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Submitted by Comments:
Mike Mannion
From: Walden NY
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. Stay Happy, Joyous & Free.
Added: December 30, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
HAPPY, HEALTHY, HOLY, PEACE-FILLED NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!
Added: December 30, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
tom moylan
From: bayshore ny
E-mail:
Does any body remember local 109 softball team.
Added: December 30, 2013
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Gail Narine
From: 109 st. S. Richmond Hill
E-mail: Gawmn@aol.com
I understand that 104-30 was abandoned for many years, does anyone knows why or the circumstances or anything about the original or previous owners?
Someone said they owned a company on 101 ave, dealing in stairs, maybe...
Added: December 29, 2013
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Henry Michel
From: Georgetown Texas
E-mail: hank@bighank.com
Merry Christmas to all.
I would love to hear from old friends and classmates. I graduated from HCJ in 1957, Brooklyn Prep in 1960, and St John's in 1964. Worked in the Triangle Hofbrau for many years plus tended bar in Glenns part time.
RH was a fantastic place to grow up.
Added: December 24, 2013
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Stan Oleysyck
From: Camden, DE
E-mail: soleysyck@yahoo.com
TO: All Posters,
Have a Blessed Merry Christmas!
FROM: A sinner and BELIEVER that lived at 111-29 122nd St during the late 50's, early 60's. GOD Bless You All...
Vivat Jesus!
Added: December 24, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
Teresa Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
HAPPY and HEALTHY HOLIDAYS to all!
God's Blessings!
Added: December 20, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
George Pett
From: United States
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net
Does anyone here know a friend of mine from my childhood, Caroline Weis?
She graduated from John Adams 1960-'61, believe her married name would be "Mathis", had 2 brothers Albert and Richie.
If any of you know her or either of her brothers, please let them know I am trying to get in touch with her, and pass my E-Mail address on to her. Thanks - and Merry Christmas to all ...
Added: December 19, 2013
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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net
To Ann Ferry:
I lived on your street (112th bet. 95th & 101st ave) for two years, bet. 1952 and 1954. (95-35 112st.) Do you remember the Devitos', the Lawlers' or the Morganstawlers'?
I attended P.S. 53 the old wooden school on 114th St.
Added: December 18, 2013
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando Fl
E-mail: martell@hotmail.com
To Richmond Hillers,
my memories of attending PS 55Q 1960-1968. Kindergarten was half day and my teacher's name was Ms Swanson. We played with puzzles and there was a doll house in the classroom. We had a snack and milk every morning. I remember the piano in the classroom. When we were dissmissed all the students were lined up and the teacher played the piano and we sang when johnny came marching home and listened to the mocking bird. The teachers were the crossing guards. Mrs Haselack was the principal and she toad the line. Mrs mMccord was her assistant and she was strict.
I remember Mrs Brown 3rd grade, Mrs Vanora 4th grade and mMrs Dean 5th grade. Hot lunch was served from lg pots with peanut butter and jelly and a apple and milk. I soon changed to cold lunch.
I remember fire drills where we had to not make a peep. And bomb drills where we had to kneel under the desk, now they just come through the window. Well all said and done I was blessed to have been part of it all.
If anyone has any memories of PS 55 please write in. It would be nice to hear from you. Has anyone ever heard anything about the Wilheim sisters, Florence and Margaret?
Have a blessed and safe Christmas season and a happy new year, Phyllis Pollano
Added: December 17, 2013
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Frank Ladone
From: Howard Beach
E-mail: frankdowop@yahoo.com
Wishing everyone in Richmond Hill Historical Society a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
God Bless
Added: December 15, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Anyone out there work for The Equitable Life Assurance Society during the years 1952-1980?
Great employer and interesting jobs. Drop a line. Bob Rademacher
Added: December 11, 2013
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Robert C. DiMaio
From: Richmond Hill/ South Ozone Park
E-mail: toiamid@hotmail.com
Though these neighborhoods had names and boundaries, it seemed like they were all connected through childhood activities.
Delivering the Long Island Press took our bikes on routes from 124st and Rockaway blvd to Lefferts 109 ave--we did each other paper routes and knew every street, house lawn, and nasty DOG.
Found ourselves doing odd jobs for same elderly sweethearts we delivered papers to... Junior high school took us to Howard Beach, past Aquaduct and beloved fishing trips to Jamaica Bay and dare we say secret journeys to Rockaway Playland!!!!
We visited JFK airport on the Green Bus Line Q-10--and pretended we would board the giant airliners which glided over our houses from faraway places... and if we wanted excitement in the wilderness, we ventured to Forest Park putting pennies on the LIRR tracks and watched them get Squished by heavy trains!!!
The diversity of Richmond Hill and surrounding areas is an amazing cross-section of our universe, our lives, and the wonderful people who added to this guestbook!! (this list of memories are but few grains of sand on the beach of my life)
Added: December 6, 2013
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bernie dimaio
From: 120 st. between 109th ave n linden blvd
E-mail: muffinpa32
olph parish, ps 100, liberty ave, lefferts movie, casino, karps ice cream, nicks greek rest., rosenblums drug store, the green shade bar... etc i could go on n on.
we were so lucky to have all of these places, never did we realize it then, n yes the old... green bus line on lefferts blvd.
Added: December 5, 2013
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando Fl
E-mail: martell@hotmail.com
A Merry Christmas to all Richmond Hillers.
Great memories of the season growing up in NY. Shopping with my mother is memorable. Gertz with santa claus and Christmas wonderland was amazing. Macys tress were most beautifully decorated. I was blessed to have been there.
A blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. Phyllis Pollano Martell
Added: December 5, 2013
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Ann Ferry
From: Yardville NJ
E-mail:
I was born and raised on 112th street between 95th and 101st avenues. Graduated from SBJL in 1959.
Richmond Hill was a wonderful place to grow up. I have such fond memories of my childhood there. Lived there from 1946 to 1965 when I got married and moved to Brooklyn.
Added: November 29, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: United States
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Wishing everyone a peaceful Holiday Season.
Added: November 28, 2013
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Stan Oleysyck
From: Camden, DE
E-mail: soleysyck@yahoo.com
Kenneth Ball,
?Anything for Thanksgiving? also traditionally practiced in Brooklyn (Greenpoint) in the late 1940s, 1950s, and with proficiency. We were eager and dedicated kids gathering several dollars (usually penny by penny) and filling our pockets with apples and handfuls of mixed nuts (with shells on). In those days, it was a safe and welcome activity in most neighborhoods.
For a hatful of memories of a forgotten tradition, check out this YouTube link at http://youtu.be/luDRf0y4sMU
Happy Thanksgiving!
Added: November 25, 2013
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello.
Its that time of year for ""Anything For Thanksgiving"".
Richmond Hill, holds the mold on this tradition, it is the only place I have ever heard it being carried out. So lets see how many still remember this Richmond Hill, time honored rite of passage just for fun.
Ken Ball 8809-104th st -- Happy Thanksgiving To All
Added: November 16, 2013
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William M. Heine (born: W. Michael Kelleher)
From: Alexandria, VA
E-mail: Lbh557@cox.net
I was born at a Doctors Clinic on 122 or 124th Street in Richmond Hill in 1929.
My Oma lived on 122nd Street, the house is still there. Remember the El on Jamaica Ave, gone now.
Added: November 10, 2013
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Barbara Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com
Dr John Rodger,
I just saw Sr. Marie de Montfort at our SBJL 50th Reunion (class of 1963)! She looks well.
We had a nice turnout for the Reunion. Three of our former teachers were able to be there.
Added: November 7, 2013
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Guess everyone out there in cyber land knows this already but by tracking on Google one can roam around the old neighborhood never leaving his or her home far away.
Did so recently and visited Our Lady Seat of Wisdom after tracking across Jamaica Avenue. Neighborhood looks pretty good and I do recall so much. Nice sunny day there with trees in bloom. Guess the leaves are down by now?
Anyway it was fun and Holy Child school still looks remarkably good as well as the Church.
Added: November 2, 2013
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Robert H. Sparnicht
From: Los Angeles
E-mail: sparnicht@charter.net
Today would have been the 128th birthday of Charles A. Augsdorfer of Richmond Hill.
He, my grandfather, was well involved in dance activities in the area (probably in nightlife) as well as being an expert Pool Shark. With a good sense of humor, Charles was a beautiful Person.
Added: November 1, 2013
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DR JOHN RODGER
From: United States
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com
Dr Steve Batthany,
I also took piano lessons from Sr. Marie de Montfort. Discovered in high school that I could play "by ear" as well as read music. Was part of a small "fifties rock group" with Danny and Eddy Delargy, where we copied Danny and the Juniors and played such venues as THE MARY LOUIS ACADEMY Friday night "Symposiums" and Cathedral HS (Manhattan) Friday night dances.
As for Tarpon Springs, there is a restaurant down on Dodecanese Blvd called "HELLAS" Excellent food, even better bakery. The manager comes from Howard Beach, and his father was a waiter at St. Johns (Liberty and Lefferts)!!
Added: October 29, 2013
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Ken Liguori
From: Las Cruces , NM
E-mail:
RHHS Class of 1968, St. John's University Class of 1972 , U.S. Army 1972-'76.
Richmond Hill was the absolute best place in those days to grow up. Great people and just a plain wonderful area. Haven't been there in a long while, just retired after a 35 year career in Texas law enforcement, but back then you just couldn't beat it!
Great memories!
Added: October 27, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
To Ann Downs:
In the mid 1960's I knew Al Metallo and his brother Jimmy, must be related to your brother John.
Added: October 27, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
Maurice Drinks
From: NY, NY
E-mail:
Hi,
This was a GREAT place to grow up!
Added: October 24, 2013
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Joseph G McBride
From: Spotsylvania, Virginia
E-mail: jgmcbride@verizon.net
Just wanted to stop by and say "Hello".
This guestbook brings back a lot of memories, which for the most part are good. Just for those few minutes that I allow myself to be immersed here in the guestbook, I am taken back to a younger era with me momentarily being that younger age.
As George Bernard Shaw would say, "It is a shame that youth has to be wasted on the young".
Well time to come back to 2013, which has its own good memories.
Added: October 20, 2013
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Pat Bernardo
From: LINY
E-mail: lbernar1@optonline.net
I attended the 40th RHHS Reunion (class of '73)... was fun to meet classmates and graduates from 1973. Fun times and lots of laughs!
It was sad to learn of those who passed on. Life has moved on for all of us but it was fun to hold on to some distant memories.
Until we meet again. Be Well!
Added: October 20, 2013
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Tom McMahon
From: Spring Texas
E-mail:
Jim Daly,
If you are the Jim Daly that graduated in 1959 from HCJ then I know who you are. I was the guy that never raised my hand unless I had to visit the little boys room. One of my pals was Arty Perry. If I remember right, we spent most of our time out in the hall.
Good to hear from an old classmate.
Added: October 18, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
To Jan Miller:
I used to hang out in Cordes 1965-1967, it had changed owners by then.
Original owner would not let any one hang out. Enlisted in U.S.N. in 1967.
Added: October 17, 2013
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Barbara Garrison
From: Chesapeake, Virginia
E-mail: kellisba@yahoo.com
Does anyone have any memories of my beautiful mother, Doris Patterson?
She graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1948. She was in the Hearthstone Club, Bowling Club, and the Swimming Chevrons. Thank you.
Added: October 16, 2013
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Stan Oleysyck
From: Camden, DE
E-mail: soleysyck@yahoo.com
Seeking those that played for the South Ozone Park Dukes Baseball Team in the Queens Southside League in the late 50's, mid 60's.
Names like Ray Church, Babe Herman, Joe Mascioli, Joe Zanca, Russell Dennis, Pat Cahill, Carmine Cavallaro, Marty Dopkin, and others. Any information is appreciated.
Added: October 15, 2013
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Steve Batthany
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com
To all the Sisters of St Joseph who "Walked softly with God"
The main Diocesan function was the Mission Sunday Parade at St Joan of Arc in Jackson Heights where the students dressed as their favorite Saints.
Mission Sunday is alive and well. Who but a Josephite Nun could have given me Piano Lessons for $1/week in the Convent.
