Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK FRANZOSO, PAUL HARRIS FELLOW, CROTON ROTARY

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO CROTON'S OWN MARK FRANZOSO who has been designated as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Croton on Hudson Rotary Club. The certificate was presented by Pres. Dr. Greg Schmidt and Lou delRosario. Franzoso was cited for his company's support of an organization that renovates spaces for veterans with disabilities.

Read and see more on page 12 of THE GAZETTE, Week of March 26th through April 1, 2015.

THREE CHEERS FOR A TIGER: THE 1965-1966 SPORTS SEASON @ CROTON HARMON HIGH SCHOOL

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FROM THE 1966 TIGER RAG, and courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society: THE 1965-1966 SPORTS SEASON AT CROTON CROTON-HARMON HIGH SCHOOL. Click on the images below...

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

One of our favorite Easter ads ever--this one's for Whitman's Chocolates, Easter 1943. Love the gloves--not crazy about the hat, which is by Lilly Dache, the most famous milliner of her time. 

You can read more about her here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilly_Dach%C3%A9

Whitman's and Russell Stover were the kings of chocolate gift-giving at Christmas in our house--and especially at Valentine's Day--but were eventually supplanted by Brach's in the 60's and 70's. 

Neither spring snow nor slush keeps Rob and Monica from their weekend sale-ing adventures (check out this great Dinah Shore LP they found on a recent excursion, released in the US in 1957). 

See what they've been up to here: "Spring arrives...on the calendar" http://bit.ly/1Ii7cM3

And since it is officially PEEPS season, a great ad from 1978.

Click on the photos. 

Howard is working on a new house; it's his interpretation of a very complex Made in Japan vintage beauty; see it here and keep scrolling down the page once you get there http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=851

A nomination for putz house of the month--great roof--go here http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=852

Want more vintage? Especially putz--and putz "novelties"? Go here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/01/more-everything-crotons-fabulous.html

MAMA'S CHEESECAKE AT GIOVANNI'S!!!

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 reader recently reminded us just how good the "Mama's Cheesecake" is at Giovanni's Italian American Delicatessen and Pastry--our fave, however, is the Raspberry Swirl. See their desserts menu here - and remember to order in advance! Closed Easter Sunday, 271-1010. p.s. The rugelach is fab too http://www.giosdelicroton.com/desserts.html

Monday, March 30, 2015

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

Yes...it's grey outside..and we have flurries... Again...but we are still in an Easter frame of mind.

To the right, courtesy of LOC, no known copyright restrictions, a 1912 photo of the famous 5th Avenue Annual Easter Parade. The whole idea seems strange now--dressing up in your best to stroll down the avenue but....it's a wonderful scene nonetheless.

It's followed by some fab vintage Easter ephemera from Rob and Monica's sale-ing adventures--yes, we do love honeycomb! 

Check out all of their 2014 Easter decorating--and more--including a pretty funny baking adventure, at OUR ADVENTURES AMONGST THE DUCKS--click on the link: http://ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-easter-bunny-and-silence-of-lamb.html

And finally, a 2009 Easter putz featuring fresh eggs putz barns by Howard Lamey.

Click on the photos and enjoy.

Check out this very charming Easter "window" putz house by Pam http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=819

And rapture, your editor went to an estate sale--and is now the proud owner of yet another of these! With the box! http://www.oldchristmastreelights.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=91

SOME BITS & PIECES FROM THE SPRING OF 1962 IN CROTON

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COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, SOME BITS & PIECES FROM THE SPRING OF 1962. Click on the images below. We especially love the luxurious living that was truly possible if you saved enough Triple S Blue Stamps!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN... CARDBOARD ADVERTISING ASHTRAYS!

Everything Croton continues its very popular series GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN into 2015 with something you rarely see these days...

The Cardboard Advertising Ashtray--very popular in the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Yes.  Smoking....and cardboard....even coated cardboard...well...you get the idea...

Needless to say these are hard to come by. But our Flickr friend Frank has amassed a great photo collection for your enjoyment; click on the link, all photos, all rights reserved: https://www.flickr.com/photos/41606952@N07/sets/72157648745197949

WANT MORE GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN? GO HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/1968-gone-but-not-forgotten-ge-air.html

And of course all this reminded us of Paul Race's article on dangerous Christmas decorations people used to use! http://www.familychristmasonline.com/trees/ornaments/dangerous/dangerous_decorations.htm

WHEN DINNER THEATRE WAS NEW & EXCITING: THE CROTON CONNECTION, 1962

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Well here's something we did not know. Looks like Croton had more in common with THE COCOANUT GROVE in L.A. than any of us ever thought possible. A hidden gem ferreted out by an Everything Croton elve--and only possible thanks to the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society. 

WHEN DINNER THEATRE WAS NEW & EXCITING: THE CROTON CONNECTION, 1962 - Click on the photos below.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

VINTAGE CROTON: THE TIGER RAG, OCTOBER 1964, CROTON-HARMON HIGH SCHOOL

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COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, select items from the October 1964 Issue of THE TIGER RAG. Click on the images below--with special thanks to a very motivated Everything Croton Elve for scanning! 

