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Author: Damaris Vega - Of So Ozone Park, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 30 December 2003.

ks Igrew up in south Richmond hill, 107th ave. 133rd street. Went to PS121 and attended St Teresa church. Went to the Lefferts movie house and the old Casino on Liberty ave. Pruezers ice cream parlor and Nicks. Remember the old Fulton Flyer at Liberty and lefferts. This was before the A train I was born in 1939 and attended school at Ps121 from 1944 to 1953.Is any one around from those days to share some memories?


Author: russell morea - Of smithtown, new york.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 28 December 2003.

Happy Holidays to all our members and guests! - from richmondhillhistory.org


Author: Dennis Doyle, webmaster - Of Richmond Hill, NY, US.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 27 December 2003.

My great grandfather, Ronald Gillies, moved his family from Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Richmond Hill sometime after 1910. Ronald was a dockworker. His wife's name was mary elizabeth ("Lizzy"). Children included; Archie (actor/vaudevillian who had a wife/partner, Elinore/Eleanor), "Bella" (Sr. Manuella), Francis, Richard/Duncan, Florence, Vincent. Albert Campbell, the recording star was my great grandmother's brother. Ronald died at Rockaway in 1923. He lived at Hillside Avenue.


Author: David Gillies - Of Haworth. NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 22 December 2003.

RKO Keith’s 1962

How grand it was, the RKO Keith’s on Northern Blvd in Flushing. For many years prior, it was well know as the Vaudeville House of Long Island. The theatre was truly magnificent being the second largest theater in New York State. The Keith’s had seating for 3500 people. Radio City is still the only theatre that tops it with seating for 5000.

As you approached the RKO, with its grand Marquee, large brass and glass doors and outside ticket booth, you just knew you would be in for a real treat. For 85 cents you could watch two movies and a cartoon or newsreel. Of course if you wanted to splurge, with your date and sit in the balcony lounge, it would cost you a $1.15.

Once you bought your ticket at the outside booth you would pass through the outside brass and glass doors into the outer lobby where you were greeted by a doorman. On busy weekends you could also purchase tickets from another cashier at the inner ticket booth on the right. The doorman / ticket taker would take your ticket, tear it in half, give you half and put the other half into the collection stand.

Once you past the doorman your RKO Theatre experience would begin. A large and ornate water fountain, with water spitting from it to its pool below, stood in the center of the grand lobby. On the right was the men’s rest room which had and enormous sitting area, like an old library, before entry to the lavatory. On the left was the woman’s room, adorned much the same. The candy concession was also on the left.

There were two curved staircases that rose to the upper lobby and second rest rooms. On this level you would also find additional seating for relaxing while you might wait for your date. From the upper lobby you could look down to the fountain and entrance doors or enter the balcony lounge or take the ramp to the upper balcony “heavens”.

Now whether you entered the auditorium through the main lobby on the ground floor or the balcony lounge or “heavens” from the upper lobby, you would be greeted by a well dressed usher or usherette in uniform who would escort you to your seat with flashlight in hand.

It was my first job, at age sixteen, and Gregory Peck’s film “To Kill a Mockingbird” was just released, but to this day it brings back the fondest memories of an era long gone. Dressed in a two toned blue uniform with gold epaulettes and braid, and a white cardboard dickey and black bowtie, you would be treated like royalty. We were dressed similar to the Cadets at West Point (which, by the way is now the second largest theater in New York with 4000 seats), but with heavy wool uniforms and spit polished black leather shoes.

And now your real experience began as you entered the theater itself from the lobbies to what felt like a grand outdoor stadium The RKO had a huge domed blue ceiling with projections of moving clouds. To this day there is nothing that could recreate that feeling of openness and opulence. I was told that, back in the Vaudeville days, the Keith’s Grand Wurlitzer Pipe Organ would rise up to stage level with Bernie at the organ.

Backstage and behind the theatre’s huge screen would stand tremendous speakers, some ¾ the height of the screen. There also could be found the dimmer levers that would control the house lights. You knew this was a true Vaudeville house when you would see the dressing rooms with names on the doors from many of the states across America. In the basement there were additional dressing rooms, one of which I had being Chief of Staff of the Ushers at that time. My room had a full bathroom and large dressing area, much the size of many of today’s studio apartments. In the basement could also be found the large water cooled air conditioning plant with a blower room and blower that would stand many stories high. It took all your strength to open the door to the room with the system on.

My fondest memories of that point in time was when I had the honor of meeting Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, who made a stage appearance for their movie. And although The RKO Keith’s has landmark status it is sad that it will never again be as it once was. I am, however, grateful and honored to have been part of such a most glorious point in time.


Author: Vincent J. OLeary - Of Nanuet, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 21 December 2003.

Correction- As I look at the ring in better light, the date is 69 not 65!


Author: robb - Of idaho, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 16 December 2003.

Recently I traveled to Vietnam. While there I was introduced to a Viet Cong soldier who wanted to show off his "treasures" from the Viet Nam war. He showed me pieces of jewelry and other items supposedly taken from imprisoned or killed American soldiers. Amongst these was a class ring Richmond Hill High School Class of 65. I would like to reunite it with its' owner or family. Anyone out there who can give me a lead with this I would appreciate it!


Author: robb geesen

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 16 December 2003.

I grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens, and went to school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. This iS great site


Author: Teresa DeSciscio - Of Fort Worth, Texas.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 13 December 2003.

i attended richmond hill hs during the 80's and found some long lost friends through these sites on richmond hill. thank you for keeping theses sites together for all of us!


Author: Richard Ramos - Of Ozone Park, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 13 December 2003.

Hi,

In response to the previous messages. I attended P.S.90 from 1958-1966. I also remember Miss Cummings in the 3rd. grade. I also remember Miss Clark-Duff, Miss McGuirk, Mr. Bonelli, Miss Hudley. Do any of these teachers ring a bell?

Meredith


Author: Meredith Hoell DeLorenzo - Of Bellmore, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 6 December 2003.

Is there anyone who may assist me w/a digital camera? I used to live at 85-44 111th st between myrtle and 86th ave. My parents just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and i would love to get them a picture of our house as it is today. If someone could email me the pic I would be more than happy to pay for you efforts. Thx. Paul


Author: paul galbraith - Of w.haverstraw, ny

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 5 December 2003.

Im a real estate appraiser in Richmond Hill often and like it. Ive been reading everything I can on Richmond Hill.


Author: Bill Hans - Of Wantagh, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 5 December 2003.

Great site! Enjoyed the slide show very much!! I used to live in Richmond Hill and would appreciate info on my OLD HOUSE. The address in the late seventies was 94-11 Hollis Court Blvd in Richmond Hill. Two sory Dutch Colonial with Ionic columns, glassed in porch, fireplace. The door had a mail slot and the numbers of the house across the front. The house was white with green shutters and trim. Very beautiful, I remember it in great detail. I believe it was owned by a woman who's last name was "Dooley" before my family bought it in the seventies. I moved to Vermont when I was 9 or 10 and haven't seen the house since. It was great fun in that neighborhood...a woman named Mrs Sanchez threw block parties with rides for children, often these parties where fundraisers for a cause. I took ballet lessons at "JJ's Dance Studio" around the corner and attended PS 135. Any info ont he house or neighborhood would be greatly appreciated:-)


Author: Fabienne Nadeau, Vermont, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 4 December 2003.

Its great to find out about so much history on my neighborhood! Great Site.


Author: Thomas Burk - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 4 December 2003.

searching info on Forest Park's carousel brought me to this wonderful website. muchas gracias


Author: Enrique Martinez - Of Woodhaven, NY, United States.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 24 November 2003.

This historical society has done a great service by keeping us (the world) well informed on our favorite town!


Author: alexander ambrose - Of London , UK

This entry was recorded on Monday, 24 November 2003.

Great website! I attended PS 90 during the 60's and have many memories of living in Richmond Hill. I bookmarked this site and will visit again.


Author: Pamela Giambolvo - Of Freeport, Long Island , US

This entry was recorded on Monday, 24 November 2003.

In memory of my father,Irving Stelzer, who died in the Long Island train crash Nov 22, 1950.....


Author: stelzer arthur

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 24 November 2003.

Just enjoyed another visit to your site. The slide show comparing old Richmond Hill to today is great. Visited RH for the first time in years to attend the Sacred Choral concert in April. It was good to see how much the town still looks as I remember it. One of my earliest memories (I couldn't have been more than 2 or 3) is of attending Mass in Holy Child's old basement church before the present church was built, and later visiting the site and seeing the new church partly built without the roof or windows. I was impressed by the rather garish-looking new PS 51. I remember the Chinese restaurant on Hillside Ave near Jamaica Ave. We often had Sunday dinner there when I was a youngster, but never had Chinese food(!) They served an excellent 4-course filet mignon dinner for 95 cents. For years their menu listed consomme with needles (sic). There were four families near us in the neighborhood: the Batts, the Balls, the Bopps, and the Bangs! Incidentally, the Yonkers Glee Club, directed by Rev. Bob Sonnenberg will have its Winter concert on December 14th. For information visit our site at www.yonkersgleeclub.org.


Author: Dan Murphy - Of Yonkers, NY

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 23 November 2003.

It was a great surprise for me to find this site by searching the internet. I didn't think there would be much but I was really knocked out by how much information there is on this site about Richmond Hill. I never realized when I lived there that it holds so much history. I really enjoyed learning about the many places I used to live near and visited. Thank you for this website!


Author: Vicki Nelson - Of Tampa, FL , USA

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 22 November 2003.

I was born at Kew Gardens General Hospital and lived at The Windsor (although I remember it having a different name) 83-19 116th St. from 1948-1958 when my family moved to Woodstock,NY for a while and then all over the USA. My heart will always be in Kew Gardens and the memories I have of living there are wonderful. I went to PS 90 up to the 4th grade and then to Holy Child. Does anyone remember Miss Dawkins from PS 90? She was my 1st and 2nd grade teacher. I had Miss Cummings for 3rd grade and then Miss Schimmel who I was always in trouble with. I remember Rosen's Candy Store which became Shapiro's and Bandies and Wonderland. Big Park, little park and the Hillside Skating Rink. I took ballet lessons who lived in the building by the little park and there was a piano teacher Mrs. Kuhns across the street. There was a dry cleaners up on Metropolitan and Lefferts where my cousin John Bucci worked as a kid. Does anyone remember Marcia Cox, Debbie Rowan or Rowand, Bobby Greenberg, Linda Peglow, Gail Johnson or Ruth Olmstead? Dr.Kalina lived in the beautiful house on the corner of Mayfair and 116th. Does anyone remember Dr.Wogel? His office was in the building on the corner of Metropolitan and Audley St. We shopped at the Associated and always went down to Salerno's, the RKO and then Jahn's every Sunday. My maiden name was Barbara Broun but it was pronounced Brown so everyone thought it was Brown. I would love to come to the next reunion.
Barbara (Broun) Ulus
bbulus@aol.com


Author: Barbara Broun Ulus - Of Staten Island,NY , U.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 22 November 2003.

The slideshow is truly terrific. Thanks for this wonderful website!


Author: Robert Klein - Of San Diego, CA, US.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 18 November 2003.

Had two friends living in R.H. When I married moved to 102-33 85th Rd in 1954. A few houses down from P.S. 66. Our first daughter attended Kindergarten there. In 1961 moved to Suffolk County and cried for two years wanting to go back. In 1980 started doing family research and was surprised to learn my grandparents had lived on Greenwood (111 Street) in 1899 and my parents had lived on 102nd and my brother had attended P.S.66 in 1920. What a small world. Many fond memories of all the stores just east of 102nd on Jamaica Ave. Ice cream,bakery,meat,card stationary and A & P across the street.


Author: Dolores Gendron - Of Medford L.I., U.S.A.Had.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 November 2003.

You guys rock... Your slideshow of victorian richmond hill is truly awesome! Its always a pleasure visiting this site... Thanks!


Author: Brendan Galvin - Of Kew Gardens, NY, USA

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 November 2003.

i didn't realize this site existed. richmond hill has great history and i'm glad i found this site. i grew up in richmond hill and attended RHHS. congratulations to dennis doyle for a wonderful job on this site.


Author: valerie - Of elmhurst, us.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 November 2003.

Hi, I need some help. I am researching a company from Richmond Hill called "E.C. Noble" which made rustic Furniture in the late teens and 1920's. I have a great photo archive from the original owner, but not much more info, and wondering if anyone there has any more info to work with. Please email with any thoughts. Thanks.


Author: Gary Alexander - Of Oakland, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 10 November 2003.

richmondhillhistory.org is proud to announce the inclusion of "A Slidehow of Victorian Richmond Hill". This slide show is over 90 pages which shows images of before and after of the many homes and locations of Richmond Hill. This is a truly amazing show for all. View and enjoy the show here


Author: Dennis Doyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, US

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 10 November 2003.

This is a very cool site! Thanks for creating this fantastic journey through my old neighborhood.


Author: Alison Campbell - Of Portland, ME, USA

This entry was recorded on Monday, 10 November 2003.

It never occured to me that Richmond Hill would have a website and I was so pleasantly surprised!. My family, the Hardings, lived on 95th Avenue and 121 Street. We were members of St. Benedict's and I still think of Richmond Hill as the place where I grew up. Thanks for the website. I noticed a few familiar names. Good Luck to all.


Author: Susan Harding McGinn - Of Sound Beach, NY

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 10 November 2003.

just wanted to say hello all!


Author: Florence Carroll - Of ocala Florida, u.s.a.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 7 November 2003.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED ME FIND MY DAD. HE DIED IN THE 50'S AND I HADN'T KNOWN WHERE HE WAS BURIED UNTIL A FEW WEEKS AGO. I POSTED A NOTE TALKING ABOUT THE TRAIN ACCIDENT THAT MY DAD WAS IN ON THE LIRR BACK IN THE 50'S. THANKS TO THE INTERNET I FOUND OUT WHERE THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHICH THEN ALLOWED ME TO KNOW WHAT CITY MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFICE TO CONTACT. I HAD ALSO GOTTEN SUGGESTIONS FROM OTHERS WHO SAW MY NOTE WHICH HELPED ME STAY MOTIVATED AND NOT GIVE UP. I HAVE ALSO GAINED A FRIEND WHO HAS HELPED ME ALSO. THANK YOU JUDY. ALSO ED, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS.

SINCERELY,

JUDIE KEYS, C.C.H.

HEALERWOMAN@THEHEALINGTREE.NET


Author: JUDIE KEYS, C.C.H. - Of DENVER, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 6 November 2003.

I'm trying to find any information on my father, Joseph Wilson Baber. Born Aug. 3, 1914, died July 4, 1951. Performed and taught country music around Virginia. Was a guest on Old Dominion Barn Dance, and local theaters, etc. died at 36.


Author: Barbara Baber Sykes - Of Richmond, Va., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 6 November 2003.

Thanks to everyone who participated and attended the Richmond Hill Historical Society's Annual Fall Dinner Event and for making this year a memorable one!


