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Alma Rutgers

DIVERSITY WRITING CONTEST WINNERS CHOSEN

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“Without diversity, my town would look like_____? This was the writing topic for the Third Annual Diversity Writing Contest sponsored by the Town of Greenwich Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, the Greenwich Time and the Narea Family. This past Friday, the six contest finalists were notified that they were winners. And the winners are: First Place […] [Read More]
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CHECK OUT THE ART EXHIBIT IN CHRIST CHURCH PARISH HALL – YOU’LL BE HAPPY YOU DID

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Music. Dance. Artwork everywhere. Yes, the festivities in downtown Greenwich last night marked the start of the 15th annual Art to the Avenue. This month-long celebration of art, sponsored by the Greenwich Arts Council, features 150 area artists. Their work is on display at 120 different locations, mostly in downtown retail establishments, but also at […] [Read More]
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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT SHOULDN’T BE PARTISAN: WHO’S TO BLAME?

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Here’s how I began my column this week (“Political Games Over Abuse Protections Are Shameful” in tomorrow’s Greenwich Time print edition and online now). The column’s focus is on the partisan wrangling in Washington over reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): It’s hard to believe legislation that helps victims of violence could become […] [Read More]
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WHERE IS THE REPUBLICAN OUTRAGE?

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In my column that appeared in today’s Greenwich Time, I wrote: Limbaugh’s misogyny against Georgetown University law student, Sandy Fluke, is an outrage. But equally outrageous is the fact that Republicans have not denounced Limbaugh for his vile statements. Think how powerful it would be if the Republican presidential candidates and Republican Senate and House […] [Read More]
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HOUSING TASK FORCE REPORT TO BE UNVEILED

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In my last blog posting on January 12, I wrote that the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) housing task force approved their report to the First Selectman, subject to minor revisions. The vote was unanimous. After nearly two years of regular meetings and hard work (the first meeting was February 22, 2010), a group […] [Read More]
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KUDOS TO HOUSING TASK FORCE MEMBERS

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At 9:55 p.m. tonight (Monday, January 11), members of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) housing task force came to an easy consensus on the report they will formally present to the First Selectman at the task force’s January 30 meeting. The unanimous 13-0 vote, with 2 members absent and 1 participating by speaker […] [Read More]
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NATHANIEL WITHERELL SURVIVAL AT STAKE

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Let’s hope few RTM members buy the argument that a “no” vote on the $20.2 million bonding proposal for Project Renew is good for Nathaniel Witherell. Contrary to Budget Overview Committee Chairman Bill Drake’s assertions on the op-ed page of today’s (Sunday, December 11, 2011) Greenwich Time, a “no” vote Monday night will in fact […] [Read More]
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NEW GREENWICH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS – SAME OLD

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The state’s Reapportionment Committee last week finally produced the new assembly district map. No surprises where Greenwich’s three districts – 149, 150, 151 – are concerned. It’s same old, same old. Last summer the Reapportionment Committee held public hearings throughout the state seeking input on a new districting plan. Greenwich attorney Edward Krumeich, who is […] [Read More]
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THE NATHANIEL WITHERELL MOVES FORWARD

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” This is an important step forward for the town.” So said Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Steven Walko this evening after a unanimous BET vote to approve $20,205,000 as an additional appropriation with an accompanying bonding resolution that will enable The Nathaniel Witherell to move forward with its much needed Project Renew, years […] [Read More]
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WORKSHOP – BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE

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The Town of Greenwich Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, which I chair, seeks to provide programs that inform the public about important and timely topics that touch upon issues of diversity, fairness, respect and everyone’s right to feel safe in their environment. This year’s fall program is on workplace bullying. The speaker is Dr. Dale Atkins, a licensed […] [Read More]
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