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7904) PEGGY DELLA PORTE-RODRIGUEZ 
JEAMY13@AOL.COM
Location:
RED HOOK
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8-24-2014 07:15 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

HELLO EVERYONE. ITS THAT TIME AGAIN. OUR ANNUAL OLD TIMERS DAY & SOFT BALL Game. If anyone wants to play soft-ball it starts 10am-1030am at the Power House on Van Brunt St and Hamilton Ave. Our bq will be up and running by 12am, please come out and join us. The admission is 20.00 and that includes the food, soda, and tap beer. You are welcomed to bring your own snacks for your table if you want. Come hang out with an old friend or make a new one. Bring a friend with you, the more the merrier , It will be at the VFW Post on Van Brunt in Red Hook. I hope to see many of the old faces and possibly new ones!!!! Have a great day ... RED HOOK FOREVER.

Sid W 8-24-2014 05:06 PM
Peggy,
What is the date?
7903) e. tweedy 
Location:
Broklyn
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8-21-2014 04:24 PM  Write a comment

Today, Aug 21 Red Hook lost one of it's
oldest and beautiful people. Dorothy
Savarese died. She was 94 years old
and she was buried from Visitation Church. The ceremony was beautiful
Rest in Peace Dorothy
Good Friend
7902) Marie Benvenuto Modafferi 
pmmod@comcast.net
Location:
Brentwood Ca
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8-19-2014 11:12 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Maureen sorry I did not see your post.
Please give my best to the girls, Anne,.
Eileen, Diane only person I have contact with is Bobby Kelly. He was yr ahead of us
Lots of good memories What ever happen to Jimbo McaCabe. take care

Maureen Madden 8-23-2014 09:06 PM
I see Bobby Kelly also, don't know anything about James McCabe. Will tell girls you send regards. Hope you are well
7901) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
Location:
Staten Island, United States
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8-16-2014 03:25 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

like way back when
there's nothing like labor day
in the hook
let's hear from you
7900) Peggy Della Porte-Rodriguez 
jeamy13@aol.com
Location:
Red HOOk
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Hello Everyone. I hope everyone is doing well and healthy. Reminder the Old Timers Baseball and BQ will be Sept 13th. I hope to see many faces....... Have a greAT DAY ...
7899) Francis V Pirrone 
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The Visitation Church will hold the
Feast of the Assumption on Valentino
Pier at 6:00 p.m. on August 15, 2014
Father Claudio Antecini will do the
mass. All invited
7898) e.tweedy 
egtwerp5@aol.com
Location:
brooklyn new york
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The Visitation Church will hold the
Feast of the Assumption on Valentino
Pier at 6:00 p.m. on August 15, 2014
Father Claudio Antecini will do the
mass. All invited
7897) E tweedy 
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Marie the deli next door was Rosemans
and the fish store was Mrs. Mesters.I remember them well. We never had to
move out of Red Hook we had everthing
there one could image. remember
Taffy Dicks? The best taffy in the
world. Blitstein the plumber? and
we had two undertakers, Redmonds
and Siebolds. We had Christ Chapel
and Visitation Church. I remember the
Christ Chapel boat rides. everyone
went. It was a neighborhood event.
Visitation had a bazaar every year
and we had all kinds of parades
up and down Van Brunt Street.
THe VFW now at 325 Van Brunt Street
was a beautiful place to go with friends
and picnics in Coffey Park were always
fun. The Pioneer movie and the Clinton
movie were our entertainment. Dish night
was Wednesday night and we all went to
collect a set of dishes. I had one left
up until a few weeks ago, when it broke.
I was heartbroken. We also had a trolley
car that ran on Richards St.
Those were the days!

Marie R 8-8-2014 04:21 PM
Elsie I remember most of that. Everyone that passed away in our family was viewed at Redmond's. I don't remember Taffy Dicks. I remember the dentist on the corner of Van Brunt, up one flight. He would give small toys to us kids after dental work.
My mom didn't drive when we lived there, she didn't need to. All the stores were close, or take the bus to Livingston St. or Columbia St. and "Murray the Jew" went door to door.
Doctors made house calls, we had Dr. Gitlin and Dr. Koch. Maybe they really were the good old days.

Louise 8-9-2014 07:29 AM
Taffy Dicks..the best taffy..a giant glass case with all the different flavors...hmmmmmm wrapped in wax paper. Cinnamon..root beer..cherry and so many different flavors..a treat for sure and cheap..

