Tag Archives: Betsy Phillips

Teardown With A Twist

Compo Beach is a true “neighborhood.” Many homes on Soundview and its side streets have been in the same family for decades.

One of the those old, familiar houses was 8 Danbury Avenue. Teri Klein grew up in the magical cottage — and so did her children and grandchildren. They held weddings and parties there, ran on the beach, and admired the spectacular views.

8 Danbury Avenue.

8 Danbury Avenue.

Unfortunately, the house sat level with the ground. Hurricane Sandy damaged it beyond repair.

Today it was demolished.

(Photos by Betsy Phillips)

(Photos by Betsy Phillips)

But this is not a typical Westport tear-down-a-small-old-house-and-throw-up-a-huge-new-one story.

Two couples living nearby — Dan Kahn and Betsy Phillips,  and Peter Wormser and Liz Milwe — bought the house from Teri. Peter — a very talented architect and artist — incorporated much of the quaint and magical details of the old home into a new design.

The next 8 Danbury Avenue house will be built on a higher foundation than the previous one — new FEMA and local regulations have made sure of that. But there will still be a rocking-chair front porch, a similar look, the same Low Country southern charm.

The new home will be something increasingly rare in Westport: a new but familiar house.

“We’re beach people,” Betsy explains simply.

One Hour From High Tide — Again

(Photo by Betsy Phillips)

Give Peace A Chance

You know how everyone always wishes “peace on earth” around Christmastime? And decorates their homes all nice and pretty, with lights and displays and whatnot?

And then, as soon as New Year’s is over, everything comes down, and we revert back to our old selves all over again?

Betsy Phillips is out to change all that.

Instead of Santa or a creche, she displayed a peace sign on her Compo Beach home.

It’s still up.

Betsy vows to keep it going all year.

That should warm some hearts on a cold winter night.

And provide a nice punctuation point on the 4th of July.

Ring Around The Beach, Part 2

Last week, “06880” reported on Betsy Phillips’ lost engagement ring in the Compo Beach area.

The bad news is:  It’s still lost.

The good news:  Many Westporters have rallied round to help.

Using the “Comments”  page, a reader told Betsy there was a “found ring” sign on Maple Avenue, near Blockbuster.

It wasn’t hers.

Someone else told Betsy about a similar notice near the Mobil station on Riverside.  She hasn’t located that sign yet.  “Maybe was taken down–or rain…” she says.

But, Betsy adds, “I’m still hopeful.  People are basically great around here.”

Referring to the recent focus on Westport photographers captured in Libya, and the triple disasters in Japan, she notes:  “This has kind of been a giant lesson for me on what’s important.”

But engagement rings are important too.  She’s still searching.

And so are “06880” readers.

Westporters keep looking for Betsy Phillips' lost ring.

Ring Around The Beach

“06880” reader Betsy Phillips recently lost her engagement ring.  She thinks it was someplace near Compo Beach or Elvira’s.

She knows that in light of recent posts — missing photographers in Libya, deadly disasters in Japan, pedestrians being killed in Westport — this might seem “kind of silly.”

This is not Betsy Phillips' engagement ring. It's gold, however, and I found it using Google images.

But, Betsy adds, “06880” attracts “wonderful, impassioned readers.”  She believes in karma, doing good deeds, and the power of positive thinking.  And of course the value of an engagement ring — measured in sentiment far more than dollars — is substantial.

The ring is gold, with a gray-greenish center stone diamond.  If you find it — or know someone who did —  please contact Betsy directly:  betsydesigns@hotmail.com.

And let “06880” know too, so we can pass on at least a bit of good news in these difficult days.