Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AN UPDATE ON CARMEN'S UNISEX SALON--10TH ANNIVERSARY IN CROTON

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On 4/29/14 Carmen's Unisex Salon celebrated her tenth anniversary in Croton with friends, family and light refreshments. Carmen was presented with "framed newspapers" touting her success in the village. The salon has also been newly renovated with crisp white cabinetry and painted in tones of of flax and sage. Click on the photos.

CARMEN'S UNISEX SALON - 364 Riverside Avenue - In the Heart of the Harmon Businss District! (914) 271-3962

NY RECOGNIZES CHEERLEADING AS A SPORT--& A BLAST FROM CROTON CHEERLEADING PAST

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The front page of the Journal News today features an article: REASON TO CHEER. Apparently New York is now the 35th state to recognize cheerleading as an interscholastic sport.  The New York State Public High School Athletic Association hopes to organize a state cheerleading championship within the next two years.  You can read more about it here http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2014/04/29/competitive-cheerleading-officially-ny-sport/8464453/

In the meantime, here's a few blasts from Croton Cheerleading past for your enjoyment, courtesy of the Croton Harmon High School year book collections at The Croton Historical Society. Click on the links--and the photos below too. Enjoy!

CHEERLEADING SQUAD OF 1958 & 1947-48 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/10/croton-memories-varsity.html

2012 CROTON CHEERLEADING http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/congratulations-croton-cheerleading.html

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

We love the old Western toys of the 40's, 50's and 60's--when Westerns were all the rage. To the right an incredible mint in Box Stallion 41-40 six shooter--click on the photo--it will be featured in the upcoming Auction #56 at Croton's own Serioustoyz.com - see more from the auction at their website--and we'll let you know when it gets underway--you can also see more here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/03/more-sneak-peeks-from-yesterdays-visit.html

In case you missed it, the latest adventures of Rob and Monica--Farewell April--cool 50's bathroom, vintage Christmas, great 50's aprons, and...TIKI! http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2014/04/aloha-oe-apelila-farewell-to-you-april.html

Speaking of TIKI, click on the photo to see a 1965 ad from New York's Hawaii Kai--this was THE place for a night out back in the 60's--the grand dame of Polynesian restaurants.

Speaking of TIKI, check out this fab website called http://critiki.com/

Hi-def catalog page, 1917, Vantine's--showing very early made in Japan candy container houses and more http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=641

Oldies but goodies: Those who make their own putz houses are always on the look-out for ways to create texture or new effects. One thing we have never been able to duplicate with any success is the effect of "crackle". Well check this out: a large CRACKLE rubber stamp! http://www.redleadpaperworks.com/servlet/the-3414/*--Rubber-Stamp/Detail

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

THE LAST RIVERMEN, BY CROTON'S OWN DENNIS KOONEY

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Everything Croton is pleased to bring you Dennis Kooney's latest, with permission, from the May 2014 issue of "Boating on the Hudson & Beyond" magazine: The Last Rivermen, featuring Chris Letts, the Croton Yacht Club and more. Click on the photos below to read this wonderful article.

UPDATED: LAST NIGHT'S (4/28/14) WORK SESSION, THE GOUVEIA PROPERTY

For those of you who have written, we still don't know what happened with Gouveia at last night's work session; no documents were provided by the village, no explanations or descriptions of what was to be discussed from 9:30 to 10 pm (unlike other items on the work session agenda). While this comes as no surprise given the village's past practices, we will supposedly at least have the audiotape when and if it becomes available. It is still currently not online. Bookmark this post for the link.

UPDATED: JUST LEARNED THAT AN ORGANIZATION FAMILIAR TO CROTON RESIDENTS APPEARED AT LAST NIGHT'S WORK SESSION: SOMETHING GOOD IN THE WORLD would like to use the Gouveia site (asking the village for acreage for an "enviro" area/center/garden, they would allegedly pay us something and be self-sustaining) and gave a presentation (editor's note, nothing on the work session agenda about this at all.)

For those who do not remember: Mayor criticized for role in school's zoning request, Something Good in the World By ROBERT MARCHANT, THE JOURNAL NEWS, March 28, 2004- Highlights:

--Mayor Robert Elliott is coming under criticism from opposition members of the village Board for appearing at a zoning board hearing in support of an application.
--Trustee Deborah McCarthy called Elliott's involvement in a child-care facility's application to expand its operations at 138 Maple St. "highhanded," adding that he had undermined the appearance of an impartial village review process. She was echoed in her criticism by fellow Trustee Gregory Schmidt. 
--The school needed a change in the village code and a special permit from the village board, as well as permission from the zoning board because the school's site is too small and too close to its neighbors to meet local regulations regarding schools.
--Barbara Sarbin, president, said the facility...was being expanded to eliminate a long waiting list. "There are children and families who want to attend this school, and we're trying to create more space to accommodate them,"
--The zoning board initially turned down the Garden Road application Dec. 10. The school came back March 10 during a meeting attended by 30 or so supporters (editor's note, most were non-village residents as the record shows) and parents, along with Elliott.... At the meeting, Elliott said he believed the plan would have the support of the village Board...which must decide whether to issue a special permit...McCarthy said it sounded to her like an assurance that the village board would approve the school's application - before it was introduced to the trustees. 
--The ZBA ended up approving the application after the hearing, reversing its Dec. 10 decision. 

