Saturday, May 31, 2014

AN UNEXPECTED VINTAGE SURPRISE @ ST. AUGUSTINE'S RUMMAGE SALE

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So there we were at St. Augustine's annual JuneFest and Rummage Sale when we spot a great big coffee table art book for a song. Imagine our surprise when we got home and found this folded up inside.  Out came the iron and after some very careful pressing and only minimal brittle edge of the paper loss---ta-da!

The Sunday Mirror 1946: Billy Conn and Joe Louis. Soon to be framed and presented to a friend who loves all things boxing.

We love rummage sales! The festivities continue on Sunday 6/1 @ St. Augustine's while Croton's annual Summerfest takes center stage. 

THE 5/29 BRIAN POWERS LETTER, A DISTURBING SERIES OF EMAIL EXCERPTS FROM MAYOR LEO WIEGMAN

Regarding the mayor's taxpayer funded medical benefits of $20K plus and his alleged "full-time mayoral/employee status": The 5/29/14 edition of The Gazette contains a new letter from resident Brian Powers. It picks up on his original "Shame on you" Mayor Wiegman letter of 5/8 and contains a number of disturbing excerpts from emails written by the mayor in response. Click on the image below, re-printed here at Everything Croton by request of Mr. Powers.

You can read Mr. Powers' 5/8/14 Shame on You Mayor Wiegman letter again at this link http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/shame-on-you-mayor-wiegman-letter-from.html 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN --THE 4/24 GAZETTE ARTICLE: "In the village's 116-year history, this is the first time someone has used his place on the Village Board for personal financial gain", JOEL GINGOLD; http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-gazette-42414-croton-budget-flak.html  

--HOW THE MAYOR BECAME "FULL TIME", IN HIS OWN WORDS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/gazette-letter-how-mayor-became-full.html  



JEANNIE, JOAN OF ARC & MORE FROM CROTON'S OWN TOM FARANDA'S FOLLY

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You just never know what you'll find at Croton's own Tom Faranda's Folly:

--JEANNIE, 50 YEARS LATER http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2014/05/cnn-barbara-eden-tlaks-about-jeannie-50-years-later.html

--JOAN OF ARC, THE ANNIVERSARY OF HER EXECUTION http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2014/05/joan-of-arc-anniversary-of-her-unjust-execution-today.html

REMEMBERING CROTON MAYOR ALBERT ROZELL

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Courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society and from the GEORGE J. FERRIS collection: REMEMBERING CROTON MAYOR ALBERT ROZELL. Click on the images below.  Stay tuned for more "remembering" Croton mayors.

Friday, May 30, 2014

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

We just love this 1950's E.J. Kahn House Trailer and Car--which was featured in a past auction at Croton's own Serioustoyz.com

Click on the photo--and stay tuned for the opening auction date for the 2014 Auction #56. You can see more of what's coming at their website link above or by visiting: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/03/more-sneak-peeks-from-yesterdays-visit.html

Anyway this vintage house trailer reminded us of Howard Lamey's latest putz creation--you can see that here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_20.html

Better late than never: ESOTRE, FAQ, from Paul Race http://familychristmasonline.com/other_holidays/easter/eostre_faq.htm

CAPE CANVERAL ROCKET, POSSIBLY 60'S, 70'S toy http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2014/05/cape-canaveral-rocket.html

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ADVENTURES--AND GREAT FINDS--LOTS OF PHOTOS--FROM ROB & MONICA'S ADVENTURES! http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2014/05/memorial-day-weekend.html

WANT MORE VINTAGE? GO HERE http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_27.html

AGENDA FOR 6/2/14 VILLAGE BD. OF TRUSTEES MEETING INCLUDES EXEC SESSION ON THE CLOSED WASTE TRANSFER STATION SITE

The agenda for the 6/2 board meeting is now online. You can read the agenda here http://bit.ly/1oT13O5

On the agenda is a request from the Village Manager to go into executive session to update the board on the 1A Croton Point litigation. (The former Metro Enviro waste transfer site.)

