Daily Archives: July 14, 2014

More on the Byram Pool


The Tesei family relaxes in Byram

The Tesei family relaxes in Byram

Greenwich Patch provides details:

The new pool would be 6,400 square feet with a maximum depth of 5 1/2 feet, with six 25-meter lap lanes, designated area for aerobic workout and swimming instruction and family swimming. The pool would accommodate 250 people. There would be a separate kiddy pool and splash play area.

It is proposed that a 3,160-square foot restroom and concession building be built that would include shower and changing areas, lifeguard and first aid rooms. There also would be a separate pool filter building to house all mechanical equipment as well as a new separate ticket and entry booth.

All of the structures will have to meet new FEMA flood regulations, Monelli said.

The application was filed July 10th, the Selectmen, who have already announced their support for this boondoggle, will vote on it July 24th.

The two-week period between the Municipal Improvement status application and the selectmen’s decision is to allow for public comment on the project, said First Selectman Peter Tesei.

It won’t make a bit of difference, but here’s how to submit your public comment. Fire away.


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Wow, who knew badgers came so big?


Poor little badger

Feisty little badger

Woman sentenced to 7 years for killing bicyclist, told police she kept on because she thought she’d hit a badger.

Alison Bowen was more than twice over the drink-drive limit when she struck Paul Novak on the A21 at Robertsbridge in November last year, a spokesperson for Sussex Police said.

She struck him with such force that her windscreen shattered and the front of her Fiat Punto was caved in – but later told officers she thought she had only hit a badger.

Bowen then drove off, leaving Mr Novak’s body in the road.

She continued in her smashed car until she got to Battle and crashed off the road again.

Mr Novak, 50, of St Leonards, died at the scene.

Now THAT'S a badger

Now THAT’S a badger


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So why bother hanging around so long?


I'll just sit here in the dark

I’ll just sit here in the dark

107-year-old woman attributes her longevity to clean living: “I didn’t drink liquor, I didn’t dance.”

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Oh for God’s sake


Oh noooo!

Oh noooo!

Mother jailed, daughter placed in protective care, because the nine-year-old was allowed to play in the local park, unsupervised.

Generations of children have played in parks without their parents; hell, we even played in woods without our parents, without incident. Despite what idiot policemen (and the reporters of this story, who have the mother right up there with Charles Manson in terms of depraved indifference), there has been no increase in stranger-abductions of children since records began being kept in the 1950s. What has changed is the incessant, national media reporting of the crimes which are still minuscule (the vast, vast majority of child abductions are actually custodial disputes between parents, and an even larger percentage turn out to be runaways).

You can’t expect our current class of citizens to know this, but when even the police join in the hysteria, it’s pathetic.


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That was quick


23 Hendrie

23 Hendrie

23 Hendrie Avenue Extension, $9.250 million, has a contract after 60 days. Nice house, but as a creek neighbor, I can assure you that the photoshopped dye job they did to the water here is inauthentic. Ole’s Creek is many things, but the Caribbean it is not.


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1 Grove Lane

1 Grove Lane

Brother Gideon has unloaded One Grove Lane for its owners at $3.290 million, not a huge loss from the $3.505 they paid in a bidding war back in 2005 but unfortunately, they put a huge amount into renovations after their purchase, and that became a gift from them to these buyers. Nice when sellers are generous like that.


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Someone wants out of town, bad


7 Highgate Rd

7 Highgate Rd

7 Highgate Road, Riverside, has returned to the market at $2.450 million, a huge drop from the $3.650 it was asking a few years ago, and less than the $2.840 the owners paid in 2005.  As I remember it, although it’s not much on the outside, the inside is very nice and was recently renovated. Under $2.5 in Harbor Point, with access to its beach, seems like an excellent deal.


That’s (almost) always the case, but the fact that it’s emphasized indicates to me that the sellers are hoping for a bidding war, and why not? This is a very low price for this area (though it’s in the AE flood zone, so you’ll want to consider that fact’s effect on any rebuilding plans you might have).


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Skullduggery in Old Greenwich?


1 Ferris Dive

1 Ferris Dive

1 Ferris Drive, asking $498,000 (from $599,000, originally), reports a pending contract, “pending bank approval due to accrued penalties and interest”. A judgement of strict foreclosure entered in favor of the bank May 29, 2014, but what I find interesting is an earlier lawsuit (begun August, 2010) on behalf of the estate of the late owner, Carmela S. Hickey against the two sons (?) (nephews?), Anthony and Paul Daddona.

