Friday, October 31, 2014

A LOOK BACK @ HURRICANE SANDY FROM YOUR ALL VOLUNTEER CROTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

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THROWBACK THURSDAY @ YOUR ALL VOLUNTEER CROTON FIRE DEPARTMENT: A LOOK BACK AT HURRICANE SANDY. CLICK ON THE LINK: http://www.crotonfd.org/apps/public/news/newsView.cfm?News_ID=2

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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

--A fabulous scene, courtesy of Mary L, from THAT HAMILTON WOMAN We think Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were perfect together in this 1941 film. You can read more about it here http://bit.ly/105jzLf

It's followed by an outstanding collection of vintage and antique Santa Claus candy containers.

Click on the photos.

--WELCOME to the October, 2014 update of Trains-N-Towns(tm), the Official Newsletter of BIGIndoorTrains.com 

This newsletter serves families who like O Scale trains and Christmas Trains, including those who are interested in combining On30, O gauge, or vintage toy trains with collectible villages or vintage accessories. It is produced in conjunction with the Big Indoor Trains(tm) and Big Christmas Trains(tm) web sites. We recommend that you check the newsletter out in web format so you can see the photographs.  If you have web access, please click on the following link: http://www.bigindoortrains.com/trains_n_towns/14_10_newsletter_indoor.htm

--Larger size ornament houses @ JC Penney http://bit.ly/1vlTD6x

--Now here's something you don't see everyday, Katzenjammer Kids, Christmas  Light Covers http://bit.ly/1tnd1C6

--Can anyone answer this question about a vintage Paramount tree topper? http://www.oldchristmastreelights.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=91

--As many of you know, Gloria Swanson had a house here in Croton....and so, Part 3, MORE GLORIA SWANSON http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/10/more-gloria-swanson-croton-connection.html

--Remembering Robert Goulet http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/10/remembering-robert-goulet.html

WANT MORE VINTAGE CHRISTMAS, PUTZ HOUSES, ETC.? GO HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/11/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_19.html

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT FLOCKNOTE? A MESSAGE FROM HOLY NAME OF MARY'S BULLETIN

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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT FLOCKNOTE? FROM HOLY NAME OF MARY: FLOCKNOTE IS A NEW ARCHDIOCESAN TOOL. You can begin  receiving news and updates via email and text from HNM and the Archdiocese. If  you haven’t yet joined, please do give it a try. You may sign-up using one of the following instructions:

-Via the web https://archny.flocknote.com/HNMCroton (enter name plus email, mobile phone or both)

-Via text from a smartphone: Send the text "joinHNM" to 84576 (click the link in Flocknote’s second reply message to complete signup)

-Or Via write-in; complete and return the form that will be on the usher's table.

CROTON UNITED ON THE ISSUE OF SECRECY CONCERNING "SOMETHING GOOD IN THE WORLD"

OCTOBER 30, 2014 - Several months ago an environmental education organization called Something Good in the World (SGW) approached the village and proposed moving its “Earth School” from the county’s Hilltop Hanover Farm to the Gouveia property (assuming the village acquired the property).  SGW’s Director,Barbara Sarbin, made a presentation to the Village Board on her organization and its plans.  So far, that all sounds perfectly reasonable.

Ms. Sarbin stated that she was a friend of Mrs. Gouveia and Mrs. Gouveia was favorably disposed to her proposal and, prior to Mrs. Gouveia’s death, it appeared that SGW was already working on the property.  When questioned as to what was happening on the property, Mayor Wiegman and Trustee Ann Gallelli denied any knowledge of SGW’s activities and indicated that it hadn’t even been decided that the “Earth School” was coming to Croton.

It was only after a Freedom of Information Law request produced an extensive file of e-mails between the Mayor, Ms. Gallelli and Ms. Sarbin that the truth was revealed.  Contrary to their public statements, for over a year the Mayor and Ms. Gallelli had been secretly working closely with Ms. Sarbin to promote her project.  Ms. Sarbin reported extensively on her activities, including the erection of new buildings on the property in violation of the Village Code, to her co-conspirators.  They, in turn, kept Ms. Sarbin fully informed of the progress of negotiations over the acquisition of the property – information that was denied to residents.

