There They Go Again

The Stamford Advocate has a front page story about the scandal involving a Stamford High School teacher who had sexual relations with a student and provided him and another student with pot. The Stamford Board of Ed brought in an independent law firm to perform an objective review. The firm’s report states that”no one in the school administration, the district’s central office or the law firm representing the schools had student safety in mind when suspicions arose.” Who is one of the central office’s administrators named? None other than Stephen Falcone who was Darien’s Superintendent during the special education scandal. Glad to see that the Darien alums are keeping up the tradition. The law firm that did not have students’ safety in mind is none other than Shipman and Goodwin. Shipman and Goodwin was the lawyer for Darien’s school system during the special education scandal and remains the district’s law firm today. No further comment.

Walter Casey

Invitation

Robert Holdsworth is the President of the Holdsworth Group. He is also the consultant who is studying Darien’s EMS system including Post 53. Robert has asked me to make readers of this blog aware that he and his staff are making themselves available for those interested in providing input to this important study. He and his staff will be available between 6PM and 8PM on Thursday, 6/7/15 in room 206 at Town Hall. Mr. Holdsworth can be reached at bob@holdsworth.com or at 860-638-1800. I encourage readers to make their views heard.

Walter Casey

No National Standard

When explaining her EMS Study to the BOF, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson reiterated her view that Darien had a great EMS system and that there was no national standard for paramedic response time. Stevenson appears to believe that there is no national standard for paramedic response time and therefore slower is just fine and therefore we are just fine in Darien. Beside the craziness of this view, there was something else about her statement that struck me. In a conversation with Susan Schultz, editor of the Darien Times, Schultz also said that there were no national standards for paramedic response time. Since I view Schultz as Stevenson’s press secretary, I think we have heard the latest crazy justification for our convoluted and unresponsive system.

Walter Casey

Ballantine Ale

Yesterday was Thursday and my wife, my 96 year old aunt and I went to have a late lunch at the Center Street Public House which is located on the site of the former Backstreet’s. This pub serves Ballantine Ale and I enjoyed a couple. Please note that my wife had ice tea and drove home. On the large screen TV the Yankees were playing Detroit in a frigid Detroit. This was an actual day game on a Thursday. I really haven’t followed baseball since the steroid scandal but I have always been a Yankee fan and remain one today. My aunt has also been a Yankee fan almost dating back to the day when they were called the Highlanders. As I sat there, drinking a Ballantine Ale and watching a Yankee game, I imagined Mel Alen doing the play by play. There was no sound on the big screen TV and I was glad Mel was there to do the play by play. Most of you will have no idea what I am talking about so I would suggest googling Mel Allen, the Yankees and Balantine Ale. I would also recommend having a Ballantine Ale at the Center Street Public House.

Walter Casey

When to Start the Clock?

I had not reviewed the Post 53 web site in some time so I just took a look. The paramedic response time data was updated to the period from January through March 2015. Interestingly, there was the following statement: “All response time data is measured from the time the service is dispatched by CMED.” I don’t recall Post acknowledging before this that the response time clock starts when the paramedics receive the call from CMED. Of course, I discovered and disclosed that starting the clock running when CMED receives the call adds, on average, about four minutes to the response time. Neither of these response times starts when Darien PD first receives the 911 which is when the clock should start running. To my knowledge that starting time is not available. I am glad to see Post 53 is finally starting to be at least a little transparent.

Walter Casey

Rate Response Times

If Darien can rate restaurants, why can’t Darien rate paramedic response times? Just publish a list of paramedics response times in ascending order with an explanation for any response time over eight minutes. Rating restaurants is very important for public health but rating paramedic response time is even more important.

Walter Casey

Change at the VFW

I have been told that there has been a leadership change at the VFW. This is understandable given the fact that the former bookkeeper was alleged to have been stealing from the VFW. There has been no indication that the now former leader was involved in the thievery. Hopefully, the change will mean that more Darienites will attend VFW events which can be a lot of fun. My wife and I have attended events at the VFW Post and had a great time and you can now be assured that the proceeds will be going to a great cause.

Walter Casey

Analogies

Here are two analogies to ponder.

The Darien Times is to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson as the Main Stream Media is to President Obama.

Susan Schults, editor of the Darien Times, is to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson as President Obama’s Press Secretary is to President Obama.

Walter Casey

Funding the Taj Mahal

I have heard skeptics call the new building which will house Stamford Hospital the Taj Mahal. Some question the wisdom of such a major capital project when hospital finances are so difficult. Republican state rep Terry Wood commented at a recent RTC meeting that a Democrat in Hartford explained the Democrats’ decision to tax hospitals by using Willie Sutton’s famous line: “That is where the money is.”

Whatever you think of the decision to build the Taj Mahal, “events are in the saddle” and the bill is coming due. Darien is helping pay the bill. In July 2014, ¬†when Post 53 responded without paramedics, patients were taken to Stamford Hospital 52% of the time versus 18% to Norwalk Hospital. There was no hospitalization 30% of the time. When paramedics also responded, patients were taken to Stamford Hospital 78% of the time to only 17% to Norwalk. Note that paramedics responded to about half the calls in July 2014 and Stamford EMS (SEMS) paramedics responded to 54 call versus 3 for Norwalk paramedics. Darien’s arrangement with Post 53, SEMS and Stamford Hospital has been very good for Stamford Hospital and the funding of its Taj Mahal. Note that results in July 2014 mirror what I have found in other months.

Walter Casey