Blog :: 09-2011

Thing 211: Greenwich Symphony this Saturday and Sunday!!!!

Greenwich is home to its very own symphony, right here in town!  This upcoming weekend, October 1st and 2nd, a concert will take place at the Greenwich High School in the Dickerman Hollister Auditorium.  The concert will feature music by Coplan, Brahms and Dvorak and a pre-concert lecture Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm, one hour before the shows at 8pm and 4pm respectively.  Local resident, David Gilbert has conducted the symphony since 1975 and has been a guest conductor at the orchestras of Nashville, New Jersey, Rochester, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Milan's RAI Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic. He spent seven summers as music director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and nine years as guest conductor at the Manchester, VT, Festival. For three summers he has conducted a series of concerts at the International Piano Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands.Adult tickets are $30 and students $10, so go have an amazing experience right here in you own Greenwich!  The special guest will be  Stanley Drucker who was a member of the New York Philharmonic, serving as Principal Clarinetist for 48 years before retiring in 2009. In 1998, ''Musical America'' named him Instrumentalist of the Year. He has twice been nominated for Grammy Awards in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist/Classical with Orchestra, including for his recording of the Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto. The Copland Concerto, commissioned by Benny Goodman in 1947, has become one of the signature pieces of his career!

August Property Sales in Greenwich

The following property transfers were recorded in the office of the town assessor between August 1st and Aug. 31st:
Aug. 1:
409 Round Hill Rd.: Hilary Sullivan and Lisa Clark, executrixes, to Doron Sabag; $1,300,000.
5 Dingletown Rd.: Ellen Kaufmann to Libertore Iannarone; $1,625,000.
36 Perna Ln. AKA 36 Sound Beach Ave. Ext.: Americo P. Allegrini to Paul and Kate Fix; $617,000.
66 Indian Head Rd.: Daniel and Tracey Koorbusch to Bryan T. Kelly; $2,675,000.
14 Sunshine Ave.: Joli Lyn Gross and Peter T. Maloney to Timothy D. and Karen Grant; $840,000.
1465 Putnam Ave., Unit 412: Estate of Elizabeth Egli to LGLG LLC; $285,000.
37 Will Merry Ln.: Edward and Jean M. Aloe to Robert and Lucy Moore; $1,200,000.
Aug. 2:
52 Lafayette Pl., Unit 2A: June Bryneel to Maureen M. Smith; $285,000.
18 Sheephill Rd.: Bogamila Olszewski to Andrew M. and Wendy B. Walsh; $555,000.
Aug. 3:
87 Winthrop Dr.: Michael D. Cochrane and Katharine Ashworth to Robert and Maureen Stanley.
19 Riverside Ln.: Frank and Jeannie Intrieri to Henrik and Sylvie Villumson; $800,000.
29 Daffodil Ln.: William V. and Grace M. Driscoll to Jeannie and Frank Intrieri Jr.; $1,325,000.
85 Putnam Park: Glen and Carole Chase Elliott to Mary Desmond; $565,000.
Aug. 4:
Francis and Joan Connor to Matthew and Martha Zola; $4,000,000.
51 Forest Ave., Unit 89: Siri M. Lang Ostensen to Richard and JoAnn Heinsch; $917,000.