Most egregiously, the e-mails revealed that the Mayor, Ms. Gallelli and Ms. Sarbin, fearing opposition to the project, actively and successfully concealed their activities not only from the citizens of Croton, but also from the other three Village Trustees, all members of the Democratic Party, as are the Mayor and Mrs. Gallelli.  In fact, on more than one occasion, the Trustees kept in the dark by the Mayor and Ms. Gallelli took pains to reassure the public that no back room deals were being made, and ridiculed members of the public who suggested otherwise.  These same trustees now refuse to offer any criticism of their colleagues regarding these secret dealings. READ MORE HERE https://www.facebook.com/notes/croton-united/croton-united-on-the-issue-of-the-secrecy-concerning-something-good-in-the-world/359828400840864

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN
https://www.facebook.com/notes/croton-united/croton-united-on-open-government/359548760868828

MORE GLORIA SWANSON, THE CROTON CONNECTION PART 3

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

As many of you know, ACTRESS GLORIA SWANSON once had a home in Croton. You can read and see more about that in our Everything Croton series, thanks to The Croton Historical Society and the Everything Croton elves, at these links:

PART 1 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/03/did-you-know-that-actress-gloria.html
PART 2 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/07/part-2-actress-gloria-swanson-croton.html

And so without further a-doo, some more Gloria Swanson culled from our vintage magazine stash etc. thanks to the Everything Croton elves. Click on the photos. Enjoy!

REMEMBERING ROBERT GOULET

Who died this date in 2007. A very talented singer and actor who is perhaps best remembered for his roles in MAN OF LA MANCHA and opposite Richard Burton in the original production of Camelot, he's pictured here in a 1967 print ad for Hueblein Ready Mixed Martinis! Click on the photo.

Here he is as Sir Lancelot singing his signature song "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL52hEArSfM

And in his role as Bigelow from Carousel, singing "If I Loved You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGRC2YsdCJI

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AUTUMN SUNRISE @ ST. AUGUSTINE'S IN CROTON

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Just love to photograph the recently renovated steeple/bell tower at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church and managed to catch this sunrise shot before the leaves fell last week. Click on the photo.

For more about "St. A's", visit http://www.stacroton.org/

You may also have an interest in: http://bit.ly/1FWM0Mh

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

When we came across this 1942 promo ad for THIS ABOVE ALL in our vintage magazine collection, we were reminded that author Eric Knight, killed in the line of duty during WWII, lived right here in Croton. 

You can read more about that here: http://bit.ly/1FVe0jF

It's followed by one of our favorite "Victorian" putz house creations by artisan Howard Lamey of littleglitterhouses.com

Click on the photos and enjoy!

Rob and Monica have sure been keeping their blog updated--here's the latest from 10/28 -THINKING SMALL - http://bit.ly/1wEWdXD

HUGE die-cut vintage chromolithograph Santa Claus! http://bit.ly/1thP0fE

One of our favorite catalogs from Mark P: the 1971 Helen Gallagher Foster Christmas Catalog https://www.flickr.com/photos/markdpodmore/sets/72157626677883034/

PAUL RACE OF BIGINDOORTRAINS.COM has found a marvelous site with lots of wonderful vintage department store displays/windows featuring toy trains. This is KILLER! Keep scrolling down the page once you get there --and oops it was Howard Lamey who found the site! http://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/vintage-department-store-toy-trains?page=1

CONGRATULATIONS CROTON-HARMON HS SENIOR DAN VLAD

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Croton-Harmon High School senior Dan Vlad accepted an award from Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, commissioner with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, on Oct. 20 for his work in the school and beyond.

Vlad currently serves as president of the school’s Teen Leadership Council and was selected to serve as a youth staff member during the Eastern States National Youth to Youth Summer Leadership Conference.

“My role at the conference was to be a leader, role model, support system and helper to any in need,” said Vlad. “It's important to have this group in our school because it does promote a positive environment and alternative to kids who are unsure of what they want to do. I have personally seen how this group has changed students in our school for the better.”

Vlad has been an active participant in the Teen Leadership Council during his time at CHHS, and also works closely with the Croton Community Coalition on anti-substance abuse efforts in the community. http://bit.ly/1veSoGu

Dan is the son of volunteer fireman and Croton businessman, Danny Vlad.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AN UPDATE ON BRADLEY D'AURIA's MONTROSE VA/EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT, CROTON 2014

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For everyone who asked about the status of Bradley D'Auria's Eagle Scout project, (those who don't know about it can read more here http://bit.ly/ZZBgvx) we located this item from the mid-October bulletin at Holy Name of Mary:

I would like to thank everyone who generously donated towards my Eagle Scout project. All of the donations will be used towards the instrument cart and new instruments for the music therapy department of the Montrose Veterans Hospital. Thank you to everyone who brought in CD's and movies for the veterans and feel free to continue doing so while my project continues! Bradley D'Auria, Boy Scout Troop 28

A LOOK BACK @ HELENE SARDEAU, CROTON SCULPTOR & WIFE OF PAINTER GEORGE BIDDLE

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COURTESY OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  A LOOK BACK @ HELENE SARDEAU, CROTON SCULPTOR & WIFE OF PAINTER GEORGE BIDDLE. Click on the images below.

