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COMMENTS FROM 2009

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Patricia Spencer (Teta)
From: Hauppauge, NY
E-mail: donlin3@optonline.net

Looking back with fond memories on this New Years Eve just like everyone else who has wonderful memories of living and growing up in Richmond Hill.
Yes, it has changed but my last visit back what I saw was that the new owners are really making positive changes to the houses and it gave me a good feeling. I lived at 95-02 Lefferts Blvd from 1946 until my husband and I moved to Springfield Mass. and that was in 1973, and my parents lived there until 1990 when my mother moved out by us.
I look back as everyone has as to what it was like shopping on Liberty Ave. especially going into Kresge's for gifts for friends and family, especially buying Evenin in Paris cologne for everyone and a cologne that was in what looked like a hurricane lamp. They were always given as they all cost $1, great times.
Shopping in Gertz in Jamaica was the best and I remember they used to sell soft ice cream in a glass and it was served either with chocolate syrup or strawberry, boy were they good.
Does anyone remember the Manziello twins Ken and Gerry that lived on Lefferts Blvd. We all hung out together way back then. Anyway, just wanted to add my comments on growing up in Richmond Hill and it was the best, sometimes wish I could go back to those days just for a day. Anyone remember Janet Powers or Marian Fuchs they were my friends who went to SBJ and then Richmond Hill HS graduating in 1961.
Must get back to the festiviies and wish everyone a very Healthy Happy New Year. May 2010 be a good year for everyone...
Added: December 31, 2009


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TOM BLANK
From: LI NY
E-mail:

Marlene Watt:
Had many good years playing softball for Watt & Watt Softball Team and will always remember those years.
Added: December 31, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends! This is in answer to Marlene Watt's email. Yes I do remember Watt and Watt's Drugstore on Van Wyck Expressway.
It wasn't far from Liberty Ave, right? Wow! My Mom used to get our prescriptions in there and yes, there was a counter in there where people sat. You know, I would have never remembered the name of that store; but that's it. I remember the sign (Watt's) on the entrance going into the store. My Mom used to say, "We'll go to Watt's today".
One time when I was about 9 and it was Mom's birthday; I bought her lipstick and a compact in Watt's Drugstore.
It's been fun remembering this. Happy New Year; all of the best to you. Mary Johnson
Added: December 31, 2009


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luci demartino
From: new rochelle
E-mail:

went back to see the ole house at 120th st. wow, the new people in the area are really getting the homes in great condition.
I spoke to the owner, a very sweet woman who was busy sweeping the driveway, so many flowers and new gardens. went to Oxfords bakery on 104th to indulge, they are still super and what great prices compared to my scarsdale pastry shop!!! the shop is the same with all the vintage wooden cabinets and marble counters. The crumb cake is to die.
the neighborhood is booming with food stores, tons of fruit marts, very lively, plan to visit again soon. Happy 2010 to all!!!
Added: December 30, 2009


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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, Ca
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

Just want to wish all my old friends from HCJ/RHHS a Happy New Year.
After reading most of what you all wrote it brought back a lot of memories. Like 111 st pool room, the park, playing stickball, bike racing around the pond.
Added: December 29, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let's hope 2010 will bring health and happiness and better financial times to the U.S.
Anyway, Christmas was a magical lovely time to be in Richmond Hill. Maybe I remember it with rose colored glasses but it seems to me we had more ups than downs back then. The stores along Liberty Ave (Kresge's, Jacks Toys) were transformed into great places where you could buy wonderful toys and gifts. I used to shop in Kresge's for my Parents and my Grandparents for the holidays. There was even gifts there that a ten year old could afford.
We'd bake cookies and cakes with my Mom and go to early morning Mass in St Teresa's. We'd have off from school; maybe there would be snow. My sister and I had a little red sled; what did they call them? Flexible Flyers? Well, something Flyers anyway.
Even as late as the 1970's, my Mom went Christmas shopping for our family on Liberty Ave. She would get the nicest outfits for my boys in Happy Days. And I don't remember the name of the ladies shoppe near there but she used to get blouses and sweaters and such in there for myself and my sister.
And I loved Jamaica where all of those big department stores were. Gertz, where I purchased my wedding gown. May's department store, Goodwins', and the big Woolworths' on the corner of 163rd St and Jamaica Ave on the corner from where I worked in the Telephone Company business office. They had the greatest lemon pound cake with icing on it in there.
Does anyone remember the coffee shoppe in Jamaica called King George? I used to get my coffee and toast in there every morning before starting work. I used to take the red bus that ran along Liberty Ave back then to Jamaica. There is so much more. I can't write about it all today. Take care all and have a Happy New Year. Regards Mary
Added: December 28, 2009


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MARLENE WATT
From: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
E-mail: wattishot@aol.com

I did not live in Richmond Hill, but my dad owned the Drug Store WATT & WATT located at 94-32 Van Wyck Expressway in the 40's and 50's...
In the early years it had a soda fountain and candy. Does anyone remember that?
Added: December 28, 2009


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April Koster
From: Still Richmond Hill
E-mail: aprildale18@yahoo.com

Sal Barcia, I enjoyed reading your memories of Christmas past in Richmond Hill. Hadn't thought of bubble lights in a long time :).
I work in the former Jamaica wonderland we remember so fondly. Christmas decorations can still be found in the hallowed halls of Gertz's 6th floor, but they now enhance the beige niches of a bureaucratic cubicle farm. The wonderment for me now comes from recalling what you described and the stunning makeover of the past 50 years. (Awesome!)
Happy New Year to all past, present and future Hillites, and thanks for every memory shared.
Added: December 27, 2009


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Bill C
From: Northport LI
E-mail:

I remember Jamaica as the wonderland, The place to be at Christmas time, all the wonderful stores, one even had a fountain for weary pet dogs tired of shopping to get a drink, and Macys even had a parking lot atop the store, what convience!
As I got older I had to take the Q44 to get their, it had to travel down a very steep hill to get there. I was always sure the brakes would give out and on the return trip the sound of the super charger and the straining engine going up that hill, I was always sure we wouldn't make it.
But I still remember the beautiful homes all diffrent with porches and white pickett fences, bay windows and turret rooms at top, I wonder now if that wasn't the Hill at Richmond. In 1963 I took that Q44 and got a job at Goodwins on Jamaica Avenue, the store seems to have been forgotton now but at that time it was very popular and even gave away souvenier post cards at Christmas that are prized by collectors now.
I was drafted shortly afterwood and never thanked Bob the big Irish bear floor manager who had a heart of gold, or doc who taut me more than I ever learned in school, or Edna, and especially Kathy, I think of you always. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Added: December 25, 2009


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frank fales
From: san jose ca
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com

Merry Christmas from Sunny San Jose California:
I would have thought I would have been the last guy who would go digging through old photographs and things saved by my late mom. Until I found this website I hadn't given much thought to looking in the rearview mirror of my life.
Wondered why she saved things like my report cards from SBJL, Kindergarden through third grade (kind of went downhill from there) and I think she was kind enough to lose the rest. Looking at the names on the cards Miss V. Glennan, Sr. Margaret Vincent, Sister Anne Kathleen, Sister Mary Bertille and Sister M. Amadeus who was the first Principal on the Report Card dated June 1956. Who knew Mozart's sister was a nun, although to this little boy they were some pretty old people I was being left with. Miss Glennan would today be Ms. Glennan and viewed as a career woman. If I recall we had a "unisex" (word didn't exsist then) bathroom with a traffic light. Green Light meant unoccuppied and well, you can figure out what Red Light meant. We learned it pretty quick.
On this day a special thanks to Sal Barcia for reminding me of Christmas past. As the baby of my family (God I hated to be called the baby) I was fortunate to get a toy mixed in with those underwear and socks. Mostly the utilitarian gifts as Sal calls them.
Today on this special day 40+ years later I feel a little ashamed that I didn't realize how special those "gifts" really were and how hard my parents worked to put them under the tree. And mom taking cuttings from our tree to make wreaths to put on relatives graves. Somehow I bought into more expensive was better and dollars equate to how much you love someone. Things called WII's and computers for seven year old grandkids became the norm and I sit and feel
I so badly missed the lessons I was taught so many years ago in that place called Richmond Hill. To all a Merry Christmas. Frank
Added: December 25, 2009


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Dennis Mooney
From: Redondo Beach, California
E-mail: moon6666@verizon.net

To Sal Barcia, Thankyou for your wonderful commentary about Richmond Hill at Christmas time.
I lived on Liberty Ave. between 114th & 115th st., right across the street from Woolworth's and next door to the Richmond Hill Chinese Resturant. Your so right on about that stretch of Liberty Ave. between 111th and Lefferts Blvd. It was better than any shoping mall they have today.
I've lived in Southern California since 1973, and every Christmas Eve my mind drifts back 50-60 years to the sights and sounds and wonderful aromas that was Richmond Hill. I wonder what ever happened to my copy of "Rudolf The Rednosed Raindeer"? Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year to all you Richmond Hillers.
Added: December 25, 2009


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Kenneth Ball
From: Sunny San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net

To all current and former Richmond Hillites may it be Fun, Safe and Full of Joy.
I lived at 88-09 104th street and I can still remember the false fireplace on the first floor I for the life of me could not figure how Santa Claus could get down and deliver the smallest of toys and presents. My quizzical nature lead me to ask my parents many times how could this happen. I was informed it was special Elfin magic and accept it as just that.
I also recall trying to put out the fire in the make believe fireplace logs, they essentially had two light bulbs whose heat provided the burning fire effect. I and my Red Renwal 113 fire truck replete with a water tank, water pump and miniature fire hose managed to put out bulb number one or two with a large pop which created sparks and zapping and needless to say some sparks and zapping were applied to my seat.
Fun times fun memories created in an equally fun place to "Grow Up" Richmond Hill! Ken Ball Sunny San Diego---I still have my old toy Renwal 113 Fire Truck imagine that!
Added: December 24, 2009


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Sal Barcia
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

Merry Christmas to all
Richmond Hill is a place that still exists in our hearts and minds as perfectly as it was 30-40-50 years ago or more.
Shopkeepers are still in their place, sweeping outside their stores in the early morning hours, ringing up sales in a hand-cranked cash register, neatly pressed aprons.
It may be Mr. Berman, from Berman's hardware (on 101st avenue and 110th St.) taking 15 minutes to fumble through what seemed to be an infinite supply of everything your dad would need to fix just about anything. His store looked more like a workshop than a store. Then he would take the time to explain to him how to install it - even if it was a 5 cent washer he sold you.
At Christmas, the avenues and streets were transformed into a wonderland. For a small boy or girl, the days leading up to Christmas were pregnant with an aura of joy. Walking up streets with houses lit brightly with the large colored bulbs, you could almost smell them burning. You may have had to journey to Atlantic Avenue or Rockaway Blvd to choose a tree, scrawny by today's standards. Men warming their hands over fires burning in industrial trash cans. Adorning the tree with glass ornaments and small wire hooks - so fragile that small children inevitably would break a couple during the process. Bubble lights. Angels topping the tree. Putting on lights and finishing it with a thick forest of plastic tinsel. Lights so hot that they could melt the tinsel if you held a piece tightly against it - one of our games of boredom.
Strolling up to an avenue shopping district - my favorite stretched from 111th and Liberty to past Lefferts. Passing Greenwood bakery first, where it always smelled good. Then the florist with wreaths and christmas arragement sweetly wreaking of pine scent, overwhelming and winning over the smell from the Chinese Restaurant across the street.
As you progressed up Liberty towards Lefferts, you entered the serious Christmas shopping zone - Blues, Woolworth, Sukons (my gosh!), and a cascade of smaller stores. Tinny speakers blaring Christmas Carols - a mix of religious and secular songs boldly proclaiming the birth of a king! Merry Christmas signs prominently winning over Happy Holidays. Even the sting of slush projectiles splashed from a passing car didn't hurt so bad.
The CrossBay Theatre had a day where kids got in for free and were given cardboard boxes of Christmas candy for a movie, courtesy of the Richmond Hill savings bank - those santa Christmas Club savings boxes were used. The theatre manager would come up on the stage and speak for a few minutes to welcome the kids, and Santa would make a surprise visit.
Serious shopping occurred in Jamaica. Buses on all the avenues - Jamaica, Atlantic, 101st and Liberty - all depoted in Jamaica. Thousands of shoppers filling Macy's, Mays, and GERTZ - the undisputed Queen of Jamaica stores. The 6th floor or Gertz was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland - replete with animated scenes from Santa's worksop. Not even Disneyworld many years later could match that wonder in the eyes of a six year old. Maybe be treated by my mom to a hot chocolate and date nut bread with cream cheese at Chock full of Nuts or the Gertz cafe, either seemed like a lavish indulgence.
By Christmas eve, the pensive excitement seemed explosive. Radio stations tracked Santa's progress from up north, all the TV shows seemed to be Christmas specials, and we always wished for magical snow to appear. When it did, we KNEW that Christmas was going to be the BEST ever.
Getting dressed to visit with relatives - huge parties with all my cousins and aunts, uncles and grandparent from one side of the family - to be repeated on Christmas Day with my Dad's side.
Midnight Mass - Gosh everyone was there. In later years, I spoke to Jewish men who grew up in our neighborhood - and they told me THEY went to midnight mass as teenagers, becuase all of their friends did. Packed at midnight, standing room only, somehow seemed holy - it was important to be there.
Of course the gifts - the culmination of what a child waited for - more often than not were brightly colored packages of socks, underwear, shirts and slippers - the utilitarian things we needed that our parents splurged hard earned dollars to provide. With some luck the toys or other thoughtful items were something we actually wanted. But in the end it didn't matter. It was Christmas in Richmond Hill, and anything to day is hard to match that.
Added: December 24, 2009


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Johnny Kolb
From: Bellerose, N.Y.
E-mail: Johnnyjack55@aol.com

To Frank Fales; Buff's is what we called the candy store.
Added: December 23, 2009


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Charlotte Mahoney
From: PA
E-mail:

Happy Holidays!
Thanks to everyone for keeping Richmond Hill alive with good memories! Remember the beautiful Holiday lights on Liberty Ave that were lit every year on Thanksgiving night?
Added: December 23, 2009


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Pat Polidora-Christian
From: Titusville, FL
E-mail: pattie0424@bellsouth.net

Frank, the second candy store located between Lefferts and 120St was Buff's. They had lots of penny candies and a big cooler with glass bottles of coke. Their son, Bobby, used to run the store for Mom and Dad. He drove a black and red convertible.
Do you remember when Russo's Pizza was just a hole in the wall in the basement? Now his catering hall stands where the house I grew up in once stood. Keep remembering. Coming home is fun.
Added: December 23, 2009


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Kathy Giambertone Rapach
From: Savannah, Georgia
E-mail: krapach@comcast.net

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The SBJL reunion was absolutely fantastic!
Although there were only 4 of us from 1964 (Marty Peshler, Kenneth Fox, Roseann Garretto and me) the whole event was so wonderful. There were so many people there and the atmosphere was so warm, but nostalgic as well. Those that spoke captured all of our feelings and brought back so many memories.
It was wonderful seeing those that were either in one grade higher or lower and it was especially wonderful to see the Goddards; Mr and Mrs. Goddard look amazing and even showed us up on the dance floor! And boy can Marty Peshler dance! I hope all from Richmond Hill and SBJL have a wonderful and safe holiday.
Added: December 23, 2009


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Vinny Avellino
From: Brick N.J.
E-mail: vfa114@aol.com

To Mike Hedler:
When are you leaving Fla... Planning to come to Fla... Hope to see you. It will be sometime in Jan or Feb not sure yet. I will visit Pauly too... So see you then... so don't leave yet... looking forward to seeing you... And hanging out and drinks some beers like old times.
Added: December 23, 2009


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frank fales
From: san jose ca
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com

Memories come flooding back like delivering the Long Island Press in the 60's on Sunday in the snow by bike! Wasn't pretty at times...
I lived at 120-17 97th Avenue for 16 years accross the street from the apartment building. Many of my brother Robby's friends lived there. Kenny O'Neil, Billy Buck, Bobby Butcher to name a few along with the Gorman brothers, the Wilhelms, and Johnny Seaman. At the time it seemed like half the neighboorhood kids lived in that building.
There was a Key Food store on the corner of Jerome Avenue and 120th street run by a German fellow. I remember taking five of my dad's Reigngold Beer bottles back there (who knew we were recycling back then) and and getting lunch $.15 worth of baloney and two $.05 drakes devil dogs.
Schaffers was one candy store between 121st and 122nd streets on Jerome Avenue and there was a second whose name slips my mind between 120th street and Lefferts Blvd? Anyone remember the name? Penny candies at Gus on the way home from school. Thanks to my friend Marty Klub for the many times he shared his allowance with me and "bought".
I remember storm windows in the winter and screens in the summer that you would put up by handing out the window and catching them on two hooks at the top of the window. the screens were easy but holding on to a glass window while hanging half way out of the seond floor was a challenge. It was a great place to grow up.
Who knew that what seemed like work then, would be great memories 40+ years later. A special thanks to all who maintain this great site where we can deposit our memories of our past. To quote Jon Bon Jovi "Who says you can't go home?"
Added: December 23, 2009


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mary schneider fitzpatrick
From: wallkill ny
E-mail:

Mike Hedler:
Jimmy Fitz died in 2001, Rickey Arleo as far as I know is down in FL enjoying his retirement. Jimmy always wondered what happened to you too.
This is a great site. There was no better place to grow up. 110th st between atlantic ave and 91st ave was like kid heaven. McGuiness, Schneider, Hoerl, Petrowich, Penner, Werner, Terzano, Fitzpatrick, O'connor, Rinaldi. If i forgot anyone let me know.
Added: December 22, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

just wishing all of richmond hill a merry christmas, just remembering the lighting of the christmas tree up at the park.
It seem to start the season, all of Holy Child would go up there and sing carols and just hang out at the park, my God and when it snowed it was unbelivable sleigh riding, with a bon fire and pizza and everyone in the neighborhood hanging at the top of the pond all day riding and partying all day and night.
Forest park came alive back then with so many kids, wow its all change now, but it was a great palce to grow up... as we all know we had it all...
Added: December 22, 2009


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Pat Polidora-Christian
From: Titusville, FL
E-mail: pattie0424@bellsouth.net

To Frank, Mike, Todd and anyone else who cut class at SBJL to see the Beatles. A few of us girls managed to take the Q10 to the airport.
Oh how I cried (naturally I am a girl) when Ringo got married. And my concert ticket to Shea stadium was only $5.65 for the best seat in the house. Can you believe it!
Your right Frank, those were the days. It was Gus's deli on the corner of 117St.
Added: December 21, 2009


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TOM BLANK
From: LI NY
E-mail: TOMGENIE@aol.com

Art:
I know George's father George worked for REO as did my Uncle Herbie Hermann. Georgie may have also, I believe he was 84. He was in WWII, a Paratrooper, and may have worked when he got out of the Army.
I was 10 years younger and we lived on 133 and 103 by the Memorial. My father was the Bartender at Baumans Bar and Grill for many years and for a while we lived in an apt behind Mc-Courts Funeral Home.
Added: December 21, 2009


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mike hedler
From: west palm beach
E-mail:

richie newel:
ty, I rememberd her name after my entry. how could I ever forget. those were the days, the nations and all. good to hear from you
Added: December 21, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

To Ron Gorecki:
Hi Ron! I grew up around the corner from you on 115th Street. I have memories of the "Family Bakery" and considered you to be one of the coolest guys on Jamaica Avenue. You are about the same age as one of my older sisters (Peggy) who is 4 years older than me. My senior year at RHHS you were teaching Phys Ed, and you were quite considerate to me. I was the "locker guard" for the 10th Period Gym class. (1971). Best Regards!
Added: December 20, 2009


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gorecki ron
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: rongorecki48@yahoo.com

hello from ron and susan sandler gorecki.
Added: December 20, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Tom Blank: Sorry to hear of your cousin George's passing.
I know we mentioned him before in e-mails, but I'm not sure if he was the relative that I knew. How old was he? The George I knew used to work for my dad once-in-a-while with Reo Moving Co. and I'm sure he would be in his 90's.
Added: December 20, 2009


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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, Georgia
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net

I found this while looking for something else and was totally amazed at the participation.
I lived in Richmond Hill from 1962 to 1980. I still go back every 5 or so years because the inlaws live in White Plains. When I visit them I like to visit the 'old neighborhood'. The last time I was there it was a real shocker... about 10 years ago.
The demographics have really changed in the old neighborhood. The last place I lived was at 86-52 112 street on top of Wicks Realestate. The apartment was about 12 feet from the 111 Street El station.
Reading through some of the posts brang back floods of memories. Someone mentioned Mr. Kirch. I can't imagine how I remember him from PS 90. Actually I can imagine why I would remember him because I spent a good deal of time in his office for some reason which I can't remember.
There was another reminder posted by someone and that was skitching the 111 street bus during those snowy days. We would actually pick up the bus at the stop in front of the bowling alley on Jamacia Ave. and 111 street. When there wasn't snow we would ride the back bumper which was not very smart even by todays standards. That practice stopped when I tried to egress the bus at 30 mph. You cannot keep your footing at that speed and I know this as a fact.
That corner was also across from Steves Pizzaria (I know... they were all called Steves... or Tonys.) and Fast Eddys Pool hall.
Does anyone remember him saying that he was the Fast Eddy that was the story line for the movie with Jackie Gleason and Paul Newman. He had photos from the movie all over the hall. With the advent of the internet I reasearched this years ago and found that Fast Eddy Feldman had never been to NY and I believe he was from the Chicago area. That was disappointing because I had been proudly telling people for years that I got pointers in shooting pool from Fast Eddie Feldman.
I would like to ask if the Dome in Forest Park is still there? Is Glenns Bar still across from where Jahns used to be? I cannot believe that Jahns closed. That had to be there over 100 years. That is where I had my first actual job as a buss boy. It shows you how values change.
Unfortunately I couldn't get out of that neighborhood fast enough even with the good memories. It would seen the bad memories run a close second to the good ones. I frequently think of many of the people I called my friends from the hood.
One other point that was mentioned... The Bond factory which was next to the old abandoned tressle. I had the paperroute for the LI Press and the NY News in that neighborhood. I'm really crappy with names because I'm not a very social type and it was about the same back then. I'm getting better.
I recognize a few names of those who I hope get in touch... Especially Barbara Bamberger, Theresa Cervino and Michele Ligotti.
Added: December 19, 2009


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Henry Feldman
From: tampa, fla
E-mail: hanker3@verizon.net

Grew up at 87-35 109th Street across the street from the New York Telephone Building living at that location from 1947 to 1970.
Have 9 brothers and sisters all who attended HCJ and either RHHS or other diocese parochial high schools. I recognize many names here in this guestbook and have fond memories of all of you who I do recall.
I went back to Richmond Hill about 10 years ago. All I can say is that I am glad I grew up there back in the day because it seems that the "day" is gone forever there.
Should anyone who remembers me or my siblings wish to contact me, you can find me on Facebook or Classmates. I keep up contact with some of my HCJ classmates who live here in the Tampa Bay area near me. To the HCJ'ers, I spoke with Sr. St. Lucy from earlier this year. She has not changed at all...
Added: December 18, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Greetings and a Merry Christmas to all who contribute to this website. It's been a great time all year reading all of the entries.
What memories! God bless. Mary Johnson of Long Branch NJ. Formerly Mary Micka of Richmond Hill NY.
Added: December 18, 2009


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TOM BLANK
From: LI NY
E-mail:

For some of the old timers who knew the softball teams from Baumans, Ryans and the Owl Tavern late 40's early 50's, my cousin George Blank passed this week.
He played along with his brother Eddie and Artie and Bobby Brooks my other cousins. He led a good life and we mourn his passing.
Added: December 18, 2009


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MARY HAMEL THEALL
From: New Bedford, Ma.
E-mail: MA5HM@aol.com

Just wanted to wish all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Christmas. So 'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year' To All. Mary, Christian and Dayton Theall
Added: December 17, 2009


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Charlotte Mahoney
From: PA
E-mail:

I lived the first 26 years of my life on 121st & 103 Ave. Growing up in Richmond Hill was the best and I have so many good memories.
I remember my Dad taking me to Crone's Bakery and Miss Margie giving me rainbow cookies. Getting Coloring books in Uncle Jacks; going to Corio's Candy store and getting Tiger Beat magazine; getting a "kitchen sink" with friends in Jahns; going to the "Little Brown Jug" with my future Husband etc. I have wonderful memories of Richmond Hill.
Added: December 17, 2009


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

I remember my sister Louise used to hang out at the Rainbow Room. She was probably 16 or 17 at the time. She teased her hair up in a beehive like hairdo, wore black eyeliner and smoked cigarettes. Times have changed but she and my other sister Miriam are still my role models!
Added: December 17, 2009


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Rich Newell
From: Galloway, NJ
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

To Mike Hedler:
The name of the bar maid at the Rainbow Room was Samone. That was back in the days of the 15 cent beers. I remember being served in there when I was 16 or 17 along with Ricky Arleo and a few other guys from the Nations. Great times.
I will be e-mailing you soon about the next reunion being on the first Saturday in August.
Added: December 15, 2009


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Todd Peter Kristian
From: Hilton Head Island SC
E-mail: tpk1evp@aol.com

To Marty P, Frank F, Mike H and Mike C., greetings form Hilton Head.
I exchanged emails with Stephen Rushmeyer a few weeks ago. He and his family are doing well in Annapolis, MD. Frank I remember when you guys cut class to catch the Beatles. I thought Sister James Stephanie was going to have a hemorrhage!
Mike H. spent many a Sunday in the choir loft with you, Steven Westoff and Mike Eastman. Remember when we used to get a buck to sing at Saturday weddings. We thought we were high rollers when we went from being valued at $.50 to a $1.00! As Frank said, simpler times with a lot of great memories. Todd Peter Kristian, SBJL '64
Added: December 15, 2009


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Mark Bergmann
From: Wildwood, MO
E-mail: mark_bergmann@sbcglobal.net

I remember Marion Schmidt quite well.
She was my eighth grade home room & I believe Math teacher. She was a very kind & sensitive lady who was teaching us a year or so after her brother, a fighter pilot was killed in an unfortunate plane crash during a training exercise.
I firmly believe that the education that we received at 108 was in some cases far superior to the education that my son received on a high school level in what is described as a selective school district on the island.
Samuel Klienberg was a highly intelligent math teacher from Brooklyn Tech., who demanded 101% from both students & faculty, and got it. I really attribute a lot of my success to teachers like Vincent McCormick, Joseph Marino, Peter Rehill, Antonia Ericson & last but not least, Stanley Bresnick, not only a wonderful Social Studies teacher, but a great ballroom teacher as well.
Added: December 15, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Maureen Connelly Cahill
From: Sun City, Hilton Head, SC
E-mail:

Hi Elizabeth Kuenzig... I used to live next door to a good friend of yours in Richmond Hill (Brenda B.)
Added: December 15, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Carolyn Thompson
From: central New Jersey
E-mail: 1205cat@gmail.com

Looking for some relatives who lived in Richmond Hill in the 60's. McDermott is the name; they would be children/grandchildren of James, John, Peter and/or Mary McDermott (all born just after the turn of the century) (grandchildren/ggrandchildren of James McDermott & Mary Fox).
Added: December 13, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

To Elizabeth Ferrara:
I don't think I ever knew Mr. McCormack's first name was Vincent, but he made a life-long impression on me. I was suprised and saddened to learn about his passing shortly after remembering him here.
As for my comment about Principal Kleinberg, his dilgence in monitoring of the hallways was my only frame of reference from age 13 and not meant to impugn in any way. Of course, I'm grateful for all the stern teachers like Mr. Kleinberg who kept us safe in an environment conducive to learning.
Students and friends of Vincent P. McCormack can leave messages of condolences at Legacy.com.
Added: December 13, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Elizabeth (Kuenzig) Ferrara
From: North Carolina
E-mail: liz.ferrara@yahoo.com

Haven't looked at this site for awhile.
It was with great sadness that I read about the passing of Vince McCormick, a dear, former colleague. Taught with him for awhile at PS 108 before JHS 202 opened and the 7th and 8th grade teachers moved there. But remained friends for many year since his wife, Ann, later taught with us at 108.
Later though we did not see them socially, I would "bump" into them from time to time shopping in the Ozone Park/Howard Beach neighborhood. They both were wonderful people, who are dearly remembered.
Does anyone remember Dolores (Dillon) McGovern and Marion Schmidt with whom we alo taught? Reading all the posts brings back so many wonderful memories of growing up in Richmond Hill. Wish we could bring back places like Schlossers for such wonderful Jewish food like corned beef and pastrami. No one seems to make those things anymore. And all those wonderful places that made homemade ice cream.
To April Koster (don't know who you are), but I am sure the tall, thin, serious principal at P.S. 108 that patrolled the halls was Mr. Sam Kleinberg. He ran a very "tight ship" and I am sure that the students that went through 108 under his stern stewardship all benefitted from his discipline.
Added: December 12, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
william r. tarney
From: 89-26 116th street
E-mail: wyldbylt@aol.com

i lived here for thirty years.
Added: December 12, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
mike hedler
From: florida soon to move to tn.
E-mail: mikkat@bellsouth.net

speaking of bars anyone remember the rainbow on jamacia ave?
some great times hanging out there, was my second home for a while, shooting pool etc. back in 65-66. can't remember the bar-maids name.
Added: December 12, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
mike hedler
From: west palm beach fl.
E-mail: mikkat@bellsouth.net

tim mcgovern: I frequented your fathers bar often, even my dad took me there as a kid. lived on 109th st in between 91st ave and atlantic ave. so many good memories.
Added: December 12, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

mike contino: we missed you at the reunion but happy that your commitment out at montauk went well. just had bill bryce stay with me for a few days, he was in from kentucky. he is doing well.
mike hans: we, also, missed you at the reunion. i e-mailed you so that you and bob might attend but you never responded. i hope all is well. i see that you are now in troy, ny. e-mail me and let me know how you are. regards, marty
Added: December 11, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

To Andrew Adamson:
Thank you for your comments which I have forwarded to the Society's historian, Carl Ballenas. The article you refer to is courtesy of the Carl Ballenas Collection.
Added: December 10, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Andrew Adamson
From: United Kingdom
E-mail: ajwadamson@goolemail.com

I have just read Gus Dallas's excellent article entitled 'Battle of Long Island: Hard Times Followed Battle of Long Island' and I would very much like to contact him. Is there any way of doing so - or him to contact me?
I have something which I know will be of interest to him, and to the society. Yours, Andrew Adamson
Added: December 10, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Fales
From: San Jose, California
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com

To Mike Hans:
You know I need to find my SBJL graduation book and reaquaint myself with names and faces. Haven't thought alot about those days for a long time although in retrospect they hold some great memories.
How many people can say they were at JFK when the Beatles landed? That we didn't see them wasn't the issue. We were there. Haven't been back to the old place in over thirty five years. Great memories of a simpler, gentler time. Frank
Added: December 10, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

To Tim McGovern:
My dad use to bartend their every once in awhile, your dad and mine had jet tickets together at shea stadium... it was a great hang out for the basketball coaches from holy child and our lady of cenacle... Dick Joyce and whitie and my dad would always be up there on a saturday afternoon right after the games... great bar...
Added: December 9, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Mike Hans
From: Troy New York
E-mail:

Hey Frank Fales... was one of the guys you cut class with to go to JFK not only for the Beatles but The Dave Clark Five also... C Ya
Added: December 9, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Alicia Harris
From: Northport
E-mail: tnacm3@eartlink.net

Grew up in Woodhaven & did several show with the Teen Drama Club... too many years to admit ago. Played lead roles in several shows, Lil Abner & Guys & Dolls etc... as well as choreographed. It was a wonderful start of what has been a long, full & successful career. I've been fortunate enough to work on B'way, movies, TV, Vegas as well as choreograph shows all over the world.
Thank you to all those people who touched my life back then & gave a great start to a bunch of kids from Queens. Some of us made a living from it & are still going strong. I've used several names since then, but I started out as Alicia Nicosia.
Added: December 9, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
JOHNNY KOLB
From: BELLEROSE, QUEENS
E-mail: JOHNNYJACK55@aol.com

To Tim McGovern:
Sure do remember your Dad's place. I think I must have spent every Sunday there in the late 60s, watching baseball games on the TV, sitting at the side tables with a coke and a basket of peanuts.
My Dad was a pitcher for the softball team. Always a bunch of great guys, great times.
Added: December 8, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Fales
From: San Jose, California
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com

I lived on 120th street and 97th Avenue and attended SBJL grammer school. Lots of great memories of places and friends back there in the 50's and early 60's.
Cut school with a couple of classmates when the Beatles landed at JFK and remember trying to sneak around on the side of the terminal. A simplier time our children and grandkids will never enjoy. A time when you could go to the observation deck and watch planes come and go, when there were no metal detectors.
Schaffers candy store as well as the one on the corner from SBJL where the kids would go after school to buy penny candy. Was it called Gus's? Great site. Thanks for the visit down memory lane...
Added: December 8, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
JOHNNY KOLB
From: BELLEROSE, QUEENS
E-mail: JOHNNYJACK55@aol.com

To Jim Coutlangus:
Hi Jimmy AKA Tank, hope you're the one who lived on 118 ST, next to Collins and across from Ronnie, Steve, Mike, Edele Spelling?
We played on the same team, the Jets Lynvets, I think you were a running back, I was a offensive tackle.
You see or hear from any of those guys? Well have a nice Holiday, JK
Added: December 7, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Richard Mayorgas
From: Arkansas
E-mail: cyberdad48@hotmail.com

My Dad, Daniel Stall (1904-1986), was a motion picture projectionest all his life. Dan worked at numerous theatres in the Central California areas. Most, if not all, of these are gone now. From Oakdale, to Madera, to Lone Pine, to Palmdale, and finally ending in Victorville. Looking for photos for Family Tree info.
Added: December 6, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
JIM COUTLANGUS
From: N/A
E-mail: JTCRPHPA@yahoo.com

Great website. Where did the time go??
I hope this note finds everyone well wherever you are!
Added: December 5, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Michael Contino
From: Ozone Park
E-mail: NIS108@aol.com

Would like to hear from any members of the SBJL class of 64. Great memories of Richmond Hill. Drop a line. Mike
Added: December 4, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

Hi Tim McGovern and all:
Here's a Thanksgiving memory of McGoverns bar and grill or as my grandmother called it, the Beer Saloon. I remember dressing as a ragamuffin and begging for Thanksgiving with Carl Lenkersdorf. He was not satisfied with apples and walnuts and said he knew a place we should go. When we got in the door we announced "Anything for Thanksgiving". The bartender and the customers said,"Only if you have a song to sing."
We sang and were rewarded with a hardy round of applause and several quarters. Of course we vowed to go back the following year but we never did.
Added: December 2, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Tim McGovern
From: Cranford, NJ
E-mail: tmcgovern@sandyhookpilots.com

My Dad owned McGovern's Bar at 110 Street and Jamaica Avenue. Would appreciate any stories about McGovern's you all would share.
Added: December 2, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Chris Caldwell
From: London, UK
E-mail:

While searching for Richmond Hill Primary School located in the suburbs of London, I came across Richmond Hill, NY.
Enjoyed my visit to your website and history of your Richmond Hill.
Added: December 1, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Ed Hank Jr
From: Fairborn, Ohio
E-mail: feuely1@aol.com

In my haste and in being up so late at night I see I made a comment that could be misunderstood.
My father is the youngest of his family but he is not the last living one. His brother John is still doing well in North Carolina. I see that my cousin Barbara has responded and I will send a separate e-mail.
My sister informs me that my father enjoyed reading so many of the comments within this site. Thanks everyone for the great history lessons and memories.
Added: November 30, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Dan McKie
From: long island ny
E-mail:

i have some great memories of growing up and going to jahns for ice cream and sundays.
Added: November 29, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.
E-mail: rafar63@gmail.com

Mr Stanley Wantola. Does somebody know or remember him?
He worked as a airport inspector in the 70's. He lived near 105th and 84th street in Richmond Hill. I want to get in touch with one of his two daughters, because he had two, Diana and Dana. If you know them, please let them know about this add.
Diana Wantola, If you see this add, please, contact me.
My email is in this page. It had passed a long time 1973-2009. Or if anyone knows Diana, please tell her to see this add, please. Thank you. Rafael Rivas
Added: November 29, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Barb Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Ed Hank -- saw your note.
Would love to hear from you -- email me, o.k? Tried your e-mail link but it didn't work. -- Cousin Barbara (Edna's daughter)
Added: November 28, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

To Bob Brubaker:
Alfred H. Grebe, "Radio Pioneer", is among our noteworthy people of Richmond Hill.
To learn more about him and hopefully more about your radio, visit our webpages and other resource links about Alfred H. Grebe.
Added: November 28, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Brubaker
From: San Pedro CA
E-mail: brubob@primeris.com

I have a Grebe console radio.
It looks like a "Governor Winthrop desk, with a fold down writing shelf. The radio is back of the shelf and the speaker is under the shelf desk. It sits about 4 feet high and 20" deep, by 2 ft long. The tube complement is 2-24s,2-35s,17,47,80. The serial # L03096, Model is HS-7 as best I can read.
Any body know anything about this radio?
Added: November 28, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
bob rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

OK then, looks like we could have a number present at the "mini' class of HCJ reunion at the Ale House.
Now to pick a date as the holidays are here and they get booked. Then again, we won't be starting with a crowd so it shouldn't be a problem. OK, who's the organizer?
Dennis Doyle is the obvious choice but he has his hands full. So I nominate the fastest runner from Loughlin- Bill Heaney!!!! BTW congrats on your 35th. Me, just 20... 3 kids, 1 in college, 1 HS, still another in grade. Got started late.
Added: November 28, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Mike Faulkner
From: Teaneck NJ
E-mail: mjf61lyn@cs.com

I played for the Lynvets in the late 50s and early 60s.
We are celebrating the history of the LYNVETS (1950 - 2010) on October 23rd, 2010. The reunion will honor the 1960 Lynvet Senior Three-peat Championship team.
The reunion is open to players, spouses, cheerleaders, opposition team members and all fans of an era of Pop Warner Football where lifelong values were formed and friendships forged.
If you are interested in attending, and/or know others who might be, please contact me.
Added: November 28, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Ed Hank Jr
From: Lexington Park, MD
E-mail: cndhawk@aol.com

Does anybody remember the Hank family (Early - Mid 20th Century), from 121-06 95th Ave, 95th & 121st, 3d house in from the corner? Any recollections and memories and info would be greatly appreciated.
My father is the last of his siblings and is still alive, I 'd love to give him some info to refresh his memory. He's in a assisted living home right now.
Added: November 28, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Henry Michel
From: Georgetown Texas
E-mail: Hank@bighank.com

I love this site. It's great to hear how much everyone enjoyed growing up in Richmond Hill.
I graduated Holy Child in 1957, Brooklyn Prep in 1960 and St John's in 1964. I worked in the Triangle Hofbrau for about 9 years while I was in High School and college. It's a great shame and a great loss to the community to see it closed. I also worked part time in Glen's for several years relieving Uncle Ralph.
I'd love to hear from old friends. Merry Christmas to all.
Added: November 27, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
chris defalco
From: alb ny
E-mail: batwrangler66@yahoo.com

Hi Laura Harris email me dir. i do keep in touch with some, Christiana, tommy pepe, ect
Added: November 27, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

I have a fuzzy memory from Aqueduct Racetrack also, from 1970. Someone gave me tickets to see the group Chicago there. I remember calling out my request for "25 or 6 to 4" which got a few laughs. I never found out what the words mean but I liked the song. That was the only concert I remember at Aqueduct.
There were also music festivals at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in the '60s. I missed most of the concerts at FHTS except for the Bee Gees and Spanky & Our Gang on Aug. 10 '68. (If it wasn't for the internet, I wouldn't have such a great memory.)
To Michele: Thank you for sending the update about locating your niece's father. It was nice to read that happy news.
Added: November 26, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Richard Desrats
From: Warwick, NY
E-mail: bees@warwick.net

Hi to all you Richmond Hill and Ozone Park youngsters. I grew up on 106 St. just off Libery Ave.
We moved out to Northern NJ in 1947. One of my best memories is the "Anything for Thanksgiving". My birthday is around Thanksgiving and when I turned ten, i went to my aunt's on 107 St. to beg. She gave me a ball point pen (they were just coming out). What a thrill! Of course it was just for my birthday. My friends asked me where I got it since we all shared our sources of the usual pennies, nickels and dimes. My aunt said later that she never had so many beggars as she did that year.
We used to sneak into Aqueduct Race Track. It was thrilling to watch the horses race by our spot on the rail up the track from the grandstand but we never quite saw the finish. As we edged closer, we always got noticed and chased. Sometimes we wound up in the parking lot and collected programs discarded by leaving patrons. We then tried to sell the programs to other leaving patrons. Who would want to buy an old program? Well, some guys must have won big and bought them for a quarter or a buck. Some other guys who probably did not do as well betting, grumbled and told us: Get out of here kid, you don't belong here. What a great site!
Added: November 26, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Charmayne E. Burke-Roberts
From: Queens, NY
E-mail: Christchild146@yahoo.com

Looking for classmates of 1980.
Last High School union was 1990. All of us from Queens ride the B56 bus. Please keep in touch.
Added: November 25, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Michele McKee
From: Deposit, NY
E-mail: bugs1671@aol.com

OMG I found Robert Brown... He's alive and well... omg I'm so excited for my niece.
Added: November 25, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Kevin Gallagher
From: Boston, MA
E-mail:

Seek and you will find... And I truly did.
I grew up in Richmond Hill during the 1950s and although I had some close-calls there, I always missed the place. Glad I found this website and all the memories that have accumulated here.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Added: November 24, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Andy Shea, Billy Heaney, and Bob Rainis! Count me in on this Reunion!
Added: November 23, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Andy, I bought a car last month in eaton new jersey the car saleman was 2 years behind us in school, funny how things work out, but he lived on 111st right across from james gregory... remember him, well it turns out he still lives in the same house, if I can remember correctly that was 3 houses down from the school yard... lol...
oh I have spoken to Joy Stocker, so thats 5 people I know... and can get in touch with Johnny Mcdougher, I have his number as well... make that 6.
Added: November 23, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Andy Shea, great to hear back from you, you had a great family, forgot about Mike, think I was in his cub scout den with him... wow, and really sorry to hear about your sister, damn thats so bad, hope all is well with you guys.
Maybe we should have a get together at that place the Austin Ale House, reminds me a little of Regents Row, I know Mark Rollins and Tony Perreta would go, and I could always mention it to Tom Oconner, he lives down by me... so thats 4 I can get in touch with...
lets see if we can get more people involved... I'm sure theres some girls on here that could help with some of the names...
Added: November 23, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Michele McKee
From: Deposit, NY
E-mail: bugs1671@aol.com

Hi. I'm looking for my niece's father. His name is Robert Brown. Mother Frances, brother Raymond, sisters Liz and Linda. He lived on 112th street. My niece hasn't seen him since she was 12. She is now 30. Nobody knows what happened to him weather he's still alive or not.
If anybody has any information, PLEASE email me at bugs1671@aol.com. Any news, good or bad is appreciated. Thank You so much.
Added: November 23, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

As we all know Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor has been gone for quite some time now, leaving the building vacant and an eye sore. Not that it appears that a grand opening is imminent, but it's official. The old awnings are down and a new sign "Montezuma's" in now up.
Another great loss on the same block is Salerno's. After it was sold, it became Sorrento's, serving Italian and Indian food. Obviously business was not good and recently a sign was posted on the canopy, promoting dancing girls with the dinner special which sounded like a desperate attempt to get customers. As well, that didn't work and now Salerno's, as most of us remember it is dark. Every sign has been removed from the building and it looks abandoned.
What a shame that so many places have closed that served us well and gave us such good times. Thank God for the memories!
Added: November 22, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
BRIAN WARD MCNAMARA
From: Seattle, Washington
E-mail: brianmcn45@msn.com

Hi, I wonder if anyone has any information on my grandfather, John McNamara, a NYC policeman early in the 20th century, and father of William, Gerard, John, Ronan, Frank, Grace, and Betty. He was married to Elizabeth Ronan.
I believe he ended his career as a Lieutenant and was stationed at the motorcycle unit on Grand Central Parkway.
Added: November 20, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
andy shea
From: hartsdale, ny
E-mail: sheamerc90@aol.com

To Billy Heaney... thanks for the response...
yes my brother Jack is still alive and well, he contributes to this site... he is going to be ordained as a Deacon in June at St Patrick's Cathedral... he was an original at the St John's dances. Jack, my brother Mike, who lives in SC, and Paul La Porte used to do the Light show, I think they were called the Light Brigade, for the Lucky Charms. My sister Mary Ellen lives in Illinois and yes she used to go out with Jimmy Loughlin. My sister Kathleen a nurse, was killed in '93 by a drugged out driver on the Saw Mill Pkway... it was tragic loss for us all!
Happy to hear about your 35th Anniversary and 4 kids! I'm married 31 years and have 2 grown daughters, one is teacher and the oldest is studying to be a Physician's Ass't.
So you still hear from Mark Rollins... tell him I saw Patty Doughtery a couple of summers ago... she looks great, she lives in South Carolina too.
Well it was good to hear from you take care... As Bobby Ranis said... maybe we should have a mini reunion of the class of 67... the class of 66 has been having them. Take care.
Added: November 17, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Nancy Tompkins
From: Lefferts & 91st
E-mail: tompkins_nan@hotmail.com

This is to Rob Sharky -
hello there neighbor how the heck have you been allll these years. I am Ruth and Butch's daughter Nancy.
Added: November 17, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Laurie Harris Feliciano
From: Pocono's PA
E-mail:

Hi Chris DeFalco. I remember you.
You lived across from The Hastings and near Anthony Girardi right. Hope you are doing well. Im glad I found this site. Do you ever get back to RH or keep in touch with the old neighborhood friends?
Added: November 17, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Dear All:
Due to vacation, the guestbook will not be updated for the next five days. Thanks for your continued comments and patience!
Added: November 16, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Michele Ligotti McKee
From: Deposit, NY
E-mail: bugs1671@aol.com

Hi. I'm looking for my niece's father. His name is Robert Brown. Mother Frances, brother Raymond, sisters Liz and Linda. He lived on 112th street.
My niece hasn't seen him since she was 12. She is now 30. Nobody knows what happened to him weather he's still alive or not. If anybody has any information, PLEASE email me at bugs1671@aol.com.
Any news, good or bad is appreciated. Thank You so much.
Added: November 14, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Rob Sharkey
From: Trumansburg NY
E-mail: rob_sharkey@hotmail.com

Spent some time on the site today and the memories came flooding back like it was yesterday.
Lived on 120 St and 97th Ave. Me and my 3 brothers all went to SBJL. Was surprised to here the school was closing. Sometimes you think thing will last forever but they rarely do.
I moved away to see what the world held in 1968 and have been back to the old neighborhood a few times over the years. I still remember playing stickball on 120 St, Smokey Park, and taking the A train to high school in Brooklyn.
The trips back always made me a little sad that I had lost touch with so many people over the years. Always wondered what they were up to.
Added: November 14, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Chris DeFalco
From: albany ny
E-mail: Batwrangler66@yahoo.com

Laura Harris its been a long time.
i lived on 127th and 97ave. i delivered The Long Island Press to your door, remember when the milk farm was a soda and candy store.
Added: November 14, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

attended the sbjl reunion on 10/24 and had a great time.
it was so nice seeing friends that i haven't seen in a long time, especially my '64 classmates. i know a few were unable to attend but i wish more of them would have planned on attending.
all comments on the reunion would be welcome. it was great seeing all the goddards there. regards, marty
Added: November 14, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

