Post needs to be more accurate in reporting about synagogue

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

In the Oct. 16 article “Meeting set about synagogue suit” and each of the recent articles covering Greenwich Reform Synagogue’s plan to build a house of worship in Cos Cob, your paper consistently uses the phrase “in an otherwise residential neighborhood.”

The word “otherwise” suggests GRS will be an anomaly and that there is no non-residential development in the area. The Orchard Street area of Cos Cob is unquestionably a residential neighborhood. But to suggest it has only residential housing is simply not true. In the context of the controversy surrounding the GRS plans, it is misleading.

The area directly across the street from the GRS site is a very large nature preserve. It is not residential. Around the corner from the site is Central Middle School, with enrollment of 600 students, obviously not a residential use. Just across the street from CMS is Greenwich Baptist Church, a house of worship. Down Orchard Street in the other direction is Rinaldi’s, a popular commercial establishment.

In a paper that otherwise reports news carefully, Greenwich Post should be more accurate in describing the neighborhood in which GRS plans to locate.

 

Jonathan Perloe
Cos Cob

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