From what I can piece together from the various dockets, on August 20, 2010, Wilmot Harris Jr., Esq. (Ivey Barnum), as Trustee for the estate of the late Carmela S. Hickey, sued the two Daddona brothers and their limited partnership, Beach Crest LLC, as well as the mortgage lender, to set aside the conveyance of the property from Carmela Hickey to the Daddona’s LLC, Beach Crest, and to discharge a $417,000 mortgage owed to the mortgagee by Beach Crest.

On June 18, 2012, a settlement was reached with the title insurance company insuring the bank for $162,5000, a new loan was extended by People Bank in the amount of $293,000, and Carmela Hickey’s estate’s interest was quit-claimed to Beach Crest LLC , but the suit against the two brothers continued, perhaps in contemplation of  further payments. It’s possible that Anthony Daddona made such a payment, because he was dropped from the law suit this year, while it continues against Paul.

So what happened here? We can speculate: On September 13, 2006, Anthony Daddona, as Trustee of the Mary Sassone Revocable trust, transferred her interest in One Ferris Drive to Depal LLC. We can guess that Mary Sassone and Carmella S. Hickey were related, probably sisters?

 On October 23, 2006, a limited partnership owned by the Daddonas, Depal LTD, was registered with the Secretary of State (even though it already held Mary Sassone’s interest in the property).

Carmela Sassone Hickey died November 28, 2006;

Beach Crest Ltd, was registered with the state on July 20, 2007  and on August 10, 2007, Depal LTD  quit claimed both Mary Sassone’s and Carmella Sassone Hickey’s in the property over to Beach Crest. On November 27, 2007, Beach Crest borrowed $417,000 from World Savings Bank, and the fun began.

None of which matters, but it’s something to do on  muggy Monday afternoon.




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And why isn’t Obama helping these people out? (I know, don’t give him ideas)


I see a rich life, of indolence and sloth

I see a rich life of indolence and sloth

Romanian gypsy “loves England”, vows to collect £40,000 in two years of welfare benefits or, failing that, he’ll steal to meet his goals.

For Yonn Lazer, 36, from the tiny village of Argetoaia in southern Romania, life for him, his wife Maria and their three children hasn’t always been easy.

But the family’s life has taken a turn for the better after Mr Lazer moved to London – allowing him to put a grand plan to rake in £40,000 in British benefits into action.

Six months after arriving in the capital, Mr Lazer is sending home £800 each week – and says ‘England’ has ‘given me everything’.

‘She’s give me home free. She’s give me money free. She’s give me everything.’

The UK has become an increasingly popular destination for European Roma gypsies, with a staggering 200,000 arriving in the last decade alone.

 ‘England is one country with much money,’ [Lazer]  says. ‘I need maybe £40,000 for my family and I think this money I can make in one year, maybe two.

‘I want to make one good house with three rooms, one bathroom, a fridge, plasma TV… My family is very important and I love my family. For them, I do everything.’

If he doesn’t manage to rake in enough cash, his plans will take a criminal turn. ‘If I don’t have food, I’ll go and steal,’ he admits. ‘The pocket, the paper and sometimes in the house if there is nobody, take, yeah.’

Also in London is Mr Lazer’s 15-year-old daughter Alina, recently married and pregnant with her first child.

‘My daughter is coming here together with her husband and she’s going to stay here because is good country,’ says Mr Lazer happily.

Is he at all embarrassed about the amount he’s being handed? The answer is no. ‘Some people think it’s bad if you have benefit or something but I think it’s not,’ he says.

‘I think it’s very good. It’s good for me and my family. I don’t have any interest in what they think, other people. It’s my life, my family and I think I am lucky, yeah!’

In the wonderful whacky world of liberalism, the Lazers of the world are deserving refugees, just trying to help their families. The taxpayers who involuntarily pay for this largess and worry about their own families are greedy, selfish people who must be forcibly separated from their money. Hmm.



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Leave it to Lupica


Armed bodyguard: don't leave home without him

Armed bodyguard: don’t leave home without him

Rookie cop killed by a gun, “once again in the wrong hands”. After paying the requisite homage to the poor, brave man shot down as he responded to a robbery, Lupica turns to his real point:

So it was a young policeman who ended up dead this time. A couple of weeks ago it was a kid out of Seton Hall Prep and the University of Richmond named Brendan Tevlin, sitting in a Jeep Liberty at the intersection of Northfield Ave. and Walker Road at midnight in West Orange, shot dead there, assailant still unknown, motive unknown, the funeral for Tevlin last week in front of 1,000 people, the kid not making it to his second year of college the way Melvin Santiago doesn’t make it to his second year as a cop.

