Sunday, December 31, 2017

IN MEMORIAM 2017

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

HERE ARE ONLY SOME OF THE VILLAGE NOTABLES CROTON LOST IN 2017; this list will be periodically updated as additional info is received:

--John Thomas Sekelsky, a former well known Croton resident, 2011 Knights of Columbus honoree, and a WWII veteran, passed away in October; burial at Bethel cemetery. Read and see more about John here: 2011, TOM FARANDA'S FOLLY, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HONOR SEKELSKY http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2011/01/my-friend-john-sekelsky-honored-by-the-knights-of-columbus.html

--Stanley Jack Pezanowski, September, a lifelong resident of Croton-on-Hudson, leaving only to serve in the Navy in Hawaii during WWII. Jack owned and operated his own roofing and siding company for over 40 years and he was highly regarded for both his skills and his generous nature, always helping those who needed a hand. Read more here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/09/services-obituary-for-stanley-jack.html

 --Larry Kanterman, long time Temple Israel member and former Temple Israel President, passed away in November. The funeral and interment was in Florida. Messages of condolence may be sent to Pam Kanterman, 17529 Via Capri, Boca Raton, FL 33496. 

--David Gittleman  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/services-for-david-gittleman.html

--Erica Illescas, who passed away in Panama...http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/services-for-erica-ilescas.html

--Iris Stevens D'Alvia, life long resident, member of St. Augustine's Episocpal church...http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/service-info-for-iris-nee-graves.html

--Rosalind Morrisey, founder of the Croton blood donor program  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/05/rosalnd-morrisey-has-died.html

--Charles Ellison, Class of 2014, CROTON EMS, http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/03/rip-charles-ellison_28.html 

--Josephine Van Asselt http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Josephine-Van+Asselt&lc=7336&pid=186695817&mid=7566361

--Robert H. Sherblom http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Robert-Sherblom&lc=7336&pid=187165331&mid=7628876

-Daniel Shure http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/09/services-obituary-for-daniel-shure.html 

--Anne Dorien, life long resident, member of the hist. society http://bit.ly/2lxTC3

--JAMES "JIMBO" EDWARD BURNETTE JR., details here http://bit.ly/2vEHqp0

VIA EFSP: EUROPEAN STARS WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2017

Courtesy of our friends at European Film Star Postcards...

Stars Who Passed Away in 2017 


On the last day of the year, EFSP remembers twelve stars of the European cinema we had to say goodbye to in 2017. Thank you for your films which will live forever.  See and read more here http://bit.ly/2lrPKCf

EDITORIAL: LOHUD--FEDS, CUOMO NEED TO STAND BY INDIAN POINT COMMUNITIES

The unexpected announcement in January that Indian Point will shut down by 2021 marked a turning point for the region, raising pressing questions about the impact on the local economy and long-term concerns about limits on possible redevelopment, dealing with nuclear waste and replacing the nuclear plant's energy. Leaders from the Town of Cortlandt, the Village of Buchanan and the Hendrick Hudson School District were initially frantic about the out-of-the-blue announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Entergy and Riverkeeper, and understandably disappointed by the Cuomo administration's lack of immediate concern for their plight. READ MORE HERE http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/12/28/indian-point-communities/982653001/

Saturday, December 30, 2017

THE STORY OF ART & MARY'S SANTA & REINDEER DISPLAY

The story of Art and Mary’s Santa & reindeer display — and of the guy who liked them...

Gerry — knotty pine salvager — has saved another treasure. This story is just… so wonderful.

COURTESY OF RETRO RENOVATION http://bit.ly/2q23KY7

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP JAN. 19TH

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.

1/19/18 -  Holy Name of Mary Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition. Open to all 9 - 14 year olds. Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 15 consecutive free throw attempts from the appropriate age-designated foul line. In the event of a tie each contestant receives five free throws and no warm-ups--STARTS AT 6 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/1834546000168774/

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY THIS POST FROM EARLIER IN THE YEAR:  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/02/hnm-kofc-three-winners-in-district-free.html

REMEMBERING ARTIE SHAW

Who died this date in 2004...Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction. 

Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists," Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine."  

READ MORE HERE http://bit.ly/2pUS5tW

HOLY NAME, CHRISTMAS 2017

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.