To Bob Rainis,
hey Bobby seen two of my closest friends this past weekend, my 4 kids threw a anniversary party for me and my wife Eileen, 35 years and still going. Tony Perreta and Mark Rollins were both there to celebrate with us... and I did hear from Tommy Oconnor and John Mcdonough, I still keep in touch with both of them... great night...
ya I would be up for some kind of reunion, who else can we get...
Added: November 10, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Anthony Barcia
From: Lynbrook NY
E-mail:

Newsday reported on the passing of a great man today: Vincent McCormack a Science Teacher at JHS 202 who also ran the Boys Afternoon Sports Program at PS 62.
If anyone fit the title of a Role Model for teachers and coaches it would be him. May God Bless his Soul.
Added: November 10, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Laurie Harris Feliciano
From: Pocono's PA
E-mail:

Enjoyed reading posts and remembering my RH days. Recognize a few names from my Smokey Park days.
Coincidence my daughters and I were looking at some of my older photos and in one I believe is a fellow poster, John Kolb. Nice to hear of Lenihan milestone. I met my husband in Lenihans. Bobby Kehoe bartended. My family lived a few doors down from milk farm 125th and 95th ave. from 1940's until 1995.
It was nice looking at photos and I look forward to reading post on this site.
Added: November 9, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Bill & Carol Fehrenbach
From: Spring Tx
E-mail: carol.fehrenbach@sbcglobal.net

What a great site. We lived on 106 st between Jamaica & 86 avenues.
Have 3 sons, Bill jr., Robert & Michael Vrabel. Reading the entries, so many names seem familiar.
We moved to Tx. in 1984, and when we came back for a visit everything had changed. I still remember the kids playing stick ball in the street. Do they still ?
Added: November 9, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Rainis
From: Deer Park
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

To those of you remembering the St John's (Lutheran, NOT Protestant) Dances with the (Lucky) Charms the largest "crowd" to regularly go was Ponce's Pizza!
How do I know, I was one of them and if we didn't buy tix the pastor held them at his house for us (his son was a band member). Things never got out of hand even though most of us had already had a few before coming. THEN we would open the Men's Room window and get "refills" 7&7, Southern Comfort and "grinding"; now there is a term which is long in the past!
Billy H and Andy Shea between the 2 of you and those u keep in touch I count 10 of us from HCJ class of '67 ready for a "mini" re-union. Count Dennis Doyle because he was best bud with Louie Pante.
Come on guys what do u say... I won't wear my collar either :) get the Poelker twins (good friends of my brother Steve) and I'll be crashing at my brothers Dan's apartment across from Resurrection. Who knows Cookie Vesey... we hung out for years and were chased from Breezy Point by the 'rinkie-dinks' many a nie/day.
Added: November 9, 2009


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todd greenberg
From: Forest Hills
E-mail: Todd@queenslaw.com

Grew up on 109th street between liberty and 103rd ave.
Went to PS 108, JHS 202, John Adams. The Principal at PS 108 was Mr Klienberg and I remember Mr. McCormack well.
Added: November 8, 2009


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Ronald (Ronnie) Leonardi
From: Concord, CA
E-mail: myoron13@yahoo.com

We lived on 100-17 88th Ave in Richmond Hill. My twin brother Bob, my sister Lynn and half brothers Richie and Frank Wajert. Our parents were Claire Edwards Leonardi and Frank Leonardi.
I enjoyed reading peoples stories of their time in our neighborhood. I had similar feelings and memories toward the smells, games and place that sparked their stories. I'll write some in the near future.
I graduated from Holy Child Jesus in 1965 and Bishop Loughlin MHS in 1969. I hope a person from the old neighborhood will remember me or one of my siblings and contact us. Take care neighbors. Ron Leonardi
Added: November 8, 2009


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Carol Calcanes
From: Homosassa, Fl
E-mail: calcanes@centurylink.net

This is for Honey Chambers.
Please send you e-mail address. I changed servers and lost all of my addresses. Thanks, Carol Calcanes
Added: November 8, 2009


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Bob Bornschein
From: Palm City, Florida
E-mail: RDBornschein@aol.com

Hello all! I haven't visited the site in a while but had a great time this afternoon reading so many posts.
I have a question. Has anyone heard of a possible re-union for the 50th anniversary next year of RHHS, Class of 1960? I hope someone is planning one. It would be fun to get together.
Richmond Hill was an extraordinary place to grow up. Just look at how we are all spread over the USA. It has certainly had an impact on our ability to assimilate, and make ourselves home in so many diverse places. Be well everyone, Cheers!, Bob
Added: November 7, 2009


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Jimmy B
From: California
E-mail:

Did anyone else hitchhike down Crossbay to Rockaway?
It was the only way I could get to the beach. I learned to wait at a light where I could make eye contact or even talk to drivers. Some couldn't say "No" to a direct request. I used that skill later to get home from Ft Dix on weekends.
Added: November 7, 2009


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Danny N.
From: New York, N.Y.
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To Andy Shea, Yes, Louie's candystore was one of the best sources of literary excellence for a kid growing up.
I was a big DC comic fan, raised on the great Superman TV series, and at 12 cents an issue, any kid with a few coins could fill a summer's afternoon with one of life's small pleasures...
I've told my kids countless times the same thing you said in your post- with a quarter and two pennies in my pocket, a trip to the store would net me the latest issue of Action comics, a cold bottle of soda, and a bag of chips...
I'm sure you know another great candystore was on Park Lane S. and Myrtle Ave., across from the Jackson's Pond, run by a German couple, Heinz and Lena... he was a coin collector, and sold them on the side... bought all kinds of stuff there, comic books, baseball and Beatle cards, etc... that block was a forerunner to the strip mall, with an Italian tailor shop, German candystore, Irish liquor store, German deli, and Park Lane Realty on the corner of 109th... now, it's a laundromat and hairstylist, with some weird deli in the middle... big improvement!... and so goes the neighborhood...
This is a great site... it keeps the great memories alive, and it's nice to see those memories are shared by so many of us...
Added: November 6, 2009


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Gloria K.
From: Syracuse NY
E-mail: jalbanese8@twcny.rr.com

Al Farrant, I remember your stepmother (and you, Peggy and your father.)
I had Mrs. Farrant for Kindergarten in P.S. 90, and she was my "friend" for many years. My sister and I joined her Stamp Club for Girl Scouts, which met in your basement. We loved creating displays for the stamps and travelled somewhere (Brooklyn? an armory?) for stamp shows with her. Later, we were invited by Peggy and your stepmother to join their masonic girls' group - the name of which escapes me.
Your stepmother was always very kind to me. P.S. 90 had a lot of good teachers. I had Mrs. Wilson for 3rd-4th-5th grade (3 years in 2), and Mr. Zimler for 6th grade (then went on to JHS 119 in Glendale, then back to RHHS, graduating in 1968.)
Mr. Zimler seemed scary to us as we had all heard of his reputation, but by the end of the year we had discovered his sweeter side and really enjoyed being in his class.
Added: November 5, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

To Andy Shea,
funny read you comments down below sorry didn't answer them sooner... yes we had a great time up at the park. Is your brother Jack still living and you had a sister I think Mary Ellen, didn't she date Lugar at one time.
Its been a very long time since I've heard from you and to tell you the truth it brings back alot of good times. I still keep in touch with Tony Peretta, in fact he's my daughters Godfather, and went on a cruise with Mark Rollins last year to Bermuda, and still keep in touch with a guy name Tom Osborne... outside of that haven't heard from anyone in years... how about you...
Oh Johnny Mcdonough keeps in touch once a year... lol... maybe its time for a reunion... keep in touch... Bill
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Andy Shea, wow how are you, its been 42 years... lol... how are you, hope all is well, and Dennis Doyle, yes the Colonial deli.
Me and Johnny Mcdonough use to sneak out of Holy Child and get a bologna sandwich with mustard for .25, then go to my mothers house and eat it... lol...
Wow the Colonial deli with that women who was Lithuanian, or German but she was a nice lady... always gave us a brake....
Added: November 5, 2009


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andy shea
From: Hartsdale N.Y.
E-mail: sheamerc90@aol.com

To Danny N... I grew up on 106th street so I remember Louies candy store very well. He had the best Comic collectopin on jamacia ave... all the dc and marvel comics you could ask for. I remember too, the red cooler with all the flavored sodas in it.
I also remember buying a comic book, fountain coke, a bag of chips, and 5 cent candy bar for my allowance... 25 cents. Oh those were the days.
Added: November 4, 2009


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mary johnson
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

I was just reading some of the latest comments and memories regarding Richmond Hill. I was especially reading John Parenti's letter. I do remember Fr Sullivan, although I was only little, about 6 years old when he was pastor.
The one priest I remember well as pastor was Fr Raymond Smith. Do you remember him, John? As a kid, I thought he was mean but looking back he was just an elderly priest who was trying to do a job. Of course I was never an altar girl (they didn't have them then); so I didn't have much contact with him. But he gave a talk to our eight grade class about the facts of life one day and sent one of my classmates (a boy) into tears. So Father didn't play when it came to religion.
Do you or does anyone remember Fr Philip Reilly? He is in the right to life group right now. He is up there in age too. He's got to be around 75 to 80 years old now or more. I recently saw him in NYC in a Mass he gave for the right to life.
I do remember Fr Tuohey. He was a big man; he reminded me of a football player type. He seemed nice; he was always with a ready smile. And there was a Fr Jolley; he was great too. He was just like his name said. He became pastor of St Columba's in Brooklyn and then I heard he passed away.
Well everyone have a nice day. Nice to be walking down memory lane again with you all. Regards Mary
Added: November 3, 2009


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Jo-Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

The Church of the Holy Child Jesus in Richmond Hill will begin its Centennial Year on Christmas Eve with a candlelight Mass at Midnight.
As part of the celebration, a personalized Advent Calendar has been published. The unique calendar features a beautiful photograph of the main altar of the church decorated for Christmas. Behind each of the "doors," counting down the days of December until Christmas Day, you will find an interesting fact about the church's first 100 years.
It's a lovely way to learn about the church's history. It's also the perfect gift for a neighbor who has moved or for someone who just doesn't get out much.
The calendars can be purchased ($6 each/2 for $10) after all Masses on the weekends of November 14, 21 and 28. The church is located at 111-11 86th Avenue. You can also purchase them from the Parish Office (86-13 112th Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11418) during office hours or by mail at the same address. The mail order price is $10 and includes shipping and handling.
Please make checks payable to Holy Child Jesus Church. For more information, please call Kay Carpenter, 718-805-5500. The Centennial is a year-long celebration so watch for the events that will take place throughout the year.
Added: November 3, 2009


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Al Farrant
From: Asheville, NC
E-mail: juke49@gmail.com

To Chuck Bardram,
Did you have a brother named Robert? If so, my friend Bob Strickler & I hung out with him in the mid to late 60's. We called him "Barge" or "Rob". I remember him being tall & looked old enough to go into the liquor stores for us, but of course he wasn't. Bob lives in Sacramento CA now.
In my previous posting, I got the location of Al's Stereo Bar wrong. We used to hang out there together. Also, I went to St. Paul's Lutheran and not St. John's, when it was Pastor Spillman, his wife Mildred, and kids Robert & Elizabeth. All my years of growing up, I always had to hear "why can't you be like Bob Spillman? And I never was. I do remember "Sal the Cop", because he always chased us away from the RHHS schoolyard.
This site has brought back a "flood of memories" for me. And I do remember playing for the Rich-Haven LL team in the early 60's. Played touch football & hockey on 113th St. and the fabulous snow forts that the plows created. And Richie Napolitano was "king", my sister Peggy went to school with him. I remember Cleveland was interested in him, did he ever play pro ball? And yes, those streets were really safe then, any time day or night - I know because I really walked them.
Enough of my rambling, I'm sure that I'll remember a lot more. Thanks for this wonderful site.
Added: November 3, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Bill Heaney, I can still hear Harry Kohn's Deli (sp?) thick accent as if it were yesterday. "...vould you like zumzing gelse?"
However I recall getting beer at Colonial Deli next to McGovern's on 110th and Jam. Ave. Someone discovered that if you go with a shopping note from your parents, and placed a small order like 1 loaf of bread, 1 dozen eggs, and oh yes, 2 six packs of Colt 45, you were sure to score.
Added: November 2, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

yes thanks carolyn, the name now rings a bell... that was the dirtiest store and the pickle barrels smelled so bad... but harry was the guy everyone went to... lol... schafer beer 1.25 a 6 pack...
Added: November 2, 2009


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Al Farrant
From: Asheville, NC
E-mail: juke49@gmail.com

I grew up at 91-12 113th St. during the late 50's and 60's, right across from RHHS. Both my sister (Peggy & I went there for a while).
Before that I went to PS 90, where my stepmother (Mrs. Pecha and later as Mrs. Farrant taught kindergarden & was for a while Asst. Principal under Mr. Kirsch. Loved having Mrs. Stone and was afraid of Mr. Zimmer. Anyone remember these people?
As a kid, I spent countless hours playing stickball in RHHS's yard and stoopball on the steps of the school. I also went to St. John's Lutheran for Boy Scouts & Church. My best friend was Bob Strickler from Ozone Park. Spent many a night in Al's Stereo Bar (on Lefferts) in the late 60's. Used to ditch school and go to the diner on Atlantic Ave. My sister was the girlfriend of Eugene Markert from Atlantic Ave until he came back from Nam, severely wounded. I had a crush on his sister Denise. I remember great pizza on Jamaica Ave and of course Jahn's (the kitchen sink & tall in the saddle).
I went back 3 years ago and the house i grew up in, is now a Sikk temple. I was a very troublesome kid hanging out with Richie Donnelly - like gasoline & matches, the 2 of us were (113th St), but yes Thank God I did straighten out & have 3 wonderful grown up kids.
Does anyone remember the fish market on Jamaica Ave,that used to make the best French Fries on Fridays? What a trip this site is and very welcomed.
Added: November 2, 2009


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Caden Wendy Rodriguez
From: Kew Gardens
E-mail: allshopstore@yahoo.com

Hello every one, I am new to this site and find this site very interesting, and would love to explore more on the history of Richmond Hill and Queens.
I am a current member of the Church of the Resurrection on 118 st. of which is the oldest church in Richmond Hill built sometime in 1866 or 1867.
Added: November 1, 2009


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

@Camille, The Saporitos lived on my block, 113th St. My older brother hung around with Joey and he had a crush on Angie for a while.
I was Sarina's age and I think they had a younger brother also. I recall Sarina risking whiplash to give me a stick-shift lesson in my first car - a red Volkswagen.
The early release time for the Catholic kids every Wed. caused intense jealousy in those of us who had to endure to the end.
Added: November 1, 2009


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

@Pat, The teachers names you mentioned are ringing a very distant bell in my mind and I think I remember what Mrs. Tietz looked like.
A teacher who definitely deserves honorable mention is Mr. McCormick, the bow-tied science teacher at PS 108. Mr. McCormick's passion for teaching made his class very enjoyable and I'm guessing science a favorite subject for many students. He also paid his respects at a family wake even though he wasn't my home-room teacher, which meant a lot to me.
There was also Mrs. (or Miss) Lamb who taught Home Economics in the room next to Mr. McCormick's and I remember thinking they would make a good couple. I am now recalling a tall, thin, princpal monitoring the halls at 108 in a serious way between classes.
This is an amazing forum, the way it jogs the memory almost every time you visit.
Added: November 1, 2009


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Camille Bruno Howe
From: Massapequa, New York
E-mail: phowe50@optonline.net

I lived at 95-56 115 St off 101st Ave. I went to PS53, the wooden schoolhouse and left there in 1954. Mrs. Cornell was my 6th grade teacher. I remember at the end of the school year going to her house out east (I think it was in Riverhead).
My good friends were Barbara Jelly, Catherine Schoppe, Angelina Saporito and Joanie Kruz. Catherine, Joanie and I took dancing lessons at Ruthie Barnes Dancing School in Jamaica. We walked to St. Benedict Joseph's every Wednesday from school (release time) for religious instruction. There was a home for the blind on the corner of my block.
I remember the RKO Keiths, going roller skating every Saturday and going to Forest Park. We lived with my grandmother, Francesca Genduso. When my parents could afford a home, we moved to Elmont. My aunt also lived in Richmond Hill. Her name was Mary LoDico and she had three children Franny, Maryann and Thomas.
I loved my time in Richmond Hill and would love to reconnect with my old friends.
Added: November 1, 2009


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Ken Liguori
From: Spring, Texas
E-mail: kvl1@sbcglobal.net

Grew up in Richmond Hill. Lived on 108th Street off 101st Avenue across from P.S. 62. Graduated from Richmond Hill H.S. ['68] and St. John's University ['72]. Lived here in the Houston area since '78.
Visited the old neighborhood eight years ago- big changes. It was a great place to live with great people! Visit this site from time to time-it's a great read!
Added: October 31, 2009


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Danny N.
From: New York, N.Y.
E-mail:

Yes, it was Harry's Deli on 108St. and Jamaica Avenue, and he'd sell anything to anybody, including the Brooklyn Bridge, for cash on the barrel, (but no credit)!
I remember one night a friend on mine decided he was going to pocket a bag of Nestles chocolate chips (for SOME reason he had a sweet tooth that night), but ol' Harry had him dead in his sites, "...and vot about za cendies in your pucket?..." my friend sheepishly put the bag on the counter and walked out with his tail between his legs. Feeling like an accessory to the crime, I managed a look of dumbfounded surprise and followed him out... next night we were back again buying cigarettes! Where money was concerned, Harry never held a grudge.
Does anybody remember a candystore on the north side of Jamaica Avenue between 105 and 106st? We called him "Dirty Louie" because he kept a stash of Playboy and other more graphic publications on a shelf behind the soda fountain, which he would sell to a 10yr old if they had the money. I have to admit I spent a good part of my allowance there, but never forgot to pick up a bottle of coke at the front, where a big red cooler sat... reaching into that icy water for a cold glass bottle, fitting that bottlecap into the opener, and "POP", the sound of fizz as the metal cap fell into the box... then home for a good read!... after which I'd find my way back, via speeding stingray bicycle, to Wilson's Hobbies, right across the street from Dirty Louie's.
All the neighborhood kids knew "Tiny", a HUGE man with a smoldering cigar hanging from the side of his mouth 24 hrs. a day. One afternoon I spent 2 hours looking for the right model to buy, looking at everything at least three times, but as long as you could stand the smoke, Tiny had the patience... some men are great in quiet and humble ways, but make a lasting impression nonetheless. In today's society they would have carted off Tiny for numerous violations, like pollution, child abuse, etc. etc... ah, the good old days...
Added: October 31, 2009


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PAT TETA SPENCER
From: HAUPPAUGE, NY
E-mail: DONLIN3@optonline.net

Yes, I remember that wooden school all too well because I was the last class to graduate Mrs. Cornells 6th grade class in PS 53 before it was torn down to build attached houses.
The teachers I recall are few, Mrs. Rodd, Mrs. Tietz, and that is it for me as of right now. Nice to see someone else who went there.
Added: October 31, 2009


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Anyone remember a gray wooden schoolhouse (P.S. 52?) on Atlantic Avenue and either 113th or 114th Street?
I attended kindergarten there and the following year had to transfer to P.S. 62 when it closed. My kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Verderber, one of the few teacher's names I remember, no doubt due to the alliteration.
Added: October 30, 2009


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Johnny Kolb
From: bellerose, queens
E-mail: johnnyjack55@aol.com

Maureen Ferragamo, I also went to the dinner/dance the other night and you are right, GREAT TIME.
I moved into 118-16 Atlantic Ave in 1959 or 60, 5 yrs old, pretty sure ice cream parlor was called GOLDSCHMIDTS, and George Farrell's brothers name is Dennis, and he also was at the party, was there also a Jack in the Curtin family, if so maybe i can help.
Added: October 30, 2009


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John Parenti
From: Mastic, NY
E-mail: jjpare1@optonline.net

Haven't been on here in a few months, and would like to add a few comments. First to Kenneth Ball...
I was only talking to my wife the other day about Ragamuffin day. She is from the Bronx, and she never heard of it. I don't know if the Person Jim Burke remembers throwing coins at the kids, on Thanksgiving is the same person I remember. Only it was on 109th Avenue, I think between 125th and 126th Street. His name was Peri. I remember one daughter... her name wad Virginia.
Speaking of 109th Ave... Mary Johnson questioned if we ever called it South Richmond Hill. NO!!! It was Just Richmond Hill. I Lived on 125th Street and 109th Avenue. I graduted PS 121 in 1951.
Lastly, Tom Blank... who recalled Father Sullivan. Hadn't thought about him in years, but fondly recall his after Mass prayers, with the emphasis on "and all the evil spirits..." Do you also remember Father Tuohy. He taught Wednesday release time religion instructions. I was always getting in trouble, with him... but he got me on the road to becoming an alter boy. Lastly do you remember Tom Mullooly, he would sell the newspaper in the lobby on Sunday... yelling "TABLET." ???
Added: October 30, 2009


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Stephen Hellers
From: Rockland County
E-mail:

I think the deli owners name was Harry Kann.
Added: October 29, 2009


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Nancy Favilla
From: Sterling, Pa.
E-mail: deed5@echoes.net

Thank You, Sal.
Reading your commentary on our childhood brought tears to my eyes. For a brief moment in time, we all lived the same lives. My kingdom for a horse... in Forest Park.
Added: October 29, 2009


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

Hey Bill Heaney, that store was Harry's Deli.
He'd do anything for a buck!
Added: October 29, 2009


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MARY HAMEL
From: NEW BEDFORD, MA.
E-mail: MA5HM@aol.com

Maureen, I think it was LEWDENS.
I lived down the block class of 62' SBJL --- which had a wonderful dinner at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, NY on 10-24-09, classes from 1949 to --- were there.
Good Time Had By All. Sorry to see it END
Added: October 29, 2009


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

Thanx, Sal.
I only wish I knew then what I know now. I was living in a paradise that is fading. But I am glad that I had a chance to live there in the late fifties and early sixties. Liberty Ave. at 111th and points from there will always be a part of who I am.
Added: October 28, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

hey Carol, I don't remember you as much as your sisters, but all three of you girls were great kids, did you know my brother Kevin, or my sister Colleen... both are younger than me.
The guy who bought the beer for you didn't he hang out at that store on the corner of 108... I think his name was billy... he worked there but I know he used to buy beer for everyone... lol... and the deli on 108 would always sell it to him... what was that delis name... damn I forgot... I know weiners wouldn't sell to anyone...
Added: October 28, 2009


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maureen (maguire nelson) ferragamo
From: rockaway ny
E-mail: salmoe8200@aol.com

Graduated from St. Bennys in 1956, lived at 118-07 atlantic ave.
does anyone remember the ice cream parlor located on the corner of 118th st and atlantic ave., later Hirsch Plumbing. I read in one of the comments, the name Maureen Clarity, her and i were friends we hung out in the late fiftys. I also saw the name George Farrell who i think was married to Tina and also the brother to Shawn Farrell (not sure if this is the correct spelling). does anybody remember Rita Moeringer who lived next door to me on 118st. and Atlantic ave.
I am also looking for Carol Curtain and and her sister Janie Curtain. I also saw a comment that was posted by Robert Dunne wife. I am pretty sure i went to school with him also. Would love to hear from people from our past.
Added: October 28, 2009


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Andrew Shea
From: Hartsdale N.Y.
E-mail: sheamerc90@aol.com

To Bill Heaney, Thanks for the memories...
I too remember Jimmy LUGAR Loughlin and our good friend Jackie Maple... may they both rest in peace.
RH was a great place to grow up... from my block 106 St. from Jamacia Ave. to 86 Ave., we had a ball... kids of all ages... then onto the PARK where i hooked up with alot of guys from HCJ, the Manzo's, Finneran's, Moran's, Nicky Massimiano, the Poelker's OX, Dickie Bo, and Mikey, and Steve Cassee to name a few... we had a ball.
Glen's with Uncle Ralph and onto Regents Row with Fred Schmidt and Mouse (I can't remember his name) they were all great guys.
Chellis Hall on Sundays and Presentation on Friday nights with the Tremelo's... of course there was the pre game at Blarney's on Sutphin Blvd and Jamacia. Where has all the time gone!!!!
Added: October 28, 2009


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

I remember all of us 14-15-16 year old girls meeting on the corner of 108th and Jamaica Ave, pooling our money (coins) and asking any guy that was over 18 to go buy us liquor. They always did, one guy was a regular buyer for us and he asked us if we could give him dollars instead of pennies, nickels and dimes!!!
Added: October 27, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Remembering the good times...
hanging out at forset park on friday nights, buying schaffer beer for 1.25 a six pack, and then making our way to St. Bennies dances to listen to the tremoloes, chelis hall on sundays, then later on Holy Child dances after they built the new gym... does anyone remember... lol... the upper log and the lower log... does anyone remember Lugar the king of forest park... lol... or fat Jack Maple, playing stick ball and two hand touch in jackson pond, damn that was fun... south queens boys club in the winter, and hitching to rockaway beach from cross bay blvd... did we grow up in the best neighborhood or what...
listening to the sound of the el, or the planes taking off on a hot summer night from kennedy airport... yes we had it all... our kids will never have what we had... just plain fun, and a ton of kids to invent new games... it never ended...
Glenns bar, Regents Row, jahns, cordes, sweeties, frairs, schmidts, where did they all go... gebhardts bakery, man did we have it all...
Bill candy store on 107 and jamaica, to go along with AL on 110 st. spaldine balls for a .25, clinchers for a 1.00, manor sporting goods in woodhaven, and marty spoldings in kew gardens... anyone remember the salty dog in kew gardens... man did we have it all...
Molloy dances and sneaking in... and D.C. dances, and then going to snob hill dances... basketball games and softball games at richmond hill, to go along with swimming classes in the summer... 20 kids a session... anyone remember mr. oroke, or mr johnson who work the summers at the high school... wow... sorry just love to remember... lol
Added: October 26, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

to Sal Barcia...
thats about the best summary of Richmond Hill in a nutshell, great job, enjoyed the reading...
Added: October 26, 2009


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail: rfsheridan@aol.com

Sal Barcia in his short commentary succeeded in encapsulating what most of us experienced and fondly remember of Richmond Hill - whether we lived near Liberty Ave, Jamaica Ave., or Park Lane South. From the El to the Topp's gum to the Pensy-Pinky.
And his last sentence somewhat profound. Thanks very much, Sal.
Added: October 26, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Mr. Barcia... thank you for a wonderfully written snippet of a past lifetime for all of us!!!
You took me back to that time that so shaped us to be who we are today! I was able to escape to that time through your writing. The visuals that exploded in my mind from your words are priceless!! Thanks again! I beleive I was in your sister Joanne's class. Sweet sweet girl! All the best. Teresa
Added: October 23, 2009


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Sal Barcia
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

A common thread among old friends and family from Richmond Hill is how much it has changed over the years.
It seems very few of the old businesses remain, and few people who grew up there stayed. So, Richmond Hill as it was 30, 40, or more years ago, exists largely in our minds. Thank you all for contributing to that tapestry as posted here.
I sometimes think of the sounds, sights, and smells that characterized the place where we grew up and lived. The sounds of the Elevated train clacking and screeching, in the middle of a summer night, before air conditioning, when we slept with windows wide open, aided perhaps by a window fan. You could hear it a mile away or more, slowly increasing or fading in volume as it approached or departed.
The smell of schoolyard asphalt as it baked in the afternoon sun, becoming almost molten in places and palpably softer. How if you were so brazen as to use profanity with your friends as you strolled down a block, you were likely to be scolded by a stranger sitting on a front porch, in the days where people sat out front in the evenings, not in the privacy of back yards.
The luxury of an italian ice on a sweltering day at any number of candy stores or pizzerias on the avenue. The way we squeeze the last drops out of those little paper cups, and how it was nearly impossible not to get your fingers sticky. The distinctive smell of comic books on the rack of a drug store or candy store. Being scolded to buy something, and not use the comic book rack as a library.
How a pair of sneakers were not ocmpletely used up until there was daylight between your socks and the pavement. How we would use masking tape or electrical tape to mend holes, trying to squeeze out a day or two more of use to avoid spending the 12 or 13 bucks for a new pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars or Pro-Keds. The combined rubbery, canvassy, sweaty smell of an old pair of sneakers. Taking care to oil your baseball glove in the fall before its winter nap, carefully tying it wit a ball in its pocket to keep it broken in.
How a fresh pizza smelled so good wafting out a pizzeria door that just the smell was morth a couple of cents. The smell of the dried up pick of chewing gum inside a pack of Topps baseball cards. How Topps never managed to include fresh pieces of gum - always brittle and powdery. The thud of a basketball against the sheet metal backboards. The distincitve, musical, twang of a basketball hitting the pavement. The snap of a jumprope against cement - small girls singing rhythmic chants as they double dutched.
The million uses for a big stick of chalk. The powerful call of church bells. The foreboading sound of the confessional window sliding open, indicating the priest was ready to hear yours and done with the person on the other side. Air raid sirens. Heads tucked under desks during school air raid drills. The trips to school basement fallout shelters - replete with containers or food and water to save us from an atomic holocaust.
The smell of zeppoles and powdered sugar at a church bazaar. So hot the bag would burn your hand. Sausage and peppers tasting as good as they could possibly taste. The sound of a wheel of fortune as it clacked to a stop. Poppings of balloons hit with darts. Prizes rubbery, cheap, and dysfunctional - but worth plopping down nickels and dimes to win. Goldfish in tiny bowls of colored water, won by landing a ping pong ball in the bowl - dead within a few days. Fresh bread from an italian bakery - buy two loaves on an errand, and half of one would be gone by the time you made it home.
Stickball in the street. Car door handles as first and third base. Sewer plates as home. How touchball in hte street miraculously never shattered windshields, but put plenty of dents on hoods and chrome grills. Using car trunks and hoods as stadium seating. How many hours and how many games could you play with a pensy pinky. Endless arguments as to whether a pensy-pinky was better than a Spaldeen or vice versa.
How a consciousness of being rich or poor really never existed. We simply were.
Added: October 22, 2009


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Patricia Sandritter
From: Long Island
E-mail: psandritter@optonline.net

I grew up in Richmond Hill on Myrtle Ave, near Jahns. I first went to P.S. 51, then to P.S. 90 and on to Richmond Hill High School graduating in '59.
If anyone who knows me, send me an e-mail. I lived in Richmond Hill up until I moved out to Long Island in the '60's, to raise a family. I remember Jahns, which is gone now, also the R.K.O. Keiths, where I worked part time in high school, the hillside roller rink. That was great. Went many times on Saturdays. Klibby's ice cream parlor. We all went there after church on Sunday nights, or after church basketball.
I remember the el on Jamaica Ave, even the trolley cars on Myrtle Ave way before they tared it in later years. Salerno Pizza, and the Hoff Brew on the corner of Myrtle and Jam. Ave. Good days then. Seems like only yesterday. So anyone out there, who knows me, send me an e-mail. Would love to hear from you.
Added: October 20, 2009


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Bruce Olinsky
From: Concord, NH
E-mail:

Hello to all. In reading many of the posts, I was reminded of great times growing up in Richmond Hill. I lived at 95-30 132 St from 1961 to 1982, graduating from PS 55 in 1969.
Among my favorite RH memories are playing street games in the late 60s with Richie and Kenny Gelineau, Kevin Schlosser, Patty Shearan, and Peter Arato. We played every sport and street game imaginable: punchball, whiffleball, stoopball, football, roller hockey, I Declare War, Spot Monster, Freeze Tag, War, and Skully on 132 St, and stickball, handball, boxball, softball, and basketball in the schoolyard of PS 55. We had tons of fun! It was a real neighborhood in those days.
Everybody knew each other and we got along well. We even had block parties. But no matter how busy we were on 132 St, we would be sure to suspend play when the Mister Softee and Bungalow Bar trucks came. Mister Softee had the best butterscotch Sundaes! And when I had 50 cents, I'd "splurge" for the Banana Boat - literally a banana and ice cream in a plastic boat. Heaven!
Bungalow Bar had the best strawberry shortcake and toasted almond ice cream bars. We'd buy our Pensy Pinkys and Spaldeens from Jack's toy store - which we considered the best toy store in the world - walking down Liberty Ave at around age ten with not a care in the world.
1969 was a particularly memorable year. We stood along the southbound service road of the Van Wyck Exp at 97 Av and watched the Apollo 11 astronaut motorcade drive by. What a thrill for a 12 year old kid! Later that same year, incredibly, my beloved Mets won the World Series!
If it were only possible, I'd love to spend one day back in 1969, at 12 years old, playing street games again with the old gang. Anyone gotta Spaldeen on ya? Cheers!
Added: October 18, 2009


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Mary Hamel
From: Ma
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

I remember the Mohawk Rest.
Bobby Readey was the bartender and he Married Cookie Vesey. Her parents also went there. They also went to breasey point [Irish Only lol]. The waitresses were there for ever. The best meal in town and a drink was a drink.
The last time I was there was some time in 1977, right before my son was born. So many memories. Can't go back but you can REMEMBER.
Added: October 17, 2009


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: aprildale18@yahoo.com

@Paul G.: My father took me to the Mohawk a few times. I believe it was around 121st St., north side of Jam. Ave., maybe where the R.H. post office is now, or on 122nd or 123rd.
As I recall, it was very simple place with excellent home-style cooking and popular with the older RH citizens. I don't know when it disappeared. One memory tends to trigger others.
I just remembered "George" who lived near the Mohawk & Little Brown Jug. I had a lot of fun driving around the neighborhood and beyond with George in his orange Karmann Ghia.
@Danny N.: I enjoyed reading your description of the neighborhood candy stores of the past. Reminded me a lot of John's on 114 St. & 101. I don't think John ever made egg-creams but the jukebox made up for it.
Added: October 17, 2009


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WARNER GALANTUCCI
From: SMITHTOWN, NY
E-mail: SIDEPARK@optonline.net

Great stories! I lived at 105-04 131st St. from 1962-1972 just south of Liberty Ave.
Does anyone remember Picano's Deli on Liberty, or how about the massive Parades down Liberty Ave?
I remember shaking Robert Kennedy's hand in '64 or '65 at the Memorial Day Parade.
Added: October 17, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Re: Ragamuffin Day
http://www.greenpt.com/anytngftkg.htm
Added: October 16, 2009


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johnny kolb ( kob)
From: highland falls, ny
E-mail: johnnyjack55@aol.com

Hey Debbie Ryan, hope you remember me.
Just seen your sister Cindy the other night at Lenihan's 80's Reunion. How have you been, long time, nice to hear an old friends name. Johnny
Added: October 16, 2009


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paul galbraith
From: highland falls, ny
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

does anyone remember the "mohawk" restaurant east of lefferts blvd, not sure what street. my grandfather used to take me their saturday night for one of the best steaks a kid could have!
each sat night that was til he drove home one night going through almost all the red light on jamaica ave!!! he was quite old... and the end to driving. what happened to the place...?
Added: October 16, 2009


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Danny Norton
From: New York, N.Y.
E-mail:

To Ken Leonhardt,
Your comments re: the soda fountain on Lefferts and Liberty brought back bittersweet memories of how a once flourishing American tradition has sadly been vanquished to the ever-growing scrapheap of golden memories. The once ubiquitous neighborhood candystore, an oasis for calm contemplation, or catching up with the neighborhood news, has all but vanished from the urban landscape.
I remember a time when these establishments, big and small, dotted the avenues and sidestreets from one end of Brooklyn to the other end of Queens. Many mornings on the way to school in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, I'd stop at George's, a small, unassuming candystore on Jamaica Avenue and 104th St. for a 10 cent vanilla egg cream served in a 6oz. coke glass... ahh, refreshment at its unhurried best at 7 a.m.! The store was about 40 ft. deep and 12ft. wide, but somehow it was big enough for a full-size soda fountain, a 50's jukebox, and a vintage wooden phone booth against the back wall... all this amid cardboard ad cutouts from the early 50's, touting everything from cigarettes to ice-cream sundaes. And George, a short, somewhat stooped white-haired gentleman in his full white apron, quietly standing sentry to a time and place that was soon to slip from our grasp.
The years passed quickly, and I'd occasionally pass by to see George sitting in a folding chair outside the old place with his small dog at his side. The candystore was no longer operating, and it seemed that George was now content to spend his retirement quietly watching the traffic pass by. The store remained shuttered for a long time, and one day I passed by to see it had re-opened as a pizzeria. Gone were the fountain stools, jukebox, and phone booth, replaced by cheap formica tables and a pizza oven.
When I'm in the old neighborhood, I sometimes pass by and wistfully look over my shoulder... I often think it would be nice to travel back in time, if just for a hour, if just to enjoy an eggcream at the old soda fountain... that would make my day...
Added: October 15, 2009


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Deborah Ryan
From: west hartford, ct
E-mail: dhryan5@comcast.net

Looking for Betty Edele from St. Bennies and 118th street. Graduated St. Bennie's in 1970.
Added: October 15, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Jim Burke & Ken Ball:
i think we had this discussion last year about "Ragamuffin Day" on Thanksgiving. Every time I speak to someone outside of R.H. and my particular time period, they look at me like I had two heads.
But I lived on 126St and 112 St and remember using charcoal or something or other to blacken my face (no offense), and wearing tattered clothing to go around door-to-door, saying "anything for Thanksgiving?" and not having a clue why.
But in those days, coming home with a bag full of pennies, was great fun and it probably got rid of me for a couple of hours while my mother cooked "The Feast". Art
Added: October 15, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Tommy O!!!
Yes Tommy, I remember you and the good times we had as young kids together in Richmond Hill. Yeah, The Lucky Charms were great at those St. John's Lutheran Church Dances. Its great to read that you remember my playing the Organ (Hammond), which reminds me of the time that I went to Holy Child Jesus Church and played "96 Tears" and "Good Lovin'" on the Church Organ for Jimmy Marotta and Louis Pante. The Church Organ was usually locked when not in use but for some reason it was not locked on this particular day. It was a weekday and no one else was in the Church but us three kids, however there may have been an elderly lady in the front pew (my memory is sometimes shaky).
The last thing I remember hearing about you many years later was that you worked at JFK airport and that you had the authority to stop a plane from taking off if you deemed necessary. Is that true? I hope all is well with you and your brother Dennis also.
Added: October 14, 2009


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Tommy O'Connor
From: Jersey Shore Wall Twp.
E-mail: oconnorthomas79@yahoo.com

Hey Dennis, Do you remember me -- Tommy O'Connor from 110 St.
We used to go to the dances at the protestant church on 114 st near the RH/annex school and listen to the Lucky Charms.
No one could play "you keep me hanging on" (vanilla fudge) like the Lucky Charms. Although I recall you were pretty good on the wurlitzer organ yourself. Great times back then.
Added: October 13, 2009


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Ken Leonhardt
From: Morrisville, Pa.
E-mail: KenLeonhardt@comcast.net

I've been reading many of these wonderful memories and reminisces of my old home town and thought why not add my two cents and hopefully provoke a great memory for someone else.
I was born in 1952 and lived at 124-07 103rd Ave. from 1952 to 1967. In 1967 we moved four blocks to 123-03 95th Ave., where I stayed until I got married in 1975.
From 1966 to 1968 I worked for Jack and Edith Federman, who owned Uncle Jacks Toy Store. The store had several locations over the years but finally settled in on the corner of 124th St. and Liberty Ave. Hustedt Chevrolet was on another corner. Diagonally across the street was the Associated Grocery store where my mom shopped for many years. On the fourth corner was a pizza shop/Italian restaurant whose name escapes me.
In 1969 I got a job working at the large candy store (who many probably knew as el tiempo) on the corner of Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave. It was owned by three brothers, Rube, Al and Herb Eppelbaum. I remember they had an agreement with the candy store across the street that they each would be open from 5:00AM to 12:00AM (1:00AM on Saturday). The brothers would always watch to make sure the other owner wasn't cheating. I'm sure he was doing the same. The candy store was a beautiful example of an old fashion candy store of early 20th century. It had a full soda fountain (I made many an egg cream), tobacco humidors and so many old compartments, nooks and crannies.
Around 1970 the brothers sold the business and retired to Florida. The new owners Herb and Irv gutted the store and modernized it. The soda fountain was gone and so was just about everything else. It was never the same again.
I read a memory from 2007 from an old friend named Joe Cutrone. He asked why did they call 101st Ave., Jerome Ave. Many years ago (way before me) many of the streets like Brooklyn were named streets. At some point someone thought a number system would work better and changed named streets to numbered streets. Jerome Ave. became 101st Ave. but many old timers kept calling it Jerome and the name hung around. 103rd Ave. was called Kimbal Ave. and 111th St. was called Greenwood Ave. That's why the next stop on the A train from Lefferts Blvd. is the Greenwood Ave. station. I'll gab again.
Added: October 13, 2009


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Virginia De La Rue McDonagh
From: Richmond Hill NY
E-mail: dollymooo@aol.com

To Caroline Testa:
You must be the Carol I am looking for if you know me by my nickname of Ginger. I have always wondered how you were doing. It's been quite a long time and you have crossed my mind many times. I hope you are doing well and will let me know how you are.
Added: October 12, 2009


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Joanne Froehling Gojan
From: Greenville, SC
E-mail: nyjo03@yahoo.com

Reading through all these comments makes you homesick. Its been 40 years since graduating from Holy Child. We need to have a reunion. Miss all the fun times Reply Forward New window Print all Expand all Collapse all Forward all
Added: October 12, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends! How is everyone? Happy Columbus Day!
I was wondering. There is an old friend of mine from Richmond Hill who I lost touch with about twenty years or more ago. Her name was Caroline Taynor. She lived with her Mom and Dad near 101st Ave around 117th or 118th Streets. Would love to hear from her. Thanks Mary
Added: October 12, 2009


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Caroline Testa
From: Hicksville, Long Island
E-mail: ctesta33@verizon.net

I heard that Ginger is looking for me. I was married to Russ Jamieson.
Added: October 11, 2009


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Virgini De L Rue McDonagh
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: dollymooo@aol.com

To Wallace Podell:
No Wallace, I dont know any of those people as I was born at the end of 1945. But All of my sisters and brother were hillites as they went to RHHS. I lived on Jamaica Ave between 123 and 124 Sts. the old pharmacists were not there but there were two gentlemen that owned the place when I lived there. Sheldon Linet and I forgot the other ones name and I used to baby sit for him also.
If you want to contact me my email is up above.
Added: October 10, 2009


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Toby Barnett
From: Nashua, NH
E-mail:

I grew up in Richmond Hill near Lefferts Blvd and 89th Ave. circa 1960's. Thanks for the website, I really enjoy reading the shared memories.
Added: October 10, 2009


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Wallace L. Podell
From: Wrightstown, NJ
E-mail: usmc45@comcast.net

To: Virginia De LaRue McDonagh.
Sorry, I do not recall Marjorie De LaRue. I entered RHHS in 1942, and left there in mid-1945 to volunteer for active duty. Based on your address, did you know any of the following?: Fred Mancaruso, Alvin Brass, Eleanor Egener, Agnes Sohn, The Bush twins, (Marjorie and Audrey), George Boschen, Russell Martino, Gloria Mikolitsky, Rudy Bauernfreund, Irene Chamey, or Paul Sackrin? Some of those lived on Jamaica Ave. between 123d St and 124th St., and the others lived around the corner from you on 123d Street, between 89th Ave. and Jamaica Ave.
How about the store owners around Jamaica and 125th - Alex Margolis and Mr. Darco? Oh, yes, were the same two men running the drugstore next door to you that had been there forever? These two pharmacists had been there from at least World War I and were still there when I left Richmond Hill in '45.
Look forward to hearing from you again, Virginia, because most of the Hillites that post on this site do not hail from our section (North Richmond Hill). Have you an email address because I want to ask you about some of the teachers in P.S. 54 and RHHS?
Added: October 10, 2009


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Richard Earing
From: Woodbourne, NY
E-mail: EARI@aol.com

To: Bob Rainis,
Thanks for your reply about Paul Bianculli. I was able to contact him. He is doing very well. It was great talking to him after all these years. Thanks again.
Added: October 10, 2009


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Forbes C. Sutherland
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
E-mail: bfsutherland@msn.com

PS 90 Class of 1949. Lived on 116th street and 89th Ave. RH was a wonderful place. It's my home town.
Added: October 9, 2009


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Gerard Catapano (Buzzy)
From: Pinehurst NC
E-mail: cagecat@earthlink.net

Great site even though I was from East New York.
I attended F K Lane HS, then St John's College Lewis Ave. and knew many friends in Richmond Hill - Jahns and Lewis Hardware of Jamaica Ave. I did belong to the Gertz Pie Club... a great Idea and not believable in todays world... of materialism and greed. Nice to read some of the comments, very nostalgic... I miss NY
Added: October 9, 2009


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Stefanie Bruni
From: Suffolk County, LI
E-mail:

Richard Newell:
Its real nice to read that the Boys Club in Richmond Hill brings back so many good memories for you and others as well. I recall that there were so many activities there under one roof. I believe it is now called South Queens Boys and Girls Club, and still at the same location.
What a great neighborhood we had as kids growing up in Richmond Hill! Who remembers Jackson Pond being filled with all types of toy boats in the summertime?
Added: October 8, 2009


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Phil Ferretti
From: Tampa Florida
E-mail: Phil-Barb@Tampabay.rr.com

What a great site I stumbled across. Enjoyed reading these stories. Hello to all of you Richmond Hillers...
Added: October 8, 2009


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Bob Gargiullo
From: East Windsor, NJ
E-mail: rjgmbg@comcast.net

I lived on 117th Street between Liberty and 107th (and later on 116th between Liberty and 107th) from 1952 to 1970.
I went to PS 100 and then OLPH. I was recently trying to remember the stores on the avenue and I came up with the A&P (117/Liberty), Levinson's deli with the world's best knishes, Freeman's clothes store, Scaturro's market, Hugo's ice cream parlor, Rigas florists, Kresges in one direction and Woolworths in the other.
We'd go on Saturdays to the Lefferts theater to see 2 monster movies, 10 cartoons and a free bag of popcorn for 45 cents; then on Sunday we'd go to the Casino to see the same movies we saw the week before at the Lefferts but for 25 cents. If any of you guys from 117th/107th are around, drop me a line.
Some of the names would be Teddy Donnelly, Butch Medefindt, Larry Edell, Peter and Frances Fyfe, Carma Annese, Joe and Alex Faruggio, Jimmy Rhodes, Pete Adragna, George Browne, etc.
Added: October 7, 2009


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Virginia DeLaRue McDonagh
From: Richmond Hill NY
E-mail:

To Art Bornschein:
Is your sister-in-law Carol Jamieson of Massapequa Pk? I was her husband Russell's sister-in-law from his first wife who passed away. How is Carol and is she still living in Massapequa Pk?
To Wallace Podell:
You mentioned that you went to RHHS around 1945. Do you remember a girl named Marjorie De LaRue?
Added: October 7, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Kenneth Ball:
Ragamuffin Day (Anything for Thanksgiving?) was a tradition observed beyond Richmond Hill. There is nothing in Wickipedia yet. It probably originated somewhere in Europe.
I remember the rich Mr.Petri, 104-??, 128th St who would throw cash from his front stoop to watch us scramble. He and his two pretty daughters later moved to 103rd Ave where he converted two houses into one circa 1950.
Added: October 7, 2009


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

For poster Paul Galbraith:
Did you live on 112th Street between 107th and 109 Avenues during the 1950's, 60's, etc?
Added: October 6, 2009


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Bruce Olinsky
From: Concord, NH
E-mail:

To Alan Feurman:
I knew your grandfather - Rabbi Blatt of the Sanhedrin Jewish Center, that was on 131 St, between Liberty and 103 Ave, when I attended "Hebrew School" and had a "Bar-Mitzvah" in 1970 when I was 13. I believe his first name was Jacob. Rabbi Blatt was a good teacher and a good man.
Thank you for your posting. It enabled me to find this wonderful website, a treasure trove of memories of Richmond Hill! I have so many good memories of growing up in RH that I am planning to break them out into separate posts. Stay tuned...
Added: October 5, 2009


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

Hello Guys and Gals:
Getting around to the season right after Halloween where and I believe this only occurred in the Richmond Hill area, where groups of young (beggar) kids would go around the neighborhood ringing door bells and we would blurt out "ANYTHING FOR THANKSGIVING" on Thanksgiving Day and the looks from folks were HUH!! to total disbelief to what should we give them (us).
And this is the only place (Richmond Hill), in the continental U.S. after researching it pretty closely, we as kids pulled this off. Ken Ball
Added: October 5, 2009


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paul galbraith
From: highland falls ny
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

Facebook... for those of you who are unaware of it... has a nice group called Grew up in Richmond Hill?
Added: October 5, 2009


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.
E-mail: rafar63@gmail.com

Diana Wantola, Hi!, this ad is to say hello to you.
If someone happen to know Diana, please, tell her about this note, and let me thank you in advance for that favor.
Added: October 4, 2009


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Jorge Gomez
From: Florida
E-mail: virtualpace@aol.com

Hello Anthony (Palmisano), I was just looking on this web site and noticed your entry.
I went to school with your brother Paul at RHHS, we had lots of laughs back then (Sing, Humanities class, Dr Romanos class) and all of our classmates (1978,79).
Paul was a great friend and I would appreciate it if you could send him my best regards. I have been living in Florida for 25 years with my family so i don't get back to NY as often as i would like.
Please pass on my email to Paul it would be nice to hear from him. All the Best, Jorge Gomez
Added: October 4, 2009


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Peter Grimsson
From: phoenix, az
E-mail:

I was researching family tree and found out Richmond Hill, LI was once home to my newly arrived great great grandparents via Sweden / Iceland. I really enjoyed reading the history of Richmond Hill!
Added: October 4, 2009


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Tom Carvel
From: Long Island, N.Y.
E-mail:

Reading the varied comments from all who have posted here brings back such rich memories.
I grew up in Richmond Hill and spent much of the time planning how to make my escape (So, here we are in L.I. suburbia), but as the years passed by, I began to realize how unique and comfortable the neighborhood really was, and how much it had to offer.
Spent many hours after (and during) school hours perfecting my billiard skills at Fast Eddie's pool hall at the corner of 111th and Jamaica Ave. It was a long walk up a narrow, dingy stairway to Eddie's, who as I remember, looked alot like a pool cue himself, a cigarette hanging from his mouth, and a can of Bud on the counter... 3 plays for a quarter on the jukebox (same songs for years), and a pre-packaged "meat" burger you could heat up in the radiation oven... at $1.25 an hr. to play, it was a small piece of heaven... many memories of fun times never to be forgotten, and especially poignant in today's world.
Hey, Tom Feldman, saw your post here... went to HCJ with you, remember your offbeat essays in Sr. Reggie's class... bright spots in the long days with our butts glued to our seats (no gym period, remember?)... best wishes to all R.H.ers, wherever you may be...
Added: October 3, 2009


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Wallace L. Podell
From: Wrightstown, NJ
E-mail: usmc45@comcast.net

Virginia DeLaRue McDonagh:
Thoroughly enjoyed your write-up on Sept. 27th. You brought back a lot of good memories. I lived in the big corner house on 121st St. and 89th Ave. Most of my friends lived on 123rd St. between 89th and Jamaica Avenues. Attended P.S. 51 (which only went through 6B). Transferred to P.S. 54 for the next 2 years, and then to RHHS.
I remember the drugstore, the tailor shop, and the clothing store between 123rd and 124th St. However, I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1945 and, until then, there was a democratic club, a candy store, a beauty shop, and a few other stores in your block (on your side of the street). Across from where you lived, there was another candy store, a bakery, Mr. Brass's grocery, a Roulston food store, and a paint store.
Having made the military service a career, I haven't returned to Richmond Hill as often as I would have liked to. No family there any longer. Do try to get up there every few years... just to drive through the streets where I attended school; check out what was Jahn's and the RKO Keith's (Terribly disappointed with their demise); visit the Buddy Monument from World War I; and look at the outside of the house where I grew up.
Have a little travel under my belt but, Virginia, the part of Richmond Hill where you and I lived still bring back my fondest memories. In addition, the best friends I ever made were those with whom I grew up. Hope you write again
Added: October 3, 2009


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

I seem to remember buying a bike from a man not sure of his name but I can picture him in my mind with dark hair about 40 or so in age but he had very bad teeth almost gray to black.
As I recall the bike cost my Mom about 7 dollars which was not bad for a fully functional bike with new tires and tubes.
Did any one live on 104th street near 88th avenue during the late forties to the early fifties. Sid's Candy Store 104th and Jamaica Ave does that ring a bell? Ken Ball San Diego, CA
Added: October 2, 2009


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Nelson Navarro
From: Seattle, Washington
E-mail:

Hello Richmond Hill!
Its been years ago since I left to discover the Great Wild West, but Richmond Hill remained as my roots. Grew up on a deadend street on 93rd Ave. near 102nd St. Remember Carvel, 106 Park, yes The Boy's Club, hitching to Rockaway Beach on Woodhaven, and going to Forest Park up 102nd St. Great times, great neighborhood. Its been a real blast stumbling into this website which I have now bookmarked.
Added: October 2, 2009


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Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

To Stefanie Bruni
This is the first time I seen anyone mention the Boys Club. You might say the Boys Club was my second home, I might of spent more time there then my own house.
My older Brother worked at the club most of the time in the bowling alley. I learned to Bowl at the club and did pretty well later on in life becoming a Pro., after getting out of the Marines in 1970 and made a living doing it. I also boxed at the club and played Baseball.
The funny thing is I became a Director of a Boys & Girls Club in NJ and did that for 15 years before retiring to South Jersey.
I also spent a few Friday nights at the rink, great place to meet girls. lol It is great reading what everyone has to say about the old neighborhood. It was a great place to grow up in those days.
Added: October 1, 2009


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Stefanie Bruni
From: Suffolk County, LI
E-mail:

Tom Carlson:
Thank you for responding--regarding Mike's Bike Shop! I wasn't sure if it really existed or was just my imagination. I recall the driveway was strewn with bike parts leading all the way down to the basement of the house. Richmond Hill had such unique places.
Who remembers the Boy's Club on Atlantic Ave. and 111th Street or the Hillside Roller Rink on Metropolitan Avenue?
Added: October 1, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Jimmy Carillo
From: Delray Beach, Fl
E-mail:

RHHS 1969
Added: October 1, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Enjoy reading all the comments in this Guest Book and have written from time to time.
I was just wondering if there is anyone out there that has memories from Richmond Hill/Holy Child Jesus from the 1970's. My family moved from Brooklyn to Richmond Hill in 1961. My brother Paul and myself have fond memories of Richmond Hill. I was hoping that there maybe someone out there who may remember us.
My parents purchased two homes in RH. The first one at 87-37 112th St. and the other one in 1977 at 91-13 111th St.
Added: September 30, 2009


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Stanley J. Zelinski, III
From: Coventry, NY
E-mail: coventryfarm@yahoo.com

I lived in Richmond Hill and have very fond memories of my childhood there. I went to Richmond Hill HS and graduated in 1970.
I am trying to find an old HS friend, Irene Heffernan. If anyone knows her whereabouts I hope you will e-mail me.
Added: September 29, 2009


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maurice english
From: mount vernon, new york
E-mail: maurice.english@worldnet.att.net

I was not a resident of Richmond Hill. I lived in South Jamaica attended John Adams High School 1950-1951.
I played baseball against a Team called The Richmond Hill Rainbows, they had the best looking uniforms. The first baseman had all the mannerisms of STAN (The Man) Musial. But why not it was 1950.
Does anyone remember the Rainbows?
Added: September 29, 2009


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EUGENE GOLONKA
From: Scottsdale, Az.
E-mail: Gene Golonka7@qwest.net

1. Any one still here from 1947 class?
2. i have a brother and sister who graduated R.H. High in the early 1950's as follows: Norm. Golonka and Delores Golonka.
Let me know if you knew them and wish to contact. long may the "Crimson and Gray" Sail-On!
Added: September 29, 2009


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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway, ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com

to virgina:
do you happen to no where i can contact russ ogle. if so please contact me, thank you.
Added: September 28, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To: mark w young
Yes, the name of the moving company was REO. I lived there until I married in 1966. Went to Sal's M.M. all the time. You must have taken over driving for Mr. Lustberg after my friend Ed Lustberg married my wife's best friend Pat Donohue, I think in 1964 or '65. I used to ride with him in the early 60's in that red van, making deliveries.
You will notice in a previous listing on this site, that my cousin Linda, that you mentioned, passed away in 1971. Art
Added: September 28, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To: Virginia DeLaRue McDonagh,
The girl that you knew who married a Bornschein is probably my wife Rose Marie (Martello). We celebrated our 43rd anniversary this year, we have two sons and seven grandchildren.
You probably also knew my cousin Linda who passed away in 1971 at the age of 25. She had two, very young children, a girl and a boy. Art
Added: September 28, 2009


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gary lustberg
From: boca raton, florida
E-mail: www.nuinternational@aol.com

lived on 102ave in richmond hill, family of 12, we all went to st bennys. i owned nuinternational rest supply on myrtle ave and 116st. now living in boca raton florida.
Added: September 28, 2009


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John Finamore
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: jafsr196@aol.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill, 116th street, between liberty and 103rd, went to ps 100, then jhs 202, was in scout troop 662.
Ten mile river played ball at smokie park and belt parkway fields down lefferts. anyone who remembers the gang look me up via e mail.
Added: September 27, 2009


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Virginia DeLaRue McDonagh
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:

Went to PS 54 from 1950 to 1957 and RHHS from 1960 to 1963.
I used to live over the the tailor on Jamaica Ave and 123 St. Phil Teseo's father owned it and Ken Ogle was the brother of Russ Ogle. The tailors was right next to a drugstore on the corner and a men's clothing store then the K of C.
You might remember Kenny Gildersleeve that used to live on 123 St between Jamaica and 89 Ave. Maybe you might know Len and Paul Lupica whose mom was the crossing guard on Hillside Ave and 127 St for PS54. You mentioned Mrs Flegg the principal of PS54. I remember her and her blue tinted hair. My father had a path up to her office for my brother when he went there.
The name Bornschien rings a bell as a girl I know from RHHS married a Bornschein.
Added: September 27, 2009


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Christina Craven Laws
From: Virginia Beach, VA
E-mail: claws323@gmail.com

What a treat finding this website and reading about Liberty Avenue, Lefferts Blvd. We used to go to the Casino and Lefferts theaters, as well as the Jerome theater, and Crossbay theater. That was near White Castle. We did our serious clothes and toy shopping in Jamaica.
I graduated from OLPH and Our Lady of Wisdom Academy - Ozone Park. We lived on 115th between 111th and 109th Avenues. I found a couple of other OLPHers, Bob Woods, and Steven Mistretta.
I took piano lessons in the OLPH Dominican convent from Sr. Jane Francis and later, Sr. Marie Francis. Mother Benigna was our principal. My Mom, Katherine Craven taught 2nd grade at OLPH until her death in 1971.
We used to shop at the A&P on 117th street. There was a really good fish market near Lefferts Blvd., I used to hang out at Karp's, and Prueser's (SP?) - they had great Umbrella pops, and chocolate egg creams!!! Do you remember the Leo F. Kearns funeral home on Lefferts?
Added: September 26, 2009


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Mike Batthany
From: catskills NY
E-mail: nicewrk@dmcom.net

Guess I will give this another Go!
It has been great reading through these posts. It was a wonderfull place to grow up. Full of wonderful places, families, and people. Sleighriding the soup bowl and king hill (foot of entrance to forest park/Jackson's pond).
Sorry to hear SBJL is gone. Still can lookup and see the bubblegum stuck to the underside of desks, when we protected our necks from atomic bomb fallout. Protect your neck but kiss your butt goodbye! "The miracle of the red paint tears" Still awaiting canonization for Danny Lopez and myself. "Mr Welch, Mr Celeberti Please come to 4A prepared". That is still making me laugh. Sister "Big John Edmund". Boy Miss Driscoll was hot! Then again maybe we could see ankle. No we never peeked in the window of the "Imperial Room", Honest...! Joey Cutrone, cool to see your name here. Joey Ralston? " Mushmouth/Pumpkin Puss". Vauge refrences to first crushes. Wait maybe 3rd crushes.
Skitching behind the greenline buses on 101st ave. Bicycles with ballons and baseball cards between the spokes. Forest Park Bandshell concerts 'Brewer and Shipley" "one toke over". New York Rock and Roll Ensemble. Street roller hockey " 114th vs 115th" "Catch a flyers up" " automatics" "I declare war on" "Ring a leveo 123 123 123".
Life was so simple, neighborhoods were neighborhoods. Hoods were hoods. Crazy Anthony! Dan Smith Thanks for reminding me of the "Dukanes".
Hanging out at the Factory. Handball, Boxball, slapball, steal the old mans bacon, skelles ("I made a court for the kids" I'm gonna start waxing up my ballentine's and Piels bottlecaps). Sadly my kids have asked me the horrible question " what's a soda Fountain? " Was able to treat them to Jahn's before it closed. Drove passed Karp's Eric's and Winter's. Westfal,s and then the bars and on and on.
Hello to "The Smiths", "the Kenny Kids", " the Landsbergs", "the Kushners". A fond memory of Mr Kromer's ragtime piano coming through the walls next door which convinced me life without music is not livable. And Mrs Menzels cookies and... and... and... So many others "Get offa my dirt I just cleaned it", "I'll killa you neck off".
Sandlot baseball under the lights from the billboards on 115th and Jerome Ave. Running through the ragweed to find balls. I think you could take a "long cut" through the lot to get to school. Ice hockey at Jackson's pond and Victory field. Crushing pennys on the LIRR tracks in forest park. Al Victor's, Sukon's. "Apples, Peaches, Potatoes, Say Hey!" Penny candy at "dirty Johns", Gus's, Kresge's (ooh ooh jumpin jehosaphat ). Ah! the caramels, the Necco wafers. the black crows, the candy buttons, the licorice shoelaces, the candy cigarettes, the 2 cents plain, the O'henry bars etc... Affordable introductions into the wonderfull world of hypoglycemia.
So many memories so little time, vices are just too expensive these days. The vegetables stands on Liberty Ave... Levinsons and Gonif's (?) Deli and the begining of a lifelong passion for ruebens. The sandwich not the painter. The whole world of great late nite greasy spoon dining. Hello to all and keep "the hood" alive. Mike Batthany
Added: September 24, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Mike Batthany! Hi... how are you??
I think of you often from 114th street!! Remember all the fun??? I am still in touch with Susan and Margaret. Drop me an email when you can!! Hope you are well.
Added: September 24, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello All! Remembering Richmond Hill and all the good times.
When my Mom died recently, I realized they call our part of Richmond Hill on 124th between 107th and 109th Ave. South Richmond Hill. I never knew that when I was living there; it was all Richmond Hill to me. Does anyone know did anyone call it that years ago in the 50's and 60's? I don't recall that? Anyway, whatever we called it, it was home to me. Have a beautiful day, everyone!
Added: September 24, 2009


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Esther Couret
From: Monroe NY
E-mail: couret1@aol.com

Looking for a Helen Farley from 1966 who may have lived in Ozone Park NY - Also looking for a Thomas Harnett who may have known her at that time.
Very Important I contact them as this concerns a medical situation. Any leads are appreciated.
Added: September 24, 2009


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Daniel Caroleo
From: north babylon ny
E-mail: Dcaroleo@northbabylonschool.net

any caroleo's e mail me
Added: September 24, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

art bornschein was your moving co or building across from sals meat market? if so, i worked their and so did my older brother bob and my first cousin ed killip witch went to ps 57 and i went to rhhs and graduated with a linda bornschein in 1965.
after working for sals i would drive the truck for mr lustberg because greg was to young and i had a license. their business was dealing with kitchen supplies and bar room supplies. and dave you graduated with thomas dougherty. thomas lives in ga.
as i write they got flooded today. i still keep in touch with him when i was living in n.j. dian momo got in touch with me and we had a reunion than you were their and so was your cousin maureen ross but you didn't mention any thing about groulings bakery across the street. the smells would just keep me awake and molleys across the street witch was one of many candy stores in the neighborhood. and i can't forget beermans deli, best german potato salad.
and marty peshler i wish i could make it but to short of notice one of these years i will show up. i have to say goodbye for now. mark young
Added: September 23, 2009


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Fran Kusterbeck (now Taylor Banaszak)
From: Bronx, NY
E-mail: Taylor95@rocketmail.com

Jodi: I remember Joe The Ice Cream Man!
He used to deliver to us on 95th Avenue and 108th Street... I lived there from 1977 to 1983. Lived in Ozone Park before and Howard Beach after before moving to the Bronx. Whatever happened to Joe? Does anyone know? I think of him quite often... he was a sweetheart.
I remember hanging out at ps 62 and the Carvel on Atlantic, the handball courts on Atlantic and 104th... but mostly I remember the Casino Theater on Liberty, the Crossbay and the other theater in Woodhaven on Jamaica. Went to Gate of Heaven then Stella Maris in Rockaway.
I do real estate appraisal work now and every once in a while will drive through Richmond Hill. We lived at 108-11 95th Ave (the house where crazy Al hung himself in the garage... I found out years later). It's changed so much and I often wonder if the people who live there now find it as charming as I did.
The people I recall most is Steven Mucci, down the block... Billy Powell around the corner... the Eagan's on 108th Street, the Furci's across the street... Ms. Patricia's dance studio down the block...
Added: September 23, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To George Pett:
Sorry for the previous misinformation, but I attended P.S. 53 from '52 to '54. The old wooden school on 114 St. betw. Atlantic Ave. and 95th Ave. But all the rest is accurate. Art
Added: September 23, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

To: Mike Batthany
I do my utmost to post all entries in a timely manner. If your post does not show after some time, its possible that it somehow slipped into the Spam filter and was lost. Not sure. Please try again. However, for some reason your inquiry got through onto the Guestbook. Sorry for this inconvenience.
Added: September 23, 2009


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Mike Batthany
From: Catskills NY
E-mail: nicewrk@dmcom.net

Hello, is there a reason my posts wont post? Mike
Added: September 23, 2009


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TOM BLANK
From: Suffolk NY
E-mail:

Jim Burk- I went to St Teresa's before they had a school, remember Father Sullivan.
Bobby lived on 132 and Jerome, and I would cut through the alley behind his house to go to PS55. I moved out on the Island in 8th grade, so I lost touch with most of my friends. I believe that when you made a friend in RH you kept them forever.
Added: September 23, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Bernadette Fitzpatrick... was your brother gerard, and is he still alive... hope so... he was best friends with herbie penner.
we use to hang out together at forest park... along with the corner of 110 st...
Added: September 23, 2009


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Joe Arcese
From: 57 school yard
E-mail:

This message is for Diane Gonzoles...
Diane I need your email address... The reunion is on for Oct 17. Dont know how I found here, but I did... Hope you get this message.
Added: September 22, 2009


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Tom Carlson
From: Monroe, New York
E-mail:

To Stefanie Bruni:
I remember Mike's Bicylcle Shop, if I remember correctly it was about 2 houses off the corner, dirt/gravel driveway leading to the basement entrance around the back. I used to go there in the early 70's. Mike used to talk about opening a shop up on the avenue (Jamaica Ave).
Added: September 21, 2009


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johnny kolb (kob)
From: bellrose, queens
E-mail: johnnyjack55@aol.com

to Joey Hanrahan. Great site, how are you Joey.
I used to hang out with your brothers Eddie and Marty all the time at your house, lots of great memories.
Added: September 21, 2009


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Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, NJ
E-mail: Dwoh61@gmail.com

Graduated st bennies in 61. In the late 50's and early 60's lived on 101st ave between 127 and 126th streets.
Early friends were denny and ray, lived on 101st ave between 127th and 126th street apt above knitting mills from 50's to early 60's.
later moved to 126th street near 95th ave close to smokey. freinds were denny and ray burke, keith thomas, roger scotto, and cousin maureen ross.
Played stickball on 126th street between 101st and 103rd ave. Played fast pitch at smokey against the handball courts. Played lots of basketball and hardball at smokey.
Freinds from st bennies included rocky and frank romano, bill goetz, henry binger, frank meierdierks. And many more fond memories of some special people at a unique time in our neighborhood.
Added: September 21, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net or abornshe@williamsburgva.gov

To George Pett:
Hey George, I don't think we met but we were probably in P.S. 54 around the same time. I was attending there from '52 to '54 until we moved from 95-35 112 St to 125-03 101 Ave. (Jerome then).
I see from your response that Eddie (probably my older brother) e-mailed you about Russ Ogle. Russ lived on 123 St between 89th and Jamaica Ave. I spent a lot of time on that street from '58-'60 with John Shute, his mom was a Chiropractor on that street, two doors from the Ogles (Russ had a younger brother also).
I also remember a Phillip whose dad owned a store near the corner of 123 St. on Jamaica Ave. (I think it was a dry cleaners or a drug store). It was next to the Moose Lodge. You may have known Ann Marie Alfano from 124 St. She made my "heart" thump a lot. She eventually hung out in Van Dolen Park and was going out with a guy who O.D'd later on.
Then there were the Russo's on 123 St., Joe I think and a "foxy" older sister who was going out with the body-builder "Fitz" from R.H.H.S., a year or two older than I.
Added: September 21, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Tom Blank - Lefty (Adrian Wayne) lived over the store at 132nd & Liberty. His younger brothers, Jeffry and James went to St Teresa's with my little sisters.
I remember now double dating with Bobby Gunn before he went away and how we talked about him in J&J's when he came home and got a great job. Dickie Farnsworth's brother-in-law wrote me that he died after retiring from Transit Police. Do you remember Janie Lorino (sp?) in the candy store next to the library?
Added: September 21, 2009


Submitted by Comments:
Carol Outram nee Gibson
From: Maryland
E-mail:

Bernadette Fitzpatrick - what years did you go to St. Michael's?
Added: September 21, 2009


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Paul Galbraith
From: Highland Falls, NY
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

We just had a "mini" reunion for the HCJ class of 1970 at Niles Restaurant in NYC, and had a blast!
I recommend all of you trying to organize a get together where you can laugh and talk about those days when we had not a care in the world!
Added: September 21, 2009


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DOUG PALMA
From: Floral Park N.Y.
E-mail: Douglas.D.Palma@usps.gov

The p.s. 57 Schoolyard reunion is being held next month.
Anyone interested in attending should go on the 57 Schoolyard Facebook Wall for info. Looking forward to seeing my old friends.
Added: September 21, 2009


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HARRY FIUMARO
From: Southold, New York
E-mail: BOHACK@aol.com

Great site. Love reading it every week. My name is Harry Fiumaro (PS 121 '57, Adams '61) and grew up on 133rd St and 111th Ave. Married Ruth Koehler (Adams '61).
Still friends and see often Adamsites Pat La Vaca ('61), Virginia Carey La Vaca ('61), Ruth Litt ('61), Neil Napolitano ('61), Frank La Vaca ('62), George Esernio ('61), Meredith Fordham ('61), Dr. Roy Orlando ('60), Ralph Dramstad ('61), Esther Springer Jollon ('61), and Ed Jollon (RH '62).
Saw at a reunion last year Tom Colleti, Bruce Squilla, Donald Cassamassa, Hank Hilbert, Bob Olivia, Tom Sowinski, Ray Morrisey, Dennis Winters, Bradley Fordham, Charlie Krauss, and Danny Fogarazzo.
When I drive through the old neighborhood, such wonderful memories come to mind.
Added: September 21, 2009


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joseph hanrahan
From: Long Beach NY
E-mail: JDEROAMER26@verizon.net

wow! richie massey- johnny kolb all my brothers and sisters are all alive, half in fla. and half all over ny.
kevin sebald died not long ago. i was at my brother gregs house and just finished eating. the door bell rang. i was asked to answer it. there were two people in grey uniforms and then i realized they were state troopers they wanted kevins wife. he was at the javits center at a vendors show for a couple of days. he dropped dead at the end of the show.
Added: September 21, 2009


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TOM BLANK
From: Suffolk NY
E-mail:

Recently started e-mailing Joannie, Richie was murdered about 20 years ago. Bobby Priess died in Vietnam, an Army Ranger I believe. Bobby Gunn died in Uniondale, he lived on Jerome Ave. and 132nd, and you know about Dougie.
Lefty did play with my cousins. I think he lived across from Ryan's on 132nd and Liberty.
Added: September 20, 2009


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JOSEPH M HANRAHAN
From: Long Beach NY
E-mail: JDEROAMER26@verizon.net

Great site, many memories.
Marty Peshler, Pete Wolffinger, so far on my new discovery. I attended SBJL in protest but it was for the good mostly.
Added: September 20, 2009


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Diane Gonzalez
From: Suffolk County, New York
E-mail:

Hi, I would like to know where the 57 School Yard reunion is being held and when. If anyone could post some information it would be greatly appreciated ! We all hung out on 125th Street between 101st Avenue & 103rd Avenue
Added: September 19, 2009


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Bernadette Fitzpatrick Wittschen
From: Levittown, NY
E-mail: witt10n@msn.com

The Fitzpatrick Family of 110th Street had 5 kids. Eddie, Jimmy, Gerard, Bernadette and Mary (Kathy). The boys' went to RHHS and the girls went to St. Michaels' in Brooklyn.
Added: September 19, 2009


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Betty (McLaughlin) Fitzgerald
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail: lvbmcfitz@aol.com

To Tom Blank--
the McCourt Funeral Home became the McCourt and Trudden Funeral home and several Truddens are still on L.I. I have been in touch with Gene (Garden City) since he is a classmate from St. Teresa's class of 1961 and we have a group web-site with plans for a 50th Reunion in 2011. I think his brother Joe lives in Farmingdale.
My sister Ginny recently posted a note here and listed my HS incorrectly. I would have loved to attend Loughlin but since it was all boys, I went to Bishop McDonnell. Ginny was barely 2 years old when I graduated so her memory lapse is certainly understandable!
There are plans for a Bishops reunion in March, 2010.
Added: September 19, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Tom Blank- Joanie McCabe was a friend of my sister Elaine.
I remember the name Bobby Gunn but I don't remember what trouble we got into together. Dougie Horn came to in the basement of Andy Siefert's LI bar, retrieved his keys that Andy had confiscated and drove head on into an oil tanker. Dougie's stepfather kicked Andy out of the wake. Ray Horn and John Moran transferred from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Philadelphia.
Your family probably played ball with Lefty from the other Burke family. Our parents had the same first names, Jim and Marie. Our dads drank in different Libery Ave bars.
Added: September 19, 2009


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Monica Valencia
From: Dunedin, FL
E-mail: MonicaVale101@hotmail.com

Wow! It's been ages since I even thought of my old neighborhood!
Actually, my son just start 5th grade at PS 54! He's very happy there with his daddy, who divorced me 8 years ago, and his paternal grandparents who live downstairs from them! He also loves his stepmom and much older stepbrother who, unfortunately, is severely mentally retarded. Life goes on. Oh well.
Added: September 18, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

To: Bernadette Fitzpatrick Wittschen
I remember hangin' out in Forest Park with Jimmy "Fitzy" Fitzpatrick. He usually showed up at the park with Herbie Penner.
Added: September 18, 2009


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TOM BLANK
From: Suffolk NY
E-mail:

Does the name Blank bring up any memories to anyone.
My father Bill was a bartender at Baumans and Ryans. My cousins George, Bobby, and Eddie were really good softball players, I wasn't too bad either but younger. Also Bobby and Artie Brooks windmill pitchers for the Royals and Atomics.
We lived in an apt. behind McCourt Funeral Home on 130 and Liberty, and moved to 133 between Jerome and Liberty. Tommy Blank.
Added: September 18, 2009


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TOM BLANK
From: Suffolk NY
E-mail:

I found out recently that I am outliving a lot of guys I grew up with in Richmond Hill in the late 40's and early 50's.
Among them Richie McCabe, Bobby Priess, Bobby Gunn, and Dougie Horn. I lost track of them for years but the memories of growing up with them will last forever. It was a great place to grow up.
Added: September 18, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

yes remember the fitzpatricks form 100st...
there was eddie and jimmy... both went off to nam, the younger brother jerry or gerard was a friend of mine... think he died not sure... jimmy was a decorated war hero and was on the forrestal when it caught fire... great family... is this the family your talking about 110st between atlantic and jamaica... the oconnors live two houses away.
Added: September 18, 2009


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Louise Garretto
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: lmg821@hotmail.com

Bernadette! We worked at Woolworth's on Jamaica Avenue 1969-1970. Please email me!
Added: September 18, 2009


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Bernadette Fitzpatrick Wittschen
From: 110th st between Atlantic Ave and 86th St
E-mail:

Does anyone remember the Fitzpatrick Family from 110th Street. Parents- Mary and Ed. Children- Eddie, Jimmy, Mary (Kathy) and Bernadette. Boys went to Richmond Hill HS and girls went to St. Michael's in Brooklyn.
Added: September 17, 2009


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Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

Hi All, I am looking for relatives of Gustave Anderson as I found his diploma in my basement. He graduated from Comercial High School in New York City in 1907. Mary Woods
Added: September 17, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:

Though I posted this months ago and I don't have any new information, I see some people are asking about a Holy Child Reunion. Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the Parish.
I read in the Church Bulletin that there's going to be a big celebration, a "Homecoming" for all classes. There was a form asking people to send their name, address, phone # and e-mail to the Church, so anyone interested may want send their info along with a note to be contacted regarding any festivities.
I do not know of any set date yet but assume it will be in the spring or summer. When I hear more details, I will keep everyone informed, as I hope anyone else will if they hear first.
Added: September 16, 2009


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Gina Alexander
From: Houston, TX
E-mail:

I grew up in So. Ozone Park and have fond memories of going to Forest Park, and had some good friends who lived in Richmond Hill.
Hello to: Dominick Recchia, Ryan Evans, Ruthie Ridgewood, Jennifer Walsh, and Jimmy Pickles.
Added: September 16, 2009


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Richard J. Wajert
From: Bethel, Conn.
E-mail: vietvet_06801@yahoo.com

I just found this site. I see my brother, Frank Wajert has been on it.
It's probably been about 40 years since i've seen anyone from Richmond Hill. I did visit the neighborhood about 2 years ago after dropping my son off at JFK.
I grew up on 102nd st. and 88th Ave, the house is still there but a lot has changed. I went to Holy Child and the only classmate that i saw was James Bondi, we were both in the service, i was in the Navy and he was in the army. I wonder how many of the boys were drafted and sent to Vietnam, we were the right age for serving.
Would love to here from some old classmates or friends.
Added: September 15, 2009


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marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

st benny grads.
if you did not see pat goddards info on who to call for the reunion/dinner dance, you can call mary ann mazzella at 718-441-6674. the date is oct. 24th. make your reservations now.
see you there. regards, marty
Added: September 15, 2009


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Stefanie Bruni
From: Suffolk County, LI
E-mail:

I'm happy to read others remember Adam's Bike Shop as well as the other places I mentioned.
As far as the "Caddigans" bar goes, I do recall it, but not entirely sure if it was the same as the Blue Swan bar, but they were definitely on the same block. It would not surprise me if they existed on that same block at the same time.
I also recall a "bike shop" in the basement of someone's house. It was quite an operation and I think I went there for some bike parts with my brother. It was kind of like a junk yard for bicycles and the owner also repaired bikes. Not sure but I think it was somewhere like 107th Street and 89th Avenue. Maybe the name was "Mike's Bike Shop"? Anyone recall such a place?
Added: September 14, 2009


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George Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net

WOW! There are some PS54 people out there! After only two days, I received a couple of E-Mails from two of them! Thanks Wally and Eddie, I don't feel so lonesome now.
First, Eddie, I'm sorry to say I don't remember anyone named Russell Ogle, but lets put his name up on the page - who knows, maybe Russell is a reader, or someone else who knows him is!
Thanks for the Email Eddie, all the best too you! And to Wally - you sure shook some Cobwebs loose! I don't remember many folks from 127th street, except one classmate of mine, Barbara Ferrara, who's folks operated a candy store/news stand just around the corner on Jamaica Avenue.
But, I do have one distinct memory of 127th street, it was the first time I ever admired a car and it's styling, it was a Black 1951 Ford, and I was in the second grade! (silly memory I'm sure, but part of my growing up). I also recall my father, who worked for the Long Island Railroad, being called out for a terrible train wreck that happened somewhere close to there, (on a Thanksgiving eve).
I was born in '43, so I guess you are about 15 years older than me, but I remember Cohen's Paint store at 124th & Jamaica, my father used to send me there on erands (he did some painting on the side). I also remember Kronke's Ice Cream Parlor right next door (or real close) a great memory. I also remember Mr Darko's market, your right, he was a scary guy! I think it was because he didn't speak english, but he had a son named Bob who was a pretty nice guy.
I retired from the Air Force after 21 years, that was in '81, and I just happened to be stationed here in Valdosta at the time (but we love it here), and the last time it snowed here was 1989 and we got a whopping 1/4" that paralyzed traffic for about an hour! I send you an email with more info, and answers to some of the questions you asked, but for now I'd like to say thanks for your response -Semper Fi Wally - God Bless to all.
Added: September 13, 2009


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marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

to all st. benny graduates.
make your reservations for the farewell dinner dance. it is one party that i am sure you will never regret attending. i can't believe that it is 25 years since i organized the reunion [with bob hoffmans help] for the 1964 graduates. time does fly. let's have a great turnout from all years and especially from the '64 grads.
please feel free to e-mail me and let me know that you will be attending. hope to see you there. p.s. mark young--- i hope that you will be attending. you were definitely part of my memories from all the great times at 'mickeys' and i do talk to anton shipman [the bulls] every week.
Added: September 13, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Does anyone remember the Imperial Room on 101st ave and I believe 115th street? The windows were blacked out but there was always a scratch to peek through!
I remember a lot of the boys would peek through because they allegedly had topless dancers!! Raunch in RH? A long time ago!!!
Added: September 13, 2009


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

George Pett, yes I remember the Sugar Bowl and on 112th street was Adams Bike Shop the Schwinn Bicycle Mecca where I must say I stared the paint off many of the Black Phantom top of the line bikes with a lock in the top of the fork and front and rear lights made I think by Delta and a leather almost motorcycle seat. I did not get one all those years ago but I now own two Phantoms, one with a three speed Sturmey Archer shifter and one with a two speed kick back rear wheel made by New Departure. George you must remember the Deli right next to Richmond Hill Savings Bank they had the best potato salad, Rye Bread sandwiches, any kind and also great clam chowder by the cup. Remember Tex Foster's Hobby Shop, a cool shop on Jamaica Ave between 104th and 107th streets lots of fun things to look at. Last memory Tenenbaums Hardware store they carried Lionel Trains. Ken Ball
Added: September 13, 2009


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Kathy (Cali) Silvis
From: Seaford, NY
E-mail: reen727@hotmail.com

I graduated SBJL in 1962 and would have loved to go to the dinner on Oct 24th but that is my son's wedding day.
If anybody who graduated that year is going I would love to hear from you. Already heard from an old friend (Mary Hamel Theall). Some of the names I remembered were Ann Angrason, George Shellenberg Tommy Aiken, Butch Aliberti, Judy Vallone, Frankie Romano.
Added: September 13, 2009


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Valerie Schweidler Selwyn
From: Morristown, NJ
E-mail: val523@aol.com

I attended HCJ from Kindergarten with Sr. Carole who always threatened to send us to the West Indies if we were bad. In First Grade we skipped to 2nd in January for some reason. I graduated in 1964. I remember in 7th grade we had a magazine drive or something competitive and the nuns had a fight throwing erasers and chalk at each other in the classroom in the middle of a school day.
I also remember marching in every morning to the Sousa marches. I always think of that when I hear that music. I also remember watching the parades on 86th Avenue.
My grandmother, named Betty, worked for Gebhardts. She lived to 99 and only died after falling backwards down the stairs in our old Victorian.
Added: September 12, 2009


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Virginia McLaughlin Maher
From: RiverVale, NJ
E-mail: maher563@hotmail.com

Enjoyed reading the guestbook!
I'm the youngest of seven siblings raised in RH. We (Betty, Bill, Peggy, Tom, Jim, Dan and Ginny) attended St Teresa of Avila in the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Dan and I finished up at HCJ when we moved from 133rd St and 105 Ave to 116 St and Myrtle Ave. We all went to different high schools (Loughlin, Regis, MaryLouis, Edison, August Martin, RHHS.
Our parents, Bill and Marge were very active in the community (PTA, Rosary Society, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts). Dad passed away in 1979 and I'll never forget the turnout at his funeral. I was only 17 then and was very moved that so many of his former Scouts came to pay their respects after not having seen him for years. Our Mom is going strong at 84.
I miss the neighborhood atmosphere in RH - we don't ever seem to walk anywhere anymore. I married a neighborhood guy - Steve Maher from 102nd Street (HCJ 73). We've been married for 17 years and counting. We crack each other up with the stories we tell each other about growing up in RH. Whether our memories are accurate or not is up to debate but that doesn't matter so much to us.
The best stories are not suitable for the public. They start with "We were drinking beer in the park and...." or "Someone stole a jar of lambs eyes from the biology lab and took some Krazyglue..."
I miss drinking with my Lithuanian friends at Glenn's and at the Hofbrau House (you could drink at 18 back then). I miss riding my bike everywhere. I even miss the nuns - they did right by me.
My sister pointed me to this site because someone mentioned working at Cunningham Pontiac on Jamaica Ave. I worked there from about 1980-85 while attending Queens College at night. The Cunnigham brothers treated me well and later sold me my first car - a light blue Sunbird I also miss.
I remember just being proud that I was working my way through college and I bought the car with no help from anybody. I remember driving up to Kew Gardens to give my Mom a ride home from the subway with my brand new car. I felt so grown up!
Thanks for the memories!
Added: September 12, 2009


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville Florida
E-mail: rafar63@gmail.com

Diana Wantola if you see this note please email me, I want to know about you. it has been a long time, 1973-2009.
Added: September 12, 2009


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George Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net

Am I the only person in RH who went to PS54?
I remember all the same places most of you do but I am baffled by the almost total absense of former PS54 students!?! I had some great teachers there, especially Mrs Johnson ca. '53-'54, and Mrs Todey who used to read to the class. The Principle "Mrs Fleig" was a Nazi War Criminal I'm sure, and no one ever had a happy ending to a visit to her office! (I still have scars!)
I remember an Ice Cream spot on Jamaica Avenue around 118th street called "The Sugar Bowl" does anyone else remember that? It was a very popular place in it's day! I remember the Bicycle shop on Jamaica Avenue, but I remember it as "Johns Bike Shop"?! I think it was on the opposite corner from the Fish Market where we used to get really great french fries.
I lived on Jamaica Ave between 125th and 126th streets, and our attractions were Pagano's Candy Store, Magno's Fruit and Vegetables, Barney Theisens Deli... I lived at 125-18 Jamaica Ave, and it burned out sometime after we moved, even now on "Google Earth" it is still a vacant void!
Like most of you, I have very fond memories of my childhood and youth in Richmond Hill, and although I live in south Georgia (where it's much warmer) and have lived here, now, longer than any other place I have ever lived, I still consider RH, Queens, New York as "Home"! So, with a tip of the hat, and a "clink" of the Glass, I salute my old friends, and also the new ones I find visiting and writing their thoughts and memories in this "Virtual Richmond Hill".
May all of you experience great Faith, bright hope and God's love... thanks to you who maintain this website, you rock!
Added: September 11, 2009


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Valerie Schweidler Selwyn
From: Morristown, NJ
E-mail:

I used to live on 108 street across from PS90.
I graduated from HCJ in 1964. It was a great neighborhood. We always used Lemke the Plumber too. We went to Jahns and loved the kitchen sink. Forest Park has no duplicate. It was a great place. Will HCJ be having a 1964 reunion?
Added: September 11, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

yes steph, remember all of them...
how about sweeties on 102 st, or frairs on 107 st... and my favorite hang out glenns... then onto regents row... great neighborhood.
Added: September 11, 2009


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michael wilson
From: califonia
E-mail: tils@pacific.net

My family is from the Richmond Hill area. I think maple to be closer. My grandpaa was dick wilson wo was a school bus driver for for a very long time there.
If anyone remembers the family I would like to here from you. Grandpaa passed in the eightys but ran a trucking buissnes in the early 1900s.
Added: September 10, 2009


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Dan Masessa
From: Maine
E-mail: msgmasessa@yahoo.com

I remember a bar across the street from the Triangle Hofbrau. I believe it was called Cadagins? Did it change names to the Blue Swan?
Added: September 10, 2009


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Stefanie Bruni
From: Suffolk County, LI
E-mail:

This is to follow-up my previous queries:
The Blue Swan was one of the many bars along Jamaica Ave. near Lefferts Blvd. It was across from the Triangle Hofbrau. I never went inside but somehow I recall there "eerie" or "electric" blue lights. I recall a local plumber named "Lemke the Plumber" who had a beatup rusty looking brown truck with that name on it with a picture of a wrench. I believe his office was on 102nd Street and Jamaica Avenue. I also remember an Adam's Bike Shop that I think was located on the corner of 112th Street and Jamaica Avenue.
Who remembers these Richmond Hill "obscurities":
Triangle Bowling Alley, Chords Ice Cream Parlor, and Cunningham's Pontiac Car Dealership.
Added: September 9, 2009


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Patty Flynn Daly
From: long island, ny
E-mail: dalydigger@optonline.net

I was actually looking up St. Benny's phone number when I came across this website! I'm so sorry that I did not find it sooner! There was no other place like Richmond Hill!
I remember Chester's candy store around the corner from me on 111th Street. You could get any kind of penny candy you wanted. Nick and Jim the Butchers... Stanley's Supermarket.
Everyone that I have spoken to recently is going to the SBJL dinner dance in October. I just spoke to Miss Mazzella the principal and she said she is getting a lot of responses. It should be a great night filled with great memories. Hope to see you all there!
Added: September 9, 2009


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paul meyers
From: phx., az
E-mail: meyersraiders68@msn.com

come across this site, see some familar names.
hellers, lavaglio, healey, ranis. many generations of fomer richmond hillers/hcj resident. brings back many good memories.
sister loretta aka the flying nun would have my hands out waiting to hear from the yard stick for the spelling. lol
Added: September 7, 2009


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego
E-mail: Knkball@att.net

Hello, Art Bornschein brought back some distant memories from back in the early fifties.
Does anyone remember a Dr Stanton, who had an office on 104th street, not to far from Park Lane South. I remember he had a closed in porch which my Mom and I sat in a waiting room of sorts in contemplation of one of my first vaccine's, oh joy.
Dr Stanton was a nice person to my recollection. This also brought up the memory of attending PS 66 and having the Dental Hygienist come into the classroom to herd a group of unfortunate students on a class trip to the "92nd street Clinic" a place which still after all these years strikes fear in the memory bank of my youth. Fifteen Dentists no waiting what joy!!!!!
Anyone who is now practicing Dentistry would have not done so after one visit there. The U S Air Force, in Biloxi, Mississippi had a similar "Clinic" with, Dr Headlock who did not believe in numbing the tooth before drilling. The good Doctor found out that a, 120 lb 6' 2" skinny kid from New York, could be quite a bit stronger than he perceived me to be.
Barbers, remember 20 barbers up and down Jamaica Ave. no waiting 25 cents for kids. It did not take us long to figure out who the good ones (barbers) were from the bad, also remember the "Green Hair Tonic" I seriously think they were experimenting with glue for the "Space Shuttle Tiles" early on, you could put this stuff on your hair, let it dry and have your own protective hard hair helmet, LOL!
I am glad and proud to say I grew up at least part of my life in Richmond Hill, Queens New York. I am also sure all who write here share the same sentiment.
Still looking for Nancy Hecht, Ronnie Saxon, Sherman Singer, Marie Bruno and Christine Krasner, say hello now. Health to All, Ken Ball Sunny San Diego
Added: September 6, 2009


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joann cutichio rodecker
From: east islip ny
E-mail:

does anyone remember Jamaica Vocational H.S. on 165th street and Hillside Ave.? I went there from 1961-1964.
I don't remember all the teachers but I do remember Mrs. DiPaola for biology. My friends Arlene Garand, Susan Berman, and Margaret Marpman. How about the annex 2 blocks away. We left class early to get to our next class there. I think they tore the annex down and built Hillside H.S. Does anyone remember Mrs. Beanie, our gym teacher?
Added: September 6, 2009


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Laurie Harris-Feliciano
From: Poconos, PA
E-mail:

Visited website and enjoyed reading and recognizing some names. Graduated RHHS 1974. Family lived by Smokey Park from 1940-1995. Hello to all.
Added: September 5, 2009


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Stephen Hellers
From: Rockland County
E-mail:

Does anyone remember the Long Island Press office on 112 St. off Jam Ave. I know Dougie Flynn will recall it--lol.
Added: September 5, 2009


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net

Hi Stephanie.
For a while I was stumped by Dixie Dew, but remembered it's the riding stables in Forest Park. I once coaxed a group from John's Candy Store into a ride on a half-day of school and fell off while making a turn next to Richie "the Giant". Another fond memory of survival, thanks to the Richmond Hill Guestbook.
Added: September 5, 2009


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bob rainis
From: long island
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Jonn Murly was nice enough to promote me to "Your Holiness', but us Lutherans aren't much on titles :).
The thing is Jonn said was be aware of fountain pen holders in desks because his mom told him about them. Back in the late 50's-60's we USED them at HCJ! In my years at HCJ (67) never had a 'civilian" as a teacher, just the good Sisters. HS-SFP (71) mostly Franiscan Bro's. Still bare the scars.
My old house is 4 sale on 93rd ave. Think its for about 450k, Dad bought it for 14K in 57. Bill H, yeah the neighborhood can seem like a mess. I think the baptist Church on 114th/92nd was just sold. St Paul's Lutheran 114 St is gettin' overgrown with weeds. Union Congregational changed denominations "World Ministeries??", whoever thought there would be Mormans in RH??
Things change, memories don't, sharing keeps it alive. Long Live RH.
Added: September 5, 2009


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mike palladino
From: west palm beach, fl
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net

wow... Dr Robinson... what a strange man...
Believe it or not I ran into him on singer island abour 20 yrs ago (maybe longer). His nephew was part owner of a holiday inn. He was staying at the hotel and I was a patrolman in that area. I approached him and told him he took out my tonsils when I was 5 yrs old. He did not remember me, but did remember my aunt, who was his patient for many years... he was quite strange... in a good sort of way. Very funny... I heard many stories about his antics.
Added: September 4, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To: Debbie Mohrmann Perrone,
Wow! You mentioned MY doctor. I was born in 1944 and he was treating me and making house calls since I was about 5 yrs. old. My wife was at first a little afraid of him but became a dedicated patient as was I and our two sons, for many years, even after we moved to Sayville, L.I.until about the mid to late 70's.
Added: September 4, 2009


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mark young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

this email is for stefanie bruni
everybody nows sal the cop, dixi dew. no clue blue swan, must be a drinking place, didnt miss many of the drinking holes, and lemke the plummber no clue or adams bike shop. their was a bills bike shop on 124st and liberty avenue and riight next to bills was tonys hardwear. could it be the times or different neighborhoods.
i new the area pritty good, lived their from 1946 to 1973, went to st bennies till 1960 and graduated from rhhs in 1965.
Added: September 4, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Louise k... yes bucky feldman, lol... and I still keep in touch with tony perreta from 108 and 91 ave... and its great you girls are still hot... lol... funny went by the old neighborhood last week, what a mess, but all the houses are still standing, including your old house, I still remember the deli jeans down stairs... wow so long ago... great to hear back... Bill
Added: September 4, 2009


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Stefanie Bruni
From: Suffolk County, LI
E-mail:

I visited this website some time ago and I can't believe my eyes how this Guestbook has grown! I really enjoy reading the comments and memories that everyone has of Richmond Hill.
Who remembers Dixie Dew, Sal the Cop, The Blue Swan, Lemke the Plumber, Adam's Bike Shop...?
Added: September 3, 2009


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mike hedler
From: west palm beach fl.
E-mail: mhedler@fbcwpb.org

Loise u were always so hot!!! is Miriam. hows is Miriam these days so many years praying for you and family plz. Keep in touch, may the Lord Jesus richly bless you
Added: September 3, 2009


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Louise Kirchgessner Hickok
From: Shandon, Ca.
E-mail: l9h@ccwa.com

Bill Heaney it is good to hear from you again.
Was your friend Bucky, Bucky Feldman? My sister Miriam is doing well she lives in Conn., and all us girls are still hot.
Added: September 2, 2009


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Pat Goddard Friedhoff
From: Mahwah, NJ
E-mail: patsingstoo@aol.com

Hi Everybody, was just reading recent comments -- love to reminisce about SBJL and Richmond Hill.
I sent in the reservation for our Goddard family table. We'll be 12 at the dinner dance on October 24. Miss Mary Ann Mazzella said that responses to the dinner dance are few and far between -- I was the first to make a full table reservation. Hope they don't cancel it for lack of interest so get your friends and family together and do it now.
I'm looking forward to seeing all you 'old' (I use the term loosely) friends. If you want info you can call St. Benny's @ 718-441-6674 -- Mary Ann Mazzella is still there closing up the school.
Dougie Flynn... it was me! Hope you plan on attending the dance on the 24th. C'ya...
Added: September 2, 2009


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Irene Hayes (Oliveras)
From: Orlando, Fl
E-mail: bitabok@yahoo.com

I was looking for a classmate from HCJ-1964 and I found (4).
Added: September 2, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Louise Kirchgessner, yes you did, had to think about that, but your right you did babysit myself and sister and younger brother.
My sister Colleen is retired from the NYPD, and brother Kevin is still working as a fireman in New York.
The dog was named champ a boxer... lol... it great hearing from you, hows your sister Miriam, wow you girls were hot back when... you two would stop us playing football in the street, my friend Bucky would always laugh when you girls walk by... damn he couldn't pay attention to the game... lol... but its great hearing from you... Bill
Added: September 1, 2009


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

The HCJ Class of 1970 is having a mini-reunion on Sept 12, 2009. Does anyone know how to get in touch with Jimmy Martinelli, Colleen Lehman, and Denise Sheridan?
Added: September 1, 2009


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Bill Schad
From: LI, NY
E-mail:

Lived on 130th St between 101st & 103rd Aves. Attended PS55 until 1960, PS121 until 1962 and Thomas Edison HS until 1966.
Looking to connect with friends from back then to share memories.
Added: August 31, 2009


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MARY HAMEL
From: New Bedford, MA.
E-mail: MA5HM@aol.com

Looking for any of the Jansons- Ed and Eileen, Ewrling's Lefferts Blvd, The Macloclin's Shawn, Cora, Ellen, there were 5 children.
Can't remember all the names, they also lived on Lefferts Blvd and the Shorts, they all had alot to do in SBJL with my mom Helen Hamel [Williams RHHS Grad maybe '32].
Anyone with info please e-mail. Thank you. See some of you in Oct at the SBJL Dinner.
Added: August 31, 2009


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Kathy Giambertone Rapach
From: Savannah, Georgia
E-mail: krapach@comcast.net

To those of you that want to attend the SBJL dinner dance on Oct. 24, if you call St. Benny's at 718-441-6674 they can send you the form to register, which has to be done by September 15. I have the form and I wouldn't mind faxing it to anyone (then you can make copies for anyone who wants it). Just email me and let me know. It will be in Douglaston. I'm coming up for it and can't wait to see everyone.
Added: August 30, 2009


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Debbie Mohrmann Perrone
From: Manalapan, New Jersey
E-mail: debbieperrone@hotmail.com

I am getting addicted to this wonderful site...
As I read the entries so many names sound so familiar... I am trying to put the faces with all the names but after 45 years or more my memory isn't that great.
I remember my best friend Chris Devine (who is still my BFF) and I would go to Forest Park and to all the great hangouts of RH. Another memory is putting the D in the window so the Duggan Man would stop at your house if you needed any goodies...
How many people went to Dr. Robinson (remember his orange tan)???
Added: August 30, 2009


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Robert Rosener
From: Morristown, NJ
E-mail: rosener1@aol.com

My Father owned Gus's Deli on the corner of 117th St and 95th Ave, just down the block from SBJL School.
I understand that the school is now closed but that a Dinner/Dance will be held on October 24 to honor the school. Does anybody have any definite information on how to get tickets for this dance. About 3 or 4 of my fellow classmates from the January Class of 1955 are potentially interested in going to this function.
Any information on who should I contact would be greatly appreciated.
Added: August 29, 2009


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Robert Searing
From: Far Hills, NJ
E-mail: bcring546@verizon.com

I was glad to see Debbie recently had a very nice entry to the RHHS GB. I too lived on the Richmond Hill Ozone Park border. We lived at 107-16-107 Avenue. I went to PS108 and John Adams HS and graduated in January 1947.
Looking back these were the best of years for me and my brother George. The things I remember was being able to walk home for lunch, going up to the gym on the roof of PS108 to clap out the black board erasers, and being able to walk to the stores on Liberty Ave. We did have good teachers in both 108 and Adams.
Other thoughts were the Borden milk man and his horse that new every stop along the the way, the ice man and the roofers with the hot tar. I would love to hear from any of my old friends and will be watching this Guestbook and enjoying all of your thoughts of the old days. Bob
Added: August 29, 2009


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A. ALTON
From: KY
E-mail: AIRMAN7372003@yahoo.com

Robert Elliot lived in Richmond Hill. At one time, CA. 1935.
Elliot was executioner for NYS and also nearby States. Elliot died 1939, and buried in Port Washington, NY [on Long Island].
Added: August 29, 2009


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tom feldman
From: Illinois
E-mail: tfeldman08@gmail.com

Louise Kirchgessner...
I rode on the rear fender of your bike quite a ways (ouch!) through the neighborhood, I think you and my sister Irene somehow took me along on a ride for some reason. Too long ago to remember the details. Wish I'd invented those foot-pegs bikes have now... I had to stand on the nuts (the bike's, that is...) Hope all is well.
Added: August 28, 2009


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Paul Galbraith
From: Highland Falls NY
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

Hello! The Holy Child Jesus Class of 1970 will be having our "40th Mini Reunion" on Sept 12th at the Niles Restaurant inside the Southgate Hotel 7th avenue and 30th Street, NYC.
If you have not responded to me please do so by Sept 4th so we can have a count for the reservation. Thank you and see you soon!
Added: August 28, 2009


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Debbie Mohrmann Perrone
From: Manalapan, New Jersey
E-mail: debbieperrone@hotmail.com

WOW... It is sooo great hearing all the great memories...
I lived on 108th Street across from PS 108... I was border line Richmond Hill/Ozone Park so I went of OLPH on 115th Street, South Ozone Park - they are having an all year reunion at Russo's on Sept. 5, 2009. I graduated '64 - went to Stella Maris '68 but all my friends went to John Adams's... Loved go to H&B, Winthers, 108 school yard, Valencia, RKO, Jahns, Forest Park, bowling alley, great great memories and of course taking the train to the Rockaway's to go to Fitzgerald's and McNulty's...
It was a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in and I treasure all my memories...
Added: August 27, 2009


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Barbara Procaccini Cuoco
From: Bermuda
E-mail: bcuoco@ibl.bm

To Dennis Egan:
don't know about Hilton Head but I can tell you what a joy it is to wake up in Bermuda every day. And as for Mrs Falls... no love lost there.
I think we got her as a substitute halfway thru one year when Sister Somebody had to cover for another teacher. I was traumatized!!
Added: August 26, 2009


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Dennis Egan
From: Hilton Head Island
E-mail: egand@hargray.com

Steven Chodkowski - How did you miss Mrs Falls? She was my worst HCJ nightmare. I came pretty close to getting a one way ticket to PS90 from her, although my mother probably would have sought papal intervention had it come to that.
Danny Seaman?? Think you were good friends with my cousin Kenny Sims who died in a car accident in 1971.
Suprised to see a number of Hilton Head residents on the site. Good change of scenery, ya think?
Added: August 25, 2009


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Louise Kirchgessner Hickok
From: Shandon Ca.
E-mail: l9h@ccwa.com

Bill didn't I used to babysit you and you had a dog I was afarid of.
Added: August 24, 2009


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alan feurman
From: flushing ny
E-mail: alanfeurman@aol.com

My grandfaher was the Rabbi of the synogogue called The Sanhedrin Jewish Center of Dunton which was located the first block north of Liberty avenue and about 130 street.
It closed in the 1980s due to a lack of Jews left in the neighborhood and the building was sold to the Jahova Witnesses.
When I drove by recently I saw that the old building was torn down and replaced by a new much larger building.
Added: August 22, 2009


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Maureen Connelly Cahill
From: Bluffton, SC (Sun City Hilton Head)
E-mail: macahill2@hargray.com

Hi Andy, I think I went to Holy Child Jesus school with you.
I graduated in January of 1956. I love this website... it brings back so many memories of my youth. RH was a wonderful place to grow up.
Added: August 22, 2009


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Phyllis Renda
From: Tampa Florida
E-mail: jenababagirl@aol.com

hi all, living in Tampa Bay
Added: August 22, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Louise Kirchgessner, I lived down the block, great seeing your name here, I remember you and your sisters. wow you were all a great looking bunch of girls... lol... oh well just saying hello.
Added: August 21, 2009


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Jimmy Ferguson
From: Portland, Maine
E-mail:

Our family moved from Bklyn to Richmond Hill during 1950's. We lived off Atlantic Avenue and 115 St. I relocated to Maine in the 1960's as a carpenter and painter for summer vacation homes. I have great memories of Richmond Hill and all the "trouble" I caused as well.
Added: August 20, 2009


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Andy Brislin
From: Fort Mill (Tega Cay) SC
E-mail: wppss123@aol.com

Ironically my brother Joe, a graduate of Chaminade HS found this site. I attended Chaminade HS two yrs and then RHHS graduating in '60. We lived on 120st between 85th ave and Hillside ave.
My grandparents lived right around the block on the corner of Hillside and Lefferts. It was great having my relatives so close. If I was in the doghouse I could just go around the corner. I guess I spent a lot ot time there.
It has been fun reading about peoples remembrances and I hope to visit the site frequently.
Added: August 20, 2009


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George Tsourounakis
From: 86-51 104th Street Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: coolieman789@gmail.com

I was wondering if there was a murder at 86-51 104th street before i lived there because ive lived here my entire life and in the basement i get a terrible vibe and i would seek any info about terrible happenings in my house.
Added: August 17, 2009


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Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

Reunion Reminder Richmond Hill Friends Reunion -- Saturday, October 17, 2009 American Legion Post #948 at 2730 Royle Street in Bellmore, New York, 11710. Starting at 5:00 pm to ?????????
If you were a member of the Nations or hung out at the Richmond Hill High School or Forest Park or played football on the Richmond Hill Vikings or Charges football teams this reunion is for you. This is not a School reunion but a reunion for old friends from 1961 through 1965.
Richie Kreppein, Julie Kreppein (Wissell) and I will be hosting this reunion for old friends. It has been over forty years since a lot of us seen each other and it is time to catch up on the past years.
We are getting older (at least some of us are) and time is going a lot faster then we really want it to go. We have married, had children and now grand children.
The cost of the reunion is going to be $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple which will include a hot and cold buffet, beer, wine, and soda. You can bring your own hard liquor and mixes if you like. The Legion Post doesn't serve liquor.
If you are interested in attending please e-mail me at coachrich00@yahoo.com and make sure you put Richmond Hill Friends Reunion in the subject box. I will be sending out reminder e-mails to everyone. Right now I have over 30 address and if your not sure I have yours send it to me. If you have any address please send them to me so I can also contact them. Also, does any one have pictures from the past, e-mail them to me and I will print them out and display them at the reunion.
Below I have listed the address of the committee, feel free to contact any one of us. Don't delay, lets us know if you would like to attend. Remember how fast time is going and before you know it October will be here. All information and payment must be made by October 3, 2009. Thanks and hope to see you in October. Richie Newell Rich Newell -- coachrich00@yahoo.com; Richie Kreppein -- HackSquad@aol.com; Julie Kreppein (Wissell) -- Julia1950@msn.com
Added: August 16, 2009


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Michele (Coviello) Romola
From: East Windsor, NJ
E-mail: mromola@verizon.net

Graduated SBJL '71.
Thinking back about all the teachers. I have some good memories: the smell of lunch wafting through the stairway (I'm probably the only kid who loved pea soup), jumping rope in he BIG school yard, meeting and making friends I'm still in touch with, grabbing the best crayons from the center of the table in Kindergarten, and practicing Christmas songs for carroling (sp?).
The final good memory I'll write here was filling a waste basket (while in Sr. Catherine's class) with spit balls because we were helping Gerard Steuerer (I think) since he got in trouble for throwing one in class. Boy, those baskets were big.
Some not so good memories: In 8th grade, forgetting my homework notebook in my home class because I was rushing from monitoring the 1st Grade during lunch to my English class with Sr. Agnes and she saying "Michele, I never thought you were so stupid". I can still hear her voice and feel the embarrassment.
Another memory, again in 8th grade, I was called down to the principal's office (I truly don't remember why). I was on my way back to grab my books for my next class, and Sr. Agnes makes some snide comment about my needing to go back to the principal's office. There was this rule that Sr. Catherine had that if gum was found on a desk, all four students who used that desk during the day would be responsible. I had to go down to the office with (I think) Ralph Viscellia (sp?), James Moody and Gerard Steuerer and write reasons why we shouldn't chew gum in school. Such fond memories (being sarcastic).
I'd love to know where all the nuns/teachers I had are today.
Added: August 16, 2009


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george farrell
From: st. louis missouri
E-mail: mcy2@aol.com

I remember the Jewish Center/Synagogue on 117 Street well. The address was 101-54 117 Street and in the mid-1950's it was a thriving house of worship.
My family purchased our house on 117 Street from Mr. Campion who had been the sexton/shammes of that synagogue for many years and was getting ready to retire. The apartment house on the corner of 117 Street and 103rd Avenue had many Jewish families in the mid-50's and they worshipped at that synagogue.
I remember you could always enter the outer area through a ground floor door and get a drink of water from the water fountain during a hot summer game of stickball. The main entrance was one level above the street and could be reached by two flights of stone steps flanking the main entrance. It was a beautiful building as I recall.
I am embarrassed to say that we used to play cards and smoke cigarettes up there because you could not be seen from the street (the local policeman, Patrolman John "Moonface" Steurer of the 106th Precinct was always on the lookout for us "hoodlums").
John... I remember well the bulletin board outside identifying Mordechai A. Stern Rabbi as leader of the congregation. I figured he was a tough guy who brooked no nonsense!
Sadly, the Jewish families gradually moved away and the synagogue fell on hard times and eventually closed.
Added: August 16, 2009


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Steven Chodkowksi
From: upstate ny
E-mail: nysrestrooms@gmail.com

Jeanine Rainis-Klein: regarding Mrs Falls.
Like i said, my brother david seemed to like her but i never had any love lost 4 her. times were different then but they could have been more respectful of the kids. I do a lot of writing, its the typing i have a hard time with but i did learn good grammar and writing from them, but also learned that's not how you treat people.
Janine, i am sure you have manners in spite of or is despite Mrs Falls. Hey two things to all those that contribute here, you can easily get a free email address at gmail so we can private message you and you could still remain anonymous. it is very easy and i am sure some wish they could email notes to you.
Also, i am sure, i am absolutely sure 100% sure, without any assistance at all, i can quit this site anytime, i am just not ready to right now but any day now i will stop visiting it. is any one else as sure as i am of this??
Added: August 16, 2009


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Nancy Greene
From: Woodbourne, NY (Sullivan County)
E-mail: bohicabowler@yahoo.com

Wow, talk about memories. My husband and I lived on 115th Street between 101 & 103 Avenue.
I distinctly remember the Imperial Room bar on the corner of 101 & 115. We used to hang out at Buff's Lunch candy store on 101st just off Lefferts Blvd. We used to park in the bus stop outside.
We had a Carousel ice cream truck along with our best friends, Mary and Bob Luna. Two of our children were baptized in St. Bennie Joes on 117th Street. Lots of great memories from that time frame/area.
Added: August 15, 2009


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Margaret Cooper
From: Charlotte, N.C.
E-mail:

Who knew? A one-stop-shop of memories. Thanks to everybody!
Grew up near Forest Park on 85th Ave. and 102nd St. during the 60's.
Added: August 14, 2009


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DR JOHN RODGERS
From: TERRA VISTA, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

Noreen, I remember the Jewish Center, it was on the even number side of 117St. between Jerome and Kimball (101 and 103 Avenues).
The reason that I remember it is that I have always been struck by the message that was on the outdoor bulletin board (probably in the early 1950's).
It read: (name of the Jewish center) Mordecai A. Stern, rabbi.
To a "goyisher" kid of the times, I wondered if he really was a stern rabbi, or a "mensch". I picked up the "Gaelic" words later on in the 50's working in Rosenblum's Pharmacy.
Added: August 14, 2009


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

Your Holiness, pastors don't say that? Horsefeathers!
I have known many a pastor to say worse! not in a sermon, mind you, but in private. believe me, I know, I am a seminary graduate.
fountain pens? reminds me of the desks at P.S.100 back when I was there in from '58-'62. never could figure out what the lidded holes in the corner of the desks were about, then Mom (went there, too) told me. I was intrigued.
Added: August 14, 2009


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frank mauro
From: ozpk
E-mail: frank.mauro@dhl.com

sorry bob, here's an email address u can reach me at.
Added: August 14, 2009


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bob rainis
From: Long Island/Bronx
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

I can't believe that my sister is carrying on private conversations on this site :), that's what Facebook is for (dangling preposition, HCJ nuns wouldn't like it).
Since Frank Mauro didn't post a e-mail address, I too miss your uncle Gerry (Murtha), sad to hear that your grandfathers house on 114th was hit with a fire. Glad to hear about 'some" HCJ reunions. Maybe we could do them by decades (for PS90 grad's that means every 10 years). But for all the katlick's who went to public school, we who went to HCJ remember 1/2 day's on wednesday's "Release time", now that I think of it, one of youse stole my fountain pen (yehp-fountain pen) then we graduated to ink filled cartridges, then ball point.
Celebrating 40 years since WOODSTOCK, no I didn't go but my friend Eugene carried his tix in his wallet until recently, threw it out, what an AH (sorry, pastors don't say that).
Added: August 13, 2009


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jeffrey bates
From: newburgh n.y.
E-mail: cinbat2@aol.com

Hellow Dennis, you left me a message on uarereunited but I can't get the messages. I am not a paid subscriber.
I hope you had a nice vacation. I think I found Mike Deegan in Florida. He said it wasn't him when I spoke to him and that he was from Burgen N.J. His photo from his job and his job bio tells me it is him.
I just can't understand it and I am upset, but what can you do.
Email me if you have a message. Your friend Jeff...
Added: August 13, 2009


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Noreen Goldsmith
From: Long Island
E-mail: ngshoes@optonline.net

I am looking for any photos or info on Jewish Center of Richmond Hill, 117th St / 103 Ave, or Rabbi Nathan Kops. Thanks.
Added: August 13, 2009


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

I will never get the Holy Land out of my blood, back in May of '62, my family went to eat at a restaraunt on Liberty Ave. I think it was called Caroline and Kenny's, or at least, those were the names of the owners. does this ring a bell. I was only ten at the time, so I have few details. only memories of les temps perdu
Added: August 12, 2009


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Victor Chang
From: Kew Gardens / Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Great website and resource! Thanks
Added: August 11, 2009


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Jeanine Rainis-Klein
From: Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
E-mail: jam1605@aol.com

Steven Chodkowski---
We do not know each other but I read your entry and it made me chuckle when you mentioned Sister Carol and God Bless her "Sole" --and the ground it walked on, is all I could think.
I did love Sister Carol, especially when she cast me as Minnie Mouse in the kindergarten play. I mention this because in an entry I made about a month ago I mentioned this "sight" and was gently corrected that the correct word was "site". I can see all the nuns cringing as they read these entries and wonder how we passed each English grade from year to year.
Anyway, you also mentioned Mrs. Falls. All I remember about her was how she slapped me across the face when I was sent by the principal to go to the basement (lunchroom) and retrieve her. I was so excited to be sent on such an important mission by the principal that I blurted out "Sister (I can't remember her name) wants to see you immediately". Mrs. Falls slapped me and told me never to interrupt an adult when she is talking to someone.
I don't think I have ever interrupted two people in conversation without saying "Excuse me" first. Lesson learned.
Added: August 11, 2009


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frank mauro
From: ozpk
E-mail:

hey lavag look me up at christmas
when u come up well go have a christmas beer talk some war stories lol
Added: August 11, 2009


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paul galbraith
From: highland falls, ny
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

To the HCJ Class of 1970.
Things are moving along for our "Mini Reunion" on Sept 12. We have approx 15 contacts attending and want to extend the welcome to all that we may have no contact information for.
If by chance you read this and know a person who graduated from the class of 1970 at Holy Child Jesus please mention this to them. We will be posting a definite spot for meeting in the next few weeks.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Added: August 11, 2009


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Arthur Sharot
From: Port St. Lucie FL.
E-mail: amsharot@gmail.com

I lived next to Bond Bread on 92nd Av.
Attended PS 66, 90, 95, and RHHS 1944-50.
Added: August 10, 2009


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Louise Kirchgessner Hickok
From: Shandon California
E-mail: l9h@ccwa.com

What a great site, I have very fond memories of Richmond Hill.
I went to HCJ from 1955 to 1964 and than to Stella Maris High School. I lived on 109 St and 91 Ave. would love to hear from any of the old crowd.
Added: August 10, 2009


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richie lovaglio
From: rockledge, fl
E-mail: rlbomberone@aol.com

hey frankie, richie lavag.
talk to shawn brown a few months ago, ed O disappeared. also talk to fitz, told him i got a e-mail from you a while back. hope things are going well. i will be up in ny at christmas. take care.
Added: August 10, 2009


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Missy Wolcott
From: St. Pete, FL
E-mail:

Looking for Vicki (Case) Kaiser - class of '61.
If you know her, please have her get in touch with me on Facebook, under Melissa Wolcott Martino. Thanks!
Added: August 9, 2009


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Kathy Giambertone Rapach
From: Savannah, Georgia
E-mail: krapach@comcast.net

Hi everyone from SBJL! I have made my plans to come up for the dinner in October and am very excited to see everyone!
I spoke to Roseann Garretto and it was like all those years just faded away. High school was great, but there was just something special about living in Richmond Hill and going to St. Benny's.
Looking forward to seeing ya'll!
Added: August 8, 2009


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Michele (Coviello) Romola
From: East Windsor, NJ
E-mail: mromola@verizon.net

Looking to connect with '71 SBJL grads or '75 RHHS grads.
I've put together a list of the teachers I had while at SBJL. K- Sr. M. Bertill, 1st- Sr. Athenasia(sp), 2nd- Sr. Paul Marita (?), 3rd- Miss Dean, 4th- Miss Carney, 5th- Sr. St. Ignacious(sp), 6th- Miss Thibault, 7th- Sr. Catherine, and 8th- Sr. Agnes.
Anyone going to the dinner in October? I'm planning on going with some friends and maybe my sisters. My sister Barbara graduated from SBJL in '55 (I think). Rosemarie graduated in '58 or '59. I would love to hear from anyone who was in any of my classes. We can discuss our fear-based education.
Added: August 7, 2009


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ivelise rivera
From: royal palm beach
E-mail: iveliserr@aol.com

does any remember my fourth or fifth grade teacher mrs flattower if I am spelling it correct. I just turned forty, born in '69, u do the math.
I will never forget her well polished nails and her orange reddish lipstick lol.
Added: August 7, 2009


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Wallace Podell
From: Wrightstown, NJ
E-mail: usmc45@comcast.net

I attended Richmond Hill High School from 1942 until departing for enlistment in the Marine Corps in 1945. Spent the next 23 years with that organization.
Had I remained at RHHS, would have graduated in Jan., 1946. Am hoping to purchase a copy of the Yearbook (Archway) for Jan., 1946 (N O T for the class that graduated in June, 1946).
Anyone having a good clean copy of the J A N U A R Y, 1946 yearbook, at a reasonable price, please contact me at my email address on the left. Would also love to hear from my friends that I acquired while attending P.S. 51, P.S. 54, and RHHS.
They were the best folks I ever knew.
Added: August 7, 2009


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Joe L.
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Hi Jeanine, Thanks for clearing that up for me... and here us guys always thought we were calling the shots!...
either way, it was fun (and you girls were so irresistable!)... mom and sisters are doing ok, still upstate, so I don't get to see them much... leisure time is hard to come by these days, but memories are free to share... hope to hear from you again, Joe
Added: August 7, 2009


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mike hedler
From: west palm florida
E-mail:

awesome, so good to hear from so many, I remember so many faces that I thought I would never hear from. Great site
Added: August 7, 2009


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frank mauro
From: ozpk queens
E-mail:

yo whats up funzi, dougie flynn, the lavags, and anyone else who knew me growing up in richmond hill in 70s and 80s great times.
i wanna go back in time for about a week lol forest park, 62 pk, 90 pk, magoos tavern, jt ale house. anybody know about eddie obrien?
Added: August 7, 2009


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Jeanine Rainis-Klein
From: Palm Beach gardens
E-mail: jam1605@aol.com

Hi Bill: So, Colleen is a grandmother, she must be a lot older than me cause I am not yet a grandmother.
Give her my best and ask her if she remembers being down your basement and we would put chapstick on our lips w/white baby powder (white lipstick was hot in the 60's) because we were only 12 and not yet allowed to wear makeup. We thought we were brilliant and very cool.
Added: August 6, 2009


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mike hedler
From: west palm florida
E-mail: mhedler@fbcwpb.org

can any one tell me what ever happend to jimmy arleo, jimmy fitzpatric 110th st.
Added: August 6, 2009


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Steven Chodkowksi
From: Upstate NY
E-mail: nysrestrooms@gmail.com

After my last entry Barbara (Procaccini) Cuoco sent me a note and her note was more thought povoking than Barb may realize.
Some one's lower entry mentioned the movie Doubt. It was a wonderful movie because it captured the good and bad of that time. But the funny thing was, I remember walking out of the movie house and telling my wife that during the basketball scene, ALL I could do was SMELL the gym in HCJ.
Barb also caused me (I gotta blame someone) to return to this site and read some more entries... this site is addictive because as I sed to Barb those days are gone but some how they live on. Then I see names I remember and picture what they looked like then.
Dennis Eagen, I remember you... weren't you always just staying below the radar; and Maureen Whalen Boyet, I remember you and your good friend Julie Bisbee. Julie used to wear glasses as did I.
I was a big Jahn's lover, but I had always been a book reader, so I used to spend a lot of time in the Library under the tracks from Jahn's and movie theater.
I graduated HCJ in '64 and went to Loughlin. After Loughlin went to Smithtoen and then to Farmingdale cow college. I have a degree from SUNY and Adelphi. Funny thing about Loughlin, I once was having a "social" issue with a guy at work. He sed something nasty to me and I told him I went to HS in Brooklyn and he would have never gotten away with saying that in Bklyn back then... He sed "yeah who would have you in their HS" (we were not fans of each other) and I sed Bishop Loughlin... his face turned, looked at me and told me he was a Loughlin-ite, and after that we were the best of friends, every thing was put behind us, and people would try to use our dislike of each other against us and we would stand up for each other... that's kind of how RH and that era was and what it brings into this time.
I mentioned to Barb about how I felt about some of the nun's antics and I am semi-happy to read some of them here, I am not bitter, its just that they could have done a better job. Even Sr Carol, god bless her sole, I hope she spent her life happier than some of the other sr's. Mrs Falls (5th grade?) I never had her but my brother liked her.
We used to live on 116th Street up off 89th Ave. Up from the RH Tavern. Looks like on google our old house is still there but someone added some artistic touches to it.
I wonder if Schlosher's deli is still there? I told Barb that I have an article to write it is due next week for a publication of the ACM... and that is what I am supposed to be pumping out now, so I still blame Barb for diverting my thoughts to RH and HCJ. CU all lt8r, Steven
Added: August 5, 2009


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Karl Kumari
From: richmond hill
E-mail:

I live on the edge of Richmond Hill. 135 St. and 105 Ave.
Added: August 5, 2009


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Jeanine Rainis-Klein
From: Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
E-mail: jam1605@aol.com

Hi Joe: Haven't gotten on the site since I last wrote.
Yes, we did have quite the soap opera. Did you ask me out? In those days, I thought it was us girls who were so pushy that we asked the boys out. Wait, now I remember, we usually told a girlfriend to tell the guy we wanted to go out with to ask us out. Manipulation? No, just practice for the future.
How is your Mom? Please tell me she is alive and well. Odette? Lisa? Good to hear from you. Jeanine
Added: August 4, 2009


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Jeanine Rainis-Klein
From: Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
E-mail: jam1605@aol.com

Ellen: I have always wondered how to get in touch with you.
Yes, this is an amazing site and a great way to share memories and reconnect. Let me know how to get in touch w/you. I would love to catch up on everything.
It has only been about 30 years. Hope you have the time. Jeanine
Added: August 4, 2009


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frank mauro
From: ozone park queens
E-mail:

hey bob ranis; frank mauro here, gerard murthas nephew.
i miss my uncle alot, is eugene obrien ok? still in neighborhood?
Added: August 4, 2009


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Marie Carreau
From: Providence, RI
E-mail:

Found this site searching for Victorian houses. Very informative.
Added: August 3, 2009


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bob rainis
From: long island
E-mail:

Spoke to Paul Bianculli 2 years ago on the phone.
He lives on the West Coast, parents moved to LI. Understand his younger brother Chris died a few years ago.
Added: August 3, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Bob Rainis, its great to hear from you and your sister.
Wow so sorry to hear about Gerry Murtha, he and Eugene Obrien were on my holy child olympic medaly relay swimming team together... we took third place... wow, theres a name from the past...
Added: August 3, 2009


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mike palladino
From: west palm beach, fl
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net

does anyone remember the big red head guy, named Jimmy Callahan??? He lived on 101st ave. accross from Gate of Heaven.
Added: August 2, 2009


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Nancycataldi.com
From: ny
E-mail:

A memorial page has been established in honor of Nancy.
Please visit and contribute content and photographs.
Thank you, webmaster nancycataldi.com
Added: July 28, 2009


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Richard Earing
From: Sullivan County
E-mail: EARI@aol.com

I am looking for Paul Bianculli.
We went to Bishop Loughlin HS '69 together. With the 40 year reunion comming up, I have been thinking of him.
Added: July 28, 2009


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Paige Stewart
From: Boston
E-mail:

It's great to have found this website. I lived in Richmond Hill for 15 years near Metropolitan Ave & 116th St and miss the "old place". Thanks to all who keep caring to preserve its history!
Added: July 26, 2009


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Dr Frank Antonino
From: Naperville, Illinois
E-mail: drfrankantonino@gmail.com

I am looking forward to our HCJ reunion and meeting old friends and neighbors again in September 09.
Added: July 26, 2009


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Paul Galbraith
From: Orlando Florida
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

The HCJ Class of 1970 will be having a "mini" 40th reunion prior to the Church's larger event in 2010.
We are planning on either the Ale House in Kew Gardens or the Affinia Hotel 31st and 7th Ave NYC.
If you would like to attend email me back. If you know someone from the class please pass this along to them. See us also on Facebook.
Added: July 24, 2009


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Mark Kenny
From: Orlando Florida
E-mail: cflhealthcare@yahoo.com

Boy its been a while since I have been on here (8 years ago), time sure flies.
I have been in touch with many people on Facebook as they have a Richmond Hill area as well. Will check on here more often and wolud like to see more familiar names, where are the Vogels, Bennis, Mundys, Keatings, etc.
We lived on 114 st and 101 ave, the big house next to the cone factory, then we moved to 115th street and 95th ave and some of you might now my siblings Billy, Donald, Brian, Mike (Iggy), Karen, Richard, and Kevin. I have added a current E-Mail address to keep in touch as well.
So much time has gone in 8 years but still married (25 years now) 7 children ages 18/17/16/16/13/10/5 and selling Insurance here in Florida.
Boy I do miss the days of stoop bar or hand ball on the factory wall then whiffle ball or jonny on the pony and getting some Fresh stuff at Kavons. Richmond Hill is a place where you could ride you bike from Kennedy Airport to Laguardia to Smokey Park to Victory Field and shop by walking on Liberty avenue or Jamica avenue. Drinking at Al's Stereo, Lennihans, The Jug, even the Knights of Columbus on Jamica ave. Playing Fast pitch Softball on cement (my kids still don't believe me). And Enjoying the long summer nights with good friends and family.
Boy I miss the OLD Richmond Hill. Take care and hope to hear from some more of you soon.
Added: July 24, 2009


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Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: Jfredmcred@aol.com

To: Jeff Costigan
Denise Green's murderer was found and convicted. She was married and had a little girl. She was walking to visit her mother. Her murderer was at Richmond Hill High School at the same time as Denise. The speculation was that it was a robbery and she recognized him.
Added: July 23, 2009


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steven chodkowski
From: Upstate, ny
E-mail: nysrestrooms@gmail.com

It is impossible to read all the memories recorded here.
I did see familiar names (but I must admit I thought I would have known them all). Tommy and James Washington, they were the cool guys, and John Cerilo (I have a picture in my mind's eye of what he looks like now but I wonder if my vision is true. Julia Elizabeth Kreppin Wisell, I worked at A&P at the same time you did but Humpie kept me in the basement making the stock room pulls for that night's stocking exercise and then I would do price changes and wash the floors after the store closed. I bet you were one of the cute check out girls, gosh Humpie always had a thing for cute check out girls.
I remember that there was an old guy who would come in and steal food... like tuna fish cans, and Humpie used to have me and Little Joey chase after the guy and retrieve the tuna fish. Little Joey would pack my pockets with stuff and he would grab a steak and canned goods and we would run out of the store hands waving and yelling for the guy to stop... this seemed to impress Humpie... and this happened every week, the guy would round the corner and we would catch up to him and empty our pockets to give this old obviously poor guy the stash we had. We would always return to the store, with a can of tuna fish, that we took or would tell Humpie that he was gone before we could get him. Humpie bought this story every week, and never realized the tuna was tuna we took off the shelf. That old guy needed the brains Little Joey brought to the operation. I don't think I ever told this story but it is true.
Denise Destifano, I remember you, we were in almost every class with me at hcj. I did learn from this site that the Gambardellas owned a store, i never knew that even though I hung with Michael. I also hung with James Hall who I always thought was the smartest kid in the school, with Michael Gambardella a close second. It never seemed like they ad to work to hard to get good grades.
Added: July 23, 2009


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Ellen Bezousek-Gibat
From: West Babylon N.Y.
E-mail: Ejg0417@hotmail.com

Hey Jeanine Rainis from 112 street, came across site and started reading & found some familar names: yours, Lucille, and Marlene!!!!!!!
How are you, how's life treating you? It seems so strange to read about HCJ, can't beleive it, the neighborhood stores, some of the people, it is just unbelievable!!
Added: July 22, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

To: Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
Hi Carolyn, thats a real nice surprise to hear from you. I contacted my Mom, and she recalls you after all these years. And I certainly remember that Dodge Dart! Thanks for reviving good memories...
Added: July 22, 2009


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Stan Turetsky
From: Westbury, NY
E-mail: RHHS59@att.net

We are having the 50th Reunion of Richmond Hill High School's Class of 1959 on October 3rd, 2009. Classmates should contact me at RHHS59@att.net for more information.
Added: July 21, 2009


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joe cardilla
From: nassau ny
E-mail: jcrack43@yahoo.com

looking for anyone who went to st mary gate of heaven in ozone park from 62-70. i lived on 107 st between 101 ave and 103 ave.
Added: July 21, 2009


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bob rainis
From: long island
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Just a shout out to the organizers of the HJC school reunion at the Austin Ale house. Outstanding Job.
Accompanied by my sister Jeanine, I wore my "collar" for half the nite thinking that perhaps it would 'attract" some former classmates who otherwise would not have recognized the old guy. gotta tell ya, it was a 'chick magnet"... just kiddin'. Jeanine reconnected with a classmate (and Terry Jenkins-who knew!!)- and memories were flowing. Yes, my (our) younger brother is Dan, who still lives in the neighborhood. Several confessed "crushers" on Steve. I believe I was the oldest person in attendance.
Many from the late 80's + were there, us "old timers" spent our time outside. An article in today's Daily News states that Dani's house of Pizza, celebrating 40 years is offering a slice and a coke for .25! fact is, on Friday nites into the late 70's that was the price at Ponce's.
As we got older, the .25 I got from my Dad was "pooled" so we could split Gallo Port! P/T jobs let us graduate to Boone's Farm, no sharing! If in fact next year HCJ is celebrating its 100th, we should all make an effort to attend and contribute to the school and church which nurtured us. Andy Shea, Billy Heeney and all the guys you are still in contact with, Mark Rollins... where were u?
OK, seeing "Hair" with my wife of 20 years tomorrow (anny). No, she is 10 years younger and grew up on LI. To the guys planning the reunion from 61-65, remember watching ya all play ball at the Hill at nite. You may remember a short young guy who u let play the outfield. Gerry Murtha, unfortunately he died several years ago under sad circumstances.
Added: July 21, 2009


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

To Dennis Doyle, I worked part time for your Mom at the security company in the mid seventies. I think you bought my parents 1960 something Dodge Dart with a 3 speed on the column! My older sisters are Louise and Miriam, we all went to HCJ.
This is a great site and I can't wait to e-mail my sisters the link. As they say in NY, take care!
Added: July 21, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

Hey Jeffrey Costigan!
Yes, I am the Dennis you remember. However I'm from 115th Street. LOL. We had great times together with your family. Do you remember the phrase, "Put your hat on"? I still see Wendy every once in a while. I also see your sister Melanie just posted a message as well. Great to see some familiar people I grew up with in Richmond Hill in the Guestbook.
I thought for sure I would be far, far, away from Richmond Hill by now. Funny how things, and attitudes can change over the years.
Added: July 20, 2009


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Lynn L'Eplattenier
From: Oriental, NC
E-mail: sunbun19020@yahoo.com

to zelda grossman... hi... i know your momma... she taught me 6th grade at ps 62. she was my greatest teacher... i remember her very clearly... she came to long island once, when i was there for the summer, she got off the train, and i yelled at her, hello... she spent the day with me and my family... great lady... she was teaching my class the day JFK got shot... and we all cried together... it is a moment I will never forget... Lynn L'Eplattenier... please tell me how she is doing.
Added: July 18, 2009


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville Florida U.S.A
E-mail: rafar63@gmail.com

Diana Wantola, if you see this add, please email me, thank you very much. bye. Rafael 1973--2009...
Added: July 15, 2009


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Melanie Costigan Dull
From: Washingtonville, NY
E-mail: dull@frontiernet.net

Hey... the Costigan family lived at 85-19 108th Street, just 1 1/2 blocks south of Park Lane South and Forest Park, from Sept. 1965 until 2006. My mom and dad lived there, then Agnes passed away in 1994. My dad lived solo there, till sister Deborah and her hubby and daughter bought the house. Conrad (Dad) moved to NC several years later, and then Debbie and family followed.
Loved those years. Went to P.S. 90, JHS 210 and I went to Forest Hills High School... all the other siblings went to RHHS. I remember Jahn's, Gebhardt's, summer swimming lessons at RHHS, Bill's candy store, and sleighriding in Forest Park. Great times!
Added: July 15, 2009


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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS, QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com

Hi Dennis, great job with the site.
Read an old post from 2008, a woman asked if you were related to Brian Doyle who was killed by an LIRR Train. You said you were his uncle. My sister's old boyfriend, name was Dennis Doyle, grew up in Hill on 116 St.
Was wondering if you are the same Dennis Doyle I know?? Maybe or maybe not. He worked for the Village Voice for a while. Please let me know if you are this Dennis Doyle that I know. My sister is Wendy Costigan. Thanx, J Costigan.
Added: July 15, 2009


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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS, QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com

Hi, have a question...
Some years ago a young woman was murdered on 106 St and 86 Ave. in Richmond Hill. I think her name was Denise Green.
Was wondering if they ever caught the person who did it?? I was at my friend's home, right on that same corner. We heard a bang but figured it was a kid who threw a snow ball at the stop sign.
She was a little older than me, was in art class at RHHS, was in 9th grade, she was in 11th. Just wondering if any one had info about this. Please pass it on to me if you do. Thanks a million!! J Costigan.
Added: July 15, 2009


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Thomas Day
From: Tarpon Springs Florida
E-mail: tpdeeus@aol.com

I didn't attend RHHS but my brother & sisters did, I was trying to contact former student & Physical Ed teacher Joseph Chibbaro an old childhood friend that I lost touch with.
Anyone out there know an e-mail or phone # I would appreciate it.
Added: July 15, 2009


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theresa montera
From: florida
E-mail:

my grandparents lived in richmond hill for about 60 years and i grew up there for 14 years. i am curious about my old home.
Added: July 14, 2009


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Daniele Liberti
From: Gainesville
E-mail: libertidaniele@yahoo.it

HI, My name is Daniele and I'm looking for some relative here in the US. My mother Diodorina Soriano was born in a village of south of Italy (San Marco dei Cavoti) and she had a cousin living in New Jersey named Carmela Soriano. She should be around 80 years old with two sons, a boy and a girl.
My mother said that Carmela's husband (who died around 20-30 years ago) was original from the north of Italy and owned one of the most important restaurant in a city in New Jersey. Unforunataly we lost the name of her husband.
If anyone could give me some more information about them, I'm sure that a big family of Italian origin is around here and I will be pleased to get in contact with them, just to keep the origins active.
Regards Daniele
Added: July 13, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Jeanine Raines... wow... remember you, you and my sister were great friends, Colleen lives in Blue Point Long Island, and is a grandma... she retired fron the police department after 20 years and now has a lot of time on her hand... lol... my dad died a few years ago. They moved to toms river in '86 and enjoyed there time down there...
great hearing from the past... richmond hill is still a special palce in my mind...
Added: July 13, 2009


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Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

Richmond Hill Friends Reunion -- Saturday, October 17, 2009
American Legion Post #948 at 2730 Royle Street in Bellmore, New York 11710. Starting at 5:00 pm to ?????????
If you were a member of the Nations or hung out at the Richmond Hill High School or Forest Park or played football on the Richmond Hill Vikings or Charges football teams this reunion is for you.
This is not a School reunion but a reunion for old friends from 1961 through 1965. Richie Kreppein, Julie Kreppein (Wissell) will be hosting this reunion for old friends.
It has been over forty years since a lot of us seen each other and it is time to catch up on the past years. We are getting older (at least some of us are) and time is going a lot faster then we really want it to go. We have married, had children and now grand children.
The cost of the reunion is going to be $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple which will include a hot and cold buffet, beer, wine and soda. You can bring your own hard liquor and mixes if you like. The Legion Post don't serve liquor. If you are interested in attending please e-mail me at coachrich00@yahoo.com and make sure you put Richmond Hill Friends Reunion in the subject box.
I will be sending out reminder e-mails to everyone. Right now I have over 30 address and if your not sure I have yours send it to me. If you have any address please send them to me so I can also contact them. Also is any one has pictures from the past e-mail them to me and I will print them out and display them at the reunion.
Below I have listed the address of the committee, feel free to contact any one of us. Don't delay, lets us know if you would like to attend. Remember how fast time is going and before you know it October will be here. All information and payment must be made by October 3, 2009. Thanks and hope to see you in October. Richie Newell
Rich Newell -- coachrich00@yahoo.com; Richie Kreppein -- HackSquad@aol.com; Julie Kreppein (Wissell) -- Julia1950@msn.com
Added: July 12, 2009


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Susan Kummer
From: Yardley, Pa & Hilton Head Island, S.C.
E-mail:

I lived on 98th St. in Woodhaven from 1957 to 1975 when my family moved to West Islip.
Though from Woodhaven, I went to school in Richmond Hill from Kindergarten to 6th at PS66, then JHS 210, graduating from RHHS in 1973. I really graduated in January of 1973, in the library and wasn't present for it. My mother picked up my diploma. I was given the option of an early graduation or an internship on Wall Street. I chose to go on to college but missed the ceremonial passing of graduation, giving me years of nightmares that I had to return to RHHS to complete school.
PS 66 was a wonderful school when I went there. The floors were polished hardwood and there were beautiful paintings on the walls. I remember Miss Mae, the lady janitor and those grand windows in the classrooms. Remember that huge coat closet between the 6th grade rooms? Miss Zuill (scary) sent someone in there repeatedly for making "mouth noises", whatever that meant. I recall being so happy to see the forsythia blooming in the schoolyard in the spring. I was usually last in line going out or coming in when we had to line up in size order. I remember Mandy and Laura, you too Paddy. So many to recall because most of us were there all through the years. That school was my fondest educational memory. I remember when Mrs. Feingold came into our class to tell us that President Kennedy had been killed, and walking home hearing the radios telling the news.
The radios were always going, baseball games to entertain on your way. There were people resting forearms on pillows as they hung out the windows watching the streets. From the second day of Kindergarten I walked to school alone, and home for lunch in later grades.
When we drive by on the way to visit relatives on Long Island my heart always tugs to get off and drive down Cross Bay Blvd., but we never have. Guess I'm better off keeping my memories intact.
Added: July 11, 2009


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Diane Scaturro Lavan
From: 85-22 109th Street
E-mail: witchw21@aol.com

I presently live in Rockville Centre on Long Island, a town similiar to Richmond Hill. I have an old Victorian, not unlike my childhood home. It shows that you can take the girl out of Richmond Hill but you can't take Richmond Hill out of the girl.
Added: July 10, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

Dear Guests:
Due to a 1 Week Vacation, I will not be updating the Guestbook until I return on July 20th.
Thanks again for all your shared comments and memories of Richmond Hill!
Added: July 10, 2009


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Tommy Giordano
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail:

To mary johnson:
Thank you very much for your reply regarding Villa Russo's. I'm glad to read its still around. I truly miss Richmond Hill and realize its changed over the years, but hey, what hasn't. I visited Richmond Hill about 10 years ago after being away for more than 25 years and although much has changed there is still much that hasn't. I love it!
And this website, well... what's not to love!
Added: July 9, 2009


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Joe L.
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Hi Jeanine!...
can't tell you how nice it is to hear from you, and know that you're doing well... read a post from your brother Bob on this site and I couldn't resist adding my comments...
I do remember many good times we had together, as "the crowd" had its own little soap opera going, but looking back, it was all innocent fun... thought you should finally know the truth- that all the guys were upset with me for asking you out before they had the chance!... that's ok, they got over it!...
would've been nice to keep in touch over the years, but I guess we've all got different paths to follow... sadly became aware just recently of your mom's passing... remember her many visits to my house (impeccably dressed as always)- I'd leave at 7 pm, with her and my mom talking, and if I came back home before 1 am, they'd still be talking- amazing!... they were the great friends... all my best, Joe
Added: July 9, 2009