Marie R 8-9-2014 07:11 PM
In the fifties I remember a shoemaker and there were booths with swinging doors with big leather chairs and men would sit there and get their shoes polished. I seem to recall it was a young Black boy polishing the shoes. It may have been around Livingston Street around Robert Hall's store.

frank 8-16-2014 06:52 AM
Still use dishes from the clinton

Teresa 8-16-2014 09:40 AM
They don't make 'em like they used to.
7896) E. Tweedy 
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8-7-2014 10:16 AM  Write a comment

I was born at 350 Van Brunt Street
Willems Ice Cream Parlor was next door
to me Next door to that was UmBeps
grocery store who later sold it to
Lombardi who later sold it to Amendola
Next to that was Joe and Nancy's Barber
shop and Beauty Salon. and on the corner
was GYPSY Paint. Across the street
was Bohack and down the street
on Wolcott was A & P. We had a tinsmith on the corner of Sullivan St. His name
was Al Bachman. next to him was a curtai
stretching and laundry shop across was
a pharmacy name Davidson and then
we had a radio repair shop on that block
We had a five and dime store the next
block and three butcher shops. We had
Stattermans hardware store and Fingers
Bakery across from there was Shui's Bakery and down the block was Kullens
Bakery (my father ) who was the best
baker in all of Brooklyn\. Ask about
his crumb buns. and all the other
baked products. now that I took you
on a tour of Red Hook as it was then
Today we have Fairway, Ikea, and the
yuppies.

Marie R 8-7-2014 01:18 PM
I remember Freeman's and Mike's Ice Cream Shop on Van Brunt. There was a deli in Van Brunt next to Freeman's but I can't recall the name. There was a fish store across the street from the A & P on Van Brunt, and a Chinese laundry between Wolcott and Sullivan on Van Brunt, and my favorite Gambardella's on Conover. Best lemon ice on earth.

remember 8-7-2014 01:58 PM
My cousins who were older than I played "Make Believe Ballroom" on the radio and we danced, later on anyone remember "Guilemo B Guilemo" (spelling?) he only played the chairman of the board.

MaryAnn 8-8-2014 07:23 AM
For any of you SBN followers who lived in the St. Mary's part of Red Hook, and went to Marietta's on Court Street,I have sad news. Matty, one of the loyal and wonderful brother's who ran owned and ran the store, passed away this week. I am so saddened by this, and feel like there has been a real passing of an era. We went to that store all the time for our school shirts and for aprons and socks, and underwear. Those guys were always so friendly and welcoming. I visited the store a few years back and was so happy to see that it hadn't changed at all since I was a girl. The fact that the brothers remembered both my mother and my father, who had been out of the neighborhood for years, was even more amazing. God rest this gentleman's soul. And a big heartfelt thanks to him for being such a big part of the neighborhood and the lives of so many people.

Louise 8-8-2014 12:40 PM
Tweedy we also have cafes and these so called bars...back in the day you did not see children SITTING at the bar with the Mom & Dad..I never did it but today? The yuppies do it all the time..we had a neighborhood where everybody knew each other and looked out for one another..today you don't see the same face 2 times in the day..We had a thriving neighborhood. Today it's organic this and organic that..eggs from cage free chicken? Grass fed cows...give me a break..

frankie 8-8-2014 02:26 PM
many condolences to the Marietta's
my mom, for sure, bought some of my bay clothes there, i grew up around the corner
their kindness, honesty, helpfulness they made the hook, "the hook"

SAM 8-8-2014 07:39 PM
REMEMBER ...WILLIAM B WILLIAMS WNEW THAT STATION WAS ON IN ALMOST EVERY BARBER SHOP IN BKLYN..AS WE SAY THE GOOD OLE DAYS ....
7895) Francis V Pirrone 
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Staten Island, United States
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how about this?
it cam up last week
Ray sharkey and his quest to become a big hollywood star and he did make it to hollywood?

I heard about Joe Pepitone, and never knew him only his cousin Vito from 2nd place. He now works for the funeral Home on Court St.
right, pepe's cousin used to play in Carroll Park.

Do you remember Marie Esposito ?
not really, esposito is like smith in the hook you know. but how about esposito's jersey pork store, moved from union and columbia to court st. and president street way back when. the kids still run the store

..ankle braceltes
yeah, got my girl one, too. it was life was all about getting a girlfriend to get her an ankle bracelet, like acapella in the carroll street train staion.


