Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Courtesy of LOC, another great photo, this one from 1934--with Mrs. Roosevelt Christmas shopping. There's Shirley Temple dolls, fab stuffed animals and more. Because the photo was so high resolution, we've sliced it in two for your close-up viewing enjoyment. Click on the images below. We've even thrown in an old ad for a Shirley Temple Doll, also from 1934.

New vintage goodness on auction this week at EBAY http://vintagegoodness.blogspot.com/2014/06/new-goodness-at-auction-on-ebay-this.html

1956 Time Capsule house http://retrorenovation.com/2014/06/27/french-provincial-style-ranch-house/

1950's Retro Laminates! http://heffrons.com/retro/swatches/laminates.html

Keep scrolling down the page to see vintage cardboard--yes cardboard--lighted Christmas decorations http://oldchristmastreelights.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=25

A WORLD WAR 1 CROTON STORY, AUGUST 1918

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools-- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

And now a fascinating story--just in time for this year's World War One Centenary--from Croton back in the day: a boy scout, a revolver, a Patriot's Garden, and Judge Decker.

Originally published in THE EVENING WORLD on August 14, 1918, a New York City newspaper that existed from 1887 to 1931, this story even made the news upstate and in Brooklyn. Click on the images below; copies have been sent to the historical society; it is believed that the "Broadway" mentioned in the article referred to what was then the village's main thoroughfare on the riverfront, Riverside Ave. The garden is believed to have been somewhere up on Finney Farm Road though that is just conjecture.

p.s. MARC CHESHIRE OF CROTON HISTORY & MYSTERIES SAYS: The author of the article, journalist and social reformer Sophie Irene Loeb, lived in Harmon and was among other things a friend of Harry Houdini. http://crotonhistory.org/2013/10/31/halloween-with-houdini-in-harmon/

You may also have an interest in:
--PART 1 OF EVERYTHING CROTON'S WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY SERIES HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/03/part-1-everything-croton-commemorates.html
--PART 2  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/03/part-2-everything-croton-commemorates.html
--PART 3  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/03/part-3-everything-croton-commemorates.html
--PART 4  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/part-4-everything-croton-commemorates.html   
--PART 5A http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/part-5-everything-croton-commemorates.html

--PART 5B http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/part-5-everything-croton-commemorates.html

& NOW A WORD FROM SEPTA ON THE RECENT 2014 ART EXHIBIT

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools-- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

A letter to our Croton community,

On Tuesday, June 10, our Croton-Harmon Special Education PTA (“Croton-Harmon SEPTA”) hosted an Art Exhibit and Reception at Symphony Knoll to celebrate the student artists that submitted entries in our annual Art Contest.  All attendees received a participation ribbon and our winners received gift certificates to the Blue Pig!  The winning entries were chosen by the Croton Council on the Arts, and include Alex More (first place), Emily Grunes (second place), Sonia Mukherjee (third place), Nicole Caguano and Dahlia Greece (fourth place), Samantha Arin Hall (fifth place) and Scott Murray (SEPTA Choice).  The winning entries will decorate our 2014-2015 Croton-Harmon SEPTA pocket calendar, which is a pocket version of the classic Croton-Harmon school district calendar.

A special thank you to Valerie Leis and the Croton Council on the Arts for their dedication to the arts in our community, for selecting our winners and for helping us coordinate the Art Exhibit and Reception.  We are also thankful to Symphony Knoll, Nancy Shatzkin and the Board of Symphony Knoll for allowing us to use their Community Room for our Art Exhibit and Reception and for their continued support of arts and education in our community.  We would also like to thank North Country Sotheby’s International Realty for providing funding for the winning artwork to be printed in color in our calendar, Croton-Harmon ShopRite for their generous donation of refreshments for our Reception, the Blue Pig for graciously donating the gift certificate awards, Melissa Freebern who kindly donated her time and talent to mount the artwork, and our wonderful Croton-Harmon art teachers, specifically Brienne Johannes and Wendy Armstrong, for their support of our Art Contest and their encouragement of students to make the world a more beautiful place!

The Croton-Harmon Special Education PTA is a not-for-profit organization comprised of parents, guardians, teachers and administrators in our Croton-Harmon community.  We are the leading organization for parent involvement and advocacy for students with disabilities in our Croton-Harmon school community.  We serve children with special needs and their families from pre-school through high school.