A gun goes off at Communipaw and Kennedy, such a busy intersection during the day in Jersey City. A gun goes off at Northfield and Walker Road in West Orange. Two young lives, gone like that, in the country of the gun; in a state now officially classified stupid about guns because the governor of the state, Christie, won’t even allow a law limiting rounds of ammunition.

So we continue to feel as if no one is safe from guns in this country, and now in Jersey City the one not safe is a cop responding to a call about an armed robbery, a young guy who even supported himself at a Target store as he kept his dream alive about being a cop, and about keeping his city safe. Until nobody could keep him safe once Lawrence Campbell opened fire. This wasn’t just an execution, or merely a tragedy of Santiago’s city, it was an American tragedy.

This disgusting parasite (the sportswriter, although the gunman’s no better) uses the death of a young cop to trot out his anti-gun screed, yet again when in fact the gunman was unarmed when he entered the store: he wrested the gun used in the murder from a security guard. Lupica’s answer? Disarm everyone, even private guards.

Why doesn’t he start with former Mayor Bloomberg’s squad of body guards?


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Chris R keeps scoring


What will we do, oh, what WIL we do?

What will we do, oh, what WILL we do?

Here’s his latest contribution to this blog, from Howard Daily:

Real people, not rules, get things done. Rules exist to prevent bad conduct (thereby enhancing our freedom). Legal protocols, such as speed limits and contract law, allow people in a crowded society to move around without crashing too much. Organizational systems in companies, hospitals and schools can help mobilize humans to build products and provide services.

But only humans, individual people, make anything happen. Whether a school, hospital or business succeeds always hinges on the commitment, skill and judgment of the people. Government too requires individual initiative.

American history can best be told as a story of individual accomplishment — not just inspirational political leaders, such as Washington or Lincoln, but social leaders such as MLK and, especially, innovators in every aspect of commerce and society — from Fulton to Edison to the Wright brothers to Gates.


Modern culture is not friendly to individual initiative. The dramatic exceptions, such as Steve Jobs or others in technology, only prove the rule. Sociologist Robert Bellah and colleagues spotted this trend a few decades ago, when they found that Americans increasingly consider freedom to be the freedom to be left alone, not the freedom to do things. We are free to aspire to flat screen TVs in every room, but not, say, to start a business or to volunteer at the local school.


All the people we admire, in our history and in our lives, are people who take responsibility for their choices. They are people whose first instinct is to ask, “What is the right thing to do?” and not, “What does the rule require?” Whatever works in any community or business is always the result of individual effort. People of energy and good will wake up in the morning, determined to make a difference.

Many of the problems that cause us to wring our hands — starting with the dysfunction of democracy — can be described as failures of individual initiative. Who’s responsible for the budget deficits? Exactly. Nobody. David Remnick’s recent profile of President Obama in the New Yorker reflected a kind a fatalism, that even the president could only respond to the situation presented, with little opportunity to lead us to a new place.

This is perhaps America’s greatest cultural challenge. America needs to believe again in the capacity of individuals to make a difference. If the machinery of democracy is paralyzed, we must rebuild it. If we can’t volunteer in our communities, we need to change the rules. If the culture has stumbled into the quicksand of social distrust, leaders with moral authority must emerge to pull it out. Nothing will fix itself, including America’s insecure culture. Only humans can make things work.


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Coincidence? I think not


One of my successors is bound to bail me out

One of my successors is bound to bail me out

Obama struggles with arc of instability not seen since (late) 1970’s.

WASHINGTON—A convergence of security crises is playing out around the globe, from the Palestinian territories and Iraq to Ukraine and the South China Sea, posing a serious challenge to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and reflecting a world in which U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous. The breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s, U.S. security strategists say, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, revolutionary Islamists took power in Iran, and Southeast Asia was reeling in the wake of the U.S. exit from Vietnam.

The developments have fueled debate over the Obama foreign-policy doctrine, which the president said in a May speech at West Point would rely on U.S. leadership, but not troop deployments.

The president’s critics in Washington, as well as some diplomats abroad, believe Mr. Obama’s policies have fueled today’s conflicts. They cite his decision to pull back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his rejection of a more decisive U.S. and allied role in the Syrian civil war, and what they see as his reluctance to provide greater support to American allies in Asia and Europe as they face down the newly aggressive foreign polices of China, Iran and President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

“I think our country acting like such a paper tiger to the world on this and so many other fronts is doing incredible long-term damage to our nation,” said Sen. Bob Corker(R., Tenn.) at a hearing last week on Ukraine. “And I do hope at some point the administration will actually follow through on the things that it continues to tout publicly.”

Professor Reynolds predicted several years ago that if we were lucky, Obama would only be “the worst president since JimmyCarter”. Our luck’s run out.


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