And since A HARD DAY'S NIGHT is mentioned, you may also enjoy some outstanding Beatles memorabilia, previously featured at Croton's own SeriousToyz.com. If you have serious stuff, they have serious bidders. Stay tuned for info about their upcoming auctions.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

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

Just had to once again share this incredible hand made beaded gown and shawl from the 1930's in nearly mint condition. The level of detail from the piping to the seed pearls was astonishing. One of the many beautiful things one encountered at a former village shop known as Treasures & Tales.

It's followed by something completely different--because we do like to surprise you--the 1960 Remco “Fighting Lady, The Motorized Assault Battleship”--featured in a previous auction at Croton's own SeriousToyz.com. It sold at auction for $160.16--and at 33 inches long, worth every penny in your editor's book even with some missing parts, most notably the gun barrel.

And that's followed by an outstanding vintage Easter display from collector friend Mary B---some very rare pieces here indeed--from the kitschy to the sublime.

Click on the photos and enjoy.
 
A very whimsical and so much fun putz house, complete with pink flamingos, from Howard Lamey of littleglitterhouses.com

Click on the link http://bit.ly/1BuA1Qz

A reader asked for an easy tutorial on making winter trees for her Christmas village---she loves bottle brush trees but wants to "mix it up"--well we have the answer--it doesn't get any easier than this: http://bit.ly/1xIlNk7

Want more vintage? Including another great putz house by Lamey? Go here  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/01/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_24.html

CROTON STUDENTS LEAVE FOR BEIJING & SHANGHAI

Courtesy of Tsui Pappas: Students from Croton on their way to Beijing and Shanghai for a cultural and exchange trip. Dr Furhman and assistant principal Maxham accompanied them.

Click on the photo. Many thanks to Tsui Pappas for sharing with Everything Croton's readers!

A LOOK BACK @ THE CROTON ART SCENE, SPRING 1977

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COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  A LOOK BACK @ THE CROTON ART SCENE, SPRING 1977, with mention of the late Harold Zabitz. Click on the images below.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: LET THE SUNSHINE IN....AGAIN! CROTON UNITED SCORES YET ANOTHER SUCCESS ON OPEN GOVERNMENT

Croton United has championed the cause of transparency in village government since its formation, and during the November election last year, ran on a platform that advocated for numerous open government reforms, including video recording and broadcasting of Village Board work sessions.  

Croton United consistently rejected the board’s vague and facile excuses for its failure to videotape these meetings and has continued to advocate for open government reforms, as recently as the March 16, 2015 village board meeting, when the issue of video recording of work sessions was once again put before the board, which refused to even discuss the topic with the public. READ the rest here http://on.fb.me/1HQ4X2g

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/03/lead-story-gazette-village-tax-increase.html

AND DON'T FORGET: THE MAYOR PAYS FOR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE NOW THANKS TO CROTON UNITED http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/01/congratulations-to-croton-united-all.html

Thursday, March 26, 2015

LET THE SUNSHINE IN! CROTON UNITED SCORES YET ANOTHER SUCCESS ON OPEN GOVERNMENT

First, Croton United discovered--through the freedom of information process--the mayor's taxpayer funded health insurance, his time-sheet errors--and more. Today, as a a result of Croton United's advocacy, the mayor now pays for his own health insurance http://bit.ly/1E6tZMW

And now: LET THE SUNSHINE IN....AGAIN! CROTON UNITED SCORES YET ANOTHER SUCCESS ON OPEN GOVERNMENT

Croton United has championed the cause of transparency in village government since its formation, and during the November election last year, ran on a platform that advocated for numerous open government reforms, including video recording and broadcasting of Village Board work sessions. 

Croton United consistently rejected the board’s vague and facile excuses for its failure to videotape these meetings and has continued to advocate for open government reforms, as recently as the March 16, 2015 village board meeting, when the issue of video recording of work sessions was once again put before the board, which refused to even discuss the topic with the public. READ the rest here http://on.fb.me/1HQ4X2g

LEAD STORY GAZETTE, VILLAGE TAX INCREASE UNDER TAX CAP, BUT WATER, SEWER, & PARKING LOT RATES JUMP

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Is this really staying "under" the tax cap? Even the Gazette took note of the following:

The 3/26/15 edition of THE GAZETTE is out: LEAD STORY GAZETTE, VILLAGE TAX INCREASE UNDER TAX CAP, BUT WATER, SEWER, & PARKING LOT RATES JUMP

--Yet another increase in your water rates: 12% (we believe this number is higher but will check further; this is what the paper is reporting)

--A whopping 40% for sewer rates

--Parking lot fees up again: $6 a month for village residents; $15 for non residents. 

The Gazette is on sale just about everywhere. Please read the article in its entirety. You may also have an interest in http://on.fb.me/1HQ4X2g

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

Leave it to SuzeeQ to have found not one, but TWO of this amazing vintage Easter card with a very dapper smoking chick. Some people have all the luck! Click on the photo.

For those of you who can't get enough TIKI, vintage or new: http://retrorenovation.com/2014/07/08/tiki-barware-new-cb2/ 

And for your amusement: Plato made me do it - A 1952 bathroom vanity with an inlaid laminate Greek design

CONCLUSION: A LOOK BACK @ THE CROTON MUSIC SCENE, SPRING 1977

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

COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  CONCLUSION: A LOOK BACK @ THE CROTON MUSIC SCENE, SPRING 1977. Click on the images below.  SEE PART 1 HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-look-back-croton-music-scene-spring.html