From the Founders II

Of Streets and Scraps



Bob Capazzo

Welcome to April and our annual real estate issue. I’ve had a wonderful time researching the origins of the names on Greenwich street signs — with the help of such patient people as HSTG archivist Anne Young, former archivist Susan Richardson and a nice, nice guy named Carl White, the local historian at Greenwich Library, whose heavily papered office looks worse than mine. Unlike me, however, he seems to know where everything is.

But I didn’t have to go far to find out who Ashton Drive was named for. Seems like back in 1988, Georgine Capazzo, wife of our staff photographer Bob Capazzo, was working as the secretary of the Woman’s Club of Greenwich, mostly for the president Dorothy Mayfield, when their daughter was born. Bob took baby Ashton in a basket around on his photo shoots. That is, until his business started taking off. So, much as she loved her job, Georgine had to announce that she must stay home with the baby.

“No, no, no,” Dorothy told her. “You can’t quit! Bring the playpen, the crib, the bottles, whatever.” So Ashton became the club mascot. Then came the day that board member Pat Giovinco needed a name — a name for a road — and she needed it fast. Her husband Vincent, who had bought land in northwest Greenwich and was building houses on it, had to file papers at Town Hall that very morning. Pat looked at Ashton in her playpen and said: “You know, she’s such a beautiful baby, we’d like to name that street for her.”

The Capazzos were thrilled. So around the time of Ashton’s birthday every year, Bob takes a picture of his daughter — now a sophomore at Skidmore — beside her street sign.

One further thought: If you know how your street came to be named, please let us hear from you. It’s a fun subject that has no end.

Nor does our “Scraps from the Past” department, which we launched to celebrate our sixtieth last year but plan to continue into the future. This month we homed in on Greenwich collectors in every field from silver and scrimshaw to Chippendale and (yes) campaign buttons. Reminded me of a college visit to Boston with daughter Audrey years ago. The head of admissions had an extensive collection of Statues of Liberty and, for some reason (but it was an art school), a lone human skull sitting on a shelf in the corner. I made some comment like: “I guess it’s a good thing you didn’t start collecting skulls.” He didn’t think it was funny. Neither did Audrey. I can’t remember if she was accepted there or not.

Keep your powder dry during these April showers, and remember that they do bring May flowers. — Donna Moffly

 

Greenwich Agenda

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    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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    2014.05.03
     @ Bruce Museum

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  • Saturday Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.10
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    We will feature an array of new and different International wines that are selected by our staff as “Staff Picks Favorites” in...

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    2014.01.26
     @ Morello Italian Bistro

    Refresh yourself with our famous Red & White Sangria! Don’t forget that during happy hour every day 4:30pm-6:30pm your 2nd drink...

  • Polo Benefit for Hope

    2014.08.31
     @ Greenwich Polo Club

    For the second year in a row, Virginia's House of Hope is having a fundraiser at the Greenwich Polo Club! Join us on Sunday, August...

  • 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!...

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    2014.06.22
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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  • Bar: Live Music | Greenwich, CT

    2014.03.09
     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    Join us in Greenwich every Sunday for live music and half-priced bottles of wine!

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

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  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

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


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