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Submitted by Comments:
Rich Culotta
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: richculotta@verizon.net

I was born and raised in Richmond Hill. Lived there from 1964 through 1987.
Attended PS55, JHS226, Hillcrest High, and Adelphi University. Have great memories of all the good times and the friends I've shared them with. Many of which I have reconnected with over recent years.
In those days, some of our biggest decisions was Pizza from Carlo's or Tommy's? or Softball at PS55 or Smokey Park? Leffert's or Casino Movies theatre? Great times.
A very Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful New Year to all.
Added: December 28, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Steve Batthany md
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All
Added: December 27, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
ed killip
From: aransas pass tx 78336
E-mail:

Hello Mark Young 'my long lost cousin' from 127-02 95th ave richmond hill.
Ed Killip here wishing you, Mary Anne, Robert, and all your loved ones a very merry Christmas!
God bless you all
Added: December 24, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Mike McGuire
From: Bloomfield, NJ
E-mail:

Enjoy visiting this website. Lived in Richmond Hill with family for many years.
Thanks Richmond Hill Historical Society and All who share on this website. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Added: December 24, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Carl Kratzer
From: Europe
E-mail: carl_kratzer@yahoo.com

To Rob Rando:
Do you have a sister named Cecilia? I went to OLPH and had a teacher in the 4th grade named Cecilia Rando.
Added: December 18, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Matthew Greene
From: Dania Beach, Fl
E-mail:

Many Thanks Jac and Mary Woods!
Truly appreciate your help in answering my question regarding the hardware store name TIETELBAUMS.
Added: December 12, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Lou Quinn
From: North Carolina
E-mail: quinngirls4@aol.com

I am searching for information concerning my ancestor, John Hamilton Cudworth.
In the 1875 Census he is listed as a "Toll Gate Keeper". He was married to Anna Kiernan. I would really appreciate if anyone has any information on this family.
Added: December 9, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Michael Hennessy
From: Middle Village N.Y.
E-mail: mrauxcop@aol.com

Great site. Hopefully I can find some lost friends here.
Added: November 29, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
BILL DeCLEMENTE (S)
From: New Port Richey FL
E-mail: TheRealMcCoy@TheKarateKid.com

I was born and raised in R.H. went to Holy Child and then Richmond Hill H.S.
Spent much time playing ball on 102nd St and 85th Ave and will all ways remember the 50 to 60 friends roller skating in front of my house on 85th Ave. between 102nd St. and 104th Street and of course Friday and Sat. nights at Schmit's Ice Cream Palour. see www.TheKarateKid.com
Added: November 26, 2015


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Louise Elizabeth Shapley
From: Racine, Wisconsin
E-mail: lshapley@sbcglobal.net

To David Sprague Herreshoff.
I am writing a book about my famous father, Lt. Gen Alan Shapley, USMC, Ret., Dec'd., and have some delightful memories of your mother Constance when she visited us at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The sentries would salute as she sailed onto the Depot in her yellow jeep. She played the piano as my mother taught me how to do the hula. Our doggies and I adored her. What fun! Do you have a PX to share?
Added: November 29, 2015


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Michele Capocasale Feleppa
From: Monroe, NC
E-mail: michelefeleppa58@gmail.com

My Family lived on 95th Ave, between 110th and 111th Street.
My parents purchased their home in the summer of 1961. I am one of seven children. So many great memories growing up in the area from Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Forest Park and to Jamaica. I lived on the block of the Triangle, a block away from the Boys Club. Attended P.S. 62, Middle School 210 and Richmond Hill High School, graduated in 1976.
So many thanks to my parents for relocating to Richmond Hill. Great Childhood!!!
Added: November 25, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Jac
From: brooklyn ny
E-mail:

Hardware store on Jamaica Ave and 108th street was TIETELBAUMS.
Added: November 18, 2015


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Diane Ladone Ganske
From: Melbourne, Florida
E-mail: merlok516@yahoo.com

Just came across this site today Nov. 10, 2015.
It certainly brought back many memories of growing up in Richmond Hill from 1952 until got I got married in 1973. I lived at 93-26 123rd street between 95th Ave. and Atlantic Ave. I went to SBJL and then to Richmond Hill High School and graduated in 1970.
A great neighborhood to grow up in. My father was the Mr. Softee man in the neighborhood. Remembering the music and the ice cream truck. Great memories!
Added: November 10, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:

Hi to Matthew Greene,
I believe the hardware store on Jamaica and 108th was Tittlebaums.
Added: November 7, 2015


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Brian McNerney
From: San Dimas Ca.
E-mail: bredbrian@verizon.net

being 3K miles away I want to thank the people who put this site together.
It has kept me in touch with so many people who I grew up with in Richmond Hill in the 50's and 60's. It was a wonderful time to be a kid and young adult in Richmond Hill. I get kidded out in LA about my accent. But I am so proud of where I grew up. It made me a better person, and Richmond Hill will always be and still is special. I am now 71 but still visit this site every week. We need to thank the people who keep us connected.
This is a great country and a lot of people have left the area, but I am so proud to tell people when they ask, are you from NY. I say no, I am from Richmond Hill, Queens. We have so much to be proud of. GO RICHMOND HILL, REMAIN SPECIAL!!
Added: November 6, 2015


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Robert Rando
From: New York
E-mail: Rrando@randolawfirm.com