ADDITIONALLY: Preschool allowed to add kindergarten, first grade-THE JOURNAL NEWS 7/21/04 A controversial plan to expand a Maple Avenue school was approved by Croton-on-Hudson authorities Monday in a decision that sharply divided elected officials and the local community....The village Board of Trustees approved a special permit to increase the enrollment at the Garden Road, run by Something Good in the World Inc. The approval will allow it to open a kindergarten and first-grade class and to grow from 14 to 24 pupils. VOTE:  Grant and Schmidt, opposed; Mayor Elliott, Trustees Kane and Wiegman for. 

Editor's Note: Something Good currently operates out of Hilltop Farm; their lease/license arrangement expires in June '14 with the county. It is unclear why they are not remaining there. A February 2014 letter seems to indicate that the county etal continues to be involved with Hilltop http://aandc.westchestergov.com/data/Calendar/38597.pdf

THE LADIES HOME JOURNAL HAS FOLDED

A sad day. And yes, many in the EverythingCroton crowd bought the magazine regularly--including yours truly.

Courtesy of Croton's own Tom Faranda's Folly, the news that another magazine has bit the dust: the Ladies Home Journal has folded.

Read more here:  http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2014/04/another-print-magazine-folds-ladies-home-journal.html

P.S. Click on the photo to see one of our favorite covers from February 1930.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY MY FLICKR SET OF VINTAGE MAGAZINE COVERS; click on the link  https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627305839568/

IT'S OFFICIAL! FRANKI'S GRILL!

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It's official--welcome to Franki's Grill--new sign--in the historic Upper Village. Click on the photo. New menu too and some old favorites too. Stay tuned.

Read and see more here: http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/j-js-sandwich-shop-under-new-management.html

MORE ON THE DUTCH DAYS PAGEANT IN CROTON 1912

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Not long ago, as part of our vintage "Croton Historian" newsletter series, we featured a 2009 Historical Society newsletter that detailed the Dutch Days Pageant held in the village back in 1912. You can read and see more about that here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-vintage-croton-historian-spring.html

Well it was so intriguing that EverythingCroton has had several requests for more from the pageant; click on the photos below--courtesy once again of The Croton Historical Society.  Become a member today. Download the membership form here http://bit.ly/S4YUno

And in case you are wondering what the writing on the windmill translates to, a friend says it's Home Sweet Home, more or less.

Monday, April 28, 2014

CONGRATS 2 PROBATIONARY ACTIVE FIREFIGHTER TOMMY "SCANNERS" KAPLAN

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Congratulations to Probationary Active Firefighter Tommy "Scanners" Kaplan who has successfully completed the NYS Firefighter I program. READ MORE HERE https://www.facebook.com/CrotonFire

AND IN CASE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN: VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED!  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-reminder-croton-fire-department-needs.html

FINAL, CROTON-HARMON HS CLASS OF 1976 YEAR BOOK

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As we slowly move down the "requests" list, the Everything Croton elves are pleased to present select scans from the Croton-Harmon High School Year Book for the Class of 1976. Please note that this copy--courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by The Croton Historical Society's volunteers--is heavily marked. For the sake of discretion (LOL), certain pages will be excluded.  Click on the photos below for the final post (we'll try to do senior class pix over the summer).

See Part 1 here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/part-1-croton-harmon-hs-class-of-1976.html AND Part 2 here http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/part-2-croton-harmon-hs-class-of-1976.html AND Part 3 here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/part-3-croton-harmon-hs-class-of-1976.html AND Part 4 here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/part-4-class-of-1976-croton-harmon-high.html

PART 2, SOME PHOTOS FROM THE 2014 CROTON EARTH DAY

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Well another Croton Earth Day has come and gone--and despite a very cold and rainy night, the weather turned out just fine. 

Part 2: Click on the photos below, all rights reserved, to see only some of the participants in the 4/26 event, sponsored by the Croton Conservation Advisory Committee. Check out their FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/CrotonConservationAdvisoryCouncil?fref=photo

See Part 1 here: http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/part-1-some-photos-from-2014-croton.html

You may also have an interest in the TOP FIVE MOST READ 2013 DUCK POND ARTICLES @ EVERYTHING CROTON http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/12/top-five-2013-duck-pond-articles.html

and DAFFODIL DAYS @ THE DUCK POND 2013 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/04/daffodil-days-at-duck-pond-2013.html