Note: <888> 09/02/12 Sunday 11:00 A.M. I will now shower and clean up. I will then go downtown for a walk. If anyone wants to network with other Mitt Romney supporters in the area, there is a large Mormon church up in New Canaan, Connecticut, if you can afford to drive that far out of town. Greenwich Gas Prices – Find Greenwich, Connecticut Gas Stations and Cheap Gas in CT at Automobile Magazine . CIO
Note: <888> 09/02/12 Sunday 10:30 A.M. I woke up at 9 A.M.. I ate breakfast of oatmeal with honey and milk and a sliced banana, a toasted English muffin with olive oil, watered down fruit punch, and a cup of coffee with splenda and milk. I washed the breakfast dishes. I made my bed. CIO
End of Scott's Notes week of 09/01/12:
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 9:40 P.M. I ate a bowl of pineapple chunks. I will now send out my weekly notes. I will then go to bed. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 8:40 P.M. I just noticed that the new name of the new coffee shop on Greenwich Avenue "CFCF" is also the name for the Philadelphia Prisons Systems Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) . CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 8:15 P.M. I chatted with two relatives. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 7:45 P.M. The International Herald Tribune New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia or the International Herald Tribune.
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Connecticut Medicaid for Low Income Adults http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/pdfs/brochures/medicaid_lia_in_brief.pdf . CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 7:00 P.M. Google Street View sparks privacy issues in Greenwich - GreenwichTime
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Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 6:45 P.M. I woke up at 6 P.M.. I ate 2/3rds of a 8.5 ounce bag of 60% reduced fat Chex mix along with a 12 ounce glass of Sprite. I made my bed. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 4:20 P.M. I threw out the garbage. I picked up the mail. I will now take a nap. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 4:00 P.M. BBC Nature - Birds hold 'funerals' for dead
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Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 3:25 P.M. I ate ham, salami, provolone cheese, and sliced tomato sandwich on a Kaiser roll with Hellmann's mayonnaise a dill pickle slice and a Pringles sour cream and onion potato chips and a 12 ounce glass of Lipton Citrus green tea. I also ate four large tomato slices with oregano and olive oil and ground black pepper. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 2:15 P.M. I printed out my last four months of Scott's Notes. They are 210 pages long, and I put them in two clamp binders that I laid by the IBM ThinkCentre keyboard by the hallway.
They are available here:
Scott's Notes from January 2010 through August 2012, 3.30 Mbytes http://mikelouisscott.com/mlsnote3.zip contains "mlsnote18.doc" pages 7653 -7892 January 2010 to April 2010, "mlsnote19.doc" pages 7893 - 8142 May 2010 to August 2010, "mlsnote20.doc" pages 8143 - 8401 September 2010 to December 2010, "mlsnote21.doc" , pages 8402 - 8664 January 2011 to April 2011, "mlsnote22.doc", pages 8665 - 8928, May 2011 to August 2011, Janaury 2012 to April 2012, "mlsnote23.doc", pages 8929 -9166, September 2011 to December 2011, "mlsnote24.doc", pages 9167 - 9404, "mlsnote25.doc", pages 9405 -9615
Scott's Notes from January 2010 through August 2012, 3.30 Mbytes http://mikelouisscottcom.cv.siteprotect.net/mlsnote3.zip contains "mlsnote18.doc" pages 7653 -7892 January 2010 to April 2010, "mlsnote19.doc" pages 7893 -8142 May 2010 to August 2010, "mlsnote20.doc" pages 8143 - 8401 September 2010 to December 2010, "mlsnote21.doc" pages 8402 - 8664 January 2011 to April 2011, "mlsnote22.doc" pages 8665 - 8928 May 2011 to August 2011, "mlsnote23.doc", pages 8929 -9166, September 2011 to December 2011, January 2012 to April 2012, "mlsnote24.doc", pages 9167- 9404, "mlsnote 25.doc", page 9405 - 9615
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 12:30 P.M. I chatted with neighbors. I put away the laundry. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 11:20 A.M. I chatted with neighbors. I have 50 minutes to go on two dry cycles. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 10:55 A.M. I put clean linens on the bed. I showered, and I cleaned up. I started two loads of laundry, and I have 20 minutes to go on the wash cycles. I mailed the Microsoft Money report in the mail room downstairs. I threw out the garbage and the old periodical literature. I watered the plants. CIO
Note: <888> 09/01/12 Saturday 9:20 A.M. I woke up at 8 A.M.. I ate breakfast of oatmeal with honey and milk and a sliced banana, a toasted English muffin with olive oil, watered down fruit punch, and a cup of coffee with splenda and milk. I washed the breakfast dishes. CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 9:05 P.M.. I ate a bowl of sour cream and onion potato chips. I chatted with a relative. I will now shut down the primary work computer, and I will go to bed soon. I have a 10:30 A.M. appointment tomorrow morning. CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 8:15 P.M.. I printed out two copies of the Microsoft Money 2007 Income versus Spending Report for October 2012. I put one copy in a stamped envelope to have ready to mail to an interested relative. CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 8:00 P.M.. Town of Greenwich Wednesday Evening Message 10-31-12:
Good evening. This is Captain Mark Kordick of the Town of Greenwich Police Department with the October 31st evening update on Hurricane Sandy from the Town’s Emergency Operations Center.