Grew up in apartment on Liberty Avenue. From 1956-60 (over Sommers Drug Store - corner of 116th Street and Liberty Ave.); from 1960-76 (over Al Diamond's record store which became a travel agency and then a Carvel - 116-10 Liberty Ave. between 116th and 117th streets).
Some of the crowd: Eddie, George and John Cowan; Donald and Debbie Krauss; Rosalie Barber.
Added: October 31, 2015


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Yvonne Kingman
From: SoCal
E-mail: Yfkingman@earthlink.net

Does anyone have any info on three families - Faust, Rich, and Howard - who lived on 118th St. in the 1930s and 1940s? At that time the Sikh temple was a Methodist church. The Fausts lived at its parsonage, and the Howards (Dr. James Howard) and Rich family at the corner across from the church.
Added: October 27, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
ben costa
From: Sasota fla
E-mail:

where is Yolanda Callovi
Added: October 27, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Columbia, SC
E-mail:

Been quite a few years but anyone out thee recall Virginia Giaconni, Anthony Market, James Dooley, Kenneth Erwin, Pat Oleary, Raymond Baker, Maureen Cummings? Connection is HCJ but way back in the fifties.
Added: October 17, 2015


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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net

Looking for friends, neighbors who lived in the 111 street, Jerome ave. area during the period 1949-1955.
Frequented the Jerome (itch) movie, the Casino and Lefferets movies, played baseball with Saxsons and worked at Nick and Jim's butcher shop, and Joe's candy store on Jerome Ave. Hanrahands, Fuchs, Caragan, Rome, Hamm, Daily, Morse
Added: October 16, 2015


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail:

Jeff,
if that was the one on Liberty Ave. it had to be no earlier than the sixties. my sister and I saw movies in the late fifties. assuming that the theatre in mind is not the one at Lefferts.
Added: October 16, 2015


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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: edddieb1222@aol.com

does any one remember the fulton diner off rockaway blvd in ozone park and b nilson moving co.
Added: October 12, 2015


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lou digioia
From: new city, new york
E-mail: bigbac2@yahoo.com

graduated jan.65 super senior june 64 any old friends out there?
Added: October 11, 2015


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Jeff Costigan
From: Fresh Meadows, Queens
E-mail: LEFTY5895@MSN.COM

What was the last year that RKO Keth in Richmond Hill played movies?? Was it the 1950s or 1960s? Just curious.
My famiklymoved to Richmond Hill in 1965. Growing up it was always closed.
Added: October 7, 2015


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Matthew Greene
From: Dania Beach, Fl
E-mail:

Grew up in Richmond Hill and have great memories of Jahns, Triangle Bowling, Hillside Roller Skating, and Forest Park.
Anyone remember the name of the hardware store on Jamaica Avenue and 108 St?
Added: October 2, 2015


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Ron Shukis
From: Fanwood NJ 07023
E-mail: ronshukis@hotmail.com

Hi, I was born in 1949 Prospect Heights Hospital. Lived at 109-43 Centreville St. Ozone Park.
Our house was across from a park with a sand pit and a small road near a farm which had shacks along the fence of John Adams High School. I went to PS 108 and moved to NJ because of leg injury in 1958.
Still remember Laura Catalano and Susan Eskowitz. Please write! We lived upstairs in the Perrone house.
Added: September 29, 2015


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phyllis pollano martell
From: orlando, fl
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com

Looking for Edwin Olivo who lived on Hillside Ave around from Hillcrest HS.
He was a good friend of mine and any info would be appreciated thanks for writing back. Phyllis Pollano
Added: September 29, 2015


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Mark Grossane
From: Watertown, CT
E-mail: markgrossane@rocketmail.com

To Judy Abbate from Aug. 12th
I lived on the corner of 111th Street and 95th Ave. just one block south of Westfall's, and I remember it very well.
It was actually a restaurant with a public bar on the 111th street side of the building. It always projected a very classy atmosphere, and my parents considered it a "special occasion" kind of place. We went there the first time I was taken to a Broadway show by my parents, and for my college graduation celebration.
It had a pretty good run as restaurants go; it was run by the two Westfall brothers for many years. The building is still there and is a funeral home today. In the late fifties the site was occupied by an old time "gin mill" know as Mutt & Jeff's that was demolished to make way for the new restaurant.
Added: September 20, 2015


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liz wynne
From: albuq nm
E-mail:

my grandmother was raised in richmond hill some time between 1909 and 1932.
its unclear when her father moved the family there, but she remembered it fondly as her home town. she was one of 10 children in the hickey family, of irish decent.
i am looking for more information about where they might have lived so this site may prove to be helpful.
Added: September 16, 2015


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Jim Caparosa
From: Fort Lee, NJ
E-mail: jimcap54@gmail.com

Does anyone remember the band Rampage (formerly Upward Movement), with Chuck, Bobby, don't remember the other guys.
Anyone know what ever happened to those guys?
Added: September 15, 2015


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john trainor
From: long island ny
E-mail:

Judy Abbate,
I remember Westfals very well. It closed I think in the 1960's. Tthere was a hold up and as I understand it the owner was shot.
Added: September 15, 2015


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mike frey
From: valley springs, ca. 95252
E-mail: freybook@comcast.net

I am trying to find info on an old store calendar i found from 1927.
It says.... C.H. Pichelman... groceries, fruits and vegetables.... phone elmhurst 301 1921 84th ave. Pic on the front called the sweetest girl. The pic is from original painting by keedy studio. Any help would be appreciated.
Added: September 7, 2015


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Brian McNerney
From: San Dimas, Ca
E-mail: bredbrian@verizon.net

