Sunday, November 29, 2015

PHOTOS, 2015 CROTON LIONS CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY

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

A REAL SLICE OF SMALL TOWN CROTON LIFE--the way we like it: The annual Croton Lions Christmas Tree Sale started today.

And...a bevy of volunteers arrived this morning to unload the tractor trailer: the Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys Basketball Teams--Croton Cheerleaders--and Boy Scout Troop 28 too--and other Crotonites too numerous to mention. Of course, Don Daubney threw out the traditional "first" tree. Click on the photos below and enjoy...all rights reserved...and remember, this ongoing fundraiser raises money for the Croton Lions' many charitable endeavors. 

For more about the Croton Lions, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Croton-Lions-Club/57347153475

HOURS FOR SALE - WEEKDAYS 9-7 AND WEEKENDS 9-5

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A SPECIAL REQUEST: DECEMBER 1960 IN CROTON - PART 2

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

Your editor had a special request in the Spring from a former resident now living in Vegas: their last year in Croton (before the family moved out west was in December 1960)--and so...since we've been asked...we're going to feature an ongoing series throughout the month of December 2015 that will be filled with posts about Croton in December 1960...Click on the images below for PART 2. Stay tuned for more. Alas the rest of the article about Coach Dan Farrell and the Croton basketball team is missing...

SEE PART ONE HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-special-request-december-1960-in.html

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

Well, you've no doubt dragged out the boxes of vintage Christmas: the houses;  the ornaments; the lights...It's a little like seeing old friends again...

Which reminded your editor of this outstanding blast from vintage putz house past: the amazing Christmas village of J. St. Pierre.  Click on the photo.

Your editor spent a half hour trying to get the pre-lit artificial tree lights to work again; this was NOT fun--as it turned out, a strand of dead LED lights was the culprit, rendering the rest of the tree dark...problem solved! But not without quite a bit of colorful language along the way...stay tuned...

Check out this 1952 French Christmas toy catalog http://www.flickr.com/photos/39495180@N07/sets/72157628127948461/with/6394616143/ 

Love this site---a page full of Victorian inspired Christmas reproduction pop up cards, message fans, die cuts and more https://carriagegifts.hostasaurus.com/Xmas.html 

Martha Stewart takes a tour of the National Christmas Center; you have to endure a commercial first however http://www.marthastewart.com/252802/christmas-center 

Check out this 1949 Christmas tree dripping with tinsel http://on.fb.me/1XzI0HH 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS: A LOOK BACK AT DIRECTOR ERNST LUBITSCH http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/from-our-friends-european-film-star.html 

WANT MORE VINTAGE CHRISTMAS, including matchless stars, putz houses and more? Go here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/09/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_9.html 

And for those who may be visiting the Croton area during Advent...  http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-advent-experience-at-crotons-asbury.html

Friday, November 27, 2015

AT LAST... THE WAIT IS OVER: EVERY VOTE COUNTS.....ONCE IT'S BEEN COUNTED

From the Croton United website; this has also been posted on their Facebook page:  EVERY VOTE COUNTS...ONCE IT'S BEEN COUNTED 

November 27, 2015 - We’ve been waiting for the Westchester County Board of Elections to count the absentee ballots and certify the final results of the election that was held more than three weeks ago. We’re pleased to announce that the tally of village absentee ballots, which were only counted Tuesday, have overwhelmingly supported Croton United's candidates. 

The results are below, but we first want to note that this lengthy delay in finalizing the village election—along with the election night debacle that resulted in wholly incorrect vote counts being reported both on television and online—leads us to believe that the village may have made an error when village elections were moved from March to November approximately four years ago. When we controlled our elections the final results, including the tally of absentee ballots, were counted and announced on the evening of Election Day. READ and SEE MORE HERE http://www.crotonunited.org/blog-n/2015/11/27/every-vote-counts-once-its-counted

You can also keep track of Croton United at https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited

FROM OUR FRIENDS @ EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS: DIRECTOR ERNST LUBITSCH

ONE HOUR WITH YOU, CLICK ON THE PHOTO
The latest from our friends at EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS:

EFSP'S DAZZLING DOZEN: THE LUBITSCH TOUCH 

German-American director Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) had the reputation of being Hollywood's most elegant and sophisticated director. His films were promoted as having ‘the Lubitsch touch.’ In the 1910s, he had started out as an actor and director in the silent cinema of the Weimar republic. In Berlin, he made his first masterpieces with stars like Ossi Oswalda, Henny Porten and Pola Negri. Today on EFSP, twelve dazzling postcards with the Lubitsch Touch. READ MORE HERE http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2015/11/efsps-dazzling-dozen-lubitsch-touch.html

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A SPECIAL REQUEST: DECEMBER 1960 IN CROTON - PART 1

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

Your editor had a special request in the Spring from a former resident now living in Vegas: their last year in Croton (before the family moved out west was in December 1960)--and so...since we've been asked...we're going to feature an ongoing series starting today and throughout the month of December 2015 that will be filled with posts about Croton in December 1960...Click on the images below. Stay tuned for more.

