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Anthony Lopez: Public housing accusations come from residents, not from politicians

Your claim that candidates who raise issues concerning some of the deplorable conditions at HATG maintained properties are ‘never heard from again’ is baseless. Because we do not write op-eds every week, does not mean that we have given up the fight for the residents who feel voiceless and powerless. I continue to be present.” – Anthony Lopez, Greenwich open letter to HATG director Anthony Johnson Continue Reading →

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Litvack: Walking Greenwich

“The reception all over town has been warm, encouraging and especially appreciative that someone is listening. From District 1 to District 12 there has been a groundswell of enthusiasm as we have talked and listened. But, yesterday was different. Yesterday I went to Armstrong Court. ” – Sandy Litvack, candidate for First Selectman of Greenwich Continue Reading →

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Fortunato: Housing Authority’s Failure to Disclose Lead Paint to Tenants Could Mean 6-Figure Penalties

Booth Court neighbor contends that laws requiring disclosure of lead paint are very strict, and penalties for noncompliance are steep. “According to EPA and HUD, since each Disclosure Rule requirement is a distinct obligation, failure to comply with any requirement constitutes a violation. Currently, Disclosure Rule violations are punishable up to $11,000 per violation.” Continue Reading →

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Finkbeiner: FOI Unearths Suppressed Housing Authority Tests

“Housing Authority suppressed its unfavorable findings from its own consultants, Fuss & O’Neill EnviroScience, LLC in April 2014. It hired a New Jersey firm not licensed as Environmental Professionals in Connecticut, and they mis-represented the CT standards, so the bad test results were not revealed. Mr. Tesei is very correct, however, that there is lots of mis-information.” – Mike Finkbeiner, a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Continue Reading →

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P&Z To Require Housing Authority to Re-Test Soil Near Dump

After hours of testimony from HATG’s attorney John Tesei, engineer Tony D’Andrea, land surveyor Mike Finkbeiner and Booth Court neighbors Dawn Fortunato and Otto Lauersdorf, followed by lengthy discussion among the P&Z commissioners long after midnight, the commission decided to approve the preliminary site plan with the condition that HATG add two test pits near Booth Court for “a double-check.” Continue Reading →

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Week in Review: “Pinnoccio” vs “Shirley,” Urban to Exit, 7 Fishes, Beloved Selectman Dies

Top stories on Greenwich Free Press December 21-28, 2014. WGCH TRANSCRIPT: Housing Authority Leader Accuses Booth Ct Mother of Child with Lead Poisoning of Slander

On Dec. 19 Sam Romeo took a call from a woman who initially identified herself as Shirley. The caller was Dawn Fortunato who is a longtime neighbor of Armstrong Court and the former town dump, now “Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility.” Fortunato took Romeo to task for the Housing Authority’s claim that soil samples tfrom the northwest corner of the public housing complex were “clean” as stated on the authority’s website. Continue Reading →

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Top Stories of the Week: Cheerleading, Fresh Air Fund, Pomerance, Election

It was a busy week at Greenwich Free Press. Starting out with the GYCL Cheerleading Expo (why don’t other reporters cover this fantastic event?), and moving to Tuesday’s election, we rested for five seconds and published features on the Fresh Air Fund, the snag in plans to overhaul Armstrong Court. We also launched a series on stay-at-home parents returning to work. Continue Reading →

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Armstrong Court Neighbors: “Not So Fast on New Multi-Story Seniors Building”

While residents and neighbors embrace the idea of a facelift and upgrades to Armstrong Court, including construction of family-style townhouses in two crows on the property, they are united in opposition to locating a 51-unit multi-story senior residence building on the steep slope along Booth Place. At Thursday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, a vote on MI status for the project was removed from the agenda. Continue Reading →

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In Case the Unthinkable Happens, Have Your Child CHIP’d

The CT “CHIP” program is not a microchip program, but rather an acronym for “Connecticut Child Identification Program.” On Saturday 50 children were CHIP’d for free in the Armstrong Court preschools. Why? Just in case the unthinkable happens. The kids had blast with pizza, cartoons and balloons mixed in with DNA swabs and toothprints. Continue Reading →

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