Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Harold's "mini antique fire equipment and memorabilia" museum is a real highlight at the annual Croton Fire Fair--and a favorite destination of collectors and children alike. (Click on the photo to see Lockwood at the 2014 Fair--see your editor's photos from his "mini-museum" here http://bit.ly/1O51mVd)
And in 2016, Lockwood (and Patrick Calcutti) were honored for their service to the department http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/03/harmon-engine-co-no-3-honors-pat.html
YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY SEEING SOME CIRCA 1900 FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT EPHEMERA http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/06/circa-1900-fire-fighting-equipment.html
Monday, August 28, 2017
HISTORIC DUMMY LIGHT IN UPPER VILLAGE VANDALIZED...(click on the photo to see village efforts to remove the recently applied graffiti). Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact the Croton Police Department at 271-5177.
For more about the history of the Dummy Light, visit http://www.crotonfriendsofhistory.org/dummy-forever/
Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.
AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE--courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of The Croton Historical Society--FIRE AT STARLIGHT LANES--November 1983. Click on the images below.
See a complete index to the Starlight Lanes postings at Everything Croton, here: https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2020/06/an-index-2-starlight-lanesbowling-posts.html
THE CROTON KNITTER & CROCHETER TOO...Each month (HOPEFULLY!), there'll be new books, links, techniques, local meet-ups, fascinating info, vintage items and more...(click on the photo from 1916---Berlin, knitting Christmas gifts, World War One).
First up, a reminder from local knitting artisan Deb Tomasello--If you want to learn to knit or crochet, refresh your skills, or learn new-to-you techniques, Deb can teach you, free of charge. Come join her and the Croton Gab ‘n’ Knit group. They meet at The Black Cow in Croton on Wednesday and Friday mornings, from 9:30 to 11:00, and on Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:00. They are an obligation-free group who meet for the joy of knitting, crocheting, drinking coffee, and gabbing. Come and go at will. Feel free to email Deborah@colorworksbydebi.com for additional information.
Next up, some of our favorite kntiting--and crochetting--blogs:
--TWENTY CROCHET BLOGS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2017/01/crochet-blogs/
--THE TWISTED YARN https://thetwistedyarn.com/
THE LATEST SOCK PATTERN FROM DEB IS available on RAVELRY http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/what-the-world-needs-now-2
SEE THE LAST EDITION OF THE VILLAGE KNITTER HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/05/may-2017-croton-knitter-and-crocheter.html
AND ONCE AGAIN, FOR FANS OF WHEN THE NIDDY NODDY OPERATED IN CROTON: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/11/by-special-request-index-to-niddy-noddy.html
and 9/3 @ HILLTOP, SPIN & KNIT http://crotonnyevents.suburbanguides.com/event/spin-knit-6/?instance_id=81067
Sunday, August 27, 2017
WITH LABOR DAY 2017 around the corner, your editor thought you'd enjoy this blast from Croton Labor Day Past...1929...click on the images below...there's Holy Name of Mary, the American Legion, the Fighting 69th, Croton Point Park and more....
Friday, August 25, 2017
The Duck Pond continues to look wonderful---click on the photo--and with a phragmites control program now in place, your editor was pleased to see more cattails than ever this summer season.
Click on the link to see a quick Flickr photo album: AUGUST 2017 DAYS AT THE DUCK POND https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/albums/72157687958680376
YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY: ON (GOLDEN) DUCK POND, A PHOTO ALBUM COURTESY OF CROTON UNITED http://tiny.cc/2hn0my
AND THE CROTON ARBORETUM, AN EXTENSIVE PHOTO ALBUM, courtesy of Croton United http://tiny.cc/ge79my
Thursday, August 24, 2017
AND IN THE MEANTIME: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/congratulations-to-dessertist-winner.html
A: Wow. Sorry you are disappointed.You've moved to Croton-on-Hudson, a small village that was recently cited as one of the safest communities in NYS (read more courtesy of Croton United here http://tiny.cc/h9ucmy) and with one of the finest area school districts (croton-harmonschools.org) It appears, however, that these things did not factor into your decision to move here.