I am responding to Judy Abbate mention of Westfalls.
I loved going there and my wife and I were married there. It was a great bar and they served good food. The Westfall brothers were special. We have now been married 45 years and still talk about the great time we had at our wedding. Special place. It is now a funeral home. Time really changes things.
One of the brothers got killed in the restaurant during a robbery. Really sad. The place went downhill from there.
Added: August 29, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
joey biggs
From: San Antonio, Tx
E-mail: fromeny@gmail.com

Does anyone remember the butcher shop on Liberty and Grant Aves?
Added: August 27, 2015


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gabriel angel cruz
From: 111 Ave 127 St
E-mail: jockey0093@yahoo.com

I love queens, s.o.p, and richmond hill.
i also played at smokey park went to 121 school, 210 junior high and john adams hs.
Added: August 25, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Ciccone
From: Long Beach, NY
E-mail:

There is also a RH High School in Georgia I believe. School colors might be yellow and green.
Richmond Hill High School, 1 Wildcat Drive, Richmond Hill, GA 31324. Phone 912-459-5151. Fax 912-756-4958
Added: August 23, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Angela Hughes
From: Jersey City, NJ
E-mail:

My parents lived in Richmond Hill, NY.
They will definitely enjoy this website. Thanks!
Added: August 20, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Kathy McNamee
From: Vero Beach, Florida
E-mail: Layg@aol.com

Looking for an aunt Elizabeth Loughlin.
She lived at 8405 108th street, Richmond Hill.
Added: August 19, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Judy Abbate
From: Sarasota, Fl
E-mail:

Does anyone remember Westfall's?
It was a catering hall at Atlantic Ave and 111 St.? Early to mid 60's possibly?
Added: August 12, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Sue Ann Falco (Boerckel)
From: Vero Beach, Florida
E-mail: sjfalco@comcast.net

Was born in Jamaica Hospital 1943. Lived in a house on 131st, in Richmond Hill until I got married in 1962.
Went to PS 55, PS 121, Richmond Hill HS, Long Island University, St. Josephs College, and Piedmont College. I am a retired teacher.
Added: August 9, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Susan Cook
From: 114-15 122nd st queens ny
E-mail:

Grew up in South Ozone Park 122nd Street, went to OLPH and 2 years John Adams 1st year went half day schedule.
Friends Rita, Karen, Darlene, Patt,y Faith, Ann, Florence, Frankie; Playing War.
Added: August 6, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Matt Wasilefsky
From: Phoenix AZ
E-mail: Mattwasilefsky@gmail.com

Someone posted awhile ago about finding a 1969 richmond hill high school ring in vietnam but the maroon stone was replaced with a green one.
I found out that there is another richmond hill high school in cananda that has green as a school color, so that ring found was probably not from richmond hill queens.
Added: August 6, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Benjamin Costa
From: Sarasota Florida
E-mail: bjcosta@comcast.net

I am looking for Yolanda Callovi
Added: July 29, 2015


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Biscay
From: Knoxville, Tn.
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

To Lauren N.
There was an American Bedding on Liberty Ave between 109 and 110 Street. The address most likely was 109-15 Liberty Ave, Richmond Hill, 11419. It was under the elevated Train (A train) referred to as the el train not L.
Hope this helps, Frank.
Added: July 27, 2015


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Lauren N
From: Smithtown, NY
E-mail: Lauren@3gwhse.com

Hello, My grandfather used to rent the small yard in between American Beddings showroom and manufacturing plant under the L train (as I am told). Would anyone know what the address was and does anyone maybe have a picture of the spot??
Please feel free to email me. Thanks Lauren
Added: July 24, 2015


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Barbara Quinn Benom
From: Laguna Woods, CA
E-mail: bbenom@gmail.com

I just had a blast searching all the names on this site.
There are a few I recognize and one or two I know. I'll have to greet everyone who might remember a skinny, short, girl. Used to be "Quinn".
Added: July 22, 2015


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Kim Nappi Jackson
From: Farmingville NY
E-mail:
Anyone know any Vissichellis or Pelusos?
Added: July 21, 2015
Submitted by Comments:
Ken Fowler
From: Baton Rouge, LA
E-mail:
Great site!
Had no idea Richmond Hill had such a history. I grew up near Woodhaven Blvd and Jamaica Avenue.
Added: July 17, 2015
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Marilyn McWhirter
From: Belleville, Ontario
E-mail: marilyn.expiredyouth.mcwhirter@gmail.com

I am just in the process of posting a listing on Kijiji for an old thermometer patented in the 1930s.
I am curious about the name on the thermometer itself especially as I can find no information on it. The name on the thermometer is "Clarks Drug Store Richmond Hill". All other information is on the thermometer and the box, etc. but being of a curious mind all my life I am interested in knowing where the thermometer originated.
Thank you for any information on this. Marilyn (a senior in Belleville)
Added: July 14, 2015