And of course, all this would not be possible without the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. If you are not yet a member, become one today! You can download the form here--it's ten dollars well spent! And makes an excellent gift too: http://www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/Public_Documents/CrotonHudsonNY_WebDocs/HistoricalSociety/HSMembership.pdf

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE BLIZZARD OF 1960 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-blizzard-of-1960-in-croton.html

UPDATED--SEE PART 2 OF DECEMBER 1960 IN CROTON HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-special-request-december-1960-in_28.html 

AND NOW IT'S TIME 4 THE LATEST "SALING" ADVENTURES OF ROB & MONICA AND THEIR ADVENTURES AMONGST THE DUCKS

If you're a baby boomer, you will remember those "nonsensical" and fun songs that popped up every Christmas season--there was Dominick the Donkey a.k.a. Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey--written by Ray Allen, Sam Saltzberg and Wandra Merrel--and sung by Lou Monte in 1960. You can read more about it here http://bit.ly/1MQZjPz

And then there was...Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer...originally produced in 1979. You can read all about that one here http://bit.ly/1P8JhGn

Both songs can also be found on YouTube.com - Well...Rob and Monica recently found a copy of the record on their latest "saling" adventures...among other things of course - click on the photo.

Read more here: THE FIRST FULL WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER - Click on the link http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-first-full-weekend-of-november.html

Monday, November 23, 2015

1950 CROTON GIRL SCOUT NEWS

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

BY SPECIAL REQUEST AND COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1950 GIRL SCOUT NEWS. Click on the images below. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

HENRY HECKMANN, FORMER AUTO RACING CHAMP, OPENS NEW HARMON GARAGE - 1949

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

COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY--AND BY SPECIAL REQUEST, a look back at a special Crotonite:

HECKMAN, FORMER AUTO RACING CHAMP, OPENS NEW HARMON GARAGE - 1949

CLICK ON THE PHOTOS BELOW. Washington Engine Company is also mentioned. Heckman was also a member of the Croton Lions and Croton Rotary.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

2015: CROTON ROTARY DELIVERS 160 TURKEYS TO FOOD PANTRY

The Croton Rotary Club members and guests delivered 160 frozen turkeys to the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry – an annual tradition. 

Pictured from left to right are: Bryan Deyo, Nicole Douglas, Mark Bass, Bailey Bass, Keith Douglas, Anthony Tramiglini, Dan O'Conner, Ron Jensen, Pete Drexler, Cynthia Lippolis and Mark Franzoso.  Click on the photo. The food pantry means, especially at Thanksgiving, so much to so many needy people in the Croton area and the Rotary club is proud to support its efforts.

FOR MORE ABOUT THE CROTON ROTARY, VISIT THEIR FB PAGE AT https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Croton-on-Hudson/130964137093077 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN: http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-three-most-read-2014-croton-rotary.html

CROTON'S GLORIA SWANSON FEATURED @ EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS!

As many of you know, actress Gloria Swanson was one of Croton's most famous residents...so we were delighted to see that our friends at European Film Star Postcards featured her in one of their IMPORTED FROM THE USA postings...

Click on the link below to see some never before seen postcards (we'll make sure our Croton Historical Society knows all about it) and video too...click on the photo to see a German postcard.

BUT BEFORE YOU DO, 1924 PHOTOS FROM HER CROTON ON HUDSON HOME ARE HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/02/1924-photos-from-gloria-swansons-croton.html

FROM EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS - IMPORTED FROM THE USA - GLORIA SWANSON

American actress Gloria Swanson (1899–1983) is best known for her role as the reclusive silent film star Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1950). Swanson herself was one of the most prominent stars and fashion icons during the silent film era. She often played under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille, but also produced her own films, including Sadie Thompson (1928). Her fashion, hair styles, and jewels were copied around the world and by the middle 1920s, she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. In France she made her personal favourite of all her films, the now lost Madame Sans-GĂȘne (1925).  READ MORE HERE http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2015/11/imported-from-usa-gloria-swanson.html

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY READING:
--GLORIA SWANSON, THE CROTON CONNECTION PART ONE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/03/did-you-know-that-actress-gloria.html
--PART TWO http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/07/part-2-actress-gloria-swanson-croton.html

Friday, November 20, 2015

EFSP'S DAZZLING DOZEN: THE EURO-SPY CRAZE

The latest from our friends at European Film Star Postcards:

EFSP'S DAZZLING DOZEN: THE EUROSPY CRAZE 

During the 1960s, the hugely successful James Bond film series initiated a new European film genre, the Eurospy film. In 1964, two years after the release of the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), and the same year of the release of Goldfinger (1964), a large wave of espionage films was released. These European international co-productions imitated and/or parodied the 007 films. 

