Wednesday, February 29, 2012


--Okay...we've got the vintage punch bowl and the cups--we have a year to find a vintage ladle--and now we have the authentic 1953 Christmas eggnog recipe! Click on the photo.

--Jess found a fabulous site called American Art Archives, dedicated to the memory of the great illustration artists. If conservative political and religious commentary offends you, don’t visit past the first page...

--From Toy Connect: Marx was able to get double duty out of quite a few of its playset centerpiece tin-litho pieces and this gem of a streetfront is no exception appearing in 'Gunsmoke' and 'Tales of Wells Fargo'; read more here

--And for fans of old department stores, silent films, the 20’s and more—a message from MIZBLUE: I am a great fan of the long-past five-and- ten-cent stores (as we called them in Philadelphia), and because of this, embarked upon a search to see again a "real" 5&10, not the recreated one that is in the Midwest (I do appreciate that one, but it is not "real"). I found a reference to a movie, it happens it's on DVD, and I bought it; here are the facts....."The silent film 'My Best Girl', starring Mary Pickford was made in 1927. Mary is a clerk in a 5&10, and in this movie, there are a number of 5&10 interior scenes. They are mostly in the beginning of the picture. You can see the wood floors, wood counter displays, some of the merchandise, etc. I understand the film was made in a real 5&10 of the time, and people who are curious about those stores in that pre-Depression era may appreciate the scenes. Of course the movie is in black and white, and the merchandise is mostly housewares, such as pots, but anyone wanting authenticity may wish to view the film. Since it's on DVD (and has been remastered) scenes can be 'frozen' for studying....I will add that this is a romantic comedy, a cute film with some laughs in its own right. I have yet to find a movie in full color of 5&10's from the 1950's and 1960's, but 'My Best Girl' footage may assist those interested in the “20's”.

Monday, February 27, 2012


--Now isn't this a clever way to display one's vintage and new putz houses. From the very clever Scotty, his 2011 Christmas putz tree; click on the photo.

--Alcohols and acrylics don’t mix—or do they? We’ve been experimenting with painting techniques on cardboard—to eventually be cut up and used for other projects—(like putz houses of course)—you may find this video of interest; unlike the instructor in the video, we would not go with another layer of paint—just a single layer of paint and then the alcohol drip

--Here’s another of Scotty’s Christmas putz trees from another year

--The wonderful world of cellophane, back when it was new and exciting; wait till you see the Christmas applications; with thanks as always to Mark Podmore: The 1934 Dupont Cellophane brochure


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

Recently, a number of strange letters in the paper have erroneously claimed that certain Harmon properties are either abandoned, vacant, or "empty" as justification for why the blanket re-zoning of the area for mixed-use housing is necessary.

It's time to set the record straight. The former brick building next to Nappy's was purchased by Dino Tsagarakis last year. He made his way through the village process and permits to begin renovation were obtained about 3 to 4 months ago. The site has been the scene of construction activity for at least 6 weeks. Due to foundation issues, however, the building had to be taken down AND WAS approximately 3 weeks ago. Somehow all this escaped the notice of at least 2 proponents of the re-zoning who publicly proclaimed in so many words, that it was just another Harmon eyesore. Huh?

Well, we don't know how they could have missed the Active Construction Zone markers, chain link, AND heavy equipment all over the place, but we're making sure they don't now miss the FOUNDATION FOOTING FORMS that have been been prepared for the NEW BUILDING. Click on the photo.

Incidentally, the plans as submitted call for essentially the same building that was there before; but no third floor of apartments. We'll provide updates for the other so-called "abandoned' and "vacant" buildings, including Anton's, scene of a devastating fire late last Fall, and the former Jean Jacques location soon.



2/28/12 update: article from THE EXAMINER NEWS:

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AN AUDIT OF THE Croton-Harmon Union Free School District – Budgeting Practices (2011M-269) OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER has been released: February 24, 2012 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Key Findings - In 2008, the Office of the State Comptroller audited the District and found that the District had more than double the unassigned fund balance permitted by law. Although the report recommended keeping the unassigned fund balance within legal limits, the Board has failed to do so. Since then, the Board and District officials repeatedly overestimated expenditure items, which resulted in the continued accumulation of unassigned fund balance at year-end in excess of what is permitted by real property tax law.

ADDITIONAL COMMENT FROM REPORT: More accurate projections for the above expenditures could easily have been calculated by District offi cials and provided to the Board when developing the budget. By not using realistic estimates, the Board is creating annual operating surpluses, resulting in the accumulation of excessive fund balance. Although the District’s tax levy has remained fairly consistent, by overestimating budget expenditures the Board is placing a higher tax burden on District taxpayers than is necessary to provide educational services for District students, within the District.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


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A recent bout with the flu--and three days without food--left one of our contributors and their spouse with a hunger that was more than just ravenous. Fortunately, Croton Colonial Diner, a village institution for well over 40 years, was there to answer the call with the best char-broiled burger and fries this side of the Hudson--and chicken noodle soup that was just short of amazing.

Croton Colonial isn't fancy--it's just good food, service and value for the money--and a Croton tradition. Right next to our newly restored and sparkling Duck Pond (thanks again to all the volunteers for their hard work!)