Saturday, June 30, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Here's another Christmas ad we were able to salvage from the 1936 Saturday Evening Post we talked about at http://tiny.cc/gwbbgw  - IT WAS A TWO PAGE SPREAD entitled "Fascination that's never outgrown" , a promo piece for the Association of American Railroads. Unfortunately this was all we could salvage--and we did so mainly because the scene depicted is not only charming, the boy's frustration is captured perfectly, but because the train is just so marvelous! Click on the ad.

Mini adobe putz house and pattern from Nan! http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=186



This looks sooooooooooooooooooooo interesting – 26” streetlamp, battery operated by Valerie from QVC http://tiny.cc/b1jqgw

“Christmas card bowls” - A friend of ours inherited several of these from her grandmother—and the cards used—from the 1940’s—make them all the more charming. Here’s a how to: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/card-basket.shtml

100 toy soldiers for $1.75  http://www.texomaliving.com/100-toy-soldiers

CROTON YACHT CLUB: THE GAZETTE LETTER FROM MR. HARVEY BRILL

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The following letter from Mr. Harvey Brill on the Croton Yacht Club appeared in the 6/28/12 edition of the Gazette.

To The Editor:

I've been a resident of Croton for 18 years and became a member of the Croton Yacht Club just about 3 years ago. As it happens, I was drawn to boating after walking one day with my wife along the river and noticed a boat for sale conveniently parked against the fence. Living about a mile from the boat club, what was appealing to me was that there are varying types of membership which can range from an initiation investment and the requirement of hours served with a reduced fee for boating, or in the alternative the option of being an Associate and paying market rates, which are slightly below the rates that Tarrytown is purported to be charging in Ms. Whiting’s recent letter. In either case, it's a cost that I as a boater get to pay, in time and money or just money. 

I've been reading Mr. Kauderer's many letters to The Gazette and have to say that I'm perplexed. In his earliest letters, his claim was that the CYC was paying minimal rent and not paying taxes, to which there have been a number of responses in both the Gazette and at Village Work and Budget sessions (some of which I've had the opportunity of speaking at) in order to set the record straight and to make those interested aware of the facts. There is no doubt that the Croton Residents who are invested in boating are adamant about the value that the club presents to all of its varying types of members, there is an intrinsic value in the club remaining a Village asset which is operated by its residents for the benefit of its residents. It also can't be argued that the terms of the present lease will be renegotiated, but to characterize the fees that were deemed appropriate and agreed upon by all parties when executed as imprudent and irresponsible is not tied to reality and like most things that we see in the news in an election year is self-serving.  

This then leads to the basic question of why? Why is Mr. Kauderer so intent upon the Club being turned over to private interests for the establishment of a Restaurant? Mr. Kauderer as a member of the Village Planning Board has publicly been in support of property that was committed in Half Moon Bay's site plan with The Village, as a restaurant be granted a change in use so that Mr. Plotkin could build a 6600 sq./ft. (habitable space) private home. When you view the site plan, this area is clearly a more appropriate spot which is highly accessible and could be serviced by cars, pedestrians or the many shuttles which already serve Half Moon Bay and Discovery Cove. Mr. Kauderer also in his many letters suggests that the village should consult with Mr. Plotkin for ways to commercialize the Yacht Club space. Why is this? Is Mr. Kauderer speaking in his capacity as a member of the Planning Board, an Attorney associated with many commercial real estate development companies, an Advocate of Mr. Plotkin for yet unknown reasons, or a concerned citizen? 

The hundreds of people who utilize these Village facilities are clear in their goals; it's the preservation of the historical usage of the property which dates back 55 years. What's unclear and needs clarification is what Mr. Kauderer's role actually is in his quest to commercialize this land. 

Harvey Brill, Croton on Hudson, NY

Friday, June 29, 2012

CANDID CAMERA, COURTESY OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY & ALLEN FUNT

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You never know what you’ll find at The Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society—Part Six.  We continue to be simply amazed at the wonderful things to be found at The Croton Historical Society. The care, enthusiasm and knowledge of our volunteers just can’t be beat…so when we heard that Allen Funt of Candid Camera fame had lived in the village on Mt. Airy Road—and we just had to know more—all we had to do was ask--and ta-da!

