000 in July 2012. Buyer put in central a/c, hardwood floors, new appliances and set it back on the water 13 days ago for $975,000. Full contract today.


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Market test

64 park64 Park Avenue, Old Greenwich, couldn’t sell at $2.150 in 2010 or $2.225 in 2011. Now it’s back at $2.295 million. Will the market have done what the house itself could not? We’ll find out. Small: 2,400 sq. feet; detached, one-car garage and a pool instead of a backyard, but that’s life in Old Greenwich.


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Rewriting history or just a moron?

Never happened

Never happened

With MNBC, it’s always hard to tell.

MSNBC contributorJoy-Ann Reid told the host of Now, Alex Wagner, that she thought President Barack Obama’s response to the attack on the Boston Marathon on Monday was powerful and comforting in a way that PresidentGeorge W. Bush’s response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, was not. She accused Bush of being unavailable to the American people for the “first couple weeks” after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Reid told Wagner that the president’s statement actively combatted the intention of the terrorists, which is to make their targets feel “discombobulated.”

“Having, sort of, one person communicating with you is very important,” Reid said. “We learned after 9/11 that when George W. Bush didn’t do it, [former New York City Mayor] Rudy Giuliani stepped in.”

“The whole country was waiting for him to come on the television for those first couple of weeks because you didn’t see the president,” she continued. “President Obama has definitely learned the lesson that you have to speak early, speak often, speak confidently.” 

Reid said that she was glad Obama was “cautious” and had thus far avoided sating American’s “fetish” for “bellicose language.”

The trouble with this sort of thing is that kids believe what they hear and see on television and with no historical knowledge and teachers unlikely to provide it, they don’t question people like Reid’s creation of an alternative reality and instead accept it as the truth. I suspect that this Reid creature is just an affirmative-action idiot propped up in front of the cameras for quota purposes, but the “editors” – a loose term – of the show have darker motives.


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Bottom story of the day: Bill Effros to sue Greenwich

Bill Effros, who lives high up atop the bluff overlooking Greenwich High on Old Church Road, announced yesterday that he’ll be suing the town for damages caused by runoff from the toxic sludge down there. I can’t possibly keep up with all of Mr. Effros’s suits concerning the high school – who can? – but he’s sued over football lights, artificial turf, cooling towers and now, the possibility that polluted water may run 300′ uphill.

In America, anyone can sue anyone else; it’s our birthright and expected of us, but I do sometimes wish Effros would take the time to read and even act on the advice given in his own book, “How to Sell Your House in 5 Days.”

UPDATE: Mr. Effros has written to explain what’s going on, from his perspective (see comments, below). Gadfly or nut or concerned property owner? Maybe all three, but we certainly need gadflys in town, so keep it up.


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They’d have better spent their time visiting New York art galleries


It MUST be around here somewhere, gov.

It MUST be around here somewhere, gov.

British coppers report a missing tin of biscuits, snagged by one of their own, to themselves. They couldn’t stop the crime nor, it seems, solve it.

Officers were so outraged that a tin of biscuits vanished from their police station that they reported it as an official crime.

Details of the theft are still unclear but it is thought a police officer could be responsible for an inside job at the station at Heavitree Road in Exeter, Devon.

The biscuits were last seen in the control room kitchen.

The audacious crime at Devon and Cornwall Police’s headquarters, right under officers’ noses, was logged on February 28, 2012 – and remains officially unsolved.


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When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns

Combat veteran hiking with his son has rifle illegally confiscated by Texas (Texas!) cop for “rudely displaying a gun”.

“We live out in the country in Texas, near Temple,” he told me. “My son and I were on a ten-mile hike so that he could earn his hiking merit badge – it’s the last badge he needs to become an Eagle Scout.” But half way into the hike, Grisham said, “a police officer pulled up.” Initially, he was “cordial” and he “asked what we were doing.” Grisham told him. “Then he looked at my rifle. I carry a rifle any time I walk around because there are feral hogs and cougars and things like that.”

From here, things took a turn for the worse.

“‘Where you going with that rifle?’ he asked me. I said, ‘does it matter? Am I breaking any laws?’” Then, he says, the officer “grabbed the rifle without telling me – but it was attached to me. My immediate reaction as a combat veteran was to grab it back and then take a step back. I asked him what he was doing. So he pulled his gun on me. Then I thought about my son, so I put my hands off my gun and he told me to move over to the car. Luckily my son had the video camera to document the hike for his merit badge. I told him to turn it on.”

Badges? We don’ need no stinkin’ badges.

UPDATE: Reader WBH writes that this guy is not what he claims to be (see WBH’s comment). Still wrong in principle. but perhaps more understandable.


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I understand that our own GPD will be taking a cultural tour into the city soon

Natalie WhiteNYPD cops thoroughly examine art exhibit while being guided by its topless creator, and decline to shut it down as its neighbors demanded. They promise to return for the opening.

Police showed up yesterday afternoon at the ROX Gallery and met 24-year-old beauty Natalie White — who went bare-breasted as she showed them the exhibit, which is plastered with explicit photo of her. She even invited them to last night’s opening.

The cops were so taken, they declined to shutter the show — which includes pictures by photographer Peter Beard of White pleasuring herself.

“We met the police. They said they would come tonight [ we presume they meant “attend” – Ed] ,” said White who is known on occasion to masturbate live in front gallery patrons.

“They came in full force,” she said. “It was like a moment out of ‘The Big Lebowski.’ “


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I’m sure it won’t do much to soothe the feelings of its opponents but…

The Cos Cob synagogue has selected architect Mark Thompson to design their new (proposed, anyway) building. Mark grew up on Jones Park in Riverside and went on to become a very, very successful architect. He knows the town and you know his work: he designed the children’s addition to Perrot Library in Old Greenwich. It is a beautiful job, incorporating some new styles while, to my taste, blending seamlessly with the old. Then, if you’re a masochist, go back to Greenwich and see how Cesar Pelli desecrated the library there.

Those who don’t want the synagogue certainly won’t be assuaged by the selection of a great architect, but if they do end up with this project in their neighborhood, they may find some consolation in its design.

Mark Thompson addition (left)

Mark Thompson addition 


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