Do take the time to see the beautiful interior Nativity and Christmas decorations at Holy Name of Mary (click on the photo). The creche is very reminiscent of the Italian "presepi" often seen overseas and the volunteers did an outstanding job at the church this year.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY READING https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-2015-croton-epiphany-story.html

and ABOUT THE NATIVITY PROJECT http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/nativity-project-2011.html

Friday, December 29, 2017

JANUARY RECREATION PROGRAMS WINTER 2018

Village of Croton Parks and Recreation - January Recreation Programs - Brochure now online - Click here for brochure

4 COLLECTORS OF COLOURGRAPH

Courtesy of our friends at European Fim Star Postcards...

COLOURGRAPH...

We continue our series with British film star postcard series with Colourgraph. This series was issued by Picturegoer in the 1930s. All postcards were hand-coloured. (CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE A BEAUTIFUL HAND COLORED GARBO.)

SEE AND READ MUCH MORE HERE http://bit.ly/2lhQEBo

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY  http://bit.ly/2pUaUh2

ROSE MARIE, WHO STARRED IN DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, HAS DIED

Rose Marie, the actress made famous for her role as Sally Rogers on famed 1960 sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at age 94.  The news comes from the star’s official Twitter account, which announced on Thursday that she had passed at her home in Van Nuys California.  READ MORE HERE http://fxn.ws/2BO4hON

CLICK ON THE PHOTO COURTESY OF CLASSIC FILM TO SEE ROSE MARIE IN 1962; READ MORE HERE http://bit.ly/2zLByYV

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

14th ANNUAL EAGLEFEST 2/10/18

Teatown to Celebrate Eagles Return to the Hudson River with Renowned Bird Experts and Singer-Songwriter Dar Williams 

The 14th Annual EagleFest is scheduled for February 10, 2018 - Discounted General Admission Tickets Are Available Now

OSSINING, N.Y. (December 28, 2017) – The grand celebration of the bald eagle will soon descend upon Croton Point Park, a Westchester County park. The 14th annual “EagleFest” has been scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018, a highly anticipated event that will once again take flight over the Hudson River with expanded programming, including a performance by Dar Williams, who The New Yorker calls “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” 

Additionally, bird experts Bill Streeter and Brian Robinson will make special presentations of their own. EagleFest is hosted by Teatown, a nonprofit environmental education center and nature preserve. Also, State Senator Terrence Murphy, an outdoorsman and a lover of wildlife, will partner with Teatown to sponsor EagleFest. He has secured a $500,000 appropriation for a critical meadow restoration project at Croton Point Park, a sanctuary for bald eagles and other wildlife. This year, the event is poised to be an even bigger celebration than ever before. 

"This event is a fun and celebratory way for Teatown to pursue its mission of inspiring our community to lifelong environmental stewardship,” said Kevin Carter, Executive Director of Teatown. “With so much divisiveness in the world, it is a joy to bring people together with hope and purpose." 

The annual EagleFest celebration allows visitors to see live birds of prey and provides opportunities to view the national symbol in its natural setting. Various birds of prey species will be featured in a special program led by nationally renowned experts in the handling and care of the birds. The birds in captivity have been rehabilitated after suffering various injuries and are no longer able to live in the wild. 

Environmental experts will lead other nature-related workshops and presentations to guests of all ages as well as host educational shows. Guests will also be able to enjoy cuisine from a variety of food trucks and enjoy live music inside heated tents along the river. Even more, Teatown educators will lead two-hour bus tours along the Hudson River to various eagle viewing sites where an eagle expert will be stationed with spotting scopes. This feature has limited seating. 

New this year is a performance by Dar Williams. Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her folk-pop songwriting since the '90s. Her growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others. Dar's most recent album, Emerald, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of humanity” according to Rolling Stone, and was recorded with friends such as Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, the Hooters and others in various studios across the U.S. 

Additionally, Bill Streeter, Director of the Delaware Raptor Center (DVRC), has over 30 years of experience as a raptor rehabilitator, falconer, and educator. He has a BA in Biology and MS in Zoology, and has completed Tuft’s University Veterinary School’s Leadership Program in Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation. He will provide a presentation to guests with his golden eagle and bald eagle. He trains and uses live hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls for more than 120 presentations to schools, camps, scouts, and a variety of other groups each year. He is responsible for the care of the birds in residence at the center. And, Wildlife Educator Brian Robinson will also present various birds of prey. Robinson has been providing wildlife education programs to schools, libraries and museums since 1993. His animals have been featured on many national television shows such as Regis and Kelly and The Today Show. 

EagleFest 2018 will be held at Croton Point Park, 1 Croton Point Avenue in Croton-on-Hudson from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Pre-sale tickets are $17/adults (12+), $10/children (6-11) and free for children 5 and under. Tickets sold at the venue on the day of the event are $22/adults (12+), $12/children (6-11) and free for children 5 and under. To purchase tickets, visit teatown.org/eaglefest

Attendees coming from Manhattan or Poughkeepsie can take Metro-North trains to Croton-Harmon Train Station. Special EagleTrain Cars will depart from Grand Central at 8:50 a.m. from Poughkeepsie and 9:20 a.m. from Grand Central Station. During the trip, on-board naturalists will point out various Hudson Valley birds to riders. Free shuttle buses will bring attendees to/from the Croton-Harmon Train Station to Croton Point Park. To participate in this event, guests must purchase a regular train ticket from Metro North. 

The 14th Annual Teatown EagleFest is generously sponsored by Westchester County Parks & Recreation, Westchester County Tourism, Westchester Magazine, ConEdison, WHUD, Tracer Imaging and Wheelabrator Technologies. The event is made possible with the support of our partners, Westchester Parks Foundation and the Westchester County Parks & Recreation Department. For details visit: www.teatown.org.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY SEEING PHOTOS FROM THE 2014 EVENT  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/photos-from-2014-eaglefest.html

AND A PHOTO ALBUM FROM 2017 COURTESY OF CROTON UNITED   https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/posts/738976896259344

UPDATED: VETERANS GET FREE ADMISSION  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/01/veterans-given-free-admission-2.html

SAVE THE DATE: BENNETT CONSERVATORY ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT AND DINNER

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Bennett Conservatory Annual Benefit Concert and Dinner--February 3, 2018--to benefit the Conservatory's Scholarship Fund--CLICK ON THE FLYER.

BENNETTCONSERVATORY.ORG

THE BEST OF CROTON 2017 - JULY AND AUGUST 2017

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.

Onward and Upward...and back by popular demand: Everything Croton's Annual Series continues--THE BEST OF CROTON. 

For the next few weeks, EverythingCroton will showcase only some of the best of what village life had to offer throughout 2017, month by month---from our schools to our houses of worship to the arts to our business community to our volunteers...and more... 

And now THE BEST OF CROTON 2017 - JULY & AUGUST 2017 

JULY 

--HABITAT FOR HUMANITY THANKS FRANZOSO CONTRACTING https://www.facebook.com/HabitatPutnam/posts/10155625686251458

--UMAMI SOLD, NEW OWNERS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/umami-has-sold.html 

--MIKE AND ANELIE BISCHOFF, GERMAN DELI, ARE RETIRING  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-bischoffs-croton-delicatessen.html

--CROTON ARBORETUM GARDEN TOUR RESULTS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/results-thank-you-croton-arboretum-2017.html 

--CROTON RANKED ONE OF THE SAFEST COMMUNITIES  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/croton-ranked-one-of-safest-communities.html

--IN MEMORY OF DONALD TEX FAGAN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/in-memory-of-donald-tex-fagan.html 

--BEST OF WESTCHESTER WRAP-UP; A wrap up of Croton's businesses that made BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2017 courtesy of Croton United http://bit.ly/2t6TxZU

AUGUST

--VERIZON OPENS IN CROTON SHOPRITE SHOPPING CENTER.

