Daily Archives: May 2, 2013

The future of Old Greenwich?

That’s what reader Doug Cram calls it, and it seems apt. He writes:

I thought this could be of interest to your readers…  house at south end of Heustead, built new about 10 years ago, is  now being raised above the level mandated by FEMA.  according to the project manager at the site this morning, it will be two feet above the 13 ft level mandated by FEMA and the owners, who used to walk up two stairs from the parking area, will need to trudge up 17 steps to get to the new first level.  by the way, i have no idea, nor have i been able to find a source for determining, what the 11 ft or 13 ft is measured from… mean low tide, mean high tide, mean high high tide, etc.   the project manager indicated that Heustead pavement is about 3 ft. at the front of the house, so the owners’ first floor will be 12 feet above the road.

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We’re back

Busy selling real estate today which is, after all, the immediate point of my life these days. I did get to a few open houses and since there’s nothing of note to report in the sales/accepted offer front, here are two new listings that I liked, 11 Bayside Terrace and 9 Tyler Lane, both in Riverside.

11 Bayside Terrace

11 Bayside Terrace

11 Bayside Terrace, $2.095, is that same house I mentioned last year, which at the time I suggested should be renovated rather than torn down. And so it was. I like what they did, and they did it well. Good house, split level and all: it works. Nice yard, walk to school and the train, not particularly noisy at all. I’d really like it if its price didn’t start with a 2, but that’s what negotiations are for. If your price range is generally in this area and you’re looking in Riverside, see this one.

9 Tyler Lane

9 Tyler Lane

Further up the food chain, Peter Fusero’s home at 9 Tyler Lane (off Lockwood) is for sale at $4.165. I can’t remember what the new construction on verona Drive sold for earlier this year but if memory serves, both went for around $4 and if so, there’s your comp.

Except that this has a bigger (1/2acre) yard, and a great pool, plus its own private gate to walk to Eastern and the train. Peter builds an excellent house and I believe, though am not positive, that he built this one with the intention of staying longer. Whatever the circumstances, there’s a great house here.

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Obama expands his agenda

 

Elections have consequences

Elections have consequences

Housing Finance nominee has a viewpoint unknown to most white citizens of this country, if not our president and his gang. 

A “majority of white voters” would never vote for a black candidate and that they should be excluded from “the democratic process.”

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Eating their seed corn

Tastes like chicken

Tastes like chicken

Jamestown cannibals.

That cannibalism occurred during the colony’s “starving time” was never in much doubt. At least a half-dozen accounts, by people who lived through the period or spoke to colonists who did, describe occasional acts of cannibalism that winter. They include reports of corpses being exhumed and eaten, a husband killing his wife and salting her flesh (for which he was executed), and the mysterious disappearance of foraging colonists.

The proof comes in the form of fragments of a skeleton of a girl, about age 14, found in a cellar full of debris in the fort on the James River that sheltered the starving colonists. The skull, lower jaw and leg bone — all that remain — have the telltale marks of an ax or cleaver and a knife.

About 300 people inhabited the fort in November 1609. By spring, there were only 60. The girl, most likely a maidservant but possibly the daughter of a colonist, was one of the casualties.

I’ll refrain from drawing the obvious (even to Dollar Bill) comparison to the ever-expanding socialist system being imposed on us by our government.

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War on girls

Obama campaign posterObama’s Justice Department to appeal decision permitting access to morning after pill to woman as young as 15. Where’s Sandra Fluke?

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Obama: “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

Greenwich Hospital, 2019

Greenwich Hospital, 2019

How that’s working in Ireland, that’s long had a national health care plan so bad that 1/2 the population supplements it with private insurance?  € 2,500 premium hike in past three years for those with private insurance who use national hospitals. So pay twice for the same hospital bed: once with your taxes, again because you dare buy private insurance.

The move to charge anyone with private health insurance for treatment in a public hospital was described by insurers as a “gamechanger” that risks destroying the health-insurance market.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health confirmed to this newspaper that legislation to effect the change will be enacted by July 1.

The department’s spokeswoman said that at the moment half of private patients who stay overnight in public hospitals do not pay maintenance charges, which are up to €1,000 a night. A nightly charge of €75 applies for a public hospital.

But insurers said the move to impose the €1,000 charge would mean that even those who were being treated publicly would find that their insurer was charged for the stay in hospital.

Dermot Goode, of Healthinsurancesavings.ie, said this would mean a minimum of 15pc hike in premiums this year. This is on top of two increases already in the past six months from Laya (previously Quinn) and GloHealth, VHI and Aviva. The rises have been between 18pc and 20pc, he said.

Coming our way.

Related: Ireland imposes €100 fee for visits to minor injury clinics. Set up as a cheaper alternative to hospital emergency rooms, they charged nothing until now.

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Probably not a list we want to be on

DunceUConn #22 on roster of “25 Universities with the worst professors”. There is a four-year honors program at UConn that’s highly selective and very well regarded. For the great mass of the unwashed, apparently, not so good. Oh well, the Coast Guard Academy does even worse – something in the Connecticut air?

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