Wednesday, August 31, 2011

YES! RIVER DAY 2011 STILL ON AT THE YACHT CLUB

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As many of you know, the Croton Yacht Club experienced quite a storm surge during Irene (click on the photo, all rights reserved, Marcy Cohen). Needless to say everyone was very concerned about any possible damage--and of course if everyone was alright. We're happy to report that Kenny Schulze, Commodore, Croton Yacht Club left this message on another posting here at EverythingCroton. We just wanted to make sure everyone saw it:
"Kenny Schulze Commodore CYC said... Great picture.WE had minor damage at the Croton Yacht Club thanks to the membership that did alot of storm preparations, and that were on hand during the storm surge to take care of any needed problems.Come on down for Riverday next weekend. Kenny Schulze Commodore CYC" 

9/10 update - SEE PHOTOS AND NOTES FROM RIVERDAY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/09/notes-on-river-day-part-1.html

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MORE CROTON MEMORIES--THE STARLIGHT DRIVING RANGE

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INTRODUCING CROTON MEMORIES, a new series that will focus on Croton from the 1940's through the 1970's—more or less. Here’s the seventh installment, again with thanks to The Croton Historical Society. 

THE STARLIGHT DRIVING RANGE
Prior to the opening of Starlight Lanes--and eventually replacing it, another recreational offering existed in what is now the Shoprite Center here in Croton: The Starlight Driving Range. Owned and operated by James Britchey from the late 1940’s to the mid 1950’s, the rules were simple: rent a club, “buy” a bucket of balls, and drive away. Many a teenage boy had their first job at Starlight--retrieving balls—and one resident joked that during the construction of Shoprite decades later, the workers were still finding golf balls that never made it home! 

Click on the link to see a charming photo from the mid-1950’s showing a typical group at the range http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/6098395713/in/photostream 

Shown from left to right are Tommy Alford, Wayne Edell, Alfred Luposello, Alan Pearson, Clifford Haight and Joe Edell.

Monday, August 29, 2011

MORE CROTON MEMORIES--THE HARMON SWEET SHOPPE

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INTRODUCING CROTON MEMORIES, a new series that will focus on Croton from the 1940's through the 1970's—more or less. Here’s the sixth installment, again with thanks to The Croton Historical Society.

THE HARMON SWEET SHOPPE--click on the photo

The Harmon Sweet Shoppe graced this location on South Riverside Ave. From the late 1930’s to the very early 1960’s, the Harmon Sweet Shoppe was THE place to go for a home-cooked meal, home-made candy, and home-made pies.
The building was built by George Marshall; the business was operated for most of its existence by Rose and Bob Hennessey. It was also THE place for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/6095210108/ 

Mrs. Hennessey’s pies were legendary, and one resident remembers that her Christmas ribbon candy and Chocolate Pecan Divinity, a nougat-like confection, disappeared almost as soon as it hit the display case. Her angel cookies were also hung on Christmas trees.

Later this site would become home to the “What-Not Shop”, Russ Ryder’s Insurance, The Wicker Shop, and Koch Accounting.

P.S. THE SITE OF THE NOW KWIK-MARK/DAIRY MART was also a Hennessey shop known as "Goodies".

Stay tuned for more Croton Memories. To see past editions of this series, click:
THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN, parts 1 & 2 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/croton-memories-starlight-drive-in_15.html AND http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-croton-memories-more-on-starlight.html

THE CROTON YACHT CLUB, STORM SURGE PHOTO

2012 update: HURRICANE SANDY http://tiny.cc/m8m2mw

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This amazing photo comes to us courtesy of Marcy Cohen, all rights reserved. (Click on it.) As you can see, the Croton Yacht Club was completely surrounded by Irene's storm surge. We saw earlier today that the water had receded quite a bit (the power of a good telephoto lens) but we still don't know the extent of the damage if any. We'll let you know as soon as we do.

Incidentally, our readers at Half Moon Bay said they were all okay.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A SNAP FROM HOLY NAME'S BLOOD DRIVE, AUGUST 2011

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Neither rain nor snow nor threat of hurricane stopped the Holy Name of Mary blood drive on 8/26.

Here’s a snapshot of two of the volunteers (and Knights of Columbus). We understand the drive went well - with such dedicated volunteers and donors, that's no surprise. PHOTO, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A THANK YOU FROM THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

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As many of you know, the Little Sisters of the Poor visited Holy Name of Mary in July of this year. Because of the generosity of Holy Name parishioners, they collected $2,419 for which they have sent their thanks. These funds will help them continue their work of caring for the elderly poor.