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7915) Harry E Hunold aka Duke
City of Orange, CA.
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9-14-2014 07:04 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

HUNOLD FAMILY REUNOIN 11/05/2014 SUNDAY 5 to 8 Hope & Anchor can anyone help me find lost friends and family? Coffee Park, Visitation RC church
Dikeman, Smith, Van Brunt, Sullivan, Richie,, SOME-HELP-PLEASE
Is any one still out there?
7914) Harry E Hunold aka Duke
Orange, CA.
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HUNOLD family reunion Oct.5 a Sunday Hope and Anchor Van Brunt St. Redhook. Still looking for friends and family members of the HUNOLD's 5 to 8
first step foot in The Hook around 1830 Looking History of Redhook
7913) phil. van cott
enf. ct.
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hey Sid I just found out from a friend that Vinny Lendino Is alive and well.Phil

Sid W 9-13-2014 11:23 AM
Find out how I can get in touch with him

phil van cott 9-13-2014 04:02 PM
I`ll try sid but no guarantees. he just shows up every once and awhile.

Marie R 9-13-2014 11:08 PM
Hi Sid and Phil, hope you both are well.

Phil, are you getting the beautiful fall colors yet?

They are starting here.

Frankie Nerves 9-15-2014 06:47 AM
C'mon guys! It ain't that hard. This guy is 71 years old. Hope it helps.

Vincent Lendino
2240 84th St #D4
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 236-0684 -

Sid W 9-15-2014 06:11 PM
Frankie, Thanks for the information. I had done the same thing you did and found it last night, but it may not be him. It may be his son and I will find out tomorrow when I call that number.
7912) Mike 
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Does anyone remember the year that Visitation Church decided to have First Holy Communion in November. Around Thanksgiving Day. We also had snow for the First Holy Communion day

Marie R 9-11-2014 03:42 PM
No, when did they change? My communion was May, 1955.

Mike C 9-12-2014 11:49 AM
Marie I think they only did it one year around 1951. After the bad weather they went back to having First Holy communion in May

Marie R 9-13-2014 11:05 PM
Thank you Mike.
7911) Shirley Kerrigan
Sarasota Florida
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Today is my birthday but it is forever 9/11. Our enemies tried to destroy us but only managed to unite us more than ever. On 9/11/01 and forever our nation showed then that we will never be defeated. The brave men and women that gave their lives will never be forgotten. The NYPD & NYFD were and are heroes not only in NY but all over this nation.
I lost friends but so many people lost their family members. JuJu lost his son but is now reconciled in heaven with him.

Mike 9-11-2014 05:31 AM
God Bless America

Ken 9-14-2014 05:19 PM
Good to see you posting. There was the Red Hook reunion at the Post Saturday. People were asking for you. You are missed. One guy, Red Denny showed up from Hawaii. I haven't seen him in 50 years.It was raining but, it was a good affair.

Shirley 9-15-2014 10:18 AM
Hi Ken, I'm in Florida now. I miss everyone. Red Denny has been in Hawaii for quite a few years now.
Who knows, maybe i will drive up next year. Hope all is well with you and your family, best wishes.

Ken 9-15-2014 12:47 PM
Hi Shirley,
I hope you can come up. Maybe you can schedule some family visits at the same time. Yes Red Denny has been in Hawaii for over 50 years. He likes it.
Take care, Ken
7910) E.Tweedy
Brooklyn New York
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Let us not forget 9/ll and the sacrifices
they made for us God Bless Them All.
Always in our prayers.

Marie R 9-10-2014 08:35 PM
God Bless America

We must never forget.

Always in my prayers.
7909) Looking for an old friend 
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I googled "Ali Babba from Brooklyn and it gave me this website. I don't see it on here. He was such a great guy and I don't even know his last name, probably around 76 or so now. Any one know him?
7908) Peggy Della Porte-Rodriguez
Red Hook
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Hello everyone: REMINDER.. SEPT 13TH WE WILL HAVE OUR ANNUAL OLD TIMERS SOFTBALL AND BQ AT THE VFW POST IN RED HOOK . THE SOFTBALL game will be at the Power House on Van Brunt st and Hamilton Ave. TRY TO GET To the Game between 10 & 10:30. 20.00 for admission includes tap beer; soda & food . COME HAVE SOME FUN HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE. GID BLESS AMERICA AND RED HOOK.
7907) Marie Benvenuto Modafferi
Brentwood Ca
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Wow Thanks for the trip down memory lane
All great times
7906) Francis V Pirrone
Staten Island, United States
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Another great summer
in the hook

And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high
summertime, summertime, sum, sum summertime

Labor day was always kinda of ho-hum
in the hook
nothing much going on
of course, there was a great dinner, barneque made by mom and dad
school was the next day
labor day always had a little of the summertime blues

I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler
About a workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar
Every time I call my baby, and try to get a date
My boss says, "No dice son, you gotta work late"
Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do
But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
the thing is that doesn't take away from another great summer
in the hook
like wow, if there was a way to go back
get me a ticket, lol

frankie 9-1-2014 09:25 AM
one eye opens, what's that smell
“yipppeeee, mom's making pancakes”
there was nothing like walking into the kitchen
there's poor mom with the apron on and the ladle
and a big stack of pancakes on the stove
even dad, who worked nights was there
oh, thank you, mom and dad
for those sunny saturday morning pancakes
“frankie, I have a few left”
“thanks mom”

every day in the summertime
in the hook
was like a monday

Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me

i'll never forget the saturday soda delivery guy
“ma, could we get some fox's u-bet chocolate syrup”

Then there was the beach or pool

Lets go surfin now
Everybodys learning how
Come on and safari with me
(come on and safari with...)

Early in the morning well be startin out
Some honeys will be coming along
Were loading up our woody
With our boards inside
And headin out singing our song

there were many weekends at manhattan beach
it was always like waking up
and you just got ready
mom was making lunch
dad was packing the cooler
we left real early
poor dad had to wait on the parking lot line for an hour or two
he dropped us off
we went to find aunt santa and uncle tom
who got there really early for a picnic table
cousins rosalie and paula, aunt katy and uncle john
would sometimes be there
so the whole day at the beach was like being in heaven
there was enough good italian food to feed an army
nice weather, the water, the sand, a breeze, etc
and it was fun taking my kid sisters to the water with mom
where is that girl with the teenie weenie..............

She was afraid to come out of the locker
She was as nervous as she could be 
She was afraid to come out of the locker
She was afraid that somebody would see
Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore

It was an itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini
That she wore for the first time today
An itsy, bitsy, teentie, weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini
So in the locker she wanted to stay
Two, three, four, stick around we'll tell you more

and there was always a wedding or three
one of the big guys was marrying their high school sweetheart
(that means you, grandma, grandpa, lol)
it was a treat to watch, as the neighbors gathered
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been,
Lives in a dream 
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?
and the limos whisked them away

give it a try, guys
Come on let's twist again like we did last summer
Yea, let's twist again like we did last year
Do you remember when things were really hummin'
Yea, let's twist again, twistin' time is here

Yeah round 'n around 'n up 'n down we go again
Oh baby make me know you love me so then
Come on let's twist again like we did last summer
Yea, let's twist again, twistin' time is here

During the day, there was always something to do
and with carroll park a block away
there were always games to play

there was the big 1 foot deep sprinkler pool, lol
the men were playing boccie
and they were serious
there were a lot of, like my mom used to say “ooohh faaars”
a softball diamond, basketball courts, swings

the big ps58 wall was always good for a game of handball
a school yard for softball and basketball courts

red hook pool was always on the agenda
big brother mike would take me there 2, 3 times during the summer
he even took me, cousins frank and jimmy to st. george's pool
now, that was a pool!!!!!!!!!!!!

then there was the johnny pump
on a really hot day
someone opened it
then there was the guy with an open ended can
to give car washes
we even got a sprinkler cap

mom always had a
“be careful, don't let me worry”
as we went out the front door

prospect park was a bus ride away
somehow we would get up there
just walking around, climbing trees, chasing squirrels
10 cent fudge bar, fishing in the lake was always fun
one year, dad took me and mike there to fish in the jr. angler program
i'm sure we all had a friend who coaxed us into the bushes
then ran away
and when we looked, it was a cemetery in the middle of the park,

official league baseball games were at ps 142 park
todd's field was always good for a game or two

Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People talking, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
(Italian lyric)
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

my favorite song was and is to this day
“downtown” by Petula Clark
thank you, youtube, itunes
(hi,mike, rosalie and mela)
When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go downtown
When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown

I remember wanting to change the world when I grow up
so I was always looking for answers
but along came Bob
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

on a cool, not too hot morning, afternoon
stoopball was a favorite by joey mahoney's gate
there was a johhny pump there
so there were never any cars parked in front of the gate
some boxball by emma's gate
it had a nice front wall

finally one year, I got to give someone a nickname
frankie ”smas”
then there were the nicknames in the hook
allen “hop”, arnold “bip”, vinny “sapo”, ralph “kai shek”
rocco “ rags”, joey “nappy”, frankie “bone”, anthony “chickie”,
louie “ bird”, jimmy “jet”, joe “rags”, carmine “rags”,
frankie “scratch”, frankie “stretch”, johnny “scootch”,
tommy “occhi”, frankie “moose”, jerry “ears”,
anthony “chopper”, joe “tubby”, freddie “frump”,
anthony “mims”, joe “jap”, anthony “horse”,
arnold “butchie”, joe “mahoney”, tommy “red”,
john “frosty”, joe “beaver”, michael “mousey”,
anthony “dumbo”, tommy “spider”, dominick “fish”,
eddie “maqua”, louie “whipper”, frank “beech”

there was the annual barbque at aunt lu and uncle carl's in wantagh
the prospect park zoo, coney island
a trip to granpa's on kane street
was always on the agenda
one year, rocco, anthony g. and I organized
the “love, peace and happiness” block party
it was a great time
in the hook

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
play ringoleavio, buck buck, hide and seek 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

the nights were action
some of the dads would play a game of stickball, fistball
vs. the big guys
lots of parents, grandparents would sit on their stoops
joe the ice cream guy would come about 7:00pm, 7:30 pm
“ma, you got 10 cents for a fudge bar”
then we would play street games
buck buck, ringgolevio, hide and seek
kick the can, dodgeball, follow the leader

then about 9pm
we would head up the corner
and hang by sergi's candy store
if the papers were late
there would be like a hundred people waiting to get the paper for the number

saturday's were special
some of the big guys had cars
so they gave us little big guys the privilige of washing and waxing their car
then they would take us for a ride
they even took us a few times to the car races
on longdock and first avenue

having two kid sisters
I squeezed in a few games of hopscotch, hit the stick
I was an honorary rope holder when they wanted to jump rope
who said no? Don't start
maybe dad supervised
but you know I taught rosie and mela to ride bikes
I would buy them a big puzzle for christmas
that we all put together on the dining room table
one year I got them a 500 piece solid black puzzle
I don't know how he did it
but dad knocked it off in about a week

around labor day, st. stephen's had
The Feast Of St. Rosalie
and, boy, was it a feast
from st. stephen's to henry street to kane street
man, would I trade an ipod, ihone, ipad, laptop for
3 delicious, gigantic zeppoles, 25 cents please

yeah, from labor day on
it was all california dreamin'

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk on a winter's day.
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.;
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray.
You know the preacher liked the cold;
He knows I'm gonna stay.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk on a winter's day.
If I didn't tell her I could leave today;
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

And once the school year began
the new cars came out
so many people bought new cars
and the muscle cars
gto, charger, camaro, firebird

Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

you could see all the new models just by standing on the corner
there was halloween, trick or trick, yhe chalk sock
my mom made me a “Casper, the Friendly Ghost” costume
from some bedsheets
well, stars wars wasn't out yet, lol
skellsies (corks), skating, football, hockey, skooters
rough tackle football in the snow at carroll park
Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc
honorable mention to the great movie theathers of the hook
Clinton, Paras Court, Lido, rko Prospect, Avon, sanders

we all remember where we and our families were
on February 9, 1964 at 8:00 pm
Oh yeah, I'll tell you something
I think you'll understand
When I'll say that something
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show

in the hook

MaryAnn 9-1-2014 10:50 AM
A big thank you Francis from the sister of one of those "nicknames" you mention...Joey "rags"!! You have brought back so many memories, that I can't keep the tears from flowing. God bless you and God bless our neighborhood. Happy Labor Day everyone! And God bless all our parents who taught us the value of "labor", and decency and honesty.

Marie R 9-1-2014 06:20 PM
A big thank you Frankie, another great story. You never disappoint. Your stories always make me smile.

Tilda C 9-2-2014 11:05 PM
Dear Francis - Poet Laureate of Red Hook - many thanks for your beautiful summer poem. You mention the summertime blues: back to school tomorrow, where did that limitless summer go? That was back when kids had the summer off, going to the beach or the pool with a bunch of other kids and no grownups or teachers. It was safe for that, then. But then back to school, and back to church. Could you write about church for us? The smell of the church at 12:15 Mass on a hot summer day, all the mother's perfumes and all the kids smelling of starched white shirts and blouses? The mother's hats? And then at midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, with the bright lights and the incense and the choir, and everybody trying desperately to stay awake for Santa? And all the way through the church year to Easter, with the flowers and the Sunday morning light through the stained glass windows? You could get us all through fall and winter with a poem like that. Remember walking home in the dark all by yourself (at 6PM) in November and being so brave and grownup? Write us an autumn-to-spring story, please, Francis. Many thanks for all your work.

Marie R 9-3-2014 09:29 PM
Tilda C

You brought back a lovely memory for me. Each time I smell carnations, I am transported back to Visitation Church, May 1955 at my First Communion. I can still see the Church, the Nuns all black and white, watching us closely, Fr. Maroney behind the beautiful carved Communion railing. The big Crucifix next to the pulpit. I stared at that Crucifix every Sunday, studying the wounds on Jesus' hands and feet. All the girls in white veils and dresses the boys in dark blue suits with big white bows on their arm.

All the parents dressed for Church, fathers in suits, moms with their best hat and dress and gloves.

A very happy, peaceful time. In my mind the whole world revolved around Brooklyn.

MaryAnn 9-12-2014 03:46 PM
Francis, I was just reading through your wonderful post again and noticed you not only mentioned my brother Joe Rags, but my other brother Carmine Rags as well....our name was Ragonese. They are both gone now, but it gives me so much pleasure to see their names and to know that someone still remembers them after all these years. I am going to try and connect with you on FB because I am sure I have seen your name on the Carroll Gardens site started by Turk.
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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
What is the date?
7903) e. tweedy 
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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
Brentwood Ca
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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
Staten Island, United States
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like way back when
there's nothing like labor day
in the hook
let's hear from you
7900) Peggy Della Porte-Rodriguez
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
Staten Island, United States
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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
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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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

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 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
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