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN:
--CROTON & CORTLANDT ARTISTS, THE EARLY 1970'S http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/croton-artists-early-1970s.html
--1975 ART EXHIBIT @ GALLIMAUFRY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/09/1975-art-exhibit-gallimaufry-in-croton.html
--CROTON'S OWN VERA NEUMANN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/08/1970-crotons-own-vera-neumann.html
--UPCOMING EVENTS @ CROTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS http://www.crotonarts.org/

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

Another fabulous cabinet card, circa 1890-1900, courtesy of Cindy. The chair alone is worth the trip but the little boy's expression is wonderful!

It's followed by a contribution from one of our readers, a close-up of some vintage and antique Christmas items in a store. Lots of neat things here. Click on the photos and enjoy.

Fans of the Wild West, may want to take a look at Morphy's upcoming auction: THE DAN HARDESTY WILD WEST MUSEUM COLLECTION,  October 31 and November 1-2, 2014. The three-day event is chock-full of rarities, some of which may only become available for purchase once in a collector’s lifetime. Outstanding! Go to www.morphyauctions.com for more info
 
More adventures from Rob & Monica 10/27/14 - WINGING IT -- they found some great things including rather old, very nice  made in Japan putz houses!

Click on the link!  http://bit.ly/12ZBgxM

And at Amazon, a 1987 digital remaster, Nat King Cole, The Ultimate Collection - http://amzn.to/1wxNRSy

And of course, a great black and white video showing Cole singing THE CHRISTMAS SONG, CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__kQ1PCP6B0

Monday, October 27, 2014

CROTON LANDING AUGUST 1896, INTERESTING ITEMS FROM MANY SECTIONS GATHERED BY OUR CORRESPONDENTS

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

Thought you'd enjoy the 'NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS' from "Croton Landing", courtesy of the Highland Democrat August 1896. Click on the scans. Enjoy.  With many thanks to the Everything Croton elves. P.S. "Carrie Tompkins" is also mentioned here. 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

10/26 VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK TESS JUDGE, CROTON-HARMON

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

10/26 VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK TESS JUDGE, CROTON-HARMON, JOURNAL NEWS - It’s been a rough year for Croton-Harmon senior Tess Judge. The Tigers are having a modest season, but don’t appear to be the section-title contenders they were a few years ago; she suffered a leg injury which nearly ended the final weeks of her senior year; then, after making back in time for sections, she nearly suffered another injury. READ MORE HERE http://www.lohud.com/story/sports/high-school/volleyball/2014/10/26/player-of-the-week-october-26-tess-judge-croton-harmon/17967415/

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

Throughout the years, Croton's own SeriousToyz has featured some excellent vintage trains in their auctions. The one to the right is an O guage Fleishmann Clock Work Train, made in Occupied Germany. It's followed by an oldie but good, The Winner line by Lionel, circa 1930's.

And they're followed by one of our favorite decorating scenes from Linda's aunt--now in her late 90's--who still decorates every year--and proof positive that mixing vintage putz houses and vintage Christmas with old photographs can be very effective! Click on the photos and enjoy.

For more about SeriousToyz, visit serioustoyz.com

For the reader who was looking for REALLY black mica flakes, we found 'em at Silvercrow Creations--don't know how long the link or the product will last! https://www.etsy.com/listing/109927071/dark-black-mica-glitter-flakes?ref=shop_home_active_4

And newly updated from BIGINDOORTRAINS.COM,
signs---signs--everywhere a sign!

Click on the link:

http://www.bigindoortrains.com/indoor_resources/trainroom_signs/trainroom_signs.htm

AND...DESTINED TO BE THE MOST TALKED ABOUT FILM OF OUR TIME! PANIC IN YEAR ZERO--STARRING RAY MILLAND AND....FRANKIE AVALON!   https://www.flickr.com/photos/x-ray_delta_one/15442321329/

CROTON'S DEPUTY CHIEF TEX DINKLER VISITS HOLY NAME OF MARY'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

Just got word that Deputy Chief Tex Dinkler recently visited Holy Name of Mary's Montessori School to speak with the children about what to do in case of a fire. They learned that smoke rises to the ceiling because it is lighter than air, and that they should try to stay low during a fire. Deputy Chief Tex encouraged the children to have fire escape plans in thier own homes as well as having one place where the whole family would meet once outside the home. Deputy Chief Tex put on his complete uniform including the mask, so the children would see it and not be afraid in the event of a real emergency. Later they all went outside and the children had a turn to go inside the fire truck.