--A NEW LOOK AT THE CROTON COLONIAL DINER http://bit.ly/2t6TxZU 

--BAKED BY SUSAN GOES GLOBAL http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/baked-by-susan-goes-global-with_21.html

--SERVICES FOR ERICA ILESCAS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/services-for-erica-ilescas.html  

--CROTON GRILLE OPENS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/new-in-town-croton-grille-opens-in.html

--CROTON AND YORKTOWN FIRE DEPTS. TRAINING DRILL, WATER RESCUE  http://bit.ly/2CiBp2k

--THOSE MARVELOUS MONARCHS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/those-marvelous-monarchs.html

--CONGRATS JAKE DINKLER http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/congrats-jake-dinkler.html  

--SERVICES FOR IRIS STEVENS GRAVES http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/service-info-for-iris-nee-graves.html

--MORE CROTON BUSINESS IN THE NEWS, AN END OF SUMMER WRAP-UP  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/croton-business-in-news-everything.html

SEE THE BEST OF CROTON FOR JUNE 2017 HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/12/best-of-croton-2017-june-2017.html 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

HOW A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS CONTINUES TO DEFY COMMON SENSE

When “A Charlie Brown Christmas” debuted on Dec. 9, 1965, CBS executives were so sure it would fail they informed its executive producer, Lee Mendelson, they were showing it only because they had already announced it in TV Guide.  

READ MORE HERE http://bit.ly/2E2srXa

SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHRISTMAS 2017 AT OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH

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SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHRISTMAS 2017 AT OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH:

--During Christmas Eve worship, Alea Strasser sang "Maria Wiegenlied" by Max Reger. Here is some of it http://bit.ly/2lhzSBi

--See the creche and altar decorated for Christmas http://bit.ly/2Cd9hzS

FOR MORE ABOUT OUR SAVIOUR, VISIT http://oursaviourcroton.org/

DORATHY AND ETHEL, CHRISTMAS 1904

Yes...We love old photos--and Christmas themed photos especially.

Click on this outstanding example--for Dor'a'thy and Ethel--Christmas 1904...

Courtesy of MILES BEYOND THE MOON...

Read more here http://bit.ly/2BIYlX8


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1948 TRUMAN VISITS CROTON

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WE LOVE THE 40'S--A BLAST FROM CROTON 1940'S PAST---PRESIDENT TRUMAN VISITS CROTON--OCTOBER 1948--courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society, Click on the images below. 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN...MRS. ROOSEVELT, THE CROTON CONNECTION http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/1933-joe-rose-george-dobbs-mrs.html

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

THE QUEEN'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE - 2017

Courtesy of Croton's own Tom Faranda's Folly: The Queen's 2017 Christmas Message http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2017/12/the-queens-2017-christmas-message.html

BY SPECIAL REQUEST -- A VERY VINTAGE CROTON HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

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

BY SPECIAL REQUEST--A VERY VINTAGE CROTON HAPPY NEW YEAR: 

--1949  http://bit.ly/2zx7W1k

--1972, CROTON COUPLE MEETS GUY LOMBARDO http://bit.ly/2pzoTsy

--1941 NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE TUMBLE INN http://bit.ly/1IEqMaZ

--1961, HAPPY NEW YEAR CROTON http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-croton-new-year-1961.html

--HAPPY NEW YEAR CROTON, VINTAGE ADS FROM 1973 AND A CARD FROM GINO'S POST INN THOUGHT TO BE FROM THE 1950'S http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/happy-new-year-vintage-croton-style.html


--1982 NEW YEAR'S EVE HOTSPOTS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/12/1982-local-new-years-eve-hotspots.html

--COURTESY OF TOM FARANDA'S FOLLY, NEW YEAR'S DAY, CROTON POINT 2011 http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2011/12/three-pictures-from-the-top-of-croton-point-.html 

REMEMBERING JACK BENNY

Who died this date in 1974....Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his character as a miser, playing his violin badly. In character, he would claim to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.  Benny was known for comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" READ MORE HERE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Benny

Sunday, December 24, 2017

SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT, MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY MBTA ACT AND MORE

THE DAILY CALLER - President Donald Trump’s administration will reverse a former President Barack Obama-era decision to prosecute individuals and companies that unintentionally injure or kill protected birds, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. Conservatives long criticized the Obama administration for selectively enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to the benefit of politically favored industries, like wind and solar power producers. The Obama administration issued an opinion just before leaving office in Jan. 2017 that criminalized the accidental taking of migratory birds. The Trump administration will move to reverse this order and only go after intentional killing or “taking” of birds.....The Obama administration largely ignored “takes” from solar and wind farms....READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/22/trump-will-reverse-obamas-policy-of-prosecuting-unintentional-bird-killings/