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HOMEA Hersam Acorn Special Section

November 2011

Holiday Festival of Trees Decorated Trees & Gifts Galore Eyes on the Pies Tried & True, Something New From Classic to Contemporary Homes for the Holidays Tour

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No news is good newsby Ben GuerreroForty years ago, with bagless, dewy eyes, someone, somewhere was moved to plan it. They advertised we all chipped in probably in the Times, while local, likeminded groups organized. Then someone hired a bus and before the sun was in the sky, we climbed aboard. Hours later, in the shadow of national marble, we gathered amidst the Porta-Potties. Our permits were filed and we marched. Our full heads of hair shone in the sunshine and the PA echoed across the crowd. Familiar voices sang familiar songs, and we all sang along. Mort Sahl. Harry Belafonte. Peter, Paul and Mary and Pete Seeger, of course. We were against the war. Whatever war. And I like to think we helped end it. There was a sense, as we sat together determined See Home Moaner page 4



Dr. james T. Aris, DMD, FAGD, PCFellow of academy of general dentistry

Wilton Center Family Dentistry

203 . 762 . 5100 203 . 762 . 5100 Excellence in dentistry is the first priority of Dr. Aris and his professional staff. Confirming this commitment, Dr. Aris attained the distinct honor of Fellow from the Academy of General Dentistry. A general dentist who is a Fellow, states the Academy, has accepted the charge to keep abreast of advances in dentistry for the benefit of patients and the betterment of dentistry.To earn a Fellowship Award, a dentist must earn a minimum of 500 approved continuing education credits and pass a comprehensive 400-question examination.

67 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton . CT 06897

Dr. Aris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School where he received his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry.A believer in life-long learning, Dr. Aris is a founder of the Wilton Dental Study Group launched 17 years ago. He is a member of the American Dental Association, CT State Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and Past President of the Greater Norwalk Dental Society.


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November 2011

November 2011

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to overcome someday, that the songs and the signs we waved, along with the two minutes wed get on Walter Cronkite that night, would start national sentiment rolling in our direction. And while our sentiments were not popular at first, there came a day that the country changed its mind and we put down our guns, if only for a while. We went down to Wall Street last weekend to check out the protest there. When we got out of the subway car and made our approach, the population of the street thickened. At the core, if you took off your glasses, you could vibe right back to the Washington mall. Noise and smoke and signs in the air. Drums and chants. Folks of all ages and stripes. But it was different. In the 1960s, the marches in Washington swelled out of the grassroots efforts of organized people who believed in the uniquely American concept of free speech and our right to peacefully congregate to protest. We held a fundamental belief that if enough of us said something, our voices would be heard. But it took months to get the word out and dollars to place the ads and dimes to make the phone calls and sweat to get the job done. The Wall Street movement, with the aid of technology and the need for the global news media to fill 24-hour cycles of news each day, could have been sparked by a single well-worded Tweet. This brought the world to the park in Manhattan before they could even come up with a clear agenda. Sure, the sentiment is visceral, but so visceral that it almost has to be expressed with a belch or a sneeze. It is not controversial to say here that the balance of wealth has tipped and it is becoming almost impossible to exist on the low side of that balance. And most of us, alas, reside there. My children grew up with keyboards as extensions of their fingertips. They have subsequently proven to be expert typists, rattling like castanets while dear old dad hunts and pecks. I have heard that some of our youth are so facile that they can text on a cell phone while it is in their pocket. So the organization of this protest is topsyturvy where the participants show up and then the organization starts. The crowds in Manhattan were difSee Home Moaner page 18November 2011


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The vision of threeEQUALS ONE AWARD-WINNING HOMEby Lois AlcosserArchitect Amanda Martocchio has been winning awards, one after the other recently, for her skillful merging of beautiful, livable homes with the most efficient, energy-saving construction. Her style is classic contemporary clean lines, nature-sensitive design and interiors that are made-to-order for each client whether it be for growing families or for a serene retreat. She admits that the current economy is affecting most architects. Theres practically no new building. What is happening, though, is homeowners desire to improve what they have add space, renovate and cut energy costs. One of the most popular requests right now is the addition of mud rooms, that much-used space for boots and backpacks. I think of it as a useful transition from the outdoors to home life. There are also many post-Hurricane Irene requests for repairs and restoration. Shes recently renovated an existing guest house for the mother of the homeowner, providing privacy as well as a way to be near children and grandchildren. Whether its a brand-new home or a modest addition, Amanda believes that its essential to get to know the family. Their lifestyle, habits, likes and dislikes will affect the aesthetics and functioning of their future home. Many people hesitate to use an architect because they really dont understand what the process is like. It may seem intimidating at first, but the architects skills and knowledge can make the difference between a See Award-winning page 21

Jane Beiles

Architect Amanda Martocchio runs through the days work schedule.

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From classic to contemporaryNEW CANAAN HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS TOURby Eileen Murphy and Anne MatviakThe picturesque town of New Canaan is known for both its rural charm and suburban sophistication. Steepled churches and stone walls border the downtown area teeming with hot new restaurants and trendy shops. Historic Colonials share their tree-lined country lanes with Midcentury Moderns. It is the combination of classic and contemporary that will be on display at this years Homes for the Holidays house tour, presented by the Newcomers Club of New Canaan. The tour, which will take place on Dec. 9 and 10 from 10 to 2, features five homes of historic, cultural or architectural significance. Each home has a cinema-based theme and will be festively decorated by professional designers, with the help of a team of Newcomers volunteers. Perhaps the most recognizable home featured on this years tour is the AngloIndian manor. The house of Dinyar Wadia, principal of Wadia Associates, and his wife, Gool, is a personalized reflection of the architects design abilities, interests and passions. It was originally an English cottage built in the 1860s, and Mr. Wadia resuscitated the aging half-timber home and brought it back to life. A Passage to India is the theme for floral artist Michael George, who plans to highlight the play between cultures and the Wadias interest in gardening. Another showcase home, which has undergone a fascinating transformation,

A Passage to India features the home of architect Dinyar Wadia.

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is the Country Stables. Built as a dairy barn in 1934, it was originally part of an estate and summer residence named Wexford Hall. It was converted for residential use in 1956, but many of the features that make this home so special, such as the silo, still remain. With this in mind, designer Robert Rizzo, of Cobble Court Interiors, chose Sleigh Bells Ring as his motif. The theme not only honors the houses history as a barn, but also evokes the holiday spirit. The more traditional of the showcase homes has also undergone a metamorphosis over the years, in part because its owners are both interior designers. The All-American Cape is owned by Jean Marie McLaughlin, of JMac Interiors, and her husband. The Cape Cod-style house was built in the 1940s, but went through some badly conceived additions in the 1970s and 80s. When the McLaughlins purchased the home 20 years ago, they embarked on several renovations to correct its design flaws. Jean Marie calls the renovation her labor of love, but her chosen holiday theme, Its a Wonderful Life, where wishes and dreams come true, is indicative of the end result. When Shelley Morris of Shelley Morris Interior Design acquired her home, now

unrecognizable as a 1956 ranch, it was in its original condition, complete with eight-foot ceilings and nylon carpeting over slab floors. Morris dramatically transformed the house into a California-style home, updating and opening up the interiors, raising the ceilings to 12 feet and incorporating reclaimed beams into