It was one week ago today that I said goodbye to Ronni, my wife of almost 45 years. She died suddenly while working as a nurse at Norwalk Hospital. Ronni’s speciality was helping mother’s and babies. She loved helping to bring life into this world and then nurturing it.
Many of you knew about my loss and have expressed very warm feelings of support and comfort. Thank you, you have been very kind.
Ronni was this blog’s biggest supporter. She read every comment before it was posted. I started this blog because of my crusade to bring Paramedics to Darien. The people who have opposed Darien based Paramedics are against what Ronni was most trying to sustain, LIFE. When her mother was visiting us and had a stroke, it was her idea to write a letter about how her personal experience only reinforced our commitment to Darien based Paramedics.
For the near future, this blog’s activity will be somewhat limited. I hope you will understand. However, I will continue to push for Paramedics. For her and for you.
Once again, thank you.
This week saw graduation day at DHS. I found it interesting to read about the valedictorian and the two salutatorians. We live in a world obsessed with defining people by race, gender and the list goes on. So I went along and noted that the valedictorian and one of the salutatorians were Asian females. Their primary academic interest appears to be science. This would be in keeping with the Asian stereotype and I mean that in a positive sense. This country and the world need more scientists.
If you read the Darien land transfers, it is not uncommon to see Asian names buying into Darien. As with many of us, the Darien school system is a key reason. While Darien is producing outstanding athletic teams, it is refreshing to see some students succeeding through the academic route. In Darien, sports are a means of admission to college. Sports make a candidate for college admission appear well rounded and, from a practical standpoint, college team rosters need to be filled.
The second salutatorian is a white male. He is more the Darien stereotype. While clearly an excellent student, he excelled as a member of the golf team and was a Postie. Enter my nemesis, Post 53. Another example of Post 53’s main objective which, like sports, is to help get kids into college. It is very disappointing to me that students like this salutatorian never spoke out publicly in favor of Darien based Paramedics. Such a statement to put the patient first would have been the right thing to do. It might have also have had the practical effect of impressing college admissions officers.
It will be interesting to see if Darien continues to see an influx of Asians. Maybe we will have our very own Chinatown. My wife would like that.
I attended the RTM meeting on Monday June 6, 2016, D Day.
The RTM was given a presentation about the plan for LED lights in Darien. The really interesting aspect of this project is that the RTM will have no part in analyzing or approving this project. It seems that the BOF has found money in a reserve fund and this money will be used to fund the LED project. This means that the RTM has been made unnecessary. Essentially, First Selectman Jayme, “Gone Girl”, Stevenson does not want anyone, especially the RTM, asking questions. If she were a strong, confident and competent leader, “Gone Girl” would welcome RTM input and approval. There must be something in the details that “Gone Girl” doesn’t want disclosed.
The next item on the RTM agenda was postponing the approval of the funds for cost overruns on 35 Leroy. The thinking is that it is better to wait until all the litigation costs are known before closing out the accounts. The estimate is that the trials will take place in September 2016. However, Town Counsel Wayne, “The Mouthpiece”, Fox made no guaranties as to when things might be finalized. For example, I can imagine appeals taking more time. Therefore, I am suspicious that there was another reason for the delay like no one really has a clue as to the condition of this building and more work needs to be done.
I addressed the RTM and again raised the issue of whether the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) was valid when issued and what is the true condition of 35 Leroy today. Sarah, “The Mean Moderator”, Seelye cut me off. However, the next day she sent me an e mail and said that she had referred the CO issue to Fox. I called Fox and referred him to this blog and my comments on the minutes of Shuffle Building Committee. I also told him that I thought an independent firm should br hired to assess the true condition of the building. We may have spent too much for 35 Leroy but it would be nice to know that at least the building is a safe and healthy work environment.
The RTM approved the delay.
The final RTM agenda item was the approval of a feasibility study of a do over of the town garage. The RTM approved the study. In the process, there was an interesting discussion of combing functions at the garage and elsewhere. For example, town employees and BOE employees have separate kitchens at the garage. I have been told that town employees get cold cuts when working overtime, think stacks of bologna. BOE employees, on the other hand, are served catered food by Michael Joseph’s. You can’t make this stuff up.
I have been in Boston enjoying my 50th reunion at Boston College. These festivities took precedence over my publishing blog comments. However, you kept checking in and this blog is very close to 5500 unique visits. This number keeps climbing. Thank you very much for your continued interest.
Now that I am back, I want to tell you something that I have been working on. Using the FOI law, I am trying to get copies of documents leading up to the EMS consultant’s final report.
First Selectman Jayme, “Gone Girl”, Stevenson is fighting my efforts. Apparently, “Gone Girl” feels there is something to hide. “Gone Girl” is too stupid to realize that even if she defeats my FOI efforts, she will still lose. That is because everyone will realize that she definitely does have something to hide.
By the way, Darien still does not have Paramedics based in Darien.
The Friday 5/27/16 edition of the Darien News featured a front page story about Nancy Herling who is replacing Ron Hammer as Director of Post 53.
Incredibly, there was no mention of the BOS voting to have Paramedics based in Darien. You would think that ground breaking decision might have come up in the interview.
Many years ago, when I first started writing about the need for Darien based Paramedics, I linked Post to Darien’s Culture of Volunteering. Herling is a serial volunteer. Post, PTOs, the Senior Center, ABC and At Home in Darien were all mentioned as volunteer organizations with which Herling has served.
I do not recall seeing the word patient in the article. I am not surprised. Herling does say “I like helping people.” However, when you read the rest of the article, you get the impression that the people she enjoys helping are the DHS Posties: “Now I know why people teach, watching these kids grow up is really exciting.”
So the purpose of Post 53, Darien’s EMS system, is to provide a meaningful learning experience for DHS Posties. The patients are an afterthought.
There is Dumb. There is Dumber. There is Dumbest. Then, there is DARIEN DUMB.