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GUN VIOLENCE: NEXT STEPS IN THE CONVERSATION, A COMMUNITY FORUM

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On Valentine’s Day 5,500 people rallied on the north steps of the state Capitol building in Hartford to demand safer, common sense gun laws. This “March for Change” was a march not only to change gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre – but equally important – it was a march to […] [Read More]
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ARMED GUARDS DO NOT BELONG IN SCHOOLS

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Armed guards in our schools is a BAD idea. This idea should be taken off the table immediately. We must not let fear drive us to arms. If we do, the Newtown gunman wins, and the children lose. In a recent letter to Greenwich Board of Education Chairman, Leslie Moriarty, and Greenwich Superintendent of Schools, […] [Read More]
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SYNAGOGUE CONTROVERSY – TOO MUCH ILL WILL AND MISINFORMATION

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It’s a shame there’s such ill will being generated in the Cos Cob community, and so much misinformation. It’s painful to read some of the online commentary that fans the flames in this neighborhood conflagration, ignited by a proposal to build a synagogue on Orchard Street. Minds have closed. Hearts have hardened. It makes no […] [Read More]
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AN ORCHARD STREET SYNAGOGUE? KEEP AN OPEN MIND

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No one knows yet what the synagogue will look like. There’s no specific building proposal on the table, or detailed architectural plans ready for review. The exact size of the structure, its location on the property, and details such as lighting are as yet unknown. Everything’s still in an early design stage. There’s no reason […] [Read More]
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MONDAY NIGHT EPIPHANY? THERE’S ALWAYS HOPE

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BET Budget Committee chairman Joe Pellegrino said at Tuesday’s meeting of the 4-member Budget Committee that he has tried to craft budget guidelines that will get at least 7 votes on the full 12-member board. And that’s exactly what’s destined to happen Monday night. His draft guidelines are expected to garner 6 Republican votes plus […] [Read More]
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GREENWICH STYLE – THE 30 PERCENT

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Tuesday night’s meeting of the BET Budget Committee brought no budget guideline surprises. As expected, the 4-member committee failed to approve any guidelines. The 2-2 vote was split along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor of the draft that was before the committee, and Democrats voting against. But what’s surprising is that, prior to […] [Read More]
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POLITICAL PARTY STRUGGLES FOR CONTROL OF THE BOE HARM EDUCATION

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Investment in education is the key to our American future. This is true at every level of government from the federal to our most local Board of Education. It’s true in our personal lives, in the personal lives of each and every American, whether ourselves, our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or all Americans in all […] [Read More]
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TRICK OR TREAT – WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE BUDGET?

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It’s trick or treat time. And Halloween’s when the BET’s 4-member Budget Committee is scheduled to have a third discussion of the 2013-14 draft budget guidelines, probably the final such discussion, before committee members vote on the guidelines. But there’s a trick here. The RTM’s Budget Overview Committee (BOC) has already voted on the guidelines. […] [Read More]
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