But I digress..."Village government" consistently provides much in the way of "free entertainment" for children, as does the Croton Library--year round. Croton is also home to numerous parks and playgrounds. (Please consult the village and library websites for additional information.)
Croton has had "stores for children"---clothing, toys, hobby--all have failed in recent years. Among the reasons cited by the owners of these stores were a lack of community support, online shopping etc. That being said, you are certainly "free" to open the kind of businesses you believe will succeed here.
As for "healthy" eating options, we have been down this road before. Read more here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/05/from-everything-croton-mailbox.html
And if all this isn't enough to quell your "disappointment": Here's a wrap up of Croton's businesses that made BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2017/Westchester Magazine, courtesy of Croton United https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/photos/a.315869625236742.1073741828.315297801960591/819258358231197/?type=3&fref=mentions
ON AUGUST 19TH, LOCAL CROTON BAND "WITHOUT A NET" (CLICK ON THE PHOTO) HELD A BENEFIT CONCERT TO RAISE MONEY FOR JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH. Read all about SUMMER JAM 2017 here:
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
MORE FROM THE EARLY STAGE CAREER OF ONE OF CROTON'S MOST NOTABLE RESIDENTS: FAY BAINTER. This is from 1915. The New York Tribune--ARMS AND THE GIRL. Click on the images below. The play would later be made into a film starring Billie Burke https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_and_the_Girl_(film)
For more about Fay Bainter http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/04/remembering-actress-and-croton-resident.html
A NEW LOOK AT CROTON DINER---new steps, both sides--at the front entrance--and paint too (love the powder blue accents!) Click on the photo.
For more, visit https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-special-request-croton-colonial-diner.html
Monday, August 21, 2017
Your editor was delighted to see that the Croton Fire Department's new series--“Member Spotlight Monday”--is dedicated to 73 Year Member and Department Safety Officer, Mr. John Giglio. You can read and see more photos, courtesy of the department's FB page here http://bit.ly/2vXO0ou
Click on the photo to see John at a 2009 Memorial Day event. John and his wife Louise, are also active members of The Croton Historical Society http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/05/meet-volunteers-almost-everybody-from.html
A reader reminded us that one of the village's most notable residents, Edward Rondhtaler, passed away on August 19th in 2009. In his honor, some Rondthaler postings at Everything Croton are listed below--click on the photo to see a younger Rondthaler during the village's 75th Anniversary celebrations:
--1977 Rondthaler Pushes Soundspel http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/1977-rondthaler-pushes-spelling-system.html
--An index to the Rondthaler scrapbook postings at Everything Croton http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/12/by-special-request-index-to-edward.html
--Rondthaler's wire sculptures at The Croton Library http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/09/ed-rondthalers-wire-sculptures-of.html
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The middle section of the Vassallo (Merwyn Oak) lot will now be free parking after 6pm on weekdays and free 2 hour parking all day Saturday. Because there is less need for employee parking after 6, there should still be sufficient spaces for holders of employee permits.
Mayor Schmidt is glad that the change is necessary: “We were getting feedback that there were not enough public spaces since more people are coming to eat in the evening. READ MORE HERE http://bit.ly/2wuo5qD
Read more here http://nyp.st/2ii88OL
AND here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Lewis
CLICK ON THE AD FOR LEWIS (and Stella Stevens too) IN 'THE NUTTY PROFESSOR'.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
See the entire set here, courtesy of Scottg http://bit.ly/2wcngmt
FOR MORE MID-CENTURY MODERN CHRISTMAS, A YOUTUBE VIDEO--A 1960'S CHRISTMAS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pGLqWOLhTo
AND NOW A LITTLE CROTON SCANDAL...1891...THE ELOPER RETURNED FOR MORE PLUNDER...A Croton Scandal, A Faithless Employee, Gab Street and more...from the New York Herald--February 22, 1891--click on the images below.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Thanks to Rob Armanini of FEED THE BIRDS! for this great shot of a monarch butterfly visiting the village's flower barrels in Harmon. (CLICK ON THE PHOTO.) Lantana is not only beautiful but attracts butterflies as well--on another note, this year's flowers have never looked better--thank you Mary http://bit.ly/2vqsPwE
AND FOR MORE ABOUT FEED THE BIRDS, BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2017 https://www.facebook.com/Feed-The-Birds-124684690934636/
Thursday, August 17, 2017
There's Herman's Hermits--click on the photo--vintage cooking and sports books, a pair of killer table lamps and an I LOVE LUCY quasi-connection too--and much more.
