Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things
Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our
houses of worship--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. BY SPECIAL REQUEST and thanks to an industrious everything Croton elve, A LOOK BACK @ CROTON IN 1921 & 1922. Click on the images and enjoy.
This letter was published in yesterday’s issue of the Gazette. It is from Rick Turner. To the Editor:
I was unable to attend the candidates debate at the village library,
but I read the Gazette’s report on the forum with great interest. As I
read the article I was struck by Dr. Schmidt’s condemnation of the
Mayor’s decision “to accept” government health insurance benefits and
Trustee Slippen’s comment that it is easy for others to judge the
Mayor’s decision without having had the same “opportunity” offered them.
I see it a little differently. The Mayor did not “accept” “the
opportunity” of receiving health insurance—the Mayor, in concert with
our former Village Manager, engineered it! The facts are very clear, and
clearly damning. When Obamacare kicked in, the Mayor saw an
“opportunity” to obtain a personal benefit for his “volunteer” public
service and then claimed to be working 30-32 hours a week; a work
schedule that conveniently qualified the Mayor for health coverage, but
is (i) inconsistent with our model of local government (employing a full
time Manager) and (ii) incredible and preposterous on its face. No Ms.
Slippen, obtaining health care benefits at taxpayer expense was not an
“opportunity” offered our Mayor—this was a opportunity the Mayor worked
and schemed to exploit (with the help of some and silence of others, but
that is another letter).
And, although Dr. Schmidt condemns the
Mayor’s efforts to exploit his volunteer public service position for
personal benefit, for me there a more troubling, sinister aspect to the
story: The facts are now clear that the Mayor tried to cover up his
scheme to get free health care. It’s sad, but true.
“OUR VILLAGE DEBT BALANCE HAS INCREASED TOO RAPIDLY” - This letter by Todd Freebern was published in today’s issue of the Gazette. To the Editor:
As a resident and taxpayer of the village of Croton-on-Hudson, I’ve
watched with interest the dialogue among the candidates for mayor and
trustee, particularly in the area of fiscal health for our village.
Being part of the financial industry for the last 11 years and a CPA
since well before that, I’ve seen what can result from a high debt load.
In moderation, debt is OK. Most homeowners wouldn’t wait to save enough
to buy their home with cash. But there’s a limit to how much debt is
sensible, and so we try to keep our credit card and other debt balances
low. For our village, no one is saying it is not prudent to use debt for
vital projects with long-term value. No one is saying it is not prudent
to take advantage of low interest rates when they exist. The issue is
one of discipline, and knowing when enough is enough. READ MORE HERE http://www.crotonunited.org/blog-n/2015/10/29/our-village-debt-balance-has-increased-too-rapidly
The following letter from Robert Armanini appears in this week's Gazette and is re-printed with permission:
To the Editor:
Details are boring. Too much information and never enough
time to absorb it all. However, details make all the difference in the world. A
well thought-out endeavor will often tip the scale towards ultimate success, as
opposed to being mired in controversy and ultimately, failure.
In Croton, this lack of attention to detail has given us a
Gouveia Park for which we are borrowing $200K for ‘infrastructure
improvements’ (6/22/15 Board meeting) when an endowment
already exists; an upcoming Croton Point Avenue project in which vehicular
travel lanes will be a whole foot narrower than they
currently are; a Harmon rezoning in which architectural guidelines have been
For these reasons, I am supporting the Croton United slate
of Dr. Greg Schmidt for Mayor, Bob Anderson and Ken Walsh for Trustees.
Contrary to what some would have you believe, they’ve put together a very sensible, detailed plan
for Croton which can be found at www.crotonunited.org.
Please make time to read it. Croton is, after all, your village…our village.
Welcome to Everything Croton, a
collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses,
our schools, our houses of worship--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.
Sad news: Your editor has confirmed that due to several recent events, Holy
Name of Mary is being forced to close the church at 6 pm each evening from now
on. Father Brennan explains it all in this week's bulletin; it is re-printed
below. If you see something, say something.