President Obama announced today that he has declared Connecticut a federal disaster area. Importantly, this means Greenwich residents who suffered damage or were displaced by Hurricane Sandy are eligible for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To get assistance residents must register directly with FEMA by telephone or online. To register, call 1-800-621-FEMA, that’s 1-800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov.
The Town remains under a declared state of emergency. The Town’s Emergency Operations Center remains open on a full-time basis. Road clearing efforts remain underway in earnest. The total number of full closures dropped below 300 today for the first time since the storm. Connecticut Light and Power crews continue to work on power restoration. 63% of Greenwich residents remain without power.
The Town’s two emergency shelters, one at the Western Greenwich Civic Center and the other at the Eastern Middle School, remain open for all residents requiring shelter. Temperatures have dropped and are predicted to lower overnight. Residents without heat are welcome to drop-in either of the two emergency shelters at any time, day or night, even if it is just to warm up, get a meal or charge cellphones. Hot showers can even be had at the Eastern Middle School shelter. Bring a towel and toiletries if you can. The Red Cross professionals and volunteers staffing the shelters are delighted when citizens come by. Please, don’t be afraid to stop and check out what services are available at the shelter locations.
When driving, be aware that there are still several locations in Town where traffic signals are not functioning due to lack of power. Under Connecticut state law, any intersection with a disabled traffic signal is to be navigated like an all-way stop intersection. Motorists are required to stop completely and yield to traffic on the right.
The health department is recommending all residents keep food safety in mind over the coming days. If your power has been out for an extended period, food in refrigerators and freezers is likely to have spoiled. If power comes back, do not refreeze thawed food. Complete food safety tips are available at the Town of Greenwich website.
Announcements and reminders:
Schools are closed tomorrow and Friday. A decision concerning school openings next week and the rescheduled date of school Halloween parties and townwide trick-or-treating will be made no later than Sunday at 2:00 pm.
All Town Parks and Beaches remain closed until further notice.
Libraries, except the Perrot Library, have reopened. They are happy to provide power for recharging cellphones and electronic devices.
As we return to normalcy, unless special circumstances dictate, the frequency of announcements made via this system will be reduced from two per day to one per day effective tomorrow. The next scheduled announcement will come tomorrow evening. Until then, please stay safe.
End of Message: CIO
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Town of Greenwich, Wednesday Morning Update 10-31-12:
Good morning and Happy Halloween. This is the daytime information update concerning Hurricane Sandy for Wednesday, October 31st.
The Town’s Emergency Operations Center remains open and we continue to marshal more and more assets for recovery and clean-up operations. The Town remains in a declared State of Emergency. The town’s two emergency shelters, one at the Western Greenwich Civic Center and one at the Eastern Middle School, remain open to any resident requiring assistance. Even if residents do not require overnight shelter accommodations, the shelters, which are being staffed by the American Red Cross, are happy to have drop-in visitors looking to charge cell phones, get a snack, a cup of coffee or a hot meal. Warm showers can even be had at the Eastern Middle School shelter. Please bring your own towel and toiletries if you can.
Currently, 67% of Greenwich CL&P customers are without electric power. There is no definitive timetable for complete restoration. Keep in mind that some residents who currently have power may see it temporarily disconnected while other repairs are completed. Connecticut Light and Power has leveraged repairs crews from as far away as Iowa who are currently at work in Town. The Town is providing all of the assistance we can – in the form of tree crews, debris removal crews, National Guard troops and police officers – to assist Connecticut Light and Power line crews with their restoration efforts.