Author: Dennis Doyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, US

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 5 November 2003.

the book is good and it has a good piece of writing


Author: samantha wiltshire - Of wales, uk.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 4 November 2003.

Found your site on Richmond Hill but looking for the one in Toronto. However its been very interesting reading about your history.


Author: Winston Harlan - Of New Brunswick, Canada

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 30 October 2003.

Great website, Great town, and Great friends!


Author: Yuri Mikhilov - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 29 October 2003.

There will be a reunion of all those who lived in K.G. or hung around there in the 50's ,60's, 70's, etc.It is on Nov. 15th. Contact me directly or read the Old Kew Gardens site for further info. It should be alot of fun.


Author: LILEOLEME, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 26 October 2003.

I recently moved to Richmond Hill and thought I'd search the net on my new home area and was quite impressed with its history. Thanks for such a wonderful site and I'm glad that I am now part of its future!


Author: Abdul - Of Richmond Hill, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 October 2003.

My family's history is recorded as having lived in Jamaica, New York for many years. William and Sarah Davis Sallyer (Salyer) along with Mr. Faulk Davis her father, lived and died in Queens...some day I will visit and relive these lovely places...thanks you for making the web site so nice to view and recall the olden times...Gerald Dee Salyer


Author: Gerald Dee Salyer - Of Corrigan, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 24 October 2003.

I grew up in richmond hill (1942-1958) and have a lot of great memories like sneaking on the ell and going to east new york and just goofin around,i also remember riding on the back of the trollys that ran on the ave. i lived on 114th st. and jamaica ave. over the corner restuant used to go to the garden theatre and for 5cts. we saw amovie 2 or 3 serials and abuot 10 cartoons boy those were the days, if anyone remembers me give a holler be glad to hear from you.


Author: Bob Benyak - Of La Mirada Calif., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 24 October 2003.

I just wanted to notify everyone of the passing of one the warmest and most gentle men I have ever known. He was a true friend to the Historical Society.He is Mr. Robert Parylak.
He will be missed deeply by us and the friends who knew him. He was the sweetest, most generous man, who loved his cats, Richmond Hill and The Church of the Resurrection. He contributed his own story for our book about Richmond Hill and you will find him as a little boy atop a pony in a picture on page 47. He had a heart of gold and I will never forget him. May you all know someone like him. May God bless that sweet soul.


Author: nancy cataldi - Of richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 October 2003.

Lived in Richmond Hill as a boy during the 1940's and still have the fondest memories of this town. Happy to learn about this website. Great information. Thank You!


Author: Jake Thielmann - Of Albany, NY, U.S.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 October 2003.

Im 17 and i have lived in richmond hill all my life... never moved or anything... i am part of Holy child Jesus Parish and was wondering if anyone knows exactly where Father Boilan Laid to rest.. i wanted to pay my respects of time when i felt at lost... If anyone knows and can help me out... E mail me


Author: Ashley

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 October 2003.

I moved to Richmond Hill with my parents in the winter of 1945 and lived there until graduating from college in June 1959. We lived near the corner of 102nd Street and 89th Avenue. I attended P.S. 66, P.S. 90, Richmond Hill High School and its Annex 56. When we first moved there a ride on the "el" cost five cents. Trolleys ran on Jamaica Avenue, Myrtle Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue. We could make a quick trip into "The City" or to Rockaway from the Brooklyn Manor station of the Long Island Railroad. I am in the midst of family history research and trying to refresh my memory. When we first moved to the area some of the stret signs still bore the older names of the streets. Seeing your list of older street names has brought certain questions to mind. I remember 102nd Street as Freedom Avenue. Your list gives that name to 103rd street. We called 102nd Street's extension into Forest Park as Freedom Drive. Also, P.S. 66 was formerly known as the Oxford School (but not in my time). Was there any relationship between the school's older name and Oxford Avenue, which is 104th Street? Did the school's property extend to that street at some time in the past? I'd appreciate an e-mail reply from one of your history buffs to possibly put me straight on these matters.


Author: Richard F. Thompson - Of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 16 October 2003.

I grew up in Richmond Hill and am glad to have found your website. Great site and great memories!


Author: Frank Esposito - Of San Francisco, CA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 14 October 2003.

You have a great website! My grandparents, many years ago, lived near 107th Avenue and 107th Street (not sure if Richmond Hill or Ozone Park). I wonder what the house and area look like today. Seeing your group listed brought back many happy times for me. Thank you.


Author: Nancy Stabell - Of Conklin, Broome.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 12 October 2003.

I'll never forget the fun I had going horse back riding in Forest Park at Dixie Dew! Thanks for keeping those memories alive...


Author: Steve Lorenzo - Of Boca Raton, FL, US

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 9 October 2003.

Hi everyone,
I used to hang out at 106th. street park playing handball with my sister Rosemary. We hung out with Corinne Coutlangus. Does anyone know how I can reach her? We lost contact with her after high school. Does anyone remember Leo, Walter, Billy Speckman or Dennis? They used to hang out at the park too. Please let me know, Meredith


Author: Meredith Hoell

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 9 October 2003.

My interest in Irish Americans brought me to this site. Just want to say hello and say that you have a most interesting town.


Author: Jarrad O'Leary - Of Dublin, Ireland.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 8 October 2003.

Great Site!!


Author: Toby Arianna - Of Norwalk, CT.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 6 October 2003.

I lived in R.H. in the 60's and remember Pruser's Jahns and everything else... Ex. Smokey Park Forest Park.
Great Site!!!!


Author: Diane Young - Of middletown, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 5 October 2003.

Thanks Doc,
I talked to my brother (also a Dr) later that day about the Plane Crash on Hillside, before I saw your reply, and he confirmed the rainy weather and location of the crash.
As I grew up in the area I experianced so many wonders. My memories are abundant, and I thank God for them. Be well Doc and thanks again.
Mike


Author: Mike Grimaldi - Of Rome, New york, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 October 2003.

This site is like my home away from home!


Author: Trudi Scanlon - Of Westport, CT USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 October 2003.

Wow its great to find this website on Richmond Hill, NY. Makes me proud to be a resident. Thanks


Author: Silvio - Of Richmond Hill,NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 October 2003.

Yes, Mike, there was an airplane crash on Hillside Ave. up near 174th Street on a rainy, cold Saturday morning.(I think it was in November) If you are familiar with that area, Hillside curves like an S between 168th St. and Midland Pkwy. and the north side of Hillside is the moraine so that north of Hillside is quite a bit higher up than south of Hillside. The plane was on its way into Idlewild (now JFK) and hit on the hill.


Author: Dr. John Rodgers - Of Valley Stream,NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 2 October 2003.

Hello Everyone,
Hope this transmission finds you well. I lived on 144 St. in Jamacia, Queens, NY. I was born in March, 1952, and in a conversation with my older sister was told that there was a plane crash in 1952 along Hilside Ave, east of Sutphin Blv. not to long after I was born. I tried to look for information on this crash, and came up with nothing. Does anyone remember this taking place? If so, can you reflect on the crash? I would like to know what happened. Thank you.


Author: Michael A. Grimaldi - Of New York, U.S..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 2 October 2003.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WEBMASTER, DENNIS DOYLE for a fantastic and uplifting makeover to our website....it just gets bigger and better!!!Thanks so much!
Nancy Cataldi
President


Author: nancy cataldi - Of RICHMOND HILL

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 2 October 2003.

Can you add more information on Jahn's? I used to go there all the time for my favorite banana split! Great site!


Author: Evelyn Gleason - Of Miami, FL, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 30 September 2003.

Dennis, the new web site format looks _very_ handsome. I'm jealous. Keep up the good work.


Author: Joseph De May - Of Kew Gardens, NY, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 29 September 2003.

Lived in RH 1958-70


Author: Patty Weisenfeld

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 29 September 2003.

Beautiful website!


Author: Tyler Paulson - Of Greenwich, NJ, US

This entry was recorded on Monday, 29 September 2003.

Dear Dennis,
Let me be the first to congratulate you for the BEAUTIFUL and INNOVATIVE newly refurbished Richmond Hill Website. It is done to perfection!
I am sure it took many hours of hard work!
Thank you very much.
Carl Ballenas


Author: Carl Ballenas - Of Jamaica Hills, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 29 September 2003.

In case you haven't noticed, richmondhillhistory.org is being redesigned for your viewing pleasures! Also just wanted to say that the Victorian Magic-Lantern Show was awesome which was held on Saturday, Sept. 27th at the Oak Ridge in Forest Park. In case you missed it, our next update will highlight the event.


Author: Dennis Doyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 29 September 2003.

Thanks for the memories? I really enjoyed them. I graduated from RHHS in 1970. I lived on 110 street off Atlantic Ave near the Boys Club. It was a great place to grow up! If anyone graduated in 1970, please email me at bubbies19@yahoo.com
Meredith Hoell DeLorenzo


Author: M. DeLorenzo - Of New York, U.S. A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 27 September 2003.

Ed, There was an article in the New York Times a few years back discussing the diversity of St Benedicts. It was a interesting article. The principle for the most part, when I was there, was Maryanne Mazzalla she was still there as of a few years back. Before her, I believe it was Sister Gene Ursala. I also know there were some teachers at benny's(Mrs Brusha) for 30+ years. That is didication. The parochial school system works extremly well in NY. I went to catholic HS in Manhattan as well, that to was a tremendious experence. Thanks for taking the time to write back.
Michael


Author: Michael Wizeman, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 September 2003.

MICHAEL,
IN REFERENCE TO MRS. GLENNON. IARRIVED AT ST. BENNY'S IN 1942 IN THE FIFTH GRADE AND MRS. G. WAS THERE. I WOULD HAZARD A GUESS THAT SHE WAS THERE FROM '40 ON. I NEVER HAD HER BUT KNEW THAT SHE WAS A SWEETHEART FROM THOSE WHO DID. I HAD OCCASION TO VISIT THE RECTORY A FEW YEARS AGO AND OBSERVED THAT 95% OF THE KIDS WERE OF INDIAN EXTRACTION. PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS ARE STILL THE BEST EDUCATORS.
REGARDS,
ED


Author: ED GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS,N.Y., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 September 2003.

Edward, I was an Alter boy at St Benedicts as well. I played all diffrent kinds of sports at Smokey. As for Mrs Glennon, I had her in her last year of teaching 1st grade in the early 70s. I liked her very much. I knew she was around for a long time do you know what year she started.


Author: Michael Wizeman

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 24 September 2003.

MICHAEL WIZEMAN,
I WENT TO ST. BENNY'S ALSO AND PLAYED BASKETBALL
AT SMOKEY OVAL AND ELSEWHERE. I WAS AN ALTAR BOY IN THE EARLY 40'S.{LATIN}. WE HAD THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH FOR THE MOST PART AND REMEMBER MRS. GLENNON.?









Author: EDWARD GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS,N.Y., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 24 September 2003.

I absolutly love looking at this site, have not seen anyone I know, but places people mention bring back a lot of memories. My parents had a house on 120th street between 91st and Atlantic (11418)for 40 years, and are both buried at Maplegrove Cemetary. Our whole family attended St Benedicts, good people taught there. I think of Richmond Hill quite often, when I was there I could not wait to get out, but to this day still love returning back to the hood, there was a certain feeling to that neighborhood that can not be explained. Going into St Benedict's Church is unlike any other church I have ever been in. (don't know why). Richmond Hill was a true neighborhood,each street had there own group that worked well as a community, funny how Atlantic Avenue to me seemed like a devider in Richmond Hill.(Did anyone else experience that?) Loved wiffleball in front of our house and sewer to sewer football, you do not see that in the burbs of Jersey. Anyway, thanks for craeting such a wonderful site


Author: Michael Wizeman - Of Gillette, NJ, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 23 September 2003.

Judith, I do remember the Chinese restaurant on Myrtle and Hillside Aves. Our family went out to dinner once a year and that was our destination. Do you remember mellow rolls from the candy store opposite Forest park?


Author: Lorraine Parrino D'Aleo

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 20 September 2003.

GREAT SITE I LOVE HISTORY ANYTHING TOO DO WITH NYC,DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ON THE HOUSES AROUND 117 STREET AND 107 AVE 117-01 107 AVE ACTUALLY IT SEEMS THESE HOUSES HAD A FRONT PORCH AND THEN LATER ON THE HOUSE WAS EXTENDED SO THERE IS A ROOM UNDER MY HOUSE FULL OF DIRT TAKE CARE GUYS LOVE THE SITE


Author: JOHNNY MARIN - Of RICHMOND HILL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 20 September 2003.

Just a reminder that the Victorian Extravaganza at Oak Ridge in Forest park happens on September 27th (see the update page) and that TICKETS are required to see the shows which include an 1890's Magic Lantern Show AND a Victorian Fashion Show.Arts and Crafts for the kids in the morning. Tickets are
going fast , so please call now before they are all gone!!!
718-847-6070...The ickets are FREE but you need one for admission


Author: nancy cataldi - Of richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 19 September 2003.

Thank you for the maximum great information. Very beautiful site! Great job guys! Thank you very much!


Author: Max Iwamoto - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 17 September 2003.

Its great to find out about so much history on Richmond Hill!


Author: Greta Hanson - Of Richmond Hill, NY, US

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 16 September 2003.

I love your website. Please check out the new Richmond Hill HS website at http://www.richmondhillhs.org


Author: Richmond Hill HS - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 13 September 2003.

I grew up in a house on 108th Street between Atlantic and 95th Avenue from 1963 to 1984.


Author: Helen (Akus) Eagleston - Of West Hurley, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 12 September 2003.

yes, i remember going to see The Upward Movement at Gate of Heaven. Excellent Band!


Author: ddoyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 12 September 2003.

Anyone remember a band called The Upward Movement?

Here is a link to a web site for some of the local bands from the neighborhood. This was from 1965 - 1973.

http://www.cpcom.com/EastCoastBands/


Author: Bobby Capielo

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 11 September 2003.

Hello my name is Vincent Epifanio both my Mother and Aunt graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1960 and 1957 respectively. There maiden names were MARY and IRENE DeLOCA. Unfortunately my Aunt Irene passed a number of years ago. I would love to hear anything from anyone that knew either of them. I can pass the information onto my cousin Darlene, Irene's daughter whom she was very close with or my mom who is not computer literate. My e-mail address is vepie123@yahoo.com.


Author: Vincent Epifanio - Of Oakdale, NY, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 10 September 2003.

i was looking up Richmond and found your site to be most enjoyable


Author: Erika Sheppard - Of Staten Island, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 9 September 2003.

thanks for this site.it has helped my research


Author: leonard w. lefferts jr. - Of blackstone va., usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 9 September 2003.

Very nice site, its alway good to see police officers/det honored for their service to this country, very well done.


Author: William A winchell - Of Spokane, united states.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 7 September 2003.

VERY COOL SITE.


Author: HARLOTA - Of LOME, TOGO.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 4 September 2003.

love this site.....