Last Sunday around 4:00pm the alarm sounded indicating that there was a
problem in the men’s bathroom in the gym. I immediately responded even as the
police and fire units were on the way, and found that there was a heavy smoke
condition in the bathroom and to a lesser extent in the gym. There was a fire
in the plastic garbage can fueled by a large wad of burning hand towels. I
pulled the can to the sink and doused it with water. As I came out of the
building the police and firemen were on the scene. They did a thorough job of
airing out the smoke, and a subsequent check of the entire building. Other than
some barely visible scorching on the tiles, there was no other damage. The
point of entry into the building remains undetermined. A second place of
burning was found outside the gym doors behind Father Nelson’s car-port, with
several items charred and melted.
Given this event and some other recent events in and around the church, we
will be closing the church at 6:00pm each evening. We will be adding additional
lighting to the walkway area, posting ‘no loitering’ signs, and cooperate with
the Croton PD in whatever way they see fit. If you see anyone loitering in the
area, please give the PD a call. 271-5177
With Halloween around the corner, we thought you'd enjoy seeing this rare find featured in a previous auction at Croton's own SeriousToyz.com--the "Talking Herman Munster", 1964, Mattel, 20"--but not talking--with original hang tag, in C8 box (back of box is rough), scarce--it sold for $348.45! Click on the photo and enjoy. Love these die-cut Snowman Valentine's Day cards http://bit.ly/1NaG9I8
Everything Croton has received a number of inquiries about services for DAVID A. KARPOFF who passed away on 10/27. Service info, according to the Carter website, is unavailable at this time. Sorry but we have no other details at present http://bit.ly/1M3b7Bi
We loved everything about this 1920 Christmas ad for Hart Schaffner & Marx clothes--the dog, the facial expressions, the train! It's followed by just a small section of Alice's 2015 Halloween porch--and finally, because it is so worth looking at again: the very rare Marx Fire House Playset, 1954--courtesy of a previous auction at Croton's own SeriousToyz.com--it sold for $1,634.08 Click on the photos and enjoy! Rob and Monica's latest "sale-ing" adventures: MILL NECK & THE PALACE OF WONG (sounds like a 1930's serial doesn't it!) http://bit.ly/1S7CtH6
A set of vintage coconut putz houses has come to EBAY; don't know how long the link will last but if you are looking to expand your collection, check it out at http://r.ebay.com/tsO66A
In case you missed it, the October, 2015 update of Trains-N-Towns(tm), the Official Newsletter of BIGIndoorTrains.com
IS NOW ONLINE!
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.
Your Editor's note: there are so many interesting things in this
edition--so do check it out! http://www.bigindoortrains.com/trains_n_towns/15_10_newsletter_indoor.htm
GOUVEIA PARK COSTS TO DATE - This letter from Croton United candidate for trustee Bob Anderson was published in last week’s Gazette.
To the editor,
Last year I sent a letter saying that accepting the Gouveia property
was not a good idea. The reasons being that the Village could not
sustain it financially, and that it would become a drain on existing
resources. Many other communities that accepted similar bequests have
regretted that decision.
status today is that we have used the DPW to cut and trim trees, we have
added an additional $10,000 to have the grass cut, and we have an
unusable building and unacceptable road. We have the $1 million
endowment sitting in a savings account earning less than one per cent
interest. How you may ask, can we fix these problems? The answer from
this board is simple—issue a $200,000 bond. A conservative estimate
would be that this decision will cost taxpayers and additional $15,000
to $20,000 in debt service.
The expenses to date are
approaching $70,000, which is approximately $40,000 above the board’s
original numbers. Here is the best part according to the board...read more here http://on.fb.me/1PSaLz2
Welcome to Everything
Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues,
our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.
So one of the Everything Croton elves came across this rather curious article from 1952--it's filled with all sorts of tidbits--and just happens to have the answer to that age-old burning question: How did Scoop and Judy's get that name...as well as chit-chat about Asbury, the high school, Black Rock, what was playing at the Starlight and more. Click on the images below and enjoy.