Click on the photo and article (1960) below to read all about it. Again, many thanks to the historical society for this very pleasant trip down memory lane.

You can also read more about Mr. Funt here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Funt

P.S. TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: CROTON IN 1940--become a member today; to download the application:  http://www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/Public_Documents/CrotonHudsonNY_WebDocs/HistoricalSociety/HSMembership.pdf

  
To see past editions of YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Part One: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – The 1904 Cosmopolitan Magazine, World’s Fair http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-never-know-what-youll-find-at.html
Part Two: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – The Kennedy Assassination etc. http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/part-two-you-never-know-what-youll-find.html
Part Three: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright, and vintage sheet music http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-three-you-never-know-what-youll.html
Part Four: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – an 1888 French fashion plate http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-four-you-never-know-what-youll.html
Part Five: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – Jackie Gleason’s house http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-five-you-never-know-what-youll.html

RELATED: PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE CURRENT SOCIETY EXHIBIT: THE MASSES http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/photos-from-opening-reception-of-masses.html

Thursday, June 28, 2012

EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Now here's a potential putz project--making a "service station" a'la the one to the right from the 1947 Sears Christmas Wishbook. We only wish the page was in color.

Now this is a far cry from the plastic stuff being churned out by the ga-zillions today. It would be great to own something like this now...but wait...it just so happens that...Click on the link to see a friend and his grandchildren playing with...well this one's a Happi-Time set but you get the idea http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/2513033384/

A PAGE FULL OF SIMPLE, FREE PUTZ HOUSE patterns http://www.sticksite.com/house/index.html

BUILT-RITE BUSINESS BLOCK—PART 2 – “SURPRISE! Last week I said I only had a partial Business Block and was only able to feature pieces 1, 3, and 5. Toys & Stuff is happy to bring you the remaining sections: piece 2, 4, and the base. Many Many Thanx to Eric for the high-res scans of the remaing pieces!!!!” Lots of putzing inspiration here in the “radio station”! http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/06/built-rite-business-block-pt-2.html

In "Who Wrote the Bugle Call Taps?" Croton's own Robert Scott explores the authorship of that haunting melody http://notorc.blogspot.com/2012/06/who-wrote-bugle-call-taps.html

SCOTT: WHO WROTE THE BUGLE CALL TAPS?

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In "Who Wrote the Bugle Call Taps?" Croton's own Robert Scott explores the authorship of that haunting melody. It's one of his best articles. Read it on Postscripts at http://notorc.blogspot.com/2012/06/who-wrote-bugle-call-taps.html

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CROTON HIGH'S INTERACT CLUB & THE CROTON ROTARY

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INTERACT CLUB AT CROTON-HARMON HIGH - On Thursday June 7th, the Rotary Club of Croton on Hudson presented the High School Community Service Club with certification so they are now officially the Interact Club.  The club has a relationship with the local rotary club and works jointly on local community service projects as well as an international service project. 

FOR MORE ABOUT THE CROTON ROTARY, VISIT http://www.rotary7230.org/ourdistrict/clubprofile.asp?ID=8 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN SEEING A SLIDESHOW FROM THE 2011 ROTARY CAR SHOW http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627803887464/show

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2 CROTON TEENS ACHIEVE HIGHEST SCOUTING RANK, SENATOR BALL, HOLY NAME OF MARY CHURCH

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TWO CROTON-ON-HUDSON TEENS ACHIEVE HIGHEST SCOUTING RANK – 6/25/12 SENATOR GREG BALL (R,C-PATTERSON) presented Kristian Laureiro and Aaron Baltic-Schecter of Croton-on-Hudson Boy Scout Troop 28 with NYS Senate Proclamations for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

PART FIVE: YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND AT THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: JACKIE GLEASON'S CORTLANDT HOME

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You never know what you’ll find at The Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society. Thanks to the generosity of residents, the archives are not only filled with the history of our village, but with postcards, magazines, books and more on everyday life—the stuff of future Society exhibits.