Many streets remain completely or partially blocked. Currently, there remain several hundred areas where streets and roads remain totally or partially blocked. The Emergency Operations Center is maintaining a live, interactive, public map of the most significant closures which can be accessed by a link on the Town’s website at www.greenwichct.org.
Other information important to residents:
Despite rumors to the contrary, the public drinking water supply is safe. That said, any private wells that were flooded should be considered contaminated. Information on private well decontamination information is available through the Greenwich Health Department.
All Town of Greenwich Parks and Beaches, to include Greenwich Point, will remain closed until further notice.
Greenwich schools will closed tomorrow and Friday, November 1st and 2nd.
For safety’s safe, no one, especially children should be out trick-or-treating this evening. The Town, in conjunction with the Public Schools, will schedule an alternate day next week for school Halloween celebrations and traditional trick-or-treating.
Information concerning school openings next week and the rescheduled date for trick-or-treating will be available no later than 2:00 pm on Sunday.
Greenwich Libraries, including the main branch and Cos Cob and Byram branches, have been reopened. The Perrot branch remains closed. The libraries and shelters are great places to spend time, be entertained and recharge cell phones for residents without power.
Finally, The Hamill Skating Rink will offer free public open skating today from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
As many of you begin to clean-up and inspect your own property, please exercise extreme caution. Many people are injured during clean-up and recovery operations. Never approach downed wires. Even downed wires that you think may not be live or have touched before, can become re-energized as power is restored to area neighborhoods. As you inspect and clean-up your property, remember to take lots of pictures and save all of your receipts.
If you are returning to your damaged or flooded home, Town building inspections must be completed before utility services can be restored. Please be on the lookout for and heed posted building inspection notices on your property. Additional information and tips about how to safely return to your home can be found on the Town’s website at www.greenwichct.org.
This message will be updated again this evening via this same system. Until then, please stay safe and remain patient as well all work through this difficult time together.
End of Message: CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 6:10 P.M.. I chatted with a relative. I chatted with a friend who was chasing after a runaway horse. CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 5:15 P.M.. I ate two 3 ounce Purdue chicken cutlets, 12 ounces of mashed potatoes with Smart Balance Spread, steamed broccoli crowns and baby carrots with extra virgin olive oil and Smart Balance spread, a 12 ounce glass of Schweppes Ginger Ale, and a cup of green tea with Splenda sweetener and Borden's lemon juice. The Sharp convection oven malfunctioned again, so I heated the Purdue chicken cutlets for 70 a side in the microwave oven. I disconnected the power to the Sharp convection oven for a while, and I then reconnected it and reset the clock, so hopefully it will work next time I need to use it. Possibly the power failure messed up its settings. I chatted with two neighbors downstairs. I picked up the mail. CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 3:00 P.M.. I went downtown, and I chatted with a regular walker for a while. The Senior and the Arts center will be closed as long as the Greenwich schools are closed. I used the bathroom there. I walked the entire length of Greenwich Avenue and the train station area. The Greenwich Train station is closed, but the local buses are running. The third floor south wall of the old Thataway restaurant collapse in the hurricane. Somebody inspecting it, told me they might have to tear down the building instead of remodeling the building. The awning at Baccarat fell off onto Greenwich Avenue. I toured CVS, and I used the bathroom there. I bought two 8.5 ounce Chex cheese mix for $2 each and a 8.5 ounce 60% reduced fat Chex Mix for $2 for $6 total. I noticed the white picket fence around the United Way building fell apart in the hurricane. I stopped by the Chase Bank at 19 West Putnam Avenue. I then finished my walk, and I used the bathroom at Starbucks. I chatted with a local. I then went by the Stop and Shop. There store is on generator power, and not much of the regular perishable food is on display, but people are still going there. I chatted a with computer graphics person. I bought a six pack of Calise bulkie rolls for $3.49 total. I then returned home. They are still repairing the damaged shingles on the roof. I heard from my friends traveling from Dubai, and instead of flying into J.F.K. airport they flew into Washington D.C., so they now are in the process of driving back to Manhattan. CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 9:40 A.M.. I threw out the garbage. I chatted with neighbors. The roof repair people are here, and it looks like they are going to repair the shingles on the roof. I will now shower and clean up and go downtown for a walk. CIO
