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Catherine O'Hara, REVIEW STAFF

Catherine O'Hara, REVIEW STAFF

Cathy Calvano's passion for footwear gave a mystery admirer a great idea when the Waterdown resident's birthday rolled around earlier this month. Her family denies involvement in the prank...and was wondering just who was behind it.

If the shoe fits…

By Catherine O’Hara, REVIEW STAFF

There’s a case of ‘whodunit’ in Waterdown.

In the early morning hours of February 8, an employee at sign company quietly put up a unique display on the front lawn of the Calvano family’s Duncan Avenue home. The exhibit featured stiletto-type shoes and handbags – a stylish albeit public announcement marking the homeowner, Cathy Calvano’s 50th birthday.

It was an appropriate gesture considering Cathy’s passion for fancy footwear. “She loves her shoes,” said Cathy’s husband, Phil, with a laugh. So much so that one of the family’s three dogs is named Blahnik, after the top fashion designer Manuel “Manolo” Blahnik.

While the display of shoes and handbags, which was complemented with a large sign that read “Cathy, 50 and Fabulous! Happy Birthday” came as a surprise to the birthday girl, who stumbled upon it on her way out the door at 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, the family doesn’t know who is responsible for this kind gesture.

“I am the main suspect, but I can’t take the credit,” said Phil. “Whoever did it had an awesome idea.”

With close relatives living on opposite ends of the globe, Phil got to work contacting his children, including sons Nick and Mike, and daughters Jenn and Erica, in an attempt to identify the well-wisher.

So far, his investigative efforts have been fruitless.

Nonetheless, the Calvanos are pleased someone would go out of their way to place the special order – one that was catered to Cathy’s passion for shoes and purses.

“There’s a whole room dedicated to her shoes,” said daughter-in-law Carolyn, who wouldn’t hazard a guess at the number of shoes featured in Cathy’s large collection.

Let’s just say “in the three digits,” noted Phil.

 

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