Wilhems Ice Cream Parlor. We went to the Clinton and there were two movied,
where was wilhems, as i grew up in 11231, there was Mr. Swede's on court street between 1st place and carroll street. a real ice cream parlor,

frankie 8-7-2014 07:34 AM
how about the candy store on 1st place and court street where you could get a 10 cent egg cream from old man serge
yeah, the clinton movie, it was like the paris court, you go there for a quarter on saturday and mom used to pack lunch as there were 2 movies, cartoons, and a serial, like sheba of the jungle every week
Lucy S. 9-23-2007 09:57 AM
Williums Ice Cream Parlor , was two houses away from mine I was at 342 Van Brunt ,second house from corner of King Next door to what used to be GYPSY PAINTS Office (brick house with steps going up! Still there! My house gone... Georgey Hires Dad ran it! There were two other kids MARY HIRES JOHNNY BOY HIRES. Willium was a really Big Man!

Ken 8-7-2014 04:46 PM
George Hyers Sr worked for Mr Willems for many years. Mr Willems sold the business to a nice Jewish guy named _________,(I forgot his name)around 1954, still Geogge hyers worked for him. Then George HYers bought the busines from him. Mr Hyers was a big man.
Anyone remember his name?

Ken 8-8-2014 04:08 AM
When I awoke this morning his name came to me. Irving.He owned Willems for about 5 years.Then George Hyers bought it from him.
7894) E Tweedy 
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Brooklyn New York
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7-31-2014 09:39 AM  Write a comment

Happy to be on this site again.
Missed it.
Visitation Church is having a do wop
and mo town concert on Wednesday
October 29, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to fixing
the basement, St. Mary's Hall and the
Garden damaged by Sandy. We will have the
New Dimensions. THree girls who sing do wop and mo town for a return engagement
They were a huge success the first time.
There will be refreshments after the
concert. Admission is $20.00 or pay what
you can. Hope to see you here at Visitation
98 Richards St Brooklyn New Y ork 11231
For more info call 718-624-1572.
Thank you all.
God Bless
7893) Mike C 
Location:
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Trivia : Anyone remember on what corner there was a Advertising Billboard in Red Hook. Hint late forties and in the point.

Ken 7-30-2014 07:26 AM
corner of Richards and King St.
We used to hide behind it on the way home from Visitation at lunch to smoke cigarettes.

Mike C 7-30-2014 07:40 AM
Ken you are very close. It was on the corner of Richard and Sullivan St. Before the new projects were built. Richard and Sullivan St had Casper Barber Shop, Hotel Sullivan, candy store and a vacant lot with a Billboard

Ken 7-31-2014 05:56 AM
Mike - you have a good memory. The lot ran from Sullivan to KIng St. It was a favorite place to play.
From what I read the lot was never developed but, was a part of the dumping ground than ran all the way to Veronia St between Dwight and Richards- way back when. The land was filled if for Coffey Park but they never filled in the Sullivan st lot until the projects.

Mike C 7-31-2014 06:55 AM
Ken it has been brought to my attention that there was another advertising billboard in the Red Hook. I forgot all about this billboard. Hint it also in the point.
I graduated Visitation 1958

Mike C 7-31-2014 02:28 PM
This Billboard was on the corner of Van Brunt ST and Wolcott St, It was over the small garages. Flat against a Building. The corner had Michael's, the A& P, a hardware store and the small garages

Marie R 7-31-2014 08:20 PM
Geez, I should have guessed, that was the only billboard I could think of but thought you were looking for the very large billboards.

My aunt lived in the building right next to the garages, and my grandmother in the next building. One of my cousins got in trouble for drawing a beard and glasses on the woman in the Coke ad on the sign. I remember one day around '56 or '57 the Coke ad changed from English to Spanish. We kids looked puzzled at it trying to figure out what it said.
7892) Tommy B. 
Location:
S.I. N.Y.
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7-29-2014 08:48 AM  Write a comment

Hi Marie R, you wanted a trivia , well here is one ! Back in th 60s, 70s & 80s many would stand on line out side such places as Sergi's, Helen's, Angie,s, Lil & Dot's & my aunt Lucy's at about 8.30 PM now what were they standing on line for? Good luck!

Marie R 7-29-2014 09:56 AM
I'm not sure, but msybe the numbers?

Ken 7-29-2014 02:23 PM
The next day's daily news to get the number for the day.