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Nancy Favilla
From: Sterling, Pa.
E-mail: deed5@echoes.net

This is for Bob Rainis:
Do you have a brother Dan? If so, we graduated together from HCJ in 1977.
Added: July 9, 2009


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Mary Jane Mead
From: Staten Island, New York
E-mail: mmead@mtabt.org

I check this site a couple of times a week, looking for old and not so old classmates from SBJL. I graduated in 1963.
I was just remembering Westfall's Restaurant at 111 St. and Atlantic Ave. As I'm sure most of you know it is Leahy-McDonald Funeral Home now.
Does anyone remember Maryann Crosby who died just before graduation. What a tragedy. Is there anyone out there who graduated with me?
Added: July 9, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello All! This is in answer to Tommy Giordano from San Diego.
Yes the Villa Russo is still there on 101st Ave and Lefferts Blvd. It is a beautful catering house now. They have some fabulous parties in there.
My family and myself had more than a few good times in there. Several New Years' Eves, a bridal shower, a baby shower, and a birthday party. Villa Russo's is there at least 37 years and more.
Such a great place and the food was out of this world! And such nice people owned it. I'm not sure who runs it now though. Regards Mary
Added: July 9, 2009


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Tommy Giordano
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail:

To Jeff Costigan:
What about Villa Russo's on 101st Ave. and Lefferts? Great Italian Restaurant in Richmond Hill. I hope its still there.
Added: July 8, 2009


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Jeanine Rainis-Klein
From: Palm Beach Gardens Fl
E-mail: Jam1605@aol.com

Jim: Thank you for the correction. It is not sight but site. Jeanine
Added: July 8, 2009


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Jeanine Rainis-Klein
From: Palm Beach Gardens Fl
E-mail: Jam1605@aol.com

After my brother Bob mentioned he was in contact w/Joe Loscalzo on this sight I had to check it out. Hello, to you Joe. We did have some great times that equal great memories.
Do you remember doing the Stations of the Cross with the "Crowd". That was quite an adventure. I hope Lisa and Odette are well, and, hopefully your Mom is doing well. Please give her a big hug for me. I do remember evesdropping on their afternoon coffee get togethers, maybe it was just to be in line for the cakes that were served.
Bill Heaney, I see you were on not long ago. Your sister, Coleen, and I were friends in grammar school. In fact, I think your dad was my track coach.
This is a wonderful sight and a great way to say hello to old friends--- so hello to all. Jeanine
Added: July 7, 2009


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Bob Rainis
From: Deer Park NY
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Marty, my "sour grapes" was in jest.
When you subbed for Ritchie at Mickey's, buy-backs were after every 2nd beer at the price of 25 cents! I dated MaryAnn Lopez for awhile and hung with the Bosley's, gavin, don swartwood, bonaguro's, o'brien. We were a "merged" crowd from the Church steps (114th St) and Ponce's Pizza with the crew that hung on 116th st (??) at the deli across from the Milk Farm. We also incorporated a crew from "city-line" and those who summered in Breezy Point. Back in '69 we held "sandstock" on the city owned beach alongside Breezy and we kept the "Rinky-dinks" busy.
Hope to see some at the HCJ reunion on Friday! pax, bob
Added: July 7, 2009


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John Parenti
From: Long Island
E-mail: Jjaypare1@optonline.net

Wow! I haven't visited this site in over a year, but I'm sure glad I did. I graduated PS 121 in 1951. I Lived on 125th Street and 109th Ave. I am now a very young 71.
Naturally a lot of memories came back to me, especially the teachers names at 121. Someone recalled Miss Dean. She was my 7th grade homeroom teacher. The rhyme wasn't completed. It went like this. "Old lady Dean with the wig on her bean. She sits on the radiator, and eats like an alligator. Old lady Dean up in 514" I recall she used to cook her lunch (actually it was baby food) right there in the classroom. I seem to remember she was a sewing teacher as well.
I remember one particular incident where a new girl came into the class. her name was Alice Riley. She was very pretty, with long black hair, and all the boys kept staring at her. Well she must have felt ill at ease, told her folks who then told Miss Dean, who then chastised us all. We stopped staring at her.
Miss Ramsey was my 8th grade home room teacher, and I sort of didn't like her. I don't remember why. I think she got mad at me, because a classmate Judy Wetzel and I would bet on certain things, and I would lose. I don't think she liked us to bet. When I graduated Judy wrote in my autograph album... "Betting are We... Betting we be... Betting forever... you and me." I never forgot that. Another one of the many girls I had a secret crush on. Jim Burke talks about Eddy Reap, and Richard (Dickie) Farnsworth. They both graduated with me in 1951. Eddie Reap had a broken arm.
I am a bit confused about the candy store on 111th Ave and 125th street. As far as I remember it was a drug store, and the candy store was on 126th street and 111th avenue.
Lastly Martin Motley mentions his foster mother Mrs Mack. She was friends with my foster mother Mary Maltaghati.
Added: July 6, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

to the pesh,
you were the best always looking and hearing to what the prows were doing your brother al marko the hubbs jonny boy jonny doller andy the dooley massey stinky speedo and espically jr shippman and andy matur.
but like you said before the hole in the wall, but the hole in wall had a lot of love and fun and a life time of memories.
you can take the person out of mickeys but you cant take the mickeys out of the person.
Added: July 6, 2009


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Joe L.
From: Long Island
E-mail:

To Bob Rainis,
I enjoyed your recollections of the past! we were big Beatles fans back then, and still are (if you happen to have any photos of your brother Steve's 1st Communion, you may spot me running around in a black, velvet-collared Nehru Beatle's suit (but I looked more like a Catholic priest in training)...
an original viewing of the Elvis comeback special!... that one skipped my mind, but I do remember the bunch of us spending long hours splashing around in your backyard pool during the summer months, practicing tunes on the electric organ in your dining room, and admiring your dad's gold '57 Plymouth, all amid the aroma of endless cups of coffee and Entenmens that our moms would indulge in... followed up every 6 mos. with Weight Watcher's meetings!...
spent lots of time hanging with Jeanine, Lucille, Marlene, and the rest of the neighborhood crew, most of whom attended HCJ (RKO, Jahn's, roller rink on Hillside, Playland, and those birthday parties we held in our Own Homes, dancing to 45s played on a mono hi-fidelity record player (not exactly hi-tech, but that's the way it was done, and we couldn't have had a better time)!...
remember, too, a candystore on the corner of 111th street and 89th ave.?, down the block from RHHS, built into the 1st floor of the corner house, and complete with soda fountain, jukebox, and kentile floor... one good thing about getting older... the good memories get better and the "not so good" get pushed aside, and brought back only for reference... regards to all, Joe
Added: July 6, 2009


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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS NY
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com

Just found out Salernos is now named Sorrento which is now an Indian-Italian restaurant. Was Salerno the last Italian restaurant that closed in Richmond Hill. Connies Pizza on Jam. Ave. closed years ago, but I never thought of it as a true restaurant, even though you could sit down and eat a nice meal. Sad, but I don't think an Italian restaurant will ever open in Richmond Hill again.
Added: July 5, 2009


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marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

todd, thanks for the quick response.
glad all is well with the ever growing family. my older son just finished his masters and is moving later today to pa. for a 'job' and to be with his fiance. they are getting married next july and my younger son who is leaving for japan in 2 weeks for a 3 week stay [thru hofstra], will be starting his 3rd year at hofstra in sept. e-mail me when you are coming to ny.
bob rainis- that was no sour grapes. i loved mickeys and spent a good deal of time there and subbed for mickey on mondays when he wanted to drink with the 'boys'.
quite a few of us would often meet back there at 2, 3 or 4am after our dates on the weekend, and if the date was 'special' she would actually get to drink there with us. lol.
Added: July 5, 2009


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Todd Peter Kristian
From: Hilton Head Island, SC
E-mail: tpk1evp@aol.com

To Marty P-
Still alive and well in Hilton Head. Kathy G and I did exchange emails but have not had the opportunity to actually meet. My wife and I have a wedding to attend in NYC in September. Is there someting special planned for October in New York? I was tied up and could not make the recent events at SBJL.
My daugher and her husband just had their second child a boy Patrick Ryan Stewart. That makes three grand children two boys and a girl. Our youngest is getting married in August in Seattle. Its has been very busy as you can see!
Added: July 4, 2009


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Bob Rainis
From: RH 4 ever
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Message to Joe L,
If you are Toddy's son, yes our moms were very close for many years. Heard u became a DR?? In fact our families had 3 kids in each grade together. We all watched the Elvis comeback show together in our basement back in '68. you guys were "original" Beatle fans. Odette was in my class, you in Jeanines' and Lisa in Steve's. Right???
Your dad (RIP) always brough over fresh choclate marshmellow and jelly cookies.
To Marty Pesshler,
Don't Dis Micky's as a hole in the wall. Just because my "crowd" pushed you guys closer to the door and off the pool table, just sour grapes. Say high to Barbara, still remember her Farrah haircut!
Added: July 4, 2009


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Mark:
I saw The Ten Commandments with my family at the Valencia in 1956. It was a major event for me, my brother and my cousin. At age 7, I probably just made the minimum age requirement for a 4-hour movie. The elaborate decor of theater was a show in itself, but then the lights went down and there was Moses parting the Red Sea and saving the children of Israel.
FYI, the building still stands, but as a church called the Tabernacle of Prayer since the late 70's.
Added: July 4, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

every body talks about jahns and rko but espically the graduates from richmond hill have forgotten about the valencia in jamacia the beautiful ceiling with stars and blue sky and the pool of gold fish in the lobby.
Added: July 3, 2009


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Betty Fitzgerald
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail: lvbmcfitz@aol.com

To Staci Kosko--
I'm another student of your mom's from back in the 50's. She gave us a solid foundation. I think I stopped classes with her when I was 14 and discovered boys-- but I still love to dance and attend classes now for exercise 3 times a week... and I can still twirl a baton!
Added: July 3, 2009


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Deborah Crane
From: Kew Gardens
E-mail: suedepumpkin@yahoo.com

I was looking for information on Cheryl McCarthy's murder in 1969. Your site came up. Can anyone steer me to a site to find out more?
Added: July 3, 2009


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marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

haven't been on this site for many months but saw so many familiar names. so i will write a short note to each one.
kathy giambertone-- we did e-mail each other quite a few months ago, hope all is well, hope to see you in oct. george farrell-- hope all is well [the mets just beat the cardinals 3 out of four] are you staying in touch with my brother al? rich massey-- do you own any animals that you want to tell me about? i talk with 'bulls' every week. mike hans-- we had been e-mailing and then lost touch. how is the family? are you coming 'down' in oct.? pat goddard-- 116 st was the best place to grow up. my sister once counted there were 80 children on our block.
it was nice to see all the goddards at pauls last summer and i hope to see them all in oct. mark young, or as you were known in 'mickeys' as marko. mickeys was a great little 'whole in the wall' i miss that place and all its characters very much. do you hear from billy hubbard? todd peter-- how are you? we also lost touch recently. i still plan to visit you in hilton head. did you stay in touch with kathy g.? are you coming up in oct.? louise garretto-- how have you been? regards to roseann and john. patty grey-- how are all the greys? have not heard from eileen since i took an early retirement from pru. how is she?
loved growing up in richmond hill, wouldn't change it for anything.
Added: July 3, 2009


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EUGENE GOLONKA
From: scottsdale, arizona
E-mail: Gene Golonka7@qwest.net

I Graduated the Hill in Feb. 1947 - before any of your Parents knew you were coming to Planet Earth.
I Just left Richmond Hill Monday June 28th. I Attended Mass at Holy Child Sunday. It rained on-and-off all week- but it was a blessing. Jahn's just closed but it will never be forgotten- AMEN!
I had a brother Norm and a sister Delores attended RH in the very early 1950's. Anyone knew them? Driving in New York is nothing like it was in our day. I Believe it's safer driving in Bagdad. From the land of the 'Sun'.
Added: July 2, 2009


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin NJ, 08830
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

Hey Ruth, I grew up on 109th Street right down the block from PS 108. Knew well some of the 110th Street families you mention particulary Tommie Block and the Gillen brothers, Ed and Joe. Also knew Tommie Joy from 108th Street and the PS 108 schoolyard.
Graduated from Adams in Jan, 1961 and left Richmond Hill for Island Park, Long Island in 1984 and left there for NJ in 2004.
For those of you not familiar with the C&F bar it later became Al's Stereo Lounge across from Winters and the Greenwood Bakery. Have a nice 4th, all.
Added: July 2, 2009


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Brian McNerney
From: La Verne, CA.
E-mail: ceo@lavernechamber.org

I graduated from HCJ in 1958 and heard about a reunion on July 10th. I was told to go to Facebook and they had a site. I went but couldn't find anything. Is the information really on Facebook. If not, how do I find out about it.
Added: July 1, 2009


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

did any one here go to Glen Morris Presbyterian Church?
I was in Sunday School there in 1961. when I told my third grade teacher, Mrs. Morse, at PS 100 that I had gone to church, she let out a mighty "Hallelujah!" right there in the class room. I believe the pastor was Pastor Jenkins.
I still have my King James Bible that he gave me the second week I went there.
Added: July 1, 2009


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

staci kosko: OMG! I haven't even thought of that place since the early summer of 1962! assuming that I have my memory right.
where precisely was that studio? my parents had the C&F Bar & Grill at 111th and Liberty from 1959-63. Jonn
Added: July 1, 2009


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RUTH FIUMARO
From: SOUTHOLD NY
E-mail: BOHACK@AOL.com

My name is Ruth Fiumaro. I grew up on 110th St near Rockaway Blvd. Brother of Rudy Koehler. Went to PS 108 (57), John Adams (61) and St Joseph's College (65). Loved growing up on 110th St.
What wonderful families that lived there. Pellissi, Cardinal, Block, Dornhoffer, Hammel, Milliga, Fleming, McQuade, Lechleitner, and Gillen on 111th St.
Played stick ball on 110th Ave. Q41 used to interfer with our game. Went to Winther's Ice Cream Parlor frequently. Married Harry Fiumaro in 1965, my John Adams HS boyfriend. He grew up in South Ozone Park 133rd St and 111th Ave and played basketball at Lincoln Park and St. Teresa's.
Raised three sons in Valley Stream not too far away from where Tommy Joy lived with his family. Retired in 2007 to Southold, NY. I have fond memories from those days.
Added: July 1, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Greetings All! Happy 4th! So nice to read so many things about the old neighborhood. There are so many things I have forgotten about and this site brought them back.
I remembered Smokey Park. Does anyone remember horseback riding in Forest Park? I didn't do too bad; but I was no Dale Evans though. Sometimes I wish I could go back, but that is not the way things are. We only get one chance. Regards Mary
Added: July 1, 2009


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Joe L.
From: Long Island
E-mail:

This message is for Bob Rainis...
I do remember your family quite well, as your mom and mine were good friends for many years. Your sister Jeanine was a sweetheart, and Steve was a rebel, but a wonderful, decent guy to know. Years after we drifted apart and got on with our lives, I'd run into him occasionally on the street and he always had a warm hello and regards for the family.
I do think of you guys from time to time and am glad to hear you're doing well. We all grew up quite a bit since the days of being smacked into shape by the nuns at HCJ...
Like your brother Steve, my hair was too long for graduation specs, but I got away with it, as Sister Ann Michel would "gently" tuck it under my cap!... have fun at the reunion, and give Jeanine a big hello for me...
Added: June 29, 2009


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staci kosko
From: island park, new york
E-mail: rfkosko@optonline.net

Thank you for remembering Norma Deane Dance Studio on Liberty Ave... She is my Mom and would have loved to be remembered... Stacie
Added: June 28, 2009


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Matt Wasilefsky
From: Phoenix AZ
E-mail: mattwasilefsky@hotmail.com

This is for Barbara.
I did not know you but i lived around the corner from 1963 to 1973 at 124-09 95 Ave. The Thorns lived next door and 2 doors down were the Harris's. Use to hang out mostly on 124th st and 123 st with the Seysters, Sicas, Carmody's and Tusa's. We played handball at smokey park all the time. punch ball and stick ball on 123 st and 124 st.
I remember ruprechts deli. She was something else. She never wanted to take back return bottles for deposits. I remember when Jonese sold the candy store. Me an Shawn LeGrade sold sodas in the park for the new owners.
Played handball at the park with Kenny Oliveri and dated his sister Joanne. Good times
Added: June 27, 2009


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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island and da Bronx
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Thanks about the comment about my brother Steve, a day doesn't pass that i don't remember and think what things would be like had he not died. I'm sure that he'd be attending the Reunion of HCJ on July 10th. When he graduated he had to walk at the end of the line, not because he was the tallest, but he refused to cut his hair and they had threatened to with-hold his diploma. That's the way I rememebr it.
My sister Jeanine is up from Palm Beach for the summer (Hamptons ya know) and we would like to attend. But the Faacebook thing didn't help. So if anyone wants to pass on the info, use my e-mail. We'd appreciate it.
Just a few weeks ago a classmate of my sister was working "security" at a sweet 16 and when he saw my daughters name on the guest list, asked if she was Jeanine's daughter, No, but she is my Aunt!
Billy, I'm not a Priest, although I am a Father and soon to be Lutheran Pastor. Yeah, I'll be hopefully one of the guys in "the collar" at the Ale House. Yes, just like RC priests, we've been known to "have a few". 25 years as a cop also lets me know that the advise to those attending: Friends don't let friends drive drunk! Not that it will be a problem as I hear Sr Regina Margaret will be making a "special appearance".
Till then, blessings ya all. Bob (Never Bobby)
Added: June 27, 2009


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Bill C
From: Northport
E-mail:

I grew up in kew gardens, my first job was in goodwins on jamaica avenue in 1963, it was a great place, all the workers were like a big family. Does anyone know what happened to it or have any pictures.
I really miss that place.
Added: June 27, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

the other street crossing guard was mrs callahan pats mother her post was atlantic and leffets.
Added: June 26, 2009


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V. Lore Foley
From: Shreveport, LA
E-mail: usfoleys@bellsouth.net

Looking for Danny Bartolomeo, who owned and operated the Country Cottage Ice Cream Parlor on Lefferts Blvd. in the late 1970's - early 1980's.
Added: June 26, 2009


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PAT TETA SPENCER
From: HAUPPAUGE, NY
E-mail: DONLIN3@optonline.net

Of course I remember Winnie she was such a wonderful person. Cannot think of who the other crossing guard was. Do you remember the deli Gus on the corner of 117th st.
all good memories of a wonderful place to grow up
Added: June 25, 2009


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mark w young
From: batonrouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

the street crossing guard at 117th and 95 ave gueses was mrs mature.
Added: June 25, 2009


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Barbara Procaccini Cuoco
From: Bermuda
E-mail: bcuoco@ibl.bm

can anyone tell me if anyone from Holy Child Jesus, class of 1964, is going to the July 10th reunion???
Added: June 24, 2009


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Barbara Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Pat Spencer--
Must have walked right past your house thousands of times going back & forth to school! Do you remember the school crossing guard who got us safely across Lefferts & 95th every day for years? Her name was Winnie. Anyone remember the name of the crossing guard on 117th & 95th?
Added: June 24, 2009


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ivan yantis
From: quincy, il
E-mail: ivanyantis@yahoo.com

my dad is trying to find richie lovaglio.
my dad is mike yantis. my phone number is 217-740-9540. if you want to reach him, if you know him, or you know where richie is.
Added: June 23, 2009


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PAT TETA SPENCER
From: HAUPPAUGE, NY
E-mail: DONLIN3@optonline.net

Lived on the corner of Lefferts and 95th Ave. from 1946 until 1966.
St. Benny's was our church and sorry to read that the school has closed. Did not attend school but did attend religion on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Remember St. John Edmund very well. The deli on 95th and 117th St before being Gus Rosners was called Mr. Momathy's. Does anyone remember him?
Attended PS 53 then onto PS121, then RHHS graduating in '61. All great memories and a great place to grow up.
Anyone remember the Manziello's Jerry and Kenny, Janet Powers, and Marian Fuchs? All attended St. Benny's and we were close friends. Really enjoy this website.
Added: June 23, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

wow what a great site,
see bobby raines is a priest... lol... well congrats I always thought you would become one.
Funny, over the years have kept in touch with a few good friends, tony peretta, mark rollins, and tom osborn, from the old neighborhood. Gleens has been closed for some time, and regents row went out as well. glad to see the austin ale house has picked up the slack for keeping together, thats a good thing.
So to all hc grads just maybe will make july 10....
Added: June 22, 2009


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Barbara Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Mark Young-- I lived at 94-06 125th St.
We rented the second floor of house owned by the Glasser family-- there was Jimmy, Bobby, Mary, Pat & Kathy Glasser. I remember the Callahan family-- they were closer to 95th Ave. I lived there from 1955 till 1973.
Other names from the neighborhood that I remember-- Irene Coleman (lived on the corner of 124th & 95th). Also Noreen Flynn from 124th St. My aunt & uncle lived on 124th St for many years-- Al and Agnes Hank. We'd be out catching "lightning bugs" till it got dark on summer nights.
I remember the hot dog stand and the Mr. Softee truck coming down the street. Good memories of a wonderful place to grow up. I could spend entire days in Smokey Park-- there was always someone to play checkers, handball or horseshoes (in the corner of the ball park). We didn't have all the organized things that the kids have today-- but we made our own fun!
Added: June 21, 2009


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Patty Grey
From: Long Island NY
E-mail: pecurls@aol.com

I have just had the best time reading through so many posts!
Thanks to everyone who had something to say about growing up in a great neighborhood. I would be very interested to hear from anyone from the St Benny's graduating class of 1970 or anyone who hung around in the PS 57 schoolyard. Keep those comments coming, folks.
Added: June 21, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

barbara wojtko you must of lived near pat calahan and jackie harris. lived around the corner from you, rubrecks was on the corner, good german deli. next to jonesies was a soda distributer, he sold mission soda, it had a little mission like a little church on the lable and than if you wanted to put your life on the line you whent through the ball field and across atlantic ave to get a hot dog. it was either a sarbret or a hebrew national under the umbrella; those were the days.
Added: June 21, 2009


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DW Smith
From: Sloatsburg, NY
E-mail:

I kind of remember playing softball for Schlosher's Bar while a fellow named Teddy owned the place.
We had a terrible team, but was always warmly welcomed back to the bar to drown our sorrows and laugh about it all. Must have been around 1982.
Added: June 21, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Steve B: Roast beef on a roll was 25 cents. I remember when you were 86ed from Connecticut.
Added: June 20, 2009


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Barbara Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Reading Mark Young's comments-- I also remember Mrs. Detweiler in the office at SBJL.
One person from each class would go down there in the mornings and buy supplies for our classmates-- 5 cents for a memo pad! I also lived across from Smokey Park-- on 125th St. Remember Artie very well--he chased me out of the park at least once a week for standing on the swings or some other infringement of the park rules.
Also remember another parky-- John. He was in charge of recreation. Anyone remember playing nok-hockey or "skellies" with bottlecaps or dodgeball in the swimming pool? How about "Jonesies" on the corner of 125th and 95th Ave?
Added: June 20, 2009


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Bruce McCarthy
From: Knoxville TN
E-mail: mccarthyby@yahoo.com

Steve Batthany is a fake, he is still 20 years old and hanging out in Rockaway Beach on 118st at the white house (mothers lock up your daughters) he has been seen in Bogianos (however one spells it) eating clams and drinking beer, he is banned from McSorleys ol ale house and Glenns.
Added: June 20, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail:

living across from smokey park the reason why it was called smokey because of the coal engines and another fact was the attendents were called parkys and the one that was their since i was a kid his name was arty.
Added: June 19, 2009


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Steve Batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB NC
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Here's a real brain teaser:
Who owned Rosners Deli before Gus and how much was it then for a ham & swiss on roll and a bottle of soda??
Added: June 19, 2009


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Theresa Armstrong (nee Maletta)
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: chta@total.net

Greetings! I graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1967, and was called Teri.
I don't remember too much, but am trying to! What I do remember is cutting classes with Larry Zapolsky and Susan Pantaleone and going to the diner on Atlantic Avenue.
Does anyone know if the 1967 year book was put online?
Added: June 19, 2009


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richie lovaglio
From: rockledge, fl
E-mail:

hey bob, knew your brothers danny and steve.
danny played football with us at victory field. we had a great team. nice to see old name. happy father day and say hi to dan. he hung out with my brother micheal... miss steve
Added: June 19, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

To Marc Young... do you have a brother Michael Young who graduated in 1968 from SBJL?
If yes could you please send him my email address. I would like to connect with him regarding our Reunion Dinner on 7/25/09. Thanks! Teresa
Added: June 19, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

from 1953 to 1960 mrs detwyler was the sec. to the prinicipal. the principal at that time was sr mary vicent.
Added: June 18, 2009


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Bob Rainis
From: Deer Park NY
E-mail:

The mention of several churches/schools promps these memories.
My family lived on 93rd ave, between 112-114th streets. I lived closer to the 112th st side, while my best friend, Charlie (Bianculli) lived closer to 114th. 'Best friends' since about 5 were we together almost all the time, except for school and church. Oh, we weren't different religions, both were Roman Catholics (wanted to be priests for a long time too). What seperated us was the boundary line between St Bennies and Holy Child.
It wasn't until I just read the story of St Bennie's that i realized that Charlie was right when he said "his" monsignor (Hald) "outranked" "My" monsignor (Murray). Funny how ya remember little things.
The second memory was about Anniversary Day in RH. The Lutheran Church referred to in an earlier post St Paul's- 114th is now closed and in the process of being sold to another denomination. St Paul's and St Bennies School, both now a part of the past.
The planned 100th anny of HCJ is also of interest as me and my three siblings each graduated from there. I wonder again aloud those who knew me back in the day and thought that one day I would be a priest, would welcome back a Lutheran pastor, with wife and three children? My sister Jeanine and brother Dan will be at my hosue in LI for Fathers Day, that is after I come from the Divine Liturgy in my parish in the Bronx. Brother Steve died in 1980.
Richmond Hill has been described in many a sermon! A group of us who hung out together first at Ponces/Church steps and later 116th/101 ave, went to Breezy Point and held a three day Sandstock the summer of '69.
Added: June 18, 2009


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paul galbraith
From: highland falls, ny
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

i am so glad The reunion at the Ale House July 10th is open to anyone who attended Holy Child.
If you reference Facebook.com and go to the Holy Child Jesus site there is a way to let them know you are attending. There will also be reunions of different classes graduating Holy Child during there 100th Anniversary in 2010.
Information can be attained by calling the Church office.
Added: June 18, 2009


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Rita Keelen
From: Harrisburg, Pa
E-mail: rkeelen@comcast.net

i am so glad i found this site
Added: June 17, 2009


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Jim O'Sullivan
From: Naugatuck, CT
E-mail: Jim@OSullivanUSA.com

Looking for Members of St. Mary Gate of Heaven School, Class of 1968. Reunion scheduled for 7/18/2009. Please pass this along. Thanks.
I grew up in Ozone Park, but many fond memories of Richmond Hill. My grandparents lived on 118th St. next to SBJL rectory and we were there every weekend. Many a crewcut at Pete's on Atlantic & Leffert's! Gallagher & O'Brien's. Rosener's Deli, Dorgler's Automotive. Jahn's.
All great memories.
Added: June 17, 2009


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steve batthany
From: SJ AFB Goldsboro NC
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

I guess I'm just an old Graybeard after all;
MR Sarling was there from 1943 to about 1956. He lived on the east side of 117th st by the school yard next to the Brackens. During days we had MR Grey suit 100 years old received 10 successful extreme unctions, a nice old man.
See you guys. Hey! When did we all get to do any school work while collating all this data??
Added: June 17, 2009


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richard massey
From: new york, n.y.
E-mail: masserrf@yahoo.com

Don't forget Mr. Welsh long term custodian at S.B.J.L.
I remember he raised fancy pigeons as a hobby. His son Bill was a scout leader with scout troop 273 and one of the earliest new york state lottery winners.
Added: June 16, 2009


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bill heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

is there any truth to a reunion of Holy Child on July 10 at the austin ale house in kew gardens? if there is, what years...
Added: June 16, 2009


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ken zaveckas
From: gettysburg, pa
E-mail: kennysburg@hotmail.com

more names from the past, as i remember them from SBJL 58-66.
Kindergarten- Miss Glennan; 1st - sr ann philip; 2nd - sr christina maria - a real nut job, loved pulling the ears of both the boys and girls and sent alot of us home with earaches, also, never let anyone go to the bathroom which caused a few accidents for some. 3rd - Miss Driscoll, who was aunt of Jimmy McDonnell of Leahy-Mcdonnell Funeral Home. 4th - sr. alice loretto; 5th - sr. alma therese, a Real wacko. between this one and the principal at the time, during 63, 64, 65 i think, does anyone remember the name of that sadist, they tried to convince my mother to say novenas for me or, at the very least to get me an excorsim or something.
in the 62-63 5th grade, therese had 28 of us boys in the class and she gave 27 of us a U in conduct, then tried to tell the parents of all the boys that THEY had the problem. anyone remember the name of the one guy who got the A (i do)? 6th - sr. mary boromeo; 7th - sr james stephanie, was replaced by sr. maria pacis, one of the few who i got along with and gave me an even break. sr. maura joseph had the other 7th and was ok. 8th - sr regina rosaire (the penguin) replaced sr paul christie and sr john edmund (ok) had the other 8th. i think she had replaced sr edward muriel. sr marie de montfort had music all in all, despite some of the bad experiences with the nuns, there are some good memories. and i guess i didn't turn out so bad, despite alma therese. i think it was in 8th grade that they switched classes on us by subject, suppossedly to get us ready fo HS. i believe the lineup was sr maura had math, sr john had english and spelling, sr maria had science, and sr regina religion and history. i believe it was mr welch who was the custodian.
How about the priests of the time. i remember Msgr Hald who passed on during our graduating class of '66. i think Fr. Toomey took his place. BIG Fr. Schmidt (the best one to go to confession with), Fr. Tom Smith, Fr. Bill Smith, Fr. Scwarbrick, Fr. Pitsch, Fr. Wetzel, Fr Hunt, Fr. Condon. Benediction on friday afternoons, baseball in the spring, the falcons, royals, knights, celtics, flipping baseball cards and losing the ones you just bought at Gus's.
friday night dances and sunday night dances after the basketball games. the plays every year just before Christmas. remember the 3 tier benches that were always on the stage and were used year after year in probably every play. well, one year one of the guys picked away at the small rubber skid pad that was glued to the steps. i guess the custodian had to tell the nuns and something resembling the spanish inquisition was conducted to find out who picked away at the 2 or 3 inchs of missing rubber.
i think helen farley below said it best... our minds are still imprinted in the 50s & 60s; and at that time, Richmond Hill was some place to grow up in.
Added: June 16, 2009


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Mike Allocca
From: New Canaan, CT
E-mail: maallocca@sbcglobal.net

Danny Seaman:
I'd like to know more about the upcoming PS 121 golf outing on June 21. I went to 121 in 1954, '55 in the 7th and 8th grades and wonder if any of my classmates attended last year. I remember a teacher named Miss Ramsey who guided me and had a tremendous influence on the rest of my life.
Added: June 15, 2009


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DR JOHN RODGERS
From: TERRA VISTA, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

Mr. Celeberti was one of the custodians at SBJL at least from 1954-1956.
He lived across the street from me (120th between Jerome and 97th with his daughter and her family. The other families who lived on our block and who had children attending SBJL were the Clarity's (Maureen, Dennis and others) and the Pier's (Lorraine and Janice) and the Jansens's and the Macalusos (Bennie and ???) I graduated in Jan 55 and these were younger than I.
My age group included Carol Ann Langton and Dorothy Devlin and Peter Gauthier.
Added: June 15, 2009


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Louise Garretto
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: LMG821@hotmail.com

Actually, when I went to St. Benny's (graduating in 1966) the names of the two custodians were Mr. Welch and Mr. Celeberti.
Can you still here it coming over the loudpseaker... Mr. Welch, Mr. Celeberti, please go to the mezzanine and bring your mop.
Added: June 15, 2009


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Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: fkief55224@aol.com

Yesterday was wonderful seeing old friends at the mass at St. Bennies.
Even though I went to Holy Child I was baptized at St. Bennies and had wonderful friends from there that I met at Mary Louis. Both the neighborhoods around St. Bennies and Kew Gardens on Metropolitan Ave, where I lived have changed so much.
Added: June 15, 2009


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Helen (Hopkins) Farley
From: Nesconset, NY
E-mail: helow143@optonline.net

Wow... a blast from the past.!.
My family home was on 123rd st, between Liberty and 103rd Ave. My Grandparents lived on 124th and Jerome and my aunts live on 124th between Jerome and 97th ave. I went to the closing Mass today at SBJL and renewed some friendships from long past and would love to renew more. I graduated in 1961 and my brother Gerard (Roddy) graduated in 1967...(I think). I also had a cousin whom I lost touch with (Mary Hopkins). I lived across the street from Tim Prior, Dennis and MaryJane Mead and Sharon Scheid. Went to Mary Louis and graduated in 1967 then to St. Clare's School of Nursing, then married, finished college and lost touch with wonderful friends.
I would love to hear from anyone during those years. Life was simple and filled with fun and adventure.
Today, we went on a tour of the old neighborhood... so much has changed but my mind still is imprinted in the 50's and 60's. Thank God for the memories and for the experience of SBJL.
Added: June 14, 2009


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steve batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB NC USA
E-mail:

i ask, Are you sure the custodian @ St Bennies's wasn't Mr Sarling? thanks
Added: June 14, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Todd Peter Kristian...
are you related to Patricia Kristian? If yes, I beleive she graduated with us in 1968 from SBJL.
Please tell her to email me to get information about our 7/25/09 Reunion dinner! Thanks so much!
Added: June 14, 2009


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mark w young
From: Baton Rouge LA
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

here's one for the books; the custodians name who moped and washed the floors at st benes was mr salaberti.
Added: June 14, 2009


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Barbara Scott
From: East Hampton, CT
E-mail: barpom@sbcglobal.net

I grew up on 101St by Park Ln South. PS 66 to PS 90 to RHHS from '64 to '68.
Reading the posts has brought back a lot of memories. The Deli on 102, Mrs. Richards and Mrs Sheridan at PS 66 and dancing in the Maypole, the Spring Dance Fetes. Spending the day at the RKO for 25 cents, and on. Left for college in CT and returned only for visits. Lost touch with Marilyn Mack. Does anyone know where she is?
Thank you for the site!!!
Added: June 14, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Sr. Grace Consuela - 4th grade, Sr. Mary John - 5th grade, Sr. Edward Mariel - 8th grade, Miss Glockenmeir - 3rd grade
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Barb Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Adding to the list of sisters at SBJL--
I had Sr. Mary Bertille in Kg, then Miss Glennon, Sr. Joseph Alphonse, Miss Kingston, Sr. Alice Loretto, Sr. Alma Therese, Sr. Anne Lorraine, Sr. James Stephanie, and Sr. John Edmund. Wonderful memories and a great place to grow up!
Love reading everyone else's posts here--thanks for keeping up this site!
Added: June 13, 2009


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Margaret Mary (Cooki Weir) Wieczerzak
From: New Bedford, Ma.
E-mail: legsunlimited@yahoo.com

Wow, my head is spinning just from reading a couple of pages.
I'm trying to place all the stores, restaurants etc. in my memories. One place I do remember is Jahn's. I was so sorry to read here that it closed I was thinking of taking a run out to RH, haven't been there in too many years to mention and I had intended to take a friend with me to attack the "kitchen sink", what a bummer.
Haven't read anything here so far about anyone who went to Our Lady of the Cenacle or Dominican Commercial High School. Speaking of Dominican does anyone have a yearbook (63-64-65 or 66) they'd be willing to part with? Or perhaps someone who would be willing to scan the graduating class of '66 pictures and send it to me? I've been hearing from some people on classmates.com and would love to put a face with their names. I grew up across from Jamaica Hospital anyone from there?
Added: June 13, 2009


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Steve Batthany
From: St Johnson Air Force Base NC
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Remember these nuns at SBJL Sr Olivia (principle), Sr Simplicia (kindergarten; she's over 90 and still alive @ Maria Regina in Brentwood), Sr Maria Virgo (flunked all the 1st grade boys), Sr Helen Murial Librian, and 4th gr, Sr Maria Monica. Sr Marie De Montford Music became Directress of SJ order (taught me piano in the convent), Sr Helen Muriel, Sr Margeret Helena. Ms Glennon, Miss Russell, Sr Rose Therese and Sr Joseph Maria, that's from 1943-1952.
Please add they were great!
Added: June 12, 2009


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Mary Hamel
From: New Bedford, Ma.
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

Some names remembered from SBJL:
Sr. Mary Bertell K- Miss Glennon 1st Sr John Edmond 8th ? Sr. St James. Having a blonde and sr. moment, can't think of any more at this time. Anyone else remember the rest?
Added: June 11, 2009


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Todd Peter Kristian
From: Hilton Head, SC
E-mail: tpk1evp@aol.com

More St. Benny's nuns -
Sister Alma Teresa taught 5th grade, Sister Maura Joseph taught 7th, and Sister James Stephanie taught 8th. I believe Sister ?? Christi taught the other 8th grade class. Sister Saint Barabbas taught 2nd? grade.
Added: June 10, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
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Yes, the Q41 is a story.
It made the most turns of all the Green Line buses in order to cover all the territory that the straight line routes missed. So many turns that new bigger buses couldn't be assigned to the route through the narrow residential streets. I wonder how they're handling that now. Remember the drivers surrendering their receipts temporarily to the coin collector traffic cop near the terminal who would examine them while he worked? The drivers probably can't access the coins now.
And how about the policy of the Green Line owner (reputedly Jewish) whereby drivers would put a hand over the fare box when clergy boarded? My friend Eddie Reap, with close cropped hair and a buttoned up black raincoat once reaped the benefit.
Added: June 10, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends! I was reading the latest posts on the site just now. Wow! What memories!
I remember the candy store on 111th Ave and 125th St; it was owned by a couple, Sam and Faye. I also recall the candy store up a few blocks on the same side of the street; it was owned by Abe and Minnie. Abe wouldn't serve the kids from St Teresa's hot dogs on a Friday. We couldn't eat meat on Friday's back then.
I hope everyone has a nice day and keep those memories alive. Regards Mary
Added: June 10, 2009


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Rita-Jane Baird
From: Los Angeles, CA
E-mail: BairdRJ@aol.com

I attended Our Lady of the Cenacle grammer school, Class of 1959.
I just found this site today and love reading all of the posts. I would love to know if the school is still there and if any other alums post here.
Added: June 9, 2009


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Steve Batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB
E-mail:

Jim Burke of coure you mean the Tablet Diocese of Brooklyn's weekly paper @ Hansen Place Bklyn miles better than any religious periodical I have ever seen mentioned recent article re death of Sr Margaret Helena @ 89 in Tablet 3-4 weeks ago.
The youngs Mark I didn't know but Bob the Father (union Carbide) Bob the son about 12-18 mo older than us and of corse Mary Anne who looked like Debby Reynolds only better I think she married a Dentist from Columbia Dent nice guy. The Q 41 turned at their corner.
Q 41 great Richmond Hill story it was possible to have 2 or 3 girlfriends on that line at the same time and still get your homework done.
Added: June 9, 2009


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Robert Boasi
From: Greenville South Carolina
E-mail: rboasi1226@aol.com

I lived on 115 St and 107 Ave From 1963 until 1988.
I went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic school. I graduated in 1976. I belonged to the Youth Council and for the last three years of the Genesis Players. I'm not "Loin" about that (Wizard of OZ). I also worked for the Marriott Corp. at JFK airport from 1976 to 1988.
Added: June 8, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
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126th St between 109th and Liberty was my Long Island Press route. (Most route workers, e.g. IPS's Doug Heffernan, incorrectly rhyme it with bout, forgetting the 66 on which we get our kicks) And who remembers "Taa-BLUT! five a copy" after mass?
Added: June 7, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail:

update on the nuns that taught at st benes. sr margarte helena taught fifth grade and took care of the library, sr alice loretta taught fourth grade, and sr ann cathalene taught 3rd grade. miss glenn taught 1st or second grade and was marty brackens aunt, sr saint dorthy was the shop teacher, and sr marie dermonfit was the music teacher.
i never forgot my st benedict josephs nuns.
Added: June 6, 2009


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Danny Seaman
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: DannySea@aol.com

There will be a 121 Golf Outing on Long Island June 21,2009 Last year we had 90 golfers who use to hang out at PS 121
Added: June 5, 2009


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frank mauro
From: ozone park
E-mail: frank.mauro@dhl.com

grew up in rh in 70s and 80s.
went to smgh and rhhs graduted in 1979 hung out at 62 park loved my childhood. can't think of anywhere else that was as great to grow up in. the boys club, forest park, so many memories.
Added: June 5, 2009


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Thomas Moylan
From: Bayshore L.I.
E-mail: sfacheem@optonline.net

Would like to know if any body knows when the 40th year reunion we'll be for R.H.H.S class of 69 Thanks
Added: June 5, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Mark Young, Bill and Ed Kammerer lived near you.
You were 10 years behind me in Mickey's. Guys my age switched to Andy's on Rockaway Blvd. Andy's roommate, bartender Joe Dooley came with us. Who were the old guys you remember?
Added: June 4, 2009


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mark w young
From: baton rouge lousiana
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graduated from st benes in 1960 and went to rhhs from 1960 to 1965. my address was 127-02 95 ave rite across from smokey park, the corner house wear the q41 made the turn to go to jamacia.
after Viet Nam, hung out in Mickeys on 101st ave.
Hello George Farell. The last time I saw you, you were on TV in a Cops uniform. Thanks for all these storys and memories.
Added: June 3, 2009


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Bill Cooper
From: New Orleans LA
E-mail: bill.cooper@deltacatering.com

Cool Site, grew up on 117st and 109 ave, worked on Liberty Ave as a stock boy at Ben's Army and Navy, played years of little league and soft ball up at Conduit, and then spent many a summer evening at Forest park or down at boardwalk in the Rockaways.
I took my 2 sons to Forest Park and rode "sleds" in not even a inch of snow on the golf course 2 yrs ago - a Great day again!!!!
Added: June 2, 2009


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frank dunstatter
From: Houston, Texas
E-mail: fdunstatter@comcast.net

I was looking for Dunstatters clothing store in Richmond Hill. There was a second store in Forest Hills
Added: June 2, 2009


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Thomas Bausemer
From: Boston
E-mail: pisc373@yahoo.com

I'm looking for Michael Hedler.
We served together in Asia back in the 60s. If anyone can help me find "Hed" or any information i'd greatly appreciate it. Please email me or call 617-265-3055. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your guest book.
Added: May 31, 2009


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Tom Blank
From: Moriches, NY
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C Benjamin:
I graduated from PS55 in 1950 and then went to PS57. The school was great then. Also it was started in 1938 and is now 70 years old. 20 years ago I answered a letter written by the 6th grade to me as I knew their teacher Mrs. Scorcia.
They asked me what the school was like when I went there, and I was fortunate to have my answer to them published in the 50 Year Journal.
I am happy to hear that PS55 is still a fine school. Tom Blank
Added: May 31, 2009


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Mary Woods
From: richmond hill
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

Hi Chanell Benjamin,
I hope you have been enjoying all the messages from people who had a wonderful time growing up in your neighborhood.
Please keep writing and tell us what it is like to be a child today in Richmond Hill. What games do you play? Where do you meet your friends? What are your plans for the summer? How will you travel from 135 St. to 210? All the best to you and all your class mates at PS 55. Mary Woods
Added: May 30, 2009


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida U.S.A.
E-mail: Rafar63@gmail.com

Diana Wantola... If somebody know a person with this name, please, let her know that I want to contact her. My email is: Rafar63@gmail.com.
I'll be very happy if she respond to this message. Last time we see each other was in 1974, in San Jose, Costa Rica. Thank You for your help. Diana Wantola... If you see this message, write me a few letters, I'll be very happy if you do so. I realy want to know about you, it had past a long time since 1974.
Added: May 30, 2009


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Frank Wajert
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: fwajert@sbcglobal.net

To Robert Bornschein,
I looked you up in the Archway 1960 yearbook. I remember your photo along with George Bonetti, Andy Brislin, Lynea Bernhard etc. I graduated from RHHS in 1961.
Worked in Jahn's when I was 19 or so. Also worked in the RKO Keiths as an usher. They don't have such things as ushers in movie theaters these days. Great place RH back in the 60's. Take care.
Added: May 28, 2009


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chanell benjamin
From: 135 street, Richmond Hill
E-mail: chnllb@aol.com

i go to ps.55q and it a great school and next year i plan on going to 210 and ps55 is a great school no violance and fight at all and it a boy and girl school.
Added: May 28, 2009


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Stan Oleysyck
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail: smo3549@cox.net

TO: Joann Cutichio Rodecker
First, please say hello to Joey, I'm glad that time and the years have been good to him and his family, yes, the name Richie Broadhurst is definitely a name from the past. I wonder if Joey or Richie remembers me from school, the neighborhood, or maybe from the Sea or Boy Scouts.
Its been over forty-five years but, if my memory serves me correctly there were two candy stores on the corners of Lefferts Blvd and 111th Ave – one actually on the southwest corner closest to PS 100 (probably Dave's Cozy Corner) and one just off the northeast corner, operated by a husband and wife. (Names unknown)
The RHHS GuestBook is one of my treasured places to reminisce, it provides a heartfelt smile, and fulfills a special inner emotion through a revisit to places and acquaintances of our youth. Another valued place for fun memories of 50s and 60s "Oldies but, Goodies" music like "Whispering Bells" by the Del Vikings, "White Christmas" by the Drifters, "Jimmy Mack" by Martha and The Vandellas, or "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke try, http://www.jango.com/music and enjoy!
Like you, and I, and so many kids Saturday afternoon matinees at the Lefferts theater was a hard habit to break. In addition, to the free giveaways which I believe I got a "Captain Video" space helmet, I remember seeing, "Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis" live on stage to promote one of their films, and when my Mom would take me to "Dish Night", with audience applause when someone would drop their dish!
Do you remember…going to Rockaway Beach for a swim, or Coney Island to eat hot dogs and potato knishes at Nathan's, or "Sliders," at White Castle on Rockaway Blvd, near Woodhaven Blvd, or Carlo's Pizza at Liberty Ave and Lefferts Blvd. (15 cents a slice) or, when it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked? Newsreels before the movie, P.F. Fliers, Telephone numbers with a word prefix... (EVergreen 4-601). Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"? Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"? "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest? Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
Pass these memories on to your brother Joey… I double-dog-dare-ya!
Added: May 25, 2009


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James O' Brien
From: Richmond Hill, N.Y.
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I'm writing to set the record straight for all of you past graduates of St. Benedict Joseph Labre.
More than a few financially prosperous alumni who attended the recent "open house" offered considerable sums of money, on an ongoing basis, in order to keep the school open and operating, but were turned down for their efforts. The truth is, there was no desire on the part of the clergy nor the school administrators to fight for the school's survival. The enrollment and tuition expectations were well within the range to allow the school to continue to stay open, even in spite of the fact that the majority of the students who attend are non-Catholic. St. Benedict Joseph Labre is unfortunately yet another casualty in the typically short-sighted Diocese of Brooklyn's so-called "re-structuring" plan for Catholic education.
It is precisely this attitude that will eventually result in the steady decline and collapse of our once proud system of Parochial education. Without their schools, how can the Catholic church survive in today's secular environment? It is a question the Diocese should ponder... Their solutions hardly seem Christian.
Added: May 22, 2009


