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Of Newsmen, Neighbors and Ninety-Five



Bob Capazzo

We celebrate the season with a fat December issue filled with both substance and lighthearted fare. There are articles on New York banking superintendent Diana Taylor, the mayor’s lady; wild Larry Hoff, on-the-spot TV reporter; and the ever-thorny thruway. There are tips on gift giving, a forum on drug abuse among our young and an expanded Weddings department with a resource directory for future brides and grooms.

We didn’t include a story about President Bush’s visit to Riverside on Monday, September 25, to raise money for Connecticut Republicans. But since he stopped for lunch a few doors down the road from our house, people keep asking Jack and me what happened.

Well, the first thing was that the town cleaned up the street, removing the giant maple (a town tree) felled by a storm weeks before and lying in chunks in our front yard. Then sweeping machines arrived to polish the pavement. During the weekend, we could hear helicopters in practice flights over Binney Park, where Bush’s Marine One would land.

On D-Day, we woke to police motorcycles roaring up the road. Since it is a dead end, they couldn’t go far before having to turn around and race back to wherever they came from. Later, in fear they might hit some kid, I would be yelling “Slow down!” as they sped by.

A Greenwich police officer was stationed at the intersection. Planes and more helicopters buzzed overhead, scuba divers explored the waters nearby, and men with bomb-sniffing dogs checked our mailboxes and phone poles. Two dozen men hung out at the end of the road. Those in white shirts, we learned, were White House security personnel who travel with the President wherever he goes. As guests pulled up in their cars, they stepped out to be frisked (including Malcolm Pray. Where was my camera?) while every inch of their vehicles was inspected. A Secret Service fellow, wondering why I was standing so close to the action, asked if I was “going down to the Point.” I said, “No, I live here.” That satisfied him. I tried to chat, but he wasn’t into small talk.

There were only about sixty people lining one side of the road (as instructed) — mostly neighbors but a few who had sneaked through the bushes from elsewhere. Excited little kids had set up a lemonade stand, hoping the President would stop for a glass. Older boys waving big American flags exercised their skateboards. An Associated Press reporter with a notepad quietly queried us, including Betty Bonsal with her various antiwar signs. One neighbor asked her politely not to stand in her driveway. I told Betty she could stand in mine.

Then the motorcycles were back en masse followed by a twenty-car motorcade — limousines, squad cars, GEMS, the press, a van with a giant nipple on top (for broadcasting?), a large square truck (for bombs?). Somebody yelled: “I saw him!” Another thought she saw a hand waving. If so, I can’t imagine how. All the limo windows were jet black.

I don’t know what happened when President Bush took his leave after lunch. The Greenwich police had assured us that we weren’t held captive while he savored his sea bass, so Jack and I went to work. But it was a colorful, once-in-a-lifetime experience. My only question: Why couldn’t the White House just write out a check for $600,000 to the Connecticut GOP? This cost us taxpayers bundles more than that.

Hope your holidays are warm, wonderful and won’t break the bank.

 

Greenwich Agenda

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    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

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    2014.09.26
     @ Round Hill Community Church

    Music from the Heart at Round Hill  “Verismo – Arias and Ensembles,” an opera concert, will bring drama and passion...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards

  • Curiosity Concerts Season Opening: SONIC ESCAPE

    2014.09.27
     @ Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium

    The Greenwich Arts Council's Curiosity Concerts opens its second season of free classical music concerts for families on Saturday, Sept. 27,...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Bistro Versailles Wine Dinner

    2014.09.29
     @ Bistro Versailles

    Wine dinners at Bistro Versailles are entertaining social events held on a regular basis. Socialize with friends and mingle with other...

  • Joie Special Shopping Event

    2014.09.30
     @ Joie

    Joie invites you to a special shopping event! Enjoy wine & hor d'oeuvres while shopping 20% off your purchase Enter to win a...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance's Go For Pink Shopping Event

    2014.10.02
     @ Greenwich Avenue area

    Breast Cancer Alliance announced that it is partnering with Greenwich merchants for a special day of events and shopping on Thursday, October 2nd...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun Walk

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     @ Camp Simmons

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