Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MINI ORCHID MANIA @ SHOPRITE

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The large potted orchids at Croton's Shoprite are almost gone BUT.....they've brought in the most beautiful miniature orchids, including ones mounted in frames---either for tabletop or as a "wall pocket". CLICK ON THE PHOTO.  Get them while you can.

PATCH: FORMER FIRE CHIEF ACCUSED OF OVER $300K THEFT

Gerald Munson, a former chief of the Croton Fire Department who also served as its treasurer, is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the department over many years. MORE HERE

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WEDNESDAY IS SUNDAE AT CROTON CARVEL

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WEDNESDAY IS SUNDAE AT CROTON CARVEL--BUY ONE SOFT SERVE SUNDAE, AND GET ONE FREE.

FOR MORE ABOUT CROTON CARVEL, VISIT facebook.com/crotoncarvelonhudson/

THE DESSERTIST WELCOMES SUMMER WITH........

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THE DESSERTIST WELCOMES SUMMER WITH a new creation...Blackberry and Mango French Buttercream. Light and sweet. More here.

MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES: JERRY PINKNEY, THE VAN CORTLANDT FAMILY, and HOWARD DA SILVA

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SOME MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES, JERRY PINKNEY, THE VAN CORTLANDT FAMILY, and HOWARD DA SILVA--click on the photos.


First up, from 1982 and Croton's own Jerry Pinkney, famous illustrator---ROBINSON STAMP TO DEBUT. 

Pinkney's body of work and volunteer efforts on behalf of children with dyslexia were recognized by Senator Terrence Murphy during a ceremony held at his District Office on February 21, 2018. Read more about Pinkney here.

Next up--VAN CORTLANDT FAMILY COMES ALIVE, from The Brewster Standard 1980 about Pierre Van Cortlandt, Ann Stevenson, the Van Cortlandt manor's fine collection of family portraits and more.

p.s. The fully restored and historic Van Cortlandt Manor opens in July.

More info and some additional manor history too--at https://bit.ly/2yqQX5P

And finally a 1976 ad and article about 1776, with Croton's own Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin.  The 1972 American musical film was directed by Peter H. Hunt. The film also starred William Daniels, Donald Madden, John Cullum, Ken Howard and Blythe Danner.  

FOR MORE ABOUT DA SILVA, go here.

TO SEE THE LAST EDITION OF THIS SERIES ON CROTON NOTABLES  OSCAR LEVANT, LILLIAN NORDICA AND ERIC KNIGHT, GO HERE

AND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT....

HERE'S WHAT'S NEW AT THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY--A new Clifford Harmon acquisition.

More here.

WHAT'S NEW AT THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY would like to give a big THANK YOU to Craig Purdy for his generous donation of an autographed copy of Clifford B. Harmon’s privately-printed book about the Aerial League for Peace, an organization he formed in Paris after World War I. In 1929 Harmon enlisted the leading male and female pilots of the world to create a kind of flying counterpart to the League of Nations. The group (also known as the Silver Wings of Peace) was one of several he founded during his expat years in France between the wars.  Read and see much more at the Society's FB page here.

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN HARMON'S EARLIER BALLOON FLYING DAYS HERE.

EVERYTHING CROTON'S LIST OF LOCAL CHARITABLE OPPS & FUNDRAISERS, UPDATED

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THE EVERYTHING CROTON LIST OF LOCAL CHARITABLE OPPORTUNITIES & FUNDRAISERS HAS BEEN UPDATED; includes Ben Camillier's scout fundraiser page, upcoming house of worship tag sales, Kidney for Leesa info, the Pezanowski scholarship fund, and much more. CLICK https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/04/updated-upcoming-ongoing-local.html

NEW FROM EFSP: CURD A.K.A. CURT JURGENS

New from our friends at European Film Star Postcards - and one of our favorite actors....

CURD A.K.A. CURT JURGENS--Tall, blonde, blue-eyed Curd Jürgens (1915-1982) played German soldiers in countless World War II films, usually billed as Curt Jurgens. Although the German-Austrian actor appeared in over 100 films, Jürgens considered himself primarily a stage actor. He also directed a few films, with limited success, and wrote screenplays.  READ AND SEE MUCH MORE HERE.

VINTAGE CROTON 1983, NEW YEAR'S EVE AT ELMER SUDS

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While looking for something else, one of the Elves came across this 1983 New Year's Eve ad for Croton's own ELMER SUDS.  Click on the photo courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the Croton Historical Society volunteers.  Read more about ELMER SUDS grand opening in 1983 here.

The site was most recently home to JUSTIN THYME (SEE THE ROTARY FAREWELL PHOTOS HERE) and will soon re-open as The Black Rock Kitchen/Cafe.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BOATERS FIGHT US LAWMAKER'S PLAN & SOME ADD'L NEWS ITEMS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

--Proposed legislation to have 'adverse impact' on boating. OSSINING-CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY - From the Boat Owners Association: WHAT: The New York Senate and Assembly are considering legislation, SB 9092 and AB 9806a, that would require all boat operators in the Empire State to complete a boating safety course within one year. Currently only those born after May 1996 must meet this requirement. While Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) firmly supports boater education, these bills will have an adverse impact on boating in New York. READ MORE AT https://patch.com/new-york/ossining/boaters-fight-ny-lawmakers-plan 

--GET YOUR PASSPORT AT TOWN HALL, CORTLANDT, FRIDAY; MORE HERE

--PEEKSKILL OFFICIALS SUPPORT IMMIGRANT ACCESS TO DRIVERS LICENSES, The Examiner News--The Peekskill Common Council voted unanimously last week to support pending legislation in Albany that would allow illegal immigrants in New York State to obtain driver’s licenses. The 7-0 vote on June 11 took place after several residents in the packed City Hall chambers urged the council to join forces with neighboring Ossining, Irvington, Port Chester and Yonkers in passing resolutions endorsing the effort. MORE HERE

--LOHUD, BRUSH FIRE KENSICO RESERVOIR PENINSULA https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/north-castle/2018/06/19/armonk-brush-fire/713163002/

--WESTCHESTER COUNTY CONSIDERING RED LIGHT CAMERAS; Examiner News; more here

--WSJ ON THE COLUMBIA ELECTION; MORE HERE


--LOCAL 456 ENDORSES SEN. MURPHY; MORE HERE

--GAMING DISORDER IS NOW AN OFFICIAL MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION; NY Post https://nypost.com/2018/06/18/gaming-disorder-is-now-an-official-mental-health-condition/


--Daily Caller, wind turbines, eagle kills; more here

IT'S NATIONAL WATCH DAY & A LOOK BACK AT THE CROTON WATCH COMPANY TOO

It's National Watch Day, celebrated annually on June 19th.  And what better way to remember than with this 1916 page of ladies "bracelet watches" from Sears (click on the photo) and....An index of links about THE CROTON WATCH COMPANY. Yes, for those who don't know....CROTON WATCHES were really CROTON WATCHES.  Formerly located on North Riverside Avenue, now home to a medical center, everyone had a Croton watch!  READ MORE AT https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/an-index-to-croton-watch-company-series.html

& LAST WEEK AT HOLY NAME OF MARY'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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& LAST WEEK AT HOLY NAME OF MARY'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL--Last week, the children made fresh lemonade and sold it outside the school to raise money for the poor. They had lessons in grace and courtesy, money, and sensory-motor skills while doing something to help the less fortunate. https://bit.ly/2JNvSaW 

SOME MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES, LILLIAN NORDICA, OSCAR LEVANT AND ERIC KNIGHT

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

SOME MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES, LILLIAN NORDICA, OSCAR LEVANT AND ERIC KNIGHT--click on the photos.

First up, Croton's Lilian Nordica, 1902, The Making of a Singer, all about hard work and more.  YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT NORDICA HERE.

Next, there's this 1940 article by Damon Runyon about Oscar Levant, who got his start--more or less--right here in Croton....at the Mikado Inn. 

READ MORE ABOUT THAT, courtesy of Croton History & Mysteries HERE.

Recently learned that a special 75th Anniversay edition of LASSIE COME HOME, by Croton's own Eric Knight, had been released in 2015 (you can read more about that here).

For those who don't know, Eric Knight, author of Lassie, This Above All, and numerous other books, lived on a farm with his wife here in Croton. He was a fascinating man--and the Yale Papers provide a very detailed account of his life; you can read more about that here http://bit.ly/1k30QbL

A Croton resident, William Hodson, died with Mr. Knight in a 1943 plane crash that took the lives of 35 Americans.  READ MORE HERE.


FOR THE LAST EDITION OF THIS SERIES, CLICK HERE.

MORE FROM CROTON'S DESIGN & DECOR, EARLY SUMMER 2018

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The latest from Croton's DW Design & Decor: Early Summer 2018--We have been making great progress on our 8,000 square foot gorgeous client's home in Katonah, NY. Our design direction is a sophisticated, relaxed, natural, slightly 'beachy' look, and its all coming together! It takes a talented team of specialists to complete all of the work. From custom millwork, to wallpaper hanging to precise wall painting to custom concrete sink/countertop, it certainly takes teamwork and good communication for a beautiful end result. 

Some furniture has been 'white glove' delivered and our built-ins are almost done! 

Stay tuned as this project continues to progress. The BIG REVEAL is going to be so beautiful! VIEW PROJECT DESIGN PHOTOS HERE.