Warmly,
Ilene Camillieri and Jennifer Kooney
Croton-Harmon SEPTA Co-Presidents

MORE MEMORIES OF CROTON WATCH AKA CROTON TIME CORP

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COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND BY SPECIAL REQUEST...

MORE MEMORIES OF CROTON WATCH. Click on the scans below. Their former headquarters here in the village is now home to a medical center.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

1968, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: G.E. AIR CONDITIONERS IN AVOCADO GREEN AND...

How well we remember the year when Aunt Marguerite simply had to have her bedroom air conditioner in avocado green. Alas, they were on back order...delivered instead a week before Christmas of 1968. By then the allure had worn off.

Click on the images below to see a full page ad for the newest thing: General Electric Air Conditioners in color, 1968, Life Magazine.

You may also have an interest in our other posts from Everything Croton's GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN series:

--1900, HARRIS FIRE ESCAPE FURNITURE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/harris-fire-escape-furniture-gone-but.html
 


--THE 1894 FLY FAN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-1894-fly-fan-gone-but-not-forgotten.html 

--THE 1928 ROLMONICA http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-1928-rolmonica-gone-but-not.html 

--Late 20's, 30's, THE VE-PO-AD! http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/late-20s-early-30s-ve-po-ad-gone-but.html 

--1938, THE TONETTE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/1938-gone-but-not-forgotten-tonette.html 

--1940, THE CROSLEY XERVAC http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/1940-gone-but-not-forgotten-crosley.html
 

AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM RESIDENT MARIE YURCHUK

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The following letter appeared in the 6/26/14 edition of THE GAZETTE and is re-printed here with permission.

To the editor:

The June 5-11 issue of the Gazette announced the candidacy of Trustee Ann Gallelli in such glowing front page terms that I couldn’t help but wonder who wrote the article.  The article extols Ms. Gallelli’s accomplishments but fails to enumerate them despite her lengthy service.  As a long time Croton resident, I’m more familiar with her prior costly debacles and disagree with the Gazette’s assessment. 
 
In my opinion, Trustee Gallelli’s stewardship has cost Croton taxpayers in excess of $1,000,000.  This amount is based primarily on 1) legal expenses related to her opposition to a canopy meant to shelter Exxon customers from the weather ($50,000 in legal fees), 2)  the settlement of the Katz lawsuit ($900,000 + legal fees) resulting from prejudicial language she approved in the Village Comprehensive Plan which Mr. Katz and other residents considered detrimental to his business, and 3) a lengthy court battle requiring parts of the Harmon Rezoning Plan to be rewritten (Final legal costs unknown).  

Taxpayers should note that due to the Katz settlement, Croton was forced to buy a useless piece of useless steep slope property across from the Post Office for which there are still no future plans as to how to use this land.   

In addition, readers should know that Croton is currently considered to be 1 of 6 Westchester municipalities in violation of a HUD vs. Westchester County agreement resulting from some of the “exclusionary” verbiage that Trustee Gallelli approved for the Harmon Rezoning legislation despite the advice of other lawyers and residents.  HUD considers this wordage unfair to low income families.  This debate can only result in more legal fees for both the county and Croton taxpayers until resolved.

Also, despite the misleading claims of Trustee Gallelli and her cohorts that there were property owners ready to build 2-3 story mixed use structures in Harmon, not a builder has come forward to implement the Harmon Rezoning recommendations.   Once again, taxpayer money went down the drain.

Now we’re faced with higher taxes due to the Gallelli supported Gouveia property acquisition, the disputed multi-million dollar Croton Point Avenue “bike & pedestrian path”, and more needless expensive  studies. 

I have other concerns about Trustee Gallelli’s tenure such as her support for retaining of a Croton waste transfer station in exchange for a $500,000 payoff to the village and her opposition to the use of Zinc-Orthophosphate in our drinking water to minimize the ingestion of lead and copper by residents.

These are not the actions of a prudent Trustee touting her “accomplishments”.  Because of a series of her poor decisions, lack of common sense and failure to heed the advice of the public, we got nothing but higher taxes.  