2 Cat Rock Rd.: Penny Lauren Hooper to Solomon S. Yudelovitch; $1,100,000.
190 Byram Shore Rd.: John Kenney Jr., trustee, to Mark and Elinor Kaplan; $2,170,000.
318 W. Lyon Farm Dr.: David W. Bell, etal, executors, to Janet and Diana C. Demuth; $747,000.
Aug. 5:
46 Bonwit Rd.: Rocco and Regina Benvenuto, trustees, to Adam T. and Alisen B. Steffins; $550,000.
35 Glen Ridge Rd.: Regina and Julio DiBiase Jr. to Alisa N. Hegyi; $2,700,000.
28 Sound Beach Ave.: Hyeshin Park and Leland Waldock to Michael S. Millman; $855,000.
190 Clapboard Ridge Rd.: NancyK. Howe and Thomas Finn, trustees, to Peter and Kimberly Parent; $2,850,000.
Aug. 8:
11 Quail Rd.: 211 Honeyspot Road Associates to Michael and Annette Schuster; $5,690,000.
37 Mianus Terr.: TD Bank NA to Manny Mashouf, trustee; $1,500,000.
Aug. 9:
95 Putnam Ave.: GHP-East Putnam, LLC and 176 Street Del, LLC to Ninety-Five East Putnam, LLC; $4,600,000.
20 Church St., Unit B2: Paul and Donna Damiano to Rosemarie Moreno; $205,000.
100 Silo Circle, # 11: Whitney and James Merrill to Alice Y. Chen; $500,000.
17 Birdsong Pl.: Lisa Michaelis to Jonathan M. and Jessica M. Wren; $1,190,000.
38 Hidden Brook Rd.: James M. and Nina Gerber to Leo Biagini; $2,050,000.
204 W. Lyon Farm Dr.: Nance Marshall to Phyllis Sattar; $1,350,000.
59 LeGrande Ave., Unit 5: Collen P. Harkness, trustee, to Theodore Pincus; $1,040,000.
Aug. 10:
82 Putnam Park: Meegan and Kevin Lawlor to Mark and Nicole James; $476,5000.
102-104 Prospect St.: Richard Mascali to 102-104 Prospect Street, LLC; $750,000.
89 Hendrie Ave.: Dorothy P. Spaeth and David Spaeth, trustees, to Cliffe Dwellings III LLC; $895,000.
Aug. 11:
35 Almira Dr.: Phyllis todero to Jennifer S. Montesano; $537,000.
351 Pemberwick Rd., Unit 203: Jonathan Weinberger and Lisa Baker to Pauline Morgan; $620,000.
18 West Way: Adrian P. and Margaret Nolin Selby to Mary Simon Streep; $3,600,000.
78 Butternut Hollow Rd.: Federico Reinke and Valeria Paula Brook to Norman and Sharon Otsuka; $2,150,000.
Aug. 12:
341 Valley Rd.: Johannes Loutsch to Paul Lindstrand; $1,017,500.
17 Greenwich Hills Dr., Unit 17: Paul Juan to Kristin Buran and William Klevitz; $705,000.
660 Lake Ave.: Barbara S. Maloney to Andrew and Allyson T. Cowin; $3,700,000.
531 Riversville Rd.: Charles and Meredith Von Arentschildt to SPR LLC; $4,950,000.
Aug. 15:
37 Davenport Ave., Unit 2: sold to Peter R. and Andrea N. Brennan; $1,220,000.
10 Edgewood Driv, Unit 5B: Estate of Christine M. Gerli to Nopatree LLC; $2,775,000.
118 Shore Rd.: Beatrice and Thomas Doyle Jr. to Riccardo Sicheri and Doriana Russo; $2,170,000.
43 Sawmill Ln: Andrew Cowin to David R. and Ingrid Hang; $3,007,500.
391 Putnam Av.e: Charles M. Zatzkin to MRS Real Estate LLC; $2,200,000.
Aug. 16:
104 River Rd.: Jamie Cowie and Stephanie Berthiame Cowrie to Chao Chun Hsu and Hsin Ping Tsai; $744,000.
50 Riverside Ave.: Joseph R. and Patricia Musick to Christopher McCauley and Jenny Cabinillas-McCauley; $765,000.
16 Azalea Terr.: Joseph Carbonara to Xuejun Mao and Jianhui Song; $1,405,000.
August 17:
68 Byram Rd.: Estate of Frank P. Borsa to 68 Byram LLC; $381,500.