PART FIVE - Click on the photos below to see interior shots of Jackie Gleason’s locally famous “round” house on Furnace Dock Road—yes THE Jackie Gleason lived in the Town of Cortlandt and often visited nearby Croton haunts to hear the old-timers tell it.  The exotic house, completed in 1959 at a cost of $650,000, became the “most flamboyant house in town”—virtually everything in the three-level house was round—including the bed, and the study boasted a semi-circular desk with a built in record player.  The driveway was an electric, snow-melting driveway, the interior walls were East Indian teak, and the terraces were of Italian marble.

Now this was unexpected!  Again, many thanks to THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY for giving us a glimpse into a most unusual house owned by THE GREAT ONE.  Read more about Jackie Gleason here: http://www.biography.com/people/jackie-gleason-9542440


To see past editions of YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Part One: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – The 1904 Cosmopolitan Magazine, World’s Fair http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-never-know-what-youll-find-at.html
Part Two: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – The Kennedy Assassination etc. http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/part-two-you-never-know-what-youll-find.html
Part Three: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright, and vintage sheet music http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-three-you-never-know-what-youll.html
Part Four: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – an 1888 French fashion plate http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-four-you-never-know-what-youll.html

RELATED: PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE CURRENT SOCIETY EXHIBIT: THE MASSES http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/photos-from-opening-reception-of-masses.html

AND DON'T FORGET, NOW YOU CAN OWN a piece of THE MASSES exhibition; the covers are on sale—click http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/on-sale-from-croton-historical-society.html

P.S. THE LATEST HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER IS ON ITS WAY: CROTON IN 1940. 

EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS ETC.

If you ever find yourself in Peekskill on a Sunday morning during the spring, summer and fall months, you simply have to check out the Peekskill Flea Market on Main Street. This is a REAL flea market—LOTS of stuff to see unless the weather is bad—and prices that won’t leave you screaming as a general rule (although there is one table where the prices for 60’s and 70’s pieces are just crazy). For true antique connoisseurs, there are at least three tables of fine smaller objects—but most of the tables hawk more modestly priced collectibles and well... the kind of “junk” we like! A visit there yesterday netted us some great—although ragged—Life Magazines from the 1940’s at a dollar each (click on the photo to see this fab 1946 ad featuring Rita Hayworth as Gilda, the first we’ve ever seen). Of course, there are also used lawn mowers, dvd’s, vacuums etc.—and in these tough economic times, that’s fine with us too.

A collection of photos of WHITE (albino) deer—from Wisconsin—extraordinary! http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmnorthwoods/sets/72157603526814196/with/4421690097/

When can we expect the next update from Wishbook Web, the online Christmas catalog project? We spoke with Jason over the weekend and he anticipates the next update will be in the fall. http://www.wishbookweb.com

Victory through Air Power - A Walt Disney WWII banned cartoon – its 65 minutes but a fascinating piece of lost Disney http://archive.org/details/VictoryThroughAirPower

Vintage blow-mold gnome and Snowman—never saw these before http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldglory/7433831188/in/photostream

Frankly we’ve always found these vintage made in Japan elf head Christmas light covers a little odd, but… http://www.flickr.com/photos/robever80/7436835312/in/contacts/


An extremely happy Coca-cola commercial from 1961! http://archive.org/details/Happy1961CommercialForCoca-cola

Vintage village design by David—wood—simple but interesting - we love the covered bridge http://vintagevillagedesignsbydavid.blogspot.com/2011/10/introducing-vintage-village-christmas.html

Welcome to Oak Valley http://mytinypeople.wordpress.com/

Saturday, June 23, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Here's another ad we were able to salvage from the 1936 Saturday Evening Post we talked about here http://tiny.cc/gwbbgw  - A Christmas ad for RCA Victor--and the "living enchantment of the Magic Voice". That's some ad copy! Click on the ad.