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Barbara Quinn Benom
From: Laguna Woods, CA
E-mail: berkeleyrelic@interverse.com
Where is everyone I knew in June 1957 when I stood on that stage at Forest Park and graduated?
I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I just finished writing a book which sits now in a publisher's office in NY while they decide if it meets their needs.
Some of you teenagers ae in it, especially the 117th street gang. Barbara
Added: July 10, 2015
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mary e johnson (Nee Micka)
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail:
I haven't read the posts in a long time now. So nice to read about the old neighborhood and all the memories.
There used to be a big empty lot just off Liberty Ave around 132nd St. I can remember it because my friends, family, and I used to cut through it all the time. That is when I lived with my parents on 134th St. Then we moved to 124th St, only about ten blocks down and one block further up to 107th Ave. Wouldn't believe that lot would still be empty.
They use up every bit of land today. Build, build, build all over. Have a good day. Mary
Added: July 9, 2015
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Steve Batthany MD
From: LakeWorth Fl
E-mail: 2ebatthany@gmail.com
Remember whence went to the "itch" aka the Jerome Theater for 0.09$, the Hillside Roller Rink, and of course the Thanksgiving Day LIRR crash. Also when there were 24 taverns from 102nd & liberty to the Chimes on 124 th st. Summons bike store next to ElDee Lombardis & BenBlues men & boys shop next to LD where you could be ? a "Mr B" roll collared shirt named after Billy Eckstein, and of course Nicole train & bus rides. more to follow...
Added: July 6, 2015
Submitted by Comments:
Gwendolyn Campbell
From: Orangeburgh, NY
E-mail:
Wonderful memories growing up in Richmond Hill.
Enjoyed reading the many entries over the years as well!
Added: July 3, 2015
Submitted by Comments:
Maria Meyer
From: Philadelphia
E-mail: viclovscott@yahoo.com
Hi, I'm looking for my Grandfather Walter Meyer Son of Clinton and Celina Meyer.
They lived in South Ozone Park, must of been between 1940's - 1970's. If any one knew them can you please e-mail me.
Added: July 2, 2015
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Mary Lou (DeSalme) Jordan Lu-Lu
From: NC
E-mail: froglady52@gotricounty.com
I was raised on 118th St right around the corner of Atlantic Ave. Then we moved over a business on Jamaica Ave and 119th St. My ex husband was Thomas Connelly and his mom and stepdad owned a candy store on the corner from us.
Have a lot of good memories growing up in Richmond Hill.
Added: June 30, 2015
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando FL
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com
Searching for old friends Edwin Olivo and brother Hector (Chino).
They lived on Hillside ave across for girls vocational school, any info would be appreciated. Aldo any info on Cheryl Story who also lived in Jamacia NY. Thank you for any info, Phyllis Pollano Originaly from Richmond Hill Queens. Thanks for writing back.
Added: June 21, 2015
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Adam Maiello
From: Woodhaven
E-mail: Sassygal177@yahoo.com
I grew up in Queens and am in search of my biological father.
I don't have much info but perhaps someone could point me in the right direction? My mother's maiden name was Rose Marie Maiello. She had me in April of 1980 when she was 20 years old. I have a sister who is 2 years older than me--we do not share the same father.
I am told that my father's name was Joe or Frank, I do not know his last name. I am told that they dated for awhile and we're supposed to marry but then it was abruptly called off. I am also told that he suffered some sort of accident (electrical I believe) in the fall of 1979. I realize that this sounds ridiculous, and is a long shot-but perhaps someone local remembers?
I would love to know who he is.
Added: June 20, 2015
Submitted by Comments:
Don Caroleo
From: West Islip, NY
E-mail:
Died in 2011 on September 30.
He will be missed, but heaven has again a great man!!
Added: June 13, 2015
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Albert Garzon
From: New York
E-mail: agarzonster@gmail.com
I noticed that this site supplied footnote information on Wikipedia regarding the early life of TV Actor Jack Lord of Hawaii Five-O fame.
I am therefore hoping the site or one of the members can help me find some information. Jack Lord's real name was John Joseph Patrick Ryan. His father's name was William Lawrence Ryan. It is known that this line of the Ryan family originated in Ireland—but I am trying to find out where—which village or town?
My curiousity rises from the fact that I am closely related to this Ryan family line, but none of my known living relatives know from where in Ireland the family originates. Thanks for your kind help.
Added: June 10, 2015
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Anthony Spoto
From: Oceanside NY
E-mail:
Worked in the best Hamburger joint in Richmond Hill, Maybees in the early 70's.
After the burger it was across the parking lot to a full size Carvel. Mom would give me 25 cents for a cone with sprinkles when the special flavor was Pistachio.
Added: June 9, 2015
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Steven Drake
From: Syracuse, NY
E-mail:
Wow! Great to find this site! Appreciate all the memories being shared.
I lived in Richmond Hill during the 1960's. Moved upstate but truly miss the old neighborhood.
Added: June 1, 2015
Submitted by Comments:
Thomas Pamatat
From: Myrtle Beach SC
E-mail: gofastr1992@yahoo.com
Graduated RHHS 1971.
Worked on the Custodial staff at RHHS. 1971-1978. Went on to run the physical plants of many NYC Public Schools. Retired from the DOE after 41 total years in the system. Now living in Myrtle Beach SC.
Go Lions
Added: May 31, 2015
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Gene Miller
From: Columbia, MD
E-mail: ermiller@msn.com
In reply to Adam Green from April:
"So today I bought an antique toy sail boat and on the label it says "Tex Foster Handmade Sail Boat 113-13 Atlantic Ave Richmond Hill NY" if anyone knows about this company or its origin I would love to find out about it!! Thanks for reading."