(By the way Vivian Vantz a.k.a. Ethel Mertz of I LOVE LUCY fame died this date in 1979.)
Click on the link for...A QUIET BEGINNING TO AUGUST! http://ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2017/08/a-quiet-beginning-to-august.html
AND IF YOU LOVE LUCY...http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/we-love-lucy.html
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The crown jewel of the Croton parks is the Croton Arboretum. Named in honor of Jayne Lytle, the 20 acre preserve has been maintained by neighborhood volunteers since being donated to the Village in 1991.
Deputy Mayor Bob Anderson serves as Trustee Liaison to the Village Parks Committee, and is a frequent visitor. “The Arboretum exists because of the dedication of several generations of current and former Croton residents” he says. “Current chair Karen Jescavage Bernard continues the tradition of leadership, and the donations made to the not-for-profit Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary enable preservation of these wetlands.” READ AND SEE MUCH MORE HERE https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/posts/845763922247307
UPDATED: PHOTOS COURTESY OF CROTON UNITED FROM THEIR GRAND OPENING http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/09/welcome-envy-hair-salon.html
MAKING MUSIC IN HARMON, PHOTOS COURTESY OF CROTON UNITED - New Croton residents Helen Trieu and Andrew Ostenfeld have opened the Croton Harmon Music Academy and are welcoming students and parents to their first workshop this weekend. Andrew is a teacher, composer and producer who has played piano from a young age. Deputy Mayor Bob Anderson stopped by for a tour and an impromptu drum session...READ AND SEE MORE HERE https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/posts/845319408958425
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
MORE FROM ONE OF CROTON'S MOST FAMOUS RESIDENTS--GLORIA SWANSON--I929--IN A "TALKIE"--"THE TRESPASSER". Click on the images below, courtesy of an Everything Croton Elve.
You may also have an interest in: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/08/silent-films-from-100-years-ago.html
and two photos here http://bit.ly/2zkC2sR
Monday, August 14, 2017
REMEMBERING OSCAR LEVANT: THE CROTON CONNECTION---and who died this date in 1972.
Having recently seen AN AMERICAN IN PARIS again---Levant played a Bohemian pianist, click on the 1951 ad for the film--we were reminded that he got his start--more or less--right here in Croton....at the Mikado Inn.
Click on the link to read all about it @ CROTON HISTORY & MYSTERIES http://crotonhistory.org/2013/04/17/oscar-levant-plays-the-mikado/
And here's Levant playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, considered one of the greatest concert pieces of all time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiI5WmiIVrY
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
We loved her in the 1953 romantic comedy HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, also starring Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable. Bacall was a very beautiful, multi-talented, and polished actress.
You may also enjoy: Remembering Humphrey Bogart everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/01/remembering-great-humphrey-bogart.html
Friday, August 11, 2017
From 1882, AN AD FOR THE ORGANETTE--an orchestra in every home! The Organette was a mechanical free-reed instrument first manufactured in the late 1870s by several companies such John McTammany of Cambridge MA, the Autophone Company of Ithaca NY, and many other manufacturers worldwide. The organette (or orguinette) used rolls of perforated paper, perforated cardboard, perforated metal disks and wooden rollers (or "cobs") on which the music was recorded. Click on the photo. Read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organette
SEE THE LAST EDITION OF GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/10/gone-but-not-forgotten-matchbook.html
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
FRATELLI'S TRATTORIA, formerly HOPSCOTCH, is now open. Click on the photo, ALL rights reserved. Resident reviews are positive thus far. 271-1100 and here's their website: https://fratellistrattoria.com/
SEE MORE, COURTESY OF CROTON UNITED, HERE: FAMILY FRIENDLY FRATELLI'S OPENS IN THE UPPER VILLAGE https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited/posts/843101735846859
A: The house has real issues; it must also be made ADA compliant. The deck is also unsafe. These items will require hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. We have already seen that the cost for the new road was grossly underestimated by park proponents (previous administration estimated $12,000 for the new road and parking--the actual cost was well in excess of $200,000 instead.) It remains to be seen how this situation will play out in terms of cost. You should address any safety or additional concerns to the board.