This template is way out of our league but we can think of one or two putz artisans who just might find it inspirational! http://tektonten.blogspot.com/2011/01/pixar-papercraft-carls-house-miniature.html


Quite an interesting blog—The Bijou Blog—here’s a whole page of vintage Christmas – images, videos, etc. http://matineeatthebijou.blogspot.com/2011/12/celluloid-christmas-cheer.html

A wonderful 23 page booklet entitled Artistic House Painting, 1895, wonderful inspiration here for those who craft their own putz houses http://archive.org/stream/artistichousepai00john#page/n3/mode/2up

1952 The Perry Como Christmas show—the Chesterfield commercial at the beginning is worth the trip alone http://archive.org/details/thePerryComoShow-24december1952

Brushing your way to a happy holiday - 1959  http://www.flickr.com/photos/alsis35/sets/72157629871117423/with/6946186186/

TUTTLE'S APPLE PIE MAKES THE BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2012 LIST

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Croton’s own David Tuttle’s Apple Pie has made WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE’S BEST OF 2012 LIST for Food & Drink - Tuttle’s Homemade at TAVERN AT CROTON LANDING, 41 N Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, (917) 991-7661/(914) 271-8020 – Read more here and see the entire list for food and drink too: http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/July-2012/Best-of-Westchester-2012-Food-Drink/

Friday, June 22, 2012

C-H FOOTBALL--VIDEO--BRIAN SOARES & MATT GENNARELLI

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Football! MSG FOOTBALL PRE-SUMMER VIDEO - Croton-Harmon's senior RB/DB Brian Soares and senior LB/G Matt Gennarelli talk about participating in the Big Apple Shootout and preparing for the 2013 season. http://www.msgvarsity.com/pre-summer-preview-croton-harmon-football-1.1116629

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Our friend Tony, who collects all things Mickey Mouse, was delighted when we salvaged this 1936 ad for the Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watch from the Saturday Evening Post we talked about here http://tiny.cc/gwbbgw

As you can see from the ad - CLICK ON IT - at only $2.95 for the wrist watch and $1.50 for the pocket watch back in '36, it makes you wish you could step back in time - especially since this is what people are supposedly getting for the pocketwatch! $1600! http://tiny.cc/d7abgw

Blumchen is running a Dresden trims special – check it out http://www.blumchen.com/index_12-06_dresden_borders_special.html

3 pages of Mini’s—might work for larger putz scenes--about 2 inches tall http://www.annastoydepot.com/mini-figure-toobs?sort=20a&page=1


Christmas miniatures—really tiny—perfect for putzes--now beware--from experience, we know that the paint job on some of these is only so-so; we sometimes will spray paint white and using fine tip markers, re-do them! At these prices you can afford to make mistakes http://www.harveyshobbyhut.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=43

Built-Rite Business Block – partial; this is very inspirational for putz builders! http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/06/built-rite-business-block-partial-set.html

Thursday, June 21, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Serendipity...a friend was recently forced to replace much of the plumbing in an old addition to the back of her house. Fortunately it turned out well and the price didn't break the bank. Of course one of the walls had to be opened up--into which tons and tons of old magazines and newspapers had been stuffed for insulation purposes, a common practice in the "old days". Nearly all of these were wet or moldy or disintegrating past all redemption EXCEPT for one magazine stuffed up high...the December 5, 1936 Saturday Evening Post. Rolled into a tight little log, the mere act of unrolling the pages often proved too much BUT...at least half were salvageable to one degree or another---and with the help of an iron, the scanner, and a lot of patience, we were able to save this fantastic old ad for Margaret Mitchell's epic novel: GONE WITH THE WIND! Click on it!