Here is what I know / sort of remember. Tex Foster was a person. It seems likely he actually was from Texas. I recall him giving a cowboy roping demo to the cub scout troop of which I was a member (about 1952?) The address on your boat was likely his home. He ran a model / hobby shop on the south side of Jamaica Ave between 104th and 107th street. From a short internet search he likely started there in about 1930. Likely closed sometime around 1960.
Street view indicates that the location is now a wireless and cell phone store. His store was my favorite place to visit as a 8 to 11 year old (I moved from Richmond Hill in 1954). He had all kinds of large model airplanes hanging from the ceiling and model kits and assembled models of all types. He told me he had made and flew most of the planes. Most of my birthday money and allowance that I got went into model kits from his shop. It was a great place. There is a hobby shop at almost the same location now but it is not related as far as I know.
Added: May 30, 2015
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Ruth Esperti
From: Fort Ann, NY
E-mail: resperti@yahoo.com
My great-grand aunt used to live in Richmond HIll. Her name was Emilia Beck Herlth.
Do you have any reference to her at all? Thank you. Ruth (Beck) Esperti
Added: May 25, 2015
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Cheryll Kammerer
From: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
E-mail: cherryyllaann@yahoo.com
I lived in Richmond Hill across the street from Smokey Park.
I loved the time I spent growing up in this neighborhood, playing in the park every day and developing real sense of independence. Friends I recall from the area and PS 55 are Peter Crocker, Robert Napodano, Robert Merline, Jeffrey & Joanne Hanson, Cathy Dee, Paul & Mark Bleimeyer, Thomas Holley, Mike Wills, Chris Zarnecki, Dana Luchesse, Cathy Hughes, Tammy Frepain, Nisha Persaud, Ferdo Ong, Blaze Vetuccio, Jean Marie, Antonette, John Snyder, Mark Sanantoni.
So happy to find this site and that other people also recall this area with such fondness. Best winter ever was somewhere in the later 1970's when the area was hit with a ton of snow and Smokey Park was the staging area for all the snow moved from the roads. I recall mountains of snow on the grass fields that were super awesome to climb on and slide down. Thanks for the memories.
Added: May 24, 2015
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Dave O'halloran
From: Boston
E-mail:
Remembering on Memorial Day, Richmond Hill:
Patty McCormick, Lew Willet D 4/21 11th lib. Sept. 25, 1968. Tam ky, Hiney Willis, Mark Ellsworth, John Preistoff, Mike Sublett, James Scott, Frank Gonzales, and Bill Nogawitch
Added: May 24, 2015
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Brian McNerney
From: San Dimas, California
E-mail: bredbrian@verizon.net
Loved the post by John O'Reilly about the Glenns Academy and Al Katzer. Al was the best. I remember Uncle Ralph Ponesa was a bartender as was my cousin John Devine.
I used to hang with Jim Hennessey, Bruce Claro, Tom Landers, and a lot of others. I will let my cousin John know about your post. He still lives in Farmingdale. You bring back a lot of great memories.
Added: May 23, 2015
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Let's hear from some RHHS grads from 1949. Neighbors from 101 ave 104 thru 114 st on Jerome ave.
Looking to find some past friends. Doris Hamm, Fred Corrigan, Charlie Rome. Anyone out there. Drop a line
Added: May 20, 2015
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Karen Casler
From: San Clemente, CA
E-mail: karen@myparentsearch.com
My father, Francis Albert Danahy lived at 91-15 116th St.
He was born May 16, 1934 or 1935. His first communion was at Holy Child Church on May 14th 1942. His Confirmation was at St. Benedict Joseph, May of 1948. His mother is Edith Jewett Danahy. His biological father is John O'Brien.
Looking for more information or someone who may have lived there at that time.
Added: May 10, 2015
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Catherine Stewart
From: Boston, MA
E-mail:
Nice surprise to find this website.
Grew up during the 1960-70s in Richmond Hill. Have great memories and enjoy reading everyone elses as well.
Moved upsate for college and settled in Boston.
Added: May 3, 2015
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Judy Dechent
From: Calverton, Long Island, NY
E-mail: judyde2012@gmail.com
So happy to find this page...
Haven't been back to Richmond Hill since I left in 1973. Would love to locate Carol Doktorski.
Added: April 24, 2015
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Gloriann McKeon
From: Calverton, Long Island, NY
E-mail: gloriannmckeon@yahoo.com
I have always been intrigued by the American Indians.
Their culture is pure and basic. Love the land and it shall reward you with bountiful Plenty. I went to Arizona and saw some Indian sites there. The one that I enjoyed best was the WatchTower. Inside the historical building sat an Indian woman weaving a rug like they did in the past. I was absolutely beautiful. I have been to the Shinnecock Pow-Pow and enjoyed it tremendously. The cerimonial dress they wore as they danced away in the summer heat was breathtaking.
I have a friend on Facebook who is a Tlinglit Indian, and he is teaching me some of the ways and beliefs. I would be honored if you could send a newsletter to my email as I am eager to learn more.Even though I am not Indian, I commend you for preserving their history, culture, religion and beliefs. Thank you so much. Peace, Gloriann
Added: April 23, 2015
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Ed Blumberg
From: PA
E-mail: nykr4evr1@verizon.net
I want to correct my address that I posted earlier.
When I lived in RH. It was 109-20 101st. Ave. Anyone remember Diane LeTournau? She lived on 111th St., the first house off of 101st. Ave. next to the gas station. Anyone living in that area between 1948 and 1959 please contact me.
Added: April 13, 2015
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Adam Green
From: North Carolina
E-mail: Greenjsc2215@gmail.com