Author: harriet chambers - Of norfolk na, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 4 September 2003.

HI!EVERYONE! just a quick note and reminder that The Richmond Hill Archive Museum will be open to the Public on Saturday, September 6th. 2003 from 11-2 pm...come see what a great collection of richmond hill stuff we have there. we also have the largest collection of domes and yearbooks from RHHS...plus photos and artifacts and some great world war one
items. please email me if you would like to come . Please do not forget that The Richmond Hill Historical Society is also sponsoring with Forest Park a Victorian Extravaganza on Sept. 27th...see the update page for further info! We have to applaud our webmaster Dennis Doyle for such an excellent job!
nancy cataldi


Author: nancy - Of richmond hill!

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 4 September 2003.

Hello, I just wanted to say you have a very interesting site about your town!


Author: Marhta - Of Madrid, Spain.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 September 2003.

Just was working @ the US Open in Flushing last week 8/03 ; and took a ride through the neighborhood; and all sorts of fond memories filled me up . I lived @ 85-70 113 St. Went to Holy Child Jesus - graduated in 1956 - went from Jahn's ice cream parlor to Glenn's Bar as I grew older - played for the RH Saxons baseball teams from age 12 to 22 - was an altar boy @ Holy Child - got married there - Rockaway Beach 116 st - as you got older - you wound up @ 108st/110st - - Went to La Salle HS on 2nd Ave / 2nd St. in the City - and the best is have been in touch with Hank Michel and Dr Tom Hayes - after all these years - I also visited my parents's / grand parents grave @ St. John's Cemetary - so many great memories - have 4 children - 2 step- children - and 4 little grand kids - what great times.


Author: Vinny Papke - Of Tuxedo, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 September 2003.

When I received Hank Michel's e-mail about this site I had to go straight to it. I lived at 104-39 90th Ave and studies at Holy Child where I graduated in 1967. Then I went to high school at Brooklyn Prep. After HS graduation in 1960 I entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Poughkeepsie, NY and then came to the Philippines where I have been ever since 1964. I've only gone back to visit Richmond Hill a hand full of times since then. Your web site brought back many happy memories. I was always curious about an old man who lived on 90th Avenue between 104th and 107th Streets. He had a large piece of property which we always called the Farm. I think his name was Mr. Schubert. Does anyone know if this really was a much larger farm in the earlier days?

Thanks for the memories.


Author: Raymond T. Holscher, S.J. - Of Quezon City, Philippines.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 September 2003.

What a thrill to find this site. I lived at 87-86 110 St from 1947-1965. I went to Holy Child and would love to get in contact with former classmates and friends to set up a reunion. I went to Brooklyn Prep and graduated from St John's in 1964. Worked for about 10 years in the Triangle Hofbrau. I have such warm memories of the neighborhood and the people that lived there. If anyone knows me, please email me. Thanks.


Author: Henry Michel - Of Castro Valley Ca., Left Coast of USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 September 2003.

I was looking for my "old neighborhood" and was glad to discover your website and history!


Author: Janet Sheckler - Of Westchester, NY

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 31 August 2003.

I just wanted to pass along the sad news of the passing of my uncle William Gibbs, who used to live 0n 112th street in RH. He was a proud memeber of the NYC Police Dept, and a member of there Holy Name Soicety. Growing up in Richmond Hill we lived only one block away, me on 111th St. Only the Holy Child Schoolyard fence separated us many times when I played stickball and basketball. His house, the first past Holy Child Auditorium, I believe belongs to the parish. Please say a prayer for the Gibbs family if you knew him. He was the best Uncle one could have! Paul Galbraith


Author: paul galbraith - Of w.haverstraw ny

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 August 2003.

The Big Band Dance, featuring Larry G's Big Swing Band, at Holy Child Jesus Church (Msgr. Murray Hall) 86th Avenue and 112th Street is on SATURDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 20, from 7:00 to 11:00. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Please call 718-846 4199 for more information.


Author: Jo-Anne Preziosi - Of Richmond Hill

This entry was recorded on Friday, 29 August 2003.

Would like to see more about Liberty Avenue. Thanks for the site!


Author: Robert O'Neil - Of 'South' Richmond Hill, NY USA

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 28 August 2003.

WE all have a longing for our past. As time goes on it seems like Life gets so complicated, frustrating, and lacks many of the simple things that life once offered.....we remember many of those things through this wonderful site. WE took them for granted then, but, thank God for the memories. Who remembers the following? While we all took them for granted we would love to experience them one more time!
....Having a Rock n Root in a frosted mug at Bill's.........having a baloney sandwich from Harry Kahn's on pumpernickel bread...........going to the RKO Keiths.....having a meatball hero at Villa Grande (the original on the side of the pool hall street) for 45 cents.....buying chocolates at Schmidts or Davies.....buying school supplies at Wesslings or Lewis of Woodhaven....playing punchball at PS 66....having a chocolate eclair from Joe the icecream man.....running a few laps around the track at Victory Field.......shopping at A and P or Bohack......buying a comic book at Lou's on 105th street........buying a rubber haloween mask at the original Rubies Fun House......having egg drop soup at the China Inn......having an egg salad sandwich at Schweeties......and a Lime Rickey......playing ringelevio in Forest Park......watching a baseball game at Victory Field and dreaming of playing there one day.....going to a dance at Holy Child.....buying a pair of Converse sneakers at Manor Sports.....walking to school with your books wrapped by one of those 25 cent rubber straps.......playing CYO.........riding your bike with baloons or basebal cards in the spokes......taking a road trip to White Castle....Hitch hiking to Rockaway Beach.....having a hot dog and knish at Weiss'...having some clams on the halfshell at Sonny's Clam Bar.....oh what great memories...there's a movie waiting to be produced about Life in Richmond Hill -- I hope someone out there sees this great opportunity. With many of the old victorian Queene Anne type homes, it would make for a wonderful movie.......what great story lines about the simple pleasures of growing up in a great place.


Author: Former Richmond Hiller, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 27 August 2003.

Great website! Thanks for your dedication on the preservation of this neighborhood.


Author: John Jones - Of Howard Beach, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 27 August 2003.

I love this site! I moved to R.H. when I was 9 years old, and have been living here for 38 years (making me HOW OLD, you say?!?!). We live at 85-19 108th St. I go to the church on the corner (Trinity). I love Richmond Hill, and during the times I was NOT living with my folks (from age 17 on, that is), I ended up living IN and AROUND Richmond Hill anyway (maybe just to be spiteful). In 2001, my father sold the house to me and my husband. I have a 12 1/2 year old daughter who loves my rose garden out back. I have a total of 7 indoor cats now, thanks to the feral colony outdoors (two are blind). Anyway, our walls are still held up by the house's ORIGINAL woodwork, pocket doors, stained and beveled glass windows, etc. When I decorate, I take into consideration that the house was built in 1901, and garnish accordingly (in keeping with "the period"). Just want to say that this website is a real treat for those of us still living here. I also want to say that for a period of about a dozen years, I astral projected myself over my parent's house, and I am simply amazed that I ended up buying this house! Just goes to show you that if you want something bad enough, it will come to you in some form or another. Kharmic. Well, thanks, have a great day everyone! Deb, the Richmond Hill Squatter...RSVP if anyone wants to chat about the old neighborhood. Anyone remember a store on 104 & Jamaica Av. that sold Christmas ornaments during the late 1960's? What about Harry Schein, the linen dude? Kaye's Variety with those old wooden floors? Lipschutz? Schlossers?


Author: Deborah Costigan - Of Richmond Hill NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 26 August 2003.

Just thought I would take another stroll down memory lane.My last entry was a few years ago...I lived in a Queen Anne House.. I was the third owner at the time...We lived there from August 1968 until April 1988...We had everything we needed in our beautiful town...If anyone knows the history of the house I lived in I would appreciate any information...the address is 87-63 113 St...specifically I am trying to find out who were the original owners....We sold the house 15 yrs ago and I still get a pain in my heart when I think of how much enjoyment we had in that house...We celebrated Holidays, Weddings and many happy occasions.....Great Site...Good to go Home again...Thank You


Author: Barbara Vallely - Of Kew Gardens, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 26 August 2003.

Whatever happened to Mike Ippolito, rich Trippiedi, Tony Eisner, Billy Bayer and Hank ? Linda and Rita Mauer. We used to have some great saturday nights at Mike's house. His parents were the nicest and most patient people in the world to put up with us every week. Now that I am older and a parent myself, I see the wisdom of their ways. It was better to put up with some rock-n-roll and know where their son was than to say no and have him go elsewhere.

Oh, we thought we were so smart!

If any of you are around for this note, drop a line.


Author: Dorothy Devlin Southworth - Of West Hartford, CT.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 26 August 2003.

Born in 1949, I grew up in an apartment building on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South. I attended Holy Child Jesus school, K throguh 8, and was married in the church there in 1972. Seeking the book of illlustrations about Richmond Hill architecture.


Author: Lorraine Parrino D'Aleo - Of Albany , NY

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 26 August 2003.

Found this site by accident last year and have been having fun connecting with old friends. Keep up the good work.


Author: Dorothy Devlin Southworth - Of west hartford, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 August 2003.

Had many a good time at The Mohawk, Blue Swan, Hofbrau, etc. in good ol' Richmond Hill.


Author: George Fitzgerald - Of Portland, ME, US

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 23 August 2003.

Hello......... Denise Stapleton Strack here, SBJL Class of '75. Just wanted to let some of my old classmates from St. Benedict Joseph Labre know that I started up a yahoo group just for SBJL Alumni.
I have lost contact with everyone from that year and would love to find out how everyone is. I see some familar names on Classmates.com like... Doug Flynn and Susan Hopkins but since I'm not a member I cannot post messages or email them. If anyone is in touch with them or anyone else from the class of '75 please pass the following web site info on to them.
The yahoo group is http//groups.yahoo.com/group/sbjlalumni.
The email is sbjlalunmi@yahoogroups.com or you can email me directly at des2816@hotmail.com I have only been able to get in touch with Michelle (Mastronardi) Gregorio at this point so we are anxious for more alumni to join in... Thanks for your help


Author: Denise (Stapleton) Strack - Of Tokyo, Japan.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 23 August 2003.

Anyone out there who grew up in the Aqueduct raceway vicinity of Rockaway Blvd in the late 60s and early seventies?


Author: Jerry La Forgia - Of Lynbrook NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 21 August 2003.

Enjoyed strolling down Memory Lane thru your website!


Author: Betty "cookie" Wilson - Of Philadelphia, PA, US.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 21 August 2003.

DID YOU KNOW THERE'S A DEEHANSTOWN AT SCALP MOUNTAIN IN CO DONEGAL IRELAND ABOUT 5 MILES FROM THE DERRY DONEGAL BORDER?


Author: A DEEHAN - Of DERRY, IRELAND.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 18 August 2003.

Historic Event - A Day of Darkness
Where were you when the lights went out on August 14, 2003?
Hope all survived ok!


Author: Charlie O. - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 18 August 2003.

appreciate the Flag Day slide show on your site!


Author: Jason Tibble - Of Kew Gardens, NY, US

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 August 2003.

I loved growing up in R.H. and I enjoy reading these messages.


Author: LILOLEME - Of Syosset, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 August 2003.

TO MS. KEYS IN RFERENCE TO THE LIRR TRAIN WRECK AND HER UNFORTUNATE LOSS OF HER DAD. YOU MIGHT CONTACT THE LIRR IN JAMAICA, N.Y. AND INQUIRE AS TO THE BURIAL SITE. THE INFORMATION, OF COURSE IS OVER 50 YRS. OLD BUT THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO ACCOMODATE YOU. SOME CEMETERIES IN THE AREA ARE MAPLE GROVE, ST. JOHN'S AND CALVARY. I WISH YOU LUCK.

ED


Author: ED GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS, N. Y., USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 August 2003.

TO THE GENT WHO PLAYED BASKETBALL AT VARIOUS PLACES INCLUDING JACKSON POND, I PLAYED THERE TOO BACK IN THE FIFTIES. WE ALSO PLAYED AT SMOKEY OVAL {125TH ST. PARK} AND VICTORY FIELD, STC. SOME OF THE GUYS WHO PLAYED AT THESE COURTS WERE, AND STILL ARE, I HOPE, BOB WATKINS, PEANUTS O' FLAHERTY, TUCKY COLES, DON SLATTERY AND MANY OTHERS. WE ALSO PLAYED AT ROCKAWAY BEACH AT 108TH ST. WHERE WE ENJOYED WATCHING DICK MCGUIRE EXECUTE SOME FANCY PASSING TO HIS BROTHER AL WHO WOULD DO THE SHOOTING. AL HAS PASSED ON A FEW YEARS AGO. FOND MEMORIES ARE SPECIAL.

ED GONZALEZ


Author: ED GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS, N. Y., USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 August 2003.

I lost my father in the 1950 train wreck. His name was Morris Mechanic. I have tried to find out where he is buried. I wonder if anyone knows how to find if there is a list of the people that died in that wreck and where they are buried. I have tried normal channels but to no avail. He lived in Rockville center but I checked with statistics there to no avail. I also checked Hempstead. I just recently found out that the crash occurred in Richmond Hill. Any input would be helpful. Thanks. Judie Keys
Healerwoman@thehealingtree.net


Author: Judie Keys, C.C.H. - Of DENVER, , USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 August 2003.

Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up if you liked to play ball. Many talented athletes came from this area. Remember the basketball games at 106 park, Jackson Pond, and PS 66. Spaldeens were everywhere. Any memories of your own involving sports??


Author: RHHS Alum - Of LI, USA

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 August 2003.

Richmond Hill is my Mayberry RFD! Thanks


Author: Cynthia - Of Freeport, LI, US

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 August 2003.

I attended P.S. 66 many, many years ago. I had a dream there to grow up to be an architect, but became a children's book writer instead. Richmond Hill remains a special, magical place in my mind, one in which I might one day place a tale.


Author: Jeff Brumbeau - Of chicago, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 15 August 2003.

I attended Richmond Hill High School in 1996 and I wish I could have graduated from RHHS


Author: karla hernandez - Of orlando, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 15 August 2003.

Hello Richmond Hill!!..Denise Stapleton here. I went to St Theresa's in South Ozone Park for grades 1,2&3 (1967 -1970)while living over Cameron Real Estate on Liberty Ave and approx 126th right across from Jacks Toy store. Remembering few names except for Helen Weber, Katherinka Nalaviko, Barbara Holland and the Conti family. Moved to 120-22 103rd Ave and attended St.Benedict's from 1970 till graduation in 1975. I lived on the second floor of the LaPolla's house. They owned a company that made all the police uniforms. Lived close to James Lardizzone, Lorraine Patterson, & Ann Marie DeSanto. One of the few from St. Benny's to go to Beach Channel High School in the Rockaways graduating there in 1979. Went on to Iona College and graduated in 1983. My Parents remained on 103rd Ave till around 1987 when they moved to Breezy Point in the Rockaways. I moved to Fort Lauderdale FL in 1997 but am currently living in Tokyo, Japan for 3 years with my husband and 2 teenage children. I am just looking to reconnect with some old classmates or teachers from either school. Please email me at des2816@hotmail.com...looking forward to hearing from some of you mentioned above and others like...Gloria Costa, Rose DeDonato, Barbara Kastel, Michelle Mastronardi, Joanne Serpico, Doug Flynn and anyone else that remembers me.


Author: Denise ( Stapleton) Strack - Of Tokyo, Japan.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 15 August 2003.

Born and lived in Richmond Hill from 1959- 1972. Went to St. Benedict Joseph Labre Church and School.


Author: Donald Butcher - Of Rockville, Maryland.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 14 August 2003.

Nice site. I especially enjoyed the LIRR wreck. Do you know where I can get a copy of the picture?


Author: Mark aldrich - Of northampton MA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 14 August 2003.

howdy neighbor


Author: john paul keaton - Of Toronto, Canada

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 13 August 2003.

I am currently taking a photography class in school and we are being forced to write a research paper on a famous photographer. I chose Jacob Riis, not for any particular reason, and I had no idea what I was getting into. I am so glad that I found this site... I never realized what difficulties the early immigrants struggled through just to live in a free country. His work through photography was amazing to research, and this site had excellent info on him and his contributions to the state of New York City. Thank you!


Author: Melissa M. - Of Nottingham, US.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 11 August 2003.

thanks for your page on LIRR disaster that I found on your site!


Author: Juliet Pryor - Of Highland Park, NJ, US.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 August 2003.

I stumbled across this website and am so glad I did. It is great. Did you know that Van Wyke Expressway was originally a Carriage Path? I lived in Richmond Hill, Queens for over twenty years. I moved there when I was 4 years old and that was 1957. My youngest brother was born 15 years later in Jamacia Hospital. I was married in 1976 in Trinity Episcapal Church in Manhattan and had a garden reception at my home. I originally lived at 94-22 134th Street. I attended PS 55 Q elementary school then Elizabeth Blackwell Jr High (PS 210 JR High) I also attended Delehanty High School Jamacia Queens. My Father Eric H. Taylor was Presented the M. B. E. By HMS Queen Elizabeth of England while we lived in Richmond Hill. When my brothers and I think of Home Richmond Hill is where we say we Hail From.
This is a Great Site. Keep going.


Author: Jo-Ann Erica Taylor Young - Of Junction City, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 August 2003.

Interesting info, thanks.


Author: Uta Wetzen - Of NY, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 August 2003.

Thanks for the response Ed. I knew Donald who was about my age (47), he was a year or two older. I knew the Hefners as well. They lived on the corner of 111th st and 86th ave. diagonal to Holy Child. I also knew the Pohlmans, Diemers, Corridores, all lived btw 86th ave and myrtle.


Author: paul galbraith - Of w.haverstraw ny

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 8 August 2003.

PAUL GALBRAIT. I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA OF 111TH ST AROUND THE HOLY CHILD PARISH BUT I HAVE QUITE A FEW YEARS ON YOU. DID YOU KNOW ANY OF THE "RUDOLPH"? SOME OF THEMCOULD BE ABOUT YOUR AGE. I HAD BUMPED INTO ONE OF THE DAUGHTERS IN THE PAST YEAR. ANOTHER NEIGHBOR WOULD BE THR"HEFNERS". I PLAYE DBASKETBALL WITH ST. BENNY'S AGAINST HOLY CHILD AND RONNY HEFNER. AS I SAID WE ARE SOMEWHAT OLDER BUT YOU SOUNDED A BIT FRUSTRATED AT THE LACK OF RESPONSE. BY THE WAY, IS KRUCKER'S STILL UP AROUND WHERE YOU LIVE. OUR SKI CLUB USED TO HAVE THEIR PICNICS THERE A WHILE BACK. ED GONZALEZ


Author: ED GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 7 August 2003.

I have posted a message before on this site with no results, so I am trying again. I lived at 85-44 111th St. from 1956-1974. I am searching for friends from that street or graduates of Holy Child Class of 1970. Went on to Molloy HS, and then St. Michael's College in VT. Would like to hear from the gang if they see this message. Thanks Paul


Author: paul galbraith - Of w.haverstraw ny

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 7 August 2003.

Enjoyed rediscovering Richmond Hill through your website!


Author: Hillary - Of Tarrytown, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 5 August 2003.

I lived in RH from 1963-1980. Now relocated to Boston and happy to visit your site!


Author: Kerry Anne - Of Boston, MA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 31 July 2003.

Enjoy talking about the old neighborhood, the good times we had there, and the nice people we knew in RH.


Author: E.G. - Of Syosset.N.Y., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 30 July 2003.

I stumbled across the website a few weeks ago and returned to read some of the guestbook entries. A few mentioned what a great neighborhood it was in which to grow up and I strongly agree with that. I lived on 95th Ave and 123rd St in the 50s and 60s. Playing stickball every day all summer long on 123rd St and touch football in the fall and winter with Billy and Kevin "Clock" Nelson, Tommy O'Brien, and Jimmy Oberle were great experiences. Going to St. Benny's and belonging to Boy Scout Troop 273 were other highlights of my youth. The good old days....


Author: Steve Ruschmeier - Of Annapolis, MD

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 July 2003.

Hi I love reading all these notes on Richmond Hill- I went to PS62 and JHS 226 and RHHS in 1981


Author: Liz Schweiker - Of Pembroke Pines, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 July 2003.

Richmond Hill was indeed a Town. An incorporated town. A special election was held and the people voted to incorporate.
On September 28, 1894 the local paper reported that the movement to Incorporate Richmond Hill and certain surrounding territory proved successful. The special Election was held on Thursday, September 27, 1894. The total number of votes numbered 242 with 144 in favor of incorporation and 98 against.

By October 19, 1894 the local paper announced that elections for town officials would take place on November 15, 1894. The offices were as follows: A president, treasurer, and three trustees: two of the trustees to serve for two years and one to serve for one year. In the election 213 votes were cast. Mr. Alrick Hubbell Man was elected first President. Henry Willet, A. G. Wheeler, and James L. Walsh were elected Trustees and James Paulson collector. On November 30, 1894 it was announced that the elected officers were sworn in by Justice Lester.

Richmond Hill was a town, it was short lived, but never the less a town with elected officials and within a year, a Town Hall was erected which also housed the town's police station, Opera House, Jail and Fire Department. The present day 102nd Police Precinct stands on the site of our old Town Hall. The town of Richmond Hill became part of New York City in 1898.

Carl Ballenas


Author: Carl Ballenas - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 July 2003.

While currently a neighborhood in NYC, prior to January 1, 1898, Richmond Hill was a hamlet (an unincorporated area) in the Town of Jamaica. Richmond Hills was never a town (The town name 'Richmond Hill' is either from a town in England ... The town's first dwelling ... etc., etc.)

I'm including after my name a NYS Geographic Glossary with the NYS definitions of county, city, town, village, hamlet and postal zone.

I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting.

Sincerely,

Walter Greenspan


. Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Postal Zones in New York State

New York State is divided into counties.

County
A county is a municipal corporation, a subdivision of the state, created to perform state functions; a "regional" government. All counties are divided into cities, towns and Indian reservations.

City
A city is a unique governmental entity with its own special charter. Cities are not sub-divided, except into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.

Town
A town is a municipal corporation and encompasses all territory within the state except that within cities or Indian reservations. Towns can be sub-divided into villages and hamlets.

Village
A village is a general purpose municipal corporation formed voluntarily by the residents of an area in one or more towns to provide themselves with municipal services. The pattern of village organization is similar to those of a city. A village is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.

Hamlet
A hamlet is an unincorporated area in one or more towns that is governed at-large by the town(s) it is in. A hamlet is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.

Postal Zone "City" and "Town"
A postal zone "City" and "Town" is an administrative district established by the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the mail. Postal zone "City" and "Town" may not (but are encouraged to) conform to municipal or community borders. Thus, postal zone location does not always determine city, village or hamlet location.


Please be aware: In many areas of New York State, the problem of non-conforming postal zones leads to a situation where the majority of places have a different community name in their mailing address than the community where that place is actually located.



Author: Walter Greenspan

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 July 2003.

Never thought i'd miss RH! But now that i found this site, it really helped me get back. Thanks RHHS!


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i love that school , i had cool friends and love hanging out on 114 street that's our home. the little store.


Author: fareena - Of clermont, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 July 2003.

Kathleen Buckley--I remember you, even though you didn't mention my name. I, too, lived on 120th Street, but on the other side of Jerome. Skippy Kurris was Cora Ellyn's cousin and went to Delehanty with me.Tommy Maletta was in my class at SBJL. I am now a retired NYC high school principal but am working as the dean at a small business college in Valley Stream. Still get back to Rich.Hill maybe 5 times a year to meet some old friends for dinner at Russo's. Do you ever get back? John Rodgers .


Author: Dr. John J. Rodgers - Of Valley Stream, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 21 July 2003.

it is a shame to read in newsday about a week ago that richmond hill was denied landmark status (i apologize if the wording is not correct). i myself have worked on various n.y.c. landmark restoration projects (including national landmark registry project-ccny in harlem). it was a shame to see one of the most beautiful houses in r. hill destroyed about 1-2 years ago up the block from the library behind the church. working in all neighborhoods of nyc have their varrious landmark buildings designated including the streets with the brown street signs, facades restored on old brownstones but interiors gutted out and rehabed to crammed living quaters with high prices. at the same time home depot should have an immigration office built in to question any body purchasing more than 2 sheets of sheet rock. many houses were converted to multiple quaters in r. hill. it is sad to see beuatiful old post cards in antique shows of neighborhoods of n.y.c. please put me on your mailing list.
andy golba


Author: andrew golba - Of richmond hill, n.y., usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 21 July 2003.

Enjoyed my visit of your web site. I am a Forest Hills High School alumni.


Author: GGG - Of Ft. Lauderdale, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 July 2003.

I was raised in Richmond Hill! Although i have lived on Staten Island since 1983, I am always back on the "Old neighborhood:. My dad still owns the home I grew up in on 109th Street. For any kid, Richmond Hill was a great place to grow and develop. I attended P.S. 62, Elizabeth Blackwell (210), then Richmond hill H.S.
I still love it there and still refer to myself as a true "Queens Gal"


Author: Eileen Pacheco - Of Staten Island, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 10 July 2003.

My grandmother Catherine Schirmer was born and raised in Woodhaven (1920's-1930's), attended Public School 97, Richmond Hill High School, and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. I have several documents dating from the mid-1920's, graduation programs, etc...that may be of interest to genealogical researches. I would be happy to do any name lookups. Contact me at gothamhatch@aol.com.


Author: Christopher Hatch - Of New York, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 July 2003.

To theresa og queens. It was good to see someone actually attended P.S. 121 as I did. 1945-1953. I did not attend John Adams but most of my friends did as did my wife Vita Taverna. If any of this sounds familiar give a shout.


Author: russell morea - Of smithtown, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 4 July 2003.

I am taking my niece horseback riding. I didn't know so much existed at Forest Park.


Author: Velma Adams - Of Fresh Meadows, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 4 July 2003.

any info re my g.g.uncle isaac gardiner hubbard, wife rebecca, their son (a lawyer in manhatton in the 1890's)isaac penny hubbard, wife harriet, their children franklin, william and edith, would be much appreciated. isaac gardiner hubbard emigrated in the mid 1800 from norfolk, england to new york, where they lived in 1878 at 244 east 33rd.street. new york. isaac penny hubbard's business address was vanderbilt buildings, l32 nassau st. manhatton. he was there in the 1890, and in 1910 his residence was richmond hill long island new york.

Your site is most interesting, and any info any one can give me would be much appreciated..... so thanks in anticipation.....kath


Author: kathleen kay - Of manchester, england.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 4 July 2003.

Nice website and webdesign! Because of not enough time now I just bookmarked your site and will come again to have a look.

Author: alex - Of amsterdam, nl.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 July 2003.

Looking for Harper Aitken, Paul Weisenfeld, Arthur Kirkpatrick & Paul Weinsenfeld.Neighbor of Tony Crispy and Chester Neville


Author: Bob Rademacher - Of smithville, new Jersy.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 2 July 2003.

Pretty nice site...

Author: Jim Henson - Of Münsing, Deutschland.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 July 2003.

Great site! Its nice to know that people appreciate the beauty of Richmond Hill.


Author: Marie Russo - Of North Carolina, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 June 2003.

FORMER ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE, WHO CHALLENGED, THE NYS ASSEMBLY WHIP, E. ABRAMSON, OF HOWARD BEACH, IS NOW RUNNING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, IN A FLICK CALLED: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY!
SHE IS A NURSE, AND WAS NOTED, IN THE QUEENS CHRONICLE AS A HOPEFUL VS. MARIO CUOMO, CAN YOU GUESS HER NAME?


Author: ACTRESS ROSEMARY OGNIBENE - Of HOWARD BEACH, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 June 2003.

nice site ... we want more !!!


Author: creutzwald

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 26 June 2003.

You have a lovely page. Am most interested in Cogswell's.


Author: Claire Cogswell-Daigle - Of Ware , MA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 22 June 2003.

I attened RHHS from 1958 through 1961. Over the years through conversation with different people and talking about high school years, I'm looking for people to corroborate the fact that boys who attended gym class when assigned a day of swimming had to swim nude!!!! Ever heard of such a thing or was it just a dream? Please contact me at my email address to let me know if it was true or not? bobsnumerouno@aol.com Looking forward to responses


Author: Rober Licata - Of N. Massapequa, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 22 June 2003.

Grew up near Forest Park during the 1960's and it was wonderful finding this website which brought me be back "home".


Author: Julia Bradley - Of Tampa, FL, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 22 June 2003.

Jahn's, Hofbrau, Forest Park... great memories of Richmond Hill, NY


Author: Thomas Manning - Of Las Vegas, NV, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 22 June 2003.

Have just visited here for the first time and enjoyed the pictures and information. I attended Holy Child Jesus School and then went on to Bishop McDonnell H.S. in Brooklyn. This is the 50th year anniversary for those attending Bishop McDonnell from 1949 1953, the years I attended. If there is anyone out there graduating that year, a reminder. Hope to visit this website again and learn more about the Richmond Hill I grew up in as a child. Thank you.


Author: carol b morris - Of new york, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 20 June 2003.

Richmond Hill- 107th St.- evokes lovely memories of good neighbors,fun times and a wonderful place to raise children.


Author: normieg@optonline.net

This entry was recorded on Friday, 20 June 2003.

How Nostalgic!! I lived in Richmond Hill since 1939. Attended and graduated P.S. 121 (126th Street, Richmond Hill), John Adams High School (Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park)and Brown's Business School (Jamaica Avenue). I enjoyed reading this website. Thank you.