Croton can ill afford to be dominated by Trustees like Ann Gallelli.  Length of service should not be a criteria for elected office.  We have far too many politicians who have been in office too long.  Tangible results are what count.  It is my sincere hope that Croton residents will join forces to form a set of bipartisan candidates to oppose future Village domination by current incumbents like her. 

Marie Yurchuk 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN
1) A 6/26 LETTER FROM JOEL GINGOLD  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/62614-letter-joel-gingold-why-i-support.html
2) AND BY SPECIAL REQUEST IN MAY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/special-request-examiner-news-2011.html

Saturday, June 28, 2014

LAST WWII WARSHIP HEADS UP HUDSON 6/30; CROTON RESIDENTS SHOULDN'T MISS IT

Headed our way on Monday: JOURNAL NEWS - NEW YORK CITY – The last World War II destroyer escort afloat in the U.S. will make its way up the Hudson River on Monday. The USS Slater will begin her return voyage to Albany...the Slater is expected to pass through the Lower Hudson Valley from mid- to late morning Monday. READ MORE HERE http://www.lohud.com/story/news/2014/06/28/historic-warship-slater-head-hudson-river/11619901/

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE USS SLATER COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA: USS Slater (DE-766) is a Cannon-class destroyer escort that served in the United States Navy and later in the Hellenic (Greek) Navy. The ship was named for Frank O. Slater of Alabama, a sailor killed on the USS San Francisco (CA-38) during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry in action.

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN: 

--THE MIGHTY MOTHBALL FLEET, PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/ww2-mighty-mothball-fleet-courtesy-of.html

CONCLUSION, THIS MONTH IN CROTON 1950, JUNE 1950

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Continuing our popular series THIS MONTH IN CROTON--but for the next few months with a new year: 1950. Courtesy once again of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  CONCLUSION, JUNE 1950 IN CROTON: CLICK ON THE PHOTOS BELOW. Stay tuned for JULY 1950.

SEE PART 1 HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/this-month-in-croton-1950-june-1950.html 
SEE PART 2 HERE http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/this-month-in-croton-1950-june-1950_5.html 
SEE PART 3 HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/part-3-this-month-in-croton-1950-june.html 
SEE PART 4 HERE http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/part-4-this-month-in-croton-1950-june.html 
SEE PART 5 HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/part-5-this-month-in-croton-1950-june.html 
SEE PART 6 HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/part-6-this-month-in-croton-1950-june.html

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

We have so many great things for you today--a vintage store window set for Christmas 1940, courtesy of LOC, sliced and diced so you can appreciate all the vintage printed goodness, followed by our latest find, a vintage Alamo tin. Click on the photos.

And then of course there is Howard Lamey's fabulous interpretation of the vintage made in Japan cardboard "tree house" putz; click on the link to read all about it and keep scrolling down the
page once you get there to see it! It's really wonderful http://bit.ly/1jwKEKV

To see more of Howard's outstanding work, visit littleglitterhouses.com

Check out this simply amazing faux street scene http://bit.ly/VwsKCY

and https://www.flickr.com/photos/klcfamilytree/13240524873/in/photostream/

To those who were wondering if the "streetlamps" shown in this old photo at the link below were handmade or commercially made, we have the answer! Manufactured by Lionel; see and read more here @ THE OLD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FORUM
http://bit.ly/1jZUzbL

1921: FLOYD DELL RECANTS RADICALISM OF FIVE YEARS EARLIER, ANOTHER CHAPTER FROM CROTON'S "BOHEMIAN" DAYS

Welcome to EverythingCroton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

A BLAST FROM CROTON'S BOHEMIAN PAST: FLOYD DELL RECANTS RADICALISM OF FIVE YEARS EARLIER----alas we don't have the entire article--and given some of the content we do have...well....click on the images below, courtesy of VH.

Dell is currently featured in the ongoing exhibit at THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  You may also enjoy reading Robert Scott's Chronicles of Croton's Bohemia, Floyd Dell, a Respectable Radical http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/10/scotts-chronicles-of-crotons-bohemia.html

Friday, June 27, 2014

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

Courtesy once again of LOC, another outstanding old photo, the 1922 Dorset Christmas tree, sliced and diced so you can appreciate all that vintage Christmas--and toy---goodness. Click on the photos. Enjoy!