Mike C 7-29-2014 03:21 PM
Trivia : Anyone remember on what corner there was a Advertising Billboard in Red Hook

frankie 7-31-2014 01:12 PM
if you were at sergi's, i was there. remember the father, joe
oh, sometimes if the paper was late
there would be 100 people there waiting for the number

Janet 8-15-2014 01:26 PM
My Dad used to wait for the Sunday News between 8:30 and 9:00 P.M. every Saturday night.
7891) Marie Modafferi 
pmmod@comcast.net
Location:
Brentwood ca
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7-28-2014 09:47 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thanks Frankie for the info on the
Red hook sites I'm enjoying them

frankie 7-28-2014 11:39 AM
hey
(don't get offended)
pretty bunny
you're welcome
7890) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
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hey,
marie,
because of you
and some other comments here
i'm writing something "
"long winded" (lol) for Thanksgiving

you know, if you go to facebook
and search "red hook groups", there are quite a few of them
i connected with one of my first girlfriends after 50 years

give it a try
red hook memories
this is a page to talk about high school days, old hangouts, teachers that influenced you, memorable events from your days at Red Hook. This is a sister page to I Grew Up in Red Hook, NY which we would like to
frankie 7-28-2014 03:49 AM

coon family Red hook NY
Open Group
A site for family members to share there photo's and stories about the Coons, Coon, and Kuhn families of Red Hook NY
40 members

Visitation
Open Group
Where friends and family come together...
430 members

red hook fan page
Open Group
A place for fans of the Red Hook Crit to come and share stories, pictures, video and anything else related to the Red Hook Crit.
233 members

Marie R 7-28-2014 08:33 AM
Thank you Frankie. Maybe the few of us here can bring sone life back to this site. Looking forward to your next story.
You're very creative.
7889) iremember 
iremember@memories.com
Location:
brooklyn
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7-27-2014 04:50 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

I used to go to the early mass with my brother and we would stop at the florist after mass and give our allowance (just a few cents) to the florist and he would make a bought out of the leftover stuff from weddings, etc. My mother acted like we gave her a million dollars. Another world, another time, another generation. I only pray this nation gets turned around, I wonder about the next Presidential election, reminds me of a joke in the 50's, when a gangster was killed in a barbershop in NYC, two hippies were waiting for haircuts and one said to the other "if they say next, don't you move". Who in the world wants to go next? OMG

iremember 7-27-2014 05:03 AM
Sorry that should have been "bouquet". I am not getting political, its not about the President or any party, its just that we didn't appreciate what we had in those days. The peace, the simplicity, oh wow.

iremember 7-27-2014 06:01 AM
what was your favorite movie from your teen years?

Marie R 7-27-2014 08:25 AM
"The Long Hot Summer" with Paul Newman. I was crazy about him when I was a teen. Never cared much for Elvis or his movies. I liked his singing though.

iremember 7-27-2014 08:46 AM
I was not an Elvis fan either. I liked Country Western music and it wasn't fashionable then in NY.

amazingwhenyouthinkabouti 7-27-2014 08:58 AM
Think of the history we have lived through, the end of WW2, Korea, Vietnam, JFK's election and assassination, RFK's assassination, more wars, recessions, good times, bad times, it sure wasn't boring and neither is it boring now. I would like more of the peace and tranquility we once knew.

amazed 7-27-2014 09:09 AM
The building of the Berlin Wall and its take down! Wow now that was amazing history!

Marie R 7-27-2014 11:12 PM
We baby boomers have lived through an amazing part of history. I think America at her greatest.

In addition to what was already mentioned, the fifties saw the development of our interstate highway system, color TV, polio vaccine. Then we saw a man go into in space, landing on the moon, personal computers, cell phones, heart transplants, test tube babies, cloning, limb and face transplants, the list goes on and on.

I often think what my grandchildren will witness in their lives. It would probably boggle our minds.
7888) Francis V Pirrone 
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7-24-2014 12:07 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

hey, gang
let's hear from you
trips to coney island
steeplechase
or playing ball at todd's field
a trip to red hook pool
it was great growing up in the hook
or just sitting on the stoop with your parents or grandparents

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Ken 7-24-2014 01:27 PM
The best swimming time I remember was on a hot summer night, when there was a full moon, and the tide was high. It was a moon high tide and for some reason the water seemed very warm and it was about 3 feet higher than usual. The idea would hit - lets go to pier 38, at the foot of Pioneer St. Sometimes we had bathing suits sometimes not. No coed. It was great.