25 W. Elm St., Unit 50: Monica Morrissey to Robertson Follansbee; $630,000.
8 Smith St. South: Theodore Taylor to Alison Taylor; $429,250.
6 School St.: Kelley C. Haslun to Morten and Maria Kramer; $965,000.
20 Linwood Ave.: John R. Raben Jr. and Jean S. Raben to Tamara Yiannakou; $1,390,000.
August 18:
201 Glenville Rd., Unit 106, AKA 106 Sioux Pl.: Harry T. Constas to Caren Kalisch; $600,000.
Parcel X, Map 8543: Twenty-Seven Doverton Drive LLC to Sabine Farm, Inc.: $177,146.
Parcel Y, Map 8543: Sabine Farm, Inc. to Twenty-Seven Doverton Drive LLLC; $391,567.
136 Lockwood Rd.: Mary Alice O'Malley to David Hoffman Jr.; $2,300,000.
95 indian Head Rd.: Marny Ann M. and Karl Lendenmann to Marc and Bich-Ha Henriette Hoang Rieffel; $2,800,000.
August 19:
69 Riverdale Ave., Unit 201: Riverstone Partners LLC to Jaspreet Randhawa; $730,000.
August 22:
20 Church St., Unit A33: Margreth Knehans to Maria Mini and Icli Zipella; $470,000.
34 Brookridge Dr.: Teresa Boyd and David Israel and Dawn Zerillo; $2,600,000.
11 Shore Acre Dr.: James and Louise S. Maude to Adam Farstrup and Cori Sanoqueira; $1,300,000.
3 Owenoke Way: Caroline N. and Steven Werber Jr. to Lauren and Andrew Cuneo; $2,300,000.
40 Park Ave.: Mark and Susan Van Der Griend to Frank Carpenteieri Jr.; $2,250,000.
32 Prospect St.: The Bank of New York Mellon to Kate Y. Xu; $500,000.
August 23:
44 Rocky Point Rd.: Brown Family Investors LLC to 44 Rocky Point Road LLC; $10,400,000.
11 Halsey Rd.: Steven B. Ritchie to Donald McCrossen Jr.; $1,050,000.
4 Buxton Ln.: Peter and Diane Wright to Brian and Lisa Boots; $2,600,000.
4 Park Ave.: David and Dawn Israel to Sean and Regina Dowling; $2,200,000.
193 Hamilton Ave., Unit 19: David and Pamela Geatz to Marianne Andersen; $625,000.
1 Milbank Ave., Unit 4H: Sibylle von Petterffy to Mary Elaine Goldschneider; $1,800,000.
193 Hamilton Ave., Unit 5: Marianne Andersen to Peiti Tung; $600,000.
August 24:
134 Lancer Rd. South: David N. Jones to Pierangelo and Janine M. Corticelli; $730,000.
18 Stone Ave.: Stonewalk LLC to RMS Stone Avenue LLC; $800,000.
6 Tremont St.: John P. Driscoll to John McDonald and Laura D. Yens; $800,000.
Aug. 26:
99 Valley Rd.: 99 West River View Holdings LLC and Grant Gyesky to NEPL, LLC; $2,250,000.
9 Point Ln.: NEPL LLC and the Patricia Piazza 15 Year Qualified Personal Residence Trust to Christopher and Claire Brown; $4,150,000.
5 Bennett St.: Christopher and Claire Brown to Robert and Michelle Carlson; $2,200,000.
386 Riversville Rd.: Donna D. and Gordon S. Calder Jr. to Ivan and Belinda Dokorny; $1,850,000.
1010 North St.: Moira Mahon and Sobrana Karnakaran and Bijl Narayanan; $655,000.
Aug. 30:
179 Putnam Pk.: Estate of Penku Li to John P. Marsico and Kathleen M. Essegian; $360,000.
Aug. 31:
17 Stiles Ln.: Bruce M. and Karyn Ginsberg Greenwald to Frank Gilbride II, trustee; $6,000,000.
205 S. Water St.: Thomas R. and Elizabeth Williams to 205 South Water Street LLC; $650,000.
232 Byram Shore Rd.: Sarah Ondaatje to John and Christina Horner; $4,400,000.
30 Carrington Dr.: Grace Morley to Scott and Laura Ragone; $2,500,000.

Thing 209: Bijoux at the Bruce - Greenwich's Outstanding Museum steps from the Avenue!

The Bruce Museum on 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, is a regional museum that reflects the heritage of our area and another example of the rich culture of this town.  The museum is a top-notch institution, with recognition as "Best Museum" according to the local media for its commitment to showcasing art, science and natural history through it permanent and visiting exhibits (12 annually).Most recently on display is the exhibit Bijoux: The Origins and Impact of Jewelry. This exhibition is locally supported by Betteridge Jewelers, the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, Anne and Fred Elser, and Hank and Meryl Silverstein.  Bijoux, investigates the wide range of materials used to make jewelry, from bones and fossils, to diamonds and CZs. Bijoux explores the masterminds of artists who have created adoration from a variety of materials, from the common to the surreal. The exhibit digs into the origins of these natural materials and explores the economic and environmental impact of our universal attraction to sparkle. Bijoux is a celebration of nature and appreciate for beauty!To learn more about the Bruce Museum and all it has to offer please visit:

Greenwich Real Estate Monthly - August 2011

We are done with the summer.I'm extremely proud to start this month's newsletter with the announcement that my team (Al Filippone Associates) was just named by The Wall Street Journal as the #1 team in New England (#11 in the United States), and I have been recognized as the highest producing agent year-to-date of over 30 agents on the team. For those of you with whom I've worked with this year, thank you.  I sincerely appreciate the opportunity and hope I was able to meet and even exceed your expectations as an agent.As for Greenwich Real Estate, the 2011 summer market was solid.  We witnessed 199 sales over the last three months, compared to 173 for the same period in 2010.  This adds up to 400 sales for the year compared to 344 in 2010.  Over the past three months we saw a lower median sales price, though when you extend the period to "Year to Date" the 2011 numbers are surprisingly close to 2010.I'm not going to sugar coat this and say that we are out of the woods and all in the future looks wonderful.  I'm not going to take some tiny details/growth-numbers and try to state that 2011 far exceeded 2010.  When looking at what happened over the past 9 months and comparing that to 2010, I'm seeing some surprising similarities.  List Price, Sales Price, Sales to List Price Ratio and Unit Sales are all very similar.  Even the time on the market is almost identical.While many are concerned about this and even more aren't accepting of it, I am not that worried.  What I believe we are witnessing right now is the new normal.  It doesn't make sense to me, nor has it ever, to see compounding growth of 15%+ every year.  This asset class, that so many of us invest in, also provides an extra perk: a roof over our heads.  Municipal bonds provide an extra perk of tax incentives and therefore give out a little less in interest.  Equities provide a greater growth potential/upside than government bonds, but are more volatile/risky. There is a give and take with anything we invest in today.Because of this extra perk (roof over our heads) I have always been a strong proponent of investing in real estate.  I see it as a great place to put your money for the long term.  While I think the expression has been used too much, "they aren't making any more of it" (land your house sits on).If you or anyone else you know is interested in investing in Greenwich real estate, I am currently working with some fantastic developers and advisors to create full blow analytical reports on specific areas and property sites.  We have had a lot of fun analyzing everything from the property envelopes (what you can build) to maximizing returns on additions to client's primary residences.   We're always looking for new projects and clients, so please send them my way!Sincerely,ScottScott P. Elwell - MBASenior Vice President - Al Filippone Associates @ William RaveisFounder/Real Estate Agent - GreenwichCT.com45 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT 06830Mobile: 203.940.0444 : Email:


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    Thing 208: Thursday Sept 22nd....Champagne Reception at Ralph Lauren on Greenwich Avenue

    An additional benefit to living in Greenwich is the fact that we are home to one of Ralph Lauren's 7 flagship stores.  On Thursday, September 22nd, all are invited to a champagne reception to launch the new Home 2011 collection.  The evening will provide a preview an elegant expression of glamorous art deco style and refined attention to craftsmanship.  The event will run from 5-7pm on the 2nd floor and the entire store will be open for shopping high fashion as well for men and women.Ralph Lauren Home Event 

    Thing 207 - Greenwich....Destination Dogs....Upcoming Events for our local pups!

    Greenwich is home to many love dogs and welcome to new pets all the time.  Over the next few weeks there are a few events focused on new pups, that it important to mention because Greenwich is pet friendly.A few to note:Sunday, September 25th, 2011Adopt-A-Dog's 24th AnnualPuttin' On The DogFor-Fun Dog Show and FestivalRoger Sherman Baldwin ParkGreenwich, CT10AM to 5PM   Saturday, October 8thPet Pantry Warehouse290 Railroad AvenueGreenwich, CT11AM to 3PMSaturday, October 15th, 2011Adopt-A-Dog's30th AnniversaryFundraising GalaBurning Tree Country ClubGreenwich, CT6:30PM to 11:30PMThese events are supported by Adopt-A-Dog, a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization, the corporate office is located at 840 Lake Avenue Greenwich, CT.  Adopt-A-Dog is a dog and cat rescue sanctuary organization serving New York and Connecticut and beyond for three decades.  Our shelter is open seven days a week.  Our dedicated staff and volunteers strive to provide the best care possible while the animals are at our shelter awaiting safe and permanent homes.Learn more at

    Thing 206: Go Figure - a unique place in Greenwich to get fit and healthy!

     Local resident of Greenwich, Cindy Sites, is the proud owner of Go Figure, who has developed a unique hour-long class incorporating the best of Pilates, yoga and classical ballet technique. The Figure Method is incredibly effective in toning, strengthening and conditioning the entire body.  Additionally, Go Figure has added a spinning room so you can also work on your cardiovascular health as well!Cindy's method started in Greenwich, and now has spread to other areas such as New Canaan, Westport, Rye, Potomac MD, Darien, Charlotte NC, and Armonk.  Talk about success, right?  Who would have thought, right here in Greenwich is where it all started with our own Cindy Sites.So, what are the results of the Go Figure method?  You will enhance your posture, improve your flexibility, build long lean muscles and strengthen your core.  If you participate, you will work on a padded floor and with a ballet barre using your own body for resistance (there is no heavy lifting or use of machines). You will use light hand weights to sculpt and tone the arms, back and shoulders. Exercises are non-impact and gentle on joints. The hour-long class is designed with a strong emphasis on posture and overall health of the back.  The most attractive aspect of this approach, is that you will work at your own pace to re-shape your body in a safe, yet challenging manner.To learn more visit or the local Go Figure at 141 West Putnam Ave., next to Cosi and across from the Stop & Shop.