UPDATED 3/7/18 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/03/highlights-only-3118-gouveia-gazette.html
Q: We're new in town and are disappointed that there are not more international food options. Can't the village force new businesses to have more variety?
A: Wow. You're joking right? No the village can't force more culinary "variety". Here's what Croton DOES have:
Croton has pizza, delis, Chinese food, Indian, Korean, Italian, Peruvian, Mexican, Latin Fusion, BBQ, Seafood, Japanese, Pub/Bistro, and an All-American diner. We have not one but TWO bakeries--BAKED BY SUSAN AND THE DESSERTIST, both of which made the BEST OF WESTCHESTER LIST 2017---and a donut franchise, HOT DIPPITY DONUTS--that's on the list too (see all of Croton's businesses that made BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2017 here, courtesy of the Croton United FB page http://bit.ly/2w8D8mr)
There are local farmers markets everywhere.
We also have prepared specialty foods at A&S http://aandsfoods.com/
Vegan and gluten-free options are available too http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/05/for-vegan-devotees-those-who-are-gluten.html
And once again: It takes courage to open a business anywhere including Croton. Let's stop wishing for more when we have so much--AND SUPPORT WHAT WE HAVE--or in the alternative, residents are always free to open the kind of businesses they want.
And...we're also one of the safest communities in NYS--thanks Croton United for posting http://tiny.cc/h9ucmy
Monday, August 7, 2017
Your editor first knew Iris through the local political scene and soon after, through our mutual love of animals. Iris often said that that she wanted to be remembered as the kind of person who never hesitated to confront party wrongdoing despite the consequences but more importantly, as someone who never turned her back on an animal in need. We met regularly at a friend's house for doggy play dates with her beloved Bo-bo (http://bit.ly/2vdrLup) and occasionally with the more spirited Gillie. Click on the photo to see Iris at the St. Augustine June festival in 2013.
From the Edward F. Carter funeral home website: Iris (nee Graves) Stevens D'Alvia, died at home, in Croton on Hudson, New York on the evening of August 5th, 2017 at the age of 77, in the arms of her daughters, surrounded by her pets. The cause of death was COPD. Iris was born on May 2, 1940, in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of 2, her family moved to Philadelphia, PA, where she later was a concert pianist with the Philadelphia Junior Philharmonic and an accomplished violist and painter. A graduate of Syracuse University in 1962, she moved to New York City where she began a career as an educator and publishing associate. In 1971, she returned home to Upper Westchester for good....Read the complete obituary here: http://bit.ly/2wlHBD0
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5-8PM at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 41 Grand St, Croton on Hudson, NY. Funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 9th at 11AM, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, also in Croton.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Boots” Howard Leroy Adams , 79 of Croton on Hudson, NY passed away on August 4, 2017. Howard was born to Howard L. and Lorraine E. (Sniffen) Adams, Sr. on March 13, 1938. Boots was predeceased by his beloved wife Nancy (Stephens) Adams in January of 2016. Boots loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed spending his time at his home in Stony Creek, NY(Adirondacks) Boots is survived by his loving children Debbie Grewer (Paul), Noah L. Adams (Samantha Chiaro) and Jodi Anderson (Chris Warren), cherished grandchildren Amanda Parker (Eric), Brittany Grewer, Noah Jr. and Dennis Adams, and Jordan Anderson, great grandson Asher, and sister in law Arlene Adams. He is also survived by siblings Lorraine Pennington (Mark), Larry Adams (Nancy), Karen Cummins (John), and Jeannie Ruh (Pete). Boots was predeceased by his brother Guy B. Adams. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the EDWARD F. CARTER FUNERAL HOME, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Cremation Services will be Private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehabilitation Center, www.sunshinechildrenshome.org/
Saturday, August 5, 2017
BY SPECIAL REQUEST--MORE CROTON IN 1983--September 1983 to be exact. Courtesy as always of the outstanding archvies maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW AND ENJOY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE.