Saturday, April 26, 2008


A fresh batch of photographic views (as opposed to your scribe's usual written ones) has arrived, and the stories they have to tell are many and varied. So let's get started (remember to click on the pics for the wide-screen view):

Here are some pictures of Hamilton Avenue students and parents picketing the Board of Ed building after the unspeakable Betty Sternberg unilaterally shut the school down for a week so she could arrange busing schedules for them (bringing busing to Greenwich has been a primary objective of hers since day one; she is determined to destroy the neighborhood school system, the Gifted and Talented program, and anything else that might possibly inure to educational excellence in our Town). See the earlier post, Same Old, Same Mold, for more of the gory details.

Continuing the theme of Why Betty Sternberg Should be Tarred and Feathered and Ridden Out of Town on a Rail, here you can see some signage outside one of our local schools:

And here is some signage across from the library suggesting the direction that many of the staff wish that so-called Director Mario Gonzales would take:

These are the moldy modular classrooms that the Board of Ed foisted off on the Town by saying it would be more economical to buy them than to lease them (the original plan). Well, we own them, folks - aren't they lovely?

On a happier note, as it were, here we have Malcolm Archer and the Quiristers of Winchester College rehearsing a setting of "God Bless America" as an encore for their concert at Christ Church the next day. Malcolm addressed the assembled singers, one of whom was a woman faculty member, as "guys", showing that the Pond is continuing to shrink in size as we and the English borrow more and more of our speech mannerisms from each other.

Signs of spring at the Bush-Holley House:

And at the Yale library:

Below is one of the exhibits in the sculpture garden at the recently-renovated Yale Art Gallery. Behind the stone wall lies the fabled "Tomb" of Skull & Bones, several patriarchs of which were instrumental in saving back-country Greenwich, along with much of north Stamford, Bedford, and Pound Ridge, from being handed over to the United Nations in 1946 for a new international headquarters. Can you imagine what a mess that would have been, dear reader? Everything from the Audubon Society's tract to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation would have been swallowed in its giant maw, not to mention a bunch of hapless towns and villages. Three cheers for the old-boy network of Skull & Bones!

This is a Salvador Dali unicorn at the newly-opened Galerie Zama. What's going on here? Is the lovely golden woman dead, or merely sleeping? What is the drop of liquid depending from the unicorn's horn? Is it blood? Some other bodily fluid? There is also a pendulum-like trickle coming down the front of the green brick wall; on the base a series of sundial-like lines reinforce the fact that this piece was part of a suite about time.

Well, that's it for now. Time to pop a fresh roll of film in the camera and see what else is going on around our fair Town.


Blogger Malicious Intent said...

Film? You use film? That is so

Lovely pics...first ones of the parents picketing where powerful.
Invite me up when that thar tar and feather'n is going to take place. I'll take digital pics. :)

April 27, 2008 4:34 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi, M. I.!

Yeah, I'm kinda retro when it comes to taking pics. I follow the KISS rule and use point-and-shoot drugstore cameras that include free processing and a CD; it works out to about ten cents a shot with no overhead or up-front costs. And hey - you gotta admit the quality ain't bad!

The tar and feathering may be a while off - the Board of Ed simply refuses to acknowledge what the rest of the Town knows: that the superintendent is a major dud. But come up anyhow, and if you come during the summer we'll all go on a ferryboat ride to the Town islands in Long Island Sound - sure to please Jon, and he can practise his dogpaddle!

April 28, 2008 9:44 AM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

w00t!! I see the counter has passed 15,000!! Wish all you lurkers would de-lurk from time to time and say hi!

April 28, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger Malicious Intent said...

Ok, I admidt it....13,998 of those were me. I guess I am busted.

You need to post you beautiful award. Ahem.

April 28, 2008 5:42 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Hey, cool pics.

Are you having fun in NY at the conference? Are you pitching to an agent or editor?

April 29, 2008 10:35 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hey, M. I.!

I need a course of instruction as to how to post the beautiful award - and blogroll links in general. Can you help?

April 30, 2008 9:38 AM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi, Vicki! Long time no see!

How did you know I was at the conference? Never mind, I can guess. And I gotta say, Miss E is even more beautiful in person than in her pictures!

The morning sessions were great, the afternoon ones less so. We had a pantser vs. a plotter, followed by two great Hollywood writers. I felt as though I were brushing shoulders with the top of the literary line!

April 30, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger Barrie said...

How great to see pics of people getting involved.

May 02, 2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi, Barrie!

I agree (which is why I took them). Unfortunately, the Board of Ed adamantly supports the unspeakable Betty Sternberg no matter how many mistakes she makes or how much her errors of judgment cost the Town. Earlier this week she asked for - and got! - yet another "emergency" appropriation, this one of nearly a million dollars, to get rid of the mold in the ugly modular classrooms.

Whatever Betty wants, Betty gets - and we as taxpayers foot the bill. Sigh.

May 03, 2008 9:48 AM  

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