So today I bought an antique toy sail boat and on the label it says "Tex Foster Handmade Sail Boat 113-13 Atlantic Ave Richmond Hill NY" if anyone knows about this company or its origin I would love to find out about it!! Thanks for reading.
Added: April 11, 2015
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail:
Candy Stump,
you might try logging in the address of the house on Sutter Avenue on Yahoo or something, I have done this with a number of family homes on the Island and in West Palm. You may get a picture of your house in question.
Btw, from 1958 till 1962 we lived at 115-46 117th street, just down the block and around the corner.
Added: April 10, 2015
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Mary Price
From: Offaly, Ireland
E-mail: maryhprice@gmail.com
My granny's (Mollie MacDonald) brother David or Davey MacDonald lived in Richmond Hill.
She was born in 1913 and he would have been born approximately around the same time. Their homestead was in Raheen, Clara, Co. Offaly. Davey was a bus driver in New York. Their older sister Nellie lived in New Haven.
I believe Davey's son visited Ireland sometime in the 1950's or 60's. We would love to contact any relatives as we don't have any on this side of the family. Our family still live in Clara.
Added: April 6, 2015
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Sal Massa
From: Bay Shore, New York
E-mail: lusal910@yahoo.com
Graduated Richmond Hill High School in 1949.
Just found myself in the Friend's 1953 magazine on page 7 called "Seventh Heaven for a Sweet Tooth." I was on leave from the army when they took the picture. That same month I left to fight in Korea.
Played baseball for Richmond Hill High and when I returned, I played for a Carolina league 1954.
Added: April 2, 2015
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Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
The Rosary & Altar Society of the Church of the Holy Child Jesus, 86-13 112th Street in Richmond Hill, is sponsoring its annual Tarts & Bread spectacular which takes place over 2 days: Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 19th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the school cafeteria.
This year in addition to homemade cakes, pies, cupcakes, and bread the event will feature take-home specialties such as quiche, sauce, soups, mac & cheese, casseroles, soda bread, scones, and flan. Definitely a plus for busy families.
The event also includes artisanal bread varieties, delicious breakfasts, gently worn jewelry as well as our signature raffle baskets. The Snack Shak will sell coffee, rolls, hotdogs/bratwurst/knishes, and snacks on Saturday to the visitors at the Rummage Sale which is taking place in the school auditorium. Breakfast will be available on Sunday morning.
Meet your friends and family at Tarts & Bread for a delicious breakfast, to purchase delectable homemade goodies, take home some dinner or to take a chance or two on the lovely raffle prizes. See you there.
Added: March 30, 2015
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John O'Reilly
From: Sunnyside, NY
E-mail: johnoreill@gmail.com
I'm interested in connecting with any alumnus of Glenn's Academy which was located on Hillside Ave., just north of Myrtle, near to the LIRR trestle, opposite Salerno's.
I attended while Al Katz was Headmaster and for a time was president of the Bowling League.
Added: March 23, 2015
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Maria Casottana
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: mcasottana@gmail.com
Hi,
I grew up on 135th Street between 86th Road and 87th Avenue from 1968 through 1992.
Added: March 22, 2015
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Kevin Hartt
From: Miller Place, NY
E-mail: dadofyogi@gmail.com
I love this site almost as much as Growing up in Richmond Hill. You help me to remember great times! Thank you.
My parents first moved to south Richmond Hill in 1948. They had their wedding reception in their home at 107-32 111th Street. All of the relatives prepared food and "catered" the reception.
In 1952 they moved to 89-13 120th Street in north Richmond Hill. We all attended SBJL school and received our sacraments there. I am grateful that my parents chose such a wonderful town. Being one of 9 children did not feel that unusual. There were many large families is this beautiful neighborhood. Thank you for a great website.
I just traveled back on a two hour tour of my childhood. I loved it!!
Added: March 21, 2015
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K
From: Suffolk County, NY
E-mail: dadofyogi@gmail.com
I love this site almost as much as Growing up in Richmond Hill. You help me to remember great times!
Thank you.
Added: March 21, 2015
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Candy Stump
From: Claremont, California
E-mail: candy@claremontprint.com
Hi, my sister found an old newspaper article telling of the death of our dad's sister, Evelyn Strohte, year 1917.
I would love to get more information on this. They lived at 11520 Sutter Avenue Richmond Hill. Not sure for how many years, my grandfather Frederick H. Strohte was in the Navy so he moved a lot.
We would love to connect with family back there, and possibly see a picture of the house.
Added: March 20, 2015
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Jeanne Pasichnyk
From: United States
E-mail:
Lived in Richmond Hill from 1960 till 1975.
Went to Richmond Hill High, graduated 1971. Lived on 124 St, between Jamaica Ave and 89 Ave. Then lived on 125 St between Jamaica and Hillside Ave.
Added: March 12, 2015
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Leslie A
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: lesliesgenealogy@yahoo.com
Hi, We are working on a family history for Salvatore Conza who came to NY in 1912.
He owned a Shoe Store in Ozone Park. Not sure if was on 101 or 102 Avenue, Ozone Park, NY. I would love to know any information anyone can offer! We cannot even remember the name of the store!
Thank you so much!!! Leslie
Added: March 11, 2015
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Fred Werner
From: Houston, TX
E-mail: fred.werner7@gmail.com
Looking for information about "Werner's Quality Meats" it was a meat market my Grandfather's family owned in Richmond Hill in the 1930's.