Bless All as they Walk with God.
Added: October 14, 2013
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Steve Batthany
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com
Dr J,
When I hear "Tarpon Springs" I remember an early Friday date on the F train from Kew Gardens and a 55cent admission to the Roxie to see "The Boy on the Dolphin" with Robert Wagner, Julie London, and Gilbert Roland about Tarpon Springs and the Sponge Divers. Great place for bagels, lox, and iced coffee on the pier Sunday AM where the Greek owner said Kali Mera "You must be from NYC".
Added: October 14, 2013
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Sonny Maione
From: New Hampton NY
E-mail: Sunman55@yahoo.com
After every Little League game we came to Jahns to celebrate. My first date was a movie then Jahns, ah Suzanne. The table had our names carved on them.
We ate everything from Ice Cream cones to the real Kitchen Sink. 64 scoops of ice cream syrup sprinkles and cherries.
It was just one of the great memories of childhood.
Added: October 12, 2013
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Tony Sciara
From: South Florida
E-mail: Tbonz358@aol.com
Born and raised on 117th Street between jamacia and 89th Ave. Holy Child Jesus was 1-8th grade and RHHS was good times in the 70's. Graduated in 1976 and some of my best memories are from my childhood in RH.
Now 55 years of age, looking to move back in town and fade away in my place of birth. I Love NY!
Added: October 10, 2013
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Jan Miller (Reichert)
From: Apollo Beach, Fl
E-mail: ajmillersr@aol.com
My husband Al and I grew up in RH. Attended PS 90 and RHHS.
Does anyone remember Cordes Confectionary on Jamaica Ave near 111th St. Al worked there in his teens.
Added: October 9, 2013
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larry magnano
From: farminmgville ny
E-mail: lamamag@optimum.net
going down memory...
i lived on 115 street between 101 ave and 95 ave. i remember on the corner stanleys funeral home the ip bar which my stepfather owned, johns candy store, d&h bagel factory, kavons on the corner of 114 street, chester candy store on 112 or 111 street, and 101 ave herbs bar mickeys down the road and later finnigans (hello maureen).
when i came out of the airforce, lennahans... went to ps 62, then 108, then rhhs grad. in 66. enlisted two weeks latter. almost forgot the red den on liberty.
i remember playing skillse with bottle caps, two handtouch, chinese handball (assup) hand ball opposite kavons, stickball in ps 62 playground (wasnt good at that) stoopball, and roller hockey... ringaleavo... have i forgoten anything? by for now...
Added: October 6, 2013
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Irene Hayes
From: Arizona/Florida
E-mail: bitabok@yahoo.com
I am looking for John Hage approximate age 46-47.
Lost contact years ago, we all lived in Richmond Hill. If anyone knows of him, please email me. Thanks.
I moved to Richmond Hill with I was 2 in 1953. Went to HCJ school, skipped part of the first grade and graduated quite young in 1964 and went on to Stella Maris HS, till 1968 and studied Nursing at St. John's Queens Hospital on Queens Blvd.
I remembered Connie's Pizzeria on Jamaica Ave near 107th street. I lived at 104-46 89th Ave and my sister was Sharon who went to RHHS. She was almost 5 years older than me.
I love reading this site and though I have not been back to RH or New York since 1985, I sure love reading the messages and smile at all the places I still remember and knew. Irene
Added: October 6, 2013
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DR JOHN RODGER
From: Terra Vista, Florida
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com
Last week (September 25) I was back in Richmond Hill.
The site has been reconstructed but not yet completed. It will be a HUGE Sikh place of worship. Also, the SBJL elementary school is now an annex for Richmond Hill HS. The old school yard (closest to Atlantic) was being used for a Phys Ed class when I drove past. The convent has been torn down, there is now a "park" and a statue on that site. PS 57 and PS 55 have been expanded and re-designated as new PS's, PS100 on Lefferts and 111 Avenue has been expanded and has used up the entire Lefferts Blvd school yard.
As a different aside, from time to time I drive about 75 miles south of where I live to a village called Tarpon Springs. A Greek community built on sponge diving, lots of good restaurants, one GREAT pastry shop. The best restaurant, called "HELLAS" is managed by a man from Howard Beach, whose father was a waiter at St. Johns restaurant at Lefferts and Liberty!!!
Added: October 4, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
Joe Franzini
From: Queens
E-mail: Joe@myitalianfamily.info
Hello,
My father owned Angelo's on 124 st 101 ave and passed in 2002.
I'm looking for anyone who may have had a party there that took pictures and any story about Angelo's.
If you do please visit website at http://myitalianfamily.info/
Thank you, Joe
Added: October 2, 2013
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Teresa Cassese Aubel / Mark Aubel
From: Once Upon A Time, Inc. / The Theaatre Street School
E-mail: oncetime@aol.com
Once Upon A Time, Inc., a non-profit oganization, is located in the landmarked Eldridge House at 87-61 111th Street, just 1/2 block south of Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill.
The Theatre Street School provides an integrated curriculum of academics and ballet for our young artists in the grades 1 through 8.
Emphasizing excellence, The Theatre Street School is proud that 100% of its graduates have been accepted to NYC's specialized high schools! Visit us today. For more info, call at 718-849-6594.
We also host a Dance Fusion Class every Friday at 7:00 PM. This class assumes no prior dance training and is designed as a fun workout and a fun way of losing those extra pounds, as you combine aerobics, African, jazz, etc. by constantly moving! Call 718-846-9182 for more info. Thank You.
Added: September 30, 2013
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Ann Downs
From: Harvest, Al
E-mail: cilldara08@yahoo.com
Hello everyone,
My brother had a house on 112th St and Jamaica Ave, his name was Johnny Metallo. Also, I was wondering if anyone remembers a dry cleaners on 117th St and Atlantic Ave in the 1950's, the daughters name was Connie... would love to find her. So glad to have found this site.
Added: September 25, 2013
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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net
Anthony Palmisano,
Mrs. Artz was also my teacher... one of the few that I remember very well for some reason.
Your name sounds familiar although I do remember it as Tony. What year did you go to PS 90?
Added: September 24, 2013
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Pam Martinez
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
Hi,
Tommy's pizzeria on the same block as Mets supermarket.
Added: September 23, 2013
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David Johnson
From: Asheville, NC
E-mail: djohnson12@me.com
I was delighted to find this site and your organization.
I grew up on 125th Street and went to PS 121. I have fond memories (and many ) of the neighborhood.
It was fascinating to learn about Albon Man's role in developing the area.
Added: September 21, 2013
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Denise Martin
From: Nassau Co NY
E-mail:
To John Luhrs,
Was your father's butcher shop on Jamaica Ave called Merkel's? Knew that place very well as my friend's father used to work there and later bought into it.
Added: September 20, 2013
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Cliff Archer
From: Levittown LI, formerly from Woodhaven
E-mail: car4068043@aol.com
While rooting around I discovered a pristine copy of a JAHN's menu.
If the RHHS would like to have it, Id be happy to donate it.
Added: September 19, 2013
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Melissa Jacobson
From: New York, NY
E-mail: mjacobson@fivemoreminutes.net
Seeking PHOTOS/FILM/HOME MOVIES of Kew Gardens in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
I am producing a feature documentary about a man named Bill Genovese, and his relationship with his older sister Kitty.
As many of you probably know, Kitty Genovese was killed in Kew Gardens, in 1964. The film has been documenting Bill's journey to tell his sister's story; in essence it is a love story between a brother and a sister.
As she lived in Kew Gardens in the early 1960s, we are looking for photos and film/home video footage of Kew Gardens from the late 1950s and early 1960s. We are particularly interested in Austin Street and Lefferts Blvd, but we would love to see anything that shows what Kew Gardens was like at that time.
If any of you have any images you'd be willing to show me, or any information or stories that you think would be relevant, I'd be very appreciative.
You can reach me at mjacobson@fivemoreminutes.net, or at 212.965.0020. Best, Melissa Jacobson
Added: September 18, 2013
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Anne Peoples (Finnegan)
From: Hillsborough, NC
E-mail: bannie653@gmail.com
Does anyone remember Catholic World Mission Sundays in the 1950's, early 60's where children dressed up in religious habits?
In October 1959 my sister, Maure, was fitted for a Sister of Saint Joseph's habit at Holy Child Jesus convent and went to a procession somewhere in Queens. Her second grade teacher at the time was Sister Germaine.
I'm wondering where the main event was held but any information would be helpful. Thanks.
Added: September 17, 2013
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Stan Oleysyck
From: Delaware
E-mail: soleysyck@yahoo.com
Seeking those that played for the South Ozone Park Dukes Baseball Team in the Queens Southside League in the late 50's, mid 60's.
Names like Ray Church, Babe Herman, Joe Mascioli, Joe Zanca, Russell Dennis, Pat Cahill, Carmine Cavallaro, Marty Dopkin.
Any information is appreciated.
Added: September 17, 2013
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Carl Kratzer
From: Europe
E-mail: carl_kratzer@yahoo.com
To: Richard Jemmott
Dear Richard, I went to OLPH in the late 70's / early 80's. I remember Mrs. Abate well. She really kept us in order. br> In my younger years, I was afraid of her. It was later that I saw the soft spot in her heart. I was her newsboy and brought her the daily news on my Schwinn bicycle with two milk crates bolted to the handlebars.
I hope your Sister is still with us and doing well. It would be interesting to hear from you also about NM. Best regards, Carl
Added: September 17, 2013
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Ken Zaveckas
From: Gettysburg, Pa
E-mail:
Yvonne... re that methodist Church.
Can't say i knew the people you are mentioning, but you do know the Church is entirely gone? As I remember it, it became a dwindling congregation and eventually the building was sold and turned into an Indain Sikh appx in the mid to late 1980s.
It was the site of a huge 4th alarm fire a few years later and completely burned to the ground.
For at least a few years after the fire the site was a blight on the neighboorhood, being surrounded by a 4x8 plywood fence that extended around the perimeter from 118th st, then along 97th ave, and then up 117th st. i don't know what, if anything, stands on that lot today.
Added: September 10, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
To John Luhrs,
I remember the Hillside Roller Rink. Was a big step up from steel street skates. Didn't get there till early 1960's. I moved to Queens from East New York Brooklyn in 1955. The El on Pitkin Ave. was a nickle.
Added: September 9, 2013
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Lived on 111 st off Jerome Ave 1949-1960.
Looking for neighborhood friends, Richard Speth, Bill and Jim O'Conner, Fred Coorigan, Doris Hamm, Fred Fuchs, Bob Miller, Esposito family, Hannrahan family--all lived in and around RH 111st -114th street.
Attended St Bennies, 115 st. RHHS, played local baseball on Saxons. Please drop a line if you can help me.
Time running out. Thanks Bob Rademacher
Added: September 9, 2013
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Yvonne Kingman
From: Southern California
E-mail: Yfkingman@earthlink.net
The address of the Methodist parsonage I'm asking about was 95-19 118th St., the Methodist Church 95-30 118th St. and 97th Ave. The church site became a Sikh Temple in 1972, which burned in 2002.
The parsonage side of 118th St. is now apartments. Does anyone have any photos of that parsonage?
I lived there as a child as part of the minister's family and last saw the church in 1972 from the third floor of the Howard and Rich home when I was caught in New York in an airline strike while returning from Spain.
Added: September 8, 2013
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Richmond Hill Historical Society
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.historical@gmail.com
RHHS has some events this Fall that locals might want to attend.
Free Admission: Open Meeting on September 27 features lecture and slide presentation on early 1900s resident, Joan Cuneo, who was a premier female race car driver.
Also 16th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be a Country & Western themed "Denim & Diamonds Hoedown" featuring a live Country Rock Band and Line Dancing. Tickets are $60 and RSVP deadline is 10/1.
Further information is on the home page of this website. Please try to attend and socialize with neighbors and friends.
Added: September 8, 2013
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Joseph Rodrigues
From: Satellite Beach, Florida
E-mail: mommasue8@aol.com
To John Luhrs
Yes I remember the Tennis Courts, never played Tennis, but did ice skate when they flooded the courts in winter.