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joann cutichio rodecker
From: east islip ny
E-mail: joannrodecker@yahoo.com

To Stanely Oleysyck. Joey Cutichio is my older brother.
I seem to remember you from my RH days. My friend lived in the corner of 122st and Linden Blvd. My brother left P.S. 121 and went to Jefferson H.S. Yes, I remember the candy store on 125st. We would Hang out there after school or on weekends. Do you remember Richie Broadhurst, a good friend of Joes. He lived up by Lefferts Blvd. Did you go to the Lefferts theater every Saturday? Remember the free giveaways for the first 100 kids? Either popcorn or space helmets. What about Daves Cozy Corner by P.S. 100 at Lefferts and 111th Ave? Joey now lives in Patchouge L.I. and has 4 grandchildren. He's come a long way from Richmond Hill. Joann Cutichio Rodecker
Added: May 20, 2009


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Diane Vigliette Haumann
From: Wellington, FL
E-mail: dianehaumann@mac.com

Hi, I am looking for some of my old classmates from Saint Benedict Joseph Labre School, Class of '57.
Just heard they are closing the school this year and are having a Dinner/Dance in the school's honor this coming October 24. There is info on the SBJL website.
It would be fun to see some of you there.
Added: May 20, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

First let me say Hey! to cousin Bob, Jim Burke, Ken Ball, who have signed on lately. Secondly, it's funny how some of the messages get tied in somehow. To Steve, (what are you smokin") it was Jimmy Durante who sang "Inka Dinka Doo". Yes, Jimmy did stop by on 103rd. occasionally, (if you noticed Bob B.'s address, it was in the area of 123 St. & 103 rd. Ave.) Also, Bob also mentioned a friend of his (now deceased) Anthony "Durante". Ronnie Bornschein's name was also mentioned, he's my younger brother living on L.I. It is great to read of the games and places everyone writes about that are so familiar in my mind, like it was yesterday. It does bring back memories of some of the "hooples", to say the least, i.e., Tommy Brody who shot and killed the bar owner Westfall on 111 St. and Atlantic Ave. Drugs did bring down a lot of people from "the hood" at early ages, (does anyone remember Eddie Pizzarelli from 126 St.?) Well, most of us survived through our own ambition and values. God Bless St. Bennie's for having something to do with it.
Added: May 19, 2009


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Robert Rosener
From: Morristown, NJ
E-mail: rosener1@aol.com

Graduated from SBJL in 1958. My father owned Gus's Deli on the corner of 117th & 95th Ave.
Trying to find out the location of a few old friends that I have lost contact with over the past years. They are Jack Bracken, who became a priest, John Henry who lived on 118th near SBJL church, Joe & Mary Minogue who lived on 95th Avenue, between 116th & 117th, Mary & Peggy Maher who lived close to the Minogue's, and John D'mato, who last I knew lived in Las Vegas.
It would be great if you could let me know if you know the location of any of these individuals. They all graduated from SBJL in the 1957 to 1959 era.
Added: May 18, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
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e (e cummings) batthany: Trick, incomplete question. Thanks for the Memories.
Added: May 18, 2009


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Stan Oleysyck
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail:

TO: Joann Cutichio Rodecker
During the 1950's through 1970's my family lived on 122nd St, between 111th Ave and Linden Blvd - one block south of you! I attended PS 100, 121 and also John Adams. I remember your last name "Cutichio" but seem to remember a Joey Cutichio, he lived on the east side of 122nd - between 109th and 111th. Did you have a brother named Joey also? If not, sorry for the mistake.
Anyway, do you remember Gillespie's Bar on 111th between 122nd and 123rd St. How about the church on the corner of 122nd St and 111th Ave? The Green Bus Line Q41 ran along 111th Ave and the Q10 ran north/south on Lefferts Blvd.
I also remember Saturday afternoons at the Lefferts Theater and the candy store at 125th St. and 111th Ave.
Added: May 18, 2009


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steve batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
E-mail:

Sorry all you Durante fans, it's Bob Hope!
Added: May 17, 2009


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George W. Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net

First things first- "Inka Dinka Doo" Jimmy Durante! gotta be!
Secondly - I attended Richmond Hill High School up until 1959 when we moved to Elton Street in East New York, Brooklyn (ie: Goodfellas) and I hated it when they told me I could no longer attend RHHS, and had to transfer to Alexander Hamilton VHS I only went there for a year, then dropped out and joined the Air Force.
One of the good things I remember from my "new" neighborhood was Sal's bar and grill (ristorante') on Liberty Avenue and (I think) Shepherd Street! It was without a doubt the best Italian cuisene I ever tasted!
Now before all of you jump on me for that statement, and tell me how good some other place was, let me say I believe it was due to two main reasons. #1 - Sal brought his Chef's over from Italy as a way of helping them get established in the USA, and #2 - they only bought the very best quality of produce (meats and cheeses, etc).
I went there to visit about 1993 and sad to say Sal's was no longer open, but closed after Sal died. (like so many similiar places in RH) When I read Teresa Smith Pedone's posting on May 5, 2009 that SBJL '68 reunion was going to be at Joe Abbracciamento's in Rego Park on 7/25/09 - the lights flashed in my dusty attic of a memory!!! Abbracciamento! That was Sal's last name! I don't know how common that name is in the Italian community, but I'd be willing to bet theres a connection.
I remember learning that Perry Como was related also (a cousin I think) - some of you who will attend that reunion, or who live near enough to Joe's in Rego Park - please ask them about Sal's, I'd love to know, and please, tell them what I said about Sal's - great food, great memories, great time in my life! God Bless to all....
Added: May 15, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Steve B.
I guess you mean Inka Dinka Doo. I remember when Durante was seeing a girl on 103rd Ave. We used to go look at his lavender Cadillac.
Added: May 15, 2009


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Janet Brown
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail: jazzyree@cox.net

Hey, Robert Bornschein, are you at all related to Ronnie Bornschein? He was one of my first crushes and definitely one of my first kisses. How innocent and precious is that?
Added: May 15, 2009


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steve batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB NC
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

More Nostalgia
happened to be at my grandaaughters' First Communion In Bkyln this past weekend "a beutiful event innocent boys and girls in white and blue growing up with their real and their supernatural Parents. I was leaving the church when I grabbed a newspaper "the Brooklyn Tablet for the first time in 60 years.
Like all NYC ites I headed for the obituary page and there was a picture of sommeone who had taught me how to be a dodger fan; how to make my Confirmation and who taught many fourth grader our first social studies and long division.
Sr Margarte Helena SJ had passed away peacefully, another benchmark of catholic girls and boys. Over sixty years in the service of God and her kids.
Anyone out there that was a sudent of this wonderful teacher should recall her with love and pray for her eternal rest Of this was St Bennies and not the slide in the Kindergarten or the shop. How lucky we "WERE".
Never a post without a ?? what song known to all and sung by a big nosed vaudevillian, is it from... PS, it was his theme song.
Added: May 14, 2009


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Robert D. Bornschein
From: Palm City, Florida
E-mail: RDBornschein@aol.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill, went to R.H.H.S., and graduated in 1960. I lived at 121-14 103rd. Avenue. My close friends were Ralph Frank who lived opposite us on 103rd. ave., Ernie Durso, Anthony Durante (now unfortunately deceased), Charlie Lieske, earlier, Freddie Kauz of 124th. street, and Evelyn Carney also of 124th street. My cousins, Artie, Eddy, Danny all lived nearby and we got to see extended family quite often. Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, etc. Nothing like today with everyone scattered here and there.
It was a wonderful place to grow up in. We played in the streets, and all of the Mother's looked out for us. Stickball, bike riding, tag, well it was a fun time to grow up in and we were an hour away from the "City"
We went back a few years ago and discovered you cannot go back. Everything is changed, now it's a multicultural mix of people, Indian, Guyanese, etc. Our house now has four families living in it!
My memories of Richmond Hill are fondly etched into my being, and it's a big part of me.
Added: May 14, 2009


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Dougie Flynn
From: merrick ny
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Janet Goddard I had the BIGGEST crush on Pat .
I think she took over 7th grade for awhile. I remember talking about the most ridicules stuff just to garner her attention. She would see right through and always respond with "I'm Sure" just to get me to be quiet. She was great.
That's one of many memories I have of Benny-Jo's. Dougie Flynn
Added: May 14, 2009


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George Patton Jr
From: Rhode Island
E-mail: aristarcus2@aol.com

What a wonderful site – just packed with fond memories!
But let me go back to an era that is not apparent in these entries; when the Van Wyck Expressway was VAN WYCK BOULEVARD – an ordinary paved street with retail establishments at the corner of Linden Blvd, and when the HOLLWOOD SHOE POLISH company was located close to the intersection of VWB and JEROME AVENUE.
It was pre-war time and I'd like to make contact with anyone that has PS 121 memories, (1937 through 1945); JAHN'S ICE CREAM PARLOR, a little later (1948 through 1950) and MARSHALL'S CAFÉ (next to the KEITH'S THEATRE).
I was part of an extended gang that hung out at Jahn's and Marshall's and the names that come to mind are legion. However, I find that at age 78 many of my contemporaries have checked out.
If someone catches this entry, I stand ready and anxious to share a zillion recollections of the neighborhood.
Added: May 14, 2009


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Laura Goddard
From: Chesapeake, VA
E-mail: waddayadoin866@aol.com

I've been on this site several times in the past 2 or 3 years and never posted anything until now.
I guess SBJL closing has made me so sad. I have great memories of my time at that school (8 years worth). It is such a shame. All my brothers and sisters went there as well. And yes, my sister, Pat, was a substitute teacher there. Hope there is a great turnout for the SBJL Farewell Dinner.
Hey, Maryanne Gordon, hows it goin'? Your family is like family to me (and the rest of us), and I hope everybody's doing OK. In fact, when I was little, I really thought we were related. I remember asking my mother, who I knew didn't have a sister, if my "Aunt" Dotty was her cousin!
Added: May 13, 2009


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Janet Goddard Brown
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail: jazzyree@cox.net

116th Street between 95th Ave. and 101st Ave. -
what a great place to grow up. The Goddards, the Ferrins, the Keatings, the Lowreys, the McQuillans, the Gordons, the Peshlers - I could go on and on. The street was always full of kids hanging out on stoops or riding bikes or playing stickball or having a game of chinese handball against the garages on the corner of 116th and 95th.
I wish I had a penny for every time I went into Granny's or Gussies candy store. What wonderful memories. My parents still live in the same house on 116th Street. I'm hoping to see many of my friends from the class of '72 (and from my brother Kenny's class of '71, too) at the St. Bennies dinner in October. I wouldn't miss it for the world. Let's all make it a fabulous evening and close St. Bennies with the event it so deserves.
And, Dougie Flynn - yes, it was my sister Pat who was a substitute teacher in the early 70's. Was she ever tough on me!
Added: May 13, 2009


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Dougie Flynn
From: Merrick, NY
E-mail:

Pat Goddard,
Did you teach at Benny's briefly, or was that your sister Karen?
Added: May 11, 2009


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Dolly Thompson
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Mike Sharkey - any relation to Susan? Just wondering. I knew her when we were children. Thanks.
Added: May 11, 2009


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RICH THORNTON
From: WILLISTON PARK L.I.
E-mail: rich7308@aol.com

Bobbie Bass
I am one of the gang from 110th St between Jamaica Ave & Atlantic Ave. I do know what happend to a number of the kids you asked about. I am also one of the "Catholic Kids" that hung out in Poppies.
E-mail me and I will let you know. Rich
Added: May 11, 2009


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Ken Fahrbach
From: Punta Gorda Fl
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Hey April, Karen and Ken Ball
Thank you all for clearing up the anniversary day... it has been driving me crazy trying to remember what it was all about… the old movie film shows the floats and the bikes all done up in color paper and the different age groups marching by… I am putting it into a DVD… my sister (Georgeanna) and her kids and yours truly are in the film with a cast of hundreds (well sorta)...
I do not know if the historical soc. would like a copy … it has to be from the late 50's early 60's based on my age at the time and the cars shown.
Got a kick out of the Jonny ride the pony thread… yea piling on was the goal to break the pony's back... lol... Winner was the group that could hold the most opposing players without collapsing... at least that is my memory… I bet the girls won the forest park match… lol Ken…
I was at ps66 about 1946 thru 50, K to 4 or 5 can't remember when we moved over to ps90. HS graduation would have been 59 from RHHS had I stayed in the city.
Added: May 11, 2009


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Greg O'Malley
From: Minnesota/Wisconsin DMZ
E-mail: theomalice@yahoo.com

I played a lot of Johnny-on-a-pony in Astoria when I was little kid, but it wasn't in fashion when we moved to Richmond Hill in '68.
We did play a butt-load of chinese handball though. We had a perfect wall and sidewalk at the corner of 116th ST and 101st AVE. The "orange" bldg. Penalty for losing? Asses Up, natch!
Added: May 11, 2009


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Liz Michael
From: Florida
E-mail: redonionsauce@aol.com

My Great Grandparents lived at 38 131st Street.
Their names were Harry and Frieda Magee. They had several children. Robert, Margarit, Harry, William, Dorothy, Gerard and probably a few more. The house is still there. I compared it to a photo 1960 I have of my father's cousin, Frances Geiger on the front stoop.
Frances is Dorothy Magee Geiger's daughter. Gerard formed Magee Fuel Oil in Babylon. I am trying to find Frances or her brother. They would be in their 70's. Does anyone remember them?
Added: May 10, 2009


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Pat Goddard Friedhoff
From: Mahwah, New Jersey
E-mail: patsingstoo@aol.com

Hi Everybody, I just attended the walk-through at SBJL last month. The school looks great and it's so sad to know that it's doors will be closing. Saw a few faces from the past, wish there had been more of them in attendance that day.
I graduated from St. Benny's in 1963 -- but I have lots of siblings -- do you know any of them? Linda '60 (now Mancini), Paul '62, Karen '68? (now Kolb -- yes married to Johnny Kob), Kenny '69?, Janet '71? (now Brown) and Laura '78 (Goddard again).
We have a table at the dinner dance in October -- Mom & Dad will be going too (Eleanor & Clyde). It promises to be a great night. Hope all you alumnae can be there to share stories and reminisce.
Anybody out there going??? Hope to see you there.
Added: May 10, 2009


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Linda Roberti Leisen
From: East Meadow, New York
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Just found this site. Enjoyed reading the history.
I grew up in Richmond Hill, 115 St., between 95th and Atlantic. My siblings and I went to St. Benny's. So sad that it is closing.
I have such great memories of my childhood in RH.
Added: May 9, 2009


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mike sharkey exq
From: columbus ohio
E-mail: sharkey5@juno.com

saw the site while trying to figure out how to beat the high hotel rates in NYC. our dgt is in brooklyn, and the mrs and i hope to visit her. thinking about flying into the LI airport LIRR to jamacia and find a hotel there. stay on train for visits to dgt and manhatten. wondered if the elevated is the LIRR route?
enjoyed your history often worndered how plank roads were built and nice story about the tunnels in nam. i'm 67 grad, wife is 68. any ideas on history of long is manufacturers? I have an early electric oven that looks like a big old toaster. it has a grill on top, oven inside, with rotisseree. thanks mike
Added: May 7, 2009


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steve batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB NC
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

That's right Johnny on a pony no Piling on and now for the 25Cent pitchers of beer and I'll go softly into the night without even asking about purees & KABOLAS
Added: May 7, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

I thought the whole idea of Jonnny-ride-a-pony was to pile on. One great RH tale was of the guys meeting some wild girls at Forest Park who played JRAP with them.
Added: May 6, 2009


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Frank Ciccone
From: Long Beach, N.Y.
E-mail: fcciccone@aol.com

Piling on... a term used in the playing of Johnny on the pony, I believe.
Added: May 6, 2009


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Richard Massey
From: New York, N.Y.
E-mail: masseyrf@yahoo.com

Hi Mike..... That would be me - I remember you stopping in for a beer when you finished the nite shift @ delta airlines. Hope all is well - Best Regards
Added: May 6, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

How old are you? Remember the "Family Window" in the saloon? Women and children could get the growler filled without going inside. There was one at the bar on the south side of Liberty Ave between 128th & 129th.
Wikipedia: Growlers got their name from the sound that the CO2 made when it escaped from the lid as the beer sloshed around. It likely dates back to the late 19th century when fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one's home by means of a small-galvanized pail
Added: May 6, 2009


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johnny kolb (kob)
From: Atlantic Ave & Lefferts Blvd (across from Lenihans)
E-mail: johnnyjack55@aol.com

anyone heard from Peter Matura 116 St SBJL Teen Club Guy
Added: May 5, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

SBJL Reunion (Class of '68) will be held at Joe Abbracciamento's in Rego Park on 7/25/09. Please email me if you are interested in attending. Others from different graduating years attending too!
Added: May 5, 2009


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Mike Hans
From: Albany NY
E-mail: mihans@live.com

Hey R Massey...
Are you the same guy that use to fill-in tending bar at Mickey's when Skip Dooley or Richie Carey needed some time off???
Added: May 5, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
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To AF Batthany:
You got me on "piling on". All I can think of is unwelcome hitchhikers on a belly whop. Could you get beer on Sunday morning at the Brooklyn brewery? More Sunday morning beer guesses:
American Legion Hall? VFW? I do remember one Jerome Ave bar we could sneak in and hide away from the window. Each week the crowd got bigger and bigger and the owner was afraid to stop it. I think Marty Schattner started that. He told his mom for years that he was going to the 12:15. I forget how he got palm for Palm Sunday.
Added: May 5, 2009


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steve batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB NC
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

This'll be the last one for while!
Where could you get a full pitcher of Shaefer Beer in Richmond Hill (a stretch) even on a Sunday morning for 25Cents??
Added: May 4, 2009


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steve batthany
From: Seymour Johnson AFB NC
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

to Jimmy Burke, you got eggies right, now let's go for 3, how about this one, "no Piling on".
We were decorating our bikes with crepe paper to go in the Anniversary parade but my mom was a staunch Catholic and told us No. But Ma, they have ice cream and cake and Micky Mouse cartoons, Sooo, she said ok, eat the ice cream and watch the movies but DON't sing any songs. it seems like yesterday (1943) R Massey yes Cecelia is my younger & only sister. she just retired as assistant principal @ Aviation Trade HS in Sunnyside.
Added: May 4, 2009


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Tim Murphy
From: Lynbrook
E-mail:

A "johnny pump" was a fire hydrant.
Added: May 2, 2009


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HONEY CHAMBERS
From: NORFOLK, VA.
E-mail:

A "Johnny Pump" is a fire hydrant!! In New York that is what we called them and I still do till this day!!
Some things from New York follow us all the way!!
Added: May 2, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

A "johnnie pump" is a fire hydrant (derivation?). The Protestant churches gave out ice cream on Anniversary Day. Sam Levinson said if they wanted to convert us all they had to do was feed us.
Wikipedia: A fire hydrant (also known colloquially as a fire plug in the United States or as a johnny pump in New York City, because the firemen of the late 1800s were called Johnnies
Added: May 2, 2009


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Dennis Mooney
From: Los Angeles, Ca.
E-mail: moon6666@verizon.net

A Johnny Pump is a Fire Hydrant!!!
Added: May 2, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
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In an Italian restaurant in Hollywood I was chatting with the owner, another former New Yorker. I told him I was from Ozone Park. He apparently perceived that I was non-Italian and said "You must be a fireman or a cop"
Added: May 2, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Does anyone remember what a 'johnny pump' was?
Added: May 2, 2009


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April Kostere
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Hi Ken & Karen:
I was one of the marchers in the Anniversary Day parade one year with St. Paul's Lutheran church on 114th St. directly across the street from RHHS. (The pastor's name has slipped my mind, but I could never look him directly in the eye, so he must have been doing a good job.) I believe Ann. Day was one of the public school holidays in June that caused great consternation in my Catholic school friends.
Now over 50 years later, I remember 2 things about that day: The colorful floats and a classmate from P.S. 62 waving to me from the sidewalk "crowd". I guess we made an unusual sight in the neighborhood.
Added: May 2, 2009


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

What is the derivation of "eggies"? (Long form: "Gimme eggies")
Added: May 2, 2009


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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com

i saw somebody was called alley oop. does any one know who that is? did he own a corvette with that name and did he take it to a gas station on the north conduit and 123 st. for repair's?
Added: May 1, 2009


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DR JOHN RODGERS
From: TERRA VISTA, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

"Eggies" had to do with sharing in a purchase, perhaps a soda, or an ice cream. It was called out by someone who was not the purchaser. "No eggies" was what the purchaser tried to call out before anyone else called "eggies."
Added: May 1, 2009


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dennis j mead
From: sayreville n.j.
E-mail: homewrecker611@aol.com

I grew up at 103-25 123 St with kid brother Gerry and sis Maryjane... We went to St Bennys when I graduated in '65...
My mom Doris taught school at St Sylvesters at Grant Avenue at Citi Line... I graduated from Bklyn Tech in 1969... And I just retired of a career in the Subways after 35 years... My sweetheart Alice Carter and I have been married and she continues to work at the 95 and 4th Ave Train Station... Richmond Hill will forever be a great place to be... Bye, Bye
Added: May 1, 2009


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

"Eggies" was a request (demand?) that your friend share what he was eating. I guess the protocol was that if you yelled "No eggies" first you didn't want to or have to share.
Added: May 1, 2009


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richard massey
From: new york, n.y.
E-mail: masseyrf@yahoo.com

steve -
calling "eggies" entitled the caller to a share of your candy, lunch etc. I grew up on 118th st. between atlantic and 91st ave hung out at the ice cream parlor on 118th & atlantic later at Mickey's Tavern 118th & Jerome ave. Graduated from SBJL 1959 - I went to school with Celia Batthany your sister?
Added: May 1, 2009


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steve batthany
From: Goldsboro NC
E-mail: aebatthany@aol.com

Here's another from the past you all should get it. Who remembers what "Eggies"and "no Eggies" meant?
Added: April 30, 2009


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Stan Turetsky
From: Bohemia, NY
E-mail: s.turetsky@att.net

I grew up in the apartment house on 120th Street (103-35 120th), just north of Liberty Avenue. I'd love to hear from anyone who lived there when I was a kid.
My father's family lived above the candy store on Liberty next to the Flower Shop (Laskas or Rigas) so I was second generation Richmond Hill. It was a great place to grow up. We knew all of the store owners - Brills, Karps, Sam and Joe, etc.
I became a teacher and then assistant principal at Richmond Hill High School and was there for 25 years.
I also graduated from the Hill and am currently organizing my class of 1959's 50th reunion. Any 59ers out there, please get in touch at RHHS59@att.net -- Stan Turetsky
Added: April 29, 2009


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Brion Nantista
From: Bohemia, NY
E-mail: brion.j.nantista@boeing.com

Mille the Matron... Now that brings back some memories!
I remember sitting in the balcony with my Boy's Club buddy Jack Pelter on a saturday afternoon and Millie telling us we wern't allowed up there and we had to go back downstairs. Jack asked why and Millie responded with " Because meatballs don't bounce... Now get downstarirs". Thats when I chimed in with a few choice words after which we were promptly tossed on to the curb.
During the long walk home me and Jack kept repeating "Because Meatballs Don't Bounce?" as we desperately attempted to make some sense of Millie's rhetoric. I didn't return to the scene of the crime until I was 15 and went to see Night of The Living Dead. This was in the mid 70's when Liberty Ave was the place to be.
There was the Army Navy store (Free on the spot pants hemming) Goody's, Dadson's, St Johns, and some good pizza places.
Added: April 29, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hi Friends from Richmond Hill! Happy Easter and Happy spring.
With weather getting nicer I will be making visits back to the old neighborhood to visit some family and friends who still live there. They also live in surrounding areas of Ridgewood and Glendale. The Allied Vets parade along Myrtle Ave between those two communities is one of my favorites and I never miss it.
I spent some happy married years in those neighborhoods. But always remember Richmond Hill. I do remember you, Bernard Boyle. I do remember your Mom; didn't she work for St Teresa's school, if I am not mistaken.
I live at the shore these days in Long Branch, a nice community in Monmouth County NJ. It has some things in it that would remind one of Richmond Hill, the way it was. Well I hope you have a nice day. It is good to be remembered, right? Regards Mary
Added: April 29, 2009


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Karen Beebe Nordman
From: Maryland
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Ken Fahrbach -- I grew up on 87th Ave. between 102 and 104 Streets. Went to P.S. 66, P.S 90 and RHHS graduating in 1960.
I remember a lot of what you posted. Anniversary Day was the parade you mentioned. All the Protestant Churches participated and it was in honor of the first Sunday School.
I'm looking for any info on a 50th Reunion from RHHS for the class of 1960. We attended the 50th Anniversay of my husband's Class (1958 last year on L.I. and had a good time). Karen Beebe Nordman
Added: April 29, 2009


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ivelise rivera
From: royal palm beach (paradise)
E-mail: iveliserr@aol.com

I found this web site by accident in tears joyful tears that is it bring back so many memories.
Iam probbably to young to remember all but living in richmond hill back in 1976 the year we moved in until we moved out back in 1997 (oct 17) were the best years i could spend growing up as a kid into a young women.
I remember walking to lewis of woodhaven on saturdays, thom mac cann and jason toy store from were we lived on 125 and jamacia ave (86-43). It's so funny! that old man sharpening our knives and sometimes you walk by and you get a glimspe of his little shop. Walking to the corner and having four stores to choose from. Even walkig to jr high 217 was an experience over the overpass up the stairs above the highway. I remember my mom walking me until 1 turned 14. Something kids won't be caught doing now a days.
thanks for the site and memories. ivy rivera ramos (40).
Added: April 28, 2009


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail: jimburke46@hotmail.com

Who remembers?
The south side of Liberty Ave westward from the library at 130th St (Dentist upstairs), Lareno's candy store, Andy & Oscars Diner where we negotiated the suitable volume of the jukebox; the little tailor shop with a man's suit on a chair in the front window advertised with a sign: "mit 2 per pens", Olsen's Deli - son Johnnie was the rich kid in the gang, lived across Liberty on the next block upstairs from Tunick's "Dept Store".
How about "The Chimes" bar about 124th St? The owner broke from tradition charging 10 cents for a beer instead of 15 with no buy-back on the 4th beer. He'd have to try explaining all day that that was a better deal. I saw a play in Hollywood about a NY bar, "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings". I had to explain "buy-back" to other people in the audience.
A local guy returned from a stint in the Merchant Marine, bought The Chimes and reinvented it and himself with a hand-painted sign: "Sailor John's". I forget how he handled buy-backs.
Added: April 28, 2009


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richard mcdermott
From: Washington DC
E-mail: mcdermottr@yahoo.com

#1: The Names of the mgr (with a Limp) of the Lefferts Theatre and his short female assistant with a flashlight?? Millie was the Matron at Lefferts.
#2: Does any one know where Eldee Lombardi's was before it was on Liberty and 116th?? Eldee moved to 123rd street and Liberty. I remember the owner looked like Roy Orbison.
I was 10 in 1970 thats what I remeber as a little kid
Added: April 27, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

I believe the name of the manager of the Lefferts movie was Barney. Don't remember the name of the "matron", except for the fact that she swung a mean flashlight.
Also remember that the lower and front row seats were "hard hat areas". The group graduated from throwing candy to throwing wooden armrests.
Added: April 27, 2009


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Dorothy Thom
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Thomas O'Connor -
I recently visited my old address in Richmond Hill. I can assure you that there is no way the neighborhood can ever go back to the way it was. We now have only our memories of what was once a great neighborhood and this site. I love this site.
Added: April 27, 2009


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Dorothy Thom
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Steve - I don't remember the manager, but the lady with the flashlight was Millie.
Added: April 27, 2009


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george farrell
From: st. louis, MO
E-mail: mcy2@aol.com

To Jimmy Burke...
Adrian Wayne "Lefty" Burke was a legendary athlete in the 60's and 70's with the speed of a gazelle. I remember two of his kid brothers, Jeff Burke, who was a LRRP hero in Viet Nam and young Jimmy Burke who was a great basketball player. Jimmy played at Marquette for Al McGuire.
Some great athletes and great guys came out of St. Teresa's in those days. The McCabe boys, the McKillop boys, the Calder boys, the Buckley boys, Tom Sowinski, Bob Oliva, the Marchetti brothers, the list goes on and on. Brings back wonderful memories.
Added: April 27, 2009


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Steve Bathany
I seem to remember a local legend about the Lefferts manager getting the limp by being thrown out of the balcony by some neighborhood tough. Let's see what bits others can add.
Added: April 26, 2009


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ
E-mail: Bisc928@aol.com

To Steve Batthany's Trivia
answer to #4-- Idelwild changed to Kennedy sometime in 1964. I know there was an airshow sometime in 1947 because an unseen jet passed over the crowd and scared the s--t out of everyone. I know it was open for business in 1947 because my uncle flew on Northwest from there to Tokyo, Japan to become a Jesuit missionary.
You stumped me on the other three questions!
Added: April 26, 2009


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Kenneth Ball
From: Ocala, Florida
E-mail: knkball@att.net

I wonder Ken Fahrbach, if we attended P.S. 66 at the same time, your name sounds familiar to me.
Do you recall Mrs Morrissey or Mrs. Sheridan or possibly Mrs Richards and Mrs Wheeler and Mrs. Leaviness our principle, a nice lady.
Remember Jackson's pond and slipping under the turnstile on the 104th street El, I only did it once, remember the Army / Navy surplus store between 102nd and 104th street on Jamaica Ave.
How about the little Deli across the street from the P.S. 66 play ground, I always ate in the school cafeteria, Mrs Smith, I believe ran it back in the early fifties.
If any of this sounds familiar let me know. Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: April 26, 2009


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Ray Kelly
From: Ocala, Florida
E-mail: rjk412@yahoo.com

I was reading the comments of Ken Farbach who lived at 90-14 102 street and it brought back many memories.
At Bond bread it was saturday night we use to get the bread right out of the oven on 91 Ave. I lived at 102-06 90 Ave. from the 1930s until the 1950s.
I went to Holy Child and RHHS and raised my children on 92 ave and 102 street. I also have memories of the soupbowl at Forest park and Pecks bar on Jamaica Ave.
I still go back there every year as my children live on L.I.
Added: April 25, 2009


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Alley OOp Bathany:
We were just talking abouy Millie at the Lefferts. You'll have to Google the other items
Added: April 25, 2009


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Bobby Hill
From: merrick, ny
E-mail: rhill125@optonline.net

answer to post by steve batthany of april 24th, 2009
question #1: manager lefferts theatre (Barney) usherette (Millie) question#2: Eldees (Atlantic Ave 117 & 118 St.)
queston#3: re: 111th St. bowling alley (just off Jamaica Ave.)
Added: April 25, 2009


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DR JOHN RODGERS
From: TERRA VISTA, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

Steve:
Eldee Appliances was on the north side of Atlantic between 118 and Lefferts--a few doors away from Ludemann's. The son of the owner, Joey Lombardi, was in my class at SBJL circa 1950.
Idlewild opened with an air show and speeches by HST (and others) in the summer of 1948 (I believe). My cousin lived on Van Wyck Blvd (before the Expwy) below Rockaway Blvd. we walked down to what is now North Conduit where the hotels are, and sat on a hill watching the show. The plane I remember best was a B-36 which had its propellers facing the rear of the plane.
I believe Idlewild became JFK in 1964 after JFK was assassinated.
Added: April 25, 2009


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Ken Fahrbach
From: Punta Gorda Fl
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Let's see I spent my early years in RH... attended PS66 and one year at PS90. My sister graduated from RHHS. Lived at 90-14 102 street just around the corner from Bond bread...
Remember walking to Pecks with my Dad to get a bucket of beer that they would drink on the front stoop. Dad sold the place to my Sister and her husband and they were there for about 5 to 8 years. I have old 8mm film of a paraded that I think was part of the Lutheran church (since gone I think).
Memories are of sled riding down 102 street from forest park to see if we could make it to Jamacia ave... walking to and from PS66 and PS90. Getting up on the train tracks to flatten pennies. Going to the back door of bond bread to get hot loafs of bead on Saturdays or was it Sundays. The workers would pass them out the door to us kids and we would run home with them.
Maypole at PS66… crossing guard duties and holding the shades down for movies (it was a guy thing). Stick ball, Heels, and all the street games we played at that young an age. The carousel and playing in Forest park exploring the woods and oh yea the "soup bowl", my sister still carries the scars from an errant tree that jumped in her path as she rode her sled down that awesome hill... lol
Moved to LI after the year in PS90. But have cruised the old area a few times in the past years, as my son has a business in Glendale. Great sight to remember the great times... we were young but we could walk to school and take responsibility at that young age... so much for the younger generations.
Added: April 24, 2009


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Steve Batthany
From: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
E-mail:

Trivia: Does anyone remember
#1 The Names of the mgr (with a Limp) of the Lefferts Theatre and his short female assistant with a flashlight??
#2 Does any one know where Eldee Lombardi's was before it was on Liberty and 116th??
#3 Where the 111 bowling alley was??
#4 What year Idlewild changed to Kennedy, had the air show, and opened for business??
Added: April 24, 2009


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Steve Batthany
From: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
E-mail:

Talk about the liberty lumber yard. I bought my first car there. A 1947 Studerbaker Commander for $100.
A week later I paid Freddie Dorgler's (Atlantic and 116th) $12, yes $12 US to fix the throw out bering on the clutch, the next week the brakes failed at 114th and Jerome and my brother Jerry and I wound up in the Itches front lobby. Do I rember Liberty Lumber?
Added: April 24, 2009


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Annette Maggio
From: San Ramon, CA
E-mail: AnnettePropertyManager@comcast.net

I grew up on 117th between 107ave & 109ave... went to OLPH... and lucky to have grown up in Richmond Hill. I went to OLPH between 1956-1962.
I hear there is going to me an OLPH Reunion Sept. 5, 2009. Is there anyone from my class going??? I sure would love to see any and all of you there... can you imagine... we were at one point 103 kids all in one class room... and one Dominican Nun... and we never... Never... got the upper hand!! ( we got the back of the hand plenty!!)
Added: April 23, 2009


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Omar Brunson
From: Richmond Hill Queens
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I grew up in Richmond Hill.
I remember the Lumber Yard on Liberty Ave and Uncle Jack's Toy Store on Liberty and 124th, Buster Brown Shoe store, The Lefferts Movie Theatre, Rosenblum's Pharmacy...
This is just the type of site I was looking for to facilitate dating the house that has been in my family for the last 50 years.
Added: April 23, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Jimmy Burke:
We may have met but I'm sure you know my older brother Eddie (or maybe Richie in those days). Your adopted cousing Tom and I were best buddies back in the fifties and sixties. He even lived with my family while he was on leave from the Navy.
I still keep in touch with him and his wife and stopped at his home in Wichita, Ks. twice while travelling cross country. He now lives in Fla.
Added: April 23, 2009


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail: jimburke46@hotmail.com

Ozone Park readers: Does anyone know the three Bird sisters from south of Liberty near Tutie's?
Added: April 22, 2009


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Bernard Boyle
From: Allendale NJ
E-mail: bmbspirit@cs.com

I have been a fan of this site for a few years now, and although most of my youth was in South Ozone Park, I also lived on 115th St & 101 Ave as well.
I was reading a comment by Mary Johnson that said her maiden name was Micka, and I think she was in my class at St Teresa's. I graduated from there in 1964. We lived on 109th Ave between 132nd & 133 St. My siblings were Patricia, David and Noel.
I saw the name Rubenacker here, and wonder if that was the same family that lived on 133 St because they had a backyard that went all the way through to the next street and it actually had a pear tree in it. It was a great yard to cut through when you were playing ringalevio.
I still get nostalgic when I read the entries here, especially about the places everyone frequented, from Rockaway Blvd to Jamaica Ave & The Van Wyck to Woodhaven Blvd.
I remember walking home in the summer at 9 o'clock at night with my brother Noel, going past houses where the TV has been set up on the sidewalk in front of the stoop and the whole family is sitting on the steps watching. keep the memories coming.
Added: April 21, 2009


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joann cutichio rodecker
From: long island
E-mail: joannrodecker@yahoo.com

grew up in R.H from 1950 to 1965. there was no place like it.
went to P.S.100 for 1-6 then to 121 7 to 8. Then went to Jamaica Vocational H.S. on hillside avenue and 165 St. My brother Anthony graduated from John Adams 1965. I lived on 122 st. between 109 ave and 111 ave.
I remember Saturday afternoons at the Lefferts theater. Does anyone remember Eleanor Jethro or Kathy Perry or Jimmy Barbera from Linden Blvd. We hung out at the candy store at 125 st. and 111 ave. I did all my shopping on Liberty Ave or Jamaica Ave. Remember the Green Line bus terminal at Archer Ave? (i think).
Added: April 21, 2009


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TOMMY BLANK
From: Long Island
E-mail: TOMGENIE@aol.com

Read entry from Jimmy Burke,
I played ball with Lefty and went to PS55 and St Teresa's Church with Richie McCabe. Lived on 133 and Liberty where 103 started by the Monument. Played ball in every school and playground around my cousins George and Eddie Blank and Arty Brooks, played for the Atomics and Bobby Brooks for the Royals.
My father was the bartender at Baumans and the rest of my family hung out at Ryans right across from where Lefty lived. Haven't seen or heard from Richie in 50 years. Tommy Blank
Added: April 21, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

To Jeff: Re: Jahn's And Salerno's
Jahn's as you know has been closed for over a year now and was gutted almost immeditately. The word is that someone spent a large amount of money for all of the furnishings, including the lamps, brass fixtures and everything.
The building still stands with a permit in the window sadly and is becoming an eyesore with nothing being done to it. The awnings are ripped and falling off, as well as the building basically looking abandoned. It is such a loss.
As for Salerno's, they are still in business having changed owners, now called Sorrento's, not being able to use the original name anymore. At first they kept it as was, all Italian food and then slowly added Indian food to the menu. Now with a new sign and the building taking on a more Indian look, we are all suspecting that it will soon be an all Indian/Punjab restaurant.
Added: April 21, 2009


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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows, Queens
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com

HI,
was wondering what became of Jahns and Salernos? New businesses there yet? If so, what are they?? Did new owners gut Jahn's out, remove all old woodwork, Lamps?? Hope Not!! Would love to have 1 or 2 of the Stained Glass Lamps, put them right up in my apt.
If any one can answer my questions, please get back to me, would really appreciate it!! Still can't believe Jahns is gone, what a shame. Oh well, let me split. Jeff C.
Added: April 20, 2009


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STEVE BATTHANY md
From: Lake Worth FLA
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Well here goes "A Jump Back into History" what's new that I know only that St Bennies school is closing after almost 100 years.
Added: April 19, 2009


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Nick and Carol Calcanes
From: Homosassa, Fl
E-mail: calcanes1@earthlink.net

This is a reply for Honey Chambers (no email address)
The picture taken at the Garden Sweet Shop is probably with Nick and his cousin George. Don't know who owned the convertable. Email the picture if you can. calcanes1@earthlink.net -- Thanks.
Added: April 18, 2009


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail: jimburke46@hotmail.com

Lived at 104-75 129th St, family moved to 109-44 117th St, So OZ while I was in the Army 1956 but I found them. Family: Valerie, Jim, Noel, Elaine, David, Miriam, Mary & Lois + adopted cousins Tom, Mary & Rita Mitchell.
One St Benny's nun used to bounce my forehead off the blackboard telling me "I'm going to show you the inside of this blackboard, Burke". Years ago I ran into a guy at a San Francisco AA meeting who had been on SFPD. He was from 134th & Liberty area, knew all the same last names I did but different 1st names - finally dawned on me he hung out with the younger brothers of my gang. He knew Jeffry & Eugene, the brothers of Adrian Wayne (Lefty) Burke & the McCabes. Anyone know Eddy Reap, Turk Taffner, Dickie Farnsworth, walked from south of the library to see Mary Rademacher every night just north of J&J's 130th & Liberty, she married a guy she saw every lunchtime. Tony Ortiz lived near her. The Cook brothers lived on 129th. Ross is out here in Rialto. (I can't read entries that are too long.)
Added: April 18, 2009


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Kathleen Riley
From: Orlando, FL
E-mail: Kathy4Riley@aol.com

Looking to get back in touch
Added: April 17, 2009


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail: jimburke46@hotmail.com

Lived in St Theresa of Avilla parish.
Aunt in St Joseph order pulled strings to get us into St Benny's. Jimmy Breslin was a few years ahead of me. I remember Billy Heffernan (father was a milkman who smuggled rationed sugar and butter to the nuns) Richie Gearns (my ex, Connie Conway is still in touch with his sister), Freddie Schroeder, Frank Gerber, Judy Ryan, Ann Maher (uncle was a Bishop)
Added: April 17, 2009


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Thomas O'Connor
From: Wall Twp. NJ
E-mail: oconnorthomas79@yahoo.com

Great site. Brings back the wonderful memories of growing up in Richmond Hill.
I wish the old neighborhood was back the way it used to be. Living in the suburbs can't compare to what we had growing up in Richmond Hill. I really miss it.
Added: April 15, 2009


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richie lovaglio
From: florida
E-mail:

hey patti, how are you. hung out with ronnie and your sister barbara in 90 pk. hope you are doing well and say hi to ronnie.
Added: April 15, 2009


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Nancy Augustins
From: seaford, ny
E-mail: sandbunny@optonline.net

My husband worked for a company called Merma doorback in 1960. He is trying to locate it. Any help would be appreciated.
Added: April 14, 2009


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Patti Bamberger Becker
From: Monroe, NY
E-mail: arcstar70@hotmail.com

To Marilyn Meyer
I just read your story and the part about piano lessons at the convent sure did bring back some memories, unfortunately not such great ones either LOL...
Sister Grace Theresa was her name and oh my, was she ever out of her mind!!! My knuckles still hurt when I think about how she taught us to play. I remember asking her once why we had to keep our fingers at attention and WHACK, she gave me one right across the knuckles. Practice 4 days a week for those of us who didn't have a piano at home, and then the dreaded lesson 1 day a week.
I smuggled my grandmother in once so that she could hear me play, and I almost died when I saw the habbit go flying by the little window in the practice room as Sister went flying down the hall to the next practice room so that she could yell at the other student for sounding like an amatuer. I wonder what the heck she expected from us, geez, we were only kids!
Finally, the straw that broke the camels back was when I was with her for a lesson and another student was waiting for me to finish. I made a dreaded mistake. The next thing I know, Sister Grace Theresa has me by my pony tail, shaking my head back and forth, saying to the waiting student, "We have a real lemon here"... I went home crying, and after finally telling of the torture that went on in the convent, I went on to learn from Mrs. Tomforte. Now that woman was something else!
Thank you to Lisa Corridor for introducing me to her. If it hadn't been for her, I don't think I would have any fingers left LOL. See you on facebook and myspace. Have a great day all.
Added: April 13, 2009


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richie lovaglio
From: florida
E-mail:

hey theresa, moved to fl to get away from winter.
love it down here, but miss my brothers. micheal lives in long island. my older brother lives in cape may, nj. my bother jimmy lives in the city. talk with dennis rudolph last month, it was great talking with him. coming up for the holiday. who else you have seen and what reunion. take care
Added: April 13, 2009


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Warren Lutzel
From: Attleboro, Ma
E-mail: xpress47@comcast.net

Grew up in Kew Gardens, but remember hanging out at Jahn's and Big John's hot dog joint and playing the bowling game.
Added: April 12, 2009


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Mary Hamel
From: Ma.
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

If anyone is going to the SBJL [St Benney's] Walk-Through the School on Sat April 25th and you are from the Ma., RI area, and you want to share a ride please e-mail me. I would like to leave on Fri and return on Sun. I will drive. Can take 3 adults.
Added: April 11, 2009


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Theresa Cervino - Jenkins
From: Richmond Hill, New York 11418
E-mail:

To Richard Lavaglio, It was so nice to hear back from you!
So what brought you to Florida? Married, children? I am, and have 2 grown Daughters. I always remember our days in Holy Child and you are one I'd never forget. Would I recongnize you today? Would you recognize me? LOL
You say your coming back for a Christmas visit. Do you still have any family here? I would love to see you. Please keep me posted on here as to your plans. Hope to hear from you soon and keep in mind the reunion next year. Sincerely, Theresa
Added: April 10, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Mike Nilsson, Could you be related to Buck Nilsson?
My dad owned Reo Moving Co. and later on my uncle Artie and my friend Bill Grochowski bought Nilsson Moving Co. We were located at 125th St. & 101st Ave. (Jerome Ave.)
Added: April 9, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer - Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

To All Holy Child Jesus Graduates:
I know this is early but Palm Sunday's Church Bulletin mentions next year, 2010 is the 100th Anniversary of the Parish. Among many events being planned for the Jubilee Year mentioned are "Homecoming Reunions." There was a form to be turned into the rectory asking for graduate's information.
For anyone who is not local, please send your name, address, phone #, Graduation Year, and e-mail to Holy Child Jesus Church, 111-11 86th Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York 11418 now!
They are looking for responses as soon as possible, so get yourselves on the list and let's look forward to a BIG reunion next year. I will keep everyone posted as well. Happy Easter everyone!
Added: April 9, 2009


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Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

To Donna Sohl Greenbaum,
I remember your grandmother very well as I live across the street from her house. She was a lovely lady who always had a smile and a good word for every one who passed by. I remember your grandfather's store. He delivered orders in a wheelbarrow.
Added: April 8, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

To Mike Nilsson:
Please visit our web pages regarding The History of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Parish, researched by our local Historian Carl Ballenas.
Within these pages are related links to other parts of South Richmond Hill such as Morris Park, Clarenceville, and Dunton. These neighboring communities were eventually absorbed into Richmond Hill.
Added: April 8, 2009


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Mike Nilsson
From: Florida
E-mail: fdnyret@aol.com

I was born and raised in RH, went to RHHS 1955 to 1958 when I joined the Navy. I retired from FDNY and now live in Florida.
My Father was born there in 1903 and owned Ice, Coal and Moving business until his death in 1965. My Grandfather farmed, Lefferts Blvd. to Van Wyck, and went on owned his own ice delivery business where he lived on 127 Street and 103 Road. My Great Grandfather, Oberglock Family, owned and operated a diary and bottle business in Morris Park. Our family goes back to the mid 1800's in RH, Woodhaven and Morris Park. I often find myself wondering why the RH Historical Society never has any information and history about South RH?
Added: April 8, 2009


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Paul C. Lupica
From: Savannah, Ga.
E-mail: pclupica@bellsouth.net

Born and raised on Hillside Ave. & 124th St. Father, Tom; mother, Adele; brothers, Charles (Chuck), Ted and Lenny. Family lived in same house since 1920. Left in '69.
Hung-out on Jamaica Ave & 126th. Also Our Lady of the Cenacle schoolyard and area. Also Jamaica Ave. & 114th area. Would like to reconnect with anyone from those areas from the '60s. If you recognize the name please contact me.
Read comments about The Keith's, Danced on the stage in the '50s. Can anyone remember 'The Gertz Pie Club'? Saw the Three Stooges live on stage at a movie theater in Jamaica. Does anyone remember them being there?
Went to P.S. #54, Van Wyck J.H.S. #217 and RHHS. Family attended The Church of the Resurrection on 118th St and 85th Ave. Married Kathi Giambertone in '69. Then moved to Savannah, Ga. in '72 and, No, I don't know Paula Deen. Hope to hear from anyone from my youth. Thanks
Added: April 8, 2009