If you're confused and don't understand what this litigation is about, there's a good reason. Read all about it here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/an-important-letter-regarding-village.html

CROTON TO MODIFY ZONING LAW FOR HUD??? THE DAILY VOICE

As many of you know, HUD, the monitor has deemed that Croton (by way of Harmon re-zoning, the mayor has admitted that the village got into trouble over the special permit in Harmon re-zoning, an issue the board was repeatedly warned about by residents--they were warned about the bedroom restrictions provision too) is one of several communities that engage in "exclusionary" zoning.

You may therefore have an interest in this article. It goes without saying that our officials continue to say next to nothing to the public about what comes next. Freedom of Information requests have been submitted; awaiting responses.

EXCERPTS FROM THE DAILY VOICE ARTICLE ON HUD, THE HOUSING SETTLEMENT, POSSIBLE LAW CHANGES; click on the link below to read the entire article:

"On the other hand, the Town of Mamaroneck has modified its zoning and been removed from the list of seven. Of the six remaining, five have been talking to Johnson, without the county’s involvement, to help remove its exclusionary zoning, Kaplowitz said.

“We understand many of these communities are right on the cusp of, and in fact will be legislating some changes to their exclusionary zoning,” he said.

While Croton, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, the Town of Ossining and Pelham Manor have all started those talks, Harrison “isn’t as far along,” according to Kaplowtiz.

The hope is that when Johnson completes his report in August that he will find no exclusionary zoning because the six communities will have modified their zoning. " 


READ MORE HERE
http://cortlandt.dailyvoice.com/politics/legislator-announces-break-westchester-hud-logjam-over-housing


YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-52914-update-on-175-old-post-road.html

1951: CROTON MEN CROSS ICE TO SAVE STRANDED YOUTHS

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 and from the GEORGE J. FERRIS collection, an amazing story from 1951: CROTON MEN CROSS ICE TO SAVE STRANDED YOUTHS - that deserved it's own post - click on the images. A lot of "old Croton" in here.

You may have also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-look-back-croton-all-volunteer-fire.html   


Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE 5/29/14 GAZETTE, THE MAYOR'S MEDICAL BENEFITS, AN INTERESTING BRIAN POWERS LETTER

UPDATED: THIS LETTER is now online @ http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-529-brian-powers-letter-disturbing.html

Regarding the mayor's taxpayer funded medical benefits of $20K plus: Today's 5/29/14 edition of The Gazette contains a new letter from resident Brian Powers. It picks up on his original "Shame on you" Mayor Wiegman 5/8/14 letter and contains a number of disturbing excerpts from emails written by the mayor in response to that 5/8 letter.

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

It just isn't Christmas without Chicago Flying Scout Roller Skates--the kind most of us learned to skate with--a great old ad from 1940. They were heavy--and noisy--with or without rubber tires--and this style dominated the market well into the sixties. Although many people saw them as dangerous, none of us remember falling (perhaps that's selective memory!). 

Followed by a wonderful still of Gene Tierney, circa 1946.  Truly one of the Hollywood's most beautiful and talented actresses. While some remember her best for "Laura", she will always be Mrs. Muir to others. You can see the trailer for The Ghost & Mrs. Muir here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN6S6FwT5HM

Click on the photos.

Paul has set up a new thread over at the Cardboard Christmas forums for Pete's vintage putz house collection items.  From time to time, he's sent a photo for posting--and now they will have a central location--only one on for now but we suspect that will change http://bit.ly/2heyAcx

If you like Victorian inspired nature "scrap reliefs", Blumchen has butterflies, amphibians and bugs available here  http://www.blumchen.com/scrap_pictures_shop_animals_pg3.html

A simply outstanding collection of vintage Christmas cards, some with very impressive mid century modern graphics https://www.flickr.com/photos/hollywoodplace/sets/72157638719243393/

Ah...Silly Putty http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/yes-virginia-silly-putty-can-still.html

SAMURAI RESTAURANT RE-OPENS 5/30/14

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As many of you know, Samurai Restaurant in Harmon suffered a kitchen fire some weeks ago. We are happy to report that renovations have been completed and they will re-open on 5/30/14. 

YES VIRGINIA, SILLY PUTTY CAN STILL ENTERTAIN A NEW GENERATION

Over the weekend we had the absolute pleasure of introducing a neighbor's child to Silly Putty--which they had heard of before--sort of--but had never seen. Would a child raised on today's electronics find it as interesting as we did back then? (And still do.)

