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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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     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

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  • Financial Literacy 2-Day Lecture Presented by Bob Salomon at YMCA of Greenwich

    2014.10.21
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    Making sense of the world of finance FREE and open to all *Participants should pick up a copy of the Wall Street Journal on Oct.22, as Bob...

  • YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week

    2014.10.18
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week October 18 - 26, 2014 Join us for a week-long celebration of local art! Showcasing established and emerging...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Paint the Town Pink

    2014.10.21
     @ Lux Bond & Green

    Key to the Treasure Chest Indulge yourself at an elegant but fun event presented by Lux Bond & Green and Anne Fontaine Preview the newest...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

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    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • Meet Nomi Eve, Author of Henna House

    2014.10.22

    An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth...

  • Susan G. Komen CT Educational Session at YMCA of Greenwich

    2014.10.22
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY! Learn about the importance of early detection and screenings Meet the men and women whose work is...

  • Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

    2014.10.23
     @ Delamar Hotel

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will hold its October After Six Networking event. All are invited to exchange business cards, enjoy appetizers and...

  • October After Six

    2014.10.23
     @ Delamar Hotel

    Join us for After Six Networking at the Delamar Hotel

  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

    2014.10.23

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  • Oktoberfest 2014 Greenwich United Way

    2014.10.24
     @ Loading Dock

    Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” fundraiser is set for Friday, October 24 at Stamford’s Loading...

  • The Food Network Open Casting Call for Home Cooks

    2014.10.25
     @ My Cooking Party

    FOOD NETWORK’S TOP CELEBRITY CHEFS ARE SCOURING THE NATION IN SEARCH OF AMAZING HOME COOKS! You’ve watched them on TV, bought their...

  • Greenwich Hospital Gala

    2014.10.25
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    It will be a Gala worthy of a doge when retiring Greenwich Hospital president and CEO, Frank A. Corvino, will be presented with the...

  • The Wilton Fall Antiques Market

    2014.10.26
     @ Wilton High School Field House

    Barnstar Productions and the Wilton Historical Society will present the Wilton Antiques Market. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to...

  • La Soirée d’ Automne at Bistro Versailles

    2014.10.27
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