Author: Teresa from Queens

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 19 June 2003.

i was born and raised in richmond hill. lived on 119th street and then 103rd ave. went to st bennys from 1946 to 1954. went to bishop mc donnell in brookln.
had the best "crowd" a kid could have. pat white, madeline. pat mc cabe, bob glasser, tommy monahan, tom maletta,skip kurras. hung out in morris park and the becon when we got older. (not really old enough).
any of you guys out there???
didnt realize i lived in the victorian capital of the world.!!! enjoyed trip down memory lane. will be checking site often.


Author: kathleen buckley (cooney) - Of sayville,ny, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 June 2003.

I live in the Richmond Hill area right by the triangle,library featured in many of these old pictures. I love to look back and see what my town looked like and how it has evolved. I only wish I could find out more history on my own house and what it looked like then. People always pass by and admire the grandness of my tree and the way my house looks so "huge". I understand it may have been built in 1895 and from rumors i have heard someone famous lived in my home. But of course only rumors =)
However I would love to see more pictures on the site and if anyone has info. on Lefferts Blvd. I would appreciate it.


Author: E.C - Of Richmond Hill

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 15 June 2003.

This is one cool site!


Author: OBINNA - Of BALOGUN, NIGER.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 14 June 2003.

although i'm looking for info on russel sage, just want to say thanks for your website


Author: petra vitale - Of forest hills, ny, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 12 June 2003.

I attend RHHS from 2002 till hopefully 2006. I consider this school my home and its community my palace. The teachers here are extremely nice and respectful. I have alot of friends. I hope this school will take care of the future generations as it did for me. Thank you for your time that you took to read what I have to say.
Sincerely,
Tamara Cintron
June 9th, 2003


Author: Tamara Cintron - Of Richmond Hill , Queens, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 9 June 2003.

I ATTENDED RICHMOND HILL IN 1963-1966


Author: JOHN CARDIELLO - Of NEW YORK, UNITED STATES.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 June 2003.

When I was a child my family would visit my grandfather in Richmond Hill, NY and I just wanted to learn about the area.


Author: Eric Schafer - Of Corrales, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 June 2003.

Wonderful! As a resident of Richmond Hill from 1952-75, I enjoy this site very much. I keep hecking back hoping to find an old map of Richmond Hill. I have yet to find one that will tell me where Division Ave,Orchard Ave and Oak St were (or what they are known as now). If anyone knows please email me at soundcrest@yahoo.com. Thanks!


Author: Greg Tanico - Of Stroudsburg PA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 June 2003.

I came to this site looking for a Map of the battle of richmond but couldnt gt one, ur site is definetly ot on my high list of good resources!


Author: Cassy Bates - Of Private, Private.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 3 June 2003.

I lived at 95-28 116th st and 87-83 118th st. graduated SBJL in 71 and RHHS in 75. I bounced around all of Richmond Hill. Hung out mostly at ps 62. the fondest memories I share are with the classmates from SBJL. Brothers Steve, Kenny (deceased), Artie and sister Maryanne. Worked at Villa Russo for my brother Steve from age 12 to 20. When I talk about the hill people find it hard to believe. to the Haas my grandparents lived nest door to ya, with my cousin Joe Grom they still do. email zbest24kg@yahoo.com


Author: Keith Gordon - Of Port Royal, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 3 June 2003.

I'm looking for my old friend Theresa Caroleo. Last I heard you were living in Chicago. Theresa if you're out there, e-mail me through the Richmond Hill website. Or if anyone else can help!!!! Judy


Author: Judy Alfano Lajoux - Of Franklin Square, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 1 June 2003.

I've used e-mail mainly for internal business correspondence since 1999. This is the first time I have ever visited a website; I avoid this because I am too curious and would never finish. Today, I set up an e-mail address for elder daughter Joybelle Anjali. I then wrote to Nancy Cataldi congratulating her and other for The Richmond Hill Historical Society Newsletter, Spring 2003 issue. I wrote to younger daughter Annabelle Sheila at M.I.T. about it and sent the website address RichmondHillHistory.org to her.

I don't know why, but finally just before shutting down my computer I went to your website. I was most pleasantly astounded. I know our excellent webmaster, the unassuming Dennis Doyle, put together this site years ago. So I ventured forth. I quickly flipped through the Flannagan's book. We knew them;our kids were classmates at Holy Child Jesus School. Rich & Mary moved to the Forest Hills Gardens a few years ago and I see them sometimes at Queen of Martyrs Church.

I'm in a nostalgic mood; it does bring back memories. We moved to 119-60 Metropolitan Avenue, Kew Gardens in October 1976. Mary and the two kids, Joybelle Anjali and Annabelle Sheila landed at JFK a few days before Mary's birthday and our 8th wedding anniversary, October 12. Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill have been our home ever since.

I came to America earlier; I landed at JFK August 15, 1975. I had especially chosen that date: the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady as well as India's Independence Day. I left India in the wake of martial law to come to these shores with the intent to take up our third and final citizenship and enjoy freedom, especially for our children. So I chose August 15, 1975 as symbolic of our new citizenship. We were happy to leave behind chaueffeur-driven cars, maids, gardeners, country clubs, etc. Though unhappy to leave behind families, friends and long relationships.

During the sixteen months of our separation, I lived in Manhattan and got my first job at Korvettes 5th Avenue at $2.25 an hour, starting November 3, 1975 as Christmas help. I lived at 99th & Broadway and started my association with Columbia University and still am a member of the French Club, Maison Francaise. But most Sundays, after Mass, I used to take the subway to the end of the line, whether it was the #1,2,3,7 etc. or the alphabets, A, C, E etc. and visited Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. I carried a home-made sandwich and a bottle of water and spent the next 6 to 8 hours walking the neighbourhoods till it was time to get back to my small room. When Mary and the girls were ready to arrive I rented Apt 3H at 118-60 Kew Gardens. We moved in just in time for Mary's birthday and our wedding anniversary.

We became parishioners at Holy Child Jesus and Anjali soon enrolled at HCJ School and followed by Sheila when she turned four. Jack and Lorrie Schaeffer and Jerry and Joan Walsh soon becaume our friends after I volunteered for some parish activities, including a census.

We lived in Kew Gardens through the big black-out of the late 70's; the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and then moved a few blocks to our present home in 1981. I remember seeing the deed to this home in Richmond Hill in 1981. It said that 117th Street was Briggs Avenue. I just saw this Briggs Avenue on the map at your website!

The rest is history. And then the "hysterical" society, our good Richmond Hill Historical Society. We have friends galore and love it.

Malcolm


Author: S. Malcolm Menzies - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 1 June 2003.

I moved to Richmond Hill from Brooklyn when in 1949, was 1 1/2 yrs. old and lived there till I was in my 30's. I too have wonderful memories of Jackson Pond where we sailed boats. Went to Holy Child Jesus, graduated in 1962 then on to Richmond Hill High till 1966. Does anyone remember Konkie's Ice Cream Parlo on Jamaica Ave. and 124th St.? And Mrs. Meunch's Bakery a few doors away, does anyone remember her Spice cake? Pittsburgh Paints was on the corner. We'd all go to Jahn's after a movie at the RKO Kieths. Had nice times at Forest Park. Those were the days that our parents felt safe enough to allow us to ride bikes where ever we wanted to go. Sept. 11th made me reminise of those wonderful days in simpler times. I also remember the Long Island Railroad accident on Hillside Ave overpass, my uncle had to pick me up to see it as there were so many people there. Do kids still play games in the street as we did? I had to classmates at Holy Child, Robert and Arty who along with myself would watch "Titanic" all through the 50's. If either of you find this message I realized a dream. Last year my husband and I went on a cruise to the Canadian Maritimes. At Halifax I visited the Titanic Cemetary. Halifax sent out the morgue ships to pick up those who were lost. What an experience it was, I read every stone and have pictures. Getting back to Richmond Hill, does anyone remember when the only Chinese Rest. around was at the intersection of Myrtly Ave and Hillside Ave just down the steet from Jahn's? What a treat that was.
Judy Alfano Lajoux. Franklin Square, NY


Author: Judy Alfano Lajoux - Of Franklin Square, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 29 May 2003.

This is great. A bunch of us used to hang out at Pruser's & we are having our 40th reunion this weekend!!


Author: Marilynne Tallman - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 29 May 2003.

found your site by searching for ny history. Very nice site!


Author: hansi - Of hamburg, deutschland.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 28 May 2003.

Why did you edit my e-mail message by eliminating my few very real negative memories of growing up in Richmond Hill? Let's not pretend that it was all hunky dory and Donna Reed and Mr. Cleaver. My memories are just as valid as anyone's reminiscing about Jahn's Ice Cream Parlour.


Author: michael murphy - Of Dublin, Ireland.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 28 May 2003.

In reference to mugs, hats, merchandise, etc...we took on a large undertaking researching and writing the book "Images of America: Richmond Hill" this past year and all our efforts were put into it. If we get enough requests for tee shirts. mugs or hats, it can be a consideration...we do have a tee shirt design already in use by Ivan Mrakovcic...just need to be printed up...readers, if there is an interest, let us know!


Author: nancy cataldi - Of richmond hill, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 28 May 2003.

Any plans to seel RH gear, hats, mugs, etc.???


Author: Former RH Resident - Of LI, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 26 May 2003.

would like more information on jahn's ice cream parlor including current address


Author: irwin cohen - Of lakewood, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 26 May 2003.

Dear Folks,

Thanks you such a beautiful site that captures a wonderous past and preserves it.
I am attempting to determine if 1351 Lawn Avenue is a residence as it is listed as my father's 1912 birth place.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you again-

Marie


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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 25 May 2003.

On behalf of the singers and members of the Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill, NY, I want to thank everyone who attended our April 13th performance of Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" and/or supported our 2002-2003 Season with monetary donations. Judi Willing, writing in the Glendale Register-Forest Hills Times-Queens Examiner found the performance "profoundly moving-deeply and richly musical" with a choral sound that was "rich and full-bodied". The SMC is proud to be in artistic residence in Richmond Hill since 1998 and add to the richness of this historic neighborhood's cultural life. Watch our webpage at www.richmondhillny.com for information about the 2003-2004 concert Season and how you can become a part of the SMC.


Author: Philip Skabeikis, SMC President - Of Richmond Hill, NY

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 22 May 2003.

i LOVE THIS SITE, i FOUND A FEW OLD FRIENDS HERE. I GO BACK TO THE EARLY 1940S WHEN I LIVED ON 88TH. AVE BETWEEN 102ND. AND 104 ST. Went to PS 90, Grad.1951, anyone know where Dotty Schwinn is?? Would like to know about all the others friends. A great place to grow up.


Author: Jimmy Lefante - Of merrick, NASSU.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 21 May 2003.

I am very happy to have come across this web sit. I grew up in Richmond Hill in the late 50's and all of the 60's and left in 1971 when I enlisted in the Air Force. We lived at 103-16 121st Street. Graduated P.S. 55, P.S.121 (anyone remember Mr. Shontz from Gym - 40 and a "D" Fair Enough?)and finally, I do mean finally, graduated Richmond Hill High. Remember the physical fitness team and Mr. Tom Conolly. How about Mr. Art Tunnel? I'll never forget them. I still travel through the area from time to time as some of my family still lives in Howard Beach. Al's Stereo, Prusers and Karps Ice Cream Parlors, Dadsons, Anello's Italian American Grocery on 123rd and Liberty (where I worked through High School)Smokey Park, the Octoberfest at Victory Field, Lefferts Theatre (a.k.a. The Itch) and the list goes on and on......Great memories that make one wish they could turn back the hands of time. I've managed to keep in touch with some old friends and I certainly will keep this web site as one of my favorites and check back often.


Author: Jim Brannick - Of Nassau County, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 21 May 2003.

Great website! My family lived on Atlantic Ave over the delicatessan at 114th Street (Jean and Santo Cugno's), across from Richmond Hill Lumber Yard. We moved there from Ireland in 1961, and I went to PS 51 for one year, and finished grammer school at SBJL. My 4th grade teacher at PS 51 was Miss Whit, and I remember Sister Mary Pacis, and Sister maura Joseph. Sister Mary Pacis taught woodworking and cried when JFK was shot. I remember: uneven slate sidewalks, Forest Park (great birdwatching!), Mister Softee trucks, Sandy Becker on TV, Diver Dan, King Kullen (on Jamaica Ave), The RKO, brilliant wet maple leaves in October, Boy scout troop 273, Pete's barber shop, the Q11 bus, the 22 bus, Meet me at the Stand, the library (great bird books!) I was nurdy but eventually became a hippy, then a carpenter, and now I live in Ireland and teach architecture. My teenage friends and I hung out on 115th Street and 103rd Ave. WE frequented pizza places and sneaked peeks into the Imperial Room (topless bar) on 101st Ave. I have lived in many places since then, but have happy memories of Richmond Hill for the most part, but also some unhappy ones. Nevertheless, I mostly have fond and nostalgic memories of growing up in Richmond Hill (18).

Thanks,

Michael Murphy


Author: Michael Murphy - Of Dublin, Ireland.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 21 May 2003.

GREAT PLACE GROW UP ON 124 ST


Author: JOE ABBONDOLO - Of DAYTON BEACH FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 19 May 2003.

I had to do a project on Rchmond Hill for school and this was the only site I needed. That means that I love it andI hope you keep up the site for others to see. It gives perfect references and such good info that I couldn't resist putting a lot of the goodies in my project. Don't worry, I sited everything. THIS IS SUCH A GOD SITE! Thanx 4 everything ^_^


Author: Anonymous - Of New York, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 May 2003.

having lived in long island for some years i am very interested in the history and culture of the original americans who lived in places like new hyde park and wantagh and massapequa


Author: eamon p. clarke - Of coventry, uk.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 May 2003.

Enjoy browsing this site and recognizing names and locations from the past. I lived at 125-16-103 Avenue until 1950 when I moved to Miami, Florida. Tomorrow morning 5-17-03 My wife of 47 years Maureen and I will be meeting Bob Reich and his wife Nance of over 50 years for breakfast. They are on vacation down in Daytona Beach. Bob and I graduated RHHS in 1949, was on the baseball team. We both signed up with the then NY Giants within a week of each other, played on the same farm team and both hurt our arms ending our baseball careers. We then came across each other while we were playing against each other while we were in U.S. Marines during Korean Conflict. We keep in touch and have seen each other many times over the years. This is a great website and thank you all for keeping it up. We plan on attending the 50 year and older class reunion up in the Catskills this October and look forward to meeting old Hillites again.


Author: Richard LeAndro - Of Titusville, Florida

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 May 2003.

I LIVE IN RICHMOND hILL AND LOVE ALL THE OLD BEAUTIFUL HOMES


Author: SUSAN ELESSAWI - Of RICHMOND hILL

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 May 2003.

I LIVE IN RICHMOND hILL AND LOVE ALL THE OLD BEAUTIFUL HOMES


Author: SUSAN ELESSAWI - Of RICHMOND hILL

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 May 2003.