ONEWHOHASWATCHED 7-26-2014 03:32 AM
This site is dying a slow and painful death. Let's face it, the SBN is on its last leg. I pray that Mark puts it out of its misery, and soon. All the people who once made this website great are all gone. They gave up because eventually it became a big arguing site...what place was better...Red Hook or Carroll Gardens? Some people acted like bullies, forcing people to stay off the site. Really nice people like Turk,Tommy B, babyann, Kathy, Shirley, MaryAnn, Janet, just to name a few, eventually got bullied off by people like Madeline Faialla who liked to spend more time arguing than sharing. Later on, the political junkies took over, drowning out all others with their arguing over Barack Obama and whether or not he sucked or was a great guy. The truth is that nasty people always ruin it for the nice people, and sadly this is what has happened here at the SBN. Time to put it to rest. Good night Mrs. Calabash.

John R 7-26-2014 07:32 AM
Was only talking last night about all the goodies we would bring home to our mom.Fireflys,a jar of catepillars from the old lots on Dikeman & Ferris Streets and the best some ells we caught off the end of Coffey St.Mom always acted as if they were gifts she always wanted.With the five of us we must have drove her nuts.

frankie 7-26-2014 10:13 AM
so now, you are the bully,no? Some people acted like bullies, forcing people to stay off the site

Marie R 7-26-2014 05:39 PM
Frankie, some people are never happy.
This site is open to everyone.

frankie 7-28-2014 03:36 AM
thanks, marie

hey, because of you
and some other comments here
i'm writing something "
"long winded" (lol) for Thanksgiving

you know, if you go to facebook
and search "red hook groups", there are quite a few of them
i connected with one of my first girlfriends after 50 years
give it a try
red hook memories
this is a page to talk about high school days, old hangouts, teachers that influenced you, memorable events from your days at Red Hook. This is a sister page to I Grew Up in Red Hook, NY which we would like to

frankie 7-28-2014 03:49 AM
coon family Red hook NY
Open Group
A site for family members to share there photo's and stories about the Coons, Coon, and Kuhn families of Red Hook NY
40 members

Visitation
Open Group
Where friends and family come together...
430 members

Tommy B. 7-28-2014 09:07 AM
Hello Onewhohaswatched,I have mentioned a few times over the last couple of years since I really got into this site a few years back, that I only browse now. I agree with you about many of the members on the site were bullied of by a small majority. It is good to see that a few members are still talking about their memories, for which this site is suppose to be about. As I mentioned in the past I was once called the Trivia King on this site, many enjoyed the trivia question & of course a few had negative responses to them I never meant no harm to anyone. I hope in the near future to hear more positive comments about this site so I can maybe get back into it with some trivia about Red Hook & Carroll Gardens. as for now I will keep browsing & enjoy all the good comments, take care.

Marie R 7-28-2014 07:57 PM
We could use some trivia, how about posting some?
7887) Marie Modafferi 
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I think 1956 or 57 plymouth with overdrive
$100 lasted us until 1961 Chevy Impala
our first new car 1964 chevy Impala cost
$3400. Classic now looks like a huge boat
I drove looking thru the steering wheel
Lasted 1974 still going in 1984 sold to
a friend.

Maureen Chimera Madden 7-24-2014 06:28 AM
Hi Marie,
I've recently been in touch with Ann Barry our Visitation classmate.
I also see Diane Rusch, & Eileen Moran. I was wondering if you are in touch with any of our classmates
7886) beentheredonethat 
beentheredonethat@ny.com
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How much did you pay for your first car and what year and model was it? I just saw an ad for a car for $13,999 holy toledo

Marie R 7-20-2014 11:34 AM
1968 Mustang Fastback, in gold. Brand new, waited 8 weeks to get it. $2,870.00.

My 2nd new vehicle was a Ford F150 pickup truck. Chrome bumpers, gorgeous. Again waited several weeks to get it.
$5400.00.
My new car now, 2013 Honda Accord V6 sedan cost more than my first house.