Added: September 7, 2013
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Yvonne Kingman
From: Southern California
E-mail: Yfkingman@earthlink.net
Does anyone remember the Methodist parsonage on 118th Street and the Methodist Church across the street when the Reverend A. L. Faust was pastor?
Dr. and Mrs. Howard and the Rich family lived a few houses down on the corner.
Added: September 6, 2013
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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
REMINDER:
Deadline for SBJL Get Together is 9/15/2013.
Open to all SBJL GRADUATES! Location: Villa Russo in Richmond Hill. Date: 10/5/2013. Time: 7:00 to 11:00 PM. Cost: $42/person, includes a 4 course dinner. Please email me for more information!
Added: September 5, 2013
Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Baas
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail:
Does anyone remember the O'Donnell Florist on Jamaica Avenue somewhere between Liberty Ave. and 130 Street???
I went to school with Alice O'Donnell at Dominican Commercial High School, Class of 1959.
Added: September 4, 2013
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Joseph Rodrigues
From: Satellite Beach, Florida
E-mail: mommasue8@aol.com
To Carol Hurlbert,
Bellman's Bakery. I grew up on 130th street just south of 101st ave. We played in P.S. 55 playground and enjoyed the baking smells. I graduated from RHHS June '48.
Added: August 31, 2013
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John Luhrs
From: Bedford, Virginia
E-mail: Zwindyridgefarm@aol.com
I lived at 134th st and Jamaica ave. My father had a butcher shop on Jamaica ave. I went to PS 54.
Anyone remember the tennis court on Jamaica ave and the hillside roller rink? I remember riding the trolley and elevated train and the fare was 5 cents.
My uncle had a hardware store next to the Fairchild camera and instrument co. Those were the best days.
Added: August 28, 2013
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Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: preziosj2@verizon.net
The Rosary-Altar Society of Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill is hosting a Queens Catholic Women's Summit, the first of its kind in the borough.
The Summit will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from Noon to 5:00 PM at the Church of the Holy Child Jesus, Msgr. Murray Hall, 111-02 86th Avenue in Richmond Hill. Tickets for this event are $15.00 which includes lunch and the Summit. Tickets are required for admission.
To purchase tickets, please call one of the following people between the hours of 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Ann: (718) 846-7809, Pat: (718) 847-4134, Marie: (718) 544-5510, Joan: (718) 8051749.
This is an exciting venture for the Society and it demands an exciting guest. We are blessed that Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., Prioress of the Regina Laudis Abbey, has agreed to attend the Summit.
Mother Dolores has a thrilling life's journey to share--from movie star to cloistered nun. The Holy Child Jesus Rosary-Altar Society has initiated a Summit of women from all the parishes in Queens. The meeting will provide a network that will help us profess our faith through our actions, strengthen our voice on moral and ethical matters, develop and share parish projects and enjoy the benefits of an organized spiritual and social connection.
We invite you to be part of this groundbreaking event. Please reserve your tickets now. For further information, please contact: Kay Carpenter (718) 805-5500.
Added: August 28, 2013
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Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond HIll
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St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Woodhaven is hosting a fundraiser featuring the Swingtime Big Band.
The dance, with live music, will take place on Sunday afternoon, September 29, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Msgr. Mulz Hall, 88-08 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. We are offering free parking at Forest Park with shuttle service to and from the venue.
Please join us for a fun afternoon of nostalgia. Shine up your dancing shoes and join us as we enjoy the music of the '40s and usher in the Fall season. Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 87th Street at 88th Avenue Woodhaven, NY 11421.
We hope to see you there. For more information, please contact the Parish Office, 718-847-1353.
Added: August 28, 2013
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail:
I remember that pet store on Liberty Avenue.
My mother bought me a hamster (Alvin) for me when I was seven in 1959.
Added: August 23, 2013
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando Fl
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com
To Carol,
Yes, I remember the name of the bakery behind PS 55 was Bellmans. I recently returned from NY and the school yard has another school in place of it. Pinnichios supermarket is gone.
These are nice memories . Phyllis
Added: August 23, 2013
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Margo Arnesen
From: Austin, TX
E-mail: bumbershoot62145@gmail.com
Sal and Marie Montaginino, Gloria Grumbliniak, Linda Salveson, Artie Voelker, all of 123rd St. around late 1950s early 1960s.
I hung out with all of you when I would stay in the summers with my aunts, Mrs. MacEnroe and Mrs. Searle... 101-23 123rd Street.
Any of you still out there?
Added: August 22, 2013
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Jim Daly
From: West Palm Beach, FL
E-mail: dalytimes3@gmail.com
I've been reading this site for some time and thought I'll ask if anyone remembered who I am.
I know Ken Ball remembers me because we were neighbors. I lived at 8808 104 ST. I went to HCJ in the "50's" and hung out mainly around Jackson Pond area helping to build and repair mostly hot rods, this was in my high school years. Would love to hear from my classmates of HCJ from the 1950's. And also from Ken.
Hope I have plenty of memories to share.
Added: August 22, 2013
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Tom Blank
From: Moriches NY
E-mail:
To Carol,
Grew up on 133 st and 103 ave. Name of bakery was Bellmans right behind PS 55 on 101 ave.
Added: August 19, 2013
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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:
Hi,
I grew up in Richmond Hill and went to Holy Child Jesus School from 2nd through 8th grade, but went to PS 90 for kindergarten and 1st grade.
I was wondering if anyone remembers Mrs. Esther Artz who was my first grade teacher? Any help would be appreciated.
Added: August 19, 2013
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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Florida
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
To Carol,
The bakery was Bellman's. When did you live there? Bellman's Bakery was on the corner of PS 55.
Added: August 18, 2013
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Carol Beaulien Hurlburt
From: Richmond Hill, NY-Arizona now
E-mail: carol-hurlburt@hotmail.com
Grew up in Richmond Hill, 132nd street and 101st Ave.
I was looking to remember the name of the bakery on 101st Ave by PS 55.
Added: August 17, 2013
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Gerry Hopkins
From: New Windsor, NY
E-mail: gerardh629@aol.com
I saw the RHHS request to find relatives of William Kroos.
His son, Kevin Kroos, is on Facebook and just posted on FB yesterday to buy his Dad's book at your web site.
Added: August 16, 2013
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
yes I remember the Fitzpatrick family from 110st... two houses down from the O'conners...
what a great street... and a great patriot street. so many went off to nam from that street... myself I hung out with Gerard and Herbie Penner...
remember when Jimmy one day swam 100 laps at richmind hill pool, a record at the time... lol ...to young to rmemeber Ed... he was a big guy... also remember the day the uss forestall caught fire and Jimmy saved a bunch of sailors on that ship... yes Bernadett you had a great bunch of brothers...
think me and you went to hcj together... lol
Added: August 15, 2013
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Barbara Broun Ulus
From: Staten Island, NY
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I was born in Kew Gardens General Hospital and lived at The Valencia which is now The Windsor 83-19 116th St. from 1948-1958 when my family moved to Woodstock, NY for a year and then we moved all over the USA.
My heart will always be in Kew Gardens/Richmond Hill 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 Jesus. Does anyone remember Miss Dawkins from PS 90? She was my 1st and 2nd grade teacher. I posted pics on the old Kew Gardens website. I had Miss Cummings for 3rd grade and then Miss Schimmel who was just plain mean. I remember Rosen's Candy Store which became Shapiro's and Bandies Restaurant and Wonderland Toy Store. Big Park and little park and the Hillside Skating Rink.
Does anyone remember Marcia Cox, Debbie Rowan 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 went down to Salerno's, the RKO and then Jahn's for special occasions. I remember meeting Sal Mineo at the RKO.
Added: August 13, 2013
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ken zaveckas
From: gettysburg, pa
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To Arthur,
"Kellys", knew the place well. It was between 112th & 113th on the south side of liberty ave. Might have been called Kellys Hardware or Kellys trains. I kinda remember him also selling small electric appliances. But like you said about "Mr. Kelly, you described him to a tee, especially that cigar. Used to go in there all the time bacause every 6 months or so he got all the new train catalogs and i of course salivated over all the new stuff that i had to get for my set of lionels.
I remember as soon as you walked in on the left hand side, there was a mountain of plastic model kits. Anything one could ever want was there; classic car kits, ships, planes etc. He also had what i would guess, the forerunner of the matchbox series, matchbox miniature vehicles of WWII.
As much as i remember about him and the store, i'm not sure what became of him. Thinking he might have passed sometime in the late 60s? Do you remember also on the south side of Liberty Ave, between 113th & 114th Sts, the Pet Store that was a few doors down from the Casino Theatre? That was a good stopping off place. Around the early 80s, the Casino became a Martins paint store. Don't know what became of the Pet store.
Added: August 11, 2013
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Steve Batthany
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com
To A Bernstein,
Kelly's AKA Mr Kelmanowitz store was on the Southside of Liberty Ave, the 4th store going West, Drug Store on corner, Jewish War Veterans, and Gellers Minimart, then Kelly's, next to him was Manny's Hobby Shop, Mr K had twin daughters. I don't remember their names. Hope that this helps
Added: August 10, 2013
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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
SBJL Get together has been UPGRADED to a larger room at Villa Russo on 10/5/13!!!
Many years are being represented! Great food, music, give-aways, and a chance to see your friends from the past! Life is too short!
Come and join us! EMAIL me for more info! THANKS!!
Added: August 9, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
To Nancy Djemant,
My younger Sister Laurie had a friend named Laura Leecock and I think she worked at Gertz in the Enchanted Village as an elf, late 50's early 60's.
To Arthur Bernstein,
I remember a toy store but can't remember the name, there was a hardware store Moblegatz, think spelling is correct. Also remember Tropical Fish store next to Casino movie theater,The Rememberence Shop for fancy gifts, St.John's Restaurant, a waiter there named George is night manager at The Walden Family Diner here in Walden.
Added: August 9, 2013
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Gerry Hopkins
From: New Windsor, NY
E-mail: gerardh629@aol.com
Troop 273 Members:
Please send me your stories, photos and other scanned images and I will include in a new website that I just put together. I would also like to fill out the Troop History and Troop Contact list, so please email me with your information. Thanks for your help!
Check out: http://www.troop273richmondhillny.com
Added: August 5, 2013
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nancy djemant
From: woodhaven queens ny
E-mail: nancie4nyc@aol.com
I love seeing old photos of Richmond Hill were I was born and raised.
So much has changed I am now looking for Gertz department store flyer & photos of their Christmas wonderland they had every year, Enchanted Village.
My Mom would take my sisters and I every year, it was Beautiful!
Added: August 5, 2013
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Rick Bilick
From: Tucson, AZ
E-mail: rbilick@cox.net
Born and raised at 84-06 109st Richmond Hill across from Forest Park.
Grandmother owned the apartment house at that address for many years.
Added: July 30, 2013
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Barb Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com
St. Benedict Joseph Labre class of 1963 is having a 50th Reunion on September 28th.
If you or anyone you know graduated that year, please e-mail me. I'll get you more information. Would be great to reach all our classmates!
Added: July 29, 2013
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Arthur Bernstein
From: Massapequa Park, NY
E-mail: n2ka@verizon.net
Does anyone remember a hardware store or similar called Kelly Electric or something similar to that.
My mother's cousin Phil owned the place. He was a gregarious, heavyset, cigar chomping guy with a white crew cut haircut. As a kid (in the '50's, early '60s) we used to get our Lionel trains from him.
I think he was on Liberty Avenue under the train trestle. The end of the line was a few blocks up at Lefferts Blvd??
Added: July 28, 2013
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Richmond Hill Historical Society
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.historical@gmail.com
Please help The Richmond Hill Historical Society locate anyone from the family of William Krooss who lived in the old farmhouse that had a large front yard on 124th Street between Hillside Ave. and Jamaica Ave.
Bill Krooss wrote the book "A Peek at Richmond Hill Through the Keyhole of Time" that was published by the Richmond Hill Savings Bank in 1994. When Bill Krooss retired from the clothing business he started to volunteer with Senior Groups and started drawing classes and was a very talented artist and all the drawings in the book were done by him.
If anyone has information about this family and how to contact them, please post here or email us at richmond.hill.historical@gmail.com. Thank you all!
Added: July 28, 2013
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charlie hand
From: raleigh, north carolina
E-mail: crhnraleigh@aol.com
unbelievable; I finally hooked up with two of my best friends that I had not seen in 60 years.
I met with Johnny Culotta and Patsy Rocco in Rego Park at a restaurant and had lunch with them. Patsy and I had our significant others there, (I just had my 26th anniversary) and we went over old times for a few hours. It was great.
Any other friends from 1950-1955 that lived near 125th st and Jamaica Ave., e-mail me. Sorry to hear so many of my old friends have passed, but after 60 years that has to be expected. Anyway... I'm very glad for this reunion... Charlie Hand
Added: July 20, 2013
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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
Get together at Villa Russo in Richmond Hill on 10/5/13 for SBJL Graduates!!!
Email me if you want more info!
Added: July 16, 2013
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Steve Batthany MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com
sure I remember the Parkie Art.
His last name was Nathaniels and he let us move the big wiree garbage cans to make roller hockey nets. I think he became president of some country in Africa.
Sure I remember Millie the matron, what a nice lady. The only one shorter than her in the U.S. was Minnie Mouse. And finally to Mr Yellin; do you remember a very good basketball player named Les Yellin. Please vote for me for President in 16m. Hi to all. I am leaving today for Key West to reenter the "Hemmingway Look alike contest".
Added: July 16, 2013
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stephen yellen
From: valatie n.y.
E-mail: stephenjyellen@earthlink.net
anybody out there that knows about r.h.h.s. in the early 1940s??? maybe your parents or grand parents would know something about those years.
i graduated in 1941. phil rizzuto graduated a couple years before me. went to st. benedict josephs grade school 1937. joseph ryan [jack lord] of hawaii five o. and jack [chickie] cassidy who at one time married to shirley jones. his son is david cassidy. i go back a few years being 91. god bless you all. steve [pete] yellen.
Added: July 12, 2013
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Hawaii
E-mail:
Does anyone remember Richard Smith?
He lived on Jamaica Ave and about 105th or 106th Street in Richmond Hill. I think his father was a fireman.
The last time I heard about him was in the 1960's. Would like to get in contact. Thank you, Dawn Franklin Aiu
Added: July 8, 2013
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Roger Fischer
From: Dallas, Texas
E-mail: roger.fischer@sbcglobal.net
As a child, I lived on Hillside Ave. at 144th Street in Jamaica and attended Our Lady of the Cenacle in Richmond Hill (class of 1959). My wife (Lucia) lived on 126th Street just north of Jamaica Ave.
Both my parents are buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Added: July 6, 2013
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ken zaveckas
From: gettysburg, pa
E-mail:
"or Kavanaugh the guy that followed the Fire Trucks around"
How 'bout the fire bug "Ivan", who happened to always show up/was already there whenever E294/L143 responded to car or rubbish fires within their district.
I saw this firsthand as a Lieutenant with L143. A few years after I left, heard the Fire Marshals monitored his activities and the shananigans stopped.
Added: July 6, 2013
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Dennis Conneran
From: Fort Lauderdale Fl
E-mail: golow2day@bellsouth.net
Wanted to pass on some sad news to his many friends from Richmond Hill who frequent this great site. Bob Beninati passed away on June 28 after a 2 1/2 year battle with brain cancer.
i had the privilege of calling Bob my close friend for over 45 yrs. No matter what sport it was basketball, softball, football, bowling or golf you wanted to be on his team and not against him. A tougher competitor Ive never met. The last 20 yrs he lived in Tampa where his son Jason lives.
Bob lived in various places around Richmond Hill. 111st near Liberty Ave my house at 120st near Atlantic Ave when he was my brother in law and 115st and Liberty Ave. He frequented and played ball for many of the local pubs including Mickeys,Lenihans and Brown Jug and a few more that escape my memory.
Bob Beninati was a good guy a great friend and alot of fun to be around. I will miss him greatly as I'm sure many will. RIP my friend
Added: July 1, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Anybody remember "Gumbo" from "Telco".
Added: July 1, 2013
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Yvonne Spring
From: St. Petersburg, FL
E-mail: springyvonne@yahoo.com
I am looking for Madeline Feliciano, she maybe married.
We were in the same foster home back in 1960's Queens NY. Foster parents- Echevarria family. Searching for a long time.
I remember her beautiful smile, I know she has 2 brothers. Puerto Rican and petite. Thank you...
Added: June 30, 2013
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Virginia Giaconni, Anthony Market, Jimmy Dooley, Kenneth Erwin, Pat or Henry OLeary, Ben Palino, or any of the HCJ class of 1957-58??? Still around?
I post this every so often so please bear with me. Looking for old gang.
Added: June 29, 2013
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Danny DeAngelo
From: Lakewood, Ohio
E-mail:
My parents Joe and Margaret lived near Atlantic Avenue and 107th Street. Family moved to Ohio sometime in 1970s. They still share fun memories with us all about their old neighborhood.
Added: June 29, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Who remembers Mr. Johnson, he used to communicate with the pigeons on the Jam. Ave. El in the 1960's or Kavanaugh the guy that followed the Fire Trucks around.
One day there was a roof fire in the apartment bldg. across from Jackson Pond, well all the people got their heads out their window's asking the F.D. what to do and--get this--Kavanaugh tells them to jump out IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER -only in R.H.
Added: June 29, 2013
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mark young
From: baton rouge, la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
hi dave, have to help you,
half these guys never left forest park or holy child parish. knew millie from the movie on liberty ave, artie was the best what about hope our token black parkey, but got me on the beat cop on 101 st... moon face, thats one on me.
now mike mannion, when i saw walden n.y., boy you got my attn. my grandmother owned a house on the corner of coldenham rd and berera rd from 1946 to 1973 thats gods country and only sixthy miles to the city from exit 16 on the thruway. my cousins built houses dirt cheap years ago in walkill n.y.
take care dave and mike.
Added: June 27, 2013
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Jim White
From: Tribeca, New York
E-mail: james.j.white@ms.com
Where to begin. I graduated from RHHS in 1963. I lived in Woodhaven so I did not hang around much in RH.
My friends in RH were Alan Wood, Sonny Spiller, Roseann Degruccio, and Emma Haynes. We all worked together at the RKO Alden in Jamaica.
Sonny passed away a few years after he was hurt in the navy, he left twins. I would love to hear from or about the others - Alan, Roseann, and Emma.
Added: June 26, 2013
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Barb Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com
Dave O'Halloran--
Yes, I remember Artie from Smokey Park. He always seemed to know when I was standing up on the swings or climbing one of those trees along 95th Ave! I also remember John, the recreation leader who would hit balls for us to catch on the paved area. Good times! Spent many happy hours at that park.
If I got there early enough they'd let me help run the flag up the flagpole--I thought that was great! Take care!
Added: June 26, 2013
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yolanda
From: Bronx, N.Y.
E-mail:
Hey Diane Perez- maiden name
I used to work with you in the late 1970's and we lost contact after you got married, I know you used to live around 110th street by the carvel in richmond hill, If you happen find this site write in!!
If anyone knows her please do the same it would be wonderful to make contact with her after all these years, thanks everbody.
Added: June 26, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Richie/Jake/Gibbons, I lived on 108 St. between 95 and 97 Aves. from 1955 till I enlisted in U.S. Navy in 1967.
I remember Louies Candy Store. It was in the middle of the block, he moved it when the butter & egg store closed. I shopped at Rays Meat Market and the fruit veg. store.
Went to school with Mitchel Goodman, his family had the Pharmacy on corner of 108 St. and 101 Ave. Do you remember Rocky The Tailor & Dry Cleaner? There was a small Bohack on 101 Ave next to Rocky. It closed after the larger Bohack opened on Liberty Ave. Also put Rays Meats out of business.
Went to school with the son of Greenwood Bakery and daughter of Hoffman Bakery, corner of 111 St and 101 Ave. Had many treats at Winters and some beers at Al's Stereo Bar when I got home in 1971.
Arline Grady a/k/a Arline Hermans. There was a waiter from St. Johns Resturant that now works as a manager in my home town diner. One day a few years back I over heard him talking about R.H. His name is George and he is doing well.
Added: June 24, 2013
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Charlie Treubig
From: Massapequa
E-mail: ctreubig@optonline.net
PS 62 those were the days.
Mouse, Head, Anthony, Sal John T (my brother), Rob B (praying for him), Denny, Rob Dickie (deceased), etc., Edgil, and many more. Good times had by all.
Added: June 24, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
To Dave O'Halloran,
No I don't remember "Moon Face" the cop, but I do remember "Cherry Nose" the cop from Jamacia Ave. in the mid 1960's and Sal the cop at R.H.H.S.
I went to Edison and we had Higgins the cop.
Added: June 23, 2013
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Dave O'halloran
From: Chatham, NJ
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Does anyone remember Artie "the parky" at smokey park? He gave us basketballs and knock hockey games.
Millie the movie matron at the lefferts movie and "moonface" the beat cop on 101st ave?
Added: June 22, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Has anyone heard from Frank Conza?
Let me know
Added: June 19, 2013
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mike p
From: Florida
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net
Does any one remember the w/f who used to walk on Liberty Ave., somewhere between 105th st and 102nd st.
She dressed circa 1940's, wore head wrap... wide shoulder pads... red lipstick. She always looked sad... reminded me of Bette Midler's "DELTA DAWN."
Added: June 16, 2013
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Filomena (Milena) Iacurto
From: Wantagh NY
E-mail: Bellamilena24@gmail.com
Hey fellow Richmond Hillers!!!!
Sitting and remembering Carvels, while walking on Libety Ave... good times good times!!! Boy times have changed.
I often go back to the hood since I still have family there. I am looking for a very special person but I only know her first name "Marie". Marie or Maria was an art instructor that rented space on Liberty Ave and 113, store front corner. She taught the local kids art and I will forever be greatful to her. She took her time with me being that I really didn't speak english too well. I had just moved to America from Italy.
To this day, I have all the paintings she did permanently imprinted in my brain. She was a good friend though there was a big age difference. I would also like to reach out to a boy we knew as "Billy Williams". I beleive he lived on 117 or 118 off Liberty Ave. Billy was blue eyed and blond hair and he had a big crush on me. I lived above John's Deli on 113 and Liberty. This all was around 1974 to 1982.
I attended PS 108, Good old Mr. Walter, PS 226, Hello Mr. Gulatta, and John Adams HS...
Added: June 12, 2013
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George Cunningham
From: Averill Park, NY
E-mail: Gcunningham4@nyc.rr.com
I went to Richmond Hill High from 1950 to Jan 1955.
My favorite teachers were Mr. Thomas (gym) and MR. CLegg (chemistry). I would like to hear from anybody that might have remembered me.
Added: June 10, 2013
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Mike Mannion
From: Walden N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Found this site a few days ago. Was able to connect with old friends.
Was good growing up in R.H. I lived south of Atlantic Ave. but have fond memories of the friends from north of Atlantic Ave.
Yes Bernadet Fitz, I remember your brothers, sorry they are gone. I did get to meet Jimmy a few years before he died. He lived near where I live now.
Have also been in contact with Jimmy Arleo. Hi to Mike Hedler, sorry to read that your sister Maureen died. Kristna Kamp, yes I remember "102".
Added: June 10, 2013
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mike hedler
From: wears valley tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net
To Bernadet Fitzpatrick,
I used to hang out with Jimmy and Eddy, what a time we had with the Arleos, Donny Myers, Louie Amanero. I remember those days, what great memories, playing games on crazy Wille and Cavanough we used to call him.
I remember one time we dug this huge deep pit in Forest Park and your brother Eddy got dressed in a gorilla suit and jimmy and the rest of us pushed Willie into the pit and eddy came out and scared Willie. Even a few yrs. after, Willie would always talk about the "gork" monster, so many other memories I don't have enough room.
I trully miss them, how are you getting along? Just One Of The Guys Mike Hedler
Added: June 7, 2013
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John Wefels
From: Lake Grove, NY
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Does anybody remember the woman who would walk around the neighborhood with her face covered and no shoes?
She kind of freaked everyone out.
Occasionally she would stop in front of someones house and throw a little bag of sand.
Added: June 6, 2013
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Does anyone recall a small Toy Store on 108th street on the north side of Jamaica Ave (I spent many hours looking nose pressed up on the glass, at the fine toys inside but as luck would have it my wealth was more suited to Woolworths 5/10 cent store toys, heavily leaning toward the 5 cent varity) also a pharmacy type store with large glass vase type jars in the window.
I think they sold Richard Hudnut Shampoo products for women anyone remember these. Across Jamaica Ave from the vacant lot between 104th street and 107th street there was a vegetable and fruit stand, the name Esposito sticks in my head as the owners sound familiar. Ken Ball, A Proud Richmond Hiller 8809 104th street
Added: June 2, 2013
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Kathi B.
From: New Jersey
E-mail: luvfromveronica@aol.com
RICHMOND HILL HIGH SCHOOL students remember MARJORIE MC DONOUGH?
She was a business/english teacher for many years till her retirement in 1984. She LOVED teaching there and now is in NJ very ill in the hospital.
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you! her niece Kathi
Added: June 2, 2013
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mark young
From: baton rouge, la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
bernadette,
i went to r.h. with eddie your oldest brother four years and later graduation. then i went into the army and came home. i went in to the new york plumbers program and met eddie again for another five years in the plumbers apprentice program and then the two of us became mechanics and worked on different jobs in n.y.
this was in 1974, after this the work got slow in n.y. and i moved to la and i did not see eddie anymore.
Added: May 26, 2013
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alexander J kozlakowski
From: Sanford, Florida
E-mail: aj6821@yahoo.com
I was born and raised at 101-40 113 st. my grandma still owns the same building!!
So many memories, i sometimes walk through the neigborhood using google earth!! I left in i believe 1984-85.
We grew up fishing on Rockaway Beach and in Howard Beach as well. Remember Bow Wows and Pizza City as well as the kiddy rides just before Mike's Bait and Tackle just before the Crossbay Bridge, what about Lennys Clam Bar!!
Added: May 24, 2013
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Stan Budesa
From: Melbourne Beach, FL
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Memorial Day, was always a big event.
Parade down Liberty Ave, kids going to Irv's candy store or Winthers after for a milk shake or soda, dad's were in the Falcon Lounge with their beers watching, seemed like Mayberry. What memories, never be the same but, what memories and what a place to spend a childhook... 112th Street between Liberty and 107th Ave, what a place to grow up...
Don't ever forget, ps 108, jhs 202, John Adams...
Added: May 21, 2013
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
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Hi Mr. Bob Wood!
Thanks for the suggestion and I should've known that there were videos on there by running the name. Two of them were filmed by my friend, going by the name Bobby or Billy Flash. There are 2 of their Block Parties or as 1 is titled Street Fair on there, 1 from last year, 1 from 2 years ago, which are so much fun. Actually, I was surprised seeing I have "cameo" appearances in both of them, telling Bob about the schedule and what bands were coming up next, so check it out! :)
Speaking of which, their annual Block Party was this past Saturday. Our band played 2 sets, as the drizzle turned into rain, though we did it. Unfortunately, the other band was unable to go on due to the weather, but the party continued with the tents up, food and games for the kids. They really do a nice job and it's a shame that the sun wasn't shining the way it usually is. I know it continued into the night though, even with professional fireworks!
Our friend was not there doing the tour this year, though we will eventually put our music videos on YouTube as well which we did tape, but in the meantime, make sure to watch the previous ones that I mentioned. I think the school must appear different to you since the new school as we still call it wasn't there until '68.
I also went to a friend's class reunion the week prior and we got to tour some of the classrooms which was nice. Of course we all had some laughs reminiscing. I don't think there's any music or marching now-a-days since the mood there is very easy going. I'm sure it's nothing like how we remember it, though in person, it does still look the same as does the Church except for some changes.
Anyway, always a pleasure hearing from you, sharing memories and hope all is well!
Added: May 21, 2013
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Robert D. Cambell Jr
From: Glenford, NY
E-mail: Bob@ohayo-mountain-Travel.com
I lived in Richmond Hill from birth in 1940 up to June 13th 1988 then my family moved to the in a village in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.
I lived in three locations in Richmond hill in the apartment house on 108 Street on the east side of the street between Jamaica ave and 91st ave, then we move across 108 street in to a house and out of the apartment. I lived there until right after the end WW-2 .
Then we moved to 105th street north of Jamaica ave of the east side of 105th street about half way up the block that house had a large circular pouch, and I lived at that house until we moved to the Catskills in 1988.
One nice thing about living on 105th street-- just blocks was Forest Park and in winter when the snow was on the ground we would drag our sleds up to the park and ride down the soup bowl also there along Park Lane South you would curl under the fence into the play ground or go across Myrtle ave was Jackson Pond and went in that water. And at that time the pond was not level so one end of the pond was dry and the other end would over flow its banks. Also one thing I remember was my mother telling me when you cross Myrtle ave look out for the trolley cars on Myrtle ave, the trolleys would run from Woodhaven Blvd to Forest Park Drive and Park Lane South by the Buddy Monument nonstop. The trolleys would go very fast. As I always like trains and trolleys I never tried to beat the car I wound stop and watch the trolley.
Through the early 1950's 105th street was known as the doctor's block, there were 10 doctors offices on the block and most of the doctors lived in the building there offices were in. Now this lead to a problem when the kids wanted to play punch ball as all the doctors that office hours the same day and at the same time of day. So if a car would park in front my house or one house ether side of my house and on ether side of the street then the car in the way rule would come into effect. And we would talk real loud if the ball goes into a car, it is an automatic double and if a car window got broken it was a game winning home runs and most drivers would move to a location we were not playing.
I went to PS-90 for kindergarten then we moved and then I went to PS-66 to the 5th grade and then back to PS-90 for the sixth, seventh, and eight grade then on to RHHS for the four years. But I will never forget Mr Trainer, it was reported the job he had before becoming a teacher well this last job before becoming a NYC school was a teacher, also he was an ID with the U.S. Marines and this last class room was at Paris Island. And he ran his class room like that he was still at Paris Island.
There was a story the year before I was in PS-90. A couple of the local JD's threaten him and he took his whole class down to the gym the let the toughs have first swing at him and as the story goes from that day on the boys were much better behaved. I do not if it ever happened or not but Mr Trainer never said that it did not happened. So it kept us in line.
I enjoyed the Boy Scouts, I was in Troop 4. We met at Pilgrim Congregational Church on 104th street south of Jamaica ave. I also went to Pilgrim and I was the only boy in the Sunday School inmy age group. And two of the girls were my cousins. There was one girl in Sunday School that I really liked but she was my cousins best friend and my cousin knew that I liked her so my cousin made my life tough to get the girl of my interest to notice me.
But all growing up in Richmond hill was great. I went back about ten years ago when I saw the area still looked to be in good condition, but when I was at my old house the present owners closed in the screen porch and changed the sun porch as well, the house does not look anything like it used to plus the streets used to have a tree in front of each house now there is not a tree left.
I will be going to JFK to meet my girlfriend when she arrives to the states from England and I am going to show her where I grew up.
Added: May 18, 2013
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Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill, NY
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Oh my goodness, George Hamm and his candy store!
Ah yes I remember it well. Every spring he had the most sort after toy, before any of the bigger stores. He always new what would sell. Funny thing, I thought his daughter's name was Virginia.
Added: May 17, 2013
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Bob
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Anyone out there from Class of June 1953 RHHS?
I know we had about 300 grads and there should still be a few around. Please drop a line.
Added: May 11, 2013
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John Celauro
From: Holy Child Jesus (head bows) 50th Reunion
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Well, we had our 50th graduation reunion at Holy Child Jesus (head bows) on May 11, 2013 and I happy to report no one showed up with a walker.
We initially met in cafeteria, although as I recall back then we called it the "lunch room". We all stood around there and noticed things looked kind of the same, just smaller. Lunch room didn't quite seem as inviting as when we had our PPJ sandwiches. Someone recalled that that was where we got our polio shots. Polio shots and chocolate milk. What a combo!
It was also kind of nice not to have sneak drinking our beer and wine as we used to do.
They changed the boys room a little, not much though. Recalling my days of old, I wanted to light up a cigarette in the Boy's bathroom, but I had quit smoking. I was happy to see there were no condom dispensers in the boys room. I saw that as a positive.
Fearing arrest, I am unable to report on the girl's room, so I can not report if there were Plan B Morning After pills in there.
While at the school reunion, I must say though, that the lack of causing havoc in the school, as I normally did, was very disconcerting. I felt the need to do something, like throwing the inkwells out the window, like I did in the ole days, but alas there were none to do so.
After our stay in the lunch room, we toured the school, trying to recall what classrooms we were in. Since, half of my grammar school career was in the principal's office, I personally had a difficult time recalling where my classrooms were. We wrote on the black boards, leaving the kids some advise when they return to class on Monday. I will spare you the disgusting things we wrote. We also toured the "cloak rooms" in the rear of the classes and wondered why they were called such. None of us recalled wearing "cloaks" to school. In fact, no one knew what a cloak was. Of course, the cloak rooms was where we had sex ed back then, but I'll skip those details.
After our school visit, we had a luncheon at ZUM something or another in Glendale on Myrtle Ave and 69th St. It was the only restaurant nearby that had any food we might recognize. At lunch we were regaled with stories about things that, frankly would get us arrested today. We felt comfortable that the statue of limitations would prevail, so tongues were loosened, and gees, I thought I was bad as a kid. You know, it's always those quite ones,,,gees.
A grand time was had by all though. I wish to thank our organizers for doing such a fine job. It was great to see the ole faces and the ole school.
My unsolicited advice, when these things come up for your grades,,, go, you will have fun. We did and you will!
Added: May 11, 2013
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Mark Aubel
From: Once Upon A Time, Inc.
E-mail: oncetime@aol.com
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 3:00 PM curtain for PETER PAN.
Admission: Children $5, Adults $7. Presented by Once Upon A Time, Inc., 87-61 111th Street, Richmond Hill.
Contact: 718-846-9182, oncetime@aol.com
Added: May 8, 2013
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, I remember Saul's Glass Shop there was also a bakery near or next to him.
They made great Onion Loaves 5 cents yum and the pet shop, the Romaine Family ran the little lunchenette next to Sids Candy Store 104th and Jamaica Ave. The empty lot had as I remember had two large billboard signs on it along with the tall grass we crawled all over those signs back in the early 50's.
There was a bar on the north corner, 104th that had the glass bricks as a front, on the same side of the street was an Army Navy Store that sold Gas Masks for a dollar LOL. A Sinclair gas station across the street. A Strauss Auto Store next to Sinclair with the Dino Logo, Bohacks just up the street and a toy and varity store on the corner of 102nd and Jamaica Ave was that Franklin's?
Ken Ball, A proud Richmond Hiller Living in San Diego.
Added: May 8, 2013
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Joe
From: New York
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Wondering if anyone remembers the band "Fresh Air", used to play weekends at The Back Fence, across the street from The Village Gate in the West Village in the 70's.
There were three members, guitarist (Paul?), bass (Jimmy), and John "Rolls" Reilly lead vocals and flute. This band kicked it, as anyone who saw them perform could tell you... great talented group, did better cover versions than some of the original recordings, "Let it Ride" was one example.
I was wondering if they went on to bigger and better things, or ended up like most of us aspiring musicians, taking a day job and remembering the good times... any info would be appreciated.
Added: April 28, 2013
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Bernadette Fitzpatrick
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: witt10b@msn.com
Hi! Does anyone remember the Fitzpatrick family?
We lived at 91-17 110th Street in RH. My 3 brothers- Eddie, Jimmy, and Gerard attended RH high school in the 1960's. My sister Mary "Cathy" and I attended Holy Child Jesus school and then St. Michael High School in Brooklyn in the late 60's.
On a sad note our brothers passed away fairly young and left children. We miss them and hope to hear some memories you may have of them. Hope to hear some. Thanks.
Added: April 27, 2013
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney!
Check out YouTube sometime with one of the postings concerning HCJ School. Good driveby movie while the fellow is on a bicycle. I can recall the old days when I was a traffic security student (complete with white belt and badge) holding the side door open as we marched into school to Sousa music. Wonder if they still do that??
Anyway there are some great postings of the Church inside as well. Funny it looked larger in my memory!
Added: April 27, 2013
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john grosberger
From: crystal river, fl
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lived in the hill late 40s - early 50s.
went to p.s. 54, also our lady of the cenacle. brother danny went to rhhs.
played bskt. with the spiders. much more. later
Added: April 25, 2013
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Jill Harris
From: Westport, CT
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Thanks for this website!
Have not been to Richmond Hill for over thirty-five years. I can't believe this site exists. I thought that I only had vague memories of my "old neighborhood", but thanks to this website, I can relive many of them!
Added: April 19, 2013
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Gail Metz
From: Pennsylvania
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I just saw a photo of 94-31 116th Street - my childhood home. There doesn't seem to be a tree on the entire block! What happened?
I remember tall trees which kept the entire street shady.
Added: April 14, 2013
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Hawaii
E-mail:
Hi,
Does anyone remember Georgie's Candy Store, Bob's Grocery Store, a small luncheonette, Saul's Glazier (a glass shop), Pet store, Napoli's Shoe Repair, the big old empty lot overgrown with weeds and bushes. It stayed like that for years. Franklin's Variety store was further down the block and was open for decades, not sure when that closed.
Let me know please. Thanks, Dawn
Added: April 14, 2013
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Anyone have any information on the family of George Hamm?
Lived on 111 st just off Jerome avenue in RH Queens. 101-28 was the house number. 1949 thru 1965. Daughter named Doris, wife named Elsie.
He owned a candy store on 111 st and Jamaica ave. Been trying to locate for years. Bob Rademacher
Added: April 14, 2013
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Vincent Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com
Hello Dr. Steve B.,
Sorry I haven't heard from Mike except what I read from him on this enjoyable web site. I think he lives about an hour and half northwest of where I live.
If you served w/ Custer how good a Dr. are you? All fatal injuries I believe? You couldn't save even one person? I don't think I've heard the name Schiavonnes in about 45 years. Lived next to the Lansburgs, if I'm correct. Were the Kushner's living two doors down from you when you were still on 114th st, or did they arrive later?
Here's something the Doctor may not relate to. 'Beatlemania'. I remember 1964 hearing them for the first time. It sounded so raw compared to the "muzak" that was being pawned off on AM radio, stuff like 'Soldier Boy' or 'It's my Party'. It took a little while getting used to a group playing their own instruments without 'Session' musicians making it perfect.
I remember Gus' candy store at 117th and 95th Ave (SBJL corner) and buying Beatle baseball cards. Walking home from the Casino after seeing "Hard Days Night" and kind of feeling empty because my life was nothing like their "happening lives".
It seemed every week they had a new song that was soooo gooood. Memorizing the words, it truly felt like a culture, music breakthrough.
Added: April 11, 2013
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warren williams (whitey)
From: temecula cal
E-mail: gold33312000@yahoo.com
I attended PS 121 in the early 1950s.
If anybody remembers me please send me an email.
Added: April 5, 2013
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Are there any school mates out there from RHHS class of June 1953?
Drop a line and say "HELLO", Bob Rademacher
Added: April 5, 2013
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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
Steve B -
There was Mary Schiavone (later Mary Kustowski) and Margaret Schiavone - her Mother. I knew them well and still am in touch with Mary Schiavone Kustowski. Are we talking about the same Schiavone? I was wondering why you said poor woman. Were there more of them?
Hoping all the Batthanys are doing well! Thanks
Added: April 2, 2013
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Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond HIll
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The Rosary & Altar Society of the Church of the Holy Child Jesus, 111-02 86th Avenue in Richmond Hill, is sponsoring its annual Tarts & Bread bake sale on Saturday, April 13th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on Sunday, April 14th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the school auditorium.
The event features homemade cakes, pies, cupcakes, quiches and puddings among many other baked goods. The event also includes artisanal bread varieties, delicious breakfasts, previously worn jewelry and spectacular raffles.
Highlights of the Grand Breakfast include scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, bagel, roll or croissant with butter or cream cheese, juice, coffee or tea. The raffles are truly spectacular. There will be three "themed" baskets, restaurant gift certificates dinner anyone? There will also be a very special raffle of an elegant and lustrous sea pearl necklace with matching bracelet and earrings.
This year we will also be selling coffee/tea/quick breakfast items/snacks/raffle tickets from 8:00 AM on Saturday morning, April 13th, to accommodate the Holy Child Jesus Rummage Sale visitors.
Meet your friends and family at Tarts & Bread for breakfast, to purchase the luscious homemade goodies or to take a chance or two on the lovely raffle prizes. See you there. For more information, contact Kay Carpenter: 718-805-5500.
Added: March 28, 2013
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Richie /Jake/Gibbons
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail: Af10642@aol.com
I grew up in Richmond Hill from 1960-1971 109 street between 101 Ave and 103 Ave. Parents bought a home on 115 street off 149 Ave.
I found this site looking for Winthers ice cream parlor. My first job was working for Charlie Winthers. Remember Al's Stereo Lounge across the street. I had many great memories working at Withers. Then having a beer in Al's Stereo.
I attended PS 62 until 4th grade, I transferred to St Mary Gate of Heaven in 1964. My good friends from 109 street, The Lamia Family, Johnny boy was my best buddy, The Smith's, Lesko, The Bird Family.
We lived above the Battistoni Family on 109th street then bought the house on 115 street. I graduated from Richmond Hill H.S in 1972, Queens College in 1976.
I lost my brother Don and Charlie at very young ages. My brother Billy is living in Revere, Mass. My 1st serious love, Dorothy Cowan. They lived on 115 street 109 Ave. Everyone in the family had beautiful red hair.
Does anyone remember the McCabes, McBrides, McCormack, Mahoney, not too many Irish friends. My brother Donald worked for a butcher on 101 ave off 109 street. Louies candy store was on the corner. It was great to read the stories posted here.
God bless all my old friends from Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.
Added: March 27, 2013
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James (Jimmy) Wolling (Sr)
From: Farmingdale LI NY
E-mail: jimmytel@yahoo.com
Jack Albert & Marvin (Ray) Clark --
where are you?
Added: March 25, 2013
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Steve Batthany MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com
Att Vinnie Smith
what do you mean old I remeber your folks well and also the schiavones especially Marie ,poor lady I guess you talk to Mike more than I do say Hello to him for me and tell him to come down to visit me We even have a stickball league down here in Wellington what a Hoot! No Spaldeens though yes I served with Custer but Kavon's was Erich's Butcher (He moved across Jerome avenue between Scarpati's & Saladino, the tailor :the candy store was Peggy's in the day & a coke was a nickle $.06 with cherryor lemon Your quips are good The Old Guy
Added: March 25, 2013
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Maria Mirabile
From: Malverne, NY
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net
I was raised in Richmond Hill and attended St. Mary Gate of Heaven School.
After graduation I attended Christ the King High School. The very next day after graduation - I took the A train on Liberty Avenue to Manhattan where I got my first job.
I was a secretary for the Port Authority of NY & NJ. I did eventually wind up at Kennedy Airport - so convenient to get to! I am married and have two children. My son is a Police Officer in Flushing and he and his wife are expecting a baby
Added: March 22, 2013
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
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Hi Mr. Wood!
Glad you got to tour the neighborhood via the net and especially see your childhood home. I told you how different it was after they took the siding off, then stone faced {?} it. In my opinion, I preferred the way it used to look and hope you weren't too shocked by it, as other previous owners were. :) Not sure about the house next door as it's pretty much looked the same for years. I'll have to check the Google Earth and see how updated it is or what year the photos are from but my computer's going back in the shop tomorrow, though when I get it back, I will check it out.
I hope some day we can exchange e-mails so I can send you the pictures of your house that I took during this last construction when it was down to the original shingles and showing the center window that was covered for years, which I'm sure you remember. Holy Child looks the same to me, though now they do a lot of landscaping there and the upkeep is good. It has a very friendly and lightened atmosphere now. There are no more Nuns living there or teaching and the convent is now called the Leonard Center, named after a previous Monsiegnor. They have many meetings and events there, as well as the school or Church. In May they will be having their annual Block Party outdoors, which is always nice. There are many things held there now which were unheard of years ago, parties, Oktoberfests, and a lot more going on which has made it more fun for the people.
I hope you are well and as we are, looking forward to a good weather change now that it's spring. According to the News, Mother Nature isn't aware of it yet. :( It's always a pleasure reading your posts and look forward to hearing from you again soon!
Added: March 21, 2013
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j. santini
From: N.Y.
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I attended HCJ in the 1960's, and spent much time in church across the street, appreciating the solemn beauty of the richly colored stained glass windows as sunlight filtered through, casting an ethereal glow on the oak pews below, and providing a spiritual atmosphere in which to pray and reflect.
As a long-time parishioner, I always wondered who it was that decided it would be a good idea to remove all the original solid oak pews and destroy their beauty, functionality, and architectural integrity by carving the backs out. Brilliant! Of course, this travesty was followed up several years later by further destruction, having the granite carvings and near century-old paintings highlighted with gaudy "gold leaf" paint and "touched-up" by incompetent "artists", the worst offense being the once beautifully detailed manger scene above the altar, now looking like the remmnants of a 6th grade art project. Follow that up by replacing all the original iron, copper, and bronze light fixtures with cheaper ones of far lesser quality, and rip out all the beautiful, mature healthy hemlock trees and evergreen shrubs on the church grounds in order to replace them with newer, less attractive shrubs, and you have a monumental misappropriation of church funds.
For what it's worth, this is the reason why I no longer contribute to my parish. I guess the federal government isn't the only entity that knows how to waste money and ruin a good thing in the process.
Added: March 16, 2013
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Glen Wolfinger
From: Smithtown, NY
E-mail: Glenwolfinger@yahoo.com
Recently we had a reunion with some old friends from Richmond Hill at a steakhouse in Flushing.
In attendance: Charlie Wolfinger, Pat Hanley, Bill Hanley, John Dipert, Mike Moran, Billy and Kenny Doyle from Warwick, NY, Larry Magnano, Eddie Tyberski, John Camera (Click), and Paulie, the bartender from the Imperial Room.
We had a good time discussing old memories and growing up in Richmond Hill... a good time was had by all... looking forward to the next time we all get together!
Added: March 15, 2013
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William Kleppel
From: Boynton Beach Florida
E-mail: bkleppel@comcast.net
I went to R.H.H.S. between 1955-1959. I lived at 119-13 Liberty Ave. over the baby store. I worked in Sam and Joes grocery store and later on worked in Karps ice cream parlor.
Been back a few times and things changed... You Can't Go Back...
Added: March 15, 2013
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Ben Costa
From: sarasota fl.
E-mail: bjcosta@comcast.net
marraige date for --
Yolanda and Frank Callovi
Added: March 14, 2013
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
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Marilyn it looks like 114-11 had a facelift and resold for lots more money?? Place looks a little like a gingerbread house now! :} House next door seems to be under construction.
Followed Google down the street to what used to be the post office and on to Myrtle Avenue. Fun to see the old neighborhood even on the computer. Also went over to HCJ to see my old stompin grounds. Church and school look good but in need of repairs. Guess the "fund" will take care of that. Do Sisters of St. Joseph still teach there? Looked like the convent was apartments now??? Good memories. Long time since 1957!!! --Bob.
Anyone still commute to Mary Louis Academy or Wisdom from Richmond Hill? My sister had to take the L plus bus to go there. Perhaps Our Lady of Wisdom is gone now???
Added: March 12, 2013
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ken z
From: gettysburg, pa
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RE: aaron burr and his "richmond hill" estate.
That "Country estate" of Burr's was on the west side of Manhattan island during his time there. "Richmond Hill" was a place name from merry old England and was not applied to the Richmond Hill of Queens until appx 100 yrs later.