Hello Richmond Hill

This web site is wonderful I am sure many memories have been brought up from the past. I remember going to the Lowes Williard to watch Flash Gorden movies with Buster Crabb and who could forget Mighty Mouse, Heckel and Jeckle and Tom and Jerry. I recall seeing my first 3D movie in this theater also. From the Williard to home we used to pass a Ford dealer and pick up the Ford Times a 4x6 little magazine, with stories about Ford cars and there adventures, There was a Chinese restaurant same side of the street that had the best Chinese Almond cookies ever 3 in a pack I think. I wonder if any one recalls Charlet Russe vanilla short cake with wipped cream heaped on top with a white stiff card board holder. This always reminded me of a priests collar. Hoffmans Cream soda, I can still remember buying the large bottle in a little grocery store almost across the street from Jackson's pond where we sailed boats when it was full of water. My apologies to the man whose boat I sunk all those years ago with my rubber band operated propeller driven pontoon boat. Small mistake on my part no steering on my craft, ooops. Most of these recollections come from the late forties and early fifties time frame. I remember trollys on Myrtle Ave red in color and Jahns Ice Cream parlor, Remember "THE KITCHEN SINK" I remember some thing like 24 scoops with all toppings, correct me if I am wrong.
Any way I am having way to much fun reminiscing. Signing off for now still looking for, Marie Bruno, Mary Ann Davies, Kristine Krasner, Ron Sontag and Nancy Hecth. Ken Ball Sunny San Diego- email: sfricke@san,rr.com


Author: KENNETH F BALL - Of San Diego, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 May 2003.

Really enjoy browsing this site and recognizing familiar names.
I lived at 125-16-103 Ave until I moved to Miami in 1950. Went to PS 57, PS 55 and graduated RHHS in 1949. Plan on attending the over 50 year reunion up in the Catskills this October. My wife and I will be having breakfast this Sat. with Bob Reich and his wife Nance who are vacationing from
Bristol, Virginia. Bob also graduated from RHHS in 1949 where we both pitched for the baseball team. We signed up with the then NY Giants a week apart, played on same farm team, both hurt our arms that ended our baseball career. We next came across each other while serving in Marines during Korean conflict and played against each other on Marine baseball teams. It is a small world after all. Thanks for the great website.


Author: Richard LeAndro - Of Titusville, Fl.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 May 2003.

Born in 1967, I grew up in Richmond Hill, 87-37 118th Street, right across the street from the 102nd Pct. I remember my grandmother walking me across the street to PS53. Ms. Omera was the kindergarten teacher, Ms. McCaffrey for second grade, Mr. Lesser for third grade. Tip Top Grocery Store, Kay's Variety Store, Home Paints, Lipshultz Stationers, (I may be mis-spelling some of these names), the bowling alley on Myrtle Avenue, Pantry Pride, so many things that are not there anymore, many many good friends and good times. It was such a different neighborhood growing up there than it is now. Thank you for being there to keep the history of Richmond Hill alive. 120 Park (The Dead End) will always rule!!!!!


Author: Susan Kenney - Of Long Beach, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 14 May 2003.

If anyone is looking for an old school yearbook perhaps this site may be of some help:
http://www.yearbooks.bravepages.com


Author: Lisa

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 14 May 2003.

I was born in Richmond Hill, lived at 94-31 116th Street until I was 7. I attended P.S. 53, which was just 2 blocks away (hope I got the school number correct!) I remember Miss McGoldrick was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Hart in first grade, Mrs. Ortner in second grade. Then we moved to Elmont in Nassau County. I never stopped missing Richmond Hill and its tree-lined streets which turned into shiny black mirrors on rainy days. I remember the candy store on Atlantic Avenue which belonged to Joe and Eddie Mohr, the penny candy cases, the soft drinks bin, where all the bottles were adrift in sea of ice cubes. Vanilla dixie cups, which had a photo of a movie star on the lids. My parents were William C. and Helen Irene (Patterson) Metz. I remember Joey Moore, Donald Edwards and his sister, Mary, the Francis family, who lived across the street from us, the Delahanty family down the street, and behind our house was the backyard of Charles Hillock, his brother, Walter, their sister and younger brother...it was a wonderful place to live, especially in spring, when lilacs bloomed. If anyone knows where Charles and Walter and Mary and Donald are, please let me know. They all went to St. Joseph Labre School. Donald and Mary moved to New London, Connecticut, and the Hillocks moved also. Never knew what happened to them. Jahn's ice cream parlor is unforgettable, as was the Public Library nearby, and the RKO movie theater, where we watched serial adventure movies, and the Garden Movie Theater on Jamaica Avenue. What wonderful memories!


Author: Gail Metz Silkett

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 13 May 2003.

Keep up this great resource. best greetings.


Author: Felix, Europe.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 11 May 2003.

Hello Richmond Hill,
What a great place to grow up in the 70's.Went to St. Teresa's and then John Adam's High School.Lived at 107-19 123rd. street.Worked at Dadson's Men's Clothing shop on
115th and Liberty Ave. Married and three great children.
Moved to Holbrook L.I. and now reside in central Florida for the past eleven years.Any old buddies out there, if so drop a few lines.The memories live on! Richmond Hill ROCKS ON.Thanks for 33 great years,its ashame all great things have to move on,The friends,great times,the four seasons,and all the memories.


Author: Michael Eckhoff - Of Kissimmee,Fl., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 10 May 2003.

Great work to build such a guestbook.


Author: asta - Of istanbul, Turkey.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 10 May 2003.

It's a trip. I'm 3rd generation Richmond Hill, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens area. I'm always fasinated when I visit this site. Just felt like throwing some things out there after reading the message board... the corner store at 117 & 95th (I grew up on the block)... watched that store turn from Margie's, to Bobo's to an Indian store now. It's funny to watch the progression when you step back... The American Way. Anyways my family remained close to the owner's of Margie's long after both left the block. Margie herself recently died in a tragic car accident in PA. A very nice woman. Milk Farm was awesome... as a little kid I was intruiged/scared about what went on in the vastness behind the refrigerated doors... then there was The Fountain on 116th & 95th. Kavon's was pretty cool too on 114th & 101st Ave but my poor teeth! I don't think I have ever seen that much candy in one place since those days. Anyone know if Jahn's still gives away a free sundae on your birthday? Mom always took me on my B-Day. I live right down the block but am embarassed to ask being almost 30 and all! I mean I am an adult now but I feel as if I should still get the free sundae. My parents threw me a 13th B-Day party in there. Great memories. CYO baseball was great too. I played for St. Benny's. Went to Molloy (1990) from SBJL (1987), then to Richmond Hill HS (1991) (please, dont ask!), then Queensbobro College (1995) & St. John's (1998). I'm still close with a lot of people I grew up with and we all agree that we wouldn't change any of it for anything in the world.
I have an uncle living in Helsinki and when he meets anyone from NY over there he always asks them... "what's your precint? What's you parrish?" He recently met someone from Richmond Hill in Helsinki. Parrish: SBJL. Precint 102nd. Small world! When I visit him by the end of any given conversation we come to the same point: Having been all over the world... nothing ever feels as good as home. We also discuss how this is a natural feeling but, even bearing that in mind, it's a pretty cool place. If this is seen by anyone I know feel free to e-mail... (fivestarr1973@aol.com)... Ken Schneider.
And thanks for the site! Awesome job...


Author: Ken Schneider - Of Kew Gardens, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 10 May 2003.

Great job Nancy & Co.! Please let me know how we can include the "NEW" Richmond Hill history, Particularly, the changes to Liberty Avenue.


Author: Darrel Sukhdeo/AGENDA 21 - Of Richmond Hill

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 8 May 2003.

I'm the other half of the Leporte twins Donald and George. I too am going to the reunion in the Catskills and look forward to a great time. Incidentally, Mauldin is in South Carolina.


Author: Donald Robert LePorte - Of Mauldin

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 8 May 2003.

HI Margaret (Midge Zimmer) RHHS Class of 49 and Bob Becker RHHS class of 48. Putting together a reunion for RHHS students in the late 40's. It will be held in Round Top (Catskill) NY in October 2003 at the Crystal Brook Resort. For more info contact Charlie Landeck 488@taconic.net. Hope some of you can make it we have about 20 people who have put down deposits for the weekend.
Animum Terminae Astris.


Author: Robert F. Becker - Of Richfield Springs, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 May 2003.

Great website very good work and nice design! Thank you very much for this useful site where people can share their opinions!


Author: Turkey Hotels - Of Istanbul, Turkey.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 May 2003.

I lived in Richmond Hill at 87-48 110 street and attended Holy Child and Richmond Hill High in the late 50's and early 60's. Please say hello if you remember.


Author: Arthur Perry - Of New York City, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 May 2003.

Was trying to contact a writer in this site Art Perry
an old neighbor. I typed out a message and it said
not a member ???? I lived near him and would like to hear from him. Thanks Flo Strong


Author: Flo Strong - Of Richmond Hill, Ny.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 May 2003.

Thanks for the memories, I lived in Richmond Hill first on
125 street then to 87-86, 116th street and 89th ave, went to
the school on 117th street behind the police station (102).
also PS 90 until 1949 then onto Newtown High. As one other
person said "who could forget JAHNS".


Author: Forbes C. Sutherland - Of Colorado Springs, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 2 May 2003.

I have really enjoyed visiting this Richmondhillhistory.org - It has shown many aspects of Richmond Hill that I never knew before. You guys have a Great Site, Keep up the Good Job!


Author: Larry Miller - Of Des Moines, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 2 May 2003.

Does anyone have a 1976 yearbook? Mine was missed placed.Thank You ...Eddie Rodriguez..Class of76


Author: Eddie - Of Virigina Beach, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 30 April 2003.

I lived at 97-12 125 Street. I went to St. Benedicts late 40s and 50s. Anybody familiar with the neighborhood?

Larry Maurer


Author: Larry Maurer - Of san diego

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 30 April 2003.

Found your site searching for Kew Gardens in England and just want to say your history is very interesting


Author: Joachim - Of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 29 April 2003.

JUST VSITED YOUR SITE. VERY MOVING! GRADUATED IN 1978, WENT TO THE MARINE CORPS. ANY CLASSMATE FROM 1978? WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. J RIDERS FROM BROOKLYN MYRTLE AVE TO 111ST QUEENS WHAT A RIDE. MEMBER OF ART MURAL TEAM PAINTING FOR SUBWAY. FRENCH SPANISH ITALIAN CLASS PARTICIPANT


Author: VLAD, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 29 April 2003.

i love this website it was very informing and gave me a greater sense of pride for my hometown.


Author: Stephanie Ramirez - Of QUEENS, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 April 2003.

Someone told me that there was a farm in Little Neck, anyone know anything about that?


Author: Matt Fortress

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 April 2003.

Someone told me that there was a fram in Little Neck, anyone know anything about that?


Author: Matt Fortress

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 April 2003.

I needed to do a project on RH for a school fair. This was the first site I came to and the only one that i used. I LUV yur site. It's perfect for research and very interesting. I can't tell u how much i enjoyed this site. I recommend it to anyone who needs to know about RH!


Author: anonymous

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 27 April 2003.

I needed to do a project on RH for a school fair. This was the first site I came to and the only one that i used. I LUV yur site. It's perfect for research and very interesting. I can't tell u how much i enjoyed this site. I recommend it to anyone who needs to know about RH!


Author: anonymous

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 27 April 2003.

Just want to say I am from Richmond Hill Originally. I made it out alive. Love the Web Site. I lived right across the street from Smokey Park. Great Hang Out.


Author: Katherine Persampieri - Of Miller Place, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 27 April 2003.

Richmondhill was the greatest place in the world to grow up in.
My familly lived at 85-56 106th Street from the mid 50s-1986. Always a bunch of kids around. 106th street kids against 105th we played Football, baseball, basketball, even hockey in the street "Carrrrrrr" lol I have stayed in touch with a few friends over the years and would to hear from some more. Vinny DiAngelo, Donald Morris, Ray Cassega, Brenden Walsh Walsh, Harald and Helmut Parzer and any of the old gang you know who you are. Always, great memories Victory Field, The Park Wall, Jackson Pond "The Pond", Bill's Candy Store, Gus's Grocery Store. Was a great time in a great town. Thanks for the Site and the memories.


Author: Andrew Murray - Of Long Branch, NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 April 2003.

What a great web site. I left RH 5 years ago and miss it alot. I went to RHHS 1962-1966. My kids all went to RHHS in the 1990's. We lived at 95-01 125th Street across from Smokey Oval Park. Anyone remember it? Let me know


Author: Susan (Keffel) Persampieri - Of Geneseo, Il, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 April 2003.

enjoyed my visit!


Author: Jansen - Of Taunusstein, Deutschland.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 23 April 2003.

Iam looking for my great grand Aunt's business called The Ship. It was a bar.


Author: Melba A. Martin Pilkington - Of Eldon, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 21 April 2003.

My 3 younger sisters and I graduated from RHHS and I taught there before marrying and moving to Connecticut. We all remember Mr. Clegg. I have despised chemistry ever since. Some of his children were in RHHS when I was. I remember Ambrose, George and Fran. I have fond memories of the lovely Mrs. Walter (Latin), the flinty Miss Finn (English) who was our grade advisor, the dramatic Miss Konigsberg, the very proper Mr. Shields (math) and poor Mr. Wood who had to listen to all of us wannabe musicians playing so many wrong notes and some notes that don't even exist. There are so many others who shaped our lives and gave us a wonderful education. It was a wonderful place to grow up in the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. We should probably all stand and sing the school song....


Author: Jean Franks Thompson - Of Hilton Head Island, SC

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 April 2003.



mr riis and his vast humaniterian efforts have always been a source of inspiration to me. anybody who works at keeping his life and work availible and accessible to others like myself deserve kudos.

keep up the good work and thankyou,

bob


Author: Bob Frey - Of Sorrento, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 April 2003.

For anyone who might be interested, I've posted a 32page slide show featuring "then" and "now" pictures of old Richmond Hill.


Author: Joe - Of Kew Gardens, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 17 April 2003.

First of all you, (Your site) has stirred up a thousand good memories,thank you for that. I had the pleasure to begin my life in Richmond Hill and enjoy all the fun games we played stick ball, stoop ball, potsy, Knock Hocky, catch a fly yerr up, Ring A Levio just to name a few. Riding the merry go round in Forrest Park, fishing for cat fish in the twin ponds across the road from the merry go round. Any one remember the pony rides and the large glass green house also near the merry go round.
I lived at 88th avenue and 104 st between Jamaica ave and Atlantic ave, Sids Candy store was right on the corner of 104th st and Jamaica, heading toward 107th st was a large set of billboard signs we played in and on, Sauls Glass Shop, Tex Fosters Hobby Shop was just before 107th st.and the mecca of ice cream, Fries. I still can't find an Eggcream soda or a good chocolate Frappe since I left Richmond Hill.
I still remember the yellow and green Krug's bakery truck and Dugans (Divco van) bakery trucks and we as little beggers trying to get free cakes, hey some times it worked.