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Virginia
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Joseph Matragano:
Your brother Ralph and I were best buddies in P.S. 121. We lost track of each other after graduating in 1957. He's a great guy and I always thought that he would become a priest and then we met at a gathering in S.B.J.L., with his girlfriend a few years later. Please have him touch base with me I would love to hear from him.
You have had a great family and your Mom was a typical special Italian lady. "You have to eat". I remember our science teacher saying that she ate at your home once and couldn't believe the amount of food she was served. I learned later on, how that works when I married my Italian wife Rose Marie 43 years ago. She still cooks that way. Art B.
Added: April 7, 2009


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Dougie Flynn
From: LI New York
E-mail:

Hey Richie Lavaglio, I didn't really hang out anywhere in particular. I remember John because he sat behind me in homeroom.
I remember playing in a football game at Victory Field with some of the guys from 90 park, Kevin Coen, Phil Manino and a guy named "Fitzi". It was alot of fun. They were real cool to me. The girl who I liked was there too. She was there for the other team who hung out at 66 park. She gave me grief about it at school later on in the week.
Hard to believe that was over 30 years ago!! Take care
Added: April 7, 2009


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liz mccarthy
From: pa
E-mail: bjbuckley7@verizon.net

I was wondering if there were any readers who graduated from Holy Child School in 1952?
We had a fun class and I would like to hear from anyone - Joan Lidell, Gerry Cook, Arnie Haffner, Robert Baker, Frank Burns, Nicki, Francis Messick, et al
Added: April 7, 2009


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Donna Sohl Greenbaum
From: San Diego
E-mail: dmgreenie@yahoo.com

In response to the question about the kids from 110 St., I was one who spent lots of time on that street since my grandmother, Anna Sohl, lived there until 1977.
I'm looking for any memories of my grandparents. They used to own the corner store at 110th and Atlantic during the 40's and 50's. I'm also looking to renew friendships with anyone who went to PS 51 and "graduated" from 5th grade in 1969.
Added: April 6, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail:

Hello Everyone!
I was just wondering if any of my old friends from years back are on this website. They were two sisters, Barbara and Carol Southwick, Mary Ann Donnaruma, Andrea Siglain, Dianna Schneider. We all grew up together and some of us attended the same schools.
Happy Easter everyone. Regards, Mary
Added: April 6, 2009


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Jan Simmons
From: Wall Township, NJ
E-mail: catladyjan@gmail.com

I am asking anyone on this site for information on the murder of Cheryl McCarthy way back in December 1969.
Did anyone recall if it was ever solved? I lived down the street from where it happened. Any information would be appreciated.
Added: April 4, 2009


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida
E-mail: rafar63@gmail.com

Diana Wantola.
Please, look for my email on this page. I want to say hello to You.
If somebody have the chance to contact Diana Wantola, please, let her know about this add. Thank you very much. Bye Rafael Rivas.
Added: April 3, 2009


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diana munzer
From: california
E-mail: dianamunzer@gmail.com

I was born at Richmond Hill Sanatorium, 1939.
I am looking for Steve Stetzer who lived at 87-15 91 St. Woodhaven, New York. Any one have any information? Thanks, diana munzer. Also information regarding Marta Hink, thanks
Added: April 3, 2009


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Patricia Erhard Trainor
From: Glen Ridge, NJ
E-mail: Pattee217@aol.com

This looks like a great sight !
Added: April 3, 2009


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Erika Mack
From: Spring, Texas
E-mail: erika.p.17@hotmail.com

I recently started a family tree and have worked my way back to my grandfather and his parents.
Since my grandfather died when I was young & his parents died when he was young- none of their information got passed along to the rest of the family. I'm hoping someone might be able to help me find information on them.
My grandfather's name was: Arthur Walter Mack born on October 4, 1932 in Jamaicia Hospital in Richmond Hill. He graduated from John Adams High School in 1950. His father's name was: William Mack (born in Germany and his mother's name was Irene Hahn Mack (born in New York).
If anybody has ANY information on this family I would greatly apperciate the help!!
Added: April 2, 2009


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paul galbraith
From: highland falls, ny
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

Below is the obit for my dad... Dad was a great man!
John H. Galbraith, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Tuesday, March 17th at 92. He lived a long, blessed life. Born in New York City, he moved to Richmond Hill, NY to raise his family and lived there from 1949-1974.
He attended Xavier High School in Manhattan and Fordham University where he received his MA in Education in 1940. From 1940-1942 he served in the Army Calvary during World War II.
A dedicated educator, John was a middle school teacher for 30-years with the New York City Board of Education. He began his career teaching Latin and the Classics. Upon his retirement in 1974, he and his wife moved to Leisure Knoll in Manchester, NJ, where he took great joy as a member of the Golf, Organ, and Bowling Clubs.
He loved baseball, especially the Mets, and pitched for 15-years for the Leisure Knoll Owls Softball Team, often bringing a grandchild to games for luck and to serve as the bat girl or boy.
An avid musician and lover of music, John always got the party started by playing the nearest piano. His favorites were Irish tunes and beloved songs from the 30's, 40's and 50's by greats the like of Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman. He could also play any song you were able to sing to him. He loved sing-a-longs and dancing, particularly with his wife.
John is predeceased by a son, Kevin in 1998. Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Grace Veronica Barton Galbraith; devoted children: John F. of Manhattan, NY, Paul J. of Highland Falls, NY and Lynne Fitzpatrick of Toms River; six grandchildren: Laura, Sean, Kathryn, Alecon, Patrick, and Megan; and two great-grandchildren: Samuel and Ruby.
It is with both great joy and sorrow that we say goodbye. Interment at Brigadier General Wm C Doyle NJ Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown.
In lieu of flowers please make your donations to the Epilepsy Foundation, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Inc. and Marist Brothers.
Added: April 2, 2009


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Richie Lovaglio
From: Florida
E-mail:

Hey Dougie, John Girace is doing well. He lives in PA.
Dougie, with who and where did you hang out growing up.
Added: April 2, 2009


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Barbara Baas aka Bobbi Bass
From: Ozone Park NY
E-mail:

Whatever happened to all the "kids" (1950's & 60's) from 110th St. between Atlantic and Jamaica - Owen Boyle, Joey DiBlasi, Carl Langensdorf - Marie & Lois Kennedy, Delores Ciccone, Jerry Johnson?
What about the "Catholic School kids" who hung out in Poppies (aka Cordes) like Marie & Barbara Scherer, Mary Hauck, Mary Ellen Gordino, Kathy Reilly, Michelle Funk, Gordon Scharpf, Billy McAuley etc., etc., etc. Where are you?????
Added: April 2, 2009


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Richard Franek
From: Ridge, L.I., N.Y.
E-mail: usscv15@hotmail.com

I went to RH from 1955 to 1959 and would like to hear from anyone who went there during this time. Till then, Richard Franek
Added: April 1, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Please Note: If your comments had not been posted lately it was due to a script error which I hope has been resolved. My apologies to those who had not seen their comments posted in our Guestbook. Please try again. We do appreciate your entries!
Added: April 1, 2009


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thomas p corso
From: damascus pa
E-mail: corsotom@ptd.net

living in northeast PA, raised four wonderful children, still married to my wife the former susan carney, God bless her.
Just had our 3rd granchild 12-20-08 and an additional set of twins on 3-16-09, makes five all total.
Just found this site and brings back good memories of the neighborhood I grew up in. See a lot of old friends on the list would love to hear from some. Am looking forward to the richmond hill north reunion.
Added: March 20, 2009


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Barb Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Saw an entry from Frank Guardino... did you graduate from SBJL in 1963?
Added: March 15, 2009


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Mike D. Wilson
From: Barrie Ontario
E-mail: wilson5002@rogers.com

First time on site, great idea, will be back.
Added: March 14, 2009


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Judy Shapiro Leone
From: Belchertown, MA
E-mail: jude01007@yahoo.com

Hi Everyone,
Wondering if anyone would remember me, I was Judy Shapiro, went to P.S.90, P.S.58 and should have graduated with the class of 1954 from R.H.H.S. I lived on 109th ST across from P.S.90 for awhile, but was born and returned to Ozone Park, awhile on 104th St near 101st Avenue, then moved around the corner to 103rd St near 101st Avenue.
I would love to hear from anyone that might remember me.
Added: March 14, 2009


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Carol A Marano
From: New York
E-mail: carolmarano@aol.com

Memories of my childhood with my dearly beloved mother, shall live on in my heart forever.... May God Preserve these Precious Memories and Give Them Back To Me, To Share With "MOMMY," Once Again!
Added: March 13, 2009


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Virginia Oldfield Kopp
From: PA
E-mail: kopp_gina@yahoo.com

Joseph Matragano, This post is in answer to yours.
Of course you do not remember me, but I was in your home on many occasions and your brother Pat and I were and I hope are, good friends. Your Mom & I loved each other and she use to try to fatten me up as I was skinny.
I sat with your brother, along with my husband at our 25th. Adams H.S. reunion in 1979. I think his wife passed away and I was sorry to hear that. How is he and please give him my love. I hate to ask about any of our Mothers since they, if alive, are so old and fear they have already passed away. Mine is now 96 yrs. old.
Pat and I use to hang around together in 121 and even years later in Adams. I would love to see him again and relive those years. Too bad we have to get old, but it is better than the alternative I guess. Margaret Rubenacker does have a sister Barbara. She was a good friend of June Rau,s sister, also named Barbara as they were in the same classes and same age.
I am in shock to hear from Pat's brother since we exchanged Christmas cards up until about 5 or 6 yrs. ago and then he just stopped and I no longer had a current address on him. If he uses the computer at all, unlike my late husband, please tell him to email me. He was a great friend and just a wonderful person. Your whole family made a person feel so at home when they stopped in back in the "olden days". Tell Pat that I remember the many nights we would all go to O'Sole Mio's for pizza just to give Neri's a little break.
We lived in a great neighborhood, had wonderful friends, and the kids today just have no idea how uncomplicated and carefree it was in comparison to today's lifestyle. God bless you and your whole family. Ginger
Added: March 12, 2009


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Carol Friese Farrell
From: Winslow Twp. N.J.
E-mail: farrca1@aol.com

Corrected e-mail address
Added: March 12, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Richie Newell, your name sounds familar, I played alot of softball at both the richmond hill annex and the main school.
I was very good friends with both marty and tommy kreppein, and remember richie who was older than me. Were you a swimmer, I know richie was very good and remember julia the sister, they were a great family, but they swam for sacred heart if I remember correctly, they swam against holy child, oh well thought the name rang a bell.
Our crowd was the richmond hill royals, and dennis oconnor and tommy from 110 st... just asking if you remember any of those names...
Added: March 11, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:

Reply To Anthony Palmisano:
Sorry I'm late getting back to you as well but we've been having some computer problems here. It's always great hearing from you and your wonderful stories. I love reminiscing with someone who remembers! Of course I remember the old windows in the old building since I didn't have the pleasure of having a class in the new one with air-conditioning and carpeting. We were always freezing in the winter and sweltering on the warm/hot days. It was bad enough on a cold day, but a few of the Nuns on some days would say that the class was lethargic and order one of you window boys to open them wide to wake us up!
Yeah, that was really invigorating, shivering as we did our work! LOL Then, the girls didn't have the pleasure of wearing uniform pants as they do now. We had those wool jumpers with short sleeved puffy sleeves, which were cold in the winter and hot in the summer. All we were allowed to wear over them was preferably a school sweater, or it had to be navy or white, as were our socks. I remember some of the boys, if they forgot a tie their Parents were called immediately to bring them one. The same applied if they got ink on their shirt during the day and sometimes it was no one's fault if they had a cartridge pen which exploded! LOL During the first week of school, we were allowed to wear our own clothes and sometimes maybe a day or so towards the end of the school year.
I remember being embarassed by Sister Mary Sarto in front of the class, telling me at lunch time not to come back wearing the same skirt since my knee caps were showing. I was very modest and wasn't showy, but I did notice as time went on that there was favoritism at times with some who were and got away with it! In 8th Grade I had trouble with Sister Ann Michelle or "SAM" as most called her. I was a good student, mostly keeping to myself and the problem she had with me was my bangs were too long for her. When I look at pictures now, they weren't bad at all with the front looked like a Beatle haircut! She haunted me to cut it all of the time and even when I did, it wasn't enough. Every day, she'd call me to the front of the class to put paper clips in it to hold it back. I went through this torture until I graduated and then again, she tried to stop me from that.
On Graduation day when we all had to go to our classrooms before the ceremony, my bangs were down with my cap on. She didn't like it and there was another boy {?} in the class also who she was giving trouble to. She let everyone walk over to the Church except us. She kept telling us that all of our families were probably looking for us, which they were. When I heard the organ, knowing that they were about to start, I put my hair under my Graduation cap to appease her. She ran us over quickly to put us in line in the Church.
As we started walking up the aisle, I lifted my cap to let my hair down, thinking let her stop me now. The rest went smoothly, but I'll never forget how she semi ruined my day. Being a shy honor student with no back-bone, I allowed this to happen. I know she got in trouble with another girl's Mother after putting gum in her hair, having to have it cut out. Now a days, it wouldn't happen.
So you were in charge of erasing the blackboards. Did you also get to go outside to clap them out? They always picked the boys for that and it actually looked like fun back then, as well as to get outside for a bit. In 8th grade my job was to clean the chalk holder around the boards. I felt kinda humiliated with a wash rag, walking around the room scrubbing it down, feeling like a cleaning lady.
Your story about going to Gebhart's and nearly getting hit by the bus was hysterical! I'm sorry and I'm glad you're here to tell it, as I'm sure you are too! LOL That must've been quite a sight and Sister Regina Margaret should've given you a Purple Heart for almost losing your life on your expedition for her cakes. I had her in 7th Grade. Funny thing happened to me in her class since I was so quiet. I think it was probably November and I had been given the last seat all the way in the back. You have to realize too that classes were very crowded when I was there. We had over 80 children in each first grade class, having to share those old flip down seats and even when graduating had over 60 in each class. Anyway, here I am being in her class since September, always doing all of my class work, homework, passing all of my tests, etc., coming in and out of the room everyday, seeing her. Two months later she stretches her neck out, looking down my aisle and announces to the class that we have a new student. I'm looking around as well. She was referring to me! LOL I think everyone started to laugh and as usual I got embarassed, as everyone including myself corrected her. Gee, I was there since Kindergarten and now I'm a new-comer?! So what did she do but reprimand me for not participating in class, meaning raising my hand with answers etc.. What does she do now, but change my seat immediately to the first seat right in front of her desk! Ugh! I thought they only did that with trouble makers, which I wasn't. There I sat for the rest of the year. That's what I got for being quiet and shy, while changing my seat wasn't going to make a difference!
I was in the convent a few times and was in awe, when I saw the giant kitchen, with giant pots cooking on the stove and the Nuns, some of whom weren't in full habit. I took piano lessons there for a short period, from 12:30 - 1 P.M., so I'd have to go home, swallow my food whole and run back to the convent to play. It was beginning to interfere with some of my school work, especially on test days, where I'd be rushing though them when everyone else was 15 mins. up on me. Though I did enjoy piano, I did have some knowledge from my family and having played before. I'm not sure who the Nuns were who taught, but all she wanted me to practice was scales. I found that boring, so one day when she came in, I said, "Watch this", and went off playing a song. She was furious, not happy with me at all as I was afraid of getting the old metal ruler across the knuckles, which they were still doing and allowed to.
So, it was around that time that I told my Mother that if she wanted me to play music, that it was time for me to quit while I still had my hands in working order. LOL Soon after that, I bought myself a guitar with my Confirmation $ in 5th Grade and learned.
The rest is history, though I can still play some piano. I've played clubs on and off for years, still having a Classic Rock band now. In fact we were supposed to play Forest Park last summer but got rained out! We're already signed to play this year, as well as some club offers that we're looking at. So much for music lessons back then. LOL
As always Anthony, it's a pleasure hearing from you and I do hope you will write back soon! You're so much fun! Sincerely, Marilyn P.S. ~ Are you on classmates.com?
Added: March 9, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

hello dennis, yes the kreppeins, were a great family, and marty was one hellva miler for bishop loughlin... I ran with marty for 3 years at loughlin, and tommy his brother also went to loughlin.
Added: March 9, 2009


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Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

Hi Dennis, Marty is Richie's & Julie's brother.
I will try and get his e-mail address for you and send it. Marty was in my wedding party back in 1970. Rich Newell
Added: March 9, 2009


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ
E-mail:
bisc928@aol.com

Went back to Rich Hill/Ozone Park today for a wake and was I ever woken up!
Lived on 109th street between 107 & 109 Avenues from 1947-1968. Went down Lefferts from Belt Pkwy, turned on 107th Ave until I made a right on 109th Street; thought I was viewing a neighborhood contest to see which house could make the gaudiest wall/fence in the front of their property topped with elephants!!!. They were replacing the siding on my house and the place, grey in color looked like a dump! Had intended to stop in and ask if I could see the place but that was a turn off. What happened to all the trees on 109th street? 90% of them were gone!! And what happened to the school yards at PS 121 and PS 108? They were less then half the size we grew up enjoying! And Aqueduct parking lot off Rockaway Blvd. was empty!! I remember when it was filled to overflowing in the mid 60's!!
Sometime progress and change sucks!! Oh well, "you can't go home again"... thank God for memories...
Added: March 9, 2009


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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@optonline.net

Joanne Czaikowski Archer are you related to Michael Czaikowski from the Holy Child Class of 1970?
I am organizing a class reunion and have been trying to find him. Please send reply to my email if you are related. Thanks, John Saladino
Added: March 8, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

I was friends with a Marty Kreppein. Any relations?
We hung out at the "Log" in Forest Park.
Added: March 8, 2009


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Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

Final Notice
We are getting ready to put together the friends reunion to be held on June 13th, 2009. Please start sending me your e-mail address so I can send out more information to everyone. We hope to have a good turn out of old friends from the Hill. Please also respond if you are unable to attend.
Attention Richmond Hill Friends Reunion (1960-1965). If you went to Holy Child or hung out at the Richmond Hill Annex and High School School Yards or were part of the Nations we would like to hear from you.
Do you remember the days of School Dances, House Parties, and Stick Ball Games, Hanging out in the School Yards or Forrest Park? Maybe you remember Cordes Ice Cream Parlor, Steve's Pizzeria, RKO Keiths Movie Theater, or Club 111 Bowling Alley. Have you ever wondered of what happened to old friends from the neighborhood? Well now is your chance, Julie Kreppein-Wissell, Rich Newell, and Richie Kreppein are putting together a friends reunion for Saturday June 13, 2009 to be held at the American Legion Post #948 located in Bellmore, Long Island.
The cost will be $70.00 per couple or $40.00 per individual. (Non-Refundable). The price includes Food, Beer, Wine, and Soda.
It has been over 40 years since our childhood days, so what do you say lets get together and catch up on lost years. We are looking for names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address of old friends. Please RSVP to any of the below address if you have any information and would be interested in attending by May 13 2009. We are also looking into blocking off hotel rooms for those who will need a place to stay. Julia Kreppein-Wissell - julia1950@msn.com; Rich Newell - coachrich00@yahoo.com; Richie Kreppein - hacksquad@aol.com
Added: March 8, 2009


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Joseph Matragrano
From: Saint James, New York
E-mail: jmatr@optonline.net

I lived at 104-48 124th St. between Liberty and 107th avenues with my brothers Pat, Ralph, Anthony and sister Teresa.
I graduated PS 121 in 1953 and John Adams HS in 1957. Not too many entries on this fantastic site from my old section of Richmond Hill, so, I was happy to see a few submitted this week.
To Virginia Oldfield Kopp... you mentioned a Margaret Rubenacker. Does she have a younger sister named Barbara? I seem to remember that name from PS 121. Also, your entry of June 2008 brought back fond memories of that school as well as the old neighborhood in general. I remember Miss Behnke, Miss Littwin, Miss Grable and a lot of the great teachers we had then. Although I had Mr. Grabow for shop class instead of Miss Strang for cooking, for some reason I was assigned to do the grocery shopping for Miss Strang. She would give me a list with some money which I took to a grocery store on 111th Ave. On Liberty Ave. Levinsons had the best french fries but the fish market also under the El just past Lefferts Blvd. had great fries not to mention unbeatable fish cakes on a friday night.
Spent a lot of time in Neri's restaurant with friends John and Anthony Neri. Almost every weekend at the Lefferts movie where Barney the manager arranged for live shows on some Saturday afternoons with appearances by Hopalong Cassidy, Zero the Clown and many others. They also had Costume Day where the kids would all compete. Millie the matron was in charge of crowd control. We would bring a pint of ice cream from Nick's into the movie.
To John Parenti... I also stood in front of the A&P with my wagon to deliver shopper's groceries. Probably stood right next to you.
Richmond Hill, in those days, had to have been the very best place in which to grow up.
Added: March 8, 2009


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Kathy Giambertone Rapach
From: Savannah, Georgia
E-mail: krapach@comcast.net

Hi everyone from SBJL!
Louise (Garretto) it was so great to read your comments. Please say hello to your family for me. I always had such a wonderful time with all of you.
I called SBJL and found out that they are having a reunion on April 25 for everyone who ever graduated from there (doesn't matter what year).
I don't know if I'll be able to come up for it because I'm coming up next week. My son moved to NY and was a Restaurant Manager until he was laid off last week. He may be moving back to Savannah if he can't get another job soon.
I'd love to see everyone that graduated in 1964. Boy have those years gone by (I guess we are now our parents!). I had wonderful times with Nancy Rudolph, Ann Marie O'Neill, Edith Von Werne, Denise Butler, Sarina Saporito, Joanne Gagliano. Richmond Hill was a wonderful place to grow up. Fr. Smith was the one that brought CYO to school and my hair used to freeze on the way home from swim practice at RHHS (no blowdryers back then!). I hope everyone is doing well. Keep the comments coming!
Added: March 7, 2009


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Joanne Czaikowski Archer
From: Levittown, NY
E-mail:

Thank you for the updates on the teachers from HCJ.
Mrs O'Rourke was the sweetest lady! I remember how the kids would joke about Miss Place. Mrs. Petrilla scared me from drawing to this day! lol! I do remember when the new building opened and thinking the tunnel connecting the 2 buildings were cool.
How about St Patricia making sure the girls didn't have their skirts too short as they entered the school in the morning? And Sister Loretta turning as red as a tomato when she got mad was always funny! "Reggie", Mr. Cinicola, Mrs. Mahoney, Mrs. Spiro, they were all characters!
Added: March 7, 2009


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Dougie Flynn
From: Merrick NY
E-mail:

Richie Lavaglio, I read you had a Reunion at 90. I went to school with John Gerace. Do you know what ever became of him? Dougie
Added: March 7, 2009


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richie lovaglio
From: rockledge, fl
E-mail:

hi theresa, sure i remember you and your brothers.
i lived two blocks from you. had a reunion with my friends from 90pk. my brother michael came with me.
i am living in florida, good job and a beautiful house. no more drinking, just golf and softball. miss alot of people and will be up for christmas. talk to you soon
Added: March 6, 2009


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Dr John Rodgers
From: Terra Vista, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

To those of you with PS 121 memories.
In the summers of 1947-1949, my mother worked at the vacation playground at 121 for the entire summer. She would bring me along and I would join in some of the activities (Dance Festival, etc) but I was only 5 yrs old in 1947, and 7 by 1949.
I do remember a Doris Schaffer who was one of the older girls in the program. We lived on 120 St. between Jerome and 97th Avenues.
My uncle, Dr.McInerney, became the principal of PS 100 in the early 1950's and remained the principal for over 20 years.
Added: March 5, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hi Folks! I love this site also.
It is so nice to read about some of the old times and places. I too remember Neri's and Karp's and Kresge's. I grew up on 124th between 107th and 109th aves. My family name was Micka. I had many a root beer at Kresge's counter.
When I was a little girl around 8 or 9 I would buy all my Christmas presents in Kresge's for my Dad, my Mom my sis and my Grandma. It was fun. I would get usually a scarf for my Grandma because she loved scarves; and some perfume for my Mom, usually Evening in Paris. I'd get a pair of gloves or some handkerchiefs for my Dad. And usually a little doll or some Colorforms for my sister. Does anyone remember Colorforms? I haven't thought of them in years!
I hope everyone has a nice day. Regards Mary
Added: March 5, 2009


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Ginny Oldfield Kopp
From: Pa.
E-mail: kopp_gina@yahoo.com

George Patton, I rarely see anyone post from P.S. 121 and it sure brings back memories.
Mrs. Dean (if she was married) was a real pip. Miss Strang from cooking class, which you guys were lucky enough to avoid. Miss Behnken, then Miss Littwin as principle, etc. etc. I attended from 41-49, and had a blast.
I lived at 104-20 126 St. I played the violin in the orchestra, there and at Adams. Also married my H.S. boyfriend, Andy Kopp who passed away in 2007. Getting older is difficult, seeing my husband, friends, and so many others leave after all the years they were around.
I still keep in touch with some of my 121 friends. One is Margaret Rubenacker, the other June Rau. We all played violin and were considered goody-two-shoes. Violins must turn regular folks off. I played terribly so that was a misnomer, for sure.
I miss the old neighborhood, my old friends and the joys of walking along Liberty Ave. each day working or not, with or without my kids. It just was the thing to do. Stopping at Kresge's for a cup of coffee also was a must, as was a pizza at Neri's or a soda at Karps.
I was saddened to hear Billy Karp passed away as he also was in my class in grade school along with his wife Joan Ann Peterson. They were a lovely couple.
I only left that area in 1982 and moved to Pa. It was nice here as a married person, but as a widow, not very feasible. Not in the woods anyway. Glad to see a fellow P.S. 121, posting. Keep "em coming.
The memories are great. God bless, Ginny
Added: March 4, 2009


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George Patton Jr
From: Rhode Island
E-mail: aristarcus2@aol.com

Correction: Agnus Dean was in room 514, not 814. I mistakenly added 3 floors to P.S.121.
In perusing the many entries I ran across the name of Nucci. Not a common name, but I had a classmate in grammar school named Gabriel Nucci... Just wondering if there is a connection.
For any other old timers like myself, I stayed in touch with Irene E. Lavin and Marie C. Voehl from the teaching staff for some time, (until their demise).
Dan's supermarket on 111th ave was a souce of income for me when I was about 10 or 11 years old. Each saturday morning I would pull my 'Radio Controlled' wagon up to Dan's storefront, and together with another small group of kids offer our services as "delivery boy Mam?" Much more about neighborhood memories and names in the future. G.P.
Added: March 4, 2009


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Frank Guardino
From: Middletown N.Y.
E-mail: mecfd53@gmail.com

I use to live at 119-07 Jamaica ave. it use to be 2 apts. on top of the store. my apt. burned in the 70's.
i look though your site and it brought back some memories. use to think of my parents taking me to Jahns Ice Cream for birthday and the RKO keiths for a movie.
yes memories keep up the good work. great site.
Added: March 3, 2009


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George Patton Jr
From: Rhode Island
E-mail: aristarcus2@aol.com

Memories galore!... Will begin post them willy-nilly as time passes. Lived at 111-23 125th Street from 1936 to 1945, thence to Lincoln Street in S. Ozone Park. A very happy student at P.S. 121 during this period, (Graduated in January 1945 - then on to Brooklyn Tech) with fond memories of Erna L. Behnken and her crew. (I can still name most all of my teachers - including "Old Lady Dean with the wig on her bean. Lived upstairs in 814". More later.
P.S. A curious Google inquiry about Krug's and Dugan's delivery trucks brought me to this sight.
Added: March 3, 2009


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HONEY CHAMBERS
From: NORFOLK, VA.
E-mail:

Nick amd Carol, I lived on Jamaica Ave. across from the Garden Sweet Shop from 1943 to 1953!!
I hung out in the Sweet Shop and my mother worked as Ticket Taker in the Garden Theater next door for a while. All the Baseball and Basketball Players (Sweeties) hung out there.
I was just looking at a small Halloween picture taken inside there and the two brothers are in the pictures along with all the teens dressed up in costumes. Was the other brother named George??
Did one of them have a convertible car. I remember having a ride in it!! Small World!
Added: February 27, 2009


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Ginny Biscay
From: then 107-37 109 St. now, Amityville, NY
E-mail: gray2steel@aol.com

Billy "Bingo" Denis:
I remember you, and your brothers and sister, your Mom and Dad. Your Folks and mine would have sing-alongs. While my Dad, Clint, played the guitar, your Dad, Bill and Mike Meany and Bob Wren would harmonize.
You must remember my younger brother, Tom and my sister Mary Ellen. Hope this brings back some fond memories for you. Ginny
Added: February 26, 2009


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Nick & Carol Calcanes
From: Homosassa, Fl
E-mail: calcanes1@earthlink.net

After reading all of the comments, I realize that you are all much younger than my husband and I.
Maybe your parents remember the Garden Sweet Shop next to the old Garden Theater on Jamaica Ave. and 114 St. My husbands family owned the Garden Sweet Shop. Nick, my husband, took over the shop when he came home from the service. He graduated from Richmond Hill High School. His sister, Nora worked for Richmond Hill Savings Bank. I worked for the telephone company on Myrtle Ave off of Hillside Ave.
I came from S. Richmond Hill and graduated from John Adams H.S. in 1955. I lived on 121 St. and 107 Ave. It's so nice to read about the old neighborhoods.
Added: February 26, 2009


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Dougie Flynn
From: Merrick NY
E-mail:

Funzi, I remember playing softball with you and Anthony, your brother and you would do your own "Play-by-play".
You'd be playing third and you would say "Ground ball... third base line... throw to first!" and when Anthony would drop the ball you would stare at him and say "Youuu suckkk " in the play-by-play!
That memory has lasted almost 40 years and is still funny today. Hope all is well, Dougie
Added: February 26, 2009


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Mark Rollins
From: Griswold CT
E-mail: rollinsct@gmail.com

Hello all... 67 from holy child, and 71 from bishop loughlin... great site... miss the old neighborhood... changed a little I hear... live 108st few houses south of Jamaica... keep up the good work on the site... Mark
Added: February 26, 2009


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Mike Dunn
From: Massapequa Park, NY
E-mail: Didit27@msn.com

Great site, many memories.
Added: February 25, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Great hearing from you Bob Raines, and Dennis Doyle
Was up in the old neighborhood last week... Stop by jackson pond, damn that brings back memories, Jimmy Loughlin, Ox Polker, Fat Jack Maple, and the drinking at the upper log and the lower log.
Great times to be had... especially on Patty day... seems the whole neighborhood was up there drinking before we go into the city and raise hell... lol... and yes the name the richmond hill wild men... ala lugar doing his john wayne act... man was that fun or what... great to here from all of you.
Added: February 25, 2009


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Nancy Favilla
From: Sterling, Pa.
E-mail: deed5@echoes.net

Good Day All. Hey Dennis Rudolph, nice to see a family name on the site, and you're right, everyone remembers your dad.
This June I am bring my 12 yo daughter home to Richmond Hill for a few days. She wants to see where I grew up. I can't wait. It has been years since I've been home. She'll get to see where we all learned to play handball in 90's school yard (and punch ball and stick ball, ect.) She will walk the route I took to school everyday. The park, the ave., and with a little luck, perhaps I can get a tour of HJC and show her what the place was like.
She has no concept of what it is like growing up in a neighborhood, and I think we were all blessed to have that. I will be taking tons of pictures and hope to post them to the site. If anyone has any requests, let me know. That's all for now. Nancy
Added: February 25, 2009


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Theresa Cervino - Jenkins
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

Hey Richard Lavaglio, I couldn't help but see your name on here.
We went to Holy Child together and graduated in '72. I lived on 86th Ave. between 114th St. and 115th St., where I still reside. I remember who you are very well. Do you remember me? It will be 37 years this June. It would be nice to hear from you after all of these years.
Anyone else out there from the class of '72 and/or the neighborhood, I'd love to hear from you. Sincerely, Theresa Cervino - Jenkins
Added: February 25, 2009


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John Treubig
From: Hazlet, NJ
E-mail: jtreubig@comcast.net

Hey FUNZI,
Grew up around the corner on 110th but practically lived at 62's schoolyard across the street from your house. If I remember correctly you were the younger bro of Vinny, Louie and Tommy? Anyway, great times for sure.
Added: February 24, 2009


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

To Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
Hi Marilyn, I apologize for taking so long to write back to you. Hope all is well. I remember the first time I chnaged classrooms was in 6th. grade. That had to be 1971 seeing I graduated in 1973. Before them the teachers came to us.
Glad to have jogged your memory about the new building. (LOL) I do remember the teen dances although I never attended one and I remember the plays also, but again I don't think I ever attended one. I guess I was a real bore. (LOL) I remember the teachers letting us out in the school yard on nice days or very hot days. It always seemed to be hotter inside than outside, well then there was no air conditioning. My job was to open the windows every morning before class with a long pole. Do you remember the old windows at HCJ, they opened out. Also, I erased the blackboard every day. As you can see I had all the fun jobs. Oh, this is a good story. every Friday at lunchtime (I used to come home for lunch) Sister Regina Margaret would give me a list of items for me to pick up at Gebhardt's Bakery on 111th. St. This one day I am loaded with cake and buns and God knows what else and as I was stepping off the curb trying to cross Jamaica Ave, as I did I almost got hit by a bus because I could hardly see above the bags and boxes I was carrying. In a panic I dropped the boxes and the bus ran over them. Now I had to go to the convent with the crushed boxes and cake oozing out of them. I was petrified. Of course Sister Regina was not happy and let me know it. (LOL) She didn't care about me almost getting hit by the bus, only about the cake and how much it cost. (LOL)
Take care and be well. Anthony
Added: February 24, 2009


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Paul Galligan
From: Long Island
E-mail: pjgalligan@hotmail.com

It's hard to describe to my children of the suburbs what life was like growing up in a place like Richmond Hill. The idea of walking to a store or a park is almost unimaginable to someone who has grown up in Suffolk County but is a fond memory to a boy from Queens.
I was born at Jamaica Hospital. My older brothers went to St. Benny's but when it came my time to go to school we were out of the parish by one block! I wound up going to P.S. 55 and became the public school "black sheep" of the family.
Graduated Hillcrest HS 1975 (again one block east of being allowed to go to Richmond Hill HS). I loved growing up there. From childhood to teen years there was always someone around and always something to do. Touch football on 131st St, stickball on 95th Ave. movies at the Lefferts Theater, it was a great place for a kid. I remember Liberty Avenue, the Memorial Day parade in the spring then looking forward to the Christmas lights after Thanksgiving.
Growing older I got to enjoy working at local businesses like a gas station on 101st Ave. or MX Automotive on Atlantic Ave. And I fondly remember many evenings spent at Lennihan's (some may have been before I was 18?) playing pool, watching a ball game and singing "My Way" when it came on the juke box. It was a good time!
Added: February 24, 2009


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Billy "Bingo" Denis
From: 107-27 109st... now suffolk county
E-mail: nycbillybingo@aol.com

Where to begin... I went to PS 108 for kindergarden then OLPH for grammer school and TA Edison for HS.
I was with the FDNY for 20 years and 1 day working in South Jamiaca off Liberty Ave and retired just before 9/11. I started performing Stand Up Comedy in 1999 and stuck with it.
I was doing a show last night at a place called Fin's Pub in Oakdale and started talking to one of the guys in the audience only to find out he grew up in the old neighborhood. After my set we sat and started talking and found out we had LOTS of the same friends from the South Queens Boys club. Funny how when you are 16 you do not talk to the kids that are 13... now at 53 I'll talk to just about anyone who will listen.
If you remember me or my brother Bobby, Joe (killed in a motorcycle accident) or sister Diane drop me a line. We all live in Suffolk only a few miles from one another. If you want to suprise me and come to a show you can check my schedule at www.myspace.com/billybingo
Later Folks, Billy Bingo Denis
Added: February 24, 2009


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida
E-mail: rafa.rivas.6@gmail.com

Diana Wantola, (If anyone knows her, please say to her that i say Hello!) and I will be verry thanksfull for it. I realy want to see Diana after so many years (maybe 32 or 33 ). My email is in this guestbook. Thanks so much from Rafael Rivas.
Added: February 24, 2009


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bob rainis
From: long island
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Bill Heaney, you and I graduated from HCJ in '71, in those days we were in the same class (A or B) for our whole school expereince. That was the case until the 8th grade. Andy Shea, another classmate is on this site, he went to St John's prep, me- St Francis prep when it was still in Brooklyn.
Number of guys from RH went to the Prep, when it was all boys and the brothers were known to tune you up for the slighest infraction! I got two black eyes from the same "brother" in one day! There was a flick, years back about a fictious Brooklyn boys HS (Donald Sutherland played the Franciscan Principal)... it was the PREP all over, except for the nude swimming, that was St John's. Back in the day that was the norm. Freshman year we competed against St John's, the prep had blue/red speedo's, St john's well... didn't recognize Shea. The church I serve in the Bronx caught fire on jan 3, thankfully it was limited to the social hall/basement.
Been back in the neighborhood as recently as last week paying a "pastoral visit" to a fmr member of the now closed St Paul's Lutheran on 114th St. Good to check in every once in a while... shame about St bennie's though. SBJL actually 'planted" HCJ.
Added: February 23, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hi Folks!
Speaking of the old neighborhood, I went back recently to see the house my parents owned once on 134th St. It looks entirely different. I drove right past the house at first; I didn't recognize it. Of course I hadn't seen it since around 1963. But what a transformation! It used to have a big front yard as well as a back yard. But it seems they added onto the house in front and made like an enclosed porch and put a big white fence outside all around it.
I was kind of surprised but felt like whoever lived there took pride in their home. It made me feel good. There are still people who care and want to live in a nice community and be good citizens. Even in this day and age when so much of the bad is published and never the good. Have a good day everyone Regards Mary
Added: February 23, 2009


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Fred Sloviko
From: Thurmont Md.
E-mail: ramblereinn@comcast.net

Does anyone remember the Checker Diner across from the RKO and Jahn's? My father owned it from the mid 40's to around 1957.
Added: February 23, 2009


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Steven Calise
From: Commack / 111th street
E-mail:

How do they close down Jahns ???????
Added: February 22, 2009


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Susan M. Karaban Maxwell
From: 120th & 121 st between 109th & 107th
E-mail: max3456@5107sitca.net

I grew up in Richmond Hill. Now live in Texas.
The place sure is not the same.
Added: February 22, 2009


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John Celauro
From: Centre Island, NY
E-mail: jac4c@aol.com

A few comments about Salerno's.
Growing up in the 60' and 70's in Rich Hill, my parents, being Italian, went to Salerno's all the time with us, their beloved children. Some of you may recall my siblings... my sister Virginia, my younger brother Frank. Anyway, we used to go there all the time to celebrate whatever event.
When I achieved semi-adulthood, age 20 or so, I took my date and future wife, Roseann Garretto on our very first date there. Despite the soon to be described disaster, this poor woman did eventually marry me. Nonetheless, our beginning was less than auspicious. We arrived at Salerno's for dinner and the maitre d promtly seated us with a wink. Nothing but the best table, near the kitchen for the scion of one of Salerno's favorite clients. Roseann was oh so impressed with the table and the fact that this place was far beyond her (and mine) usual haunts of pizzaerias and Jahns. We were in the big time and she knew it.
While scanning the menu and the exotic dishes of fried calarmi and veal parmesan and the like to her, the maitre d' brought our Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers drinks, cherries and all. All was fine.
After ordering our meal, our now friend, the gracious maitre'd, comes over and proclaims to me, that I have a telephone call. I say "what?" he repeats, you have a telephone call. I excuse myself from the table, saying to my date, "I have a telephone call". I see the wow factor on her face. Mr Maitre'd ushers me to the phone booth.
You recall phone booths, don't you? Anyway, this one had the glass doors that allowed you peer through and others to peer in. I sat and twiddled my fingers at my date sitting longingly at the table, awaiting my return from the telephone call. She twiddles her fingers back. I point to phone all the while, sort of wordlessly saying "I have a telephone call". My head bobbed back and forth, as I picked up the phone. I said hello and heard back "Hey Big Shot, how does it feel to get a phone call in a restaurant?." The caller then abruptly hung up.
I am mortified and clueless as to what to do. I decide to fake talk into a dead phone, again twiddling my fingers at my date and thinking to myself that I was going to shoot my father when I got home. What was I going to say when I got back back to the table? How could I tell her it was my father who called?
I left the booth, and once again the maitre d' winked at me. The most feared question in my life, had shrunken to my date asking "Who was it?". To this day, 40 years later, I still can't tell her. Ahh Salerno's. (wink wink)
Added: February 21, 2009


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John Celauro
From: Centre Island, NY
E-mail: jac4c@aol.com

A few comments about Salerno's.
Growing up in the 60' and 70's in Rich Hill, my parents, being Italian, went to Salerno's all the time with us, their beloved children. Some of you may recall my siblings... my sister Virginia, my younger brother Frank. Anyway, we used to go there all the time to celebrate whatever event.
When I achieved semi-adulthood, age 20 or so, I took my date and future wife, Roseann Garretto on our very first date there. Despite the soon to be described disaster, this poor woman did eventually marry me. Nonetheless, our beginning was less than auspicious. We arrived at Salerno's for dinner and the maitre d promtly seated us with a wink. Nothing but the best table, near the kitchen for the scion of one of Salerno's favorite clients. Roseann was oh so impressed with the table and the fact that this place was far beyond her (and mine) usual haunts of pizzaerias and Jahns. We were in the big time and she knew it.
While scanning the menu and the exotic dishes of fried calarmi and veal parmesan and the like to her, the maitre d' brought our Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers drinks, cherries and all. All was fine.
After ordering our meal, our now friend, the gracious maitre'd, comes over and proclaims to me, that I have a telephone call. I say "what?" he repeats, you have a telephone call. I excuse myself from the table, saying to my date, "I have a telephone call". I see the wow factor on her face. Mr Maitre'd ushers me to the phone booth.
You recall phone booths, don't you? Anyway, this one had the glass doors that allowed you peer through and others to peer in. I sat and twiddled my fingers at my date sitting longingly at the table, awaiting my return from the telephone call. She twiddles her fingers back. I point to phone all the while, sort of wordlessly saying "I have a telephone call". My head bobbed back and forth, as I picked up the phone. I said hello and heard back "Hey Big Shot, how does it feel to get a phone call in a restaurant?." The caller then abruptly hung up.
I am mortified and clueless as to what to do. I decide to fake talk into a dead phone, again twiddling my fingers at my date and thinking to myself that I was going to shoot my father when I got home. What was I going to say when I got back back to the table? How could I tell her it was my father who called?
I left the booth, and once again the maitre d' winked at me. The most feared question in my life, had shrunken to my date asking "Who was it?". To this day, 40 years later, I still can't tell her. Ahh Salerno's. (wink wink)
Added: February 21, 2009


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Susan Cairns Newman
From: Duluth, Georgia
E-mail: jnewwm@bellsouth.net

I graduated from Holy Child in 1959, Mary Louis in 1963, and St. John's in 1967. Got married in Holy Child Jesus Church in 1968 and have 2 adult sons.
We have been in Georgia for 33 years. My dad passed away in 2007 at the age of 93. My mom is 91 and lives with us.
Added: February 20, 2009


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Sharon Fine Draisin
From: Huntington, N.Y.
E-mail: stilfine@gmail.com

Hi... As you can see, my maiden name was Fine.
My family lived on 121st St., between 97th Ave and 101st Ave. I went to PS 57, 55, and 121, graduating in 1955. I graduated from Richmond Hill HS in 1959. I had lots of friends and would like to get in touch with any or all of them.
At the same time, my brother Stu had a friend named Tony Pepe who lived off 97th Ave. on either 124th or 125th St. They went to PS 57 and Brooklyn Tech together, and Stu would love to find Tony. I'd be grateful for any help. Thanks.
Added: February 19, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmondh.hill.history@gmail.com

Hey Jeffrey, Mr. Bates!
How are you doin'? Thanks so much for your visit and keeping Nancy in your prayers. So glad you can connect with old friends. Wow, I remember Glen, I believe he lived right near where I worked for the LI Press on 113th and 101 Ave. Hopefully Mike Deegan will pay us a surprise visit once again.