I do have a few old photo's I could share. Not sure of address 119-23 is on the store front.
Added: March 7, 2015
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roger callahan
From: POB 645 Dover Plains, NY 12522
E-mail: madcal01@yahoo.com
I have a Jahns Ice Cream Parlor menu from 1952. Is anyone interested!
Added: February 27, 2015
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Bill Albers
From: OZ & RH
E-mail: Zerony641@msn.com
Any one out there that worked or hung out at Schlosser's on Jamaica Avenue between 114th Street and 115th Street?
Added: February 23, 2015
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Robert Williams
From: Concord, North Carolina
E-mail: rgwill924@gmail.com
Graduated Holy Child Jesus school in Jan, 1956. Lived on Jamaica Avenue and 115 Street, youngest of eight.
My brothers were Joseph, James, John and George. My sisters were Betty, Winnie, and Kay. Attended Chelsea Vocational High in Manhattan and Graduated in 1959. We lived above the butcher shop and i later started working there delivering orders on a bicycle. Later joined the U.S. Air Force 1960-1964.
Have many good memories growing up in Richmond Hill. This is a great web site, brings back many memories especially now when I need the help. Keep up the good work.
Added: February 22, 2015
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Arthur Scott
From: Rockaway NJ
E-mail: Ascott521@aol.com
I'm watching "The Hustler" on TV and it brings back memories of Fast Eddie's pool parlor.
It was located on 117 Street and Jamaica Ave. Had to use the side entrance on 117 street to get to the second floor parlor. Was just across from Jahns on Myrtle and Hillside Ave. Doesn't seem to be listed on this site but I did play pool there and Fast Eddie looked nothing like Paul Newman.
Added: February 18, 2015
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Robert Rando
From: New York
E-mail: rrando@randolawfirm.com
Interesting website.
I was raised in Richmond Hill and lived there from 1956-1976. First in apt. above Sommers Drug Store (corner of 116th street and Liberty Avenue). Moved to apt. above Al Diamond's Record Shop (became Travel Agency and ultimately a Carvel) on Liberty Avenue between 116 and 117 Street. P.S 108, Robert H. Goddard JHS and John Adams H.S.
Added: February 18, 2015
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Linda Hausauer
From: South Wales, NY
E-mail: Lindahaus59@aol.com
I am doing family research. My relatives lives at 111-09 Liberty Ave. Richmond Hill, front 2nd floor apartment. I stayed there many times over the years. I am trying to see if they lived there in 1940.
I can't find them on any 1940 census but when my parents were married in 1943 they were there. The family I am looking for is a Harry MacGregor (McGregor), Chloe and Gus (Augustus) Burbank, probably Leroy MacGregor also. The friend living upstairs was Viola Borrmann. Do you know who I can contact for more info. Thanks, Linda
Added: February 16, 2015
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mouse Yannotti
From: ozone park
E-mail: mouse5159@gmail.com
St Teresa graduated I think 1964 Richmond Hill HS.
Hung out at PS 55 school yard, played softball at 121 St in Smokey Park. Looking for the guys who played softball in PS 55 school yard in the 1960s and 1970s.
Added: February 16, 2015
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michael wisniewski
From: Valley Stream, N.Y.
E-mail: mickeywiz2000@verizon.net
Graduated from Richmond Hill High School...
Born undressed in south Jamaica with parents until i went in the navy 1967. I loved going to Richmond Hill High School, a beautiful and quiet neighborhood.
Added: February 16, 2015
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Deborah Battcher
From: Loxahatchee, Fl
E-mail: tuckerd2008@yahoo.com
I lived in Richmond Hill from 1953-1969 then moved to Centreache, LI.
Family owned B&B bar between 110-111th on Jamaica Ave. Lived above the bar & then in a house on 110th. My siblings are Butch, Cheryl, and Richie.
Hung out in Forest Park, 86th and 88th street parks. Went to PS90 & RHHS. Would love to find some old friends from back then. Especially the Ricconi (above Jerry's & 109) and Quattroacci (owned & lived above the printing store on Jamaica Ave.) families.
Does anybody remember the ice cream parlor called Cordies Candy store on Jamaica Ave between 110-111th street! Homemade chocolates and ice cream? The owner was funny as he would speak to us like Donald Duck!
Or Connie's Italian restaurant that made homemade food, best veal Parmesan hero's ever! They were family run business located on Jamaica between 109-108 street.
Bringing back some good memories!! Great place to grow up at that time. Please contact me thru email.
Added: February 14, 2015
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Lois Caroleo
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail:
Trying to look up my family, they use to live in Richmond Hill NY. many years ago.
The Caroleo family.
Added: February 11, 2015
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mary williams
From: rock hill, south carolina
E-mail:
Looking for old friend from Bronx. that went to University of SC in 1985.
Just always wonder how you (Dennis Doyle) have been all these years.
Added: February 9, 2015
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jimmy daly
From: west palm beach, fl
E-mail: dalytimes3@gmail.com
hello, I grew up in Richmond Hill at 88-08 104 st. Ken Ball was my neighbor.
I went to HCJ in the late 50's. I'm thinking of my neighborhood and childhood. If ypu remember me at all, please respond.
I'm thinking of Jimmy Cameron, Linda Antonelli, Cathy McKensi, Philly Gaurdio. Frankie LaDone has been in touch with me already.These are only a few names. Please forgive the spelling.
Added: January 29, 2015
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Diane Tressider
From: Yuma, AZ
E-mail: dtressider@hotmail.com
I have a class photo of my Dad dated January 1942.
It reads-P S 69 MAN class and the photographer was R. Gardner 107W 109th St.
Does anyone have any information on this photo, photographer or the class?
Added: January 28, 2015
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Maryann Gallucci
From: Howard Beach, NY
E-mail: magal13@msn.com
To: Rosanne Abamonte,