I attended PS 66 and remember Mrs Leviness the principle, Mrs Sheriden, Mrs Richards, Mrs Karl and Mrs Wheeler. Mrs Smith was that wonderful lady that cooked up all our lunches.
When I remember how we travelled all over on the "EL" for a dime, what a bargain, I can still see the sign "TO THE CITY" flashing with the buzzer in the background sounding the alert. Being of an adventurous nature my friends and I travelled all over New York. If my mom is looking down I'm in deep yogert.
Any way sure would like to touch base with old friends like Harold and Judy Meyer, Henry, Doris and Warren Muller
The Daly Family of 104th st Robert Ormond, Bllly Hass, Gloria Rinaldi, Nancy Hecht,Pat Mugavaro, Harry Stuber, Fred Buck, Richard Geller. If any of y'all se this,lets chat Email S fricke@san,rr.com
Father Shine at Holy Child is still my most favorite priest ever.

Living in San Diego you would be amazed how many people from Queens and Richmond Hill live out here. We don't miss the winters.

There should be a sister city to Richmond Hill, like Richmond Hill, Georgia a small town outside, Savannah,Georgia. Just a thought.

Thanks for invoking all those far away fun memories.


Author: Kenneth F Ball - Of San Diego, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 17 April 2003.

I REALLY ENJOY BROWSING THROUGH THE R.H. HISTORY. I THINK I AM A PART OF IT SINCE I AM IN THE GENERAL AREA FOR 60 YRS. I WENT TO ST. BENNY'S AND RICMOND HILL HIGH, LEAVING THERE IN '49. I SEE A FEW NAMES OF PEOPLE I KNEW WAY BACK WHEN AND THE PLACES THAT THEY FREQUENTED. I SAW YOU,COUSIN BOB R. AND YOUR MESSAGE. ALSO JOE ABANDOLA'S AND SOME OTHERS. GREAT FUN READING ALL OF THE MESSAGES.


Author: ED GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 16 April 2003.

Just wanted to thank you guys for having such an informative site.


Author: avril - Of westchester, U.S.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 13 April 2003.

Thanks for the great memories and the great website!


Author: James Buckley - Of Sacramento, CA, US.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 13 April 2003.

Aloha, just came accidently to your site from Amsterdam and didn't want to leave without posting a message. Keep up the good work! ;o)


Author: Maarten

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 12 April 2003.

Grew up at 87-24 110 St. Graduated from Holy Child Jesus in 1960. Went to Bishop Loughlin HS, CCNY - Retired FDNY now living in South Carolina-Y'all


Author: Peter Mohan - Of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 11 April 2003.

just curious about the RH history


Author: Dom Scarpitta - Of howard beach, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 11 April 2003.

HELLO EVERYBODY!!!

TO ANYONE TRYING TO CONTACT ME, MY EMAIL ADDRESS HAS CHANGED TO SIDVIC1234@AOL.COM WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM OLD CLASMATES AT GOOD OLD ST BENNYS. MID FITIES TO EARLY SIXTIES. ALSO OLD FRINDS FROM 117 TH ST AND 95 TH AVE. RIGHT BYE GUS DELI.


Author: FRANCIS P HANRAHAN - Of OCALA FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 10 April 2003.

Attended RHHS 1949-1953. played with the Richmond Hill Cardinal Baseball team,lived on 111st off Jerome ave 1941-1953. Like to make contact with old neighbors.


Author: Bob Rademacher

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 April 2003.

I love the site, and keep up the good work. Keep America Strong. You can also visit our Pachyderm site at SEdallasPachyderms.com
Thanks
Tony


Author: Tony Aguilar - Of Mesquite, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 April 2003.

Grateful to find this website!


Author: Oxanna V. - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

I feel like a teenager again when I browse this fantastic web site about Richmond Hill.Please feel free to e-mail me if you like. I lived on 110 street between Jamaica Ave. and Atlantic Ave. during the 50's,60's,and the 70's. I attended Holy Child and Richmond Hill High.


Author: Arthur Perry - Of New York City, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 6 April 2003.

THIS WAS A PLEASURE TO READ, MY FAMILY HAS LIVED IN R.H. SINCE 1927 AND STILL HAS A BUSINESS HERE. THANK YOU!


Author: CHARLES WOLFINGER - Of RICHMOND HIL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 April 2003.

i am so inspired by your website... i enjoyed reading and looking at it.


Author: paul beulborg - Of paris

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 2 April 2003.

Hey Karyn (hollenback)--I remember the Milk Farm and went to SBJL too! I actually saw Ms. Mazella about two years ago while visiting a friend's parents in the area. Some things just don't change. I recognize your las name, but can't picture your face. I lived on 121 street between 95th Ave and 97th Avenue. Other families on my block were the Grossman, Catapano, and Cannings. I graduated from SBJL in 76 and RHHS in 81. Write back if you'd like...it would be great to from someone from the old neighborhood!


Author: Kim "Basak" Cangro - Of congers, us.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 April 2003.

I was born and raise in richmond hill--attended st.benedict labre elementary school then richmond hill hs. I am now living in rockland county, ny.


Author: kimberly basak-cangro - Of congers, us.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 April 2003.

Richmond Hill's only resident performing arts organization, the Sacred Music Chorale is presenting the rarely performed and powerful "Stabat Mater" by Antonin Dvorak on Sunday, April 13 at 3 pm at historic St. John's Lutheran Church at 86-20 114th Street in Richmond Hill. The 30 voice chorale under the Direction on the Reverend Robert G. Sonnenberg will be joined by a quartet of professional soloists and orchestra. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert for $15 ($12 for student and seniors). All supporters of the arts in Richmond Hill are invited to attend.


Author: Phil Skabeikis - Of Richmond Hill NY, Queens.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 31 March 2003.

On Saturday April 5th there will be a rally to support our
troops,our President and our country.The rally will be held at the Bandshell in Forest Park.Senator Serphin Maltese and other public officials will be on hand.God Bless America!!!!


Author: Chris - Of New York, United States of America.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 31 March 2003.

my last name is deehan, i've never known anyone else with that name and was surprised to find this web site. my father is from onterio, canada


Author: alexandra deehan - Of albuquerque,nm, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 28 March 2003.

I practially lived at your library.
I lived in Richmond Hill for twenty years.



Author: Janet, U S A .

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 27 March 2003.

Don't miss this year's House and Garden Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Hill Library.
Sunday, May 18, 2003 from 12 Noon - 4:00 PM. Check their webpage for info


Author: ddoyle Of Richmond Hill, NY, US

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 27 March 2003.

I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO WHAT I PREVIOUSLY SAID. REMEMBER BOBO'S ON THE CORNER OF 95AVE. AND 117ST. I HAD A FRIEND NAMED MICHEAL HERRARA WHO LIVED ACROSS SMOKEY PARK. IF YOU KNOW HIM, E-MAIL ME.


Author: Sanjeet Singh - Of Sacramento, CA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 27 March 2003.

i LIVED IN RICHMOND HILL FOR ALL 14 YEARS OF MY LIFE. THEN I MOVED TO CA. I ATTENDED ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS ME, PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND WE'LL GET CAUGHT UP!


Author: Sanjeet Singh - Of Sacramento, CA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 27 March 2003.

My Grandfather owned Connies Italian Restaurant on 108th street and Jamaica Avenue. I worked there for many years. If you are interested in hearing from me or if you remember the restaurant I would love to hear from you.


Author: Michael Epifanio - Of charlotte, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 26 March 2003.

What a great site. I was born in Terrace Heights Hospital back in 1950 and was trying to locate the hospital. I (we) lived at 224 Jericho Tpke Floral Park at the time. Any one know if the hospital was torn down or rename?


Author: Lorraine - Of Melbourne, Fl, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 23 March 2003.

I love historic Richmondtown. Me and my family love to go over there. Especially for the festivities.


Author: Michelle Aguayo - Of Staten Island, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 21 March 2003.

Congratulations! This is great. I am so excited about it. Very well done. I am very proud of all this and happy to be part of it.


Author: Richael Ramsammy - Of Franklin, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 18 March 2003.

very interested in your site as trying to find out about ancestors who lived in richmond hill circa 1910 name isaac penny hubbard and rebecca hubbard they had 2 sons franklin and william and a daughteredith who sadly died circa 1910 any anfo would be much appreciated


Author: kathleengraykay - Of manchester, lancashire.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 14 March 2003.

who says you can't go back?


Author: Helen, Florida.

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found old friends through your site... thanks!

Author: Bob Wilson - Of Memphis, USA.

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love looking at old photos


Author: cathy - Of queens, us.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 11 March 2003.

Enjoyed "Images of America, Richmond Hill," immensely. My wife spotted my mother in the picture of the meeting of the Twentieth Century Club. Does anyone remember Mrs Dierck's Kew Forest School on 118th St between Jamaica Ave. and 89th Ave.? Incidentally, for anyone interested, the correct web address for the Yonkers Glee Club directed by Rev. Robt. Sonnenberg is www.yonkersgleeclub.org


Author: Dan Murphy - Of Yonkers, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 11 March 2003.

I would like to thank all those who sent messages of congratulations concerning the radio show broadcast of March 10 on 91.5 FM. I would like to especially thank my students at Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates for tuning in and listening. To 5-1, 5-2, 6-1, 6-2, 7-1 and 7-2 - a heartfelt THANKS!
Richmond Hill has moved to the forefront and there are many people helping to place it on the map. Nancy Cataldi has led the way as President of the Richmond Hill Historical Society. We are all prospering from her dedicated work. Many are realizing how unique and special our town is and what it can be if we can all join together in this crusade. The past is overflowingly rich with the stories of all those who came before us and we, the present generation, can make such a difference for those who will follow in our footsteps.
Respectfully
Carl Ballenas


Author: Carl Ballenas - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 11 March 2003.

It's time for this site to offer Richmond Hill tshirts, mugs, hats, etc......you'll sell many.........


Author: jon, usa.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 9 March 2003.

I happened upon your website while searching for the reason for the "Jack Maple" reference in "The District" TV show. I live in a small town In Kentucky, and have always been fascinated by old pictures and histories showing how people lived in other places. New York and Kentucky are so different that I was especially charmed and delighted to read about and see scenes from the past in Richmond Hill. How I would have loved to see it back then! Thank you so much for sharing. LAH


Author: Lois Anne Holley - Of Morehead, KY.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 9 March 2003.

Correction to be made on the UPDATE. The radio program for Monday in NOT on 95.1 rather 91.5!


Author: C. Ballenas - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 6 March 2003.

Thanks for the great site. I grew up in Richmond Hill. My parents owned a small grocery store on Liberty Ave and 123st. Going through this website brought back so many memories.


Author: Ray Pettigrew - Of Kansas City

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Well hmm...just reppin' RH to da' fullest..holla'back..


Author: SaliSha...101's aVe. Playg1rL - Of kiLLa QnZ, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 4 March 2003.

tune in your radio on march 10th, 2003 at 6 p.m. on WNYE---91.5 FM "Anything Goes"....and hear CARL BALLENAS AND NANCY CATALDI
discuss their book "Images of America: Richmond Hill" and speak about the Richmond Hill Historical Society.......


Author: nancy cataldi - Of richmond hill!

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 4 March 2003.

Super, super site. Very well done indeed.


Author: Judy Daugherty - Of Des Moines, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 3 March 2003.

Great images of Richmond Hill, Queens.


Author: jrm1313 - Of Maspeth, US.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 2 March 2003.

Found your site to be very interesting. Thanks for the great info.


Author: andres - Of barcelona, spain.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 2 March 2003.

Its nice to know that I can find "my home" on the Internet. Thanks!


Author: Brendan O. - Of Montauk, NY, U.S.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 1 March 2003.

Recomended to me by a customer, I was truly amazed at the amount of history in a place I have worked in for over 30 years and never knew about.
I remember as a boy of ten going to work with my Dad on Saturdays. In those days we used to close for lunch and walk a block south to 113st and eat in a local restaurant. Jamaica ave was a bustling street that had to be negotiated carefully because of overflowing sidewalk traffic.
It was then & still now has a small town feel to it.
Mitch Seff.


Author: Mitchel Seff C/O Brite Hardware - Of new york, Nassau.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 1 March 2003.

being a native of jamaica queens, i truly appreciate this web site


Author: k donahue - Of savannah, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 1 March 2003.

I have always wondered about the reference to Jack Maple in the credits for "The District.", one of my favorite shows. I am glad I finally looked up this site. THanks for the info.
Elaine


Author: Elaine - Of Manchester, CT, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 28 February 2003.

Its great to find Richmond Hill on the web!


Author: Ernie - Of Farmingville, NY

This entry was recorded on Friday, 28 February 2003.

It was delightful to find this site! Somehow growing up in this town, I never realized until I saw the pictures how truly historic it is! My father, Simon L. Shick, graduated from RHHS in the 1920's. My father said that Richmond Hill was mostly farmland when he moved there as a child around 1912. I grew up in Richmond Hill on 104th Street and then moved to Myrtle Avenue around the corner from Jahn's and the RKO Keith's. I graduated from RHHS in the class of 1953, and my sister Betty was in the class of 1956.

Does anyone remember the chemistry teacher, Mr. Clegg? My father and I both had him for chemistry. (We also shared a kindergarten teacher at PS 66, Mrs. Greilich.)

What a great site! Thank you for the opportunity to remember and share.


Author: Linda Shick Aaronson - Of Framingham MA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 28 February 2003.

Where is the section for alumni


Author: Patricia Bustamante - Of OKINAWA, JAPAN.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 27 February 2003.

Richmond Hill Rocks!


Author: Vito - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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usrt wantn to learn more about the country


Author: Darrell L. Carty - Of Charlotte Amalie, St. THOMAS USVI.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 24 February 2003.

Hello, my grandfather is Richard Galvani he was part of the 1973 Block association and I was wondering if you had any other information on him or other information on the block association. Thanks Bye


Author: Alana Silvestro - Of Long Beach, US.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 22 February 2003.

Attended R.H. 1993-1997,its great good old memories, Nice teacher like Mr. Donolds, Ms. Kenny and Mrs. Grossman, Rosemary Singh and Ann Persuad class of 2003, enjoy your last few months at Richmond Hill... love to hear from any old friends... hit me be back w/ a e-mail msingh@cravath.com


Author: melinda singh - Of qns.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 21 February 2003.

Your site is very Interesting, ive added it to my favorites.


Author: e-learning - Of bordeaux, FRANCE.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 21 February 2003.

thanks for the website...


Author: Sergio Yuzak - Of Ozone Park, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 21 February 2003.

Memories are great ... I lived by Lefferts & Hillside Av from 1962 to 1979. Went to Holy Child & Richmond Hill High. Mom still lives there so I come back from California once a year. Fond memories of Forest Park ... sleding, ice skating, running through the sprinklers, the Pond. Hanging out on 124th Street, the diner. Thanks for the site.


