Daily Archives: October 13, 2015

Alright, I was wrong

I’d predicted that the jury hearing the case of the aunt and her nephew (The Daily News calls her “the Auntie-Christ”, which I like), would take 10 minutes to order coffee and then 10 seconds to toss the wicked bitch out of court. Turns out, coffee service must have been slow, because it required 25 minutes, start to finish.

I wonder what idiot lawyer took this case?

Bill Beckert, Esq.

Bill Beckert, Esq.

UPDATE: The lawyer is one William Beckert, out of Plainfield. Dummy.


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While I was out

A few bits of real estate news came over the wire. In no particular order …

9 Ferris Drive

9 Ferris Drive

9 Ferris Drive, Old Greenwich, reports a contingent contract (contingencies can include passing a mortgage appraisal, building inspection, and more). Started off at $865,000, last ask was $749,500. This one is going to need an awful lot of work.

41 The Avenue

41 The Avenue

41 The Avenue, on the Banksville border, also has a contingent contract, asking $381,600, “as is, where is”. Bank owned. Original owner borrowed $600,000 on this 1958, 736 sq.ft. cottage, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, on an undersized (14,000 sq. ft. in 20,000 zone) in the middle of nowhere. That was in 2007, in case you wondered why the mortgage collapse hit the banks. Foreclosure started in 2010, judgment entered, bankruptcy stalled matters, countless motions were filed, ejectment of the now-former owner was tried twice, and now, five years later, it’s being disposed of.

124 Birch Lane

124 Birch Lane

124 Birch Lane has a pending contract, which means all contingencies have been met and it’s awaiting contract. Started at $3.695 million, it had to drop to $2.999 to find a buyer (it’s probably selling for less than that). Owners paid $3.050 for it in 2006 and the listing says “renovations” were performed in 2010.

Guess they didn’t do enough renovating.


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And the Greenwich indoctrination of our children continues

Columbus clears the path for a superior culture, or,

Columbus clears the path for a superior culture, or, “you can’t make an omelette without breaking knee caps”.

Classes held on Columbus Day. There’s nothing particularly wrong with that; it seems to have been a budgetary decision, rather than some more political correctness nonsense (unless the board hid its political lines behind a beard), but this passage from the Greenwich Time article discussing the move is alarming:

Greenwich High students said Monday Christopher Columbus’ legacy has provoked spirited discussions in recent social studies classes. For some who subscribe to historical accounts that link Columbus to genocidal acts in the colonies, the explorer’s life does not deserve its own day.

“It’s a holiday based on a man who enslaved and killed,” said Greenwich High sophomore Jonathan Katzman. “It’s kind of stupid to be celebrating that. That man is hardly worthy of celebration.”

Howard Zinn’s textbook at work.


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The modern skin mag

Alberto Vargas must be spinning in his grave

Alberto Vargas must be spinning in his grave

Playboy to stop showing nude bodies

Circulation has dropped from 5.7 million in 1975 to 800,000 today, because hard copy pictures of nudes, especially those you’re expected to pay for,  are irrelevant. According to Playboy’s CEO,  “you’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free.”

Sad to think that that rite of passage for 12-year-old boys, buying a Playboy from a skeptical newsstand proprietor “because my Dad asked me to pick him up a copy”, is no more. Back to stealing cars for kicks, I suppose; if the modern video-gaming boy ever leaves his room long enough to hit the streets.


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The Modern Family

Aunt comes home

Aunt Jennifer comes home

Westport: aunt sues her 8-year-old nephew for negligently and carelessly jumping into her arms, causing her to fall.

New York woman wants a jury to hold her 8-year-old nephew accountable for his youthful exuberance during his birthday party.

Jennifer Connell claims the boy, Sean Tarala of Westport, acted unreasonable when he leaped into her arms, causing her to fall on the ground and break her wrist four years ago. This week Connell is asking a six-member Superior Court jury to find the boy liable for his actions.

She is seeking $127,000 from the boy, who she described as always being “very loving, sensitive,” toward her. The boy is the only defendant in the case.

In court Friday, the boy, now 12 years old, appeared confused as he sat with his father, Michael Tarala, in the Main Street courtroom. The boy’s mother, Lisa Tarala, died last year.

On the witness stand before Judge Edward Stodolink, the 54-year-old Connell, a human resources manager in Manhattan, testified she loves Sean but believes he should be held accountable for her injury.

On March 18, 2011, Connell, who has no children of her own, arrived at the Tarala home at 25 Woods Grove Road to attend Sean’s birthday party.

The boy had gotten his first two-wheeler for his birthday, and was joyfully riding the bright-red bike around and around the home, according to testimony.

But when he spotted Connell, he dropped the new bicycle on the ground, exclaiming, “Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen.”

“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell testified of her encounter with the 50-pound boy. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”

Although hurt, Connell said, she didn’t complain to the boy at the time.

“It was his birthday party and I didn’t want to upset him,” she told the jury.

But, Connell continued, her life was turned upside down as a result of the injury.

“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she said.

Wish I were a fly on the wall at that family’s next Thanksgiving dinner or, for that matter, in the same room as the jurors as they deliberate.


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