I read an old post of yours and wanted to Hey! I lived in the house directly behind yours (118th Street), hope you remember me. I'm so so sorry to hear about your brother Peter. I remember you and your family (and Ginger the poodle) so fondly.
I hope you are doing well.
Added: January 27, 2015
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DR JOHN RODGERS
From: Terra Vista, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com
Steve, the ice cream parlor on Atlantic and 118 St. was Ludemann's.
When I sold The Tablet, outside of church on Sunday's I would go there during the 11AM High Mass and have a soda.
Added: January 27, 2015
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville, N.J.
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Surely there must be some one who went to RHHS 1949-1953.
Several friends included Charlie Rome, Joe Ragusa, Richy Speth, Doris Jean Hamm, Marie Masone (Gate of Heaven) the Hanraham family. People who hung out at Joe's Candy store 111st and Jerome ave. Drop a line.
Added: January 25, 2015
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Thomas Esposito
From: Mexico
E-mail: tommy13e@yahoo.com
Does anyone remember 2 businesses on Jamaica Avenue between 117 street and 118 street?
One was Johns TIP-TOP, a small grocery store for which I delivered groceries in the late 1970's. Also, Hillmarts... We used to call him Hillies where we got our stickball bats and balls... Wooden floors that creeked when you walked in...
He had candy and just about everything.
Added: January 24, 2015
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Ed Blumberg
From: PA
E-mail: nykr4evr1@verizon.net
Lived in RH from 1948 to 1959 Went to "old" P.S. 62 on 106th St.? Then they built a new one on 109th off of 101st. Went to 6th grade and moved to Bklyn and went to JHS 214 then graduated from F.K. Lane in 1965.
All my RH friends either graduated from RHHS or John Adams in 1965. Anyone knowing thes folks or there whereabouts PLEASE contact me. I lived at 101-09 101st. Ave. Behind the RealEstate office of Louis J.Perazzo, and across the street from the Chevy dealer. Thanks.
Added: January 23, 2015
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Vin Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com
To Dr. Steve Batthany,
Cudos for your memory, amazing! I think your Mom had the same gift for details. Here's one for you, the names of the Goodman children, two girls and one boy I think (it may have been after your time on 114th st).
Tell Mike I say hey. Vin Smith
Added: January 21, 2015
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Steve Batthany MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail:
The ice cream parlor on 118th and Atlantic...
It was next to ElDee 's TV and you had to cross the LIRR tracks to get there from St Benny's.
Added: January 20, 2015
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Dawn Aiu
From: Hawaii
E-mail:
Does anyone remember Franklin's Variety store on 105th Street and Jamaica Ave?
Added: January 18, 2015
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Slattery Patricia
From: Lindenhurst, NY
E-mail: Pattislats@gmail.com
Hello all!
My father is Donald Slattery who grew up on 110 st between Liberty Ave and 107th Avenue. He played basketball for John Adams in the late 1940's. He owned The Richmond Hill Inn in the 1970's on Jamaica Avenue. He passed away on July 17, 2004.
If anyone has any information about his basketball days, I'd love to hear about it.
Thank You! God Bless you all
Added: January 14, 2015
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john trainor
From: suffolk co ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com
Timothy Mahoney,
Lefferts and Liberty was where me and my friends hung out. Hugo's ice cream parlor, the Green Shade, old Charlie Williams the owner, qauffed a few there, 118th st between Liberty and 107th ave was where my best friends lived and also where we spent some time. It was a beautiful, peaceful place to grow up and be in. This was around 1959-1964.
Cheers and good luck.
Added: January 14, 2015
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail:
Rich, when did you go to PS 100?
I was there from 1958-62, then we moved to Seaford. My mother, Carole Snedeker (blessed memory), graduated from John Adams in 1950.
Added: January 9, 2015
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Barbara (Manshefski) Pfeifer
From: Stockholm, NJ
E-mail:
Looking through your site I didn't see anything mentioning Richmond Hill beyond Atlantic Ave.
I lived at 107-44-122nd St., between 107th & 109th Ave, Richmond Hill 07419. Liberty Ave was 2 blocks away and the A Train station was at Lefferts Blvd and Liberty Ave.
I went to PS 100, PS 91, and graduated from John Adams HS. Our house was an attached home with a back alley.
I also didn't see any of those type of homes on the Richmond Hill site. I guess what I'm trying to bring out, Richmond Hill expanded further out than shown and should be added to your RHHS recording of our town...
Added: January 6, 2015
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BERNADETTE DANIELS
From: New York
E-mail: BRMD113@gmail.com
In memory of my sister Loretta Canning who passed on December 17, 2014, in Arizona.
She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends both near and far... from our home town in Richmond Hill to the state of Arizona.
Added: January 5, 2015
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Kenneth Ball
From: Jacksonville Beach, (New Location) Florida
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello To All -- Happy New Year To My Richmond Hill Friends,
Art Hansen, Felicity Thoet, Fred Buck, Dr. Harry Stuber, Art Bornschein, Paul Martinez, who happens to be my next door neighbor in Jacksonville Beach, imagine that I lived on 104th st his family was on 113th street, I was Shocked to say the least.
I hope all of us will have a very Prosperous Year!! Ken Ball, 8809 104th street
Added: January 2, 2015
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
A Happy and Healthy New Year to All!
Thanks for your continued sharing of memories and comments with the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
Added: January 1, 2015


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