Author: Renee (Widmer) - Of Bellflower, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 19 February 2003.

I Grew up on 111th st between 95th Ave and 101st Ave. Went to St Benny`s. Belonged to K. of C. Morris Park Council #566.I am 50 now and live in Fla. since 73.Went to Al`s Stereo,Tom`s and Miller`s in the late 60`s, early 70`s. If you know me, e-mail.


Author: R Grady - Of Fla.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 February 2003.

Nice ot recall all those great places...grew up at 91-20 117 St. Went to PS' 53,51,90 and RHHS Keep up the good work
Hank Haynes


Author: Henry Haynes - Of Englewood,Ohio, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 February 2003.

I am doing research on my family, who lived in Richmond Hills Queens in 1868. I found your web site very interesting.


Author: Melissa Collins - Of Freeport N.Y., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 February 2003.

I lived at 87-48 110 street in RICHMOND HILL from 1946 till 1973. I attended HOLY CHILD JESUS FROM 1951 TO 1959, then RICHMOND HILL H.S. till 1962. I dicovered this site by accident and I am thrilled that I did. It is wonderful and has brought back many memories.


Author: Artie Perry - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 16 February 2003.

very useful and informative site!


Author: reta effendi - Of jombor, Hong Kong.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 16 February 2003.

I was born in Richmond Hill in 1939 and lived at 133-09 107th AVE. Attended P.S. 121.1945-1953. Played basketball for the great teams of St. Teresa 1954-1961 in their mostly undefeated seasons in both CYO and Press Leagues.I would love to hear from anyone from that era.


Author: Russell Morea - Of Smithtown, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 14 February 2003.

trying to find out about old victorian homes brought me to this site and i'm truly amazed... look forward to visiting Richmond Hill!


Author: Stefan Mueller - Of Greenwich, CT, US.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 February 2003.

We were just brousing, looking for Richmonds, Enjoyed your website, looks like a nice place to live.


Author: David & Bobbie, Hill House - Of Richmond ,Yorkshire, England.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 11 February 2003.

Nice pleasure to discover your site


Author: Bill McManus - Of Los Angeles, CA, US.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 11 February 2003.

My father was born in Jamaica in 1903 but at an early age the family moved to Lester Ave in Richmond Hill. According to my uncle's obituary of Aug.1915 their home was near Van Wyck Ave. By April of 1921 my Grandfather, Joseph Brown, had built a home at 8923-135th Street. For years, after they moved to California this home was used as a student nurses' residence for one of the hospitals ( Jamaica?). I'm sure it has since been torn down. Does anyone know what is located at that address now or what the Lester Ave area looked like or looks like now?

Also what public school would my father have attended if they lived in these places during his school years/ where would the records of those schools be found now? I know he didn't go to high school, so it would be elementary school I'd need. Someday I hope to come to Richmond Hill from my home here in Vermont, although I'm sure it is nothing like the area my grandparents or father would recognize.


Author: Katherine Pond - Of Post Mills, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 9 February 2003.

I lived in Richmond Hill for two years in the middle '70's and I didn't realize the history that it had. I love the pictures of the Victorian homes. Keep up the good work Nancy. You have a great website!


Author: Carol - Of New York, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 9 February 2003.

What a lot of memories! I must come back someday. What could have been better than growing up in Richmond Hill in the 1950's? It was the best of times. The website is excellent. Keep up the good work.


Author: Alison Biondo - Of Longwood, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 8 February 2003.

Thanks for the memories and keeping me up to date!


Author: Gudron Johannsen - Of Boston, MA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 8 February 2003.

I see that the schools most often mentioned here, PS 55,PS 121 and PS 90 aren't included among the lists of graduates at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~blkyn/Queens/Queens.index.html
It would be great if someone who attended and graduated schools in Richmond Hill and the vicinity could start a new listing at the URL above. It NEEDS some Richmond Hill entries! I'm trying to learn where my father went grammer school in the 1920's, and where else he and his sibblings might have attended High School in the 1920's and very early 30's if they lived in Richmond Hill - besides RHHS or a religious school - I've had no luck in finding out if they attended RHHS where I think they must have gone. Anyone know Walter, Imogene and John (Jack) Smith back then? All were born between 1907 & 1915. I grew up in Kew Gardens and later moved to Manhattan and then out west. Thanks for reading this.


Author: Smitty - Of SF Bay Area, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 6 February 2003.

i like your books


Author: holly turpin

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The information you provide is wonderful, thanks !


Author: Jim Stilidiadis - Of Floral Park, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 3 February 2003.

I never really appreciated the history of RH until recently. What a great place to live and go to school. It was a true neighborhood filled with diversity, culture and great memories


Author: Indira Mulligan - Of Columbus, OH

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 3 February 2003.

I love your page. It is filled with wonderful photos that bring back fond memories. Thank you to Carl, Nancy, etal.


Author: Mary Ann Carey - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 30 January 2003.

I worked with a gal in NYC name Maria Petraglia. She had two brother Stephen and my mind went blank on the other brothers name. I worked with her from 1969ish to 1973. He mom used to pick us up at the Leffertd Blvd. train station when I spent weekends with her. Does anyone have any information on where Maria is now. We had a blast on the weekends there and I have great memories of Richmond Hill and surrounding areas. Gail Petersen from Staten Island.


Author: Gail Petersen - Of Chandler Ariz, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 30 January 2003.

Jeffery, I was just reading your post about 124-13 hillside ave. I live right around the block from there on 124 st. and 85 ave. I live in Kew Gardens . Isn't it amazing you don't even have to cross the street to get fromRichmond Hill to Kew Gardens. I do have to say the neighborhood changes in that half of block. There is a building that was built on the corner of hillside (a row of them) I would say about 20 something years ago. I don't know if that house was one that they knocked down. On my block there was about 3 or 4 houses that they knocked down and put up a building for only the religous jewish people to live. I will check for you in the morning to see if the house you are talking about is still there. We are even in a different school district and post office with that half of block. Kew Gardens is still very nice though.


Author: noreen kelter rinaldi - Of kew gardens, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 30 January 2003.

I found this site while researching Jack Maple. It also brought some memories back from when I worked there in the ninties.Keep up the good work!


Author: John Brenner - Of Cedar Grove Tn., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 28 January 2003.

My cousins (and my parents) spent a large portion of their life in Richmond Hill (124-13 Hillside Avenue, to be exact)

The memories of the carved staircases, the crystal doorknobs, the stained glass windows still linger, and I spent many a summer at the grand old house which I hope still stands.

Richmond Hill is like a second home to me, and I claim it as my roots also, and I miss it terribly.
I sure do hope that you will include some more photos
on this site, and I will check back soon.


Author: Jeffery Haas - Of Dallas, TX, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 26 January 2003.

The new book on Richmond Hill is excellent...it provided some great memories over these recent frozen winter nights.
Keep up the great work with this site.
Thanks.


Author: Pat Bernardo, Long Island, NY.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 January 2003.

Richmond Hill! Lordy...it has been a long time...


Author: Kathleen Hughes - Of Nashville, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 January 2003.

I also wanted to add that the church of the ressurection at 85-09 120 street is a beautiful old church and was just reconized by the historical society. They welcome new members and it is really a great group of people. Come join us!


Author: noreen kelter rinaldi - Of kew gardens, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 23 January 2003.

This site is just so interesting to read. I have lived here for all of my life almost 39 years and wouldn't want to live any where else. I am now raising my daughter here since it is such a nice town.


Author: noreen kelter rinaldi - Of kew gardens, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 23 January 2003.

Thanks agin for the trip down memory lane . I spent 20 years living and growing in Richmond hill at 89-26 116 street. My best friend lived two houses down and i believe they still are some of them there. Miss the neighborhood alot.


Author: PATRICIA TARNEY - Of ROCK SPRINGS, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 22 January 2003.

My grandparents came from 1034 Villa Avenue in 1915. Is there any way anyone can check and see if the Villa Avenues in 1915 were numbered 1034. They are now known I believe to be named 126th street or 128th street. I have been uanble to find a 1034 Villa in any of the other boroughs. Since Queens used to have a Villa Avenue, I am very interested in finding out this information. Thank you.


Author: Jan - Of waconia, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 21 January 2003.

I want to take this opportunity, as the new Pastor at the Church Of the Resurrection to publicly thank everyone at the Richmond Hill Historical Society for the work they have done in helping secure Resurrection's place on the National Register. I look forward to joining in the work of helping to save Richmond Hill's historical structures, and developing its vibrant community.


Author: The Rev. Charles McCarron - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 18 January 2003.

I graduated with my older brother Bill from RHHS in 1967. I entered the Air Force and retired after 26 years of service. Needless to say I traveled the world and I am a vet of the Gulf War. Both of my brothers Bill and Peter served in Vietnam. Bill graduated in 1967 and Peter my twin in 1968. I am a proud graduate of the University of Arizona and I currently operate my own English school in Japan. I will always remember the days at RHHS and the fun I had. Sorry to all the teachers we troubled over the years. However, we all turned out OK. Unfortunately I lost a niece Kimberly S. Bowers at the World Trade Center.


Author: Gerard (Jerry) Bowers - Of Kagoshima, Japan.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 18 January 2003.

Just getting into this website for the first time...it's great! I lived on 101 Ave.and 126th Street for 29 years (birth through 1993)... boy do I remember Kavons! You could get so much candy! And the Milk Farm! All the bars on different corners... what a shame it's changed so much! It's still home in my heart though!


Author: Geri Theile - Of Huntington Beach, California.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 18 January 2003.

Phil Skabeikis might be interested to know that the director of the Sacred Music Chorale is also the director of the Male Glee Club of Yonkers, and we feel very fortunate is having him. For anyone interested, the Glee Club's site is at yonkersgleeclub.net. Also, does anyone remember Tex Foster's hobby shop on Atlantic Avenue? It was one of my favorite places. I still have one of his hand-made sailboats that I used to sail in Jackson Pond.


Author: Dan Murphy - Of Yonkers, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 18 January 2003.

Thanks to your wonderful website I can share my memories with my grandchildren


Author: Ingrid Olofsson Daniels - Of Bucks Co., PA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 January 2003.

any one remember Kavons on 101st ave at 114th street. that was a terrific little store, and the owners remembered us, even after we had grown.
--ps-- i was surprised to see that Maryann Mazzella was still principal of SBJl as of a couple of years ago. she started out there when we were kids in the 70's.and on a totally different note, does anyone remember the Milk Farm?


Author: karyn (hollenback) waladkewics - Of New Jersey, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 14 January 2003.

wonderful website. My family lived at 95-64 115th Street from 1966-1979. My brother, Erik, and I attended St. Benny's.Then I went to Beach Channel HS in Rockaway Park. I have great memories of growing up in such a great town- glad to hear that its still loved by the people who live there now- and what a great historical society.
Hi to any members of the Strate, Napolitano, Bennett, Cicero,+ Arguelles just to name a few. If you remember any of us, drop a line.
w/ fond memories of Jahns, Margies,the Casino,and more,
karyn


Author: Karyn (Hollenback) Waladkewics - Of New Jersey, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 14 January 2003.

My grandparents moved here in the 40's Thier name was Capps. Thier daughter married and stayed in the nieghborhood for the last sixty years. I still live in the house my grandparents owned with my own family. It's nice to learn about the history of richmond hill and connect them with the stories my mother told about growing up here. Her favorite place that she mentioned time and time again was the RKO Kieth's


Author: Thomas Ronan - Of South Richmond Hill

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 12 January 2003.

I have really enjoyed visiting this site. It has shown many aspects of Richmond Hill that I never knew before


Author: Matthew John Matagrano - Of Jackson Heights, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 12 January 2003.

It's funny how we forget about the old days. Just reading about RH brought back so many great memories. My family lived on 116th and 103ave. While I was in High School I met a family by the name of HOLLENBACK, there was John, Maria, Karen and Eric. I've been searching for them for the past twenty years and no luck. They movied sometime around 77-79 to Florida. The Hollenbacks' lived on 115th street between 101 and 103 ave. If you might know this family or if you bought there home. Please contact @ (210) 344-9981. Thank you


Author: Patty Ospina Cranford - Of san Antonio, texas.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 10 January 2003.

Like the Hill area - The region around Acwoth N.H. is similar in many ways. Researching the native inhabitants of this upper region of rural New England is a stated goal of my own. Remote area of N.H. not often understood by Historians. Thank you * H. McPhee * Historical Researcher *


Author: H. McPhee - Of Richmond, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 10 January 2003.

hello all! just wanted to say this is a great website.i grew up and lived in Richmond Hill for over 25 years,what a great place it was to grow up in.does anyone remember the octoberfests held in victory field? under the big yellow tents?


Author: steve kubiak - Of belle harbor, new york.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 9 January 2003.

I have enjoyed several visits to this website. My Grandparents came to R.H. in 1914 when my grandfather retired from the NYFD.After my parents married in 1919 they lived for a while in Brooklyn then moved to 102-14 Park Lane South where I grew up. I attended Holy Child School and graduated in January 1949. If anyone from my class still lives in R.H. or visits this site I would love to hear from them. I think it was a wonderful place to grow up. We had all the advantages of the worlds largest city and a neighborhood that felt like a small town.
Frank Essex


Author: Frank Essex - Of Galveston, Texas,USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 9 January 2003.

I think this is a good idea.


Author: Simeon - Of Long Beach, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 7 January 2003.

Through researching my family history, I have come to find that my great great grandfather, Henry Miles, built a large white clapboard house in Richmond Hill. He was an immigrant from England who specialized in ornamental plater work. Upon arrival in the United States, he opened a company in Brooklyn, "Miles for Tiles" which made much of the tile in the newly openned subway system.
The large white clapboard house, of which I have a beautiful picture, had a conservatory where Henry Miles grew exotic flowers. The property was very large. On the foour corners of his property, he built a house for each of his daughters and theire husbands(except for my great grandmother - the fifth daughter - who married and moved to Boston. I have been told that the main house no longer exists, as it was torn down to enlarge one of the major roadways, however the four houses on the corners of the property still stand.
The family lived in Rochmond Hill from the later 1800's (they immigrated from England in 1875) until the early 1900's (I have a copy of my great great grandmother's death certificate from 1911 listing her residence as being in Morris Park). In 1915, Henry Miles purchased a large tract of land in what is now Brentwood, LI and eventually moved there, where he died in 1939 at the age of 96.
If you should have any further information regarding the Miles family or their homes, please contact me.


Author: Christian Miller - Of Manhasset, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 January 2003.

Nice page thanks for the work. Wanted to know more about the history of Richmond hill and your page did a great job in filling me in.


Author: jim - Of Richmond hill, New York.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 January 2003.

Happy New Year to all members and visitors to this site.
Thanking everyone for your continued support and appreciation!!!


Author: ddoyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 January 2003.

Thanks for the website
Who could ever forget Jahns!


Author: Mary Jo - Of Ithaca, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 January 2003.


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