For more about your all volunteer Croton Fire Department, visit  http://www.crotonfd.org/

For more about Holy Name of Mary's Montessori School, visit http://hnmmontessori.org/

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

Now here's some architectural inspiration for all you model and ptz house builders courtesy of SuzeeQ who also says that this building, located in downtown Van Buren, Arkansas, and now home to a Bed and Breakfast, has long been reputed to be haunted. True or not, details are neat.

It's followed by, courtesy of FilePhot, a scene from THE BLACK CAT, and just in time for Halloween---the 1934 horror film starred Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and was Universal Pictures' biggest box office hit of the year. You can read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cat_%281934_film%29

And finally a shot from Antoinette Stockenberg's 2011 Christmas putz village mantle, featuring a very early--and one of our favorite--putz churches. See all of her Christmas mantles throughout the years here http://www.antoinettestockenberg.com/xmas.htm

Click on the photos and enjoy!

Great shot of a pom-pom vintage aluminum Christmas tree in all its color-wheel lighted glory http://on.fb.me/1soNvZe

See Rob and Monica's "new" mid century modern kitchen cabinet stacked with all its vintage goodness here, one of their recent "sale-ing" finds http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2014/10/our-new-kitchen-cabinet.html

So worth looking at again and recently updated--courtesy of the BINGINDORTRAINS forums--a great photo gallery of Lionel trains, Pre-War O-Guage--just keep scrolling down the page once you get there. Some wonderful examples:

http://bigindoortrains.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=61

PHOTOS FROM YESTERDAY'S ANNUAL CROTON GOBLIN WALK http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-banner-day-in-crotons-historic-upper.html

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A BANNER DAY IN CROTON'S HISTORIC UPPER VILLAGE: WILBUR, GOBLIN WALK, PHOTOS & FUN!

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 BANNER DAY IN CROTON'S HISTORIC UPPER VILLAGE: WILBUR, GOBLIN WALK,  PHOTOS & FUN!

Click on the pix--ALL rights reserved. If anyone would like a copy, contact your editor directly.

P.S. In case you're wondering who Wilbur is, he "belongs" to Craig Purdy of Tagine and Umami fame--and he insists on knowing where Craig is at all times!

 

MEMORIES OF THE PEWTER HORN IN CROTON, 1978 & 1979

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

139 Grand--the former home of Croton's Dr. Acker--has been undergone many reincarnations throughout the years--assorted restaurants, including The Croton Steak House, a gift shop known as Treasures & Tales, followed by another known as Wake Robin. 

For a time it was also the home of THE PEWTER HORN, started in 1978 by Ed and Mabel Dean. Click on the images below from 1978 AND 1979, as well as a recent photo from this past summer. The site is now the home of THE ACKER HOUSE CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HEALTH; you can read more about that here http://ackerhouseny.com/

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN MEMORIES OF THE CROTON STEAK HOUSE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/09/more-croton-memories-croton-steak-house.html and MORE CROTON STEAK HOUSE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-croton-memories-part-two-croton.html

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Friday, October 24, 2014

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

--We love getting and finding old photos--and then presenting them to you sliced and diced so you can appreciate all the hightlights. 

Our friend Gina, who collects all things vintage Coney Island and Rye Playland, sent us this high resolution public domain photo of Surf Avenue, Luna Park, circa 1910 to 1915. 

Click on the photo close-ups below and enjoy all this vintage goodness!

--Autumn putz village featuring putz barns by the very talented Howard Lamey of littleglitterhouses.com; click on the link  https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/15618405482/

--Some wonderful photos of an American Flyer train set from 1956; just keep scrolling down the page once you get there http://bit.ly/1wx0i22
 
--Wonderful die-cut Snowman Christmas garland, large!  http://www.vintage-ornaments.com/for-christmas/paper-ornaments-paper-garlands-gift-tags/large-snowman-with-tree-paper-scrap-garland-england-new-for-sgr52 

--MADE IN JAPAN ‘ELECTRIC HOUSES”; yep, that’s how they are always described on EBAY—stand alone houses with a bulb—that usually burns incredibly hot by the way, and some kitschy little scene. http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=51

--Check out this wonderful find from ToyConnect http://bit.ly/1oDsVcM

--A vintage tour of the Lakeland US Air Force base http://bit.ly/1uRVArf

--Want some vintage and vintage inspired putz house templates and patterns? Go here http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=10

--CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS BY HENNA ARTIST MARLENE RATLIFFE OF HENNA ON HUDSON http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/10/theyre-back-henna-halloween-pumpkins-by.html