Added: March 12, 2013
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Mark Aubel
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: oncetime@aol.com
Housed in the landmark Eldridge House (1867) on 111th Street, Once Upon A Time, Inc. is proud to present the original rags-to-riches musical, Cinderella, on Sunday April 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM. Children $5 admission and adults $8. Once Upon A Time, Inc., 87-61 111th Street, Richmond Hill. 718-846-9182 or 849-6594.
Added: March 11, 2013
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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
Happy New Year (albeit a few months later) to all of you!
Added: March 11, 2013
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john trainor
From: suffolk co ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com
Arline Grady, you touched upon all my old, and in memory, beloved spots.
From about 1958 to 1963 that was the center of my social life. Good friends, simple pleasures, all part of a lovely neighborhood. Good luck.
Added: March 9, 2013
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JoAN FUESS
From: Averill Park, NY
E-mail: jfuess@nycap.rr.com
I am reading a book on Aaron Burr and they mention a Richmond Hill estate that Washington used and later Burr did.
Does it still stand?
Added: March 7, 2013
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Arline Grady a/k/a Arline Hermans
From: Moriches, N.Y.
E-mail: DARL815@aol.com
In reading many of the entrees in the Guestbook I was surprised not to find St. Johns Restaurant, Regis Florist, and the candy store and newspaper stand by the end of the el at Lefferts Blvd station. They had so many memories for me.
I was shocked to look up at the clock and find I spent over 5 hours on the site, but was sad not to find anyone I remember on the site, but will go back and continue searching.
I guess we all have moved on in different directions, but have great memories, the Casino and Lefferets movie theatres, penny candy in the Candy Stores, try and find that today. Jahns Ice Cream Parlor after skating, so many memories.
Hope to find some of my old friends, Anne Morano, Snookie, Lenny, hope to hear from some of you from around Liberty Avenue.
Added: March 6, 2013
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Robert Mischke
From: Hampton Bays N.Y.
E-mail: macho8@verizon.net
I lived in Glendale and attended Richmond Hill high 1952-1956.
They were some of the best years in my life! Fast cars and rock n roll. Every one dressed neatly, no jeans! There was no need for police in shools, it was a better time.
Added: March 6, 2013
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vincent godino
From: howard beach, n.y.
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@ richard jemmott,
being dorothy abate is your sister (known as dotty) then adele would be your niece. i went to o.l.p.h. with adele from 1959 - 1965. during our o.l.p.h. years believed they lived across the street.
Added: March 5, 2013
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ARLINE GRADY (HERMANS)
From: LONG ISLAND, N.Y.
E-mail: DARL815@aol.com
Found this website accidentally, been on it for over 3 hours.
Brought back many memories. Lived on 111th Street. Anybody remember the Casino Theatre, St. Johns Restaurant, Regis Florist, Snookies Place, The Greenwood Bar & Grill.
Many memories, all of them good. We went back about 3 years ago, very sad. Just have to remember the good days.
Added: March 5, 2013
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Ron Layer
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: richmondhillron@msn.com
The 1963 graduating class of St. Benedict Joseph Labre is having a 50th reunion party on 9/28/2013 at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens.
You may call Ron Layer at 718-846-0996 or Edjil Tyburczy at 718-225-7904 for information.
Added: March 5, 2013
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Frank Cina
From: Lake Norman, NC
E-mail: frank_cina@charter.net
I lived on 121 Street off Atlantic Avenue from 1954 'till about 1968.
My brother Anthony now lives in California. I reunited with Mario (Murray) Roppolo and Skippy Legrady. Still looking for Frank Gagliano, Joe Ioreo, Loretta and Cookie Morgan, Marie Dorsie or any of the "old gang".
Added: March 2, 2013
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thomas swift
From: richmond hill, new york
E-mail: tom@primaryelectric.com
to charlotte doceti
how are you and mary doing. hope all is well. i also was wondering if you had any infomation on dennis affourtit or ronny rausch?
Added: March 1, 2013
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail:
Writing just to ask if the Mohawk Bar & Grill is still open on Jamaica Ave.
Just curious. Thanx.
Added: March 1, 2013
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paul galbraith
From: highland falls ny
E-mail:
Two establishmenst we went to were Connies Italian Restaurant on Jamaica Avnue, and Maybee's (spl?) on Atlantic Avenue...
Connies spagehetti with red clam had at least six or more real clams around the plate... Maybee's I recall steamers (piss clams) not cherrystones like they call steamers today...with clam broth accompaniment.
Added: February 24, 2013
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Mr. Adrian G. Eisenlord
From: Battle Creek, Michigan
E-mail: aeisenlord@live.com
Dear Society Members,
I wish to extend best wishes to the people of Richmond Hill Historical Society, for their willingness and enthusiasm in recently helping me research the Boller family and their house in your commmunity. The pictures and the other data recovered was truly exemplary.
Best to you all, Adrian
Added: February 24, 2013
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mike hedler
From: wears valley tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net
To Diane Merchant,
My sister would have loved to be at the reunion. She passed about 8 yrs ago, lung cancer, but give every one a hug from her.
Added: February 22, 2013
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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail:
Thought some of you who remember Duggan's Bakery would appreciate this:
http://www.dugansbakers.com/
Added: February 15, 2013
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Vincent Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com
Hey Mike Batthany,
Good to hear from you. I enjoy your brother Steve's recollections, though many of them were before our time. I do remember John's Candy store on 114th and 101 Ave (Dirty John's next to Kavon's 5 cents, 10 cents, a Dollar and Up Store).
As a little kid I was scared to move too far to the rear of Johns store as it got darker the further in you ventured. In today's world I should clarify, it was referred to as Dirty John's strictly on a sanitary level.
Bill's mom is still living on 103 Ave. I think she just turned 91, lives there alone. I don't remember the drummer you referred to -- loud Jim, but I do remember the 6 foot Heathkit amp that you built! I was always impressed that you did that. You Molloy boys. I also remember the upright piano in your living room and also boring, hot summer afternoons. Undersea investigations of the bottom of your 4 ft pool, man that was true suburban living right there in the county of Queens!
Still painting, now am in charge of the music at Morning Star Fellowship in Kingston. I don't know if you'd remember Frank Amodeo who was in charge for years, anyway he passed on about 4 or 5 yrs ago. The Lord bless, Vin S
Added: February 12, 2013
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Diane Merchant
From: Stamford, Ct.
E-mail: Diworkout@aol.com
Fifty Years Ago!!!
A celebration party for the HCJ graduating class of 1963 will be held on Sat., May 11th at the school.
A committee (Joseph Frattasi, Irene Nowacki, Margaret Pagano, Gregory Michalauskas, Colleen Dougherty, Pat Erhard, and Diane Merchant) is planning this reunion. More info to follow soon. You can email me or call Joe Frattasi at work @ 718 767 4330..
Added: February 8, 2013
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Ken Liguori
From: Spring, Texas
E-mail: kvl1@sbcglobal.net
Richmond Hill H.S., Class of 1968. St. John's University, Class of 1972.
Just retired from 35 years with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Houston and looking forward to relocation later this year in Las Cruces, N.M. Grew up on 108th Street, off 101st Avenue. Remember the usual places mentioned here, but what has always stood out was the great people you grew up with.
Good memories about truly decent people- something missing from most these days. Good luck to all of you!
Added: February 8, 2013
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
Richard Jemmot,
I also went to PS 100 (1958-62). Mrs McManus, Mrs Weisbart, Mrs Morse, and Mrs FitzSimmons (grades, 1,2,3,4).
Added: February 8, 2013
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Jim Matthews
From: Nashua NH
E-mail:
Thanks for the memories.
Added: February 8, 2013
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larry magnano
From: farmingville ny
E-mail: lamamag@optimum.net
all these people, no one remembers johns candy store 114 and 101 ave next to kavons?
hung out there until we became 18, then the bars...
Added: February 7, 2013
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paul galbraith
From: highland falls ny
E-mail:
Tommy-
my grandfather thought the mohawk was the best place to eat on jamaica avenue... last time i went with him he drove home along jamaica avenue passing almost every red light there was to 111th st.
needless to say dad told him no more driving from now on... i do remember they had a great steak and the fench dressing was unique... ketchup and mayonaise i believe... lol
Added: February 6, 2013
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margaret emanuele
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
Hi, I remember the mohawk restaurant.
we went there often, it was alway so good, a nice neighborhood restaurant.
Added: February 5, 2013
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denise koplar
From: orlando fl
E-mail: mcgillygreen@att.net
trying to fine some old friend from richmond hill ny
her name was diane brintsin she had a brother name johnny and sisters name was debbie. there was 5 of them, i lived on the corner she lived next door. they was going to move to fla, we moved to long island. i now live in orlando fl. help me fine them please.
Added: February 5, 2013
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Hawaii
E-mail:
If you were a 1966 grad of RHHS would love to hear from you about those days!
Added: February 4, 2013
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Richard Jemmott
From: Moriarty NM
E-mail: maryjane12@q.com
Great growing up in Richmond Hill.
I went to PS 100, PS 108, and John Adams. Home address 107-51 115 st. I am the eleventh of twelve, seven boys and five girls. Married in 1965 and then lived at 107-56-109st. My daughter Marguerite and son Craig also went to PS 108. I have lots of friends that went to OLPH.
If You went to OLPH in the 50-90s then you will know my sister Dorothy Abate. I live outside of Albuquerque NM with my 2 dogs and 3 cats and am HAPPLY retired.
Added: February 4, 2013
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, I would love to be a time traveler and travel back to all the fun things and places we hung out, there was no worries that I can remember about crazy people hanging around bothering kids or any thing like that.
We went to school every day safe and sound and returned home in the same condition. I distinctly remember the beat Cops in the neighborhood everyone respected them to the highest degree and if they instructed you to stop doing something that was that no attitudes or smart answers were to be given, if word got back to your parents your buns were done!
Attending school we sat upright in hard wooden seats which were harder than Chinese Arithmetic, paying attention in class was the order of the day and the teachers demanded respect and got it without attitude or "wisenhimer remarks". If our school psychologists today would take a lesson from our school days, schools would be a better place to learn for all.
Many of my fellow classmates through our respectful learning went on to be community leaders of all types looking back we were all taught well in Richmond Hill, Schools. Mrs Morrissey, Mrs Sheridan, Mrs Richards, Mrs Leviness God Bless & thank you for the guidance you gave us all those years ago!
Ken Ball, San Diego 8809-104th st. A proud Richmond Hiller
Added: February 3, 2013
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Tommy Moylan
From: Bayshore NY
E-mail: sfacheem@optonline.net
Hi Frank,
Boy did you bring back some memories, how is your brother doing? I run into Veto once and a while.
His son bought a house on my sister's block in Glendale. Take care and say hello to your brother.
Added: February 2, 2013
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Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park New York
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com
The Mohawk Restaurant which was located on 121st Street and Jamaica Ave was owned and run by the father of my friend James Reddy who used to live on 112th Street at several houses within Atlantic Ave down the block from me.
The Mowhawk closed down on August 16, 1988 on a Sunday night. I was there.
There was an older gentleman Bernie Wolfson who used to hang out there quite a bit, funny guy with a great story to tell every time.
The Mowhawk was a small, yet vibrant restaurant where the food was good and the people were real.
Added: February 1, 2013
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Linda Donovan (Goffery)
From: Forest Hills, New York
E-mail: LlinnyG1@aol.com
I grew up on 110th Street and Myrtle Avenue in the 60s.
My moms hosue is still there.
Added: February 1, 2013
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Carl Kratzer
From: Germany
E-mail: carl_kratzer@yahoo.com
I remember going to the Mohawk restaurant from time to time back in the late 70's with my family as a child with my family. The flounder was particularly delicious.
Added: February 1, 2013
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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com
to tommy from valley stream,
yes the mohawk bar, one of the best saurbraten in the hill. my uncle used to go there, his name was mike connely. he was a mechanic in a gas station a few block's away. my dad owned reo moving co. on 101 ave and 125 st.
does any one remember d&h bagel bakery on 114 st and 101 ave.
