16 Alden Street

Dating from around the time of the Civil War, somewhere between 1850 and 1870, this house was owned in 1910 by Joseph P. Floras, a fisherman. Another fisherman, and native of Portugal, Remigio S. Roda Sr. (±1883-1957), lived here in the 1940s and ’50s with his wife, Mary E. Roda. Their son Remigio Jr. was stationed in Paris at the time as the chief weather forecaster for Trans World Airlines. The Rodas unwittingly played a role in a 1950 kidnaping scheme, when they boarded a man named Gerald Sylvester of New York. He had arrived in town with a two-and-a-half-year-old boy whom he identified as his son — but who was not. The boy, whose name was Robert Kaplan, was receiving the “best of care” at the Rodas home when two detectives from the N.Y.P.D. came to retrieve him.

The house was purchased in 2011 from Jonathan Roberts (b 1964), a teacher, by Dr. Tal Rencus, a neuroradiologist in Boston. • Historic District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, shed • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-10-26

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