We hope to salvage more! Stay tuned. You may also enjoy Robert Scott's 'FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON'T GIVE A DAMN" at http://notorc.blogspot.com/2009/05/frankly-my-dear-i-dont-give-damn.html

For collectors of antique beaded Czech Christmas ornaments – Gablonz – quite a few really interesting examples all in one place http://www.gablonz.com/Antique_bohemian_beaded_Christmas_decorations._~_1870-1940._Area_of_Jablonec_nad_Nisou___Gablonz/Gablonz_Collection/Gablonz_Collection.html

Everything you ever wanted to know about vintage Shiny Brite ornaments http://embitca.hubpages.com/hub/shiny-brite-christmas-ornaments

Was lucky enough to find a strand of these lights at a tag sale last year—and they all work! http://www.flickr.com/photos/48144295@N08/6715821961/in/photostream

Another ad from the days when cellophane was new and exciting! http://www.flickr.com/photos/48144295@N08/7108239597/in/photostream/

Water, Cereal and Smokes—some great 1960’s postcards—and everything you ever wanted to know about Pluto Water! http://viewlinerltd.blogspot.com/2012/06/water-cereal-smokes.html

ROBERT SCOTT'S LATEST: THE STRANGE WAR OF 1812  http://notorc.blogspot.com/2012/06/history-monday-june-18-marked.html

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS GABRIELLA WHELAN & EMILY GROENENDAAL

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CONGRATULATIONS CROTON-HARMON 2012 VALEDICTORIAN Gabriella Whelan; read more here: http://tiny.cc/3a57fw AND SALUTATORIAN Emily Groenendaal; read more here:  http://tiny.cc/7c57fw

Links will only be good for a few weeks.

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

With our area under a heat advisory through tomorrow and the air conditoning cranking away, this wonderful 1931 Coca Cola ad featuring Santa Claus just somehow seemed right. Wishing for colder days! Click on the photo.

We love seeing what our fellow Christmas collectors and crafters come up with, and they seldom disappoint. Here's a wonderful log cabin putz (loggie) created by Nan—click on the link and keep scrolling down the page to see all the photos - we especially love the little touches like the tiny little ax! http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=182


More cool Christmas tea lights, these ones are little Christmas trees http://www.lightsforalloccasions.com/p-1986-wax-glitter-christmas-trees-2-pack-led-color-changing.aspx

Now here’s something we’ve NEVER seen before—asbestos snow! http://www.flickr.com/photos/asbestos_pix/sets/72157612373287384/with/3562991737/ 

German Train Museum! “Today for Train Time I thought I'd do something a little different. For the next couple of weeks I'm going to share some pics taken at the Nürnberg Verkehrsmuseum (Nuremburg Transportation Museum) way back in 1989”—wonderful pix http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/06/train-time-nurnberg-verkehrsmuseum.html

THE CHINA CABINET set of vintage plates, silver, crystal, etc. ephemera just had a major update—you can see it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157626219097576/

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

To the right, courtesy of The Croton Historical Society, Tyrone Power, 1943, Syracuse Herald American.

A friend of ours inherited a German turn of the century Christmas chocolate pot and matching chocolate cups and saucers—gorgeous holly design—hope to photograph it soon—but that got us to thinking about Christmas china and we found this very interesting site---yes it is all very expensive but certainly nice to look at http://www.mabelsattic.com/Christmas%20China.htm

A little closer to our price range and not quite as old or perhaps as grand, tee-hee, this Christmas coffee set from the 1970’s, made in Japan http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/4269788778/

Glen Ellyn Haffner, Pre-War,  Tin-litho train station – very cool http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/06/american-flyer-glen-ellyn-station.html#comment-form

A wonderful collection of vintage Christmas wrapping paper, box art, etc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmiller/sets/72157594523714853/with/2152247525/

We want to take road-trips to all these places! http://www.christmasnostalgia.com/

PART FOUR: YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND AT THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.
 
You never know what you’ll find at The Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society. Thanks to the generosity of residents, the archives are not only filled with the history of our village, but with postcards, magazines, books and more on everyday life—the stuff of future Society exhibits.