Added: January 31, 2013
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Linda Beyer McHugh
From: Silver Spring, MD
E-mail: lindabeyer@verizon.net
Yes, I remember the Mohawk restaurant.
My cousin Vinny Papke (yes I have a real cousin Vinny) had grandparents who lived in Woodhaven. Every Sunday after church at St. Thomas's they'd take the bus up Jamaica Ave (they didn't drive) and have an early afternoon dinner and cocktail at the Mohawk.
A question for posters. My brother Artie Beyer played baseball with the Richmond Hill Saxons team (or league??)in the 1950s. He's sick now and wanting to enjoy some nostalgia. I googled the Saxons and it send me here.
Anyone have some recollections of the Saxons to share? I'll get them to Artie if you do. Thanks all. Haven't visited this site in awhile, but I sure love it. Linda Beyer
Added: January 31, 2013
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Bill Tannler
From: Myrtle Beach SC
E-mail:
Growing up in the 1950's, I played many years of basketball on teams sponsored by Union Congregational Church.
The church had a neat basketball court and locker room facilities that were well known to the many Queens NY youth who played basketball in local church leagues. Union had a very large and active youth group.
I shall forever be thankful to the church and its leaders for the opportunity to be part of it, for all the great memories, and for helping me become a better person.
Added: January 30, 2013
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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail:
To Mike Batthany:
In one of those ESP like events, a friend of ours from our troop 662 days, Rich Riccardo, emailed me last week to speculate if a Dr. Steve Batthany could be related to Mike, who was in the scouts with us. He recalled your brother Everett, who he described perfectly but could not name. Of course, Glenn Kushner was in the scouts with us, and Rich accurately recalled that it was Glenn who got you to join.
It was a long time ago, by my mind, as many here, often wander into Richmond Hill. For me, the rattle of the chain link fence at PS 62, the asphalt that was the source of many scrapes and bruises, and dead, brown painted basketball backboards and hoops, were "home" for many years.
We didn't know it at the time but we didn't have much, but having everything we needed, had it all. Hope life has treated you well.
Added: January 30, 2013
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tommy cuccias
From: valley stream, ny
E-mail:
anybody remember the mohawk restaurant on jamaica ave in richmond hill, ny
Added: January 29, 2013
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
To Bob Lowry,
Your post down below speaks volumns, and is so dead on... great post... happy new year
Added: January 28, 2013
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Frank Lazzaro
From: Levittown, New York
E-mail: FrankLazza@yahoo.com
Richmond Hill High School Class of 1968.
Lived on Liberty Ave and 129th St. Richmond Hill. Went to P.S. 82, Van Wyck JHS, AND The "Hill". Hung out at P.S. 54 after school with my friends from 126th St. Tom and Tim Silke, Vito Pizzirella, Jimmy Pascuma, Richie Ternari, and MaryAnn Ripendelli.
Use to chill at the Triangle Bowling Alley next door to the RKO and JAHNS. What a great teenage life hanging out there. Anthony Medigo was one of my best friends also. The Silke's had a German deli on Jamaica Ave at 126th St. They had an older brother name Conrad.
Use to play ball at p.s. 54 after school, remember Mr. Collins, the custodian in the school yard? The Tiny Nut Bar, the Hillside Roller Rink and of course, Jenny's Dinner. The Mess Hall of Richmond HIll. She was my father's friend for 40 years. Remember Jenny's Dinner at 130 St. by 54?
What great memories. I made it big in the 1970's after the army, I was the Christmas Decorator at The White House for 12 years. Got a great online book, all welcome at www.FrankLazzaro.com click on e-book.
Thanks everyone, if you know me, please contact me and say hello. God Bless you all, and all my friends, where ever you are!
Added: January 27, 2013
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Mike Batthany
From: Catskill Mts
E-mail:
Smitty! What's happening?
Pretty cold up in the north country right now! Hope all is well with you. I prefer living in the past, the present is gone as soon as you read about it and the future has too many smart phones and dumb people.
I also remember music on that porch! Loud as it could get. Ampeg Reverborockets and Fender bandmaster amps, two Les Pauls, and Billy. Electric Sitars and Loud Joe on the drums with Glenn Kushner. My Mom's eloquent question "what is this? The death of music?" Rock on!
Added: January 26, 2013
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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Florida
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
Danny C... Thanks for your comments. They are so true.
The memories of our wonderful years in RH are in our hearts forever. We were so fortunate to have grown up there. I am planning a reunion cruise for May 2015, for my graduating class of RHHS 1965.
In the past, I made the 30th and 40th parties, and they were very successful. Everyone had a memorable time reminiscing. This time, we deserve a relaxing cruise while seeing old friends, and recalling great experiences in RHHS.
If anyone is interested, please send me info at lv2trvlny@aol.com. Friends and family are welcome, and people from other graduation classes are welcome too. Keep writing to this site. It is great to keep it alive for those of us who cherish our special old town, Richmond Hill.
Added: January 22, 2013
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Heather V
From: Bridgeport CT
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I grew up in South Ozone Park in the early 80s.
I remember Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, Happy Days Clothing, Sukon's Toy Store (the best place ever!), Poco Poco, and Tony the Mr. Softee man. We shoped at Mets Supermarket and knew the owners The Kim family. They were always very nice.
My grandmother would buy all of the kids on our block ice cream multiple times a day in the summer. I also remember a pizzeria with an old man that used to play the accordion near a waterfall at the back of the pizzeria. Anyone remember the name of that place?
Added: January 22, 2013
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P Kubiak
From: Cincinnati, Ohio
E-mail: ups4mtx@cinci.rr.com
Anyone remember George, Victor, Ivan, Nutjob?
Added: January 22, 2013
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Back in the early fifties my father, NYPD, used to shoot his .38 outside our front porch at exactly midnight for New Years Eve! Shot it into ground obviously.
Way before that, my grandfather would shoot his police pistol out the window of their second floor home on New Years! Shoot from second floor into backyard (ground). Actually shot my grandmothers wash line down by doing that or so the story goes.
I guess today with all the emphasis on terrorism and safety all of that would be considered terrible and very politically incorrect and unsafe. But, to a kid who idolized his father it was a special thing. And I might add I knew exactly where Dad kept his firearm and would never think of violating the trust he had in me. Gone are the days.
Happy New Years to all. God bless our police and firefighters.
Added: January 22, 2013
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Peter Mastellone
From: Virginia
E-mail: vin69vette@cs.com
Anyone from 131st street area in the mid 1960's thru the 1970's...
Added: January 22, 2013
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Steve Batthany MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com
A Happy & Holy New Year to all and prepare for 2016 and a reunion to Richmond Hills '40s Values
PS: and to Simon Wong - Sinyen quai Lo & Gung hoy Fat Choy! Lets meet at Ludemanns in 2016. steve batthany
Added: January 20, 2013
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Vincent Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com
Thanks and amen to the final comment of 2012, submitted by Dr. Steve Batthany.
Remember with fondness and sadness his younger brother. He would take out his record player speakers, place them on the stoop and play some avant-garde, folk/rock music,(pretty loud if I remember).
Whenever I hear Dylan's "Like a Rollin' Stone", I think of hearing it for the first time off the Batthany stoop on 114th street
Added: January 16, 2013
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Lorraine Lauer
From: Bellerose, New York
E-mail: gabby2427@aol.com
Searching for Richmond Hill Sanatoruim in 1927.
Added: January 13, 2013
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charlie hand
From: raleigh, north carolina
E-mail: crhnraleigh@aol.com
after commenting on this site for a few years i finally connected with two friends from the past.
I spoke to johnny culotta and patsy rocco recently and look forward to meeting them. We're 50 years older but the memories are still there.
any other friends from 125th st and jamaica ave during the 1950's give a ring.
Added: January 13, 2013
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Brian McNerney
From: San Dimas, CA.
E-mail: ceo@lavernechamber.org
I too remember exactly what Ken Ball wrote about Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians.
It was a much simplier and nicer time back then. I feel sorry for kids today. All they do is play with their phones, pads, etc. We went out and made up games to play, and were out all day and nobody ever bothered us. Today, parents have to be with kids all the time.!!
We grew up in Richmond Hill at the right time. It was special. 84-08 102nd. Street.
Added: January 13, 2013
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Danny C.
From: New York
E-mail:
To all those who visit this site and lament, as I do, about how the old neighborhood is barely a shadow of its former self, take solace in the memories which are forever held close to us.
I grew up in Richmond Hill in the 1960's, and made many friends, the closest being someone who had moved out of state, and I hadn't seen in over 30 years.
In trying to contact him recently, I became aware that he had passed away at a relatively young age. The initial sadness, the regrets, the unanswered questions stayed with me for some time, but eventually were replaced by smiles and laughs remembering the dumb things that only kids could do, the fun and anxiety "coming of age", the loyalty we had for each other.
In much the same way, the old neighborhood, as each of us remembers it, can't be changed or taken away, as long as the memories are kept alive.
The saying goes: Speak often of someone who has passed, and he remains as alive as ever, and thanks to this site, Richmond Hill, as we knew it, will remain as alive as ever...
Added: January 13, 2013
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john trainor
From: suffolk co ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com
Frank Ladone,
I don't know how many trips I took down Cross Bay Blvd on the way to the Rockaways. I did it so often that it became part of the neighberhood though I lived in Richmond Hill and then Woodhaven.
Thanks for the reminder, nice to see someone still in the area. At times I wish I had.
Added: January 12, 2013
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Pat Maiello
From: Howard Beach, New York
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Does anyone remember Klibbys candy store on Jamaica Ave. 117st.So many of us hung out there.
Added: January 12, 2013
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Frank Ladone
From: Howard Beach
E-mail: frankdowop@yahoo.com
Happy New Year to all.
Remember R.H. in the 1950's, I would go back in a heart beat.
What a different world. Lots of memories. I was lucky to see it the way it was.
Added: January 10, 2013
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Simon Wong
From: East Elmhurst
E-mail:
Happy New Year!
Thanks for this history information.
Added: January 5, 2013
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Jonn Mulry
From: chattanooga
E-mail:
Richmond Hill, Guy Lombardo?
You never know what you got until its gone. Saw Lombardo and company at the Jones Beach Marine Theatre in 1971 at a performance of Bound of Music with a church youth group.
Added: January 4, 2013
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christy gant
From: mississippi
E-mail: jimmygant25@bellsouth.net
I am doing an ancestrial search on the Bussells' who lived in Richmond Hill in the early 1900's through 1960's, even later. Does anyone know Arthur Bussell, mgr of the Hillside Rollerdome (1945) in Richmond Hill? Any info would be appreciated.
Added: January 2, 2013
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Bob
From: va
E-mail: rev047@aol.com
anyone konw of a girl named rita around 97th av and 125th st in 1956... would have bee about 6yrs old at the time...
also a warren parks and jimmy neubauer?
Added: January 2, 2013
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Benjamin J. Costa
From: Florida
E-mail: bncosta@comcast.net
looking for phone # or address for yolanda callovi.
Added: January 2, 2013
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Bob Lowry
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: TailgunnerBobL@aol.com
Ken Ball,
Your right about it being a simpler place and time. We wanted more and got it, but at what cost.
I do not envy my Kids or their Kids. The times have changed and so has the moral fiber, work ethic, and the ability to put others before themselves.
The many inventions that we saw as progress, has turned our youth into "Instant Gratifcation Junkies." I'm sorry that I sound so negative, but I am positive the next ten years will be a test for us to survive or leaders or lack there of.
Added: January 1, 2013
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
To All, Happy New Year
I remember watching Guy Lombardo & The Royal Canadians pull in the New Year through out the 1950's and my Mother, Grandfather, Sister, and I would at the stroke of 12 Midnight go out on the back porch and bang pots and pans to ring in the New Year.
Fond memories when Richmond Hill, existed in a simpler place in time. I realize now how special those times were!
Happy New Year, Ken Ball 8809-104th st: A proud Richmond Hiller
Added: January 1, 2013
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Wishing all our Members, Friends, and Visitors a very Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your memories and comments with the Richmond Hill Historical Society throughout the years.
Added: January 1, 2013


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