Bill Heaney!?!
When I read your name I knew I knew you but from where. Then when I read your comment, it confirms that I knew you but I can't truly visualize you. I hate that. My memory stinks sometimes. I know I know you but I can't picture you. Please forgive my blankness, and I truly appreciate your memory of me. Yes softball at RHHS schoolyard in the summer, plus swimming at the pool in the Hill, and hangin' out on those steps on 91st Ave.

richie lovaglio:
I certainly remember Ronny Gorecki. He lived just around the corner from me. He was a bit older than me (4 yrs.) and I thought he was pretty cool. He lived above the "Family Bakery" that his family owned on Jam. Ave. betwn 114th and 115th Sts. He was such a good baseball player. I believe he played in Minor League or Farm League for the Mets. He later became a Phys Ed. teacher at the Hill during my senior year at RHHS. Because of him I became "Locker Guard" during 10th period Gym which is another story all together.
Added: February 19, 2009


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richie lovaglio
From: rockledge, fl
E-mail:

hi bill heaney,
you played softball with my brother nicky. also you played with ronnie garecky, kevin hayes and the big guy bobby. i played ball with your brother kevin, how are you guys. i hung out in the school yard off of jamaica.
Added: February 19, 2009


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Jeffrey Bates
From: Newburgh N.Y.
E-mail: cinbat2@aol.com

hellow Dennis, Sorry to here about Nancy, God be with her.
I am happy to say that I found Jimmy Kravcivnas or he found me. We got together and still have alot in common. I would really like to find Mike Deegan, so far no luck. I also found Glen Wolfinger.
Your sight is the best. Thanks
Added: February 18, 2009


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richard lovaglio
From: rockledge, fl
E-mail:

hey funsi, richie lavag.
i played hockey with you and your brothers. aslo the mccans at the boys club and 62pk. hope everything well with you and your family and how is vinny sanamo
Added: February 18, 2009


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail:

just found this site, grad. 67 from holy child, and 71 from bishop loughlin, its fun looking at the names of some people, and it brings back memories, lived on 109 st between jamaica and 91 ave.
I see dennis doyle is on here, hello dennis do you remember me... softball at richmond hill h.s... lol... oh well just saying hello to all.
Added: February 16, 2009


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John Fehling
From: New Hyde Park NY
E-mail: Batteach@aol.com

I have enjoyed reading the entries by the former and current residents of Richmond Hill.
My Grandfather purchased the house that I called home in 1928. I lived there from 1943 to 1966. The address was 86-35 121 St. I attended HCJ school and graduated in 1957. I later went on to Bishop Loughlin HS in Brooklyn.
I do return a few times each year but am sad as to what I see. My old home has bars on the first floor windows and has taken on the appearance of a jail. Well I guess that is progress. I wish all the best to my friends of years ago.
Added: February 16, 2009


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Mary Hamel
From: Ma.
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

Class of 62' does anyone remember St. John Edmond also 8th grade.
Added: February 16, 2009


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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net

I was truly saddened to hear that SBJL was closing.
Why if it wasn't for Sister Agnes Jeromita in the 8th grade would probably still have a full head of hair. Actually, God bless her for tolerating me. I was too busy working on my standup routine to do my work. Richmond Hill was a wonderful place to grow up. During the summer we would play stickball on 123rd St. from early morning until it was too dark to see the ball anymore.
Then there was the "world series" between 121 St & 123rd. It was our world series anyway. Between those 2 streets there was a great bunch of kids.
I'd like to thank those that work so hard to keep this page alive. I have been checking guestbook entries for about a year now and it has brought back some wonderful memories.
Added: February 15, 2009


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Eileen Morin (Tierney)
From: Howard Beach NY
E-mail: eye727@aol.com

Sorry to hear about SBJL closing.
Anyone from the class of January 1957 I would love to hear from you. Recently got together with Kathleen Flanagan so good to see old friends.
Added: February 14, 2009


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Dennis G
From: Ozone Park
E-mail:

Whats up Bill Peck, how are you doing.
Added: February 14, 2009


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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com

to barry cosgrove:
that was sunnyside garden's, any question's email me or post on rich hill
Added: February 14, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA (weekends) / NYC (weekdays)
E-mail:

SBJL Closing - Reunion in April or March
SBJL would like you to contact THEM with your info for thier open house reunion. Here is the contact numbers for you:
SBJL's phone number is 718-441-6674 and the fax number is 718-441-4367
Added: February 13, 2009


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paul galbraith
From: highland falls ny
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

Hi Dennis, We were neighbors.
I lived at 85-44 111th St and was good buddies with thomas pholman who lived next store to you. we moved from RH in 1974 and the Quervos bought the house. I was also friends with Don Rudolph who lived on 111th St between 86th and Jamaica Aves. I was out there this past Summer and saw Ronnie Hoeffner and his wife who now own the Pohlman home and my next store neighbor Lisa Corridore.
Except for Jamaica Avenue the neighborhood looks extremely good. Paul
Added: February 13, 2009


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Dougie Flynn
From: Merrick ny
E-mail: dflynn33@verizon.net

Mike Lavaglio, Thanks for the info. Dougie Flynn
Added: February 12, 2009


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Anthony Mastromarco
From: Long Island
E-mail: Stayto@aol.com

I went to St Benidict Joseph's.
I would have graduated in 1980 but my family moved out of the neighborhood in 1979. I have an older brother Vincent who went to the school also. I heard they are looking to close the school next year do to budget cuts. I was sadden by the news.
I googled the school to find out more information and came up with this site. If anyone was from that class please email me. Anthony
Added: February 12, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA/NYC and 114th in Richmond Hill
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

SBJL Closing in June 2009.
They are looking to get a list of all interested in attending an Open House Reunion in either April or May because of this closing.
Please send your name, address, and contact info via phone or fax as per below. They will contact you all the info when it is finalized.
Also, anyone from 1968 graduating class from SBJL please contact me at my email address as we are getting a Reunion together as well. Thanks and thanks to this website.
Added: February 12, 2009


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Dennis Rudolph
From: Levittown, N.Y.
E-mail: drrudy411@aol.com

Just got turned-on to this website yesterday and spent much of the last 2 days "catching up".
I lived in R.H. along with my parents Pat & Joe (currently residing in Oceanside) and 8 brothers & sisters. I think many of you will remember my Dad, Joe who worked and coached at Holy Child Jesus for decades! We lived at 95th Ave./111-112 Sts., then right behind the Church on 111th St. & 86th Ave., then on 106th St./Jamaica Ave. to 86th Ave. Brothers Joe, Gary, Tommy & Michael and sisters Nancy, Diane, Judy & Karyn.
Would like to hear from any and all. Don't hesitiate!!!
Long Live Richmond Hill (in whatever language their speaking !)
Added: February 12, 2009


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richard lovaglio
From: rockledge, fl
E-mail: rlbomberone@aol.com

just want to say hi to everyone in richmond hill, my home town
Added: February 11, 2009


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Joanne Froehling Gojan
From: Greenville, SC
E-mail: jgojan@hotmail.com

To Marilyn Mayer
Hi - we were in the same class (69). How are you doing? Been a long time. There is a website for Holy Child graduates on Delphi Forums under Holy Child Alumni - its great - lots of classes on there.
Added: February 11, 2009


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

Stephen,
Al's Stereo (which succeeded the C&F Bar&Grill owned by my Mom and stepfather) as of 2000 when I was last in the neighborhood is a West Indian sports bar.
While I got you here, what happened to you? did my bad boy image at P.S. 100 scare you off?
Added: February 11, 2009


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Stephen Mistretta
From: Forest, VA
E-mail: smistretta@verizon.net

Terrific website! Grew up between 107th and 109th Avenues on 115th Street.
Could not have wished for a better neighborhood or a better place to live. I haven't been back to visit in over 25 years. Anyone who hung out at O'Neills or Al's Stereo Bar please tell me what's become of both "institutions".
Added: February 10, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

To Frank Onolfi:
Sorrento's is located where Salerno was once located next to RKO movie theatre.
Sorrento's Restaurant
117-11 Hillside Ave
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
718-850-2100
Added: February 10, 2009


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Frank Onolfi
From: Maryland
E-mail: ccheney@sbcglobal.net

Where is Sorrento's Restaurant, I'd like to check it out?
Added: February 10, 2009


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Chris Cheney
From: Santa Ana, CA
E-mail: ccheney@sbcglobal.net

I'm looking for any information on the Richmond Hill Sanitarium or Sanatarium. This is for genealogic research.
I have a friend who was born there in the 1940s and I'm helping her with her family tree. If you know about this facility or anyone we might contact about it, please let me know. Thanks!
Added: February 10, 2009


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Sean Scharf
From: Kew Gardens, NY
E-mail:

To: Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney regarding Salerno's
I do not know the "politics" of Salerno's Restaurant or Sorrento's. All I know is that I went there for an Italian dinner there a week ago and I was thoroughly pleased with the food, the service, and the atmosphere.
Added: February 9, 2009


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Mary Hamel
From: New Bedford, Ma
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

Re: Salerno's --
I remember it well, going there after dance or a birthday and when the city of NY was closed down in 1969? I got engaged there, couldn't make it to the City so we walked in the snow to Salerno's up 118th st and 89th ave passed 102, to Salerno's Feb 14, 1969
Added: February 9, 2009


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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@optonline.net

To Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney.
Regarding Sister Wiletta, after Holy Child she went on to teach at Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica in the 1970's. There she was known as Sister Elizabeth Schroeder. I met her there when I was in a TMLA spring musical in 1974 in my senior year of HS.
I also had the occasion of meeting here around 2000 when I was a copier sales rep. I met her at a trade show and at the time she was the principal of a Catholic Elementary school in Brooklyn.
Added: February 7, 2009


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Ronnie Jones
From: brooklyn, ny
E-mail: juicygirls94@aol.com

I lived on 85th road off 102nd street.
I was talking to my sister Mary Jones Santopetro and she was telling me about this website. What a wonderful way to get in touch with and hear from special people from the past.
Growing up you may have known me and my family by my sister Mary and my brothers George and Kenny. I went to P.S66 and P.S90, Mary had told me she got intouch with Judy Schmitz exuse my spelling if its wrong, what wonderful memories we have of growing up in Richmond Hill. I have bin searching for years for my best friend Barbara LeMayer she lived off Liberty on Lefferts blvd. Shes a twin to John sister of Ralph and Robert, if anyone knows of her or where she might be please comment me back or email me, thankyou.
Just want to say once again what a great site, all the fun in forest park, the bowling ally, the rko, and the sled riding down the hill in the school yard of PS66. If anyone knows of me and my family i would love to here from you. thank you.
Added: February 6, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

To Anyone Who Remembers Salerno's Italian Restaurant:
As some of us know, it was bought last year by people of Indian decent. That was supposed to have been kept a secret, while they still kept the same staff in the front and cooks in the back. It was called the "New" Salerno's until the Salerno family didn't want their name used anymore, no longer owning it. It then became Sorrento's Italian Restaurant, glowing in their neon sign.
Awhile back it changed saying "Now serving Italian and Indian food." As I happened to look at it the other day, the Italian is not lit up anymore and a big red neon sign has been added to the top saying "Royal Punjab." I have many memories of Salerno's beginning with my first Communion until late. Anyone know where to get a nice Italian dinner?
P.S. Nothing's been done with Jahn's yet, only a few doors away. Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant never opened and there's still papers taped to the window over a year later. All we know is that the whole interior and fixtures were sold for big $, as the building was gutted. It's becoming an eye-sore and the exterior alone is in dire need of help! Another loss!
Added: February 5, 2009


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Dennis Egan
From: Hilton Head SC
E-mail: egand@hargray.com

To Maureen Whalen Bovet...
I have the graduation picture from the HCJ Class of 1964 that included you. There were 57 of us in that picture.
Added: February 5, 2009


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Jim Delvers
From: Oregon
E-mail: jimdelvers@comcast.net

I lived in RH from 1963-1969, Lefferts and 91st. The house is still in the family. Hung out on 121st.
I remember Willie's deli located on Lefferts (great Potato Salad), he had to move his shop the south side of Atlantic Ave. Couple of years later he sold it to a nice couple. Who continued to make that great Potato Salad.
Also remember Tony the shoe repair guy. Pete the Barber, G&O's, SBJL was the church I went to, but attended PS51 Class of '66 and JHS210 Class of '69. I had alot of great times and great friends during that time.
Visiting this site brings back alot of fun memories.
Added: February 3, 2009


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Chris Smith
From: Floral Park
E-mail:

Barry Cosgrove:
Niedersteins was demolished and is now an Arby's. The Triangle looks mostly the same on the outside but it is now a medical office. Jahn's is a Mexican restaurant.
Added: February 3, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

Hi Anthony, I'm so glad you wrote back!
Since you mention the Bishop being at the dedication of the new building, it's appearing more clear to me now, but how much do I remember, being 11 or 12. You must have a great memory! I don't remember Sister Francis Agnes, but obviously I was in the school at that time. I don't think we did the changing of the classes as per say as you did. I vaguely remember probably in 7th or more likely 8th, that they wanted to prepare us for high school. IF we did change, it wsan't on a regular basis and how far did we go? Next door?! LOL Maybe it was a once in a while thing or possibly another teacher or 2 would come to us.
If there's anyone out there from Holy Child, class of '69 that remembers better than me, please refresh my memory. Basically we always had the one assigned teacher that we got in September who taught everything. We didn't even have gym and felt lucky in the lower or middle grades if they let us out in the school yard to play on a nice day. That was a rarity! We had music and art, I think once a week, only in the later years that I was there, having the same teachers as you.
You made me laugh, being one that Miss Trumbetta tossed. You're not the only one, having seen it before. Yes, we all came out of that school traumatized by someone! LOL Even though there's only 3 years between us, I'll bet you missed out on the teen dances or did you?
They were so much fun on a Fri. or Sat. night and the bands were great! We'd all look forward to them. I also used to love going to the plays every summer, usually knowing someone in them. I know they still have them.
Anyway, thanks for writing back and testing my brain again! Please keep the questions and stories coming. It's so much fun to share after all of this time. It's always a pleasure, Anthony! Take care, Marilyn
Added: February 2, 2009


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Barry Cosgrove
From: Brockton, Ma.
E-mail:

I was raised in Richmond Hill in the mid-50's to 60's, and moved to Brockton after graduating elementary school.
I'm sure the boxing fans out there know that Brockton, Massachusetts was home to the beloved boxing great Rocky Marciano, still the only undefeated heavyweight in boxing history, retiring with a record of 49-0 with 43 knockouts. I remember my grandfather telling me about the boxing arena in neighboring Ridgewood, where Rocky and other up and coming fighters would box on Friday nights during the 1940's-50's.
Does anybody remember anything about this? What a great time, to take the family out to the fights, then dinner at the Triangle Hofbrau or Neiderstein's in Glendale, and probably all for less than a $20 bill!
I check this website regularly and enjoy reliving the memories. I wish more of the older residents would write in with their stories of the old neighborhood. I hope to visit soon and see what's changed and what's still the same.
Added: February 2, 2009


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Jasoni Vincenzi
From: Anchorage, Alaska
E-mail:

Hey! It's been a long time since I visited this site. Great comments! I'm thinking about coming to Richmond Hill in March. Can't wait!
Added: January 31, 2009


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Alfonso (FUNZI) DeMartino
From: 95-41 109 street
E-mail: ldemartino@nycap.rr.com

hung out at 62 park. 109st. 101 ave. great times in richmond hill.
Added: January 31, 2009


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Teresa Tomblin
From: TX
E-mail: akaav8fox@aol.com

HAHAH... Rosemarie... I have to say... I remember you too Hugs... Teresa...
Hey have ya heard from Margaret lately? Thanks to this site I have been found by a long lost friend. :)
Added: January 30, 2009


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Theresa E. Mccabe
From: new york, NY
E-mail: tmccabe212@aol.com

For the decedents of John and Rose Dowd who would have been born in the early 1900s.
My grandparents, John Mahoney and Catherine O'Neill, had their wedding reception at the home of John and Rose. We know the home was in Woodhaven. We do not have the address. We are looking for the address so we can find the parish my grandparents were married in as I am seeking my Irish citzenship and need their marriage certificate.
I noticed that Richmond Hill is in Woodhaven and that there is a John Dowd on this site so I thought I would ask for help.
Many Thanks (I know it's a long shot), Theresa McCabe (desperately seeking Ireland)
Added: January 30, 2009


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Hi Marilyn, Thanks for writing back.
I'm not sure if the dedication for the new building was '69 or '68. I can't remember, but I do remember the bishop being there for the dedication. Funny you should remember Miss Trumbetta going around the class listening to us sing. I remember her doing something similar which was having all the boys line up in front of her desk and then all the girls. One at a time she would listen to us sing. I was one of the ones that got tossed out and was mortified.
Glad to hear Mrs. Petrilla was seen around the neighborhood recently. I was wondering if you remember a nun named Sister Francis Agnes. I went to P.S.90 for 1st. grade and for religious instructions she was my teacher. When you were at HCJ did you have departmental (the changing of classes). I remember in the 6th. grade we started changing classrooms instead of the teachers coming to us we went to the various classrooms.
Marilyn, it has been really nice talking to you through this site. Keep in touch and all the best. Anthony.
Added: January 30, 2009


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Maureen Whalen Bovet
From: Lexington, MA
E-mail: dbovet@aol.com

I recently saw the movie DOUBT which sent me back to my memories of Holy Child school 1955 to 1964.
We lived on 110th St and I remember climbing up and then down the stairs of the ell train to get across Jamacia Ave on my way to school. I have a photo from 1955 when I was in kindergarten with Sr Carol and friends do not believe there were 60 kids in my class.
Once my sister in 5th grade forgot to fetch me home and Sr Carol took me over to the convent to wait to be picked up. I was so astonished to see the sisters with their bib off!
I used to love to go with my friend Julie Bisbee when she went to the German bakery to buy bread and other goodies for the sisters. I wonder what the neighbors used to think when they had to listen to the marching music the school used to broadcast into the school yard as we marched in line into the building twice a day. Boy did I love it when I had a nickel for a big pretzel during recess.
On the avenue I remember stopping each time I passed the window of the florist who had wrist birthday coursages in the window, eight dog biscuits for your 8th birthday seemed like a big deal to me.
I have never heard from old friends Susan or Janet Petrowich who also lived on my block. Hope they are doing well wherever they are. I know my old friend Wayne Terzano passed away too young. I moved away in 1965 and have not been back since altho my daughter now lived in Manhattan.
I have lived all over the US and even a few years in Europe and my memories of Richmond Hill always go along with me. My best wishes to fellow travelers.
Added: January 29, 2009


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Bev Shaw
From: MO
E-mail: rachandhorses@yahoo.com

I was reading abought Mr. Jack Lord a.k.a. John Joseph Patric Ryan...
I had met him some 45 years ago, back when I was 9 or 10 years old. Back then he had given me a painting that he said he had painted a whil back and I treasured it, but it got lost during a move.
I read that he made quite a few paintings that he sold, but can not find hide or hair of anything about his paintings now. Is there any where where one could see on the internet, or buy any of his paintings or sketches even???
I also read that he made a book called Jack Lord's Hawaii, which was to containe photos of his paintings, but can not find any thing abought that either...
I would greatly appreciate any direction you could provide .... Thanks so much Bev.
Added: January 28, 2009


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Mike Lovaglio
From: East Northport
E-mail:

Doug, I do remember Carol and Nancy, but I have no idea what became of them.
Added: January 27, 2009


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Thomas Pepe
From: Saylorsburg, PA
E-mail: moparpep@ptd.net

I graduated SBJL in 1971.
We were the first class to have our class photos taken in 1971. It still remained in a frame outside the principals office in the late 1980's. I was a Police Officer in the 102 PCT until I retired in 1995.
I remember the SBJL teen club dances in the auditorium (gym) in the 70's. Live bands (Shock and Rampage). Met my wife of 31 years there. Fond memories of my old stomping ground. I Lived on 126 street and 97th Avenue.
Still keep in touch with my best friend Chris De Falco after 52 years of friendship. And Lori Eisenbarth. Love you both.... Tommy Pepe
Added: January 27, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer -Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

Hi Anthony P. {Class of '73},
Yes, isn't it funny that many don't remember the new school is obviously an extension, but as I say, I don't remember the construction myself. It wasn't there and then it was! LOL Could the dedication ceremony have been in '69 or around when I was graduating? It sounds so familiar!
That's so nice that you're in touch with a former teacher. Though I don't remember her, I do remember the Nuns, though I didn't have any as my teachers, maybe since I graduated a few years before you. Of course I had Mrs. Petrilla, though I had {I think her name was} Mrs. Cassidy before who left when she had a baby. I believe Mrs. Petrilla is still local here, though I haven't seen her. An ex-neighbor/friend told me that he had seen her on the Avenue a few years ago. I will have to ask around. As for Miss Trumbetta, I think we all had her. She'd come once a week carrying her portable keyboard, which looked like a suitcase! LOL
I remember joining the choir to sing at the lighting of the Christmas tree in Forest Park near the pond, probably in the mid-60's, having to stay after school to practice. She was good but tough, but that's what it took to get a good choir. She'd go around the room listening to each one of us sing and if someone was out of key, she'd throw them out, like an umpire thowing a player out of a game. LOL I know we practiced for months and we were doing three part harmonies, which wasn't easy. I'm sure it wasn't my imagination when I think back, but we were good and something to be proud of. Unfortunately, that was a past thing in Richmond Hill which made it a sweet community.
As for the priests, Msr. Murry was first in charge when I was very young. When he passed Msr. Leonard took over. He was very personable, always walking the neighborhood talking to everyone. I believe he passed from Altzeimer's possibly in the late '80's, early'90's, I'm not sure. The convent as we remember is now the Leonard Center named after him, which is used for meetings and such. Fr. Lockwood was there in the earlier years. Father White was also a friendly one. I remember him visiting our class to talk to us, as well as years later seeing him walking around the neighoborhood, always with a big hello and making conversation with everyone. I also remember Father Rogers, but not as well as the others.
Wow, look what you started! You really have me thinking back to those days now! As for my friend and former classmate, Joseph McBride, apology accepted. I'm sorry myself if I sounded sarcastic but when you said that you were looking for '69 alumni, I felt slighted, knowing that I had written to you a few times. I know that you wrote back in the fall when you and some others took my announcement the wrong way, thinking it was an official reunion. We have a Classic Rock band and were signed to play in Forest Park, but while some classmates had planned to come, Hurricane Hanna had another plan for us unfortunately, getting rained out.
Sure I remember Joe Depalo. How is he doing? As for the guys, I used to run into and talk to Peter Savino, who I think is still in the neighborhood a few years ago, as well as Reggie Rollins. I am in touch with Reggie on My Space, where we have a band site, "Nightwing" band. He seems to be doing well for himself. As for the girls, I've spoken to Marilyn Chingas by phone, heard from Kim Castleberry, Maryellen Mahoney {who left in 7th grade} and many more from either high school or growing up. I feel like I'm forgetting others that just aren't coming to mind now. It's a blast from the past, I'll tell 'ya.
Anyway, I wish that we could have a reunion. I had been to the school reunions in the 80's which were great, though not a big turn out for our grade. Well, hopefully someday and if I hear of any plans, you'll be the first one I notify. Peace, Marilyn
Added: January 27, 2009


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Joseph McBride
From: Virginia
E-mail: jgmcbride@verizon.net

This is a public apology to Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney.
To my best recollection I have written you back every time you wrote. If I didn't, I sincerely apologize. I do enjoy writing people I have known from my past. I went back and forth with Joe Depalo recently (remember him?). Thank you for pointing out my shortcoming (trust me I have plenty, lol)
I'll try to do better in the future.
Added: January 26, 2009


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Doug Flynn
From: merrick ny
E-mail:

Mike Lovaglio do you remember Carol and Nancy Bonvicino and if you do, any idea what ever happened to them?
Added: January 26, 2009


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Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: fkief55224@aol.com

I remember Sister St. Lucy and Sister Marion Concilio.
Since I graduated from Holy Child in 1961 I was taught by those sisters in the '50's.
Added: January 26, 2009


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Martin Molloy
From: West Babylon
E-mail: Memar3@aol.com

Love this site; just heard from a friend of mine who i would not have been able to get in touch with without this site.
Added: January 26, 2009


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Judi Schmitz
From: new jersey
E-mail: jfrederico@ccts.net

Does anybody know what happened to The Rizzuti girls (Janet, Lynn,or Bettyanne) or any of the Sica family from 102nd street?
Added: January 26, 2009


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Hi Maureen, Thanks for writing back.
In response to your question about how I knew of the passing of many of the teachers from HCJ I am in contact with Sister Margaret O'Donnell and Sister Rosemary and also Mrs. O'Rourke who taught third grade. I actually saw Mrs. O'Rourke several years ago at our reunion (Class of 73) and have kept in contact with her. I remember Sister Willetta definately although I never had her as a teacher.
I'm glad someone besides me actually remembers the "new school" as it was called. I also remember they had a dedication ceremony for it. Do you remember any of the priests that were assigned to HCJ? Msgr. McGirr, Msgr. Raymond (I think I have his name correct, but not sure) Father Moore, Father White, Father Rogers, and Father Lockwood.
Do you know anything of Mrs. Petrilla or Miss Trumbetta the art and music teachers? Just curious. Thanks for remembering me. Best regards, Anthony
Added: January 26, 2009


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, N.Y.
E-mail:

In reference to Anthony Palmisano's question, I remember the new school being added to Holy Child.
I am a graduate of '69, so I never had a class in there, though I got a glimpse of it, getting a kick out of going through the connecting tunnel. I vaguely can picture the area before as just being the fenced in school yard and a Bulletin board in the front announcing the Masses. It's ironic that I was in the school at the time and don't recall the construction of it all too much though, maybe since being young.
I am sorry to hear about the passing of so many of our teachers, knowing of all of them and more. I had Sr. Regina Margaret, Sr. Elizabeth was the Pricinpal of course, but does anyone remember Sr. Maureen? She was Principal when I first started, though not for too long before Sr. Elizabeth took over. Miss Sheridan was wonderful. I had her in 2nd Grade and we'd ride the bus together some days after school. By the way, how did you find out about them? I still live nearby and I don't hear anything. Then again, I don't ask. I saw many at a reunion, in the late 80's. What astonished me was seeing Sr. Willetta. Does anyone remember her? She was the best and I didn't know it was her until someone pointed to a lady in an orange business suit by the Church. Sure enough it was her and she was as sweet as when she taught me in 4th Grade, not aging a day! She knew who I was as well as my friends, even remembering where I lived, which amazed me. What a wonderful person and a great teacher at that. God Bless her and all!
In response to Joseph Mc., class of '69, I am glad that you heard from a classmate and are hoping to hear from others. Have you written them back though? I've had great luck on classmates, being in touch with quite a few, including some close friends from high school and planning to get together with some after keeping in touch by phone since '07. It's a nice thing getting reaquainted and excited at the idea of seeing each other again. My advice is if you hear from someone, write back to them. It's only common courtesy. The only reason I say that is that I've written you more than once and you only wrote back when you misread that I was having a reunion. That's okay though. I have plenty of friends and I was just being nice as were the others. No hard feelings, I mean we are all equals.
Good luck to you, hope you reconnect with an old classmate and I guess we'll see you at a reunion when it happens.
Added: January 25, 2009


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Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: fkief55224@aol.com

I am so sad the SBJS is closing.
I went to Holy Child from 1953 to 1961. I remember those dances as well. That is what we all did on Friday nights. I lived at 114-80 Metropolitan Avenue until 1970 when I got married and moved away. My parents lived there until 1982.
Added: January 24, 2009


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Christine Menzel Fitzpatrick
From: Poughkeepsie NY
E-mail: chris_fitz@juno.com

Hi, What a great site!
Even if I don't know everyone I have the same memories. I lived on 114 between 101 and 103 from 1959 until 1981 with my family (Marion, Gerry, sister Pat and grandmother downstairs). I went to St. Benny's ('73 graduate)(which I heard was closing - which made me so sad) and then to CK.
The memories of the candy stores, the movie theaters, the bowling allies, and walking to Liberty Ave to get everything you needed is such a rush. Playing handball at the factory (101 and 114 St). Remembering the teen club at St. Benny's and the dances. Father Smith set up so many great trips for us.
There was always something to do in Richmond Hill, with so many great friends. I could go on about memories but I don't want to take up too much space.
Would love to hear from more people. Happy New Year.. Chris
Added: January 23, 2009


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Larry Smathers
From: Sacramento, CA
E-mail:

I was born (1950) and raised in Richmond Hill during the early sixties.
I joined the Navy and then settled in California. I have not been in Richmond Hill since the 1960s. It's been a real pleasure finding this website and I want to thank all who contribute to this website for making it possible for those who miss the neighborhood to share their memories of Richmond Hill.
Added: January 22, 2009


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Kathy Giambertone Rapach
From: Savannah, Georgia
E-mail: krapach@comcast.net

Hi Ginger Kopp, I read your comment and it really touched me.
It's a shame how people treat each other. I've seen it here when I moved to Savannah. But as time went on and more Yankees moved in, it got better.
What school did you go to (grammar or highschool? We have many friend that would love to make you feel better about yourself. How old was your husband when he passed away.
Please email us the information we need and we all can help. That is what we were on earth to do - help each other. Send me an email even if you can't do it on this site, don't put it off... we can help! We will keep you in our prayers.
Added: January 21, 2009


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Ginger Kopp
From: Hollidaysburg, Pa.
E-mail: kopp_gina@yahoo.com

Hi to Nancy Favilla, I, too, lived near you in Pa. Now I am even further from my favorite place of all, Richmond Hill.
I enjoy this site so much and all of the memories cannot ever be replaced as that was the best years of our (or at least, mine) lives.
I remember each and every place that has been mentioned and nowhere I have ever lived has anything comparable. I know it has changed but it was the friendliness and neighborly atmosphere that abounded there. That probably has changed also, but if I could revisit my days there, even for a week, I would be so much happier.
My husband died last June, so I had to move away from where you now live. I lived on the border of Pike and Monroe Counties, Greeme township which is a little spot of nothingness. I do know Sterling, however, and now I have had a taste of two of my prior homes, in just this one visit.
It is a shame, (I read that post about the helping older people) with such sadness, since it is the way it is now. I have dug my own car out of ice and snow this week, and all of the other tenants, all young and able and guys to boot, watched from behind curtains or openly laughed while hoisting a few.
Richmond Hill was so different and every neighbor, whether we were particularly fond of them or not, should they call for help or even look like they needed some, one could count on someone to come running. We were also tolerant of other races, religions, etc., and I am writing this on Inauguration Day, and am thinking how Pa. for example, has a lot of hatred for minorities, people from other States and sometimes even their nearest neighbor.
How can this be? This is the United States of America, yet it is not united in every State. Do you remember anyone in Richmond Hill, in our days or even later, who even used the word hate. I do not. I lived near Liberty Ave., and my friends were all of the Jewish girls from the stores, the little black girl (there was only one in P.S. 121 when I attended until 1949) the German girls who I never associated with the war going on, and every nice person of any Nationality, coming to my house to play, and prejudice was unheard of. Maybe that is because I am shanty Irish (kidding).
My sons, who all were in the Military always said that fellow members always said they heard how awful and cold people from N.Y. were. Not the New York we knew or our kids for that matter either. I was forced by circumstances beyond my control to move to this Central Pa. area now and you would be shocked. Not one person who lives in this apartment or lives in this area speak or even smile to each other. It is so cold it rivals the weather. We cannot go back to what we had but is this the way anyone wants to go forward?
Right now I am trying to find a place to rent for a few weeks in any part of Fla. just so I can regroup, get warm and think about all I have read here and where to fit in with a World that has gotten so uncaring. I know there has to be a place and am not a quitter. I may not have much money, but I do have determinatiion.
None of us, or at least my friends from Richmond Hill were rich, but we never felt poor, either. If we had a roof over our head, food in out tummies, we were happy campers. Of course we had so many friends, many of whom I still talk to at least once a month, neighbors and familiar places where store keepers knew your name and your parents as well. Maybe I am naieve but I think that maybe this new President will bring back some simple courtesy and love of neighbor, back into style. One can only hope and pray.
BTW if anyone has a place to rent in Fla. please let me know. I have to at least get warm for a few weeks. Ginger
Added: January 20, 2009


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Susan Persampieri
From: Geneseo, Illinois
E-mail:

My Daughter Katherine Persampieri (Tague) is looking for a 1988 yearbook from Richmond Hill High School.
Anyone haveing any leads to one?
Added: January 20, 2009


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville , Florida. U.S.A.
E-mail: rafar63@gmail.com

Hello. Does anyone had seen or know something about Diana Wantola?
If so, please tell her to contact me, my email is on this page and I will be very glad to reply to her, "A litle history", (Me, Rafael Rivas, and Diana Wantola use to be very good friends and in love in the year 1970 and that relation lasted for a good time. Now I want to talk to her and know what is of her life.)
I think it is very good to see a person that you know and you don't see for a long time... Thanks for your help in advance.
Added: January 18, 2009


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Mike Lovaglio
From: East Northport
E-mail: mlovag@yahoo.com

Shloshers (not sure of spelling) was next to the Chase Manhattan Bank on 115th St.
It did indeed have seating in the back and a bar next door(all connected) three doors down was another bar called Pete's Place and then The Corner Resturant on the Corner of 114th St.
I remember a little market on the other side of Jamaica ave. and 115th St. called Diamond Dairy. A little elderly man ran it.
How about the Hobby Shop two doors down, was it Larry's? Cameo's Pet Shop on the corner of 116th St. was there for the longest time. A lot of memories!
Added: January 18, 2009


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Chris Glasser
From: Corinth, Tx.
E-mail: glasschr7@aol.com

Upon recently hearing that S.B.J.L. will soon be closing, I went to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn website for verification. Sadly enough it is true and S.B.J.L. is one of eleven schools proposed to close at the end of the 2008-2009 school year.
The eleven schools recommended for closure are: Flatbush Catholic Academy (Bk), St. Vincent Ferrer (Bk), Most Precious Blood (Bk), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Bk), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bk), Our Lady of Angels (Bk), St. Anthony of Padua (Qns), St. Benedict Joseph Labre (Qns), St. Catherine of Sienna (Qns), St. Aloysius (Qns) and Blessed Sacrament (Qns).
It appears that the changing demographic trend along with a struggling economy is now finally impacting the R.C.Church and it's community.
Added: January 17, 2009


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Linda Beyer
From: Silver Spring, MD
E-mail: lmchugh@american.edu

There were two delis a block apart and across Jamaica Ave. from one another. The German deli was Gassau & Camp near the corner of 114 St. and Woolworth's. It was the real old- fashioned thing, with huge celing fans, tin ceiling, even sawdust on the floors. Big barrel of pickles (Roberta McBride and I used to buy a pickle, have it cut and sit on the curb to eat the whole sour thing!). In the '60s they decided to modernize -- about 10 years before retro was in vogue and became a dull, ordinary-looking deli. Miles Shoe store and Loft's candy were on the two corners of 114 St.
Scholsser's was across Jamaica Ave. midway between 114 and 115 St. It was a fancier shop, good Jewish deli with half-sour pickles. I believe they had tables to sit and eat. Lipschutz, the stationery store was next door.
Added: January 15, 2009


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Judi Schmitz Frederico
From: Deptford, NJ
E-mail: jfrederico@ccts.net

I just stumbled across this site...
I went to PS 66 and PS 90 and lived on 85th rd off 102nd street. Are there any people from the neighborhood from 1952 - 1966? I remember all these places... let me know... my sister is Elaine and brother is Jack.
Added: January 15, 2009


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Bob Woods
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: Bobny57@aol.com

To Cecelia Batthany Dunne:
I went to CTK HS with your brother Everett and my brother, Mike went to Archbishop Molloy with your brother, Mike. I also graduated from OLPH with Eleanor Dunne. Could she be your sister-in-law?
I would love to contact your brother so any help you can provide me would be appreciated. What is your email address? Bob Woods
Added: January 14, 2009


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To: Mike Lovaglio:
Yes I certainly remember you and all the guys in the stores Dept. Are you still in the Dept? Wish you and family the best for the coming new year, and who knows I might just walk in there some day and shock you. Take care. Paul.
Added: January 14, 2009


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Joseph G. McBride
From: Virginia
E-mail: jgmcbride@verizon.net

Left a short note in December 2008.
Got an old classmate to write me. Figured I'd write again, a longer note, maybe get a few more people from Hold Child Jesus, Class of 1969 to write. Been down in the Virginia area since 1979. Ready to retire in about 2 years from federal government (will have 32 years). Going to Johns Hopkins and getting my Masters.
Well that's all for now!!!
Added: January 14, 2009


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Jonn Mulry
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

am I glad to see the resurrection of the guest book.
the new format is great! I am sure that our beloved Nancy (eternal memory) is looking from above and smiling in approval.
Added: January 14, 2009


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Would like to hear from anyone from Holy Child Jesus class of 1973.
Also, who remembers the "new building" being added on to Holy Child back in the late '60's? And the faculty who taught us.
Sad to have learned that many of our teachers have passed on over the last few years. To name a few, Miss Place, Miss Sheriden, Sister Regina Margaret, Sister Elizabeth Patricia and Sister Loretta. May they all rest in peace.
Added: January 12, 2009


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Mary Hamel Theall
From: New Bedford, Ma
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

I remember Hillmart's next to Doc's Pharmacy.
My mother would walk my brother there in the carriage and the Hillmart's and others would sit and talk about the war 1942-43. Doc's pharmacy would take back med's that you didn't need and if you needed something you just had to call, try that today with CVS, or Brooks. Between them was a food store can't remember the name but I think the owner was my Mothers paper boy before he started the store and he delivered too.
Can't remember the last time I thought about Hillmart's etc. Such nice thoughts
Added: January 12, 2009


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Janice Cawley Daniel
From: Spring Hill, Florida
E-mail: jan39@tampabay.rr.com

Hi! Does anyone remember Dr Barber and his family?
They lived on 85th Ave right off of Lefferts Blvd. I have been trying to find Mary Barber. I grew up across the street from them. I practically lived in their house.
Dr & Mrs Barber were very special people who always opened their home to the kids of the neighborhood. Small skating rink in backyard to volleyball, basketball, all kinds of physical activities for us to do. I would like to thank them for the great childhood memories. There was Hugh, Mary, Robert, Alice and Edward Barber. I know Hugh and Mary attended RHHS not sure about the others.
Anyone know of them and their where abouts? I know Dr Barber passed on and they moved a long time ago from that home. Thanks, Janice Cawley
Added: January 11, 2009


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Rosemarie Nucci
From: Florida
E-mail:

hey teresa,
i remember you from 123 street and going to the dances to see six horse hitch. wow what awalk down memory lane. :0)
Added: January 10, 2009


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Nancy Favilla
From: Sterling, Pa.
E-mail: deed5@echoes.net

A Happy New Year to all.
I just saw the post from Richie "Lavag", wow, that names takes me back. Richie, I hope all is well with you. Believe it or not, my mom still lives in the house on 109st. My brothers are all doing well and still live in the area. Thomas in Queens, James in Howard Beach, and the rest on Long Island. Most of them are married and even have children. My dad pasted almost 10 years ago. I have been in Pa. since 1987. I have 4 children. I lost one of my children to cancer in 2007.
I miss the old town. Although just last month I realized just how much has changed. Remember when we were young and on snow days the boys would go around the streets shoveling for the older folks? Well, no more. Just before the holidays, my mother, who is closing in on 80 mind you, was given a summons because her walk was not cleared! 50 years in that house, and she gets reported for not shoveling the walk. What goes on with that? What kind of neighbors don't take the extra 2 minutes to clean the walk?
I know, your all thinking what about her sons? I thought the same thing. But not really the point. I remenber that my dad would have a fit if my brothers didn't shovel Margarets next door to us or if Mr. Craig was out side with a shovel, even the Seiferts next to the school. Times sure have changed. If anyone in town knows a kid who might need a few extra bucks, email me.
It was wonderful to see your name on the board, Ritchie. I will have to tell my brothers to check in and drop a few lines. All the best to you and your family. Even Mike! -Nancy
Added: January 10, 2009


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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@optonline.net

Hi Mike Lovaglio, I remember Hillmart.
It was like a general store where you could but almost anything. It was a good place to buy a stickball bat or a Pensy Pinky. I remember buying a hockey stick there. The owner, sold me on the line that it made from "Canadian" wood. It lasted the rest of the day.
Added: January 9, 2009


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Janet Clark-Duff
From: Sydney, Australia
E-mail: jclarkduff@hotmail.com

Hi, There is an entry in your guest book from Meredith Hoell DeLorenzo - Of Bellmore, USA on Saturday, 6 December 2003, that mentions a "Miss Clark-Duff" as a teacher at P.S.90 around 1958-1966.
If anyone has any information about Miss Clark-Duff, I would be really happy to hear from you via my email address. I believe that this Miss Clark-Duff is the step-daughter of my grandfather's brother, the Rev Robert Clark-Duff, originally from Australia.
There are now only six Clark-Duffs left in Australia and Robert would be long gone. I am assuming that "Miss" Clark-Duff is also deceased, but I would be very grateful for any information - eg: her christian names, what she taught, etc. Many thanks, Janet Clark-Duff.
Added: January 9, 2009


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Dr John Rodgers
From: Terra Vista, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

The Jerome Theater was located on the SW corner of 114th St and Jerome (101) Avenue.
By the middle 1950's the movie had closed, and the building became an aluminum window factory.
Added: January 8, 2009


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Mike Lovaglio
From: East Northport, NY
E-mail: mlovag@yahoo.com

Does anyone remember a little store called Hillmart?
It was on Jamaica Ave, two doors off the corner of 117th St. I went there all the time as a kid and bought little toys that would cost less than a dollar!
Added: January 8, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA (weekends) / NYC (weekdays)
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
S.B.J.L. 1968 Graduates
We are changing the Reunion to June 2009 to get more of our past friends to join us. Please continue your search of our friends and email me with any connections you have made. We already have quite a few friends ready to meet, greet and share memories!
Thanks to this website for helping us!
Added: January 8, 2009
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April Koster
From: 113th Street
E-mail: aprildale18@yahoo.com

Hello Dan Smith.
I have a similar memories of those days. Such as "The Duquenes" practicing their harmony on 114th & 101 (Jerome). Someone (?) gave me a D. tape which I played a lot.
I also remember John's Candy Store. John would sometimes kick us out, complaining that the juke box was "getting rusty". We'd wait outside (sometimes in the freezing cold) until the storm subsided - for at least 20 minutes. When the coast was clear we all went back in to "grease" the juke box and order cokes and potato chips. Then John would be busy again and we were back in his good graces - until the next lapse.
Also loved those hot bagels from the bagel factory for just 7 cents each, but I never knew a Jerome movie. Can't believe this all happened over 40 years ago.
Hope you and everyone has a great New Year.
Added: January 6, 2009


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Rich Culotta
From: Baldwin, NY
E-mail: richculotta64@optonline.net

Raised in Richmond Hill (1964-1987), Attended PS55, JHS 226, and Hillcrest High School.
Too young to remember Paul's Candy Store but as far as I was concerned it was Rocky's. The youngest of 5, I've seen the most changes. I grew up with multiplexes but still remember going to The Casino and Lefferts Movie Theatres.
I always preferred a burger at Winther's or Karp's to McDonald's. Summer softball at 55 with Mr Keifer. Going to 88th St. Park to watch Carlo's Bar beat Mickey's in 1974 and remembering how happy I was to play in that same league 10 years later.
Played baseball at Smokey Park. Was told it was given that name because of the smoke coming across Atlantic Avenue from the Long Island Railroad. I had another theory. (Wink)
A person could find anything they needed on Liberty Avenue. School supplies at Uncle Jack's. The best pizza in the world from Carlo's & Tommy's, Shoes at Buster Brown's and 2 5&10 cent stores (Kresgee's & Woolworth's). I remember having fun hanging with the guys at Club Diner, or taking my girlfriend to places like Rocco's, Mohawk Resturant, and of course St. John's Resturant. (Where I proposed to my wife over breakfast).
I still return to Richmond Hill often and take notice of all that has changed. The (PS55) School Yard is only a quarter of its size since they expanded the school. I suppose that's just as well since Belman's Bakery is now a used car lot and there is no more smell of fresh baked bread to inhale as you are up at bat.
Ironically enough Karp's is now a McDonald's and chances of going to Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor went right down the "Kitchen Sink" about 2 years ago.
Most of the faces have changed, but that's alright. It's just another neighborhood full of kids making their own memories just like we did.
Added: January 6, 2009


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Mike Lovaglio
From: East Northport, NY
E-mail: mlovag@yahoo.com

Hey Paul LaVecchia! Did you work for the L.I.R.R.?
It has to be you, because judging by you email address, there can't be two Paul LaVecchia's that are dodger fans. I had the locker next to you in the Stores dept. Smitty and Jed are still in there but Todd is gone. So now you got Torre and Mattingly.
I guess you guys needed a couple of Yankees to show you how to win. LOL Happy New Year Buddy!
Added: January 5, 2009


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Mike Lovaglio
From: East Northport, NY
E-mail: mlovag@yahoo.com

Hey John Saladino!
Good to hear from you. LaMancha was my first play with the Teen Drama Club. I was a Muleteer and one of Don Quoties horses (ha-ha). I acually fell off the stage during one of the performances, because I couldn't see out of the costume head!
Do you have a brother named Joe? If so, he was the leader of a religous instruction group I was part of after graduating from Holy Child. Have a Happy New Year!
Added: January 5, 2009


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Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

Happy New Year to everyone.
We are getting ready to put together the friends reunion to be held on June 13th, 2009. Please start sending me your e-mail address so I can send out more information to everyone. We hope to have a good turn out of old friends from the Hill. Please also respond if you are unable to attend. I will post this message one more time in Feb.
Attention Richmond Hill Friends Reunion (1960-1968) Holy Child - Richmond Hill Annex and High School
Do you remember the days of School Dances, House Parties, and Stick Ball, Hanging out in the School Yards or Forrest Park? Maybe you remember Cordes Ice Cream Parlor, Steve's Pizzeria, RKO Keiths Movie Theater, Glenn's Bar or Club 111 Bowling Alley. Have you ever wondered of what happened to old friends from the neighborhood? Well now is your chance, Julie Kreppein-Wissell, Rich Newell, and Richie Kreppein are putting together a friends reunion for Saturday June 13, 2009 to be held at the American Legion Post #948 located in Bellmore, Long Island. The cost will be $75.00 per couple or $40.00 per individual. (Non-Refundable) The price includes a Buffett, Beer, Wine, and Soda.
It has been over 40 years since our childhood days, so what do you say lets get together and catch up on lost years. We are looking for names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address of old friends. Please RSVP to any of the below address if you have any information and would be interested in attending by Feb 2009.
We are also looking into blocking off hotel rooms for those who will need a place to stay. Julia Kreppein-Wissell - julia1950@msn.com; Rich Newell - coachrich00@yahoo.com; Richie Kreppein - hacksquad@aol.com
Added: January 5, 2009


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Teresa Tomblin (McGinnis / O'Brien family)
From: TX
E-mail: AKAAV8fox@aol.com

I have not commented on this site for at least a year, when I first found it, I was on Line looking up how to order a Kinish. HA...
My Family lived at 93-29 123rd St. It was my grandmothers house. Ellen O'Brien... and her sister and her family Lived downstairs (The Misewinkels). Then in the 70's we lived there with my Gma. My Mother was born in that house...
anywayyyyyyy what brings me here tonight it's a wonderful find... I found my Mothers Autograph book from 1942 from SBJL... some made me laugh so hard and others made me cry... but I thought I would list some names... Sister M Antonina, Sister M Melissa, Sister Mary Loretta. names in book Tillie Knuth, Francis Doherty, Maralyn Huffman, John Cromwell, Eddie Harrison.
Just name a few... also My Mother told me years ago... She knew Jack Cassidy and he was always a slick dresser (hehe) and they all called him Chick... or Chickie Cassidy... She also told me she had a Crush on Jimmy Breslin. Thats when we sat on the stoop and wait for Tony the ice cream man to come...
In My days in RH... I went to 210 and RHHS... I went to SBJL (Father Wentzel)... friends with Margaret Ringhoff, Rosemarie Nucci, Dorothy Ford, Sandra Krause... we went to dances... (Six Horse Hitch) was The Band... Ha... Ok... Long winded...
I found this book and it made my day... Best wishes for a great New Year! *Teresa*
Added: January 3, 2009


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

To Karen Madden:
I believe the name of the deli was "Schlosher's" (sp?). The deli was located near the corner of 115th Street on Jamaica Avenue and was between the Chase Manhattan Bank and Lipshultz (sp?) Stationery Store.
This deli had an eating area in the back.
Added: January 3, 2009


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Karen Madden
From: Manhattan
E-mail: karenmddn1@aol.com

Another comment about the old Richmnd Hill.
During a family Christmas party this year someone mentioned the German deli on Jamaica Avenue around 112th Street (and it's not the Manor Deli which is till further along Jamaica Avenue). You could sit in the back and have your lunch. Does anyone remember the name?
We thought it began with an "S". My dad remembers having lunch and after school snacks there when he was at Richmond Hill High. I vaguely remember stopping there with him to buy cold cuts and potato salad. Anyone remember??? KM
Added: January 2, 2009


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Karen Madden
From: Manhattan
E-mail: karenmddn1@aol.com

Just recently saw an article on the plans to make P.S. 66 an historic site when I noticed the reference to the "late" Nancy Cataldi. I somehow missed the news of her passing and was distressed to see the info on this site.
I met Nancy and Carl Ballenas at a book signing a few years back for their delightful book on Our Town. She was lovely and we had a wonderful chat about the great Victorian houses and how I had hoped they would extend their coverage to more of the "South" Richmond Hill sites that so many of you recall (Karp's, the Lefferts Theater, the signs at the Lefferts station that said "to the City" etc.)
My parents still live on 115th Street and yes, the town has changed. But my mom, whose family (Kathleen & James Tierney) moved to Richmond Hill in 1923 to 125th Street for "the clean air", says the street vendors and the displays of merchandise out on the front of the stores is reminiscent of the German and Jewish shopkeepers of the 20's and 30's with their stores on Liberty Avenue. So the more things change, etc.
My Mom and Dad were married at St. Teresa of Avila and had their wedding reception at the Triangle Hofbrau and thoroughly enjoyed Nancy and Carl's inclusion of the photos of that special place.
Nancy will be greatly missed and my condolences to her family and the Richmond Hill Historical Society team. Please keep up your efforts. I know it is daunting as I see the changes every time I visit Mom & Dad.
All the best to the Society and the rest of us "Hillies". KM
Added: January 2, 2009


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mary johnson
From: long branch new jersey
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Happy New Year Richmond Hill Historical Society! MEJ
Added: January 2, 2009


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Carol Farulla Zollo Mendez
From: Massapequa
E-mail: buca83@yahoo.com

Find this site very interesting and would love to go to the 2011 reunion.
Added: January 1, 2009


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA/NYC and 114th in Richmond Hill
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
Attention all SBJL graduates from 1968.
We are currently getting together a Reunion for Feb or March in Queens. Please email me so we can add you to our list! It will be a trip down memory lane.
Thanks and Happy New Year to all RH residents past and present!!!!!
Added: January 1, 2009
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Happy New Year!
Best Wishes to all our Members, Friends, and Visitors!
Added: January 1, 2009

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