Click on the photo to see an amazing 1888 French Fashion plate in very good condition from a women’s publication known as Petersen’s Magazine--and click on the link to see the corsets that went along with it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/7398278748/in/photostream/

Now this was unexpected!  See more antique fashion plates here: http://www.printsoldandrare.com/fashion/

The Cornelia Cotton Gallery (271-6802, 111 Grand Street) also has antique fashion plates for sale.

Part One: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – The 1904 Cosmopolitan Magazine, World’s Fair http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-never-know-what-youll-find-at.html
Part Two: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – The Kennedy Assassination etc. http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/part-two-you-never-know-what-youll-find.html
Part Three: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Croton Historical Society – Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright, and vintage sheet music http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-three-you-never-know-what-youll.html

RELATED: PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE CURRENT SOCIETY EXHIBIT: THE MASSES http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/photos-from-opening-reception-of-masses.html

AND DON'T FORGET, NOW YOU CAN OWN a piece of THE MASSES exhibition; the covers are on sale—click http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/on-sale-from-croton-historical-society.html

AN EVERYTHING CROTON HARMON GARDEN TOUR 2012

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With the eagerly awaited annual Croton Arboretum Garden Tour on the horizon, your editor thought you might enjoy our own up-close-and-personal quick mini tour of Harmon’s gardens. To see the slideshow, click on the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157630192450622/show

Monday, June 18, 2012

CORNELIA COTTON'S PUBLIC HEARING REMARKS ON HARMON RE-ZONING/WOOD-HARMON R.E. OFFICE

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A summary of Cornelia Cotton’s recent remarks to the Croton Board of Trustees on HARMON RE-ZONING. 

Related: For a summary of the law as it currently stands now, i.e., currently under an injunction and cannot be implemented until ALL litigation is resolved, see the Gazette article link at the end of Ms. Cotton's remarks:

"I want to emphasize that in my remarks I am not taking sides in the controversy about the Harmon re-zoning, but rather addressing an issue that is highlighted by this debate. It is the urgent need for a historic preservation ordinance -- a need that has existed for a long time, and one that we should deal with before we lose any more of our precious historic legacy. 

In particular, I am concerned with the former Wood-Harmon real estate office at the corner of Riverside and Benedict, the oldest and most significant building in Harmon, which is located in the area that will be affected by the new law.  There is now, under the current zoning law, nothing to prevent owners to tear down this building and to replace it with another structure.  Under the new law, the problem will be the same -- owners will be able to demolish it and to replace it with another building.  I understand that the former Harmon office is not in good shape, that it has been allowed to deteriorate.  This is what worries me. There will be an incentive to tear it down -- but we should not make laws and then add exceptions -- we should enact an ordinance before we rezone.

When we moved to Croton, in 1953, the Van Cortlandt Manor was in a sorry state.  The two aged descendants of the family who lived there had not been able to maintain the property and had sold it to Jerome Britchey, who was going to tear it down and transform it into a parking lot for train commuters.  Fortunately, the Rockefeller Family stepped in and saved the Manor.  I wonder whether there is a patron who will come forward to buy and restore the Wood-Harmon office building?

While I am addressing my remarks to the entire board, I am particularly aiming them at Dr. Schmidt.  I heard you say that you are not seeking another term on the Board.  I am asking you -- challenging you -- that you consider initiating a historic preservation ordinance as an apt legacy of your many years of service to this community by calling together a committee of interested citizens selected from members of the Croton Historical Society and the Friends of History.  We are blessed in this community with not one but two history groups.  That committee would then identify those historic buildings or groups of buildings or places that should be given a special status.  They need our love and protection."  END OF MS. COTTON'S SUMMATION

Additional links you may have an interest in:

--GAZETTE ARTICLE ON RE-ZONING  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/gazette-article-highlights-only-2nd.html
--LETTER FROM THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ON THE HARMON SALES OFFICE; please note that while unavailable ONLINE, the Croton Friends of History, also wrote a letter supporting the Historical Society which appeared in a past edition of THE GAZETTE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/croton-on-hudson-historical-society_03.html
--ROSEANN SCHUYLER'S LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND CROTON FRIENDS OF HISTORY http://ind-coh.blogspot.com/2012/02/letter-to-editor-february-23-2012.html

