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Of Real Estate, Railroads and Running MasterCard



Bob Capazzo

It’s April and we can’t afford to spend it “fooling” around — even on the first day. To your Greenwich Magazine staff, spring means fat issues and lots of hard work. Okay. Some fun, too.

Our traditional focus this month is real estate, so we canvassed local realtors to see where home buyers really want to live — the hot neighborhoods — and why. When Jack and I moved to Riverside in 1963, Greenwich folk could barely find their way down the Post Road to our front door. But things sure have changed. Houses on the eastern end of town are selling at a premium now, and once settled into one, families are there to stay.

We also talked to people who style your house for sale — a booming business in a slower-than-usual market. According to a USA Today survey, staged homes sell in half the time others do and for 6.3 percent more than their asking price. This article offers practical staging tips that may come in handy when you sell your house. You’ll even learn how to pull off the “immaculate perception.”

In another piece, CEO Robert Selander talks about his successes and challenges at MasterCard. Then we have a totally Greenwich story we got permission to pick up from Golfweek. It’s town history, golf history and Manero’s restaurant history all rolled into one great read. Have a good time!

And finally, we discovered Dick Banyard’s other passion — besides his wife Sandy and his ophthalmology practice: model trains. To be specific, the Indian Harbor Railroad. It chugs through a layout representing our town and its neighbors circa 1941, all built by the good doctor himself on weekends and when he was stuck at home on call over the past ten years. Coincidentally, the first Gold Record was awarded to Glenn Miller by RCA in 1942 for guess what? “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”

A behind-the-scenes comment on Bob Capazzo’s1988 photograph of Debbie and Russ Reynolds with Barbara and George Bush on page 177: We have to be proud of our earliest retouching effort, long before Photoshop. There was so much reflection in the right lens of the vice president’s glasses that we couldn’t see his eye at all. So we cleverly duplicated the other and popped it in. Where there’s a will …

Letters about our January 60th Anniversary issue are still coming in, and we love you for writing them. One of our “Sixty Things in Sixty Years That Changed Our Town” had to do with Greenwich Avenue being two-way in the fifties. I must say that we’re happy the powers that be haven’t taken away our traffic police officers. Consider the scene with traffic lights — the double-parking, jaywalking and light running. Let’s keep our charm, our shoppers and merchants happy, and our intersections safe.

 

Greenwich Agenda

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    2014.09.02
     @ Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists, PC

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    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...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • GREENWICH FASHION ON THE AVENUE

    2014.09.05
     @ Greenwich Avenue

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  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Junior League of Greenwich's New Member Open House

    2014.09.09
     @ Junior League of Greenwich

    Please join us for cocktails and casual conversation to learn more about the Junior League of Greenwich and how you can become a member. ...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • 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...

  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

    This is our kickoff event each year-held at Tod's Point Clambake area. The event is scheduled for Sunday September 14th starting...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...


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