Lametta Tinsel Comets, made in Germany http://www.blumchen.com/craft_shop_lametta_tinsel_trim_supplies.html

THE GREAT OUTDOORS! The latest "sale-ing" adventures of Rob and Monica http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-great-outdoors.html

Looking for Lionel Trains? This is the place: http://www.bigtrainstore.com/o_gauge/o_gauge.htm

Want more vintage? Canadian vintage in particular? Go here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/07/vintage-1920s-advertising.html 

SUMMER 1945, CROTON

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We've always been fascinated with World War II, the events that led up to it, and that final year in 1945 when Germany and Japan surrendered. Over the next few months, we'll feature newspaper items culled from the Spring and Summer of 1945, courtesy of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Click on the images below for assorted military articles--kicking off SUMMER 1945:


See THE SPRING OF 1945 articles here http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/spring-1945-croton-brothers-meet-in.html


BAKED BY SUSAN MAKES THE BEST OF WESTCHESTER LIST FOR....

We just got word! 

A BIG EVERYTHING CROTON SHOUT-OUT TO CROTON'S OWN BAKED BY SUSAN, who made the BEST OF WESTCHESTER list for her apple turnovers! For more about Baked by Susan, visit http://bakedbysusan.com/

AND HERE'S A VIDEO TO THEIR LAST WIN FOR THEIR CINNAMON BUNS!

THANK YOU CROTON LIONS, 2014 LITTLE LEAGUE COACHES, NORTH COUNTRY SOTHEBY'S, OTHER TEAM SPONSORS & MORE

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

A BIG EVERYTHING CROTON SHOUT-OUT TO THE CROTON LIONS, LITTLE LEAGUE COACHES, NORTH COUNTRY SOTHEBY'S, OTHER TEAM SPONSORS & MORE---read the letter below from Jennifer Kooney and click on the photos that follow! 

A letter to our Croton community,

A very big, heartfelt thank you goes out to our Croton Lions Club!  Not only did they recently lend our family a wheelchair in a time of need, but they also sponsored our son’s Croton Little League baseball team.  And, that team just won the Croton Little League Majors Division Championship on Saturday, June 21!  (See Photos)  Congratulations boys!!!

We would also like to thank North Country Sotheby’s International Realty for sponsoring our other son’s team, as well as all of the Croton businesses and clubs that sponsor all of the Croton Little League teams.  Without your support, the program wouldn’t be as vibrant as it is and certain players might not have the opportunity to play.  Thank you for sponsoring our teams!

We would also like to thank the Board of the Croton Little League for making this year fun and exciting for players and parents alike.  Special thanks to all of the Division VPs, the coaches and the managers, especially Jim Steinberg, Dan Osborne, Dante Cretera, Jose Martinez, Jeremy Reed, Scott Callaghan and John Brandt.  Without all of you, we wouldn’t have Little League!

And, while we are at it, a special thank you goes out to the Board of our Croton AYSO, the coaches and referees, especially Andy Gould and Laura Abbate.  We watched our child have fun, grow, and develop his skills this year, all thanks to you!

We are so blessed to live in a community of such caring and giving people, businesses and not-for-profit groups.  Not only do all of you enable our children to have fun, play and learn new skills, but you are also fabulous role models, teaching them to one day, give back to community themselves.  Thank you for a great year!

Warmly, Paul and Jennifer Kooney

YOU CAN ALSO SEE A LISTING OF THE 2014 TEAM SPONSORS HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/2014-croton-little-league-sponsors-more.html

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WESTCHESTER BALLOON COMPANY LAST SEEN @ CROTON'S ASBURY PLAY & LEARN

Congratulations to The Westchester Balloon Company on achieving Best of Westchester 2014 in Westchester Magazine. The Balloon Lampoon and His Pack of Loons fun for all ages! Creative balloon artistry that is exciting and enjoyable for the whole family.

The Westchester Balloon Company

CLICK ON THE PHOTO--AND SEE PHOTOS FROM THEIR RECENT SHOW @ ASBURY PLAY & LEARN HERE 

http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/amazing-balloon-artistry-asbury-play.html