PART 4, WISH YOU WERE HERE: A CROTON POSTCARD, COURTESY OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON HISTORY & MYSTERIES

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CONTINUING OUR NEW SERIES, WISH YOU WERE HERE, A CROTON POSTCARD: Our postcards this time—there are 4—come from one of our favorite local blogs: 


To the right is the OLD POST ROAD INN--click on the postcard, then read all about it @ http://crotonhistory.org/2012/02/22/old-post-road-inn/

See Part 1 of A Croton Postcard, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/wish-you-were-here-croton-postcard-part.html
See Part 2 of A Croton Postcard, Asbury United Methodist Church, here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/wish-you-were-here-croton-postcard-part_25.html

GAZETTE, ISSUES REMAIN FOR CROTON EMS

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GAZETTE, 6/14-6/20/12 CROTON PREPAREDNESS CHIEF: ISSUES REMAIN FOR CROTON EMS; SOME HIGHLIGHTS:
-Croton EMS was spun off from the Croton Volunteer Fire Department four years ago; the intent was two fold - to increase ranks of ems volunteers who were not interested in also training as firefighters and
-to allow for the billing of insurance companies for provided services.
-A year ago next month, in response to a dwindling number of volunteers, COH trustees approved retaining a paid EMT to provide service 12 hours a day on weekdays.
-Despite this, according to Richard Nagle, Croton's director of emergency preparedness, Croton EMS remains "a fragile service".
READ THE REST IN THE 6/14 TO 6/20/12 EDITION OF THE GAZETTE, ON SALE JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE.

CROTON MEMORIES 2012: THE 1973 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

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Continuing our 2012 CROTON MEMORIES SERIES here at Everything Croton, we thought you’d enjoy seeing some photos from the 1973 Croton Shakespeare Festival, courtesy of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Click on the photos below. You may also have an interest in today’s artistic/theatre/performing opportunities here in the village:

As always, many thanks to the historical society. November 2012 update, more photos here  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/crotons-shakespeare-festival-part-one.html


Stay tuned for more Croton Memories 2012. To see past editions: 
OUR LADY OF FATIMA PROCESSION, HOLY NAME OF MARY & THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, 1973 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/croton-memories-2012-holy-name-knights.html
A 1973 PINEWOOD DERBY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/more-croton-memories-pinewood-derby.html
CROTON MEMORIES: THE JUNE FESTIVAL A.K.A. JUNEFEST AT ST. AUGUSTINE'S http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/more-croton-memories-june-festival-at.html
CROTON’S GOLDEN JUBILEE 1898-1948 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/more-croton-memories-2012-crotons.html
A CROTON EASTER, 1950’S http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/croton-easter-season-1950s.html
THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN, A FOLLOW UP http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/starlight-drive-in-follow-up.html
CROTON COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL, THEN AND NOW http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-croton.html
DEDICATION OF OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH 1939 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-dedication-of.html
CROTON MEMORIES 2012: GIRL SCOUTS THEN AND NOW http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-girl-scouts.html
A 1958 PASSOVER AT TEMPLE ISRAEL http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-1958-passover.html
THE 1929 CROTON GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-croton-memories-2012-1929-croton.html
THE 1916 AND 1928-29 CROTON BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS - http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-croton-memories-2012-1916-1928.html
THE 1932-1933 CROTON BASEBALL TEAM - http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-croton-memories-2012-1932-1933.html
A CROTON WELCOME HOME, WWI - http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-croton-memories-2012-croton.html
CROTON MEMORIES 2012 – WRESTLING – WHERE IT ALL BEGAN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/1958-croton-wrestling-where-it-all.html
CROTON MEMORIES 2012 – A 1967 HAPPENING, DANCE AT HOLY NAME OF MARY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/1967-happeningcroton-style.html

YOU CAN ALSO SEE AN INDEX OF THE 2011 CROTON MEMORIES SERIES HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/10/index-of-2011-croton-memories-series.html