Read more here http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2015/11/efsps-dazzling-dozen-eurospy-craze.html

Click on the photo to see a great Sean Connery postcard and his lovely ladies. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

MORE FROM CROTON'S GOLDEN JUBILEE 1898-1948

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

In 1948, Croton on Hudson celebrated its “Golden Jubilee” (50 years, 1898-1948). From September 19th through the 26th, the village held parades, dances, concerts, science and art exhibitions, the list goes on and on. Your editor put up a slideshow back in 2012 -- you can see it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157629728683773/show/ 

And well...as promised...although three years later(!), here's more. Click on the images and enjoy. Courtesy as always of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society. These are all from a special section in the Croton-on-Hudson News--Sept. 24, 1948. Crotonites Leon J. Quick and Julian B. Moss are mentioned, as well as a history of Bethel Chapel that includes the legend of George Washington's visit. There will be more.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DAILY VOICE - FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES COMMITTEE RULES FOR CROTON UNITED

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

CROTON UNITED IN THE NEWS: THE DAILY VOICE, JAMES O'ROURKE 11/17/15 - FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES COMMITTEE RULES FOR CROTON UNITED

CROTON-On-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee has found that a mailer and Facebook statement issued by Croton-On-Hudson Democrats in the week before this month's elections were "unfair."  The ruling, made public in a press release issued by the committee on Friday, came as a result of a complaint filed by Gregory Schmidt, Croton's village mayor.

According to the release , Schmidt alleged the village's Democrats were incorrect in stating that "Croton United’s Schmidt raised taxes by an average of more than 8 percent a year – a cumulative total of more than $6 million in additional taxes.”  READ MORE OF THE ARTICLE HERE http://cortlandt.dailyvoice.com/politics/fair-campaign-practices-committee-rules-for-croton-united/604528/ 

YOU CAN ALSO READ MORE AT THE CROTON UNITED WEBSITE http://bit.ly/1PyYlgt

NEW FROM EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS, CLAUDIA CARDINALE

From our friends at European Film Star Postcards, a two-part series--with videos and lots of images--about actress Claudia Cardinale. She's long been one of our favorites from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and THE LEOPARD with Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and others:

"Italian actress Claudia Cardinale (1938) is one of Europe's iconic and most versatile film stars. The combination of her beauty, dark, flashing eyes, explosive sexuality and genuine acting talent virtually guaranteed her stardom. Her most notable films include the classics (Federico Fellini, 1963), Il Gattopardo (Luchino Visconti, 1963), and Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968). Cardinale's film career is a major one and there are too many great postcards of her for just one post"

SEE PART 1 HERE http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2015/11/claudia-cardinale-part-1.html
SEE PART 2 HERE http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2015/11/claudia-cardinale-part-2.html

Monday, November 16, 2015

2ND ELECTION IN A ROW: WESTCHESTER COUNTY FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES COMM. RULES THAT CROTON DEMS ENGAGED IN UNFAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

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

FROM THE CROTON UNITED WEBSITE - 11/16/15 

For immediate release - Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee Rules 
That Croton Democratic Party Engaged in Unfair Campaign Practices

Ruling on a complaint by mayor-elect Gregory Schmidt, the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee has found “unfair” statements made by the Croton Democratic Party in both a mailer and online during the last week of the recent Village of Croton-on-Hudson elections. This is the second consecutive election in which the committee has cited the Croton Democratic Party for unfair practices.

The most recent complaint relates to Gregory Schmidt’s record on taxes during his previous terms as mayor from 2006 to 2009. READ MORE HERE http://www.crotonunited.org/blog-n/2015/11/16/westchester-county-fair-campaign-practices-committee-rules-that-croton-democratic-party-engaged-in-unfair-campaign-practices

Sunday, November 15, 2015

THE BLIZZARD OF 1960 IN CROTON-ON-HUDSON

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

And now...courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, a look back at....THE BLIZZARD OF 1960 IN CROTON. Click on the scans below. 

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY: A COLD WINTER'S DAY IN CROTON 1973 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-cold-winters-day-in-croton-1973.html