Well we're happy to report that John loved the stuff though he wasn't exactly sure why! Maybe it's the tactile sensation, or the way it picks up newspaper images--or snaps crisply in half at certain angles--or bounces when rolled into a ball.  Whatever. For an hour at least, he played with something that didn't require batteries--or re-charging in an outlet. Good enough for us.

That got us to thinking about when Silly Putty first came out and....click on the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silly_Putty

p.s. We found it in Robbins on Grand St.

A 5/29/14 UPDATE ON 175 OLD POST ROAD NORTH

As many of you know, a recent response from the village to a foil request revealed numerous items detailing a possible plan for "shared housing" at 175 Old Post Road North, the former Bell Mansion. You can read the background info here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/single-room-occupancy-shared-housing.html  

For those who have inquired about whether or not there is any additional information, another freedom of information request was submitted to the village for the period 4/25/14 through 5/21/14. I received a response on 5/31; there was no additional information in it for 175 Old Post Road North sent by the village. 

2015 UPDATED, APRIL http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/03/westchester-mag-relive-gatsby-age-175.html

EVERYTHING CROTON SALUTES MATTHEW "MATT" PUCCI

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With all the bad news about "today's troubled youth", it's always refreshing to learn that yet another sweet and respectful boy you knew as a child, has become a sterling young man.  And so...

A BIG EVERYTHING CROTON SALUTE to Croton's own Matthew Pucci:

Now a senior at Virginia Tech, he currently serves in the Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC.  He was promoted to the position of Executive Officer of a Battalion and a member of the Sash & Saber Society.  (Click on the photo.) Having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Croton's Troop 28, he is involved in the Eagle Scout Society in Virginia, where they have raised funds to purchase school supplies for underprivileged schools around Blacksburg. Currently studying Business Information Technology, he has just been informed that he has received a pilot's slot when he graduates next May.  He'll graduate in the morning and will be commissioned in the Air Force in the afternoon. He is also currently volunteering with the EMS in Croton and served as color guard in the 2014 Croton Memorial Day Service--and a member of Chemical Engine in the Croton Fire Department.

In short, Matthew "Matt" Pucci is what we call a Croton Renaissance Man, forged by a strong and loving family, his church, his country and more. Hats off to you Matt!

But your editor will always remember the little boy who on more than one occasion, always had time for pug dogs and weeding, in exchange for a flower he could bring home to Mom.

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/01/from-croton-fire-dept-website-thank-you.html

PART 2, A LOOK BACK @ THE CROTON ALL-VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE 1930's & 1940's

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Courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society and from the GEORGE J. FERRIS collection:

PART 2, A LOOK BACK @ THE CROTON ALL-VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE 1930's & 1940's - Click on the scans below and stay tuned for more. SEE PART 1  HERE http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-look-back-croton-all-volunteer-fire.html

Please note we did our best to decipher the caption under the 1939 Croton Dam rescue article.
 
FOR MORE ABOUT YOUR ALL VOLUNTEER CROTON FIRE DEPT., VISIT https://www.facebook.com/CrotonFire

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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

Another great find from the days when your Firestone store sold more than just tires; this one is from 1946--click on the photos. Read more about memories of Firestone stores at Christmas here http://bit.ly/1it2zkL

David found a great site--lots of putz making inspiration by way of mid century modern doll houses  http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=649

Until today, we didn't know what a "Rolmonica" was; now we do: 

http://bit.ly/1heB4Rj

Mister Nostalgia has brought in a number of new items including some very retro inspired tree toppers--a trifle expensive but if you want a certain look...click on the link http://www.misternostalgia.zoovy.com/category/christmas.lights/

Want more vintage--Croton or otherwise? Go here  http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/mad-about-vintage-top-5-most-read.html

THE 1928 ROLMONICA, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Continuing our new Everything Croton series for 2014 - GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - we bring you the latest from 1928: THE ROLMONICA! 

Patented in 1928 and made of Bakelite, the Rolmonica was billed as a "Pocket Player Piano". Click on the photo to read all about it--with thanks to Sister M. for her archived copy.

Want to see the Rolmonica in action, click on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2c9IFClFKc

SEE PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS OF THIS SERIES HERE: