Friday, March 01, 2024


Comings & Goings: The Hair Place is Closing

By Dave Matlow

The Hair Place, 625 Post Road East, in the shopping center anchored by The Fresh Market, will close by July 31, after almost 44 years in the same location, according to owner Betty Cabral. Image
Betty Cabral:  “We love this town, we love this community,” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“Our rent has gone up and, for the first time, they’re adding common charges for parking, shrubbery and things like that,” she said. “So this is my time to stop. But this is my home, this is my family, it’s where I come every day.

“We have loyal, long time clients, some who are now in the third generation. We cut their grandchildren’s hair.”

Long relationships are not just with customers, she said. “One of our stylists, Lynn, has been here for 35 year,” she said. “She’s a grandmother now.”

Robert Wachsler, 79 Image
Robert Wachsler: 48-year Westporter. Contributed photo

Robert Wachsler, a 48-year resident of Westport, died May 25 in Portland, Ore., of complications due to Parkinson’s. He was 79.

Born in Bronx, N.Y. in 1934, he was educated at City College of New York and earned a Ph.D. in aviation psychology from Ohio State University.

He had a distinguished career at General Motors, BBD&O and was a well respected marketing consultant to CEOs of many of the world’s largest corporations.

He was an adjunct professor at the NYU Stern School of Business and Columbia University Business School.

Donahue Sells Beachside Estate for $20M to Neighbor Image
The celebrity couple built the house in 2007 and put it on the market a year ago for $27.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photos

Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas have sold their 7.56-acre Greens Farms estate overlooking Long Island Sound for $20 million, $7.5 million below their asking price, according to a filing recorded today in the Westport Town Clerk’s office. The sale was to a Beachside Avenue neighbor.

The celebrity couple—he is best known as a longtime TV talk show host, she for her “That Girl” TV series—bought the property at 120-122 Beachside Ave. in 1998. They put it on the market a year ago. (See WestportNow May 19, 2012)

The buyer was fellow Westporter Andrew Bentley who paid $20 million in November 2010 for three adjoining lots at 124, 126, and 128 Beachside Ave. (See WestportNow Nov. 1, 2010) Three years earlier, it had been listed for $37.5 million.

The sale came six weeks after radio host Don Imus and his wife, Deirdre,  sold their 106 Beachside Ave. estate for $14.4 million, The four-acre property was listed in 2005 and 2009 for $30 million, in 2011 for $24.95 million, and the most recent price was set at $19.9 million. (See WestportNow April 12, 2013)

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Bonnie Brook Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Bonnie Brook Road, in the Coleytown area, is in process. Built in 1961, the one-story ranch has 2,022 square feet, is situated on a 1.53-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1,050,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Westport Property Transfers May 13 – 17, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 13 - 17, 2013:

John A. Thompson Est. and Marie A. Thompson to Westport Building Co. LLC, 22 Jennings Court, $875,000WN property.jpg

John Brett to Adam S. and Christin E. Weberman, 2 Ivy Knoll, $930,000

Adam T. and Kerrie S. Weisman to Koenraad Bostoen and Groenen Daalse, 15 North Ridge Road, $1,725,000

Barbara S. Stalling to Sheng-Hui Chou, 29 Hickory Drive, $370,000

GOP Balks, Dems Listen on Fate of Independent Party

By Mark Pazniokas

The Independent Party will survive. Now, attention turns to whether the same can be said of sweeping campaign finance reforms passed in 2005 as Connecticut watched a former governor go to prison.

With Republicans threatening an end-of-session filibuster, Senate Democrats have given up on trying to force a name change in a party that cross-endorsed GOP candidates in 2012.

“It was decided yesterday in about five minutes,” Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said tonight.

As for the rest of the bill, House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said the parties may disagree, but there is nothing as provocative as stripping the Independent Party of its name.

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