Day: August 13, 2018

Letter to the Editor Sogofsky more qualified

As reported in the August 4th edition of Hello Easton, Ira Kaplan states: “Dunsby told him that they were looking to fill the spot with another Republican.” This is inaccurate. First, “they” includes Bob Lessler, the Democrat selectman. Second, I simply informed Mr. Kaplan of state law. If the Board of Selectmen did not make an appointment to fill the vacant seat, it would go to a to a committee of elected officials of the same party as the resigning selectman. In this case, Republican.

However, the reason Mr. Kaplan was not appointed is because Kristi Sogofsky is more qualified. Kristi has lived in Easton since 2011. In that time, despite working full-time and raising young children, she has served as co-president of the PTA, as the chair of the Library Board, and as the chair of the Library Building Committee. Mr. Kaplan, despite living in town for twenty years, has no public service to Easton.

Kristi Sogofsky takes concrete steps to improve the lives of Easton’s citizens. Mr. Kaplan talks about a national call to action—whatever that means—and is clearly not focused on Easton’s families. That is why Kristi Sogofsky is a selectman and deserves to be returned to office in November.

Adam Dunsby

Helen Keller’s home

Historical Society of Easton, CT via Facebook

Circa 1951. Arcan Ridge on Redding Road in Easton was home to Helen Keller from sometime in 1939 until her passing in 1968. This is a direct quotation taken from a December 12, 1939 letter from Ms. Keller to her friend Lenore Smith describing her new home. Please take the time to read the entire quote, it says volumes about the special sensitivities of its author who was blind: “We have never loved a place more than Arcan Ridge. It is a Colonial house surrounded by meadows, woods, brooks, and the old New England stone walls you will remember. I am especially delighted with my study which has spacious book shelves, thirty-five cubby-holes and windows hospitable to the sun. Above all, there is seclusion essential to literary endeavor. The landscaping will be started in the spring, we came here too late to do anything about it. Sometime you must come, Lenore, and see everything for yourself and walk with me through the pasture where Polly, Herbert and I go every day with the dogs. The smells here are glorious, and Polly says the atmosphere is fairly blue with blue jays.” Polly was Polly Thompson, her companion after the death of Anne Sullivan, and Herbert was Herbert Haas, her live-in handyman and chauffer. Please like us & keep following as there will be more to come!! This post replaces the one from yesterday that displayed a photograph that had been mislabeled (not by HSE) as being this home. The land didn’t look quite right, so after looking at architect Cameron Clark’s original drawings, I was able to post the correct image of the Arcan Ridge house.

Real Estate News from Margaret Upton-Mirowski ‘Brady Bunch’ house sells for $3.5 million

by Los Angeles Times

The bidding for the “Brady Bunch” house got down to a horse race, according to listing agent Ernie Carswell, but it was HGTV that ultimately pulled away from the pack. So, just how much did the cable network spend to secure the television-famous property? About twice the asking price.

HGTV is paying $3.5 million to buy the Studio City residence, or $1.615 million more than the list price of $1.885 million. The pending sale is scheduled to close today.

The home received a total of eight offers, according to Carswell. The players included stage and television producers, corporate parties and entertainers such as singer-dancer Lance Bass, who was “heartbroken” to learn he had not submitted the winning bid. All of them planned to keep the home basically intact.

“Every (bidder) intended to retain the front facade as a historic preservation, but most of them intended to renovate the interiors,” Carswell said. “No developer submitted a bid for the property.”

HGTV has already hinted at what may be in store for the beloved home.

On an earnings call this week, Discovery Inc. Chief Executive David Zaslav said the network planned to “restore the Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can.” A spokesperson for Discovery declined to elaborate on the project.

As part of the sale, HGTV wll receive the original 1959 blueprints for the house, Carswell said.

The split-level home, which is so popular it has its own Yelp page, was used for outdoor representations of “The Brady Bunch” family home. That included the show’s opening and closing scenes as well as numerous interludes to denote the time of day. Interior scenes for “The Brady Bunch” were filmed in the studio.

The home’s floor plan retains a host of 1970s details but bears little resemblance to the layout familiar to TV viewers.

A rock-wall fireplace and wood-paneled walls are among classic details found in the living room, which features a built-in bar. Floral wallpaper and window coverings are another vintage touch. The home’s MusiCall intercom and whole-house radio also remain.

“This is a postcard of exactly what homes looked like in the 1970s,” Carswell told The Times last month.

There are two bedrooms, three bathrooms and about 2,500 square feet of living space that may not include an expansion of the downstairs family room, according to Carswell. The garage was converted into a recreation room.

Violet and George McCallister, the parents of an almost-Brady-size “bunch” of five sons, bought the house in 1973 for $61,000, records show. The TV series ran from September 1969 to March 1974 before moving into reruns in syndication.

The McCallisters are both deceased, and their children are the sellers.

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