Marie R 7-20-2014 12:01 PM
1978 Ford F150

Ken 7-20-2014 01:39 PM
Used 1953 Chrysler New Yorker for $125 in 1960. Paid $400 for the auto insurance in the risk plan.

beentheredonethat 7-21-2014 02:33 AM
Sounds like "Grease" to me
7885) philip van cott 
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Well now that politics is apparently Verboten on this site . How about religion? you see there`s only so much of the past to discuss, where as the future is boundless. do you know that stem cells are now being tested with very good results in repairing damaged parts of ones heart after an attack. did you know that an artificial pancreas has been tested and works for type one diabetics. and to think Dick Cheney who could now use stem cells to rejuvinate his black heart, blocked the research that might eventually save his life. Now the Jokes on him.

Marie R 7-16-2014 01:37 PM
Phil, I really wish Mark would split this site to allow other topics. I would enjoy discussing stem cell research and other interesting subjects.
I think many folks have moved on to FACEBOOK to connect with friends.

Hope you have been OK. Things are good for us here.

pvc. 7-17-2014 05:16 AM
Marie my company from Nam was just about to have our annual reunion in Memphis next year , but something came up and it will be Savannah. How are things. we had a pretty lively discussion going for quite a while . Now that those who were upset and wanted it to return to what it was haven`t taken the opportunity to add something .

Marie R 7-17-2014 03:40 PM
Phil, I love Savannah, GA. beautiful area, great food. Everything here is fine. Medicare won't pay for my medical test though, so I've decided to do nothing. We have to see how things go.

The mountains here are gorgeous. I'm sure where you are in Ct. is beautiful also. We're very lucky that way.

The political forum I'm on is challenging. You'd like it.
Take care.

T.O. 7-21-2014 10:28 AM
Is this Marie, or is Marie R a different person? Marie,if you are the Marie who's daughter was attacked by the pitbull, I thought you lived in Tennessee. This is why I am questioning, not to be nasty or anything.

Marie R 7-21-2014 06:25 PM
Hi T.O. I am the Marie with the daughter who was attacked by the dog. I sign Marie R now because I see there is another Marie posting. How are you doing? Hope all is well. I miss the debates we had. I am on a political forum that is very challenging. Some folks, from both sides, get very ugly, very insulting and crude. I've wanted to walk away from it many times, but the desire to discuss those topics keeps me posting. I really have to bite my tongue, if you know what I mean. Lol... I refuse to lower myself to that low level. You get more with civility than cursing and name calling. Nice to see you back on here again. Tell me please, is there any Italian in your ancestry? If so, I have a story to share.

Marie R 7-21-2014 06:27 PM
I do live in Tennessee, I was referring to our mountains here.

T.O. 7-22-2014 03:53 AM
Hi Marie, just wanted to be sure I was talking to the right lady!!! You asked me if there is any Italian in my ancestry....lol...are you kidding? I am 100 percent paisano!! Sicilian on my mother's side, Neopolitan on my father's. I am dying to hear your story now, so don't keep me waiting. Take care Marie.

Marie R 7-22-2014 10:46 AM
Well, it's more of a complaint, but it bothers me. I need an opinion. A pizza parlor opened here a few months ago, not the nice one I like, a different one.
Their entire theme is the Mafia and hitmen. Really overdone. Gatti pizza, Bonnano pasta, Anastasia antipasta, the kids menu is "the littke Turks". The menu says come experience the real Italy. Pictures all over the wall of actual mob hits, graphic, and all sceens from Brooklyn and Manhattan and Rome.
It really annoyed me when a neighbor said to me "you're Italian, it's right up your alley".

Am I being too sensitive or am I right to be offended? As an Italian American, I resent that association.

The owners are not Italian.

T.O. 7-22-2014 11:33 AM
Well Marie, pardon my French, but damn right you have a reason to be insulted. What is being depicted in that pizza place is NOT a part of Italian history at all...but a part of CRIME in America. If they want to talk about real Italian history than lets talk about Fermi, Amerigo Vespucci, Caruso and Lanza...and all the other Italians who gave sweat and blood to build this country. Those ingrates like Gotti and Anastasia are "disgraciada", like my father called them - a black mark on all Italians who are good, decent, and hard working people. I say the next time you go in there Marie, ( and I doubt you would even lower yourself)give em hell. That's my two cents worth. LOL!!

Marie R 7-22-2014 11:46 AM
Thank you, I knew I could count on you.

We go to the pizza place owned by the man from Redhook. Fabulous pizza and cannolis.

You're right, I wouldn't lower myself to go to the other place.

Ciao!

T.O. 7-23-2014 03:29 AM
Ciao Bella!! Hope your daughter is continuing to recover. God's blessings on you and your family Marie...from one paisano to another.
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