<888> 10/31/12 Wednesday 8:40 A.M.. I woke up at 6:30 A.M.. Happy Halloween. I ate breakfast of oatmeal with honey and milk and sliced banana, a toasted bagel with olive oil, a 12 ounce glass of watered down punch, and a cup of coffee with Splenda sweetener and milk. I washed the breakfast dishes, and I made my bed. I checked the flight schedule at Book Flights | Find Hotels and Car Rental | Emirates.com , and my friends who were returning from Mauritius with a flight change in Dubai, their flight was cancelled in Dubai, so it did not arrive at 8:15 A.M. EDT this morning. I have not heard from them in a few days, so they probably do not have access to the internet. Manhattan from 39th street down the Battery is still without power. The New York Stock exchange is suppose to be opened today. Metro North is still not running. CIO
<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 11:20 P.M.. I drank a 12 ounce www.coke.com . I watched the ABC News Special "The Perfect Storm". I will now shut down the primary work computer, and I will go to bed soon. CIO
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<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 8:55 P.M.. Town of Greenwich Message 8 P.M. Tuesday 10-30-12:
The Town’s Emergency Operations Center remains fully open and has transitioned from a rescue mode into a recovery mode. The town’s two emergency shelters, one at the Western Greenwich Civic Center and one at the Eastern Middle School remain open to any resident requiring assistance. Much of today was spent by emergency and municipal personnel assessing the state of the Town, remedying emergency situations and requesting appropriate outside assistance.
Currently, 74% of Greenwich CL&P customers are without electric power. This is a 10% improvement from this morning, however 21,597 customers are still without electric service in Town. There is no definitive timetable for complete restoration. Some residents who currently have power may see it temporarily disconnected for other repairs. All residents should be prepared for a multiple day outage. The Town is providing all of the assistance we can – in the form of tree crews, debris removal crews and police officers – to assist Connecticut Light and Power line crews with their restoration efforts.
Many streets remain completely or partially blocked. We are making it a priority to clear emergency routes first and areas where residents are completely trapped with no means of entry or egress. Several elements of the Connecticut National Guard have been mobilized by Governor Malloy at the request of the First Selectman and are in Town assisting with road clearing efforts. Currently, there are 483 areas where streets and roads remain totally or partially blocked. The Emergency Operations Center is maintaining a live, interactive, public map of the most significant closures which can be accessed by a link on the Town’s website at www.greenwichct.org.
Other information important to residents:
A representative from Aquarion has verified the public water supply was unaffected by the storm, but private wells in areas that were flooded should be considered contaminated and water must be disinfected with a chlorine solution or boiled for ten minutes prior to consumption. Additional information is available from the Town of Greenwich Department of Health.
All Town of Greenwich Parks and Beaches, to include Greenwich Point, will remain closed until further notice.
Schools are closed tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31st. A decision concerning school openings Thursday and subsequent days will be made tomorrow.
Greenwich Library’s main branch will be open tomorrow from 9 am to 9 pm. The Cos Cob and Byram branches will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. The Perrot branch will be closed. All open branches will have extra electrical power cords and outlets available for charging cell phones and related devices.
Town Hall will be open tomorrow.
Many trees which have to fallen remain badly damaged. Many wires remain down. Please remember that it is never safe to approach downed wires. Because many hazardous conditions still exist, the Town is urging all residents to avoid unnecessary travel for at least one more day. Because that one additional day is Halloween, for everyone’s safety, the considered opinion of the Town’s public safety professionals is that Halloween trick-or-treating should be cancelled tomorrow evening. The Town, in conjunction with the Public Schools will schedule an alternate day in the very near future for school Halloween celebrations and traditional trick-or-treating. While I hate to seem the October equivalent of the Grinch, this decision was made with the children’s safety in mind.
This message will be updated tomorrow via this same system. Until then, please stay safe and remain patient as well all work through this difficult time together.
Capt. Mark Kordick
Commander - Operations Division
Greenwich Police Department
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<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 8:50 P.M. I chatted with a relative. CIO
<888> 10/30/12 Tuesday 8:35 P.M. I fixed the Community Room TV setup, by plugging in the power on the cable box and changing the TV input, so it now works just fine. There was no mail delivery today. I chatted with a neighbor. CIO